Joanne Huist Smith

Joanne Huist Smith is a native of Dayton. She grew up in the Old North Dayton Neighborhood and attended the St. Adalbert's Catholic Elementary School on Valley Street. Joanne graduated from John H. Patterson Cooperative High School, then earned a bachelor's degree in English at Wright State University. She joined the staff of the Dayton Daily News as a reporter in 1997. During her tenure with the newspaper, Joanne has covered Greene and Warren counties, focusing on education and communities. She currently covers Montgomery County government.

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A detail of the Warhawk's special $2500 pull-tab instant ticket at the Dryden Road Bingo location. Bingo revenues in Ohio had decreased for years. A bad economy and an ever-changing array of gambling options have put plenty of stress on bingo operations, especially smaller games. Still, charities are benefiting from bingo, which brought in more than $900 million in 2011. Some local operators say it's survival of the fittest in this competitive field.JIM WITMER / STAFF

Profits dip, but bingo still brings in millions

Ohio charities turned a profit of more than $100 million from bingo last year — more than any other state — but the revenue generated has declined annually since reaching its peak in 2005. Feeling the effects of the downturn are some 1,700 nonprofits that raise money for causes such ...

Montgomery County launches real estate app

Montgomery County real estate information is now available 24-hours a day on mobile devices via an app called MCRealEstate. The new app, which took a year to develop, allows users to perform basic property searches from the palm of their hand. “MCRealEstate provides users with more accessibility to county property ...

Food packages sent to Cebu, Philippines.

Troy woman’s Philippines vacation turns into relief work

Ln Lurie of Troy was vacationing on the remote resort island of Boracay in the Philippines, when Typhoon Haiyan hit on Nov. 8. Protected from the storm by mountains on the western side of the island, Lurie, 31, initially told her mom, “It wasn’t that bad.” She would soon learn ...

Families: questions when hiring in-home heath care worker

Families can take precautions if they plan to open their home to a health aide or other professional to care for an elderly or disabled loved one. “People have to be prepared that what has solely been their own home will somehow become a place of businesses,” Mark Gerhardstein, superintendent ...

Deloris Downing, 61, right, has worked as a home health aide for 15 years including 10 at Home Care of Black Stone. Downing also cares for her mother, Jean Cox, 80, at home. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

State wants new regulations for home health aides

The state of Ohio is developing new regulations that will set core skill levels for home heath aides, as growth of the $66 billion industry explodes across the country. “We’re saying now is the best time to do this,” said Jessica Hawk, a member of the Direct Care Worker Advisory ...

Montgomery County calling on business leaders to step-up

Expanding the county’s pipeline of job opportunities for young people is critical for the region’s success, Montgomery County officials said Tuesday. The commission convened a forum at Sinclair Community College with business owners and educators, to explore ways to better match the needs of local employers with youth who want ...

Miami Valley reacts to typhoon in Philippines

Armin Sayson, president of the Philippine-American Society of Greater Dayton, witnessed typhoons as a child and recalled how frightening it was to see strong winds tearing off rooftops. “I’ve not seen a disaster in the Philippines to this magnitude,” said Sayson, who resides in Fairborn. The typhoon moved across the ...

Montgomery County seeks to connect young workers, businesses

Montgomery County leaders want to build a talent pipeline filled with opportunities that expose youth to local jobs via internships, co-op and summer work programs.The county is calling on business leaders, professionals in human resources, school guidance counselors and community members to join in a discussion about how to build ...

Majority of school issues passing

Voters were approving eight of 14 tax issues for local school districts Tuesday, according to unofficial, partial results from county boards of election around the region.Tax issues for schools in Beavercreek, Vandalia-Butler and Brookville were too close to call.Of other suburban school districts in the Dayton area with issues on ...

Oakwood has a school levy and 8 people running for one judge seat in one of the most interesting races in the area.  The Lutheran Church of Our Savior is on of many polling places in Oakwood where voters cast their ballots.    TY GREENLEES / STAFF

Oakwood’s levy winning streak continues

Oakwood City Schools continued its 35-year winning streak with levies Tuesday night. Just six month after the city’s voters approved a property tax hike for city services, they approved a 5.75-mill continuous levy for additional school operating expenses. With 100 percent of the vote in, the levy had 58 percent ...

 
 

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