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P. Hill monument may be moving

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Melanie Yingstmyingst@civitasmedia.comPLEASANT HILL — He greets travelers as they pass through the small town of Pleasant Hill, but the Ohio Department of Transportation has recommended the Old Soldier monument should be moved out of the intersection of State Routes 718 and 48.ODOT conducted a safety study of the intersection, which was presented to Pleasant Hill council this summer.The study found the intersection with the Old Soldier’s monument averaged 4.47 crashes per year . The study also stated that 14 crashes occurred at the intersection from 2010-2012. The study also found that the right of way is “very confined at this intersection, especially on the northeast corner.”

 

Troy Firefighters petition approved

By Melanie Yingstmyingst@civitasmedia.comTROY — The board of elections certified more than 800 signatures collected by the Troy Fire Department to place a referendum in regards to the city council’s ordinance to establish a part-time wage.According to deputy director Eric Morgan, the board of election members approved the petition to place a referendum on the ballot on Thursday.The board approved 830 of the more than 1,300 signatures col...

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A girl can dream

There is a ranch-style stone house in my favorite place in the world – Gatlinburg, Tennessee – that gives the appearance of being a lone holdout amongst the hustle and bustle of commercialism that drives this postage stamp of an area out-skirting the Great Smoky Mountains.I can only assume the owner of this home is a holdout, it’s not like yours truly stormed up to the front door and demanded to know their story ...

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Fundraiser a success for basketball team

Provided photoThe Piqua Girls Basketball annual fundraiser another success year as the team held its annual golf outing at Echo Hills on Saturday, Aug. 2, and once again another great turnout. The foursome of John Accurso, Tom Corrin, Johnnie Accurso and Jeff Shoup taking home the first place prize. The team wishes to thank all 64 golfers as well as the volunteers, parents, players and supporters. A huge thank you goes out to the hole sponsors and special donors, who the tournament...

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Council OKs school annexation

By Gary GregoryFor the Daily CallCOVINGTON — In a 25-minute housekeeping session Monday, the Covington Village Council approved three ordinances and two resolutions.Council waived the three-reading rule as it voted for the 2015 sidewalk assessments, the 2015 nuisance abatement assessments, and the annexation of the new Covington school property. Mayor Ed McCord said the village would supply water, sewer, police and fire protection for the school property...

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U.S. won’t reveal records on health website security

By Jack GillumAssociated PressWASHINGTON (AP) — After promising not to withhold government information over “speculative or abstract fears,” the Obama administration has concluded it will not publicly disclose federal records that could shed light on the security of the government’s health care website because doing so could “potentially” allow hackers to break in.

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Commission adopts suspended ordinance

PIQUA – Tuesday’s commission meeting agenda began with a second reading ordinance related to the terms of an agreement with the Moving Ohio Forward Grant. These funds are provided by the State Attorney’s office for the demolition of blighted properties.“Half of the expense for demolition of those properties will be added to the tax duplicate,” explained Justin Sommer, economic development director, on the cost of unpaid charges to property owners to be...

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Commissioners talk transit, juvenile center

Allison C. GallagherFor the Troy Daily NewsTROY — The commission meeting on Thursday focused heavily on approvals and discussing future plans for the county.Regan Snider from the transit department shared that the new county vehicles were ordered, with delivery estimates that would be shared later on in the afternoon Thursday. The vehicles are to be arriving in November or December, which she said is a typical timeframe.“There’s no...

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Female inmates sent to Shelby County

Melanie Yingstmyingst@civitasmedia.comMIAMI COUNTY — Miami County Sheriff’s Office sent female inmates to serve the rest of their sentences in Shelby County Jail on Thursday due to the downtown facilities overcrowding issues.Jail officials loaded up nine female inmates and their belongings on Thursday afternoon.According to Chief Deputy Dave Duchak, it will cost $55 per day, per inmate — $495 a day — to house the females at t...

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Shedding light on gov’t spending

By Bethany J. Royerbroyer@civitasmedia.comPIQUA — Ohio State Treasurer Josh Mandel is on a statewide informal tour to promote State House Bill 175, or Open Ohio, which would put the state checkbook online. This would allow taxpayers to have access to billions of dollars in government spending via a searchable database available on the treasurer&#...

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Piqua’s Got Talent set for Saturday

PIQUA — Tickets are still available for the Piqua’s Got Talent show, set for 7 p.m. this Saturday, at A Learning Place, 201 RM Davis Parkway.The junior division will start the show with Ethan Kister performing “Little Red Riding Hood” on his guitar; Samantha Shaw singing acapella “Someone Like You;” and Kelly Byrne will be singing “At Last.” In addition Peyton Kreitzer, singing “ Nobody Ever Told You;” and a junior finale ...

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Traveling Teacher

On a recent mission trip to Peru, I loved watching the cultural differences unfold as we utilized Peruvian transportation. My teammates and I were schooled in this firsthand as we traveled by plane, train, bus, taxi, and foot.First of all, we American travelers had to remember that timeliness in South America is nothing like timeliness at home. A journey to Peru puts the traveler on, “Peruvian time.” Planes, trains, and buses MIGHT run on time. Or, they might not. Peruv...

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Lady Cavs fall to Tigers

SIDNEY — The Lehman volleyball team pushed defending state champion Versailles to four sets before losing 25-12, 25-23, 20-25, 25-21.Madeline Smith dished out 28 assists for the Lady Cavaliers, while Olivia Slagle had 13 kills and three blocks and Sidney Chapman added 12 kills.Marianne Hissong had four kills and four blocks and Ava Schmitz had six digs.Lehman will play at Marion Local Tuesday.CROSS COUNTRY...

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Female inmates sent to Shelby County

Melanie Yingstmyingst@civitasmedia.comMIAMI COUNTY — Miami County Sheriff’s Office sent female inmates to serve the rest of their sentences in Shelby County Jail on Thursday due to the downtown facilities overcrowding issues.Jail officials loaded up nine female inmates and their belongings on Thursday afternoon.According to Chief Deputy Dave Duchak, it will cost $55 per day, per inmate — $495 a day — to house the females at t...

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Franks mark 60 years

SIDNEY — Paul and Arbadella “Arbie” Frank, of rural Sidney, will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary Aug. 28, 2014, with their children and grandchildren.Paul and the former Arbie Bowling were married Aug. 28, 1954, by the Rev. LeRoy Hinkle, in the parsonage of the Church of Christ in Christian Union in Quincy.Paul is the son of the late Floyd C. and Rebekah Frank. He has a living sister, Roberta Comer, of St. Paris. Another sister, Dortha June Fra...

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U.S. jobless aid applications rise to 311,000

By Josh BoakAP Economics WriterWASHINGTON (AP) — More people applied for U.S. unemployment benefits last week, although jobless claims continue to be close to pre-recession levels.Weekly applications for unemployment aid climbed 21,000 to a seasonally adjusted 311,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. The prior week’s was revised up slightly to 290,000.The four-week average, a less volatile measure, rose 2,000 to 295,750. That continu...

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Battles and struggles

It has been a while since I have placed a column in the paper. Since July 21st, I have been dealing with, processing and grieving the unexpected death of my older brother Kent. He was my only sibling and his loss, so very unexpected, has hit very hard. He was diagnosed on July 14th with a massive tumor in his abdomen, which turned out to be B-cell Lymphoma, and not a week, he was gone. So soon…so young…still so unbelievable.

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Creative Chaos Tattoo Studio LLC ribbon cutting

Press ReleaseProvided photoThe Chamber Ambassadors along with Lorna Swisher, Executive Director of Mainsteet Piqua, conducted a ribbon cutting on Thursday, August 14, for Creative Chaos Tattoo Studio LLC, located at 529 N. Main Street. Cutting the ribbon is owner Anthony “Tattooman” Dowell along with family and staff.

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