5 things to know about Mike Turner’s soon-to-be ex-wife Majida Mourad Turner

Published: Friday, May 19, 2017 @ 5:07 PM

Dayton area Congressman Mike Turner and Majida Mourad were married on Dec. 19 at Westminster Presbyterian Church in downtown Dayton. Photo by Cydney Hatch with Afton Photography

It seems love did not last long for Congressman Mike Turner and his second wife.  

Married less than two years, the former Dayton mayor has filed for divorce from Majida Mourad Turner.

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Turner and his former wife Lori Turner have two daughters, Jessica and Carolyn.  They divorced in 2013.

Mike and Majida Turner were married during a private ceremony on Dec. 19, 2015, at Westminster Presbyterian Church in downtown Dayton.


Here are 5 facts about Majida Turner you may not know. 

She’s a beauty

The Toledo native was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful People on Capitol Hill in 2015.

The “proud Ohioan” eschews traditional workouts at the gym for activities that keep her out and about, such as bike riding.

“I don’t like to feel like I have to work out,” she explains. “I like to just go out and be active.”

She has a background in politics and government

Majida was a member of President George W. Bush’s transition team staff and was aide to former U.S. Rep. Sonny Bono, R-Calif., and then his wife former U.S. Rep. Mary Bono, according to the Columbus Dispatch. 

From 2001 to 2005, she was a senior advisor for the U.S. Department of Energy. In that role she focused on the United States Department of Energy international relations in the Middle East, Australia, Russia and a host of European and Asian countries, her United States Energy Association bio says. 

She had a long resume

Majida  is  vice president government affairs at Tellurian Inc. (The Abraham Group), according to her Linkedin page. 

She was  vice president of government relations at Cheniere Energy Inc.  when she married Turner.  That role is still listed as current on her Linkedin page. 

She is listed as an honorary board member of The American Foundation for Saint George Hospital in McLean, Va. 

Salad and Diet Coke are her things

Majida told the Hill that she is really into family — and her lifelines are “salad and Diet Coke.” 

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She was on Turner’s arm

Majida was her congressman husband's date at community events like the Dayton Art Institute’s annual Art Ball. 

Elderly man memorializes wife by continuing her blanket sewing charity

Published: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 6:12 PM

An elderly man is keeping his wife’s memory alive by sewing blankets for those in need.

“I just felt there was a need,” said Clayton Shelburne, 88, of Zionsville, Ind. “I enjoy doing it. If my wife was here, she would be happy I’m doing this too.”

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For 10 years, Clayton and his wife, Delores, spent their free time making blankets to donate to different organizations in their area. She passed away in 2015, but Clayton has continued the tradition.

“She was a seamstress,” said Clayton. “I was never a seamstress. This is a new ballgame, because I was always an outside person.”

Clayton came up with the idea for the project after talking to his son, who is a police officer. He said police blankets go a long way to help comfort those in need.

“We could show up to a crash, and the weather could be like it is now, where it’s nice and cold, and that blanket will come in real handy when you wrap it around somebody in need,” said Sgt. Adrian Martin of the Zionsville Police Department.

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Clayton spends some of his own money to make the blankets, but most of the money comes from friends, family and others who hear about the work and want to help.


WATCH: Young girl left temporarily paralyzed illustrates dangers of tick bites

Published: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 4:49 PM

A 3-year-old girl in Oregon awoke on May 13 to find herself unable to stand or use her arms.

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Evelyn Lewis’ mother, Amanda Lewis, filmed her daughter’s failed attempts to stand with help from her husband. 

WGHP reported that the parents took Evelyn to the emergency room, where a doctor discovered a small but dangerous reason for her condition.

After combing through Evelyn’s hair, the doctor discovered a tick, diagnosing her with a condition called “tick paralysis.”

“The doctor talked to us for a minute and said over the past 15 years he had seen about seven or eight children her age with identical symptoms and more than likely she had a tick,” Amanda Lewis wrote on Facebook. “It can affect dogs also and can be fatal. I’m glad we took her in when we did and that it wasn’t something worse and that we found it before it got worse.”

According to the American Lyme Disease Foundation, tick paralysis attacks a person’s muscles and results in symptoms like muscle pains and numbness of the legs. These begin after a tick has attached itself to a host, generally on the scalp.

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Fortunately, Evelyn is now doing much better, as her mother wrote on Facebook that she “is now pretty much completely back to her feisty little self. She complains a lot about her head itching but otherwise, she’s just fine.”


I’ve got sticker shock from Dayton voting

Published: Tuesday, November 08, 2016 @ 3:36 PM
Updated: Tuesday, November 08, 2016 @ 3:36 PM

When I was a kid, I remember sitting in the front seat of my dad’s Oldsmobile Tornado. The cloth seats worn out from years of use, the classic brown and burgundy color tones throughout the dash, and the crisp smell of pure American throughout the cabin.

Election Day was always fun for me as a kid because my dad would take me to his polling location. I remember being nervous about whether or not I could stand next to him while he voted. I always did because I was a rebel. He would talk about what he was doing and why voting was important. Then at the end, we would leave and he would receive the holy grail for all American Voters: the coveted “Voting Sticker.”

The sticker was a symbolic badge of honor. Once adorning your person, you became invincible. You fulfilled your civic duty of democracy. My dad would always put his on his dashboard. He would stick it right in the middle facing us. The sticker always stared smack dab in my face, and has been a constant reminder to be informed and always vote.

With that said, I thought it would be cool to highlight some of the sticker pictures I have been seeing throughout today. Which ones are your favorite?

Emily Broughton was featured on CNN’s article: #MyVote: 50 stickers, 50 states and you article for the Ohio picture.

Heidi Milne, Synchrony Financial – Sometimes coffee takes longer than voting.

Ashley Bethard, Dayton.com – Showing off her red blazer for this heated election.

Mark DaGrossa, Folio Design Haus – Santa without a doubt checked this year’s election list twice.

Rachel Goodspeed, Vectren – Nothing better than a fresh cup of Joe along with some early morning voting!

Doug Camfield, Warped Wing Brewing – Sharing a pint as well as some time to get out and VOTE!

Boston Stoker – The best part of waking up is voting with your coffee.

Samantha Redden, JDRF – Sometimes you just have to go loco at the polls.

Generation Dayton – Emphasizing that voting is important for everyone!

Cory D. D. Miller – Just like my dad did, here is my sticker in my car…

Get in the saddle! Here’s how to try horseback riding in Dayton

Published: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

            Trail rides are offered on weekends at Carriage Hill MetroPark Riding Center from June through October. CONTRIBUTED

Reins in hand, sitting tall in the saddle, whether it’s a gentle walk or an invigorating canter, horseback riding is a partnership that provides fun as well as fitness.

“In terms of the outdoor experience, it’s like bike riding or kayaking with the added component of working with another being,” said Katherine Berg, riding center manager at the Carriage Hill MetroPark Riding Center. “There’s really nothing like it.”

Berg got hooked on riding as a student at Earlham College after taking a class at the school’s equestrian center as an extracurricular option.

“I’ve always loved animals, I really enjoy taking care of them. I love the riding, too, but caring for them gives you a different perspective,” Berg said. “The bond you can form with an animal is so special.

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“And horses are just such majestic, amazing creatures and they have such big hearts.”

Berg’s love of those majestic creatures resulted in her acquisition of Flash – a thoroughbred who was being retired from the Earlham program – when she graduated from college. Now, Berg shares her love of horses with those young and old who want to experience riding.


While the horses definitely do their share of the work, riding has several physical benefits for those in the saddle as well.

“It definitely builds core strength and also helps with balance, flexibility and coordination,” Berg said. “Depending on the type of riding, there could also be some cardio and, over time, there will also be muscle toning.”

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The benefits extend beyond physical fitness, as Berg notes that horseback riding helps with developing patience and building confidence. Over time, riders also build a rapport with their horse, learning cues and body language and developing ways to communicate effectively.

Horseback riding can also be a relaxing experience – a time to unwind, enjoy nature and de-stress.


Trail rides at the Carriage Hill Riding Center are geared toward beginners and are open to eager equestrians ages 8 and older.

“We’ve found that children 8 and older are generally more mature, their motor skills are more developed and they are more responsible,” Berg said.

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From 8 to 80, Berg has seen riders of all ages enjoy the experience.

“We have people in their 70s and 80s taking lessons, there aren’t many people who can’t do this,” she said. “Sometimes, people with back problems have some challenges, but the trail rides are definitely geared toward beginners.”

Little ones can also get a feel for the saddle with pony rides. And those who want to continue their equestrian experience can register for summer camps or lessons.

Try Riding

WHAT: Trail rides, lessons, summer riding camps and pony rides

WHERE: Carriage Hill MetroPark Riding Center, 8111 E. Shull Road, Huber Heights

TRAIL RIDES: Weekend trail rides are offered Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m., from June through October. Rides are one hour and cost $30 per person. New this year, riders can register online for trail rides.

MORE INFO: www.metroparks.org/riding-center/