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Sheriff investigates homicide

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By Melanie Yingstmyingst@civitasmedia.comBETHEL TWP. —The Miami County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a homicide in the 4400 block of Scarff Road, Bethel Twp., outside of New Carlisle.According to Chief Deputy Dave Duchak, detectives discovered the body of a white male in his late 20s, early 30s in the yard of the home Thursday morning. The victim has not been identified by authorities as of press time.The Miami County Coroner confirmed the cause of death as a homicide. The man was found with undetermined trauma to the body and was partially buried under debris in the yard. Duchak said once the body is removed from the scene, an autopsy will be performed by the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.


Bilingual teacher joins PHS staff

By Tori NixStaff WriterCarolyn Crowner is the new Spanish teacher at Piqua High School. This is her fourth year teaching. Besides teaching at Piqua, Crowner has taught at Eastern Local High School, Ohio University, Upward Bound, as well as two language institutes in Ecuador and Mexico.Crowner’s inspiration to teach came from her first college Spanish instructor, Kit Brown, as well as many of her high school teachers and college professors from OU. “...

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McDonalds Student of the Week

By Mariah KillianStaff WriterJessica Huff, daughter of Todd and Janet Huff, has been selected as student of the week for the week of Oct. 20-24.Huff was selected by Kristina McKenzie for her diligence and responsibility. McKenzie said, “Jessica is a wonderful student. She has done an amazing job this year; she works very hard and is willing to go the extra mile. I am very proud of her accomplishments.”

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History in the making

By Faith BransonStaff WriterOn Saturday, Oct. 11, all you heard before 9 p.m. was marching band members saying to each other, “I think we did it, I think we made it” or “I hope we made it, we deserve it!”At the Versailles Marching Band Invitational the Pride of Piqua Marching Band quantified for state for the first time in 18 years. The band has been working towards this moment since the middle of July. When they called Piqua’s na...

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To the Editor:Thank you to all who made Down The River, Down A Beer held on Saturday, Oct. 4, a successful event. Thanks to Edison Community College for letting us use the beautiful Emerson Point area as our back up plan as the weather was too raw to have it at Lock Nine River Park. Next, thank you to our sponsors: Positively Promoting Piqua, Unity National Bank, WPTW for providing radio advertisements, Can’t Stop Running, P&R Specialty, Jordan Knepper at the Piqua Arts Counc...

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Edison professor receives Ohio Strong Award

By Amy Bargerabarger@civitasmedia.comPIQUA – Steve Sykes, professor of manufacturing and industrial management at Edison Community College, receives high remarks in the education community by students and faculty. So much that he was accepted as the recipient of the Ohio Strong Award from the Ohio Treasurer’s Office Tuesday at Edison Community College.The Ohio Strong Award was developed by Treasurer Josh Mandel, in effort to recognize Ohioans who a...

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On the Ballot

By Terry D. WrightFor the Daily CallCASSTOWN — Voters in the Miami East Local School District will have a chance to cast a ballot for a permanent improvement renewal levy request for maintenance and capital improvements projects on Nov. 4. The levy is to renew the current levy and is not a new or additional tax. Actually, the renewal has been decreasing since first approved by voters in 1976.Originally, voters approved a 5-mil levy back in that Bicentenn...

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Agencies conduct sex offender check

By Melanie Yingstmyingst@civitasmedia.comMIAMI COUNTY — Officials from several law enforcement agencies conducted a county-wide sweep of all 167 registered sex offenders on Thursday.Miami County Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Marshals and all local police departments, including the Piqua Police Department, knocked on doors to verify addresses of sex offenders in the area.Beginning this year, Miami County Sheriff’s Office now conducts sex o...

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Piqua receives trail town status

PIQUA – The City of Piqua is now officially a “Trail Town.” The city held a designation ceremony on the chilly but sunny Thursday, Oct. 23, at French Park. Community members, organizations, and officials were in attendance to commemorate the honor of Piqua becoming the fourth community within Ohio to obtain this special designation.Piqua has reached this honor of becoming a Trail Town through not only having trails along the Buckeye Trail and North Country Trail, ...

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Ready for state run

By Rob Kiserrkiser@civitasmedia.comFor the first time since 2007, the Piqua boys cross country team will be represented in the Troy D-I regional cross country meet.Piqua sophomore Andy Mayse will be among the competitors along the Troy levy bank when the race gets underway at 12:30 p.m. Saturday.Mayse, who just missed advancing to regionals as a freshman, ran a 16:58 to finish seventh at the district meet and advance.“Definitely, it...

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Time change for Lehman soccer

The time for the Lehman girls soccer D-III district championship game against Preble Shawnee has changed.The Lady Cavaliers will now play the Lady Arrows at 3 p.m. at Eaton High School, not 7 p.m.Spiker teamsplay for titlesThere will be two volleyball D-III district championship matches at Tippecanoe High School Saturday.Versailles will play Madeira at 4:30 p.m., followed by Miami East and Hamilton Badin ...

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Cain leading the way for Columbus State

By David Fongdfong@civitasmedia.comCOLUMBUS — The Columbus State Community College volleyball team is one of the top junior colleges programs in the nation — and Lehman High School graduate Ellie Cain is big reason why.Recently, Columbus State moved up to No. 8 in the Natinal Junoir College Athletic Association rankings after a win over nationally-ranked Kirkwood Community College. Currently, the Cougars are 25-1, 10-0 in the Ohio Community College...

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McMahon named Edison coach

With over 30 years of coaching experience, Tim McMahon makes a return to Edison Community College as the head coach of the women’s basketball team. McMahon’s experience as coach in both the high school and collegiate level will provide him with an advantage as he leads the lady Chargers in upcoming seasons.“I’m fortunate to have been able to work with so many coaches over the years, giving me the opportunity to grow as a coach and create lasting relationship...

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Piqua hoop team edges Kiser

A HISTORY OF PIQUA HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETICS – A JOURNALWINTER 1935“The basketball season this year for the Red and Blue started very successfully when they played and won the game with Covington. Since it was the first game of the season, their handling of the ball was naturally ragged. But in spite of this fact, it was a good game. The Tribe won this game against Dayton Kiser 33 t...

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OSU assistant at peace with Penn State

By Jim Naveaujnaveau@civitasmedia.comCOLUMBUS – At its best, Penn State’s Beaver Stadium is one of the loudest, one of the most intimidating football venues in the Big Ten.But Ohio State defensive line coach Larry Johnson says there is an easy way to flip the switch off on all that.“The best way to block the noise out is to score points and play great defense. If you do that, it will be pretty quiet,” he said.Johns...

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Lehman looks to continue momentum

By Ken Barhorstkbarhorst@civitasmedia.comSIDNEY — This week’s game wasn’t expected to carry much meaning, and for the Lehman Cavaliers, it doesn’t as much.But for the Cavs’ opponent, Waynesfield, it’s big all of a sudden, following the Tigers’ stunning upset of Riverside last week by a 7-6 final.That win vaulted Waynesfield into 10th place in Region 26 of Division VII, just ...

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PHS to perform Fall Concert

PIQUA — The Piqua High School Choral Department will present its Fall Concert on Sunday, Oct. 26, at 2:30 p.m. at the Hartzell Center for the Performing Arts at Piqua High School. Director of choirs is Tom Westfall. The music education aide is Brenda Vetter.The concert will begin with a mass choir number written by composer Mark Hayes called “Credo,” with guest organist, David Broerman.The State OMEA Superior rated Women’s Chorus will begin their ...

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Solving our spending problem

This time of year, many seniors in our area have questions about Medicare, as Medicare Open Enrollment is from now until Dec. 7. That’s why my office stands ready to assist any constituents who may have questions about the Medicare Open Enrollment period or are experiencing issues with receiving benefits. For more information about services available to seniors in Ohio’s Eighth Congressional District, please call (937) 339-1524 or visit our “Services for Seniors” webpa...

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