Miami U. ranks among nation’s best

Published: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 @ 8:59 AM
Updated: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 @ 8:59 AM

Miami University ranks third in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges 2014 for commitment to teaching.

Only Dartmouth and Princeton ranked higher than Miami for teaching.

Among public national universities overall, Miami ranked 31st, up from 37th last year.

U.S. News & World Report used a variety of factors in creating the rankings, including undergraduate academic reputation, student retention, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate performance and alumni giving rate.

“Two areas in which Miami reported gains to U.S. News are in the areas of student selectivity and actual versus predicted graduation rate,” said Denise Krallman, director of institutional research, in a released statement. “It has been a university wide effort to continually improve the quality of the incoming class and to provide them with the experience and support to help them graduate successfully. These gains coupled with already strong scores in other areas likely strengthened our standing.”

Miami also tied for 30th in the category of Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs, where the highest degree is a bachelor’s or master’s, up five spaces from last year.

Miami’s Farmer School of Business is ranked 47th, up from 56th for Best Undergraduate Business Programs.

Neighbors react to Dairy Queen’s closure

Published: Sunday, May 28, 2017 @ 8:26 AM

Sometimes it takes is a warm holiday weekend for neighbors to discover their favorite local ice cream shop is no more.

That’s the case for the Dairy Queen at 2613 S. Smithville Road in Dayton’s Belmont neighborhood, where hand-lettered signs on the doors say simply, “Closed — out of business.” Its absence became a hot topic on Facebook over the Memorial Day weekend starting Saturday May 27, that began with the lament of nearby resident and former customer, Shelly Hulce, who posted on her page, “Our beloved Belmont DQ is closed.”

That prompted a flurry of responses, including, “What? This is very bad news!!” and “That’s sad! I go past there often but didn’t notice. I haven’t been there in years, so I’m probably part of the problem.”

An employee of Belmont Party Supply next door to the DQ confirmed the closure, saying the ice cream shop did not reopen this spring. And Belmont Party Supply owner Mike Schwartz jumped on the Facebook thread to say, “I own that building, and it’s for rent. It does not have to be rented as a DQ. I will help (financially) with the build-out.”

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Meanwhile, those looking for their Dilly Bar fix will have to travel to the Shroyer Road location on the Dayton-Oakwood border, or to Kettering, Riverside or Beavercreek, to satisfy their craving.

Bear wanders into Walmart parking lot in Kentucky

Published: Monday, May 29, 2017 @ 6:17 AM

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Some late-night shoppers in Kentucky were surprised to  be greeted by a  black bear in the parking lot.

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A bear was spotted in a Walmart parking lot in Somerset around 1:30 a.m. Monday, WLEX reported..

Police and Kentucky Fish and Wildlife officials were called to the scene to lure the bear into the woods. Until they arrived, several shoppers tried to keep the bear away from the store entrance.

"We seen it running down the sidewalk in front of the outdoor living center outside of Walmart, and me and six other cars tried to block … keep the bear from going towards the customer entrance," Malcolm Stephens told WLEX.

Witnesses said that officials were able to chase the bear behind the store and believe he eventually returned to the woods.


Deputies: Homeowner shoots intruder during attempted breakin

Published: Monday, May 29, 2017 @ 5:26 AM
Updated: Monday, May 29, 2017 @ 7:23 AM

UPDATE @ 7:23 a.m. 

A male suspect attempting to break into a Kessler Frederick Road was shot three times by the homeowner, according to police. 

“He was shot in the hand, and in the leg,” said Miami County Lieutenant Eric Lachey.

The suspect was transported to the hospital for injuries that were not life threatening. 

The suspect accessed the home through a pet door, according to deputies. 

Lachey said there have been previous home and vehicle breakins in the area. 

“We have been looking for a suspect for some time,” he said. “This could be our suspect.”

UPDATE: 5:55 a.m. 

Deputies said a homeowner shot a suspect following a home invasion attempt at a home on Kessler Frederick Road in Miami County. 

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The condition of the person shot was not available. 

Deputies said detectives are expected to arrive on the scene to investigate shortly. 

We’ll update this page as we learn more. 

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UPDATE @ 5:40 a.m. 

One person has been shot in the leg outside a home in the 4600 block of Kessler Frederick Road in Miami County. 

Deputies were responding to a report of a home break-in attempt when the found the person shot. 

We’re working to find out from deputies if the person shot is the suspect in the home break-in. 


Medics have been requested after deputies found one person with gunshot wounds on Kessler Frederick Road in Miami County. 

Deputies were first dispatched to a home in the 4600 block of Kessler Frederick Road around 5 a.m. after a woman reported hearing someone attempting to break into their home. 

Initial reports indicate while deputies were responding to the call, a second call came into dispatchers from neighbors reporting gunshots in the area. 

We have a crew on the way and we’ll update this page as new details become available. 

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Alaska volcano erupts again; aviation alert code raised to red

Published: Monday, May 29, 2017 @ 1:19 AM

Bogoslof Volcano in the Aleutian Islands erupted again Sunday afternoon.
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An Alaska volcano that has been active for nearly six months erupted again Sunday, Bloomberg reported.

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The Alaska Volcano Observatory said Bogoslof Volcano in the Aleutian Islands erupted at 2:16 p.m. Sunday and sent a cloud of ash at least 35,000 feet high. The eruption lasted 55 minutes, Bloomberg reported.

After the eruption, the Aviation Color Code was raised to red, the highest level.

Ash from southwest Alaska volcanos can be a threat for airlines operating between North America and Asia when a cloud rises above 20,000 feet, according to The Associated Press.