Red Cross closing Clark shelter for apartment residents

Published: Thursday, May 25, 2017 @ 12:52 PM



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The American Red Cross in Clark County is closing its temporary shelter created Wednesday night for residents of an apartment complex evacuated due to storms.

The Northern Miami Valley Ohio Chapter of the American Red Cross announced the shelter at the Medway United Methodist Church on South Dayton-Lakeview Road in New Carlisle is being closed. 

The Red Cross will continue to provide accommodations for any of the shelter residents who cannot return to their apartments and are unable to find alternative housing.

“The Red Cross is also working one-on-one with residents who ask for assistance to make sure they have the resources they need to pick up after the storm,” according to a media release.

Volunteers with the agencies are also helping with damage assessment — providing clean-up materials, relief assistance and educational material.

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Wednesday evening the Clark County Emergency Management Agency requested a shelter be opened for residents of the apartment buildings impacted by the EF-1 tornado.

The shelter was established and opened within an hour, according to a release. 

"These volunteers train, practice and spend countless hours preparing for just such an event,” according to a release.

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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Georgia student discovers birth brother attended same college, had same major

Published: Saturday, December 16, 2017 @ 8:35 AM

DNA helped a Georgia college student connect with his sibling and birth parents.
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DNA helped a Georgia college student connect with his sibling and birth parents.(Getty Images)

The slogan for purchasing a DNA test kit on the genealogy website Ancestry.com is "Open a world of possibilities."

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For a Georgia college junior, a DNA test earlier this week opened up his family history and helped him connect to a long-lost sibling and his birth parents.

Kieron Christian Graham, 20, is majoring in political science at Kennesaw State University, which is located northwest of Atlanta. He was adopted in 1997 when he was 3 months old. Growing up, he knew the first names of his birth mother and father and that his birth mother had another child named "Vincent," who was nine years older, BuzzFeed reported.

"I periodically would look for them and check on Facebook, but I never knew their last name so it was always hard," Graham said.

His adoptive parents gave him an AncestryDNA test kit as an early Christmas present. On Tuesday he received the results in an email, BuzzFeed reported. Out of the 100 loose matches was a strong match to a 29-year-old man named Vincent Ghant, who also had taken a DNA test.

When Graham checked on Facebook, he found a Vincent Ghant whose birthday matched the documents his adoptive parents had. He sent Ghant a friend request, and as they chatted on Tuesday, Graham mentioned the name of his birth mother, Shawn.

“My heart stopped,” Ghant told BuzzFeed. “I asked my mother about him throughout my life, but the pain was so heavy on her that it was hard for her to drum up the words to explain it to me. ... So it just got to the point where I was, like, I'll just wait for her when she's ready.”

The two men learned they were not only brothers, but they also were attending the same college, were both majoring in political science and lived only 15 minutes apart, BuzzFeed reported. Oddly enough, they also attended a class together.

The brothers finally met at a local bar this week, BuzzFeed reported. Graham recalled Ghant telling him, "I've been thinking about you for 20 years."

Ghant said the meeting was “very emotional.”

“I was excited but a little bit scared if he had any resentment towards my family,” Ghant said.

Graham had no hard feelings, understanding that his birth mother was a single parent and chose adoption to give him a better life.

"When I realized he didn't [have resentment] and that he had a great life, I was amazed," Ghant said.

Graham has since contacted his birth mother and plans to meet with her this weekend. He said he also plans to meet with his birth father, BuzzFeed reported.

"My birth father broke down in tears," he said.

Graham also met Ghant’s 17-year-old brother, Christian,

Graham told BuzzFeed that his adoptive parents have been wholly supportive of his journey of discovery. They also plan to meet Graham's birth mother and that entire side of the family, he said.

Tiny KFC serving miniature food opens in Portland

Published: Saturday, December 16, 2017 @ 7:07 PM

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The smallest KFC in the world, serving miniature $5 fill ups, opened Saturday in Portland

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Customers lined up for the free sample of the tiny fried chicken, biscuit, mashed potatoes with a small dollop of gravy, a finger-nail sized cookie and what could only be a sip of a soft drink.

The novelty fast food restaurant was open until 4 p.m., according to The Oregonian.

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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