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Who got new top Montgomery County government jobs?
 Montgomery County has made several departmental and personnel changes to better align resources as the county begins a new strategic planning cycle, said county Administrator Michael Colbert, who took over in September after the retirement Joe Tuss. “We’ve made significant progress on our reorganization efforts, as well as other...

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Montgomery County has made several departmental and personnel changes to better align resources as the county begins a new strategic planning cycle, said county Administrator Michael Colbert, who took over in September after the retirement Joe Tuss. “We’ve made significant progress on our reorganization efforts, as well as other...
Region braces for complicated winter weather: ‘This storm is different’
 A winter storm last weekend may have set a daily snowfall record, but the weather system the region braces to endure over the next three days will prove more trying, officials said. The storm rolling in Saturday morning and lasting through the evening promises to batter parts of southwest Ohio with up to 10 inches of blowing snow on the heels...

8:30 PM Friday, Jan. 18, 2019

A winter storm last weekend may have set a daily snowfall record, but the weather system the region braces to endure over the next three days will prove more trying, officials said. The storm rolling in Saturday morning and lasting through the evening promises to batter parts of southwest Ohio with up to 10 inches of blowing snow on the heels...
Democrats appoint new county treasurer from field of three
 From a field of three Democrats who all lost elections in November, the Montgomery County Democratic Party appointed Russ Joseph to serve out a term as county treasurer. Joseph, unseated as the county’s appointed clerk of courts by Republican challenger Mike Foley, was picked by the party’s Central Committee on Thursday night...

3:38 PM Friday, Jan. 18, 2019

From a field of three Democrats who all lost elections in November, the Montgomery County Democratic Party appointed Russ Joseph to serve out a term as county treasurer. Joseph, unseated as the county’s appointed clerk of courts by Republican challenger Mike Foley, was picked by the party’s Central Committee on Thursday night...
Another weekend storm could pack significant snow, ice and wind
 Last weekend’s record snowfall could pale by comparison to this weekend’s winter storm, a system that could bring significant snow and damaging ice Saturday, followed by wind and eventually bitter cold. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch beginning at 4 a.m. Saturday. MORE: Snowplow spot-check: We reviewed...

8:44 PM Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019

Last weekend’s record snowfall could pale by comparison to this weekend’s winter storm, a system that could bring significant snow and damaging ice Saturday, followed by wind and eventually bitter cold. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch beginning at 4 a.m. Saturday. MORE: Snowplow spot-check: We reviewed...
One of these three will be next Montgomery County treasurer
 Montgomery County’s next treasurer will be selected from three Democrats who all lost elections in November. Zach Dickerson, Russ Joseph and Ryan Taylor all interviewed Tuesday for the treasurer’s job held until recently by Carolyn Rice, who won a county commission seat. RELATED: Rice takes oath, first all-women Montgomery County...

4:33 PM Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019

Montgomery County’s next treasurer will be selected from three Democrats who all lost elections in November. Zach Dickerson, Russ Joseph and Ryan Taylor all interviewed Tuesday for the treasurer’s job held until recently by Carolyn Rice, who won a county commission seat. RELATED: Rice takes oath, first all-women Montgomery County...
4 medical marijuana stores open in Ohio
 The first Ohio sales of medical marijuana are being made with the opening of four dispensaries in the state. Fifty-six-year-old Joan Caleodis was the first customer to buy cannabis Wednesday morning at the CY+ Dispensary in Wintersville near Steubenville in eastern Ohio. Caleodis, of Martin’s Ferry, received a doctor’s recommendation...

4:15 PM Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019

The first Ohio sales of medical marijuana are being made with the opening of four dispensaries in the state. Fifty-six-year-old Joan Caleodis was the first customer to buy cannabis Wednesday morning at the CY+ Dispensary in Wintersville near Steubenville in eastern Ohio. Caleodis, of Martin’s Ferry, received a doctor’s recommendation...
Animal shelter shows dramatic drop in euthanasia rate
 Fewer animals were euthanized last month at the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center (ARC) than at any point in recent years, a shift coming after an independent review of the shelter and the replacement of its longtime shelter director. The county’s live release rate hovered between 50-56 percent from 2104-2017 and rose to 65 percent...

12:00 AM Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019

Fewer animals were euthanized last month at the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center (ARC) than at any point in recent years, a shift coming after an independent review of the shelter and the replacement of its longtime shelter director. The county’s live release rate hovered between 50-56 percent from 2104-2017 and rose to 65 percent...
Medical marijuana: Are you driving from Miami Valley for first day of sales Wednesday?
 The wait for legal medical marijuana will finally be over on Wednesday for some Ohio patients who say the only relief they find is through cannabis. But the first dispensaries that will be open are hours-long drives from the Dayton region.  The first sales will be made in at least three dispensaries that plan to serve patients Wednesday...

3:36 PM Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019

The wait for legal medical marijuana will finally be over on Wednesday for some Ohio patients who say the only relief they find is through cannabis. But the first dispensaries that will be open are hours-long drives from the Dayton region.  The first sales will be made in at least three dispensaries that plan to serve patients Wednesday...
Medical marijuana goes on sale in Ohio today
 The wait for legal medical marijuana in Ohio will come to an end this morning — at least for patients willing to brave the cold in potentially long lines for a limited supply. More than four months after the medicine was supposed to be available in Ohio, the first sales will begin at four dispensaries — though all are hours-long...

10:52 PM Monday, Jan. 14, 2019

The wait for legal medical marijuana in Ohio will come to an end this morning — at least for patients willing to brave the cold in potentially long lines for a limited supply. More than four months after the medicine was supposed to be available in Ohio, the first sales will begin at four dispensaries — though all are hours-long...
Medical marijuana: Processing sites coming to Dayton, Clayton, Monroe
 Five more local companies received provisional licenses on Wednesday to open medical marijuana processing facilities. These facilities will processs medical marijuana into oils, edibles, patches and other permitted items. The five — three in Dayton, one in Clayton and one in Monroe – join another regional processor in Enon that...

9:10 PM Wednesday, Jan. 09, 2019

Five more local companies received provisional licenses on Wednesday to open medical marijuana processing facilities. These facilities will processs medical marijuana into oils, edibles, patches and other permitted items. The five — three in Dayton, one in Clayton and one in Monroe – join another regional processor in Enon that...
DEA and county sheriff open animal shelter investigations
 Both the federal Drug Enforcement Administration and Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office have opened separate investigations into the Animal Resource Center, county officials confirmed this week. DEA agents turned up at the ARC on Friday looking at how drugs at the facility are handled, said Montgomery County Administrator Michael Colbert...

2:08 PM Wednesday, Jan. 09, 2019

Both the federal Drug Enforcement Administration and Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office have opened separate investigations into the Animal Resource Center, county officials confirmed this week. DEA agents turned up at the ARC on Friday looking at how drugs at the facility are handled, said Montgomery County Administrator Michael Colbert...
Swearing in of first black chief deputy ‘phenomenal accomplishment’
 A 27-year veteran of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office was sworn in Tuesday as the agency’s first African-American chief deputy. Maj. Daryl Wilson, 55, took the oath from Sheriff Rob Streck, who was himself sworn in over the weekend. Chief Deputy Wilson’s promotion to second-in-command was a historic moment for county...

6:50 PM Tuesday, Jan. 08, 2019

A 27-year veteran of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office was sworn in Tuesday as the agency’s first African-American chief deputy. Maj. Daryl Wilson, 55, took the oath from Sheriff Rob Streck, who was himself sworn in over the weekend. Chief Deputy Wilson’s promotion to second-in-command was a historic moment for county...
Lawyer: $3.5M jail death settlement ‘huge victory for the family’
 Montgomery County and its insurers will pay $3.5 million to the family of a man who died in 2012 while handcuffed face down in the county jail, topping $4.5 million for jail lawsuits settled since 2017. That total doesn’t include hundreds of thousands of dollars more in legal fees for 14 lawsuits filed by inmates alleging mistreatment...

11:58 AM Tuesday, Jan. 08, 2019

Montgomery County and its insurers will pay $3.5 million to the family of a man who died in 2012 while handcuffed face down in the county jail, topping $4.5 million for jail lawsuits settled since 2017. That total doesn’t include hundreds of thousands of dollars more in legal fees for 14 lawsuits filed by inmates alleging mistreatment...
Group wants sheriff to investigate animal shelter
 Details revealed in an independent review of the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center have prompted an animal welfare group to ask the sheriff’s office to investigate whether animals at the shelter were subjected to criminal neglect or cruelty. An expansive Team Shelter USA report critical of the ARC — precipitating the shelter...

11:42 AM Friday, Jan. 04, 2019

Details revealed in an independent review of the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center have prompted an animal welfare group to ask the sheriff’s office to investigate whether animals at the shelter were subjected to criminal neglect or cruelty. An expansive Team Shelter USA report critical of the ARC — precipitating the shelter...
Rice takes oath, first all-women Montgomery County Commission seated
 With the swearing in of Carolyn Rice on Wednesday, the Montgomery County Commission became the first filled all by women. “She is a force to be reckoned with and it’s great to have another woman on the county commission,” said County Commission President Debbie Lieberman. “Now there are three of us.” Q&A: Incoming...

5:40 PM Wednesday, Jan. 02, 2019

With the swearing in of Carolyn Rice on Wednesday, the Montgomery County Commission became the first filled all by women. “She is a force to be reckoned with and it’s great to have another woman on the county commission,” said County Commission President Debbie Lieberman. “Now there are three of us.” Q&A: Incoming...
Legal medical marijuana sales in Ohio could start in days
 The first legal sale of medical marijuana in Ohio could happen within days, but it won’t be anywhere near Dayton. “There’s no dispensaries in our area even breaking ground,” said Lorrie Callahan, who has multiple sclerosis and is a vocal advocate in the state for medical marijuana. “There’s no point in...

8:16 PM Tuesday, Jan. 01, 2019

The first legal sale of medical marijuana in Ohio could happen within days, but it won’t be anywhere near Dayton. “There’s no dispensaries in our area even breaking ground,” said Lorrie Callahan, who has multiple sclerosis and is a vocal advocate in the state for medical marijuana. “There’s no point in...
Medical marijuana: With Ohio product due any day, how many are in the program?
 Ohio’s first medical marijuana could go on sale any day — maybe any minute — as the first testing lab and dispensary received state approval earlier this month to open. After accepting patient registrations for three weeks, the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program has received 4,440 recommendations for patients or caregivers...

6:41 PM Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018

Ohio’s first medical marijuana could go on sale any day — maybe any minute — as the first testing lab and dispensary received state approval earlier this month to open. After accepting patient registrations for three weeks, the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program has received 4,440 recommendations for patients or caregivers...
Group says tax increase needed for convention center improvements
 A Dayton Convention Center task force is pushing forward with “an aspirational master plan” for the moribund 45-year-old facility, but the group says any strategy is dead in the water without boosting the county’s lodging tax. A task force report unveiled last week identified possible revenue sources, but concluded: &ldquo...

11:00 AM Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018

A Dayton Convention Center task force is pushing forward with “an aspirational master plan” for the moribund 45-year-old facility, but the group says any strategy is dead in the water without boosting the county’s lodging tax. A task force report unveiled last week identified possible revenue sources, but concluded: &ldquo...
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