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Published: Tuesday, March 13, 2018 @ 3:26 PM
MIDDLETOWN — Just in time to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.
Middletown City Council approved extending the hours for the city’s Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area in downtown Middletown.
The normal DORA hours are from 6 p.m. to midnight on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, and the hours can be extended for special events with a request to the chief of police.
Police Chief Rodney Muterspaw recommended approving the request to extend the hours on Saturday, running from 8 a.m. to midnight.
“They believe this will encourage community to come to the area earlier than usual, and to stay later, thus promoting commerce in the downtown area,” Muterspaw said in recommendation to council.
In late December 2015, downtown Middletown’s DORA district was the first authorized by the state of Ohio. Since then, other Ohio cities have created their own DORA districts or have contacted Middletown officials for information and advice periodically, said Jennifer Ekey, the city’s economic development coordinator.
Ekey said many of the questions city officials are asked focus on the overall experience of having a DORA district and how the city and businesses manage it.
Shelby Quinlivan, city communications coordinator, said there have not been any incidents in the city’s DORA district. She said the city’s largest concern is the trash generated but that the city already has a plan to reduce that issue.
Quinlivan said city officials have met with the downtown businesses and are planning on having a single DORA cup instead of each establishment coming up with its own unique cup for patrons to use outside.
In Butler County, Hamilton is in the process of establishing a DORA district.
Hamilton City Manager Joshua Smith said the public hearing for the DORA is scheduled for Wednesday night’s City Council meeting, when the first reading of the ordinance will be read.
Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 3:32 AM
Updated: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 8:55 PM
— Mainly clear skies are in the forecast this evening with temperatures slowly falling through the 30s, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said.
Friday: Skies will be mostly sunny with temperatures rebounding into the middle 40s.
Saturday: Skies will be cloudy with snow likely, especially south. The snow may be heavy with accumulation likely depending on the storm track. Highs will hold in the upper 30s.
Sunday: Skies will clear with temperatures climbing back into the lower 40s.
Monday: Clouds will be on the increase. Temperatures will rebound to near 50 degrees.
Tuesday: Milder temperatures arrive but so will the threat for showers. Highs will top out in the middle 50s.
Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 1:50 AM
A group of Florida junior high school students lost their final flag football game of the season Thursday, but they won an equal opportunity fight for boys and girls.
Forget powder puff. Armoni Peppers knows how to play with the boys.
"She's awesome. I love her," coach Bobby Burke said. "She's aggressive. She can catch."
Peppers tried out for Brevard County’s Odyssey Charter School's junior high flag football team and made it.
"It makes me feel good, and also, it gives me muscle mass and stuff," the seventh-grader said.
But after several games, the Space Coast Christian Athletic Association told her that girls can't play on the team.
"At first, I was, like, kind of sad," she said.
"She was very upset. She was crying," Kimberly Peppers-Coney said. "I said, 'We're going to work on this.'"
The 12-year-old walked up to her final game Thursday in uniform, but the league's athletic director told her that she couldn't go on the field.
The athletic director declined an on-camera interview, but said that two years ago, the association voted to make football a boys-only sport and volleyball a girls-only sport.
"If they established that, I was never told that," Burke said. "The actual A.D. of our school didn't know that."
The league's athletic director said the rule keeps girls from being grabbed in their genitals or losing their pants by accident.
"That should be my decision," Peppers-Coney said. "I keep her fully dressed. She wears another outfit underneath her uniform."
The uniforms that the Pepper family wore Thursday carried a clear message -- and it worked, because the opposing team's coach gave the OK and the league let Armoni play.
"I think with the presence of having us here and the media they have allowed her to play today," Peppers-Coney said.
Next season is up in the air for now, but Armoni's dreams go far beyond the field.
"Flag pulling is easy," she said. "But, like, tackling -- I could do that easier."
Peppers plays like a girl -- one without limits.
Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 12:32 AM
Updated: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 2:22 AM
TROTWOOD — UPDATE @ 2:25 a.m: Officials continue to investigate after a person was shot in the mouth in Trotwood early Friday morning.
OTHER LOCAL NEWS: Two suspected metal thieves caught red-handed at Hewitt Soap Factory
Initial reports indicate the shooting occurred in the 4700 block of Knollcroft Road just after midnight.
The suspect was not on scene when authorities arrived, but officials are describing the suspect vehicle as a black Lincoln SUV.
The victim was transported to Miami Valley Hospital on unknown conditions.
Crews are responding to the 4700 block of Knollcroft Road in Trotwood on a reported shooting that occurred early Friday morning.
The incident was dispatched around 12:20 a.m., per initial reports.
We will continue to update this story with more details.
Published: Friday, March 02, 2018 @ 2:52 AM
Updated: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 1:22 AM
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