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COMING MONDAY Filling Santa’s Plate Commitment To Community OPINION: Look for Open Mike and The Usual Eccentric. Page 4. SPORTS: Piqua boys fall to rival Sidney. Page 14. TV BOOK: Remote Possibilities inside today’s Call. S AT U R DAY, D E C E M B E R 2 2 , 2 0 1 2 VOLUME 129, NUMBER 255 w w w. d a i l y c a l l . c o m $1.25 an award-winning Civitas Media newspaper Briefly Today’s weather High 32 Low 20 Mostly sunny and cold. Complete forecast on Page 3. Winter’s first blast hits area Storm gives some drivers fits BY WILL E SANDERS Staff Writer 3 more days until Christmas PIQUA — The good news is the world didn’t end Friday, but the bad news is the wintry season is now upon us. While a windy and snowy blast from Old Man Winter on Friday caused several area school districts, including Piqua schools, to cancel classes for the day, the weather did not present any significant problems with police and fire departments, and for that matter, even motorists and Tayan Chamber Christmas shoppers. Third grade Only two vehicle crashes were reported in and around Piqua by Springcreek noon Friday, and of those no serious injuries were reported, said MIKE ULLERY/STAFF PHOTO Call to close early Fire Chief Mike Rindler. Snow, high winds and icing conditions made area roadways hazardous on Friday as a number of moHe said the department had Christmas Eve had difficulty transitioning to the wintery conditions. This two-vehicle crash on County Road torists The Piqua Daily Call only had a few weather-related 25-A at Troy-Sidney Road was one of many handled by area law enforcement agencies on Friday. See offices will close at 3 p.m. See Winter blast/Page 8 related weather photo on Page 8. Monday in observance of Christmas Eve. Happy Holidays to your families from ours! Office hours will resume at 8 a.m. Wednesday. N EW LOOK FOR VINTAGE V ETTE Angel would be placed at Forest Hill Cemetery USA Weekend inside today’s Call This week’s USA Weekend features a story on why we love Christmas music so much, BY BETHANY ROYER Staff Writer Lottery CLEVELAND (AP) — The following are Friday’s winning lottery numbers: Night Drawings: ■ Rolling Cash 5 04-05-12-24-30 ■ Pick 3 Numbers 4-0-8 ■ Pick 4 Numbers 2-3-5-2 Day Drawings: ■ Midday 3 0-7-3 ■ Midday 4 9-7-3-5 Index Classified ...............12-13 Comics ........................11 Entertainment ...............5 Horoscopes.................11 Local ......................3, 8, 9 Milestones.....................6 Money Matters ............10 Nation ........................8, 9 Obituaries......................2 Opinion ..........................4 Public Record ...............7 Sports.....................14-16 Weather .........................3 6 7 4 8 2 5 6 2 1 0 1 8 ‘Christmas Box Angel’ statue sought WILL E SANDER/STAFF PHOTO Eric Pence, left, and his wife, Heather, pose in front of Eric’s newly-restored 1978 Corvette just minutes after family and friends surprised him with it. Eric was diagnosed with lung cancer last year and family and friends wanted to do something nice for the family so his Corvette was completely restored. His cancer went into remission last month. City man shocked by fully restored Corvette BY WILL E SANDERS Staff Writer “ pulled around the corner and, and I could see it. I mean how can you miss this? It’s beautiful. It’s amazing. I love it. I love it. I PIQUA — The charred remains of Eric Pence’s 1978 Corvette rested dormant in storage for more than 12 years. This once pristine automobile was a gift to Pence from his grandmother and as time went on its dark blue tint faded and a garage fire more than a decade —Eric Pence ago took what was left of the pristine machine. When Pence, 41, was diagnosed with meaningful set of wheels on another lung cancer on the day after Father’s spin. But then something happened — Day in 2011, the father of two and husband thought he might not ever be something special. granted a chance to take his special and See Corvette/Page 2 ” PIQUA — Every Dec. 6, individuals gather by candlelight to lay white flowers at the feet of an angel in remembrance of a child they have lost. The angel they visit is a unique statue standing 8 PROVIDED PHOTO feet tall with a This angel statue has found a wingspan of 5 feet home at a Centerville retirement that is based community and is based upon upon author Richard Paul Evan’s best-selling Richard Paul book, “The Christmas Box.” As a Evans’ best-sell- symbol of hope and healing, Forest ing book, “The Hill Cemetery Superintendent Jim Christmas Box.” Roth is asking for assistance from Jim Roth, super- the public to help bring a Christintendent of For- mas Box Angel of Hope statue to est Hill Cemetery, the Piqua community. wants to bring this symbol of is host to some 27,000 hope and healing to monuments. Piqua. “The more I read about “It’s a story about a this story, the more I read mother who loses her about the Christmas Box child,” said Roth as he ex- angel, the more I became plained the inspiration be- interested,” said Roth, hind his desire to bring who had tossed the idea the Christmas Box Angel around for nearly four of Hope statue to Forest years before, “we finally Hill, a 120-acre cemetery made the decision to go for where more than 29,000 it.” individuals are buried and See Angel/Page 2 2312817 For home delivery, call 773-2725


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