Yellow Springs

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose, overseeing the Election Night Reporting Center, in Columbus, Ohio, calls for the closing of the polls in the Ohio primary election, Tuesday, April 28, 2020.
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Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose has ordered the Greene County Board of Elections to reject non-citizen voter registrations in the village of Yellow Springs.

The 10 acres of sunflowers along Ohio State Route 68 outside of Yellow Springs won’t be planted this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Last year, 20,000 people visited Whitehall Farm to see the sunflowers during their three week bloom in September. Sharen Neuhardt owns the farm with her husband Dave. They have hired a local farmer to plant sunflowers on a portion of their property every year since 2003. But this year, Sharen says, it’s not safe.

Yellow Springs is the first community in Ohio to require people to wear facemasks in public during the pandemic.

On Friday morning, Village Councilman Brian Housh was walking through downtown Yellow Springs, wearing a mask and putting up signs asking others to do the same.

“Our residents have made it really clear that they wanted more action taken,” Housh said. “And in light of spikes [in coronavirus cases] in Greene County and Montgomery County, this is something that’s not going away.”

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.

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.

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.

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Ohio’s new medical marijuana program was set to be fully operational in September, but it was delayed by hiccups with the implementation process.

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One of the largest medical marijuana companies in the U.S. officially opened its new large-scale growing operation in Yellow Springs on Monday.

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Dozens of public officials and advocates gathered in Yellow Springs Thursday to break ground on Ohio’s first medical marijuana-cultivation site.

The project is one of a dozen across Ohio licensed by the state just two weeks ago, and it moves forward amid questions over the fairness of state’s medical cannabis licensing process.

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