Former “quiet” girl Dr. Carol Morgan inspires and motivates audiences to achieve fulfilling lives, happy relationships

By Jeff Louderback Long before she stood before eager college students as a professor of communication – and offered insight about motivation and relationships as a TV and radio personality, magazine columnist and author – Dr. Carol Morgan was perceived as quiet. The youngest of three girls, her older sisters were chatty and vivacious at an early age. Ms. Morgan appeared to reflect an...

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Pinot’s Palette brings art to the masses in Fairborn, Dayton Mall area

Until a pivotal moment, Tonya Shine didn’t believe she had an ounce of artistic talent. Straight lines and stick figures, yes. Vividly colorful paintings worthy of hanging on walls, no way. That changed when, as a birthday gift that October evening, her friends threw her a party at Pinot’s Palette, where the group of women drank wine, socialized and created masterpieces under the instruction...

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April 3, 1974: The Xenia Tornado That Forever Changed Us

By Jeff Louderback One moment can impact your life forever. In Xenia, that instant happened on April 3, 1974. President Richard Nixon was embroiled in the Watergate scandal, kidnapped heiress Patty Hearst was still missing and Hank Aaron was about to eclipse Babe Ruth’s all-time home run record. On a turbulent Wednesday afternoon, the nation’s headlines abruptly became insignificant in the...

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SVG Motors’ steady growth reflects the realization of a longtime dream for entrepreneur Steve VanGorder

Dayton – On an unseasonably warm November afternoon, Steve VanGorder pauses for a moment amid a Facebook Live segment about the upcoming debut of his signature location, SVG Motors Super Center. He watches as a crew hoists the SVG sign emblazoned with the familiar “Rising Phoenix” logo and secures it into place. The charismatic and energetic entrepreneur known across the Miami Valley for...

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Inspired by his late father, Xenia’s Mark Whitt soaring on the bluegrass charts

By Jeff Louderback It was a dream, but to a fortysomething man who had just lost his father at the age 83, the vision seemed vivid and real. For rising bluegrass musician Mark Whitt, the emotionally inspiring moment remains etched in his mind. “In the dream, my dad was hovering above me. He was wearing a cream-colored suit and looked like a healthy and much younger man without the skin cancer....

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Witty Wocks illustrate rocks with personality

By Jeff Louderback Adria Bernstein will be the first to tell you that she embraces her whimsical sense of humor, so much that she has carved (or more specifically, painted) a niche and created an art form out of breathing personality into rocks. Launched in 2009, Witty Wocks (www.wittywocks.com) evokes Bernstein’s passion for transforming rocks from inanimate objects into colorful keepsakes...

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