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Job fair held for BAE Systems workers

Published: Friday, December 07, 2012 @ 6:03 PM
Updated: Friday, December 07, 2012 @ 6:03 PM

            Buford Dudley interviews with Matthew McGowan and Melinda Pregon of Staffmark during a job fair at Workforce One of Butler County, Friday, Dec. 7, 2012. BAE Systems will have its first round of layoffs in December and Workforce One held a job fair specifically for them. Staff photo by Greg Lynch
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Buford Dudley interviews with Matthew McGowan and Melinda Pregon of Staffmark during a job fair at Workforce One of Butler County, Friday, Dec. 7, 2012. BAE Systems will have its first round of layoffs in December and Workforce One held a job fair specifically for them. Staff photo by Greg Lynch(Greg Lynch)

BAE Systems in West Chester Twp. has pushed its first round of layoffs back until later this month as employees finish work on a contract, company officials said.

Shannon Booker, a spokeswoman for BAE, said the first round of job cuts would happen in mid-December — she did not give a more specific date — and would affect 40 people. A contract that was supposed to have finished in November was delayed causing the company to hold off on the move, according to BAE.

BAE Systems, an armored vehicle company, is moving its military operations from West Chester Twp. to Sealy, Texas, resulting in the elimination of approximately 160 jobs locally. The company filed a notice with the state workforce department saying it would do layoffs in rounds, which were expected to begin Nov. 30 and occur monthly until the end of March 2013.

About 100 current and former workers at BAE Systems attended a job fair Friday at Workforce One of Butler County in Fairfield held specifically for them. About 20 different employers from throughout the region participated, hoping to find workers with the skills they need.

The job fair took place the same day the U.S. Labor Department released its report saying the nation’s economy added 146,000 jobs in November and the unemployment rate fell to 7.7 percent, the lowest since December 2008. Economists say the unemployment rate dropped to a four-year low mainly because more people stopped looking for work and weren’t counted as unemployed.

Buford Dudley, 62, of Hamilton, doesn’t count himself among those who’ve given up on the hunt. Dudley will be laid off from BAE Systems, where he has worked for five years as a truck driver and material handling specialist, on Jan. 18. He said he was at the job fair hoping to find work that would keep him employed for at least three more years until he could retire.

“I’ve been working for a long time, so sitting at home is not my cup of tea,” Dudley said.

G&W Products Inc., a contract metal manufacturer in Fairfield, was among the companies at the fair looking for talent and experience, particularly in the areas of engineering, quality inspection, welding and laser and stamping manufacturing operations. Eric Davis, operations manager of G&W, said his company is hiring.

“We’re in a great position from business standpoint. We’re actually growing,” Davis said. “That’s why we’re here.”

BAE Systems has done a series of downsizings in recent years in response to lost contracts and reduced military spending. Most recently in September, BAE Systems said it would move its local military operations to Texas. The remaining commercial business is being negotiated in a sale to the O’Gara Group Inc., a Cincinnati-based company that opened a commercial armoring business this year in Fairfield.

Richard Chrisman, of Hamilton, was laid off from BAE in April of 2011 and hasn’t been able to find a steady job since. He worked at BAE more than seven years, most recently in quality inspection of bulletproof glass and armored vehicles.

“Basically, you have to get a job where you can,” Chrisman said. “But I don’t want to get a job that pays $9, $10 an hour, but you have to drive an hour away. Some of the jobs listed are way down in Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Chilly morning; dry stretch continues

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 3:32 AM


  • Chilly morning
  • Sunny skies this week
  • Staying dry for several days

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar


Today: After a chilly morning in the low 40s, highs will climb back to the upper 60s, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini. Clear skies will allow for a lot of sunshine this afternoon.

Graphic by Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini

Thursday: A beautiful afternoon is expected with highs around 70, which is normal than normal. There will be lots of sunshine during the day and a few clouds at night. It will stay dry.

>> County-by-County forecast

Friday: It won’t be as cool in the morning with temperatures around 50. Highs will reach the low 70s and there will be sunny skies.

>> Dayton traffic from the WHIO traffic center

Saturday: A beautiful start to the weekend with highs in the low to mid-70s with sunshine.

Graphic by Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini

>> Warming trend continues; lower temps arrive next week

Sunday: The day will start quiet. Highs will reach the mid-70s and it will become breezy with clouds increasing. A few showers late at night are possible.

Man shot in Harrison Twp. taken to hospital

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 1:02 AM

Montgomery County deputies are investigating a reported shooting that occurred late Tuesday night.

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The incident occurred in the 4300 block of Fair Oaks Road around 11:55 p.m.

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The victim called 911 and reported he had been shot in both in legs. He said the shooter then ran out of the apartment.

Additional details are expected to be released this morning.

We will update this story as it develops. 

Video showing high school cheerleaders yelling racial slur prompts investigation

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 3:53 AM

Cheerleaders (stock photo).
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Cheerleaders (stock photo).(Jupiterimages/Getty Images)

Administrators in a Utah school district are investigating a disturbing video that appears to show a group of cheerleaders shouting a racial slurKSTU reports. The 10-second recording, which was posted to Instagram, features a group of teenage girls who individually and as a group repeatedly yell a profane phrase with the N-word while laughing.

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“We are shocked by the conduct of these students and the contents of the video,” read a statement from the Weber School District. “School officials have started an investigation and the matter is being taken very seriously. We are trying to determine when the video was made, where it was filmed, why the students would engage in such conduct, and how the clip ended up on social media.”

School officials first became aware of the footage on Monday after it began making rounds on social media. While they confirmed three of the girls in the video are cheerleaders, there is no indication the footage was filmed during extra-curricular activities. The IT department has been instructed to look into whether the clip was created with a video-editing app capable of generating the offensive phrase.

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“The video was then possibly uploaded into an app that plays it backwards, producing an entirely different-sounding phrase. In this case, a very derogatory, offensive racial slur,” the district explained, adding that the girls may have actually been saying the phrase “surgeon cuff” and playing it backwards.

Other students were quick to point out that, forwards or backwards, the intent was the same.

Weber School District spokesman Lane Findlay told the Desert News that the students could be expelled or kicked off the cheerleading squad, saying, “All of those things would be on the table. Obviously, they knew what they were doing. It’s just completely inappropriate.”


Major Wright Patt gateway to close for weeks starting today

Published: Wednesday, October 11, 2017 @ 9:43 AM
Updated: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 5:17 AM

Major Wright Patt gateway to close for weeks

For the second time in less than three years, a major Wright-Patterson gateway used daily by thousands of commuters will close for three weeks, according to base officials.

Gate 12A, near the Air Force Materiel Command headquarters and off Ohio 444 in Fairborn, is scheduled to close today through Nov. 10.

Crews will repave the road into the gate entrance and exit, shutting traffic in both directions. The gateway was last closed in 2015 for a $920,000 security upgrade.

Motorists should expect delays, a project official said. Fourteen thousand commuters — counting those both in and out — travel the gateway each day, Wright-Patterson figures show.

During the work, two traffic lanes will be kept open to both the Hope Hotel and Convention Center and Ogden Avenue, which leads to a base pass and ID office, said Ronald E. Lee, 88th Civil Engineer Group chief project manager.

RELATED: Major Wright-Patterson gate to close for three weeks

The closure this time will mean Gate 15A, near Ohio 844, will be open 24 hours temporarily. An influx of traffic during the closure is expected at Gates 1A, off Springer Road, and Gate 26A, off Ohio 235 near Ohio 4.

Drainage problems caused potholes and eroded the roadway in front of the gate, where the $125,000 reconstruction project will install a new catch basin, drainage piping and mill out old pavement and repave the roadway, Lee said.

“We’re actually going to make pavement repairs outside the gate,” he said. “The gate itself is not going to be touched.”

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Along with potentially causing heavier traffic for commuters to get on and off the base, a downtown Fairborn restaurant manager expected a sharp downturn in lunch patrons in the midst of the work.

“We’d see a big impact in a negative way,” said Kadir Kurt, manager of the Fairborn Family Diner and Restaurant on North Broad. He estimated 60 to 75 percent of lunch patrons drive from Wright-Patterson. “Our lunch business would go down a lot,” he said.

Matthew P. Owen, executive director of the Fairborn Area Chamber of Commerce, said some businesses might temporarily experience a minor downturn, but Fairborn businesses closer to gates staying open could see an influx of customers, such as those exiting from Gate 26A onto Ohio 235, which leads into downtown.

“It’s three weeks, and I think people who are loyal to a restaurant or a certain business are going to find a way to get there,” he said. “We hope that’s the case.

“I would think that if I want to get somewhere and I want to patronize a business, you can get there,” he added. “You may take a little bit longer to get out, but you can get there.”

Wright-Patterson is the largest single site employer in Ohio with more than 27,000 employees and has a more than $4 billion estimated regional economic impact.