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Published: Saturday, December 16, 2017 @ 8:06 PM
MIDDLETOWN — A large crowd of people of all ages braved chilly temperatures to help decorate more than 1,100 wreaths on the graves of veterans in Middletown.
Led by the Middletown squadron of the Civil Air Patrol, more than 300 people came to participate in the fifth annual Wreaths Across America effort at Woodside Cemetery. Veterans and volunteers and youth groups from the area placed more than 1,100 holiday wreaths on the graves of those who defended our nation and participated in a special remembrance ceremony.
Maj. Richard King of the Civil Air Patrol’s Middletown Squadron said his goal is to have enough wreaths donated to cover all of the more than 5,000 graves of veterans at Woodside Cemetery.
He said in the first year, the goal was to place a wreath on all of the crosses in one of the veterans sections. King said the effort started small with only 65 wreaths donated but were able to get one section of 165 graves decorated in the third year with a handful of CAP members and volunteers.
Saturday’s ceremony featured John Hart of Start Skydiving, the Middletown Police Department Honor Guard, the Butler County Sheriff’s Office Bagpipers, the Fast Traxx Skydiving Team, the Ohio Patriot Guard and local musician Paul Thompson.
Many area youth groups — including American Heritage Girls, Trail Life Boys and the Boy Scouts of America — helped make this event possible, according to organizers. A Second Mile Award will also be presented Saturday to the American Heritage Girls of Miamitown, who obtained 479 sponsors for wreaths.
Each December the mission of wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery and 1,200 other locations in the nation, at sea and abroad is to remember, honor and teach, according to the Wreaths Across America national office in Columbia, Maine.
Each live, balsam remembrance wreath is a gift of respect and appreciation, donated by a private citizen or organization and placed on the graves by volunteers as a small gesture of gratitude for the freedoms Americans enjoy.
According to its website, the special remembrance started in 1992, a wreath-maker from Maine had 5,000 extra wreaths. Rather than letting them go to waste, he gave the wreaths as a gift of thanks for the service and sacrifice made by our nation’s military so he could live freely to work and raise his family.
This year, the organization was placing more than 1.56 million wreaths at 1,422 participating cemeteries across the nation.
Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 11:44 PM
Updated: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 12:45 AM
NEW CARLISLE — UPDATE @ 12:45 a.m. (Jan. 22)
It is unknown if anyone was inside or suffered injuries at the Miami Valley Feed & Grain establishment when a large grain elevator collapsed Sunday night, according to sheriff’s deputies on scene.
Officials continue to investigate the incident, which caused a loud explosion, startling area residents.
DP&L are on scene to assess the brief power outage that occurred.
We will continue to update this story as additional details become available.
UPDATE @ 12:10 a.m. (Jan. 22)
A large grain elevator collapsed Sunday night at Miami Valley Feed & Grain, 880 W. Jefferson St.
Residents in the area reported hearing a loud explosion, grain as high as 15 feet across a portion of Jefferson Street (Ohio 571) and a brief power outage.
Crews were called late Sunday night to a report of an explosion at a grain bin.
The blast was reported shortly before 11:40 p.m. in the 300 block of Garfield Street.
Power also was reported knocked out in the area.
We are on the way and will update this report.
Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 12:35 AM
Updated: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 12:27 AM
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Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 4:29 AM
Updated: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 10:00 PM
— A few passing showers are possible overnight, but more dry time is expected heading toward daybreak, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar said. Temperatures overnight will be somewhat steady in the 40s.
Monday: A dry start is expected before more rain returns in the afternoon and early evening. Some of that rain could be heavy at times. Highs will be in the lower to middle 50s.
Tuesday: Colder air returns with highs in the upper 30s early in the morning. Temperatures are expected to fall throughout the day. There is a chance for snow showers or flurries as well.
Wednesday: Another cool day is expected with partly cloudy skies and highs in the middle to upper 30s.
Thursday: Temperatures top out in the upper 30s under partly sunny skies.
Friday: It will be mild under mostly sunny skies with high temperatures in the upper 40s.
Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 5:57 PM
— One way this potential government shutdown would be different than in the past -- there’s never been a federal shutdown during tax filing season. Nor has the government been shut down amid the implementation of a massive tax code overhaul.
The Internal Revenue Service would lose an estimated 56 percent of its workforce to furloughs if the government shuts down, according to the U.S. Treasury. And it would be happening right when the IRS is updating its guidelines and software, while also fielding questions from the public about new tax laws.
Experts told the Washington Post that even a short shutdown will set back implementation on the new tax code.
Tax filing season begins on Jan. 29. The IRS generally issues nine out of 10 refunds in less than 21 days. With the workforce cut in half, it is likely that a prolonged shutdown could lead to delayed returns and the inability to access IRS assistance phone lines.