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Published: Wednesday, March 07, 2018 @ 12:47 PM
Updated: Wednesday, March 07, 2018 @ 3:44 PM
A Fairmont graduate who has served as a substitute teacher for Kettering City Schools more than 30 years and worked for UPS for more than 40 years has pledged $100,000 to the Fairmont Music Department.
Kevin O’Donnell announced the donation of $20,000 each year for the next five years on Tuesday night. School officials said it was the largest private donation ever made to the Fairmont Music Department. The Fairmont Band Boosters will oversee management of the funds.
The irony is, O’Donnell said, “When I sub in music class, I feel like a fish out of water.”
He said Kettering schools were full of precise, exact musicians.
The lifelong Kettering resident — who said he never sends a text message or email — said he loves Kettering schools.
“I’m a Kettering boy, and Kettering schools just do a fantastic job,” he said.
O’Donnell attended Prass Elementary and Kettering Middle School and is a Fairmont East graduate. He is also a University of Dayton graduate.
His nephew, also named Kevin O’Donnell, is a Kettering Fairmont graduate known for his music skills. The nephew was very involved in the music program at Fairmont.
O’Donnell told the school district that he wanted to do something for the music department while he is still alive.
O’Donnell asked that the funds be used to help students with instrument repair costs and with scholarships for students wanting to pursue music in college. It also can be used to help purchase “step-up” instruments — better quality instruments that students who are serious about music or are wanting to make a career out of music should be using once they get to the high school level of music programs.
“A lot of kids that might have $150 repair bill on their saxophone, and their family might not be able to fix it,” he said. “That is not going to happen on my time.”
He thought about the donation for about six months and decided to move ahead with it “so kids can keep on playing and chasing their dreams.”
O’Donnell, who turned 60 this year, said he was more of an athletic type but thought music deserved the help.
“The athletics always get the No. 1 seed over everything else,” he said.
O’Donnell often substitute teaches in Kettering or Dayton by day and works a night shift with UPS, he said.
Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 7:15 AM
HUBER HEIGHTS — Huber Heights residents can participate in a free paper shredding event on July 14.
The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Thomas Cloud Park and the Rose Music Center.
Only paper will be accepted for shredding. Documents residents may consider shredding include old bank records, tax returns and other documents that could catch the attention of identity thieves.
Assistance will be provided for unloading items.
Huber Heights city government and the Huber Heights Chamber of Commerce will host the event. Shred-it will provide the document destruction services.
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Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 12:53 AM
Updated: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 7:14 AM
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Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 9:20 AM
Updated: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 3:46 AM
DAYTON — The victim killed in a wrong-way crash Tuesday morning in downtown Dayton was identified as 87-year-old Opal Clouse of Dayton by the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.
Officers were dispatched to a report of a crash with one person trapped near the intersection of West Fifth Street and South Perry Street around 9 a.m.
According to a crash report, a red Toyota Rav driven by Adrian F. Traylor, 67, was traveling westbound in the wrong direction on West Fifth Street. At the intersection of W. Fifth Street and S. Perry Street, Mr. Traylor crashed into Mrs. Clouse’s silver Honda, sending her vehicle into a DP&L pole.
Ms. Clouse was transported to Miami Valley Hospital where she was pronounced dead, the report states.
Mr. Traylor was not injured in the crash.
Police said excessive speed doesn’t appear to be a factor, and it is not uncommon to see drivers travel the wrong way on Dayton’s one-way streets.
“With going the wrong way, there is no traffic device to tell you that you should be slowing down for a red light,” Lt. James Mullins said. “I’m sure the person was driving normal speeds and had the collision.”
The preliminary report does not show Mr. Traylor to be charged or cited in the crash, however, the crash remains under investigation.
Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 4:15 AM
Updated: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 6:25 AM
— QUICK-LOOK FORECAST
Today: Some areas could wake up to some fog this morning, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar. The chance for showers and storms returns today, with the best chances later this afternoon and evening. While we’re not anticipating this rain to be as widespread as yesterday, most areas will stand a decent chance to see rain today. Some heavy downpours will be possible with these showers and storms. Highs today will be in the lower to mid 80s.
Tonight: Any showers and storms that remain this evening should fade away past sunset. Some fog is possible again overnight with temperatures dropping into the mid-60s.
Thursday: The chance for a few showers and storms returns. Highs will be near 80 degrees.
Friday: The best chance for rain moves in. Showers and storms are expected with highs in the lower 80s.
Saturday: More showers and storms are likely at times, though it won’t be an all-day rain event. Highs to start the weekend will be in the upper 70s to lower 80s.
Sunday: More dry time is expected, but there’s still a chance for showers and storms. Highs will be in the lower 80s.