Everyday Living
Obtaining an Ohio Driver's License (with a valid out-of-state license)
1. Take written Ohio Driver's License Test
at:State Highway Patrol Office
1000 Milligan Ct., Sidney
(One Stop Shop)
(937) 498-4779Hours:
Tuesday - Thursday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Written exams given:
8:00 - 10:15 AM
Driving Test by Appointment
2. When written test is passed,
take form received to:State of Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles
(Deputy Registrar)
1000 Milligan Ct., Sidney
(One Stop Shop)
(937) 497-8247Hours:
Monday 8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Tuesday-Friday 8:00 - 5:00 PM
Saturday - 8:00 AM - 12:00 Noon

Title Out-of-state Vehicles & Purchase Ohio License Plates
1. Take car & out-of-state title for inspection to:

State of Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (Deputy Registrar)
1000 Milligan Ct., Sidney (One Stop Shop)
(937) 498-7277

Hours: Monday 8:00 AM - 6:30 PM;
Tuesday - Friday 8:00 - 5:00 PM; Saturday 8:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
Cost: $1.50

2. Take inspection form & out-of-state title to:

Auto Title Department
1000 Milligan Ct., Sidney (One Stop Shop)
(937) 498-7277

Hours: Monday 8:30 - 6:00 PM;
Tuesday - Friday 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM; Saturday 8:00 - 12 Noon

3. Take Ohio Title to:
(If in two names, both need to be present or have notarized power of attorney.)

State of Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (Deputy Registrar)
1000 Milligan Ct., Sidney (One Stop Shop)
(937) 497-8247
Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM


State of Ohio Traffic Laws

Child Restraint: children under 40 pounds, or less than 4 years old, must be restrained with a certified child safety restraint while traveling in motor vehicles in Ohio.

Speed limits: Ohio's posted speed limit is 55 mph on urban interstates and 65 mph on rural interstates.

Safety Belts Required: Ohio law requires that driver and front seat passengers in vehicles to wear safety belts.


Voter Registration
Shelby County Board of Elections
(937) 498-7207
230 East Court Street


Hours:
Mon-Fri. 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Marriage License
Shelby County Probate Court
(937) 498-7263
Courthouse - 2nd floor
Cost: $40


Hours:
Mondays 8:30-5:00pm
Tuesday-Friday 8:30-4:00pm

Passport

Clerk of Courts Office
(937) 498-7221
Courthouse - 3rd floor
or at the
One-Stop Center,
Milligan Ct. & Riverside Dr., Sidney


Hours:
Mon-Fri 8:30-4:30
Sat. 8:00-12:00
Cost: Adult $55, Child $40
Plus $30 processing fee

Dog License
Shelby County Auditor's Office
(937) 498-7202
Shelby County Annex Building,
129 E. Court St.
Cost: $10.00

Hours:
Mon-Fri 8:30-4:30

Golden Buckeye Card

Chase Bank - Sidney
124 E. Poplar St.
Sidney, Ohio 45365
or
Senior Center of Sidney-Shelby County
384 South West Ave. Sidney, Ohio Phone: 937-492-5266

Cost: Free
(Replacement card costs $3)
Change of address call 1-800-422-1976
Student Work Permit
Authorized by the superintendent of the high school which the student attends.

Utilities
Dayton Power & Light Co.
2385 Campbell Road, Sidney
(937) 492-4121
Electric
Pioneer Rural Electric Cooperative
344 W. U.S. Route 36,
Piqua, Ohio 45356
(800) 762-0997
Electric Only

Vectren Energy Delivery
(800)227-1376
Natural Gas Supplier


City of Sidney Water Department
Billing & Collection Department
201 W. Poplar Street, Sidney
(937) 498-8114
Water - Incorporated Villages
Contact your municipal office.

CenturyLink
Local Sales and Service
Phone: (800) 407-5411


Libraries
Shelby County Libraries
230 E. North Street, Sidney
492-8354

Website: http://shelbyco.lib.oh.us


Anna Community Branch Library
304 N. Second St.
Anna, OH 45302
Ph.: 937-394-2761


Botkins Branch Library
109 E. Lynn St.
Botkins, OH 45306
Ph.: 937-693-6671
A.J. Wise – Fort Loramie
Branch Library

300 E. Park St.
Fort Loramie, OH 45845
Ph.: 937-295-3155

Jackson Center Memorial
Branch Library

205 S. Linden St.
Jackson Center, OH 45334
Ph.: 937-596-5300


Russia Branch Library
200 Raider St., Russia, OH 45363
Ph.: 937-526-4300



Communications

The Sidney Daily News
1451 N. Vandemark Rd.
P.O. Box 4099
Sidney, Ohio 45365-4099
(937) 498-2111
Distribution: Monday - Saturday

WMVR Hits 105.5
2929 W. Russell Road
Sidney, Ohio 45365
Station Phone: (937) 492-1270
Fax: (937) 498-2277
Studio Phone: (937) 498-1055

Garbage & Recycling
Garbage & Recycling Collection
City of Sidney & Incorporated Villages - Contact your municipal office
Shelby County Recycling Center
County Residents
(drop off-Saturday 8:00am -12:00noon)
1600 Riverside Drive
Sidney, Ohio 45365
Phone: 498-7351

The Arts

There are many opportunities for local residents to enjoy the arts.

The Gateway Arts Council, devoted to promoting participation in and appreciation of arts in Shelby County, sponsors a wide range of activities. Local theater productions, professional musicians and performers, visual art exhibits, and student Arts in Public Education programs are sponsored by the Council. The Council stages many of their productions at the Cameo Theater on the corner of West and South Streets in Sidney.

In addition, Shelby County children may experience the arts through involvement with the Muse Machine, which brings groups such as the Dayton Philharmonic and the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company to participating schools. The Sidney Dance Company, a local performing troupe, also offers students the opportunity to view as well as perform in dance productions. Of course, the high schools' drama club productions and marching bands make high school memorable.

Adults get their moment in the spotlight by performing with the Sock & Buskin Community Theatre, an amateur theater group. In addition, Shelby County is fortunate to have several concert bands including the Swing Era Band and Sidney Civic Band which perform free to the public in the summer on the Shelby County Court square, Tawawa Park, and other county venues. Big band music, patriotic tunes and classical pieces are featured.

Shelby County's cultural opportunities round out the community for performers and viewers alike.


Worship

Religion plays an important part in the life of a dynamic community and the residents of Shelby County enjoy a strong and proud church heritage. With over 60 Christian congregations in Sidney and the surrounding area and Jewish synagogues in nearby Piqua and Dayton, we have a community rich in values and tradition.

The Sidney-Shelby County Ministerial Association provides the clergy and religious leaders an opportunity to share in many ecumenical endeavors. From special community worship services to CROP Walk for the hungry, we are involved. From the jail ministry to Habitat for Humanity, the ministerial association celebrates a common bond of sharing God's love.

Historically our churches have served as a focal point for caring citizens to address the spiritual, social, educational and humanitarian needs of the community. A listing of the churches is available from the Ministerial Association and the Chamber of Commerce. You are invited to worship and serve with us in Shelby County, Ohio.

Visit ShelbySites.com for a complete listing of area churches!


Health Care

Shelby Countians enjoy personal, expert health care.

Wilson Memorial Hospital, the county's only acute care facility, offers care for emergency to routine needs. Health education, therapy and testing are also handled by Wilson Memorial's dedicated, highly trained staff.

General practitioners, surgeons, optometrists, pediatricians, dentists, chiropractors, podiatrists and other specialists serve local families with offices throughout Shelby County. Most have daily office hours and some are open evenings.

County villages and rural areas are served by 24 hour volunteer rescue squads. The trained squad members are dispatched through the Shelby County Sheriff department, by calling 911.

The City of Sidney has a 24 hour professionally staffed emergency squad, which can be contacted by dialing 911.

A number of agencies also help persons needing medical equipment, education, or assistance. Shelby County has offices of the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society, the American Red Cross, the Health Assistance Program, Shelby County Addiction Services, the Arthritis Foundation, the Shelby County Senior Home Assistance Program, and others.

Immunizations are also offered by local physicians and by the Sidney-Shelby County Health Department, located at the corner of West and Poplar Streets in Sidney. The Health Department also provides public health nurses to all Sidney and Shelby County public and private schools. Services include vision and scoliosis screenings, educational programs, and surveillance of communicable diseases. School nurses are resources for teachers, students and parents. Visit this link for more information about immunizations.


Retirement Communities

Dorothy Love Retirement Community is located on 294 beautiful acres near Sidney, Ohio. Wooded Surroundings greet our residents. Walking paths wind around the ponds and flowerbeds. Residents chat with their neighbors on their way to the bank, library or chapel; without ever leaving our campus! Plus shopping malls, churches and restaurants are only minutes away.

Visit www.DorothyLove.com to read more about the Dorothy Love Retirement Community.


Lifestyle

Gracious living has long been a part of the traditions of Sidney and the surrounding communities of Shelby County. The variety of homes and residential neighborhoods speaks eloquently of an area that accommodates a generous number of lifestyles.

There is a great deal of architectural individuality reflecting the pride and independent spirit of the community. An abundant variety of styles range from well-preserved Victorian and turn-of-the-century homes surrounded by stately shade trees to modern residential developments, including condominiums.

Housing is not only plentiful here, it's affordable, too. Unlike many areas of the country where real estate costs have skyrocketed, Sidney has maintained a stable housing market with prices well below the national average; and, because the area has always attracted many capable craftsmen, workmanship in both older and newly constructed homes is exceptionally good.

The immaculate exteriors and grounds of these homes are evidence that the American dream is still alive here. The largest selection of homes sell in the $65,000 to $150,000 range - well below the national average and well within the reach of most family budgets. Housing costs in certain sections of Sidney are somewhat higher.

As cost of living is always a consideration when choosing a place to live, Sidney boasts one of the lowest in the region according to a study conducted in 2012 by the City of Troy, Ohio.

Area financial institutions have been consistently supportive of home buyers, and financially qualified people have no problem obtaining mortgage money.

Apartments and rental houses are limited, however. An active demand for apartments keeps occupancy levels high at Sidney's major apartment complexes. Monthly rental on an unfurnished two-bedroom apartment starts at about $350 and goes to $650. Sidney apartment complexes offer a diversity of living arrangements, from small buildings with only a few units to multi-unit dwellings.

Local residents often remark that Shelby County is an excellent place to raise a family. It's easy to see why. Towns are small enough for people to know one another. The city's compact size and well placed and well maintained roadways make it convenient to get from one place to another. No matter where you choose to live, shopping, recreation, and entertainment are only a few minutes away.

You can drive to work without dodging traffic tie-ups, and in case you feel the urge for a change of scenery, both a "Big City" and several wilderness areas are easily accessible.

Shopping in Sidney is concentrated around the picturesque courthouse square downtown, a historic district recorded in the National Register of Historic Places and in shopping centers on the west edge of town. From locally owned shops to national chains, virtually any item can be purchased by consumers. Stores are plentiful and well-stocked, offering not only an excellent selection of merchandise but also the personalized service so rare in today's retail climate.


Sidney - Shelby County Chamber of Commerce - 101 South Ohio Avenue - Floor 2, Sidney, Ohio 45365
Phone: 937-492-9122 - E-mail: info3@SidneyShelbyChamber.com