Cover your perennial flowers this weekend, snow coming Monday

Published: Friday, March 10, 2017 @ 4:04 PM

            Perennial flowers could be at risk this weekend with colder temperatures expected.
Perennial flowers could be at risk this weekend with colder temperatures expected.

This weekend’s low temperatures will mean gardeners will want to cover perennial flowers.

Temperatures will be in the teens early Saturday, bringing a cold burst of weather to what has been a relatively warm winter, said StormCenter 7 Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs.

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“It’s been basically a month since we’ve had temperatures this cold,” Vrydaghs said. “I know a lot of people might have plans this weekend. Some people may have their perennials coming up, and they might want to think about covering up those plants to protect them from this harsh, cold weather.”

The National Weather Service also recommends bringing plants inside, if possible.

“Due to the unseasonably warm temperatures of the past several weeks, some vegetation may already be vulnerable to these cold temperatures,” the service said in a statement. “Protect sensitive plants by bringing them indoors if possible. Those with agricultural interests are advised to protect tender vegetation.”

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Clouds will increase through the day Saturday with the slight chance of a passing flurry, mainly south. Temperatures once again will stay below normal with highs in the lower 30s. The cold will return again Saturday night with lows back down in the teens, Vrydaghs said.

High pressure arrives Sunday, bringing mostly sunny skies back to the region. But Vrydaghs said this sunshine will not help to warm us though, as highs only reach into the lower 30s after a cold start in the teens.

Clouds increase Monday as an Alberta Clipper approaches from the northwest. This will bring the chance of scattered snow showers to the area, Vrydaghs said. Some rain may mix in from the south as temperatures climb into the middle 30s by the afternoon.

MU Prez to Congress: All students need entrepreneurial skills

Published: Sunday, July 23, 2017 @ 11:38 AM

            Miami University President Gregory Crawford recently testified before a U.S. Congressional Committee on Small Business on the programs and emphasis the Butler County school places on cultivating entrepreneurial skills among all its students. Miami is regularly lauded by national publications and studies as one of the top producers of business executives in America.
Miami University President Gregory Crawford recently testified before a U.S. Congressional Committee on Small Business on the programs and emphasis the Butler County school places on cultivating entrepreneurial skills among all its students. Miami is regularly lauded by national publications and studies as one of the top producers of business executives in America.

In many ways all Miami University students are also students of entrepreneurial skills, the president of the Butler County university told Congressional leaders recently.

Miami University President Gregory Crawford traveled to the nation’s capital last week to testify to members of the U.S. House Small Business Committee to discuss the role his school – and others across the nation – must play in expanding entrepreneurship in America.

Miami has much to offer in this burgeoning arena, Crawford told lawmakers, with officials at the school estimating close to 1,500 alumni are founders or co-founders of business.

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“The entrepreneurial mindset is as vital for success in the 21st century as the pioneering mindset in the 19th century and the manufacturing mindset in the 20th,” Crawford testified.

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“Miami’s universal approach to entrepreneurship exceeds the conventional higher education mindset on experiential learning. We believe there is no substitute for the messy, complex, sometimes risky, tension-filled aspect of the compromise-driven world of real business and value creation,” Crawford told the committee, whose Chairman is U.S. Rep. Steve Chabot, R-Cincinnati.

“No classroom can replicate real projects, with real stakes that require real results. This approach has transformed our traditional internships into interactive apprenticeships where students make quantifiable contributions to the entrepreneurial ecosystem,” he said.

Miami’s Redhawk Ventures (RV) is one of the few student-run venture capital funds in the nation, he said.

It invests up to $25,000 of university assets into selected student and alumni businesses. Members of RV have the opportunity to work through the entire venture funding process, ranging from business plan presentations to term sheets to growing new and innovative businesses.

Crawford said $2.1 billion in venture funding has been raised by Miami-affiliated high-growth companies since 2011. And 94 Miami-affiliated high-growth companies have exited through acquisition since 2011.

The university, which is Butler County’s largest employer, is regularly cited among the nation’s top institutions of higher learning when it comes to producing business leaders.

Besides its main Oxford campus, Miami also has regional campuses in Hamilton and Middletown and a Learning Center at the Voice of America Park in West Chester Township.

There are intangible benefits beyond making money for students and recent graduates in adopting an entrepreneurial mindset, regardless of their college major, Crawford told legislators.

“There is also a certain intangible beauty about the entrepreneurial mindset. No matter what your major, whether you become a doctor, congresswomen, social worker, scientist, teacher, that mindset empowers you with the capacity to accept failure with optimism rather than discouragement; the intellectual courage to try something no one else in the world has tried; the unity to gather a team and translate an idea from concept to product,” he said.

“No matter what field you choose to pursue after graduation, optimism, courage, and unity are personal virtues all employers and industries value,” said Crawford.

1 reported missing in widespread flooding in Northern Kentucky

Published: Sunday, July 23, 2017 @ 11:24 AM

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Residents in Northern Kentucky are dealing with a mess this morning after heavy rains overnight caused widespread flooding that led to damages to vehicles and property.

SEE PHOTOS: Rains caused flooding in the Miami Valley earlier this month

Up to 5 inches of rain fell overnight in Bracken and Mason counties, where flood waters lifted homes from foundations, set moored boats adrift and tossed vehicles into muddy ditches, according to coverage from our news partner in Cincinnati, WCPO-Ch. 9.

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Authorities in Bracken County are searching for one man whose home may have drifted away in the flood waters, according to WCPO’s report. About 20 boats tethered on Bracken Creek broke loose and were sent downstream into the Ohio River, according to WCPO’s report.

MORE: Substantial flooding happened in May in Butler County

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A Mason County resident reported he was in his home when flood waters lifted it up from its foundation. The home ended up about 200 yards away, according to WCPO’s report.

Firefighters find body at Harrison Twp. house fire

Published: Sunday, July 23, 2017 @ 7:16 AM

SCENE: Fatal fire in Harrison Twp.

UPDATE @ 10:20 a.m.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause of a house fire where one person was found dead this morning in Harrison Twp.

The fire was reported by a witness shortly before 7 a.m.

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When crews arrived, they encountered heavy flames coming from a bedroom in the rear of the brick ranch-style home in the 3500 block of Ark Avenue, according to the fire chief.

Firefighters started dousing the flames and did a search inside the home where they found one person deceased, according to the chief.

It was not immediately known whether the body is that of a male or female, the chief said.

The body was transported to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office where the victim’s identity as well as the cause and manner of death will be determined.

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UPDATE @ 9:45 a.m.

Authorities in Harrison Twp. are investigating after a body was found in a home that caught fire early this morning.

A man who spotted the fire called 9-1-1 at 6:57 a.m.

"I'm here at Maple Leaf and Ark and there's a house on fire," the caller told the dispatcher.

The caller did not know whether anyone was inside.

We’re working to gather more details.

UPDATE @ 7:49 a.m.

The Montgomery County coroner’s office has been requested to the scene of a Harrison Twp. house fire, according to regional dispatchers.

UPDATE @ 7:40 a.m.

Flames are now out at the scene of a house fire in Harrison Twp. and a person is believed to still be inside the home, according to dispatchers. 

Dispatchers said no one was evacuated front the home when fire crews arrived just before 7 a.m. 

Initial reports indicate a large amount of smoke has filled the home in the 3500 block of Ark Avenue. 

A fire investigator is responding to the scene, according to scanner traffic.

We are working to learn the condition of the person previously trapped in the home as well as what caused the fire.


A person is reportedly trapped in a burning home on Ark Avenue in Harrison Twp. 

Fire crews were dispatched to the 3500 block of Ark Avenue around 7 a.m. on a report of a house fire. 

Initial reports indicate a person may be trapped in the house. 

Our newsroom is working to confirm details in this developing story.

Man hit by car during argument in Trotwood

Published: Sunday, July 23, 2017 @ 8:10 AM

Trotwood crews are responding to a reported pedestrian strike in Trotwood. 

Crews were dispatched to the 4400 block of Shorham Court around 7:55 a.m. 

A male caller told dispatchers his ex-girlfriend and her boyfriend assaulted him before hitting him with a car. 

Initial reports indicate the man hit by the car refused medical treatment at the scene. 

The victim's condition, as well as what instigated the fight, remain unknown.