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Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 10:31 PM
KINGS MILLS, Warren County — Changes are being promised for Kings Schools in the wake of last week’s racist incident that drew national attention, but Tuesday evening district officials said details about those changes will come later.
That was the message from Kings’ leader and school board members, who took the resignation of their board vice president in the wake of some white, local teens wearing basketball jerseys that displayed racist slurs.
The Kings Board of Education voted 4-0 to formally accept the resignation of member Kerry McKiernan, who previously cited his own failure in stopping some of the boys on the recreational league basketball team – not affiliated with Kings -- from wearing jerseys with names that appeared to slur African-Americans.
The names on the backs of the jerseys included "Knee Grow" and "Coon." The team played in the Cincinnati Premier Youth Basketball League.
McKiernan, whose son played on the now banned team that used Kings’ facilities, did not attend Tuesday’s board meeting and has not responded to requests for comment.
Last week McKiernan emotionally announced his intentions to resign, citing his failure to stop the team from wearing the jerseys during its first four games.
Superintendent Tim Ackermann told this news outlet he will soon be proposing systemic changes design to raise student, school staffers and community members’ awareness of the importance of racial and other diversity for the predominately white Warren County district.
“It’s really important to move forward and sustainable change is extremely important to us so that we can work to create a more loving, acceptable tolerant society,” said Ackermann. “We believe this is a community and societal issue around racism … intolerance, hate and bigotry and we all need to work together to make Kings the best place for all of our kids.”
He declined, however, to give details as to what district efforts are coming, saying the changes are still being studied.
“I don’t want to create something just to create something. Sustainable change doesn’t happen overnight,” said Ackermann.
Tom Squires, an African-American parent at Kings, was among the more than a dozen residents who attended the board meeting.
Afterward, Squires said the jersey incident, which has drawn national media attention, was “unfortunate.”
“We didn’t pay that close of attention as parents and we should have. We have to react swiftly and we have to make sure that people understand that this is not a district that condones that kind of thing,” said Squires, who has lived in the Deerfield Twp. school community for more than a decade.
“When you make a mistake you have to make sure you correct that mistake. Sometimes it’s not always fast but we have to make sure we make the right correction,” he said.
“This thing (reaction to the incident) is still evolving so it’s kind of hard for me to be critical of the district. They are still trying to make the correction and I think we should give them the opportunity to do so,” said Squires.
Under Ohio school law, the board now has until Feb. 9 to appoint a new board member and agreed during its meeting to accept applications until 4 p.m. on Jan. 24.
Applications will soon be available on the Kings Schools website.
Published: Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 9:14 AM
Updated: Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 11:22 AM
PARK LAYNE — One year after five tornadoes hit in three counties across the Miami Valley, businesses are recovering and the Sunoco station in Park Layne is remembering the tornado outbreak by selling gas at the same price it was being sold for when a tornado hit the gas station.
The Sunoco is selling gas for $2.39 a gallon Thursday.
Five tornadoes hit the Miami Valley one year ago, including two in Clark County, one in Greene County, one in Miami County and one in Warren County. A sixth tornado hit just outside the Miami Valley in Fayette County.
Published: Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 3:58 AM
Updated: Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 12:36 PM
TODAY: Mostly sunny and comfortably warm today with highs expected to reach the middle 80s, according to Storm Center 7 Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs.
“The UV index is very high again today. Wearing protective clothing and sunblock is advised,” Vrydaghs said.
We’ll stay clear and quiet tonight with lows falling into the lower 60s.
FRIDAY: Another dry day with highs in the middle 80s, so it’ll start to feel a little muggy. UV Index will be very high again. Sunny skies for the afternoon with a a few clouds at night.
SATURDAY: Sunshine and scattered clouds with lots of dry time during the day, but winds out of the south will help to increase moisture. Dew points climb and it will feel hot and humid as highs reach in the upper 80s. High humidity will make it feel like 90 (heat index). A few afternoon/early evening storms may develop.
SUNDAY: Sun and clouds again with highs in the upper 80s, but even muggier for the day. The heat index values rise to the low 90s, but the UV Index will likely still be high. An afternoon pop up storm is possible again.
MONDAY: Dry time expected, especially early in the day. Another hot and humid day with highs in the upper 80s. Heat index values will be in the low 90s. A pop up storm is possible during the day with most spots looking to stay dry.
Published: Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 11:56 AM
Updated: Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 1:23 PM
HARRISON TWP., Montgomery County
— UPDATE @ 1:20 p.m.:
Deputies have now shut down both directions of Salem Avenue just south of Free Pike in Harrison Twp. after a reported pedestrian strike around 11:20 a.m.
Investigators were only blocking one lane of Salem Avenue until around 1:15 p.m. when the entire roadway was shut down.
Reports indicate one person was transported to a hospital following the crash, but their condition wasn’t available.
We’ll update this page as we learn more.
A lane of Salem Avenue is blocked and a business parking lot surrounded by police tape after a reported crash involving a pedestrian Thursday morning, according to initial reports.
The incident was reported around 11:20 a.m. in the 3800 block of Salem Avenue.
It’s unclear if anyone was transported to the hospital or what the circumstances surrounding the reported crash were, however we’re working to gather those details.
Published: Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 8:05 AM
Updated: Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 11:39 AM
MORAINE — We're working to learn more about a police investigation at the Montgomery County Solid Waste District in Moraine involving Miamisburg police.
Officials said the FBI was requested for the investigation, but has since been told to not respond. Miamisburg police cruisers remain on the scene.
The investigation involves evidence recovered from a Rumpke trash truck, according to a spokeswoman for the Montgomery County Environmental Services.
Additional details were not available from law enforcement officials.
We have a crew on the scene and we'll update this page as we learn more.