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Published: Monday, November 27, 2017 @ 3:06 PM
Updated: Tuesday, November 28, 2017 @ 12:30 PM
— UPDATE @ 12:35 p.m. (Nov. 28):
Funeral arrangements have been announced for a Carroll High School assistant football coach who was killed in a crash in southeast Ohio Sunday.
Matt Garrison’s viewing will be held on Friday, Dec. 1 from 5-8 p.m. at Newcomer Funeral Home in Beavercreek, according to a Carroll High School spokesman. The funeral will be Saturday at 10 a.m. also at Newcomer Funeral Home.
Garrison was a 2006 graduate of Carroll High School and was working as a sport performance coach, according to the school.
“Matt Garrison was a major part of the Carroll community as a student, volunteer in our youth programs, substitute teacher, and most recently, as part of our football coaching staff,” Principal Matt Sableski said in a media release Tuesday. “He was a positive influence in the lives of so many of our student-athletes, and he will be missed dearly.
FIRST REPORT (Nov. 27):
A Carroll High School assistant football coach was killed in a crash in southeast Ohio Sunday, according to the school’s athletic director.
Matthew Garrison was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash on U.S. 35 and Dixon Run Road in Jackson County around 7:30 p.m., according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
Garrison was a passenger in one of the three vehicles involved in the crash. The driver of the vehicle he was in, Samantha Lake, 27, of Dayton was flown to a Huntington, West Virginia hospital with life-threatening injuries, the patrol said.
Garrison was a 2006 graduate from Carroll High School and had worked for the past four seasons as a sport performance coach, according to Carroll Head Football Coach Ben Rulli.
“Matt was beloved by our boys and he cared so much for every athlete that he coached,” Rulli said. “Coaching to him was bigger than preparing an athlete for competition, rather he built personal relationships that transcended the playing field and weight room.”
According to the patrol, Lake was driving west on U.S. 35 when another vehicle, driven by Paul E. Moore, 40, of Thurman, Ohio, pulled into her path. Lake struck Moore’s vehicle and then her vehicle was hit by a semi on the passenger’s side, the patrol said in a release.
Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 8:02 PM
MIAMISBURG — At Miamisburg High School, the national pastime also is an opportunity to honor America’s heroes.
The varsity baseball team on Saturday held its annual Veteran Appreciation Game, this time when they played Bellbrook High School.
Both teams started by shaking the hands of veterans across different generations, followed by a 21-gun, salute, then a rendition of taps.
“It’s just a way for us to honor people that don’t normally get enough credit,” said Miamisburg head coach Steve Kurtz.
After the national anthem, professional skydivers from Team Fastrax brought down the ball for the first pitch, thrown by a Gold Star father, Paul Zanowick.
“It was an honor I think our son was smiling down,” he said.
He and his wife, Nanette, lost their son, Marine Cpl. Paul “Rocky” Zanowick II, almost seven years ago in Afghanistan.
“I’m very touched and very proud of this community and what we do for the veterans and they honored our son today to make it extra special,” Nanette Zanowick said.
>> Volunteers help at Five Rivers MetroParks 31st annual Adopt-a-Park event
“Not everywhere in the country is there so much care and concern for the military, but it is here,” Paul Zanowick said.
Veterans are the real winners of the game, with proceeds from T-shirt sales benefitting the Wounded Warrior Project.
Kurtz said he’s glad to support the veteran community.
“It’s good to see that they smile and they know that we do care and we are extremely grateful for what they’ve done for us,” he said.
Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 4:23 PM
DAYTON — Five Rivers MetroParks held its 31st annual Adopt-a-Park cleanup event Saturday in honor of Earth Day.
Volunteers of all ages helped remove trash, plant trees, repair trails, and prepare flower beds at more than 2 dozen sites.
Volunteers received a free lunch at Riverscape and a T-shirt for their efforts.
"We see families, individuals, church groups, students and children participate in Adopt-a-Park,” said Kevin Kepler, volunteer services manager for Five Rivers.
“The community really comes out in full force, which is great because all this important work couldn't be accomplished without our dedicated volunteers. It's the perfect occasion to celebrate Earth Day with your fellow Daytonians,” Kepler said.
Last year, more than 1,800 volunteers removed 65,000 pounds of trash, 32 miles of river ways were cleaned and more than 15 acres of invasive plants were removed, according to a press release.
"I think the success of this event reflects the community's support of MetroParks' mission to protect the region's natural heritage," said Kepler.
Adopt-a-Park is sponsored by Vectren and Barrett Paving Materials, Inc.
Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 1:32 PM
SPRINGFIELD — Tex-Mex restaurant Casa del Sazón notified its patrons via their Facebook page they have resumed normal operations after a fire was put on the premises Friday evening.
The fire department was dispatched at approximately 8:30 p.m., after a cigarette was thrown on mulch outside the building.
Restaurant manager Armando Soto said no one was hurt, and the only damage caused was to the sidewalk next to the mulch.
"Thankfully we caught it in time and it only damaged the sidewalk," said Soto.
"The fire department came quickly and everything is OK,” Soto said.
The restaurant resumed normal business hours this afternoon.
Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 6:38 AM
Updated: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 2:00 PM
— Filtered sunshine, but milder for the afternoon, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs said. Temperatures approach 60 degrees, which is closer to normal.
Tonight: Partly to mostly cloudy skies are expected this evening and overnight tonight. Temperatures will drop to near 40 degrees. Because of the few clouds sticking around, it may be difficult to see the Lyrid Meteor shower overnight and early Sunday, but with a few breaks you may be able to see some.
Sunday: We’ll see a little bit more sunshine on Sunday, but once again passing clouds and filtered sun is expected, highs in the middle 60s.
Monday: A dry start is expected, but rain is expected to move in later in the afternoon and the evening. Highs will be in the middle 60s.
Tuesday: We will see mostly cloudy skies with a chance for showers, highs will drop back into the upper 50s.
Wednesday: A few lingering showers are expected for the first part of Wednesday, highs will be near 60 degrees.