BRUNCH BILL: Backers of earlier Sunday alcohol sales launch campaign

Published: Thursday, September 14, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Thursday, October 26, 2017 @ 8:19 PM

Voters in a downtown Dayton precinct will vote in November on a ballot issue that would allow bars and restaurants to begin serving alcohol at 10 a.m. rather than 11 a.m. FILE
Voters in a downtown Dayton precinct will vote in November on a ballot issue that would allow bars and restaurants to begin serving alcohol at 10 a.m. rather than 11 a.m. FILE

A coalition of downtown Dayton businesses and the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce are putting together a campaign to urge voters in one downtown precinct to allow bars and restaurants in that precinct to start serving alcohol at 10 a.m. instead of 11 a.m. on Sundays.

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The issue — which supporters have dubbed the “brunch bill,” and which will appear as Local Issue 11 on the ballot — will be decided by voters in Precinct 1-B in downtown Dayton. There are about 1,100 registered voters in precinct 1-B, which includes the business strip of the Oregon District on East Fifth Street as well as the area around the Cannery and part of the Water Street development. It does not include the residential neighborhood just south of the Oregon District strip on East Fifth Street, which is part of another precinct.

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“The pendulum for downtown Dayton is on the upswing right now, and we want to keep that momentum going,” said Chris Kershner, vice president of public policy and economic development for the Dayton chamber.

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Kershner said several downtown Dayton restaurants approached chamber officials about seeking the change, and the chamber spearheaded the petition drive to place the issue on the fall ballot. A “yes” vote will allow the one-hour-earlier start time only at those alcohol-permit holders in precinct 1-B, and would have no impact on other restaurants and bars outside of the precinct.

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Kershner said supporters are concerned about the ballot language as written by the Ohio Secretary of State’s office, because it doesn’t make clear that a “yes” vote would simply move the start time for Sunday alcohol sales from the current 11 a.m. state-mandated start time to 10 a.m. Some voters may read the language and think the measure would allow Sunday alcohol sales for the first time, Kershner said.

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Here’s how Issue 11 will appear on the ballot of voters in precinct 1-B:

“Shall the sale of intoxicating liquor, of the same type as may be legally sold in this precinct on other days of the week, be permitted in this Dayton 1-B Precinct for consumption on premises where sold between the hours of 10 a.m. and midnight on Sunday?”

The “vote yes” campaign will focus on education rather than advocacy, Kershner said, to make sure voters know a “yes” vote simply allows for the one-hour-earlier start time on Sundays.

Steve Tieber, owner of the Dublin Pub at East Fifth Street and Wayne Avenue, said Sunday sales are important to his restaurant and to many other alcohol-permit holders in downtown Dayton.

“Sunday is our third-busiest day,” behind only Friday and Saturday, Tieber said of the Dublin Pub. And most of the pub’s Sunday sales are related to its brunch service.

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Restaurant owners told chamber officials it is frustrating to be forced to refuse customer orders of brunch cocktails such as Bloody Marys and mimosas during what for some is the first hour of their brunch service. The change will give restaurants more flexibility, boost sales and ultimately create and preserve jobs, Tieber said.

The precinct has about 1,100 voters. Kershner and Tieber are helping to put together a grass-roots campaign led by retailers and other “brunch bill” coalition members, which number about 20 and include the Downtown Dayton Partnership and the chamber.

“We’ll do mailings, yard signs, banners — anything to get the word out,” Kershner said.

2 Chainz's 'Trap House' back for the holidays

Published: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 11:13 AM

Trap House on Howell Mill Road
Photo via WSBTV.com
Trap House on Howell Mill Road(Photo via WSBTV.com)

The famous Atlanta Trap House is back for the holidays.

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Grammy-nominated artist 2 Chainz’s management agency, Street Execs, posted a video on its Facebook page on Thursday announcing the return of the house.

Over the summer, the house, located on Howell Mill Road in Atlanta, was painted pink with the word “TRAP” above the door, and a pink car was placed out front. The stunt was intended to promote 2 Chainz’s new album, "Pretty Girls Like Trap Music." 

Crowds of people showed up to see and take pictures at the house.

It was painted back to its original white color in the summer after the lease ran out, but it appears it will soon make its return in holiday style.

Street Execs held a grand opening of “Trap Wonderland” Thursday night at a new location -- 1740 Defoor Place.

It’s unclear how long the new attraction will be active.

Watch the teaser video below:

Man pays Middletown water bill with fake cash

Published: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 10:58 AM


            Counterfeit money passed in the Dayton area in the past few weeks. UNITED STATES SECRET SERVICE
Counterfeit money passed in the Dayton area in the past few weeks. UNITED STATES SECRET SERVICE

Middletown police are investigating counterfeit money used by a resident to pay a water bill in October.

A man paid a $200 bill on Oct. 26 with a $100 bill and five $20 bills, according to Barbara Bradley, assistant finance director. This news agency isn’t naming the man because he hasn’t been charged, said Lt. Scott Reeve.

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On Wednesday, police confirmed with Fifth Third Bank that the $100 bill was counterfeit, according to the report.

A video of the transaction was recovered for evidence.

On average $30,000 in counterfeit money is taken in monthly in the Dayton area and about $100,000 monthly for southern Ohio, which includes Dayton, Columbus and Cincinnati, according to Secret Service Agent Kevin Dye of the Dayton office.

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“As the holidays approach, more counterfeit is received due to heavy cash intake for shopping. Retailers should carefully look at cash received during the holidays and call police if suspicious,” Dye said.

Wright State seeking federal funds for new archives center

Published: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 9:51 AM

Wright State has applied for funding through the Priority Development and Advocacy Committee.
Wright State has applied for funding through the Priority Development and Advocacy Committee.

Wright State University is seeking federal funding for a planned $8.2 million archives center.

The university announced in October that it was launching a $6.5 million fundraising campaign to create a new home for its historical archives. The Priority Development and Advocacy Committee released the list of applying projects Tuesday and the WSU archives center was listed as an applicant.

Wright State has asked the committee for $2.2 million in funding over the next year, according to the school’s application. The committee will sort through to make a prioritized list of what to ask for in D.C.

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The archives project calls for the renovation of 30,000 square feet of space at the former Wright-Patt Credit Union at 2455 Presidential Drive and the relocation of Wright State’s Special Collections and Archives. The new space would offer more appropriate environmental conditions including temperature, humidity, light, air quality and fire protection and suppression for the historical artifacts, according to the school’s application.

Wright State’s archives contains the largest Wright Brothers Collection in the world, first-edition works by Dayton poet Paul Laurence Dunbar and the archives of the Dayton Daily News among other historic archives, according to WSU.

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The proposed archives center will include the following amenities, according to the university:

• A reading room where students, scholars and visitors may examine historic materials in an up-close and personal way.

• An exhibit gallery housing rotating exhibitions that highlight the depth and breadth of Wright State’s collections.

• A conference room for lectures, meetings and special events.

• A classroom to welcome area school children and students from Wright State’s public history graduate program.

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• An oral history recording and teaching lab where students, faculty, researchers and the community can record their stories.

• A media lab for listening and viewing oral histories and watching original film footage.

• A preservation lab, processing room, clean room and exhibit prep room that will give staff the tools and space they need to adequately care for the history of the Dayton region.

Restaurant employee helps disabled veteran with his meal

Published: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 10:52 AM



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(Liesel Bockl/Getty Images/fStop)

A Georgia man touched by a restaurant employee’s kindness has shared the message with the world.

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Dallas Smith Jr., of Sylvester, Georgia, was at Huddle House restaurant in Douglas, Georgia, on Wednesday around lunchtime, when he saw a customer trying to eat his pancakes, with one hand.

Smith said the man who was dining with him moved his plate to reach out and help the customer, but then a cook stepped in.

“She was on the other side of the counter and she saw that he was trying to cut his pancakes and she said, ‘I’ll get it,’” Smith said.

Smith said the employee put down what she had and walked over to the table, which is when he had the thought to start recording a video with his phone.

“It was kind of a warm feeling in there anyway because everyone knows everybody,” Smith said. “It threw me so far off-guard when she did it. For me, it was just a blessing to see.”

Smith said he posted the video on Facebook to share what he had witnessed with his friends and family. Since then, nearly 3,000 people have shared it. 

“This day and time, when you see that, it gives you hope,” he said. “I’m a Christian, and it’s the closest thing to Jesus I’ve seen in a long time.”

Smith said a family dining beside him noted that the man is a veteran.

He said that he is glad people are seeing the humble action the employee took, adding that we should help one another no matter race or age.