Iconic 158-year-old Oregon District church to close this Sunday

Published: Thursday, December 28, 2017 @ 12:29 PM

St Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church is closing. Video by Amelia Robinson

It survived Dayton’s great flood of 1913 and more than one arsonist’s flame, but declining membership and resources were just too much for a 158-year-old church at the edge of Dayton’s Oregon District to handle.

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New Year’s Eve will bring the final Sunday worship at Saint Paul Lutheran Church. 

The church located at 239 Wayne Ave. has been sold to Weyland Ventures, the developers of The Wheelhouse project, located nearby at 210 Wayne Ave.

“The proceeds that will come from that divestment and sale of the building from Weyland Ventures will all be paid forward,” said Pastor Bob Miller.

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St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church pastor Robert E. Miller confirmed that the church at 239 Wayne Ave. will close after Christmas service 2017.(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

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Thirteen different organizations, from Daybreak to Habitat for Humanity will benefit from the sale, and, the nonprofit Jeremiah’s Letter formerly based at the church has found a new home on Xenia Avenue.

Miller says it’s knowing that the church’s mission will live on that makes the final days easier to bear. 

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“Even in closing and going away as a worshipping site, our ministry will live on through others and I'm excited about that,” Miller said. 

St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church pastor Robert E. Miller confirmed that the church at 239 Wayne Ave. will close after Christmas service 2017.(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

Weyland Ventures, the developer that purchased the church says the building’s next chapter might involve a restaurant, apartments and shops. 

“It seemed like an opportunity to create a win-win situation where you could end up with something that would pay it forward, and at the same time keep this history and all the stories alive,” said Bill Weyland, Chief Strategy Officer of Weyland Ventures.

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Weyland says there are preliminary plans for the church and the former school next door. 

“We'll do residential I'm sure, in the education building. This space can be for events, it can be for restaurants,” Weyland said.

More details will come after the new ownership takes over in 2018.

Weyland Ventures has also promised to honor the building’s historic integrity, which means the iconic steeple, built around 1869, isn’t going anywhere.

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WHIO-TV reporter Lauren Clark contributed to this report. 

St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church pastor Robert E. Miller confirmed that the church at 239 Wayne Ave. will close after Christmas service 2017.(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

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Dayton traffic from the WHIO Traffic Center

Published: Friday, March 02, 2018 @ 2:52 AM
Updated: Friday, March 16, 2018 @ 5:46 AM

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.

Major Highway Incidents

  • No incidents to report. 

Surface Street Incidents

  • On W. Holtzmuller Road in Preble County, vehicle into a pole and reportedly on its side at 11:45 p.m.

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Ongoing Construction & Other Closures 

Live look at highways on our traffic cameras here.

Latest traffic conditions are also available on our traffic map. 


  • Arlington Road between Pleasant Plain and Upper Lewisburg Salem Road, BRIDGE CLOSURE, March 5 - Sept. 30. All ramps for I-70 will remain open. 
  • Keowee Street north of Stanley Avenue, bridge closed until 2019. The official detour is: Keowee Street to Stanley Avenue to I-75 to Wagner Ford Road and back to Dixie. More 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.
  • SR 48 between First Street and Riverdale Street, Lane closures March 19 - April 1. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • I-75 north Ramp to US 35 west, RAMP CLOSURE, March 12 - Sept. 30. The official detour is: I-75 north to US 35 east to Jefferson/Main Street to Ludlow Street to US 35 west. 
  • I-75 north Ramp to US 35 west and east, Lane width restriction until Apr. 1, 2018. One lane will remain open on the ramp with a width of 11 feet.


  • N. Market Street between Foss Way/Kirk Lane and Stonyridge Avenue, ROAD CLOSURE March 5 at 7 a.m. - Aug. 10 at 5 p.m. 


  • SR 47 between Fifth Avenue and Wilkinson Avenue, Lane closures Jan. 21 - Nov. 27. One lane will remain open in each direction at all times. 


  • SR 121 between Washington Street and Fairview Street, ROAD CLOSURE Mar. 12 - April 13. The official detour is: SR 722 to US 127 to SR 503. 
  • SR 121 between Arnold Street and Harter Road, ROAD CLOSURE Mar. 12 - April 13. The official detour is: SR 722 to US 127 to SR 503. 


  • I-70 east Ramp to I-675 north, RAMP CLOSURE March 15 - Aug. 15. The official detour is: I-70 east to I-675 south to SR 444 to I-675 north


  • US 68 between SR 508 and Township Road 310, ROAD CLOSURE April 23 - 27. The official detour is: US 68 to SR 296 to SR 29 to SR 235 to SR 47 to US 68. 

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Apartment fire sends woman to hospital, displaces 6 units in Harrison Twp.

Published: Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 7:19 PM

Apt fire

An apartment fire this evening displaced the occupants of six units and sent one woman to a local hospital.

Crews were called shortly before 5 p.m. to 1962 Republic Drive on a report of heavy smoke coming from an apartment.

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The woman was taken to Miami Valley Hospital; her injuries are minor, according to Harrison Twp. fire officials.

The American Red Cross was called to assist residents in six units who were displaced.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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Crews investigate possible gas leak at recently reopened Beavercreek Walmart

Published: Sunday, March 18, 2018 @ 10:41 PM

Possible gas leak at recently re-opened Walmart

Crews evacuated and investigated the Beavercreek Walmart Supercenter Sunday night on reports of a possible gas leak, according to officials. 

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The incident was dispatched around 10:20 p.m. at the store located at 3360 Pentagon Blvd, per initial reports.

The matter was resolved relatively quickly and customers were allowed to re-enter the store once crews finished their investigation.

The store recently reopened after being closed for over a week after solar panels caught fire on the roof of the building. 

No word on if this possible gas leak was related to the previous incident. 

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Chance for rain, snow returns this week

Published: Sunday, March 18, 2018 @ 5:00 AM
Updated: Sunday, March 18, 2018 @ 8:57 PM

A pleasant evening is expected in the Dayton area, but rain and snow are expected to return later this week.

A quiet night is expected with temperatures overnight dropping into the lower 30s, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar  said.


  • Rain returns Monday evening
  • Snow expected Tuesday and Wednesday
  • Lower temperatures this week

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Monday: Clouds will increase through the day with highs in the lower to middle 50s. The chance for rain returns in the evening, and with temperatures falling past sunset, a few wet flakes may mix in as well.

>>County-by-County Forecast 

Tuesday: The chance for snow is increasing, as more recent model runs are becoming more consistent and are agreeing more on the chance for snow. We’re calling for snow on Tuesday, some of which could be heavy at times. This snow looks to continue into Wednesday as well. Highs will be in the lower 40s early in the morning with most of the day staying in the 30s. 

>>WHIO Weather App

Wednesday: Snow is likely to continue into Wednesday, especially earlier in the day. By the time the snow wraps up, it looks like we’ll see a couple of inches of snow accumulation, however, there is still a lot of time between now and the event, allowing time for the track to change course. This will have a large effect on just how much snow we see. Temperatures will be in the upper 30s for the day. 

>>Severe Weather Guide

Thursday: Partly sunny skies are expected with highs in the lower 40s.

Friday: A dry start is expected, but the chance for rain returns at night. Highs will be in the middle 40s.

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