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Published: Saturday, February 17, 2018 @ 9:18 AM
BRUNSWICK, Ga. — As the investigation into the Parkland High School mass shooting continues in South Florida, more people in the Jacksonville, Florida, area with connections to the school are coming forward to talk about the people they lost, including like assistant football coach Aaron Feis.
“Hearing the stories about Coach Feis, it just, it just totally hit me sideways,” Kaden Culpepper said.
Feis is being remembered as a hero after he shielded students from the shooter and was fatally shot. Culpepper spent four years with Feis and said he was not surprised by his heroism.
“A hero, a role model, a father figure; he’s a legend,” - former local student at #StonemanDouglasHigh talks about Coach Aaron Feis, the hero who shielded students from the shooter. @ActionNewsJax pic.twitter.com/JBsKH1bisX— Amber Krycka (@AmberANjax) February 16, 2018
“He just brought so much joy to all of us, the whole school. Coach Feis was the man,” he said.
Culpepper moved to Parkland with his mother at a young age. When he got older, he knew he wanted to play football but didn’t have a lot of money for equipment.
“(Feis) said, ‘Don’t even worry about it. I’ll take care of you,’” Culpepper said.
And he meant it.
“Taking me to practice, and picking me up for practice and paying every school year for me to play football out of his own pocket,” Culpepper said.
Culpepper said Feis saw potential in everyone and inspired them to do their best, on and off the field.
“He saw something in me and so many of my brothers on the football team that we didn’t even realize. He brought out the fight in us, he brought out the best in us, and he brought out the men in us. If I didn’t meet Coach Feis, and I didn’t play football for him, I wouldn’t be here,” Culpepper said.
Culpepper doesn’t just admire Coach Feis. He also plans to follow in his footsteps, by becoming a teacher and coach.
Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 10:14 AM
— The developer behind one of downtown’s hottest new dining and drinking destinations and some of its newest housing has been awarded funding for another project.
The Ohio Development Services Agency today announced it has allocated $1.8 million in state historic tax credits to support the renovation of the Dayton Motor Car building at 15 McDonough St.
Kentucky-based developer Weyland Ventures proposes spending more than $18.2 million to convert the six-story building, just east of the Oregon District, into modern offices for high-tech, creative design and other firms and users.
Within five years of operation, the building could house about 260 full-time employees, according to Weyland Ventures’ application for state historic tax credits.
“Dayton is kind of our second city at this point,” said Mariah Gratz, the CEO of Weyland Ventures.
The building is also home to the popular restaurant and bar the Troll Pub at the Wheelhouse, which opened around St. Patrick’s Day.
Weyland Ventures has completed many projects in Louisville that have helped transform its downtown.
Weyland Ventures says the motor car building, like many others in Dayton, is outdated.
But the firm said it has experience repurposing similar concrete industrial buildings and likes its open floor plates and abundant natural light.
The building, which is about 80,000 square feet, offers in-demand features, like large windows and flexible space configurations, the developer said.
Gosiger, a robotics and technology company headquartered at 108 McDonough St., plans to occupy space in the building. Bill Weyland, the principal of Weyland Ventures, and the owner of Gosiger have been friends for decades.
Weyland Ventures plans to rehab the exterior of the building and put in new HVAC and mechanical and electrical systems, which will remain exposed inside.
The building’s eastern facade will be cleaned, repaired and repainted. The historic windows will be repaired or replaced.
Weyland Ventures hopes to get construction underway by the end of the year, with a roughly 12-month construction schedule, Gratz said.
Converting the building into offices will help build on the momentum in downtown and the Webster Station area, which is a hotbed of new housing, restaurants and breweries, the firm said.
Weyland Ventures’ development of the Wheelhouse and the Dayton Motor Car building are part of its efforts to create a new district called Oregon East.
The new district seeks to offer a mix of housing, entertainment, dining and drinking establishments and other amenities.
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Future projects are expected to fill in some of the space between the historic structures with new construction, likely of housing and other components that make it a place where people want to be, Gratz said.
Weyland Ventures also has acquired Saint Paul Lutheran Church, located at 239 Wayne Ave., and is looking for tenants.
Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 9:34 AM
Updated: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 9:15 AM
— Wright State University’s board of trustees is expected to meet today to decide whether to fire long-suspended former provost Sundaram Narayanan.
But, new documents obtained by this news organization through a public records request show Wright State president Cheryl Schrader wanted the board to terminate Narayanan’s position as a faculty member earlier this month. In a letter dated May 21, Schrader asked trustees to fire Narayanan at the board’s June 8 budget meeting.
Trustees are expected to meet with Narayanan and his attorney at today in a closed-door executive session in the Wright Brothers Room of the student union. An agenda for the meeting does not specifically mention Narayanan but states that trustees will discuss employment matters and the evaluation of university personnel.
Narayanan has been on paid leave for more than three years during a federal investigation of possible violation of immigration laws.
He was one of four university administrators initially suspended in May 2015 because of the federal probe, which a Dayton Daily News investigation revealed was related to the university’s use of H-1B temporary work visas to secure employees for an area IT staffing firm in possible violation of immigration rules.
Schrader’s recommendation came just over a month after a special hearing board was convened to determine whether Narayanan was guilty of “substantial and manifest neglect of duty.” The board reviewed more than 1,000 pages of document’s related to Narayanan’s case, according to a May 3 letter from the special board to Schrader.
The special board of six university employees unanimously agreed that Naraynan “failed to execute proper oversight” while serving as provost, according to a letter from the special board to Schrader dated May 3. But, the six employees believe the university “did not meet its burden of proof” to find Narayanan guilty of “substantial and manifest neglect,” according to the May 3 letter.
Two members of the special board voted that Narayanan should be fired and four members of the board voted that Narayanan should be suspended without pay.
In her May 21 letter to trustees, Schrader said that she agreed with the minority of the special board.
“In my judgment as President, based upon my career and experiences in academia including both faculty and administration roles, I find that I firmly agree with the minority of the hearing board members, that there IS sufficient evidence,” Schrader wrote.
WSU board of trustees chairman Doug Fecher has said trustees will listen to what Narayanan and his attorney have to say during the Wednesday meeting before making a final decision on his employment. Fecher didn’t rule out the possibility of trustees making a decision the same day though.
“I’d like to hear what they have to say and then the board will have to go from there,” Fecher said last week. “Until I hear what’s said at that meeting, I can’t comment.”
Attorney Ted Copetas, who represents Narayanan, previously told the Dayton Daily News he could not comment on what plans they have if the former provost is fired.
“We simply hope to convince the board (of trustees) to follow the recommendation of the hearing board, which is based on facts and evidence,” Copetas said. “We’ll have to evaluate our options after the board of trustees makes that decision.”
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Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 1:09 PM
LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — A sheriff’s deputy had to rescue a bear that trapped itself inside a car near Lake Tahoe.
The bear got locked inside a Subaru Outback in Carnelian Bay, officials said in the Facebook post.
The bear destroyed the car’s interior so badly that the doors couldn’t be unlocked, so the sheriff’s deputy had to break a window.