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.

Dayton traffic from the WHIO Traffic Center

Published: Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 5:33 AM
Updated: Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 8:11 AM

Check this page for a full list of crashes, disabled vehicles, construction projects and other hazards impacting your commute.

Traffic issues can be reported by calling our newsroom at 937-259-2237 or tweeting @WHIOTraffic .

Sgt. Mark Bowron is updating conditions every six minutes on AM 1290 and News 95.7 FM.

Major Highway Incidents

  • The ramp from westbound I-70 to Airport Access Road is closed due to a crash.
  • On westbound U.S. 35 at Woodman Drive in Riverside, a crash was reported around 7:40 a.m. that is causing backups in the area. The crash has been removed and lanes are clear. 
  • On eastbound I-70 near Old Troy Pike in Huber Heights, an earlier semi fire is still causing backups on I-70 and I-75, but all lanes reopened around 7:30 a.m. 

Surface Street Incidents

  • On Main Street at Franklin in Centerville, police were dispatched to a crash involving a school bus around 7:30 a.m. No students were on the bus and no injuries were reported. 

Ongoing Construction & Other Closures 


  • I-75 south ramp to US 35 west will be closed from January 9th to September 30th to replace a bridge deck beam that was not included in the I-75 modernization project. The official detour is: I-75 south to the Edwin C. Moses turn around lane to I-75 north to US 35 west
  • SR 49 south between Brookville-Salem Road and Pleasant Plain Road, Lane closures November 28th through May 31. One southbound lane will remain open at all times. 
  • South Gebhart Church Road between SR 725 and Maue Road, Road Closure February 6th – April 19th. The official detour is: Maue Road to Alexandersville Road to SR 725 to South Gebhart Church Road.
  • SR 49 between Poplar Street and Main Street, road closure March 1st – April 30th. The official detour is: US 40 to SR 503 to SR 722.
  • Old Mill Road between Phillipsburg-Union Road and North Montgomery County Line Road, Road Closure February 6th - May 6th. The official detour is: Phillipsburg-Union Road to Rhinehard Road to North Montgomery County Line Road to Old Mill Road
  • The Webster Street bridge is closed as it is rebuilt. A detour will take drivers to Keowee Street to Monument Avenue. The project is scheduled to be completed in November of 2017 


  • I-75 between CR 25A (Piqua) and US 36, Lane width restrictions until June 15th. Lanes are restricted to 12 feet. Two lanes will remain open in each direction. 
  • Statler Road between Cromes Drive and Free Road, road closure until June 15th. The official detour is: Cromes Drive/Looney Road to US 36 to Troy-Sidney Road to Statler Road. 



  • SR 571 between US 36 and Jaysville - St. Johns Road, road closure January 16th – March 17th. The official detour is: US 36 to US 127 to SR 49 to SR 721


  • SR 362 between Fort Loramie Swanders Road and Canal Road, road closure February 16th through March 3rd. The official detour is: SR 362 to SR 66

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Caretaker arrested after giving 100-year-old man lap dance

Published: Wednesday, February 22, 2017 @ 9:17 PM
Updated: Wednesday, February 22, 2017 @ 9:26 PM

            Caretaker arrested after giving 100-year-old man lap dance

A former Ohio nursing home employee is facing charges after a cellphone video captured her performing lewd acts on a 100-year-old patient, WJW reported. 

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In the video, which was recorded by another employee, Brittany Fultz, 26, is seen straddling the patient’s leg and mooning him, according to WJW. 

"It's disturbing," Anthony Bath, a Sandusky detective, told WJW. "She is touching him. This was not something he wanted."

Flutz is also heard saying, “I can show you new things” and “I won’t tell if you won’t,” The Daily Mail reported. 

She was charged with gross sexual imposition.

Read more at WJW.


Brittany Fultz Feb 22, 2017 - 9:57 PM

April the giraffe birth live stream removed from YouTube

Published: Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 5:28 AM
Updated: Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 7:46 AM

            April the giraffe birth live stream removed from YouTube

UPDATE, 8:02 a.m. EST: Officials from Animal Adventure Park took to Facebook Live to address YouTube's removal of the April the giraffe live stream.

>> Watch here

Posted by Animal Adventure Park on Thursday, February 23, 2017

UPDATE, 7:37 a.m. EST: The live stream of April the giraffe was removed from YouTube early Thursday.

"Upset Youtube has suspended the LIVE FEED for nudity & sexual content? LET THEM KNOW," Animal Adventure Park wrote on Facebook. "You can thank Animal Rights Extremists for this issue."

The park said it will address the issue at 8 a.m. EST on Facebook Live. We will provide the stream when it is available.

We will be FACEBOOK LIVE from the Giraffe Barn at 8:00 AM EST

Posted by Animal Adventure Park on Thursday, February 23, 2017

ORIGINAL STORY: The impending birth of a baby giraffe has the internet waiting with bated breath.

April the giraffe is getting ready to welcome a calf with her mate, Oliver, at Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, New York.

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Animal Adventure Park has a webcam in April's quarters, capturing all the moments leading up to the birth.

>> Watch the live stream here

April is 15 years old, and this will be her fourth calf. Oliver is 5 years old, and this is his first calf. 

Report: Man shot attempting to break into Dayton home

Published: Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 4:57 AM
Updated: Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 7:40 AM

UPDATE @ 7:34 a.m.

The man who was shot while allegedly trying to break inside a Baltimore Street home is known to police. 

“He’s got a pretty lengthy criminal history,” said Sgt. Matt Beavers of the Dayton Police Department.

Police were dispatched to the home around 4:40 a.m. 

“When crews arrived on the scene, the individual that was shot was found on the porch laying there unconscious,” Beavers said. 

Medics transported the suspect to Miami Valley Hospital for treatment. 

“Right now his condition is unknown,” Beavers said.

UPDATE @ 6:25 a.m

The owner of a Baltimore Street home where a morning shooting occurred said her cousin shot a man who attempted to climb through a window. 

The homeowner told our crew her cousin, who lives in the house, fired one shot at the intruder when he attempted to climb through a window and grab her. 

The cousin’s husband and several young children were home when the shooting occurred. 

The condition of the man was not available and police have not provided an update on the status of the investigation. 


Dayton police and medics have been dispatched on a reported shooting on Baltimore Street early Thursday morning. 

According to police scanner traffic, a man was reportedly shot attempting to break into a house in the 200 block of Baltimore Street around 4:40 a.m. 

The condition of the man shot was not immediately known. 

We have a crew heading to the scene and we’ll update this page when new information becomes available. 

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