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Piqua United Way 2014 pacesetters campaign right around the corner

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Bethany J. Royerbroyer@civitasmedia.comPIQUA - Believe it or not, it is that time of year again with the Piqua United Way 2014 campaign underway beginning with a pacesetter breakfast held on Wednesday.Served by Sterling House of Piqua at the YMCA youth center and hosted by Joe Hinds, YMCA youth director, the breakfast included 20 attendees representing 17 area pacesetting companies (See breakout) who will run their campaigns - and set the pace - through the month of August.


Rule change: Blood and bumps at Commonwealth Games

GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — It was the first bout of the boxing competition at the Commonwealth Games. Within minutes, Mathew Martin of Nauru had a large lump on his head from a punch. Northern Ireland’s Michael Conlan, who won unanimously on points, had blood streaming down his face.That’s what fighting without protective headgear can do.In a decision last year, the International ...

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Navardauskas wins Stage 19 of Tour de France

BERGERAC, France (AP) — Ramunas Navardauskas of Lithuania led a late breakaway in a downpour to win the 19th Stage of the Tour de France on Friday after hitching a ride with his Garmin-Sharp teammates.Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali retained the overall leader’s yellow jersey and is expected to take it home with him when the three-week cycling showcase ends ...

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Pucker up! NASCAR returns to Brickyard

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Dale Jarrett loved his win so much he had to celebrate it with a kiss.His impromptu smooch with the bricks in 1996 has blossomed into a tradition for drivers of all series when they win at the famed Brickyard. It’s time to pucker up again: NASCAR runs its 21st Sprint Cup race Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.Jarrett started a love affair that lasts to this day, and has crossed racing series all...

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Fast food workers prepare to escalate wage demands

CHICAGO (AP) — Fast food workers say they’re prepared to escalate their campaign for higher wages and union representation, starting with a national convention in suburban Chicago where more than 1,000 workers are expected to discuss the future of the effort that has spread to dozens of cities in less than two years.About 1,300 workers will attend sessions Friday and Saturday at an expo center in Villa Park, Illinois, where they’ll be asked to do “whatever i...

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Annual Sports physicals should be handled by child’s primary care provider

TROY – Over the years, mass sports physical events conducted at schools were created to help students complete pre-participation physical examinations in an efficient manner. However, reports of sports-related illnesses and unexpected deaths have brought the effectiveness of this approach into question.

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State briefs

Ohio woman won’t be jailed for abandoning 2 kidsCLEVELAND (AP) — A judge has found a 31-year-old mother not guilty by reason of insanity on charges that she abandoned her two young children at a Cleveland homeless shelter in May.That means Alisha Houston will go to live in a private residence monitored by a mental health agency and won’t be punished with jail time.Houston was charged child endangerment after police say she le...

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Connect to College a success in its first year

PIQUA — Edison Community College and partnering Greenville, Piqua, and Sidney high schools close the books on the first year of a two-year partnership for the college bound grant, Connect to College. TG Philanthropy’s awareness program, Adventures in Education (www.aie.org), awarded Edison and the partnering high schools a grant in excess of $200,000 to help area students plan and complete their journey through higher education.

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Lunch with God

PIQUA - Lunch with God will be a classic with spaghetti and meatballs, salad, garlic bread, cookies, and beverages. The meal will start at noon and run until 2 p.m. or when the food runs out, Sunday, at St. James Episcopal Church, 200 W. High St. As always there is no charge, and everyone is invited.

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House votes to simplify education tax breaks

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House passed a bill Thursday that would simplify a complicated patchwork of tax breaks for higher education but would exclude many graduate students.The bill would make permanent a tax credit that provides students with up to $2,500 a year to help pay tuition and related expenses at universities, community colleges and trade and vocational schools. Under current law, the credit is scheduled to expire at the end of 2017.The credit would replace...

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Read the book or watch the movie: What’s your preference?

Several years ago I found myself held hostage to a family promise. The Hunger Games had just arrived at our local cinema and some members of my family, aka my children, were very excited about joining their friends for opening night. Unfortunately that could not happen because I had not read the book. That’s right once again dad was responsible for holding our children at bay from partaking in a perceived mandatory adolescent social phenomenon!

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The guitar case over in the corner

There was an old, soft vinyl guitar case that sat over in the corner of my father-in-law’s house for as long as anyone could remember. It was covered with a telling amount of dust and cobwebs and the once vibrant brass hinges were now stained with tobacco residue.Two feet away from the guitar case rested my father-in-law, Bruce, in a Hospice hospital bed. An 18-month battle against cancer was simply too much for even this Vietnam veteran to endure.There were a mult...

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“Not My Boss’ Business Act”: Ohio Women’s Health Rights at Stake?

By Mary KuhlmanOhio News ConnectionCOLUMBUS - Legislation soon will be introduced in Ohio to prevent companies from interfering in their female employees’ health-related decisions.State Rep. Kathleen Clyde, D-Kent, said the “Not My Boss’ Business Act” is meant to counter the recent Hobby Lobby Supreme Court decision that allows some companies to deny insurance coverage of birth control for workers, based on the religious beliefs of the ...

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Rock Piqua to feature country tunes tonight

For the Daily CallPIQUA — Country music is synonymous with good times, large crowds and lots of foot-stomping sounds as attested by fans of the Nashville Crush band scheduled at the season finale of the Rock Piqua! riverfront concert series tonight at the Lock Nine Park. Festivities get under way at 7 p.m. with the popular Me vs. Gravity singer-songwriter Zach Nelson warming up the crowd.The concert series is expected to topple the 3,000-plus crowd attending earlie...

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Pole vault academy

By David FongRegional Sports Content ManagerCASSTOWN — As the sun hung high above the cornfields, a trickle of cars — many of them with poles ranging from 12 to 15 feet long sticking out of the windows — started pulling into a grassy space inside the Miami East High School football stadium.From five different counties — Miami, Darke, Shelby, Auglaize and Champaign — they arrived, seeking knowledge and experience … and they w...

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‘Tattooman’ makes his mark in Piqua

By Belinda M. Paschalbpaschal@civitasmedia.comPIQUA — A correspondence art program at age 13 led to a lifelong creative passion for Anthony Dowell.After taking courses through the Art Instructional School in Minneapolis, Dowell — also known as “Tattooman” — began honing his skills in the skin game a few years later.18.“I’ve been into art since elementary school,” Dowell said. “I started doing tat...

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Piqua hostingsoftball campThe Piqua High School Softball Camp will be held Saturday at the high school field (located behind the Piqua Junior High School). The camp for ages 8-10 will be held from 9-11 a.m.; the camp for ages 11-13 will be held 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The cost is $10, due at the time of registration. The camp will teach softball fundamentals. Campers should bring a glove, bat, drink and any other necessary equipment. The...

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Church association to hold fair at mall

By Belinda M. Paschalbpaschal@civitasmedia.comPIQUA — Most people think of the mall as a place to shop and eat, but on Aug. 15 and 16, it also will be a place where they can worship and listen to songs of praise.On those two days, the Piqua Association of Churches will sponsor its annual church fair, with more than 20 area churches participating, said Paul Green, president of the association and chairman of the church fair committee.“The...

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