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Three Wright-Dunbar historic replica homes reach finish line
 A Dayton neighborhood redevelopment project started by the now-defunct ISUS charter school is being completed — six years after the Great Recession froze it in time. The project in the Wright-Dunbar Historic Neighborhood was an attempt to create an enclave of homes that were replicas of the childhood homes or buildings associated with...

4:00 AM Saturday, Jul. 02, 2016

A Dayton neighborhood redevelopment project started by the now-defunct ISUS charter school is being completed — six years after the Great Recession froze it in time. The project in the Wright-Dunbar Historic Neighborhood was an attempt to create an enclave of homes that were replicas of the childhood homes or buildings associated with...
Record number of travelers expected this weekend
 A record number of travelers for the Fourth of July weekend — nearly 43 million — will be hitting the nation’s highways and airports, according to AAA, spurred on by some of the lowest gas prices in more than a decade. More than 1.5 million Ohioans plan to drive to destinations more than 50 miles from their homes, an increase...

7:01 PM Wednesday, Jun. 29, 2016

A record number of travelers for the Fourth of July weekend — nearly 43 million — will be hitting the nation’s highways and airports, according to AAA, spurred on by some of the lowest gas prices in more than a decade. More than 1.5 million Ohioans plan to drive to destinations more than 50 miles from their homes, an increase...
High court’s decision could impact Ohio law
 The U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down a Texas abortion clinic law likely will affect Ohio, which has similar requirements in place. As part of its decision Monday, the high court overruled Texas law requiring doctors to have admitting privileges at hospitals close by and requiring abortion clinics to meet surgical-center operating...

8:43 PM Monday, Jun. 27, 2016

The U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down a Texas abortion clinic law likely will affect Ohio, which has similar requirements in place. As part of its decision Monday, the high court overruled Texas law requiring doctors to have admitting privileges at hospitals close by and requiring abortion clinics to meet surgical-center operating...
Construction: Watch for lane changes on interstates
 A number of lane closures will greet motorists on Interstate 75 and Interstate 70 this week, so watch for sudden lane changes. I-75 north between Stanley Avenue and Wagner Ford Road will have a shoulder closure through July 15. On I-70 west between Dog Leg Road and SR 48, there will be nightly lane closures through July 1 between 8 p.m. and...

6:08 PM Monday, Jun. 27, 2016

A number of lane closures will greet motorists on Interstate 75 and Interstate 70 this week, so watch for sudden lane changes. I-75 north between Stanley Avenue and Wagner Ford Road will have a shoulder closure through July 15. On I-70 west between Dog Leg Road and SR 48, there will be nightly lane closures through July 1 between 8 p.m. and...
New libraries for Dayton and Columbus
A view inside the downtown Dayton Metro Library that is under construction. It will open in April.

6:56 PM Sunday, Jun. 26, 2016

A view inside the downtown Dayton Metro Library that is under construction. It will open in April.
Whole Foods offers honey bee festival

7:53 PM Friday, Jun. 24, 2016

Honey bees and their sweet product will get some tasty attention from a local business today. Whole Foods Market, 1050 Miamisburg-Centerville Road in Centerville, is hosting a Pollinator and Honey Festival from noon to 4 p.m., an event with exhibits, food and educational activities for children. It’s timed for Pollinator Week, the U...
Cooper Park makeover part of library project
 Cooper Park in downtown Dayton is a pretty straightforward proposition — a square of grass, shade trees, and a statue of President William McKinley. It gets plenty of use during downtown festivals and parades as a quiet refuge from the crowds. The expansion of the Dayton Metro Library is encroaching on an estimated 20 percent of the...

4:24 PM Friday, Jun. 24, 2016

Cooper Park in downtown Dayton is a pretty straightforward proposition — a square of grass, shade trees, and a statue of President William McKinley. It gets plenty of use during downtown festivals and parades as a quiet refuge from the crowds. The expansion of the Dayton Metro Library is encroaching on an estimated 20 percent of the...
Voters support Ohio library building boom
 Libraries across the state have spent more than a quarter of a billion dollars in a few years on massive renovations and new buildings, transforming heavily used public facilities into civic showpieces that offer much more than books, according to the State Library of Ohio. Since 2010, in an era when many voters say they are fed up with government...

4:07 AM Friday, Jun. 24, 2016

Libraries across the state have spent more than a quarter of a billion dollars in a few years on massive renovations and new buildings, transforming heavily used public facilities into civic showpieces that offer much more than books, according to the State Library of Ohio. Since 2010, in an era when many voters say they are fed up with government...
Riverscape water park starts second construction phase
 Construction has begun on the second water feature at RiverScape River Run, the whitewater play park in the Great Miami River downtown. Heavy equipment including a backhoe and dump trucks are hauling rocks to the RiverScape MetroPark at the end of Jefferson Street. To get the rocks, workers are dismantling a coffer dam built for the Monument...

8:31 PM Tuesday, Jun. 21, 2016

Construction has begun on the second water feature at RiverScape River Run, the whitewater play park in the Great Miami River downtown. Heavy equipment including a backhoe and dump trucks are hauling rocks to the RiverScape MetroPark at the end of Jefferson Street. To get the rocks, workers are dismantling a coffer dam built for the Monument...
Riverscape water park starts second construction phase
 Construction has begun on the second water feature at RiverScape River Run, the whitewater play park in the Great Miami River downtown. Heavy equipment including a backhoe and dump trucks are hauling rocks to the RiverScape MetroPark at the end of Jefferson Street. To get the rocks, workers are dismantling a coffer dam built for the Monument...

8:31 PM Tuesday, Jun. 21, 2016

Construction has begun on the second water feature at RiverScape River Run, the whitewater play park in the Great Miami River downtown. Heavy equipment including a backhoe and dump trucks are hauling rocks to the RiverScape MetroPark at the end of Jefferson Street. To get the rocks, workers are dismantling a coffer dam built for the Monument...
Supreme Court board researching queries on medical marijuana
 The Supreme Court of Ohio is reporting that the state’s Board of Professional Conduct has received two requests from attorneys seeking ethical guidance about the medical marijuana law, or HB 523, signed by Gov. John R. Kasich. The law allows physicians to prescribe marijuana for qualified patients and permits the cultivation, processing...

7:00 PM Tuesday, Jun. 21, 2016

The Supreme Court of Ohio is reporting that the state’s Board of Professional Conduct has received two requests from attorneys seeking ethical guidance about the medical marijuana law, or HB 523, signed by Gov. John R. Kasich. The law allows physicians to prescribe marijuana for qualified patients and permits the cultivation, processing...
Dayton’s gypsy heritage recalled on street signs
 Those who believe street names are there just for everyday navigation are missing a big point, many readers of MyDaytonDailyNews.com and the Dayton Daily News say. Our stories on the origin of Dayton area street names drew such a strong response that it made sense to write a follow up with information on more local favorites. Here is what...

3:59 PM Tuesday, Jun. 21, 2016

Those who believe street names are there just for everyday navigation are missing a big point, many readers of MyDaytonDailyNews.com and the Dayton Daily News say. Our stories on the origin of Dayton area street names drew such a strong response that it made sense to write a follow up with information on more local favorites. Here is what...
Construction update: Overnight lane closures downtown

8:17 PM Monday, Jun. 20, 2016

As work continues in the final stages of the Interstate 75 rebuild through downtown Dayton, there will be overnight lane closures this week. They’ll be on I-75 south between Main Street and Edwin C. Moses Boulevard; on I-75 north between Stanley Avenue and Wagner Ford Road; and on I-75 south between Dixie Drive and SR 725. Here are...
Riders will be able to track RTA buses via smartphones
 Waiting too long at a bus stop for your ride to show up — or missing a ride — could soon become a forgotten annoyance around Dayton. A new GPS technology upgrade will allow Greater Dayton RTA bus riders to track exact arrival times via smartphones. The service is on target to start in the fall, some time before December. RTA said...

8:06 PM Monday, Jun. 20, 2016

Waiting too long at a bus stop for your ride to show up — or missing a ride — could soon become a forgotten annoyance around Dayton. A new GPS technology upgrade will allow Greater Dayton RTA bus riders to track exact arrival times via smartphones. The service is on target to start in the fall, some time before December. RTA said...
Dayton Metro Library to build new $9 million branch at Wright factory
 The Dayton Metro Library will announce that it is constructing a new branch on the site of the historic Wright Company on West Third Street just east of Abbey Avenue. The cost for the new branch is around $9 million. That’s according to Tony Sculimbrene, the Executive Director of the National Aviation Heritage Alliance. Tony Sculimbrene...

2:07 PM Monday, Jun. 20, 2016

The Dayton Metro Library will announce that it is constructing a new branch on the site of the historic Wright Company on West Third Street just east of Abbey Avenue. The cost for the new branch is around $9 million. That’s according to Tony Sculimbrene, the Executive Director of the National Aviation Heritage Alliance. Tony Sculimbrene...
Dayton Metro Library to build new $9 million branch at Wright factory
 The Dayton Metro Library will announce that it is constructing a new branch on the site of the historic Wright Company on West Third Street just east of Abbey Avenue. The cost for the new branch is around $9 million. That’s according to Tony Sculimbrene, the Executive Director of the National Aviation Heritage Alliance. Tony Sculimbrene...

2:07 PM Monday, Jun. 20, 2016

The Dayton Metro Library will announce that it is constructing a new branch on the site of the historic Wright Company on West Third Street just east of Abbey Avenue. The cost for the new branch is around $9 million. That’s according to Tony Sculimbrene, the Executive Director of the National Aviation Heritage Alliance. Tony Sculimbrene...
The weird, unlikely, and comical grace some street names
 You are sitting at your favorite tavern talking about sports, politics, the weather when the jukebox fades for a moment. Somebody, out of the blue, mentions the name of a local road. It sounds improbable, weird, timeworn, maybe even ridiculous. Really, you say. A road named that! Around here? Yes, really. They’re out there. Some of...

4:00 AM Sunday, Jun. 12, 2016

You are sitting at your favorite tavern talking about sports, politics, the weather when the jukebox fades for a moment. Somebody, out of the blue, mentions the name of a local road. It sounds improbable, weird, timeworn, maybe even ridiculous. Really, you say. A road named that! Around here? Yes, really. They’re out there. Some of...
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