WEEC NEWS – WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 29, 2014


IT’S STILL COLD TODAY…BUT NOT NEARLY AS COLD AS IT WAS YESTERDAY!! WE STILL HAVE WIND CHILLS AS LOW AS -9 THIS AFTERNOON AND TONIGHT, AS TEMPERATURES DROP TO AROUND 6. TEMPERATURES WILL THEN BEGIN A “HEAT WAVE” AND I SAY THAT WITH QUOTATION MARKS!

YES, TUESDAY WAS ONLY THE FIFTH DAY IN A DECADE THAT THE REGION HAD A SINGLE-DIGIT HIGH TEMPERATURE, ACCORDING TO A REPORT IN THE DAYTON DAILY NEWS. THOSE FRIGID TEMPERATURES BROUGHT ON THE CLOSING OF NEARLY EVERY SCHOOL, COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY IN THE REGION! STORM CENTER 7 METEOROLOGIST KIRSTIE ZONTINI SAID THAT THE AREA’S LOWEST WIND CHILL WAS 32 BELOW ZERO. THAT WAS IN DARKE COUNTY. CLARK COUNTY SAW A WIND CHILL OF MINUS 31 IN CLIFTON AND IN LOGAN COUNTY, BELLEFONTAINE’S WIND CHILL WAS MEASURED AT MINUS 30. ZONTINI SAID THAT WHEN WE HAVE SUBZERO TEMPERATURES…ALL IT TAKES IS A LIGHT BREEZE TO BRING WIND CHILL VALUES “DOWN TO DANGEROUS LEVELS”.

DESPITE THE BITTER COLD OVERNIGHT, VOLUNTEERS WERE OUT IN OHIO FOR THE ANNUAL POINT IN TIME COUNT OF THE NUMBER OF HOMELESS PEOPLE. AGENCIES IN MOST COUNTIES COORDINATE THEIR OWN INDIVIDUAL COUNTS AND THEY LOOK FOR THOSE LIVING IN SHELTERS AND THOSE WHO ARE UNSHELTERED LIKE THOSE STAYING IN PARKS, CARS AND ABANDONED BUILDINGS. ERICA MULRYAN WITH THE COALITION ON HOMELESSNESS AND HOUSING IN OHIO SAYS IT’S TOUGH FOR THE FINAL NUMBERS TO TRULY REFLECT THE ACTUAL NUMBER OF THOSE WHO ARE WITHOUT A HOME. THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT REQUIRES THE COUNT BE DONE BY ANY AGENCY THAT RECEIVES FUNDING FOR EMERGENCY SHELTER, HOUSING AND OTHER SUPPORTIVE SERVICES FOR THOSE WHO ARE HOMELESS. HUD REQUIRES THE COUNTS BE COMPLETED ANY TIME DURING THE LAST TEN DAYS OF JANUARY. THE COMMUNITY SHELTER BOARD IN COLUMBUS HELD ITS COUNT LAST WEEK AND SPOKESWOMAN SARA LOKEN SAYS THE COLD WEATHER DOESN’T DETER VOLUNTEERS AND ACTUALLY HELPS TO BUILD AWARENESS. MULRYAN SAYS THE DATA THAT THEY COLLECT WILL BE REPORTED TO HUD AND HELP TO BETTER DRIVE THE DEVELOPMENT OF NEW HOMELESS SERVICES. IN 2013, THE COUNT FOUND OVER 12,000 PEOPLE IN OHIO WERE HOMELESS.

THE SUBZERO TEMPERATURES CAUSED PROBLEMS FOR FIREFIGHTERS FIGHTING A HOUSE FIRE IN MIAMISBURG LAST NIGHT AROUND 9PM. MIAMI VALLEY BATTALION CHIEF STEVE MEADOWS SAID, “WE TAKE CERTAIN PRECAUTIONS, BUT WHEN IT’S THIS EXTREME TEMPERATURE WISE, IT’S DIFFICULT AT BEST.” HE SAID EQUIPMENT CAN FREEZE UP WHILE FIGHTING THE FIRE WHICH IS WHAT HAPPENED LAST NIGHT. ALL SEVEN OR EIGHT OCCUPANTS OF THE HOME ESCAPED SAFELY AND WERE BEING HELPED BY THE AMERICAN RED CROSS. A FIREFIGHTER DID SUFFER INJURIES AFTER HE SLIPPED AND FELL ON SOME ICE. FIREFIGHTERS WERE CALLED BACK TO THE HOUSE NEAR 3AM THIS MORNING WHEN THE FIRE FLARED UP AGAIN.

IN PREBLE COUNTY, A LARGE DIESEL SPILL AT THE MARATHON STATION ON U.S. 35 FORCED THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE TO CLOSE THE STREET WHILE CREWS INVESTIGATED. EMERGENCY CREWS RESPONDED JUST AFTER 4AM FOR THE REPORTED WILL WHICH OCCURRED AS THE TANKER WAS FILLING UNDERGROUND TANKS. THE PREBLE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE SAID APPROXIMATELY 100 GALLONS OF FUEL WERE SPILLED, BUT AUTHORITIES BELIEVE THE SNOW MAY HAVE HELPED CONTAIN THE SPILL.

IN CLARK COUNTY, ANOTHER PERSON WAS FOUND DEAD IN THE SNOW AFTER HAVING BEEN REPORTED MISSING. 46 YEAR OLD MATTHEW PEZZOPANE OF SPRINGFIELD WAS FOUND MONDAY AFTERNOON IN HIS NEIGHBOR’S YARD IN A DITCH. ACCORDING TO THE POLICE REPORT, PEZZOPANE WAS INVOLVED IN A HIT-SKIP CRASH ON JANUARY 17TH AND WAS ABLE TO WALK AWAY FROM THE SCENE. AN AUTOPSY IS BEING DONE TO SEE IF THE ACCIDENT AND HIS DEATH ARE RELATED. ON SATURDAY, 55 YEAR OLD MARCIA WHITAKER WAS FOUND IN THE BACK YARD OF HER HOME IN SPRINGFIELD BY A FAMILY MEMBER. SHE HAD BEEN REPORTED MISSING ON JANUARY 22ND. OFFICIALS ARE AWAITING THE RESULTS OF AN AUTOPSY FOR WHITAKER AS WELL.

WE WANT TO CONGRATULATE DR. TONY EVANS WHO IS THE RECIPIENT OF THE 2014 ROBERT NEFF AWARD FOR DISTINGUISHED SPIRITUAL EXCELLENCE IN RELIGIOUS BROADCASTING BY MOODY RADIO. THE AWARD IS NAMED AFTER MOODY RADIO’S VICE PRESIDENT OF BROADCASTING, BOB NEFF. NEFF IS NOW WITH THE LORD. IN 2006, THE CHRISTIAN LAW ASSOCIATION BESTOWED THE HONOR ON NEFF AND EVERY YEAR SINCE THE AWARD HAS BEEN PRESENTED TO AN OUTSTANDING RELIGIOUS BROADCASTER. DR. TONY EVANS’S RADIO BROADCAST, THE ALTERNATIVE, CAN BE HEARD ON MORE THAN 500 STATIONS THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES…INCLUDING WEEC…AND IN MORE THAN 40 COUNTRIES. HE IS A PASTOR, BEST-SELLING AUTHOR AND FREQUENT CONFERENCE SPEAKER, AS WELL AS THE PRESIDENT OF THE URBAN ALTERNATIVE, A NATIONAL MINISTRY DEDICATED TO RESTORING HOPE IN PERSONAL LIVES, FAMILIES, CHURCHES AND COMMUNITIES. MOODY RADIO SAYS THEY ARE HONORED TO HAVE PARTNERED WITH DR. TONY EVANS FOR MORE THAN THIRTY YEARS. EVANS WILL BE PRESENTED THE AWARD ON FEBRUARY 24TH IN NASHVILLE DURING THE NATIONAL RELIGIOUS BROADCASTERS CONVENTION. CONGRATULATIONS TO DR. TONY EVANS!

THE FIRST LADY OF OHIO, KAREN W. KASICH, SAYS IT’S TIME TO “START TALKING” TO KIDS ABOUT DRUGS. IN AN ARTICLE IN CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, KASICH SAYS, “NO FAMILY OR NEIGHBORHOOD – AFFLUENT OR DISADVANTAGED, URBAN OR RURAL – IS IMMUNE TO THE DANGERS OF DRUGS. “ SHE SHARED THAT WE CAN’T SHIELD OUR CHILDREN FROM PEER PRESSURE OR THE STRESSES OF LIFE, BUT “WE CAN EMPOWER OUR CHILDREN TO HANDLE THOSE SITUATIONS WITH CONFIDENCE. WE CAN EDUCATE OURSELVES, CONNECT WITH OUR COMMUNITIES AND START TALKING TO OUR CHILDREN ABOUT DRUGS.” OHIO IS LAUNCHING “START TALKING!” – A NEW DRUG ABUSE-PREVENTION INITIATIVE AIMED AT YOUNG PEOPLE. THE PROGRAM WILL PROVIDE PARENTS AND ADULTS WITH THE SUPPORT NEEDED TO HAVE THOSE CONVERSATIONS, AS WELL AS A WEBSITE THAT OFFERS FREE TOOLS FOR PARENTS, AS WELL AS TEACHERS AND COMMUNITY LEADERS THAT WILL HELP THEM CONFIDENTLY AND EFFECTIVELY PRESENT THE FACTS OF DRUGS TO ADOLESCENTS AND TEENS. THAT WEBSITE IS: www.starttalking.ohio.gov.

TEACHERS, PARENTS, AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS HAVE BEEN HARD AT WORK SINCE SEPTEMBER DEVELOPING RECOMMENDATIONS TO IMPROVE SPRINGFIELD HIGH SCHOOL. BEFORE ACTING ON THE RECOMMENDATIONS THEY WANT INTERESTED COMMUNITY MEMBERS TO SHARE THEIR OPINIONS. THERE WILL BE A MEETING ON THURSDAY, JANUARY 30TH AT THE SPRINGFIELD HIGH SCHOOL CAFETERIA, 701 E. HOME ROAD AT 6PM. A LIGHT SUPPER WILL BE SERVED AND FREE CHILDCARE WILL BE PROVIDED. IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS, CALL 937/505-2805.

I THINK WE ARE ACTUALLY BEGINNING A WARMING TREND! TONIGHT’S LOWS WILL DROP TO 6 DEGREES WITH WIND CHILL VALUES AS LOW AS -9 UNDER CLEAR SKIES. TOMORROW SHOULD BE SUNNY WITH HIGHS NEAR 26 AND WIND CHILL VALUES AS LOW AS -11. SNOW BEGINS OVERNIGHT THURSDAY AND WILL CONTINUE THROUGH SATURDAY NIGHT. HIGHS ON FRIDAY WILL PEAK AT 31 THEN GO ON UP TO 40 ON SATURDAY. WITH THE WARMER TEMPERATURES, EXPECT RAIN TO MIX IN WITH THE SNOW SHOWERS. WE’LL SWITCH BACK TO ALL SNOW AS LOWS SATURDAY NIGHT DROP TO 16. SUNSHINE IS BACK FOR SUNDAY WITH HIGHS REACHING 26.