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Stories mark this season, and that brings us to a Yellow Springs December story that many of us know.

Yellow Springs patron Wheeling Gaunt was born in 1812 on a tobacco plantation in Carrollton Kentucky.  Enslaved by his father and stepmother, Gaunt bought his freedom and then his wife’s freedom with money earned polishing boots and selling apples, and by his industry and frugality, was at the time of his death, considered the wealthiest man of color in Ohio.

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Returning to the Little Art Theatre in Yellow Springs by popular demand, Jesus Christ Superstar (in a newly-remastered 70 mm print) will be showing this week accompanied by the film's lead, actor and musician Ted Neeley. Neeley, along with producer/manager Frank Munoz, came to WYSO's Excursions to talk with Niki Dakota about the showings, and tell stories about the history of the film and his career.

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.
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In Tuesday’s election, Yellow Springs voters rejected Village Charter Amendment 13, a proposal that would have allowed residents as young as 16 years old to vote in village races.

The measure failed with 52.4 percent of voters rejecting the ballot issue, and 47.6 percent voting in favor.  

The all-or-nothing issue amending the village charter would also have extended the village mayor’s term from two years to four years beginning in 2021, and it would have allowed immigrants with green cards or other legal United States residency to vote on village issues.

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Results for the Yellow Springs Village Council election are not expected to be released for another 11 days.

Greene County Board of Elections officials say the village is among four county jurisdictions with write-in candidates on yesterday’s ballot, and the county plans to use until the official-count date of Nov. 19, 2019 to review all ballots containing write-in votes.

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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.

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.
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Among the issues on the Nov. 5 ballot is a proposal to lower the voting age in Yellow Springs. Under Yellow Springs Issue 13, residents as young as 16 would be eligible to participate in local elections.

The all-or-nothing ballot issue amending the village charter would also extend the village mayor’s term from two years to four years beginning in 2021, doubling the term mayors can remain in office, and allow immigrants with green cards or other legal United States residency to vote on village issues. 

A Cleveland immigration judge has granted release on bond to the owner of the Miguel’s Tacos food truck business in Yellow Springs. 

Miguel Espinosa has been detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Butler County since late August.

Dayton immigration attorney Karen Bradley represents the Mexican-born Espinosa, whose wife and three children are United States citizens, and says Judge David Whipple was moved by the outpouring of letters from Yellow Springs in support of Espinosa.

Espinosa is expected to remain in ICE custody pending his removal from the U.S., immigration officials say.
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Yellow Springs residents are reacting to news the owner of a popular village taco business could be deported. Miguel’s Tacos owner Miguel Espinosa is currently in immigration detention at the Butler County Jail.  

Village officials say Espinosa was first arrested in Greene County for driving without a license and other violations before U.S. Marshals officers brought him to the Butler County facility.

Maeve Korkan-Laughlin works at Asanda Imports next door to Miguel’s Tacos and says Espinosa’s food business improved the quality of life in the village.

Reach Out hosts a free medical clinic for the uninsured and underinsured at the AME Chapel in Yellow Springs every Tuesday from 4:30 to 6:30.
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Yellow Springs is now home to a free medical clinic. And while the clinic is only open two hours a week, the free care is going a long way for some people in Greene County.

It’s 4:30 on a Tuesday, and the free medical clinic at the AME Chapel in Yellow Springs just opened.

Charles Browder Jr. was first in line. He came in hopes of getting medication for his high blood pressure and arthritis.

“They took me in,” Browder says. “They took my vitals and everything, got me my prescriptions that I needed.”

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