4 reasons you need to schedule your annual wellness visit

Published: Thursday, January 12, 2017 @ 7:54 AM
Updated: Thursday, January 12, 2017 @ 7:54 AM

Your annual wellness visit is now free under the Affordable Care Act, so there's no reason for you to skip this yearly visit with your doctor.

With annual wellness visits now covered (and FREE!) under the Affordable Care Act, there really is no reason for you to skip this important yearly visit with your doctor. In fact, NOT scheduling an annual appointment could hurt your health in the long run. It may seem obvious, but the most important reason to go is that it allows you to catch health concerns earlier, making them more manageable. Click here to read three more reasons you should schedule that annual wellness visit this year.

Preble County Sheriff’s Office investigates New Paris death 

Published: Wednesday, March 29, 2017 @ 10:17 AM
Updated: Wednesday, March 29, 2017 @ 10:45 AM

UPDATE @ 10:45 a.m. 

County property records show Travis Bourne owns the home where a deceased body was located on Cardinal Hill Drive in New Paris Wednesday morning.  

We are working to learn about this death. 

INITIAL REPORT @ 10:17 a.m. 

NEW PARIS — The Preble County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a death on Cardinal Hill Drive in New Paris. 

The county coroner’s office will perform an autopsy Wednesday morning. 

Check back for more information on this story. 

A guide to finding the perfect sofa

Published: Wednesday, March 29, 2017 @ 8:04 AM

To save you time, money and potential regrets, try these tips to help you get a clear idea as to what type of sofa is right for you.
Morris Home

In this time of seemingly endless options, choosing the perfect sofa is no exception. You might think that you know exactly what you want. That is…until you meander into a showroom or browse online and see the mind-blowing number of different styles, sizes, shapes and customization options, and suddenly, you find yourself feeling extremely overwhelmed.  

Buying a sofa is not only an investment of your time and hard-earned money, but it’s also one that you hope to enjoy for many years. To save you time, money and potential regrets, try the following tips to help you get a clear idea as to what type of sofa is right for you. 

  • Space available: Your sofa should not be overpowering, so scale it to fit the room, taking into consideration other furniture that also will be there, such as a coffee table, end tables or chairs. Virtual floor plan tools are a great resource for helping you discover the best ways to maximize your living room space. 

RELATED: Browse the Morris Home selection of smaller sofas and loveseats. 

  • Sofa shape: Choosing the shape of your sofa has as much to do with the size of the room as it does with your personal taste and needs. For example, if you’re blessed with a large space and are looking for ample, cozy seating, then a comfy sectional sofa might be the best option. If your space is smaller, a charming two-cushion sofa might be in order. 
  • Current home décor: Your sofa should complement your current home decor. Do you prefer a casual or more tailored look? Is customizable upholstery important to you? If your style is more traditional, a classically structured sofa in a soft, durable, neutral fabric might work well. If you gravitate toward more of an urban and modern style, you might choose something with clean lines or dramatic color that reflects your modern aesthetic. With a traditional/modern combination style, fabric color could be more of a deciding factor. 

RELATED: Find the right style for your home. Take the Morris Home Design Style Quiz here! 

  • Lifestyle and needs: Just as you take a car for a test drive, plan to “test drive” potential sofas for comfort, style and construction before you buy. Sit and lay on it the way you intend to use it and consider the following: 
    • Are you low-maintenance, or are you willing to invest in something that needs to be frequently maintained? 
    • Will the sofa be for everyday use or just for special occasions?
    • Do you want a couch that you can sink into, or do you prefer a firm, upright seat? 
    • Fabric on heavily used sofas will show wear after seven years, and the cushions less than three. 
    • Have young kids and/or pets? Fabrics like suede are nice, but aren’t easy to clean. On the other hand, leather - especially in a darker color - is consistently in style, wears well, and can be fairly easy to clean. 

RELATED: Click here to shop the more than 900 sofa options available from Morris Home

At the end of the day, you will never truly know what sofa is right for you unless you get up and head into a store to see them. Remember, furniture is part of your life. You live on it, in it, with it. Nothing can compare to seeing that sofa in person before you buy. Don’t feel pressured into choosing the first one you see. Remember, a good quality sofa is an investment worth making but only if you make the right choice for your comfort and your lifestyle.

Teen, 14, killed in Dayton identified

Published: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 @ 7:42 PM

UPDATE @ 10:43 a.m. (March 29):

The teen police said was shot and killed on Wexford Place Tuesday night has been identified as James Banks, 14, of Dayton, the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office said.

The coroner’s office has not released a cause or manner of death yet.

UPDATE @9:17 a.m. March 29

The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office has confirmed they are investigating the death of a 14-year-old from an incident on Wexford Place.

The body of the victim is at the coroner’s office and an autopsy is expected to be conducted today to determine the teen’s cause and manner of death.

Police responded to a shooting Tuesday night in the 3000 block of Wexford Place. The 14-year-old victim was transported to Miami Valley Hospital with life-threatening injuries.

We’re working to get more information from police.

UPDATE @ 9:07 p.m.

A 14-year-old boy is at Miami Valley Hospital with life-threatening injuries after he was shot in Dayton Tuesday night, according to police. 

Police told our crew homicide detectives have been called to the scene in the 3000 block of Wexford Place. 

No witnesses have come forward at this point, according to police. 

We are working to learn the identity of the teenager and the circumstances that led to the shooting.

UPDATE @ 8:11 p.m.

Crime scene tape has been put up around at least three buildings of the Wexford, an apartment complex on Wexford Place. 

There is clothing on the ground, between two of the buildings. Investigators are on scene.


Police and medics are responding to a reported shooting in Dayton Tuesday night. 

Crews were dispatched to the 3000 block of Wexford Place around 7:32 p.m. 

Dispatchers said a 9-1-1 caller said a man was shot up to 8 times before as many as three men drove off in a car. 

We have a crew heading to the scene to learn more.

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I-75 NB shut down after semitrailer crash north of Piqua

Published: Wednesday, March 29, 2017 @ 10:33 AM

I-75 North is shut down north of Piqua after a crash involving a semitrailer.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol Piqua Post responded to the crash and reports both lanes were shut down at 10:20 a.m.

Initial report indicates a motorist slowed down to take a picture of a crash and a semitrailer had to take evasive action to avoid hitting the vehicle, according to the patrol.

We’re working to gather more information.

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