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Published: Wednesday, February 07, 2018 @ 6:11 PM
CENTERVILLE — The Centerville boys’ varsity basketball team had members out volunteering Wednesday, helping remove snow from sidewalks.
The group was volunteering to the benefit of senior citizen residents.
The group is just one of many on a list of volunteers the city of Centerville maintains to assist older and disabled residents with snow and leaf removal.
“We know there are many older or disabled residents who are unable to rake leaves or shovel their walks,” said Wayne Davis, Centerville city manager, in a release. “Some residents can afford to pay for the service, but often do not know whom they can call. Others may not be able to afford the service, especially if it is an unusually bad winter season. We believe that the list will serve to assist those in need.”
After school and after practice today, the students bundled up and stepped out into the cold.
News Center 7’s Caroline Reinwald spoke to some of the members today about the benefit — to both residents in need and the young students.
“The kids going out and shoveling snow and serving the community is just as important as anything we do on the floor and in the gym,” said Brook Cupps, head coach for Centerville varsity basketball.
A high school senior, Sam Vance, said one of the core values of the team is “being thankful.”
“We talk a lot about leadership. And to lead, first we have to serve so we try and go out and serve the community,” Vance said.
Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 2:16 PM
Updated: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 2:32 PM
WEST CHESTER TWP — UPDATE @ 2:30 P.M.:
The fire on Hollywood Drive appears to be “knocked down” but crews have not yet cleared the scene, according to Butler County scanner traffic.
We have a reporter in route to the scene and will update this story when more information is available.
Emergency crews are responding to a reported fire at a West Chester house.
Dispatchers got the call at 1:41 p.m. for a fire at a two-story home in the 7300 block of Hollywood Drive.
West Chester Fire Department is on the scene and, as of 2:09 p.m., fire departments from Sycamore and Deerfield townships are on the way.
Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 1:43 PM
Dion described what it felt like to lose Angélil — who died at age 73 after a cancer battle —after decades of marriage.
“For three years, my husband did not have a sip of water or food. He was eating through a tube,” Dion said. “The only thing I hoped while he was in three years of agony: I wanted him to live in peace. I wanted him to feel so light and no worries. He had a little heart attack. It’s so quick; he didn’t even feel anything. I thought that he was like liberated from his pain.”
“He’s the only man I’ve seen. The only man I’ve loved. The only man I’ve kissed,” the Canadian added.
Angélil — with whom Dion shared sons René-Charles Angélil, 17, and twins Eddy and Nelson Angélil, 7 — died two days before his 74th birthday and days before the death of Dion’s brother, Daniel Dion. As Dion’s longtime music manager, Angélil had always had a role in her life personally and professionally.
Dion has a bronze replica of Angélil’s hand that she brings along to every one of her performances. With two Las Vegas residencies that combined have spanned well over a decade and counting, she’s had many performances with his hand in hers since his passing.
Dion put her residency on hold during her husband’s bout with cancer, but it was Angélil’s constant support even through his illness that quickly led Dion back to the stage.
“I shake my husband’s hand and knock on wood with him every night before every show,” Dion, 49, told The Daily Telegraph. “Even after he’s gone, I still talk to him.”
A month before Angélil’s death, the longtime couple celebrated their 21st wedding anniversary.
“My husband wanted me to go back onstage before he passed; that’s what he wanted the most,” Dion said. “So I went back onstage while he was still alive; he wanted to make sure I could keep going. So I did prove to him (that), yes, I could keep going. I told him I’ve got the kids and that he’s got to trust me, he’s got to relax.
Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 12:29 PM
— The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Warning for the Ohio River at Cincinnati from late Sunday until early Friday.
The river has been rising at a steady pace with the recent rain and there are even ducks floating in water where a road once was.
According to our news partner WCPO, the Ohio River is expected to rise to about 55 feet by Wednesday in areas near Cincinnati. Several major roads in Cincinnati have already closed for flooding including Kellogg Road, Eight Mile Road and Four Mile Road.
The Ohio River is expected to fall back below flood stage by Friday afternoon.
Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 1:50 PM
LEBANON — A company seeking to double its local workforce debuts its new $10 million facility today in Lebanon’s Kingsview Industrial Park.
Kadant Black Clawson, a global supplier of fiber processing systems for the pulp and paper industry, is opening a 130,000-square-foot facility at 425 Kingsview Drive.
The company is relocating 65 employees from office space at 7312 Central Parke Blvd. in Mason to the new building and adding 50 new full-time production employees to their ranks.
More than half of America’s recycled waste paper is processed on equipment made by Kadant Black Clawson, whose roots stretch back to Butler County in 1873.
Lebanon Mayor Amy Brewer said the city, the city manager and the economic development department had been working for an extensive period of time on securing the company for the community, which she said is “beyond exciting” for Lebanon.
“To bring in such a quality business and industry for our city is outstanding, but it took a lot of work,” she said. “As we all know … businesses are always looking to locate and choosing the right location and so there’s a lot of competition.”
The company’s expansion is fueled by a state tax credit approved in January by the Ohio Tax Credit Authority. The 1.687 percent, eight-year Job Creation Tax Credit for the company’s expansion project is expected to create 62 full-time positions, generating $3.5 million in new annual payroll and retaining $7.4 million in current payroll