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These Daytonians are going to be immortalized in our city’s own Walk of Fame

A three-time Oscar nominee, a husband and wife crime fighting team, and the woman who gave Marvel’s “Black Panther” its eye-popping look are among the next class to be immortalized in the Dayton Region’s Walk of Fame.

>> Wright State grad plays pivotal role in much-anticipated Marvel movie 

The inductees will be celebrated at a luncheon on Thursday, Sept. 27 at the Sinclair College Conference Center, 444 W Third St. in Dayton. 

Tickets for the luncheon are available on the Dayton Walk of Fame website.

Individual tickets are $70. 

Inductees will be on hand during the Walk the Walk street party 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m in the Wright Dunbar Historic Business District May 18. 

The street party ends at 9 p.m. 

The Dayton Region’s Walk of Fame’s memorial stones are on West Third Street in the  business district between Broadway and Shannon streets and along William Street.  

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The 2018 honorees are: Hannah Beachler, Major General George R. CrookDr. Richard A. DeWallRobert C. Koepnick, Dayton police sgt. Lucius J. Rice and police officer Dora Burton Rice, and Julia Reichert

Below are their bios from the Dayton Region Walk of Fame. 


Groundbreaking media production designer 

Hannah Beachler grew up in Centerville, Ohio, majored in fashion design as an undergraduate at the University of Cincinnati and then went back to school at Wright State University in 2005 to earn a B.F.A. from WSU’s Motion Pictures Program. She began working on films as a set dresser in small movies and horror films. Her talent and attention to detail quickly brought her assignments as a production designer. She won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Film for Fruitvale Station and the Audience Award for the Best Film at the Sundance Film Festival in 2013. In 2017 she was nominated for an Emmy and won the Art Directors Guild Award for Excellence in Production Design for a video for Beyoncé. Her most recent success came as the first-ever female black production designer for a Marvel film. That film, Black Panther, is breaking box office records and is one of the most talked about films of the season. She returns home to spend time at WSU talking to students about her career and mentoring many young filmmakers. 

 >> Emmy-award winner: ‘I am proud and grateful beyond words to be from Dayton’


Leader in the U.S. military and civil rights activist 

George R. Crook was born and raised near Taylorsville, now a part of Huber Heights, Ohio. He graduated from West Point in 1892. He is recognized as a major figure in U.S. military and civil rights history. He had an active career in the Civil War capped by his Division causing General Robert E. Lee to surrender at Appomattox. He was an important commander in the Indian Wars that followed the Civil War. While serving as the Commander of the Department of the Platte in 1879, Crook arranged to have himself sued on behalf of the Ponca tribe. The case resulted in a major civil rights victory when Chief Standing Bear was recognized as a person under the law and therefore Native Americans were entitled to equal protection under U.S. law. Sioux Chief Red Cloud remarked after Crook’s passing that, “He, at least, never lied to us. His works gave us hope.” 

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DR. RICHARD A. DEWALL (1926-2016) 

Pioneer heart surgeon 

Dr. Richard DeWall came to Dayton in 1966 and spent 50 years of his life here. He is credited with inventing the first workable, portable heart-lung machine. Dr. Doug Talbott recruited him to Dayton, and Mrs. Virginia Kettering invited him to initiate an open-heart surgery program at Kettering Hospital, where he performed the first successful open-heart surgery in the area. He established the general surgery residency-training program, serving as its director from 1970-1976 and also acted as a consultant to the National Institutes of Health. The winner of many national and local awards, his proudest accomplishment was his role in the founding of Wright State University School of Medicine because he wrote the original proposal for what would become the medical school. He also helped establish the Wright State School of Medicine Foundation. He said, “With the bubble oxygenator (the name of his invention), you are dealing with maybe several hundred patients a year. With a medical school, when you get it expanded, you’re dealing with thousands.” 

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ROBERT C. KOEPNICK (1907-1997)

Nationally known sculptor, talented teacher 

Robert C. Koepnick, a native Daytonian, was born in 1907 and lived virtually all of his life in the Dayton Region. He was a sculptor of national reputation and maintained a studio in Lebanon, Ohio until shortly before his death. He was a prolific, versatile sculptor who worked in wood, bronze, stone, aluminum, and terra cotta. He studied with Carl Miles, the noted Swedish sculptor. He headed the sculpture department at the Dayton Art Institute for almost 30 years, with the exception of a five-year period during World War II when he worked for the Aeromedical Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, helping to design gloves and oxygen masks that made it possible for pilots to fly at ever increasing altitudes. His works are displayed in many states, and he has exhibited in distinguished museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the National Academy of Design, and the Dayton Art Institute. At least 17 of his major works are displayed in Dayton. He once remarked that, to his amazement, “I really marked up this world.” 

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 Long serving pioneer Police officer and community activist policewoman 

In 1896, when he was 20, Sgt. Lucius Rice moved from North Carolina to Dayton where he met his future wife Dora, a first cousin of the renowned poet, Paul Laurence Dunbar. He served in the Ohio National Guard, distinguishing himself at Lake Erie in 1908 and winning government marksmanship medals. After being honorably discharged from the military, he was appointed to the Dayton Police Department. He became the second African-American man to serve on the Dayton police force and was one of the longest serving Dayton Police officers of the 20th century, serving more than 30 years. He was the first African-American lawman to be appointed a plainclothes detective. He was the first African-American in Dayton to become a police supervisor when he was promoted to sergeant in 1916. During his career, he served with distinction and sacrifice, often working 12-hour days, wounded twice, and then tragically lost his life in the line of duty in 1939. 

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Dora Rice first played the role of homemaker until her children were older when she became a community activist in her church, serving Wesleyan Methodist Church as treasurer for 20 years and as church organist for over 22 years. Then she chose to join her husband in law enforcement. In 1929 she was appointed to the Dayton Bureau of Policewomen, becoming the first African-American policewoman in Dayton. She served for 10 years before resigning for poor health and died six months after her husband was killed. Sgt. Rice is remembered by the Dayton Police History Foundation as a local legend and his wife as a civic activist and Dayton Police Woman. 


Pioneering independent filmmaker and educator 

Julia Reichert, a graduate of Antioch, has been called the godmother of the American independent film movement. She is a three-time Oscar nominee. Her film Growing up Female was the first feature document of the modern Women’s Movement. Recently it was chosen for inclusion in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress. One of her films (with Steven Bognar) premiered at Sundance and won the Primetime Emmy for Exceptional Merit in Nonfiction Filming. She writes, directs, and produces. She is a voting member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and a member of the advisory board of the Independent Feature Project. She is the co-founder of the New Day Films, a 42-year old social issue film distribution co-op, author of Doing it Yourself, the first book on self-distribution in independent film, a professor of motion pictures at Wright State University and a grandmother. 

 >> Why this local filmmaker win won a  $50,000 grant (January 20, 2016) 

Rock band YES has set a Dayton tour stop -- here’s how to get tickets

One of rock’s legendary groups, YES, comes to Dayton this summer. 

>> 6 places to eat near Rose Music Center before or after a show

YES kicks off their schedule this summer in Warsaw, Poland and heads back to the states in August, touring through September until their stop at the Rose Music Center in Huber Heights September 9

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Tickets go on sale April 20 at 11 a.m. Prices start at $20.

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The 2017 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees are known for their progressive rock sound, and will be unveiling their first new music in 28 years featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman. Lee Pomeroy will be on bass and Louis Molino III on drums.

>> The best concerts and live performances in Dayton (and beyond) this year

Want to go?

WHAT: Quintessential YES: The 50th Anniversary Tour

WHERE: Rose Music Center, 6800 Executive Blvd., Huber Heights 

WHEN: 7 p.m. September 9

TICKETS: 1.800.745.3000Ticketmaster

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5 events to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Dayton

Most everyone loves to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, though most of us have no idea what it actually commemorates. So, before we go getting all crazy with tequila shooters and diving into vats of chips, salsa and queso, let’s understand the story behind this American-adopted Mexican holiday.

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Cinco de Mayo is the observance of Mexico’s victory — despite being outnumbered two to one — over the French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. If you want to be a killjoy, you can mention that the French eventually came back with 30,000 troops and overtook Mexico City. 

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Now that we all sound smarter, here’s some of the best places and events to celebrate this year.


903 E. Dixie Dr., Dayton


El Meson upgraded their annual Cinco de Mayo bash to a two-day celebration. The event will include live music, street food, dancing and fun, with a charitable donation to Pink Ribbon Girls. We’ve put together all the details about the celebration, which you can read here.

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320 N. Dixie Drive, Vandalia


This fiesta is shaping up to be a mini Indie Rock fest in Dayton, with live music from 7 p.m. to 12:45 a.m. from A Voice Of Your Own, Seth Canan & The Carriers, The 1984 Draft, Crosley Court, Neo-American Pioneers and Yellow Paper Planes.

>> 10 of Dayton’s best Mexican restaurants


8967 Kingsridge Drive, Dayton


Dance Cinco de Mayo away at Elegance in Dance’s Cinco de Mayo celebration on Friday, May 4. There will be plenty of hot salsa (not just the kind you eat) as well as merengue, bachata and more. Oh — and don’t forget the tacos and tequila. 

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7790 Service Center Dr. Unit B, West Chester Township


Their Facebook event page says it all (in Spanish) la cerveza, musica, buena comida and festividades. Beer, music, food — what more could you want for Cinco de Mayo?

>> El Meson turns their annual Cinco de Mayo celebration into a two-day fiesta


The City of Cincinnati will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo all weekend long on Fountain Square with a family friendly event. Attractions will include a children’s area with arts and crafts, live music, raffles and authentic Latin cuisine. The three-day party is the largest Latin cultural celebration in the region. It all starts at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 5. Find more of the details, including music and food lineup, online.

Tell us about your Cinco de Mayo events. Send an email with all of the details to with the subject line: Cinco de Mayo event

George Thorogood and The Destroyers are coming to Dayton

Legendary rocker George Thorogood and his band the Destroyers are coming back to The Rose Muisc Center this Summer. 

Want to go to this show? Here’s everything you need to know:

  • Date: Tuesday, August 7th
  • Time: 8:00 p.m.
  • Location: The Rose Music Center at The Heights
  • Ticket Prices: $23.50 - $77.00
  • Get tickets

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4 awesome adult sport leagues in Dayton to join this spring and summer

Looking to channel your inner gym class hero? Running around yelling excitedly until you get smacked in the head with a dodgeball? Because you should. 

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Luckily for those of you who didn’t find an excuse to dip out of P.E., adult sports leagues are very much a thing and there’s no better time to join than spring. It’s 2018, Dayton — get your game face on!

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Here are some of the places to find the right team for you in Dayton. But don’t wait -- some of these leagues have deadlines that are approaching FAST. Sign up now, before it’s too late. 

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Dayton Sportical

This social club in Dayton teams up with local bars and sets up sports leagues, tournaments and events for adults who want to channel their inner 4th grader. Kickball is one of Sportical’s most popular games, and they’re just beginning their first sessions of the season. Other sports include skeeball, wiffleball, cornhole and volleyball. Visit their website for all the current leagues available. 


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Gem City Social Sports

If there were to be any perks of growing up, the fact that mud volleyball definitely wasn’t a thing in gym class is one of them. Gem City Social Sports has a mud volleyball tournament in July, but April is when you’ll need to sign up

There are also great opportunities to get involved with the kickball scene, even if you’re a little more “seasoned.” The “Legends 50+” kickball league begins May 15, so you’ll need to sign up before May 8. Many other leagues will be available as the season goes on, so visit their website for any additional upcoming leagues.


City of Dayton Recreation

You might’ve thought your local rec department stopped caring about you after your last T-ball championship tournament when you were eight years old. Not the case. The City of Dayton Recreation and Youth Services actually has some great options for adult sports. Classics like volleyball and softball are available, as well as sports like “spikeball” that will take you right back to your favorite gym class memories. See all their leagues available on their website.


Setters Sports Volleyball Dayton

Setters is thee spot for all things Dayton adult volleyball. They’re all about the late summer nights under bright lights while getting sand where sand doesn’t belong. With a lengthy spring and summer schedule, there’s definitely a way to make a league fit into your schedule. 


Fuel and Sponge are coming to Versailles

Want to see these 2 rock bands in concert along with local musicians “Come Hell Or High Water”?  Here’s all the info you need to purchase tickets:

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What’s better than one Cinco de Mayo celebration? El Meson says two

El Meson is yet again expanding their Cinco de Mayo celebration, and this year, the party will go on for two days.  

>> Lobster poutine fries (and more) among our favorite bites from the Brunch! Food Truck Rally

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On Friday, May 4 and Saturday, May 5,the Mexican eatery will feature dancing, live music, food trucks, a Cantera Negra Tequila Tasting and fare from the restaurant’s own kitchen and bar. 

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“We’ve made so many great friends over the years and these celebrations are a great chance to be with you all,” Bill Castro, owner of El Meson said in a press release to this news organization. “The tents and heaters will be up in the parking lot, the trucks will be turning out amazing Latin street food, and we’ve got two days of live music. We can’t wait to see you!”

>> 10 of Dayton’s best Mexican eateries

General admission tickets for Friday and Saturday are $5 each.

Cantera Negra Tequila Tasting tickets cost $45 (Friday only) and include four tastes of tequila, gourmet street food and a reserved area by the bands. 

VIP patio tickets (Saturday only) cost $25 and provide patrons a more private space to celebrate. Private rooms are also available for both days. 

>> Where to find the BEST margaritas in Dayton

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Friday music lineup:  Freakquency 4 to 6 p.m. Nothing But Treble 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Green Light Morning 9 to 11 p.m.

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Saturday music lineup:  Trey Stone 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Nasty Bingo 3 to 5 p.m. Ithika 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Funky G & The Groove Machine 8 to 11 p.m.

>> Dayton is getting two weeks of free food delivery via GrubHub

Want to go?

WHAT: Cinco de Mayo at El Meson

WHERE: 903 East Dixie Dr., Dayton

WHEN: Friday, May 4 from 4-11 p.m. and Saturday, May 5 from 12-11 p.m.

TICKETS: Tequila Tasting TicketsSaturday VIP and General Admision

INFO: El Meson CDM FacebookTasting Event Facebook

CONTACT: Bill Castro | Call 937-859-8229

Rockstar Pro Wrestling in Dayton is gaining international attention -- here’s how you can see a live show

Rockstar Pro Wrestling, the six-year-old pro wrestling training and TV production venue in Dayton, is gaining international attention according to visiting star Roni “Big Bang” Nicole, who wrestled in Japan for four years. 

>> PHOTOS: Pro Wrestling right here in Dayton

“I came to Dayton because this is one of the stateside meccas of wrestling,” Nicole said before her performance here during a weekly Wednesday night show. “I came to Ohio for Rockstar to put my hat in for consideration for the wrestling legacy here.”

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Rockstar Pro Arena is located in an old parts warehouse at 1106 E. Third St. in Dayton. The venue is a training facility for aspiring pro wrestlers, a concert hall and the Rockstar Pro Wrestling TV production studio, according to owner Chadwick Parker

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“Rockstar is a professional product that can get wrestlers ready for TV,” Parker said.

“We’re running just under 100 shows a year, so we’re really able to go in depth with our story line and take our time with a character,” he said. “Dave Crist is our trainer. His brother Jake Crist books and writes the shows.” 

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In addition to their own online network,, Parker also revealed that Rockstar Pro will soon be offered on Amazon Prime. 

“I feel the future is apps, other than a cable provider. Going onto Netflix, Amazon and Hulu, those big boys, that’s where they’re going to allow small companies like us. I never wanted Rockstar to be Coke or Pepsi. I want Rockstar to be the Jones Soda of wrestling. When you look for independents, we are the independent.”

“I feel Rockstar is a living entity. It is its own thing. Nobody can really contain it,” Parker said.

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Wednesday nights are the weekly shows, and on the first Friday of each month Rockstar hosts a live pay-per-view show. The Friday night April show has been moved to April 13. 

For most shows, doors open at 7 p.m. and the action starts at 7:30 p.m. For ticket prices and more information, visit

Jimmy Buffett is coming to Cincinnati

Want to see the “Son Of A Son Of A Sailor” Tour at Riverbend Music Center? Here is all the info you need:

  • Date: Tuesday, July 10th
  • Time: 8:00 p.m.
  • Location: Riverbend Music Center
  • Ticket Prices: $36 - $146
  • Get tickets

Map of Riverbend Music Center:

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