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Tipp City actress lands first big-screen role in new Jennifer Aniston movie

One of Tipp City’s daughters plays the object of Jennifer Aniston’s son’s affection in a newly released movie. 

>> RELATED: Oscar-winning actress tweets a special shout-out to Dayton

Carrie Wampler, 21, plays Army medic Jenny Smith in the Alexandre Moors directed film “The Yellow Bird.” 

Wampler has appeared in a number of  TV shows and in commercials since her family made the permanent move to Hollywood about a decade ago so Carrie and her siblings, Phillip and Christina “Cricket” Wampler, now 19 and 17, could act professionally. 

RELATED: Tipp City siblings get their shot at Hollywood fame (July 31, 2010) 

“The Yellow Bird” is Carrie’s first big-screen movie. 

Her scenes were filmed in Morocco with “Solo: A Star Wars Story” star Alden Ehrenreich as Brandon Bartle and Tye Sheridan as Daniel Murphy. 

“Moracco was such a culture shock and fascinating,” said Wampler, the daughter of  Holly and Chris Wampler

The recently released Iraq War action drama revolves around two young soldiers played by Ehreneich and Bartle and their mothers, Aniston and Toni Collette.

  

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Jason Patrick is also in the film released in select theaters on June 15. 

It is available on DirectTV and other streaming platforms

 

Being part of the movie was an experience she says she cherishes. 

“They definitely brought out the best of my character,” Wampler said. “They were the best.”

Wampler had a recurring role as “Brooke” on The Disney Channel's "Austin & Ally." She has guest starred on shows such as NBC's "Parks and Recreation," "Surviving Jack," "Instant Mom" and "Malibu Country."

Many of Wampler’s family members still live in Tipp City, her grandmother Merrily Swisher included. 

Wampler said she will always love Tipp City and all of the  Dayton area even thought she and her siblings have gone full throttle with acting careers in Hollywood. 

It hasn’t always been easy or glamorous. 

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“It is definitely not a sprint. It is a marathon,” Wampler said. “(People) don’t know how hard everyone is working toward their goals.” 

Wampler, who recently appeared with Jason Ritter in the Funny or Die web series “Tale of Titans,” said she’d love to have a role in a TV comedy series. 

“I am not comparing myself to other people’s careers,” she said. “I want to climb my own ladder.” 

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Despite the pressures and temptations that can often come with Hollywood, Wampler said she, her siblings and parents remain tight and focused.

“It is a Team Wampler thing,” she said. We are not competitive. We still root for each other.” 

All three Wampler children still live with their parents as they continue to pursue their goals. Cricket is a high school senior. 

Carrie Wampler said it has been a slow climb, but one she is enjoying. 

“If you are in it for the wrong reasons, it would be disappointing,” she said. “If you love the craft of it, you will never be disappointed.”

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Gas prices to drop around 10 cents this week

The average price of gas in Ohio drops 10 cents this week.

Ohio has topped the charts for the biggest weekly change in gas price averages in the country; Ohio is the 11th lowest in the nation at $2.70 per gallon.

Nationwide, 44 states have less expensive or steady gas price averages compared to last Monday. However, the cheaper trend may be reversing. “If demand continues to strengthen and inventories decrease in the weeks ahead, motorists can expect gas prices do a reversal and start to increase again,” said AAA spokeswoman Jennifer Moore. “AAA expects the national gas price average to range between $2.85 and $3.05 through Labor Day, likely seeing the summer’s highest prices in June.”

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Moving into this week, another factor that will influence gas prices in the near and long-term will be outcomes from the June 22 OPEC meeting in Vienna, Austria. The cartel, along with other major producers including Russia, will discuss increasing oil production ahead of the year-end scheduled dissolution of its production reduction agreement.

Motorists are spending $69 or more a month for gas compared to last year, but that won’t stop their summer travel. Gas expenses are accounting, on average, for 7% of an American’s 2018 annual income.

Visit https://gasprices.aaa.com/ to check the latest gas prices.

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FOOD NEWS: 18 months after opening, chicken chain shuts down one of its Dayton locations

Less than two years after it opened, a restaurant known for its spicy chicken has closed one if its Dayton-area locations. 

>>RELATED: ‘Nashville Hot’ chicken coming to Austin Landing, Centerville  (Sept 26, 2016)

The Mike’s Nashville Hot restaurant at 6230 Far Hills Ave. (Ohio 48) in the Shops of North Village retail center in Centerville is closed, employees at that location and the Mike’s Nashville Hot restaurant in Austin Landing told this news organization.The Centerville location opened Monday, Jan. 30, 2017. 

The 2,700-square-foot restaurant is next to a Jimmy John’s sandwich shop that opened in May 2014.

>> Opening day today for new Mike’s Nashville Hot in Centerville (Jan 30, 2017)

When it opened, the Centerville Mike’s location had seats for about 72 and employed about 40. 

This news organization is attempting to reach owner Mike Craddick and left a message seeking additional information from the management team at the Austin Landing location. 

Customers are being directed to the Austin Landing location. 

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Frisch’s to bring back Coca-Cola at all restaurants

It’s back.

Frisch’s is bringing back Coca-Cola drink products to its restaurants. Frisch’s CEO Jason Vaughn announced on Monday morning that the chain will switch back to Coke products.

Frisch’s switched to Pepsi in 2013, and fans criticized the move after the restaurant’s 50-year partnership with Coke. Coca-Cola is expected to come back to restaurants in September 2018, Vaughn said.

Fans reacted to the news on social media:

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Elsa’s owner: New restaurant ‘won’t look like your parents’ Elsa’s’

The co-owner of Elsa’s Mexican Restaurant has a message for prospective customers of his new cantina-style restaurant in the Sugarcreek Plaza off Wilmington Pike.

“This doesn’t look like your parents’ Elsa’s,” Jason Hemmert said. “And we didn’t want it to be your parents’ Elsa’s.”

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Hemmert has nothing against tradition, but the newest Elsa’s, which will be called Elsa’s Corner Cantina, ups the game a bit for the locally based Mexican chain. If all goes well, the Corner Cantina will make its debut in mid-July.

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The space at 6204 Wilmington Pike in the Sugarcreek Plaza previously housed Caramella’s Italian Kitchen, and, before that, Murphy’s Irish Pub and Barleycorn’s. But it has been renovated extensively. 

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The new restaurant will seat 135 inside and another 50 or so on a breezy patio. There are 30 large-screen televisions inside, and another five on the patio, Hemmert said. And perhaps most important: The original Elsa’s “Bad Juan” margarita will be available on tap

>> RELATED: Dayton area’s 5th Elsa’s gearing up to open in Sugarcreek Twp.

The kitchen will start off with a fairly straightforward Elsa’s menu, but down the road, will produce specials that, if they prove successful, will find their way onto Elsa’s menus elsewhere, Hemmert said.

RELATED: Elsa’s Kettering reopens today after 3-week makeover

Elsa’s operates four restaurants and sports bars in and around Dayton: the original location on Linden Avenue in Dayton, on Wilmington Avenue in Dayton, on Far Hills Avenue in Centerville, and on East Stroop Road in Kettering.

The restaurant will employ as many as 50, and is still hiring back-of-the-house help, Hemmert said.

Local KFC closes dining room for extensive renovation

The lobby and dining room inside KFC restaurant at 2109 E. Dorothy Lane in Kettering are closed for an extensive remodeling project.

The restaurant’s drive-through, however, will remain open during construction, a spokesman for the restaurant told this news outlet.

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“We should be done around June 27,” the spokesman said.

Special-release bourbon coming to a select few local liquor stores starting Friday

The Ohio Division of Liquor Control has a message for local bourbon lovers who occasionally complain that the small-batch “good stuff” never makes it to the Buckeye state:

Stop by Friday.

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A special sales offer of an exclusive Russell's Reserve Barrel Program product from the Wild Turkey Distillery is launching Friday, June 15 at just seven state liquor-agency stores in Ohio — and three are in southwest Ohio: Arrow Wine & Spirits’ “Centerville store” on Lyons Road in Washington Twp., Jungle Jim’s International Market’s Fairfield store on Dixie Highway, and O’Bryan’s Deli on Columbia Road in Loveland.

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Each store will have bottles from its own special barrel, and each bottle will be priced at $54.99 for a standard-sized “fifth” (750 ml). Each barrel contains bourbon that has been aged for just over 10 years.

Let’s let Jim Canepa, the superintendent of the Ohio Division of Liquor control, pick up the story from here. Here’s what Canepa said in a release:

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“I hear you . . . Ohio loves bourbon! That’s why we are bringing an exclusive product from Wild Turkey to the consumers of Ohio.” 

“While visiting the distillery in February, we were greeted by Master Distiller Eddie Russell himself. Eddie had pulled out several barrels from some of his favorite rickhouses (B, D and H) and floors (third–fifth). Each carefully crafted barrel has a unique flavor profile with rich, creamy toffee vanilla flavors.”

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“Before we ended our visit, Eddie personally selected eight of his best barrels for the bourbon aficionados of Ohio. These hand-selected bourbons will be available for sale at seven agencies across the state beginning June 15. Each bottle is labeled Ohio Private Selection, and notes the barrel number, warehouse, floor and the length of time the barrel was aged.”

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“As one who enjoys bourbon, I can tell you these are special barrels that are sure to not disappoint!”

Canepa himself will head to a Columbus liquor store Friday morning to celebrate and call attention to the Russell's Reserve Barrel Program launch.  

Under Canepa’s direction, the division has been focusing on upping Ohio’s game in sales of spirits, with an increasing focus on educating consumers about craft spirits and adding new stores in under-served areas.

The division recently awarded contracts for new liquor-agency stores in south Centerville and Mason.

Jermaine Jackson spotted at iconic local music store

It is not every day a member of the Jackson 5 strolls into your music shop and walks out the door with a guitar. 

Jim Hauer of Hauer Music, 528 Miamisburg Centerville Road in Centerville, now knows that more than most. 

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Jermaine Jackson, the fourth-born in the iconic musical family that also includes Michael and Janet Jackson, stopped by the music shop Wednesday and bought a 12-string guitar for his tour.

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The music shop posted about the experience: 

“Jermaine Jackson- legendary Jackson 5- stopped by and purchased a beautiful 12-string guitar for his tour. It is hard to believe it has been nine years since Michael's passing. Jermaine and his brothers are going strong and touring the US; next stop Detroit. 

By the way, the huge rock on his hand was a special made ring to commemorate the Jackson 5 50th anniversary. Jermaine now lives in Nice, France. We do ship to France and other parts of the world.”

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Jackson was heading to Detroit for a show, according to a woman who answered the phone at the store Thursday. 

Jermaine Jackson is scheduled to perform Saturday with The Jacksons as part of a free outdoor Detroit Music Weekend concert celebrating the music of the Jackson 5. 

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