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Newport: SkyWheel Work Begins in Florida; Priest Honored

The Newport city commission honored a long-serving priest at its most recent meeting.

Monsignor William Cleves has served the Diocese of Covington for forty years.

Since 2011, he has been at Holy Spirit Parish in Newport. Cleves graduated from Covington Latin School in 1970, and then attended St. Pius X Seminary, before becoming a parish priest at St. Thomas, the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, and St. Cecilia.

Over his four decade tenure, Cleves has “demonstrated a commitment to education including local teaching assignments at Thomas More College and Holy Trinity in Newport as well as serving as a retreat leader and presenter and hosting a local adult faith education series,” read the city proclamation dedicated to Cleves.

“For a long time,” Cleves said as he addressed the packed city chambers, after receiving a standing round of applause, “the longest place that I lived was Rome, Italy.” He then looked up from his city declaration just presented to him by Mayor Jerry Peluso, “Now, I'm happy to say that it's now Newport.”

Two others were honored for the service to the city.

At Monday night's meeting, the city also honored retiring Newport Police officer Greg Roller.

“He is everything that you would want in a patrolman,” said Lt. Paul Kunkel, who presented the plaque of service to Roller. “He is a supervisor’s dream.”

In addition, Officer Adam Moeves was honored at the meeting for his recent acts of heroism for helping to save the life of a choking infant.

“We just received re-certification,” added Police Chief Thomas Collins who presented the award to Moeves.

It was also announced that the highly anticipated Newport SkyWheel project is projected to begin installation this fall. “The lease has been submitted and we are still waiting on a survey,” said City Manager Tom Fromme. “Installation is currently being done in Panama City for the wheel and then delivered here.”

After construction begins, the expected timeline for completion is nine months and it will stand more than 230-feet tall; mounted on a pier extending out toward the Ohio River.

Written by Kareem Simpson, RCN contributor