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Masked robber strikes UDF

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From staff reportsXENIA — Xenia police are searching for the person who robbed the United Dairy Farmers store on West Second Street late Sunday night.According to Xenia police Captain Scott Anger, the masked suspect entered the store at approximately 11:45 p.m., showed a knife and ordered the cashier to take money out of the safe.The robber grabbed an undisclosed amount of cash and fled on foot. Police arrived quickly and set up a perimeter, Anger said, but they could not track the person down. A police dog was unable to pick up a sent, he added.“We are reviewing the surveillance cameras and are still investigating the case,” Anger said. “We don’t have a suspect at this point.”


Rusty’s Ride coming Sept. 6

XENIA — The Xenia H.O.G. Chapter is holding the always popular charity motorcycle ride to raise funds for Christmas gifts for Greene County families who need a little help.The 23rd Annual Rusty’s Ride is Saturday, Sept. 6 at Buckminn’s D&D Harley-Davidson in Xenia.Registration begins at 10 a.m. this year, an hour earlier than in previous years.

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‘Purge’ fear just the latest urban legend

Every so often, I receive an email from my mother warning me to be careful in mall parking lots when an old woman asks for help.Or not to stop if I see a baby left on the side of the road.Or not to pull over if an unmarked police vehicle flashes lights while I’m driving down a dark country road.To each and every one of these emails, I reply with two words: urban legend.These are modern-day scary stories, no different than those told around the...

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Trails host overnight advanced outdoor skills camp

BEAVERCREEK — Honing their outdoor survival skills, participants in Greene County Parks & Trails’ Advanced Outdoor Skills camp learned to build a lean-to, cook supper over an open fire and use a map with compass to find buried treasure.After spending the night in their lean-to, campers prepared their own pancake breakfast. The overnight camp was held at the newly opened Russ Nature Reserve in Beavercreek.Campers were between 9-15 years old and had completed t...

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It’s time to free Rick Perry

It tells you much about the laughable indictment of Texas Gov. Rick Perry that it has made him a figure of bipartisan sympathy.Perry was indicted last week for the offense of vetoing an appropriations bill. Not vetoing an appropriations bill in exchange for a bribe. Not vetoing an appropriations bill as a favor to a donor. Not vetoing an appropriations bill in excess of his lawful authority. But simply vetoing an appropriations bill.That Perry could, in theory, face more...

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Fuller family wins big at Doggie Dash ‘n Splash

XENIA — John, Noah and Hannah Fuller and their dogs captured top honors in the 2014 Greene County Parks & Trails’ (GCP&T) ninth annual Doggie Dash ‘n Splash costume contest.The family’s pets, Buddy, Abby and William, participated in a variety of contests but excelled in the costume division. Hannah Fuller and “William” took home the top prize with their wild west look, Noah Fuller and “Buddy” took home second place honors with their b...

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WYSO awarded $50,000 Signature Grant

YELLOW SPRINGS — Public Radio station WYSO has been awarded a second “Signature Grant” for $50,000 from Dayton Power and Light Foundation to continue local economics and business reporting.WYSO used its first grant in 2013 to expand their newsroom capacity, including hiring Lewis Wallace as Economics and Business Reporter. Wallace came to WYSO from WBEZ in Chicago. Since his arrival, he has filed nearly daily stories and created innovative new programs like “...

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Washington Monthly gives Cedarville high marks

CEDARVILLE — According to Washington Monthly, Cedarville University — ranked 15 nationally — is the best baccalaureate university in Ohio.The ranking among baccalaureate institutions is based on social mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and PhDs), and service (encouraging students to give something back to their country).Five other Ohio schools were listed in the top 50. They i...

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A story in Wednesday’s Xenia Gazette indicated the Wyatt McCubbin concert and the fireworks at this weekend’s Cedarfest were on Saturday.Both events are Sunday. McCubbin will play at 8:15 p.m. followed by the fireworks.

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Cedarfest features old and new

CEDARVILLE — An up-and-coming country singer, a miniature train display and an appearance by CareFlight headline the attractions at Cedarfest Aug. 30-Sept. 1.Centered in what many believe is the home of Labor Day — Cedarville native and then-US senator James H. Kyle was one of the prominent sponsors of the legislation creating the holiday in the late 1800s — the three-day festival has the old standards and some hot new features at Cedarville Community Park....

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Xenia Police Reports

Aug. 56:54 p.m. — Follow Up 600 block of Kennedy Street.7:11 p.m. — Follow Up 70 block of Hospitality Drive.7:14 p.m. — Follow Up 200 block of Orchard Street.7:20 p.m. — Traffic Complaint 400 block of Edison Boulevard.7:33 p.m. — Residential Alarm 800 block of South Detroit Street.8:15 p.m. — Parking Violation 600 block of Concord Way.8:17 p.m. — Suspicious P...

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Play Xenia forum online

XENIA — Virtual meetings worked so well for the city’s X Plan process, Xenia is taking its upcoming Play Xenia discussions online as well.The city has set up a website that will allow residents to log in, review the conclusions of the City’s Recreation Needs Assessment Report, post ideas on how to meet recreation needs, and vote on priorities.This is the next step for the city, after it surveyed more than 1,000 residents of all ages and conducted focus ...

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I-675 lane closures planned

GREENE COUNTY — As part of a two-year project to resurface 5.5 miles of Interstate 675 in Greene County, lane closures will be in place this week on both north and southbound I-675 between the North Fairfield Road and SR 235 exits.The closures will be in place nightly from 7 p.m. until 6 a.m. the following day to accommodate work to move one lane of northbound I-675 to the southbound side of I-675. Beginning 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28 both lanes of southbound I-675 will be on t...

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Westscott House items return home

XENIA — The next time Tess Spencer, Debbie Hill, and Rita Lane get together to shop for cabinetry, they don’t expect to have as much fun and excitement as they experienced last week.The trio, members of the board of directors of the Westcott Center for Architecture and Design, represented the Springfield-based group at the Sheridan & Associates auction in Xenia. Up for bid were three cabinet doors that were purportedly removed from Springfield’s Westcott House in ...

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DeWine announces prosecutor

XENIA — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Greene County Prosecuting Attorney Stephen Haller announced the name of the attorney who will present evidence to the grand jury that will consider the officer-involved shooting incident at the Beavercreek Wal-Mart Aug. 5.The new information was announced at a Tuesday press conference in the Greene County Courthouse courtroom where the grand jury will convene next month. That grand jury will determine if any criminal charges will ...

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When did being nerdy become cool?

Am I to understand that, largely because of a television situation comedy, it is now cool to be awkward, socially inept, and very smart, all while being considered - dare I use the word – “nerdy?” When did this happen? In my day, we nerds were cast out from all the best tables in the school lunchroom or forced to get bad grades to avoid being picked on because we were smart - that never worked, by the way. It’s just not fair that today’s geeks get a pass! But, it...

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On the bubble

It seems to me that, amidst all the headline-grabbing stuff going on both in this country and around the world, there are other activities that kinda slip under the “newsworthy” radar even if they are of interest to us ordinary folks. Among these are reports that Proctor & Gamble (P&G), the world’s largest consumer-products company, is in the process of reducing its number of products to streamline operations and increase profitability.Among those being considered...

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Beavercreek falls in five sets to Lebanon

BEAVERCREEK — It may just barely be three weeks into the 2014 girls high school volleyball season, but that doesn’t make the losses sting any less.On Tuesday night, the host Beavercreek Beavers battled back from a two-set deficit only to lose 16-14 in the deciding fifth set. Lebanon held on for the 25-19, 25-23, 22-25, 17-25, 16-14 win.The deciding fifth set saw the lead change hands six times, and the game was tied six times as well.Lebanon senior...

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