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World exclusive: Santa speaks to the DCP By Jim Bucher So what do I have to lose? I logged on to northpole.com and found the “contact us” section. I did just that. To whom it may concern: Hello, my name is Jim Bucher and I’m sure you guys are super busy right now, but is […]

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Buch’s Christmas tour By Jim Bucher Thought it would be fun this year to see and experience as many holiday activities as one can stuff in an extra-large Christmas stocking. And, folks, there’s plenty. The following is “Buch’s Christmas Tour 2014” and by no means is this a complete list – just some of my […]

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December holi-daze By Jim Bucher We all know the big December holidays, right? The biggies: Christmas and New Year’s Eve, of course. (Well, the spotlight is sort of split with New Year’s Day.) But how about some not so popular or less celebrated holidays – like themed or special wacky days? Maybe you’ve never heard […]

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DCP readers and their turkey traditions By Jim Bucher This is a companion piece to last week’s On The Beat column, regarding how businesses sometimes get a little slaphappy by putting up the Yuletide decorations up and offering holiday sales before Labor Day. OK I’m, funnin’ a bit, but we may see that soon enough. […]

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What happened to Thanksgiving? By Jim Bucher Photo: Jim Bucher reminds readers to remember the meaning of Thanksgiving A fun game I play by myself every year (well, that I can mention in print) is anticipating when the first Christmas commercial will show up. Whether it’s TV, radio, billboards, social media or newspapers, it seems to […]

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Putting names to the faces of drug abuse

By Jim Bucher My column this week was supposed to be Thanksgiving related, but recent events in my life have changed all that. Over this past weekend, three young people I’m acquainted with have died. One died from presumed drug abuse. For the second, drugs may have been a contributing factor. The third died from […]

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Cast your eyes on this… By Jim Bucher If you’re reading this article on Tuesday, Nov. 4, then you still have time. After that date, well, I hope you did. If not, shame on you. I’m talking about voting. I know, I know, I’ve heard every excuse in the book. It’s just mind-numbing. So, with […]

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Remembering Dr. Creep By Jim Bucher Photo: Barry Lee Hobart, aka Dr. Creep (1941-2011) He was born Barry Lee Hobart on June 23, 1941. A native of Middletown, he was the nephew of horror film make-up artist and stuntman Doug Hobart, who hosted a traveling monster show in the 1940s and ’50s. This quite possibly […]

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Living with Alzheimer’s By Jim Bucher The statistics are mind-numbing. As many as 5.1 million Americans may have Alzheimer’s disease – the most common cause of dementia among older people. One of those 5.1 is my mom, “Cookie.” She’s an awesome person, and she just turned 89. But more on mom later. It’s amazing how […]

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A little here, a little there By Jim Bucher Are you watching re-runs? First, it’s funny how many people come up to me still and say, “We watch you every morning,” or ask, “Buch, what are you doing on TV tonight?” Well, I’m not sure what they’re watching, but I’ve been off Channel 2 now […]

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News of the weird: 12/16

By Chuck Shepherd Dying to get a date Like many in society’s subgroups, people who work in “death” industries or […]

Advice Goddess: 12/16

By Amy Alkon American idle My girlfriend is beautiful, highly intelligent and interesting. She’s smart for a living (as a […]

The Docket: 12/9

Strange, but true: Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim Researched and reported by Charles Grove Photo: The Miamisburg Community Holiday Event […]

Jingle ’Burg

Miamisburg Holiday Parade returns By CC Hutten Photo: The Miamisburg Community Holiday Event and Parade begins at 11:30 a.m. on […]

Advice Goddess: 12/9

By Amy Alkon Belittle Richard My girlfriend says she likes that I’m smart but says I can be “on” too […]

News of the weird: 12/9

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – TMI Kansas lawyer Dennis Hawver was disbarred in November for his comically bad (24 […]