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Bike camp graduates youngest cyclists

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XENIA — Greene County Parks & Trails recently held its graduation ceremony for its youngest cyclists at one of its 2014 bike camp sessions. At the ceremony the campers received certificates of completion.The week of classes held at Xenia Station featured safety drills, trips on the paved trails and stops for ice cream. Two sessions of the camp were offered for different age groups.The goal of the camp is to ensure young cyclists remain safe while enjoying the trail system on their bicycles.


It’s just not happenstance

I cannot believe that some folks think this world came into existence with a big bang. I wonder sometimes why some think we are crazy for saying that there is a Creator, and that He is God.Now, you can get wisdom from the One who said to ask Him. He will make your heart believe in Him. You know, we have a choice to believe whatever we want to believe. If you want to believe there is no God, go ahead, but don’t discuss anything else to me.I have found out another th...

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Indy seeking ways to draw fans

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis Motor Speedway president Doug Boles keeps looking for ways to fill seats.He has a full weekend of NASCAR and sports car races leading up to the Brickyard 400. He’s kept motorcycles on the summer schedule at Indy and added road races and vintage car races. He’s hired headline bands for concerts and camped inside the historic venue. But every year the challenge of keeping racing fans engaged gets a little tougher.Race orga...

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Old man on campus

FAIRBORN — It was time for him to leave home for college. Barry Brownstein’s car is stuffed with books, jeans, dishes, computer gear and a stereo.As he pulls into traffic, the voice in his head is a full-throated symphony.“Was I crazy to quit my job? Do I really have enough functioning brain cells left to complete a master’s-level physician assistant program with students less than half my age? And how did I end up even wanting to do this now R...

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The darker side of sunblock

A chemical that might be safe in its normal-sized form may not be when it goes nano.This time of year, sunblock is part of the daily routine for many Americans. Wake up, slather it on, and go outside.For those concerned about the chemicals we put on our bodies, sunblock represents a double-edged sword. On one hand: what kind of chemicals am I putting on my skin and spreading into the environment? On the other hand: I don’t want skin cancer. Or, more immediately, a ...

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Not much better than Bush

Especially when it comes to addressing the refugee crisis, Obama’s Iraq track record doesn’t mark much of an improvement over the mess his predecessor made.President Barack Obama got it right when he declared: “There’s no military solution inside of Iraq, certainly not one that is led by the United States.”But his Iraq track record doesn’t mark much of an improvement over the mess his predecessor made.

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Fairborn Police Reports

These daily incident reports are provided by the Fairborn Police Department. For more information contact its Records Department at 754-3072.July 1112:06 a.m. - Theft reported in 100 block of East Dayton-Yellow Springs Road.12:35 a.m. - Suspicious person reported at Old Yellow Springs Road and Rockdell Drive.7:59 a.m. - Disturbance reported on East Dayton-Yellow Springs Road; arrest made.8:41 a.m. - Criminal dama...

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Enon gears up for National Night Out

ENON — The Village of Enon Police Department will be joining law enforcement agencies across the country in hosting the 2014 National Night Out Against Crime event on Tuesday, Aug. 5.Residents in the village, Mad River Township and surrounding communities are cordially invited to come out and enjoy an evening with local law enforcement from 6 to 9 p. m. at Indian Valley Middle School, located at 510 S. Xenia Ave. in Enon.

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UUF of Yellow Springs program

YELLOW SPRINGS — Service at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Yellow Springs will be “The Amenity Migrants of Cotacachi,” presented by Anisa Kline 10 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 3.Amenity migration refers to North Americans, usually retirees, moving to developing countries in order to enjoy a higher standard of living at a lower cost. In her talk Kline will examine one amenity migrant community in Ecuador, looking at how they perceive their new home and also the impa...

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My ‘Honey Do’ list for our nation continued

The list of illegal, immoral and/or unconstitutional actions (and mistakes) of our Federal government that should be corrected continues.3. Repeal the 16th Amendment – There is a movement afoot to have the States request the federal government call an Article V Constitutional Convention – ostentatiously to pass a Balanced Budget Amendment (BBA). Conservatives who believe it is the only way to stop the growth in federal programs and spending that will eventually bankrupt...

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Clinton’s real scandal is Honduras not Benghazi

Her Central American foreign policy blunder ought to darken her presidential prospects.Is it too soon to predict who will be the next president of the United States?Without officially declaring her intention to run again, Hillary Clinton has cornered Democratic frontrunner status. Given the weak and crowded Republican field, that makes her the presumptive next occupant of a prestigious office lacking — as comedian Jon Stewart observes — any corners.

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The deceitful heart

“The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? ‘I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind,…’” (Jeremiah 17:9-10)Bottom line, God knows! Certainly He knows the why of our heart and mind. Certainly He understands us. If we just stop and think the problem is revealed.Our thoughts are all over the place. Maybe there are some people whose thoughts are focused and pure but most likely ours are free and rang...

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Letter to the Editor

Street paving schedule Editor:Ten years ago a levy was passed to pave all the streets in Fairborn within 10 years. In the beginning a schedule was published in the paper what streets were to be paved. I no longer see this schedule. I realize this is the last year for completion of all the streets being paved. There appears to be quite a few streets that will be completed this year therefore, could the city of Fairborn publish ...

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Ohioans report losing money to grant scams

COLUMBUS — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine warns consumers to beware of scam calls offering government grants.Since Jan. 1, 2014, the Attorney General’s office has received more than 100 reports of suspected grant scams. Additionally, more than 20 consumers have reported losing $200 to $6,000 or more to the ploy.“Claims that you’ve won a grant you never applied for are almost always too good to be true,” DeWine said. “If you have to ...

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Running for their lives: The child migrant crisis

US policies stoked the gang violence Central American kids are fleeing.As the Department of Homeland Security tries to deliver busloads of Central American children and families to places of temporary safety, shrieking demonstrators in California, Arizona, and other states are barring the way and demanding these kids be dumped over the border.These outbursts resemble the ugly mentality that, in 1939, prompted our government to send a ship with more than 900 German Jews a...

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Fair honors Chip Noble

XENIA — The first night of harness racing at the Greene County Fairgrounds was marked with tears and plenty of smiles, especially among Xenia’s Noble family.Racing in honor of his father, the late Samuel O. “Chip” Noble III, Dan Noble drove to five race wins in the night’s nine events, including the biggest race of the night: the inaugural “Chip Noble Memorial.”Moments after winning his third consecutive race of the night, Fairgr...

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Concert boosts fair attendance

XENIA — The packed stands at Tuesday’s big country concert helped boost this year’s Greene County Fair attendance.As of Wednesday afternoon, attendance had reached roughly 30,000 thanks to the sold-out Cole Swindell and Clark Manson show where the country singer-songwriters performed for 2,600 fans at the Grandstand.“Attendance is about the same as last year,” fair spokesperson Jeff Barr said Wednesday. “The concert last night pulled a...

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Top dairy showmanship awarded

XENIA — The dairy barn at the Greene County Fair was bustling with activity Tuesday morning as the 2014 Junior 4-H and FFA Dairy Show had kids from across the county showing off their work.Judge Ray Jackson of De Graff was looking for structural soundness in the dairy cattle being shown. “The idea is that they make a lot of milk for a long time,” he said. He was also looking for “dairy character.”

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