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Tecumseh school energy program saves more than $80,000

Published: Friday, January 29, 2016 @ 11:10 AM
Updated: Friday, January 29, 2016 @ 11:10 AM

Tecumseh Local Schools reduced its energy use and cut costs by more than $80,000, according to a district report released this week.

“The Tecumseh Local Schools board and administration are committed to ensuring that the taxpayers’ investment in education is managed wisely, so when we learned about the ‘On Board’ opportunity, we knew it was something we should look into,” Tecumseh Treasurer Debra Schock said.

The district saved $83,215 in the past year, she said.

“ … We also have captured an 850 percent return on the investment in the program during the first year,” Shock said.

On Board is a program offered by the Southwestern Ohio Educational Purchasing Council, Waibel Energy Systems and Dayton Power and Light. During the first phase of the program, a study identified districts that could benefit from an Energy Savings Agreement with Waibel. In the second phase, districts implemented energy conservation measures to reduce energy consumption without affecting comfort in the buildings.

“A significant source of energy use in Tecumseh Schools is air handling units,” said Joe Zimmerman, controls and integration leader at Waibel.

The program enabled the air handling units to better match airflow demands and, as a result, slow their fan speed. Additionally, Waibel implemented programming for the air handling units that prevented simultaneous heating and cooling, which Zimmerman called “a significant inefficiency.”

Electric and natural gas use was reduced from July 2014 to October 2015. That reduced the bill by more than $80,000 over the course of the year and made the district eligible for $15,000 in rebates from DP&L, an incentive the energy company offered to encourage districts to participate.

The district invested about $10,000 toward the agreement and saved more than four times the guaranteed amount of $20,000 in the initial agreement, the report said.

Chilly morning temperatures, possible patchy frost 

Published: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 3:21 AM

Photo by Zajcsik/Pixabay
Photo by Zajcsik/Pixabay


  • Chilly AM, Patchy frost possible
  • Sunshine and pleasant most of week
  • Slow warm-up towards weekend

>> WHIO Interactive Radar


TODAY: A chilly morning with some spots dipping into the upper 30s. Some isolated patches of frost possible, mainly in low lying and protected areas. Widespread frost not expected. Clear skies means a bright morning. Temperatures climb into the mid 60s (which is normal for this time of year). It’ll be dry through the afternoon and evening. 

WEDNESDAY: A cool morning in the low 40s with plenty of sunshine for the day. Highs will be around 70.

>> County-by-county forecast

THURSDAY: Not as cool. Most will wake up in the upper 40s. Staying dry again through the day. Highs will be in the lows 70s with plenty of sunshine. Overall, it’ll be warmer than normal.

FRIDAY: A beautiful end to the work week. It’ll be dry for the day, with high in the low 70s and sunny skies.

SATURDAY: Another pleasant day and a great start to the weekend. Morning temps will  be around 50. In the afternoon, we will climb to the low 70s with lots of sunshine again. 

Greenon mourns 3rd student death in 2 months in fatal car crashes

Published: Monday, October 16, 2017 @ 4:33 PM
Updated: Monday, October 16, 2017 @ 4:33 PM

A 16-year-old Greenon High School student was killed Sunday in a car crash in Enon — the third student in the district to die in a fatal accident this school year.

A 16-year-old Greenon High School student was killed Sunday in a car crash in Enon — the third student in the district to die in a fatal accident this school year.

Kendal “Kenny” DePhillip, a junior, died while a passenger in a car that crashed shortly before 4:30 p.m. Sunday on Fowler Road between Rebert Pike and Broadway Road in Clark County.

MORE: Greenon boys killed in crash remembered as compassionate

The district is taking the death of another student hard, Greenon Superintendent Brad Silvus said.

“Everyone is in shock as expected,” Silvus said. “We are trying to address it as best we can with students, the staff and with the community. The word I have heard a lot is devastation.”

A 1997 Chevrolet Lumina driven by Andrew Scott, 16 and also a Greenon High School student, went off the right side of the road Sunday, clipped a telephone pole and then hit another pole, Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers said. Scott sustained non-life threatening injuries, troopers said.

“Driver inattention, lack of familiarity with the roadway and speed all are being considered as factors,” state patrol Sgt. Richard Dixon said.

Drugs or alcohol don’t appear to be factors in the crash, highway patrol Sgt. Shane Meddock said on Monday.

“Both occupants wore seat belts,” he said. “The roadway was dry. Speed is something we’ll have to calculate and reconstruct.”

RELATED: Greenon student killed, other injured in Enon crash

Neighbors who were close to the crash ran to the aide of the teens but said there was nothing they could do.

“I heard just a real loud noise and looked out the window and I saw a tire rolling down the street,” Mike Brooks said.

He said he spoke with the driver who told him that DePhillip was in the passenger seat. He said it was clear DePhillip was seriously hurt.

“Just knew it was bad,” he said.

DePhillip was remembered by friends Monday as someone they could count on.

“He was a very caring person,” neighbor Anna Allison said. “He always made people smile and laugh when he needed to.”

Classmate Emily Pogue also described DePhillip as a happy person.

“He was just a really kind-hearted person … His smile and laugh would make everyone smile,” she said. “It was contagious.”

That’s the type of stories the Greenon superintendent said he has heard about DePhillip, too.

“When I was talking to the kids, you could tell all the positive that Kenny had in his life,” Silvus said. “He was a very energetic young man.”

DePhillip was a member of the Greenon marching band and was on the swim team.

His death follows a crash in August that killed David Waag and Connor Williams, both Greenon students. The boys were honored by the community numerous times including with vigils, a public funeral and a program before a football game.

READ: Greenon community grieves for 2 athletes killed in crash

NASCAR also honored the boys with a decal on one of the race cars.

Greenon was just starting to get back to a sense of normalcy following the tragic deaths of Williams and Waag, Silvus said, and now will mourn again.

“We are doing the best we can,” Silvus said. “Right now our main goal is to get kids talking and express their emotions. Make sure they are taking care of themselves and being here to support them.”

The area near where the boys crashed is one of the more dangerous rural areas in Clark County, according to the Clark County-Springfield Transportation Coordinating Committee data.

The ranking takes into account crash frequency and severity of the crashes to measure how hazardous the area is. Rebert Pike close to Fowler Road was ranked 29th most dangerous between 2014 through 2016, according to a report. The study didn’t measure Fowler Road.

People need to slow down when in the area, neighbor Brooks said.

“It’s unbelievable how fast cars go down this road here … This road should be 35 at maximum because of the curves and the hills,” he said.

Greenon Local Schools closed Monday due to the tragedy. Counselors were available to students. About 25 students took advantage of them, Silvus said.

A candlelight vigil is planned for DePhillip at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the high school. Community members and students mourned the death of the teen.

Stacy Arnett, a parent in the district, said his daughter has had a tough time grasping the loss.

“Terrible. She is not ready to eat,” Arnett said. “She is not ready to do anything. She knows she’s going to have to go back to school and it’s incredibly awful.”

Funeral arrangements for DePhillip haven’t been announced and his family declined to comment on Monday.

By the numbers

3: Clark County teens killed in car accidents since the start of the school year

2: Months since the last crash killed two Greenon boys

29th: Ranking for the area near Rebert Pike and Fowler Road for dangerous rural roads in Clark County between 2014 and 2016 by the Transportation Coordination Committee.

In-depth coverage

The Springfield New-Sun digs into important public safety stories, including recent coverage of how healthy schools are and the most dangerous intersections in Clark County.

New chairman to lead Vectren Dayton Air Show

Published: Monday, October 16, 2017 @ 9:26 AM
Updated: Monday, October 16, 2017 @ 10:24 AM

            Military aircraft fill the ramp at the Vectren Dayton Air Show. TY GREENLEES / STAFF FILE PHOTO
            Ty Greenlees
Military aircraft fill the ramp at the Vectren Dayton Air Show. TY GREENLEES / STAFF FILE PHOTO(Ty Greenlees)

A new chairman will take the controls of the Vectren Dayton Air Show.

Scott Buchanan, CEO of the Ohio Masonic Home in Springfield, was chosen as chairman of the U.S. Air and Trade Show, which operates the airshow. He replaces Michael Emoff, who was Dayton Air Show chairman between 2005 to 2017.

VIDEO: Highlights from the 2017 Vectren Dayton Air Show

Buchanan has been on the air show’s governing board since 2012, serving as both vice treasurer and a member of the executive committee. Buchanan has “extensive experience” in finance and management, organizers said.

Emoff was the longest serving chairman in the history of the air show.

“It’s hard to leave a post that you’re really comfortable in, but it’s just somebody else’s turn to enjoy this particular spot,” he said in an interview.

The outgoing chairman will remain on the board. He said changes under his tenure brought more stability to the air show as did canceling an unprofitable trade show at the expo center at Dayton International Airport in 2005 and 2006.

When he joined the board in 1999, he said, “We were not doing well. The shows were tough and sustainability was tough” and the trade show was struggling.

“When I took over, we started to build our way up to a much more manageable show,” he said. “Even in a bad show (with low attendance), we would break even or make money even without jet teams.”

RELATED: Thunderbirds cancel air show appearances

The air show has battled fluctuating attendance in recent years because of weather and most recently dealt with the unexpected cancellation of headline performers the Navy Blue Angels in 2016 after a team member’s fatal crash in Tennessee and the Air Force Thunderbirds in June after a jet mishap before the Dayton Air Show show injured a pilot at Dayton International Airport.

The Blue Angels are scheduled to return to the air show next year.

The weekend air show has about a $3 million economic impact and attracts up to 75,000 spectators a year.

Champaign County Pet of the Week

Published: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 12:00 AM


Comet is a 7-year-old male Great Dane/Greyhound mix. He is a large dog at 70 pounds. Fortunately, Comet is a big baby who loves people and other dogs. He was brought to us by his owner who could no longer take care of him. Comet has been neutered and microchipped, is up to date on vaccinations (including rabies) and has tested negative for heartworm.

Come visit Comet at the Paws Animal Shelter, 1535 W. U.S. Highway 36, in Urbana. You can also visit or Shelter hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and closed Sundays and Mondays. The shelter can be reached at 937-653-6233.