Local News Briefs Thursday, October 1st

Trump Campaign Rally

The President’s son was in Tipp City for a campaign event Wednesday…It comes a week after the President held a campaign rally in Vandalia. Donald Trump Junior hit on many of his father’s campaign talking points. For instance, he talked at length about mail-in voter fraud and how he believes former Vice President Joe Biden is not fit to run America’s highest office. Those in attendance had to agree to the risk of COVID-19, and similar to President Trump’s rally last week, not many masks were seen being worn.

Canal System Being Lowered

Beginning on Monday, October 5th, the City of Piqua will be lowering the Hydraulic Canal System from Swift Run Lake to Frantz Pond….The Canal system is being lowered for approximately 3 weeks for work on a manhole structure that sits along the canal..

Habitat For Humanity

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 Saturday 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.

Courthouse Plaza Celebration

Dedication for the newly renovated Miami County Courthouse Plaza in Troy is today. Several surrounding streets will be closed to through traffic between 7:30 to 11pm for the dedication and related events. The celebration, featuring live music, food trucks and non-profit displays will be from 5-to-9pm. Masks and social distancing will be required.

Governor's Proposal Approved

The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation Board of Directors has approved Governor Mike DeWine’s proposal to send Ohio employers up to $1.5 billion in dividends. This is the second dividend issued by the Bureau this year and is intended to ease the impact of COVID-19 on Ohio’s economy and business community. Beginning in late October, checks will be sent to up to 200,000 private and public employers in its system after first applying the dividend to any unpaid balances.

New City Building In Arcanum

Arcanum Village Council dedicated their new city government building Tuesday evening. The new city building and police station is located at 309 S. Albright Street. The village government moved into the building on March 19 and 20, but due to COVID-19 precautions at the time, were unable to host a ribbon-cutting ceremony until now.

New Smoking Policy

Beginning January First, the use of all tobacco will be prohibited on all Miami County owned property. The Board of County Commissioners recently adopted the policy covering cigarettes, chewing tobacco and all vaping methods.

Piqua Native Receives Army Promotion

Piqua native and Miami East alum Paul Craft was promoted to brigadier general of the United States Army last week. Craft, who graduated from Miami East in 1989, entered the Army in 1993, went on to earn a bachelor of science from the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York, as well as three master’s degrees. He currently serves as the Army’s fourth Chief of Cyber and Commandant of the U.S. Army Cyber School headquartered in Fort Gordon, Georgia.

Local Donor Reaches Milestone

Tipp City’s Brian Harbison reaches a blood donation milestone. On September 16, Harbison donated his 200th blood donation. Harbison began donating blood with the Community Blood Center in 2005 and says he’ll keep giving as long as he can and would like to get to 400 donations.

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