WEEC NEWS – THURSDAY, JULY 17, 2014


A mother and her 2 and 3 year old daughters escaped a fire at their home this morning in Huber Heights. That woman though thought her mother was still inside of the home. Firefighters searched the property but learned that the grandmother had gone back to her home for the night. The 3:30am fire was caused by food left cooking on the stove. That fire in Huber Heights caused extensive damage and the mother and toddlers were taken to the hospital as a precaution.

Management at Sugar Valley Golf Club have promised to rebuild after two fires destroyed an historic clubhouse and barn on the property in Sugarcreek Township. The first fire that destroyed the barn occurred in May with the clubhouse fire Sunday afternoon at 3:15. Damage to the clubhouse was given at $423,290 and $285,000 to its contents. The May 5th blaze destroyed the barn, along with the club’s fleet of 49 gas-powered golf carts and golf clubs belonging to some members. People are still able to golf and the golf shop was relocated to an existing outbuilding on the Mead Road property.

This morning, a driver crashed through a fence in Harrison Township, ending up in a man’s front yard and the homeowner said it is not the first time that this has happened. He said at least five other crashes have happened such as this in the 30 years he has lived on Keenan Avenue. He installed a very large rock in front yard to protect his house and the rock stopped the car this morning around 2am. The driver of the car was taken to the hospital.

The Dayton Daily News reports that three people, including two young children, had to be taken to the hospital last night after the car they were riding in ran into a ditch and flipped onto its side in Sugarcreek Township. Apparently the woman who was driving did not notice a vehicle had stopped ahead of her to make a turn. She swerved to avoid rear-ending that vehicle, but then veered into the ditch and flipped. Thankfully injuries were minor and they were treated at a local hospital.

Sinkholes and large potholes have shut down several roads in the Miami Valley. Russ Bergman, Huber Heights city engineer said, “This winter was a lot colder. We had a lot of rain and that typical freeze and thaw of the base material causes the pavement to break up, so this year was a little worse than usual.” He said crews have had to repair more potholes than usual, but sinkholes are not as common. Bergman stated, “Sinkholes are typically due to old pipes that are 50 to 100 years old, usually corrugate metal pipes that were put in back then, and that’s typically what they used, the corrugated metal finally rusts through.” When that happens, a hole eventually opens up, such as the one on Fishburg Road in Huber Heights that showed up on Monday.

Late term abortions are the focus of a series of meetings to be held at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds this week through Saturday! Scott Heldreth, assistant director of Heart for the Next Generation said the event is a national initiative that focuses on preventing abortion. The events are free. Here is our second part of our three-part series on the Heart for the Next Generation events in Dayton. That website for more information is www.heartfornextgeneration.com or you can call Scott Heldreth at 937/414-1608.

Youth violence in Springfield has brought much concern to residents in recent months especially, after the shooting deaths of Jeff Wellington and George Walker Jr. According to the Springfield News Sun, several anti-violence rallies have been held since the shootings occurred this spring. Last week, a speaker from Cure Violence spoke to the community saying there is evidence that keeping young people from jail helps curtail violence in the community. A Springfield group is pushing a federal bill that would provide local control to communities to help keep their young people out of jail, known as the Youth Promise Act. It is currently in the House of Representatives’ Workforce and Education committee. Promise stands for Prison Reduction through Opportunities, Mentoring, Intervention, Support and Education.

Col. John M. Devillier officially took command of the 88th this morning in a ceremony in front of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. About 500 local and state leaders attended as well as airmen and others. Col. Cassie M. Barlow will retire after a 26-year Air Force career, capped with leading the 88th Air Base Wing and its 5,000 airmen. The new commander said, “To take command of one of the most diverse wings in our Air Force, and to do so at the birthplace of air power, is humbling, to say the least.

A pickup truck and semi crashed on the entrance ramp to southbound 1-75 from Ohio State Route 122 in Middletown. The accident is being investigated by the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Damage to the pickup truck is significant, but the semi does not appear to have been damaged.

The Clark County Fair begins tomorrow and is one of the largest events in the area, drawing about 80,000 people to the Clark County Fairgrounds each year. Chris Schutte, director of marketing and the convention and visitor’s bureau for the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce said, “As the birthplace of 4-H, the fair has always been and continues to be a big thing for the community.” He continued, “The fair in general is a real source of priced for the community. The fair is so big here it almost closes the community.” The 2014 Clark County Fair begins Friday and runs through July 25th. Military veterans can get in free Saturday. WEEC will be in the Mercantile Building, and we would enjoy having you stop by to say hello!

Weather tomorrow will be great for the start of the Clark County Fair with sunny skies and highs near 79 degrees! Overnight lows will drop to 61. There is a 30 percent chance for some rain Saturday afternoon through Sunday night with highs on Saturday peaking at 79, going up to 80 on Sunday. Overnight lows both nights will dip to 65.