Kettering Schools now planning November levy

Published: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 @ 3:30 PM
Updated: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 @ 3:30 PM

Although Kettering City Schools pulled a 5.9-mill levy off the May 7 ballot on Tuesday, it’s likely the district will be coming back to voters with another one in November.

“Hopefully, it will be a lower amount,” board of education member Jim Trent said Tuesday night, following a 5-0 vote to withdraw the previously certified issue from the May election. “When we find out the figure, we will make adjustments to the millage.”

The decision not to seek a property tax increase in May was inspired by the possibility that the newly proposed biennial state education budget will boost funding to Kettering Schools — by as much as 25 percent for 2014 and 22.45 percent for 2015, according to superintendent James Schoenlein, who cautioned that there is no way to predict how the funding formula will fare in the Ohio legislature.

In regard to those estimates, Trent emphasized, “I caution everyone: This is not a done deal.”

“The budget has to go through the whole legislative process,” board president George Bayless said. “We might not know how much we are getting until June 30.”

Whether to seek a levy and how much to ask for on Nov. 5 will be decided then. The board of elections’ deadline for placing an issue on that ballot is Aug. 7.

Trent said waiting until November “is a big gamble because if the levy is passed, we won’t begin collecting the money until 2015. But it’s the right thing to do.”

Bayless said the goal remains the same: “To keep quality for students in Kettering and to be fair to our taxpayers.”

Voters in the district, which includes a portion of Moraine, approved the last Kettering Schools levy — 4.9 mills in 2010. At that time, the board told residents it would likely ask them to vote on another issue in 2013.

Fairborn police investigate robbery

Published: Monday, May 29, 2017 @ 2:15 PM

Fairborn police are investigating a robbery on North Elm Avenue.

Around 2 p.m. Monday, a male displayed a gun and took cash and a cell phone, according to emergency scanner traffic. 

We have a photographer on the way and will update this report.

Medical helicopter called to Champaign County motorcycle crash

Published: Monday, May 29, 2017 @ 10:47 AM

UPDATE @ 11:45 a.m.:

Two people have been transported to a local hospital via CareFlight according to the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office. We are on scene and working to learn more about this crash. 


A medical helicopter has been called to a motorcycle crash in the area of U.S. 36 and Ohio 560 this morning, according to initial reports.

Dispatchers said there are reports of possibly two people being injured.

The crash was reported around 10:20 a.m.

The area near the crash is currently closed, according to dispatchers.

We’re working to learn more.

Hundreds pay Memorial Day tribute to nation’s fallen in Dayton

Published: Monday, May 29, 2017 @ 1:54 PM

Wearing a star-spangled red, white and blue vest, Edgar Moorman sat in a wheelchair and held an American flag to honor all of his fellow soldiers who didn’t come home.

The 98-year-old World War II and Army veteran who fought in the South Pacific was grateful for the hundreds who turned out Memorial Day at the Dayton National Cemetery for a ceremony Monday to remember fallen service members.

“It’s of great significance,” he said. “It’s good that they speak of the actual thing about honoring those that gave their lives instead of the cookouts that are going on. I’m just glad that I was able to reach age 98.”

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Five of Moorman’s 12 children joined him under a white tent on a hill surrounded by thousands of more than 48,000 white gravestones, each with an American flag planted next to it.

“It’s the true meaning of Memorial Day,” said Patrick Moorman, 53, of Miamisburg and the youngest child of the World War II veteran. “My dad appreciates representing his generation to those that aren’t around.”

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The Dayton National Cemetery will mark 150 years this year since the first Civil War veteran was buried on the grounds on Sept. 11, 1867, said Dennis J. Adkins, a Montgomery County judge who is active in setting up support activities at the historic burial ground.

The nation has lost more than a million in conflict since the Revolutionary War.

Therese A. Young, 81, North Hampton, wore a white Gold Star wives cap in memory of her husband, Edward, an Army veteran who served in Vietnam and died at age 72 in 2008.

Young said her husband’s death was caused from cancer due to exposure to Agent Orange, a defoliant sprayed widely in Vietnam.

“I don’t know that there are too many people here who knew him personally, but they have to know that he was a fantastic guy and his country was so important to him and when everybody else can recognize that I think I’m happy with that,” she said.

Dayton Dragons help with surprise military homecoming

Published: Monday, May 29, 2017 @ 1:10 PM

Army Pfc. Mitchell Kirtley wanted to surprise his family in a different way when he returned home from active duty in Afghanistan; on a baseball field.

The Dayton Dragons helped Mitchell Kirtley as he made his return to Dayton to surprise his mother, Jodi Kirtley; father, Ben Kirtley; and sister Madaline Kirtley.  The family was reunited Monday afternoon at Fifth Third Field prior to the Dragons game with the West Michigan Whitecaps.

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“I made a six hour drive yesterday to get up here to Dayton,” Mitchell Kirtley said.  “It wasn’t enough to just see my mom walk across some airport hangar.”

The surprise was planned by Mitchell Kirtley and the Dayton Dragons, who organized a special tour of the stadium for the family before they ultimately were surprised when the Army veteran was waiting for them on the field.

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It wasn’t the first time the Army serviceman surprised his family, in fact, his mother said she thought something was going on “when the Dragons called and asked us certain questions.”

“He’s going to try and top it. This is the third time he’s pulled a stunt like that, but this is the topper right now,” his father said.

Tears flowed from family members as Jodi Kirtley, who has multiple sclerosis, stood up from her wheelchair and walked to embrace her son by the Dragons dugout.

“It’s amazing to have him back,” his sister Madaline said.  “It’s been long waiting for him to be back.”