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Walk for AMC sponsored by scout troop

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WEST ALEXANDRIA — The first annual Arthrogryposis Walk took place in West Alexandria on Sunday, Aug. 3. Over 80 participants walked in hopes of raising awareness for Arthrogryposis.


Expect more jobs, success in region

When I first joined the Ohio Senate nearly four years ago, our unemployment rate was almost in the double digits, Ohio had lost 350,000 jobs in four years, and business closures were becoming all too common. Today, jobs are returning, our family and friends are going back to work, and our unemployment rate is steadily declining.In fact, our region is leading the state in job creation. Over 2,000 new jobs have been announced in our community since January of this year alone, and our...

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Senior Edition

Want to live a super long life? Choose your parents well. Want to be healthy until the day you die? Laugh more, get some sleep, and get a tetanus shot. “Longevity has a strong genetic component, but how healthy you are as you age is largely up to you,” says Harvey Jay Cohen, M.D., director of the Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development at Duke University in North Carolina. “Most of us want to be healthy until the end, not live to 100 and be a decrepit wreck.̶...

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September National Senior Center Month

Don’t sit home alone.Meet new people.Enjoy fun activities.Visit your Senior Center.September is National Senior Center Month. This year’s national celebration theme is: Experts at living well. The Preble County Council on Aging is celebrating all month at the Senior Center, on Facebook and on the website and at the Preble County Senior Center.

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Parties and gatherings in a distinctive setting

EATON — The Gathering Place Rental and Banquet Facility, 501 Nation Avenue, Eaton, is available for weddings, rehearsal dinners, receptions, graduation and birthday parties, family reunions, anniversaries, holiday parties, meetings, and more. The Gathering Place features:Seating for 200Large nostalgic wood dance floorRaised stage for band or bridal partyKitchen facilities.PianoThe Gathering Place is managed by the Preble ...

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PCDL plans activities

Bigfoot!The Eaton Library will welcome longtime Bigfoot researcher Marc DeWerth for a presentation on Saturday, Sept. 27 from 2-4 p.m. DeWerth will be presenting “What’s New in the Bigfoot Scene.” He has over 20 years’ experience in Ohio, and he’s been involved in groups like the Eastern Ohio Bigfoot Investigation Center, the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organizations (BFRO), and the Ohio Bigfoot Organization. The presentation is free, bu...

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Don’t forget about the economics of immigration reform

The crisis on the border might be dominating the headlines when it comes to immigration. It’s an important aspect of the issue, no doubt, but it should not be our only focus when it comes to improving our broken system.Ohio Agri-Women, a group dedicated to promoting and improving agriculture for the benefit of Ohioans and the world has been very active on the issue of immigration reform as it relates to our industry. We have met with numerous Ohio elected officials in Washing...

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Lakengren News

Cornhole Tournament StatsThe winners have now been posted for the Christmas Lights Committee Second Annual Cornhole Tournament held Saturday, Aug. 2, at the Lakengren Marina. Twenty outstanding teams participated on that gorgeous sunny weekend. First Place winners: Dan Freshour and Dan Freshour, Jr. Second Place: Chris Hobbs and Greg Dougherty. The first place winners received $80 and the second place team $40. Both teams received a huge Winning Trophy and bragging...

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West Alexandria News

Birthdays: Preston Guehring, Katy Mohr Sebald, Tyler Bassler, Shelby Sagester, Jessica Johnson, Jacob Wells, Sue Belvo, Jo Lindloff, Brian DeVilbiss, Danielle Kreitzer, Cailey McNinch, Shirley Wells, Victoria Denlinger, Jeff SebaldAnniversaries: Mr. and Mrs. Donald Combs, Sr., Dr. Mark and Carolyn Ulrich, Bob and Renee HansfordFallen Heroes Dance

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‘Statement 68’ won’t affect city’s cash position

EATON — In June 2012, the Governmental Accounting Standards Board approved two statements that will change the financial reporting of pension liabilities.According to a GASB press release, Statement 67 “addresses financial reporting for state and local government pension plans. Statement 68 establishes new accounting and financial reporting requirements for governments that provide their employees with pensions.”Eaton Community Schools Treasurer Priscil...

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Pork Fest parade entries sought

EATON — Entries are being accepted for the 2014 Preble County Pork Festival Parade in Eaton.The parade commences at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20.Parade applications are available on the website at Applications can be submitted by email at or by mail to Preble County Pork Festival, Attn: Parade Committee, P.O. Box 818, Eaton, OH 45320.Deadline for entries is Aug. 30.

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Man rescues children from fire

West Alexandria Fire Department Chief Jeff Shafer said a man was taken to the hospital after rescuing three children from a Ray Road fire early Friday, Aug. 15.Shafer said his department was dispatched about 1:58 a.m. to a house fire and received initial reports that all occupants were out of the house.When his department arrived, a man in the front yard said he couldn’t breath. He was taken by CareFlight to Miami Valley Hospital due to smoke inhalation and was put...

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A Do-Something House

WASHINGTON, DC – It began as the following question: Are we keeping track of all the jobs bills that House Republicans have passed?Soon, that question became a list.Then, as the bills piled up, the list became a to-do list for Senate Democrats – a to-do list that I recently highlighted for Vice President Biden when he visited Cincinnati (it’s too bad he didn’t stay long enough to visit even one local business – let alone stop for some of our...

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Brown sentenced to 90 days for assault, kidnapping

EATON — A Preble County man charged in a domestic violence incident was sentenced last week to 9o days incarceration.In the Preble County Court of Common Pleas on Tuesday, Aug. 12, Anthony Brown, who pleaded guilty to felonious assault, a second degree felony, and kidnapping, a first degree felony, received the 90-day sentence, to be served during a 12-month period. He will also serve court-imposed community control.Brown’s wife, who is the victim in the case...

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Randy Gilbert named new County Administrator

The Board of Preble County Commissioners approved the hiring of Randy Gilbert as the new County Administrator at their Monday, Aug. 11 meeting.Gilbert, who has been the Preble County Sanitary Engineer for about two and half years, said the commissioners’ office approached him a couple of months ago about the job and said there has been discussion about it since then.“It’s a challenge,” Gilbert said. “Even in this job I don’t do that mu...

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Ulrich gives thanks for picnic supporters

Editor:Well, the Twin Valley Community came through with flying colors once again.For the 23rd year in a row, the Twin Valley Community Picnic was a huge success. On Aug. 14, the Activities Center at Twin Valley South Schools was a-buzz with lots of folks visiting, eating, and generally having a good time. Over 1000 “Burger for a Buck” or “Dog for a Dollar” meals were served. (The meals included a sandwich, a bag of chips, and a drink.) Many peopl...

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High school sports results for Aug. 19

Tuesday’s ResultsGirl’s VolleyballTwin Valley South def. Madison, 24-26, 25-20, 16-25, 25-20, 15-10Record: TVS 1-0Boy’s SoccerEaton 3, Preble Shawnee 0Records: E 1-0; PS 0-1Girl’s SoccerPreble Shawnee 3, Eaton 0Records: PS 1-0; E 0...

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90-year-old skydives for second time

WEST ALEXANDRIA — At 90 years old, O.J. Gonnella went skydiving for the second time after completing his first jump when he was 87 years old.O.J.’s son, Gary Gonnella, said they first went skydiving three years ago because it was something that was on both of their bucket lists.“It was a lot of fun,” Gary Gonnella said.“We didn’t get hurt,” O.J. Gonnella said.During their first skydiving attempt, O.J. Gonnel...

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