Baked goods from the heart

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Laynee Shields, left to right, 13, of Jackson Center, and Kendall Hilbun, 12, of Botkins, sells a hotdog meal to Mary Butler, of Jackson Center, during a fundraiser next to Jackson Center Hardware on Saturday, Aug. 7. The girls were raising money to purchase AEDs for the Jackson Center community. They are also raising awareness of sudden arithmetic death syndrome that effects children. The girls were motivated after Hilbun’s brother, Tanner Hilbun, 9, was diagnosed with LongQT syndrome which is a heart rhythm condition that can potentially cause fast, chaotic heartbeats.. Shields is the daughter of Misty and David Shields, and Hilbun is the daughter of Jessica and Mark Hilbun.

Protesters gather against vaccine mandate

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People hold up signs protesting vaccine mandates by private companies. The protesters gathered at the intersection of S Ohio Avenue and Court Street on Saturday, Aug 7 during the Farmers Market. The protest was organized nurses Alyssa Jennings, of Sidney, and Kelli Gordon, of Piqua. Jennings said, “We believe in medical freedom and personal choices. We’re both being mandated to get the vaccine in the next couple of months or we will be fired from our jobs.” Gordon said, “I have been a nurse for 27 years. As nurses we support patients’ rights. We support the individual choice to take the vaccine but not the mandate.” Jennings continued, “I’ve been a nurse for 2-years and I have worked Covid since the shutdown. We worked countless hours without proper protective equipment, being exposed everyday. My body has its own natural immunity. We thank our community for the endless support of our right to choose.” Gordon finished with, “We’re standing up to end the mandates for everyone not just health care.”

From Tennessee to Ohio

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FORT LORAMIE — The 40th anniversary Country Concert 2021 wrapped up Saturday with headliner Jason Aldean, along with performances by Cole Ritter, a musician with ties to Houston, Ohio.

Country Concert is back!

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FORT LORAMIE — The threat of rain passed concertgoers by as Country Concert kicked off Thursday.

Timken seeks 2022 senate seat

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GREENVILLE — When U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) announced in January 2021 that he would not seek reelection in 2022, he cited “partisan gridlock” as one of his reasons for bowing out.

From tears to smiles

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SAN DIEGO – Kristin Courtney, a 2002 Fort Loramie High School graduate, couldn’t have imagined her 6-year-old daughter would become a viral sensation when she took her kids to their first Major League Baseball game.

Troy Christian alumna wins Miss Ohio pageant

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MANSFIELD — A 2018 Troy Christian graduate, Lora Current, who served as 2018 Champaign County Fair Queen, won the Miss Ohio 2021 title during a pageant on Saturday evening.

Local band releases new music

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TROY — It was “more than a feeling” that inspired the genesis of local rock band Rusted Reserve, said founding member Jason Rhoads.

Weekend Track Roundup

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KETTERING — The Troy girls track and field team won the Firebird Classic Thursday and Friday, while the Tippecanoe girls finished third.

College briefs

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Local students participate in 2021 UF Symposium