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Strong harness racing field expected

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XENIA — Harness racing fans will want to keep the evenings of July 30-31 open. That’s when some of the state’s top drivers and horses will be racing around the Greene County Fairgrounds.According to Bob Briley, who along with fellow Fair Board of Directors Scott Beegle and Dave Elliott is a member of the Horsemen’s Racing Committee, this year’s fair harness racing schedule could feature some of the state’s best. And they’ll be competing for purses as high as $8,500 dollars.Briley says the inaugural Chip Noble Memorial race, in honor of Xenia harness racing veteran Sam “Chip” Noble III who passed away in January, is expected to draw some of the top 2-year-old filly pacers around.

 

Schell graduates basic training

SAN ANTONIO — Air Force Airman Kezlie D. Schell graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air For...

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Shortchanging our national treasures

State and national parks alike are underfunded in this era of tight budgets.Fabulous vacations don’t come cheap. Hotels often run at least $100 a night, if not higher. Add in airfare, a rental car, and restaurant meals, and a family vacation becomes a privilege for those with the cash to afford them.What’s a more affordable option? Heading to a national park, state park, or national forest.America’s greatest vacation destinations are also our...

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Xenia Scouts rally past Settlers

XENIA — After trailing 6-2 in the eighth inning, the Xenia Scouts rallied to defeat the visiting Licking County Settlers 7-6 in 11 innings, in their final regular season contest, Thursday night at Grady’s Field on the Athletes In Action sports complex.Clayton Brandt, Andrew Carrillo and Jordan Stading led off the Scouts’ bottom half of the 11th with singles. Then, with one out, Tad Sobieszczanski singled to score Brandt with the walk-off winner.With the...

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Local Sports Briefs

Dayton Dragons on TV today through SaturdayDAYTON — Dayton Dragons games today, Friday and Saturday will be televised from Fifth Third Field on WHIO Digital Channel 7.2 (channel 23 and digital channel 372 on most Time Warner Cable systems in the Miami Valley). The Dragons battle the Quad Cities River Bandits at 7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and take on the Cedar Rapids Kernels at 7 p.m. on Saturday.Guest commentators for the three nights include Mi...

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Brown to battle Lawler on Saturday

When he steps into the octagon for Saturday’s Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight bout against the division’s top contender, Robbie Lawler, Matt Brown will likely be a bit more animated. But during Wednesday’s phone interview, the Jamestown native seemed very subdued and serious.Brown vs. Lawler will be the main event for “UFC on Fox 12,” which will be broadcast starting at 8 p.m. Saturday.“I have no expectations for the fight....

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Reynolds homers twice, Brewers top Reds 5-1

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Mark Reynolds homered twice and the Milwaukee Brewers swept the three-game series from the Cincinnati Reds with a 5-1 win on Wednesday.Kyle Lohse pitched 6 2-3 innings to hand the Reds their sixth straight loss since the All-Star break.Lohse (11-4) walked two, struck out three and allowed four hits, the last to pinch-hitter Donald Lutz who doubled. Reliever Zach Duke retired Billy Hamilton on a chopper back to the mound to end the seventh....

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Honoring our vow to America’s Veterans

In recent weeks, hundreds of Ohioans have called or written about the critical need to fix the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) system and ensure that our veterans are receiving quality healthcare without long delays.The great majority of VA employees are dedicated to serving their patients, and many are veterans themselves, but the wrongdoing of a few has tarnished the VA’s reputation, and underscored the need to address existing problems with the claims backlog, the s...

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The latest crack in our broken immigration system

Undocumented immigrants who arrive as children may be well into their 40s before they get a green card.In a bustling room at the Third Presbyterian Church in Albuquerque, New Mexico a group of white and Latino parishioners gathered for a workshop on immigration. They wanted to learn more about the issue.Julio Alvarez, a Mexican immigrant, was there to answer their questions. “Why can’t immigrants just wait in line and move here legally? Isn’t there a pr...

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Guest pastor visits

XENIA — First United Christian Church will host a pre-anniversary service 3 p.m. Sunday, July 27 at the church, 626 N. Columbus Ave. Guest Pastor will be Elder William Garr. The 7th Street Christian Church will present their choir from Paris, Ky.

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Ticket to Ride to perform

BEAVERCREEK — Beatles cover band Ticket to Ride will preform at the 40th Ruby Jubilee Anniversary Free Concert, 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2 at Trinity, 3218 Indian Ripple Road in the Southwest Lawn.Ticket to Ride is the ultimate Beatles tribute band, their sound will take concert goers through the fun music of the band.

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The letters I write are from God

The Bible talks so much about loving one another. God is love, and I am made in His image. I’m walking with Jesus, the One who came to die and take away my sins so I could get to heaven. The words I speak are straight from the heart. God looks upon the heart, so I’m okay.I keep saying in a lot of my letters, the truth will set you free. Knowing heaven is at hand, what else is there? Every day is the best day of my life. Yes, trouble tries to interrupt my walk with God, ...

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The aerial view

The verse of the day is Psalm 37:23. “The steps of the godly are directed by the Lord. He delights in every detail of their lives.”Recently while visiting a friend we got talking about the large pine trees in her front yard. They were randomly scattered around the lawn and over time had grown large and full. For many years they had provided hiding places for the children who played around them. For many hours they were an obstacle course for the lawn mower that had circ...

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Inspirational Message

If you have been a reader of this column for a number of years or since the beginning in April of 2011, you know from my biographical line at the end that I am with One Master Ministries.One Master Ministries is based on the scripture, “No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and wealth.” (Matthew 6:24)This passage of scripture indicates there i...

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Kings Brass coming to Xenia

XENIA — Dayton Avenue Baptist Church of Xenia will host a free concert 7 p.m. July 25 at the church, 1121 Dayton Ave. Kings Brass, a nine-piece ensemble has been performing for 35 years. The group, which features sacred, patriotic and pop music, has played all over the world. Cedarville University graduate and Greene County resident is a trumpet player in the group. An ice cream social will follow the concert.

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Devotional: Not overcome

“‘I will make you a wall to this people, a fortified wall of bronze; they will fight against you but will not overcome you, for I am with you to rescue and save you,’ declared the Lord.” (Jeremiah 15:20)God watches out for His own. Jeremiah had a very difficult mission and one that he even had questions about. In seeking the Lord’s confirmation he is told that his opposition will not prevail against him. It is not that he will not be attacked but that ...

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‘Stuff the Bus’ to help provide supplies

XENIA — Xenia Community Schools and the schools Foundation are teaming up to once again “Stuff the Bus” with school supplies for students.Started last year by parent volunteer Stephanie Johnston, the event — 5-7 p.m. Aug. 7 at the central office parking lot — gives residents the opportunity to donate supplies that will be distributed to the schools and given to students who need them.“Some kids will bring in your standard pencil, paper...

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WPAFB offers early retirements, separations

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE – Civilian employees at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base have until Aug. 1 to notify officials if they plan to retire or leave with incentives ahead of hundreds of layoffs this fall.The Air Force says it will save $1.6 billion by eliminating more than 3,400 jobs throughout the service. Approved employees must retire or separate on Sept. 30.As part of the Air Force Management Headquarters Review, a broad range of reductions were announ...

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