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When you can get your first look inside this new craft brewery

Published: Friday, July 14, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Thursday, July 27, 2017 @ 11:37 AM

Devil Wind Brewing is gearing up for a late-2017 opening in Xenia. MARK FISHER/STAFF
Devil Wind Brewing is gearing up for a late-2017 opening in Xenia. MARK FISHER/STAFF

Things appear to be speeding right along for one of the area’s newest breweries. Devil Wind Brewing in Xenia just announced its open house event for Friday, Aug. 4 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Co-owner David Hatfield is a confirmed beer geek, traveling to breweries across the region to attend beer-release parties and other events.

“I’ve been a craft beer fan for 25 years,” Hatfield said. “I’ve always wanted to be a part of it.”

>> PHOTOS: See the progress on the Dayton-area’s newest brewery

He’ll soon get his wish. There’s plenty of sweat-equity still to be paid, but Hatfield and three fellow beer-enthusiast partners — Douglas Lane, Michael Van Kirk and Perry Wyatt — are hard at work.

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The 3,000-square-foot brewery is located at 130 S. Detroit St. in downtown Xenia, a short distance from the bike path, which Hatfield said will be a real plus. They had been looking for months, and briefly thought they had found a location in Huber Heights, before finding the Xenia space, Hatfield said.

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The space will seat as many as 100, and plans call for distributing Devil Wind beers in kegs to local establishments “fairly soon after we open,” Van Kirk said. The brewery will bring in food trucks and encourage carry-out from local restaurants, the founders said. Its liquor license will allow it to serve wine as well as beer, Lane said.

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The brewery’s name was derived from historical reports that the Shawnee Indians that inhabited Greene County referred to the Xenia area as “Land of the Devil Wind.”

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There’s still plenty of work to be done on the interior, but, “We’re saying late 2017 (to open), depending on equipment installation and permits,” Hatfield said.

“Everything has gone smoothly so far.”

Devil Wind will become the second brewery to operate in Xenia during this century. The Miami Trail Brewery opened in Xenia in the late 1990s and shut down by 2002, and was, during its time, the only craft brewery in the Dayton area.

Militants kill at least 184 in Egyptian mosque

Published: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 9:11 AM

Egyptian mosque.
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Egyptian mosque.(AFP Contributor/AFP/Getty Images)

At least 184 people were killed and 125 were injured Friday when Islamist militants exploded a bomb and opened fire on people attending prayers at an Egyptian mosque in the northern section of Sinai, Reuters reported.

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The attack targeted Al Rawdah mosque in Bir Al-Abed, the Egyptian state-owned news agency MENA reported.

No group has claimed responsibility for the assault, so far.

State media showed images of bloodied victims and bodies covered in blankets inside the Al Rawdah mosque in Bir al-Abed, west of the city of El Arish.

“They were shooting at people as they left the mosque,” a local resident, whose relatives were at the scene, told Reuters. “They were shooting at the ambulances, too.”

JUST IN: Dayton icon Jerry Gillotti, Gilly’s nightclub owner, dies

Published: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 8:29 AM

Jerry Gillotti, the iconic co-founder and owner of Gilly?€™s, died on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 24. He was 80.

Jerry Gillotti, the iconic co-founder and owner of Gilly’s, died on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 24. He was 80.

A spokeswoman for the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office said this morning, Nov. 24, that her office had been notified of Mr. Gillotti’s death at a local hospice facility.

Gillotti had been severely injured in a robbery and beating outside the nightclub at 132 S. Jefferson St. in March 2016, and friends said earlier this year his worsening health was related to the effects of the beating.

Gillotti attended Dayton’s Chaminade High School before graduating in 1962 from University of Dayton with a degree in business.

Gillotti bought Wedgewood Inn and featured jazz acts there two years before he and his brother purchased the former site of Green Derby on North Main Street and transformed it into Gilly’s. The first show as Gilly’s was Roy Meriwether on July 7, 1972, according to Gary J. Leppla, Gillotti’s attorney and friend.

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In his nomination of Gillotti to the Dayton Walk of Fame, Leppla said Gillotti became one of the greatest jazz and blues promoters in the United States. After a successful run on North Main Street, Jerry moved Gilly’s to the Dayton Transportation Center. In addition, Jerry hosted a Sunday morning jazz show for several years on WING-AM radio.

Performers booked at Gilly’s include Tony Bennett, Diane Schuur, BB King, Wynton Marsalis, Art Blakey, Dexter Gordon, Bill Evans, George Benson, Herbie Hancock and many more.

In addition to his induction in the Dayton Walk of Fame in 2013, Gillotti was recognized by the University of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music with the prestigious William Lawless Jones Award for his contributions to the region’s jazz culture.

In an article celebrating his 30th anniversary at Gilly’s, Gillotti told the Dayton Daily News his passion for jazz was ignited during his time in the Army while stationed in Frankfurt, Germany. He frequented jazz clubs and heard iconic acts such as Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald and the Modern Jazz Quartet.

He left the service in 1958 with an idea.

“If you presented (jazz) correctly, in a nice atmosphere, you’ve got to be successful; people will come out to see it because it’s just so infectious and it’s such good music,” he told contributing writer Kris Alavattam.

This story will be updated.

Troopers: Naked couple crashes car while having sex; baby was in back seat

Published: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 1:25 AM

Washington State Patrol.
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Washington State Patrol.(David Ryder/Getty Images)

A naked couple, having sex in their car while their baby was in the back seat, crashed while driving, the Washington State Patrol said.

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The man was driving on Highway 7 near La Grande in Pierce County, naked and having sex with a woman who also was naked, when he missed a curve, went off the road and struck a tree, State Patrol spokeswoman Brooke Bova said.

The crash occurred Wednesday at 6 p.m. troopers said.

Witnesses told troopers both the man and woman were naked when they got out of the car, The Everett Herald reported. Troopers said they were also both impaired.

The woman wasn't wearing a seat belt. She was taken to the hospital with several broken bones. The 3-month-old child in the back seat was not injured.

The man was arrested and booked into Pierce County Jail on suspicion of driving under the influence, vehicular assault and child endangerment, the Herald reported.

Troopers said the man has three prior DUI convictions.

Clark County fire kills 4-H pigs, destroys barn

Published: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 1:24 AM
Updated: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 2:23 AM

SCENE: German Twp. barn fire kills several animals


A barn was destroyed and 4-H pigs were killed after an early morning fire in German Twp., Clark County.

Homeowner Theresa Ward said when they discovered the blaze after midnight, they tried with a garden hose to put it out after calling 911. She said it took fire crews about 11 minutes to arrive on scene of the fire in the 4800 block of Troy Road.

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“It was the longest 11 minutes of our lives,” Ward said. “We were trying to save our animals and we just watched [the barn] go up in flames. There was nothing we could do.”

Ward two of her grandchildren participate in 4-H, and the pigs belonged to them. A few pigs did survive.

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The barn was destroyed, and Ward said they did not have insurance on the barn. She isn’t sure how they will rebuild.

Ward was told an electrical problem may be to blame, said said.