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PIQUA – The scholarship checks are in the mail. The winners were announced in December at the Buckeye Insurance Group Holiday Classic Basketball Tournament presented by WPTW and hosted by Piqua High School. The scholarship program was founded by Muzzy Broadcasting and Buckeye Insurance Group in 2013. One male and one female athlete from each of the opposing 2014 basketball teams – Covington, Lehman, Piqua and Russia – each receive $250 toward their education. Also receiving an award this year is a student recognized in 2013 who recently graduated. Rick Muzzy, President of Muzzy Broadcasting and WPTW Radio, says the goal is to grow the number of sponsors and ultimately increase the scholarship amount in the future.

2014 scholarship winners:

 Claire Sherman, Russia Raiders – attending University of Toledo

 Jacob Pleiman, Russia Raiders – attending Ohio State University

 Cassity Cain, Covington Buccaneers – attending Mount Vernon University

 Austin Lefeld, Covington Buccaneers – attending Ohio State University

 Hannah Went, Piqua Indians – attending University of Kentucky

 Tate Honeycutt, Piqua Indians – attending Adrian College

 Brooke Jones, Lehman Cavaliers – attending Bowling Green State University

 Nick Earhart, Lehman Cavaliers – attending Miami University

2013 scholarship winner (graduated in 2015):

 Heidi Cron, Covington Buccaneers – attending Ohio State University

TROY – The Miami County Board of Elections has hired long-time elections employee Bev Kendall as its new director. Kendall, a 17-year employee was recommended by the county Republicans from six candidates. Kendall of Troy fills the position vacated in June by Todd Krueckeberg who resigned, citing personal reasons, just three weeks after being hired.

TIPP CITY – An injured canoeist had to be rescued from the Great Miami River east of Tipp City Saturday, July 25. Crews from Bethel Township were called to the river near State Routes 571 and 202. The injury was such that it prevented the man from being able to walk out on his own. It took about 45 minutes for crews to bring the man to shore so he could be taken to the hospital to be checked out.

PIQUA – More state money has been allocated for Piqua City Schools. Treasurer, Jeremie Hittle, says the district received an estimated $15-million from the state in 2015. PCS is expected to get an additional $1.4-million in fiscal year 2016 and $1.2-million in fiscal year 2017.

TROY -Miami County Commissioner have approved a $30 million tax abatement for Clopay building projects. Clopay manufactures garage and entry doors and will be adding 200,000 square feet of manufacturing space at its Troy facility and 200 jobs.