Levies fail in 3 local districts

Published: Tuesday, August 07, 2012 @ 10:28 PM
Updated: Tuesday, August 07, 2012 @ 10:28 PM

Tuesday’s special election saw five of the eight local issues on the ballot pass, according to the unofficial final results.

The levies that failed were for three local school districts — Xenia, Vandalia-Butler and Tipp City — which had made millions of dollars in cuts this year. Each were asking voters for additional funds.

Xenia

The overwhelming defeat of Xenia Community City Schools’ 1.5 percent earned income tax, which failed 26 percent to 74 percent, will hit the district immediately.

“Voters tonight did not not support the levy, and we will automatically cut all elementary music, all but one elementary counselor, all elementary phys ed for this school year,” said William Spahr, president of the Xenia Board of Education, noting the board already approved these cuts. “We’re desperate. We’ve cut $10 million from the budget already.”

District officials have said a levy in November is likely, although Spahr did not confirm that plan Tuesday.

The district will maintain its 0.5 percent standard income tax, which raises about $3 million per year for the district, and that will continue through 2016.

Vandalia-Butler

Vandalia-Butler City Schools’ 6.99-mill operating and permanent improvement levy also failed, 44 percent to 56 percent.

“Obviously we are disappointed with the results,” said Superintendent Christy Donnelly, who thanked the district’s supporters for their time and commitment. “The failure of this levy did not eliminate the need for operating dollars for our classrooms.”

Donnelly said Vandalia-Butler will be back on the ballot in November.

“November will be our last chance to protect our classrooms and student activities from massive, unprecedented cuts,” she said.

Tipp City

Tipp City Exempted Village Schools saw its five-year, 7.95-mill emergency levy fail Tuesday by a margin of 63 percent to 37 percent.

Superintendent John Kronour said, in the wake of the levy failure, cuts of about $1 million will have to be made for the 2012-13 school year, on top of $1.3 million in cuts made for last school year.

He said the district had planned to be back on the ballot in November if this levy failed, but he was unsure Tuesday night.

“We’re going to meet tomorrow (Wednesday) to discuss it,” Kronour said. “I don’t know that anybody thought it would go down quite like this.”

Northmont

Voters soundly renewed Northmont City Schools’ five-year, 5.9-mill operating levy Tuesday, by a vote of 68 percent to 32 percent.

Treasurer Sandy Harris said the renewal allows Northmont to maintain the $3.6 million in funding it currently receives through this levy.

“Approval of the renewal levy allows the district to meet the day-to-day operating costs and provide the necessary educational tools the district needs to continue an excellent educational program for our students,” Harris said.

Bethel

Bethel Local Schools saw both of its levies, a renewal and a replacement, pass Tuesday.

The 2-mill permanent improvement renewal passed comfortably, 57 percent to 43 percent, and the 7-mill replacement for operations was approved by 52 percent of voters.

These levies combined should raise $1.2 million annually for the district.

City issues

The 3.5-mill levy for Franklin Fire and EMS passed by a vote of 58 percent to 42 percent. This approval will allow EMS services to be moved under the fire department.

In Farmersville, voters approved the renewal of the village’s five-year, 2.5-mill operating levy. The final tally for that levy was a 79 percent to 21 percent.

Contributing writer Nancy Bowman contributed to this report.

Psych! You won’t be able to tour Dayton Arcade after all 

Published: Saturday, May 27, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Sorry guys, you’ll likely need to scratch those plans of getting a rare look inside the Dayton Arcade. 

>> 8 things you probably never knew about the Dayton Arcade

Young Ohio Preservationists, a state historic preservation group, said it underestimated the number of people would be interested in seeing inside the historic building in the center of downtown Dayton June 3. 

>> Dayton Arcade is ‘show of good faith’ to partners, community, UD leader says 

More than 900 people expressed interest in a tour of the building for an event called “YOP Tour Day: Dayton Arcade.” 

Here is a message on the event’s page:

“We want to extend our sincerest apologies to everyone disappointed that they can't make this particular tour. We're a very small volunteer organization not based in Dayton. We had no idea how overwhelming the interest would be. Additionally, a few tour guides had to drop out last minute, making the cap on attendance even more strict. The cap on this particular tour was set at 25, and with over 900 people vocalizing interest on our event page, we suppose this was the reason many people weren't able to get in. 

There will be additional tours in the future, and we will make sure you all know ahead of time including how many people are limited per tour with as much time to sign up as we can manage. We'll also be sure to post disclaimers that tour restrictions and times are subject to change, so that our attendees will be aware that their plans may be affected. 

Thank you for your understanding, and we hope you'll join us for our additional Arcade tours & future events.”

>> MORE: The Arcade: Dayton’s crowning jewel

>> MORE: Photos of the Dayton Arcade

First opened in 1904, the Arcade closed for good in 1991.  

ID released for Indiana man who never resurfaced at Grand Lake St. Marys

Published: Saturday, May 27, 2017 @ 8:05 AM
Updated: Saturday, May 27, 2017 @ 9:30 PM

UPDATE @ 9:30 p.m.

The man who went overboard a pontoon boat overnight was identified as 48-year-old Kevin Mann of Portand, Indiana, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

The search will resume Sunday for Mann, who apparently jumped from the pontoon into the lake but never came back up, officials said.

UPDATE @ 8:25 p.m.

The search has been called off for tonight, but will resume Sunday to find the man who went overboard from a pontoon boat during the overnight hours.

Authorities said the man is from Indiana, but have not released his name and age.

UPDATE @ 9:51 a.m.

The search continues at Grand Lake St. Marys where a male went overboard from a pontoon boat overnight.

Montezuma firefighters and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources are actively searching the lake in the area of Safety Island.

Firefighters got the call at 2:35 a.m. that a male went overboard and needed rescued. Montezuma Fire Chief Ron Schulze said the search for the victim continues this morning.

Celina police and fire, as well as St. Mary’s Twp. firefighters are assisting.

Further details have not been released.

EARLIER

A person has reportedly drowned at Grand Lake St. Marys State Park in Mercer County, according to officials. 

Authorities tell WHIO's Steve Baker a person drowned in the lake near Montezuma around 2:30 a.m. 

Initial reports indicate a man went overboard while on a boat in the lake. 

A spokesperson with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources could not be reached for comment. 

Our crew will be attending a news conference in Mercer County scheduled for 9:30 a.m. 

We will continue to monitor and update this developing story.

5 firefighters, 2 residents hurt at high rise apartment fire

Published: Saturday, May 27, 2017 @ 12:13 PM

UPDATE @ 2 p.m.

Five firefighters were hurt while battling the fire at a high-rise apartment building in Dayton.

The firefighters’ injuries were not considered life-threatening and they were transported from the scene on Belmonte Park North to the hospital for treatment, according to an official at the scene.

Some firefighters suffered smoke inhalation and at least one suffered a shoulder injury, according to Dayton Fire spokesman Bryan Adams.

Two residents were also taken to the hospital for treatment and at least one resident is receiving medical treatment at the scene.

The Red Cross has been called to assist in setting up a temporary shelter for the displaced residents.

The 10-floor apartment building has been evacuated and officials said it will be awhile before anyone can return to their apartments.

A major challenge for the firefighters was getting older residents, some who are disabled, safely out of the building, according to an official at the scene.

Officials aren’t sure yet what led to the fire, but our crew talked to the children of the woman whose apartment caught fire.

They tell us their mother was cooking and the fire started from grease in the kitchen of her eighth-floor apartment.

Dozens of people were standing outside of the building.

UPDATE @ 12:50 p.m.

We’re working to confirm that a Dayton firefighter was injured while battling a blaze on the eighth floor of an apartment building in the 500 block of Belmonte Park North.

Dozens of firefighters responded to the scene and many appeared tired and spent after putting the fire out and searching the building for anyone needing help.

According to emergency scanner traffic, a firefighter called for help while inside the building and working to douse the flames.

This newsroom has obtained the 9-1-1 call from a resident who reported the fire to the Montgomery County Regional Dispatch Center.

The caller told the dispatcher there’s a fire in an apartment on the eighth floor and reported seeing a lot of black smoke.

The dispatcher advised the resident to get everyone out of the building.

There have been no reports of injuries to any of the residents. 

EARLIER

Crews in Dayton are working to put out a fire at a building in the 500 block of Belmonte Park North.

PHOTOS: Black smoke rises from upper floor of Dayton apartment building

Crews were called at 11:47 a.m. and early reports indicated the fire is at an apartment building and some residents may need rescued.

We’re headed to the scene and will update this story as more information becomes available.

Another OVI checkpoint tonight in Kettering

Published: Friday, May 26, 2017 @ 8:05 AM
Updated: Friday, May 26, 2017 @ 11:40 PM

Sobriety checkpoints are tonight and Saturday night during Memorial Day Weekend in Kettering. The purpose is to deter and to intercept drivers operating a vehicle while intoxicated. TODD JACKSON / STAFF

UPDATE @ 6:30 p.m. (May 27)

The second night of OVI checkpoints is from 9 to 11 p.m. in the north lanes in front of 3018 Woodman Drive and from 11:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. in the west lanes in front of 2841 E. Dorothy Lane.

Friday night’s checkpoints netted one OVI arrest and multiple citations and court summonses, police said.

Police agencies are required by state law to publicize the checkpoints ahead of time.

UPDATE @ 3:47 a.m. (May 27)

Kettering police made one OVI arrest and issued multiple citations in a moving OVI checkpoint Friday night and Saturday morning. 

More than 350 cars passed through the checkpoints in the 3100 block of Woodman Drive and 2800 block of East Dorothy Lane. 

Kettering police said two citations were issued for seat belt violations and one for expired registration. 

Police also said the checkpoints resulted in one summons for open container of alcohol and another for possession of drugs. 

Kettering police and the Montgomery County Combined Agency OVI Task Force teamed up for the sobriety check.

INITIAL REPORT (May 26)

Police are cracking down on drinking and driving this Memorial Day Weekend.

Kettering police officers on Friday will hold two OVI checkpoints and will return Saturday night for sobriety checkpoints to deter and intercept those operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

The moving checkpoint is scheduled from 9 to 11 p.m. in the north lanes in front of 3018 Woodman Drive and 11:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. in the west lanes in front of 2841 E. Dorothy Lane. These locations are where the highest number of OVI crashes happen in the city, police said.

“We’ll be bringing them into the checkpoint and checking for signs of impairment. Anything from slurred speech to the way their eyes are operating,” Kettering police Lt. Lee Sanders said.

Kettering police want drivers to know they’re watching, and will be out in full force this weekend.

“We want to make sure we’re encouraging people not to drink and drive, make sure they make good decisions,” Sanders said.

Woodman Drive had the most OVI crashes in 2016 in the city.

“If you’re feeling the effects of alcohol you’re likely too intoxicated to be driving,” Sanders said.

Memorial Day Weekend is the busiest road travel weekends in the country.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol will nearly double its patrols.

“We want everyone to get from point A to point B safely,” Sgt. Matt Schmenk of the patrol’s Xenia Post said.

Extra patrols, and the patrol’s Click it or Ticket campaign to boost seat belt usage, are part of its effort to prevent deadly crashes.

“That’s the main mission for us,” Schmenk said.

The OVI checkpoints are funded by federal, state and local grants. Police agencies are required by state law to publicize the checkpoints ahead of time.

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