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SNEAK PEEK: Dayton’s newest brewery now hiring, gearing up to open

Published: Friday, June 30, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Sneak peek inside Lock 27 Brewing in downtown Dayton

The Dayton area’s ever-expanding beer scene will welcome a new and major player in the next two months.

>> PHOTOS: Check out the inside of Lock 27 Brewing

Lock 27 Brewing’s new downtown Dayton brewery and restaurant in the Delco Lofts building adjacent to Fifth Third Field is poised to ramp up hiring “in the next week or two” in anticipation of an August opening, according to brewery founder Steve Barnhart.

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Lock 27 will be the third restaurant/beer pub to open in the space of about two months within a stone’s throw of the Dayton Dragon’s baseball stadium, joining Canal Street Arcade and Deli, which opened this week, and Mudlick Taphouse, which is poised to open in the coming days.

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“This neighborhood was a blank slate, and we’re excited to see what it’s developing into,” Barnhart said.

The Lock 27 brewpub is expected to seat about 120 to 150 and will serve lunch and dinner seven days a week, Barnhart said. Customer seating will be along the first-floor wall overlooking the Fifth Third Field plaza.

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The brewery and restaurant will occupy about 12,000 square feet of the Delco Building’s basement and first floor. It will open with about 50 employees, Barnhart said. The original Lock 27 location on Ohio 48 in south Centerville has open interviews every Wednesday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., and starting July 11, the downtown Dayton location will hold open interviews on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

The brewery’s restaurant will have an open kitchen on the first floor. Its brewhouse will be in the basement, with some of the tanks and other taller pieces of brewing equipment extending through the basement ceiling to create a visual centerpiece of sorts for the first-floor restaurant, Barnhart said.

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At Barnhart’s urging, those working on the brewery build-out have found creative ways to re-use and incorporate some of the items left behind in the building prior to construction of the brewery and the 100-plus Delco Loft apartments.

Initial plans call for distributing Lock 27’s downtown Dayton beers in kegs only, but there is space to add a canning or bottling line for potential future retail distribution, Barnhart said.

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Barnhart is a native of Chicago who moved to the Dayton area in 1984. He spent 15 years working in corporate development at NCR. An avid home-brewer since 1997, Barnhart opened Lock 27 in Centerville in June 2013.

California artist creates "positive" street signs

Published: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 3:05 AM

Scott Froschauer's positive street signs have been placed in parks around Glendale, California.
Scott Froschauer's positive street signs have been placed in parks around Glendale, California.

A California street artist has produced a new kind of peace sign. When you’re driving around town, simply relax when you see them.

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Instead of familiar street signs that order drivers to “stop,” “yield,” or “do not enter,” Scott Froschauer’s signs urge drivers to “relax,” “do your best,” or “breathe.”

The Glendale Library launched Froschauer’s “Word on the Street” art works last week, placing 20 of his signs at parks throughout the city, KABC reported. Froschauer’s website has a map that shows where the signs are located.

“There’s nothing more mundane than, like, a stop sign, because you just see it every day and you start to blur them out,” Froschauer told KABC. 

His street signs convey positive messages, he said. Instead of “Stop,” his octagonal sign reads “Start.”

The signs will be on display for one year, KABC reported.

SR-741 to be closed for at least 6 hours following crash

Published: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 3:43 PM
Updated: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 4:45 PM

UPDATE @ 4:45 p.m.

Those headed to the 5:30 p.m. Springboro High School boys basketball scrimmage, coming from south of Ohio 741 and Red Lion-Five Points Road, should use Interstate 75 to get to the game.

On northbound I-75, get off at the East Fourth Street exit and go right on West Lower Springboro Road. Turn right on South Main Street (Ohio 741). Springboro High School will be on the right at 1675 S. Main St.

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For the latest traffic information, tune in to AM 1290 or News 95.7, or visit the WHIO traffic page.

UPDATE @ 4:17 p.m.

The Ohio Department of Transportation said state Route 741 will be shut down for 6 to 7 hours near Red Lion-Five Points Road. Duke Energy is on scene repairing a pole and said the damages will take an extended time to fix. The driver was an man and not a student, according to authorities. 

The Springboro boys basketball team has a scrimmage scheduled tonight and drivers will need to find an alternate route to Springboro High School. 


State Route 741 is currently closed due to a one car accident near Red Lion-Five Points Road just south of Springboro High School.

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The crash reportedly happened around 2:30 p.m. Friday afternoon when a driver hit an electric pole. The driver was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries according to the Clearcreek Township Fire Department. 


The pole was reportedly ripped in half and Duke Energy is on scene working to repair the damages. We will bring you the latest developments in this story. 

Butler County Donut Trail makes international ‘best of’ list

Published: Monday, October 30, 2017 @ 11:59 AM
Updated: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 5:05 PM

Butler County Donut Trail

The Butler County Donut Trail is going worldwide.

CNN recently spotlighted the trail as one of 12 of the world’s most enticing food and drink trails, along with trails featuring dumplings, beer cheese, apple pie, malt whisky, hot tamales, German wine, French cheese, Swiss fondue and other regional delights.

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The doughnut trail’s 10 featured locations represent a combined 306 years of doughnut-making experience and previously have been featured in publications nationwide, including NBC News, Country Living and USA Today, according to the Butler County Visitors Bureau.

Completing all 10 stops on the official doughnut trail passport earns participants a free Butler County Donut Trail T-shirt.

More than 8,400 visitors from 43 states and nine countries have completed all stops on the Donut Trail since it was founded in early 2016, according to the latest statistics provided by the visitors bureau. Those numbers do not include partial completions, bureau officials said.

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“We’re very excited to have the Donut Trail included such a major international travel story through CNN,” said Mark Hecquet, executive director of the Butler County Visitors Bureau. “It puts an incredible spotlight on Butler County as a travel destination at both a national and international level.

“Ultimately, this feature will drive increased national and international visitation to our community as people come to explore the Donut Trail, as well as everything else Butler County has to offer.”

The Butler County Donut Trail includes:
  • Central Pastry Shop, 1518 Central Ave., Middletown
  • Jupiter Coffee & Donuts, 5353 Dixie Highway, Fairfield
  • Kelly’s Bakery, 1335 Main St., Hamilton
  • Martin’s Donuts, 4 W. State St., Trenton
  • Milton’s Donuts, 3533 Roosevelt Blvd., Middletown
  • Mimi’s Donuts & Bakery, 2267 Millvile Ave., Hamilton
  • Oxford Doughnut Shoppe, 120 S. Locust St., Oxford
  • Ross Bakery, 1051 Eaton Ave., Hamilton or 4421 Hamilton-Cleves Road, Hamilton
  • Stan the Donut Man, 7967 Cincinnati Dayton Road, West Chester Twp.
  • The Donut Spot, 5148 Pleasant Ave., Fairfield

K99.1 FM fundraiser draws generous donation from Garth Brooks and others

Published: Thursday, November 16, 2017 @ 11:26 AM
Updated: Thursday, November 16, 2017 @ 1:07 PM

Credit: Getty Images
Credit: Getty Images

Garth Brooks and wife Trisha Yearwood made a contribution of close to $50K during K99.1 FM’s yearly Dayton Children’s radio-thon Thursday morning.

This is the second straight year that Brooks has called into K99 to make a personal donation to Dayton Children’s. During a dollar for dollar match hour by McAfee Air, Brooks said he would match all donations and also added that his wife Trisha Yearwood would match all donations as well. This generous act allowed all contributions during that time to be quadrupled from $1 to $4.

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Last year when Garth was in Cincinnati, he met privately with Nancy, Frye and Nick Roberts of K99 and discussed again his passion for Dayton and Children’s Hospital. 

“He’s been very good to our station and to the hospital. It’s kind of mind blowing to think that one of the biggest entertainers in music history has that kind of connection to Dayton.” Said Nick Roberts, VP Marketing for Cox Media Group. 

Many other generous donations have been given via the Radiothon including a signed guitar from Ketih Urban. Urban called into K99 to express his support for the fundraiser and while talking with Nancy and Frye informed that he would be sending in the guitar. 

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This is the 20th year of the Children’s Hospital of Dayton radio-thon and K99 has raised almost $4 million dollars in that time.