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Shooting grand jury to begin Sept. 22

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XENIA — A special grand jury for the case of the Aug. 5 shooting of John Crawford III will begin at 9 a.m. Sept. 22, and it likely won’t begin quietly.According to Xenia Police Chief Randy Person, the police division is expecting between 100 and 200 demonstrators outside the Greene County Courthouse, where the grand jury will be convened. That grand jury will determine if any criminal indictments will be returned as a result of the shooting of Crawford.In addition to a group from the Ohio Student Association, Person said they’re expecting a couple other groups.


Our language has a slew of beautiful words

Some day when you don’t have anything else to do, grab your dictionary and take a good look at some of the wonderful words s in the English language.Trust me, there are some dandies.Mellifluous is one of them.It means “flowery in a smooth or sweet manner.”Ah yes, mellifluous.I like melancholy, too, which, according to ancient and dog-eared dictionary in my home office stands for “sadness, depression, gloomy, pensiv...

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A’maze’-ing corn

SPRING VALLEY — Raising cancer awareness, Apple Country Farm Market hosted a ribbon cutting to open the corn maze sponsored this year by Greene Memorial Hospital and Soin Medical Center.The maze was cut through 300,000 living cornstalks and has over 15,000 feet of pathways. This is the market’s 12th year of having a corn maze.The design of this year’s maze features a cow riding a tractor, the words “Save the Udders” and the Circle of Victory...

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Greeneview ranked in OHSAA football poll

High School Football State PollsCOLUMBUS — How a state panel of sports writers and broadcasters rates Ohio high school football teams in the first weekly Associated Press poll of 2014, by OHSAA divisions, with won-lost record and total points:Division I — 1. Cincinnati Moeller (3-0) 183; 2. Lakewood St. Edward (3-0) 151; 3. Mentor (3-0) 139; 4. Hudson (3-0) 76; 5. Brunswick (3-0) 75; 6. Centerville (3-0) 67; 7. Pickerington C...

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Limelight Beach wins Little Brown Jug

DELAWARE, Ohio (AP) — Limelight Beach won the Little Brown Jug on Thursday at the Delaware County Fairgrounds, beating Let’s Drink On It by 1 1/4 lengths in the second leg of the pacing Triple Crown.Driven by Yannick Gingras, Limelight Beach led from the start and was never really threatened, finishing in 1:50.4.“This is a dream come true coming here and winning the Little Brown Jug,” Gingras said. “I won the Jugette twice, but to be able to...

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NFL domestic violence: What’s next

The legal system doesn’t work on the NFL’s schedule. The players facing child abuse or domestic violence allegations might wait a long time for their cases to play out in the courtroom. A look at what’s next in each case:___RAY RICERay Rice is appealing his indefinite suspension from the NFL on the basis that he shouldn’t be punished twice for the same incident. Rice was cut by Baltimore after video surfaced showing him punching his fia...

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Young Bucs claim tennis win

XENIA — Persistence, hard work and a positive attitude really does pay off. Just ask Savannah Puckett and Maekala Moon.The relatively shell-shocked Xenia second doubles duo of Puckett and Moon proved just that on Thursday as the Buccaneer pair won their first match, ever.Xenia defeated visiting Springfield Catholic Central 4-1 during Thursday’s nonleague match on the Greene County Fairgrounds tennis courts, but the highlight of the day was the first-ever win ...

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County FFA members help with tornado cleanup

CEDARVILLE TOWNSHIP — A group of Greene County FFA members gathered to help clear debris from some Cedarville farmland Wednesday afternoon. That debris was deposited in the field by the tornado that ripped through the area outside the village the evening of May 14.“When the tornado zipped through here, it just missed the house,” cleanup organizer Brad Lokai said. “All the stuff was just dropped out here.”Sticks, scrap lumber and even a bowli...

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Buckeyes gear up for UC pass attack

COLUMBUS — Urban Meyer flipped on the TV last Friday night to watch his alma mater in action.What he saw when Cincinnati hosted Toledo, however, blew him away.“I was kind of like probably most of the country, like, ‘Whoa!’” Meyer, said of the aerial attack produced by quarterback Gunner Kiel and the Bearcats in what would turn out to be a 58-34 win over Toledo. “I thought it was going to be a 60-0 (game) and the kid was going to throw ...

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Local Sports Briefs

HIGH SCHOOL TennisMiamisburg 5, Xenia 0Singles: 1. Carley Sickinger def. Tarah Crawford 6-0, 6-0; 2. Miekala Hindenlane def. Tabitha Crawford 6-1, 6-0; 3. Jada Strickland def. Aly Landis 6-0, 6-1.Doubles: 1. Analise Cox/Catherine Raj def. Jodi Collier/Payton McLain 6-0, 6-0; 2. Chelsea Honenbrook/Reiley Grib def. Savannah Puckett/Maekala Moon 6-1, 6-0.GolfBellbr...

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The leaf blower divide

These machines senselessly endanger your health.When new neighbors moved in next door, I didn’t hold off long before broaching the Big Question.Even though we live in Washington, D.C., this had nothing to do with politics. For me, neighborly harmony hinges on where folks stand on this divide: leaf blower vs. rake.You see, I’m one of those otherwise calm individuals who goes totally bonkers at the sound of a leaf blower. It would be different if thi...

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Why I’m marching for climate action

The vast mines stripping Alberta’s tar sands are wrecking old-growth forests.I’ve long known how wasteful, destructive, and dangerous the process of extracting oil from tar sands is. You have to dig up four tons of dirt and rock to get one barrel of oil. Beautiful old-growth boreal forest becomes a wasteland.And that single barrel of oil? It creates three times as much climate pollution as producing a barrel of conventional crude.That’s why I...

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Unitarian Universalist Fellowship program

YELLOW SPRINGS — Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Yellow Springs will hold a service 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 21 will be “Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.”Allan Spetter, Wright State University Professor of History Emeritus, will informally discuss the Jewish High Holy days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur using stories from his Jewish upbringing and his relationship to both these important Jewish religious observances.

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Concert prayer for the lost

BEAVERCREEK — The 15th Annual Concert of Prayer for the Lost will feature the Miami Valley Community Choir 7:30-9:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26 at Beavercreek Nazarene, 1850 N. Fairfield Road. The concert is free. Join others for aspecial celebration and prayer. For more information call 937-220-9488 or visit www.ConcertOfPrayer.net or www.soulwinnersfor jesuschrist.org.

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IHN elects local pastor as new president

XENIA — The Interfaith Hospitality Network of Greene County elected Pastor Bill Mallernee as its next President of the Board of Trustees at its May meeting. IHN runs the Schneider House of Hope, a homeless shelter serving Greene County residents.Pastor Bill and his wife Pat are residents of Xenia, and hope to help make a powerful impact in the area. Mallernee, an ordained minister in The Church of God of Anderson, Ind., is excited to lead the group as it moves forward.

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Are you on the highway to heaven?

There are two roads we can take our choice to travel: one is the highway to heaven with Jesus, or the road that leads to destruction and death.Satan is trying to get as many as he can get to go to the place called hell. It was created by God for the devil and all the angels that followed Satan, when he rebelled against God. In the beginning, God created everything good, and this is the second time that the world went mad. The first time God had a flood come and wiped out evil and n...

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Warned again and again

“The Lord, the God of their fathers, sent word to them through his messengers again and again, because he had pity on his people and on his dwelling place. But they mocked God’s messengers, despised his words and scoffed at his prophets until the wrath of the Lord was aroused against his people and there was no remedy.” (2 Chronicles 36:15-16)There is no arguing that God is more than fair with His people. He makes His Word known over and over again through His pro...

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Race place: Marathon 5K hosted by WSU

FAIRBORN — He has completed three New York City marathons as well as marathons in Chicago and Pittsburgh. But Bob Hickey’s favorite race is the Air Force Marathon 5K Hosted by Wright State University.“I’ve been running for close to 40 years, but this is the race that is dearest to my heart,” said Hickey, associate vice president for public affairs and Wright State coordinator for the 5K. “This is the one that keeps me running.”Hi...

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