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‘The Print Sale’ a great way to support local artists

An upcoming sale is a chance to add a piece by a local artist to your collection. 

The Dayton Printmakers Cooperative will host “The Print Sale” Saturday, Dec. 1, at its studio space at 901 N. Keowee St. in Dayton. 

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Hand pulled prints created by 20 printmakers have been created in intaglio, woodblock, monotype and lithography styles and will be available for purchase. Among the participating artists are Doug Fiely, Gretchen Durst Jacobs, and Kim Vito. Many of the artists will be available to talk about their work. 

Enjoy wine and cheese as a “special guest” printmaker demonstrates a Vadercook offset press. A raffle will be held at 2 p.m. for a print created by artist Sherraid Scott.

The event is the cooperative’s annual fundraiser and a portion of the proceeds helps fund workshops and operational expenses. 

The Dayton Printmakers Cooperative provides a printmaking facility and a studio environment for artists to pursue their creative work. It was originally called the Dayton Art Institute Printmakers Cooperative founded in 1983 by Ray Must and Mary Campbell-Zopf. 

The Dayton Printmakers Cooperative has continued to grow, supported by artist members, and in partnership with the Dayton Visual Arts Center, now known as The Contemporary. 


WHAT: The Dayton Print Makers Cooperative “The Print Sale” 

WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 1, 11 a.m.– 4 p.m. 

WHERE: The Dayton Printmakers Cooperative, 901 N. Keowee St., Dayton 


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Former ‘Dirty’ Wright State, UD student subject of new 8-part TV series 


One of two local universities’ most notorious former students is the focus of a new eight-part TV series. 

>> How  subject of the LA Times’ chilling true-crime podcast  became dirty in Dayton 

“Dirty John,” a limited Bravo TV series, is set to debut at 10 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25.

It is based on the Los Angeles Times’ articles and the newspaper’s hit true crime podcast series “Dirty John” about John Meehan and his wife, Debra Newell. 

Connie Britton plays Newell and Eric Bana plays Meehan, “a charismatic con-man,” in the hour-long episodes created by Alexandra Cunningham and directed by Jeffrey Reiner.

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According to the Times, his classmate called him “Filthy John Meehan” and “Filthy,” but “Dirty John” is what stuck.

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What Meehan did in Dayton plays a critical part in the podcast and the LA Times’ articles.

He married Tonia Sells, a nurse, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Dayton in 1990. The third episode of the podcast, “Filthy,” deals with Meehan's law school days, his marriage to Sells and a police officer who investigated him here.

Sells helped put Meehan through nursing school at Wright State University, and then the Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia.

Meehan lost his licence to work as a nurse anesthetist after police searched his Hamilton home and found a loaded 9 mm Ruger in his closet and 45 empty containers for six different medications from a Kentucky hospital in his attic, according to a April 1, 2002 article by “Dayton Daily News” reporter Larry Budd.

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Authorities said that before his arrest, Meehan used the hospital medications himself and developed an addiction.

He also gave medications and information about their use to his brother who died in California in September 2000 from an overdose.

Police say John Meehan was killed by a woman he attacked with a knife on the roof of an apartment complex parking lot in Newport Beach on Aug. 24, 2016.

Free Friday concerts will keep your lunch hour humming

The Dayton Metro Library will begin a series of free Friday lunch concerts at the main branch of the Dayton Metro Library in downtown Dayton next week. 

“For those who work downtown, a casual concert can be a great mid-day escape,” said Julie Buchanan, library programming manager. “Folks can bring their lunch and a friend, grab a seat, and enjoy some great music before returning to work.” 

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Bluegrass, salsa and funk are among the musical styles that can be heard in the library’s Eichelberger Forum from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 

Scheduled for the Friday concert series: 

Nov. 23: Jim McCutcheon, guitar 

Nov. 30: Wind in the Woods Early Music Ensemble, Renaissance music and storytelling 

Dec. 7: Lafferty Pike, bluegrass /gospel 

Dec. 14: Trey Stone, classic rock keyboard and vocals 

Dec. 21: Al Son Del Iya, salsa 

Dec. 28: DJ Basim, funk and R&B 

The concerts are made possible in part by the Ohio Legislature to the Ohio Arts Council. 

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WHAT: Free Friday Lunch Concerts 

WHERE: Main branch of the Dayton Metro Library, 215 E. Third St., Dayton 

WHEN: Each Friday from Nov. 23 to Dec. 28 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 


MORE INFO: Dayton Metro Library events calendar: or call (937) 463-2665.

Pike County murders: Death penalty possible for 4 of 6 arrested in Rhoden slayings 

Four people arrested Tuesday on aggravated murder charges for the 2016 slayings of eight members of the Rhoden family in Pike County include a man who shared a 2-year-old daughter with one of the victims.

A dispute over custody played a role in the homicides, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said, and two other family members are accused of trying to “cover up” the crimes.

Arrested Tuesday were George “Billy” Wagner III, 47; his wife, Angela Wagner, 48; and their sons, George Wagner IV and Edward “Jake” Wagner, 27 and 26. 

Rita Newcomb, 65, of South Webster and Fredericka Wagner, 76, grandmothers in the Wagner family, are charged with trying to “cover-up” the crime, DeWine said.

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Investigators combed through 1,100 tips, but the final piece of evidence that led to the indictments of the Wagner family and their arrests Tuesday came two weeks ago on Oct. 30, when, DeWine said, authorities confirmed the existence of a homemade silencer the suspects are accused of building.

He described a sophisticated scheme, saying the suspects bought ammunition, a device to catch spent shell casings, a “bug” detector, and specific shoes from Walmart as they prepared to commit the crimes.

DeWine said, “The Wagners were friends with the Rhodens and had been for years. They knew the layouts of the Rhodens’ homes, and they knew the victims’ routines.”

The suspects also are accused of installing “counter-surveillance devices” on the properties of the victims, illegally monitoring various social media accounts and forging custody documents.

“It is our belief that the suspects used this knowledge to meticulously plan these horrendous, cold-blooded murders,” he said.

DeWine, at a news conference Tuesday afternoon, was asked whether the family was killed to prevent survivors from claiming custody of then-2-year-old Sophia, the daughter of arrested Edward “Jake” Wagner and victim Hanna Rhoden.

“Draw your own conclusions,” DeWine said.

Edward “Jake” Wagner also is charged with unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. He’s accused of engaging in sexual contact with Hanna Rhoden when she was 15 and he was 20.

Sophia is in the care of children services, DeWine said.

Sophia wasn’t there when her mother was killed. There were three children – ages 3, 6 months and 4 days – found alive in two of the three mobile homes where the eight bodies were found in rural Pike County. 

Also slain were Hanna’s parents Dana and Christopher Rhoden Sr.; her brothers, Christopher Rhoden Jr. and Clarence “Frankie” Rhoden; Frankie’s girlfriend, Hannah Gilley; Christopher Rhoden Sr.’s brother, Kenny Rhoden, and cousin Gary Rhoden. 

Dana Rhoden’s father, Leonard Manley, previously has said Jake Wagner and his granddaughter were in a custody dispute over Sophia.

George Washington “Billy” Wagner III, arrested in Lexington, Ky., remains in the Lexington Fayette County Jail as a “fugitive from another state” according to jail records. An extradition hearing will be scheduled for him.

The rest of the family members were arrested in Ohio and are being detained in four county jails -- Pickaway, Franklin, Ross, and Delaware counties.


George Washington Wagner III, Angela Jo Wagner, George Washington Wagner IV and Edward Jacob Wagner are each indicted on the following charges:

  • 8 counts aggravated murder, (plus gun specifications on each)
  • 1 count conspiracy
  • 4 counts aggravated burglary
  • 1 count unlawful possession of dangerous ordnance
  • 3 counts evidence tampering
  • 1 count forgery
  • 1 count unauthorized use of property
  • 1 count interception of wire, oral or electronic communication
  • 1 count obstructing justice
  • 1 count engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity

Jake Wagner also faces one count of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor involving the relationship he had with Hannah Rhoden.

Rita Jo Newcomb is indicted on:

  • 3 counts forgery
  • 1 count obstructing justice
  • 1 count perjury

Fredericka Carol Wagner is indicted on:

  • 1 count obstructing justice
  • 1 count perjury

John Kearson Clark, the Wagner family attorney, issued the following statement: “The Wagners eagerly look forward to their trials and to have their day in court so they can vindicate their names. The Wagners are also ever so hopeful that in the ensuing months there will be a thorough vetting of all the facts. 

“We look forward to the day when the true culprits will be discovered and brought to justice for this terrible tragedy.”  

The Wagner family moved to Alaska in 2017, but didn’t stay long, said Kelly Cinereski, a pastor and friend of the family who lives in Seward, Alaska.

“They were trying to run from the story so they could live a normal life, but everywhere they went it wasn’t normal,” he said. 

Cinereski, who knew the Wagners in Ohio before he moved to Alaska, said they were “just a down-to-Earth, good wholesome family. 

“These people wept over dogs, I can’t imagine them taking people’s lives,” he said when told of the charges. 

“If they did it, I hope they get tried to the max. If they didn’t, I hope they get pleaded,” Cinereski said. 

Pike County Prosecutor Robert Junk cautioned that Tuesday’s arrests are just the beginning of a very long process that could take years. 

“There is a lot of hard work ahead of us,” he said, “I cannot emphasize that enough.”


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Shop for a worthy cause at the Sugarplum Festival of Trees

You’ll find the perfect holiday gift and all your shopping will benefit our local children’s hospital at the annual Sugarplum Festival of Trees. 

Open this weekend at the Dayton Masonic Center, the event will have a holiday boutique filled with homemade gifts, decorations, wreaths and ornaments. Beautifully decorated full-sized designer Christmas trees will be available to bid on. 

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The holiday extravaganza is organized by the TWIG Auxiliary – Terrific Women in Giving – a group founded in 1965 to benefit Dayton Children’s. The hospital is supported by 20 TWIG chapters that total 350 members.

This year, proceeds will support mental health services at the hospital.


WHAT: Sugarplum Festival of Trees 

WHERE: Dayton Masonic Center, 525 W. Riverview Ave., Dayton 

WHEN: Saturday Nov. 17 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday Nov. 18 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 



The newest version of chicken & waffles is here now, and it’s being served at SEVERAL local restaurants

The newest rendition of the famed chicken & waffles dish has arrived in the Miami Valley, and the restaurant destinations offering the trendy dish may come as a bit of a surprise. 

“You can forget the reservations, long lines and expensive checks and get back to what really matters: the food,” Kentucky Fried Chicken officials said in a release announcing the introduction of its new Kentucky Fried Chicken & Waffles.

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“Our famous extra crispy, savory fried chicken atop a Belgian Liege-style waffle, with the finishing touch of classic Mrs. Butterworth's syrup, makes for a scrumptious dish I'd put up against versions at upscale restaurants, but we're offering it at a price just about anyone can afford,” Andrea Zahumensky, chief marketing officer for KFC U.S., said in the release. “And it can be enjoyed at KFCs across the country for brunch, lunch or dinner.”

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The meal options include waffles with KFC's Extra Crispy fried chicken or Extra Crispy tenders with a side of Mrs. Butterworth's syrup, starting at $5.49. It's also available as a sandwich featuring KFC's recently-introduced sweet-heat Hot Honey fried chicken as a breast fillet between two waffles, for $5.99.

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This news outlet reached out to both of the franchise groups that operate multiple KFC restaurants throughout the Dayton/Springfield region, and both confirmed that they are indeed serving the Chicken & Waffles dishes, starting this week.  KFC says the special will be available only through Dec. 31.

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“We are looking forward to gaining new customers, as this is a great product,” Glen Hanson, area director for one of the Dayton-area franchisees, told us via email.

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KFC officials say the waffle recipe was developed specifically to pair with KFC's Extra Crispy fried chicken and is made with a yeast-raised dough instead of a batter. The waffles include pearl sugar imported from Belgium that “creates a delectable sweet and crunchy outer texture,” the chicken chain said in its release.

Yellow Cab’s Thanksgiving Night Market: Shopping, cocktails and craft beer 

It’s time for a festive evening of stocking up on holiday gifts Friday at Yellow Cab Tavern’s annual Thanksgiving Night Market. 

Enjoy local craft beers and cocktails as you shop for one-of-a-kind hand-crafted items. 

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Food vendors the Drunken Waffle and Twisted Taco will be at the event along with a number of vendors including: 

At My Kitchen Table 

Twisted River Coffee Roaster

Barefoot Girl Soap Company  

Amy's Sweets Shop 


Sunlit Whispers Stained Glass Studio 

Maplewood Farm's Gourmet Dips & Wine Slush Mixes 

Lesourd Silver & Metal Works 

GL Rochet Boutique

KenKare Jewelry and Crafts 

RADS Bloody Mary Mix 

Silvercrest Sign Co. 

Heather's Goodies 

Nicky's Baked Goods and Candies 

Mirror Mirror Arts 

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Always And Never 

Tasha's Common Scents 

Stillwater Valley Orchard and Apiary 

Scarvin Artist 

Butter, Bakin & Bacon 

C & G Urban Creations 


WHAT: The Night Market at the Yellow Cab 

WHERE: The Yellow Cab Tavern, 700 E. Fourth St. Dayton 

WHEN: Friday Nov. 16, 5 p.m.-10 p.m. 


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What makes the zoo’s holiday season bright? 3 million lights should do it

Get ready to be dazzled. The 36th Annual PNC Festival of Lights at the Cincinnati Zoo kicks off this weekend. 

Visitors can admire three million LED lights and larger-than-life animal lanterns as they light up the zoo creating this year’s theme, “Wild Wonderland.” 

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The brilliant lights aren’t the only draw. Families can take a ride on the BB&T Toyland Express, watch the Wild Lights show on Swan Lake, search for fairies in Fairyland and have photos taken with Santa Claus. 

A special viewing of The Polar Express 4-D Experience will be played in the FX4-D theater. Tickets for show time can be purchased in advance. 

To make your visit easier, and save money, plan-ahead pricing is new this year. Tickets can be purchased for select dates online in advance. Prices for traditionally lower traffic nights, such as Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, will be as much as half less than those purchased for the most popular nights. 

Discount tickets are also available at any area Kroger, good for $2 off adult and $1 off child admission any night of the event. 

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WHAT: 36th Annual PNC Festival of Lights 

WHERE: The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens, 3400 Vine St., Cincinnati

WHEN: Nov. 17–Jan. 1, open Sundays through Thursdays from 5-9 p.m. and on Fridays and Saturdays from 5-10 p.m. 

ADMISSION: Admission varies for dates and times. Plan-ahead pricing can be found at : 


A day of science and fun at the Boonshoft — and it’s free!

The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery is hosting a free family event on Saturday. 

The annual Dayton Science Festival Experience will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 17.

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Once a year, the museum collaborates with the Dayton Science Festival for a community wide celebration of STEMM learning. 

Hands-on activities and presentations from the astronomy, collections and discovery zoo and live animals departments will be part of the event. 

“Science inspires people of all ages and backgrounds,” said Dawn Kirchner, Boonshoft Museum vice president of education. “The Dayton Science Festival offers an opportunity for many who may otherwise be hard-pressed to visit to also enjoy the wonder and excitement of discovery.” 

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While at the museum visitors can also wander through the “Explorers” exhibit. Food vendors will be at the museum during the event.


WHAT: Annual Dayton Science Festival Experience 

WHERE: Boonshoft Museum of Discovery 

WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 17, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. 



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