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4-H junior sale checks coming soon

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MIAMI COUNTY — Some 4-H members are concerned following a delay in receiving their checks for the livestock and animals they sold after this year’s county fair.But, the Miami County Fair Board is assuring that this is a problem that has been solved and soon to be rectified.After the county fair ends in August, 4-H members sell their animals and get checks to buy new animals or livestock to raise for the next year’s fair. The checks can range from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars, depending on the animal, and typically comes out in September.According to Miami County Fair Board President Mike Jess, this year’s tardiness came because of a delay in getting bills paid.


Confidence among US homebuilders slips in October

MARTIN CRUTSINGERAP Economics WriterWASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. homebuilders’ confidence fell in October after four months of gains which had pushed the indicator to the highest point in nine years.The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo said Thursday that its index dropped to a reading of 54 after climbing to 59 in September, the highest level since November 2005, right before the housing bubble burst.Readings above 50 indicate...

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Average US 30-year mortgage rate at 3.97 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average U.S. mortgage rates tumbled this week. The 30-year loan hit its lowest level since June 2013 as Treasury bond yields marked new lows amid concern over global economic weakness.It was the fourth straight week of declines for mortgage rates, making it more affordable to borrow to buy a home.Mortgage company Freddie Mac said Thursday that the nationwide average for a 30-year loan dipped to 3.97 percent from 4.12 percent last week. The average...

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Taco Bell tests Sriracha flavored items

NEW YORK (AP) — Want to take a run for the border but wind up in Bangkok?Taco Bell is testing a new menu that promises just that, looking to tap into the cult following for the red Thai hot sauce known as Sriracha.The Mexican-themed chain said the menu is being tested at more than 70 restaurants in the Kansas City area. The selections appear to be menu standards like nachos and tacos, except with the hot sauce mixed in.The test is the latest sign that Am...

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For Rogen, Hilarity charity is serious business

MIKE CIDONI LENNOXAP Entertainment ReporterLOS ANGELES (AP) — Seth Rogen let out a loud laugh when asked what he had done with Kim Jong Un, the North Korean leader who suddenly and inexplicably dropped out of sight about six weeks ago.“It’s all a marketing ploy,” joked Rogen, whose upcoming comedy “The Interview” mercilessly mocks the rotund ruler. “We’ve hid him somewhere, and he’ll be released one week be...

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Aretha takes on divas, comes out swinging

JEFF KAROUBAssociated PressAretha Franklin, “Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics” (RCA Records)Aretha Franklin sings the sound of America like nobody else alive — a point of unceasing pride for Detroit, the place she was raised and remains near today. So the release of “Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics” raises one question right off: Does the singular Queen of Soul really need to borrow from...

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Al Pacino to return to Broadway in a Mamet play

MARK KENNEDYAP Drama WriterNEW YORK (AP) — Al Pacino will return to Broadway next year in a new play by David Mamet written with the Oscar-winner expressly in mind.Producers said Thursday that Pacino will star in “China Doll” directed by Pam MacKinnon starting in October 2015. Additional casting is to be announced later. Pacino will play a wealthy man about to retire and marry a younger woman when his plans are shaken by a phone call....

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‘White People’ is edgy; has memorable cast

JUSTIN LOWEThe Hollywood ReporterLOS ANGELES (AP) — A cheeky provocation wrapped in a zingy punchline, Justin Simien’s “Dear White People” recalls other memorably promising debuts — by filmmakers named Spike, for instance, whether Lee or Jonze. An ambitious satire that questions just how “post-racial” America has become, the film is never at a loss for words, but sometimes confuses galvanizing rhetoric for legitimate deliberation...

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1. “The Blood of Olympus: The Heroes of Olympus” by Rick Riordan (Disney-Hyperion)2. “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn (Broadway Books)3. “Deadline” by John Sandford (G.P. Putnam?s Sons)4. “Killing Patton” by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard (Henry Holt and Co.)5. “The Best of Me” by Nicholas Sparks (Grand Central Publishing)6. “Burn” by James Patterson and Michael Le...

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Top tours

The Top 20 Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows in North America. The previous week’s ranking is in parentheses. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers.TOP 20 CONCERT TOURS1. (2) Beyoncé / Jay Z; $6,166,059; $115.88.2. (1) One Direction; $6,058,097; $84.06.3. (3) Paul McCartney; $3,278,753; $129...

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5 free things in Berlin: Cold War legacy

GEIR MOULSONAssociated PressBERLIN (AP) — In January 1989, then-East German leader Erich Honecker declared that the Berlin Wall could stand for another century. Less than 10 months later the border was open, and soon Berliners were in a hurry to tear down the 155-kilometer (96-mile) barrier. However, there’s still plenty to see of the Cold War past as Berlin marks the 25th anniversary of the Wall’s fall. Many of the historical sites are free, though you...

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Staten Island wheel complex getting 4-D ride, cam

BETH J. HARPAZAP Travel EditorNEW YORK (AP) — A thrill ride themed on the New York City subway is planned for the Staten Island waterfront near where a giant Ferris wheel will be built.New York Wheel CEO Rich Marin revealed the plans for the 4-D ride Wednesday at the site for the 625-foot (190-meter) wheel, which is expected to open in 2017 near the ferry terminal.Marin described the thrill ride and other attractions planned for the complex in...

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Davis honored for equine business work

CASSTOWN — Miami East senior Madeline Davis has a busy schedule between academics, athletics and extracurricular activities and soon will check another task off her itinerary. Davis is one of two students who will be honored during the National FFA Convention Oct. 30 in Louisville, Ky.When she learned the news, she said she was excited to be awarded and that the excitement also was humbling for her.“It’s an honor to be going, and the fact I’m gett...

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Woman identified in fatal crash

By Melody Vallieumvallieu@civitasmedia.comPIQUA — The name of a woman who died in an early morning crash Saturday has been released.Iona Scarberry, 53, of Piqua, was pronounced dead at the scene of a crash on Piqua-Lockington Road, just past Clevinger Road, at about 5:30 a.m. Saturday, according to Miami County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Todd Tennant.Scarberry was the driver of a car headed to Lockington, Tennant said, along with 17-year-old ...

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Oct. 14, The Herald, Rock Hill, South Carolina, on stopping Ebola in West Africa:The United States seems to be suffering from extreme exposure to Ebola - not to the virus itself but to the viral speculation about the danger it poses to Americans. It’s time to calm down.Ebola is an intrinsically frightening disease. It’s a terrible way to die, and that naturally heightens fears about contracting the disease.But so far, only one person has died of th...

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Try to do it yourself

Don’t you love watching those home improvement and makeover shows on HGTV, Discovery Channel and the like? They’re encouraging greater numbers of homeowners to plan and tackle their own Do It Yourself projects. As a matter of fact, the Census Bureau shows that 20 percent of improvement costs are related to Do It Yourself projects.There are plenty of great jobs you can handle on your own, like interior and exterior painting and landscaping. Beyond that, however, you have...

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Alzheimer’s: The ‘long goodbye’

“Could you please help me find some sheets?” I was surprised when an elderly man asked me for assistance while I was shopping. Instantly, I realized that the eighty-something senior had mistaken me for a store clerk.It was an autumn Sunday afternoon in an Ohio mall, and the slight-built male was dressed like a farmer in his best church clothes. He was neat, in a non-fussy sort of way, but he seemed so alone. I wondered where his spouse was, because you could tell he was...

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Marriage licenses

Bradley Andrew Petry, 30, of 8940 Troy-Sidney Rd., Piqua to Courtney Michelle Snow, 37, of same address.Jason Ken Edger, 38, of 2728 Fox Rd., Greenville to Jennifer Lynn Cupp, 33, of 1380 Surrey Rd., Troy.Lane Andrew Nadolny, 23, of 1520 Dean Circle, Troy to Ashley Nicole Oakes, 22, of same address.Jeffrey Keith Ellinger, 55, of 180 Titus Rd., Springfield to Denise Eileen McCuiston, 56, of 76 Black Oak Dr., West Milton.Brian Matthew Windle, 28, of 5...

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