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Danny Jones, Dale Friesen, and Ed Hill with a field of Turkey Red Wheat behind them.
courtesy of Dorothy Lane Market

During the early 1800s, wheat production made Ohio one of the leading grain-growing states in the U.S. As prairie land was settled and major wheat growing moved westward, the grain became less important to the state’s agricultural economy. Corn and soybeans became the staple of farming, and now wheat fields are few and far between in the Ohio countryside.

Dayton Sister City Committee

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Dayton, Ohio’s sister city relationship with Oiso, Japan, and to mark the occasion, officials will welcome a delegation from Oiso to the city next summer.

Dayton actually has five sister cities around the world. “The oldest of which is Augsburg, Germany,” says Kevin Lydy, chair of the Dayton-Oiso Sister City Committee. “That [relationship] was established in 1964. Oiso, Japan is our second oldest, in 1968, and then we have three others: Holon, Israel, Sarajevo and Bosnia-Herzegovina, and then Monrovia and Liberia.”

Mike DeWine (R) and Richard Cordray (D)
Andy Chow / Ohio Public Radio

Ohio's candidates for governor repeatedly spotlighted the Miami Valley during the first of three gubernatorial debates, held Wednesday night at the University of Dayton river campus.

Republican Mike DeWine and Democrat Richard Cordray spent much of the contentious hour-long debate comparing their approaches to the opioid crisis and their respective attempts to address it during their time in government.

The candidates also sharply criticized each other’s views on student debt, abortion rights, and gun control. 

WYSO is a partner in the Southwest Ohio Your Voice Ohio project. It's a collaborative effort to produce more relevant, powerful journalism based on the needs and ambitions of Ohioans and Ohio communities.
Your Voice Ohio

We want to hear your ideas on how to bring new vibrancy to the Dayton-Springfield-Middletown area.

Who are we? Your local news media. About 50 Ohio news outlets have partnered in the Your Voice Ohio project to find new ways to listen to citizens of our communities and represent them better in our work. Newspapers, radio and TV in the Dayton-Springfield-Yellow Springs area are among them.

Navy veteran Pyotr Dobrotvorsky and Army veteran David Berry.
courtesy of David Berry

The American military is very diverse, and it’s where many men and women first learn how to build relationships with people from different cultures. Army veteran and Wright State University student David Berry of Springfield was raised in America and Navy veteran Pyotr Dobrotvorsky of Yellow Springs was raised in Russia.

A nonprofit focused on attracting and retaining young creatives in Dayton has a new director. Miami Valley entrepreneur Lauren White will lead UpDayton as it marks its 10-year anniversary this year. In this profile, WYSO’s Sheila Raghavendran looks at UpDayton’s impact so far, and how the group’s mission has evolved.  

 

school desks
Historic Breman / Flickr Creative Commons

State school report card grades were mixed this year for districts in the Miami Valley. The annual report measures district performance based on test scores from the 2017-2018 school year.

Bellbrook-Sugarcreek, Oakwood, Russia, Springboro, and Wayne schools all received an overall grade of “A” on the report. “A” ratings were rare across the state this year – only 28 of Ohio’s more than 600 districts received them.

WYSO went on the air 60 years ago, and we’re listening back to audio from our collection.

On September 15, 1963, white supremacists bombed the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. Twenty-two people were injured, and four little girls were killed. This act of terror 55 years ago was a turning point in the Civil Rights Movement, and communities across the country held memorial services to honor the dead and galvanize their commitments to racial equality.

A week after the bombing, a somber march was held in Yellow Springs. WYSO reporter Bruce Havens was there. Former Antioch College professor Walter Anderson, along with villagers in Yellow Springs held a memorial service for the four children killed in the Birmingham church bombing. 

Andrew Ward
Basim Blunt / WYSO

Sometimes faith is as simple as sitting down and talking. Today’s Dayton Youth Radio brings us the story of a father and son who did that. And then, the son Andrew Ward wrote about it.

My mom kicked my dad out April 27, 2017. My father was an alcoholic for most of my life; he would come home from work and drink beer and rum until he passed out. My mother told my dad he had to complete 90 AA meetings in 90 days. He loved his family and is well respected by the community. However, he couldn’t resist the temptation of escaping reality by using alcohol.

Andy Heins
Senior Voices

In a previous Senior Voices segment, Andy Heins described his experience being among the first students involved in the desegregation of Dayton City Schools. His interview with Dayton Metro Library volunteer Nancy Messer also captured his memories of the famous small airplanes that were built in Troy, Ohio.

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