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Posted on: August 29, 2018

Berry, Chilton, Crew named Clark County Luminaries

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SPRINGFIELD, OH (JULY 30, 2018) – Three Clark County residents have been designated Luminaries by the Board of Clark County Commissioners for their efforts in shining a positive light on the community.

The three Clark County Luminaries – Springfield resident Chris Chilton and New Carlisle residents Bill Berry and Paula Crew – will be honored at the Dec. 19 commission meeting.

“The Luminaries program is designed to celebrate those in our community making a difference anywhere and everywhere,” said Clark County Commissioner Melanie Flax Wilt. “You don't need a fancy title or power to do something great."

Chris Chilton

Chilton, a 20-year veteran firefighter at the Springfield Fire/Rescue Division, also owns and operates a successful DJ business. As DJ Chill, Chilton has brought Clark County residents together through music, including his popular Silent Disco events. He also volunteers his services to several local events, including the annual Bike to Work Day and the annual Clark County Day of Service. Chilton, a Springfield South High School graduate, also has an active following on social media where he uses his platform as a positive voice for the Springfield and Clark County communities.

“Chris Chilton - or DJ Chill, as most know him - is the definition of luminary: someone who spreads a bright light everywhere he goes,” Flax Wilt said. “As a firefighter and DJ, he brings a smile to others' faces, and he has a special way of engaging in conversations about the challenging topics in our community in a kind and productive manner.”

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Paula Crew

Crew, 49, is the superintendent of the Tecumseh Local School District. She was lauded for her efforts in bringing dedicated Clark County Sheriff’s Office deputies onto local school campuses. After the tragic shooting in Parkland, Fla., in February, Crew proactively worked with the Tecumseh Local Schools Board of Education, the Clark County Commission and the Sheriff’s Office to collaborate on a partnership to bring a dedicated officer onto the school’s campus. The effort led three other schools to join the pilot program, which began this school year. Crew is also active in New Carlisle Rotary, the Tecumseh Education Foundation and is a member of the New Carlisle Library Board of Directors.

“Paula Crew saw a need in the community, not just at Tecumseh but for all of our county schools,” Commissioner Rick Lohnes said. “Her willingness to work together on a tough issue has made our school buildings safer places.”

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Bill Berry

Local historian Bill Berry is a member of many local boards and organizations, including the New Carlisle Historical Society, the New Carlisle Heritage of Flight Festival board and the Clark County Bicentennial Committee. Berry, 84, moved to New Carlisle with his wife Dee in 1955. He worked as a school teacher and administrator for more than 30 years and after retirement he helped reassemble the Historical Society in 1999. Through a partnership with the Clark County Teachers’ Association, the group was able to renovate the early 20th Century farmhouse which is now used to teach local students about that period. He also worked to get the former Olive Branch school on the National Register of Historic Places and served as a committee member for the New Carlisle Bicentennial in 2010.

“Bill Berry has worked effortlessly behind the scenes for years in Clark County,” Commissioner Lowell McGlothin said. “He doesn’t seek out credit or look for accolades. He does it because he loves Clark County and enjoys helping his friends and neighbors.”

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Media contact:

Clark County | Michael Cooper, Public Information Officer, 937-521-2031
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