Local News Briefs Wednesday, September 30th

Building Saved By Local Historic Organizations

The former Trinity Episcopal Church building on East Franklin Street in Troy has been saved from the wrecking ball. The neighboring Family Abuse Shelter of Miami County that had owned the property for several years, wanted to expand the shelter on that lot. Any plans to remove the church was opposed by local historical organizations. So, the shelter decided to sell the church, built in the 1830s, to Historic Troy LLC. That organization says the structure will be reused, but plans won’t be disclosed until early next year. Meanwhile, work is underway on a new, expanded family abuse shelter off Crescent Drive in Troy.

New Smoking Policy

The Miami County Board of Commissioners has approved the adoption of a tobacco use/smoking policy. Effective as of January 1, 2021, all tobacco use will be prohibited on Miami County-owned properties. This includes cigarettes, chewing tobacco, and all vaping methods.

Community Blood Drive

Piqua Harley-Davidson will sponsor a community blood drive Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to help maintain the area blood supply and to join the fight against cancer. The Community Blood Center Bloodmobile will be at the dealership on East Ash Street. Everyone who registers to donate can choose from a variety of special T-shirts. Donors must make an appointment online at DonorTime.com or by calling 937-461-3220..

Courthouse Plaza Re-dedication

Tomorrow is the re-dedication of the new Courthouse Plaza in Troy. The public is invited to enjoy live music, food trucks and non-profit displays from 5-to-9pm. Masks and social distancing is required.

New Shelby COVID-19 Cases

Nine new COVID-19 cases were reported by the Sidney-Shelby County Health Department Tuesday morning, bringing the county’s total to 669 cases. 492 Shelby County residents have recovered, and four county residents are hospitalized because of coronavirus.

Ohio State Highway Patrol Reminder

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is reminding drivers to keep their eyes and their focus on the roadway while driving. Since 2015, there have been over 75,000 crashes in Ohio which involved one or more drivers who were distracted by something inside their vehicle. Of these, 227 were fatal crashes which resulted in 248 deaths. In fatal crashes, males made up 63 percent of distracted drivers. Nearly 34 percent of distracted drivers were between the ages of 16 and 24 years old.

Trump Campaign Rally

The Trump Campaign is holding a rally in Tipp City this afternoon. The President’s son, Donald Trump, Junior will stand in for the President at an event at 2pm at the Cedar Springs Pavilion on South County Road 25A.

Poll Workers Needed

So far more than 44,000 people have signed up to work the election in Ohio, but that number remains below the Secretary of State’s goal of 55,588 trained and committed poll workers. Miami County is short of the minimum number of poll workers needed by both parties. Boards of elections are required to notify the Secretary of State’s Office by Friday, Oct. 2, of any election official shortages.

Former Officer Sentenced On Sex Crimes

A former Greenville Police Officer was sentenced to 14 years in prison in Darke County Common Pleas Court. 52-year old Shannon McDaniel of Greenville, previously pleaded guilty to 14 third-degree felony counts of sexual battery, in which he knowingly coerced a minor into performing sexual acts. McDaniel will now be labeled a tier three sex offender.

State Public Defender Commission Meeting

Members of the State Public Defender Commission meet tomorrow at the Miami County Courthouse in Troy. The meeting will be held at 10am in the large courtroom on the third floor of the courthouse at 201 West Main Street in Troy.

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