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Xenia school board votes to keep Lofton as chief administrator

Published: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 12:20 PM

Xenia Interim Superintendent Gabriel Lofton
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Xenia Interim Superintendent Gabriel Lofton(Richard Wilson)

The Xenia school board voted Monday night to negotiate a new longer-term agreement with Gabriel Lofton, the district’s interim superintendent.

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Lofton will no longer be referred to as the interim top administrator starting Jan. 1, and the board will be negotiating a new agreement with Lofton to begin next school year, according to the board’s resolution.

Lofton, previously with Cincinnati Public Schools, was hired by the board over the summer to serve as the interim superintendent on a one-year contact at an annual salary of $145,000.

Board President Pam Callahan said the board initially hired Lofton on an interim basis “to make sure he was a good fit for our district.”

“He had a solid entry plan and has been working that plan from day one,” Callahan said. “We are going to embark on a visioning plan which will include a community forum to seek input regarding a possible building project as well as an academic improvement strategy. We felt Dr. Lofton has integrated himself well into the community and we feel his leadership will move our district forward.”

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Lofton said Tuesday that his time in Xenia has been “excellent” so far and the community has much to be proud of, with teachers putting in extra time to work with students, parents who inspire and volunteer and others from the community “who give their time, expertise, and resources in order for us to continue to be successful and exceed expectations.”

“We are focused on providing our students with an excellent education, in a student-centered environment,” Lofton said. “Take pride in knowing, Xenia Community Schools is committed to educating the “whole” child, has a personalized approach for student success, and has high expectations.”

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Among Lofton’s challenges will be to oversee two aging school buildings — Xenia High School and Warner Middle School — that the state has deemed fit for renovations or replacement. District voters three times rejected a proposed school tax to pay for a new school building that would replace the high school and middle school.

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Two arrests made during OVI checkpoint in Greene County

Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 3:31 AM


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Two OVI checkpoints and saturated patrolling took place in Beavercreek and Fairborn Friday night.

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It was reported that 510 motorists passed through the two checkpoints, according to Lieutenant Matt Schmenk of the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Xenia Post.

The checkpoints took place on Colonel Glenn Highway from 8 to 10 p.m. in Beavercreek and 10 p.m. until midnight in Fairborn, according to Schmenk.

Five motorists were evaluated for impairment during the checkpoints but no arrests were made. Two OVI arrests were made during the checkpoints by saturated patrols in the area, Schmenk said.

The checkpoints were held by OSP, Greene County Sheriff’s Office, the Beavercreek Police Department and the Fairborn Police Department.

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Spring is back for the weekend

Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 6:38 AM
Updated: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 7:15 AM

It will be a chilly morning with temperatures climbing out of the 30s, according to Storm Center 7 Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs. There will be some patchy morning frost but will quickly melt after sunrise. Some high clouds build for the afternoon but it will stay dry and mild with temperatures approaching 60 degrees. Clouds will linger through the night but it won’t be too cool. Overnight lows will be near 40 degrees.

5-Day Forecast

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Patchy morning frost
  • Scattered clouds, still warmer for the weekend
  • Lyrid meteor shower peaks this weekend

DETAILED FORECAST:

Sunday: It will be partly sunny and mild again with temperatures closer to normal in the lower 60s.

WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

Monday: Clouds increase with the slight chance of a few showers south, late. Highs will reach into the middle 60s.

Tuesday: We will see mostly cloudy skies with a chance for showers. Highs will drop back into the upper 50s.

County-by-County Weather

Wednesday: Scattered showers are expected with a high near 60 degrees.

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Two dead after shooting in Dayton 

Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 6:14 AM

Crews were dispatched around 3:40 a.m. to 1824 Lakeview Ave. at the Blue Note Jazz Club on a report of a shooting, according to Sgt. Schloss of the Dayton Police Department.

Two people have died after a shooting in Dayton Saturday.

Crews were dispatched around 3:40 a.m. to 1800 block of Lakeview Avenue on a report of a shooting, according to Sgt. Schloss of the Dayton Police Department.

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A 27-year-old male died at the scene and a female was taken to Miami Valley Hospital where she died, Schloss said.

Police found the male and female shot in a blue Ford pickup truck outside of the club, Schloss said.

Further information about the victims was not known.

Police are not releasing if they have any suspects at this time

If you have any information, you are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 333-STOP.

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Police: Motorist drives into house, flees scene in Miami County

Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 4:07 AM

Troy police are looking for a suspect who drove into the side of a house in Troy Saturday.

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Crews were dispatched to 400 block of East Staunton Road around 2:15 a.m. on reports of a vehicle into a structure.

The motorist didn’t stay at the scene and drove away after causing significant damage to the house, according to Sgt. Mumford of the Troy Police Department.

The vehicle was found a couple blocks away from the house but possible suspects were not found, Mumford said.

Residents were home at the time but no one was injured, according to Mumford. 

Mumford said the vehicle had significant damage to it.

It’s not known what caused the accident.

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