Isaac’s rains spotty, many areas still thirsty

Published: Monday, September 03, 2012 @ 5:01 PM
Updated: Monday, September 03, 2012 @ 5:01 PM

Hurricane Issac did most of its damage in the south and left Ohio still thirsting for water over the weekend.

Sure, it rained, but not much to make a difference.

“What I’m worried about most (this week),” said WHIO TV meteorologist Erica Collura, “is some (car) hydroplaning and low visibility. There will be no flooding.”

Chief meteorologist Jamie Simpson of WHIO said there “might be some decent rain next weekend,” but didn’t think it would amount to more than an inch. He called for “spotty showers” Tuesday afternoon and said it would “not be impossible for isolated heavy rain.”

A downpour that didn’t last long on Saturday night drenched Huber Heights with 3.2 inches of rain and Vandalia with an inch and a half, but winds reached only 27 mph there.

It also rained a little on Monday, “but it’s not going to help the corn at all,” Collura said. “It might help the bean size a little.”

John Stedman, the lead farmer at Allwood Farm in Montgomery County, echoed what Collura said.

“Most of the people I’ve talked too say it’s pretty poor,” Stedman said. “The rain will help the soybean crop a little, but I don’t think it will help the corn. Some fields of corn I’ve seen are real short and some (stalks) don’t even develop ears.”

At Allwood, Stedman usually mows just for hay, and his first mowing this summer yielded nearly 600 bales.

“We only got 40 bales out of the second mowing, then 300 some on the third mowing,” Stedman said. “We’ll get another cutting of hay and we’ll see if this rain has helped. I’ve got some friends in Preble County who didn’t get any rain at all. I don’t know what they’re going to do.”

Tom Hertlein, a farmer in Butler Twp. who also farms land for others, said he was lucky that he was a couple weeks late putting out his soybean crop, which allowed it to grow bigger.

“I put it out about May 20 or so,” Hertlein said. “This rain will do a lot of good. I also had some late corn out, but some guys north of here got a zero yield.”

Hertlein also said he attended an insurance meeting recently and last year $2.5 billion was paid out nationally for crops that didn’t come in. This year, the number is expected to be as much as $10 billion.

“It will be November before everybody finds out how bad it was,” Hertlein said.

Vietnam vet on sharing story: ‘Never let a good scar go to waste’

Published: Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 7:38 PM

.Severely disfigured Vietnam vet uses story to inspire Oakwood students

A Vietnam War veteran severely disfigured when a grenade exploded inches from his face used his story today to inspire Oakwood students.

Dave Roever was hospitalized for 14 months, and still has to undergo surgeries decades later for his injuries.

“I was trying to throw a hand grenade and a sniper shooting at my head missed. But it hit my hand, the grenade,” he said. “The burns at 5,000 degrees Fahrenheit exploded six inches away from my face.”

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He urged the students to live drug-free, alcohol-free lives, and to live with integrity and respect.

“I am here for the people who have more scars on the inside than I have on the outside,” Roever said. “Never let a good scar go to waste.”

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Students said after hearing Roever’s story, they were able to let go of some anxieties.

“He definitely made everyone else’s problem seem really small because what he went through was so huge,” said Oakwood High School student Laney Teeters.

Oakwood house fire starts in basement

Published: Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 7:20 PM
Updated: Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 7:55 PM

FROM SCENE: Crews called to house fire in Oakwood

UPDATE @ 7:55 p.m.

The fire at the brick Cape Cod-style house started in the basement, according to the Oakwood Public Safety Department.

The fire was quickly put out, and was confined to the basement.

Crews are ventilating the house, which is still inhabitable, crews said. No injuries were reported, and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

FIRST REPORT

Crews were called tonight to a report of a house fire.

The fire was reported around 7 p.m. on Lonsdale Avenue near Delaine Avenue.

According to initial reports, smoke was showing when firefighters arrived.

Crews from Kettering also were requested to the scene.

In rural Ohio, rivals take a knee -- for an after-game prayer

Published: Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 12:26 PM

The St. Marys Memorial Roughriders invited the Celina Bulldogs to take a knee for an after-game prayer last Friday. For more than a year, the Roughriders have invited every opponent to join them after the game in prayer. CONTRIBUTED
The St. Marys Memorial Roughriders invited the Celina Bulldogs to take a knee for an after-game prayer last Friday. For more than a year, the Roughriders have invited every opponent to join them after the game in prayer. CONTRIBUTED

Before the Friday night lights dimmed last week on the latest installation of their fabled football rivalry, the St. Marys Memorial Roughriders invited the Celina Bulldogs to take a knee — for an after-game prayer.

For more than a year, the Roughriders have invited every opponent to join them after the game in prayer. Each team, including the Trotwood-Madison Rams, who beat St. Marys in the Division III regional championship last year, has accepted the invitation.

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Though sports teams have long engaged in prayer at all levels of competition, photos of the public school rivals huddled together in after-game prayer quickly gained attention this week on social media amid the ongoing feud between NFL players and President Donald Trump.

“At the time you didn’t think much of it,” said Celina Bulldogs varsity coach Brennen Bader. “But looking back, with our society today … it just shows that high school kids can be the example.”

The St. Marys Roughrider tradition dates to Week 2 of last season, when St. Marys beat the Van Wert Cougars in an away game.

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A day before, then-49ers player Colin Kaepernick and fellow San Francisco player Eric Reid first took a knee during the playing of the Star Spangled Banner.

Already, Kaepernick had sat during the national anthems of several NFL preaseason games in a refusal to “stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.”

“To me, this is bigger than football, and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way,” Kaepernick said. “There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”

The ‘Battle of Grand Lake’

An hour-plus drive north of Dayton, St. Marys and Celina straddle respective, opposite ends of Grand Lake in Auglaize and Mercer counties.

The football rivalry — the “Battle of Grand Lake” — is fierce.

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On paper, the two communities are similar. Both counties are more than 97 percent white, according to the 2010 U.S. Census, and the counties overwhelmingly voted for President Donald Trump, who is actively engaged in a head-to-head over anthem-kneeling with the NFL, its players and owners.

Both counties are also home to residents who practice organized religion with a frequency above Ohio’s average.

Out of Ohio’s 88 counties, Mercer County has the highest percentage of people who regularly attend religious services, according to 2010 data from the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Of the county’s 40,800 residents who regularly attend church, nearly 60 percent of those church-goers are Catholic.

One county over, Auglaize ranks seventh of 88 counties ranked by church attendance, the data show.

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Roughriders assistant varsity football coach Michael Reams said in reality, fewer than half of his players attend church on Sunday. But plenty attend his Fellowship of Christian Athletes meetings in the auditorium on Friday.

For Reams, his players kneeling in prayer is a highlight of every Friday night.

“It was — it is, especially in small, Midwest Ohio — us raising our young men to be quality young men,” Reams said. “I can’t tell you how many times we hear compliments about our young men. Now, granted, we have some men who still need refining, but they say it’s their favorite part of the night.”

Last week’s game — Celina’s homecoming — was a punishing loss for the Bulldogs against their top rival. But there was no debate about joining the victors midfield.

“I just told our guys, ‘let’s go over there and do it,’” said Celina’s Coach Bader. “We ended up losing the game, a tough loss. We have a great group of kids. They were willing and they understand the bigger picture, that we’re all on the same team.”

Roughrider players have started seeking out competing players who’ve been particularly worthy opponents.

“A lot of times, when you have an opponent, they’re your enemy,” Reams said. “We don’t just go out there to have fun, we go out there to win. Between the whistles, we want to be as tough as they’ve ever seen.”

But after the game, at the center of the field, the reconciliation begins.

“There’s always a pulse of faith in every team, whether they acknowledge it or not,” Reams said. “They go find that guy, take a knee and grab a hand.”

‘A knee for the right reasons’

Kaepernick, now a free agent, last year expressed a belief his actions could “unify this country.”

“If we have these real conversations that are uncomfortable for a lot of people,” Kaepernick said, “If we have these conversations, there’s a better understanding of where both sides are coming from.”

“I have great respect for the men and women that have fought for this country,” he said. “I have family, I have friends that have gone and fought for this country. And they fight for freedom, they fight for the people, they fight for liberty and justice, for everyone. That’s not happening. People are dying in vain because this country isn’t holding their end of the bargain up, as far as giving freedom and justice, liberty to everybody.”

Neither the St. Marys Roughriders nor the Celina Bulldogs have had organized team conversations about Kaepernick or anthem-kneeling, though the topic is occasionally broached.

“It’s about taking a knee for the right reasons,” said Reams. “This country has seen all kinds of strife and tension.”

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“Whether it’s with the players as players, or in my classroom, we always try to talk about certain topics,” Reams, an industrial tech instructor, told the Dayton Daily News by phone Wednesday after afternoon lunchroom duty. “It’s probably been brought up once or twice.”

“I hope these gentlemen in the NFL are doing it because they feel strong about what they’re doing,” he said. “I think everybody, if they feel strongly about it, they need to stand up for what they believe in.”

Later on Wednesday, NFL Commissioner Rodger Goodell announced the league would not require players to stand for the national anthem. He said the league is “not afraid of tough conversations.”

“I would tell you this,” Goodell said, “it’s unprecedented conversations and dialogue going on between our players and our owners, between our club officials and between our league, and that is a really positive change for us.”

Woman sentenced in Logan County Thanksgiving Day killing

Published: Thursday, September 21, 2017 @ 1:49 PM
Updated: Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 1:37 PM

Tatiana Freeman and Jasmine Lewis appeared in Logan County Juvenile Court for a probable cause hearing earlier this year. JEFF GUERINI/STAFF
Staff Writer
Tatiana Freeman and Jasmine Lewis appeared in Logan County Juvenile Court for a probable cause hearing earlier this year. JEFF GUERINI/STAFF(Staff Writer)

UPDATE @ 1:38 p.m. (Oct. 19)

Sentencing was held Thursday for a woman who pleaded guilty in connection to the killing of a Logan County man on Thanksgiving. 

Tatiana Freeman was sentenced to a decade in prison today on the complicity to aggravated robbery charge in the death of Jeff Brentlinger, said Logan County Prosecutor Eric Stewart.

She will be on probation for five years after.

The final co-defendant Alexus Walton will be sentenced in November.

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Sentencing was held Thursday for a woman who pleaded guilty in connection to the killing of a Logan County man on Thanksgiving. 

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Jasmine Lewis was sentenced today in a Logan County court to 15 years to life in prison after she pleaded guilty earlier to a complicity to murder charge in the death of 45-year-old Jeff Brentlinger. 

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In a statement to the court during the hearing, Lewis said there was never any intent to kill Brentlinger, they only wanted to rob him. 

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Two others who were convicted of murder, Zachariah Huddleston, and Marquevous Watkins, were sentenced previously to life in prison. Huddleston will be available for parole in 21 years while Watkins will have a possibility for parole in 18 years. 

A fourth person, Alexus Walton, has also pleaded guilty to a charge of complicity to murder. 

Brentlinger was found dead by his daughter in his rural Zanesfield home on Thanksgiving Day in 2016.