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Missing woman held captive under a shed

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Dennis Dunn's Shed he held Jennifer Elliot in. photo curtosy wcpo.com

Dennis Dunn’s Shed he held Jennifer Elliot in. Photo courtesy of wcpo.com

Something horrible has happened in Blanchester, Ohio. On Wednesday, April 26, 2017, Jennifer Elliott, 30, was kidnapped and held captive under her neighbor’s shed. The police were called about hearing crying noises. When the cops arrived Elliot was pulled from a dirt pit under the shed around 4 a.m. Elliott was covered with a lot of heavy objects. Police stated that Elliott was not responding when she was found.

     When found, Elliott did not show signs of physical trauma but she did appear to have suffered from a seizure. According to Elliott’s mother, Gayle Rowe, Elliot had gone missing around 1:30 a.m. She went missing for a couple of hours until she was found. Because of Elliott’s crying, her mother heard her and called the cops immediately.

      The neighbor who kidnapped Elliott was named Dennis Dunn, the 45 year old home’s lone resident. Dunn was placed in a mental facility for inpatient mental health treatment before, but was released after staying for a few days. They apprehended Dunn at 8:00 a.m and he was calm at the moment. Dunn is still in custody and appealed in  court early this morning. Dunn’s father came forward and apologized for his son’s actions and any harm done.

      Mental people should not be in a neighborhood full of unprotected citizens. They should be placed where they can receive the help that they deserve.  

Fatal Shooting in Boynton Beach, one man killed

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Where the shooting took place.
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Around 6:30 p.m. on Monday April 10, a man named Philorius Joseph, 32, shot and killed Evan Herring, 28. The two men were fighting at at Clipper Cove apartment complex. Joseph says he shot Herring in self-defense.

After shooting Herring, Joseph stayed at the crime scene waiting for the police to arrive. After police arrived, Joseph told the cops that Herring tried to confront him and their baby’s mother about a situation. After approaching them Evan punched him in the face.

“Philorius has a license to have a weapon,” the police stated. Philorius has not been charged with the murder of Evan Herring, but the investigation is still ongoing.

Herring and Joseph have have a baby by the same woman.  Herring and Joseph had a history of altercations in the past over their this woman, Keisha. It’s always sad to see a loss in someone’s life. Herring was a brother, son, grandson, cousin, friend, and most of all, a father to two beautiful children. Herring’s mother arrived at the scene screaming for her child. He was not able to respond. Herring passed away and Joseph was released from custody that Monday night, according to the police. Crowds told the couple to run so Keisha did, but not Joseph.

Doughnut Shop Do-Gooder

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Note: This is a guest article written by an outside source. This article was written by Kenesha Chalemon and was originally published on Channel Kindness.

A box with fresh homemade donuts with icing.
A box with fresh homemade donuts with icing.

Downtown Delray Beach is gentrifying. Poorer people are being pushed out of their homes, replaced by new businesses and unaffordable homes. As a result, no one lives on “The Ave” – the neighborhood’s central hub – unless you own a beach house. The area is filled with fancy restaurants, high-end fashion boutiques, and few affordable food spots.

The Ave is not kid friendly and my friends and I – and young people in general – don’t usually hang around there. But there are still some fun and affordable things you can do if you know where to go so, one day after school my friends and I decided to go downtown to explore.

We took the trolley, a free transportation system used to get around, and decided to stop by a popular donut chain to use a gift card that held less than three dollars. Since this trip was unplanned we didn’t have much money to spend, just the quarter, dimes, and nickels in our bags.

As we were strategizing on how to maximize use of our spare change and gift card, a group of white adults entered, and one them asked if she could borrow the chair at our table. I responded, “Of course, not a problem” with a polite smile.

To my surprise, the woman then offered “Get whatever you want ladies, I’ll pay.” I was just following the Golden Rule: “Treat others the way you would like to be treated.” I hadn’t expected anything in return so I was surprised by her response, returning one act of kindness with another.

Since this woman and her friends were white and my friends and I are African American, I just expected her to make no human contact and ignore us. Just like any other interaction I’ve had in the community with strangers, especially when there is a difference in race. So, I asked her if this was a joke because situations like this are not at all common. On the other hand, this could just be her way of showing sympathy, but who wants to be a charity case.

I realized, however, that this was simply someone reaching out and demonstrating their kindness despite any racial and social barriers that may separate us. I had offered her kindness, regardless of her status or her color, and she reciprocated.

I was more than open to her genuine, kind approach. Receiving a ‘handout’ from a rich white woman would normally bring hesitation in any underprivileged black kid’s mind, but she had changed my conception of her by acknowledging me and reciprocating my basic act of kindness. This opened my eyes to the fact that kindness is contagious and that you reap what you sow in a good way, as well.

As we approached the register, we introduced ourselves. Her name was Pam. After she paid we thanked her, and she could obviously tell that we did not see this often, so she explained it’s just paying it forward. Then, we sat down and enjoyed our meal. We continued to talk about her act of kindness and when it was time for us to go, we gave Pam a hug and thanked her one last time. She then commented on how nice and respectful young ladies we were.

To this day, I’m grateful for her simple but gracious act. This experience proved that, just like love, kindness has no boundaries.

Cheerleading is in fact a Real Sport!

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The Atlantic Community High School Chearleaders
The Atlantic Community High School Cheerleaders

Cheerleading hasn’t been around for long compared to other sports. The official birth date for cheerleading was on November 2, 1998. Many people say that cheerleading is not much of a sport, but that is false. The Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) has recognized cheerleading as an interscholastic sport.

Not only is there cheerleading for school, there is also a type called competitive cheer. The FHSAA board gave final approval to a competitive cheerleading season at its annual meeting on June 2. The board says that, “the first season will begin Aug. 6 and conclude with the first FHSAA competitive cheerleading championships in March 2008.”

Competitive cheer is when teams from all across the world compete against each other to see who has the best routine, including jumps, tumbling, cheer, and dance. Cheerleading is just like any other sport; if the team wins certain competitions they move on to what you call regionals. Then, from regionals the team goes to state championship, and if states is completed they move on to  world championship.

Cheerleading has scholarships just like any other sport played today, another reason why cheerleading should be considered as a real sport. Many girls around the world would love to get a scholarship from cheer. Getting a cheer scholarship is hard. To get  one you have to be the best of the best.

Even though cheerleading has not been around very long, it is a dangerous but fun sport to be involved in. For those who still don’t believe that cheerleading is sport, now you have your proof!

Behind the scenes of our wonderful principal

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Ever thought about what life was like to be a principal?  Well, our principal, Tara O’campo, went through a significant amount of obstacles to get where she is now. She grew up in Pennsylvania with her mother, father, and two sisters. Both of her parents were very successful and her sisters as well. “I’m fortunate to have grown up in a very supportive environment,” said O’Campo.

  O’Campo always wanted to be a teacher. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in elementary education and began teaching first grade in Palm Beach County. Then, she earned her Master’s Degree while simultaneously teaching at the middle school level.

  After teaching, she became an Assistant Principal for several years until she became the Principal at Everglades Elementary School. O’Campo has worked at all three levels in an administrative capacity. She finally was transferred to Atlantic High, home of the Eagles, in Delray Beach in 2015. “ The most exciting thing is working in and around the Delray Beach community,” she said.

  O’Campo has many rewarding moments in being the principal of a high school. She loves to hear the sound of her students’ names being called at graduation and watching them walk across the stage.

  Our principal also has many challenging moments on her shoulders. The most challenging for her at the end of the day is knowing not everyone will be completely happy with her decisions all the time, but as long as she knows it is in the best interest of her students, she can sleep well at night.

  Although she has a lot of duties she attends to, in her free time she likes to spend time with her family in Pennsylvania. She believes balance in life is important and she likes to share that with other people. She is a role model to many students and will continue helping her students to be successful just like her.      

Tara O'campo (left) smiling with Naya Fulton(right)
Tara O’campo (left) smiling with Naya Fulton(right)

Coffeyville Commit Tackles his way to Student of the Week!

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Atlantic High has a large amount of students who are exceptionally great in everything they do and are on the road to success with their goals. Kevin Norris is one of those star students in and off the field.  “This year Kevin was one of our star players on the team to get us far on the road to states on the football field,” said Douge Barnhart.

Although on the field they call him “Sody,” he is an excellent player on the field. He also is a great student when it comes to education. He currently maintains a 3.2 GPA and does community service outside of school. Norris volunteers with the little football league at East Boynton Wildcats.

 

Kevin Norris Jr. signing to Coffeyville Community College. Staff Photo

Norris, a.k.a “Sody Pop,” has goals after he graduates high school. His goals are to transfer to a four year University after attending Coffeyville University in Kansas for a year. He wants to major in Sports Medicine.  His advice to others who want to be successful is: “stay focused and do not let anyone bring you or your dreams down.”

“Norris contributes his time to school and sports; he is able to manage both along with his life duties, and that is what makes him who he is today,” said Coach Pooh.

He has strengths and weaknesses but that is human nature. He points out his mistakes and tries to fix them so that he won’t become lost in life. “Sody is a very determined individual, I just want to see him succeed,” said Jacarius Norris, Norris’ cousin. Being a role model is sometimes hard but Kevin makes it look easy!

Mr. Durgin jumping his way in greatness for Teacher of the Month!!

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  Having a determined, smart, and exciting teacher  deserves the spot light.

Mr. Durgin looking in the direction of greatness he says
Mr. Durgin looking in the direction of greatness he says

   “Who is Will Durgin?” some students and teachers may ask. Well, Durgin is a six year employee here at Atlantic Community High School. He graduated from Atlantic High himself in 2005. When he attended Atlantic High he was the captain of the wrestling team and the JROTC Battalion Commander.  “Don’t be a jerk! Everybody likes nice people,” a quote from Durgin himself.   

   As a teacher he taught World History, Student Gov., Economics, and U.S Government and has sponsored junior and senior classes. He is the wrestling and baseball coach. Mr. Durgin has just received his Master’s Degree in educational leadership and hopes to become an Assistant Principal in the future. “When I’m not outclassing Wigelsworth in any and everything, I enjoy spending time with my wife, Sarah, and beautiful daughter, Hannah,” says Durgin.

  Durgin is appreciated by the staff of Atlantic High for giving his hard work and dedication to the school. “As an educator, Will Durgin stands alone. He is great asset to Atlantic High. Aside from his questionable fashion sense, he is a role model to the youth of this school,” stated by Joshua Wigelsworth.

  Away from school, Durgin enjoys tie-dying clothes as well as being a significant athletic supporter. When he is not teaching he often wears swimming trunks in public. His outlook on life is very similar to the great Joe Dirt. Life’s a garden…Dig it!

Lionfish species proved to be dangerous to ocean wildlife

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  Have you ever came across an animal that can just ruin your whole day?  There are many dangerous species in the world. There is one particular type of  species that is harming the ocean ecosystems: the lionfish. Lionfish are native to the Indo-Pacific region and the Red Sea. Lionfish are not native in the Western Atlantic Basin, which includes the Western Atlantic Ocean, the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean Sea, or the Mediterranean Sea where they are considered an invasive species. These animals are eating up everything along the seafloor.

  The lionfish has no known predators. The females release a lot of eggs on the ocean floor while the males come from behind, fertilizing them. These animals are dangerous to a lot of living things in the ocean.      

  Lionfish have 18 venomous spines that are capable of penetrating human skin and delivering a very painful sting, most of which are on the back of the fish. If stung, immediate assistance should be in place. This species could eat anything half of its body length or smaller. Even though there are dangerous in the water, they can be eaten by humans. This animal is not poisonous to eat. People are asking on site to kill this animal. If a person cannot kill them, try to stay a far distance from pain giving animal or they will strike!!!

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Gone but never forgotten

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Tyrin's senior picture. Courtesy of Tyra Miller.
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Tyrin’s senior portrait. Courtesy of Tyra Miller.

    A child that has turned into a beautiful angel to fly high in the sky, Tyrin Miller, seventeen year old senior, born on Dec. 23, 1998, has had his last on Dec. 7, 2016. Tyrin was the man of the party.

   He loved to listen to music while sitting in his backyard, playing cards with his friends. This year, he hoped to make his mom proud by walking across that stage. Tyrin was a down-to-earth, relaxed person and he will truly be missed.

    Tyrin has five siblings: Nique, Shay, Brente, Louise, and Tyra. He shared an unbreakable bond with each of them. Tyrin was the shortest in his crew of friends, but had a fire in him that everyone knew.

   He was a sweet boy who loved to joke around and have fun. Tyrin was the funniest when it came to joking around. He was the one who made you laugh even when you were not in a good mood. He was also the one to eat your applesauce at lunch if you didn’t want it.

   Tyrin will forever remain in the hearts of many friends and family. A young soul gone too soon. Rest in paradise, sweet angel.

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