Astronaut John Glenn's historic flight plan sold for $67K

Published: Friday, July 22, 2016 @ 10:21 AM
Updated: Friday, July 22, 2016 @ 10:19 AM

In-flight instructions used by astronaut John Glenn during his historic 1962 Mercury spaceflight have been sold at auction.

Nate D. Sanders Auctions said the instructions used by Glenn as he became the first American to orbit Earth sold Thursday in Los Angeles for $66,993. There were eight bids, beginning at $25,000. An auction house spokesman said it doesn't disclose the identities of winning bidders.

The instructions included a flight plan for Glenn's Friendship 7 spacecraft detailing the celestial bodies and geographical landmarks to use as guides during his nearly five-hour flight on Feb. 20, 1962. They also told Glenn at what points to take photos, change the film and color filter, put on his helmet and exercise. The document is scrolled around a bobbin that Glenn could maneuver with his thumb.

Glenn, now 95 and living in Columbus with his wife, Annie, had given the instructions to a frogman who helped recover NASA capsules from the ocean, as a thank-you for his work on the Mercury 6 project.

The frogman, Richard "Dick" Dunham, passed them on to a Navy veteran, Justin C. Pollard. They were displayed for three years at the San Diego Air and Space Museum before going up for auction.

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Area rivers in flood stage due to recent rain

Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 4:27 AM
Updated: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 12:40 PM

Many rivers in the Dayton area are in flood stages due to all the rain that we've gotten over the last few weeks.

Many rivers are in flood stages due to the recent rains, which included a record-breaking day for Dayton, which saw 1.84 inches of rain Saturday to surpass the old daily rainfall record of 1.63 inches set in 2016.

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With all the rain, the Great Miami River in Dayton is expected to crest around 7 p.m. today at 32.2 feet, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar said.

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Other rivers are considered in minor flood stage, such as the Mad River near Springfield, the Little Miami River near Spring Valley in Greene County and the Great Miami River near Middletown in Butler County. These rivers are expected to recede heading into Monday.

The Great Miami River near Sidney is expected to crest in minor flood stage early Monday, then recede, Collar said.

There are flood alerts over the next couple days.

By Riverscape and whitewater chute
  • Flood Advisory until 3:15 p.m. for Champaign and Clark counties
  • Flood Warning through 6 p.m. Monday along the Little Miami River in parts of Greene and Warren counties
  • Along the Great Miami River, a Flood Warning lasts through 7:32 p.m. Monday in Shelby County; and to 8:30 p.m. Monday in Butler County near Middletown

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There’s a lag between the heavy rain and water levels rising, which is why creeks, streams and rivers won’t recede until the start to the new week, Zontini said.

>> Flooding: Know your risks

The Great Miami River is expected to crest, or hit its highest levels, this weekend. 

In Troy, the Great Miami River is expected to crest at 13.6 feet Sunday, and in Dayton, the river is expected to crest, also Sunday, at 32.2 feet. And in Middletown, the Great Miami River is expected to crest at 12.4 feet Sunday.

The Stillwater River in Englewood is expected to crest Monday at 33.6 feet.

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

When the river does crest, here are the areas that will see flooding, according to the National Weather Service.

ENGLEWOOD (Stillwater River)

  • 23 feet: Martindale Road, Old Springfield Road and the road to the MetroPark are all closed
  • 25 feet: Martindale Road, old Springfield Road and the road to the MetroPark are covered by 2 to 3 feet of water

DAYTON (Great Miami River)

  • 27.5 feetBike trail will be flooded
  • 30 feet: Flooding occurs near Rip Rap Road between Bridgewater and Little York roads near Huber Heights

SIDNEY (Great Miami River)

  • 10 feet: The river approaches the bank on the west side of Custenborder Field. At stages above 10 feet, city officials begin flood operations.
  • 11 feet: Custenborder Field has some flooding of perimeter areas, along with flooding occurring in low spots on Miami River Road
  • 12 feet: The river reaches the bank on Riverside Drive, with flooding of Custenborder Field at the east river intake. Homes and properties will experience flooding along the river on Riverside Drive from the BK Root Beer stand to the city limits
MIDDLETOWN (Great Miami River)
  • 11 feetSome flooding occurs on private property areas along either side of Ohio 73 from the east side of the river approaching Excello. Middletown is protected by levees and floodgates to 24 feet.

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Donkeys rescued from flooded field in Clark County

Published: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 6:50 AM
Updated: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 7:17 AM

Two donkeys rescued from Highwater Clark county

Two donkeys were rescued early Sunday after being stuck in a flooded field in four feet of water.

Springfield Twp. Fire Department was dispatched around 5:20 a.m. to the 3600 block of Lower Valley Pike to a report of of the donkeys stuck in a field with water up to their necks, according to scanner traffic.

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Animal rescuers also were called to the scene with additional personnel requested at 5:45 a.m.

A fence was cut and rescue workers walked the donkeys to the road, according to Clark County dispatch. 

The donkeys were not injured but the smaller donkey was restless due to swimming, dispatch said.

The smaller donkey, Poncho, reportedly rested its head on the larger donkey, Eddie, to help keep its head above water.

It is not known how long they were in the water or who their owners are. 

A neighbor took them in their care following the rescue.

Lower Valley Pike was reportedly flooded at the time.   

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Weekend rains set record; How much did you get?

Published: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 1:50 PM

Flooding Clark county

The rain may be over, but rivers remain in flood stage and some area roadways are closed due to high water, including Lower Valley Pike near state Route 4 in Clark County.

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Dayton set a record with 1.84 inches of rain on Saturday, which broke the old record for daily rainfall of 1.63 inches set in 2016. However, the most rainfall reported in the region was 2.07 inches in Fairfield in Butler County.

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How much did your area see? Following are 24-hour rainfall totals reported in inches as of 12:26 p.m. today by the National Weather Service.

2.07, Fairfield, Butler County

2.05, Eaton, Preble County

1.87, New Lebanon, Montgomery County

1.74, Kettering, Montgomery County

1.73, Centerville, Montgomery County

1.64 Vandalia, Montgomery County

1.6, Tipp City, Miami County

>> Area rivers in flood stage due to recent rain

1.44, Botkins, Shelby County

1.25, Pleasant Hill, Miami County

1.21, Potsdam, Darke County

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Dry time to start the week

Published: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 4:52 AM
Updated: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 11:05 AM

Dry conditions are expected in the Dayton area to start the week.

Flood advisory until 3:15 p.m. for the following counties:

Clinton, Champaign, Clark, Greene, Montgomery and Warren

Mostly cloudy skies becoming partly cloudy are expected this afternoon. It will be a dry day with highs in the upper 40s. Some spots may get into the lower 50s. It will also be breezy with winds gusting over 25 miles per hour at times.

Quick-Look Forecast:

  • Streams, creeks and rivers may still rise through Sunday.
  • More sunshine to start the week.
  • Rain returns Wednesday and Thursday.

>>WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

TONIGHT: A dry and cool night is expected. Temperatures will drop into the middle 30s.

MONDAY: Mostly sunny skies are expected with highs in the lower to middle 50s.

TUESDAY: We get back into the upper 50s with mostly sunny skies.

WEDNESDAY: The chance for rain returns in the afternoon and evening. Highs will be in the upper 50s.

THURSDAY: Rain showers are expected with highs in the middle 50s.

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