MEET THE CANDIDATES NIGHT IN DARKE COUNTY - October 1, 2014
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.
GARDENWOOD AVENUE PROJECT DISCUSSED - October 1, 2014
On Tuesday, City of Greenville Council met for a special meeting/work session to discuss the potential Gardenwood Avenue project and a possible change to the Rumpke Trash contract. Council Members John Baumgardner and Leon Rogers were not present during the meeting that saw a nice crowd mostly comprised of residents who live on or near Gardenwood. The potential street project was discussed to residents last Tuesday in a meeting held at Greenville Missionary Church. Last night, Safety Service Director, Curt Garrison wanted to get Council's opinion on a possible assessment and sidewalks. Although a Law Committee asked for and council approved a report calling for an assessment to the project, council members decided against that thought and after listening to the residents of Gardenwood appear to be against an assessment. The second issue discussed pertaining to the project was the potential installation of sidewalks. The initial plan and the administrations goal is to have sidewalks on both sides of the street, but council and citizens voiced their concerns over the sidewalks. Multiple residents addressed council and asked for no sidewalks. Several Council members threw out the idea of sidewalks on one side of the street and other members of Council agreed with the administration in having sidewalks on both sides. It appears Council will provide answers to the sidewalk debate at the next City Council meeting on Tuesday, October 7th at 7:30 in the Council Chambers. In other business, Garrison provided 4 options to council for a possible change in the city's contract with Rumpke.
U.S. 27 ROAD UPDATE - October 1, 2014
The Indiana Department of Transportation is concerned about the volume of traffic continuing to use U.S. 27 through Fountain City during pavement repairs. Original plans for the project called for U.S. 27 to be closed between Whitewater Road and Davis Meyers Road. INDOT revised its plans to allow access to local residences and businesses in response to requests from the community. Only those drivers with a specific destination in the town should be using the part of highway under construction. INDOT is asking drivers to be aware of the construction and anyone without reason to enter Fountain City should plan an alternate route around the town. The $640,000 paving repair and resurfacing project is expected to continue Monday through Friday through Oct. 17, weather permitting.
HEADLINERS FOR COUNTRY CONCERT ANNOUNCED - September 30, 2014
On Monday, Country Concert announced some of its entertainment for 2015 at Hickory Hills Lake. Coming to Fort Loramie for Country Concert 15 will Florida Georgia Line on Thursday, July 9th. Jake Owen will be headlining Friday July 10th with The Band Perry. An Carrie Underwood will close out the music event with her 18 number one hits with Justin Moore also performing on Saturday, July 11th. More Superstars will be announced soon at www.countryconcert.com. Seat and Camping renewals will be mailed Tuesday (9/30) to fans that bought any type of Reserved Seat (Stage Front, Club, Reserved, Platinum, Platinum +)or Reserved Camping last year. Tickets go on sale to the public November 14th.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR DARKE COUNTY WELCOME CENTER - September 30, 2014
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 www.VisitDarkeCounty.org.
AIRSTREAM TO EXPAND - September 30, 2014
The Airstream plant in Shelby County is slated for $5.9 million to expansion, according to the Dayton Business Journal. The project will add approximately 94,000 square feet to Airstream's existing 134,000-square foot travel trailer plant and include production and office space, according Thor Industries. Airstream employes nearly 450 employees at the Jackson Center facility. Company officials did not say if more jobs would be added.
EARLY VOTING BEGINS ON OCTOBER 7 - September 30, 2014
The U.S. Supreme Court Monday delayed the start of early voting in Ohio scheduled to begin on Tuesday. By a 5-4 vote, the justices blocked an order issued earlier this month by U.S. District Court Judge Peter C. Economus that would have given voters the chance to vote early 35 days before the election, meaning Tuesday, instead of 28 guaranteed by the state law. Because the order will be in effect for 90 days, the ruling means that this November's elections will be conducted under the Ohio law as outlined by Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted. Early voting in Ohio now begins on Oct. 7.
COLLEGE NIGHT INFORMATIONAL MEETING TONIGHT - September 29, 2014
Have questions about college? You are invited to College Night An informational evening for high school juniors and seniors as well as their parents 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 29 at St. Clair Memorial Hall, 215 W. Fourth St., Greenville Topics addressed include:
The college selection process
The college search timeline
Admissions and financial Aid Affordability
Tips for student success
For more information, call Anne McKinney, Bridges to College at 423 2442.
6TH FATAL ACCIDENT IN DARKE COUNTY IN 2014 - September 29, 2014
On Saturday, at approximately 7:32pm, Darke County Deputies along with Union City, Ohio Fire & Rescue and Careflight were dispatched to the intersection of State Route 571 and Liberty Street in the village of Hillgrove on a report of a serious injury crash involving a motorcycle and van. Preliminary investigation revealed a Blue 1999 Chevy Astro van driven by Joseph Anthony Castiglione Jr (19) Greenville, was traveling Southeast on State Route 571 and had slowed down for the front passenger to toss a newspaper in a yard and then attempted to make a left turn onto Liberty Street and was struck by a Red 2000 Suzuki Intruder motorcycle operated by Jay A. Long (54) Greenville, traveling Southeast on State Route 571 while attempting to pass the van on the left. Both vehicles then collided into a guard rail and the water pump that sits at this intersection of Liberty Street. Long was ejected from the motorcycle and succumbed to his injuries at the scene. Careflight's response to the scene was cancelled, and the driver and two juvenile passengers in the van were not injured in the crash and refused treatment. Long was not wearing a helmet. State Route 571 was closed for approximately 4 hours.This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office accident reconstruction team, and the Darke County Coroner's Office. This is Darke County's 6th fatal crash for the year.
3 ARRESTED IN DRUG BUST IN PREBLE COUNTY - September 29, 2014
Preble County deputies executed a narcotics related search warrant at 7312 East Factory Road last week. Deputies were assisting Adult Parole Officers when they discovered items used in the manufacturing process of methamphetamine in plain view. Several adults were at the residence at the time. (3) three juveniles, ages 15, 14 and 12, were also found at the house. During the search of the property, which included a residence and unattached garage, deputies located and seized equipment and chemicals used to manufacture and use methamphetamine. Some of the property included lithium batteries, drain cleaner, and filters. (2) handguns were also found at the residence and were seized. (4) four adults were arrested from the residence. Chod J. Clark, age 40, charged with Assembly or Possession of Chemicals to Manufacture Drugs and Child Endangerment.
Shannon R. Smith, age 41, charged with Assembly or Possession of Chemicals to Manufacture Drugs and Child Endangerment.
Regan T. Foust, age 34 of Eaton, charged with Having Weapons While Under Disability and on an outstanding warrant from Warren County.
Christopher Johnson, age 49 of Eaton, was arrested on an outstanding warrant from Darke County. The Preble County Prosecutor's Office has the investigation and charges are pending. The children were turned over to family members and the case referred to Preble County Children Services.
DEER SEASON BEGINS THIS WEEKEND - September 26, 2014
The Ohio Department of Natural resources has announced that the Ohio archery deer season kicks off Saturday throughout the state. Archery season runs through Feb. 1. Ohioans checked 191,459 deer last hunting season. Other deer hunting programs include antler-less muzzle-loader from Oct. 11-12, youth gun Nov. 22-23, gun Dec. 1-7 and muzzle-loader Jan. 2-5. All hunters must have a valid Ohio hunting license and a valid deer permit. Details of deer hunting rules are available wherever licenses are sold.
SCHOOL BUS & PROPANE TRUCK COLLIDE - September 26, 2014
On September 26, 2014 at 7:45 a.m. Darke County Deputies, along with Arcanum Fire and Rescue were dispatched to Grubbs Rex Rd and Littles Rd. reference to a two vehicle injury accident involving a school bus and a propane truck. Mutual aid was requested from Tri Village Rescue and New Madison Fire. Preliminary investigation revealed that an Arcanum Butler Local school bus, driven by Larry A. Bourne (66) of Arcanum, was southbound on Littles Rd. and stopped at the stop sign at Grubbs Rex Rd. Bourne pulled out in to the intersection and struck a 2006 Sterling propane truck, driven by Kent E. Sharp (66) of Greenville, which was westbound on Grubbs Rex Rd. Bourne's vehicle was pushed off the north side of Grubbs Rex Rd. from the impact of the collision. When Sharp's vehicle was struck it caused his vehicle to overturn and slide approximately 100/150 feet before coming to final rest. Sharp was ejected from his vehicle. Sharp was treated by Arcanum Rescue and was transported by Care Flight to Miami Valley Hospital. Bourne was treated and transported to Wayne Hospital by Tri-Village Rescue. Sharp's vehicle was carrying a full load of propane at the time of the accident. A cleanup crew from RW Earhart Co. responded to the scene to off load the propane so the truck could be removed from the scene. Grubbs Rex Rd. between Littles Rd. and SR 503 was shut down for approximately 7 hours while the cleanup took place. No propane was leaked from the overturned truck. The sunrise may have been a factor in Bourne's failure to yield at the intersection. At the time of the accident there were no students on the school bus. This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office. Charges are pending resulting from the investigation.
SIDNEY MAN CHARGED WITH OVERDOSE DEATH - September 26, 2014
A trial date has been set in the case of a Sidney man charged in connection with a heroin overdose death. Thomas James McMahon, 32, was indicted for involuntary manslaughter, a first-degree felony, and trafficking in drugs, a fifth-degree felony, following the heroin overdose death of Bryan Thompson in February. McMahon is accused of having sold Thompson the heroin that killed him. Following an investigation, McMahon was arrested. While being interviewed by police, he admitted to selling Thompson the drugs a few hours prior to his death. A jury trial has been set for Oct. 14 in Shelby County Common Pleas Court before Judge James F. Stevenson.
DOUBLE FATALITY IN MERCER COUNTY - September 25, 2014
Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey reports his Office is investigating a double fatal crash at the intersection of State Route 49 and State Route 29. Mercer County Central Dispatch received calls at 7:11 PM on Wednesday September 25, 2014 of a crash involving a semi-tractor trailer and a vehicle. The investigation revealed a 2006 Chevy Impala that was driven by 82 year old Kathleen Hickey from Piqua, Ohio was traveling north bound on State Route 49 and failed to stop for the stop sign at this intersection. The 2006 Chevy Impala was struck in the intersection by a west bound 2012 Volva tractor and semi-trailer. The semi-tractor and trailer was operated by 24 year old Brandon L. Dobbs from Muncie Indiana. Mr. Dobbs was not injured. Pronounced dead on the scene by Mercer County Coroner Dr. Timothy Heinrichs was Kathleen Hickey, and her husband 86 year old Billy N. Hickey, who was the right front passenger. Deputies were assisted on scene by the Southwest Fire Department, Celina Squad, MCERV, and a Ohio Motor Carrier Inspector. This marks the third fatal crash in Mercer County in 2014. The crash remains under investigation.
ADAMS TALKS ABOUT DRUG ADDICTION - September 25, 2014
State Representative Richard Adams sent out a press release on Wednesday. Since the beginning of 2013, the Ohio General Assembly has been working tirelessly to study the opiate addiction epidemic that plagues Ohio and its public health. One bill that was signed into law by Governor Kasich is House Bill 314. It went into effect this September. House Bill 314 changes the Ohio Revised Code to require an explicit informed consent in order for doctors and physicians to write a prescription to minors for any controlled substance containing opiates. The legislation also seeks to prevent those who are underage from eventually developing an addiction to such substances. Protecting our youth from this pervasive epidemic is not only important for our state's health and future, but it also goes a long way in preventing drug abuse and addiction from spreading further. Parents should know if and when their children are allowed access to addictive medications. They should feel comfortable when talking to them about peer pressure, drugs, and alcohol, and this required consent form helps to open that conversation.
APPLEFEST THIS WEEKEND - September 25, 2014
New Paris, Ohio is preparing for its 20th Annual AppleFest this weekend. Organizers say the 20th annual event will continue to feature food, community-wide garage sales, vendors, crafts, games and family fun on Saturday, Sept. 27, and Sunday, Sept. 28. The weekend actually kicks off Friday night with a Texas Hold-em tournament at the American Legion Post 360 on North Washington Street. Registration starts at 7 p.m., and games begin at 7:30. Saturday's highlights include a classic car show offered by the New Paris Kiwanis Club from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and a parade starting at about 10 a.m. Live music will be performed by regional artists throughout the day and night. Apple-related contests are planned, along with apple press demonstrations.
NEW DISPATCH EQUIPMENT FOR SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT - September 24, 2014
The Darke County Commissioners met on Monday, for their regularly scheduled meeting with Commissioner Diane Delaplane absent because of a meeting with the FAA in Michigan. Commissioner Mike Rhoades and Mike Stegall approved a quote for the Darke County Sheriff on a Motorola Dispatch Console Project. Motorola Solutions will provide equipment and services to the Sheriff's Department for a much needed upgrade. The equipment centers around 3 MCC 7500 Dispatch Consoles. Commissioner Mike Stegall mentioned this was the first step of many when discussing dispatch in the county. The Commissioners talked in detail about the future of communications in the county between on emergency groups. The approved quote from Monday's meeting had a grand total of $336,761. The next Darke County Commissioners meeting will be Wednesday, at 1:30 in Downtown Greenville.
PIE BAKING CONTEST - September 24, 2014
Do you have the best pie in Darke County? On Saturday, September 27th, Darke County Parks will host the annual Prairie Days Pie Baking Contest, held at Shawnee Prairie Preserve (4267 St. Rt. 502 West). The rules are simple. Have your pie (or pies if you would like to enter more than one) to the Nature Center between 9:30am and 10:00 am. Judging will promptly start at 10:00am. The pies will be divided into the following categories: Apple, Berry, Peach and Other. There is a $2 entry fee per pie. Please no meringue or refrigerated pies. Your pie(s) will need to be baked in a disposable pie pan as they cannot return dishes. A cash prize will be awarded to the best in show entry. If you have any questions, please call the Nature Center at 937.548.0165. After judging, the pies will be sold at the Mad Anthony's Tavern, all proceeds will benefit the Friends of the Darke County Parks.
SENTENCING IN MURDER CASE DELAYED - September 24, 2014
Over the Summer, we reported on Patrick McGail being convicted for the home invasion murder of Nathan Wintrow of Troy in October 2013. A Miami County judge has delayed the sentencing. The sentence date was scheduled for September 29. The new date is now October 6 at 1:00 p.m. Two others, Jason Sowers and Brendon Terrel, made plea agreements in the case and are already in prison.
FARMLAND MAN SENTENCED TO 6 YEARS IN PRISON - September 24, 2014
A rural Farmland man has been sentenced to six years after pleading guilty to three counts of child molesting. Anthony R. Musgrove, 20, was arrested in February after he was accused of sexually abusing four children, some of them repeatedly over a period of years. In Randolph Circuit Court last week, Musgrove pleaded guilty but mentally ill to three of the seven molesting charges pending against him. Time will be served in the Randolph County jail. After his release, Musgrove will serve four years on probation.
UNION CITY MAN SENTENCED TO 6 YEARS IN PRISON - September 23, 2014
Back in August, we reported on a Meth Lab bust in Union City. On Monday, Josh Lewis, 34, of Union City was sentenced to a six years in prison after being convicted on two drug offenses. Lewis entered a guilty plea on a first degree felony count of Illegal Manufacturing of Drugs (Methamphetamine). The state dismissed one count of Illegal Assembly or Possession for the Manufacture of Drugs (Methamphetamine) that part of plea agreement with the defendant. The six year mandatory sentence also included a prior conviction for Possession of Heroin. Lewis was also ordered to pay a mandatory drug fine of $10,000.
PIQUA MAN TO SERVE JAIL TIME - September 23, 2014
A Piqua man convicted of felony gross sexual imposition for sexual contact with a 9-year-old girl was sentenced Monday, to two years in prison. Dustin L. Landers, 25, was accused of contact with the girl on June 23. He later pleaded no contest and was found guilty. Landers declined comment before he was sentenced by the Judge. He was given credit for time served in jail since he was arrested on June 23 and was classified as a Tier II sex offender. The classification will require Landers to register his address with the Sheriff's office in the county where he lives every 180 days for 25 years following prison release.
FIRE PREVENTION OPEN HOUSE - September 23, 2014
The City of Greenville Fire Department will be hosting a Fire Prevention Open House with the theme "Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month" on Sunday, October 5, 2014 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. at the fire station in the City Municipal Building, 100 Public Square. Activities on the agenda will include: guided station tours, a static display of complete set of firefighter turnout gear presented, thermal imaging camera demonstrations, a kiddie fire hose station, adult use of portable fire extinguishers, and blood pressure screenings. Various safety handouts will be available. As a reminder, the City of Greenville Fire Department has smoke detectors available free for city residents. Refreshments and door prizes offered.
AG SOCIETY RECEIVES DONATION - September 22, 2014
Second National Bank recently announced a donation to the Darke County Agricultural Society to support the rebuilding of the beef and dairy barn that was destroyed by a fire in December 2013. The new 170' x 240' is completed and is a steel structure. That donation was in the amount of $30,000. Board President Richard Delk said "Second National Bank has always been supportive of the efforts of the Ag Society as well as the youth of our community. They continue to support capital building projects and return each year to bid on animals of the 4-H and FFA members." For any business, organization or individual that would like to donate to the project, a special building project fund has been set up at Second National Bank under the Darke County Agricultural Society Beef and Dairy Barn Building Fund.
RANDOLPH COUNTY FATAL ACCIDENT - September 22, 2014
A fatal crash took place on Saturday in Randolph County. The crash happened on U.S. Highway 27 at County Road 650 North Saturday Night. According to deputies, 50-year-old Robert Moland of Winchester failed to stop at the intersection and was hit by a car driven by 56-year-old Gary McCoy of Geneva Indiana. Moland's vehicle struck a tree before coming to a rest. He was thrown from the vehicle. McCoy was taken to St. Vincent Randolph County Hospital before being transferred to Parkview Hospital Fort Wayne. McCoy is reported in stable condition. Moland was transported to Ball Memorial Hospital Muncie where he succumbed to his injuries Sunday afternoon. The crash remains under investigation.
COVINGTON MAN INJURED IN ROLLOVER - September 22, 2014
Another crash took place on Sunday just outside Pleasant Hill. Steve Schwartz, 62, from Covington was flown to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton after a two vehicle rollover crash that happened Sunday afternoon. Preliminary investigation, says Schwartz pulled into the path of another motorist. Emergency crews were called to West Thomas Road at state Route 48 in Pleasant Hill. The other driver involved in the crash was taken to an area hospital for injuries.
EXPLOSION AT CELINA'S MERCER LANDMARK - September 19, 2014
Two contractors were seriously hurt after an explosion rocked a Mercer County company Thursday. Firefighters rushed to Mercer Landmark at 417 West Market Street just after 11:00 a.m. Fire crews say the explosion and dust fire happened in a grain elevator. The victims were transported to Ft. Wayne Hospital for treatment. Firefighters are investigating what caused the explosion. Currently the fire is under investigation by OSHA and local fire officials. Official say they do not suspect foul play. Mercer Landmark is a farm cooperative with 18 facilities throughout west central Ohio.
4 ARRESTED IN MERCER COUNTY DRUG BUST - September 19, 2014
Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey reports that a joint investigation with the Celina Police Department resulted in the arrest of four individuals in connection with a methamphetamine lab. On Thursday September 18, Mercer County Deputies and Celina Police Officers applied for and were granted a search warrant for a residence and property located at 2521 Mud Pike, Celina. Two active methamphetamine cook operations were discovered while serving the search warrant. Taken into custody were the following individuals:
Lloyd Fickert, 57, owner of the property, 2521 Mudpike, Celina Ohio. Richard Craw, 51, 4837 St Rte 29, Celina Ohio.
Chester Sullivan, 42 ,123 East Walnut Street, Coldwater Ohio.
Kevin McDowell, 47, 107 Bayview Drive, Celina Ohio.
All four were arrested and incarcerated in the Mercer County Adult Detention Facility being held initially for Possession of a Controlled substance, and bond was set for $25,000.00 cash by Municipal Court Judge James Scheer.
Deputies seized the following:
400 grams of marijuana
60 ounces of liquid methamphetamine Prescription pills
Drug paraphernalia which would include: scales, packaging items, and marijuana pipes.
Deputies were assisted on scene by an agent with BCI&I whose specialty is securing and cleaning of methamphetamine labs. Deputies were also assisted by the Celina Fire Department & Squad, with additional equipment from the Chickasaw Fire Department. Additional charges are expected to be filed, and the case will be sent and reviewed by the Mercer County Prosecutor.
MAN ARRESTED AFTER HIT AND RUN - September 19, 2014
On Thursday, we reported emergency crews were dispatched to Pitsburg Laura Rd just east of Gettysburg Pitsburg Rd reference to a minor injury accident. Initial investigation revealed that a 2004 Jeep, driven by Patricia Nichols (51) of Arcanum, was eastbound on Pitsburg Laura Rd. when a 2003 Pontiac, driven by a male subject, pulled out of a driveway striking Nichols' vehicle. The male subject driving the 2003 Pontiac then fled the scene on foot, westbound on Pitsburg Laura Rd. Nichols was treated by Arcanum Rescue and was transported to Wayne Hospital with minor injuries. During the investigation deputies learned that the 2003 Pontiac was reported stolen out of Dayton. Darke County Deputies immediately set up a perimeter to try and locate the male subject that was driving the stolen vehicle. For precautionary measures Franklin Monroe School was put on a modified lock-down, while the subject was still at large. The Darke County K 9 unit was called to the scene to track the male subject. A male subject matching the description was spotted by a Darke County detective walking along the edge of a woods west of the Village of Pitsburg. When the male subject was approached by Darke County Deputies the male subject then took off on foot and Darke County Deputies started a foot chase after the male subject. The male subject was apprehended without incident and identified as Mychal Bergman (18). During the investigation it was revealed that the home the vehicle was stolen from had actually been broken into and items were taken. During an interview with Bergman he admitted to entering the occupied structure in Dayton and stealing items from inside, then taking the homeowners 2003 Pontiac. Bergman was also in possession of other stolen property from another location in Dayton. Bergman is being charged with Possession of Stolen Property in Darke County and other charges will be pending from this investigation. Darke County Deputies are working in conjunction with Dayton PD in reference to other charges for the Burglary and Theft, which occurred in Dayton.
CHOCOLATE WALK IN DOWNTOWN GREENVILLE - September 18, 2014
Main Street Greenville's Chocolate Walk event will return for the First Friday in November. Main Street Greenville's First Friday event in November is the popular Chocolate Walk, sponsored by Reedmore's Hallmark of Greenville. The event 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 participating downtown businesses. Tickets for the Chocolate Walk go on sale during Main Street Greenville's A Day of Harvest event on Saturday, September 27th at Reedmore's Hallmark. The doors for ticket sales will open at 9 am. Last year they sold out in 13 minutes and due to the high demand, a few changes have been made to ticket sales. This year, tickets will be $20 each, there is a limit of 2 tickets per person, and you must purchase the tickets in person (no phone call orders will be allowed). Main Street Greenville can be reached at 421 S. Broadway or by phone at 937-548-4998.
COWS GET LOOSE - September 18, 2014
It was a strange scene on Wednesday night on 571 as Five cows escaped, causing some near-misses on the roadway near West Milton. The cows on the loose from the elk farm went out into the roadway. Motorists had to hit the brakes hard, and were blowing their horns when the bovine were impeding traffic. The good news, no motorists crashed into the animals. The animals eventually went off the side of the roadway and into a soybean field and the owner was able to round them back up.
U.S. 27 TO OPEN 1 LANE - September 18, 2014
Concerns voiced by Fountain City residents and business owners have led to changes in the U.S. 27 construction project that begins Monday. During the full-depth pavement repairs and resurfacing, the contractor will close and work on only one side of the road at a time, a change from the previously planned two-lane closure. Although one lane will be open to local traffic, through traffic will be detoured around the community on weekdays. U.S. 27 will be open in both directions on weekends. Nathan Riggs, media relations representative for the Indiana Department of Transportation's Greenfield District, met with community members and leaders Sept. 9 at the city building in Fountain City. He returned Tuesday night with another representative to answer questions and provide more information. The men assured the approximately 20 residents present that all access to businesses would remain open and that residential and commercial access would be restored by the end of the project.
GREENVILLE CITY COUNCIL TO HOLD 2 MORE MEETING IN SEPT. - September 17, 2014
It was business as usual for the City of Greenville Council on Tuesday night as they met for their last regularly scheduled meeting for September. Council approved 5 ordinances and resolutions from Tuesday's agenda. Although Tuesday marked their 2nd meeting for September, council is busy this month with another special meeting pertaining to the Garden Wood Avenue project and a general work session meeting to be held the last week in September. Safety Service Director, Curt Garrison asked council on Tuesday in his Administrative report to keep the topics during the work session relatively short. Garrison wants to focus on just a few projects, but looking at a few unfinished committee reports it appears council is hoping to discuss multiple projects and subjects during the work session. That additional council meeting and work session will take place Tuesday, September 30th at 6:00 PM in the Council Chambers. Next week, the Garden Wood project will be the discussion at a special meeting on Tuesday, September 23rd at 6:30 PM in the Greenville Missionary Church. That meeting is for residents in the Garden Wood area to discuss a future street project. The next regularly scheduled City of Greenville Council meeting will be Tuesday, October 7th in the Council Chambers.
GREENVILLE SCHOOLS LOOKS FOR FEEDBACK - September 17, 2014
On Tuesday, Superintendent Doug Fries appeared on the WTGR program Community Ties to discuss the happening in Greenville City Schools. The Superintendent spent most of the time discussing multiple construction projects happening in the high school and a new K-8 facility that will be built on Ohio Street. Fries informed WTGR that the schools district is seeking the public's feedback on the future of the current school buildings following the completion of the new K-8 structure. There are several options when looking at the multiple buildings. To voice your opinion and take the survey, visit www.greenville.k12.oh.us. On the main page click "Building Survey" under "Construction News." To listen to the Superintendent's comments and for more details make sure you visit DarkeJournal.com to hear the entire interview.
DRUG HOUSE IN MERCER COUNTY - September 16, 2014
On Monday, officers from the Celina Police Dept. were conducting surveillance on a suspected drug house at 303 W. Fulton St., Celina. Two persons were observed leaving the residence, one of which, James Thomas was known to have a warrant for his arrest for a probation violation. Thomas was arrested and had 8 capsules of suspected heroin and a syringe in his possession. As a result of the surveillance and arrest a search warrant was obtained for the home. Entry had to be forced. Inside officers located Megan Smith, the tenant. The search warrant was executed and officers found 13 additional capsules of suspected heroin, drug paraphernalia as well as a suspected meth lab. Megan Smith was arrested for possession and is being held at Mercer Co. Jail pending the filing of formal charges. James Thomas is being held as well on a probation violation. More charges are expected after a review from the Mercer Co. Prosecutor's Office. Celina Police urge citizens to call the Department if they see unusual activity in their neighborhood or suspect drug activity. You can reach Celina P.D. Dispatch at 419-586-2345.
STATE ROAD 27 TO CLOSE - September 16, 2014
Contractors for the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) plan to begin full-depth pavement repairs and resurfacing on U.S. 27 next week. Representatives from INDOT and Milestone Contractors plan to be at the Fountain City municipal building (312 W. Main St.) at 7 p.m. Tuesday to discuss project plans and answer questions. The $640,000 contract calls for full-depth pavement repairs, a complete asphalt resurface and the installation of curb ramps. The project will require closing U.S. 27 to through traffic between the town's incorporated limits for up to five days at a time beginning Monday, Sept. 22. Weather permitting, the highway closure is expected to repeat Monday through Friday for four consecutive weeks. The highway is expected to be closed for a maximum total of 20 days. Access to all local businesses and residents will remain available.
BIG BUDDIES AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM - September 16, 2014
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County is excited to announce that another great year is in the works for the Big Buddies after-school program. They are seeking fun and energetic people who want an opportunity to give back to the community. This is a great opportunity to obtain community service hours as well as make a difference in the life of a child. This is the sixteenth year the program has been in place. The Buddies program is a nine month commitment where high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors volunteer to work with and mentor elementary aged children two times per month. During these meetings the high school students, under the supervision of Big Brothers Big Sisters staff, work with one or two children on different educational and recreational activities. The program continues to promote social and educational enhancing activities, as well as focusing on STEM curriculum. If you are interested in becoming a mentor in our High School Buddies program please call 547-9622 or 492-7611 or log on to their website at www.bigbrobigsis shelbydarke.org for more information.
UNITED WAY UPCOMING EVENTS - September 16, 2014
Join Darke County United Way on Friday, September 19, from 7 to 10 pm for Runway & Rhythm at Montage Café. Friday evening event will feature a premiere fashion show by Youniques, hors d'oeurves, drink selections by Montage Café, auction/raffle items, and great live music from the Green de Villes. Guests are encouraged to bring non-perishable items for local food pantries to the event. Unite with us for charity this fall for Runway & Rhythm. Tickets are $25 each. You may purchase tickets at the United Way office by calling 547 1272 or at Youniques and Montage. Also the annual Tractor Cruise is Saturday, September 27th cruising through downtown Greenville at 10am. If you have a tractor your welcome to cruise. More details there, again the number 547-1272.
DRUG BUST IN DARKE COUNTY - September 15, 2014
On Friday, the Darke County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Unit, along with Darke County Special Response Team, executed a search warrant at 153 South Main Street in Palestine, Ohio. Bryan Adkins (35) of Palestine was taken into custody without incident and is currently being housed at the Darke County Jail where he awaits the formal charge of Trafficking in Drugs. The search warrant was the culmination of a joint investigation between the Darke County Sheriff's Office and the New Madison Police Department.
ADDITIONAL LAND PURCHASED FOR DARKE COUNTY AIRPORT - September 15, 2014
U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) has announced that Darke County Airport in Versailles has been awarded $822,465 by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to purchase approximately 29 acres of additional land to protect the area's airspace from outside objects. Brown stated, "This is great news for Darke County. These improvements will enhance capacity and safety at Darke County Airport. These federal dollars will go a long way in sustaining travel in and out of the airport for area residents and businesses."
27 TO CLOSE IN FOUNTAIN CITY - September 11, 2014
U.S. 27 North in Fountain City will be closed to traffic for up to 20 days, with work scheduled about Sept 27. Nathan Riggs, media relations representative for the Indiana Department of Transportation's Greenfield District, shared information about the repair and repaving project with about 25 people who attended the Fountain City planning commission meeting Tuesday night. According to INDOT road plans Riggs shared at the meeting, the construction will stretch from the area of the bridge on the city's south side to the area of the 9000 block of U.S. 27 N., on the north side. Segments of the road will be completely closed while contractors do full-depth excavation repairs. Then, the entire length of the roadway will be milled and repaved. The segments not under reconstruction will be open to local traffic. Riggs could not provide specifics about what portions would be closed on what dates. He requested the information, but said he didn't receive it before Tuesday's meeting. He promised to share it with the community, emergency services and school district as soon as he receives it.
TEEN INDICTED ON ARSON - September 11, 2014
Back in July, we reported on multiple car owners waking up and finding their vehicles on fire. Arrested that same day on July 23rd was 18 year old, Joshua Willis from Greenville. The teen appeared in the Darke County Court Common Pleas Court on Wednesday and was indicted on 1 count of Arson with bond continued at $10,000. The Arson count is a 4 degree felony. Willis is scheduled back in to court at the back end of the month, the teen could be looking at 18 months behind bars. There is a co defendant in the case as Lowell "Bill" Bowers is 34, from Greenville and also facing several felony counts.
MIAMI COUNTY MAN DIES IN ACCIDENT - September 10, 2014
A fatal crash took place in Montgomery County on Tuesday and it involved a Miami County man. Robert Webb, 21 from Pleasant Hill was killed in a crash on North Diamond Mill Road. Webb is believed to travel left of center for an unknown reason colliding his Chevrolet nearly head on with the oncoming truck. The Pleasant Hill man died at the scene. The crash, which took place in Perry Township saw troopers with the Ohio Highway Patrol interviewing the driver of the other vehicle, a large truck that was pulling a trailer. That driver apparently was not injured. Investigation continues in the crash that took place near the intersection of Shiloh Springs Road and North Diamond Mill. An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday.
PREBLE COUNTY BUSINESS EXPANDS - September 10, 2014
Pratt Industries opened a new $44 million corrugating plant Tuesday in Lewisburg in Preble County. The plant will house box-making for the future. The new 350,000-square-foot plant at 301 W. Clay St. will produce corrugated packaging sheets to be converted into boxes at Lewisburg Container, a Pratt owned facility at 275 W. Clay St. The new plant currently employs more than 100 workers, and will have a workforce of 140 when it reaches capacity in about two years. The facility will save the equivalent of up to 10,000 trees a day by using 100 percent recycled paper from Pratt's mill system. Tuesday's opening event was attended by Ohio Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor, Pratt Industries Global Chairman Anthony Pratt and local officials.
SHELBY COUNTY BUSINESS TO RELOCATE - September 10, 2014
Fastenal Company in Shelby County has announced its plan to relocate in Sidney by the end of 2014. Fastenal Company is an industrial supplier of specialty fasteners and industrial vending machines. The move will be to a new building currently under construction on North Vandemark Road, next to Hemm's Glass. This opportunity gives the company the capability of bringing a bigger and better experience to Sidney and Shelby County. The company feels that being closer to State Route 47 and Interstate 75 will be a benefit to Fastenel's customers. Over the past 47 years, Fastenal has grown from a small town fastener shop, to a thriving regional business, to North American's largest fastener distributor, to the world's most efficient supplier of OEM, MRO, and construction products. Fastnel's plans are to open their new doors on North Vandemark in December.
MERCER COUNTY ARREST - September 8, 2014
Sheriff Jeff Grey reports the arrest of a 22 year old male after he arranged and traveled to a rural Rockford area home to meet a 15 year old female for sex. The male was arrested at the home of the female on September 7 at 12:30 AM. Arrested for criminal trespass and possession of marijuana was John T. McDermitt of Leona Street, Celina. McDermitt is currently incarcerated on a $100,000.00 bond in the Mercer County Adult Detention Facility. Deputies expect further charges to be filed after review by the Prosecutor's Office that include felony charges of importuning. This encounter was set up through Facebook and text messaging. "Sheriff Grey reminds citizens to be cautious of social media contacts and never give your personal information out over the internet or phone, including your cell phone".
WEEKEND ACCIDENT SEND 2 TO HOSPITAL - September 8, 2014
On Saturday, it was quite the scene at the intersection of Hursch Road and Emrick Road in Southern Darke County. In the 4 o'clock hour on Saturday afternoon, a Buick Enclave collided with a Chevy Blazer resulting in a few accident injuries. One person had to be airlifted by the Indiana University Life Line helicopter. Another person was taken to Wayne HealthCare. According to Authorities it was believed the Buick pulled out in front of the Chevy. Both vehicles were forced off the roadway and emergency personnel had to cut the top of the Chevy to get to the occupants. The crash is still under investigation.
PHONE SCAM IN INDIANA - September 8, 2014
A phone scam involving the Internal Revenue Service continues to pop up in east-central Indiana. Earlier this year, the Indiana State Police warned Hoosier's of a past-due taxes scam that's operating in Indiana. Phone calls were received again last week. Officials are investigating the phone scam in which callers impersonate IRS representatives and demand immediate payments with prepaid debit cards and wire transfers. The caller often claims the victim owes thousands of dollars in past-due taxes. According to the IRS, the agency always makes contact with a taxpayer first by mail or with a personal visit. The scam continues when the caller tells the victim he cannot use standard forms of payment, specifically a credit card, to pay the taxes. The caller tries to justify why the money has to be wired to a PayPal account or paid using a prepaid debit card. If the intended victim continues to resist, the scammer will threaten the victim with an arrest warrant. The IRS doesn't have the authority to issue warrants. Most of the calls come from cell phones or over the Internet. If you think you have been a victim of this scam, contact the Treasury Inspector General at: www.treasury.gov.
SEPTEMBER NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS MONTH - September 5, 2014
On Wednesday, the Darke County Commissioners signed a proclamation declaring September as National Preparedness Month in the county. The American Red Cross says planning ahead can help keep households safe. The month serves as a nationwide effort sponsored by the U.S Department of Homeland Security each September to raise public awareness about the importance of preparing for all types of disasters and preparedness steps taken today can save lives and livelihoods tomorrow. Preparing ahead of time by getting an emergency kit, making a plan and being informed, people can better respond to, recover from, and lessen physical, emotional, and financial impact of a disaster or other emergency. Next Friday (12th), WTGR will be talking to the American Red Cross here in Darke County about Preparedness Month on Community Ties, just after the 11am news.
STATE ROAD 227 CLOSED - September 4, 2014
The Indiana Department of Transportation closed State Road 227 Tuesday afternoon between the Randolph/Wayne County line and U.S. Highway 36 for emergency repairs. In order to expedite replacement of failing pavement, INDOT expanded its current S.R. 1 project, between Modoc and Farmland, to include similar work on S.R. 227 in Randolph County. The north-south highway will soon be "rubber-ized" then treated with a cement additive and compacted to form a chemically stabilized base measuring 14 inches in depth. Two lifts of asphalt totaling 5 1/2 inches in depth will top the base to complete the refurbished roadway. E & B Paving is the state's contractor. The S.R. 227 operation has a cost of approximately $1 million.
POSITIVE COMMENTS ABOUT BEEF & DAIRY BARN - September 4, 2014
The Darke County Agricultural Society met on Wednesday, for their regularly scheduled meeting and first meeting since the 2014 Great Darke County Fair. The board was greeted by several individuals in the audience, who thanked the board and raved about the new Beef and Dairy Barn during the fair. The board returned the thank you as it took a large group to and a lot of help from all over to make the new facility a success. The barn, although it was not completely finished at the time of the fair, received a lot of positive comments for the 2014 Fair season. The board discuss finishing the barn which requires a new sprinkler system that will be a significant cost when trying to finish the structure. That cost was a concern to multiple Fairboard Members who questioned whether they should hire much needed help when talking about replacing a maintenance worker. The board went into a executive session to discuss personnel. In other business, Fair Manager Darryl Riffle reported that attendance would be down when looking at the 2014 Fair. Riffle said attendance was still strong, but expects final numbers to be down from years past. In good news, 2014 Livestock Sale revenue was up as it increased by $30,000.00 and set a new record. The next board meeting will be Wednesday, October 1st at 7:30 PM on the Fairgrounds.
GREENVILLE PARK BOARD DISCUSSED AT MEETING - September 3, 2014
City of Greenville Council met on Tuesday for their regularly scheduled meeting and during the Call to Council, Leon Rogers, Council Member requested that City Law Director Eric Brand look into the protocol to disbanding the Greenville City Park Board. Rogers is not the only member on Council to bring the issue up. Other Council Members in the past have voiced concerns over the Park Board. Following the meeting on Tuesday, Rogers told a reporter the concern centered around finances and the way the park board handles their money. In other business, 5 ordinances and resolutions were approved and a Council work session was set for Tuesday, September 30th at 6:00 PM in the Council Chambers. Discussing another meeting, Mayor Mike Bowers announced a meeting pertaining to the Garden Wood project for Tuesday, September 23rd at 6:30 PM in the Greenville Missionary Church. The next City of Greenville Council Meeting will be Tuesday, September 16th at 7:30 in the Council Chambers.
SEPTEMBER IS MITOCHONDRIAL DISEASE AWARENESS MONTH - September 2, 2014
Back in June,Gov. John Kasich signed Ohio House Bill 300 into law making September officially Mitochondrial Disease Awareness in Ohio, in honor of a 16-year-old advocate from Greenville, Corynna Strawser. Corynna passed away from the disease back in December of 2013, but her legacy lives on with her family, friends, community and now state with the month of September. Senate Bill 300, also known as the Corynna Strawser Act, designates September as Mitochondrial Disease Awareness Month in Ohio. Corynna made it her mission to raise awareness and promote research so that others with the disease might have more information and treatment options. The offices of Senator Bill Beagle and Senate President Keith Faber, as well as Ohio House of Representative members Jim Buchy (R-Greenville) and Richard Adams (R-Troy), did all of the work concerning House Bill 300. Corynna's mother Kristi will be on Community Ties next Tuesday to discuss a glow ball tournament and 5k in her daughters honor for the first weekend in October.
INDIVIDUALS BEWARE OF ROBBERIES - September 2, 2014
Reports from multiple Ohio Sheriff's Offices are that male subjects are approaching home owners to inspect their property lines. In each situation the individual asks the homeowner to step outside to walk their property. In one case the individual stated he was with a governmental agency in another he indicated their neighbors were going to install a fence. The home owner stated to deputies that the male proceeded to use his cell phone to call his boss, during the conversation the homeowner overheard him say they were in the backyard. After viewing the property lines the homeowner discovered their home had been entered and money stolen from one of the rooms in the home. In a second instance the home owner noticed a second male enter their yard walking towards the residence, the home owner immediately went back to their home at which point both males left the area. Remember that anyone working for a governmental agency or a utility company will have identification on them indicating what company or agency they work for.
INDIANA EDUCATION ADDRESSED - August 28, 2014
Indiana's largest teachers union is urging Gov. Mike Pence to support freezing the state's education accountability system for one year because of revisions to the ISTEP test being driven by the state's new academic standards. Indiana State Teachers Association President Teresa Meredith asked Pence in a Tuesday letter "to take the lead to follow common sense" and support a one-year moratorium of the state's system that evaluates schools' and teachers' under the high-stakes test. The retooled ISTEP standardized test will be administered next spring and will assess students' mastery of the state's newly adopted math and English benchmarks that changed after Indiana became the first state to pull out of the national Common Core curriculum standards. ISTA President says's because students' scores are expected to be lower than normal on the revised test it would not be fair to use those in determining performance. ISTEP test scores are used in calculating teacher pay and school funding, as well as school grades under the state's "A-F" system.
FIRST FRIDAY OCTOBER - August 27, 2014
Artisan Stroll is the theme for Main Street Greenville's First Friday event held in October, which has everything to do with handmade, homemade, and artisan craft. The event will be held from 6-9 pm in the downtown district on Friday, October 3rd. The committee is looking for artisans and crafters to display and sell their paintings, photography, handmade jewelry, dolls, children's apparel, wreaths, flower arrangements and more during the event. All local artists and talented creative people are invited to sell and/or demonstrate their craft. Registration to showcase and sell your items is $15.00 per space, which is a donation to Main Street Greenville (a non-profit organization). The deadline to sign-up is September 10th, 2014. For more information contact committee member 937-548-1414 or visit www.DowntownGreenville.org.
DarkeJournal.com readers voted and The Lego Movie will be shown for free at the Theater on Third on Friday, September 5th at dusk. As part of Main Street Greenville's First Friday event, the movie will be projected on the east side of the elementsLife building on West Third Street. As with past events, movie goers can bring blankets and chairs and watch the movie from the municipal parking lot behind Bach to Rock.
TAXES FOR OHIOANS TO BE REDUCED - August 13, 2014
State Representative Jim Buchy sent out a press release on Tuesday, supporting Governor John Kasich in reducing the burden of taxes on all Ohioans, but especially farmers. Within his first year as governor, the Governor worked to kill Ohio's death tax. Meaning Ohio farmers could pass down their farm to their children without passing down assets that faced an unfair tax. In 2013, Governor Kasich put in place an 8.5% cut in personal income taxes. Small businesses, which include farmers, saved even more when they were able to claim an additional 50% tax deduction. That tax deduction is set for a temporary expansion in 2014, which will help farmers save even more. Tax deductions are not the only thing that Governor Kasich supports to help Ohio farmers. The agriculture industry of the 84th House District has received nearly $1 million in workers' compensation rebates as well.