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State’s Greene County shooting range closes for $2.4M ‘major facelift’
 Ohio’s most popular state-owned shooting range, the Spring Valley Shooting Range in Greene County, has closed for a year to accommodate renovation work. The $2.4 million project by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife is underway on the 842-acre Spring Valley Wildlife Area. The project consists of creating a...

Posted: 13 days ago

Ohio’s most popular state-owned shooting range, the Spring Valley Shooting Range in Greene County, has closed for a year to accommodate renovation work. The $2.4 million project by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife is underway on the 842-acre Spring Valley Wildlife Area. The project consists of creating a...
Officials: 2 local busts show growth of meth in communities
 Guns, money and more than 100 pounds of methamphetamine were seized in two separate investigations in Greene and Montgomery counties recently, and officials are citing statistics that show the Miami Valley is in the midst of a new drug epidemic. A search warrant executed Oct. 21 by the A.C.E. Task Force uncovered nearly 95 pounds of meth...

Posted: 15 days ago

Guns, money and more than 100 pounds of methamphetamine were seized in two separate investigations in Greene and Montgomery counties recently, and officials are citing statistics that show the Miami Valley is in the midst of a new drug epidemic. A search warrant executed Oct. 21 by the A.C.E. Task Force uncovered nearly 95 pounds of meth...
Greene County voters asked to renew levy for hospital
 Greene County voters will be asked to renew four levies on the Nov. 6 ballot, and one has some taxpayers wondering why they’re being asked to support a privately-owned hospital. Issue 5 is a five-year, .5-mill levy that will generate $1.75 million a year to support Greene Memorial Hospital, a nonprofit arm of Kettering Health Network...

Posted: 16 days ago

Greene County voters will be asked to renew four levies on the Nov. 6 ballot, and one has some taxpayers wondering why they’re being asked to support a privately-owned hospital. Issue 5 is a five-year, .5-mill levy that will generate $1.75 million a year to support Greene Memorial Hospital, a nonprofit arm of Kettering Health Network...
Xenia voters to decide on new street tax
 City officials in Xenia say there are not enough funds available to address all of the city’s street maintenance needs, so they’re giving voters an opportunity to change that on Election Day. Issue 11 on the Nov. 6 ballot for Xenia voters is a 10-year, 3.5-mill levy that would lead to $1.3 million in new revenue slated for street...

Posted: 17 days ago

City officials in Xenia say there are not enough funds available to address all of the city’s street maintenance needs, so they’re giving voters an opportunity to change that on Election Day. Issue 11 on the Nov. 6 ballot for Xenia voters is a 10-year, 3.5-mill levy that would lead to $1.3 million in new revenue slated for street...
Crews demolish riverfront Sugarcreek Twp. home of child sex offender
 Crews today demolished a home in Sugarcreek Twp. that was at risk of falling into the Little Miami River. The property was the former home of a sex offender who was convicted last year of an offense involving a child. The home on Washington Mill Road fell into disrepair following the January 2017 conviction of Harold Stookey. The 67-year-old...

Posted: 17 days ago

Crews today demolished a home in Sugarcreek Twp. that was at risk of falling into the Little Miami River. The property was the former home of a sex offender who was convicted last year of an offense involving a child. The home on Washington Mill Road fell into disrepair following the January 2017 conviction of Harold Stookey. The 67-year-old...
Scam victim receives briefcase, bomb threat in Fairborn
 An older woman in Fairborn wrote checks in hopes of winning a sweepstakes jackpot, but instead she received a briefcase and a threat that it would blow up if more money wasn’t sent. The Greene County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate after the Bell Drive resident called 9-1-1 Saturday after receiving the briefcase...

Posted: 18 days ago

An older woman in Fairborn wrote checks in hopes of winning a sweepstakes jackpot, but instead she received a briefcase and a threat that it would blow up if more money wasn’t sent. The Greene County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate after the Bell Drive resident called 9-1-1 Saturday after receiving the briefcase...
Xenia complex plans to add $20M indoor sports facility, which could boost its worldwide reach
 A plan to build an indoor sports complex named after legendary college basketball coach John Wooden could make Xenia a regional and international destination for athletes, officials said. Athletes in Action expects to break ground next year on the $20 million Wooden Family Field House, a 100,000-square-foot facility to be located on the Christian...

Posted: 19 days ago

A plan to build an indoor sports complex named after legendary college basketball coach John Wooden could make Xenia a regional and international destination for athletes, officials said. Athletes in Action expects to break ground next year on the $20 million Wooden Family Field House, a 100,000-square-foot facility to be located on the Christian...
2 candidates seek seat on Greene County Commission, where Democrats have struggled
 Greene County will have a new commissioner after voters decide Nov. 6 between County Treasurer Dick Gould, a Republican, and his Democratic opponent Susan Lopez, director of the Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Family Resource Center. Lopez not only has Gould as an opponent, but also battles history in traditionally conservative Greene County, where...

Posted: 19 days ago

Greene County will have a new commissioner after voters decide Nov. 6 between County Treasurer Dick Gould, a Republican, and his Democratic opponent Susan Lopez, director of the Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Family Resource Center. Lopez not only has Gould as an opponent, but also battles history in traditionally conservative Greene County, where...
Sheriff: Fairborn bomb threat was ‘extortion attempt’ on senior citizen
 The Greene County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate after a Fairborn resident received a bomb threat that led to the Dayton Bomb Squad responding to the home Saturday afternoon. No explosive device was found at the home in the 3000 block of Bell Drive, according to Sheriff Gene Fischer. “This looks like a lottery scam...

Posted: 19 days ago

The Greene County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate after a Fairborn resident received a bomb threat that led to the Dayton Bomb Squad responding to the home Saturday afternoon. No explosive device was found at the home in the 3000 block of Bell Drive, according to Sheriff Gene Fischer. “This looks like a lottery scam...
Sheriff: No explosive device found after bomb scare in Fairborn
 A resident in Fairborn received a bomb threat and the Dayton Bomb Squad was called to investigate, but no explosive devices were found, according to Greene County Sheriff Gene Fischer. The Dayton Bomb Squad was at a residence in the 3000 block of Bell Drive in Fairborn Saturday afternoon, according to Montgomery County dispatch.  The...

Posted: 20 days ago

A resident in Fairborn received a bomb threat and the Dayton Bomb Squad was called to investigate, but no explosive devices were found, according to Greene County Sheriff Gene Fischer. The Dayton Bomb Squad was at a residence in the 3000 block of Bell Drive in Fairborn Saturday afternoon, according to Montgomery County dispatch.  The...
Developer to Sugarcreek residents: This updated homes plan should help traffic flow concerns
 A plan by Oberer Land Developers to build nearly 100 homes in Sugarcreek Twp. will include changes that will improve the traffic flow, according to CEO George R. Oberer Jr. He met with concerned residents during an informal meeting Tuesday night at All Saints Church, which sits adjacent to the 85-acre site along Wilmington-Dayton and Conference...

Posted: 23 days ago

A plan by Oberer Land Developers to build nearly 100 homes in Sugarcreek Twp. will include changes that will improve the traffic flow, according to CEO George R. Oberer Jr. He met with concerned residents during an informal meeting Tuesday night at All Saints Church, which sits adjacent to the 85-acre site along Wilmington-Dayton and Conference...
Trial delayed for former GOP statehouse candidate charged with extortion
 Former Republican statehouse candidate Jocelyn Smith has changed her lawyer and requested a delay in the felony extortion case against her in Greene County Common Pleas Court. Smith, 36, of Fairborn, was indicted in June on extortion, a third-degree felony, and coercion, a second-degree misdemeanor. Her trial was set to begin next week, but...

Posted: 24 days ago

Former Republican statehouse candidate Jocelyn Smith has changed her lawyer and requested a delay in the felony extortion case against her in Greene County Common Pleas Court. Smith, 36, of Fairborn, was indicted in June on extortion, a third-degree felony, and coercion, a second-degree misdemeanor. Her trial was set to begin next week, but...
Greene commissioner: ‘Communities know better how to spend their money’
 State budget cuts after the Great Recession still are felt by local governments, but a healthy cash reserve this year in Greene County is being used to fill some of those gaps for local communities. County commissioners recently approved $500,000 to be set aside for the new Countywide Financial Grant Fund, which is being administered by the...

Posted: 24 days ago

State budget cuts after the Great Recession still are felt by local governments, but a healthy cash reserve this year in Greene County is being used to fill some of those gaps for local communities. County commissioners recently approved $500,000 to be set aside for the new Countywide Financial Grant Fund, which is being administered by the...
Greene County approves $500K to fund projects in local communities
 Greene County communities will be getting grants from the county to help pay for permanent public improvement projects. County commissioners recently approved $500,000 to be set aside for the new Countywide Financial Grant Fund, which is being administered by the Greene County Department of Development. The county’s 22 cities, villages...

Posted: 25 days ago

Greene County communities will be getting grants from the county to help pay for permanent public improvement projects. County commissioners recently approved $500,000 to be set aside for the new Countywide Financial Grant Fund, which is being administered by the Greene County Department of Development. The county’s 22 cities, villages...
Oberer invites public to discuss latest changes in plan for Sugarcreek homes
 Oberer Land Developers, LTD will hold an informal meeting Tuesday evening with Sugarcreek Twp. residents who are interested in the company’s plans to build a subdivision in the area of Wilmington-Dayton and Conference roads. The meeting is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. at the All Saints Church, 2755 Wilmington-Dayton Road. In an Oct...

Posted: 25 days ago

Oberer Land Developers, LTD will hold an informal meeting Tuesday evening with Sugarcreek Twp. residents who are interested in the company’s plans to build a subdivision in the area of Wilmington-Dayton and Conference roads. The meeting is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. at the All Saints Church, 2755 Wilmington-Dayton Road. In an Oct...
Large employers reportedly eye county-owned land in Xenia
 Large employers are eyeing county-owned land in Xenia that has all the infrastructure needed to become a hub of industrial activity. At least three “large businesses” have inquired in the last six months about the 140 acres making up Greene Regional Business Park, located on the southern outskirts of the city near U.S. 35, according...

Posted: 26 days ago

Large employers are eyeing county-owned land in Xenia that has all the infrastructure needed to become a hub of industrial activity. At least three “large businesses” have inquired in the last six months about the 140 acres making up Greene Regional Business Park, located on the southern outskirts of the city near U.S. 35, according...
Greene County leaders to give workers 2-percent bonus
 Greene County commissioners cited a booming economy and the need to slow employee turnover in justifying a bonus for hundreds of county workers in their first paychecks next month. Commissioners on Thursday afternoon approved a resolution to provide permanent non-bargaining employees 2 percent of their annual pay in a lump sum added to their...

Posted: 28 days ago

Greene County commissioners cited a booming economy and the need to slow employee turnover in justifying a bonus for hundreds of county workers in their first paychecks next month. Commissioners on Thursday afternoon approved a resolution to provide permanent non-bargaining employees 2 percent of their annual pay in a lump sum added to their...
Hard hat tour: Get early look inside Xenia’s REACH Center this Saturday
 The public is invited to a “hard hat tour” Saturday at the new REACH Center still under construction in Xenia. The center located on Progress Drive near Upper Bellbrook Road will be the new location for Xenia’s YMCA and senior center, but it also will feature education space for Clark State University and Central State...

Posted: 29 days ago

The public is invited to a “hard hat tour” Saturday at the new REACH Center still under construction in Xenia. The center located on Progress Drive near Upper Bellbrook Road will be the new location for Xenia’s YMCA and senior center, but it also will feature education space for Clark State University and Central State...
Beavercreek takes action after panhandling ban deemed unconstitutional
 Standing on the corner and holding a sign asking for money is a protected constitutional right, according to interpretations by the U.S. Supreme Court that are forcing cities such as Beavercreek and Dayton to reconsider ordinances aimed at keeping beggars off the corners.  Beavercreek council members will vote a third and final time...

Posted: 30 days ago

Standing on the corner and holding a sign asking for money is a protected constitutional right, according to interpretations by the U.S. Supreme Court that are forcing cities such as Beavercreek and Dayton to reconsider ordinances aimed at keeping beggars off the corners.  Beavercreek council members will vote a third and final time...
Greene County: Soccer tournament could generate $5.2M locally
 Young soccer players, their families, referees and spectators will gather at three area parks this weekend for the 10th annual Haunted Classic tournament organized by the Beavercreek Soccer Association. Nearly 600 teams from Ohio and neighboring states are participating in this year’s youth tournament, which kicks off Friday and runs...

Posted: 30 days ago

Young soccer players, their families, referees and spectators will gather at three area parks this weekend for the 10th annual Haunted Classic tournament organized by the Beavercreek Soccer Association. Nearly 600 teams from Ohio and neighboring states are participating in this year’s youth tournament, which kicks off Friday and runs...
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