5 things to know about Betty Cantrell, Miss America 2016

Published: Monday, September 14, 2015 @ 6:21 AM
Updated: Monday, September 14, 2015 @ 6:21 AM

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Miss Georgia Betty Cantrell, 21, was crowned Miss America 2016 on Sunday night, claiming a $50,000 scholarship with the title.

Here are five things to know about the pageant winner:

1. Her first name is Baciliky, which means "royalty." According to the Miss Georgia website, Cantrell, who has Greek and German ancestry, was named after her Greek grandmother. She also sings in her Greek Orthodox church choir and is a member of a Greek dance group.

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2. She grew up on 700 acres "managed for wildlife" in Warner Robins. There, she learned skills such as "driving a full-sized John Deere tractor, plowing and seeding fields, and handling a shotgun," the Miss Georgia website reportsIn a video posted to her Twitter account, she adds, "I grew up in the country with no cable TV." She graduated from Macon's Mount de Sales Academy in 2012 and attends Mercer University, where she studies vocal performance.

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3. Her dream is to perform on Broadway. She sang "Tu Tu Piccolo Iddio" from Puccini's "Madame Butterfly" in the Miss America talent competition. She's also won several awards in vocal performance, including the musical theater and classical singing categories of the 2014 and 2015 National Association of Teachers of Singing College-Level competition. The stage "is my favorite place to be. The bigger the audience, the better," she told the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer in June. 

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4. Her platform is "healthy children, strong America." According to the Telegraph, her parents own a sports medicine and physical therapy center. "Child obesity is a real problem" she told the Ledger-Enquirer. "I grew up eating healthy. Others are not that fortunate."

5. She is the second Miss Georgia to win Miss America. The first Georgia winner was Neva Jane Langley Fickling of Macon, who was named Miss America 1953. "I couldn't be more happy to represent my state," Cantrell said in a video posted to her Twitter account.

Area college students get to show their creations at annual DVAC show

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 11:31 AM

“Ten Minutes” oil on canvas by Sarah Baker of Sinclair Community College. CONTRIBUTED
“Ten Minutes” oil on canvas by Sarah Baker of Sinclair Community College. CONTRIBUTED

For The Cline Show at the Dayton Visual Arts Center, not only do many regional art students get to show their works in a local prestigious gallery, some of them are mentored as well.

“Working with our region’s students, mentoring them and providing them with a true-to-life, professional gallery experience is at the core of what we do, helping to foster the next generation of artists and making connections to other artists and art lovers,” said Eva Buttacavoli, executive director of DVAC.

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The students selected to be mentored this year: Sarah Baker, Zoe Duncan, and Latosha Stone of Sinclair Community College, and Odette Chavez-Mayo of Antioch College.

Baker, who grew up in Antioch, Ill., currently calls West Alexandria, Ohio, home. She is presenting three works in the show. “Five Minutes” and “Ten Minutes” are oil on canvas paintings of the sky. “Joe” is a pastel drawing.

“Colocasia” charcoal and pastel drawing by Kathryn Paull of University of Dayton. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)

“Sometimes I’ll watch a sunset for however long it takes; they change so quickly. For ‘Ten Minutes’ the sun was setting and it went from a vibrant pink/red/orange to something more subtle with the sun just poking through the clouds,” said Baker.

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She is appreciative of the opportunity to be mentored.

“I am learning so much … understanding how the galleries like to put the pieces together, and how they are cohesive with one another,” said Baker, whose tentative plans are to attend The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. “It was an awesome opportunity to help curate and hang the show.”

Works that impressed DVAC representatives include art by Kathryn Paull of University of Dayton and Simeon Estes of Sinclair Community College. Paull is showing work in two media: ceramics and charcoal/pastel. The Rocky River, Ohio, resident is presenting an untitled ceramic figure and a wood-fired ceramic bowl. “Colocasia” was a charcoal/pastel drawing done in her Drawing III class taught by Jennifer Rosengarten.

You can see Rosengarten’s influence, as Paull conveys much more than the plant itself to the viewer. The emotive charcoal work is punctuated with sea green and magenta markings.

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“I really appreciated art throughout K-12; it was a great outlet. I wasn’t passionate about any other subject,” said Paull, who was also taught by ceramics professor Geno Luketic. “I’m a junior studying art education, and I hope to eventually become a high school art teacher.”

Estes is presenting a 39-by-27-inch pastel drawing titled “Cut it Out.” Other works highlighted by DVAC reps include pieces by Morgan Bukovec of U.D., and Alexis White of the School of Advertising Art. Bukovec created “Bound,” a mixed media collage. White is presenting an archival inkjet print, “Duck_Fish.”

These eight college students join 32 other artists in the exhibit. In addition to Antioch, the School of Advertising Art, Sinclair and U.D., students represent Cedarville, Edison State, Wittenberg, and Wright State University. These students were nominated by their fine art and design faculty.

This annual exhibit was named in memory of Barbara C. Cline who worked for 10 years as DVAC’s office manager. Sponsors include exhibition partners Amelia Hounshell and Brian Albrecht, along with education and public program representatives Bob Brandt, Jr. and Marjorie Kuhns.


WHAT: The Cline Show — Annual Art & Design Student Invitational

WHERE: Dayton Visual Arts Center, 118 N. Jefferson Street

WHEN: Continues to Feb. 10

HOURS: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tues.-Sat., 5 to 8 p.m. First Fridays

RECEPTION: 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 2

GALLERY TALK: 6:15 p.m.

MORE INFO: 937-224-3822, daytonvisualarts.org

Journey, Def Leppard joining up for North American tour

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 10:00 AM

Journey And Def Leppard Announce Joint Tour

Journey and Def Leppard are joining together for a 60-date North American tour.

Journey confirmed the rumors of a joint tour on its Twitter page Friday morning.

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“The rumors are true! @JourneyOfficial @DefLeppard are teaming up for a 2018 North American tour kicking off May 21st in Hartford, CT,” the band said. The news comes after Journey guitarist Neal Schon teased a tour announcement from the two groups Sunday.

The two groups first toured together in 2006.

“Twelve years ago we embarked on a US tour with Journey and it was an absolute blast,” Def Leppard bass guitarist Rick Savage said in a statement. “Looking forward to hooking up again. Believe me, this will be even more spectacular.”

Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliot spoke to Rolling Stone about the tour.

“The fact that we’re touring with Journey, and it’s putting us into huge arenas like Madison Square Garden and stadiums, that is very special for us. It’s two iconic bands touring together,” Elliot said. “It makes it more of an event when the bill is all bands that people have heard of. We went out with a really good band called Tripping Daisy in 1996, but nobody cared. But when you have people like Cheap Trick, Poison, Heart or Journey, it makes for a better night for the people in the crowd. They come in and they know what they're going to get.”

According to a news release on the tour, Journey will close half of the shows and Def Leppard will close the the other half. Tickets go on sale at LiveNation.com starting Feb. 3. Information on pre-sale and VIP tickets has not been announced.

The tour dates can be seen below.

May 21 - Hartford, Connecticut, XL Center 

May 23 - Albany, New York, Times Union Center 

May 25 - Hershey, Pennsylvania, Hersheypark Stadium 

May 26 - Buffalo, New York, KeyBank Center 

May 28 - Cleveland, Quicken Loans Arena 

May 30 - Cincinnati, U.S. Bank Arena 

June 1 - Toronto, Rogers Centre 

June 2 - Pittsburgh, PPG Paints Arena 

June 5 - Raleigh, North Carolina, PNC Arena 

June 6 - Knoxville, Tennessee, Thompson-Boling Arena 

June 8 - Bristow, Virginia, Jiffy Lube Live 

June 9 - Charlotte, North Carolina, Spectrum Center 

June 11 - Philadelphia,  Wells Fargo Center 

June 13 - New York, Madison Square Garden 

June 15 - Newark, New Jersey, Prudential Center 

June 16 - Baltimore, Royal Farms Arena 

July 1 - Atlanta, SunTrust Park 

July 3 - Noblesville, Indiana, Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center 

July 4 - Milwaukee, Summerfest 

July 6 - Memphis, Tennessee, FedExForum 

July 7 - North Little Rock, Arkansas, Verizon Arena 

July 9 - Tulsa, Oklahoma, BOK Center 

July 11 - Louisville, Kentucky, KFC Yum! Center 

July 13 - Detroit, Comerica Park 

July 14 - Chicago, Wrigley Field 

July 16  - Wichita, Kansas, INTRUST Bank Arena 

July 18 - Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Denny Sanford PREMIER Center 

July 19 - Lincoln, Nebraska, Pinnacle Bank Arena 

July 21 - Denver,  Coors Field 

July 23 - Des Moines, Iowa, Wells Fargo Arena 

July 25 - Kansas City, Missouri, Sprint Center 

July 27 - Minneapolis, Target Field 

July 28 - Fargo, North Dakota, Fargodome 

Aug. 11 - Boston, Fenway Park 

Aug. 13 - Virginia Beach, Virginia, Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater 

Aug. 15 - Columbia, South Carolina, Colonial Life Arena

Aug. 17 - Fort Lauderdale, Florida, BB&T Center

Aug. 18 - Tampa, Florida, Amalie Arena 

Aug. 20 - Birmingham, Alabama, Legacy Arena @ The BJCC 

Aug. 22 - Columbus, Ohio, Schottenstein Center

Aug. 24 - St. Louis, Busch Stadium

Aug. 25 - Nashville, Tennessee, Bridgestone Arena 

Aug. 27 - New Orleans, Smoothie King Center

Aug. 29 - Dallas, American Airlines Center 

Aug. 31 - San Antonio, AT&T Center 

Sept. 1 - Houston, Toyota Center 

Sept. 5 - Albuquerque, New Mexico, Isleta Amphitheater 

Sept. 7 - Phoenix, Talking Stick Resort Arena 

Sept. 8 - Las Vegas, T-Mobile Arena

Sept. 21 - San Francisco, AT&T Park 

Sept. 23 - San Diego, Petco Park 

Sept. 25 - Salt Lake City, Vivint Smart Home Arena 

Sept. 26 - Nampa, Idaho, Ford Idaho Center Arena 

Sept. 28 - Portland, Oregon, Moda Center 

Sept. 29 - George, Washington, Gorge Amphitheatre 

Oct. 1 - Vancouver, Rogers Arena 

Oct. 4 - SacramentoCalifornia, Golden 1 Center 

Oct. 6 - Los Angeles, The Forum 

Kim Kardashian West, Kanye West’s newborn daughter named Chicago

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 1:45 PM

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Welcome Third Child, ‘Healthy, Beautiful Baby Girl’

She has a name.

Days after announcing the birth of their third child, Kim Kardashian has shared that she and her husband, rapper Kanye West, have named their daughter Chicago West.

On Tuesday, Kardashian West confirmed the Monday birth of Chicago on her official website.

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“Kanye and I are happy to announce the arrival of our healthy, beautiful baby girl,” she said in a statement. “We are incredibly grateful to our surrogate who made our dreams come true with the greatest gift one could give and to our wonderful doctors and nurses for their special care. North and Saint are especially thrilled to welcome their baby sister.”

Chicago West was born Jan. 15 at 12:47 a.m. PT and weighed 7 pounds, 6 ounces. She joins big brother Saint West, 2, and big sister North West, 4.

According to a tweet from the new mom of three, Chicago will go by the name Chi, pronounced “Shy,” as in the abbreviated name of the city.

It was confirmed in September that the celebrity couple were expecting a third child via gestational carrier.

People reported that Kardashian West, 37, said her decision to hire a gestational surrogate came after her two high-risk pregnancies.

“I have always been really honest about my struggles with pregnancy,” she said on her website Thursday. “Preeclampsia and placenta accreta are high-risk conditions, so when I wanted to have a third baby, doctors said that it wasn’t safe for my — or the baby’s — health to carry on my own.”

“After exploring many options, Kanye and I decided to use a gestational carrier. Although I have used the term surrogate in the past, a gestational carrier is actually the technical term for a woman who carries a baby that she has no biological relationship to.

“A traditional surrogate donates her egg, is artificially inseminated with the father’s sperm and then carries the baby to term. Since we implanted my fertilized egg in our gestational carrier, our baby is biologically mine and Kanye’s. You can either choose someone that you know or you can go through an agency, like Kanye and I did.

“I’m so grateful for modern technology and that this is even possible,” Kardashian West wrote. “It’s not for everyone, but I absolutely love my gestational carrier and this was the best experience I’ve ever had. Our gestational carrier gave us the greatest gift one could give.”

Jackée Harry says 'Sister, Sister' is being revived

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 7:42 AM

Former 'Sister, Sister' Star Jackée Harry Says The Show Is Coming Back

The sisters are meeting up again, and Jackée Harry couldn’t be happier.

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Harry, who played Lisa Landry on the 1990s television series “Sister, Sister,” told Steve Harvey on his talk show Tuesday that a reboot of the series was imminent, ET Online reported.

“Yeah, it’s happening,” Harry said. “I’m excited.”

“Sister, Sister” aired from 1994 to 1999. The series centered around twin sisters Tia and Tamera, who were separated at birth and adopted. Tia (Tia Mowry) was adopted by Landry, while Tamera (Tamera Mowry) was adopted by Ray Campbell (Tim Reid).

Harry was promoting her role as JoAnn Payne on “The Paynes,” but spoke fondly of her time with the twin sisters, calling them “my babies,” ET Online reported.

Rumors of a reboot were rekindled in October when Tia Mowry told ET that a reunion series was "closer than ever." 

“That's basically all I can say,” she said. “But I'm getting excited.”