Xenia schools hope third time is charm for construction issue

Published: Friday, May 19, 2017 @ 2:32 PM


            Xenia’s bond issue calls for replacing the 1962 Warner Middle School (above) and 1976 Xenia High School with a single building to be constructed at Ohio 42 and Ledbetter Road. JEREMY P. KELLEY / STAFF
Xenia’s bond issue calls for replacing the 1962 Warner Middle School (above) and 1976 Xenia High School with a single building to be constructed at Ohio 42 and Ledbetter Road. JEREMY P. KELLEY / STAFF

Xenia Schools will be back on the ballot Aug. 8, asking voters a third time for the local share of money to construct a new combination middle school/high school building.

The bond issue on the ballot will be the same 4.2-mill, 37-year measure that voters rejected by a 7 percentage point margin in May. It would cost the owner of a $100,000 home $147 per year.

RELATED: Voters rejected Xenia bond issue in May

Xenia Superintendent Denny Morrison said the school board got significant public feedback after the May vote not to be discouraged and to try again.

“We’re going to try to do a door-to-door campaign, and explain what this plan means, not just for Xenia schools, but for the entire community,” said Morrison, who retires July 31, eight days before the vote. “We have so many good things happening that we want to continue the momentum.”

The proposal calls for replacing the 1962 Warner Middle School and 1976 Xenia High School with a single building to be constructed at Ohio 42 and Ledbetter Road. The state-required evaluation of the two existing buildings called them both “borderline,” the middle rating out of three.

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The Ohio Facilities Construction Commission would pay for 40 percent of the project if Xenia voters agree to raise the rest via this bond issue. The current OFCC funding cycle expires after the August election. OFCC officials said Xenia could still qualify for state funding after that time if they passed a levy, but the funding percentage could shift.

“The $28.5 million that the state is offering now is contingent on the passage of the bond issue to fund our local share,” Morrison said.

Camden on the ballot

The only other levies expected on the Aug. 8 ballot are a pair of renewal levies in the Preble County village of Camden.

Preble County Board of Elections Director Terri Hans said Camden officials filed a 6-mill renewal police levy and a 4-mill renewal levy for general operating expenses. Hans said the Board of Elections is scheduled to certify those levies to the ballot next week.

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Dayton traffic from the WHIO Traffic Center

Published: Monday, October 09, 2017 @ 1:48 AM
Updated: Tuesday, October 24, 2017 @ 1:07 AM

SCENE: Rollover crash on Riverview Avenue
SCENE: Rollover crash on Riverview Avenue

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Ongoing Construction & Other Closures 

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MONTGOMERY COUNTY

  • Alex-Bell Road will be closed for work on the Washington Twp. bridge over Holes Creek until Nov. 30. More information, including detour information, is available here.
  • A half-mile of Stroop Road in Kettering between Woodman Drive and Glenheath/Braddox intersection will be closed until the end of the year so a bridge can be replaced. .
  • I-70 between I-75 and SR 202, Overnight lane closures Oct. 24 at 6 p.m. - Oct. 25 at 6 a.m. Two lanes will remain open in each direction.
  • I-70 east Ramp to SR 48, Overnight RAMP CLOSURE Oct. 27 at 8 p.m. - Oct. 28 at 12 p.m. The official detour is: I-70 east to Airport Access Road to US 40 to SR 48.
  • I-675 south Ramp to I-75 north, Overnight RAMP CLOSURE Oct. 26 at 9:30 p.m. - Oct. 27 at 5:30 a.m. The official detour is: I-675 to I-75 south to Austin Boulevard to I-75 north.
  • I-75 north Ramp to I-675, Overnight RAMP CLOSURE Oct. 25 at 9:30 p.m. - Oct. 26 at 5:30 a.m. The official detour is I-75 north to SR 725 to I-75 south to I-675.
  • I-75 south between Dixie Drive and SR 725, Overnight lane closures Oct. 24 at 9:30 p.m. - Oct. 25 at 5:30 a.m. These will become double lane closures at 11 p.m. One southbound lane will remain open.
  • I-75 north Ramp to US 35 wedt, Overnight RAMP CLOSURE Oct. 23 at 10 p.m. - Oct. 25 at 6 a.m. The official detour is: I-75 north to Second Street to I-I-75 south to US 35 west.
  • I-75 between I-70 and SR 571, nightly lane closures between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. through Oct. 31. The northbound side will become a double lane closure between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • Shroyer Road between Gainsborough Road and East Dorothy Lane will be repaved and reconfigured through at least October. Once the project is completed, Shroyer Road will be reduced to three lanes. 
  • The Webster Street bridge is closed as it is rebuilt. A detour will take drivers to Keowee Street to Monument Avenue. The project is scheduled to be completed in November.

MIAMI COUNTY 

  • I-75 between CR 25A (Troy) and US 36, shoulder closures through Oct. 31.
  • I-75 between SR 571 and Northwoods Boulevard, Nightly lane closures Oct. 16 - Nov. 10 between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. These will become double lane closures at 9 p.m. One lane will remaim open at all times. 
  • West Peterson Road at Piqua Troy Road, ROAD CLOSURE Sept 11 - Oct. 28. The official detour is: westbound Piqua Troy Road to Statler Road to CR 25A north to Eldean Road to Piqua Troy Road. Eastbound: West Peterson Road to Troy Sidney Road to Statler Road to Piqua Troy Road.

CLARK COUNTY  

  • I-70 east ramp to I-675 north, RAMP CLOSURE through Oct.31. The official detour is: I-675 to SR 444 to I-675 north.
  • SR 235 between Dalton Drive and Dille Road, Lane width restrictions Oct. 25 - 26 between 7:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. One 11’ lane will remain open in each direction. 

DARKE COUNTY 

  • SR 722 between Emrick Road and US 127, ROAD CLOSURE Oct. 9 - 30. The official detour is: SR 726 to US 40 to US 127.
  • SR 705 between Lightsville - Northern and Cochran Road, ROAD CLOSURE Oct. 30 - Nov. 10. The official detour is: SR 49 to SR 119 to SR 118.
SHELBY COUNTY  
  • SR 29 between Cisco Road and West Russell Road, shoulder closures through Nov. 17. *There could be intermittent lane closures in this area between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • SR 219 between State Street and Taylor Road, Daily lane closures Sept. 27 - Oct. 31 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. One lane will remain open  for travel in each direction through the use of flaggers.
  • SR 66 between Mason Road and Dirksen Road, Daily lane closures Sept. 27 - Oct. 31 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. One lane will remain open for travel in each direction through the use of flaggers. 

Rain moves in today, cooler air arrives this week

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 3:26 AM
Updated: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 3:29 PM

More rain is expected Tuesday in the Dayton area

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Few showers through mid-week
  • Cooler than normal temperatures
  • Windy at times

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

DETAILED FORECAST

5 Day Forecast with Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs

TONIGHT: Showers likely, windy and cool with temperatures falling into the 50s this evening, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs. Showers will taper a bit tonight, but clouds linger. Overnight lows will drop into the middle 40s. Still breezy at times through the night.

Kirstie Zontini

>> 5-day forecast

TUESDAY: Not as soggy as Monday, but a few passing showers are possible at any point during the day. Mostly cloudy, windy and cooler with highs in the lower to middle 50s. Winds may gust over 30 mph during the afternoon. Mainly dry with broken clouds Tuesday night. Windy and cold with lows in the upper 30s. Wind chills early Wednesday may be near freezing.

Kirstie Zontini

WEDNESDAY: A cold morning with temperatures in the 30s. Mostly cloudy through the day with the slight chance of a passing shower, mainly in the northern Miami Valley. It will be the coolest day of the week with highs ranging from the upper 40s to low 50s.

>> County-by-County weather forecast

THURSDAY: Areas of patchy frost to start the day with temperatures in the 30s. Lots of sunshine for the afternoon and a wind shift out of the south will help temperatures to climb to near 60 degrees for the afternoon.

FRIDAY: Dry to start Friday with increasing clouds through the day. A cold front will bring the chance of some showers into the evening. Highs for the day into the upper 50s.

SATURDAY: Some showers may linger to start the day, then drying into the afternoon. A chilly day and breezy with morning temperatures in the 30s and highs in the upper 40s.

Video captured by mom shows lightning bolt that nearly killed her son

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 11:26 PM

(Photo by David Silverman/Getty Images)
David Silverman/Getty Images
(Photo by David Silverman/Getty Images)(David Silverman/Getty Images)

Video captured by Argentinian mother Carolina Kotur shows the moment her son was nearly struck by lightning as he played in their yard during a recent storm. Even with other tall objects apparently around him, the electricity seemed to aim right at him.

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The unnamed 12-year-old boy survived the near-strike, reports the Daily Mail. In the moments before the lightning bolt struck, the boy was playing with an umbrella and a drainpipe that was gushing water.

Kotur says she was inside comforting her daughter, who is frightened by such storms, when she began filming.

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“It was morning. I was with my daughter in the room, calming her, because she is scared of lightning, said Kotur. “My son was walking in the rain and I started filming because I was making a joke, and right next to him the lightning struck.”

“Thank God, nothing happened to him,” she added.

The Daily Mail reports that the strong storm system has claimed the lives of people and livestock in Argentina and neighboring Paraguay.

Former President George W. Bush cracks joke, Obama gets the giggles during speech

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 10:42 PM

(L-R) Former United States Presidents Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama address the audience during the 'Deep from the Heart: The One America Appeal Concert' at Reed Arena on the campus of Texas A&M University on October 21, 2017 in College Station, Texas.  (Photo by Rick Kern/Getty Images for Ford Motor Company)
Rick Kern/Getty Images for Ford Motor Comp
(L-R) Former United States Presidents Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama address the audience during the 'Deep from the Heart: The One America Appeal Concert' at Reed Arena on the campus of Texas A&M University on October 21, 2017 in College Station, Texas. (Photo by Rick Kern/Getty Images for Ford Motor Company)(Rick Kern/Getty Images for Ford Motor Comp)

Five former presidents joined forces to raise money at a hurricane relief benefit on Saturday, but it was George W. Bush’s whispered joke to Barack Obama that had the internet talking.

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Bush and Obama joined Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter for the “Deep From the Heart: The One America Appeal” at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, to raise money for hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.

While Clinton was speaking, the younger Bush leaned over and cracked a joke to Obama. Whatever he said must have been pretty funny because Obama couldn’t stop laughing, and the internet loved the lighthearted moment.

>> RELATED: Photos Of Obama, Clinton and George W. Bush hanging out together at golfing tournament emerge online

The moment had people on the internet weighing in on the exchange, and the reactions were as awesome as you’d expect.