$4.9M Tipp City stadium work starts 30 years after idea began

Published: Thursday, March 08, 2018 @ 5:04 PM

Contributed by Cameron Martin.
Contributed by Cameron Martin.

TIPP CITY – After at least 30 years of talk about the need for a stadium project, ground was broken Thursday, March 8, for phase one of improvements including a new synthetic turf and related site work.

Spitting snow and temperatures in the 30s didn’t stop students, parents, city and school officials and community members from heading into the stadium at City Park for a more than 30-minute program including the Tippecanoe Schools fight song, school cheerleaders and a ceremonial groundbreaking at the stadium’s northeast corner.

“Today is truly a day of celebration,” said schools Superintendent Gretta Kumpf. She praised efforts so far by the nonprofit Tipp Pride Association to raise $4.9 million for the project and told students she was “so excited” they would be taking to the new field for sports, band and other activities later this year.

With the signing of a contract with Bruns General Contracting, work on phase one of the long-talked about stadium improvements can get underway at Tipp City Park.

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The Tipp City Exempted Village Schools Board of Education voted Feb. 26 to sign the contract with the Tipp City-based contractor after members received assurances that district taxpayer dollars would not be used for the stadium project.

“We are not looking to use taxpayer dollars for this facility,” district Treasurer Dave Stevens said.

Money for the $4.9 million project is being raised privately by the nonprofit Tipp Pride Association.

Board members said they wanted it made clear that the board does not think the stadium project is more important than the district’s school buildings.

The board is working on a facilities master plan. It held a community forum Feb. 20 to discuss possible renovations to the middle and intermediate schools while exploring options for a new pre-kindergarden through grade three building to replace the district’s oldest buildings.

“There are no academic needs that won’t be met because of this,” Andrew Venters, board vice president, said of the stadium project.

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Around $1.6 million had been committed to the stadium project at the time of contract approval.

A contract was needed so work on first phase one – preparation for and installation of the new stadium synthetic turf – could get underway. The contract called for work to begin March 1 and substantially completed in August.

The most expensive part of phase one is the synthetic turf with shock pad that will replace the current natural field at a cost of just over $636,000. Other work includes site cleaning and removals, storm water modifications, earthwork and concrete work.

JD Foust, district athletic director, said the new field was needed because the old one no longer was safe for the students.

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When additional work - and what work - will be done depends on fundraising, said Scott George of TPA. He urged the community to get behind the fund-raising efforts. George noted the more than 30 years of discussions of needed improvements. “If seeing is believing, it is time to believe,” he said Thursday.

He again assured those gathered that funding would be raised privately, but help I needed across the community. “This is our call to action. If you have been wanting to donate, the time to step forward is now,” George said.

The current stadium was built in the 1940s. The property is owned by the city and leased long-term to the schools. More information on TPA is available at

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Police searching for shooting suspect in Dayton

Published: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 4:17 PM

A man said he was shot in the leg, but he didn’t see anyone around him in Dayton Sunday.

>>Dayton police searching for driver of stolen vehicle involved in serious crash

The man called police while in the 700 block of Oxford Avenue around 3:30 p.m. but said the incident occurred on Lexington Avenue at Windsor Avenue, said regional dispatchers.

Police do have a suspect that is described as a male in his early 20s, weighs about 140 pounds, and was wearing a black t-shirt and shorts, according to regional dispatchers.

Medics are on scene.

We have a crew on the way and will update this report.

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Sunday highlights from the 2018 Vectren Dayton Air Show

Published: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 9:23 AM
Updated: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 4:24 PM

Airshow National Anthem

UPDATE @4:24 p.m.

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels are now on the ground, marking an end to the flying acts. 

PHOTOS: Sunday at the Dayton Air Show

UPDATE @3:40 p.m.

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels are now performing. WATCH LIVE HERE.

UPDATE @3:27 p.m.

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels are preparing to take flight. They are the last performance scheduled for today’s Dayton Air Show. 

>> Blue Angels thrill crowd during Saturday’s performance

UPDATE @2:40 p.m.

Tora Tora Tora, the dramatic recreation of the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor, is now taking place.

UPDATE @2:08 p.m.

The F-22 Demonstration is now taking place at the Dayton Vectren Air Show.

Next up: U.S. Air Force Heritage Flight, CareFlight dedication, Tora Tora Tora, Jet Waco and, finally, the U.S. Navy Blue Angels.

UPDATE @1:15 p.m.

B-17 Movie Memphis Belle: The movie Memphis Belle commemorates the real B-17 Memphis Belle Flying Fortress during World War II heavy bomber. 

UPDATE @1:12 p.m.

Vicky Benzing is known for her record as “Fastest Woman Racer” in the history of the Reno Air Races in Nevada.  

Today at the Vectren Dayton Air Show she was able to complete all of her stunts, though she said Saturday she couldn’t perform her opening stunt because of lower clouds.  

Today the air show is running a high show. On Saturday, only a few of the earlier acts couldn’t perform at a high level because of lower clouds.  Benzing learned to fly at a young age and has been flying for over 30 years. The Californian also has a Ph.D. in Chemistry.

UPDATE @12:45 p.m.

The U.S. Army Golden Knights have completed their act. Vicky Benzing will take to the air next. 


UPDATE @12:19 p.m.

The flag taken up by the Redline Circle of Cincinnati has dropped, and the Vectren Dayton Air Show is starting up. 

Lead pilot of Redline Ken Rieder knew he was going to be a pilot almost his entire life.

He went to his first air show in Waynesville when he was 5 years old.

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“My dad was driving up to Columbus for something. We saw it as we were driving by and I was excited, so he pulled in.”

At a young age, Rieder started building model planes, joined the Civil Air Patrol at 12 years old and eventually got his pilot’s license at age 21.

“From there on it was everything I could do to get flying,” Rieder said.

The Dayton Air Show is particular important to Rieder as the first large air show he had ever attended. He said he never imagined he’d be flying in the Dayton Air Show when he was younger.

Now he’s not only flying in the show, but he built the planes he and partner Ron Thocker are flying today. The team will be back later in the show. 

Flight by B-17

UPDATE @11:50 a.m.

Flying acts will begin soon. 

Watch live coverage of the acts here.



Gates are open for the last day of the 2018 Vectren Dayton Air Show.

The first acts take to the skies at noon and fly through 4:15 p.m. Gates close at 6 p.m.

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Today’s lineup of feature flying acts include: the Tuskegee Airmen, P-51 Mustang, U.S. Army Golden Knights, Vicky Benzing, B-17 Movie Memphis Belle, Redline, Sean Tucker, U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor, U.S. Air Force Heritage Flight, CareFlight dedication, Tora Tora Tora, Jet Waco and the U.S. Navy Blue Angels.

Flight by Red Tail P-51

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Reward offered for missing guest book of Harrison Twp. stabbing victim

Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 1:50 AM

Harrison Twp. family searching for missing guest book

The family of Amber Hoover, who was found with multiple stab wounds behind a Harrison Twp. home last week, are offering a reward for anyone with information on the whereabouts of the guest book that is missing from her funeral.

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Hoover, 42, was found stabbed behind a residence on Embury Park Road on June 10, and was pronounced dead at Grandview Medical Center.  The coroner's office ruled the incident a homicide and said Hoover died of multiple stab wounds. 

Hoover’s mother and daughter, who are still mourning the loss, are now focused on finding the missing guest book.

“We absolutely don’t care who has it or why you have it”, said Kelsey Jewett, Hoover’s daughter. “If you have it, we just want it back”.

They are not accusing anyone of stealing the book and are aware it could have simply been misplaced, as there were plenty of visitors at Hoover’s funeral last week. 

“That’s our one last memory to speak of Amber”, said Theresa Jones, Hoover’s mother.

According to a Montgomery County Sheriff's incident report, deputies found two witnesses and a possible suspect when her body was found. 

Sheriff's investigators know who fatally stabbed Hoover, but they have not arrested the person. 

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Multi-vehicle crash reported in Huber Heights

Published: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 1:27 PM

Crews responded to a multiple vehicle accident in Huber Heights Sunday.

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Dispatchers confirmed the crash occurred at Brandt Pike and Kitridge Road around 11:50 a.m.

We are working to learn more and will update this page as information becomes available.

Got a tip? Call our monitored 24-hour line, 937-259-2237, or send it to

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