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West Chester author’s book to be read from International Space Station

Published: Saturday, August 12, 2017 @ 4:00 PM


            The book “Next Time You See a Sunset” by West Chester Twp. author Emily Morgan will be read this month by an astronaut in orbit on the International Space Station. EMMA STIEFEL/STAFF
The book “Next Time You See a Sunset” by West Chester Twp. author Emily Morgan will be read this month by an astronaut in orbit on the International Space Station. EMMA STIEFEL/STAFF

“Next time you see a sunset, stop and sit down for a while.”

So begins West Chester Twp. author Emily Morgan’s picture book, “Next Time You See a Sunset.” For some of her newest readers, however, that might become a bit problematic — they experience a sunset every 90 minutes.

An astronaut on the International Space Station will be recorded reading the book aloud this month as part of the Story Time from Space program. “Next Time You See a Sunset,” along with several other books, will be packed on board SpaceX-12, a rocket carrying supplies to the station, when it launches on Aug. 14.

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“I’m just elated,” said Morgan, who will watch the rocket’s launch in Florida with her son and parents. “I can’t even believe it’s happening.”

The Story Time From Space program selects books that can be read aloud in less than 20 minutes, have plots that are related to science, and contain accurate information, according to the National Science Teachers Association, Morgan’s publisher.

Morgan’s book, part of an ongoing “Next Time You See” series, certainly fits those criteria. All of her stories “encourage kids to experience nature” and intentionally focus on subjects anyone could find just by walking out their front door.

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“We forget that we’re on a big ball of rock that’s moving around a star,” Morgan said, referring to “Next Time You See a Sunset.” “If you think about that, you’ll see sunsets in a (different light).”

Picture book writing is just the latest stage of Morgan’s career as a science educator, which began in 1995. She began as a teacher at Northridge Local Schools in Dayton, and then moved to Mason Intermediate Elementary School. At Mason, Morgan and another teacher began writing science lessons centered around picture books.

They called the instructional books they produced “Picture-Perfect Science,” and eventually Morgan left her teaching job to focus on writing and teaching science workshops. “Next Time You See a Sunset,” one of Morgan’s first two books, was published in 2013, and she has written a total of eight books to date.

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She goes to several schools each year to read her picture books to students, and is excited to take the video of an astronaut reading “Next Time You See a Sunset” with her on these visits after it is released in the fall.

“I hope listening to an astronaut read this book will help people watching the sunset on earth see it in a whole new way, ” Morgan said. “(I hope it helps them realize) that something ordinary that happens everyday is really quite extraordinary.”

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Dayton traffic from the WHIO Traffic Center

Published: Wednesday, July 11, 2018 @ 3:27 AM
Updated: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 5:43 AM

Traffic issues can be reported by calling our newsroom at 937-259-2237 or tweeting @WHIOTraffic.

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Traffic conditions are updated every six minutes on AM 1290 and NEWS 95.7 WHIO.

Major Highway Incidents

  • No incidents to report. 

Surface Street Incidents

  • In the 700 block of Irving in Dayton, a crash with injuries was reported around 5:10 a.m.
  • At Brindlestone Drive and S. Brown School Road in Vandalia, a water main break was reported shortly before 5 a.m. Vandalia Public Works on scene told us a pipe had busted and will take about two hours to fix. No homes were damaged. 
Water main break in Vandalia

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Ongoing Construction & Other Closures 

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Latest traffic conditions are also available on our traffic map. 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY

  • Valley Street between Stanley Avenue and Brandt Street will be closed for reconstruction through late October. This is the first phase of a project to reconstruct Valley Street from Stanley Avenue to Rita Street.
  • Arlington Road between Pleasant Plain and Upper Lewisburg Salem Road, BRIDGE CLOSURE, March 5 - Sept. 30. All ramps for I-70 will remain open. 
  • Keowee Street north of Stanley Avenue, bridge closed until 2019. The official detour is: Keowee Street to Stanley Avenue to I-75 to Wagner Ford Road and back to Dixie. More information is available here.
  • Stewart Street Ramp to US 35 East, RAMP CLOSURE March 28 - Sept 30, 2018. The official detour is: Stewart Street to Edwin C. Moses Boulevard to I-75 north to US 35 west to James H. McGee Blvd. to US 35 east.
  • I-70 east Ramp to SR 235 north, RAMP CLOSURE July 16 - September 28. The official detour is: I-70 east to I-675 south to SR 444 to I-675 north to I-70 west to SR 235 north. 
  • I-75 north Ramp to US 35 west, RAMP CLOSURE, March 12 - Sept. 30. The official detour is: I-75 north to US 35 east to Jefferson/Main Street to Ludlow Street to US 35 west
  • I-75 between SR 48 and Needmore Road, Nightly lane closures April 29 - July 31 between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. Will become double lane closures at 10 p.m. 
  • SR 48 between First Street and Riverdale Street, Lane closure April 2, 2018 - April 1, 2019. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • SR 235 north at the I-70 interchange, ROAD CLOSURE July 16 - September 28. The official detour is: I-70 east to I-675 south to SR 444 to I-675 north to I-70 west to SR 235 north. 
  • SR 4 south between I-70 and Lower Valley Pike, Lane closure July 9 - 27. Two southbound lanes will remain open. 

GREENE COUNTY

  • State Route 235 between Dayton Yellow Springs and Enon Roads, ROAD CLOSURE for six months. The official detour is U.S. 68, West Hyde, and West Enon Roads.
  • Trebein Road from U.S. 35, Lane restrictions April 16 - August, 2018 for construction of a right turn lane. One lane will remain maintained at all times with flagging operations. 

WARREN COUNTY

MIAMI COUNTY

  • I-75 between CR 25A (Tipp City) and Eldean Road, Lane closures June 18 - Aug. 31. One lane will remain open at all times. These closures will not be in effect Friday mornings - Sunday afternoons. 
  • N. Market Street between Foss Way/Kirk Lane and Stonyridge Avenue, ROAD CLOSURE March 5 at 7 a.m. - Aug. 10 at 5 p.m. 
  • US 36 between Scott Drive and Aerovent Drive, Lane closure April 26 - Aug. 31. 

DARKE COUNTY

  • SR 571 between Palestine Union City Road and Fisher Dangler Road, BRIDGE CLOSURE July 23 - Aug. 14. The official detour is: SR 49 to SR 47 to Indiana SR 28 to Indiana SR 32 to SR 571.
  • Arcanum Bears-Mill Road between Folkerth Road and Erisman Road, ROAD CLOSURE June 4 - Aug. 3. The official detour is: SR 49 to US 36/US 127 to US 36
  • SR 49 between Rossburg Lightsville Road and SR 47, Daily lane closures June 18 - July 30 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. One lane will remain open in each direction through the use of flaggers.
  • Sweitzer Street/ West Fourth Street between Pine Street and Sycamore Street, ROAD CLOSURE May 21 - May 31, 2019. The official detour is: Pine Street to Washington Avenue to Broadway.
  • US 36/US 127 between Hogpath Road and Horatio- Harris Creek Road, Daily lane closures April 30 - Aug. 31 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

MERCER COUNTY

  • SR 117 between US 127 and SR 116, Daily lane closures April 23 - July 31 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. 

SHELBY COUNTY

  • SR 48 between Russia Versailles Road and SR 66, Daily lane closures July 3 - 31 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. One lane will remain open in each direction. 
  • SR 47 between Fifth Avenue and Wilkinson Avenue, Lane closures Jan. 21 - Nov. 27. One lane will remain open in each direction at all times.  

CLARK COUNTY

  • I-70 east Ramp to I-675 north, RAMP CLOSURE March 15 - Aug. 15. The official detour is: I-70 east to I-675 south to SR 444 to I-675 north
  • Spangler Road south between Restoration Drive and I-70, Traffic pattern switch March 26 - Aug. 15. Southbound Spangler Road traffic going to I-675 south and I-70 east will be moved to northbound side of I-675. Traffic will then be redirected to the southbound side of I-675 after passing over I-70. 

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY

  • SR 560 between SR 29 and US 36, Daily lane closures June 25 - July 30 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. One lane will remain open in each direction using flaggers.
  • US 36 between Zimmerman Road and Kite Road, BRIDGE CLOSURE June 11 - Aug. 10. The official detour is: SR 235 to SR 29 to SR 560.

LOGAN COUNTY

  • SR 540 between US 33 and CR 25S, Daily lane closures June 18 - July 30 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. One lane will remain open for travel in each direction through the use of flaggers. 
  • SR 235 between T-192 and T-47, Lane closures June 4 - July 31 between the hours of 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. One lane will remain open for travel in each direction using flaggers.
  • SR 117 between SR 274 and T-37, Lane closures June 4 - July 31 between 7 a.m and 4 p.m. One lane will remain open for travel in each direction using flaggers. 

AUGLAIZE COUNTY

  • SR 196 between SR 67 and Auglaize County Line Road, Daily lane closures June 19 - July 30 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. One lane will remain open in each direction using flaggers. 
  • US 33 between SR 29 and I-75, Daily lane closures March 26 - July 31 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. One lane will remain open in each direction. 

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Sunshine, warm temperatures return for the day

Published: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 3:19 AM

Dry stretch of days but storms look to return by the end of the week.

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QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Warm but not muggy
  • Dry time this week
  • Showers and storms by weekend 

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>> 5-Day Forecast

DETAILED FORECAST

TODAY: A nice morning with it being muggy early, but becoming more comfortable through the afternoon. It’ll be warmer than normal again with highs in the mid to upper 80s. Overall dry day with sunshine and some afternoon clouds. 

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WEDNESDAY: Another beautiful day with plenty of sunshine. Dry from start to finish with low humidity and highs around 80 degrees. UV index for the day will be high. 

THURSDAY: The morning starts off cool around 60 degrees. Sunny skies for the afternoon and still not muggy as highs climb to the middle 80s.

>> County-by-County Weather 

FRIDAY: A dry start to the day with clouds increasing for the afternoon. Highs peak in the middle 80s as it becomes muggy again with some isolated showers and storms developing. 

SATURDAY: Warm and muggy with highs in the low 80s. Expect scattered showers and storms at times through 

the day. 

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Dog missing since Sunday rescued from Perry Twp. culvert

Published: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 9:12 PM
Updated: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 2:10 AM

Dog rescued from storm drain

UPDATE @ 10:25 p.m.

Brookville firefighters rescued a family pet stuck in a drainage ditch after a neighbor reported hearing a dog barking.

Crews responded to the ditch on Air Hill Road, near Keener Road in Perry Twp.

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“We did find a small 30- to 40-pound dog that was trapped about 40 feet in the storm drain,” Brookville Fire Capt. Jim Hart said. “We utilized a portable stretcher and two of my guys were able to crawl into the storm drain, and the dog was thankfully pretty friendly and we were able to get her put on top of that stretcher and use the rope system to pull her out.”

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The 17-year-old dog was stuck and had potentially been there for about a day, Hart said.

The dog’s family took her home following the rescue.

UPDATE @ 9:50 p.m.

A dog was pulled from a 48-inch culvert.

The dog was described as about 17 years old and deaf and had been missing since Sunday.

The dog’s owners took their pet home.

FIRST REPORT

A rescue operation is underway after a dog was found trapped in a 48-inch culvert.

Crews are on scene near the intersection of Keener and Air Hill roads, according to the Montgomery County Regional Dispatch Center.

The dog, described as possibly a yellow Labrador retriever, is reportedly 45 feet down.

We have a crew on the way and will update this report.

Got a tip? Call our monitored 24-line, 937-259-2237, or send it to newsdesk@cmgohio.com.

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Vacant house fire in Harrison Twp. considered suspicious, officials say

Published: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 1:28 AM
Updated: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 2:15 AM

Fire on Lodell Avenue

UPDATE @ 2:20 a.m: A vacant house fire that occurred on Lodell Avenue early Tuesday morning is considered suspicious, according to Harrison Twp. fire officials.

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The structure, located in the 2100 block, was fully involved when crews arrived on scene just after 1 a.m.

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No other nearby homes were affected as a result of the fire.

No injuries were reported as crews extinguished the flames.

Damage estimates were not immediately available as the fire remains under investigation. 

INITIAL REPORT

Crews are responding to the 2100 block of Lodell Avenue on a reported fully involved structure fire that occurred early Tuesday morning.

Initial reports indicate the incident was dispatched just after 1 a.m. at a structure that is reportedly vacant. 

We have a crew on the way to the scene and will continue to update this story with additional details. 

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