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After the tornado, Timothy Walker, Beth Wentz and their kids relocated to Clark County.
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People across the Miami Valley are continuing to clean up from the Memorial Day tornadoes. Among the strongest of the outbreak’s 15 twisters was an EF4 tornado that carved a path of destruction just north of downtown Dayton.

It hit Montgomery County’s Harrison Township especially hard, leaving almost 2,000 properties damaged. Now, six months after the storm, signs of recovery are visible in the small community. But for many Northridge residents, full recovery remains a far-off dream.

Sounds of construction fill the air in Northridge.

2019 Memorial Day Storm Path
Montgomery County Auditor's Office

New numbers Monday from the Montgomery County Auditor’s office detail the financial devastation from the tornadoes that ripped through the Miami Valley last Memorial Day.

Montgomery County has seen lost property values of more than $46 million.

Following the May tornadoes, affected homes and businesses were eligible to have their property values lowered through a longstanding auditor’s office program.

But Montgomery County Auditor Karl Keith told reporters nearly a dozen communities county-wide are facing major storm-related revenue losses.

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, joined by County Auditor Karl Keith, State Senator Peggy Lehner, and representatives from the advocacy group Ohioans for Gun Safety.
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Several state and local elected officials Friday launched a new yard-sign campaign advocating for stronger Ohio gun laws.

Joining Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley at a press conference in Dayton’s Oregon District were Montgomery County Auditor Karl Keith, State Sen. Peggy Lehner and representatives from the advocacy group Ohioans for Gun Safety.

Whaley announced the “Do Something” campaign outside the Trolley Stop tavern on Fifth St.

National Weather Service Storm Paths
National Weather Service/Montgomery County Auditor

More than 4,400 Montgomery County properties were damaged in the Memorial Day tornadoes. This is one of the takeaways from a comprehensive new damage survey released Thursday. The survey offers the most up-to-date look at the extent of property damage left by the storm across Montgomery County.

Montgomery County Auditor Karl Keith says for the past few weeks his office has been working hard to get an accurate, up-to-date look at how extensive the property damage was from the storms in late May.

Dayton real-estate broker Veronica Bedell-Nevels.
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A decade after the Great Recession and foreclosure crisis affected millions of Americans, homeownership remains a major way many people hope to build a nest egg and save for retirement.

But, new numbers from the National Association of Real Estate Brokers show the homeownership gap between whites and blacks is growing bigger. Whites are much more likely to own a home than African Americans in cities across the country.

Republicans and Democrats will face off Tuesday in two separate races for seats in Montgomery County.

Miami Valley business owner and Republican candidate for Montgomery County Commissioner Doug Barry says he hopes he’ll be able to break a Democratic stronghold that’s controlled the commission for more than a dozen years.

Barry has served as a Miami Township Trustee since 2014. He’s operated the Barry staffing agency since 1998. He’s also been involved in numerous business and civic groups throughout his career.

Auditor Keith and Inspector Joe Harris check a pump for skimmers
Montgomery County

The Montgomery County auditor’s office says there were no credit card skimmers found in a countywide sweep of gas pumps carried out last weekend in conjunction with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Skimmers are small devices designed to steal credit card information. And while none were found at the more 120 gas stations checked across the county, Auditor Karl Keith says there is still reason for concern.

Miami Valley Fair Housing investigated more than 70 Fannie Mae properties from 2010, 2012, and 2014.
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Recent numbers show Montgomery County home values are continuing to recover after the Great Recession.

Montgomery County Auditor Karl Keith says, while commercial property values remained stable with a less than 1 percent increase, residential values are up about 6 percent. 

He says the increase in home values is good news for the housing market.

“To talk about a four-and-a-half-percent increase, yes, this is definitely good news. It reflects on the community as a whole as far as value, the overall economy of the community," Keith says. 

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Montgomery County residents will see some familiar faces in office after the Nov. 4 election.

Democrat Dan Foley will hold his seat as Montgomery County Commissioner. The three-way race pitted him against Republican Mike Nolan and former Dayton Mayor Gary Leitzell. Foley squeaked out a victory over Nolan by capturing only 1,800 more votes. Leitzell came in a distant third. This win means Foley’s third term on the commission.