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Fire hydrant flushing to begin Monday

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PIQUA — The Underground Utilities Department will begin the annual fire hydrant flushing program on Monday. Hydrant flushing will take place between 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and may take up to 2 weeks to complete.The primary purpose of this program is to verify the proper operation of the city’s fire hydrants through periodic inspections, flow testing, and preventative maintenance. Secondarily, a pro-active hydrant flushing program is the key to mitigating water quality related aesthetic problems by removing accumulated iron and manganese mineral deposits from the water line.

 

Meet my new hero

I have a new hero, and his name is Rick Roach. Mr. Roach is one of the most famous school board members in Florida, where he has served on a local board for twenty years. He has recently announced that he won’t be running for a fifth term, because he now realizes that he has been trying to make a difference in the lives of children within a political system that is so broken that it mutes intelligent people like him. But, not running for re-election doesn’t mean he is giving up th...

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Vogt

PIQUA — Joan C. Vogt, 85, of Piqua, died at 3:35 a.m. on Thursday, April 17, 2014, at Upper Valley Medical Center, Troy.Arrangements are being handled by Melcher-Sowers Funeral Home, Piqua.

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Piqua netters edge Sidney

The Piqua tennis team won a nail bitter over Sidney 3-2 Thursday in GWOC North action.“I am proud of all players, we were tenacious at all positions,” Piqua coach Deb Retman said.At singles, Devon Parshall defeated Oakk Wynn 6-0, 6-0; Josh Hanes lost to Conner Bowers 3-6, 7-5, 6-1; and Tyler Lavey lost to Stephen Hendershot 6-7 (5-7), 7-5, 6-4.Piqua swept the doubles matches.Andrew Lamphar and Luke Hanes won 6-1, 6-4; while J...

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Piqua police reports

April 14Criminal damage: Police responded to Mote Park Community Center, 635 Gordon St., after lights were busted out and an area was spray painted.Theft: Police responded to the 300 block of Commercial Street after a former roommate stole something from a residence.Theft: Police responded to Staunton Street Storage, 735 Staunton St., after several large metal beams were stolen. The matter remains under investigation.Theft: A citizen showed up at th...

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Piqua Teen Leadership students graduate

PIQUA — The Piqua Teen Leadership graduation luncheon was held on Tuesday, April 15 at Edison Community College in the Robinson Theater. The 24 Piqua juniors and seniors were selected by their counselors. The students met once a month for seven consecutive months. Piqua Teen Leadership is designed to develop and enhance leadership skills. The participants participated in on-site visits, lectures, group discussions and simulations. ...

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Annual Ohio Civil War Show to be held in Mansfield

MANSFIELD — The 37th Annual Ohio Civil War Collector’s Show will be held Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, May 3, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, May 4, at the Richland County Fairgrounds, Mansfield. Admission is $6 with children under 12 admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Parking is included in the cost of admission.

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Taste of the Arts window decorating contest launched

PIQUA — Downtown Piqua’s annual arts event, Taste of the Arts, will be celebrating its 20th Anniversary this year and festival organizers are hoping the entire community will join in the celebration. To get businesses involved the first-ever community-wide window decorating contest has been launched and Mainstreet Piqua is hopeful that businesses from throughout the community will participate.“We receive extraordinary support from throughout the Piqua Community fo...

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Miami East music students perform at Disney

CASSTOWN — Miami East music teacher Omar Lozano recently took 48 members of the Miami East Choir to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla. The Miami East Women’s Choir and Mixed Choir performed in the Melody Gardens in Epcot. While there, the singers visited Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios and Epcot. The choirs were accompanied by Ken DeWeese and Melissa Lozano. Miami East Women’s and Mixed Choir will be advancing to O.M.E.A. Southwest Region State Contest May ...

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D.A.R.E. Day fun

Hunter Smith, a fifth grader at Bennett Intermediate School runs away from an earth ball at Garbry Big Woods during Piqua City Schools and the Piqua police department’s D.A.R.E. Day outing on Thursday.

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Summer Feeding Program starts in June

By Will E Sanderswsanders@civitasmedia.comPIQUA — For the charitable sorts who are looking for a reason to either donate their time, money or non-perishable food items, Piqua Salvation Army Capt. Doug Dolder has 7,200 reasons.That’s the number of dinners that will be served to children and teens during the local Salvation Army’s Summer Feeding Program, which starts June 2 (first Monday after school ends) and continues through Aug. 15 (last Fr...

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Mother who ran off with child extradited, charged, released

By Will E Sanderswsanders@civitasmedia.comTROY — A Dayton woman who fled to Las Vegas with her 4-year-old daughter after losing custody of the child was arraigned this week in Miami County Municipal Court after her extradition.Eva O. Villamor-Goubeaux, 38, was given a recognizance bond following her video arraignment in court Wednesday on one felony count of interference with custody.While out on bond she is to have no contact with the victim ...

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City celebrates Arbor Day

By Bethany J. RoyerStaff Writerbroyer@civitasmedia.comPIQUA — A small voice amongst a mix of three to five year olds called out, asking if it was all right to get his hands dirty. The inquiry came from the base of a weeping redbud tree being planted in commemoration of Arbor Day at the south side of Edison Community College, outside the childcare facility, Thursday morning.

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Letter to the editor

To the Editor:We the taxpayers of Piqua are paying for a service that isn’t doing what it’s supposed to be doing. Mainly they’re lazy, thinking they got us over a barrel.We ought to fire them and get a recycling company that isn’t afraid of honest work and is true in line with saving room in our landfills. America is slowly going green but our recycling company we are paying for is not.They are lazy, picky, snotty, and just don’t ...

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Letter to the editor

To the Editor:I will vote no on the Piqua Schools tax renewal. Some of the spending of these tax dollars in the past was very foolish.Gary KelleyPiqua

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Happy (SPOILER!) ending

Warning: Some movie and book spoilers for Gravity, Europa Report, Last Days on Mars and the Martian ensue Space-themed movies and books always seem to end on a depressing note with humans meeting a nasty death and generally star or feature men. Last year’s space movies were no exception minus Gravity, a film with many positive attributes including a strong female lead and the inclusion of a (SPOILER!) happy ending.

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April’s Columbine Challenge 15 years later

The threat of school violence is all too real for me. As a school administrator’s wife, at two different public systems, I’ve lived through a bomb threat and lock down with my husband inside the endangered buildings. Yet as a journalist, there is no violent episode more personally memorable than the one that occurred in Littleton, Colorado, on April 20, 1999. Fifteen years ago, employed as a west central Ohio television reporter, I was horrified by the live footage of bloodied bod...

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College Board provides a glimpse of new SAT

By KIMBERLY HEFLINGAP Education WriterWASHINGTON (AP) — Anxious students — not to mention their parents — can get a heads-up for how the redesigned SAT might look in two years.Sample questions for the new version of the college-entrance test were released on Wednesday by the College Board, which announced last month that the new test will include real-world applications and require more analysis. Students will also be asked to cite evidence t...

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