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Published: Monday, December 11, 2017 @ 8:00 AM
HAMILTON — The Salvation Army of Hamilton is running low on volunteer bell ringers collecting donations through its annual Red Kettle campaign during the holiday season.
The Salvation Army launched its Red Kettle campaign in late November with a goal of collecting $150,000 through this year’s effort.
Salvation Army of Hamilton Major Persi Sanclemente told the Journal-News that fundraising efforts at the kettles have been hampered due to a shortage of bell ringers, which has limited the number of locations where they can appear at during the holidays.
“People are donating, but we have the possibility of 23 kettle stand locations and only 10 hired bell ringers,” she said.
The community has been very consistent in supporting the efforts of the Salvation Army, according to Sanclemente, and she remains hopeful that the organization’s fundraising goal can still be met.
“Last year on our 15th day of kettles we had collected $56,072.72 and we had 16 more days for bell ringing,” she said. “This year on our 15th day we have raised $45,967.14 with 16 days to go.”
She said recruiting folks to man the red kettles has been a challenge.
Along with the many volunteer positions that are open, some people can even earn money as bell ringers.
“Bell ringers earn $65.20 per day and they raise an average of $271,” Sanclemente said. “Volunteers save us the $65.20 and have greater energy and results from their efforts.”
For example on a recent Saturday, one volunteer group raised $674 in one kettle, she said.
Sanclemente is hoping there will be members of the community that can find a short period of time during their holiday plans to rally the Salvation Army’s kettle drive.
“We need folks in Butler County who can give us five to seven hours of just one day to be volunteer bell ringers,” she said.
Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 12:19 PM
HAMILTON — The historic Champion Paper administration building, located across North B Street from the Black Street Bridge, likely will become a boutique hotel as part of the gigantic Spooky Nook sports complex.
“That’ll likely be a boutique hotel,” said Sam Beiler, who created the original Spooky Nook facility in Manheim, Pa. “We’ll clean up the exterior of the building under historic guidelines.”
In deciding how to transform the historic building into an appealing hotel, Beiler said he visited a hotel in the nation’s capitol that also used historic tax credits: President Donald Trump’s Trump International Hotel, which is located in a former Washington, D.C., post office.
“They did some really cool stuff there,” he said about the D.C. building.
“There was one office door after another office door all the way down the (hallway). They just hung these big drapes that covered all of them, except the door you’re supposed to go into the room,” Beiler said. “And then behind there, you can design the room with much more freedom.”
There are certain requirements when renovating a historic building.
“Just one example of the requirements that come with that (is) the hallway that’s in the center of the building has to stay,” Beiler said. “You can’t take it out.”
Also, “all the doors in that hallway have to stay,” he added.
“We think a boutique hotel is probably the best use for that building, and, boy, that’s a phenomenal building also,” Beiler said. “Really beautiful.”
Bryan Lenehan, a preservationist who has written a book about historic Hamilton buildings, said he is glad the building will find a new use.
Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 11:42 AM
— The Air Force Thunderbirds canceled two more shows to allow a new pilot to qualify while the team prepares to resume the 2018 show season after a deadly training crash.
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Maj. Nick “Khan” Krajicek, who will fly the remainder of this season, was the No. 4 pilot the previous two show seasons.
The team had suspended flights and canceled public performances since a tragic April 4 crash killed Maj. Stephen “Cajun” Del Bagno during practice over the Nevada Test and Training Range.
“We’re grateful to have Kahn coming back to the team,” Thunderbirds commander Lt. Col. Kevin Walsh said in a statement Thursday. “His experience and familiarity with our team’s mission and the demonstration profile make him the right choice as we safely make our way back on the road to recruit, retain and inspire once more.”
The team announced Thursday it would cancel upcoming aerial performances at Joint Base Charleston, S.C., this weekend and in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and had not yet determined if two additional air show appearances in Texas and Virginia may be canceled in May.
After the crash, the Thunderbirds scrubbed appearances at March Air Reserve Base in California, in Lakeland, Fla., and at Columbus Air Force Base, Miss., this month.
The accident was the most serious since a Thunderbird jet ran off a runway and flipped at Dayton International Airport last June during a familiarization flight, trapping two crewmen until they were rescued by first responders. The mishap scrubbed the team’s appearance in Dayton.
An Air Force investigation determined excessive speed and landing too far down on a wet runway contributed to the June 23 incident that destroyed the $29.2 million fighter jet.
Then team narrator and F-16 pilot Capt. Erik Gonsalves was hospitalized for leg injuries, according to the Air Force. A second crewman who was a backseat passenger in the two-seat F-16D jet was uninjured, the Air Force said.
The Thunderbirds are scheduled to appear at the Vectren Dayton Air Show in the 2019 show season. The Navy’s Blue Angels are set to fly at the air show June 23-24.
Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 12:15 PM
Updated: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 12:16 PM
Columbus — Federal tax returns released on Wednesday show that Mike and Fran DeWine reported $634,975 wages, pension and investment income last year and paid $113,801 in taxes.
The Greene County couple donated $57,389 to charities, including Catholic churches, anti-abortion groups and community health organizations.
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The DeWine-Husted campaign allowed media outlets to review three years of returns and take notes but not make copies of the documents.
Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor, DeWine’s opponent in the May 8 primary, filed individually for 2017 and reported income of $97,197, federal taxes of $13,794, state and local taxes of $5,105 and no charity donations. Her husband Donzell Taylor, who owns dozens of companies, filed his own return, which was not made available to reporters.
The big numbers reveal the extensive wealth of the 71-year-old DeWine. The DeWines receive interest income from companies, trust funds, brokerage accounts and partnerships. Their holdings include partial ownership of the Asheville Tourists, a single A professional baseball team.
In 2016, their total income hit $758,848, the tax bill was $138,129 and charitable giving was $42,726, returns show. In 2015, total income was $645,870, federal taxes paid was $125,642 and charitable giving was $42,569.
Additionally, over three years, the DeWines paid $177,923 in state and local taxes.
In addition, the couple established and funded a charitable foundation, which makes roughly $800,000 in annual contributions to various entities, including Hands Together, which operates the Becky DeWine School in Haiti.
Releasing tax returns is not mandated by law but by and large, candidates for governor have done so voluntarily in the interest of transparency and accountability.
DeWine’s running mate, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, also released three years of federal returns filed jointly with his wife, Tina Husted, a Realtor, professional runner, coach and artist.
In 2017, the Husteds total income was $176,765, total federal taxes were $27,398 and charitable gifts totaled $10,126. In 2016, income was $134,014, federal taxes were $14,450 and charitable giving totaled $8,645, according to the Husted return. Their 2015 return shows income of $159,126, federal taxes $23,316 and charitable giving of $10,005.
Additionally, over three years, the Husteds paid $64,257 in state and local taxes.
State Sen. Joe Schiavoni, D-Boardman, is the only Democrat in the gubernatorial primary to release his returns. Filing jointly with his wife, who is a nurse, Schiavoni reported $207,990 in income and $35,049 in federal taxes in 2017. They paid an additional $12,151 in state, local and real estate taxes and declared $268 in charitable giving that year.
Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 11:18 AM
— The two juveniles among four identified suspects in the Monday ramming of a police cruiser have previous felony cases.
The 16- and 15-year-olds are among four suspected of using a stolen car to hit a Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office cruiser on Monday at a Valero gas station at Siebenthaler Avenue and Philadelphia Drive in Harrison Twp.
Juvenile court records obtained by this news organization indicate the 16-year-old’s first serious offense was stealing a golf cart from Madden Golf Course in May 2017.
In the months after that, however, the 16-year-old from Dayton was twice charged with receiving stolen property (both vehicles), breaking and entering and possession of heroin as well as some misdemeanors and violations of electronic home monitoring.
No family members were in court for the 16-year-old on Tuesday, when Montgomery County Juvenile Court Judge Anthony Capizzi told him, “Your record is only 13 pages long. Congratulations.”
The 15-year-old’s felony record cases stretch back to July 2016 — when he was 14 — and include breaking and entering and attempted receiving stolen property as well as misdemeanor obstructing official business. The boy, who had family members in court on Tuesday, already is in treatment court.
Capizzi told them additional charges are likely, especially if investigators determine that one of them was driving a stolen Toyota Corolla involved in the latest incident.
According to the sheriff’s office, as deputies approached the stolen Corolla that was parked in the lot of the Valero, the driver noticed the deputies, got back in the vehicle and sped off, striking the patrol vehicle.
Capizzi entered denials on the teens’ behalf and announced their appointed defense attorneys.
The judge said, “This was a very serious case. It’s not just stealing a car. … Someone stole a car, tried to escape, drove in to a police cruiser to escape and then hit a bunch of other cars. You know that’s going to mean a lot more charges against somebody,” Capizzi said. “I don’t know who the driver was.”
The boys’ next hearing is scheduled for May 3. Both remain in custody. Adults arrested in the case include Sha’King Jones, 19, and Nikeas Jones, 20. Both remain in the Montgomery County Jail.