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Published: Tuesday, January 30, 2018 @ 5:43 AM
Updated: Tuesday, January 30, 2018 @ 11:42 PM
TONIGHT: Clouds and wind will be on the increase through the night. Temperatures will drop to near 20 degrees before slowly beginning to rise after midnight.
WEDNESDAY: A windy day is in the forecast although it will be milder, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said. Temperatures will rise into the middle 40s with wind gusts of up to 35 mph. Clouds will continue to increase and thicken through the day.
THURSDAY: Expect scattered rain and snow showers, but little or no accumulation. It will be breezy with early day highs near 40 degrees but falling through late afternoon. A few flurries or snow showers may linger into the evening as temperatures drop.
FRIDAY: A few early morning flurries are possible with clouds breaking in the afternoon. It will be quite chilly and blustery with highs in the lower to middle 20s.
SATURDAY: Clouds will be on the increase with scattered snow showers developing in the afternoon. Snow will be likely in the evening with some accumulation possible. Temperatures will reach into the middle 30s.
Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 12:08 PM
KETTERING — City leaders voted to approve initial funding for a multi-million dollar plan to expand and renovate the Kettering Police Department.
Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to approve $525,000 in initial funding to start a $6.9 million renovation to the existing police facility at the Kettering Government Center.
City Manager Mark Schwieterman said the project will add an additional floor for office space for the chief, captains and administrative staff.
After the meeting, he said passage of the initial funding request will allow the city to enter into a design services contract in 2018 and by mid-2019 be ready to put the renovation project out to bid.
“We anticipate because it is a renovation and they will have to work around our existing operations that it will take about 18 months to complete construction,” Schwieterman said. “So, I would say at this point that the earliest we would see a completed product would be in 2021.”
Schwieterman feels an update to the police facility is necessary.
“Certainly, we need some renovations to our police department. It has been a very long time since we’ve had an overhaul in that facility,” Schwieterman said. “New HVAC and mechanical equipment is necessary, and we also need to change the space utilization because our police station doesn’t operate in the same manner that it operated 30 years ago.”
Modernization with an eye towards the future is something he feels will make the new design a benefit to the community.
“I think it will be a benefit to the public in that we will bringing some access to the ground level of this plaza. But also, certainly a benefit to our operations as we will build a new station that is built around the way we police today,” Schwieterman said.
The latest effort to improve public safety facilities comes on the heels of a multi-million dollar overhaul of the fire department. The city went from seven fire stations to four, with the Dorothy Lane station to be finished this year.
“In total, the fire department project is roughly $30 million for those new stations and the equipment,” Schwieterman said.
No resident spoke against the project Tuesday, and Mayor Don Patterson said that the community expects city leaders to make smart investments to improve facilities.
Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 10:11 AM
HAMILTON — It will be one of the busiest summer breaks in years for Hamilton City Schools as new security measures and procedures are installed for next school year, said district officials during Tuesday’s school board meeting.
Hamilton Schools Superintendent Larry Knapp presented an update on a variety of school security efforts and programs all designed to enhance the safety of students and staff in the 10,000-student city school system.
School parents will receive information brochures on school emergency procedures, teachers will receive training in treating attack wounds, fire drills will be changed, and school officials are further coordinating with first responder police and fire departments.
And there will be more in-school counseling available for Hamilton students next school year.
But the most important changes are still to come, said Knapp.
These may include more armed officers in schools, bullet-proof film on school windows and classroom door barricades similar to those already in use in the Talawanda and Kings school districts.
“All 13 buildings will undergo safety assessments with trained personnel,” he said in reference to school building evaluations done by local police and fire officials along with federal and Ohio Homeland Security personnel.
These security experts “know a lot more about what we can do as a school district to make our buildings safer,” said Knapp.
The new security measures will augment the current procedures already in place, many of which are staffed by armed Hamilton Police officers who patrol in the city schools.
“The Hamilton City School district will continue to share safety and security updates with our community as we improve our protocols and programs,” said Hamilton Schools Superintendent Larry Knapp.
“We appreciate the partnership that we have developed with the Hamilton City Police Department and look forward to working with them to keep our students, and staff safe each and every day we are in session,” said Knapp.
“You are going to see more coming out of this and more personnel devoted towards this,” he said.
Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 6:00 AM
— The last artifacts inside an iconic roller rink opened in 1956 will be sold off during a massive garage sale-style goodbye event.
Thousands and thousands of people took spins around Skyborn Skateland in Fairborn before it closed for good in 2015.
The rink’s building and land have been sold to nearby Barrett Paving Materials, but its contents will be sold off from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 27 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, May 28.
“Everything that is inside of the building is going to be for the sale: skates, the lockers, the table, the sound system,” said Joyce Brinkley, an assistant to Skateland’s owner David Ripp.
Sections of the rink’s floor, equipment in its snack area and the skate ramp are also among items up for grab.
— All items MUST be paid for in CASH during the Sale Hours
— Please do not request an earlier or later viewing or pick-up time. These times are non-negotiable.
— Items not picked-up or paid for, during sale hours will be resold within 24 hours after the sale closing time.
Many items for sale not listed anywhere.
Please show up to see what is available.
All Rental Skates per pair $10, most are ok, but a bit musty from sitting.
Police Beacons - 3, as is (might work) one shell, $10 each
Popcorn Machine $100
Soft Pretzels Storage and display unit $25
Gehl's Nacho and cheese dispenser $20
San Jamar cup dispenser $10
Picnic table $50
First come 1st served on all sales listed her. You must take item with you by end of the day you buy it.
Small misc item will be priced the day of the sale.
Almost everything can go.
Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 12:25 PM
MIDDLETOWN — Luke Kennard is returning to the area this summer to pay back those who supported him throughout his illustrious basketball career at Franklin High School.
After a press conference at Atrium Medical Center where it was announced that Premier Health is partnering with Kennard and Win The Next One to present the Luke Kennard Overnight Basketball Camp, Kennard talked about how the Franklin community — and the entire region — followed him.
So when Kennard, who now plays for the Detroit Pistons, decided to attach his name to a youth basketball camp, it was important for the event to be in the Franklin area, he said.
“Growing up here, playing sports here, they were so good to me,” Kennard said. “They allowed me to be who I am today. People around here are so supportive of me. I have the most supportive community, hometown in the entire NBA. Not only are the campers going to learn a lot of basketball skills and lessons from the coaches and me personally, they are going to learn life lessons I’ve experienced as a basketball player as well.”
The camp will be held July 20-22 at Camp Chautauqua in Miamisburg, and is open to boys and girls entering grades four through seven in the 2018-2019 school year.
With the support of Premier Health and Kennard, the camp can provide up to 200 participants two nights and three days worth of a professional basketball camp experience, said Brian Bales, director of the camp’s hosting organization, WTNO.
“Southwest Ohio has a special place in Luke’s heart and he is looking forward to helping run his first camp back home,” said Bales, who is also the athletic director at Franklin Schools and the high school boys basketball coach.
Throughout the camp, Luke Kennard and WTNO coaches will offer hands-on instruction, including lectures, fundamental basketball skills, contests, and games, Bales said. Campers will be placed in small groups by age to ensure each child gets maximum instruction, he said. The camp will be staffed by high school basketball coaches and Premier Health athletic trainers.
Michael Uhl, president of Atrium, said the hospital was excited to partner with “a high-caliber athlete” such as Kennard.
While a student athlete at Franklin High School, Kennard was named the Ohio Gatorade Basketball Player of the Year as a junior and senior and was named the Parade National Player of the Year his senior season.
After two seasons at Duke University, where his playing time and production increased every game, Kennard declared for the NBA Draft and was selected by the Detroit Pistons with the 12th overall pick. As a rookie, he played in 73 games with nine starts. He averaged 7.6 points, 1.7 assists and 2.4 rebounds per game.
Some questioned whether Kennard should have stayed at Duke for at least one more season before turning pro after his sophomore year. But the 6-foot-5, 200-pounder said he has no regrets about leaving early.
“I thought it was the right decision for me at the time,” he said. “I think I had a great rookie season. There were some ups and downs. There is a lot that I have learned and I think next year will be even better.”