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Warren County tourism generates record visitors

Published: Friday, March 10, 2017 @ 11:10 AM


            Hundreds waited in line and gathered for an announcement just after 10 p.m. that turned out to be the Mystic Timbers wooden roller coaster Thursday night, July 29, 2016, at Kings Island Amusement Park in Mason. The coaster will be completed in spring of 2017. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF
Hundreds waited in line and gathered for an announcement just after 10 p.m. that turned out to be the Mystic Timbers wooden roller coaster Thursday night, July 29, 2016, at Kings Island Amusement Park in Mason. The coaster will be completed in spring of 2017. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

Warren County attracted a record number of tourism-related visitors in 2016, the Warren County Convention & Visitors Bureau announced at its Annual Partner Meeting today.

According to attendance figures compiled by the WCCVB, the county’s numerous entertainment, shopping and dining attractions accounted for nearly 12 million visitors in 2016, surpassing a previous record of 11.8 million visitors set in 2015.

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Phillip S. Smith, president & CEO of the WCCVB, credits the influx in visitation to the county’s budding reputation as both a convenient and affordable travel destination.

RELATED: Warren County tourism generates $1.1 billion

“No matter your age or interests, you’re bound to find an event, attraction or accommodation that appeals to you in Warren County,” Smith said. “Couple our wide array of affordable entertainment, dining and lodging offerings with the fact that we’re also just a short drive away for most, and it’s easy to see why we’ve become such a popular option for travelers.”

RELATED: Kings Island filling 4K jobs for 2017

Among the county’s most visited attractions in 2016 were Caesar Creek State Park, Kings Island, Miami Valley Gaming, the Western & Southern Open, and the Ohio Sauerkraut Festival.

According to the latest economic study conducted by the state of Ohio, tourism is the county’s number one industry, accounting for one in every nine jobs, or 11 percent of the workforce.

Entire city of Greenville under boil advisory

Published: Saturday, November 18, 2017 @ 6:09 PM

Residents must boil tap water before using for drinking, making ice, washing dishes, brushing teeth and preparing food until further notice.

The boil water advisory applies to the entire City of Greenville Public Water System.

Tap water should be brought to a rolling boil for at least one minute, according to a release issued Saturday evening.

The advisory was issued due to high turbidity, or (cloudiness) in the water supply.

The water plant routinely monitors water for turbidity to make sure it is properly filtered. Samples taken Saturday had higher levels for about seven minutes due to a mechanical failure. 

“Because of the elevated turbidity, there is an increased chance that your drinking water may contain harmful microbes,” the release stated.

Crews are in the area to collect water samples.

The boil advisory likely will remain in effect for the next three or more days until the quality of the water can be determined.

For more information, contact the City of Greenville Water Department at 937-548-2415 or the Greenville Utility Billing Department at 937-548-1815.

Weekend plans? Know how the weather will impact you

Published: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 11:02 AM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini has the latest on this weekend's storm system.

A complex storm system will move in to the Dayton area late Friday night, bringing with it a weather mix that will impact most of the Miami Valley this weekend, according to StormCenter 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini.

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Here are a few things to keep in mind to stay prepared:

  • Heavy rain late Friday night, Saturday afternoon--ponding on the roads and reduced visibility will make driving challenging, and raise your risk of hydroplaning.
  • Winds will be gusting Saturday afternoon and evening. Isolated power outages are possible. Holiday decorations and lawn furniture could be blown around or damaged. 
  • Cold air will move in quickly, a 20-degree drop is expected by Sunday morning. Below freezing temperatures, light snow flurries are possible. Accumulation should not be an issue, but icy spots on roads Sunday morning are possible.

 >>Live Interactive Radar

 

Weather satellite JPSS-1 successfully launches 

Published: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 2:07 AM
Updated: Saturday, November 18, 2017 @ 7:35 AM

Launch Coverage of Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS-1) from Vandenberg AFB, California.

UPDATE @ 7:27 a.m.

JPSS-1 successfully launched into orbit Saturday morning at 4:47 a.m., according to Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini.

Once it reaches its final orbit, it will be renamed NOAA 20. There are about 3 months of tests then the data it collects will be used officially. This satellite was built to operate for seven years.

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NASA, in partnership with the NOAA, will launch a satellite Saturday that will help improve weather forecasts.

The satellite launch was scheduled for earlier this week, but was postponed twice.

The launch for the JPSS-1 satellite is scheduled at 4:47 a.m. Saturday, according to NASA.

A live stream of the launch will be available on NASA’s website starting at 4:15 a.m.

WATCH: Live stream of NOAA JPSS-1 weather satellite 

The satellites will help improve NOAA forecasts for the three to seven day time frame. The data collected from the JPSS is fed into the numerical forecast models to help improve them. The satellites will also collect atmospheric measurements, ground conditions and ocean conditions like vegetation, hurricane intensity, and atmospheric moisture. 

The JPSS-1 will be launch from Vandenburg Air Force Base in California pending proper flight conditions. The launch was originally scheduled for Tuesday, but was delayed until today.

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

This satellite is a polar orbiting satellite which means it will orbit the earth from the one pole to the other passing the equator 14 times a day. Full coverage of the planet will be provided then twice a day.

JPSS-2 is planned to launch in 2021 and JPSS-3 and JPSS-4 are anticipated to launch in 2026 and 2031.

Stabbing victim flown to hospital; Springfield crews search for suspect

Published: Saturday, November 18, 2017 @ 3:04 AM

Springfield police are searching for a suspect after a man was stabbed in the chest, according to Springfield Sgt. Michael Curtis.

Crews were dispatched to the 1100 block of Water Street around 11:40 p.m. Friday on a report of a stabbing. 

Officers arrived to find the victim coherent and unable to recall the events leading up to the stabbing, according to Curtis. 

Curtis said a medical helicopter took the victim from the scene to Miami Valley Hospital where he remains in an unknown condition. 

Aided by a K-9 unit, Springfield officers were unable to locate a suspect at the scene. 

The incident remains under investigation.

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