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Yellow Springs

Dylan Taylor-Lehman moved to our area and became a reporter for the Yellow Springs News. His experiences as a journalist provided him with some insights into life in this unusual small town. Ohio is a state that has a form of government by townships. Dylan was sent to cover a meeting of the Miami Township Board of Trustees. Yellow Springs is located in Miami Township.

This edition of the Antioch Word features interviews conducted by one of WYSO’s Miller Fellows, Rachel Isaacson, about an initiative in Yellow Springs that started in 2017 to help the community be more accessible for those with cognitive disorders such as dementia.

This episode was produced by Rachel Isaacson, current Miller Fellow at WYSO and co-host of The Antioch Word, a podcast for the Antioch College community, about Antioch College written and produced by Antioch College students working at WYSO.

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Jerry Kenney

Antioch University is moving ahead with the sale of their Yellow Springs campus. The Yellow Springs News reports the university has marketed the building with a national real-estate firm.

News of the potential sale was first announced in 2016. Officials told WYSO they're looking for a smaller space in a more centrally located area, such as Dayton, nearer to more potential future students.

April Laissle / WYSO

Yellow Springs voters have overwhelmingly rejected a levy that would have funded an $18.5 million new school construction and renovation project in the village.

The 4.5 mil levy and quarter percent income tax increase was rejected by 63 percent of voters. Greene County Board of Elections Director Lynn McCoy says the issue prompted higher than average voter turnout.

The number of African American-owned businesses has fallen sharply in Yellow Springs from its peak four decades ago. Only a handful remain in the village.
Jess Mador / WYSO

Yellow Springs voters will decide Tuesday whether to fund new school renovations and construction in the village. The levy issue has created significant controversy in the community.

The Yellow Springs School Board is asking voters to approve a 4.7-mill property tax levy and quarter percent income tax increase. The tax hikes would fund an $18.5 million renovation and construction project at Yellow Springs High School and McKinney School. If passed, homeowners with property worth $200,000 would pay an extra $329 in property taxes alone.

The number of African American-owned businesses has fallen sharply in Yellow Springs from its peak four decades ago. Only a handful remain in the village.
Jess Mador / WYSO

The number of African American-owned businesses has fallen sharply in Yellow Springs from its peak four decades ago. Only a handful remain in the village.

Antioch College History Professor Kevin McGruder credits some of the shift to rising college-graduation rates among many blacks in Yellow Springs.

"So, as black people have had access to more college they seek more opportunities and jobs they can get with those degrees than in opening up a store," McGruder says.

Medications produced by Cresco Labs in Yellow Springs will be available to patients statewide as early as next summer through Ohio's new medical marijuana program.
Jess Mador / WYSO

Dozens of public officials and advocates gathered in Yellow Springs Thursday to break ground on Ohio’s first medical marijuana-cultivation site. The project is one of a dozen across Ohio licensed by the state just two weeks ago, and it moves forward amid questions over the fairness of state’s medical cannabis licensing process.

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David Fischer / Glen Helen

Kevin Stokes, incumbent Brian Housh, and Lisa Kreeger all earned seats on the Yellow Springs Village Council. Six candidates were vying for the three open seats.

 

Candidates business owner Chrissy Cruz, business owner David Turner and Wright State professor Taki Manolakos all failed to secure seats.  

 

The race sparked a debate about ways to attract more businesses to Yellow Springs. Police reform and  village affordability were also among the top issues.

The "yellow springs" in Glen Helen Nature Preserve.
C.J. Geiger / Flickr/Creative Commons

The General Election is next week. In Yellow Springs, six candidates are competing for three seats on the Village Council.

Business owner Brian Housh is the lone incumbent on the ballot. The other candidates are business owner Chrissy Cruz, registered nurse Lisa Kreeger, Antioch College IT Director Kevin Stokes, business owner David Turner and Wright State University professor Taki Manolakos.

Both Democrats and Republicans have launched major voter turnout efforts in advance of the November 2014 election.  vote election voters
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With the General Election one week away, four candidates are competing to replace outgoing Yellow Springs Mayor David Foubert.

The candidates come from diverse backgrounds. Pam Conine is a retired longtime educator, Laura Curliss is an attorney, Gerald Simms is a retired Wright Patterson Air Force Base employee, and a former member of the Village Council, and Catherine Price works as a pharmacist.

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