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Are airplanes really dangerous? 2017 was safest year yet for flights

Published: Tuesday, January 02, 2018 @ 8:24 AM

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Plenty of people have a fear of flying in airplanes, but a new report found last year was the safest year for commercial airline passengers in the history of aviation.

This past year was another “exceptionally good year for civil aviation safety,” according to Netherlands-based aviation consultant To70. Only two fatal accidents occurred in passenger airlines in 2017, and both were small turbo-prop planes, the report found.

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The report examined only larger passenger aircraft commonly used by travelers. In 2016, there were 71 civil aviation accidents, and six of them resulted in fatalities. In 2017, there were 111 accidents and two included fatalities. There were no accidents in 2017 related to unlawful interference, like terrorist attacks.

A total of 13 lives lost in two regional airline accidents:

  • An Embraer Brasilia lost control in flight in Angola after, reportedly, suffering an engine failure, and
  • A Czech-built Let 410 crashed on landing at Nelken in Russia.


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Roosters looking to add four new restaurants

Published: Wednesday, December 06, 2017 @ 2:50 PM
Updated: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 4:17 PM

            Staff Photo by Teesha McClam
            Teesha McClam
Staff Photo by Teesha McClam(Teesha McClam)

Roosters is on the hunt for more sites in the Dayton area.

Dan Ponton, president and CEO of the chicken chain, said even though many other casual dining chains are scaling back and closing stores, Roosters is on a growth streak and seeking to open three or four more stores in the area.

The Dayton Daily News reported first the restaurant was replacing its Dayton Mall area store with a larger Miami Twp. location.

The restaurant chain, based in Dublin, has been scooping up vacant buildings once home to brands like Ponderosas, Bob Evans and Denny’s.

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“But for us, we are able to buy their properties and go in and actually employ more people than they were employing anyways,” Ponton said.

Ponton said as he shops for the right location for the next restaurants, he has plenty of places to chose from.

“I used to get a call on buildings maybe once a month and now I’m getting two calls a week on what’s available,” he said.

It’s been a challenging environment for casual dining chains. By August, publicly traded chains announced the closure of more than 350 stores in the U.S. just this year, according to Nation’s Restaurant News.

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The casual dining industry has been squeezed by flat consumer spending, a highly competitive landscape and the rise of fast casual competitors.

But Ponton said for his business, this has left prime, vacant restaurant real estate at a good price for Roosters to buy.

He said Roosters has advantages despite the challenging overall environment because of aspects like its low menu prices and its low corporate overhead, with the company having no headquarters.

“Our world headquarters is my basement,” he said.

Roosters just bought the former Caddy’s Tap House at 9400 Springboro Pike for $1.7 million and plans to move its 103 N. Springboro Pike store near the Dayton Mall into the larger space.

Besides growing into a 8,500-square-foot space, the new restaurant location will let Roosters have a patio area with outdoor seating.

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Renovations should start in early 2018 with a build out complete sometime after March.

Ponton estimated Roosters might spend about $1 million on the renovation work to prepare the new store for opening.

Each store employs about 100 people, depending on the size of the location. Roosters has about 38 stores, with most in the Dayton area corporately owned and franchising in other markets.

Including Xenia and Springfield, there are six Roosters stores in the region and Ponton said he’s actively looking for the additional locations. He’s also looking to add more stores in the Columbus market.

“We’re very happy with all our locations, but we just want more,” he said.

Good Samaritan Hospital closing: What we know now

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 11:56 AM

Good Samaritan Hospital closing by end of 2018

Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton will close by the end of 2018.

Premier Health announced today that the hospital, based on the northwest side of Dayton, will shut down by the end of 2018. The health network — the largest private employer in the region — said the closure is “part of Premier Health’s new strategic plan.”

“Premier Health made this difficult but necessary decision partly in response to the changing national and local dynamics of health care,” company officials said.

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Here’s what we know about the closure now:

1. WHY IS THE HOSPITAL SHUTTING DOWN?  Premier said it was unsustainable to operate two hospitals within five miles of each other. “The impact of national changes in the health care industry, compounded by the changing face of Dayton over the past decade, made clear that Premier Health had to make significant changes to continue to serve the entire region and reach patients in innovative ways in their communities going forward,” Premier officials said on Wednesday morning.


2. WILL OTHER PREMIER HOSPITALS CLOSE? No. Other Premier hospital will not be impacted. “Premier Health’s strategic plan encompasses the entire organization and calls for continued investment in higher acuity services and critical programs at Atrium Medical Center. It also remains committed to ensuring Upper Valley Medical Center remains the leading ambulatory and surgically focused community hospital in its region,” the company explained in a statement.

3. HOW MANY JOBS WILL BE IMPACTED? Approximately 1,600 jobs will be impacted. More than 1,500 employees worked for Good Samaritan Hospital in 2016, according to data obtained by this news organization. It is not immediately clear how many jobs will be cut in the process of the hospital’s closure, but Premier officials said they were committed to finding jobs for Good Samaritan employees in other Premier facilities.

Premier Health employs around 14,000 in the Dayton region.


The firm tasked with fostering a redevelopment plan for the Montgomery County Fairgrounds will also be in charge of planning what the hospital’s campus could become.

The firm planning NEXT, a Columbus-based company, will be involved in potential redevelopment.

The goal will be to get the site “shovel ready” for potential redevelopment, Premier’s CEO said during a press conference. No date for any demolition has been set since the hospital will still be in operation until the end of the year.

Premier will also be working with CityWide Development Corporation to help repurpose the site.

Over the next few months, community input for redevelopment of the property will be sought, according to Premier. Updates on the plans for the property will be available online.


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Local Kroger store to undergo $4M renovation

Published: Wednesday, December 06, 2017 @ 11:10 AM
Updated: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 4:05 PM

What you need to know.

A local Kroger store in Huber Heights will undergo a $4.3 million renovation, and will now offer services including ClickList.

The Kroger store, located at 7747 Old Troy Pike, is currently under renovation. It is expected to be completed by spring 2018. The remodel includes new décor and updates and new equipment in all departments – Meat/Seafood, Deli/Bakery, Produce and Floral and Front-End upgrades.

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The exterior of the store will receive a facelift with new signage and paint. The store will also offer ClickList online shopping.

Kroger has already invested upwards of $53 million in its regional presence just in recent years. It has 44 supermarkets, 12 locations with ClickList services and another 10 locations with Starbucks services. The popular grocer already employs more than 8,100 associates in the Dayton region.


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Candy shop that sells pickle juice soda opens second location

Published: Wednesday, November 08, 2017 @ 3:21 PM
Updated: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 3:43 PM


Grandpa Joe’s Candy Shop opened a second Dayton-area location in Middletown.

The vintage-feel candy shop, which is locally owned by Bill and Tiffany Kelly, opened the region’s second location at 1212 Central Ave. in Middletown last fall. The store offers a selection of candy, old-fashioned glass bottled sodas and ice cream.

The Middletown location will also have a selection of fresh, homemade doughnuts and a candy buffet.

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Grandpa Joe’s was founded by Christopher Beers in Pittsburgh, and has locations in Pennsylvania. The Kelly family opened the first Ohio location with Beers back in April when a space in downtown Miamisburg became available.

The stores have hundreds of bottles of specialty sodas. Flavors include everything from Coca-Cola to Flying Cauldron Butter Scotch Beer and specialty sodas that tastes like ranch dressing, pickle juice and buffalo sauce. The store also offers bulk candy orders and gourmet chocolate candies. Customers can fill a box of goodies from their candy buffet for just $5.


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