Local News Briefs Thursday, October 8th

New Smoking Policy

The Troy Board of Park Commissioners and Recreation Board passed a motion to ban smoking in all public parks. The motion now goes to the Troy City Council for consideration.

Bridge Dedication Ceremony

The restored 1879 Zenas King bridge, recently relocated to Tawawa Park, will be officially dedicated on Saturday, Oct. 17…The dedication ceremony will take place on the east side of Amos Lake at 2:30 p.m…The bridge, originally part of two spans that crossed Loramie Creek, is the only known example of this type of bridge remaining in Ohio..

Greenville Makes Large Drug Bust

Greenville police stopped a driver Monday for a minor traffic violation and ended up confiscating $20,000 worth of methamphetamine. Officers called for the Darke County Sheriff’s K-9 which got a hit checking the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed more than 200 grams of the suspected drug. A suspect was taken into custody and charged with possession of drugs.

Head Start Filling Empty Slots

Despite COVID-19 restrictions, slots remain open for remote or classroom participation in Piqua Head Start. Eligible families include those below the 130 percent Federal Poverty Level. Regardless of income, Head Start is also free to homeless, foster, and special needs children. For more information or to enroll your child, go to kidslearningplace.org, or call 866-627-4557.

City Commission Meeting

The Piqua City Commission will meet in executive session Monday morning (Oct 12) at the Fort Piqua Plaza Banquet Center and again during the late afternoon at the Piqua Municipal Government Center regarding the city manager’s position.

Collision Erupts In Flame

A Semi Tanker and an SUV erupted into flames Tuesday night during a collision in the 2800 block of State Route 502 in Darke County. The driver of the SUV, 52-year old Ricky Gump of Greenville and his juvenile passenger were taken to Wayne Healthcare with non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the tanker, 30-year old Galen Flora, also of Greenville, was treated on the scene for minor injuries. According to the Darke County Sheriff’s Office, Flora was attempting to back the truck and trailer into a private driveway when he was struck.

Sidney Police Pill Disposal Event

The Sidney Police Department will hold a pill disposal event later this month. It’s an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. The public can bring pills for disposal to the lobby of the police department on West Court Street in Sidney on Saturday, October 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pills, liquids, needles and patches will be accepted, no questions asked. This event was started nationwide by the Drug Enforcement Agency 10 years ago.

Halloween Cancelation

The annual Halloween Parade and Costume Judging by Tipp Monroe Community Services has been canceled this year due to the restrictions imposed by COVID-19. Community Services announced the cancellation, saying the community’s safety is its priority. The annual trick or treat evening in Tipp City still is scheduled for Oct. 29 from 6-8 p.m.

Reedy, Not Greedy, Helps The Needy

For the seventh year in a row, Mark Reedy will provide bicycles for children in need at Christmas time. Cash donations have helped the program deliver more than 1,300 bicycles to children in northern Miami County during the last six years. Reedy says he’ll work with the Piqua Salvation Army and their affiliation with the Marines’ Toys for Tots to distribute the bikes in December.

Wilson Health Bringing Awareness

Wilson Health will mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month by educating the public and encouraging women to get mammograms with its annual, free drive-up Brake for Breakfast event. In Minister, the event is being held this morning (Oct 8) from 7-to-9 AM at Eagle Place on North Main Street, and in Sidney it will be held tomorrow from 7 to 9 AM at the Fairview Medical Center on Fairington Drive.

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