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The Montgomery County commission Tuesday voted unanimously to approve a sales tax increase.

The quarter-percent rise was proposed earlier this year as part of a plan to address the county's previously forecast 2019 $9 million budget gap.

Boosting the sales tax is expected to generate an estimated $19.1 million in revenues, Cathy Petersen, the county's communications director, says.

It’s set to take effect in October.

Remembering John McChesney

Jun 12, 2018
Jo Ann Wallace and John McChesney at the WYSO studio in the 1970s
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John E. McChesney (1940-2018) was News Director for WYSO in the 1970s. John taught literature at Antioch College (1968-74). He was a member of the Antioch Radical Studies Institute.

Incumbents GOP Montgomery County State Rep. Niraj Antani and Democratic House Minority Leader Fred Strahorn sailed to reelection in the May 8 Ohio primary.

In the Ohio House District 42 race, Antani beat Republican challengers Sarah Clark and Marcus Rech, winning ​63 percent of Republican ballots cast.

Antani goes on to face Democrat Zach Dickerson in the November general election.

Dickerson took 56 percent of the Democratic ballots against challenger Wright State University student Autumn Kern.

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Darryl Fairchild won a Dayton City Commission seat in Tuesday’s May 8 primary over opponent Daryl Ward. Fairchild has run for city commission before. He’ll fill the open seat left by former city commissioner Joey Williams, who stepped down in February.

Fairchild’s victory was too close to call for much of the night. He won with around 52 percent of the vote, with Ward claiming 48 percent of more than 12,000 ballots cast.

Minister Fairchild manages the chaplaincy at Dayton Children’s Hospital.

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In Tuesday's Democratic primary for Montgomery County Commissioner, current Montgomery County treasurer Carolyn Rice beat challenger Don Shaffer by a wide margin, with Rice capturing 89 percent of the vote. She’ll go on to face local businessman and Republican Doug Barry in the November general election.

Capturing 41 percent of Republican ballots, Barry narrowly edged out challengers former Dayton Mayor Gary Leitzell and Bob Matthews.

Democrats have held the majority on the Montgomery County Commission for more than a decade.

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Greene County Republican Treasurer Dick Gould will face Democratic Beavercreek native Susan Lopez in the race for a seat on the Greene County Commission in November’s general election.

Both Gould and Lopez won by wide margins in Tuesday's Ohio primary, with Gould beating three-term Republican Greene County Commissioner Alan Anderson 62 percent to 38 percent. Lopez bested Yellow Springs physician Steve Bujenovic 79 percent to 21 percent.

Incumbent Republican Congressman Mike Turner swept to victory in his 10th District primary in his quest for a ninth term. Turner faced off against Wright-Patterson Air Force Base employee John Anderson, and United States Air Force veteran John Mitchel.

He’ll face Democrat Theresa Gasper in November’s general election.

Gasper won by a wide margin against her Democratic primary opponents Robert Klepinger and John Milisits.

Turner has served in congress since 2003. 

 

How To Get Help: An Opioid Addiction Resource Guide

Apr 11, 2018
The Your Voice Ohio initiative brings together Ohioans from all walks of life, to brainstorm homegrown solutions to the opioid crisis.
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WYSO is a partner in the Southwest Ohio Your Voice Ohio project. It's a collaborative effort to produce more relevant, powerful journalism based on the needs and ambitions of Ohioans and Ohio communities.

Your Voice Ohio is an initiative of WYSO and more than 30 news organizations across the state. We’re beginning with the opioid epidemic and will let the public guide us from there.

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Antioch College staff and faculty are facing salary cuts and furloughs, as the Yellow Springs liberal arts institution struggles with a revenue shortfall this fiscal year.

College President Tom Manley announced the changes at a series of campus meetings Thursday.

Manley told staff and faculty the Antioch College Planning and Finance Committee recommendations are the first step in a “multiphase” process needed to ensure the college’s longterm financial stability.

WYSO will add a new locally hosted music program to its lineup on Monday, March 5.  Equinox, which takes its name from the classic John Coltrane composition, is a weekly, three-hour jazz radio show. Each Monday night, host Duante Beddingfield will lead listeners on a journey through straight-ahead jazz, from classic tracks to the latest releases, including local musicians, obscure performers, and artists from all over the world putting their own unique stamp on the music.

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