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The Dixie Twin Drive-In has become a popular spot for Dayton movie-goers during the pandemic. The drive-in has started hosting a lot of community events, too.
Michael Kilgore / Flickr

Many movie theaters are still closed, but drive-in movie theaters are open and business is booming. WYSO’s Jason Reynolds reports.

Al Bell at the Dixie Twin Drive-In says that sometimes business could be “sleepy” before the pandemic, but now they’re super busy.

“We are going to have a very successful season,” Bell says. “At the same time, we’re going to serve the community and assist some charities in these unprecedented times.”

He says sales are up 50 percent, and the Dixie Twin is playing more than movies.

Beth Wentz and Timothy Walker spent weeks in a hotel followed by months in a mobile home. Their search for a new home was slowed by a tight housing market last year, among other factors, they say.
Timothy Walker

As WYSO remembers the 2019 Memorial Day tornado disaster and its impacts, we return to one of last year's hardest-hit Miami Valley communities: tight-knit Northridge. Beth Wentz and Timothy Walker raised their two children in the area as longtime homeowners in their first house together. On the night of the storm, Wentz and the kids clung together in the basement as a massive EF4 twister destroyed the house all around them. Walker had just started on third shift at a Clayton warehouse when his sister-in-law called.

A year after the tornadoes, many homes in and around Dayton are still in various stages of repair.
Jason Reynolds / WYSO

A year ago today, 19 tornadoes touched down in Ohio, destroying homes and businesses in rural and urban areas alike. The largest of those tornados passed through the City of Dayton and several neighboring communities. WYSO’s Jason Reynolds has been talking with people in some of the hardest-hit communities to see where they are today.

Little league players will be allowed to take the field in 2020, but the game will look different.
Ruth Clark

The State of Ohio has said it’s now okay to play little league baseball this summer, but there are a lot of new rules.

Kids can’t give each other high-fives or handshakes. They have to wear masks when they aren’t on the field, and they have to stay at least six feet apart when they’re in the dugout.

Read the complete list of coronavirus related rules here.

After the tornado, Timothy Walker, Beth Wentz and their kids relocated to a mobile home in Clark County.
Jess Mador / WYSO

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.