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5K Thanksgiving Day run in Hamilton helps teen moms

Published: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 2:21 PM

            Runners take part in last year’s Thanksgiving 5K to benefit Young Lives. The race raises money for teenage mothers to attend a special summer camp. CONTRIBUTED
Runners take part in last year’s Thanksgiving 5K to benefit Young Lives. The race raises money for teenage mothers to attend a special summer camp. CONTRIBUTED

Before enjoying a Thanksgiving Day meal, hundreds of people are expected to start the day running through the streets of Hamilton to help raise funds for local teenage mothers.

The third annual Young Lives Thanksgiving Run raises money for teenage mothers to attend a special summer camp, and organizers are expecting the event’s largest crowd so far on Thursday.

“We expect between 500 to 1,000 (race participants) this year,” said Katie Powers, coordinator of the race that last year drew just over 300 people.

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That’s impressive growth since the race’s inaugural year, which had 30 participants.

Part of the growth has come from adding more events.

“We have a few new elements to this year’s Thanksgiving 5K, including a chip-timed official 5K course, finishers’ medals, and a special top finishers prize for our first place male and female 5K runners,” Powers said. “The 5K course is improved from last year and will be closed to traffic. Our free kids fun run is expanding into three age groups with top finisher prizes as well.”

With the race’s growth also comes the opportunity for Young Lives, a non-denominational ministry for teen moms or pregnant teens, to help more mothers and their children.

Last year, funds raised by the 5K were used to send 18 teen moms, their children and mentors to a summer camp in Michigan, according to Powers.

“This year we hope to raise the funds and have the opportunity to send even more,” she said.

Young Lives is part of a larger organization, Young Life, a Christian ministry that reaches out to middle school, high school and college-aged students across the country, according to its website.

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Mindee Callahan helps lead the local effort, and she said the annual running event has become a favorite for local teen mothers.

“We have been doing a regular Stroller Club to prepare mothers for the race,” she said.

Brittany Botkins is one of the young mothers who is part of the Young Lives organization. She said the faith-based group has helped her by providing emotional support.

“I can reconnect with Jesus and other friends and they have a great support system. I know I can always count on them,” Botkins said about Young Lives.

Botkins, who has attended the summer camp twice, said being a part of Young Lives has helped her raise her daughter, Jayce, who is almost 2 years old.

“It is important for our community to support Young Lives because there are ladies around Hamilton that have nobody and don’t know about Jesus,” Botkins said. “When they come to Young Lives, they will always be welcomed and loved.”


WHAT: Thanksgiving 5K to benefit Young Lives

WHEN: Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 23. Registration begins at 8 a.m.; Kids’ Fun Run starts at 8:30 a.m.; 5K begins at 9 a.m.; awards ceremony is at 10 a.m.

WHERE: Race begins and ends at Wilson Middle School, 714 Eaton Ave., Hamilton

COST: $25 for 5K. The Kids’ Fun Run is free.

TO REGISTER: Click here or register in person the morning of the race

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Winter Weather Advisory issued for tonight; possible morning slick spots from overnight freezing rain

Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 3:57 AM

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  • Winter Weather Advisory for ALL from 8 p.m. Tuesday to 8 p.m. Wednesday
  • Rain and freezing rain possible Tuesday morning
  • Snow accumulates Tuesday night to Wednesday

>> 5-Day Forecast


TUESDAY: Some snow showers have made their way up from the south with temperatures being at or below freezing for the morning, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini. Rain and freezing rain will mix for the next couple of hours with main roads staying above freezing after a mild and sunny day, but a light ice accumulation could develop on elevated surfaces, bridges, and overpasses before and around sunrise. Drivers should take their time if they are out before the sun comes up. Temperatures improve by climbing to the low 40s after sunrise with some dry time expected in the middle of the day. Moisture brings rain showers back towards late afternoon with cold air transitioning everyone to snow for evening hours between 7 and 9 p.m. Expect snow to accumulate through the night. Winds will gust around 30 mph this afternoon and tonight, so drivers should watch for slick roads and poor visibility as a result. 

>> Don’t deflate tires to drive on ice, snow

WEDNESDAY: A messy morning commute is expected with temperatures in the 20s and snow still falling. Winds will still gust around 30 mph, so blowing, drifting, and poor visibility are possible. Snow will taper off into the afternoon as moisture shifts east, but overall most of the Miami Valley will end up with around 2 to 4 inches of snow with some areas seeing closer to 5 inches. It’ll be breezy for the rest of the day with mostly cloudy skies and highs in the mid-30s. Chilly temperatures overnight drop to the low 20s. 

>> Remember these things when driving in snow

THURSDAY: Refreeze or lingering snowy roads are possible early since temperatures will be in the low 20s. However, they’ll be big improvements through the day as sunshine returns and temperatures peak in the low 40s. Expect it to be dry throughout the entire day. 

FRIDAY: A sunny start with clouds increasing through the day. Highs will peak in the mid-40s as passing showers develop overnight. 

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

SATURDAY: Morning temperatures starting in the upper 20s could mean a brief wintry mix. Rain showers through the afternoon may end as wet snow. Highs reach in the low 40s. 

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Winter storm: Freezing rain, sleet and snow taking aim at region

Published: Monday, March 19, 2018 @ 7:34 PM
Updated: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 4:18 AM

Spring may be about to arrive, but winter will not give up without a fight. A Winter Weather Advisory will go into effect for all of the Miami Valley at 8pm Tuesday and continue through much of Wednesday. A wintry mix Tuesday will change to snow by evening and increase in coverage and intensity Tuesday night. Snowfall amounts of 2 to 4 inches will be likely, with isolated higher amounts.

Spring will officially arrive at 12:15 p.m. today, but someone forgot to tell Mother Nature. A winter storm is taking aim on the Miami Valley and will bring a mix of freezing rain, sleet and snow to the region starting this morning.

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Precipitation is expected to develop early today across the far southern Miami Valley and spread northward toward I-70 by daybreak. Much of the precipitation will fall as rain, but as temperatures drop toward daybreak, a band of freezing rain is possible.

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The morning commute may not be too bad, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said. 

"The last few days of mild temperatures has helped push road surface temperatures well above freezing. That means that main roads should just be wet early Tuesday," he said. "However, elevated surfaces like cars, bridges and decks could become slippery."

SEE: WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

But the wintry weather won't be over yet. 

A Winter Weather Advisory will go into effect as of 8 p.m. tonight and continue until 8 p.m. Wednesday. A break in the precipitation is expected midday today before returning in the evening. As temperatures drop after sunset, snow will become the primary form of precipitation and it will increase in coverage and intensity tonight, Elwell said.

"Snowfall amounts will generally range from 2 to 4 inches by mid-morning Wednesday," Elwell said. "But isolated higher amounts are possible.

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This is something we'll have to watch closely as new model data comes in." 

Motorists should prepare for a slow morning commute Wednesday with improving conditions in the afternoon, he said.

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Nearly 1,200 without power in Preble County

Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 5:00 AM

Nearly 1,200 DP&L customers are without power in Preble County.

According to the DP&L website, power is expected to be restored by 6 a.m. The outage was reported around 4:35 a.m.

>> Winter Weather Advisory issued for tonight; possible morning slick spots from overnight freezing rain

It’s unknown what led to the outage.

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UD to send students on spring break for St. Patrick’s Day next year

Published: Monday, March 19, 2018 @ 3:35 PM

Police issued a Public Safety order for people to disperse from the neighborhood on St. Patrick's Day.

University of Dayton students proved the leaders of their school wrong on St. Patrick’s Day.

Just three days before holiday, UD administrators claimed it was highly unlikely that the disturbances of five years ago would repeat themselves thanks to an improvement in campus culture and memories of 2013 debauchery being long-forgotten.

Students on Lowes Street reportedly threw objects at police, shot fireworks into crowds of people and by 6:30 p.m., officers arrived in riot gear and ordered partiers indoors, though many at first ignored those commands.

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“I am deeply disappointed in the behavior of many of you. I witnessed groups of students assault police officers, shoot fireworks into crowds, and put themselves and their friends in danger,” UD president Eric Spina wrote in a letter to the student body.

Next year students will again be on spring break and classes will resume on March 18, according to UD’s academic calendar. St. Patrick’s Day is always a factor in when to schedule spring break and because of Saturday’s incidents it likely will remain one, said vice president for student development Bill Fischer.

“That is an option that we are carefully looking at in the future, as well as other options…to avoid the escalation of this type of situation,” Fischer said. “So, all of this is on the table for further discussion.”

Dayton police officers responded just before 5:30 p.m. to a report of people trying to assault officers in the 400 block of Lowes Street in the UD student neighborhood, according to a police report.

Police carrying shields formed a line on Lowes Street. Police ordered students to head inside their homes and began moving down the 400 block of Lowes Street in an attempt to clear the crowd.

Party goers threw both empty and full glass beer bottles and cans at police as they moved down Lowes Street, according to a Dayton police report. It’s unknown whether any officers were actually struck by thrown objects, according to a report.

At least one woman reported to police that her car was damaged after her son parked it near the student neighborhood overnight on Saturday. The 2009 Honda Accord had its side-view mirrors broken off, the front fender was dented and the driver told police he believed people had been standing on the hood and roof of the vehicle.

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At least five cases stemming from the weekend riot were pending in Dayton Municipal Court on Monday including charges of noise violations, disorderly conduct, open container violations and public intoxication, according to court records.

“This behavior is absolutely unacceptable, as is the distorted sense of community that encourages and enables it,” Spina wrote in his letter. “Let me be clear: the large gatherings that block streets, the disregard for the safety of others, and the disrespect for the police who were there to keep people safe in no way constitutes community.”

Spina declined to comment on Monday but his letter drew a stark contrast to the hopeful words of administrators who spoke about preparations for St. Patrick’s Day on Wednesday. Just days before the holiday, UD police Chief Rodney Chatman said he believed students knew how to act and dean of students Christine Schramm said that the university was encouraging students to take part in activities without alcohol.

In preparation for the holiday, Chatman last week said “our students behave” and “they know their expectation” but on Monday he expressed disappointment.

“Overall I’m satisfied with the result but I’m disappointed in the behavior that elevated our response,” he said.

Though less violent and disruptive, Saturday’s incidents served as a reminder of the 2013 St. Patrick’s Day campus riot on its fifth anniversary.

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More than 1,000 people rioted in UD’s student neighborhood in 2013, leaving broken bottles and damaged cars, including a police cruiser, in their wake on Kiefaber Street. Law enforcement from 10 jurisdictions responded to the riot five years ago.

The university has dealt with a series of major St. Patrick’s Day disturbances dating back to the early 1980s. In 1993, UD scheduled spring break to include the March 17 holiday, according to Dayton Daily News reports at the time.

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