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Published: Wednesday, May 17, 2017 @ 7:56 PM
The city of Dayton has approved an agreement that gives one company the right to operate taxi service at the Dayton International Airport.
The cab operator that has been in the city for 16 years will handle passenger transport out of the airport. As part of its three-year contract, Dayton Express’ fleet of cabs must be no more than 3 years old, have GPS systems, and offer backseat credit card payment options, said Terry Slaybaugh, Dayton’s director of aviation.
Eleven companies previously provided taxi service at the airport, 3600 Terminal Drive.
The change is intended to improve customer service and the customer experience at the airport at a time of increased competition from ride-sharing companies Uber and Lyft, Slaybaugh, said.
Taxi pick-ups at the airport have decreased by about 20 percent since Uber and Lyft have started serving the facility, Slaybaugh said.
Passenger pick-ups at the airport have decreased from 1,500 people a month last year to about 1,100 a month this year, he said.
"They're definitely coming in and having an impact on the airport business," he said.
Vehicles equipped to serve passengers with disabilities will be made within 15 minutes of a request for their use, Slaybaugh said.
Dayton Express already has hired seven new drivers from other taxi companies that operate at the airport in preparation of its new contract, he said.
Published: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 @ 2:44 AM
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Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 7:03 AM
DAYTON — Crews are responding to Miami Valley Hospital after a person reportedly showed up with a gunshot wound early Monday morning.
OTHER LOCAL NEWS: Police find man with gunshot wound to the head in Dayton home
Initial reports indicate the individual was reportedly shot near a Shell gas station in the 3400 block of E. Third St.
Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 7:23 AM
— A local organization is giving away wedding dress for military brides this week.
The third annual Marry Me Military for all military brides will take place on Sunday, May 27 in the Grand Ballroom at Holiday Inn Dayton/Fairborn. The event, offered by the United Service Organizations -Central and Southern Ohio, is open to 75 brides from noon to 3 p.m. The event has provided military brides with more than 300 free bridal gowns.
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Each bride can bring two guests. To be eligible for a complimentary wedding dress, brides must be an active duty, guard or reserve military member getting married, or the fiancé of an active duty, guard or reserve military member. If their military member is deployed, they must bring a copy of his/her orders and a short letter of introduction, along with their confirmation e-mail to be granted access to the event.
“We are excited to be able to provide wedding dresses to our military brides on their special day,” said Mia Walthers, center manager of WPAFB USO. “Often funds are low for our military members, so providing a new gown is one way our USO can show support to our new brides and help offset the expenses of the wedding. In the past, several brides told us they would have never been able to afford a dress like the one they got at the Marry Me Military events.”
Deadline to register is May 25.
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Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 7:09 AM
— Ohio isn’t one of the best states for veterans, according to a new analysis.
The average officer is only 45 years old — 42 for non-disability enlisted personnel — upon retirement from service, according to WalletHub’s new analysis. Military retirees deal with re-assimilation into civilian life, sometimes facing challenges with the job markets, homelessness, disabilities and Post-Tramatic Stress Disorder.
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WalletHub ranked the best states for the military community, using a data set of 27 key metrics, ranging from veterans per capita to number of VA health facilities to job opportunities for veterans. Ohio didn’t rank in the top 20 states, landing at No. 23. The top states include:
3. New Hampshire
5. South Carolina
7. South Dakota
18. North Dakota
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