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1:00 pm
Fri September 16, 2011

Live on Excursions: Sawgrass

 

Dayton-area bluegrass group Sawgrass stops by Excursions for a fun performance and interview in advance of their performance at GearFest 2011.

Sawgrass, which formed in 2005 as an outlet for Springfield singer/songwriter Ryan Judy, is a modern interpretation of the musical stylings of artists such as Hank Williams and Bill Monroe. The group plays high-energy bluegrass music, full of strong harmonies and rich instrumentation.

In this Excursions performance, the group tears through a four-song bluegrass set, which includes the uplifting “Workin’ on a Building.”

Arts & Culture
12:04 pm
Fri September 16, 2011

A Blue Sky Summer

The question “What did you do this summer?” Is the topic of many a back-to-school essay. Forty area students will answer “I was a Blue Sky artist”. Community Voices producer Susan Byrnes follows the experience of a few of those students who participated in the Blue Sky Project, one of Dayton’s most unique summer arts programs. The results of their participation can be seen at the Blue Sky Project Final Exhibition, on display for Urban Nights, September 16th , at 8 North Main St. in downtown Dayton.

 

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Politics
5:16 pm
Thu September 15, 2011

Benefits Are Focus Of Ad Defending Ohio Union Law

The campaign defending Ohio's collective bargaining law plans to release a new ad on the health insurance
and pension contributions of public workers.

Building a Better Ohio says the TV spot begins airing statewide Friday in an effort to persuade voters to vote yes on Issue 2 in November to uphold the law.

The ad refers to "reasonable government reforms" that require public employees to pay at least 10 percent toward their pensions and at least 15 percent toward their health care coverage.

Around the Miami Valley
4:24 pm
Thu September 15, 2011

Urban Nights Highlights Downtown Businesses

Music on the streets during the spring edition of Urban Nights
Photo courtesy of Kristen Wicker

Some people call it downtown's biggest party with live music stages and roving performers throughout the city. But Urban Nights isn't just about the party. It's a showcase for the arts, dining, music and even the housing available in downtown Dayton.  This bi-annual event is expected to bring 30 thousand people downtown this evening.

Kristen Wicker with the Downtown Dayton Partnership says that it's also an important way to highlight the 9 out of 10 downtown businesses that are locally owned and operated.

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Statewide News
5:14 pm
Wed September 14, 2011

Census: Ohio poverty at more than 30-year high

A new census report shows Ohio's poverty rate is the highest in more than 30 years, and median household incomes are at their lowest levels in more than a quarter century.

Commerce National Bank chief economic adviser James Newton tells The Columbus Dispatch the census survey released Tuesday reflects the hits the state has taken from the recession, the loss of manufacturing jobs and other factors.

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