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By Stephanie Salmons

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A program that would arm teachers and school staff has stirred a mix of opinion in the Boone County School district. “We’re in the process of having a conversation with our staff and teachers to get their thoughts about the program,” said schools Superintendent Randy Poe. “School safety is a complex issue. Our safety committee looks at variety of options available and the School POST program has been a part of that process. I’ve also asked staff to research the program and have a conversation with their teachers and let the board know their thoughts.” A school board workshop will be 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 6, at Ralph Rush Staff Development Center, 103 Center St., Florence, to discuss school safety issues. School POST (Protecting Our Students and Teachers), a program that would screen, train and arm volunteer teachers and staff members, will be one of the topics. The program was officially unveiled to the public Feb. 19. Designed by Boone County Constable Joe Kalil, POST is closely patterned after the National Armed Pilots Program. Volunteers would go through extensive screenings and training. Those armed would carry concealed weapons and remain unidentified to students, but would know who else is armed. Police dispatch would know how many participants are at each school. “My thoughts are that as far as school safety is concerned, this is one area of consideration,” Poe said. “There are concerns that I have about the program as it is. There are

Beaver Road, which runs from U.S. 42 near Big Bone to Walton, will be resurfaced as part of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s Rural Secondary program for the 2014-15 fiscal year. STEPHANIE SALMONS/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

section of Big Bone Road (Ky. 338), from Big Bone Creek to Riddles Run, along with various slide repairs; and » slide repair and resurfacing of 2.4 miles of Beaver Road from U.S. 42 to Mud Lick Creek Bridge. The transportation cabinet recommended using the flex funds to resurface the remaining 2.5 miles of Beaver road, from Mud Lick Creek Bridge to

Ky. 14. “I think they put together a good program,” county engineer Scott Pennington said. “Those areas are definitely in need and I definitely recommend approval.” Fiscal Court members unanimously voted to approve the use of the flex funds for the recommended road project.

Union starts administrator search By Stephanie Salmons

UNION — City commission-

ers are moving forward with their search for a city administrator. Officials hired the Northern Kentucky Area Development District for 70 hours of work to hire a new adminstrator. Meghan Sandfoss, of the area development district, addressed Union commissioners in October and said at that time she was contacted by Commissioner Deanna Kline to put information together “about the potential for us to do a search for a new city administrator.” At the city’s Feb. 3 meeting,

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she said city leaders didn’t discuss details of what they’re looking for. In a Feb. 18 phone conversation, Kline said Kline the development district will help the city write a job description and assist with the search. According to Kline, the NKADD will give city officials two different job descriptions, one for a full-time administrator and one for a part-time administrator, and the costs for those options. The development district was asked to have a draft de-

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Fixes ahead for some Boone roads BURLINGTON — Money to fix some rural Boone County roads is coming soon. The funds are from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s Rural Secondary Program and is used for construction, reconstruction and maintenance of secondary and rural roads. Nick Hendrix, transportation engineer supervisor for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 6, said at the Feb. 4 Boone Fiscal Court meeting that the state has “a lot we still have to finish up” from last year’s program before the end of the current fiscal year in June. “If last year’s program was the buffet, I guess this year’s program is more meat and potatoes, more of what we normally do with this program, which is resurfacing, slab repairs, that sort of thing,” he said. According to Hendrix, Boone County’s allotment for the year is $904,191, down from last year’s $923,000. With an additional $106,206 of money left over last year’s program, that brings the total to $1.01 million for work. From that total, $259,000 will be used for the maintenance of 60.5 miles of road, according to information from Boone County. Administrative expenses related to the rural secondary program, called judge-executive expenses, account for $3,862. Another $135,629 will be spent in “flex funds” which can be used at the discretion of the county for additional state-recommended road projects or county road projects. That leaves $611,906 for the main program. Planned work includes: » asphalt resurfacing and drainage work along a 4.3 mile


scription completed by the city’s next regular meeting, at 7 p.m. Monday, March 3, as well as a timeline of the process. The work will cost $1,800. “We’re excited to be able to move forward with this,” Mayor Don Kirby said in a Feb. 19 phone conversation. He said city leaders had been “kicking around” hiring an administrator for a few years. The last administrator, Warren Moore, was killed along with his wife in their Union home in 2009. Last year, a Boone County jury found the couple’s son, former Warren County, Ohio, sheriff’s deputy Michael Moor. guilty of their murders. A jury

recommended life without parole for the Michael Moore. Prior to his stint as administrator, Warren Moore served as a Union commissioner and was the city’s mayor for 18 years. In August 2010, Union’s city building was renamed after Moore, and city officials continue to set out his name plate during meetings of the Union City Commission. Kirby told the Union Recorder in October there wasn’t a specific reason the city hasn’t moved to fill the vacancy. Initially though, it was because of Moore.

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parts that I do like and parts I don’t like, but I’ll reserve going into that until the March 6 meeting.” Poe said it is the school board’s decision to sue or not use POST. A formal presentation has not been made to the board; however Kalil said he plans to attend the March 6 meeting to encourage the board to consider the program. Ryle High School Principal Matthew Turner said he is skeptical of the program. “I don’t know everything about the program, but I do have some concerns,” he said. “The training and experience of using a firearm is my main concern. Our school resource officers have a tremendous amount of experience and training. They know when to make the decision to use their gun and how to use it. That’s critical. That’s a police officer’s job. I don’t know if any of our staff would have that type of training and experience. Teachers don’t go into teaching thinking they’re going to have to defend themselves and others.” Turner said he is collecting opinions of teacher and staff. However, the Ryle Site-based Decision Making Council voted unanimously recently not to support the use of POST. The council is made up of administrators, teachers and parent representatives. Brian King, a diesel technology instructor for the Boone County Area Technology Center, said he hasn’t made up his mind about POST, and he’s upset that such an option even has to exist. “First off, let me say that I think it’s sad that we even have to consider this,” King said. See POST, Page A2

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Second no for Knothole proposal By Stephanie Salmons

BURLINGTON — This time the discussion was much less contentious but the results were still the same. For the second time in nearly a month, Boone County Fiscal Court members Feb. 18 voted down a proposal wherein Boone County would acquire the

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Rivershore Sports Complex in Hebron from the Boone County Knothole Association for a total of $250,000. Judge-executive Gary Moore and Commissioner Charlie Kenner again voted in favor of the project while Commissioners Matt Dedden and Charlie Walton voted against the proposal. The initial denial came after discussions at the fiscal court’s Jan. 21 meeting took a contentious turn, but the commissioners decided Feb. 4 to revisit the issue at a later meeting. After highlighting the details of what would be approved, Boone County Administrator Jeff Early-


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wine told fiscal court members that in terms of financing, “nothing has really changed.” According to Earlywine, the purchase price of the property is $850,000 but was appraised over the summer at $890,000. The knothole association would commit $450,000 and a private foundation would commit $150,000 toward the purchase. The remaining $250,000 would be paid by the fiscal court when the county secured the property from the knothole association, he said. One amendment to the initial proposal involved the Knothole Association’s Camp Ernst Road facility. Original plans called for the group to give the property to the county. With the amended proposal, however, the property would not be transferred immediately to the county, Earlywine said. Instead, the county would

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have entered into a fiveyear engagement period with the association for the property. Several audience members, both for and against and the deal, addressed the commissioners. According to Moore, the county wouldn’t be able to build fields for what they would be investing in the Rivershore property. “The need is there and the need is going to continue to grow,” he said. “Our county’s growing. There’s going to be more and more children looking for youth sports opportunities as we go forward and there just may not be the kind of partner that we have here tonight that’s going to be there at that time. And instead of the county putting in a small fraction of the cost, we’re going to be asked to pay the entire cost and it’s an opportunity that I think we should not let slip by.” In a follow-up phone conversation, Moore said Boone County Knothole approached the county about the need for more youth sports fields. They wanted to ensure “youth in the future had access to ball fields and we agreed that we would help raise money with the idea that it Kwould be gifted to the county,” he said.

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“Times have really changed in the schools. I haven’t made up my mind yet one way or the other about this idea but I will say this, there isn’t a teacher or faculty member in our school that wouldn’t hesitate to put themselves between a shooter and our students. I would, however, like to make it a fair fight.” Burlington resident Carrie Cox believes that arming teachers is the “only option” that would give students and teachers a fair chance at survival in the event of an attack. “Only equal force is going to stop someone who comes in with a gun,” she said. “If you have a fire, you put it out with a fire extinguisher. I can’t think of a better option than arming our teachers.” The mother of three Boone school children said she plans to attend

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Boone Schools looking into the future Sessions asking residents how they view future of education By Melissa Stewart

Boone County Schools is gathering input on what the district’s residents think should be the future of education. One community conversation session remains, 6-8 p.m. tongiht, Thursday, Feb. 27, at Cooper High School. “Our goal is to define what our community wants students to know for the future,” said Karen Cheser, chief academic officer and deputy superintendent. “We want to know what’s important to our community by talking to our taxpayers, business leaders and parents who support our district.” Cheser said the input will be used to help create the district’s fiveyear strategic plan. This is the first time the district has held this kind of community conversation sessions. 0The first session in January drew about 75 people, according to Cheser. “People seemed energized and have been encouraging others to attend to other sessions,” she said. “If we want to continue to enhance our

lifestyle here in Northern Kentucky and Boone County, then the Cheser entire community needs to be involved. It’s part of that whole it takes a village concept.” Elizabeth Marlette, who has children at New Haven Elementary and Gray Middle School, attended the first session because she said “it is important to be knowledgeable about what is going on in our district.” Marlette is also involved in the New Haven Site Based Decision Making Council and the parent teacher association. “The format allowed everyone who attended an opportunity to share their ideas and concerns,” she said. “I think it is important for our school leaders to meet with parents, teachers and community members so they can hear the ‘other’ side of the coin. I know the school district has specific goals and needs in preparing our kids to be college and career ready, but the communities input helps them see beyond their focus and hear some of our expectations and suggestions.” Want to continue the conversation? Tweet @MStewartReports

the March 6 meeting and other board meetings, if necessary, to make her support for POST known. Roberto Henriquez, a parent of two elementary school students, said he thinks arming teachers is a “very bad idea.” “Teachers need to focus on education and teaching,” the Florence resident and former Ryle High School teacher said. “I know teachers have so much to keep track of, keeping track of a deadly weapon in the classroom is a set up for tragedy. I would seriously consider removing my children from public school if teachers start carrying weapons.” Henriquez said he thinks schools should have additional armed resource officers. Costs for that, however, make that option slim, said POST supporter Kalil. He and Boone County Sherriff Mike Helmig, who endorses POST, estimate the cost to add a school resource officer to every school in Boone

County at $1.8 million the first year and an additional $1.1 million per year for additional years. “Also, school resource officers can’t be everywhere at one time, they go to lunch, they go on vacation, they get sick,” Kalil said. “Also, they’re in uniform and often the first one targeted.” The cost to implement POST is substantially less, according to Kalil. Although the format would vary from school to school, therefore impacting the cost, he estimates it would be $1,500 to $2,500 per volunteer, but that depends on the county and who is teaching the course. “In Boone County, the costs may just be down to purchasing ammunition,” he said. Volunteers from the sheriff’s office have offered their expertise to screen and train those who want to participate in the program, Kalil said.

cause we continue to grow,” he said at that time. “Things aren’t going to slow down for us.” The city is now seeing a lot of day-to-day activities an administrator could handle, Kirby said Feb.19. An administrator

would be “one more person on the ground that can keep things moving on a daily basis.”

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Gateway, Sullivan have arrangement Gateway Community and Technical College and Sullivan College of Technology and Design in Louisville have created a transfer pathway that will allow Gateway associate degree graduates to obtain a bachelor’s degree in advanced manufacturing technology from Sullivan. “We are pleased to offer yet another transfer pathway to our students,” said Laura Urban, Gateway provost and vice president of academic affairs. “The agreement means that stu-

dents who meet the required criteria will advance seamlessly into the bachelor’s degree program at Sullivan. “The new pathway joins more than 250 other transfer pathways that Gateway has established with 20 colleges and universities throughout the region,” Urban added. “For example, we have specific transfer pathways with Northern Kentucky University, Thomas More College, Xavier, University of Cincinnati, University of Kentucky, University of Louisville,

Eastern Kentucky University and Kentucky State University to name a few.” Under the transfer agreement, Gateway associate degree graduates in certain manufacturing programs can receive transfer credit for their entire associate degree when beginning a bachelor’s degree program at Sullivan. For full credit, graduates must have a 2.0 GPA and a minimum completion rate of 67 percent of credit hours attempted. Three Gateway programs

qualify for the transfer pathway: manufacturing engineering technology, industrial maintenance technology and electrical technology. Under a transfer agreement between the Kentucky Community and Technical College System and Sullivan, Gateway students who transfer to Sullivan will be awarded a $1,500 scholarship. The scholarship is renewable annually until the student completes his or her bachelor’s degree in advanced manufac-

turing technology. Sullivan will award up to 10 such scholarships a year. Formerly known as the Louisville Technical Institute, Sullivan College of Technology and Design is a private, careerfocused college accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools and licensed to offer associate and bachelor’s degrees by the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education.

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Longbranch Elementary School students recently had a change drive to raise money to purchase books for students in need. The drive raised $690,

Kids Day Out Preschool student Tsukasa Yamaguchi, 4, works diligently on his castle during free time. The blocks center is his favorite.THANKS TO KATIE SCOTT

$300 of which was spent on students at Longbranch so that each child could receive a new book from the book fair. The remaining balance of

$390 was used to purchase books for students at Cooper High School. These books were donated to Cooper’s FMD and Autism classrooms.

Mackenzie Milburn, from left, Bryn Stephenson, Zane Kegley and Jerney Sipple are library helpers from Longbranch Elementary. They presented students at Cooper High School with baskets of new books donated to their FMD classroom from the students of Longbranch. THANKS TO STACIE KEGLEY

Two TMC students presenting research Two Thomas More College students will head to the National Conference on Undergraduate Research to present their research studies in April. Abut 4,000 students across the nation submitted abstracts of their research in early December; these were evaluated by a professional review panel who determined the projects that would be presented. The 28th annual conference will be April 3-5 at the University of Kentucky. Kelsey Sparks, double major

in biology and chemistry, conducted research titled “Trace metal analysis of bone ash, Portland cement and human cremated remains” which she will be presenting at the conference. She is from Florence and is a graduate of Covington Latin School. William Wetzel of the chemistry department is her research adviser at Thomas More College. John Notorgiacomo’s research is titled “Replenishing Mental Energy for Pain Management.” Notorgiacomo, a

psychology major also earning an associate degree in sociology, is from Erlanger and is a graduate of Villa Madonna Academy. Maria McLean of the psychology department is his research adviser. Both students are seniors graduating in May and both plan to pursue graduate studies. “This will be the first time that Thomas More College sends student researchers to this national conference. We had two students, John and Kelsey, submit abstracts for con-

sideration, and both projects were accepted for presentation. We’re very pleased they will be presenting their work in this national venue,” said McLean. “This represents further progress of our program for undergraduate research and great work on behalf of the students and their faculty advisers,” said Brad Bielski, vice president for academic affairs. “For five years, Drs. McLean, Wes Ryle and Bill Wetzel, our Student Research Forum Committee, have done an outstanding job work-

ing to promote the value of undergraduate research at our institution.” The mission of the Conference on Undergraduate Research is to promote undergraduate research, scholarship and creative activity done in partnership with faculty or other mentors as a vital component of higher education. For more information about Thomas More College, visit

Medical assistant enjoys caring for her patients National College graduate Christina Leffler of Florence is working as a registered medical assistant at St. Elizabeth Physicians Women’s Health, where she enjoys caring for Dr. Steven Hensley’s patients. “I love what I do,” said Leffler, who takes patient’s vital signs and assists with procedures. “My favorite part of my job is patient care – making the patient happy when they leave.” After earning associate’s degrees in surgical technology and medical assisting, Leffler was hired by Hensley. “She was very sincere and seemed very interested in the job. She was

also enthusiastic about working for me,” he said. Leffler developed a passion for caring for others at a young age, and Hensley said she is one of the finest medical assistants that he’s worked with. “I have never had better,” he said. “She is personable, reliable, conscientious, caring, and enthusiastic. I can always count on her to think ahead and be prepared. She knows what she is doing and answers patients’ questions well.” Leffler first came to National College after becoming a certified nursing assistant through a vocational program in high

school. She decided to continue her education and enrolled at National after discovering that it was one of the only schools in the area which offered a class schedule that would allow her to work while attending school. At National, She enjoyed learning from instructors who were professionals from the medical field. Leffler’s drive and determination to advance in the medical field are still strong today. “It has been a joy to work with her, but also an incredible pleasure to watch her grow in her job,” said Hensley.

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Meiman adds to Ryle title lore By James Weber

LEXINGTON — While he is not as tall as most 170-pounders, Johnny Meiman knows how to come up big. The Ryle High School sophomore was able to adjust to his opponent at the right time to win his first state wrestling championship Feb. 22 at Alltech Arena. Meiman beat Lucas Miozza of Trinity in sudden-death overtime, scoring a takedown in the final seconds of the period to win 3-1. “I outworked him,” Meiman said. “He was tired. I propped him up a little bit and I was able to get a shot on him. He was taller than me so I couldn’t pick him up...the taller kids have a lot more reach on me. I just try to play it safe and tire them out.” Meiman finished the season 59-9. He won his first three matches convincingly before squeaking out a 4-3 win in the semifinals. “I took a lot more shots and picked up the intensity,” Meiman said. “I went at it a lot harder. This was the last tournament.” Logan Erdman, a sophomore, finished 60-6 for the year after finishing as state runner-up at 120. He lost by second-period pin to Nathan Boston of Woodford County, who is headed to national Division I power Iowa State. Erdman won his first three matches by pin then pulled out an overtime win in the semifinals. Junior Jon Belk was sixth at


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Tristin Badida, 145, 4-3, 33-9, eighth place Trevor Thompson, 195, 4-2, 29-6, fifth place Josh Vanstrien, 220, 0-2, 13-23 Derek Wiley, 132, 2-2, 34-13


Andrew Bailey, 145, 5-3, 40-4, sixth place Hunter Bailey, 170, 2-2, 35-11 Jordan Monroe, 120, 2-2, 36-9


Will Allen, 160, 1-2, 20-14 Jon Belk, 152, 3-3, 49-14, sixth place Jack Dorne, 145, 5-2, 45-20, seventh place Jacob Erdman, 132, 3-2, 43-13 Logan Erdman, 120, 4-1, 57-6, second place Cole Kirkland, 138, 0-2, 25-27 Johnny Meiman, 170, 5-0, 56-9, state champion Meiman’s road to the state championship: Tucker Pridemore of Anderson County (Fall 1:34), Calieb Ray of St. Xavier (Fall 1:22), Jackson Avant of Lafayette (17-5), Isaac Lawson of Hopkinsville (4-3), Lucas Miozza of Trinity (3-1 in overtime).


Clayton Brown, 145, 4-1, 34-3, second place Jake Peace, 120, 2-2, 23-20 Colin Roth, 126, 2-2, 28-13 Mason Smith, 113, 5-2, 15-6, fourth place

152, losing by fall in the semifinals. He was 49-14 overall. Jack Dorne was seventh at 145, winning four in a row in consolation after losing his first-round match. Walton-Verona almost had its second state champion in as many years after Lane Jones’ triumph in 2013. Senior Clayton Brown fell 3-1 to Michael Whalen of Henry Clay in the state championship match. A takedown by Whalen late in the second period turned out to be the difference. “This was a tough weight class with a lot of very solid

Andrew Bailey of Cooper, right, wrestles at 145 at the KHSAA state wrestling meet Feb. 22 at Alltech Arena in Lexington. JAMES WEBER/COMMUNITY RECORDER

Boone goes big at state wrestling Twenty-two wrestlers from the five teams in Boone County competed at the KHSAA state wrestling meet Feb. 22 at Alltech Arena in Lexington.

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Walton-Verona senior Colin Roth gets a bloody nose checked at the KHSAA state wrestling meet Feb. 22 at Alltech Arena in Lexington.

Braden Jones of Boone County, top, wrestles at the KHSAA state wrestling meet Feb. 22 at Alltech Arena in Lexington. JAMES



Conner senior Trevor Thompson, bottom, goes for a pin at the KHSAA state wrestling meet Feb. 22 at Alltech Arena in Lexington. JAMES WEBER/COMMUNITY RECORDER

Walton-Verona senior Clayton Brown, left, won in the 145 quarterfinals at the KHSAA state wrestling meet Feb. 22 at Alltech Arena in Lexington. JAMES WEBER/COMMUNITY RECORDER

St. Henry girls hoops hope for health in postseason By Adam Turer

St. Henry’s Savannah Neace, left, battles for a rebound last season.FILE PHOTO

ERLANGER — Paul Sturgeon’s first season as head coach of St. Henry District High School’s girls basketball team was going swimmingly. After a win over Harrison County on Feb. 1, the Crusaders were 15-5 and playing like one of the area’s top teams. Then, injuries struck at an inopportune time. The

Crusaders had to face five of the top teams in Northern Kentucky without some of their top players. That led to a disappointing February, as the Crusaders dropped six of their final seven regular season games. There is a silver lining. Instead of searching for answers as they enter the postseason, the Crusaders know what they are capable of if they just get get their

best players healthy and on the court together. “The biggest challenge has been overcoming the number of injuries that we have incurred this season. We have had some injuries to key personnel,” said Sturgeon. “It is not about correcting anything. It is more about getting healthy for the tournament.” Senior Trisha Marks and junior Savannah Neace are leading the Crusaders. Both

post players average nearly a double-double. Despite the rash of late-season injuries, the team has remained focused and upbeat. “The girls’ attitude has been fantastic all season and has never been an issue. They are a tough-minded, resilient group that plays hard, smart and together,” said Sturgeon. “They are preparing for the See HOOPS, Page A7



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wrestlers, so it could have been anyone,” Brown said. “Mike wrestled great his whole career. I’m proud of him. I would have liked to finish first, but there’s nothing I can do about it.” Brown won his first two matches by pin then claimed decisions of 6-2 and 8-6 to get to the final. He finished 34-3 and won his fourth state medal, rebounding after a tough, medal-less junior season. This was his last major wrestling match as he will join the Coast Guard this June to take part in a family tradition. “I’ve wrestled my whole life, so it means a lot,” he said. “It’s been a big part of my life. We started the program here and I was really excited.” Walton-Verona’s Ma-

Ryle sophomore Johnny Meiman, top, wrestles to victory in the 170 quarterfinals at the KHSAA state wrestling meet Feb. 22 at Alltech Arena in Lexington. JAMES WEBER/COMMUNITY RECORDER

son Smith was fourth at 113 and 15-6 for the year.

He lost by pin in the quarterfinals then won three


straight matches to win a medal. Tristin Badida, a Conner High School sophomore, finished eighth at 145, winning four straight in the consolation bracket after losing his firstround match. Conner’s Trevor Thompson, a senior, finished fifth at 195 and received the Kentucky Army National Guard Best & Brightest Award. He had a tough 8-7 loss in the championship semifinals and finished his senior season 29-6. Cooper sophomore Andrew Bailey finished sixth at 145 and was 40-4 for the year. He won five in a row in the consolation bracket after losing his first-round match. In a major quirk, four of the eight medalists at 145 were from schools in Boone County.

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tournament just as hard as they have the entire season.” The Crusaders get to play the 34th District tournament at home, beginning Feb. 26 against Lloyd. The program is seeking its sixth straight Ninth Region tournament. The final regular season record did not matter much, and the girls do not feel pressure to keep the regional tournament streak alive. “We try not to be too results driven because you can lose sight of doing things the right way,” said Sturgeon. “We only concern ourselves with those things which we can control: Our preparation, effort and attitude. We try to focus on the process and doing things the right way.” Sturgeon’s first season has been a success. The Crusaders won16 regular season games with just two seniors on the roster. Several players have stepped up into bigger roles than expected and shown improvement since the beginning of the season. It will take a total team effort for the Crusaders to find success in the postseason. Despite all the obstacles - injuries, weather postponements, and a difficult schedule - Sturgeon has enjoyed his first season at the helm and is not ready to see it end just yet. “The biggest surprise has been how quickly the season has gone,” he said. “It seems like yesterday we were starting practice on Oct. 15 and now it’s tournament time.”

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Boys basketball

» Boone County beat Cooper 38-36 Feb. 17. Brenden Stanley had 16 points. Zach McNeil had 23 for Cooper. Boone beat Newport 62-29 Feb. 19. Junior Stockwell scored 20 and the Rebels shut down one of the area’s most potent offenses, limiting the Wildcats to eight first-half points. » Conner lost 55-54 to Holmes Feb. 18, falling on a basket at the buzzer. Landon Lamblez had 22 points. » Cooper beat Scott 64-58 in overtime Feb. 21. Spencer Holland had 15 points and Colin

Hathorn 11. » Ryle beat St. Henry 64-51 Feb. 18. Will Stuhr had 13 points and six other Raiders had five points or more. Ryle beat Campbell County 72-68 Feb. 20. Stuhr posted 20 points. » St. Henry beat Holy Cross 85-61 Feb. 21 to end the season 13-9. Jordan Noble had 25 points and Connor Kunstek 16. » Walton-Verona lost 69-68 to Grant County in overtime Feb. 18. Alex Taulbee had 19 points and Chance Sullivan 18. Shea Evans made a 3-pointer as time expired to force OT. W-V beat Carroll County 61-54 to end the regular season.

Girls basketball

» Boone County beat St.

Henry 40-31 Feb. 19. Macey Ford had 13 points and Maddy McGarr 11. Dallis Knotts scored 12 points on four 3-pointers. » Cooper beat Pendleton County 65-23 Feb. 18. Katey Pittman had 13 points, Lexi Held and Paige Ross 11 each. Cooper beat Campbell County 67-36 Feb. 20. » Ryle beat Notre Dame 4943 Feb. 18. Mallory Schwartz had19 points and nine rebounds. » Walton-Verona beat Owen County 65-20 Feb. 17. Hailey Ison had 18 points and Morgan Simpson15. Ison had 23 in a loss to Simon Kenton Feb. 19. Allie Mills had 21 in a 67-45 win over Carroll County Feb. 21. » Here are the Northern Kentucky Girls’ Basketball

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Ryle swimming ready for records (1:49.18) and third in the 100 backstroke (55.25). Senior Liam Galloway was fourth in the 100 butterfly (54.65) and has a shot at the school record in the event. He was sixth in the 100 breaststroke (1:02.65), a new event for him this season. Those two seniors team with senior Mikey O’Leary and freshman Brandon Powell teamed to place fourth in the 400 free relay (3:30.89). They have a shot at the school record, as well. Ryle was fifth in the 200 medley relay at regionals. Sophomore Bryce Craven swam in that and is seeded 11th in diving. He finished sixth in regionals. Ryle was third in the 200 free relay with O’Leary and Powell joined by Zak Bailey and Tristan Stamm. In girls, Ryle freshman Grace Bank was fifth in the 200 individual medley (2:14.30) and third in the 100 breaststroke

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wacko. The tea party got off to a bad start with real Republicans. Garth Kuhnhein, then president of the Ted Northern KenSmith tucky Tea Party, posted the COMMUNITY RECORDER GUEST following mesCOLUMNIST sage on its website just before the March 2012 Republican Party reorganization. Kuhnhein said: “At the next meeting of the Kenton tea we will discuss how to get involved in your local Republican party and return it to the party of limited government, free markets and fiscal responsibility.” We real Republicans considered Kuhnhein’s comments an insult. He accused us of being for an expanded role of government, in favor of a managed/ socialist economies and fiscally

irresponsible. He displayed incredible ignorance. Throughout history we Republicans have been the ones promoting limited government, free markets, fiscal responsibility, liberty and the sanctity of life. While Republicans are trying to increase the number of U.S. senators so we can take control of the Senate from Harry Reid, the tea party has taken us in the opposite direction. In 2010, the tea party injected candidates into Republican primaries in Colorado, Delaware and Nevada, defeated the Republican candidates then lost the general elections keeping the seats Democrat. In Indiana, they cost us a seat. The tea party said Republican Sen. Richard Luger was too “liberal” so they injected Richard Mourdock into the Republican primary. Mourdock defeated Lugar then lost the general election to Joe Donnelly, a Democrat. A U.S. Senate

Historical lesson on concealed carry in Kentucky With all the news lately about carrying guns in bars and schools, I thought it would be a good time to review the history of concealed carry in Kentucky. The Second Amendment of the Constitution guarantees all Americans the right to keep and bear arms. Many people are not aware that the Kentucky Constitution gives Kentuckians additional rights and responsibilities with regard to their right to bear arms. The Kentucky Constitution specifically states that all Kentuckians have the right to bear arms in self defense and the defense of others and that right shall not be infringed upon except for the regulation by the Kentucky General Assembly regarding carrying arms concealed. Some have tried to make our Constitutional rights with regards to arms an argument about squirrel or deer hunting, but that’s not what our Founding Fathers had in mind. The reason these protections were put in place was so that citizens could protect themselves from tyrannical govern-



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ments and thugs. Because of their background, tyrannical governments were one of their worst fears. History has a long list of tragedies when the people were forced to disarm themselves by the government. One of the most recent is in World War II when Hitler chose not to invade Switzerland because of his knowledge that the people were well-armed. Unfortunately, France and other European countries had disarmed their populations and were sitting ducks. As a retired police officer with over 30 years of experience in the criminal justice system and as a concealed carry permit holder myself, I have followed with interest the history of the concealed carry movement in Kentucky. A movement that is now more than 20 years old. When it was first proposed the press and some in law enforcement predicted dire conse-

quences. However, the opposite had been true. Since our concealed carry laws were enacted in Kentucky, over 20,000 people have lawful concealed carry permits and the crime rate is drastically down from previous years. Accidental deaths from firearms are at a 40 year low. Letting Kentuckians exercise their Constitutional rights has been a huge success by any standard. Senate Bill 60, which I sponsored, updated our concealed carry laws by streamlining the process while still holding license-holders accountable. The bill also allows lawful permit holders to legally defend themselves in places that serve alcohol if they are not drinking. Again we have the naysayers, but history shows they will be wrong. Republican State Sen. John Schickel represents District 11. He can be reached at PO Box 991, Union Ky., 41091. Call him at 1-800-372-7181

228 Grandview Drive, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017 654 Highland Ave., Fort Thomas, KY 41075 phone: 283-0404 email: web site:

seat Republican for 18 years is now Democrat. The tea party consistently makes three mistakes. First, tea partiers attack Republicans like Sen. Lindsey Graham, Sen. John McCain and Sen. Mitch McConnell yet say nothing negative about Democrats like Harry Reid. Second, tea partiers inject their candidates into Republican primaries, defeat the Republican candidates then lose to the Democrats. Third, tea partiers don’t understand that they cannot achieve their objectives unless they win general elections. Now, as to this RINO thing. I am not a member of the tea party. I am a Republican only. Kuhnhein and his posse are registered Republican, yet call themselves tea party members. They are Republicans in name only. They are the tea party RINOs.

Ted Smith lives in Park Hills.

CIVIC INVOLVEMENT Boone County Jaycees Meeting time: 7 p.m. first Wednesday of each month Where: Florence Government Center, 8100 Ewing Blvd., Florence (lower level) Contact: President Katie Beagle, 859-466-8998

Daughters of the American Revolution Rebecca Bryan Boone Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution of Fort Thomas Meeting time: Second Wednesday or Saturday of each month Contact: Zella Rahe, 1106 Craft Road, Alexandria KY 41001, 859-635-5050,

Interact Club of Boone County Meets: Twice monthly, dates vary Where: Scheben library, 8899 U.S. 42, Union Contact:

Union Recorder Editor Marc Emral, 578-1053 Office hours: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday See page A2 for additional contact information.








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‘10 CHEVY SILVERADO K1500 CREW CAB LT.... $30,762

‘12 CHEVY K2500 HD CREW CAB LTZ....$42,463

‘10 DODGE RAM QUAD CAB 4X4 ................. $30,846


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‘06 CHEVY SSR ................................... $24,653

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‘09 PONTIAC G6 .................................. $13,879

‘10 CHEVY SILVERADO K1500 4X4 EXT CAB .. $19,873

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‘11 FORD RANGER SUPER CAB 4X4 XLT ....... $20,873

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‘08 CHEVY SILVERADO K1500 EXT CAB ........ $21,263

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‘11 CHEVY SILVERADO K1500 CREW CAB 4X4 .....$21,263

‘11 BUICK LACROSSE CXL ................. $16,873

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Jonni Lynch of Elsmere, pie maker and owner of Pie Bird Sweet and Savory, at the Northern Kentucky Kitchen Incubator’s open house in Covington.KAMELLIA SMITH/FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Luke Alquizola of Newport slices pie for customers. Alquizola loves baking and is a business partner of Jonni Lynch, owner of Pie Bird Sweet and Savory.KAMELLIA SMITH/FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Doug Clark of the Delish Dish, left, talks to customers Carla Cain of Ryland Heights, far right, and her mother Mary Jo McClury of Erlanger. The Delish Dish is owned by Clark’s wife, Mavis Linnemann-Clark, second from left. She couldn’t afford a kitchen until she joined the incubator.KAMELLIA SMITH/FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Attendees of the open house were encouraged to bring canned goods for the Senior Services of Northern Kentucky’s food pantry in order to be entered in a drawing for a gift basket of Northern Kentucky Kitchen incubator treats, valued at over $50.KAMELLIA SMITH/FOR THE

Vincent Alquizola of Newport, 8, in blue shirt, tries samples of Love and Fluff Marshmallows.KAMELLIA SMITH/FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER


Love and Fluff Marshmallows owner Stephanie Beck Borden, left, talks to customers Rhonda Wood of Bellevue, center, and Alexis Stein of Crittenden.KAMELLIA SMITH/FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Christy White of Whirlybird Granola, left, had to drive nearly two hours to find kitchen space before joining the incubator. White is seen here with customer Chuck Sugarman of Fort Thomas.KAMELLIA SMITH/FOR THE COMMUNITY RECORDER

Small business owners share work space By Kamellia Soenjoto Smith kynews@NKY.Com


mall businesses significantly impact Kentucky’s economy, according to a report by the U.S. Small Business Administration published last February. They represent 96.7 percent of all employers and 47.8 percent of the private-sector labor force. Pie Bird Sweet and Savory is one of them. The handmade pie business began in an Elsmere home last summer. The

owner, Jonni Lynch,, is married and mother of a 5-year-old, with four dogs and a full-time job at a law firm in Covington. “This is what I love to do,” she shared. “I want to give myself the opportunity.” About five months ago Lynch joined the Northern Kentucky Kitchen Incubator. Together with other small business owners, she shares kitchen space at Senior Services of Northern Kentucky in Covington. The idea came from Rachel DesRochers. “The kitchen

incubator is a united kitchen space so that we’re all working under one roof,” she said. Her business, Grateful Grahams, produces handmade vegan graham crackers. “It allows small businesses to get off the ground so they’re not taking over the burden in overhead of what of a commercial kitchen costs.” Members of the incubator meet once a month to share ideas. For instance, they negotiated with a local printer so they can get their labels printed at a discounted rate.

“We have buying power that we wouldn’t have if we didn’t work together,” DesRochers said. “We’re also working with an accountant who’s going to help us,” she added. “He’s retired and part of the senior services, and just wants to donate his time.” To celebrate their successes they had an open house earlier this month where all the food produced at the kitchen was up for sale. The event drew quite a crowd. Other local producers repre-

sented were the Delish Dish gourmet caterers, Love and Fluff Marshmallows, Whirlybird Granola, and Evergreen Holistic Learning Center, bakers of vegan zucchini bread. Small business owners who are interested in becoming part of the incubator should contact DesRochers at “When you have other people that own small businesses, you have somebody to talk to,” DesRochers shared. “It’s awesome because we all work together.”


THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD FRIDAY, FEB. 28 Art & Craft Classes Little Learners, 10 a.m.-midnight, The Lively Learning Lab, 7500 Oakbrook Drive, Suite 10, Learn basic skills including fine motor skills, social skills, reading, dancing, music, science and arts/crafts. Ages 3-6. $15. 859371-5227; Florence.

Art Exhibits Literary - Libraries Mahjong, 1 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, All skill levels welcome. 859-3422665. Union.

SATURDAY, MARCH 1 Education Kaplan ACT Practice Exam, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Take practice exam before upcoming exam date; bring No. 2 pencil and calculator. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Burlington.

Literary - Libraries Winnie the Pooh and Winter, Too, 1 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Snowy fun in Hundred Acre Wood. Ages 2-5. Free. 859-342-2665. Union.

Sports Winter/Spring Meet, 1:10 p.m., Turfway Park, Free, except March 26. 859-371-0200; Florence.

SUNDAY, MARCH 2 Sports Winter/Spring Meet, 1:10 p.m. Optional, Turfway Park, Free, except March 26. 859-371-0200; Florence.

MONDAY, MARCH 3 Art & Craft Classes Little Learners, 10 a.m.-midnight, The Lively Learning Lab, $15. 859-371-5227; Florence.

Civic Tea Party Meeting, 6-8 p.m., Sub Station II, 7905 Dream St., Meet and discuss limited government, free markets and fiscal responsibility. Free. Presented by Grassroots Tea Party of Boone County. 859-586-9207; Florence.

Dance Classes Cardio Dance Party Dance Fitness Class, 6-7 p.m., The Ritz Ballroom Dance Studio, 8150 Mall Road, Variety of dance styles, including jazz, hip-hop, Latin, jive and more danced to popular music. Ages 18 and up. $7-$12. Presented by Cardio Dance Party. 513-6179498; Florence.

Education Creativity in the Classroom: Writing Poetry with Middle to High School Age Writers, 5-8 p.m., Thomas More College, 333 Thomas More Parkway, Teachers learn how to make poetry writing come alive for their students. Led by Richard Hague and Pauletta Hansel. $25. Registration required. 859-334-3304; Crestview Hills. Russian Language Class, 1-2 p.m., The Lively Learning Lab, 7500 Oakbrook Drive, Suite 10, Introduces Russian language and culture, facilitated by the study of vocabulary, grammar, short readings and guided conversation. For ages 10 and up. $22. Registration required. 859-371-5227. Florence.

Literary - Libraries Homework Help (grades K-12), 5-7 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Drop in and volunteers show you how to use library resources and guide you toward the correct answer. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Burlington. Zumba, 6 p.m., Chapin Memorial Library, 6517 Market St., Latin-inspired, calorie-burning workout. $5. 859-505-8263. Petersburg. Gentle Yoga, 6 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Learn basic postures and flows. $25. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Burlington.

Yoga, 7:10-8 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Hatha Yoga postures. $25. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Burlington. Microsoft Excel I, 6:30 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Explore basics of MS Excel 2013, including creating worksheet, working with simple formulas, sorting and filtering, creating pie chart and more. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Burlington. In the Loop, 10 a.m., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, Knit or crochet in relaxed, friendly company. Learn for first time or pick up new tricks. 859-342-2665. Florence. Zumba, 6 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Latininspired dance-fitness program. $25 per month. 859-334-2117. Union. Teen Gaming (middle & high school), 3:15 p.m., Lents Branch Library, 3215 Cougar Path, Gaming and snacks. Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Hebron.

TUESDAY, MARCH 4 Education Admissions Information Session, 2-3 p.m., Gateway Community and Technical College Boone Campus, 500 Technology Way, B104A, Center for Advanced Manufacturing. Find out about financial aid, academic programs, advising and more. Ages 18 and up. Free. Presented by Gateway Community and Technical College. 859-441-4500; Florence. Financial Aid Workshop, 3-4 p.m., Gateway Community and Technical College Boone Campus, 500 Technology Way, B206, Center for Advanced Manufacturing. Attend workshop and get help with filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Ages 18 and up. Free. Presented by Gateway Community and Technical College. 859-441-4500; Florence. Sign Language, 4:30-5:30 p.m., The Lively Learning Lab, 7500 Oakbrook Drive, Suite 10, Learn conversational sign language. $10. 859-371-5227. Florence.

Literary - Libraries Bridge, 12:30-3 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, 859-342-2665. Union. TAG and MAC (middle and high school), 6:30-8 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Help plan programs, recommend books and materials and earn volunteer hours. Pizza provided. Reservations required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665; Burlington. Open Gym (middle and high school), 3:30 p.m., Chapin Memorial Library, 6517 Market St., Basketball, board games and snacks. 859-342-2665. Petersburg.

Music - Blues Open Jam, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Miller’s Fill Inn, 52 Donnermeyer Drive, Free. 859-4313455; Millersfillinn. Bellevue.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 5 Art & Craft Classes Little Learners, 10 a.m.-midnight, The Lively Learning Lab, $15. 859-371-5227; Florence.

Education Financial Aid Workshop, 2-3 p.m., Gateway Community and Technical College Urban Center, 525 Scott Blvd., Room 211. Attend workshop and get help with filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Ages 18 and up. Free. Presented by Gateway Community and Technical College. Through March 19. 859-441-4500; Covington. Admissions Information Session, 1-2 p.m., Gateway Community and Technical College Urban Center, 525 Scott Blvd., Room 201. Find out about financial aid, academic programs, advising and more. Free. Presented by Gateway Community and Technical College. 859-441-4500;

The annual MainStrasse Village – including the Big Head Parade – is Friday, Feb. 28 and Saturday, March 1. Ages 21 and older. $15 both nights, $10 one night. Presented by MainStrasse Village Association. 859-491-0458; TO DONNA KREMER Covington. Lego Club, 3-4 p.m., The Lively Learning Lab, 7500 Oakbrook Drive, Suite 10, Learn science with Legos. Free. 859-371-5227. Florence.

Literary - Libraries Teen Cafe, 3:15 p.m., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, Gaming, Internet, snacks and more. Teens. Free. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665; Florence. Homeschool Hangout (middle and high school), 2 p.m. Join Stephanie Jolly, Kaplan Premier ACT/SAT tutor, to learn strategies and tips for college application process., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-3422665. Burlington. Homeschool Sampler (grades K-5), 2 p.m. Boone County Parks staff teaches how to play Bocce, ancient game played in Roman Empire., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-3422665. Burlington. Chess Club, 7 p.m., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, All ages and levels are invited to play. 859-342-2665. Florence. Family Storytime (ages 2-5), 10:30 a.m., Chapin Memorial Library, 6517 Market St., Help your child build language and literacy skills through stories, songs and play. 859-342-2665. Petersburg. Newport Aquarium Presents Creature Feature, 6:30 p.m., Lents Branch Library, 3215 Cougar Path, Learn about giant turtles and lizards from Newport Aquarium. Visit with them up close and personal. Free. 859-342-2665. Hebron.

Mom’s Clubs MOMS Next, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Florence United Methodist Church, 8585 Old Toll Road, Hot breakfast provided along with speaker topics relevant to mothers of children in grades 1-12. Free childcare provided. Free. 859-371-7961; Florence.

Recreation Ryle Band Bingo, 6:30-10 p.m., Erlanger Lions Club Hall, 5996 Belair Drive, Doors open at 5:15 p.m. Early games begin 6:45 p.m. Regular games begin 7:30 p.m. Ages 18 and up. Benefits Ryle Marching Band Boosters. Presented by Ryle Band Boosters. 859-282-1652. Erlanger.

THURSDAY, MARCH 6 Art & Craft Classes Arts and Crafts by Defy Gravity Designs, 5:30-6:30 p.m., The Lively Learning Lab, 7500 Oakbrook Drive, Suite 10, Make different art/craft piece every week. $5. Registration required. 859-371-5227. Florence.

Exercise Classes Sombo/Russian Judo, 6:30-8 p.m., Hebron Lutheran Church, 3140 Limaburg Road, Downstairs. Ages 6-adult. Learn Russian art of self-defense and how to fall properly to prevent injury. Ages 6-. $85 per year. Presented by Sombo Joe. 859609-8008. Hebron.

Literary - Libraries Computer & Internet Basics, 10 a.m., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, Learn how

to use computer and surf Internet. Learn about parts of computer system, how to get online and get to websites, how to use search engines and perform keyword searching and how to set up and use an email account. Registration required. 859-342-2665; Florence. Bridge, 12:30-3 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 859-342-2665. Union. Yoga, 6 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Class suitable for all levels. 859-3422665. Union. Magic the Gathering (middle and high school), 3-5 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Play Magic the Gathering with other local players, or learn how to get started. Bring your own deck. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665. Burlington. Best of the Best Book Group, 3 p.m. Discuss “The Funeral Dress” by Susan Gregg Gilmore., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, 859-342-2665. Florence. Seuss on the Loose (grades K-2), 4:30 p.m., Walton Branch Library, 21 S. Main St., Free. Registration required. 859-3422665. Walton.

Music - Choral Queen City Choral Champions, 7:30 p.m., The Carnegie, 1028 Scott Blvd., Otto M. Budig Theatre. Relive sonic bliss of Cincinnati’s 2012 World Choir Games with three of its medalwinning local choirs: the NKU Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Cincinnati Sound Chorus and the Christ Church Glendale Choir. $20. 859-491-2030; Covington.


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Literary - Libraries Mahjong, 1 p.m., Scheben Branch Library, 859-342-2665. Union. Teen Night (middle and high school), 6 p.m., Florence Branch Library, 7425 U.S. 42, Games, snacks, movies and more. Free. 859-342-2665. Florence.

Music - Bluegrass Marty Raybon and Full Circle, 7 p.m., Turfway Park, 7500 Turfway Road, Bluegrass concert presented by Cincinnati’s WOBO-FM. $25, $20 advance. Presented by WOBO (FM 88.7). 859-992-5775; Florence.

On Stage - Theater The Story of My Life, 8-10 p.m., Monmouth Theatre, 636 Monmouth St., Follows lifelong friendship of Alvin and Thomas. Thomas struggles to write Alvin’s eulogy while recounting the many turns their lives have taken. Through music and song, they discover what is at the base of every strong friendship: love. $20, $17 students and seniors. Presented by Falcon

Theater. 513-479-6783; Newport.

Sports Winter/Spring Meet, 6:15 p.m., Turfway Park, Free, except March 26. 859-371-0200; Florence.

SATURDAY, MARCH 8 Dining Events David Wood Chili Cook-off and Flea Market, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Petersburg Community Center, 6517 Market St., Also features indoor flea market. Free. Presented by Elvin E. Helms Lodge No. 926. 859-8013095. Petersburg.

Literary - Libraries PAWS to Read (grades K-5), 10 a.m., Scheben Branch Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Read to therapy dog. Call to schedule 15-minute time slot. 859-342-2665. Union.

Sports Winter/Spring Meet, 1:10 p.m., Turfway Park, Free, except March 26. 859-371-0200; Florence.

SUNDAY, MARCH 9 Sports Winter/Spring Meet, 1:10 p.m. Optional, Turfway Park, Free, except March 26. 859-371-0200; Florence.

Art & Craft Classes Little Learners, 10 a.m.-midnight, The Lively Learning Lab, $15. 859-371-5227; Florence.

Cooking Classes Cooking the Books, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Book: “Colonel Sanders and the American Dream.”, Boone County Cooperative Extension Service, 6028 Camp Ernst Road, Prepare foods inspired by monthly book selection. Ages 21 and up. Free. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Cooperative Extenson Service. Through May 16. 859-586-6101. Burlington.

Dining Events Fish Fry, 4-8 p.m., Mary Queen of Heaven School, 1130 Donaldson Highway, Dine-in service, carry-out and drive-thru. Benefits Mary, Queen of Heaven School. Prices vary. Presented by Mary, Queen of Heaven Parish. 859-525-6909; Erlanger.

Drink Tastings Friday Wine Tasting, 4-8 p.m., D.E.P.’s Fine Wine & Spirits Fort Thomas, Free. 859-781-8105; Fort Thomas.

Education AARP Tax-Aide, 9 a.m.-noon, Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Middle and low-income taxpayers are eligible for this free tax preparation service. Those with

Zak Morgan, nationally recognized singer and storyteller, performs family-oriented songs 2 p.m., Sunday March 2, at the Baker Hunt Art and Cultural Center, 620 Greenup St. $5, $2.50 children. 859-431-0020; PHOTO



Rita shares pasta and squash, homemade cough syrup recipes It was a week of “last ofs.” We split and stacked the last of our wood (check out our smiling photos on my blog) and we had our last sled ride of the year. Son Jason Rita videoed it Heikenfeld not just for RITA’S KITCHEN fun, but, as he said, “to have evidence that you, mom, actually made it down the hill.” Well, I not only made it down the hill but I went farther than any of the kids. So there. I also used the last of our garden butternut squash to make a nice pasta dish, which I’m sharing today. All these “last ofs” remind me that spring is not far away.

Pasta with butternut squash and sage

This is a real impromptu, go to taste recipe. The original called for fresh sage and I only had dried from my herb garden. Unless you add red pepper flakes, don’t look for a lot of spice in this dish, just a nice, mellow flavor.

1 butternut squash, about 3 pounds, peeled and chopped into 1⁄2-inch cubes

1 large red onion, coarsely chopped Olive oil 8 oz. whole wheat short pasta 4 tablespoons butter or olive oil Dry or fresh sage leaves (start with 1 teaspoon dry or 6 fresh, chopped and go from there) 2-3 teaspoons minced garlic Salt and pepper (I added a bit of crushed red pepper flakes at the end) Parmesan for garnish

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix squash, onion, salt and pepper, and enough olive oil to coat. Place in single layer on pan and roast about 30-40 minutes, until squash is tender and lightly browned, turning halfway through. Cook pasta. Cook butter, sage and garlic until garlic is golden. Add squash mixture, and pasta (I didn’t add all the pasta at once) to taste. Add more sage if you like. Add red pepper flakes if you want. Sprinkle with cheese. Serves 3-4.

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Easy-to-peel winter squash/pumpkins: Worth sharing again. Poke holes all over with fork. Put in microwave on high for a few minutes. This softens the skin. Remove with

mitts. Let cool and peel. You know what? The squash/onion mixture is so good on its own that it would make a great side dish.

Homemade honey-lemon cough syrup

Ever since I talked about this on Ron Wilson’s gardening show, I’ve had requests to share. Good for sore throat coughs and just about anything upper respiratory that ails you. Raw honey is what I recommend for its antibiotic properties, healthy enzymes and other good nutrients. Check out my blog for more health qualities of lemon and honey, photos and a honey poultice recipe. Here’s how I make the cough syrup: Roll a washed lemon around (organic preferred) on counter, putting pressure on it with your hand to help release the juices and break down cell structure. Cut in chunks and pour honey over to cover. Smoosh all down with a spoon. Let sit in refrigerator a couple of days before using. Store in refrigerator. Take a teaspoonful as needed, several times a day if necessary.

More goetta stories

They keep coming in! Mueller family goetta. Joyce Mueller’s family makes goetta at Christmas as a gift to themselves. She said: “Our family uses pork and veal. We put the meat in a pot; add water, onion, celery (the leafy part), carrots, pickling spice, bay leaf, allspice and bouillon and cook like a stock. After simmering for about an

hour, we grind the meat, reserve the water into which we place the ground meat, a little barley then stir in quick oats until one can’t add any more oats. Place in the bread loaf pans. We fry in a cast iron skillet.” Carol’s vegetarian goetta. Reader Sandi W. loved Carol’s goetta and wanted to know if it can be frozen. Hopefully, reader Julie

Bruns, who shared the recipe, will let us know. Rita Nader Heikenfeld is an herbalist, educator, Jungle Jim's Eastgate culinary professional and author. Find her blog online at Cincinnati.Com/ blogs. Email her at with "Rita's kitchen" in the subject line. Call 513-248-7130, ext. 356.

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A nondenominational prayer service for service men and women serving overseas will be 7 p.m. Thursday, March 6, at the Trucker’s Chapel at the Travel Centers of America truck stop at 7777 Burlington Pike, Florence. Volunteers from the community hold this service the first Thursday of each month to pray for people from all over the Greater Cincinnati area who are stationed overseas. This service is open to anyone. For more information or to add a name to the prayer list, call Bobby Vallandingham at 859462-4652 or e-mail robert.vallandingham

WALTON — Voters in the Walton 1 precinct will have a new polling location for the May 20 primary election and Nov. 4 general election. Boone County Clerk Kenny Brown announced Feb. 20 that Walton-Verona High School, a polling location for more than 20 years, is unable to accommodate voters during the 2014 elections. Until further notice, the new polling place for voters in the Walton 1 precinct area will be the Boone County Public Library’s Walton branch, 21 S. Main St., Walton.

Kenner fundraiser planned

Former Congressman Geoff Davis and Richard Knock will host a fundraiser for Boone County Commissioner Charlie Kenner from 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday, March 13, at the Triple Crown Country

Club, 1 Triple Crown Blvd., Union. Kenner faces challenger Phyllis Sparks in Kenner the May Republican primary for his District 2 seat on the Boone County Fiscal Court. Kenner has had a dental practice in Florence since 1979 and has been commissioner since 2000. A U.S. Army captain, Kenner has also served on the Northern Kentucky Health Board since 1980 and has been chairman of the Boone County Health Board since 2002.

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Behringer-Crawford Museum in Devou Park has named three people as this year’s recipients of the Two-Headed Calf Awards. Jim Reis, Rick Hulefeld and Ralph Drees will receive the award at a banquet Saturday, March 8, at the Northern Kentucky University’s James C. and Rachel M. Votruba Student Union Ballroom. The fourth annual TwoHeaded Calf Awards are designed to recognize Northern Kentuckians for significant accomplishments in the areas of history, education and community service. The awards are named for the museum’s most notorious and fun exhibit: a preserved two-headed

calf. The calf symbolizes that very often true excellence rests with those who demonstrate achievement beyond a single contribution. Just as two heads are better than one, so, too, is the service of the people these awards honor. The winners are: » Jim Reis – Historical Award Reis was a reporter for the Kentucky Post for 38 years and has devoted his life to researching Northern Kentucky history. He is a contributor to “The Encyclopedia of Northern Kentucky” and serves on the board of the Campbell County Historical Society. “He has to be the single most quotes source of

years. Hulefeld has shown passion and a commitment to bettering the lives of our youth. Children Inc. has grown from one site serving only a few dozen children to a comprehensive child care provider involved in a multitude of activities, programs and policy-making efforts that are all devoted to improving the lives of our youth. Hulefeld has developed Children Inc. into Kentucky’s largest provider of early childhood education services. » Ralph Drees – Community Service Award

A former Kenton County judge-executive, Drees has shown a longstanding commitment to the organizations, charities, and people of this region. As a nationally recognized builder, he has supported numerous organizations throughout Greater Cincinnati including the BehringerCrawford Museum and The Carnegie. In 2003 he developed and donated the Drees Pavilion, named after his father, in Devou Park creating a strong foundation for the continuing rejuvenation

of the park. Proceeds directly benefit projects improving the beauty and utility of the Park for all of the region’s residents. The awards banquet begin at 6 p.m. March 8. It will include cocktails, a silent auction, live music and dinner. John Lomax of WKRC-TV Local12 will be the master of ceremonies. Tickets are $100 per person or $800 for a table of eight. Reservations can be made by contacting the museum at 859-491-4003 or by email mailto: by Feb. 28.

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DEATHS Frederick Clayton, 90, of Erlanger, died Feb. 16, at Florence Park Care Center. He was a service manager for ABS Business Products, formerly Underwood/Olivetti, for 43 years, was a sergeant in the Army Air Corps during World War II, was a member of St. Henry Church, Holy Name Society, Nocturnal Adoration Society, and Knights of Columbus, and was a past president of St. Henry Church Credit Union Board. His wife, Harriet; sisters, Louise and Rita; and brother, Paul, died previously. Survivors include his sons, Ken Clayton of Shawnee, Kansas, and Kevin Clayton of Florence; daughter, Karen LaVelle of Florence; brother, Bill Clayton of Covington; and two grandchildren. Burial was at St. John Cemetery in Fort Mitchell. Memorials: Passionists Monastery, 1511 Donaldson Hwy., Erlanger, KY 41018.

Mary Connor Mary Meinken Connor, 87, of Newport, died Feb. 20, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. She earned her bachelor of arts degree from Thomas More College at the age of 63, served as a secretary at St. Paul School in Florence for 18 years, was a member of Mother of God Choral Club in Covington for more than 60 years, a member of Holy Spirit Parish in Newport, and hand-restored religious statues for Our Lady of the Holy Spirit in Norwood, Ohio. She ws the wife of former coach and athletic director at Thomas More College the late Jim Connor. Her husband, Jim Connor; sisters, Ruth, Thelma, Esther, Annalee and Vera; and brother, Bud, died previously. Survivors include her children, Dr. James, John, Dr. Edward, Gery, Nancy Kelly, Marty and Terry; sisters, Ursula and Juanita; 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Burial was at Mother of God Cemetery in Covington. Memorials: Coach Jim and Mary Connor Scholarship Fund at Thomas More College, 333 Thomas More Parkway, Crestview Hills, KY 41017, Attn: Cathy Silvers.

Carol Johnson Carol Ann Johnson, 70, of Florence, died Feb. 18. She was a retired secretary for Dixie Heights High School, and attended Crossroads Church. Survivors include her husband, Keen D. Johnson; son, Tony Johnson; brother, H.B. Deatherage; and two grandchildren. Memorials: Boone County Education Foundation, 8330 U.S. Hwy. 42, Florence, KY 41042.

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Ira Curry Jr., 89, of Delbarton, W. Va., died Feb. 8, at Appalachian Regional Hospital in South Williamson, Ky. He was a retired coal miner after 33 years of work, member of the Connolly Memorial Baptist Church, and an Army veteran of World War II. His brothers, Eugene, Billy Ray and Estelle Curry, died previously. Survivors include his wife, Violet Kirk “Tince” Curry; sons, Henry Curry of Dry Ridge, and Robin Curry of Burlington; sister, Lillie Curry of Manassas, Va.; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Burial was at Lenore Memorial Gardens in Lenore, W. Va.

Anna Mary Hensley, 94, died Feb. 17, at St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas. She grew up on a farm on Petersburg Road in Boone County, played basketball and swam in her youth, played many years in a bowling league at Southern Lanes in Alexandria, was a contestant on the Bowling for Dollars game show in the 1970s, enjoyed playing golf later in life, spent many afternoons playing bridge and other games at Leonard Shore Senior Center at Reeves Golf Course as well as the Campbell County Senior Center, was an avid sports fan, cheering on the UK Wildcats, Cincinnati Reds and her granddaughters’ basketball and Moreland Drug softball games, was a member of the Rosie Reds and the Spring Chicks Red Hats, was a member of the First Baptist Church of Cold Spring, and volunteered many hours at St. Luke’s Hospital in Fort Thomas. Her husband, Howell R. Hensley, two brothers and two sisters, died previously. Survivors include her daughter, Nell Jo Vick of Highland Heights; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Interment was at Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinnati. Memorials: First Baptist Church of Cold Spring.

Karen Dernbach Karen McKay Dernbach, 75, of Mount Vernon, Ohio, formerly of Boone County, died Jan. 9, at Riverside Memorial Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. She was a retired teacher, member of the Berean Faith Fellowship Church in Mount Vernon, and graduate of the first senior class at Boone County High School, 1956. Her husband, Rev. Richard Dernbach, died previously. Survivors include her daughter, Jessica Harmon of Mount Vernon; son, Michael Dernbach of Bellville, Ohio; brothers, Randy and Jeff McKay; sister, Lynn McKay; three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Memorials: Berean Faith Fellowship Church, P.O. Box 784, Mount Vernon, OH 43050.

Claude Grubbs Claude Allen Grubbs, 75, of Ludlow, died Feb. 13, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was a retired self-employed truck driver, member of the Sunday Morning Club, and loved hunting, fishing and watching sports, especially the UK Wildcats. His brother, Ralph Grubbs; and sisters, Betty Doan and Mary Gregory, died previously. Survivors include his brothers, Harold Grubbs of Erlanger, James Grubbs of Hebron, and Charles Grubbs of Florence; sisters, Clara Doerman of Hebron, Norma Gillespie of Morrow, Ohio, and Glenna Bunton of Cincinnati. Interment was at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North.

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Margarita “Margie” Martinez, 80, of Southgate, died Feb. 13, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. She was a homemaker, active in the Fort Thomas community, volunteered at the St. Luke Hospital Gift Shop in Fort Thomas, was a past member of the St.

JoAnne Meece JoAnne Meece, 82, of Florence, died Feb. 15. She was a homemaker, and member of Fort Mitchell Baptist Church. Her husband, Milford Meece, died previously. Survivors include her daughter, Debbie Keller of Florence; sisters, Dolores Wolfzorn of Erlanger, and Carol Mai of Erlanger; and two grandsons. Burial was at Highland Cemetery. Memorials: St. Elizabeth Hospice, 483 S. Loop Road, Edgewood, KY 41017.

previously. Survivors included his daughters, Barbara Jean Lakes of Taylor Mill, and Linda Sue Landrum of Covington; sons, Robert Paul Mullikin of Union, and Steven Roy Mullikin of Covington; 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Interment with military honors was at Mother of God Cemetery in Fort Wright.

Lydia Mullins Lydia Mae Mullins, 83, of Florence, died Feb. 14, at her home. She was a homemaker who enjoyed cooking, watching game shows and spending time with her grandchildren. Her husband, George; and sisters, Audrey Leek and Mary Rust, died previously. Survivors include her daughters, Karen Walker of Dry Ridge, and Margie Sebring of Florence; sons, Jim Mullins and Greg Mullins of Crittenden; sisters, Janet Durr of Crittenden, and Rennie Roland of Florence; brothers, Frank Connelly of Morning View, and Arthur Connelly of Crittenden; seven grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and three great-greatgrandchildren. Burial was at Crittenden Cemetery. Memorials: Hospice of the Bluegrass, 7388 Turfway Road, Florence, KY 41042.

Robert Roberts II Robert David “Bob” Roberts II, 50, of Walton, died Feb. 18, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was a self-employed accountant. Survivors include his son, Brett Roberts of Park Hills; daughter, Brittany Roberts of Florence; parents, Robert “Bob” and Martha Murphy Roberts of Walton; sisters, Patti Brown of Hebron, and Kristy Chalk of Covington; brother, Daniel Roberts of Erlanger; and girlfriend, Sandy Norman of Batesville, Ind.

Tina Shields Tina Shields, 53, of Petersburg, died Feb. 15. She was a realtor for Star One Realtors, member of N. Ky. Realtors Association, and retired from Federal Express after 26 years. Survivors include her husband, Jerry Shields; son, Justin Shields; daughters, Tasha Shields and Cyndi Stary; brothers, Phil and Tom Teeters; sisters, Becky Gannaway and Cathy Teeters; and six grandchildren. Burial was at Bullittsburg Baptist Cemetery. Memorials: American Heart Association; or a college fund for the grandchildren.

See DEATHS, Page B10

Roy Mullikin Roy P. Mullikin, 94, of Covington, died Feb. 18, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood. He was an Army veteran of World War II, retired electrician for Covington Independent School Board of Education, formerly employed as a water technician and maintenance person for the City of Covington, and member and shop steward for AFSME Union. His wife, Martha Louise Clifford Mullikin; grandson, Christopher Lee Graham; and sister, Virginia Rose Grout, died

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Luke Auxiliary, and the Highland Country Club, and was active at the Campbell County YMCA, the Newport Elks Lodge No. 273, and their Ladies Auxiliary. Her son, Isaac Martinez; brothers, Francisco and Pedro de la Garza; and sisters, Gertrudis Roman and Juanita Gomez, died previously. Survivors include her husband, Dr. Aureliano “Al” Martinez of Southgate; daughters, Rebeca “Becki” Walker of Union, Lupita Laber and Maria “Liza” Martinez of Fort Thomas; brothers, Alfredo, Adan and Santos de la Garza; sisters, Rebeca and Teresa de la Garza; nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Memorials: St. Elizabeth Hospice, 483 S. Loop Road, Edgewood, KY 41017; or St. Catherine of Siena Church, 1803 N. Fort Thomas Ave., Fort Thomas, KY 41075.


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New Lions Club having meeting The Walton Lions Club organizational group is moving forward. The next meeting will be at the Heritage Bank in the Walton Towne Center on Tuesday, March 4, at 1 p.m. You may contact Sarah Rodgers at 859.485.3937 with any questions. ■ You might want to mark your calendars for March 9, as this is date daylight savings time begins. ■ Rev. Kevin Russell has returned from a mission trip to Nicaragua. Kevin traveled with Al and Charlene Meyer of Cincinnati, founders of the Tin Roof Foundation. Walton Christian Church is active in this ministry which provides food, education, medical care to the kids in the mountain village of Nicaragua. ■ There is much excitement about the new Mom’s Morning Out being organized at the Walton Christian Church. The program is designed to give parents (or grandparents) a few hours to themselves to run errands, make appointments or just some free time. The spring session is for 10 weeks from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Thursday mornings beginning March16 through May 22 for children ages 6

months to kindergarten .During the program, the children will enjoy a structured Ruth environMeadows ment with WALTON NEWS activities, art and music time, games and more. The purpose of creating this program is to continue the mission of the church by providing a quality, affordable program for families to connect, grow and to serve the people in our community. In order to get started, toy donations suitable for the age groups will be gladly accepted by March 1. Volunteers are gladly welcomed such as snack helpers, nursery helpers, preschool helpers, pickup/drop off helpers and behind the scene helpers to prepare and get ready for activities. A small donation or activity fee will gladly be accepted. More information will be forth coming with brochures. If you would like more information or be a part of this new program, please e-mail or call Tiffany Sams at or 859250-5402. ■ Don’t forget the Wal-

Behringer-Crawford Museum grills hot dogs

ton Verona Elementary School PTA Spring Crafts Fair this Saturday, March 1, in the cafeteria. The fair will start setting up at 8 a.m. Adult shoppers entrance fee is $5. ■ Walton Verona High School Class of 1958 members, Jean Phipps, Louise Reynolds, Eleanor Baker, Janice Grubbs and Ora Scott met at El Torro Restaurant last Thursday. They get together each month. ■ Greg and Peggy Peebles enjoyed a trip to Gatlinburg this past weekend. ■ Hilda Noe has completed her rehab and is glad to be home. Hilda would like to express her gratitude and sincere thanks to everyone for their prayers, cards, calls and visits during her hospital stay. ■ Mike Glenn is at home recuperating from outpatient surgery last week. ■ Happy Birthday to Phillip Lawrence and Bob Roark on Feb. 27 and Patti Glenn on March 1. Ruth Meadows writes a column about Walton. Feel free to call her at 859-3917282 with Walton neighborhood news items.

The staff of the Behringer-Crawford Museum is as tired of the winter weather as you are. So as the temperature slowly returns to normal, freeing Devou Park from layers of snow and ice, the museum invites you to celebrate the coming spring – wit the hot dogs supplied by the museum. On Saturday, March 1, from11a.m.-1p.m. the museum will grill hot dogs for all the guests, free

with paid admission. There will also be crafts for the children The museum has exhibits to learn about Northern Kentucky’s unique history and culture. Featured now is Vietnam: Our Story which reflects upon the experiences, contributions, and impact of Northern Kentuckians during and following the Vietnam War, in their own words. In appreciation for

their sacrifice and service, veterans from all eras and all current military personnel will receive free admission to Behringer-Crawford Museum for the entire run of Vietnam: Our Story, through Aug. 31. For more information about this exhibit, contact Tiffany Hoppenjans, curator of exhibits and collections at 859-491-4003 or thoppenjans@bcmuse

DEATHS Continued from Page B9

Kyle Sims Kyle Sims, 75, of Verona, died Feb. 14, in Florence. He was a retired diesel mechanic for Key GMC in Cincinnati, and a member of the Cincinnati Kopeling Pigeon Flyers. His brothers, Larry Sims and Ricky Sims; and sister, Mavin Lauchard. Survivors include his wife, Nancy Price Sims of Verona; sons, Tony Sims of Cape Coral, Fla., and Ronnie Sims of Crittenden; brother, Bobby Sims of Ohio; sisters, Kathleen Zins and Judy Boehl, both of Ohio; four grandchildren and two greatgrandchildren. Burial was at New Bethel Cemetery.

Ramon Wilson Ramon L. “Ray” Wilson, 78, died Feb. 15. He was a Boone County policeman and retired as major of the department in 1993, attended the Southern Police Institute where he was voted class historian before graduating

in 1989 as part of the 82nd AOC, served in the Army for six years, was a member of Florence Baptist Church at Mount Zion, was an avid Kentucky Wildcats fan, and loved to sing . His wife, Alma, died previously. Survivors include his daughters, Ramona Lee, Rene’ Lynn and Robin Lisa; two grandchildren. Memorials: St. Elizabeth Hospice, 483 S. Loop Road, Edgewood, KY 41017; or the Southern Police Institute Alumni Association University of Louisville, Louisville, KY 40292.

Terry Yelton Terry Yelton, of Hebron, died Feb. 15, at his brother’s home in Walton. He was an accomplished finish carpenter for both Finke and Arlinghaus builders, enjoyed hunting and clay-pigeon competitions in Vandalia, Ohio, and during the last years of his life his joy and companion was his dog, Patch. His sisters, Betty Pierce, Ruth Brown, Jane Rowland, Jennie Moore and Jo Ann Scott, died previously.


Survivors include his sisters, Linda Yelton and Nancy Dringenburg; and brother, Ronald Yelton. Memorials: Hospice of the Bluegrass, 7388 Turfway Road, Florence, KY 41042.

Helen Ziegler Helen Rose Ziegler, 77, of Fort Mitchell, died Feb. 15, at her home. She was a longtime member of Blessed Sacrament Church, an avid gardener, world traveler, and a 40-year employee of Central Clinic at the University of Cincinnati where she served as assistant to the executive director and as a director of human resources. Survivors include her husband, Wilbert “Will” Ziegler of Fort Mitchell; sons, Greg Ziegler of Fort Mitchell, Dan Ziegler of Verona, and Rob Ziegler of Crescent Springs; sister, Loretta Moore of Peach Grove, Ky.; and four grandchildren. Interment was at St. Mary Cemetery in Fort Mitchell. Memorials: Central Clinic Foundation, attn: Lisa Steffen, 311 Albert Sabin Way, Cincinnati, OH, 45229.

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