Pair replacing West Carrollton board president, longtime incumbent

Published: Wednesday, January 03, 2018 @ 10:06 AM


            Two new members are set to take oaths tonight on the West Carrollton City Schools Board of Education. NICK BLIZZARD/STAFF
Two new members are set to take oaths tonight on the West Carrollton City Schools Board of Education. NICK BLIZZARD/STAFF

The West Carrollton City Schools Board of Education will be taking on a new look this year.

Two new board members tonight will be taking oaths to replace a pair of longtime officeholders, including the 2017 president. A new president and vice president are also scheduled to be elected when the board meets at 6 p.m., according to the agenda.

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Joe Cox and Jonathon Lewallen will be filling the seats formerly occupied by Debbie Bobbitt and Roberta Phillips, last year’s president. Cox defeated Bobbitt in the November election. Lewallen ran unopposed as Phillips did not seek re-election to the five-member board that includes parts of Miami Twp. and Moraine.

The meeting is scheduled to occur in the community room at West Carrollton High School, 5833 Student St.

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Downtown Springfield pizzeria closing

Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 5:47 PM

Bada Bing Pizzeria owner Jason Hague serves the staff of The Salvation Army a Red Kettle pizza.  The Red Kettle pizza is a special pizza that will be available during National Salvation Army week.  JEFF GUERINI/STAFF
Jeff Guerini
Bada Bing Pizzeria owner Jason Hague serves the staff of The Salvation Army a Red Kettle pizza. The Red Kettle pizza is a special pizza that will be available during National Salvation Army week. JEFF GUERINI/STAFF(Jeff Guerini)


Bada Bing Pizzeria in Springfield will close on Sunday, according to a post on the business’ Facebook page. 

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The post reads in part, “Thank you all for your support over the last few years. We have been blessed beyond measure. What’s next? Stay tuned.”

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The restaurant is located at 40 N. Fountain Ave.

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Break-in suspect with huge face tattoo arrested after Facebook post goes viral

Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 6:23 AM

Viral Facebook Post Leads to Arrest of Break-In Suspect

An Ohio break-in suspect who goes by “Popeye” and sports a large, unusual face tattoo may be as recognizable as the sailor man himself.

According to WKRC, Anthony Ward was arrested on theft and breaking-and-entering charges Wednesday after the Adams County Sheriff's Office shared his photo on Facebook.

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“Be on the look out for aka (Popeye) Anthony Ward,” the Adams County Sheriff’s Office stated. “Subject has Felony warrants through Brown County and wanted for questioning on several B&E's [breaking and entering]. AIso Dottie Worthington is with this subject and are driving a Black Chevy Cruz.”

Anthony Ward was arrested on theft and breaking-and-entering charges after the Adams County Sheriff's Office in Ohio shared his photo on Facebook.(Adams County Sheriff's Office)

The post quickly racked up 2,700 shares and more than 100 comments from bemused followers. 

Sheriff’s officials told Cox Media the post was removed from Facebook due to the overwhelming amount of comments.

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“Don't you have a better pic? This could be anybody,” one commenter quipped.

“Now they need to put a ‘be on the lookout’ for a bad tattoo artist,” wrote another.

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Ward has been located and is in police custody.

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School falls short for funding new weight equipment, NBA legend Shaq makes up the difference

Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 8:35 AM

Shaquille O'Neal Pays For Louisiana High School's New Weight Room

A Louisiana high school can thank one of the biggest names in basketball for its new weight room.

Lafayette High School was given $21,000 by the Lafayette Parish School Board for the project to redo its weight room, but the total price tag was just over $40,000, The Daily Advertiser reported.

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But Shaquille O’Neal made sure they got the new weight equipment they needed for the school’s athletic programs by paying the remainder of the bill.

“If we didn’t have Shaq step in to help us, it would have been another two years for us to raise the money,” football coach Rob Pool told the Advertiser.

The coaches spent the day Wednesday putting the green and black customized machines together in time for Thursday’s football team workout, the Advertiser reported

The donation, which Shaq told the team about via a video back in March, was part of South Louisiana Giving Daythe Advertiser reported.

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Hyperloop in Ohio? Two firms to study feasibility

Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 11:01 AM


            An artist rendering shows what the Virgin Hyperloop One could look like if it is built in Columbus.
An artist rendering shows what the Virgin Hyperloop One could look like if it is built in Columbus.

Two companies will begin studying the feasibility and environmental impact of a potential hyperloop connecting Columbus, Chicago and Pittsburgh.

Hyperloop One is a worldwide challenge to create a transportation system that moves both people and products quickly. The hyperloop is expected to transport pods of people and goods through a tube — traveling 671 miles per hour. The hyperloop is expected to reduce the commute from Columbus to Chicago to 35 minutes and from Columbus to Pittsburgh to 23 minutes..

AECOM and WSP USA have been hired by the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission to do the studies by July 2019.

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The companies will collect data, review existing conditions, provide alternative routes and evaluate infrastructure. The federally-required study will also give local officials an opportunity to win federal funding for the project.

The study will include two potential route alignments for evaluation, one from the original proposal and one alternative to be defined in the study. The potential routes will include at least the following cities: Chicago, Fort Wayne, Lima, Marysville, Columbus and Pittsburgh. The study is expected to be completed by March 2019.

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“It is because of visionary transportation agencies like MORPC that hyperloop is moving forward in the United States. We are excited to collaborate with these world-class public and private sector partners to connect the Midwest with rapid speed transport that will fuel future economic activity,” said Virgin Hyperloop One CEO Rob Lloyd. “The potential is enormous – to connect some 20 percent of the nation’s population and economic activity and create a vibrant, globally-competitive Great Lakes Megaregion.”

The Columbus-Pittsburgh-Chicago route is one of 10 potential routes from around the world selected as finalists of the Virgin Hyperloop One Global Challenge, and it was the only route selected that would cross four U.S. states, according to a release.

A second proposal for a hyper loop by Hyperloop Transportation Technologies has proposed a route from Cleveland to Chicago that includes a stop in Dayton.

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