Race, kids basketball event kick off NCAA week

Published: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 @ 10:18 AM
Updated: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 @ 10:18 AM

A free youth basketball event and a 4-mile road race, both set for Sunday, will kick off Dayton’s week of NCAA basketball tournament activities, according to the First Four Local Organizing Committee.

Basketball event

The second annual Hoopla Challenge, set for 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Chaminade-Julienne High School, is aimed at families with young children. Boys and girls in grades 2-8 can participate in a basketball shooting challenge, with one boy and one girl from each grade winning an iPad, according to Mike Lehner, assistant director of development at C-J.

Because the event is indoors in C-J’s gym at 505 S. Ludlow St., the event will be limited to the first 400 kids registered. Preregistration is available at daytonhoopla.com.

Matt Farrell, one of the leaders of the LOC, said kids can also win tickets to NCAA First Four tournament games at the event, as well as iTunes gift cards.

Lehner said kids will get free pizza thanks to a donation from Marion’s Piazza, will win T-shirts for making shots, and can watch Sunday’s conference championship games and the NCAA tournament selection show on TVs in the C-J gym and cafeteria.

Running race

The First 4 – 4 miler will be held at 10 a.m. Sunday at UD Arena, 1801 S. Edwin C Moses Blvd. Preregistration is available at www.keysports.net until noon Friday, and race-day registration will begin at 8 a.m. Sunday. Either costs $25.

Runners and walkers will check in at UD Arena, and will race across the Stewart Street bridge, down Patterson Boulevard past Carillon Park and back to the Arena, with awards for the top three in each age group. After the race, there will be food and a St. Patrick’s Day-themed party in the Arena parking lot, according to Key Sports President Anthony Trimble.

Local chairman

The University of Dayton announced plans to extend the term of Local Organizing Committee chairman J.P. Nauseef, who is in his second year at the helm of the volunteer group.

UD President Daniel J. Curran cited Nauseef’s “passion, enthusiasm and can-do attitude” in announcing the move. Nauseef deflected credit, saying the LOC is a group effort that relies on a broad range of dedicated volunteers.

After this year’s NCAA tournament is finished, the local organizing committee will talk to the NCAA about the possibility of reviving an event like Dayton’s 2012 Selection Sunday festival, for 2014 and beyond.

NCAA games

UD Arena will host 10 games of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament next week. It starts with the First Four – two games each next Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. There will be a full day of four second-round games on Friday, March 22, and two third-round games Sunday, March 24.

Teams and matchups will be announced on CBS at 6 p.m. Sunday.

Cause of fire at vacant apartment building under investigation

Published: Saturday, February 25, 2017 @ 11:00 AM

UPDATE @ noon

The cause of a fire that started on the second floor of a vacant apartment building in Dayton is under investigation.

No one was injured in the fire on Mumma Avenue near Riverside Drive.

Firefighters encountered heavy smoke coming from the second floor.

Dayton Power and Light was called to ensure power was off to the building.


Crews in Dayton encountered heavy smoke at an apartment fire at Riverside Drive and East Helena Street.

Smoke was pouring from the second floor of the apparently vacant structure at 10:20 a.m.

We’re on scene working to learn more and will update this story as more information becomes available.

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Windy and turning cold, flurries possible today

Published: Saturday, February 25, 2017 @ 4:07 AM


  • Gusty winds usher in cooler air/snow flurries
  • Wind-chills into the teens Saturday evening
  • Slight warming trend kicks in again next week


Today: It’s going to be a blustery afternoon with mostly cloudy and temperatures falling through the 30s. Passing snow showers may reduce visibility at times, mainly during the first half of the day. Gusty winds up to 30 MPH allowing wind chills to fall into the teens for anyone with Saturday evening plans.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy and dry tonight. Temperatures will be falling into the 20s by Sunday morning with wind chill values in the teens.

Sunday: Sunday will be the pick day of the weekend. After a cold start more sunshine will be returning to the forecast and seasonable temperatures are expected. Highs will be in the lower 40s.

Monday: Mostly cloudy skies are expected to start the work week with the chance for a few rain showers. Highs will be climbing back through the upper 40s as a slight warming trend kicks back in.

Tuesday: Above average temperatures will be returning on Tuesday. Cloudy and breezy but with scattered showers and perhaps a rumble of thunder. Highs will reach to near 60 degrees.

Wednesday: The chance for rain lingers at times on Wednesday as well, mainly early. Highs will be in the mid-50s with temperatures slowly falling throughout the afternoon.


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So what really are the top Girl Scout cookies?

Published: Friday, February 24, 2017 @ 10:16 PM

For those Girl Scout cookie aficionados, Saturday is the day you’ve been waiting for.

Girl Scout cookies arrive!

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This weekend is when the Girl Scouts of Western Ohio will begin receiving their cookies by the truck-load. More than 2.9 million boxes will be distributed to more than 2,300 troops in 32 counties throughout western Ohio.

There are several cookie drops around the region, including on in West Chester Twp., where more than 425,000 packages will be distributed.

Now Girl Scout Cookie Booth sales begin March 3 and will last through March 26 – you can find your local cookie supplier here: gswo.org/findcookies – but what are going to be the “must have” cookie this year?

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We’ve analyzed a number of top cookie lists, from best sellers to fan favorites, and here are the top five:

  1. Thin Mints: This has been the prototypical Girl Scout Cookie since likely they were invented. They are the Girls Scouts’ best-seller ever.
  2. Samoas (formerly Carmel deLites): This is a cookie that has that perfect mixture of chocolate, caramel and coconut, but consistently behind Thin Mints — though not by much.
  3. Tagalongs: What’s better than chocolate covered peanut butter patties? Well, Thin Mints and Samoas, but nothing else! This is in the top five of all cookie lists we’ve found.
  4. Do-si-dos: Peanut butter rules in the realm of Girls Scout cookies. This peanut butter cookie sandwich is consistently in the top five on most all lists.
  5. Trefoils: It may be dry (though they are buttery) but this shortbread cookie is similar to a Jazz standard … it’s a classic.

Same boy kidnapped in 2014 returns home safely again

Published: Saturday, February 25, 2017 @ 8:06 AM
Updated: Saturday, February 25, 2017 @ 11:16 AM

            Same boy kidnapped in 2014 returns home safely again

The Atlanta Police Department has found the 12-year-old boy who was last seen leaving his home.

His mother said that Willie Myrick,12, left his home on Confederate Court at 10 p.m. Friday.

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UPDATE: Willie Myrick has returned home safely. ______________________________________
JUST IN: The missing...

Posted by WSB-TV on Saturday, February 25, 2017

Officers immediately canvassed the area but Willie was not located on Friday. However, police successfully found him on Saturday morning. 

Willie is the same boy who was kidnapped in 2014. 

A lover of gospel music, Willie reportedly started singing the song “Every Praise” until his kidnapper threw him onto the street and drove away.

“Every praise is to our God,” the gospel song begins. “Every word of worship with one accord.”

Willie said he was afraid that the man was going to kill him. The man drove Willie around for nearly three hours, police said.

“He was cursing at me telling me to shut up and didn't want to hear a word from me," Willie said. “He said if I told anyone he would hurt me, like in a bad way.”

The boy went to several homes in that East Point neighborhood asking for help. One person actually turned him away, but an elderly man let him in and called the police and his godmother.

Willie said he was not harmed during the ordeal. His godmother said the boy was taken to a hospital for examination.