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FM boys soccer beats Bethel, remains undefeated

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PITSBURG – The Franklin Monroe boys soccer team moved its record to 4-0 in the Cross County Conference and 5-0-2 on the season by defeating the visiting Bethel Bees 5-1 on Thursday.“Life is good … soccer just makes it better,” Ohio’s 2012 Division III coach of the year and Franklin Monroe’s varsity boys soccer coach Danny Diceanu said with a smile after the Jets’ win.With the teams lined up on the field for the national anthem, the Bees had 21 players in uniform while FM dressed 17 players.


Greenville to play in Flyin’ to the Hoop

GREENVILLE — The Greenville varsity boys basketball team will play in the Flyin’ to the Hoop tournament against Fairmont on Jan. 16 at Trent Arena in Kettering.This game replaces Mississinawa Valley on Greenville’s schedule. Greenville’s conference game against Trotwood-Madison originally scheduled for Jan. 16 will be moved to another date that’s yet to be determined.Additional information will be released when it becomes available.

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This past Saturday I had an interesting conversation with a good friend of mine whom I can count on to be brutally honest. I like that about her, she tells me what I need to hear instead of what I want to hear and says what she thinks, although much more tactfully than myself.We were talking politics - about the problems and the people in charge and jokingly I said I should run for president.“You would never get elected because you aren’t tactful enough. Your...

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September is Gynecological Cancer Awareness Month

Oh no! Did someone say the “c” word? What is it about cancer that makes everyone want to run and hide like the person has leprosy or something? We hear so much about cancers these days and as important as Breast cancer awareness is, I wanted to spread some awareness about gynecological cancers.

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Losses ‘still too fresh’

UNION CITY, Ind. - Sandy Garee walked Sunday’s SOUL Walk in Harter Park here in memory of her parents and her husband.Talking about them still chokes her up, and rightfully so.The former Sandy Bowman said her father, Robert, died in 2002; her mother, Helen, on Jan. 6, 2013, and her husband Carl Garee on Oct. 18, 2013.“It’s still too fresh for me, losing Mom and my husband within a year,” she said, fighting back tears. “I found bot...

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Sales closing date for fall crops in Ohio

SPRINGFIELD, Illinois ― The USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) reminds Ohio producers of wheat and winter barley that they have until sales closing on September 30 to purchase crop insurance or make a change to their existing policy.

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Landmark veteran’s legislation

Editor:September 16 is a landmark day for Ohio’s approximately 900,000 veterans of military service. On that day, House Bill 488 takes effect, bringing new levels of valuable support to veterans and their family members who enroll in Ohio’s public colleges and universities.Unanimously approved by the Ohio General Assembly and signed into law this past June by Governor John Kasich, HB 488 will improve veterans’ and service members’ access to higher...

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Bradford volleyball team sweeps conference match

BRADFORD — The Bradford volleyball team swept Bradford in a Cross County Conference match on Thursday, 25-22, 25-23, 25-22.Mindy Brewer led Bradford with nine kills in the match while Marissa Murphy and Mackenzie Weldy had six each. Mandi Bates had four aces, and Murphy had three. Loren Sharp had 15 digs while Olivia Hart added 10.

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Teen headed for Bible bee nationals

GREENVILLE - Sixteen-year-old Valerie Berdine is advancing to the nationals in the Bible Bee and, if she gets enough sponsorship, plans to attend that event in Orlando, Fla., at the end of October.The daughter of Greenville Baptist Temple Church Pastor Daniel and Janet Berdine, Valerie is home-schooled and is among those who qualified for the national competition.“It’s exciting,” said Valerie, who will turn 17 on Oct. 29. “I’m kind of nervou...

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Arcanum volleyball beats Covington in CCC match

ARCANUM — The Arcanum volleyball team beat Cross County Conference foe Covington in four sets Thursday night, 25-22, 25-23, 15-25, 25-14.Rebecca Deao led Arcanum with 14 kills in the match. Alexis Abner had 18 digs, and Brittany Kinney had 17 assists.Arcanum won the junior varsity match in two sets.

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Franklin Monroe sweeps Ansonia volleyball team

ANSONIA — The Franklin Monroe volleyball team swept Ansonia 25-18, 25-20, 25-13 in a Cross County Conference match on Thursday.Makenzie Kreitzer led Franklin Monroe as she had 12 digs and only one error in the match. Also for the Lady Jets, Morgan Booher had 12 kills and seven assists, Kara Lucas seven digs and had three aces, and Carrie Baker had eight assists and a block.

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Versailles boys golf team beats Parkway, falls to LCC

ROCKFORD — The Versailles boys golf team beat Parkway and lost to Lima Central Catholic in a three-team match on Thursday at Deerfield Golf Course.Lima Central Catholic led the match with a 154, Versailles shot a 173, and Parkway shot a 197.Griffen Riegle led Versailles with a nine-hole round of 40. Also for the Tigers, Kyle Christian shot a 43, Nicholas Litten-Stonebraker shot a 45, Jacob Watren shot a 45, Kyle Cotner shot a 49, and Michael Hemmelgarn shot a 52....

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Broken promise

In 1970 there was a significant election for governor that resulted in the Ohio State Income Tax first being passed. Local real estate property taxes had been escalating due to implementation of the Park Investment Supreme Court decisions that mandated market-sales valuation and uniform percentage assessment.Farmers were especially reeling from this soon to come tax burden along with residential property owners. Part of the trade off when the State Income Tax was enacted was a prom...

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2 Lady Wave golfers shoot personal bests

KETTERING — Two Lady Wave golfers shot personal bests Thursday, but the Greenville girls golf team lost 198-227 to Fairmont.Casey Mortensen led Greenville with a nine-hole round of 50. Also for the Lady Wave, Brianna Fourman shot a 58, Emily Fulton shot a personal-best round of 59, Kourtney Kretschmar shot a personal-best round of 60, and Kayli Duncan shot a 63.Fairmont’s Lauryn Carter led all golfers with a round of 42. Also for the Firebirds,Tayl...

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Versailles girls golf remains undefeated

CELINA — The Versailles girls golf team improved to 7-0 in the Midwest Athletic Conference with a 183-199 win against St. Henry at Mercer County Elks Golf Club.Versailles’ Lauren Heitkamp and Hannah Niekamp were the co-medalists as they both shot a nine-hole round of 45. Also for the Lady Tigers, Lauren Durham shot a 46, Kaitlyn Middendorf shot a 47, Maddie Covault shot a 54, and Morgan Middendorf shot a 66.St. Henry’s Lauren Grieshop also was a co-meda...

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Be inspired!

As many children and parents know, Skippyjon Jones is a little Siamese kitten who lives with his sisters and his mother and often gets into trouble; that’s when the fun starts. For example, after being sent to his room for misbehavior, Skippyjon glimpses a reflection of himself while bouncing on his bed, notices that his ears are too big for his head and his head is too big for his body - so decides he must be a Chihuahua!

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Tri-Village volleyball beats Mississinawa

NEW MADISON — The Tri-Village varsity volleyball team beat Mississinawa Valley 15-25, 23-25, 25-19, 25-18, 15-7 in a Cross County Conference match on Thursday.Mississinawa Valley won the junior varsity match in two sets.

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Concert set at Pitsburg church

PITSBURG - The Pitsburg Church of the Brethren will host The Majestic Sounds Quartet at 6 p.m. Oct. 5. The church is located at the west edge of Pitsburg at 8376 Pitsburg-Laura Road.The Majestic Sounds Quartet was formed in February 2008 through the efforts of Jim Spradling from Wilmington and Keith Petrequin of Waynesville, Ohio. The group is based out of Wilmington. Spradling previously sang with a couple quartets and sings the bass part. Petrequin, an experienced soloist and mus...

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