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Report: Winn-Dixie owner preparing for bankruptcy, up to 200 stores could close

Winn-Dixie owner Bi-Lo is preparing for bankruptcy, according to a Bloomberg report. >> Read more trending news  Up to 200 stores could close as part of a bankruptcy filing, Bloomberg reported. According to Winn-Dixie's website, the retailer has locations in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi. The bankruptcy filing could come as early as next month, Bloomberg...
Black History Month: Springfield woman overcame workplace barriers

Black History Month: Springfield woman overcame workplace barriers

In an interview last June after she was honored by the Springfield Foundation’s African-American Community Family of Funds, Springfield Realtor Lula Cosby told News-Sun columnist Tom Stafford she’d considered writing her life’s story down but hadn’t because it seemed too much like Maya Angelou’s “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.” She doubted that anyone would...
She’s Yellow Springs’ most generous book lover

She’s Yellow Springs’ most generous book lover

Countless books of the odd and unexpected varieties are in the hands of many people who have visited Yellow Springs, thanks to Kate Mooneyham. Mooneyham, manager of Dark Star Books in Yellow Springs, has been consistently placing a large box of free books in the alley behind her and her mother’s bookstore for over a year. On almost any day, folks taking a leisurely walk down the colorful back...
I tried the sensory-deprivation float at Gravity Spa in Beavercreek

I tried the sensory-deprivation float at Gravity Spa in Beavercreek

Upon entering the Gravity Spa in Beavercreek, you immediately get the sense you’re in a place of relaxation — and not just because of the comical sign in the window asking for quietness. You’ll see aquatic-inspired artwork, hear soothing instrumental music, and smell a faint scent of essential oils. The employees are either barefoot or in socks, greeting their regulars with a hug...
Brown pushes union pension recovery plan in Dayton

Brown pushes union pension recovery plan in Dayton

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown visited with Teamsters members and retirees Friday to push legislation he argues could save a string of ailing blue-collar pensions. Brown, D-Ohio, visited the Harrison Twp. offices of Teamsters Local 957 to discuss the shortfalls that threaten the union pensions of 60,000 Ohioans and 1.5 million workers and retirees nationwide. Earlier this month, a 16-member bipartisan, House...
Wright State faculty angered by planned cuts; ‘terrible decisions’ loom

Wright State faculty angered by planned cuts; ‘terrible decisions’ loom

Wright State University’s Board of Trustees voted 7-1 to enact a mandatory furlough policy Friday, even as frustrated professors confronted the university’s leaders about proposed “draconian” cuts they say will erode the institution’s educational quality. Wright State faces declining enrollment and higher health care costs while it grapples with the outlines of millions...
Springfield nursing home investigation: Patient ODs on unlocked pills

Springfield nursing home investigation: Patient ODs on unlocked pills

Two patients allegedly gained access to unsecured narcotics and one of them overdosed at a Springfield nursing home, according to state documents obtained by the Springfield News-Sun. The Ohio Department of Health filed a statement of deficiencies for Eaglewood Care Center, 200 Villa Road in Springfield, after the alleged incident that occurred in December. Two Eaglewood residents allegedly took oxycodone...
U.S. senator on gun violence: We need more than thoughts and prayers

U.S. senator on gun violence: We need more than thoughts and prayers

In the wake of the school shooting in Florida this week that took the lives of at least 17 students, one U.S. senator in Dayton Friday said the problem needs more than “thoughts and prayers.” “It’s one school shooting after another,” U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown said. “Politician after politician says, ‘My prayers are with the families.’ Of course our prayers...
Popular Springfield restaurant to bring back seasonal food truck

Popular Springfield restaurant to bring back seasonal food truck

Springfield barbeque lovers, take notice: Rudy’s is going mobile again. Rudy’s Smokehouse, the barbeque restaurant touted as a Springfield staple, has brought back its mobile food truck for the season. The restaurant started serving from the truck on Feb. 12. DETAILS: Downtown Springfield restaurant adds featured artist, new menu items Rudy’s, whose flagship store is located at 2222...
Air Force will keep iconic B-52s flying through mid-century

Air Force will keep iconic B-52s flying through mid-century

The Air Force asked for $280 million in next year’s budget to upgrade and add new engines to the remaining 75 B-52s, which were first built in the 1950s and once were an iconic symbol of U.S. air power. The B-52s will fly through 2050 alongside the Air Force’s newest stealth bomber, the B-21 Raider. Built years after the B-52s, the swing-wing B-1B Lancer and bat-winged B-2 Spirit stealth...
Champaign County wind farm challenges residents’ right to fight project

Champaign County wind farm challenges residents’ right to fight project

Developers of a proposed wind farm in Champaign County have challenged the ability of a group of local residents to intervene in its legal case, arguing they live outside the project’s footprint and wouldn’t be affected by the wind turbines. The wind farm, which initially included plans to build about 100 turbines across six townships, has been tangled in legal disputes that have lasted...
Work to start next month on $10.5 million Wright-Patt gateway

Work to start next month on $10.5 million Wright-Patt gateway

A new $10.5 million gateway that will consolidate two Wright-Patterson entrances into one is set to begin construction next month, a base spokesman says. A new Gate 26A, a few hundred yards from the current one, would replace a commercial delivery entrance at Gate 16A off Ohio 444, and the existing Gate 26A off Ohio 235 near the entrance to the 445th Airlift Wing headquarters. The new entrance way...
Ohio says Uber owes $1.6M in taxes, penalties

Ohio says Uber owes $1.6M in taxes, penalties

The state of Ohio and Uber are in the midst of a dispute over how the company should be taxed and Montgomery County tax dollars are on the line. The Ohio Department of Taxation says Uber should be taxed as a transportation company while Uber said it is not a transportation service but instead is a “transportation network company.” The dispute reflects the growing effort to figure out how...
Gibson guitar company facing imminent bankruptcy

Gibson guitar company facing imminent bankruptcy

Gibson guitar company, which has been a staple brand among various musical instruments since 1902, is facing bankruptcy. According to the Nashville Post, Gibson’s chief financial officer, Bill Lawrence, left after six months on the job and just as $375 million in senior secured notes mature and another $145 million in bank loans become due if they aren’t refinanced by July. The departure...
New Chipotle CEO graduated from a Dayton-area college

New Chipotle CEO graduated from a Dayton-area college

Chipotle Mexican Grill has hired a new chief executive officer and he has roots in southwest Ohio. Chipotle has named Taco Bell’s Brian Niccol as its next leader, replacing Steve Ells, who built the fast-casual food chain. Niccol is a 1996 graduate of Miami University, just an hour from Dayton. Niccol, 43, graduated from Miami’s college of engineering and computing, serves on the advisory...
Upward purchases Dayton-area graphics firm

Upward purchases Dayton-area graphics firm

Upward Brand Interactions, a marketing company with Springfield roots, acquired a Miamisburg graphics firm that will allow the combined company to provide additional services. Upward purchased Graphica, a brand design firm based in Miamisburg. The combined companies will have about 70 employees, said John Fimiani, a partner at Upward. He declined to discuss the financial details of the transaction...
Southwest adding new flight at Cincinnati airport

Southwest adding new flight at Cincinnati airport

Southwest Airlines is adding another new flight at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. Southwest Airlines announces new nonstop service from Cincinnati/Northern International Airport to Denver, Colorado (DEN) beginning Aug.7. The new route will operate daily year round with Boeing 737 aircraft using a combination of 143 and 175 seat configurations. “This new route continues...
5 incredible homes you have to see in the Miami Valley

5 incredible homes you have to see in the Miami Valley

The Oakwood estate that was once home to the owner of Rike-Kumler has sold for $1 million. High Acres, as the estate is known, was built in 1927 for Frederick Rike, who was the former owner of the department store chain Rike-Kumler, also known as just Rike’s. Check out this incredible estate. Here are four more expensive homes that will seriously impress you: 1. INSIDE LOOK: $1.3M home for sale...
Top Gun pilot to speak at film screening

Top Gun pilot to speak at film screening

A real-life Top Gun is scheduled to be at a screening of Top Gun 3D at the Air Force Museum Theatre. Retired Navy Capt. Ken Ginader, a former Top Gun instructor and F-14 pilot, was set to speak at the screening of film, set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Doors open at 6 p.m. Ginader is the first speaker in the 2018 Living History Film Series at the museum. Tickets cost $12 for audience members, or $10 for...
Ohio wants Uber to pay $1.6M in sales taxes: What it means

Ohio wants Uber to pay $1.6M in sales taxes: What it means

Uber is appealing an order from the Ohio Department of Taxation to pay $1.6 million in sales taxes and penalties. The ride hailing company is arguing the tax law the state is citing doesn’t apply to the company. A hearing before the Board of Tax Appeals has been set for July. The case only centers around whether Uber Technologies owes taxes for the third quarter of 2015, but could have larger...
Lowe’s looking to fill 53,000 jobs during one-day hiring event

Lowe’s looking to fill 53,000 jobs during one-day hiring event

Lowe’s is looking to fill more than 53,000 jobs during a nationwide one-day hiring event. Lowe’s stores nationwide will open their doors to candidates from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Feb. 21 during the company’s first National Hiring Day. Candidates interested in a full-time, part-time or seasonal role can visit any of Lowe’s 1,700-plus U.S. stores to participate in open interviews...
Overwhelming holiday bills? BBB offers advice

Overwhelming holiday bills? BBB offers advice

Bills are rolling in for holiday spending for many in the Miami Valley. According to an Experian Holiday Shopping Survey, over 60 percent of adults admit holiday shopping puts a major strain on finances. Every year consumers spend more than they expect to during the holiday season, burying many in debt. In 2017 alone, the National Retail Federation (NRF) reported consumers spent an average $967.13...
JUST IN: All 29 Arby’s restaurants across the Miami Valley are sold

JUST IN: All 29 Arby’s restaurants across the Miami Valley are sold

All 29 Arby’s locations in the Dayton area have been sold, and the nearly 1,000 workers at those restaurants have a new corporate employer. AES Restaurant Group LLC, an Arby’s franchisee based in Carmel, Indiana, announced today, Feb. 14 that it has acquired 29 Miami Valley restaurants from GZK, Inc., headquartered in West Carrollton. GZK had operated Arby’s restaurants in the...
BGSU to open firefighter training center near Dayton

BGSU to open firefighter training center near Dayton

Bowling Green State University will open a firefighter training center in a Miami Valley city. BGSU has entered into a three-year agreement with the city of Piqua for use of its former water treatment plant, said Juistin Sommer, assistant city manager and economic development director. The old plant, located in northwest Piqua at 9300 U.S. 66, closed last fall. The training center is expected to begin...
Should servers give their bosses more control over their tips?

Should servers give their bosses more control over their tips?

A proposed Department of Labor rule altering how employee tips are controlled and distributed may sound obscure, but the idea has received more than 200,000 public comments and is getting national attention. The proposed U.S. Labor Department rule change how much control employers have over tips. Under the change, employers could keep tips as long as all their workers are paid at least federal minimum...
Wright State swimming, diving supporters hire consultant to try to save teams

Wright State swimming, diving supporters hire consultant to try to save teams

Supporters of Wright State University’s swimming and diving program have hired a consultant to try to save the teams. Last June, WSU announced that it would cut the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams as part of more than $30.8 million budget cuts. But, the teams narrowly avoided budget cuts for one year after they raised $85,000 to keep them afloat for one final season....
New $9M Urbana health center to open this spring

New $9M Urbana health center to open this spring

Construction is on track for a new $9 million outpatient center in Urbana by a Marysville medical group and a grand opening is likely by late April or early May. Memorial Health’s outpatient medical center will be located at 1958 E. U.S. 36 and will house urgent care, lab testing services, rotating physician specialists, expanded primary care and more. The roughly 30,000-square-foot facility...
Dayton company donating medical supplies to impoverished countries

Dayton company donating medical supplies to impoverished countries

Dayton-based Midmark is partnering with a humanitarian organization to provide healthcare in developing countries. Midmark is partnering with World Vision, , a global Christian humanitarian organization, by donating medical and dental equipment through corporate sponsorships and product promotions. In 2017, Midmark donated nearly 500 items such as sterilizers, side chairs, stools, exam tables, cabinets...
Valentine’s Day Guide: 4 spots to snag a quick gift in Springfield

Valentine’s Day Guide: 4 spots to snag a quick gift in Springfield

Are you one of the many people around the nation in search of a last-minute gift for your sweetheart? Here are three spots in Springfield where you can snatch up a gift on the fly. 1. Winans Coffee + Chocolates What says Valentine’s Day better than chocolates? Units of the holiday staple will be sold by the millions today and Springfield has its own award-winning version coming from Winans,...

Senators press Trump to protect U.S. steel production

Ohio’s two senators urged President Trump Tuesday to protect thousands of jobs in Ohio — including about 2,700 at AK Steel Corp. in Butler County — by imposing tariffs on steel imports. U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown (D) and Rob Portman (R) said President Trump should confront what they say is Chinese steel “overcapacity,” or the importing of artificially high levels of steel...
Autonomous cars may cut workplace deaths, official says in Springfield

Autonomous cars may cut workplace deaths, official says in Springfield

Transportation-related workplace injuries might be slashed over time as autonomous vehicles become more common, state leaders said at a workshop in Springfield on Tuesday. But the changing technology also means industries like insurance and transportation companies are rethinking what their futures might look like, said Kendra DePaul, state coverage manager for the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation...
Springfield hospital performs its 1st robot-assisted knee surgery

Springfield hospital performs its 1st robot-assisted knee surgery

Springfield Regional Medical Center is breaking new ground to assist patients with knee trouble in the region. The hospital can now provide robot-assisted partial and total knee replacement surgeries to patients with mobility issues. Dr. Eric Fester, a fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon, performed the operation for the first time in December. The robot, Stryker’s Mako robotic arm, allows...
NASIC wants more space beyond latest $116M project

NASIC wants more space beyond latest $116M project

A secretive intelligence agency has pushed for a bigger expansion at Wright-Patterson beyond the $116 million building slated to rise at the local Air Force Base within the next few years. The National Air and Space Intelligence Center has lobbied Congress for another additional $66 million in future years, budget documents show. The agency has added about 100 employees a year since 2000, creating...
They shared their lives on YouTube. Then an obsessed fan came calling — with a gun

They shared their lives on YouTube. Then an obsessed fan came calling — with a gun

Christopher Giles passed his hours plugged into the internet, either gripping an X-box controller or burning through YouTube videos. He was 23 years old and lived by himself in a two-story apartment complex topped with stucco in a neighborhood in northern Albuquerque. It was an existence a police investigator bluntly described in a recent search warrant affidavit as "single, lonely and disturbed...
7 mistakes first-time bosses make and how to avoid them

7 mistakes first-time bosses make and how to avoid them

Kudos! You've moved up the corporate ladder and are on top of your career. That's right: You're now the boss. However, managing a department, division or corporation doesn't mean it's time to lean back in your office chair and prop up your feet. Yet, this type of lax approach to leadership is often seen in executive positions across various industries and unfortunately ends in employee turnover. The...
Delphi founder with Dayton ties has died

Delphi founder with Dayton ties has died

A former Dayton executive who helped create Delphi Automotive has died. Blair Thompson, once a General Motors executive, died Jan. 29. He was 89. Thompson helped lay the foundation for parts supplier Delphi Automotive, which in 1999 was spun off by GM into an independent company. Automotive News reports Thompson became the general manager of the Delco Products Division in Dayton in 1974 and then...
Area college bringing in over 100 companies, grad schools for job fair

Area college bringing in over 100 companies, grad schools for job fair

Cedarville University will host “one of the largest career fairs in Greene County” next week. More than 100 companies and organizations will be recruiting at the fair, set to begin at 11 a.m. on Feb. 21 in Cedarville University’s Doden Field House. The event is free and open to the public, according to the college. Among the organizations that will be recruiting at Cedarville are...
Chicago in minutes? Columbus to release more details on Hyperloop

Chicago in minutes? Columbus to release more details on Hyperloop

A major announcement on a Hyperloop high-speed transportation network in Columbus is in the works. The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission is ready to release “the first step” of the proposed project through a “major announcement,” Thea Walsh, the commission’s director of transportation and funding told The Columbus Dispatch. An announcement could come some time...
Cleveland Fed president reassures Dayton audience on stock concerns

Cleveland Fed president reassures Dayton audience on stock concerns

At a time when market turmoil has observers avidly looking for any word from a Federal Reserve executive, the president of Cleveland’s Federal Reserve Bank came to Dayton Tuesday with a largely reassuring message. A Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce audience, and members of the national media, appeared to hang on every word from Loretta Mester, who is also a voting member of the Federal Open Market...
5 changes happening at The Greene in Beavercreek

5 changes happening at The Greene in Beavercreek

Shoppers can expect to see plenty of changes at The Greene Town Center in Beavercreek this year. New restaurants are expected to open soon while other stores have shut down in the center. Here’s what we’ve learned recently about one of the largest shopping centers in the region: Dry Goods, a clothing brand for women owned by Von Maur, will open a new store at The Greene during the...
Don’t have time to cook dinner? Clark County meal prep service can help

Don’t have time to cook dinner? Clark County meal prep service can help

Three Clark County men are starting a food delivery service that pledges to provide a week’s worth of healthy meals for customers who don’t have time to cook or plan meals. Ryan Kibler, Jake Parrett and Jonathan Scott, all graduates of Northwestern High School, recently provided free samples of their recipes at Winans in downtown Springfield. The business, which they’re calling Semper...
Local BBQ chain opens new restaurant, and another is on the way

Local BBQ chain opens new restaurant, and another is on the way

A locally owned barbecue restaurant will open two restaurants in the next two weeks, starting with one today, Feb. 13, that will have a relatively limited clientele, followed by the second that will mark a return engagement of sorts. OinkADoodleMoo Barbecue will open a new location this morning in the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Area A Kittyhawk Area food court outside the Base Exchange. The...
7 ways to avoid talking politics at work

7 ways to avoid talking politics at work

Remember when the presidential election was over and everyone breathed a sigh of relief, thinking we could all go back to talking about sports and kids, not politics? Of course, that's not what happened at all: Contentious political conversations abound everywhere, from Facebook to daycare to the corner bar. But when they spring up in the workplace, awkward can become inappropriate. "No good...
Hazing, alcohol issues force another Ohio State fraternity to close

Hazing, alcohol issues force another Ohio State fraternity to close

A second fraternity has been suspended at Ohio State University following a months-long ban on all Interfraternity Council activities. The Sigma Alpha Mu chapter at Ohio state was had its charter suspended by it international parent organization last week, according to an announcement. The chapter ceased operations immediately on Friday and the length of the suspension was not released, according...
Analysis: Employers who don't offer paid sick leave are making flu season worse

Analysis: Employers who don't offer paid sick leave are making flu season worse

This winter's flu season is shaping up to be a nasty one, with flu-related hospitalization rates outpacing anything seen in recent years, according to the CDC. This year's vaccine is less effective against the strain of virus making the rounds. But there's another factor that gives aggressive viruses like this one an extra punch in the United States: lack of access to paid sick time. According to...
Major Springfield employer’s income down 20 percent due to hurricanes

Major Springfield employer’s income down 20 percent due to hurricanes

Assurant, one of Springfield’s largest employers, reported costs related to natural disasters including hurricanes and wildfires drove its operating income down about 20 percent last year. But company officials said they had a solid fourth quarter and the underlying results exceeded expectations, excluding losses from the natural disasters. Assurant’s Global Housing Division, based in...
Gun manufacturer Remington to file for bankruptcy

Gun manufacturer Remington to file for bankruptcy

The Remington Outdoor Company, one of America’s largest firearm and ammunition manufacturers, plans to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection after reaching a deal Monday with its creditors, according to multiple reports. Company officials said in a news release that a prepackaged reorganization plan will be filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware. The deal will give control of the...
UD offering classes to people living in Mexico as part of inaugural ‘Dreamers Program’

UD offering classes to people living in Mexico as part of inaugural ‘Dreamers Program’

The University of Dayton is offering people living in Mexico the chance to earn a certificate from the school. UD is teaching classes in Mexico City that will allow people to earn a certificate from the university along with the ability to teach English as a foreign language. There are 15 people currently enrolled in what UD has deemed the “Dreamers Program” in Mexico, according to the...
Could Cedar Point get a college? Plans are in the early stages

Could Cedar Point get a college? Plans are in the early stages

Cedar Fair, the parent company of both Kings Island and Cedar Point, could be getting into the higher education field. Cedar Fair is reportedly  in talks to bring a college to downtown Sandusky, which is the home of Cedar Point. The amusement park company is in talks to collaborate with Bowling Green State University for the project, which could bring a “brick-and-mortar learning center&rdquo...
7 aircraft programs requested in federal budget total more than $21B

7 aircraft programs requested in federal budget total more than $21B

U.S. President Donald Trump’s fiscal 2019 federal budget is requesting $686.1 billion in military funding, including more than $21 billion in spending on aircraft programs. Here are 7 aircraft programs a part of the budget request released today: • 77 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters - $10.7 billion • 15 KC-46 Tanker Replacements - $3.0 billion • 24 F/A-18s - $2.0 billion • 60...
Wright-Patt would gain new NASIC building in proposed budget

Wright-Patt would gain new NASIC building in proposed budget

Wright-Patterson scored “a huge win” when the Pentagon announced Monday its proposed budget contains an $116.1 million expansion at the National Air and Space Intelligence Center, an official said. The construction project was included in a new $716 billion fiscal year 2019 defense budget rolled out that increased $16 billion from the previous year and one defense leaders pointed to as...
Ohio State study: Medical marijuana dispensaries are more like bars than pharmacies

Ohio State study: Medical marijuana dispensaries are more like bars than pharmacies

A new Ohio State University study appears to have confirmed something of a long-running joke: that someone doesn’t have to be sick to get medical marijuana. Ohio State researchers examined four medical marijuana dispensaries in California and the information gathered showed that many of their customers do not fit the expected profile of a business serving sick patients. Researchers found that...
Reports: Amazon launching shipping service to compete with UPS, FedEx

Reports: Amazon launching shipping service to compete with UPS, FedEx

Amazon is reportedly getting ready to launch a shipping service that would compete with FedEx, UPS, DHL and other shipping companies. The new service, called “Shipping with Amazon” or SWA, will start in Los Angeles “in coming weeks,” delivering for sellers on Amazon’s marketplace, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday. The service would expand almost immediately...
Boom in college certificate programs raises concerns about oversight

Boom in college certificate programs raises concerns about oversight

Professional certificates expedite job training and are a booming business for institutions like Sinclair Community College, where certificates last year made up more than 60 percent of the academic credentials awarded by the school. But the explosive growth of these short-term programs has led to concerns over a lack of oversight. In Ohio, new college degree programs must be approved by the state...
Contract talks thaw between Wright State faculty union, administration

Contract talks thaw between Wright State faculty union, administration

Wright State University’s administration is back in contract negotiations with the school’s faculty union after a tense few months. Contract talks were set to move to fact-finding by the end of January but instead a fact-finder recommended that the university and the union continue to negotiate through a mediator, according to an email from WSU president Cheryl Schrader that was sent to...
Local doctor who helped found Dayton Children’s dies

Local doctor who helped found Dayton Children’s dies

A founding father of Dayton Children’s Hospital has died. Dr. Alan D. Shafer, 93, died Feb. 4, according to the independent pediatrics hospital. “Dayton Children’s would not exist today if it were not for the dedication and determination of Dr. Shafer to ensure the children of Dayton had a great children’s hospital close to home,” the hospital stated. Dayton Children&rsquo...
Small businesses getting bigger piece of Air Force pie at Wright Patt

Small businesses getting bigger piece of Air Force pie at Wright Patt

Air Force Research Laboratory spending on small businesses in Ohio jumped to $345.6 million in 2017, with the Dayton region landing more dollars than any place in the state, AFRL data shows. A large amount of the spending fell on large firms, although mall businesses took a larger slice of AFRL contract spending, reaching a 47.8 percent in fiscal year 2017, according to Bill Harrison, director of...
Springfield business expo opens to public for first time

Springfield business expo opens to public for first time

Chamber of Greater Springfield leaders are betting that opening their annual business expo to the general public will bring bigger crowds and more exposure to the more than 30 businesses planning to participate. The expo, along with its annual dinner and awards ceremony afterward, are early highlights of the year for local businesses, said Chris Schutte, vice president of destination marketing and...
Beavercreek Chamber of Commerce names new CEO

Beavercreek Chamber of Commerce names new CEO

The Beavercreek Chamber of Commerce has named a new president and CEO. Amanda Byers will join the chamber as president and CEO in March. She worked as program manager for the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce for nearly 12 years. She worked with membership recruitment, retention and sponsorship, and also created and managed the Dayton Area Logistics Association. Byers currently serves on the marketing...
Huber Flowerama open for Valentines, will close in coming months

Huber Flowerama open for Valentines, will close in coming months

The owner of the Flowerama store in Huber Heights said his location at 6007 Old Troy Pike is open for business for the next couple of months — including this week for Valentines Day — but will close in coming months, pending a deal with Casey’s General Store to build a new gas station on the corner lot. “Flowerama is still open and running at the moment,” said owner Mark...
AF museum opens, Wright-Patt workers head to work as shutdown ends

AF museum opens, Wright-Patt workers head to work as shutdown ends

President Donald Trump has signed a two-year budget deal Friday that ended a government shutdown overnight Thursday, according to The Associated Press. Wright-Patterson employees were told to report to work Friday despite a possible shutdown and had been in a holding pattern waiting for additional word until the president signed the legislation. RELATED: Wright-Patt workers told to report to work...
Want a new job? 2 Urbana manufacturing firms hiring

Want a new job? 2 Urbana manufacturing firms hiring

Rittal and Ultra-met, two Champaign County manufacturing firms, are scheduled to host job fairs this month in coordination with OhioMeansJobs Champaign County. Rittal will host open interviews from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13, at OhioMeansJobs Champaign County, 1512 S. U.S. 68, Bay 14. Starting wages are listed at $12.50 per hour and the business is hiring for first, second and third shifts...
New yoga studio opens in downtown Dayton next week

New yoga studio opens in downtown Dayton next week

A yoga studio will open a second location in downtown Dayton next week. Speakeasy Yoga will open its second downtown studio in the same building as the Wheelhouse Lofts on 210 Wayne Ave on Monday. The studio opens at noon for “Strong” breath-based vinyasa flow class followed by a 5:45 p.m. “Simple” class that is geared toward yoga foundations. » TRENDING BUSINESS NEWS...
Amazon launches grocery delivery from Whole Foods in Ohio

Amazon launches grocery delivery from Whole Foods in Ohio

Amazon is now delivery groceries from Whole Foods in some cities, including West Chester and Cincinnati. Amazon and Whole Foods Market today announced the introduction of free two-hour delivery of natural and organic products from Whole Foods Market through Prime Now, with plans to expand across the U.S. in 2018. Customers can enter their zip code on the Prime Now website or app to see if they are...
Locally owned burrito chain gets toasted with its new menu offering

Locally owned burrito chain gets toasted with its new menu offering

The fast-casual Mexican restaurant chain Hot Head Burritos has added some heat to its menu — but not the spicy kind. The restaurants that got their start in Kettering have introduced a toasted burrito that utilizes Hot Head’s new speed oven, the chain’s founders said in a release. The new ovens will toast a burrito in less than a minute. “Not only do we toast burritos...
Chamber survey: Business leaders optimistic

Chamber survey: Business leaders optimistic

Ohio business leaders expect the recent federal tax package to boost business, even as concerns about finding the right employees remain, a new state survey has found. The Ohio Chamber of Commerce Research Foundation released the findings of its quarterly survey of business leaders Thursday. They reveal the following: RELATED: Big downtown Dayton developer to turn empty property into offices...
Local retailer owes The Greene nearly $900K in rent, fees

Local retailer owes The Greene nearly $900K in rent, fees

A local retailer owes The Greene Town Center nearly $900,000 in past-due rent, other fees and court costs after defaulting on its five-year lease, a judge ruled last week. The Greene filed a lawsuit in Greene County Common Pleas Court against tenant Griffin & Co. Home Decor, known as RM Underdog Rising in September 2017. The complaint states the retailer defaulted on its five-year lease last year...
Senators protest tips rule, say it would allow “stealing”

Senators protest tips rule, say it would allow “stealing”

There’s a growing outcry against a proposed U.S. Labor Department rule change that would alter how much control employers have over tips. Under the proposed change, employers could keep employee tips as long as all employees are paid at least the federal minimum wage. That’s a change from a rule set up in 2011 that said restaurant owners can require tipped employees to participate in tip...
Procter & Gamble to lay off hundreds in 2 cities

Procter & Gamble to lay off hundreds in 2 cities

Procter & Gamble Co. plans to lay off hundreds of employees in Iowa and Kansas by 2020. Procter & Gamble announced Wednesday it will move production of hair care and body washes out of Iowa City by late 2020. The move means 500 Procter & Gamble employees — about 40 percent of the company’s total employment in the city — will see their jobs cuts, according to a report from The...
Popular Springfield pet treat bakery sold

Popular Springfield pet treat bakery sold

Bone-a-Fido Bakery has been pampering dogs in Clark and Champaign counties with homemade biscuits since 2003, and the bakery’s new owner plans to continue for years to come. Karen Heskett first opened the bakery in downtown Urbana in 2003 after selling her homemade dog treats at various locations in Springfield for a few years. She moved the store to a location at 1025 N. Bechtle Ave. in 2009...
Bankruptcy and new stores: 7 things we learned about retail this week

Bankruptcy and new stores: 7 things we learned about retail this week

Disruption continued to shake up the retail industry in the first month of 2018. Kroger sold of its convenience store business while Toys “R” Us announced a slew of stores will close this year. These are seven things we learned about retail this week: 1. Toys ‘R’ Us going-out-of-business sales start this week The nation’s largest toy store retailer received court approval...
With more store closures, online shopping to grow 16 percent in 2018

With more store closures, online shopping to grow 16 percent in 2018

With thousands of brick-and-mortar stores expected to close this year, online shopping is expected to grow 16 percent this year. That means e-commerce sales will account for approximately 10 percent of U.S. retail sales in 2018, according to a report by eMarketer. U.S. e-commerce sales will reach $526.09 billion, representing 10 percent of total retail sales. Total U.S. retail sales will grow 3.7...
Toys ‘R’ Us going-out-of-business sales start this week

Toys ‘R’ Us going-out-of-business sales start this week

Liquidation sales at some of the closing Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us locations started on Wednesday. The nation’s largest toy store retailer received court approval to move forward with its plans to shutter approximately 180 stores across its Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us stores nationwide. Liquidation sales at some of the locations started...
‘Famous for Pizza:’ Casey’s General Store planned for Huber Heights

‘Famous for Pizza:’ Casey’s General Store planned for Huber Heights

Casey’s General Store plans to build a new location in Huber Heights, according to city planning documents. The new 4,685 square foot retail convenience store and gas station is planned for 6007 Old Troy Pike, according to the documents. The site is currently home to a Flowerama that will close in coming months, the store’s owner said. Mayor Jeff Gore said he hopes the development will...
$500K composting facility wants to open east of downtown Springfield

$500K composting facility wants to open east of downtown Springfield

A Springfield man wants to improve food-scrap recycling throughout Clark County by building a more than $500,000 odor-free composting center east of downtown. The business wants to turn food waste from medium-sized businesses, such as restaurants, hospitals and schools, into compost at a proposed site at 256 Linden Ave., Springfield resident David Andre said. He hopes to have the business, currently...
Dayton demands Wright Patt act on groundwater concerns

Dayton demands Wright Patt act on groundwater concerns

A Dayton city leader wants the Pentagon to place Wright-Patterson Air Force Base groundwater contamination at the top of its environmental priority list to avoid contamination of underground drinking wells at Huffman Dam. The city has issued a series of demands it wants to see the Air Force take, including financial reimbursement that has already approached $1 million, to prevent water contamination...
Springfield Dole plant alleged safety violations: 3 things to know

Springfield Dole plant alleged safety violations: 3 things to know

Dole’s Springfield plant was cited for alleged safety violations last fall after an employee was exposed to an amputation hazard, according to OSHA documents obtained by the Springfield News-Sun. Here is what we know now about the ongoing case. The inspection documents that were obtained by the Springfield News-Sun through a Freedom of Information Act request show two alleged violations. A citation...
OSHA: Hazards found at Centerville nursing home where worker fell to death

OSHA: Hazards found at Centerville nursing home where worker fell to death

Federal inspectors found fall hazards at the Centerville nursing home tower where a telecommunications worker fell to his death, according to OSHA documents obtained by the Dayton Daily News. Graceworks Lutheran Services, which operates Bethany Village, has until Friday to avoid citations by abating the hazards identified by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, according to a letter...
How to recover when you’ve majorly messed up at work

How to recover when you’ve majorly messed up at work

To err is human and every human's workday is full of the easily-corrected, quickly forgotten type of mistakes. But when you screw up big time on the job, you're facing a much more difficult challenge. "If we make mistakes in our personal lives, we can cope by working through it with the people closest to us," noted LinkedIn influencer Ilya Pozin, founder of Ciplex. "But if we make...
Tips for buying jewelry this Valentine’s Day

Tips for buying jewelry this Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is the perfect day to surprise your loved one with a nice piece of jewelry. According to Statistic Brain, 17.3 percent of all gifts given on Valentine’s Day every year are jewelry. Jewelry stores make almost $2.2 billion dollars off this day alone. Picking out the perfect piece of jewelry can be stressful with so many options available. If you understand the terms that...
Character traits you wouldn't believe give you an edge in your career

Character traits you wouldn't believe give you an edge in your career

Are you one of those anal-retentive employees? It's OK. Be honest with your professional self. Maybe you constantly bug co-workers about due dates as if they didn't already know or are a super stickler for how team members use company supplies. And that's not always a bad thing, right?  The crisis communicator. This personality always freaks out about office events like deadlines, new hires,...
Ohio ALDI stores hiring to fill 300 positions

Ohio ALDI stores hiring to fill 300 positions

ALDI will hire to fill 300 positions at all stores in Ohio. The grocery chain is hosting a one-day hiring spree on Feb. 12 for all of its Ohio stores. The event will be from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will take place at every Ohio ALDI store. Interested applicants will be able to apply at the event. ALDI’s wages range depending on location and positions. The company also offers benefits to part-time...
Wright-Patt, AF museum closed today due to snowfall

Wright-Patt, AF museum closed today due to snowfall

A snowstorm that swept across the Miami Valley closed Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, giving a winter day off to thousands of employees at the state’s largest single-site employer. Snowfall that caused deteriorating road conditions also shuttered the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force the largest tourist attraction in the region, and Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park sites...
Ohioans saved $30.4M in insurance claims last year. Here’s how.

Ohioans saved $30.4M in insurance claims last year. Here’s how.

Ohioans saved $30.4 million last year in insurance claims through the state’s Department of Insurance. The Ohio Department of Insurance said it helped more than 436,000 Ohio insurance consumers save or recover millions through its toll-free hotlines, community outreach and counseling. RELATED: Family surprised by $17,000 bill after going to in-network hospital “One of the most important...
MOTHER VS. SON: Coldwater Cafe restaurant lawsuit ends abruptly

MOTHER VS. SON: Coldwater Cafe restaurant lawsuit ends abruptly

A lawsuit that pitted the founder of Coldwater Cafe in Tipp City against her own son — who is the current owner of the restaurant — has ended abruptly after 51 weeks of legal wrangling. None of the parties in the lawsuit, however, has much to say about it. Betty Peachey, who founded Coldwater Cafe in 1994, filed her lawsuit in February 2017 claiming that her son, Nicholas Hoover,...
Fairborn hopes free downtown Wi-Fi means ‘competitive edge’

Fairborn hopes free downtown Wi-Fi means ‘competitive edge’

Fairborn city government is making a “significant investment” in fiber optic infrastructure to attract new entrepreneurs downtown and offer the public free Wi-Fi in a new partnership with Cincinnati Bell, said Assistant City Manager Pete Bales. City officials said the addition of wireless internet downtown will help the business district’s revitalization and give Fairborn &ldquo...
Antioch College looks to cut costs in budget realignment

Antioch College looks to cut costs in budget realignment

Antioch College is looking to cut costs as the school aims to become financially sustainable after being brought back from the dead just a few years ago. Antioch administrators, faculty and students are putting together recommendations for the school’s board of trustees that will address budgets, operations and campus priorities, according to the college. The overall goal of the reorganization...
OSHA: Dole workers exposed to ‘amputation hazard’ at Springfield plant

OSHA: Dole workers exposed to ‘amputation hazard’ at Springfield plant

Dole’s Springfield plant was cited for a safety hazard last fall after an employee was exposed to an amputation hazard, according to OSHA documents obtained by the Springfield News-Sun. Dole Fresh Vegetables Inc. has contested the alleged safety violations and fines connected to the Springfield plant at 600 Benjamin Drive and the case remains open, according to the Occupational Safety and Health...
House, Senate face funding hurdles to avoid shutdown

House, Senate face funding hurdles to avoid shutdown

The House and the Senate could find itself at odds over a short-term funding deal to avoid a federal government shutdown at midnight Thursday, reports say. House Republicans reportedly were considering a vote today on a continuing resolution, or a short-term spending measure, through March 23, but which would also fully funding the Defense Department for the fiscal year that began Oct. 1. RELATED...
Major Springfield employer to reveal financial results this week

Major Springfield employer to reveal financial results this week

Assurant, one of Springfield’s largest employers, will release its fourth quarter and full-year financial results later this week. The company’s Global Housing Division, based in Springfield, provides insurance and related services in partnership with financial institutions and other major clients. It has more than 1,900 workers here. RELATED: Assurant looking to hire 100 in wake of hurricane...
U.S. stocks rally: Will market continue climb?

U.S. stocks rally: Will market continue climb?

U.S. stocks rallied Tuesday as a late surge helped them regain almost half their losses from the day before, when they had their biggest plunge in 6 ½ years. That came at the end of a day of huge swings for the market. Major indexes in Asia and Europe took steep losses and U.S. markets started sharply lower, only to repeatedly change direction. After its 1,175-point nosedive Monday, the Dow...
Kroger sells off convenience store business for $2.15B

Kroger sells off convenience store business for $2.15B

Kroger has sold off its convenience store business unite to EG Group for approximately $2.15 billion. EG Group, a privately-held petrol forecourt convenience store retailer in the United Kingdom, agreed to purchase the chain form Kroger. The companies expect to close the transaction during the first quarter of Kroger’s fiscal year. EG Group will establish their North American headquarters in ...
END OF AN ERA: Best Buy will stop selling CDs at all stores

END OF AN ERA: Best Buy will stop selling CDs at all stores

Best Buy will stop selling CDs in stores this year. The consumer electronics store recently announced it will pull CDs from its stores by July due to a major drop in sales, Billboard reported. Target could also make a similar move as consumers gravitate toward music streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music. More than 800 million CDs were sold in the United States in 2001, but that number has...
Empty shelves at Whole Foods? Employees dismayed by inventory system

Empty shelves at Whole Foods? Employees dismayed by inventory system

Whole Foods is using a new inventory system that could cut down on food waste, but employees are complaining that the new method is creating mass food shortages and a tense working environment. The new inventory system, called order-to-shelf (OTS), has strict procedures for displaying and storing products on shelves and in back rooms of stores. To ensure compliance, the grocery retailer is using &ldquo...
Need access to veterans services? Hotline will answer questions

Need access to veterans services? Hotline will answer questions

A defense contractor has partnered with the United Way of the Greater Dayton Area to call on area business and others to contribute money to launch a Miami Valley veterans’ hotline by Veterans Day next November. SRC, which has a Fairborn office with work geared toward Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, has contributed $120,000, with a goal to get other companies and donors to give a matching amount...
Bon-Ton files bankruptcy: What’s really going on?

Bon-Ton files bankruptcy: What’s really going on?

The Bon-Ton Stores Inc., parent company of Elder-Beerman, has filed for bankruptcy. The company and its subsidiaries have filed voluntary petitions for a court-supervised financial restructuring under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. » TRENDING BUSINESS NEWS: Will more stores close in 2018? No comeback for traditional...
What is a college certificate worth? We want to hear your thoughts

What is a college certificate worth? We want to hear your thoughts

Certificate programs are one of the fastest growing sectors in higher education. If you have earned a certificate from an area college, this news organization would like to hear from you. Send an email to reporter Max Filby and in the message please include your first and last name, your email address, phone number, where you are from and the college you attended. In the email, also include a brief...
Popular Springfield bakery to close

Popular Springfield bakery to close

A popular Springfield bakery is set to close after nearly four years, according to information posted to its Facebook page. Jazzy Cakes & More opened in 2014 at 1605 E. Main St., a building that previously held the Whipper Snappers business. Jasmine Stream, the bakery’s owner, declined to comment for the story. But the family-owned bakery told customers on its Facebook page that it plans to...
Delta expands flights to popular cities from Cincinnati

Delta expands flights to popular cities from Cincinnati

Delta Air Lines is expanding flights from Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport to two popular destinations. The airline is expanding flight options to Austin and Phoenix this year. New service to Austin will start in May, with daily flights leaving CVG at 9:50 a.m. and arriving in Austin at 11:25 a.m. Flights from Austin leave at 11:55 a.m. and arrive in Cincinnati at 3:25 p.m. »...
Honda sees sales slip slightly in January

Honda sees sales slip slightly in January

American Honda Motor Co. Inc. recently reported January sales of 104,542 Honda and Acura vehicles, a decrease of about 2 percent compared to January 2017. Honda cars were down 1.3 percent, while Honda’s truck sales slipped 1.8 percent compared to January last year, according to information from the company. RELATED: Ohio-built Accord named car of the year The automarker is a major local employer...
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