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More than 9 inches of snow fell in region

Published: Wednesday, March 06, 2013 @ 4:50 AM
Updated: Wednesday, March 06, 2013 @ 10:50 AM

A system that moved through Southwest Ohio overnight dumped as much as 9 inches of snow in some parts of the region.

Many area schools and businesses closed.

The highest snow total today was 9.5 inches in Shelby County. Some of the slickest roadways were reported in Clark and Greene counties.

Parts of Warren County, including Springboro, had 8 inches on the ground.

Hamilton registered 6 inches of snow. Dayton measured an average of 5 inches.

Hundreds of schools and businesses announced delays and closures.

The Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport and Dayton International Airport listed flight delays and cancellations online. Dayton’s canceled flights were headed to cities such as Washington, D.C., Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas, New York, Minneapolis, Baltimore, Newark, N.J. and Detroit.

The back edge of the snow system moved through the area around 4 a.m. Snow tapered down in intensity. Several roads remained snowy and icy.

The afternoon is expected to be quiet and dry with a slight chance of a lingering flurry through the evening. Highs will be in the mid 30s.

Winter storm warnings and advisories for the region were canceled just after 9 a.m.

Dayton Street Maintenance crews started salting the roads sometime after 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to Jim Brinegar, division manager for the city’s Street Maintenance Department. He described the roads as being snow-covered and slippery.

As of 6:45 a.m. there were nearly 50 city trucks out on the main thoroughfares, salting and plowing. The city has a policy that street crews will not go to residential areas unless the snow is more than 4 inches.

“We sprayed salt with a brine and beet juice solution to make it more effective,” Brinegar said. “It helps the salt melt faster.”

The city averages about 12,000 tons of salt annually. Prior to this winter storm, the city had used approximately 7,500 tons of salt and Brinegar believes there is plenty of salt available for any upcoming storms.

The city’s 2013 budget was $325,000 for salt and $250,000 in overtime.

Street crews are monitoring the weather to see when they will be able to go back to normal staffing.

As of 6 a.m., snow had tapered down. There were still a few flurries falling in some areas. Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, which has a Middletown branch, announced it is closed today.

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base also announced it is closed today.

Just after 5 a.m., the Ohio State Highway Patrol staff and other law enforcement officials reported lots of vehicle slide-offs.

Around 4 a.m., the Middletown Police Department tweeted this: “Please use extreme caution, city roads are very hazardous, we have responded to numerous calls of wires down and crashes.”

Husted bucks GOP, is against voter photo ID push

Published: Friday, April 08, 2011 @ 6:11 AM
Updated: Friday, April 08, 2011 @ 6:11 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The official who oversees Ohio's elections says he doesn't agree with a measure proposed by some fellow Republicans to require voters to show photo IDs at the polls.   

Secretary of State John Husted tells The Columbus Dispatch on Thursday that he would not change current policy that allows voters to prove their identities with photo IDs or other documents, such as utility bills or paychecks.   

A bill approved by the Ohio House would require voters to show the photo ID before casting an in-person ballot. It is now being reviewed by the Senate.   

Husted instead proposes changes for voters casting early ballots or provisional ballots. He says those voters should be required to give their full Social Security numbers instead of the currently required last four digits.

New restaurants, retail shops coming to Oxford

Published: Friday, October 28, 2016 @ 2:25 PM
Updated: Saturday, October 29, 2016 @ 4:37 PM

New restaurants and retail shops are coming to a development on the former Walmart site in Oxford.

Bishop Square — a 50,000-square-foot mixed use development at 419 Locust Street that currently includes 272 units of student housing — is adding Marco’s Pizza, Tim Hortons, a Sprint retail store and a bank.

“The final stage is important because we’ll be building the outlots that sit along Locust, which will serve as the front door to the whole project,” said Josh Rothstein, of Blue Ash-based OnSite Retail Group, which is handling marketing and leasing for the project. “The retailers and restaurants are excited to open their locations here because being across from Kroger, TJ Maxx and Dollar Tree provides tremendous exposure, great visibility and easy access to the shoppers already passing through this part of town.

“It’s also easily in walking distance to not only the concentration of Miami’s campus, but also the off-campus housing population,” Rothstein said.

Two other storefronts on the site are being are in the process of being leased, he said.

Existing Bishop Square tenants include Oxford Lane Library, Mercy Health - Orthopaedics and Sports Rehabilitation, Great Clips and Cloud 9 Vapor Lounge. A second-floor above some of those tenants includes office space.

Alan Kyger, Oxford’s economic development director, said the community is excited to see the Bishop Square project moving into its final phases.

“In 2005, when Walmart moved away from this site, the abandoned building that was left behind was a large eyesore for the Tollgate Business District, as well as for the whole community,” Kyger said. “Developer Robert Fiorita is to be commended in providing such a good-looking redevelopment project.

“The addition of these merchants will provide the citizens of Oxford additional shopping options. I expect each of these new businesses to be very successful in this new development.”

Marco’s Pizza has 700 stores in 35 states, doubling in size over the last five years and on track to 1,000 stores by the end of 2017, according to the company. Area locations include Middletown, Monroe, Hamilton and Liberty Twp. in Butler County.

Tim Hortons has more than 4,400 locations in the United States, Canada and the Middle East. Area locations include Monroe, Springboro and Maineville in Warren County.

Four local teens qualify for Olympic trials

Published: Tuesday, August 16, 2011 @ 3:12 AM
Updated: Tuesday, August 16, 2011 @ 3:12 AM

InfoSource--Dayton Daily News

Patrick Mulcare (Springboro) and Cliff Goertemiller (Oakwood) set Ohio records and joined Dayton Raiders teammates Brett Mackenzie (Tipp City) and Colin Kanzari (Beavercreek) in qualifying for next year’s U.S. Olympic Trials during last week’s Junior National Championships at Stanford University.

Mulcare and Goertemiller both set their records in the 15-16 boys division. Mulcare was timed in 4 minutes, 26.30 seconds for the 400 intermediate medley. He placed eighth.  Goertemiller was timed in 15:44.69 to reset the state mark in the 1,500 free. He placed sixth.

Their efforts count as state records because they are registered as Ohio swimmers.

Also qualifying for the Trials at Omaha, Neb., were Mackenzie (4:30.24 in the 400 IM, 19th) and Kanzari (2:20.68 in the 200 breaststroke, 16th).

Other Raiders to participate in the National Championships were Jack Pohlmann (Beavercreek), Josh Quallen (Wilmington), Brock Turner (Oakwood), Alex Osterhage (Centerville) and Henrick Pohlmann (Beavercreek).

Crash victim lived to fly, friend says

Published: Saturday, June 09, 2012 @ 8:16 AM
Updated: Saturday, June 09, 2012 @ 8:16 AM

A 73-year-old Bellbook man killed in a plane crash Saturday morning was an experienced pilot who had built four planes like the “experimental aircraft” he flew that day, according to his wife.

Roger Flower died in the 8 a.m. crash, said Sgt. Anthony Pearcy of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

“Some witnesses in the area did see the plane flying and the witnesses believe they did see something fall off the plane,” he said.

Flying out of the Lewis A. Jackson Regional Airport in Greene County, the plane flown by Flower crashed about 100 yards from a house at 1856 Ohio 380. Debris from the crash spread about 300 feet and the plane had extensive damage.

Flower was a naval aviator for 31 years who still loved to fly in his retirement, said Jan Flower, his wife of 50 years.

“It was his life, ” she said. “He was flying a plane that he had built and flew out of Greene County Airport and was there every day and loved it.”

After retiring from the Navy, he became a certified aviation engineer and began building his own aircraft, his wife said.

“He knew what he was doing about building it and just loved it and wasn’t ready to give up airplanes, so he built them,” she said.

Both natives of Ohio, Roger and Jan Flower have four sons and moved to Bellbrook eight years ago, when they were done traveling with the Navy.

She described her husband as “a leader, totally confident. (He) could tackle anything, could build or fix anything, loved his children and his grandchildren, (and) loved serving in his church.”

The OHSP is investigating the crash with the National Transportation Safety Board and the Greene County Sheriff’s Office.

The plane was a fixed wing, single engine, experimental/homemade aircraft, according to the patrol.

“According to the family members, it’s been flown before,” said Pearcy.

There was no flight plan filed for the plane and the destination of the flight was unknown, Pearcy said.

“As unfortunate as this incident is, it is fortunate that no other people were involved,” Pearcy said.