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Published: Thursday, October 12, 2017 @ 10:46 PM
FRANKLIN TWP. — Franklin Twp. trustees said the Confederate marker removed in mid-August will be back on public display in the next few weeks.
Trustees President Brian Morris said that after an agreement is finalized, that the 90-year-old marker honoring Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee and Dixie Highway will be moved to property owned by the Fraternal Order of Eagles, 1075 N. Dixie Highway.
Morris told just more than a dozen residents at Thursday’s meeting that the monument will be inside the Franklin city limits and will be 30 to 40 feet away from the roadway on private property.
“It can’t go back to where it was before,” Morris said.
He said he spoke with the family where the township-owned monument was formally located, and after discussing the options, they gave him full support to move it to the new location.
“At the end of the day, they wanted this (controversy) to end,” he said. “… We tried to handle this in a positive manner.”
The marker has been a source of controversy since August when the city of Franklin removed it from the corner of South Dixie Highway and Hamilton-Middletown Road. City officials said the monument was removed because it was within the right of way of Dixie Highway.
Morris said the new location would be lighted and monitored with surveillance cameras. In addition, Morris said the move will not cost taxpayers because most of the services will be donated to move the five-ton stone monument.
While the agreement has not been finalized, Morris said it would be a long-term arrangement, proposed to last for about 100 years.
Trustee Ron Ruppert said the proposed location and arrangements have addressed many of his concerns.
Trustee Beth Callahan was not at Thursday’s meeting.
Resident Donald Whisman said he was happy that the township did something and that the monument was going back on public display.
Another resident, Candi Bales, agreed that she was glad the monument was going to be displayed, but said she did not like the idea that it would be in Franklin.
“People want to see it on township land,” she said.
Another resident Wilma Pennington said she did not want the monument going to the new proposed location, adding that this is something that should be voted on. She also questioned Morris about his recent meeting with Corey Andon of the Dayton group Socialist Alternative to get a better understanding of their position.
Morris said he met with Andon to prevent future problems and that no one gets injured if there was a protest. He said they both agreed that there should not be any threats.
Ruppert said the township was not threatened or made a decision based on any threats.
Bales said she did not believe Morris solved anything and that his intentions were good, but she still felt he threw the township under the bus by meeting with him.
Morris responded by saying he was trying to help and that the township has a lot more important issues to address.
Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 1:21 AM
— Another meteor may have lit up the sky late Wednesday night.
Several reports have come into our newsroom of a bright flash that shot across the sky just before midnight. People from Englewood, Marysville and Randolph County, Ind. have said they saw the bright flash, with some saying it was bright blue or blue/green.
The American Meteor Society received several reports of a meteor in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan and Kentucky.
A meteor was spotted in Ohio, Michigan and Canada late Tuesday.
Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 12:47 AM
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Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 11:21 PM
DAYTON — The closing of Good Samaritan Hospital will be a crippling blow to the west Dayton community and raises several concerns going forward, said three people who represent the hundreds of residents living near the 86-year-old facility.
"We're behind the eight ball," Minister Daria Dillard Stone, 66 and a member of the Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church, 5370 Dayton-Liberty Road.
"They've made the decision, which means we don't count,” she told News Center 7’s James Buechele on Wednesday evening. “That's just how it is."
Stone, Mount Carmel Pastor Chad White and Omega Baptist Church Pastor Daryl Ward offered their reactions -- as well as the reactions of the communities they serve -- in the wake of Premier Health's announcement Wednesday morning that Good Samaritan Hospital will be closing by the end of the year.
Stone, a member at Mount Carmel for 50 years, said her three daughters and four grandchildren were born at the hospital. She was a patient there, as was her grandmother and late husband. Stone said Premier officials should have come to the community and at least given the community a chance to react.
"If they had come to the community a year or two ago and said, 'we're planning on closing Good Samaritan Hospital and what do you guys think?' At least that would have been a good faith thing if they could have acted like they cared. But they didn't," Stone said.
Pastor White, who also is executive organizer with SCLC Dayton, echoed Stone's sentiment. He, too, has been a patient at Good Samaritan and worries about access to healthcare because that while Miami Valley Hospital is five miles away, the distance can be great if one doesn't have adequate transportation.
"I don't know the numbers, I don't know the fiscal issues the hospital is facing, but I do know it will be a great void," White said. "There will be a great abyss that will take place once Good Samaritan leaves that part of the city.
"There are great concerns in the community about jobs, access to adequate healthcare," he said. "And, is this systemic racism? Is it intentional disinvestment in the west Dayton area on the heels of all the other things that west Dayton has come through?
"Does corporate America have a moral compass or a social conscience to say that 'we need to look at areas that are being impacted above and beyond any other areas' and say, 'do we take some loss or do we take some hit to stay because we have a moral conscience as a corporate citizen in the city of Dayton?' "
White said the news of the closing "literally took the wind out of my sails."
Pastor Ward called the news "devastating."
His edifice is right down the street from the hospital, which is at 2222 Philadelphia Drive in northwest Dayton.
He said the leaving is not a new concern. "This has been a part of the ongoing devastation that's been going on in this community. I'm angry at the leaders of our community in terms of why can't we think about the best for the community."
Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 10:01 PM
NEW CARLISLE — Council members voted unanimously Wednesday night to move forward with a tax request to support the city’s fire and emergency medical service.
In a special meeting held at 7 p.m. in the Smith Park Shelter House, the council and Chief Steve Trusty discussed the needs of the city's fire department.
Trusty cited low pay for personnel and rising costs of equipment among the department's challenges.
If certified, the 3-mill, five-year levy would be be placed on the May 8 ballot.