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Articles by Carol Simmons

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  • MTFR station construction delayed

    A recent rendering of the Miami Township Fire-Rescue station by project architects MSA Architects of Cincinnati shows what the new fire station along Xenia Avenue may look like. The project has been delayed because an initial bid to construct it was too high. (Rendering courtesy of MSA Architects)

    The timeline for construction of the new fire station on the south side of town has been pushed back several months as the township seeks new bids for the $4.9 million project.

  • Merrick brothers— Plea would avoid execution

    Dustin Merrick, 27, and Bret Merrick, 25, were in court Wednesday, Sept. 12, as part of their plea deals in the shooting deaths early last year of local residents William "Skip" Brown and Sherri Mendenhall. (Photos by Carol Simmons)

    In a move that allows them to avoid the death penalty, the two defendants accused in the homicides early last year were in court Wednesday morning, Sept. 12, to accept a plea deal.

  • Car flips on side, driver unhurt in downtown Yellow Springs

    A driver was apparently unhurt Wednesday afternoon after his car hit a parked vehicle and flipped on its side in downtown Yellow Springs, halting traffic for nearly an hour Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 19.

  • New teacher joins Antioch School

    Cathleen Tong, Antioch School’s new Younger Group teacher, has taken advantage of the windows lining her classroom to fill the space with light and color. A framed picture of The Wolf sailing ship, on which she spent 10 years as part of its crew, sits at her feet. (Photo by Carol Simmons)

    A burst of activity at the Antioch School early last week, including a succession of deliveries of snacks and other classroom essentials, signaled a new academic year was soon getting underway at the oldest democratic school in the country.

  • Brothers plead guilty in shooting deaths, avoid death penalty

    Dustin Merrick, 27, and Bret Merrick, 25, were in court Wednesday, Sept. 12, as part of their plea deals in the shooting deaths early last year of local residents William "Skip" Brown and Sherri Mendenhall. (Photos by Carol Simmons)

    Brothers Dustin and Bret Merrick pleaded guilty Wednesday in the shooting deaths of local residents William “Skip” Brown and Sherri Mendenhall in plea deals that allow them to avoid the death penalty.

  • Yellow Springs Community rallies after fatal fire

    Firefighters worked to extingush a house fire at 1436 Glen View Drive on Friday, Aug. 24, that left a 26-year-old disabled man dead and his grandmother hospitalized. (Photo by Megan Bachman)f

    Nearly a week after a local house fire claimed the life of a Yellow Springs man and hospitalized an elder relative, fire officials continue to investigate the cause, while the community rallies around the grieving family.

  • Volleyball team bests league rivals

    Olivia Snoddy, Annlyn Foster and Aaliyah Longshaw concentrate as they wait for a serve during the YSHS varsity volleyball team’s home game Thursday, Aug. 30, against Middletown Christian. (Photo by Carol Simmons)

    Although school was closed last Monday for the Labor Day holiday, the high school gymnasium was bouncing as the varsity and junior varsity volleyball teams showed up for a morning practice.

  • YS teacher recognized for leadership potential

    Jaime Adoff, the language arts teacher at McKinney Middle School, has been named by his peers in English education as one of three recipients of a national award for leadership potential.

  • First day, second grade

    Mills Lawn second-graders lined up outside the school’s front door on a sunny Friday morning, Aug. 24. (Photo by Carol Simmons)

    Second-graders line up in front of Mills Lawn School on the first day of school.

  • New efforts, faces at YS schools

    Yellow Springs Schools welcomes six newly hired teachers to the district this school year. From left: Amanda Kinney, first-grade; Joe Carr, Mills Lawn PBL foundations; Courtney O’Connor, middle school social studies; Alicia Horvath, middle school math; Naomi Hyatt, third- and fourth-grade intervention specialist; Emily Cormier, high school art. (Photo by Carol Simmons)

    It may not be astronomically precise, but summer is definitively ending for many in Yellow Springs as the village’s public schools open their doors for the 2018–19 school year on Friday, Aug. 24.