‘Dancing Trucker’ brings smiles to downtown Hamilton

Published: Thursday, September 21, 2017 @ 8:00 PM
Updated: Thursday, September 21, 2017 @ 5:09 PM

Dancing trucker brings smiles to downtown Hamilton

It’s 80-plus degrees on a sweltering afternoon in downtown Hamilton and yet several cars, motorcycles and school buses are honking at a 6-foot-7, 350-pound man, smiling and showcasing his dance moves at a fevered pitch.

The sight of John “The Dancing Trucker” Drury performing is certainly something out-of-the-ordinary.

As KC and the Sunshine Band’s “I’m Your Boogie Man” sets the mood for Drury in front of the Historic Butler County Courthouse, he displays some fancy footwork that belies a man of his size.

“This all got started in 2011 when I lost 100 pounds through dance, dance fitness and Zumba,” Drury said.

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He said in recent years he has performed in front of the courthouse on Sundays, usually starting at 1 p.m. The “Dancing Trucker” says he just wants to bring some joy to others.

He also likes show he can dance.

“I am a 6-foot-7 big white dude with rhythm so I am trying to break stereotypes,” Drury, who lives in Hamilton, said with a laugh, while doing a little Michael Jackson moonwalk on the curb. 

He added, “ I try to get people to step out of their comfort zone. There is a stereotype involved with dancing in public.”

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From truck stops to competitive dance competitions, the “Dancing Trucker,” who also does part-time security for the Bengals, has become somewhat of a local phenomenon.

Getting positive feedback from onlookers and on social media tugs at Drury’s heart. The bond created has helped him deal with a personal tragedy.

“About two years ago, my mother, (Sandra Drury) was killed by a drunk driver on her way to church,” he said. “That was just the worst thing. She was just a kind, giving person. So that is another reason I want to get out here and just spread joy and get smiles. It helps me too. I don’t want money or just attention.”

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Hamilton police Sgt. Brian Robinson said Drury often lets the police department know when he is performing — just in case people call about a man big enough to play for the Bengals is trying a Justin Timberlake dance move downtown.

“OMG! Who is this guy dancing on High Street? He just made my day,” was one social media post that Drury shared with the Journal-News.

“That makes my day — and seeing the people smile,” Drury said. “It is all worth it and I hope to be able to continue to do it.”

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Power outages reported in the area

Published: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 7:34 AM

Several power outages were reported in the area Sunday.

Cedarville has over 900 customers without power, according to Kelly Millhouse of DP&L.

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Almost 2,000 Kettering customers are currently without power, according to the DP&L Outage Map.

About 2600 Centerville DP&L customers were without power until about 6:30 a.m. due to a down wire, according to Millhouse.

Crews are working on the outages.

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More dry time expected to start this week

Published: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 4:52 AM

Counties under flood advisory until 10:30 a.m.:

Butler, Preble, Wayne (In.)

Counties under flood advisory until 10:45 a.m.:

Montgomery, Greene, Clinton, Warren

A pre-dawn shower is possible early today. Aside from that, there will be decreasing clouds and more afternoon sunshine with highs in the lower 50s. It’s also going to be a windy day with winds gusting over 30 miles per hour at times.

Quick-Look Forecast:

  • Flood watch continues through 10 a.m. today.
  • More dry time to start the week.
  • Rain returns Wednesday and Thursday.

>>WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

TONIGHT: A dry and cool night is expected. Temperatures will drop into the middle 30s.

MONDAY: Mostly sunny skies are expected with highs in the lower to middle 50s.

TUESDAY: We get back into the upper 50s with mostly sunny skies.

WEDNESDAY: The chance for rain returns in the afternoon and evening. Highs will be in the upper 50s.

THURSDAY: Rain showers are expected with highs in the middle 50s.

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Donkeys rescued from flooded field in Clark County

Published: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 6:50 AM
Updated: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 7:17 AM

Two donkeys rescued from Highwater Clark county

Two donkeys were rescued after being stuck in a flooded field of four feet of water Sunday.

Springfield Twp. Fire Department was dispatched around 5:20 a.m. to the 3600 block of Lower Valley Pike to a report of of the donkeys stuck in a field with water up to their necks, according to scanner traffic.

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Animal Rescue was also called to the scene with additional personnel requested at 5:45 a.m.

A fence was removed and rescue workers walked the donkeys to the road, according to Clark County dispatch. 

The donkeys were not injured but the smaller donkey was restless due to swimming, dispatch said.

The smaller donkey, Poncho, reportedly rested its head on the larger donkey, Eddie, to help keep its head above water.

It is not known how long they were in the water or who their owners are. 

A neighbor took them in their care following the rescue.

Lower Valley Pike was reportedly flooded at the time.   

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Man found dead on neighbor’s property in Warren County

Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 10:33 AM

The death of a 62-year old man found dead Friday morning on his neighbor’s property is not considered suspicious.

Neighbors found the man between 10:30 and 11 a.m. in the 800 block of North Nixon Camp Road in Turtlecreek Twp., Lt. Shaun Embleton of Warren County Sheriff’s Office said. 

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The name of the deceased man was not released Saturday, pending notification of family.

An autopsy is scheduled to be performed and the death is not considered suspicious at this time, Embleton said.

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