The beloved Wot-A-Dog in New Carlisle is open for the season -- and has new owners

Published: Monday, March 05, 2018 @ 10:18 AM

Wot A Dog will return to its earlier glory days, new owner promises.

One of this Dayton-Springfield region’s most beloved and oldest drive-in restaurants — famous for both its cruise-in events featuring antique and show cars and its food — reopens at 11 a.m. today, March 5, under new ownership.

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Wot A Dog, at 603 S. Main St. in New Carlisle, has been a community icon for decades. But it was closed during the summer of 2015, reopened for part of 2016, then shut down again, its Facebook page suggests. 

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New owner Stephen Prechtl Jr. announced he had taken over the shop in July 2017 and promised in a Facebook post to restore the eatery to its glory days.

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That announcement was warmly received by Wot A Dog fans.

“Rest assured that a lot of us appreciate that (you are) reopening for us!” one Facebook commenter said, calling Wot A Dog “one of the few (things) that keeps the spirit and heart in our little town alive and thriving.”

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Another commenter said, “All I can say is that the first couple weeks you are open you had better have double staff. We have all been so excited to see it open , you will be packed from open to close. Best of luck and we will see you opening day.”

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Prechtl could not be reached for comment late last week and over the weekend, but on the restaurant’s Facebook page, he wrote that the resurrected drive-in restaurant will open with a limited menu, focusing on “the famous Coneys, the Wot A Burger (now made with fresh beef), Crinkle cut fries, Onion rings (best with our rebel sauce), root beer in a frosted mug, root beer floats, 1/2 gallon root beer, Dippin Dots (10 flavors), Chocolate and Vanilla Milkshakes … .” Coming soon, the owners said, will be a Rebel Burger, Texas Tenderloin, Curly Fries, and Chili Cheese fries.

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Wot A Dog’s owners said on Facebook that they wouldn’t be taking call-in orders immediately upon the re-opening, “until we can efficiently take care of in-store business. Once we are comfortable, we will accept call-ins.”

Hours may vary, but plans call for being open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. For updates, check out the Wot A Dog Facebook page at

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West Carrollton cruiser struck by vehicle during traffic stop, driver arrested

Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 3:24 AM
Updated: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 9:40 AM

A woman accused of hitting a West Carrollton police cruiser, while the officer was on a separate traffic stop, was arrested on suspicion of OVI after her vehicle was stopped on Interstate 75 Friday morning, according to jail records and police.

Stephanie Dye, 47, was booked into the Montgomery County Jail following the incident on the highway in the area of I-75 and Interstate 675 around 2:45 a.m.

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Police said they had stopped a vehicle on the highway for a speed violation and as the officer was handling that traffic stop, Dye was accused of hitting the West Carrollton cruiser. 

The officer left the original traffic stop and was able to stop Dye’s vehicle a short time later without incident, investigators said.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol was called to assist with the crash investigation involving the cruiser.

No injuries were reported during the incident.

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Butler County dog warden asks for help finding owner of malnourished dogs

Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 9:35 AM

The Butler County Dog Warden & Humane Officers are reaching out to the community via Facebook to find the owners of two emaciated dogs. VIA DOG WARDEN FACEBOOK
The Butler County Dog Warden & Humane Officers are reaching out to the community via Facebook to find the owners of two emaciated dogs. VIA DOG WARDEN FACEBOOK

The Butler County Dog Warden & Humane Officers are reaching out to the community via Facebook to find the owners of two emaciated dogs.

The two dogs are female and appear to be older. One of the two appears to be extremely malnourished. They were found Thursday in the 1000 Block of Franklin Street in Hamilton.

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“These dogs are safe at the Humane Society and are receiving medical treatment, but they have a long way to go,” the warden posted to Facebook.

One of the dogs needs timed feeding and monitoring and is receiving special treatment and care at the home of a deputy dog warden, the post said.

Those who feel they have information on who the owner is of either dog are asked to contact Supervisor Kurt Merbs at 513-785-6542.

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Miami University to spend $50 million more on undergrad teaching, research

Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 10:13 AM

            Miami University will spend another $50 million on undergraduate education, the school announced this week.
Miami University will spend another $50 million on undergraduate education, the school announced this week.

Miami University announced it will spend tens of millions of additional dollars to enhance undergraduate teaching, learning and research.

The school will invest $50 million more to improve each aspect of its undergraduate education and to gear it more toward “innovation and creativity,” according to the school this week. With the improvements, Miami will seek to create more partnerships with businesses and government agencies.

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This year, for example, Miami is focused on training health care workers and developing more programs and professional degrees, according to the school. In subsequent years, faculty will be able to propose similar projects and then apply to have them funded by the university’s multi-million dollar investment.

“We will unleash creativity and innovation to equip our students with the skills they need to solve the biggest challenges in our state, nation and world,” Miami President Greg Crawford said in a prepared statement. “These programs will also enhance the undergraduate experience that has defined Miami for generations, allowing us to continue to attract top students and faculty to Miami.”

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Miami’s $50-million investment comes less than a year after Crawford testified before Congress about the need to meet workforce demands and how all students need entrepreneurial skills. Crawford estimates that close to 1,500 alumni are founders or co-founders of businesses.

“The entrepreneurial mindset is as vital for success in the 21st century as the pioneering mindset in the 19th century and the manufacturing mindset in the 20th,” Crawford testified.

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Local driver falls asleep and hits garage

Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 9:54 AM
Updated: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 10:38 AM

Car drives into side of garage on Saratoga Drive in Troy

UPDATE @ 10:38 a.m.

A St. Paris man who was on his way home from a long work shift told Troy police he fell asleep while driving Friday morning, causing his car to jump a curb and hit the side of a garage. 

Before hitting the garage on Saratoga Drive, the car luckily dodged a large boulder and went in between two trees. The two cars parked inside the garage had minor damage and the driver sustained a cut above his eye. The driver, who fled the scene on foot, will be cited for failure to control, leaving the scene of an accident, driving under a suspended license and giving false information to the police. 


Friday morning a Troy driver was on his way home from a twelve hour shift, fell asleep at the wheel and hit a garage on Saratoga Drive. 

We are unsure if anyone was injured and will bring you the latest details as we receive them. 

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