WEEC NEWS – THURSDAY, JANUARY 23, 2014


A WIND CHILL ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1 PM EST FRIDAY. WIND CHILL VALUES THIS AFTERNOON WILL ONLY RISE SLIGHTLY AROUND 10 DEGREES BELOW ZERO. WIND CHILL VALUES TONIGHT AND FRIDAY MORNING WILL DROP TO 15 TO 25 DEGREES BELOW ZERO. WESTERLY WINDS TODAY WILL BE 10 TO 20 MPH…DECREASING TO 5 TO 10 MPH BY FRIDAY MORNING. THE FRIGID CONDITIONS WILL BE DANGEROUS TO THOSE VENTURING OUTSIDE. PROLONGED EXPOSURE MAY CAUSE FROSTBITE.

A WIND CHILL ADVISORY IS ISSUED WHEN A STRONG 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.

A QUICK BURST OF SNOW THAT WENT THROUGH THE REGION AROUND MIDNIGHT LAST NIGHT IS BLAMED FOR SEVERAL CRASHES, INCLUDING ONE IN DARKE COUNTY WHERE A BUCKEYE CHARTER BUS SLID OFF THE ROAD INTO A DITCH NEAR ARCANUM. THANKFULLY, THERE WERE NO INJURIES. ALSO ABOUT THAT TIME, GERMAN TOWNSHIP POLICE IN CLARK COUNTY INVESTIGATED A CRASH ON OHIO 4 NEAR EBY ROAD. A DRIVER LOST CONTROL WHILE DOING DONUTS AND CRASHED OVER A GUARDRAIL. OFFICERS SAID NEITHER THE DRIVER OR PASSENGER WERE INJURED, BUT THE DRIVER WILL BE CITED FOR FAILURE TO CONTROL!

THIS MORNING, AN SUV MERGING FROM U.S. 68 ONTO INTERSTATE 70 IN CLARK COUNTY, SLID AND CRASHED INTO A SEMI. ONE PERSON WAS INJURED.

HEADING TO MIAMI TOWNSHIP, A PORTION OF MIAMISBURG SPRINGBORO PIKE WAS CLOSED THIS MORNING WHEN A SMALL PICKUP SLID ON A PATCH OF ICE AND SNOW AND THE VEHICLE WENT DOWN A HILL AROUND 7AM. THE FEMALE DRIVER, IN HER LATE TEENS, LOST CONTROL OF THE VEHICLE AND DRIFTED INTO ONCOMING TRAFFIC AND COLLIDED WITH A CAR HEAD-ON. BOTH THE FEMALE DRIVER AND HER MALE PASSENGER WERE ON THEIR WAY TO SCHOOL IN THE PICKUP WHEN THE CRASH HAPPENED. THEY WERE BOTH TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL WITH INJURIES NOT THOUGHT LIFE-THREATENING. THE MALE AND FEMALE IN THE CAR WERE PINNED IN THE VEHICLE AND HAD TO BE EXTRICATED AND WERE TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL WITH INJURIES CONSIDERED SERIOUS, BUT NOT LIFE-THREATENING.

A MAN HAD TO BE TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL AFTER A FIRE IN DAYTON THIS MORNING. THAT MAN SUFFERED SERIOUS INJURIES FROM THE FIRE REPORTED AROUND 8AM IN THE 2000 BLOCK OF KENNEDY AVENUE. TWO FIRE HYDRANTS NEAR THE HOUSE WERE FROZEN, ACCORDING TO OFFICIALS, MAKING THE FIRE DIFFICULT TO EXTINGUISH.

NEWS FROM XENIA INCLUDES THE CLOSING OF THE KMART IN LATE APRIL WHICH WILL ELIMINATE ABOUT 57 JOBS. KMART’S PARENT COMPANY IS SEARS HOLDINGS AND HOWARD RIEFS, CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR FOR SEARS HOLDINGS STATED, “STORE CLOSURES ARE PART OF A SERIES OF ACTIONS WE’RE TAKING TO REDUCE ONGOING EXPENSES, ADJUST OUR ASSET BASE AND ACCELERATE THE TRANSFORMATION OF OUR BUSINESS MODEL.” RIEFS CONTINUED, “THESE ACTIONS WILL BETTER ENABLE US TO FOCUS OUR INVESTMENTS ON SERVING OUR CUSTOMERS AND MEMBERS THROUGH INTEGRATED RETAIL – AT THE STORE, ONLINE AND IN THE HOME. THE STORE WILL START ITS LIQUIDATION SALE ON FEBRUARY 9TH, ACCORDING TO THE REPORT IN THE DAYTON DAILY NEWS. KMART WAS BUILT ON WEST MAIN STREET IN XENIA ALMOST 40 YEARS AGO.

OHIO ATTORNEY GENERAL MIKE DEWINE HAS CREATED A NEW UNIT TO COMBAT THE STATEWIDE HEROIN EPIDEMIC. HEROIN TOOK THE LIVES OF 606 OHIOANS IN 2012 ACCORDING TO THE ATTORNEY GENERAL. HE SAID, “UNFORTUNATELY, THERE ARE PEOPLE OUT THERE WHO DON’T BELIEVE HEROIN IS REALLY IN THEIR COMMUNITIES. THEY DON’T WANT TO BELIEVE THAT THIS CAN BE THEM – THAT THIS CAN BE THEIR CHILD WHO IS ADDICTED OR WHO IS GOING TO DIE FROM A HEROIN OVERDOSE.” DEWINE SHARED, “THE NUMBERS TELL A DIFFERENT STORY.” THE DAYTON DAILY NEWS, WHIO-TV AND NEWS TALK RADIO WHIO DID AN IN-DEPTH PROJECT IN OCTOBER TO RAISE AWARENESS OF THE HEROIN AND PRESCRIPTION PAIN PILL EPIDEMIC IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY AND STATEWIDE. DATA FROM 47 COUNTY CORONERS ACROSS THE STATE SHOWS THERE WAS A 107 PERCENT INCREASE IN HEROIN OVERDOSE DEATHS…FROM 395 IN 2011 TO 606 IN 2012.

INTERACT14 IS AN ALL-DAY EVENT FOCUSED ON EMAIL MARKETING, SOCIAL MEDIA, WEBSITE DESIGN AND OTHER TOPICS. THIS IS THE SECOND YEAR FOR THE EVENT WHICH DRAWS BUSINESS OWNERS AND MARKETING EXPERTS FROM ALL OVER THE STATE OF OHIO. THE EVENT WILL BE HELD ON FRIDAY, JANUARY 31ST AT THE HOLLENBECK BAYLEY CONFERENCE CENTER, 275 S. LIMESTONE STREET IN SPRINGFIELD BEGINNING AT 8AM. THE EVENT INCLUDES A FULL DAY OF INFORMATION SESSIONS AND GUEST SPEAKERS AND COSTS ABOUT $195 FOR INDIVIDUALS, WITH A STUDENT RATE OF $125 AND A GROUP RATE FOR THREE OF $550. ORGANIZERS SAY THAT BUSINESSES AND ORGANIZATIONS ARE INCREASINGLY LOOKING FOR NEW WAYS TO REACH THEIR CUSTOMERS, BUT OFTEN AREN’T SURE WHERE TO START.

U.S. AIR FORCE OFFICIALS WROTE TO SENATOR ROB PORTMAN AND CONGRESSMAN MIKE TURNER ASSURING THEM THAT THE PLANE WHICH SERVED AS AIR FORCE ONE FOR MULTIPLE PRESIDENTS WILL BE PERMANENTLY HOUSED AT THE U.S. MUSEUM OF THE AIR FORCE AT WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE. SENATOR PORTMAN COMMENTED, “KEEPING THIS AIRCRAFT IN DAYTON WILL ENSURE IT CONTINUES TO BE EXPOSED TO THE GREATEST NUMBER OF VISITORS AS PART OF THE MUSEUM’S RENOWNED PRESIDENTIAL AIRCRAFT GALLERY.”

HCJB GLOBAL WILL NOW BE KNOWN AS “REACH BEYOND” BUT WILL CONTINUE ITS PASSION AND PURPOSE IN FULFILLING THE MINISTRY’S 82 YEAR OLD EFFORTS TO REACH THE UNREACHED. THE MINISTRY WAS FOUNDED IN QUITO, ECUADOR. THROUGH THE NEW NAME AND THEIR REACH BEYOND MISSION MANIFESTO, THE MINISTRY DESIRES TO ENCOURAGE AND CHALLENGE CHRISTIANS WORLDWIDE TO REACH BEYOND THEIR COMFORT ZONES AND PERCEIVED LIMITATIONS TO SHARE THE LOVE OF JESUS IN PLACES WHERE THE GOSPEL HAS SELDOM, IF EVER, BEEN HEARD. THROUGH THE ORGANIZATION’S VOICE MINISTRIES, THEY WORK WITH PARTNERS TO USE RADIO AND MODERN MEDIA TO MAKE THE GOSPEL ACCESSIBLE IN PLACES WHERE IT TYPICALLY IS NOT AVAILABLE. TO FIND OUT MORE INFORMATION ABOUT “REACH BEYOND” GO ONLINE TO: WWW.REACHBEYOND.ORG.

A WIND CHILL ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1PM FRIDAY WITH WIND CHILL VALUES TONIGHT AND FRIDAY MORNING DROPPING TO BETWEEN 15 TO 25 DEGREES BELOW ZERO. A WIND CHILL ADVISORY IS ISSUED WHEN A STRONG WIND COMBINES WITH COLD TEMPERATURES TO CREATE DANGEROUSLY COLD CONDITIONS FOR EXPOSED SKIN. IF YOU NEED TO BE OUTDOORS, DRESS WARMLY, MAKING SURE THAT ALL EXPOSED SKIN IS COVERED. TEMPERATURES TONIGHT WILL DROP TO -4 DEGREES, BUT WITH THE WINDS, IT WILL FEEL LIKE -18. FRIDAY WILL BE SUNNY WITH HIGHS REACHING 15 DEGREES, BUT WIND CHILL VALUES WILL BE AS LOW AS -20. WINDS ON FRIDAY COULD GUST TO 32 MPH. WE’LL ALSO START OUT WITH SUN EARLY ON FRIDAY, BUT THEN CLOUDS WILL MOVE INTO THE AREA AND ADDITIONAL SNOW IS EXPECTED TO ARRIVE OVERNIGHT FRIDAY INTO SATURDAY. STORM CENTER 7 METEOROLOGIST JAMIE SIMPSON SAID WE WILL PROBABLY SEE 2-4 INCHES OF SNOWFALL. HIGHS ON SATURDAY WILL ACTUALLY GET INTO THE 20’S…RIGHT AROUND 26. IT WILL STILL BE WINDY WITH GUSTS AS HIGH AS 36 DEGREES. SNOW IS LIKELY AGAIN ON SUNDAY WITH ANOTHER INCH OR TWO OF ADDITIONAL ACCUMULATION EXPECTED. THE DEEP FREEZE WILL CONTINUE INTO NEXT WEEK.

PLEASE BE CAREFUL IF YOU NEED TO BE OUTSIDE…AND THANK THOSE LIKE OUR POLICE, FIREFIGHTERS, MAIL CARRIERS, UTILITY WORKERS AND OTHERS WHO HAVE TO WORK OUTSIDE!