Officials from several law enforcement agencies conducted a county-wide sweep of all 167 registered sex offenders on Thursday. Miami County Sheriff's Office, U.S. Marshals and all local police departments, including the Piqua Police Department, knocked on doors to verify addresses of sex offenders in the area. Beginning this year, Miami County Sheriff's Office now conducts sex offender searches four times a year. The county has a hand-full of follow-ups to conduct in the coming days of those who were not at home during the sweep. Pink notification door hangers were left for those who failed to answer their door or were not at home. Miami County Sheriff's Office has a "Sex Offender Tracking/Registration" tab on its website. For more information, visit

    Darke County Solid Waste will once again host a Household Hazardous Waste Collection on Saturday. The event will take place on the Darke County Fairgrounds in the Swine Barn from 8:00 a.m. to Noon. No preregistration is required during the collection, the hazardous waste contractor will view all of the items and make the final decision on what will be accepted and rejected. Items allowed are Paint, Oil, Latex, Pool Chemicals, Gasoline/Kerosene, Household Cleaners, Antifreeze, Varnishes/Stains, Mercury, Turpentine, Fertilizers/Pesticides, 20# Propane Tanks Only, Prescription Medications. Limit of 15 cans, no matter the size and no 55 gallon drums. Items that will NOT be taken are Asbestos, Explosives, Ammunition, Radioactive Materials, Fireworks, Fire Extinguishers, Smoke Detectors, Medical Waste, Infectious Waste, Electronics and Tires. The free collection is open to Darke County residents only. No business, school, agricultural or industrial wastes. Last names A to M come from 8:00 to 10:00 am. N to Z go from 10:00 am to Noon. For question call 937-547-0827.

    A Covington, Ohio, blood donor is the winner of the Summer Cruze-In blood drive prize: a new Chevrolet Cruze. Gary Lavey is 51 from Covington and has 23 lifetime blood donations. He is also the winner and owner of a new 2014 Chevrolet Cruze. He entered the drawing when he donated whole blood June 9 at the Covington Eagles blood drive, his favorite place to donate. He donated there again Aug. 4. Gary Lavey was one of 10 finalists in the final drawing held Thursday at the Community Blood Center's Dayton office. During the "Summer Cruze-In" blood drive, 30,751 people registered to donate, including 3,029 first-time donors, which resulted in 24,879 units donated. The 10 finalists represented seven counties in the CBC's 15-county service area. The CBC back in September celebrated their "50 Years of Saving Lives" anniversary. For more information, visit

    A Troy man and Laura woman were charged with drug possession earlier this week after an overdose at a Troy Waffle House. Robert Allen, 25, was found unresponsive due to heroin overdose in a vehicle in the parking lot of Waffle House Tuesday night. Charged with drug abuse and drug paraphernalia after officer found him unconscious in the driver seat of a vehicle in the parking lot of the restaurant around 8:30 p.m. Allen admitted to snorting a line of heroin. Also charged Megan Orians, 22, of Laura, possession of heroin and possession of marijuana. Orians admitted to using the drugs officers found in her purse.

    Darke County Parks is still calling on amateur photographers. Get outside and capture the beauty of YOUR Darke County Parks. Winning photos submitted to the Park District Photo Contest will be used to create a 2015 calendar. Basic Rules include: Photo must be taken within one of the Park District's 12 areas, Photo must be from 2010-2014, Digital Entries Only, 3 entries per month, per photographer. Photos will be accepted until November 1, 2014. Time is running out for your submission. Photographs can be submitted by email to: Complete set of rules and information are available on our website:

HOOSIER'S TRICK-OR-TREAT - October 23, 2014
    The Indiana Department of Transportation has issued a permit to the Albany Lions Club for closure of State Road 28 this Saturday afternoon (OCT. 25) to accommodate Albany's 78th Annual Halloween Festival. State Street, site of the Delaware County Community's Halloween Parade, will be closed between the hours of 3 p.m. and 9 p.m. from Mississinewa Street to S.R. 67. Local police will route traffic around the closure. There will be games for children in the local park beginning at 1 p.m. Parade participants should assemble in advance of the 6 p.m. Halloween Parade for costume judging. Next Friday, October 31st most Eastern Indiana Communities will celebrate Trick or Treat as Farmland, Lynn, Parker City and Redkey will all hold the event from 6-8 p.m. Portland will go from 5 to 7, Winchester 5 to 8 and Dunkirk 5:30 to 8.

    National Teen Driving Safety Week is Oct. 19-25 and top State of Ohio officials are reminding parents and teen drivers the dire importance of establishing clear rules and expectations focused on safety. Car accidents are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens. Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor, who is also Director of the Ohio Department of Insurance, and John Born, Director of the Ohio Department of Public Safety, which includes the Ohio State Highway Patrol, said research indicates parents who set rules with their driving teens cut accident risk in half. Mile for mile teens are involved in three times as many fatal crashes as all other drivers, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In Ohio, from 2011-2013 teen drivers were involved in 135,473 crashes (and were at fault in 73 percent of these accidents) that resulted in 288 fatalities and 43,785 injuries, according to the Ohio Department of Public Safety. Taylor urges parents and teens to use the web-based teen driver contract provided by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) at icate.htm. The contract can help teens stay safer and avoid common mistakes that can also increase insurance rates.

TRICK-OR-TREAT TIMES - October 22, 2014
    Trick-or-treat is right around the corner as most communities in Darke County will celebrate this weekend. Most Communities will hold Trick or Treat on Sunday, October 26 from 2-4, as Ansonia, Greenville, New Madison, North Star and Versailles will all pass out treats during that time. Bradford will have Trick or Treat on Thursday, October 30th from 6 to 8 PM. Union City will do the event on Saturday from 6 to 8. Multiple villages will also hold a Parade and for more information on the Parade or Trick or Treat contact the village you live in or plan to visit. On Thursday, October 30th, downtown Greenville will be transformed into a trail of Halloween treats for elementary school aged children. The Lion's Club, Main Street Greenville and downtown businesses are pleased to bring this safe Halloween event back to the community. The Parade in Greenville starts at 7:00 PM on Thursday, October 30th.

    For the second time since JAFE Decorating came under new ownership in 2010, the specialty glass painting and coating company will be expanding and adding jobs. With the help of a $180,000 loan from Darke County's low-interest revolving loan fund, the company plans to create at least 20 new full-time positions and add 14,000 square feet to their Greenville production facility. This is the second time that JAFE has partnered with the county, in conjunction with the Partnering for Progress initiative, to help grow local operations. The county's program helped JAFE acquire new machinery and equipment in 2011 in an expansion that almost doubled employment from approximately 30 employees to the 58 current positions. The current $180,000 loan has been issued by the county at 1.5% for seven years and again will be applied towards the purchase of new equipment. The resulting growth will likely push JAFE's employment north of 80 positions, a total that should place the company among the Top-10 manufacturers in Darke County. For more information on the company, please visit For more information on the Partnering for Progress initiative, please call the Darke County Economic Development Office at 937-548-3250.

    The City of Greenville met on Tuesday for their regularly scheduled meeting and another large crowd was present because of discussion on the Gardenwood/Rhoades Street Reconstruction Project. Council moved through the agenda passing 7 ordinances and resolutions in about an hours time before arriving on old business. Under old business was a motion to reconsider a committee assignment of the Gardenwood/Rhoades Street reconstruction project and the potential assessment. Initially Council adopted that report calling on the project to be assessed, but with concern from the residents on Gardenwood, Council have backed away from that decision. On Tuesday, Council voted 6 to 1 to rescind the committee report and not assess the project on Gardenwood. Council Member John Baumgardner was the only member to vote against the motion. There are still questions to be answered about the project, but Gardenwood residents learned on Tuesday that they would not be assessed. Next, council will have to determined the scope of the project and more importantly decide about sidewalks being put in. In the past few months, several residents have complained about sidewalks being constructed, but others have been on board with the administration on the potential of new sidewalks. The next City of Greenville Council meeting will be Tuesday, November 4th at 7:30 in the City Building.

    A public information session on Medicaid and Indiana health care reform is scheduled at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, in Lingle Auditorium at Reid. The session will focus on issues such as the pending Healthy Indiana Plan 2.0, Gov. Mike Pence's proposal to increase coverage for thousands of Indiana residents, and the future of this and other programs in the state. Representatives on hand will include staff from ClaimAid, a Reid partner that specializes in helping find programs to cover the uninsured, and Reid Patient Financial Services. For more information about the session, contact Sharrie Harlin at (765) 983-3000, extension 4676.

DEER HUNTER WORKSHOP - October 21, 2014
    The Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife (ODNR/DOW) in conjunction with the Ohio Trapper and Hunter Education Instructor Association (OTHEIA) will host a Deer Hunter Workshop from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Spring Valley Shooting Range, on Thursday, October 23, 2014. There is a $5.00/person fee for the workshop and will cover a lite meal that will be served at 6:30pm. Participants under 12 years of age attend for free. Please register, for more information call ODNR Division of Wildlife 937-347-0920 x 5020.

    On Friday, the Darke County Commissioners appeared on the Community Ties program and were asked a question pertaining to the potential closing of Big Lots on Wagner Avenue in Greenville. The Commissioners did not confirm anything on Friday, but said they had been in contact with their tenant and suggested that the store had voiced concern over a potential closing. On Monday, Commissioner Mike Rhoades confirmed that Big Lots would be closing and leaving their Wagner Avenue location sometime between now and January 31, 2015. The commissioners several times voiced the concern that they were not the reason for the store closing and said they made a serious effort to try and keep the business at their Wagner Avenue complex. However, Big Lots confirmed with the Commissioners that they would be leaving in the near future. Commissioner Mike Stegall said it was just a case of the store under performing. In other business from the Darke County Commissioners meeting, the Commissioners signed a proclamation declaring the month of October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The crime of domestic violence violates an individual's privacy and dignity, security and humanity, due to systematic use of physical, emotional, sexual, psychological and economic control and/or abuse including abuse to children and elderly. The Commissioners also signed a proclamation naming Terry Haworth as the 2014 Darke County Republican of the Year. Haworth, a former Commissioner, was recognized and given the award on Sunday at the Darke County Republican Pig Roast.

DRUG BUST IN DARKE COUNTY - October 20, 2014
    On Friday, the Darke County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Unit and Darke County Deputies executed a search warrant at 36 Robin Hood Drive in Sherwood Forest Mobile Community near Greenville, Ohio, stemming from a heroin trafficking investigation. Kevin M Smith (29) of Greenville was taken into custody without incident and is currently being housed at the Darke County Jail where he awaits formal charges of Trafficking in Drugs (Heroin) in the Vicinity of a Juvenile and Tampering with Evidence. Darke County Children's Services was contacted in reference to the child being present during the drug transaction. Additional charges are possible, pending the review of the case by the Darke County Prosecutor.

2 VEHICLE HEAD-ON ACCIDENT - October 20, 2014
    A serious crash took place on Sunday, in the 5700 block of Ohio 571. The injury accident was called down in the 11 o'clock hour as both drivers in the two-vehicle head-on crash suffered serious injuries, and one was taken by CareFlight to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton. Police said one vehicle went left of center and struck the oncoming car. The drivers were the sole occupants and both were pinned in the wreckage and had to be extricated. The other driver was taken by squad to Wayne HealthCare in Greenville. Ohio 571 was closed for some time as police and emergency crews investigated and cleaned the scene.

GHOST WALK THIS WEEKEND - October 20, 2014
    Darke County Center for the Arts will continue a long-standing Halloween season tradition when they host their eleventh annual Ghost Walk in Downtown Greenville on Friday, October 24, Saturday, October 25, and Sunday October 26. Based on stories collected by Arcanum resident Rita Arnold which reveal local encounters with the unknown or unexplained, walks will begin at St. Clair Memorial Hall at 7:30 p.m. and last for about an hour and a half. Greenville Masonic Lodge #143 Craft Club will be serving refreshments at St. Clair Memorial Hall before and after the event. The Ghost Walk will be featured on Community Ties later this week.

    In Mercer County, there are approximately 68 registered sex offenders, and we want you to know where they reside so that you avoid those houses when trick-or-treating. "We do the best we can in making sure sex offenders live where they tell us, so it is crucial that our citizens visit our website , to see who the registered sex offenders are and where they are living," says Sheriff Jeff Grey. Citizens are encouraged to check any addresses where they or their family spend time. Sheriff Grey says, "The mapping and address feature found on the website pinpoints exactly where an offender lives."
    You will also find many other beneficial tools such as the ability to sign up for FREE automatic email notifications informing you if an offender moves within a specified radius of any address you register. "If you are not planning on trick-or-treating in your neighborhood, but will be in a different neighborhood, register that address beforehand so you know which houses to avoid. You can register any and all addresses where your children spend time; for example: friends', grandparents', or babysitters' addresses", says Sheriff Grey. The alerts are in real-time and sent out via e-mail as soon as a new offender has registered with the Sheriff's Office. Sheriff Grey says, "The benefit of registering for this free confidential e-mail alert service is that it allows us to monitor important addresses for you, thereby keeping you up-to-date of newly registered offenders and making it unnecessary for you to have to check important addresses daily or even weekly."
    The website for the Mercer County Sheriff's Office is . Citizens should click on the link "Search for Offenders, in your area," and follow the instructions to check their e-mail alerts about nearby offenders.
    Sheriff Grey encourages everyone to have a fun and safe Halloween. Knowledge is power and knowing where the registered sex offenders reside in your area can help you make the best choices for safe and enjoyable Halloween activities.
    For further information, please contact the Mercer County Sheriff's Office at 419-586-7724.

    Back in September, we reported on a robbery that took place at the home of the owner of Winchester Speedway. An arrest has been made in that case and a Union City, Ohio couple is behind bars after being arrested on burglary charges. Briana Lane Hawley, age 21, and Robert Dean Lewis, age 25, both of UC were arrested at their home. The investigation began on Sept. 2 when the owner of Winchester Speedway reported that his proceeds from the Labor Day race weekend had been stolen from his home. Reported stolen during the burglary was approximately $60,000 in cash and an additional $20,000 in checks. Investigators received a tip that Hawley purchased a new vehicle within days of the burglary and volunteered as a "trophy girl" who distributed trophies after races at the Speedway. Investigators were also told that Lewis was her boyfriend and was present during the Labor Day weekend race. The Darke County Sheriff's Office and Union City, Ohio Police Department assisted Randolph County detectives in a search warrant of the suspect's property at their residence. During that search warrant, investigators found that approximately $35,000 dollars in cash had been spent on various items over a two-week span following the Labor Day race. Additional searches were conducted which uncovered more incriminating information. On Wednesday, Detectives conducted an interview with Hawley. During that interview, she admitted that she had drove her boyfriend, Lewis to the area of the victim's home where he was dropped off to commit the burglary. She advised that a short time later, he returned to her vehicle with a black bag containing miscellaneous items and approximately $60,000 in cash. The couple is being held in Randolph County Jail on a $80,000 cash bond. Randolph County Sheriff's Department offers their gratitude to the Darke County, Ohio Sheriff's Office, Union City, Ohio Police Department, Mercer County, Ohio Sheriff's Department, and Lynn Town Marshal's Office for their assistance in the case.

    The Ohio State Highway Patrol will be participating in National School Bus Safety week, which runs October 20 through October 24. This year's theme, "At My Stop, You Stop" reminds us that the most dangerous part of the school bus ride for children is when they get on and off the bus. Throughout the week, troopers across the state of Ohio will be highly visible, enforcing the law in and around school zones and following school buses on their daily routes. In addition, troopers may be found riding on school buses looking for motorists passing the stopped school bus and other crash-causing violations. Motorists approaching a stopped school bus from either direction should remember they are required to stop a least 10 feet back from buses displaying red flashing lights and an extended stop arm. From 2011 through 2013, 4,055 motorists were cited for failing to stop for a school bus when it was loading or unloading children.

    The Darke County Commissioners met on Wednesday and joining them was Russ Eley with Palmer Conservation Consulting. Recently, the Commissioners entered into an agreement with Palmer pertaining to potential upgrades at the Criminal Justice Center. Palmer is familiar with the county and is recommended by the the County Commissioners Association of Ohio. Eley was present on Wednesday, with quotes for the Criminal Justice Center Energy Retrofit that consists of replacing the existing air handler control valves. The project will add power monitoring and provide a controls front-end with capability for energy consumption information. The commissioners accepted the quote from Lake Erie Electric presented by Palmer. The total project calls for a contract with Palmer for over $18,000 and Lake Erie for over $21,000 and a potential total cost of just over $39,000. The commissioners approved quotes and made several motions with the goal of starting the project soon. The next Darke County Commissioners meeting will be Monday, October 20th at 1:30 pm in Downtown Greenville. The Commissioners will be the guest for Community Ties on Friday, you can e-mail questions you might have for the Commissioners to

    On Thursday, October 30th, downtown Greenville will be transformed into a trail of Halloween treats for elementary school aged children. The Lion's Club, Main Street Greenville and downtown businesses are pleased to bring this safe Halloween event to the community. There are many ways to join in the fun, including a costume contest and costume parade provided by The Lion's Club. Anyone who chooses to enter the costume contest will walk in this parade, from W. 5th Street (next to Wayne Cinema), down Broadway and finish at the City Building. The costume judging will take place at the City Building. Cash prizes will be awarded in each of the seven categories of costumes, with first place winning $30, second place winning $20 and third place winning $10!
    The seven prize categories are:
    Tiny Tot Girls-up to age 6
    Tiny Tot Boys-up to age 6
    Masked Girls-ages 6-10
    Masked Boys-ages 6-10
    Masked Boys & Girls-ages 11-16
    Best Costumed Adult
    Best Masked Group
    Schedule of events:
    6:30 pm - To participate in the costume contest, line-up on W. 5th St. - next to Wayne Cinema
    7:00 pm - Costume Contest Parade begins After costume judging (approx.
    7:45 pm) - Beggars'begin trick-or-treating!
    In conjunction with the parade and Beggar's Night, the groups are asking for used eyeglasses and hearing aids. Donations of these items will be accepted at the following downtown businesses: Studio One, The Coffee Pot, KitchenAid Experience and Advanced Eye Care. Just look for the drop box at each of their locations.

    The Indiana State Board of Education is set to consider a new school-grading formula and new school grades for the past year. The board was expected to approve the 2013-2014 school grades when it met Wednesday. It also will consider a new formula changing how student grades and test scores are calculated into a school's grade. Former Schools Superintendent Tony Bennett secretly altered the grading formula in 2012 to benefit a Republican donors Indianapolis charter school. Shortly after Bennett's change was revealed, state education leaders launched an intensive-and public-review of the school grading formula. State board members and others have expressed frustration trying to find a system that works for all the state's schools.

    A top state official is urging Ohioans on Medicare to utilize the free services provided by the Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program (OSHIIP) for assistance navigating Medicare's Oct. 15 to Dec. 7 annual open enrollment period. OSHIIP helped Ohioans with Medicare save a record $16.4 million last year. OSHIIP, a program of the Ohio Department of Insurance, is Medicare's designated free and impartial educational and enrollment assistance program in the state for those utilizing Medicare, family members and health care professionals. Ohioans can call OSHIIP at 800-686-1578 and attend one of its many statewide Medicare Check-up Day events for help with Medicare. Ohioans can visit to enroll into Medicare coverage. A Check-up Days schedule and other Medicare information is available at Call the OSHIIP hotline at 800-686-1578 and 800-MEDICARE(800-633-4227) for assistance. Ohioans can also find OSHIIP on Facebook.

    Main Street Greenville has announced that Chocolate Walk Tickets are still available. The Chocolate Walk, sponsored by Readmore's Hallmark of Greenville will take place on Friday, November 7th from 6-9 pm. This is a ticketed event which serves as a fundraiser for the non-profit organization. All of the chocolate on the walk has been donated by over 20 participating downtown businesses. Tickets are still available and can be purchased at Reedmore's Hallmark, tickets are $20 each. The self-guided event will start at Reedmore's Hallmark, where ticket holders will get the list of participating businesses and their commemorative tote bag to collect their chocolate goodies. You can learn more about Main Street Greenville by visiting their website at

    The Darke County Park District would like to extend a HUGE thank you to the Ami McClurkin Community Fund, administered by the Darke County Foundation. Through the generosity of this foundation, The Darke County Park District was able to offer several musical performances and the ever popular horse and wagon ride at the annual Prairie Days Festival. Almost five thousand visitors attended the Prairie Days event this year. Staff and members of the Friends of the Parks received numerous compliments for the diversity of entertainment and number of crafts and special demonstration events offered. Once again the Darke County Park District Board of Commissioners would like to thank the Foundation for this partnership. For more information on all programs offered by the Darke County Parks, call the Nature Center at 937.548.0165 or visit their website at

    Stateline Power Corp., a forthcoming leader in generator manufacturing, announced this week that the company has been awarded a U.S. General Services Administration MAS Contract under Schedule 56. Becoming an authorized vendor enables Stateline Power Corp. to provide more opportunities to their market in generator sales. Stateline Power is a leading manufacturer of custom-engineered diesel, propane, and natural gas power generation equipment of on-site continuous, emergency standby, and mobile power. The company serves agricultural, residential, commercial, municipal, healthcare, hospitality, and trade customers throughout the United States and around the world. Stateline Power provides cutting-edge technology and ideas to fit custom generator applications. Stateline Power Corp. was founded in 1994 to provide state-of-the-art technology and ideas to fit custom generator applications. The Greenville, Ohio, based company is situated within a 45,000 square foot facility and aims to consistently exceed customer expectation in their products, services, and support. The company received the assistance of GSA Program Experts during the document preparation phase of their application. More information is available at

    Back in July, we reported on multiple car owners waking up and finding their vehicles on fire. Arrested that same day was 18 year old, Joshua Willis from Greenville. Lowell "Bill" Bowers, 34, of Greenville was believed to also be involved as he was arrested just days after Willis. The two have both been indicted by a Grand Jury and are looking at 8 counts of arson. Bowers could be looking at 12 years behind bars as the Greenville man remains jailed on a $10,000 bond. Bowers is scheduled for a status conference on Oct. 31 at 3 p.m.

    The health departments in the West Central Region of Ohio have established a hotline number you can call and get correct answers to the questions you may have about the Ebola virus. People in the region, Darke, Miami, Preble, and Shelby counties, can call 937-225-6217 from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.Monday through Friday. According to Public Health, Dayton & Montgomery County and other health care agencies, the only way you can be infected is through direct contact with someone who has been infected and is showing symptoms. The likelihood of that situation for most U.S. citizens is very remote, according to the agency. An infected person can't spread the disease until symptoms appear. The time from exposure to when signs or symptoms of the disease appear (the incubation period) is two to 21 days, but the average time is eight to 10 days. Signs of Ebola include fever and symptoms like severe headache, muscle pain, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, or unexplained bleeding or bruising. While Ebola is much more lethal than the seasonal flu, now is the time for all individuals older than 6 months to get their flu shots. The early signs of Ebola are similar to the early signs of flu. Ebola information is available at any time by visiting

    On Wednesday, at approximately 4:27 PM Darke County Deputies, along with Gettysburg Fire, Gettysburg Rescue and CareFlight were dispatched to the 6700 block of US RT 36 East in reference to an injury accident. Preliminary investigation revealed a silver 2013 Toyota Prius driven by Heidi J. Aukerman, 60, of Greenville was eastbound on US RT 36. Mrs. Aukerman was slowing down to make a right turn when she was struck from behind by a white 1999 Dodge 3500 driven by Christopher P. Willcox, 37, of Piqua Ohio. Aukerman was transported to Miami Valley Hospital by CareFlight, her condition is unknown. Mr. Willcox was treated and released from the scene by Gettysburg Rescue. As a result of the investigation, Mr. Willcox was issued a citation for assured clear distance ahead.

    Earlier this week, we reported on Greenville Police seeking the help of the public when it came to information pertaining to a break in on Tiffin Street. Wednesday, 3 men were arrested and booked in the Darke County Jail for aggravated burglary. Those men are Daniel Bush, 33 from Greenville, James Stanley Bush III, 32 of Versailles and Jeremiah Burkhart, 29. Multiple outlets have reported those men are suspected into breaking into the Tiffin Street home and assaulting a male resident. Five men were suspected in the crime. Anyone with information pertaining to that case is asked to contact Greenville Police at(937) 548- 4150.

MISS PUMPKIN 2014 - October 9, 2014
    The 2014 Bradford Pumpkin Show continues through Saturday and last (Wednesday) night, the Queens pageant was held. 16 high school ladies were vying for this year's crown and title. Named Miss Pumpkin 2014 was Brittany Pence of New Bremen High School. 1st Runner-up was Abbey Marshal of Versailles High School and 2nd Runner-up was Kirsten Harmon of Bradford High School. The best evening gown went to Abbey Marshal and Miss Photogenic was voted to be Brittany Pence. Miss Congeniality was voted on by the contestants went to Bailey Brewer of Bailey Brewer of Bradford High School.

    Main Street Greenville is seeking vendors and volunteers for this year's Hometown Holiday Horse Parade, which will be held on Saturday, November 22nd at 7 pm. Vendor spaces are available to non-profit organizations or church groups who would like to set-up a booth selling food during the parade. MSG is looking for volunteers to stand at barricades and assist with other needs. Interested organizations need to contact Main Street Greenville at 937-548-4998. Deadline for submission for vendors is Monday, November 3rd. Main Street Greenville is a non-profit organization committed to stimulating and supporting revitalization efforts, historic preservation and economic growth in Historic Downtown Greenville. To learn more about the organization, visit or call 937 548-4998. You can also like the organization on Facebook to receive updates on a regular basis (

    Greenville City Council met on Tuesday for their regularly scheduled meeting and looking at the agenda, the potential Gardenwood Avenue project was not listed. A week ago, council held a special work session pertaining to the project and the public was led to believe that a decision would be made on the assessment when looking at this weeks meeting. In the administrative report, Safety Service Director, Curt Garrison reminded Council that 2 key decisions needed to be made on the project and that was the assessment and the scope. Another large crowd turned out for the meeting as concerned Gardenwood residents have made sure to attend meetings over the past few months to voice their opinions. Council met for close to an hour and in the call to Council, Tracy Tryon motioned to rescind a Committee Report that was accepted by Council, calling for an assessment to the Gardenwood project. Tyron has changed his mind and believes the residents of Gardenwood should not be assessed. Council Member John Baumgardner quickly motioned to table Tyron's request as he felt Council should not act on the project without it appearing on the agenda first. It appears Council will decide against an assessment to that project, but Gardenwood resident will have to wait 2 more weeks, as they will find that out officially at the next City Council meeting on Tuesday, October 21st. In other business, Council adopted 4 ordinances and resolutions from Tuesday's meeting and City Auditor, Roxanne Willman provided Council with paperwork pertaining to the City's current and potential projects and their current financial situation.

DEER WILL BE ON MOVE - October 3, 2014
    Driver beware the risk of colliding with deer is greater in October, November and December. The increase in risk from October through January is primarily due to peak deer mating season. The Ohio Department of Public Safety reports that although such collisions decreased last year 3.8 percent from 2012, there were eight related fatalities and 968 injuries in Ohio last year. Most deer vehicle crashes occur at dusk and dawn. Driving tips for Motorist, drive with extreme caution in areas with deer crossing signs. If you see one deer on or near the roadway, expect others to follow. Report any deer-vehicle collisions to a local law enforcement agency or a state wildlife officer within 24 hours.

    Versailles Middle School was recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School as an Exemplary High Performing School. Of the 337 schools recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School, Versailles Middle School is 1 of only 25 Middle Schools recognized this year across the country. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan earlier this week, recognized 337 schools as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2014 based on their overall academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. These schools demonstrate that all students can achieve to high levels. The Department will honor 287 public and 50 private schools at a recognition ceremony on November 10-11 in Washington, D.C. In its 32-year history, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed this coveted award to just fewer than 7,900 of America's schools. All schools are recognized in one of two performance categories, based on all student scores, subgroup student scores and graduation rates.

    A Meet the Candidates Night will be held on Saturday evening, October 25th, at 7:00 PM, at the Darke County Extension Office, 603 Wagner Ave., Greenville. The Darke County Farmers Union will sponsor the event and will recognize and honor the 4H kids they supported at the recent County Fair. Speakers will be Dave Shindollar from the Ohio Farmers Union Office and a representative from Hastings Insurance. Information will be available on the Affordable Healthcare Act. A free Thanksgiving turkey/door prize will be given away. More information on the event, listen to Community Ties on Monday, October 13th.

    With the creation of the new Welcome Center in the heart of the county, downtown Greenville, the Darke County Visitors Bureau is seeking friendly folks with smiling faces to reminisce about the community, all while welcoming and providing valuable information to visitors to Darke County. Share knowledge about the area's sites, history and culture with visitors for a few hours per week at the new Welcome Center. Training will be provided, along with many perks to the job. If this sounds like something you might be interested in, please contact Deanna York at the Darke County Visitors Bureau by phone (937) 548-5158. Potential volunteers are welcome to attend the welcome center grand opening on Friday, October 3 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm and meet Executive Director, Deanna York and board members of the DCVB. For information go to

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