‘Show Some Love’ campaign about to kick off with Charity Fair

Published: Friday, October 06, 2017 @ 11:40 AM


            The Miami Valley Combined Federal Campaign Kickoff and Charity Fair provides an opportunity to learn about the work charitable organizations do locally, statewide, regionally, nationally and internationally. (Skywrighter file photo)
The Miami Valley Combined Federal Campaign Kickoff and Charity Fair provides an opportunity to learn about the work charitable organizations do locally, statewide, regionally, nationally and internationally. (Skywrighter file photo)

The annual celebratory Charity Fair and Campaign Kickoff supporting the Miami Valley Combined Federal Campaign is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 11 at Wright State University’s Nutter Center. The kickoff is open to all Department of Defense, federal, U.S. Postal Service and Veterans Affairs employees.

The event will include more than 80 charitable organization information booths with information, subject matter experts, giveaways and mementoes. Food trucks outside the building will be available for purchasing lunch for a modest price.

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Using the national CFC theme of “Show Some Love”, the campaign will seek to raise at least $1.5 million, said Susy Himelhoch, Miami Valley CFC volunteer executive director. In 2016, the local effort was the third-largest CFC e-pledge campaign in the world, she noted.

The formal part of the campaign runs through Nov. 22. Payroll deductions will be made from January to December 2018.

“We are pleased to be able to support the charitable organizations that will be part of the Miami Valley Combined Federal Campaign,” said Rebecca Westlake, 88th Air Base Wing vice director and chair of the MVCFC’s Board of Governors.

Ray Otto of the 88th Logistics Readiness Squadron is serving as the campaign’s chair. Col. Rick Johns of Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command is this year’s vice-chair; Master Sgt. Fanny Wright is his CFC action officer. Other leadership includes loaned executives Airman 1st Class Jeremy Tobar of the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, and Chantaé Gray of the 711th Human Performance Wing, U.S. School of Aerospace Medicine.

Donations in any amount are greeted by the charities with gratitude, Himelhoch said, because the needs are so vast and recent disasters and other events mean the charitable organizations need to replenish their supplies.

The wide spectrum of CFC-approved charities also includes the fine and performing arts, environmental causes and veteran and animal welfare, Himelhoch pointed out. Donors may give to any CFC-approved charity, no matter where it or the donor’s duty assignment is located.

New and sweeping regulations, initiated in 2012 by the Office of Personnel Management and authorized by Congress, have introduced changes to the pledging system. Cash and checks are no longer being accepted; because of that, fundraisers are no longer being conducted. Instead, e-pledges and credit and debit pledges are being emphasized, and awareness events are being held.

The CFC provides an opportunity to learn about the work charitable organizations do locally, statewide, regionally, nationally and internationally, Himelhoch said.

New York explosion: Suspect faces terror, weapons charges

Published: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 9:24 AM
Updated: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 9:24 AM

Explosion Reported At New York City Port Authority Bus Station

Four people were injured when a bomb exploded in a Port Authority subway corridor in New York City on Monday morning, including the alleged bomber, police said.

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Local post office drop box fire being investigated as arson 

Published: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 10:04 AM

The Bowersville Post Office on the 3000 block of Maysville Street required a heavy fire response Monday night. According to the Greene County Sheriff’s Office a juvenile has been questioned and the fire is being investigated as an arson. 

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The Post Office lobby is open 24 hours and the fire was reported in the overnight drop box. It is unclear at this time what was put in the drop box to start the fire and officials from the State Fire Marshall’s Office have been called in to investigate. 

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We reached out to the post office to find out the extent of the damage and if hours would be affected, but received no response. We will continue to update you with the latest details in this developing story.

16-year-old charged in Middletown murder to remain behind bars

Published: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 9:31 AM

16-year-old appears in Butler County Juvenile court charged with aggravated murder

A 16-year-old Middletown boy accused of fatally shooting a Loveland man Friday night will stay behind bars in the Butler County Juvenile Detention Center.

The teen was arraigned today in juvenile court on charges of aggravated murder and aggravated robbery, and Magistrate Patricia Wilkerson ordered the boy to remain behind bars.

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The 16-year-old is charged with shooting and killing Stephan Cotter, 22, of Loveland, on Friday night in what police said was a drug deal gone bad.

The teen sat alone at the table while charges against him were read, which also included tampering with evidence for allegedly throwing the gun used in the shooting in the river, and a burglary charge for a previous incident on Yankee Road. In addition, he is charged with a probation violation and was a runaway at the time of shooting.

When the magistrate asked the teen if he understood the charges, he answered “Yeah.”

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The teen’s family members were in court, but made no comments.

A hearing before Judge Ronald Craft has been scheduled for Dec. 21.

At about 6:30 p.m. Friday, Middletown police were called to the area of Lawn Avenue on a report of a shooting. They found Cotter slumped over and unconscious in the passenger seat of a 2012 Kia, according to a police report. Cotter was shot in the chest area.

Cotter was transported to Miami Valley Hospital, where he died, according to Middletown Police Lt. Scott Reeve.

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Cotter and the teen met on Facebook, and the teen arranged to buy marijuana and other drugs from Cotter near Cherry Street and Lawn Avenue, police said.

Friday night’s shooting was the city’s ninth homicide of the year, according to police.

City to assess future of Dayton Convention Center

Published: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 9:35 AM

The Dayton Convention Center sits on Fifth Street between Main and Jefferson Streets.  LISA POWELL / STAFF
The Dayton Convention Center sits on Fifth Street between Main and Jefferson Streets. LISA POWELL / STAFF

The city of Dayton announced plans to create a task force to assess the future of the Dayton Convention Center Tuesday.

The task force will evaluate the current condition of the facility, its financial situation and the potential for future development on the site, according to the city.

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“This effort is on the heels of a feasibility study conducted last year by Crossroads Consulting Services of Tampa, Fla., which indicated the facility needs major renovations that could cost millions,” the city said in a prepared statement.

Dayton City Manager Shelley Dickstein said the task force will provide an analysis of the facility and its impact on the community.

The task force is made up on 21 members of local businesses and other local organizations.