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Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Fifth Third Bank Executive Elected to Thomas More University Board

Kimberly Halbauer, Kentucky regional present for Fifth Third Bank, is the newest member of the Thomas More University Board of Trustees.


Kimberly Halbauer, Fifth Third Bank’s Kentucky regional president, becomes the newest member of the Thomas More University Board of Trustees after being elected in December 2021. Halbauer is set to serve on the Finance, Business, & Capital Planning Committee of the board and begins her work as a trustee effective June 1. 

Halbauer said she is committed to serving the community both professionally and through civic engagement. She focuses on community impact throughout the region by directing Fifth Third Bank’s Commercial, Wealth & Asset Management, and Consumer businesses. 

Her board memberships beyond Thomas More include: the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Foundation, OneWest, One Southern Indiana Chamber of Commerce, Greater Louisville Inc. – The Metro Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Louisville Center and Fund for the Arts.

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"I’m excited about the opportunity to be a part of the continued success of Thomas More University," says Halbauer. "Thomas More plays a critical role in creating the workforce of tomorrow for Kentucky and the Greater Cincinnati region."

Halbauer’s undergraduate work at Thomas More prepared her well to successfully continue her education and excel in the workforce. She earned a bachelor’s degree magna cum laude in finance and business in 2000, before going on to complete Yale University’s Executive Leadership program. She now serves as regional president of Fifth Third Bank, covering Kentucky and Southern Indiana. She has more than 30 years of experience in the financial industry.

"Having our alumna Kimberly Halbauer joining the Thomas More Board of Trustees will be a major asset for our University," says Thomas More University President Joseph L. Chillo. "Not only does Kim have the professional and executive experiences through her work with Fifth Third Bank to see our Finance, Business & Capital Planning Committee thrive, her work is also a prime example of the power of a high-quality, Catholic liberal arts education and the amazing opportunities that lie ahead for our Thomas More University graduates."

SOURCES: Gino Guidugli Promoted to Offensive Coordinator for Cincinnati Bearcats

Guidugli Helped Bearcats Football Program to Historic Heights in 2021

PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. Highlands alum Gino Guidugli (right) observes a play during a practice in December, 2019. UC Head Coach Luke Fickell is standing to the left.

A University of Cincinnati source has confirmed that Gino Guidugli is being promoted to Offensive Coordinator of the nationally-ranked Bearcats football team.

The 39-year-old Guidugli just finished his fifth season on Head Coach Luke Fickell's staff as an assistant. Guidugli joined the staff as a running backs coach in 2017. He's coached the quarterbacks the past four seasons including the last two as the passing game coordinator.

Guidugli takes over for Mike Denbrock. Denbrock had been the Offensive Coordinator on Fickell's staff all five seasons. But a couple weeks ago, Denbrock took the same position at Louisiana State University under former Cincinnati and Notre Dame Head Coach Brian Kelly.

The Bearcats are coming off a historic 13-1 season finishing the season ranked fourth in the country. They won the American Athletic Conference championship and became the first team outside the Power 5 conferences to make it to the College Football Playoffs as the country's only undefeated team. Top-ranked Alabama bested Cincinnati, 27-6 in the CFP Semifinals in the Cotton Bowl on New Year's Eve.

Guidugli played a huge role in developing record-breaking quarterback Desmond Ridder. Ridder won consecutive AAC Offensive Player of the Year honors the last two seasons. Ridder finished his career as the all-time leader in touchdown passes with 116 and yards with 12,281.

Cincinnati ranked first in the AAC and eighth overall averaging 39.2 points per game. The Bearcats also led the conference and finished sixth nationally with 6.9 yards per play. Ridder finished with 3,190 yards passing and 30 touchdowns this past season. The Bearcats broke school records for touchdowns in a season with 70 and points scored in a season with 510.

Guidugli started his coaching career at Central Michigan. He spent six seasons there serving as a graduate assistant, running backs coach and recruiting coordinator.

After a record-setting career at Cincinnati from 2001 to 2004, Guidugli signed with the Tennessee Titans, but was ultimately released. He played in the Canadian Football League and arena leagues for four years.

Guidugli owns a Bachelor's Degree in Business Marketing from Cincinnati and a Master's Degree in Sport Administration from Central Michigan. Guidugli and his wife Michelle have been able to raise their three children Ryland, Ezra and Willow near Fort Thomas.

Guidugli is a 2001 Highlands graduate who helped the Bluebirds to the second and third of three straight Class 3A state championships. Under the guidance of legendary Head Coach Dale Mueller, Highlands knocked off Owensboro in consecutive state title games in Louisville by scores of 48-10 and 48-27 his junior and senior years respectively. 

Steve Pendery to Run for Reelection, will face County GOP Chair, Zinkhon, in primary

Campbell County Judge Executive Steve Pendery with his family: Dana, his wife, and children Chase and Allie.
 by Robin Gee
Campbell County Judge-Executive Steve Pendery has announced he will seek reelection in 2022. 
"I am so proud of where Campbell County is today, and I am honored to have played a part in our success, along with our team at the county and our partners across the region. I am excited to continue building on the strong foundation we’ve laid together so far," said Pendery.
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"I grew up in Campbell County, raised my family here and ran a successful family business. Campbell County will always be my home, and I’ll always fight to ensure Campbell County is a great place for families, with a strong economy and a high quality of life for generations to come."

Pendery said his next term will be guided by the same philosophy that has marked his years of public service: effectively and efficiently delivering the services Campbell County citizens expect from their county government while protecting the conservative values so important to the people who live here.

"That means keeping taxes and spending low and making sure our elections are fair and secure,” he said. “It means providing internet access and increasing bandwidth for every single household in Campbell County. It means driving economic growth to create jobs but making sure that growth makes sense for our residents, and by ensuring residents are heard, not just informed."

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Faces primary challenge

Pendery has served as Campbell County judge executive since 1999. Prior to that he was mayor of Fort Thomas from 1990 to 1998 and a member of the city council there from 1984 to 1990.

He faces one challenger so far in the primary. Campbell County Republican Party Chair Anna Zinkhon has thrown her hat into the ring for the judge executive position. The deadline to file has been pushed back to January 25, and the primary will be held on May 17. The general election will be held Tuesday, November 8. There is currently no Democrat filed for the seat.

Monday, January 17, 2022

Former School Superintendent Enters Race for Kentucky House District 68

Mike Clines signs to run for the Kentucky House District 68. Standing behind him are his three sons and wife, Tammy.

by Robin Gee

The field of candidates for the upcoming GOP primary to represent Kentucky House District 68 continues to grow.

Mike Clines, former superintendent of schools for the Archdiocese of Covington, has joined the field bringing the number of candidates to three, possibly four, depending on the outcome of redistricting. 

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"As a former teacher, varsity head coach, guidance counselor, high school principal, superintendent of schools and now education consultant, I have worked to make a positive difference in the lives of students, faculty and staff, families, school communities and the Northern Kentucky region for 29 years,” said Clines. "Now, I have the opportunity to make a difference for the county I’ve called home my entire life."

Clines said he’s lived all over the county and can relate to the issues of people living within the district. 

"My driving interest for the people of District 68 is quality of life. From rural to suburban to city, what will improve their quality of life? It could be better access to city water and sanitation, improved internet service, better traffic flow and roads, overall improved funding for city-specific projects and my professional passion – education needs," he said.

"On broader issues, simply put, I stand for fidelity to the Constitution and traditional Republican values, such as but not limited to, freedom, limited government, government close to the people, limited taxes, conserving the environment and pro-life causes."

Clines was raised in southern Campbell County and earned a bachelor’s degree from Northern Kentucky University and a master’s degree in education from the University of Cincinnati. He lives in Alexandria with his wife, Tammy, a public elementary school librarian, and their three sons.

He will face Mirna Daniels Eads of Fort Thomas and Paul Kloeker of Cold Spring in the upcoming GOP primary. Another potential candidate, Chris Robinson, filed for the seat but is awaiting on redistricting results that would put him into a different district.

RELATED: More Candidates File for State GOP Primary Races in Campbell County

The deadline to file to run in the 2022 election has been pushed back to January 25. The primary election for both Republicans and Democrats will be held on May 17. The general election is set for November 8.

Connie Grubbs Set to Resign from Fort Thomas Council

Connie Grubbs, who joined Fort Thomas City Council in 2020, is leaving to take a position with the Metropolitan Opera

by Robin Gee

Fort Thomas council member Connie Grubbs has resigned and is leaving the city for what she calls "the job of a lifetime." She has accepted a position as stage manager for the Metropolitan Opera in New York City.

"It is the job of a lifetime for me for what I do professionally. It’s the premier opera house in the country, in the world," she said. She will be leaving her position as stage manager with the Cincinnati Opera, where she started as an intern in 2002.
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The process can be described as a whirlwind. She was offered the position last week on Jan. 10 and will start at the Met in one week.

"The kids and Zach are going to stay here, finish out the school year, and we’ll be moving in August, but that means I need to resign from city council and a whole bunch of other things I do here," she said. 

Grubbs plate is full. She serves as secretary for the Campbell County Democrats and is on the state central executive committee for the Kentucky Democratic Party. A room parent for both her children at Ruth Moyer Elementary she is the secretary of the school's PTO and a coach for the Odyssey of the Mind academic competition. She also is active at her church, St. John United Church of Christ in Bellevue.

"I will say it is quite literally a dream come true," Grubbs said. "It's coming at a higher cost than I ever anticipated because we love our lives here, but it’s something we have to do."

Grubbs has lived on the east coast before, attending high school and college in New Jersey. She earned a bachelor's degree in music education from Rutgers. She came to Cincinnati to attend the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music for a graduate degree. It was while attending CCM that she took an internship with the Cincinnati Opera and continued to work there after graduation.

"I love what I do," she said. "This is both exciting but terrifying...we’re going to have to make some sacrifices but it’s an opportunity of a lifetime." 

Grubbs lives in Fort Thomas with her two children and husband, Zach Grubbs, who is the principal at the Otto M. Buding Academy for the Cincinnati Ballet.

She will make her official announcement at the city council meeting on Tuesday, January 18. By state law, council will have 30 days to appoint a replacement. If left unfilled for that time, the governor can appoint someone. The position will be voted upon in the November election.

Saturday, January 15, 2022

Highlands Drops First Region Contest of Season

Bluebirds Face Greendevils Next

PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. Highlands senior forward Cole Kocher (2) gets in position in a recent game.

The Highlands Bluebirds boys basketball team (11-6 overall) had not lost a region game entering the contest at Dixie Heights on Friday.

But the red Colonels (12-3) fought back to take a 77-72 win over the defending state champions. Highlands is 4-1 in region play and Dixie Heights is 6-2.

The Bluebirds saw six different players reach double figures making 6-of-8 free throws for 75 percent. Junior guard Will Herald made five three-pointers on his way to 17 points. Junior guard Seth Ryan scored 13 with senior guard Zach Barth scoring 10. Senior guard Leyton Read along with senior forwards Cole Kocher and Oliver Harris scored 10 points each.

Dixie Heights saw eight different players score making 11-of-14 free throws for 79 percent. Senior Kiernan Geraci led the way scoring 20 points with senior Billy Wogenstahl scoring 18 points and sophomore Hudson Blank scoring 14.

Friday, January 14, 2022

CPA Firm VonLehman Promotes 11

Victor Evans, recently named shareholder at VonLehman.
VonLehman, a CPA and advisory firm with offices in Fort Wright, Cincinnati and Indianapolis, announced 11 firm-wide promotions effective January 1. The promotions include Victor Evans, who was named a shareholder, and Adam Davey effectively taking over as president. Initially announced in 2020, Davey’s tenure as president officially begins following the expiration of current President Brian Malthouse’s term.

"Over the past several years, we’ve made a tremendous effort to prepare our next generation of leaders, and the results have been overwhelming," said Davey. "These promotions are a testament to the core values we instill in every one of our employees. Our people and our culture continue to define VonLehman as a firm, and our clients will tell you that is what makes us the firm of choice."

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The 11 people promoted include:

Adam Davey

Victor Evans

Robert Aylor
Janessa Stecker
Ross Walker

Tyler Breeden

Ely Friedman, director of M&A Advisory Services

Sarah Huber, director of Finance & Accounting
Brittany Stevens, accounting specialist
Diana Wilson, Benefits/Compensation manager
Tyson Enzweiler, brand manager
Evans, who joined the firm in 2019 from one of the largest 100 accounting firms in the U.S., leads the firm’s Tax Group which includes a team of 40 tax advisors. He specializes in partnering with business owners and their closely-held companies. Evans’ expertise in the taxation of pass-through entities, such as partnerships and limited liability companies, helps business owners understand the tax impact on shareholders, partners, and members. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Economics from Bellarmine University.

Trades to Success Pre-Apprenticeship Cohort Starts January 18

Recent Brighton Center Trades to Success grads show off their program diplomas.
One of the keys to achieving self-sufficiency is having a good job that pays a livable wage with benefits and an opportunity for career advancement. This is what fuels the robust continuum of workforce development programs at Brighton Center.

To meet the workforce demands in our region and to fill a gap that existed in our services, Brighton Center offers a program called Trades to Success. This program is a no-cost pre-apprenticeship program designed to help connect participants to trade careers such as electrician, line worker, construction, transportation, supply chain & logistics, and many more. 
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Trades to Success allows participants to explore trade and apprenticeship careers, job training opportunities, and post-secondary education opportunities during the three-week program. It is an excellent opportunity to take the first step in gaining the skills needed to be successful in an apprenticeship program, and ultimately build a career pathway for the future. Participants benefit from:

  • Connections to local employers with apprenticeship programs
  • Learning about in-demand jobs/trades in Northern Kentucky
  • Guest speakers and employer highlights
  • Training programs and educational opportunities
  • A weekly stipend
  • One-on-one support and wrap-around services
  • Additional support through Brighton Center’s continuum of 47 programs and services 
Trades to Success participants apply their newly acquired skills.

The next cohort begins Tuesday, January 18, and will run through Friday, February 4.

  • Daytime session: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Evening session: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The cohort will meet at Brighton Center’s Center for Employment Training located at 601 Washington Avenue in Newport in Suite 140.

"Research shows that middle-skill jobs, like those in the trades that require education beyond high school but not a four-year degree, make up the largest part of our country’s labor market. Between 2014–2024, nearly half of job openings will be middle-skill, and many jobs that require middle-skill credentials are well paying. With the cost of living increasing at a higher rate than incomes, finding a long-lasting career leading to financial independence is critically important for families. We believe that this program can connect individuals to the opportunities that are there while ensuring their self-sufficiency," said Robb Clark, Center for Employment Training manager.

Apprenticeships in trade careers typically start at $14  to $17 an hour and then significantly increase over time. In the first year of offering Trades to Success, nearly 80 percent of individuals who completed the program are now in trade training, apprenticeship, or post-secondary education.

"With many currently working in the trades retiring in the next 5 to 10 years, and with the growth of industries like transportation, logistics, and construction in our region, the trades are a great field to get into. We are excited to help participants explore the possibilities," said Clark.

For more information on Trades to Success, please visit the Brighton Center Trades to Success website or email

The next Brighton Center Trades to Success cohort starts January 18.
The mission of Brighton Center, Inc. is to create opportunities for individuals and families to reach self-sufficiency through family support services, education, employment and leadership. Brighton Center impacts the lives of thousands of individuals from infants to older adults through 47 programs across all of Northern Kentucky and beyond.

Northern Kentucky Tri-ED Reveals New Regional Target Industry Clusters

Northern Kentucky Tri-ED has identified four target industry clusters for employment momentum and growth in our region.

The Northern Kentucky Tri-County Economic Development Corporation (Tri-ED) announced today the results of a comprehensive target industry and employment analysis. The report shares that the resiliency of the Northern Kentucky economy is strong and that employment in Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties increased by 11,000 from 2015 to 2020, the strongest growth in Kentucky during that period, with the majority of jobs created in the Transportation & Logistics sector.

Four target industry clusters are identified for the region for their employment momentum and growth potential – Advanced Manufacturing, Information Technology, Life Sciences and Supply Chain Management & Support Services – with 13 subclusters. Employment gains in these four clusters outperformed the regional and national averages from 2015-2019. Annual wages for jobs in these clusters are $10,000 above the regional average.

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"Now that we have data on the industries that are driving growth in the region, we will tailor our attraction and workforce development strategies to meet the needs of new and existing companies in these clusters," said Tri-ED President and CEO Lee Crume. "The finding that our region produces IT talent at a faster pace than the growth of air cargo is great news. We know that we need to accelerate the pace even more to meet the needs of our corporate citizens across all four industry clusters."

The report states that the four target clusters are diverse in nature and that companies in those sectors vary in size which creates opportunities for a wide spectrum of businesses from startups to Fortune 500. The growth of the distribution and logistics industry and its consumption of labor and land in Northern Kentucky is called out as a potential threat to the success of niche subclusters such as automotive and aerospace manufacturing – which pay higher wages and are less prone to automation.

"Over the last year, we have been educating our communities about what a valuable resource our land is and that they have a choice in the types of development and jobs they can incentivize," noted Crume. "The report echoes the premise that our communities should evaluate development opportunities in partnership with Tri-ED. We can provide analysis of historical project data, wage and tax comparison research so that informed decisions can be made."

Rhonda Whitaker Hurtt, vice president of Community Relations & Economic Development at Duke Energy Ohio & Kentucky, and a Tri-ED board member, noted the report cites Northern Kentucky as an ideal location for manufacturing growth and investment.

"According to the analysis, Northern Kentucky has a talented workforce in a metropolitan area with one of the lowest costs of living in addition to tremendous infrastructure advantages – from our highway access to CVG to broadband and competitive energy rates," shared Whitaker Hurtt. "Tri-ED will capitalize on these assets and partner with our education institutions to prepare our workforce to meet the needs of companies in these four clusters to ensure prosperity for Northern Kentuckians."

The target industry analysis was conducted by EY and funded by a grant from Duke Energy.

Previously, Tri-ED released a report by Prager Co. to revamp the economic development company prior to hiring President and CEO Lee Crume in 2019. The most recent target industry study for the three-county region was conducted by Site Selection Group in 2016.

Northern Kentucky Tri-ED serves as the primary economic development company for Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties, providing marketing, business retention and expansion services for the region. Visit for more information.

Fort Thomas Troop 70 Honors Six Eagle Scouts

Fort Thomas Troop 70 was chartered in 1944.


Boy Scout Troop 70, chartered in 1944, honors six new Eagle Scouts at a Court of Honor ceremony on Sunday, December 19, at 3 p.m. at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Ft. Thomas.

Since 1912 more than two million Boy Scouts have earned the meritorious Eagle Scout designation. Eagle Scouts exemplify the virtues of service, leadership and duty to God, using their training and influence to better their respective communities throughout the nation and the world.

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With Sunday’s court of honor, Ft. Thomas’s Troop 70 will boast 71 Eagle Scouts who have earned scouting’s highest rank. The young men (currently in school) who will be honored are Lance Borden (Highlands H.S.), Devlin Cassidy (Norwich University), Jacob Daly (Eastern KY University), Samuel Hahn (Highlands H.S.), Dominic Martin (Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology) and Jim Scola (Xavier University).

In addition to required Eagle merit badges, earned through study and displaying competency in various personal and life skills, Eagle scouts must plan, design, fund through in-kind sources, recruit workers, lead and complete an Eagle project that enhances the community. Troop 70 Eagle Scouts have contributed to communities across Northern Kentucky, building trails and features in area parks, and enhancing and beautifying, local schools, churches, cemeteries and public spaces.

Covington resident Daniel Carter Beard developed a great love for nature and outdoor living. In 1905, Beard founded the "Sons of Daniel Boone," an outdoor education and exploration program for young men. By 1910, Beard merged his organization into the fledgling Boy Scouts of America and served Scouting for 30 years. The Daniel Carter Beard Bridge, spanning the Ohio River and connecting I-471 in Northern Kentucky to I-71 in Ohio, was named in his honor and dedicated in 1981.

Troop 70 is a member of the Dan Beard Council of the Boy Scouts of America, the largest youth organization in the Cincinnati area. Saturday’s Court of Honor ceremony will be held in the sanctuary at St. Thomas Catholic Church. A reception in the cafeteria will immediately follow the ceremony. The community is invited to celebrate the achievements of these young men, and to meet the future leaders and good citizens of Northern Kentucky.

Northern Kentucky Student-Athletes Continue Academic Excellence in Fall 2021

Northern Kentucky University student-athletes continue success on the field and in the classroom.

Academic excellence continues to be a tradition among Northern Kentucky University's student-athletes, a cornerstone reaffirmed in the 2021 fall semester as the Norse registered a department-wide 3.41 cumulative GPA.

"Our student-athletes continue to make us proud," said Ken Bothof, director of athletics. "Not only did they navigate continued challenges imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic with grace, but they also experienced tremendous success in both the classroom and in competition. It is truly inspiring to watch them excel academically at such a high level."

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The GPA posted by NKU's approximately 231 student-athletes this fall underscored a pair of trends:

  • 21 straight semesters with at least a 3.0 GPA
  • 15 straight semesters at or above a 3.2 GPA
Seven programs registered GPAs of at least 3.50, led by women's tennis at 3.72. Volleyball (3.62) and softball (3.62) were second, followed by women’s soccer (3.59), women’s cross country (3.58), women’s track and field (3.5) and women’s golf (3.5). Men's tennis registered a 3.47, the highest GPA among men's programs.

Twenty-eight Norse undergraduate student-athletes qualified for the prestigious President’s Honors List with 4.0 GPAs. Another 77 scored Dean's List recognition with GPAs between 3.6-3.99.

At commencement this fall, five student-athletes were awarded degrees.

Fall 2021 Graduates:
  • Baseball (1): Andrew Bacon
  • Softball (1): Caitlin Karo
  • Women’s Track & Field (1): Tyra Kennedy
  • Women’s Soccer (1): Megan Patrick
  • Women’s Tennis (1): Margita Sunjic

Thursday, January 13, 2022

More Candidates File for State GOP Primary Races in Campbell County

The Kentucky primary election will be held on May 17, and the general election is November 8.
 by Robin Gee
The Republican primary elections are starting to get crowded in Northern Kentucky. 
With potential changes due to redistricting, the deadline to file for the upcoming primaries has been pushed out to January 25.  Last week two local women filed for races in our area.

Kentucky House District 68

At least two and possibly more candidates will vie for the seat in the Kentucky House vacated by Joe Fischer in the GOP Primary race for District 68.

Mirna Eads, candidate for Kentucky House District 68

Mirna Daniels Eads of Fort Thomas has filed to run for the seat. She is an RN at Carespring Health Management and was former director of education at Carmel Manor. 

"I am an RN of 22 years and a single mom. My youngest will graduate high school this year," said Eads. "I never really paid attention to politics and like many of us, I put my trust in those I have elected.
Well, over the last few years things have been surfacing regarding corruption in our government. Those we have elected have failed to protect our rights and our freedoms that so many have fought and died for. So, I am stepping up to do my duty. I promise if I am elected, that I will fight for our rights and protect our freedoms and uphold the Constitution. I stand accountable to you, the people of Campbell County."
Paul Kloeker, candidate for Kentucky House District 68.

Cold Spring City council member Paul Kloeker has also filed for District 68.

"I’m running on behalf of the constituents of District 68. I will look for ways to lower taxes and cut wasteful spending, as I have done during my last three years on Cold Spring City Council. I am a true conservative and pro-second amendment. I will also defend all other freedoms afforded to us by the United States Constitution," he said.

Army veteran and human resources professional Chris Robinson has also filed, yet his district is likely to be affected by redistricting. As a resident of Grants Lick, the newly proposed map would put him in District 78. The house seat in that district is held by Republican Mark Hart.
"For me, I'm not interested in primarying a sitting incumbent for no reason, but I still have to make some decisions about how I go about things," he said. Technically, he is still in District 68 for now, but said he will have more information to share once the issue is resolved.
According to the Congressional Research Service for the 2020 census, "delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic and issues related to compiling the apportionment population prevented the delivery of figures as scheduled." In other words, census data was late and has caused delays in the redistricting process in the states, which could affect some of Kentucky's district races.

Mike Clines, former superintendent of schools for the Archdiocese of Covington, also filled out some preliminary paperwork for a run in the 68th district but has not made a final decision on whether he will file.

Kentucky Senate District 24

In the Kentucky Senate District 24, Jessica Neal of Cold Spring will face off against Shelley Funke Frommeyer of Alexandria. The position has been held by Wil Schroder who announced last summer he will not be seeking reelection. 
The primary election for both Republicans and Democrats will be held on May 17. The general election is set for November 8.

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Nominations Open for 2023 Kentucky Teacher of the Year

Get your nomination for 2023 Kentucky Teacher of the Year in soon. Formal applications from nominees are due March 21.

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2023 Kentucky Teacher Awards, sponsored by the Kentucky Department of Education and Valvoline Inc.

Any full-time public school teacher in the state with at least three years of experience is eligible. Nominations may be submitted via this Kentucky Teacher of the Year Nomination Google Form.

Teachers may be nominated by students, parents, teaching peers, principals, superintendents or anyone from the community who has an interest in honoring an outstanding educator. 

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"The Kentucky Teacher Awards are an excellent opportunity to highlight the people who work every day to prepare our children for a bright and meaningful future," said Kentucky Commissioner of Education Jason E. Glass. "Their jobs have gotten harder in the past two years, but they have persisted. We encourage everyone to think of teachers who are making a positive impact on young people’s lives and nominate them for this recognition."

All nominated teachers must complete a formal application and submit it by March 21. A blue-ribbon panel of education professionals from around the state will judge all applications in March. Up to 24 Valvoline Teacher Achievement Award winners will be announced in the spring. The top nine contenders will receive additional evaluations, which will culminate in the selection of the 2023 Kentucky Teacher of the Year.

The Kentucky Teacher of the Year will be announced later this year, where each of the Valvoline Teacher Achievement Award winners will be honored with a cash prize and other awards. Teacher Achievement Award winners will receive a cash gift of $500 each; two of the three finalists will receive $3,000; and the Kentucky Teacher of the Year will receive $10,000, along with the opportunity to represent Kentucky in the National Teacher of the Year competition.

Now in its 22nd year, the Kentucky Teacher Awards program is a collaboration between private industry and public education.

Dr. Robert Pettit To Lead New Beacon Orthopaedics Fort Thomas Location

Dr. Robert Pettit will lead a new Beacon Orhopaedics & Sports Medicine location in Fort Thomas.

Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine has announced that Dr. Robert Pettit — a highly skilled, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon who specializes in sports-related injuries — will lead Beacon's Fort Thomas location, which is scheduled to open in late February.

Pettit is a Cincinnati native from Anderson Township who played on St. X High School's 2005 state championship football team and who served as an assistant team physician for The Boston Celtics.

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"We’re very excited to welcome Dr. Pettit home to Cincinnati and into the Beacon family," said Andy Blankemeyer, CEO of Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine. "He is another fellowship-trained expert in orthopedic surgery and sports medicine that we’ll be able to add to our already fantastic and rapidly growing Beacon team of physicians."

Dr. Pettit trained with leaders in the fields of ACL reconstruction, cartilage restoration, meniscal allograft transplantation, knee osteotomies, mako robotic knee arthroplasty, arthroscopic shoulder surgery and shoulder arthroplasty. He has a special interest in knee and shoulder preservation utilizing techniques to prolong joint health and delay or avoid joint replacement in young active patients. For those patients that could benefit from joint replacement, he is certified in Mako robotic-assisted knee and partial knee replacements.

Dr. Pettit completed his undergraduate degree in biology at The Ohio State University, medical degree at the University of Cincinnati and orthopaedic residency at The OSU Wexner Medical Center. He completed his fellowship training in Sports Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery at the prestigious Beth Israel New England Baptist Hospital, which is affiliated with Harvard and Tufts academic programs.

During his time in Boston, Dr. Pettit served as an assistant team physician for the Celtics as well as the New England Free Jacks major league rugby team and the Merrimack Warriors Division 1 teams.

As a child, Dr. Pettit’s physical activity and especially sports meant everything to him. He played baseball, basketball, football and soccer. At 12 years old, he was diagnosed with a rare disorder of the subchondral (the bone underneath cartilage) in both knees called Juvenile Osteochondritis Dissecans (JOCD). It is a condition that can lead to cartilage damage and early arthritis. He says he decided then that he wanted to become a surgeon.

"It was my first introduction to orthopaedic surgery," said Pettit."After several surgeries and phenomenal care, I was cleared to play football for Saint X." He even was part of the school’s first state championship team.

Dr. Pettit spends his free time with his wife, Alison, a healthcare worker herself, and their growing family.

The new Fort Thomas location — Beacon's 25th office in the Greater Cincinnati area — is being developed at 775 Alexandria Pike by Northern Kentucky based-Ashley Development Group just off of the entrance to the Highland Country Club. Beacon also has Northern Kentucky locations at 600 Rodeo Drive in Erlanger and 2900 Chancellor Drive (Building 40) in Crestview Hills.

With the new office, Beacon patients will have access to enhanced services that include comprehensive orthopedic care, including orthopaedic urgent care, sports medicine, pain management, physical therapy, athletic training, imaging services, regenerative medicine and surgeries at three dedicated surgery centers.

Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, is Ohio’s largest orthopaedic practice. Since 1996, Beacon Orthopaedics has helped thousands of patients overcome injuries and improve their quality of life. Beacon Orthopaedics provides medical direction and coverage for over 30 local high schools, five college athletics programs, and professional teams including the Cincinnati Reds.

CVG Airport Marks 75th Anniversary with Year-long Celebration

Timeline display at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport (CVG). The first flight landing at CVG was an American Airlines flight from Cleveland that landed Jan. 10, 1947.

Monday marked the 75th anniversary of commercial flight at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG). On January 10, 1947, at 9:23 a.m., the first flight landed at CVG, which was an American Airlines flight from Cleveland, Ohio. Minutes later, the first Delta Airlines and TWA flights landed. Scheduled passenger service at that time averaged about 24 flights daily.

Since that time, CVG has grown and expanded into a diversified business with both passenger and cargo activity resulting in $6.8 billion economic impact on the entire region each year. 

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Today, the airport celebrated with American Airlines by surprising and delighting travelers with live music and giveaways including cake pops, cookies and swag from both the airport and airline. The airport also announced a year-long travel sweepstakes, where, every month, one lucky winner will receive an airfare voucher with one of CVG’s airline partners to make their travel dreams come true.

"This year, to celebrate all of the milestones throughout our 75 years, we are focused on inspiring travel once again," said Candace McGraw, chief executive officer, CVG. "We want to ask the community to not only think about their travel dreams, but to go out there and pursue them. With our monthly giveaway, we will help 12 lucky winners pursue those dream trips.”


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"For 75 years, we’ve had the privilege to help support the airport’s growth by connecting residents with the people and places that matter most to them, and in helping the international community have access to the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area," said Esther Maldonado, managing director of Central Division Sales for American Airlines. "We’re proud to celebrate this milestone together." 

American Airlines staff honors CVG for its 75th anniversary. An American Airlines flight was the first flight to land at the airport when it opened in 1947.

More announcements will be made throughout the year, which will be included on CVG’s 75th anniversary webpage. You can learn more and enter the travel dream sweepstakes at

CVG Airport welcomed more than 9.1 million passengers in 2019, serving a record number of local passengers. As the airport recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic, it still offers the most nonstop destinations and the lowest average airfares in the region. CVG is diversified in both passenger and cargo operations with an annual economic impact of $6.8 billion. It is the 7th largest cargo airport in North America – home to Amazon Air’s primary U.S. Hub and DHL Express Global Superhub. Learn more at

Travelers at CVG were greeted on Monday with 75th anniversary cookies and cake pops.

A 75th Anniversary display at the airport lets travelers know about the CVG travel sweepstakes.