Local News Briefs Wednesday, October 7th

Early Voting

Yesterday (Oct 6) was the first day of early voting and in Miami County, people were already lined-up in the morning to vote at the courthouse. Board of Elections Director, Laura Bruns, said voters practiced social distancing and were wearing their face coverings with the queued up line reaching out to the street at 7:30. Approximately 100 of the first voters went through in just over an hour.

Meet The Candidates

If you are not an early voter, a virtual meet the candidates forum will be broadcast live on Wednesday, October 14 at 7:30 PM on 98-1 and 1570 WPTW. Leadership Troy Alumni are partnering with YWCA Piqua to host candidates and issues of interest to people in both Piqua and Troy, which will be on the ballot in the General Election on November 3. You can submit your questions in advance to info@ywcapiqua.com before October 12, at 5:00 PM.

Wilson Health Event

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. The event will be held on Thursday in Minster from 7-to-9 AM at Eagle Place on North Main Street, and in Sidney on Friday from 7 to 9 AM at the Fairview Medical Center on Fairington Drive.

Couple Indicted In Murder Case

A Champaign County couple has been indicted by the Champaign County Grand Jury in connection with the death of a young woman last week. 52-year old Valerie Rider faces eight charges including murder, while husband, 54-year old Rodney Rider Senior faces five charges, including tampering with evidence and obstructing justice. The victim, 25-year old Whitney Hostler, was reported missing October 2. Her body was discovered in a wooded ravine near Kiser Lake Road.

Hydrant Flushing Underway

The City of Piqua’s annual fire hydrant flushing is underway. Hydrant flushing takes place between Mondays and Thursdays from 7:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. It may take the Underground Utilities Department up to five weeks to complete the job. The primary purpose is to verify the proper operation of the city’s fire hydrants, flow testing and preventative maintenance.

Community Prayer Breakfast

The annual Troy Mayor’s Community Prayer Breakfast is Saturday (Oct 10) at 9 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 20 S. Walnut Street. The keynote speaker will be former Troy Mayor Mike Beamish. The program will be held in the church sanctuary, which will be marked for social distancing. Breakfast will not be served, but those attending will receive a box breakfast from Bakehouse Breads as they leave the event. Tickets are $5. They can be purchased at the church or at the Mayor’s Office, City Hall, 100 South Market Street, during business hours.

Covington Seeking New Administrator

The village of Covington continues to search for a new administrator to replace Mike Busse who resigned. Applications for the position will be accepted until this Friday (Oct. 9). Those interested in applying, should either mail or drop off a resume and cover letter to the Covington Government Center, at 1 S. High St., Attention to Mayor Ed McCord.

Street Manager Says Sidney Is Ready For Winter

Although we’re just into autumn, Sidney’s Street Manager, Brian Green, informed city council members at Monday’s virtual meeting, that the city’s salt dome is full, and plow trucks and equipment are ready for winter weather. Green says prices for road salt have come down from their peak price in 2015. The City of Sidney has about 21 winter events per season and the average salt usage has been 1,081 tons per year over the last 10 years.

Community Blood Drive

The Covington Eagles will host a community blood drive Monday, Oct. 12 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. at 715 East Broadway. Donors must make an appointment at donortime.com or by calling 937-461-3220. All donors are automatically entered in the “Wake Up & Donate” drawing to win a custom Sleep Number bed.

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