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Published: Sunday, June 18, 2017 @ 5:48 PM
FRANKLIN — A 20-year-old woman who died in a head-on crash in Franklin Saturday was on her way home from celebrating her 1-year wedding anniversary a day early, according to a longtime friend.
Courtney Trent and James Daley, 20, both of Franklin Twp., had dropped off their 6-month-old son at a relative’s house in West Carrollton and were driving home from dinner when the collision occurred that killed Trent, according to Melanie Barker, 19, who said she had been friends with her for six years.
Barker, who said she cannot come to terms with her friend’s death, remembered her as “an amazing person.”
“She had a heart of gold and she was there for everyone,” Barker said of the 2014 Franklin High School graduate. “She was just so bubbly and wanted to have fun and make friends.”
Trent died after a Toyota Highlander crashed into the Pontiac G6 in which she was riding just before 9:01 p.m. at Ohio 123 near Beal Road and Shotwell Drive in Warren County, according to a release from the Lebanon post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
In a preliminary investigation, state troopers said Corey Kappus, 18, of Franklin, was driving south on Ohio 123 when he fell asleep and the vehicle veered off the right side of the road. Kappus’ Toyota then went left of center and struck the Pontiac head-on.
Trent was pronounced dead at the scene.
Troopers said Daley, who was driving the Pontiac, was taken to Atrium Medical Center. His condition was not released Sunday night.
Kappus also was taken to Atrium Medical Center with unknown injuries and has since been released.
The crash remains under investigation, but speed and the absence of a seat belt are considered contributing factors in the crash, according to troopers.
Barker said Trent was not only “an amazing person,” but also an amazing mother to 6-month-old son, James Daley III, who appeared with his mother in numerous photos she posted to social media.
“Watching her with her son was like watching her be completed,” Barker said. “She just radiated when she was around that baby. Motherhood looked so good on her.”
Trent would want people to keep her memory alive by having fun and being happy “because she was such a happy person,” she said.
Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 12:16 PM
MASON — A Mason High School student was arrested Thursday evening after an investigation tied him to a threat about a shooting at the school, district officials said.
In a notice posted on Mason Schools’ website — and sent to school parents in the Warren County district — Mason officials said the district worked with Mason Police in their investigation of a threat posted in a restroom of the school.
And a Mason Middle School student is under investigation for his threat made on a school bus, said officials.
The student allegedly stood up on the bus today (Thursday) and said he was going to shoot up the school on Friday, according to communications from the district.
“We will have a robust law enforcement presence at all of our schools on Friday, and will have other measures in place that we aren’t sharing publicly. We always support a parent’s decision to do what is in your best judgment when it comes to your child’s safety — and an absence will be counted as excused,” an email to parents from the district said.
“We understand how disturbing threats are for your family. They are for our Mason City Schools staff, too. We are all working hard to share the message that making a threat is very serious and has enormous consequences for the person who does so, and a community,” said officials.
Published: Saturday, April 07, 2018 @ 10:28 PM
— McDonald’s is phasing out the use of plastic straws at its 1,300 locations in the United Kingdom, according to Sky News.
Straws will only be available upon request, and restaurants also will start using paper straws in May.
"Straws are one of those things that people feel passionately about, and rightly so, and we're moving those straws behind the front counter. If you come into McDonald's going forward, you'll be asked if you want a straw,” chief executive Paul Pomroy told Sky News. “The other thing we're looking to do is to move to recycled paper on the straws and biodegradable paper straws and that test, I'm really proud to say, will start next month."
Almost all the restaurant’s packaging is recyclable.
Published: Saturday, April 14, 2018 @ 5:13 AM
— It’s going to be easier to order a Happy Meal or a Big Mac.
McDonald's is installing touch-screen order kiosks at more than 3,800 restaurants nationwide, WXYZ reported.
The machines will allow customers to order from the menu, and then use a credit or debit card to pay for the meal.
Published: Tuesday, March 06, 2018 @ 5:18 PM
— If your Quarter Pounder tastes different starting today or takes longer to be prepared, there’s a reason for that.
Atlanta is one of the eight places in the country where McDonald’s has rolled out its overhauled burger.
According to a Tuesday news release, the chain said that burger will be made with beef that isn’t frozen and the patties won’t be cooked before you order them.
The restaurant announced a move toward fresher meat in March 2017. To make the change viable, refrigeration equipment had to be added to stores.
“All McDonald’s fresh beef quarter-pound burgers use 100 percent beef with absolutely no fillers, additives or preservatives,” the release said.
“Over the past two years, we have been listening to our customers and evolving our business to build a better McDonald’s,” McDonald’s USA President Chris Kempczinski said in the release. “We are proud to bring our customers a hotter and juicier quarter-pound burger at the speed and convenience they expect from us.”
The national roll out includes 3,500 locations in Charlotte, North Carolina, Memphis, Tennessee, Miami, Nashville, Tennessee, Orlando, Florida, Raleigh, North Carolina, and Salt Lake City.
These changes also apply to the fast-food chain’s Signature Crafted Recipe selections.