No fish tale: Centerville man catches 50-inch muskie

Published: Sunday, June 25, 2017 @ 9:05 PM

50-inch muskie caught by Centerville man

Wow! That’s a big fish.

Centerville resident Cole Menker caught this 50-inch muskellunge “muskie” Saturday morning at Caesar Creek State Park in Warren County.

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“Haven’t caught a lot of musk in my life but he looks like he’s a high 40,” Menker said in a Facebook video on his page before catching the fish on an eight-pound line.

Menker was fishing with his brother C.J. Menker on their late mother’s birthday.

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Cole Menker of Centerville caught a 50-inch muskellunge "muskie" Saturday morning, June 25, 2017, at Caesar Creek State Park.(C.J. MENKER / CONTRIBUTED)

“She must have thrown one down from heaven,” Cole Menker said in his social media post.

The brothers have been fishing and hunting since they were young. On Saturday, they were practicing for an upcoming Mid-Ohio Saugeye Trail fish tournament when the muskie, a type of Pike, caught Menker’s hook.

After posing for pictures, Menker threw the fish back into the water.

Wreaths adorn local veterans’ graves on National Wreaths Across America Day

Published: Saturday, December 16, 2017 @ 6:58 PM

Volunteers placed wreaths on the tombstones of veterans as part of Wreaths Across America day Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017. Every December volunteers take part in the project at 1,200 cemeteries.

On National Wreaths Across America Day, wreaths were lain across the graves of veterans across the country, and in Dayton.

Among veterans’ graves adorned with wreaths are those at the Dayton National Cemetery at the Dayton VA Medical Center, 4400 W. Third St.

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Each December the mission of wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery and 1,200 other locations in the nation, at sea and abroad is to remember, honor and teach.

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Historic Lebanon church hit by fire seeks help for children’s pageant, ministry

Published: Saturday, December 16, 2017 @ 6:03 PM

Lebanon church fires causes patrons grief

A historic church known for its good deeds in the community is now asking for the community’s help to continue its ministry.

Bethel AME Church was hit by a devastating fire early Wednesday that severely damaged the sanctuary and community room.

Worship services and a children’s Christmas Eve pageant are short essential items.

“We are grateful for the kindness our community has shown in the hours since the tragic fire,” the Rev. Karen Schaeffer, pastor of Bethel, stated in a Saturday news release.

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“After a prayer service that evening, the church met and made a plan to get us through the next couple of weeks,” Schaeffer said.

For Bethel’s worship services, the church, at 111 N. Cherry St., is in need of 20 children’s Bibles, 25 NRSV study Bibles, communion trays and supplies; altar vestments, clergy robes, advent supplies, rolling suitcases and plastic totes.

The church fire destroyed the sanctuary along with the costumes and props for the children’s program. The Lebanon Theatre Company at 10 S. Mechanic St. has opened its doors to Bethel so the church can use its space for rehearsals and the Christmas Eve performance, Schaeffer said.

Costume List: children’s choir robes; 2-3 sheep (toddlers, preschool); 3 angels (first- and third-graders); 3 Pharisees (medium-sized boys); Mary and Joseph (children) and shepherds (2-3 adults).

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Props List: Christmas tree; scrolls; manger; baby Jesus doll; shepherds crook or staff; stick horse; fireplace background; and poster board for signs.

Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church was established in 1858 and its church building dedicated in 1861.

Check and cash donations are being accepted at Sharefax Credit Union in the name of the Bethel Fire Donation Fund at 1550 Genntown Drive, Lebanon, 45036.

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Christmas toy giveaway marks 10th anniversary in Middletown

Published: Saturday, December 16, 2017 @ 3:23 PM

Local event marks 10th Anniversary

Sunday will mark the 10th anniversary of the annual Christmas Toy Giveaway in Middletown.

The Louella Thompson Dream Center Feed the Hungry Project organization will host the annual Christmas giveaway from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the YMCA Middletown Branch, 1020 Manchester Ave.

More than 530 children have pre-registered to participate in the event, according to Deborah Patterson, the project’s executive director.

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Patterson developed the original concept when she was the organization’s president. With the assistance of various community volunteers, they were able to make 100 children happy on Christmas in 2007. The event was located at the Louella Thompson Dream Center, but after its sixth year the event outgrew the Dream Center and partnered with the Middletown YMCA.

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Bridget Kinney, the project’s chairwoman, said since moving to the YMCA, the event has grown exponentially to more than 500 children including parents. She said the event includes various activity stations, pictures with Santa, dancing and food.

As of Saturday, Kinney said the organization is still in need of toy donations for this year’s event.

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“We have 531 children that have registered and we do not want to disappoint them,” Kinney said.

Event sponsors include Walmart, Meijer, Middletown Firefighters Local 336 and Gold Star Chili, Kinney said. In addition, there are a number of volunteer sponsors including Bethel AME Church’s Youth Ministry; and Nettie Dupee and the Gift Wrap Committee.

For more information about the organization’s programs, call 513-423-0433.

Suspect throws rock into $1.00 Store in attempted break-in

Published: Saturday, December 16, 2017 @ 3:24 PM

Dayton $1.00 store attempted break-in

A man riding a bicycle threw a large rock into the $1.00 Store this morning after he attempted to break in.

Police were dispatched at 6:15 a.m. Saturday to the store at 3846 Linden Ave. after the store’s alarm sounded.

According to the incident report, video surveillance showed a man approach the back of the store on a bicycle and try to gain access through the back door. 

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The suspect threw the rock through the glass at the front of the store after failed attempts to enter the back door. He then immediately took off on his bicycle, according to the report. 

The bicycle is described to have several reflectors on it. 

If you have any information on this incident, please call Crime Stoppers at 222-STOP.