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Weed harvester makes it rounds

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Bethany J. Royerbroyer@civitasmedia.comPIQUA — A familiar “boat” was out on area waters Wednesday afternoon, the city’s weed harvester that is, doing what it does best – harvest weeds. A task that not only improves the aesthetics of Franz Pond, Echo Lake, Swift Run Lake and Rocky Ridge Lake (Or the Gravel Pit) but their health.The weed harvester was under the operation of Ryan Scott and, weather permitting, harvests weeds and algae to eliminate eutrophication which makes the water stagnant. This can cause unwanted algae growth and odors, along with the need for extended purification time at the water treatment plant.


Biden among Urban League meeting speakers in Cincy

CINCINNATI (AP) — The National Urban League wants to make sure job issues and economic insecurity are in the forefront of this fall’s election campaigns, its leader said Wednesday as members of the civil rights organization gathered for their four-day conference.Vice President Joe Biden’s scheduled speech today headlines the lineup of participants at downtown Cincinnati’s convention center. Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear...

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In Iraq, Syria, militants try to govern as a state

By Zeina Karam and Bassem MroueAssociated PressBEIRUT (AP) — Across the broad swath of territory they control bridging Syria and Iraq, extremist militants from the group known as the Islamic State have proven to be highly organized administrators. Flush with cash, they fix roads, police traffic, administer courts, and have even set up an export system of smuggled crude from oil fields they have seized.But the extremists — a mix of Iraqis and Syrian...

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Prayers across Netherlands for Ukraine crash dead

By Mike CorderAssociated PressTHE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Worshippers at church services across the Netherlands prayed Sunday for the victims of the Ukraine air disaster and their next of kin, as anger built over the separatist rebels’ hindering of the investigation into the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.The chairman of the Dutch Bishops Conference, Cardinal Wim Eijk, called on church-goers to “pray for strength and courage for the...

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Fair king, queen contest set

TROY — The Miami County Fair King and Queen contest will be at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Duke Lundgard Building on the north end of the fairgrounds.The event is free, and the public is invited to attend. Selection of a fair prince and princess also will be part of the contest.Preliminary interviews were held July 12. All contestants will be announced at the contest. Four boys and eight girls are vying for the king/queen crowns. Three boys and eight girls are vying for...

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Happy birthday to Renner Philipps

Renner PhilippsAge: 7Birthdate: July 24, 2007Parents: Mike and Lisa Philipps, of PiquaSiblings: BryceGrandparents: The late Sherry Wackler, Mike and Pam Philipps, of Piqua

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Couple to teach three classes at YWCA

PIQUA — Fred and Linda Verceles will be teaching three new classes at the YWCA Piqua, 418 N. Wayne St. Each class runs for four weeks, beginning Monday, Aug. 4.“Better Balance … Fewer Falls,” taught by Fred Verceles from 10-10:45 a.m., will include exercises in proper walking techniques, balance exercises, weight shifting, core strengthening and stretching. It is a low-impact class. Participants are asked to wear comfortable clothes and flat-soled shoes, and...

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Ohio adds 244K jobs under Kasich; recovery slow

By Julie Carr SmythAP Statehouse CorrespondentCOLUMBUS (AP) — Ask politician, pundit and voter alike and they will tell you the same thing: The November election is about jobs.Job growth is both a key economic indicator and an easy issue for politicians to talk about when campaigning. Yet when the claims of Republican Gov. John Kasich and Democratic challenger Ed FitzGerald conflict, Ohioans can be left baffled.A look at some of the facts abou...

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Childhood obesity is a family affair, says TOPS

MILWAUKEE, WI – The key to helping children struggling with their weight starts with helping the family, according to TOPS Club, Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), the nonprofit weight-loss support organization. For the first time in history, the current generation of kids may have a shorter lifespan than their parents. When children learn behaviors early on, those habits can last a lifetime – so teaching healthy habits from the beginning is important. And working together to be hea...

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Hi. I’m Gloria Yoder, age 24. I’m an ordinary Amish housewife and mother and, yes, I love it. My husband Daniel and I have been blessed with over 4 years of marriage. We were thrilled when God added a baby girl to our hearts and lives 2 1 /2 years ago. We named her Julia Rose. She is our little sunshine. We also anticipate the arrival of another bundle in November. Julia is all excited about being a big sister.

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Doctor celebrates 50th work anniversary

By Will E Sanderswsanders@civitasmedia.comPIQUA — The smiling face of Dr. Louis A. Schmidt, MD, has been the last thing hundreds of area residents have witnessed just before going under the effects of anesthesia for surgery.While achieving a golden wedding anniversary is an accomplishment, this year Schmidt celebrated his golden work anniversary as a physician and anesthesiologist.He is currently working out of the Valley Regional Surgery Cent...

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Serving others first

By Melanie YingstStaff WriterMIAMI COUNTY — It’s the first place they think of when one is in need.That’s the philosophy which drives the volunteers at First Place Food Pantry to assist local families and community members to help place food on their tables.Feeding more than 40 families per day, First Place Food Pantry recently moved its food pantry distribution center to 721 Lincoln Ave., Troy, to help feed those in need in a larg...

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AB Graham Center golf scramble slated

PIQUA - The AB Graham Center will be hosting a golf scramble at Lakeland Golf Course with a shot gun start at 8 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 2, in St. Paris. Cost is $50 per golfer, $200 per team. Entry fee includes 18 holes, cart, and lunch served at AB Graham Memorial Center. Call the center at 368-3700 or Lakeland at 663-4707 for more info.

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Happy birthday to Cohen R. W. Brown

Cohen R. W. BrownAge: 7Birthdate: July 22, 2007Parents: Amanda Renee Heath Brown and Dustin Robert Brown, of PiquaGrandparents: Ken and Jean Heath, Don and Beverly Brown, all of PiquaGreat-grandparent: Joanne Kelley, of Piqua, Dick and Pat Standford, of Rushsylvania

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It’s Mack-ademic

By David FongRegional Sports Content ManagerCASSTOWN — In a day and age in which the term “student-athlete” is quickly becoming something of an oxymoron, Angie Mack is living proof is is possible to strike a balance between the classroom and the athletic fields.

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McIlroy is poised to be golf’s next big thing

HOYLAKE, England (AP) — Golf has been looking for the next big star the last five years, and Rory McIlroy is the most obvious candidate.With his name on the claret jug and his Irish eyes now focused on a green jacket, McIlroy took a big step toward the career Grand Slam with four dominant days at Royal Liverpool. He looks unbeatable at times like this. Boy Wonder has it all — skill, strength, shot-making. Throw in a great week with the putter and it̵...

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Pyrenees please Nibali, Rogers in Tour Stage 16

BAGNERES-DE-LUCHON, France (AP) — The Pyrenees on Tuesday lived up to their reputation for causing ups and downs at the Tour de France: A French rider climbed in the standings, an American went down, and an Australian rebounding from an ordeal of doping suspicions won Stage 16 in a downhill breakaway.Riding in his 10th Tour, three-time world champion Michael Rogers of Australia won his first Tour stage behind savvy racing, well-paced riding and the absence of his Tinkoff-Saxo...

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Mills/Bogart Brothers and Betty Hemmert scholarship winners announced

PIQUA - Emily Wildenhaus and Aaron VanPelt have been named the 2014 recipients of the Mills/Bogart Brothers Scholarship and the Betty Hemmert Scholarship.The Mills/Bogart Brothers scholarship was established to honor two sets of brothers that have established themselves in the field of vocal performance. The scholarship is presented by the Piqua Area Chamber of Commerce to Piqua residents who are pursuing a degree in music, music education or the performing arts at an accredited co...

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