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If Gem City's fundraising effort is successful, construction will begin early next year. The store is set to open in the summer of 2019.
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Organizers have secured a location for Gem City Market, a planned co-operative grocery store designed to help alleviate food insecurity in West Dayton.

Officials announced this morning Gem City Market will be built in one of Ohio’s largest food deserts, on the 300 and 400 blocks of Salem Avenue in Northwest Dayton. The site currently houses a vacant lot and shuttered art supply shop.

Organizers are hoping to raise a total of $4.2 million to fund the project. More than one-third of that amount has already been committed.

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Darryl Fairchild won a Dayton City Commission seat in Tuesday’s May 8 primary over opponent Daryl Ward. Fairchild has run for city commission before. He’ll fill the open seat left by former city commissioner Joey Williams, who stepped down in February.

Fairchild’s victory was too close to call for much of the night. He won with around 52 percent of the vote, with Ward claiming 48 percent of more than 12,000 ballots cast.

Minister Fairchild manages the chaplaincy at Dayton Children’s Hospital.

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In Tuesday's Democratic primary for Montgomery County Commissioner, current Montgomery County treasurer Carolyn Rice beat challenger Don Shaffer by a wide margin, with Rice capturing 89 percent of the vote. She’ll go on to face local businessman and Republican Doug Barry in the November general election.

Capturing 41 percent of Republican ballots, Barry narrowly edged out challengers former Dayton Mayor Gary Leitzell and Bob Matthews.

Democrats have held the majority on the Montgomery County Commission for more than a decade.

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On the ballot in Tuesday’s May 8 Primary is a special election for the Dayton City Commission seat formerly held by Joey Williams. Williams announced in February he would step down because of work obligations. 

Williams was reelected to the Dayton City Commission less than four months before his resignation. Now, two well-known faith-based community leaders -- with similar first names -- are competing to join the existing commissioners on the board. 

Ex-offender Mary Sanders-Yaqeen with John Theobald, aide to Montgomery County Commissioner Debbie Lieberman. Sanders-Yaqeen received reentry assistance from the county's Reentry Career Alliance Academy after serving a 10-year sentence at Dayton Correction
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A Montgomery County program aimed at helping people returning from prison reintegrate into society and find steady employment is showing promise. That was the message from Montgomery County corrections officials at an event held Friday at the University of Dayton.  

The Reentry Career Alliance Academy program launched in 2015, and data show it’s dramatically reduced the number of ex-offenders who end up back behind bars within three years.

Many students at Oakwood High School walked out of school March 14, one month after the Feb. 14 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. that killed 17 people.
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Hundreds of young people, teachers and parents are expected to gather Friday for another National School Walkout in protest of school shootings.

Students from at least two Dayton high schools are organizing the rally at the Lincoln Park Civic Commons at Fraze Pavilion.

The Dayton rally is one of more more than 2,000 simultaneous protests planned across the country Friday. It’s the third mass student-led anti-gun-violence event since the Feb. 14 high school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida that left 17 dead.

Dayton Public Schools
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The Dayton Public Schools Board voted Tuesday night to approve Acting DPS Superintendent Elizabeth Lolli as permanent superintendent. Lolli has held the post since former superintendent Rhonda Corr’s departure last November.

The board also voted in favor of Lolli’s three-year school-district reorganization proposal. She announced the proposal at a recent school-board meeting.  

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Dayton Public Schools has had an eventful few months. In December, district officials announced plans to close or consolidate schools, citing low enrollment. DPS also permanently severed ties with Superintendent Rhonda Corr. And, the district’s financial dealings have recently become the subject of a state audit. To learn more about these developments, WYSO’s Juliet Fromholt spoke with education reporter April Laissle.

Huffman Dam
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The city of Dayton has acknowledged that a chemical contaminant found near Wright-Patterson Air Force Base was also used at a city-owned firefighter training center. The news comes to light as the city has, for months, been increasing pressure on Wright-Patt to stop the flow of contaminated groundwater from the Base into the Huffman Damn.  

 

  The man-made chemicals, per and polyfluoroalkyl substances known as PFAS, are used in industrial and consumer products, and as a fire fighting agent.

 

The Great Miami River is connected to the Great Miami Buried Valley Aquifer, where Dayton gets its water.
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Dayton officials are asking the Air Force to stop what they say is groundwater contaminated by Wright-Patterson Air Force Base from flowing into Huffman Dam. Officials say samples from the city’s early warning monitoring wells network alerted the city to chemical contaminants in the water.

 

Officials are emphasizing they have not found any of the contaminants in water provided to residents. They say Dayton's drinking water remains safe for consumption.

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