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On The Beat: 11/29

The mystery of the Talbott Tower murals By Jim Bucher OK, you detective types out there in DCP Land, need your help. Years ago, my mom worked at Talbott Tower at First and Ludlow Streets in downtown Dayton, and on visits, I remember seeing the cool murals on the walls of the first floor. They […]

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On The Beat: 11/22

More historical ‘gems’ in the gem city By Jim Bucher A couple weeks back, I wrote about the “House on the Hill” next to Miami Valley Hospital. The Rudolph Pretzinger Home, designed by his famous architect brother Albert. As you head south on Main and Apple Streets, just look up to the left—you can’t miss […]

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On The Beat: 11/15

A bridge to memories By Jim Bucher By now, you should know I’m a local history buff. Love everything about it. So many stories, so little time. But I despise when we rush to judgment on some of our historical structures. A few get a way and end up meeting a wrecking ball. In this […]

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On The Beat: 11/8

Keep writing those letters now By Jim Bucher As the contentious election process ends, and hopefully the vile vitriol that came with it, it got me thinking: it’s time to move on. How perfect, too, with Thanksgiving coming up. A time for family, friends, and giving thanks. A time to count your blessings. I’m reminded […]

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On The Beat: 11/1

Note to self: Never say Never By Jim Bucher Remember the first Bond, the James Bond played extremely well by actor Sean Connery? Well, after six Bond films, Connery had enough and proclaimed about reprising the role, “Never again.” Well, he ate his words playing 007 one more time in the aptly titled film, “Never […]

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On the Beat: 10/25

‘The ghost lady’ Haunted Ohio’s Chris Woodyard by Jim Bucher   OK, it’s time to put this whole ghosts, goblins, and spirits from beyond stuff to rest. I mean come on already, there’s no such thing as… WAIT… What was that? Remember the cowardly lion in Wizard of Oz with his panicky delivery, “I do […]

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On The Beat: 10/18

When a car accident wrecks your week by Jim Bucher So, my day was going well a couple of Wednesdays back. Yes, it was raining, but I was having a good time in an edit session for my production business with my partner and a client. It was dinnertime, so I ran to get pizza […]

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On The Beat: 10/11

The house on the hill by Jim Bucher   Ions ago during my Channel 2 feature reporting days, it was wonderful for a hometown boy telling hometown stories in his hometown. Can I use the word “hometown” anymore in a sentence? I miss those days because there is so much to share, but the gang […]

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On The Beat: 10/4

Taking flight Air Force Museum Historian Jeffrey Underwood departs By Jim Bucher He’s an unassuming, quiet warrior. Humble, but a task master, getting the job done and then some. We all knew someone in school like this gentleman, one who gets an assignment and, before you know it, completes it with time to spare. The […]

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On The Beat: 9/27

Sculpting a local legacy by Jim Bucher So, it’s true. You do learn something new every day. Well, at least the subject of this column is new to me. Let me explain. As a kid, I always looked forward to a trip downtown to the main library branch. I’m old enough to remember when it […]

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On The Beat: 9/20

My love affair with Tipp City By Jim Bucher If you’re a regular reader of my column here in Dayton City Paper, pretty sure you’ve figured me out. I love to write about anything and everything local, most times positively, with some occasional rants, and hopefully some humor thrown in. I’m a big local history […]

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On The Beat: 9/13

To vote or not to vote? That is the question By Jim Bucher Well, this certainly has been a little different. If this is your first election, trust me, it’s never been like this before. On one hand Nov. 8, 2016, is historical as we either elect the first woman president or a first-timer with […]

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Dale Huffman, behind the byline

By Jim Bucher First, I hope you know me by now. I was on TV here for almost 25 years and am celebrating three years writing for Dayton City Paper, and I try to keep my stories positive, for the most part, with maybe a rant or five. With that said, I would never speak […]

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Montgomery County Fair

Memories then and now By Jim Bucher As the dog days of summer approach and the cicadas make music in the muggy August air, it’s a sure sign that our hometown fair is upon us. Yep, the 164th edition of the Montgomery County Fair is this week, Aug. 31 – Sept. 5. You know me, […]

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On The Beat: 8/23

Roadside fruit stands, where art thou? By Jim Bucher Think the older you get, the more nostalgic. Guess it’s all a part of the aging process, but while writing my memories of Hara column about the closing of the iconic venue and how it all began with a fruit stand, I got to thinking… are […]

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On The Beat: 8/16

Politics and potpourri By Jim Bucher My late, great dad offered lots of advice throughout his 77 years, some of which still resonates in the old noodle today. A little alarm bell goes off anytime I even think of my father’s solid advice commandments. “If you want to destroy a friendship fast, never, ever loan that […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/19

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Major key Last weekend a local couple was watching TV in their living room, having a relaxing evening, when suddenly […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/12

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Jesus take the wheel A local couple recently decided to visit their church on a particularly warm and muggy Sunday […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/5

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Flightless In a local park, police were dispatched to the crime scene. A woman called the police when she realized […]

The Docket: 8/29

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Stolen in a nanosecond Just last week a woman visited her local sheriff’s office to place a tip on a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/22

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Totally secure knot …not In a local home a garage door was broken into. This garage door was perfectly secured […]