To let West Chester and Liberty Township residents catch up with the news that they need to know, WestChesterBuzz.com will list and link to all of last week’s top local stories every Monday.
Kasich unveils plan to fund, reform Ohio schools – Governor John Kasich offered a new way of funding schools last Thursday he says will be more equitable for poor and rural districts and add to the school choices of working class families. The plan raises the amount of state aid going to education in the next two years and Kasich promised no district will see a reduction in that amount next year, even with the changes he’s proposing.
Crossroads coming to Mason? – Crossroads is one step closer to opening a new church in Mason to serve its rapidly growing congregation in Butler and Warren counties, Rachel Richardson of MasonBuzz.com reported last week. Chuck Moore, Crossroads’ director of multi-site, told Richardson that the church “responded to the people in Mason and West Chester who asked for a site.”
Lakota West grad talks about winning two national titles – Ryan Kelly wasn’t supposed to be playing in the national championship game. Yet, there he was snapping the football during his team’s last offensive series, as Alabama finished off Notre Dame, 42-14, in the BCS National Championship game in Miami, Fla. Jan. 7. It was the second straight season where Bama finished as national champions.
Gray to have number retired - The best basketball player ever to don a Lakota West basketball jersey, Amber Gray, will become the school district’s first athlete of the sport to have her jersey retired. Gray, who owns school career records in points, rebounds, assists, blocked shots and games played, will have her No. 10 jersey hung permanently in her high school’s gym before the Lakota East at Lakota West girls’ basketball game this Wednesday, Feb. 6. The announcement was made last week.
Sheriff weighs in on immigration proposal – Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones went to Washington, D.C. last week, where he offered his ideas on immigration reform at a meeting of the National Sheriff’s Association Immigration Committee.
Lakota Board of Education approves 2014-15 school calendar – The Lakota Board of Education approved last week its school calendar for 2014-15. According to the calendar, school would begin Aug. 21, 2014. The last day of school for students is set for May 29, 2015, with graduation either May 30 or 31, 2015.
Craigslist car thief – A man used the Craigslist classified-ads website to troll for cars – then stole three of the vehicles, and drove one stolen car in a chase that ended with a crash, a Warren County grand jury says. The incident, when Trevon Broomfield of Dayton was caught, began in West Chester Township where police said they received a report that a 2005 Nissan Sentra had been stolen from a home.
Kroger case won’t be reviewed in Feb. – The West Chester Township Zoning Commission won’t hear the case of a proposed shopping center, which is to be anchored by a new Kroger Marketplace, on Feb. 25. Instead, the project, that has local neighbors worried about their safety, has been tabled until the commission’s next meeting on March 18. In effort to halt plans for a 133,000-square-foot Kroger, Tom Eggert and his neighbors on Wethersfield Drive have lined their street and the corner of Tylersville Road and Princeton-Glendale Road (State Route 747) with lawn signs that read “StopKroger.com.”
Vote for the 2013 Shamrock Shuffle t-shirt design – For the first time in the history of the Shamrock Shuffle, the Community Foundation of West Chester/Liberty is hosting a t-shirt design contest for the annual event that attracts approximately 4,000 runners every March. Participants sent in their designs earlier this winter. Beginning last Thursday, Facebook users could vote for their favorite design.