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Sharahn D. Boykin

I grew up in a suburb of Washington, D.C.and primarily lived in that area until I was hired for my first professional journalism job located on the Eastern Shore of Maryland where I worked as a courts and cops reporter for almost four years. I loved reading stories as a child and wanted to create my own. However, my love for fiction diminished after taking a few journalism courses in college. Topics covered: Greene County Government

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The boiler room at Warner Middle School
Warner Middle School, in Xenia, in 2016 used two backup boilers while the main boiler was not working. A replacement boiler is one of several major repairs/upgrades needed at the school, which was built in 1962.

Posted: 13 days ago

Warner Middle School, in Xenia, in 2016 used two backup boilers while the main boiler was not working. A replacement boiler is one of several major repairs/upgrades needed at the school, which was built in 1962.
Body of woman, children recovered in Gatlinburg wildfire
 The bodies of a mother and her children burned in the wildfires in Tennessee were recovered, extinguishing a grandfather's hope that his family was safe. Chloe and Lilly Reed, the granddaughters of Grant Reed, as well as his daughter Contance Reed, were found dead following the wildfires in Tennessee. “With profound sadness that is...

10:40 PM Saturday, Dec. 03, 2016

The bodies of a mother and her children burned in the wildfires in Tennessee were recovered, extinguishing a grandfather's hope that his family was safe. Chloe and Lilly Reed, the granddaughters of Grant Reed, as well as his daughter Contance Reed, were found dead following the wildfires in Tennessee. “With profound sadness that is...
Piqua native loses Gatlinburg home in wildfires
 The Gatlinburg wildfires — the largest in the state in the past century — have been extinguished, leaving hundreds of home and business owners looking for ways to cope with their losses and rebuild their lives. Joan Hansen and her husband, Hal, left their home in Piqua on Nov. 24 to spend Thanksgiving Day with their sons in Gatlinburg...

12:42 AM Friday, Dec. 02, 2016

The Gatlinburg wildfires — the largest in the state in the past century — have been extinguished, leaving hundreds of home and business owners looking for ways to cope with their losses and rebuild their lives. Joan Hansen and her husband, Hal, left their home in Piqua on Nov. 24 to spend Thanksgiving Day with their sons in Gatlinburg...
5 things you need to know about the Gatlinburg wildfires
 One of the worst fires in Tennessee has destroyed hundreds of homes and businesses effectively shutting down parts of Gatlinburg which draws up to 11 million tourists a year. Here are five things you need to know about the wildfires in Gatlinburg: 1. Authorities confirmed at least 10 people were killed as result of the wildfires. 2. Approximately...

9:18 PM Thursday, Dec. 01, 2016

One of the worst fires in Tennessee has destroyed hundreds of homes and businesses effectively shutting down parts of Gatlinburg which draws up to 11 million tourists a year. Here are five things you need to know about the wildfires in Gatlinburg: 1. Authorities confirmed at least 10 people were killed as result of the wildfires. 2. Approximately...
Miami Valley residents devastated over Gatlinburg wildfires
 Gatlinburg, Tenn., wildfires that destroyed hundreds of homes and businesses and displaced more than 14,000 has left some Miami Valley region residents feeling devastated. Gov. Bill Haslam called the fatal fire the largest in the state in 100 years. The wildfires started Nov. 23 and is believed to have been the result of arson, according...

1:57 AM Thursday, Dec. 01, 2016

Gatlinburg, Tenn., wildfires that destroyed hundreds of homes and businesses and displaced more than 14,000 has left some Miami Valley region residents feeling devastated. Gov. Bill Haslam called the fatal fire the largest in the state in 100 years. The wildfires started Nov. 23 and is believed to have been the result of arson, according...
Dayton man’s family home likely destroyed in Gatlinburg wildfire
 A Gatlinburg, Tenn. wildfire has claimed the life of four people, destroyed more than 100 homes and has led to the evacuation of 14,000 people. Charles Alcorn, of Dayton, said he visits Gatlinburg about 10-15 times a year. He started going to Gatlinburg as a child with his grandparents, before purchasing his family’s downtown townhome...

5:11 PM Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016

A Gatlinburg, Tenn. wildfire has claimed the life of four people, destroyed more than 100 homes and has led to the evacuation of 14,000 people. Charles Alcorn, of Dayton, said he visits Gatlinburg about 10-15 times a year. He started going to Gatlinburg as a child with his grandparents, before purchasing his family’s downtown townhome...
Wildfires in, near Gatlinburg leave Miami Valley residents devastated
 Rod Good, a West Alexandria native, retired and moved to Gatlinburg in April. Good and his wife Tammy are the only ones who live full-time in their community that has 30 to 40 homes. The remaining homes are all rentals. On Monday, the Goods were among the thousands of people in the area who were forced to evacuate. As they were preparing...

2:12 AM Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016

Rod Good, a West Alexandria native, retired and moved to Gatlinburg in April. Good and his wife Tammy are the only ones who live full-time in their community that has 30 to 40 homes. The remaining homes are all rentals. On Monday, the Goods were among the thousands of people in the area who were forced to evacuate. As they were preparing...
Tips for driving in smokey areas

10:40 PM Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016

Wildfires in Gatlinburg, Tenn. and other nearby areas have damaged or destroyed hundreds of buildings and structures forcing thousands of residents and visitors in the area to be evacuated. “Heavy smoke in the affected areas can also be dangerous for drivers,” said Cindy Antrican, a AAA spokeswoman. If you are planning to travel...
Active shooter strategies, training

6:09 PM Monday, Nov. 28, 2016

We’ve taken a look at how local colleges and governments have responded to active shooter reports across the country within the last year and have asked authorities what individuals should do if they find themselves in a situation with an active shooter. Colleges in the Miami Valley region developed emergency protocols and put alert...
$600k renovation planned for Beavercreek library
 Beavercreek Community Library will be getting more than $600,000 in upgrades that include new carpet, a meeting room, program space expansion and updated bathrooms. The library will close on Dec. 12 to start renovations and is expected to reopen early February, according to library officials. “We’re really excited and hopeful...

7:00 PM Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016

Beavercreek Community Library will be getting more than $600,000 in upgrades that include new carpet, a meeting room, program space expansion and updated bathrooms. The library will close on Dec. 12 to start renovations and is expected to reopen early February, according to library officials. “We’re really excited and hopeful...
70 leaders expected for Xenia’s State of the City address
 Up to 70 local leaders are expected to fill the city administration building lobby Tuesday night to hear Xenia City Manager Brent Merriman share projections for the coming year during his State of the City address. Merriman said he plans to ask local leaders to serve as ambassadors for the community with businesses, residents and the media...

9:37 PM Monday, Nov. 21, 2016

Up to 70 local leaders are expected to fill the city administration building lobby Tuesday night to hear Xenia City Manager Brent Merriman share projections for the coming year during his State of the City address. Merriman said he plans to ask local leaders to serve as ambassadors for the community with businesses, residents and the media...