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Five Rivers MetroParks has a new commissioner
 Five Rivers MetroParks has its first newly-appointed board member in 14 years following the retirement of a longtime park commissioner. Jessica Saunders, director of community health and engagement programs at Dayton Children’s Hospital, was named earlier this year to replace retiring Irvin G. Bieser Jr, who became a park commissioner...

Posted: 23 days ago

Five Rivers MetroParks has its first newly-appointed board member in 14 years following the retirement of a longtime park commissioner. Jessica Saunders, director of community health and engagement programs at Dayton Children’s Hospital, was named earlier this year to replace retiring Irvin G. Bieser Jr, who became a park commissioner...
Montgomery County water main breaks rise sharply
 Water main breaks in Montgomery County’s system more than doubled over this winter over the year before, leading to an historic number of fixes and soaring costs. Crews fixed 219 breaks from Dec. 1 to Feb. 8. In just a 10-day stretch beginning New Year’s weekend, they worked day and night on 120 main breaks, said Keith Baker,...

Posted: 24 days ago

Water main breaks in Montgomery County’s system more than doubled over this winter over the year before, leading to an historic number of fixes and soaring costs. Crews fixed 219 breaks from Dec. 1 to Feb. 8. In just a 10-day stretch beginning New Year’s weekend, they worked day and night on 120 main breaks, said Keith Baker,...
Montgomery County administrator to step down
 Montgomery County Administrator Joe Tuss will retire at the end of August, the county announced Thursday. Tuss is ending a 35-year career in local government that began with the city of Dayton in 1983. “Throughout his career with Montgomery County, Joe has played an integral part in executing critical initiatives set forth by the commission...

Posted: 25 days ago

Montgomery County Administrator Joe Tuss will retire at the end of August, the county announced Thursday. Tuss is ending a 35-year career in local government that began with the city of Dayton in 1983. “Throughout his career with Montgomery County, Joe has played an integral part in executing critical initiatives set forth by the commission...
Has your polling place changed? It has for thousands in Montgomery County.
 Polling locations for thousands of Montgomery County voters have moved for the May 8 primary, according to elections officials. The location changes will affect more than 5,500 registered voters, according to Montgomery County Board of Elections records. “It’s typical we oftentimes have to change locations during the election...

Posted: 27 days ago

Polling locations for thousands of Montgomery County voters have moved for the May 8 primary, according to elections officials. The location changes will affect more than 5,500 registered voters, according to Montgomery County Board of Elections records. “It’s typical we oftentimes have to change locations during the election...
Dayton, Montgomery County reach ‘historic’ 20-year drinking water deal
 A 20-year agreement between Montgomery County and the city of Dayton will benefit water customers and help the two governments operate their systems more seamlessly, officials said.   The deal, expected to be approved this week, should provide rate stability for a majority of water customers in the county and allow the city and county...

Posted: 28 days ago

A 20-year agreement between Montgomery County and the city of Dayton will benefit water customers and help the two governments operate their systems more seamlessly, officials said.   The deal, expected to be approved this week, should provide rate stability for a majority of water customers in the county and allow the city and county...
“Historic’ drinking water deal reached
Don Day, a water lab technician with the City of Dayton, takes a sample from one of 200 monitoring wells used to check on the quality of water in the Great Miami Buried Valley Aquifer and test for any contaminants on a regular basis. CHRIS STEWART / STAFF

Posted: 28 days ago

Don Day, a water lab technician with the City of Dayton, takes a sample from one of 200 monitoring wells used to check on the quality of water in the Great Miami Buried Valley Aquifer and test for any contaminants on a regular basis. CHRIS STEWART / STAFF
Long-term water agreement announced by Dayton, county
 Montgomery County and city of Dayton officials announced an “historic water agreement” Monday morning that will establish a long-term commitment by the county to continue purchasing the city’s water. The announcement was made at a joint news conference at Dayton City Hall.   The 20-year agreement that would automatically...

Posted: 28 days ago

Montgomery County and city of Dayton officials announced an “historic water agreement” Monday morning that will establish a long-term commitment by the county to continue purchasing the city’s water. The announcement was made at a joint news conference at Dayton City Hall.   The 20-year agreement that would automatically...
Historic Dayton ‘safety net’ for women ready for $17 million renovation
 The YWCA of Dayton will hold a “wallbreaking” this week to mark the beginning of a $17.1 million renovation of the historic Dayton building that provides permanent housing for women and emergency shelter for those seeking refuge from domestic violence. Two weeks ago, the capital campaign called Renovating Lives: Floor by Floor...

Posted: 28 days ago

The YWCA of Dayton will hold a “wallbreaking” this week to mark the beginning of a $17.1 million renovation of the historic Dayton building that provides permanent housing for women and emergency shelter for those seeking refuge from domestic violence. Two weeks ago, the capital campaign called Renovating Lives: Floor by Floor...
Area students join push to end school gun violence, but division remains
 The debate over how to stop the ceaseless and senseless taking of lives by mass shooters is louder than it has been in years — and nowhere louder than in and around American schools. Spurred last month by young survivors of a high school shooting that killed 17 of their classmates, teachers and coaches in Parkland, Fla., a movement...

Posted: 30 days ago

The debate over how to stop the ceaseless and senseless taking of lives by mass shooters is louder than it has been in years — and nowhere louder than in and around American schools. Spurred last month by young survivors of a high school shooting that killed 17 of their classmates, teachers and coaches in Parkland, Fla., a movement...
Union leader: Dayton schools ‘have been given a chance to re-imagine themselves’
 Dayton Public Schools immediately will begin to determine how to move 415 students out of one elementary school that will close and into another building. Board of education members voted 7-0 Tuesday night to proceed with a controversial school closure plan despite concerns from the community and one resident’s lawsuit to block the...

7:48 PM Wednesday, Mar. 21, 2018

Dayton Public Schools immediately will begin to determine how to move 415 students out of one elementary school that will close and into another building. Board of education members voted 7-0 Tuesday night to proceed with a controversial school closure plan despite concerns from the community and one resident’s lawsuit to block the...
DPS school closing plan moves forward
 The Dayton Public Schools board voted Tuesday to close two schools in the fall while more elementary and high schools could close in the future. Shortly after the board voted 7-0 to make Elizabeth Lolli permanent superintendent, they also voted unanimously to follow through with Lolli’s recommendation to begin a three-year plan that...

11:47 PM Tuesday, Mar. 20, 2018

The Dayton Public Schools board voted Tuesday to close two schools in the fall while more elementary and high schools could close in the future. Shortly after the board voted 7-0 to make Elizabeth Lolli permanent superintendent, they also voted unanimously to follow through with Lolli’s recommendation to begin a three-year plan that...
Dayton school board approves new superintendent, raise
 The acting superintendent who led Dayton Public Schools in the “challenging” wake after the exit of Rhonda Corr received the job permanently on Tuesday. The board elevated Elizabeth Lolli to the top position without a national search or interviewing other internal candidates. Her contract runs through July 31, 2021. The contract...

9:49 PM Tuesday, Mar. 20, 2018

The acting superintendent who led Dayton Public Schools in the “challenging” wake after the exit of Rhonda Corr received the job permanently on Tuesday. The board elevated Elizabeth Lolli to the top position without a national search or interviewing other internal candidates. Her contract runs through July 31, 2021. The contract...
Dayton schools meeting today: Fate of buildings hangs in balance
 Dayton Public Schools will likely gain a new permanent superintendent at today’s board meeting — but one who might be leading fewer schools by the end of the meeting.   The board is expected to elevate Elizabeth Lolli, the acting superintendent, to the top position. And after that, the board could vote on whether to follow...

9:15 AM Tuesday, Mar. 20, 2018

Dayton Public Schools will likely gain a new permanent superintendent at today’s board meeting — but one who might be leading fewer schools by the end of the meeting.   The board is expected to elevate Elizabeth Lolli, the acting superintendent, to the top position. And after that, the board could vote on whether to follow...
Montgomery County gets new budget director
 The Montgomery County Board of County Commissioners has appointed John Parks as the new Director of the Office of Management and Budget. Parks succeeds Timothy Nolan who is retiring after serving 30 years with the county.  Parks will start as OMB director on July 2.  OMB is responsible for coordinating the annual budget process...

3:25 PM Monday, Mar. 19, 2018

The Montgomery County Board of County Commissioners has appointed John Parks as the new Director of the Office of Management and Budget. Parks succeeds Timothy Nolan who is retiring after serving 30 years with the county.  Parks will start as OMB director on July 2.  OMB is responsible for coordinating the annual budget process...
Your questions answered about the opioid epidemic
 Many who attended the recent forums on opioids held throughout the Miami Valley by Your Voice Ohio and this newspaper submitted questions about the epidemic. Here are some of the answers to those questions. A variety of ways. Heroin may first enter the country through underground tunnels or in secret compartments hollowed out of car panels...

1:50 PM Saturday, Mar. 17, 2018

Many who attended the recent forums on opioids held throughout the Miami Valley by Your Voice Ohio and this newspaper submitted questions about the epidemic. Here are some of the answers to those questions. A variety of ways. Heroin may first enter the country through underground tunnels or in secret compartments hollowed out of car panels...
Board: Dayton’s new schools superintendent led through ‘very tumultuous time’
 Dayton Public Schools Acting Superintendent Elizabeth Lolli has agreed to take the top job permanently, asked by the board to replace Rhonda Corr, who was put on leave in November and parted ways with the district in January. School board member Robert Walker said during a Friday news conference that Lolli signed a tentative three-year deal...

11:21 PM Friday, Mar. 16, 2018

Dayton Public Schools Acting Superintendent Elizabeth Lolli has agreed to take the top job permanently, asked by the board to replace Rhonda Corr, who was put on leave in November and parted ways with the district in January. School board member Robert Walker said during a Friday news conference that Lolli signed a tentative three-year deal...
Acting Dayton school superintendent to get job full-time
 The acting superintendent for Dayton Public Schools will become the permanent leader for the district, pending a board of education vote Tuesday night. The decision to hire Elizabeth Lolli as superintendent was announced Friday afternoon at a press conference. Lolli will be paid a prorated salary of $150,000 annually through July 31. For...

7:29 PM Friday, Mar. 16, 2018

The acting superintendent for Dayton Public Schools will become the permanent leader for the district, pending a board of education vote Tuesday night. The decision to hire Elizabeth Lolli as superintendent was announced Friday afternoon at a press conference. Lolli will be paid a prorated salary of $150,000 annually through July 31. For...
$8.8 million Main Street bridge project to disrupt traffic into fall 2019
 An $8.8 million renovation of the Main Street bridge over the Great Miami River in Dayton could begin as soon as next week, a project that will scramble traffic patterns and reroute bus passengers for more than a year. The Ohio Department of Transportation plan calls for replacing the current bridge, constructed in 1956, from the beams on...

8:04 PM Thursday, Mar. 15, 2018

An $8.8 million renovation of the Main Street bridge over the Great Miami River in Dayton could begin as soon as next week, a project that will scramble traffic patterns and reroute bus passengers for more than a year. The Ohio Department of Transportation plan calls for replacing the current bridge, constructed in 1956, from the beams on...
Service to honor life of Willis Blackshear, longtime county recorder
 The life of Willis Blackshear, Sr., the longtime Montgomery County recorder and Democratic Party activist who died last month, will be celebrated Saturday during a service at Sinclair Community College. Blackshear, a lifelong Dayton resident, died Feb. 19 from cancer. He was 57. OBITUARY: Willis Blackshear dies: Longtime county official worked...

6:40 PM Thursday, Mar. 15, 2018

The life of Willis Blackshear, Sr., the longtime Montgomery County recorder and Democratic Party activist who died last month, will be celebrated Saturday during a service at Sinclair Community College. Blackshear, a lifelong Dayton resident, died Feb. 19 from cancer. He was 57. OBITUARY: Willis Blackshear dies: Longtime county official worked...
Treatment court reunites parents, kids: ‘Don’t know where I’d be without this’
 Drugs were separating so many parents from their children that, beginning in 2016, the courts in Montgomery County began taking a different approach. That’s the year Laci Bostick’s name was the first to appear on new docket for parents whose kids were taken from them by child welfare authorities. On Wednesday in front of a cheering...

1:08 PM Thursday, Mar. 15, 2018

Drugs were separating so many parents from their children that, beginning in 2016, the courts in Montgomery County began taking a different approach. That’s the year Laci Bostick’s name was the first to appear on new docket for parents whose kids were taken from them by child welfare authorities. On Wednesday in front of a cheering...
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