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Thursday LOCAL SPORTS Tipp man was a pen pal with the late Phyllis Diller Troy girls fall to Centerville PAGE 3 PAGE 15 August 23, 2012 It’s Where You Live! Volume 104, No. 201 $1.00 an award-winning Ohio Community Media newspaper INSIDE County to receive FEMA funds Dawn of a New Era Brewer takes over as Troy’s coach BY WILL E SANDERS Ohio Community Media Miami County is one of 37 Ohio counties that will receive federal aid following a tumultuous wind storm that struck the state at the end of June that knocked out power for days and dealt more than $850,000 in damages. Kenny Artz, the director of the Miami County Emergency TROY Management Agency, said the preliminary damage estimate from the June 29 severe storms in this county totals $863,078. “That estimate could go up or down a little,” Artz said. “The process is ongoing.” Local governments in the county are now eligible for the federal funds to assist with repairs and other costs associated with or caused by the storms, which created massive power outrages throughout Ohio. The funds will be provided through FEMA’s Public Assistance Program, which repays local governments for “eligible storm-related response efforts, including debris removal, emergency protective measures and the repair, replacement of restoration of disaster-damaged, publicly owned facilities,” according to Tamara McBride of the Ohio EMA. The funds were made available as a result of President Barack Obama granting Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s request for a federal disaster declaration, a press release issued by Kasich’s administration stated. “I appreciate the President’s favorable response to my request • See FEMA on Page 2 TIPP CITY COVER PHOTO BY ANTHONY WEBER Tipp man in jail on drug charges AUGUST 23, 2012 Are you ready for football? See inside today’s Troy Daily News for the 2012 Football Preview. See how your favorite area football team stacks up against the competition this year. Also, to online at and click under the “Sports Highlights” section for a video look at what’s in store for the Troy Trojans and new head coach Scot Brewer. By WDTN A Tipp City man is accused of selling synthetic marijuana. Police officers searched the business and car of Naineshkumar Patel, 28, T u e s d ay. They were gathering evidence after confiscating the suspected drug during an undercover PATEL buy in late January. The drug tested positive STAFF PHOTO/ANTHONY WEBER as synthetic marijuana. Hook Elementary School Principal Penny Johnson received smiles and hugs from students including Fiona The search Tuesday was Atkinson during the first day of school. Johnson was in front of the school Wednesday to welcome students durat a Tipp City BP station ing a new day and a new school year. and inside Patel’s personal car. Nothing further was found. Patel is in the Montgomery County Jail charged with trafficking in drugs. For a preview of Sunday’s Weddings of Distinction event in Piqua, see the special supplement inside today’s Troy Daily News. Working on Labor Day? With Labor Day coming up, we’d like to interview those workers who will actually be spending the day working, rather than enjoying a day of rest. That likely includes many doctors, nurses, cashiers, servers, retail workers and a multitude of others. If willing to be interviewed, please contact Natalie Knoth at (937) 440-5243 or School … already? Area students bid farewell to summer break BY MELANIE YINGST Staff Writer ith smiles and well wishes (along with a few tears), Hook Elementary School students bid farewell to their parents and summer break as they kicked off a new school year Wednesday. Principal Penny Johnson stood outside the school’s doorway, greeting each student by name or introducing herself to new students as they walked in the doors. “I’m ready for another year!” Johnson said, smiling and greeting each child Wednesday morning. As she watched a small child walk towards the door with tears in W Advice ............................8 Calendar.........................3 Classified......................11 Comics ...........................9 Deaths ............................6 Gregory M. Auville Horoscopes ....................9 Opinion ...........................5 Sports...........................15 TV...................................8 OUTLOOK Today Mostly sunny High: 86° Low: 58° ••• ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Friday Partly cloudy High: 88° Low: 60° Superintendents await release of annual report cards Complete weather information on Page 10. Home Delivery: 335-5634 Classified Advertising: (877) 844-8385 6 74825 22406 6 BY MELANIE YINGST Herman said it will be Staff Writer business as usual for the district despite not having the annual report card Superintendents across until at least Sept. 10. Miami County anxiously “We just don’t know awaiting the release of the know how each individual 2011-2012 Local Report building did as a whole or Cards will have to wait a how our district will be bit longer this year. ranked this year,” Herman Troy City Schools’ said. “Each student already their individual Superintendent Eric has MIAMI COUNTY reports, which principals and teachers already have and the test hasn’t changed so we are moving forward.” The state board of education Monday unanimously agreed to postpone the release of 2011-2012 Local Report Cards until ques- tions are answered about the accuracy of attendance data reported by local school districts. Herman said the district will have to wait until Sept. 10 to find out if the district once again achieved “Excellence with Distinction.” TROY Troy man questioned for string of car thefts BY NATALIE KNOTH Staff Writer An 18-year-old Troy man arrested recently on drug charges and later for misuse of a credit card confessed to police that he could be behind more than 200 vehicle breakWELLS ins. Michael Wells was arrested Aug. 17 involving a burglary at his mother’s home at 2484 Wooden Lane. She decided not to press charges, said Capt. Joe Long. • See CARDS on Page 2 • See THEFTS on Page 2 Labor Day Weekend 2012 September 1, 2 & 3 Where memories are made. NEW Attraction Professional Bull Riding at Johnston Farm Piqua Historical Area St Rt 66 & Hardin Road, Piqua Shuttle Service available from the Miami Valley Centre Mall & Canal Place (behind Susie's Big Dipper) For Home Delivery, call 335-5634 • For Classified Advertising, call (877) 844-8385 2310871 INSIDE TODAY “Fill a Bucket Schools” and its message of positivity is based on the book “How Full is Your Bucket? his eyes, Johnson said, “Summer’s Positive Strategies for Work and always hard to leave behind.” Life” by Dr. Donald Clifton, which Johnson said she’s looking forlater was adapted by Carol ward to another great year with a McCloud, an early childhood educanew positive outlook for both stutor who wrote “Have You Filled a dents and staff. Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily “We are just really going to focus Happiness for Kids” in 2005. on the positive this year,” she said. “Each day we’ll talk about how Hook Elementary guidance we fill each other’s buckets full of counselor Carrie Mason will help positive things and not be ‘bucket facilitate the school’s new “Fill A dippers,’” Johnson said of the negaBucket” character building protive actions that can deplete one’s gram, which Johnson said her staff self-esteem. is excited about using this year. “We are really excited about this, “It’s going to be building-wide,” even the teachers are having fun Johnson said. with this and we are excited to start The self-esteem building exercise the year off with a positive attiwill take place throughout the year. tude,” she said. TROY


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