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Solar Eclipse 2017: How it may affect animals

Published: Tuesday, August 01, 2017 @ 12:15 PM

Priscilla Mutter took this photo of a raccoon in Clayton on July 4. Her description says, “Young raccoon.” We’ll take Priscilla’s word for it that the animal is indeed young. And because it was July Fouth, we’ll also give the critter credit for being patriotic.
Priscilla Mutter took this photo of a raccoon in Clayton on July 4. Her description says, “Young raccoon.” We’ll take Priscilla’s word for it that the animal is indeed young. And because it was July Fouth, we’ll also give the critter credit for being patriotic.

In three weeks most of us will stretch our necks up high to watch a planetary show in the skies, the Great American Solar Eclipse. A full eclipse of this magnitude hasn't happened in over a century.

It will be visible in Ohio and across a large part of the United States. While some have been preparing for weeks for August 21 to watch an eclipse of this size, animals have not.

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Director of the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center, Mark Kumpf, spoke with News Center 7's Eric Elwell about the difference in behavior you might see in animals during the eclipse. 

"Strangely enough, animals seem to be affected by the changes in the patterns of weather, seasons and things of that sort. And the eclipse is sort of an anomaly,” Kumpf said.

He added spiders have been studied to act as if it's nighttime and start taking apart webs or putting them back together. 

This may not just affect insects, but other animals as well. 

"Such as birds will go to roost, we'll see some of that activity," Kumpf said. "And you know, the impact on pets, dogs and cats, it's going to be a disruption on their cycle." 

It might not be a bad idea to keep an eye on your pets as giving them "artificial night" can affect their behavior. 

"Again we're not telling folks be sure you bring your pets inside," Kumpf said. "However it might not be a bad idea, because they can become disoriented." 

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Locals had mixed reactions on how concerned they were for their pets. 

"You know I've never noticed," said Nick Cain. "I've never, never noticed. But I'm going to pay more attention now." 

Jennifer Kearby said her dog is “pretty good” with planes and storms.

"So, we're not preparing much,” Kearby said.

Local zoos aren't preparing much either stating that since the eclipse is expected to be only partial here in Ohio, they do not expect a huge impact on their animals. 

Either way while there is a show in the sky, we may see some strange activity in our wildlife and pets.

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Girl, 16, killed when UTV crashes into Georgia lake

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 3:56 PM

Teen Girl Killed When UTV Crashes Into Georgia Lake

A 16-year-old girl was killed when the utility terrain vehicle in which she was riding crashed and went into a lake, authorities said.

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Kate Jones, 16, of Athens, was submerged when the UTV rolled into the lake on private property, Oconee County Sheriff Scott Berry said on Facebook. The incident happened about midnight.

A deputy and a firefighter dived into the water, which was about 10 feet deep, and freed Jones from the vehicle, Berry said.

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Four other people were in the vehicle when it crashed. One of them is being treated for serious injuries at an Athens hospital.

The crash was in the 5000 block of High Shoals Road in Bishop.

The Georgia State Patrol is investigating the crash.

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Wright State hires company to help find a new provost

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 10:17 AM

            Tom Sudkamp, outgoing Wright State University provost.
Tom Sudkamp, outgoing Wright State University provost.

Wright State University officials are beginning the search for the school’s next provost.

The university is aiming to find a provost in time for the new administrator to start at the school on July 1, the first day of the fiscal year and the same day president Cheryl Schrader will celebrate her one-year anniversary at Wright State.

The provost is the chief academic officer for the university and is the second in command.

The university has hired the search firm Greenwood Asher to assist with the search, according to an email sent to campus on Monday. The firm, which is based in Miramar Beach, Florida, has assisted in searches for Ohio State University, the University of Oregon and several other colleges.

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This news organization has submitted a public records request for a copy of Wright State’s contract with Greenwood Asher. Nominations for the provost position can be made on a dedicated web page for the search.

Typically when colleges hire a search firm, they are able to shield the names of the candidates who apply from public records requests. Wright State took a similar approach with applicants for the president’s job, until a search committee narrowed down the pool to three people.

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Like with the presidential search in 2016 and 2017, a search committee including Wright State administrators, faculty and students will consider provost candidates. The committee will be led by faculty senate president Travis Doom and WSU trustee and Fifth Third Bank executive Stephanie Green, according to the university.

Together the search firm and committee will host a forum on the provost search at 9:30 a.m. Friday in the student union’s apollo room. The forum will be streamed live on Wright State’s website.

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Outgoing provost Tom Sudkamp announced in December that he would step down from his position on June 30. He was appointed provost for a three year term in 2015 under then-president David Hopkins, who resigned abruptly in March as the university struggled to deal with its budget problems.

Wright State trustees slashed more than $30.8 million from the school’s budget in June as an attempt to begin correcting years of overspending.

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Miamisburg turns 200 today: 10 things to know about city’s history

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 10:13 AM

            Miamisburg was founded 200 years ago today on Feb. 20, 1818. NICK BLIZZARD/STAFF
Miamisburg was founded 200 years ago today on Feb. 20, 1818. NICK BLIZZARD/STAFF

Tonight Miamisburg will mark its 200th anniversary with a Founder’s Day celebration at the Baum Opera House.

The event comes two centuries to the day after Miamisburg was founded in 1818.

As the city marks its first significant bicentennial celebration, here are 10 things to know about Miamisburg’s history:

The Indian burial mound in Miamisburg was built by the Adena tribe long before the Miami Indians settled in the area.

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Miamisburg was founded after four Pennsylvania men - Emanuel Gebhart, Jacob Kercher, Dr. John Treon and Dr. Peter Treon - offered at public auction the sale 90 lots in the new town of Miamisburg.

The Daniel Gebhart Tavern served during the 1800s as a gathering place for local residents and as a resting place for travelers, it stands today as a museum at the corner of Lock and Old Main streets.

The Baum Opera House was built by Charlie Baum in the late 1800s on what is now First Street in downtown Miamisburg.

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The Miamisburg High School Alumni Association – started on June 11, 1988 - is the oldest continuously active high school alumni association in the in the nation.

Teddy Roosevelt is the only known sitting president to visit Miamisburg.

Miamisburg native George “Hobby” Kinderdine was credited - on Oct. 3, 1920 - with kicking the first extra point in what eventually became the National Football League.

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Mound Laboratories opened during World War II as a federal research facility. It played a significant role in developing atomic energy and was instrumental in nuclear and space age technology spanning the Cold War era. A museum focusing on the facility is set to open this spring on the site, now Mound Business Park.

The ballot initiative that established the City’s Council-Manager form of government was passed in 1966 by four votes.

A train carrying phosphorus derailed in July 1986 near the Great Miami River. It caught fire and led to the evacuation of about 30,000 people in Miamisburg, West Carrollton and Moraine.


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Lawyer accused of lying in Russia investigation

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 9:38 AM
Updated: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 10:11 AM

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An attorney is facing charges of lying to the FBI in the agency's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and its possible ties to President Donald Trump's campaign officials.

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The charges against lawyer Alex Van Der Zwaan are the latest in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.

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