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Fairgrounds store’s future uncertain, liquidation sale underway

Published: Friday, December 01, 2017 @ 3:21 PM

More than four decades of doing business at the fairgrounds in Xenia is coming to an end for Fairgrounds Furniture, as owner Melissa Smith unloads inventory through a Lost Our Lease Liquidation Sale.

The sale began Thursday, with up to 50 percent off brand name recliners, couches, dining tables, bedroom sets and more.

The store must be gone from the fairgrounds, 112 Fairgrounds Road, by the end of April 2018, Smith said.

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In August, the Greene County Fairgrounds Board of Directors chose to terminate the lease for the store. Board President Jerry Liming said at the time the lease was terminated after an agreement could not be reached with Smith on relocating the store in May to accommodate Hamvention.

Messages left with the fairgrounds board seeking comment for this story were not returned. 

Smith said she has not found a new location for the store. She said possible locations in the area that she has checked out are considerably less than the two 7,500 square-foot buildings that the store occupies on the fairgrounds. 

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In addition, the rents of other available buildings in the area are two to three times the $2,300 monthly lease Smith is currently paying. She said she’s not sure what the future holds, and dealing with the imminent change has been “overwhelming.”

“I’m a planner. I can’t plan and that is terrifying for me,” Smith said. “I try to remain positive. I’m a strong woman and I will figure it out one way or another.”

In 2001, Smith bought the store from her father, Harold “Mountain” Hill, who started the business at the fairgrounds in February 1973. Eighteen months later an F5 tornado devastated the city of Xenia, killing 34, injuring 1,150 and destroying homes and businesses. 

Smith said her father used the store to help the Red Cross and provided furnishings to residents who were starting over.

The uncertainty, the fight to stay at the location and preserve the family legacy are taking an emotional and physical toll on Smith, her children and her brother Mark Hill.

“I’ve been as anxious as she’s been since this whole thing started,” said Smith’s daughter Megan Smith, who remembers as a toddler running through the store’s aisles bordered by comfy recliners and living room sets. 

Megan expressed hope that things will take a better turn.

“When I see her go on deliveries and deliver heavy furniture, it does make me upset. It would be a relief if she found something better,” she said.

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Prices will be slashed on all sofas, loveseats, sectionals, recliners, leather upholstery, reclining sofas, bedrooms, mattress sets in all sizes, dining rooms, lamps and pictures. Everything will be sold to the bare walls until all of the merchandise is gone. 

Fairgrounds Furniture will be open everyday to accommodate the sale, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

For more information, call the store at (937) 372-6002 or visit the store’s Facebook page.

Dayton traffic from the WHIO traffic center

Published: Wednesday, January 24, 2018 @ 12:44 AM
Updated: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 4:59 AM

SCENE: Vehicle strikes pole on North Findlay Street

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Major Highway Incidents

  • No incidents to report

Surface Street Incidents

  • Salem Avenue is closed at Westbrook after a single vehicle slid off the roadway around 4:10 a.m. Three people were in the car at the time of the crash. No serious injuries were reported.
  • North Findlay is shut down in the 400 block in Dayton after a crash around 12:50 a.m. A car crashed into a pole after the driver lost control. The driver was taken to an area hospital with injuries not believed to be life-threatening.

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  • Keowee Street north of Stanley Avenue, bridge closed until 2019. The official detour is: Keowee Street to Stanley Avenue to I-75 to Wagner Ford Road and back to Dixie. More information is available here.
  • Stewart Street Ramp to US 35 East, RAMP CLOSURE March 28 - Sept 30, 2018. The official detour is: Stewart Street to Edwin C. Moses Boulevard to I-75 north to US 35 west to James H. McGee Blvd. to US 35 east.
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Dog bites girl, 12, outside Dayton home

Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 10:31 AM

A 12-year-old girl is recovering after a pitbull darted from a Troy Street home and bit her, according to a Dayton police report.

Officers responded to the house in the 700 block of Troy around 3 p.m. Monday after the dog bit the girl in the left leg, below the knee, police said.

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The resident at the home said the brown female pitbull named Tara rushed out of the house when she opened the door, and the resident didn’t realize the screen door was open, the report read.

The Montgomery County Animal Resource Center took possession of the animal.

The girl was tended to by medics on the scene.

Child, adult taken to hospital after car slides on ice, rolls

Published: Wednesday, January 24, 2018 @ 3:37 AM

An adult and child were taken to an area hospital as a precaution following a rollover crash early Wednesday morning.

The crash happened around 3 a.m. on Clyo Road at Ole Quaker Court. Officials said the vehicle slid on a patch of ice, rolling over.

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A second adult in the vehicle was not injured.

A salt truck was requested to the scene.

Deputies treating grain silo collapse as crime scene ‘until proven otherwise’

Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 11:44 PM
Updated: Wednesday, January 24, 2018 @ 1:03 AM

SKY7: Aerial footage of collapsed silo in New Carlisle

Ohio 571 remains closed in New Carlisle after a grain silo collapse sent 10,000 tons of corn onto the roadway late Sunday evening.

Crews worked delicately Tuesday to prevent any damage to other nearby buildings surrounded by corn, said New Carlisle Fire Chief Steven Trusty.

"Give us the time, because it's not going to go away in a day,” Trusty said. "It's going to be a very slow process."

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Sheriff’s deputies are treating the scene at Miami Valley Feed and Grain Company as a crime scene until criminal activity is ruled out.

“(We’re) considering it to be a crime scene until proven otherwise,” said Maj. Christopher Clark with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.  “We really don’t know what happened to cause the collapse, so we are going to be here to secure the scene.”

Clark said the scene is “very dangerous” and the county is planning to station deputies on the scene around the clock. Anyone that goes past barricades could be subject to charges.

Crews run into issues cleaning up corn after grain silo collapse

Trusty said the corn is being moved onto the property of the grain silo owner for insurance purposes, however once insurance issues are addressed it will be the property owner’s responsibility for removal.

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Ohio 571 is expected to be shut down until through at least today, according to the Ohio Department of Transportation.  

ODOT suggested detour is Ohio 201 to U.S. 40, then to Ohio 235, according to a media release. 

ODOT said the road closure times could change depending on the progress of the cleanup. 

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Crews were initially called to Miami Valley Feed & Grain at 880 W. Jefferson St. around 11:40 p.m. on reports of an explosion.

After a preliminary investigation, it was determined that one silo collapsed, rather than exploded, and partially damaged another building as well as caused 10,000 tons of corn to cover Ohio 571.

“What residents heard when they thought they heard explosions were the transformers blowing when the debris hit them”, said Steve Trusty, Chief of New Carlisle Fire Department. 

There were not any employees on site at the time.

The silo collapse took out at least three power poles and power lines, which caused a brief power outage that has since been restored to all area residents.

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