Centerville restaurant to reopen under new name

Published: Monday, June 10, 2013 @ 8:21 AM
Updated: Monday, June 10, 2013 @ 8:21 AM

CENTERVILLE — The former Savona Restaurant & Wine Bar at 79 S. Main St. (Ohio 48) — closed since March 14, when a crash sent a car careening through an exterior wall — is poised to reopen Tuesday with a new name: The Twisted Root Restaurant.

Keith Taylor, the chef and driving force behind Savona, and his wife Jenifer will be the sole owners of Twisted Root, which will have a slightly more casual concept — no more white linen tablecloths — and a revamped menu. Some of the favorites from Savona, including the Seared Ahi Tuna “Nachos” and Brie Flatbread with applewood-smoked bacon, apples, spinach and balsamic glaze, will be retained, Taylor said. New dishes will include Chicken & Waffles, Grilled Shrimp Cocktail and Fried Green Tomato Salad.

Taylor has hired a chef de cuisine, Pete Zorotovic, so he can be more visible in the front of the house. The new hire will also accommodate the restaurant’s expansion into catering and hosting special events, Taylor said.

Twisted Root will open with 14 employees, including several holdovers from Savona, Taylor said. It will seat about 80 people. Taylor is developing a craft-beer list and a bourbon list to complement the restaurant’s wine list. Local artists will display their work on the restaurant’s walls, and Twisted Root will source many of its ingredients from local growers, Taylor said.

When it opens this week, Twisted Root’s hours will be Tuesday through Thursday 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., closed Sunday and Monday. Taylor said he is considering expanding hours to include lunch service, perhaps later this year.

For more information, call (937) 610-9835 or check out the Twisted Root Restaurant Facebook page.

Dayton school board fights division, sideshow-like atmosphere

Published: Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 12:43 PM
Updated: Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 12:43 PM

Dayton’s school board has had many heated and confusing meetings in the past year — with chanting crowds opposing layoffs, uncertainty over proper procedure, plus outbursts and arguments between audience members and the board.

Tuesday night’s meeting debate over administrator David Lawrence’s resignation illustrated the sideshow-like feel that some meetings of Dayton’s divided board have taken on.

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The school board first argued Tuesday over whether they should even vote on the Lawrence settlement, which had been the subject of numerous executive sessions in recent months, resulting in an agreement that Lawrence had signed two days earlier.

Once they decided to proceed, the board didn’t realize where Lawrence’s resignation was on the agenda, coming seconds away from approving it unnoticed as part of a larger human resources agenda.

Showers, storms possible today; severe threat Friday

Published: Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 5:26 AM

More clouds than sun this afternoon. It will be breezy at times and mild with highs in the upper 60s. 

  • Passing showers or storms 
  • Severe threat increases tomorrow
  • Seasonal temperatures return this weekend

TODAY: A few isolated showers and storms will be moving through during the afternoon and evening; lifting north of the region overnight.

FRIDAY: Most showers and storms should be north of the Miami Valley in the morning. Dry with partly cloudy skies during the day. 

Temperatures will heat up and help support strong to severe storms for the evening. Highs will soar to the low 70s which will blow the record of 67 degrees. 

A strong cold front will approach from the west heading into the night. 

Showers and storms are still expected to fire along and ahead of the front 

early evening through midnight. This will be looking at storms from start to finish. Timing may change a bit, but the evening hours will be the most active. 

Main threats still could be widespread damaging winds with an smaller possibility of large hail or a spin-up. Colder air will quickly approach into the overnight hours and winds outside of any storms will be picking up as well.

SATURDAY: Gusty winds up to 40 mph will be possible. Temperatures will likely start in the 40s and drop to the 30s for most of the afternoon. Scattered rain/snow showers will be possible to mix through in the afternoon and evening. Dry overnight but cold.

SUNDAY: Temperatures move back in the middle 20s which is actually typical for this time of year. Sun and scattered clouds through the day. Highs climb to the low 40s.

MONDAY: Scattered showers develop quickly. A brief rain/snow mix north might be possible, but most areas will be breezy with rain showers. Highs in the middle 40s.

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False alarm causes gate closure at Wright-Patterson AFB

Published: Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 12:44 PM
Updated: Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 12:45 PM


            False alarm causes gate closure at Wright-Patterson AFB

A false alarm in a building led to a temporary gate closure Wednesday night in Area B, a base spokeswoman said.

The closure happened after 7 p.m. and shuttered Gate 19B at National Road for more than half an hour, according to spokeswoman Marie Vanover.

Witnesses told News Center 7 about the gate closure.

Base officials would not release the cause of the false alarm or what building it occurred inside.

Neighborhood sees ‘dramatic’ traffic decrease near Wright-Patt

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


            Neighborhood sees ‘dramatic’ traffic decrease near Wright-Patt

Traffic on over-traveled roads in Fairborn decreased significantly since the city implemented temporary road blocks to study neighborhood traffic near Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

New traffic counts for Ohio, Greene and South Streets show an overall 28 percent reduction in traffic at four traffic count locations within the neighborhood, said Pete Bales, Fairborn’s interim city manager.

“We’ve seen a dramatic decrease in traffic,” Bales said in a report to city council this week, noting there have not been “too many grumbles” from base employees who used the street as a shortcut to WPAFB Gate 1A. “Our residents have been happy, we’ve heard from a lot of them.”

Under the current arrangement, which is temporary, the city used barricades to prevent left turns from the three streets to Broad Street, preventing turns to WPAFB Gate 1A. Barricades also block Broad Street left turns to the three streets.

Bales said the city will continue to monitor the traffic for the remainder of the 90 day trial, which began Jan. 23.

Traffic in the neighborhoods increased since the 2012 re-route of Ohio 444 off WPAFB Area A onto Kauffman Avenue, South Central Avenue, West Dayton Drive and Broad Street.

The neighborhood streets were not built to withstand the traffic, including more than 1,600 vehicles per day on Ohio Street for a road intended for an 800-900 vehicle per day capacity, city officials said.