Eating at one of two Chick-fil-A restaurants today will benefit the City Gospel Mission through its Feed Cincy Now campaign.
From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., 15 percent of a diners purchase will be donated to City Gospel Mission when mentioning the mission when ordering. That’s when servers will press their Spirit Day Button.
The offer is good at the Deerfield Crossing location, 5150 Merten Drive and the West Chester Township Voice of America restaurant, 7733 VOA Centre Dr.
“We feel that true philanthropy will be returned to an individual or company many times over and that it is important to show our children and our society that people are more important than financial returns,’’ said Markus Schleidt, owner of the restaurants.
“That doesn’t mean that it isn’t important to make money, but a person or company…is not truly successful without generosity as one of the keystones of its operating principles.”
Diners are also asked to bring non-perishable food items and personal care products to either location for distribution to those served by the mission. Anyone who brings items will be entered in a contest to win a free Chick-fil-A meal every week for a year.
“Both efforts are part of our Feed Cincy Now campaign, our most ambitious effort yet to break the cycle of poverty and despair in Great Cincinnati by feeding bodies, minds and souls through food and shelter, jobs, recovery and youth development,’’ said Tim Curtis, communications director for City Gospel Mission.
Police believe a man driving this older red pick-up truck stole an elderly woman’s purse and jewelry on Nov. 8, 2013 at the Deerfield Towne Center. Provided
Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying an alleged purse-snatcher in Deerfield Township.
The incident occurred Friday in the parking lot of the Deerfield Towne Center. Warren County Sheriff’s officials say a man crouched between cars and then approached a 79-year-old woman and threatened to hurt her unless she gave him her purse and jewelry.
The victim handed over her purse and wedding ring to the suspect, who’s described as a white male with blue eyes, 25-30 years old and about 5-foot-10 with a thin build.
The suspect, who wore a tan hat and a tan zip-up jacket, is believed to have operated an older red Chevy S10 pick-up truck with a step-side bed.
Those with information are asked to call the Warren County Sheriff’s Office at 513-695-2525.
The Warren County Sheriff’s Office has filled three vacancies at its Deerfield Township post.
Jay Henning will serve as a detective investigating felonies and other serious crimes in the township.
Deputies Kyle Turner and Katie Barnes joined the patrol division. Turner will work from 4 p.m. to midnight and Barnes from midnight to 8 a.m.
Deerfield Township residents passed a 4-mill continuing levy for police in a special Aug. 6 election. That levy replaced the existing permanent 2.5-mill police levy.
The levy will generate about $3.9 million a year and cost the owner of a $100,000 home an additional $45.94 per year, raising the annual cost from $74.72 to $120.66.
Township officials say the levy was needed to maintain the force of 25 deputies assigned to Deerfield, which pays the Warren County Sheriff’s Office for the service. The township doesn’t have its own force.
Traffic will be reduced from three to two lanes beginning this week on the southbound Interstate 71 ramp at Fields Ertel/Mason-Montgomery Road.
The lane reduction is expected to continue through Oct. 15 as part of ongoing improvements to the traffic-clogged intersection, which has long been a source of frustration for residents and commuters.
About 80,000 vehicles travel through the interchange each day. The multi-phase improvement plan for the intersection is among the state’s “highest-ranked” projects, said Joseph Vogel, a planning and engineering administrator with the Ohio Department of Transportation’s District 08 in Lebanon.
Two projects have already been completed: A $1.6 million project built an additional northbound lane from Fields Ertel to Parkway Drive and a $1.4 million project coordinated 22 traffic signals in the area.
Work is scheduled to begin later this month on a $2 million lane expansion at the northbound I-71 exit that will expand the exit lane and create more separation between freeway and exiting traffic.
Other upcoming projects include work on a loop ramp to relieve congestion by allowing northbound traffic to bypass the intersection. The $13 million dollar project is expected to begin in spring 2014 and wrap up by late 2015.
In the tiny Warren County hamlet of Twenty Mile Stand, a brick stagecoach stop once stood at Montgomery and Columbia roads.
The year was 1822 and one of Warren County’s own – Jeremiah Morrow – was elected the ninth governor of Ohio. Morrow was originally from Pennsylvania but moved to Ohio in 1795. He later purchased property in Deerfield Township and constructed a log house, according to the Ohio Historical Society.
This photo collage shows the Twenty Mile House in Warren County from as early as the 1940s to more recent times. Provided
The Twenty Mile House “was basically the only tavern, the only place to come and congregate,” said Karen Dinsmore, a Deerfield Township resident who has researched the history.
Because there was no governor’s mansion in Columbus, Morrow stayed a mile away from Twenty Mile Stand at his home on Davis Road. Morrow’s decision to spend so much time at home caused the need for a larger post office and a bigger tavern, where his visitors could stay.
The Twenty Mile House in Twenty Mile Stand was erected to fulfill those needs.
It was not the first building at the site. In 1804, a year after Ohio joined the Union, the state constructed a road to connect Cincinnati to Chillicothe (the state capital from 1803 to 1810). Because travel in those days was by horseback and very slow, stands were built every four miles that included taverns for food and lodging and liveries for horses.
The original Twenty Mile House was built in 1804 where the highway crossed Columbia Road. The name “Twenty Mile” refers to the distance to Cincinnati.
David Espy – brother of Warren County settler Thomas Espy – constructed what Dinsmore called “a grand new brick building” on the site of the original stand to house the new post office and larger tavern.
Dinsmore said parts of the 1804 building, including fireplaces, might have been incorporated in the 1822 Twenty Mile House. The 1822 building had a tavern on the first floor and lodging on the second floor. Espy owned the first Twenty Mile House starting in 1810 and the subsequent new one the rest of his life.
“Since his niece Nancy Espy and John Morrow – the governor’s oldest son – were married that year, (Espy) was anxious to impress the governor with this new Twenty Mile House,” Dinsmore said.
The most famous visitor in the early history of the Twenty Mile House was folk hero John “Johnny Appleseed” Chapman. Espy brought the fellow Swedenborgian church member there.
The Twenty Mile House housed Jeremiah Morrow’s books and the building’s library became known as the Warren Library, a public institution. Every year when Morrow returned from the East when he served in Congress, Dinsmore said, he brought back books to share with area farmers. John Morrow closed the library after David Espy died in 1863.
Residents in Deerfield Township passed a 4-mill continuing levy for police that will replace the existing permanent 2.5-mill police levy and would cost the owner of a $100,000 home an additional $45.94 per year, raising the annual cost from $74.72 to $120.66.
About 67 percent of voters were for the levy, and about 33 percent were against it.
The levy will generate about $3.9 million a year. Township officials say the levy was needed to maintain the force of 25 deputies assigned to Deerfield, which pays the Warren County Sheriff’s Office for the service. The township doesn’t have its own force.
Township voters may also face a 5-year, one-mill parks levy on the ballot in November.
The levy would generate about $900,000 a year and cost homeowners about $30 annually, Township Administrator Bill Becker said.
Trustees passed a resolution of necessity for the levy at its July 2 meeting, which triggered an auditor’s review of how much money the levy would generate.
As voters in Ohio headed to the polls Tuesday, State Rep. John Becker moved to make sure that was the last time they did so in August.