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Thursday, September 30, 2021

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Mark Your Calendars: Here's What's Happening at the Campbell County Library

The Annual YART sale featuring works from artists and crafters is November 13 at the Newport Branch of the Campbell County Library (photo: CC Library)

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A clear sign fall has arrived, the Campbell County Public Library has released its November calendar of events.

A highlight is YART, the library's annual yard art sale featuring works from artists and crafters on Saturday, November 13, at the Newport Branch from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. From November 11 through 13 is the Friends Book Sale, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., also at the Newport Branch. And, you can catch Northern Kentucky native and country artist Jeremy Pinnell at 7 pm at Newport on Friday, November 19, as part of the library's Signature Series.

For November, two "givens" to remember. The library will follow the Covid health guidelines in place at that time — and all branches will be closed for Thanksgiving on November 25. 

Here's a list of some of the events, classes and bookclubs at the Carrico/Fort Thomas location, followed by Alexandria, Cold Spring, and Newport. For more details, see the Campbell County Public Library website


CARRICO/FORT THOMAS (Registration is required for all programs.)


Carrico/Fort Thomas Public Library, located at 1000 Highland Ave. in Fort Thomas

Book Discussions

Coffee & Conversation
2 pm Wednesday, Nov. 10
The Ghosts of Eden Park
by Karen Abbott.

If You Give a Kid a Book Club
4:30 pm Thursday, Nov. 11
Mommy’s Khimar by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow. Register to get a free copy of the book to keep. Grades 1-5.


Floral Burlap Wreath
2 pm Tuesday, Nov. 2
6:30 pm Thursday, Nov. 4
Create an autumnal wreath using a wire frame, burlap ribbon, artificial florals and hot glue.

St. Elizabeth Free Carotid Artery Screenings
9 am - 2 pm Thursday, Nov. 4
St. Elizabeth is offering free stroke and carotid screenings for those age 40 and older who qualify.

Exploring Local History
6:30 pm Thursday, Nov. 11
Presented in partnership with the Fort Thomas Military and Community Museum, take in stories about some of the 80,000 soldiers who came through the city.

Talking Tech Troubles with Morgan
2 pm Tuesday, Nov. 16
This month’s meeting topic is Bluetooth.

Teens & Tweens

DIY Duct Tape Hat
3 pm Tuesday, Nov. 2
Design a colorful hat with duct tape! Ages 11-19.

Spy Skills
4 pm Thursday, Nov. 4 & Monday, Nov. 8
Send encoded messages, create invisible ink, attempt to make it through a laser maze and more. Ages 8-14.

Cartoons & Canvas: Q-Tip Tree Painting
4 pm Wednesday, Nov. 10 & 17
Watch cartoons while painting a tree using Q-Tips. Nov. 17 date held via Zoom. Ages 11-19.

Tween Anime Day
4 pm Thursday, Nov. 18
Come to the library to watch anime with tweens that love it just as much as you. Ages 8-14.


Puppy Tales
2-4 pm Saturday, Nov. 13
Come read a story or two to a specially trained therapy dog. Sessions will be 15 minutes. Library staff will contact you to schedule a specific time.

Arrowhead Reptile Rescue
4 pm Monday, Nov. 15
Get up close and personal with ambassador reptiles during this educational animal show.

Geeking @ the Library
5-7 pm Saturday, Nov. 20
Link up with fellow geeks at the library. Bring board and card games from home or enjoy the library’s collection. Geekdom has no age limit: all ages are welcome. Children age 10 and under must be accompanied by a caregiver.

4 pm Monday, Nov. 22
Explore hands-on STEAM activities with Legos, Snap Circuits, Keva planks, coding activities, art supplies and more.

Despicable Me Interactive Movie
2-3:30 pm Saturday, Nov. 27
Get in on the heist with Gru, Margo, Edith, Agnes and the Minions. Become a part of the movie with library-provided props and actions.

Graphic Novel Fans
4 pm Monday, Nov. 29
Talk about your favorite graphic novels, share your own work, and get tips from published authors and artists. Those who attend the meeting have a chance to win amazing graphic novels just for coming!

Children (Grades 1-5, unless noted.)

Invitation to Create: Howardena Pindell
4 pm Monday, Nov. 1
Learn about American artist, curator and educator Howardena Pindell, best known for her abstract collages made of layered paper dots, then make art inspired by her work.

Young Ones

Movers & Shakers
10 am Mondays
Shake, move and sing in this active, musical story time that includes open play. Ages 2-3.

Together Time Tales
10 am Tuesdays
Spend time together reading, playing and learning. Ages 3-5.

Lap Time
10 am Wednesdays
Strengthen the language, motor and social skills in very young babies through songs, rhymes, books and lap bounces. The program is followed by open play. Newborn-2, especially for pre-walkers.

Baby Time
9:30 am and 10:30 am Thursdays
Build your baby’s language, motor and social skills through engaging songs, rhymes, simple movements, games, books and open play. No story time Nov. 25. Newborn-2, especially for walkers.

Superhero Babies
10 am Saturday, Nov. 6
Baby superpowers will be on display in this special story time! Along with songs, rhymes and books, we will craft an egg shaker with superhero stickers.

Mommy and Baby Yoga
10:30 am Saturday, Nov. 13
Moms and babies will enjoy stretching, strengthening and interacting with others. Bring mat and wear comfortable clothing. Newborn-2. 


ALEXANDRIA (Registration is required for all programs.


Alexandria Public Library, located at 8333 Alexandria Pike in Alexandria

Book Discussions

Alexandria Book Club
7:30 pm Thursday, Nov. 18
The Good Neighbor by Maxwell King.

Cam’s Kids Book Club
4:30 pm Tuesday, Nov. 23
The Diamond and the Boy by Hannah Holt. Register for a free copy of the book. Grades 1-5.


No-Sew Fall Banner
3-4:30 pm Thursday, Nov. 18
Make an easy fall-inspired craft to hang in your home.

Teens & Tweens

Glittery Book Pages Fall Leaves
3 pm Thursday, Nov. 4
Use glitter, book pages and fall leaves to create a fun fall decoration. Ages 11-19.

Tie-Dye Pillowcases
3-4:30 pm Thursday, Nov. 11
These tie-dye pillowcases are sure to add color to any room. Ages 11-19.


Pete the Cat Party
3 pm Saturday, Nov. 20
Celebrate Pete the Cat by reading his stories, playing themed games and making groovy crafts.

Children  (Grades 1-5, unless noted.)

Cincinnati Museum Center presents: Archaeology of Ohio’s Native American Peoples
4:30 pm Wednesday, Nov. 17
November is National Native American Heritage Month. Join CCPL and the Cincinnati Museum Center in paying tribute to the rich ancestry and traditions of Native Americans.

Homeschool Hangout: Friendsgiving
1 pm Wednesday, Nov. 24
Play Thanksgiving-themed games and make crafts. Treat bags will be provided to take home and enjoy.

CCPL Roblox Club
4 pm Saturday, Nov. 27
Play Roblox with friends and other local kids using the library’s private server. Online.

Young Ones

Preschool Story Time
11:15 am Tuesdays
This story time includes fun activities, crafts and themed books that aim to develop your child’s pre-literacy skills. Ages 3-5.

Baby Story Time
11:15 am Fridays
Socialize little ones while making connections with other parents during this story time. Newborn-2. 

COLD SPRING (Registration is required for all programs.)


Cold Spring Public Library, located at 3920 Alexandria Pike in Cold Spring

Book Discussions

You’ve Been Booked
7-8:45 pm Monday, Nov. 1
Naruto Vol. 1 by Masashi Kishimoto. Open to both teens and adults.

Cup of Crime Book Club
7 pm Wednesday, Nov. 10
Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan.

Tuesday Book Club
10-11:30 am Tuesday, Nov. 16
Enemies, a Love Story by Isaac Bashevis Singer.

Homeschool Book to Movie Club
11:30 am Thursday, Nov. 18
Indian No More by Charlene Willing and Traci Sorell. Register to get a free copy of the book. Ages 8-12.

Real Men Read
7-9 pm Thursday, Nov. 18
Banking on Trouble by Kathi Reed.


Cold Spring Stargazers Club
6-8:30 pm Thursday, Nov. 4
At this month’s meeting, the stargazers club will try to spot the lead-up to the New Moon, which is on the 7.

Dungeons & Dragons
5-8 pm Friday, Nov. 5
Figure out the mysteries of A Tough Tavern to Swallow, a one-shot adventure for up to six characters. New and experienced players are welcome.

Family Board and Card Game Day
1-5 pm Sunday, Nov. 14
Play tabletop board and card games at the library with your family. Choose any game from our collection, which includes over 250 board and card games, or bring a favorite from home.

NaNoWriMo Midpoint Push
6-7:30 pm Monday, Nov. 15
Catch up on your NaNoWriMo project at the library with others.

NaNoWriMo Wrap Up!
6-7:30 pm Tuesday, Nov. 30
Enjoy the company of other writers at the library as they discuss the highs and lows of their NaNoWriMo experience.

Teens & Tweens

Minecraft Club
5-7 pm Monday, Nov. 8
Join the library’s server to hang out with other players in the virtual world of Minecraft. Online. Ages 8-12. 

After Hours Game Night
7-10 pm Friday, Nov. 19
It’s game night at the library! Bring a favorite from home or choose from our collection, which includes over 100 board and card games, along with five different console systems. Ages 12+.

Teen Media Club: Anime
5-7 pm Monday, Nov. 22
Discuss and watch some different forms of media. This month’s theme is anime. Ages 11-19.

Teen Hangout
5-7 pm Monday, Nov. 29
Play games and hang out with other teens. Ages 11-19.


Fall Slime
11 am Saturday, Nov. 6
Pumpkin spice isn’t just for coffee, it’s also for slime! Explore the sensory details of fall by making pumpkin and cinnamon-scented slime with fall foliage.

Jewelry Making Party
11 am Saturday, Nov. 13
Craft friendship bracelets, beaded necklaces and more!

Picture Book Scavenger Hunt
11 am Saturday, Nov. 20
November is Picture Book Month! To celebrate, let’s search for the library’s most beloved picture books.

Children (Grades 1-5, unless noted. )

Bullet Journal Making
4 pm Thursday, Nov. 4
Bullet journals are having a moment. A popular organizational system that allows users to set their own pace, these planners allow for creativity and endless customization. Using provided materials, create a work of art to take home and keep.

Homeschool Hangout
11 am Tuesday, Nov. 9
The Arboretum on Wheels is coming to the library! Learn about basic food chains and explore what it means to be part of an ecosystem.

DIY Squishy Making
4 pm Thursday, Nov. 11
Decorate your own squishy using materials provided by the library.

Fall Trivia
4 pm Friday, Nov. 18
Fall is here! Come to the library for fall-themed trivia and a book giveaway.

Young Ones

Tot Time
9:30 & 11:30 am Mondays
Build your child's development skills through engaging and interactive themed stories, songs and motor skills followed by open play. Ages 1-3.

Toddler Time
10 & 11 am Wednesdays
These stories, songs rhymes will exercise your little ones' bodies and minds. This story time is followed by a craft and open play. Ages 2-3.

Baby Time
9:30 am Thursdays
Strengthen your baby’s language, motor and social skills through engaging songs, rhymes, simple movements, games, books and open play. No story time Nov. 25. Newborn-2, especially for walkers.

Preschool Time
10:30 am Thursdays
Join the library every week to help your child develop their pre-literacy and motor skills with themed stories, gross motor play and crafts. No story time Nov. 25. Ages 3-5.

NEWPORT (Registration is required for all programs, unless noted.)


Newport Public Library, located at 901 E. Sixth St. in Newport

Book Discussions

Newport Book Club
7 pm Tuesday, Nov. 2
Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud and the Last Trial of Harper Lee by Casey Cep

Tween Book Club
4 pm Friday, Nov. 12
Tight by Torrey Maldonado. Register to get a free copy of the book. Ages 8-14.

Young Adults for Grown Adults
7 pm Tuesday, Nov. 16
On the Come Up by Angie Thomas.


Countdown Counter
5:30-7:30 pm Monday, Nov. 8
Start the countdown to whatever holiday you celebrate this season with this festive craft.

Friends Book Sale
9 am - 5 pm Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 11-13.
Held at the Friends Room on the lower level of the Newport Branch, a large selection of items will be available, with prices ranging from 25 cents to $3 for select titles, as well as free books. Registration is not required.

YART: The Yard Art Sale
11 am - 4 pm Saturday, Nov. 13
Get a head start on holiday shopping at YART, the library’s annual art yard sale. Peruse work from dozens of artists, crafters and students selling their own unique creations. Everything is $30 or less, from ceramics to illustrations, photography, metalwork, paintings, jewelry, textiles and more.

Fall Door Hanger
6-7:30 pm Monday, Nov. 15
Visit the library to make decorations for fall.

Signature Series: Jeremy Pinnell
7 pm Friday, Nov. 19
Fresh off the release of his third studio album Goodbye LA, Northern Kentucky native and country artist Jeremy Pinnell will perform at our Newport Branch as part of our Signature Series. Free tickets are required.

Cork Pumpkin
6-7:30 pm Sunday, Nov. 22
Let’s make a cork pumpkin together.

Teens & Tweens

Tween Scene: Book Bingo
4 pm Tuesday, Nov. 2
Play bingo to win free books and other prizes. Ages 8-14.

Tween Scene: Spinning Dancers
4 pm Tuesday, Nov. 9
Get artsy by creating moving dancers for this STEAM project.

Anime Club
3 pm Thursday, Nov. 11
Watch anime and eat some good snacks! Ages 11-19.

Tween Scene: Fizzy Dinosaur Eggs
4 pm Tuesday, Nov. 16
Create dinosaur eggs that fizzle when you add water.

Fall Banner
3-4:30 pm Thursday, Nov. 18
Add autumn vibes to your room with this fall banner perfect for sweater weather.

Tween Scene: Lego
4 pm Tuesday, Nov. 23
Use your imagination to make a creation with Lego bricks. Ages 8-14.

Tween Scene: Watercolor Painting
4 pm Tuesday, Nov. 30
Relax by painting a picture using watercolors. Ages 8-14.


11 am Saturday, Nov. 6
Befriend a dragon and make a sunflower sword.

Family Fun Night: Raya and the Last Dragon
6:30-8:30 pm Thursday, Nov. 18
Enjoy a family movie night at the library with Raya and the Last Dragon. Prepackaged snacks will be available.

Collage for Kids: Gratitude
11 am Saturday, Nov. 20
Let’s collage words and images that represent what we’re thankful for.

Autumn Suncatchers
11 am Saturday, Nov. 27
Create suncatchers that look like lovely fall leaves to soak in the last bits of fall.

Children  (Grades 1-5, unless noted.)

Little Prodigies
4 pm Wednesdays
Make crafts at Little Prodigies. This month’s programming includes cloud sewing, friendship bracelets, confetti cannon, colorful turkey.

Homeschoolers’ Club: Volcanoes
1 pm Thursday, Nov. 18
For this month’s lesson, we’ll learn how to create a volcano.

Young Ones

Ready for K Through Play
10 am Mondays
Prepare your child for kindergarten with this classic story time involving books, music and play. Ages 3-5.

Movers & Shakers
10 am Tuesdays
Shake, move and sing in this active, musical story time that includes open play. Ages 2-3.

Baby Bounce and Rhyme
10 am Wednesdays
Develop your little one’s literacy skills with this story and singing time. Newborn-2.

10 am Thursdays
The songs we sing and books we read at story time can have a positive influence on young minds. No story time Nov. 25. Ages 3-5.

The Campbell County Public Library operates four branches. The Cold Spring Branch is located at 3920 Alexandria Pike in Cold Spring, phone 859-781-6166. The Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch is located at 1000 Highland Ave. in Fort Thomas, phone 859-572-5033. The Newport Branch is located at 901 E. Sixth St. in Newport, phone 859-572- 5035. The Alexandria Branch is located at 8333 Alexandria Pike in Alexandria, phone 859-572-7463. Express locations for pickups and returns are located in Silver Grove and Melbourne. Happy reading!

Newport on the Levee Launches Two Seasonal Experiences; Winterizes Bridgeview Box Park

With colder temperatures around the corner, Newport on the Levee will adapt its current weekly experiences and introduce two new events for the community to enjoy this season. Beginning Oct. 6, the riverfront mixed-use destination will launch Cornhole League, a 7-week tournament series on Wednesday evenings, and Movie Night on the Levee, complimentary movie screenings each Thursday through the holiday season. Additionally, on Oct. 27, the Levee’s massive winter tent over the Bridgeview Box Park will make its return, allowing guests to enjoy outdoor dining and events in the colder months.

“Even as it gets colder outside, there’s still a desire to be with your friends and family after work to hang out, grab a drink and enjoy some quality time together,” said Sally Fisk, marketing manager at Newport on the Levee. “We’ve adapted our current seasonal events and introduced two others to accommodate the change in seasons and continue providing the community with a safe and fun place to come together. Whether you want to relax at a movie or enjoy some friendly competition, we’ve got it all this fall.”

Every Wednesday from Oct. 6 to Nov. 24, power through the mid-week slump with a little competition at the Levee’s Cornhole League in partnership with Go! Cornhole. Friends and families are invited to bring their game faces and compete or just watch while enjoying local sips and snacks from onsite restaurants, including event partner Wooden Cask. Games will run from 6:30 to 9 p.m. inside The Gallery and on the last Wednesday of the league, the ultimate cornhole competitors will face off in a season-ending tournament to determine who will take home the final prizes and championship trophy.

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On Thursday evenings, movie buffs are invited to kick back and relax for Movie Night on the Levee, a series of complimentary weekly screenings showing seasonal, classic and family-friendly films on The Gallery’s massive indoor LED screen. The series kicks off on Oct. 7 with a viewing of Goosebumps, followed by an all star lineup of Halloween and holiday favorites. Don’t forget to grab light bites and beverages at Newport on the Levee restaurants before the film starts rolling at 7 p.m. Seating is first come, first serve and guests are encouraged to bring additional blankets and chairs. For the full movie lineup and event details, visit

In addition to cornhole and movie screenings, the community is invited to enjoy other seasonal experiences at Newport on the Levee, including Trivia Night on the Levee hosted in partnership with Last Call Trivia in the winterized Box Park every Tuesday and live music performances by local favorites at Newport Nights on the Levee in the Central Plaza on Fridays.

Injury to Senior Football Star Leaves Welch Family Seeking Silver Lining in Tough Situation

 Welch Looking to Recover for Track Season

PHOTO: Ed Harber. Highlands senior wide receiver Jake Welch is out for the season. He's trying to recover for track season in the spring. Welch won the 400 meter dash in 49.67 seconds in the Class AA State Meet in June.

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It was supposed to be a banner football season for the Welch family.

Mike Welch, a 1993 Highlands alum, had worked his way up through the coaching ranks and first-year Head Coach Bob Sphire hired him to coach the outside linebackers this year. His oldest son Jake Welch returned for his third season on the varsity as a senior and younger son Nate Welch entered the year as a sophomore running back/defensive back.

Mike Welch helped the Bluebirds to the Class AAA state championship in 1992 as a running back and cornerback graduating with recently-passed former University of Kentucky assistant coach John Schlarman. He'd played wide receiver some as a junior. Mike Welch started coaching the Red Devils youth football team then moved on to the freshman team staff before taking his current role this year.

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"It's been an absolute dream. I've had the chance to coach them from Little League on,"
 Mike Welch said of coaching his sons. "It's just worked out that we've gotten to be together. For the first time ever, all three of us were on the same team so that was pretty cool. I've had a lot of fun doing it."

Jake Welch primed himself for a solid senior season at wide receiver. His blazing speed had been giving opponents troubles throughout the years. But he is out for the season as a result of an injury sustained against Cincinnati McNicholas.

Jake Welch came to the Highlands girls soccer game Monday cheering hard for the Bluebirds. He knows some good things will come out of the situation.

"I'm just trying to stay positive and make sure I still have a positive impact on the team coaching up the younger guys," Jake Welch said. "I'm just going to stay focused, grind out rehab and hope to be back by winter track going into spring track season."

Jake Welch finished the season with 19 catches for 322 yards and two touchdowns and five rushes for 35 yards. He had eight catches for 200 yards and two touchdowns in the 53-38 win at Simon Kenton on Aug. 27.

"They were great," Jake Welch said. "It's something you've dreamed of and dreamed for since you first started playing flag football. It was worth every hot, sweaty practice in the summer. Grinding it out has been a great experience. I'm glad to get in what I did this year."

Jake Welch scored in four events at the Class 2A state track and field meet winning the 400 dash in 49.67 seconds last year. Jake Welch also took fifth in the 200 in 22.67 seconds and seventh in the 100 in 11.19 seconds scoring 16 points individually.

Since his arrival in March, Sphire and staff tried to take advantage of Jake Welch's abilities running some plays designed for him such as end-arounds. Sphire said Jake Welch impressed him as "one hyper-competitive athlete."

"(Jake Welch) seems to approach everything from the perspective of planning and expecting to win," Sphire said. "People think that is just natural to all athletes. It is not. Many wonder if they might win. Some just hope they can be in position to possibly win. I am sure by indoor track season this winter he will be winning because Jake expects that he will be winning. He appears to have an unshakable confidence in his ability to compete."

Highlands had a chance to win a state championship in the final event. Jake Welch helped the Bluebirds finish second in the mile relay in a school record time of three minutes, 25.49 seconds behind North Oldham. But Highlands fell just short with 75 points. Mercer County won it with 78.5 points.

"It was something I'd been working toward my whole life," Welch said. "When you're in those hard days and it's super hot out in the summer and the spring, you don't want to do an extra rep. That's what you think of is winning state. It helps you push."

His mother in 1994 Highlands graduate Keri Imhoff-Welch is a physical therapist. Jake Welch tore an Anterior Cruciated Ligament as a sophomore against Covington Catholic missing the final two games of the season. He finished with five catches for 93 yards and three touchdowns that year.

"We actually had a good physical therapist he saw for a while," Keri Welch said. "Getting him back to his agility and stuff, I was able to do that so that was really nice for him because he could be comfortable. This won't be much different. He is so motivated, so disciplined and he works hard. I don't really have to push him. I just have to tell him what to do and he'll do it, which is awesome."

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Jake Welch had a team-high 251 yards on 10 catches and two touchdowns in 2020 in a season shortened by Coronavirus 2019. Highlands finished 5-6 losing 38-21 in the second round of the playoffs at Covington Catholic. He also missed some games that year because of injuries.

Jake Welch said he'll be on crutches for four weeks. But he has a weighted grade-point average of 4.299. He hopes to run track in college. Jake Welch has taken a visit to Centre College in Danville and will visit Davidson University (North Carolina) and the University of North Carolina-Wilmington after the football season ends. 

Jake Welch also has other things to look forward to his senior year such as Prom. He sat in the stands in April when the Highlands Boys Basketball team won the first state championship in school history defeating Elizabethtown, 79-60 in the state title game.

"It was amazing. The culture we have here at Highlands is great," Jake Welch said. "All the students coming out and supporting our teams is a great thing to be a part of."

The Highlands football team is 3-3 on the season entering district play against Conner on Friday. The coaching staff has worked with other wide receivers such as seniors Oliver HarrisClayton Lloyd, junior Brennan Kelsay and sophomores Carson Class and Matteo Matteoli to pick up the slack at wide receiver.

"I think we're moving in the right direction for sure," Mike Welch said. "I think there's a different look and feel the way we prepare, the way we work, how much we're learning. How much I've learned from Coach Sphire has been fun as heck. He's constantly teaching these kids and just letting them understand football. The work they're committed to and putting in is just great."

The game against Conner starts at 7 p.m. Friday.

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Health and Wellness Fair at Alexandria Brewing Company, October 2 (sponsored)

Grab a juice or a beer and meet local businesses serving the community in the name of health and wellness!

Don't miss a special Fall celebration of everything health and wellness this Saturday, October 2 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Presented by Garden of Eten, the event will be held at the Alexandria Brewing Company at 7926 Alexandria Pike.

Join Garden of Eten for a FREE Farmers Market type event, as we usher in Fall with a celebration of everything health and wellness. 

From chiropractors and fresh squeezed juice to elderberry syrup and yoga studios, the Garden of Eten and over 30 vendors will kick off the festive event to highlight holistic health, wellness and natural beauty to our community. 

The event will feature small businesses from all around the Greater Cincinnati Area that provide holistic services, natural products and eco-friendly goods. 

Check out the line up and map of vendors below!

Click here to view the Facebook event page and visit Garden of Eten's website to learn more!

Garden of Eten 
Performance Chiropractic 
Studio43 Sweat+Soul 
SkinCare Matters by Jo 
Bethany Rose Pottery 
Handie Brandie's Plants and More, LLC 
Kentucky Botanical Co. 
Hamall Oils and Wellness 
Hummingbird Healing 
JWK Juicery 
ShurWood Forest Custom Creations 
Cultivate Healing 
Family First Fire Safety 
Stock Up For Health 
That Guys Woodshop 
Wisdom Tree 
Beelicious Honey 
Mindful Wellness Medical Thermography 
W.O.M.B | Wisdom Of My Body 
Holistic Health Practitioners 
Homebody Coffee Co. 
Spoons & Such 
Karmaic Beauty 
Blissful Life Coach 
The Fancy Chicken Farm Company, LLC 
Grateful Grahams 
Dimitridon Studios NKY 
Refreshed Living - The Wellness Company 
Jackie Adams, LMT 
ND Wellness Psychological Services
The Holistic Cleaner

Paving Next Week on KY 9 (AA Highway) in Cold Spring

Work will take place during nighttime hours

KYTC District Office would like to advise motorists that a resurfacing project will start next week on a section of KY 9 (AA Highway) in Campbell County.

Barre3 Fort Thomas. 90 Alexandria Pike. 

Work is scheduled to start Monday night, Oct. 4, on KY 9 (AA Highway) between Shadow Lake Drive and Steffen Lane/Town Drive (14.9 – 17.5 mile-marker), from 6 p.m. until 6 a.m. daily.  Some nighttime weekend work may occur.  

Motorists should watch for lane closures and crews.  Work is weather-dependent. The project has an Oct. 15 completion date. 

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Botto Financial: Could Evergrande Kick Off China’s Lehman Moment? (sponsored)

Will a Chinese company's bankruptcy affect the U.S. investor? 
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On September 20, global markets slumped on the news that Evergrande, a Chinese real estate developer, was headed for bankruptcy. For some, it’s brought to mind the great financial crisis in 2008, when a collapsing real estate sector almost took the U.S. and global banking system down, starting with the Lehman Brothers investment bank. In other words, many now fear that Evergrande could kick off China’s “Lehman moment.”

This news is certainly worth paying attention to. It’s scary stuff, if true. Is it worth worrying about? No, not yet. The fact is that there are significant differences between both the situation then and the situation now, as well as between the U.S. position in global financial markets and the Chinese position. When you add those details up, the situation does not look nearly as scary.

Back to 2008?

Let’s start with Evergrande itself. Despite the worry, so far this looks like a corporate bankruptcy and not something worse. It’s a big one, to be sure, but one that can be handled within the system. Bondholders will lose money, other companies will be affected, and life will move on. So far, that situation is what we see and not something bigger.

Second, even if this does turn into something bigger, something that affects the Chinese economy and markets as a whole, the Chinese government has more money—and more legal powers—to contain the damage than the U.S. and western governments did back in 2008. The Chinese government can and will try to contain the damage before it starts to threaten the economy as a whole. The U.S. could do it in 2008, and the Chinese can do it now. They have, in fact, contained similar crises before.

Third, even if they don’t (or can’t), the Chinese financial system and the rest of the world are much less integrated than the developed world was in 2008. The contagion possibilities are simply more limited. We have seen several significant episodes of financial turbulence in China that did not cross over to the developed markets, the most recent of which has been the disruption of the Chinese tech companies in the past couple of months. We have repeatedly seen that China can have significant turmoil without disrupting the rest of the world.

Finally (and which ties in with the previous three points), the bus that you are watching is rarely the one that ends up hitting you. Both the U.S. government and regulators, and U.S. banks and financial institutions, are very aware of the situation in China, and they are at least thinking about how to minimize the risks. That was not the case in 2008. Since this is not coming out of the blue, any damage will be contained—and likely much less than is now feared.

The Markets React

If you look at the markets, this is what they are saying as well. After the recent drop, U.S. markets are still about where they were a couple of months ago and still within less than 5 percent of their highs. As of this writing (September 21, 2021), markets are up slightly. This kind of a pullback is normal behavior for markets on bad news—something we last saw in July—and therefore a rational response to real but contained risks. As crashes go, this could be much worse.

In fact, the Evergrande news is probably the trigger, but not the cause, of the small pullback we have seen. Markets have been unusually steady in recent months, and a pullback was overdue. Fundamentals are still solid, with earnings rising and valuations within the recent range. So far, this pullback looks to be driven by fear, rather than something worse.

We could, of course, get more volatility, even substantially more. Fear-driven moves can be sharp, and we could well see more scary headlines out of China. Hang on tight. But even if we do see more volatility, what we have seen so far suggests that conditions remain favorable, and that it should be fairly contained.

Will Evergrande Affect U.S. Investors?

From a business perspective, Evergrande is a big deal. Lots of money will be lost if the company goes bankrupt, and there may well be damage to Chinese markets and the Chinese economy. Will it affect the U.S. investor? It might, to a minor degree, as any significant bankruptcy around the world might. But will it disrupt the Chinese financial system as a whole or even the global system? Right now, that possibility looks extremely unlikely. Hurricanes can do damage, but for U.S. investors, right now this looks like a hurricane on the other side of the world—scary and damaging, but not a significant threat to us.


Wesley Botto is a financial consultant located at Botto Financial, 4565 East Galbraith Road, Suite B, Cincinnati, OH 45236. He offers advisory services as an Investment Adviser Representative of Commonwealth Financial Network®, a Registered Investment Adviser. He can be reached at 513.924.3350 or at

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Third Region Crown in Four Years for Highlands Boys Golf

Craft Wins Medalist Honors

The Highlands Bluebirds Boys Golf Team won the 8th Region Tournament for the third time in four years on Tuesday at Henry County Country Club. Team members, from left, are Hank Shick, Joel Craft, Nate Surrey, Jack Schneider and Oliver Golden.

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On a yearly basis, golf coaches talk about preparation for one day each year.

That is the region tournament. The Highlands Bluebirds boys golf team has made a habit of excelling on that day in recent years capturing a third region championship in four years at the Henry County Country Club on Tuesday.

Highlands shot a 317 to bring it home. The Bluebirds also won it last year and in 2018 with scores of 323 and 293 respectively. The Bluebirds finished sixth in the state tournament last year and eighth in 2018.

Highlands Head Coach Bert Richey said he expected the Bluebirds to be in this position despite graduating two NCAA Division I golfers from the 2020 squad. Luke Muller took his talents to Northern Kentucky University and Justin Gabbard is golfing at Xavier University.

"We got off to a rough start. But as we talked about before we went, it was 18 one-hole battles and the kids did a good job of staying in and making sure they played the whole round without giving up," Richey said. "We were way behind at the start. We played a fantastic back nine. The kids did a good job of following their game plans they set up. We played a lot of practice rounds (at Henry County Country Club) so they knew they played the back nine really well. They just had to stay in there on the front nine and they did."

Highlands has qualified for state in four of the last five seasons finishing region runner-up in 2017. But only the 12 region winners currently qualify for state as a team.

Highlands junior Joel Craft has golfed on all three teams. He earned medalist honors in this one shooting an even par 72.

"It feels good. I struck the ball really well," Craft said. "I honestly made a couple silly errors that made the score higher than it should have been. But I got the win. The team did what we needed to do. We knew we probably had to at least break 320 to win. I'm just happy for the team we were able to get it done."

Freshman Hank Shick and senior Jack Schneider also golfed on the state tournament team last year. Shick shot 77 to take fifth overall and Schneider shot 80 shooting one-under on the back nine.

"Repeating as region champs is that much more impressive for our team because we had to start from scratch," Schneider said. "We just kind of scrambled our way to the top. We stuck together. Nobody ever gave up on the round."

Freshmen Nate Surrey and Oliver Golden participated in their first region tournaments. Surrey shot an 88 to round out the Highlands scoring and Golden shot 90.

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"I think it was really about staying in the game," Surrey said. "I had one really bad hole. I had to keep focus and know that I can play better. Jack and Joel have always been real good to me. We've always played and had a good time up at the (Highland) Country Club. At tournaments, they're always real nice to me, Oliver and all the freshmen. Their just really good leaders on the team."

Richey said the par three holes and the 18th hole are extremely tough in Henry County. Richey also said the greens are fast and the wind played a factor.

"Our kids did a good job of making sure they kept the ball below the hole on the (18th hole) so we gained a lot of shots on the field by keeping the ball below the hole," Richey said. "The harder the conditions is probably better for us because our kids are real tactical. They're smart when they play."

In Other Words: You Can Be A Spectator Or You Can Dive In To Go After What You Want


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By Chuck Keller 

My parents had a river cottage in southern Indiana and that’s where we spent our summers. Dad would drive the extra distance to work in the city just so we could live in the country. 

My younger brother and I didn’t mind. We swam in the river, explored nearby creeks, target shot at our small range, fished, and wandered through local fields. We fell asleep to rain falling on the tin roof. Sometimes we slept on the screened porch. 

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It was a primitive cottage. We had a hand pump in the kitchen for well water and we had to walk about 25 yards to the outhouse. There was no air-conditioning. (We didn’t need it then.) We had an old radio so we could dial in Reds games or old radio shows. We had an out of tune upright piano where we banged out songs we heard on that same old radio. The eyes of a raggedy stuffed buffalo head followed us around the room. And we had a party line telephone that we shared with a few neighbors. 

We were surrounded by farms and some of the most unique people I had ever met. This was the summer center of the universe of my youth. 

There was one man who lived alone in a small, unimpressive wood-framed house across the street. I had no idea how old he was. As a child, every tall person was an older adult. Every few days, he would walk barefoot across the road dangling goggles and swimming fins from one hand. He would wave to greet us and he and my father would chat.

He’d make his way down the stairs to a rocky shore. I so clearly remember the first time I followed him to the river. I asked him what he was going to do and he replied, “Fish.” With goggles and fins? Don’t you need a pole? And bait? And a bobber? 

He geared up, waved, and dove into the river. A few minutes later he popped out of the water with a pretty big fish in his hand. He tossed it on the shore and told me to make sure it didn’t get away because that was his dinner. He dove again. It was simple and productive. I now know that this technique is called noodling or hand fishing. There are TV shows and big competitions dedicated to the activity. 

Sometime a fish would cut his hands but he always went home with a fish. Always. He got what he wanted. I would sometimes sit for hours on the shore hoping for a nibble but this guy dove in the water and came up with a fish. Every. Time.  

I readily admit that I was too nervous to try his technique because there were some big snapping turtles that nestled under the tree roots and rocks along the murky shore and I wanted to keep all of my fingers. But it changed the way I saw my little piece of the world. 

All of us have had moments like this. Sometimes it is gradual and other times it is immediate, but we eventually arrive at an understanding, a lesson.

Here’s the point. You won’t get what you want unless you dive in to grab it. It’s not always easy or safe. It took some time, space, and reflection to understand the meaning of what I saw. I learned that if I wanted something then I had to gear up and go after it. You can sit on the shore and be a spectator or you can dive in and go after what you want. Either way, it’s up to you. 

Monday, September 27, 2021

House Members’ Bill Makes Permanent Funding for Full-Day Kindergarten

Ruth Moyer Elementary School in Fort Thomas. 

Prefiled legislation cosponsored by Representative C. Ed Massey would make state funding for the entire cost of full-day kindergarten a permanent expenditure. Massey cosponsored Representative James A. Tipton’s BR 275, which was prefiled on September 9.
The vast majority of Kentucky’s school districts currently offer full-day kindergarten programs. However, the state only funds half of the costs—essentially half a day—and districts make up the difference with local taxes or tuition and fees. The General Assembly has debated funding the full cost for decades, and made a one-time investment of $140 million to do so in the current budget.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, priority on legislation has been crafting to provide schools with more flexibility, including the “test and stay” model for students and staff instead of quarantining, expanding remote learning and solutions to yearly funding.
“This is about making sure students gain the right skills and confidence in the classroom early, so they can graduate from high school and have fulfilling careers,” said Massey, who is a member of the House Committee on education. “All educators know that if a child is not on grade level reading by third grade, their chance of succeeding and graduation are compromised.  Early childhood education is paramount in eliminating barriers to success.”
Lawmakers pointed to education data that shows, kindergarten provides the tools that students need to succeed on their educational journey, like early literacy, and socialization. The measure also allows school districts to free up funding and focus more on additional learning preparation programs or literacy programs that bolster the learning loss many have experienced.
“One of our top priorities is to help all children reach their full potential. That starts with creating clear, affordable pathways for learners to grow and succeed,” said Tipton. “This was a giant step in the right direction. We know that this investment will pay off in dividends for not only the children in our classrooms, but also our efforts to grow our economy, create jobs, and improve our quality of life.”
BR 275 can be found on the Legislative Research Commission’s website at

Wilder company celebrates 10 years in business with giveaways (sponsored)

Performance Chiropractic celebrates 10 years in Wilder. 
(Left to right: Office Coordinator Kaitlyn Tackett, Dr. Steve Hannegan, Christy Hannegan)

Performance Chiropractic, a chiropractic and nutrition practice on Licking Pike in Wilder, Kentucky, is proud to celebrate its 10 year anniversary this year!

This Thursday, September 30, Performance Chiropractic will be giving away free hats all day at their office to celebrate this milestone of 10 years in business and to give back to the community.

September 30 will also kick off 10 days of giveaways on Performance Chiropractic's social media accounts for their fans. 

Prizes include;

  • Cincinnati Cyclones tickets
  • Neltner’s Fall Fest tickets
  • Barre3 passes
  • A Grassroots & Vine basket and more!

Be sure to follow Performance Chiropractic on Facebook and Instagram to learn how to enter each day from October 1st - October 10th. 

Performance Chiropractic has experienced a lot of growth this past year and the practice plans to add an additional chiropractor in the near future. They are accepting new patients and would love to help more people with their healthy journey.

About Performance Chiropractic

Dr. Steve Hannegan and his team, who specialize in sports chiropractic, functional nutrition, dry needling and a number of other chiropractic and wellness services, are excited to have reached this important milestone and have enjoyed their many years of helping patients feel better. 

"Over this past decade, we have made a big difference in many patients’ lives,” said Dr. Hannegan. “We use a personalized approach to chiropractic care integrating effective, non-invasive ways to treat and manage pain along with lifestyle and nutritional changes.”

Dr. Hannegan opened his practice right out of chiropractic school and hasn't looked back since. Shortly after opening its doors, Performance Chiropractic became the most sought after spot for local chiropractic care in Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati. 

Dr. Hannegan with his son Ashby on the Cincinnati Cyclones bench.

Dr. Hannegan is also a Certified Chiropractic Sports Practitioner®, giving him the knowledge and expertise to treat athletes of all levels. Dr. Hannegan has also been the official team chiropractor for the Cincinnati Cyclones for the last four years.

Dr. Hannegan adjusting his son Austen at his office.

Performance Chiropractic has distinguished itself by not only offering sports chiropractic care, but by specializing in a variety of other services too. From treating children to those seeking long-term relief for pain and those who are looking to make a lifestyle change to start feeling better, Dr. Hannegan makes a point of personalizing services for each patient. “We do not use a cookie-cutter approach," said Dr. Hannegan. "We get to know our patients and their goals and we create a personalized treatment plan, integrating nutrition with chiropractic care and maximizing the body’s ability to heal."

To learn more and book an appointment, visit the Performance Chiropractic website!

Saturday, September 25, 2021

Highlands-Dixie Heights Video Highlights


Highlands Drops Another Tight One to Dixie, 28-21

Bluebirds Learning to Win Close Games

PHOTO: Ed Harber. Highlands senior wide receiver Clayton Lloyd hauls in a touchdown pass against Dixie Heights.

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The next step in the process in the return to the level of dominance long-time followers want to see is learning how to win games like this like Head Coach Bob Sphire said.

Similar to the 27-21 loss at Cincinnati McNicholas two weeks ago in nearly an identical score, the Highlands Bluebirds football team (3-3 overall) had chances to tie the game in the fourth quarter or even take the lead. But the Bluebirds again could not come through in a 28-21 loss on the road against the Dixie Heights Colonels (3-2) on Friday.

People may look at the fourth quarter. But Sphire said the Bluebirds need to come out of the gates faster. Dixie Heights outgained Highlands just 370-361. The red Colonels used their size up front early to dominate the trenches putting up 247 yards rushing to just 14 for the Bluebirds.

Highlands ran 50 plays averaging just more than seven yards per play and Dixie Heights ran 74 averaging five per play. The Colonels had 20 first downs to 15 for the Bluebirds and converted 10-of-17 on third down for 59 percent and their lone fourth down try. Highlands converted 5-of-10 on third down for 50 percent.

"We put ourselves in that hole early," Sphire said. "We were a little more than a speed bump the first quarter and a half. But our guys just kept playing, kept trying to fight. We're a well-conditioned football team. We're just not a big, strong football team. So as the game went on, our conditioning allowed us to start outplaying them. We tried everything early. I knew it was going to be tough. We're playing a killer schedule. I have to do a better job getting them ready early in the game."

Dixie Heights senior quarterback Logan Landers led the way for Dixie Heights running the ball 16 times for 114 yards for an average of just more than seven yards per carry. Landers also completed 13-of-19 passes for 123 yards and one touchdown pass.

Highlands stayed in the game with a strong passing game, especially on the deep routes. Dixie Heights lined up with a number of players near the line of scrimmage determined to limit the scrambling abilities of Highlands junior quarterback Charlie Noon. The Bluebirds took advantage of that getting others involved. Noon completed 16-of-26 passes for 331 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.

"I'm incredibly proud of these kids. I'm honored and privileged to be their coach," said Hayden Sphire, Highlands Offensive Coordinator. "I couldn't be prouder of a group of kids in how they fought (Friday) and how they've fought all season. We're getting better at what we do offensively. Turnovers shot us in the foot. But we had our chances."

The Bluebirds have won games where they've won the turnover battle. In another loss, Highlands did not record a takeaway while giving it away two times.

The Colonels built a 21-7 lead playing power football. Senior running back Pierce Rohlman finished a long and sustained drive with a short three-yard score and junior kicker Noah Koenig booted the first of four point-after touchdown scores to start the game.

But the Bluebirds responded. Senior wide receiver Clayton Lloyd burned the Colonels down the field for a 36-yard touchdown catch with 3:10 left in the first quarter. Lloyd led Highlands with five catches for 81 yards.

Dixie Heights scored on its next two drives. Senior Colin Smith scored from nine yards out just five seconds into the second quarter before Landers hit sophomore Brach Rice for 32 yards with 6:33 left in the game.

The Bluebirds did get one score back before halftime. Sophomore wide receiver Carson Class burned the Colonels for a 63-yard touchdown reception and junior kicker Davis Burleigh hit the second of three PATs to make it 21-14 red Colonels.

Highlands tied the game in the third quarter. After completing a long pass to senior Sam Robinson, Noon ran in from four yards out with 4:17 left in the third quarter. Robinson had four catches for 68 yards.

The Colonels went ahead for good with 48.9 seconds in the third quarter following a tight pass interference penalty on Highlands. Landers ran to the right for a 20-yard touchdown.

"Our guys adjusted (well to Dixie's schemes)," Bob Sphire said. "They have a really good quarterback. We just have to learn how to make those plays at key times in those key situations and that's going to come."

The Bluebirds appeared to tie the game at 28 just seven seconds into the fourth quarter. Noon threw in the flats to junior wide receiver Brennan Kelsay. Kelsay then threw down the field to Lloyd. But the refs ruled the second pass as illegal. The Bluebirds later gave the ball back to Dixie Heights losing a fumble.

After receiving the ball back late in the game, Highlands drove down the Dixie Heights 4 in the game's final seconds. The Bluebirds tried to run a fake spike. But Dixie Heights intercepted the ball to end the game. 
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"I didn't anticipate the refs stopping the play for about 20 seconds," Hayden Sphire said. "I was anticipating disorganization and then (Dixie Heights) was able to get organized. It is what it is. Obviously, I think we've learned from our past two losses. I thought we were better (Friday). Championships are not won in September. This is getting us ready for district."

Friday, September 24, 2021

Brent Spence Bridge Emergency Repair Announced as Top 12 Finalist for Transportation Award

Today, Gov. Andy Beshear announced that the emergency project to quickly repair and reopen the Brent Spence Bridge following a truck crash and fire has been selected as one of the nation’s top 12 transportation projects competing for a national transportation Grand Prize and People’s Choice award.

Kentuckians, Ohioans and regional travelers are encouraged to vote daily to honor the people behind the project who restored the nationally significant Ohio River crossing in record time.

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) revealed the finalists today. The Brent Spence Bridge project now is in the running for further national honors as part of the America’s Transportation Awards program, jointly sponsored by AASHTO, AAA and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

The Brent Spence Bridge project and 11 other state projects from across the United States now are competing for a national Grand Prize, with the winner selected by a panel of judges, and a People’s Choice Award, which is decided by the general public in online voting.

“The online voting gives every Kentuckian an opportunity to express pride in a project of critical importance that was completed under budget and ahead of schedule under exceptionally difficult circumstances,” Gov. Beshear said.

“It’s an honor to have the Brent Spence Bridge repair project recognized for excellence in a prestigious, national competition,” Kentucky Transportation Secretary Jim Gray said. “It’s a great credit to our very innovative engineers and a host of partners, all of whom worked day and night to restore one of the most important river crossings in the eastern United States. We encourage all our fellow Kentuckians to go to the website and cast a vote every day.”

The 12 finalist projects emerged from four regional contests. Voting began today and continues until 11:59 p.m. EDT on Oct. 25, 2021. Participants can vote on any number of projects, once per day, at Winners will be announced at the AASHTO Annual Meeting, Oct. 26-29, in San Diego.

The Brent Spence Bridge, which carries Interstates 71 and 75 across the Ohio River between Covington, Kentucky, and Cincinnati, was abruptly closed early on Nov. 11, 2020, after two tractor-trailers collided and burned on the lower of the bridge’s two decks. Forty-one days later, on Dec. 22, 2020, the bridge was reopened.

School Bus Stop Safety Information from the County Attorney's Office

Steven J. Franzen

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by Steven J. Franzen, Campbell County Attorney

I hear too often that people carelessly pass a school bus when children are exiting the bus, trying to head home from a productive day at school. Although last year was different due to the pandemic, life is starting to return to normal. As such, it will not be an uncommon scene to see school buses stopped to pick up or drop off children. When this is going on, it is important to remember the laws that we must follow to ensure the safety of the students.

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When a school bus is stopped, it will display markings that signify that it is a school bus making a stop for children. The school bus will have alternating flashing signal lamps and a stop arm folding sign. There will be four (4) red signal lamps, two (2) on the front and two (2) on the rear of the bus. There will also be four (4) signal lamps that are located near each red signal lamp. The bus will be equipped with a stop arm folding sign that is located on the driver’s side. The stop sign will have the word “stop” on both sides of the sign, with the letters being at least six (6) inches in height. Prior to stopping the school bus, the driver will extend the stop arm and activate the red flashing lights to make it apparent that the bus will be picking up or dropping off passengers.

When a school bus stops and extends the stop arm with the signals activated, while passengers are being picked up or dropped off, a person driving their vehicle shall make a complete stop. The person driving their vehicle must remain at a stop until the bus has completely picked up or dropped off their passengers. The person driving their vehicle will know that the bus has finished picking up or dropping off passengers because the bus will withdraw the stop sign, turn off the signals and start to put the bus into motion. At this time, a driver can pass the school bus if, and only if, passing is allowed on that road. This stopping requirement is not applicable to vehicles approaching the stopped bus from the opposite direction on a highway of four (4) or more lanes. When approaching a school bus, it is important to keep an eye out for the stop sign, the signals, the motion of the bus and any passengers that may be crossing near or around the bus.

If any vehicle is witnessed to drive past a school bus when they are stopped with the sign extended and lights on, and the driver’s identity is not apparent or known, the person whose name the vehicle is registered or leased in will be the presumed driver. The penalty for breaking the above stated law is, on the first offense, a fine of no more than two hundred dollars ($200) nor less than one hundred dollars ($100). That person could also be imprisoned no less than thirty (30) days nor more than sixty (60) days. When there are subsequent offenses, that occur within three (3) years, the person shall be fined no less than three hundred dollars ($300) nor more than five hundred dollars ($500). The person could be imprisoned for no less than sixty (60) days nor more than six (6) months. There is also the penalty of having a minimum of six (6) points being assessed against the driver if convicted. Not including the legal penalties, there is also the risk of injuring a passenger exiting the bus. This person could be severely injured, possibly having to go to the hospital, or they could be killed. Passing a bus when it is stopped with the sign extended and lights on is more than illegal, it is irresponsible.

I hope you have found this information helpful. If you have any topics you would like to have covered in this column, please contact my office by email at, by phone at 491-7700 or by regular mail addressed to 319 York Street, Newport, Kentucky 41071.