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City to seek permit for new business

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By Bethany J. RoyerStaff Writerbroyer@civitasmedia.comPIQUA — Several new board members and public service recognitions will begin Tuesday’s commission meeting at the government complex. As the city will look to fill positions on the Board of Zoning Appeals, Income Tax Board of Review, the Downtown District Design Review Board and the Park Board. While city employees Kirt Huemmer and Larry Picklesimer will receive resolutions of appreciation for their years of service.New business will include authorization to enter into an agreement to permit use of public parks and city property to Adventures on the Great Miami business owner, Chris Jackson.


Some voters will be affected with last round of polling location changes

By Will E Sanderswsanders@civitasmedia.comTROY —The upcoming May 6 primary election will mark the first time that the Miami County Board of Elections will not have a single polling location at a school, said Elections Director Drew Higgins.“We have been able to get out of the schools completely,” Higgins said. “By law, schools had to make themselves available to us as a voting location, but there has been so much concern involving secur...

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A gasoline leak into the basement

On August 28, 2009, after a heavy rainfall, the smell of gasoline arose in the basement of the home shared by Alessandra Riscatti, Elisabetta Riscatti, and Laszlo Beres. Worse yet, later that day, flames erupted from the sewer and spread through the house. Alessandra and Laszlo battled the fire while waiting for the Parma Fire Department. By the time they escaped their home, each had inhaled smoke that contained toxic substances, and Alessandra required treatment for carbon monoxide poisoning...

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The joy of giving

It’s been some time since the last article about an interesting individual here at Forest Hill Cemetery, with the weather changing we have been preparing and focusing on the upcoming mowing season. So let’s look at two names that have come up.Some of you may have heard of a gentleman here in town by the name of Albert “Doc” McKnight.Old “Doc” was born in 1855 and died on March 11, 1935, at the age of 80. He was always seen around town ...

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Hemm born to play quarterback

By David FongRegional Sports Content ManagerSAGINAW, Mich. — Just as birds were born to fly and fish were born to swim, Justin Hemm seemingly was born to play quarterback.And nothing — not even a five-year layoff from playing at the position — was going to stop the Piqua High School graduate from playing a position that may as well be his birthright.In the spring of 2013, Hemm — who helped lead the Indians to a Division II st...

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Piqua police reports

April 11Civil dispute: A customer at Red Carpet Inn, 9060 Country Club Road, Room 10, reported he was “upset about being bitten by bed bugs overnight at the hotel” and requested a refund for the stay. The hotel refused and the customer requested police assistance in getting his money back. The customer was advised to resolve the issue through civil court.Domestic: Police responded to the Kwik N Kold, 655 N. Main St., after a male and a female were involved in...

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Fuller makes college choice

By Rob KiserSports Editorrkiser@civitasmedia.comSIDNEY — Joe Fuller hopes to run against former GWOC North cross country Runner of the Year Aaron Dinzeo of Sidney next year.And he is heading south to do it.The Lehman Catholic senior, an outstanding distance runner in his own right, signed his letter of intent to run for Saint Leo (Florida) University Monday at Lehman.The Lions qualified for the NCAA D-II national meet las...

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Ex-coach carried on ‘perverted’ sexual relationship with underage player for years

By Will E Sanderswsanders@civitasmedia.comTROY — A former soccer coach will spend the next two years in prison for sexually battering a former female teen-aged player on his team, a common pleas court judge ruled on Monday.Jeffrey S. Walden, 46, of Knoxville, Tenn., was convicted of two counts of sexual battery, third-degree felonies, after a March 3 plea bargain where he pleaded no contest and was found guilty of the charges. The plea agreement also sti...

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Come on spring!

Provided photoStudents from the Center for Early Learning at Piqua Catholic School each painted a birdhouse to help encourage the arrival of spring.

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Bradford School Honor Roll

BRADFORD — The following students have been named to the Bradford High School honor roll for the 2013-14 third quarter:6th Grade: Mercedes Smith 4.0, Brock Barga, Keanan Clark, Erica Gaynor, Caroline Gleason, Brant Helman, Riley Houser, and Brayden Sanders7th Grade: Elisa Martinez, Macie Reck, Lillian Elleman 4.0, Amelia Roberts 4.0, Connor Case, Bianca Keener, Karmen Knepp, and Jackson Moore8th Grade: Irina Dingman 4.0, Clay Layman 4.0, Andrew Branson, ...

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Frickers holds grand reopening ceremony

SIDNEY — A ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday, April 10, signaled the grand reopening of the Fricker’s in Sidney.“We’ve been here since October 2012,” said Renee Latimer, regional manager of the company. “We’re here to show our support for the community.”The restaurant has gone through a managerial change. Jenny Foley has been the manager for the past two months. She is assisted by two assistant managers.Fricker...

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Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library for preschoolers

BRADFORD — Bradford Public Library will present Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library for all of area preschoolers, as part of the Miami County libraries program. This program, where each child receives a free book on a monthly basis, is also free for parents and grandparents. Applications are available in the library for both Darke County and Miami County preschoolers or you can get online and register. Contact the library at 937-448-2612 for additional information.

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Dylan MitchellBirthdate: April 14, 2003Age: 11Parents: Gary and Amy MitchellSibling: Brandon MitchellGrandparents: Ruth Holsapple, Bob and Sue Mitchell, all of Bradford

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Aquatic therapy right here in Piqua

At the Hahn Hufford Center of Hope one of the programs we offer is the Aquatic Therapy & Wellness Center, where we are proud to offer Aquatic Therapy. Studies have shown aquatic therapy can build upper and lower body strength, improve balance, coordination, mobility, and muscle tone. That’s just a few things aquatic therapy can improve. In water a person’s body weight is reduced, making it possible to achieve results unattainable with land-based exercises.

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Creating a clear path to the Middle Class

In Ohio, we know manufacturing can create a path to the middle class. But during the Great Recession, that path became turbulent as plants across the country shuttered their doors and devastated local communities that depended on their jobs.But today, due to smart investments and a renewed effort in manufacturing, we are adding jobs in that sector for the first time since the 1990s. Since December 2009, the manufacturing sector has added more than 300,000 jobs to the economy. This ...

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