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Debris removal continues, demolition begins in Beavercreek
 Mountains of debris from dead trees and housing materials line the streets in Beavercreek neighborhoods that were hardest hit by the May 27 EF 3 tornado. Demolition of homes that sustained heavy damages from the storm started on Rosehill Drive late this week. While most restaurants and food-related businesses affected by the storm have reopened...

Posted: 2 days ago

Mountains of debris from dead trees and housing materials line the streets in Beavercreek neighborhoods that were hardest hit by the May 27 EF 3 tornado. Demolition of homes that sustained heavy damages from the storm started on Rosehill Drive late this week. While most restaurants and food-related businesses affected by the storm have reopened...
Bellbrook mayor resigns
 Bellbrook Mayor Robert Baird is resigning from his elected post. Baird is moving out of the city limits and will be unable to continue serving as mayor because of requirements in the city charter. Baird has served the city as an elected official for more than 15 years, serving on council from 2004 to 2011 then being elected mayor in 2012...

Posted: 4 days ago

Bellbrook Mayor Robert Baird is resigning from his elected post. Baird is moving out of the city limits and will be unable to continue serving as mayor because of requirements in the city charter. Baird has served the city as an elected official for more than 15 years, serving on council from 2004 to 2011 then being elected mayor in 2012...
1969 tornado destroyed homes, injured dozens in Beavercreek, Kettering
 The Memorial Day storm that ripped through Beavercreek is not the first EF3 tornado to destroy homes and injure residents in the area. On May 8, 1969, a tornado that one meteorologist at the time described as a “freak” event touched down in Beavercreek Twp. and Kettering, destroying 13 homes and damaging 163 others. By comparison...

Posted: 5 days ago

The Memorial Day storm that ripped through Beavercreek is not the first EF3 tornado to destroy homes and injure residents in the area. On May 8, 1969, a tornado that one meteorologist at the time described as a “freak” event touched down in Beavercreek Twp. and Kettering, destroying 13 homes and damaging 163 others. By comparison...
Lions Club looks to move flood-prone Bellbrook baseball fields
 The Bellbrook Lions Club, which runs the local youth baseball and softball leagues, wants to relocate the ball fields at the flood-prone Sackett-Wright Park on Ohio 725 to dozens of undeveloped acres at Berryhill Park in the Bellbrook Sugarcreek Parks District. The Lions Club recently announced it is committing $110,000 and is asking others...

Posted: 5 days ago

The Bellbrook Lions Club, which runs the local youth baseball and softball leagues, wants to relocate the ball fields at the flood-prone Sackett-Wright Park on Ohio 725 to dozens of undeveloped acres at Berryhill Park in the Bellbrook Sugarcreek Parks District. The Lions Club recently announced it is committing $110,000 and is asking others...
Greene County capsule from 1969 to be opened
 A time capsule hidden in the cornerstone of the Greene County Jail will be opened on the day it was put away 50 years ago. On Friday, June 21, county officials will open the 1969 time capsule, which was placed in the cornerstone when the jail was built off East Main Street in downtown Xenia. The items inside will be removed and put on display...

Posted: 8 days ago

A time capsule hidden in the cornerstone of the Greene County Jail will be opened on the day it was put away 50 years ago. On Friday, June 21, county officials will open the 1969 time capsule, which was placed in the cornerstone when the jail was built off East Main Street in downtown Xenia. The items inside will be removed and put on display...
UPDATE: Community-by-community survey of tornado damage, cleanup efforts
 The Dayton Daily News surveyed area communities to get an update on the damage and recovery efforts following 15 tornadoes that hit the region on Memorial Day. Below is what they said about their communities: (THIS LIST IS IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER) The extent of damages to homes and properties is becoming clearer as damaged trees are cut down...

Posted: 8 days ago

The Dayton Daily News surveyed area communities to get an update on the damage and recovery efforts following 15 tornadoes that hit the region on Memorial Day. Below is what they said about their communities: (THIS LIST IS IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER) The extent of damages to homes and properties is becoming clearer as damaged trees are cut down...
Neighbors help Greene County farmers after tornado damage
 A few farms northeast of Jamestown were hit hard by the Memorial Day tornado outbreak, but neighbors are rallying to help remove debris, take care of animals and plant crops. Piles of mangled metal siding and wooden boards can be seen on a few properties along Rogers Road in Ross Twp., where an EF 2 tornado was on the ground for approximately...

Posted: 10 days ago

A few farms northeast of Jamestown were hit hard by the Memorial Day tornado outbreak, but neighbors are rallying to help remove debris, take care of animals and plant crops. Piles of mangled metal siding and wooden boards can be seen on a few properties along Rogers Road in Ross Twp., where an EF 2 tornado was on the ground for approximately...
Relief group help in Beavercreek ‘nothing short of amazing’
 Teams from the national Southern Baptist Disaster Relief organization are in Beavercreek until Friday helping residents remove damaged trees on their properties. Dozens of Southern Baptist volunteers have been sleeping on air mattresses and cots at the Beavercreek Baptist Church on Dayton-Xenia Road while working during the day in various...

Posted: 11 days ago

Teams from the national Southern Baptist Disaster Relief organization are in Beavercreek until Friday helping residents remove damaged trees on their properties. Dozens of Southern Baptist volunteers have been sleeping on air mattresses and cots at the Beavercreek Baptist Church on Dayton-Xenia Road while working during the day in various...
Elections Commission to decide on complaints against Sugarcreek resident
 Nearly a month after voters rejected the Sugarcreek-Bellbrook school levy, more police reports of vandalized political signs have surfaced and the Ohio Elections Commission will be deciding on complaints filed against the person who spear-headed the “vote no” campaign. The OEC received a total of four complaints, three against...

Posted: 11 days ago

Nearly a month after voters rejected the Sugarcreek-Bellbrook school levy, more police reports of vandalized political signs have surfaced and the Ohio Elections Commission will be deciding on complaints filed against the person who spear-headed the “vote no” campaign. The OEC received a total of four complaints, three against...
Beavercreek maps tornado’s 14-square-mile ‘path of destruction’ 
 It’s not clear how long it will take to clean up Beavercreek neighborhoods that were struck by the Memorial Day tornado, but city officials are getting a better idea of the magnitude of the destruction the storm left behind.  Today, the Federal Emergency Management Agency is expected to tour the Beavercreek area and review damages...

Posted: 12 days ago

It’s not clear how long it will take to clean up Beavercreek neighborhoods that were struck by the Memorial Day tornado, but city officials are getting a better idea of the magnitude of the destruction the storm left behind.  Today, the Federal Emergency Management Agency is expected to tour the Beavercreek area and review damages...
Some Beavercreek businesses reopen after tornado: What we know now
 Some businesses along North Fairfield Road in Beavercreek have reopened a week after the devastating EF-3 tornado ripped apart buildings in this busy commercial sector of the community. “Everyone who can be open is open,” said Amanda Byers, president/CEO of the Beavercreek Chamber of Commerce. “There are some temporary occupancy...

Posted: 13 days ago

Some businesses along North Fairfield Road in Beavercreek have reopened a week after the devastating EF-3 tornado ripped apart buildings in this busy commercial sector of the community. “Everyone who can be open is open,” said Amanda Byers, president/CEO of the Beavercreek Chamber of Commerce. “There are some temporary occupancy...
Volunteers helping after tornado destroys Beavercreek Twp. farm
 Like thousands of other Beavercreek Twp. residents, members of the Osborne family at the Oasis Aqua Farm on Beaver Valley Road are cleaning up. A Memorial Day tornado destroyed their small aquaponics farm, which produced fresh lettuce, kale and other crops year-round. The plastic around the greenhouse is ripped open and hanging in threads...

Posted: 13 days ago

Like thousands of other Beavercreek Twp. residents, members of the Osborne family at the Oasis Aqua Farm on Beaver Valley Road are cleaning up. A Memorial Day tornado destroyed their small aquaponics farm, which produced fresh lettuce, kale and other crops year-round. The plastic around the greenhouse is ripped open and hanging in threads...
Community-by-community assessment of tornado damage: What they are saying
 The Dayton Daily News surveyed area communities to get their assessment of damage following 15 tornadoes that hit the region on Memorial Day. Below is what they said about their communities: (THIS LIST IS IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER) How many houses/businesses damaged: Homes: 300 heavily damaged; 200 moderately damaged; 350 light damage. Apartment...

Posted: 15 days ago

The Dayton Daily News surveyed area communities to get their assessment of damage following 15 tornadoes that hit the region on Memorial Day. Below is what they said about their communities: (THIS LIST IS IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER) How many houses/businesses damaged: Homes: 300 heavily damaged; 200 moderately damaged; 350 light damage. Apartment...
Man charged with stealing levy sign in Sugarcreek day after election
 One man is charged with stealing a “vote no” school levy sign in Sugarcreek Twp., and at least one “vote yes” sign was reported stolen in Bellbrook. David Michael Allison, 56, has pleaded not guilty to a charge of theft, a first-degree misdemeanor, according to Xenia Municipal Court records. The political sign, which...

Posted: 17 days ago

One man is charged with stealing a “vote no” school levy sign in Sugarcreek Twp., and at least one “vote yes” sign was reported stolen in Bellbrook. David Michael Allison, 56, has pleaded not guilty to a charge of theft, a first-degree misdemeanor, according to Xenia Municipal Court records. The political sign, which...
Up to 1,000 Beavercreek buildings damaged in tornado
 Clean-up efforts are continuing today in some of the hardest hit areas in Beavercreek, as government and nonprofit agencies work to provide resources and meet the needs of residents and business owners. The northern third of the township was in the path of the storm, according to Beavercreek Twp. Fire Chief David Vandenbos. He said 800...

Posted: 17 days ago

Clean-up efforts are continuing today in some of the hardest hit areas in Beavercreek, as government and nonprofit agencies work to provide resources and meet the needs of residents and business owners. The northern third of the township was in the path of the storm, according to Beavercreek Twp. Fire Chief David Vandenbos. He said 800...
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