Cold weather delays local schools’ return from Christmas break

Published: Tuesday, January 02, 2018 @ 6:15 PM

            Snow removal crews, like this one in Springfield, have largely done their jobs, but cold temperatures could lead to more school closings. BILL LACKEY/STAFF
Snow removal crews, like this one in Springfield, have largely done their jobs, but cold temperatures could lead to more school closings. BILL LACKEY/STAFF

Thousands of local students are scheduled to return from Christmas break this week, but frigid temperatures sidelined several districts Tuesday, and the rest of the week may hold more closures in store.

Tuesday morning’s low temperature of minus-13 was an all-time low for Jan. 2 in Dayton. Only a handful of public school districts were scheduled to go back Tuesday, and all of them, including Trotwood-Madison, Bellbrook and Milton-Union, canceled classes for the day.

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“That was just way too cold for our students to be standing outside waiting for the buses,” said Mad River school Superintendent Chad Wyen, who canceled school the night before.

Today is the biggest back-to-school day in the area, with about 20 districts, including Beavercreek, Northmont, Springboro and Troy, slated to get back to work after holiday breaks ranging from seven to 12 school days.

The WHIO forecast calls for morning low temperatures well below normal — near zero today, in the single digits Thursday, and a few degrees below zero on Friday. Wind chill values are expected to be below zero each day.

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Superintendents generally don’t have an absolute rule about closing school below a certain temperature because differences in wind and district layout come into play, as well as road safety for teen drivers.

“Usually if the wind chill is 20-below — and that’s not hard and fast — but when it gets to be that cold, there’s consideration for students waiting at bus stops,” said Bellbrook interim Superintendent Jeff Lewis, who said he anticipates a school delay today. “The other issue is cars starting. Our transportation department said (early Tuesday) they were having problems with 10 or 12 buses.”

Wyen said Mad River’s rule of thumb is that if the air temperature is below zero and the wind chill is minus-10, the district will typically start with a delay, with an eye on whether temperatures are expected to climb.

FORECAST: Bone-chilling cold to continue this week

“Parents see it differently. Some think that the kids should be here at 20 below, and some think if it’s 20 degrees, it’s too cold,” Lewis said, adding that student safety is his first guiding principle. “I remind parents — when we feel it’s safe, if they don’t think so, they have the last say. If parents feel the conditions are too bad, they’re more than welcome to keep their children home on those days.”

Ohio schools formerly were required to make up school days if they closed for more than five days. Now each school must be open for a minimum number of hours of instruction (910 for elementary, 1,001 for grades 7-12). Most local schools could now miss more than five days without having to schedule makeup time.

But early January snow days can create high school schedule havoc, as some districts finish the second quarter in mid-January, meaning exams are scheduled next week.

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Some local schools are less worried about this week’s weather. Centerville, Kettering and Huber Heights are among the half-dozen districts that don’t start school until next Monday or Tuesday, along with Carroll High School and the DECA charter school.

For those who do go back this week, teenagers who already spend a lot of time on social media may wake up to text messages or app notifications saying their school is closed.

It’s become a game at some schools, as high school students tweet their hopes for school to be closed, tagging the district’s superintendent. In Kettering, someone created a Twitter account named Is Fairmont Closed?, with the bio line of “Please Scott, we need a snow day,” referring to Superintendent Scott Inskeep.

Staff writer Lauren Clark contributed to this story.

One dead, one hospitalized after shooting in Dayton

Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 2:15 AM

UPDATE @ 2:40 a.m.: One person is dead and another individual was taken to Miami Valley Hospital after a shooting occurred in Dayton early Tuesday morning, according to officials.

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Crews were dispatched to the area of N. Upland Avenue and Fairbanks Avenue around 2 a.m. where they found two shooting victims, with once deceased in the back of a vehicle. 

A homicide detective has been called to the scene. 

We’re still working to learn more details about the shooting.


Officials are responding to the area of N. Upland Avenue at Fairbanks Avenue for a reported shooting victim.

The incident was reported early Tuesday morning around 2 a.m., per initial reports.

We have a crew on the way to the scene to learn more details about the ordeal.

DP&L working to restore power; 2,000 remain in dark after thunderstorms

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 10:07 PM
Updated: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 2:20 AM

Bellbrook hail

There are less than 2,000 reports of power outages in the region after thunderstorms Monday night boiled up quickly and delivered lightning that left more than 8,400 without power at one point.

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Dayton Power & Light crews will be working through the night to restore power, said Kelly Millhouse, DP&L operations director.

At 2:00 a.m. (Jan. 23), the Dayton Power & Light online outage map was showing the following: 

Darke 12 (most south and east of Greenville)

Montgomery 222 (most in the area just north of I-70 West)

Miami 277 (most in the area of the Phoneton community)

Shelby 1 (most just south of Sidney)

Greene 123 (most just south of Beavercreek)

Champaign 2(most east of Urbana)

Clark and Clinton 2 each

First Energy’s online outage map was showing:

Clark 335

Duke Energy's online outage map was reporting: 

Butler 372

Warren 444

Montgomery 3

Hail was reported in Tipp City, Monroe Twp., Bellbrook, Englewood, Gratis and Clayton.

Hail in Gratis on Monday night, Jan. 22, 2018. (Courtesy/viewer)

Florida woman, 81, smashes car into McDonald's: 'Glass flew everywhere'

Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 1:54 AM

The remnants of a car that smashed into a McDonald’s just west of Boynton. (Photo by Alexandra Seltzer / The Palm Beach Post)
Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
The remnants of a car that smashed into a McDonald’s just west of Boynton. (Photo by Alexandra Seltzer / The Palm Beach Post)(Palm Beach Post Staff Writer)

An 81-year-old woman suffered minor injuries after she lost control of her Toyota Solara and backed into the glass windows of a McDonald’s west of Boynton Beach, Florida, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.

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The woman will be charged with careless driving, PBSO spokesperson Teri Barbera said Monday.

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The crash happened around 3:30 p.m. at Military Trail and Boynton Beach Boulevard when the woman backed up and inadvertently drove through the window.

“Glass flew everywhere,” said a witness, who said she was drinking a soda inside when the car plowed through the window.

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The witness, who asked not to be identified, said the glass cut her fingers. She said the driver then drove forward and hit her parked Volkswagen. The driver continued about 150 feet and hit a tree next to a canal, Barbera said.

A McDonald’s representative declined to comment. The store and drive-through remain open.


Most underrated fried chicken in America named best in new survey

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 8:42 PM

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There are plenty of reputable options if you want to pull up to a drive-thru and devour some crispy, golden chicken, i.e. KFC and Popeyes. However, an unsuspecting alternative you might have ignored at your last gas tank fill-up has been crowned the true bastion of fried chicken.

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Krispy Krunchy Chicken, established in 1989 in LaFayette, Louisiana, has bested some much more familiar names as Thrillist’s choice for America’s best fried chicken chain. The online entertainment site described the chain’s Cajun-style chicken as “the most underrated item in fast food today.”

KKC, which is typically attached to convenience stores, has more then 2,300 locations in the U.S., Malaysia and American Samoa, according to its site.

Krispy Krunchy doesn’t leave it up to its spicy chicken to do all the work though. Its honey butter biscuits, daubed in honey, Cajun rice balls and macaroni and cheese are also mouthwatering.

The vote of approval was even co-signed by New York-based restaurateur and “Top Chef” contestant Dale Telde.

“Their fried chicken is ill,” he told Thrilllist. “I go there every time that I’m in Miami, and I’m in Miami once per month." 

The Louisiana chicken standard only began expanding outside of its home state in 2000, and its fast-growing franchising is due not only to the winning taste but affordable prices, according to the company’s bio.

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If you haven’t yet tried America’s best fried chicken, according to Thrillist, the site said you need to.