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Probation department changes leadership

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XENIA — Municipal Court Chief Probation Officer Melinda Bettac has been appointed a U.S. probation officer of the United States District Court –Southern District of Ohio, Columbus Division.Sworn in on Sept. 29 Bettac will begin her new role Oct. 6. Replacing her as the Xenia court’s top probation officer as of Oct. 1 is Carlos Walker. Walker, came to Xenia Municipal Court on May 1, 2008 as a probation officer.He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology – advanced studies in Criminal Justice from Central State University. Prior to coming to Xenia, Walker served as an intensive probation officer in the Montgomery County Adult Probation Department and as a corrections officer for the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.

 

Making Windmills out of Warplanes

The federal government needs to cut military spending to free up the money needed to meet the climate challenge.With the Islamic State’s rise, Libya’s slide back into civil war, and the conflict brewing between Ukraine and Russia, there’s plenty to fear these days.Maybe you’ve always believed you could count on the U.S. military to protect you from dangers like those, and that makes you feel safe.As a college student and a resident of P...

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Xenia Athlete of the Month

Khalil Capers was chosen as the Edward Jones Investments Athlete of the Month for August at Xenia High School. This award is being sponsored by the office of Mike Reed at Edward Jones Investments of Xenia, serving Xenia, Jamestown, Cedarville and surrounding areas. Capers is a senior on the varsity football team and is averaging 9.7 yards per carry, with seven tackles and three fumble recoveries so far this season. He is currently seventh in the Greater Western Ohio Conference with 605 all-pu...

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Kudos to board member for Hall induction

I want to congratulate our Board of Education member Nodie Washington. She was was honored for being one of five inductees for 2014 into the Greene County Women’s Hall of Fame. Great job.Bond Rating Results: We have received the results of our bond refinancing presentation and our designation remained the same. We were hoping for an upgrade from an A+ to a AA-. The ratings analists from Standard and Poor’s told us that we made an excellent presentation ...

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Parks host Young Naturalist Club

BEAVERCREEK — Future naturalists are invited to attend Greene County Parks & Trails Young Naturalist Club that will meet 6:30- 8:30 p.m. Mondays, Oct. 6, 20; Nov. 3, 17 and Dec. 1, 15, at the Narrows Reserve Nature Center, 2575 Indian Ripple Road.The club of nature-loving teens will also be planning several field trips as they explore the outdoors together. The club is open to those 13 to 18 years old. Cost is $5 per partici...

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The little train that won’t

The Republican party’s refusal to invest in America’s collapsing infrastructure is a recipe for disaster.I love groups with the gumption to take on big tasks and do what needs to be done — can-do groups that can, and do.But, uh-oh, here comes The Little Train That Couldn’t. I’m talking about Congress.Since the earliest days of our US of A, the most basic task of this legislative body has been to keep our national house in good rep...

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Sportsman’s Seminar Series for local outdoorsmen

XENIA — Join Greene County Parks & Trails for the on-going Sportsman’s Seminar Series featuring local outdoor professionals and other regional experts that provide the latest information on fishing, boating, hunting and other sporting topics.Learn about the new regulations surrounding the use of rifles during deer season from Greene County Wildlife Officer Matt Hunt, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, beginning at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, in the Greene County Media Ro...

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Spangler Road improvements project begins

FAIRBORN — The nearly $1.7 million Spangler Road Improvements project began Wednesday and has a scheduled completion date of Nov. 27.The Norfolk-Southern (NS) railroad crossing at Spangler Road will be closed throughout the project. A detour for the area has been established. Drivers traveling north on Spangler Road will be re-routed from Yellow Springs-Fairfield Road to Black Lane then back to State Route 444. Detour signs will remain in place for the remainder of the constr...

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Tracking heroin deaths

LONDON — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine met with Ohio coroners, law enforcement and health officials Tuesday in London to discuss ways to better track and classify drug-related deaths.The individuals who make up DeWine’s Overdose Prevention Task Force (OPTF) — including Greene County Coroner Dr. Kevin Sharrett — met for the first time at the state Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI).“I just felt that the best way to get on top of this ...

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Forcing an island of peace to host a billion-dollar military base

Uncle Sam is wrecking a great deal of South Korea’s top tourist destination.Back in the spring, an Asian tragedy fleetingly made headlines when an overloaded ferryboat sank on its way to South Korea’s Jeju Island. Nearly 300 people aboard the Sewol ferry perished, mostly children.We’ve been hearing way less about the tragedy unfolding on the island that was supposed to be their destination.

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WSU residency program awarded senior immunization grant

FAIRBORN — The Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine Family Medicine Residency Program was one of 16 family medicine residency programs nationwide to receive a Senior Immunization Grant Award from the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Foundation in June.The $10,000 grant will be used to improve influenza and pneumococcal vaccine rates in patients age 65 and older during the 2014-15 flu season, which is October 2014 through March 2015. In addition to ...

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Annual Wright Brothers Day celebrates innovative spirit at Wright State

FAIRBORN — Wright State University will celebrate the innovative spirit of both of its namesakes and researchers currently working on campus with the fourth annual Wright Brothers Day.Organized by the American Marketing Association Wright State University (AMAWSU), a student organization, the event takes place 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2 in the Student Union Atrium.Wright Brothers Day marks the anniversary of Wilbur Wright’s 39-minute flight on Huffman...

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Their viewpoint: Movie theater in Xenia?

The following statements were drawn from comments made on our social media accounts. All were related to our story about the City of Xenia looking into turning the old Kmart building into a movie theater.What do you think? Head to our Facebook page and leave a comment or send us an email at editor@xeniagazette.com.Michelle Shells Grimm Bolster: “...

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Letter to the Editor

A thank you to the communityEditor:We would like to thank the residents of our local community, as well as our surrounding communities, for the generous and loving support that has been show to us this year during the Jamestown Bean Festival, as well as throughout the past years. Your support, both financial and emotional has enabled us to reach out and help so many families that have a loved one battling cancer. Without your great suppo...

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Charges against city prosecutor dropped

XENIA — The charges against City Law Director Ron Lewis for failing to file city income taxes have been dismissed and will not be refiled by the city.Lewis was charged July 28 with failing to file and/or pay city income taxes on self-employment income from 2008-13. Shortly after the complaint was filed by Finance Director Mark Bazelak, Lewis submitted his tax returns and paid the taxes and penalties. On Aug. 21 Lewis filed a motion to dismiss the case on the grounds that the ...

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Spud fans ready for Spring Valley Potato Festival

SPRING VALLEY — Potato fans can get their fill of spuds at the 37th annual Spring Valley Potato Festival this weekend, Oct. 4-5.“Potato soup, potato candy, potato cookies, sweet potato fries, potato pancakes, you know that kind of stuff,” said Judy Madden, listing off the types of food that can found at the festival. Madden is in charge of the festival’s publicity. “People just really like the food.”In addition to the food, attendees c...

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Bank robbery attempted in Xenia

XENIA — An attempted bank robbery which occurred in Xenia Tuesday afternoon could be connected to a series of other area robberies.Tuesday’s action began shortly after 1:25 p.m. at Security National Bank on N. Allison Ave. in Xenia. According to Xenia Police Division Captain Scott Anger, a subject came into the bank with his face and body covered, hopped over the counter and attempted to get money.“He was unsuccessful in this robbery,” Anger said....

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Volquez looks to continue revival against Giants

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Edinson Volquez’s renaissance began with a simple game of catch.During his brief session with Pittsburgh Pirates pitching coach Ray Searage on that January day at the team’s training facility in Florida, the talented but erratic right-hander listened as Searage outlined a plan to help the 31-year-old regain the form that once made him an All-Star.“He felt wanted,” Searage said. “That builds trust.”Ten...

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