Greene County election results in new faces, new taxes

Published: Wednesday, November 08, 2017 @ 3:57 PM


            (From top left) Joanna Garcia, Paul Keller, Ryan Rushing (From bottom left) Wesley Smith, Levi Dean, Bob Stone
(From top left) Joanna Garcia, Paul Keller, Ryan Rushing (From bottom left) Wesley Smith, Levi Dean, Bob Stone

Greene County voters put new faces in office and approved three tax requests in Beavercreek that will provide revenue for city streets, township parks and school district operations.

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Turnout at the polls was low as expected Tuesday at approximately 29 percent, according to the unofficial, final results from the Greene County Board of Elections.

The board will certify the results at 4 p.m. Nov. 22, according to Elections Board Director Llyn McCoy.

At 64 to 36 percent, voters overwhelmingly approved a new tax to support and improve Beavercreek Twp.’s two parks: Victory Park, which contains the all-access playground Owen’s Place, and Beavercreek Community Park.

“We were very pleased,” said Ernie Muller, board chairman for the Beavercreek Twp. Park District. “I think it shows we sized the levy to the right amount to keep these parks in good shape at a reasonable cost.”

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The parks levy, which costs about $3.50 a year for the owner of a $200,000 home, will generate about $90,000 a year. Park district officials will be in talks with the city of Beavercreek to provide park maintenance services, like mowing. Muller added that the new revenue will also be considered for park improvements, like adding a bathroom by Owen’s Place.

At 55 to 45 percent, voters in Beavercreek City Schools handily passed the 6-mill substitute emergency levy that voters turned down in the spring.

The levy currently generates about $10.4 million a year at a cost of approximately $210 for every $100,000 of home value. Because this was a substitute, the levy now does not have an expiration date and could generate more annual revenue as more people move into the district.

Beavercreek Schools Spokesman Ryan Gilding issued a statement Tuesday night after results came in.

“We want to thank our community for their continued support,” Gilding said. “Passage of this levy will allow Beavercreek City Schools to realize financial stability now and into the future. More importantly, our district will continue to provide the same high level of services students and families deserve.”

Beavercreek voters also said “yes” to renewing the 1-mill street levy, at 73 to 27 percent.

The street levy generates approximately $1.3 million a year, or about 22.5 percent of the street department’s annual budget, and costs property owners approximately $31 per $100,000 of value each year.

In the race for three Beavercreek City Council seats, incumbent Bob Stone came out on top with 46 percent of the votes, followed by newcomers Joanna Garcia, who received 42 percent of the votes, and Ryan Rushing, who received the most votes of the two write-in candidates.

Garcia is new to public office and new to the Miami Valley. An attorney and Youngstown native, Garcia said she hopes “to bring a different and unique perspective” to bear on city finances and how to maintain infrastructure.

“I also hope to focus on how we can better use technology to improve services and reduce expense,” she said. “While we have limited resources, we are a growing city, and so my goal is to be sure that any time we make any kind of investments, it is tied to our strategic goals so we are delivering the results that people expect.”

Stone said voters helped answer one of the biggest challenges facing the city — finding the funds needed to maintain streets.

“We’re trying to stabilize our funding. Without an income tax, we seem to be going to the ballot every three to five years,” Stone said. “I want to try to make people feel good about where they live.”

In the race for two Xenia City Council seats, incumbent Wesley Smith was reelected with 21.5 percent of the vote, but the top vote-getter was newcomer Levi P. Dean, who received 33 percent of the vote.

“I’m excited to get to work for the citizens of Xenia and excited to bring about some change,” Dean said Wednesday morning.

Councilwoman Sarah J. Mays ran unopposed and will be Xenia’s next mayor. She will assume the office in January, and City Council will then appoint someone to serve the remainder of her unexpired term as a council member.

Paul Keller, Fairborn’s deputy mayor, won a decisive victory in the mayoral race. Keller won 80 percent of the vote against challenger and political newcomer Ethan Long. Incumbent mayor Dan Kirkpatrick could not run again due to term limits.

Robert Hoffman and Donna Wilson will return to Fairborn City Council along with Colin Morrow. Rodney McCubbins came in fourth, edging him out of the three seats up for grabs.

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Officials continue to investigate pedestrian strike in Trotwood

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 1:06 AM
Updated: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 2:09 AM

Pedestrian strike in Trotwood

Officials continue to investigate a pedestrian strike that occurred in the area of East Westbrook Road at Macduff Drive in Trotwood early Tuesday morning.

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The incident was dispatched just after midnight, per initial reports.

A medic was requested to the scene, but there are no further details on the person who was struck. 

Westbrook Road at MacDuff Drive is currently blocked off.

We’re working to learn more details on the ordeal and will continue to update this story as they become available. 

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VIDEO: Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz shown fighting students in 2016

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 1:59 AM

WATCH: Suspected Florida High School Shooter Nikolas Cruz Appears In Court

The man allegedly behind the fatal Florida high school shooting apparently has a disturbing past that is coming to light. A school fight that was captured on camera a little more than a year ago is the latest development.

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Authorities said 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. Cruz was formerly a member of the school’s JROTC program before being expelled.

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A September 2016 video shared by ABC News shows Cruz wearing a white shirt and khakis while fighting with other students. Cruz was reportedly handed a two-day suspension following the incident.

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According to ABC, the fight was one of five documented incidents that caused school administrators to expel Cruz, mandating his transfer to another high school in February 2017.

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Another incident that reportedly contributed to Cruz’s expulsion was his alleged fight with his ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend. Cruz was allegedly abusive toward her before they broke up.

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The massacre at the high school marked the 25th U.S. school shooting in which someone was killed since the 1999 shooting at Columbine High School.

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Expect wet week to continue and increase threat of flooding

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 4:24 AM
Updated: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 11:28 PM

A few showers are expected in the Dayton area today, with more rain expected later this week.

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Showers stay mainly north tonight
  • Record-breaking temperatures expected Tuesday
  • Heavy rain threat to end the week 

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DETAILED FORECAST

Overnight:  Expect variable clouds through the night as weather stays mild, with temperatures holding near 60 degrees.

Tuesday:  Expect a mix of sun and clouds and unseasonably warm temperatures during the afternoon. It will be windy at times with temperatures pushing to record levels, in the lower 70s. Showers and even a few thunderstorms will move into the Miami Valley Tuesday evening.

>> County-by-County Weather

Wednesday: Rain will be likely through the day. A few thunderstorms will be possible in the morning. It will be breezy with falling temperatures. Early highs in the lower 60s are expected.

Thursday: Expect a brief period of freezing rain or a wintry mix mainly north of I-70 in the morning. There will be the chance of rain showers in the south with temperatures starting the day in the lower to middle 30s and rebounding into the middle 40s. Expect a break in the precipitation during the afternoon and evening.

>> 5-day forecast

Friday: Rain will return along with a chance for a few thunderstorms. The rain may get heavy at times late. This will increase the threat for flooding. Highs will be in the upper 50s.

Saturday:  Rain will be likely. The rain may be heavy at times and could lead to localized flooding. Highs will be in the upper 50s.

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Dayton traffic from the WHIO Traffic Center

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 3:49 AM
Updated: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 12:38 AM

FLOODING: Ohio 725 in Sugarcreek Twp. closed due to high water
FLOODING: Ohio 725 in Sugarcreek Twp. closed due to high water

Traffic issues can be reported by calling our newsroom at 937-259-2237 or tweeting @WHIOTraffic .

Traffic conditions are updated every six minutes on AM 1290 and News 95.7 FM.

Major Highway Incidents

  • No incidents to report.

Surface Street Incidents 

  • No incidents to report.

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Ongoing Construction & Other Closures 

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MONTGOMERY COUNTY

  • Keowee Street north of Stanley Avenue, bridge closed until 2019. The official detour is: Keowee Street to Stanley Avenue to I-75 to Wagner Ford Road and back to Dixie. More information is available here.
  • Stewart Street Ramp to US 35 East, RAMP CLOSURE March 28 - Sept 30, 2018. The official detour is: Stewart Street to Edwin C. Moses Boulevard to I-75 north to US 35 west to James H. McGee Blvd. to US 35 east.
  • I-75 north Ramp to US 35 west and east, Lane width restriction until Apr. 1, 2018. One lane will remain open on the ramp with a width of 11 feet.

SHELBY COUNTY

  • SR 47 between Fifth Avenue and Wilkinson Avenue, Lane closures Jan. 21 - Nov. 27. One lane will remain open in each direction at all times. 

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