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Former Olympian helps inspire local gymnasts

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BEAVERCREEK — Courtney Kupets is an Olympic medalist. But she isn’t perfect.That was just part of the message Kupets, a bronze medalist in the individual uneven bars competition at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, had hoped to pass along to nearly 50 inspiring young gymnasts Tuesday at the Gymquest Sports Academy.


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Marauders receive donation from Alabama churchWILBERFORCE — Troy L. Garner, pastor at Fellowship of Faith Church in Huntsville, Ala. has donated $10,000 to the Central State University football program.“We love and believe in Coach Pearl, and we want to sow into coach Pearl and the Central State University football program, because we want him to be successful. There is an old biblical principle that says, ‘You can’t beat God̵...

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Sprint wins encourage Stewart

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Tony Stewart heads into the busiest week of his year riding high from a win in his return to sprint car racing.Stewart raced in a sprint car last weekend for the first time since he broke his leg in an extracurricular race last August. He missed the final 15 weeks of the NASCAR season with the injury.He vowed he would continue to live his life, and made good on that promise in Michigan, where on Friday night he climbed into a car at Tri-City ...

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Bengals expect CB Hall, DT Atkins back during camp

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Bengals expect cornerback Leon Hall to be ready for the start of training camp and defensive tackle Geno Atkins to join them for full workouts sometime later, bringing one of the NFL’s top defenses closer to full strength.Hall and Atkins are two of Cincinnati’s biggest questions heading into camp. Both are starters who mean a lot to a defense that ranked third in the NFL last season.They’re among 13 players who haven’t ...

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Cavs to sign Andrew Wiggins to contract

CLEVELAND (AP) — Andrew Wiggins will sign his rookie contract with the Cavaliers. It’s still not clear if he’ll play for them.A person familiar with the negotiations says the Cavs will sign the No. 1 overall pick to his deal, an agreement that would prevent any potential trade involving the small forward from being completed for 30 days.Wiggins has been linked to a possible trade with Minnesota for All-Star forward Kevin Love. The person familiar with t...

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Tour leader Nibali: A ‘flag-bearer’ against doping

By Jamey KeatenAssociated PressCARCASSONNE, France (AP) — Barring a disaster for him on French roads from now until Sunday, the man who looks set to win the Tour de France says he understands that cycling is still paying for its longtime doping plague.Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali knows that more than many. Both of cycling’s other “Grand Tours” that he has already won were marred by doping cases. Last year’s Giro d’Italia wa...

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Worth more: One man or an entire city?

By Bob LordWhat does it say about our society when one hedge fund manager makes a bigger income than the whole population of Springfield, Ohio or Burbank, California?A population of 100,000 is substantial. Five states don’t even have one metropolis that large. Some cities that size, like Fargo, North Dakota, are their state’s biggest. Others, like Lansing, Michigan, are state capitals.About 100,000 people live in Rochester, Minnesota, home of the M...

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The end of pot prohibition as we know it

Without federal leadership, you can count on marijuana legalization to keep spreading one state at a time.How much longer will it take before the United States declares a truce in the Drug War?This latter-day prohibition is taking an immense toll. And the stakes ought to be low, given that most Americans don’t want anyone jailed for being caught with small amounts of pot.But it does require some courage to pipe up. So thank you, former Supreme Court Just...

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Entertainment features new country stars, old fan favorites

XENIA — The 2014 Greene County Fair has something for everyone on this year’s entertainment schedule, including some crowd favorites, a few new faces and a couple of big changes to the regular line-up.Taking the main stage for the big concert Tuesday night will be up-and-coming country singer, songwriter Cole Swindell with special guest Clark Manson. Tickets went on sale in March and fair organizers are hoping to have a sell-out show.“We’ve steppe...

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County archives contest voting open

By Nathan Pillingnpilling@civitasmedia.comGREENE COUNTY — The polls are open for the Greene County Archives’ “I Found It In the Archives!” contest. The contest, which began back in June, called for those who have utilized the county archives to submit their stories of quests in the archives for public consideration.

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Xenia Police Reports

July 71:43 p.m — Peace Officer 1100 block of Reid Avenue.1:50 p.m — Assault 1900 block of Nebraska Drive.2:02 p.m — Follow Up 70 block of Hospitality Drive.2:45 p.m — Theft 1700 block of West Park Square.3:40 p.m — Detail — Other 800 block of Ford Road, Xenia Township.3:48 p.m — Fraud/Forgery 300 block of West Main Street.4:03 p.m — 911 Hang Up 100 bloc...

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County moving away from paper vouchers

XENIA — The days of paper purchase orders are about over for Greene County.County Auditor David Graham’s office has begun using a new system that will eliminate the need for the POs, also known as vouchers, to move from office to office before they are approved and payment is made.Now with a few clicks of a mouse it’ll be done electronically, saving paper and man hours.“It’s a project that had started before I even became auditor,...

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Local officers honored

WILMINGTON — Emergency personnel are called to do things every day that impact the life of another person or to keep the community safe. There are times when the regular routine of their job duties goes above and beyond that routine, and they perform a heroic act that dramatically impacts the life of another individual or they continue to do things that make them distinguished in their field. The Heroes Emergency Service Award is a way to honor those Clinton County Sheriff’s Depar...

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Greene County Wild West artists headline 2014 Annie Oakley Festival

ANSONIA — Jamestown whip artist Gery L. Deer and Xenia thrown weapons expert Kirk Bass will lead a full troupe of Wild West arts experts during contests and performances at the 2014 Annie Oakley Western Arts Showcase during Annie Oakley Festival Saturday, July 26. The festival will be held at York Woods, 6129 Reed Road, Ansonia, just outside Greenville. The performances are free with regular festival admission.Presented in the spirit of the stage-style Wild West shows of the ...

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Residents can pay utility bill via phone

XENIA — Effective immediately, Xenia utility customers may pay their utility bills via phone using Payment Service Network, Inc. (PSN).Customers can call 877-885-7968 to make payments. The automated system is available 24 hours a day and operator assisted payments are available 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.When customers make their first payment using PSN, they will need to speak to an operator (press 0) to esta...

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Cedarville grad named weekend anchor

‪CEDARVILLE — Paula Faris, a 1997 graduate of Cedarville University, is replacing the departing Bianna Golodryga as the news anchor on the weekend edition of “Good Morning America.”ABC News said Monday that Faris will start Aug. 8. The “World News Now” anchor joined the network in 2012 from the NBC affiliate in Chicago, and was recently given exposure as ABC News’ reporter at the World Cup.Golodryga is leaving ABC News to join Ya...

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Cedar Cliff schools holding special meeting

The Cedar Cliff Local Board of Education will meet in a special session 8 a.m. Thursday, July 24 in the board room, 248 N. Main St., in Cedarville. The purpose is for the hiring of a middle school/high school principal.

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Breastfeeding station available at county fair

XENIA — The Greene County Combined Health District is proud once again to offer a place for pregnant or breastfeeding mothers to rest, relax, and feed their babies at the Greene County Fair, July 27 to Aug. 2.One mother who uses the breastfeeding station will win a handmade quilt, created and donated by Wendi Kirsch, a GRADS teacher at the Greene County Career Center and a community breastfeeding supporter.The station will be located at the health district’s ...

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