Middletown church, Hamilton business team up for 5 families in need

Published: Friday, May 19, 2017 @ 4:09 PM

Volunteers from Berachah Church in Middletown helps renovate a bathroom for wheelchair bound resident

Life got a little easier this week for five Middletown families in need thanks to the efforts of a local church, its team of volunteers, and a Hamilton business.

Berachah Church, as part of its Hands & Feet Ministry, is renovating five homes this weekend and plans to unveil the improvements to the owners at 6 p.m. Sunday.

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This is the 10th year the Middletown church has performed home improvement community service, said Clark Helvey, pastor of outreach and missions. The church has renovated 65 Middletown homes and built a handicapped-accessible playground named “Elley’s Hope,” in honor of the daughter of Berachah Pastor Lamar Ferrell and his wife, Maryanne. Elley was born with spina bifida.

Ferrell said while the renovations were being completed, the families — including a retired Middletown police officer, a woman with a disability, a man battling terminal cancer and a person with multiple sclerosis— were sent away until Sunday’s unveiling.

“We’re making some families really happy,” Ferrell said.

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Some of the projects include installing windows, heat and air conditioning, painting and landscaping, and relocating a washer and dryer to make them more accessible. He estimated the value of the labor and materials at $100,000.

Sam Brock, along with other volunteers from Berachah Church in Middletown, help renovate a bathroom and closet for a wheelchair bound citizen, Thursday, May 18, 2017. GREG LYNCH / STAFF(Staff Writer)

One of the renovations is taking place in the 1200 block of Barnitz Street. Volunteers from Berachah demolished the bathroom Thursday, then church volunteers and workers from FinPan Inc., a family owned Hamilton business for the last 40 years, installed a handicapped-accessible shower for the woman.

A large bathtub was removed and a shower, with a 2½-inch step, was installed. Now, the woman will be able to shower with less assistance from her husband, said Renee Robertson, national sales and marketing manager for FinPan. The company has partnered with Berachah before and was eager to help renovate the bathroom, Robertson said.

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Ferrell said it’s important for members to take their message outside the walls of the church.

“To love is to serve and you can say you love, but we are showing the love of Jesus to those who have needs,” he said.

Berachah stands for “the place of blessing,” Ferrell said.

“Everywhere we go we want to be a blessing,” he said.

He was asked if if would be “easier” for his congregation and church leadership not to volunteer in the community. Why spend a weekend renovating the homes of strangers?

“We would not be fulfilling the commission that Jesus left us,” he answered. “We would be disobedient to our Lord.”

Springfield police investigate drive-thru break-ins

Published: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 6:49 AM

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Springfield police are investigating three  early morning break-ins.

The Tunnel Drive Thru in the 1800 block of E. Main Street, the Beverage Depot in the 700 block of S. Burnett Road and Beverage Oasis were broken into sometime between 5:30 a.m. and 6:30 a.m., according to police.

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It’s unknown what was stolen.

This story will be updated as additional information becomes available.

Car crashes into pole, catches fire in Dayton

Published: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 2:09 AM
Updated: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 2:35 AM

Car strikes pole, bursts into flames

A loud explosion could be heard as a car burst into flames after crashing into a pole in Dayton early Friday.

The crash was reported around 1:45 a.m. at the intersection of James H. McGee Boulevard and Germantown Street.

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A spare tire exploded when the car caught fire, according to fire officials. 

When firefighters arrived, the occupants had fled. No one was in the car when it caught fire.

Most at Beavercreek meeting oppose medical marijuana in community

Published: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 10:14 PM

Beavercreek residents weigh in on medical marijuana in community

Most of the two dozen residents who gave feedback about medical marijuana told city leaders they don’t want to see it in any form.

Right now, Beavercreek law allows for dispensaries, cultivation and processing sites. No one has applied for a license in Beavercreek, and the deadline is Friday.

“The issue is will you be able to sell your house?” Denise Buell said. “And the next question may not be for it, if you have a cultivation facility right down the street you may have difficulty selling it, so why bother even buying there?”

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Not everyone was against it, including Beavercreek resident Mary Lou Hopun, who said she suffers from a chronic illness.

“There's no discussion being held here about the science of medical marijuana and how it's not addictive, and they talk about the type of people that will come to this area and the property values that will go down. This is all just conjecture," Hopun said.

After Friday’s state application deadline, city leaders will get another nine months to decide whether to change rules. Earlier this week, council members decided against a moratorium.

“We’re hearing the public ... You’re going to have three new council members come January on council, they could have a total different perspective,” City Manager Pete Landrum said.

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Another public meeting is from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, with a state representative. The meeting also will be held at Beavercreek City Hall, 1368 Research Park Drive.

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Dayton traffic from the WHIO Traffic Center

Published: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 12:52 AM
Updated: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 12:52 AM

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MONTGOMERY COUNTY

  • Stewart Street Ramp to US 35 East, RAMP CLOSURE March 28 - Sept 30, 2018. The official detour is: Stewart Street to Edwin C. Moses Boulevard to I-75 north to US 35 west to James H. McGee Blvd. to US 35 east.
  • I-75 north Ramp to US 35 west and east, Lane width restriction Nov. 29 - Apr. 1, 2018. One lane will remain open on the ramp with a width of 11 feet.

DARKE COUNTY 

  • SR 121 between SR 726 and New Madison-Coletown Road, ROAD CLOSURE Nov. 20 - Dec. 22. The official detour is: SR 722 to US 127 to SR 503

MIAMI COUNTY

  • SR 571 between Fourth Street and Fifth Street in Tipp City, ROAD CLOSURE Jan. 2 - 9. The official detour is I-75 to US 40 to SR 202

SHELBY COUNTY  

  • SR 29 between Cisco Road and West Russell Road, Daily lane closures Nov. 27 - Jan. 1 between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. One lane will be open for travel in each direction through the use of flaggers.