Air Force grounds Thunderbirds; air show to go on

Published: Friday, March 01, 2013 @ 12:55 PM
Updated: Friday, March 01, 2013 @ 6:11 PM

The Air Force will ground the Thunderbirds jet demonstration team and cease air support to public events April 1 unless a federal budget deal puts the show season back on track, the service announced Friday.

The Thunderbirds are scheduled to appear at the Vectren Dayton Air Show on June 22-23, but the impending cancellation will not stop the show, said Terry Grevious, the executive director of the event.

He said late Friday he’s hopeful the team will be allowed to appear at Dayton International Airport since pilots will continue to fly this month to maintain their skills in the cockpit.

“The show is going to go on regardless,” he said. “We’ve had a number of years where we haven’t had a jet team.”

For the past decade, about every four years neither the Thunderbirds nor the Blue Angels have appeared on the tarmac in Dayton, he said.

Several air shows across the country, including in Indianapolis, had canceled air shows because of the uncertainty of whether the Thunderbirds and the Navy’s Blue Angels will fly this season.

The Air Force said the flying hours set aside for the Thunderbirds and other demonstration acts, such as the F-22 Raptor, would instead be used to keep pilots flying to meet readiness needs. The no-show order would also apply to Air Force Reserve and the Air National Guard aircraft and mean no flyovers at funerals, military graduations, heritage flights, sporting and other events, the service said. Local display of aircraft, known as static displays, could continue.

The Air Force projects flying hours will be reduced by nearly a fifth, or a loss of 203,000 flying hours this year, and two thirds of the active-duty Air Force combat units would see a reduction in training at home stations because of budget cuts.

Even with the potential loss of the Thunderbirds on the horizon, the Dayton Air Show touted Friday that a MiG-17F and a F-86 Sabre jet will make first appearances in the skies of Dayton during the show, he said.

Both are 1950s-era vintage fighter jets. Randy Ball of Tyler, Texas, will fly the MiG, while Paul R. Wood, founder of the Warbird Heritage Foundation in Waukegan, Ill., will pilot the F-86.

The air show also announced Friday wing walker Jane Wicker has joined the line-up. The Miami Valley event also plans a “Great Wall of Fire” pyrotechnic display.

Dayton traffic from the WHIO Traffic Center

Published: Monday, May 29, 2017 @ 4:54 AM

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Major Highway Incidents

  • No incidents have been reported. 

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Surface Street Incidents

  • No incidents have been reported. 

Ongoing Construction & Other Closures 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY

  • I-75 south near North Main Street in Dayton, lane closure May 1st – 26th. Two southbound lanes will remain open.
  • I-75 south ramp to US 35 west will be closed from January 9th to September 30th to replace a bridge deck beam that was not included in the I-75 modernization project. The official detour is: I-75 south to the Edwin C. Moses turn around lane to I-75 north to US 35 west.
  • I-75 north ramp the US 35 east will be closed March 28th to September 23rd. ODOT lists the suggested detour as NB I-75 to US 35 west, to James H McGee Blvd, to US 35 east. 
  • I-70 between I-75 and SR 202, Nightly lane closures May 15th – June 6th between 6 pm and 6 am. Two lanes will be closed starting at 9 pm. 
  • I-70 between Airport Access Road and Taywood Road, Lane closures April 3rd - June 30th. Two lanes will remain open.
  • US 35 east Ramp to Perry Street, ramp closure April 1st – May 30th. The official detour is: US 35 east to Jefferson Street to South Patterson Blvd. to Stout Street to Perry Street.
  • Ludlow Street Ramp to westbound US 35 in Dayton, ramp closure May 12th – August 9th. The suggested ODOT detour is: Washington Street to US 35 west.
  • SR 49 south between Brookville-Salem Road and Pleasant Plain Road, Lane closures through May 31. One southbound lane will remain open.
  • Hoover Avenue between Gettysburg Avenue and Elmhurst Road in Dayton will be closed starting April 3 until early June for water line construction. The construction will also impact the intersection of Hoover and Gettysburg avenues and drivers should expect congestion and delays. Detours will be posted. 
  • Bridgewater Road between Taylorsville Road and US 40, bridge closure May 15TH – September 12th. The official detour is: Bridgewater Road to Taylorsville Road to Rip Rap Road to Little York Road to Brown School Road to US 40
  • The Webster Street bridge is closed as it is rebuilt. A detour will take drivers to Keowee Street to Monument Avenue. The project is scheduled to be completed in November of 2017 

MIAMI COUNTY 

  • SR 202 between Ross Road and US 40, road closure May 22nd through 31st. The official detour is: US 40 to I-75 to SR 571 to SR 202
  • Piqua-Troy Road between Statler Road and Eldean Roadbridge closure April 12th – October 12th. The official ODOT detour is: Piqua-Troy Road to West Peterson Road to CR 25A to Eldean Road to Piqua-Troy Road.
  • Statler Road between Cromes Drive and Free Road, road closure until June 15th. The official detour is: Cromes Drive/Looney Road to US 36 to Troy-Sidney Road to Statler Road. 

GREENE COUNTY

  • Gate 19B on National Road at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is closed until mid-June for a $1.3 million security upgrade. Drivers should expect delays around the base at the three gates remaining open, Gate 16B off Kaufman Avenue, Gate 1B off Springfield Street, and Gate 22B at I-675 and Col. Glenn Highway. Gate 22B will be inbound traffic only during the morning commute. 

CLARK COUNTY 

  • I-70 east Ramp to I-675 north, ramp closure April 19th – October 31st. The official detour is: I-675 to SR 444 to I-675 north.
  • SR 565 between SR 29 and Houston Pike, Daily lane closures May 22nd through September 30th between 7 am and 5 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction.

DARKE COUNTY

  • SR 571 between US 36 and Jaysville-St. Johns Road, road closure May 25th through June 2nd. The official detour is: US 36 to US 127 to SR 49 to SR 721
  • US 36 between US 127 and SR 48, Lane closures April 24th – June 30th. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • SR 721 between US 36 and Covington-Gettysburg Road, bridge closure March 20th – June 3rd. The official detour is: US 36 to SR 48 to SR 718.
  • SR 121 between Arnold Street and Fairview Avenue, Daily lane closures April 24th – September 1st between 7 am and 5 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction.

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY

  • US 36 between Berwick Drive and Dugan Road, road closure April 10th – July 10th. The suggested ODOT detour is: SR 814 to SR 296 to US 68.
  • US 36 between SR 814 and McMahill Road, lane closures May 22nd through September 30th between 7 am and 5 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • SR 54 between SR 4 and Brigner Road, lane closures May 22nd through September 30th between 7 am and 5 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • SR 55 between Elm Tree Road and Edgewood Avenue, lane closures May 22nd through September 30th between 7 am and 5 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • SR 296 between SR 29 and SR 814Daily lane closures May 22nd through September 30th between 7 am and 5 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction.

SHELBY COUNTY 

  • Amsterdam Road between CR 25A (Sidney) and Heiland Kies Road, road closure May 15th– August 15th. The official detour from ODOT is: Amsterdam Road to CR 25A to SR 274 to Heiland Kies Road to Amsterdam Road

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Longest-serving Dayton commissioner dies

Published: Sunday, May 28, 2017 @ 7:40 PM
Updated: Sunday, May 28, 2017 @ 8:15 PM

Dean Lovelace, the longest-serving Dayton City Commissioner, died this morning.

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley confirmed that Lovelace has died.

“My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends,” she said. “His legacy will always be here, not only locally but nationally, his efforts fighting for the economically disadvantaged in our community.

“It was an honor serving with him as mayor and city commissioner,” Whaley said.

He left the commission Jan. 3, 2016, for health reasons after finishing his sixth term. His political career spanned more than two decades, and in the 1980s he ran the Rev. Jesse Jackson’s presidential campaign in Dayton.

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Lovelace, who was in his early 70s, was known as a firebrand committed to serving the most needy and vulnerable residents in the city, friends and peers said.

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Former Dayton Mayor Rhine McLin said Lovelace would take up issues no one else would, such as predatory lending, earned tax income, about holding banks accountable, and he also was instrumental in the dialogue about race in the city, she said.

“It is such a loss to the community. Dean Lovelace was such a fighter even through his illnesses,” she said. “He believed in what he believed and he acted on it, but he never forgot the little people.”

In addition to his 22 years on the commission, Lovelace retired in 2009 after a 25-year career at the University of Dayton, where he was director of the Dayton Civic Scholars program.

Funeral plans have not been announced.

Ultimate Frisbee college championship a big draw for region

Published: Sunday, May 28, 2017 @ 11:26 PM

A player from the University of British Columbia club looks for a pass on Sunday, May 28, 2017 in the semi-finals matchup in the USA Ultimate Division I Women’s Championship matchup against Dartmouth. MICHAEL D. PITMAN/STAFF

Scores of rooms have been booked and restaurants have been because of the USA Ultimate Division I college championships held in Warren County over the past few days.

About 1,000 athletes on 40 teams participated in the 2017 Division I USA Ultimate Men’s and Women’s Championships since last week, and the final two teams in each division face off for the titles on Monday.

That draws 10,000 to 15,000 people from May 26 to May 29, which makes this the largest-drawing championship of all USA Ultimate divisions, said spokesman Andy Lee.

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“These are college teams and college kids playing, so they tend to draw the most fans in terms of friends, alumni, parents especially, and family,” he said. “Out of all of our events this is the one that probably has the most economic impact.”

The USA Ultimate Division I championships were previously played in Warren County and at Middletown Fenwick in 2014, and in 2015 the school hosted the USA Ultimate’s U.S. Open championship which features elite-level international teams.

“It’s a great field,” said Lee. “The quality is great and we’re always looking for a natural grass field in a stadium setting.”

Warren County CVB Director of Sports Marketing Ben Huffman had previously said in a press release the partnership with the Cincinnati Ultimate Players Association “has brought millions of dollars in economic impact to the community over the past 10 years through multiple national and regional championships.”

This July, the World Ultimate Club Championships presented by the World Flying Disc Federation, which is an international event, is projected to have a $3 million economic impact.

Natalie Hansman, spokeswoman for Bishop Fenwick High School, said she was speaking with a player on one of the teams, “and they told me that the hotels in the area are pretty much booked solid.”

“I’m hoping it is that way,” she said of booked hotel rooms. “I have heard that several people say they were going to Buffalo Wild Wings, so I have a feeling that the B-Dubs staff is getting hit pretty hard.”

ESPN is televising the championships, and the finals will be televised on ESPN U on Monday afternoon.

“We’re excited we’ve brought it back,” said Hansman. “The exposure is great. Our campus has never been on ESPN, so we’re excited to have them here.

Since May 26, 40 teams — 20 women’s and 20 men’s — participated in this year’s USA Ultimate Division I championships.

The Cincinnati Ultimate Players Association and the Warren County Convention and Visitors Bureau is why the USA Ultimate Division 1 championships is being played in Warren County. Early rounds were played at Heritage Oak Park in Mason, and match-ups have been played at Middletown Fenwick since Friday.

Warren County is starting to become a perennial host to some type of ultimate Frisbee championship. USA Ultimate hosts 11 divisions of championships, including elite national and international championships, college championships and high school-level championships.

“We potentially would be coming back here for any one of those tournaments,” Lee said.

However, the next time the top-tier championships would be 2019 for the Division I and III college championships and 2020 for the U.S. Open and elite championships.

A decision on 2019 and 2020 locations is likely to be made this fall, Lee said.

“I would not be surprised if we come back here for college championships or another event,” he said.

Dayton crews rescue man who loses kayak in Great Miami River

Published: Sunday, May 28, 2017 @ 9:04 PM
Updated: Sunday, May 28, 2017 @ 10:20 PM

UPDATE @ 10:20 p.m.

Dayton crews had to rescue a man stranded tonight on a piling under the Monument Street Bridge in the Great Miami River.

The man lost his kayak, wasn’t wearing proper safety equipment and didn’t have much knowledge of kayaking, Fred Marx, Dayton Fire Department district chief, said.

“Nobody has any business in this water without being an experienced kayaker. It’s just too dangerous right now,” Marx said, with the swift current, high water and debris.

A passerby reported the man was stranded in the area of the 600 block of West Third Street, but crews found the man under the Monument bridge.

“We put one of our boats in the water and were able to go over and get him off there fairly quickly,” he said.

It took about 20 minutes to respond to the call, launch two boats and safely bring the man ashore. The man seemed unfazed, Marx said.

The rescue happened according to Dayton Fire Department training, he said.

FIRST REPORT

Dayton crews are launching a boat to rescue a man tonight who apparently lost his kayak in the Great Miami River.

According to initial reports, the man is not in distress but requires assistance to get out. He is reportedly on an island in the middle of the river, not far from a kayak water feature.

The incident was reported in the 600 block of West Third Street.

We have a crew on the way and will update this report as we learn details.