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Butler County Children Services plans next levy

Published: Monday, June 19, 2017 @ 11:00 AM
Updated: Monday, June 19, 2017 @ 4:42 PM

Butler County commissioners are weighing a renewal levy request for Butler County Children Services on the November ballot.

Interim Butler County Job and Family Services Executive Director Bill Morrison says a renewal of the 2-mill levy that brings in about $13 million is all that is necessary, not an increase.

Butler County spent $24 million on children’s services last year, including the local levy money which makes up 59 percent of the agency’s revenues.

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The current levy, approved by 61 percent of voters in 2012, expires next year. If voters do not renew the levy, the agency will be in the negative almost $5 million by 2019 and $60 million by 2023, according JFS Finance Director Barb Fabelo’s projections.

Not only would the levy funds be lost, but so would a majority of federal funding, which requires matching money from the levy.

“Levy failure would mean a skeleton operation with only mandated services,” Fabelo told the Journal-News.

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Morrison previously said he may have to ask commissioners to approve a higher levy amount in order to deal with the opiate epidemic.

“It’s not that we’re licking the problem or anything like that, but we are managing to deal with the problem successfully,” Morrison told the Journal-News. “We continue to work all the non-heroin cases largely without removing the children and placing the children in foster care, so our in-custody numbers continue to fall.”

Of the 355 children in the care of Butler County Children Services, 161, or 43 percent, come from families where drugs were cited as the reason for the removal of the children.

Many changes have occurred at the agency over the past several years that have produced positive results both financially and for families. They changed their case flow and have taken advantage of Medicaid expansion by using providers for services once done in-house.

MORE: Program aims to keep children out of Butler County’s custody

Morrison resurrected the Family Preservation program last year which allows them to bill Medicaid. It also is an opportunity to keep families together which keeps costs down. In 2014 placement costs were $12 million the projection for this year is $8.8 million.

The staffing at BCCS is also down with 148 people versus 165 in 2012. There are 15 vacancies in the department, but that doesn’t mean they will all be filled, Morrison said.

“We don’t just automatically fill things because they are there,” Morrison said. “We’re always looking for opportunities to save some dollars, we’re always looking for opportunities to shift costs away from levy funds… any way we can. We look at our levy dollars as being precious.”

Butler County Administrator Charlie Young praised the agency that only a couple years ago was staring down a $4 million deficit.

MORE: Children Services deficit doubles to $4 million

“We’ve seen that not so long ago, 2014 our funds had run extremely low,” he said. “We’ve seen the recovery that they’ve made through just an incredible amount of hard work and leadership from the commission and leadership from Bill, from Julie from others in the organization and truly leadership from your staff that adopted these policies.”

Attorney General Mike DeWine to make ‘special announcement’ today & then tour state

Published: Sunday, June 25, 2017 @ 6:36 AM
Updated: Sunday, June 25, 2017 @ 11:19 AM

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is expected to announce today that he will run for Ohio governor, putting him in contention against two other statewide officials and a U.S. congressman seeking the Republican nomination.

WATCH LIVE: You can livestream Mike DeWine’s announcement on our website around 3 p.m. today

“I have an announcement that I’m going to share with everyone at three o’clock Sunday at our house,” DeWine said in an interview.

He’ll then launch a three-day tour of the state starting on Monday, visiting six cities, including Cincinnati on Tuesday.

He will “embark on a statewide tour visiting small businesses and families who are affected in real ways by the important issues facing our state,” his campaign announced in a Sunday morning news release.

DeWine’s plans to run for governor have been the worst-kept secret in the state, especially since he was overheard by a reporter in May 2016 telling a Dayton charter school executive of his plans.

RELATED: Mike DeWine confirms run for Ohio governor in 2018

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But today, it is expected to become official.

DeWine will speak during his DeWine Family Ice Cream Social, which is held nearly every year at the family home at 2587 Conley Road, Cedarville.

The event is from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and is free and open to the public. As always, ice cream and pie will be available.

Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers bluegrass band will perform and there will be games and activities for kids.

DeWine declined to say outright that he will make the big announcement Sunday. But he has a campaign website and a campaign manager, Dave Luketic, who said, “In what could be a difficult mid-term election, Mike DeWine is our best hope to fight through it.”

Candidates on the Republican side include Secretary of State Jon Husted, U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci of Wadsworth and Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor.

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On the Democratic side, Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, former state representative Connie Pillich of Cincinnati, state Sen. Joe Schiavoni of Boardman, and former U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton of Akron are in the running.

DeWine has been an elected public official since 1977 when he became Greene County prosecutor. He served in the Ohio Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives, and was lieutenant governor and a U.S. senator. He was defeated by Democrat Sherrod Brown in 2006 and then ran for attorney general in 2010, unseating Democrat Richard Cordray.

Current Greene County Prosecutor Steve Haller worked for DeWine as an assistant prosecutor and he remains a strong supporter.

“He was a high-energy guy,” Haller said. “I still see that same level of energy today and that’s some 40 years later. He’s hard to keep up with.”

This story is developing and will be updated.

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Who is Mike DeWine?

Party: Republican

Age: 70

Hometown: Cedarville

Family: Married to Fran, eight children, 22 grandchildren

Education: bachelor’s degree, Miami University, 1969; law degree, Ohio Northern University, 1972

Political experience: Greene County prosecutor, 1977-1981; Ohio Senate, 1981-1982; U.S. House, 1983-1991; lieutenant governor, 1991-1994; U.S. Senate, 1995-2007; Ohio attorney general, 2011-current.

Fun fact: He and his family own the Asheville Tourists, a single-A minor league farm team of the Colorado Rockies

Website: www.mikedewine.com

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WATCH HIGHLIGHTS: Saturday at the Vectren Dayton Air Show

Published: Saturday, June 24, 2017 @ 11:05 AM
Updated: Saturday, June 24, 2017 @ 1:56 PM

The flying acts for the 2017 Dayton Vectren Air Show have wrapped up for Saturday. Gates for Saturday’s show will close at 6 p.m. Below you can watch video highlights from Saturday’s show. Gates will reopen on Sunday at 9 a.m.

>>Dayton Air Show: What we know today

>> Photos from Saturday at the Dayton Air Show

Saturday’s line-up included flights from the following acts and others:

  • Suzuki Extra 300 
  • B-25 Doolittle Raid Commemoration 
  • Geico Skytypers 
  • Sean Tucker 
  • Misty Blues 
  • F-18 Super Hornet

The Thunderbirds cancelled their Saturday flight following a crash during a practice flight on Friday afternoon.  It will be determined later if the group will fly Sunday.

RELATED: 1 of 2 Thunderbirds pilots released following crash at air show

MORE: Eyewitness describes Thunderbird crash

UPDATE @ 2:50 p.m.:

Live flights at today’s air show have concluded.

UPDATE @ 2:38 p.m.:

Redline 1440 is taking to the sky now at the Dayton Air Show.

UPDATE @ 2:30 p.m.:

The F-18 Super Hornet is performing now and will be followed by a performance by Redline 1440.

UPDATE @ 2:06 p.m.:

The Misty Blues are now flying at today’s show.

RELATED: Dayton Air Show: What to know about Dayton’s biggest air spectacle

UPDATE @ 1:51 p.m.:

Sean Tucker is now in the air at today’s air show performing air acrobatics for the crowd.

UPDATE @ 1:31 p.m.:

The Geico Skytypers are taking flight now.  Earlier this week, Dayton Daily News reporter Kara Driscoll flew with the team.

WATCH: In close formation, reporter rides in squadron of vintage war planes

UPDATE @ 1:12 p.m.:

The P-51 is currently performing a solo flight for the audience at the Dayton International Airport. The F-35 is up next for the Heritage Flight.

UPDATE @ 12:50 p.m.:

A B-25 Dolittle Raid Commemoration is getting underway right now.

RELATED: Crowds swarm AF museum as B-25s arrive to honor Doolittle Raiders

UPDATE @ 12:30 p.m.:

The T-50 jet gave the crowd a demonstration this afternoon and was soon followed by an aerial performance from Rob Holland.

UPDATE @ 12:11 p.m.:

Suzuki Extra 300 has taken to the sky at the 2017 Vectren Dayton Air Show.

UPDATE @ 12:03 p.m.:

Redline, a two plane act, performed a brief teaser for the crowd ahead of their mid-afternoon performance.

UPDATE @ 11:54 a.m.:

The Misty Blues are parachuting in to begin the 2017 Vectren Dayton Air Show. MSgt Alyson Jones is performing the national anthem.

UPDATE @ 11:22 a.m.:

News Center 7’s Caroline Reinwald spent some time this morning, before the air show begins talking with the Geico Skytypers.

Overweight man says Spirit Airlines humiliated him on overbooked flight

Published: Sunday, June 25, 2017 @ 11:38 AM

An overweight passenger on a Spirit Airlines flights from Las Vegas to Denver said he was embarrassed and humiliated by the airline when it took away one of two seats he had booked in order to fly more comfortably.

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Jose Cordova told Denver 7 that he bought two seats on both his original flight to Vegas and for the return trip because of his size.

"I am a big person and I know one seat wouldn't fit for me, and to be comfortable, I wanted to have two seats," Cordova said. 

"You don't want to overhang on someone else's lap, so you want to make sure you have that extra seat without bothering anybody." 

Cordova said his flight to Vegas was fine, but Spirit overbooked his return flight and took one of his seats without asking.

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“They stole one of his seats. They sold it out from under him,” Denver 7 quoted one of Cordova’s friend Scott Tenorio as saying.

Spirit apologized to Cordova and said it was refunding the cost of his flights. It also said it was investigating what happened.

Clear skies, warm temps expected for Day 2 at the Dayton Air Show

Published: Sunday, June 25, 2017 @ 11:49 AM

Day two of the Vectren Dayton Air Show took off Sunday with clear skies and warm temperatures expected throughout the day.

> RELATED: Thunderbirds pilot remains in hospital following Friday’s ‘mishap’

The gates to the event opened at 9 a.m. and close at 6 p.m. with the feature show scheduled to start at 11:30 a.m. All acts and times are subject to change without notice. 

> FORECAST: Pleasant day for Sunday events

Today’s event features four acts, including Rob Holland, F-35 Lightning Heritage Flight, Lockhead Martin T-50A and Redline Air Shows.

> MORE: Thunderbirds will not perform Sunday

People are coming far and wide to take in the show.

Carol Shaw, of Coshocton, said she drove three hours from her home to see the show. 

PHOTOS: Vectren Dayton Air Show Saturday

Shaw said she was shocked to hear about the cancellation of the Thunderbirds performance, but would've come to the show regardless. 

"I have to say I'm a little disappointed, but we've been coming here probably 20 years," she said. "We like it better than the Cleveland air show." 

Watch live coverage of the air show HERE.