Former Fairfield Twp. trustee wants to return to board

Published: Sunday, December 10, 2017 @ 8:00 PM


            Former Fairfield Twp. trustee Steve Morgan says he’s ready to “rock and roll” and get elected back to the trustee board. He plans to run against Fairfield Twp. Trustee Joe McAbee in the 2019 election. GREG LYNCH/FILE
Former Fairfield Twp. trustee Steve Morgan says he’s ready to “rock and roll” and get elected back to the trustee board. He plans to run against Fairfield Twp. Trustee Joe McAbee in the 2019 election. GREG LYNCH/FILE

A former Fairfield Twp. trustee wants to get back on the board.

Steve Morgan, who lost in his bid for a fifth term in 2013, said he’s “ready to rock and roll” and return to his role as trustee. He exclusively told the Journal-News he intends to run in 2019 against Fairfield Twp. Trustee Joe McAbee, who won election in 2015.

McAbee was first elected in 1995 and served 12 years before losing his own re-election bid in 2007. Morgan, who was first elected in 1997, served along side McAbee for a decade on the township trustee board.

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With all the turnover, both with elected officers and township staff, “I just don’t feel like a lot of stuff’s getting done,” Morgan said.

“The same things that everybody complained about when I was in office is not done yet,” he said. “Where’s the new firehouse? Where’s all the staff?”

Morgan admits he was “burned out” at the end of his fourth term.

“After 16 years, with all that we all we had going on — especially in that last year — I think everyone was in burnout mode at that point in time,” he said. “But that’s a long time to be a public servant if you do your job right.”

Morgan, 60, said he intends to be a “full-time” trustee if he’s elected in 2019 because he’ll be retired from the car business. And that free time will be invested in working for the township, including responding to any call he would field, he said.

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“I never had a phone call that came in that I didn’t take care of,” said Morgan. “I made a point to go their house or call them back and try to solve their problem that anybody had in the township. I won’t have as much going on now. I won’t be working two jobs or three jobs; I would be working one: Fairfield Twp. trustee.”

McAbee didn’t comment on Morgan’s decision to run in 2019, but did say he would “welcome the challenge” of Morgan, and said it is his right to run.

Grain elevator explodes in New Carlisle

Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 11:44 PM
Updated: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 12:45 AM

SCENE: Explosion reported at New Carlisle grain bin

UPDATE @ 12:45 a.m. (Jan. 22)

It is unknown if anyone was inside or suffered injuries at the Miami Valley Feed & Grain establishment when a large grain elevator collapsed Sunday night, according to sheriff’s deputies on scene.

Officials continue to investigate the incident, which caused a loud explosion, startling area residents.

DP&L are on scene to assess the brief power outage that occurred.

We will continue to update this story as additional details become available. 

UPDATE @ 12:10 a.m. (Jan. 22)

A large grain elevator collapsed Sunday night at Miami Valley Feed & Grain, 880 W. Jefferson St.

Residents in the area reported hearing a loud explosion, grain as high as 15 feet across a portion of Jefferson Street (Ohio 571) and a brief power outage.

FIRST REPORT

Crews were called late Sunday night to a report of an explosion at a grain bin.

The blast was reported shortly before 11:40 p.m. in the 300 block of Garfield Street.

Power also was reported knocked out in the area.

We are on the way and will update this report.

Got a tip? Call our monitored 24-hour line, 937-259-2237, or send it to newsdesk@cmgohio.com

Rain showers Monday; chance for snow Tuesday

Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 4:29 AM
Updated: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 10:00 PM

Rain chances continue in the Dayton area tonight through Monday, and snow will be possible Tuesday.

A few passing showers are possible overnight, but more dry time is expected heading toward daybreak, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar said. Temperatures overnight will be somewhat steady in the 40s.

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QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • A few showers possible overnight
  • More rain likely Monday
  • Colder with chance for snow Tuesday

(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar)

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DETAILED FORECAST

Monday: A dry start is expected before more rain returns in the afternoon and early evening. Some of that rain could be heavy at times. Highs will be in the lower to middle 50s.

5-Day Temperature Trend(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar)

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Tuesday: Colder air returns with highs in the upper 30s early in the morning. Temperatures are expected to fall throughout the day. There is a chance for snow showers or flurries as well.

>> 5-Day Forecast

Wednesday: Another cool day is expected with partly cloudy skies and highs in the middle to upper 30s. 

5-Day Rain/Snow Chances(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar)

Thursday: Temperatures top out in the upper 30s under partly sunny skies.

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Friday: It will be mild under mostly sunny skies with high temperatures in the upper 40s.

2018 SAG Awards: Gary Oldman, Frances McDormand, complete list of winners

Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 8:18 PM

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 21:  Statue of the Screen Actors Guild Actor is seen at the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. 27522_009  (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Turner Image)
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LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 21: Statue of the Screen Actors Guild Actor is seen at the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. 27522_009 (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Turner Image)(Dimitrios Kambouris)

Hollywood stars honored television and cinematic performances at the 24th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Sunday. 

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Morgan Freeman honored with lifetime achievement award at SAG Awards

Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 11:43 PM

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 21:  Honoree Morgan Freeman accepts the Life Achievement Award from actor Rita Moreno onstage during the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. 27522_010  (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Turner Image)
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LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 21: Honoree Morgan Freeman accepts the Life Achievement Award from actor Rita Moreno onstage during the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. 27522_010 (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Turner Image)(Christopher Polk)

Legendary actor Morgan Freeman was presented with the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award at the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards — one of the most prestigious honors in the entertainment industry — which was given to him by longtime colleague and friend Rita Moreno.

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“Morgan is way more than just an actor, narrator, producer, humanitarian. This man is a national treasure,” Moreno said.

When he came to the stage, the 80-year-old icon traded a few playful jokes with Moreno, before moving on to the thank you’s.

“These moments in one’s life usually will call for an entire litany of thank you’s. I can’t do that because I don’t know all of your names, so I won’t try,” said Freeman. “This is beyond honor. This is a place in history.”

But towards the end of his speech, Freeman commented on the SAG award statue: 

“I wasn’t gonna do this, but I’m gonna tell you what’s wrong with this statue,” he said. “It works from the back. From the front, it’s gender-specific. Maybe I started something.”