ROLLOVER ACCIDENT SENDS 1 TO HOSPITAL - January 25, 2021
    On Sunday, at approximately 5:54 P.M. Darke County Deputies along with Union City Fire and Rescue were dispatched to the 1000 block of Beamsville Union City Road in ref. to an accident with injury. Preliminary investigation revealed a green 2000 Toyota Tacoma driven by Joshua Vigil ,19, of Union City was traveling East on Beamsville Union City Road in the 1000 block. Vigil failed to maintain control of his vehicle on a ice covered roadway, traveling off the right side and rolling before coming to rest. Vigil was freed by mechanical means by Union City Fire and Rescue. Vigil was treated at the scene by Union City Rescue and was transported to Wayne Health Care with minor injuries. This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office.

WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA WRETHS TO BE PICKED UP FEB. 6 - January 25, 2021
    The time has come to pick up the Wreaths Across America wreaths that were placed at the Greenville Union Cemetery during the 2020 Wreaths Across America Day Remembrance Program. Fort GreeneVille Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution will host the removal of Wreaths Across America wreaths. Volunteers are invited to participate in this annual Wreaths Across America Project. The Wreaths Across America Retirement Ceremony will be at 10 a.m. Feb. 6, followed by the removal of Wreaths Across America wreaths at Greenville Union Cemetery. This is a special opportunity to again honor those who have served the country. Volunteers are asked to pick up only those Wreaths Across America wreaths placed in December, leaving any other wreaths or decorations in place. Commercial dumpsters will be provided by Rumpke Waste & Recycling. If there is unexpected inclement weather, please check the Fort GreeneVille DAR Facebook page for a rescheduled removal date.

COVID-19 VACCINATIONS COME TO DARKE COUNTY - January 22, 2021
    Nearly 500 people were to receive the COVID-19 vaccine Thursday thanks to a partnership between Reid Health and a trio of Darke County agencies. Reid is providing space at its facility at 1101 Jackson St. in Greenville, Ohio, to be used for a joint vaccination clinic by Family Health, Wayne HealthCare and the Darke County General Health District. Thursday was the clinic's first day of operation with 490 people expected to be vaccinated by the evening. The partnership came together quickly as the trio of agencies looked for a site that would fit their needs. Those 80 years or older are eligible to receive the vaccine in Darke County at this time, but that's expected to be extended to anyone 75 and up next week. To sign up, they must call (937) 547-2399 to register.

GRANT TO ASSIST CELINA BUSINESS - January 22, 2021
    Earlier this week, the Ohio Rail Development Commission (ORDC) approved a grant in the amount of $125,000 to Versa-Pak, Ltd. to assist with the expansion of on-site rail infrastructure at its facility in Celina. This expansion, which will result in 12 new hires for a total employment of 102 at the facility, is part of an approximately $10 million investment by Versa-Pak, Ltd. Versa-Pak is a manufacturer of versatile plastic packaging bags and more for the food and other consumer industries. Founded in 1986 as Versa Pak Inc., the company expanded into Versa Pak, LTD over the years following ownership changes. Continued growth led Versa-Pak to build and move into a new facility at its present location in Celina. With 26 different manufacturing lines, Versa-Pak can manufacture a variety of FDA-certified plastic sheeting and plastic bags with low-slip, anti-static and flame retardant properties and numerous colors. As a custom manufacturer, Versa-Pak works closely with its customers to determine the exact needs and specifications required for the project at hand.

2 KILLED, 1 TODDLER FLOWN BY CAREFLIGHT - January 21, 2021
    On Wednesday, at approximately 1:25 PM Darke County Deputies along with Greenville Township rescue, Greenville Township Fire, Greenville City Fire, Greenville Police Department and Careflight were dispatched to the 5200 block of State Route 49 in reference to a two vehicle serious injury accident. Preliminary investigation revealed a white 2003 Ford F-550 driven by Adam Godwin, 21 of Greenville was traveling northbound on State Route 49 near Heritage Drive. Godwin's vehicle traveled left of the centerline striking a southbound black 2013 Chevy Equinox driven by Karley Borger, 27 of Arcanum, Ohio. Godwin and Borger vehicle collided head on and came to rest in the roadway. Godwin, the lone occupant in his vehicle, was transported to Wayne Healthcare for evaluation and was later released. Karley Borger and her front seat passenger, Ashley Fish (27), of Arcanum, succumbed to their injuries and were pronounced dead at the scene. Borger back seat passenger, a 1 year old, was transported to Dayton Children's Hospital by Careflight, with the condition unknown. The Darke County Sheriff's Office Accident Reconstruction Team and the Darke County Coroner's Office were also called to the scene for further investigation. This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office and the Darke County Coroner's Office.

COUNCIL APPROVES OF RAISE OF WATER AND SEWER RATES - January 21, 2021
    Greenville City Council met earlier this week and before they started on Tuesday, they held a moment of silence for Council Member Dori Howdieshell, who passed away last week at Miami Valley Hospital due to complications with COVID-19. She was 67 years old. In the call to council, all 6 council members shared memories of their fellow council member and friend. A Celebration of Howdieshell's life will take place Saturday, May 8, 2021, from 1 to 4 p.m., at the Greenville Moose Lodge. In official business, Council accepted a Utilities Committee Report to increase the Water Rates for 2021 by 50% and the Sewer Rates by 25%. The report also asks for a monthly bill. That report has been turned over to the City Law Director, who will prepare legislation for an ordinance that will be read at the next Council meeting. President of Council, John Burkett, said the ordinance will be ready at 3 separate meetings, allowing the public to voice their opinion. Council approved 5 ordinances and resolutions on Tuesday, including an ordinance appropriating funds necessary for the various departments and offices in the City for the year 2021. The budget for 2021 is over $26 Million. At the end of the meeting, President Burkett announced he would not be seeking another term and suggested all interested in the position to contact the Board of Elections. Burkett has been with Council for over 31 years. The next City Council meeting will be Tuesday, February 2, at 7:30 on the City of Greenville Youtube Stream.

DARKE COUNTY JUDGE APPOINTED TO TASK FORCE - January 20, 2021
    Judge Jonathan P. Hein of the Darke County Common Pleas Court was recently appointed to the Ohio "iCOURT" (Improving Court Operations by Using Remote Technology) task force by Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor. The primary focus of the task force is to expand courtroom technological capabilities across the state. Among other things, the task force will precisely examine how courts have used technology for appearances and trials, and identify best practices and technology for local courts moving forward. The group is comprised of 25 judges, magistrates, court administrators, court information technology professionals, and attorneys. When searching for appointees, the Supreme Court highlighted candidates who have prior experience with courtroom technology. Hein, having operated courtroom technology since video conference tech was installed in Darke County in 2001, is a uniquely qualified fit for the task force. In addition to his work in Darke County, Hein has also given multiple state and national presentations on the topic, and has served as a subject matter expert on two occasions to the U.S. Department of Justice and RAND Corporation. Darke County's efficient and fast video conference technology makes the court a model for what the Supreme Court hopes to achieve in other courthouses across Ohio.

BEEKEEPER CLASS OFFERED - January 20, 2021
    Greater Grand Lake Beekeepers Association (GGLBA) will host its 7th annual Beginning Beekeeping Class March 13, 2021 at the Richardson-Bretz Building in Celina, Ohio. The class will begin at 8:00 AM and last until 5:00 PM. Participants will learn everything they need to know to begin keeping bees themselves. Demonstrations will be given on assembling frames and installing foundation. Cost of the class is $50 per person in advance and includes the textbook "Honey Bee Biology and Beekeeping" (a $65 value). A second person can also register in advance for $25 per person (no textbook). Walk-in registration will be $60 per person ($30 for a second person). Each person registered will also receive a one-year membership in Greater Grand Lake Beekeepers Association ($15 value), a one-year membership in the Ohio State Beekeepers Association ($20 value) and the chance to win several beekeeping related door prizes. Registration is on a first-come, first served basis and class size is limited to 35 people. To enroll or for more information, go to www.gglba.ohiostatebeekeepers.org or contact (419) 305-8662.

SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE FOR MIAMI COUNTY STUDENTS - January 19, 2021
    The Miami County Medical Society Alliance is offering two scholarships of $1,000 each. These scholarships are designated to provide financial assistance to students who are enrolled in an accredited school of nursing pursuing an associate's or bachelor's degree in nursing and must have completed the required pre-nursing course of study. The student must be a resident of Miami County. The Miami County Medical Society is offering one scholarship in the amount of $5,000 to assist a deserving resident of Miami County, Ohio who will attend an accredited post-graduate medical school to pursue a career as a physician in the United States. Primary consideration will be given to financial need. For information on the above scholarships please visit the Foundation's website at thetroyfounation.org look under scholarships, search by school, post graduate scholarships available. The deadline for submission is March 19, 2021 For any additional information, call (937) 339-8935 or email [email protected]

SHERIFF'S PATROL & EXPO CANCELLED - January 19, 2021
    The Darke County Sheriff's Patrol Home & Sports Expo Committee has announced the postponement of the 2021 expo. The committee came to this decision with regard to the restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and how it would affect its many dedicated vendors, participants and the public who have supported the event. The committee is planning to have its Darke County Sheriff's Patrol Home and Sports Expo next year, on April 1, 2 and 3, 2022. The committee asks patrons to please support its faithful vendors and non-profit organizations during these unprecedented times. The Expo Committee said it is looking forward to another great, packed expo in 2022. This marks the second year in a row the event has been canceled. The 2020 show was also canceled due to COVID precautions. The committee and sheriff's patrol appreciate the public's understanding and commitment to this event. More information will be provided as it plans for the 2022 Expo. For further updates, please view the committee's Facebook page, search Darke County Sheriff's Home Show.

PIZZA & PINTS RETURNING TO DARKE COUNTY - January 15, 2021
    The Darke County Visitors Bureau (DCVB) is bringing back Pizza & Pints from Jan. 24-Feb. 6. In recognition of Restaurant Week in Ohio, DCVB has teamed up with local restaurants from around the county for this special event. Due to restrictions placed on restaurants, DCVB has extended Restaurant Week from one week to two weeks. Darke County is fortunate to have several great pizza places. This special week not only allows you to try one, but encourages you to try several. Because of the variety, even if you eat pizza at each of the restaurants you will be eating something different each night. Pick up a Pizza & Pints card from one of the participating restaurants or the Welcome Center, 421 S. Broadway, Greenville, and start dining. Get at least three stamps from the seven participating restaurants and mail or return the card by Feb. 15 to the Welcome Center for a chance to win a 55" UHD television. The 2021 Pizza & Pints includes stops in Greenville, Palestine, New Madison, Versailles, Arcanum and Ansonia. The restaurants include: The Merchant House, 406 S. Broadway, Greenville, The Don's Pizza, 617 S. Broadway, Greenville, A.R. Winery, 3564 Gordon Landis Road, Arcanum, Schlechty's Bar & Grill, 124 W. Washington Road, New Madison, Sharp’s Tavern, 101 S. Main St., Palestine, The Endless Pint, 39 E. Main St., Versailles and The Whistle Stop, 200 S. Main St., Ansonia After a difficult 2020, now is the time to get out and support your local restaurants. For more information on Pizza & Pints, call the DCVB at 937-548-5158.

VACCINATION DISTRIBUTION - January 14, 2021
    Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted on Wednessday, provided an update on Ohio's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Governor DeWine reemphasized the vaccine distribution timeline for Phase 1B, which is set to begin next week with those ages 80 and older. This week: the Ohio Department of Health will receive information from the federal government on Ohio's vaccine allotment for the upcoming week. This information, including which providers will receive vaccines and how many, will be communicated to local health departments. Each county health department, in partnership with their local emergency management agency and vaccine providers, will communicate vaccine distribution plans with the media and the public. The process to vaccinate those in each county will vary depending on the provider. Some are expected to hold walk-up clinics, others may take appointments, etc. Today, the Ohio Department of Health will launch a tool on coronavirus.ohio.gov to assist citizens looking for a provider that has been allotted vaccines. The tool will be searchable by zip code or county, but it will not be updated in real-time. It is critical that those eligible to receive a vaccine consult local sources to determine up-to-date vaccine availability. Hospitals that are vaccinating their frontline healthcare workers as part of Phase 1A must complete these vaccinations by Sunday, January 17. Week of January 18: Vaccine providers will begin receiving their first allotment of vaccines for those ages 80 and older. Vaccines will be delivered on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Each provider will begin administering vaccines the day after they receive their shipment. All vaccines must be distributed within seven days. Week of January 25: Vaccinations are anticipated to begin for those ages 75 and up following the same process outlined above. Vaccinations will also be available to those with severe congenital, developmental, or early-onset medical disorders. Additional information on how these individuals can choose to receive their vaccines is forthcoming. Week of February 1: Vaccinations are anticipated to begin for those ages 70 and up following the same process. Week of February 8: Vaccinations are anticipated to begin for those ages 65 and up following the same process outlined above. Vaccine providers are not expected to vaccinate everyone in each age group in one week. As new age groups are authorized to receive vaccinations, previous age groups will continue receiving the vaccine. Senior citizens with questions on the vaccination process are urged to contact the Area Agencies on Aging at www.aging.ohio.gov or by calling 1-866-243-5678.

LOCAL VACCINATION DISTRIBUTION - January 14, 2021
    Locally, Family Health is excited to partner with the Darke County Health Department, Wayne HealthCare, and Reid Hospital to get the Covid-19 vaccine out to the residents of Darke County. They ask that you please be patient as they work within the Ohio Department of Health's guidelines. The number of appointments each week will be determined by the number of doses the vaccine collaborative receives from the State. Below are the two options and instructions to have your name placed on the list. Email: [email protected]
    
    Example: Name: James Smith Date of Birth: 1 26 1939 Phone number: 937-XXX-XXXX
    
    Or Call 937-547-2399 and they will take your Name, Date of Birth, and telephone number and add you to the appropriate list. Please note, they will call you at the number you give for appointment time and date.

CITY APPROVES WASTE WATER PROJECT - January 13, 2021
    On Tuesday, Greenville City Council met for a special session. Last week, Council met for their 1st meeting in 2021, Council did not have enough members present to pass ordinances and resolutions. The meeting last night, was supposed to be a special work session, but Council needed to pass legislation pertaining to the waste water treatment plant project and the City decided to hold a special meeting. There were 6 ordinances and resolutions passed on Tuesday, including a resolution that authorizes the Mayor and Safety/Service Director to enter a contract with R.G. Zachrich, Inc. to accept their bid for the Waste Water Treatment Plant UV Addition and Screen Replacement Project. The project came in $400,000 lower than the engineers estimate. All 6 ordinances and resolutions were passed on Tuesday, during the special meeting. Greenville City Council will meet again, next Tuesday, January 19, at 7:30 on the City of Greenville Youtube Stream.

INDIANA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION JOB FAIR - January 13, 2021
    The Indiana Department of Transportation is hosting a virtual career fair on Wednesday, January 20 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. eastern time. Anyone interested in learning more about employment at INDOT is invited to attend, and registration is not required. The career fair will feature an overview of the agency, benefits of working for INDOT, and positions currently available. Featured jobs will include highway maintenance technicians, equipment mechanics, construction engineers and project inspectors, and seasonal positions. The event will be held via Microsoft Teams, an online video conferencing application for both desktop and mobile devices. While a Teams account is not needed to join the event, those who plan to participate may download the Microsoft Teams application in advance. The app is required if joining from a mobile device, but attendees can choose to join on the web instead using Edge, Chrome, or Firefox if using a desktop. The live event can be accessed online on January 20. Those planning to attend should save this email, as they will need to click that link to join the event. Learn more about employment opportunities and see a full listing of job opportunities at INDOTIN.gov.

NEW AG EDUCATOR FOR OSU EXTENSION - January 12, 2021
    On Monday, the Darke County Commissioners met for their regularly scheduled meeting and set their schedule for 2021. The Commissioners will continue to meet on Monday's and Wednesday's at 1:30. Matt Aultman, will lead the meetings and as he was voted as Chairman and Mike Stegall was approved as Vice Chair. Rhonda Williams, from OSU Extension, provided the Commissioners with an Extension update. Taylor Dill will join OSU Extension hopefully in February, as the New Madison native will return home to serve as the new Ag Educator. She fills a position that was left open after Sam Custer, moved into another position with the University. Dill, who once interned with Darke County OSU Extension and is a Graduate from Ohio State, currently serves as an Extension Agent for Agriculture - Field Crops in Lincoln County, North Carolina. The next Commissioners meeting will be Wednesday, at 1:30 downtown. It was announced on Monday, that Commissioner Mike Stegall's "Coffee with the Commissioner" event will return this month. The event will be Saturday, January 23rd at the A&B Coffee Company located at 4th and Broadway in Greenville. Commissioner Stegall will be there from 8:00 to 9:30 to answer questions and any concerns you may have. It is hoped you can drop in, have a cup of coffee and meet Commissioner Stegall.

NEW ADMINISTRATOR TO COVINGTON - January 12, 2021
    Last year, we reported on Mike Busse, moving to Versailles to become the Village Administrator. The village of Covington has welcomed a new administrator to its staff. Kyle Hinkelman filled the role previously vacated by Busse. Hinkelman, 36, is the village's second administrator and is responsible for general management of the village staff, economic development, planning and budgeting for the village. He also oversees management of the street and utility departments, the Community Park, and other tasks assigned by the mayor and council. Originally from Troy, Hinkelman received his undergraduate degree from Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., before returning to the Dayton area where he currently resides with his wife, Linda, and their three children, Colin, 11, and twins Finn and Grant, 9. At Ball State, Hinkelman earned a degree in urban planning and development. He also earned a master's degree from Ohio State University in regional planning. For the past 13 years, Hinkelman worked for Miami Township in Montgomery County as the deputy director of community development.

SEMI-TRACTOR TRAILER INVOLVED IN ACCIDENT - January 11, 2021
    On Saturday, at approximately 3:27 PM, Darke County Deputies along with Arcanum Rescue and New Madison Fire, responded to the intersection of US Route 127 and State Route 503 for a reported injury crash involving a semi tractor-trailer and passenger vehicle. Preliminary investigation revealed a gray 2011 Chevy Cruze driven by Benjamin Savage 18, of Arcanum was traveling Southeast on State Route 503 and had stopped at the intersection of US Route 127, and then pulled into the intersection and was struck by a Northbound blue 2020 Freightliner semi tractor-trailer driven by Przemyslaw Wojcik 37, of Schaumburg, IL. Savage was transported to Wayne HealthCare for minor injuries, and Wojcik was uninjured. This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office.

CONCEALED HANDGUN LICENSE OFFICE MOVED - January 8, 2021
    Darke County Sheriff Toby L. Spencer announces the move of Concealed Handgun Licensing operations to a separate mobile office located on the Sheriff's Office grounds. This move takes effect Thursday January 7, 2021. The new Concealed Handgun Licensing office is located in the parking lot of the Darke County Criminal Justice Center, between the main jail building and the investigations building. The address for the building remains 5185 County Home Road Greenville, Ohio 45331. The office is beige in color and has an aluminum ADA ramp to access the door.
    
    In March of 2020 the Concealed Handgun Licensing (CHL) office was forced to move out of the administrative area of the Darke County Jail as a result of COVID-19 public health orders handed down by the Ohio Department of Health with regard to public access to jails. CHL operations have been temporarily housed in the Investigations Building of the Sheriff's Office. Although employees have managed to make this work it has become disruptive to operations in the Investigations section. With no change to the public health order coming soon the mobile office was purchased as a solution. The office will serve as a separate building that the public can enter and CHL services can continue to be provided according to law.
    
    The only services located in this building will be concealed handgun licensing and WebCheck for background checks and fingerprinting. These services are by appointment only. To schedule an appointment or to obtain more information go to the Darke County Sheriff's Office website, www.darkecountysheriff.org and click on the CCW & Background Check tab at the top of the page.

DESCHAMBEAU TO RETIRE FROM WAYNE HEALTHCARE - January 8, 2021
    Wayne HealthCare has announced the pending retirement of Wayne Deschambeau, President and CEO, and the appointment of Jeff Subler, Vice President of Support Services, as the incoming new President and CEO. Effective March 31, 2021, Deschambeau will retire and transition to the role of Advisor to the CEO and Subler will assume his new position. At a time when many independent rural hospitals are struggling, Wayne HealthCare isn't just surviving; it's thriving and expanding again. During his 15-year tenure, Deschambeau achieved unprecedented growth for the hospital. Deschambeau is leaving on a high note. Not only did he facilitate elevating the patient experience and prioritizing patient safety, under his leadership and for the first time in the hospital's history, Wayne HealthCare received a 5-star patient rating in 2020 from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which is the highest ranking any hospital can receive. Deschambeau is quick to give most of the credit to his successor, Jeff Subler, who, in addition to serving as VP of Support Services, also served as project manager on all three of the hospital's expansion projects. Deschambeau, and his wife, Sharon — who recently retired as President of the Darke County Chamber of Commerce — intend to retire to Florida, but, they plan to visit often. For more information, visit www.waynehealthcare.org.

UTILITES COMMITTEE TO MEET THIS EVENING - January 7, 2021
    Earlier this week, we reported on the City of Greenville Council meeting. The Utilities Committee will be holding their meeting on Tonight, January 7, at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers, to revisit the water and sewer rates for the City. The meeting will not be open to the public. Any Council members, department heads, or administration may attend the meeting in-person in the Council Chambers. The public may attend the meeting over Zoom. Call 1-301-715-8592. The Meeting ID is 764 911 9533 and the passcode will be 670 404. No actions will be taken at this evening's meeting.

FIRST FAIRBOARD MEETING OF 2021 - January 7, 2021
    The Darke County Agricultural Society met for their 1st time in 2021 and held close to a 4 hour meeting only to pass a few motions. Chet Linebaugh presented a 5 year contract to the Fair Board for Farm Power of the Past. The Board wants to look over a few things before a new contract is signed, they plan to make that decision at a later date. Christy Prakel, was also invited to present in person for a meeting that was held over Zoom, Prakel is the Executive Director of the Darke County Foundation. In the past, the board had discussed setting up an endowment fund for the fair, they plan to make that decision at a later date. Only a handful of motions were made and passed, the budget was approved Wednesday. However, Treasurer Tommy Shaw wants changes made for the 2022 Budget for department heads, he informed the Board that they didn't have enough time to fix the issues for 2021. The Ag Society also approved the Ohio Department of Agriculture report for the new year. A motion was made to remove all Fair Board Street Addresses from the Fair Book and Letterhead. Shaw made the motion in regards to safety for the Ag Society, he also made the motion for 1 new desktop computer, 2 laptops and 3 Microsoft 360 Accounts with a price not to exceed $2,200. The board approved both motions. The Ag Society went into executive session for close to 45 minutes to discuss a water project and the ride contract. The AG Society did not announce a decision on the project nor contract. The Fair Board will announce the entertainment of the Great Darke County Fair on February 12, and release tickets to the public for Saturday, February 20th. The next Fair Board meeting will be Wednesday, February 3rd, on Zoom.

TEEN DIES IN MIAMI COUNTY ACCIDENT - January 6, 2021
    The Shelby County Sheriff's Department has identified the Miami County teen that was lost in a fatal crash Tuesday morning. Hayley Worden (15) from Covington died in a traffic accident just after 7:30 am on State Route 48 near Fessler-Buxton Road. Worden was pronounced dead at the scene. A Tundra pick up truck driven by Sean Brown (27) of Sidney was traveling northbound on State Route 48 when he went left of center and into the path of a southbound 2018 International 4300 Vectren utility truck and crashed head-on. The four occupants of the pickup were trapped inside the vehicle and had to be extricated Brown is in critical condition, Alexandria Foster (10) and Worden's mother, Angela Foster (37), all from Covington were also reported to be in critical condition. The driver of the utility truck, Chris Tebbe (51) of Russia was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The Brown truck was headed to the Houston School district at the time of the crash. The mother was a front-seat passenger and the two juveniles were in the back seat at the time of the crash. Weather is believed to be a factor in the accident. The Shelby County Sheriff's Office is continuing the investigation into the crash.

COUNCIL MEETS FOR FIRST TIME IN 2021 - January 6, 2021
    Greenville City Council on Tuesday, met for their 1st meeting in 2021. It started with a moment of silence for former Council Member Walter Haines Jr., who was lost in December, at the age of 99. City Council was down 2 members and was only able to read ordinances and resolutions for the 1st time. In the administrative report Mayor, Steve Willman, congratulated new Police Chief Eric Roberts, who was sworn in earlier in the day at the City Building in front of family. Safety Service Director, Ryan Delk, informed council of some exciting new businesses and expansion projects coming to Greenville in the near future. Law Director, Michael Rieman, told the Council of a blighted property that will soon be torn down on the corner of Front and Central Streets, the City is still focusing on cleaning or removing eyesore properties in the City. The Utilities Committee was supposed to present a Water and Sewer Rates report, but dealing with Covid-19 and disagreements, the Committee requested for an extension. In the Call to Council, all present members voiced their opinions on potentially raising the rates. Council Member, John Baumgardner encouraged all members to be present during the next Utilities Committee meeting, which will take place sometime next week. The next City Council meeting will be Tuesday, January 19th at 7:30 on the City of Greenville Youtube Stream.

AREA COUNTIES RECEIVE MONEY FOR BUILDING PROJECTS - January 5, 2021
    Last Month, State lawmakers unveiled a $2.1 billion capital spending bill to pay for state and local building projects. Darke County received $540,000 with most it going to the Darke County Agricultural Society. The Fair Board will receive $500,000 for the Darke County Swine and Community Pavilion on the Fairgrounds. The Ohio Facilities Construction Commission has designated $40,000 for the Darke County Art Trail Initiative. Mercer County will receive over $2.5 Million, with $85,000 going to the Marion Township Greenway Phase 1 and exactly $2.5 Million going to 3 projects at Wright State University's Lake Campus. In Miami County there will be over $2.7 Million with $150,000 going to improvements to the Piqua Downtown Riverfront Park. A total of $400,000 each for the Arbogast Performing Arts Center and Bowling Green State University Piqua Public Safety Regional Training Center. The rest of the money will go to Edison Station Community College with over a total of $1.7 Million. Shelby County will receive just under $1.1 million with a $100,000 going to the Shelby County Fairgrounds, $500,000 to the Great Miami River Recreation Bike Trail and $350,000 to the Sidney Canal Feeder Trail. The largest recipient of the funds are state universities with plans to renovate buildings, repave parking lots and make safety and technology upgrades on campuses.

ENGINEER'S REPORT RELEASED - January 5, 2021
    Darke County Engineer's Report has been released, this report shows money received for the year, where it was spent, and what it maintained, constructed, purchased, or improved. For 2020, not including a paving grant, this was over $3.1 Million or an amount equal to 42.1 percent of the total annual receipts. The recent Ohio fuel tax increase has greatly helped their cause, as the receipts increased 23 percent over 2019, while their annual cost of diesel fuel and gasoline was down 38 percent from that of 2019. In spite of the challenges and limitations forced by the pandemic, they managed to resurface over 30 miles of County roads by contract, applied chip-seal/fog seal surfaces to 25.25 miles with County personnel and equipment, construct two new bridges, complete eleven bridge rehabilitation and repair projects. They began construction of a new truck storage/office facility which will be completed before mid-2021. This was imperative since they have simply outgrown their building constructed in 1977-78.

2 SEPARATE ACCIDENTS IN MIAMI COUNTY - January 4, 2021
    Miami County Sheriff's deputies are investigating a deadly crash on Kessler Fredrick Road that took place Friday morning. A man crashed into two poles and was possibly electrocuted. Christopher Butler, 38, of Troy, was taken to Miami Valley Hospital, where he died from his injuries. Black ice is believed to have been a factor in the wreck. Deputies responded to a crash around 7:40 a.m. in the 6300 block of Kessler Frederick Road after Butler's vehicle hit a pole, bringing live wires down with it. A West Milton police officer, who was first to the scene, stopped and gave Butler CPR until medics could arrive. Initial reports indicated Butler may have suffered from electric shock. The utility poles that were hit in the crash were broken, so the road was closed until DP&L replaced the poles.
    
    Also Friday, a Pleasant Hill man was killed in a crash in the area of State Route 55 and South Rangeline Road. Noah Trader, 21, was thrown from his pickup truck and died at the scene. Deputies responded to a report of a truck down an embankment on Rangeline south of State Route 55 around 7:15 a.m. Freezing rain and slick road conditions were reported in the area around the time the crash was reported and deputies said black ice played a role in the wreck. A call came into Miami County 911 indicating debris was in the road and the guard rail was damaged at the bottom of a steep hill. That section of Rangeline was closed due to the guardrail being damaged on the bridge.

DCHD VACCINE AVAILABILTY - December 29, 2020
    Darke County residents have been responding positively to the new COVID-19 vaccine. “We have experienced an increase in phone calls from the general public wanting to know when they can get their vaccine,” stated Emily Hoisington, BSN, Nursing Director, at the Darke County General Health District. The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) began dispersal of the COVID- 19 vaccine last week. Along with the vaccine doses, ODH provided local health departments with guidance as to how the vaccines should be distributed. “We are currently working in Phase 1A which is providing vaccines to healthcare workers, long-term care facility staff and residents, and EMS responders. At this time, the Health Department nursing staff are distributing vaccine to full-time EMS and hospice employees,” stated Terrence L. Holman, DVM, Health Commissioner. Phase 1A is expected to continue over the next couple of weeks and then Ohio will transition to Phase 1B. This phase includes those individuals 65 and older, adults who work in a school setting, and those living with severe medical disorders. These include: cerebralpalsy, spina bifida, congenital heart disease, type 1 diabetes, inherited metabolic disorders, severe neurological disorders including epilepsy, severegenetic disorders (Down Syndrome, Fragile X, Prader Willi Syndrome, andTurner Syndrome), severe lung disease (cystic fibrosis and severe asthma), sickle cell anemia; and alpha and beta thalassemia. It is not known at this time how long Phase 1A and 1B will last with the limited vaccine availability. Because vaccine supplies are limited, it may be some time before the general public can begin being vaccinated. The Health Department will release this information to the public as it becomes available. We appreciate the community response to vaccination. If you choose not to receive a vaccine when it is available to you, please continue to help do your part by wearing a mask and social distancing from others. The Health Department would like to thank the community for all of their cooperation during this pandemic. If you have general questions about vaccine availability or COVID-19, please visit coronavirus.ohio.gov or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634). If you have questions specific to Darke County, please call 937-548-4196 option 5.

JUVENILE FALLS FROM GRAIN BIN - December 28, 2020
    On Saturday, Darke County Deputies along with North Star Fire, Ansonia Rescue, and Careflight were dispatched to 6183 State Route 705 in reference to a juvenile that had fallen from a grain bin. Preliminary investigation revealed a juvenile had fallen approximately 30 feet from a grain bin. North Star Fire and Ansonia Rescue treated the juvenile at the scene. The juvenile was transported to Miami Valley Hospital by Careflight. This incident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriffs Office.
    Last week, Miami County Sheriff’s deputies and detectives executed a narcotics search warrant at 1580 Windridge Place, Apt. D, Troy. The search warrant was the culmination of a several month long narcotics investigation. Items seized included methamphetamine, heroin, fentanyl, cocaine, marijuana, digital scales, drug paraphernalia, cell phones and approximately $3000.00 in U.S. currency. Victor L. Washington, age 32, of Troy was arrested for trafficking heroin, possession of methamphetamine, possession of cocaine, and possession of fentanyl. Washington is currently on parole with the Ohio Adult Parole Authority for drug trafficking. Washington was incarcerated at the Miami County jail. Also taken into custody and incarcerated at the Miami County jail was Lea A. Dillon, age 23, of Troy. Dillon was charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of fentanyl, and possession of cocaine. Dillon also had an unrelated outstanding warrant on her.
    

TAX RATES TO INCREASE IN RANDOLPH COUNTY - December 22, 2020
    The county income tax rates for Randolph County will rise Jan. 1, according to the Indiana Department of Revenue. Randolph County's rate will become 0.025, an increase from 0.225. County officials determine the income tax rates and submit them to the Department of Revenue for review regarding compliance with Indiana law. Indiana residents pay the county income tax for the county in which they reside. Out-of-state residents who work in Indiana pay the county income tax for the county of their principal business or employment. A complete list of current county tax rates is available at the Department of Revenue;s website, www.dor.in.gov.

SHELBY COUNTY SHERIFF TO JOIN AUDITOR'S OFFICE - December 21, 2020
    Auditor of State Keith Faber announced that Shelby County Sheriff John Lenhart will join the Auditor's office as the liaison to law enforcement offices throughout Ohio. After eight terms as Shelby County Sheriff, Lenhart will leave his post at the end of this term to assist in the Auditor's office fight against fraud and public corruption. In this role, Lenhart will help to foster relationships with local level law enforcement agencies to ensure they continue to receive the resources and assistance they need from the Auditor's office. Lenhart brings 54 years of law enforcement experience to the Auditor's office. He began his career in the Shelby County Sheriff's office at the age of 25, eventually being elected Sheriff in 1976. Lenhart served Shelby County as sheriff from 1976-1991 and 2009- 2020. He also spent time as the superintendent of Bureau of Criminal Investigations and Identification, director of law enforcement for Attorney General Richard Cordray, and security in the private sector. At any given time, the Auditor's Office has roughly 140 open investigations into public corruption. Having a strong relationship with local law enforcement is pivotal to successful investigations and the crack down on fraud, waste, and abuse.

NEW GREENVILLE POLICE CHIEF IN 2021 - December 17, 2020
    On Wednesday, the City of Greenville announced a new Police Chief. Lt. Eric Roberts will be promoted to Chief of the City of Greenville Police Department effective January 6, 2021, due to the official retirement of current Police Chief Steve Strick. Safety Service Director, Ryan Delk, said the City is very appreciative of the 25 years of service rendered by Steve and look forward to continuing to provide the community with the best service possible as they move forward under the direction of Chief Roberts. Police Chief Strick, will retire on January 5.

INDIANA TO POSTPONEMEDICAL NON-EMERGENT PROCEDURES - December 14, 2020
    In an effort to preserve ICU hospital capacity, Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb announced hospitals will be required to postpone non-emergent in-patient procedures for three weeks. This starts Wednesday, Dec. 16 and continues Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021. Postponed procedures include those that are unlikely to cause risk to a patient's prognosis. Hoosiers who need medical assistance are encouraged to continue to see their doctor or go to a hospital. Holcomb also said he is extending the statewide mask order and toughening restrictions on crowd sizes that he reinstated last month. The size of social gatherings is limited by the color metric of the county. Beginning Sunday, Dec. 13, local health departments are no longer allowed to grant permission for larger events. The Indiana Department of Health has established a color-coded county map that measures weekly cases per 100,000 residents and the seven-day positivity rate for all tests completed. Each county is assigned a color based on the average scores for the two metrics. Restrictions are assigned based on the map, which is updated each Wednesday at www.coronavirus.in.gov.

BUCHY NAMED 2021 FAIR PARADE MARSHAL - December 11, 2020
    The Board of Directors for the Darke County Agricultural Society have announced the 2021 Great Darke County Fair Parade Marshal is Jim Buchy. A long time supporter of the fair and a positive influence on how successful the fair has become as well as the county. Bucky graduated from Greenville High School in 1958. He was President/CEO of Buchy Food Service from 1977 - 2012. On the Greenville Board Of Education from 1980 - 1982. Elected to State Representative, Ohio House of Representative from 1983 - 2000 and then again from 2011 - 2016. He was the Assistant Ag Director from 2001 - 2004. From 2004 - 2006 He held the Policy Director Position and was the Assistant Majority Leader. Buchy has received countless awards over the years and the latest being named the 2021 Great Darke County Parade Marshal. The Directors of Great Darke County Fair want to thank Mr. Buchy for what he has done for the fair and this county.

CHRISTMAS CARDS WANTED FOR RESIDENTS OF BRC - December 11, 2020
    The team at Financial Achievement Services invites the community to participate in their Christmas Card Drive for residents at the Brethren Retirement Community. The card drive aims to bring holiday cheer to the residents who have faced a uniquely challenging and isolating year. FAS recognizes that many older adults have been hit especially hard by the Covid-19 pandemic and the resulting restrictions, especially those in care facilities. Even if they have family in the area, they may not be able to enjoy their company during the holiday season due to visitor restrictions or health concerns. The FAS team hopes that collecting Christmas cards for the residents is a way to provide a small connection and let them know people are thinking of them. Christmas cards for the card drive may be handmade or store bought, and should be addressed generically. Please do not enclose or attach candy to the cards. Cards can be turned in to the FAS office at 5116 Children's Home Bradford Rd, Greenville, OH 45331. The office is open 8:30 am – 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. There will also be a special mailbox at the entrance for after-hours drop-offs. Anyone wishing to participate should turn in their cards to the FAS office by Monday, December 21st . The cards will then be delivered to the Brethren Retirement Community and distributed to residents by the BRC staff. For more info call 937.548.2210.

MIDMARK ONE OF HEALTHIST EMPLOYERS - December 10, 2020
    Midmark Corp. has been recognized as one of the Healthiest Employers of Ohio and Michigan. The awards program was created to honor people-first organizations that prioritize the well-being of their employee population. These companies were recognized because of their commitment to workplace wellness and their exceptional health and benefits offerings. Award applicants were evaluated across six key categories: Culture and Leadership, Foundational Components, Strategic Planning, Communication and Marketing, Programming and Interventions, and Reporting and Analytics. As a healthcare company, it is a significant part of the Midmark culture to build upon success with engaged and healthy teammates and families. The company maintains an onsite wellness center and offers flu shots, mammograms, vascular screenings, blood pressure checks and other wellness checks throughout the year. Midmark is currently building and remodeling their Versailles campus, and their teammates are looking forward to a new fitness center and outdoor track that will be part of their facilities.

CELINA POLICE ARREST 3 - December 9, 2020
    On December 8th, at about 1:51 AM Celina Police stopped a pickup truck driven by Jonathon Dulebohn (40) of Celina. Dulebohn was known by Jonathon Dulebohnand from a suspended driver's license as well as an outstanding warrant for his arrest. While being arrested he was found in possession of crystal meth (methamphetamine) and drug paraphernalia. Passengers in the truck were Dustin Kunz (30) of Delphos and Donna Springer (41) of Celina. Kunz was also arrested for an outstanding warrant out of Columbus, Ohio and was in possession of drugs and paraphernalia. Springer was also found in possession of syringes and numerous packages of crystal meth as well as a large amount of cash. All three are being held on drug and drug related charges in the Mercer County Jail. The investigation continues and will be presented to a grand jury for further charges.

2 MEN ARRESTED BY MERCER COUNTY SHERIFF DEPARTMENT - December 8, 2020
    On Sunday the Mercer County Sheriff's Office took 2 men into custody on felony charges including escape. Shane Patrick Irish (44) faces a 5th degree felony charge of escape. Cody Jacob Maxwell (29) faces felony charges of possession of cocaine and a fentanyl related compound and escape. Both men are being held in the Mercer County Detention Facility.

4-H MEETINGS PUT ON HOLD - December 7, 2020
    Given the rise of COVID-19 in Ohio and in an effort to keep 4-H families, volunteers and communities safe, effective December 7, 2 all 4-H meetings and events are to be canceled, postponed, or held virtually until January 15, 2021. In a statement from Ohio 4-H, being part of an academic institution, they follow science and model what the CDC, Ohio Department of Health and other experts stress is important in addressing this virus. All 4-H volunteers are expected to follow these guidelines regarding 4-H meetings and events. Volunteers who are not in compliance will receive a first warning. A second incident disregarding the effort to protect the health, safety and well-being of members, families and communities will result in immediate termination of volunteer status. OSU Extension offices will be open based on the current Ohio Public Health Advisory System. If a county is purple or approaching purple, OSU Extension offices will be closed and employees will be working virtually. If a county is red, OSU Extension offices will be staffed by appointment only. You will need to call in advance to schedule a time to go to the office. Please note there may be additional guidelines from county health departments.

DEADLINE EXTENDED FOR FEDERAL CARES ACT - December 7, 2020
    U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) joined bipartisan legislation to extend the current year-end deadline for states and local governments to use federal CARES Act assistance from the Coronavirus Relief Fund. Under the State and Local Coronavirus Relief Fund Extension Act, States and municipalities would have until December 31, 2021 to use existing and any future funding from the Coronavirus Relief Fund. Under the CARES Act, federal funding from the Coronavirus Relief Fund will be recouped by the Treasury if not spent by the end of the year. Though local governments in Ohio are working quickly to use their federal support to meet the challenges of the pandemic effectively, delays and contradictory guidance from the Department of the Treasury have impeded states and municipalities. A one-year extension of the deadline ensures they will not lose funding already guaranteed to them because it was not spent by the deadline imposed by Congress in March.

FAIRBOARD APPROVES TO KEEP DELK & HARLESS FOR HARNESS RACING - December 3, 2020
    The Darke County Agricultural Society met on Wednesday, for their last regularly scheduled meeting in 2020. It was the 2nd straight meeting not open to the public, but instead offered on Zoom. The Board listened to a presentation from former Board Member, Dick Delk, who was there on behalf of the Darke County Harness Horseman. Delk was looking for guidance for the Horse Program for 2021. The board voted to keep the Parshall Futurity, which has been part of the Great Darke County Fair since 1952. They also voted for 3 days of racing on Friday, Saturday and Thursday of the Fair. The Board also has plans to keep Dick Delk and Tim Harless as the organizers for Harness Racing Program. The Ag Society approved the rates at the fair for 2021 that were presented by the rates committee. The Board did vote separate on a voting ticket increase. For 2021, non voting membership tickets will remain $20.00. If you want a voting ticket, it's an additional $5.00. Tickets are available for stocking stuffers at DarkeCountyFair.com. Finally, the Board named Laura Ahrens, as Office Manager, following at 30 minute executive session. The next Fair Board meeting will be Wednesday, January 6th, at 7:30 on the Fairgrounds.

JAFE LOOKING FOR LOAN TO EXPAND - December 1, 2020
    The Darke County Commissioners met on Monday, for their regularly scheduled meeting, joining them was Susan Laux, who was there to discuss the Economic Development Loan Program. A Public Hearing was held for the program that involves a loan request from OD Leasing Enterprises, LLC., and JAFE Decorating. JAFE will be expanding again and from Monday's Public Hearing, it was learned that JAFE plans to spend around $750,000 for the purchase of new equipment for a factory line expansion. This expansion is set to create approximately 20 new jobs, with 14 of those positions intended for low-to-moderate income persons. Private equity and financing from JAFE will pay for $190,000 of the additions, while the Darke County Revolving Loan Fund will cover $210,000, and the Community Development Block Grant (CDGB) Economic Development Loan will cover $360,000. In total, the loan to OD Leasing Enterprises, LLC. will be $350,000, to be paid over a seven-year period with an interest rate of 1.5 percent. The loan is intended to be submitted by the end of the year. This will be the 4th time that the county has worked with JAFE on the loan program. Commissioner Mike Stegall, said JAFE has never been late on a payment when looking at the past. The next Commissioners meeting will be Wednesday, at 1:30 in Downtown Greenville.

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