Articles

May 23, 2010 05:59 PM

The latest economic trends report by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis reveals why City of Xenia officials think they need more of taxpayer's scarce financial resources. In 2009, the report shows a 3 percent increase in GDP, which means total revenue produces by all our work as a nation. That figure reminds me of pre-industrial era economic growth when governments and citizens lived within their means most of the time.

May 21, 2010 01:41 PM

Greene County epidemiologists usually see a handful of salmonella cases throughout an entire year, but four cases in two days is highly unusual and is a cause for concern. Out of the four infections found since Monday, May 17, two of the individuals involved required hospitalization; officials have not yet been able to determine the source or common grounds for the infections.

May 19, 2010 11:58 AM

The smell of a dead tax levy seems to be what political consultants are circling for, and the failed Kettering Schools levy is no different.  Less than one day after the 6.9 mil school levy failed to pass in Kettering, Paul Fallon of Fallon Research, a political consultancy firm, contacted the district leadership with a sales pitch.

May 17, 2010 05:08 PM

Democrat Tony Tipps who served as an elections operations coordinator for the Montgomery County Board of Elections resigned from his role on May 12, 2010, but Montgomery County officials continue to hide the real reasons behind Tipps’ resignation.

May 16, 2010 03:52 PM

A new state revenue report by the Tax Foundation came our yesterday. The report entitled “State Revenue Changes from 2008 to 2009” reveals Ohio tax revenues declined 8.7 percent the period assessed. Ohio ranked 28 which amounted to 2/10 of a percent below the national average of 8.9 percent.

May 15, 2010 02:20 PM

Propaganda artists Jack Torry and John Nolan couldn’t have written a more one-sided piece on the recent Pentagon announcement that the MQ-1 Predator aircraft is on its way to the Springfield Air National Guard.  This article is nothing more than stroking whiny politicians from both parties looking for top cover as the November election approaches.

May 14, 2010 09:32 PM

After a defeat at the ballot box, Xenia City Manager Jim Percival and the Xenia City Council said they would attempt to place the failed tax levy on the November 5 ballot.  During a recent council meeting, statements were made indicating that there will be another attempt by city officials to pass the levy in order to hire additional public employees.

May 13, 2010 12:17 PM

In a recent announcement, the City of Xenia outlined the steps management is planning to take in order to meet budgetary shortfalls and lower revenues.  A city prelease release referenced “prolonged economic recession, diminishing revenues, and a close defeat of a proposed .5% income tax increase” as the main reasons for the staff cuts and the planned expense cutbacks.

May 12, 2010 07:09 AM

If you are driving around the City of Beavercreek, you may see union picketers standing at the intersection of Grange Hall and Dayton-Xenia Rd. claiming R.B. Jergens is “unfair” to its employees.  This is an unusual sight in our area; what is even more unusual, is that those holding the signs are not even Jergens employees.  They are instead representatives of Local 1410, the Laborers International Union of North America.

May 11, 2010 08:06 AM

Less than an hour away from Dayton there is a jungle of food goodness, international rarities and fresh produce that makes the thriftiest shopper surrender in awe.  Jungle Jim’s International Market is located in Fairfield, OH and could easily be one of the few wonders left in our area.  It’s a place where you would have to work very hard in order to not be able to find something to buy.

May 8, 2010 08:47 AM

In the aftermath of the failure of Issue 7 in Xenia, some troubling details and statements have been brought to light by individuals seemingly affiliated with the Xenia Fire Division and the  IAFF Local 698, and these statements, which could be labeled even as subtle threats are found to be disturbing by local area residents.  Issue 7, was to be an increase of 0.5% in income taxes for Xenia residents. IAFF is a member of AFL-CIO, the largest labor union conglomerate in the United States.

May 5, 2010 02:26 PM

A small group of Greene County activists, politicians, writers and independent journalists today announced the launch of Greene County Herald, a local news website aimed at overcoming the perceived shortcomings of mainstream media outlets perceived to be plagued by a biased approach to news, financial problems and bankruptcies.

May 5, 2010 05:52 PM

With the primaries behind us, the political atmosphere in Greene County is quickly return to the status quo.  Tea Party affiliated candidates lost in general by large margins, and no big surprises shocked county voters at the end of the day.  Big spending by Republican incumbents and insiders brought easy victories.

February 1, 2010 10:01 PM

Greene County Commissioners Marilyn Reid and Alan Anderson were correct in significantly reducing taxpayer contributions to the Dayton Development Coalition (DDC), except their rationale for doing so didn’t reveal the whole story. True enough, the budget is tight, but even in good times our elected officials shouldn’t be throwing money over the fence to special interests without competition for that work, without value added and without oversight. That’s precisely what happened in 2005-2006 with the Base Realignment And Closure (BRAC) Initiative Agreement between Greene County and the DDC. The simple truth is the only jobs protected by this effort were high priced consultants, lobbyists and career politicians who received kickbacks to their political campaigns. Here are the facts to support that assertion.