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Warren County tourism generates record visitors

Published: Friday, March 10, 2017 @ 11:10 AM

            Hundreds waited in line and gathered for an announcement just after 10 p.m. that turned out to be the Mystic Timbers wooden roller coaster Thursday night, July 29, 2016, at Kings Island Amusement Park in Mason. The coaster will be completed in spring of 2017. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF
Hundreds waited in line and gathered for an announcement just after 10 p.m. that turned out to be the Mystic Timbers wooden roller coaster Thursday night, July 29, 2016, at Kings Island Amusement Park in Mason. The coaster will be completed in spring of 2017. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

Warren County attracted a record number of tourism-related visitors in 2016, the Warren County Convention & Visitors Bureau announced at its Annual Partner Meeting today.

According to attendance figures compiled by the WCCVB, the county’s numerous entertainment, shopping and dining attractions accounted for nearly 12 million visitors in 2016, surpassing a previous record of 11.8 million visitors set in 2015.


Phillip S. Smith, president & CEO of the WCCVB, credits the influx in visitation to the county’s budding reputation as both a convenient and affordable travel destination.

RELATED: Warren County tourism generates $1.1 billion

“No matter your age or interests, you’re bound to find an event, attraction or accommodation that appeals to you in Warren County,” Smith said. “Couple our wide array of affordable entertainment, dining and lodging offerings with the fact that we’re also just a short drive away for most, and it’s easy to see why we’ve become such a popular option for travelers.”

RELATED: Kings Island filling 4K jobs for 2017

Among the county’s most visited attractions in 2016 were Caesar Creek State Park, Kings Island, Miami Valley Gaming, the Western & Southern Open, and the Ohio Sauerkraut Festival.

According to the latest economic study conducted by the state of Ohio, tourism is the county’s number one industry, accounting for one in every nine jobs, or 11 percent of the workforce.

In brief

Published: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 @ 12:00 AM


Longest Table meal Oct. 14

On Oct. 14 from 3-6 p.m. the City of Dayton will be holding another Longest Table meal on the 3rd St. Bridge, 620 W. 3rd St. Longest Table meals challenge participants to re-think their assumptions about other parts of town and the people who live there.

Registration and opening remarks will be held at the west end of the bridge near the RTA Cultural Center. Food will be provided at no cost. If you would like to make a donation, you can do so at Attendees are encouraged to bring their favorite dessert to share.

RSVP for the event at and be part of the Longest Table movement.

Technical assistance workshops held

The City of Dayton will be hosting several technical assistance workshops at area Dayton Metro Library branches. These workshops are designed to provide assistance in completing the Accelerate Dayton application. The city’s business development partners will also be on hand to give an overview of their free, comprehensive business management, education services, and one-on-one counseling.

Upcoming dates and locations include: Sept. 28, 6:30-8 p.m., Main Conference Room 1A, 215 E. Third St.; Oct. 7, 10-11:30 a.m., Madden Hills meeting room, 2542 Germantown St., Oct. 12 6:30-8 p.m. East meeting room, 1008 Wyoming St.


Infant mortality conference Sept. 22-23

On Sept. 22 from 8 a.m.-4:30.p.m. and Sept. 23 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. the Dayton and Montgomery County Infant Mortality Task Force will present “Everyone Should Turn One: Infant Mortality Conference” at the Dayton Convention Center, 22 E. 5th Street, Dayton.

The conference is free; breakfast and lunch will be provided.

For more information or to register, go to, or call Angie at 937-224-3696.


Focus Forward meeting Sept. 26

On Sept. 26 from 6:30-8 p.m., Riverside citizens are invited to share concerns or ask questions during a Community Focus Forward meeting at the Shellabarger Park, 5875 Bayside Dr. These meetings will be held at relaxed and informal settings around the community. Riverside City Council members and staff members will be available to discuss issues, answer questions and provide city updates.

Completing a Focus Forward question card prior to or at the beginning of each meeting will help maintain equal opportunity for participation and help to effectively use meeting time. Find the Focus Forward question card in the newsletter, at each meeting, the Riverside Website,, or the Administrative Office, 5200 Springfield St.

Coroner’s office requested to Dayton shooting scene

Published: Thursday, September 21, 2017 @ 10:49 AM
Updated: Thursday, September 21, 2017 @ 11:10 AM

Dayton police are investigating a shooting

UPDATE @ 11:10 a.m. 

The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office confirms they’ve been requested to the scene on 5 Oaks Avenue in Dayton. 

Initial reports indicate a person was found in a yard suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. 

Our crew is on the scene and we’re working to learn more. 


Police and medics have been dispatched on reports of a person shot on 5 Oaks Avenue in Dayton Thursday. 

Emergency units were first dispatched to the first block of 5 Oaks Avenue around 10:40 a.m. on initial reports of a person suffering an unknown problem behind a home. The report was later updated to a report of a person shot. 

We have a crew on the way and we’ll update this page as we learn more. 

Juvenile pursuit suspects to be charged in Troy phone store break-in

Published: Thursday, September 21, 2017 @ 7:40 AM
Updated: Thursday, September 21, 2017 @ 10:40 AM

Police in Troy said they need help identifying the people in this cell phone video. They are wanted in connection with a break-in at the Troy MetroPCS store early Monday morning.

UPDATE @ 10:40 a.m. 

Troy police said four of the five juvenile suspects they are looking for in connection to a break-in at a cell phone store are in custody. 

RELATED: Four juveniles in custody following pursuit, crash in Germantown

Three of the suspects were arrested after a pursuit involving Germantown police on Wednesday. A fourth person who was taken into custody after the pursuit was not connected to the break-in and is not facing charges from Troy police. 

RELATED: Troy, Huber Heights cell phone stores broken into overnight

A juvenile who was taken into custody by Dayton police on Tuesday in a separate incident will also face charges in the Troy break-in. 

Troy police said the suspects have not been cooperating with investigators. 

Police in Troy have released surveillance video of a break-in at the MetroPCS store early Monday morning.

Police were not sure if the suspects from the break-in were connected to other burglaries at businesses, including a break-in at a Huber Heights phone store. A call to Huber Heights police for more information has not been returned. 

We’ll continue to update this page as new details become available. 


Troy police said they are pursuing charges against five juveniles in connection to a break-in at a cell phone store Monday. Four of the juveniles were apprehended after a pursuit in Germantown on Wednesday. 

Investigators told this news outlet the four juveniles being held after a pursuit in Germantown will face charges in connection to the break-in at the Metro PCS location in Troy on Monday. A fifth juvenile also wanted in the Troy break-in was apprehended in Dayton on Tuesday and will also be charged by Troy police. 

Juveniles in custody after pursuit, crash in Germantown

The specific charges the juveniles might face was not available. 

The five suspects are accused of breaking into the store at 722 West Market Street around 2:40 a.m. Monday. A second break-in was reported at a Metro PCS location in Huber Heights less than two hours later, but police from Troy and Huber Heights have not said if they believe the break-ins are connected. 

It is not known if the five suspects are facing charges from Huber Heights police. 

On Wednesday four of the juvenile suspects were involved in a pursuit with Germantown police. After crashing the car they were in, they fled on foot but were later captured. 

Spotty fog may continue to develop, drivers should use caution

Published: Thursday, September 21, 2017 @ 5:17 AM
Updated: Thursday, September 21, 2017 @ 10:30 AM

Fog around Miami Valley this morning

RELATED: County-by-County Weather


  • Some spotty fog again this morning
  • Hot and humid through the weekend
  • More dry time over the next few days
(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini)

RELATED: Dayton Interactive Radar - WHIO Doppler 7


TODAY: Warm and muggy already. Some spotty fog could continue to develop so drivers should use caution. Temperatures this afternoon soar to the upper 80s, which is well above normal for this time of year. A stray shower or storm can’t be ruled out, but most of the afternoon will be dry with sunshine.

(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini)

FRIDAY: A nice end to the week and the summer. Fall begins with the equinox at 4:02 p.m. Temperatures will be about 88 degrees, which is much warmer than 74 (our normal high). It’ll be dry with sunshine and scattered clouds.

RELATED: 5-Day Forecast

SATURDAY: A nice start to the first weekend of fall. It will be hot and humid though, with a high around 87. We’ll experience plenty of sunshine.

(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini)

SUNDAY: Another great day with highs in the upper 80s and sunny.

MONDAY: Warm and muggy to start the new week. Highs will be in the mid 80s, with sunshine and scattered clouds.