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Published: Thursday, October 12, 2017 @ 10:46 PM
FRANKLIN TWP. — Franklin Twp. trustees said the Confederate marker removed in mid-August will be back on public display in the next few weeks.
Trustees President Brian Morris said that after an agreement is finalized, that the 90-year-old marker honoring Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee and Dixie Highway will be moved to property owned by the Fraternal Order of Eagles, 1075 N. Dixie Highway.
Morris told just more than a dozen residents at Thursday’s meeting that the monument will be inside the Franklin city limits and will be 30 to 40 feet away from the roadway on private property.
“It can’t go back to where it was before,” Morris said.
He said he spoke with the family where the township-owned monument was formally located, and after discussing the options, they gave him full support to move it to the new location.
“At the end of the day, they wanted this (controversy) to end,” he said. “… We tried to handle this in a positive manner.”
The marker has been a source of controversy since August when the city of Franklin removed it from the corner of South Dixie Highway and Hamilton-Middletown Road. City officials said the monument was removed because it was within the right of way of Dixie Highway.
Morris said the new location would be lighted and monitored with surveillance cameras. In addition, Morris said the move will not cost taxpayers because most of the services will be donated to move the five-ton stone monument.
While the agreement has not been finalized, Morris said it would be a long-term arrangement, proposed to last for about 100 years.
Trustee Ron Ruppert said the proposed location and arrangements have addressed many of his concerns.
Trustee Beth Callahan was not at Thursday’s meeting.
Resident Donald Whisman said he was happy that the township did something and that the monument was going back on public display.
Another resident, Candi Bales, agreed that she was glad the monument was going to be displayed, but said she did not like the idea that it would be in Franklin.
“People want to see it on township land,” she said.
Another resident Wilma Pennington said she did not want the monument going to the new proposed location, adding that this is something that should be voted on. She also questioned Morris about his recent meeting with Corey Andon of the Dayton group Socialist Alternative to get a better understanding of their position.
Morris said he met with Andon to prevent future problems and that no one gets injured if there was a protest. He said they both agreed that there should not be any threats.
Ruppert said the township was not threatened or made a decision based on any threats.
Bales said she did not believe Morris solved anything and that his intentions were good, but she still felt he threw the township under the bus by meeting with him.
Morris responded by saying he was trying to help and that the township has a lot more important issues to address.
Published: Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 2:24 AM
Updated: Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 3:11 AM
SOUTH VIENNA, CLARK COUNTY — UPDATE @ 3:15 a.m: One person was transported to an area hospital after a fire occurred at a mobile home in South Vienna early Thursday morning.
Fire crews responded to the 10000 block of Buena Vista Road just after 2 a.m. on a fully involved trailer fire, according to initial reports.
Damage estimates were not immediately available, however, officials said damage to the inside of the trailer was severe.
The occupant that was able to escape the fire was sent to the hospital for observational purposes, officials confirmed.
The fire remains under investigation.
Crews are responding to the 1000 block of Buena Vista Road on a mobile home fire that occurred early Thursday morning.
Initial reports indicate the trailer was fully involved just after 2 a.m.
Published: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 3:37 AM
Updated: Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 2:21 AM
THURSDAY: Butler and Warren counties are under a Air Quality Alert from 6 a.m. until 9 p.m. Mostly sunny skies are expected with some increase in clouds late in the day and evening. It will be warmer with highs reaching into the middle 80s. There is a chance showers could arrive overnight.
FRIDAY: Expect a chance for showers and storms, especially by afternoon. There is a chance for one or two stronger storms, especially southwest of Dayton by evening. Highs will be in the middle 80s.
SATURDAY: Numerous showers and storms are expected scattered throughout the day. Outside of storms, skies will be partly to mostly cloudy with temperatures holding in the lower 80s.
SUNDAY: Expect lots of clouds with occasional showers and storms. Highs will be near 80 degrees.
MONDAY: Partly sunny skies will start the week with a lingering chance for passing showers and storms. Highs will be in the lower 80s.
Published: Wednesday, July 11, 2018 @ 3:27 AM
Updated: Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 1:52 AM
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Published: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 9:13 PM
Updated: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 11:16 PM
WASHINGTON TWP. — UPDATE @ 10:55 p.m.: The condition of the woman found unresponsive, at the side of an in-ground swimming pool at a private residence on Ladera Trail in Washington Twp., is still not known.
According to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, Washington Twp. fire personnel arrived and took over medical treatment. They took the woman to Kettering Medical Center.
A 44-year-old woman has been taken to a hospital after what is being called an accidental near drowning at a private residence in Washington Twp.
Officials tell us the woman may have fallen into an in-ground pool at the home in the 1700 block of Ladera Trail. Medics were able to find a pulse as they took her to a hospital, officials said. Her condition was not immediately known.
Family members were performing CPR on the woman when medics arrived, said officials, who were told the woman was in the water less than a few minutes.
The call was dispatched just before 8:30 p.m., according to Montgomery County Regional Dispatch.
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