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Races, parades and history: How the Miami Valley celebrated Independence Day
 The Oregon District’s Fourth of July parade, a neighborhood tradition, was one of dozens of Independence Day celebrations big and small across the Miami Valley on Thursday. Jeff and Leslie Gonya’s three dogs, Maizey, Lance and Bonnie, thought they were the stars. They were followed by kids’ bikes decked out with red, white...

Posted: 13 days ago

The Oregon District’s Fourth of July parade, a neighborhood tradition, was one of dozens of Independence Day celebrations big and small across the Miami Valley on Thursday. Jeff and Leslie Gonya’s three dogs, Maizey, Lance and Bonnie, thought they were the stars. They were followed by kids’ bikes decked out with red, white...
Dayton Daily News wins best daily newspaper in Ohio; WHIO snags TV awards
 The Dayton Daily News was named the best daily newspaper in Ohio by the Cincinnati, Cleveland and Columbus Society of Professional Journalists chapters. The 2019 winners of the statewide SPJ awards in hundreds of categories were announced Wednesday and the Daily News beat out the other large-circulation papers in the state for the Best of...

Posted: 14 days ago

The Dayton Daily News was named the best daily newspaper in Ohio by the Cincinnati, Cleveland and Columbus Society of Professional Journalists chapters. The 2019 winners of the statewide SPJ awards in hundreds of categories were announced Wednesday and the Daily News beat out the other large-circulation papers in the state for the Best of...
How this new tool can help parents prevent teen suicide
 In the fight against rising teen suicide rates in Ohio, machine learning gives parents new tools to find out when their kids might be in trouble. Bark is one company that allows parents to monitor their child’s social media and connected devices for potential red flags of suicidal thoughts, self-harm and cyber-bullying, as well as inappropriate...

Posted: 16 days ago

In the fight against rising teen suicide rates in Ohio, machine learning gives parents new tools to find out when their kids might be in trouble. Bark is one company that allows parents to monitor their child’s social media and connected devices for potential red flags of suicidal thoughts, self-harm and cyber-bullying, as well as inappropriate...
How Children’s new $12M mental health unit uses technology to save lives
 Every detail of Dayton Children’s Hospital’s new $12 million behavioral health unit is designed with safety in mind, including new technology that is a first for any pediatric hospital in North America. Hospital executives unveiled the new 24-bed inpatient unit for children in behavioral health crisis on Wednesday. “We know...

Posted: 21 days ago

Every detail of Dayton Children’s Hospital’s new $12 million behavioral health unit is designed with safety in mind, including new technology that is a first for any pediatric hospital in North America. Hospital executives unveiled the new 24-bed inpatient unit for children in behavioral health crisis on Wednesday. “We know...
Survivor story: LGBTQ youth at higher risk of suicide
 Isolation and lack of community connection are among the root causes of suicide identified by the Montgomery County Prevention Coalition, and are feelings often expressed by LGBTQ teens, according to coalition member Devon Stephenson.  He knows those feelings well.  He attempted to end his life in 2018 after struggling with depression...

Posted: 29 days ago

Isolation and lack of community connection are among the root causes of suicide identified by the Montgomery County Prevention Coalition, and are feelings often expressed by LGBTQ teens, according to coalition member Devon Stephenson.  He knows those feelings well.  He attempted to end his life in 2018 after struggling with depression...
Devon Stephenson
Devon Stephenson shares his advice for young people struggling with mental health or suicidal thoughts.

9:41 PM Monday, Jun. 17, 2019

Devon Stephenson shares his advice for young people struggling with mental health or suicidal thoughts.
Local teen suicide survivor: ‘Things really do get better’
 Sam Nicholaisen feels like a different person from the teen who attempted suicide in 2015. “The whole thing is kind of unreal to me because of where I am now,” the now 18-year-old Oakwood High School student said. “I feel like my life is nowhere near where I was back then. Time has really been the ultimate healer.&rdquo...

2:51 PM Monday, Jun. 17, 2019

Sam Nicholaisen feels like a different person from the teen who attempted suicide in 2015. “The whole thing is kind of unreal to me because of where I am now,” the now 18-year-old Oakwood High School student said. “I feel like my life is nowhere near where I was back then. Time has really been the ultimate healer.&rdquo...
Dayton, Montgomery County at odds over water
 Montgomery County’s decision to do independent testing of the drinking water it buys from the city of Dayton came out of a growing concern over a lack of communication, according to County Commissioner Debbie Lieberman. On Friday, the county announced its new testing process despite also stating there is no immediate threat to the water...

1:43 PM Monday, Jun. 17, 2019

Montgomery County’s decision to do independent testing of the drinking water it buys from the city of Dayton came out of a growing concern over a lack of communication, according to County Commissioner Debbie Lieberman. On Friday, the county announced its new testing process despite also stating there is no immediate threat to the water...
Mental health resources available following tornadoes
 Local agencies continue to make mental health resources available to area residents affected by the Memorial Day tornadoes. The emotional and mental effects of surviving a natural disaster can manifest days, weeks, months or even years after the event, according to Montgomery County’s Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Board...

5:00 AM Monday, Jun. 17, 2019

Local agencies continue to make mental health resources available to area residents affected by the Memorial Day tornadoes. The emotional and mental effects of surviving a natural disaster can manifest days, weeks, months or even years after the event, according to Montgomery County’s Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Board...
How Dayton region can stop record increase in teen suicides
 A more proactive approach – from parents, schools, anyone in contact with kids and even teens themselves – is necessary to counteract the growing number of youth suicides in the Dayton area, experts say. A Dayton Daily News investigation found that more consistent screening of teens and adolescents for mental health and suicidal...

10:00 AM Sunday, Jun. 16, 2019

A more proactive approach – from parents, schools, anyone in contact with kids and even teens themselves – is necessary to counteract the growing number of youth suicides in the Dayton area, experts say. A Dayton Daily News investigation found that more consistent screening of teens and adolescents for mental health and suicidal...
Event in Northridge High School gym helps community’s continued healing from destruction
 Free massages, therapy dogs, healing crystals and a lot of “good vibes” were on hand at the Northridge High School gymnasium Saturday as a group of wellness volunteers set up a “Love Shack” for the Northridge community affected by the Memorial Day tornadoes. Misty Brown, of Dayton, said she was so emotionally impacted...

9:04 PM Saturday, Jun. 15, 2019

Free massages, therapy dogs, healing crystals and a lot of “good vibes” were on hand at the Northridge High School gymnasium Saturday as a group of wellness volunteers set up a “Love Shack” for the Northridge community affected by the Memorial Day tornadoes. Misty Brown, of Dayton, said she was so emotionally impacted...
Experts: Mental health critical to disaster recovery
 As families and businesses repair the physical scars left by 15 tornadoes across the Miami Valley on Memorial Day, experts say it’s important to also pay attention to the psychological toll natural disasters take on individuals and the community. “Everyone is going through post-traumatic stress,” said Springboro Police Chief...

9:00 AM Sunday, Jun. 09, 2019

As families and businesses repair the physical scars left by 15 tornadoes across the Miami Valley on Memorial Day, experts say it’s important to also pay attention to the psychological toll natural disasters take on individuals and the community. “Everyone is going through post-traumatic stress,” said Springboro Police Chief...
Lessons on rebuilding from Dayton’s neighbors in Xenia
 Xenia residents are well-known for their resilience in the face of the deadly 1974 tornado that destroyed much of their city. And Xenia was hit again in 2000 by an EF4 tornado that killed one person and injured more than 100. Dick Strous is one of many Xenia residents who have stories of rebuilding more than once and wisdom to pass on to...

10:04 AM Sunday, Jun. 02, 2019

Xenia residents are well-known for their resilience in the face of the deadly 1974 tornado that destroyed much of their city. And Xenia was hit again in 2000 by an EF4 tornado that killed one person and injured more than 100. Dick Strous is one of many Xenia residents who have stories of rebuilding more than once and wisdom to pass on to...
#DaytonStrong: ‘We’ll rise out of these ashes and be better for it’
 In a big small town that’s been beaten down repeatedly by floods, blizzards, recessions, addiction — and now tornadoes — Daytonians prove time and again that ingenuity and hard work can overcome anything. Dayton’s disasters also have been its most shining and defining moments, said Brady Kress, president and CEO of...

10:00 AM Sunday, Jun. 02, 2019

In a big small town that’s been beaten down repeatedly by floods, blizzards, recessions, addiction — and now tornadoes — Daytonians prove time and again that ingenuity and hard work can overcome anything. Dayton’s disasters also have been its most shining and defining moments, said Brady Kress, president and CEO of...
Tales from the storms: ‘Our whole house is ruined’
 Each of the tornadoes that struck the Miami Valley late on Memorial Day whirled with winds of more than 136 mph and harnessed the power to obliterate a well-built home or toss a car. Area residents today continue to tally the damage wrought by these twisters and the storm that produced them. Sunrise Tuesday revealed hundreds of damaged homes...

5:00 AM Wednesday, May. 29, 2019

Each of the tornadoes that struck the Miami Valley late on Memorial Day whirled with winds of more than 136 mph and harnessed the power to obliterate a well-built home or toss a car. Area residents today continue to tally the damage wrought by these twisters and the storm that produced them. Sunrise Tuesday revealed hundreds of damaged homes...
Some RTA routes detoured due to storm damage
 Several Greater Dayton RTA bus routes are being detoured, and the agency is providing emergency evacuation assistance as needed due to tornadic activity and storms that impacted much of the Miami Valley late Monday night. The following RTA routes have been detoured due to storm damage Tuesday: Route 2, 11, 16, 17, 19, 22, 24, and 34...

5:20 PM Tuesday, May. 28, 2019

Several Greater Dayton RTA bus routes are being detoured, and the agency is providing emergency evacuation assistance as needed due to tornadic activity and storms that impacted much of the Miami Valley late Monday night. The following RTA routes have been detoured due to storm damage Tuesday: Route 2, 11, 16, 17, 19, 22, 24, and 34...
Ohio Task Force One mobilizes for search and rescue effort after overnight tornadoes
 Ohio Task Force One has mobilized a search  and rescue team in Montgomery County. The team is typically deployed to send manpower and equipment to disasters in other states, but will be working in the Miami Valley Tuesday after severe storms and tornadoes left widespread damage.  Reports of damaged structures have come in from Montgomery...

9:18 AM Tuesday, May. 28, 2019

Ohio Task Force One has mobilized a search  and rescue team in Montgomery County. The team is typically deployed to send manpower and equipment to disasters in other states, but will be working in the Miami Valley Tuesday after severe storms and tornadoes left widespread damage.  Reports of damaged structures have come in from Montgomery...
EPA water sample results expected in 24 hours; boil advisory continues in Dayton
 Bottled water will be available until 8 p.m. at multiple places in Montgomery County, according to county officials. Water is still available at the following areas: Corinthian Church, 700 N. James H. McGee, Dayton
Morton Middle School, 8555 Peters Pike, Vandalia
The Ridge Church, 7555 Brookville-Phillipsburg Road, Brookville
Montgomery County...

7:38 AM Tuesday, May. 28, 2019

Bottled water will be available until 8 p.m. at multiple places in Montgomery County, according to county officials. Water is still available at the following areas: Corinthian Church, 700 N. James H. McGee, Dayton Morton Middle School, 8555 Peters Pike, Vandalia The Ridge Church, 7555 Brookville-Phillipsburg Road, Brookville Montgomery County...
Brookville police enact curfew in several neighborhoods
 The Brookville Police Department will be enacting a curfew in the following neighborhoods starting at 10 p.m. until 6 a.m.: Terrace Park Subdivision
Charlie Court
Brookville Local Schools Campus Officers will be assigned to those areas to prevent any issues along with civilian volunteers associated with the CERT team. Brookville Schools Superintendent...

4:44 AM Tuesday, May. 28, 2019

The Brookville Police Department will be enacting a curfew in the following neighborhoods starting at 10 p.m. until 6 a.m.: Terrace Park Subdivision Charlie Court Brookville Local Schools Campus Officers will be assigned to those areas to prevent any issues along with civilian volunteers associated with the CERT team. Brookville Schools Superintendent...
Miami Valley tornadoes: Widespread damage reported in Montgomery, Greene, Mercer counties
 Tornadoes were reported in Darke, Mercer, Miami and Montgomery counties, according to weather radio spotters. Ohio Task Force One has mobilized a search  and rescue team in Montgomery County. Local hospitals said they are treating injuries, but exact numbers were not available early Tuesday morning.  Widespread damage has been reported...

2:50 AM Tuesday, May. 28, 2019

Tornadoes were reported in Darke, Mercer, Miami and Montgomery counties, according to weather radio spotters. Ohio Task Force One has mobilized a search  and rescue team in Montgomery County. Local hospitals said they are treating injuries, but exact numbers were not available early Tuesday morning.  Widespread damage has been reported...
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