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Published: Tuesday, December 05, 2017 @ 10:43 AM
Some athletes will receive a gift today as a Miamisburg High School football manager who is a special needs student presents his Eagle Scout project.
Junior Patrick Parin has built water tables for use on the Miamisburg Middle School practice fields, according to Jason Shade, assistant supervisor of athletics for the school district. Parin is scheduled to present his project this afternoon.
The MHS junior has been a football manager since seventh grade, working with the football program on a daily basis, Shade said in an email.
“He is a truly remarkable and selfless young man,” according to Shade, noting “this huge honor of completing his Eagle Scout project and donation to the school.”
Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 11:31 AM
Updated: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 3:15 PM
Ohio’s flu-related hospitalizations increased by more than 50 from the previous week, new data released Friday by the Ohio Department of Health said.
The increase was smaller than previous weeks, prompting some optimism and words of caution from one local expert.
“While it looks like (the flu) may be leveling off, it is still significantly higher than the five year average,” said president of the Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association, Bryan Bucklew. “It has been above average since it started.”
From Jan. 7 through Jan. 13, the state reported 1,805 people in Ohio were hospitalized with influenza-like illnesses. Of those, 458 of those were in Montgomery County.
For the previous reporting period, Dec. 31 through Jan. 6, the state recorded 1,750 flu-related hospitalizations.
The 2017-2018 numbers for reported flu cases and hospitalizations due to the flu have been above the five-year average. While the smaller week to week increase is encouraging to health officials, the flu is unpredictable.
“It’s been a strong flu season,” Bucklew said. “Our hope would be that instances of flu are lower because of their early start.”
Area hospitals have put restrictions on visitors and local health officials throughout the region have encouraged people to get a vaccine and take precautions to prevent the spread of the flu.
Those restrictions are still in effect, according to Bucklew.
With influenza being at its highest level in almost all states, other organizations are taking steps to prevent spread of the flu.
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland, Maine, decided to change some Mass traditions to keep parishioners healthy.
TIME said the diocese announced Jan. 18 it is suspending sharing wine during communion and holding hands during Our Father.
The US Conference of Catholic Bishops urges “priests, deacons and extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion” to practice good hygiene and to instruct church-goers not to drink from the chalice if they are sick.
The Archdiocese of Cincinnati, which includes the Miami Valley, has not taken an official position on the matter, with a spokesperson saying that they leave “the running of a parish up to the pastor.”
The University of Dayton is relying on its students to use “common sense” when it comes to Mass and flu season.
Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 4:12 AM
Updated: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 3:52 PM
— A gradual warm-up will continue through the weekend and into the start of next week, according to Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell.
Tonight: Mainly clear skies are expected through the evening. Breezy conditions and chilly as temperatures fall through the 30s towards an overnight low in the upper 20s.
Saturday: Sunshine to start the day, but clouds will increase late, Elwell said. It will be breezy at times with highs in the lower to middle 40s.
Sunday: Lots of clouds are expected during the day with a chance for drizzle or light rain and fog. Highs will be in the middle 40s.
Monday: Rain will be likely, especially in the afternoon. Gusty winds will also be likely with highs in the lower 50s.
Tuesday: Colder air returns with blustery, cloudy conditions. A few passing flurries or snow showers are possible with highs in the middle 30s.
Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 2:44 PM
— A Comal County judge said God told him to intervene in jury deliberations to sway jurors to return a not guilty verdict in the trial of a Buda woman accused of trafficking a teen girl for sex.
Judge Jack Robison apologized to jurors for the interruption but defended his actions by telling them, “When God tells me I gotta do something, I gotta do it,” according to the Herald-Zeitung, in New Braunfels.
The jury went against the judge’s wishes, finding Gloria Romero-Perez guilty of continuous trafficking of a person and later sentenced her to 25 years in prison. They found her not guilty of a separate charge of sale or purchase of a child.
Robison, who also presides in Hays County, did not respond to a message left with his court coordinator, Steve Thomas, who said the case is pending.
The Herald-Zeitung reported that Robison recused himself before the trial’s sentencing phase and was replaced by Judge Gary Steele. The defendant’s attorney asked for a mistrial but was denied.
Robison’s actions could trigger an investigation from the State Commission on Judicial Conduct, which has disciplined Robison in the past.
In 2011, the commission slapped Robison with a private reprimand for improperly jailing a Caldwell County grandfather who had called him a fool for a ruling Robison made in a child custody case involving the man’s granddaughter.
Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 3:04 PM
— Traveling with an “emotional support animal” on a Delta flight is about to get a little trickier.
Emotional support animals in special vests have become a more common sight around airports and on flights in recent years. But in the wake of a horrific mauling of a passenger by another traveler’s emotional support dog on a Delta plane last year, the airline is changing its policy.