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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 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.”

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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.”

Actor Roger Moore, longest-serving James Bond, dead at 89

Published: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 9:25 AM
Updated: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 9:35 AM

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 22:  Sir Roger Moore signs copies of his book

English actor Sir Roger Moore, best known for his portrayal of fictional secret agent James Bond, has died, family members said in a statement Tuesday morning. He was 89.

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Moore died Tuesday in Switzerland after "a short but brave battle with cancer," said his children, Deborah, Geoffrey and Christian, in a statement.

"The affection our father felt whenever he walked on to a stage or in front of a camera buoyed him hugely and kept him busy working into his 90th year, through to his last appearance in November 2016 on stage at London's Royal Festival Hall," the statement said. "The capacity crowd cheered him on and off stage, shaking the very foundations of the building just a short distance from where he was born."

Moore played James Bond in seven films between 1973 and 1985.

Terrorism expert calls Manchester attack the worst since 2005

Published: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 10:04 AM

The explosion near Manchester Arena in the United Kingdom where an Ariana Grande concert on Monday is the second most significant attack in the country since 2005, according to Glen Duerr, a Cedarville University professor who has citizenship in the U.K., the United States and Canada.

“The targets really being teenage girls in particular, pre-teen girls and younger kids, so really (it’s) a heinous attack,” Duerr said. 

At least 22 people were killed and 59 injured which has been identified as a terrorist attack carried out by a male suicide bomber. 

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Duerr also noted the attack occurred in the middle of campaign season in the U.K.

“The general election is coming up on June 8,” he said. “The polls are beginning to narrow so there’s real chance to influence the election.”

Two men arrested following dispute over car repossession

Published: Monday, May 22, 2017 @ 9:24 PM

A dispute between an man attempting to "repo" a vehicle and the vehicle’s owner involved an argument, a threat, and shots fired at a residence in the area of State Route 571 and Rangeline Road in Miami County. 

Detectives later executed a search warrant on the home where the owner, 34-year-old, Matt Naff, was arrested and jailed.

The man involved in the attempted repossession of the vehicle, 54-year-old Eric Brown of West Milton, was arrested and booked into the Miami County Jail in Troy.

Both are charged with one count each of felonious assault, according to a police report.

Deputies recovered two handguns, ammunition and spent bullet casings at the scene, according to the report.

No one was shot during the dispute, according to deputies.

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Veterans can learn about services at networking event

Published: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

            Ty Greenlees

A networking event to connect veterans to veterans’ service organizations and several colleges and universities and employers is set to launch Wednesday at Wright State University.

Veterans Moving Forward will bring together nearly 70 groups for the veteran-oriented event from 3 to 6 p.m. in the Apollo Room of the WSU Student Union.

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Some participants expected include the Air Force Wounded Warrior Program, Advanced Technical Intelligence Center, Disabled American Veterans, Military Veterans Resource Center, Ohio Means Jobs, and several employers such as Peerless Technologies and Reynolds and Reynolds and colleges and universities.

“There’s a really wide range of veterans’ organizations that will be in attendance,” said Cassie B. Barlow, one of the organizers and a retired Air Force officer.

Last year, the first time it was launched, the event drew about 200 people, she said.

The Greater Miami Valley myVeteran Community has organized the event. To register, log onto

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The Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority and Greene CATS will offer rides without charge to and from the event. RTA riders should show active military or military retiree identification, said Jessica Olson, an RTA spokeswoman.

Greene CATS will provide the service on flex routes and veterans should show a DD 214 identification, said executive director Kenneth Collier of the transit service.