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Kettering hopes voters back right-sized school levy
 Superintendent James Schoenlein expresses certainty that the district’s voters should approve a new five-year 4.89-mill levy request on the Nov. 5 ballot. “We’re providing a great education and we’ve been bringing costs down,” he said. Whether a majority will vote yes “is something I could never be completely...

7:17 PM Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013

Superintendent James Schoenlein expresses certainty that the district’s voters should approve a new five-year 4.89-mill levy request on the Nov. 5 ballot. “We’re providing a great education and we’ve been bringing costs down,” he said. Whether a majority will vote yes “is something I could never be completely...
Oakwood focuses on boost in recycling
 With the help of a $35,000 grant from the Montgomery County Solid Waste District, Oakwood has started a $50,0o0 push to boost recycling efforts and reduce the amount of material going to the landfill. At the same time, the city is taking steps to make it more convenient for residents to discard some types of refuse. The program includes installation...

4:05 AM Monday, Oct. 14, 2013

With the help of a $35,000 grant from the Montgomery County Solid Waste District, Oakwood has started a $50,0o0 push to boost recycling efforts and reduce the amount of material going to the landfill. At the same time, the city is taking steps to make it more convenient for residents to discard some types of refuse. The program includes installation...
Centerville Schools re-tool levy for 3rd try

4:00 AM Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013

After two levy defeats by less than 1 percent in the past year, Centerville City Schools will try again on Nov. 5. The new proposal, an 5.9-mill measure with a 10-year limit, is not a re-run. It would cost the owner of a $100,000 home less than $13 per month. The 5.9-mill levy that was voted down 17,189 to 17,029 in November 2012 would have...
Kane chosen to succeed Trent on Kettering school board

9:41 PM Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013

The Kettering City Schools Board of Education has named Jennifer Kane to fill the seat vacated by former member James Trent. She was one of nine candidates who sought the position after Trent stepped down following his arrest on a misdemeanor charge of sexual imposition. Kane, a former vice president with Provident Bank in Cincinnati and...
Kettering board to choose Trent successor from list of 9

8:22 PM Tuesday, Oct. 08, 2013

The Kettering school board interviewed nine candidates Tuesday who have submitted resumes to serve the remaining two years of former member James Trent’s term. Trent, who was board vice president, resigned Sept. 24 after being charged by Kettering Police with sexual imposition and disorderly conduct following an incident in his neighborhood...
Kettering spotlights Indianola revitalization
 The city has chosen the Indianola neighborhood in east central Kettering as the focal point for its 2013-14 Cities of Service initiative. Beginning with Make a Difference Day on Oct. 26, volunteers supported by area businesses will clean up the area, encourage property renovation and solidify neighborhood identity. Outcome in the first neighborhood...

2:00 AM Tuesday, Oct. 08, 2013

The city has chosen the Indianola neighborhood in east central Kettering as the focal point for its 2013-14 Cities of Service initiative. Beginning with Make a Difference Day on Oct. 26, volunteers supported by area businesses will clean up the area, encourage property renovation and solidify neighborhood identity. Outcome in the first neighborhood...
4 area career tech programs earn straight A’s from state

7:17 PM Monday, Oct. 07, 2013

Four area school district programs earned straight A’s in the State of Ohio Department of Education’s first report card for career technical student outcomes. The Centerville/Kettering/Oakwood Career-Technical Planning District, Mad River Local in Riverside, Miami Valley Career Technology Center in Clayton and the Lebanon-based...
Costco store coming to Centerville

4:13 PM Monday, Oct. 07, 2013

Costco is coming to Centerville. The discount retailer submitted a major site plan Monday to be part of the Cornerstone development the city is planning at Wilmington Pike and Feedwire roads near Interstate 675. Oberer Companies, the developer, also submitted amended overall site plan for the project. Costco will be an anchor tenant for the...
Costco coming to Centerville
 Costco is coming to Centerville. The discount retailer submitted a major site plan Monday to be part of the Cornerstone development the city is planning at Wilmington Pike and Feedwire roads near Interstate 675. Oberer Companies, the developer, also submitted amended overall site plan for the project. Costco will be an anchor tenant for the...

3:13 PM Monday, Oct. 07, 2013

Costco is coming to Centerville. The discount retailer submitted a major site plan Monday to be part of the Cornerstone development the city is planning at Wilmington Pike and Feedwire roads near Interstate 675. Oberer Companies, the developer, also submitted amended overall site plan for the project. Costco will be an anchor tenant for the...
Funeral set for WSU grad killed in I-70 crash
 Services will be Monday in Virginia for Jason Fricke, 28, who died Sept 29 on when his car was struck head on by one traveling the wrong way on Interstate 70 near Springfield. The other driver, Francois Hagenimana, 24, of Kettering also was killed. Adam Laugle of Dayton said Fricke often came back to the area to visit friends he made at Wright...

7:37 PM Friday, Oct. 04, 2013

Services will be Monday in Virginia for Jason Fricke, 28, who died Sept 29 on when his car was struck head on by one traveling the wrong way on Interstate 70 near Springfield. The other driver, Francois Hagenimana, 24, of Kettering also was killed. Adam Laugle of Dayton said Fricke often came back to the area to visit friends he made at Wright...
Coach killed in I-70 crash was Rwanda native
 Francois Hagenimana, a 24-year-old native of Rwanda whose goal for early 2014 was to become a U.S. Navy SEAL, was frolicking on a Florida beach with the rest of the Centerville football team and staff Saturday before their flight back to Dayton following a last-second victory in Naples, Fla., Friday night. Just 24 hours later, the team gathered...

4:00 AM Tuesday, Oct. 01, 2013

Francois Hagenimana, a 24-year-old native of Rwanda whose goal for early 2014 was to become a U.S. Navy SEAL, was frolicking on a Florida beach with the rest of the Centerville football team and staff Saturday before their flight back to Dayton following a last-second victory in Naples, Fla., Friday night. Just 24 hours later, the team gathered...
Kettering business park in line for Airbus hub
 Kettering Business Park is poised for expansion, 17 years after it was transformed from the former Defense Electronics Supply Center military base. Officials with the National Composite Center, a primary tenant at the business park, said they should know in the next two weeks if they will attract a major share of new U.S. operations by the...

3:00 AM Tuesday, Oct. 01, 2013

Kettering Business Park is poised for expansion, 17 years after it was transformed from the former Defense Electronics Supply Center military base. Officials with the National Composite Center, a primary tenant at the business park, said they should know in the next two weeks if they will attract a major share of new U.S. operations by the...
Patrol: Man drove 10 miles the wrong way on I-70

9:02 PM Monday, Sep. 30, 2013

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is trying to figure out what caused a man to drive for about 10 miles in the wrong direction on Interstate 70, resulting in a fatal head-on crash early Sunday morning. Francois Hagenimana, 24, of Kettering, was heading west in the eastbound lanes on I-70 when his car collided with a car driven by Jason Fricke...
Incarnation School earns national blue ribbon
 Incarnation Catholic School, 75 Williamsburg Lane, is among the 50 private and 236 public schools in the country awarded 2013 National Blue Ribbons of excellence by the U.S. Dept. of Education. It’s the only Dayton area school on the list. St. Margaret of York School in Loveland (Hamilton County) was among 14 other private Ohio schools...

4:05 AM Friday, Sep. 27, 2013

Incarnation Catholic School, 75 Williamsburg Lane, is among the 50 private and 236 public schools in the country awarded 2013 National Blue Ribbons of excellence by the U.S. Dept. of Education. It’s the only Dayton area school on the list. St. Margaret of York School in Loveland (Hamilton County) was among 14 other private Ohio schools...
Trent resigns from Kettering school board
 Vice president James Trent has resigned his seat on the Kettering Board of Education. The longtime Kettering educator and administrator, 80, was charged Sept. 18 with sexual imposition and disorderly conduct after an incident in his neighborhood. He has plead not guilty to the charges. He submitted his resignation in writing to the board...

4:05 AM Friday, Sep. 27, 2013

Vice president James Trent has resigned his seat on the Kettering Board of Education. The longtime Kettering educator and administrator, 80, was charged Sept. 18 with sexual imposition and disorderly conduct after an incident in his neighborhood. He has plead not guilty to the charges. He submitted his resignation in writing to the board...
Kettering board keeps Trent discussion private

9:13 PM Wednesday, Sep. 25, 2013

James Trent, vice president, of the Kettering school board was a no-show at Tuesday’s meeting – the same day his attorney filed not guilty pleas on his behalf on charges related to sexual imposition and disorderly conduct. The charges stem from allegations from a woman in his neighborhood. Trent’s attorney, David Williamson...
Busy Centerville road section finally reopens
 Two years in the planning and requiring almost a year to complete, the approximately $2 million reconstruction of Paragon Road from Spring Valley Pike south to the Centerville corporation line is nearing conclusion. Mike Wanamaker, public works director for Washington Twp., said the road should be reopened by today or Monday at the latest...

4:05 AM Monday, Sep. 23, 2013

Two years in the planning and requiring almost a year to complete, the approximately $2 million reconstruction of Paragon Road from Spring Valley Pike south to the Centerville corporation line is nearing conclusion. Mike Wanamaker, public works director for Washington Twp., said the road should be reopened by today or Monday at the latest...
Cities explore linking fiber-optic networks

4:00 AM Saturday, Sep. 14, 2013

The cities of Kettering, Centerville and Oakwood have applied for a joint $100,000 grant fromOhio’s Local Government Innovation Fund to study the outcome of linking their municipal fiber-optic networks. The city-owned systems, which are both below ground and above, currently connect computer, telephone and other systems for each community&rsquo...
Incumbent Kettering councilman drops out of race

6:34 PM Friday, Sep. 13, 2013

Incumbent at-large Kettering City Council member Ashley Webb has pulled out of the race for re-election in November. His withdrawal leaves incumbent and vice mayor Amy Schrimpf and challenger Bill Lautar as the only two candidates seeking the two four-year at-large seats. Webb, who was voted to his first office in November 2009, filed election...
Area on brink for drought conditions
 After above-normal precipitation in early summer that saw 33 straight days with recorded rainfall at stations monitored by the National Weather Service’s Wilmington office, recent totals have dwindled to a few drops. When the National Drought Mitigation Center releases its new map Thursday based on the latest data, it’s likely...

4:00 AM Tuesday, Sep. 10, 2013

After above-normal precipitation in early summer that saw 33 straight days with recorded rainfall at stations monitored by the National Weather Service’s Wilmington office, recent totals have dwindled to a few drops. When the National Drought Mitigation Center releases its new map Thursday based on the latest data, it’s likely...
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