Area community college to open Troy location this year

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 8:01 AM

Troy downtown looking toward the traffic circle and North Market Street. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
Troy downtown looking toward the traffic circle and North Market Street. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

A local community college is planning to open a new location in a northern suburb of Dayton.

Edison State Community College in Piqua is planning to open a location in Troy later this year, spokeswoman Andrea Francis told this news organization.

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The community college plans to start offering classes at a Troy location this fall and one focus area for courses there will likely be health services, Francis said.

Edison State officials are “still in the process of working on agreements” for a facility to house classes but Francis said an announcement would be forthcoming. College officials are working with the chamber of commerce and other Troy groups and officials in establishing the Troy location, Francis said.

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“Edison State has been working with J.C. Wallace and the Troy Economic Development Council to determine the best fit for courses and programs,” Francis said. “The goal is to partner in providing high demand workers for the region.”

Since plans for the Troy location were still in the early stages, Francis said she was not able to provide much further information.

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The creation of a third location for the college comes less than a year after Edison State officials said the school was planning to build a 5,200 square-foot student career center and entryway on the school’s main campus in Piqua.

More than 3,000 students are enrolled at Edison State, which first opened its doors in 1973. The community college also has a campus in Greenville in Darke County.

Dayton-based Sinclair Community College is also planning on opening a new location. Sinclair officials are hoping to complete a purchase of Far Hills Church in Centerville in March. The church, which is already equipped with some classrooms and office space, will become Sinclair’s new learning center.

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Rain returns this week, flooding a concern

Published: Sunday, February 18, 2018 @ 4:27 AM
Updated: Sunday, February 18, 2018 @ 11:01 AM

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Clouds will give way to more sunshine this afternoon. It should be a nice looking day with highs in the middle 40s.

  • Rain returns tomorrow
  • More rain mid-week
  • Flooding possible the next few days

TONIGHT: Clouds return this evening and overnight tonight with rain arriving towards daybreak Monday. Temperatures overnight will be steady in the lower 40s.

MONDAY: Rain returns, and it could be heavy at times. While the chance for storms is not all that high, it can’t be ruled out. Highs will be in the lower to middle 60s.

TUESDAY: More dry time is expected, but storms will be possible later in the evening. Highs will be near 70 degrees.

WEDNESDAY: Rain showers are expected with highs near 60 degrees.

THURSDAY: The chance for rain continues mainly south. Highs will be in the middle 40s. 

FRIDAY: The chance for rain returns again Friday. Highs will be in the middle 50s.

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Cox Media Group newspapers finalists for Ohio Associated Press awards

Published: Sunday, February 18, 2018 @ 3:50 PM

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Greg Lynch/Staff

Several reporters and photographers from Cox Media Group Ohio newspapers were named finalists in the Ohio Associated Press Media Editors’ 2017 newspaper contest.

The awards will be announced at the Ohio APME annual awards banquet March 24 in Columbus. The General Excellence, Hall of Fame, Rising Star and First Amendment winners also will be announced at the meeting.

Sixty-four daily newspapers submitted 1,922 entries in the contest, which featured news and sports stories, features, editorials, columns, graphics and photos from 2017.

Finalists from CMGO newspapers were:

Best Daily Sports Section: Dayton Daily News

Best Public Service:Katie Wedell, Dayton Daily News

Best Explanatory Reporting:Katie Wedell, Dayton Daily News

Video surfaced several months after the Nov. 15, 2015 pepper-spraying of inmate Amber Swink by then Sgt. Judith Sealey of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office. Sealey’s case is still being considered for misdemeanor charges by the Cincinnati Prosecutor’s Office and is part of a federal probe into jail operations.

Best Investigative Reporting:Josh Sweigart, Mark Gokavi and Chris Stewart, Dayton Daily News

Best Digital Presence:Dayton Daily News

Best Business Writer:

• Springfield News-Sun’s Matt Sanctis

• Journal-News’ Eric Schwartzberg

Best Columnist:

• Journal-News’ Rick McCrabb

• Springfield News-Sun’s Tom Stafford

Best Photographer:Bill Lackey, Springfield News-Sun

Best News Writer:Michael Cooper, Springfield News-Sun

Best News Photo: Bill Lackey, Springfield News-Sun

Best Feature Photo: Bill Lackey, Springfield News-Sun, for all three nominations.

Bill Lackey/Staff

Best Photo Story:Greg Lynch, Journal-News

Best Video: Greg Lynch, Journal-News

Best Public Service: Michael Cooper, Springfield News-Sun

Best Spot News Coverage: Matt Sanctis and Parker Perry, Springfield News-Sun

Best Explanatory Reporting: Matt Sanctis, Springfield News-Sun

Best Digital

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LeBron James on Parkland shooting: 'How is it possible that we can have minors buy a gun?'

Published: Sunday, February 18, 2018 @ 3:57 PM

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When asked about the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland in which 17 people were killed, former Miami Heat star LeBron James had one question:

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“How is it possible that we can have minors go buy a gun?”

Nikolas Cruz, accused of the killings, is actually 19 and legally bought the AR-15 semiautomatic weapon that was used during the Feb. 14 incident. Still, James, the Cavaliers’ superstar, and other players with ties to South Florida could not make sense of the tragedy.

The players were asked about the shooting during Saturday’s media day for the NBA All-Star Weekend.

LeBron James stayed loose as he warmed up for the NBA All-Star Game.(Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

“We have a kid who wasn’t legally unable (sic) to buy a beer at a bar, but he can go buy an AR-15?” James said “It doesn’t make sense. I’m not saying it should be legal for him to go buy beer. But how is it possible that we can have minors go buy a gun?”

Heat guard Wayne Ellington, who was fourth in Saturday’s 3-point contest, said the nation has to “come together” to makes changes so these mass shootings do not continue to occur. The shooting was the ninth deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, five of those coming in the last six years.

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“I was at a loss for words,” Ellington said. “I couldn’t understand what’s going on, why (this) is going on in the world. Do we need to change? These young people doing unexplainable things, hurting each other and hurting innocent people it’s so unfortunate and sad, it’s something I don’t know how we can change but it’s something we need to come together and figure out.”

John Collins, the Atlanta Hawks rookie from Palm Beach County, was calling home to try to understand what was happening.

“It was a real shock to me,” said Collins, who played in Friday’s Rising Stars Challenge. “Obviously, I never expected something like that to happen. I know a couple of people that were affected by that tragedy. You got to say your prayers and sending your condolences and thoughts to the victims.”

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James, though, was the most outspoken in calling for gun control.

“We’ve seen these schools and these tragedies happen in America and there’s been no change to gun control,” James said. “I don’t have the answer to this. But we have to do something about it. We’re all sending our kids to school, right? We drop them off at 8 o’clock. At 3:15 they’re going to be ready to get picked up. Either we’re picking them or someone in our family is picking them up or they have to take a bus or there’s aftercare and they stay until 5. If they have study hall they stay until 5:30 or whatever. But we all feel like our kids are going to return, right?

“To the families in Parkland, down in Broward County, it’s sad and I’m sorry and it’s just a tragedy and I hope we don’t continue to see this because it’s too many in the last 10 years with guns.”

James, meanwhile, has been embroiled in a social media debate with Fox News commentator Laura Ingraham, who said that athletes like James should "keep the political commentary to yourself.”

“Or as someone once said, 'Shut up and dribble,’” Ingraham said.

Ingraham was referencing an interview that James and Kevin Durant taped in January with ESPN’s Cari Champion for a show called “Uninterrupted.” The two NBA stars spoke about the political climate in the United States and had harsh criticism for President Donald Trump, ESPN reported.

Durant, in an interview with USA Today on Friday, said Ingraham's comments were "racist." 

“That was definitely an ignorant comment (by Ingraham). I do play basketball, but I am a civilian and I am a citizen of the United States, so my voice is just as loud as hers, I think -- or even louder.”

James, on his Instagram account, posted a photo of a neon sign that read “I am more than an athlete.”


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Ingraham released a statement Saturday defending her comments, ESPN reported.

"In 2003, I wrote a New York Times bestseller called 'Shut Up & Sing,' in which I criticized celebrities like the Dixie Chicks and Barbra Streisand, who were trashing then-President George W. Bush. I have used a variation of that title for more than 15 years to respond to performers who sound off on politics,” Ingraham wrote. “If pro athletes and entertainers want to freelance as political pundits, then they should not be surprised when they're called out for insulting politicians. There was no racial intent in my remarks -- false, defamatory charges of racism are a transparent attempt to immunize entertainment and sports elites from scrutiny and criticism."

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Sheriff: I’ll offer conceal-and-carry class to local teachers

Published: Sunday, February 18, 2018 @ 3:39 PM

Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones talks about school safety and threats to schools and what they are doing to address the problem.

Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones today said he will take steps to bolster local school safety by training those who work there.

Jones posted to social media that his office will offer free conceal-and-carry class to a limited number of teachers in Butler County. He also said training regarding on how to react during school shootings would be provided.

Posted by Butler County Sheriff's Office on Sunday, February 18, 2018

He said the details would be coming soon online and suggested that people could visit the Butler County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page for more information for CCW for teachers.

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Jones on Saturday said he has “been saying this for years” as he tweeted a Fox News story that Polk County, Fla. Sheriff Grady Judd said it would be a “game changer” to allow some hand-picked teachers to carry firearms in the classroom.

Jones, in a video posted Thursday, urged local schools to act now to improve school security in the wake of the mass shooting at a Parkland, Fla. high school on Wednesday.

He said local schools should stop doing fire drills and allow armed former police and military veterans into buildings to help protect students.

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