Researchers around the world heading to Dayton for AFRL program

Published: Friday, April 21, 2017 @ 11:04 AM
Updated: Friday, April 21, 2017 @ 11:04 AM

            The side of the new Air Force Research Lab small business hub facing East Second St. downtown. The address already has something of a storied history, having served as home to some of the University of Dayton’s sensors research. THOMAS GNAU/STAFF
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Dozens of researchers around the world will work with Air Force Research Laboratory engineers next month in downtown Dayton on solving targeted issues with autonomous systems, an agency leader says.

Thirty-nine academic and industry researchers will join 10 AFRL scientists to work on the problem for about three months, said AFRL executive director C. Douglas Ebersole.

“It’s going to support the advancement of autonomous systems,” said Ebersole, who declined to elaborate.

The effort marks the first big project the agency has teamed with scientists and engineers at the downtown office at 444 E. Second St. The Wright Brothers Institute and AFRL partnered to run the office on a two-year lease.

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“It’s kind of an experiment,” Ebersole said Thursday. “…We knew that in some of these emerging areas of autonomy, data analytics, mission learning, a lot of thought leadership is outside the fence of government labs.”

The 8,000-square foot facility was the former home of the University of Dayton Research Institute’s sensor lab and will anchor a newly dubbed downtown “Innovation District.”

“That’s one thing we’re going to use it as a place to host focus teams trying to work on hard problems,” Ebersole said.

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With a more than $4 billion budget, AFRL has more than 6,000 scientists and engineers at its Wright-Patterson headquarters. The base is home to AFRL’s Aerospace Systems, Materials and Manufacturing, and Sensors directorates, and the 711th Human Performance Wing that includes the U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine.

2 face off in Troy council fight

Published: Saturday, April 22, 2017 @ 2:00 AM

The Republican primary race May 2 for Troy City Council’s 5th Ward features incumbent Bill Twiss and challenger William Rozell.

No other candidate has filed for the seat, though an independent could still seek the position.

Twiss, 41, is a Troy native in his second term on council. He said his goal is to keep the city a great place to live work and play.

“Having four young children, I feel it is my duty as a councilman to preserve the quality of life for both my family and other Trojans,” Twiss said.

Rozell, 57, is making his first bid for elected public office.

“It may sound corny, but Troy truly is a great place to have been raised, to live, and I want to be part of ensuring that continues,” Rozell said.

Being retired from the state auditor’s office, he has time to do the council job, he said.

The top issues facing the city include continued economic growth, Twiss said.

“I want to maintain a strong, working relationship with current businesses in Troy,” he said. He said he’s seen industries expand immensely such as Clopay, ConAgra, ARC Abrasives and F&P America.

“In addition to this growth, I want to continue to support small local businesses that make Troy unique,” Twiss said.

Other issues include safety and crime prevention, he said. “I have worked diligently to support the outstanding police and fire departments that we are blessed to have here in Troy. While they continue to receive high accreditations, I want to make sure the departments are fully supported and have the resources needed to be prepared to deal with the changing safety and crime issues Troy is now facing,” Twiss said.

Rozell said the top issues facing the city include medical marijuana.

“While this has been decided at the present, I believe it will continue to be an issue that will be brought back to council in the future,” he said, adding he’d be willing to revisit the issue once the state has rules and guidelines established and enacted. The council recently voted to ban medical marijuana cultivating, processing and dispensing within the city limits.

Other issues Rozell identified include the city budget. “I believe it is each council member’s responsibility to prudently review proposed expenditures to ensure that the city maintains its solid financial footing.”

Another issue is safety, Rozell said, noting that while day-to-day safety is the administration’s responsibility, the council needs to ensure necessary personnel, equipment and technology are provided to maintain safety of employees and the citizens.

3 seek to be next Huber Heights mayor

Published: Saturday, April 22, 2017 @ 10:00 AM


Three candidates for Huber Heights mayor will face off in Ohio’s May 2 primary election.

Jeff Gore, Albert Griggs Jr. and David Wilson are candidates to fill the seat currently held by Mayor Tom McMasters, who is not seeking re-election.

Voters in the primary will cast ballots for one candidate, and the top two will compete head-to-head in November’s general election.

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The candidates collectively identified economic development and growth among their top priorities. The Dayton Daily News asked the candidates to fill out a voter guide of questions crafted by the newsroom.

Portions of those responses are part of this story, and the full voter guide is available online at There, the candidates weighed in on issues including the decision to forego the Montgomery County Fairgrounds, the role of social media among elected officials, and residential chickens.

Top priorities

The newspaper asked the candidates to name their top three priorities if elected. Responses generally touched on economic development and growth.

Gore said his top priorities are making sure residents have a good understanding of the city’s financial situation, restoring relationships with the business community to promote economic growth, and strengthening and enforcing the city’s zoning codes and ordinances.

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Griggs said his top priorities are developing effective and efficient city government, strong public schools and continued economic growth for the city.

Wilson’s top three priorities are revitalizing parks, economic development and responsible growth.

Council disagreements

In past months, council members have engaged in disagreements, insults and accusations between members. Council members often refer to themselves as “old council” or “new council” to describe their perspectives. The newspaper asked candidates to identify the major source of the disagreement and how they would lessen fractures.

Gore said he believes fresh ideas and perspectives are good, but experience and knowledge are also needed.

“Based on my observations, the source of the disagreement comes from differing visions for the city,” Gore said. “I think it’s great that we have competing visions, and I think there is room for disagreement.” He suggested leadership is needed to promote compromise.

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Griggs also said council needs to work to find common ground, but he also said he sees the disagreements as each council member’s passion for what he or she believes.

“People with passion are what we need on the council,” Griggs said. “The question is, ‘what is the best way to show this passion?’ I believe you work to understand the passion.”

Wilson focused on the non-partisanship of the council and said his job as mayor would “not include divining anyone as working for one ‘team’ or another.”

“My job as mayor is to treat all members of council equally and with respect,” he said.

MORE: Dayton Daily News voter guide

Future growth

The candidates generally agreed Huber Heights should seek measured growth.

Gore emphasized taking advantage of the city’s proximity to the Interstate highways “or our neighbors will.”

Griggs said there is “no such thing as too much growth,” but said it should be “controlled to ensure infrastructure keeps up with it.”

Wilson said he believes the city will primarily see increases in residential housing and light industry in the next 10 years.

Huber Heights mayoral candidates

Jeffrey Gore


Experience: I have experience in residential development as a project manager and marketer. I have been involved in senior levels of management in the financial services industry for the past 8 years. I am well versed in all areas of project management, operations, finance and marketing.

Education: B.S. business administration/management and currently pursuing a M.Ed. with expected graduation in May 2018.

Albert Griggs Jr


Experience: Over my civil service career I’ve worked as a senior leader, police officer, steel worker, and sailor. I have experienced government at the city, and federal levels. I worked in both the legislative and executive Branches of the United States government. I also worked with several foreign governments. I’ve led organizations ranging from approximately 35 to 3,500 government civilians, military, and contract personnel.

Education: Masters degrees in public administration and strategic studies.

David Wilson


Experience: I am a 27-year resident of Huber Heights. I served on Huber Heights City Council from 2010 through 2011, Board of Zoning Appeals 2009 and Planning Commission 2012 to present date. Graduate of the Huber Heights Citizen’s Police Academy 2008.

Education: Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Bowling Green State University of Ohio. CPIM and CSCP professional certifications from APICS the Association for Operations Management.

What’s on your ballot? Voter Guide live for May 2 election

Published: Saturday, April 22, 2017 @ 12:00 AM
Updated: Friday, April 21, 2017 @ 12:01 PM

            What’s on your ballot? Voter Guide live for May 2 election

Tuesday, May 2 is Election Day for a large part of the Miami Valley.

Our online voters guide allows you to compare candidates on the issues in competitive races in Huber Heights and Troy. You will also learn more about the tax levies on the ballot - including school levies in Northmont, Oakwood, Beavercreek, Xenia, Yellow Springs, Lebanon, Carlisle, Tipp City, Bethel and the Miami Valley Career Technology Center.

You can also get details on other police, streets and library tax issues on the ballot.

Check out our online voters guide at VOTE.DAYTONDAILYNEWS.COM

Also, don’t forget that you can vote now at your county board of elections office and by mail-in absentee ballot.

Miami Twp. trustee races already attracting interest

Published: Friday, April 21, 2017 @ 8:29 AM

            Multiple candidates have taken out petitions for Miami Twp. trustee, nearly four months before the November election deadline.

Interest seems strong in the two Miami Twp. trustee seats on the ballot this fall, four years removed from a required recount in a six-candidate race.

Nearly four months before the filing deadline, one person has already turned the paperwork while two others have taken out petitions.

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Meanwhile, the man appointed this week to the vacancy created by Robert Matthews Jr.’s resignation said he plans to seek election.

Miami Twp. Board of Trustees President Andrew Papanek got the most votes in 2013, with just 51 votes separating him, Matthews and the third-place finisher, incumbent Mike Nolan. It triggered an automatic recount by the Montgomery County Board of Elections.

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Papanek has pulled petitions for a re-election bid while Miami Valley Fire District board member Bob Davis did so in late December, elections records show.

Trustees voted this week to appoint Eric Flasher to fill the seat formerly occupied by Matthews. Flasher, one of four candidates interviewed for the vacancy, said he plans to be on the fall ballot.

RELATED: Trustees fill vacant seat with appointee

Another of the four interviewed, Don Culp, on Tuesday filed petitions for the seat, county records show.

Matthews’ resignation attracted seven applicants, including Nolan. Trustee Vice President Doug Barry said he would encourage all seven to run.