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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.

 

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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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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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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