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Beavercreek festival will be poppin’

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BEAVERCREEK — When he started filling the water trough at his country store with popcorn over 30 years ago, Gary Deis probably didn’t realize that his way of saying thank you to his patrons would become a Beavercreek tradition: the Beavercreek Popcorn Festival.At first it was a small festival at his Bellfair Country Store. It was simple: He’d get some popcorn and some live entertainment for his customers.“It’s just what he did for the community,” current festival publicity chairwoman Nancy Hadley said.Eventually the festival grew to the point where it was too big for Deis to handle on his own, and so he handed it off to a private committee, which still operates it today.

 

Addressing infant mortality in Ohio

According to humanitarian organization Save the Children, the United States has the highest first-day death rate for infants among industrialized countries – more than 11,000 babies die within 24 hours of their birth each year. It’s unthinkable. And each year in the U.S., there are more than 4,600 sudden unexpected infant deaths. What’s worse – Ohio is near the bottom compared with other states, ranking 48th in the nation for infant mortality and 50th for infant mortal...

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Reunions: a peculiar custom

It seems to me that of all the peculiar activities or customs we humans indulge in is that of reunions. According to the dictionary definition a reunion is “a gathering of relatives, friends, or associates at regular intervals or after separation” and I suppose that’s both a simple and accurate description. The question that comes to mind, however, is why we have reunions at all - what purpose do they serve? Perhaps a look at who has reunions might give a clue.

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Basement fire quickly contained

From staff reportsXENIA — A small fire did minor damage to a mixed-use building on South Detroit Street Saturday afternoon.According to Xenia Fire Department Captain Doug Cope, a fire started in the basement at 73 S. Detroit Street shortly before 4 p.m.Crews responded quickly and had the fire under control in approximately 10 minutes, limiting damage to less than $5,000.The basement of the building is used for storage, while the first floor co...

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Three undefeated teams remain

Through one week of the high school football season, the Greene County area high school teams have just three of the eight area high school football teams remaining with unblemished won-loss records.With more than 400 yards in total offense, and a defense that shut down Beavercreek’s running attack, the Xenia Buccaneers emerged with a 50-7 win on the road to lay claim to the Border Battle Trophy.Xenia will look to add another win onto its non-divis...

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Greene County Marriages

Aug. 4Nicholas Jaems Oetman of Xenia and Alyssa Marie Wilson of Xenia applied for a marriage license Aug. 4. Date of marriage Aug. 12.Aug. 5Alex Michael Deady of Springfield and Erika Rene Oberer of Beavercreek applied for a marriage license Aug. 5. Date of marriage Aug. 16.Michael Edgar McGhee of Belbrook and Jill Loreine Nuckols of Bellbrook applied for a marriage license Aug. 5.Douglas Clyde Moore Jr. ...

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Lady Eagles lose physical battle to Elks

BELLBROOK — It wouldn’t be a Centerville-Bellbrook soccer match if there wasn’t at least one yellow card drawn during the game. Buttons were pushed and patience was tested when the Bellbrook Lady Eagles visited Centerville, Saturday.“Imagine that. It’s that history. A lot of these girls played together, so it’s always going to be a little chippy,” said Bellbrook coach Doug Wampler. “The seniors have seen Centerville a lot and they alw...

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Xenia Police Reports

Aug. 142:45 p.m. — Criminal Damaging 100 block of North West Street.2:53 p.m. — Follow Up 100 block of Tackett Drive.3:01 p.m. — Domestic Violence 30 block of Leaman Street.3:02 p.m. — Sex Offense 1600 block of Greene Lake Drive.3:13 p.m. — Trespassing 100 block of Massie Drive.3:19 p.m. — 911 Hang Up 2600 block of Tennessee Drive.3:27 p.m. — Follow Up 3600 b...

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Ambassadors fall twice

XENIA — One Xenia Christian soccer team has plenty of players, but little game experience. The other has plenty of experience, but too many sidelined players. Both lost matches to Cincinnati Christian on Saturday.The Xenia Christian boys fell to Cincinnati Christian 4-0, while the short-handed Ambassador girls squad fell 2-1, Saturday afternoon on the Athletes In Action Sports Complex soccer fields.First-year boys coach Stephen Panosian is using these early games a...

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First Fridays growing and growing

XENIA — As Xenia prepares for its final First Fridays in 2014, one thing is certain about the six-year-old event: It just keeps getting bigger and better.“They’ve been well-attended this year,” said co-organizer Heidi Hilderbrandt. “The community support continues to grow. We grow month-by-month, season-by-season. We’ve been able to grow entertainment. We’ve been able to add street performers. We’ve been able to add petting zoos a few...

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Perry hams it up

The Texas governor’s claims that he was indicted for merely exercising his veto power is a bunch of hokum.Lawyers will tell you that any good prosecutor could convince a grand jury to indict a ham sandwich.Well, meet that ham sandwich: Governor Rick Perry. He’s a real ham — only not as smart.A Texas grand jury indicted Perry, charging the Republican with official abuse of power. Specifically, he’s accused of threatening to veto all stat...

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On the right track

CEDARVILLE — The Dayton N-Track club was once again on display at CedarFest.Some may say it’s a hidden gem of the annual event in Cedarville and it’s not hard to figure out why.This year’s exhibit included scenes of an amusement park with automated rides; a July 4 parade moving through the center of town; a drive-in theater showing cartoon videos; a construction site with trucks moving from one place to another; a building-fire scene; and a few li...

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Sara Errani outlasts Venus Williams at US Open

NEW YORK (AP) — Sara Errani wagged her finger and cupped her hand to her ear for the U.S. Open fans who tried to will Venus Williams to victory.Two points from defeat, the diminutive Italian rallied to force a third-set tiebreaker and outlasted Williams in a match that was both lopsided and tight.Errani won 6-0, 0-6, 7-6 (5) in the third round Friday after Williams had a chance to serve out the match in the final set.Williams twice came back from down a ...

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Cedarville hosting Math Circle

CEDARVILLE — Math Circle, a 14-week program designed to strengthen math skills for fifth- and sixth- grade students, will begin Tuesday, Sept. 2 at Cedarville University’s Engineering and Science Center. There is no cost to enroll in the program, but space is limited to 12 students. Classes are from 3:30-5 p.m. each Tuesday.Working with professors from Cedarville’s department of science and mathematics, students will solve math problems, play math games, and talk ...

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Greeneview Local Schools announces meal policy

JAMESTOWN — Greeneview Local Schools announced its 2014-2015 policy for free and reduced breakfast and lunch plans for students unable to pay the full price of meals or milk served under the National School Lunch and School Breakfast, After School Care Snack or Special Milk Program.Each school office and the central office has a copy of the policy, which may be reviewed by any interested party.The Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines will be used for determining e...

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City readying for winter

XENIA— The City of Xenia voted Thursday night to spend nearly $300,000 to purchase 3,000 tons of roadway salt in preparation for the upcoming winter.It’s the city’s largest salt purchase and it’s more than the salt barn can hold. It’s more than the city used during last year’s abnormal winter. But officials had no choice if they wanted to get any at all.

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Fairborn loses lightning-delayed opener

By Scott Halaszshalasz@civitasmedia.comNEW CARLISLE — Turnovers proved to be the Fairborn Skyhawks’ demise in a 6-0 season-opening loss to Tecumseh on Friday.In a game delayed more than an hour due to lightning, a bad snap on a fourth-down play in the second quarter led to a one-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown and the only points scored at a soggy Spitzer Stadium.

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A good crops rides on number of bushels and price

COLUMBUS — For Ohio corn growers, their future rides on two numbers - the price of corn per bushel, and how many bushels they sell. That may seem like Agribusiness 101, but in 2014, those numbers are worrying corn growers as never before.Corn grower Dan Yoder of Mechanicsburg is one of those growers. Attending a recent state Corn Growers Association event, he stood outside a large barn listening to the talk from fellow farmers about the price of corn. He had just sold some co...

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