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Two discoveries in University of Dayton laboratorie received patents earlier this month. The first is a unique method of applying an organic compound to break up bacterial biofilms, commonly known as slime, that could make antibiotics 1,000 more effective. Professor Jayne Robinson (pictured) said UD is speaking with a number of companies about licensing the technology, which has potential medical and military applications. The second patent is for a more effective and environmentally friendly alternative to ceramic coatings for biomedical implants, derived from oysters with no chemical solvents.. LISA POWELL / STAFF

5 geeky facts you may not know about Dayton

It is going to be a geeky weekend in Dayton. But Dayton-based JackaByte Multimedia’s Epic-Con Ohio: Geek Fest Convention and Custom Auto Show Friday Saturday and Sunday at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds is by far just the tip of the geeky iceberg in the Dayton area. Read: 3,000 geeks to ...

Dayton manufacturing a ‘national model’

The Dayton region’s manufacturing sector retooled itself in the wake of the recession and has emerged as a national model, said Jay Williams, U.S. assistant secretary for economic development.“There are almost 3,000 manufacturing companies in this region, which positions it as one of the most well-known and highly developed manufacturing ...

Carriage Hill Metro Park, October, 2014.

8 places to experience fall at Five Rivers MetroParks

Perhaps the best place to experience fall foliage is from your own two feet. Fall’s cooler temps and color make this perhaps the best time of year to get out and explore the 75-plus miles of hiking trails found in your Five Rivers MetroParks. “The cool temperatures mean there aren’t ...

Future of manufacturing in Dayton

Future of manufacturing in Dayton

U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development Jay Williams discusses Ohio's manufacturing renaissance at the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Show in Vandalia.

Federal official touts manufacturing ‘renaissance’

U.S. manufacturing is undergoing a renaissance and is “particularly alive and well here in the Dayton region,” the administrator of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration said Wednesday at the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Show in Vandalia. “There are almost 3,000 manufacturing companies in this region, which positions it ...

P&G distribution center hiring managers

The Procter & Gamble multibrand distribution center in Union will start hiring next week for the first management positions at the new $90 million facility near the Dayton International Airport, according to Montgomery County Workforce DevelopmentNorth Carolina-based Debbie’s Staffing will host a local hiring event Tuesday and Wednesday to recruit ...

A pellet stove likely caused a house fire Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, in the 1300 block of South Dixie Drive, Vandalia Fire Chief Chad Follick said. JIM NOELKER/Staff

Pellet stove likely cause of Vandalia house fire

One man was taken to the hospital today suffering from smoke inhalation from a fire at a home under renovation.Heavy smoke was showing from a house around 4 p.m. in the 1300 block of South Dixie Drive, just north of Stonequarry Road, which temporaily blocked South Dixie Drive in both ...

Former sheriff’s employee joins police department

The city of Vandalia welcomed a former employee of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office to its police department staff earlier this month.Lt. Kurt Althouse, a Miami County native, started his new job with the city on Oct. 6, according to Rich Hopkins, city spokesman. Althouse will focus on administrative functions.Althouse ...

Vandalia, light-manufacturer negotiating land deal

The Vandalia City Council has authorized City Manager Jon Crusey to enter into negotiations with a Dayton-area company interested in relocating to a 12-acre plot at Stonequarry Crossings Industrial Park.Crusey said the potential buyer, referred to by the city as Project Horse, is a light-manufacturing company looking to relocate 81 ...

Officers push school bus safety program

State troopers followed approximately 100 school buses Tuesday as part of law enforcement’s effort to promote safe driving around school buses and safety zones.“The key of it is for the safety of the children,” Sgt. Jeff Kramer said. He’s with the Ohio Highway Patrol’s Dayton post, one of the local ...

1 hurt in 2-vehicle wreck in Vandalia

One person has been hurt in a two-vehicle accident on South Dixie Drive at Stonequarry Road that has snarled traffic.Crews were dispatched just after 4:30 p.m. on a report of multivehicle accident.We have a crew on scene. We will update this story as we get details.

Federal official to speak at manufacturing trade show

A U.S. Department of Commerce administrator will be a featured speaker Wednesday at the 2014 Advanced Manufacturing Technology Show at the Dayton Airport Expo Center in Vandalia.Jay Williams, assistant secretary of commerce for economic development, will present “Manufacturing in Motion: Leading the Future for the Dayton Region and Beyond.”Williams is ...

2 local breweries to host anniversary bashes

Two Dayton-area breweries will host first-anniversary bashes Nov. 1, and one is already looking to expand to a second facility — the third local brewery in recent months to announce such expansion plans.“Our growth was quicker than we expected — we’re ahead of schedule,” said Matt Harris, co-owner of Hairless ...

With his deli and wine store, a music career and more, Eric Jerardi has a lot going on. Not that he’s complaining. He says he intends to live life to the fullest. THOMAS GNAU/STAFF PHOTO

3 questions with … Eric Jerardi

As stories go, this one won’t make you wait long for the punchline. A customer walks into Jerardi’s Little Store, 7325 Peters Pike, in Butler Twp. He orders a sandwich. He notices the Eric Jerardi CDs at the front. “Hey, I love that guy,” the customer says. “Yeah?” an employee ...

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GOP incumbent seeks third term

State Rep. Mike Henne is aiming for his third consecutive two-year term in the Ohio House of Representatives, but Huber Heights resident Dave Richards believes his “outside-the-box” approach would be a better fit for the 40th district. Henne, a Republican and Clay Twp. resident, and Richards, a Democrat, square off ...

David Dunkin, left, and Walter Bozeman are computer technicians for PC-ER, which has set up independent shops inside two Dayton-area Walmart stores, including one at 6244 Wilmington Pike in the Sugarcreek Plaza, where Dunkin and Bozeman work.

Firm hiring veterans for its computer and cellphone repair in Walmarts

An independent Ohio company has opened two computer-and-cellphone-repair shops inside Dayton-area Walmart stores and is planning more than a dozen more across the region and state within the next nine months. The owners of Delphos, Ohio-based PC-ER have committed to Walmart that the majority of the repair shops will either ...

Manufacturing event showcases new technologies

Record numbers of both exhibitors and attendees are expected this week at the Dayton Region Manufacturers Association’s 10th annual trade show, signifying the sector’s strength in the local economy, the group’s top executive said. The 2014 Advanced Manufacturing Technology Show on Wednesday and Thursday at the Dayton Airport Expo Center ...

Tech company moving headquarters to Vandalia

A Troy tech company is relocating its corporate headquarters to Vandalia by the end of the year, bringing 54 employees to the new location on Poe Avenue, the company announced Friday.One Call Now has secured a 14,000-square-foot space on the fifth floor of 6450 Poe Avenue, the owners said in ...

Driver in Vandalia-Butler bus crash let go

UPDATE @ 10:16 p.m.:The school bus driver is no longer employed with First Student Inc., the company under contract with Vandalia-Butler schools, company spokeswoman Jen Biddinger said.Company policy and employee privacy laws prohibit the release of any other information about the driver or his record, she said.UPDATE @ 3:36 p.m.:The ...

District disappointed with private school bus company

The Cincinnati-based company hired to transport Vandalia-Butler City School students has failed to provide a safe and reliable bus service to the school district, according to Brad Neavin, district superintendent. Neavin is referring to First Student, Inc. In a statement issued Thursday, Neavin said, “From First Student’s initial proposal presented ...

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