Patrols to saturate Butler County this weekend

Published: Thursday, February 14, 2013 @ 9:28 AM
Updated: Thursday, February 14, 2013 @ 9:28 AM

Police will be saturating Butler County this weekend in an effort to curb drunken driving.

Butler County officials announced an OVI blitz is set for Friday and Saturday at various locations, including Ohio 63 from Interstate 75 through Ohio 4 in Monroe, the Ohio 73 corridor from Middletown to Oxford and along U.S. 27 from Oxford to College Corner.

A news release says the Ohio State High Patrol will participate with the Butler County OVI task force.

Bubble under construction over Lakota YMCA’s outdoor swimming pool

Published: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 6:43 PM


            Nearly 40 volunteers worked on Saturday to install an inflatable bubble dome at the Lakota Family YMCA. Once the 25,000-square-foot bubble is completed, it will enable the facility to use its outdoor 25-meter pool, water slide and other amenities year-round. ED RICHTER/STAFF
Nearly 40 volunteers worked on Saturday to install an inflatable bubble dome at the Lakota Family YMCA. Once the 25,000-square-foot bubble is completed, it will enable the facility to use its outdoor 25-meter pool, water slide and other amenities year-round. ED RICHTER/STAFF

In the coming weeks, the Lakota Family YMCA will be blowing a huge bubble behind its building.

Work started Saturday as nearly 40 volunteers assisted YMCA staff to stretch out the material that will be used to construct an inflatable dome over its 25,000-square-foot outdoor pool to make it available year-round.

“There is so much demand for indoor swimming,” said John Schaller, Lakota Family YMCA executive director.

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Schaller said that demand has resulted in an investment of about $500,000 to build the inflatable bubble so members can use its outdoor pool year-round. The project also will include an enclosed walkway from the main building to the new bubble.

The 25-meter pool features eight lanes for competitive swimming and a zero-depth beach entry for senior citizens to participate in Silver Sneaker fitness programs. In addition, all of the other pool features, such as the water slide, will be able for year-round use.

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The bubble will go up in late October and come down in late April or early May to accommodate the summer swimming season for the 8,500-member facility.

“We not only have our own swim team, we are the home waters for the Lakota East, Lakota West and Monroe high school swim teams … and the sheer needs of the community for swimming lessons,” Schaller said.

He said the Powell Crosley YMCA in suburban Cincinnati also has a bubble over its outdoor pool.

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Sarah Matchison, the facility’s membership director, said they have coined this project the “Bubble” because it literally is a bubble (dome) that will go over our outdoor pool and our YMCA Families and the surrounding community will be able to use more than the Memorial Day to Labor Day time frame.

The Lakota Y also is the home of its YMCA/USA Swim Team, Lakota Y Stingrays. This past summer, the team sent swimmers to the YMCA National Long Course Championship Meet in Greensboro, N.C., for the first time in its history.

“By adding the bubble over the outdoor pool we will be able to provide family areas and family time to our community at the bubble,” she said.

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Matchison said the Lakota Family YMCA also works with the local Butler Tech and Lakota high schools for their Cardboard Canoe Regatta in May. Students use their education and engineering skills to build cardboard canoes and race them in the pool. For the past two years, the event has been held in the indoor pool.

“Moving it out to the bubble will allow for more spectators and possibly more than two boats racing at a time,” she said.

1 flown to hospital in crash that closes I-75N in Shelby County

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 6:01 PM
Updated: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 6:25 PM

UPDATE @ 6:25 p.m.

The northbound lanes of Interstate 75 are back open at Ohio 274 near Botkins in Shelby County.

The vehicle in the crash is off the side of the highway, but traffic remains backed up.

A medical helicopter took one person to an area hospital.

FIRST REPORT

The northbound lanes of Interstate 75 are shut down this evening near Botkins in Shelby County.

The highway is closed at I-75 N at Ohio 274.

A medical helicopter has been called to the crash scene, and the crash resulted in significant vehicle damage, according to initial reports.

Local congressman argues for more competition in health care

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 4:33 PM

U.S. Rep. Warren Davidson, R-Troy, has introduced a bill that would require the Congressional Budget Office to show its work when providing budget analysis and projections. MICHAEL D. PITMAN/FILE
Staff Writer
U.S. Rep. Warren Davidson, R-Troy, has introduced a bill that would require the Congressional Budget Office to show its work when providing budget analysis and projections. MICHAEL D. PITMAN/FILE(Staff Writer)

Warren Davidson argued for more competition in the health care industry and touted a Republican proposal for tax reform in Enon on Thursday, but he spent much of his time talking about gridlock in Washington.

Davidson, a Republican congressman whose 8th district includes Clark County, said lawmakers need to find ways to pass legislation or the country will be governed by executive order. President Donald Trump recently signed an executive order allowing trade associations and other entities to offer health insurance that could be sold across state lines and would be exempt from some ACA regulations. But critics have said the order will also destabilize the ACA.

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Former President Barack Obama also often resorted to executive order in the face of Republican opposition. But Davidson said he’s concerned Congress is no longer able to pass any significant legislation.

“For me, one of the big challenges is we can’t keep governing with a pen or a Twitter account or whatever,” Davidson said. “It’s got to be that there are real laws passed and the legislature does what it’s supposed to do, or we don’t keep our Republic.”

Davidson cited one example of why it’s been so difficult to pass legislation. Moderate and conservative Republicans in the House were divided on proposed legislation to repeal the ACA this spring. But when a member of the Tuesday Group Tom MacArthur, a caucus of moderate Republicans, drafted an amendment to bridge the gap, members of his own caucus were upset because it would have forced a potentially unpopular vote.

“People were very upset about him bridging this gap,” Davidson said. “So much so that he actually left this group called the Tuesday Group was no longer part of it and was very upset about the way he was treated.”

The Graham-Cassidy Bill, the most recent attempt to repeal the ACA, withered last month in the Senate in part due to opposition from numerous medical organizations, the insurance industry and the AARP. An evaluation by the Congressional Budget Office estimated the legislation would have slashed the federal deficit by about $133 billion over the next decade, but would also have resulted in millions of Americans losing their health insurance.

But Davidson said the bill would have created more competition and allowed states the flexibility to spend federal health care dollars however they saw fit. Under Graham-Cassidy, federal dollars would be doled out to each state in the form of block grants. That would have allowed states to experiment with ways to provide insurance, he said.

“We’ve got to do what we told the American people we were going to do,” Davidson said. “My opinion is more competition not less, that’s going to solve this.”

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Suzanne Winters, owner of WENCO construction, said small businesses need more support. Too often, she told Davidson, larger corporations are driving the debate about what federal legislation looks like. Her company has about 60 employees, and she said she feels her employees are often stuck with few options. Health insurance is expensive for some of her employees, but because her company provides coverage, they also don’t qualify for subsidies under the ACA.

“I see my employees have things wrong and they can’t get coverage,” she said.

The Springfield News-Sun provides extensive coverage of politics and business in Clark and Champaign counties. The newspaper will continue to provide extensive coverage of issues that impact residents and their families in the region.

FOOD DEAL: How to get a $3 burrito from Chipotle on Halloween

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Chipotle restaurant workers fill orders for customers on the day that the company announced it will only use non-GMO ingredients in its food on April 27, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Chipotle restaurant workers fill orders for customers on the day that the company announced it will only use non-GMO ingredients in its food on April 27, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Chipotle is known for dishing out food deals to its fans. 

Buy one get one burrito free at Chipotle this summer if you create your own custom mega mix at Chipotle.com. Source: Chipotle Facebook

The latest “Boorito” offer is a $3 burrito, bowl, salad or order of tacos from 3 p.m. to close on Halloween. You can stop by any Chipotle to get your food, but here’s the catch: you’ve got to be in costume.

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Here’s further fine print about the definition of “costume” on Chipotle’s website

“Determination of whether a ‘costume’ qualifies for the offer is at the sole discretion of Chipotle restaurant personnel. Applicable taxes to be added to $3 purchase price. Additional restrictions may apply; void where prohibited.” 

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You can also get a chance to win a year of FREE burritos by texting BOORITO to 888222 by Oct. 31. 

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