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Clark County to recruit relatives, foster families due to drug crisis
 Clark County is one of eight Ohio counties hard hit by the opioid crisis that have been chosen to participate in a pilot program to recruit more relatives and foster families to care for children in need. The program is part of a $1 million statewide grant announced by the Ohio Attorney General’s Office in August, designed to lessen...

Posted: 15 days ago

Clark County is one of eight Ohio counties hard hit by the opioid crisis that have been chosen to participate in a pilot program to recruit more relatives and foster families to care for children in need. The program is part of a $1 million statewide grant announced by the Ohio Attorney General’s Office in August, designed to lessen...
DP&L lands $27.8 million Wright Patt power deal
In this 2013 Dayton Daily News file photo, electricians run conduit into a $20 million battery array that was under construction at Dayton Power & Light’s Tait generating station in Moraine. AES Energy Storage, a subsidiary to the parent company of DPL Inc. built the array of 800,000 D-size batteries to provide frequency regulation...

Posted: 15 days ago

In this 2013 Dayton Daily News file photo, electricians run conduit into a $20 million battery array that was under construction at Dayton Power & Light’s Tait generating station in Moraine. AES Energy Storage, a subsidiary to the parent company of DPL Inc. built the array of 800,000 D-size batteries to provide frequency regulation...
Partners put up $1 million to promote river’s value for 16 local cities
 A new regional coalition plans to step up its efforts in 2018 to promote the Great Miami River as a resource not only for water and play, but also as a driver for tourism and economic development for 16 communities up and down the 99-mile corridor. “It is not just for recreation. It is also for cultural tourists. It’s for people...

Posted: 16 days ago

A new regional coalition plans to step up its efforts in 2018 to promote the Great Miami River as a resource not only for water and play, but also as a driver for tourism and economic development for 16 communities up and down the 99-mile corridor. “It is not just for recreation. It is also for cultural tourists. It’s for people...
RTA votes to increase fares, end some routes
 Some bus routes will be eliminated and fares for riders who pay cash will increase under a plan members of the Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority board approved this afternoon. The finance committee approved the changes last month. MORE: Why some worry bus changes will hurt area’s most vulnerable RTA leaders have said changes...

Posted: 16 days ago

Some bus routes will be eliminated and fares for riders who pay cash will increase under a plan members of the Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority board approved this afternoon. The finance committee approved the changes last month. MORE: Why some worry bus changes will hurt area’s most vulnerable RTA leaders have said changes...
Local drug deaths: Hundreds die, but ‘it’s a lot less’ than expected
 The record number of Montgomery County overdose deaths in 2017 rose so fast that by June the number exceeded the previous year’s total of 349 and health officials braced for up to 800 dead. “It was scary,” said Helen Jones-Kelley, executive director of the Montgomery County Alcohol, Drug Addiction & Mental Health Services...

Posted: 17 days ago

The record number of Montgomery County overdose deaths in 2017 rose so fast that by June the number exceeded the previous year’s total of 349 and health officials braced for up to 800 dead. “It was scary,” said Helen Jones-Kelley, executive director of the Montgomery County Alcohol, Drug Addiction & Mental Health Services...
Census data: Median home values above $150K in 10 area cities
 Median home values in Mason, Oakwood and Springboro are among the highest in the state, but even so, worth just a quarter of those in Indian Hill, Ohio’s priciest enclave, according to new government figures. By county, U.S. Census Bureau data released this month show Warren County ranks third in the state, lifted by Mason’s median...

Posted: 18 days ago

Median home values in Mason, Oakwood and Springboro are among the highest in the state, but even so, worth just a quarter of those in Indian Hill, Ohio’s priciest enclave, according to new government figures. By county, U.S. Census Bureau data released this month show Warren County ranks third in the state, lifted by Mason’s median...
Departures, 2018 election may reshape county government
 Two longtime elected officials announced in 2017 they would leave their Montgomery County posts, and another may depart if he wins election to the statehouse. The decisions will shape county government, law enforcement and how the courts are administered in coming years. Dan Foley, a Democrat, announced in October he would not run for re-election...

Posted: 20 days ago

Two longtime elected officials announced in 2017 they would leave their Montgomery County posts, and another may depart if he wins election to the statehouse. The decisions will shape county government, law enforcement and how the courts are administered in coming years. Dan Foley, a Democrat, announced in October he would not run for re-election...
2017 In Review: OD deaths, jail lawsuits, fairgrounds top county stories
 Many of the issues that were most important for Montgomery County families in 2017 were the same that made the top stories for county government agencies here. The drug overdose crisis, relationships between the community and law enforcement, and pocketbook issues occupied much of the attention for Montgomery County government officials....

Posted: 21 days ago

Many of the issues that were most important for Montgomery County families in 2017 were the same that made the top stories for county government agencies here. The drug overdose crisis, relationships between the community and law enforcement, and pocketbook issues occupied much of the attention for Montgomery County government officials....
Montgomery County gets $1.2M to help make homelessness ‘rare, brief’
 Montgomery County agencies will use $1.2 million in state funding to help move more people from homelessness to housing. The county and St. Vincent de Paul’s Social Services, which operates two homeless shelters, were each awarded two-year funding grants this week from the Ohio Development Services Agency to help transition Ohioans...

Posted: 22 days ago

Montgomery County agencies will use $1.2 million in state funding to help move more people from homelessness to housing. The county and St. Vincent de Paul’s Social Services, which operates two homeless shelters, were each awarded two-year funding grants this week from the Ohio Development Services Agency to help transition Ohioans...
Homeless shelters, Dayton rec centers open to all during severe cold snap
 Due to the extremely cold temperatures, the St. Vincent de Paul Gateway shelters for women, men and families will be open  through noon Tuesday, Jan. 2 for anyone who is homeless and in need of shelter, according to an alert issued by Montgomery County.  The heightened Level 2 cold weather plan means guests are allowed to remain in shelters...

Posted: 22 days ago

Due to the extremely cold temperatures, the St. Vincent de Paul Gateway shelters for women, men and families will be open through noon Tuesday, Jan. 2 for anyone who is homeless and in need of shelter, according to an alert issued by Montgomery County.  The heightened Level 2 cold weather plan means guests are allowed to remain in shelters...
Final property value notices to hit Montgomery County mailboxes
 Montgomery County property owners will soon find a notice in the mailbox from the auditor’s office showing final values from a recent three-year update. And the values will be higher for about 60 percent of the county’s residential property owners. RELATED: County’s highest property values? Washington Twp. now tops Kettering...

Posted: 23 days ago

Montgomery County property owners will soon find a notice in the mailbox from the auditor’s office showing final values from a recent three-year update. And the values will be higher for about 60 percent of the county’s residential property owners. RELATED: County’s highest property values? Washington Twp. now tops Kettering...
Montgomery County foster home shortage means costlier placements of kids
 Montgomery County needs more foster parents, and without them, more children will be housed in contract and group homes that cost taxpayers more money and don’t offer kids a full-time parent figure. “Sometimes because of the lack of local homes willing to take a child, we put a child into a level of care that is higher than they...

Posted: 24 days ago

Montgomery County needs more foster parents, and without them, more children will be housed in contract and group homes that cost taxpayers more money and don’t offer kids a full-time parent figure. “Sometimes because of the lack of local homes willing to take a child, we put a child into a level of care that is higher than they...
Foster care report: ‘Many of these kids watched their parents overdose or die’
 The number of Ohio children neglected because of parental drug use is swelling foster care rolls and straining county children services agency budgets, according to a new report.  A thousand more children are spending this holiday season in foster care than in 2016, an analysis by the Public Children Services Association of Ohio (PCSAO)...

Posted: 28 days ago

The number of Ohio children neglected because of parental drug use is swelling foster care rolls and straining county children services agency budgets, according to a new report.  A thousand more children are spending this holiday season in foster care than in 2016, an analysis by the Public Children Services Association of Ohio (PCSAO)...
Foster care study
Christie and Brian Looney of Huber Heights helped a drug-exposed baby through withdrawal after becoming foster parents in 2015. Their third foster child, pictured, a 19-month-old, will soon become their adopted daughter and sister to their five biological children: Mason, 13, Myles, 11, Max, 10, Mae, 9, and Maddie, 4. CHRIS STEWART / STAFF

Posted: 28 days ago

Christie and Brian Looney of Huber Heights helped a drug-exposed baby through withdrawal after becoming foster parents in 2015. Their third foster child, pictured, a 19-month-old, will soon become their adopted daughter and sister to their five biological children: Mason, 13, Myles, 11, Max, 10, Mae, 9, and Maddie, 4. CHRIS STEWART / STAFF
Report: Ohio opioid epidemic strains child welfare agencies
 The growing number of Ohio children neglected because of parental drug use is straining county children services agencies, according to a new report. Due in large part to the state’s opioid epidemic, a thousand more children are spending this holiday season in foster care compared to 2016, shows an analysis by the Public Children Services...

Posted: 28 days ago

The growing number of Ohio children neglected because of parental drug use is straining county children services agencies, according to a new report. Due in large part to the state’s opioid epidemic, a thousand more children are spending this holiday season in foster care compared to 2016, shows an analysis by the Public Children Services...
RTA set to raise rates, trim routes to cover $4.6M sales tax loss
 The Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority is a step closer to increasing fares for nearly all riders and cutting or altering nearly two dozen routes for others. The agency’s finance committee approved the changes Tuesday, pending a vote by the full board next month. RTA officials say the changes are needed to partially absorb a...

Posted: 30 days ago

The Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority is a step closer to increasing fares for nearly all riders and cutting or altering nearly two dozen routes for others. The agency’s finance committee approved the changes Tuesday, pending a vote by the full board next month. RTA officials say the changes are needed to partially absorb a...
Teen killed in Dayton shooting
 An 18-year-old woman died after being shot in the neck early Saturday in a Dayton apartment and police continued a manhunt throughout the day for a suspect they first thought was cornered by a SWAT team in a house five miles from the crime scene. Police and medics called to the 5000 block of Caliph Court at about 1:25 a.m. found Dontiaunna...

8:20 PM Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017

An 18-year-old woman died after being shot in the neck early Saturday in a Dayton apartment and police continued a manhunt throughout the day for a suspect they first thought was cornered by a SWAT team in a house five miles from the crime scene. Police and medics called to the 5000 block of Caliph Court at about 1:25 a.m. found Dontiaunna...
Keowee Street bridge closing delayed
 Closing of the Keowee Street bridge in Dayton so that work can begin on replacing it has been delayed until January, according to a release from Montgomery County officials. RELATED: City plans opening of new $6 million Helena Street bridge The bridge had initially been expected to close Monday. The Keowee Street bridge closing is dependent...

7:19 PM Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017

Closing of the Keowee Street bridge in Dayton so that work can begin on replacing it has been delayed until January, according to a release from Montgomery County officials. RELATED: City plans opening of new $6 million Helena Street bridge The bridge had initially been expected to close Monday. The Keowee Street bridge closing is dependent...
County’s highest property values? Washington Twp. now tops Kettering
 After factoring in new construction, Washington Twp. had the most 2017 gains in property values in the county, according to a final analysis by the Montgomery County Auditor’s Office. During a tentative report on values over the summer, Kettering held the mantle. But the final triennial review shows Washington Twp. up more than $270...

4:38 PM Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017

After factoring in new construction, Washington Twp. had the most 2017 gains in property values in the county, according to a final analysis by the Montgomery County Auditor’s Office. During a tentative report on values over the summer, Kettering held the mantle. But the final triennial review shows Washington Twp. up more than $270...
Premier to donate $400K to new west Dayton grocery
 Premier Health today announced a donation of $400,000 toward a new grocery store proposed for an area of west Dayton that has limited access to fresh food. DONATE: Valley Food Relief The hospital system will contribute $80,000 each year for five years toward the Gem City Market, a grocery opening in 2019 on Salem Avenue just across the Great...

6:18 PM Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017

Premier Health today announced a donation of $400,000 toward a new grocery store proposed for an area of west Dayton that has limited access to fresh food. DONATE: Valley Food Relief The hospital system will contribute $80,000 each year for five years toward the Gem City Market, a grocery opening in 2019 on Salem Avenue just across the Great...
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