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Piqua Mayor Lucy Fess, center, presents a proclamation to Nellie and Ed Adams, owners of Harmony Systems and Service, Inc., during a Piqua Area Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours at the company on Thursday. The event helped to celebrate the company’s 20th anniversary of doing business in the city of Piqua.

 

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East FFA donates fresh meat to local shelter

FFA Donates Meat to Family Abuse ShelterRecently the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter donated 564 pounds of fresh chicken to the Family Abuse Shelter of Miami County located in Troy, Ohio. A total of 167 chickens were donated with an average weight of 3.4 pounds per bird.The Family Abuse Shelter of Miami County is a non-profit shelter for men, women, and children. They operate based completely on grants and donations from the community. According to Fawnda Cress, grant coord...

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City of Troy’s debt service payments examined

Melanie Yingstmyingst@civitasmedia.comTROY — More questions than answers have plagued the Riverfront Development project which will have its third reading a the next city council meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 2.Council members Robin Oda, Bobby Phillips and Alan Clark have voted not to suspend the rules to pass the first $1.9 million reappropration for the Riverfront Development project on Aug. 18.

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Welcome back to a new school year!

I love the first day of school! Our schools are filled with an atmosphere of renewal evidenced by student and staff smiles, haircuts, new clothes, new school supplies, and an energy of excitement in the air. Expectations are high by all members of our learning team for the establishment of a strong foundation to be built from which a great school year will develop!

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Against the Ferguson mob

The chant “No justice, no peace” is an apt rallying cry for Ferguson, Missouri, where protesters don’t truly want justice and there has been no peace.What justice demands in the case of the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson in disputed circumstances is a full and fair deliberative process that goes wherever the evidence leads. But is anyone marching so that Wilson can go free if the facts don’t support charging him?No,...

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Ice bucket challenge may change nonprofit world

By Alicia RancilioAssociated PressNEW YORK (AP) — The ice bucket challenge’s phenomenal success is making other charitable organizations rethink how they connect with a younger generation of potential donors.Since the ALS Association began tracking the campaign’s progress on July 29, it has raised more than $53.3 million from 1.1 million new donors in what is one of the most viral philanthropic social media campaigns in history.

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State briefs

Court: Ohio county could be liable for fatal wreckAKRON (AP) — An appeals court says a northeastern Ohio county could be liable in the death of a 17-year-old girl who apparently lost control while driving on a road under repair.At issue is the absence of white lines on the rural road in Wayne County during the repair project in 2011.The parents of crash victim Kelli Baker say the county is liable because the condition of the road contrib...

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District shares watershed importance

Bethany J. Royerbroyer@civitasmedia.comPIQUA – Students at Wilder Intermediate Elementary school had special treat during their first week back to school Thursday and Friday. Staff from the Miami County Park District were on-hand for the first part of a current two-part series program via models.“By use of these models we are teaching them the importance of watersheds,” explained Susan Condy, administrative naturalist. A watershed is an area ...

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Covington agrees to annexation

By Allison GallagherFor the Daily CallCOVINGTON — One of the biggest items of the night at the Covington board of education meeting was the approval of confidential employee salary increases. Upon recommendation of the superintendent, the board approved a 2 percent base salary increase and restoration of two steps that were frozen during the salary step freeze that occurred during the 2011-12 and 2013-14 school years.The board members also voted to appro...

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A lot to feel good about

By Rob KiserCall Sports Editorrkiser@civitasmedia.comSPRINGBORO — Piqua football coach Bill Nees has to be pleased with what he has seen in pre-season.Especially after Friday night’s scrimmage at Springboro.The Panthers had outscored Piqua 107-34 in regular season games the last two years.This time, with the varsity playing the first half and the first two possessions of the third quarter (one offense, one defense),...

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Bradford football program creates tension

By Kyle ShanerCivitas MediaBRADFORD — Concerns about low numbers of players in the Bradford football program has led to disputes among administrators, coaches and parents about the future of the team and the school, records obtained through a public records request show.In more than 100 pages of emails and other documents from July and August, administrators and community members considered options for the 2014 Bradford high school and junior high footba...

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Stiefel takes ninth in feature

On Saturday night, Becca Stiefel traveled to Waynesfield Raceway Park to be one of 23 mini sprints racing to put it in victory lane.Stiefel would start sixth in the first heat in a heat of very good competition.The race would go green to checkered with Stiefel finishing sixth and securing a 16th starting spot in the “A” main.In the main feature Becca would move forward in her Dick’s Paint and Body Shop, KB Machine and Tool, Mark Knupp Muffler...

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Bradford to play JV schedule

By Kyle Shanerkshaner@civitasmedia.comBRADFORD – The Cross County Conference voted to not play Bradford in varsity football this year, prompting the Railroaders to cancel their varsity season and move to a junior varsity slate for 2014.The CCC voted 10-1 to not play Bradford in varsity football for concern of student safety, according to a press release from the league.

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Bengals look to stay on top in AFC North

CINCINNATI (AP) — They do things a little differently in the AFC North.They’re patient with their coaches and quarterbacks — well, with the exception of Cleveland, which is in a league of its own when it comes to change.They develop a style and stick with it, win or lose.And it’s worked.The AFC North is coming off what amounts to a down year for the NFL’s most successful division over the past six years. Only one team r...

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Johnny ‘Backup’

BEREA (AP) — On one knee and far from the action, quarterback Johnny Manziel leaned on his orange helmet and watched.This is his new position.As Browns starter Brian Hoyer worked with Cleveland’s first-team offense during 11-on-11 drills Thursday, Manziel, for now relegated to the second string, observed from the side. He took mental notes as he waited for his turn.This rookie has been no sensation. He’s not ready to start.Meet Joh...

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Nascar rolls out ad campaign

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR will promote its revamped Chase for the Sprint Cup championship format with a new advertising campaign officially launched on Friday with the theme of: “Sixteen nations: Ten battles. One will prevail.”The campaign is a collaborative effort by ad giant Ogilvy & Mather, NASCAR and ESPN, and features five original television spots and an educational video. There’s also a social media push behind the campaign, and several drivers tw...

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Piqua spikers get big win

The Piqua volleyball team got a big early season win on the road, knocking off Springboro 25-16, 27-25, 25-22.“I was proud of my team tonight,” Piqua coach Kaila Cook said. “We defeated a good Springboro team. We fought for every point and came out with a great win in three.Michaela Bell led a balanced attack with 10 kills, while Logan Earns had seven kills and four aces and Tasha Potts added five kills and 22 digs.Kailey Byers led the defens...

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