Celina schools closed Monday, others delayed following strong storms, tornado

Published: Sunday, November 05, 2017 @ 9:10 PM
Updated: Monday, November 06, 2017 @ 6:14 AM

Crown Equipment Corporation as it appears Sunday afternoon after significant storm damage was reported throughout Mercer County. Sean Cudahy/Staff
Crown Equipment Corporation as it appears Sunday afternoon after significant storm damage was reported throughout Mercer County. Sean Cudahy/Staff

Celina Schools will be closed Monday due to the Sunday storms and suspected tornadoes, the district announced.

Several schools are also on a two-hour delay, including Eaton Community Schools, Tecumseh Local and Wright State Lake Campus. Tecumseh is on a delay due to high water in the area.

>> RELATED: High water remains issue Monday morning following Sunday storms

>> RELATED: Closings and Delays

Two tornadoes may have touched down in Mercer County Sunday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service. 

A storm survey is scheduled for Monday morning and will reveal more details about the severe storms that made their way through Wabash and Celina. 

>> PHOTOS: Storms, tornado touchdown in Miami Valley

>> RELATED: ‘Significant’ damage, injuries, reported from Mercer County tornado

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Heavy rain, low visibility possible for morning commute; Flood Watch in effect

Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 4:04 AM

Flood Watch is in effect for Montgomery, Preble, Clark, Greene, Butler, Warren and Clinton counties until Sunday morning.


  • More rain pushes in for the morning
  • Heavy showers and some thunderstorms possible Saturday
  • Dry start to next week

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar


Today: There will be mist and fog early before heavy rain continues to spread northeast through the early morning, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini. A rumble of thunder can’t be ruled out. Drivers should take their time this morning as roads remain wet and visibility could be low. It will be mild today, and highs will reach around 60. Showers could be less widespread for the afternoon and evening, but may continue in the southern half of the Miami Valley.

>> County-by-County Weather

Saturday: More widespread rain will push back in by the early morning. Rivers, creeks and streams will continue to see some minor flooding. Roads will stay soaked. Highs will be in the low to mid 50s during the day. It will be breezy at times for the afternoon. At night, a cold front will move into the Miami Valley. Downpours and thunderstorms will be possible overnight. Strong wind gusts will also develop, which could lead to tree damage. Temperatures will climb after midnight.

>> Flooding: Know your risks

Sunday: Morning showers and storms will move east quickly before sunrise. Temperatures will drop back into the 40s as some sunshine returns for the afternoon. Highs will push to the mid to upper 50s. Winds will stay gusty all day between 30 and 40 MPH. Winds, combined with a saturated ground, could lead to tree damage. It will be dry at night.

Monday: It will be a nice start to the week. There will be sunshine for the afternoon with temperatures warmer than normal in the low 50s.

Tuesday: It will be another nice day and a chance for rivers, creeks and streams to recede. Highs will be in the mid-50s with sun and clouds.

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Residents share worries about impact of Dayton school closings

Published: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 9:30 PM

Dayton parents share worries about possible school closing

Almost 100 parents, school staff and concerned residents gathered at Meadowdale Elementary on Thursday night to provide feedback to Dayton Public Schools officials who are weighing whether to close any schools.

School board member Mohamed Al-Hamdani first said he wanted to dispel the myth that the district plans to close nine schools. That rumor has been repeated in several gatherings around the city, after DPS identified nine schools (of 28) that were less than 50 percent full.

RELATED: Dayton schools task force speeds up timeline

School officials at various times recently have said they might close “about three” or “a couple” of schools for next fall. A district task force is studying the issue, and Acting Superintendent Elizabeth Lolli plans to make a recommendation in the coming weeks. A final school board decision is possible as early as the March 20 board meeting.

At Thursday’s community meeting, participants broke into small groups to talk about top priorities for their schools, what an ideal school would look like, what they feared most about the process, and how the district could help them transition.

Top issues included worries that DPS would lose high-quality teachers in this transition, calls for improved school safety, and worries about how closing schools would affect busing, attendance, school identity and parent involvement.

RELATED: DPS task force stops tour after legal challenge

DPS parent Yolanda Phillips applauded the focus on quality academics, but worried about how fast the school district is moving with this process.

“We were trying to get across to them that we’re not getting enough information,” Phillips said. “It seems like we’re just getting into the real information on what’s going on inside the classrooms (but) I think they’re kind of skimming over this.”

There was little discussion Thursday about reasons to close or preserve certain individual schools – which ones have strong principals or low staff turnover, high academic performance or valuable community partnerships, and which ones have sparse student populations in their surrounding neighborhoods.

RELATED: Task force schedules two public comment meetings

Lolli said all of the public feedback from Thursday’s session – as well as next Wednesday’s 6 p.m. community meeting at E.J. Brown school – will be weighed along with input from the school task force.

Several groups Thursday expressed worries that class sizes would balloon if multiple schools were consolidated. A group of teachers said DPS schools have often lacked stability and consistency, and worried that school closings would only make that worse.

“If we don’t have schools close by that kids can get to reasonably easy, then you’re going to have kids, especially older ones, who are not going to show up, and that’s a recipe for disaster,” Dayton resident Yvonne Curington said. “RTA is cutting back on their services, and parents who are trying to work two or three jobs don’t have time to transport their kids across town.”

RELATED: Local schools vary widely in hours of instruction

One group urged school officials to make any decisions within the framework of a 5-10 year plan, “so we’re not back here in a couple of years doing this again.”

But Lolli said the school board is just about to begin a strategic planning process that will take some time.

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Flooding: Know your risks

Published: Thursday, May 04, 2017 @ 1:37 PM
Updated: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 3:56 AM

Flooding is one of mother nature's deadliest forms of weather. Know your risks and what each warning and advisory means.

Whether it's a strong thunderstorm that produces a heavy burst of rain, a large system that brings rain for days or a set-up allowing the same area to see storm after storm, flooding can often times be the outcome.


There many different alerts issued by the National Weather Service to warn the public of their flooding risk. Here's how they break down:

  • Flash Flood Warning: Take Action. A Flash Flood Warning is issued when a flash flood is imminent or occurring. Move to higher ground if you are in an area prone to flooding. A flash flood is a sudden violent flood that can take from minutes to hours to develop. It's even possible to experience a flash flood in areas not immediately receiving rain.
  • Flood Warning: Take Action. A Flood Warning is issued when the hazardous weather event or flooding is imminent or already happening.
  • Flood Watch: Be Prepared. A Flood Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for a specific hazardous weather event to occur. It does not mean flooding will occur, but it is possible.
  • Flood Advisory: Be Aware. An Flood Advisory is issued when a specific weather event that is forecast to occur may become a nuisance. A Flood Advisory is issued when flooding is not expected to be bad enough to issue a warning. However, it may cause significant inconvenience.


Driving through standing or flowing water: Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs says water may look shallow enough, but water levels can be deceiving, It only takes a few inches of swift moving water to cause a vehicle to float.

Swimming in creeks: Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini reminds us that creeks and streams fill rapidly during heavy rain and flash flood events. 

Know your forecast. A heavy rain upstream from the sunny spot where you may be swimming, could present danger quickly.


Rapid stream flow can rush debris down the creek making for dangerous conditions, even days after a rain event.

Another danger in swollen creeks can be the under current you may not feel until you enter the water and are carried away.  A life jacket is the best option if you plan on swimming in a creek this spring or summer.


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Police: Student was punched, spat on before dorm stabbing

Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 3:35 AM

Georgia State University student Sean Rowtham is accused of assaulting another student in a fight. The other student was also charged in the incident, according to the GSU police chief.
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Georgia State University student Sean Rowtham is accused of assaulting another student in a fight. The other student was also charged in the incident, according to the GSU police chief.(Fulton County Sheriff's Office)

A Georgia State University student walked up to another student, spat on him and punched him before the suspect stabbed him multiple times in a university dorm, the school’s police chief said Thursday.

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University and Atlanta police responded to a call about the fight Tuesday, GSU police chief Joe Spillane said.

Nakia Roach was found in the the laundry room of a dorm with multiple stab wounds. He was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital in stable condition. The other student, Sean Rowtham, was located by police in the dorm lobby and detained.

“After interviewing witnesses,” Spillane said, “it was determined that the two males know each other and had an ongoing dispute. The male who was stabbed was actively looking for the male who stabbed him.”

When he found him, Spillane said, Rowtham was holding a knife at his side.

Rowtham took the knife out as soon as Roach walked into the laundry room, but he didn’t hold it in a threatening way, according to the chief.

“Roach is about twice as big as Mr. Rowtham,” Spillane said.

Rowtham has been charged with aggravated assault in the incident. Roach has been charged with simple battery.

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