Clark State clashes with Sinclair in Greene

Published: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 @ 3:37 PM
Updated: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 @ 6:22 PM

By the numbers: Clark State’s presence in Greene County

1,365: Number of Clark State students at its Greene Center in Beavercreek

5,000: Total number of students in Clark State’s four-county service area

$27.8: Amount, in millions, invested by Clark State in Greene County

$13: Amount, in millions, of additional money Clark State wants to invest there

With non-credit job training in demand — and revenue to be made from it — a turf war has broken out between two local community colleges each determined to serve the high-tech needs of Greene County and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

One, Springfield-based Clark State Community College, says it has theauthority to be the provider of those courses in Greene County, and late Tuesday announced its intention to invest another $13 million in that county.

Clark State opened a campus along Interstate 675 in Beavercreek in 2006, and it has reaped close to $1 million the past three years by marketing its training services just to Greene County companies, said Duane Hodge, the college’s director of workforce development, sales and outreach.

The other, Dayton-based Sinclair Community College, has plans to move its custom training and consulting services — and possibly its unmanned aerial systems program — to the same area by early 2014. Sinclair spokesman Adam Murka on Wednesday said the school was approached by Greene County leadership about expanding there because needs allegedly weren’t being met.

“If they’re going to come in there with a big budget and nine sales reps, that’s different. I’m down there with one rep,” Hodge said Wednesday.

But, he added, “What they’re going to find is … we’ve connected with all those companies.”

In the most recent three-year span, Clark State has served 1,385 non-credit individuals in Greene County, Hodge said, training them in such areas as how to be supervisors, how to use the software program Oracle or how to drive a forklift.

“What makes Sinclair think they’re going to drum up all this business with companies that we’ve already been serving since 2004?” Hodge said.

In a statement, Murka said Sinclair has set out “to better meet the growing unmet needs of businesses directly and indirectly connected to Wright-Patterson.”

“The local economy benefits when workforce needs are being filled in an efficient manner,” Murka added.

But, Clark State’s board chairman insists, Sinclair wants to do it in an area it’s not entitled to serve.

“Greene County is Clark State’s to serve. The Ohio Revised Code speaks to that,” said Jim Doyle, chairman of the Clark State board and a 16-year trustee of the school.

Clark State’s legislated service area includes Greene County, where it has 1,365 students, in addition to Clark, Champaign and Logan counties.

Sinclair serves Montgomery and Warren counties, Murka said.

But, Murka said, that doesn’t apply to non-credit training.

“What we’re talking about is serving industry needs,” he said.

Doyle doesn’t buy Sinclair’s interpretation of the service area.

“Those (service areas) have been blazed in stone by the state government,” Doyle said.

Both institutions have said they want to strike a partnership because it’s a waste of taxpayer money to duplicate services, said Clark State President Jo Alice Blondin.

Murka said Sinclair “awaits thoughtful consideration and response” to a memorandum of understanding it sent Clark State outlining potential terms for a partnership.

“We haven’t received anything,” Blondin said, just before the Sinclair proposal arrived Wednesday.

Clark State was reviewing that plan, a spokeswoman said.

Clark State, for its part, has drafted a memorandum of its own, Blondin said.

“A collaborative solution exists,” she said, “in the form of a written memorandum of understanding.”

In a letter Monday to Sinclair President Steve Johnson, Doyle and Blondin wrote, “At this time, Clark State’s board of trustees and I cannot approve Sinclair’s proposed move into our state-assigned service area without a memorandum of understanding that ensures the best use of taxpayer dollars.”

According to Doyle, Sinclair has rebuffed the idea of a partnership.

“So far, Sinclair says, ‘No, we don’t need that,’ ” Doyle said. “If they want a physical presence there, we want to have a memorandum of understanding that says you do this, we do that.

“The response so far has been, ‘No, we’re coming.’ ”

The timing of Clark State’s Tuesday night announcement that it plans to seek millions more in state funding for its Greene County campus is coincidental, according to Blondin.

Ohio’s 23 community colleges have a Friday deadline to submit their capital requests to the state Board of Regents, she said.

Already, Clark State has committed $27.8 million to Greene County, and the additional $13 million would purchase 3.4 acres of nearby land for another 50,000-square-foot facility.

Blondin took over the Clark State helm on July 1.

“Whenever there’s a change in leadership, there may be a change in direction,” she said. “When you look at our numbers, Greene County is a big focus.”

1 flown to hospital in crash that closes I-75N in Shelby County

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 6:01 PM
Updated: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 6:25 PM

UPDATE @ 6:25 p.m.

The northbound lanes of Interstate 75 are back open at Ohio 274 near Botkins in Shelby County.

The vehicle in the crash is off the side of the highway, but traffic remains backed up.

A medical helicopter took one person to an area hospital.


The northbound lanes of Interstate 75 are shut down this evening near Botkins in Shelby County.

The highway is closed at I-75 N at Ohio 274.

A medical helicopter has been called to the crash scene, and the crash resulted in significant vehicle damage, according to initial reports.

3 hurt after 2 cars, semi hauling cars collide on I-75 S in Tipp City

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 8:34 PM
Updated: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 9:30 PM

FROM SCENE: I-75 in Tipp City closed for crash between semi, 2 cars

UPDATE @ 9:30 p.m.

Two southbound lanes of Intersate 75 in Tipp City are back open following a crash involving a semi hauling new cars and two cars.

A third lane remains closed for road construction.


The southbound lanes of Interstate 75 in Tipp City are closed tonight following a crash involving a semi and two cars.

The highway is shut down just south of exit 68, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Piqua Post.

The crash was reported around 7:45 p.m.

We have a crew on the way and will update this report.

Crews respond to 2 fires this week at same Miamisburg house

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 10:03 PM
Updated: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 12:30 AM

FROM SCENE: One sent to hospital from Miamisburg house fire

UPDATE @ 12:30 a.m. (Oct. 21)

The Miami Valley Fire District responded twice this week to fires at the same East Central Avenue address in Miamisburg.

A kitchen fire reported shortly after 9:30 p.m. brought crews Friday night. A 21-year-old woman was taken to a local hospital as a precaution because she was light-headed, battalion chief Glenn Jirka said.

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The property owner said there was a fire earlier this week to the detached garage, but that she did not want to provide further details about that incident.

Jirka said all fires are considered suspicious until a cause can be determined.

“There was a fire at this same address early this week,” Jirka said. “We’ll be taking a look at that but right now we don’t have any connection; we don’t have any reason to believe there is a connection.”

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The tenants who live in the two units are displaced because of the damage to the dwelling, Jirka said.

UPDATE @ 11 p.m.

A 21-year-old woman was taken to a local hospital tonight to be treated for smoke inhalation.

The property owner said there was a fire last week at the home’s detached  garage, though she would not provide further details about that incident.

The owner of the dwelling in the 700 block of East Central Avenue said there are three people who live on the first floor: an infant, the woman and the woman’s mother. There is one person who lives on the second floor.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, according to the Miami Valley Fire District.


Firefighters were called tonight to a house fire in Miamisburg.

The fire was reported around 9:30 p.m. in the 700 block of East Central Avenue.

According to initial reports, fire was showing from the rear of the two-story house.

We have a crew on the way and will update this report.

1 drug arrest but none for OVI at Dayton checkpoint

Published: Monday, October 16, 2017 @ 5:15 PM
Updated: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 1:45 AM

(Nick Graham/Staff)

UPDATE @ 1:45 a.m. (Oct. 21)

An OVI checkpoint Friday night led to one drug arrest but no arrests for impaired driving.

Dayton conducted two checkpoints, with a combined 251 vehicles that went through the checkpoint, according to a release sent early today by the Dayton Police Department.

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At the checkpoint at East Third and Terry streets, of the 137 motorists there were 11 diverted. Citations issued include six with a suspended license and eight with no driver’s license. In patrols around the checkpoint, there were five traffic stops that led to the drug arrest; one driver with no license and another with a suspended license.

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At the checkpoint at South Keowee and East Fifth streets, of the 114 motorists there were seven diverted. Citations issued include three for a suspended license; two for no driver’s license and one driver with temps who did not have a licensed driver in the car. Patrols around the checkpoint led to one stop with a misdemeanor warrant arrest, the release stated.


OVI checkpoints will be held between 8 p.m. and 1 a.m. in two Dayton locations.

Police will be out in the area of East Third and Terry streets and Keowee and East Fifth streets.

State law requires law enforcement to announce sobriety checkpoints ahead of time.

The Combined Agency OVI Task Force of Montgomery County will operate the enforcement, according to a statement released Monday afternoon. 

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According to the OVI task force, there were 596 alcohol-related crashes in Montgomery County in 2016. 

Fourteen people were killed and 273 were injured in those accidents. 

The majority of the deadliest crashes occur on weekends

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