5K Thanksgiving Day run in Hamilton helps teen moms

Published: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 2:21 PM


            Runners take part in last year’s Thanksgiving 5K to benefit Young Lives. The race raises money for teenage mothers to attend a special summer camp. CONTRIBUTED
Runners take part in last year’s Thanksgiving 5K to benefit Young Lives. The race raises money for teenage mothers to attend a special summer camp. CONTRIBUTED

Before enjoying a Thanksgiving Day meal, hundreds of people are expected to start the day running through the streets of Hamilton to help raise funds for local teenage mothers.

The third annual Young Lives Thanksgiving Run raises money for teenage mothers to attend a special summer camp, and organizers are expecting the event’s largest crowd so far on Thursday.

“We expect between 500 to 1,000 (race participants) this year,” said Katie Powers, coordinator of the race that last year drew just over 300 people.

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That’s impressive growth since the race’s inaugural year, which had 30 participants.

Part of the growth has come from adding more events.

“We have a few new elements to this year’s Thanksgiving 5K, including a chip-timed official 5K course, finishers’ medals, and a special top finishers prize for our first place male and female 5K runners,” Powers said. “The 5K course is improved from last year and will be closed to traffic. Our free kids fun run is expanding into three age groups with top finisher prizes as well.”

With the race’s growth also comes the opportunity for Young Lives, a non-denominational ministry for teen moms or pregnant teens, to help more mothers and their children.

Last year, funds raised by the 5K were used to send 18 teen moms, their children and mentors to a summer camp in Michigan, according to Powers.

“This year we hope to raise the funds and have the opportunity to send even more,” she said.

Young Lives is part of a larger organization, Young Life, a Christian ministry that reaches out to middle school, high school and college-aged students across the country, according to its website.

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Mindee Callahan helps lead the local effort, and she said the annual running event has become a favorite for local teen mothers.

“We have been doing a regular Stroller Club to prepare mothers for the race,” she said.

Brittany Botkins is one of the young mothers who is part of the Young Lives organization. She said the faith-based group has helped her by providing emotional support.

“I can reconnect with Jesus and other friends and they have a great support system. I know I can always count on them,” Botkins said about Young Lives.

Botkins, who has attended the summer camp twice, said being a part of Young Lives has helped her raise her daughter, Jayce, who is almost 2 years old.

“It is important for our community to support Young Lives because there are ladies around Hamilton that have nobody and don’t know about Jesus,” Botkins said. “When they come to Young Lives, they will always be welcomed and loved.”

HOW TO GO

WHAT: Thanksgiving 5K to benefit Young Lives

WHEN: Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 23. Registration begins at 8 a.m.; Kids’ Fun Run starts at 8:30 a.m.; 5K begins at 9 a.m.; awards ceremony is at 10 a.m.

WHERE: Race begins and ends at Wilson Middle School, 714 Eaton Ave., Hamilton

COST: $25 for 5K. The Kids’ Fun Run is free.

TO REGISTER: Click here or register in person the morning of the race

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Published: Wednesday, September 27, 2017 @ 5:33 AM
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Venomous snake species discovered in Australia may already be endangered, biologists say

Published: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 6:34 PM

A new species of bandy-bandy venomous snake has been discovered in Australia by researchers with the University of Queensland.
Bryan Fry, University of Queensland
A new species of bandy-bandy venomous snake has been discovered in Australia by researchers with the University of Queensland.(Bryan Fry, University of Queensland)

A new species of venomous snake has been discovered in Australia and biologists say it is dangerously close to extinction.

The new species of bandy snake was found at Weipa on the west coast of the Cape York Peninsula by researchers with the University of Queensland

Bryan Fry, an associate professor at the University of Queensland who lead the team of biologists, said that the discovery happened by chance.

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A new species of bandy-bandy venomous snake has been discovered in Australia by researchers with the University of Queensland.(Bryan Fry, University of Queensland)

“Bandy-bandy is a burrowing snake, so Freek Vonk, from the Naturalis Museum, and I were surprised to find it on a concrete block by the sea,” Fry said. “We later discovered that the snake had slithered over from a pile of bauxite rubble waiting to be loaded onto a ship.”

The snake turned out to be genetically different than any other snake.

“On examination by my student Chantelle Derez, the bandy-bandy turned out to be a new species, visually and genetically distinct from those found on the Australian East coast and parts of the interior.”

A new species of bandy-bandy venomous snake has been discovered in Australia by researchers with the University of Queensland.(Bryan Fry, University of Queensland)

Another specimen was found in its natural habitat near Weipa, and another was killed by a car close to the mine.

Five of the snakes were found in all.

Fry said the species is at risk due to local development.

“Bauxite mining is a major economic activity in the region, and it may be reshaping the environment to the detriment of native plants and animals,” said Fry.

Venom from the snake could be rich in compounds that could be used to discover new medications, Fry said.

“Every species is precious and we need to protect them all, since we can’t predict where the next wonder drug will come from, Fry said. “The importance of such discoveries goes beyond simply documenting what is out there, as venoms are rich sources of compounds that can be used to develop new medications.”

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Destiny’s Child star Michelle Williams checks in to mental health facility, reports say

Published: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 7:13 PM

Michelle Williams of Destiny's Child has checked herself into a mental health facility to seek treatment for depression, TMZ is reporting.
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Michelle Williams of Destiny's Child has checked herself into a mental health facility to seek treatment for depression, TMZ is reporting.(Scott Wintrow/Getty Images)

Destiny’s Child star Michelle Williams has reportedly checked herself into a mental health facility, TMZ reports.

Williams posted a letter to her fans on her Instagram page on Tuesday.

“I recently listened to the same advice I have given thousands around the world and sought help from a great team of professionals,” Williams posted.

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Sources told TMZ that Williams is receiving treatment at a facility near Los Angeles.

Williams has been open about her struggles with depression, revealing her story in an interview on “The Talk” last year.

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Williams recently reunited with Destiny’s Child members Beyonce and Kelly Rowland at Coachella in April.

It was the first time the group has performed together in several years.

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Family of boy who drowned in Dayton pool hires civil rights attorney Ben Crump

Published: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 11:03 AM
Updated: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 6:06 PM

The family of a 6-year-old boy who died after drowning in a Dayton city-owned swimming pool wants answers about how long the boy was under water and why lifeguards were allegedly not watching the boy more closely.

UPDATE @ 5:53 p.m. (July 17): Niguel Hamilton’s family has retained the services of civil right attorney Ben Crump.

Crump, who has represented the family of Trayvon Martin and taken on other high profile cases, was retained by the Hamilton family to “pursue justice,” according to a statement issued Tuesday. 

“They don't understand how you have three certified swimming instructors and only four children in the pool, and yet you lose one of them,” Crump said of the family. “They're heartbroken, and they just are searching for answers.”

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The Hamilton family was paying for swimming lessons a Lohrey Recreation Center to prevent exactly this kind of tragedy, Crump said. 

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The attorney was in town Tuesday and he said he’s helping the Hamilton family plan Niguel’s home-going celebrations this weekend. He said he also plans to push the city for an explanation of how the boy could have died. 

“The family has gotten no answers at this point,” Crump said. 

Niguel’s parents released a statement for the first time Tuesday: “No parent should ever have to endure such a preventable loss, and we want to make sure no other parents suffer a loss like this."

Crump added: "He had his whole life ahead of him. He never ever, ever, ever should have been taken this soon."

Services for Niguel are scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. Saturday at St. Timothy Missionary Baptist Church in Dayton.

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The 6-year-old pulled from a Dayton pool last week has died, according to the coroner’s office.

Niguel Hamilton died at the hospital Sunday night, officials said.

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Hamilton was pulled from the indoor pool at Lohrey Recreation Center in Dayton on July 12.

The city released a statement Friday afternoon: “A thorough investigation is underway. Out of respect for the family involved, we will not be making additional comments at this time.”

A Dayton Police Department detective also has been assigned to the case.

Niguel Hamilton was one of about four children in the indoor pool for swim lessons at the center, the boy’s grandfather, Willie Hamilton said. 

“He’s happy, full of life, loving, smart,” his grandfather said Friday. “Niguel is a good kid. He is a loving kid. Everybody who meets Niguel loves him.”

The last thing Hamilton remembers of Niguel’s swim lesson is that he saw him with his class in the deep end, and that Niguel, who is 6 but small for his age, had just gone off the diving board with his instructor’s assistance.

Shortly after that, a lifeguard said they didn’t see Niguel in the water and asked if he had seen him, whether he had gone to the restroom.

“I got up, went to the bathroom and looked around and couldn’t find him,” Hamilton said.

The lifeguards then got everyone out of the pool and searched again, in vain.

Hamilton said he went outside to check for him, but when he returned he learned they found him at the bottom of the pool.

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