Area briefs

COVID-19 discussion set

ARCANUM — State Rep. Jena Powell (R-Arcanum) has announced she will be hosting a community conversation event with Troy Fire Chief Matthew Simmons to discuss COVID-19 numbers and statistics. The event will be held via Facebook Live at noon Wednesday, Aug. 12.

“I look forward to discussing COVID-19 with a well-respected leader in our community,” Powell said. “This community conversation will bring to light important statistics, including drug overdoses, successful treatments, studies on asymptomatic spread, and more.”

Simmons has served the city of Troy in fire service for 20 years. He has pioneered multiple community outreach programs, including a heroin task force in conjunction with the Ohio Attorney General’s Office to combat the increasing epidemic. Simmons is also a Navy veteran and holds certifications as a firefighter, paramedic, fire safety inspector, and fire and explosive investigator.

To participate in the community conversation, visit Rep. Powell’s Facebook page. If you have any questions about the event or how to access the Facebook page, email

Artist to have opening

TROY — Join local artist, William III, for the opening of William III’s Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame Tribute Exhibit in downtown Troy, from 7:30-9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14.

This exhibit was originally scheduled to be at the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center in the spring, but had to be cancelled because of COVID-19 guidelines. The exhibit has now found a new home with Lunch at 4 W. Main St, a satellite kitchen and pop-up lunch spot serving lunch Tuesday-Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., as well as hosting private and special events.

For more information, visit William III on Facebook or at

Registration extended

TROY — The Lincoln Community Center (LLC) has extended registration for its back to school supply distribution day that will be held at Troy City Park on Sunday, Aug. 16. Students grades K-12 who attend Bethel, Miami East, Covington, Piqua, Troy City, Troy Christian, Milton-Union, Newton, Graham, Hardin-Houston or Upper Valley Career Center may register for a book bag full of basic supplies.

Call the LCC office at (937) 335-2715 to register and a designated time slot will be assigned.

For more information, visit