January

Tipp City council welcomed three members elected the previous November. Carrie Arblaster and Tom Merritt, a former member of the Tipp City schools board of education, joined incumbent John Kessler.

The Tipp City schools board of education voted to remove from the March ballot a proposed stadium bond issue to allow voters to decide on what the board called a first priority – funding for a new elementary school.

Officer Darren Soutar was named Officer of the Year for 2015 by the Tipp City Police Department.

Former area resident Frank Bowen was found guilty by a Miami County jury in the 2014 murder of friend Joseph Graley III at Graley’s Bethel Township home. The case heard in Common Pleas Court was the second for Bowen after a jury the previous summer was unable to agree on a verdict.

February         

Search warrants were executed Feb. 12 at the Tippecanoe High School Athletic Department and the home of district Athletic Director Matt Shomper as part of an investigation into “fiscal irregularities” within the athletic department accounts.                     

Incumbent Tony Kendell and challenger Mel Kemmer prepared to face off in the March primary in the Republican race for Miami County prosecutor. Kendell was a former judge in county Municipal Court.

March

Chief Deputy Dave Duchak was elected as the Republican nominee for Miami County sheriff in a four-way race in the March primary. Also seeking the job were Steve Cooper of Tipp City, Paul Reece of Piqua and Chris Anderson of Monroe Township.

Voters in the Tipp City Exempted Village Schools district defeated a proposed bond issue to build a new elementary school at the site of Broadway school.

Tippecanoe High School swimmer Jay Bell was state champion in the 50 freestyle. It was the first swimming state championship in Tippecanoe High School history.

The Miami County Park District added a health and wellness specialist role to its staff.

April

Tipp City Council approved a 26 cents per month reduction in the city trash collection rate thanks to a reduction by Miami County in the tip fee for waste disposal at the county Transfer Station.

Lisa Santucci this year became the new director of the Tipp City Public Library. She worked previously at Miami University and lived in Tipp City.

Two former employees of Repacorp were sentenced to prison for embezzling company funds.

The Tipp City schools and Athletic Director Matt Shomper agreed to part ways with Shomper resigning as part of a separation agreement. He had been on paid administrative leave since execution of search warrants by law enforcement at his home and the athletic office in February.

Hope Earnshaw-York of Tipp City pleaded no contest to felony tampering with evidence and abuse of a corpse in the 2015 murder of her grandfather William York Sr. at his Tipp City home. She was found guilty of the charges by Judge Christopher Gee in Miami County Common Pleas Court.

May

Veteran Nick Creech gave the keynote speech during the annual Memorial Day program at Maple Hill Cemetery. Creech is a Tipp City police officer.

Jianna Nichols was selected to attend the National Invention Convention in Washington to share her magic hair band project.  She was a student at L.T. Ball school.

Belinda Banks resigned as principal of Tippecanoe High School. She joined the district in 2012-13.

Chester Bigos of Bethel Township celebrated his 100th birthday May 30.

June

Tippecanoe High School teacher Aimee Noel was awarded a summer residency through the Ohio Arts Council to allow her to focus on her own poetry.

Fire struck downtown bookstore Browse Awhile Books, forcing tenants out during the night and causing hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage. The business at 118 E. Main St. is being rebuilt.

The Miami County Heroin Coalition, formed earlier in the year, said a community wide response was needed to the heroin epidemic locally.

The Miami County commissioners voted to move forward with the Phoneton water line extension project in Bethel Township.

The Tipp City farmers market was moved to Thursday evenings. This was the market’s 10th year. It previously was held on Saturdays.

July

A countywide Hope Over Heroin event was held at the Miami County Fairgrounds organized by the Miami County Heroin Coalition. Organizers included Aaron Simmons, pastor at the Upper Room Church in Tipp City.

The Tipp City schools board of education voted to remain active with the Ohio School Facilities Commission for exploration of classroom space options and potential state funding for a portion of a project.

August

Brianna “Bri” Smith was sworn in as Tipp City’s newest police officer.

The community recognized Tipp City police officers during national Back the Blue Day on Aug. 1.

The Lunch for Us summer lunch program reported a busy year.

Rachel Martin of Troy was named the 58th Mum Festival Queen during a pageant at Tippecanoe High School.

September

Bail was set in Miami County Common Pleas Court for four people arrested on charges associated with what investigators said was a ring that smuggled large amounts of heroin and methamphetamines to Miami and other area counties.

Corey Rismiller, president of the Tipp City Mum Festival for 2016, selected Revving up the Mums as the theme for the late September festival held at City Park.

EMS Chief Jeff Calicoat was selected as the grand marshal for the Mum Festival parade.

Tipp City was the site Sept. 10 of a full-scale exercise by the Miami County Emergency Management Agency and the Local Emergency Planning Committee.

October

Ruth Grafton Long celebrated her 100th birthday at the Randall Residence where she lives.

Richard Terrel, 37, of Troy pleaded guilty to felony charges in the 2015 beating death of William York Sr., 88, at his Tipp City home. He faced up to 18 years in prison.

The Tippecanoe Family Aquatic Center had a good year financially, John Green, city finance director, said.

Tipp Monroe Community Services asked the community to support a new 0.5-million operating levy

November

Miami County elected Dave Duchak as its new sheriff Nov. 8. A Republican, Duchak defeated independent candidate Joe Mahan. Duchak was the current chief deputy, while Mahan was a previous chief deputy.

Long-time Miami County Sheriff Charles Cox died Nov. 10 after battling health issues for a couple of years. Cox, 71, planned to retire at year’s end following 28 years – seven terms - as sheriff.

Richard Terrel of Troy and Hope Earnshaw York of Tipp City were sentenced in Miami County Common Pleas Court on charges in the 2015 death of Earnshaw-York’s grandfather, William York Sr., 88. Terrel, who later pleaded to a charge of voluntary manslaughter in the death, murdered him in his Tipp City home. Terrel was sentenced to 15 years while Earnshaw-York was sentenced to three years.

The Downtown Tipp City Partnership was given the nod to become a member of the Main Street downtown program following a visit to the downtown Nov. 3.

The Tipp City Seniors asked City Council to consider giving assistance with utility related costs associated with the new center to be built off North Hyatt Street. Council said it would review more information before giving the seniors an answer.

The Tipp City Public Library said a new Girls Who Code program was well received by the area’s young women. The program is designed to help bridge the gender gap in technology.

The Tipp City Council agreed to build a new water tower versus rehabilitating the Bowman Avenue tower.

Miami County Sheriff Charles Cox was remembered as a man dedicated to family, at home and at work, during a memorial service at Ginghamsburg United Methodist Church.

December

Gordon Pittenger Sr. was recognized as the Citizen of the Year by the Tipp City Chamber of Commerce during its annual Christmas Gala. Also recognized were Monroe Federal, Business of the Year; Frings and Bayliff Funeral Home, Small Business of the Year; and Sweet by Kristy’s Kristy Reis as the Young Professional of the Year.

The Tipp City Council approved a proposed enterprise zone agreement offering tax abatement for Gateway Plastics, a Wisconsin company looking to locating a new manufacturing plant with 200 jobs in the city. The abatement, later approved by the Miami County commissioners, would be for 12 years at 75 percent.

Bob was introduced as the Tipp City Police Department’s new K9 unit. Officer Darren Soutar is handling him. Bob takes the place of Gitta, who retired in November. Sgt. Greg Adkins handled her.

Tipp City council was asked Dec. 19 by residents to find a new location for a new water tower. Council had discussed a South Hyatt Street site as the best option for the tower to replace the Bowman Avenue Tower.

The Miami County commissioners voted Dec. 22 to approve the Gateway Plastics’ request for an enterprise zone agreement offering tax abatement at 75 percent for 12 years for a proposed manufacturing facility that promised 200 jobs over three years.

Dave Duchak, former chief deputy and acting sheriff in recent weeks, was sworn in as Miami County’s new sheriff Dec. 28 before a filled county courtroom.