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Valley View, MVCTC not going back on Aug. 8 ballot

Published: Friday, May 19, 2017 @ 4:25 PM


            Valley View Intermediate School was built in 1922 in Germantown and added onto between 1951 and 1962. The state rated the school’s condition as “poor.” Valley View’s school bond issue would have raised money to demolish all four existing schools and build three new ones. JEREMY P. KELLEY / STAFF
Valley View Intermediate School was built in 1922 in Germantown and added onto between 1951 and 1962. The state rated the school’s condition as “poor.” Valley View’s school bond issue would have raised money to demolish all four existing schools and build three new ones. JEREMY P. KELLEY / STAFF

Valley View schools and the Miami Valley Career Technology Center are not going back on the Aug. 8 ballot to seek approval of bond levies that were rejected in May.

For Valley View, that marks the end of their shot at this state funding cycle — although it doesn’t close the door for state facilities funding in the future.

RELATED: Valley View was one of five with bond issues in November

Miami Valley CTC is on a different timeline, according to the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission, and its state funding would be available at the same percentage in the November or May 2018 election.

Valley View

The district had hoped to replace two 1920s school buildings, a 1950 elementary and the 1968 high school with three buildings on existing sites, via a 5.39-mill bond, with the state paying 53 percent of demolition/construction costs.

The state rated all but the high school with their lowest rating of “poor,” while the high school was called “borderline.”

RELATED: Valley View community split on levy

Superintendent Rick Earley said Valley View has to do something to upgrade its facilities, but he said everything is still on the table for now.

“Anytime it’s defeated twice, I think you have to say, let’s go back to the very beginning and see what’s the best way to go,” Earley said.

Miami Valley CTC

Voters rejected MVCTC’s first attempt to pass a state-match bond issue May 2 by a 52-48 ratio.

The bond would have helped pay for about $62.5 million worth of additional classroom space, upgraded technology and improved safety at the 50-year-old campus in Clayton. The state would have paid 47 percent.

RELATED: MVCTC considers next steps

“At this point, we have to sit down and look at the data. We have so many different precincts because we serve 27 different districts,” Superintendent Nick Weldy said. “We need to sit down and look at what the voters told us and look at what other issues won.”

Fla. lawmaker wants to ban soft drink purchases with food stamps

Published: Wednesday, August 23, 2017 @ 8:48 AM

Lawmaker Wants To Ban Using Food Stamps to Buy Soft Drinks

A Florida lawmaker wants to take a look at what is allowed to be purchased when it comes to using government assistance.

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Rep. Ralph Massullo, (R-34th District), proposed HB47, which will allow the state’s Department of Children and Families to ask the federal government for a waiver. The waiver would allow the state to ban the use of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits to buy soft drinks, WTVT reported.

If the federal government denies the waiver, the bill allows for the request to be resubmitted each year until it is granted.

The bill will be part of the the 2018 legislative session starting in January.

The proposal was filed on Friday, and if passed would be put in effect on July 1.

Taylor Swift’s new album title, release date announced

Published: Wednesday, August 23, 2017 @ 1:35 PM

Taylor Swift speaks onstage at the 50th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 2, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images)
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Taylor Swift speaks onstage at the 50th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 2, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images)(Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images)

The wait is over for Swifties -- Taylor Swift has announced details of her new album.

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“Reputation,” Swift’s sixth album, will be released Nov. 10.

The title of the first single hasn’t been revealed, but the song will arrive Thursday evening.

Swift decorated her Instagram page Wednesday with a few glimpses of the black-and-white cover, which features a stark image of the singer next to several newspaper clippings.

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Throughout the week, Swift teased fans with an announcement by erasing all of her social media accounts and then returning with a cryptic image of a slithering snake.

“Reputation” is Swift’s first full album since her Grammy-winning “1989” in 2014.

While she’s co-written songs for Little Big Town and Calvin Harris since then, and last year hit the charts with “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever,” her duet with Zayn Malik on the “Fifty Shades Darker” soundtrack, Swift has mostly remained quiet musically.

Prior to the Super Bowl in February, Swift performed at a DirecTV-sponsored concert in Houston and told the crowd it would be her only live show of 2017.

Teacher accused of sex with students in cemetery sentenced

Published: Wednesday, August 23, 2017 @ 5:38 AM

Teacher Who Had Sex With Students In Cemetery Sentenced To 12 Years

A former Alabama private school teacher accused of having sex with two students is going to prison. According to court papers, at least four of her encounters with the teens occurred in a local cemetery.

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On Monday, 31-year-old Charli Jones Parker was sentenced to 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to one charge of having sex with a student under the age of 19, AL.com reports. Parker was arrested in March; a few days later, her husband, Jamie, was taken in on nine counts of the same charge.

>> Alabama's teacher-student sex law is unconstitutional, judge rules

At the time of her arrest, Parker was still a gym teacher and head girls’ basketball coach at Pickens Academy in Carrollton. She faced 13 charges and was able to enter a plea deal to bring it down to one charge.

>> Teacher accused of sex with student, having child with him

While Parker was sentenced to 12 years in prison, she reportedly will only have to serve three years, followed by a five-year probation. She was ordered not to have any contact with the students, the New York Daily News reported.

>> Ex-'teacher of the year' gets 10 years in prison for hosting teen sex parties

Court papers allege that Parker had sex with the male students “at least 11 times” from October 2014 and March 2016. A deposition in the case accused her of “deviant sexual intercourse” and oral sex. Some of the encounters reportedly occurred at Graham Cemetery in Reform, Alabama.

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Parker’s lawyer pushed for the postponement of the sentencing until after an appeal of Alabama’s teacher-student sex law. In early August, a judge in northern Alabama ruled the law unconstitutional — a ruling that led to the dismissal of charges against two employees caught having sex with students. Parker entered her plea on Aug. 15 but did reserve her right to appeal if the constitutionality of her case should be overturned. Her husband’s trial is set for Nov. 27.

Huber Police believe no one home at hostage situation

Published: Wednesday, August 23, 2017 @ 12:41 PM
Updated: Wednesday, August 23, 2017 @ 1:17 PM

UPDATE @ 1:17 p.m.:

Huber Heights police say they are now not sure if there’s anyone inside a home where a woman reported a hostage situation. A woman came into police station and claimed there was a hostage situation.

Police made contact with the male resident, who was at work, and he’s now on the way home. Police will still do a sweep of the house.

UPDATE @ 12:56 p.m.:

Police are investigating a reported hostage situation at a home in the area of Endicott and Powell roads, however officers are still trying to verify the report, investigators said.

Police said a woman came into the Huber Heights police station reporting that a man at the house was holding someone inside hostage.

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Police are unsure if anyone is inside the residence, however are treating it as an active situation, officers said.

At least seven police cruisers are on the scene.

INITIAL REPORT:

We’re working to learn more about police activity reported in the area of Endicott and Powell roads in Huber Heights Wednesday afternoon. 

Dispatchers confirm multiple officers have responded to the area, but details of their investigation were not available. Initial reports indicate the investigation centers around a home near that intersection.

We have a crew on the way and we’ll update this page as we learn more.