Hundreds flock to job fair for new Warren County racino

Published: Wednesday, July 10, 2013 @ 6:39 PM
Updated: Wednesday, July 10, 2013 @ 6:53 PM

Hundreds came — young and older, many in suits and skirts, others in T-shirts and jeans — all hoping to snag one of 500-plus jobs available at the new Miami Valley Gaming and Racing racino in Warren County.

The racino announced the job fair Monday, and by late Wednesday afternoon 429 people had applied online for the jobs, according to Mardia Shands, senior director of Human Resources for Miami Valley Gaming and Racing.

The job fair was slated for 4 to 7 p.m., but Workforce One Director Karen Whittamore said people began arriving at 2 p.m. She estimated that at least 200 people were in the line that snaked up the stairs and wound around the upper floor of the building by the official starting time.

Robert Foster, of Morrow, looking dapper in a charcoal gray suit and red tie, said he has been “underemployed” for six years.

This job opportunity, he said, is huge.

“There are a lot of people who aren’t working to their capacity in this society today and in Ohio,” he said. “So any time there is an opportunity to fill 500 jobs of varying types, people are going to show up because people want to work.”

Shands said she was expecting about 350 people to show up for the job fair, but even with buckets of rain falling outside, it looked like the number would go much higher.

As the room and stairs clogged with people, the county’s architect Mike Shadoan, who is also responsible facilities, asked Shands how he could help with the overflow. She handed him a stack of application forms and cards for online instructions and asked him to circulate them — which he did.

Julie Baird, of Centerville, said she lost her job of 15 years last November when the government contracting firm she worked for downsized. She said job hunting has been tough, and she is hoping to land a job as an administrative assistant in marketing or human resources.

“This is great. It’s awesome,” she said. “This just seemed like something kind of fun and different. A different direction to go.”

It was her turn next to meet briefly with Shands, who greeted every person in her line with great enthusiasm. Shands and her “team” were collecting resumes and the forms the job seekers were asked to fill out.

Final numbers of how many people attended the job fair will be available Thursday, she said. The company’s website lists 262 jobs in food and beverage service, finance, marketing and more. Shands said the hiring process is just starting.

“Every day as I get more job descriptions and more information we’re posting it online,” she said. “So that number changes on a daily basis.”

Whittamore said this is just the first of many job fairs that will be held for the new racino that is set to open in December. About 4,000 people showed up for a previous job fair at Cincinnati Premium Outlets, just down the road from the racino on Ohio 63, she said.

Girl turns Justin Trudeau’s office into a pillow fort

Published: Sunday, May 28, 2017 @ 6:14 AM

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
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A 5-year-old girl who got to be prime minister for a day in Canada put Justin Trudeau to work, directing him in building a pillow fort, the Huffington Post reported.

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When Bella Thompson won a CBC Kids’ contest, she went to Trudeau, Canada’s prime minister, and made her unique request. Trudeau obliged, rearranging his desk to build the shelter out of couch cushions, wooden chairs and a blanket sporting a maple leaf.

CBC Kids shared the images of the publicity stunt to Facebook on May 16. They are now going viral.

What happens when a 5-year-old gets to be prime minister for the day? Pillow fort! . . . We were in Ottawa yesterday...

Posted by CBC Kids on Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Father fashions feeding tube to match son’s 

Published: Sunday, May 28, 2017 @ 5:41 AM

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A Virginia man continues to show support for his young son, who was born with a congenital heart defect, by sharing a photo of himself and the 3-year-old boy wearing feeding tubes.

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Robert Selby, whose son Chace requires a feeding tube, fashioned one of his own and glued it on to match his son in the Instagram photo, WTVR reported.

“This was actually a picture from a year ago,” Selby told the "Today" show. “I did this same photo every year from when he was 6 months old, way back. Last year, he asked me, ‘Why do I have a G-tube?’ and I told him it’s because he’s so strong, because he’s Superman. He’s Super Chace. I told him he’s stronger than Daddy, and he said, ‘But you’re Super Dad,’ so I said OK, and I put a G-tube on me, too.”

Chace has had two open-heart surgeries and needs a feeding tube because he is under weight, WTVR reported.

In his Instagram post, Selby said "As long as I'm breathing, I`ll always support my son and he'll never be in a fight alone."

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Obama meets with Prince Harry in London

Published: Sunday, May 28, 2017 @ 4:46 AM

Prince Harry (left) poses with former  President Barack Obama following a meeting at Kensington Palace on Saturday in London.

Former President Barack Obama was welcomed to London’s Kensington Palace by Prince Harry on Saturday, CNN reported.

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"They discussed a range of shared interests including support for veterans, mental health, conservation, empowering young people and the work of their respective foundations," Kensington Palace said in a statement.

They also discussed the terrorist attack in Manchester, the statement said.

Obama played golf in Scotland before visiting the prince. He also stopped in Berlin, where met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Obama said he was “heartbroken” by the tragedy in Manchester, CNN reported.

"To all the families who have been affected, to all those who are still recovering, to those who have lost loved ones, it's unimaginable to think about the cruelty and the violence that the city of Manchester has suffered," he said.

Fire crews investigating car fire, arson attempt at Dayton home

Published: Sunday, May 28, 2017 @ 4:04 AM

Dayton fire crews are investigating an arson attempt and car fire at a home in the first block of Murray Hill Drive. Cox Media Group Ohio/Stock photo

Dayton fire crews are investigating a reported arson attempt Sunday morning.

Crews were dispatched to the first block of Murray Hill Drive around 3:45 a.m. on reports of a car and house fire. 

Initial reports indicate an a fire investigator has been called to the scene after a burning 10-gallon fuel container was found near the house. 

Someone attempted to set fire to the home's mailbox and porch, according to scanner traffic. 

Reports indicate the car fire has been extinguished and the fire near the house is under control.