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GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN: What we know about Wright Patt

Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 10:26 AM

Local businesses feeling pressure from government shutdown

U.S. lawmakers are in session today but no deal is in sight to prevent an extended government shutdown.

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force closed Saturday and other local governmental institutions, including Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, will be closed Monday as Republicans and Democrats have failed to reach a deal to fund governmental operations.

Both sides are dug in at the moment, with Republicans pushing for a larger defense budget and the Democrats wanting more non-defense spending as well as an agreement on the immigration bill — Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, Cox Media Group D.C. Correspondent Jamie Dupree reports.

Students at the U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine practice hazardous materials scenarios in the apprentice program. In this Dayton Daily News file photo, Airman 1st Class Jane Vierzen wore full hazmat suits with a respirator to complete her site reconnaissance health risk assessment training. TY GREENLEES/STAFF(Staff Writer)

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U.S. Senate members return at 1 p.m. today and the U.S. House of Representatives meet at 2 p.m. but no action is expected this afternoon. The U.S. Senate has a procedural vote set for early Monday morning on the GOP’s plan to fund the government through Feb. 8.

People who work at Wright-Patterson are being asked to report to work on Monday, but it's unclear how many may be sent home. 

WPAFB Public Affairs Director Marie Vanover said base officials won't know until Monday the extent the shutdown will have on base employees and services. 

"We will undergo an orderly shutdown. Those who are not exempt from the furlough will be sent home," Vanover said. 

Vanover said Sunday the base had not yet been advised of "the parameters" that will determine who stays and who goes home. 

When the last shutdown struck in 2013, both furloughed workers and those who stayed on the job were reimbursed. 

The Child Development Center was scheduled to be open Monday, spokeswoman Marie Vanover said Saturday. 

Col. Alden Hilton, commander of the Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine which marked its 100th anniversary Friday, said essential classes to train aeromedical flight personnel would continue without interruption. 

Hundreds of Air Force reservists scheduled for a monthly drill weekend Jan. 20-21 with the 445th Airlift Wing were expected to proceed because it was previously funded, said Lt. Col. Cynthia Harris, a unit spokeswoman. 

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is the largest single-site employer in Ohio with an estimated 27,000 military and civilian personnel. 

Wright-Patterson officials will report updates on the plan on its website The public may also get information by calling Wright-Patterson's public affairs line, (937) 522-3252.


1.  U.S. troops will continue to report for duty and U.S. Mail will be delivered, but around one million civilian federal workers will not be at work if the shutdown extends into Monday, according to the Associated Press.

2. Nearly 45,500 IRS employees will be furloughed, which could delay the implementation of lower income tax withholdings set to go into effect nationwide next month, according to the AP.

3. Medicare and Medicaid will continue to operate, the former continuing to provide insurance coverage for nearly 59 million seniors and disabled citizens and the ladder continuing to provide coverage for low-income and disabled people, according to the AP.

4. Most of the federal employees under the U.S. Department of Justice will continue working during the shutdown, including members of the national security division, the FBI, DEA, ATF and the U.S. Marshals Service, according to the AP.

5. Some U.S. Lawmakers have announced they will donate their pay during the shutdown. U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced Saturday he will donate to an Ohio diaper bank that supports struggling families and Sen. Todd Young (R-IND) announced he will donate his pay to charity.

The Statue of Liberty is pictured from Liberty State Park on January 21, 2018 in Jersey City, New Jersey. The iconic landmark was closed yesterday as part of the US government shutdown now entering its second full day after coming into effect at midnight on Friday after senators failed to pass a new federal spending bill. (Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images)


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In other words, nothing has changed – for weeks.

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Active shooter reported at middle school in Noblesville, Indiana

Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 9:35 AM

We’re following reports of an active shooter situation at a middle school north of Indianapolis in Noblesville, according to multiple reports. 

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Initial reports indicate shots have been fired at Noblesville West Middle School, located about 25 miles north of Indianapolis. 

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A tweet from the Noblesville Fire Department indicates a suspect is in custody. 

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Miamisburg bicentennial: CMA inductee, OSU alumni band part of weeklong party

Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 9:48 AM

            Miamisburg is preparing the city for a weeklong celebration in June of its bicentennial. NICK BLIZZARD/STAFF
Miamisburg is preparing the city for a weeklong celebration in June of its bicentennial. NICK BLIZZARD/STAFF

Miamisburg is finalizing the schedule of events for a weeklong celebration next month of its bicentennial.

The eight days of events will include family activities and run from June 16-24, most of them occurring downtown and at Riverfront Park. Among the highlights of daily events for the 200th birthday celebration include:

June 16

11 a.m.-Parade

2 p.m.-The Ohio State Alumni Band

4-Opening of Sesquicentennial Time Capsule

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9- Parrots of the Caribbean

June 17

10 a.m.-Drums on the Miami at Beachler Field (closes 6 p.m.)

Noon-Heritage Village open until 4 p.m.

9 p.m.-B-Caged

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June 18

Noon-Great Lakes Timber Show; Traditional Arts & Crafts Demonstrations; Heritage Village Opens with arts & crafts demonstrations, one room school house experience, carriage ride, petting zoo and promenade.

4:30 p.m-The Vintage Ramblers

9-Noah Wotherspoon

June 19

10 a.m.-Dedication of 1913 Flood Marker

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7 p.m.-Evening with Mark Twain @ Baum Opera House


June 20

Noon-4 p.m.-Paddle the River (conditions permitting); Heritage Village, inflatables

3-McGovern Ceili Irish Dancers

8-Ricky Skaggs

June 21

8 a.m.-Ladies Golf Outing at Mound Golf Course

3:30 p.m.-Ladies Historic Home Tour meet at Trinity Park by Trinity Church

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9-Alexis Gomez

June 22

All day PipeStone specials

1:30 p.m.-MHS Alumni Band

9-Ticket to Ride

June 23

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11 a.m.-Parade

8 p.m.-Dayton Philharmonic Concert Band


June 24

8:15 a.m.-Jenna Parlette Run with Your Legs, Win with your Heart 5k (registration 7 a.m.)

10-73rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry Regiment Church Service

10:45-Closing ceremony

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Xenia, Middletown buildings top 2 vote-getters in Heritage Ohio’s photo contest

Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 7:38 AM

Vote for your favorite photo on Heritage Ohio's website.
Jennifer Dunn
Vote for your favorite photo on Heritage Ohio's website.(Jennifer Dunn)

Photos showcasing empty buildings in Xenia and Middletown are leading the four finalists in Heritage Ohio’s photo contest.

Voting continues until May 29 to choose a winner among the four, which are featured on Heritage Ohio’s website. The page has garnered more than 25,000 views since it was launched.

To cast your vote, visit the photo contest page

The Xenia entry features the Eavey Building at 17 West Third Street. Co-owner Jennifer Dunn took the photo of a bicycle with loaded side-baskets inside the former grocery warehouse.

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The Middletown entry is of the bank vault inside the Goetz Tower, the city’s tallest structure built in 1930.

Bank vault inside the Goetz Tower, Middletown

“The City of Middletown believes that this building has the potential to be converted into a destination location for premier space for offices, retail, and restaurants as well as offer luxury apartments for those wanting to get away from the suburban lifestyle and reconnect with their community,” according to the photo’s description.

The description on the Eavey Building offers the potential uses for the 90,000 square-foot structure, which was built in 1908.

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“This ... behemoth has the potential to be your son’s first home away from home, your mom’s loft, your favorite bike shop, a delish restaurant, your daughter’s wedding venue, where you heard that brilliant new band, an intimate wine and cheese shop, and a “kickbooty” penthouse bar,” according to the description.

As of this morning, the Goetz Tower photo is first, with 43 percent of the votes; The Eavey Building’s photo is close behind with 39 percent of the vote.

The winner of the contest will receive an award for best photo, which will be featured on the cover of Heritage Ohio’s quarterly publication and be recognized at the Heritage Ohio Conference in the fall.

Heritage Ohio is “Ohio’s official historic preservation and Main Street organization” with a mission to preserve historic structures and revitalize downtowns and neighborhoods, according to the website. 

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It’s time for pool season. Here are places you can go opening this weekend.

Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 8:50 AM

            Swimmers at the Kroger Aquatics Center at The Heights float around the Lazy River on a warm afternoon in 2015. The parking lot of the water park was almost full by noon. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
Swimmers at the Kroger Aquatics Center at The Heights float around the Lazy River on a warm afternoon in 2015. The parking lot of the water park was almost full by noon. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

Miami Valley residents will soon be able to celebrate the unofficial start of summer as several outdoor pools open for Memorial Day weekend.

Two locations, however, won’t be reopening their doors. The United Theological Seminary Pool in Trotwood and the Fairview Pool in Dayton won’t be open this summer.

The UTS Pool is permanently closed, per a post on its Facebook page on Tuesday.

“It is with sadness that I tell you that the UTS Outdoor Pool will be closed indefinitely,” a post read. “After blowing our water main in 3 different places, it has just become too expensive to repair.”

The Fairview Pool is being renovated this summer, Dayton Recreation and Youth Services Program Coordinator Lamonte Hall Jr. said.

Meanwhile, residents will still have a variety of pool options across the Miami Valley.

They include:

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Montgomery County

Kroger Aquatic Center, 8625 Brandt Pike, Huber Heights: Opening Monday.

Admission is $6 for adult residents and $8 for non-residents, $5 and $7 for resident and non resident youth and seniors, and free for children under 3.

Farmersville-Jackson Township Joint Park Pool, 14440 Farmersville Gratis Road, Farmersville: Opened on Wednesday

Admission is $5.50 per person ages 5 to 62, $2 for seniors and $2.50 for children between the ages of 3 and 4.

Germantown Pool, 75 N. Walnut Street, Germantown: Opening Saturday.

Admission is free for children 2 and under and seniors, $2.50 for children ages 3 to 4 and $5.50 for others.

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Adventure Reef, 2900 Glengarry Drive, Kettering: Opening Saturday.

Admission is $4.50 for residents aged 13 to 17 and $9 for non resident youth, as well as $5.50 for resident adults and $11 for non resident adults. Admission is $1 for residents below 2 years old, and $2 for non residents.

Sycamore Trails Aquatic Center, 400 S. Heincke Road, Miamisburg: Opening Saturday.

For residents, admission is $3.50 for those aged 4-17, $4 for adults and $3.50 for those 55 and older. For non-residents, admission is $6, $7 and $6 respectively.

Cassel Hills Swimming Pool, 1061 Taylorsview Drive, Vandalia: Opened May 19, and a new kiddie pool will be available around Memorial Day

Admission is $5 for ages 5 to 61, and $4 for ages 62 plus.

Wilson Park Pool, 1226 S. Elm Street, West Carrollton: Opening Saturday.

Admission is $4 and $6 for resident and non-resident adults respectively, and $3.50 and $5 for resident and non-resident youth and seniors respectively.

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Miami County

Troy Aquatic Park, 460 West Staunton Drive, Troy: Opening Saturday.

Admission is $6 for those aged 6 to 59, $3 for those aged 3 to 5 and $4 for those over 60.

Piqua Community Pool, 1421 South Street, Piqua: Opening Saturday.

Admission is $4 for adults, $3.50 for students and $1.5 for kids aged 3 to 5.

Tippecanoe Family Aquatic Center, 225 Parkwood Drive, Tipp City: Opening Saturday.

Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for youth aged 3 to 17 and $5 for those over 65 years old.

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Darke County

Arcanum Community Pool, Ivester Lane and Weisenbarger Court, Arcanum: Opening June 4.

Admission is $3 for people aged 4 and up and $2 for those over 60.

Village of Versailles Swimming Pool, 448 Woodland Drive, Versailles: Opening Monday.

Admission is $3 for youth aged 4 to 17, as well as for seniors, and $4 for adults.

Greenville Municipal Pool, 700 East Harmon Drive, Greenville: Opening Monday.

Admission is $5 and free for those aged 3 and under or 65 and older.

Preble County

Main Street Aquatic Center, 541 W. Main Street, Eaton: Opening Monday.

Admission is $6 for those aged 18 to 59 and $4 for youth aged 3 to 17 and seniors.

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