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Cedarville, UD have lowest student loan default rates of area schools

Updated: Wednesday, January 11, 2017 @ 5:17 PM
By: Max Filby - Staff Writer

            Cedarville, UD have lowest student loan default rates of area schools
Brent Shock, assistant vice president of enrollment management and director of financial services at Miami University, right, talks about student loan debt collections at the Ohio Attorney General’s student loan advisory group meeting in Columbus in October.

Cedarville University and the University of Dayton students have the lowest student loan default rates of any area college, according to a new database of default rates from the Student Loan Report, a student loan news website.

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The database ranks colleges based on their average default rate. Cedarville students fared better than anyone else in the area with an average default rate of 2 percent, the 12th lowest in the state, while UD students came in at 13th with a default rate of 2.15 percent.

Eight of 10 area universities had default rates lower than the state average of 13.61 percent, according to the database. Ohio has the 41st lowest default rate.

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Area community colleges had higher default rates than most nearby four-year universities. In some cases, their default rate was more than double or triple the rate of area university students.

The area school with the highest default rate was Central State University.

CSU students ranked 210 in Ohio and had the third highest default rate of any university or college in the state. Around 29.52 percent of CSU students on average defaulted on their loans.

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Below is a complete ranking of area universities and community colleges, according to the report:

Area universities

12. Cedarville University, 2 percent

13. University of Dayton, 2.15 percent

24. Xavier University, 3.14 percent

31. Wittenberg University, 3.95 percent

47. Ohio State, 5 percent

75. University of Cincinnati, 7.63 percent

83. Wright State, 8.27 percent

97. Miami University, 9.3 percent

145. Wilberforce University, 15.02 percent

210. Central State, 29.52 percent

Area community colleges

172. Columbus State Community College, 19.33 percent

176. Edison State Community College, 20.03 percent

177. Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, 20.05 percent

190. Sinclair Community College, 21.78 percent

201. Clark State Community College, 24.02 percent


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  • Trump White House pledges to end ‘dangerous anti-police atmosphere’

    Published: Friday, January 20, 2017 @ 4:17 PM
    Updated: Friday, January 20, 2017 @ 4:47 PM
    By: Greg Bluestein

            Trump White House pledges to end ‘dangerous anti-police atmosphere’
    Donald Trump is sworn in as the 45th president of the United States by Chief Justice John Roberts as Melania Trump looks on during the 58th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) ' (Matt Rourke)

    Donald Trump’s administration pledged to end the nation’s “dangerous anti-police atmosphere” and significantly boost the ranks of law enforcement in one of his the White House’s first policy statements after his Friday inauguration.

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    Pushing back against the Black Lives Matter movement that protested the police killings of unarmed black men, the Trump administration said it would reduce violent crime in Chicago and other major cities.

    “Our job is not to make life more comfortable for the rioter, the looter, or the violent disrupter,” the policy reads. “Our job is to make life more comfortable for parents who want their kids to be able to walk the streets safely. Or the senior citizen waiting for a bus. Or the young child walking home from school.”

    The White House said supporting law enforcement also means building a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico and deporting people who are in the country illegally and have violent criminal records.

    Here’s how to watch the inaugural balls on TV, online and live-streamed

    Published: Friday, January 20, 2017 @ 4:28 PM
    Updated: Friday, January 20, 2017 @ 4:47 PM
    By: Debbie Lord - Cox Media Group National Content Desk

            Here’s how to watch the inaugural balls on TV, online and live-streamed
    Donald Trump Sworn In As President of The United States of America

    The business part of inauguration is over, and not long after the parade ends, the balls will begin in Washington D.C.

    President Trump and his wife, Melania, and Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, Karen, will be attending three balls to celebrate the inauguration, according to organizers. Two of the balls will take place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The Trumps will attend the Armed Services Ball to be held at the National Building Museum.  

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    The major networks will have specials on Friday night that will include coverage of the balls.

    Cable networks CNN, C-SPAN, Fox, MSNBC and others will also be covering the balls, as will Telemundo.

    Several news outlets, including The Washington Post, C-SPAN and Bloomberg Politics, have partnered with YouTube to stream the day’s events.

    Wright Memorial Library receives major gift from foundation

    Updated: Friday, January 20, 2017 @ 4:46 PM
    By: Pamela Dillon - Contributing Writer

            Wright Memorial Library receives major gift from foundation
    Families learned about sharks and enjoyed a chance to pet them at an educational program during Wright Memorial Library’s 2016 Summer Reading Club. The library plans to use a new grant to expand its educational programming and services. CONTRIBUTED
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    The late Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges really appreciated the value of his local library: “I received the fundamentals of my education in school, but that was not enough. My real education, the superstructure, the details, the true architecture, I got out of the public library.”

    Representatives of the Dorothy Koch Family Foundation also appreciate the educational value of libraries. They recently presented a gift of $25,000 to the Wright Memorial Public Library in Oakwood.

    “The library and the foundation are very appreciative to the Dorothy Koch Family Foundation for their generous support,” said Ann Marquis, president of the Wright Memorial Public Library Foundation. “With this donation, the library will be able to expand educational programs and services, improve summer reading experiences, and offer important professional development for Library staff.”

    Wright Memorial Library director Kristi Hale said the beauty of the grant is the availability of funds over several years. The gift will be distributed in annual $5,000 increments over five years to support and expand education initiatives, as well as staff development.

    “This gives us room to play with our programming lineup and education offerings every year for the next five years,” said Hale. “We’ll be looking for opportunities such as big events, a traveling exhibit, a really unique collection of educational materials and more opportunities for educational play in our children’s area.”

    The library offers a number of services to the community that includes story hours for children, summer reading clubs, special events for children, teens, families and adults. Additionally, the library provides public access computers, a book discussion group, a public meeting room, an online learning website and informational blogs. Resources available to download: digital books, magazines, music and videos.

    It takes a lot of library employees to make these things happen.

    “As a small public library, we can rarely afford to send our staff to a major conference where they would have opportunities to gain fresh ideas from the best libraries in the country,” said Hale. “So this grant will have a really big impact on our ability to provide world-class and innovative library services.”

    The Dorothy Koch Family Foundation honors Dorothy Kautz Koch and her lifelong commitment to education. She emphasized education while raising her four children and in her career as an elementary school teacher. Koch spent many happy hours reading to her children and grandchildren, several of whom are active Wright Library patrons.

    “Although the library is funded by state and local tax dollars, there simply isn’t enough money to pay for all the programs the community wants,” said Hale. “We hope this gift will encourage others to donate to the library.”

    The Wright Memorial Public Library Foundation was created in 1997 to raise funds to advance the goals, objectives and priorities of the Wright Memorial Public Library. Donations to the foundation can be made online at, or by check to the Wright Library Foundation, 1776 Far Hills Ave., Oakwood, Ohio, 45419. All donations are tax deductible; gifts of any amount are accepted.

    West Liberty school shooting victim wasn’t intended target

    Updated: Friday, January 20, 2017 @ 4:49 PM
    By: Breaking News Staff

    The 16-year-old victim in the West Liberty Salem High School shooting is identified as Logan Cole. He remains in critical but stable condition at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus according to hospital officials speaking on behalf of his family. 

    Logan Cole’s father, Ryan Cole, requested prayers for his son and family, as well the shooter and his family, in a Facebook post made hours after the shooting occurred.  

    Logan Cole was not the intended target of the shooting, according to Champaign County Sheriff Matthew Melvin, who said the shooting was intended to harm more people.

    Sheriff Melvin went on to say Logan Cole was shot multiple times inside the school with a shotgun. 

    The incident occurred in a common area of the school, a hallway area, according to Superintendent Kraig Hissong, just as the school day was getting underway.

    Sheriff Melvin said staff were able to pin down the gunman, a 17-year-old student, until deputies arrived and were able to take him into custody without incident.

    Superintendent Hissong praised student and faculty who followed ALICE training protocol when they made the escape from the school.

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    Deputies searched the home of the teenage boy, and also towed his vehicle from the school's parking lot Friday.  He is being held at an area juvenile detention facility.

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    Investigators have not identified the shooting suspect, but we have obtained the name from multiple sources and are working to confirm the identity with officials.