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.

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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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Roosters to move to former Caddy’s location 

Published: Monday, December 04, 2017 @ 7:54 AM
Updated: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 4:03 PM


Roosters is planning to open a restaurant in Miami Twp., with plans to replace another nearby location.

A limited liability company affiliated with the casual dining chain bought a restaurant property at 9400 Springboro Pike, which was formerly home to Caddy’s Tap House.

Officials with Roosters couldn’t be immediately reached for comment.

Tracey Herron, with Equity Inc., who represented Roosters in the real estate deal, said the location will replace its smaller leased store at 103 N. Springboro Pike near the Dayton Mall.

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The 8,500-square-foot restaurant is near the Interstate 75 and 675 interchange.

Roosters Real Estate LLC bought the property for $1.7 million in a sale recorded Dec. 1 by Montgomery County.

Caddy’s shut down its restaurant and bar at the location in May due to poor performance, the restaurant owner said at the time.

marketing flyer by Oberer Realty, which had been listing the property for sale, stated about 54,832 people live within three miles of the restaurant with an average household income of $79,657.

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St. Mary’s trailer dealer opens Harrison Twp. site

Published: Friday, February 16, 2018 @ 3:49 PM

Midway Trailers.
Midway Trailers.

A St. Mary’s trailer and snow-plow dealer is expanding into the Dayton area.

Midway Trailers Sales was born in 1999 as a small trailer sales lot and repair facility, purchased 13 years later by Roger and Deb Miller.

The Millers expanded Midway’s selection and has brought the business to a new home in Harrison Township, the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce said.

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“When we started looking into expanding the business, it was obvious that Dayton needed a hometown dealer,” Bryan Hoersten, Dayton store manager, said in a chamber release. “The new store is very exciting for everyone in the company and we look forward to making long lasting relationships with our new and old customers in Dayton.”

The new 7,500-square-foot facility has more than 200 trailers on the lot. The location will employ four people, with plans to hire another two to three in the immediate future, the chamber said.

A ribbon cutting and open house are planned for 10:30 a.m. Feb. 21 at the new location, 5135 Wadsworth Road.

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NEW FLIGHT: United adds new nonstop flight from Dayton

Published: Friday, January 05, 2018 @ 2:11 PM
Updated: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 3:19 PM

United adds new flight

United Airlines will add a new nonstop flight from the Dayton International Airport to Houston.

Dayton was one of eight cities chosen by United for the nonstop routes, according to the city. The new flights will begin June 7.

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"For more than 30 years, United Airlines has helped connect Dayton to the world," said Michael Quiello, United's vice president of Corporate Safety. "We are excited to announce another new choice for our customers traveling to Houston and connecting to key destinations."

The addition of this new destination will be the 17th nonstop destination from Dayton airport. Dayton airport is currently served by Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, Allegiant Air and United Airlines.

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It’s been a year of changes for the Dayton International Airport — from fluctuating passenger traffic to new, discount flight destinations and a mix-up in air carriers. 

In June 2016, Southwest Airlines halted service at the Dayton airport in favor of adding flights at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. The move impacted the Dayton airport’s traffic numbers and average fare prices.

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Allegiant, after its first full year of service in Dayton, continues its growth with new flights down south to Florida and Myrtle Beach. 

Allegiant officials told this news organization that the low-cost carrier has seen continued success in the Dayton market since its first flight in April 2016.

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Brown pushes union pension recovery plan in Dayton

Published: Friday, February 16, 2018 @ 2:07 PM

            Support for the Butch Lewis Act was evident Friday at Teamsters Local 957. THOMAS GNAU/STAFF
Support for the Butch Lewis Act was evident Friday at Teamsters Local 957. THOMAS GNAU/STAFF

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown visited with Teamsters members and retirees Friday to push legislation he argues could save a string of ailing blue-collar pensions.

Brown, D-Ohio, visited the Harrison Twp. offices of Teamsters Local 957 to discuss the shortfalls that threaten the union pensions of 60,000 Ohioans and 1.5 million workers and retirees nationwide.

Earlier this month, a 16-member bipartisan, House and Senate joint select committee was established to confront the issue of pension plans strained by falling assets and rising obligations.

The committee will include senators and House members, to be equally divided between Republicans and Democrats. Brown hopes to co-chair the committee.

“These pensions were promised — a promise you extracted at the bargaining table, a sacrifice you made at the bargaining table,” Brown told a standing-room-only crowd at the Armstrong Lane union hall. “It’s money you could have spent on vacations or on your family.”

The Ohio Democrat and U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Youngstown, in December introduced the Butch Lewis Act, named for a retired Ohio trucker and Teamster from West Chester Twp. in Butler County who died in late 2015. Butch Lewis’s wife, Rita, has taken up the cause and fought for the bill in her late husband’s absence.

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The legislation would let the federal government issue bonds to help close the gap between pension assets and obligations.

Some have criticized what they say is the likely cost of such an effort. The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget has said new federal relief for pensions could cost $100 billion or more — a number with which Brown’s office disagrees. His office also says no federal taxpayer funds would be used for the plan.

Rita Lewis also spoke in Dayton Friday, as did Mike Walden, president of the National United Committee to Protect Pensions.

“We are on a fixed income,” Walden told a crowd that included mostly retirees. “We’ll never get another raise for the rest of our lives.”

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Brown’s office says several Ohio pension plans, including the Ohio Southwest Carpenters Pension Fund, the Central States Teamsters Pension Fund, the United Mine Workers Pension Plan and others, are “on the brink of failure.”

The new pension committee has instructions to report a bill by the last week of November.

If at least four members from each party agree on a compromise, the bill will be guaranteed an expedited vote on both the House and Senate floors free of amendments, Brown’s office said.

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