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Vectren replacing more outmoded gas lines

Published: Tuesday, February 05, 2013 @ 5:23 PM
Updated: Tuesday, February 05, 2013 @ 5:23 PM

Crews hired by the Vectren Corp. are back at work in the Dayton area replacing miles of below-ground natural gas pipeline, updating individual customer services and relocating indoor meters to the outside as part of a project that will total $48 million in Ohio and Indiana in 2013, jumping to $72 million during 2014.

Ritter Plumbing & Pipeline of Dayton, Miller Pipeline Corp. of Tipp City and the Fishel Co. of Dublin are all adding workers after being awarded portions of the contract in the Dayton area.

“It’s huge for us,” said Jim Wilson, area manager for Miller.

“We’ll add 30 workers and probably have 100 people working on this. It will mean a 40 percent to 60 percent upswing in our workload. Hopefully, if we do it right, it will mean a boost in profitability,” Wilson said.

Miller employees began several weeks of work in late January along South Main Street in Dayton and on intersecting streets to the east. Later, they will install four miles of new gas mains and 335 services in Oakwood.

Colleen Ryan, president of Vectren Energy Delivery of Ohio, said projects in Eaton, Greenville and West Milton also will be among 16 in Ohio cities this year.

Since 2009 in Dayton, Ryan said 45.6 miles of main and 5,676 services have been replaced, with 18.34 more miles and 2,291 services planned this year.

Residents in affected areas will be contacted before work begins, which will be after the end of the school year in Oakwood, at the request of city officials.

Also due to regulations in the federal Pipeline Safety Improvement Act of 2002, Duke Energy plans to replace nearly 1,200 miles in Ohio by the end of 2015. Vectren began replacing gas mains across its service area in 2009.

The Evansville, Ind.-based company decided to accelerate renovation because new piping and systems have meant savings.

Ryan said Vectren has realized a 60 percent reduction in repair and service-call costs in Marion, Ind., and 40 percent in Anderson, Ind., two of the first cities completed.

“We are prioritizing replacement based on the condition of the infrastructure. We are doing this in older neighborhoods and we are being proactive with local communities about timing,” she said.

Many homes in the Dayton neighborhood west of Brown Street, where tractors, drillers and vacuum truck crews caused closure of a northbound lane of Ohio 48 on Tuesday, were built in the 1920s and ’30s. Bare-steel and cast-iron mains and individual service lines there will be replaced with polyethelene piping.

Meters located inside homes and businesses in those locations will be moved outdoors. “That improves safety and efficiency,” Ryan said. “If an incident occurred where we had to shut the gas off now, we would need to get into people’s houses to do that.”

The new lines also allow natural gas to be provided under higher pressure, “which enables future development.”

New pipes will be installed using directional horizontal boring, a “steerable” method that allows minimal impact to the surrounding area.

The old pipe will not be removed. “It is simply retired in place,” Ryan said. “We’re avoiding digging anything up. We prefer to go between the street and the sidewalk in a grassy area wherever we can.”

When work begins on services to individual homes and businesses, crews will briefly turn off the gas. “Once the meter is moved and installed outside, we will come back in and re-light the pilot,” Ryan said.

For more information, contact Vectren Customer Service at (800) 227-1376 or go to

Air Force may recall up to 1,000 retired pilots

Published: Sunday, October 22, 2017 @ 12:24 AM

The U.S. Air Force may call up to 1,000 retired pilots back to active duty.
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The U.S. Air Force may call up to 1,000 retired pilots back to active duty.(Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

The U.S. Air Force may recall as many as 1,000 retired military pilots to active duty because of an executive order signed Friday by President Donald Trump,  ABC News reported.

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By law, only 25 retired pilots can be recalled through voluntary programs to serve in any one branch of military service, but Trump’s executive order removes that limit, ABC News reported. The order expands the national state of emergency declared in 2001 by President George W. Bush in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks as part of an effort “to mitigate the Air Force’s acute shortage of pilots,” said Navy Commander Gary Ross, a Pentagon spokesman.

Secretary of Air Force Heather Wilson said the service was short by 1,555 pilots -- including 1,211 fighter pilots -- at the end of the 2016 fiscal year.

"We anticipate that the Secretary of Defense will delegate the authority to the Secretary of the Air Force to recall up to 1,000 retired pilots for up to three years," Ross said in a statement Friday. "The pilot supply shortage is a national level challenge that could have adverse effects on all aspects of both the government and commercial aviation sectors for years to come."

Jimmy Carter says he’d go to North Korea to help ease tensions

Published: Sunday, October 22, 2017 @ 8:42 AM

Former President Jimmy Carter said he would go to North Korea if asked by the Trump administration.
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Former President Jimmy Carter said he would go to North Korea if asked by the Trump administration.(Jessica McGowan/Getty Images)

Jimmy Carter said he “would go” to North Korea as an emissary for President Donald Trump, the former president told New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd.

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In a wide-ranging interview that covered topics such as the relationship between Trump and Russian president Vladimir Putin, Carter told Dowd he was eager to partner with the president on a diplomatic mission to North Korea.

Carter told Dowd he would be willing to go to North Korea amid the ongoing tensions over nuclear weapons.

"I would go, yes," he said.

Carter, 93, said he has talked with Trump's national security adviser, Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster, about his intentions but was given "a negative response."

"I told him that I was available if they ever need me," he said.

It would not be the first time Carter collaborated with a president or traveled to North Korea in a diplomatic mission. In 2010, he negotiated the release of an imprisoned U.S. citizen.

Carter also flew to North Korea in 1994 over the objections of President Bill Clinton and made a deal with Kim Il-sung to help prevent a nuclear confrontation.

Ohio thief caught after leaving wallet at scene of crime

Published: Sunday, October 22, 2017 @ 3:53 AM

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Wallet.(Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

A thief in Ohio unwittingly turned himself in after leaving his wallet behind after leaving a Dayton store.

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Police said they were dispatched to Dollar General in Dayton around 8 a.m. Saturday, and found a wallet left behind by one of the suspects. Police found several items with the suspect’s name on them, including a photo ID. 

The second suspect was identified as a heavyset man between 30 and 40, wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt. The suspect ran away on foot south through the nearby alley, appearing to have several items hidden under his sweatshirt. 

According to reports, police found hangers with five children’s outfits near the wallet, as well as three packs of Ivory soap and a Halloween mask.

5 former presidents appear at hurricane relief concert

Published: Sunday, October 22, 2017 @ 2:05 AM

From left, former Presidents George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama address the audience during the
From left, former Presidents George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama address the audience during the "Deep From The Heart: One America Appeal Concert" at Texas A&M University on Saturday.(Gary Miller/Getty Images)

All five living former Presidents appeared together for the first time since 2013 on Saturday, as they appeared at a benefit concert in Texas to raise money for hurricane relief efforts, CNN reported.

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Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama attended “Deep From the Heart: The One America Appeal” on the campus of Texas A&M University. President Donald Trump appeared in a taped video message to the concertgoers, CNN reported.

The concert featured rock and country musicians such as Lyle Lovett, Robert Earl Keen, Sam Moore and Yolanda Adams. Country music singer Lee Greenwood was emcee for the event.

Lady Gaga made an unbilled appearance and tweeted, "Nothing more beautiful than everyone putting their differences aside to help humanity in the face of catastrophe. #OneAmericaAppeal"

As of Saturday night, the "One Heart" effort had raised $31 million in tax-deductible, private funds from more than 80,000 donors since Sept. 7, said Jim McGrath, spokesman for George H.W. Bush. Funds collected through concert ticket sales will be distributed through various organizations in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.

Four of the five former presidents spoke at the concert, appealing for national unity to help those affected by the hurricanes. The elder Bush, sitting in his wheelchair, did not speak but smiled and waved to the crowd.

Carter told the crowd that Habitat for Humanity, a nonprofit organization he has worked with for 36 years, has agreed to build 6,000 homes in devastated areas. The group has raised $20 million of a needed $100 million, he said.

Clinton said that the country “has been volunteering since before the Constitution, when Benjamin Franklin organized the first volunteer fire department in Philadelphia.”

“The heart of America, without regard to race or religion or political party, is greater than our problems,” Clinton said.

“What we’ve also seen was the spirit of America at its best,” Obama said. “When ordinary people step up and do extraordinary things.”

“I want to thank all the volunteers, but I am here for another reason. I speak for the folks right here when I say we really admire and love George H.W. Bush,” the younger Bush said.

The last time the five men appeared together was in 2013, when Obama was still in office, at the dedication of George W. Bush's presidential library in Dallas.

Trump thanked the former presidents in his taped message.

“To Presidents Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, Melania and I want to express our deep gratitude for your tremendous assistance," Trump said. "This wonderful effort reminds us that we truly are one nation under God, all unified by our values and our devotion to one another.”