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ODOT gets input about US Route 35 plans

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BY DEBRA GASKILLSpecial CorrespondentBEAVERCREEK TOWNSHIP — Ohio Department of Transportation officials met with area residents Wednesday to get opinions on proposed changes to US Route 35 between North Fairfield Road and the Xenia Bypass.The project, which could cost approximately $100 million, would convert that stretch of highway to a limited access highway, according to ODOT project manager and environmental engineer, Keith Smith, improving ease of travel as well as safety.A limited access highway is one where businesses and homes will not be allowed driveways directly off of the roadway.

 

Cleveland clash: Irving, Gordon in media spat

CLEVELAND (AP) — As if the Cavaliers and Browns don’t have enough trouble winning games. Now their most prominent stars are going at it.Cavs All-Star guard Kyrie Irving and Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon spent the past few days in a media spat, exchanging barbs across TV, Twitter and newspaper.Gordon, who led the NFL with yards receiving last season, fired the first verbal volley last week when he went on ESPN’s “First Take” and discussed ...

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Cavs Deng wins NBA citizenship award

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — Luol Deng has never once forgotten home.He has spent much of his adult life trying to give back to his native South Sudan, the war-torn African nation the Cavaliers forward and his family fled when he was a young boy.And while Deng’s contributions have touched many, he knows the work will never end.“I wish I could wake up tomorrow and nobody needs help,” Deng said. “But we all know that’s not going ...

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Cueto throws 3rd shutout as Reds beat Pirates 4-0

CINCINNATI (AP) — Johnny Cueto pitched his third career shutout against the team that beat him in the playoffs, and Joey Votto hit a two-run homer that led the Cincinnati Reds over the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-0 Wednesday for their first winning series this season.Cueto (1-2) had his way with the lineup that beat him 6-2 in the NL wild card playoff at PNC Park last year. He limited the Pirates to three hits and struck out a career-high 12 during his first shutout since 2011....

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Local Sports Briefs

PROFESSIONALDayton Dragons to appear on TVDAYTON — The Dayton Dragons games today and tomorrow, April 18, 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).Former Dragons manager/former Reds first baseman Todd Benzinger will serve as the guest commentator on Thursday. On Friday, former Dragons pitching coach/form...

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Randall racewalking to World Cup

BEAVERCREEK — She looks as if the slightest gust of wind could blow her over. But tucked away inside that diminutive frame lies a world-class athlete vying for a shot at the Olympics. Susan Randall, 39, of Beavercreek is considered one of the best female competitive race walkers in the nation.This past March, Randall placed third at the USA Track and Field World Cup Trials in Whiting, N.J. That effort earned her a spot on the U.S. National racewalking team, which will be comp...

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Inspirational Message

The Resurrection of Jesus Christ is central to the faith of those who claim to follow Him. What did Jesus claim about Himself prior to this important event? Let’s take a brief walk through the Gospels that give us an indication.

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Religion briefs

Bishops celebrate Mass along Mexico borderNOGALES, Ariz. (AP) — A delegation of Roman Catholic leaders has celebrated Mass on Arizona’s border with Mexico to mourn those who have died trying to enter the U.S. and to pray for immigration reform.Several hundred people attended the ceremony Tuesday and a few dozen people peered through the border fence from Mexico to watch the Mass. Catholic clergymen offered Holy Communion thro...

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Easter services planned

BEAVERCREEK — Hawker United Church of Christ is hosting special Easter services. Services begin 6 p.m. Thursday, April 17 for the Maundy Thursday Service. Then Good Friday Service is 7 p.m. Friday, April 18.Easter morning services will begin at 7:30 a.m. April 20 for Sunrise Service outdoors in the picnic shelter. Immediately following the sunrise service join us for a time of fellowship and breakfast in the fellowship hall. Then celebrate for Easter service will begin in the...

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Vendors sought for farmers market

BATH TOWNSHIP — Bath Presbyterian Church is looking for vendors who are interested in participating in the 2014 Farmers Market from 4-6 p.m. Thursdays at the church located at 4624 Bath Road. Market begins June 19 and runs through Sept. 25.The market is looking for a wide variety of vendors who grow or make: fruits, vegetables, bedding plants, flowers (cut/potted), honey, jams/jellies, home baked goods, handmade soaps/lotions, handmade craft items/jewelry, herbs, pumpkins, go...

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St. Christopher’s spaghetti dinner

FAIRBORN — St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church will hold a spaghetti dinner from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, at the church, 1501 North Broad St. The event is open to the public.In addition to meatless spaghetti or spaghetti with meat sauce, there will be a salad bar, bread, beverages and a selection of desserts. The cost for adults is $6, $4 for children 4-12, and 3 and under are free. There will also be a book sale. For more information, contact Judy Brainard at jvbrain...

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Easter fellowship

YELLOW SPRINGS — Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Yellow Springs will host an Easter Sunday program 10 a.m. April 20 at the church located on US Route 68 between Xenia and Yellow Springs.The service will be “There Will Always Be an Easter,” presented by Roger Husbands. A light lunch of soup, salad, and bread follows the program. All are welcome to attend. Religious education classes are available for youth in preschool to sixth grade, beginning at 10 a.m.

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Cedarville church welcomes all

CEDARVILLE — The Cedarville Church of God is opening its church to the community for prayer on April 19. The doors will be open from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and that schedule will continue on the third Saturday of every month. Visitors can meditate and pray privately or with a church representative. Hymn books will be available and religious music will be played softly. The church is located at 114 W. Elm Street.

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Zion Baptist celebrates 175 years

XENIA — Zion Baptist Church is turning 175-years-old and members are ready to celebrate.A banquet will take place at 5:30 p.m. on April 26 at the Central State University Ward Ballroom. Senior Saints, ages 75-95, who had big roles in sustaining the church will be honored. The guest speaker is Bishop Donald J. Washington of Mount Hermon Baptist Church in Columbus.Hayden Jackson and the Gospel Explosion will provide the music. Jackson is a 17-year-old self-taught mus...

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Verses from Momma: Soar

The verse of the day is Isaiah 40:31. Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings of eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.I dragged myself out of bed a few months ago burdened by many questions and concerns. I had tossed and turned all night as my mind chur...

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The Lord rises upon you

“Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.” (Isaiah 60:1)This is a beautiful verse carrying the message of salvation in the midst of trouble. It is a bright spot in the dark history of Israel when their final exile would turn into the brilliant light of deliverance. “Your light has come” is the promise of God. His glory will be seen and shed upon His people. Those who have been in darkness will arise, come awake from a ...

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In the garden of prayer

In the Bible Jesus went to pray and it was always in a beautiful garden. I go to a beautiful garden to pray also, so peaceful there among the birds and flowers.Now in my older years, my knees hurt a lot, so I sit in a chair under a cedar tree. When I go there to pray, it is so peaceful and most of the time there is a couple of doves sitting above me singing. Flowers all around me, and I watch the humming birds sitting in mid-air going from flower to flower. There is a little pond w...

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Silent encroachment

James Madison, addressing the Virginia Convention, June 16, 1788: “I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of those in power by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.”Words that were certainly true in 1788 at the founding of our Republic and sadly, fully applicable and valid in April 2014. The by-passing of the legislative bodies of the national government in Washington by the Obama-Biden ad...

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