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The giant foodbank event aims to help some of the thousands of Montgomery County residents who don't know where their next meal will come from.
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Crowds are expected at the ​University of Dayton Arena Friday for a giant food pantry giveaway. The annual event aims to help needy residents by providing them with fresh produce free of charge.

Miami Valley Foodbank organizers say they are preparing for as many as 1,500 families to line up this year to take home free boxes of fresh, locally grown vegetables and fruits.

The Foodbank’s Lora Davenport says produce is often too expensive for financially struggling families to afford.

Thelma Denlinger (left) poses with other fair volunteers.
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The 165th annual Montgomery County Fair began Monday for the final time on South Main Street in Dayton. Next year’s fair will be held at Arthur O. Fisher Park in Jefferson Township.

Montgomery County last year finalized a deal to sell the historic 38-acre fairgrounds site to the University of Dayton and Premier Health.

The $15 million sale included $2 million for preservation of the site’s historic roundhouse.  

State officials have enacted new regulations to curb what they say is overprescribing of opioid painkiller medications to patients who may not really need them
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Montgomery County mental health officials say the Medicaid cuts proposed in the Senate bill to replace the Affordable Care Act, The Better Care Reconciliation Act, could reduce the county’s ability to deliver addiction treatment services. Montgomery County has one of the highest rates of drug-overdose deaths per capita in the United States.

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Death-certificate data analyzed by Montgomery County epidemiologists show African Americans experience significantly higher rates of infant mortality than whites, regardless of income and education levels.

The public is invited to learn more about the risk factors for infant mortality Wednesday at a free community health forum, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., on the Central State University Dayton Campus. 

Montgomery County Board of Developmental Disabilities Services

The Montgomery County Board of Developmental Disabilities Services is taking steps to sell 4 of its facilities.

The Board is looking to find new owners for its Calumet, Jergens, Kuntz and Liberty centers. Each facility provides a variety of services to people with developmental disabilities.

The move was prompted by new guidelines from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Under the new rules, by 2024, county boards will no longer be allowed to both provide services to people on federal waivers and manage their cases.

In Wolf Creek and Dayton View, hundreds of homes still stand empty. west dayton abandoned house tour
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Housing values in Montgomery County are expected to rise next year, according to preliminary data from the Montgomery County Auditor’s office.  

Auditor Karl Keith says the projections are based on what looks like an improving economy, a stronger real estate market and an increase in property sales.

“You go back three years ago we saw values overall drop in Montgomery County drop by about 4%. If you go three years beyond that, in 2011, values dropped," he said. 

April Laissle

Montgomery County has the second highest heroin overdose rate in the state of Ohio. It’s a problem that has left commissioners from the City of Dayton and Montgomery County desperate for answers.

 

At a crowded joint meeting held to discuss the epidemic, representatives from area health organizations explained the hard facts of the issue, and why tackling it has become so complex.

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Ohio women make about 78 cents for every dollar made by their male counterparts, according to a new study by National Partnership for Women and Families.

That difference amounts to an overall salary disparity of about $10,600 annually. That’s in line with the national gender pay gap, which is about $10,700.

Miami Township Parks and Recreation

Layer Park in Miami Township has been closed due to ground contamination after the Ohio EPA found high levels of lead in the park’s soil.

The park was the site of a skeet shooting range from the 1930s into the 1950s. Officials believe lead shot became embedded in the ground and contaminated the soil.

The park was already closed for winter and will remain closed until all tests are complete. Residents living nearby were notified of the contamination by the EPA last Friday.

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The state says the first four Ohio law enforcement agencies have adopted new standards for use of deadly force by police.

The standards adopted last year permit police to use deadly force only when officers are defending themselves or other people from serious injury or death.

The agencies are the Medina, Coldwater and Colerain police departments and the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office. The four departments also adopted first-ever standards for police recruiting and hiring, which set a goal of a qualified diverse workforce while providing equal employment opportunity.

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