Local New Briefs Friday, October 9th

Gas Line Struck In Sidney

Five homes were evacuated and several streets were blocked off yesterday (Oct 8) in Sidney after a construction company crew struck a gas line. Assistant Sidney Fire Chief, Eric Barhorst, said the gas line was hit because its location on Franklin Avenue was marked incorrectly. Vectren responded to the scene to shut off the gas and repair the damage.

Large Meth Seizure In Darke County

A traffic stop in Greenville Monday led to the seizure of methamphetamine with a street value of $20,000. Police say they stopped driver of a car for a traffic violation…After the driver refused a vehicle search, a K-9 unit from the Darke County Sheriff’s Office alerted officers to the odor of illegal narcotics. 52-year old Michael Newman of Union City, Indiana was booked into the Darke County Jail for drug possession with bond set at $75,000. Police say Newman has a known criminal history of drug activity that included dealing and the manufacturing of drugs.

Fire Prevention Week

National Fire Prevention Week (Oct. 4 to 10, 2020) wraps up this week and the American Red Cross urges residents to use smoke alarms and test them each month. The use of smoke alarms can cut the risk of dying in a house fire by half. House fires claim seven lives a day in the U.S., yet, a new 2020 national Red Cross survey shows most of us aren’t taking the steps to protect ourselves.

Meet The Candidates Forum

For those who have not voted yet, area residents can learn more about the candidates and issues during a virtual Meet the Candidates Forum at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 14. Submit your questions in advance to info@ywcapiqua.com before 5 p.m. October 12. You’ll be able to view this virtual event on Facebook Live and listen on WPTW radio.

Veterans Museum Moving Collection

The Miami Valley Veterans Museum will move its collection to its new location on South County Road 25-A tomorrow. Assisting in the move from downtown Troy are members of the Ohio Motor Pool using their large military vehicles. The move is expected to be completed by 2 PM.

Community Blood Drive

The Covington Eagles will host a community blood drive Monday, Oct. 12 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. at 715 East Broadway. Donors must make an appointment at donortime.com or by calling 937-461-3220. All donors are automatically entered in the “Wake Up & Donate” drawing to win a custom Sleep Number bed.

COVID-19 Numbers

The latest information from the City of Piqua Health Department concerning COVID-19 shows a total of 293 cases with 1 death. New cases this week in Piqua is 24. The median age for Piqua cases is 47.

Executive Sessions Cancelled

The Piqua City Commission Executive Sessions that were scheduled for Monday concerning the City Manager’s position have been cancelled. City Manager, Gary Huff, announced his retirement in June with plans to leave in January 2021.

WACO Final Family Day

The WACO Air Museum is hosting its final Family Day event for the year tomorrow and Sunday (Oct 10 & 11) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This will include free admission for the entire family during these limited hours. The WACO Air Museum is located on South County Rd. 25A in Troy.

DORA Program A Success

The introduction of the Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area, or DORA, in downtown Tipp City on Friday a week ago (Oct 2), went well according to the Downtown Tipp City Partnership. Businesses throughout the downtown offering the DORA cups reported selling out of them, and more were ordered. A DORA allows a patron of an establishment serving alcohol to take a drink out of the building and walk within district boundaries.

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