The Board of Miami County Commissioners was given a weekly COVID-19 update last week from Emergency Management Agency Director Joel Smith. According to Smith, Miami County has reported 190 cases of the virus over the past two weeks, an increase from the 142 cases reported over the previous two weeks. Regarding schools within the county, the cumulative case count of students is 45 at 12 schools. The cumulative case count of staff is 16 at 10 schools.
Veterans Museum Move
Officials at the MiamI Valley Veterans Museum accomplished their first step in moving loads of boxes over the weekend to the site of their new military museum located at the south edge of Troy. Museum officials have yet to determine when the new location would be open just south of Troy on CR25-A, Hopefully sometime in 2021.
Meet The Candidates
A virtual Meet the Candidates Forum will be held Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Due to restrictions related to COVID-19 and the topics of common interest to both Piqua and Troy, Leadership Troy Alumni is partnering with YWCA Piqua to host candidates and issues on the Nov. 3 ballot. Questions can be submitted to email@example.com no later than 5 o’clock this afternoon. The forum will be aired live on WPTW FM 98.1 and AM 1570.
Traffic Safety Reminder
Harvest season is well underway. Please slow down and watch out for tractors and other farm equipment. 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.
It’s been seven months since a Covington man went missing. 49-year old David Fugate is 5-foot-10 with brown eyes, and at the time of his disappearance, he was 215 pounds with grayish-black hair. Covington Police Chief Lee Harmon says they have nothing to believe that anything suspicious has happened. David’s wife Julie died two days prior to his disappearance. In addition to the stress of this loss, his brother Darrell says David also suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and other mental health issues.
Fall Clean Up
Residents and families are advised that the 2020 annual fall clean-up for Maple Hill Cemetery and all other Monroe Township cemeteries will take place the week of Oct. 18 by cemetery staff. All decorations that are to be saved must be removed by Oct. 17. Fall items may be put back on gravesites starting from Sunday, Nov. 1.
Executive Sessions Cancelled
Executive Sessions scheduled for today by the Piqua City Commission concerning the City Manager’s position have been cancelled. There’s been no word on a replacement for City Manager, Gary Huff, who plans to begin his retirement in January 2021.
Bus Driver Fired
A Sidney school bus driver is no longer employed by the Sidney City School district. After the district received complaints of erratic driving in September, an investigation revealed reasonable suspicion and the driver was taken to Wilson Health for drug and alcohol testing. Tests indicate the driver had been driving while under the influence. The results were submitted to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and as a result, the driver will no longer be able to hold a bus driver endorsement.
Master Gardeners Series
The Miami County Master Gardener Volunteers will present “Growing Fruit” at the next session in the Coffee with the Master Gardeners series on November 6 at 10 a.m. Join Master Gardener Volunteers as they host Extension Educator, Amanda Bennett for a session on growing backyard fruit. The session will be held virtually so you can enjoy viewing from the comforts of your own home. There is no cost however, pre-registration is required by November 4. For more information go to the Facebook page “Miami County Master Gardeners”