Local News Briefs Friday, October 2nd

New Checks And Balances For Hobart

Following the conviction last month of the former office manager of Troy’s Hobart Arena, new checks and balances have been put in place. The staff at Hobart Arena is working with the auditor’s office to monitor revenues and the prompt deposit of funds. 60-year old Cheryl Terry pleaded guilty to theft in office last month, admitting to stealing cash from the arena. She agreed to a plea deal to pay $267,000 in restitution. Terry faces up to 3 years in prison and a $10,000 fine when she is sentenced on October 26.

Meeting Cancelled

The Piqua City Commission Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, October 6, is cancelled due to no pending legislation for approval by the Piqua City Commission.

Canal System Lowering

Beginning Monday, the City of Piqua will be lowering the Hydraulic Canal System. It will be lowered for approximately 3 weeks for work on a manhole structure that sits along the canal.

Jackson Center Trick-Or-Treat

Bucking the trend of most area communities, the village of Jackson Center will not hold trick-or-treat activities this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. A newsletter sent to village residents indicated that because of many concerns from citizens on holding Trick or Treat safely, it was decided to forgo this year’s trick-or-treat.

COVID-19 Numbers

On the last day of September, the City of Piqua Health Department reported a total of 261 cases of COVID-19 with 1 death as a result of the virus. Across Miami County, the Miami County Department of Public Health reported to the State Thursday, 143 individuals hospitalized and 53 confirmed deaths as a result of COVID-19. The number of presumed recovered is 1216.

Shelby County Children Get Gift Of Hope

In an effort to inject some hope into the stress of a COVID-filled community, Agape Distributions, Good 360, The Salvation Army and Toys for Tots joined forces to distribute free toys to Shelby County children. The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office and Botkins Police Department volunteered to pass out the toys to the 123 families that registered for this event.

New Home For Local Family

Habitat for Humanity broke ground this week for a new home in the 700 block of Broadway Street in Sidney. The home is being built for Marie Strunk and her three children of Sidney. The home should be completed by April of 2021.

Community Blood Drive

Piqua Harley-Davidson will sponsor a community blood drive tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Community Blood Center Bloodmobile will be at the dealership on East Ash Street. Donors must make an appointment online at DonorTime.com or by calling 937-461-3220.

Charges Against Troy Man Dropped

All charges have been dropped against a Troy man accused of molesting a child at a daycare owned by his family. A 10-year old girl claimed that 35-year old Andrew Cain had inappropriately touched her on July 10, 2019, while on his lap at the JJJ Childcare facility on Arthur Drive. After a thorough review of the case, it was determined that the evidence was insufficient. An investigation by the state closed down the daycare and revoked its license a few weeks after Cain’s arrest. A new daycare center has reopened in its place.

That Time Of Year Again

Harvest season has begun, please slow down and watch out for our farmers. Most farmers will pull over when they are able to let you pass, but it may take time for them to get to a safe place to do so. Avoid tailgating, as some farm equipment might have to make sudden stops along the road.

Farm Service Agency Reminder

The USDA’s Farm Service Agency reminds Ohio farmers to complete crop acreage reports by the applicable deadline for their county. To be eligible for many USDA programs, an accurate crop acreage report needs t be filed by the applicable deadline. Contact the local Farm Service Agency office in your county for a list of acreage reporting deadlines by crop.

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