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Nominate an outstanding woman The deadline to nominate someone for the 2012 Outstanding Women of Northern Kentucky awards program, presented by Toyota, has been extended to 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6. Residents are asked to consider nominating someone they know who has had an impact on Northern Kentucky. To make a nomination, go to

Perfect PSAT Jared Wittrock’s perfect PSAT score letter has been displayed on his family’s kitchen table since he opened it in November. Wittrock, of Alexandria, is the first student in Campbell County High School history Wittrock to score a perfect 240 on the PSAT. He is a junior. The PSAT is the preliminary version of the college SAT test, but it is also used to help determine National Merit Scholarship eligibility, said Renee Boots, principal of CCHS. Schools, A4

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Martha Journey of Union helps her neighborhood – and neighbors – in many ways. STEPHANIE SALMONS/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Lynne Coyne-Gammon, of Highland Heights, leans over a table filled with books for students to swap Dec. 7 as part of a literacy program she organizes at Cline Elementary School in Cold Spring. CHRIS MAYHEW/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Celebrating neighbors who care

Neighbors form loyal bonds by watching pets COLD SPRING — When Shauna Dunlevy isn’t going to be home, she knows her neighbor Gina Kennedy will feed and watch her dog. The Weaver Lane residents struck up a friendship when Dunlevy moved next door to Kennedy in 2008. As a welcome gift, Kennedy brought over a gift and card Dunlevy’s newborn daughter. Now they watch each others pets, bring gifts for each other back from trips, and sit around a fire pit in nice weather making s’mores and roasting hot dogs, Dunlevy said. “Over the years we have grown closer to Gina; so close that we invite her to birthday parties,” Dunlevy said. The neighborly connection is shared by their canines. “When my family got a yellow Lab, our dog quickly bonded with her dogs, often having play dates in her backyard,” Dunlevy said. And Kennedy watches or feeds Dunlevy’s Labrador Retriever “Carmella” upon request. “Gina helps me on a moments notice,” Dunlevy said. When dogs on both sides of the fence decied to start digging holes, Kennedy filled all the holes with sod, she said. Dunlevy said her 14-year-old stepson Cody has trimmed the weeds in Kennedy’s yard to return the neighborly favors. At Halloween, Kennedy has special treats for Cody and Dunlevy’s 3-year-old daughter Corryn. It has also become a tradition to bring back gifts when they travel, Dunlevy said. “She brought souvenirs for every one of us when she went to Ireland,” Dunlevy said. Dunlevy said she enjoys watching Kennedy be outside on a special scooter in which her dogs “pull her along.” Without Kennedy, Dunlevy said she wouldn’t know what to do, and that her neighbor is a thoughtful, kind and Christian person. “She is a joy to spend time with and is more than a neighbor,” Dunlevy said of Kennedy. “She is our friend.” It is not a one-way relationship, and Dunlevy is always willing to lend a hand, Kennedy said. “She helps me out a ton,” Kennedy said. “Every month I’m like ‘Can you help me put the Front-

Gina Kennedy, left, and her neighbor Shauna Dunlevy, right, toss treats to their dogs (from left) Kinook, Kuja and Carmella, in Kennedy's backyard in Cold Spring Monday, Dec. 12. CHRIS MAYHEW/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

line on?’” Kennedy said Dunlevy is also a kind an neighborly person, as are others on Weaver Lane. “We’re kind of like a country family where everybody knows everybody,” she said of her


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FORT THOMAS — For the children that live on Rock Hill Lane in Fort Thomas, the name Carolyn Watts brings back happiness and fond memories of growing up




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in their neighborhood. Watts, who has lived on the street for 25 years, is the definition of a caring neighbor, said Lisa Wormald, who has lived across the street from her for 11 years. “We all talk about how blessed we are to have her in our neighborhood,” Wormald said. “She is a wonderful example for all of us to live by, and I am honored and blessed that she is our neighbor and our friend.” Wormald said Watts is a great friend to everyone, especially the children on the street.


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From throwing Christmas parties for the kids and doing crafts with them, to sharing her knowledge and experiences from traveling around the world as a flight attendant to remembering each child’s birthday, Watts has brought a lot of happiness and love to the neighborhood, Wormald said. "She has a very kind heart,” said Wormald’s daughter, Caroline Wormald, 11. “She loves all living things, children and animals.” Around Christmas and Halloween, Watts lets the neighborhood children come over and decorate the playhouse in her backyard that has been her’s since she was a child. Watts, a mother of two adult children, said she just loves kids and is glad she came be a part of their lives. “Children are such a gift and I’m happy that I get the chance to watch the children in this neighborhood grow up,” Watts said. “I’m telling you, I’m the lucky one.” Reported by Amanda Joering Alley

Volunteer shares love of reading for ‘Peanuts’ HIGHLAND HEIGHTS —

Lynne Coyne-Gammon’s passion for books on the Peanuts cartoon character Snoopy led her to commit to volunteer for two years at Cline Elementary School in order to share her joy of reading with children. Coyne-Gammon, of Highland Heights, organiz-



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es a student book swap at the Cold Spring school as her project for being a CIPL (Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership) volunteer. CIPL is a program of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, and volunteers agree to become a working partner with teachers, community members and school administrators to improve public schools, according to the committee’s website at After finishing training classes there is a minimum of a two-year commitment, Coyne-Gammon said she had a two-year commitment to Cline Elementary including fulfilling a project. Having a love of reading, and of Snoopy, she chose a literacy program. On the day of her first book swap day in a room filled with tables of used books, Coyne-Gammon said she organized it for a costumed Snoopy from Paramount’s Kings Island to help her start the swap and meet the children. And she brought her own Snoopy books for display. “I still have a gazilion of Snoopy books,” she said. “And my daughter, who is 9, is now reading my Snoopy books to me.” Coyne-Gammon, who is also a Girl Scouts troop leader, said she always wanted to be an involved parent and inspire children to read while they are still in elementary classes. “This is an important time to grab onto them and mold them a little bit before they get to middle school,” she said. The school district needs more CIPL volunteers, and Coyne-Gammon has created excitement about reading among Cline

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While she's known for her work with scissors and curling irons at her hair salon, Cutters Depot on Madison Pike, Kris Barnes’ other passion is finding homes for abandoned puppies. "I call them my slightly used dogs," said Barnes. "People will come in and say, 'I need a haircut, Kris, not a dog.'" Photos of cute dogs adorn her message board: some who need a home, and some who have been successfully adopted. "I love that she uses her salon as a platform for helping bring awareness to these animals that she is so devoted to," wrote Carole Daily of Independence. Barnes was humbled by the nomination. “I'm so amazed and grateful that someone out there would think that of me,” said Barnes. “If it helps get a dog a home, then it's well worth it to me.” She often picks up dogs at the Pendleton County landfill, near the Save Our Shelter Dogs Rescue, and houses dogs in her home. "I get calls every week where people want me to take dogs, but I don't want to be an easy way out," said Barnes. She concentrates on the dogs in the shelter before they are euthanized. She has found homes for more than 40 dogs, including two she calls "failed fosters" because they live with her family. "I kept them, so I didn't do my job," she said. "It can be stressful, but when one gets adopted, it feels good." Reported by Amy Scalf

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Jaycees lend helping hands year-round

For 54 years, the Boone County Jaycees have always been on the lookout for any chance to help. The group has between 30 and 40 members, and they’ve made it their goal to serve the community, said Erica Monk Pavese, the group’s state director. “We do tons of stuff depending on the needs of the community,” Pavese said. Just recently, the Jaycees hosted a breakfast with Santa where they adopted 80 underprivileged children and gave each child hats, gloves, scarves and presents. “We had the families come out to make lasting memories,” Pavese said. The Jaycees were scheduled to spend part of their Christmas serving lunch to the hungry and homeless at the Parish Kitchen in Covington – just like they did for Thanksgiving. Earlier this year, the Jaycees visited nursing homes for a reverse trickor-treat where they would go room to room and give residents candy. Three times a year, the Jaycees host dances for the Redwood Rehabilitation Center – including a prom so the children can experience what other students do. Along with the service projects that fill up the cal-



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VILLA HILLS — Helping her neighbors is part of what Pattie Arlinghaus does. “It’s just in my heart to help them,” she said. “Well, I have the time. I’ll help cut the grass.” That’s why her home, decorated for Christmas, also dons tokens of thanks from the people who live in her subdivision. Arlinghaus has been helping her neighbors take care of their yards and property for the past eight or nine years, she said. “I just felt like I had to try to help out who I can,” she said. “When I know someone needs it and they’re older.” She moved into her home around the time she and her husband married and although she intended on it being a starter home, she is still there years later. Helping her older neighbors allows them to stay in their homes, she said. She is not always a solo helping hand though. Her husband and son-in-law help the neighbors with her, a duty that she takes no credit for. “Little things like that,” she said. “It’s the kind of person you are. It’s not how smart you are, or how much you have. It’s you’re a good person.” Reported by Libby Cunningham

Edgewood woman shines in time of need EDGEWOOD — Maria Reynolds knows how hard it can be to raise a child on her own. She moved to the block as a single mom. So when her neighbor Autumn Ruehl’s husband left for the police academy shortly after the couple had their first child Reynolds started to help. “I knew what it was like to be a single mom and home alone,” said Reynolds, who has recently married. “I just made sure every time we fixed a meal if we had leftovers I just called her up and said ‘Hey, I’m bringing you dinner.’” This kindness was appreciated. “She made sure I was OK while he was gone,” Ruehl said. Reynolds, who will be leaving the neighborhood soon, said that she cherishes the support she’s gotten there. “My daughter had brain surgery in 2005 and people were bringing me food, checking in on us, visiting my daughter in the hospital,” she said. “Everybody kind of supports everybody.” Reported by Libby Cunningham


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HEBRON — Mary Holland of Hebron’s West Horizon neighborhood doesn’t have children of her own. She does, however, have 45 grandchildren. Holland says God put her in the position to be the neighborhood grandma because “He knew how wonderful it would be for me.” They’re awesome families and awesome kids, she said. “Ms. Mary, as the neighborhood calls her, cares about every one of us. Es-

pecially the children and dogs,” said Donna Yeager, Holland’s nearby neighbor said. According to Yeager, Holland attends most of the neighborhood children’s sports games, makes specialized treat bags for the kids she knows on Halloween and has even taken some of the neighborhood children to Kings Island. “She makes all the kids feel special, and tells them how wonderful they are,” Yeager said. “To me, (children are) priceless beyond description,” Holland said. “Children are wonderful. I have a lot of friends that are willing to allow me to participate in their childrens’ lives.” Neighborhood pooches also get special treatment from Holland, who had her own special dog, Scooby, until he died two years ago. Yeager says Holland watches neighborhood dogs when their owners go out of town. According to Holland, she first started helping friends watch their dogs 25 years ago. “Ms. Mary makes all of us feel that we have left our dogs in better care than if they were home with us!” Yeager said.

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While the board of the Campbell County Public Library makes plans to move forward with a new branch in Alexandria, library officials are also preparing for a potential lawsuit that may soon be brought against them. Attorney Brandon Voelker, representing a groups of citizens, told the board about his intentions to possibly file a lawsuit during the monthly library board meeting Tuesday, Dec. 20. Voelker said according to Kentucky Revised Statute 173.790, the library is not legally allowed to increase or decrease its tax rate unless 51 percent of voters sign a petition in favor of it, meaning that any increases the library has made in the past, even the compensating rate plus 4 percent that is commonly taken, weren’t legal. “This specific statute says they have to ask before changing the tax rate,” Voelker said. “That would mean that the residents would be owed a refund for any tax increase the library has made.” So, while the library is looking at possibly increasing their tax rate again to fund a new building in Al-

exandria, this issue would be present regardless of what happens with the new branch, Voelker said. Library Director JC Morgan said the Attorney General is currently looking into this same issue per a request from the library board in Whitley County for clarification on the statute, but no ruling has been made. Morgan said due to the fact that the library is a special taxing district, it is allowed to change rates without a petition under House Bill 44, which allows it to take up to a 4 percent increase in property taxes every year without approval from residents. The two contradicting laws have caused the confusion here and in Whitley County, Morgan said, but the board feels it has followed the law. “The library has operated in compliance with the laws, and we are doing our best to keep costs down and still provide good service to the community,” Morgan said. Morgan said if Voelker decides to move forward

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An article in the Dec. 15 edition of the Campbell Community Recorder incorrectly listed the name of the award received by Brandon Napier, a physical education teacher at Cline Elementary School in Cold Spring. Napier won the Kentucky Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance “Distinguished Service Award.” Angela Hedenberg, a physical education teacher for Pendleton County Schools and an Alexandria resident, won the association’s “Outstanding K-6 Physical Educator” award.

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Students share New Year’s wishes Community Recorder

The Community Recorder asked Campbell County students “What is your New Year’s wish for yourself and for someone else?” » Brady Delaney, second grade, Reiley Elementary School: "I want the kids to have a good New Year's Eve, and that they could Delaney spend time with their family and have a good time together." » Caleb Kobman, first grade, Reiley Elementary School: “I wish that me and my brother would Kobman get along.” » Jason Sand, fourth grade, Grants Lick Elementary School: “To be like a better person and to try to help others by trying to donate money and stuff.” Sand » Kourtni Ramsey, fourth grade, Grants Lick Elementary School: “My New Year’s wish is to help others by like making a little business. I’m doing (making) Ramsey these little owl things at school and tying paper and tooth picks together and selling them to my classmates.” » Elizabeth Nadeau, fourth grade, Grants Nadeau Lick Elementary School: “To collect at least 100 bottle tops for Ronald McDonald House so they can get money and help the kids there.” » Courtney Bullock, fourth Bullock grade, Grants Lick Elementary School: “I want to sell my paintings and drawings to give money to the people stand-

ing by the grocery store entrances to give to others through the Salvation Army.” » Caitlyn Scherpenberg, fourth grade, St. Scherpenberg Thomas School: “I wish I could get in better touch with my family and that my friends have a good school year.” » Adam Groneck, fourth grade, St. Thomas School: “My wish Groneck is that I will have time to play basketball, baseball and soccer and that poor people will get some help and stuff.” » Gabriel Powell, fifth grade, St. Thomas School: “I Powell wish that I had more time to read and that people could settle their arguments without fighting.” » Julia Bunch, fifth grade, St. Thomas School: “I wish that I could Bunch have my own pet turtle and that people would get to spend the holidays with their families.” » Riley Hemmer, third grade, St. Thomas School: “I want the Hemmer poor people to have a good year and I hope I have a good year being 9.” » Jim Scola, third grade, St. Thomas School: “I want to wish for a better year, a Scola fresh start for everyone.” » Luke Iden, second grade, Southgate Independent School: “I wish for nothing bad to happen and for everyone to have a good life.” Iden » Beth Meier,








fourth grade, Southgate Independent School: “I hope that I get really good grades next year and that my brother doesn’t get hurt in the Air Force.” » Makaya Lews, eighth grade, Southgate Independent School: “I wish for me and my brother to get better grades in school.” » Brandon Easter, seventh grade, Southgate Independent School: “I want me, my mom and my dad to be together and happy and my mom, dad and grandma to have better health.” » Joelma Edwards, fourth grade, Newport Intermediate School: “My wish is to do better in school and for my friend to be nicer to everyone.” » Tyler Fulmer, fifth grade, Newport Intermediate School: “I wish I could have my dad and grandma back and for Ms. Smith to have a better school year.” » Katlyn Sicora, fifth grade, Newport Intermediate School: “I wish that I could go to Florida and that everyone will have good year next year.” » Savannah Bolin, third grade, Newport Intermediate School: “I hope I get to spend time with my cousin Amber because she moved away and I miss her and I hope all my friends have the best birthdays ever.”

Wittrock, of Alexandria, has perfect score on PSAT By Chris Mayhew

ALEXANDRIA — Jared Wittrock’s perfect PSAT score letter has been displayed on his family’s kitchen table since he opened it in November. Wittrock, of Alexandria, is the first student in Campbell County High School history to score a perfect 240 on the Wittrock PSAT. He is a junior. The PSAT is the preliminary version of the college SAT test, but it is also used to help determine National Merit Scholarship eligibility, said Renee Boots, principal of CCHS. “The importance to him is he should be a National Merit Finalist,” Boots said. “He will get tre-

mendous recognition nationally.” Boots said it is an accolade for the school as well, and teacher Christopher Manker who helped students including Wittrock for the types of questions they might see on the test, she said. “But, a lot of what he accomplishes is all Jared,” Boots said. Wittrock said he had been working to prepare himself for the PSAT every week with a study session led by a private tutor. Wittrock said he worked hard because he knows the scholarship opportunities a National Merit Scholarship opens up. He plans to study chemical engineering. Wittrock said he was excited when he received the notice of his score. “It felt pretty good seeing my score when I opened up the piece of paper with the 240 on it,” he said. “My parents have it laying on the counter of our kitchen ta-

ble. It’s pretty awesome.” Wittrock said math is his best subject, and he he credits being on the school’s academic team. “It’s the study skills that you learn from being on the academic team, and the information they give you while on academic team especially in math really helps,” he said. Wittrock, also placed first in the quick recall math exhibition of academic teams at the 19th annual John O’Bryan Math Tournament hosted by CCHS. CCHS won the overall competition team of18 Northern Kentucky schools with Ryle High School placing second and Covington Catholic High School placing third. Wittrock placed first out of 100 students in the written competition. It was the second year in a row he won the quick recall contest.

Moyer Elementary students pose for a picture in front of a wall of boxes the school collected for the Henry Hosea House. PHOTO SUBMITTED BY JAY BREWER

Students help kids through annual cereal campaign By Amanda Joering Alley

FORT THOMAS — Students in Fort Thomas have made the holidays a little sweeter for hundreds of children throughout the area through their annual cereal drive. During the week-long drive, which was held earlier this month, students from Moyer, Johnson and Woodfill elementary schools brought in 1.065 boxes of cereal, which the schools donate to the Henry Hosea House, in Newport. Moyer Principal Jay Brewer started the drive four years ago and the other schools have joined in since then. “We’ve always done canned food drive and stuff like that, but I figured, kids like cereal,” Brewer said. “We really get a great response from our students.” Brewer said the drive gives the students a sense of giving back and shows them that if everyone helps a little, it adds up to a lot. The drive also ties into the school’s “Moyer Manners,” which include taking care of others and appreciating what you have, Brewer said. Karen Yates, executive director of the Hosea House, said the cereal drive allows them to provide something extra to the children they serve by letting them pick their own cereal. In many cases, the families that come to the Hosea House can’t afford cereal at all, and those who can usually can only afford the off-brand boxes, Yates said. “These kids just get so ex-

“We’ve always done canned food drives and stuff like that, but I figured, kids like cereal. We really get a great response from our students.” JAY BREWER

Moyer principal

cited about this cereal and getting to pick the kind they like,” Yates said. Yates said the cereal is given away the week before Christmas, when the house’s staff and volunteers do something special every day of the week for the families that come there. Every year, the generosity of the Fort Thomas students is great, Yates said. “These kids are just so excited to be helping other kids,” Yates said. “Things like the cereal drive really make an impact with students and these students are our future volunteers.” The schools raise so much that Yates said she is even able to donate some of it to other local agencies like the Brighton Center. The Hosea House is a nonprofit organization that serves free meals to those in need from 4-5:30 p.m. daily.



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» According to the Kentucky High School Athletic Association, in its first year as a KHSAA championship sanctioned sport, 80 schools are fielding bowling squads this year. This total is up from 54 schools when it was offered as a non-sanctioned club sport. Bowling, classified as a winter sport with a season that began the week of Nov. 28, will crown its first state champions at the Ebonite/KHSAA State Bowling Championships on the weekend of March 23-24 at Executive Bowl in Louisville. Sixteen Northern Kentucky schools are taking part this season, which is down from last year as four schools who had club teams weren’t able to field a varsity program. Teams are off from competition until Jan. 5.

Boys basketball

• Campbell County beat Highlands 62-36 Dec. 21. Nate McGovney scored 27 points for the Camels (6-3). • Brossart beat Deming 73-34 to improve to 8-0. • Highlands beat Bellevue 8539 on Dec. 22. • Newport beat Lloyd 75-60 to improve to 75-60.

Girls basketball

• Brossart beat Mason County 73-58 to improve to 9-2 on Dec. 21. Abby Stadtmiller had 24 points.

College updates

• Thomas More College junior guard Allison Long (Hebron, Ky./Conner) was named the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Women’s Basketball Player of the Week for Dec. 19. Long led the 17th-ranked Saints to their sixth consecutive win last week, as she posted a career-high 25 points along with five rebounds and a pair of assists as Thomas More recorded a 78-62 win over North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) member Wittenberg University in a non-conference game. • Thomas More College senior midfielder Alex Oeswein (Louisville, Ky./DuPont Manual) became the first-ever men’s soccer student-athlete to be named All-American as he was named to the 2011 National Soccer Coaches Association (NSCAA) All-American Teams. Oeswein, who was named the 2011 Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Player of the Year, was named to the AllAmerican Second Team. He led the team in scoring with 48 points on a team-high 20 goals and a team-high eight assists. Oeswein also recorded three hat tricks in 19 games played in 2011. Oeswein and the rest of the Saints finished the season 16-2-1 overall and 8-0 in the PAC to win their second PAC regular season title in three years. The Saints also won the PAC Championship Tournament title for the third straight year and advanced to the NCAA Division III Championship for the third straight year. • Northern Kentucky University’s Amanda Mason was named to the Daktronics NCAA Division II Women’s Soccer AllAmerica first team. Mason, a senior midfielder from Cincinnati, Ohio, was the lynchpin of the Norse offense, scoring 15 goals and adding 13 assists for a total of 43 points to lead the team and the Great Lakes Valley Conference. Her exploits led the Norse to a 16-2-2 overall record and a trip to the NCAA Midwest Region championship game for the second time in three years.



2011 a big year for Campbell County sports A look at 2011 in review By James Weber

This past calendar year was a memorable one for local athletics in Campbell County. Here is a look at some of the top stories of the year, in no particular order. The emphasis is on high school postseason accomplishments for this story. We could fill a book with all the regular-season highlights, personal records, college signings, youth titles, etc., so this is just a post-Christmas sampling:

State superlatives

» Highlands won the Class 4A state football championship Dec. 3 with a 42-14 win over FranklinSimpson. The Bluebirds won a state title for the fifth straight year, tying a state record, and also tied Trinity with their 21st overall championship. The Bluebirds set a number of offensive records during the year, including total points (849). Patrick Towles threw for 3,820 yards and 42 touchdowns with just one interception and became the school’s second Mr. Football honoree. Austin Sheehan set a national record with 34.9 yards per reception and had 1,013 yards this year overall. » NCC won the Ninth Region girls championship in girls basketball. NCC lost to Calloway County in overtime in the first round of the Sweet 16. » Campbell County’s Garth Yenter won the state championship at 103 pounds with a 10-1 win over Walton-Verona rival Clay Brown. Yenter and Mason Franck won regional titles. Franck was state runner-up at 285. Sean Fausz was state runner-up at 119. Paul Hamilton and Eric Spahr won state medals. » Highlands’ Conner Downard won the state championship in the 500-yard freestyle Feb. 26. Evan Duckworth won his fourth medal in diving. Carly Hill won her third state diving medal and was regional champion. » NCC won the Ninth Region in baseball, ousting Conner 3-2 in the final. NCC went to the state quarterfinals and finished 26-10. Jake Cain was named Ninth Region Player of the Year and first team all-state. »NCC won its third straight team state championship in the 1A girls track meet. The 4x400 relay won for the seventh straight

Highlands QB Patrick Towles on a keeper near the goal line during the playoffs. FILE year, with Kiley Bartels, Madison Little, Morgan Dubuc and Aubrey Muench. The 4x200 also won state with Muench anchoring Dubuc, Bartels and Chandler Cain. » Highlands won its fourth straight state championship in 2A girls track. Lindsey Scaggs won the pole vault and led off the 4x100 and 4x200 state champs. Jordan Earlywine and Maria Weyer ran both relays. Sydney Watson ran the 4x1 and Caroline Newman the 4x2. Ashley Collinsworth won the 100 at state. »Campbell County’s Anna Carrigan graduated with nine state titles in track, anchoring the 4x400 relay and winning the individual 400 this year. Christina Heilman, Carolynn Dreyer and Faith Roaden were on the relay. » Brossart won the 4x800 relay at the 1A boys state meet, with Zac Holtkamp, Michael Caldwell, Jack Foster and Brett Evans. Melanie Fleissner won the girls 100 hurdles at state. » Newport qualified five wrestlers to the state meet. Jamie Oroke finished eighth in the state at 152. » Brossart qualified two wrestlers to the state meet. »Highlands junior Drew Freyberger won the 10th Region boys singles tennis title. Meredith Laskey, now a freshman, won her third straight girls singles title. Carrie Laskey earned All-State honors and won the state’s Forcht Group of Kentucky Sportsman-

ship Award. »NCC boys soccer won its first district title in four years and reached the round of 16 at the state tournament after winning the 10th Region. » NCC’s boys cross country team had its best regional finish in 29 years, finishing second in 1A. » Highlands’ Lauren Ossege won the 2A girls regional title in cross country and finished third at state.


» Northern Kentucky University announced in December it would move up to NCAA Division I for the 2012-13 academic year and join the Atlantic Sun Conference. » The Thomas More College women’s basketball team went 30-1 and lost in the third round of the NCAA Tournament. At times during the past season, they were ranked No. 1 in the nation in Division III. »The KHSAA sanctioned bowling as a championship sport starting with this school year. Campbell County won the state championship in boys bowling at the club level in 2011. » Bishop Brossart made its eighth trip to the All “A” state boys basketball tournament in nine years. Brossart lost to West Carter in overtime in the first round. » Newport Central Catholic

went to the All “A” state boys basketball tournament and lost to DeSales in the semifinals. NCC’s girls team also lost in the semis, falling to Monroe County. » Campbell County won the 37th District in girls basketball for the third time in four years. » The Campbell County Sportsman of the Year was Zac Holtkamp and Sportswoman of the Year was Allie Conner of Highlands in voting conducted by readers. The award combined onfield and off-field strengths. » Thomas More football went 9-2, repeated as Presidents’ Athletic Conference champions, and lost in the first round of the NCAA Division III Tournament. » NCC qualified as a team for the boys golf state tournament for the first time in school history. » Campbell County won its first football district championship in 31 years, going 3-1 in the 6A district. Campbell beat Ryle 27-20 for its first win over the Raiders in 10 years to win the title. Campbell reached the second round of the playoffs and finished 4-8. The home playoff games were the team’s first at least 17 years. »NCC football won the 2A, District 6 title. NCC lost in the regional final to Holy Cross. » NCC volleyball won its sixth straight 10th Region championship and lost in the state quarterfinals.

THE YEAR IN QUOTES “We tell them the Ninth Region games are fine and dandy, but we want to win every 10th Region game on our schedule. We have to keep developing.” Campbell County girls basketball coach Ed Cravens on the team’s 12-0 start in 2010. “Andy Miller played the best game he ever played. He has practiced better than anybody. He’s stepping up to the plate and he showed it tonight.” NCC boys basketball coach Grant Brannen on his junior’s play in the 2011 All “A” Classic. “This is the loudest I’ve ever heard the gym. It was a great experience.” Brossart basketball player Zach Fardo on the team’s home

win over NCC in January “Becca’s a warrior. When the chips are down, she is going to take the big shot. She’s the leader of this team. She’s our heartbeat.” Brossart girls basketball coach Josh Feldmann on 2011 graduate Becca Kidney

play in the world, but you got to knock the shots down, and she did. She’s done that all year, her whole career actually.” NCC girls basketball coach Ron Dawn on 2011 graduate Hannah Thiem

“I never would have dreamed in a million years I would be standing here today. My coaches always knew I could do it.” Highlands’ Conner Downard on winning a swimming state title in the 500 freestyle

“He is absolutely hammering the ball to all fields. It doesn’t matter where you pitch him. He’s hitting about .700. It’s not a soft .700; it’s lasers left and right.” Campbell County HS baseball coach Scott Schweitzer on Jake Rebholz’s hot start to the 2011 season.

“We had two or three sets strictly for Hannah to get a three, and she knocked them down. You can run the greatest

“I was so pumped up. My adrenaline is racing. This is my senior year, and to beat St. Henry is huge. I want to win this really

bad.” NCC softball pitcher Danielle Hausfeld on winning the All “A” regional in April. “It’s one of those things, I tell the guys you got to play every pitch like it’s your last pitch because you never know.” Campbell County HS baseball coach Scott Schweitzer on 2011 graduate Corey Cox, who injured his knee during horseplay. “We put our entire hearts into it because with these graduating seniors I owed it to them to do my job and get the baton to Anna (Carrigan) in first place.” Campbell County HS track athlete Christina Heilman on the team’s fourth state title in a row in the 4x400 relay.





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Redistricting a focus for 2012 It may be quiet in the halls of the Capitol as 2011 draws to a close, but that is set to change early next week, when the General Assembly returns to kick off the 2012 Regular Session. Even-year meetings are always a busy time because of the budget, but another major task awaits us as well beginning Jan. 3rd: redistricting. This is done once a decade, after the nation’s Census is completed, and it calls on us to redraw the lines for the 100 members of the House, the 38 members of the Senate and the six congressional districts. We also will likely re-do the seven seats for the Kentucky Supreme Court, something that hasn’t been done in 20 years. I will of course keep you updated on what this will mean for our region. As for the budget, there appears to be a small silver lining in that the days of seeing revenues run backward appear over. The state’s economists met this past Wednesday and are forecasting some modest growth for the remainder of this fiscal year and the two that follow. That doesn’t mean there aren’t some tough decisions still to be

made. Given the cuts we have seen during the last several years, there is little fat left to trim. We should be able to continue shielding Tom the classroom McKee COMMUNITY PRESS and critical services for our GUEST COLUMNIST most vulnerable, but it will be tough to do much beyond that. A brighter spot is our road plan, which is seeing healthy growth that is expected to continue in the months ahead. We have been fortunate to see a lot of new asphalt paving, bridge repairs and construction in our 78th District, and we anticipate this type of work will continue in 2012. Another positive sign is that it appears our state’s economy is beginning to rebound. Several weeks ago, for example, Forbes magazine noted how much more friendly our state has become to the business community. We now rank 25th among the states in business climate, which is up six from last year and 19 from 2008. One area that has seen a lot of

success in recent months is farming. Kentucky’s commodity sales are on target to exceed $5 billion this year, which is nearly a billion dollars more than last year. Poultry and corn are the leaders in this area, and horses and cattle are up there as well. Overall, we should see 10 different agricultural products bring in at least $100 million in 2011. As chairman of the House Agriculture and Small Business Committee, and a farmer as well, I am truly amazed at just how diverse agriculture has become. Farmers have long been cautioned never to look beyond the next growing season, but I am optimistic that this good news will continue. We saw more corn and soybeans grown in our area than in previous years, and even the future of tobacco looks a little brighter. Outside of the budget and redistricting, there will be dozens of other issues to be debated during the legislative session’s 60 days. One of the more prominent of those will be an effort to tackle an epidemic of prescription drug abuse. More Kentuckians die from this than they do on our highways, and no community has

been left untouched. Though details are still being worked out, the goal is to find ways to limit doctor shopping and shut down often fly-by-night operations known informally as pill mills. Several of the topics that made it through the House earlier this year but did not become law will likely be back again in January. That includes raising the high school dropout age from 16 to 18 and toughening our DUI laws to make sure that those convicted of this crime use ignition interlock systems so they never can drive drunk again. For now, I hope you enjoyed Christmas and that your new year is all that you hope it to be. If you would like contact me about any issues during the legislative session, I can be reached by writing to Room 332B, Capitol Annex, 702 Capitol Avenue, Frankfort, KY 40601. You can also leave a message for me or for any legislator at 800372-7181. For those with a hearing impairment, the number is 800896-0305. I hope to hear from you soon.

Representative Tom McKee represents the 78th House District including part of Campbell County.


It was Christmas with a country touch. The first and second grade students of St. Joseph, Cold Spring performed a country version of the age old Christmas story. Shown: Anna Scharf and Wyatt Bartels blend their voices when singing their songs in A Country Christmas program.

The first and second grade students dressed for their performance of A Country Christmas, at St. Joseph, Cold Spring.



LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Alcohol is an American enemy

We are led to believe that America's enemy is the extremist Muslim and improvised explosive devices (IED). Look at the facts... Since Sept 11, 2001 extremist Muslims have killed just over 9,000 Americans (3,000 civilians in the world trade center and over 6,000 troops in Iraq and Afghanistan). During that same time period over 115,000 Americans have died in alcohol related car accidents! Not to mention the 100,000+ Americans who have died in that time frame from alcohol related diseases (National Institutes of Health stats). Over 9,000 families have been devastated through deaths caused by terrorist events and the wars that still continue since 9/11. In this same time frame, over 215,000 families have been devastated by deaths directly attributed to alcohol abuse. This does not take into account the broken families, child and wife abuse cases and all the other miseries alcohol problems create in our society. According to U. S.

Department of Health and Human Services and SAMHSA (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration) National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information, seventy six million American adults have been exposed to alcoholism in the family. Alcoholism is responsible for more family problems than any other single cause. Look at the facts, alcohol is a much more threatening enemy to Americans than extremist Muslims! Why don't we see these facts in the media? Jim McCord Butler

A rebuttal to Davis

In the Dec. 15 issue of the Fort Thomas Recorder, Geoff Davis made a few unverified statements. There is no basis in fact that “the new health care reform act continues to raise costs and restrict access to care.” Only portions of the act have gone into affect so far and will continue through 2015. Notable advantages to date listed at are: 50 percent discount on name brand drugs for those who



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find themselves in the “donut hole” on Medicare; expanded coverage for young adults; small business tax credits; and, insurance plans for pre-existing conditions. These changes overwhelm-

ing decrease costs and increase access to care for the elderly, young adults, and small business. Mr. Davis believes in the term “job creators.” In fact, he states “Compliance …to rules will cost job creators time and money that could otherwise be used to invest in their businesses or hire more employees.” Corporations are making record breaking profits in spite of the Recession, the new health care reform law, and record breaking low taxes. If corporations are job creators then where are the jobs? There is no hesitancy to hire; there is a decision not to hire in order to make our president look incompetent. Our new health care reform act is designed to help the common person, the 99-pecenter. The promise Davis makes to “continue working…to replace it with reforms that will improve quality, expand access and decrease costs” is just more stuff-youstep-in-in-a-cow-pasture. The GOP has never planned to reform health care unless it favors the health care industry, its lobbyists, and unrestricted capitalism.

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Reflecting on ‘11, looking ahead With the end of the year upon us, it is a time to reflect on past events and think about the future. Certainly we’ve had our share of dismal Dennis news this year Keene as the economy COMMUNITY continues to RECORDER GUEST COLUMNIST struggle. But I was encouraged by information we heard in Frankfort this week, where the state budget director gave a more promising outlook. Our employment rate continues to make a slow but steady climb. October was a bellwether month of sorts, as the total number of non-farm jobs across the state reached a level last seen in December 2008. Kentucky’s revenues were below the 50-state average in the 2008 fiscal year, but we did not see the tremendous dip that others did in 2009. We matched the average in 2010 and 2011, but are behind as we approach the fiscal year’s halfway point at the end of this month. Our personal income levels did not drop as much as they did in our sister states during the recession. In fact, Kentucky’s decline was only half as much as the national average, a trend that is expected to continue through the rest of the fiscal year. The auto industry is seeing a true resurgence nationally, which is especially good news for Kentucky, since we produce more cars and trucks than all but three states. Late last month, Forbes magazine noted the progress we’ve made economically when it ranked us 25th among the states in its annual Best States for Business list. That’s up six spots from a year ago and 19 since 2008. Academically, there are bright spots in the classroom. Earlier this fall, education officials reported our fourth and eighth graders scored at or above the national average in both reading and writing. Some of our best success can be found among those students who qualify for free or reduced price lunch; when measuring just their scores, we’re third among the states in reading for both grades and in the top 20 for math. We learned earlier this year that no other state saw a faster increase in adult education enrollment from 2005 to 2009, and a July report by the University of Kentucky’s Center for Business and Economics Research noted that, over the last 20 years, no state has risen as much as Kentucky did in a nationwide index of education statistics. We moved up 15 spots during that time. In sports, the past year has seen Kentucky host its first NASCAR race in the modern era, and we set the benchmark again with our record eighth Breeders Cup at Churchill Downs. Kentucky still has its challenges, but I am encouraged by this information. I believe we will continue to pull together and move our commonwealth to a brighter, more prosperous future in 2012.

Representative Dennis Keene represents the 67th House District including northern Campbell County.

Donna Hoffman Fort Thomas

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L IFE Last minute



By Chris Mayhew


New Year’s Eve planner

So, you don’t have reservations for a New Year’s dinner or party, you missed out on tickets to the last show at the Southgate House and are still searching for somewhere to celebrate. What to do? The Community Recorder has compiled a listing of several places to go - No reservations required. In Alexandria, R.E.C.A Roller Rink, U.S. 27 and Viewpoint Drive, is having a New Year’s Bash skating party from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., and is being billed as “The Best Kid Friendly Bash In Town.” “We have the balloon drops, the noise-makers, and the hats,” said Audrey Danner, a member of the family that owns the rink. Admission will be $10, and skate rentals are $2 or $3 depending on the type of skates, Danner said. “It’s a good night for everyone in the family,” she said. At the Crazy Fox Saloon in Newport, 901 Washington Ave., the door will be open to anyone 21 and older for New Year’s fun, said Krista Mefford, an employee. There will be a champagne toast at midnight, hats and noisemakers, Mefford said. Across the Licking River in Covington, Keystone Bar & Grill, 313 Greenup St., is having a “No Hassle New Year’s Eve” party featuring a complimentary mac and cheese bar. There is usually still room for people to come and stop in until it gets late on New Year’s Eve, said Jennifer Macht, a manager. “It is kind of for people who don’t have big parties to go to and don’t have big plans and just want to come out,” Macht said. To bet into the New Year, Turfway Park’s New Year’s Eve Track Bash offers a walk-up as well as reservation options. The free admission option includes $2 champagne glasses in the hour leading up to midnight. There is also a reservations recommended option with a table for six on the third floor for $100 including party favors and a champagne toast. Call 859-371-0200, or order online at The event lasts from 5 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. The first post time is 5:30 p.m. Other New Year’s Eve parties where reservations either aren’t required or are only recommended: Wilder: New Year’s Eve Party, 7 p.m., Bobby Mackey’s Music World, 44 Licking Pike, Karaoke with Wanda Kay. Music by Bobby Mackey and the Big Mac Band. Party favors, giveaways and more. $15. Reservations recommended. 859-431-5588; www.bob-

The field of horses in the Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes heads down the front stretch after breaking from the gate at Turfway Park, Florence on March 25. FILE

Keystone Bar & Grill mac and cheese. FILE

Friends Sydney Schroder, left, of Wilder, and Abby Jones, right, of Cold Spring, skate at RECA Roller Rink in Alexandria Dec. 28, 2010. FILE

The Crazy Fox in Newport in 2009. FILE Newport: New Years Eve Bash, 8 p.m., Jefferson Hall, 1 Levee Way, Suite 2118, Includes champagne toast and party fa-

vors. Music by 4th Day Echo. Tickets at door only. $5. 859-4916200. Covington: » New Year’s Eve Bash, 8

p.m.-1 a.m., Geez’l Pete’s, 508 Madison Ave., Music by Bob Cushing. Party favors, drink specials and toast at midnight. Ages 21 and up. Free. 859-261-1030; » New Years Eve Bash, 9 p.m.-2:30 a.m., Molly Malone’s Irish Pub and Restaurant, 112 E. Fourth St., Music by DJ, complementary Champagne toast at midnight, party favors and more. Ages 21 and up. Free. 859-4916659; » New Year’s Eve Bash, 8 p.m.midnight, Blinkers Tavern, 318 Greenup St., Entertainment by

Bev Lucken and Chuck Evans. Regular menu includes party favors and Champagne toast at midnight. 859-360-0840; Florence: Grand Opening New Year’s Eve Bash, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Boleros Dance Club, 8406 U.S. 42, Grand opening of Florence’s newest ballroom, Latin and swing club. Includes hors d’oeuvres, stocked bar, Champagne toast at midnight and four hours of dancing. Ages 21 and up. $10. Reservations recommended. 859-379-5143;

Officer wins DUI enforcement award for second time By Amanda Joering Alley

FORT THOMAS — For the second year, Fort Thomas Police Department officer Brian Waldorf has been recognized for his contribution to safety through DUI enforcement. Waldorf, who has been with the department for six years, was honored at the Governor’s Impaired Driving Enforcement Awards Ceremony earlier this month for having the most DUI arrests in his department, an award he also won in 2009. Chief Mike Daly said from Oct. 1, 2010, through Sept. 30, 2011, Waldorf made 23 DUI arrests.

Daly said Waldorf is a wellrounded officer who shows initiative and consistently performs at a high level. “He comes to work each night ready to do a great job and to make a difference in the Fort Thomas community,” Daly said. “Our department is proud of Brian for his consistent and diligent dedication to reducing the public risk caused by impaired drivers.” Waldorf said it is nice to be recognized for the works he’s done in the department. “To be appreciated like this lets us know we are doing right and motivates us to further apprehend impaired drivers, making Fort Thomas streets safer

for all of us,” Waldorf said. During his time in the department, Waldorf said he has seen several traffic collisions involving intoxicated drivers and often it’s not the intoxicated person, but the other driver and their passengers, who are injured. Waldorf said the keynote speakers at the awards ceremony were a mother and father who were the victims of an intoxicated driver collision. “They didn’t choose to drink and drive, but they now suffer a lifetime of pain from their injuries from the collision,” Waldorf said. “Tragedies like that motivate me to do what I can to limit further suffering.”

Officers from throughout Campbell County who received DUI enforcement awards earlier this month pose for a picture. From left: Brian Waldorf from the Fort Thomas Police, Jon McClain from the Bellevue Police, Ronnie Gross from the Newport Police, Lucas Cooper from the Alexandria Police and Scott Hildebrand from the Cold Spring Police. AMANDA JOERING ALLEY/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER


THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD FRIDAY, DEC. 30 Art Exhibits Best of the Full Art Spectrum 2011, 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Art on the Levee Gallery, Newport on the Levee, Artists include: Cedric Michael Cox, Chad Rasmussen, Phil Campus, Fred Tarr and Gwyneth Ravesncraft. Free. Presented by The Full Art Spectrum. Through Dec. 31. 513-3620777. Newport.

Drink Tastings Wine Tasting, 5-9 p.m., Camp Springs Vineyard, 6685 Four Mile Road, $1. Through Dec. 31. 859-448-0253. Camp Springs.

Health / Wellness Health Screenings, 9 a.m.noon, Homan Chiropractic Newport, 52 Carothers Road, Brief health questionnaire, blood pressure, height, weight, pulse and spinal/postural evaluation. Free. 859-291-2225. Newport.

Holiday - Christmas Holiday Toy Trains, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Layout features Lionel trains and Plasticville.More than 250 feet of track. Patrons welcome to operate more than 30 accessories from buttons on layout. "Polar Express" readings by Kenton, Campbell and Boone County librarians Nov. 27, Dec. 4 and Dec. 18 at 2 p.m., reservations required. Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Included with admission: $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17; free ages 2 and under. 859-491-4003; Covington. Scuba Santa’s Water Wonderland, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Newport Aquarium, Newport on the Levee, Holiday decorations throughout Aquarium, Scuba Santa’s Post Office and Reindeer Roundup game. Scuba-diving Santa Claus performs in dive shows with sharks daily. Included with admission: $22, $15 ages 2-12, free ages 1 and under. 859-261-7444; Newport. ChristmasTown at the Creation Museum, 5-8 p.m. Admission to museum’s exhibits after 5 p.m., $5., Creation Museum, 2800 Bullittsburg Church Road, Outdoors. Nativity scene with actors in first-century Bethlehem, Christmas light display and an archaeological presentation explaining the replica of a Bethlehem home for the infant’s birth. All Christmas activities free except Museum exhibits, "the Christmas Star” planetarium program and Noah’s Cafe food and drink. Free. 888-582-4253; Petersburg.

Music - Benefits Homunculus, 9 p.m. Featuring the Newbees Beatles Tribute with a full string section. Doors open 8 p.m., Southgate House,

24 E. Third St., Ballroom. Reunion Show. All CD sales and portion of the door admission benefits the Wellness Community of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. Ages 18 and up. $18, $15 advance. 859-4312201; Newport.

Music - Country Sleepin’ Dogs, 9:30 p.m. Doors open 8:30 p.m., Southgate House, 24 E. Third St., Parlour. $8 ages 18-20, $5 ages 21 and up. 859-431-2201; Newport.

Music - DJ Friday Night Dance Party, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Super Bowl Bellewood, 1211 Waterworks Road, $12 buckets, $3 domestics, $2 jello shots. DJ Love MD plays mix of music, video and karaoke. No cover. Presented by Super Bowl. 859-781-1211; Newport.

Music - Rock Shiny Old Soul, 9:30 p.m. With the Apricots., Southgate House, 24 E. Third St., Juney’s Lounge. Ages 21 and up. Free. 859-4312201; Newport.

On Stage - Comedy Steve Wilson, 8 p.m. $17., 10:30 p.m. $17., Funny Bone Comedy Club, Newport on the Levee, Comedian. 859-957-2000; Newport.

Support Groups Overeaters Anonymous, 7 p.m., St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas, 85 N. Grand Ave., Room A. Presented by Greater Cincinnati Overeaters Anonymous Intergroup. 513-921-1922. Fort Thomas.

SATURDAY, DEC. 31 Art Exhibits Best of the Full Art Spectrum 2011, 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Art on the Levee Gallery, Free. 513-3620777. Newport.

Community Dance New Year’s Eve Dance, 6:30 p.m., American Legion Boone Post 4, 8385 U.S. Highway 42, Dinner/dance, floor show and music by DJs Brian and Stephanie Campbell. Party favors and Champagne toast. Full catered dinner, free soda and coffee. Cash bar. Benefits veterans and community causes. Ages 21 and up. $25 couple, $15 single. 859-817-0924; Florence.

Dining Events New Year’s Eve Gala, 6 p.m. Seatings at 6 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., Vito’s Cafe, 654 Highland Ave., Suite 29, Five-course prix fixe meal with music, dancing and Champagne. $60 plus tax and service. Reservations required. 859-442-9444; Fort Thomas.

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Turfway Park will host New Year's Eve Track Bash from 5 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, at 7500 Turfway Road in Florence. Free general admission with concession stands. Top of the Park, $75, includes deluxe buffet, beer/wine/mixed drinks, party favors and champagne toast. Reservations recommended. Pictured is Lindsey Reilly of Mason, Ohio, and Shannon Smith of Montgomery, Ohio, at last year's Track Bash. FILE PHOTO

Wine Tasting, 1-7 p.m., Camp Springs Vineyard, $1. 859-4480253. Camp Springs.

Holiday - Christmas Scuba Santa’s Water Wonderland, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Newport Aquarium, Included with admission: $22, $15 ages 2-12, free ages 1 and under. 859-261-7444; Newport. ChristmasTown at the Creation Museum, 5-8 p.m. Admission to museum’s exhibits after 5 p.m., $5., Creation Museum, Free. 888-582-4253; Petersburg.

Holiday - New Year’s New Year’s Eve Celebration, 8 p.m., York St. Cafe, 738 York St., Dinner available in Cafe Dining Room. Seating limited to first 100 guests. Music by SwingTime Big Band. $15. 859-261-9675; Newport. New Year’s Eve Extravaganza, 7 p.m. 7 p.m. show: $20; $45 includes pre-show buffet 5:306:30 p.m., 10:30 p.m. 10:30 p.m. show: $45, includes Champagne toast at midnight; $70 includes pre-show buffet 9:30-10:15 p.m., Funny Bone Comedy Club, Newport on the Levee, Special engagement. No coupons or passes accepted. With comedians Steve Wilson and Mike Baldwin. Hosted by Mike Paramore. Reservations required. 859-957-2000; Newport. New Year’s Eve Celebration, 7 p.m. Music by the Sleepcat Quartet., Dee Felice Cafe, 529 Main St., Reservations required. 859-261-2365; Covington. New Year’s Eve Party, 7 p.m., Bobby Mackey’s Music World, 44 Licking Pike, Karaoke with Wanda Kay. Music by Bobby Mackey and the Big Mac Band. Party favors, giveaways and more. $15. Reservations recommended. 859-431-5588; Wilder. New Year’s Eve Bash, 8 p.m.-1 a.m., The Madison Event Center, 700 Madison Ave., Hors d’oeuvres, party favors, open bar, midnight breakfast buffet and Champagne toast. Music by Naked Karate Girls and Maize Music. Free parking. $150 VIP, $99. Reservations required. 859-261-1117; Covington. New Year’s Eve Bash, 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Doors open 8 p.m., Newport Syndicate, 18 E. Fifth St., Gangsters Dueling Piano Bar and Grand Ballroom. Champagne toast, appetizers, party favors, one free drink ticket and cash bar. Music by the Rusty Griswolds 9 p.m.-1 a.m. VIP packages available. Dress to impress. Ages 21 and up. $100. Registration required. 859-8143000; Newport. Track Bash New Year’s Eve Party, 5 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Turfway Park, 7500 Turfway Road, Music by Doghouse. First post, 5:30 p.m. $2.50 bottled domestic beer, $3.50 well drinks and $2 Champagne 11 p.m.-midnight. Homestretch and Top of the Park: deluxe buffet, beer/wine/ mixed drinks, party favors and Champagne toast: $75. Homestretch restaurant reservations SOLD OUT. Third Floor: table for six, party favors and Champagne toast: $100. Free general admission. Reservations recommended for non-general admission. 859-371-0200; Florence. New Year’s Eve Bash, 8 p.m.midnight, Blinkers Tavern, 318 Greenup St., Entertainment by Bev Lucken and Chuck Evans. Regular menu includes party favors and Champagne toast at midnight. 859-360-0840; Covington. New Years Eve Bash, 8 p.m., Jefferson Hall, 1 Levee Way, Suite 2118, Includes champagne toast and party favors. Music by 4th Day Echo. Tickets at door only. $5. 859-491-6200. Newport. New Year’s Eve Bash, 8 p.m.-1 a.m., Geez’l Pete’s, 508 Madison Ave., Music by Bob Cushing. Party favors, drink specials and toast at midnight. Ages 21 and up. Free. 859-261-1030; Covington. New Year’s Eve Party, 8 p.m.-2:30 a.m., JerZee’s Pub and Grub, 708 Monmouth St., Music by Stonehaus Trail. Ages 21 and up. $10, $5 advance by Dec. 23.

The Avenue Lounge, 411 Madison Ave. in Covington, will host a New Year's Eve celebration from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 31. Sweet Ray Laurel, pictured, Big Rock Club and Revenge Pinata will perform. Tickets are available in advance ($25, couple; $15, single) or $20 at the door and will include complimentary finger foods, a drink ticket and champagne toast. Photo by David Sorcher. THANKS TO DAVID SORCHER 859-491-3500; Newport. No Hassle New Year’s Eve, 9 p.m.-2:30 a.m., Keystone Bar & Grill, 313 Greenup St., Complimentary mac and cheese bar. 859-261-6777; Covington. New Years Eve Bash, 9 p.m.-2:30 a.m., Molly Malone’s Irish Pub and Restaurant, 112 E. Fourth St., Music by DJ, complementary Champagne toast at midnight, party favors and more. Ages 21 and up. Free. 859-491-6659; Covington. Grand Opening New Year’s Eve Bash, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Boleros Dance Club, 8406 U.S. 42, Grand opening of Florence’s newest ballroom, Latin and swing club. Includes hors d’oeuvres, stocked bar, Champagne toast at midnight and four hours of dancing. Ages 21 and up. $10. Reservations recommended. 859-3795143; Florence. The Jabs, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Shimmers Tavern, 1939 Dixie Highway, Music by the Jabs. Party favors and midnight champagne toast. $5. 859-4260490. Fort Wright. New Year’s, 9 p.m.-2 a.m., The Avenue Lounge, 411 Madison Ave., Music by Sweet Ray Laurel, Big Rock Club and Revenge Pinata. $20; $15 single, $25 couple advance. 859-261-6120. Covington.

Karaoke and Open Mic Super Bowl of Karaoke, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Super Bowl Bellewood, 1211 Waterworks Road, $12 buckets, $3 domestics, $2 jello shots. With DJ Love MD. No cover. Presented by Super Bowl. 859-781-1211. Newport.

Music - Concerts The Dopamines 5-Year Anniversary, 9 p.m. New Year’s Eve show. Doors open 8 p.m. SOLD OUT., Southgate House, 24 E. Third St., Whole House. Scheduled to appear: Dear Landlord, Banderas, Vacation, the Frankl Project, Mixtapes, White Walls, New Creases, Be My Doppelganger SHIVS, Army Coach, Loudmouth, Billy Wallace and the virginia Blues and Wm. "Billy" Catfish Orchestra. Ages 18 and up. $15, $10 advance. 859-431-2201; Newport.

Music - R&B

ABOUT CALENDAR To submit calendar items, go to and click on “Share!” Send digital photos to along with event information. Items are printed on a space-available basis with local events taking precedence. Deadline is two weeks before publication date. To find more calendar events, go to and choose from a menu of items in the Entertainment section on the main page. A New Reality, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Artisans Enterprise Center, Free. 859-292-2322; Covington.

Holiday - Christmas Holiday Toy Trains, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission: $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17; free ages 2 and under. 859-491-4003; Covington.

Music - Bluegrass Northern Kentucky Bluegrass Band, 9 p.m.-midnight, Zola, 626 Main St., Free. 859-261-7510. Covington.


Music - Jazz Mike Darrah, 7 p.m., Dee Felice Cafe, 859-261-2365; Covington.

Music - Rock Birdbrain Crash, 10 p.m.-1 a.m., Sidebar, 322 Greenup St., Country/rock music. Ages 21 and up. Free. 859-431-3456. Covington.

Thursday, Jan. 5 Dining Events

Mike Darrah, 7 p.m., Dee Felice Cafe, 529 Main St., Pianist. 859-261-2365; Covington.

Wine Dinner, 7 p.m., Blinkers Tavern, 318 Greenup St., Features five course dinner with wine pairings from around the world. $50. Reservations required, available at 859-360-0840; Covington.

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Music - Jazz

Art Openings Universal Vision from a Local Perspective, 6-9 p.m., Boleros Dance Club, 8406 U.S. 42, Works by local artists. Featured artist: Emily L. Figueroa-Wolfe, presenting her first solo show. Using her own unique style paired with classic techniques, Emily takes us on a journey around the world and to our own back yards. Exhibit continues through Jan. 31. Free. 859-379-5143; Florence.

Holiday - Christmas Holiday Toy Trains, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Behringer-Crawford Museum, Included with admission: $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17; free ages 2 and under. 859-491-4003; Covington.

Music - Acoustic Tim Snyder, 8 p.m.-midnight, JerZee’s Pub and Grub, 708 Monmouth St., Free. 859-4913500;

You Can Compute, 10 a.m., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, Learn parts of computer, how to turn on and off and other basics. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-3422665; Florence.

Karaoke and Open Mic Thirsty Thursday Karaoke, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Birk’s Bar, 912 Monmouth St., Drink specials include: $2 bottles, $2 wells and $2 shots. With Jay and DJ Love MD. No cover. 859-491-0007. Newport.

Music - Acoustic The Turkeys, 10 p.m.-2 a.m., Zola, 626 Main St., Folk rock. Free. 859-261-7510. Covington.

Music - Jazz Lee Stolar Trio, 7 p.m., Dee Felice Cafe, 529 Main St., 859261-2365; Covington.

Basic Truth, 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m., Tropics, 1301 Fourth Ave., 859-261-8800; Dayton, Ky.

Holiday - Christmas Scuba Santa’s Water Wonderland, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Newport Aquarium, Included with admission: $22, $15 ages 2-12, free ages 1 and under. 859-261-7444; Newport.

On Stage - Comedy Steve Wilson, 7:30 p.m. $15., Funny Bone Comedy Club, 859-957-2000; Newport.

TUESDAY, JAN. 3 Art & Craft Classes Snowy Days Project, 11 a.m. 1:30 p.m., Totter’s Otterville, Included with admission: $7.95 children ages 1 and up, free for adults. 859-491-1441; Latonia.

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Bobby Mackey's Music World will host a New Year's Eve party at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, at 44 Licking Pike in Wilder. There will be karaoke with Wanda Kay, party favors, and giveaways. Bobby Mackey and the Big Mac Band, pictured, will perform. Tickets are $15. FILE PHOTO



Rita tweaks Williams-Sonoma peppermint bark candy through a sieve to remove the real fine particles. (Those are for you to nibble on!)

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Rita's version of Williams-Sonoma peppermint bark would make a great hostess gift.

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How many versions of this have I shared?! I tweaked the recipe once again, taking into account the new packaging for chocolate chips (they used to be packaged in 12 oz. bags, now it’s11.5 oz. for the most part). The most important thing is to melt both the white chocolate and the dark slowly and over relatively low heat so they don’t “seize” or burn. You can do this in a double boiler or a bowl placed over a pan of simmering water (don’t let the bottom of the bowl touch the water), in a nonstick skillet over low heat or in the microwave using 50 percent power at 40-second intervals. Regardless of the way you melt chocolate, pull it from the heat while there are still lumps remaining. When you stir,

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the residual heat will smooth it out. This is a nice hostess gift or light dessert after a heavy New Year’s meal. First, line cookie sheet with foil. 3 cups dark chocolate chips (I use Kroger Belgian chocolate chips) 2 cups white chocolate chips (I use Kroger white chocolate chips) 1¼ teaspoon pure peppermint extract, divided into ¾ and ½ teaspoon measures 1 ⁄3 to ½ cup peppermint candy, crushed. If you want, sift the crushed

Melt chocolates as described above. Add ¾ teaspoon extract to the dark chocolate after melting and ½ teaspoon extract to the white chocolate after melting. Pour dark chocolate onto foiled cookie sheet and spread to thickness desired. Place in refrigerator to harden. Let white chocolate cool a bit (make sure it’s still pourable) before spreading on top of chilled dark chocolate layer. This will prevent it from melting the white layer. Immediately sprinkle with crushed candy. Refrigerate until hard. Before you cut or break the candy, let it sit out a few minutes. That will help keep it from shearing apart.

3 jars Old English cheese 1½ sticks margarine 7 eggs 1 tsp. Kosher or other salt 2 cups milk Cooked sausage, optional

Grease or spray a 13- by 9-inch glass pan. Break up bread into small cubes with crust. Lay bread in bottom of pan.

Melt jars of cheese and margarine. Pour over the bread. Beat eggs, salt and milk together. Pour over the bread mixture. If you want to add sausage, now is the time to mix it in. Cover with aluminum foil and refrigerate overnight. Bake casserole:

Let sit at room temperature for a half hour. Bake for 1 hour at 300 degrees. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. E-mail with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-248-7130, ext. 356.

Giovanna Trimpe’s wonderful egg casserole You may know her as Giovanna or Joanne, or even as Archbishop Schnurr’s chef at St. Peter in Chains Cathedral in Cincinnati. S Here’s how Giovanna does it: One large loaf French bread

MARRIAGE LICENSES Judith Sellers, 49, and Bryan Stacks, 49, both of Dayton, issued Dec. 13. Stephanie Griffith, 34, of Cincinnati and Juan Victoriono, 26, of Mexico City, issue Dec. 13.

Ashley Schoepf, 22, of Fort Thomas and Bradon Stinson, 22, of Edgewood, issued Dec. 15. Suzanne Bender, 29, and Gary Kinney Jr., 39, both of Cincinnati, issued Dec. 15.

Tamara Bozkurt, 25, of Germany and Doyle Gross, 25, of Covington, issued Dec. 15. Tammy Sebastian, 46, of Terre Haute and Paul Conti, 43, of Dayton, issue Dec. 15.




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Using credit can come back to haunt you Many consumers took advantage of great sales this holiday season and put lots of purchases on their credit cards. There’s no doubt it's great to get those savings but unless you're careful, those deals can come back to haunt you That’s what Brandon Combs, of Fort Mitchell, learned after buying a couch in 1997, when he was

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just 18. The couch cost less than $500, which he put on a store credit card. “I made minimum Howard payments Ain and it seems HEY HOWARD! like that drug on for a few years until finally, with a few late payments, that brought the balance to over $500,” Combs says. When he lost his job he stopped paying on the credit card.

LEGAL NOTICE The Cold Spring Planning and Zoning Commission will conduct a public hearing in the Cold Spring City Building at 5694 East Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring, Kentucky, on WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 11, 2012, at 7:30 PM. The purpose of this public hearing is to hear any interested party who wishes to speak or present any pertinent information relative to the following described item(s): CASE NUMBER: 11-11-01 APPLICANT:Cold Spring Planning Commission per Donna Schmidt, Chair LOCATION: Area A: an approximate 1.5acre area located at the southeast corner of the intersection of Rose Place with Alexandria Pike in Cold Spring Area B: an approximate 3.9-acre area located on the east side of Alexandria Pike between Ripple Creek Road and East Alexandria Pike, approximately 300 feet north of Ripple Creek Road in Cold Spring Area C: an approximate 6.3 acre area located on the north side of the AA Highway between Pooles Creek Road and Dry Creek Road, approximately 1,400 feet east of Pooles Creek Road in Cold Spring REQUEST: proposed map amendments to the Cold Spring Zoning Ordinance changing Areas A and C from HC* (a highway commercial zone as regulated by Unincorporated Campbell County) to HC-2 (a highway commercial-2 zone), and Area B from R-RE (a residential rural estate zone) and HC* to HC-2 (this issue was tabled during the December 14 meeting) CASE NUMBER: 11-11-02 APPLICANT: Cold Spring Planning Commission per Donna Schmidt, Chair REQUEST: a proposed text amendment to the Cold Spring Zoning Ordinance adding Warehousing of Recyclable Materials to the list of permitted uses within the HC-2 Zone. This does not include any manufacturing, compounding, processing, packaging, or assembling (this issue was tabled during the December 14 meeting) Information submitted with this request is available for review at NKAPC between 8 AM and 5 PM, Monday through Friday. A copy of the proposed text is also available Directions to online at NKAPC are available online at If you have a disability for which the planning commission needs to provide accommoda tions, please notify the staff at least seven days prior to the public hearing. You may calling by request your submit 859.331.8980, faxing 859.331.8987, or emailing Andrew M. Videkovich, AICP NKAPC Senior Planner 1001681836 LEGAL NOTICE The Bellevue PlanZoning and ning Commission will hold a public hearing on Thursday January 5, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. in the Callahan Community Center, 322 Van Voast Avenue, Bellevue, Kentucky, 41073. The meeting will be held for all interested parties to hear and present evidence relative to the agenda following items: 11-002 •Application for a site plan revision for the Harbor Residential Greene development project located on 101 Harbor Greene Dr. Ackerman Group, applicant. Amendments •Text For more information, please contact John M. Yung, Zoning Administrator at (859) 431-8866. 1681998 If you’re looking for buyers, you’re in the right neighborhood. Call Community Classified


LEGAL NOTICE City of Cold Spring Enforcement Code Public Hearing. The Enforcement Code Board of the City of Cold Spring has scheduled a public hearing on Thursday, January 5, 2012 at 7:00 pm. It will be held at the Cold Spring City Building, 5694 E. Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring, Kentucky. The purpose of this meeting is to hear an appeal of a code enforcement citation issued by the Cold Spring code enforcement officer to Christopher Ampfer, 22 Founders Court, Cold Spring, Kentucky. 1001681476

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In 2006, Combs called the Maryland debt collector that bought his debt and offered to settle on the account. Combs says, “I contacted them and they pretty much immediately said, 'If you give us a credit card payment over the phone now we'll settle for 50 percent. We'll send you a letter in the mail that the debt has been resolved.'” Combs paid $610 with his credit card but never received that settlement letter. He should have disputed the charge with his credit card company when he failed to get the letter

since that was part of the deal. Instead, he forgot about it. Unfortunately, the debt was not settled. Instead it was sold to another debt collector and that company got a default judgment after suing Combs. Combs says he had moved several times and was never notified of the lawsuit. This new debt came as quite a shock to Combs because he thought he had already paid it off. In addition, he had just refinanced his house and there was no indication of this debt on his credit report.

Combs says, “I paid back more than what I borrowed over 11 years ago, and an additional $610 was paid five years ago. Now this debt collector wants another $1,500.” It is absolutely shocking how that 14-year-old debt has continued to grow as a result of mounting interest charges and fees. This latest debt collector is taking part of his paycheck in order to collect. The money came right out of his paycheck at Christmas time so the firm could be paid in full. Combs has filed with the

The City of Highland Heights Planning and Zoning Commission will conduct two Public Hearings on Tuesday, January 10, 2012, at 7:00 p.m., at the Civic Center, 176 Johns Hill Road for the following applications: P&Z CASE #01-2012 TEXT AMENDMENT A Text Amendment to the City of Highland Heights Official Zoning Ordinance Section 10-12 (I) Area Requirements. Change from 25 acres to Five (5) acres for minimum size of PUD Overlay. P&Z CASE #02-2012 ZONE CHANGE: An application for a zone change, submitted by the City of Highland Heights, KY., 176 Johns Hill Road Highland Heights, Ky. The applicant is a requesting a zone change from the current zoning of Residential One-G (R1G) to R-3 with the Planned Unit Development Overlay (PUD) approximate seven (7) acres for the property located at 515 Main Avenue, Highland Heights, KY. The Public Hearings will be held for all interested parties to hear and present evidence relative to the above captioned application. Any adjoining property owner who is unable to attend this public hearing is encouraged to submit signed, written comments to the Planning and Zoning Board concerning the proposed project. Said written correspondence shall be received no later than 4:00 pm on the date of the Public Hearing, and thereupon shall be made a matter of public record. All correspondence should be directed to The City of Highland Heights, Attn: Jean Rauf, 176 Johns Hill Road, Highland Heights, KY 41076 If there is a need for the City to be aware of a specific disability, you are encouraged to contact the City Building at 859-4418575 so that suitable arrangements can be considered prior to the date of the meeting. The City Office is open Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. The City will make every reasonable accommodation to assist a qualified disabled person in obtaining access to the meeting. Immediately following the Public Hearings, the regularly scheduled Planning and Zoning meeting will begin.

2. When Question: Many of the pruning a plants in my garden and tree, I will landscape did not perform never leave a well this past year. There branch stub, seemed to be a lot of differbut will cut ent bugs and diseases atback to antacking everything. Even other side though we got plenty of branch that’s rain, my trees, yard and Mike at least oneother plants seem to be go- Klahr third the diing downhill. What am I HORTICULTURE ameter of doing wrong? CONCERNS what it’s atAnswer: Insects and diseases move in and kill tached to, or cut back to the plants that are under stress main trunk, leaving only from factors such as the the “branch collar” or droughts of 2009 and 2010, swelling near the trunk and root rot due to the ex- (usually sticks out only cess rain of 2011. Because ¼-1/2 inch for small of all these “natural fac- branches, or one inch for tors” that bring down larger branches). If a longplants, it becomes essential er stub is left, it will die, that we do “our part” as and will eventually rot out “plant managers” to keep the larger branch or trunk the plants from going into below it. 3. When mulching stress. We could even turn around trees, I will mulch this into… “New Year’s Resolu- only 3 inches deep, and I will never let the mulch tions for the Gardener”… 1. I will never top trees, touch the trunk of the tree, or pay someone else to do it, and certainly I will never since it shortens the life of do “volcano mulching,” pilthe tree, makes it weaker ing the mulch high up on and more apt to break the tree trunk, since this apart, and causes sunscald, causes the tree bark and frost cracks, and attack trunk to rot slowly, since the mulch traps and holds from insects and diseases.




Mike Klahr is the Boone County Extension agent for horticulture.


The Campbell County Fiscal Court, at a regular meeting to be held on Wednesday, January 4, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. at the Campbell County Courthouse, 8352 E. Main Street, Alexandria, Kentucky, will call for second reading and consideration of passage the following ordinance, said ordinance having been read by title and a summary given for the first time at the December 21, 2011, regular meeting of the Court.

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CAMPBELL COUNTY FISCAL COURT CAMPBELL COUNTY, KENTUCKY ORDINANCE O-18-11 AN ORDINANCE OF THE CAMPBELL COUNTY FISCAL COURT AMENDING CAMPBELL COUNTY ORDINANCE O-1987 AS AMENDED AND LAST AMENDED BY ORDINANCE O-05-11, RELATING TO THE CAMPBELL COUNTY DETENTION CENTER POLICY AND PROCEDURE MANUAL SECTIONS ON ADMINISTRA TION, SANITATION AND HYGIENE, AND K-9 UNIT The full text of Ordinance O-18-11 will be on file in the Office of the County Clerk, Newport, Kentucky, and is on file in the Office of the Fiscal Court Clerk, Newport, Kentucky, and same is available for inspection and use by the public during regular business hours. I, Paula K. Spicer, Clerk of the Campbell County Fiscal Court, hereby certify that this summary was prepared by me at the direction of the Campbell County Fiscal Court and that said summary is a true and accurate summary of the contents of Ordinance O-18-11.

too much moisture during the wet seasons, and it also encourages voles and field mice to chew off the bark of the tree trunk, killing the tree. 4. I will always obtain lists of disease and insectresistant plants from the local Cooperative Extension Service Office before planting, especially for disease-susceptible plants like apples and crabapples, where many resistant varieties exist. 5. I will always submit a soil sample before applying lime to my soil, and before planting a lawn, flowers, fruits, vegetables, trees or shrubs, since a soil test (free through your local Northern Kentucky County Extension Office) is the only way to know if you need lime, sulfur, phosphorus or potassium. Applying too much or too little of any of these will be harmful to plants.

Greg Young, a manager with Heritage Bank, is sworn in as the newest member of the Campbell County Rotary by Rotary President Arnd Rehfuss. The Campbell County Rotary Club meets each Wednesday at noon at the Highland Country Club in Fort Thomas. The service club contributes regularly to community events and service projects. The meetings are open to anyone interested in joining.

Jean A. Rauf, City Clerk/Treasurer CMC Planning & Zoning Secretary

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For the 20th year, the YWCA will award the Mamie Earl Sells Scholarship to an outstanding AfricanAmerican female high school senior entering a post-secondary institution. This scholarship has been awarded since 1993 in conjunction with the annual Career Women of Achievement awards, now in its 33rd year. Factors evaluated by the scholarship committee include academic record, ability to overcome hardship, high school class rank, ACT and/ or SAT scores, application of special talents, involvement in extracurricular activities, and community service. This year’s 33rd annual luncheon will be held on May 9 at the Duke Energy Center.



POLICE REPORTS ALEXANDRIA Arrests/citations Alice M. Trout, 35, 4164 Brandonmoore Drive, DUI - first offense, careless driving at AA Highway and Upper Lick Branch, Nov. 13. Misty Kendrick, 31, 147 Moreland Lane, warrant, theft by unlawful taking or shoplifting, first degree possession of controlled substance - drug unspecified - first offense at 6711 Alexandria Pike, Nov. 14. Desmond Davis, 26, 2927 Wardall Ave. Unit 2, warrant, speeding, operating on suspended or revoked license, failure of owner operator to maintain required insurance first offense at Alexandria Pike and Cedar Lane, Nov. 26. Jeffrey W. Fetters Jr., 21, 8015 Alexandria Pike, Unit 1, fourth degree assault, third degree terroristic threatening at 8015 Alexandria Pike unit 1, Nov. 26. Willie C. Phillips Jr., 48, 658 Goshen Ave. Unit 3, theft by unlawful taking or shoplifting at 6711 Alexandria Pike, Nov. 26. Peter M. Ramsey, 34, 1842 Grandview Road, improper turning, careless driving, DUI first offense at Alexandria Pike and Lakeside Drive, Dec. 3. Michael A. Frazier, 33, 1601 Christopher Road, theft by unlawful taking or shoplifting at 6711 Alexandria Pike, Dec. 4. Jeffrey M. Monahan, 32, 27170 Valley Vista Drive, theft by unlawful taking or shoplifting at 6711 Alexandria Pike, Dec. 5. Jonathan M. Hogeback, 30, 219 E. Krick Drive, theft by unlawful taking or shoplifting at 6711 Alexandria Pike, Dec. 5.

Incidents/investigations First degree fleeing or evading police - motor vehicle, first degree wanton endangerment - police officer Report of white male with brown beard and black rimed glasses in pulled over during traffic stop in dark gray Mazda with Ohio registration turned around on street and nearly struck officer and was last seen fleeing down Poplar Ridge Road at Alexandria Pike and Wright Court, Dec. 2. Fourth degree assault Reported of active domestic in restaurant at 7150 Alexandria Pike, Nov. 25. Fourth degree assault domestic violence Reported at Brentwood Circle, Nov. 14. Second degree burglary Report of gun taken from desk along with other items and entry made through window at 7801 Alexandria Pike, Nov. 17. Report of jewelry and electronics taken at 509 Brookwood Drive, Nov. 26. Second degree criminal mischief Report of fire hydrant cut off by collision from unknown vehicle at East Alexandria Pike and Ky. 709, Nov. 20. Second degree disorderly conduct Report of irate customer threatened to come back with a gun at 8330 W. Main St., Nov. 10. Second degree forgery Report of checks forged on business payroll account of and sent to residences at 1066 Poplar Ridge Road, Nov. 18. Theft by unlawful taking Report of gasoline taken from vehicle's tank parked in driveway at 111 Lake Park Drive, Nov. 14. Report of battery and battery cables taken from vehicle at 2 Jefferson St., Nov. 23. Report of wallet taken or misplaced in store at 6711 Alexan-

dria Pike, Nov. 28. Report of bow and arrows and binoculars taken from pickup truck bed at 7633 Alexandria Pike, Dec. 2. Theft by unlawful taking firearm Report of cell phone and firearm taken at 200 Brentwood Circle unit V, Nov. 19. Theft by unlawful taking gasoline Report of gas drive-off without paying at 7930 Alexandria Pike, Dec. 2. Theft by unlawful taking or shoplifting Report of items in shopping cart taken without paying at 6711 Alexandria Pike, Dec. 2. Theft by unlawful taking, third degree criminal mischief Report of hydraulic lines of tow truck cut and computer in vehicle taken at 46 Pete Neiser Drive, Nov. 19. Third degree burglary - third degree criminal mischief Report of credit card machine taken and bag of chili taken from cooler and food left out from cooler at 7100 Alexandria Pike, Nov. 10. Third degree criminal mischief Report of obscenities written with paint marker on windows of vehicle at 3 Cedarwood Court N, Nov. 12.

BELLEVUE Arrests/citations Georgia Hughes, 34, 347 Wolfe Road, warrant at 812 Lincoln Road, Dec. 7. Norbert Krebs, 29, 7 Raymond Ave., reckless driving, DUI, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana at I471 south at US 27, Dec. 9. Margarette Parr, 18, 20 Foote, first possession of controlled substance at 201 Center St., Dec. 9. Nick Daines, 23, 853 Covert Run, possession of drug paraphernalia at 853 Covert Run, Dec. 9. Brad Ridener, 27, 210 McKinney, warrant at 100 block of Washington, Dec. 10. Richard Wilbur, 23, 133 Bramble Ave., alcohol intoxication in a public place, disorderly conduct at 24 Route 8, Dec. 11. Kyle Corcoran, 24, 21 Brittany Lane, reckless driving, DUI at Fifth and Monmouth, Dec. 11. Douglas Simmons, 22, 316 Ninth St., warrant at Lafayette at Prospect, Dec. 11. Tyler Rosenhagen, 22, 6550 Vinyard Lane, operating a motor vehicle on a suspended license at 400 Route 8, Nov. 8. Alex Smith, 26, 439 Highland Ave., reckless driving, operating a motor vehicle on a suspended license, DUI at 200 Route 8, Nov. 9. Elijah Debruler, 19, 319 Berry Ave., trafficking marijuana, second degree trafficking a controlled substance at 436 Berry, Nov. 9. Brian Catlin Dunn, 26, 325 East Eighth St. 403, careless driving, DUI, possession of drug paraphernalia at Donnermeyer Drive, Nov. 9. Matthew Sterling Edwards, 44, 952 Kennon Road, first degree fleeing, first degree possession of a controlled substance at 100 block of Division St., Nov. 10. Samuel Hornback, 20, 307 Covert Run, warrant at 100 Covert, Nov. 13. Andrea Brown, 31, 937 Monroe St. No. 1, reckless driving, DUI at Kentucky Motors, Nov. 13.

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Official Notice Owen Electric Cooperative Corporation, with its principal office at Owenton, Kentucky, and with its address as 8205 HWY 127N, P.O. Box 400, Owenton, Kentucky 40359, has filed with the Kentucky Public Service Commission in Case No. 2011-00037 an application to adjust its retail rates and charges. This Adjustment will result in a general change in rate design for its member-consumers in two rate classes, Schedule 1 – Farm and Home Rate and Schedule 1 – Small Commercial Rate. The proposed rate design changes may result in an increase or decrease to a customer’s bill depending on the customer’s monthly usage level. Owen maintains that these rate design changes will result in no increase in overall revenue to be received from these rate classes. The rates proposed in this application are the rates proposed by Owen Electric Cooperative Corporation. However, the Kentucky Public Service Commission may order rates to be charged that differ from these proposed rates. Such action may result in rates for consumers other than the rates in this application. Any person may examine the rate application and any other filings made by the utility at the office of Owen Electric Cooperative Corporation or at the Commission’s office. Kentucky Public Service Commission Owen Electric Cooperative 8205 HWY 127N 211 Sower Boulevard Owenton, Kentucky 40359 Frankfort, Kentucky 40602 502-484-3471 502-564-3940 The amount of increase and percent of increase for both rate classes are listed below: Increase Percent Amount Schedule 1 May vary according to the attached schedules Farm and Home Schedule 1 Small Commercial May vary according to the attached schedules The present and proposed rate designs and the monthly bill for various usage amounts for Schedule 1 – Farm and Home members is provided below: SCHEDULE 1 - FARM AND HOME RATE CLASS Present Proposed Rates Rate 2012 Rate 2013 Rate 2014 Rate 2015 Rate 2016 Rate Monthly Rates Customer Charge $11.30 $15.00 $17.50 $20.00 $22.50 $25.00 Energy Charge per kWh $0.08810 $0.08472 $0.08244 $0.08015 $0.07787 $0.07588 Monthly Bill at Various Present Energy kWh Amounts Rate 2012 Rate 2013 Rate 2014 Rate 2015 Rate 2016 Rate $15.00 $17.50 $20.00 $22.50 $25.00 0 $11.30 500 $55.35 $57.36 $58.72 $60.08 $61.44 $62.94 $99.40 $99.72 $99.94 $100.15 $100.37 $100.88 1000 1500 $143.45 $142.08 $141.16 $140.23 $139.31 $138.82 2000 $187.50 $184.44 $182.37 $180.31 $178.24 $176.75 2500 $231.55 $226.80 $223.59 $220.38 $217.18 $214.69 3000 $275.60 $269.16 $264.81 $260.46 $256.11 $252.63 The present and proposed rate designs and the monthly bill for various usage amounts for Schedule 1 – Small Commercial members is provided below: SCHEDULE 1 - SMALL COMMERCIAL RATE CLASS Proposed Rates Present Monthly Rates Rate 2012 Rate 2013 Rate 2014 Rate 2015 Rate Customer Charge $13.34 $20.00 $25.00 $30.00 $35.00 Energy Charge per kWh $0.08810 $0.08448 $0.08174 $0.07901 $0.07628 Monthly Bill at Various Present Proposed Rates Energy kWh Amounts Rate 2012 Rate 2013 Rate 2014 Rate 2015 Rate 0 $13.34 $20.00 $25.00 $30.00 $35.00 500 $57.39 $62.24 $65.87 $69.51 $73.14 1000 $101.44 $104.48 $106.74 $109.01 $111.28 1500 $145.49 $146.72 $147.61 $148.52 $149.43 2000 $189.54 $188.96 $188.48 $188.02 $187.57 2500 $233.59 $231.20 $229.35 $227.53 $225.71 3000 $277.64 $273.44 $270.22 $267.03 $263.85 The present and proposed rate structures for Owen Electric Cooperative Corporation are listed below: Rates Rate Class Present Proposed Schedule 1 Farm and Home Customer charge per month - 2012 $11.30 $15.00 Customer charge per month - 2013 $15.00 $17.50 Customer charge per month - 2014 $17.50 $20.00 Customer charge per month - 2015 $20.00 $22.50 Customer charge per month - 2016 $22.50 $25.00 Energy Charge per kWh - 2012 Energy Charge per kWh - 2013 Energy Charge per kWh - 2014 Energy Charge per kWh - 2015 Energy Charge per kWh - 2016 Schedule 1 Small Commercial Customer charge per month - 2012 Customer charge per month - 2013 Customer charge per month - 2014 Customer charge per month - 2015 Customer charge per month - 2012 Customer charge per month - 2013 Customer charge per month - 2014 Customer charge per month - 2015

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Pursuant to 807 KAR 5:011, Section 8(5), notice is hereby given of a Public Hearing to be held on Thursday, January 12, 2012, at 10:00 a.m., Eastern Daylight Time, in Hearing Room 1 of the Commission’s Offices at 211 Sower Boulevard, Frankfort, KY 40601 for the purpose of public comment(s) in regard to the above-referenced application to adjust retail rates and charges.



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LEGAL NOTICE Organizations interested in receiving Campbell County Tax Funds to service the citizens of Campbell County in the areas of Mental Health, Intellectual Disabilities, or Aging must download, complete, and electronically submit the Boone, Campbell and Kenton Grant Application, available on the Campbell County web-site: . Click on Human Services, MH/ID/AG, RFP FY 13&14 Apps Insert_Agency_Name. The Policies & Procedures, Payment Request, and Reimbursement Forms are also available. Applications will be accepted up to January 17, 2012, 5:00 pm. Inquires may be directed to Pat Dressman, Director of Human Services, 859-547-1870 or 1001682081 CITY OF SILVER GROVE, KENTUCKY SUMMARY OF PUBLICATION OF ORDINANCE 11-1001 I hereby certify that the following is the title and a summary of Ordinance No. 11-1001 of the City of Silver Grove, Kentucky, as adopted on November 1, 2011. AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF SILVER GROVE, CAMPBELL COUNTY, KENTUCKY, AMENDING CHAPTER 74, SCHEDULE I, SUBSECTION (A) OF THE CITY CODE OF ORDINANCES TO INCLUDE A NEW STOP SIGN AND STREET NAME. Pursuan to the City of Silver Grove publication requirements, the following is the full text of the section of Section 92.99 which imposes fines, penalties, forfeitures, taxes, or fees: Section 70.99 GENERAL PENALTY Any person who violates any provisions of this traffic code where no other penalty is specifically provided shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be fined not less than $20 nor more than $500. I, Cameron J. Blau, an attorney licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, acting as an attorney for the City of Silver Grove, Kentucky, do hereby certify that this summary was prepared by me at the direction of the Council of the City of Silver Grove, Kentucky, and that this summary is a true and accurate summary of the contents of Ordinance No. 11-1001. Cameron J. Blau Legal Advisor City of Silver Grove, Kentucky NOTICE CITY OF FORT THOMAS, KY. SURPLUS AUCTION Sealed bids will be received, publicly opened, and read at the office of the Purchasing Agent, City Building, 130 N. Fort Thomas Avenue, Fort Thomas, Kentucky, at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 12, 2012, for the sale of the following Cityowned Surplus Item(s): SURPLUS ITEM(S): 1. 2005 Ford Crown Victoria, VIN 2FAHP71W25X110122, Mileage: 108,283 2. 2001 Lincoln Continental, VIN 1LNHM86S81Y619295, Mileage: 149,265 3. 1989 Chevrolet C70 Pickup, VIN 1GBM7D1G2KV113314, Mileage: 78,455 4. 2001 Ford Crown Vic, VIN 2FAFP71WX1X201883, Mileage: 114,795 5. 2001 Ford Crown Vic, VIN 2FAFP71W31X201871, Mileage: 100,033 6. 2009 Ford Crown Vic, VIN 2FAHP71V49X100866, Mileage: 97,048 7. 2004 Ford Crown Vic, VIN 2FAFP71W34X104481, Mileage: 112,201 8. Lot of assorted Motorola pagers, radios, and equipment. Items are available for inspection by calling the City of Fort Thomas at (859) 4411055. Items are in as-is condition; no warranties expressed or implied. Buyer is responsible for pickup and transportation of items. The City reserves the right to waive irregularities in the bids pursuant to State Law and City bidding procedures. All sales will be made to the highest responsible bidder; the City reserves the right to reject any and all bids. Bids received after the specified time and date will be returned unopened to the bidder. Payment is to be in cash (U.S. Dollars) or Money Order only. Bid forms are available for download by visiting www.ftthomas. org<>. Bid forms must be returned in sealed envelope and marked “January, 2012 Surplus Bids”. Signed: Jennifer Machesney, Purchasing Agent Publication Date: December 29, 2011 1682349

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Marian Efker Marian H. Brankamp Efker, 95, of Erlanger, died Dec. 14, 2011, at Newport Baptist Convalescent Center. She worked at Frank Tea and Spice Co. for more than 40 years and was a member of Mary Queen of Heaven Church. Her husband, John Efker, and a brother, William Brankamp, died previously. Survivors include her brother, Melvin Brankamp of Florence. Burial was at St. John Cemetery, Fort Mitchell. Memorials: Mary Queen of Heaven Church, 1150 Donaldson Road, Erlanger, KY 41018.

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Mary Lou Fisher Mary Lou Fisher, 82, of Highland Heights, died Dec. 15, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. Survivors include her loving companion, William Rappold; sons, C. Michael and John W. Fisher; daughter, Elizabeth Chapman; sister, Joyce Marksberry; brother, Andrew Brann; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.


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Barbara Fry Barbara Ann Fry, 56, of Cold Spring, died Dec. 17, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. Survivors include her husband, Jeffrey Fry; daughter, Julia Fry Salzer; son, Jeffrey Fry II; father, Carl Robertson II; sisters, Carlene Dodds and Donna Futscher; and brother, Ben Robertson. Interment was at St. Stephen Cemetery, Fort Thomas. Memorials: American Cancer Society, 297 Buttermilk Pike, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017 or Scleroderma Foundation, Attn: Donations, 300 Rosewood Drive, Suite 105, Danvers, MA 01923.

Paul Glahn Paul R. Glahn, 66, of Wilder, died Dec. 16, 2011, at home. He was a retired employee of Thompson Enamel of Bellevue and previously worked for the former Ceramic Coating of Wilder. Survivors include his wife, Virginia Glahn; daughters, Connie J. Jones and Barbara A. Glahn; sons, James R. Glahn, Steven R. Glahn and Robby R. Young; sisters, Norma Crouch and Gladys Ruf; brothers, Kenny, Ervin, Keith and Bill Glahn; 10 grandchildren; and two greatgrandchildren. Interment was at Alexandria Cemetery. Memorials: American Cancer Society, 297 Buttermilk Pike, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017.

Elmer Haas Jr. Elmer J. Haas Jr., 85, of Fort Thomas, died Dec. 15, 2011, at his residence. He was one of the founding fathers of Northern Kentucky University and a member of the Board of Regents Emeritus at NKU. He left the family tag business, HASCO Mfg., and became president of the Bank of Alexandria in 1985. He served as a director with the Campbell County Economic Progress Authority Inc. Survivors include his wife, Betty Jean Birkenhauer Haas; sons, Mike Haas and Tom Hughes; daughters, Patty Haas Huenefeld and Jo Elliott Chambers; brothers, James R. Haas, Dr. Roger A. Haas and Tom D. Haas; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery, Southgate. Memorials: NKU Foundation c/o NKU Development, 305A Founders Hall, Highland Heights, KY 41099; St. John's United Church of Christ, 415 Park Ave., Newport, KY 41071; or St. Elizabeth Hospice, 483 S. Loop Drive, Edgewood, KY 41017.

Clarence Handy Jr. Clarence Handy Jr., 74, of California, died Dec. 20, 2011≤ at the VA Hospital in Cincinnati. Survivors include his wife, Sandy Handy; son, Scotty Handy of Lawrenceburg, Ky.; and daughters, Debbie McCarty of West Virginia, Lakracia Kelly of Butler, Wanda Wade of Southgate and Renay Hoffstetter of Alexandria.

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Survivors include her daughters, Lisa Barclay and Lori Staggs; son, Eric Moore; brother, Larry Schultz; sisters, Audrey Six and Elaine Helmick; and four grandchildren. Interment was at St. Mary Cemetery, Alexandria. Memorials: St. Elizabeth Hospice, 483 S. Loop Road, Edgewood, KY 41017.

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Edward Frederick Huffman, 76, of Oakley, Ohio, formerly of Newport, died Dec. 13, 2011, at Indianspring of Oakley. He was known as "Easy Ed" and a standout basketball player for Newport High School. He was selected for the All State Kentucky Tournament Team in 1954 and 1955, and the 1954 Sweet 16 All Tournament Team. In April 1997, he was inducted into the Northern Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame. Survivors include his children, Amy, Dave and Zac; and grandchildren, Gabe, Morrigan, Ray and Ruby. Interment was at Floral Hills Funeral Home in Taylor Mill. Memorials: Newport High School Alumni - Ed Huffman Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 75129, Fort Thomas, KY 41075.

Mary Louise Ponchot, 67, of Bellevue, died Dec. 17, 2011, at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati. She was a retired teacher with the Bellevue Board of Education and a member of Divine Mercy Parish. She ran the library board for Campbell County, was a Kentucky Colonel, a volunteer for area theaters and the organist for the VA Nursing Home in Fort Thomas. Her husband, Jim, died previously. Survivors include her daughter, Kelly Ripperger of Lebanon, Ohio; son, Keith Ponchot of Diamondhead, Miss.; sisters, Carol Breitenbach of Oakwood, Ohio, and Barbara Lincoln of The Villages, Fla.; and two grandchildren. Burial was at Divine Mercy Parish, Bellevue. Memorials: American Cancer Society, 297 Buttermilk Pike, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017 or American Diabetes Association, 644 Linn St., Suite 304, Cincinnati, OH 45203.

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Thurla A. Click Ramey, 93, of Alexandria, formerly of Maytown, Ky., and Belleview, Fla., died Dec. 16, 2011, at her home. She was a graduate of Maytown High School and the Tristate School of Cosmetology in Portsmouth, Ohio. She helped in the family grocery store and was a member of ADAH Chapter No. 24 of the Eastern Star in Prestonsburg, Ky., and the First Baptist Church in Maytown, Ky. She worked for a government health program for three years. Her husband, George Howard Ramey; brother, Thurmal Click; and sister, Theckla Reffett, died previously. Survivors include her sons, Glen N. Ramey and Stanley Vernon Ramey; grandson, Timothy Wayne Ramey; and granddaughters, Allison Jewell and Alysa Jade Ramey. Interment was in Davidson Memorial Gardens in Ivel, Ky.

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Armilda Leger Armilda Leger, 69, of Dayton, died Dec. 21, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. She worked as a homemaker and was a member of Point Pleasant Church of Christ in Hebron. Her husband, Leon Leger, and a daughter, Ethel Leger, died previously. Survivors include her daughter, Patricia Kopp; brother, John Begley of London, Ky.; sisters, Lillie Stewart and Jessie Begley of Florence; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Burial was at Evergreen Cemetery.

Alice Matteoli Alice Matteoli, 67, of Crestview, died Dec. 20, 2011. Three siblings, Elmer Herbert, Nancy Howell and Audrey Watson, died previously. Survivors include her daughter, Sharon Sexton; son, Sean Matteoli; companion, George Raum; sisters, Carol Hardin and Austie Bryant; and four grandchildren. Memorials: SPCA.

Mary Jean Moore Mary Jean Moore, 68, of Highland Heights, died Dec. 20, 2011, at her residence. Her husband, Earl Moore; a son-in-law, Russ Barclay; and two grandchildren, Lee Alexander and Gabriel, died previously.

Clayton Ramsey Clayton Foster Ramsey, 64, of Falmouth, died Dec. 16, 2011, at University Hospital in Cincinnati. He was an eight-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force, having served in Vietnam. He was a quality control inspector for G.E. and A.R. Industries. His parents, Ercil and Hildreth Cummins Ramsey, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth Fullwood Ramsey; sons, Clayton Ramsey Jr. of Independence, Christopher Ramsey and Peter Ramsey, both of Alexandria; sister, Marcella Latimer of Falmouth; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery. Memorials: Kentucky MultiCounty Task Force on Child Abuse, P.O. Box 257, Dry Ridge, KY 41035 or The Hardin-Brown-

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Robert Lee Reynolds Robert Lee Reynolds, 70, of Dayton, died Dec. 19, 2011, at the Drake Center in Cincinnati. He was a construction contractor and an avid hunter, outdoorsman and card player. Survivors include his wife, Terri Reynolds; daughter, Patty Lowman of Orlando, Fla.; son, Robert Reynolds of Dayton; sisters, Ruby Tackett of Booneville, Ky., and Phyllis Pflueger of Bellevue; brothers, Delbert Terry of Grant's Lick, Johnny Terry of Indiana, Luther Terry of Newport, Clarence Terry and Jimmy Terry, both of Tennessee; five grandchildren; and two greatgrandchildren. Entombment was in Floral Hills Memorial Park.

Billie Russell Billie Pompilio Russell, 71, of Newport, died Dec. 18, 2011, at her residence. A son, Michael A. Pompilio, died previously. Survivors include her sons, Mark and Anthony Pompilio; daughter, Trina Pompilio Phillips; sisters, Terri Deaton and Mike Raleigh; brother, Kip Mason; 15 grandchildren; and 14 greatgrandchildren. Burial was at St. Stephen Cemetery. Memorials: Fares J. Radel Funeral Home, 822 York St., Newport, KY 41071.

Charles ‘Todd’ Sherlock Charles "Todd" Sherlock, 63, of Alexandria, died Dec. 21, 2011. He worked for W.R. Grace for 25 years and served for the volunteer fire department in Silver Grove. A sister, Irene Hogle; and his brothers, Richard and Edward Sherlock, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Anita Sherlock; daughter, Angela Jenkins; sister, Margaret Resler; and grandchildren, Deric and Emily Dee. Interment was at Peach Grove Cemetery.

Lloyd Smith Lloyd Edward Smith, 67, of Florence, died Dec. 17, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Florence. He was a carpenter with NuTone Cabinets and an expert woodworker. Two sons, Eddie Smith and James Goodhew, died previously. Survivors include his daughter, Kerri Smith of Newport; son, Lloyd Alan Smith of Walton; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Disposition was cremation.

George Yeager Jr. George E. Yeager Jr., 86, of Newport, died Dec. 19, 2011, at Baptist Convalescent Center in Newport. He was a retired meat cutter for Bluegrass Carryout and Ebert’s Meats, and a member of the St. Vincent DePaul Society. A granddaughter, Ashley Yeager; three brothers, Vincent, Kenneth and Clifford Yeager; and a sister, Gayola Arthur, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Bernette "Toots" Bertke Yeager; sons, Mark, Thomas and Jeffrey Yeager; brothers, Richard, Ronald and Dennis Yeager; sisters, Catherine Gold and Dolores Gosney; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Burial was in St. Stephen Cemetery, Fort Thomas. Memorials: St. Vincent DePaul Society, 2655 Crescent Springs Road, Erlanger, KY 41018 or St. Elizabeth Hospice, 483 S. Loop Road, Edgewood, KY 41017.

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