5 things to know about Hurricane Irma’s impact on this region

Published: Monday, September 11, 2017 @ 7:54 AM

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Tropical Storm Irma has made its way through much of Southern Florida, and is working its way up to Georgia — causing massive flight cancellations out of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

Support from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton Power & Light and other local organizations helped provide assistance after Irma made landfall Sunday morning in the Florida Keys. The storm already left islands in the Caribbean ravaged, where at least 23 deaths have been reported so far, according to island officials.

» HURRICANE IRMA: Live updates

Here’s what you need to know about local impact:

1. STRONG STORM Hurricane-force winds extended 80 miles from Irma’s center, tropical storm winds are expected to extend 220 miles, and tornadoes could pop up throughout the duration of the storm. The storm packed 120 m.p.h. winds Sunday as it made its way toward Naples.

More than 6 million people have been warned to evacuate, and at least one person has already died in Florida. The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office said a man in Monroe County, Fla., was killed after he lost control of a truck he has driving that was carrying a generator.

2. WRIGHT-PATTERSON HELPS OUT Since Thursday, the Wright-Patt flight line has recorded the arrival of 12 F-15 Eagle fighter planes from the Florida Air National Guard in Jacksonville, and four Navy P-8 Poseidon and five P-3 Orion anti-submarine hunting planes from Naval Air Station Jacksonville among a parade of planes expected to grow larger.

“We continue to serve as a safe haven for aircraft,” said Col. Bradley McDonald, Wright-Patterson installation commander. “… There’s a lot of fluidity to this process and requests continue to flow in.”

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3. FLIGHT IMPACTS Atlanta’s airport, one of the busiest hubs in the world, is still open but the airport encouraged travelers to check airline’s flight statuses. Many flights out of the Dayton International Airport and the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport fly to Atlanta as a connection to other flights.  Dayton had several flight cancellations and delays today — departures flying to Charlottle, Atlanta, Dallas-Fort Worth and St. Petersburg-Clearwater in Florida. Arrivals to Charlottle, Atlanta and St. Petersburg-Clearwater have also been cancelled.

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Today, there have been 580 delays and approximately 3,828 cancellations in the U.S., according to flightaware.com. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport had 474 flight cancellations and 38 delays, while Miami International Airport had 367 flights cancelled — still currently shut down after Irma.

4. OHIO NATIONAL GUARD GETS READY As many as 3,500 members of the Ohio National Guard also prepared to be deployed if called on for recovery efforts, according to Stephanie Beougher of the Ohio National Guard. No deployment orders were given by Sunday afternoon. If guard members are sent, they’ll focus on assisting law enforcement agencies.

“They [guard members] could possibly help with security and in helping local law enforcement agencies,” Beougher said.

5. OTHER AREAS IMPACTED Irma’s path of destruction has spanned much farther than just Florida. The first-ever tropical storm warning was issued for Atlanta early Sunday, and Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal declared a State of Emergency statewide later in the afternoon.

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Turks and Caicos sustained “catastrophic damage,” according to government officials, while some of the U.S. Virgin Islands like St. Thomas were left in ruins. Barbuda has been described “barely inhabitable” after the raging hurricane toppled infrastructure, trees and plants while Cuba endured harsh winds and destruction as well.

“This is a life-threatening situation,” said Florida Gov. Rick Scott. “Our state has never seen anything like it.”

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Thanksgiving shopping: Stores open early today for Black Friday deals

Published: Thursday, November 23, 2017 @ 5:00 AM

Shopping begins at Elder Beerman

UPDATE @ 3:30 p.m.:

Hundreds of shoppers waited in a line that wrapped around the parking lot at the JCPenney at the Mall at Fairfield Commons. The retailers gave away coupons at the door, and issued tickets for bigger items like televisions and PlayStation products. 

JCPenney's general manager, Mike Wages, held the door open for customers as they walked into the store. The line seemed much longer than it was last year, he said. 

UPDATE @ 11:30 a.m.:

At least 100 people stood in line to receive free gift cards of various amounts from Elder-Beerman in Kettering. 

Brenda Rumbaugh, of Belmont, usually dresses up as Mrs. Claus or as an elf for Thanksgiving and Black Friday shopping. Standing in line with a friend and family member, Rumbaugh said waiting in line isn’t a burden when you’re doing it with company. 

“I’m always done with my shopping before now,” she said. “I just do this for fun. I make it a fun day.”

After making it through the line, Rumbaugh pointed at her friend, who grinned. 

“Now, she’s happy. She got a $50 gift card.”

UPDATE @ 10:06 a.m.:

Dozens of people waited in line outside of Elder-Beerman in Kettering. The retailer, which opens its doors at 11 a.m. on Thanksgiving, will give away gifts cards of various amounts to the first 200 people in line at stores. 

Karen Miller, of Bellbrook, loves going shopping on Thanksgiving weekend every season. She said she’s just browsing, but has landed deals on gifts like an iPhone 6S in previous years. 

“I’m looking for gifts for my nieces,” she said. “Probably pajamas, socks. We’ll go to the Mall at Fairfield Commons later.” 

UPDATE @ 9:14 a.m.:

Small crowds came out to stores like Kroger, Meijer and Cabela’s early on Thanksgiving. Elder-Beerman will open at 11 a.m., and JCPenney will open later in the afternoon. 

UPDATE @ 6:40 a.m.:

Meijer stores opened at 6 a.m. today, one of the first retailers to open early on Thanksgiving. Though lines were not long, shoppers waited in the electronics and toys sections to land deals on hot items like Keurig makers, iPhones and wireless printers. 

David Taliaferro, of West Carrollton, arrived at Meijer on Springboro Pike around 6 a.m. With a cart full of electronics, he waited in a short line for an Amazon Fire TV Stick on sale for $25. The product usually sells for $45 or more. 

“I bought a TV for my sister,” he said. “I’ll probably go out shopping later today, but I’ve gotten a lot of the big ticket electronics in the past couple of years so I’m not looking for too much.” 

Other stores will open today too. Cabela’s opens at 8 a.m., after closing stores on Thanksgiving last year. JCPenney opens stores at 2 p.m., and other big box retailers open at later in the evening. 

Lines at Cabela's

INITIAL REPORT

While some retailers will close their doors this Thanksgiving, most of the local malls in the Miami Valley will remain open for eager shoppers.

Holiday Shopping Guide 2017
Deals, hiring, hours and everything else you need to know about local shopping for the holidays

Dayton Mall and the Mall at Fairfield Commons will both open today, and again, on Black Friday. The two malls open from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. The Greene Town Center is closed today, but will open at 6 a.m. for Black Friday deals. Other retailers open today include: Meijer, Cabela’s, Elder-Beerman, JCPenney, Toys”R”Us, Target and Walmart.

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Retailers like Bed Bath & Beyond, Lowe’s, The Home Depot, Sam’s Club and Costco are closed today. Toys “R”Us, Macy’s, Best Buy, Target, Kohl’s and Dick’s Sporting Goods will open in the evening on the holiday.

The Ohio Council of Retail Merchants and the University of Cincinnati Economics Center found the state is likely to see a 9 percent increase in holiday retail spending compared to 2015. In 2016, an estimated $23.6 billion was brought in by holiday sales. In 2015, holiday sales resulted in more than $21 billion in revenue throughout the state.

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For the first time, online shopping will exceed brick-and-mortar sales — 59 percent of consumers plan to spend online. The national federation projects that holiday retail sales in November and December will be up between 3.6 percent and 4 percent for a total between $678.8 billion and $682 billion. Consumers say they will spend an average $967.13 this year, according to an annual survey conducted by the federation.

Local malls and shopping centers are still prepping for large shopping crowds, despite the fact that online sales are expected to dominate this year. Steve Willshaw, the general manager of The Greene Town Center in Beavercreek, said the shopping center starts to see larger crowds the weekend before Thanksgiving and Black Friday.

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“It stays busy after that,” Willshaw said. “No one is going to argue that online sales have become a part of the shopping experience but you can’t dine online, take a carriage ride or enjoy any of the other holiday festivities that are associated with this time of year at The Greene.”

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Thanksgiving, Black Friday shopping: Best deals we found today

Published: Thursday, November 23, 2017 @ 7:02 AM

Long line at Elder-Beerman

Shoppers are already out finding the best deals at big box retailers like Meijer on Thanksgiving.

While most malls and shopping centers won’t open until later this evening or on Black Friday, some stores already had crowds out purchasing items early in the morning. Meijer opened at 6 a.m., and Cabela’s opens at 8 a.m. JCPenney opens stores at 2 p.m.

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10 ares of Oakwood land sold for $735K

Published: Wednesday, November 22, 2017 @ 2:55 PM

A home at Sugar Camp-Pointe Oakwood. LISA POWELL/STAFF
A home at Sugar Camp-Pointe Oakwood. LISA POWELL/STAFF

Oakwood Investment Group recently sold about 10.8 acres of Sugar Camp land to a limited liability company.

The sale was for $735,000, according to Montgomery County property records. The area is in the vicinity of 3976 Sugar Camp Office Park in Oakwood.

Records identify the buyer as RCR Holdings LLC. The sale date is given as Nov. 20.

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A message seeking comment was sent to Oakwood Investment Group.

An agreement between Oakwood Investment Group and Hills Properties was finalized about two months ago on going ahead with the building 84 condominium units at “The Trails” development in Point Oakwood.

That development had been delayed last year when a pair of lawsuits were filed against the city of Oakwood over the plans for the area.

Fifteen Pointe Oakwood residents living near where the condos were proposed to be built filed one of the lawsuits. The Cincinnati-based developers of the proposed condos filed the second lawsuit.

Oakwood City Council proposed a legal settlement to move the project forward in the spring.

STORE CLOSINGS: 75 retailers expected to close on Thanksgiving

Published: Saturday, October 07, 2017 @ 2:00 PM

KARA DRISCOLL/STAFF
KARA DRISCOLL/STAFF

More than 75 retailers are expected to remain closed on Thanksgiving this year, during one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year.

While plenty of retailers will stay open to draw in crowds early before Black Friday, retailers like Costco and Home Depot have already announced that they will stay closed on Nov. 23. Company officials have said they want employees — and shoppers — to be able to spend quality time with their family members on Thanksgiving.

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“Because of the massive profit potential, the biggest stores like Walmart, Target, Kohl’s, Macy’s and Sears will likely open their doors on Thanksgiving,” according to BlackFriday.com, which tracks store closings and openings for the holiday season.

Here’s the full list of retailers that have already announced they will close on Thanksgiving:

  • A.C. Moore
  • Abt Electronics
  • Academy Sports + Outdoors
  • At Home
  • BJ’s Wholesale Club
  • Blain’s Farm and Fleet
  • Burlington
  • Cost Plus World Market
  • Costco
  • Craft Warehouse
  • Crate and Barrel
  • DSW – Designer Shoe Warehouse
  • Ethan Allen
  • Gardner-White Furniture
  • Guitar Center
  • H&M
  • Half Price Books
  • Harbor Freight
  • Hobby Lobby
  • Home Depot
  • HomeGoods
  • Homesense
  • IKEA
  • JOANN Fabric and Craft Stores
  • Jos. A. Bank
  • La-Z-Boy (all corporately owned stores)
  • Lowe’s
  • Marshalls
  • Mattress Firm
  • Micro Center
  • Music & Arts
  • Neiman Marcus
  • Office Depot and OfficeMax
  • Outdoor Research (closed Black Friday too)
  • P.C. Richard & Son
  • Party City
  • Patagonia
  • Petco
  • PetSmart
  • Pier 1 Imports
  • Publix
  • Raymour & Flanigan Furniture
  • Sam’s Club
  • Sierra Trading Post
  • Sportsman’s Warehouse
  • Sprint (Corporate & Dealer Owned Stores; Mall Kiosks May Open)
  • Staples
  • Sur La Table
  • The Container Store
  • The Original Mattress Factory
  • TJ Maxx
  • Tractor Supply
  • Trollbeads
  • Von Maur
  • West Marine

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