Cedarville University names new president

Published: Wednesday, June 05, 2013 @ 10:22 AM
Updated: Wednesday, June 05, 2013 @ 6:17 PM

Thomas White

Title: 10th president at Cedarville University.

Experience: Vice president for student services and communications and associate professor of systematic theology at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas; director of student life at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, N.C.; has authored or edited four theological books and numerous articles.

Education: Ph.D., Systematic Theology, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (2005); M.Div., pastoral track with languages, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (2001); B.A., English, Anderson University (1997); A.A., Anderson University (1995).

Family: Wife, Joy Martin White; two children.

Interesting fact: Once owned four karate schools in South Carolina. He holds a fourth degree black belt in Karate, was the Middleweight World Amateur Sport Karate international champion in 1993 in addition to two state championships and is a member of the World Martial Arts Hall of Fame.

Online: www.drthomaswhite.com,

Cedarville University’s newly named president Thomas White said he will work to ensure the school’s graduates are academically prepared for jobs and “understand how to defend their Biblical world view against a culture that may not always be so friendly to that world view.”

White, 39, was selected as Cedarville’s 10th president unanimously by the nine-member search committee and the university’s board of trustees from a pool of 46 applicants. He will leave a job as vice president of student services and communication and associate professor of systematic theology at the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, and begin in his new role July 1. He replaces Bill Brown, who retired after a decade as president and is now advocating for the 126-year-old private, Baptist university as its chancellor.

White told a large crowd that gathered Wednesday for a ceremony to announce his presidency that over the course of his interviews, “it became evident that Cedarville and I are kindred spirits. That we both hold high the Gospel of Jesus Christ, that we both believe in a Biblical foundation that is evident throughout every classroom, every teacher, every staff member, and that will continue.”

He also pledged to continue the requirement that every undergraduate attend chapel and earn a Bible minor, and he added that he wants every student to go on a meaningful mission trip with him or a faculty member to reach people who have never heard the name of Jesus Christ. He said he will use his experience to specially focus on chapel and the School of Biblical and Ministry Studies during his time leading the school, which has about 3,400 undergraduate, graduate and online students enrolled in more than 100 areas of study.

And, he said to parents of prospective students that “Cedarville will be a place you can trust.”

White holds a doctoral degree in systematic theology and a master of divinity degree in pastor track with languages from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C. He earned a bachelor’s in English and associate of arts degrees from Anderson University in South Carolina, according to Cedarville.

According to his online biography, White has worked at Southwestern Seminary since October 2006 when he was elected as the school’s vice president. He is a native of Honea Path, S.C., has authored or edited four theological books, is a hunter, a former world amateur champion in Karate and is a member of the World Martial Arts Hall of Fame.

Board of Trustees chairman Lorne Scharnberg said White was highly recommended and has training and experience managing, teaching and preaching that qualified him for the position as president. “He has proved himself at Southwestern Seminary.”

White and his wife of 14 years, Joy, will move to the area with their adopted daughter, Rachel, and son, Samuel.

“I really look forward to getting to know all of you,” White told the crowd. “And for all of us working together to make a difference for the Gospel of Jesus Christ. That’s our mission, that’s our goal and that’s our purpose. We have an incredible opportunity to impact Ohio, to impact the Midwest and to impact this world.”

Cedarville has launched a new website with more information on White, Cedarville.edu/president.

Great white makes stunning dive into boat injuring 73-year-old fisherman

Published: Monday, May 29, 2017 @ 4:39 PM

It could have been a scene out of the movie “Jaws.” In a stunning move, a nine-foot great white shark leaped out of the water and dove onto a fishing boat off the coast of New South Wales, injuring a 73-year-old fisherman.

In 60 years of fishing, Terry Selwood told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation he’s never seen anything like it.

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“I caught a blur of something coming over the boat … and the pectoral fin of the shark hit me on the forearm and knocked me down on the ground to my hands and knees,” Selwood told the ABC.

“He came right over the top of the motor and then dropped onto the floor,” he said.

“There I was on all fours and he’s looking at me and I’m looking at him and then he started to do the dance around and shake and I couldn’t get out quick enough,” Selwood added.

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The Marine Rescue Unit came to his aid, transporting him to shore where he was taken to a local hospital for treatment of his injury.

Selwood said conditions were clear at the time of the breach, with nothing unusual happening in the water around his boat.

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“For some unknown reason he just launched himself out of the water and must have come up four feet out of the water to clear my outboard motor and drop straight in the boat.”

The shark was hauled off by researchers for a necropsy. As for Selwood, he told the ABC he’ll be out fishing again as soon as possible.


Manchester attack: What we know about suspected suicide bomber Salman Abedi 

Published: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 12:39 PM
Updated: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 3:44 PM

British authorities on Tuesday identified the suicide bomber believed to have blown himself up outside an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, as 22-year-old Salman Abedi.

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Greater Manchester police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins confirmed Abedi’s identity Tuesday but declined to comment further, citing the need for the coroner to confirm the identity.

Authorities said Abedi detonated a suicide bomb near one of the entrances to the Manchester Arena on Monday, just after an Ariana Grande concert wrapped up. The attack killed 22 people and injured 59 others, officials said.

Here’s what we know:

Abedi was a British man of Libyan origin who was born in 1994Politico Europe reported. His parents were emigrants who settled in England and later moved back to Libya, The Telegraph reported. He was the second youngest of four children.

Police were warned about Abedi’s “extreme and violent views” several years before Monday’s deadly bombing, according to BBC News.

A Muslim community worker, who was not identified, told the news station that two people who knew Abedi from college called police separately to warn authorities that “he was supporting terrorism.”

The community worker told BBC News that the calls were made about five years ago after Abedi said, among other things, that “being a suicide bomber was OK.”

Police declined to comment on the claim.

Abedi’s “links with ISIS are proven,” France’s Interior Minister said Wednesday, according to Politico Europe.

He traveled to Libya before Monday’s attack and had links with the Islamic State group, Politico Europe reported, citing French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb.

“Today, we only know what British investigators have told us – someone of British nationality, of Libyan origin, who suddenly after a trip to Libya, then probably to Syria, becomes radicalized and decides to carry out this attack,” Collomb told BFMTV.

Abedi lived at a home 3.5 miles from Manchester Arena, according to The New York Times. A law enforcement official told the newspaper that Abedi's ID was found at the scene of the bombing.

Police arrested two of Abedi's brothers and his father in the aftermath of the attack, according to multiple reports.

Anti-terrorism officials in Libya told The Associated Press that Abedi’s father, Ramadan Abedi, was arrested Wednesday for interrogation. One of Salman Abedi’s brothers, Hashim, was arrested Tuesday in Libya on suspicion of having links with the Islamic State group, according to BBC News. Another of Salman Abedi’s brothers, Ismail, was arrested Tuesday in Manchester.

Ariana Grande’s mother speaks one week after deadly Manchester concert bombing

Published: Tuesday, May 30, 2017 @ 7:14 AM

Joan Grande and Ariana Grande during the unveiling of her debut fragrance

It has been a week since a deadly blast killed 22 people who were attending an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England. Now her mother is speaking out on social media, saying her daughter had been spending time “in reflective thought, prayer & deep sorrow,” Billboard reported.

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Joan Grande said in a tweet, “I join my daughter in extending my help & services to all those affected by the diabolical act of terror which occurred in Manchester.”

Joan Grande was going backstage at the arena when the explosion happened. ABC News reported that she helped fans get to safety after the blast.

Ariana Grande has put her Dangerous Woman tour on hold until June 7, when she plans to take the stage in France, Variety reported. She will then travel to Portugal, Spain and Italy.

Last week, Ariana Grande announced that she will be holding a benefit concert for victims of the attack, but details have not been released.

Local BBQ restaurant snags ‘Best Sauce’ national award

Published: Tuesday, May 30, 2017 @ 7:13 AM

Southwest Ohio nearly made it a clean sweep of the three sauce categories in the National Barbecue News 2017 “Sauces of Honor” competition.

First, in the pork category, 1572 Roadhouse Bar-B-Q — the seasonal restaurant that opened last June on the grounds of the Ohio Renaissance Festival in Harveysburg — won 1st place for its “Roadhouse Blues” sauce. Roadhouse Blues is the house sauce at the barbecue eatery, and it beat out 79 entries from across the country for the top spot this year.

In the chicken category, Historic BBQ’s “Original Sauce” captured the No. 1 award for best sauce. Historic BBQ is a Lebanon, Ohio-based caterer and competition BBQ team. In the same chicken category, 1572 Roadhouse Bar-B-Q restaurant captured 6th place for its — yes, you’re reading this right — Myassis Dragon Asian sauce.

And finally, in the Beef category, 1572 Roadhouse scored a 2nd place award for its Smoky Maple sauce, while Englewood restaurant Company 7 BBQ won 3rd place for its “Chief Smoky” sauce. The same Company 7’s sauce won first place in the same category in 2015.

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That’s an extraordinary showing for both 1572 Roadhouse Bar-B-Q and for southwest Ohio in general. The national competition drew 197 entries, and the Barbecue News specialty publication and web site named “top 10” sauces in each of the three categories. The state of Ohio had more entries than any other state with 31, followed by Texas.

Last year, 1572 Roadhouse — led by pitmasters Chris Cavender and Mike Tenore — also captured 1st place for its “All About The Meat” beef rub in a separate National Barbecue News 2016 Rubs of Honor competition.

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The 1572 Roadhouse restaurant is open from May to October, and its menu includes Chicken, Pulled Pork, Ribs, Tri-tip, Sausage and a variety of traditional barbecue house side dishes and desserts. It also offers a children’s menu. Carry-out and catering are available. For more information, go to 1572roadhousebarbq.com or email info@1572roadhousebarbq.com, or call (513) 897-1572.

Historic BBQ caters parties, corporate events, luncheons, employee appreciation days, graduations, birthdays, fund-raisers, festivals, car shows and other events. For more information and to see a menu, go to historicbbq.com/catering.

Company 7 BBQ, with an atmosphere that evokes a 1920s-era firehouse, opened in December 2010 at 1001 S. Main St. (Ohio 48) in Englewood. For more information, go to www.company7bbq.com.