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Published: Thursday, November 09, 2017 @ 3:35 PM
— High school students in Beavercreek City Schools will be able to sign up next year for the new Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps program.
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The district announced today it received approval for the JROTC program, which will be an elective for grades 9-12 and is a natural fit for a district where 30 percent of the students are connected to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
"We were thrilled that the answer was 'yes'," Assistant Superintendent Jason Enix told WHIO's Gabrielle Enright. "We received a phone call from headquarters about two weeks ago letting us know we are ready for the 2018/2019 school year."
Getting approval for the "US Code mandated citizenship training program" took two years to complete, according to the district.
The program trains cadets in citizenship, promoting community service, instilling personal responsibility, character and self-discipline, according to the district.
As many as 150 students are expected to sign up, and ninth-grader Claire Yamamoto may be one of them.
Yamamoto is among the 30 percent of Beavercreek schools' 7,800 students who are connected to the base.
Yamamoto said she's lived on the base for seven years after her family moved up from San Antonio.
Claire said her father recently retired from the Air Force. She's not sure yet whether she'll follow in his steps, but she likes having this new program at the high school.
"I think it's a good thing to show kids in the Air Force and kids outside of the Air Force what they do and how they do it and that it's a good atmosphere," she said.
Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 11:56 AM
— Beavercreek residents can expect to see some significant road construction projects this year.
City leaders announced they have budgeted about $5.8 million in road construction improvements for the year.
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Major thoroughfares that are slated to get improvements include National, Indian Ripple, North Fairfield and Shakertown roads.
Work to widen Dayton-Xenia and Shakertown roads is ongoing and expected to be wrapped up by the summer.
In addition, officials said the city is aiming to beat last year’s record total of “16 centerline miles” that were resurfaced.
Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 11:43 AM
MASSIE TWP. — The Massie Twp. Board of Trustees has called a special meeting for 6:30 p.m. today to discuss the future of the township fire department.
Fire Chief Scott Hines, the department’s only paid employee, resigned on Jan. 2 after learning he was under scrutiny for purchasing food for firefighters, and part of the department’s entirely volunteer force resigned too.
“They left us with a skeleton crew,” Trustee David Crisenbery said this morning.
The township, home to about 1,500 residents, is on the south side of Caesar Creek Lake. The department handles emergency calls from the lake.
Since Hines’ resignation, fire and emergency calls are being handled by the remaining department along with mutual aid from fire departments in Wayne Twp., Warren County, and Chester Twp., Clinton County.
The trustees are also weighing creating a joint fire district with Chester Twp. with new levies supporting the operation.
“That is the goal,” Trustee Daryl McKinney said.
A larger district qualifies for more grants, McKinney said.
The Massie Twp department operates on a $92,000 budget from two levies.
Crisenbery said the township could seek an additional local levy to fund part-time paid firefighters. Also, Hines’ replacement could be picked, Crisenbery added.
“Anything’s possible tonight,” Crisenbery said. “All options, I feel, should be on the table.”
Hines could not be immediately reached.
Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 11:42 AM
UNION, Montgomery County — Two men who were wearing surgical masks are wanted after they attempted to rob the CVS Pharmacy on South Main Street in Union Monday night.
Officers responded to the business at 124 S. Main St. around 9 p.m. after the suspects entered and passed a note to a pharmacy worker demanding prescription drugs, according to Union Police.
The first suspect was described as being in his early 20s with a grey zip-up sweatshirt, dark pants, black winter hat, a white latex glove and blue surgical mask, investigators said.
The second suspect, also in his early 20s, was said to have been wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, dark pants, black winter hat and blue surgical mask, police said.
Police said the men threatened to shoot the worker if they didn’t hand over the drugs, however a gun was not scene.
Both men fled the store before getting the items, police said.
Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 9:33 AM
MIDDLETOWN — UPDATE @ 11:06 a.m. (Jan. 16):
No people were home when a duplex on Young Street caught fire Tuesday morning.
Firefighters responded to the residence in the 1100 block shortly before 9:30 a.m.
Several cats and dogs were rescued from the house and the American Red Cross is assisting the residence.
A cause of the fire remains under investigation.
Temperatures and icy conditions made a “tough job tougher,” said Middletown Deputy Fire Chief Dave Adams.
UPDATE @ 10:20 a.m. (Jan. 16):
Firefighters rescued at least two dogs from a duplex on Young Street after fire damaged the upper level of the building, according to officials.
It’s unknown if any injuries were reported.
A fire has been reported at a residence on Young Street in Middletown this morning.
Firefighters responded to the 1100 block of Young around 9:25 a.m.