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WYSO awarded $50,000 Signature Grant

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YELLOW SPRINGS — Public Radio station WYSO has been awarded a second “Signature Grant” for $50,000 from Dayton Power and Light Foundation to continue local economics and business reporting.WYSO used its first grant in 2013 to expand their newsroom capacity, including hiring Lewis Wallace as Economics and Business Reporter. Wallace came to WYSO from WBEZ in Chicago. Since his arrival, he has filed nearly daily stories and created innovative new programs like “WYSO Curious?”


Cedarfest features old and new

CEDARVILLE — An up-and-coming country singer, a miniature train display and an appearance by CareFlight headline the attractions at Cedarfest Aug. 30-Sept. 1.Centered in what many believe is the home of Labor Day — Cedarville native and then-US senator James H. Kyle was one of the prominent sponsors of the legislation creating the holiday in the late 1800s — the three-day festival has the old standards and some hot new features at Cedarville Community Park....

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County task force holds sobriety checkpoint in Enon

ENON — The Clark County OVI Task Force operated the first mobile OVI checkpoint in the county last Friday evening as part of the 2014 nationwide campaign: “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.”Enon police officers are hoping that their efforts during the campaign, which will continue through Sept. 1, will help reduce the number of drunk drivers on the roads and save lives.The task force is comprised of 20 officers from the Springfield Post of the State Highw...

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I-675 lane closures planned

GREENE COUNTY — As part of a two-year project to resurface 5.5 miles of Interstate 675 in Greene County, lane closures will be in place this week on both north and southbound I-675 between the North Fairfield Road and SR 235 exits.The closures will be in place nightly from 7 p.m. until 6 a.m. the following day to accommodate work to move one lane of northbound I-675 to the southbound side of I-675. Beginning 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28 both lanes of southbound I-675 will be on t...

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DeWine announces prosecutor

XENIA — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Greene County Prosecuting Attorney Stephen Haller announced the name of the attorney who will present evidence to the grand jury that will consider the officer-involved shooting incident at the Beavercreek Wal-Mart Aug. 5.The new information was announced at a Tuesday press conference in the Greene County Courthouse courtroom where the grand jury will convene next month. That grand jury will determine if any criminal charges will ...

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Working to stop hunger one step at a time

FAIRBORN — Local organizers are gearing up for Fairborn CROP Walk 2014, to be held in October, with a planning meeting this Thursday.Those interested in learning more about this fight against hunger or brainstorming ways to increase participation are invited to attend at 7 p.m. Aug. 28 at First Baptist Church, 1167 Highview.CROP stands for Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty and is run under the guidance of Church World Service. This annual community-wide wa...

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Fairborn PD swears in new officer

FAIRBORN — Jonathan “Jesse” Calhoun was sworn in Monday as the newest officer on the Fairborn Police Department. He is filling a police officer position created by a retirment from the department in June 2014.Calhoun obtained his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from Wright State University in December 2012. Following graduation, he researched various academies in the area and after a number of reviews he selected Greene County Criminal Justice Academy....

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When did being nerdy become cool?

Am I to understand that, largely because of a television situation comedy, it is now cool to be awkward, socially inept, and very smart, all while being considered - dare I use the word – “nerdy?” When did this happen? In my day, we nerds were cast out from all the best tables in the school lunchroom or forced to get bad grades to avoid being picked on because we were smart - that never worked, by the way. It’s just not fair that today’s geeks get a pass! But, it...

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On the bubble

It seems to me that, amidst all the headline-grabbing stuff going on both in this country and around the world, there are other activities that kinda slip under the “newsworthy” radar even if they are of interest to us ordinary folks. Among these are reports that Proctor & Gamble (P&G), the world’s largest consumer-products company, is in the process of reducing its number of products to streamline operations and increase profitability.Among those being considered...

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Beavercreek falls in five sets to Lebanon

BEAVERCREEK — It may just barely be three weeks into the 2014 girls high school volleyball season, but that doesn’t make the losses sting any less.On Tuesday night, the host Beavercreek Beavers battled back from a two-set deficit only to lose 16-14 in the deciding fifth set. Lebanon held on for the 25-19, 25-23, 22-25, 17-25, 16-14 win.The deciding fifth set saw the lead change hands six times, and the game was tied six times as well.Lebanon senior...

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Local Sports Briefs

Staff ReportAUTO RACINGKil-Kare waives driver entry feesXENIA — Kil-Kare Raceway announced it will allow competitors free entry for the three remaining NASCAR Whelen All-American Series race weekends in the 2014 Season. This comes as an effort to improve car count for the loyal fans that have attended all season long.Competition Director Terry Stacy said he looks forward to seeing as many competitors as would ...

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Bengals feel good after 3 preseason games

CINCINNATI (AP) — Andy Dalton has looked sharp. The starting offense has moved the ball. The starting defense has been stingy on the scoring.The Bengals like what they’ve seen through three preseason games, leaving them in good shape as they finish up and get ready for the ones that count.Cincinnati (1-2) had no significant injuries to its starters during a 19-13 win in Arizona on Sunday night. Pro Bowl linebacker Vontaze Burfict left in the first quarter wit...

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Greene and Soin sponsor corn maze

XENIA — As the summer months wind down, it’ll soon be time for hay rack rides, pumpkin carving and corn mazes. Apple Country Farm Market – located at 2323 U.S. Route 42 in Spring Valley – will open it’s nine-acre corn maze Sept. 5. This year’s maze is sponsored by Greene Memorial Hospital and Soin Medical Center.The maze was cut through 300,000 living cornstalks and has over 15,000 feet of pathways.Having a corn maze is nothing new for...

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Locals crushed by Miller’s injury

HUBER HEIGHTS — In Braxton Miller’s hometown of Huber Heights, residents enjoy talking about the accomplishments of the Wayne High School graduate, the Ohio State University quarterback.Last Monday at the Huber Heights Rotary Club, one Rotarian gave a “Happy Buck” for Miller being on the cover of Sports Illustrated, but said he hoped Miller didn’t experience the jinx sometimes associated with being on the cover. Little did he know that Miller would sus...

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‘Buckeyeman’ has Greene County roots

Larry Lokai, a former Fairborn area resident who now lives in Urbana, has been spreading good will with his alter ego Buckeyeman since 1999, and he recently graced the cover of USA Today’s Weekend magazine.The story told about “college football’s biggest fanatics” and the cover art featured Lokai’s scarlet-and-gray face paint, two-tone wig and buckeye stripes under his eyes.

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Chicago team never quit

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — The kids from Chicago’s Jackie Robinson West defied the odds with their run in the Little League World Series.Even at the end, the youngsters that had brightened a city and caught the imagination of the baseball world didn’t quit.Down seven runs to powerful South Korea in the final inning of the championship game on Sunday, the Great Lakes Region champion scored three runs and electrified their fans before falling short, 8-4....

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No appetite for fixing school lunch

Making healthy food taste good will require a spending increase that’s not on the table.You can lead a kid to vegetables, but you can’t make her eat. Especially if the food doesn’t taste good.That’s what the government found out in the wake of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.I was active in advocating for school lunch reform at the time. The bill became law shortly after I published a book on U.S. food policy. It seemed like su...

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Fighting to save Ohio Postal Service jobs

In 2015, the United States Postal Service (USPS) plans to close and consolidate up to 82 mail processing facilities across the country – including ones in Akron, Dayton, Toledo and Youngstown – putting 15,000 jobs at risk.To protect these jobs and ensure that Ohioans continue to receive reliable mail service, I joined with 49 other Senators in signing a letter, urging the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee and the Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Governm...

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