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Dangers to water supply could have huge impact on businesses, beer supply

Published: Thursday, March 08, 2018 @ 6:10 AM

Take a tour of the MillerCoors Brewery in Trenton.

Dayton’s water deserves some credit for Milwaukee’s Best beer.

That brand and some of the other most popular suds in America are made from the water flowing beneath the Gem City.

But it’s not just breweries that heavily depend on the underground aquifer.

Huge numbers of jobs in Dayton are tied to the access to clean water.


Without that access, a lack of tasty beer options would be the least of the community’s problems.

NICK DAGGY / STAFF(Staff Writer)

A Dayton Daily New investigation on Sunday will look at the dangers that could have an affect on the region’s water supply.

MillerCoors, which has a brewing facility outside of Trenton in Butler County, is among the largest water users in the Miami Valley region.

The company uses the Great Miami Buried Valley Aquifer to make Milwaukee’s Best, Miller Lite, Keystone Light, Miller High Life and Miller Genuine Draft.


Beer, regardless of ABV, is mostly water.

And MillerCoors uses about 2 million to 2.5 million gallons of water from the aquifer each day to brew its beer, said Denise Quinn, MillerCoors Trenton Brewery plant manager.

The company said it can produce up to 11 million barrels of beer annually at the Butler County facility, where it employs more than 500 workers.

“The availability of clean, high-quality water is critical to MillerCoors and the Trenton community,” she said.

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She said, “The water quality from the brewery’s production wells is monitored 24 hours a day and seven days a week.”


Water quality is vital to Cargill Inc., which was the city of Dayton’s largest water customer in 2016.

The company, located on Needmore Road, processes 50 million bushels of corn annually, most of which comes from farmers near Dayton.

The wet corn mill company uses about 3.5 to 4.0 million gallons of water every day to soak and prepare the corn for processing, make steam to heat its processes, wash and clean its equipment and operation and to cool equipment, said Doug Myers, Cargill Dayton facility manager.

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“We rely on having access to clean water to make our food products,” he said.

Tate & Lyle, ranked as Dayton’s no. 2 largest water customer, produces specialty food ingredients and bulk ingredients.

The company needs its water service needs to be clean, reliable and competitively priced in order for the plant to effectively compete, said Chris Olsen, a company spokesman.

Water is essential to producing high quality citric acid at the Dayton plant, he said.

Citric acid is the most widely used organic acid in foods, beverages, pharmaceuticals and technical applications that can be used to add a sour taste to products, the company said.


Miami Valley Hospital, one of Dayton’s largest employers, is also its third largest water user, which officials says is because it operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, with many employees, patients and visitors accessing the site.

The hospital needs water to provide medical services, but it also has extensive food services that need the resource too, according to officials with Premier Health, which owns and operates the facility.

The hospital needs clean water, and it has comprehensive plans in place address water contamination or any other disaster related-issues, the organization said.

These are Dayton’s top 10 water users:

1 Cargill Inc.

2 Tate & Lyle

3 Miami Valley Hospital

4 University of Dayton

5 VA Center

6 Good Samaritan Hospital

7 Hohman Plating Co.

8 Greater Dayton Premier Health

9 AGA Gas Inc.

10 Dayton Correctional Facility

Source: City of Dayton, data is for 2016

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Piqua man sent to prison for 6 years in Miami County rape case

Published: Monday, March 19, 2018 @ 1:13 PM

            Stanley Fraley sentenced to 6 years in prison for rape and will move from the Miami County Jail into the state prison system. CONTRIBUTED.
Stanley Fraley sentenced to 6 years in prison for rape and will move from the Miami County Jail into the state prison system. CONTRIBUTED.

TROY – Six years in prison was ordered Monday for a Piqua man who pleaded guilty to rape of an adult woman.

Stanley Fraley, 62, was charged last fall in a case involving the woman, who told Troy police she was raped with force.

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Fraley initially pleaded not guilty and not guilty by reason of insanity to the charge. He was found competent to stand trial Jan. 23 by Judge Jeannine Pratt in Miami County Common Pleas Court.

Fraley pleaded guilty in late January.

Public defender Jack Hemm said Monday he “wouldn’t attempt to justify anything that happened” in the case. Fraley declined comment.

Assistant Prosecutor Paul Watkins said there was no justification for Fraley’s “horrific” actions.

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Before ordering the sentence, Pratt said Fraley showed no genuine remorse and noted the victim suffered physical and psychological harm.

“No means no,” Pratt said.

Fraley was designated a Tier III sex offender. The designation requires lifetime registration of his address every 90 days with the sheriff’s office after prison release.

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Alabama lawmaker says don't arm teachers since most are women 

Published: Monday, March 19, 2018 @ 11:01 AM

An Alabama lawmaker is opposed to teachers being allowed to carry guns because, he said, most of them are women.
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An Alabama lawmaker is opposed to teachers being allowed to carry guns because, he said, most of them are women.(Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

An Alabama lawmaker is opposed to arming teachers because most of them are women and “are scared of guns,” reported.

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State Rep. Harry Shiver, R-Stockton, opposes a bill that would allow school districts to designate trained teachers and administrators to carry guns on school grounds.

“I'm not saying all (women), but in most schools, women are (the majority) of the teachers,” Shiver told on Thursday. “Some of them just don't want to (be trained to possess firearms). If they want to, then that's good. But most of them don't want to learn how to shoot like that and carry a gun.”

Shiver is a retired physical education teacher and coach. The bill is headed to the full House after getting a favorable report in committee, reported. Shiver said he likely will abstain when the bill comes to a vote.

“We don’t need to have a lady teacher in a school that’s got a firearm,” Shiver told WSFA. “I taught for 32 years, and it’s mostly ladies that’s teaching.”

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Wintry mix, accumulating snow expected to cause slick conditions this week

Published: Monday, March 19, 2018 @ 3:34 AM
Updated: Monday, March 19, 2018 @ 12:57 PM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini looks at the current timing and totals for snowfall this week.


  • Mild and dry during the day
  • Showers become wintry mix overnight
  • Accumulating snow mid-week

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar


Today: It will be a quiet and cold morning with temperatures in the 30s, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini. There will be some sunshine early with clouds increasing late day. It will be dry during the day and warmer than normal with highs in the mid-50s. Some rain showers will move up from the south and transition to a light mix. Cold air will cut in and a wintry mix will develop toward morning.

Tuesday: Spring starts at 12:15 p.m. with the vernal equinox, but it certainly won’t feel like spring. A wintry mix is possible, and anything untreated or elevated could become slick as temperatures will start out in the upper 20s. Any surface below freezing could see some light freezing rain. Moisture will continue to stream into the Miami Valley. A rain/snow mix is possible in the afternoon with temperatures in the 30s and low 40s. It will become breezy. Scattered snow will take over into the evening and continues overnight. Winds will gust around 25 mph.

>> 5-Day Forecast

Wednesday: Scattered snow showers will be falling and will likely create a slick morning commute. Snow will not taper off until the evening hours. Highs will be in the mid-30s. Accumulating snow is expected by morning and through the day. The placement and intensity of this system can still change, but snow is expected to coat the roads by morning and will continue to accumulate during the day. It will be dry for the night, but it will be cold as temperatures drop into the mid-20s.

>> County-by-County Weather

Thursday: There may be a lingering slick spot in the morning. The day looks to be dry and back into the mid-40s. There will be some sunshine as well.

Friday: It will be a dry and quiet morning. Clouds will increase through the day. Highs will be in the mid to upper 40s. Clouds will increase at night with rain showers returning.

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Driver gets pulled over, presents fake Homer Simpson license to police 

Published: Sunday, March 18, 2018 @ 10:57 PM

Driver Presents Fake Homer Simpson License During Traffic Stop

Police could only say “D’oh!” after a driver was pulled over and presented a fake license with an image of iconic cartoon father Homer Simpson. 

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Thames Valley Police stopped the driver March 12 and were given the fake. 

The car was seized and the driver was cited for driving without insurance and driving without a license, according to police

Twitter users questioned the authenticity of the fake license, which did not even have the Simpson’s correct address -- 742 Evergreen Terrace.

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