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Springfield Salvation Army kicks off annual kettle drive

The Salvation Army Springfield Corps kicked off its holiday fundraising drive Friday with a luncheon at the Courtyard by Marriott in downtown Springfield. Bell ringers from the organization will collect donations over the next several weeks, spokesman Ryan Ray said. “This really sustains us throughout the winter and spring,” he said. READ MORE: Wittenberg student goes shopping for toys...


Wright State could lock in tuition price after hiking it 6 percent

Wright State could lock in tuition price after hiking it 6 percent

Next fall’s incoming class at Wright State University could see the price they pay for tuition locked in for four years, but there’s a catch. The “Wright Guarantee” program would increase tuition by 6 percent for the 2018 freshman class but it would be the only increase those students would pay in their four years at WSU. It would mean the price of tuition for full-time in-state...
WSU could narrowly avoid fiscal watch if $6M surplus is realized

WSU could narrowly avoid fiscal watch if $6M surplus is realized

Wright State University has been edging toward state fiscal watch the last few years but may be able to narrowly avoid it if a budget plan in place continues as expected. The university’s budget calls for around a $6 million surplus this year as the school attempts to rebuild its reserve fund that was drained from years of overspending. WSU slashed around $30.8 million from its fiscal year 2018...
Manufacturing job growth helps drive down Ohio jobless rate

Manufacturing job growth helps drive down Ohio jobless rate

Ohio’s unemployment rate edged down to 5.1 percent in October from 5.3 percent in September as employers statewide added 4,300 jobs over the same period, the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services announced Friday. RELATED: Many Ohioans still struggling despite low unemployment The number of unemployed workers fell 9,000 to 296,000 during the month, the state said. “Manufacturing...
Wright State could increase tuition by 6 percent

Wright State could increase tuition by 6 percent

Wright State University may increase the cost of tuition by 6 percent if a proposal for a tuition guarantee program is implemented. The program, which locks in tuition for four years for a freshman, serves as something of a loophole that allows public universities to increase tuition despite a state mandated tuition freeze that is in its fifth year. The proposal presented to Wright State’s board...
Elder-Beerman parent company to close 40 stores

Elder-Beerman parent company to close 40 stores

Bon-Ton Stores Inc., the parent company of Elder-Beerman, will close at least 40 stores by the end of 2018. The retailer will shutter about a sixth of its 260 department stores, furniture galleries and clearance centers. The chain has Elder-Beerman stores at the Dayton Mall, Mall at Fairfield Common and several others at Dayton area locations. The company has not disclosed what stores will be...
Wright Patt, defense firm work to protect weapons from cyber threats

Wright Patt, defense firm work to protect weapons from cyber threats

The Air Force Research Laboratory has awarded a $47.9 million contract to a defense contractor to explore ways to protect weapon systems from cyber attacks, according to the Department of Defense. Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., which has an office in the Dayton region, will research the problem at Wright-Patterson, the Defense Department reported. The contract will expire in March 2023. RELATED...
The demise of Black Friday: What’s really going on?

The demise of Black Friday: What’s really going on?

Black Friday could be taking a backseat to early sales, Thanksgiving deals and online shopping — but economists say though it’s morphing, Thanksgiving weekend will still be the busiest shopping time all year. An estimated 164 million people are planning to shop or considering shopping during Thanksgiving weekend, according to the annual survey released Thursday by the National Retail Federation...
Jeweler offering same-day delivery in Dayton, Cincinnati

Jeweler offering same-day delivery in Dayton, Cincinnati

James Free Jewelers is offering same-day delivery service in select areas throughout Southwest Ohio. The jewelry company has upgraded its website to offer customers the ability to schedule appointments with jewelry experts for private jewelry showings or via video. Customers can also now chat online with a James Free representative. “Imagine that you are busy at work, and realized that you forgot...
Opioid crisis compounds rising domestic violence cases

Opioid crisis compounds rising domestic violence cases

Former Montgomery County Sheriff’s Deputy Douglas Gearhart grabbed his stepdaughter by her head and neck and shoved her into a door, prosecutors say. He then shoved his wife to the ground when she tried to stop the attack, causing her to hit her head on the kitchen island. Gearhart, 44, of Franklin, then pulled his wife into the garage. “When the children found their mother, she was on...
NEW DETAILS: ‘The Famous Restaurant’ coming soon from Doubleday’s owners

NEW DETAILS: ‘The Famous Restaurant’ coming soon from Doubleday’s owners

New details are emerging about “The Famous Restaurant,” which is under development by the owners of Doubleday’s Grill and Tavern at the former Paddy’s Irish Grill at 953 S. Main St. in Centerville. Owner Jon Thomas described The Famous Restaurant as a “restaurant/bar open seven days a week approximately 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and should employ about 50 people”...
Historic Ferncliff Cemetery home that faced demolition restored

Historic Ferncliff Cemetery home that faced demolition restored

A Springfield building that was constructed more than a century ago as the home for a cemetery superintendent now has a new purpose as a place for family and friends to remember the deceased. Ferncliff Cemetery, Arboretum and Crematory’s new House of Reflections, 705 N. Plum St., will hold a ribbon cutting and open house from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. The old superintendent’s home, which...
CHECK IT OUT: Fuyao’s restaurant holds grand opening

CHECK IT OUT: Fuyao’s restaurant holds grand opening

The restaurant developed by Fuyao Glass America opened today. Fuyao held a grand opening today for Taste of the World, which opened outside the Moraine plant. The 8,000-square-foot restaurant opened at Encrete Lane and Fuyao Avenue and is open to both employees and the public. Officials with the auto glass manufacturer said previously that about $1 million would be invested into opening the restaurant...
Is Black Friday dead? Shoppers starting holiday shopping early

Is Black Friday dead? Shoppers starting holiday shopping early

Black Friday could be taking a backseat to early sales, Thanksgiving deals and online shopping — but economists say though it’s morphing, Thanksgiving weekend will still be the busiest shopping time all year. An estimated 164 million people are planning to shop or considering shopping during Thanksgiving weekend, according to the annual survey released Thursday by the National Retail Federation...
Sonic releases new holiday menu item

Sonic releases new holiday menu item

Sonic Drive-in has a new menu item to get you in the holiday spirit. The fast food chain released its new menu item, which puts a holiday twist on one of its classic desserts. The Holiday Mint Master Shake and Master Blast feature mint, Oreo pieces, ice cream, fresh milk and cream. » RELATED: 3 retailers coming to The Greene in Beavercreek “Sonic’s Holiday Mint Master Shakes and...
Teams named for 2018 World Flying Disc Championships in Warren County

Teams named for 2018 World Flying Disc Championships in Warren County

The list of teams from around the world competing in a world championship to be decided next year in Warren County has been announced, according to the Warren County Convention & Visitors Bureau. The World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) Championships is to be be held at the Lebanon Sports Complex, as well as a handful of other facilities within Warren County. Exact locations beyond the Lebanon Sports...
Local hospital group reports high breastfeeding rates

Local hospital group reports high breastfeeding rates

Premier Health has reached a milestone with a breastfeeding initiative aimed at reducing the state’s high infant mortality rate. Premier said in a statement that it is the first health system in Ohio whose maternity centers have completed all steps of the initiative, Ohio First Steps for Healthy Babies, which was launched by the Ohio Department of Health and the Ohio Hospital Association. RELATED...
JUST IN: PETA unveils new Dayton billboard challenging seafood eaters

JUST IN: PETA unveils new Dayton billboard challenging seafood eaters

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has launched a new billboard campaign targeting cities with high concentrations of Long John Silver’s and Captain D’s restaurants — including Dayton. The billboard — located at Needmore Road and Frederick Pike — includes a photo of a fish and the words, “I’m ME, Not MEAT. See the Individual. Go Vegan.&rdquo...
Pregnancy center plans Dayton location

Pregnancy center plans Dayton location

A pregnancy resource center is opening its fourth local office in Dayton. Miami Valley Women’s Center will have services like pregnancy testing, limited OB ultrasound, and testing for sexually transmitted infections at its new location, according to the non-profit. LOCAL: Hospital network buys Troy land for $1.35M The center, founded in 1982, has a Christian mission and “serves women,...
Wright Patt airman sentenced in drug case

Wright Patt airman sentenced in drug case

A senior airman at Wright-Patterson was sentenced to five months in confinement after pleading guilty to drug-related charges, according to a Wright-Patterson spokesman. Sr. Airman Timothy R. Kirklin, of Dayton, pleaded guilty Nov. 8 in front of a military judge to four charges of possession of drugs, including marijuana, heroin and other drugs, and three counts of drug use, and violation of a general...
New Dayton medical center takes step forward

New Dayton medical center takes step forward

Dayton Children’s Hospital’s plan to construct a new community-focused medical center took a step forward this week. Dayton City Commission Wednesday night unanimously approved the rezoning to permit the new 50,000-square-foot center to be built on the former Dayton Electroplate site at the corner of Stanley Avenue and Valley Street. The Plan Board previously recommended the rezoning be...
Miami Twp. extends medical marijuana moratorium again

Miami Twp. extends medical marijuana moratorium again

A second extension of a moratorium on medical marijuana has beeen approved by Miami Twp. It places another six-month ban on the issuing and processing of permits to allow cultivators, processors and retail dispensaries. RELATED: Trustees vote to extend medical marijuana moratorium The township’s first moratorium was approved by trustees in August 2016 and renewed in February of this year. Last...
Wright State students could get a tuition guarantee in 2018

Wright State students could get a tuition guarantee in 2018

Wright State University is considering implementing some form of a tuition guarantee program for next fall. Tuition guarantee programs typically freeze the price of tuition for students for all four years they are in school. Members of the finance committee of Wright State’s board of trustees will discuss the possible program in a meeting this Friday, according to an agenda. The proposal Wright...
3 new businesses opening in Centerville

3 new businesses opening in Centerville

Three new businesses are coming to Centerville, according to the city’s economic development department. Aisle 9 Tattoo opened this month at 27 W. Franklin St. “Not only do we over deliver to the true tattoo collector with our artwork but our customers get a life-changing experience like they’ve never felt before along with it. Making the art the cherry on top,” Aisle 9 ...
Taylor president talks about what’s next for century-old Dayton company

Taylor president talks about what’s next for century-old Dayton company

Taylor Communications’ President Mark O’Leary said the company’s new downtown Dayton office is a good fit for a business that needs an innovative staff. The 104-year-old company with document and business services is moving about 600 of its employees to downtown Dayton by early next year. Taylor, with the help of city and county incentives, extensively renovated eight stories of...
#NationalFastFoodDay: Can you guess Ohio’s most popular fast food?

#NationalFastFoodDay: Can you guess Ohio’s most popular fast food?

Eat your favorite greasy food guilt-free today — it’s National Fast Food Day. According to nationaldaycalendar.com, people are celebrating fast food today. The chains were popularized in the United States in the 1950s. McDonald’s was founded in 1955 in Illinois and Burger King in 1953. Wendy’s popped up later in 1969. So, what’s the most popular fast food in Ohio? Foursquare...
Fusian shuts down ‘underperforming’ restaurant, focuses on improvement

Fusian shuts down ‘underperforming’ restaurant, focuses on improvement

Fusian — the fast-casual sushi restaurant chain founded by three former Oakwood classmates — is focusing on improvement after shutting down one of its locations. The restaurant that closed its doors earlier this month was located at 11 Martin Luther King Drive East, adjacent to the campus of the University of Cincinnati. It was one of four Cincinnati-area Fusian restaurants, and the most...
Springfield to use tax increase to hire 7 police officers, pave roads

Springfield to use tax increase to hire 7 police officers, pave roads

The city of Springfield will have a surplus in its budget for the first time in eight years, thanks to a recently approved income tax increase, local leaders said. It also plans to use that extra revenue to hire seven new police officers, repave several neighborhood streets and fill some scaled-back positions, such as a code enforcement officer. It will also give raises, the first time in several...
Protecting Wright Patt goal of BRAC task force visit

Protecting Wright Patt goal of BRAC task force visit

A state task force targeting ways to protect Ohio’s military bases and attract more defense industry jobs and skilled veterans to the workforce will tour Ohio’s largest military installation today. The BRAC and Military Affairs Task Force will visit Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, the latest stop on a tour crisscrossing Ohio from Coast Guard and NASA installations near Cleveland to National...
City repairs prominent downtown Springfield site due to safety risk

City repairs prominent downtown Springfield site due to safety risk

The city of Springfield has begun work repairing a prominent downtown building after the owner allegedly hasn’t responded to its orders. Sidewalks were closed on parts of Main and Fisher streets in May because of safety concerns about the facade of Hull Plaza after a large section fell from it. “When brick falls from multiple stories from the air, even though it’s just a brick, it...
McDonald’s, UberEats partner to offer McDelivery in Dayton area

McDonald’s, UberEats partner to offer McDelivery in Dayton area

McDonald’s and UberEATS have teamed up to offer — yes, you guessed it — “McDelivery” from eight Dayton-area restaurants, a spokeswoman for local McDonald’s franchise owners announced today, Nov. 15.  Customers can place McDonald’s orders on the UberEATS mobile app or on UberEATS.com, using the same account they use to take Uber rides and can track...
Amazon slashes prices at Whole Foods for holiday shopping

Amazon slashes prices at Whole Foods for holiday shopping

Amazon cut prices again at Whole Foods Markets for the holidays, the retail giant announced this week. Whole Foods will offer lower prices on organic and non-antibiotic turkeys for all customers. Amazon Prime members will get an even lower price, according to an Amazon press release. RELATED: Rising demand for a skilled workforce a problem in Ohio The discounts are a “sneak preview” of...
Taylor Communications to move 600 employees downtown by early 2018

Taylor Communications to move 600 employees downtown by early 2018

It’s hard to remember the last time a company moved hundreds of employees into downtown Dayton. Likely decades, said Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley. Taylor Communications is moving 600 employees to the city’s center, making it one of the largest private employers in the Central Business District. RELATED: 600 jobs coming to downtown Dayton; businesses get ready “We’re really...
Whirlpool planning to put up 3 wind turbines in Greenville

Whirlpool planning to put up 3 wind turbines in Greenville

Whirlpool Corp. announced it will build three wind turbines to power its manufacturing facility in Greenville. Beginning construction in early 2018, the turbines will be the same as those developed for Whirlpool’s manufacturing facilities in Findlay, Marion, and Ottawa, according to the company. The turbines will be developed in coordination with One Energy Enterprises. RELATED: Rising demand...
The $100M question: What’s next for downtown’s Water Street District?

The $100M question: What’s next for downtown’s Water Street District?

The investment in the Water Street District has already surpassed $100 million, and the developers have their sights set on adding even more housing, offices and destinations to the fastest-growing part of the urban center. Water Street has transformed a strip of waterfront along the Mad River with 215 new apartments and townhomes and a four-story office building at Monument Avenue and Patterson Boulevard...
Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping dangers

Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping dangers

As the holiday season approaches, Americans prepare themselves to head out to the stores and hop online to find the perfect gifts. Many wait for the great Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals because they can save you hundreds of dollars. ››RELATED: Your guide to area holiday shopping According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), 122 million Americans participated in...
Forever 21 tells customers it may have been hacked

Forever 21 tells customers it may have been hacked

Clothing store FOREVER 21 told customers on Tuesday that it may have been the victim of a recent data breach. The company recently received a report from a third party that suggested there may have been unauthorized access to data from credit cards used to pay at certain FOREVER 21 stores, according to a staement from the company. RELATED: Job hunters beware: Scammers prey on online job seekers Thanks...
Picking wines for Thanksgiving dinner? Keep it simple, sweetie

Picking wines for Thanksgiving dinner? Keep it simple, sweetie

Choosing the wines to serve with Thanksgiving dinner can be a daunting task — if you let it. Let’s just admit that it’s impossible to find the perfect wine that won’t offend Aunt Florence, the consummate wine connoisseur of the family, while also pleasing cousin Fred, who drinks wine once a year and thinks all wines taste sour. Not to mention the crazy-quilt flavors that are...
Cheetahs nixed in zoo plans for Warren County, official says

Cheetahs nixed in zoo plans for Warren County, official says

The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden has set aside plans to move its cheetah recovery center to Warren County, but is moving forward with improvements to a farm and wetlands area already operating here, according to the county’s chief zoning official. “They’re not going to build the cheetah breeding facility. That’s off the table,” Mike Yetter, zoning supervisor in Warren...
What Fortune 500 companies are based in Ohio?

What Fortune 500 companies are based in Ohio?

Ohio is home to several Fortune 500 companies that are involved in everything from grocery store chains to insurance and tires. The 2017 Fortune 500 list of companies was recently released, marking the 63rd edition of the ranking. Fortune 500 companies represent around two-thirds of the U.S. gross domestic product with $12 trillion in revenues, according to Fortune. There...
Middletown brewery plans Black Friday dual bottle release

Middletown brewery plans Black Friday dual bottle release

A Butler County brewery is offering a decidedly warmer option to Black Friday’s deal-of-the-day shopping. FigLeaf Brewing Co. in Middletown will open its doors 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 24, for its first-ever bottled beer release. Originally brewed for the winter solstice, Barrel Aged Black Solstice Imperial Stout has “warm inviting notes of chocolate, raisins, and molasses that creates a smooth...
UD to use Midmark space for Air Force fleet research

UD to use Midmark space for Air Force fleet research

The University of Dayton Research Institute plans to move into Midmark’s old space by spring of 2019, the institute’s leader said. Midmark Corp., a provider of medical, dental and veterinary health care equipment, on Tuesday announced it will move its headquarters from a UDRI building to Austin Landing. Midmark plans to make the move by Oct. 1, 2018, the company announced. The space...
5 things to know about Midmark leaving Dayton

5 things to know about Midmark leaving Dayton

Midmark Corp. announced it is moving its headquarters to Austin Landing from Dayton. The provider of medical, dental and veterinary healthcare equipment solutions announced it has finalized lease negotiations and will move its headquarters to Austin Landing by Oct. 1, 2018. Midmark will move approximately 20 to 25 positions from the current Dayton location. » READ THE INITIAL REPORT Here&rsquo...
Hatch to Sherrod Brown: ‘Don’t spew this stuff at me’

Hatch to Sherrod Brown: ‘Don’t spew this stuff at me’

Sen. Sherrod Brown and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch are garnering attention today for a yelling match they had last night at a hearing over the tax reform bill working its way through the Senate. Hatch, a Utah Republican, took umbrage at comments by Brown saying the tax bill will help the rich at the expense of the poor. “This tax cut is really not for the middle class...
Microsoft sets up $3.5 million competition for AI startups

Microsoft sets up $3.5 million competition for AI startups

Microsoft is looking for a few good artificial-intelligence startups. The Redmond company said recently that it will launch a competition pitting startups working on intelligent technology against each other for $3.5 million in investment. The bake-off, dubbed Innovate.Ai, will see Microsoft Ventures award $1 million loans that convert to an equity stake to one startup each from North America, Europe...

From Ghana to Silicon Valley: One entrepreneur’s journey

As he was growing up in Ghana without access to a computer — much less other high-tech gadgets — it wasn’t obvious that Abe Ankumah would go on to found a fast-growing Silicon Valley tech company. But fast forward a few decades, and Ankumah has joined the ranks of Bay Area entrepreneurs on the roller coaster startup ride. He founded Palo Alto, Calif.,-based Nyansa in 2013 with two...
Earbuds are smooth, easy and in control

Earbuds are smooth, easy and in control

The ONvocal’s OV wearable headphone assistant earbuds is a prime example of the versatility of some of today’s newer gadgets. When you look at a picture of the headset, you might think it’s just another neckband headset; and yes it is a great headset, but it’s loaded with features. I was asked by an ONvocal representative how I liked the review unit they sent me and I summed...
Emmitt Smith’s eyes, new app let a blind fan ‘watch’ a Cowboys game

Emmitt Smith’s eyes, new app let a blind fan ‘watch’ a Cowboys game

Pete Lane sees a small, pixelated figure whenever he thinks of Emmitt Smith. He sees a short and stout teenager wearing a blue Florida Gators jersey, dashing his way atop a grassy field. He doesn’t see the “E. Smith” of a Dallas Cowboys uniform, or his favorite running back kissing the Vince Lombardi trophy. He doesn’t see No. 22 raising his arms after breaking the NFL&rsquo...
Even a tech reviewer struggles with upgrading a MacBook Pro

Even a tech reviewer struggles with upgrading a MacBook Pro

I tried to upgrade my MacBook Pro to High Sierra this week. Yes, tried — and failed. Recently, Apple released new versions of all of its operating systems: iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS. My Apple TV, Apple Watch, iPhone 8 Plus and iPad Air 2 all took the new operating systems without a hitch. My early 2011 15-inch MacBook Pro downloaded the macOS just fine. When the download finished, and the...
CNET: Best wireless routers of 2017

CNET: Best wireless routers of 2017

If your household (or your office) is like most people’s these days, it takes a whole lot of bandwidth to keep everything running. Computers, phones, tablets, wireless assistants, and let’s not forget streaming video and audio. So you’ll probably need a bulletproof access point to handle all of that. These are four of the best wireless routers on the market. ——&mdash...
After vote count, activist Peltz won Procter & Gamble board seat

After vote count, activist Peltz won Procter & Gamble board seat

An activist investor appears to have won a seat on Proctor & Gamble’s board, weeks after P&G initially declared victory in the high profile vote.  Nelson Peltz, the hedge fund billionaire who had bid for the board seat, won by a 43,000-vote margin, CNBC reports.  Peltz and his associates previously told media they would wait for certified vote results after the company announced shareholders...
What’s going on at The Greene? New stores, restaurants coming

What’s going on at The Greene? New stores, restaurants coming

The Greene Town Center in Beavercreek has kicked off its long list of holiday events, luring in customers for the busiest shopping season of the year. The biggest shopping weekend of the year is right around the corner and 69 percent of Americans — an estimated 164 million people — are planning to shop or considering shopping during Thanksgiving weekend, according to the annual survey...
New restaurant, store to open at The Greene 

New restaurant, store to open at The Greene 

The Greene Town Center in Beavercreek has kicked off its long list of holiday events, luring in customers for the busiest shopping season of the year. The biggest shopping weekend of the year is right around the corner and 69 percent of Americans — an estimated 164 million people — are planning to shop or considering shopping during Thanksgiving weekend, according to the annual survey...
Boomers working longer than ever, expert tells Springfield leaders

Boomers working longer than ever, expert tells Springfield leaders

As the workforce ages, companies are increasingly looking for options that allow baby boomers to continue to contribute to the workforce much longer than may have been the case in previous years, a staffing agency executive told Springfield business leaders Tuesday. Older workers are staying on the job longer than they have in years past for a variety of reasons, said Jennifer Anderson, vice president...
5 ways to get the most out of your health insurance plan

5 ways to get the most out of your health insurance plan

Health insurance has a large impact on your finances, so it pays to get the most out of your plan. Understanding its ins and outs can be confusing, but it's worth your time to check on benefits you could be losing out on or mistakes that could cost you money. Here are five ways to ensure you're getting the most out of your health insurance: When it's time to renew your health care coverage, consumer...
State offers tax penalty forgiveness program

State offers tax penalty forgiveness program

Residents and businesses that owe penalties on their taxes can get amnesty through a state program. The Ohio Department of Taxation announced it will be offering a tax amnesty program from Jan. 1 to Feb. 15. The department stated the program is for eligible taxpayers — individuals and businesses — with unreported or under-reported tax debts. RELATED: Ohioan’s personal income growing...
Midmark Corp. moving headquarters from Dayton

Midmark Corp. moving headquarters from Dayton

Midmark Corp. announced it is moving its headquarters to Austin Landing from Dayton. The provider of medical, dental and veterinary healthcare equipment solutions announced it has finalized lease negotiations and will move its headquarters to Austin Landing by Oct. 1, 2018. Midmark will move approximately 20 to 25 positions from the current Dayton location. The move will include members of its C-suite...
Ohioan’s personal income growing at slower pace than neighbors

Ohioan’s personal income growing at slower pace than neighbors

Ohio’s personal income growth rate over the past year is slower than the national average. The state’s personal incomes grew by 0.5 percent from the second quarter of 2016 through the second quarter of 2017, according to Pew Charitable Trusts. That compares to an average 1.2 percent average annual growth rate over the past decade. LOCAL: Kettering Health Network buys more land Personal...
5 fun local hidden gems where you can shop this holiday season

5 fun local hidden gems where you can shop this holiday season

The hunt is on for the perfect holiday gift. The holiday shopping season is in full swing, and the region offers several independently owned gems if you don’t want to shop at major retailers this year. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, 28 million small businesses in America account for 54 percent of all U.S. sales — and they also provide 55 percent of all jobs....
#ThanksgivingDinnerPants: Stove Top selling stretchy holiday pants

#ThanksgivingDinnerPants: Stove Top selling stretchy holiday pants

Stove Top is selling stretchy pants for those stuffed Thanksgiving guests who need a little extra room. Stove Stop Stuffing, a product of the Kraft Heinz Company, introduced the Thanksgiving Dinner Pants online this week. The pants are available in small, medium, large and extra large, and feature an expandable waistline. The unisex maroon pants cost $19.98, and customers can only buy one per...
Retailers targeting millennials, baby boomers during holiday season

Retailers targeting millennials, baby boomers during holiday season

Retailers are luring in customers by targeting them by generational differences. Brands have already started preparing for the impact that the changing industry landscape will have on the holiday season — focusing on convenience and speed to make holiday shopping a good experience for consumers. About 76 percent of U.S. consumers expect theirs interactions with a brand to be easy, while 60 percent...
What’s next for downtown Springfield? Nonprofit weighs options

What’s next for downtown Springfield? Nonprofit weighs options

A recently formed nonprofit will review work that took place in Cincinnati and Hamilton to pull together ideas that might lead to a similar revitalization in downtown Springfield. SpringForward was set up last year, with a goal of targeting redevelopment of existing properties in downtown Springfield to attract new businesses and investments. About a year later, the organization is looking at suggestions...
Come clean: The truth about energy-efficient washers and dryers

Come clean: The truth about energy-efficient washers and dryers

The average American family washes and dries about 300 loads of laundry each year, according to Energy Star. So, you may think it would be wise to replace washers and dryers with newer models. Yet dryers can last longer than washers since dryers have not changed much in recent years. Instead, they can be maintained just by cleaning the lint tray before or after every use. However, the story&rsquo...
Tell us your story: Have you worked in retail during the holidays?

Tell us your story: Have you worked in retail during the holidays?

Retail workers put up with long hours, pushy customers and crowded stores during the holiday season. For many people, working in retail is a rite of passage — often the first job teens work during high school or college. In Ohio, the retail industry supports one in four jobs. Whether it brings back good or bad memories, we want to hear your story of working in the industry. Did you work long...
Several Dayton area companies land federal contracts.

Several Dayton area companies land federal contracts.

The following are the federal contracts recently awarded to area companies located in the Dayton area: • Pole/Zero Acquisition Inc., West Chester Twp., won a $476,630 federal contract from the U.S. Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Weapon Systems Support for the repair and modification of very high frequency and ultra high frequency antenna interface units. RELATED: Russian surveillance jet...
Springboro to annex land for Austin South development

Springboro to annex land for Austin South development

Springboro City Council is expected this week to approve annexation of 7.7 acres from Miami Twp. — another step toward development of the $380 million Austin South Springboro. The city and township have reached a tentative agreement, subject to approval by the council and township and board of trustees, through which the city will compensate the trustees for lost revenue resulting from the annexation...
Navistar, big Springfield employer, to make electric school bus

Navistar, big Springfield employer, to make electric school bus

Navistar, a major Springfield employer, unveiled an electric school bus at a show in Columbus recently with plans to begin production as early as 2019. Navistar’s buses are built at a plant in Tulsa, Okla. Company officials said the new product is an example of how the company’s alliance with Volkswagen will allow both companies to develop new technologies. RELATED: Navistar stock jumps...
Want a free firearm? Centerville Cabela’s to give away prizes, gift cards

Want a free firearm? Centerville Cabela’s to give away prizes, gift cards

Cabela’s in Centerville is giving away prizes, including gift cards and two firearms, to the first 600 customers in line on Black Friday. The outdoor retailer will celebrate Black Friday, Nov. 24, by offering customers extended hours, entertainment and hundreds of giveaways at the Centerville location at 5500 Cornerstone North Blvd. Doors will open at 5 a.m., and the first 600 customers in line...
This is the salary you need to move to these 5 hot job cities

This is the salary you need to move to these 5 hot job cities

If you're looking for work or a step up on the career ladder, there is no shortage of top-ranking picks for job seekers, according to recent Indeed.com ranking of the top cities for job seekers.  Before you dash off to Orlando (Indeed's No. 2 pick) or pack for Atlanta (No. 14), check out another set of numbers. Eye each new city's cost of living with the help of a nifty calculator...
Kroger hiring for 14,000 seasonal, part-time jobs

Kroger hiring for 14,000 seasonal, part-time jobs

Kroger announced its hiring for 14,000 part-time and seasonal jobs this holiday season. Jobs are available at Kroger locations in 35 states, and interested candidates are encouraged to apply at jobs.kroger.com. Kroger already has 450,000 associates in 2,793 retail food stores under a variety of local banner names in 35 states. “We are delighted to welcome new associates to our team...
WATCH: Here’s how Amazon delivers holiday packages to your door

WATCH: Here’s how Amazon delivers holiday packages to your door

Ever wonder how your packages from Amazon are delivered so quickly to your door? Amazon’s intricate network of fulfillment and distribution facilities across the world make it possible for products to be sorted, packed and shipped within minutes. In Ohio, Amazon has launched operations at fulfillment centers in Etna and Obetz, and also has Prime Now sites in Columbus and Valley View. The online...
Holiday shipping tips: 5 things to know about mailing your packages

Holiday shipping tips: 5 things to know about mailing your packages

The holiday shopping season has started, and more packages are being shipped and delivered to homes across the U.S. than ever before. Shipping services — like FedEx, United Parcel Service (UPS) and the United States Postal Service — have reminded customers to be aware of delivery deadlines. There are some ways consumers can assure their gifts arrive at their destination in tact and on...
#BoycottKeurig: Here’s why people are boycotting this coffee company

#BoycottKeurig: Here’s why people are boycotting this coffee company

People are boycotting coffee maker company Keurig after the company pulled its advertisements from Sean Hannity’s Fox News show. Several companies have pulled advertisements from the show following Hannity’s coverage of the sexual misconduct allegations brought against Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore. Fans took to social media to express their discontent over the company’s decision...
Holiday hiring: 5 things we learned about local hiring this season

Holiday hiring: 5 things we learned about local hiring this season

As retailers push early deals for shoppers this holiday season, thousands of jobs are being added to local distribution and logistics centers to meet the demand presented by increased online shopping. This is the first year that online sales are expected to surpass in-store sales during the holiday season, with about 59 percent consumers planning to shop online. Though holiday sales are expected to...
Cabela’s kicks off pre-Black Friday deals: Here’s what to expect

Cabela’s kicks off pre-Black Friday deals: Here’s what to expect

Cabela’s has kicked off 14 days of Pre-Black Friday deals on everything from firearms to hunting boots and apparel. The outdoor retailer will offer new deals every day through Nov. 22. Cabela’s stores close on Thanksgiving, but open at 6 a.m. on Black Friday for door buster deals. Last year, more than 1,200 people waited in line at the Cabela’s in Centerville for special deals on...
Veterans Day deals: Where vets get freebies and discounted meals, haircuts and more

Veterans Day deals: Where vets get freebies and discounted meals, haircuts and more

Businesses are saluting veterans and active-duty military personnel Saturday. They’re offering freebies and   special discounts on Veterans Day to show their appreciation for all those who have sacrificed for their country.           Veterans can enjoy free meals, drinks, treats and even a haircut and car wash. For some deals, you don&rsquo...
Taylor Communications starts move into downtown location

Taylor Communications starts move into downtown location

One of the biggest new tenants to downtown Dayton in decades is starting to move in employees to its new office. Taylor Communications will hold a ribbon cutting 10 a.m. Wednesday to celebrate as the start of what will be 600 employees moving to 111 W. First St. RELATED: Businesses get ready for 600 jobs coming to downtown Dayton “We are thrilled to be moving our team into the heart of downtown&mdash...
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