Higher education’s annual impact in southwest Ohio: $7.3 billion

Published: Wednesday, December 06, 2017 @ 3:30 PM


            Sean Creighton, president of the Southwestern Ohio Council of Higher Education. THOMAS GNAU/STAFF
Sean Creighton, president of the Southwestern Ohio Council of Higher Education. THOMAS GNAU/STAFF

Southwest Ohio’s colleges had a nearly $7.3 billion impact on the region in 2016, even as some have struggled to stay afloat in the hyper competitive industry of higher education.

The Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education has released its economic impact study which analyzes the spending of the group’s 22 members, including Wright State University, the University of Dayton, Sinclair Community College and others. The student was conducted by the University of Cincinnati’s Economics Center.

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The report comes at a time when colleges are being sharply criticized for their cost, accessibility and effectiveness but SOCHE president Sean Creighton said it should quiet some of the doubters.

“We’re hoping that it maybe counters that argument,” Creighton said. “We have such a diversity of institutions. I think that (the report) makes the case for why it’s important to invest in higher education.’

Nearly 150,000 students are studying and living in the region. and student tuition, research dollars and alumni giving generate around $3.8 billion in new revenue in th region, according to the report.

The report also shows that SOCHE’s member colleges awarded 31,643 degrees and certificates in 2016, which is good news for Ohio as the state has struggled to keep up with an increasing demand for an educated workforce. Combined, the schools also employed more than 72,000 people in 2016 and provided more than $2.6 billion in earnings, according to the report.

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“SOCHE and its members are a cornerstone of southwestern Ohio, developing the talent necessary for the economy to thrive,” the report reads.

Wright State has more than a $1 billion annual economic impact on the region and supports over 14,000 jobs, according to the study. Wright State’s impact was created by its operations, student spending and capital expenditures

“This study shows that we are clearly a leader in driving the economy in this region,” said Wright State President Cheryl B. Schrader.

On top of the boon to local employers and economies, the report also found that area colleges provide massive tax dollars to state and local governments. Municipal and county governments received around $72.9 million in tax revenue from SOCHE’s member schools while the state received more than $225 million in gross tax revenues from area institutions, according to the report.

“SOCHE’s impact study reinforces the role of higher education as a regional economic driver,” said Jo Alice Blondin, president of Clark State Community College and chair of the SOCHE’s board. “Through changing times and economic climates, our two- and four-year institutions have continued to provide the quality training and education needed for individuals to better themselves.”

17 abandoned cats rescued from Wilmington apartment, humane official says

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 12:02 AM

(Courtesy/Fayette County Regional Humane Society)
(Courtesy/Fayette County Regional Humane Society)

Seventeen cats, most of them feral and unsocial, were rescued from a Wilmington apartment, where they had been abandoned.

Fayette County Regional Humane Society agents were called to the complex, in the 800 block of Xenia Avenue, to help Wilmington police because neither the Clinton County Humane Society nor the Wilmington Area Humane Society has humane agents, Brad Adams, Fayette County humane agent and outreach director, said in a prepared statement. 

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Seventeen cats were found and removed by the humane agents. 

According to FRHS Veterinary Technician and Humane Agent Danyel Bageant, most of the cats were feral and unsocial, clawing at agents. 

(Courtesy/Fayette County Regional Humane Society)

"Fortunately the cats had healthy body conditions and access to food and water inside of the apartment upon our arrival," Bageant said.

The cats that are candidates for the FRHS adoption program will be spayed or neutered, vaccinated, tested for FeLV/FIV, rabies vaccinated, flea treated, and micro-chipped.

A Humane Agent has been in contact with the investigating officer of the Wilmington Police Department since the removal. 

A suspect has been identified and reports have been submitted to the Clinton County prosecutor for charges.

Why isn't the Google's art selfie feature available in two states?

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 11:53 PM

(Photo by Joern Pollex/Getty Images for MBFW)
Joern Pollex/Getty Images for MBFW
(Photo by Joern Pollex/Getty Images for MBFW)(Joern Pollex/Getty Images for MBFW)

Google’s new Arts & Culture App has been insanely popular over the last week -- and no, it’s not because people are wanting to brush up on their art history skills (though it’s good for that, too). It’s because there’s a hilarious feature where you can upload a photo of yourself and the app will match your face with a work of art that resembles you. 

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Except in Texas and Illinois, that is.

According to the Chicago Tribune, it’s because of the states’ biometric privacy laws, which limits companies who obtain “biometric identifiers” (like a “retina or iris scan, fingerprint, voiceprint or record of hand or face geometry,” according to the law) for commercial purposes. Anyone violating the Texas law passed in 2009 could be subject to a penalty of up to $25,000 for each violation. 

Guys, this app is DEAD ON.

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No injuries from apartment fire on Summit Square Drive in Dayton

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 11:28 PM
Updated: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 12:16 AM

UPDATE @ 12:12 a.m.: An arson investigator has been called to the scene of the apartment fire in the 800 block of Summit Square Drive. 

Dayton Fire Capt. Brad Baldwin said crews arrived to find heavy fire on the first floor of a unit and at least two people had climbed out of a second-floor window before crews arrived. 

The fire affected three apartments -- flames damaged one, smoke got into the adjoining units. 

One of the occupants said she heard "popping and cracking" coming from the kitchen, Baldwin said. 

No injuries were reported, he said. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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Crews are dealing with a fire in the 800 block of Summit Square Drive in Dayton. 

Dayton crews were dispatched just after 11 p.m. on a report of a possible structure fire. 

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We're hearing they arrived to find heavy flames in a first-floor unit. There are no reports of injuries. 

We have a crew on the way. We will update this developing report. Stay with whio.com for breaking news.

Soldier from Clark County is missing from Fort Drum, New York

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 9:27 PM

Soldier from Clark Co. missing out of Fort Drum, NY

Spc. Trevor Nichols, a soldier from Clark County, is missing from Fort Drum, N.Y., and a national organization is asking for the public's help in finding him. 

"I see absolutely nothing that says foul play" or suicide, Brenda Paradise, a private investigator who volunteers for Guardian Search and Investigations. 

That organization issued a press release Thursday about Spc. Nichols, 24, of Tremont City, was was last seen Nov. 17, according to Guardian Search and Investigations. 

The watertowndailytimes.com is reporting that the specialist left without his driver’s license, military ID card or his cell phone and has not had any contact with his family since being missing. 

Julie A. Halpin, Fort Drum spokeswoman, told the news organization that Spc. Nichols was a soldier with the 10th Mountain Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team as of November. He was listed as absent without leave on Nov. 15 and his status was updated to deserter on Dec. 18. 

Paradise, in an interview with whio.com tonight, said the specialist was in basic training in 2012, has served a tour in Afghanistan and just returned from a tour in Iraq last May. 

Spc. Nichols is estranged from his wife and they have a son who is just shy of 2 years old, Paradise said. She was living on base with the specialist until recently, Paradise said. 

Paradise said the military was transitioning him farther away from his son, and that may have affected the specialist. 

Spc. Trevor Nichols (Courtesy/Nichols family)

The soldier's mother, Erin Nichols, also has filed a missing person's report through the Clark County Sheriff's Office. 

"I can't even imagine where he would have gone," she said in a phone call Thursday night. 

Mrs. Nichols said her son, the youngest of three boys who grew up in Enon and joined the Army right out of Enon High School, was to report to Fort Riley, Kansas, on Dec. 7. 

She said she also believes that transfer has something to do with her son being missing. 

Mrs. Nichols said she last spoke with him by phone on Nov. 14, the day he was trying to move his estranged wife's belongings to storage. 

If you have information about Spc. Nichols, you are asked to call investigator Paradise at 907-795-5292, referencing case number 17-1689237, the Tremont City, Ohio, police department at 937-969-8281, or 911.