Homeless shelter gets heartwarming donation from famous Middletown family

Published: Tuesday, January 02, 2018 @ 3:26 PM

World Series champion and Middie graduate was welcomed home with pep rally and meet and greet in Middletown.

Bill Fugate, a coordinator at the Middletown church-based shelter, said a generous donation from the Schwarber family was “a real blessing” and it illustrated how they wanted to help others this holiday season.

Kyle Schwarber, a Middletown native who plays for the Chicago Cubs delivered a truckload of goods on Dec. 26 to the office of Serving Homeless Alternative Lodging Of Middletown (SHALOM) along with his sister, Lindsey, a Middletown police officer, and their mother, Donna.

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Bill Fugate (right), one of the coordinators at a Middletown church-based homeless shelter, was impressed that Kyle Schwarber, a fourth-year player for the Chicago Cubs, participated in his family’s donation to SHALOM. The Middletown family dropped off goods on Dec. 26 at the SHALOM office. Submitted photo(Staff Writer)

The items included bed linens, pillows, towels and wash cloths. They were useful because of the number of items the homeless shelter uses, Fugate said. He said sometimes the items can’t be reused or the homeless take them.

It was the first time Fugate, a huge baseball fan, had an opportunity to meet Schwarber and his family. He was impressed.

“The fact that they decided to buy for others tells you they have Christ in their heart,” Fugate said. “They were thinking of others, and that tells you a lot about them.”

The Schwarber family said they would have preferred to remain anonymous. But the timing of the donation was perfect, Fugate said.

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“It lifted my spirits,” he said. “It’s difficult at this time when you deal with so many who have so little.”

Instead of writing a check to the organization, Kyle Schwarber, who is entering his fourth season with the Cubs, participated in the donation, Fugate said.

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“It takes a special person to show up,” Fugate said of the Middletown High School graduate who starred at Indiana University. “I’m sure he’s busy. He was so humble around me.”

Ohio 571 to be closed for days after corn silo collapse in New Carlisle

Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 11:44 PM
Updated: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 2:20 PM

SKY7: Aerial footage of collapsed silo in New Carlisle

UPDATE @ 2:20 p.m.: Ohio 571 is expected to be shut down until at least Wednesday after a grain silo collapse sent 10,000 tons of corn into the roadway, according to the Ohio Department of Transportation. 

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The ODOT suggested detour is Ohio 201 to U.S. 40, then to Ohio 235, according to a media release. 

ODOT said the road closure times could change depending on the progress of the cleanup. 

UPDATE @ 10 a.m. 

Ohio 571 is expected to be shut down in New Carlisle for a few days to remove 10,000 tons of corn that fell into the roadway after a grain silo collapsed at Miami Valley Feed and Grain Company late Sunday night, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. 

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The collapse knocked down multiple power poles, originally disrupting electric service to around 300 Dayton Power and Light customers. 

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At 10 a.m., 15 outages were still reported in Clark County, according to an online outage map. 

We’ll continue to update this story as we learn new details. 

Jarod Thrush/Staff

UPDATE @ 4:55 a.m: Power is steadily being restored in Clark County with only a reported 15 customers experiencing an outage.

Power was cut off as a safety measure after a corn silo collapsed Sunday night prompting crews to investigate the building. 

UPDATE @ 3:35 a.m: Over 300 customers are without power in Clark County after a corn silo collapse caused crews to cut the power in order to investigate the incident.

The collapse occurred late Sunday night at Miami Valley Feed & Grain around 11:40 p.m. 

Crews will be working all night into tomorrow and there’s no word on how long the outage will have customers without power. 

We will monitor the DP&L outage map and continue to update the story.

INITIAL REPORT

Ohio 571 (Jefferson Street) will be closed while officials continue to investigate what caused a non-injury silo collapse Sunday night.

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Crews were initially called to Miami Valley Feed & Grain at 880 W. Jefferson St. around 11:40 p.m. on reports of an explosion.

After a preliminary investigation, it was determined that one silo collapsed, rather than exploded, and partially damaged another building as well as caused 10,000 tons of corn to cover Ohio 571.

“What residents heard when they thought they heard explosions were the transformers blowing when the debris hit them”, said Steve Trusty, Chief of New Carlisle Fire Department. 

Officials do not believe anyone is trapped as a result of the collapse, as the company said no employees were on site at the time but will further investigate the building to confirm.

The silo collapse took out at least three power poles and power lines, which caused a brief power outage that has since been restored to all area residents.

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Crews will be on scene all night until midday tomorrow while they continue their investigation.

An Ohio Fire Marshal has also been called to the scene and will assist with the investigation tomorrow.

Drivers are encouraged to use Scarf Road as the detour while Ohio 571 (Jefferson Street) is blocked off.

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CEO of Middletown Community Foundation resigns

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 1:45 PM


            T. Duane Gordon.
T. Duane Gordon.

No reason has been given for the unexpected resignation of the CEO of the Middletown Community Foundation.

T. Duane Gordon, who led the foundation and grew it into one of the state’s most powerful, resigned earlier this month, Carole Schul, president of the foundation, told this news organization on Monday.

She refused to say why Gordon resigned. His name has been removed from the foundation’s web site.

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Schul said that while the MCF searches for a permanent replacement, longtime Middletown businessman Dan Sack will serve as interim director.

Sack, who worked at Armco for 24 years and as a private businessman for 20 years, said his top priorities are keeping the foundation “moving in the right direction” and finding a permanent replacement for Gordon.

Gordon was unavailable for comment.

“On behalf of the entire Board, and the Middletown Community Foundation, we want to thank Duane for his dedicated service during a time of growth and against a challenging economic backdrop,” Schul wrote in an email to this news organization.

“We wish him all the best in his future endeavors. The Foundation remains dedicated to its mission to secure permanent and growing assets for the Middletown area’s changing needs, and looks forward to a productive year.”

According to a national study, the Middletown Community Foundation was the No. 1 most active community foundation in Ohio, which has 80 community foundations; the No. 21 most active foundation in the United States, which has more than 750 community foundations; and was ranked for the first year ever in the top 100 for per capita giving, at No. 59, with approximately $44 in gifts received per resident it serves in its communities.

Earlier this year, the MCF board of directors approved nearly $100,000 in grants to 14 local organizations.

The largest grant, worth $20,000, was awarded to People Working Cooperatively, a group that repairs homes for Middletown-area families.

Three other groups — the Atrium Medical Foundation, Berachah Church, and Middletown Lyric Theater — each received $15,000 for their programs.

This story will be updated when new information becomes available.

Daytonian wins SAG award, is front-runner for an acting Oscar 

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 12:30 PM

If Allison Janney wins the Oscar for her role in “I, Tonya” she will be the first Daytonian to win this one of the top acting prizes. Video by Amelia Robinson

If history is a predictor, a Daytonian will the one to beat in one of the top categories at the upcoming Academy Awards. 

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For her role in “I, Tonya,” Oakwood-raised movie and television star Allison Janney nabbed the best supporting actress award at Sunday night’s Screen Actor Guild Awards ceremony.

Jonathan McNeal, a Dayton film expert and manager of Neon Movies in downtown Dayton, says there is crossover between SAG voters and Oscar voters. 

More than that, Janney has won the Golden Globe and other major supporting actress awards for her role in the film.  

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“She is certainty the front-runner,” McNeal said. “The only other person in contention is Laurie Metcalf for ‘Lady Bird,’ but I think it is really Allison’s. She is the best thing about ‘I, Tonya’.”

Oscar nominations will be announced tomorrow, Jan. 22 at 8:22 a.m. The ceremony is held in March. 

If she is victorious, Janney, who slayed Sunday in a figure-loving, silver paillette-covered gown, will be thought to be first person from the Dayton area to win an Oscar for her acting. 

That said, the Miami Valley has been represented at the Academy Awards several times through the years. 

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🌟 Yellow Springs resident Julia Reichert has been nominated for three Academy Awards for Best Feature Documentary.

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🌟 Springfield’s John Legend won the best original song Oscar in 2015 for his song  "Glory" with Common from the film "Selma.” 

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🌟 Wright State University graduate  Hannah Beachler was the production designer for the Oscar-winning film “Moonlight.”

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🌟 New Carlisle native and Dayton-area resident J. Todd Anderson has created the story board for about 20 Coen brothers movies since 1987’s "Raising Arizona." He worked on the Academy Award-winning films “Fargo” and “No Country for Old Men.”

Janney, the star of CBS’s “Mom” which airs weekly on WHIO-TV, plays LaVona Harding, figure skater Tonya Harding’s mother, in the dramatic dark comedy “I, Tonya.” 

In September, the former Miami Valley School student was inducted into the Dayton Region’s Walk of Fame. She told this news organization she’d place that hometown award next to her major acting statues and recognitions.

McNeal said Janney’s mom, Macy, who she praised as a role model in last Sunday’s edition of “Parade” magazine (an insert in the Dayton Daily News), is a Neon regular. 

He hopes to open “I, Tonya” at the movie theater located at  130 E Fifth St., in early February.  

"I feel like I'm Khaleesi's warrior shaman." — Allison Janney, on her gown, on E! Live from the Red Carpet(People Magazine)

Rain showers, heavy at times, with gusty winds today 

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 4:31 AM
Updated: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 1:00 PM

Rain is expected today in the Dayton area.

>>WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Rain showers and gusty winds Monday
  • Chance for snow showers Tuesday
  • Dry time to end work week

(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini)

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DETAILED FORECAST

TODAY: Rain showers are expected today, with the potential for some of that rain to be heavy at times this evening. If you have plans to be out today, keep the umbrella handy and give yourself extra time on any commutes. Temperatures will be on the mild side today as we’ll be steady in the middle, maybe upper 50s today.

(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini)

(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini)

TUESDAY: Some passing rain and snow showers will be possible during the day. It’ll be breezy and colder with highs in the mid to upper 30s. Road temperatures will be warm, so not much expected to stick, but wet snow will taper off Tuesday night.

(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini)

>>5-Day Forecast

WEDNESDAY: Cold morning the 20s with partly cloudy skies. It’ll be a cool afternoon as highs peak in the mid-30s with a breeze.

>>County-by-County Weather

THURSDAY: Sunshine arrives through the day as temperatures are warmer than normal in the upper 30s. 

FRIDAY: A very nice end to the work week as highs push above normal into the upper 40s. We’ll see sunshine through the afternoon.