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Published: Friday, February 09, 2018 @ 8:40 AM
HAMILTON — The City of Hamilton and Butler County are starting a new feud, with bragging rights at stake.
And three Butler County non-profit organizations will be the beneficiaries of the competitive spirit by some city and county officials on display this weekend.
The Hamilton Junior Women’s League is presenting Family Feud: City vs. County Edition — this year’s theme for the annual Junior Women’s League’s annual “Eat. Drink. Give.” event — from 6:30 to 11 p.m. Saturday at the Fitton Center for the Creative Arts, 101 S Monument Ave. in Hamilton. Tickets, which are still available, are $75 per person.
Event co-chair Erin Robinson said last year’s roast of Sheriff Richard Jones and others was the organization’s best fundraiser the “Eat. Drink. Give.” program has had to date. She hopes this year’s Family Feud theme can match last year’s success.
“That was the most we’ve been able to give,” Robinson said of the $22,000 raised, “thanks to the generosity of local businesses coming together. It was so exciting.”
Four county and four city officials will face off on Saturday in a Family Feud matchup to raise money for Serve City, Family Promise of Butler County and PARACHUTE: Butler County CASA. The fifth spot on each team will be unknown until Saturday, Robinson said.
“We’re going to auction those spots off,” she said. “We don’t know who those fifth contestants will be, so that’s really exciting.”
Butler County’s team includes:
• Butler County Visitor’s Bureau Executive Director Mark Hecquet
• Butler County Treasurer Nancy Nix
• PARACHUTE: Butler County CASA Executive Director Chris Schultz
• Acting Butler County Water and Sewer Director Sue Vance
The City of Hamilton’s team includes:
• Mayor Pat Moeller
• City Councilwoman Carla Fiehrer
• Police Officer Mike Thacker
• Sara’s House owner/curator Sara Vallandingham
“It’s going to be a good time,” said Nix, who has been a court-appointed special advocate for PARACHUTE since 2017.
Moeller, already in the competitive spirit, said the makeup of his team “sounds like a winning team.” The mayor said he’s been preparing by playing the Family Feud board game.
“I’m still not good at it, but it’s going to be fun no matter what,” he said.
But all joking aside, the mayor said the Junior Women’s League “is a great group and this will benefit the nonprofits” and the players on both teams have “a lot of fun people.”
“Win or lose, it’s a great cause,” Moeller said.
”Eat. Drink. Give.” is the Hamilton Junior Women’s League signature event, and in past years it featured a dance.
That’s until last year’s roast of some well-known folks around the City of Hamilton. They included Jones, Hamilton native and movie producer Vince Jolivette Jr. and Rhonda Brown, a Hamilton philanthropist involved with InsideOut Studio in downtown Hamilton.
Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 3:47 AM
Updated: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 5:11 AM
DARKE COUNTY — UPDATE @5:07 a.m.
A firefighter that was reported to be down at the scene of a house fire in Darke County was checked on scene by a medic and is expected to be alright, fire officials said.
The firefighter is back in service at the scene of the fire in the 1400 block of Preble County Butler Township Road.
Mutual aid has been requested from several surrounding jurisdictions. Water had to be trucked in to the scene.
A firefighter has reportedly been injured in a fire in Darke County.
The fire was reported shortly before 3 a.m. in the 1400 block of Preble County Butler Township Road. Around 3 a.m., crews reported there was an explosion and a firefighter was down, according to initial reports.
The fire reportedly started in an attached garage before spreading to the home.
We have a crew headed to the scene. This story will be updated as additional information becomes available.
Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 4:24 AM
Updated: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 4:59 AM
— QUICK-LOOK FORECAST
Today: Scattered showers will continue to move in through the early morning, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini. A rumble of thunder can’t be ruled out. It will be a very mild day with temperatures climbing into the low to mid-60s. Widespread rain will push north during the afternoon. There’s a chance for a downpour or two late in the day.
Tuesday: Rain should stay to the northwest. It will be a warm morning around 60. Temperatures through the afternoon will soar into the low to mid 70s. There will be sunshine and scattered clouds. Some dry time is expected during the afternoon. Scattered showers will move back in at night.
Wednesday: Scattered showers are expected with the chance for a thunderstorm or two for the morning and afternoon. A cold front will push through during the day. Highs will be in the low 60s early and fall through the day. Watch for ponding on the roads and gusty winds.
Thursday: It will be a little cooler with highs in the mid 40s. Some dry time is expected during the day. Clouds will be broken with the chance for a few showers south.
Friday: More widespread rain will push into the Miami Valley through the day. Highs will be in the upper 50s.
Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 6:08 AM
MARION COUNTY, Fla. — Several sinkholes opened in The Villages Thursday, threatening several homes, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office said.
Four homes have been evacuated. Officials said the largest of the three holes is 35 feet deep and 18 feet wide.
One of the sinkholes that opened up is outside Frank Newman’s home.
He said he heard strange sounds and wasn’t sure what was going on.
“At about 12:30 I was watching the Olympics when I heard something that I thought was thunder,” Newman said.
Hours later, he found out what was actually going on.
“My front door bell rings about 3:10. It was a policeman saying, ‘You got to get out of your house,’” Newman said.
The sinkholes go beneath two of the homes.
Cracks formed outside Newman’s neighbor’s home and a hole opened up near her front door.
“In her house, she is seeing cracks inside the house on the floor and stuff,” Newman said. “She can’t get her car out of the garage because the garage door won’t open.”
Signs have been placed outside some of the homes warning the houses have been condemned.
Golf course officials are draining a lake to help the situation. Utilities officials said that if a water main break occurs, they will be able to handle it, but 20 homes could potentially lose water service if that happens.
Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 6:05 AM
SPRINGFIELD — UPDATE @6:25 a.m.
Springfield police are investigating a fatal shooting on South Yellow Springs Street.
The coroner is on scene.
Police have a crime scene taped off on South Yellow Springs Street in Springfield.
The scene is reportedly between Mulberry and Jefferson streets. Authorities declined to comment on the nature of the investigation.
A man who called our newsroom said he sees a white sedan in the middle of the roadway.
This story will be updated as additional information becomes available.