Today is Kids’ Day at the Clark County Fair! Children 14 and under get into the fair free and all day ride wristbands are $12 today!

I’m Ruth Book reporting for our WEEC News!

I was out at the Clark County Fair last night and had a great time meeting youI I encourage you to stop by our booth in the Mercantile Building at the Clark County Fair. Lauren Pyles and Caroline Mason will be there until 2 with Lauren continuing on until 6. From 6-9 tonight, stop by our WEEC booth and you can meet Charlie Miller, host of Positive and Inspirational Country heard on WEEC at 6pm on Saturdays.

Showers and thunderstorms zipped through the area earlier in the morning, with heavy downpours, lightning and gusty winds. Power went out for around 2,000 customers in Montgomery County for a short time just before 7am. We’ll tell you more about the weather forecast in a few minutes.

This morning, a car crashed into the front of a gas station market in Beavercreek just after 6am. The accident was reported at the Site Mart on Heller Drive and workers said the driver was not hurt.
In Shelby County…also this morning…a person died just before 6am in the 6000 block of Ohio 47. A truck went hundreds of feet off the road and crashed. The male driver died. Officials are unsure if the driver died from a medical condition or from injuries sustained in the crash.

Interstate 70 westbound at US 40 was shut down for about a half hour last night when two semis collided, causing a fire. A semi without a trailer was pulled over on the shoulder of the road with the driver, 56 year old Dempsey Parker of Georgia in the back of his cab. The second semi, driven by Gurvinder Bajwa, age 30 of Wisconsin, hit Parker’s semi, rolled over and burst into flames. The driver was able to escape before it caught fire. Parker was taken to Springfield Regional, then transferred by CareFlight to Miami Valley Hospital. His injuries are not considered life-threatening.

A man running from deputies dropped a loaded gun this morning in Harrison Township. Crews tried to stop that man at the corner of Salem Avenue and Free Pike just after 1 am. After dropping a semi-automatic handgun, the suspect ran into a wooded area where deputies lost him.

The Dayton Daily News reports that a company handling airfield logistics operations at Wright-Patterson has filed a notice to lay off 85 employees August 31st. That is according to records with the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services. WSI All-Star LLC said a contract for civilian employees at Wright-Patterson was due to expire at the end of next month. Wright-Patt spokesman Daryl Mayer said the base expects to have a logistics contract awarded before the contract expires. The work also covers supply logistics, vehicle maintenance and moving equipment around the flight line, among other responsibilities.

The man who built the engine for Orville and Wilbur Wright’s first powered aircraft has finally gotten his due. It was Charles Taylor – a mechanic in the brothers’ Dayton bicycle shop who built the engine for the airplane that first took flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina on December 17, 1903. On Monday, a bronze bust of Taylor was unveiled at the National Museum of the United States Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton. The self-taught mechanic hand-built the first airplane engine after a slew of automakers rejected the brothers’ request to build one. The Dayton Daily News reports that the San Dieg0based aircraft maintenance technicians Association raised $6,000 to have the bronze bust displayed at the museum.

Have you stopped by the Clark County Fair yet? WEEC is in our spot in the mercantile building…come by and say hi! Charlie Miller, host of Inspirational and Positive Country heard on WEEC at 6pm Saturday night will be there to greet you tonight until 9:00.

The Golden Wedding Day luncheon was Tuesday at the Clark County Fair. This is an annual event created to honor couples married 50 years or more and this year’s king and queen was Bill and Hazel Carter who have been married 72 years! The Carters’ son, Bill Jr, and his wife, Carol, have been married for 52 years! The event was started in 1958 by the Kiwanis and is now jointly sponsored by the Kiwanis and United Senior Services. This year they had 799 signed up to attend!

A man who was rehabbing a house on Timber Lane in Harrison Township ended up on the ground with live power lines underneath him. Fire crews went to the 2400 block of Timber Lane around 6:45 Monday night on the report of a structure fire and a possible electrocution. A DP & L crew was also dispatched and quickly cut the power and a medic unit took the unconscious man to Miami Valley Hospital.

Work could begin as early as next week on installation of solar panels in Yellow Springs according to Antioch College officials. The energy generation from the panels will be used to heat and cool the campus, said Reggie Stratton, physical plant director at the college. Stratton said sink holes have been found on the property so a geological study is being pursued. Projected completion date is November 24th.

The National Weather Service is calling for a slight chance of rain and thunderstorms this evening, then just cloudy with lows dipping to 55. Sunny skies are in store for Thursday and Friday. Highs will go up to 75 for Thursday, then 78 on Friday. There is a 30 percent possibility of some rain Friday night. Actually the possibility of rain stands at 30-40 percent through Sunday.