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School, businessman and A Special Wish have ongoing connection

A Special Wish Foundation — Dayton (ASW) has been granting wishes for 33 years, and for 29 of those years, Smith Middle School in Vandalia has helped make this happen. Generations of children, though in very different circumstances, have been giving back to ASW’s mission. Each year, fourth- and fifth-grade classes participate in penny wars, dinner with Santa, which began in 2015, and new...
Greenville police ask: Do you recognize this Speedway robber?

Greenville police ask: Do you recognize this Speedway robber?

Greenville police are asking for your help in identifying the man who robbed the Speedway at Wagner Avenue and East Main Street in Greenville, Darke County, early Sunday. The police department on Monday afternoon released surveillance video that purports to show a man threatening the store clerk while demanding cash about 4:20 a.m. Sunday. A handgun was never seen, but the invader made it clear to...
Tex-Mex restaurant hiring 170 for new Butler County location

Tex-Mex restaurant hiring 170 for new Butler County location

A Tex-Mex cuisine chain is hiring 170 people prior to the debut of its new Butler County restaurant. Austin, Texas-based Chuy’s is scheduled to open the new location April 4 at 9538 Civic Center Blvd. in the Streets of West Chester shopping center. Chuy’s menu features family recipes from South Texas, New Mexico and Mexican border towns and includes made-from-scratch dishes made from hand-rolled...
Huber Heights school board vacancy scrambles race for mayor, council

Huber Heights school board vacancy scrambles race for mayor, council

A vacancy on the Huber Heights City Schools board is scrambling the race for mayor and city council. Councilman Tyler Starline, who represents Ward 3 and is running for re-election, has applied for the school board appointment, as has mayoral candidate David Wilson, who said he would keep running for mayor even if appointed to the board. An appointment to the school board seat vacated by Krista Tipton...
FREE MEALS: Huber churches offer free dinners this month

FREE MEALS: Huber churches offer free dinners this month

Free meals will be available from several Huber Heights churches as part of Project One Hope, a community outreach program that provides dinners. Here are the remaining Feburary 2017 dates, times and churches offering free meals: » Feb. 22, 5:30-7 p.m., St. Peter Catholic Church, 6161 Chambersburg Road » Feb. 24, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Destiny Church, 4301 Powell Road » Feb. 25 5-6:30 p...
Carrabba’s, Outback, Flemings owner to close 40 locations

Carrabba’s, Outback, Flemings owner to close 40 locations

Approximately 40 “underperforming” Carrabba’s, Outback, Bonefish Grill and Flemings restaurants will be closing by the end of 2017, according to the owner. Bloomin’ Brands Inc. said it will close restaurants across the country, but did not specify the locations that will be impacted. All four restaurants have a presence locally: • Carrabba’s Italian Grill has...
Former Bengal arrested for assault, public indecency

Former Bengal arrested for assault, public indecency

A former University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Bengals player is in the Butler County jail facing several charges for an incident Sunday. Jerome Kyle “J.K.” Schaffer, 26, was taken into about 10:15 a.m. at a church in Chapel Road in Morgan Twp., according to the sheriff’s office. He is charged with assault, breaking and entering and public indecency, according to jail records....
Acura offers a $2,700 ‘insider experience’ at Ohio Honda locations

Acura offers a $2,700 ‘insider experience’ at Ohio Honda locations

Acura fans, ready for what’s being billed as an “insider experience?” Acura announced Monday an “Insider Experience” tied to its Ohio-made NSX super car. RELATED: Marysville-built NSX shines at Daytona The idea is to give NSX fans a look at where the car has been assembled in Marysville, since last spring, as well as a look at the Anna engine plant, about an hour north...
Miss High School America is a local student

Miss High School America is a local student

Kennedy Chase, a Stivers School for the Arts junior, added another crown to her achievements last summer. She is the reigning Miss High School America. RELATED » Positive news: Family publishes mother’s writing In this leadership position she has spoken to more than 2,000 students about the pitfalls of bullying in school. The national platform for the pageant is BRAVE (Building Respect...
Kettering expands usage of office building to allow more retail

Kettering expands usage of office building to allow more retail

More retail could be coming to the Woodman-Dorothy Lane area after Kettering agreed one of the buildings wasn’t living up to it’s potential. Dan Wheeler of Drywood Partners, LLC and owner of the building at 3085 Woodman Dr., said that changing the property’s zoning from an office to a business district would allow for the current office building to be a more “mixed-use&rdquo...
Mining operations gets OK to expand

Mining operations gets OK to expand

A proposal to expand an existing gravel pit on South Davis Road was approved by the Miami County Board of Zoning Appeals with stipulations added in response to nearby property owners’ concerns. RELATED » Miami County news: Students building tiny house The board’s unanimous vote in January approved a conditional use permit for expanding the Barrett Paving Materials mineral extraction...
Tipp City students tackle tiny house project

Tipp City students tackle tiny house project

Hunter McKinney was happy to enroll in a Tippecanoe High School homebuilding class. When she learned, the class would be building a tiny house, she was thrilled. RELATED » Miami County news: Mining expansion OK’d “I said ‘What?’ I love HGTV. … I thought he meant a replica of a little house but he was talking about an actual tiny house. I was like, ‘Oh my...
Eric Elwell: Spring-like warm kick starting growing season across U.S.

Eric Elwell: Spring-like warm kick starting growing season across U.S.

Chances are that our recent weather has given you a bit of a taste of spring fever. Temperatures have ranged nearly 20 to 25 degrees above normal across the Miami Valley since Friday. It is a trend that will likely continue for the rest of this week. A nearly 70-year old record fell on Saturday when the temperature soared to 66 degrees, breaking the old record of 64 degrees back in 1948. More record...
Dave Chappelle drops out of Dayton comedy show

Dave Chappelle drops out of Dayton comedy show

We have some disappointing news for those hoping to see David Chappelle on the stage of the Schuster Center 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24.    The actor and comedian who lives outside of Yellow Springs will not be participating.  Gerald Belle of GAB Productions, the promoter of the All-Star LOL Comedy Tour, said he did not know why Chappelle won’t be participating in a tribute...
Elsa’s owner to demolish Centerville shopping center

Elsa’s owner to demolish Centerville shopping center

A shopping center in Centerville has been purchased by the owner of the Dayton-area Elsa’s Mexican Restaurants and Sports Bar. Oberer Realty Services announced they brokered the sale of the 3.7-acre Far Hills Shopping Center located at 6300 Far Hills Ave. The shopping center sits just north of I-675, and was previously managed by Oberer for the past two-and-a-half years. Hemmert Far Hills Properties...
Lyons ends Huber Heights mayoral bid

Lyons ends Huber Heights mayoral bid

Huber Heights Councilman Ed Lyons removed his name from the race for mayor, telling the Dayton Daily News he’s worked with or met the remaining three candidates and believes each could serve well if elected. Lyons said he removed his name last week. Remaining in the race for mayor are Jeff Gore, Albert Griggs Jr., and David Wilson, who recently applied for the vacant Huber Heights City Schools...
Tex-Mex chain hiring 170 for new Butler County location

Tex-Mex chain hiring 170 for new Butler County location

A Tex-Mex cuisine chain is hiring approximately 170 employees prior to the expected April opening of its new Butler County location. Austin, Texas-based Chuy’s will open the new restaurant at 9598 Civic Center Blvd. in the Streets of West Chester shopping center. The West Chester restaurant will be the third location in the Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky region and the fifth to open in Ohio. Ohio&rsquo...
5 companies making moves in Dayton area

5 companies making moves in Dayton area

Local business is the backbone of every community, and dozens of businesses spur economic development and provide jobs to thousands of residents in the Miami Valley. The Dayton Daily News Business Team is committed to providing in-depth coverage of the companies that impact the community everyday. CHECK OUT FIVE COMPANIES MAKING MOVES IN THE DAYTON AREA
Presidents Day: Air Force One crewmen share stories at museum

Presidents Day: Air Force One crewmen share stories at museum

Charles Palmer crisscrossed continents and flew to dozens of countries aboard Air Force One, but there was one duty every flight for one president he made sure to carry out. He made sure President Gerald Ford had a bowl of strawberries. Palmer was one of about 10 present day and former crewmen of the famed presidential fleet— spanning the Nixon to Obama administrations — to appear Monday...
State lawmaker proposes changes to early voting ID process

State lawmaker proposes changes to early voting ID process

An Ohio lawmaker says she wants to make absentee voting easier by having the identification process for early voting similar to Election Day voting. But Ohio Democrats say will likely oppose House Bill 41 as it’s currently drafted. Rep. Dorothy Pelanda, R-Marysville, introduced earlier this month House Bill 41, which would allow boards of elections to require voters to show a valid form of identification...
Today marks 55th anniversary of John Glenn mission around the Earth

Today marks 55th anniversary of John Glenn mission around the Earth

On Feb. 20, 1962, John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth. Today marks the first time the anniversary has been marked since Glenn’s death in December. Glenn lived a storybook life under the bright and constant glare of public attention, awe and adoration. The small-town Ohio boy married his childhood sweetheart, served as a fighter pilot in two wars, a test pilot, an astronaut...
City again offering community garden plots

City again offering community garden plots

VANDALIA — For the sixth season, the Vandalia Community Garden, located in Jeffers Park, 407 Halcyon Dr., is offering plots for Vandalia residents The garden will feature 15 feet by 20 feet plots which will be available to Vandalia residents on a first come, first serve basis. There are 22 garden plots available. The gardening season will be open from April 1 to Oct. 31 and a water source is...
WSU president says positions may not be filled to save money

WSU president says positions may not be filled to save money

Wright State University may not fill open positions to save money, president David Hopkins told Wright State students, faculty and staff in an email Monday. Wright State’s strategic hiring committee has been instructed not to approve hires unless they represent health, safety, compliance needs or demonstrate a “direct impact on revenue,” Hopkins said in the email. RELATED: Wright...
7 apply for vacant Huber schools seat, including incumbent councilman

7 apply for vacant Huber schools seat, including incumbent councilman

At least seven people applied to fill a vacant Huber Heights City Schools board position, including city Councilman Tyler Starline, who is running for re-election to his incumbent position. The seven individuals applied via email to seek the position formerly held by Krista Tipton, according to Gina Helmick, the district treasurer. There may be additional candidates for the position, Helmick said...
UD projects record 4-year grad rate, drop in student debt this spring

UD projects record 4-year grad rate, drop in student debt this spring

This spring’s University of Dayton graduates are expected to bring with them a record four-year graduation rate and a “significant reduction” in student loan debt. UD officials are projecting the record rate and debt decline because of a tuition guarantee that has been in place now since 2013. RELATED: I Love UD campaign wants you to break up with your team for a good cause The university...
$1.1M home near Springboro includes 60 acres, swimming pool

$1.1M home near Springboro includes 60 acres, swimming pool

Surrounded by 60 acres of land with woods, stream, pond and pastures, the two-story brick salt box featured in this week’s Real Estate Plus sits well off the road at the end of a gravel drive. Located within Clearcreek Twp., the home at 4358 Weisenberger Road has about 3,840 square feet of living space. The 60-acre property includes two pole barns, a two-car garage, the original two-story...
SNEAK PEEK: ‘Bar Dumaine’ opens tomorrow; here’s its menu

SNEAK PEEK: ‘Bar Dumaine’ opens tomorrow; here’s its menu

Bar Dumaine, the successor restaurant to Rue Dumaine and still under the direction of award-winning chef and restaurateur Anne Kearney, has announced it will open Tuesday, Feb. 21, with its revised menu and expanded hours. The new Bar Dumaine is designed to offer a more casual atmosphere, and also significantly expands Rue Dumaine’s former hours. It will be open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. seven days...
Sinclair seeks to fix parking frustrations

Sinclair seeks to fix parking frustrations

Parking at Sinclair Community College is a common source of frustration and dissatisfaction among students, but the school plans to reconfigure its on-campus parking to be more user friendly. Sinclair has adopted a master plan that seeks to overhaul the campus layout to better tie its facilities and parking together. Sinclair hopes to increase the number of the spaces on campus to provide parking...
FAA records: Victim in Clark County crash had active pilot’s license

FAA records: Victim in Clark County crash had active pilot’s license

Investigators worked Monday to piece together details of a plane crash in Harmony Twp. that killed a 24-year-old Wilmington pilot who was dedicated to aviation. Jordan A. Spier was flying Sunday evening a Macleod home-built aircraft owned by his uncle Ronald Spier. He had taken off from his uncle’s private airstrip in the 300 block of Titus Avenue before crashing shortly before 5 p.m. in a field...
4 named in Fairborn city manager search

4 named in Fairborn city manager search

Four candidates will interview for Fairborn’s open city manager position this week. The candidates — Lowell Crow, John Jezak, John Murphy and Thomas Thomas — will on Thursday and Friday visit Fairborn to interview with council, receive a tour of the city and meet citizens at a public reception. Citizens can meet the candidates from 7-9 p.m., Thursday at a reception at the Holiday...
Tax abatements to help fund 1,400-acre Warren County development

Tax abatements to help fund 1,400-acre Warren County development

The Turtlecreek Twp. Board of Trustees plans to use property taxes from residential and commercial development in the 1,400-acre Union Village development to pay for roads and other infrastructure for the $445 million development. The township sent out letters last week advising the Lebanon City Schools, Warren County and the Warren County Career Center of plans to hold a meeting on April 25 for...
New University of Cincinnati president starts first day on the job

New University of Cincinnati president starts first day on the job

The University of Cincinnati’s new president picked a fitting date for his first day on the job— Presidents’ Day. RELATED: Wright State presidential search down to 2 candidates Neville G. Pinto, who was named UC’s president in December, started the job there today. Being named UC’s 30th president was something of a homecoming for Pinto as he served as a faculty member...
Wright State could pick first female president as search narrowed to 2

Wright State could pick first female president as search narrowed to 2

The search for Wright State University’s next president is down to two candidates. TWEET: Follow reporter Max Filby on Twitter for more higher ed news The presidential search committee and Wright State trustees are expected to choose between Deborah Ford, chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, and Cheryl Schrader, chancellor of the Missouri University of Science and Technology....
BREAKING: South Park Tavern sold; owner reveals plans

BREAKING: South Park Tavern sold; owner reveals plans

Popular Dayton beer pub and live-music venue South Park Tavern has been sold. Ryan Carey, South Park Tavern’s new owner, told this news outlet today that he intends to keep the South Park Tavern name and maintain and enhance its focus on craft beer and live music. The tavern is located at 1301 Wayne Ave., about a mile southeast from downtown Dayton. “The plan is to nurture the South...
School funding, taxes topic of discussion at upcoming panel

School funding, taxes topic of discussion at upcoming panel

The League of Women Voters of Greater Dayton Program Committee will host a panel of speakers to discuss the issue of local tax dollars in education. During the program, school board and government officials will discuss local levies, how taxes are distributed to each district, and how schools are affected by the current funding system. The program will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Trotwood-Madison...
Here’s where you can get free help with your income taxes

Here’s where you can get free help with your income taxes

Community Action Partnership of the Greater Dayton Area is offering free income tax help to area residents who make less than $54,000 annually, have a disability or struggle with English. The service is being provided in Dayton and Trotwood. Appointments are available Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Dayton office 719 S. Main St. or Wednesday, Thursday, 3-5 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to...
Fairborn schools to start construction on new elementary in 2018

Fairborn schools to start construction on new elementary in 2018

Fairborn City Schools announced a tentative 2018 groundbreaking of a new primary school. Voters approved funding construction of new primary and intermediate school buildings at the ballot box in November when a 2.95-mil bond levy passed with nearly 60 percent, according to election night results. DETAILS: Fairborn voters approve 2 new schools “This process takes time and as the planning stages...
New documentary features Beavercreek feud with Greater Dayton RTA

New documentary features Beavercreek feud with Greater Dayton RTA

A feature-length documentary about the Greater Dayton RTA feud with Beavercreek over access to public transportation premiered at a Washington, D.C. film festival. “Free To Ride” premiered Friday at the DC Independent Film Festival. The film is produced by Ohio State University’s Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity. RTA: Union president seeks to dismiss trespass...
20% of Dayton Children’s visits for injuries

20% of Dayton Children’s visits for injuries

Dayton Children’s Hospital has been re-verified as a Level II pediatric trauma center by the American College of Surgeons, the hospital announced today. A Level II trauma center is able to initiate definitive care for all injured patients, including 24-hour immediate coverage by general surgeons, as well as coverage by the specialties of orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, anesthesiology, emergency...
VIDEO: Fight in jail caught on camera

VIDEO: Fight in jail caught on camera

*** Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Corrections Officer Jerrid Campbell was suspended for 10 days after an internal investigation found he broke departmental policy when he punched inmate Daryl Wallace. Campbell said the inmate was upset about the lack of hot water, was yelling obscenities and being disruptive. Campbell admitted to violating the confrontation policy of jail employees but...
New housing development proposed in Fairborn

New housing development proposed in Fairborn

Fairborn’s city council will hold a special meeting Monday night to discuss a proposed housing development in the city. The Oberer Development Company is proposing a new development called the Rockdell Housing Development, according to a notice from the city. The development is proposed for construction at the dead-end of Rockdell Drive, off Old Yellow Springs Road, according to Fairborn Clerk...
NEW DETAILS: Deputy was served protection order against ex-wife

NEW DETAILS: Deputy was served protection order against ex-wife

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office deputy on unpaid leave after allegedly assaulting his wife and step-daughter was once placed on paid leave for being served with a protection order against one of his ex-wives. Douglas C. Gearhart is facing a second-degree felony charge and two misdemeanor domestic violence charges for a Feb. 14 incident in which his wife lost three teeth during an altercation...
Trustees find setting tax levies can be tricky

Trustees find setting tax levies can be tricky

Nobody likes taxes, but local officials in Liberty and Ross townships say they are crucial to the operation of safety services, so they need to get the ballot timing and dollar amount just right for new levy requests, to protect their funding streams. Ross Twp. Trustee Board President Ray Wurzelbacher says he and his fellow trustees almost need to be “wizards” while figuring out when to...
2 new upgrades coming to Dorothy Lane Market 

2 new upgrades coming to Dorothy Lane Market 

As supermarkets compete to pull in customers across the Miami Valley, Dorothy Lane Market is upgrading its online grocery shopping and curbside pick-up services. Dayton-based Dorothy Lane Market, which has three locations in the area, has rebranded what was previously called “DLM in a Dash” to DLM Drive-Up with a new website launched earlier this month. The site features the...
Kettering school to get new principal

Kettering school to get new principal

Jeff Blakley, principal of Van Buren Middle School in Kettering, told parents and school staff Friday that he will step down from the principal’s post this summer after three years. Blakley said in a message to the school community that he asked for the move so he could switch back to the classroom, staying within the Kettering district. “My passion for teaching has not subsided since...
Ohio community fights proposed DPL coal plant closures

Ohio community fights proposed DPL coal plant closures

A group in Adams County wants the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio to rule against a Dayton Power and Light plan to close two power plants in that county located on the Ohio River. The group has filed a motion with the PUCO that targets what it calls the “self-serving” plan to retire the coal-fired plants “without even mentioning (much less attempting to explain away) the pervasive...
5 curious things presidents have done in Dayton, including anniversary gifts and tuxedo rewards

5 curious things presidents have done in Dayton, including anniversary gifts and tuxedo rewards

Presidents Day, held on the third Monday in February, was established to honor George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.  To commemorate the federal holiday, here’s a look at five memorable presidential anecdotes from the Miami Valley:  A long distance call to space. During a 1984 visit to Dayton, President Ronald Reagan stopped to make a long distance call. Reagan told the assembled...
Two Greenville teens injured in Darke Co. crash

Two Greenville teens injured in Darke Co. crash

Two Greenville teens were injured in a rollover crash on Wildcat Road in Darke County Sunday.  Deputies and medics were dispatched to the 2400 block of Wildcat Road around 5:50 p.m. Sunday on a reported rollover crash, the Darke County Sheriff’s Office said in a media release. A preliminary investigation found a 2005 Chrysler minivan, driven by a 16-year-old from Greenville, was traveling...
New ‘Merit Grill’ restaurant to open March 1 on Wilmington Pike

New ‘Merit Grill’ restaurant to open March 1 on Wilmington Pike

The Kettering Grill & Cafe at 3800 Wilmington Pike closed last night, Sunday Feb. 19, but a restaurant called the Merit Grill is poised to take its place on March 1. Oscar Gibran, Merit Grill’s general manager, told this news outlet that the new restaurant will continue to serve breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week as the Kettering Grill did. There will be some changes to the menu:...
Rates are dropping at Hamilton golf course

Rates are dropping at Hamilton golf course

Hamilton hopes its two city-owned golf courses will benefit from an influx of former Weatherwax and Vista Verde players. Rates are dropping at Twin Run golf course as an incentive for players to check out the course. MORE: Middletown’s Weatherwax course is no more MORE: New single-family homes set to replace Liberty Twp. golf course “There’s only so often an opportunity comes around...
Congressman joins small-business talk in Hamilton

Congressman joins small-business talk in Hamilton

Congressman Warren Davidson, R-Troy, will be the guest speaker at a roundtable discussion geared toward small-business leaders in Hamilton. The monthly roundtables are a partnership between the Greater Hamilton Chamber and the Small Business Development Center, allowing participants to connect with other local business owners, get updates from local, state and federal levels, and to promote their...
Family of man shot by ex-wife shocked by abuse allegation

Family of man shot by ex-wife shocked by abuse allegation

Anthony “Tony” Shearer was a hard-working man who loved his nieces and nephews and wanted to make everyone laugh, according to his family. Shearer, 45, was shot at his Ellis Way home allegedly by his ex-wife, Dawn, who called 911 and confessed she shot him in the head. Tony Shearer was found in the living room of the residence. He had suffered on gunshot wound to the head, according to...
Patchy fog possible as temps drop into the 40s tonight

Patchy fog possible as temps drop into the 40s tonight

Patchy fog possible tonight Few showers by late Tuesday Potential for strong storms to end the week Some high clouds will move by through the evening, otherwise it will be quiet and mild with temperatures slowly dropping back into the 50s, according to Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell. Tonight: More clouds are expected with patchy fog possible late. The fog should not be as widespread...
Dense fog, limited visibility expected to impact morning commute

Dense fog, limited visibility expected to impact morning commute

Check this page for a full list of crashes, disabled vehicles, construction projects and other hazards impacting your commute. Traffic issues can be reported by calling our newsroom at 937-259-2237 or tweeting @WHIOTraffic . Sgt. Mark Bowron is updating conditions every six minutes on AM 1290 and News 95.7 FM. @ 8:15 a.m. On Ohio 29 at Lippincott Road in Champaign County, two rollover crashes...
Power restored after large outage in Preble Co.

Power restored after large outage in Preble Co.

Power has been restored to nearly 1,700 DP&L customers in Preble County following an outage Monday morning, according to an online DP&L outage map.  A call to DP&L has not been returned, and the cause of the outage remains unknown.  We’ll update this page as we learn more.  Nearly 1,700 Dayton Power and Light customers are reported without power in Preble County early Monday morning...
Dayton standoff stemmed from Warren County burglary

Dayton standoff stemmed from Warren County burglary

A 20-year-old Warren County man was in the county jail on Monday, charged with aggravated burglary in a case that ended in a SWAT stand-off in Dayton.  John Price, 20, of Blanchester, was being held on $200,00 bond, while awaiting his arraignment on Wednesday in Warren County Court.  Price and two other people were removed from a home at 533 Beckman Street in Dayton after the SWAT team fired...
OSP IDs driver killed in crash near Ohio Masonic Home in Springfield Twp.

OSP IDs driver killed in crash near Ohio Masonic Home in Springfield Twp.

The driver of a car pronounced dead at the scene of a crash tonight was identified as 48-year-old Gary L. Preston of Springfield, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Preston was driving a 2008 Toyota Yaris south on Uppervalley Pike (U.S. 68) just before 7:30 p.m. when he did not stop for a red light and was struck on the passenger side by a 2016 Chevrolet 2500HD pickup truck headed east on...
F-16 possible source of house-shaking boom heard in area

F-16 possible source of house-shaking boom heard in area

UPDATE @ 5:01 p.m. (Feb. 20): Englewood police, prompted by reports of a loud boom, checked the area and found nothing, Sgt. Mike Lang said. But Rick Lohnas, retired wing commanded of the F-16 wing at the Air National Guard base in Springfield, said an F-16 could have produced the noise. He said F-16s from Toledo were in the area recently on an exercise and easily could have been performing maneuvers...
Vandalia council doubles down on fairgrounds rejection

Vandalia council doubles down on fairgrounds rejection

The Vandalia city council again has decided to reject a proposal to relocate the Montgomery County Fairgrounds to Webster Street, according to Vice Mayor David Lewis. This is the city’s second rejection of the project, having already passed on an earlier proposal in December. Council members met for a special meeting Saturday to discuss the relocation of the fairgrounds. RELATED: Vandalia council...
SKY 7 VIDEO: NTSB investigates fatal Clark County plane crash

SKY 7 VIDEO: NTSB investigates fatal Clark County plane crash

The National Transportation Safety Board continues to investigate what caused the plane to crash that killed Jordan Spier, 24, of Wilmington. Family members said Jordan Spier was the nephew of the plane’s owner, Dr. Ronald Spier, a Springfield surgeon. A view from Sky 7 showed the plane still down in a field near Interstate 70 in Clark County Monday with investigators remaining on the scene...
Huge transport will close Monroe road Monday

Huge transport will close Monroe road Monday

A contractor will be moving an extremely heavy load from a rail yard to the new NTE Energy site on Monday, which will require some road closures. North Main Street between Todhunter Road and East Garver Road will have intermittent closures from 4 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20. RELATED: Middletown’s NTE power plant to be among cleanest in country One lane of traffic will be maintained in each...
Vandalia council rejects fairgrounds proposal a 2nd time

Vandalia council rejects fairgrounds proposal a 2nd time

City Council in Vandalia has voted yet again to reject a proposal to relocate the Montgomery County Fairgrounds to Webster Street, the city’s Vice Mayor David Lewis has confirmed. Council members met for a work session Saturday and the relocation of the fairgrounds was at the top of a short agenda. “It was a general consensus of the council that while the fair board made a very strong...
Church burglarized, but police not called because of false alarms

Church burglarized, but police not called because of false alarms

An inside motion alarm went off at a Dayton church early Friday morning, but the church administrator ignored the notification because of previous false alarms that resulted in fines. This time the motion sensor had picked up the movements of a burglar inside the Debre Hail Kidus Gebriel Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church, 300 Maryland St., according to the Dayton police report. Someone had used...
Nearly 2 dozen Vandalia residents wake up to car break-ins

Nearly 2 dozen Vandalia residents wake up to car break-ins

UPDATE @ 3:50 p.m. (Feb. 20) Officers responded to at least 20 vehicles being broken into over the weekend in the Ronald Street and Woodland Meadows neighborhoods, according to a Facebook post today by Vandalia police. This newsroom talked to police on Sunday about the series of car break-ins that happened overnight. Unlocked vehicles on several residential roads were targeted by thieves looking for...
Vehicles ransacked at Dayton auto parts store

Vehicles ransacked at Dayton auto parts store

Police in Dayton are investigating after someone cut a hole in the privacy gate and broke into vehicles at KOI Auto Parts, 1654 Springfield St. The break-in was reported at 8 a.m. this morning when the store manager arrived to open for business, according to the Dayton police report. The fence to get into the property had been cut and at least 10 vehicles — all recent model Ford and Chevy...
Springboro crossroads part of $44M in Warren County road construction

Springboro crossroads part of $44M in Warren County road construction

Kevin Hughes will lose a piece of property and sidewalk in construction improvements at Ohio 741 and Ohio 73, the central crossroads of Springboro. Still the lawyer expressed excitement about the project, part of more than $44 million in road construction planned by the county engineer’s office and Ohio Department of Transportation this year in Warren County. RELATED: ...
Mother arrested after son allegedly steals county van, escapes work detail

Mother arrested after son allegedly steals county van, escapes work detail

A man who escaped from adult probation services on Saturday is back in custody, and his mother is now facing an obstruction charge. Charles R. Sturgill III, 38, allegedly punched a security guard and stole a white 2013 Chevy Express, a Montgomery County Adult Probation Services van, according to the Dayton police report. The incident happened early Saturday afternoon while Sturgill was with a group...
Agency undergoing $7M expansion, increasing disability services

Agency undergoing $7M expansion, increasing disability services

United Rehabilitation Services (URS) has entered the third phase of its roughly $7.2 million renovation and expansion project, which has increased the nonprofit’s capacity to help eliminate a waiting list for its services care and meet a growing demand for adult programming. URS has upgraded its home and built and opened a new addition that will double the number of children and adults with...
Miamisburg replacing 1 bridge, repairing another

Miamisburg replacing 1 bridge, repairing another

Motorists north and south of Ohio 725 in Miamisburg will be dealing with detours this year as two aging bridges close for work largely funded by the state. The South Gebhart Church Road bridge between Maue Road and Ohio 725 closed Feb. 6 and will remain that way for a few months until it is replaced. RELATED: City’s road project paving way for new business, development Later this year, the Twelfth...
Urbana seeks to make downtown roundabout safer

Urbana seeks to make downtown roundabout safer

City of Urbana leaders are asking residents for their input and suggestions as they plan to renovate the downtown roundabout on U.S. 68 and Ohio 36 in 2019. Urbana City Engineer Tyler Bumbalough said the current roundabout was created in 2009 with costs in mind and has been deemed deficient in many areas. The intersection has cut down on traffic accidents and fatal crashes, he said, but there are...
McCrabb: Middletown judge lived an ‘adventurous’ life

McCrabb: Middletown judge lived an ‘adventurous’ life

Look at your hand and count your fingers. If you’re fortunate, five is the number of good friends — ones who won’t leave your side regardless of the circumstances — you will have in a lifetime. Last week, Middletown Municipal Court Judge Mark W. Wall, 70, died in his home and his longtime friend Carl Bergman feels like he lost a finger. “I’m down one good friend...
Dense Fog Advisory issued for entire region

Dense Fog Advisory issued for entire region

Dense Fog Advisory expanded for entire region until 10 a.m. Monday Visibilities less than a quarter of a mile expected  Showers return early in the week The National Weather Service has expanded a Dense Fog Advisory to cover the entire Miami Valley until 10 a.m. Monday.  Areas of dense fog could impact the Monday morning commute, with visibility expected to drop to less than a quarter...
Hamilton golf courses almost broke even despite weather

Hamilton golf courses almost broke even despite weather

Mostly because of the weather in 2016 — wet April weekends and a scorching summer — rounds played and revenues were down at both of Hamilton’s city-run golf courses. Despite that, the two courses — Potter’s Park and Twin Run — might have broken even financially if the city hadn’t made planned capital investments that will pay for themselves in a few years...
Dayton man uninjured following Sunday morning house fire

Dayton man uninjured following Sunday morning house fire

A Dayton man is uninjured after a fire alarm woke and alerted him to a fire in a bedroom of his home Sunday morning. Dayton district fire chief Cheryl Clark said the man called 9-1-1 and unsuccessfully attempted to extinguish the fire with a garden hose before firefighters arrived. Clark said a majority of the fire damage was contained to the bedroom and a fire investigator is on scene determining...
Veterans board to reopen Middletown location

Veterans board to reopen Middletown location

The Butler County Veterans Service Commission plans to reopen the shuttered Middletown office next month. Executive Director Caroline Bier says the new location at 78 N. Breiel Blvd. will open March 1, if not before. The vet board closed that office about 18 months ago because their service officer who staffed that office retired, causing manpower issues. Bier said they lost three veteran service...
Athlete of the Week Urbana High School

Athlete of the Week Urbana High School

Name: Luc Russell School: Urbana High School Grade: 12 Age: 18 Sports: Bowling Claim to fame/honors: Being a State Champion Words you live by: “Just keep fighting.” Toughest opponent: Myself Biggest influence: My parents and coaches When I’m bored I like to … Go bowl Favorite movie: Kingpin Person who would play you in a movie: Will Ferrell Favorite TV show: Shark Tank Favorite...
Student of the Week Urbana High School

Student of the Week Urbana High School

Name: Adam Gaver School: Urbana High School Grade: 11 Age: 17 Extra-curricular: Football, Basketball Claim to fame/honors: Constantly in a good mood Words you live by: “Win the day.” Toughest challenge: Balancing sports and schoolwork Biggest influence: Parents When I’m bored I like to … Workout/Lift Favorite movie: When the Game Stands Tall Favorite TV show: Impractical Jokers...
Battle of the Badges benefits rookie Dayton police officer

Battle of the Badges benefits rookie Dayton police officer

On the ice, it was a battle for bragging rights between two fire departments. But in the stands, the fans were all on the same team. The Battle of the Badges hockey match between Dayton and Toledo fire departments at the Kettering Recreation Center was for Dayton police officer Byron Branch. The rookie officer only six months into his job lost his leg in the line of duty in December when he was...
ID released of woman’s body found near Jefferson Twp. park

ID released of woman’s body found near Jefferson Twp. park

A passerby found a woman’s body this morning not far from Arthur O. Fisher Park in Jefferson Twp. The woman was identified as 43-year-old Tisha Wright, according to the Montgomery County Coroner's Office. Her cause and manner of death were not released, and neither was her place of residence. More details have been released regarding a death investigation in Jefferson Twp. Deputies responded...
Fairborn police blotter for Feb. 9-17

Fairborn police blotter for Feb. 9-17

The Fairborn Police Department responded to the following incidents: February 9, 2017 8:31 AM - 200 block Euclid Ave - Juvenile Complaint February 9, 2017 8:35 AM - 0-100 block N Wright Ave - Criminal Damaging February 9, 2017 9:48 AM - 300 block Buckeye St - Warrant February 9, 2017 9:56 AM - 1700 block Wilbur Ave - Warrant February 9, 2017 10:37 AM - 70 W Hebble Ave - Found Property February 9,...
1 of 2 killed in fiery I-675 crash in Beavercreek ID’d

1 of 2 killed in fiery I-675 crash in Beavercreek ID’d

One of two victims in the fatal crash on I-675 Saturday has been identified. Torre K. Wooten Jr., 21, of Fairborn, was pronounced dead at Kettering Medical Center on Sunday at 5:35 p.m., according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office. Wooten was transported to Kettering Medical Center following the crash around 4 p.m. The coroner’s office said they have not yet received Wooten&rsquo...
Today’s high temps break record in the Miami Valley

Today’s high temps break record in the Miami Valley

The Miami Valley is seeing record-breaking temperatures today. By sunset, the temperature at the Dayton International Airport was measured at 66 degrees. That’s two degrees higher than the record for today’s date, set in 1948.
Crews on the scene of a crash in Hamilton

Crews on the scene of a crash in Hamilton

Hamilton emergency crews are on the scene of a motor vehicle crash in the 1500 block of B Street. The accident happened at around 2 p.m. and Butler County dispatchers said the crash is actually located between Hamilton, the village of New Miami and St. Clair Twp. Dispatch had no other details but an alert received by this news agency suggest entrapment was possible. Download the free Journal-News...
Champaign County chamber board selects new executive director

Champaign County chamber board selects new executive director

Lydia Hess has been selected as the new executive director of the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce, Chamber Board President Tom Coles said. Hess, a St. Paris resident, has worked with the chamber in various roles since 2014 and will be responsible for promoting businesses throughout the county. She will replace Sandi Arnold, who resigned from the post after serving five years at the chamber. RELATED...
Tax return event fun and informational in Middletown

Tax return event fun and informational in Middletown

Little Logan Cresong got his face painted like Spiderman while his mom Crystal, a mother of five, got her taxes done for free during the Super Saturday Tax Prep Day at the Middletown community center on Saturday. “It’s a big plus because you don’t have to pay anY extra money that some places might charge you,” Cresong said. “And it gives you a chance to let the kids play...
New Weston teen killed in Shelby County crash

New Weston teen killed in Shelby County crash

A teenager was killed in the single-vehicle crash on Versailles Road that happened early Saturday morning, according to the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office. The victim has been identified as 16-year-old Zachary R. Kelch, of New Weston, according to the sheriff’s office. One person was killed in a single-vehicle crash overnight in Shelby County. Deputies and emergency crews were called at...
2 CareFlight choppers used in Preble Co. serious crash

2 CareFlight choppers used in Preble Co. serious crash

Two CareFlight helicopters were used to transport two people who were hurt in a crash that involved a funeral procession today in Preble County. The crash shut down the intersection at Hillcrest Drive and Camden Road near Eaton High School. The crash happened as a funeral procession was approaching and a vehicle crashed into a vehicle that had pulled over to show respect, according to the Ohio Highway...
Union president seeks to dismiss RTA trespass case

Union president seeks to dismiss RTA trespass case

A local union leader has filed a motion to dismiss his criminal trespass case involving the Greater Dayton RTA. Glenn Salyer, president of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1385, faces a misdemeanor criminal trespass charge stemming from an August arrest at the regional transit authority’s Wright Stop Plaza. DETAILS: Union president trespassed from RTA property after arrest An attorney...
Museum to celebrate 75th anniversary of Voice of America

Museum to celebrate 75th anniversary of Voice of America

There’s an important birthday celebration in West Chester this year: the 75th anniversary of the Voice of America. “We’re planning a series of events and exhibits this year to celebrate the VOA’s commitment across America and the world to embrace best practices in telling the truth in order to let the world decide,” said Jack Dominic, museum executive director. MORE:...
Kettering replacing second bridge

Kettering replacing second bridge

Another bridge in Kettering is so deteriorated that it will need to be replaced later this year, according to assistant city manager Steve Bergstresser. The bridge, located on Ghent Avenue between Purdue Road and Galewood Street has been on the city’s radar for at least five years when it started to show advanced deterioration during the city’s annual bridge inspection. The replacement...
5 reasons to visit — or re-visit — the Butler County Donut Trail

5 reasons to visit — or re-visit — the Butler County Donut Trail

Launched by the county’s visitors bureau in 2016 in collaboration with nine local doughnut shops, the Butler County Donut Trail highlights small, family-run doughnut shops. Here are five reasons to visit — or re-visit — the Donut Trail: 1. It helps Butler County’s economy. According to a study by the University of Cincinnati Economics Center, the Donut Trail had an economic...
Butler County cities take varying approaches to medical pot

Butler County cities take varying approaches to medical pot

Amid the growing number of Butler County communities that have either banned or just temporarily prohibited medical marijuana businesses is at least one that says such a dispensary could be a good thing for the local economy. With full implementation of the new state law about two years off and rules governing the retail sale, cultivation and processing of marijuana not yet written, most municipalities...
West Liberty group home closes after license revoked, staff shortages

West Liberty group home closes after license revoked, staff shortages

A Logan County group home whose license had been revoked recently has closed after leaders say it wasn’t able to maintain a trained workforce. The Adriel School in West Liberty housed and taught about 40 kids with behavioral issues from across Southwest and Central Ohio. In the past several years, West Liberty Police had responded to the campus hundreds of times for everything from fights to...
Warm weather through weekend

Warm weather through weekend

Overnight lows fall to mid-40s Warmer than normal well into next week Chance for rain Tuesday and Thursday Highs for Saturday of 66 degrees broke a record of 64 degrees set in 1948. Scattered clouds will gradually clear overnight with lows in the middle 40s, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs said. Sunday: Another warm and beautiful day. It will become mostly sunny for the afternoon with...
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