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Dayton among the worst cities for food hardship

Published: Monday, May 04, 2015 @ 5:30 PM
Updated: Monday, May 04, 2015 @ 5:30 PM

            Dayton among the worst cities for food hardship
Dayton among the worst cities for food hardship

It's an almost unbelievable statistic: The Dayton Metropolitan area ranks worst in Ohio and 9th in the country in terms of food hardship. That means thousands of people in our area lack access to a full-service grocery store or can't afford the food when they get there. Nearly every urban area in the Miami Valley has food deserts--including Xenia, Springfield, Troy, and Dayton.

"A food desert is an area where there is limited access to both affordable and nutritious food," explained Laura Roesch, Executive Director of Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley. 

Ruby Taylor lives in a food desert in Jefferson Township. She shops at small markets and gas station stores near her home for food for herself and her three grandchildren who visit her while their mother works. On a recent day, she bought a gallon of milk for $3.50 and a small jar of peanut butter for $2.99. She was hoping to make "ants on a log" for her grandchildren, but the store had no raisins or celery--in fact, no produce at all. 

"Processed food is not good for my grandchildren," said Taylor, "and it's not good for me."

Since Kroger closed its Gettysburg Avenue store in Dayton seven years ago, the west side has a discount grocer and a smattering of corner markets. Damon Ball is raising two small grandchildren by himself. He said, "A half a gallon of milk at the corner store is $2.69." Damon has to take his grandchildren on a bus across town to get nutritious food and lower prices. "I'm trying. It's hard." 

Judy Shields lives off of East Third Street, where she too finds food shopping a challenge. 

"I usually have to take a bus and go to Aldi's or some place like that, then I have to worry about crossing the main thoroughfares to get my groceries home," said Shields, who walks with a cane. 

A check of three convenience stores near her house found not a single item of produce. There is a Food For Less a few blocks away, but it sells mostly canned food and has only a limited selection of fruits and vegetables. 

One solution is an urban farming initiative in the Twin Towers neighborhood in Dayton. Stephen Mackell was planting broccoli on an early spring day. The University of Dayton graduate manages an urban farm for the Mission of Mary Cooperative. Workers and volunteers grow crops and sell the fresh produce to people who live in the neighborhood at prices they can afford.

"We really do need to find a way to get fresh produce and real food, not processed, gas station food, back into urban neighborhoods, " said Mackell.

In Jefferson Township, Ruby Taylor breaks into a little dance when the clerk gives her change back from her purchase. But her glee quickly fades. 

"It's not too good," she said, "I'd rather be in a big store."

Montgomery County leaders would like to see a full-service grocer move into the food desert area in the western part of the county, but Commissioner Judy Dodge says so far their efforts have fallen short. "I don't know what we're going to do," Dodge said. 

5 children hurt after bounce house goes airborne at church carnival

Published: Monday, April 10, 2017 @ 2:02 AM

Bounce house
Oktay Ortakcioglu/Getty Images/iStockphoto
Bounce house(Oktay Ortakcioglu/Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Five children were hurt Saturday after high winds carried an inflatable “bounce house” into the air. Two children remained hospitalized Sunday, according to Springwell Church, the organization who rented two of the play structures for their annual Spring Carnival.

The church on Wade Hampton Boulevard in Taylors, South Carolina, issued a statement on Facebook on Saturday after the event, confirming that five children had been hospitalized after “an unexpected wind gust, out of our control, lifted an inflatable amusement that was on our campus for the event.” Video shot by an onlooker appears to show one of the structures flying into Wade Hampton Boulevard, a major transportation artery for the area.

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The church updated its statement Sunday, writing: “Two children remain hospitalized, in stable condition, for the treatment of injuries sustained in yesterday’s accident. Our pastoral staff and church have been praying and continue to pray for all involved.”

One of the two structures that got loose drifted into power lines owned by Duke Energy, causing an outage for about 1,000 people. Crews immediately got to work to restore power, according to WHNS.

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At least one child had been hospitalized with a concussion and broken bones, according to a statement from a witness who told WHNS that she wished to remain anonymous. She wrote:

"Things happen Everyday that NO ONE can Explain. My Mom, My Husband and I watched this happen right in front of us. It was Terrifying. It Broke my heart knowing those kids could have died. With God watching over them the 5 kids that where Injured didn’t Die, 1 I know had broken bones and a concussion. The Whole event could have been worse."


Dayton Public Schools Superintendent Corr put on administrative leave

Published: Wednesday, November 22, 2017 @ 12:36 AM
Updated: Wednesday, November 22, 2017 @ 12:44 AM

Dayton Public School’s Superintendent Rhonda Corr was placed on administrative leave by Dayton’s school board just before midnight Tuesday after a long executive session.

RELATED: Harris fills Baguirov’s seat on Dayton school board

Elizabeth Lolli, associate superintendent, has been promoted to acting superintendent.

According to a DPS online video stream of the meeting, the school board approved four resolutions when they came out of closed executive session:

  • Approving a Nov. 21 report and recommendation of compliance officer Beverly Meyer concerning allegations of racial harassment and discrimination alleged against Corr and Lolli.
  • Relieving Corr of her duties as superintendent and placing her on paid administrative leave effective immediately.
  • Agreeing to issue a pre-disciplinary hearing notice to Corr, detailing the reasons for potential discipline.
  • Naming Lolli as acting superintendent, effective immediately, at the salary level set forth in Corr's current contract, but retaining the benefits set forth in Lolli's current contract.

On all four resolutions, the vote was 6-0. Board member Hazel Rountree was absent.

Corr could not immediately be reached by phone for comment.

Reached early Wednesday, school board member John McManus declined to say much.

"We have been advised by (legal) counsel that we are not permitted to comment on a pending matter," he said.

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Corr was hired by DPS in June 2016 to her first full superintendent post after 25 years in Cleveland schools, then brief stints as a high administrator in the Chicago and Indianapolis school districts since 2013.

After Corr was hired, the district had some highlights — escaping the threat of state takeover, solving some long-running busing problems and improving textbooks, computer access and career tech options.

But during that same period, Dayton Public Schools were also put on OHSAA probation for trying to rig a football game, had a long, painful contract fight with teachers that nearly led to a strike and on the most recent state report card, ranked second to last in Ohio on state test scores.

After the teachers' contract fight was resolved, the teachers union issued a vote of no confidence in both Corr and the school board.

Four new school board members were elected Nov. 7 to four-year terms that will start in January. One of those four, William Harris, actually joined the board Tuesday night, appointed to fill the last six weeks of Adil Baguirov's term.

At Tuesday night's meeting, the "yes" votes to put Corr on leave came from four members who will remain on the school board next year -- Robert Walker, Sheila Taylor, John McManus and Harris -- plus the outgoing Ron Lee and Joe Lacey.

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Dayton traffic from the WHIO traffic center

Published: Tuesday, November 21, 2017 @ 3:56 AM
Updated: Wednesday, November 22, 2017 @ 1:01 AM

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Check this page for a full list of crashes, disabled vehicles, construction projects and other hazards impacting your commute.

Traffic issues can be reported by calling our newsroom at 937-259-2237 or tweeting @WHIOTraffic .

Traffic conditions are updated every six minutes on AM 1290 and News 95.7 FM.

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Ongoing Construction & Other Closures 

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  • Alex-Bell Road will be closed for work on the Washington Twp. bridge over Holes Creek until Nov. 30. More information, including detour information, is available here.
  • Stewart Street Ramp to US 35 East, RAMP CLOSURE March 28 - Sept 30, 2018. The official detour is: Stewart Street to Edwin C. Moses Boulevard to I-75 north to US 35 west to James H. McGee Blvd. to US 35 east
  • US 35 west ramps to I-75 north and south, RAMP CLOSURE Nov. 30 at 10 p.m. - Dec. 1 at 5 a.m. The official detour is: US 35 west to James H. McGee Boulevard to US 35 east to I-75 north and south 


  • SR 705 near Groff Road, Daily lane closures Nov. 27 - Dec. 11 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. One lane will remain open for travel in each direction through the use of flaggers.
  • SR 29 between Cisco Road and West Russell Road, Daily lane closures Nov. 27 - Jan. 1 between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. One lane will be open for travel in each direction through the use of flaggers. 

Christmas tree farms get healthy on good weather

Published: Wednesday, November 22, 2017 @ 12:11 AM

The inventory at the Advent Christmas Tree Farm in Englewood is looking good this season for those who want to pick up a live plant for the holiday season.

A wet couple of years damaged Christmas trees at area farms as late as last year, Storm Center 7 Meterologist McCall Vrydaghs said Tuesday. 

SEE: Our list of area tree farms 

The heavy rain caused root rot, which occurs when plants get too much water, and brown spot, a fungus that causes needle drop, she said. 

SEE: WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

As many as 900 Christmas trees were lost last year because of brown spot, she said. 

Special fencing at the farm on Haber Road in Englewood -- a series of simple bamboo poles, each one with a plastic shopping bag attached, on the perimeter of the area where the trees are grown -- has helped keep deer away, Vrydaghs said.