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Yellow Springs advises residents brown water is safe to drink

Published: Tuesday, August 15, 2017 @ 12:23 PM

Yellow Springs' brown water safe to drink, officials say

Testing a new water pump in the village of Yellow Springs has led to brown water coming out of faucets, but despite appearances, it’s OK to drink, according to Village Manager Patti Bates.

The tainted water will clear if residents turn their faucets on and let the water flow, Bates said.

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According to the news release from the village manager’s office, the new pump and hydrants were tested along Dayton-Yellow Springs Road and East Enon Road.

“We apologize for this and ask for patience, as this may happen periodically as we move forward with the construction of the new plant,” the village news release states. “The water is safe for consumption and we will try to let you know, in advance, when the next tests are scheduled.”

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Whether anyone is willing to drink the brown water is another matter.

In a discussion about the issue on the Yellow Springs Open Discussion Facebook page, several people commented that the water looked more like a dark beer. Others challenged village officials to be the first to try it. 

Village officials are working with the Ohio Rural Water Association to come up with a new method of hydrant flushing that will lead to better water quality, according to the village manager’s office.

Residents with questions or concerns should call the village manager’s office at (937) 767-1279.

Kings racist jerseys incident: Where do things stand now?

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 2:12 PM

            Kings Schools Superintendent Tim Ackermann told this news outlet Tuesday that systemic - but not yet detailed - changes are coming to Kings to better foster racial and other diversity sensitivity for students, school staffers and the community at large.
Kings Schools Superintendent Tim Ackermann told this news outlet Tuesday that systemic - but not yet detailed - changes are coming to Kings to better foster racial and other diversity sensitivity for students, school staffers and the community at large.

The story of racist basketball jerseys that drew national media attention continues to shake up the Kings school community with Tuesday’s resignation of a school board member, setting up a scenario for a new member joining the district’s governing board.

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Former Kings Board of Education Vice President Kerry McKiernan did not attend the final public meeting of his term where fellow members voted 4-0 to accept his resignation.

McKiernan had earlier cited his own failure in stopping some of the boys on the recreational league basketball team – not affiliated with Kings — from wearing jerseys with names that appeared to slur African-Americans.

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Kings officials promised at their meeting Tuesday that major changes are coming to improve racial and diversity awareness among the 4,300-student district in southern Warren County’s Deerfield township.

Here are five things you know about where the controversial issue stands:

Changes are coming to Kings: Kings Superintendent Tim Ackermann told this news outlet Tuesday that systemic - but not yet detailed - changes are coming to Kings to better foster racial and other diversity sensitivity for students, school staffers and the community at large.

Controversy has caused change to the board: By no later than Feb. 9 - more likely Jan. 31 - the four-member Kings school board will have a new member filling McKiernan’s seat. The board Tuesday went into executive session - as allowed under Ohio school law’s provisions for school boards pertaining to personnel matters - to discuss their interview questions for applicants.

Applications are due Jan. 24 for the school-board seat: The board has decided to interview all eligible candidates who file an online application for the board seat. The application is expected to be posted on the Kings website later today. The deadline for filing an application is 4 p.m. Jan. 24.

How the new member will be chosen: Applicants must be at least 18 years old, residents of the Kings School district and registered voters. The board’s choice of a new member will be made during a public vote on Jan. 31, and the chosen applicant will serve out the remainder of McKiernan’s four-year term to December 2019.

Diversity committee will work with officials: An existing Kings diversity committee, whose members include some minority school parents, will work with district officials in formulating new programs and activities designed to improve racial sensitivity in the school system.

Bomb threat made to Fairmont High School not credible, superintendent says

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 11:03 AM

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A bomb threat made to Kettering Fairmont High School that was posted to social media was determined to be unfounded and not credible, according to Kettering City Schools Superintendent Scott Inskeep. 

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Overnight, Inskeep received a message through his Twitter account, claiming the school would be bombed before lunch, he said during a phone call Wednesday. 

“Very early this morning, we became aware of the fact that a tweet had been shared to my Twitter account, stating that a bomb would go off at Fairmont High School at lunch time if I didn’t close school today,” Inskeep said in a message to parents. 

The tweet was determined to have come from a “false account,” Inskeep said. The district, along with Kettering police deemed the threat as non-credible. 

“I want to assure you that the safety of our students and staff is always of paramount importance to me, and we will always respond to these types of situations with the best interests of students and staff in mind,” Inskeep added in the message to parents. 

We’ll update this page with more details as they become available. 

Huber Heights police arrest Key Bank robbery suspect

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 1:34 PM

The man police said robbed the Key Bank on Chambersburg Road earlier this month was arrested Wednesday morning, according to police.

Officer responded to the branch at 5001 Chambersburg around 5 p.m. Jan. 8.

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The suspect’s name was not released.

Huber Heights police said they worked with the FBI to identify and arrest the suspect, who was arrested without incident.

Xenia Council taps Scrivens to fill vacated seat

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 1:37 PM


Xenia City Council has selected Thomas L. Scrivens to fill the vacancy left by Sarah Mays, who ran unopposed in November for the mayor’s office.

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Council voted Jan. 11 to appoint Scrivens to the seat after considering and interviewing two others, Billie Carrico and Matt Bennett.

Carrico was the third top vote-getter in November’s election, edged out by Levi Dean and Incumbent Wesley Smith.

Dean and Councilman Dale Louderback voted against Scrivens’ appointment.

Louderback said he supported Carrico for the seat because she took the initiative to campaign and run in November’s election.

“Nothing against Mr. Scrivens. I went to school with him. I liked all three candidates,” Louderback said.

Scrivens is to be sworn in on Jan. 25 to serve on council until the end of the year.

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There are two more years left on Mays’ vacated council seat and Scrivens will need to win the election in November if he wants to finish the remainder of the term, according to Xenia spokesman Lee Warren.