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Published: Wednesday, December 27, 2017 @ 9:33 PM
— The cold is keeping AAA emergency roadside crews busy.
From midnight to noon today, crews helped more than 250 drivers, most for dead batteries.
Crews are helping just as many or even more members tonight.
“It’s been pretty chaotic,” said Ron Reynolds, whose been working for AAA for about eight years.
“When temperatures drop like they have the batteries don’t seem to make it so we’re out running a lot of battery calls tonight, last night,” he said.
So far, he’s responded to eight calls in four hours, and is going from one to another.
“Just be patient with us. We’ll get to you,” he said of members waiting for service.
Some people accidentally leave an interior light on, which drains the battery, or other batteries are simply too old to handle the cold.
Reynolds said when batteries reach three to five years, they need to be checked and possibly replaced.
AAA offers the following tips to make sure your vehicle is prepared for the cold:
Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 4:32 PM
— Americans are projected to break the record for credit card debt once 2017’s books are closed.
WalletHub projects an increase of $50 billion for last year for a total of $1 trillion dollars of credit card debt.
The finding was a shock to Marie Giffen of Liberty Township- who doesn’t use credit cards.
“I can’t believe that. That is a lot of debt and it is very surprising people are spending that much on credit cards- that’s crazy,” said Giffen.
Trotwood’s James Shells wasn’t surprised.
“I’m an accountant, I see it all the time. People want things and don’t have the cash so they get credit and simply borrow,” said Shells.
WalletHub released its “2018 Cities with the Highest and Lowest Credit Card Debt” analysis today which breaks down median debt for hundreds of U.S. cities.
Darien, Connecticut had the highest median credit card debt at $7,100.
The lowest median credit-card debt was in Forest Park, Georgia, at $1,100.
For cities in the Miami Valley, WalletHub estimates it will take someone in Beavercreek eight months to pay of the median debt of about $2,646, in Miamisburg it would take nine months to pay of the median credit card debt of $2,323 and in Dayton it would take 13 months to pay of a $2,138 debt.
“Credit card companies are there to make a profit and people forget that the profit is at their expense,” said Dolly Warren, a credit counselor with Graceworks in Dayton.
To start paying down those balances, Warren says you should:
-set a goal
-create a budget
-examine your statements
“Snowballing” is the tactic of making the largest payment to your most expensive credit card and once it’s paid off put all the money you were using to pay off that balance toward the next highest card, etc.- until your credit cards are paid in full.
Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 5:10 PM
Updated: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 6:12 PM
Middletown — UPDATE @ 6 p.m.
According to sergeant Matthew Keener of the Ohio State HIghway Patrol, a white Ford Fusion was attempting to turn left and was struck by a green Buick sending the Buick into a Middletown school bus. Both the driver of the school bus and the driver of the green Buick were sent to the hospital for injuries.
Three children were on the school bus and they were all uninjured. A citation was issued to the driver of the white Ford Fusion for failing to yield while turning left.
UPDATE @ 5:45 p.m.
Three vehicles were involved in a crash Thursday afternoon in Middletown, one of the vehicles was a Middletown City Schools bus. Three injuries were reported and one person was transported to the hospital, but no students were injured according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
MIddletown School officials notified parents and at this time we are unsure of how many children were on the bus.
Marlon Styles Jr., superintendent for Middletown, said “It was a bad situation but the good news is no kids are hurt and they are all now in the care of their parents.”
A school bus was involved in a crash at the corner of Dixie Highway and Coles Road according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 11:12 AM
MASON — A racist, social media message sent to some African-American students at Mason Middle School prompted school officials to send a notice to school parents.
The Snapchat message was received this week by a handful of black students in the Warren County school and it comes in the wake of a recent racial incident where a Mason teacher at the same school was suspended for telling a black student his classmates “lynch” him if he didn’t complete his class work.
In a notice sent Tuesday to Mason Middle School (MMS) parents, Principal Tonya McCall wrote: “Today, we received a tip that several African-American students received an offensive Snapchat message. We reported the message to our School Resource Officer, and will continue to investigate who might have sent it.”
“As many of you may be aware, an MMS teacher recently made an offensive remark to an African-American student. We know that there is no explanation or defense that would make such a comment appropriate. We are working to do what is right — apologize, make amends, and take steps to be better.”
McCall continued and wrote: “We know that racial incidents don’t just hurt the students of color in our schools — they hurt all of our students and staff. We believe that our diversity strengthens our school and community.”
On Saturday Mason school officials announced Middle School teacher Renee Thole would be suspended for her December remark to the black student in addition to being reprimanded and ordered to take cultural sensitivity training.
The incident drew national attention and Mason district officials have responded with promises to re-new its exiting efforts and programs to improve racial sensitivity in the predominately white school system of 11,000-students.
Mason Superintendent Gail Kist-Kline sent a message to “Mason City Schools Families” on Saturday with the subject line “Mason Schools Response to Teacher’s Comment” after the story about the teacher gained national attention.
Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 11:43 AM
MASSIE TWP. — The Massie Twp. Board of Trustees 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 said he was working with the Village of Harveysburg on creating a fire department, taking over fire and ambulance services within its municipal limits within Massie Twp.
He accused Trustee Mark Dawson of “micromanaging” him for more than two years.
“I just got tired of it,” he said.
Dawson said Hines was the subject of two internal investigations which provided 11 grounds for his removal.
“It is our responsibility to address the issues,” he said. “I call it doing the job we’re appointed to.”