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Local resident meets relatives in Germany

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By Belinda M. Paschalbpaschal@civitasmedia.comTROY — Visiting the home village of his German great-great-grandfather was at the top of genealogy buff Jay D. Wackler’s bucket list. As of mid-June, he can cross that item off the list.The Troy resident’s interest in genealogy goes back about three decades, thanks to his parents, who shared his hobby. The family traveled all over this area visiting relatives and gathering information and pictures.“My dad knew the name of my great-great-grandfather, Georg Andreas Ernst Wackler, and shared a lot of information with me,” Wackler said.

 

Headstart preschool program enrollment open

MIAMI COUNTY — The Head Start classrooms in Troy, Piqua and West Milton at Kids Learning Place in Miami County are now taking applications for 3- and 4-year-old children for the 2014-2015 school year. Classes will begin in September. There are part-day preschool classrooms and home-base visiting options available.Head Start preschool programs provide a kindergarten readiness education, health and social services, and nutritional programs. The no-cost program is for low-income...

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Adult Division now ACCSC accredited

PIQUA — Upper Valley Career Center has announced that the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges has granted the Adult Division three-year accreditation status. School officials were notified on July 14 of the ACCSC’s action taken at the June 2014 meeting.Dr. Barbara Wagner, Adult Director, shared the news with the adult division staff and administration, saying, “Receiving the accreditation status with ACCSC validates the quality of Upper Valley Ca...

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Tipp Roller Mill presents Owen Campbell

TIPP CITY — With the discovery of the Tipp Roller Mill by Nashville musicians on tour, the Mill has tailored a new category of concerts to fit this demand. The new series, dubbed “Road Tour,” was successfully kicked off last week by Nashville artists Amanda June and Cole Vosbury. This initial concert has created exposure for the Mill in the Nashville music community causing a second back to back concert to be scheduled by a rising new star.

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RIPCO to play at Piqua Public Library

PIQUA — The Friends of the Piqua Public Library are happy to host the Rock Island Plow Company at the library at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, as part of its Library Lounge Series.This is the second appearance at the library by this popular bluegrass band; last year’s show was standing room only. The concert is free and open to the public.The Rock Island Plow Company, also known as RIPCO, performs bluegrass music with respect for tradition while embracing the fut...

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Annual Piqua Fine Art Show seeking entries

PIQUA — One of the longest running arts events in Piqua will once again take place in September. The 22nd Annual Piqua Fine Art Show will take place from September 5-26 at Apple Tree Gallery during normal business hours. One of the largest exhibits in the Miami Valley, last year’s exhibit featured 175 pieces of art from more than 60 artists across six different categories.

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How Arizona, Ohio, Oklahoma, executions went awry

Since the start of the year, executions in Ohio, Oklahoma and Arizona have gone awry, with inmates gasping for breath as lethal drugs coursed through their bodies. The Associated Press had witnesses at the executions of the three inmates. A look at how each unfolded:THE BACKSTORY:ARIZONA: Joseph Rudolph Wood was convicted of fatally shooting Debbie Dietz, 29, and her father, Gene Dietz, 55, at their auto repair shop in Tucson in 1989. He was executed on Wednesday....

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Harvest Moon, Balloon Fest to return

By Melody Vallieumvallieu@civitasmedia.comTROY — The fall season is just around the corner, and will mark the return of a new festival in the county.The Miami County Agricultural Society and the Troy Foundation will host the second annual Miami County Harvest Moon and Balloon Fest on Oct. 3-5 at the Miami County Fairgrounds.The event will feature 10 colorful hot air balloons, as well as activities commemorating everything autumn.Des...

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New concession stand discussed by Bradford BOE

By Heather CananFor the Daily CallBRADFORD — The Bradford School Board held its monthly meeting recently. All board members, including Dr. Scott Swabb, Maria Brewer, John Lavey, Nathan Paulus and Jay Roberts were in attendance as well as the new superintendent John Stekli and treasurer Dawnna Cron.

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Council updated on Spring Street project

By Gary GregoryFor the Daily CallCOVINGTON — Controlling floodwater in Covington has been a longtime concern of the Covington Village Council.In the wake of the flooding caused by the May 21 storm, the council discussed ways to answer those concerns during its Monday meeting. Larger piping along Spring Street was discussed.Known as the Spring Street project planned for completion by the fall of 2015, it has been the point of discussion for man...

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Survey finds sharp increase in teen use of HGH

NEW YORK (AP) — Experimentation with human growth hormones by America’s teens more than doubled in the past year, as more young people looked to drugs to boost their athletic performance and improve their looks, according to a new, large-scale national survey.In a confidential 2013 survey of 3,705 high school students, being released Wednesday by the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, 11 percent reported using synthetic HGH at least once — up from about 5 percent in ...

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On top of the town

Employees of A.M. Leonard in Piqua along with members of the Piqua Engineering Department, landscape and mulch the interchange at I-75 and East Ash Street in Piqua on Thursday morning. The joint project brought approximately 22 volunteers together with the project to help keep Piqua beautiful.

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Fletcher UMC to host Light Up the Park and revivalFLETCHER — The Fletcher United Methodist Church will kick off their Lawn Chair Revival with a Light Up the Park event from 5-7:30 p.m. Sunday, July 27, with food, entertainment and fellowship. On the following day, Monday, July 28 through Wednesday, July 30, the Fletcher UMC Old-Fashioned Revival will be held with the Rev. Jack Chalk conducting services each evening at the Fletcher Community Park at 7 p.m. Be ...

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Council updated on Spring Street project

By Gary GregoryFor the Troy Daily NewsCOVINGTON — Controlling floodwater in Covington has been a longtime concern of the Covington Village Council.In the wake of the flooding caused by the May 21 storm, the council discussed ways to answer those concerns during its Monday meeting. Larger piping along Spring Street was discussed.Known as the Spring Street project planned for completion by the fall of 2015, it has been the point of discussion fo...

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State Senator Bill Beagle (R-Tipp City) attended the recent groundbreaking for the over $1.6 million expansion of PSA Airlines Inc. at the Dayton International Airport.“Expansions like PSA Airlines continue to show our economy is improving and that the Miami Valley is a great location for businesses to expand and grow,” said Beagle.PSA’s expansion plans include the construction of a 7,500-square-foot addition to its existing training center, which will ...

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Know how taxes may affect a decedent’s estate

Q: Weren’t estate taxes eliminated in Ohio?A: While the Ohio estate tax was repealed effective January 1, 2013, a decedent’s estate may have to pay a federal estate tax if the gross estate is more than $5.34 million dollars (“the exempt amount”).Q: What is the tax rate for estates that exceed the exempt amount?A: The tax rate is 40 percent. This rate also applies to generation-skipping transfer tax (when, for example, a distribution is ...

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Council updated on Spring Street project

By Gary GregoryFor the Daily CallCOVINGTON — Controlling floodwater in Covington has been a longtime concern of the Covington Village Council.In the wake of the flooding caused by the May 21 storm, the council discussed ways to answer those concerns during its Monday meeting. Larger piping along Spring Street was discussed.Known as the Spring Street project planned for completion by the fall of 2015, it has been the point of discussion for man...

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Junior golfers via for titles

Staff ReportsPIQUA — Kenton Kiser captured the Echo Hills Junior Golf Championship Thursday, outlasting Covington’s Joe Slusher in a playoff.Both golfers finished the 18-hole tournament with an 80, before Kiser was able to top Slusher in the playoff.Covington’s Andrew Slusher won the boys 14-15 age group.Sarah Ganger won the girls division championship.The boys divisions both played 18 holes, while the girls division was...

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