Local News Briefs Monday, September 14th

COVID-19 Troubling Nursing Homes

More outbreaks of COVID-19 at nursing homes in Miami County. The Piqua Health Department has been notified of 16 positive cases of the virus at Piqua Manor. Of those cases, within the facility, 12 are residents and four are staff members. According to Miami County Public Health, Stillwater Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation in Covington also has 16 residents and 11 staff that have tested positive for coronavirus. The date of the outbreak is unknown at this time. In Miami County, as of Saturday there have been 1,252 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 122 hospitalizations and 48 deaths. 973 are presumed to have recovered.

Culvert Replacement Beginning

The Shelby County Highway Department will begin a culvert replacement project on Newport Road beginning Wednesday (Sept 16). County Engineer Bob Geuy says Newport Road will be closed to all traffic between State Route 66 and State Route 47 beginning Wednesday. The project will take approximately three weeks to complete.

Lucky Lemonade Concert

Tomorrow evening’s Lucky Lemonade Concert in the Courtyard at the Hayner Cultural Center is Troy features Blue Moon Soup from Yellow Springs. The group is a well-established acoustic folk quartet. The concert is being broadcast on the Hayner Facebook page tomorrow at 6:30pm.

Bridge Replacement Starting

Markley Road is scheduled to be closed for bridge replacement starting today with completion on November 13. The location of the closure is between Rangeline Road and State Route 571.

Overfield Tavern Museum Fundraiser

The fundraiser for the Overfield Tavern Museum, will be held Saturday, (Sept. 19) from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., will feature made-from-scratch to-go meals. The event takes the place of the annual Yuletide Christmas Dinner in an effort to comply with social distancing and raise funds for restoration and preservation projects. Tickets for the Tavern Takeout are $30 each. Mail your check payable to the Overfield Tavern Museum at 201 E. Water St., Troy, Ohio.

Sidney City Council Meeting

The Sidney City Council will hold its regular meeting this evening (Sept. 14) at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be held by a hybrid method, with board members in council chambers and others welcome to join virtually.

Grants Awarded

The Piqua Community Foundation last week awarded G. William Hartzell Community Grants totaling $54,500 to 20 organizations that serve Piqua residents. The grants were made from the charitable fund established from a bequest from the Hartzell estate. Due to current restrictions on gatherings, the Foundation delivered the checks individually rather than host its typical group event.

County's Human Resources Director Terminated From Position

Miami County commissioners voted unanimously last week to terminate the county’s director of human resources, stating she engaged in “conduct inconsistent with her role and responsibility”. 62-year old Tamela Hoover, had been on paid administrative leave since September 3. Commissioners declined comment on what led to the termination. Hoover was hired for the human resources role in May 2013.

Sheriff's Office Awarded Grant

The Miami County Sheriff’s Office has been awarded a traffic enforcement safety grant for the 16th consecutive year. The close to $70,000 grant will be spent on overtime for traffic enforcement and some fuel costs. The enforcement is intended to reduce the number of fatal and injury crashes on county highways. The extra patrols will be assigned during holidays when vehicle travel increases along with drinking and driving.

Road Closing For Work

In Troy, sanitary sewer work will necessitate the closure of North Ridge Avenue between West Main and York Lane beginning at 6:30 this evening. The work is expected to be complete by 5:30 the next morning.

Park Project Accepting Donations

Donations for an ongoing park project in the Village of Covington now total well over $50,000. Of that $16,000 has been donated by individuals and several organizations. Mayor Ed McCord told village council members last week that he will personally continue to solicit donations for the project.

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