Teeing up for golf classic

Alex Moore - Contributing Columnist

As mentioned two weeks ago, it is time for another yearly Covington tradition. The 29th Annual Dick Minnich Charity Golf Classic will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 8, at 11 a.m. at Shelby Oaks Golf Course in Sidney. The tournament has raised over $110,000 in the last 28 years, all of which has gone towards scholarships and other programs that benefit the youth of Covington.

The Dick Minnich Classic is the longest running charity golf event in our region. It began in 1989 as a fundraiser for the Covington Noon Optimist Club, and was named in memory of a man who epitomized the traits that make Covington such a great community. As time passes, fewer and fewer people in our village remember the man, Dick Minnich. After completing his day job of carrying mail for the U.S. Postal Service here in Covington, Dick devoted the rest of his time helping make our town a special place to live.

Dick was the Fire Chief for the Covington Fire Department until he lost his battle with pancreatic cancer in 1988. In his role as Chief, Dick and his wife Betty were at the heart of all parades and celebrations that took place in Covington. Dick was the person who started the tradition of having fire trucks escort the championship Covington teams through the village after a big victory. Dick also shot film for the Covington football and basketball teams’ games for years, as he was an avid supporter of Covington High School students and activities.

Dick does not stand alone as a faithful servant for the Village of Covington. There were several who came before him, and many have faithfully served since he passed. In essence, the Dick Minnich Charity Golf Classic is not just in memory of one person, but it is in honor of all who have given their time to make our village and schools the greatest in Ohio.

If you would like to donate to the tournament, or would like to enter a team, please look up their Facebook page, or contact Andy Johnson at All funds raised at the Dick Minnich Classic benefit the kids of Covington through the Noon Optimist Club, P.L.U.S., and other youth-oriented causes. Get your foursome together and make plans to join in the fun and fellowship.

In news from the Chamber of Commerce, we have some activity and new items in relation to several Covington businesses. The new ‘village patio’ is now open uptown on the west side of High Street. This is located between Subway and Sellman’s Furniture, and the property was donated to the village by Jane Sellman for community use. A concrete pad was poured, stamped, and colored, and a fence was erected. Jason and Pam Sommer of Subway kindly donated several sets of tables and chairs for the new patio area. This new ‘village patio’ has already seen some good usage, for uptown shoppers who may want to take a rest, or folks enjoying a meal or cold beverage. Thank you to all who donated to make this project happen.

Dr. Brian Olson’s family chiropractic office has relocated to 473 E. Troy Pike, Suite D, in Covington. The phone number is still (937) 473-5959. His office is now located in the old Grandma’s Kitchen/Healthcare Pharmacy building, as most long-time residents know it. Also, my wife Stacey and I recently purchased the former Pearson/Jackson-Sarver Funeral Home and established the Moore Funeral Home. We are excited to bring local ownership back to this funeral home. It’s still a bit strange seeing my last name on that sign! And congratulations to Doug and Chris Haines and family on their recent purchase of Marias Technology, keeping their world headquarters here in town. Marias is a technology firm which specializes in solutions for companies in the insurance industry.

On an editorial note, I think it is very good to have local people and families taking an active role in business ownership here in our town. Many small towns our size in this area are dying with no business or industry, and that is sad to see happen. These new endeavors, as well as the many well-established locally-owned and operated businesses, help make Covington a better village in which to call home.
Teeing up for golf classic

Alex Moore

Contributing Columnist

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