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Published: Saturday, July 29, 2017 @ 10:35 AM
It's a bittersweet chapter in the story of Fiona, the prematurely born hippopotamus at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden.
The 6-month-old animal now weighs more than 400 pounds, but her successful development means her caretakers, who have doted on the baby in water and land since she was born, cannot share space with her out of safety concerns.
That's according to the latest update on the zoo's popular Fiona blog. The 10th installment was published Friday under the headline, "Breaking Up is Hard to Do."
"At this point, we rarely share space with her anymore as there is not often a need and both Fiona and our care team need to understand that at this point in our relationship, it's just better for everyone if there are safety barriers in place between us," the blog reads.
The caretakers are still feeding Fiona bottles three times a day, encourage her to eat fruits and vegetables and they continue to massage her mouth and check her dental development, but human interactions with the growing animal are decreasing.
Published: Friday, March 02, 2018 @ 2:52 AM
Updated: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 5:47 AM
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Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 4:38 AM
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TODAY: Mostly sunny skies are expected today. It’ll be nice a nice looking day with temperatures a notch warmer than yesterday. Temperatures reach close to the mid-40s.
TONIGHT: Clouds are on the increase overnight tonight, but it looks like most of the night should be dry. The chance for snow will arrive by the morning hours Saturday.
SATURDAY: Snow is expected Saturday, with a pretty good chance for accumulation. The exact course of this storm is still somewhat in question, and with this storm having a sharp gradient between a lot of snow and no snow, there’s still some tweaking needed over the next day or so. At this point, it’s safe to assume areas southwest of Dayton will see the highest snowfall totals, but the exact amount is still in question.
SUNDAY: We dry out and clear the clouds with more sunshine, as highs reach the middle 40s.
MONDAY: Partly cloudy skies are on tap to start the new work week. Temperatures peak in the lower 50s.
TUESDAY: The chance for rain returns Tuesday with highs in the mid-50s.
Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 5:40 AM
BEAVERCREEK — Beavercreek administrators are training to become bus drivers as a result of the school district not having enough substitute drivers.
The superintendent, assistant superintendent, and the business director of Beavercreek schools have been learning to drive school buses for the past four months in efforts to make-up for the lack of bus drivers.
According to superintendent Paul Otten, the district is so low on substitute drivers, they’ve been forced to ask current bus drivers not to take sick or PTO days.
“We have a fleet of almost 100 buses, and when you look at that and the number of staff members, this job is such an important job that we have”, Otten said.
A job that normally trains for three hours a day for four weeks, is taking the administrators longer due to them already having full schedules, however, they cite the role of a bus driver as critical to student’s safety and are stepping up to get the job done.
“That moment of picking kids up and making sure they get to school and home safe has been eye opening”, said Otten.
The district is still looking to fill six bus driver positions and ask those interested to contact Beavercreek school district directly or attend an upcoming job fair.
The job fair will be held Saturday, April 7, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m at Trent Arena in Kettering.
Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 12:32 AM
Updated: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 3:47 AM
TROTWOOD — UPDATE @ 3:45 a.m: One person is in critical condition at Miami Valley Hospital after being shot in the mouth in Trotwood early Friday morning, according to officials.
OTHER LOCAL NEWS: Two suspected metal thieves caught red-handed at Hewitt Soap Factory
The incident occurred in the 4700 block of Knollcroft Road just after midnight, per initial reports.
The suspect vehicle, believed to be a black Lincoln SUV, was towed away shortly after the shooting occurred and one person was arrested while officials were on scene.
No word on if the person arrested is the suspected shooter or just being taken in for questioning.
We will continue to update this story as details become available.
UPDATE @ 2:25 a.m: Officials continue to investigate after a person was shot in the mouth in Trotwood early Friday morning.
Initial reports indicate the shooting occurred in the 4700 block of Knollcroft Road just after midnight.
The suspect was not on scene when authorities arrived, but officials are describing the suspect vehicle as a black Lincoln SUV.
The victim was transported to Miami Valley Hospital on unknown conditions.
Crews are responding to the 4700 block of Knollcroft Road in Trotwood on a reported shooting that occurred early Friday morning.
The incident was dispatched around 12:20 a.m., per initial reports.
We will continue to update this story with more details.