CRASH ON 49 - July 15, 2019
    It was Saturday afternoon that Darke County Deputies were dispatched to the intersection of Brock Cosmos Road and State Route 49 in reference to a non-injury accident. A silver 2003 Pontiac Grand Am driven by Brooke Neuhauser (21) of Roanoke, Indiana was traveling South on State Route 49 at Brock Cosmos Road when a maroon 2015 GMC Sierra driven by Paul Friend, (53) of Daleville, Indiana failed to yield at the stop sign. Friend traveled West through the intersection at Brock Cosmos Road and State Route 49 causing Neuhauser to strike the trailer Friend was pulling. Friend was arrested for operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol and failure to yield from a stop sign.

    State Representative Susan Manchester from the 84th House District announced Friday, that she has been appointed by Ohio Speaker Larry Householder to the Joint Legislative Committee on Adoption Promotion and Support. The Joint Legislative Committee on Adoption Promotion and Support will ensure citizens are informed of Ohio’s adoption options. The Committee will review any matter that it considers relevant to the adoption process in Ohio, with priority given to the study or review of mechanisms intended to increase awareness of the process, increase its effectiveness, or both. There are over 2,600 children waiting to be adopted in the state of Ohio, and over 1,000 of these children are teenagers. Representative Manchester said, “I look forward to working alongside my colleagues to find ways the state of Ohio can better support these children of all ages and sibling groups, as well as their prospective adoptive parents.”

    This Monday, Construction at the intersection of U.S. 127 and Kruckeberg Road is expected to start. The project is a Partial Restricted Crossing U-turn Intersection design at the cost of $2,262,309.00. Under the jurisdiction of the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) with a completion date of Dec. 1. The project was awarded to Brumbaugh Construction, the lone bidder, in May. The U.S. 127 and Kruckeberg Road intersection has been a hot topic over the last few years. Between 2011 and 2015, there were two fatalities and 45 accidents at the intersection. In January 2017, ODOT held a well-attended public meeting to gather input from residents and discuss options to reduce traffic accidents and fatalities at the intersection. Currently, there are 32 potential conflict points at the intersection. After the project, the points will be reduced to 24, or by about 25 percent. When the project is complete, traffic will continue to work as it does today, the only difference, when the project is complete, is for drivers traveling on Kruckeberg Road (regardless of which direction) when approaching U.S. 127. The only option for a Kruckeberg Road driver will be to turn right. They will not be able to turn left onto or cross over U.S. 127. Travelers should note that U.S. 127 between U.S. 36 and St. Rt. 121 will be open but will have daily lane closures between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., with one lane open in each direction.

    Preble County Sheriff Mike Simpson asked commissioners for increased funding back in November. That was voted down by commissioners but the sheriff said the need has not gone away. Sheriff Simpson is once again asking the county for money to hire a new road deputy and a new corrections officers. Simpson is requesting an increase of $131,000 to his budget. He said that would cover the costs for two new positions. There would be no need for tax increases as the money already exists in a general fund. County commissioners are scheduled to discuss the issue at their meeting on Monday.

NEW AREA CODE - July 8, 2019
    The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has approved a plan to implement the new 326 area code. The 326 area code will overlay the existing 937 area code, which is expected to run out of available phone numbers in 2020. The North American Numbering Plan Administrator (NANPA) has identified a plan with the PUCO to implement the new area code. Mandatory 10 or 11-digit dialing for all local calls will begin on Feb. 8, 2020, and the new 326 area code will take effect on March 8, 2020. Current telephone numbers, including area codes will not change. Beginning Aug. 10, 2019, customers are encouraged to begin 10 or 11-digit dialing for all local calls so that it is second nature when it becomes necessary on Feb. 8, 2020 to dial all 10 or 11-digits to make local calls. Feb. 8, 2020, customers in the 937 area code will be required to dial 10 or 11- digit phone numbers for all local calls. Calls currently considered local calls will remain local calls. Calls between 937 and 326 are local calls. Long distance calling will not change. 911 and other three digit numbers (211, 311, 411, 811, etc.), if available in the local community, will not change. Customers should begin or continue to identify their phone number with the area code. For more information, visit

    The Darke County Historical Society is pleased to announce that funds will be available from the Harry G. Thomas Medical Scholarship Program for the 2019-2020 academic year. The H.G. Thomas Medical Scholarship program, administered by the Darke County Historical Society, was established and funded in 1971 by Lowell Thomas and his sister, in memory of their father Doctor Harry G. Thomas. Eligibility for the Harry G. Thomas Medical Scholarship requires the applicant to be a resident of Darke County and a graduate of a Darke County high school. Applicants must have been accepted into a medical school, complete an application, and furnish transcripts and letters of recommendation. Students may be considered for scholarship awards for up to four years during medical school but must re-submit a letter of interest each year. The application deadline is September 17th. For information concerning the scholarship program or for an application, contact Dr. Clay Johnson at Garst Museum, 937-548-5250.

- March 26, 2019
    Those interested in selling their items at the Farmers’ Market are invited to join Main Street Greenville for their Vendor Open House. This will take place at KitchenAid Experience (423 S. Broadway) on Thursday, March 28th from 6 pm - 7 pm. Main Street Greenville will be answering questions, greeting returning vendors and helping new vendors sign-up for the 2019 season. The market offers a variety of selling options, ranging from one Saturday to every Saturday of the season from June to October.  If you are interested in selling goods at the Farmers’ Market, but are unable to attend the open house, contact Main Street Greenville for an application form at 937-548-4998 or Main Street Greenville is a non-profit organization committed to stimulating and supporting revitalization efforts, historic preservation and economic growth in Historic Downtown Greenville.

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