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Hundreds of parents and children crowded into the Boone County 4-H and Utopia Fair again this year to see who would be named the cutest of the cute. See page B1 Volume 15 Number 52 © 2010 The Community Recorder ALL RIGHTS RESERVED RECORDER Your Community Recorder newspaper serving Florence E-mail: T h u r s d a y, S e p t e m b e r 1 6 , 2 0 1 0 W e b s i t e : N K Y. c o m B E C A U S E C O M M U N I T Y M AT T E R S 50¢ Businesses help recovering teen By Justin B. Duke Boone schools grow by 500 Despite a slow economy, there’s one group that keeps growing. Boone County Schools expects up to 500 more students that planned this school year. Eleven teachers have been added to keep up. – SCHOOLS, PAGE A4 Pooch Fest returns to Florence Every dog has its day, and Florence has its day for every dog. Florence is hosting its eighth annual Pooch Fest at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, at the Florence Government Center campus. – STORY, PAGE A3 Cutest Pet Photo Contest now open Submit your best picture of your furry friend and you could have the chance to win a $250 money card. To enter, visit the Contests page on and upload your photo to the “Pet Photo Contest.” Deadline for entries is Monday, Sept. 20. Stay on top of Boone news The Recorder comes out on Thursday, but there are several ways to get your Boone County news fix the rest of the week. The community pages on are filled with the latest stories by Recorder staff: • County • • You can also stay up-todate with the latest Boone County news by following the Boone Blog at Add these pages to your browser’s “favorite places” and dazzle your friends with your knowledge of all things Boone County. Local businesses teamed up to help a middle-schooler in recovery. In 2006, Kodi Sherman was living in St. Petersburg, Fla., when she and her mother were hit by a speeding car. The accident killed Sherman’s mother and left her with a broken pelvis, clavicle and right femur and severe brain shearing. Sherman was moved to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and eventually released. She now lives with her aunt, Myrna Sherman, in Florence. Sherman is now 14 years old and attends R.A. Jones Middle School. She is undergoing rehabilitation and physical therapy to help her regain the ability to walk and speak. Sherman attends regular classes and is able to keep up with what is happening, she just has trouble communicating, Myrna said. “She knows everything about everything,” she said. One of Kodi’s favorite things is swimming, where she’s able to walk in the pool. As she’s grown, it’s become hard to get Kodi into the pool using a typical pool ladder, Myrna said. “It was really difficult; she kept falling through,” she said. Kim Zink, who works for Aristech Acrylics in Florence, saw Kodi’s story online and wanted to help. “I just happened to see Kodi Sherman and her aunt Myrna try out the new pool steps that were donated through a partnership of three businesses. (Myrna’s) ad on the Internet looking for help,” Zink said. Aristech Acrylics make supplies for Royal Spa in Indianapolis, and Zink contacted their vice president, Bob Dapper. Dapper then contacted Lipps Pool & Spa in Florence which sells Royal Spa. Lipps was able to make a cus- By Patricia A. Scheyer Community Recorder Contributor Have a great photo from your child’s first day back to school? Trying to drum up publicity for your group’s event? Visit to submit your photos, news and events. It’s a one-stop-shop for submitting information to The Community Recorder, The Kentucky Enquirer, and our other publications and websites. PATRICIA A. SCHEYER/CONTRIBUTOR Army Spc. Andrew Lubbers and his mother, Janice Lubbers of Erlanger, and grandmother, Mary Ann of Burlington, stand in front of their house on Cedar Tree Lane during a celebration on Sept. 11. HAVING MORE RETIREMENT ACCOUNTS IS NOT THE SAME CE-0000418849 with the steps as she got off the bus to come home from school Sept. 7. They were greeted with smiles from Kodi as she signed “thank you” to them. For more information about Kodi’s story or for ways to help visit Soldier on leave honored on 9-11 Share your news To place an ad, call 283-7290. tom set of pool steps that were wide enough for two people and didn’t have the gaps between steps a traditional pool ladder has. “Hopefully that will help with her progression,” said Damon Lipps of Lipps Pool & Spa. Representatives from Lipps and Aristech Acrylics surprised Kodi JUSTIN B. DUKE/STAFF AS HAVING MORE MONEY. To learn how consolidating your retirement accounts to Edward Jones could make sense for you, call today. Brad Shipe Financial Advisor Army Spc. Andrew Lubbers has enjoyed his two weeks home in Erlanger with his family, but he doesn’t mind going back to Afghanistan. Neighbors on Cedar Tree Lane are as proud of the 22-year-old’s service as his family is, and yellow ribbons and flags adorn mailboxes as testament to that pride. On Sept. 11, three members of the Erlanger Fire Department, themselves first responders, came by Lubbers’ house to offer their thanks to the young soldier for being willing to put his life on the line for all the people who live in America. “It is a sobering responsibility,” Lubbers acknowledged. “My sister, Courtney, once told me she didn’t think she could shoot another person. I feel that I am over there in her place, and in the place of all my family and friends, so that I can do my part to keep them safe.” Lubbers’ family is not permitted to know where he is stationed in Afghanistan, so for six months nobody listened to the news. “Andy, who is my baby, has 8160 Dream Street Florence, KY 41042 859-282-7040 Member SIPC PATRICIA A. SCHEYER/CONTRIBUTOR Army Spc. Andrew Lubbers hugs one of his nephews, Brady White, 2, who came up from Louisville with his parents and brother to see his uncle. talked about being in the Army since he was in second grade,” said Janice Lubbers, Andy’s mom. “But when he actually joined, my heart sank. I have thrown myself into redecorating my house, so I don’t think about missing him, and my television is usually on weather so I don’t hear the news.” Lubbers doesn’t get homesick much because he said he is with his friends in his unit. “We do a very good job over Soldier continued A2


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