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Doctor celebrates 50th work anniversary

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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 Center, 283 Looney Road, Piqua, where he administers anesthesia for surgeries.


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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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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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Brukner Nature Center Upcoming Events:

“Wednesdays with Wildlife”…a Junior Naturalist Adventure at Brukner Nature Center

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No bubble

In my last column I wrote about my upcoming eye surgery. That has come and went so I thought I’d give an update. My surgery, a cornea transplant, was done July 10. To help the cornea attach, an air bubble was placed in my eye. I then had to lie flat for 24 hours. I went back for my post-op appointment the next day and the cornea was not attached. You see, I have two tubes in my eye to drain pressure. The air from the bubble escapes through these tubes before the cornea can attach. At my...

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Commissioners talk renovations

MIAMI COUNTY - Earlier this year, the county has been seeking contractors to renovate the Miami County Courthouse and Safety Building. According to the commissioners, the buildings are in need of updated HVAC, plumbing, an upgrade in the security system and minor construction.The county has only had one bidder, Staffco Construction, Inc. of Fairborn who is offering to do the work for $3,237,000.00. There are 11 alternates within the bid, which cover various purposes. Alternate 1, t...

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Crash claims life of Covington woman

Mike Ullerymullery@civitasmedia.comTROY - A Monday afternoon crash at the intersection of State Route 41 and Washington Road has claimed the life of a Covington-area resident.Miami County Sheriff’s Office reports that they received a call of a motor vehicle crash at 12:31 p.m. Preliminary crash reconstruction reports indicate that a 2004 Buick sedan operated by Melinda S. Flory, 61, of State Route 718, near Covington, was northbound on Washington Road at...

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Lawmakers face long to-do list, uncertain success

WASHINGTON (AP) — A gridlocked Congress failed to do the big things: overhauling the nation’s immigration system, reforming the loophole-cluttered tax code and stiffening background checks on gun buyers. Now it’s time to see whether it can just do the basics.

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The alleged leader of the free world

President Barack Obama must have missed his calling as head of the National Transportation Safety Board.In the wake of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, Obama has been the nation’s forensic investigator-in-chief. He has summoned all the moral authority of his office to call for the professional handling of the wreckage.

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Fairs crucial to food production, ag education

The beginning of another Ohio State Fair means fun-filled days and the making of many great memories for families all across Ohio. In addition to a place to enjoy lemon shake-ups, brave the midway rides, and find the most recent deep-fried treat to be tried, fairs also play a vital role in the future of our state. Fairs help educate the public about the importance of agriculture, and they support another cycle of youth involvement in responsible food and agriculture production.

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Before doctors check your vitals, check out theirs

By Lauran Neergaard and Jennifer AgiestaAssociated PressWASHINGTON (AP) — Americans consider insurance and a good bedside manner in choosing a doctor, but will that doctor provide high-quality care? A new poll shows that people don’t know how to determine that.Being licensed and likable doesn’t necessarily mean a doctor is up to date on best practices. But consumers aren’t sure how to uncover much more. Just 22 percent of those question...

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Genetic mapping triggers new hope on schizophrenia

By Seth BorensteinAP Science WriterWASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists have linked more than 100 spots in our DNA to the risk of developing schizophrenia, casting light on the mystery of what makes the disease tick.Such work could eventually point to new treatments, although they are many years away. Already, the new results provide the first hard genetic evidence to bolster a theory connecting the immune system to the disease.More than 100 researche...

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