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Expect heavy traffic, more showers at first Greene County Hamvention

Published: Friday, May 19, 2017 @ 5:57 PM


            As 30,000 people from a handful of countries are expected to descend on the Greene County Fairgrounds in Xenia this weekend for the popular amateur radio convention that had been held at Hara Arena, which closed last year. SKY7
As 30,000 people from a handful of countries are expected to descend on the Greene County Fairgrounds in Xenia this weekend for the popular amateur radio convention that had been held at Hara Arena, which closed last year. SKY7

Those planning to attend or be in the vicinity this weekend of the first Hamvention at the Greene County Fairgrounds, be prepared for traffic issues – and rain.

Both made a strong showing Friday and are expected to continue through Sunday as 30,000 people from a handful of countries are projected to descend on Xenia for the popular amateur radio convention that had been held at Hara Arena, which closed last year.

RELATED: Hamvention expects increased attendance at new venue

The National Weather Service is on site and “we are working closely with them and they have phone contact with us, email contact immediately to give us forewarning if there’s an issue,” Hamvention spokesman Michael Kalter, a Greene County resident, said Friday.

The chances for showers and thunderstorms in Greene County are strongest after 7 a.m. today as it expected to be mostly cloudy with a chance of precipitation about 40 percent with as much as one quarter inch of rain, according to the weather service.

RELATED: Hamvention finds new home

With temperatures ranging from the mid-50s to the mid-70s, showers and thunderstorms are more likely – 80 percent - overnight Saturday into Sunday with as much as a half inch of rain possible throughout the day, according to the forecast.

Projected to provide a $14 million economic boost to the region, Hamvention will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday. Peak traffic hours, officials said, will be from 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. as people make their way to the fairgrounds, and from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. as they leave.

Green County Sheriff Gene Fischer said state troopers and Xenia police officers have joined deputies if traffic-control efforts.

RELATED: Hara Arena closing forces Hamvention to find new home

“We anticipated we were going to have backed up traffic and we were right on par.,” he said Friday morning. “It is still backed up right now and we’re trying to get everybody in as fast as we can.”

Kalter said this year will undoubtedly leave officials with “learning experiences that the community will have for next year.”

“Hamvention is a big deal and we want them to work” with local officials “because it’s really a boon for the county and the city,” he said.

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Rain returns this week, flooding a concern

Published: Sunday, February 18, 2018 @ 4:27 AM
Updated: Sunday, February 18, 2018 @ 11:01 AM

Warmer temperatures and more rain is expected this week in the Dayton area.

Clouds will give way to more sunshine this afternoon. It should be a nice looking day with highs in the middle 40s.

  • Rain returns tomorrow
  • More rain mid-week
  • Flooding possible the next few days

TONIGHT: Clouds return this evening and overnight tonight with rain arriving towards daybreak Monday. Temperatures overnight will be steady in the lower 40s.

MONDAY: Rain returns, and it could be heavy at times. While the chance for storms is not all that high, it can’t be ruled out. Highs will be in the lower to middle 60s.

TUESDAY: More dry time is expected, but storms will be possible later in the evening. Highs will be near 70 degrees.

WEDNESDAY: Rain showers are expected with highs near 60 degrees.

THURSDAY: The chance for rain continues mainly south. Highs will be in the middle 40s. 

FRIDAY: The chance for rain returns again Friday. Highs will be in the middle 50s.

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Injury crash reported I-75 northbound in Dayton

Published: Sunday, February 18, 2018 @ 12:18 PM

Crews have responded to an injury crash on Interstate 75 northbound near West Second Street.

The far left lane was shut down around 11:50 a.m. Sunday.

Traffic has slowed in the remaining lanes.

We are on the scene working to learn more.

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OVI crash overnight knocks over AT&T pole, closes part of road

Published: Sunday, February 18, 2018 @ 10:10 AM

Wires Down Old Springfield Road

Old Springfield Road at Stillwater River is closed due to an OVI accident overnight. 

>>Eliminations and changes to RTA routes go into effect

The road between State Route 48 and Kley is closed after a vehicle hit an AT&T utility pole Sunday around 2 a.m., according to Butler Township Police.

According to police, AT&T is now at the scene. 

It’s not known if there were any injuries. 

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One person injured following serious crash on I-75 South in Monroe

Published: Saturday, February 17, 2018 @ 7:34 PM
Updated: Sunday, February 18, 2018 @ 7:04 AM

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UPDATE @ 6:58 a.m.:

One person suffered injuries after a crash on I-75 that involved an SUV and semi-tractor trailer in Monroe Saturday.

According to Ohio State Patrol, the person was transported by EMS to West Chester Medical Center with unknown injuries. 

UPDATE @8:20 p.m.:

All lanes have reopened on southbound Interstate 75 in Monroe and the crash has been cleared.

A video sent to this newsroom showed a red SUV with heavy damage to the front.

Officials said injuries were reported, but the extent of injuries is unknown.

>> 3-car crash reported on northbound I-675

FIRST REPORT:

A crash on southbound I-75 in Monroe has slowed traffic.

The crash, involving a semi-tractor trailer and a SUV, was reported after 7 p.m. about a mile south of Ohio 63. Initial reports indicate several lanes are closed.

Injuries have been reported, but the extent of injuries is unknown at this time.

This story will be updated as additional information becomes available.

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