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Greene commissioners OK $1M to extend water service to airport

Published: Thursday, September 21, 2017 @ 5:12 PM

The airport is planning to extend the runway at the approach end of runway 7 by 500 feet making the total length 5,000 feet.  TY GREENLEES / STAFF
Ty Greenlees
The airport is planning to extend the runway at the approach end of runway 7 by 500 feet making the total length 5,000 feet. TY GREENLEES / STAFF(Ty Greenlees)

Greene County Commissioners voted 2-1 today to spend $1 million toward extending water and sewer services to the Lewis A. Jackson Regional Airport.

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The $2 million project can now move forward once the county and Beavercreek Twp. enter into an agreement with the Ohio Public Works Commission for a $653,000 grant and a no-interest loan for $300,000.

Beavercreek Twp., which has plans to build a fire station on the airport property, is promising $100,000 toward the project.

“This project has been in the capital budget for many years. We were working with an estimate of $1.5 million, but with help from the township and OPWC, the county is saving a half-million dollars now,” said Greene County Administrator Brandon Huddleson.

The water line will be extended to the airport from Indian Ripple Road along the proposed route for a future road dubbed the Valley Bell connector in county planning documents.

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The airport currently uses well water and a septic system, which would be insufficient to service fire suppression systems in buildings. Not having public water service at the airport is "a limiting factor to continued growth," according to the resolution.

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Commissioner Tom Koogler voted against the measure. During previous discussions, Koogler said he was not in favor of spending money on a project that may or may not happen, referring to the township's proposed fire station, which he said wouldn't be built until 2020.

Yellow Springs resident Dorothee Bouquet, who regularly attends commissioner meetings and has pushed to have the county video record them for public access, said she does not support the move.

“It troubles me that we’re going to put so much money into an airport that only serves private jets,” Bouquet said. “I don’t think a lot of residents are going to use that or if that creates a lot of jobs either.”

Red kettle campaign $10K short; Salvation Army issues public plea 

Published: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 9:07 PM

The Salvation Army of Clark County is about $10,000 short on donations and needs help.

The Clark County Salvation Army is asking the community to check for loose change in couch cushions and car seats to help make up for the nearly $10,000 shortfall in its red kettle fundraiser.

“It’s one of the most recognizable fundraisers in the world,” Development Director Ryan Ray said of the campaign in its 127th year.

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In an era when people pay with smartphones and often don’t carry cash or coins, Ray said he wants community members who see a red kettle to know what it represents.

“Lives are positively affected and enriched by your money. We promise and guarantee the money given is used to the best of our ability; 83 cents of every dollar given to us is invested in lives in the community to help those falling through the cracks,” Ray said.

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Utility, housing and food assistance, programs for at-risk youth and helping those in homeless shelters get back on their feet are among ways the Salvation Army reaches out.

“Here in Clark County, people oftentimes see our kettles as hope. A lot of bell ringers have seen help from the Salvation Army and they want to give back,” Ray said.

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Bell ringers are paid minimum wage, but it often can be difficult to staff the kettles. Many are likely put off by the cold weather.

“The ones you see out there are warriors. ... “One of the all-star bell ringers is at Walmart on Bechtle,” who often dances and sings as he's out ringing the bell and wishing shoppers a Merry Christmas.

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Boil advisory now in effect after water main break on Heincke Road, Miamisburg

Published: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 7:44 PM
Updated: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 9:01 PM

Miamisburg water main break

UPDATE @ 7:51 p.m.: The break has been repaired and service should be restored shortly, city PIO Gary Giles said.


A water main break on North Heincke Road, near Mary Francis Court, in Miamisburg has caused more than 200 homes and apartments to lose water service, city Public Information Office Gary Giles said. 

In a statement release minutes ago, those in affected residences will get a door hanger notice advising of a boil water advisory, which will be in effect at least 24 hours. Repair crews are on site. 

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A second door hanger notice will be delivered when the advisory expires. 

Heincke Road has not been closed to traffic, Giles said. 

We'll update this developing report as information becomes available. 

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What’s the weather forecast for shopping this last weekend before Christmas?

Published: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 7:19 PM

The weekend looks to start nice, but it may not end that way. Dust off the umbrella. Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell is tracking our threat for rain.

If you are hitting the stores on this last full weekend before the stores close for Christmas Eve, the weather looks to be improving, at least as far as temperatures are concerned, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said Friday evening.

The warmer weather is expected to arrive beginning Saturday.

The 5-day forecast

High temperatures are expected to push above average, into the lower to middle 40s through the weekend.

"The best day to be out and about will be Saturday," Elwell said. "It should be mostly sunny and temperatures will be warmer than we've been in about 10 days."

WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

Sunday though, you may have to break out an umbrella. Showers are expected to develop during the afternoon and continue into Sunday evening. 

The rain will hold temperatures down a few degrees, but should still reach the lower 40s. 

"At least this time, it will be rain as opposed to snow," Elwell said.

See Dayton’s magnificent ‘Pizzatree’ and two other creative holiday trees

Published: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Not every Christmas tree needs leaves. These “trees” prove it. Video by Amelia Robinson

Fact: Not every tree has leaves or the illusion of leaves.

Some Christmas trees are made of other things. 

Take the “Pizzatree” at Old Scratch Pizza, 812 S. Patterson Boulevard in Dayton, for instance.

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Stephanie Soller, the restaurant’s co-owner, said the eye-catching “tree” decorated in ribbon, bows and garland is made with 125 pizza boxes. 

It is right up front near Old Scratch’s counter.

“We are not big into holiday decorations, but we wanted to get into the holiday spirit for our staff and customers. I was looking some fun ideas and perhaps something a little ‘cheesy.’ I found this idea on Pinterest and went from there,” Soller said. “I thought it would be kinda tacky, but it actually turned out quite ‘tasteful.’”


Strings Attached entry into the City of Dayton's Whimsical Windows contest in 2017. CONTRIBUTED(Submitted)

The “Christmas tree” that decorates the window of Strings Attached, 225 N Main St. in downtown Dayton, is fashioned out of styrofoam balls covered in yarn, then strung on yarn. 

The concept was easier to come up with than you’d expect. 

“I was sitting at my mother-in-law’s dining room table in Washington, D.C. thinking about what I wanted to do,” Kristen Maddox, the shop’s owner, explained. “I wish I had a better story.”

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The shop is competing against about 30 others downtown business for a victory in the Downtown Dayton Partnership’s Whimsical Windows contest. 

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The Dublin Pub went with what it knows for its unique Christmas tree: empty bottles of Jameson whiskey. 

If that doesn’t say Christmas, what does?

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Dublin Pub in Dayton's Oregon District has a Christmas tree made of Jameson Irish Whiskey bottles.(Submitted)

Dublin Pub in Dayton's Oregon District has a Christmas tree made of Jameson Irish Whiskey bottles.(Submitted)

The PizzaTree at Old Scratch Pizza in Dayton.(Submitted)