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Faith-based nonprofit close to opening homeless shelter in Xenia

Published: Tuesday, November 14, 2017 @ 3:17 PM

Bridges of Hope homeless shelter soon to open in Xenia

The first beds have been put in the gymnasium at the former Simon Kenton Elementary School, where homeless people will be able to go to get out of the weather and eventually get assistance in job searches, education and more.

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The building on West Second Street in Xenia is getting new life as the local nonprofit Bridges of Hope works to get supplies, volunteers and the funds needed to eventually open the doors as a shelter this winter.

The support from the community has been strong, said Dan Jordan, pastor at Xenia Grace Chapel and president of Bridges of Hope. 

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After replacing beds at the jail, the Greene County Sheriff’s Office donated about 100 mattresses, and Kettering Health Network has donated 800 blankets, Jordan said.

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“The more people hear about this, they want to become involved,” Jordan said. “We’ve had some great people coming in and donating their time. Helping by doing some labor. Skilled people giving of themselves in electrical, plumbing, heating. It’s been a good response from our community here.” 

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The need for a shelter, particularly to accommodate single men and women, is needed in the area, Jordan said. According to Bridges of Hope, the poverty rate in Greene County is 15 percent and on any given night, nearly 100 people need shelter, 40 percent of those being children.

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Work is underway to get the school’s old boiler to start working. Plumbing work is ongoing in the kitchen, where pipes have sprung leaks after years of not being used. 

The old carpeting that served as the flooring throughout the school building has been ripped up. Various items, such as old desks and tables, that were being stored in the building have been cleared out.

The goal is to eventually provide programming to help people get back on their feet, said Tami Cernetic, Bridges of Hope administrative assistant. 

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“We want to open the temporary shelter this winter, but really our vision is to expand services,” Cernetic said. “Having a full-time shelter and then having different offices where we can actually help people so that … we’re moving them along on the road to freedom.” 

This week being national Hunger and Homelessness Week, Bridges of Hope is using this week to ramp up fundraising efforts. The goal is raise $50,000 by the end of the week and donations of clothing, kitchen equipment and supplies are among the items that are currently needed.

There’s also a need for volunteers, said Tracy Chizever, a former teacher in Beavercreek schools who will work as the shelter manager. 

“Once the doors open, we need volunteers,” Chizever said. “We need volunteers to help us make food. We need volunteers who would be willing to spend the night … I’m hoping people will adopt a day, like maybe once a month … We need you!” 

To find out how you can help, visit the Bridges of Hope website or call (937) 867-4073.

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Fatal motorcycle crash in Warren Co.

Published: Sunday, June 17, 2018 @ 3:58 PM
Updated: Sunday, June 17, 2018 @ 5:05 PM

Motorcycle ax

UPDATE @ 5:05 p.m:

The motorcycle crash that occurred earlier today was fatal, Warren County Coroner’s Office confirmed.

A 40-year-old was believed to be traveling northbound on Riley Street near Van Horne Street. He was possibly racing a vehicle before losing control, hitting a curb, and being thrown from his motorcycle--Sgt. Wolf of Franklin confirmed. He was also believed to be wearing a helmet.

The vehicle he was racing is unknown, and no one else was injured.


Emergency crews are on scene of a reported accident involving a motorcycle and a truck in Franklin.

According to dispatchers, crews are at the scene of North Main Street at North River Street.

The crash reportedly occurred around 3:20 p.m.

We are on the way to the scene to learn more and will update this page as information becomes available.

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Miamisburg opened a time capsule from 1968 to celebrate its bicentennial. Here’s what was inside.

Published: Sunday, June 17, 2018 @ 11:46 AM

A report card from Sinclair Community College, an annual report for the Huffman bicycle company and a Bible with a bit of history were among the items discovered in a time capsule opened in Miamisburg on Saturday.

“Fifty years ago this time capsule was buried in Veterans Park with memorabilia from 1968,” the emcee announced to the crowd gathered at the beginning of the city’s weeklong bicentennial celebration.

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The white container, with “Miamisburg Area Sesquicentennial 1818 - 1968” on the side, was unsealed and broadcast live on the city’s Facebook page.

Many who watched the ceremony remembered the stores, barber shops and other establishments represented in the container that have long closed, such Mobley Cafe, Arcade Cafe and the Riviera Lounge.

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A letter to the mayor at the time from then-President Lyndon B. Johnson was included in the container.

An annual report for the Huffman Manufacturing Company states the company made more than $42 million in sales in 1967, netting $1.5 million.

Old newspapers provided a somber reminder of the Vietnam War. At the top of a Miamisburg News broadsheet was a report on the death of Cpl. William Ebright, who was killed in action.

A man told the crowd about the Bible that was pulled out of the time capsule. He said he was there when his mother placed the Bible in the container.

The Bible had been given to Mark Dennis before he was deployed to Vietnam, the man said.Dennis was also killed when a rocket-propelled grenade struck the helicopter he was riding in, and though his remains were never found the Bible was returned to the family, the man said.

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More activities are planned today through next Sunday as the city celebrates its 200th birthday.

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One person taken to hospital after apartment fire in Dayton

Published: Sunday, June 17, 2018 @ 2:18 PM

One person was taken to an area hospital for smoke inhalation and one was treated at the scene of an apartment fire in Dayton Sunday.

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Crews were called to the first floor apartment fire in the 1600 block of Bancroft Street around 11:30 a.m.

No one was in the apartment where the fire started but the flames did run up to the outside of the second floor apartment, according to Dayton fire official Brad Baldwin.

Everyone evacuated the building with help from neighbors.

Two of the four apartments in the building are uninhabitable at this time because of damages, according to Baldwin.

The cause of the fire was not yet determined.

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Family displaced after house explosion in Miami Co.

Published: Sunday, June 17, 2018 @ 9:40 AM
Updated: Sunday, June 17, 2018 @ 2:40 PM

Gas leak house explosion in West Milton

UPDATE @ 2:40 p.m.:

A propane gas leak caused an explosion in the basement of a home in West Milton Sunday morning.

Larry Jinkins said he was asleep when the explosion happened in his home this morning.

Jinkins, his wife, five kids, and three dogs were in the home during the time of the explosion. 

He said the fire department told him they were very lucky they were not hurt. 

Jinkins rented the house that is now inhabitable and said they had a temporary line due to a former gas leak that needed to be put underground.

UPDATE @ 10:47 a.m.:

The family of five that were at the house during the time of an explosion were displaced and are being aided by the Northern Miami Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross.


An explosion occurred at or near a house in West Milton Sunday morning.

The explosion was reported around 8:20 a.m. in the 4000 block of Iddings Road.

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It’s not yet known what caused the explosion or the extent of damages, but DP&L was called to the scene, according to Deputy Adams of Miami County Sheriff’s Office.

Two adults and three children were at the home but not injured, said Adams.

West Milton Fire Department is on scene.

We are working to learn more and will update this story as information becomes available. 

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