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Published: Saturday, August 12, 2017 @ 4:51 PM
WEST CHESTER TWP. — Waves of watery action took over the Voice of America lake Saturday as wakeboarders dazzled a crowd of more than 2,000 while competing for a championship title.
The acrobatic water sport combines single-board skiing with gymnastics, as wakeboarders try to outdo each other in routines judged by difficulty, intensity, variety and execution.
The Supra Boars Pro Wakeboard Tour attracted 16 professional wakeboarders from around the nation and the event was live-streamed to fans across the globe.
The event will be the fourth and final competition of the tour, which pits the world’s top professional wakeboarders against each other.
Parker Payne, 17, who traveled here from Dallas, is a past champion and was gliding into a second- place finish during Saturday afternoon’s finals.
“The thrill of the event is getting to compete against your longtime friends and cheer each other on,” said Payne.
“For the fans, they get to see the love we have for this sport,” he said.
The event will have an estimated economic impact of $150,000 on the region, according to officials with the Butler County Visitors Bureau.
The park is an ideal site, according to Supra Boats Pro Wakeboard Tour Director of Operations Chris Bischoff.
It has “a perfect man-made lake” and is “great for viewing the action,” he said.
The first-place winner gets $3,000, second earns $2,000 and third brings in $1,000.
The annual event has proved popular at the county park lake that sits on the West Chester and Liberty township border.
Tom Curti of Mason is a 61-year-old amateur wakeboarder who on this day stuck to the shore and admired both the young competitors and the growing crowds for the yearly event.
“This sport is really growing in popularity,” said Curti.
Published: Saturday, February 17, 2018 @ 5:54 AM
Updated: Saturday, February 17, 2018 @ 10:11 PM
— QUICK-LOOK FORECAST
Tonight: Snow has moved out, but lingering moisture means we could see some drizzle or fog at times tonight, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar. Temperatures will continue to drop tonight and overnight, with lows eventually reaching the upper 20s. Due to the dropping temperatures, an isolated slick spot will be possible on the roads.
Sunday: Sunshine is expected with highs reaching the middle 40s.
Monday: Rain returns to the area, and overall it appears to be a rather soggy day. Highs will be in the middle 40s. Highs will climb to the lower 60s.
Tuesday: High temperatures will be near 70 degrees but we’ll have a chance for more rain. Rain and even a few storms will be possible in the evening through early Wednesday morning.
Wednesday: Rain to start the day but clouds will break into the afternoon. Given the amount of rain from Monday through Wednesday, flooding will be possible in some areas. Highs on Wednesday will reach the middle 50s.
Thursday: Mostly cloudy skies with highs expected in the middle to upper 40s.
Published: Saturday, February 17, 2018 @ 7:06 PM
Updated: Saturday, February 17, 2018 @ 7:39 PM
WASHINGTON TWP. — UPDATE @7:39 p.m.
Officials said a car merging onto northbound I-675 struck another car.
One person was taken to a local hospital, but no serious injuries were reported.
Crews are responding to a reported 3-vehicle crash on northbound I-675 in Washington Twp.
The crash was reported around 6:50 p.m. at Mile Marker 3, just north of Ohio 725.
Injuries have been reported.
This story will be updated as additional details become available.
Published: Saturday, February 17, 2018 @ 7:34 PM
Updated: Saturday, February 17, 2018 @ 8:17 PM
MONROE — UPDATE @8:20 p.m.
All lanes have reopened on southbound Interstate 75 in Monroe and the crash has been cleared.
A video sent to this newsroom showed a red SUV with heavy damage to the front.
Officials said injuries were reported, but the extent of injuries is unknown.
A crash on southbound I-75 in Monroe has slowed traffic.
The crash, involving a semi-tractor trailer and a SUV, was reported after 7 p.m. about a mile south of Ohio 63. Initial reports indicate several lanes are closed.
Injuries have been reported, but the extent of injuries is unknown at this time.
Published: Saturday, February 17, 2018 @ 3:38 PM
Updated: Saturday, February 17, 2018 @ 6:10 PM
FRANKLIN — UPDATE @6:10 p.m.
Twelve pets, including 11 dogs and 1 bird, were rescued from a house on fire.
Fire crews said when they arrived on scene of the fire in the 900 block of Turner Lane Saturday afternoon, heavy smoke and flames were showing. All the residents were able to make it out safely, but they advised of the 12 pets trapped in the house.
Crews initially said 10 pets were in the house.
Fire crews said the pets were scared and didn’t want to be touched, which made rescuing them difficult. It took about 15 minutes to get the 12 pets out of the house, which are safe and weren’t injured, crews said.
The fire is believed to have started in a wall or on a deck.
The American Red Cross is assisting the family. The home sustained an estimated $30,000 to $40,000 in damages.
No one was injured.
UPDATE @ 4:50 p.m.
Firefighters were able to rescue 10 pets from a burning home in Franklin Saturday afternoon.
Officials said all 10 of the family’s pets were pulled to safety and were not injured after the fire broke out in a home in the 900 block of Turner Lane around 3:25 p.m.
The residents and firefighters battling the blaze were also not injured. Crews initially reported possible injuries after a man was found on the porch of the home when emergency units first arrived. Those reports were later deemed unfounded, according to investigators.
The cause of the fire is unknown and still under investigation, fire officials said.
Fire crews have responded to reports of a house fire in the 900 block of Turner Lane in Franklin Saturday afternoon.
Firefighters reported heavy smoke and flames coming from the house around 3:25 p.m.
Initial reports indicate at least one person might have been injured.