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Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Three reasons to consider siding for your home

If you're thinking about replacing or adding siding to your home, Spence Company LLC has some amazing siding options for you. 

Protect your home with attractive, durable, low-maintenance vinyl or polymer coated siding. 

This will allow you to spend more time enjoying your home and less time working on it. Here are three reasons why siding is a great option;

  1. Increase your home's value and curb appeal
  2. Improve efficiency
  3. Save time and money in maintenance costs

Vinyl siding is a great option that provides an airtight and watertight seal that never needs to be painted or stained. You can also explore other siding material choices through Spence Company.

To learn more about roofing, siding, gutters, painting, chimney services, visit Spence Company's website.

Pumpkins, Mums & More at Fort Thomas Florists and Greenhouses


It's nearing that time of year again...Fall!

If you're starting to take steps to decorate your home for the Autumn season, Fort Thomas Florists and Greenhouses can help. 

From beautiful mums, gourds and every size and shape of pumpkin you could possibly want, Fort Thomas Florists has a wides selection of Fall flowers and more to make your home feel extra cozy for the cooler season. 

Learn more about Fort Thomas Florist and Greenhouses by visiting their Facebook page or click here to visit their website. 

NKU finalizes men's basketball schedule, features Indiana and EKU

Marques Warrick.

The 2021-22 Northern Kentucky men’s basketball nonconference schedule is complete. In addition to the previously announced matchups against UNC Greensboro, Eastern Michigan, Western Illinois and Canisius at home and the road game at DePaul, NKU has added away contests at Eastern Kentucky and Indiana as well as home regular-season contests versus Wheeling and Alice Lloyd to its docket.

The regular-season opens against Wheeling on Tuesday, Nov. 9, when the Norse welcome the Cardinals to BB&T Arena. NKU remains home for its next three contests as well. Reigning SoCon regular-season and tournament champion and 2021 NCAA Tournament participant UNC Greensboro comes to Highland Heights on Nov. 12. Northern Kentucky then hosts its first two games of the Blue Demon Classic against Eastern Michigan (Nov. 18) and Western Illinois (Nov. 22) before heading to Chicago to play host DePaul on Friday, Nov. 26.

A pair of home contests against Canisius and Alice Lloyd open December, when the Norse welcome the two foes to BB&T Arena on Dec. 8 and 12, respectively.

The nonconference slate wraps up with road games at Eastern Kentucky on Dec. 18 and Indiana on Dec. 22. EKU went 22-7 overall and 15-5 in the OVC last year, but is now in its first season in the ASUN. The Hoosiers are coming off of a 12-15 season, which included a B1G mark of 7-12.

Led by All-Horizon League Second Team performer Trevon Faulkner and Horizon League Freshman of the Year and third team honoree Marques Warrick, Northern Kentucky returns its top-six scorers from last season. Faulkner averaged 16.7 points per game and Warrick poured in 15.8 ppg. Bryson Langdon also contributed 10.7 ppg, while Adrian Nelson became just the fourth Norse all-time to average double-figure rebounds (10.0 rpg), which ranked in the top-20 nationally.

NKU also added the veteran services of Chris Brandon, a Horizon League All-Defensive Team honoree, and Seybian Sims. 

Freshmen Sam Vinson, Imanuel Zorgvol and Hubertas Pivorius  will join the Norse for their inaugural season donning the black and & gold. Vinson earned multiple first team all-Kentucky honors and was named the Gatorade Kentucky Player of the Year while leading Highland to the Kentucky State Championship, averaging 22.3 points, 8.9 rebounds, 6.0 aassists and 2.6 steals per game over the course of the season. Pivorius brings a deep-threat to the Norse, demonstrating his skills with 40 percent 3-point shooting for the Lithuanian U-19 National Team at the 2021 FIBA World Championships. The 7-foot-tall Zorgvol adds tremendous size and length to the Norse and will impact the game with his ability to move, protect the rim and finish.

Bellevue Entertainment District Expands Days and Hours

Patrons in the Bellevue Entertainment District can now take their beverage with them as they stroll "The Avenue" on any day of the week.

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by Robin Gee, city council beat editor

In August, the Bellevue City Council passed a significant expansion of operation hours for its popular entertainment district, known as the B.E.D. The district will now operate seven days a week, and hours are expanded to run from 9 a.m. to midnight.

In November 2019, the city created the "Bellevue Entertainment District," or B.E.D., a designation from the state that would allow the creation of an entertainment area designed to allow patrons to purchase an adult beverage and carry it with them from establishment to establishment as long as it is in a specially marked cup.

The idea behind the district was to encourage the flow of foot traffic within the area and create a fun and festive atmosphere. Initially the district, which covers most of the city’s Fairfield Avenue business district from the intersection of Riviera Drive to O’Fallon Avenue, was open from noon to 10 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

A lot has changed since the launch of the B.E.D. When the pandemic hit, socializing outside was considered much safer. To stay afloat restaurants and bars took advantage of new rules that allowed for more outdoor seating. Over the year, people grew even more accustomed to being outside, and it became even more popular.

In recent months, as some COVID rules have been removed, the city has worked on changes to ordinances to allow for outdoor seating to continue and to address noise and other concerns. Now, with new hours, businesses and customers are poised to enjoy the district even more.

I-471 and I-275 Bridge Inspections Scheduled, Lane Closures Ahead

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KYTC District 6 crews will be conducting bridge inspections on the I -471 (Daniel Carter Beard Bridge) and I-275 (Combs Hehl Bridge).

1017 S. Fort Thomas Ave. 

On Wednesday, Sept. 1, crews will be on the I-471 (Daniel Carter Beard Bridge) northbound from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.  The left lane will be closed.  Motorists should watch for crews and equipment.

On Thursday, Sept. 2, crews will be on the I-275 (Combs Hehl Bridge) eastbound from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.  The right lane will be closed.  Motorists should watch for crews and equipment.

In Other Words: Can You See What You Don’t Know?

Photo by David Travis on Unsplash

By Chuck Keller 

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It was a warm day and I had the classroom windows open to get some fresh air. It was Spring and the world was waking up. As I walked around checking on student progress, one boy motioned to me. “What’s the sound out there?” he asked pointing to the window. 

What sound? I heard birds singing and the wind rustling through the leaves. I said, “You mean the birds?” 

Turns out, he claimed that he had never heard birds before. How was that even possible? He had to be pulling my leg, but he was sincere. I have often thought of him and that moment. Was it possible? I suppose. 

Did you ever learn a new word and then you see it everywhere? This is a pretty commonly shared moment of awareness. Why didn’t we see it earlier? Why did we become aware of it at that moment? Of course there is a name for that. It’s called the Bader-Meinhof Phenomenon.

I have read that the color blue was the last color for us to see. The Greek poet Homer did not have a word to describe the blue water of the Mediterranean. He described the sea as “wine-dark.” That lead linguists and researchers to believe that the Greeks did not see blue. 

Why did ancient writers and story tellers never describe a blue? Did they not see it or did they just not have a word for it? Was it cultural or genetic? Linguist Lazarus Geiger confirmed the Greeks’ inability and also discovered that many ancient languages had no word to describe blue.  

As recently as 2006, researchers discovered that the Himba tribe in Namibia have no word or words for blue and cannot make a real distinction between green and blue. Isn’t that weird? Yes.  But it’s also pretty normal. We see but we don’t see. We hear but we don’t hear. 

I would wager that we will have to yet invent or borrow words from other languages and cultures to describe the yet undiscovered. It is exciting to think that we still get to name the things we don’t know yet still exist even though we can’t see or hear them because we don’t have the language for it. Language shapes our thinking.

Photo by Pisit Heng on Unsplash

We do not see the invisible story structure that guides our media viewing but we all recognize that there is a beginning, middle, and end to stories and that we always follow that pattern that we can chart. We are sometimes surprised by an ending that we claim we didn’t see coming but if we go back through the story we can see exactly how the storyteller lead us to that point. The pattern is ingrained in us and as we learn to identify the finer points, we gain a deeper appreciation for the story.  But we are still guided by the invisible structure of storytelling and culture. And we accept all of this as normal. 

We recognize that music follows an invisible pattern. We are surprised when something breaks that pattern. It’s either a pleasant surprise or we consider it awful according to our cultural preferences. John Cage’s 1952 piece 4’33” challenged the listener to find the musicality of a “quiet” piece - coughing, papers rustling, chairs scooting, murmuring. It is 4 minutes and 33 seconds of no instrumentation, just silence, natural music. Can you find the music in silence? 

Here’s the point - there are lots of structures, patterns, colors, and sounds in the world that we don’t see or we are not aware of but nonetheless exist yet have some sort of influence on us. What else do we not see? Or hear? Or feel? What else are we not aware of yet is a part of our daily lives? 

Our brains are wired to find patterns. We find meaning in those patterns. And those patterns change as we grow. But those patterns help us interpret the world, help us mature, help us survive, and even thrive. 

We don’t see or recognize everything. Our senses are not that good. We don’t know everything. Our brains are not that good. So let’s stop pretending that we do. Let us, though, be open and amazed by the world around us. We deceive ourselves because it is convenient or expedient or somehow beneficial to us and we deceive others because it is convenient or expedient or somehow beneficial to us. When the culture changed we eventually saw blue. 

We may not see a problem or a structure or any other type of embarrassing or harmful behavior or thinking because we have been culturally and linguistically blinded. Once you name something you can see it more clearly and the more clearly you see something the better you can understand it.  

But, you know, once you see that new color or learn that new word, you can’t unsee it. And that’s a good thing.  

Monday, August 30, 2021

Refresh your kitchen for the holidays with Schone Kitchen Design


If your kitchen needs a refresh before the holidays, then you need Schone Kitchen Design. This kitchen in Oakley features Schone's custom cabinetry: Plain and Fancy!

Schöne Kitchen Design is dedicated to providing an exceptional experience with quality craftsmanship AND happy clients. Stop by the Schone Kitchen Design showroom at 33 N Ft. Thomas Ave. Studio 100, Fort Thomas, KY. 

Showroom hours are Tuesday thru Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or by appointment. 

For more information about Schone, please call 859-516-8420 or visit the Schone Kitchen Design website here.

NKU Entrepreneurship Program Ranks in Top 10 Most Affordable

NKU Griffin Hall. 

Northern Kentucky University offers one of the nation’s most affordable entrepreneurship degrees, according to a new ranking from University Headquarters.

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NKU ranks as the 9th best affordable program for students wanting to develop an entrepreneurial mindset. The University Headquarters, an online resource dedicated to helping students navigate higher education, revealed its top 100 schools after assessing data and several factors, including accreditations, affordability and flexibility.

“The possible outcomes for a degree in entrepreneurship are nearly endless. Graduates with these degrees are highly valued as employees because they have been trained to take smart risks, think independently, and bring in a healthy bottom line. After all, as any good entrepreneur will know, education is an investment. With that in mind, students and their families should seek out programs that are likely to yield a great return on that investment,” stated University Headquarters in its review.

Housed in Haile College of Business, the Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship prepares learners for today’s fast-paced economic environment. Students take ownership of their future through innovation and entrepreneurial activities both inside and outside the classroom—from access to capital to making ideas real.

NKU has received numerous accolades for its award-winning entrepreneurship curriculum. Just last fall, the CIE was named one of the world's best in creating, advancing and enabling educational opportunities from the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers. Many students use the classroom concepts to start their own business through NKU's internationally ranked 12-week business accelerator, the INKUBATOR program.

“We have a rich heritage of helping students identify problems as opportunities and tackle the challenges that follow,” said Dr. David Schneider, director of the CIE. “Going through our program equips you with the right approaches for discovering novel concepts and thriving in today’s environment.”

NKU's Haile College of Business is accredited by AACSB-International, a distinction earned by fewer than 5 percent of business schools worldwide.

Enzweiler Building Institute Programs Aim to Address Shortage of Skilled Trades People in NKY

Carpentry program at the Enzweiler Building Institute. Provided.

The Enzweiler Building Institute, operated by The Building Industry Association of NKY (BIA) begins classes on September 7th, 2021. 

14 N. Grand Ave. 

“Our industry is facing unprecedented times of a long-term lack of skilled trades people able to work in our sector, resulting in several issues contributing to an outstanding opportunity for new trades people entering construction as their chosen career,” said Brian Miller, Executive Vice President of the BIA. 

"In the coming decade it will be necessary to create well over 60,000 new skilled trades people in our region in the specialties we offer alone. Every year wages are driving up at an accelerated pace to address the shortage, making now the best time to look at the construction industry to find your lifetime career."

The Enzweiler Building Institute is operated at the BIA's building center located in the Circleport Business Center off Mineola Pike. It was the first such trade school created by a BIA in the country. Programs offered are Carpentry, Facilities Maintenance, Plumbing, HVAC, Electric, Welding, Masonry, and the newest program of Diesel Mechanics.

Ethos Laboratories in Newport partnering with area’s schools to offer COVID shots and testing

Ethos Laboratories, a national leader in laboratory testing, has announced a collaborative partnership with School Districts for the 2021-2022 school year and businesses.

Ethos Laboratories will provide COVID-19 PCR testing for students (K-12) and staff who opt-in for testing at school or an Ethos site 29 East 6th Street in Newport.

As part of Kentucky’s ELC Reopening Schools program, tests will be offered at no cost to students or staff. Ethos Laboratories’ COVID-19 testing detects variants including Delta, as well as active infections in symptomatic or asymptomatic individuals. Results are available in 24 hours online.

“This partnership is instrumental in allowing the KCSD to offer COVID-19 vaccines and voluntary COVID-19 testing to our school community,” says Paula Rust, Director of Health Services for Kenton County School District.

“This valued alliance will be key to keeping our students and staff healthy this school year.”

No-Cost Back to School Vaccinations: As an additional service to the community, Ethos will be offering Drive-Thru COVID-19 vaccinations as schools open.

Vaccines include the two-shot Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, approved for ages 12 and up, or the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine approved for 18 and up.

If your school district (public or private) or business is located in Kentucky and is interested in partnering with Ethos Laboratories to provide year-round, gold standard COVID-19 PCR testing and/or COVID-19 vaccinations to your students, faculty, or employees, please contact call (877) 234-9655.

Saturday, August 28, 2021

Highlands-Simon Kenton Video Highlights


Highlands beats Simon Kenton 53-38, Moves to 2-0

Bluebirds Hold Off Pioneers in Shoot-Out

PHOTO: Ed Harber. Highlands senior wide receiver Clayton Lloyd (11) secures a touchown reception against Simon Kenton on Friday as teammate Aidan Halpin (82) celebrates. Lloyd had two touchdown catches for 47 yards in the 53-38 Highlands victory.

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The Highlands Bluebirds football team has proven to be dangerous over the years when opponents have to defend the entire field.

Highlands (2-0) showed that explosive offensive power winning the shoot-out over the Simon Kenton Pioneers (0-2), 53-38 on Friday in a game delayed just under two hours because of lightning in the area. This marks the first 2-0 start for the Bluebirds since 2018.

"It's kind of modern day football," said Bob Sphire, Highlands Head Coach. "You have two really good quarterbacks with two really good schemes that they can execute in and make plays in. Jeff (Marksberry) does a really good job as the head coach (at Simon Kenton). We just had to keep holding on, fighting, clawing and scratching. We had our chances to put them away earlier. I don't know that team ever gets put away. We might be the same way because our kids play hard for 48 minutes."

Meet Ethan and the team.

The Bluebirds put up 600 yards offensively on 64 plays for an average of just under 10 yards per play. Highlands had 196 yards rushing, 404 passing and 24 first downs. 

Highlands junior quarterback Charlie Noon led the way completing 22-of-37 passes for that total with five touchdowns and one interception. Noon also had 13 carries for 161 yards and one touchdown for an average of between 12 and 13 yards per carry. Noon could not play in the season opening 21-18 win over Bowling Green.

"It was really good to have Charlie back," said Hayden Sphire, Highlands Offensive Coordinator. "He's a leader of the offense and I thought it was really evident. He made a lot of big plays in third down situations where they had a chance to get us off the field and he broke a play. Receivers just made plays. We got them in space."

Highlands distributed the ball well. Senior wide receiver Jake Welch had nine catches for 185 yards and two touchdowns. Senior wide receiver Clayton Lloyd added two touchdown catches for 47 yards. Highlands sophomore Brody Benke had three catches for 34 yards with senior Sam Robinson recording two for 52 yards. Senior Oliver Harris and sophomore Davis Hinegardner had two each for 13 and 40 yards respectively. 

The Highlands defense may have allowed 596 yards offensively with 263 yards on the ground and 333 passing. But the Bluebirds defense did come up with crucial stops throughout the game recording six sacks of Simon Kenton junior quarterback Chase Crone

Highlands also won the turnover battle once again. Junior defensive back Ryan DeBurger had an interception to seal the deal late in the game and sophomore defensive back Carson Class scooped up a fumble on a lateral pass for a touchdown.

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The Simon Kenton Counter Trey Gap Zone Read Spread offensive scheme found its rhythm in the second quarter. Crone completed 17-of-36 passers for the 333 yards and four touchdowns including 10 to junior wide receiver Chase Williams for 168 yards. Junior running back Jayden Lawson had 25 carries for 233 yards for an average of just more than nine per carry. The Pioneers had 95 plays averaging more than six per carry.

"That's just what they do," Bob Sphire said. "The biggest thing was they figured out really how to handle some of our pressures and we couldn't get to the quarterback very well anymore. Early in the game, we got hits on him. We rushed (Crone). Once they figured out how to get their pass protection set, that made it hard for us."

The Bluebirds scored on their first possession and never looked back as the offensive line gave Noon time to make things happen. Noon found Lloyd for a 20-yard touchdown just 91 seconds into the game to put Highlands up 7-0.

Highlands held on defense stuffing out the runs in the first quarter. The Bluebird defensive lineman and linebackers penetrated the Simon Kenton backfield hitting Crone and Lawson.

"Our ends have to squeeze down and get the tackle," said TreVaughn Woods, Highlands junior lineman. "As long as we do our assignment and job, the D-line is going to be good this year. Our main issue was keeping outside contain."

Lloyd struck again from 27 yards out on a 4th-and-3 giving the Bluebirds a 14-0 advantage. Highlands junior kicker Davis Burleigh made his second of six extra-point kicks.

"We want to spread people out," Lloyd said. "When teams start expanding, we have the run game open there for us. Teams see Jake's speed and they underestimate the rest of us. If they double Jake, it leaves everyone else in man-to-man and (plays are) usually there."

Following a Simon Kenton score, Noon broke free for a 52-yard scamper with 4:14 left in the first half. He then hit Benke for a 13-yard touchdown and Harris hauled in the two-point conversion to put Highlands up 29-8 at halftime.

The Pioneers came out blazing in the second half scoring 17 straight to trim the margin to 29-25 with 3:19 left in the third quarter. Crone scored from 10 yards out to make that score.

"(Crone) really threw the ball well," Bob Sphire said. "When you have the running back that can get out on the edge that can stretch the defensive front, it's hard to send the backers to pressure because you have to honor the running back. Then he can scramble, keep plays alive and throw the ball even late. Sometimes with the way the game is played anymore, you have to outscore people."

But on a 3rd-and-long, Noon broke free for a 71-yard run setting Highlands up deep in Simon Kenton territory. He drew a personal foul penalty moving the ball to the Simon Kenton 11. Welch took the ball around the right end for the score to put the Bluebirds up 36-25.

"Coming out of the half, Simon Kenton was shutting us down," Hayden Sphire said. "Charlie broke than run on 3rd-and-9 and then we went and scored on that drive. On the sideline, I actually went up to Charlie and said, 'Thank You.' He just replied, 'That's what I do."

Burleigh booted a 24-yard field goal with 8:57 left in the game to put Highlands up 39-25. Then on the next possession, Class picked up a Simon Kenton dropped lateral and scored from 30 yards out to extend the Highlands lead to 46-25.

"(The long run) just got all of us going and opened up a lot more opportunities for the passing game," Noon said. "Every time we excel on offense, the defense will respond right with us. It's going to be tough to stop us. We have size. We have speed. We just have all-around playmakers."

But the Pioneers did not quit. Lawson caught a screen pass from Crone and darted 60 yards for the touchdown making it 46-32 Highlands with 7:30 left in the game.

"We have to get a lot better (defensively)," said Isaac Surrey, Highlands senior linebacker. "But we've been working hard, bonding well as a whole entire defense, playing extremely fast. I feel like we executed (Friday)."

Highlands responded when Welch caught a pass from Noon and weaved his way 52 yards for a touchdown to put the Bluebirds up 53-32 with 6:39 left in the game.

"Last week with our run-blocking, we struggled a bit," said Adam Bowman, Highlands junior lineman. "With our run-blocking, we stepped up. We were able to run the ball. Some of that was evidenced when we were able to run the clock out. I just think that was really big in helping us win."

Friday, August 27, 2021

Charities Guild of NKY hosts Happy Feet Ball, Sept. 17 at Newport Aquarium

Save the date for CGNKY's Happy Feet Ball on September 17 at Newport Aquarium!

Charities Guild of Northern Kentucky’s mission is 'happy feet'. 

The mission is simple, but the impact is immeasurable. For more than 40 years, the Charities Guild of Northern Kentucky (CGNK) has provided shoes to thousands of children who need them.

Founded by a group of women from Kenton County in the early 1980s, CGNK is now a volunteer based non-profit organization of up to 50 women serving together and raising funds each year to help local schools, foster care agencies, and churches purchase shoes for children in need.

Many families in poverty make the difficult decisions over which basic necessity to meet between food, shelter, or clothing. The CGNK Shoe Fund supports families by providing the foundational basic need of shoes. And it has enormous benefits. When children arrive at school with shoes in good condition, school officials report that they are able to focus more effectively on learning.
Through the Shoe Fund program, children have the opportunity to select the new shoes themselves through an Amazon platform. A Holmes High School official commented about their Shoe Fund partnership, "the fact that these women will even help shop for the shoes with our students online really connected with me. Whenever you can help empower the students and help them feel like they are given the same opportunities as their peers is amazing."

In 2021, CGNK began a new program focused on student athletes. They partnered with the Dayton High School football team to provide athletic shoes and are currently working on a partnership with the women's soccer team at Holmes High School in Covington.

In addition to raising money for the Shoe Fund, members volunteer their time at other organizations that support women and children, attend social gatherings, receive professional development experience by leading committees, and plan their annual fundraiser, The Happy Feet Ball. This event was cancelled in 2020 due to COVID-19, but it is back for 2021 and the organization is looking forward to bringing the community together for this important cause.
The 2021 Happy Feet Ball is Friday, September 17 at 7 p.m. at the Newport Aquarium and the theme is luau. Attendees are encouraged to wear Hawaiian-themed attire. Tickets are $75 per person and include open bar, heavy hors d’oeuvres, live music from The Menu’s, silent auction, games, a photo booth and more. The 2021 title sponsors are H/R Real Estate and the Fogarty Family.

General donations are also accepted on the website, such as becoming a Pair Partner for $25 or a Sole Mate for $50. Cash or checks can be mailed to P.O Box 75126.

To purchase event tickets, click here or follow Charities Guild of Northern Kentucky on Facebook.


2021 Charities Guild of Northern Kentucky Members:

Olivia Amlung
Beth Bach
Megan Bankemper
Lyndsay Barto
Elizabeth Berryman
Liz Birkenhauer
Hilary Blau
Lindsay Bujnoch
Sarah Cameron
Dianna Coley
Sarah Contner
Kristin Cropper
Kaeli Erskine
Kendal Fields
Kristen Gerrein
Amy Hahnel
Kendall Herold
Julie Hogan
Sarah Houseman
Kristy Hudepohl
Molly Jacks
Emily Keller
Lindsay Keogh
Michelle Klingenberg
Hannah Kramer
Katie Kremer
Meghan Laux
Liz Lucas
Maggie McCluskey
Kara McCord
Lana McCoy
Carson McKenzie
Alison Montoya Warken
Traci Nestheide
Lauren O'Brien
Karen Reed
Elizabeth Reeder
Melissa Rosenhagen
Marci Schroder
Paige See
Alysia Sester
Erin Sizemore
Christine Smalley
Katherine Stevenson
Kristin Turner
Mary Kate Vanderglas
Katlyn Williamson
Sara Zimmerman

NKY Chamber's next Eggs 'N Issues: State of Northern Kentucky, Sept. 14

Hear from Judge-Executives Kris Knochelmann (Kenton Co.), Gary Moore (Boone Co.) and Steve Pendery (Campbell Co.)

Don’t miss the most anticipated Eggs ‘N Issues event of the year where the region’s local leaders will share how they are confronting challenges and collaborating to improve the future of Northern Kentucky. The current state of NKY will be the focus of the next Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce (NKY Chamber)’s Eggs ‘N Issues event.

The NKY Chamber will host Eggs ‘N Issues: State of Northern Kentucky from 7:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m., on Tuesday, Sept. 14 at Receptions Banquet and Conference Center - South (1379 Donaldson Road, Erlanger, KY 41018). Attendees can look forward to learning more about the investments each county has made in broadband infrastructure, the latest economic developments and infrastructure projects in each community and so much more.

Scheduled panelists include:

“Historically, the state of Northern Kentucky is one of our most well-attended Eggs ‘N Issues event of the year,” said Brent Cooper, President and CEO of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. “Our members see great value in this ‘can’t-miss event’ because the decisions these Judges-Executive make affect all of our region’s business leaders. As a community, we must celebrate their ability to work together, their strong sense of regionalism and the cooperation and collaboration they display for the betterment of our entire region.”

Eggs ‘N Issues: State of Northern Kentucky will begin with check-in, breakfast and networking from 7:30-7:55 a.m. The program and audience Q&A session will follow until 9:15 a.m. Registration is $30 for NKY Chamber members, $50 for future members, and free for NKYP Passport holders. 

Pre-registration is required online at This is a limited capacity event.

All NKY Chamber event attendees are asked to wear masks while indoors.

Eggs ‘N Issues’ Title Sponsor is DBL Law. The monthly sponsors are Cincinnati Bell, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, Duke Energy and PNC Bank. The breakfast sponsor is NKU Athletics, and the media partner is the Cincinnati Business Courier.

Brighton Center hosts Job Fair, September 1

Need a job? Stop by the Brighton Center this Wednesday!

Brighton Center will host a Job Fair with on-site interviews on Wednesday, September 1st from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. at 741 Central Avenue in Newport, Kentucky.

Want a Clean House? 

Brighton Center currently has open positions working within early childhood education, workforce development, youth services, women’s recovery, volunteer engagement, and facilities maintenance. Job seekers can view open positions at, and are encouraged to bring a resume, as there will be the opportunity for on-site interviews. 

In accordance with CDC and local safety guidelines we ask that all Job Fair attendees maintain a safe distance from others, and wear a mask when in close proximity of others and/or when inside our buildings.

Brighton Center employees benefit from working at a community-based organization that is deeply invested in creating opportunities for individuals and families to achieve self-sufficiency.

With a commitment to professional development and a culture of promoting from within, Brighton Center is an excellent place to make a career while also positively impacting lives each and every day.

Brighton Center offers employees a generous benefits package including:

  • A wellness Program
  • 11 ½ Paid Holidays and Veterans Receive an Additional Holiday (employees working 16 or more hours)
  • Paid Vacation Time – earned at a rate of 1 day per month with increases for tenure up to 25 paid days off (employees working 16 or more hours)
  • Paid Sick Leave – accumulated at a rate of 1 day per month up to 480 hours to protect employees from financial hardship due to illness (employees working 16 or more hours)
  • Employer Contribution of 4% of Gross Salary for 403b and Additional 2% Match Option (employees working 20 or more hours)
  • Affordable Health, Dental, Vision, and Voluntary Life Insurance Benefits (employees working 30 or more hours)
  • Agency provided Life and Long Term Disability Insurance (employees working 30 or more hours)
  • Agency Child Care Discount of 20%
  • Employee Recognition Program
  • Financial Wellness Education and Workshops
  • Federal Student Loan Forgiveness Education – (Eligible Agency)
  • Tenure Awards including Additional Pay and Vacation/Personal Leave
  • Financial Coaching
  • Home Buyer Education Program
  • Professional Development and Network Building

“At Brighton Center, you can make an impact and meaningful difference in the lives of families and in our community. We believe deeply in the potential of those we serve as we work in partnership with them to improve the quality of their lives, and we are dedicated to the professional growth and development of our staff who seek to lead. We are highly respected for our work due to our commitment to integrity, excellence, accountability, and quality of service.” – Wonda Winkler, President and CEO.

For questions about the Job Fair please contact Danielle Montgomery at

Thursday, August 26, 2021

'Share What You Can" for Brighton Center returns this Sunday with free concert by Naked Karate Girls


'Share What You Can" for Brighton Center returns this Sunday with free concert by Naked Karate Girls

Get ready for some family friendly fun for a great cause!

The "Share What You Can" concert and food drive for Brighton Center returns this Sunday, August 29, with the Naked Karate Girls. The event is free and runs from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m in the Tower Park amphitheater.

Now open in the Fort! 33 N. Fort Thomas Ave.

This annual event is the biggest food pantry drive of the year for Brighton Center. It was created nine years ago by Katie Walters, Fort Thomas Renaissance Board and Brighton Center. 

Katie is a board member at Brighton Center and wanted to create a community party that benefited Brighton’s food pantry. 

The band, Naked Karate Girls, has been the event’s entertainment since it began. 

While the concert is free, attendees are encouraged to bring a canned good and drop it in one of the barrels placed around Tower Park. 
Attendees can also donate money directly to Brighton Center on their website here

Vendors for the food drive include S.E.A. Cuisine, Doolittle Shack, Kona Ice, Payton's Lemonade Stand, Cups and Cones, Braxton Brewing, Wildside Experience, Slice is Right and Cookiefection.

Click here to check out the Facebook event page!

Fort Thomas Parlor hosts flower truck this Saturday, August 28

This Saturday, August 28, Fort Thomas Parlor in the Midway District will host Scarlett Begonia’s Flower Truck start at 12 p.m. Guests are invited to enjoy some ice cream or cookie dough while shopping for beautiful bouquets of flowers right outside of Fort Thomas Parlor. 

Various arrangements and sizes can be ordered and created from the 1959 "Brigade Blue" Chevrolet pick-up truck which is owned and operated by Kara Acri. Kara is dedicated to supporting other home-grown and women-owned businesses. She sources many of her flowers and greenery from local growers in and around the Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati area.  

Click here to learn more about Scarlett Begonia's Flower Truck and be sure to stop by Fort Thomas Parlor this Saturday to get your hands on some sweet treats and sweet smelling bouquets!

Riverfest 2021: Here's everything you need to know

The following information was prepared by Newport Police Department:


On Sunday September 5th, 2021, the City of Newport will participate in the largest celebration of the year along with Cincinnati and Covington.  Such a large event requires some regulations, such as: 
- DO NOT bring any beverages, or ALCOHOL of any type into the venue.  (Parents with infants may bring water, milk, or other simulated milk products).   
- DO NOT bring any coolers, grills, tents, large umbrellas, or large chairs. 
- DO NOT bring any roller skates, rollerblades, scooters, motorized vehicles, or bicycles. 
- DO NOT bring any type of PETS. 
- DO NOT Park your vehicle illegally, or anywhere you would not park any other given time. (Such as: expressways, medians, road shoulders, entrance ramps, exit ramps, roadway, or no parking zones). 
- DO NOT bring or fly any drones, remote controlled electronics, or any other flying objects. 
- DO NOT bring any laser pointers or other light emitting devices. 
- NO SOLICITING north of 4th Street without a ‘Special Riverfest Vendors License’ issued specifically for the event.   

Plan which side of the river you want to be on prior to 6:00 pm; which is when most of the road and bridge closures begin.  

Pedestrian traffic closes at 7:30 pm on the Taylor Southgate Bridge.  The Purple Pedestrian Bridge is currently closed to pedestrian traffic at the Ohio boarder.   

Allow yourself plenty of time to arrive early, due to limited parking and road closures. 

Plan for long delays when leaving the event, due to a large amount of pedestrian and vehicular traffic.  
Dress appropriately for the weather. 

Small children should consider wearing hearing protection. 


Riverboat Row: Closes at 8:00 AM 
Columbia Street (North of 4th St): Closes at 8:00 AM 
Purple People Bridge: Closed in Ohio 
Purple People Bridge- ‘Pagan’s Path’: Closed in Ohio 
Taylor Southgate Bridge (Vehicular): Closes at 6:00 PM 
Taylor Southgate Bridge (Pedestrians): Closes at 7:30 PM 
Monmouth Street (3rd Street to 11th Street): Closes at 7:30 PM  *NO PARKING ON MONMOUTH ST 
Dave Cowens Drive: Closes at 7:30 PM 
I-471 Ramps to Route 8 (Exit 5): Closes at 7:30 PM  *Both NORTH and SOUTH 
10th Street between Saratoga and York: Closes at 7:30 PM 
4th Street Bridge: Closes at 8:30 PM 
All Other I-471 Ramps: Closes at 8:30 PM 
Licking Pike (Route 9) North at Aspen Drive: Closes at 9:00 PM 

I-471 North will remain open during the event, unless the safety of motorist determines it needs to be closed.   

When leaving the City of Newport:   

All traffic leaving the event will be routed to I-471 or I-275. If you are directed to a route you are not wanting to take, please continue on the route as instructed. Once on the interstate, you can simply take any exit to get turned around if needed. Due to street closures and a large amount of traffic, the direct route to your destination may not be available. Both Interstates will take you anywhere in the TRI-STATE area. 

Please TURN OFF YOUR GPS while not on the interstate.   

At approximately 9:00 pm, Monmouth Street will re-open and change to a one-way street going south to send all traffic to I-471.  

All traffic west of York Street will be directed south to 12th Street.  12th Street will be a one-way street going west to send all traffic to I-275.   

After the event, the NKU buses will stage on Dave Cowens (Route 8) entrance ramp to I-471 South for everyone that arrived on the buses.    

All traffic near Dave Cowens (Route 8) after the event will be sent to I-471 North or South.  

All traffic leaving the event area going south on Columbia St. (Traffic from Riverboat Row & Levee Garage) will have to make a right on W. 3rd St as follows:         
-Right turn will take you around the 4th St. Round-a-bout and will be directed toward Wilder (AA Highway & I-275 East or West). 
Once Covington Police open their side of the 4th St Bridge, traffic will then be allowed to travel west through Covington to I-75 North or South. 

Gov. Beshear: "Masking throughout the state now left to Legislature"

On Thursday during his weekly Team Kentucky update, Gov. Andy Beshear said hospitalizations have increased every day without exception for the past 42 days, from 239 people July 14 to a record 2,074 people Aug. 25. Before the delta variant, Kentucky’s record number of COVID-19 hospitalizations was 1,817 on Dec. 17, 2020.

“My point with all of these numbers is that we are in uncharted territory. We have been fighting this virus for almost 18 months, but we have never been here before,” said Gov. Beshear. “As horrible as last year’s surge was, we were never in the position where doctors worried they’d need to choose between treating a patient who can’t breathe because of COVID or treating a patient who is bleeding out from a car accident. But that is the strain that our hospitals are under now.”

The Kentucky Supreme Court ruled in favor of new laws limiting his emergency powers last weekend and Beshear said he would not challenge that ruling further. He also rescinded a school mask mandate he ordered on August 10 after that ruling, but because of an emergency order issued by the Kentucky State Board of Education, universal masking in schools remains in place.

"Masking in schools works. Not masking in schools does not," said Beshear. 

“The decision on broader masking, on masking throughout the commonwealth, is now one that’s going to be left to the legislature. But yesterday, having the third highest number of cases we’ve ever had and having 65 people die, that would’ve been the trigger for me,” added Gov. Beshear. 

“If it was in my authority to put in a masking order for indoors across the state, every other time we’ve been this high, we’ve done that, and it’s worked. It has decreased the number of cases. I can’t do that now, and I get that, and I’ll provide all of the information I can to the General Assembly. Hopefully they will make the best decision they can. But I am begging you out there, put on that mask. We desperately need for you to do it again.”

COVID-19 Update

Aug. 25, 2021, COVID-19 Case Information (Most Recent Data Available) 
Cases: 4,849
Deaths: 65
Hospitalizations: 2,074
ICU Census: 549
On Ventilators: 338
Positivity Rate: 13.16%

From March 1 to Aug. 18, 2021, 85.3% of COVID-19 cases, 90.3% of COVID-19 hospitalizations and 87.4% of COVID-19 deaths were among partially vaccinated or unvaccinated Kentuckians.

As of today, 2,488,328 Kentuckians have received at least their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine; 6,674 have been vaccinated over the past 24 hours.