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Darke County teams compete at state

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OREGON — The Darke County Diamond Dawgs and Darke County Sluggers competed at 2014 Special Olympics Ohio State Softball Tournament in Oregon on Saturday.Darke County Special Olympics had three teams complete a regular season schedule this year. The Warriors adult team had 13 players, the Diamond Dawgs adult team had 15 players, and the Sluggers youth team had 11 players.All three teams competed at the 2014 tournament level. The Warriors were the Division III South Sectional runner up, the Diamond Dawgs were the Division I sectional champs, and the Sluggers were the Division III South Sectional champs.


Gonzalez, Harper lead Nationals past Marlins, 6-2

MIAMI (AP) — Already the NL East champions, the Washington Nationals are now totally focused on another race.Gio Gonzalez allowed two runs in seven innings, Bryce Harper had three hits, and the Nationals kept up their push for home-field advantage in the NL playoffs by beating the Miami Marlins 6-2 on Thursday night.Kevin Frandsen and Anthony Rendon each had two hits for Washington (88-64), which opened the night 1-1/2 games ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the ...

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OSU focusing on pass defense during bye week

COLUMBUS – Ohio State coach Urban Meyer was asked Wednesday afternoon if he was concerned Cincinnati might throw the ball 75 times against the Buckeyes when they take on the Bearcats on Sept. 27 after a bye week this week.“I’m worried they will catch it 75 times,” Meyer said.Cincinnati quarterback Gunner Kiel, playing his first college game, threw six touchdown passes to six different receivers last Thursday night in a 58-34 win over Toledo. He co...

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Green Wave golf wins league match

SIDNEY — The Greenville boys golf team beat Sidney 198-207 in a Greater Western Ohio Conference match at Shelby Oaks Golf Club.Jason Shields led Greenville with a nine-hole round of 45. Also for the Green Wave, Andrew Harshman shot a 46, Drew New shot a 53, Logan Gonzalez shot a 54, AJ Bowers shot a 58, and Connor Null shot a 62.Greenville is now 3-7 overall and 1-3 in the GWOC North.

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Greenville girls tennis wins conference match

VANDALIA — The Greenville girls tennis team beat Vandalia-Butler 4-1 in a Greater Western Ohio Conference match on Wednesday.At first singles Greenville’s Raquel Navas-Davis remained undefeated in conference play with a 6-4, 6-2 win against Madison Peyton. In seconds singles the Lady Wave’s Abby Monnin beat Maggie Lane 6-0, 6-2. The Wave’s Mallory Rich beat Allison Acker 6-0, 6-4 in third singles.Greenville’s Madison Bixler and Holly Cameron...

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County golfers finish atop CCC

VERSAILLES — Arcanum’s Conner Pohl and Tri-Village’s Brett Boyter finished as part of a three-way tie for medalist honors at the Cross County Conference boys golf meet on Thursday at Stillwater Valley Golf Club.Boyter, Pohl and Miami East’s Kley Karadak all shot an 18-hole round of 81 to tie for medalist honors at the conference meet.“Conner is very deserving,” Arcanum boys golf coach Jim Gray said. “He’s a hard worker. He ...

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Arcanum finishes as CCC runner up

VERSAILLES — The Arcanum girls golf team finished as the runner up at the Cross County Conference meet on Thursday at Stillwater Valley Golf Club.Arcanum shot a 450 to finish second out of five teams, trailing only Miami East with its 429 in the standings. Covington finished third with a 474, Tri-Village was fourth with a 492, and Franklin Monroe placed fifth with a 574.Haleigh Shaffer led Arcanum with an 18-hole round of 96, which was the second best individual sc...

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Magoto retiring from State Farm

VERSAILLES - After 42 years in the business, Tom Magoto is turning State Farm [auto, life and fire] Insurance over to his son-in-law, Josh Brooks, and will be retiring on Nov. 30.Brooks, according to Magoto, has been with State Farm for 10 years.Magoto said he was a student at Miami University in August 1972 and, at the same time, was studying for the test to get into the insurance business.“I officially got started [in business] Nov 16, 1972, after stud...

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The reality of climate change

Editor:A new world map may persuade skeptics of the reality of climate change. The current Earth Island Journal notes that the prestigious National Geographic Society is changing its atlas to reflect our changing globe.Because of the swiftly diminishing Arctic ice shelf, geographers are constrained to apt acknowledgment. And top-notch cartographers patiently accept the physical actualities.We live amid the consequences of decisions made long ago. We must coura...

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Students promised lots of activity

From the vantage point of my advanced years, I have observed that nature has a way of balancing things out. Which was why, as most people were enjoying the unusually cool summer, I like Cassandra, whom none of the Greeks believed when she warned them about the Trojan horse, was predicting doom and gloom. I knew we would eventually pay for all that comfortable temperature. Sure enough, as soon as school started, the temperature and humidity began to soar!Speaking of balance though, ...

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Sixth child carries on tradition

Last year John started kindergarten reluctantly. As the year progressed so did John until he actually looked forward to going each day. Then as the year drew to a close he became reluctant again.This year John started first grade, reluctantly.He made it through the first day, but the second day his two sisters told me, “John cried in school today. He said he had a stomach ache.” John said nothing. He just looked at me solemnly.The next several days...

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Recycling by way of rummage, yard, barn sales

Rummage sales. Yard sales. Barn sales. It is really quite interesting to go to these types of sales and watch the people. So many people seem to enjoy checking out what is for sale.There are those who shop for themselves, their children or grandchildren. It’s a great way to say money on toys or clothes. Babies and children grow so quickly that their clothing rarely show wear and the selection is usually unbelieveable, especially if you go to the Community sales. Just park you...

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Son’s death still traumatizing

UNION CITY, Ind. - Elsie Svajda said by attending Survivors of Unspeakable Loss (SOUL) meetings and participating in the walk’s activities on Sunday is helping her to continue on and is helping her to grieve the loss of her son.“He was born premature,” Svajda said. “The two hours God gave me with my precious son were the most painful I have ever lived but I know that He needed my son. I believe my son was my maternal grandfather’s angel. The Lord calle...

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Reading Buddies needed

DARKE COUNTY - School is starting and the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) is looking for volunteers to be involved with the “Reading Buddies” program again this year. We need you to be one of the volunteers that will read at local Head Start and preschool centers on a weekly basis and help preschool children begin their journey to be better readers and students in the future.Reading is the cornerstone of all learning for children and it must start early, eve...

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Former teacher’s aide under investigation for sex with student

WINCHESTER, Indiana - A former Randolph County teacher’s aide is under investigation after she admitted to having sexual relations with a 16-year-old male student on at least six occasions this year.Rebecca Nicole Bosworth, 36, of Winchester, was interviewed by detectives from the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office Tuesday after the Randolph County Child Protective Services learned of the alleged sexual relationship.Although 16 is the legal age of consent in In...

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House grudgingly approves arms for Syrian rebels

WASHINGTON - The Republican-controlled House voted grudgingly to give the U.S. military authority to train and arm Syrian rebels on Wednesday as President Barack Obama emphasized anew that American forces “do not and will not have a combat mission” in the struggle against Islamic state militants.The 273-156 vote crossed party lines to an unusual degree in a Congress marked by near ceaseless partisanship. Top Republican and Democratic leaders backed the plan seven weeks ...

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Lady Wave volleyball loses matches to Piqua

GREENVILLE – The Greenville junior varsity and varsity volleyball teams struggled against the visiting Piqua Indians on Tuesday, losing to the Indians’ JV 2-0 with the varsity girls taking a 3-0 loss.In the early game the Wave junior varsity volleyball team lost in two sets by scores of 25-14 in game one and 25-11 in the second game.“My girls played very well,” Greenville junior varsity coach Janelle Gerlach said. “We have been working on a ...

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Ohio faces high prices for road salt this winter

CLEVELAND (AP) — A harsh winter and low inventory have driven up prices for road salt so much that the Ohio Department of Transportation will use an Indiana supplier to meet the needs of the state and communities that had problems obtaining salt at affordable prices.The polar vortex that delivered large amounts of snow to the region last winter depleted state salt sheds and diminished inventories at the salt mines themselves. Those empty sheds prompted ODOT to put out an addi...

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