Local News Briefs Wednesday, September 2nd

Political Signs Stolen

The Miami County Sheriff’s Office reports a number of political signs stolen in Monroe and Bethel Townships. In just Monroe Township, five Donald Trump signs were reported taken. The person reporting the incident requested extra patrols of the area.

Bank Robber Pleads Guilty

The suspect accused of robbing the Farmers State Bank in New Madison last month, appeared in Darke County Common Pleas Court Tuesday for sentencing after accepting a plea agreement. While 41-year old Bryan Adkins of Hollansburg pleaded guilty to the robbery, he also pleaded guilty to another case dating back to April, for trafficking drugs. Adkins will spend four years in the state reformatory for robbery and two years on the drug charge to be served concurrently

Dentist Office Opens

BrightView of Piqua officially opened to the public on Monday. The addiction treatment center is located at 1830 West High Street. A spokesperson says walk-ins are welcome, but encourages persons seeking addiction recovery services to call for an appointment. BrightView has 21 treatment centers in Ohio. Piqua is among its newest treatment centers.

Miami County Parents Homeschooling

More than 2,500 Miami County students will be studying from home this fall as schools offer remote learning options due to the coronavirus pandemic. Some parents say the child and family’s health, mask mandates and consistency in their daily lives are some of the reasons why they chose the remote learning option.

Troy Man To Be Sentenced

A Troy man faces up to 13 years in prison when he’s sentenced on September 23. 39-year old Justin Seaman pleaded guilty to felonious assault and domestic violence for strangling a woman near Lakeview and then attempting to sexually assault her after she regained consciousness. The next day Seaman attempted suicide.

Road Renamed

At the suggestion of Miami County Engineer, Paul Huelskamp, county commissioner have approved shortening the name of a county roadway. The road, Mulberry Grove-Rakestraw road will be simply be known as Rakestraw Road. Huelskamp said several residents explained that the longer name was inconvenient. Often, when completing documents which require an address, the street name was too long to fit the designated space.

School Suspends In-person Learning

Russia local schools has suspended in-person learning and extracurricular activities for two weeks amid coronavirus concerns in that community. The school board says that due to excessive student absences among its seventh to twelfth graders, it was decided to transition to remote learning for those grades. Students in kindergarten through 6th grade will continue in-person learning, since they have had a substantially lower absentee rate.

Versailles FFA Wins First Place

The Versailles FFA placed first in the State FFA Online Wildlife Career Development Event Contest. The original contest, scheduled for late March, was cancelled due to COVID-19 and rescheduled online. This marks the first time for the Versailles FFA to place first in the state wildlife contest in over 30 years.

Farmers Preparing For Retirement

For Ohio farmers who are ready to retire from their fields, the transfer of their land and business is not always an easy task, especially for the elder generation. In its work to help farmers with land transfers, the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association says it will host a three-part online workshop this fall.

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