His organization affects ‘almost every family in Hamilton.’ Now he’s retiring after 40 years there.

Published: Wednesday, March 14, 2018 @ 2:08 PM


            Community First Solutions Chief Executive Officer Jeff Thurman will be retiring this fall after 40 years with the organization.
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Community First Solutions Chief Executive Officer Jeff Thurman will be retiring this fall after 40 years with the organization.(Contributed)

Community First Solutions Chief Executive Officer Jeff Thurman will be retiring in September after 40 years with the organization. His leadership has helped the organization grow into one of the stalwart nonprofits that provides an array of services to help those in need in the area, officials said.

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The agency offers a breadth of community-based services including mental health, alcohol and drug addiction, child and adolescent and employment services to clients in Butler and Warren counties.

Its Meals on Wheels program provided nearly 149,000 meals to more than 800 Butler County seniors and other home-bound people in 2016. Volunteers drove nearly 2,000 miles each delivering the food.

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When Thurman became part of the organization in 1978, he was the administrator for the Westover Retirement Community, which at the time had just 59 employees caring for 72 residents.

He was named President and CEO of the Fort Hamilton Healthcare Corporation in 2006, which evolved to Community First Solutions, an organization that today employs nearly 700 staff serving more than 20,000 clients.

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Community First’s Behavioral Health Services recently opened a free and flexible family support group called SAFE in Hamilton and Middletown. The group is dedicated to providing information, resources and help for individuals with loved ones suffering from drug addiction.

The non-profit also just opened a West Chester Twp. office to offer treatment for adults struggling with drug and alcohol abuse.

Hamilton City Manager Joshua Smith said that Thurman has been able to achieve a wealth of accomplishments while at Community First and has been a valuable asset to the city.

“Jeff has been a tremendous leader in Hamilton for many years,” Smith said. “His ability to get great results will be difficult to replace. On a personal level, I will continue to lean on him in retirement for his business advice and friendship.”

Mayor Pat Moeller noted that Thurman’s leadership helped make Community First one of the biggest employers in the county.

“Jeff Thurman built up Community First Solutions to its current status as one of the largest employers in Butler County,” Moeller said. “Almost every family in Hamilton has been positively touched by Community First Solutions. That is a testament to Jeff Thurman’s leadership, vision, and desire to deliver high quality health care in our region.”

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Board Chairman Neil Cohen has announced the appointment of a board search committee to select Thurman’s replacement.

“I want to thank the board members who volunteered to be part of the search committee dedicated to identifying the best person to lead the organization into its next century,” Cohen said. “I am confident that the search committee will find a leader with his passion for serving others and commitment to developing services in response to community need.”

He was also saluted Thurman.

“I would also like to thank Jeff for his many years of leadership and commitment to the community,” Cohen said. “His visionary drive has led the organization through tremendous growth, and his impact has been felt throughout many organizations that he has volunteered with throughout his career.”

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The committee has retained Deffet Group, Inc., an executive search firm with a long history of serving not-for-profit health and human services providers across the country, to assist in finding Thurman’s replacement.

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Reports of a vehicle accident on I-70 eastbound at U.S. 68

Published: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 5:12 PM

We are hearing reports of a vehicle accident on I-70 eastbound at U.S. 68.

Initial reports involve a possible camper trailer into a median, and blocking two lanes.

We have a crew on the way, and will update this page when more information becomes available.

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WATCH: 'Permit Patty' appears to call police on girl selling bottled water in viral video

Published: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 9:00 AM

File photo of bottled water. A white woman who appeared to call the police on a biracial San Francisco girl selling bottled water to raise money for a Disneyland trip has gone viral, sparking the hashtag #PermitPatty.
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File photo of bottled water. A white woman who appeared to call the police on a biracial San Francisco girl selling bottled water to raise money for a Disneyland trip has gone viral, sparking the hashtag #PermitPatty.(denvit / Pixabay.com)

A white woman who appeared to call the police on a biracial girl selling bottled water to raise money for a Disneyland trip has gone viral, sparking the hashtag #PermitPatty.

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According to USA Today, the girl's mother, Erin Austin, captured the alleged phone call on video, which has been viewed millions of times since it was posted Saturday. She said the incident occurred outside her apartment near AT&T Stadium in San Francisco.

"This woman don't want to let a little girl sell some water," Austin says in the 15-second clip, focusing the camera on a woman holding a phone. "She's calling the police on a 8-year-old little girl."

As the woman, identified by HuffPost as Alison Ettel, crouches behind a concrete wall, Austin adds: "You can hide all you want; the whole world's gonna see you, boo."

"And illegally selling water without a permit? Yeah," Ettel says, pointing to her phone.

"On my property," Austin interjects.

"It's not your property," Ettel replies.

>> Watch the video here

Austin and the girl's cousin, Raje Leeshared the footage with the hashtag #PermitPatty, USA Today reported.

"Make this [expletive] go viral like #bbqbecky," Austin captioned the video, referring to the hashtag used after a different woman was recorded calling the police on a black family for using a charcoal grill at an Oakland park. "She's #permitpatty."

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The posts sparked a debate about whether Ettel's actions were racist.

"For all of you saying it's not about race why didn't she stop to harass the white [men] that [were] selling tickets and teeshirts but thought calling the police on a child was okay?" Lee tweeted. "Don't answer. Just ask yourself that."

>> See the tweet here

"I didn't think in San Francisco my biracial child would have to go through something like this," Austin told KNTV.

Ettel told HuffPost that race had nothing to do with it, adding that she didn't really call the police. 

"They were screaming about what they were selling," Ettel said, claiming she had no problem with the girl, only Austin. "It was literally nonstop."

She added: "I completely regret that I handled that so poorly. It was completely stress-related, and I should have never confronted her."

The drama seemed to have a happy ending for Austin's daughter, who received four free tickets to Disneyland from a Twitter user who saw the video, Lee tweeted.

>> See the tweet here

Read more here or here.

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Heat returns this week

Published: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 5:00 AM
Updated: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 4:32 PM

A slight chance for rain is there today in the Dayton area.

It’ll be a touch warmer as most of us get in the lower 80s. Partly cloudy skies are expected and while most will stay dry, a stray shower or storm cannot be ruled out, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar. 

>>WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST: 

  • Rain to our south Monday
  • More rain returns later Tuesday - Wednesday
  • Heat returns for the 2nd half of the week

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Tonight: Decreasing clouds are expected this evening and overnight. Temperatures will drop into the lower to middle 60s. 

>>Moon and Jupiter close this weekend

Monday: Mostly sunny skies are expected. Rain should stay just to our south, though those in Butler, Warren & Clinton counties may see a stray shower. Highs will be in the lower 80s.

Tuesday: A dry start is expected with highs in the middle 80s, chance for rain returns in the later afternoon and evening. 

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Wednesday: A few showers likely, maybe a few storms as well. Highs will be in the middle 80s. 

Thursday: A hot day expected with partly cloudy skies, highs in the upper 80s.

Friday: A few more clouds are expected, It’ll be another hot day with highs in the lower 90s.

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Actress Brigitte Nielsen delivers 5th child, a daughter, at age 54

Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 5:22 PM

Getting to Know Brigitte Nielsen

Actress Brigitte Nielsen has a new baby, delivering her fifth child, a daughter, on Friday in Los Angeles, according to People magazine.

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Nielsen, 54, announced her pregnancy last month with husband Mattia Dessi. 

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“We are overjoyed to welcome our beautiful daughter into our lives,” the couple told People. “It’s been a long road, and so worth it. We’ve never been more in love.”

People reported the couple named the new baby, who weighed in at 5 lbs. 9 oz., Frida.

The star of “Red Sonja” and “Beverly Hills Cop II” has been married four times before and has four sons, the oldest 34.

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