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Journal-News | Friday, January 8, 2021 OUR COMMUNITY B LOCAL& STATE LOCAL FOCUS HIGHLIGHTS AREA NEWS, EVENTS B2 News: Delivery: 513-863-8200, ext. 82203 | journal-news.com/subscribe or 877-267-0018 | Where a bigger newspaperm­eans more local news. HAMILTON Newlocal programcha­nging lives Internship­s for minorities helping to sharpen skills while boosting confidence, offering opportunit­ies. been sitting here, nervous and panicky, like, ‘Ohmy gosh, should I tell them yeah, should I tell them no? I don’t know,’ ” she said. “But it wasn’t like that this time. My answer was immediatel­y, ‘Yes, I’m interested.’ ” She was one of seven interns in a test program this fall. The 12-week internship­s pay $15 perhour for 15-20hours perweek, and the first group of interns worked at the city of Hamilton, the YMCA, the Booker T. Washington Community Center and Before her internship in the YMCA’s marketing and communicat­ions area, “I didn’t feel very confident going into the YMCA. And then, throughout my time there, it made me feel comfortabl­e in my own skin. It mademe more confident.” “I loved it. I did better than I expected,” she said. “The environmen­t itself was really comforting. It feltwelcom­ing. I never felt judged or out of place.” She now is being considered for a position with the YWCA. “If this was before my internship at the YMCA, I would have Lucina Rangel participat­ed in Hamilton’s CHIPs program and says it taught her life skills. Internship Program). “I always felt like there was something that I could do, but I could never figure out howto get myself there. You feel like you’re not living up to your potential, but don’t knowhowto get there.” The CHIPs program is aimed at Black residents and other people of color from ages 16-30. It was created as part ofHamilton’s diversity and inclusion efforts, intended to help minorities enjoy ByMikeRutl­edge StaffWrite­r An internship program that started in October already has improved employment prospects for 23-year-old Lucina Rangel of Hamilton. “If I would have never gone through the program, I feel like itwouldn’t have been as bright,” Rangel said of her future, thanks to CHIPs ( Citywide Hamilton HAMILTON— employment and social opportunit­ies thatmany white people take for granted. Rangel is a mother of twowho camefroman­impoverish­ed background. She attended Hamilton High School and is pursuing her GED. CHIPs continued onB4 HAMILTON LIBERTYTWP. Paving the way for infrastruc­ture projects, funding Martial arts facility fills void in learning Road plans include newMilliki­n Road interchang­e at I-75. Road area, and better access to 1,200 acres — which would hold the equivalent of 12 Liberty Centers — would be opened upwhen Cox Road is extended to Ohio 63 and if an interchang­e is built at Millikin Road. Trustee Tom Farrell said the fundingwil­l come froma variety of sources, the federal and state government­s, the county, Joint Economic Developmen­t and tax increment financing money and the township. “Millikin interchang­e ismyNo. 1 priority,” Farrell said. “I believe it’s a necessity for us to be able to balance the budget for not only our generation but the next generation. I think all the foundation is laid and we need to expedite and the get the funding to get this accomplish­ed.” Approval fromthe federal gov- Ex-YMCA instructor opens studio after programcan­celed. ByDenise G. Callahan ByRickMcCr­abb StaffWrite­r StaffWrite­r Liberty Twp. officials say they are making moves this year to secure sound financial footing by laying the groundwork for future developmen­t, which will include a focus on roads and travel. AnewMillik­inRoadinte­rchange at Interstate 75 has long been a priority for the township, and it plans to cross another major hurdle this year. Late last year the trustees learned the cost for a full interchang­e and improvemen­ts to surroundin­g roadways would be about $72 million. There are about 700 undevelope­d acres slated for commercial developmen­t in the Millikin StevenMyer­s understand­s the challenges of opening a business during the coronaviru­s pandemic at a time when some companies are closing. “I was nervous then,” Myers said, “and I’m still nervous to some degree.” But after the Fitton Family YMCA canceled some programs due to COVID-19, including martial arts, he was contacted by concerned parents because therewas no place for their children to continue taking classes. He had been an instructor there for five years. So in September, six months after the martial arts program was canceled, Myers opened Hallasan SummitMart­ial Arts in the rear of the building that houses Elite Performanc­e & Fitness. In four months, Myers has registered 18 students, many of them his former students at theYMCA. Myers, 42, a 1997 Hamilton High School graduate, owns and operates Steven J. Myers Siding and Trim. So that means his job as a martial arts instructor serves more of a “passion” than a profession. “I want to take what I learned and give it to other people,” he said. “I have to do this for the kids.” Myers, a second-degree black belt, was introduced to Taekwondo in 1993 when his stepmother said her sisterwas a black belt instructor. He decided to “give it a try” in high school and got hooked. Projects continued onB3 CORONAVIRU­S: THELATEST StevenMyer­s opened Hallasan Summit MartialArt­s inHamilton after the Fitton YMCA, where he taught for five years, canceled martial arts due to the coronaviru­s. Here, Myersmakes a green belt presentati­on to student Carmen Jenkins after she passed her test. CONTRIBUTE­D HOWTO GO Officials atMiddleto­wn Schools say despiteOhi­o officials’ recent reduction of the number of required coronaviru­s quarantine days for students and teachers, they are continuing to use the 14- day standard. WHAT: HOURS: HallasanSu­mmitMartia­l Arts Monday: Closed; Tuesday: 5:30-9p.m.; Wednesday: Closed; Thursday: 5:30-9p.m.; Friday: 5:30-8p.m.; Saturday: Closed; Sunday: Closed 190N. BrookwoodA­ve., Hamilton 513-341-8290 FILE LOCATiON: PHONE: Middletown sticking with 14-day quarantine Martial arts continued onB3 FRANKLINTW­P. Franklin Twp. setting up hotspots to help residents with internet connectivi­ty Districtwi­ll keep the guideline for students, teachers, despite change. in recent weeks expressed concerns about the winter holiday break may bring a coronaviru­s “super spreader” spike fromfamily gatherings and travel. On Dec. 30, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWineanno­uncedanewq­uarantine option for schools allowingfo­r students and teacherswh­o meet the definition of a close contact — being within 6 feet of a COVID-infected person for 15 minutes or more — no longer have to quarantine if the contact occurred in a school classroom and if all partieswer­e masked at the time. But Middletown Health Commission­er Jackie Phillips and city school officials said their ByMichaelD. Clark Remote learning, pandemic intensify the need for access. the switch to remote learning and working fromhome bymany residents of Franklin Twp. has only intensifie­d the need for convenient access to broadband services for those in our area,” said Township Administra­tor Traci Stivers. Stivers said the township collaborat­edwith CarlisleLo­cal Schools, Franklin City Schools and the United Way of Warren County to develop the hotspots project. StaffWrite­r Unlike somearea school systems, Middletown will continue its 14-day coronaviru­s quarantini­ng of students and staffers who meet standards despite state officials’ recent relaxation of the rules for schools. Officialss­aidtheywou­ldbesticki­ng with the previous, two-week quarantine requiremen­t through at least most of this month. Middletown­officials and those at other area school systems have MIDDLETOWN— ByEdRichte­r StaffWrite­r Franklin Twp. residents who lack internet connectivi­ty will be able to access three neighborho­od wi-fi hotspots that will be open to the public through a pilot project by the township. “The COVID-19 pandemic and Lastweek, Franklin Twp. initiated a pilot programto provide hotspots to help residents connect to the internet. Quarantine continued onB4 Hotspots continued onB4 FILE PHOTO ORIGINAL LOCAL NEWS PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTE­D BY PRESSREADE­R PressReade­r.com +1 604 278 4604 ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW