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Spud fans ready for Spring Valley Potato Festival

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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 can experience a variety of potato-themed events, including the festival king and queen crowning, the “Tater-Trot” 5K run, children’s games, a kiddie tractor pull, a pet parade and a number of bands.

 

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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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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Buccaneers enjoy Senior Night win

XENIA — One heady play, and Xenia’s ability to capitalize on a rare goalie miscue, enabled the Buccaneers to enjoy Senior Night with a 2-0 boys high school soccer win, over Miamisburg, Tuesday at Cox Stadium.After a scoreless first half, Xenia (7-5-0 overall, 2-2-0 Greater Western Ohio Conference, South Division) scored the match’s first goal barely three minutes into the second.Senior co-captain Nathan Beem headed the ball left to sophomore Zack Brunsm...

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Golden Eagles win SWBL title

BELLBROOK – Saying a new mindset and a little hard work helped the Bellbrook girls tennis team find success would be vastly understating things, but the Golden Eagles have had a season that surprised even themselves, thanks in part to a new preseason training regimen and a positive outlook.Bellbrook first-year coach Emily Buerschen took over in the summer and decided that stamina was going to be the focal point going into the season.“We implemented a complete...

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NFL says Abdullah should not have been penalized

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The NFL said Tuesday that Kansas City Chiefs safety Husain Abdullah should not have been penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct when he dropped to his knees in prayer after an interception.The league’s rule book prohibits players from celebrating while on the ground, but spokesman Michael Signora wrote in an email Tuesday that the “officiating mechanic in this situation is not to flag a player who goes to the ground as part of religious expr...

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Local Sports Briefs

Staff ReportHIGH SCHOOLSOCCERThe Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association state HS soccer poll(As of Sept. 29)BOYSDIVISION I — 1. Copley (11-0-1) 100; 2. Mason (10-0-3) 74; 3. Beavercreek (9-0-1) 69; 4. Sylvania Northview (10-0-1) 62; 5. Cleveland St. Ignatius (8-2-1) 61; 6. Powell Olentangy Liberty (10-0-2) 60; 7. Dublin Coffma...

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Early voting pushed back a week

COLUMBUS — A divided Supreme Court has put off the start of early voting in Ohio, which was to begin Tuesday.The justices’ order by a 5-4 vote Monday granted a request from Ohio officials who wanted to delay a judge’s ruling lengthening the swing state’s early voting schedule. Ohioans can vote absentee by mail or in person ahead of Election Day. Early voting will now start on Oct. 7, under a state law that was supported by Republican lawmakers.Ohi...

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Michigan AD apologizes for mistakes with QB injury

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Roughly 12 hours after embattled Michigan coach Brady Hoke said he’d been given no indication that quarterback Shane Morris had been diagnosed with a concussion, athletic director Dave Brandon revealed in a post-midnight statement that the sophomore did appear to have sustained one.That capped a bizarre day in which Michigan tried to address questions about the coaching staff’s handling of Morris, who took a violent hit in the fourth quarte...

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Government: NFL TV ‘blackout’ rule unsportsmanlike

WASHINGTON (AP) — For years, football fans have bemoaned the rule barring NFL home games that haven’t sold out from being televised in the local market.Well, you can’t blame the government anymore.The Federal Communications Commission voted Tuesday to end the 1975 rule with a push from its chairman.“We at the FCC shouldn’t be complicit in preventing sports fans from watching their favorite teams on TV,” said Chairman Tom Whe...

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Olympian Michael Phelps apologizes for DUI arrest

BALTIMORE (AP) — Olympic champion Michael Phelps apologized Tuesday for his latest brush with the law, saying he was “deeply sorry to everyone I have let down” with an arrest for DUI.Police charged the 18-time gold medalist after officers said he was speeding and failed field sobriety tests when pulled over in his native Baltimore early Tuesday.This is the second time Phelps has been arrested on drunken-driving charges, the first coming in 2004 after he...

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Reds roster could change for 2015

CINCINNATI — After their offense went flat in the closing weeks of the 2013 season that ended with a wild card loss in Pittsburgh, the Reds decided they had to change.No, not the players. The batting coach. And the manager.They fired Dusty Baker after a third playoff appearance in four seasons — their best stretch of success since the days of the Big Red Machine — and figured that Cincinnati could go deep into the postseason with the same group of playe...

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Nats’ Storen, others get second chance

WASHINGTON — Three years ago, Drew Storen was the confident, young closer for the Washington Nationals, a first-round draft pick who saved 43 games.Two years ago, he needed elbow surgery in April, worked his way back into the last-guy-on-the-mound job by the time the playoffs rolled around, then allowed a ninth-inning lead to become a 9-7 loss in Game 5 of the NL division series against St. Louis, ending Washington’s exhilarating season in excruciating fashion....

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Bellbrook falls to Alter

BELLBROOK – Saturday’s girls high school soccer game was a physical matchup between non-league rivals Alter and Bellbrook, at Miami Valley South Stadium. Both sides were scrapping until the final whistle, and in the end it was Alter who came away with the 2-1 win.The Golden Eagles (8-2-2) were down a key player with starter Monica Hennen sitting, and Alter (5-6) employed some strategies that caught Bellbrook off guard.“We struggled in the first half, ob...

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Gordon nabs NASCAR Dover win

DOVER, Del. — At 43, Jeff Gordon entered the season answering questions about retirement.After wins at Kansas, Indianapolis, Michigan and Dover for his first four-win season since he had six in 2007, the four-time NASCAR champion is answering questions about winning a fifth and hitting the 100-victory mark.“I don’t think we’re going to get to 100 this year,” Gordon said, “but I hope we get past 93. That would be pretty awesome to get a...

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Walmart shooting over or just beginning?

It’s a No Bill from the grand jury in the case of the Beavercreek, Ohio Walmart shooting of suspect John Crawford III. That should be it. It was a sad day for the families of Crawford, Angela Williams and the officers involved. I watched the entire surveillance video and listened to the 911 call at the same time. There’s no question the tragic shooting was justified.This case, falling in the shadow of another shooting in Ferguson, Missouri attracted the same national ci...

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Our beautiful, blessed country

It seems to me that this time of year — late September and early October — is ideal for taking a bit of time out to appreciate what a wonderful, beautiful country we are blessed with. Sure, other times of the year are really nice — when the spring flowers are blooming after a cold winter or the warm, kinda lazy days of summer — but early autumn is probably my favorite season.

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