This Fairfield High School senior saw a need at her school and filled it. Find out why, and how.

Published: Saturday, February 17, 2018 @ 7:00 PM


            Madi Dunn, an 18-year-old Fairfield High School senior, started a food pantry inside the school for students who may not have enough to eat on the weekends. The pantry, which is in its second year of operation, serves dozens of high school students a week. MICHAEL D. PITMAN/STAFF
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Madi Dunn, an 18-year-old Fairfield High School senior, started a food pantry inside the school for students who may not have enough to eat on the weekends. The pantry, which is in its second year of operation, serves dozens of high school students a week. MICHAEL D. PITMAN/STAFF(Michael Pitman)

The mission of LoveWorks is to inspire others to pay kindness forward and to celebrate those within the community who do just that.

Fairfield High School senior Madi Dunn is an inspiration in paying kindness forward to her fellow students, said Angie Kenworthy, the organization’s committee chair. So she wanted to honor Dunn on Valentine’s Day.

Back in 2016, Dunn’s mother, Aimee, who is a teacher within the school district, talked about the Shared Harvest Backpack program, which gives grade school children who may not have enough food to eat meals for the weekend during the school year. The high school doesn’t have anything like that, and she wanted to do something to help her classmates who may need that extra boost.

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“We heard about Madi’s story and the food bank she started here at the high school, and based on her reaching out and caring about other students, and seeing an action that needed to be done and she took action to care,” she said. “So we took action to celebrate her (Wednesday).”

LoveWorks donated food and toiletry supplies acquired through private donations and Matthew 25 Ministries.

“I’m proud she took the initiative to start something new in the school, and I know how challenging that can be — and she didn’t give up,” said Aimee Dunn.

“I’m just proud of what she’s doing in the support of the community,” said her father, Tony.

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During the summer of her junior year, Dunn asked assistant principal Austin Sanders about a high school backpack program, and “by the grace of God” they found a vacant room that had over the years served various purposes.

“He granted this room to me, and once I got my own space we started collecting donations,” she said.

She posted a request for donations and money on Facebook, school clubs pitched in with fundraisers and food drives, and the community helped. Kroger, Sibcy Cline, Rumpke and Performance Honda supported the high school food pantry, as well as organizations like LoveWorks, Matthew 25 Ministries, the Fairfield Food Pantry and Share Harvest FoodBank.

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The program is under the Fairfield High School’s National Honors Society, and the goal is for one of the members to take it over when Dunn leaves for the University of Kentucky in the fall. She plans to major in human nutrition and minor in biology. Her goal is to be a doctor.

Shared Harvest Executive Director Tina Osso said seeing the younger generation taking an active role in addressing hunger within the community is encouraging.

“This is interesting in many factors,” she said. “One is the engagement of her generation in addressing hunger among her peers. What a leader.”

Secondly, she said it fills the gap the backpack program didn’t address when Shared Harvest started it in the 2006-07 school year. The grade schools were focused because of growing brain and cognitive development, and children learn best when they’re not hungry.

“Obviously we would like to see this (school-based pantry) at every school, just like we’d like to see our backpack program,” Osso said. “Having people like Madi step up to the plate, and really rolling her sleeves up, is inspiring.”

Osso said there are a few other pilot programs similar to the pantry at Fairfield, including at Miami University Regional Campuses in Hamilton and Middletown, and at Marshall High School in Middletown.

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Dayton Air Show forecast: Warm with chance for showers, storms

Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 5:47 AM
Updated: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 5:17 AM

Forecast for the Vectren Dayton Air Show

The chance for rain will be around for the start of the weekend. That means those heading to the Vectren Dayton Air Show will need to be prepared, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar.

We're also keeping an eye on the heat at times this weekend.

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Saturday: The chance for a few storms will be in the forecast, especially for the first part of the day. Conditions are expected to improve through the day,but a few showers or storms are possible in the afternoon. Highs will be around 80.

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Sunday: It will be a mainly dry day, but a stray shower or storm can’t be completely ruled out. Sunday will be a touch warmer as we see highs around 80. However, with a lot of concrete at the Dayton International Airport, surface temperatures will be closer to the mid to upper-80s.

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Air show leaders said those coming to the air show this weekend they’ll need to stay hydrated, adding there’s little shade at the airport to protect you from the sun. 

There will be fountains for free water. If anyone does start to feel ill, they should go to one of the EMS tents or to one of the paramedics that will on bicycles.

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Couple finally engaged after airline lost luggage containing ring 

Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 4:51 AM

An engagement ring was lost during a flight from Europe to Dallas.
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An engagement ring was lost during a flight from Europe to Dallas.(Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

A Texas couple is formally engaged after the bride-to-be’s engagement ring was lost in a luggage snafu for nearly three weeks, WFAA reported.

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Ben Adams and his girlfriend Elizabeth Kahle landed at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport two-and-a-half weeks ago after a trip to Europe.

Adams hoped to propose to Kahle at her family’s home in Frisco, Texas. But the engagement ring was in one of his suitcases, and during a layover in Iceland all of their luggage was misplaced, WFAA reported.

The luggage was on Iceland-based WOW Airlines. When their flight to Dallas was canceled, Adams and Kahle were rerouted to New York and then Atlanta before finally reaching their destination. 

Adams had to confess to Kahle that the engagement ring was in his luggage, WFAA reported.

“The stakes just went from here to here!” Kahle told the television station.

Adams eventually discovered that their luggage was sent to Boston. The bags were shipped home, and Adams made his formal marriage proposal Wednesday night, WFAA reported.

Kahle said yes.

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Reward offered for missing guest book of Harrison Twp. stabbing victim

Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 1:50 AM

Harrison Twp. family searching for missing guest book

The family of Amber Hoover, who was found with multiple stab wounds behind a Harrison Twp. home last week, are offering a reward for anyone with information on the whereabouts of the guest book that is missing from her funeral.

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Hoover, 42, was found stabbed behind a residence on Embury Park Road on June 10, and was pronounced dead at Grandview Medical Center.  The coroner's office ruled the incident a homicide and said Hoover died of multiple stab wounds. 

Hoover’s mother and daughter, who are still mourning the loss, are now focused on finding the missing guest book.

“We absolutely don’t care who has it or why you have it”, said Kelsey Jewett, Hoover’s daughter. “If you have it, we just want it back”.

They are not accusing anyone of stealing the book and are aware it could have simply been misplaced, as there were plenty of visitors at Hoover’s funeral last week. 

“That’s our one last memory to speak of Amber”, said Theresa Jones, Hoover’s mother.

According to a Montgomery County Sheriff's incident report, deputies found two witnesses and a possible suspect when her body was found. 

Sheriff's investigators know who fatally stabbed Hoover, but they have not arrested the person. 

Anyone willing to come forward with the guest book are urged to contact the family directly or the funeral home. 

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Kettering officer-involved shooting: Man shot by officer, weapon recovered

Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 9:00 PM
Updated: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 4:31 AM

Shooting

One man was shot and injured in an officer-involved shooting in Dayton Thursday night.

  • Shooting happened at Smithville Rd. and Ewalt Ave. in Dayton
  • Shooting happened after Kettering officer initiated traffic stop
  • Passenger shot, driver in custody

A Kettering police officer tried to pull over a vehicle at Smithville Road and Ewalt Avenue Thursday night. Within one minute, at 8:45 p.m., the officer reported shots fired and an officer needs assistance call was issued to surrounding agencies, according to a release issued late Thursday by the Kettering Police Department.

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“We can confirm a Kettering officer was involved in an officer-involved shooting as a result of this traffic stop. No further details are being released at this time,” Kettering police Lt. Michael Gabrielson stated in the release.

The traffic stop was initiated in Kettering, but the shooting happened in the city of Dayton.

“A passenger fled. There was an altercation about a block down the street and a Kettering officer fired at the suspect, wounding him,” Dayton Assistant Police Chief and Deputy Director Mark Ecton said.

The driver is in custody, he said.

It’s not clear how many shots were fired, nor whether the suspect fired at the officer but a weapon was recovered, Ecton said.

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The Dayton Police Department is investigating the shooting because it happened in the city, and the Kettering Police Department also is conducting its own investigation.

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The man was transported to a local hospital. We’re working to learn more on his condition. The officer was not injured.

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It’s not confirmed whether the incident was connected to a hit-and-run crash nearby.

Nick Kauffman of Kettering said he was on his way to a motorcycle ride when his path was blocked by all the police activity.

“It’s pretty wild. You don’t expect to see this stuff outside your back door,” he said.

There were officers from at least three police forces.

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