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.

STAY CONNECTED: Greene County News on Facebook

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.”

RELATED: See full results from Nov. 7, 2017 election

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.

The 45th annual Dayton Holiday Festival kicks off today

Published: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 4:22 AM

Untitled Sequence.01

The holiday season kicks off in Dayton today with the annual Grande Illumination and Dayton Children's Parade Spectacular in Lights.

RELATED: Kick off the holiday season at Middletown’s annual Santa Parade

This year marks 45 years celebrating the Dayton Holiday Festival, presented by Dayton Power & Light.

The event will be held at Courthouse Square and surrounding buildings from 4-9 p.m. with the tree-lighting ceremony at 7:45 p.m. and the parade immediately following. Hundreds of thousands of lights will illuminate the 45-minute parade, which will feature a variety of floats, entertainers, animals and several surprises.

RELATED: Christmas officially arrives starting this weekend

Activities planned include the live reindeer display, musical entertainment, carnival rides and games, holiday crafts and games, horse-drawn wagon rides, the Tike's Shoppe and a gingerbread house contest.

A complete list of festival events is available online, as well as a calendar of other downtown holiday events.

PARADE ROUTE: 

The parade will begin at 7:50 p.m. at Second and Wilkinson streets. It will proceed east on Second Street to south on Main Street, then to west on Fourth Street. When at Fourth and Perry streets, the parade floats will disband and stage for escort to their designated storage area.

Streets to Be Closed for Dayton Holiday Festival:

  • Closed from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m.:  Third Street between Main and Ludlow
  •  Closed from 3 p.m. until 10 p.m.:  Second Street between Perry and Vista View 
  • Closed from 5:30 p.m. until 10 p.m.:  Wilkinson Street between Second and Third,  Ludlow Street between First and Second
  •  Closed from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m.:  Main Street between First and Fifth, Second Street between Jefferson and Perry, Third Street between Jefferson and Perry, Fourth Street between Jefferson and Ludlow, Wilkinson Street between Maple and Fourth, Southbound Red Cross Lane between First and Second, Southbound Stafford Street between First and Second

RELATED: This breathtaking holiday light display is celebrating 27 years

The Dayton Holiday Festival, presented by DP&L, is a program of the Downtown Dayton Partnership, the City of Dayton, Montgomery County and the Mrs. Virginia W. Kettering Dayton Holiday Festival Fund.

Troopers: Naked couple crashes car while having sex; baby was in back seat

Published: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 1:25 AM

Washington State Patrol.
David Ryder/Getty Images
Washington State Patrol.(David Ryder/Getty Images)

A naked couple, having sex in their car while their baby was in the back seat, crashed while driving, the Washington State Patrol said.

>> Read more trending news

The man was driving on Highway 7 near La Grande in Pierce County, naked and having sex with a woman who also was naked, when he missed a curve, went off the road and struck a tree, State Patrol spokeswoman Brooke Bova said.

The crash occurred Wednesday at 6 p.m. troopers said.

Witnesses told troopers both the man and woman were naked when they got out of the car, The Everett Herald reported. Troopers said they were also both impaired.

The woman wasn't wearing a seat belt. She was taken to the hospital with several broken bones. The 3-month-old child in the back seat was not injured.

The man was arrested and booked into Pierce County Jail on suspicion of driving under the influence, vehicular assault and child endangerment, the Herald reported.

Troopers said the man has three prior DUI convictions.

Chrissy Teigen asks Springfield for a “Christmas miracle”

Published: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 5:24 PM

John Legend And Chrissy Teigen Through The Years

Chrissy Teigen, wife to Springfield native John Legend, has asked the city for what she calls a “Christmas miracle.”

The model and her husband visited Springfield this week for Thanksgiving, and apparently left an important item behind.

RELATED: Chrissy Teigen leaves Centerville waitress $1K tip

RELATED: Chrissy Teigen, John Legend expecting second child together

“I left my Nintendo at the Courtyard Marriott in Springfield please I need a Christmas miracle. I need my moons back,” Teigen tweeted.

She has made her love of Nintendo and the game Super Mario Odyssey known on social media. Obtaining moons are a part of said game.

So if you happen to stay at the Marriott hotel on South Fountain Ave. in the near future, be sure to check for a small electronic device. You might just become a Christmas hero.  

South African court increases Oscar Pistorius' jail term

Published: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 3:34 AM

Oscar Pistorius' jail sentence was increased to 13 years, 5 months.
Foto24/Getty Images
Oscar Pistorius' jail sentence was increased to 13 years, 5 months.(Foto24/Getty Images)

South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal increased the jail sentence for former Paralympian Oscar Pistorius to 13 years, 5 months, the BBC reported Friday.

>> Read more trending news

Pistorius was originally sentenced to six years in prison for the 2013 murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. 

"The sentence imposed by the … [High Court] with respect to murder is set aside and substituted with the following –- the respondent’s imprisonment for 13 years and five months," Justice Legoabe Willie Seriti said. 

He said Pistorius should have been sentenced to 15 years, but the Supreme Court of Appeal took into account the time he had already served, News24 reported. 

Pistorius was arrested on Valentine’s Day in 2013 –- the day of the killing.

North Gauteng High Court Judge Thokozile Masipa initially sentenced Pistorius to five years for culpable homicide in 2014, News 24 reported.

Pistorius served only 10 months of the five-year sentence in prison before being released and put under house arrest.

The state appealed the culpable homicide conviction, and it was later replaced with murder by the Supreme Court of Appeal in 2016, and Masipa handed down a six-year jail term, News24 reported.

Previously, the six-time Paralympic gold medallist had made history by becoming the first amputee sprinter to compete at the Olympics, in 2012 in London, running on prosthetic "blades.”

He had his legs amputated below the knee as a baby, the BBC reported.