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Popular Hamilton barbecue restaurant cooking up to-go location

Published: Thursday, June 14, 2018 @ 8:00 AM

Neal’s Famous BBQ Is opening a new grab-and-go location in July at 997 Eaton Ave., Hamilton.

A popular Hamilton restaurant is opening a second location on the city’s west side.

Neal’s Famous BBQ’s newest location — Neal’s Grab ‘N’ Go — is set to open in mid-July at 997 Eaton Ave. as a complement to the full dine-in barbecue experience available at 202 N. 3rd St. on the city’s east side, according to owner Mike Neal.

“We have a lot of west side customers … so what we’re saying is ‘Hey, let’s bring a Neal’s to them as well,” he said.

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The second location is in a building that once housed Flub’s Dari-ette ice cream shop

Customers will be able to walk up to the new business, place their order and either leave with their food in hand or sit at picnic tables on the restaurant’s concrete patio.

Available for purchase will be all of Neal’s signature sandwiches, including pulled pork, pulled chicken, Neal burgers, rib tips, rib sandwiches and beef brisket, plus hot dogs and metts.

Coleslaw, chips and soft drinks will be available Thursdays through Sundays. Sunday dinners will offer a wider variety of side dishes, including coleslaw, homemade mac ‘n’ cheese, Southern style baked beans and mixed greens.

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The new location will offer for sale all eight varieties of Neal’s BBQ Sauce, including a new Watermelon BBQ flavor.

Neal said it means a lot to him as a business owner for the past 17 years to be able to open a second location and grow with Hamilton.

“As the city expands, we all expand. That’s what makes it sweet,” he said. “We just want to give the best that we have to offer to our city.”

Neal first started selling sandwiches on a corner of East Avenue in 2001 with $10 in his pocket, an old grill, a packet of ribs and three loaves of bread. Neal’s Café moved from the street corner to an ice cream parlor on Ohio 4 later that year, to 802 S. Fourth St. in 2009, and then made its home on the corner of North Third and Dayton streets in 2014.

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He said it was last summer when Flub’s owner Brian Connaughton told him the property was available for lease.

“I’d been looking for a way to collaborate with other businesses in Hamilton and me and Brian … we came up with ‘how about having Neal’s as a grab and go on the west side and then you leave here and go get Flub’s famous ice cream,” he said. “I thought that was a great collaboration of local businesses working together.”

Connaughton, who is paying for a new Neal’s sign to replace the former Flub’s sign, said it’s well worth the expense to help out a fellow business owner. The two men have know each other since their youth, stretching back to when Connaughton’s late father, Mike, taught Neal’s older siblings at school.

“It’s a family thing … a long-term relationship,” Neal said.

Hours of operation will be 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays. For more information, including hiring opportunities, call 513-737-2783.

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Back on the air with Jamie Dupree 2.0

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 12:15 PM

It was just another newscast this morning for WSB Radio in Atlanta. It was just another newscast on WDBO in Orlando, WHIO in Dayton, WOKV in Jacksonville, and KRMG in Tulsa. But it was much more than that for me, as my voice – my new, computer generated voice – went on the air today, getting me back on the radio for the first time in two years, after my voice was taken away by an unknown neurological disorder.

We call it, Jamie Dupree 2.0, a voice synthesized from recordings of my past news stories, which when paired with a special text-to-speech program, will allow me to go back on the radio,

I tuned in from home to see how it would sound. It all seemed so normal. The anchor reading the intro. “More from Jamie Dupree in Washington.” And then my story played on the radio, just like up until the spring of 2016.

A few hours later, I got to work, and there was breaking news from the Supreme Court, as the Justices sidestepped a ruling on two cases dealing with gerrymandering of legislative district lines.

It all felt so normal. I typed up my story, fed it out to my stations, and it hit the air.

At home it seemed normal. But at work in the Capitol, when it played out in real time – the moment hit home.

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Heat Advisory in effect today as heat index reaches around 100 degrees

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 3:34 AM
Updated: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 12:13 PM

A look at how hot we get and when storms return this week.

Temperatures will climb dangerously high today for anyone doing prolonged activities outside. A Heat Advisory is in effect for the entire area from noon until 8 p.m., and Butler, Clark, Greene, Miami, Montgomery and Warren counties are under a Air Pollution Advisory.


  • Heat index around 100 degrees today
  • Stray shower or storm today
  • More storms this week

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Today:  Hot and humid afternoon! Temperatures are already in the upper 80s with heat index values in the 90s. Highs should climb to the low to mid 90s this afternoon with the heat index around 100 degrees. The UV index is a 10 which is very high. Sunshine and scattered clouds. Could see a stray shower or storm late this afternoon or tonight mainly north of I-70. Localized heavy rain will be the main threat. Hitting 90 degrees today would be the third day in a row making this stretch a heat wave.  

A stretch of warm days is needed but how warm and for how long?

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Tuesday: We’ll see passing showers and storms across the far north. It will be another hot and humid day with highs in the upper 8-s with Heat Index values in the mid-90s. There will be sun and scattered clouds. More storms will develop in the afternoon and early evening. A strong storm with wind and hail can’t be ruled out. Localized heavy rain is possible.

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Wednesday: There will be some dry time early. It will still be warm and muggy with highs in the mid-80s. It will be partly cloudy as more showers and storms develop in the afternoon and evening. Localized heavy rain is possible.

Thursday: It won’t be as muggy and it will be cooler. We’ll see some sun and scattered clouds with highs around 80. A few showers or storms are possible in the southern Miami Valley.

Friday: It will heat back up as highs reach the mid-80s. It will be muggy. Scattered showers and storms for the afternoon and evening again.

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Cooling centers beginning to open in response to relentless heat 

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 12:13 PM

Jim Noelker/Staff
Jim Noelker
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A number of people are taking advantage of Dayton's designated cooling centers to beat the relentless heat and humidity that has hit the region.

In Dayton, the Greater Dayton Rec Center, the Northwest Recreational Center and Lohrey Recreational center are places where people can beat the heat. 

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"We have a lot of people that don't have air conditioning or fans, " Nicole Burger, Greater Dayton Rec Center, told News Center 7's Malik Perkins on Monday morning. "When the weather gets hot like this, we need to give them some relief." 

Heat Advisory remains in effect

City of Dayton 

Greater Dayton Recreation Center, 2021 W. Third St., Dayton, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday 

Lohrey Recreation Center and Belmont Pool, 2366 Glenarm Ave., Dayton, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday 

Northwest Recreation Center, 1600 Princeton Drive, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday 

We'll keep working to update this story throughout the day. 

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Area security firm files $50K lawsuit against Wilberforce University

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 12:11 PM

A Dayton-area security firm has filed a lawsuit against Wilberforce University.
A Dayton-area security firm has filed a lawsuit against Wilberforce University.

A local security service has filed a lawsuit against Wilberforce University, alleging the school has not paid for services agreed to in a contract.

In the lawsuit, filed on May 29 in the civil division of the Montgomery County Common Pleas Court, Moonlight Security Inc. claims that Wilberforce University breached a contract and owes it $50,350 plus interest.

Moonlight, which is based at 2710 Dryden Road in Moraine, provided the historically black college with security officers and equipment and uniforms to those employees. Each security officer received a salary of $16.90 per hour, according to a copy of the contract attached to the lawsuit.

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The university and security service entered into a contract on Aug. 15, 2017, according to the lawsuit. Moonlight sent 10 bills to the university but they remained unpaid at the time the lawsuit was filed last month.

This news organization has reached out to a Wilberforce University spokeswoman for comment on the lawsuit.

Wilberforce University is the oldest private historically black college and in recent years the school has had a history of financial problems.

Last year, the university implemented layoffs, furloughs and a 20 percent pay cut for employees. In November 2016 the school slashed $750,000 from its payroll budget in an attempt to right-size itself, then-president Herman Felton said at the time.

In January 2017, Wilberforce University put 10 acres of campus — including two buildings — up for sale for $7 million. The university wanted sell and then lease back the property, senior vice president for finance William Woodson said at the time.

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The school wanted to use money from the possible real estate sale to pay off some of its debt. No sale has been announced since the property was put on the market.

The university was at risk of losing its accreditation from mid-2014 through most of 2015, due to declining enrollment.

The school was issued a “show cause” order from the Higher Learning Commission that was later lifted in November 2015 after enrollment increased by more than 85 percent to around 650 students. If the college had lost its accreditation, its students would not be eligible for federal financial aid.


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