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.

Man reportedly shot in the chest in Springfield

Published: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 @ 4:25 AM

Man reportedly shot in the chest in Springfield

Springfield police are investigating reports of a man shot on North Florence Street early Tuesday morning. 

The incident was first reported around 4:10 a.m. in the 200 block of North Florence Street. 

Initial reports indicate the victim was sitting in a vehicle and was shot in the chest. 

The condition of the victim and the severity of his injuries was not immediately known. 

A CareFlight medical helicopter has been dispatched to meet medics at Springfield Regional Medical Center, according to scanner traffic. 

We have a crew heading to the scene and we’ll update this page when new information becomes available. 

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Kurt Cobain's daughter, Frances Bean, pays tribute to late father on his 50th birthday

Published: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 @ 1:49 AM
Updated: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 @ 1:49 AM

            Kurt Cobain's daughter, Frances Bean, pays tribute to late father on his 50th birthday

The daughter of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love paid a heartwarming tribute to her late father on what would have been his 50th birthday.

According to ABC News, Frances Bean Cobain, 24, took to social media Monday to share a message to the grunge rock legend, who died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in April 1994.

"Today would have been your 50th birthday," she wrote in an Instagram post. "You are loved and you are missed. Thank you for giving me the gift of life. Forever your daughter, Frances Bean Cobain."

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February 20th 2017. Happy Birthday.

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She also shared an image of a text message exchange with her grandmother, Wendy Cobain.

"I love you so much," Frances Bean Cobain wrote. "Thank you for being my one and only Grams. I wouldn't trade you for the world and I know he is thankful that you raised me to be as strong & compassionate as you are."

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Wendy Cobain responded, "Ohhh, what beautiful words from his beloved daughter. You were such a caring, loving little girl and have turned into such a beautiful young woman. He would be so 'smugly' proud of you, saying, 'Hey, that's MY daughter.' I love you with all my heart. Thank God you were here for me to love & care for. Grams."

Frances Bean Cobain captioned the image, "Not gonna lie, I cried a little."

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Not gonna lie, I cried a little. I love you grams.

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2nd victim of fiery, double fatal crash on I-675 ID’d 

Published: Saturday, February 18, 2017 @ 4:20 PM
Updated: Sunday, February 19, 2017 @ 11:00 PM

UPDATE @ 2:15 a.m. (Feb. 21): 

The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office has identified the second victim killed in a crash on Interstate 675 on Feb. 18 as 30-year-old Arsalan Kahn, of Beavercreek. 

UPDATE @ 1 p.m. (Feb. 20):

One of two victims in the fatal crash on I-675 Saturday has been identified.

Torre K. Wooten Jr., 21, of Fairborn, was pronounced dead at Kettering Medical Center on Sunday at 5:35 p.m., according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.

Wooten was transported to Kettering Medical Center following the crash around 4 p.m.

The coroner’s office said they have not yet received Wooten’s body from the hospital following his death.

The other victim, who was pronounced dead at the scene, has not yet been identified by the coroner’s office.

UPDATE @ 10:28 a.m. (Feb. 20)

We are expecting more information to be released by Beavercreek police today about the double-fatal crash that temporarily shut down the northbound lanes on I-675 Saturday.

UPDATE @ 11 p.m. (Feb. 19)

We just learned tonight that the passenger who was critically wounded Saturday in the fiery crash on Interstate 675 also has died.

The driver died at the scene, and the passenger passed away at Kettering Medical Center, the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office confirmed.

Beavercreek police are expected to release the men’s identities and information about what led to the crash Monday morning.

UPDATE @ 8:45 p.m. (Feb. 19)

Beavercreek police have not released the identity of a man killed in a fiery crash Saturday afternoon on Interstate 675, pending notification of family who are out of town, a sergeant said tonight.

A passenger remains in critical condition at Kettering Medical Center. More information is expected to be released Monday morning.

UPDATE @ 8:10 p.m.

All lanes of northbound Interstate 675 are back open following a fiery crash. The highway was closed for about four hours near the Col. Glenn Highway exit for a single-vehicle crash.

UPDATE @ 6:15 p.m.

The Greene County Coroner’s Office is on scene of a fiery crash this evening that has shut down northbound Interstate 675 near the Col. Glenn Highway exit in Beavercreek.

Officials have not confirmed a fatality. However, our crew on scene said it appears there is a body covered by a white sheet in the median.

UPDATE @ 5:25 p.m.

All northbound traffic on Interstate 675 is being diverted onto Col. Glenn Highway after a fiery crash just past the exit.

All lanes are blocked after Beavercreek firefighters extinguished flames that erupted from a vehicle that reportedly rolled over during the crash.

The left lane on the southbound side also is blocked.

Bill Wabler of Beavercreek didn’t see the fiery crash, but moments before the crash he called 911 to report a dangerous driver.

Wabler said he was traveling north on I-675 to return home when he saw a speeding vehicle come up behind him and pass him on the right at the 15 mile marker.

“The guy was traveling at an extremely high rate of speed,” which Wabler said he estimated was at least 80 mph and possibly approaching 100 mph. Wabler said he was calling 911 to alert law enforcement about that driver, when he saw brake lights ahead and traffic slowed to a crawl. By the time he reached the 17 mile marker, he saw the same vehicle crashed in the median, he said.


Interstate 675 North is shut down near the Col. Glenn Highway exit after a reported single-vehicle crash.

Beavercreek police and emergency vehicle responded to the crash at approximately 4 p.m.

We’re headed to the scene to find out more.

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Fairborn’s 5th most dangerous intersection to become roundabout in 2019

Published: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 @ 1:05 AM

            Fairborn’s 5th most dangerous intersection to become roundabout in 2019

Construction on a roundabout at Fairborn’s fifth most dangerous intersection will begin in 2019, according to city engineer Don O’Connor.

The intersection of Colonel Glenn Highway and Kauffman Avenue will be the location of Fairborn’s first roundabout, which is a circular intersection where traffic flows almost continuously in one direction around a central island.

MORE: Roundabout considered for key Fairborn intersection

A 2009 study identified the intersection as Fairborn’s fifth most dangerous, with a high number of rear-end and angle crashes. The intersection also has unnecessary delays when opposing traffic is not present, O’Connor said.

O’Connor said there will be “very little, if any impact on private property with this project.” The intersection is currently serviced by traffic lights.

The city won a Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission grant of $336,694 to construct the project. The consulting firm Strand Associates Inc. analyzed the intersection for the city in 2015 at no cost and determined that a roundabout would be the most effective design solution.

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The city entertained five proposals for the project and awarded a contract to DLZ Ohio, a firm O’Connor said has constructed more than 500 roundabouts. The design and right-of-way acquisition service contract, approved Monday night by city council, is for $188,967.

“I like the initial design,” said Councilman Tim Steininger. “It’s going to be new to town, but I like it and it will be good for safety.”

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