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Tractor crash claims 14-year-old

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Staff ReportsCOVINGTON — A farm tractor crash on Klinger Road, north of Covington, claimed the life of a 14-year-old girl 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.


Republicans O’Brien, Simmons to face off during primary election for county commission

By Will E Sanderswsanders@civitasmedia.comTROY — Voters in the Republican primary election on May 6 will decide a two-way race between incumbent Miami County Commissioner John “Bud” O’Brien and his challenger Greg Simmons.O’Brien, 50, of Monroe Township, has been serving the county commission since 2007, and prior to that served as the Miami County Recorder from 1996 through 2006. In addition, O’Brien is the chairman of the ...

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Piqua baseball falls to Lebanon

By Rob KiserCall Sports Editorrkiser@civitasmedia.comDAYTON — It wasn’t the result Piqua baseball was hoping for on its return to Fifth-Third Field after several years absence.The home of the Dayton Dragons continued to be an unkind facility for the Indians — who are now 0-4 on the field after a 10-0 loss to Lebanon in five innings.“It is a great opportunity and experience for the kids,” Piqua coach Jared Ask...

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Upper Valley CC and city collaborate on another clean-up project

PIQUA — Students from the Upper Valley Career Center Horticulture and Landscape Management program helped out the city Wednesday. John Kreitzer, instructor for the program, brought a group of juniors and seniors from his class to help spruce up one of the U.S. Route 36 landscape beds.The program at Upper Valley CC is designed to help students develop skills needed for entry level jobs in the local horticulture and landscape industry. The students learn to select and use the t...

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Bradford BOE discusses Wednesday, Sunday events

By Heather CananFor the Daily Callpdceditorial@civitasmedia.comBRADFORD — During Bradford’s monthly school board meeting earlier this week, the subject of school functions on Wednesdays and Sundays was brought up. President Dr. Scott Swabb wanted to know what would be the best way to get coaches, staff and the community involved in making a permanent policy.Swabb suggested getting everyone together to make a list of pros and cons of limi...

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Bat boy

Mike Ullery | Daily CallBat boy Ben Lavey, 8, a student at High Street, gets ready for a Piqua varsity baseball game at Fifth Third Field in Dayton on Thursday night against Lebanon.

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Battle of the honeysuckle

Bethany J. RoyerStaff Writerbroyer@civitasmedia.comPIQUA — It was a dream that became a tongue-in-cheek nightmare, said Tony Trapp, apprenticeship coordinator and assistant HVACR instructor at Upper Valley Career Center, in a good-natured gesture of having provided the idea to clear honeysuckle surrounding the canal at Fountain Park Wednesday. As junior and senior students from the Environmental Occupations program, along with their level I and level II ...

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Upper Valley CC names Students of the Quarter

PIQUA — Troy High School senior Josh Detrick and Newton High School junior Elizabeth Deeter were named the Upper Valley Career Center Students of the Quarter for the third nine-week grading period. According to Upper Valley CC Director of Student Services, Matt Meyer, Detrick is a Pre-Engineering Technologies II major and Deeter is a Medical Technologies I major. They were selected from a group of seven nominations for the quarter honors.

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Advice no. 3

PA Announcement: Attention, the following personnel have volunteered to go on a ten-mile fitness hike. [Silence]- M.A.S.H. 4077 TV episode, Dear DadDivorce has once again touched my family and to be honest, I’d much rather volunteer for a ten-mile fitness hike as I struggle with the inescapable need to dole out advice. Not to say I did not give some advice to one of the parties but managed to whittle the book down to three pieces....

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Former mayor endorses Wall

To the Editor:On Tuesday, May 6, the electorate will have the opportunity to elect a new judge for the Miami County Court of Common Pleas. Take a look at the qualifications of candidates Stacy Wall and Jeannine Pratt; after close examination, Stacy Wall is the preferred candidate.As the mayor of Piqua from 2006-2009, it was my privilege to have Stacy serve as our law director for two and a half years. What I appreciated most was her dedication to the job and the attentio...

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Wall ‘preferred’ candiate for judge

To the Editor:On May 6, Miami County voters will have an opportunity to vote for a new municipal judge. I have been privileged to witness Stacy Wall in a court of law and am very impressed by her professionalism, knowledge of the legal system and ability to relate to those individuals she encounters on a daily basis. It’s no surprise that the Miami County Bar Association voted for Ms. Wall as the “preferred” candidate in this upcoming election. I believe her crede...

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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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Living with Children

John RosemondQ: Our 4-year-old son (middle child with older and younger sisters) frequently uses “baby talk.” It doesn’t seem to be a way of seeking attention, because when we ask him to repeat in his “big boy voice” he will do so, and he only does this with us. Is correcting him making a bigger deal out of it than necessary and possibly making it worse?

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Wall has ‘broad range of experience and leadership’

To the Editor:Yard signs are dotting the landscape and many people are receiving calls and mailings from the candidates for Common Pleas Court Judge. But the number of signs and other publicity only give you a small picture of who a candidate really is.

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Keeping It Real

The Most Important Lesson Taught at SchoolBy Holly McElweeI usually write for parents in this space, but today I’d like to address students directly. I suspect parents already know this message, so here’s a secret I’d like to share with students. Kids, the most important lesson you’re learning at school isn’t an academic one. The most important lesson is how to handle life.

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High court tosses $3.4M award to child porn victim

By MARK SHERMANAssociated PressWASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court this week said a federal law limits how much money victims of child pornography can recover from people who viewed their images online, throwing out a nearly $3.4 million judgment in favor of a woman whose childhood rape has been widely seen on the Internet.

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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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