Greene County

A cornfield behind Antioch University Midwest on Dayton could become a business park called the CBE.
Lewis Wallace / WYSO

The Greene County Public Library was one of several dozen Ohio library systems asking voters for money. The library was asking for a 9/10-mill increase and renewal of its previous five-year levy. With 100 percent of the precincts reporting, unofficial results show the levy passing with 58 percent of the voters approving the measure.

Demonstrators pray outside the Greene County courthouse following the announcement that the Special Grand Jury won't indict officers.
Wayne Baker / WYSO

A grand jury in Greene County has found that the actions of officers involved in the Beavercreek Walmart shooting were justified. In response, the U.S. Department of Justice has announced it will investigate. 

Twenty-two-year-old John Crawford III was fatally shot by police in the store the evening of August 5th. A 9-1-1 caller reported Crawford was waving what appeared to be a rifle. Police said he didn't obey commands to put down what turned out to be an air rifle BB-gun.

The Emerald Ash Borer in Greene County Parks

Apr 22, 2014
Michigan State University David Cappaert / US Department of Agriculture

It’s smaller than your thumbnail, but the destruction it can cause is huge. The shiny green Emerald Ash Borer is a beetle native to Asia and Russia. It has been traveling from state to state, catching rides on firewood, and then settling in to eat away at the Ash Tree.

The Greene County Parks and Trails department is currently cutting down 3,000 dead Ash Trees which have been killed by this insect. That’s going to dramatically change this part of Ohio. And no one knows this better than two naturalists who work there.

Elections took place Tuesday across Greene County for a slew of city and village councils. Tax levy issues for children's services, developmental disabilities and Greene County Memorial Hospital all passed, as did Xenia's electric aggregation initiative.

A cut to food assistance goes into effect across the country today, Nov. 1. The end of federal stimulus funds will affect close to 2 million people in Ohio who depend on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, for food.

After the economy crashed, the 2009 Recovery Act propped up food assistance with  billions in additional funds. That money expired on Halloween, which means reduced benefits for almost all SNAP recipients.

Leslie Bates of Greene County Job and Family Services says the average cut in Greene County is $26 per family.

Bob Evans Farms says it is growing its business operations in Clark and Greene Counties. The company is looking at a possible expansion in Xenia and further developing its partnership with Springfield's Global Impact STEM Academy. But that comes after an announcement earlier this year that Bob Evans sold its Springfield sausage plant to a Texas company, cutting 52 jobs in Springfield

Authorities say no one was injured when a small plane crashed at a southwest Ohio airport.

The State Highway Patrol says the single-engine 2002 Piper Malibu Mirage crashed about 10 a.m. Wednesday upon landing at the Greene County Airport near Xenia in southwest Ohio.

Patrol Sgt. Paul Lezotte says the pilot and his lone passenger had flown from Alabama to attend a business meeting in the Dayton area.

A photo taken at a 1924 Ku Klux Klan rally has been stripped of its blue ribbon at an Ohio county fair after a complaint that it was offensive.

The photo won first place in an antique photo category at the Greene County Fair in Xenia. It depicts robed and unrobed KKK members kneeling in a circle at a Dayton rally in September 1924. Burning crosses are visible in the background.

The Dayton Daily News reports that the photo was stripped of its ribbon and removed from the fairgrounds Tuesday.

Early voting begins today for the May 7th special election that includes run-off votes for Dayton mayor and city commission, and levy proposals for area schools, police, fire and other services for more than 20 communities in the region.

Llyn McCoy, Deputy Director of the Greene County Board of Elections, says residents can still register to vote in the election if they have not done so.

Full episode of WYSO Weekend for December 23, 2012 including the following stories:

- Emily McCord reports on "Dropoly," a joint initiative from the University of Dayton and Energize Clinton County to help residents save money.

- Jerry Kenney speaks with Kent Youngman, CEO of the Greene County Mental Health and Recovery Board, about substances abuse and mental health issues and awareness in the area.

- Two speeches from the 2012 Dayton Literary Peace Prize: Adam Hochshild, the nonfiction winner, and fiction winner, Anderw Krivak. 

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