Area briefs



Kirby named member of month

CASSTOWN — The December 2016 Miami East-MVCTC FFA Member of the Month is Kearsten Kirby. She is the daughter of Kenny and Jenni Kirby of Piqua. She is a freshman and first year member of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter.

Kirby recently competed the District Novice Parliamentary Procedures Career Development event and was the vice chair of the team. She was also the second highest seller in the chapter’s annual fruit sales fundraiser. In October, she attended the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis. Kirby’s Supervised Agricultural Experience consists of enterprises of breeding and showing goats and breeding and marketing dogs.

Every month of the school year the Miami East-MVCTC FFA will select a student to be the FFA Member of the Month. The officer team will nominate one student that has been actively involved in the FFA chapter, school and community activities. If selected, the member will be recognized at the monthly FFA meeting, have their picture displayed in the Miami East Ag Room, and will receive a special accolade in celebration of their accomplishment.

City announces holiday schedule

TROY — City of Troy offices will be closed in observance of the Christmas and New Year’s holidays as follows:

Christmas: Friday, Dec. 23, and Monday, Dec. 26, 2016

New Year’s: Monday, Jan. 2, 2017

City refuse collection and the curbside recycling program will be on schedule (Monday-Friday) during the holidays.

Refuse and recycling is to be placed out for pickup no later than 7 a.m. on the day of collection.

Questions related to the refuse and recycling schedules are referred to the Central Maintenance & Service Facility at 335-1914.

Author to make stop

BRADFORD — Bradford Public Library will welcome local author, Cathy Anderson Jones for a reader’s theatre and a book signing of her second edition, “The Best Treasure.”

Jones’ book, has changed the border of the book to lace and also added several colored pages to show the difference between the present and the past. She has spent the last 23 year ministry with Rhyme Time Storytelling and many of the younger adults will remember that she sang to them when visiting Bradford schools. The book, “The Best Treasure,” was written based on a day she spent with her grandmother going through her cedar chest. Jones now has this same cedar chest in her home and it is one of her prized possessions today. She can still be found writing gospel songs and singing them in her own little Baptist church. Cathy Anderson Jones lives near Bradford with her husband, Tom.

Jones will be joined by her illlustrator, Gean Ann Cossey. Cossey was inspired by her own family memories and many of her photographs were used as the inspiring influence for her drawings in “The Best Treasure.”

In addition, Jerry Branscomb from Chillicothe will be present to sing several of Jones’ songs. He has been singing her songs for quite a while. All will be present at 6 p.m. to sign Jones’ book and the reader’s theatre will begin at 6:30 p.m.