Steve Allen signs a list in support of community members who are taking a stand against drugs in their Hamilton neighborhood, started by Denny Matheny, who lives on Parkamo Avenue. GREG LYNCH / STAFF
Hamilton grandpa’s ‘No Drugs Today’ spurs rally planned for this weekend
Aug 02, 2017
By Wayne Baker
The more than 3,000 messages on her Facebook account has let Sarah Houston know that her grandfather’s effort to stop drugs in his Parkamo Avenue neighborhood has caught the eyes of not only Hamilton residents, but people across the country.
“It is for anybody who supports this issue and wants to come out and talk about it,” Houston, 27, told the Journal-News. “We have had local pizza shops offer food and sign companies talk about helping out with ‘No Drugs Today’ signs.”
She added that her grandfather, who is also a pastor, will lead a meeting with the Hamilton Police Department at 6 p.m. Aug. 8 at the Pater Avenue Church, 1321 Pater Ave.
“(Hamilton Police) Chief (Craig) Bucheit will be there and hopefully we can get Sheriff Jones there too and get a good turnout from the neighborhood,” Houston said. “Anyone else from the city that can help us, it would be greatly appreciated if they could attend.”
Hamilton Police Chief Craig Bucheit commended residents for taking a stand against drug activity and showing a willingness to work with police to address the problem.
“We are going to clean this street up,” Bucheit said. “I think what the pastor is doing is great. One thing that Denny and these folks have going is that they care about his neighborhood and they are willing to roll up their sleeves and do something about it. I think we have a good plan moving forward.”