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Dayton City Commissioner Darryl Fairchild joins protestors on Main Street.
Jerry Kenney / WYSO

Note: this is a developing story. Please check back to this page for updates.

Saturday, 3:30pm: Members of the so-called Honorable Sacred Knights of Indiana have vacated Courthouse Square. Protestors are dispersing from both Main and Third Streets. 

Valerie Smith / Dayton United Against Hate

Dayton activists have organized a number of events this Saturday for residents planning to stay away from Courthouse Square during a planned rally by an Indiana-based KKK-group. 

Ahead of Saturday’s rally by an Indiana-based Ku Klux Klan group, Dayton officials are urging downtown residents, business owners and transit riders to prepare for disruptions.

Beginning Thursday, a number of streets near Courthouse Square will close to traffic, including Ludlow between Second and Fourth Streets. The intersection of Main and Third will also shut down.

Dayton Community Police Relations organizers hosted Tuesday's meeting with police commanders.
Jess Mador / WYSO

Dayton police and community officials are urging anyone planning to counterprotest this month’s rally by an Indiana-based Ku Klux Klan group to take safety precautions.

More than three dozen residents met Tuesday night at the westside Boys and Girls Club of Dayton to hear about the city’s preparations and share their concerns about the upcoming so-called Honorable Sacred Knights’ rally.

Police Chief Richard Biehl told participants the department has, “done their homework and checked with other cities,” as they map out security plans for the May 25 Courthouse Square event.

buffalo statue in front of K12 Gallery in downtown Dayton
Jim Kahle / WYSO

"I have been curious about the big buffalo statue that stand outside K12 Gallery in downtown Dayton," says WYSO listener Gwen Owen. "I looked at again this morning on my way in and thought, 'what is your deal, you're this big serious heavy looking buffalo statue...' and I feel like it must have a story. Where did that thing come from?"

For that answer I went to the K12 TEJAS  gallery at the corner of South Jefferson Street and South Patterson Boulevard and asked long time arts supporter and fearless leader of K12, Jerri Stanard, just how that buffalo came to be there.

A new addition to the downtown Dayton music scene, The Brightside Music & Event Venue, is kicking off a new year of concerts with several genre-spanning offerings.  Libby Ballengee (Venus Child Production) and Nathan Lewis (Ernie Johnson From Detroit) joined Kaleidoscope Juliet Fromholt live in the WYSO studios to talk about the upcoming shows.

www.arcadedayton.com

The last building in the historic Dayton Arcade complex has been purchased by Dayton Arcade Partners. The arm of real-estate company Cross Street Partners has acquired the Kuhns building on Main Street for $1,283,586.

The Kuhns building is the only historic Arcade property in the complex that still operates as a commercial office venue. The late-nineteenth century rustic red structure was renovated in 2007.

Owners Bob and Nancy Shiffler, with Kuhns 1883, and Dayton Arcade Partners are expected to close on the sale of the building next week.

dayton convention center
DCC

A task force formed last year to assess the Dayton Convention Center's facilities, financial viability and development potential has released its findings.

Demolition of the convention center was originally on the table as part of the assessment. While razing the center is still a possibility, the task force recommendations hinge on keeping the facility in place.

The Oregon Historic District neighborhood in Dayton
Jason Reynolds / WYSO

Early voting is underway across Ohio for the Tuesday, November 6 elections. With the midterms approaching, WYSO producers have been talking to would-be voters around the Miami Valley. Today, we hear from some Daytonians in the city's Oregon District about what’s on their minds this election season.

Dayton woman: I’m horrified by the current administration. The immigration policy, I think, is terrifying. The ethics, the lack thereof, nepotism, a  lot of things are terrifying.

Dayton Man: Everything with that president.

From Left to Right: Charlie Simms, president of Simms Development, Congressman Mike Turner (OH-10), Congressman Brad Wenstrup (OH -2), and Rebecca Benná, executive director of Five Rivers MetroParks.
Jerry Kenney / WYSO

Ohio Republican Congressman Mike Turner (R-10) was in Dayton Wednesday afternoon  to celebrate revitalization progress in downtown Dayton. Turner was joined by Congressman Brad Wenstrup of Ohio’s 2nd District. 

Wenstrup is the newest member of  Congressional House Ways and Means Committee, which oversees tax and economic development policies. 

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