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Christmas tree farms get healthy on good weather

Published: Wednesday, November 22, 2017 @ 12:11 AM

It's great weather to get a head start on picking up a Christmas tree.

The inventory at the Advent Christmas Tree Farm in Englewood is looking good this season for those who want to pick up a live plant for the holiday season. 

A wet couple of years damaged Christmas trees at area farms as late as last year, Storm Center 7 Meterologist McCall Vrydaghs said Tuesday. 

SKY 7: Christmas tree farm

SEE: Our list of area tree farms 

The heavy rain caused root rot, which occurs when plants get too much water, and brown spot, a fungus that causes needle drop, she said. 

SEE: WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

As many as 900 Christmas trees were lost last year because of brown spot, she said. 

Special fencing at the farm on Haber Road in Englewood -- a series of simple bamboo poles, each one with a plastic shopping bag attached, on the perimeter of the area where the trees are grown -- has helped keep deer away, Vrydaghs said. 

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Vandalia’s Air Show parade steps off

Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 2:19 PM

The Vandalia-Butler Chamber of Commerce will host a parade on Friday for the Air Show. CONTRIBUTED.
The Vandalia-Butler Chamber of Commerce will host a parade on Friday for the Air Show. CONTRIBUTED.

This is the 40th year for the Air Show parade, and it’s only had to be cancelled twice, with last year being the second time--according to Dan Schweitzer, Parade Chair.

To make sure the weather is going to be in good shape for the parade, Schweitzer checks the radar. If it’s going to rain, the parade is still on, but if it’s going to thunderstorm, then the parade gets called off.

Many people set up chairs outside to see this parade. “These chairs have been there for a couple of days now,” said Schweitzer. “We have like 30 volunteers, and over 70 units in the parade. We got bands, we got drum cores, we got the shrine in the parade. So everyone needs to come out and see us.”

On Friday, the Vandalia-Butler Chamber of Commerce will host an Air Show parade in honor of this year’s Dayton Vectren Air Show at the Dayton International Airport.

The parade will close a portion of National Road and Dixie Drive from 6:45 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, according to Communications Manager Rich Hopkins.

MORE: Insider’s guide to the Dayton Air Show: 7 things to know before you go

Event organizers had planned for Vandalia Police Chief Douglas Knight to be the grand marshal for the parade, but Knight died this spring, just weeks after announcing he planned to retire this summer.

Instead, members of the Knight family will will step in as the honorary grand marshals.

MORE: Hungry at the Air Show? Check out these Vandalia-area restaurants

The parade route is James Bohanan Drive at National Road, to Dixie Drive and National Road. Then it continues to North on Dixie Drive to Inverness Drive, according to Hopkins.

For more information about the parade contact Hopkins at (937) 898-5891.

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9 arrested after drug-related search warrant at Eaton home

Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 2:12 PM
Updated: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 2:34 PM

Top row: Steven Jones (L), Samantha Dillon (C), James E. Busteed (R).
Middle: Kara Straszheim (L), Brittany N. Betzner (C), Travis R. Hodapp (R)
Bottom: Martin J. Boomershine (L), Darrell Raymond Griffith (C), Nicole L. Sherer (R)
Top row: Steven Jones (L), Samantha Dillon (C), James E. Busteed (R). Middle: Kara Straszheim (L), Brittany N. Betzner (C), Travis R. Hodapp (R) Bottom: Martin J. Boomershine (L), Darrell Raymond Griffith (C), Nicole L. Sherer (R)

Nine people were arrested after police executed a drug-related search warrant at a Eaton home Friday morning, according to Eaton Police Chief Steven Hurd. 

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Eaton police and the Preble County Sheriff’s Office executed the search a the home in the 600 block of Aukerman Street around 8 a.m. Friday, Hurd confirmed to this news outlet. 

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Hurd said the house was known to police for drug activity and have made arrests there before for drug-related charges. 

Police arrested nine people on various charges and all were booked into the Preble County Jail: 

  • Brittany N. Betzner, 30, on a charge of possession of a drug abuse instrument
  • Martin J. Boomershine, 44, on a charge of possession of a drug abuse instrument
  • James E. Busteed, 29, on charges of possession of drugs, and possession of a drug abuse instrument
  • Samantha Dillon, 28, on charges of possession of a drug abuse instrument and obstructing official business 
  • Darrell Raymond Griffith, 73, on charges of permitting drug abuse and possession of a drug abuse instrument
  • Travis R. Hodapp, 37, on charges of with possession of a drug abuse
  • Steven Chad Jones, 27, obstructing official business and a parole violation
  • Nicole L. Sherer, 35, possession of a drug abuse instrument
  • Kara Straszheim, 27, charged with possession of a drug abuse instrument

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Flash Flood Watch issued for some, isolated storms possible today 

Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 3:34 AM
Updated: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 4:23 PM

Damaging winds and flooding the main threat.

A Flash Flood Watch is in effect until midnight issued for some counties in the area, including: Auglaize, Clark, Champaign, Darke, Logan, Mercer, Miami and Shelby counties. 

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QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Mild for the weekend 
  • Isolated flooding and damaging winds possible
  • Few showers and storms into the evening

>> 5-Day Forecast

DETAILED FORECAST

THIS EVENING:Partly sunny with a few passing showers or storms into the early evening. Some isolated storms may become intense with locally heavy rain and strong wind gusts. Severe threat is low, but the potential exists that a couple of storms may produce damaging winds. Storms will weaken and taper of into the night. Clouds linger with temperatures falling into the middle 60s late.

5 Day Forecast with Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs

>> LIVE Doppler 7 Interactive HD Radar

TOMORROW:  Mostly cloudy, mild and still a little muggy with the chance of a few passing showers or isolated storm. A little bit of a breezy afternoon with temperatures in the upper 70s. Some breaks in the clouds Saturday night with temperatures dropping into the lower 60s.

SUNDAY: Partly sunny and warm with the slight chance of a passing shower. Most of the area will remain dry with highs in the lower 80s.

>> County-by-County Weather 

MONDAY: Mostly sunny and comfortably warm for Monday. Temperatures rise into the lower 80s.

TUESDAY: Partly cloudy and warmer for Tuesday. Highs in the middle 80s.

WEDNESDAY: Partly sunny skies with showers and a few storms developing. A very warm and muggy day with temperatures climbing into the upper 80s.

 

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2 injured in three-vehicle accident on I-75 South at state Route 4 in Dayton 

Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 4:28 PM
Updated: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 6:00 PM

Traffic backed up for miles this is at Wagner Ford and 75 southbound

UPDATE @ 6 p.m.: All lanes of Interstate 75 south are open following a three-vehicle crash at state Route 4 in Dayton.

UPDATE @ 4:56 p.m.: Two people have been taken to a hospital suffering from non-life-threatening injuries from the three-vehicle accident on I-75 South at state Route 4 in Dayton. 

The accident involves a semitrailer, a pickup truck and a car. 

Dayton police said their preliminary investigation indicates that the pickup hit a guardrail impact absorber at the split from the interstate to the state route, then returned to the interstate. 

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The semi, in trying avoid the pickup tuck, collided with the passenger car. 

One of the victims was driving the pickup truck, police said. We’re working to determine which vehicle the second victim was in.

One lane on the far left remains open.

INITIAL REPORT

An accident on I-75 South at state Route 4 involving a semitrailer and several vehicles has traffic backed up to at least Needmore Road in Harrison Twp. 

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The accident, dispatched just after 4 p.m., about a mile south of the Stanley Avenue exit. 

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Dayton police, fire and medic units have been dispatched to the scene. 

One lane on the far left is open to traffic.

We have a crew headed to the scene. We will update this developing report. 

Got a tip? Call our monitored 24-hour line, 937-259-2237, or send it to newsdesk@cmgohio.com 

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