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Steven Matthews

Steven Matthews covers the cities of Huber Heights, Fairborn and Riverside. H grew up in West Milton, OH, and graduated from Wittenberg University in Springfield, where he freelanced for the News-Sun. Matthews began writing for the Pulse Journal in May of 2003, and has covered Lakota East, Lakota West, Mason, Kings, Little Miami and Fairfield high school athletics. He covered these areas until August of 2011. He  covered education for the Pulse and Middletown Journal until Feb. 2012 when he joined the Dayton Daily News staff.

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Heavy rain, possible flooding projected through weekend
 Heavy rain this weekend in the Miami Valley is expected to bring flash flooding — and provide a possible dent in the drought conditions. On the heels of a Heat Advisory Friday afternoon, the entire Miami Valley is under a Flash Flood Watch until 8 p.m. Sunday. Widespread showers and storms will bring heavy rainfall that could lead to...

6:33 PM Friday, Aug. 12, 2016

Heavy rain this weekend in the Miami Valley is expected to bring flash flooding — and provide a possible dent in the drought conditions. On the heels of a Heat Advisory Friday afternoon, the entire Miami Valley is under a Flash Flood Watch until 8 p.m. Sunday. Widespread showers and storms will bring heavy rainfall that could lead to...
Huber Heights council hopeful: Mayor used me as ‘pawn’
 The woman who was passed over for the Huber Heights Ward 5 council seat spoke publicly for the first time this week, saying she was used as a pawn on the mayor’s chess board. Eva Newby — who spoke during public comment at Monday night’s City Council meeting — said the council seat was “held hostage” and...

12:00 AM Wednesday, Mar. 16, 2016

The woman who was passed over for the Huber Heights Ward 5 council seat spoke publicly for the first time this week, saying she was used as a pawn on the mayor’s chess board. Eva Newby — who spoke during public comment at Monday night’s City Council meeting — said the council seat was “held hostage” and...
Huber Heights mayor fills vacant council seat

2:49 PM Monday, Mar. 14, 2016

The Ward 5 council seat in Huber Heights has been filled. Mayor Tom McMasters swore in Nancy Byrge to fill the vacant Ward 5 seat, and administered the oath of office to her privately Sunday night. Byrge assumed the office and duties as the Ward 5 representative, effective immediately with the appointment. She will publicly take the oath...
Fairborn names new superintendent
 Fairborn City Schools has named its new superintendent. Mark North — the current superintendent of Lebanon City Schools — was approved Thursday night by the Fairborn school board to be the district’s next superintendent, effective Aug. 1. The board approved a four-year contract, through July 31, 2020, with an annual salary...

11:55 AM Friday, Mar. 11, 2016

Fairborn City Schools has named its new superintendent. Mark North — the current superintendent of Lebanon City Schools — was approved Thursday night by the Fairborn school board to be the district’s next superintendent, effective Aug. 1. The board approved a four-year contract, through July 31, 2020, with an annual salary...
NCAA First Four prep underway at UD Arena
 Next week’s NCAA First Four will attract thousands of basketball fans to the area and generate more than $4 million in economic impact, according to local officials. The eight teams that will be playing at the University of Dayton Arena won’t be revealed until Sunday night, but UD Arena staff are busy today preparing the venue...

5:01 PM Tuesday, Mar. 08, 2016

Next week’s NCAA First Four will attract thousands of basketball fans to the area and generate more than $4 million in economic impact, according to local officials. The eight teams that will be playing at the University of Dayton Arena won’t be revealed until Sunday night, but UD Arena staff are busy today preparing the venue...
Huber Heights mayor seeks applicants for council vacancy

12:41 AM Friday, Mar. 04, 2016

Huber Heights Mayor Tom McMasters is currently seeking applicants to fill the vacancy on City Council for Ward 5. The authority for making the appointment for the Ward 5 vacancy has shifted to McMasters under the City Charter after council failed to fill the position within thirty days of the vacancy. Council could not agree on a replacement...
Vapor intrusion in Riverside neighborhood traced to Mullins Rubber
 The source of the vapor intrusion in Riverside’s Valley Pike neighborhood has been traced back to Mullins Rubber Products and Mullins Land Co., according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA announced it has reached an agreement with Mullins to conduct removal actions and pay for certain response costs for the site....

3:41 PM Thursday, Mar. 03, 2016

The source of the vapor intrusion in Riverside’s Valley Pike neighborhood has been traced back to Mullins Rubber Products and Mullins Land Co., according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA announced it has reached an agreement with Mullins to conduct removal actions and pay for certain response costs for the site....
Huber Heights council fails to appoint new member

5:24 PM Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016

Huber Heights did not act to appoint a Ward 5 Councilmember at Monday night’s City Council meeting. Three applicants interviewed last week: Eva Newby; Michael Urig; and Jerry Wamsley. According to Clerk of Council Anthony Rodgers, a motion was made Monday night to appoint Wamsley, but failed by a vote of 4-3, as five affirmative votes...
Fairborn names 3 finalists for superintendent position

5:07 PM Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016

Fairborn City Schools announced Tuesday it has selected three finalists for the superintendent position. The three finalists are: Mark North, Superintendent, Lebanon City Schools Kirk Koennecke, Principal, Marion Harding High School Brad Ritchey, Director of School Improvement, Parma City Schools The district is inviting the community to...
Rose Music Center in Huber Heights announces 4 more concerts
 The Rose Music Center in Huber Heights announced Tuesday that Whitesnake and “Weird Al” Yankovic will be performing at the venue this summer. Whitesnake will perform Wednesday, June 15, and “Weird Al” Yankovic will perform Sunday, Aug. 28. For both shows, the doors open at 6 p.m. and the concert begins at 7 p.m. Tickets...

12:09 AM Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016

The Rose Music Center in Huber Heights announced Tuesday that Whitesnake and “Weird Al” Yankovic will be performing at the venue this summer. Whitesnake will perform Wednesday, June 15, and “Weird Al” Yankovic will perform Sunday, Aug. 28. For both shows, the doors open at 6 p.m. and the concert begins at 7 p.m. Tickets...
5 seek seat on Huber council
 The city of Huber Heights received five applications for the City Council Ward 5 vacancy. Tracy Dudley resigned as a Huber Heights council member last month. The deadline to apply was 5 p.m. Wednesday. The five applicants were: Zachary Beck: A 2009 Wayne High School graduate, he is a development liaison for the Wright State Foundation and...

5:06 PM Friday, Feb. 12, 2016

The city of Huber Heights received five applications for the City Council Ward 5 vacancy. Tracy Dudley resigned as a Huber Heights council member last month. The deadline to apply was 5 p.m. Wednesday. The five applicants were: Zachary Beck: A 2009 Wayne High School graduate, he is a development liaison for the Wright State Foundation and...