DP&L to shut down 2 Ohio plants

Published: Monday, March 20, 2017 @ 12:21 PM


Dayton Power and Light Co. will shut down two power plants in a rural Southern Ohio county, according to a company statement.

The company announced two power-generation plants in Adams County will shut down by June 2018. The plants — known as J.M. Stuart and Killen stations — are not “economically viable beyond mid-2018,” according to DP&L.

The Dayton Daily News first reported earlier this year that the company announced its intention to close the plants in a January filing with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. The rumors have caused communities near the plants to voice their concerns.

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“There’s a huge financial impact headed our way, and frankly, it doesn’t feel like our concerns are being heard, in either Dayton or Columbus,” Michael Pell, president of First State Bank in Winchester, Ohio, told this news organization.

The plants generate about $3.8 million annually in property taxes to the county and local entities, and DP&L owns 5,500 acres in Adams County. The plants have about 490 employees, with an additional 200 contracting employees. The annual payroll is more than $30 million.

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“DP&L recognizes the extent of the impact and uncertainty this decision creates for our people. The Company is fully committed to proactively managing workforce transitions related to the closure of these generation units,” a company statement said.


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Local defense contractor included on $37.4B Army contract

Published: Friday, May 26, 2017 @ 2:40 PM

The Air Force Material Command at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base spent more than $17,7 million with CDO Technologies in Dayton during fiscal year 2016. FILE

CDO Technologies, Inc. is one of 56 U.S. companies nationwide included in a $37.4 billion contract supporting the U.S. Army.

The Beavercreek IT company provides secure data collection; communications technology; and managed-services solutions for federal, municipal and commercial customers, the company said in a release Friday.

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The work in question will include engineering; research, development, test and evaluation, logistics; acquisition and strategic planning; education; and training, a release from the company said.

“We are thrilled to be a part of our nation’s mission to protect democracy here and abroad,” Al Wofford, CDO’s founder and president, said in the company’s statement. “Over the past few years, CDO Technologies has been working to establish itself as a leader in cyber-security. This has become an important part of our wheelhouse and we are a proactive leader in the field.”

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CDO is looking for partner businesses on this work, Greg Greening, CDO vice president of business development, said in the same announcement.

CDO supports network operations, enterprise services, infrastructure services and telephony. The CDO team consists of 20 companies.

Wofford founded CDO in 1995 to work for the U.S. Air Force and other Department of Defense customers.

Ohio leaders ‘disturbed’ at reports that John Glenn’s body was mishandled

Published: Friday, May 26, 2017 @ 8:59 AM
Updated: Friday, May 26, 2017 @ 12:26 PM

Annie Glenn, viewing her husband’s casket.

Air Force officials are investigating a disturbing allegation that a mortuary employee allowed others — or offered to allow others — to view John Glenn’s remains before his April 6 burial, according to a report in a military newspaper.

The Military Times said it obtained an “internal memo” written by Deborah Skillman, the Department of Defense’s director of casualty and mortuary affairs, stating that “the employee’s alleged actions were ‘clearly inappropriate and personally shocking.’” The publication said the document is dated May 11.

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A former astronaut and U.S. senator, Glenn was buried at Arlington National Cemetery in early April, about four months after he died Dec. 8 in Columbus. He was buried on the 74th anniversary of his marriage to wife Annie.

According to the Times, while the Air Force had custody of Glenn’s remains, on Feb. 28 and again on March 2, William Zwicharowski, the mortuary’s branch chief, “offered to allow the inspectors to view the deceased.” Skillman was apparently among those who heard the offer, the paper reported.

The inspectors declined Zwicharowski’s offer to view the body, said the Times, citing unnamed officials.

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The paper quotes a Pentagon spokesman as saying, “The Air Force takes extremely seriously its responsibility to fulfill the nation’s sacred commitment of ensuring dignity, honor and respect to the fallen and care, service and support to their families. At the conclusion of the investigation, the Air Force will determine what further corrective actions, if any, may be necessary and appropriate.

“This alleged behavior is extremely troubling. To say that I am shocked and appalled is an understatement. While this behavior should never be tolerated in any circumstance, it is especially disrespectful to a man who gave so much to our state and nation,” said Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger, R-Clarksville, an Air Force veteran.

The Glenn family has been informed of the allegations, the publication said, again citing unnamed sources.

“Good grief!” said Dale Butland, Glenn’s long-time press secretary and aide. “If protocols were violated, it is in some ways an unfortunate sign of the times. Clearly, something like this violates all standards of decency – if it’s true.”

Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, said he was “disturbed” by the news.

“The Secretary of the Air Force has spoken with the Glenn family and personally committed to completing a full investigation,” Brown said. I will be following up with the Air Force to ensure the investigation is swift and thorough and that appropriate steps are being taken to ensure all fallen servicemembers are treated with respect and dignity.”

CycleBar now hiring for new Austin Landing location

Published: Friday, May 26, 2017 @ 11:05 AM


CycleBar, an indoor cycling studio, is hiring for its new location coming to Austin Landing.

The studio, which is set to open in late summer, is hiring instructors to join the team. CycleBar Premium Indoor Cycling, which touts “a fun and accessible experience for riders of all ages and fitness levels” and promises “amazing music, energy-enhancing video graphics and rider-specific performance data.”

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“Are you high energy and have an infectious personality? If so, our CycleTheatre will be waiting for you,” the listing says.

The studio will be about 3,200 square feet, and CycleBar has several locations in Hamilton County.

Middletown Historic Commission OKs O’Reilly Auto Parts store

Published: Friday, May 26, 2017 @ 11:33 AM

            The Middletown Historic Commission Thursday, May 25, 2017, gave its approval for the construction of a new $2 million O’Reilly Auto Parts store at 1811 and 1835 Central Ave. The project was denied by the Historic Commission in March after downtown business owners raised objections. The developer, city officials and Downtown Middletown Inc. worked out several issues which led to the city Board of Zoning Appeals in early May to grant variances to enable the project to proceed. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

The Middletown Historic Commission gave its unanimous approval Thursday to allow a developer to build a new $2 million O’Reilly Auto Parts store in downtown Middletown.

SimonCRE of Scottsdale, Ariz., faced opposition from downtown business owners who believed the site plan for the proposed 9,515 square-foot building did not fit into the Urban Core Central District zoning for the two parcels located at 1811 and 1835 Central Ave. The 1.28-acre site is bounded by Charles Street, Grimes Street and Central Avenue.

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At its March 2 meeting, the Historic Commission denied a Certificate of Appropriateness regarding demolition, building placement and signage for the proposed store. While it approved the demolition of the two current structures, the commission denied the building placement in the center of the two parcels as well as the building materials to be used, transparency of windows, not having enough architectural breaks, and the site plan.

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Jeff Green, city zoning administrator, said that the developer, city officials, some downtown business owners and Downtown Middletown Inc. worked for several weeks to revise the site plan and made other adjustments to try and meet the intent of the UCC zoning district as well as some of the concerns and comments from the commission and other downtown business owners.

Those changes resulted in a rework of the site plan and building placement, a change in type of exterior building materials to be used and adding other architectural features. It also resulted in gaining support of DMI and some other business owners.

Green said the developer will need to obtain city planning and building permits before construction can begin.

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“This project is totally different than what it was before,” said Dustin Hurley, a local attorney representing the developer.

Hurley said O’Reilly’s was going to cancel the project but opted to work with city officials and downtown business owners to discuss changes that would meet the UCC zoning regulations.

Steve Lane of DMI read a letter of support for the project.

Because the Historic Commission denied various requests, the developer sought and received five variances at the May 3 city Board of Zoning Appeals meeting. The matter returned to the Historic Commission for approval of the certificate of appropriateness so that the project could move forward and had the recommendation of city staff.

The commission’s approval had one condition that the developer install awnings over the windows facing Central Avenue.

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There was no opposition at Thursday’s meeting. However, any affected property owner can appeal the commission’s decision to the Butler County Common Pleas Court.

“We’re glad to see some closure and a positive outcome from a long process with the city and community stakeholders,” Hurley said.