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County commissioners asked to revoke Klan’s rally permit
 A coalition of civil rights groups is circulating a petition asking Montgomery County commissioners to yank a Ku Klux Kan group’s May 25 permit to rally in Dayton. “The primary thing that we all want is to keep them from coming here because it’s causing a lot of concern amongst different groups and individuals about what...

Posted: 29 days ago

A coalition of civil rights groups is circulating a petition asking Montgomery County commissioners to yank a Ku Klux Kan group’s May 25 permit to rally in Dayton. “The primary thing that we all want is to keep them from coming here because it’s causing a lot of concern amongst different groups and individuals about what...
Judge Rice to receive award today for support of children, families
 A Dayton federal judge whose name will soon go up on the courthouse where he’s worked since 1980 will be given another honor today for the impact he’s had on the lives of area children and families. Senior U.S. District Judge Walter H. Rice will receive the 19th Annual Brother Raymond L. Fitz Award from the Montgomery County Family...

Posted: 29 days ago

A Dayton federal judge whose name will soon go up on the courthouse where he’s worked since 1980 will be given another honor today for the impact he’s had on the lives of area children and families. Senior U.S. District Judge Walter H. Rice will receive the 19th Annual Brother Raymond L. Fitz Award from the Montgomery County Family...
Disagree with your property value? One week left for Montgomery County appeals.
 Montgomery County property owners who want to dispute the tax values of their properties have a week left to file an appeal with the Board of Revision. The last day to file this year is Monday. More than 500 appeals have already been filed with the board this year, according to the county auditor. MORE: That van with cameras in front of your...

Posted: 30 days ago

Montgomery County property owners who want to dispute the tax values of their properties have a week left to file an appeal with the Board of Revision. The last day to file this year is Monday. More than 500 appeals have already been filed with the board this year, according to the county auditor. MORE: That van with cameras in front of your...
County to OK $2.5M in road work, but officials warn it’s not enough
 Montgomery County commissioners are expected to approve about $2.5 million in road resurfacing projects today. The move comes as state legislators prepare for the new debate over a gas tax increase proposed by Gov. Mike DeWine to improve crumbling roadways, one that lawmakers from his own party chipped away at. DeWine wants to increase Ohio&rsquo...

Posted: 30 days ago

Montgomery County commissioners are expected to approve about $2.5 million in road resurfacing projects today. The move comes as state legislators prepare for the new debate over a gas tax increase proposed by Gov. Mike DeWine to improve crumbling roadways, one that lawmakers from his own party chipped away at. DeWine wants to increase Ohio&rsquo...
Counties want Ohio to pay legal defense costs for those who cannot afford it
 The legal costs for those who can’t afford to defend themselves in court should be entirely shouldered by the state government since it has the legal obligation, say those representing Ohio’s counties, which now pay more than half the burden. “I don’t even know in Ohio how we got to the point we are. It really isn&rsquo...

5:05 PM Monday, Mar. 25, 2019

The legal costs for those who can’t afford to defend themselves in court should be entirely shouldered by the state government since it has the legal obligation, say those representing Ohio’s counties, which now pay more than half the burden. “I don’t even know in Ohio how we got to the point we are. It really isn&rsquo...
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...

10:36 AM Monday, Mar. 25, 2019

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...

7:44 PM Thursday, Mar. 21, 2019

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...

9:00 AM Thursday, Mar. 21, 2019

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...

9:00 AM Thursday, Mar. 21, 2019

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...

3:32 AM Thursday, Mar. 21, 2019

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

9:48 PM Wednesday, Mar. 20, 2019

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...

7:00 AM Wednesday, Mar. 20, 2019

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...

4:30 AM Wednesday, Mar. 20, 2019

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...

3:51 PM Thursday, Mar. 14, 2019

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...

3:51 PM Thursday, Mar. 14, 2019

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...

3:51 PM Thursday, Mar. 14, 2019

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...

3:51 PM Thursday, Mar. 14, 2019

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...
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