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Kil-Kare Raceway closes abruptly, plans to reopen

Published: Friday, October 03, 2014 @ 12:18 PM
Updated: Friday, October 03, 2014 @ 9:15 PM

Kil-Kare Raceway in Xenia unexpectedly shut down operations Friday for the remainder of the 2014 season but plans to open for next season.

Marshall Foiles, director of operations, said in a statement: "Kil-Kare Raceway is in the process of restructuring for the 2015 season. Due to unforeseen circumstances we are now forced to regroup to more efficiently run the business and better serve our fans and customers. We are currently working on plans for the 2015 season. We will release the details for the upcoming season when plans are finalized."

Kil-Kare operates a 3/8th-mile oval speedway and a quarter-mile dragstrip with racing primarily on Friday (speedway) and Saturday (dragstrip).

A portion of the message on Kil-Kare's website said, "Kil-Kare is being (shuttered) today. The racing activities for the rest of the season are canceled. This includes all Test and Tunes, as well as Saturday points chase racing. The points chase stops where it is at. There will be no other racing events."

There were 10 dragstrip events remaining. The speedway racing season ended in September.

Banquets for both the speedway and dragstrip will still be held, according to the website.

Dave Coterel Jr., who also owns Buckminn's D&D Harley-Davidson in Xenia, purchased the track from the Chrysler family in 2012. The Chryslers owned the track since the mid-1970s.

Kil-Kare was built by the Marshall brothers as a 1/5-mile dirt track in 1951. It stopped after one race because of the dust storm created by the cars. The track was paved in 1952, which is recognized as Kil-Kare's first season of racing.

The speedway has struggled with car counts and smaller crowds in recent seasons. The dragstrip underwent a major renovation after the 2012 season that included saftey upgrades and constructing the quarter-mile entirely out of concrete. Most grassroots dragstrip surfaces are asphalt or a combination of concrete and asphalt, making Kil-Kare's concrete strip a popular draw for local and regional racing enthusiasts.

Police need your help: Can you identify these Englewood theft suspects?

Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 11:50 AM

The Englewood Police Department is looking for tips regarding a theft that occurred on Sunday, January 14.  Two suspects were involved in a reported pickpocketing at a local restaurant.  

Once the victim discovered her wallet was missing, the suspects had already charged nearly $6000 in purchases. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Alan Meade at 937-771-2890. 

Chance for rain, snow showers today with gusty winds

Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 3:38 AM
Updated: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 12:15 PM

A few light showers or some wet snow is possible today, and more rain likely this weekend in the Dayton area.

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  • More rain for weekend

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TODAY: Mostly cloudy skies are expected today with a few passing showers at times. With temperatures hovering just above freezing most of the day, we could see a mix or rain and even snow at times. No accumulation is expected as the ground is too warm to support anything frozen.

>> 5-Day Forecast

TOMORROW: Colder temperatures start the day in the mid-20s. Some passing flurries are also possible for the first part of the day. Highs peak in the mid-30s as clouds decrease at nighttime. 

THURSDAY: There will be sunshine throughout the day with temperatures warmer than normal in the low 40s. The day will be dry.

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FRIDAY: We continue to see temperatures improve with sunshine and a few clouds as highs reach around 50 degrees. 

SATURDAY: The day will be breezy and mild with highs around 50 degrees. Rain showers will start to arrive and become more widespread into the night. 

CEO of Middletown Community Foundation resigns

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 1:45 PM
Updated: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 12:08 PM


            T. Duane Gordon.
T. Duane Gordon.

No reason was given Monday for the unexpected resignation of the CEO of the Middletown Community Foundation.

T. Duane Gordon, who led the foundation for more than 10 years and grew it into one of the state’s most powerful organizations, resigned earlier this month, Carole Schul, board president of the foundation, told this news organization on Monday.

She refused to say why Gordon resigned. His name has been removed from the foundation’s web site.

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Schul said that while the MCF searches for a permanent replacement, longtime Middletown businessman Dan Sack will serve as interim director. Sack, who worked at Armco for 24 years and as a private businessman for 20 years, said his top priorities are keeping the foundation “moving in the right direction” and finding a permanent replacement for Gordon.

When asked why he resigned, Gordon said in a text message to this media outlet that he didn’t wish to “discuss beyond” what was said in the news release.

He was hired in December 2007 as executive director of the Middletown Community Foundation. A graduate of Mississippi State University with a degree in communications and journalism, Gordon’s first career was as a newspaper reporter and editor at the Madison County Journal.

“On behalf of the entire Board, and the Middletown Community Foundation, we want to thank Duane for his dedicated service during a time of growth and against a challenging economic backdrop,” Schul wrote in an email to this news organization.

“We wish him all the best in his future endeavors. The Foundation remains dedicated to its mission to secure permanent and growing assets for the Middletown area’s changing needs, and looks forward to a productive year.”

According to a national study, the Middletown Community Foundation was the No. 1 most active community foundation in Ohio, which has 80 community foundations and the No. 21 most active foundation in the United States, which has more than 750 community foundations; and was ranked for the first year ever in the top 100 for per capita giving, at No. 59, with approximately $44 in gifts received per resident it serves in its communities.

Earlier this year, the MCF board of directors approved nearly $100,000 in grants to 14 local organizations.

The largest grant, worth $20,000, was awarded to People Working Cooperatively, a group that repairs homes for Middletown-area families.

Three other groups — Atrium Medical Foundation, Berachah Church, and Middletown Lyric Theater — each received $15,000 for their programs.

Homes evacuated after large natural gas leak near Fairborn

Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 12:00 PM
Updated: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 12:32 PM

Gas leak forces evacuation of at least 10 homes near Fairborn

UPDATE @ 12:20 p.m. 

At least 10 homes were evacuated after a construction worker, digging the basement for a new home, hit a natural gas main line, causing a large gas leak on Brehm Boulevard east of Fairborn, according to fire officials. 

Some of the homes are unoccupied or under construction, according to investigators. 

No injuries have been reported. 

We’ll update this page as new details become available. 

Marshall Gorby/Staff

FIRST REPORT

Multiple fire crews have responded to reports of a large gas leak on Brehm Boulevard east of Fairborn Tuesday. 

Initial reports indicate a contractor struck a main natural gas line, causing the leak. 

Reports indicate firefighters are conducting evacuations in the neighborhood. 

We have a crew on the way and we’ll update this page as we learn more.