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Wright Patt will get new gateway

Published: Monday, March 19, 2018 @ 8:21 AM


            Trucks enter an inspections area at Gate 16A at Wright-Patterson JIM WITMER /STAFF FILE PHOTO
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Trucks enter an inspections area at Gate 16A at Wright-Patterson JIM WITMER /STAFF FILE PHOTO(Jim Witmer)

A new $10.5 million gateway at Wright-Patterson had a ceremonial groundbreaking Monday for an entrance thousands of motorists will enter beginning in late 2019.

The work will consolidate two Wright-Patterson entrances into one and marks the third project to upgrade gateway security since 2015 at the Miami Valley base.

“We want to see this project,” said Wright-Patterson installation commander Bradley McDonald.

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U.S. Rep. Mike Turner, R-Dayton, along with Army Corps of Engineers and Messner Construction officials joined the ceremony.

Turner said he had a security briefing with former Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James to push the Air Force to release money to build the new entrance way.

The work will be the biggest since the National Air And Space Intelligence Center opened a $29.5 million Foreign Materials Exploitation facility last fall.

A new Gate 26A, a few hundred yards from the current gate, will replace a commercial delivery entrance at Gate 16A off Ohio 444, and the existing Gate 26A off Ohio 235 near the entrance to the 445th Airlift Wing headquarters and the main airfield.

The new entrance way off Ohio 235 will be located between Sandhill Road and Circle Drive, according to Wright-Patterson.

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In 2015, Wright-Patterson spent about $1.3 million to improve security at Gate 12A, including the installation of a pop-up barricade. The major entrance way is closest to Air Force Material Command headquarters and NASIC.

Last year, the base spent another $1.3 million in upgrade Gate 19B off National Road, including additional security checkpoints and overhead canopies. The gate is closest to the Air Force Institute of Technology.

The base has had to deal with security breaches at gates, the biggest of which occurred in November 2015 at Gate 22B near Interstate 675. A Beavercreek man drove past a guard and got into at least one Air Force Research Laboratory building, prompting an employee evacuation and a lock down of a nearby child care center until the man was apprehended, authorities have said.

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University of Dayton and Deca High students help clean up Five Oaks

Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 3:23 PM

University of Dayton and Deca High School students joined together today for the annual Five Oaks neighborhood cleanup in recognition of Earth Day weekend. 

Located on the UD campus, Deca High is a preparatory school dedicated to helping students achieve their goal of graduating college. 

Bill Marvin, presdient of the Five Oaks Neighborhood Association and UD philosophy professor, said approximately 80 to 100 students came out to help clean up the neighborhood, around 20 of them Deca students. 

"Five Oaks is one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the city," Marvin said. "A lot of good people come together and it's really good for the community." 

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Members of the community also participate, helping the students with trash pickup, weed pulling, and tree plantings. 

"The more we take care of our common space, the better it is for everybody because we are all in this together, " said Marvin. 

Dona, a junior at Deca, sees the cleanup as an opportunity for herself and her classmates to come together and do something that benefits their community. 

"We don't have to come here, said Dona. "But we are tired of seeing trash everywhere and the neighborhood looking bad. We came here for our younger kids so we could show them that we can do things together that don't just benefit us." 

Cleanup efforts will continue April 22.

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Melania Trump poses with Bushes, Clintons and Obamas at Barbara Bush funeral

Published: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 5:44 PM

First Families Pose Together At Barbara Bush Funeral

The current first lady posed for a picture with former first ladies and past presidents Saturday at Barbara Bush’s funeral.

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First Lady Melania Trump is seen in the image, taken by photographer Paul Morse, with the Bushes, Clintons and Obamas.

Trump, who attended the funeral without her husband, is seen standing alongside Michelle Obama.

“It was my honor to travel to Houston to give my respects to Barbara Bush and the remarkable life she led as a mother, wife, and fearless First Lady,” she said in a statement. “My sincerest thoughts and prayers continue to be with George H.W., and the entire Bush family.”

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Missing child found in Harrison Twp.

Published: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 8:40 AM
Updated: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 9:07 AM

Dayton child missing

UPDATE @ 8:52 a.m.:

Deputies have located the missing child at the Dollar General in the 5200 block of North Dixie Drive, according to reports.

INITIAL REPORT:

Sheriff’s deputies are reportedly looking for an 8-year-old child who is said to have been missing for about an hour.

Officials were searching the area of Kildare Avenue in Harrison Twp. around 8:30 a.m.

We’re working to learn more.

Dayton child missing

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Volunteers help at Five Rivers MetroParks 31st annual Adopt-a-Park

Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 4:23 PM

Five Rivers MetroParks held its 31st annual Adopt-a-Park cleanup event Saturday in honor of Earth Day. 

Volunteers of all ages helped remove trash, plant trees, repair trails, and prepare flower beds at more than 2 dozen sites. 

Volunteers received a free lunch at Riverscape and a T-shirt for their efforts. 

"We see families, individuals, church groups, students and children participate in Adopt-a-Park,” said Kevin Kepler, volunteer services manager for Five Rivers. 

“The community really comes out in full force, which is great because all this important work couldn't be accomplished without our dedicated volunteers. It's the perfect occasion to celebrate Earth Day with your fellow Daytonians,” Kepler said. 

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Last year, more than 1,800 volunteers removed 65,000 pounds of trash, 32 miles of river ways were cleaned and more than 15 acres of invasive plants were removed, according to a press release. 

"I think the success of this event reflects the community's support of MetroParks' mission to protect the region's natural heritage," said Kepler. 

Adopt-a-Park is sponsored by Vectren and Barrett Paving Materials, Inc. 

To find out more about Five Rivers MetroParks, log on to www.metroparks.org or call 937-275-PARK (7275).

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