Area briefs

Blacksmithing conference set

TROY Each year one of the largest blacksmithing conferences in North America occurs in September at the Miami County Fairgrounds in Troy. Set to take place all day Sept. 22-24, the SOFA Quadstate Conference is organized each year by Souther Ohio Forge and Anvil and grew out of the early gatherings that founder Emmett Studebaker held on his farm.

About 1,000 smiths come from all over the U.S. and other countries for four days of demonstrations, vending, tailgating, forging contests, and the fellowship of celebrating our craft.

For more information about the conference, visit

Scholarship applications available

MIAMI COUNTY — The Miami County Foundation reminds Miami County high school seniors and graduates the deadline for submitting scholarship applications is Nov. 1.

The Thelma Ross Dalton Memorial Scholarship is for any resident to further their post-high school education in any accredited college, trade/vocational or nursing/health related facility. Miami County Medical Society Scholarship is awarded to a resident who has been accepted into or currently attending medical school and pursuing an approved course of study to become a Medical Doctor (M.D.) or a Doctor of Osteopathy (D.O.). Applicant must have a minimum 3.0 GPA, fellowships are not considered.

The Miami County Foundation administers and distributes scholarships annually. A committee made up of Miami County Foundation board members and residents will select recipients. Applications for all these scholarships are available online at, high schools or by phoning the Miami County Foundation office at (937) 773-9012.

Meet the Candidates Night set

BETHEL TWP. — Meet the Candidate Night, sponsored by the Bethel Township Historical Society, is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26, at the Bethel Local Schools Auditorium. The program will begin promptly at 7 p.m. and will last two hours. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.

The forum will feature candidates and an issue facing the voters in Bethel Twp. in the Nov. 7 general election:

• Bethel Local School Board candidates — Danny F. Elam Jr, Jennifer Evans, Scott Hawthorn, Chase A. Heck, Jacob King, Brian Moore, Julie Reese, and Joe G Solch.

Three candidates are to be elected.

• Issue 9 Bethel Township (Incorporated and Unincorporated) Renewal Tax, 3.80 mills for 5 years commencing in 2018.

After a brief presentation of Issue 9 by Township Administrator Andy Ehrhart, the school board candidates will have an opportunity to introduce themselves. Written questions from the audience will be accepted and presented by the moderator.

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