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Published: Thursday, April 22, 2004 @ 10:13 AM
Updated: Monday, June 09, 2008 @ 5:29 PM

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Bluegrass Festival Roundeyes Family Park, Painter Creek, Ohio

Date: Aug. 1-2, 2008 Description: Friday, Aug. 1st Carry-in dinner and jam session; Saturday, Aug 2nd @ 12N, Festival with top bluegrass performers. Admission:Saturday $12; Camping is FREE For More Info: 937-548-7219

Milton, Indiana Community Day Milton, Indiana in Wayne County

Date: August 2-3, 2008 Description: Events, activities will continue all day and into the evening. Including town-wide garage sales, parade, auction, talent contest, car show and live music and dancing; Parade on Sunday. Time: 8 a.m. into the evening For More Info: 765-478-4545

Lebanon Blues Festival Broadway and Mulberry Streets, Lebanon, Ohio

Date: August 2, 2008 Description:The annual Lebanon Blues Festival presented by the Lebanon Optimist Club will take place in historic downtown Lebanon along Broadway & Mulberry Streets. Listen to the sultry sounds of seven blues bands while enjoying your favorite foods. Sit and sip a cool drink in our deluxe beer garden. Gaze at more than150 classic automobiles. Browse the downtown specialty shops for gifts and antique treasures during "Old Fashioned Bargin Days". Come out and enjoy the "Blues, BBQ & Bumpers.” In addition, there will be a 5K Blues Run along the new bike trail. Hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Admission: Free For More Info: 513-588-0321 Website:

Summerfest Memorial Park - St. Marys, Ohio

Dates: Aug. 8-10, 2008 Description: Three days of celebration await you beside the historical Miami and Erie canals in downtown St. Marys. Experience history and great food, along with free entertainment and fireworks on Sunday. For More Info: 419-300-4611

Kids Day at Grandma's Gardens Grandma's Gardens 8107 State Route 48, Clearcreek Township, (1 mile south of Lytle Five Points Road or 1/2 mile north of Route 73)

Date: August 9, 2008 Time: 10am to 2pm Description: It's a fun family time for hundreds of kids and parents who return year after year. There is no charge but they gladly accept donations for Hannah's Treasure Chest, a great charity for needy children. There will be a Fishing Derby, Pony Rides, and rides on Grandpa's Train around the Fishin' Hole, Moonwalk, Sno-cones, Games and Prizes. Visits from Clearcreek Township Police with McGruff the Crime Dog and child identity kits. Bucky the Flying Squirrel, the Dayton Bomber's mascot will also be visiting. Great garden center coupon for moms, dads and grandparents.

For More Information: Call Mary Beth at 937-885-2740 or email her at

Englewood Arts Festival Centennial Park, Englewood, Ohio

Date: August 9-10, 2008 Description: Festivities begin with the 5k race at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday followed immediately by the Festival Parade at 9:00. The parade begins at Union Boulevard and Gateway Drive and concludes at Centennial Park. Artisan booths open at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. on Sunday. The Northmont Marching Band will kick off the entertainment at noon on Saturday. Events on Sunday include a Volksmarch with registration beginning at 8 a.m., a Cruise-In with E/Rider car, truck and bike show with registration beginning at 10 a.m. and musical entertainment beginning with the Englewood Civic Band at 1 p.m.

For More Info: 836-5929

2nd Annual Relay For Life Greene County Shawnee Park - Xenia 120 Park Drive Xenia, Ohio 45385

Dates: August 15 and 16, 2008 Time: Event starts at 6:00 p.m. on August 15 going until Noon Saturday, August 16.

Cancer never sleeps, and this August 15-16, neither will we. Bring your tents, walking shoes, family, and friends, to Shawnee Park in Xenia for the 2nd Annual Relay For Life of Greene County. Starting with opening ceremonies and survivor lap at 5:30 pm, teams will walk the path through the park for 18 hours. This year's participants will enjoy a DJ, live music, performances from both Premier Athletics cheerleaders and the BHS Dance Team, and a movie in the park.

Never heard of Relay For Life? This is your chance to witness the overnight event designed to honor cancer survivors, remember those we have lost to cancer, and raise funds for the American Cancer Society. The funds raised moves the American Cancer Society several steps closer to ensuring no more people hear those three words: "You have cancer."

Almost everyone reading this has been affected by cancer either directly or indirectly. The Relay For Life of Greene County is a fun-filled, family-friendly way for us to do something about it. Anyone who has an interest in cancer and a passion to get involved to truly make a difference is invited to attend! If you don't have a passion yet, join us anyway and you'll, "Catch the Relay Fever," as they say.

For More Information: (937) 372-3591

Festival of Nations Prouty Plaza in Downtown, Troy, Ohio

Date: Aug. 16, 2008 Description: There will be a parade of flags, cultural booths, ethnic music, dancing and food. Cost: Admission is free For More Info: (937) 339-9558

Fairborn Sweet Corn Festival Community Park, East Dayton Yellow-Springs Road, Fairborn

Date: August 16-17, 2008 Description: Live music, arts and crafts, food, children's activities and corn eating contest Saturday and Sunday. Time: Aug. 16, 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.; Aug. 17, 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Riverside Community Festival Riverside, OH

Date: August 22-24, 2008 Description: Entertainment, parade, collectibles, food, crafts, games, car & bike show. For More Info: 269-5525

18th Annual Archway Days Centerville, Indiana

Date: August 22-24, 2008 Description: Family activities include arts and crafts, walking tour of the 1830's archways, live entertainment, car show, parade, pie eating contest and much more. For More Info: 1-800-828-8414 or Barbara Klehfoth at 765-855-5248

13th Annual Dayton Lebanese Festival RiverScape Metropark, Dayton, Ohio

Dates: Aug. 23-24, 2008 Description: St. Ignatius of Antioch Maronite Catholic Church in Dayton is proud to sponsor the Lebanese Festival. The festival features authentic Middle-Eastern food and pastries, traditional dancing, belly dancing by Conchi and her dance troupe Al Hambra, and dance troupes Raks Devi and Egyptian Breeze. The festival will also feature a large selection of Middle-Eastern gifts, hip scarves and music CDs; cultural displays and a number of arts and crafts vendor booths. There will also be a laser light and music show on the RiverScape levee at 10 p.m. on Saturday night. Admission:FREE For More Info: 937-371-8441

AleFest Carillon Park, Dayton, Ohio

Date: Aug. 23, 2008 Description: Craft beers, celebrity beer tasting, raffle, silent auction, food and more. To benefit Diabetes Association of the Dayton area. Time; 2 to 6 p.m. Admission: $25 in advance; $30 day of event For More Info: 298-4545

Riverside Bluesfest St. Marys, OH

Date: August 29-30, 2008 Description: Blues, food & refreshments on Saturday of Labor Day weekend. For More Info: 419-394-4926

Ohio Renaissance Festival Harveysburg, Ohio

Date: August 30-Oct. 19, 2008 Description: Visit 16th Century England and be immersed in the sights, sounds and tastes of the Renaissance in this authentic 30-acre English village. Tour over 130 period craft shops and witness master artisan demonstration. Mingle with Queen Elizabeth and over 100 costumed historical characters. See nearly 100 shows each day on 12 stages, and cheer for noble knights in shining armor in the tournament jousts. Enjoy period music, dance and food and drink fit for kings! Admission: Adults/Seniors -- $19.99; Children -- $9.99;Children under 5 enter FREE Time: 10:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. (on Weekends only) For More Info : 513-897-7000

Husted bucks GOP, is against voter photo ID push

Published: Friday, April 08, 2011 @ 6:11 AM
Updated: Friday, April 08, 2011 @ 6:11 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The official who oversees Ohio's elections says he doesn't agree with a measure proposed by some fellow Republicans to require voters to show photo IDs at the polls.   

Secretary of State John Husted tells The Columbus Dispatch on Thursday that he would not change current policy that allows voters to prove their identities with photo IDs or other documents, such as utility bills or paychecks.   

A bill approved by the Ohio House would require voters to show the photo ID before casting an in-person ballot. It is now being reviewed by the Senate.   

Husted instead proposes changes for voters casting early ballots or provisional ballots. He says those voters should be required to give their full Social Security numbers instead of the currently required last four digits.

Election Board Moves Carefully On Husted Investigation

Published: Wednesday, October 22, 2008 @ 5:35 AM
Updated: Wednesday, October 22, 2008 @ 5:35 AM

DAYTON, Ohio -- The Montgomery County Board of Elections attorney will review voting residency laws before the board decides if it will move forward on an investigation of Ohio House Speaker Jon Husted, R-Kettering.

The four-person board has asked for the legal review after member Dennis Lieberman, a Democrat, said an Oct. 18 Dayton Daily News article raised questions about Husted's residency and voter registration.

"I think we have an obligation to look into it," Lieberman said.

Republican board members Jim Nathanson and Greg Gantt, county party chairman and chairman of the board, both referred to an investigation of Husted as a "witch hunt." Nathanson said he does not think it "serves anyone" to look into Husted's residency this close to the election.

Husted, elected to the House in 2000, said, "if they haven't filed a complaint (then) they must not think there is a problem."

He is running for a Senate seat from the 6th District against Centerville School Board member John Doll, a Democrat.

The deadline to remove names from the ballot has passed, but the board can review the validity of Husted's voter registration.

A legislator must be a legal resident of his district and can be forced to forfeit the seat if he is not.

Ohio law on residency for voting purposes says a person's residence is the "place where the family of a married person resides."

Husted has been dogged by questions about his residency for several years because he stays with his wife and children in Upper Arlington and is rarely seen at his home in Kettering, 148 Sherbrooke Drive.

He is registered to vote in Montgomery County. His wife, Tina, is registered in Upper Arlington. Jon Husted voted absentee every time he cast a ballot since 2005 and voted in person every time prior to that, according to Montgomery County board of elections records.

Since their marriage in 2005, the Husteds have simultaneously owned or co-owned properties that they've called "principal residences" and received 2.5 percent property tax reductions allowed for owner-occupied homes. The law states that a couple can take the tax break on only one house. Neither Husted applied for an exception.

On Friday, Franklin County Auditor Joe Testa said Tina Husted should repay a tax break the Husteds claimed on the Columbus condominium she and Jon co-owned as a "principal residence" at the same time she got a $207.46 tax break on a different home she owned.

Husted said he and his wife have now repaid $27.22 to the auditor, who told him there are no other problems. Testa could not be reached for comment. Husted said Montgomery County Auditor Karl Keith informed him "everything is fine" in this county.

However, Keith said he's only verified that the tax break was properly taken on the Kettering home since 1995 and that Husted is registered to vote there. He said it is up to Testa to review that information for possible conflicts with Tina's tax breaks. Keith said he will continue his inquiry.

As of last week, the couple was renting a home at 2672 Coventry Road in Upper Arlington. Husted would not directly say if they moved over the weekend to a house Tina owns at 2305 Haverford Road, Upper Arlington.

"We are no longer renting the Coventry and the only Columbus residence or Columbus property that we own, that my wife owns, is the property on Haverford," Husted said.

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Husted Residency Still Questioned, To Appear Before Board

Published: Wednesday, December 17, 2008 @ 7:27 AM
Updated: Wednesday, December 17, 2008 @ 7:27 AM

DAYTON, Ohio -- Ohio House Speaker Jon Husted, R-Kettering, must appear on Jan. 7 before the Montgomery County Board of Elections, which is investigating whether he lives in his district at the Kettering address where he is registered to vote, the board decided on Tuesday, Dec. 16.

A letter will be sent to Husted outlining what documents the board is requesting he provide to prove his residency, said Steve Harsman, board director. Requests for an investigation came from a Kettering Republican and a liberal nonprofit group after an Oct. 18 Dayton Daily News story raised new questions about Husted's residency.

Husted, who could not be reached for comment, says his home is at 148 Sherbrooke Ave. in Kettering. However, he said he sometimes stays with his wife, Tina, in an Upper Arlington house she owns because the demands of his job as House Speaker frequently keep him in Columbus. Jon and Tina have one son and Jon has a son from his first marriage.

Husted took an apartment in Columbus shortly after becoming 37th District representative in 2001 and bought a Columbus condominium in 2003. He became speaker and married Tina in 2005. They co-owned a Columbus condominium they sold in 2007. Husted's wife is registered to vote at the Upper Arlington home.

Husted rarely had official business scheduled on his calendar after mid-August, when the House was not in session this year, according to a daily calendar provided by his office. It also shows few trips to his district. A travel expense report Husted signed for a 2005 trip to a conference in Las Vegas listed his home address as 911 Manor Lane, Columbus, which was the first condo he owned. A 2005 traffic citation handled in Upper Arlington Mayor's court also lists that as his home address.

In January Husted will take office as a sixth district senator. Ohio law requires that legislators live in their district.

In October the Daily News reported that Jon and Tina Husted had simultaneously claimed homes in Upper Arlington and Kettering as "principal" residences and taken property tax breaks for owner-occupied homes on them. They also claimed the condo they co-owned as a principal residence, while claiming the same tax break on homes in Kettering and Upper Arlington.

Tina was ordered by Franklin County Auditor Joe Testa to repay the tax break for the condominium. Testa said he considers the matter closed. Montgomery County Auditor Karl Keith said he believes Husted qualifies for the tax break in Kettering, and he said state payroll records list it as Husted's home.

"If the board of elections determines that his voter registration is invalid at that address then I will have to take another look," Keith said.

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Snake in bathroom saves woman from bedroom attacker

Published: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 @ 7:06 PM
Updated: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 @ 7:06 PM

Snake Saves Woman From Sexual Assault

A Florida woman is crediting a snake in her home with saving her from a sexual assault last week.

Police said the Lee County woman called deputies when she found the reptile in her bathroom, minutes before a man broke into her house, grabbed her and demanded sex, according to media reports

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Malcolm Porter, 28, allegedly sneaked up on the victim, choked her, then demanded she get condoms from another room. Once free, the woman fled from her home where deputies, who responded to the snake call, were waiting outside. 

Porter was arrested and is jailed without bond on charges of battery by strangulation.

The victim told police she knew the man and that he “may have been high" on drugs, local media reported. 

One of the victim's neighbors called the snake encounter "a blessing in disguise."

"The snake played a role in saving her," the neighbor said.