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Fairgrounds bathroom construction begins

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Junior Fair exhibitors and the general public will have the use of a brand new bathroom facility when the 2014 Shelby County Fair opens in July.Members of the Shelby County Agricultural Society heard during their April meeting from Vice President Mitch Brautigam that Geuy Construction had won the contract to construct the building. Brautigam said that he had met with the contractor and architects to site the building at the north end of the fairgrounds west of the secretary’s office near Show Arena 1.Construction began Tuesday. It should be completed by July 9.“It will be a tight deadline,” Jerry Schaffner, society secretary, told the Daily News this week. “It will be a full bathroom, with showers.”


Sidney sweeps team titles at Stebbins

DAYTON — It was an outstanding day for the Sidney High boys and girls track teams Wednesday night at the Stebbins Invitational.The girls rolled up 191.5 points to win by nearly a hundred over runner-up Northmont in the eight-team meet.And the Yellow Jacket boys held on with 148.5 points to edge runner-up Stebbins with 144 in a meet that featured nine teams.Highlighting the girls performance were six first-place finishes by five different Lady Jackets.

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ODA issues stop-sale order

REYNOLDSBURG — The Ohio Department of Agriculture issued a stop-sale order for all 1.5 cubic foot bags of mulch produced by the Ohio Mulch company before April 6.Following up on a complaint, the department’s Division of Weights and Measures inspectors tested 1.5 cubic foot bags of Ohio Mulch products being offered for retail sale at Speedway, Thornton’s and Certified gas stations. ODA inspectors randomly selected 18 bags from three different product lines on March...

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Boehner: World wants U.S. to lead

MIDDLETOWN (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday that allies of the United States want America to show strong leadership globally, and that he wants some of his congressional colleagues to stop shying away from immigration reform.Boehner said other countries are looking for the United States to lead, and that the 150 troops now in Poland with contingents planned for three other European countries is a step in the right direction. The first 150 paratroopers’ ar...

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Tractor crash claims 14-year-old

COVINGTON — A farm tractor crash on Klinger Road, north of Covington, claimed the life of a 14-year-old girl and sent four other to area hospitals on Wednesday afternoon.The crash occurred around 4:30 p.m. when a tractor, driven by Tammy Burns, 43, of Covington, that was pulling a box trailer, overturned in the 8500 block of Klinger Road. The tractor pinned Burns and two children underneath.Covington Fire and Rescue, along with Miami County Sheriff’s Office d...

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Municipal Court

In Sidney Municipal Court Wednesday, Judge Duane Goettemoeller fined Brittney Goings, 24, 744 Countryside Lane, Apt. 2, $150 and $147 costs and sentenced her to 20 days in jail for disorderly conduct, amended from obstructing official business.• Wayne H. King, 51, 1551 Cedarbrook Place, disorderly conduct, $200 fine and $138 costs, 30 days jail (one day credit).• Donald L. Elsass Sr., 44, 423 Linden Ave., reckless operation (amended from driving under the inf...

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Staying safe during prom season

Clarion Dobbs, 16, of Sidney, is strapped to a stretcher during a mock fatal car crash at the Shelby County Fairgrounds Thursday. Kids from area schools came to see what happens after a crash and hear from area law enforcement about how driving can turn deadly in a split second. Laura Seger, of Pleasant Hill, gave a passionate recounting of how she lost her 18-year-old son Joey Seger, who was a senior at the Upper Valley Career Center, when a woman high from huffing compressed air crashed int...

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Improvements planned at Grand, Indian lakes

ST. MARYS — State officials announced plans to invest $88.5 million to upgrade and modernize trails, campgrounds and recreational facilities in Ohio’s state parks during the next two years at news conferences Wednesday at Grand Lake St. Marys State Park and Indian Lake State Park.Locally, Grand Lake will see improvements in the modernization of campsights, improvement of shower facilities and restrooms and a new splash pad for youth. The investment is the largest ever i...

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Agape box

The goal by April 30 is $50,000.Total to date is $26,748.

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City record

Police logTHURSDAY-12:40 a.m.: domestic violence. Police arrested Donald R. Hewitt Jr., 36, at 110 N. Wilkinson Ave. on a charge of domestic violence. He allegedly assaulted Jody M. Travis, who suffered an apparent minor injury.WEDNESDAY...

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Drug arrests made

WAPAKONETA — Auglaize County Sheriff Al Solomon announced another group of local individuals arrested on drug charges on Monday. The Grand Lake Drug Task Force along with local police arrested six people. All were recently indicted by an Auglaize County Grand Jury for various drug charges.Arrested were:• Christopher Boneta, 25, Cridersville, four counts trafficking in drugs (marijuana and prescription drugs);• James Valentine Jr., 23, Wapakon...

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Staffers honored at banquet

HOUSTON — About 70 employees and guests attended the Hardin-Houston Local School District annual staff appreciation banquet, held recently at the Houston Community Center. Several people were recognized during the evening.Superintendent Larry Claypool presented the School Community Award to Sandi and Andy Freytag, and Bruce Walker.The district recognized retiring 35-year ag teacher Greg Ward.The Golden Apple Awards were presented to Carrie Pratt at Hardi...

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NK open house May 2

NEW KNOXVILLE — New Knoxville Schools will host their spring open house and concert May 2 from 6 to 9 p.m.A Scholastic book fair will be in the Media Center. Proceeds from book sales will support the purchase of smart boards for classrooms.The New Knoxville Music Boosters will serve sloppy joe and shredded chicken sandwiches, tacos-in-a-bag, chips fruit cups, carrots and celery with dip, desserts, water and coffee.The fifth-grade band will perform at 6:3...

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Planting potatoes and washing ceilings

It is turning out to be a nice, sunny day. The temperature is almost 40. We awoke one morning this week with the ground all covered with snow. It stayed cold for a few days with the temperature going down to 22 one night.My husband, Joe, and the boys planted 30-40 pounds of potatoes on Saturday. Joe tilled all the gardens, but I haven’t had a chance to plant anything. I would like to plant peas, radishes, lettuce and onions. At least a little of each so we have some ready ear...

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Top 10 reasons to vote yes for Sidney City Schools

Dear Editor,Top 10 reasons you should vote yes for the five-year renewal of the Sidney City Schools 9.9 mill Emergency Property Tax Levy originally passed in November 2009.10. The taxpayers in our community have spoken about the improvements they wanted our district to make. We have made significant strides in all areas and simply want to continue heading in the right direction.9. The district has made $6.6 million in cumulative reductions since 2008 to make u...

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Nino Vitale has writer’s vote

To the Editor:After listening to the three candidates running for our 85th Ohio House District present their credentials and visions for the upcoming primary election, I have decided to support Nino Vitale.Nino has a broad knowledge of the difficulties and challenges with which we are faced in our District. His record of achievements resulting from his 22 years of experience working in the private sector makes him the best qualified of the three current candidates....

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Sidney students plan ‘Escape to India’

Sidney High School juniors and seniors are planning an “Escape to India” for Saturday night’s prom.The students will be using the rich colors of the Indian culture such as, fuchsia, turquoise, orange and purple for decorations. The props at the prom will include the Taj Mahal, beautiful draped fabrics and of course the highly decorated Indian elephant. The high school sculpture class has been working hard to create this elephant.The prom will be held at...

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New staffers approved

JACKSON CENTER — The Jackson Center Local School Board of Education approved three new certified staff members during Monday’s board meeting.The board hired Randy Johnson, music; Aaron Klopfenstein, math; and Mark Hilbun, intervention specialist.The graduating class was approved, pending completion of requirements, and the early graduation of Destiny Ostermyer was approved.The resignation of Jason Ware as counselor for sixth-grade enrichment camp w...

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