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Environmental education made fun

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COVINGTON — While there were a few Doubting Thomases in the audience who stated they didn’t believe in magic, David James — aka “The Illusion Maker” — converted them to believers faster than you can say, “Abracadabra!”With a rocking soundtrack of tunes including Queen’s “A Kind of Magic,” James entertained and educated some 120 students in third, fourth and fifth grades at Covington Elementary School about recycling and other environmental issues on Wednesday.Combining two things he loves — magic and the environment — James presented recycling as the art of “taking garbage, sending it away and then, it magically gets changed to brand-new stuff.”


Superintendents speak up about report cards

By Melanie Yingstmyingst@civitasmedia.comMIAMI COUNTY — The Ohio Department of Education released its state report cards last week. The Daily Callbroke down the information and asked for feedback from local public school districts and their superintendents. Most of Miami County’s public school superintendents agreed that the state report cards don’t always tell the overall story of each district’s success.Each distri...

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Lady Indians blanked by Sidney

By Rob KiserCall Sports Editorrkiser@civitasmedia.comOne year ago, the Piqua girls soccer team had stunned Sidney with a 1-1 tie and it resulted in keeping the Lady Indians in the GWOC North title chase until the final game.On Wednesday, on the friendly pitch of Wertz Stadium, Piqua coach Flo Loisy was hoping for a similar — or better result — when the Yellow Jackets visited.What he got was something very different....

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Bella the social butterfly turning 6

Friday my baby girl will turn 6! It certainly doesn’t seem like it’s been that long since I was writing to you about the trials and tribulations of a pregnancy with type 1 diabetes. Since you’ve been following her since before she was born, I thought I’d let you know how she’s turned out.She is such a beautiful little lady and boy is she ever a lady. You can not get girly enough for Miss Bella. She loves zebras. We’re having a zebra-themed birthd...

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Cavs open defense of title

By Ken Barhorstkbarhorst@civitasmedia.comFresh off what head coach Dick Roll said was his team’s best defensive performance of the season, the Lehman Cavaliers now turn their attention to the Northwest Central Conference after posting their first win of the campaign last week at Graham.The 34-12 victory — over a Division III team — was spearheaded by the defense, which kept the Falcons off the board until the Cavs were well on their way to a ...

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Piqua ready to get back on track

By Rob KiserCall Sports Editorrkiser@civitasmedia.comThe Piqua football team, 2-1, has put Friday’s 62-20 loss to Lima Senior behind them.There is other option with 1-2 Northmont visiting Friday in the first meeting between the two schools since 2007.“We have a hard-working group of kids who came in ready to get back at it,” Piqua football coach Bill Nees said. “We went up to Lima and got beat. Now, we are ready to...

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YWCA announces 2014 Women of Excellence

PIQUA — The YWCA Piqua will host the 18th Gala Celebration honoring the 2014 Women of Excellence on Thursday, Oct. 16, at the Piqua Country Club. The reception begins at 11:30 a.m. with the luncheon award presentation from 12-1:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the YWCA Piqua. Keynote speaker is Karen Kelly Brown, motivational speaker.This awards program, established by the YWCA in 1997, recognizes women and young women who reside in, are employed, or active in Miami County an...

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PERI to meet Oct. 1PIQUA — The Miami County Chapter of the Ohio Public Employee Retirees will meet at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 248 Wood St., Piqua. Lunch is $10, payable at the door. Reservations are due by Thursday, Sept. 25. Call Beth at 937-335-2771. The meeting is open to any currently employed or retired Ohio Public Employee. The speaker will be a financial planning consultant.Fishing Derby set...

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Covington’s hometown hero

By David FongRegional Sports Content ManagerATHENS — A.J. Ouellette has long been known for his insane workouts — he’s a weightroom junkie who would just as soon hoist heavy steel as breathe as he packs more muscle onto his already chiseled frame.For the past month, however, it’s been the Covington High School graduate’s thumbs that have been getting the best workout as he has answered the hundreds of congratulatory text messages,...

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Dalton stats ‘perfct’ so far

CINCINNATI (AP) — Andy Dalton’s most impressive numbers so far: zero interceptions, zero sacks. When it comes to avoiding the big mistake, the Bengals quarterback is perfect through two games.So is his team. And there’s a close correlation.The Bengals (2-0) are one of seven unbeaten teams, and the only one that so far hasn’t fumbled, thrown an interception or allowed a sack. Dalton and Houston’s Ryan Fitzpatrick are the only quarterbacks wit...

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Browns OC deserves credit

By Scott Petrack(AP) — The Browns have scored 53 points through two games. It’s the highest two-game total to open a year since 2007, when they scored 51 in Week 2.Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan deserves more credit than he’s getting. And, yes, I know six of the points came on Tashaun Gipson’s interception return for a touchdown.The coordinator in Cleveland trails only the quarterback when blame is handed out for a struggling offen...

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Minnesota benches Peterson

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Hours after reversing course and benching Adrian Peterson indefinitely, Minnesota Vikings owner Zygi Wilf said Wednesday that the team “made a mistake” in bringing back its superstar following his indictment on a felony child-abuse charge in Texas.“We made a mistake and we need to get this right,” he said at a crowded news conference. “It is important to always listen to our fans and the community and our sponsors. Our goal is ...

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Let yourself go

TODAY• Hi Point See Saws Square Dance Club offers free square dancing lessons today at 7 p.m. at the Masonic Center, 600 N. Main St., Bellefontaine. 419-204-6337.• The Rebel Run Rod and Custom Nationals are at the Shelby County Fairgrounds today from noon to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Spectator admission is $7. 888-557-3235 or therebelrun.com.• The 23rd annual Kentucky Bourbon Festival...

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September FFA Member of the Month

CASSTOWN — The September Miami East FFA Member of the Month is Cody McConnaughey, the son of Roger McConnaughey and Stephanie Rudasill. Cody is a second year member of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter.At the 2014 Miami County Fair Cody exhibited the Grand Champion Shop Project with his restored 1949 Farmall M Tractor. He exhibited additional items in the FFA Shop and Crop Building. Cody has competed in the Greenhand parliamentary procedures contest and sold fruit. His Supervi...

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Judge declines to delay order on early voting

By Ann SannerAssociated PressCOLUMBUS (AP) — A federal judge declined Wednesday to suspend his order expanding early voting in Ohio this fall while the state appeals the decision.Attorneys for the state had asked U.S. District Judge Peter Economus to stay his ruling to avoid voter confusion.In denying the request, Economus said a stay would only increase the “flip-flopping” of the early voting schedule, resulting in greater confusi...

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Defining cohabitation

In February 2011, a grand jury indicted Jeffrey McGlothan of felonious assault, with a repeat-violent-offender specification, and one count of domestic violence as a result of an incident at the apartment he shared with his girlfriend, Cynthia Robinson. The domestic violence count alleged that McGlothan knowingly caused or attempted to cause physical harm to Cynthia, “a family or household member.”

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Wood receives Ohio Fire Service Valor award

Staff ReportREYNOLDSBURG - One of Piqua’s finest was recognized at the 2014 Ohio Fire Service Hall of Fame Awards ceremony held today at the Division of State Fire Marshall headquarters in Reynoldsburg.Eric Wood, a firefighter with the Piqua Fire Department for the last five years, received the Ohio Fire Service Valor Award.Wood has been credited with saving the life of fellow firefighter Jim Drieling, during a January 2011 structure fire in Piqua....

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Dear Grandparenting: I need your advice about what to do with my youngest grandchild. Beth is eight years old. She has two sets of twins ahead of her in the family. They are 13 and 16 years, two boys and two girls. Beth has started to do all kinds of sexy show-off acts she picked up by watching TV and videos. I scolded her the first time but it didn’t make a dent. She was right back at it the next day.

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