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Businesses create new jobs through Project Hire program

Published: Tuesday, June 17, 2014 @ 11:00 AM
Updated: Tuesday, June 17, 2014 @ 11:00 AM

Creating new jobs can be challenging. However, Clayton-based VAP Packaging Management found a way utilizing a program called Project Hire from Ohio Means Jobs Montgomery County. Project Hire, a funded On-the-Job Training program, provides up to $8,000 per employee in funds to the employer for individualized occupational skills training for qualified applicants.

Since utilizing the program, VAP has hired employees in positions spanning from assemblers, machine operators, human resource representatives and CAD designers. The company has even seen employees come through the program and earn promotions within their organization.

"We've had over a dozen employees hired," said VAP Master Bean Counter (Controller) Tim Goodwin, "and we look forward to using this program as our company continues to grow."

In addition to the benefits for employers, it has also changed the lives of those who now have a job, in part because of Project Hire.

"I couldn't find a position in my field," said forklift driver Ronnie Manuel, Sr. "I was a dislocated worker in the printing industry and the program gave me the skill set I needed to continue work in another field. That was a great incentive for me."

"We've been able to reallocate some expenses and invest it into our employees," Goodwin said.

Damian Clement, an assembler at VAP, praised the Project Hire program and VAP for providing him with the tools necessary to grow into his new career. After losing his job as a personal trainer, Clement was out of work for five months until being offered a position with VAP.

"They made me feel comfortable and treated me like family--like they had known me for years," Clement said. From my first day (at VAP) I've felt comfortable."

VAP Packaging Management specializes in delivering custom packaging solutions for products of all shapes and sizes. The company also provides inventory management services.

On June 26, Ohio Means Jobs Montgomery County and the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce are hosting a complimentary breakfast at Sinclair Community College, providing area employers more information about Project Hire. Registration begins at 7:30 AM. If you are an employer interested in the event details, including registration, learn more about Project Hire online or call 937-225-6444.

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Gates now open for last day of 2018 Vectren Dayton Air Show

Published: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 9:23 AM
Updated: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 9:52 AM

Blue Angels at the Air Show - June 23, 2018

Gates are open for the last day of the 2018 Vectren Dayton Air Show.

The first acts take to the skies at noon and fly through 4:15 p.m. Gates close at 6 p.m.

>> Saturday highlights of the 2018 Vectren Dayton Air Show

Today’s lineup of feature flying acts include: the Tuskegee Airmen, P-51 Mustang, U.S. Army Golden Knights, Vicky Benzing, B-17 Movie Memphis Belle, Redline, Sean Tucker, U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor, U.S. Air Force Heritage Flight, CareFlight dedication, Tora Tora Tora, Jet Waco and the U.S. Navy Blue Angels.

PHOTOS: Images from Saturday Air Show

>> RTA offers express shuttle service to Vectren Dayton Air Show

>> How to avoid traffic and parking headaches at this weekend’s Vectren Dayton Air Show

>> Parking lots in good shape for Vectren Dayton Air Show

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Missing adult alert for Hamilton Co. man canceled

Published: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 8:14 AM
Updated: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 10:41 AM

UPDATE @ 10:39 a.m.:

The missing adult alert issued for James Marques was canceled. 


A statewide missing adult alert has been issued by Colerain Township police for a 79-year-old man.

Police say James Marques was last seen leaving his residence for a trip to the store in a light blue 2007 Ford Focus, Ohio plate DXZ4199.

Marques was last seen wearing a white T-shirt, jeans and a blue windbreaker jacket.

Marques is 5’10’’, 150 pounds, has gray/brown hair, hazel eyes and suffers from dementia.

Police have reason to believe he may be in Indiana.

If you have any information on Marques or his whereabouts, please call 911 or 1-866-693-9171 to be transferred to the investigating law enforcement agency. 

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Author of national best-seller stops in Dayton for book tour

Published: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 7:37 AM

Fans of author Joshua Pollock have the opportunity for a meet and greet during his national book tour for The Heartfulness Way today and Monday. 

Since its introduction to the U.S. market on June 1, the book, written by Pollock and Kamlesh D. Patel, leader of the Heartfulness Institute, has quickly become a national best-seller at Barnes & Noble and on Amazon. 

The two-day area Meet and Meditate event begins today from 10:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Dayton Natural Path Meditation Center on 3153 Lantz Road in Beavercreek. 

Monday, Pollock fans can attend from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Dayton International Peace Museum on 208 West Monument Avenue. 

Pollock will sign books, answer questions and hold a spiritual meditation. 

To register for the event, click here.

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Police are asking for your help finding missing endangered teen in Springboro

Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 3:56 PM

Police seek missing Springboro teen

Police are seeking the public’s  help to find a missing endangered teen. 

>>Amber Alert canceled after 2 Urbana boys found safe

Frista Gibbons, 15, was last seen around 2:30 p.m. Friday leaving her home on foot, according to the Springboro Police Department.

Gibbons is stands 5 feet 7 inches, weighs 100 pounds, has short brown hair and hazel eyes.

She was last seen wearing a light blue zip-up hoodie with a knee length leopard-print skirt. She was carrying a black backpack, according to a release.

Police said Gibbons may be with her juvenile boyfriend from Camden, Ohio. 

Anyone with information is urged to call the Springboro Police Department at 937-748-0611.

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