Would you vote to raise driver’s license fees? State may let you decide

Published: Monday, March 20, 2017 @ 6:38 PM
Updated: Monday, March 20, 2017 @ 6:38 PM

Would you pay $140 plate fee to avoid state gas taxes?

If counties want to increase vehicle registration fees to help pay for roads and bridges, it won’t be easy.

The Senate Transportation Committee decided Monday that local voter approval should be required before counties can levy an additional $5 fee on vehicle registrations. The committee also agreed to change how gas tax revenues are allocated to local road and bridge projects so that an additional $24 million a year is generated.

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Senate Transportation Committee Chairman Frank LaRose, R-Copley, said he expects to take testimony on House Bill 26 early this week and put the measure up for a full floor vote as early as Wednesday.

The bill prescribes how Ohio will spend $7.82 billion on transportation over the next two years. The revenue comes from fees, federal highway money and the state gas tax, which has stood at 28 cents per gallon since July 2005.

The House voted 83-13 in favor of the legislation on March 1. Once the Senate approves its version, the bill will return to the House for agreement or rejection of Senate changes.

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The bill would allow deputy registrars who run the state’s approximately 200 Bureau of Motor Vehicles offices to charge $1.75 more for transactions.

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Watch the International Space Station fly across the solar eclipse

Published: Monday, August 21, 2017 @ 7:13 PM

Most Stunning Moments From The Total Eclipse

A NASA photographer managed to capture the moment that the International Space Station moved across the solar eclipse Monday in a series of rare high-speed photos.

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Space agency photo editor Joel Kowsky used a high-speed camera from a vantage point in Banner, Wyoming to shoot the eclipse at the exact moment the ISS flew in front of it 250 miles above the Earth.

With a crescent-shaped sun as the backdrop, Kowsky managed to shoot the movements of the space station, which appear as a small “H” traveling at 17,500 mph across the face of the eclipsed sun.

2017 Total Solar Eclipse

Also Monday, astronauts aboard the space station were the only people who got to see what the eclipse looked like from space and they managed to snap a photo of it, too.

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“While millions experienced #Eclipse2017, only six people saw the umbra, or moon's shadow, over the United States from space today,” the crew said in a post on Instagram that accompanied the photo.

There’s a crew of six aboard the ISS right now.

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Fatal crash: Back-seat passengers not wearing seat belts, state patrol says

Published: Sunday, August 20, 2017 @ 4:00 PM
Updated: Monday, August 21, 2017 @ 6:53 PM

Friends, teachers remember 2 Clark County students killed in crash

Two Clark County high school students killed in Sunday’s rollover crash in Greene County were not wearing seat belts, Ohio State Highway Patrol officials said in a statement.

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  • Killed were David Waag, 17, of Beavercreek, and Connor Williams, 15, of Fairborn
  • A vigil at Greenon High School was planned for Monday night
  • Alcohol and drugs do not appear to be factors, according to the state patrol.

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UPDATE @ 6 p.m. (Aug. 21) 

The tight-knit Greenon schools community is continuing to grieve the loss of the two high school athletes killed in Sunday’s crash.

"A lot of people are hurting still," Greenon Superintendent Brad Silvus said. "But they are rallying around each other and supporting both families and also the families of those that were able to survive."

UPDATE @ 12:05 p.m. (Aug. 21)

Counselors are being made available to help students and staff members at two Clark County schools where two teenagers killed in Sunday’s rollover crash on Wilkerson Road were students.

Both schools are closed today in light of the news that Connor Williams and David Waag were killed.

Williams was a sophomore at Global Impact STEM Academy in Springfield. Director Joshua Jennings said area districts have offered to help provide grief counselors.

Global Impact Stem Academy closed after student dies in crash

"Our school counselors will be able to be here ... for [students] to talk to and work out the grieving process that they may be going through collectively as a school or individually,” Jennings said. “ In addition to that, we've been in contact with a number of surrounding districts who are willing to send out their counselors as well and trained professionals to be able to add additional support where needed.”

Counselors are also being made available at Greenon High School, where David Waag was a senior. Greenon High was closed Monday but counselors were made available from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Troopers release crash details

Trey Blevins, 18, of Enon, was driving a black 2005 Toyota Corolla that went off the right side of Wilkerson Road between Fairborn and Yellow Springs, the state patrol said in a statement released early Monday.

“It appears in our investigation that they drifted off the right side of the road, over-corrected, went off the left side, hit a tree and then overturned,” said Sgt. Paul Lezotte of the Xenia Post.

Blevins, who was wearing a seat belt, was taken to Soin Medical Center suffering from minor injuries. 

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The right front passenger, Zach Knauer, 17, of Springfield, was also wearing a seat belt. He was taken to Soin for observation. 

Waag and Williams were in the back seat. They died at the scene.

The crash remains under investigation. No charges have been filed.

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The vigil

Community members came together Sunday night at the Greenon High School football field to grieve the loss of the boys. Some brought candles, others illuminated cellphones to light the night in honor of Waag and Williams.

School closings

Greenon High School announced the school will be closed Monday, but counselors will be available from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., according to a social media post.

“After careful consideration of our need to support our students during this difficult time and protect all students during tomorrow’s solar eclipse, we are cancelling school so that we can ensure the safety and emotional well-being of all students and staff.”

Officials at Global Impact STEM Academy also decided to close the school Monday. School officials sent out a “One Call” phone message and posted on social media to alert families.

The students

Waag, a senior soccer player, last year was second-team All-Central Buckeye Conference Mad River Division as a junior. Williams played football and attended Global Impact STEM Academy.

Greenon Athletic Director Adam Billet said he was not ready to comment, but said “they were great kids.”

The district had activities in place for the eclipse, but district spokeswoman said that with the deaths of two students in the tight-knit community it would be too much of a strain on the staff.

As Trump glances at solar eclipse without glasses, aide yells, 'Don’t look’

Published: Monday, August 21, 2017 @ 5:44 PM

President Donald Trump inspired jokes across Twitter after the eclipse. He was photographed looking at the sun without protective glasses. This is dangerous and can burn your corneas. A few minutes later, he enjoyed the eclipse through glasses. He still earned a few jabs on social media, though.

As President Trump and first lady Melania Trump got in on Monday's eclipse mania, the president took a peek at the sun without the proper eyewear.         

According to pool reports, the president and first lady, who returned Sunday from Bedminster, New Jersey,watched the eclipse from a balcony at the White House. 

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 Accompanied by son Barron Trump, the pair arrived on the balcony at 2:38 p.m, per pool reports. When asked how the view was, the president gave a thumb's up.         

At one point, the president appeared to glance up at one point sans eclipse glasses, leading to an aide shouting, "Don't look," per pool reports. Looking at the eclipse without the proper eyewear   can lead to eye damage.         

At 2:41 p.m., a minute before peak eclipse at the White House at about 81 percent, the president put on a pair of glasses and stood next to the first lady.         

Still, he wasn't able to escape the Twitter jokes made after his glance at the sky.




They left the balcony after a few minutes later. Afterward, the first lady expressed excitement over the event.

Others who enjoyed the view from the White House: first daughter and presidential adviser Ivanka Trump, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, adviser Omarosa Manigault and interim communications director Hope Hicks.         

As the eclipse began in Washington, "Total Eclipse of the Heart" played over the White House's PA system.

Contributing: David Jackson

2 children injured, driver cited in single-vehicle Tipp City accident 

Published: Monday, August 21, 2017 @ 6:41 PM

2 children injured, driver cited in single-vehicle Tipp City accident

Two children have been taken to Dayton Children's Hospital from a single-vehicle accident on South Tipp Cowlesville Road, just north of Virginia Drive, in Tipp City, and the driver has been given a traffic citation for a violation, Miami County Sheriff’s deputies said. 

The injuries are said to be non-life threatening and the adult who was in the vehicle has accompanied the children to the hospital, Tipp City EMS personnel said. 

According to the deputies, the driver removed one of the children, still in a car seat, before EMS personnel arrived. 

Police and the medic unit were dispatched about 5:25 p.m. on a report that the sedan had slammed into a utility pole. 

There is a phone wire in the street, knocked loose from the pole because of the impact, and that is causing traffic to be re-routed.

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