Area briefs



Committee to meet

PLEASANT HILL — The Newton Alumni Committee will meet Thursday, Feb. 9, and on the second Thursday of each month in the future, in the Newton Media Center at 6:30 p.m.

New members are sought, and future meetings will be March 9 and April 13, as members prepare for Newton’s 136th annual Alumni Banquet to be held on Saturday, May 13.

Classes to be honored include 1942, 1957, 1967, 1992 and 2017.

PIH offering ‘Getting Ahead’

TROY — Partners in Hope of Troy will offer “Getting Ahead,” a program for individuals and families.

Participants will investigate the hidden rules of social class and learn about the resources necessary to be self-sustainable. Earn while you learn, as particiapants will receive $10 per hour in gift cards for each session. The program runs weekly on Thursday evenings beginning Feb. 23 at the Hobart Community Kitchen, 25 N. Mulberry St. for 10 weeks.

Those interested, call 335-0448 or stop in the office at 116 W. Franklin St, Troy.

Composting program set

TROY — The Miami County Master Gardener Volunteers will present “Get the Most Out of Your Compost” at the next session in the Coffee with the Master Gardeners series on Feb. 3 at 10 a.m.

The session will be taught by Miami County Master Gardener George Sweetman who will detail how to get started in composting and why it could save you money on fertilizer and benefit the environment at the same time. Sweetman will share how to construct different types of compost bins, the dos and don’ts of what to put in your pile and the nitty gritty process that will turn your scraps into gold!

The session will be held at the Extension Meeting room on the ground floor of the Old Courthouse in Troy at 201 W Main St. The cost is $10 and pre-registration is required by Feb. 1. For more details, contact the Extension office at 440-3945 or by email at

Visit or the Facebook page “Miami County Master Gardeners” for more information.

Davidson named to subcommittee

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The House Financial Services Committee announced subcommittee membership, naming Rep. Warren Davidson (R-OH) to the Subcommittee on Monetary Policy and Trade; the Subcommittee on Capital Markets, Securities, and Investment; and the Subcommittee on Terrorism and Illicit Finance.

“It is an honor to work on these pressing issues which affect Main Street and the day-to-day lives of Ohioans. We will end to ‘too big to fail,’ and we’ll replace Dodd-Frank’s complex regulatory structure with common-sense rules. By doing this, we’ll move past the policies that have crushed local businesses in our district these past eight years, finally allowing them to grow and serve their customers, and make it easier for hard-working Americans to achieve financial security,” Davidson said in a statement. “We will work to make our monetary policy effective by keeping our Federal Reserve accountable and making them more transparent. Lastly, our Terrorism and Illicit Finance Subcommittee will ‘follow the money’ to defeat our enemies. This is a powerful committee doing work that is vital to the future for all Americans.”