UPDATE: Upscale local nightclub shuts down after more than 13 years

Published: Wednesday, January 03, 2018 @ 9:02 AM

Vue Ultra Lounge had been operating for more than 13 years

A dance club and bar that has operated east of the Dayton Mall for nearly 14 years has shut its doors for good.

Vue Ultra Lounge at 1004 Miamisburg-Centerville Road (Ohio 725) in Washington Twp. had two blowout parties over New Year’s Eve weekend — its finale was dubbed “Vue Year’s Eve” — to let customers say goodbye.

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We reached out to Vue’s owners via Facebook, and they confirmed the closure.

The entrance to Vue Ultra Lounge, which shut down Tuesday after a New Year’s Eve Party. MARK FISHER/STAFF(Staff Writer)

Here’s the full text of their reply:

“VUE did have it’s last day on VUE Year’s Eve, and a huge celebration on Saturday Dec. 30, where tons of old friends and staff came together for one last hoorah.”

“It is certainly bittersweet. However, Vue has had such a huge impact on so many people throughout its thirteen-and-a-half-year run that in the end, there is no sadness. Heck, even the Kentucky derby winner gets put to pasture eventually.”

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“Whether VUE is the place some met their significant other, shared their first kiss (maybe divorced because of here), or simply just got drunk, VUE will remain in the hearts of many. Cheers to everyone who was a part of this Dayton staple for so many years.”

Vue’s popular RADS Bloody Mary Mix will live on and will be “coming to a store near you soon,” the club’s owners said.

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The club gained a following relatively quickly after its opening in mid-2004. It tied with the Dublin Pub in “The 2006 Best of Dayton People’s Choice Awards” voting in the “Best Bar” category.

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Congress approves $450,000 for Wright brothers factory buildings 

Published: Saturday, March 24, 2018 @ 2:19 AM

Wright Airplane Factory buildings were occupied by Delphi until 2009.
Ty Greenlees, Dayton Daily News
Wright Airplane Factory buildings were occupied by Delphi until 2009.(Ty Greenlees, Dayton Daily News)

The National Park Service will have $450,000 to buy two historic buildings at the former Wright Co. airplane factory site in West Dayton, Ohio, under a $1.3 trillion federal omnibus spending bill President Donald Trump signed Friday.

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But the years-long quest to buy buildings 1 and 2, the first factory in the world to produce airplanes, is anything but over, officials said.

“It’s a small, positive step in a long, difficult march,” said Timothy Gaffney, a National Aviation Heritage Alliance spokesman.

The Park Service and the National Aviation Heritage Alliance have coveted the buildings in the hope the public would be able to see the site as part of the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park.

Kendell Thompson, the park’s acting superintendent, said Friday he was waiting to determine what the next step is in the process.

The historic buildings are part of a 54-acre parcel, site of the former Delphi Home Avenue plant, that has been put on the commercial market. 

A previous plan to buy the entire site was scaled back, according to Tony Sculimbrene, executive director of the National Aviation Heritage Alliance, who has spent years in negotiations on the future of the historic location.

The complexity of negotiations has been complicated by former owner Delphi’s past bankruptcy, land covenants and environmental liability concerns, Sculimbrene said. Former auto parts production buildings were demolished and the site has been environmentally investigated and remediated under a $3 million Clean Ohio grant, officials said.

Hull & Associates/Home Avenue Redevelopment LLC purchased the site in 2012 with the intent to remediate environmental issues and sell it. The property is for sale on the commercial market.

Brad White, a managing partner of Home Avenue Redevelopment LLC, said the $450,000 appropriation was “good news” because the intent over the years was to sell the historic buildings to the National Park Service.

David Lotterer, vice president of commercial real estate broker JLL, which is marketing the property, declined comment Friday.

While the park service has eyed the two historic buildings, Dayton Metro Library’s  plan to build a $10 million branch library on about 7½ acres on the site has stalled because officials have not been able to reach a deal, the Dayton Daily News reported this month.

Dayton Metro Library executive director Tim Kambitsch said earlier this month the library did not want to move to the site on its own because of concerns incompatible uses might move in nearby, and it did not want to pay more than the property was valued.

NAHA’s long-term vision for the property would bring commercial and “complimentary” industrial redevelopment, such as advanced manufacturing, to the former factory site, Gaffney said.

Orville and Wilbur Wright’s airplane factory built 100 airplanes between 1910 and 1911. General Motors and later Delphi acquired the property, and built new factories to manufacture auto parts for decades. The Delphi plant was demolished in 2013.

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FBI identifies man who crashed gate at Travis Air Force Base in California

Published: Saturday, March 24, 2018 @ 1:42 AM

Travis Air Force Base is located in northern California.
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Travis Air Force Base is located in northern California.(U.S. Air Force/Getty Images)

The FBI identified a man who was killed in a fiery crash after his vehicle “gained unauthorized access” onto Travis Air Force Base in northern California, CNN reported Friday.

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Hafiz Kazi, 51, was originally from India and had lived in the United States since 1993. He was a legal resident, FBI Special Agent Sean Ragan said at a news conference. Authorities have not announced a motive, but Ragan said it does not appear to be terrorism-related, CNN reported.

Ragan said a Kia minivan drove through the base’s main gate about 7 p.m. Wednesday. The vehicle crashed and began to burn, CNN reported. No shots were fired and an autopsy is pending, CNN reported.

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Investigators discovered five propane tanks, three phones, gas cans, several lighters and a gym bag inside the car, Ragan said.

The base houses 7,000 active military personnel and 3,700 civilians, The Los Angeles Times reported. It is located about 55 miles north of San Francisco.

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Winter Weather Advisory for Butler County starts Saturday

Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 4:38 AM
Updated: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 11:50 AM

Sunshine is expected this afternoon, with snow possible in parts of the Dayton area Saturday.

Clouds will increase overnight, with temperatures falling into the upper 20s by morning, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said.


  • Winter Weather Advisory for Butler County from 2 a.m. Saturday to 2 a.m. Sunday
  • Scattered snow by late morning, mainly south of I-70
  • Warmer weather pattern next week

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Saturday: Scattered snow will develop in the morning, mainly south of Interstate 70. Snow showers will be on and off into the evening. Little or no snow accumulation is expected north of I-70. Accumulation of 1 inch or less is expected across Preble, Montgomery and Clark and Greene Counties. Around 1 to 3 inches will be possible in Butler County along with southern Warren and Clinton counties. Highs will be in the upper 30s with breezy conditions at times.

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Sunday: Clouds will clear with temperatures moderating back into the middle 40s.

Monday: Sunshine will start the day but clouds will increase through the afternoon. It will be milder with highs reaching into the lower 50s.

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Tuesday: More seasonable temperatures are expected but showers will be possible. Highs will be in the middle 50s.

Wednesday: Showers will be likely with highs in the upper 50s.

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Dayton students head to D.C. to march for gun control 

Published: Saturday, March 24, 2018 @ 1:05 AM

Dayton students head to D.C. to march for gun control 

A group of students from the Dayton area left Friday night, headed to Washington, D.C. to march in the nation's capital Saturday in the name of gun control.

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The students have a grueling itinerary, leaving from Englewood by bus Friday night, riding by bus through the night and arriving in Washington around 9 a.m. 

"We want action and we want prevention," said Sammy Caruso, an Oakwood High School student who coordinated the trip. 

Oakwood students spent their Friday night making signs in preparation for their trip. They'll joine other teens from all over the country in what's being called the "March for our Lives." 

It's a push for tougher gun laws in the wake of the most recent mass shooting last month at a high school in Parkland, Florida. 

"I think marches are one of the best ways we can get people involved," said Caruso. 

Students from several schools in the Miami Valley boarded the bus, along with some parents and teachers who also are along for the trip. 

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Caruso said he lost a friend in the Parkland shooting, so he said this issue is personal for him. 

"I really felt like I needed to do something about it, I couldn't just watch this happen, see something that happened to my friend ... I need to do as much as I can," he said. 

"We want our congressmen to know that we're sick of it, and if they're not going to have any action, we're going to demand it." 

In Dayton, a March for Our Lives event is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Courthouse Square downtown.

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