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New pumpkin slingshot featured at Owl-O-Ween plus

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XENIA — Two new pumpkin slingshots will be featured at Greene County Parks & Trails’ Owl-O-Ween Plus from 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at Caesar’s Ford Park, 520 Stringtown Road, along with an opportunity to dress up a pumpkin with a fancy hair-do, get lost in a straw maze, pick your own sunflowers from a field, create a scarecrow for a contest, as well as carve a pumpkin, enjoy a hay ride, try an autumn treat and visit with the Narrows Reserve Nature Center screech owl.Cost of the event is $25 per family of four, $5 each additional person, Greene County residents; $30 per family of four, $5 each additional person, for those living outside Greene County.

 

Zombies, the lamest monsters

Halloween is upon us and, once again, zombie-mania continues to reign supreme. From so-called, community “Zombie Walk” events to AMC’s season premier of the “Walking Dead” boasting the highest-rated cable television show in history, Americans certainly seem to be zombie-obsessed. But why; what is it about an animated, decaying corpse that seems to capture people’s imaginations and gets them to shell out millions of dollars in search of the next big zombie f...

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Township to hold two Beggar’s Night open houses

MAD RIVER TOWNSHIP — Trick-or-treat is just around the corner in the Village of Enon and Mad River Township, and local officials are asking motorists to travel cautiously as ghosts, goblins, and other frightful characters celebrate from 6-8 p.m. Saturday.Trick-or-treaters and their parents are also invited to two open houses being held at the Enon and Mad River Township Fire and EMS Department, 260 East Main Street, during the hours of trick-or-treat.

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Cancer survivor named honorary coach

XENIA — As breast cancer awareness month winds down, the Xenia eighth-grade football program recognized one of its own mothers for not only battling, but beating the disease.Tami Bartley was named an honorary coach on Wednesday before the Bucs took on rival Fairborn in the season-ending football game at Cox Stadium. Bartley, a 1990 graduate of Xenia High School, was diagnosed with breast cancer in May 2011 and according to Coach Steve Cukovecki “fought every day like th...

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Local Sports Briefs

HIGH SCHOOLFOOTBALLCOLUMBUS — How a state panel of sports writers and broadcasters rates Ohio high school football teams in the sixth weekly Associated Press poll of 2014, by OHSAA divisions, with won-lost record and total points (first-place votes in parentheses):DIVISION I — 1. Mentor (16) 8-0 255; 2. Hudson (6) 8-0 228; 3. Huber Heights Wayne (3) 8-0 199; 4. Dublin Coffman (2) 8-0 183; 5. Center...

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Cavaliers, LeBron eye NBA title

CLEVELAND — Four years away from home changed LeBron James. He came back more mature, more focused, more complete — in a class by himself as a player.More significantly, playing with Dwyane Wade in Miami taught him how to be a champion, and James won two titles while making four straight trips to the finals with the Heat.Now that he’s returned to his Ohio roots, he wants No. 3, the title that would top them all.Cleveland hasn’t experien...

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At 1-all, World Series moves to quirky Giants park

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Eric Hosmer is eager to see what makes San Francisco’s waterfront ballpark unique.“I know absolutely nothing,” the Kansas City first baseman said. “I’ve heard nothing but good things about it, the atmosphere and the energy the crowd brings. I’ve always wanted to play there.”“I’m sure going for the first time for a World Series game, it should be fun,” he said.Well, wait unti...

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Hackenberg, captains regroup Penn St. amid losses

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Penn State’s captains called the team together during an off week to address its two consecutive losses. Quarterback Christian Hackenberg says it helped steer the Nittany Lions in the right direction as it prepares to face Nov. 13 Ohio State.The sophomore, in a job with equal parts responsibility and adversity, is facing the pressure of rejuvenating an offense that has scored only two touchdowns in three Big Ten games.Despite enginee...

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2014 Election Day Directory

GREENE COUNTY — There are a number of levies and races on the ballot throughout the county this November. Here are our previews to get you ready for Election Day 2014:Candidate BiosBallot Issues-Issue 1: ...

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Levy would create special needs park

BEAVERCREEK TOWNSHIP — A levy on the ballot this November has the power to create a new play area for special-needs children and their families in Beavercreek Township. Issue 20 will be voted on by Beavercreek Township residents, City of Beavercreek residents and a small number of Fairborn residents who also reside within the township.

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Greenon voters to consider two levies

ENON — Residents within the Greenon Local School district will vote on two tax issues on Nov. 4.The first is a renewal of an existing 5-year, 7.08-mill property tax levy, first approved by voters in 2010, for emergency operating dollars in the sum of $1,806,472. Approval of the levy would maintain current local funding and would not increase taxes.The second is a new 4.96-mill, 5-year operating levy that would generate $1,265,000. If approved, the levy would cost $...

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Fire stations go pink in October

FAIRBORN — Fairborn Firefighters have been turning up the heat to raise awareness for breast cancer research. From a rib eating contest to a golf outing and a public safety softball mini-tournament, Fairborn Firefighters in their bright pink shirts have been highly visible in the community. In addition, all four fire stations are also lit up in pink.When the new stations were built, exterior lighting was encompassed in the project. To tie the pink theme in with the stations f...

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Sugarcreek police seek a renewal levy

BELLBROOK — Sugarcreek Township will have a police services renewal tax levy on the ballot Nov. 4.Issue 22 benefits Sugarcreek Township and is 2.0 mills. If renewed, the owner of a $100,000 home would continue to pay $61.25 per year for five years, commencing in 2015, first due in calendar year 2016. The original issue was approved in 2004 and renews every five years.This allowance produces an average of $656,000 in revenue, which is on average one-third of the pol...

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2014 Election Bios

GREENE COUNTY — There are five contested races Greene County voters will be voting on in the upcoming election. Dave Ogan and Rick Perales are running for State Representative in the 73rd District. For the 10th District State Board of Education, Michael B. Kinnamon and Ron Rudduck are running. Tom Letson and Sharon L. Kennedy, as well as John O’Donnell and Judith L. French, are running for Supreme Court Justice. Jeffrey E. Froelich is running against Robert Vaughn for 2nd District...

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Spring Valley asks for additional 1 mill levy

SPRING VALLEY TOWNSHIP — Spring Valley Township will have Issue 19 — a 1.0 mill additional tax levy for the purpose of current expenses — on the Nov. 4 ballot.This issue will allow an additional tax for the benefit of the township for the purpose of current expenses at a rate not exceeding 1 mill for each one dollar of valuation, which amounts to approximately $.10 for each $100,000 of valuation, for five years. The levy will begin in 2015.“This l...

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Road and bridge levy only to affect unincorporated area residents

BEAVERCREEK TOWNSHIP — The Beavercreek Township road and bridge levy, Issue 21 on the upcoming ballot, will include a renewal and increase of the current levy and will only effect residents in the unincorporated area.The current levy is 0.5 mills. The proposed 0.4 mill increase will provide an additional annual income of $102,000, Beavercreek Township Road Superintendent Tim Parks said. This increase will cost taxpayers an additional $14 per year for each $100,000 of appraise...

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City charter amendments up for vote

BEAVERCREEK — Several amendments have been proposed for Beavercreek’s City Charter and will be voted on as Issue 11 on the upcoming ballot.The six amendments have been recommended by the Beavercreek City Charter Review Commission.“These amendments represent minor adjustments to the city charter that bring our codified ordinance in line with recent adjustments to the Ohio Revised Code,” said City Manager Mike Cornell.The first proposed a...

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Fire and rescue levy up for renewal in Miami Township

MIAMI TOWNSHIP — Voters in Miami Township will have a renewal 3.8 mill fire and rescue levy on the Nov. 4 ballot.Issue 23, generating an estimated $515,000 annually, will be renewed for a five-year period. The funds from the levy go to Miami Township Fire-Rescue.Fiscal Officer Margaret Silliman said the levy has been approved easily in the past, but if it is not renewed this year, there will be serious consequences for the township.“It would be a m...

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