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City readying for winter

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XENIA— The City of Xenia voted Thursday night to spend nearly $300,000 to purchase 3,000 tons of roadway salt in preparation for the upcoming winter.It’s the city’s largest salt purchase and it’s more than the salt barn can hold. It’s more than the city used during last year’s abnormal winter. But officials had no choice if they wanted to get any at all.


Fairborn loses lightning-delayed opener

By Scott Halaszshalasz@civitasmedia.comNEW CARLISLE — Turnovers proved to be the Fairborn Skyhawks’ demise in a 6-0 season-opening loss to Tecumseh on Friday.In a game delayed more than an hour due to lightning, a bad snap on a fourth-down play in the second quarter led to a one-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown and the only points scored at a soggy Spitzer Stadium.

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A good crops rides on number of bushels and price

COLUMBUS — For Ohio corn growers, their future rides on two numbers - the price of corn per bushel, and how many bushels they sell. That may seem like Agribusiness 101, but in 2014, those numbers are worrying corn growers as never before.Corn grower Dan Yoder of Mechanicsburg is one of those growers. Attending a recent state Corn Growers Association event, he stood outside a large barn listening to the talk from fellow farmers about the price of corn. He had just sold some co...

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Let’s affirm the right to unionize and the freedom to abstain

This Monday, September 1st, our nation celebrates the contributions of the American labor movement and, more broadly, the social and economic achievements of all workers. In the midst of the parades, end-of-summer sales, anticipation of football, and excitement (or dread) about the new school year, it’s worth pausing to reflect on the intrinsic value of labor in our lives.

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Music boosters hosts event

BELLBROOK — The Bellbrook Music Boosters will host the 26th annual Mid States Band Association Marching Band Fall Invitational 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13. The event will host more than 14 bands at Miami Valley South Stadium behind Bellbrook High School.At the end of the competition The Bellbrook Marching Eagles will perform their 2014 show “Paris Sketches” in exhibition. In addition, the University of Toledo Marching Band is scheduled to perform for the audience. V...

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Heritage Day returns

BEAVERCREEK — The Beavercreek Historical Society is once again having their Heritage Day 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13 at Wartinger Park, 3080 Kemp Road. Admission is free. Activities include: Old-Fashioned Activities for Children, a general store selling candy for all ages, tours of log cabins and houses, an herb garden, local artisans demonstrating and selling items, old-fashioned food, pies and cookies, live music all day co-sponsored by Soin Medical Center.

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Save the life of the next Michael Brown

We all must build a common understanding of race, become aware of the role we play in upholding systems of oppression, and get comfortable with vulnerability.Michael Brown. Jordan Davis. Sean Bell. Trayvon Martin. The list of African-American boys and men gunned down at the hands of police officers and vigilantes just gets longer and longer. It makes me numb.

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Not your pretty picture show

Greene County News ReportFAIRBORN — What is a portrait? First thoughts are of paintings of a person or group of people, but can it be more? What are the stories they tell? What are the emotions they hold and evoke?Sue Brezine and Dora Lawson, outgoing president and vice president of the Fairborn Art Association, wanted to explore the subject and possibilities. They have invited area artists to exhibit their portraits that might be considered unusual, not the expect...

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OSU Extension Office under new leadership

GREENE COUNTY — Ohio State University Extension has announced that Rebecca Supinger, extension educator, 4-H youth development, has been appointed Greene County Extension Director beginning Oct. 1.Supinger will assume the position held recently by Melanie Hart, extension educator, family and consumer sciences. Some of Supinger’s duties will include providing overall direction and leadership to the office, supervising personnel and ensuring the county office is meeting t...

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Cedarville hosting poverty forum

CEDARVILLE — Cedarville University will host a seminar entitled, The Poverty of Nations, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2, with special guests Wayne Grudem, Ph.D. and Barry Asmus, Ph.D., co-authors of “The Poverty of Nations: A Sustainable Solution.”The event will be held in the Dixon Ministry Center and is open to the public.Grudem and Asmus are nationally known for their economic and biblical perspectives. Asmus is a senior economist with the National Center f...

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A prescription for treating runaway CEO pay

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, your premiums are now guaranteed to pay for health care instead of executives’ yachts.You’ve surely heard many things about the Affordable Care Act, including the website headaches that embarrassed the Obama administration during the new program’s rollout.But you probably didn’t realize that when you pay your premium today, you can rest assured that it’s paying for health care and not a CEO’s new yach...

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CBC founded as region’s first central blood bank

DAYTON — The Bellbrook Lions Club will hold a community blood drive 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6 in the main hall of the Lions Grange Center, 2757 Wilmington-Dayton Road.The blood drive comes during the month when Community Blood Center will celebrate its 50th anniversary as the region’s first blood bank. Everyone who registers to donate will receive a special edition “Celebrating 50 Years of Saving Lives” T-shirt. Donors are encouraged to sched...

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Homemade chocolate coffee smoothies

The summer weather we’re having is about as close to perfect as possible. Last night we had a nice rain that cut the humidity and cooled everything and everyone off once more.My 16-year-old sister, Mary Grace, who lives next door is here helping me for the day. We are doing cleaning in preparation for Daniel’s family from Danville, Ohio who plan to come for a visit this weekend. We’re excited to see them again. We also did some cooking today. With mashed potatoes ...

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Hollywod Gaming at Dayton Raceway opens

DAYTON — The red carpet rolls out in North Dayton today as Penn National Gaming (Nasdaq: PENN) proudly showcases the glitz, glamour and grandeur of Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway to the public for the first time.Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley and other local government officials will join Penn National executives and Hollywood team members for a ribbon-cutting event featuring hometown hero and Baseball Hall of Fame member Mike Schmidt. After the ceremony, thousands of patrons wi...

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‘Bama opens vs West Virginia with QB questions

ATLANTA (AP) — Time to get some answers about Alabama’s quarterback competition.Florida State transfer Jake Coker and fifth-year senior Blake Sims have been vying for the top job throughout preseason practice and coach Nick Saban says they have been running neck-and-neck. The second-ranked Crimson Tide’s opener against West Virginia at the Georgia Dome on Saturday is probably another audition for both.

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No. 16 Clemson, QB seek to keep offense humming

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson coach Dabo Swinney and offensive coordinator Chad Morris have repeatedly said that the 16th-ranked Tigers’ attack would not slow down even with new faces in control.The first chance to prove that comes Saturday at No. 12 Georgia.Morris has spent a lot time since finishing a second straight 11-2 season pounding his new guys about how few believe they can achieve without record-setting quarterback Tajh Boyd and receiver Sammy Watkin...

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Stewart says Ward’s death will affect him forever

HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) — Unshaven and with a quivering voice, NASCAR superstar Tony Stewart said the death of Kevin Ward Jr. will “affect my life forever” as he returned to the track Friday for the first time since his car struck and killed the fellow driver during a sprint race in New York three weeks ago.Stewart read from a statement that, his team said, he wrote himself. He spoke just under 2 1/2 minutes, pausing several times to compose himself. He took no question...

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No. 5 Ohio State launches season against Navy

BALTIMORE (AP) — Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo found the routine of watching film of fifth-ranked Ohio State to be cause for consternation as Saturday’s season opener drew closer.“It seems like every time I turn on the tape that team gets better,” Niumatalolo said. “Ohio State has always gotten great players, but Coach (Urban) Meyer has taken their recruiting to another level since he got there. There are phenomenal athletes at every position on the ...

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