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Champaign County teen remembered as ‘really inspiring’

Published: Friday, November 10, 2017 @ 1:56 PM

Champaign Co teen laid to rest

Hundreds of people attended the funeral Friday for a Champaign County teenager killed in car accident last week.

Sara Marie Hess, 15, a sophomore at Graham High School, died after another car rear-ended the one in which she was riding on Ohio 235 near Roswell on Nov. 3, according to the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office.

Champaign County Sheriff Matt Melvin identified the driver of the 1997 Honda Civic that rear-ended the car as 27-year-old Dillion Lambert of St. Paris. He and his passenger, 32-year-old Clint Miller of Urbana, were flown to Miami Valley Hospital after the crash, Melvin said. 

» READ MORE: Urbana teen killed in Champaign Co. crash on Ohio 235

The funeral for Hess took place Friday at Westville Methodist Church. Graham Local Schools closed for the service “to provide respectful observance for our school community,” Superintendent Kirk Koennecke said.

Graham Local Schools Superintendent Kirk Koennecke arrives at Westville United Methodist Church for the funeral of student Sara hess. JEFF GUERINI/STAFF(Staff Writer)

About 450 chairs were set up and the crowd was was standing room only, according to attendees.

Hess was a girl who lived a good life in her almost 16 years, said Pastor Chuck Glower. She would have turned 16 on Sunday. 

“Her involvement with her peers in her life and her involvement with so many different organizations associated with the school and the community, just really inspiring,” Koennecke

Hess was the sophomore class president, a member of Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA), STEM club and Student Senate, according to her obituary. She played volleyball for her school and a Junior Olympics team called the Sharks and was a coach as well. She also was involved in 4-H and her church. She participated in Westville’s youth group and the W.E. (Worship Eternally) singing group.

Hess was heavily involved and intelligent, Koennecke said. This past school week has been a hard one for the district, and grief counselors were on hand to help students, faculty and staff, he said.

“The community has rallied, students and staff have been absolutely phenomenal in supporting one another,” he said

Students at the funeral said it’s horrible that she’s gone, but they hope she is in a peaceful place.

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Man killed in Middletown bar incident

Published: Sunday, February 18, 2018 @ 6:13 PM

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A bar fight here Friday night resulted in a fatality, Middletown police confirm. 

Major Scott Reeve of Middletown police said Sunday that there was a punch thrown late Friday night at Old Crow Bar on Jackson Lane. 

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Reeve reports that John Fugate died as a result. 

Reeve said the bar incident is under police investigation. No charges have been filed yet but Middletown police will be consulting the Butler County Prosecutor’s Office.

The bar posted on its Facebook page Saturday that the death of John Fugate is a “devastating loss.”

Middletown police did not release any additional information on the nature of the death, or if the victim was a patron or worker.

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Simidele Adeagbo makes history at Winter Olympics

Published: Sunday, February 18, 2018 @ 6:02 PM

PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 17:  Simidele Adeagbo of Nigeria reacts as she finishes a run during the Women's Skeleton on day eight of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Olympic Sliding Centre on February 17, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 17: Simidele Adeagbo of Nigeria reacts as she finishes a run during the Women's Skeleton on day eight of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Olympic Sliding Centre on February 17, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)(Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Simidele Adeagbo, a former track star at the University of Kentucky, made Winter Olympics history this weekend as the Nigeria native became the first African female athlete to compete in skeleton.

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“Competing in the Olympics has been one of the most inspiring and proudest moments of my life,” Adeagbo said on her website. “It was a dream that started a long time ago and to be able fulfill that dream for myself, for Nigeria, and for future Olympians was so much more than I could have asked for.”

Adeagbo was one of four Nigerians who competed in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. It’s the first year Nigeria has sent athletes to the winter games.

Adeagbo finished in last place with a combined time of 3:36.78, but even qualifying was a significant accomplishment as she first touched a skeleton sled last September. It seemed much more likely that her Olympic path would be through track and field.

Adeagbo was a four-time All-American at Kentucky. She still holds the school record in the outdoor triple jump (44 feet/5 inch). She narrowly missed a spot on the 2008 U.S. Olympic team in the triple jump.

Adeagbo graduated from Kentucky in 2003.

“Ultimately, for me, this is about breaking barriers in sports,” Adeagbo said. “It’s about making history and leaving a legacy. It’s about moving sport forward. That’s so much bigger than just me being an Olympian. This will open doors and unlock the potential of future generations of athletes.”

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Rain returns this week, flooding a concern

Published: Sunday, February 18, 2018 @ 4:27 AM
Updated: Sunday, February 18, 2018 @ 11:01 AM

Warmer temperatures and more rain is expected this week in the Dayton area.

Clouds will give way to more sunshine this afternoon. It should be a nice looking day with highs in the middle 40s.

  • Rain returns tomorrow
  • More rain mid-week
  • Flooding possible the next few days

TONIGHT: Clouds return this evening and overnight tonight with rain arriving towards daybreak Monday. Temperatures overnight will be steady in the lower 40s.

MONDAY: Rain returns, and it could be heavy at times. While the chance for storms is not all that high, it can’t be ruled out. Highs will be in the lower to middle 60s.

TUESDAY: More dry time is expected, but storms will be possible later in the evening. Highs will be near 70 degrees.

WEDNESDAY: Rain showers are expected with highs near 60 degrees.

THURSDAY: The chance for rain continues mainly south. Highs will be in the middle 40s. 

FRIDAY: The chance for rain returns again Friday. Highs will be in the middle 50s.

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Power restored to hundreds in Xenia

Published: Sunday, February 18, 2018 @ 4:51 PM
Updated: Sunday, February 18, 2018 @ 5:49 PM

Xenia power outage, Feb. 18, 2018, Dayton Power and Light outage map.
Xenia power outage, Feb. 18, 2018, Dayton Power and Light outage map.

UPDATE @ 5:50 p.m.

Power has been restored to all customers.

UPDATE @ 5:36 p.m.

Kevin Hall, director of operations at DP&L, said a car crashed into a pole Saturday night on North Detroit Street, Xenia. That caused power outage for 1,177 customers. 

Most were restored by 1 a.m., Hall said, but about 222 customers had to stay without power until the utility pole was replaced. Wires had also been knocked down last night. 

By 5:30 p.m. about 102 remained without power, according to the outage map.

EARLIER REPORT

Over 200 customers with Dayton Power and Light Co. remain without power in Xenia. 

As of 4:30 p.m. Sunday, 222 customers remained without power, according to the DP&L outage map. The outage started around 11:30 p.m. Saturday. 

Rain returns this week, flooding a concern

A Xenia resident without power Sunday said it’s also caused her heat to go out. 

Some businesses are also affected in the area of 2000 block of North Detroit Street, according to residents. 

We’re working to find out more about what caused the outage and an estimated time of power being restored.

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