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Area pot dispensaries near opening: ‘People are really wanting their medicine’
 This corner of the state could get its first medical marijuana dispensary within a month — maybe sooner — if all goes well with the permitting process, according to a company working on dispensaries in both Dayton and Springfield. “We have been working as fast and as hard as we can. People are really wanting their medicine...

Posted: 2 hours ago

This corner of the state could get its first medical marijuana dispensary within a month — maybe sooner — if all goes well with the permitting process, according to a company working on dispensaries in both Dayton and Springfield. “We have been working as fast and as hard as we can. People are really wanting their medicine...
200 people debate how best to counter Klan rally in Dayton
 Some of the people at a community meeting to devise a response to a planned May rally by a Ku Klux Klan group said the best tactic is to ignore the Honorable Sacred Knights. Others said it was far too much to ask of some Daytonians to not show up and fight racism and protect their hard-fought rights. “People are not going to sit at...

Posted: 3 days ago

Some of the people at a community meeting to devise a response to a planned May rally by a Ku Klux Klan group said the best tactic is to ignore the Honorable Sacred Knights. Others said it was far too much to ask of some Daytonians to not show up and fight racism and protect their hard-fought rights. “People are not going to sit at...
What local counties are doing to protect your vote
 Across Ohio, local elections officials are buying a new generation of voting machines they hope will be more reliable, less prone to breakdowns and more secure — an overhaul expected to cost more than $210 million. Most of the voting systems set up in polling places are so old that it’s hard to get replacement parts or related...

Posted: 4 days ago

Across Ohio, local elections officials are buying a new generation of voting machines they hope will be more reliable, less prone to breakdowns and more secure — an overhaul expected to cost more than $210 million. Most of the voting systems set up in polling places are so old that it’s hard to get replacement parts or related...
Cybersecurity expert: ‘Big game’ for adversaries is 2020 election
 The integrity of the nation’s voting systems heading into the 2020 election is lagging, leaving equipment vulnerable to cyberattacks or malfunctions on Election Day, according to an analysis by the Brennan Center for Justice. “We face threats not only from foreign countries, but also the wear-and-tear of decades of use,&rdquo...

Posted: 4 days ago

The integrity of the nation’s voting systems heading into the 2020 election is lagging, leaving equipment vulnerable to cyberattacks or malfunctions on Election Day, according to an analysis by the Brennan Center for Justice. “We face threats not only from foreign countries, but also the wear-and-tear of decades of use,&rdquo...
Colorful banners floated as possible response to KKK-affiliated group’s rally
 City leaders presented one colorful idea at a community forum Wednesday night about how to respond to a Ku Klux Klan-affiliated group’s planned May rally: encircle Courthouse Square with banners celebrating Dayton qualities they say are opposite those of the Honorable Sacred Knights of Indiana. “We are clearly concerned about...

Posted: 4 days ago

City leaders presented one colorful idea at a community forum Wednesday night about how to respond to a Ku Klux Klan-affiliated group’s planned May rally: encircle Courthouse Square with banners celebrating Dayton qualities they say are opposite those of the Honorable Sacred Knights of Indiana. “We are clearly concerned about...
What local counties are doing to protect your vote
Montgomery County Board of Elections Director Jan Kelly and Deputy Director Steve Harsman give a presentation to county commissioners on the touch-screen hybrid voting system the elections board members recommend. CHRIS STEWART / STAFF

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Montgomery County Board of Elections Director Jan Kelly and Deputy Director Steve Harsman give a presentation to county commissioners on the touch-screen hybrid voting system the elections board members recommend. CHRIS STEWART / STAFF
Today’s statewide drill reminds residents: Strong storms could be coming
 Tornado sirens and alerts will sound today as a reminder to prepare for one nature’s mightiest storms. Although peak tornado season in Ohio is generally from April to July, tornadoes have spun up in every month. In January, a twister downed trees, power lines and a building at a cemetery in Trumbull County. Another closer to home in...

Posted: 5 days ago

Tornado sirens and alerts will sound today as a reminder to prepare for one nature’s mightiest storms. Although peak tornado season in Ohio is generally from April to July, tornadoes have spun up in every month. In January, a twister downed trees, power lines and a building at a cemetery in Trumbull County. Another closer to home in...
Statewide tornado drill held today. Do you have an emergency plan?
 Emergency sirens and alerts sounded at 9:50 a.m. today as a reminder to prepare for one nature’s mightiest storms. Peak tornado season in Ohio is generally from April to July, but tornadoes have spun up in every month. In January, a twister downed trees, power lines and a building at a cemetery in Trumbull County. Another closer to...

Posted: 5 days ago

Emergency sirens and alerts sounded at 9:50 a.m. today as a reminder to prepare for one nature’s mightiest storms. Peak tornado season in Ohio is generally from April to July, but tornadoes have spun up in every month. In January, a twister downed trees, power lines and a building at a cemetery in Trumbull County. Another closer to...
Dayton landmark given shout out for thinking outside of the wooden box
About 100 people and their canine companions took part in the 2008 Woof Walk on Saturday, Aug. 2, at Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum. Walkers in the two, two-hour guided tours learned about the lives of many notables buried in the historic Dayton cemetery founded in 1841. The walk, now in its fifth year, was sponsored by Woodland Cemetery...

Posted: 10 days ago

About 100 people and their canine companions took part in the 2008 Woof Walk on Saturday, Aug. 2, at Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum. Walkers in the two, two-hour guided tours learned about the lives of many notables buried in the historic Dayton cemetery founded in 1841. The walk, now in its fifth year, was sponsored by Woodland Cemetery...
Dayton landmark given shout out for thinking outside of the wooden box
Jane Spitler of Harrison Twp. pets her long-haired dachshund Freddy at the 2008 Woof Walk. About 100 people and their canine companions took part in the walk Saturday, Aug. 2, at Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum. Walkers in the two, two-hour guided tours learned about the lives of many notables buried in the historic Dayton cemetery founded...

Posted: 10 days ago

Jane Spitler of Harrison Twp. pets her long-haired dachshund Freddy at the 2008 Woof Walk. About 100 people and their canine companions took part in the walk Saturday, Aug. 2, at Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum. Walkers in the two, two-hour guided tours learned about the lives of many notables buried in the historic Dayton cemetery founded...
Dayton landmark given shout out for thinking outside of the wooden box
About 100 people and their canine companions took part in the 2008 Woof Walk on Saturday, Aug. 2, at Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum. Walkers in the two, two-hour guided tours learned about the lives of many notables buried in the historic Dayton cemetery founded in 1841. The walk, now in its fifth year, was sponsored by Woodland Cemetery...

Posted: 10 days ago

About 100 people and their canine companions took part in the 2008 Woof Walk on Saturday, Aug. 2, at Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum. Walkers in the two, two-hour guided tours learned about the lives of many notables buried in the historic Dayton cemetery founded in 1841. The walk, now in its fifth year, was sponsored by Woodland Cemetery...
Dayton landmark given shout out for thinking outside of the wooden box
About 100 people and their canine companions took part in the 2008 Woof Walk on Saturday, Aug. 2, at Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum. Walkers in the two, two-hour guided tours learned about the lives of many notables buried in the historic Dayton cemetery founded in 1841. The walk, now in its fifth year, was sponsored by Woodland Cemetery...

Posted: 10 days ago

About 100 people and their canine companions took part in the 2008 Woof Walk on Saturday, Aug. 2, at Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum. Walkers in the two, two-hour guided tours learned about the lives of many notables buried in the historic Dayton cemetery founded in 1841. The walk, now in its fifth year, was sponsored by Woodland Cemetery...
More animals leaving Montgomery County shelter alive
 After enduring some years in which nearly half of all animals entering the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center never left alive, recent statistics show that since a change in leadership, the save rate surged to a level that meets modern shelter standards. “We’ve eclipsed 90 percent in our live release rate, which means more...

Posted: 14 days ago

After enduring some years in which nearly half of all animals entering the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center never left alive, recent statistics show that since a change in leadership, the save rate surged to a level that meets modern shelter standards. “We’ve eclipsed 90 percent in our live release rate, which means more...
Venue cites safety, turns away counter group on date of Klan rally in Dayton
 A Black Lives Matter-named group has been turned away from holding an event at a Dayton concert venue at the same time a Ku Klux Klan group plans to rally downtown not two blocks away. Lisa Wagner, executive director of Levitt Pavilion Dayton, said the determination was made after talking with police and city officials. “The mission...

Posted: 16 days ago

A Black Lives Matter-named group has been turned away from holding an event at a Dayton concert venue at the same time a Ku Klux Klan group plans to rally downtown not two blocks away. Lisa Wagner, executive director of Levitt Pavilion Dayton, said the determination was made after talking with police and city officials. “The mission...
Reward offered for tips on window smashing at Dayton mosque
 A cash reward has been offered for information leading to the conviction of an armed man caught on camera vandalizing a Dayton mosque during morning prayers, an action members of the area Islamic community want to see investigated and prosecuted as a hate crime. The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and its Cincinnati...

Posted: 17 days ago

A cash reward has been offered for information leading to the conviction of an armed man caught on camera vandalizing a Dayton mosque during morning prayers, an action members of the area Islamic community want to see investigated and prosecuted as a hate crime. The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and its Cincinnati...
First community meeting set to counter Klan rally in Dayton
 A town hall meeting Saturday will be the first by a coalition of community groups formed to provide an alternate message to the one they say a Ku Klux Klan group will bring to Dayton in May. Members of A Better Dayton Coalition announced their intention last month to lead a peaceful protest on May 25 at the same time the Honorable Sacred...

Posted: 17 days ago

A town hall meeting Saturday will be the first by a coalition of community groups formed to provide an alternate message to the one they say a Ku Klux Klan group will bring to Dayton in May. Members of A Better Dayton Coalition announced their intention last month to lead a peaceful protest on May 25 at the same time the Honorable Sacred...
Man points gun at Dayton mosque camera: ‘This is intended as a hate crime’
 Members of the area Islamic community say a man who suspiciously circled a Dayton mosque during morning prayer, smashed out three windows and leveled a gun at its security cameras should be charged with a crime higher than vandalism if caught. “Any time that we see a house of worship being physically attacked — especially when...

Posted: 18 days ago

Members of the area Islamic community say a man who suspiciously circled a Dayton mosque during morning prayer, smashed out three windows and leveled a gun at its security cameras should be charged with a crime higher than vandalism if caught. “Any time that we see a house of worship being physically attacked — especially when...
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