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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
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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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Montgomery County

Montgomery County officials have announced plans to install a roundabout at the intersection at Alex-Bell and Mad River Roads in Centerville. They say the decision was reached after collecting input from the public and neighborhood residents. The interchange is currently a busy and congested four-way stop.

 

Construction on the more than $1.5 million Alex-Bell-Mad River roundabout wouldn’t begin until at least 2024.

Officials say they selected the roundabout design for the intersection over an alternate solution of installing traffic lights.

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A nonprofit focused on attracting and retaining young creatives and professionals in Dayton has a new director. UpDayton has announced entrepreneur Lauren White will lead the organization as it celebrates its 10th anniversary.

The group was launched in response to the economic downturn and a desire to boost Dayton’s creative economy and quality of life. A decade after its founding, WYSO’s Sheila Raghavendran looks at how UpDayton's mission has evolved, and what might be next. 

Dan Cleary

On Saturday, September 15th, United Rehabilitation Services of Greater Dayton will hold their annual Rubber Duck Regatta. That’s when more than 20,000 rubber ducks will take a plunge into the Great Maimi River and race down the Great Miami River at Riverscape Metro Park—all for a good cause—to support URS’s mission of serving Miami Valley children and adults with disabilities.

URS Executive Director, Dennis Grant that events like the regatta are critical.

For young people across Dayton, September is a time to head back to school and share stories of summer vacation. This fall, some Miami Valley students can brag about building robots … at a new manufacturing camp. The summer camp is part of an effort to spark interest in high-tech manufacturing –– Ohio’s industry faces a shortage of skilled workers. And, as WYSO Community Voices producer Jason Reynolds reports, organizers hope some of this summer’s crop of camp-goers will get excited about working in the field.  *This story is part of WYSO’s Scratch series on business and the economy.

In this edition of the Antioch Word, WYSO Miller Fellow Rachel Isaacson interviewed alumna Susan Barkan, class of 1978, who was one of the recipients of a Winning Victories for Humanity grant for her work in her organization “Partners for Our Children”.

Stats + Stories: Explaining Bayes Better

Sep 8, 2018
Kerrie Mengersen (@KerrieMengersen) is Distinguished Professor at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, and past-President of the International Society for Bayesian Analysis (ISBA) .
via Stats + Stories

WYSO is partnering with Stats and Stories, a podcast produced at Miami University.

In this Stats and Short Stories episode, John Bailer, chair of the department of Statistics at Miami University and Rosemary Pennington, professor in the department of Media, Journalism, and Film are joined today by guest Kerrie Mengersen from the Queensland University of Technology. She is a distinguished professor of Statistics, an Australian laureate fellow, and currently serves as president of the International society for Bayesian Analysis.

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