CVG and Amazon Drive Boone Economic Growth

March 10, 2017

Florence, Ky. – Northern Kentucky University’s top economic analyst expects Amazon’s $1.49 billion expansion of its e-commerce operations in Boone County to impact industry growth, air cargo operations and salaries for workers positively. “Greater Cincinnati is one of the top ten e-commerce hubs in the United States,” said Janet Harrah, senior director of the NKU […]

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Dream Comes True at Richwood on the River B&B

March 6, 2017

Florence, Ky. – Colleen Sutton’s love story reads like a business plan. In fact, it was a savvy business plan that made her lifetime dream come true for the wedding planner turned owner of Richwood on the River B&B in Milton. “This is a love story of a mother and wife who really loves her […]

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Our Famous Zoo Babies

January 30, 2017

FLORENCE – When Gladys’ mother rejected her at birth, the Cincinnati Zoo and its “Zoo Babies” program came to the rescue. Zoo keepers dressed in gorilla suits and attended to her needs 24 hours a day until she got used to her new environment. Family matters to gorillas, you see. They are social animals that […]

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LiveWell Campaign Comes to Rotary

January 18, 2017

FLORENCE – Nancy Costello and Lea Beck are trying to raise an army in Northern Kentucky to combat a tenacious public enemy. The enemy? Poor health habits. Kentucky stands No. 47 of 50 states in overall health, according to their recruiting literature for LiveWell NKY. And, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ranks the […]

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Living With Polio

December 10, 2016

FLORENCE – Rotary International’s three-decade battle to eradicate polio worldwide means more to Barry Kienzle than to most others. Kienzle, the chief financial officer for Paul Hemmer Companies, contracted the crippling disease a month before his second birthday. After six surgeries stretched over 15 years, he enjoyed a pretty normal life for half a century, […]

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Bray Brings Animal Shelter Awareness to Rotarians

November 7, 2016

FLORENCE – Hedgehogs can be a problem. They are a bit prickly to handle. Cats can be a problem, too. They tend to proliferate. That’s the assessment of Colleen Bray, field sergeant for the Boone County Animal Shelter in Burlington. “Cats are our biggest challenge, especially in the spring and summer,” Bray said. “We get […]

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The Ghosts of Boone County

October 31, 2016

Bridget Striker, Local History Coordinator Boone County Public Library, spoke about ghosts in Boone County. The Local History Department does a lot of genealogy research, including house and property genealogy.   They receive a lot of questions about “who died in my house or on my property.”  From these questions an idea was born—Ghost Walks of […]

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U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie Visits Florence Rotary

October 25, 2016

FLORENCE – U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky) believes elimination of omnibus funding bills would help break the frequent budget gridlocks in Congress. To meet the September 30 deadline for funding the government, lawmakers in recent years have lumped proposed appropriations from 12 subcommittees into a single bill. Congress also has passed continuing resolutions that keep […]

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Everything But The House Visits Florence Rotary

October 17, 2016

FLORENCE – How can you attract half a million potential buyers to your estate auction? Move it online … everything except the house, that is. That’s the premise behind a Cincinnati-based business named (you guessed it!) Everything But The House (EBTH) that has turned traditional estate sales into a virtual auction with the reach and […]

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Mayor Whalen Updates Rotarians

October 3, 2016

FLORENCE – The city of Florence continues to see small and large investments in commercial and residential development, according to Mayor Diane Whalen. Florence has grown into the eighth largest city in Kentucky in recent years with a current population of 32,000 residents. More than 100,000 people a day come to the city to work, […]

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Judge Moore Updates Rotarians

September 27, 2016

FLORENCE – Corporate growth isn’t the most important indicator of the health of Boone County to Judge-Executive Gary Moore. It’s the quality of the growth that matters to him. “We want to ensure the growth is adding to the quality of life in the community, not just putting more pressure on roads and infrastructure,” he said. […]

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Dinsmore History Visits Rotarians

September 7, 2016

FLORENCE – When people ask Barbara Bardes what period of history the Dinsmore Homestead in Burlington depicts, she says “150 years.” Visitors to the home, built in 1842, will find an accumulation of personal possessions, household goods and letters accumulated by the Dinsmore family over the century and a half the single family owned the […]

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