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Iconic Fairfield Central Elementary demolished

Published: Monday, June 19, 2017 @ 1:17 PM
Updated: Monday, June 19, 2017 @ 1:45 PM

Fairfield's old Central Elementary is being torn down.

It’s the second oldest school building in Butler County — opening its doors in 1929 — but today saw Central Elementary begin its journey into dust.

Demolition crews used a giant construction claw to tear away one corner of the former Fairfield school as a small crowd of teachers and residents watched from across Ohio 4.

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It was bittersweet for them.

Though the school was outdated, cramped and inadequate for years for the growing, 10,000-student district, so many local residents spent part of their early school years during the school’s 88-year history and it housed many memories.

“It kind of hurt a little bit. It’s very sentimental,” said Central Elementary Principal Karrie Gallo, after watching the large excavator tear down the first walls.

“While we know we have exciting times coming, it’s also a little sad to leave a piece of your history and we have a lot memories that occurred in that building,” said Gallo. “It’s kind of sad to see it go down. It makes it final.”

The sweet part of the bittersweet was hidden from spectator view because directly behind the old Central school stands a nearly-completed, new Central Elementary.

Fairfield City Schools will soon experience what few Southwest Ohio school systems ever have — the district is opening three new schools in early September as part of a historic $80 million building project.

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The district is also building the new Compass Elementary across from Fairfield High School and the Fairfield Freshman School on the high school campus.

“A lot of people don’t realize what’s been going on behind the building (Central) and once the building goes down and they see our new school, I think they will be really excited about what the next (school year) is going to bring for us,” said Gallo.

Jill Arent had two children attend the old Central school and while she’ll miss the old school, she’s excited about the new learning facilities that will soon be available to thousands of Fairfield students.

“It’s a new beginning for a lot of kids and a lot of teachers and a lot of new (learning) environments for them to be in so I’m very excited,” said Arent.

“I’m a little remorseful that an icon has to go, but in the same sense to me it’s all a new beginning,” she said.

The demolition will now switch to removal of interior drop-ceilings and other fixtures before resuming the tear down of the remaining exterior walls later this week.

The adjacent Fairfield Freshman School will also soon begin its demolition, said Fairfield officials.

Classes for Fairfield students will be starting later than normal for the 2017-2018 school year due to the demolition and construction work. Usually classes start in mid-to-late August, but for the coming school year they will begin Sept. 5.

Church heavily damaged by fire in Lebanon

Published: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 3:56 AM
Updated: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 5:20 AM

UPDATE @5:20 a.m.

Crews continue to fight a blaze at the Bethel AME Church in Lebanon.

A member of the church said the fire started in the kitchen. She said the church hosted a free meal to the community Tuesday night.

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We are working to gather additional details.

FIRST REPORT

Units are responding to a fully involved structure fire at Bethel AME Church in Lebanon.

The incident occurred early Wednesday morning in the 100 block of N. Cherry Street around 3:45 a.m, per initial reports. 

Flames and smoke are reportedly showing.

We have a crew on the way to the scene and will update this story with additional details. 

USA Today editorial: Trump 'not fit' to clean Obama library toilets, shine George W. Bush's shoes

Published: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 4:24 AM

President Trump And Twitter

USA Today's editorial board blasted President Donald Trump on Tuesday in a scathing response to his controversial tweet about Democratic U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York.

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Trump's Tuesday morning tweet, which accused Gillibrand of "begging" him for campaign contributions and said she "would do anything for them," was widely criticized as being sexually suggestive. His post came after Gillibrand called for his resignation amid sexual misconduct allegations.

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White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders denied claims that Trump's tweet was sexist and said those who read it as suggestive had their minds "in the gutter."

USA Today's editorial board disagreed.

"With his latest tweet, clearly implying that a United States senator would trade sexual favors for campaign cash, President Trump has shown he is not fit for office," the editorial board wrote. "Rock bottom is no impediment for a president who can always find room for a new low."

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The editorial added that Trump "is not fit to clean the toilets in the Barack Obama Presidential Library or to shine the shoes of George W. Bush."

"This isn’t about the policy differences we have with all presidents or our disappointment in some of their decisions," the piece continued. "Obama and Bush both failed in many ways. They broke promises and told untruths, but the basic decency of each man was never in doubt."

The editorial described Trump as "uniquely awful" and blasted him for what it called "sickening behavior."

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"The nation doesn’t seek nor expect perfect presidents, and some have certainly been deeply flawed," the piece concluded. "But a president who shows such disrespect for the truth, for ethics, for the basic duties of the job and for decency toward others fails at the very essence of what has always made America great."

Xenia Twp. fire crews battle residential fire in Greene County

Published: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 12:32 AM
Updated: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 2:46 AM

UPDATE @ 2:40 a.m: Xenia Twp. fire department responded to a residential structure fire in Greene County early Wednesday morning. 

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Units were dispatched to the 1200 block of Wilberforce-Clifton Road just after midnight on a structure fire, where they were met with heavy smoke near the back of the house.

There was one occupant inside of the residence at the time of the fire, but they were able to escape without injuries.

Officials say their only issue with battling this fire was getting to it, with it being winter and the roads being slick. 

No word on damage estimates, but officials say the home will need internal rehab.

Crews continue to investigate what started the fire. 

INITIAL REPORT

Crews are on scene of a structure fire in the 1200 block of Wilberforce-Clifton Road in Greene County.

The incident occurred just after midnight on Wednesday, with flames showing from the structure, per initial reports.

We have a crew on the way to the scene and will update this story with more details. 

Frigid morning, possible afternoon scattered snow shower

Published: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 4:11 AM

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QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Wind chills in single digits for AM
  • Scattered snow showers today
  • Warming up for weekend

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DETAILED FORECAST

TODAY: We’ll experience a cold morning, according to Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini. Temperatures  will be in the teens with wind chills in the single digits. Slick spots can’t be ruled out, mainly on roads not treated where we saw light dusting of snow. Another quick moving system will bring the chance for snow back today, mainly around or after lunch, and again for the evening. This period should stay all snow, but some rain may mix south in the afternoon. Accumulation will be bout less then 1” in Dayton and points south with an inch or so possible north. Highs will reach in the mid 30s as more snow showers come in for the evening before ending overnight. It’ll be breezy at times with gusts around 25-30mph during the day. 

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THURSDAY: Dry start but some snowy or slick roads possible if left untreated. The day looks mainly dry with broken clouds and cold temperatures. Highs only reach the middle 20s.

FRIDAY: Dry start to the day again, as well as chilly in the teens. Highs hit about 30. Clouds thicken up and some passing light snow showers will be possible at night in the north.

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SATURDAY: Dry and warmer day as sunshine returns with highs around 40.

SUNDAY: Quiet end to the weekend for the most part. Highs in the low 40s and dry during the day. Rain showers move up from the south at night.