WEEC NEWS – THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 06, 2014


A COLD AIRMASS WILL MOVE INTO THE REGION TODAY AND TONIGHT. WIND CHILLS FROM THIS EVENING INTO FRIDAY MORNING WILL RANGE FROM 10 TO 21 BELOW. A WIND CHILL ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 8 PM THIS EVENING TO 11 AM FRIDAY. LOWS WILL DROP TO BETWEEN 2 AND 5 BELOW ZERO AND WE WILL EXPERIENCE VERY COLD WIND CHILL READINGS…10 TO 21 BELOW! WIND CHILLS WILL BECOME DANGEROUSLY LOW THIS EVENING AND REMAIN THAT WAY UNTIL A FEW HOURS AFTER SUNRISE FRIDAY. THE FRIGID CONDITIONS WILL BE DANGEROUS TO THOSE VENTURING OUTSIDE. EXPOSURE MAY CAUSE FROSTBITE.

A WIND CHILL ADVISORY IS ISSUED WHEN WIND WILL COMBINE WITH COLD TEMPERATURES TO CREATE DANGEROUSLY COLD CONDITIONS FOR EXPOSED SKIN. THE WIND WILL MAKE IT FEEL LIKE IT IS BETWEEN 10 AND 24 DEGREES BELOW ZERO FOR A PERIOD OF SEVERAL HOURS. THOSE PLANNING TO VENTURE OUTDOORS SHOULD USE COMMON SENSE AND DRESS
WARMLY… MAKING SURE THAT ALL EXPOSED SKIN IS COVERED.

THE OHIO DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION IS LOOKING FOR MORE SALT FOR ROADWAYS AND OHIO OFFICIALS COULD ORDER HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF TONS OF ADDITIONAL SALT IN ANTICIPATION OF THE NEXT BIG STORM IN THE FORECAST. ODOT DIRECTOR JERRY WRAY SAID THE USE IS UNPRECEDENTED FOR OHIO, SHARING THAT OHIO USUALLY STOCKS ABOUT 600,000 TONS OF SALT, BUT THIS YEAR, THOSE NUMBERS ARE APPROACHING 1 MILLION TONS. THE SALT WILL BE DUMPED IN SEVEN STRATEGIC LOCATIONS AROUND OHIO SO THAT THE HARD-HIT CITIES, TOWNS AND VILLAGES CAN REPLENISH THEIR SUPPLIES.

THERE WAS ONE PERSON INJURED WHEN A SNOWPLOW TRUCK AND TWO OTHER VEHICLES CRASHED ON BRUSH ROW ROAD IN XENIA TOWNSHIP LAST NIGHT. THAT CRASH OCCURRED ABOUT A MILE EAST OF OHIO 68 AROUND 7:35PM. A XENIA TOWNSHIP EMS OFFICIAL SAID ONE PERSON SUFFERED MINOR INJURIES AND WAS TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL.

THANKFULLY, THERE WERE NO INJURIES YESTERDAY AFTERNOON ON INTERSTATE 70 WEST IN MAD RIVER TOWNSHIP WHEN AN SUV ROLLED AND ENDED UP IN A GRASSY MEDIAN NEAR DAYTON ROAD. THE DRIVER WAS ABLE TO EXIT THE WRECKAGE ON HER OWN AND TRAFFIC WAS BACKED UP TO U.S. 68 FOR A TIME BECAUSE OF THE ACCIDENT.

A TEENAGER, ONE OF FIVE RESIDENTS WHO LIVED IN THE 700 BLOCK OF SOUTH MAIN STREET IN SIDNEY, SMELLED SMOKE IN THE ATTIC OF THE HOME AND WAS ABLE TO PINPOINT WHERE THE SMOKE WAS COMING FROM…IT WAS AN ELECTRICAL PROBLEM IN THE ATTIC. SIDNEY FIRE ASSISTANT CHIEF CAMERON HALLER COMMENTED ABOUT THE TEEN, “WHEN HE OPENED THE DOOR TO THE ATTIC AREA, HE GOT A BIG WHIFF OF SMOKE.” HALLER SAID THE BOY WAS TAKEN TO WILSON MEMORIAL HOSPITAL SUFFERING FROM SMOKE INHALATION. FIRE CREWS WERE DISPATCHED TO THE SCENE LAST NIGHT AROUND 6:45 AND FOUND THE PROBLEM IN THE CEILING SPACE OF THE HOME. HALLER CREDITS THE TEEN WITH FINDING THE PROBLEM EARLY.

THE TECUMSEH LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT WILL LIKELY ASK VOTERS TO PASS RENEWALS OF TWO EMERGENCY TAX LEVIES IN MAY WORTH A COMBINED $2.1 MILLION PER YEAR. TECUMSEH TREASURER DEB SCHOCK SAID THERE WAS NO NEW MONEY BEING REQUESTED. SHOCK DID SAY THE SCHOOL DISTRICT WILL EVENTUALLY SEEK A NEW TAX LEVY AND SCHOOL DISTRICT OFFICIALS HAVE SAID WITHOUT NEW MONEY, THE DISTRICT COULD FACE A STATE TAKEOVER.

THE GRAHAM LOCAL SCHOOL BOARD IS MAKING PLANS TO OPEN A NEW DIGITAL ACADEMY THIS FALL. SUPERINTENDENT NORM GLISMANN SAID HE WILL START MEETINGS WITH STAFF FROM THE DISTRICT’S CURRENT CHARTER SCHOOL PARTNER, A.B. GRAHAM ACADEMY, THEN MEET WITH STUDENTS AND PARENTS AFTER THAT. GRAHAM LOCAL’S BOARD VOTED ON JANUARY 20TH TO END ITS SPONSORSHIP AGREEMENT WITH THE A.B. GRAHAM ACADEMY WHICH HAS ABOUT 280 STUDENTS. GRAHAM ACADEMY BLENDS ONLINE, IN-CLASS AND HOME-SCHOOL LEARNING OPTIONS TO FIT WHATEVER BEST SUITS THE NEEDS OF ITS STUDENTS. GRAHAM ACADEMY IS NOW LOOKING FOR A NEW SPONSOR AND IS HOPING TO LEASE OR PURCHASE THE GRAHAM LOCAL BUILDING IT IS CURRENTLY OPERATING IN AT 370 E. MAIN STREET IN ST. PARIS.

STATE SENATOR SHANNON JONES HAS INTRODUCED A NEW BILL THAT WOULD REQUIRE PHARMACIES TO VERIFY THE IDENTITIES OF BUYERS WHEN DISPENSING A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE. UNINTENTIONAL DRUG OVERDOSES HAVE CAUSED MORE THAN 1,700 DEATHS IN OHIO IN 2011…THE HIGHEST ANNUAL NUMBER ON RECORD. SENATE BILL 271 WOULD REQUIRE PHOTO IDENTIFICATION TO BE SHOWN AND RECORDED AT THE POINT OF SALE WHEN A PRESCRIPTION FOR A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE IS FILLED AT AN OHIO PHARMACY. THE BUYER’S NAME, TYPE OF IDENTIFICATION PRESENTED AND, IF AVAILABLE, THE ID’S UNIQUE IDENTIFICATION WOULD BE RECORDED.

SPRINGFIELD HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS ENROLLED IN A CHINESE LANGUAGE CLASS WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO MEET FACE-TO-FACE A GROUP OF TEACHERS FROM CHINA TOMORROW FROM 8:30-11:30 IN THE MORNING! THIS IS THE FOURTH YEAR THAT CHINESE COURSES HAVE BEEN OFFERED TO STUDENTS IN THE SPRINGFIELD CITY DISTRICT.

AS THE COLD TEMPERATURES ARE IN THE MIAMI VALLEY, A GROWING NUMBER OF SENIORS MAY WIND UP IN TROUBLE, STUCK IN LIFE THREATENING SITUATIONS. THEY MAY SLIP AND FALL, THEIR CAR MIGHT BREAK DOWN, AND THEY COULD GET LOST, CONFUSED OR STRANDED…LITERALLY LEFT OUT IN THE COLD. THAT IS WHY VISITING ANGELS, ONE OF THE NATION’S LARGEST IN-HOME SENIOR CARE AGENCIES WITH SEVERAL LOCATIONS IN THE MIAMI VALLEY, HAS LAUNCHED “ICE”…A CELL PHONE SAFETY CAMPAIGN TO HELP SENIORS IN CASE OF EMERGENCY. TO “ICE” A PHONE, YOU LOAD EMERGENCY CONTACTS IN SENIORS’ PHONES WITH THE WORD “ICE” IN FRONT OF THE EMERGENCY CONTACTS’ NAMES, SO WHEN SOMEONE FINDS A SENIOR IN TROUBLE, THEY KNOW WHO TO CALL IN CASE OF EMERGENCY. LARRY MEIGS, CEO OF VISITING ANGELS, SAID “WE URGE FAMILIES TO “ICE” SENIORS’ PHONES.” HE ALSO SAID VISITING ANGELS WOULD DO IT FOR FREE. FOR MORE INFORMATION YOU CAN CALL CHRISTINA PAPAKIRK AT THE CENTERVILLE VISITING ANGELS OFFICE AT 937/902-5584.

TEMPERATURES ARE GOING TO GET ABSOLUTELY FRIGID AGAIN TONIGHT AS LOWS DROP TO AROUND -5, BUT WITH WINDS 7-10MPH, WE COULD SEE WIND CHILLS AS LOW AS -17! WE COULD SEE A FEW SNOW SHOWERS THIS EVENING AS WELL. WE DO HAVE A WIND CHILL ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 8PM THIS EVENING UNTIL 11 FRIDAY MORNING. WE’LL HAVE SUNSHINE, ALTHOUGH COLD CONDITIONS, ON FRIDAY WITH HIGHS NEAR 15 AND WIND CHILLS AS LOW AS -17. LOWS FRIDAY OVERNIGHT WILL DIP TO 6. SNOW IS LIKELY ON SATURDAY WITH TEMPERATURES PEAKING AT 22 AND LOWS SATURDAY NIGHT GOING TO 14. THE SUN MAY PEAK OUT ON SUNDAY BUT IT’S STILL GOING TO BE COLD AS HIGHS RISE TO 18 AND LOWS DROP TO ZERO. DRESS WARM WITH THE FRIGID CONDITIONS COMING TONIGHT AND OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS!!