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Published: Wednesday, June 13, 2018 @ 10:10 AM
MIDDLETOWN — The last chance to see and buy parts of the old Middletown High School left city school officials happy.
The Saturday auction in the former high school will net about $35,000 — after expenses that included setting up two movable auctions that traveled among classrooms selling almost everything — and will help speed the school’s coming demolition.
“Final numbers are not in yet, but the auction should clear approximately $35,000 by the time all expanses are taken care of,” said George Long, business director for Middletown City Schools.
“The advantage we have is it also allowed our community a chance to bid on things themselves as well as get inside the building one last time,” said Long of the many people who showed up June 9 to tour their old school, which has served generations of city residents.
One of them was Suzanne Tadych. Her children also attended the school when it was converted to a middle school.
“We are having fun today finding our old lockers and going to our old homerooms,” said the Middletown resident during Saturday’s auction.
She came with friends who were looking to buy school items, but Tadych said “we really wanted to reminisce and explore.”
“It’s part of our history and our family. It holds a lot of memories and it’s something you can connect to the generation before that went to high school here so it’s kind of a connection we all have,” she said.
Middletown High School graduate Cheryl Kruer said, “so many memories and sad feelings about what’s going to happen to this building but I’m glad I’m here today because it’s surreal.”
Used in recent years as a middle school, the old Middletown High School first opened to students in 1923, while Warren G. Harding was president of the United States. It was the oldest school in Butler County until it was closed for its final school year earlier this month.
The massive, nearly city block-long school was once Middletown High School and the storied home for the city’s sports legends — including NBA Hall Of Famer Jerry Lucas — and tens of thousands of graduates.
Former students and fans of the old school will have one last chance to get a keepsake from the old-fashioned brick-built school.
“Fencing should go up the end of this week, beginning of next. Contractors will be mobilizing for asbestos toward the end of the month. Actual demolition is probably six to eight weeks out,” said Long.
Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 4:38 PM
For the first time since 2013, the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels on Saturday roared aggressively through cloudy skies in front of tens of thousands of spectators at the Vectren Dayton Air Show.
Crowds cheered as the Blue Angels maneuvered through complex motions and rolled their aircraft 360 degrees. Marvin Napier of Huber Heights brought his two young children to the air show for the first time so they could see the magic of the Blue Angels flying flawlessly in formation.
“The rain is better than 95 degree heat where you’re sweating,” he said. “With the clouds, the planes fly lower so it’s a win-win.”
The 44th Vectren Dayton Air Show, one of the region’s largest events of the year, drew in heavy crowds. overcast skies and some sporadic rain before noon. The show kicked off at noon with a full schedule of performers, including the U.S. Air Force F-22A Raptor, TORA! TORA! TORA!, aerobatic pilot Vicky Benzing and Sean D. Tucker.
“We’re thrilled the weather broke and it’s been a beautiful day for an air show,” said Shiela Wallace, air show spokeswoman. Air show officials would not comment on crowd attendance until after the weekend is over, she said.
Military jet teams like the Thunderbirds and the Navy Blue Angels are the biggest draw for air show crowds and organizers bank on their appearance to bring in tens of thousands of people at the Dayton International Airport. They can draw up to 65,000 or more spectators when the military teams show off.
Crowds jumped to their feet to gawk and take pictures as the F-22A Raptor pulled into vertical maneuvers and flew backwards.
The Blue Angels are expected to fly more than 30 air shows in the 2018 season. The team flies six blue-and-yellow F/A-18 Hornet jets as close as 18 inches apart in aerial formations. The team has flown the Hornet jets for three decades, the longest of any aircraft in its 72-year history.
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Children plugged their ears with their fingers to block out the deafening rumble of the Blue Angels, while other spectators held up their phones to capture video evidence of the Navy squadron’s skills. “Thunder, feel the thunder,” played through the speakers as the formation ripped by the crowd.
Scott Buchanan, chairman of the United States Air and Trade Show Board of Trustees, said the air show takes about a year to plan. The show is a huge boost for the local economy, with thousands of people spending money at hotels, restaurants and local businesses. Buchanan said he doesn’t expect the weather to have a huge impact the number of spectators who come out this weekend.
“It’s really an opportunity to showcase what Dayton has brought to aviation,” he said.
Chris and Sandy Porter of Bloomington, Ind., arrived early to secure front-row seats at the air show. Sitting in a blue and white U.S.A. lawn chair, Sandy Porter said she and her husband made the drive Friday night to meet with her family members from Columbus.
“It’s more just about being together with family,” she said. “That’s what it’s all about.”
In 2017, an estimated 44,000 people attended the air show – down 30 percent from expectations, organizers reported. In 2016, the show drew about 51,000 people. Organizers blamed the low attendance at the 2017 air show on the cancellation of the Air Force Thunderbirds as the headline act, due to a crash, and record rainfall Friday that caused parking issues.
Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 5:36 AM
Updated: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 4:33 PM
— Lingering clouds will make for a breezy day, but warmer temperatures will return next week, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar.
Tonight: A couple of stray showers will still be possible this evening, but most areas look to stay dry. Clouds will break more overnight as temperatures drop into the middle 60s.
Sunday: It’ll be a touch warmer as most of us get in the lower 80s. Partly cloudy skies are expected and while most will stay dry, a stray shower or storms cannot be ruled out.
Monday: Mostly sunny skies are expected. Highs will be in the lower 80s.
Tuesday: A dry start is expected with highs in the middle 80s. The chance for rain returns in the evening.
Wednesday: A few showers are likely, maybe a few storms as well. Highs will be in the middle 80s.
Thursday: A hot day is expected with partly cloudy skies. Highs will be in the upper 80s.
Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 3:54 PM
MIDDLETOWN — A bicyclist is dead after being struck by a vehicle near Sunset Park.
Middletown Police Maj. Dave Birk said a man in his 60s was struck by the vehicle near Fisher Avenue and Sunset Road near the park.
The collision occurred at approximately 2:20 p.m. The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating.
We will report more when information becomes available.
Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 3:56 PM
SPRINGBORO — Police are seeking the public’s help to find a missing endangered teen.
Frista Gibbons, 15, was last seen around 2:30 p.m. Friday leaving her home on foot, according to the Springboro Police Department.
Gibbons is stands 5 feet 7 inches, weighs 100 pounds, has short brown hair and hazel eyes.
She was last seen wearing a light blue zip-up hoodie with a knee length leopard-print skirt. She was carrying a black backpack, according to a release.
Police said Gibbons may be with her juvenile boyfriend from Camden, Ohio.