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New report cards show link between poverty, student performance

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COLUMBUS — Analysis of the Ohio School Report Cards released Friday shows poverty continues to be a driving factor in student performance at school districts across the state.The analysis was conducted by Howard B. Fleeter, a consultant with the Education Tax Policy Institute (ETPI), on behalf of the Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA), Ohio Association of School Business Officials (OASBO) and Buckeye Association of School Administrators (BASA).The findings show that scores on state standardized tests vary at school districts based on the percentage of economically disadvantaged students enrolled. The analysis looked at the latest Performance Index scores, which measure student performance in a school district on state standardized tests.


Local Sports Briefs

HIGH SCHOOL TennisMiamisburg 5, Xenia 0Singles: 1. Carley Sickinger def. Tarah Crawford 6-0, 6-0; 2. Miekala Hindenlane def. Tabitha Crawford 6-1, 6-0; 3. Jada Strickland def. Aly Landis 6-0, 6-1.Doubles: 1. Analise Cox/Catherine Raj def. Jodi Collier/Payton McLain 6-0, 6-0; 2. Chelsea Honenbrook/Reiley Grib def. Savannah Puckett/Maekala Moon 6-1, 6-0.GolfBellbr...

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The leaf blower divide

These machines senselessly endanger your health.When new neighbors moved in next door, I didn’t hold off long before broaching the Big Question.Even though we live in Washington, D.C., this had nothing to do with politics. For me, neighborly harmony hinges on where folks stand on this divide: leaf blower vs. rake.You see, I’m one of those otherwise calm individuals who goes totally bonkers at the sound of a leaf blower. It would be different if thi...

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Why I’m marching for climate action

The vast mines stripping Alberta’s tar sands are wrecking old-growth forests.I’ve long known how wasteful, destructive, and dangerous the process of extracting oil from tar sands is. You have to dig up four tons of dirt and rock to get one barrel of oil. Beautiful old-growth boreal forest becomes a wasteland.And that single barrel of oil? It creates three times as much climate pollution as producing a barrel of conventional crude.That’s why I...

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Unitarian Universalist Fellowship program

YELLOW SPRINGS — Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Yellow Springs will hold a service 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 21 will be “Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.”Allan Spetter, Wright State University Professor of History Emeritus, will informally discuss the Jewish High Holy days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur using stories from his Jewish upbringing and his relationship to both these important Jewish religious observances.

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Concert prayer for the lost

BEAVERCREEK — The 15th Annual Concert of Prayer for the Lost will feature the Miami Valley Community Choir 7:30-9:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26 at Beavercreek Nazarene, 1850 N. Fairfield Road. The concert is free. Join others for aspecial celebration and prayer. For more information call 937-220-9488 or visit www.ConcertOfPrayer.net or www.soulwinnersfor jesuschrist.org.

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IHN elects local pastor as new president

XENIA — The Interfaith Hospitality Network of Greene County elected Pastor Bill Mallernee as its next President of the Board of Trustees at its May meeting. IHN runs the Schneider House of Hope, a homeless shelter serving Greene County residents.Pastor Bill and his wife Pat are residents of Xenia, and hope to help make a powerful impact in the area. Mallernee, an ordained minister in The Church of God of Anderson, Ind., is excited to lead the group as it moves forward.

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Are you on the highway to heaven?

There are two roads we can take our choice to travel: one is the highway to heaven with Jesus, or the road that leads to destruction and death.Satan is trying to get as many as he can get to go to the place called hell. It was created by God for the devil and all the angels that followed Satan, when he rebelled against God. In the beginning, God created everything good, and this is the second time that the world went mad. The first time God had a flood come and wiped out evil and n...

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Warned again and again

“The Lord, the God of their fathers, sent word to them through his messengers again and again, because he had pity on his people and on his dwelling place. But they mocked God’s messengers, despised his words and scoffed at his prophets until the wrath of the Lord was aroused against his people and there was no remedy.” (2 Chronicles 36:15-16)There is no arguing that God is more than fair with His people. He makes His Word known over and over again through His pro...

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Xenia Police Reports

Aug. 235:58 a.m. — Suspicious Person 1000 block of Moccasin Trail.6:36 a.m. — Alarm at a Business/Bank 100 block of Miami Avenue.7:44 a.m. — Animal Complaint 200 block of Colorado Drive.7:48 a.m. — Alarm at a Business/Bank 1200 block of North Monroe Drive.8:15 a.m. — Animal Complaint 600 block of Ledbetter Road.8:29 a.m. — Request Officer 300 block of East Third Street....

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Race place: Marathon 5K hosted by WSU

FAIRBORN — He has completed three New York City marathons as well as marathons in Chicago and Pittsburgh. But Bob Hickey’s favorite race is the Air Force Marathon 5K Hosted by Wright State University.“I’ve been running for close to 40 years, but this is the race that is dearest to my heart,” said Hickey, associate vice president for public affairs and Wright State coordinator for the 5K. “This is the one that keeps me running.”Hi...

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Upcoming local FairTax events announced

FAIRBORN — At the August Fairborn FairTax meeting held at Roush’s Restaurant, several upcomong events were announced.Among the announcements made was the release of the movie “UnFair the Movie; Exposing the IRS.” It will open in 33 theatres in Ohio and will be at a theatre in Beavercreek on Oct. 14. The local FairTax group believes this is an important movie that needs to be seen by all to truly understand what the IRS and government is doing to American cit...

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Imposter calls from US Treasury targeting Ohioans

COLUMBUS — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today warned that Ohio consumers are receiving scam phone calls from individuals pretending to represent the U.S. Treasury.The Ohio Attorney General’s Office has received approximately 50 reports of the scam in the last four weeks.“It can be intimidating to get a call from someone claiming to represent the government and threatening you by demanding immediate payment or personal information,” Attorney G...

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Murder in the hen house

The verse of the day is 1 Peter 5:8. “Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” (NIV)There was murder in the hen house this week. Monday evening started out like any other evening. The hens had made their way into the coop and found their roosts as usual. After putting our German Shepherd in the big barn and checking on the goats, Dad perused the chicken run. All seemed peaceful and quiet....

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Inspirational Message

Think back earlier today or even in the past few days. Did you visit with a friend or drive down the road and see something that caught your eye? Did you begin to think more and more about it? After tossing it around in your mind, did you begin to desire it so much that it almost consumed every waking moment? If you did, you may have entered into the realm of a biblical word we do not hear much about in the Church today – covetousness.The Evangelical Dictionary of Theology de...

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Parks and trails to host bike rodeo

XENIA — Greene County Parks & Trails will host a bike rodeo for kids as part of the Xenia Community Festival 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20 adjacent to Shawnee Park in Xenia.Participants must be under the age of 16 and will learn bike safety and skills through a variety of rodeo stations. The first 200 participants will receive a bike helmet courtesy of Greene Memorial Hospital, K&G Bike Center and the Greene County Safety Council.The event is free. A parent ...

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Evangelist to teach seminar

HARVEYSBURG, Oh — Evangelist Len Turner will lead a biblical seminar “Faith Unlocks the Door” at Friendship Baptist Church in Harveysburg Sept. 21-24.Turner, lead pastor of Len Turner Ministries, Inc., will appear 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m., Sunday; 12-1 p.m. Monday-Wednesday for free lunch sessions and 7 p.m. Monday-Wednesday.A love offering will be taken each evening.

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I-675 ramp closures scheduled

GREENE COUNTY — As part of a two-year project to resurface 5.5 miles of Interstate 675 in Greene County, the ramp from Dayton-Yellow Springs Road to northbound I-675 will close at 9 p.m. on the following dates:Thursday, Sept. 18, and Monday Sept. 22 through Thursday, Sept. 24, with the ramps reopening to traffic by 6 a.m. the following day. Traffic will be detoured to southbound I-675 to North Fairfield Road to northbound I-675.

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