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On the Beat: 01/02

OTB, so long, but not goodbye Buch jauntily tips his hat farewell By Jim Bucher Remember a few years back, when WDTN Channel 2, where I called home for almost 30 years, was bought by a new broadcasting company? The general manager at the time was quoted as saying, “You won’t notice any difference. Channel […]

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On the Beat: 12/26

The difficult problem The worst in Dayton is Heroin By Jim Bucher This is an easy one. The worst for 2017 here in the Miami Valley. Easy, yet a very difficult problem. The Heroin epidemic. It is out of control if you hadn’t noticed. We made the national news broadcasts way too many times this […]

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On the Beat: 12/19

A Christmas Miracle Toy drive helping make christmas very merry By Jim Bucher   Funny sometimes how things work. My friend, Beth Mann, who runs FLOC (For Love Of Childen) emailed me with a plea on behalf of the organization, saying that its toy cottage shelves are bare. Wondering if I could help get the […]

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On the beat: 12/12

This is her day job Local author back with another steamy tale By Jim Bucher “Don’t quit your day job.” How many times have we all heard that, especially when I sing, but it’s a famous phrase used to keep aspiring painters, musicians, writers…creative-types, from making the mistake of confusing passion for their craft with […]

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On The Beat: 12/5

Holiday flicks and specials Getting into the spirit By Jim Bucher It truly is ‘the most wonderful time of the year.’ And especially with all the holiday specials and movies on TV. I do believe I can recite from memory every line from ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas.’ Good grief it’s true, but also this time […]

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On The Beat: 11/28

The jazz world lost a good one Thankful for Gilly By Jim Bucher When you think of the jazz scene here in Dayton and the Miami Valley, one name comes to mind—‘Gilly’, as in Jerry Gillotti—the owner of the iconic Gilly’s in the City of Dayton’s Transportation Center. We lost Jerry on Thanksgiving, which is sort of ironic because for the man, we have much to be thankful. I met Gilly years ago when The Slugs would take the stage. Anyone remember them? My appreciation for […]

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On The Beat: 11/21

Ice-Skating A flood of memories with one thought By Jim Bucher It’s funny how a song, smell or sight of something can trigger a slew of memories. This just recently happened believe it or not by stumbling across an old pair of ice skates in my attic. Skates you say? Yep skates. This was an […]

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On The Beat: 11/14

Lunch is served Who doesn’t love waffles? By Jim Bucher So, what is it about home cooked breakfast that smells so dang good, especially when someone else is doing the cooking? Well, this week at Christ Episcopal Church on West First Street, it’s the 88th edition, give or take a year, will explain later, of […]

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On The Beat: 11/7

One man’s vision Helping our community today By Jim Bucher What is it about a great idea? The Wright Brothers had one and the world flew. Charles Kettering the self-starter, and John Patterson with the cash register, to name a few. Jeff Sorrell had a vision too, resulting in the ‘Life Enrichment Center.’ Now some would […]

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On The Beat: 10/31

How we get our news This is news to me By Jim Bucher Back in another era and time zone, most of us received our news from television, radio, or newspapers. Today in 2017, things have sure changed. At last unscientific count, there are hundreds, if not thousands of ways to digest news. If you […]

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On The Beat: 10/17

Chances are by now you’re well aware the Montgomery County Fairgrounds on S. Main Street is wrapping up operations, soon the move to Jefferson Township and a brand-new facility will take place. In the meantime, the new owners of the old property UD and Premier Health will decide what’s next for land. Personally, and a […]

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On The Beat: 10/10

Just don’t go into the basement Gangster’s ghost appears at local haunt By Jim Bucher Just when I thought I knew everything about the Dayton area (well, it’s true), you do learn something new every day. Case in point. I’m sure if you’re a local history buff, you are well aware of Dayton and its […]

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On The Beat: 10/3

This and that Things around the valley By Jim Bucher It’s time for semi-regularly ‘This and That’ column on things happening around town. First, a sad yet happy day for the Montgomery County Fairgrounds. An auction of surplus items went on sale and it was a potpourri of stuff. As you know the new Montgomery […]

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On The Beat: 9/26

How long is too long? The practice of patience By Jim Bucher The Bible talks about the patience of Job. To have the patience of Job means that you have a LOT of patience, and you are very understanding and giving. Well, I’m two out of three; guess which one I’m not? It all goes […]

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On The Beat: 9/19

Birthday freebies Everyone deserves some free stuff By Jim Bucher Why does it seem when you were a kid that birthdays were a big deal? Parties with your friends, games, pop and cake, plus money and cards from relatives. Ah, those were the days… Now I, personally, don’t know if it’s because I don’t want […]

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On The Beat: 9/12

They’re bacaaaaaak Traffic cameras get the green light By Jim Bucher The famous of infamous on again, off again red light/speed cameras are once again back on in the City of Dayton. You may recall the city shut down its photo-enforced traffic program in mid-2015 to comply with a new state law that put tough […]

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Springfield’s hidden gem

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Referred to as an American Folk Art site, I didn’t know what I expected on my journey to Springfield’s Hartman […]

Debate 7/17: Flag on the Play

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Q: Should persons with certain known behavioral tendencies such as suicide or violence be prohibited from owning guns? Legislatures across […]

Conspiracy Theorist 7/17: Hooray for Domino’s

Year after year, the same roads are torn up and road crews patch them. But they never really repair them. […]

On Your Marc 7/17: Good any day

First, a funny story. Larry Lee, the big tackle from Roth High School, for a number of reasons decided he […]

The Cult, Stone Temple Pilots, and Bush at Rose

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“Rock and roll never forgets,” the classic rock song goes, and Billy Duffy, guitarist and founding member of the British […]