Articles by Diane Chiddister

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  • Hundreds protest police shooting at Walmart

    Several hundred people, including many villagers such as Jeanna Breza, at left, attended a protest at Walmart this afternoon to protest the August police shooting of John Crawford at the store. Two people were arrested, including Sandy King of Yellow Springs. (Photo by Diane Chiddister)

    Several hundred people, including a large percentage from Yellow Springs, descended on the Beavercreek Walmart at 3 p.m. Sunday afternoon.

  • Police chief interviews Thurs., Dec. 18

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    The public interviews of the two finalists for the position of Yellow Springs police chief take place this Thursday, Dec. 18.

  • Art surrounds trash on Xenia

    Artists Käthi Seidl, left, and Beth Holyoke unveiled their newly created artistic trash cans downtown last Friday morning, including the stork-themed can outside Sunrise Cafe. The three newly unveiled cans, which join the initial opossum-themed can outside Current Cuisine, will be joined by two other cans soon to complete a pilot project funded by the Village. (Photo by Diane Chiddister)

    Okay, so it may take a while for villagers to give the large round cans that line downtown streets the respect they deserve. But in fact, several of the lowly Xenia Avenue receptacles that catch our trash are now original works of art, and they’ll be joined by more artwork soon.

  • Food pantry seeks holiday donations

    Food Pantry director Patty McAllister, left, will this month hand over the job to Paula Hurwitz, center. Ruth Paige, right, will coordinate volunteers for the effort. Donations are welcome during the holiday season, and all year long.

    Demand at the Yellow Springs Food Pantry always goes up during the holidays, and donations are welcome.

  • Food Pantry has holiday needs

    The Yellow Springs Food Pantry, located in the basement of the United Methodist Church, seeks donations for the holiday season. This month the pantry will be open the second Thursday, Dec. 11, and the fourth Tuesday, Dec. 23, from 2 to 4 p.m. Longtime director of the pantry Patty McAllister, left, will step down as director and Paula Hurwitz, center, will take over the first of the year, although McAllister will continue to volunteer at the pantry. Ruth Paige, right, will serve as coordinator of volunteers. (Photo by Diane Chiddister)

    Some things have changed in the 11 years since Patty McAllister began running the Yellow Springs Food Pantry out of the basement of the United Methodist Church. There are more young people with families coming to the pantry now compared to a decade ago, McAllister said.

  • Village Council— New AVM on the job soon

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    At their Dec. 1 meeting, Village Council members unanimously approved a contract with John Yung of Cincinnati as the new assistant Village manager. Yung, 31, currently works as zoning administrator for the City of Bellevue, Ky. He’ll start his new position on Jan. 5.

  • Light conversation

    Yellow Springs Electric and Water Distribution Superintendent Johnny Bates, bottom right, and crew members Jeff Horn, bottom left, and Ben Sparks, top, installed several of the Village’s new LED streetlamps downtown on Tuesday.

    The installation is the last stage of the downtown streetscape project to take place this year and should be completed by Friday, according to Village Manager Patti Bates. An unveiling of the new lights and artistic trash cans, commissioned from artists Beth Holyoke and Kaethi Seidl, will take place downtown at 10 a.m., Friday, Dec. […]

  • Interim chief urges Task Force

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    At a special budget session preceding Village Council’s Nov. 17 meeting, Council received a memo from Interim Police Chief Dave Hale in which he considered various cost-cutting measures for the police department, including whether to maintain membership in the Greene County ACE Task Force or to contract dispatch services with Xenia police.

  • Excise tax on new hotel debated

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    At their Nov. 17 meeting Village Council members considered whether to impose a 3 percent excise tax on customers at the Mills Park Hotel when it opens in mid-2015. This was a continuation of an earlier discussion of the tax, and Council recently received word from Mills Park owner Jim Hammond that if the tax is imposed, he could stop construction on his hotel.

  • Community Thanksgiving today

    Former villager Eva Paige was one of several hundred who enjoyed the 2013 Community Thanksgiving Dinner. The annual events takes place today at 2 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church.

    The annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner takes place today at 2 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church.