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Tom Barnett: A consummate newsman

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PIQUA — Longtime newspaperman Tom Barnett, 85, of Piqua, has died.A former editor of the Piqua Daily Call, the New Carlisle Sun and the Tipp City Herald and, more recently, a reporter for the Sidney Daily News, he succumbed to congestive heart failure Tuesday. He had been hospitalized for two weeks.A consummate newsman, Barnett retired from the Sidney Daily News in January 2013, ending a 68-year career, one of the longest full-time careers in Ohio journalism history. It spanned parts of eight decades and followed newspapering from typesetting into the computer age. The Sidney City Council proclaimed Jan. 31, 2013, “Tom Barnett Day” and city officials, including the mayor, were on hand to wish him well.

 

Levy a small price to pay

To the Editor,With the upcoming School renewal tax on the ballot for May 6, Piqua families will have the opportunity to show their support for our local schools. Before you vote, please consider the facts.

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Rescue operator convicted of animal cruelty

By Will E Sanderswsanders@civitasmedia.comTROY — A municipal court jury returned three guilty verdicts of animal cruelty against a Tipp City woman this week who operated a now defunct animal rescue.Shula Woodworth, 46, was found guilty on three animal cruelty counts, but the jury of six men and three women found her not guilty on two other cruelty charges during their 90-minute deliberations.Woodworth once ran Serenity Horse Rescue, 5275 State...

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McDonald’s Student of the Week

By Kayla BowermasterStaff WriterPIQUA — The McDonald’s Student of the Week for the week of April 21-25 is tenth-grader Cheyenne Hawkins. Hawkins is the daughter of Josh Hawkins.Hawkins was nominated by Kacie Pace for her diligence and responsibility. Pace said, “Cheyenne Hawkins is very dedicated to her classwork. Everything she turns in is A+ work; she looks for a challenge and is willing to assist other students.”Hawkins pl...

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Horse rescue operator convicted of three counts of animal cruelty

By Will E Sanderswsanders@civitasmedia.comTROY — A municipal court jury returned three guilty verdicts of animal cruelty against a Tipp City woman this week who operated a now defunct animal rescue.Shula Woodworth, 46, was found guilty on three animal cruelty counts, but the jury of six men and three women found her not guilty on two other cruelty charges during their 90-minute deliberations.Woodworth once ran Serenity Horse Rescue, 5275 State...

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Writers urge voters to say yes to levy

To the Editor:My wife and I would like to express our support for the upcoming Piqua City Schools improvement renewal levy on the ballot May 6. As former Piqua City School (PCS) students, we care much for the valuable education we received from their institutions. Both of us went away to college well prepared for our time there, and have since returned to plant our family roots right back here in Piqua. First, because we think it’s a great community, but additionally we want ...

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The spirit of tolerance

At this point in our nation’s history – indeed at this point in the history of Western Civilization — it has become quite apparent that the defenders of natural marriage have lost the argument over gay marriage, at least for the foreseeable future. Last summer, the Supreme Court overturned the Federal Defense of Marriage Act, known as DOMA. Since then, lower federal courts encompassing states from Texas to Virginia and, most recently, Ohio have continued to chip away at laws...

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How do I start to change?

Editor’s Note: This is part two in Martin’s change series, part one ran Feb. 27, part two April 7

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You’re Invited

Spring Songfest set for SundayPIQUA — Cyrene A.M.E. Church, 227 W. Ash St., Piqua, is having a Spring Songfest at 3:30 p.m. Sunday. Various singing groups from the surrounding area will be featured. The theme for the event is Songs of Praise. The public is invited to attend.Bike Blessing service plannedCOVINGTON — A bike blessing service will be held in Covington at 1 p.m. May 4. The meet and release will be from Market Fresh on State Route 41, acr...

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Easter Reflection Quieting our fears

Rev. Kazy Blocher HindsThe angel said, “Do not be afraid.” We hear these words quite a bit in the Bible.But we are afraid, aren’t we? Our world tells us to be afraid, to live in fear of what could happen. We have security systems. We have creams that say they can keep us looking young. We have been taught to fear the aging process. Every where we look we find something that promotes fear.

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One of Ohio’s oldest churches celebrates 175 years

By Elizabeth StudebakerSpecial CorrespondentXENIA — Xenia is home to Ohio’s fourth oldest Missionary Baptist Church and it is getting ready to celebrate 175 years.Next weekend will be a time of celebration at Zion Baptist Church, 565 E. Main St. Two hundred or more members and other celebrants will gather at 5:30 p.m. in the Ward Ballroom at Central State University for a banquet honoring those who have been instrumental in making the the church wh...

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Boehner visits Hartzell Propeller

Bethany J. RoyerStaff Writerbroyer@civitasmedia.comPIQUA — It is all about the economy and jobs, says Speaker of the House John Boehner, of his whirlwind visit to Hartzell Propeller Wednesday morning. While work continued as usual for employees, their special guest toured the facility alongside Joseph Brown, president. The Speaker stating he was spending time with employers in the district to discuss the issues they face, while emphasizing companies such...

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Tractor crash claims life

Mike UlleryStaff Photographermullery@civitasmedia.comCOVINGTON — A farm tractor crash on Klinger Road, north of Covington, claimed one life and sent four other to area hospitals on Wednesday afternoon.The crash occurred around 4:30 p.m. when a tractor, driven by Tammy Burns, 43, of Covington, that was pulling a box trailer, overturned in the 8500 block of Klinger Road. The tractor pinned Burns and two children underneath.

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Tom Barnett: A consummate newsman

PIQUA — Longtime newspaperman Tom Barnett, 85, of Piqua, has died.A former editor of the Piqua Daily Call, the New Carlisle Sun and the Tipp City Herald and, more recently, a reporter for the Sidney Daily News, he succumbed to congestive heart failure Tuesday. He had been hospitalized for two weeks.A consummate newsman, Barnett retired from the Sidney Daily News in January 2013, ending a 68-year career, one of the longest full-time careers in Ohio journalism histor...

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Buccs, Lady Vikings second at County

TIPP CITY — The Troy boys and girls track and field teams swept the Miami County Invitational Tuesday night.Covington boys, led by doubles from Lane White and Ben Miller, finished second.White swept the 200, 22.43; and 400, 50.83; while Miller won the 110 hurdles, 15.69; and 300 hurdles, 42.88.Also winning for Covington were the 400 relay (Dalton Bordelon, A.J. Ouellette, Miller, Brandon Magee), 45.97; and the 1,600 relay (Matt Carder, Magee, Alex Schill...

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Piqua man receives maximum sentence in 2010 child endangering case

By Will E Sanderswsanders@civitasmedia.comTROY — A Piqua man who was convicted by a jury of causing severe injuries to a young child in 2010 faced a common pleas court judge at his sentencing hearing Monday and received the maximum penalty.It took a jury 75 minutes last month to return a guilty verdict against Adam L. Jones, 35, for child endangering, a second-degree felony, following the man’s two-day trial and on Monday he received eight years be...

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Ruth Hahn: A legacy of hope

Bethany J. RoyerStaff Writerbroyer@civitasmedia.comPIQUA — The community has lost a legacy as Ruth Hahn, 88, co-founder of the Hahn-Hufford Center of Hope on Garbry Road passed away Saturday while visiting family in Florida. Her story one of hope, hugs, and tenacity that culminated in the development of the Center over 40 years ago with good friend Gloria Hufford. The two having shared an ambition unlike any other as they sought help and answers for not ...

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Piqua voters asked to consider district’s ‘good stewardship’ May 6

By Susan HartleyGroup Content ManagerPIQUA – Piqua City School administrators are hoping that keeping their promise to the community to be good stewards of taxpayer dollars will mean a win come May 6.Piqua voters are being asked to approve a renewal of the district’s 1.8 mill, five year permanent improvement levy, which will generate $692,986 annually in property taxes. The levy was originally passed in 1994, and expires Dec. 31 of this year. The 1...

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