Category Archives: Fairborn

Harper Collins author Liz Coley to speak in Fairborn November 3rd

(Fairborn, OH) – The Western Ohio Writers Association (WOWA) will host a special book signing and lecture presented by noted young adult fantasy author Liz Coley, beginning at 7PM, Thursday November 3, at the Fairborn Community Center, 1076 Kauffman Avenue. The event is open to the public, but seating is limited. Admission to the session is $2.00 per person for members ($5.00 for non-members) and will be immediately followed by a question and answer session, a book signing and an open critique session for participating local writers.

Liz Coley is a prolific author of young adult science fiction and fantasy. Her published works include six short stories and two novels, including her newest works, Out of Xibalba, now available at, and Pretty Girl 13, a new thriller set for a 2013 release by Harper Collins, Katherine Tegen Books. Her work is also featured in two recently published anthologies, The Last Man Anthology: Tales of Catastrophe, Disaster, and Woe, and More Scary Kisses.

Now living in Ohio, Coley will be speaking as an author who has had a wide range of experiences in her short career. From her point of view, she’ll offer the audience a look at the business and process of publishing fiction, from idea to dealing with agents and publishers. After her presentation, Coley will take questions from the audience and autograph copies of her latest book. Limited copies of Out of Xibalba will be available at a special price at the signing.

“I’ve been fortunate enough to serve with Ms. Coley on several literary conference panels and she is an excellent presenter and a truly gifted writer,” says Gery L. Deer, co-founder and director of the WOWA. “We’re very happy and honored that she agreed to join us and talk about the process of publication from the writer’s perspective. Anyone who is curious about the mysterious world of publishing should take part in this session.”

The Western Ohio Writers Association is based in Greene County and provides networking and educational opportunities to writers of all genres, living and working in southwest-central Ohio. Writers attend monthly critique sessions where they work to develop and hone their writing skill through peer feedback and educational presentations. Meetings are held from 7PM until 10PM on the first Thursday of each month at the Fairborn Community Center.

The WOWA is a creative division of GLD Enterprises Commercial Writing with additional sponsorship by Deer Computer Consulting, Ltd. and the Fairborn Community Center. For more information or to RSVP for this event, visit or call (937) 902-4857

Defense Spending and the Ohio National Guard

By Rep. Steve Austria

As a nation, we have asked more of our men and women serving in our National Guard with longer deployments and more missions. As a Member of the Homeland Security Committee, I have attended many deployment ceremonies and traveled to Afghanistan to visit our soldiers.

In addition to playing a vital role in protecting our nation, the Springfield Air National Guard Base and Rickenbacher Air and Army National Guard Base missions help support and strengthen our local economy. We now have an opportunity to expand the Ohio National Guard’s role in Springfield and Ohio with the National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC) from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and in Fairborn with Calamityville, a homeland security response team.

Given the integral role the National Guard plays both home and abroad, it is critical it receives adequate funding. Currently, Guard and Reserve operational functions are financed through the “Overseas Contingency Operations” budget, a supplemental account that also funds the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. However, as these missions continue to wind down, this account will inevitably become obsolete.

Replacing the current account with a more certain, dedicated stream of funding must be a priority. The National Guard will continue to be critical in protecting our nation as it expands its role from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq to the current and future homeland security challenges we face. Thus, it is imperative that the National Guard have the necessary funding to successfully complete their missions and return home safely.

Bill Conner For Congress and Wannabe Jim Tressel

Bill Conner is a local candidate running for U.S. Congress. While preparing for the Fairborn 4th of July parade, he and his campaign staff were pleasantly surprised by the visit of the famous OSU Buckeye Man and Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel. Unfortunately, both famous visitors were not the real thing. They were merely fun-loving impersonators albeit very good fakes as seen in the picture below.

The picture above includes Bob Billett, Coach Tressel (Dennis Singleton), Bill Conner, Carolyn Conner, Buckeye Man (Larry Lokai), Jason Conner, and Andy Feeser. Carroll Day, John Flemming, and Abby Comstock completed the crew for the parade.

Let’s hope Conner’s supporters are the real thing.

State Representative Jarrod B. Martin On Foreclosure Moratorium

State Representative Jarrod B. Martin (R- Beavercreek), today responded to the passage of House Bill 3 from the Ohio House of Representatives.

House Bill 3 passed along a vote of 54-43. The measure establishes a six-month foreclosure moratorium in Ohio and requires lenders to pay a $750 filing fee to the Department of Commerce, on top of existing court filing fees.

“Today was a frightening day for the citizens of the State of Ohio. The House Democrats took action through the passage of House Bill 3 to insert big brother government into private contracts and the intimate relationship of attorney-client privilege”, Martin said.

Republican concerns include the constitutionality of several provisions, including the establishment of an additional filing fee, which creates a barrier to the courts. The moratorium also remains a concern as Republicans have argued it sets a dangerous precedent for the expansion of such practices in the future, and will create a backlog in the courts once the mandate is lifted.

Martin said, “I’m not a lawyer and I’m not a judge, but I’m pretty sure that Article II Section 28 of the Ohio Constitution says ‘the General Assembly shall have no power to pass retroactive laws, or laws impairing the obligations of contracts…'”

On several occasions during the more than three hour debate the House Republicans offered alternative legislation that would address the intention of helping those facing foreclosure, however, with the exception of one amendment requiring contact information for the Department of Job and Family Services be provided on foreclosure notices to borrowers, their offers to work in a bi-partisan manner along with the remainder of their amendments were tabled by House Democrats.

Martin stated, “I found it very offensive when my Democrat colleagues stated that they would prefer to work any further changes to the bill through the Senate rather than working with House Republicans in a bi-partisan manner.”

Most House Republicans believe the market response to the legislation will lead to increased cost and risk to borrowers and lenders; causing higher fees, higher down payments, and a rise in interest rates.

“I believe this bill will inevitably pass the burden onto other Ohioans and will result in further market declines”, Martin said.

The bill will now head to the Senate. It is likely that the Senate will not immediately address the bill with any further deliberation as they continue to work through Ohio’s budget shortfalls.

Representative Jarrod Martin serves the 70 House District in western Greene County including the cities of Fairborn, Beavercreek, and Xenia.