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Preble Shawnee levy losing by tiny margin; recount next

Published: Friday, May 19, 2017 @ 4:14 PM


            Preble Shawnee had hoped to build two new schools with a mix of state and local funding.
Preble Shawnee had hoped to build two new schools with a mix of state and local funding.

Preble Shawnee schools learned Thursday after counting of provisional ballots that their May 2 bond issue appears headed for defeat, according to Superintendent Matt Bishop.

The combination 2.5-mill bond levy and 0.75 percent income tax was trailing by 13 votes out of 2,600 after election night. On Thursday, the Preble County Board of Elections counted valid provisional ballots — those that were cast on Election Day by voters whose eligibility had to be verified.

Now, the ballot issue is behind by six votes out of 2,600-plus.

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By state law, a recount is required, because the margin is less than one-half of one percent. But Bishop said he doesn’t expect the recount to flip the result. The district will not put the issue back on the August ballot, and Bishop said he hopes to schedule a school board meeting in the coming weeks.

“We can look at the two elections, and how close we came, and see if we think it’s worth going down that road again, or should we shift gears?” Bishop said. “The best thing is to have everybody talk through their thoughts on issue.”

Had the issue passed, Preble Shawnee would have replaced a 1982 high school and two elementaries with 80 to 100-year-old roots, by building one new elementary in Camden and a middle/high school on the existing site. The state would have contributed more than half of the project cost.

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The bond/income tax combo actually passed when only Preble County voters were counted. But the tiny precincts in Montgomery and Butler counties that send students to Preble Shawnee voted against the measure by a count of 43-9, flipping the result.

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Partly cloudy with light showers today, temps to drop below freezing tonight

Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 3:21 AM
Updated: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 3:38 AM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini looks at the latest temperatures and if we stay dry this weekend.

Freeze Warning will go into effect at 2 a.m. Friday for Montgomery, Greene, Warren, Preble and Butler Counties.

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QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Passing rain/snow showers early
  • Dry weather returns 
  • Slow warm-up through weekend

DETAILED FORECAST

Today: Road temperatures are warm, so the rain/snow mix is not expected to cause widespread slick spots. Snow may try to stick to elevated surfaces briefly. Highs will return to the upper 40s with clouds breaking for sun in the afternoon. It will be breezy and still cool. It will be mostly clear tonight. Temperatures will drop below freezing, so any outdoor vegetation will need protection.

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Friday: Temperatures will be below freezing, making for a chilly morning. There will be plenty of sunshine through the afternoon and temperatures will finally get closer to normal, reaching the upper 50s.

Saturday: Skies will be sunny with highs around 60, making for a beautiful start to the weekend.

Sunday: It will be another nice day with highs in the low 60s, which is back to normal. We’ll see sunshine through the afternoon.

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Monday: The dry stretch continues. Highs will reach the mid-60s with sunshine and a few clouds.

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2 Republicans running for Montgomery County clerk of courts

Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 11:02 AM
Updated: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 11:02 AM

Mike Foley and Ryan Colvin
Mike Foley and Ryan Colvin

Two Republicans are facing off in a primary May 8 to take on Montgomery County Clerk of Courts Russ Joseph, a Democrat.

VOTERS GUIDE

Learn more about the candidates and issues on the May 8 ballot in our interactive voters guide 

Mike Foley, who is currently the county chair of the Mike DeWine for governor campaign, is running against Ryan Colvin, who has been endorsed by the Montgomery County Republican Party.

We asked them some questions about what they would do if elected. You can see more of their answers in our voters guide at vote.daytondailynews.com. Here’s a look at some of their answers:

Q: What are the key issues facing county clerks now and in the future?

Ryan Colvin: The key issue facing the county clerk now and in the future is trying to provide the same level of critical services with reduced revenue more specifically from the loss of the Medicaid managed care sales tax from the state.

Reduction of revenue from the state government is an issue that I am currently facing as a Miamisburg City councilmember after having endured cuts to our local government fund, loss of the Estate Tax and a potential overhaul to local income tax collection.

We have overcame this loss of revenue by consolidating services bringing further efficiency to our operations and holding the line on any unnecessary spending.

Mike Foley: To me, the key issues for the Clerk’s office now and in the future are: keeping up with technology and consistently striving to exceed customer’s expectations.

Technology is constantly evolving, and it seems as if the need for instant gratification is only getting worse. These are concepts that we need to embrace in the public sector, just like we do in the private sector.

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Giving excellent customer service and obtaining customer feedback are both paramount to the success and growth of any operation. I personally pledge to the residents of Montgomery County that I will bring my experience and ideals as a small business owner to the Clerk’s office, as well as, creating an atmosphere that fosters a positive customer experience.

Q: How has technology changed the clerk’s document system and how should it?

Ryan Colvin: Electronic filing has been a welcome and effective innovation that has brought efficiency, accountability and transparency to the operation while also helping to ensure to access to justice. I believe it’s imperative that we also get the Domestic Relations Courts on electronic filing as soon as possible.

Mike Foley: Technology in the Clerk’s Office has improved the document system in many ways, but none more notably than: convenience, efficiency, and the reduction of human error. Technology is a necessity for the future, but proper leadership and maintenance needs to be on the forefront of this evolution for optimal success and effectiveness. Time Is Money…technology offers countless opportunities to maximize efficiency, thus saving taxpayers money.

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Q: How is the clerk’s office running now and what could be improved?

Ryan Colvin: I think the Clerk’s office is running okay as of right now, but I’m confident that there can be further improvements made. I have worked with many members of the staff currently employed there in my 13 years as a bailiff and have always found them to be pleasant, diligent and professional.

Mike Foley: The Clerk’s office has certainly made strides over the years, but there’s still much room for improvement. Customer service and efficiency should be the focal point of the office. Cross-training employees has proved to be invaluable in every business that I’ve been a part of, so

I’d like to see it more prevalent in the Clerk’s office as well. I would also like to personally see nepotism and party patronage as a thing of the past - instead, fill positions with qualified candidates that have a positive attitude, a great work ethic, and a willingness to serve the public with a smile:)

Q: What makes you the best candidate for this position?

Ryan Colvin: I currently serve as the administrative bailiff for the Montgomery County Common Pleas Court and have worked in court operations for nearly 13 years.

Everything that I do in my full-time job has a partnering function with the Clerk of Courts office and I have effectively managed civil and criminal docket caseloads in my time at the courthouse. Also, I have served as a Miamisburg City councilmember for over the last decade, including serving as the vice mayor recently.

We have displayed leadership and accomplished many great things in my time on council and I want to export that success and the lessons I’ve learned in my experience as a public servant into being an effective Montgomery clerk of courts.

Mike Foley: The clerk of courts is an administrative position that requires strong leadership with a hands-on approach.

I feel that my experience in both small business and government operations dramatically sets me apart from all of the other candidates!

I’ve effectively overseen many people in a variety of industries over the past 25 years, and have worked in many facets- operations, accounting, finance, marketing/PR, and human resources. Providing excellent customer service has always been important to me, as most of my experience has come from the service industry. I am the only candidate that has not worked in government his entire adult life, in which I feel really gives me perspective and differentiates myself.

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Ohio higher ed chief: ‘I have faith’ in Wright State administration

Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 11:00 AM


            Chancellor John Carey speaks at Wright State.
Chancellor John Carey speaks at Wright State.

The chancellor of Ohio’s Department of Higher Education said he thinks Wright State University will succeed in dealing with its financial problems.

Just a few weeks ago, Wright State president Cheryl Schrader asked university departments to slash 66 percent of their remaining budgets in a last-ditch attempt to save $10 million and keep WSU off state fiscal watch.

RELATED: Wright State was warned that more cuts were needed a year ago

The $10-million budget cuts are the latest development in the university’s ongoing budget crisis. Last June, the WSU board of trustees slashed $30.8 million from the school’s budget in an attempt to begin correcting years of overspending.

Despite the school’s continued struggles, Ohio Higher Education chancellor John Carey said he is confident Wright State will succeed.

“I know this president and her administration have been very involved with this,” Carey said. “And I have faith in their leadership and we’ll continue to work with them to support them.”

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Earlier this month, Wright State leaders asked staff from the state department of higher education to review the school’s financial issues. The department’s finance director David Cummins said that the university is “shooting at a moving target” and that WSU leaders are having to look at every detail in order to correct budget problems.

“Wright State is obviously a very important part of higher education in Ohio and it’s our goal that they’re successful,” Carey said. “So, we’ll continue to work with them as they strive to perform their mission.”

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‘Angry badger’ forces doors to close at 500-year-old castle tunnel, tourist spot

Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 10:59 AM

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A castle in Scotland has lasted for 500 years but the property is apparently no match for an angry badger. Yes, you’ve read that right. An angry badger shut down tourist access to a tunnel at Craignethan Castle, the BBC reported.  

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Officials allowed the public access to the rest of the 5-century-old building but the tunnel was closed not only for people’s safety, but also for the badger’s, officials told the BBC.

The badger apparently did some damage to the masonry of the castle before it left the building either Friday night or Saturday morning on its own accord.

The animal left after castle staff members tried cat food and honey to coax it out, the Guardian reported.

Castle staff members who run the property’s Twitter account had a little online fun, posting a GIF image of dancing badgers when they announced the tunnel’s closing.

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