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GUEST EDITORIAL: Community C.O.R.E. needs your help

 

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BRANDON STANDLEY

Every community in America has seen the assault of opiate addiction on generally every aspect of our American dream. The challenge for each adult is to be prepared when you encounter it firsthand. Whether it’s in your own family, your church, your schools, your hospitals, or your friend base, opiates have attacked many pieces of our community’s fabric. As another thread gets plucked from that fabric, we must stand together to fight it in every way we can. The daily effect on our economy is grossly underestimated. Have you thought about how much it must cost our community financially to medically treat one addict? Have you thought about how it effects businesses attempting to hire someone who cannot give a clean drug screen? You guessed it… the cost is too high! If you are an addict, you already know the answers. However; your price is unquestionably the highest of all. Some of you will sell your soul to get your drug of choice. Some will lie, cheat, steal, or worse to control your pain… only to repeat the same cycle time and time again--- just in one week. Ultimately, some of you may lose your fight of addiction by never getting the chance to take another breath. That is what we’re really trying to do, right? Isn’t the daily balance of addiction and treatment really all about life and death? Some readers may think that these questions are too distant from where they are, while other readers will embrace this and read further. Some readers will attempt to dispel this information as “belonging to someone else” or “thank God that I don’t have anyone in my family that’s an addict”, or even “I don’t have time to worry about someone else’s problems”, while other readers will already know what I am talking about because they have already lived it or currently fighting it. 

Last Updated on Saturday, 27 December 2014

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Money flows south as heroin travels north

2014 in Review

Last Updated on Saturday, 27 December 2014

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Motorist cited after hit-skip crash

Nathan Gates, 25, of 417 Lawrence St., was cited for improper backing, leaving the scene of a crash and driving under suspension after allegedly backing out of a driveway at 831 Cooper Ave., striking a parked car owned by Michael Smith, 824 Cooper Ave., and then fleeing the scene at about 9 p.m. Thursday.

 

Last Updated on Saturday, 27 December 2014

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Flying high: Airstream can’t keep up with demand

Bob Wheeler still gets the question sometimes when people find out he runs the company that builds those shiny aluminum campers: “Airstreams? They still make those?” 

Not only are the retro-looking “silver bullet” travel-trailers still being built by hand in Jackson Center at the same western Ohio site that has produced them for 60 years, but the company also can’t roll them out of there fast enough to meet the demand these days.

Last Updated on Saturday, 27 December 2014

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Bond set for Sidney shooting suspect

A Sidney man accused of shooting his wife in the couple's home Christmas Day remains in jail after his arraignment hearing Friday.

Last Updated on Saturday, 27 December 2014

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Former Sidney councilman arrested for violating order

 SIDNEY — The former Sidney councilman who was released from the Logan County Jail on a $50,000 bond Wednesday was taken into custody later that day for allegedly violating a protection order.

Last Updated on Saturday, 27 December 2014

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Churches hit by break-ins Christmas Eve, Christmas Day

Three city churches were targets of break-ins Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Last Updated on Sunday, 28 December 2014

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Simon Kenton bike path extended to city

2014 in Review 

In a little more than two years, the Simon Kenton Pathfinders helped bring to fruition an $800,000 project to extend a bicycle path 16.1 miles from Urbana to Bellefontaine.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 December 2014

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