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Greene County election results in new faces, new taxes

Published: Wednesday, November 08, 2017 @ 3:57 PM

            (From top left) Joanna Garcia, Paul Keller, Ryan Rushing (From bottom left) Wesley Smith, Levi Dean, Bob Stone
(From top left) Joanna Garcia, Paul Keller, Ryan Rushing (From bottom left) Wesley Smith, Levi Dean, Bob Stone

Greene County voters put new faces in office and approved three tax requests in Beavercreek that will provide revenue for city streets, township parks and school district operations.

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Turnout at the polls was low as expected Tuesday at approximately 29 percent, according to the unofficial, final results from the Greene County Board of Elections.

The board will certify the results at 4 p.m. Nov. 22, according to Elections Board Director Llyn McCoy.

At 64 to 36 percent, voters overwhelmingly approved a new tax to support and improve Beavercreek Twp.’s two parks: Victory Park, which contains the all-access playground Owen’s Place, and Beavercreek Community Park.

“We were very pleased,” said Ernie Muller, board chairman for the Beavercreek Twp. Park District. “I think it shows we sized the levy to the right amount to keep these parks in good shape at a reasonable cost.”

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The parks levy, which costs about $3.50 a year for the owner of a $200,000 home, will generate about $90,000 a year. Park district officials will be in talks with the city of Beavercreek to provide park maintenance services, like mowing. Muller added that the new revenue will also be considered for park improvements, like adding a bathroom by Owen’s Place.

At 55 to 45 percent, voters in Beavercreek City Schools handily passed the 6-mill substitute emergency levy that voters turned down in the spring.

The levy currently generates about $10.4 million a year at a cost of approximately $210 for every $100,000 of home value. Because this was a substitute, the levy now does not have an expiration date and could generate more annual revenue as more people move into the district.

Beavercreek Schools Spokesman Ryan Gilding issued a statement Tuesday night after results came in.

“We want to thank our community for their continued support,” Gilding said. “Passage of this levy will allow Beavercreek City Schools to realize financial stability now and into the future. More importantly, our district will continue to provide the same high level of services students and families deserve.”

Beavercreek voters also said “yes” to renewing the 1-mill street levy, at 73 to 27 percent.

The street levy generates approximately $1.3 million a year, or about 22.5 percent of the street department’s annual budget, and costs property owners approximately $31 per $100,000 of value each year.

In the race for three Beavercreek City Council seats, incumbent Bob Stone came out on top with 46 percent of the votes, followed by newcomers Joanna Garcia, who received 42 percent of the votes, and Ryan Rushing, who received the most votes of the two write-in candidates.

Garcia is new to public office and new to the Miami Valley. An attorney and Youngstown native, Garcia said she hopes “to bring a different and unique perspective” to bear on city finances and how to maintain infrastructure.

“I also hope to focus on how we can better use technology to improve services and reduce expense,” she said. “While we have limited resources, we are a growing city, and so my goal is to be sure that any time we make any kind of investments, it is tied to our strategic goals so we are delivering the results that people expect.”

Stone said voters helped answer one of the biggest challenges facing the city — finding the funds needed to maintain streets.

“We’re trying to stabilize our funding. Without an income tax, we seem to be going to the ballot every three to five years,” Stone said. “I want to try to make people feel good about where they live.”

In the race for two Xenia City Council seats, incumbent Wesley Smith was reelected with 21.5 percent of the vote, but the top vote-getter was newcomer Levi P. Dean, who received 33 percent of the vote.

“I’m excited to get to work for the citizens of Xenia and excited to bring about some change,” Dean said Wednesday morning.

Councilwoman Sarah J. Mays ran unopposed and will be Xenia’s next mayor. She will assume the office in January, and City Council will then appoint someone to serve the remainder of her unexpired term as a council member.

Paul Keller, Fairborn’s deputy mayor, won a decisive victory in the mayoral race. Keller won 80 percent of the vote against challenger and political newcomer Ethan Long. Incumbent mayor Dan Kirkpatrick could not run again due to term limits.

Robert Hoffman and Donna Wilson will return to Fairborn City Council along with Colin Morrow. Rodney McCubbins came in fourth, edging him out of the three seats up for grabs.

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Police: Man shot in head drives to Speedway in Dayton for help

Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 10:59 PM
Updated: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 11:15 PM

Man shot in Dayton

A man who was shot in the head tonight drove to a Speedway gas station for help.

The victim was shot through his vehicle’s windshield in the 100 block of Huffman Avenue near Jersey Street. The shooting was reported just before 10 p.m. after the victim drove himself to Speedway, 1556 Huffman Ave., to get help, police said.

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The victim was taken to Miami Valley Hospital with injuries that are not life-threatening, Dayton police said. His name, age and condition were not immediately available.

Huffman Avenue at South Smithville Road is blocked as police investigate.

Police have not released any suspect information or whether anyone is in custody.

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Why leaving a water bottle in your car could be dangerous

Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 11:09 PM

You might not want to leave water bottles in your car, according to officials at the Midwest Fire Department in Oklahoma.
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You might not want to leave water bottles in your car, according to officials at the Midwest Fire Department in Oklahoma.(Art-Of-Photo/Getty Images/iStockphoto)

On scorching summer days, taking a nice cold bottle of water for your drive seems like a natural fit.

But it could lead to startling consequences, firefighters say.

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One Oklahoma fire department and a power company in Idaho recently demonstrated how a partly filled water bottle could magnify the sun’s rays and start a fire.

David Richardson, of the Midwest Fire Department in Oklahoma, told KFOR the sunlight “uses the liquid and the clear material to develop a focused beam, and sure enough, it can actually cause a fire.”

“The sunlight will come through (the bottle) when it’s filled with liquid and act as a magnifying glass as you would with regular optics,” said Richardson.

A test at the fire department, outside a car, showed sunlight going through a water bottle raised the temperature of a piece of paper to 250 degrees, KFOR reported.

Representatives from Idaho Power also showed the same potential problem in a Facebook post in July, with a video showing direct sunlight going through a water bottle leaving smoke and burn marks in car seats before the bottle was removed.

While the risk of fire is relatively small, officials recommend keeping water bottles out of unattended vehicles, KFOR reported.

Read more at KFOR.


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The difference between meteorological and astronomical seasons

Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 9:36 PM

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June 1 marked the official start to the summer season based on the meteorological calendar.

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Typically, many think of the first day of summer arriving in late June, usually on or around June 21, but there are major differences when comparing the meteorological and astronomical seasons.

Dating back to the early-to-mid 20th century, meteorologists have set official seasons based on the same date each year. Summer starts June 1, lasting until Aug. 31. Fall runs from Sept. 1 until Nov. 30, followed by winter from Dec.1 through Feb. 28, and finally spring season from March 1 to May 31.

Meteorologists believe that keeping the exact three-month pattern can reflect accurate climatological statistics when comparing year-to-year.

Meanwhile, astronomical seasons are based on the position of the Earth in relation to the sun.

This year, astronomical summer starts June 21, the date of the summer solstice. This date typically varies between June 21 or 22, depending on the solstice.

Astronomical winter also varies between Dec. 21 or 22, the date of the solstice. Spring and fall both depend on the vernal and autumnal equinoxes.

Since it takes 354.24 days for the earth to travel around the sun, an extra day is needed every four years, known as Leap Year. This can cause the dates of solstices and equinoxes to vary.

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That, combined with the fact that the elliptical path of the Earth around the sun can cause the length of the path and seasons to be inconsistent, makes keeping climatological statistics confusing year-to-year.

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After Trump visit, Republicans try to rally behind immigration bill

Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 11:07 PM

President Donald Trump tried on Tuesday evening to push Republicans in the House to pass an immigration reform bill later this week, basically telling GOP lawmakers he would support whatever they could pass, as Republicans struggled to find the votes to do that, and pressed the White House to back off a new policy that separates some illegal immigrant kids from their parents after being picked up at the border.

“The system’s been broken for many years,” the President told reporters at the Capitol before the unusual Tuesday evening gathering.

“The immigration system, it’s been a really bad, bad. system, probably the worst anywhere in the world. And we’re gonna try and see if we can fix it.”

Earlier in the day, the President had told a gathering of business leaders that he would not back off his calls for major changes in U.S. immigration laws.

“When people come up, they have to know they’re never going to get in, or else it’s never going to stop,” Mr. Trump said of the flow of illegal immigration across the southern border with Mexico.

But complicating matters for the President was the recent move to force the separation of children and parents, if the parents were being charged for illegally entering the United States, as that continued to draw stern opposition from GOP lawmakers of all stripes.

“All of us are horrified at the images that we are seeing,” said Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).

“We ought to stop separating families,” said Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-KS). “The Administration disagrees,” as GOP lawmakers said the conflict wasn’t really discussed during the Tuesday night meeting with Mr. Trump.

“We can have strong border security without separating families,” said Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH).

13 GOP Senators signed a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, asking the Trump Administration to “halt current policies leading to the forced separation of minor children from their parents,” but that missive fell on deaf ears at the White House, as GOP lawmakers scrambled for kind of legislative answer.

House GOP leaders on Tuesday night posted two different immigration bills for possible House votes – one was a more conservative plan backed by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), which was unlikely to get close to a majority; a second was a more moderate bill that lacked the support of conservatives.

It left many unsure what would happen if votes occurred this week on the House floor.

“I’m still working through whether I can vote for the compromise bill,” said Rep. Warren Davidson (R-OH), as more conservative lawmakers withheld their support from the only all-GOP plan that has a chance for approval.

Meanwhile, even as Mr. Trump tried to push Republicans to stick together on immigration, he managed to cause some internal GOP pain, as lawmakers said the President – during the closed door meeting with House lawmakers – took a verbal shot at Rep. Mark Sanford (R-SC), who lost his primary a week ago to a candidate backed by the President.

“Is Mark Sanford here? I just want to congratulate him on running a great race,” the President reportedly said, drawing quiet groans and hisses from some GOP members.

One Republican, Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) said later on Twitter, that the jab was uncalled for.

“This was a classless cheap shot,” Amash wrote.

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