2017 Must Reads

10 things that happened at The Greene in Beavercreek in 2017

10 things that happened at The Greene in Beavercreek in 2017

It was another busy year of changes for The Greene Town Center, one of the region’s largest shopping centers. The shopping center, a mixed-use development in Beavercreek, has been a staple in the Dayton region for more than 10 years. Owned by Olshan Properties, the shopping center continued to innovate with new shopping concepts like a pop-up shop program in 2017. The Greene also saw several...
Top 10 school stories from a wild year in education

Top 10 school stories from a wild year in education

Every year is a busy year in Ohio schools, and 2017 was no different, with state graduation rules changing, local taxpayers agreeing to fund new schools, multiple school leaders pushed out, and the Class of 2017 going out into the world. Here’s a look at some of the top PreK-high school stories of the year: Graduation changes twice For more than a decade, Ohio high school students have received...
Amazon grows, downtown explodes among top local 2017 business stories

Amazon grows, downtown explodes among top local 2017 business stories

Whether it was Amazon expanding its Ohio footprint or Kroger plotting its next move, 2017 was a big year for business news in the region. Here’s 10 of the top business stories from this year: Amazon confirmed it plans to open its a 1-million-square-foot fulfillment center in Monroe, which will hire about 1,000 full-time workers when open. The Seattle giant also plans to open two more fulfillment...
Year in review: 12 crime stories that shocked the Dayton area in 2017

Year in review: 12 crime stories that shocked the Dayton area in 2017

Police say Claudena Marie Helton was naked when she made her 11-year-old daughter help drag her two younger children’s bodies toward the curb in 2017’s most shocking crime-related story around Dayton. Helton, 30, of Dayton, was indicted for shooting Khmorra Helton, 8, and Kaiden Helton, 6, in the head at 3821 Lori Sue Ave. on May 17. They died May 21 at Dayton Children’s Hospital...
A look back: 10 of the most popular retail stories of 2017

A look back: 10 of the most popular retail stories of 2017

It was another year of disruption for the retail industry — a sector that supports one in four American jobs. Dozens of retailers filed for bankruptcy and shut down brick-and-mortar stores locations across the country. Malls and shopping centers tried out new tactics like virtual reality training and pop-up shops. And of course, Amazon made big moves in the region — announcing...
5 tragedies that affected the Dayton region in 2017

5 tragedies that affected the Dayton region in 2017

Numerous tragic events had a strong impact on Dayton and the region in 2017. Here’s a look at five of them. One man was killed and seven were injured when a ride malfunctioned on the opening day of the 2017 Ohio State Fair in Columbus. The man who died was killed on impact after being thrown into the air and landing on the ground 50 feet from the ride. Khmorra Helton, 8, and her 6-year-old brother...
7 feel-good stories to help close 2017 on a positive note

7 feel-good stories to help close 2017 on a positive note

The news can sometimes feel like it’s filled with crime, crashes, scandals and negativity. Here are seven stories from 2017 that will make you feel better about how the year went. Fiona the hippo at the Cincinnati Zoo became a national darling after her recovery from a premature birth and her star run on social media. The Wade brothers of Liberty Township are quadruplet seniors who earned the...
7 restaurants the area will miss that closed in 2017

7 restaurants the area will miss that closed in 2017

Some of the Miami Valley’s favorite places to eat shut their doors in 2017.  Here are 7 notable eateries that closed:  After nearly a dozen years in business, Octavio Garcia closed his Taco Loco restaurant at 5392 Burkhardt Road in Riverside,  The spot was notable as the second place winner of Dayton.com’s Best of Dayton taco category. It closed for good on Jan. 31. ...
9 times local food favorites made national headlines in 2017

9 times local food favorites made national headlines in 2017

Locals know that some of the best food anywhere can be found in the area, and this year, many of those local eats were recognized nationally.  Here’s a look at 9 times delicious food in the Miami Valley garnered wide attention:  Bill’s Donut Shop  in Centerville made the list of “The 15 Best Donut Shops in America” this year as compiled by BusinessInsider.com...
These 18 fascinating people we lost in 2017 made life vibrant in the Dayton area

These 18 fascinating people we lost in 2017 made life vibrant in the Dayton area

A Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, one of the first armed women on the Dayton Police Department and a legendary BBQ man are among the lives lost in the region this year. Here’s a look at some of the people whose impact will continue to be felt in our communities:  Dean Lovelace, the longest-serving Dayton City Commissioner, died in May. His political career spanned more than two decades...