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Published: Thursday, June 14, 2018 @ 6:29 AM
Updated: Thursday, June 14, 2018 @ 7:40 AM
— The grand opening for the Hampton Inn & Suites in Xenia was expected to happen in July, but putting the final touches on the city’s newest hotel will take another month.
It is the latest delay for the hotel, which officials last August said would open by the end of 2017.
Construction on the 88-room hotel, a $6 million project, got underway last year.
“The project has faced challenges from labor shortages and issues with some subcontractors,” according to Xenia City Planner Brian Forschner.
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The grand opening has been pushed to Aug. 15, according to a hotel spokeswoman.
She said they were waiting for approval from Greene County Building Department on some necessary building permits, but those have now been granted.
Rooms and suites are getting carpeting and tile work done this week, and equipment such as washers and dryers are to be delivered and installed soon, the spokeswoman said.
“The management team has been hired already. I will be placing job ads for front desk, housekeeping and breakfast staff,” she said.
The hotel, owned by Indiana-based Tashi Hospitality Inc. under the Hilton brand, plans to hire 15 to 18 more people, the spokeswoman said.
The hotel was made possible in-part through a property tax abatement agreement between Tashi Hospitality and the city of Xenia. Tashi Hospitality is to receive 90 percent tax abatement on the increased property value of the land for the first six years, then 70 percent for the following two years, according to the city.
The city collects income tax revenue, and the estimated annual payroll at the hotel is expected to be $300,000, according to the city.
The hotel will feature an indoor pool and fitness center as well as a meeting room, a business center and a dining area where breakfast will be served.
The hotel will not feature a bar, but the spokeswoman said wine and beer will be sold in an area near the front desk.
Published: Sunday, June 17, 2018 @ 6:20 PM
MEXICO CITY — Fans cheering the national team’s win over Germany created an “artificial quake” that tipped the Richter scale, according to reports.
Seismologists at two monitoring stations in Mexico City picked up readings when Hirving Lozano scored 35 minutes into Mexico’s 1-0 upset over defending champion Germany Sunday, according to USA Today.
Officials at the California Earthquake Center told USA Today the induced quake likely generated a 2 on the Richter scale and would have gone unnoticed by the public if it were a typical earthquake.
Germany became the third defending champion to lose in its opening match in the last 16 years. Mexico next plays Korea Republic June 23.
Published: Sunday, June 17, 2018 @ 10:55 PM
OSAKA, Japan — A massive 6.1 magnitude earthquake struck outside Osaka Monday morning, leaving at least two dead and 41 injured.
The quake registered around 8 a.m. with an initial strength of 5.9, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.
PM Abe stresses rescuing lives is of utmost importance. He tells reporters at 0859 local time an hour after the big earthquake in Osaka.He says the government is trying to gather information on damage, prepare for rescue and relief, and inform the latest to the public— michiyo ishida (@MichiyoCNA) June 18, 2018
There was no tsunami threat however morning commutes were disrupted as trains were not running and power was out to many homes, according to the Japan Times.
Kansai Electric Power Co. said nuclear plants in Fukui Prefecture were operating normally.
Published: Sunday, June 17, 2018 @ 8:42 AM
JAKARTA, Indonesia — A 54-year-old Indonesian woman is dead after villagers say a 23-foot python swallowed her whole.
According to The Associated Press and Agence France-Presse, Wa Tiba of Muna Island disappeared Thursday after leaving her village, Persiapan Lawela, to tend to her garden. The next day, searchers discovered a "snake with a bloated belly" and some of Tiba's things near the garden, said the village's chief, known by the single name Faris, the AP reported.
Faris said villagers killed the python and cut it open, the AP reported. They then "found Tiba's body still intact with all her clothes," Faris said.
Graphic photos and videos posted online appeared to show the woman's body being extracted from the dead python.
This isn't the first time a python has swallowed a person in Indonesia, where such snakes are common, AFP reported. A farmer died under similar circumstances in March 2017 on the island of Sulawesi, according to the news service.
Published: Sunday, June 17, 2018 @ 9:24 PM
— Police are responding to reports of a shooting inside the Walmart Supercenter in Tumwater, Washington.
The fire department told KIRO7.com they are calling it a "mass casualty incident" and confirmed at least two people were shot.
#BREAKING: a SHOOTING at the #Tumwater Walmart. Thurston County dispatch tells me at least two people shot, could be more. Scene started outside and ended up inside. Fire department is calling this a “mass casulty incident.” I’m on my way. @KIRO7Seattle— Deedee Sun (@DeedeeKIRO7) June 18, 2018