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Around the Miami Valley
6:14 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Remembering the Xenia Tornado: Donna Otneal

Donna Otneal
Credit Alan Staiger

When people tell the story of the April 3, 1974 tornado, it begins with small details of the afternoon- letting the dog out, going for pizza, watching TV after school. The Andy Griffith show was interrupted by the WHIO TV weatherman with a warning to take cover.  Donna Otneal shared her memories of that day with our series producer.

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Around the Miami Valley
6:30 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Remembering the Xenia Tornado: Janine and Brian Montgomery (Part 2)

Credit Tamar Kreke

Yesterday, we heard from Janine and Brian Montgomery of Xenia. They were in the downtown Pizza Hut when the F5 tornado hurtled through on April 3rd, 1974. When it was over, there was no roof on the Pizza Hut and Brian says he started to look for his wife Janine in the jumble.

 

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Around the Miami Valley
6:30 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Remembering the Xenia Tornado: Janine and Brian Montgomery (Part 1)

Brian and Janine Montgomery
Credit Tamar Kreke

On April 3, 1974 people in Xenia saw black smoke rising, like a wall.  Then the wall started turning, in slow motion and they knew what was coming.  It was an F-5 tornado. There were twisters all through Ohio and in other states- 148 were confirmed that day throughout the United States and Canada.

The tornado that struck Xenia killed 32 people and injured over 1000. Two National Guardsmen also died fighting a fire. Hundreds of homes were shredded into bits and downtown was demolished.

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Around the Miami Valley
6:13 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Fans Welcome UD Basketball Players Home

Audrey Starr University of Dayton

The University of Dayton men's and women's basketball teams were honored Sunday evening with a public celebration at UD Arena. Hundreds of fans packed the east side of the arena to congratulate the players and coaches for having a season that garnered national attention.

Fans came to cheer members of the 11th-seeded UD men's squad that made an improbable run in this year's NCAA tournament.

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Commentary
12:31 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

What's Great in Dayton: March 28 - April 3, 2014

Credit Emmett Tullos / Flickr Creative Commons

The 17th Annual Butterfly Identification and Monitoring Workshop is Saturday at Aullwood's Marie S. Aull Education Center, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This is for everyone from individuals who want to identify a few butterflies to long term monitors and serious lepidopterists.

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