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Wintry mix expected this weekend: What you need to know

This weekend a wintry mix is expected to impact the Miami Valley. A boundary across the area this weekend will have energy that brings the chance for rain, freezing rain and even light snow, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini.

>> Rain, wintry mix this weekend could cause hazardous driving conditions 

Saturday: We could see a light mix in the early morning. Some dry time during the afternoon is expected with temperatures in the upper 30s. At night, more showers arrive that could be a light mix between rain and freezing rain.

Saturday night: More moisture will push into the Miami Valley. This will trigger some spotty showers overnight. Since temperatures will drop to around 27, the chance for some light freezing rain will arrive. Accumulation is expected to be very light, with a glaze possible on elevated surfaces or the snow pack. 

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

Sunday: The morning might be a little messy with showers falling in the form of a wintry mix. Drivers should use caution that there might be some icy spots on the roads. The showers move east and might end as light snow which, isn't expected to accumulate more than a dusting.

JUST ANNOUNCED: Reba McEntire returning to town for summer concert

Big news for country music fans this morning.

Fraze Pavilion in Kettering just announced that country megastar Reba McEntire is returning to town this summer for a concert at the outdoor music venue.

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The concert will be on Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets will range from $59 to $139.

Tickets will go on sale on Saturday, Feb. 10, at 10 a.m.

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McEntire performed at the Fraze in 2015. It was the fastest sellout in Fraze history. Previously, McEntire performed in the area in 2008 when she and Kelly Clarkson kicked off their 2 Worlds 2 Voices Tour at the Nutter Center.

Reba McEntire won a Grammy Award Sunday night for best roots gospel album category for her project, “Sing It Now: Songs of Faith and Hope.” It’s Reba’s third Grammy overall and her first win since 1994.

>> Live music in and around Dayton in 2018

>> Reba McEntire walks Grammy’s red carpet with new boyfriend

HOW TO GET TICKETS  

Fraze FanFare Store 

Located inside Town & Country Shopping Center  (East hallway, next to Figlios restaurant)  Stroop Road and Far Hills Avenue  424 E. Stroop Road  Kettering, Ohio 45429  

HOURS:  Monday-Friday: 11 am – 6 pm; Saturday: 10 am – 6 pm; Sunday: Noon – 5 pm  

>> Tony Bennett coming to the Fraze this summer 

Etix Charge by Phone Orders

1-800-514-3849    

Online Orders  

www.fraze.com |  www.etix.com

>> Upcoming events at Fraze Pavilion

$1 million up for grabs in ‘Natty Light’ contest to pay off student loans

Area students could get their loan debt paid off if they enter to win a contest from a beer company known as a favorite among the college crowd.

Natural Light, Natty Light as it is sometimes called, is giving away $1 million to help students pay off their debt. Anheuser-Busch, which produces the beer, is running a contest and ad campaign centered around the Super Bowl and Dayton and Cincinnati will be two of the 10 markets targeted.

A 30-second ad will air during the Super Bowl this Sunday in Dayton and Cincinnati that will try to stoke nostalgia among college students and grads, according to Business Insider.

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“We took a look at ten of the most Natty-centric cities where our beer is loved and there are thousands of students, and took on the mission to protect their epic college memories,” Chelsea Phillips, vice president of value brands for Anheuser-Busch said in a prepared statement.

The Dayton region is home to the University of Dayton, Wright State University and the University of Cincinnati, Miami University and Ohio State University are both only around an hour or so away.

To enter the contest, students and grads are asked to post a video on social media that explains their inspiration for attending college.

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In the post, they are asked to include the hash tags #NattyStories and #Contest and a green tab found on all cans inside a limited-edition 36 pack of Natural Light, according to the company.

Through May 6, the company will select 25 students who will each be awarded $40,000. To help spread the word about the contest, Natural Light has teamed up with Jake Johnson, an actor on the Fox sitcom called “New Girl” which stars actress Zooey Deschanel.

Below are the 10 markets considered “Natty-centric” cities where Natural Light’s commercials will air during the Super Bowl. People entering do not have to live in or be a graduate of a college in any of the markets though.

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• Johnstown, Pennsylvania

• Dayton

• Lexington, Kentucky

• Madison, Wisconsin

• Columbia/Jefferson City, Missouri

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• Columbus/Tupelo, Mississippi

• Montgomery, Alabama

• Kansas City, Kansas

• Cincinnati

• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Changes planned for Kings Island coaster in 2018

Park vistors will notice a slight change on one of the most popular Kings Island coasters when they make their first trip to the amusement park in 2018. 

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According to visitkingsisland.com the Diamondback coaster will have new black seats installed to replace the original red colored ones. 

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Diamondback, which opened in 2009, is currently the tallest and fastest roller coaster at Kings Island.

Since its debut Diamondback has given 15. 2 million rides. 

IHOP gears up to open 4th Dayton-area restaurant in Vandalia

The Dayton area’s fourth IHOP restaurant is gearing up to open in the coming weeks.

The region’s newest IHOP — at 3324 Benchwood Road in Vandalia, near the Miller Lane/York Commons development — is scheduled to open in mid-March, Jamila Gilbert, spokeswoman for local IHOP franchisee PDG/Prestige Development Group, told this news outlet via email this week.

RELATED: IHOP restaurants returning to Dayton area (October 2014)

There had been some back-and-forth between Vandalia city officials and the local IHOP developer over proper signage at the restaurant, but those issues have been resolved, and a final walk-through inspection by city building officials could come as early as today, Friday Jan. 26, a spokesman for the city of Vandalia said Thursday.

RELATED: IHOP moves ahead with Dayton-area expansion plans (January 2016)

When it comes, the Vandalia restaurant opening will mean IHOP will have doubled its Miami Valley footprint in just six months. An IHOP opened Sept. 5 at 7611 Old Troy Pike in Huber Heights, joining restaurants in Beavercreek and Springfield that marked the the first two locations of IHOP’s re-entry into the Dayton-area market.

RELATED: New Dayton-area IHOP now open, another location on the way

IHOP opened the first of a projected seven IHOP locations in the region in October 2015 on North Fairfield Road in Beavercreek, and the second one in October 2016 on Bechtle Avenue in Springfield.

RELATED: IHOP opening two more Dayton-area locations (December 2016)

The region had multiple IHOP locations in the 1970s and 1980s, including one near Ohio 725 and Ohio 741 near the Dayton Mall and one on Shiloh Springs Road near the former Salem Mall, but those restaurants closed nearly three decades ago.

FINALLY: Taco Bell’s crispy, cheesy Nacho Fries have landed in Dayton — and you can get them right now

If you’ve felt like 2018 has been getting off to a slow start— buckle up because Taco Bell is about to get things started.

Making their debut TODAY, Nacho Fries have been unleashed at Taco Bell locations nationwide. The best part besides, well, cheesy fries? They’re $1. 

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The fries are “crisped to perfection with bold Mexican seasoning and served with a dippable side of warm Nacho Cheese,” according to a Taco Bell news release. 

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“In their leading role, Nacho Fries demonstrate Taco Bell’s continued commitment to delivering amazing value for just a dollar in a way only they can. Nacho Fries come off the heels of Taco Bell’s shared plans to introduce 20 $1 items on menus nationwide and in test markets this year, on top of 20 mainstay menu items for just $1.”

If you want to upgrade your nacho fries, you can get some loaded Nacho Fries Bell Grande smothered in cheese, taco meat, sour cream and tomatoes for $3.49.

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Rumors of the elusive Nacho Fries have been buzzing ever since a test-run was done in West Virginia and California last spring. Dayton, now it’s our turn.

Sales of ‘King of Beers’ plunge to barely princely as Bud slips to 4th

Budweiser for years truly was the “King of Beers” in sales, but slipped behind its Bud Light stablemate in 2001, and dropped to third behind Coors Light a decade later.

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Now, in 2017 sales figures released this week by Beer Marketer’s Insights, Budweiser has slipped another notch to fourth place, losing a position to Miller Lite, according to media reports including CNN Money and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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It’s not that Miller Lite sold a whole bunch more beer in 2017. It overtook Budweiser because its sales dropped by less than Budweiser’s.

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Many breweries that are still considered “craft” breweries — such as Boston Beer Co. (Sam Adams) and Sierra Nevada — saw their sales drop as well. 

>> Best of Dayton 2017 Winners: Food & Dining

While the national retail beer-bubble shows signs of bursting, especially for large breweries, the Dayton area’s brewery scene is rolling right along.

>> Local breweries clean up at international beer competition

Not one of the dozen or so “first-wave” breweries that opened across the Miami Valley five years or so ago have gone out of business, and in fact, nearly all have expanded their operations. And now there’s a second wave of new local breweries in the works, including several gearing up to open their doors in 2018. 

>> Best of Dayton 2017 Winners: Bars & Nightclubs

It’s an interesting time to be a beer enthusiast.

It’s back. Graeter’s partners with brewery again for ice cream beer

Graeter’s Ice Cream and Kentucky-based Braxton Brewing Co. have partnered up again to bring back the highly popular Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip Milk Stout beer.

The Cincinnati-based ice cream company will re-launch its Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip flavor beer with Braxton with a few changes to the original recipe. The new batch will have more pure black raspberry puree in the beer. Also, for the first time, the brew will be available in Columbus and Nashville.

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The unique milk stout will once again be available starting in early February at Cincinnati, Dayton, Lexington, Louisville, Nashville and Columbus-area Kroger markets for a limited time. 

Based on feedback from customers last year, the brewery has infused even more of Graeter’s proprietary pure Black Raspberry purée.

“We hand-crafted a new recipe to ensure that we released a beer we know craft food and beer lovers will appreciate, and the new Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip Milk Stout recipe does just that,” said Jake Rouse, Braxton’s co-founder and CEO.

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The CUTEST birthday party of the year features Fiona the Hippo

The Cincinnati Zoo has unveiled how it will celebrate a big birthday for its famous hippo, Fiona, who turns 1 on Jan. 24.

The zoo isn’t waiting until then to start the celebration, as the public can attend a huge event from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. tomorrow (Saturday, Jan. 20).

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From authors who have penned books on Fiona to caretakers who have watched over the hippo that captivated the nation with her struggle to survive being born premature, Saturday’s calendar of events has a wide range of activities scheduled for the public.

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No birthday party would be complete without cake and ice cream, so Graeter’s and Busken will be on hand to supply the treats for those in attendance.

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Fiona’s first year has been well documented on social media and has resulted in the hippo having a flavor of ice cream named after her and greeting cards, along with other items that feature the hippo’s name and or likeness on them.

MORE: Here’s how you can give the gift of Fiona for the holidays

The zoo says Fiona is now healthy and weighs more than 600 pounds. She has spent most of the winter inside since hippos do not do well in cold weather.

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HOW TO GO

What: Birthday Activities scheduled for Fiona the hippo at the Cincinnati Zoo.

When: Saturday, Jan. 20.

Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Cost: The event is free with zoo admission.

Events and specials planned:

First 2,000 families will get a hippo bath mat (while supplies last)

Birthday enrichment throughout the Zoo

Get a commemorative Fiona postcard stamped with her footprint (while supplies last)

Sign Fiona’s birthday card from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Hippo Cove

Busken cake and cookies from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. (while supplies last)

Graeter’s ice cream from from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. (while supplies last)

Hippo care team members will be available for chats and Q&A from 1 p.m – 1:30 p.m. and 2 p.m– 2:30 p.m.

Hippo-themed activities in Education Center from noon – 3 p.m.

Cincy Shirts will be passing out Fiona temporary tattoos from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Specialists from Children’s Hospital who helped save Fiona will be here from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Scientists from CREW will have an interactive station to show how they performed an ultrasound on Bibi from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Authors of Fiona books will be available to sign books from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Zoo’s Gift Shop (bring your book or buy them at the Zoo)

Source: Cincinnati Zoo.

Family, South Charleston community grieving death of 8-year-old boy

An 8-year-old South Charleston boy died last week in a possible bathtub drowning.

A visitation for Grady Neff, a student at Miami View Elementary School, will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, at the Clark County Fairgrounds Mercantile Annex Building.

“Everybody that knew Grady loved him,” the family said in a statement. “He was always the biggest personality in the room with a smile, or a wave or a hug.”

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The Clark County Sheriff’s Office has ruled out anything criminal, Lt. Kristopher Shultz said, but are continuing their investigation to see what might have caused the possible drowning.

“Anytime you have a child that is involved in a situation, it’s sad,” he said. “Anytime we have a situation with a child involved in any kind of incident, accident, whatever it may be it, is always heartbreaking for us and the public.”

Grady had a seizure and his death is a tragedy, the family’s statement says.

Clark County Sheriff’s Office records show calls were made to the Madison County Sheriff’s Office about 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 11. A woman, screaming, told dispatchers that a child had drowned in the bathtub.

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Grady was taken to a Columbus hospital, Franklin County Coroner Dr. Anahia Ortiz said. She couldn’t release any more information and said an autopsy could take 10 weeks to complete.

“Our heart goes out to the family,” Shultz said. “South Charleston is a very tight community so our heart goes out to them with that because they are are a very tight-knit group of people. It’s a tragic situation.”

Southeastern Superintendent David Shea said Neff was an outstanding student and the students and staff at the school are mourning his loss.

“He was a great, great kid that we all loved,” Shea said.

The school has counselors available this week and some students have used them, he said.

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