Troy’s new school superintendent coming from Triad

Published: Monday, April 16, 2018 @ 10:01 AM

            Troy Local Schools new superintendent, Chris Piper, who is coming from Triad schools in Champaign County. CONTRIBUTED.
Troy Local Schools new superintendent, Chris Piper, who is coming from Triad schools in Champaign County. CONTRIBUTED.

TROY - Chris Piper, superintendent of the Triad Local Schools, was hired this morning as the new superintendent of the Troy City Schools.

The Board of Education met in special morning session to approve the hiring after interviews with two finalists last week. The finalists were Jeremy Miller, current Troy schools’ assistant superintendent, and Piper, superintendent of Triad Local Schools in Champaign County since 2014.

Piper was awarded a four-year contract. He will be paid $147,420 a year.

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Troy Superintendent Eric Herman notified the board in January he would retire at the end of July. He has been superintendent since 2011.

The board received 18 applications, narrowed the list to eight for interviews and then to two finalists who were available last week to meet with the community. The board was assisted in the search by K12 Consultants.

Piper said he was attracted to the Troy schools by the community.

“I talked to anybody and everybody that knew anything about Troy. I continued to a person to hear nothing but excellent things about the community, what a great place it is to live and what a great job the schools have done,” he said.

Board of Education President Doug Trostle said the selection process was “a very intense and a very condensed process.”

He pointed to Piper’s commitment to “helping move this district forward” as a key in the selection.

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Board member Michael Hamm said the board had “wonderful candidates” to choose from in what was a “tough decision.”

In addition to the four-year contract, effective Aug. 1, the board approved a consulting agreement with Piper. Under the agreement, he will be paid for up to 15 days through July 31 to meet with administrators and staff and help transition to his new role.

Trostle said the interview process involved a group of community residents recommended by board members. “This initiative was designed to engage a larger audience, rather than only five board members. We view the appointment of a superintendent to be one of our most important responsibilities,” he said. Also included were members of the school unions, administrators and representatives of the city, township and police and fire departments.

Piper has a bachelor’s degree in educational leadership from Wright State University, a master’s in educational leadership from Wright State University, principal licensure from Wright State and in the educational leadership PhD program at the University of Dayton. Piper was an assistant principal and athletic director, at Jonathan Alder High School, a middle school principal and transportation director at Alder Junior High and junior high principal at Alder before joining the Triad schools.

Piper and his family live in Marysville and will be joining the Troy community.

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Flyer, the baby bald eagle, dies less than a week after first flight in Dayton

Published: Sunday, July 22, 2018 @ 2:55 PM

Flyer, the baby bald eagle who just took her first flight Tuesday, has died.

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Jim Weller, founder of Eastwood Eagle watchers, confirmed with us that the 87-day-old eagle was struck by a delivery truck while attempting to cross Interstate 75 in Dayton Sunday morning.

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She flew across the highway from the north riverbank area and attempted to land but missed her perch. Weller said this is common for eagles at this age. She then flew back across the highway to the north riverbank area but she was too low, and was struck by a delivery truck.

A member of the Eastwood Eagle Watchers had witnessed the accident. 

Weller said she flew outside of Carillon Historical Park for the first time Saturday.

According to Weller, 50 percent of eagles do not survive their first year. A lot goes against them, he said, such as electrical wires, automobile traffic, and planes.

Flyer had a wingspan of six feet and hatched in April, said Weller.

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Her remains were recovered and taken to the Glen Helen Raptor Center in Yellow Springs. She will then be transported to Colorado Springs, Colorado to a federal eagle repository by federal law, Weller said.

Flyer’s father, Orv, and mother, Willa, were still active in her life. Orv had caught her a fish to eat and Willa was perched nearby Saturday.

Weller said her father and mother will spend about one to two weeks searching for her. 

Bald eagles were absent from Dayton for 70 years until a pair appeared near Eastwood Metro Park in 2008.

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Over 2 million views and a shout-out from Lady Antebellum. Middletown Police lip sync challenge video is dominating the Internet

Published: Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 12:29 PM

A screen shot from the video the Middletown Police Department created as part of a national lip sync challenge among law enforcement.
A screen shot from the video the Middletown Police Department created as part of a national lip sync challenge among law enforcement.(MIDDLETOWN DIVISION OF POLICE/FACEBOOK)

Middletown Police Chief Rodney Muterspaw said he was “overwhelmed” by the response to a video his department created as part of a national lip sync challenge among police departments.

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Since its posting at noon Wednesday, the video has been viewed more than 2 million times, shared more than 56,000 times and has generated more than 6,000 comments.

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“Incredible,” Muterspaw told the Journal-News this morning.

Since its posting at noon Wednesday, Middletown Police Department’s lip sync challenge video has been viewed more than 2 million times, shared more than 56,000 times and has generated more than 6,000 comments.(MIDDLETOWN DIVISION OF POLICE/FACEBOOK)

The video also attracted the attention of country music group Lady Antebellum, whose song “Need You Now” is lip synced by Middletown Police.

The group tweeted the video was “amazing.”

The Middletown Police Department's lip sync challenge video features the song "Need You Now" by country music group Lady Antebellum.

Muterspaw said it took about one hour to shoot the video, and while some officers were reluctant at first, he said everyone seemed to enjoy the experience.

He said it’s important to show police officers are human.

“If we brought out some smiles, then we did our job,” Muterspaw said.

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In the video, officers are seen craving doughnuts, and once the empty boxes in the office are replenished, stuffing their faces with doughnuts.

Muterspaw said police officers truly “love” their doughnuts.

“We always have them in the break room,” he said.

Police departments across the country are issuing and answering a lip sync challenge.(MIDDLETOWN DIVISION OF POLICE/FACEBOOK)

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Ribbon-cutting held for Perfections Beauty College opening

Published: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 7:43 PM

Perfections Beauty College held a ribbon-cutting with the city Saturday afternoon at 1:00 p.m.

This Beauty College is located at 7806 Waynetown Blvd., where the old Carousel Beauty College was located.

When Carousel Beauty College abruptly closed about two years ago, over 300 students in the Dayton region were unable to finalize their education, said City Council Member of Huber Heights Richard Shaw.

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Perfections Beauty College has revamped and renovated this location and is coming in to help students continue their education that they had with Carousel.

“We are hoping to bring back as many students from the Carousel institutions as we can in hopes that they can keep the hours they worked for with that institution,” said one of the owners Kailey Yolanda. “Our goal is to help the students in reaching their diploma as they should have with Carousel.”

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Car flips on its top, catches fire in Dayton

Published: Sunday, July 22, 2018 @ 12:44 PM
Updated: Sunday, July 22, 2018 @ 1:00 PM

N. Broadway accident

UPDATE @ 1:00 p.m.:

Police on scene told us one man was taken to a hospital but is in good condition after he struck an RTA pole and flipped his car on its top.

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The driver was the only person involved in the accident, police said.

He lost control of his car before striking the pole.

A tow truck just left the scene and the road should open back up soon.


A road is closed after a vehicle flipped on its top and caught fire in Dayton Sunday.

Crews responded to the scene at North Broadway Street and Superior Avenue around 11:38 a.m., regional dispatchers confirmed.

North Broadway Street between Grand Avenue and Superior Avenue is closed, according to our crew on scene.

Dispatch advised people take an alternate route.

Everyone was able to get out of the vehicle, dispatch said.

We are working to learn the cause of this accident and if there were any injuries.

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