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The Mud Run Conservancy, a Clark County organization dedicated to preserving and advocating for the land/water resources of the Mud Run watershed, is hosting a benefit concert this Saturday in Yellow Springs, featuring a concert and square dance by longstanding Miami Valley old-time music group The Corndrinkers. Kathleen Matthews from Mud Run Conservancy and Linda Scutt from The Corndrinkers came to WYSO's Excursions to speak with Niki Dakota about the event, and what the conversancy does.

The new garage, under construction in the background, will also add additional mural art downtown.
Tom Stafford / WYSO

In Clark County, work is underway on a project some in the city see as critical to the long-hoped-for revival of downtown Springfield. It’s a nearly $7 million parking garage.

The garage is attracting a lot of buzz, but as WYSO Clark County reporter Tom Stafford, who also writes for the Springfield News-Sun, reports, in order for the project to succeed in promoting development, three critical elements need to be in place.

Stafford spoke with WYSO Managing Editor Jess Mador.

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Jess Mador / WYSO

Voting is underway in communities across the Miami Valley this Election Day. In Greene County, elections officials reported light turnout and no major issues with the county’s new voting machines.

Llyn McCoy, director of the Greene County Board of Elections, said precinct officials ironed out some minor issues with the new voting equipment, which combine paper and computer voting and finish by printing each voter's completed ballot. 

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Tuesday, Nov. 5 is Election Day across Ohio. This year, Miami Valley voters will decide a number of city, village and township races, along with some school board races and local ballot issues.

How to participate:

Polls are open Tuesday from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

And now, an eyewitness account of the addiction epidemic. Four decades ago, when Winkie Mitchell and Ellen Stickney began their careers, they  worked with the children of alcoholics at Clark County Mental Health Services. Before retiring as counselors, they'd also seen the children of crack, meth and opioid addicts. In this interview with WYSO Community Voices producer and Springfield News-Sun writer Tom Stafford, they share a glimpse of what they saw in those children's lives.

To many people of religious faith, the issue of climate change transcends partisan politics.
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For many Americans around the country, climate change is a partisan political issue. But to many people of religious faith, the issue transcends politics. To them, the planet is “God's green earth” and should be treated accordingly. In this story we meet one Miami Valley man of faith whose long-held beliefs shape his view of climate change and the environment.

Graci Leonard and Gracie McHenry
courtesy of Jean Anders

As part of our series County Lines, Community Voices producer Anna Lurie went to rural Northeastern High School in Clark County, to talk to students in FFA about their lives.  Two sophomore friends at Northeastern, Graci Leonard and Gracie McHenry, discuss how they manage the demands of raising and showing animals, especially when life doesn’t go according to plan.

Transcript:

Graci Leonard: So what does a normal day for you look like?  I know it can be pretty hectic so how do you handle it?

Northeastern High School FFA students
courtesy of Jean Anders

Future Farmers of America was founded in 1928 in Kansas City, Missouri as way to educate the next generation of farmers. Today, FFA is a national organization for young people interested in leadership and agriculture.  There are over a dozen local FFA chapters in the Miami Valley - including one at Northeastern High School in rural Clark County.

As part of our series called County Lines, producer Anna Lurie went to Northeastern last fall to learn about FFA and to teach the students a little bit about radio.

Damage was reported in Yellow Springs, Clark County and Greene County after Friday's storms.
Mike Frazier / WYSO

The National Weather Service will survey damage caused by severe morning storms that blew through Greene and Clark Counties.

Inspectors are expected to publish the results of their storm-damage survey Friday evening. 

The Yellow Springs News reported multiple trees were down in the vicinity of Glen View and Corry streets in the village, including one that landed on the roof of a home.

Several hundred DP&L customers in Greene and Clark counties experienced power outages as winds gusted over 60 miles per hour.

Weapons for sale at Mad River Armory and Range in Springfield.
Jason Reynolds / WYSO

Ohio lawmakers are considering a long-debated bill that would roll back concealed-carry gun permit and training regulations. Some states have already passed similar controversial laws, while others have gone in the opposite direction to tighten gun sale, permit and background-check rules.

Gun regulations across the country are a patchwork and following the differences between state and federal laws can be confusing.

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