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New brewery near the Dayton Mall is NOW HIRING

Published: Tuesday, July 25, 2017 @ 9:04 AM

Heavier Than Air Brewing Co is the latest brewery to join the thriving local beer scene.

The Dayton area’s next brewery is hiring as it prepares to open just east of the Dayton Mall.

Heavier than Air Brewing Co. expects to hire three to six people to start, according to brewery co-founder Nick Tarkany Sr. Interested persons can apply through the brewery’s Facebook page.

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The new brewery — located at 497 Miamisburg-Centerville Road in the Normandy Square Shopping Center east of the Dayton Mall — is in the process of obtaining its final permits and approvals and is gearing up for a “soft” open, Tarkany said.

“We don’t have a precise date yet, but we’re not talking about weeks,” he said.

Heavier Than Air Brewing Co. is gearing up to open in the coming weeks on Miamisburg-Centerville Road east of the Dayton Mall. MARK FISHER/STAFF(Staff Writer)

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After completing hiring and training and obtaining federal brewing and occupancy permits, Heavier Than Air Brewing will initially open with “guest beers” from other Dayton-area breweries flowing through its 10 taps, until ramping up its own brewing operation.

“As our own beers come on line, we’ll gradually scale back the guest beers, although it is our goal to keep four or so beers from other Dayton-area breweries,” Tarkany said. The brewery also intends to pour a selection from Riegele in Dayton’s Sister City of Augsburg, Germany.

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Heavier Than Air Brewing Co. is gearing up to open in the coming weeks on Miamisburg-Centerville Road east of the Dayton Mall. MARK FISHER/STAFF(Staff Writer)

In the coming weeks, “We’ll just unlock the door one day and see who walks in,” Tarkany said. “Our ‘hard’ opening will come later, when our first beer flows through the tap, and out sign is up. That may be a month or so down the road.”

Heavier Than Air will have a limited food menu and will “encourage customers to order delivery or bring food in,” Tarkany said, citing nearby restaurants such as the Submarine House, Dragon One, Zinks Meats and Fine Wines and Flying Pizza.

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Tarkany has been an avid home-brewery for more than a decade. The brewery will be overseen by Tarkany and his brother Chris Tarkany, with an assist from two of Nick’s sons, Ben and Nick Jr.

Nick Sr. had nothing but praise for the Dayton-area brewing community and said he has received a lot of helpful advice and guidance from owners and brewers from other local breweries in navigating the complex construction and permit process all new breweries must go through before opening.

“Other breweries in the area have been very supportive and helpful,” he said. “They’re an outstanding group of people.”

For more information or to monitor its progress toward opening, check out the Heavier Than Air Brewing Facebook page.

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Feds investigate threatening letter sent to local NAACP president

Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 11:51 AM
Updated: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 12:59 PM

A press conference was held Friday to show community for Denise Williams and the NAACP, who received a threatening letter recently.

A threatening letter sent to the Springfield NAACP president earlier this week has prompted an investigation by local, state and federal law enforcement agencies.

The letter police said contained “threats of violence and racial epithets” and was mailed to the chapter office and received Wednesday.

Denise Williams, president of the Springfield NAACP, was sent a threatening letter containing 'racial epithets.'(Bill Lackey)

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Springfield NAACP President Denise Williams reported the letter to Springfield police.

"We have reached out to our partners in state and federal agencies, and we're making a cooperative effort to identify the source of the abhorrent act," said Springfield Police Division Chief Lee Graf. "We take these threats very seriously."

A press conference is scheduled for Friday afternoon.

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Police: Man shoots self, runs to mother’s house blocks away in Dayton

Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 7:31 PM
Updated: Saturday, March 24, 2018 @ 3:35 AM


UPDATE @ 3:05 a.m.:

The man who said he shot himself Friday night in Dayton has been identified.

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David Metcalf, 51, said he shot himself in the arm at his residence in the 2800 block of East Third Street then ran to his mother’s house, according to police.

Police recovered ammunition and suspected cocaine at Metcalf’s home following further investigation, a release stated.

It remains unknown if the man did shoot himself.


A man who was shot in the arm tonight ran inside his mother’s house.

Police and medics were called around 6:35 p.m. to the 3100 block of East Third Street after a woman said her son was shot and was bleeding profusely.

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He was taken by medics to Miami Valley Hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, police said.

The man told police he shot himself in the 2800 block of East Third Street, according to the Montgomery County Regional Dispatch Center. The area outside a home near the corner of East Third and Jersey streets was surrounded in yellow police tape.

The man’s name and age were not available.

A woman inside a residence where the shooting happened had a broken nose, and police said it’s under investigation whether the man shot himself.

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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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Some of Miami Valley to see rain, snow while others remain dry

Published: Saturday, March 24, 2018 @ 5:37 AM
Updated: Saturday, March 24, 2018 @ 7:31 AM


>>WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

We will be starting out in the 20s and will be mostly cloudy, according to Storm Center 7 meteorologist Kirstie Zontini. Passing showers move in during the day mixing with snow and possibly some rain in the afternoon. The best chance for this is south of I-70. Snow totals will be limited and most of the Miami Valley won’t see any stick. Butler County is under a Winter Weather Advisory with possible snowfalls reaching 1 inch to 3 inches. The Dayton area might see a dusting on grassy surfaces. North of Dayton will have a pretty quite Saturday. It looks like the Miami Valley dodges the heaviest bands of snow which will stay south. Temperatures climb to around 40. Clouds decrease tonight and we drop to the mid 20s.


  • Most escape accumulating snow in Miami Valley
  • Dry and mild Sunday
  • Warmer next week with spring showers

>>5-Day Forecast


Sunday: It will be a beautiful end to the weekend. We will see highs in the mid to upper 40s. Dry and sunny!

Monday: We see a nice start to the new week with temperatures close to normal with highs in the low to mid 50s. Clouds increase in the evening.

Tuesday: Scattered rain showers will develop with highs in the upper 50s feeling mild and breezy.

Wednesday: Scattered showers continue in the morning. We will see some late day sunshine with highs around 60.

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