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The journey from small town musician to Nashville recording artist is typically a long road. Walton native Troy Brooks, however, is poised to make that leap.

New pastor coming to Florence Baptist Florence Baptist Church at Mt. Zion has called Dr. Corey Abney to be the next senior pastor. Abney follows Dr. Tim Alexander who served as senior pastor for 27 years. Full story, A2



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Mall Road study advances Residential areas could be included By Justin B. Duke

FLORENCE — The future of Mall Road is taking shape. Florence City Council was expected to vote Feb. 28 on the first of two readings that would approve the Boone County Planning Commission’s Mall Road district study. The $6,000 study was to help determine the best use of zoning, incentives and other issues for longrange planning in the Mall Road area. “It’s still an auto-oriented retail

district, and we need to protect what makes it work,” said zoning services director Kevin Wall. Key changes that could come from the study inWice clude the inclusion of residential areas above the ground floor of businesses, moving the development of buildings closer to the road with parking in the rear and on the sides and changing the maximum height of buildings from 50 feet to 80 feet in some areas. “I’mparticularlypleasedwe’ve reduced the restrictions so business owners can come in and use

their imaginations,” said council member Mel Carroll. The study recommends making Connector Road on the west side of Mall Road more identifiable and cohesive. Plans also include increasing pedestrian access throughout the area. Increasing pedestrian areas is a proactive response to pedestrians already using Mall Road even when there aren’t safe places to walk. It’s an example of how the Planning Commission took careful note of feedback, Carroll said. “The planners have listened to council and the business community,” he said. The study isn’t a guarantee of anything happening, but instead it serves as a blueprint for the direc-

Only three years old, the Cooper High School boys basketball team is not only in the Ninth Region Tournament for the first time, but they are district champions as well after beating Boone 50-42 in the final Feb. 24. Sports, A7

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Shearer goes to Frankfort Kimberly Shearer, English teacher at Boone County High School, was honored in the Kentucky Senate on Feb. 21 with a resolution recognizing her achievement of being named 2012 Kentucky Teacher of the Year. Full story, A3

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Company now has 230 franchises in 41 states By Stephanie Salmons

FLORENCE — A Florencebased business that began because of a chance encounter with a seemingly seedy ice cream truck, has now grown into more than 200 franchises across 41 states. Kona Ice founder Tony Lamb of Walton began “thinking about” it in 2006 – after his young daughter was frightened by their local ice cream truck. “I was just fed up with the ice cream truck guy,” said Tony Lamb of Walton. “It was not part of the community that you wanted it to be ... it was the guy driving around that you were scared to death of.” His kids flew to the front yard when they heard the tell-tale ice cream truck music “and this old


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Courtney Sandlin took what the defense gave her in the second half and made sure the whole team was involved. The result was an 80-66 win for her Walton-Verona girls basketball team over Simon Kenton in the 32nd District final. Sports, A7

tion of Mall Road, said Josh Wice, Florence’s business/community development director. “It’s a plan for both the short term and long term goals,” Wice said. The study does add some additional requirements when it comes to building materials and certain kinds of signage, but opens up new opportunities, such as the reduction in required parking spaces needed for developments, and a further reduction when multi-level parking structures are built. The entire study can be viewed on the Boone County Planning Commission’s website.

nasty truck pulls around the corner and this guy, he doesn’t have a shirt on, he sticks his head out the window,” Lamb said. Lamb’s daughter screamed – then ordered a Popcicle, he said. In 2007, he “quit everything I was doing and decided to go for it.” “I don’t think I have the ego to say ‘oh yes, I predicted I would be in 40 states,’” Lamb said. “Did you dream that? Yes. Was it a great idea from the very beginning? Yes.” The company hosted its “Kona Konvention” Feb. 24-26, bringing in more than 300 existing, new and prospective franchise owners to share ideas and learn about new products. Following that, the company will have its first “Kona Kollege” for new franchise owners. According to Lamb, 10 new

trucks will roll out to nine different states after the Kona Kollege wraps on Feb. 29. Lamb said the company used to fly a trainer around the country to train new owners for three days. “Logistically it got impossible to keep going,” he said. Now, classrooms have been built in their current building and individuals will be flown in for training. “It’s more than an ice cream truck, it’s a business plan,” he said. “It’s a whole program of how to market and how to become part of the community.” Since beginning, Lamb said Kona Ice has given back more than $82,000 to organizations in Boone County and more than $3.1 million total to local commu-

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The Boone County Sheriff Department’s Scrap Unit deputies arrested an Elsmere man on Feb. 27 for the theft of scrap metal from Mubea, located at 8212 Dixie Highway in Florence. John Casey, 41, of Plymouth Lane in Elsmere was served with two felony theft warrants and lodged in the Boone County Detention Center in lieu of a $10,000 cash bond after deputies say he was responsible for the theft of scrap metal on separate occasions from Mubea located at 8212 Dixie Highway in Florence and Lawrence Construction located at 460 Shoreland Drive in Walton. The MuCasey bea theft occurred on Oct. 8, 2011 and the Lawrence Construction theft occurred between Sept. 25 and Nov. 13, 2011. Deputies say Casey sold the scrap to a recycling center in Cincinnati. The scrap unit was formed last year to investigate the inordinate amount of metal thefts throughout Boone County. The four-man squad has identified over 130 instances in the last six months of metal thefts (mainly copper) from churches, businesses, colleges, homes under construction, barns, cellular phone towers, and catalytic converters from vehicles. Deputies say the thefts are mainly committed to feed heroin addictions. Sheriff Michael A. Helmig is asking for anyone with information as to the identities of metal thieves or any information concerning the thefts to call 859334-3500 or Crime Stoppers at 513-352-3040. Email tips can be sent to scrapunit@boonecounty



Mild winter helping area budgets By Justin B. Duke and Stephanie Salmons

The mild winter weather is working wonders locally, reducing costs within local budgets. Florence Public Services Director Bob Townsend doesn’t want to jinx anything, but so far the city has only spent about 20 percent of this year’s budget for snow and ice removal. A mild winter like this one proves how difficult it is to predict how much money to budget for snow removal. This year, Flor-

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Taking advantage of the warmer temperatures, Boone County Public Works employees repair a drainage system on Limaburg Road near Ky. 20. The crew is replacing a head wall and installing a drainage pipe. From left are Brandon Marksberry, David Becker and Andrew Hanssen. THANKS TO ADAM HOWARD

earned a strong reputation for its clean roads during snowy weather, Townsend said. “It’s a job they take pride in,” he said.


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Boone County Administrator Jeff Earlywine touched on the topic during a second quarter budget report Feb. 21. The mild winter helps with overtime, salt, fuel and “with a lot of costly repairs on 39 sets of snow vehicles and plows,” Earlywine said. The not-so-winterlike conditions have also helped the county save on utility bills and energy, he said. “The energy saving project this county did a year or two ago, we’re starting to see dividends even in a mild year,” Earlywine said. “We’re seeing lower utility bills and that should just compound itself in years to come.” In a phone interview, Earlywine said last year the county had more than 20 snow events where removal crews were deployed, many times on

overtime. While the county filled its salt bin during the last fiscal year, the public works budget has $400,000 budgeted for procurement of salt which would happen if the county started using more in the course of the winter or if they replenish it at the end of the winter season. Getting through the winter “relatively unscathed” would save a bigger part of that allotment, he said. The mild winter can also translate into savings elsewhere in the budget, such as reduced road expenditures in the spring, Earlywine said. It also means better customer service for residents because the public works crews have been able to “be out more than they normally would, actually completing work orders,” he said.

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FLORENCE — Florence Baptist Church at Mt. Zion has called Dr. Corey Abney to be the next senior pastor. Abney, a native of Dayton, Ohio, follows Dr. Tim Alexander, who served as senior pastor for 27 years. He most recently served as teaching pastor at Highview Baptist Abney Church in Louisville. He previously served as pastor of two churches in the Louisville area. Abney earned a bachelor’s degree from Cedarville University and a Master of Divinity and Doctor of Philosophy from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville. He has served the Kentucky Baptist Convention as a member of the executive board and as a past president of the Pastors’ Conference. He and his wife, Christina, have four children, Caroline, Cameron, Catherine and Corey Jr. “I am humbled by the opportunity to follow Dr. Tim Alexander in leading

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Compared to this time last year, the city of Walton has spent $10,000 less on overtime because city workers haven’t had to remove much snow, said City Clerk/Finance Officer Peggy Gray. “It’s really saved the city a lot of money,” Gray said. If the weather continues the way it’s been, making the city’s budget for next year will be that much easier because there will be extra money added to the general fund because of the unspent snow removal budget, she said. Union Commissioner Bob Kelly said the city’s winter-related expenditures (snow removal and salting) are “way, way down,” about a third of what they were last year. So far the city, which budgeted around $132,000 this year, has spent about $60,000, he said. Last year’s total cost was around $180,000, Kelly said. Union contracts with an outside company for snow and ice removal. The company has been out maybe eight times this year versus at least 25 to 30 times by this point last year, Kelly said. “We hope this continues,” Kelly said. “It saves a lot of money for municipal governments.”

nities around the country. The secret to success is the “skilled talent” the company was able to hire, he said. “I always would have dreamed it,” he said of the company’s growth. “I don’t know if I ever would have really thought it.” Also driving the success is the fact it’s a “kid-centric” business, Lamb said. “Selling sugar to children is not difficult,” he

the people of Florence Baptist Church at Mt. Zion,” Abney said in a statement. “His legacy of faithful pastoral leadership and vision has positioned the church to reach Northern Kentucky and the world in an unprecedented way. I look forward to being a part of what God is doing at Florence Baptist Church at Mt. Zion.” Alexander will transfer pastoral responsibility during Abney’s installation in a “Looking Back … Reaching Forward” service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, March 11. Abney will preach for the first time as pastor at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. March 18. Florence Baptist launched a nationwide search for senior pastor in response to Alexander’s announcement of his intention to retire. According to Alexander, “Dr. Abney’s credentials are impeccable. His spiritual giftedness, his educational preparedness, and his practical experience leading Southern Baptist Churches in accomplishing their biblically appointed mission is unparalleled in any other young leader that I know.” Over the past year, Dr. Adam Greenway has served as interim pastor. said. “It’s also a very good business model. It’s a $2 product.” Lamb doesn’t hesitate when asked where he sees Kona Ice going in the future. Almost immediately, he responds “international.” A lot of people are inquiring about South America and the Middle East, he said. “When a franchise does very well in the states, that’s kind of the litmus test, so to speak. If it will do well and has staying power, then the internationals will start calling,” said Lamb.



BRIEFLY UK legend visiting Florence store

One of the University of Kentucky basketball team’s “Unforgettables” is coming to Florence. Deron Feldhaus, a member of the Wildcats’ 1992 team, will sign autographs, take photos and greet fans from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, March 3, at The Kentucky Shop, 8113 Connector Drive in Florence. For more information visit

PVA inspections set

The Boone County Property Valuation Administrator’s office will inspect Plantation Pointe, Farmview, Stonegate Meadows and new construction throughout Boone County the week of March 12. Staff members will be in a marked vehicle and have identification available upon request. If you have any questions, contact PVA Cindy Arlinghaus at cindy.arling

Arts council offers transit grants

The Kentucky Arts Council has announced a new grant to provide transportation funding to help students get from schools to arts events and performances. The TranspARTation grant is open to any public

or private school that needs transportation funding to attend activities at approved venues, including Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center in Covington and the Northern Kentuckybased Kentucky Symphony Orchestra among other destinations in Lexington, Louisville, Paducah and Prestonburg. Grants to schools will be awarded on a quarterly basis, with the first application deadline March 1. For guidelines and the application form, go to Grants/TranspART ation.htm. For more information about the TranspARTation grant and other arts education programs available through the arts council, contact arts education director Rachel Allen at or 502-564-3757, ext. 486.

Shelter needs bedding for pets

Dogs and cats at the Boone County Animal Shelter love to sleep on Kuranda beds, but the shelter doesn’t have enough for everyone. Kuranda beds provide a raised bedding surface that is soft and keeps the animals dry. For information, visit or call 859-586-5285.

Boone budget doing well midway through By Stephanie Salmons


Boone County leaders received some good news during the Feb. 21 Fiscal Court meeting with a “a positive report on what thus far has been a very good budget year.” County administrator Jeff Earlywine gave officials a second quarter budget report. The second quarter, he said, is “always a nice snapshot” because it’s midyear. Revenues for the second quarter, which ended Dec. 31, are “tracking favorably,” Earlywine said. Payroll tax receipts collected in the last quarter are up 8.3 percent over the same quarter in 2010, he said. “It’s a healthy sign,” Earlywine said. “We couple that with the first fiscal quarter (and) we are forecasting that we will meet and probably exceed our $18.2 million forecast for occupational license fees.” Other larger revenue sources like income from personal property taxes and deed transfer taxes are “all performing strongly at the midpoint,” Earlywine said. The county is confident they’ll meet or slightly exceed the projected $38.93 million mark for the general fund revenue, he said. According to Earlywine, the current fiscal year began strong after the previous fiscal year ended with a little more “carry-over money” than was forecast.

“So we started off on the right foot and we’ve really built on that in the first two quarters,” he said. Similarly, Earlywine said, the expense side of the budget is also “tracking well.” “We’ve had a good year thus far,” he said. “All of our departments are doing good work in terms of maintaining and administering their line item budgets.” Overall, the general fund on the expense side is doing well and Earlywine said the county is forecasting they will underspend this year. According to Earlywine, the mild winter has helped with expenses in terms of overtime, fuel and salt as well as the utility bills. The jail fund as well as the public works fund are also performing well. There aren’t a lot of projects in the capital improvement fund, “but we’re doing well,” he said. The biggest project is South Airfield Road construction, which has shut down for the winter. That work is on schedule and on budget at this point, Earlywine said. The county has “every expectation” the project will be completed on time and at or below budget, he said. “So overall it’s a positive snapshot at the midpoint of the budget period,” Earlywine said. “We feel like we’re really well positioned to end the year on a positive note and plan ahead to fiscal year ‘13.”

Local educator honored in Kentucky Senate Community Recorder Kimberly Shearer, English teacher at Boone County High School, was honored in the Kentucky Senate on Feb. 21 with a resolution recognizing her achievement of being named 2012 Kentucky Teacher of the Year. Sen. John Schickel, RUnion, welcomed Shearer to the Kentucky Senate and congratulated her on the accomplishment. “We are so proud of Ms. Shearer. She is an excellent teacher. We are glad to have her represent Boone County and Kentucky in the Teacher of the Year competition,” Schickel said. Shearer is a summa cum laude graduate of Georgetown College and also holds master’s de-

grees from Northern Kentucky University and Western Kentucky University. She is an active member of several professional organizations, including the National Council of Teachers of English, the American Library Association, and

the Teaching Tolerance Southern Poverty Law Center. Shearer has made professional presentations at several conferences, and been published in the Community & Junior College Libraries Journal. She also serves as writ-

Reps. Addia K. Wuchner, R-Burlington, and Sal Santoro, R-Florence, recently honored 2012 Kentucky Teacher of the Year Kimberly Shearer, an English teacher at Boone County High School, on the floor of the Kentucky House of Representatives. Shearer and her family were in Frankfort on Feb. 21 for a House citation sponsored by Wuchner honoring Shearer for being named Teacher of the Year. Shearer is shown with her husband Jason, assistant principal at Conner High School, and daughters Mila and Stella. THANKS TO LRC PUBLIC INFORMATION

ing coordinator at her school. She has been teaching at Boone County High School for seven years.

Officials probe 4 apartment fires By Brenna R. Kelly

FLORENCE — Authorities are investigating four fires that were set at two Florence apartment complexes last month. Three of the fires occurred within two hours on Feb. 17, the fourth happened Feb. 18, said Florence Police Capt. Linny Cloyd. The fires were all set in publicly accessible areas at the Parkland Apartments and the Walnut

Creek apartments, which are less than a mile apart on Florence’s east side. “Obviously it’s of great concern,” said Florence Fire Chief Marc Muench. “We’re working together with the police department to keep an eye on things.” “The first fire occurred about 9:35 p.m. Friday at the Parkland Apartments on Dixie Highway. The second fire was reported at 10:23 p.m. at the Walnut Creek apartments on Shenandoah Drive. The third fire was back at Parkland

about 11:38 p.m. Police ask that residents report any suspicious activity to Boone County dispatch at 859-371-1234. Anyone with information about the fires is asked to call Florence Police at 859-6475420 or Crimestoppers at 513-352-3040.

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Wilkinson rejects plea, opts for trial By Brenna R. Kelly

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WV Schools accepts bids for final renovations By Justin B. Duke

WALTON — The major renovations for Walton-Verona Schools are getting their final touches. The board of education approved contracts for renovation of the bathrooms in Walton-Verona Elementary and replacement of doors and hardware in Walton-Verona Elementary School. The district budgeted $275,000 for the two projects and after bids came in, the work will cost just under $200,000. “We hit that sweet spot,” said Ehmet Hayes, the district’s architect. The projects will renovate some of the few parts of each building that haven’t gotten attention since the buildings were originally built, said Superintendent Bill Boyle. The middle school doors have been in place since the school opened in 1953. Over the years, they’ve been painted several

times which makes them difficult to close. “There’s about 12 coats of paint on the doors and it’s a mess,” Boyle said. Because the doors are so old, they’re nearly impossible to repair, he said. “We can’t even buy parts for the internal workings,” Boyle said. The bathrooms in Walton-Verona Elementary contain the original fixtures from the school’s 1971 opening. Hundreds of kids using the bathrooms every day for four decades have left the bathrooms in need of an update, Boyle said. “Over the years, they’ve become a little rough,” he said. Once the two projects are complete, the district’s plan to improve all the buildings will be complete, Boyle said. “These project will be the end of the renovations,” he said. For more about your community, visit

Educator receives national recognition Community Recorder A local teacher has received national recognition for outstanding performance in education. Sara Schreckenhofer, who teaches second grade at Erpenbeck Elementary, was awarded Reading Model Classroom Certification by Renaissance Learning.

Top: Ian Gorby, Charli Lootens, Claire Johangtes, Jenna Johnson, Rachel Johnson, Abby Kohake and Logan Vanway. Bottom: Eva Llamas, Jeffrey Stephens, Christine Le, Chris Guallpa, Jacob Runge and Kaitlin Haggard. Not pictured: Akhil Ghanta, Coaches Tricia Shelton and Frank Wheatley. THANKS TO DAWN DENHAM

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The Boone County High School Academic Team were the district runner-ups in the Governor’s Cup Competition on Jan. 28. The Future Problem Solving Team of Claire Johangtes, Christine Le, Charli Lootens, Ian Gor-

by and Eva Llamas captured first place. The Quick Recall team of Rachel Johnson, Jacob Runge, Chris Guallpa, Jenna Johnson, Kaitlin Haggard, Logan Vanway, and Akhil Ghanta finished in third place. Individual winners were Rachel Johnson, first in arts and

humanities and second in language arts; Abby Kohake, second in composition writing; Jenna Johnson, third in arts and humanities; Kaitlin Haggard, fourth in language arts; and Logan Vanway, fourth in composition writing. Winners advanced to regional competition Feb. 18.


Reading Model Classroom certification indicates that Schreckenhofer’s dedication to implement the Accelerated Reader Best Practices to a high degree has resulted in measurable improvements in the class’s reading performance. This is Schreckenhofer’s third consecutive year reaching Reading Model Classroom certification.

Florence Elementary students Marlee Vier and Tanner Schierberg surround Chloe Wagoner with heartfelt arms as she shows off her "I love my letters" heart on Valentine's Day. THANKS TO KATHY KUHN

Cousins Makenzie Glover, 2, and Jackson Medious, 1, dance to music at the Florence Elementary Child Development Center for Valentine's Day. THANKS TO KATHY KUHN

School makes a difference Community Recorder Sara Schreckenhofer is shown with her second-grade class at Erpenbeck Elementary. THANKS TO DAWN DENHAM

Earth Day photo contest open to middle schoolers Community Recorder The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet has kicked off its second annual “Capture the Earth” middle school digital photography contest for all Kentucky students in grades 6-8. This year’s competition centers on the state’s 2012 Earth Day theme of “Celebrating Kentucky’s Forests” in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the Kentucky Division of Forestry. Judges will look for originality and creativity, photo composition and how well the photo represents the Earth Day

theme. Students should include a brief paragraph explaining the photo and how it represents the theme. Entries will be accepted until 4:30 p.m. April 9. The winner will receive two nights’ lodging at any Kentucky State Resort Park with his or her family. Students can email one photograph as an attachment to Official contest rules are available at earthday.aspx. For more information, call Ricki Gardenhire at 502-5645525 or email

The third-graders at Florence Elementary collected $1,416.45 to donate to “Smile Train” to help pay for five children to receive surgery for a cleft lip or palate. As part of this year’s thirdgrade service learning project, “Service with a Smile,” the students learned that more than 165,000 children in the world suffer from cleft lips or palates. To extend the project on a local level, the students collected 569 toothbrushes, 58 tubes of toothpaste and 87 containers of dental floss for the Henry Hosea House. Students donated $2 each to wear their pajamas on Pajama Day to celebrate their success. A few students in Amy Lawrence’s class wrote letters inviting community members to read to the classrooms. The following came to read to the class: Randy Poe, superintendent of Boone County Schools; Diane Whalen, Florence mayor;

Leigh Ann Smith and Tricia Kues's third-grade classes at Florence Elementary proudly show off their smiles. As part of their third-grade service learning project, “Service with a Smile,” they collected $1,416.45 to donate to “Smile Train” and toothbrushes, toothpaste and dental floss for the Henry Hosea House. THANKS TO KATHY KUHN Rick Lunnemann, city coordinator; Mike Ford, director of pupil personnel; Mike Blevins, chief operating officer; Cathy Reed, district energy manager; Becki Bagley, schools-community relations generalist; Karen Cheser, assistant superintendent for Learning Support Ser-

vices; Kathleen Ruetman Bryant, Student Services executive director; and Annette Zottoli, Service Learning coordinator. The students also received a visit from The Tooth Fairy with her assistant Donna Womack and Stinky the Dragon from Mortenson Family Dental.



COLLEGE CORNER Boone students graduate from UofL

The following Boone County students graduated from the University of Louisville during December 2011 commencement: Matthew Ammerman, bachelor of science; Samantha Baumann, bachelor of arts; Natasha Branch, bachelor of science in business administration; Stephen Byrd, bachelor of science in industrial engineering; Jason Crigler, bachelor of arts; Kari Crigler, bachelor of arts; Kathryn Eigelbach, bachelor of arts; Natalie Elliott, bachelor of science in industrial engineering; Kristen Humbert, bachelor of arts; Chad Irwin, certificate in police executive leadership development; Kevin Kurtz, bachelor of science in electrical engineering; Ines Mulic, master of engineering with specialization in field of bioengineering; Jonathan Nguyen, bachelor of science; Jeremy Ockerman, certificate in accounting; William Richardson, bachelor of arts; and Haleigh Ward, bachelor of science.

Miller named to dean’s list

Taylor Miller of Burlington was named to the dean's list for the fall 2011 semester at Eastern Kentucky University. Miller is a freshman majoring in criminal justice.

Miller graduates from NKU

Andrew Maxwell Miller, son of Randy and Terri Miller of Burlington, graduated from Northern Kentucky University with honors on Dec. 17, 2011. Miller earned a bachelor of arts degree in criminal justice with a concentration in sociology. He is a 2007 graduate of Conner High School.

Georgetown College dean’s list

The following students from Boone County were named to the dean's list for the fall 2011 semester at Georgetown College: Danielle Cinderella, daughter of Joe and Linda Cinderella of Union; Sean Fightmaster, son of Keith and Vickie Fightmaster of

Union; Lauren Kohake, daughter of Paul and Kathryn Kohake of Florence; Kate Rieselman, daughter of Barry and Shari Rieselman of Burlington; and Madison Wallace, daughter of Ralph and Cindy Wallace of Hebron. The dean's list honors undergraduate students who completed the semester with at least 12 credit hours and a 3.7 grade point average.

Farnkopf named to dean’s list

Boone students graduate from WKU

The following Boone County students graduated from Western Kentucky University for the fall 2011 semester: Jerrod Babik of Walton, master of science; Katelyn Fichner of Florence, master of science; Ashley Fry of Florence, master of science; and Derek Noem of Union, bachelor of arts.

WKU dean’s list

Ashley Nicole Farnkopf of Burlington was named to the dean's list for the fall 2011 semester at the University of Louisville. Farnkopf is a secondyear student majoring in chemistry with a concentration in biochemistry. She is the historian for the Honors Student Council. Farnkopf graduated from Cooper High School in 2010 and was the first recipient of the Randall K. Cooper Scholarship Award.

The following Boone County students were named to the dean's list for the fall 2011 semester at Western Kentucky University: Burlington: Savannah Burke, Anthony Echeveste and Kelli Hogue. Florence: Jacob Booher, Alisha Hughes, Leonard Ivey, Victoria Lange, Erin Setters, Paige Volpenhein and Alexander Waters. Hebron: Shane Masuda. Union: Daniel Dilger, Ryan Mefford, Sarah Pace and Hannah Pennington.

Centre College dean’s list

Smith named to dean’s list

The following Boone County students were named to the dean's list for the fall term at Centre College in Danville: Robyn Carroll, daughter of Rob and Tina Carroll of Walton, Ryle High School; Patrick Cho, son of David Cho and Fontane Atha of Walton, Covington Latin School; Ryan Arey, son of Steven and Wanda Arey of Florence, Boone County High School; Bekah Rehkamp, daughter of William Rehkamp of Florence, Boone County High School; and Louis Rodgers, son of Paul and Mary Rodgers of Florence, St. Henry High School. The dean's list is reserved for students who maintain at least a 3.6 grade point average.

Aguirre named to dean’s list

Javiera Paz Aguirre of Florence was named to the dean's list for the fall 2011 semester at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. To be named to the dean's list, a student must achieve a 3.5 or better grade point average.

Austin Smith of Walton was named to the dean’s list for fall 2011 at the University of Hartford in West Hartford, Conn.

Bhat earns doctorate

Abhishek Bhat of Burlington graduated with a doctorate degree in engineering from The University of Toledo during fall 2011 commencementceremonies.

Boone students graduate from EKU

The following Boone County students graduated from Eastern Kentucky University on Dec. 18: Florence: Sarah Barnhill, bachelor of music in music; Laura Fabiani, bachelor of science in elementary education teaching; Jennifer Griffin, master of arts in human services; Ryan Neu, bachelor of science in occupational safety; Rachel Schuler, bachelor of arts in public relations; and Ashley Wiseman, bachelor of arts in public relations. Union: Jenny Johnson, bachelor of arts in journalism.

CAMP ERNST MIDDLE SCHOOL HONOR ROLL Here are the second-term honor roll students for Camp Ernst Middle School:

All A's Grade 8: Kaylie Armstrong, Wayne Baker, Lindsey Barriger, Olivia Blasdel, Madison Bleska, Allison Borders; Jovanni Candia, Dominic Carty, Megan Cliff, Abigail Danquah, Ashley Dragan, Lydia Flamme, Aaron Fox, Morgan Fryar; Rey Gomez-Suarez, Nathan Halfhill, Michael Henry, Samuel Johnson, Priya Khosa, Lauren Klayer, Nicholas Lewis; Allison McCormick, Aidan McGee, Micaiah McNabb, Michaela Morgan, Gabrielle Prather, Cassidy Pressman; Leah Redmon, Brandon Robinson, Mariame Sy, Logan Veil, Julie Volpenhein, Jenna Weber, Tessa Weller and Abigail Willet. Grade 7: Kylie Anderson, Mary Auberger, Madison Barnes, Shane Beers, Payton Black, Ryle Bridley, Chelsee Brumback; Isabel Campbell, Brian Cantrall, Kenady Carson, Jeffrey Combs, Brett Denham, Raven Dever, Rebecca Duncan; Taylor Hedges, Reilly Hendrickson, Matthew Henry, Derek Hewitt, Samuel Hogan, Kamryn Huff, Colleen Hume; Clayton Jarrell, Haley Jones, Olivia Jones, Samantha Jordan, Brycen Kanarek, Sara Komizu, Mitchell Lamb, Erin Lindhurst, Taylor Lykins, Victoria Nash; Ashley Oehler, Ajla Ortash, Kaitlyn Powell, Victoria Rice, Brianna Roberts, John Sebree, Emily Silvati, Theodore South, Olivia Staten; Morgan Thurza, Maria Tobergte, Emily Turner, Allison Villari, Emma Weaver, Logan Weinfurtner, Peter Westhoff, Joshua Whitis, Jessica Williams, Jordan Woody and Camryn Woody. Grade 6: Kathryn Aase, Nicholas Arlinghaus, Alex Barlow, Chelan Beasley, Madalyn Bland, Megan Blau, Emily Bleska, Blake Bosley, Chloe Brandel; Carter Codell, Seth Collins, Cheyenne Crist, Madison Czirr, Aliyah Davis, Abbygayle Day, Christopher Deaton, Samuel Dotson, Megan Dwyer; Isaac Emery, Michael Gamble, Michael Gibson, Joshua Gray, Faith Greene, Connor Handel, Catherine Harkins, Alexa Held, Sena Henkes, Hannah Hicks, Caleb Hodges, Grace Holmes, Mira Hopkins; Adara Kazior, Raegan Keller, Sarah Kentley, Jyoji Maruishi, William McLane, Caitlin McNeely, Molly Moore; Janki Naidugari, Ashley Neace, Samantha Neuhaus, Josie Noble, Hannah Paliobeis, Austin Perkins, William Philpot, Mason Pitzer, Austin

Pressman, Karis Price; Kyndall Richmond Denniston, Emily Sand, Cathryn Sebree, Scott Siler, Alison Spiller, Ashley Stefani; Lauren Terry, Abigail Tierney, Ashley Tinch, Kaitlyn Vanway, Lindsay Volpenhein, Jade Walson, Morganne Williams, Kaitlyn Wise and Anika Yadav.

A/B Grade 8: Sabrina Anglin, Andrew Bailey, Jackson Beeler, Jacob Belcher, Joshua Bishop, Nicholas Brock, Alexandra Buys; Victoria Carr, Danielle Carr, Carly Cheek, Devan Colberg, Tate Coleman, Emma Cornett, William Crawford, Jeremiah Cupps; Brandon Decker, Matthew Dedden, Robert Dickson, Bryce Dye, Natalie Fisk, Lauren Fleischman, Jacob Freedman; Devin Gallagher, Matthew Gamble, Josel Gosney, Madison Grindstaff, Alana Gronefeld, Jonah Heidel, Caitlyn Hensley, John Hicks, Madison Hollis, Ashley Houghton, Hannah Hume; Tyler Iavasile, Taylor Johnson, Aidan Keller, Seth Keller, Jordan Latham, Michael Lay, James Lorenz; Joseph Mangiamele, Dalton Mitchell, Erin Mogus, Austin Morehead, Jeremiah Mrofchak, Patrick Murphy, Kyle Painter, Emily Pilon; Theodore Roberts, Devon Robinson, Trevor Rohlman, Andrew Schlichting, Jacob Sisson, Elliott Smith, Sidney Snyder, Taylor Spaulding, Zachary Steffen, Casey Stillwell; Louis Tierney, Kristopher Trotta, Samuel Tucker, Hunter Turner, Amber Warner, Marcus Watson, Sydney Willett, Corey Williamson, Craig Williamson, Alexis Wood and Natalie Woodward. Grade 7: Ethan Abate, Tatum Adams, Elizabeth Allen, Travis Baker, Mark Bautista, Emily Blackburn, Iris Brunt, Brandon Burnett, Lauryn Butler; Taylor Carr, Darrick Curran, Blake Donaghy, Nathan Dudash, Taylor Earls, Sabrina Edmondson, Cameron Evans; Zachary Fields, William Fischer, Elijah Fordyce, Austin Fryman, Aaron Gray, Daniel Grinnell; Dalila Hajdarovic, Andie Hare, Jessica Harrison, Pat Hart, Samantha Hines, Michael Hoffman, Mitchell Hollifield, Kiara Horn; Ethan Ishmael, Madison Jones, Delaney Kamp, Brenna Kerns, Zachary Kohlman, Alexander Lapin, Scott Lawrence, Madison Lillard, Christina Luehrmann; Michelle Maniacci, Chandler McMahan, Hannelore Mehler, Hannah Mickelson, Abigail Neumann, Hiroshi Okura;

Caroline Perkins, Sieanna Peterson, Annalise Plogsted, David Rodriguez-Burgess, Sander Roksvag, Rebecca Ruppel; Madison Sadler, Jacob Schultz, Jacob Sebree, Jacob Shofner, Brooke Slagle, James Soward, Kiya Sowers, Timothy Stidham, Abby Stone, George Swaiss, Chase Sweeney; Hanna Turner, Mikayla Vandt, Faith VonHandorf, Abigail Walker, Daniel Wasser, Olivia Waugh, Tre Whittaker, Sydney-nev Wichmann, Morgan Willett, Conner Wilson, Abigail Woodward, Caitlyn Yost and Bethany Zimmer. Grade 6: Mesadeh Ajwa, Emanuel Albert, Megan Allphin, Connor Ashley, Emily Aylor; Courtney Bailey, Daylan Bailey, Grant Bennett, Gennifer Blasi, Courtney Bolt, Christopher Borchers, Benjamin Bowers, Kara Brandt; Sarah Brannigan, Jeffrey Bright, Zoey Brixey, Hope Brooks, Sabin Brothers, Crystal Bufano, Kameron Butler, Nathan Byrd; Kaleb Campbell, Nicholas Carpenter, Jordan Cipollone, Kelby Clark, Alexis Clifton, Jessica Cook, Brooke Copher, Andrew Cotton, Trevor Courts, Mitchell Craig, Kylie Cummings, Taylor Czirr; Kaleigh Denton, Valeria Diaz-Morales, Ashlyn Duggan, Jordan Durain, Steven Elgowsky, Ethan Emery, Abigail Ervick, Ethan Finley, Tiffany Frederick, Jade Freeman, Megan Fryar, Caby Furnish; Kodie Goble, Gage Hahn, Emma Hanson, Paige Harris, Steffi Harris, Darren Herweck, Lydia Hinton, Jalen Holder, Andrew Hume, Sean Hussett; John Jercher, Hannah Johnson, Ada Ka, Taylor Keener, Abagail Keipert, Paige Kirk, Brendan Klayer, Nolan Kresser, Veronica Lash, Aaron Lee, John Lense, Hanna Linesch, Caleb Loftin; Meredith Malje, Marcus Mardis, Zachary McCormick, Daryll McMullen, Theah Mercier, Coliwe Mhlanga, Alyssa Miley, Zoe Miller, Gabriele Miller, Kameryn Mills, Matteson Morgan, Abigail Morgan, Sarah Morgan; Kyle Nash, Dawson Norwick, Amber Nowlin, Kristin Opp, Tripp Pittman, Elijah Prather, Lyndsay Prather, Madison Reed, Benjamin Rollins, Gabriel Ruth; Justin Schlarman, Jacob Schopp, Emma Shepherd, Savannah Simpson, Montanna Smith, Shelby Smith, Michael Soward, Nicholas Spanagel, Meryl Stillwell; Spencer Taylor, Hannah Tharp, Jacob Threadgill, Maggie Turner, Gracie Vest, Meghan Weber, Sarah Wermeling, Madeliene Whitis, Mary Wilmes, Lydia Wilmhoff and Carlie Wise.

COOPER HIGH SCHOOL HONOR ROLL Here are the honor roll students for the second term at Cooper High School:

All A's Grade 12: Joseph Blevins, Samantha Bosshammer, Jacob Brandel, Heather Burns, Charles Childress, Justin Conley, Karen Cress; Joshua Daugherty, Gwendolyn Day, Gregory Dudar, Christine Farnsworth, Jordan Findley, Madeline Flesher; Jason Garner, Alexander Giesey, Sarah Gripshover, Maya Gruseck, Tyler Honschopp, Charli Huddleston, Leena Ibrahim; Robert Kippler, Cambri Lee, Adam Millson, Alexander Molen, Austin Molen, Julie Nguyen, Trent Redmon, Zachary Rieder, Sidney Russell; Katherine Schroeder, Kaylynn Schwamb, James Siler, Cassandra Singleton, Elliott Stidham, Katherine Sturniolo; Joshua Thibault, Jason Thomas, Jennifer Walters, Eric Wells and Danielle Young. Grade 11: Madeline Aase, Carrie Anderson, Lindsay Barfield, Lauren Barriger, Jared Blank, Alicia Boone, Ethan Brennan;

Nathan Caldwell, Austin Cliff, David Couch, Shelby Doran, Brianne Dunn, Julia Edmonds, Julia Gnoose, Elijah Goessling; Natalie Jarrell, Brenna King, Christian McNabb, Lindsey Michels, Brennan Pike, Morgan Restaino, Alyssa Schlotman, Andrea Thompson, Lindsey Thorsen, Austin Ulerick, Darian Van Dusen, Sydney Whitaker and Sidharth Yadav. Grade 10: Raechel Auberger, Brooke Berry, Michael Bowen, Nicholas Brandel, Savannah Brinneman; Dunham, Adam Eliasen, Eric Estenfelder, Joshua Findley, Savannah Forman, Gillian Glenn, Sarah Hart, Justin Heidel, Kyle Honschopp, Mardee House; Hannah Istre, Whitney Kaiser, Kimberly Kappes, Megan Kern, Donnie Livers Gowdy, William Ludwig; Tristin Moeller, Alyssa Pack, Melanie Palmer, Parth Patel, Katelyn Pittman, Max Prowant, Shane Reeves, Hannah Reid, Austin Renton; Carah Shirley, Karah Spencer, Cassidy Stamper, Andrew Stewart, Emily Thomas, Samuel Thomas, Nancy Welch, Madison Winiger and Thomas Wirasakti.

Grade 9: Kandis Arlinghaus, Brady Baker, Kendall Bisig, Michael Black, Emily Blau, Alyson Boles, Ross Borthwick; Brandon Callen, Amber Cobb, Austin Collins, Patrick Dragan, Matthew Elmlinger, Jessica Fortner, Olivia Goessling, Connor Greenhalgh, Mitchell Greenhalgh; Brooke Harkrader, Colin Hathorn, Dalton Hendrickson, Adeline Hogan, Delaney Holt, Katelyn Kelly, Kaytlin Lake, Andrew Lubansky; Paul Macklin, Sarah Phillips, Robert Sari, Rebecca Schroeder, Hanna Shafer, Emily Villari and Kelsey Zimmer.

A/B Grade 12: Kayla Anderson, Shelby Baker, Taylor Bisig, Kaitlin Booth, Kiera Bowman, Alan Branch, Michael Brannigan, Kelsey Bungenstock; Shania Conner, Kayla Curtis, Tanner Dewitt, Tyler Dilillo, Reginald Ensley, Dillon Garnett, Angela Hacker, Jennifer Hester, Steven Huebner; Ashley Johnson, Charles Johnson, William Kalb, Kyle Keith, Maxwell Kilbourn, Alexander Kloentrup, Christopher Knapmeyer, Andrew Koors;

Ashley Lawson, Robert Lee, Brittany Martin, Alecia Morris, Jenna Nilles, Morgan Ogle, Loghyn Perry, Taylor Playforth, Chelsea Pugh; Olivia Reese, Travis Renton, Mikayla Rolle, Courtney Sallee, Joseph Schafer, Kerry Schafer, Sierra Schetagne, Andrew Sebree, Kala Sims, Kailyn Steele and Will Vance. Grade 11: Nicholas Ashcraft, Connor Bechtol, Elizabeth Brooks, Alexis Burrell, Victoria Carella, Nicholas Carr, Taylor Carr, Taylor Chartrau, Molly Cheek, Austin Collins, Kaitlyn Cox; Donovan Dietrich, Spencer Elmlinger, Bridget Fryman, Kathryn Glindmeyer, Shelby Graham, Nicholas Gregory, Jordan Hauck, Carley Hume, Kyle Hussett; Carly Kane, Megan Kelly, Michael Kennedy, Casey Kerns, Jacqueline Kidney, Rachel King, Alec Kubala, Taylor Morrison, Lynsey Moser; Sara Nesmith, Zachary Neumann, Stephen Pack, Janaki Patel, Trenton Presnell, Maggie Price-Huckaby, Heather Rachford, Amber Roland; Jaelin Schumacher, Sukayna Shalash, Michaela Smith, Ryan

Taylor, Lauren Willett and Chloe Wood. Grade 10: Hannah Anderson, Tasha Arnett, Charles Bagley, Casey Baker, Cailey Bechtol, Sharlene Brady; Brandon Cahill, Robert Callen, Alexandra Chia, Tanner Coleman, Emily Conner, Sarah Coors, Kylie Coslett, Jacob Crail, Zachary Curtis; Christopher Decker, Karina Egger, Natalya Erp, Samuel Ferguson, Corey Fussinger, Amber Glover, Elizabeth Grindstaff, Maria Groeschen; Spencer Holland, Brooke Howson, Ryan Johnson, Katherine Knapp, Jessica Koors, Thomas Lawrence, Talis Lokenberg, John Lykins; Maria Magana, Caleb Malje, Isaiah Martinez, Christopher McNees, Tyler Monday, Bradley Mosser, Mckenzie Murray, Isabella Obermeyer; Ritu Patel, Miranda Rich, Paige Ross, Travis Rothdiener, Brooke Smith, Joanna Sumner, Anisha Thomas, Hayley Van Dusen; Andrew Wagers, Kasey Weinfurtner, Samantha West, Andrea Wilson, Brianna Wilson and Alexandra Woodruff. Grade 9: Elisha Adams, Erica

Anderson, Dymond Balewitz, Simen Ballinger, Trevor Bowman, Lucas Brookover, Austin Bruce; Brent Caldwell, Joseph Christian, Thomas Cottingham, Madison Cox, Nolan Dreyer, Tyler Earls, Zachary Fahey, Jacob Forrester; Erica Gaddy, Kaitlin Gilbert, Samuel Gormley, Amanda Hamilton, Helena Hetzler, Hailey Hickman, Bradley Hicks, Sydney Humphrey; Emily Jackson, Marisa Johnson, Brady Jones, Kyle Knox, Nikita Lemon, Darren Lin, Richard McAlister, Molly Menefee, Alexander Miller; Christopher O'Brien, Austin Oliver, Gregory Pilon, Alexandra Potter, Nicole Pranger, Clayton Ramey, Brennan Roberts, Alessa Rulli, Stephen Russell; Elisha Schmeltz, Austin Smith, Douglas Standley, Alexander Stephens, Taylor Stewart, Zachary Stewart, Morgan Stidham, Alexis Ulerick; Jake Vandermosten, Mitchyl VanHoose, Janessa Waters, Patrick Weiler, Lydia Wick, Katelynn Williams, Greyson Winiger, James Wise, Brittany Wood and Brianna Worrell.





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Jaguars enjoy 1st district title Cooper takes down Boone County 50-42 By James Weber

BOONE COUNTY — In its first year of existence, the Cooper High School boys basketball team went 0-7 against its three district rivals Conner, Ryle and Boone County, losing by an average of 40 points. Three years later, the Jaguars are not only in the Ninth Region Tournament for the first time in team history, but they are district champions as well after beating Boone 50-42 in the final Feb. 24. “It’s special,” said head coach Tim Sullivan. “What a great group of young men to be able to go to the regional with. When we took this job, we knew it would take us a while. We didn’t know how long, and to have this group of seniors to go out this way is very special.” The Jaguars took a record of 15-14 into the Ninth Region Tournament. They were set to play Dixie Heights in the first round Wednesday, Feb. 29. The winner gets Newport Central Catholic or Covington Catholic 1 p.m. Saturday in the semis. The final is 1 p.m. Sunday. “After working for four years, this is a big accomplishment,” said Cooper senior guard Cody Cook. “It will be crazy. I can’t wait for it.” To get there, the Jaguars beat Conner for the third time in four meetings this season, 63-51 in the semifinals Feb. 22. Cook and fellow senior Alex Webster combined for 27 points in the win. “It starts with Alex Webster,” Sullivan said. “He keeps these guys grounded. He’s really stepped it up, he knows there’s no tomorrow. He has taken our guys to another level.” Against Conner, Cook sparked the Jaguars, hitting three threepointers in the first period to stake the Jags to a13-2 lead. Cooper never looked back against the Cougars, who were missing leading scorer Sam Hemmerich to injury. “That was huge,” said junior center Louis Maniacci. “He

Cooper center Louis Maniacci shoots the ball. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn during warmups but he came out firing and really got us up.” The Jaguars had a businesslike mindset afterward, immediately focusing on winning the district championship, and that attitude ultimately paid off. Sullivan, who was on the Holmes staff for several state tourney trips, said a big key this week is getting his team prepared for the college atmosphere at NKU, including the bigger floor. He said he would try to get into a college for practice early in the week. Boone (24-7) had a major scare from Ryle before prevailing 6256 in the semis. The Rebels won their 24th game, which was 17 more than Ryle. But both of their previous meetings this year resulted in two-point Rebel wins, so they expected a fight from their rivals. “They always give us their best game and we come back with ours,” said senior guard Chase Stanley. “They have good players, too.” Ryle fought to the tune of a lead for most of the first three quarters, staying ahead by two entering the final period. But the Rebels scored the first nine points of the fourth in quick fashion. Stanley had five of those points and it was 50-43. Stanley had 26 points in the game and fellow senior guard Cooper Downs had 16.

Ryle players and coaches celebrate their district title Feb. 23. GREG LORING/RECORDER CONTRIBUTOR

Raiders, Bearcats win district titles

Sandlin scores game-high 29 points By James Weber

BOONE COUNTY — She was coming off probably the best half of her career. But instead of forcing shots to break personal records after that, Courtney Sandlin took what the defense gave her in the second half and made sure the whole team was involved. The result was an 80-66 win for her Walton-Verona girls basketball team over Simon Kenton in the 32nd District final Feb. 23 at Grant County. It was the third straight title for the Bearcats (26-6). “It feels good,” said Sandlin, a junior forward. “It’s a three-peat so it felt good to come out and win again.” W-V, the defending champs, was set to play Collins in the Eighth Region quarterfinals 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Anderson County. The winner plays Owen County or Oldham County in the semis 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 2. The final is 7 p.m. Saturday, March 3. Sandlin had 23 of her gamehigh 29 points in the first half as both teams played at a breakneck pace. Walton led 29-14 after one period and 48-32 at halftime. Sandlin had 12 points in the first quarter and11in the second. Her field goals were a mixture of her driving from the free-throw lane and either laying it in or putting back her own miss, or get-

In the Boone County-Ryle game Feb. 23, players battled intensely for every opportunity the entire game. ting behind a defender to take a well-timed post entry pass from a guard. “With a lot of help from my teammates,” she said. “I worked hard to get open, but without them getting me the ball I wouldn’t have been able to score. Simon Kenton comes out and pressures us hard every time we play them, and for us to execute like we did was big for us.” Senior guard Kara Taulbee had eight points in the half, and senior guard Jenalee Ginn six as the Bearcats hit five three-pointers in the half as well. But the offense started with Sandlin. “She has played remarkable this year,” said head coach Mark Clinker. “She stepped up today. It seems like the bigger the game,

the better she plays.” In the third quarter, with SK focusing on Sandlin more, W-V’s other athletic junior post player, Michele Judy, stepped up with 12 points in the third quarter. At least two of her baskets came from assists from Sandlin. Judy had 19 points and Molly Clinkenbeard 10. Clinkenbeard and Taulbee were all-tourney picks, with Sandlin the MVP. W-V is the defending regional champion but faces a crowded field of strong contenders. “You’re going into the region on a high, but it doesn’t mean much outside of that,” coach Clinkenbeard said. “We’re going to play good team in the first round, it doesn’t really matter. We have to be ready to make that bus ride for three nights, and that’s what we plan on doing.” Ryle goes into the Ninth Region tourney with momentum after beating Boone County 54-41 in the 33rd District final. It was the first district title in Ryle team history. “It was great for the girls,” said Ryle head coach Patti Oliverio. “They got that feeling of winning the championship, and you come into the region on a high note. It was great.” Ryle (26-5) was set to play Dixie Heights in the first round of the regional Tuesday at NKU. The winner gets Notre Dame or Highlands. 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 2. The final is 7 p.m. Saturday. Ryle rallied from a 12-point deficit in the first half against Boone.

Cooper sophomore wins state titles

Ryle junior Drew Mays skies to the hoop. JAMES WEBER/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

UNION — Cooper sophomore Sharli Brady made Kentucky and Cooper history Feb. 25. The sophomore won the 200-yard individual medley and 500 freestyle in the girls state swimming and diving meet at the University of Louisville. Her 500 free time of 4 minutes, 47.56 seconds broke an eight-year old state record that had been held by Caroline Burckle, a Sacred Heart Academy graduate who won a bronze medal in the 2008 Olympics swimming on a relay. The Recorder will have more on Brady in next week’s edition. Ryle senior Meredith Brownell finished second in the state diving meet.

Boone boys Evan Brungs: 10th in diving (325.10). Ryan Brown: 13th in diving (297.70).

Boone girls

Karly Brungs: 26th in diving (123.65). Maeghen Knox: 27th in diving (121.15).

Ryle boys

200 medley relay: 21st (1:46.65), T.J. Albright, Mikey O'Leary, Liam Galloway, Tommy Jennings. 400 free relay: 23rd (3:33.48), Liam Galloway, Adam Dantes, Tommy Jennings, T.J. Albright. Liam Galloway: 31st in 200 IM

(2:08.32). Bryce Craven: 23rd in diving (118.15). Tommy Jennings: 32nd in 50 free (23.91). T.J. Albright: 20th in 500 free (4:58.29), 24th in 100 back (57.05).

Ryle girls

200 medley relay: 26th (2:00.99), Taylor Malkemus, Abby Kalany, Taylor Piatt, Katie Clements. 400 free relay: 27th (3:58.56), Katie Clements, Audrey Cochran, Taylor Malkemus, Taylor Piatt. Taylor Piatt: 24th in 200 IM (2:15.79), 16th in 100 fly (1:01.06). Meredith Brownell: 2nd in diving (443.65).




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Bills to protect Ky. families progressing Greetings from Frankfort! Well folks after a slow start, a number of bills introduced to protect Kentucky families from runaway government spending, substance abuse related crimes and restrain government spending began moving through the Kentucky Legislature last week. House Bill 413 was introduced by House GOP Caucus Chair Dr. Bob DeWeese of Louisville, providing for an amendment to the Kentucky Constitution to suspend legislative compensation in the event the legislature does not fulfill its constitutional responsibility to adopt a balanced budget. Introducing the bill DeWeese said he has become increasingly frustrated when the legislature consistently walks away from its constitutional responsibility to pass a balanced budget. He has always said there needs to be consequences for bad behavior and withholding compensation for members in a “Special Session” to balance the budget appears to be an effective way of getting the members to put their priorities in order. House GOP Whip Danny Ford introduced House Bill 418 which would require the county attorney to post a statement on the deed of any property utilized in the manufacturing of methamphetamine. The statement could be removed from the deed once certification of a cleanup of the house or structure has been completed. Ford frequently reminds members the meth crisis touches every corner of this commonwealth and it is appropriate for the legislature to take steps to protect unsuspecting purchasers from the potential negative effects of purchasing contaminated property. HB 377, which is legislation I am sponsoring that deals with

Tamper Resistant Opioids, passed the House Health and Welfare Committee. I won’t pretend that HB 377 is some type of silAddia ver bullet, but Wuchner rather is anothCOMMUNITY er tool to comRECORDER GUEST COLUMNIST bat prescription narcotic drug abuse that is taking a toll on Kentucky families. When the prescribing health care professional determines it is in the best interest to order FDA-approved opioids like OxyContin, Opana, or other opioid products that incorporates tamper-resistant technologies this legislation would prohibit the unauthorized substitution for one that does not. Most importantly this legislation is about saving lives. Too many lives lost, too many futures destroyed and too many children suffer from the destructive effect on their young lives. The past few weeks I have been receiving lots of calls on two issues: Senate Bill 50, which is the pseudoephedrine bill, and possibly amending the Kentucky Constitution to allow the expansion of gaming in Kentucky under Senate Bill 151. This past Thursday the Kentucky State Senate ended the debate on the issue of expanded gaming for the 2012 session. SB Bill 151 was defeated by a vote of 16 members voting in favor and 21 voting in opposition. It would have taken 23 votes in the affirmative to pass the constitutional amendment bill on to the House for consideration. State Rep. Addia Wuchner, R-Burlington, is a member of the Kentucky House of Representatives.



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Brooke Oldfield, a fourth-grade student at Goodridge Elementary School, holds her first-place ribbon in front of her Science Fair Project. Her project, "Water Drag Racing," earned her the right to represent Goodridge at the Regional Science Fair at Northern Kentucky University on Feb. 25. Brooke is from Burlington. THANKS TO LAURA MOSQUEDA

Senate’s busiest weeks up ahead Last week the General Assembly reconvened on Feb. 21, after observing Presidents Day, and returned to our legislative work. This is the beginning of the second half of the legislative session and it promises to bring the busiest weeks up ahead. I had the fortunate opportunity to have visitors from a large group of homeschoolers from the Northern Kentucky Classical Conversations program, which offers the concentration of American history. I was impressed by their knowledge and ability to recite such historical documents that our great country was founded on. My hope is that such programs, like Classical Conversations, will inspire similar curriculums and equal success. I would like to give a special thank you for the great work of Tricia Spargo, educator from the program and resident of Boone County. Fiscal responsibility is critical now more than ever with the

state’s budget predicament and our current borrowing situation. The Senate approved Senate Bill 1 earlier this week and John it directly adSchickel dresses these COMMUNITY large conRECORDER GUEST COLUMNIST cerns. SB 1, which I cosponsor, had bipartisan support from our chamber and it is a step forward to get our fiscal house in order. This measure would restrict the legislature to appropriating no more than 6 percent of General Fund revenues to bonded indebtedness. This standard figure is generally accepted by bond rating agencies and creates a reasonable threshold for the legislature to operate. State. Sen. John Schickel, R-Union, represents the 11th District.

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Who is trampling on our Constitution? Come to think of it, what is the Constitution and why do our politicians call themselves constitutionalist? If they fully understood the Constitution, and that is a big “if,” why do they think they can ignore it? It is my belief that the Constitution is the supreme law of the land, uniting us as one people as we play by the same rules consistently. Yet, many politicians choose to use the Constitution only to satisfy their particular arguments. Well, let’s take them to task and learn more about the Constitution than those who propose to be experts. It is time the common man “take over and rid ourselves” of many career politicians to become more knowledgeable, confident, comfortable and more grounded in our rights – not what many individuals say they are. Remember the Declaration of Independence ... unalienable rights? God given rights ring a bell? We have found a solution. Learn with us the Federalist Papers. I know you have probably heard of these somewhere along the way but have long ago relegated them to a dusty book shelf. In essence, if the Constitution is your computer, the Federalist Papers is the manual that should have been in the box. Now is you chance to do something other than sit at the coffee shop and complain about the erosion of your rights. Think about joining a group of concerned citizens, just like you, to learn about the Federalist Papers. It’s a painless, free experience as we spend 15 minutes each week on one paper prior to a Grassroots Tea party meeting, teaching ourselves how the papers impact our lives and their relevance for today. We meet at 6 p.m. Mondays at Sub-station II on Dream Street, Florence. We have a “soap box” with your name on it. It’s your opportunity to speak up.

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Troy Brooks performs performs at KJ’s Pub Feb. 3 in Crescent Springs. JOSEPH FUQUA II/CINCINNATI ENQUIRER


WALTON — The trip from this small Boone County town to Nashville, Tenn., only takes about five hours. The journey from small town musician to Music City recording artist is typically a much longer road. Walton native Troy Brooks, however, is poised to make that leap. He has been working on his first album for more than a year and will head into the studio in a few weeks to begin laying down tracks. Brooks was back in Northern Kentucky recently after playing a few dates in Ohio and talked about theupcomingalbumandhiscareer to this point. “Myalbumisnotgoingtobetraditional country,” Brooks said. “It’s a little more bluesy. It’s going to be

me, my drummer and my regular bass player, but we’re going to produce it ourselves.” His influences include Stevie RayVaughn,EricClaptonandKenny Wayne Shepherd. Brooks envisions the album as a potential springboard to a contract with a major label. Brooks, 26, played locally for a decade before heading to Nashville. He hopes his hard work is about to pay off. Brooks got his first guitar in the fifth grade, but didn’t really get serious about learning to play until about a year later. His father, Steve Brooks, also plays guitar and encouraged his son to take up the instrument. Brooks wanted to play, but was not crazy about putting in the time and effort to learn how. “One day I was headed to footballpracticeandmydadsaidtome, ‘I don’t care if you ever pick that

guitar up again and I’m just not going to say any more about it,’” Brooks said. “From that time on, I was determined to learn to play.” Brooks started playing locally with his brother, Vaston, under the name the Brooks Brothers, while attending St. Joseph Academy in Walton. He also played in a few bands while at Covington Catholic High School, including Gravity Hill, which achieved some notoriety and later formed an acoustic duo with friend Mike Barczak. Three years ago, Brooks decided it was time to head to Nashville. “I knew if I didn’t try it, I would regret it,” Brooks said. “I saved up about $5,000, because I knew when I moved down there, I wasn’t going to get a job right away. The only person I knew was a guy I went to high school with, so I moved in with him in Murfreesboro, which is 30 minutes outside of the city,”

Brooks spent time in the nightclub district known as Printer’s Alley in downtown Nashville and caught a break when some local musicians took notice and asked him to sit in with them. Brooks was eventually playing about five nights a week, but found he still had a lot to learn. The biggest evolution has been with his songwriting. “I just realized how much I didn’t have a grasp on songwriting before I moved there,” Brooks said. “I thought I did, but when I got there, I just started completely from scratch. To me, the melody is the song, but in Nashville country music has a story, and I had to learn how to write a great story that fit the melody” Brooks has played with country music stars John Rich, formerly of the duo Big and Rich, and Joe Nichols and talked music for hours with Toby Keith and a group of other lo-

cal musicians one evening. “That happens a lot in Nashville,” Brooks said. “Guys come in to the local bars to check out shows and just sit in with the band.” Brooks spent more than a year writing songs for the album because he knows artists don’t always get a second chance. “I don’t want to be (in Nashville) for three years and have an album that doesn’t reflect the work I’ve done,” Brooks said. While Brooks enjoys performing in the Nashville clubs, he would gladly leave it behind. “I know I don’t want to do this the rest of my life,” Brooks said. “I’m grateful for the opportunities I’ve had, but you are really just getting by. There is no way I could support a family the way I want to with what I’m doing right now.” The first album by the Troy Brooks Band is targeted for release in the spring.


Friendships keep Schadler, 85, working By Chris Mayhew

EDGEWOOD — For 65 years Alexandria resident Ed Schadler has worked as a State Farm Insurance agent – and retiring isn’t in his plans. Schadler, 85, spends his days at his Edgewood office where he calls many of the longstanding policyholders he’s worked with for decades by the name “friend.” “He just keeps going, and he’s here every day,” said Lisa Michele Pulaski, a multiple line representative in Schadler’s office. "He still has a couple of customers that were with him when

he started in 1948 from Campbell County," she said. Schadler said he received his first license Feb. 1, 1948, and that he is the longest-serving State Farm agent in Kentucky. Schadler earlier served as a member of the U.S. Merchant Marine during World War II. Schadler said he came back to Northern Kentucky and made about $500 “gross” in 1948 minus office and travel expenses. Among the about 18,000 working State Farm agents, Schadler said he is either the second or third longest-serving. Schadler is one of nine people working at his office at 998 Dudley Road. There

are three people, including his son Larry, who have worked for him for more than 25 years, Schadler said. Larry, Schadler’s office manager, has been working with his father for 37 years. The Edgewood office, open since 1980, is only Schadler's second location. "I moved the office location one time from downtown Covington in the Coppin’s Building," he said. "It was in room 608." The Coppin’s Building, 638 Madison Ave., was operated as a store of the same name from 1909 to 1977 and is Covington’s city hall today. Schadler wants to stay active

Ed Schadler of Alexandria holds a copy of the first insurance agent license he obtained in 1948 as he stands with his son and office manager Larry of California inside the Edward C. Schadler State Farm Insurance office in Edgewood. CHRIS MAYHEW/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER and has no interest in retiring. "I could take something up as a hobby, but I've got so many friends," he said. "I could tell my

staff to call 500 people, say I wanted to have a cup of coffee with them and they'd likely say 'yes.’"

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Lil Strikers Learn to Play Soccer Instruction Registration, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion, $95. Registration required. 859-760-7466. Union.

Art Exhibits Beyond The Brush - A Collaborative Art Show, 7-10 p.m., Boleros Dance Club, 8406 U.S. 42, Works of local artists C. Pic Michel, Louise Aug, Kevin McQuade and Kyle Carpenter. Each brings a unique style and approach to their work that challenges the traditional constructs of the paint and canvas. Free. Through March 3. 859-3795143. Florence.

Support Groups Spouse Loss Support Group, 6-7:30 p.m., Hospice of the Bluegrass - Northern Kentucky, 7388 Turfway Road, Workshop for those who have experienced the loss of a significant other. Explore full scope and dimension of loss: physiological, psychological and spiritual symptoms of grief, changes in relationship with family, as well as social change, dating and the possibility of a new partner. Free. Registration required. 859-441-6332; Florence.

Dining Events St. Joseph Academy Lenten Fish Fry, 4:30-8 p.m., St. Joseph Academy, 48 Needmore St., Fried or baked fish, shrimp, children’s pizza dinner, desserts, drinks and sides. Cash drawing for those attending all six Fridays. Drive-through available. Family friendly. $40-$45 family dinners; $9.50 dinners; $6.50 seniors and children’s dinners; $5 children’s pizza dinner. 859-485-6444; Walton. Fish Fry, 5-8 p.m., Florence Elks Lodge 314, 7704 Dixie Highway, Upper level. Hand-breaded cod dinners. 859-746-3557. Florence. St. Timothy Lenten Fish Fry, 5-7:30 p.m., St. Timothy Parish, 10272 U.S. 42, Baked and fried fish dinners and sandwiches, shrimp dinner, pizza and desserts. Dine-in 5-7:30 p.m., drivethru 4:30-7p.m. Carryout available. Family friendly. $4-$8.50. 859-384-1100; Union. Lenten Fish Fry, 4-8 p.m., Mary Queen of Heaven School, 1130 Donaldson Highway, Menu includes shrimp, baked cod dinner, platters, fish sandwich, sides, desserts and kids menu. Available for dine-in, carryout or drive-thru. 859-371-2622. Erlanger. Immaculate Heart of Mary Fish Fry, 5-8 p.m., Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 5876 Veterans Way, Gymnasium and cafeteria. Hand-breaded and golden-fried cod loin wedged into a grilled cheese sandwich made with rye toast and garnished with horseradish. Beer, drinks, takeout and drive-thru available. Benefits Immaculate Heart of Mary. $5-$10. 859-6895010; Burlington. Fish Fry, 4-7 p.m., Burlington Lodge No. 264, 7072 Pleasant Valley Road, Meals, side items, beverages and dessert. Family friendly. $7, $4 children’s plate, $4 fish sandwich. Presented by Fellowcraft Club of Burlington Lodge 264. 859-746-3225. Florence.

Education AARP Tax-Aide, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Middle and low-income taxpayers are eligible for tax preparation service. Those with complex tax returns advised to seek professional assistance. Free. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665; Burlington.

Literary - Libraries Bi-Okoto Drum and Dance, 7 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Jaunt through traditional and contemporary music and dance of Africa and Africans using drums, music, dance, food, languages and other arts. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665; Burlington.

Music - Rock Hogwild, 10 p.m.-2 a.m., Woodies Tavern, 10020 Demia Way, 859-282-1264. Florence.

Recreation Duplicate Bridge, 6-9 p.m., Panorama Plus, 8510 Old Toll Road, Common Room. Open to all players. Family friendly. $5. Presented by Boone County Bridge Center. Through Dec. 21. 859-391-8639; Florence.

Sports-Registrations & Tryouts Sports of All Sorts Youth Association Basketball Registrations, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion, 10094 Investment/Demia Way, Ages 5-18. Each team will practice one hour per week, exact day and time determined by coach. Family friendly. $105. Registration required. Presented by

Kristen Simmons, formerly of Louisville, will make two local stops for her book tour on Monday, March 5. She will be at the Boone County Public Library in Burlington at 3:30 p.m. and Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Crestview Hills at 7 p.m. to discuss her new book, "Article 5," the first in a young-adult dystopian trilogy that takes place in Kentucky, Tennessee and West Virginia. THANKS TO ALEXIS SAARELA

Real-life local grandfather and grandson Mike Moskowitz, Mr. Green, and Joshua Steele, Ross Gardiner, will perform in TUESDAY, MARCH 6 "Visiting Mr. Green" at the Monmouth Theatre, 636 Monmouth St. in Newport, March 3, 4, 10 and 11. Literary - Libraries Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and 3 p.m. Teen Advisory Group, 6:30-8 Sunday. Presented by Falcon Theatre. Tickets are $14 for p.m., Boone County Main Liopen seating. To purchase tickets, visit brary, 1786 Burlington Pike, or call 513-479-6783. THANKS TO Help plan programs, recomSHANNAN BOYER

Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Burlington.

Exercise Classes Gentle Yoga, 6 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Learn basic postures and flows. Bring yoga mat. Family friendly. $25 per month. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-3422665. Burlington. Zumba, 6 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Latininspired dance-fitness program blends international music and dance steps. Family friendly. $25 per month. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-3422665. Union.

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The opening reception for The Art of Food exhibit will be 6-9 p.m. Friday, March 2, at The Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, 1028 Scott Blvd. in Covington. Reception admission is $60 for non-members and $45 for members at the door. The exhibit will be on display through April 13 and free to view after the opening reception. The exhibition will be closed March 3. Pictured is cast glass toast by Leah Busch and Sandra Gross. PROVIDED Sports of All Sorts Youth Association. 859-760-7466. Union. Northern Kentucky Girls Recreational Volleyball League Registration, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion, 10094 Investment/Demia Way, Forming teams by individual registrations received or by groups of players requesting to play for a coach or other players. Family friendly. $105. Registration required. Presented by Sports of All Sorts Youth Association. 859-760-7466. Union. Youth Bowling League Registration, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion, 10094 Investment/Demia Way, Games on Saturdays only. Family friendly. $85. Registration required. Presented by Sports of All Sorts Youth Association. 859-7607466. Union. Lil Hoopstars Learn to Play Basketball Program Registration, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion, 10094 Investment/Demia Way, Program designed to introduce game of basketball to children. Focus is on dribbling, passing and shooting as well as all other components of understanding basketball. Ages 4-6. Family friendly. $95. Registration required. Presented by Sports of All Sorts Youth Association. 859-7607466. Union. Lil Strikers Learn to Play Soccer Instruction Registration, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion, 10094 Investment/Demia Way, Program designed to introduce game of soccer to children. Focus is on all components introducing the game of soccer. Ages 4-6. Family friendly. $95. Registration required. Presented by Sports of All Sorts Youth Association. 859-760-7466. Union.

SATURDAY, MARCH 3 Art Exhibits Beyond The Brush - A Collaborative Art Show, 7-10 p.m., Boleros Dance Club, Free. 859379-5143. Florence.

Music - Acoustic Silence for Higher, 7-8:30 p.m. Saturday Night Music., Velocity Bike & Bean, 7560 Burlington Pike, Acoustic sets by local musicians. Fresh baked goods,

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Recreation Duplicate Bridge, 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Panorama Plus, $5. 859-391-8639; Florence.

Sports-Registrations & Tryouts Sports of All Sorts Youth Association Basketball Registrations, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion, $105. Registration required. 859-7607466. Union. Northern Kentucky Girls Recreational Volleyball League Registration, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion, $105. Registration required. 859-760-7466. Union. Youth Bowling League Registration, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion, $85. Registration required. 859-760-7466. Union. Lil Hoopstars Learn to Play Basketball Program Registration, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion, $95. Registration required. 859-760-7466. Union. Lil Strikers Learn to Play Soccer Instruction Registration, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion, $95. Registration required. 859-760-7466. Union.

Sunday, March 4 Literary - Libraries Boone County Parks: Basics of Fly Tying, 2:30 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Learn basics of tying flies. Free. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-3422665. Burlington.

Sports-Registrations & Tryouts Sports of All Sorts Youth Association Basketball Registrations, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion, $105. Registration required. 859-7607466. Union. Northern Kentucky Girls Recreational Volleyball League Registration, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion, $105. Registration required. 859-760-7466. Union. Youth Bowling League Registration, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion, $85. Registration required. 859-760-7466. Union. Lil Hoopstars Learn to Play Basketball Program Registration, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion, $95. Registration required. 859-760-7466. Union. Lil Strikers Learn to Play Soccer Instruction Registration, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion, $95. Registration required. 859-760-7466. Union.

Monday, March 5 Civic Tea Party Meeting, 6-8 p.m., Sub Station II, 7905 Dream St., Meet and discuss limited government, free markets and fiscal responsibility. Free. Presented by Grassroots Tea Party of Boone County. Through Dec. 29. 859746-3573; Florence.

Education Word I, 6:30 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Discover handy shortcuts, type a letter with business formatting, create a memo using a template and more. Family friendly. Free. Reservations required. Presented by

Writers Group, 7 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Join local writing enthusiasts. Share work and get feedback. Family friendly. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Burlington. Teen Cafe, 3:15-4:45 p.m., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, Gaming, Internet, snacks and more. Teens. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665; Florence. MAC: Middle School Advisory Committee, 6:30 p.m., Lents Branch Library, 3215 Cougar Path, Recommend books, help plan programs and see your ideas come to life. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-3422665. Hebron. In the Loop, 10:30 a.m., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, Knit or crochet in relaxed, friendly company. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-3422665; Florence. PAWS to Read, 3-4:30 p.m., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, Read story to therapy dogs Squirt, Doc, Bailey or others. Call to reserve 15-minute time slot. Grades K-5. Family friendly. Free. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-3422665; Florence.

Recreation Duplicate Bridge, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Elsmere Senior Center, 179 Dell St., Lower Level. Open to all players. Family friendly. $5. Presented by Boone County Bridge Center. 859-391-8639; Elsmere.

Sports-Registrations & Tryouts Sports of All Sorts Youth Association Basketball Registrations, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion, $105. Registration required. 859-7607466. Union. Northern Kentucky Girls Recreational Volleyball League Registration, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion, $105. Registration required. 859-760-7466. Union. Youth Bowling League Registration, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion, $85. Registration required. 859-760-7466. Union. Lil Hoopstars Learn to Play Basketball Program Registration, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion, $95. Registration required. 859-760-7466. Union.

mend books and materials and earn volunteer hours. Includes pizza. Family friendly. Free. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Burlington. Title Waves Book Club, 6:30 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Check out newest books and talk about your favorites. Snacks provided. Ages 9-11. Family friendly. Free. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-3422665. Burlington.

Recreation Bridge, 12:30-3 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Open play. All ages. Family friendly. Free. 859-342-2665. Union.

Sports-Registrations & Tryouts Sports of All Sorts Youth Association Basketball Registrations, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion, $105. Registration required. 859-7607466. Union. Northern Kentucky Girls Recreational Volleyball League Registration, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion, $105. Registration required. 859-760-7466. Union. Youth Bowling League Registration, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion, $85. Registration required. 859-760-7466. Union. Lil Strikers Learn to Play Soccer Instruction Registration, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sports of All Sorts Mt. Zion, $95. Registration required. 859-760-7466. Union.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7 Education Do You Google?, 10 a.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, In-depth look at the many features Google has to offer, such as math calculations, tracking packages and flights, finding the latest movies in your area and more. Family friendly. Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Union.

Literary - Libraries Chess Club, 7 p.m., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, All ages and levels. Instruction available. Family friendly. 859342-2665. Florence. Wii Wednesday, 3-4:30 p.m., Walton Branch Library, 21 S. Main St., Board games and Wii. Middle and high school students. Family friendly. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665; Walton.

THURSDAY, MARCH 8 Education Internet, 10 a.m., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, Find out how to connect to the Internet from home, what you can find online and how to get to a website. Family friendly. Free. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Florence. Winter/Spring Dance and Theater Classes, 3:45-9 p.m., LA Talent Academy, 240 Main St., Tap, jazz, ballet, and musical theater classes for ages 3 and up. Family friendly. Price varies. 859-496-2088; Florence.



Maple syrup spices up chunky granola mix It’s maple syrup time! When our boys were little we drilled a hole in one of our sugar maples, put a homemade spile in it, and hung a bucket to gather what we knew would be gallons of sap. Well, something wasn’t right with our process and we got just dribbles. Rita After that Heikenfeld experience, RITA’S KITCHEN I decided the grocery was my best source for pure maple syrup. Since I have so many reader requests, I’m using column space for those instead of several recipes.

Rita’s Can’t-Quit-Eating Chunky Maple Granola For years I’ve been trying to make chunky granola, adding dry milk, extra honey, you name it, without success. Leave it to Cook’s Illustrated to develop a technique that works.

Here’s my adaptation. Don’t get timid about adding flax and chia seeds. They’re optional, but huge sources of Omega 3, the chia in particular, and are really tasty. It’s easy to eat, being chunky and all, thus the name. I’m going to try this technique with my other granola recipes. Check out my blog at for step-by-step photos. Coating: ⁄3 cup pure maple syrup (I used Kroger Private Selection) 1 ⁄3 to ½ cup packed dark brown sugar ¼ teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon vanilla ½ teaspoon almond extract ¼ cup soybean or canola oil ¼ cup olive oil 1

Granola: Mix together 5 cups old-fashioned rolled oats 2 tablespoons flax seeds (optional) ¼ cup chia seeds (optional) 2 cups sliced or slivered almonds

Add after baking: 2 cups dried cherries (optional)

Thanks to Rita Heikenfeld. Rita finally cracked the code for making chunky granola. This one uses maple syrup. THANKS TO RITA HEIKENFELD.

Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper or spray with cooking spray. Preheat oven to 325. Whisk syrup, sugar, salt and extracts together, then whisk in oils. Pour over oat mixture and mix. Pour onto cookie sheet with sides in thin, even layer and press mixture down until very compact. That’s the key to chunky granola. Bake 35-40 minutes, rotating pan halfway through. Remove and cool to room temperature. Break into desired chunks. Stir in fruit. Tips: Use favorite nuts and fruit, or no fruit. Use light brown sugar,

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Le Boxx Café’s chicken chili for Thelma and several other readers who can’t get enough of this spicy chili. I stopped and talked with Dave Armstrong, proprietor, who couldn’t

share the recipe. His chef, Franklin, makes 10 gallons about every other day. It’s that popular. “Lots of chicken breast, canned blackeyed peas, chili powder, chicken base, heavy cream, celery, onions, yellow and red bell peppers, and jalapeños,” he said. His roux is butter and flour, and olive oil. Have a similar recipe? Please share. Check out the chili – see how thick it is. I can attest to its “yummy factor.” I’m now addicted, too. Their Caribbean chicken is a close second. Like O’Charley’s broccoli cheese casserole for Sharon. Like Subway cookies. Easy punch recipes for Charlene, who made my punch recipe with ginger ale and iced tea. “Everyone loved it.” She needs easy ones like this for a women’s club. Cinnamon coffecake like Thriftway grocery for Rose of Cold Springs. “Also roll recipes with coconut or peanuts and icing.” Substitution for almond or rice milk in baking for Carol, who is lactose intolerant. “These milks

don’t work well,” she said. Like Mount Washington Bakery & Creamy Whip cinnamon squares. I get requests for items from this iconic bakery all the time. The squares have been topping the list. For a reader who thought this bakery closed. The reader said: “I’ve tried Graeter’s and other bakeries, but they just don’t taste the same.” I spoke with Nick Ganim, owner, and he assured me they are still operating but closed until April (it's a combo bakery and creamy whip) and when he re-opens in April the cinnamon squares, along with all cookies, etc., will be available. Call ahead to set some aside. Nick uses yeasted Danish dough for cinnamon squares, so if you have a similar recipe, please share. Otherwise, you can always enjoy them at this Mount Washington treasure. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator and author. Email her at with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Call 513-248-7130, ext. 356.

Grayson honored with Kids Voting Civic Leadership Award Former Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson will receive the Kids Voting Northern Kentucky’s highest honor, its Civic Leadership Award during a luncheon on April 17 at the Radisson Hotel in Covington. The Kids Voting Northern Kentucky Civic Leadership Award is presented to a citizen of Boone, Campbell

or Kenton counties for exemplary leadership in the public arena. A former Northern Kentucky resident, Trey Grayson is now the director of the Harvard Institute of Politics for his alma mater. The event will celebrate his service to the Northern Kentucky community through civic leadership and philanthropy. The event is a fundraiser for Kids Voting Northern


Kentucky, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that exists to teach young people the importance of, and help them develop the habit of, voting. On Election Day, future voters go to the polls with their parents and cast their vote in a mock election at a Kids Voting booth. Last year, approximately 6,000 young people voted. Additionally, dozens of students volunteered assembling ballot boxes, working polls

and counting the vote. Proceeds from the event will be used to support the purchase of civics education supplies for the classroom and to conduct the Kids Voting mock-presidential election in November. Individual ticket price is

$25. Sponsorships are available starting at $250. To make reservations, contact, sign up on the Norhtern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce’s events page at, or mail a check by April 13 to Kids Voting Northern Ken-

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Boy Scout Troop 1, chartered by Florence Christian Church, participated in a weekend campout and visit to Fort Knox. The troop stayed in a cabin at Camp Carlson, visited the aquatic center, bowling alley, fire and weather stations and watched a movie at the movie theater on the base. Youth participants included: Noah Fredricks, Tanner Mudd, Kade D'Addario, Gary Deadmond, Steven Boemker, Dylan Cottrell, Noah Schreiber, Ethan Harper, Chris Bonham, Colt Girdler, Aaron Begley, Patrick Fales, Brennen Jones, Jake Anderson and Kevin Moranz. THANKS TO TIM IOTT

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Troublesome sleep apnea can be cured By Pam Goetting Contributor

Is it simply snoring or something more? If your snoring is excessive, or you battle sleepiness during the day, it may be a sign of sleep apnea, according to Dr. James P. Maynard, a neurologist and medical director of the Sleep Disorders Centers at St. Elizabeth. Dr. Maynard, a Milwaukee native and graduate of the Medical School of Wisconsin, recently spoke to the Rotary Club of Florence. A relatively new science, sleep apnea means that you literally stop


Dr. Maynard. “While snoring may be annoying, it is typically not life threatening. Sleep apnea, however, is a serious medical condition that can lead to a heart attack or stroke if left untreated.” Constant gasping for air forces the heart to work harder, leading to strain that can trigger an attack. Higher blood pressure can be caused by the constant rush of adrenaline during restless sleep, and memory loss can be exacerbated by the lack of oxygen. How is sleep apnea treated? The good news is that it is 100 percent curable. The most common treatment is Continuous Positive Air

nasal passages clear by promptly treating allergies and sinus problems. These changes take time and effort, but may pay off in better quality sleep for you (and your partner!). The Florence Rotary Club meets most Mondays at noon at the Airport Hilton Hotel in Florence. For more information about the club, contact Pat Moynahan, president, at or 859-802-0242, or visit the club’s website at

Pressure, or CPAP. A small pump sends air through a hose attached to a mask over your nose, keeping your airway open and allowing you to breathe better while you sleep. Other surgical procedures like a tracheotomy, or removal of excess tissue in the mouth and throat, have more complications and less chance of success, but may be appropriate in some cases. Dr. Maynard suggested four changes to help reduce snoring and prevent mild sleep apnea. These include sleeping on your side, avoiding alcohol three hours before bedtime, losing weight, and keeping

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breathing while asleep. Medically speaking, your throat becomes blocked by excess flesh, and you must wake up in order to breathe. The brain tells the body to wake up just enough to tighten the throat muscles and open the airway. This cycle can be repeated hundreds of times during the night, leading to daytime sleepiness, morning headaches, lack of energy and depression. Men are 2 ½ times more likely to suffer from sleep apnea, although Dr. Maynard commented that “their bed partners suffer, too!” Men with greater than a 17inch neck size, or women

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Walton proud of Ladycat district champs

The Walton-Verona Ladycats won the district tournament this past week against Simon Kenton 80-66. Katie Slavey, Kara Taulbee and Taylor Cornelison received academic awards from the district. Molly Clinkenbeard, Kara Taulbeee and Courtney Sandlin were named to the alltournament team, with Sandlin being the tournament MVP. Let’s support and encourage our WVHS Ladycats basketball team, who

were scheduled to face Martha Layne Collins Academy at Anderson County in the regional Ruth tournament Meadows on Tuesday. WALTON NEWS Hopefully, we will hear they will be traveling to the state tournament. St. Joseph Academy is having its delicious fish on Friday evening during the

Lenten season. For information you may call 4856444. Sorry to report that Joella Flynn suffered a broken shoulder and bruises this past Monday from an accident. Joella had stopped at the Family’s Main Street Restaurant and after getting out of her car, it started to roll backwards. She attempted to get to it and slipped on wet pavement, luckily not getting hit by the vehicle. Vehicle damages were reportedly minor. Hope to hear that

Bugs follow bloom sequence Question: I have heard that certain bugs appear only when specific plants are in bloom. Is this true? Answer: It is true that certain insects are attracted to certain plants, but it is also true that there is a direct correlation between the bloom sequence of plants and the emergence of specific insects. This relationship is called “phenology.” Landscape managers and backyard gardeners in Northern Kentucky

contend with a wide variety of plants and associated pest problems. In any given landscape, Mike there may Klahr be hunHORTICULTURE dreds of CONCERNS species and cultivars of native and exotic trees, shrubs, and garden plants. Throughout the growing season, these

plants may be attacked by a similarly diverse assortment of insects. Timing is everything when managing landscape pests. To be effective, insecticides or biological controls must be applied when pests are present and at their most vulnerable life stage. For example, scale insects are best controlled after the eggs have hatched but before the tiny crawlers have formed a protective cover.

Joella has a quick recovery and I am sure Dennis will be a great caretaker. There are lots of signs in town stating the Urgent Care located by Kroger is opening soon. Irene Peebles is getting much better. After an evaluation on Friday, it was determined that she should remain in Health South until March 14. Fred “Butch” Spillman is in rehabilitation at Gateway in Florence. Addie King has been a patient at St. Elizabet, Flor-

ence suffering from spinal problems. She is scheduled to come home this week. Asa Rouse, one of our Walton historians along with Lee Frakes will be presenting the story of Lee’s heroic experiences as a B-17 radio gunner shot down during World War II. This exciting story is a presentation for the Boone County Historic Society at the Main Library in Florence at 7 p.m. March 15. The program is free and open to the public. I am sure you will find it very

interesting and will make you proud of our veterans like Lee Frakes. Happy belated birthday to Pauline Huey, Barbara Keller and Wayne Hampton this past week. Happy birthday to Patti Glenn on March 1, Irene Peeble on March 3 and Addie King on March 4. The Dairy Delight’s phone number for your home delivery is 919-0033 not 485-0033.

Controlling certain wood borers requires treating host trees with insecticides to intercept the newly hatched larvae before they have penetrated the bark. Leaffeeding caterpillars such as bagworms and tent caterpillars are easiest to control when the larvae are small. Timing is espe-

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FISH FRIES Burlington Lodge No. 264 Fish Fry 4-7:30 p.m. Fridays Feb. 24 through April 6 at 7072 Pleasant Valley Road in Florence. Dinners are $7; beverages, $1; and desserts, $2. Child’s plate is $4 including beverage. A fish sandwich is $4.

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Fr. Bealer Knights of Columbus Council No. 3908 Fish Fry 4:30-8 p.m. Fridays Feb. 24 through April 6 at 605 Lytle Ave. in Elsmere. Menu items include fish, chicken, jumbo and popcorn shrimp, hamburgers, hot dogs, dinners and sandwiches. Sides include fries, macaroni and cheese, and cole slaw. Prices

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Mary, Queen of Heaven Parish Fish Fry 4-8 p.m. Fridays Feb. 24 through March 30 at the church, 1130 Donaldson Hwy. in Erlanger. Proceeds support Mary, Queen of Heaven School. Dine in or call ahead and carry-out. Drive-thru also available. Menu includes fish sandwiches, Holy haddock, fish and chips, baked cod and shrimp, macaroni and

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Crescent Springs-Villa Hills Fire/EMS Fish Fry 4-8 p.m. Fridays Feb. 24 through April 6 at 777 Overlook Drive in Crescent Springs. Menu items include fish, shrimp, fries, onion rings, macaroni and cheese, hush puppies, chicken fingers, potato soup and homemade desserts. Princes range from $2.50-$7. Dine in or

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Arrests/Citations Donald R. Bott, 37, giving officer false name or address at Donaldson Highway and Queensway, Jan. 18. Brandon M. Courts, 27, theftshoplifting at 4900 Houston Rd., Jan. 18. Kristopher D. Byrd, 23, theftshoplifting at 4900 Houston Rd., Jan. 18. Matthew P. Byrd, 20, theftshoplifting at 4990 Houston Rd., Jan. 18.

Crystal R. Nutter, 22, theftshoplifting at 61 Spiral Dr., Jan. 18. Alla K. Rowland, 19, theftshoplifting at 5000 Mall Circle Rd., Jan. 18. Stephanie N. Hafer, 19, theftshoplifting at 5000 Mall Circle Rd., Jan. 18. Ashley G. Heaps, 24, theftshoplifting at 5000 Mall Circle Rd., Jan. 19. Ruth L. Walker, 20, theftshoplifting at 2108 Mall Circle Dr., Jan. 19. Benzazar Morales Sanchez, 34, public intoxication at Mall Rd.,


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DEATHS Brian David “Sparky” Applegate, 51, of Walton, died Feb. 20, 2012, in Union. He was an engineer for General Electric, a member of Christ’s Chapel Church in Erlanger and served in the U.S. Air Force. He enjoyed farming, gardening, being outdoors, sculpting and playing hockey and his guitar. His father, Frank Everet Applegate, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Kathern Sue Vicars; mother, Myrtle Nina Applegate; son, Frank Applegate; sisters, Linda Dallalio and Karen Seymour; and two grandsons. Interment was at Baltimore Cemetery, Cincinnati. Memorials: Christ’s Chapel, 3819 Turfway Road, Erlanger, KY 41018 or Lindner Center of Hope, 4075 Old Western Row Road, Mason, OH 45040.

Thomas Bonar Sr. Thomas Charles Bonar Sr., 77, of Lewistown, Mont., formerly of Erlanger, died Feb. 19, 2012, at V.A. Medical Center in Cincinnati. He retired after 37 years as owner of Turfway Camper Sales in Erlanger. He was a U.S. Air Force Korean War veteran, Kentucky Colonel, member of Florence United Methodist Church, past patron of Florence Eastern Star and honorary member of Boone County Sheriff's Department. Survivors include his wife, Joyce Wilson Bonar; daughters, Deborah Elaine Worthington of Edgewood and Carolyn Denise Jorden of Burlington; sons, Thomas Charles Bonar Jr. of Smyrna, Ga., and James Douglas Bonar of Golden, Colo.; brothers, Albert Louis Bonar of Covington and Donald Samuel Bonar of Erlanger; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Memorials: Shriners Hospitals for Children, Office of Development, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607 or Central Baptist Church, P.O. Box 952, Lewistown, MT 59457.

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Beulah Brandenburg, 89, of Covington, died Feb. 20, 2012, Covington. Her husband, Ray Brandenburg, and a son, Gary Ingram, died previously. Survivors include her children, Dennis Ingram of Hebron, Doug Ingram of Ashland, Deborah Fritts and Kendall Brandenburg, both of Covington; siblings, Leonard Duff Jr., Phyllis Smith, Dorothy Brandenburg and Betty Margret Offutt; 11 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren. Burial was at Mother of God Cemetery.

Jess W. Leffler, 87, of Independence, died Feb. 20, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. He was an electrician, retired from U.S. Playing Card Co. and was a U.S. Navy World War II veteran. He was a member of Oak Ridge Baptist Church, Bradford Masonic Lodge No. 123 F&AM of Independence and Scottish Rite of Covington. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and golfing, and was an avid University of Kentucky basketball fan. A daughter, Vicki Leffler, died in 2003. Survivors include his wife, Jerre Powers Leffler; daughters, Peggy Williams of Walton and April Stutler of Alpharetta, Ga.; sons, Paul Leffler of Covington, Charles Leffler of Brookeville, Md., and Richard Leffler of Independence; sister, Frankie Sue Vargason of Covington; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Burial was at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens. Memorials: American Heart Association.

William Hicks William Robert Hicks, 34, of Verona, died Feb. 22, 2012. Survivors include his sons, David, William Jr. and Christian Hicks; parents, Bill and Sheila McMurray; sisters, Shawna Hicks, Cassie Slusher and Michelle McMurray; stepsisters, Lisa Smith and Kathy McMurray; four nieces; and two nephews. Burial was at Highland Cemetery, Fort Mitchell.

Naomi Marksberry Naomi Alene Marksberry, 95, of Dry Ridge, died Feb. 15, 2012. She was a beautician and a member of Dry Ridge Christian Church. Her husband, Eugene Marksberry; brother, Harold Miller; and a granddaughter, Carla Dills, died previously. Survivors include her daughters, Gwen Dills of Dry Ridge and Mary Jo Kinmon of Williamstown; sons, Charles Marksberry of Hebron and Larry Marksberry of Albuquerque, N.M.; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and two step grandchildren. Burial was in Hill Crest Cemetery, Dry Ridge. Memorials: Dry Ridge Christian Church.

Rev. David Hocker Rev. David E. Hocker, 77, of Verona, died Feb. 19, 2012, at his residence. He was the founding pastor of Verona’s First Full Gospel Church of God and was a current member of the Community Family Church. He was a truck driver for Modern Motors of Cincinnati and a member of the Teamsters Local Union No. 100. Survivors include his wife, Berniece “Janie” Brockman Hocker; son, David Lee Hocker of Florence; daughters, Donna J. Baker of Florence, P. Darlene Dixon of Verona and Debbie F. Wood of Walton; brother, Rev. Marvin D. Hocker of Camden, Ohio; sister, Josephine Robinson of Verona; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Burial was in New Bethel Cemetery, Verona. Memorials: Community Family Church Building Fund, 11875 Taylor Mill Road, Independence, KY 41051.

member of Sand Run Baptist Church in Hebron. His wife, Patricia E. Qualls Merrell; and stepson, Danny Joe Ballard, died previously. Survivors include his sons, Charles Merrell Jr. and Randy L. Merrell, both of Hebron; daughter, Cathy N. Merrell of Hebron; sisters, Betty L. Taylor of Burlington and Evelyn Taylor of Florence; brother, Rev. William H. Merrell of Hebron; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Interment was at Sand Run Cemetery.

Christian Cemetery, Walton. Memorials: American Diabetes Association; Paint Lick Baptist Church; or Florence Baptist Church at Mt. Zion Music Ministry or children's playground, 642 Mt. Zion Road, Florence, KY 41042.

Richard Romer Richard J. Romer, 61, of Florence, died Feb. 16, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Florence. He worked for BWAY Corp. for 46 years. His father, William J. Romer Sr., died previously. Survivors include his mother, Theresa Romer of Elsmere; daughter, Heather Vickers of Crittenden; siblings, Jim Romer of Burlington, Suzanne Romer of Cincinnati, Stephen Romer of Florence and Geri Brummer of Villa Hills; and granddaughter, Samantha Vickers of Elsmere. Memorials: Arthritis Foundation, 7124 Miami Ave., #A, Cincinnati, OH 45243.

Norma Moore Norma Jean Stephenson Moore, 84, of Union, died Feb. 16, 2012. She retired from food service in the Boone County School System, worked for the Credit Bureau of Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati, and was a member of Florence Baptist Church at Mt. Zion. Her husband, Leroy Moore; and five brothers, Robert, Howard, Eugene, Alfred and William Stephenson, died previously. Survivors include her daughters, Debbie Rollins, Deann McCubbin and Denise Black; sisters, Fay Sparks, Jessie Coppage, Virginia Huff, Helen Murdock, Mable Martin and Freida Stephenson-Hoerlein; brothers, James and Russell Stephenson; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Burial was in Beaver Lick

Bob Sears Bob Sears, 80, of Covington, died Feb. 22, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. He was the owner/operator of Sears Refrigeration, an avid racing fan and music lover. His daughter, Debra Lynn Walters, and sister, Virginia Flake, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Sharon Sears; son, Bob Sears Jr. of Lawrenceburg, Ind.; brothers, Charles Sears and Don Sears, both

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