Vectren encourages customers to utilize payment arrangements, bill assistance during COVID-19

DAYTON – Vectren, a CenterPoint Energy company, is encouraging customers to contact the company if they are experiencing financial difficulty at this time and may need payment assistance, arrangements or extensions during the COVID-19 situation. While the utility has currently suspended natural gas service disconnections, customers are encouraged to call now to avoid a disruption once the moratorium ends.

Business briefs

Shelden Wical, DO, transfers to Upper Valley Family Medicine Piqua

Edison State information session set for July 23

PIQUA — Edison State Community College will be hosting a free information session at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 23. This session will highlight the various career paths at the Edison State regional campuses and will be held via Zoom.

HIWT alum, past instructor dies

TROY — Michael Anthony Higgins, a graduate of Hobart Institute of Welding Technology and instructor at the Institute for 46 years passed away on Saturday, June 12.

Kettering Health Network named one of the nation’s 15 Top Health Systems

KETTERING – IBM Watson Health has named Kettering Health Network as one of the 15 Top Health Systems in the country, and four Kettering Health Network hospitals were named to the 100 Top Hospitals list.

UVMC president announces retirement

TROY — Tom Parker, president of Upper Valley Medical Center (UVMC), has announced plans to retire from Premier Health effective July 31.

Kathy Henne: Lower rates with a higher score

Lenders are an increasingly difficult crowd to please, so if you’re looking for the best deal on a mortgage, you need a couple of strategies to improve your credit score. Lenders use that number to determine your risk of default, and it may be the single most important factor in your application.

SkillsUSA honors Sara Plozay with National Award

LEESBURG, Va. — An Ohio teacher has won a prestigious Advisor of the Year award for participation in SkillsUSA and career and technical education (CTE) at her school. The award was presented to Sara Plozay, a cosmetology instructor at Upper Valley Career Center in Piqua, as the winning advisor for both her state and region.

Kathy Henne: Make your move

You know it takes planning and preparation to sell your home, and the same applies to making a purchase. But whether buying or selling, you’ll also have to put a lot of thought into moving day. After you’ve gotten in-home estimates from professional moving companies and made your choice, start packing!

UVMC receives Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award

TROY – Premier Health’s Upper Valley Medical Center in Miami County has been named a recipient of the Patient Safety Excellence Award by Healthgrades for a fourth consecutive year.