10 important stories that affected Kettering in 2018

The city of Kettering saw plenty of activity in schools, community and business in 2018.

The Dayton Daily News has covered all of it, and we’ve compiled a list of the 10 most impactful stories in Kettering in the last year:

Kettering to officially opens fourth new fire station 

The city completed the fourth and final new Kettering fire station as part of a roughly $30 million overhaul of the department.

Kettering school levy passes; kindergarten, career tech growth coming

Voters approved Kettering City Schools’ permanent 5.99-mill additional tax levy by a solid 55-45 ratio. The levy passage means the district will launch all-day everyday kindergarten in fall 2019 and will expand career tech programs at Fairmont High School in fall 2020.

Kettering agrees to pay raises for hundreds, new deal for city manager

Kettering City Council agreed to a four-year contract with the city manager and 2.5-percent pay raises for hundreds of union and non-union city workers.

Abortion clinic fight: Reaction after a judge upholds the state’s ruling to close Kettering location

A Montgomery County judge’s decision upholding a state ruling that would force the Dayton-area’s lone abortion provider to close likely moves the long-running fight to an appeals court.

Kettering approves $6.9 million police station project

City leaders voted to approve initial funding for a multi-million dollar plan to expand and renovate the Kettering Police Department.

Kettering remains: She came to reconnect with family. What happened next was ‘like a Netflix documentary’

Two daughters said they were in shock over what they discovered in the Kettering home of their estranged father. What set out to be a journey to reconnect with family ended up with the discovery of skeletal remains in their father’s Kettering residence.

Kettering police officer involved in deadly shooting

A 9-year veteran of the Kettering Police Department is the officer who shot and killed a man in an exchange of gunfire in a city apartment building after a domestic disturbance. The Kettering Police Department on Wednesday said Andrew DiSalvo, 31, was the officer who shot Mitchell Simmons, 24, at the Chatham Village Apartment complex.

Kettering schools offices will leave their historic 1929 building for a new home near Fraze Pavilion

Kettering schools will move its administrative offices out of the historic Barnes building on Far Hills Avenue and into space near Fraze Pavilion by next year, a move officials say will allow money to be used on other needs instead of building renovations.

Kettering lands 300 new jobs for manufacturing plant

Tenneco will nearly double its Kettering workforce, adding 300 jobs as part of a $61.5 million investment that significantly expands the plant. Tenneco officials say that the investment in its Kettering plant is part of an initiative to realign its manufacturing footprint “to enhance operational efficiency and respond to changing market conditions and capacity requirements.”

‘It felt like Ronnie died all over again:’ Kettering shooting victim’s mother speaks out on verdict

The mother of the Fairmont High School student killed after being shot by a Kettering teen was disappointed with the jury’s verdict in the case. In a statement released to this news organization, the mother of Ronnie Bowers said the verdict in Kylen Gregory’s murder trial made her feel “like Ronnie died all over again.”

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