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Craft show benefits athletics

By Jason Brubaker

Dixie grad scholar

Valie O’Brien, a 2006 graduate of Dixie Heights High School, will be arriving in Germany on Sept. 12 as a Fulbright Scholar to study molecular biology and pharmacogenetics with a well known researcher in the field. Fulbrights are prestigious awards for any scholar. O’Brien though said getting the opportunity to study over seas wasn’t that difficult. Her reasoning why it wasn’t is quite simple – her passion for the field. Read more about O’Brien. SCHOOLS, A4

A taste returns

The Kenton County Library Foundation will sponsor their annual “Taste of Kenton County” again this year on Sept. 16. A primary fundraising event to support Kenton County’s three branch libraries, the Taste will have a new location, moving from the Covington branch to the Erlanger branch. Read more about this favorite library event. LIFE, B1

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Lloyd Memorial High School is hoping to turn Tupperware, jewelry and crafts into uniforms, cleats and basketballs. The school will host the third annual Craft Show on Sept. 18 in the gymnasium, starting at 9 a.m. The show was formed to raise money for the school’s athletic programs, which don’t receive funding through the district. “Some sports, like football, draw larger crowds and charge admission, so they usually do OK,” explained Stephanie Key, the show’s organizer and wife of athletic director Mike Key. “But other sports that “Sports that don’t charge don’t charge sometimes struggle sometimes with their struggle with budgets, and that’s their budgets, why we do and that’s why this.” we do this.” Key said Stephanie Key the show, Show organizer which last year drew close to 500 visitors and raised nearly $2,000, includes a variety of booths and vendors on hand with their products, as well as a raffle and concessions. The vendors include not only various arts and crafts, but also name brands like Tupperware and Tastefully Simple. There will also be various booths designed for children, such a one vendor who makes teddy bears, or another who carries American Girl Doll clothes. “There’s really something for everyone,” said Key, who estimated there would be about 35 vendors this year. “We want it to be a family-friendly, community event that people look forward to each year.” Admission to the show will be $3, with children under the age of 10 getting in free. Parking, which is also free, will be available in the nearby school lots, and the show will run until about 4 p.m. “We doubled our attendance from the first year to the second year, so we’re looking to get even bigger this year,” said Key. “It’s a great way to not only check out some really cool items, but also to support the school and the students.” For more information about the show, send an e-mail to

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Local first responders honored By Jason Brubaker

The anniversary of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11 is always a somber day, full of reflections and memories. But employees at Cash Express are also making sure it’s a day filled with honor. To mark the ninth anniversary of the attacks, employees from local Cash Express stores will once again be delivering cakes to first responders in the area, including police and fire departments. The program is entirely funded by Cash Express, and has become an annual tradition. “It’s just a way we can show

our police officers and firefighters that we appreciate what they do for us,” said Angela Dance, manager of the Cash Express location in Elsmere. “It feels good to walk in and see all of them smile, because of what they all go through each day.” Elsmere Police Chief Tim Greene said the gesture is greatly appreciated by the departments each year, since the day serves as an all too clear reminder of the constant dangers of their job. “It’s very humbling, because sometimes the officers and firefighters can go their entire careers without really receiving the recognition they deserve,” he said.

“So we’re very grateful that they do this each year, because it means that people do care about what we do.” Dance said it’s always fun for the Cash Express employees to visit with the officers and firefighters when they deliver the cakes. Since Sept. 11 falls on a Saturday this year, the employees will deliver the cakes on Friday morning, traveling all over the county to visit various departments. “They’re usually pretty happy to see us, and it’s just a neat way to talk to them and get to know them a little bit,” she said. “We look forward to this every year, and we’re glad we can do it.”

Kenton schools keeping tax rate status quo By Regan Coomer

Kenton County Schools’ property tax rate will remain the same at 55.7 cents per $100 of assessed value in the 2010-2011 Fiscal Year. The Kenton County Board of Education voted to take the staterecommended compensating tax rate in August. The compensating tax rate generates the same amount of revenue as the year before. Cities, boards and libraries are allowed by law to take an additional 4 percent on top of the compensating rate. The school property tax rate actually went down a very little from last year’s rate, 55.8 cents per $100 of assessed value, which means property assessments increased about less than 1 percent in Kenton County, said Kenton Schools Finance Director Kelley Gamble.

The tax will generate about $40.5 million for the school district. “Our expenses this year were $2 million less than two years ago,” he said. “We’ve basically cut our outlay and that’s why we didn’t feel like we needed to take a full 4 percent this year.” The district had an additional cost savings of $2.9 million by reorganizing services, reducing administrative staff and furthering energy efficiencies. Recently, the district refinanced the debt on the latest Dixie Heights High School renovation, saving $2 million, Gamble said. Without those cost savings over the last few years, Kenton County Schools wouldn’t have been able to only take a compensating rate in the 2010-2011 Fiscal Year without a “debilitating” effect on district finances. “If we hadn’t made those reductions we would have been

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spending a whole lot more money than we would be bringing in,” he said. While Gamble wasn’t sure if the district could continue foregoing additional taxes in the next couple of years, he did say they’re “trying to hold the line in every department.” Kenton County Board of Education Chair Karen Collins said cost savings does not mean a loss in the quality of education in Kenton schools. “We are able to do this because we have been strategic about reducing costs and efficient in the management of our dollars,” Collins said. “But even with the cost reductions, I want the public to know that our mission of providing superior educational opportunities and graduating students prepared to compete in the global work market remains our clear focus.”


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