PHOTOS: Remember Skating on Main? The longtime Hamilton favorite is being demolished

Published: Friday, February 09, 2018 @ 12:27 PM

Demolition crews work to take down the Skating On Main roller skating rink Friday, Feb. 9, 2018 in Hamilton. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF
Demolition crews work to take down the Skating On Main roller skating rink Friday, Feb. 9, 2018 in Hamilton. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

Skating on Main, a longtime attraction on Hamilton’s West Side that closed last summer, is being torn down this week.

As we reported last August, the nearly 1.5-acre property at 1391 W. Main St. was sold for $950,000. The rink — built in the 1970s — was previously known as RoundUp Roller Skate Rink.

Kettering Health Network plans to build a medical facility there. Although plans for the facility are still being finalized, it is expected to include physician offices and outpatient services.

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Demolition crews work to take down the Skating On Main roller skating rink Friday, Feb. 9, 2018 in Hamilton. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF(Staff Writer)

Reaction to our reporting in August led hundreds to share memories of the business on the Journal-News Facebook page. Here are a few of the memories shared about the childhood hangout:

• “I began skating when I was three and spent every Wednesday night, Friday night, Saturday night and Sunday afternoon there until I was probably 15 or so. I was on the RoundUp’s first speed skating team and honestly have so many memories there. First love, first heartbreak, old friends who I have reconnected with on Facebook. In the late ’70s and early ’80s rollerskating was the thing to do!” — Jamie Bowling McCord Capehart

Demolition crews work to take down the Skating On Main roller skating rink Friday, Feb. 9, 2018 in Hamilton. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF(Staff Writer)

• “My dad met my mom there, or at least spent a lot of their dates there, if not for RoundUp I may not have existed. Grew up inside those walls myself. Skating parties for school, weekend skating with friends RoundUp was THE place to be on weekends, a few of my daughter’s birthday parties were spent there. Too many memories to count. … I wonder if they will give people the opportunity to get a piece of the floor when it’s torn down?” — Dale Lunsford

• “Was there the day the doors opened … I skated 3 nights and 1 day every week. I loved that place. Another childhood business bites the dust. So long old friend. Lots of awesome memories…” — Nancy Lynn Huffman-Thompson

Demolition crews work to take down the Skating On Main roller skating rink Friday, Feb. 9, 2018 in Hamilton. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF(Staff Writer)

• “My friends and I would go there every weekend at the age of 13 and skate to Van Halen “Jump,” “Panama” and “Hot for Teacher.” … Van Halen 1984 had just came out and that was one of the greatest periods of time in my adolescence. Sad to see the old RoundUp go.” — Ryan Broughton

• “Had to go with my brother every weekend. 1987. I was 12 he was 17. I was the the tag along … learned how to skate there. Years later I had my daughters’ (birthday) parties there, taught them how to skate. … Talk about memories!!!” — Patty Yancey

• “I started going there when I was 6. Didn’t miss a weekend, then this was my first job and I was there every time the lights (were) on. There are so many memories that I have of this place and it really kills me to see it go.” — Justyn Ratliff

• “Remember the “KISS” band playing at the RoundUp. I grew up in that place. Got my first real kiss there.” — Rodney Owens

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Hormel recalls more than 220,000 pounds of Spam

Published: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 11:51 PM

Hormel recalled more than 220,000 pounds of canned pork and chicken. (Photo: U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service)
Hormel recalled more than 220,000 pounds of canned pork and chicken. (Photo: U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service)

Hormel has recalled 228,614 pounds of canned pork and chicken products sold throughout the United States and Guam after metal objects were found in them by consumers. 

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The recalled Spam and “Hormel Foods Black-Label Luncheon Loaf” were made from Feb. 8 to Feb. 10 and include “EST. 199N” on the bottom of the can, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.

The recall affects 12-oz. cans of “Spam Classic” shipped throughout the United States with a best by date February 2021 date and production codes: F020881, F020882, F020883, F020884, F020885, F020886, F020887, F020888 and F020889; and 12-oz. cans of “Hormel Foods Black-Label Luncheon Loaf” shipped to Guam with a best by date of February 2021 and production codes F02098 and F02108.

There were reports of minor oral injuries to consumers who ate the tainted product. The inspection service did not get any other reports of injuries.

The products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase. Hormel consumer response can be contacted at 800-523-4635.

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18 vehicles hit by rocks Saturday night on WB U.S. 35 in Dayton

Published: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 10:44 PM
Updated: Sunday, May 27, 2018 @ 12:10 AM

Multiple vehicles hit by rocks on WB U.S. 35 in Dayton

Nearly 20 motorists pulled over Saturday night after their vehicles were struck by someone throwing rocks while they were traveling west on U.S. 35.

Thomas Acco of Jefferson Twp. and his girlfriend had just dropped off their children and were headed home when a rock came through the front of the windshield.

“I was in shock that someone would play with someone’s life like this,” he said.

“Glass just flew everywhere. We had a little swerve contest with the car in front of us — their windshield got hit also. We just pulled to the side and it was like 15, 20 cars lined up to the side all with damage.”

Motorists line up along westbound U.S. 35 May 26, 2018, just before the South Smithville Road exit after their vehicles were struck by rocks.(JAMES BUECHELE / STAFF)

Dayton police Lt. Chris Malson said there are no suspects, but plenty of victims.

“We got a report of multiple cars, approximately 18 of them, that were hit with rocks as they were driving westbound on U.S. 35 near Woodman (Drive),” he said. “All the calls came within about five minutes of each other.

The Montgomery County Regional Dispatch Center said they received starting at 10 p.m. The last one received was at 10:29 p.m.

One of the victims was Susan Myers of Lima who was headed back home with her husband, riding in the front passenger seat.

“We heard a loud bang and looked up and saw the damage on the windshield,” she said. “We immediately pulled over and noticed that there were several cars ahead of us also pulled over with their hazard lights on.”

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There are no reports of injuries, but Myers said they were shaken and now have to deal with broken glass inside the car and their insurance company.

Earlier Saturday, around 4:45 p.m., another two motorists, one from Illinois and one from Dayton, reported their windshields were struck by rocks. At least one of the windshields shattered just when they went under a bridge. They told police the rocks appeared to come from the north side of the highway but were not able to see the culprits. Police officers found a pile of rocks laying on the side of the highway before the South Smithville Road exit, according to a Dayton police report.

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Overnight fog likely ahead of dry start to Sunday

Published: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 6:55 AM
Updated: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 10:50 PM

Hot temperatures are expected through Memorial Day in the Dayton area.

A few spotty showers will continue the next hour or so, but more dry time is expected overnight, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar said. Temperatures will drop into the middle to upper 60s. There is a good chance to see some fog overnight.

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    QUICK-LOOK FORECAST:  

    • Showers taper off overnight; fog likely
    • Isolated shower or storms Sunday/Monday
    • Mainly dry and hot for Memorial Day 

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    Sunday: A dry start is expected to the day, which will be hot with highs in the upper 80s. With the daytime heat, there may be an isolated shower or storm, but it looks like most will stay dry. Don’t cancel your outdoor plans, but have a backup plan indoors.

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    Memorial Day: Lots of sunshine, hot and humid again for Monday. Highs will top out near 90 degrees with a heat index from 90 to 95 degrees. Once again, an isolated shower or storm can’t be ruled out.

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    Tuesday: Another hot day is expected with highs near 90 degrees under mostly sunny skies.

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    Wednesday: The chance for rain, maybe storms, returns with highs in the middle 80s. Rain comes from the remnants of Alberto, the first named tropical storm of the Atlantic season.

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    Thursday: The remnants of Alberto will give us more rain. Highs will be in the middle 80s.

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    Florida woman passes note saying boyfriend holding her captive, deputies say

    Published: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 11:20 PM

    A note given to staff at an animal hospital by a woman being held captive by her boyfriend, deputies said. (Photo: Volusia County Sheriff's Office)
    A note given to staff at an animal hospital by a woman being held captive by her boyfriend, deputies said. (Photo: Volusia County Sheriff's Office)

    Volusia County deputies arrested a man after his live-in girlfriend passed a note to staff at a DeLand animal hospital saying he was threatening her, according to an arrest report. 

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    Jeremy Floyd, 39, is accused of beating his 28-year-old girlfriend and threatening her at gunpoint for two days, deputies said. 

    According to deputies, Floyd beat his girlfriend Wednesday, causing her to stay in bed all day Thursday with a head injury. 

    On Friday afternoon, his girlfriend was able to persuade him to let her bring her dog to DeLand Animal Hospital—but he insisted on accompanying her with a loaded handgun, deputies said. 

    Once at the veterinary hospital, the woman slipped a note to the staff there that said, “Call the cops. My boyfriend is threatening me. He has a gun. Please don't let him know.”

    A staff member called law enforcement and a DeLand police officer detained Floyd, a convicted felon, and took his gun.

    The Sheriff’s Office then took over the investigation because the incident happened in Volusia County.

    Angie Pye, CEO of Volusia County's Beacon Center, said the woman's quick thinking may have saved her life.

    "If they had alerted him in some way, this might not have been as peaceful, you know, somebody may have gotten hurt," Pye said. 

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