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Preschool Promise a unique partnership
Scott Inskeep, superintendent, Kettering City School District

12:00 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014

In the field of education, there are building blocks and alignment of curriculum that are designed to support students from preschool through grade 12.As a long-time educator, I have come to understand that the very first building block – a quality preschool experience — is an extremely important aspect of ...
Township considers limited home rule

12:00 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014

Miami Twp. may adopt limited home rule, a form of government officials say better fits the developing community facing “the pressures of an urban environment.”The change has been recommended by township Administrator Greg Rogers and one trustee said officials will “absolutely” consider the move next month, noting it will give ...
Huber Heights mayor causes stir with flyer

12:00 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014

Mayor Tom McMasters is accusing the city council of taking money from Bethel schools by creating a tax increment financing district in Miami County, a claim city officials say is false.McMasters distributed about 250 flyers last weekend in the Parktowne/Carriage Trails neighborhoods claiming City Council “plans to divert Bethel School ...
Ohio’s GOP to draw the line
Thomas Suddes is an adjunct assistant professor at Ohio University. Previously, he was a veteran Statehouse reporter for The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer.

12:00 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014

A nearly unanimous Ohio General Assembly has placed on November 2015’s ballot a proposed constitutional amendment to reform how Ohio draws its 33 state Senate and 99 Ohio House districts — that is, the districts that elect people to go to Columbus to be state legislators.For now, the laughable boundaries ...
Overdose deaths tied to potent new drug
A sample of fentanyl is seen at the Miami Valley Regional Crime Laboratory. The highly potent synthetic opioid — often cut with heroin or used alone — has been on the streets for more than a year in the Dayton area and is responsible for an increasing number of overdose deaths. CHRIS STEWART / STAFF

12:00 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014

A synthetic opioid as much as 50 times more potent than heroin has flooded the streets of Dayton and its suburbs with deadly consequences, leading to a surge in deaths of people who think they are buying straight heroin.What they’re more often buying is illicit fentanyl, which was responsible for ...
Deputies have suspect in killing of Amber Owens

Updated: 10:05 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19, 2014

Investigators have identified a person of interest in the case involving a Harrison Twp. woman found dead along Post Town Road in Trotwood. Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer on Friday did not release details about the person suspected of involvement in the homicide of Amber Owens, 23, whose decomposed remains ...
Service memorializes 28 homeless who died
Members of the Target Dayton Ministries Choir sang during National Homeless Memorial Day on Courthouse Square. The memorial ceremony is an annual remembrance of individuals who have died while being homeless. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

8:56 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19, 2014

Twenty-eight people died while homeless in Montgomery County in 2014, and on Friday they were remembered on the Courthouse Square with a short ceremony and a promise.“We want to draw attention to the tragedy of homelessness and remember our friends who paid the ultimate price,” said Clayton Genth, the chairman ...
Ohio sees spike in flu cases
Cali Willis, 16 months, watches TV as she waits in the Emergency Department with parents Chalia Shumate and Darien Willis at Dayton Childrens Hospital during a busy Friday as flu cases continue to rise. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

4:14 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19, 2014

The number of flu-related hospitalizations in Ohio so far this season surged to 985 last week, more than double the number from the previous week and up more than 300 percent from the same period a year ago, the Ohio Department of Health reported Friday. Ohio is now one of ...
Flu cases prompt visitor restrictions at hospitals

3:06 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19, 2014

Local hospitals will begin imposing visitor restrictions Monday to minimize the spread of flu to patients and staff.The measures were prompted by an increase in patients with flu-like symptoms, as well as the local presence of the seasonal flu virus, according to a release issued Friday afternoon from the Greater ...
Man sentenced to prison for 2013 killing

Updated: 5:52 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014

A Dayton man on Thursday was sentenced to nine years in prison after pleading no contest to involuntary manslaughter for his role in the shooting death of 29-year-old Rodney Frost in June 2013. Brandon Moxley, 26, was on trial for aggravated murder in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court in September, ...
$2.5M road project set to open Monday
The newly designed intersection at Spring Valley Pike and Clyo Road in Washington Twp. features new traffic signals and turn lanes. Montgomery County officials said the intersection will reopen Monday, barring inclement weather. DREW SIMON / STAFF

3:19 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014

An intersection that has more than 18,000 vehicles pass through it daily will reopen next week after a $2.5 million construction project.County officials said the intersection of Clyo Road and Spring Valley Pike is expected to reopen to motorists Monday, barring inclement weather.“The basic goal is to put in a ...
Clyo, Spring Valley intersection to reopen Monday
DREW SIMON/STAFF

Updated: 12:34 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014

An intersection that has more than 18,000 vehicles pass through it daily will reopen next week, after the near completion of a $2.5 million construction project.County officials said the intersection of Clyo Road and Spring Valley Pike is expected to reopen to motorists Monday, barring any inclement weather.“The basic goal ...
Third man sentenced for role in murder

Updated: 6:56 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014

Update @6:55 p.m.: The last of three people involved in the robbery and murder of a Riverside man on Easter Sunday in 2013 was sentenced to a combined 35 years to life in prison Wednesday afternoon. Jacob Gipson, 26, will serve 15 years to life for his role in the ...
 No indictment in Dayton police-involved shooting

Updated: 6:24 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014

UPDATE @2:45 p.m. (Dec. 17): A Montgomery County grand jury has declined to indict Dayton police Officer Raymond Dine in a deadly officer-involved shooting in November.UPDATE @ 5 p.m. (Nov. 17): Officer Raymond Dine was justified in shooting John R. Smelko, Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl said during a news ...
 Doctor, wife indicted for allegedly running ‘pill mill’
Federal Drug Enforcement Agency agents served a federal search warrant early Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012, at the David C. Kirkwood’s family practice at 2838 Linden Ave. in Dayton, Ohio. Staff photo by Kareem Elgazzar

Updated: 5:51 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014

At least seven people died of drug overdoses from painkillers prescribed by Dr. David C. Kirkwood of the Kirkwood Family Practice, according to a recent 20-count federal indictment of Kirkwood and his wife. In October 2012, federal and state agents served a search warrant at the 2838 Linden Ave. office ...
County gets $450K grant for Phillipsburg sewer project

4:26 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014

Montgomery County has received a $450,000 federal grant to help replace a failing sewer system in the Village of Phillipsburg, which threatens to contaminate its water table with bacteria.The funding will help construct a new wastewater collection system to serve about 268 people in Phillipsburg and Clay Twp. The wastewater ...
Vehicle thefts trigger concern among residents

1:53 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014

A series of recent vehicle thefts and thefts from vehicles in Washington Twp. could be connected to other cases occurring in Centerville over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. “It’s probably the same people, I wouldn’t be surprised,” said Capt. Jeff Papanek with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Washington Twp. subdivision. “It ...
Man hit by car in Jefferson Twp. gets ticket
Montgomery County sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a report of a pedestrian struck on West Third Street in Jefferson Twp. on Tuesday evening, Dec. 16, 2016. (Todd Jackson/Staff)

Updated: 10:20 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014

UPDATE @ 10:09 p.m.: The pedestrian hit by a car on West Third Street at South Iona Avenue was issued a citation for jaywalking.According to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, the man was attempting to cross the street when the accident occurred about 5:42 p.m.Identified only as a male, he ...
Body of woman found in alley was drug addict, sister says

Updated: 9:20 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014

Update @9:19 p.m.: A woman whose body was found in an alley on East Maplewood Avenue Monday has been addicted to drugs the past 10 years, her older sister said Tuesday. Police suspect Ashley Knight, 25, died of a drug overdose. The people she was using drugs with may have ...
Flu cases triple locally

Updated: 7:13 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014

Confirmed cases of flu tripled in each of the last two weeks locally, according to a health official who said numbers will likely continue to grow over the holidays.Flu cases increased from 34 to 91 in one week and then tripled again to 283 in the last week for the ...
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