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See how young and old have celebrated Christmas in our end-of-year photo package. Actually it’s been looking a lot like Christmas through most of December. See Santa at the YMCA, Breakfast With Santa, school holiday activities and, of course, Santa at Florence Mall. We’ve compiled these photos from our staffers as well as those submitted by readers at – LIFE, PAGE B1

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Growth, growth and more growth marked the past decade in Boone County, driving the need for several new schools, roads and municipal facilities. The 2000s had its share of scandals too, including the Erpenbeck and Epling controversies and the troublesome start to the Florence Freedom baseball franchise. The national economic decline was felt in Boone County – most sharply at the airport and with the foreclosure rate – but the county is poised to continue its knack for attracting national and international businesses as the economy recovers. Here are the top stories.

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Explosive growth

espite two national recessions this decade, Boone County remains one of the fastest growing counties in Kentucky. The county’s population in the 2000 census was 85,991 and it could increase to about 120,000 after the 2010 census. A once rural community is becoming more and more suburban. Unincorporated Boone County and the county’s three cities (Florence, Union and Walton) all had double-digit growth rates from 2000 to 2008, according to census data released this past July. The growth has meant some crowded roads and schools as officials try to keep infrastructure up with the pace of new people moving into the community. A wider and revamped U.S. 42 in the Union area opened this decade.

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An improved North Bend Road in Hebron should be completed sometime in the spring. The Mall Road revitalization project is scheduled to begin next year. The two-year project will add sidewalks and green medians to spruce up the city’s retail district. More road work is needed, especially improving Camp Ernst Road at Burlington Pike in Burlington. The proposed South Airfield Road would go along the southern border of the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. The new road would connect Turfway Road to a realigned Oakbrook Road.


New schools

he natural result of huge population increases is increased enrollment in public schools. Since 2000, Walton-Verona Schools saw a 48 percent increase in enrollment, 478 students. The increase required the opening of Walton-Verona Middle School in 2008. For Boone County Schools, it has been a decade of trying to keep up. Since 2000, enrollment has jumped by more than 6,500 students, a 51 percent increase. To make room for so many extra students, the district had to make additions to several schools and open four new schools, including Cooper High School in 2008. The district’s expansion will continue into the next decade as Longbranch Elementary is scheduled to open in 2010 and land is bought for a new elementary school in the Thornwilde subdivision in Hebron.

The growth has led to district struggles because state funding is largely based on the wealth of a district. Because Boone County is one of Kentucky’s wealthier counties, less funding comes in. For now, districts with explosive growth must figure out how to deal with more students every year while receiving minimal funding.

Economy good and bad


oone County was not immune from the global recession that took place in the last part of the decade. The county’s preliminary and unadjusted unemployment rate for October was 9.5 percent. In October 2000, the county’s unadjusted unemployment rate was 2.9 percent. Foreclosures have also affected the county. In 2008, 607 sales were set. This year the number decreased to 547. The vast majority of the sales were residential properties. Despite the recession, more companies are calling Boone County home. Wisconsin-based manufacturer Coating Excellence International is expected to have a new facility in Hebron working by March 1. The United States Playing Card Co. has a new facility on Gap Way in northeastern Boone County. Officials formally welcomed the company in August. Levi Strauss & Co. officially opened a new More facility in September on Langley of the Drive in decade on Hebron.

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Women’s Crisis Center wins grant The Women’s Crisis Center has received a $20,000 grant from the Weathering the Economic Storm Fund, a partnership of 19 funders, managed by The Greater Cincinnati Foundation. Th center will use the grant to help fund operating expenses of its domestic violence shelter in Northern Kentucky. Women’s Crisis Center provides the only domestic violence shelters for victims and their children in 13 Northern Kentucky counties. “This generous gift is already being put to good use at our shelter,” said Martha Malloy, the center’s interim executive director. “We are seeing an influx of clients with greater needs this year. They are staying in our shelters for longer periods than in the past and are having difficulty finding employment and the resources they need to create stability for themselves and their children. “Even as the demand for services

has increased, our agency’s reduced income has forced us to make cuts in the number of staff providing services,” she added. “It’s been a difficult year. That makes the generosity of the Weathering the Economic Storm Fund that much more significant.” The Weathering the Economic Storm Fund was created this year to help reduce the devastating effects of the economic downturn. In addition to The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, the participating funders include: Butler Foundation, Christ Church Cathedral, Clermont Community Fund of Greater Cincinnati Foundation, Ruth J. and Robert A. Conway Foundation, Thomas J. Emery Memorial, Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation, Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati, Andrew Jergens Foundation, Macy’s, Mayerson Foundation, National City Foundation, Northern Kentucky Fund of Greater Cincinnati

Foundation, Daniel and Susan Pfau Foundation, Procter & Gamble Fund of Greater Cincinnati Foundation, William Cooper Procter Fund, Scripps Howard Foundation, United Way of Greater Cincinnati, Women’s Fund of Greater Cincinnati Foundation and Craig Young Family Foundation. Women’s Crisis Center is a community-based organization that provides services to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, rape and human trafficking. The nonprofit agency serves 13 Northern Kentucky counties, operating two live-in shelters, six walk-in crisis centers and two 24-hour crisis hotlines. It provides programs and services in crisis intervention, counseling, hospital and court advocacy, community education and prevention programming, and a unique program to protect pets in domestic violence situations.

Another lawyer seeks judge seat By Paul McKibben

The list of candidates seeking a judicial post for Boone and Gallatin counties is getting even longer. Attorney Keith McMain of Burlington has filed for district court judge in Division 1 of the state’s 54th Judicial Circuit currently held by Stephen Huddleston of Warsaw. “I have spent the majority of my legal career practicing before the district court and have thoroughly

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enjoyed my time in court,” McMain said in an e-mail. “I have always felt a calling to the judiciary and after 20 years of practicing law, I feel that I possess the experience, knowledge and demeanor necessary to serve effectively as a judge.” Huddleston has said he would file after the first of the year. Gov. Steve Beshear appointed Huddleston in September to replace Judge Michael Collins who resigned in 2008 to join the senior judges program.


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Huddelston is a former Gallatin County attorney. Other candidates who have filed are assistant Boone County attorneys Jeff Smith of Union and Marcia Thomas of Hebron. Union resident Rick Brueggemann, an attorney in private practice, has also officially filed. McMain is currently a partner in the firm Noyes, McMain & Hegge in Florence. McMain said he was one of three names the state’s Judicial Nominating Commission sent to Beshear to fill Collins’ seat.

The race is non-partisan. McMain said he has been a lifelong Republican since he was 18. He is a former member of the Boone County Republican Party Executive Committee member and a precinct captain. He has resigned from both of those positions. The race will be on the Democratic, Republican and non-partisan ballots in the May 2010 primary. The top two candidates will then appear on the November general election ballot. The term is four years.

Spend New Year’s Eve helping a good cause By Paul McKibben

memorabilia, golf packages, having a chef cooking a gourmet dinner for A dinner and dance in eight in your home, jewelBoone County might be ry, wine baskets and hotel the event for those look- packages. Exactly who the aucing for a way to spend New Year’s Eve while tion will benefit hasn’t helping out a charitable been determined. Rothe said the group cause. has an outside The Benefit The event auditor audit it of Hope Charievery year. The table Auction is includes dinner, a first benefit was 7 p.m. to 1 silent auction and in October 2008 a.m. at Little dancing. Velvet that helped a Britain Carriage resident who House, 5307 Soul performs 8 had ovarian Idlewild Road, p.m. to midnight. cancer. Burlington. The To be considevening benefits those in the communi- ered to benefit from this ty who need help with year’s auction and to get tickets e-mail benemedical expenses. The event includes din- Tickets can also be ner, a silent auction and dancing. The band Velvet requested by sending a Soul performs 8 p.m. to check to P.O. Box 234, Burlington, KY 41005 or midnight. The silent auction will by visiting Little Britain happen in stages. Hebron Carriage House. The price for this year’s resident Craig Rothe said the first silent auction will benefit is $35 a person end at about 10 p.m. or including dinner, two 10:30 p.m. with the sec- drink tickets and a chamond stage ending at mid- pagne toast. For more information, night. Items include sports call 445-6939.


Clerk’s offices closed

The Boone County Clerk’s Burlington and Florence offices will be closed Thursday, Dec. 31, and Friday, Jan. 1, through the weekend. The offices will reopen on Monday, Jan. 4.

Recycle trees

Boone County and the city of Florence are offering two ways to recycle Christmas trees. County and city crews will run their snow routes to pick


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up trees curbside from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 6. Residents should have their tree out on the curb no later than 8 a.m. Crews will take the trees to a collection point. The trees will be ground into mulch. If crews need to treat wintry roads that day, tree pickup will be the next day after roads have been cleared. Trees may be dropped off at five sites before 8 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 9. • Boone County Farmer's Market, Burlington Pike and Camp Ernst Road, Burlington. • Old Florence City Building, U.S. 42 next to the Boone County Public Library’s Florence Branch, Florence • Ryle High School, Union, behind the stadium next to the big recycling bin • Walton Park (by the back ball fields), Walton

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Unemployment falls

Boone County’s unemployment rate for November decreased slightly to 9.4 percent from 9.6 percent in October, according to the state. Kentucky’s rate was 10.1 percent in November, a decrease from 10.7 percent in October.

Writers group at library

A writers group meets at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 4, at the Boone County Public Library’s Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Burlington. The group meets every other Monday night. It is for people who love to write and who want to hone their skills. One can share their work and receive feedback.

Trail work honored

The Kentucky chapter of the American Public Works Association have given its Project of the Year award in the recreation category to the Boone County Public Works and Boone County Parks departments. The award is for resurfacing of more than 1 mile of pedestrian trails at Central Park.

PVA inspections

The Boone County Property Valuation Administrator’s Office will be in the Noel Creek subdivision, Idlewilde Country Estates, Burlington Meadows, Burlington Meadows East and the rural Burlington area for reassessments during the week of Jan 4. Don’t be alarmed if you see staff members in these areas. They will be in a marked vehicle and have identification available upon request. If you have questions, please contact Boone County PVA Cindy Rich at




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Tough times at airport


he Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in Hebron is ending the decade in a slump. Cuts in flights have hurt. The airport will be not be included on a monthly report by the Bureau of Transportation Statistics beginning in 2010 because it doesn’t have at

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Epling scandal

n 2003, former Florence Finance Director Ron Epling was sentenced to 16 years in state prison after embezzling $2.8 million from the city during his 15-year tenure with the city. Epling’s thefts were discovered in December 2002. He opened a bank account with his Social Security number but called it the “City of Florence Capital Improvements Fund” and deposited city money into the account. Prosecutors contended he stole closer to $4.9 million. Epling died Oct. 10, 2003, seven months into his sentence. Money recovered from the Epling scandal is expected to be used for the World of Sports renovation in 2010.

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n 2003, Boone County opened a new Justice Center on Rogers Lane in Burlington to house state courts. Two years later, the county opened a new jail on Conrad Lane in Burlington. The Boone County Administration Building underwent some renovations. Florence added a number of recreation facilities during the last 10 years. After opening in 1998, the Florence Government Center property added the Florence Family Aquatic Center in 2003. The center features a 480-foot lazy river, a zero-depth play area and two water slides. The center cost $5 million. Filling out the government complex was the Florence/Boone County Skatepark, a 20,000square-foot concrete area for skateboards, rollerblades and bikes. The $1 million park also opened in 2003. The city also opened the $8 million Champion Window Field in 2004.

People gather in front of the Rabbit Hash General Store on Old Timers Day in September 2009.

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Florence Freedom pitcher Andy Clark throws a pitch during a June 3, 2009, baseball game at Champion Window Field. FILE PHOTO

least 1 percent of the nation’s total air traffic to qualify for the report. The FAA doesn’t consider the airport to be a large domestic hub anymore. Delta Air Lines, which operates a shrinking hub at the airport, continues to reduce the number of flights here. CVG is now Delta’s smallest domestic hub. The

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airport is on pace to have 10 million passengers in 2009. That’s a decrease from 2005 when it had 22.7 million passengers. The number of flights aren’t the only thing that changed at CVG during the decade. Key officials that once managed it are no longer there. Robert Holscher, who was the airport’s executive director for 33 years, died in October 2008. Longtime spokesman Ted Bushelman retired at the end of 2008. Officials that were to retire in 2009 were Judy Ingram, senior director of air service and marketing, Deputy Executive Director Dale Huber, William Martin, senior director of planning and development, and Dale Keith, senior director of operations.

ome builder Erpenbeck Co. collapsed this decade with almost $34 million in unpaid loans. More than 12 real estate developments in Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati were left. Subcontractors, suppliers, banks and other creditors had unpaid loans and bills. Almost 300 home buyers faced foreclosure. Bill Erpenbeck was sentenced to federal prison for 30 years. Tony Erpenbeck, Bill’s father, was convicted for putting hits out on a federal judge and a retired prosecutor. Tony was serving 70 months in federal prison for tampering with a witness in Bill’s fraud case.

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lorence’s professional baseball team had its inaugural season in 2004. The Frontier League Florence Freedom had troubles early. Shortly after the opening season, the team’s owners, Northern Kentucky Professional Baseball LLC, filed for bankruptcy, facing $9 million in debt. Edgewood businessman Clint Brown purchased the

team for $3 million. The team plays in the Florence-owned Champion Window Field, an $8 million, 4,500-seat stadium. In a controversial decision, Florence City Council paid nearly $1 million to returf the stadium in 2009. The turf is expected to allow the stadium to be used for more events throughout the year. In 2009, the stadium hosted about 200 youth baseball games in addition to the Freedom home games.

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Rabbit Hash shines


merica and really the world should know at least something about Rabbit Hash, Ky., after this decade. The tiny unincorporated community in southwestern Boone County was in a documentary and a cable channel show this decade. Both received media attention. In 2004, the documentary film “Rabbit Hash: Center of the Universe” debuted. The cable channel Animal Planet in 2006 aired a special called “Mayor Dog” about canine Mayor Junior Cochran. Actor Ben Stein narrated the program. The International Herald Tribune published an Associated Press photo of Election Day 2008 at the Rabbit Hash General Store. Later that month, a crew for a Japanese television program visited the town.

Long-term leaders


oone County JudgeExecutive Gary Moore and Florence Mayor Diane Whalen have been in office the entire decade. Both were elected in 1998. Moore starts the next decade facing what might be his toughest political challenge yet with Boone County Commissioner Cathy Flaig challenging him for reelection in the 2010 Republican primary. The county has enjoyed considerable growth and prosperity during Moore’s tenure. How much of that is

Diane Whalen because of him will be a question voters will have to determine in the new year. The county’s 2009 property tax rate for real estate is the lowest among Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties. New businesses have moved into the county. Moore’s tenure hasn’t been without controversy. He supported a ballot question that would have a created a special property tax for the county’s parks. Voters soundly rejected it in the 2008 general election. Moore has faced heat for a trails and greenways study the Boone County Planning Commission worked on but then discarded after public opposition. During Whalen’s tenure, Florence welcomed the aquatic center, skate park and the Florence Freedom. Whalen was re-elected in both 2002 and 2006, running technically unopposed in 2006 after her opponent Tom Dusing dropped out of the race a day before the election because being mayor conflicted with his state job. During her time in office, Whalen saw the city’s budget grow from $16.6 million in 2000 to $53.5 million for the 2010 fiscal year. Whalen has already filed to run for re-election in the November 2010 election.

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Florence Elem. donates about 400 pairs of shoes By Justin B. Duke

Shoes from Florence are about to go worldwide. Students from Florence Elementary collected close to 400 pairs of shoes, 200 slippers and 200 socks to go to local, national and international charities. The collection came as part of a

third-grade service learning project. “The children did some brainstorming on how we could best help children around the world,” said teacher Amy Lawrence. Students decided they wanted to cover the feet of those less fortunate and did research on charities to receive them. They voted to give shoes to

Soles4souls, a Navaho/Hopi Indian Reservation and the Northern Kentucky Children’s Home. As the program grew, other grades wanted to get involved. In addition to the shoes, socks and slippers, about $250 was donated to help shipping costs. “I’m always very proud of the kids,” Lawrence said. The community of Florence

Elementary is always quick to help, even as the economy made things harder for families, Lawrence said. “One of the things we always teach is that no matter how bad you have it, someone always has it worse,” she said. The big response for the shoe drive didn’t surprise Principal Charlie Walton because that’s just

how the community is. “They understand the importance of helping and sharing what they have,” Walton said. That mentality comes from the top down, he said. “We have a staff that is focused on service,” Walton said.

Future teachers job shadow

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Trash for Cash

Teachers and staff from Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Burlington took part in the “Trash For Cash” program offered through Boone County Public Works. The group picked up trash along a 3-mile stretch of road collecting $300 to benefit former principal Ed Colina’s foundation.

A group of Conner High School students just can’t get enough of school. The students are members of the Future Educators Association. The group boasts close to 20 members who are looking toward a career in education. Throughout the school year, members will attend conferences and competitions. Regularly students will visit elementary and middle schools to shadow teachers. “The greatest way to know if you want to be a teacher is to spend some time in the classroom,” said group sponsor Jillian Maher. Actually being in a classroom is a good “reality check” for what teaching is really like, said junior Kayla Schiraldi.

“It’s a great opportunity to find if you want to do it or not,” said club president Amy Shirden. Shadowing lets the group see how teachers deal with students who goof off in class, Shirden said. “I learned how to keep (students) focused,” Schiraldi said. Next year the group may get a boost. Retired teacher Susan Sorrell presented the curriculum for a Principles of Teaching class at Conner that she anticipates will be added to the school’s schedule. Having a group of students who are excited about teaching while they are still in high school is an honor to the teachers at Conner, Maher said. “It says a lot about the quality of the teaching here,” she said. A significant amount of current teachers at Conner are graduates of Conner, Maher said.

Boone offers classes

Babysitting, swing dancing, decorating brownies, and golf lessons are just some of the activities and classes that will be offered in the winter/spring session of the Boone County Community Education program. Registration will be Jan. 12 online at, or in person from noon to 6 p.m. at the Boone County Staff Development Center, 99 Center St. Registrations after Jan. 12 will be online or on school days from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Boone County Board of Education office, 8330 U.S. 42. Some other classes will include photography, using Microsoft Word, playing guitar, boating, writing novels, speaking Spanish, selling items on eBay, rug weaving and self defense for women. Where do the ideas for such a mixture of courses come from? "People request classes and we try to fill them with an expert teacher, or people offer to teach them and we give them a try," said program coordinator Laurie Walton. "Most classes are back by popular demand." Some courses are just one day, while others are multiple days. Most require a fee, and some are age-restricted. Space is limited in each class, and class locations will be throughout the county, including several in Boone County schools. Some recreational activities, such as volleyball and dodge ball for those 25 years and older, are also being offered through the program. All courses and activities will take place in January, February, March and April. For more information, call 859282-4628 or 859-282-3314. Kentucky News Service


2,000 receive flu shots

In collaboration with the Northern Kentucky Health Department and the Department of Catholic Schools, Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Burlington was the Boone County site for a H1N1 flu vaccination clinic on Dec. 1. In five hours approximately 2,000 doses of the vaccine were expected to be administered.

Helping the shelter

Kelly Elementary Student Council collected items for the Boone County Animal Shelter. Students donated food, blankets and cleaning supplies. On Nov. 2 the fourth- and fifthgrade Student Council members delivered the items to the shelter and received a tour of the facility. They also had the opportunity to spend time with a few of the animals. Back row: Mike DiMera, Clint Chaffee, Emma Chaffee, Truly Withorn and Toni Baker. Front row: Dale Mastin, Sydney Craddock and Blair Cupps.

WV Schools signs billboard lease By Justin B. Duke

Billboards are one step closer to Walton-Verona Schools. The Walton-Verona Schools Board of Education voted Dec. 17 to enter into a lease agreement with Lamar Advertising Co. to install billboards on the district’s athletic complex. The agreement could bring the district as much as $36,000 a year in additional revenues with regular increases over time.

The billboards would be seen from Interstate 71. And the Board of Education would have the final say in the content advertised on the billboards. Before the billboards go up, they have to be approved by the Boone County Planning Commission and the Kentucky Department of Transportation, which the Board of Education is looking to Lamar to help comply with the requests of both entities. “They won’t go out and put money into that endeavor until we

have the lease,” said Superintendent Bill Boyle. The district has had “productive” talks with both the county and state offices, Boyle said. “We’re cautiously optimistic,” he said. The billboards will be built and maintained fully by Lamar, so they will function as a continual revenue stream for the district that requires no money from the district, Boyle said. “I hope the county will understand the financial situation the

school districts are in and support us in as many private financial endeavors as will benefit the schools,” he said. The district’s goal for the billboards is to provide regular funding for Walton-Verona athletics, Boyle said. “We want it to be self-sufficient,” he said. If the billboards are built, Lamar will pay the first year’s money up front.



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Boone County 2009 graduate Jacy Bradley looks to pass during the Rebels’ Sweet 16 win over Rowan County March 12. Boone lost in the second round, and Bradley is playing for Division I Saint Louis.


Ryle’s Jacob Bradford celebrates the end of his state title win in wrestling Feb. 21.

Decade ends in style High schools in Boone County had a lot to celebrate on the athletic fields and gym floors in 2009. Here is a sampling of some of the best pictures and highlights from the year.


St. Henry senior Maria Frigo wins the 1A regional cross country in November, running the last half of the race with just one shoe.


Current Cooper senior Michelle Canterna won the long jump May 23 at the Class 3A state meet, becoming Cooper’s first-ever state champion.


Walton-Verona junior Trevin Petersen (blue shirt, center) leads the pack near the beginning of the Class 1A state cross country meet Nov. 14 at Kentucky Horse Park. Petersen would win the state championship. Current senior Jacob McIntyre is to the left.


Heritage 2009 graduate Ryan Saint-Blancard stands at center court on Heritage Academy’s new wooden floor. He scored his 1,000th career point in January.


Walton-Verona senior Cory Taylor moves the ball forward during the Bearcats’ 13-7 win over Gallatin County Aug. 22.

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December 31, 2009


Successful decade for Boone County sports

Here is a look at some of the top sports events in Boone County in the 2000s.

Minor league baseball

The Florence Freedom became an expansion baseball franchise in the independent Frontier League for the 2003 season. The franchise survived a tumultuous first two years to achieve stability under current owner Clint Brown, although the team has yet to qualify for the league playoffs. Florence hosted the league All-Star Game in 2007 to a sellout crowd. The team played its first season in Hamilton, Ohio, and debuted in the new Champion Window Field in June 2004. The off-field legal and financial problems of owner Chuck Hildebrant overshadowed the on-field struggles that season. The Freedom rebounded in 2005 under Brown and new field manager Jamie Keefe, going 53-42 and barely missing the playoffs.

St. Henry basketball

St. Henry District High School became a smallschool darling on the basketball scene in 2003. The Crusaders won the All “A” Classic state championship in boys’ hoops, defeating Rose Hill Christian and current NBA star O.J. Mayo in the final. The Crusaders then won the postseason title in the Ninth Region and advanced to the Sweet 16. There, they played Mason County and eventual University of Tennessee star Chris Lofton in the first round. St. Henry lost a tense two-point game to Mason, who went on to win the state championship.

How ‘Sweet 16’ it was

The three oldest Boone County school districts also made trips to the Sweet 16 in basketball in the 2000s. Coach Nell Fookes led

Boone County to three girls’ state tournaments - 2004, 2006 and 2009. Fookes also climbed the record books this decade. She began the 2009-10 season with 548 career wins, the best in Northern Kentucky history and top-six all-time in the state. In 2008, the Conner girls’ team reached the state tourney for the first time since 1991, compiling a 28-6 record. In 2002, the Ryle boys’ team made the Sweet 16 for the first time in school history. Justin Doellman, the Ninth Region player of the year that season, went on to become Ryle’s all-time leading scorer and had an outstanding career at Xavier.

Ryle wins softball title

Northern Kentucky teams had not been much of a factor in the state fastpitch softball tournament until the Ryle Raiders broke through to win the state title in 2006. It was the first team state championship in school history, and came just two weeks after the death of Principal Randy Cooper. The Raiders devoted their postseason to their fallen leader and wore armbands with his initials on them in the school’s orange colors. It was the sophomore year for pitcher Kirsten Allen, who rewrote the state record books in her varsity career before going on to the University of Oklahoma, one of the nation’s top Division I college programs. She has the state’s career records for wins (142), shutouts (110), strikeouts (1,865) and nohitters (41) among others.

Alexander’s NFL history

The Boone County High School legend began the decade by becoming the 19th pick in the 2000 NFL draft by the Seattle Seahawks. By the 2001 season he was a full-time starter and began one of the best five-year stretches of any

NFL running back in history. That culminated in the 2005 season, when he was the NFL Most Valuable Player after rushing for 1,880 yards and 27 touchdowns while leading the Seahawks to the first Super Bowl appearance in team history. His Seahawks played the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium in 2003, and Alexander made an appearance at a Boone County football game that weekend. During the decade, Boone County High School renamed one of the entry streets onto campus in his honor. Alexander struggled after his MVP season and is currently out of the league, but has an impressive 9.453 career rushing yards and 100 rushing TDs.

Running dynasty

St. Henry District High School has been synonymous with great track and cross country teams at the Class 1A level. In cross country, the boys’ team has won the last eight state championships and have claimed the individual title in four of those years: Chris Danks (2002), Reggie Bieger (2005) and Gordy Dooley (2006-07). The girls’ team has won six team titles since 2003, and Jenna Siemer claimed the individual crown in 2003 and 2004. The dominance continued in track. St. Henry won five straight team girls’ titles from 2004-08. Gordy Dooley was one of the most decorated runners in Kentucky during the decade. In addition to his cross country titles, he won five distance state titles in track and participated in several title-winning relays. In all, St. Henry won 27 individual event state titles in track and 10 in relays.

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BRIEFLY This week in basketball

• Boone County High School girls beat Lexington Lafayette 71-43, Dec. 22, in the Northern Exposure Classic third place game. Moss was Boone’s top-scorer with 26 points. Boone’s Kayla Robertson scored two points; Davis scored 10; Megan Spicer scored three; Cortney Sellars scored four, including one three-pointer; Stacie

Shrout scored five, including one three-pointer; Annie Browning scored seven, including one three-pointer; Heather Sandlin scored four; Lydia Nash scored eight and Elizabeth Switzer scored two points. • Ryle High School girls beat Owensboro Catholic 6951 in the Republic Bank Holiday Classic, Dec. 22. Dawn Johnson was Ryle’s top-scorer with 23 points, including


one three-pointer. Ryle’s Ashley Cheesman scored eight points, including two threepointers; Liz Meyer scored four; Jenna Crittendon scored 12; Abby Jump scored 17, including five three-pointers; Mckell Oliverio scored four and Lauren Zembrodt scored one point.

defense, the Ryle football team reached the state football finals for the first time in 2006. The Raiders lost 41-7 to Trinity in the 4A championship. The Raiders became the first team located in the county to reach a state final since Boone County in 1994. The same year, Covington Catholic, with several Boone residents on its roster, won the Class 3A state championship, its only title in the decade. Other local schools had a strong decade on the gridiron. The Boone County Rebels had a winning record every year until 2009, compiling a 74-47 overall record and reaching the state semifinals in 2004 and 2007. Conner had an up-anddown decade, but the upswing was memorable, as the Cougars scored perfect 10-0 regular seasons in 2003 and 2004.

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Turfway Park’s biggest stakes race was renamed in 2002 after sponsor Lane’s End and continued to be one of the major prep races for the Kentucky Derby. Among notable horses in the Lane’s End this decade, Birdstone won the 2004 Belmont Stakes after finishing fifth at Turfway. Hard Spun, the 2007 Lane’s End winner, was fourth or better in all three Triple Crown races.

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Ryle grapples to top

The Ryle Raiders were one of the state’s top wrestling programs during the decade. The Raiders were team state runner-up in 2005 and 2008, and enters the new decade with a shot at the 2010 state title. Ryle claimed 10 individual state championships in the 2000’s, including Jake Bradford (2009), Bryan Peace (2007-08), Mason Reid (2007-08), Kyle Ruschell (2004-05), Rob Aylor (2005), Derrick Fassbender (2003) and Jordan Blackmore (2001). Kyle Ruschell was Most Outstanding Wrestler of the state meet in 2005.

Ryle’s national splash

Ryle’s Cory Chitwood concluded one of the best swimming careers of any Northern Kentucky swimmer in 2007. He finished with three event state titles and won the world championship in the 200 backstroke in a major international meet in Brazil. Chitwood, now at the University of Arizona, qualified for five events in the 2008 Olympic Trials and could contend for Olympic berths in 2012. Boone County celebrated two diving state champions this decade as well. Conner’s

McKenzie Long won the girls’ diving title in 2004 before going on to dive for the University of Louisville. St. Henry’s Mitch Kellerman won the boys’ title in 2006 and competes at Eastern Michigan.

W-V has big decade

The small-school Bearcats had several athletic milestones during the decade. A strong track and cross country program produced several of them, as the Bearcats won the girls’ Class 1A team state championship in 2006, the only team state title in any sport in school history. Gretchen Lussi won the Class 1A girls’ 300 hurdles in 2007, and Trevin Petersen won the boys’ individual state cross country title in 2009. The basketball teams galvanized the community this decade, as the girls’ basketball squad reached the semifinals of the All “A” Classic state tournament in 2000, and the boys’ team did the same in 2004. The boys’ team ended its season that year with a hard-fought 10point loss to powerhouse Scott County in the 32nd District Tournament. By the end of the decade, the growth in southern Boone County allowed the school to build a new athletic complex and add football and wrestling.

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Vote for Grayson

Rand Paul wants to be our senator. Why should we elect him? Rand Paul has demonstrated his failure in making good choices. His choice for a campaign spokesperson, Chris Hightower, showed his true colors in posting racial comments on his MySpace Web site page. If Rand Paul can’t be trusted to choose better than someone promoting racist views

for a campaign spokesperson, than how can he be trusted to make good decisions for Kentucky? That’s why I support Trey Grayson for Senate. He makes the right choices and he is the right choice for Kentucky. Keith Sherman Breckenridge Lane Hebron

CH@TROOM Last week’s question

Do the recent developments concerning Tiger Wood, and the death of Chris Henry, change the way you look at professional athletes? “Let’s not forget that professional athletes are people just like everyone else. Even with all of their fame and fortune they have their struggles with demons, perhaps even more so. Here were two men who had so much talent, it is so sad that they both met their demise in the manner that they have. At the end of the day we all will leave this world in the same way by taking our last breath, let’s hope that we have made a positive impact on the world left behind. Both of these men have children who are suffering greatly, I hope and pray that they can find relief, know they have been loved by their fathers and move beyond all the sadness they are now experiencing.” S.W. “Professional sports are overrated and the players overpaid. Thankfully, I don’t do sports! If athletes were paid on a “performance-based” method many would not have enough money to feed their family or their drug habits. I used to enjoy watching Tiger Woods play golf on TV occasional-

Next question What do you think is the most important issue facing the upcoming session of Kentucky General Assembly, which begins Jan. 5? Send your response to with “chatroom” in the subject line. ly ... he’s a ‘has been’ now and will never recover from this scandal ... what a waste! I hope Elin takes him to the cleaners and enjoys her new home in Sweden.” Florence “No, not at all. I don’t hold any of them up to any standards. Most of them are a bunch of overpaid, whiney babies! Too bad about Chris as it did look as if he was trying to get his act together.” Duke “Tiger Wood has disappointed many people who viewed him as a role model. Chris Henry’s death is so very sad since it brought an early final chapter to a life that had hope for a happier ending. It is disturbing to see so many highprofile athletes who fail at the important aspects of life. Talent is a gift from God.” G.G.

Calendar contest winner


First-grade student Aiden Putnam of New Haven Elementary School received his “Quit the Littering!” Coloring Calendar Contest award from Judge/Executive Gary Moore at the Dec. 22 Boone County Fiscal Court meeting in Burlington. Also pictured is Commissioner Terri Moore.





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General Assembly at a glance As public servants, legislators confront many issues, potentially impacting citizens across the Commonwealth. We convene next Tuesday, facing unprecedented and multifaceted challenges. Given the lagging economy and Kentucky’s upcoming fiscal year’s economic and revenue forecast, the 2010-2012 Biennial Budget will be the most prominent and complex challenge before the 2010 General Assembly. Many Kentuckians are out of work and services are strained. Kentucky has borrowed over $450 million dollars from the “federal unemployment account” to meet benefit payments to Kentucky’s unemployed workers. Projections are that businesses and industries will continue to be exceedingly cautious about expanding production and employment. Due to the depth and duration of the current national recession, an immediate and robust recovery appears unlikely. I have met with many of you and I know that Kentucky families, and businesses are struggling. I remain confident our job market and economy will turn around, but it will be slower than many of us would hope. Frankfort’s current economic and budgetary challenge directs us to carefully examine and surgically refine spending practices across state government to ensure Kentucky citizens and taxpayers the best fiscal practices. I remain committed to work diligently on the matters that

impact your lives everyday and I know that educating Boone County’s children is a No. 1 priority. Even during the current economic State Rep. challenges we Addia must strive to Wuchner avoid deeper cuts in education Community and continue to Recorder protect base guest SEEK funding. Last session columnist we passed legislation I had worked on that can benefits schools like Boone County and Walton Verona as it allows a midyear recalculation for growth districts and addresses some of the SEEK inequities that have unfairly penalized our school districts for years. Yet, as long as we have Boone County children attending class in trailers, our work is far from over. I believe education, public protection and vital services in the commonwealth will remain at risk, until we systemically prioritize and streamline state spending, focus on transparency across state government and minimize topheavy government bureaucracy. We must engage public policies that are outcomes driven and demonstrate best practices. There are some discussions on addressing Kentucky’s tax code which puts a tremendous strain on our citizens and businesses. To improve the environment for job

I believe education, public protection and vital services in the commonwealth will remain at risk, until we systemically prioritize and streamline state spending. growth we need to explore restructuring our tax laws. Reform of tax codes could help stimulate the economy while developing a stable revenue source without reaching further into the pockets of our citizens. The following are just a few pieces of legislation that I am sponsoring this session. Bill Request 62: Education – The Early Assessment and Reading Interventions Act. BR 61: Healthy Kids Act 2010 – Physical activity for elementary school children. BR 63: Pediatric Abusive Head Trauma (Shaken Baby Syndrome) – A Comprehensive State Awareness and Prevention Initiative. BR 473: Prison Industries – Put them to work; cost sharing and inmate recidivism. This will be a challenging session with many uncertainties. As your voice in Frankfort, you may be assured of my focus and efforts on behalf of you, your families and Kentucky businesses. Please do not hesitate to contact me in Frankfort at 502-564-8100 or State Rep. Addia Wuchner, R-Florence represents the 66th District in the Kentucky House of Representatives.

Staying safe this winter Every year more than 3,000 people die in residential structure fires. A majority of these homes did not have a working smoke alarms and that is why the United States Fire Administration has initiated the “Install. Inspect. Protect” Campaign. The Hebron Fire Protection District and fire departments across the Tristate and the country are stepping up their efforts to educate the community about the dangers of not having a working smoke alarm in their homes. This is a collaborative effort to reduce fire deaths and injuries across the nation by urging residents to install smoke alarms in their homes and inspect and maintain them on a regular basis. Last year between Thanksgiving and New Years, a span of less the 40 days, the Tristate was inundated with an unusually high number of residential fires. Many of these involved fire fatalities of both children and adults, and have various causes of origin. Working smoke alarms and sprinklers save lives. While the message is simple, statistics show that Americans need to pay more attention to not only installing, but maintaining the smoke alarms in their homes. A smoke alarm with a dead or missing battery is the same as no smoke alarm at all. Research has proven that the following fire safety practices work: 1. Installing and maintaining smoke alarms and residential fire sprinklers; 2. Practicing fire escape plans; and, 3. Performing a home safety walk-through to remove fire hazards from homes. A working smoke alarm can help residents escape a deadly

home or apartment fire. It can also help save the lives of firefighters who would otherwise have to risk their lives by searching a burning Mike home for resiFronimos dents. A working Community smoke alarm Recorder c o n t i n u o u s l y guest scans the air for columnist smoke, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It never sleeps. According to the National Fire Protection Association, in 20032006, almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. No smoke alarms were present in 40 percent of the home fire deaths and in 23 percent of the home fire deaths, smoke alarms were present, but did not sound. Installing and maintaining residential fire sprinklers is also important to helping save lives. When both smoke alarms and fire sprinklers are present in a home, the risk of dying in a fire is reduced by 82 percent, when compared to a residence without either. While candles, Christmas trees, and other decorations are part of the holiday spirit, they can pose fire and poisoning hazards, especially to curious children. Safe Kids USA, the United States Fire Administration and fire departments across the Tristate remind parents and caregivers to take a few precautions when decorating during the holiday season but throughout the winter. The most dangerous time of the

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The most dangerous time of the year for injuries and deaths from fire is during the winter. Each year, approximately 450 children ages 14 and under die in residential fires; children under the age of 5 are at the greatest risk. year for injuries and deaths from fire is during the winter. Each year, approximately 450 children ages 14 and under die in residential fires; children under the age of 5 are at the greatest risk. In 2005, candles started an estimated 15,600 home fires in the United States, and the top four days for candle fires are around Christmas and New Year's, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Fireplaces, chimneys, and wood (or pellet) stoves are another area of particular concern when it comes to fire safety. They can give us much comfort and pleasure, and yet, if they're used improperly or not maintained, they are fire safety hazards, and can easily lead to tragedy. Because kerosene heaters are usually unvented, all combustion products are released into the indoor air including carbon monoxide. An improperly adjusted, fueled, or poorly maintained kerosene heater will release more pollutants. Use of a kerosene heater in a poorly ventilated home, especially in modern well insulated ones, could pose a health risk. Most manufacturers suggest that a window be left cracked open. Mike Fronimos is public information officer for the Hebron Fire Department.



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Paris Goodpaster and Paige Goodpaster, third-graders at Florence Elementary, were selected to participate in the Kicks for Kids Christmas celebration. Before the event the girls helped the elves make Christmas tags to give back to the community before the big event.



Camp Ernst Middle School teacher Donna Feldman explains cell structures to students.

Miranda Brewer and Marlie Rife get their picture taken with Santa at the R.C. Durr YMCA in Burlington.

Feldman adds technology, boosts learning By Justin B. Duke

Donna Feldman is a veteran teacher who is not afraid to learn some new tricks. With 25 years of experience under her belt, the Camp Ernst Middle School science teacher is still looking for new ways to connect her students with the content, and her biggest tool has been technology. “If you want to reach them on their level, you have to keep up with the technology,” Feldman said. “Feldman loves to see her students learn. She’s quick to tell them, “the more you learn the more you earn.” She’s finding stu-



Faith Evans and her horse DeeCee are decked out for the holidays. She is the daughter of Bobby and Karen Evans of Union.

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dents learn best when teaching is aided by technology. “This has been a learning process for her and in my opinion has really come a long way to learn different aspects of technology so that she could pass on what she has learned to her students and enhance their learning experiences,” said Principal Eric McArtor. Understanding new tools like smart boards isn’t natural for Feldman. “I can’t even text,” she said. But the hard work is paying off when she sees her students learning. To nominate an educator for “Teacher of the Month,” contact

THINGS TO DO Loni Love, who has made numerous appearances on Comedy Central, CNN, Nickelodeon, E! and VH1, will performing standup at the Funny Bone at Newport on the Levee Dec. 31 through Jan. 3. Love’s television appearances include “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn,” VH1’s “I Love the 70s/80s/90s,” “Vh1’s The Great Debate” and “Comics Unleashed” among numerous others. For times and tickets visit or call 957-2000.

Kileigh and Caylee visiting Santa at Florence Mall.

Sheri Neu, executive assistant with the Boone County Fiscal Court, is dressed as Mrs. Claus. Neu holds her granddaughter Payton Jeanine Arnzen. Neu has been playing Mrs. Claus for Boone County Parks’ Breakfast with Santa.


Walton residents put up these Christmas decorations at 456 Withers Lane.


Magician Paul Dalholt, called Presto Paul, performs at a carnival.

New Year’s Day Brunch Magic and wings

Chez Nora in Covington will be having a New Year’s Day Brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Not only will the brunch feature food, but entertainment as the Phil Blank Blues Band will be performing on the rooftop. For more information, visit or call 4918027. Chez Nora is located at 530 Main St. in the heart of the MainStrasse Village.

Magician Presto Paul will perform from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. during Family Night at Buffalo Wild Wings in Florence Monday, Jan. 4. Presto Paul is known for his ability to perform up-close magic while providing his audience with laughs. To find out more about the performer, visit or contact the restaurant at 746-9464. Buffalo Wild Wings is located at 8840 Bankers St.

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Jeff Gaunce of Solo Flight plays lots of Christmas carols at the annual Walton Christmas on Main.


Jake Wethington, 5, of Florence talks to his friend Clay Duckworth, 5, also of Florence about the storybook they got from Santa at the Breakfast with Santa event.


Isabel Galindo, 3, of Florence sits down to read her book that she received from Santa at the Breakfast with Santa Dec. 10.


Anthony Jump, a third-grader at Florence Elementary, was selected to participate in the Kicks for Kids Christmas celebration. Before the event Anthony helped the elves make Christmas tags to give back to the community before the big event.


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Light Up the Levee Holiday Light Show, 6 p.m. Newport on the Levee, 1 Levee Way, In front of Barnes & Noble 6:10 p.m. Featuring LED lights dancing in synchronization to holiday music. Shows every 20 minutes with last show at 11:50 p.m. and pre-programmed to take place 18 times nightly. Free. 291-0550; Newport.


Scuba Santa’s Water Wonderland, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Newport Aquarium, Newport on the Levee, Holiday decorations throughout Aquarium, Scuba Santa’s Post Office and Reindeer Roundup game. Scuba-diving Santa Claus performs in dive shows with sharks daily. Included with admission: $20, $13 ages 2-12. 261-7444; Newport. Christmas at the Creation Museum, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Holiday musicals and planetarium presentation of “The Christmas Star” inside museum, tickets required. Creation Museum, 2800 Bullittsburg Church Road, Outdoors. Nativity scene with actors in firstcentury Bethlehem, Christmas light display and an archaeological presentation explaining the replica of a Bethlehem home for the infant’s birth. Included with admission: $21.95 ages 13-59; $16.95 ages 60 and up; $11.95 ages 5-12; free military, police and firefighters; free ages 4 and under. 888582-4253. Petersburg. Ride the Ducks: Land and Lights Tour, 5 p.m. Newport on the Levee, 1 Levee Way, Hour long land-only tour encompassing many of the area’s best light displays and holiday traditions. Dress warmly. Please purchase tickets at least 15 minutes prior to tour time. $15, $11 ages 2-12. Reservations required. 815-1439. Newport.


Phil Blank Blues Band, 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Chez Nora, 530 Main St. 491-8027. Covington.


Cincy Rockers, 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Guys ‘n’ Dolls Restaurant and Nightclub, 4210 Alexandria Pike, DJ music and dancing continues to 2 a.m. $5. 441-4888. Cold Spring.


Jeff Kanzler and Cold Country, 9 p.m. Southgate House, 24 E. Third St. Free. 4312201. Newport.


Lee Stolar Trio, 7:30 p.m. Dee Felice Cafe, 529 Main St. With John Von Ohlen. 2612365; Covington. New Year’s Day Jazz, 7:30 p.m. Lee Stolar Trio performs. Dee Felice Cafe, 529 Main St. 261-2365; Covington.


Horseshoes and Handgrenades, 7:30 p.m. With Gabriels Hounds, Pumpkin Slut and Death Broker. Mad Hatter, 620 Scott Blvd. $5. 291-2233; Covington. Just Like Monsters EP Release, 9:30 p.m. With The Shy Spots, The Never Setting Suns and Super Tuesday. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. Southgate House, 24 E. Third St. $8 ages 18-20, $5 ages 21 and up. 431-2201. Newport.

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Zumba Fitness, 10 a.m. Frank Duveneck Arts & Cultural Center, 1232 Greenup St. Dance to variety of Latin rhythms. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Beginners welcome. Teens and adults. $5. 491-3942. Covington.


Scuba Santa’s Water Wonderland, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Newport Aquarium, Included with admission: $20, $13 ages 2-12. 261-7444; Newport. Holiday Toy Trains are on Track, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Largest interactive holiday train display in Northern Kentucky with more than 25 stations for children. Layout features 250 feet of track and Lionel, Marx and Plasticville toy trains and sets from past and present. Family friendly. $7, $6 seniors, $4 ages 3-17. 491-4003; Covington. Christmas at the Creation Museum, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Holiday musicals and planetarium presentation of “The Christmas Star” inside museum, tickets required. Creation Museum, Included with admission: $21.95 ages 13-59; $16.95 ages 60 and up; $11.95 ages 5-12; free military, police and firefighters; free ages 4 and under. 888582-4253. Petersburg. Ride the Ducks: Land and Lights Tour, 5 p.m. Newport on the Levee, $15, $11 ages 2-12. Reservations required. 815-1439. Newport.


The Gourmet Strip: Dining, Entertainment and Gambling, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. BehringerCrawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Celebrate this mystical stretch of Dixie Highway from Covington through Florence that was know for its dining establishments such as the White Horse Tavern and Greyhound Grill; first-class entertainment at Lookout House; and illegal gambling. $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17, members free. 4914003; Covington.


Phil Blank Blues Band, 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Chez Nora, 491-8027. Covington. Sonny’s Solo Blues, 9 p.m.-midnight, Claddagh Irish Pub Newport, One Levee Way, 581-8888; Newport.


Woodwind Steel, 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Guys ‘n’ Dolls Restaurant and Nightclub, 4210 Alexandria Pike, DJ music and dancing continues to 2 a.m. $5. 441-4888. Cold Spring.


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The Koala Fires CD Release, 9:30 p.m. With Amo Joy, The Harlequins and The Guitars. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. Southgate House, 24 E. Third St. $8 ages 18-20, $5 ages 21 and up. 431-2201. Newport. Cougar Ace, 8 p.m. With Another Tragedy, This Divine Tragedy, A Continuous Now and Angry Throttle. Mad Hatter, 620 Scott Blvd. $5. 291-2233; Covington. Action Camp, 9:30 p.m. With Duppy A Jamba and The Flux Capacitors. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. Southgate House, 24 E. Third St. $8, ages 18-20, $5 ages 21 and up. 431-2201. Newport. Kate Haralson, 9 p.m. Southgate House, 24 E. Third St. Juney’s Lounge. With Pete Dressman and Rebecca Williams. Ages 21 and up. Free. 431-2201. Newport.


Loni Love, 7:30 p.m. Dinner available. Funny Bone Comedy Club, $15. 957-2000. Newport.



Holiday Hoopla, 7:30 p.m. Shadowbox Cabaret, Newport on the Levee, Sketch comedy shorts and music by BillWho? Dedicated to the hustle and bustle of the season. $20$30. Reservations recommended. Through Jan. 9. 581-7625. Newport.


Hula Hoop Dance, 1 p.m. Frank Duveneck Arts & Cultural Center, 1232 Greenup St. With the Cameron Cousins. 491-3942. Covington. S U N D A Y, J A N . 3


Karaoke, 10 p.m. Willie’s Sports Cafe - Covington, 401 Crescent Ave. Karaoke with Alecia. $1 Miller longnecks. Free. 581-1500. Covington.


Scuba Santa’s Water Wonderland, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Free ornament craft noon-3 p.m. while supplies last. Newport Aquarium, Included with admission: $20, $13 ages 2-12. 2617444; Newport. Holiday Toy Trains are on Track, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Behringer-Crawford Museum, $7, $6 seniors, $4 ages 3-17. 491-4003; Covington.


The Gourmet Strip: Dining, Entertainment and Gambling, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. BehringerCrawford Museum, $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17, members free. 491-4003; Covington.


Loni Love, 7:30 p.m. Dinner available. Funny Bone Comedy Club, $15. 957-2000. Newport. M O N D A Y, J A N . 4


Bright Ideas, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Artisans Enterprise Center, 25 W. Seventh St. Works celebrating color by seven Baker Hunt artists. Presented by Baker Hunt Art and Cultural Center. 2922322; Covington.


Family Night, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Buffalo Wild Wings, 8840 Bankers St. Magic and comedy by Presto Paul. Family friendly. Through March 29. 746-9464; Florence.


Holiday Toy Trains are on Track, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Behringer-Crawford Museum, $7, $6 seniors, $4 ages 3-17. 491-4003; Covington.


Karaoke, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. The Avenue Lounge, 411 Madison Ave. With DJ Will Corson. Ages 21 and up. 261-6120. Covington. T U E S D A Y, J A N . 5

ART CENTERS & ART The Krohn Conservatory holiday floral show, “Lucia’s Garden,” will be on display MUSEUMS PROVIDED

through Jan. 3. It showcases Swedish holiday traditions. The Krohn, at 1501 Eden Park Drive, is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. An end of show sale will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 5. Call 513-421-5707 or visit

Bright Ideas, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Artisans Enterprise Center, 292-2322; Covington.


The Holiday Meet at Turfway park comes to a close New Year’s Eve, but the Winter Meet will run Friday, Jan. 1, through Feb. 28. The racetrack will feature live racing Fridays through Sundays. Post time is at 5:30 p.m. Friday and 1:10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. There is an exception on New Year’s Day when the track will feature a 1:10 p.m. post time. For more information, visit


Duveneck Media Team, 4:30 p.m.-7 p.m. Frank Duveneck Arts & Cultural Center, 1232 Greenup St. Media production. Teens and adults. Through Jan. 26. 491-3942. Covington.


Line Dancing, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Lookout Heights Civic Club, 1661 Park Road, Holly and Bernie Ruschman, instructors. Beginners welcome. $6, $3 for first-timers. Presented by H & B Dance Co. 727-0904. Fort Wright.


Veil Dancing for Beginners, 6 p.m.-7 p.m. Weekly through Feb. 9. Richwood Presbyterian Church, 1070 Richwood Road, Family Center. Lose weight and learn art of Oriental dance with silk veil. For all fitness levels with any level of experience. Veil included. Ages 15 and up. $120. Registration required. Presented by Radiant Fitness. 485-1238; Richwood. CardiOriental, 7 p.m.-8 p.m. Richwood Presbyterian Church, 1070 Richwood Road, Family Center. Oriental belly dancing for fitness. No dance experience required. Lowkey, high-energy class for all fitness levels. Ages 15 and up. $60 for six weeks, $12 walk-in. Presented by Radiant Fitness. 4851238; Richwood.


The Gourmet Strip: Dining, Entertainment and Gambling, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. BehringerCrawford Museum, $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17, members free. 491-4003; Covington.


Sonny’s Solo Blues, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Claddagh Irish Pub Newport, 581-8888; Newport.


Fat Tuesday, 7 p.m. Dee Felice Cafe, 529 Main St. Royal Palm Orchestra with Bill Gemmer, director. 261-2365; Covington.

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Zumba Fitness, 6:30 p.m. Frank Duveneck Arts & Cultural Center, $5. 491-3942. Covington.


Holiday Toy Trains are on Track, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Behringer-Crawford Museum, $7, $6 seniors, $4 ages 3-17. 491-4003; Covington.

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Fiber Arts: Sewing Class, 2:30 p.m.-6 p.m. Frank Duveneck Arts & Cultural Center, 1232 Greenup St. Ages 10 and up. Volunteers with sewing skills to help younger students needed. Registration required. 491-3942; Covington.


Karaoke, 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Willie’s Sports Cafe Covington, 401 Crescent Ave. With $1 Budweiser longnecks and half-price select appetizers from 10 p.m.-midnight. Free. 5811500. Covington.


The Gourmet Strip: Dining, Entertainment and Gambling, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. BehringerCrawford Museum, $7, $6 ages 60 and up, $4 ages 3-17, members free. 491-4003; Covington.


Ricky Nye and Bekah Williams, 7:30 p.m.11:30 p.m. Chez Nora, 530 Main St. 4918027. Covington.


American Contract Bridge League Bridge Tournament, 6:30 p.m.-10 p.m. Elsmere Senior Center, $4. 689-5743; Elsmere.


Light Up the Levee Holiday Light Show, 6 p.m. Newport on the Levee, Free. 291-0550; Newport.


Holiday Toy Trains are on Track, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Behringer-Crawford Museum, $7, $6 seniors, $4 ages 3-17. 491-4003; Covington.


Holiday Hoopla, 7:30 p.m. Shadowbox Cabaret, $20-$30. Reservations recommended. 581-7625. Newport.


Underbelly, 9 p.m. Parlour. With Mike Cody, Ryan Singer, Dave Waite, Mike Cronin, Reid Faylor, Alex Stone, Sally Brooks and Ryan Fohl. Southgate House, 24 E. Third St. Local stand-up comedians perform improv, music, sketches, original characters and poetry. Ages 18 and up. $6 ages 18-20; $3 ages 21 and up. 431-2201. Newport.


Scrabble Rama!, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Bean Haus, 640 Main St. Scrabble tournament; prizes. 431-2326; Covington. American Contract Bridge League Bridge Tournament, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Elsmere Senior Center, 179 Dell St. Beginners welcome. $4. Presented by Northern Kentucky Bridge Club. 689-5743; Elsmere. W E D N E S D A Y, J A N . 6


Bright Ideas, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Artisans Enterprise Center, 292-2322; Covington. Paintings by Ryan Snow, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Frank Duveneck Arts & Cultural Center, 4913942. Covington.


Light Up the Levee Holiday Light Show, 6 p.m. Newport on the Levee, Free. 291-0550; Newport.


Welcome in 2010 at Fountain Square with the New Year’s Eve Blast 2009, beginning at 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 31. There is free ice skating and skate rental for the night, an ice bar and ice luge, soda, alcohol and snacks for purchase, a DJ, a live television crowd midnight countdown and fireworks at midnight. Parking is available at the Fountain Square garage for $5. Visit


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December 31, 2009


As time passes, we make or break ourselves Time is on our minds as we move from one year to the next. If we asked a fish “What is water?” it might say, “I don’t know,” even though it lives in it. If we are asked our insights into time (in which we live), how lucidly and credibly could we talk about it? Time is the fleeting succession of nows. It’s the succession of nows that are measured in seconds, hours, days and years that are given us between our birth and death. There is a lot supposed to be going on during this time, a lot of growth and development. Growth means to move from potentiality to actuality just as an acorn gradually grows and becomes an oak tree. Time allows a chosen transition

and countless opportunities in order to become all we were made to be. Time is expected to be creative. We might like to ask our CreFather Lou ator why we Guntzelman were made similar to acorns Perspectives needing to grow into trees? Why didn’t God make us trees right away? Why didn’t he make us in our completed, fully grown state? Why go through this puzzling and laborious growth process that is filled with risks and difficult challenges? Why go the long route? Why didn’t God create us at

point Z instead of at point A? If God created us at point Z instead of point A we would not be human beings. We would be something else. As humans we are equipped with intellects and wills. We can gradually come to know, think, weigh and choose. Because of this we can join God in our creation – or opt out. We can open ourselves to his formative grace or say “No, thanks.” Human beings are those who, as Sartre put it, make themselves, create themselves, decide themselves, choose themselves. Time is that place where this choosing takes place over and over again. The flow of time presents billions of situations calling for our choices, myriads of opportunities to transcend our previous lesser

selves, to grow more or regress. God is, God does not become. God is the same through all eternity. We are the ones called to become and move from less complete to more whole (holy). Time in itself is not automatically creative so that all we have to do is sit and wait. “The individuality of the person,” writes James Hillman, “becomes a shifting kaleidoscope, each of us becoming more unique and complex; it is the conclusion from research that ‘with increasing age there is increasing variation among individuals.’” A new year reminds us of time and urges us to take stock and see what we are becoming by living in time. To ask, “Where are my choices taking me; what kind of person am I making of myself?” “Am I

more concerned about pleasure or what I am collecting outside myself than what I am becoming within myself?” “Am I growing from a self-centered ego toward a larger concern for others?” “How would I compare my personal integrity this new year to what I was 10 years ago?” As the Rev. William Sloane Coffin put it: “Time in this world is too dangerous for anything but truth and too small for anything but love.” Father Lou Guntzelman is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Reach him at columns@community or contact him directly at P.O. Box 428541, Cincinnati, OH 45242. Please include a mailing address or fax number if you wish for him to respond.

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Creating warm memories with good food

Annie King’s creamy chocolate almond crockpot fondue

Annie, a Milford reader, shared this with me years ago. I’ve adapted it slightly. What a nice dessert for the New Year!

Spray a crockpot with nonstick spray. Put in:

12-14 oz. milk chocolate

3 tablespoons olive oil 1 scant tablespoon each: dried savory and thyme

Perfect holiday beef tenderloin


⁄2 cup white chocolate 7 oz. marshmallow cream 3 ⁄4 cup whipping cream or half & half 1 ⁄2 cup chopped toasted almonds 3 tablespoons amaretto (opt.) Cover and cook on low for about one hour or until chocolate melts. Stir until smooth. Stir in amaretto. To serve, spear pound cake or angel food cake cubes, or assorted fruits, cut into bite-size pieces and drained well. Dip in fondue mixture.

Whole grain mustard herb rub for beef

Mix together: 1 ⁄4 cup whole grain mustard

So good either hot, warm or chilled. I like my beef to come to room temperature, about 30 minutes, before roasting. This speeds up roasting time. Roasting time will be longer if the meat is straight from the fridge. 1 beef tenderloin, trimmed (5 lbs. after trimming) Salt and freshly ground pepper or your favorite dry herbs/spices (or try my recipe for a mustard/herb rub) Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Rub meat with olive oil and season generously or use the mustard rub. Place in pan. Sometimes I’ll add a bit of dry red wine or beef broth, but not too much, to augment what little drip-

pings there may be. Roast until thickest part registers about 125 degrees for medium rare to medium, about 40 minutes or so. Let set 10 minutes to allow juices to redistribute evenly. Internal temperature will rise during this stage. If you want, you can cool it to room temperature, then refrigerate it, tightly wrapped.

Ann Nader’s Mishi Maloof (Cabbage Rolls)

For the young couple who sampled these at a Mediterranean restaurant. My cousin, Danny Nader, and his wife, Ann, are the kind of folks who think of everybody but themselves, helping out the less fortunate all year long. Danny has been under the weather but I know if Ann fixes cabbage rolls, his appetite will perk up. She makes them a bit different than my mom. Our recipe uses tomato paste and garlic and no allspice.

1 medium cabbage 1 cup rice 1 lb. ground beef or lamb 2 tsp. salt 1 ⁄2 tsp. pepper 1 ⁄2 tsp. allspice 2 tbsp. lemon juice 51⁄2 oz. tomato sauce Core cabbage. Remove damaged outer leaves and set aside. Submerge whole cabbage into salted, boiling water. As water boils, the cabbage leaves will begin to loosen. Gently loosen them further when tender and limp. Remove leaves. When all are out of water and have cooled a bit, cut out center vein so they will be easier to roll up. Take the reserved big outer leaves and lay them on bottom of pot. This insulation will prevent the cabbage rolls from burning on the bottom when cooked. Use goodlooking leaves to make rolls. Mix rice, meat and spices. Put approximately

one tablespoon filling in center of leaf. Starting at what was the stem-end, fold the sides in and roll up the cabbage tightly to enclose the filling. Place side by side in rows, seam-side down, criss-crossing as you do each layer. Place an inverted plate on top to hold them in place as they cook. Add tomato sauce, fresh tomatoes (if desired), salt and pepper and enough water to cover the cabbage rolls. You can season the water with one clove garlic, juice of two lemons and crushed, dried mint leaves. Cover and bring to boil. Reduce to low, cook for approximately 30 minutes. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is Macy’s certified culinary professional and family herbalist, an educator and author. E-mail her at with “Rita’s kitchen” in the subject line. Or call 513-2487130, ext. 356. Visit Rita at

IN THE SERVICE Colton graduates

Air Force Airman Colton A. List graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. He earned distinction as an honor graduate.

List is the son of Mark List of Florence. The airman is a 2009 graduate of Scott High School.

Day completes course

Lt. John F. Day completed the United States Air Force Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) course on Dec. 18 at Hurlburt Field, Headquarters, Special Operations Command. The course is a rigorous 16-week program demanding a high degree of mental and physical energy. Day was one of fifteen officers selected from several hundred applicants across the Air Force for this new

officer career field. Upon concluding his advanced training he will be assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division, US Army. TACPs advise ground commanders on the best use of air power. They also establish and maintain command and control communications, control air traffic and naval gunfire and provide precision terminal attack guidance for U.S. and coalition close air support. TACP members are assigned to all conventional Army combat units and to various other units such as Special Forces, Navy SEALs and the Army Rangers. He is the son of Patrick and Christine Day of Florence. Day is a 2004 graduate of Boone County High School.

Workman graduates

Air Force Airman Lauran J. Workman graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. She is the daughter of Amy Lillard of Tee St., Florence and Scott Workman of Warsaw. Workman is a 2009 graduate of Boone County High School, Florence.

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Another year of food, family and memories. Given the current world situation, gathering around the table Rita with those Heikenfeld you love is o r e Rita’s kitchen m important now than ever before. I look forward to sharing the New Year with you and hope you each have a safe and blessed holiday.

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BUSINESS UPDATE Census seeks job candidates

The U.S. Census is accepting applications in Kentucky counties for jobs related to conducting the 2010 Census. Candidates must be at least 18 years old and available to work part-time or full-time next year. Residents of all communities are urged to apply, as most people will work from their homes in or near their own neighborhoods. Applicants will be required to take a timed test of basic skills in reading, math and map-reading. For a practice test or for more information, visit

Ries promoted

DunnhumbyUSA has promoted Shelly Ries to associate director in client insights. Previously a senior asso-

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Williams receives designation

Lovita Williams, Realtor with Sibcy Cline Realtors’ Florence office, has been awarded the Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) designation by the Council of Residential Specialists, the largest not-for-profit affiliate of the National Association of Realtors. She has completed advanced courses and has demonstrated professional

expertise in the field of residential real estate to receive the designation. Williams is a member Williams of the Northern Kentucky Association of Realtors as well as the Kentucky Association of Realtors and National Associations of Realtors. She is also a member of the Real Estate Buyer’s Agent Council, Inc. (REBAC) and Business Networks International (BNI).

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Jesse Bailey Sr., 66, Sparta, died Dec. 21, 2009, at his home. He was a martial arts instructor, Vietnam War Marine Corps veteran, member of Regional Sports Karate Association Hall of Fame, WaltonVerona Mason Lodge 876 and Son

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Patricia Ann Spegal Cox, 58, Independence, died Dec. 22, 2009, at Hospice of the Bluegrass Care Center, Fort Thomas. She was a policy processor for Veritude, worked for more than 28 years with Value City Department Store in Latonia and was a member of Hickory Grove Baptist Church. Survivors include her daughters, Dana Locklear of Florence, Devin Watkins of Burlington and Diana Bay of Ludlow; father, Leonard Spegal of Independence; sister, Sue Fisk of Walton and four grandchildren. Burial was in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens, Taylor Mill. Memorials: Hospice of the Bluegrass-Northern Kentucky, 7388 Turfway Road, Florence, KY 41042; or Kenton County Animal Shelter, 1020 Mary Laidley Drive, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017.

Dee Dixon, 77, Florence, died Dec. 24, 2009, at St. Elizabeth West Hospital in Florence. She was a homemaker who enjoyed swimming, crocheting and giving to others. Survivors include her partner, Donald Dixon of Florence; companion, Mo Dixon of Florence; daughters, Robin Jones of Nashville and Dawn Gilliland of Florence; sons, Rick Eichmann of New Orleans and Mike Gilliland of Florence; sister, Dorothy Hood of Louisville; and five grandchildren. Memorials: Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Church Street Station, P.O. Box 780, New York, NY 10008-0780.

Joyce Houston

Joyce Sullivan Houston, 55, Crittenden, died Dec. 22, 2009, at her home. She was a member of Violet Ridge Church of Christ who enjoyed knitting and crocheting. Survivors include her husband, Darren Houston of Crittenden; daughter, Bobbi Jean Lutz of Crittenden; son, Rusty Wayne Sullivan of Florence; sisters, Judy Littrell of Crittenden, Sue Griess of Butler, Donna Ruff of Latonia and Connie Cobb of Erlanger; brothers, Ronnie Vickers of Brooksville, Bobby Vickers of Florence and Johnny Vickers of Latonia; and six grandchildren. Burial was in Walton Cemetery. Chambers & Grubbs Funeral Home of Walton handled the arrangements. Memorials: To the family, c/o Chambers & Grubbs Funeral Homes, 45 North Main St., Walton, KY 41094.

Patricia Anne Ison, 72, Florence, died Dec. 25, 2009, at her home. She was a machine operator for Johnson Controls. Her husband, Olbert Ison, and son, Billy Ison, died previously. Survivors include her daughters, Deborah Flowers of Union and

Christy Estes of Florence; sons, Greg Ison of Florence and Gary Ison of Walton; sister, Christine Richmond of New Richmond, Ohio; eight grandchildren and two greatgrandchildren. Burial was in Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Erlanger. Memorials: Hospice of the Bluegrass-Northern Kentucky, 7388 Turfway Road, Florence, KY 41042.

Charles Jordan

Charles E. Jordan, 89, Erlanger, died Dec. 20, 2009, at Baptist Village Care Center, Erlanger. He was an operator with Tennessee Gas Transmission Co. a World War II Marine veteran and member of Florence Baptist Church. His wife, Minnie Jordan, died previously. Survivors include his daughter, Nancy Collins of Florence; one grandchild and one great-grandchild. Burial was in Roselawn Cemetery, Calhoun, La. Stith Funeral Home, Florence, handled the local arrangements. Memorials: Florence Baptist Church, 642 Mt. Zion Road, Florence, KY 41042.

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Nancy Moore

Nancy Patricia Moore, 43, Southgate, died Dec. 19, 2009, at the Hospice of the Bluegrass, Northern Kentucky. She was a supervisor at United Postal Service in Hebron. She was preceded in death by her father Richard “Bud” Moore. She is survived by her mother, Patricia Moore of Cold Spring; four sisters, Debbie Sullivan of Charlotte N.C., Julie Moore of Fort Thomas, Kim Guidugli of Southgate and Mary Beth Schroer of Union; and a brother, Rick Moore, of Cold Spring. Memorials: Stray Animal Adoption Program, P.O. Box 72040, Newport, KY 41071; or Wood Hudson Cancer Research, 931 Isabella St., Newport, KY 41071.

Harry Nieman Jr.

Linda Sue Wood Kitts, 60, Independence, died Dec. 20, 2009, at Hospice of St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Edgewood. She was a customer service manager for the Kroger Co. Her husband, Jerry W. Kitts, died previously. Survivors include her daughters, Kim Kraft of Independence and Michelle Kitts of Florence; sisters, Julie Hackney of Cincinnati, Vicki Gillespie of Fort Wright, Cindy Doane and Ann Wells, both of Independence; brother, William Wood Jr. of Covington and three grandchildren. Burial was in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens, Taylor Mill.

Harry Nieman Jr., 84, Lakeside Park, died Dec. 22, 2009, at Christ Hospital, Mt. Auburn. He was the owner of Boeckley Pharmacy in Latonia, a World War II Army Air Corps veteran, member of Blessed Sacrament Church in Fort Mitchell and American Legion Post 203 in Latonia. Survivors include his wife, Marie Moore Nieman; sons, Harry Nieman III of Maineville, Ohio, Charles Nieman of Florence, Michael Nieman of Villa Hills, Chris and Mark Nieman of Hebron; daughters, Debbie Laws of Villa Hills, Claudia Enneking and Becky Ruwe, both of Fort Wright, Mary Wagner of Bridgetown, Ohio; sister, Mary Jane Hue of Lakeside Park; 19 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Connley Brothers Funeral Home, Latonia, handled the arrangements. Memorials: Faith Community Pharmacy, 2655 Crescent Springs Road, Crescent Springs, KY 41017.

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Jesse Vernon McKnight, 63, Dry Ridge, died Dec. 21, 2009, at his home. He was a security guard for Allied Barton for 12 years, an Army and Navy veteran and a member of Open Door Baptist Church in Dry Ridge. Survivors include his wife, Debbie McKnight; daughters, Tina Petty of Florence and Rita Darlington of Indiana; son, Charles McKnight of Houston, Texas; stepdaughter, Mildred Sprague of Lexington; stepson, Mark Sprague of Dry Ridge; brother, Wayne McKnight of Florence and two grandchildren.

Nettie Moeller

Nettie Jane Moeller, 63, Covington, died Dec.19, 2009, at her home. She was a homemaker and member of Oak Ridge Baptist Church. Survivors include her daughters, Malisa Moeller of Covington and Robin Perry of Williamstown; stepdaughters, Connie Moeller of Walton, Julie Russelburger of Florence and Kathy Finkle of Pittsburgh, Pa.; son, Douglas Moeller of Augusta, Ga.; brothers, Rickey and William Shouse of Anderson County, Ky.; sister, Kimbley Rose Shouse of Anderson County, Ky.; 14 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Burial was in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens, Taylor Mill.

Connie Sauerbeck, 60, Florence, died Dec. 23, 2009, at her home. She was a nurse for 38 years with Good Samaritan Hospital. Survivors include her husband, Gary Sauerbeck of Florence; daughter, Kimberly Vap of Milford, and one grandson. Burial was in St. Stephen Cemetery, Fort Thomas. Memorials: St. Henry District High School, 3755 Scheben Drive, Erlanger, KY 41018; or Good Samaritan Hospital Outpatient Treatment Foundation, 375 Dixmyth Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45220.

Billy Starnes

Billy Ray Starnes, 63, Hebron, died Dec. 19, 2009, at Hospice of St. Elizabeth Health Care in Edgewood. He worked in sales at AutoZone and was an Vietnam Air Force veteran who was a master sergeant. Survivors include his wife, Kathy Starnes of Hebron; daughters, Monica Kirk of Burlington, Lisa Dirkes of Union and Christy Brown of Lancaster, Calif.; son, Douglas Starnes of Lexington; sister, Kimberly Gearns of Newport; brothers, Scotty Starnes of Union, Harry Starnes of Sidney, Ohio and Wayne Starnes of Dayton, Ky. and eight grandchildren. Memorials: Charity of donor’s choice.

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Mary Sturdivant

Mary Faye Sturdivant, 85, Crestview Hills, died Dec. 25, 2009, at Grant Manor, Williamstown. She was an employee of the U.S. Postal Service. Her husband, Ivy Sturdivant, died previously. Survivors include her daughter, D.F. Ginger Schlereth of Union; stepdaughter, Sandra Etheredge of Hugo, Okla.; stepson, Dan Sturdivant of Wimberly, Texas; sister, Ruth Fitzsimmons of Williams, Calif.; and six grandchildren. Services will be private and at the convenience of the family. Burial will be in Hillside Memorial Cemetery, Snyder, Texas. Stith Funeral Homes, Florence, is handling arrangements. Memorials: Hospice of the Blue-

grass-Northern Kentucky, 7388 Turfway Road, Florence, KY 41042.

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Pauline A. Carrino Vasseur, 68, Florence, died Dec. 21, 2009, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was co-owner of Mauri-Lou Dry Cleaners in Elsmere and member of St. Timothy Parish in Union. Her daughter, Amy Vasseur, and grandson, Nicholas Vasseur, died previously. Survivors include her husband, John Vasseur; sons, John Vasseur Jr. and Brian Vasseur, both of Union; sisters, Norma Fugazzi of Crescent Springs and Diane Morrison of Lexington and three grandchildren. Burial was in Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Erlanger. Memorials: Zachary Vasseur Trust

Stevens of Latonia; 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren Burial was in St. Mary Cemetery, Fort Mitchell.

Henrietta “Hank” Stevens Wahl, 90, of Verona, formerly of Florence, died Dec. 26, 2009, at her home. She was a cashier for the A&P Tea Co., Covington, and a short order cook at Covington Chili Restaurant. She was also a machinist during World War II for Wright Aeronautical Co., Cincinnati. She was a member of St. Paul Church, Florence. Her husband, Fred W. Wahl, and son, Thomas L. Kays, died previously. Survivors include her son, Bill Wahl of Verona; daughters, Marietta Breeze of Burlington and Teresa Harke of Florence; sister, Viola

Elmyra Waters

Elmyra Waters, 89, Florence, died Dec. 26, 2009, at St. Elizabeth Florence. She was a cafeteria employee at Latonia Elementary School and a member of Ashland Avenue Baptist Church. Her husband, Frank Steward, died previously. Survivors include her sons, Frank Steward of Erlanger and Michael Steward of Burlington; sisters, Susan Cooper of Florence and Sharon Wiggins of Altamonte Springs, Fla.; nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Burial was in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens, Taylor Mill. Memorials: American Diabetes Association, 644 Linn St., Suite 304, Cincinnati, OH 45203, or Ashland Avenue Baptist Church, 2735 Ashland Ave., Covington, KY 41015.

Mark Webster

Mark D. Webster, 50, Union, died Dec. 23, 2009, at Hospice of St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Edgewood. He was a plumber for Robertson Plumbing. Survivors include his wife, Rose Webster; son, Randy Webster of Morehead; daughter, Amber Webster of Warsaw; parents, William and Lois Webster of Verona; brothers, Robin Webster of Erlanger and Scott Webster of Verona; sister, Bridget Dunaway of Glencoe and

four grandchildren. Burial was in Highland Cemetery, Fort Mitchell. Memorials: Hospice of St. Elizabeth Healthcare, 483 South Loop Road Edgewood, KY 41017.

James White

James E. White, 60, Florence, died Dec. 23, 2009, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was a dispatcher for CSX Railroad, a Vietnam War Navy veteran and member of Florence Baptist Church. Survivors include his aunt, uncle and numerous cousins. Connley Brothers Funeral Home, Latonia, handled the arrangements. Memorials: Florence Baptist Church, 642 Mt. Zion Road, Florence, KY 41042.


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Daniel K. Shea, 24, theft at 7625 Doering Dr., Nov. 4. Andrew J. Fritsch, 23, DUI at Lloyd Ave., Nov. 4. Benjamin R. Fleissner, 22, driving on suspended license at Burlington Pk., Nov. 4. Russell T. Evans, 32, theft at Houston Rd., Nov. 4. Cassandra L. Malane, 39, alcohol intoxication at Mall Rd., Nov. 4. Cassandra F. Berthold, 20, theft at 6000 Mall Rd., Nov. 3. Zachary L. Hoffman, 19, theft at 3000 Mall Rd., Nov. 3. Taylor C. James, 18, theft at 3000 Mall Rd., Nov. 3. Brandon B. Cornwell, 35, operating on suspended license at 6902 Oakwood Dr., Nov. 3. Tiffany K. Cooper, 18, theft at 7625 Doering Dr., Nov. 3. Robert Ziegler, 44, DUI at Village Dr., Nov. 1. David K. Thibodeau, 42, DUI at Braxton Dr., Nov. 1. Rhonda K. Carlson, 41, alcohol intoxication at 2085 Litton Ln., Nov. 1. Brandon R. Thornberry, 31, alcohol intoxication at 2085 Litton Ln., Nov. 1. Christopher W. Bates, 39, DUI at Mt. Zion Rd., Nov. 1. Jeremiah A. Fuller, 32, alcohol intoxication at Litton Ln., Nov. 1. Jimmy A. Stewart II, 30, drug paraphernalia at Loreco St., Nov. 1. Christopher T. Saunders, 24, operating on suspended license at Interstate 75, Nov. 2. Joshua A. Webb, 20, forgery at 7690 Mall Rd., Oct. 26. Jean A. Hargis, 55, theft at 3000 Mall Rd., Oct. 28. Larry J. Evens, 57, theft at Dixie Hwy., Oct. 28. Christine M. Stidham, 30, theft at 6920 Burlington Pk., Oct. 28. Jessica N. Stamper, 19, theft at Mall Rd., Oct. 29.


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Incidents/Reports Burglary

Residence broken into and items taken at 2530 Rice Pk., Oct. 2. Residence broken into and items taken at 112 Beeson Dr., Sept. 27. Money taken from a business at 5732 Commercial Dr., Sept. 30. Residence broken into and items taken at 132 White Pine Cir., Sept. 30. Jewelry taken from residence at 31 Plum St., Sept. 25.

Criminal mischief

Purses and credit cards stolen at Cracker Barrel at 7399 Turfway Rd., Sept. 22. Vehicles vandalized at 2801 Coral Dr., Sept. 29.

Drug paraphernalia

Officers discovered drug paraphernalia and narcotics on a subject during a traffic stop at N. Bend Rd., Sept. 29.


Customer robbed in Meijer's parking lot at 4990 Houston Rd., Sept. 22.


Subject tried to steal items from T.A. truck stop at 145 Richwood Rd., Oct. 1. Items taken from a residence at 10 Main St., Sept. 30. Items taken from a business at 10149 Toebben Rd., Oct. 1. Money taken from a business at 1980 Litton Ln., Sept. 2. Motor vehicle registration plate stolen at 2908 Douglas Dr., Oct. 2. Items taken from a business at 2685 Circleport Dr., Oct. 2. Items taken from a residence at 2225 Verona Mudlick Rd., Oct. 2. Items taken from multiple residences at East Bend Rd., Sept. 24.

Theft from auto

Vehicle broken into and items taken at 1719 Hunter's Trc., Sept. 26. Vehicle broken into and items taken at 12661 Dixie Hwy., Oct. 1.

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Jennifer M. Hodges, 27, DUI at 8301 Dixie Hwy., Oct. 2. Robert L. Best, 71, DUI at Richardson Rd. & Dixie Hwy., Oct. 2. Michael Reed, 44, alcohol intoxication in a public place at White Pine Cir., Sept. 27. David A. Fowler, 32, identity theft at 10915 Dixie Hwy., Sept. 27. Justin T. Helmer, 28, DUI at Limabur Rd. & Burlington Pk., Sept. 27. Paul Sherard III, 38, shoplifting at 145 Richwood Rd., Oct. 1. Kevin M. Hopkins, 32, theft at 10149 Toebben Rd., Oct. 1. Joseph L. Witte, 20, possession of marjuana at Cherry Tree Ln., Sept. 21. Jamie L. Spencer, 26, operating a motor vehicle on a dui suspended license at Harvey Quast Dr., Oct. 1. Chris Marksberry, 27, DUI at Dixie Hwy., Oct. 2. Joshua S. Felty, 19, alcohol intoxication in a public place at Burlington Pk. and Kenner Dr., Sept. 24. Jessica A. Truett, 19, burglary at 31 Plum St., Sept. 25. Gary K. Becknell, 52, possession of marijuana at 103 Melinda Ln., Nov. 9. Gary K. Becknell Jr., 26, possession of marijuana at 103 Melinda Ln., Nov. 9. Dewayne M. Foster, 27, reckless driving at Interstate 75, Nov. 7. Stephanie E. Meyer, 20, DUI at Mt. Zion Rd., Nov. 7. Christopher G. Markgraf, 27, alcohol intoxication at Mt. Zion Rd., Nov. 7. Patricia D. Kidd, 59, DUI at 340 Richwood Rd., Nov. 7. Lisa M. Baird, 31, theft at 9950 Berberich Dr., Nov. 5. David Powell, 20, possession of marijuana at North Bend Rd., Nov. 4. John Mann, 38, DUI at Mary Grubbs Hwy., Nov. 3. Kenneth T. Denman, 40, alcohol intoxication at 195 Mary Grubbs Hwy., Nov. 3. Michelle L. Hall, 38, theft at 4990 Houston Rd., Nov. 4.

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