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A real game changer of a plaza

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XENIA — Easier access and a Kroger Fuel Center are coming to the West Park Square Shopping Center.Work began this week on a new driveway from US Route 35 West into the shopping center that will make for a swift entrance, and possibly make the shopping center a destination for more businesses.The driveway will be right in, right out only west of the Progress Road stoplight and enter into the part of the parking lot near Kroger. Once that is completed, Kroger will be constructing a fuel center.

 

NBA signing day arrives, but action moves slowly

Signing day has arrived in the NBA, though the biggest free agents aren’t rushing to grab their pens.Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh might be waiting on LeBron James - isn’t everybody? - before making their decisions. There’s been no indication when James plans to do so.In the meantime, Kyle Lowry and Marcin Gortat signed contracts to remain with their teams, while Chandler Parsons and Gordon Hayward inked offer sheets that could land them o...

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Chicago gets heave-ho as America’s Cup host

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Windy City got the heave-ho in the race to host the 2017 America’s Cup. Sailing’s marquee regatta is either headed back to San Diego or will be held on the northern tip of the Bermuda Triangle.Russell Coutts, CEO of defending champion Oracle Team USA, said it was a tough decision to eliminate Chicago.Despite Chicago’s nickname, “the variability of the wind was quite a major uncertainty for us,” Coutts told The Asso...

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Andretti: IndyCar needs to tout itself

BEAVERCREEK — The Verizon IndyCar Series is as good as it’s ever been. But there’s a whole new generation of racing fans who need to know about it. That’s how Mario Andretti sees it.Andretti, 74, was in town Thursday morning to sign autographs and help celebrate the 20th anniversary of business for Murphy’s Autocare, located on 3815 Dayton Xenia Road. Complete with police escort, Andretti drove into the Murphy’s lot on a motorized go-kart amid ch...

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Local Sports Briefs

Selah Gregory wins in FloridaFT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Eight-year-old Selah Gregory, 8, of Beavercreek, won the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Taekwondo national championship last weekend in her age group.Gregory, who attends the Tran’s Martial Arts Center, won the Olympic 8-9 year olds Intermediate female division (67.1-80 lbs.) with a score of 72.80. Brielle Diliegro, of South Carolina, finished second with a score of 77.00 in sparring. Mia Chet...

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Valbuena lifts Cubs to 6-4 win over Reds in 12

CINCINNATI (AP) — Luis Valbuena hit a tiebreaking, two-run triple in the 12th inning and the Chicago Cubs avoided a rare five-game sweep in Cincinnati with a 6-4 win Thursday.Highly regarded prospect Arismendy Alcantara singled with one out and went to second on Starlin Castro’s two-out infield single. Valbuena, 0-for-4 with three strikeouts, sent a ball to deep right field off J.J. Hoover (1-6) that Skip Schumaker couldn’t catch up with and was thrown out at the ...

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As LeBron decides, Miami and Cleveland wait

When it comes to LeBron James, all that’s certain is this: One fan base is about to feel scorned, and other is about to feel absolute joy.Miami or Cleveland?The same choice he faced four years ago is the one facing the four-time NBA MVP now. He became a champion in Miami. He still calls Ohio home. It’s obviously not an easy decision, and the ramifications of what he’s about to say — it’s still unclear when any announcement will be coming, bu...

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German wins crash-filled sixth stage

REIMS, France (AP) — What could be more fitting than a German winning a Tour de France stage in Reims, a symbol of postwar reconciliation?Well, that’s just what speedster Andre Greipel did on Thursday, winning Stage 6 in yet another crash-marred affair as Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali held on to the yellow jersey.This Champagne-Ardenne region is all too familiar with determined, healthy young men who understand sacrifice: This was a major battleground of the ...

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Go ahead: Take God out of everything!

Why does God let this happen and that happen? Well, take Him out of everything and what do you expect?When I was in school, God was there years ago. Are we so stupid to the fact that with no God, we will have troubles beyond control? He is a God order, not the confusion that is taking over the world.I was called a little dummy in my growing up years. For so long, I didn’t think I was very smart. Wow, now that I’ve grown up, I look around me, and I think IR...

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Earning an immigration red card

Now that they’ve stalled immigration reform, Republicans have further alienated Latino voters.Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) recently used a World Cup analogy to castigate his Republican colleagues for blocking immigration reform. “Leave the field, too many flagrant offenses and unfair attacks. You’re out,” Gutierrez said. “Hit the showers. It’s the red card.”(In case you’re not into soccer: Referees bestow red cards on players...

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Making these new friends was no problem at all

I made four new friends the other day.I was sitting in my kitchen finishing my breakfast of scrambled eggs, bacon and toast when they showed up in my back yard.It was a dark, dingy and rain-drippy day – one of those days when you don’t expect anything really neat to happen- when all of a sudden they zoomed in for a landing.They were two bright-colored ducks and it didn’t take them long to start wolfing down the bird seeds in my feeder that da...

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Defending free tuition in the big apple

The Committee to Save Cooper Union is pursuing legal action after the Board of Trustees announced plans to abolish the school’s 150-year tradition of providing free tuition for all.In May, students and professors at Cooper Union — an art, architecture, and engineering college in New York City — filed a lawsuit against the school’s Board of Trustees.Known as the Committee to Save Cooper Union, the group is pursuing legal action after the Board of T...

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Xenia Police Reports

June 149:42 a.m. — Unwanted Subject 200 block of East Main Street.10:34 a.m. — Domestic Dispute 300 block of Georgia Drive.11:17 a.m. — Follow Up 100 block of Colorado Drive.11:28 a.m. — Welfare Check 2200 block of Carolina Drive.11:32 a.m. — Unwanted Subject 300 block of East Main Street.11:36 a.m. — Assault 100 block of Cincinnati Avenue.12:17 p.m. — Found ...

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Mario Andretti signs autographs in Beavercreek

BEAVERCREEK — Internationally acclaimed auto racing driver Mario Andretti was at Murphy’s Autocare in Beavercreek Thursday to help celebrate the business’s 20th anniversary.Andretti signed autographs for a couple hours.As part of the celebration, Beavercreek Mayor Brian Jarvis presented Andretti with a proclamation that has declared today “Murphy’s Autocare Day” in the city.Andretti, 74, is the only person ever to win an Ind...

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‘Just Breathe’ fundraiser helps local woman

FAIRBORN — Wright Wings will host a fundraiser for a local woman, Taryn Wolfe, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 19, at 1864 Colonel Glenn Highway.Wolfe, 23, is a Brookville High School graduate who was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at the young age of five months.Cystic fibrosis (CF), also known as mucoviscidosis, is an autosomal recessive genetic disorder that affects most critically the lungs, and also the pancreas, liver, and intestine. It is characterized...

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FYI to host annual Safety Day festival Aug. 6

NEW CARLISLE — For the past four years, the Fairborn and New Carlisle area has hosted an educational festival which highlights the most important health issues for the family. From drug prevention strategies, to bike safety and from infant care, to healthy eating, this festival gives families both tips and fun facts, plus lots of give-always to highlight the importance of the various topics.Family & Youth Initiatives (FYI) will host their Fifth Annual Safety Day event from 4-...

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Young’s to host 13th annual Vintage Truck Show

YELLOW SPRINGS — Ertel Publishing’s Vintage Truck Magazine will host its 13th annual Vintage Truck Show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2.This free and family-friendly event, which features colorful and restored trucks from the early 1900s through modern times, is located on the grounds of Young’s Jersey Dairy on Route 68, five miles south of I-70 at Springfield.The show will include trophies for exhibitors, door prizes, live musi...

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Couple gets self-help, builds own home

JAMESTOWN — One of the workers moved his way down the side of the house, stopping every few feet to put a small ‘X’ on the wall.Trailing close behind, hammer in hand, James Siniff stopped at each marker and pounded in a nail.“They’d line it all up, put Xs on it. And I went right along and hammered it all in,” Siniff said. “I’d never put up siding before. Now I know how.”Retired after spending 44 years makin...

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