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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.

 

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Marauders earn all-SIAC preseason honorsWILBERFORCE — Central State University football players Zach Thomas and Justin Woods-West were both named to the 2014 Pre-Season All-Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football team during the 2014 SIAC Football Media Day and Luncheon held in Atlanta, Ga., recently.Thomas, an accounting major from Columbus, had 28 receptions for 300 yards last season.Woods-West, a criminal justice major f...

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Cavs sign Wiggins, who can’t be traded for 30 days

CLEVELAND (AP) — Andrew Wiggins has an NBA home. Maybe a temporary one.The Cavaliers signed the No. 1 overall draft pick Thursday, a deal that prevents Wiggins from being traded for 30 days.Wiggins has been linked to a possible blockbuster trade with Minnesota for All-Star forward Kevin Love. But any deal now involving Wiggins can’t be finalized for at least 30 days.The Cavs and Timberwolves have had talks about a trade involving Love for months, l...

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Conway preparing for The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio

The Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course is a twisting winding asphalt serpent that few of the Verizon IndyCar Series’ best drivers have been able to tame. In his three dances with the Lexington, Ohio facility’s 2.4-mile, 15-turn track, Mike Conway is among the elite drivers who are still trying to figure things out.Conway, who makes his home in Sevenoakes, England, was at Mid-Ohio Wednesday and Thursday to test his Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet Dallara Firestone machine. The Hon...

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Soin Medical Center blood drive

BEAVERCREEK — Soin Medical Center in Beavercreek will host a Community Blood Center (CBC) blood drive 1-4 p.m. Tuesday, July 29. The CBC Bloodmobile will be at the hospital, 3535 Pentagon Park Blvd. Everyone who registers to donate will receive the free “Donoritaville – Relax, lei back, donate… Givin’ is easy!” T-shirt. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment at www.DonorTime.com.

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Boonshoft School of Medicine welcomes the class of 2018

FAIRBORN — The Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine will welcome 110 students during a special ceremony on Saturday, July 26, formally marking the start of their medical education. The annual Convocation and White Coat Ceremony will be held at 12:30 p.m. in the Schuster Performing Arts Center in downtown Dayton.During the ceremony, students will take their first oath of professional medical ethics, concluding with the words, “I commit myself to a lifelon...

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Crafting a Hobby Lobby doc fix

The Republican Party may experience more fallout than any one company from the Supreme Court’s birth control ruling.Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has promised to take action that will counter the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision.Thanks to that ruling, big employers may deny birth control coverage to the female employees whose health insurance they must provide. In other words, the court’s conservative majority didn’t just elevate the right...

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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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