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WSU student crowned, advances to national pageant

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FAIRBORN — A Wright State student will advance to the Ms. Wheelchair America pageant after her recent victory at the state competition.The Ms. Wheelchair Ohio pageant is designed to find a charismatic and well-spoken woman who can advocate for the innumerable Ohioans living with disabilities—and that’s exactly what they found in Elizabeth Schrack, who was crowned winner of the 2014 competition held at Wright State University April 6.“It came as a total shock that I actually won,” said Schrack. “I felt like I was in a dream. As soon as I found out, I was like ‘Oh my gosh, oh my gosh!’”Schrack beat out three other competitors, all of whom currently attend Wright State.

 

Local leaders support heart health

XENIA — Dayton Chapter of the American Heart Association Dayton Chapter Heart Ball brought together area leaders to raise funds for local efforts to prevent and cure heart disease and strokes.Some of the funds underwrite research grants at Wright State University where post-doctoral scientists are studying the biomechanical causes of heart disease and stroke.“Heart disease is a family risk factor for Dorothy and me, and I see its effects in our hospitals, too...

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Xenia PD hires two, promotes two

XENIA — The Xenia Police Division promoted two current staff members and swore in a pair of new officers to bring the department to its full strength of 45 sworn positions.Steve Lane was promoted from sergeant to captain and will oversee patrol services. He has 21 years of service with the division. Scott Beegle was promoted from detective to sergeant and will be assigned to a patrol officer supervisor. Beegle has 15 years of service with the police division and served in the...

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Kettering College comes to Greene County

BEAVERCREEK — Greene Medical Foundation, which serves Greene Memorial Hospital in Xenia and Soin Medical Center in Beavercreek, announced Kettering College as a tenant in the Ollie Davis Medical Arts and Education Center on Darst Road.“We’re pleased to welcome Kettering College. Ollie Davis gave this facility to our Foundation in 2012 with the desire to continue her medical interests, and especially medical education, in Greene County,” shared Jeff Brock, pr...

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Half marathon sells out, full marathon filling up fast

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE — The Air Force Marathon has continued selling out at a record pace with the half marathon closing on April 15, four weeks earlier than 2013.“Our race’s growth is phenomenal,” said Rob Aguiar, race director. “I’m always so impressed and so grateful for the loyalty of our runners, spectators and volunteers.”Aguiar said the entire event is 86 percent full. The full marathon, Gourmet Pasta Dinner and ...

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Nature on the go camps for the county parks

XENIA — Local children and young adults can also explore nature through an action-packed week of creekin, fishing, looking for critters, hiking, crafts and more in the Greene County Parks & Trails’ series of Nature on the Go camps. Each day has a new theme and new exciting activities.All camps will be taught by GCP&T naturalist staff and volunteers.Children should bring a healthy lunch (e.g. sandwich, fruit and veggies) and water bottle every day. Preschooler...

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Milking public education

I’m growing leery of the role corporations are playing in charter-dominated school systems.The building stood facing me, the windows staring ahead like hundreds of scrutinizing eyes. It was larger than I thought it would be.I looked around as I dug my hands into my pockets, struggling to retain heat. Across the street was a public housing development that appeared to be shut down: broken doors, smashed windows, an overall sense of abandonment. To the left was a par...

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An alarming trendWhile prescription drug abuse is still at an epidemic level throughout the country, methamphetamine can certainly be viewed in the same manner.With the enhanced efforts of law enforcement, the meth-related arrests have increased.Unfortunately, the strong possibility exists that a massive amount of others are still in operation.Over the past few weeks, there have been a significant increase in meth-related arrests in...

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More family advocacy needed for elder care

Caring for an aging parent is, in my opinion, one of the most difficult and often painful experiences life throws our way. Providing a safe, healthy environment for an elderly family member is just as taxing as doing the same for a child.What makes this process even harder is when the parent is resistant to help or simply won’t accept that they are no longer in a position to take care of themselves. Poor decisions, an inability to recognize when driving has become hazardous a...

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Reds break from slump, start getting players back

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Reds have emerged from their worst start in two decades.A 4-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday gave Cincinnati its first consecutive victories and winning series this season. Johnny Cueto pitched one of the best games of his career, a three-hitter for his third shutout with a career-high 12 strikeouts.And the Reds left town feeling things were finally coming together after two very bad weeks.“Our expectations are n...

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Can Spurs get back at Heat? Can they survive West?

To get another shot at LeBron James, the San Antonio Spurs may have to go through Dirk Nowitzki, then Dwight Howard and James Harden, and finally Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.Survive all that, and maybe they can avenge that NBA Finals heartbreak.“There’s definitely that burning desire in the back of your mind that really wants to get back there,” Spurs guard Patty Mills said.They get started on Sunday, right before James and the Heat be...

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Local Sports Briefs

Lewis prepares for the G-MAC Championships this weekendWILBERFORCE — Malik Lewis, a Central State sophomore, placed second overall at the All-Ohio Track and Field Champions track meet in held in Cincinnati on April 12th. He was amongst the fastest runners in Ohio finishing with a run time of 14.63 seconds in the 110 hurdles.“Despite a hamstring injury that occurred midway through the indoor season, Malik Lewis is the first athlete to particip...

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Golden Eagle Invite a good gauge of competition

BELLBROOK —Thursday’s Golden Eagle Invitational track and field meet left Bellbrook coach Charlie O’Dell feeling encouraged about the rest of the season.“Our distance runners have been working really hard,” O’Dell said. “A lot of those guys have been working all winter, and really putting in the miles on their own, and it’s showing out here. They’ve been logging large chunks of miles all winter, and I think it’s starting t...

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Cedarville Impson Invitational

GIRLS Team Standings: 1. Washington Court House Washington 121.50; 2. Springfield Shawnee 97; 3. Springfield Northeastern 80.5; 4. Greeneview 64.5; 5. Xenia Christian 58; 6. Tipp City Bethel 56; ; 7. Dayton Ponitz 53; 8. Dayton Stivers 51; 9. Cedarville 38.5; 10. Beavercreek 16.50; 11. Springfield Emmanuel Christian 10.5; 12. South Charleston Southeastern 9; 13. Springfield Clark Catholic Central 5.

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ODOT gets input about US Route 35 plans

BEAVERCREEK TOWNSHIP — Ohio Department of Transportation officials met with area residents Wednesday to get opinions on proposed changes to US Route 35 between North Fairfield Road and the Xenia Bypass.The project, which could cost approximately $100 million, would convert that stretch of highway to a limited access highway, according to ODOT project manager and environmental engineer, Keith Smith, improving ease of travel as well as safety.A limited access highway...

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Council approves standards for transit stops

BEAVERCREEK — City council approved its standards for transit stops Monday, bringing to an end a controversy that began four years ago.“Tonight we passed the last of the bus stop ordinances,” Vice Mayor Debborah Wallace said. “The city stood up to the plate. There have been hundreds of staff hours outside of the regular business of the city. This has been a tough decision for all of us.” The fight over three transit stops began in March 2010 when the D...

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A sweet tradition returns to Bellbrook

BELLBROOK — Bellbrook is gearing up for their 36th Annual Sugar Maple Festival April 25-27.The festival will kick off at 6:30 p.m. April 25. This years’ theme is fittingly named “Flower Power”- Celebrating the 60s, just as spring peeks its wonders around the corner. It will be a weekend full music, celebratory parade, food and so much more, rain or shine.“With it [the festival] being pushed back a month due to the Easter holiday, I am hoping...

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Jackson Aviation scholarship recipients announced

XENIA — The 2014 winners of the Lewis A Jackson Aviation Scholarships have been announced.Dr. Violet B. Jackson began the scholarship program in 2001 in memory of her husband, Dr. Lewis A. Jackson. The aim is to help train Greene County youth for a career in aviation. Since the inception of the program 51 aviation scholarships have been granted.This year’s recipients are Austin Schoening and Chyenne Benson.Schoening, a sophomore at Fairborn High Sc...

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