To let West Chester and Liberty Township residents catch up with the news that they need to know, WestChesterBuzz.com will list and link to all of last week’s top local stories every Monday.
Hamilton lottery winner: It’s time to give back – Regina Jackson just won a lottery. Now she wants to buy a truckload of toilet paper. Not for herself, mind you, but for a charitable group that she grew dependent on over a seven-month period in 2008 after she was temporarily laid off from her customer service job at Cinmar in West Chester. Recently, Jackson’s fortunes turned considerably after she won $1 million in the Ohio Lottery’s New Year’s Raffle.
Marlin & Ray’s Seafood Bar & Gill closes in West Chester – Marlin and Ray’s in Voice of America Center in West Chester has closed, according to The Cincinnati Enquirer’s Polly Campbell. It opened in early December of 2011, after Ruby Tuesday Inc. converted its old West Chester Ruby Tuesday location, by the intersection of Cox and Tylersville roads, into a new seafood restaurant. According to an Associated Press story, Ruby Tuesday, Inc. has posted a second-quarter loss and is selling the entire chain, along with 24 Ruby Tuesday locations.
Lakota West senior Kyle Meadows commits to UK- Lakota West senior offensive tackle Kyle Meadows verbally committed to the University of Kentucky on Saturday morning, according to Lakota West coach Larry Cox. Meadows, who is 6 feet 6 and 270 pounds, was one of the state’s top uncommitted players remaining in the 2013 class. Meadows is on an official visit to UK this weekend – his third visit to the campus, Cox said.
Lakota West bowls over Lakota East – Lakota West defeated Lakota East in both boys’ and girls’ basketball last week. The boys’ won 60-53 on Tuesday. The following night, the girls’ won 52-35. WestChesterBuzz.com featured game stories and photos from both rivalry games. In the articles, the Buzz featured Lakota West junior Malik Grove and senior Rachel Tomasic.
Reviving the Hall of Fame- The Cincinnati Enquirer’s John Kiesewetter reported last week that Mike Martini, Media Heritage archives president, wants to revive the Greater Cincinnati Broadcast Hall of Fame. Martini needs $10,000 to resume the program and preserve the past. He wants to make modest 8-by-10 plaques to be displayed in the Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting on Tylersville Road, West Chester Township.
Attorney: No charges against suspended Jordan Hicks – An attorney for Texas linebacker and former Lakota West standout Jordan Hicks says police will not file charges against his client after investigating a sexual assault allegation on the eve of the Alamo Bowl, The Associated Press reported last week. Austin attorney Perry Minton said Wednesday in a statement that San Antonio police informed him that no charges will be brought against Hicks “or anyone else in this matter.”
Salvation Army opens West Chester thrift store- The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center opened a fourth Family Thrift Store in West Chester this past Saturday. It is located at 7900 Tylersville Square Road, just off the exit at I-75 and Tylersville Road, adjacent to Lowe’s. The 18,000-square-foot store will stock clothing, household items, electronics, books, toys, furniture and collectibles.
2013 Shamrock Shuffle t-shirt design contest extended – For the first time in the history of the Shamrock Shuffle, the Community Foundation of West Chester/Liberty is hosting a t-shirt design contest for annual event that attracts approximately 4,000 runners every March. Originally, the contest was scheduled to end Dec. 17. However, due to lower than expected turnout, the contest has been extended until Jan. 30.
West Chester Board of Trustees name Wong president – The West Chester Township Board of Trustees met for the first time in 2013 last Tuesday. At the meeting, the board elected Lee Wong as its president and determined its 2013 meeting schedule. Wong (photo) became a trustee in 2005. The 2012 president of the board of trustees, Catherine Stoker, was elected as the 2013 vice president. Stoker has been a township trustee since 1994.