ACCIDENT EJECTS PASSENGER - April 27, 2015
Over the weekend, Miami County Deputies apprehended driver Dominick Jennings, 30, running from the scene, leaving behind his injured girlfriend, 26-year-old Kristy Ullery, who was ejected from the sport-utility vehicle when it rolled over into a farm field on Markley Road just west of Davis Road in Union Twp near West Milton. Jennings is jailed on potential charges of operating a vehicle under the influence, drug possession, obstructing official business, failure to control and drug paraphernalia. Ullery was flown from the scene to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, where she was treated and released. Deputies seized suspected cocaine and marijuana. The incident remains under investigation. Deputies say the SUV rolled over twice around 12:30 a.m. early Sunday.
ELECTRIC COMPANIES WARN RESIDENTS OF FRAUD PHONE CALLS - April 27, 2015
Dayton Power and Light and Duke Energy both issued alerts Friday telling customers about an increase in scams where a caller threatens to disconnect service if payment is not made immediately. The caller may demand payment within an hour using a pre-paid debit card or cash. The call may even appear to come from a 1-800 number or falsely identify the source as one of the companies. In a recent instance, someone claiming to be from DP&L disconnected a customer and demanded immediate payment to restore power. Both companies say this is an industry-wide problem that has affected many utilities across the country. If you receive a call from someone claiming to be with your utility company asking for payment, hang up and call the utility's customer service number. If you have already provided information to someone making this offer, contact your bank and the three national credit bureaus: Equifax, Experian and TransUnion immediately. If someone pressures you to provide personal or financial information, hang up immediately. Notify your local police department. Check on elderly relatives and friends, often targets of such schemes, to make sure they have not fallen victim to this fraud.
MAY 1ST FRIDAY - April 27, 2015
This Friday, Main Street Greenville will host the First Friday Upper Floor Tour on May 1st. The tour will take place from 6-9 pm and will include 4 upper floor locations and 1 bonus location in downtown Greenville. The Upper Floor Tours were created to highlight the historic buildings located in our downtown district and remind residents of the true magnitude of the buildings. The following buildings will be featured on the tour this year: The Ohio Block Building (space above Granny's Corner, Tangles, MinuteMan Press, and The Darke County Welcome Center), 501 & 503 S. Broadway (space above The A&B Coffee & Cake Co. and Cavalier Clothing), 302 S. Broadway (space above the old AAA location), and 534 S. Broadway (space above Pamela's Intimate Apparel). The bonus location (no ticket necessary to view this location) will be The Darke County Welcome Center and offices, located at 421 S. Broadway. Tickets are $5 each and will not be limited. Tickets are available at The Darke County Welcome Center (421 S. Broadway). Tickets can also be purchased at any of the featured locations during the event.
ROLLOVER ACCIDENT - April 24, 2015
On Thursday, at approximately 3:25 p.m. Darke County Deputies along with Tri Village Rescue, Liberty Township Fire and Lifeline were dispatched to Weavers Station Rd. south of US Rt. 36 for a one vehicle injury accident. Preliminary investigation revealed a 1997 Volkswagen Jetta driven by Audley McKenzie, 50, Lynn, Indiana was traveling north on Weavers Station Rd. Audley lost control in a curve overturning the vehicle in the roadway and coming to rest on the east side of Weavers Station Rd. Audley was transported to Wayne Healthcare by Tri Village Rescue and was treated and released.
ANOTHER ACCIDENT AT 127 & KRUCKEBERG RD - April 24, 2015
On Thursday, at approximately 4:59 pm, Darke County Deputies along with Greenville Township Fire, Greenville Township Rescue and Darke County EMA responded to an accident involving a semi and car at the intersection of US 127 and Kruckeberg Rd. Preliminary investigation revealed Tommie Morrison, age 62, of Greenville turned his 1999 Toyota Camry west onto Kruckeberg Rd. from US 127. Mr. Morrison failed to yield to a southbound 2013 Volvo Semi truck driven by Kraig Peters, age 52, of Bradford. Morrison failed to yield the right of way to the southbound semi. Both drivers were treated and released from the scene of the accident. The Greenville man was issued a citation for failing to yield while making the left turn.
VERSAILLES POULTRY DAYS PARADE MARSHAL'S NAME - April 24, 2015
Bob and Kathy (York) Frey have been selected as Parade Marshals for the 2015 Poultry Days Parade. The parade will begin at 11:00 am on Saturday, June 13, as part of the three-day festival to be held June 12-14. Bob has recently retired as Chief of the Versailles Fire Department, a position he held for 18 years. He served the Village of Versailles as a firefighter for a total of 35 years. He and his fellow firefighters have annually been called upon to set up the Poultry Days Parade, and Bob has enjoyed the role of judging parade entries several times. He received the distinction of being named 2015 Citizen of the Year by the Versailles Chamber of Commerce. The 64th annual festival theme is "Take Me Out To The Poultry Days Festival." Visit the website www.versaillespoultrydays.com for event details and schedules.
STUDENT GOVERNMENT DAY - April 23, 2015
On Wednesday, the Darke County Commissioners met for their regularly scheduled meeting and they were joined by high school students from Ansonia, Bradford, Franklin Monroe, Greenville, Mississinawa Valley, Tri-Village and Versailles. Every year, the Commissioners host Student Government Day as students were put in 3 groups to tour multiple government facilities in the county. Each Commissioner had their own group as students were taken to the Animal Shelter, Sheriff's Department, Courthouse, Board of Elections and other county offices. The students were then treated to Pizza and joined for lunch by elected officials: Treasurer Scott Zumbrink, Engineer Jim Surber, Judge Johnathan Hein and Clerk of Courts Cindy Pike. Student Government Day concluded with the regularly scheduled Darke County Commissioners meeting, where the students were presented with a Certificate of Participation. The annual event provides students a chance to better understand the workings of local government. The next Darke County Commissioners meeting will be Monday, April 27th at 1:30 in Downtown Greenville.
EDISON NAMES NEW PRESIDENT - April 23, 2015
Edison Community College has named a new president. Doreen M. Larson, Ph.D., who will lead the two-year college, began her higher education career as an assistant professor of education at Kent State University. She is the fifth president in the college's 42-year history, and will start July 1. Larson will join Edison Community College from Pierpoint Community and Technical College in Fairmont, West Virginia, where she has served as president since 2010. More than 4,000 students are enrolled at its main campus in Piqua and second campus in Greenville. The college offers more than 30 associate degrees and one-year certificates as well as a range of baccalaureate transfer programs, developmental course work and continuing education offerings.
UNION CITY HOUSE FIRE - April 23, 2015
Multiple fire departments were called to a Union City house fire. Nine Crews were called around 10:40 p.m. to a home in the 900 block of State Route 47 West. Flames were showing from an engulfed front porch when crews arrived.
IRS SCAM IN DARKE COUNTY - April 22, 2015
The Darke County Sheriff's Office has been receiving numerous phone calls from residents who are being targeted by the "IRS phone scam." It is not necessary to report the scam calls to the Sheriff's Office or local law enforcement unless you have given personal information (SSN, credit card or bank information, etc) or money to the scammers. If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS and asking for money, here's what you should do: If you know you owe taxes or think you might owe, call the IRS at 1.800.829.1040. The IRS workers can help you with a payment issue. If you know you don't owe taxes or have no reason to believe that you do, report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) at 1.800.366.4484 or at www.tigta.gov. If you've been targeted by this scam, also contact the Federal Trade Commission and use their "FTC Complaint Assistant." at FTC.gov. Please add "IRS Telephone Scam" to the comments of your complaint. Remember, too, the IRS does not use email, text messages or any social media to discuss your personal tax issue. For more information on reporting tax scams, go to www.irs.gov and type "scam" in the search box.
UNION CITY MAN ARRESTED AFTER HIGH SPEED CHASE - April 22, 2015
On Tuesday, Michael Penka was arrested after leading Union City Ohio Police Officers on a high speed chase. Penka led officers through Randolph County and Wayne County Indiana before returning to Hollansburg, Ohio where he was arrested. The pursuit was more than 25 miles in duration and speeds were in excessive of 100 mph. The Union City Ohio Police Department was assisted by the Darke County Sheriff's Office, Union City Indiana Police Department, Lynn Indiana Police Department, Winchester Indiana Police Department, Fountain City Indiana Police Department, & the Wayne County Indiana Sheriff's Department. Penka is currently being held in the Darke County Sheriff's Jail without bond.
BREAKFAST BENEFIT FOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS - April 21, 2015
Members of Greenville Masonic Lodge No. 143 will be holding an all you can eat pancake and sausage breakfast on Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 7:00-11:00 at the lodge located at 200 Memorial Drive in Greenville. The cost of the breakfast will be $5.00 for adults and $2.50 for children under 12 years old. Tickets may be purchased from any Mason or at the door the day of the event. The funds raised from this breakfast will help support Ohio Special Olympics and help send athletes to compete in Special Olympics Ohio Summer Games. The event will be held from June 26 to June 28, 2015 at the athletic facilities of The Ohio State University. Children and adults with intellectual disabilities from across the state will take part in this event. Ohio Masons have given more than $3.3 million to Special Olympics Ohio to support the program since 1979. In 2014, they contributed $175,000. General information is available at www.FreeMason.com. For local information, call 548-4892.
OHIO FARM BUREAU RELEASES STATUS REPORT - April 21, 2015
In the wake of increasing concerns over nutrient levels in Ohio’s waterways, the Ohio Farm Bureau released a water quality status report Monday, outlining how the agricultural organization plans to address this issue. In the report, the OFB outlined an action plan for how it will address water quality, including committing $1 million in member funds to water quality efforts, encouraging member farmers to complete fertilizer certification and hiring additional water quality staff. The OFB also reiterated its support for Senate Bill 1, now signed into law, restricting manure application on snow-covered, frozen or saturated ground in the Western Lake Erie Basin, preventing nutrients from flowing along with the winter meltoff into waterways. The bureau is also encouraging all farmers, especially those in the WLEB, to complete fertilizer application certification two years ahead of the state-imposed mandate of Sept. 30, 2017. The bureau also pledged to continue to work with legislators on additional water quality legislation, aiming to not only improve water quality but also mitigate impact on farmers.
TOLEDO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA COMING TO HENRY ST. CLAIR - April 21, 2015
Darke County Center for the Arts is promising an elegant evening at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall on Saturday, April 25, when they present Toledo Symphony Orchestra's "A Night at the Oscars". DCCA is literally rolling out the red carpet for the show, and promises other festive touches for "Night at the Oscars." The performance by Toledo Symphony Orchestra will also feature a local debut; the audience at St. Clair Memorial Hall will for the first time see TSO being led by Grammy-nominated conductor Sara Jobin, whose impressive credentials include having been the first woman to conduct a main-stage subscription performance at the San Francisco Opera. The show on Saturday, stats at 8 PM and to participate, contact DCCA at 937-547-0908 or online at www.CenterForArts.net.
FRANKLIN MONROE BUS IN ACCIDENT - April 20, 2015
On Friday, at approximately 2:49 p.m. Darke County Deputies, Arcanum Rescue and Arcanum Fire were dispatched to Hogpath Road and Gordon Landis Road in reference to a two vehicle injury accident. Preliminary investigation revealed a yellow 2015 Blue Bird Franklin Monroe school bus driven by Paul Peters, 67, of Arcanum, Ohio was stopped northbound on Gordon Landis Road at the posted stop sign at Hogpath Road. Peters failed to yield after a stop sign traveling into the path of a westbound white 2008 Nissan Ultima driven by 16 year old female of Greenville, Ohio. The white Nissan struck the school bus in the right front. There were 12 juvenile passengers aboard the school bus with no injuries reported. There was one male passenger in the Nissan Ultima with no injury reported. The 16 year old was transported to Wayne Healthcare by Arcanum Rescue where she was treated and released. Investigation revealed Paul Peters failed to yield after a clearly marked stop sign, Peters was issued a citation.
DARKE COUNTY K9 RECEIVES BULLET PROOF VEST - April 20, 2015
The "Darke County Friends of the Shelter" recently purchased a new bullet proof vest for K9 Eric. Eric is the Darke County Sheriff's Office K9. He is a 4 year old Shepherd and is trained in drug work, search and rescue and protection. He is State certified and is the partner of Deputy Pearson. K9 Eric has been on the job for a year and has been deployed in numerous situations. He and his Handler, train monthly with other K9s from Preble and Butler Counties and Dayton Airport Police Department. He is a dual purpose patrol dog dealing with drug searches, building searches, tracking and suspect apprehension. The friends of the shelter recently purchased a bullet proof vest so K9 Eric will have maximum protection when dealing with armed suspects.
NATURE DAY THIS SATURDAY - April 20, 2015
A fun filled family event is once again taking place at Darke County Parks. The ever-popular Nature Day begins at 10am on Saturday, April 25. The family fun event will again take place at the Shawnee Prairie Preserve. Kids can take part in a passport to adventure where Participants will receive a 'passport' that can be stamped at the completion of each station. Some of the stations explorations included in this free event will be mud, honeybees, birds, dandelions, habitat healing, prairie plantings and more. The Friends of Darke County Parks will be offering a hot dog lunch for a donation. In addition, the Native Plant sale begins at 10am as well. For more information on this or any other Darke County Parks event, contact the Nature Center at 937.548.0165.
VERSAILLES LADY TIGERS HONORED BY STATE REP - April 16, 2015
On Wednesday, State Representative Jim Buchy (R-Greenville) presented a resolution honoring the Versailles High School girls basketball team as the 2015 Division III State Champion. The Versailles Tigers defeated a tough Ottawa-Glandorf team by the score of 49-46 to win this year's Division III State Championship. "The Versailles girls basketball team is another shining example of the talent in western Ohio" Buchy said. "It was my honor to share the success of our communities with my colleagues in the legislature." The Tigers finished the season with an impressive 25-4 record.
2 MEN ARRESTED IN MERCER COUNTY ROBERY - April 16, 2015
On Tuesday, at about 10:55 am officers from the Celina Police Department responded to 500 Bruns Av, apt #33 on a call of a residential burglary. The resident, Louise Schmidt, reported forced entry through a window. Taken was an undisclosed amount of cash and jewelry. Through the investigation Celina officers identified and arrested two suspects and either recovered or accounted for the cash and jewelry. It was also found that the suspects possessed a BB gun which looked like a real handgun and had marking consistent with a Colt firearm. The two arrested suspects are identified as 23 year old Mark Myers of Celina and 20 year old Bryan Evans of Union. Both are being held at the Mercer County Adult Detention Facility on bonds of $75,000 each on burglary charges.
DARKE COUNTY CHAMBER RECEIVES AWARD - April 16, 2015
The Ohio Chamber's Action Alliance (CAA) awarded the Darke County Chamber of Commerce the 2015 Best Advocacy Campaign Award for its extraordinary efforts and commitment to an advocacy campaign centered on a single issue: drugs in the workplace. This is the second year in a row that the Darke County Chamber has been recognized for its outstanding efforts in the area by the Ohio Chamber and CAA. The CAA is the state-wide grassroots advocacy coalition of Ohio chambers of commerce coordinated by the Ohio Chamber. Every year the CAA selects one local chamber that has done outstanding work on a single issue to recognize. Under the leadership of President Sharon Deschambeau, the Darke County Chamber of Commerce has continued to expand its efforts around the important issue of combating drugs in the workplace, The Darke County Chamber has led the fight against drugs in its region, bringing stakeholders from across the community and state together, even modeling methods for the rest of the state to follow in terms of fighting this epidemic. Drugs continue to not only affect employers, but also communities and families across the state of Ohio. Senate President Keith Faber, Sen. Bill Beagle, Rep. Jim Buchy, and Rep. Steve Huffman also presented commendations to honor the Darke County Chamber for its efforts and winning the Best Advocacy Campaign Award.
GREENVILLE SHOOTING - April 15, 2015
A shooting took place over the weekend in Greenville and a handgun was found on Tuesday that matched a description pertaining to the weapon that was used on Saturday. Greenville Police initially responded to the 300 block of Anderson Ave. in Greenville where the first call at approximately 3:30 p.m. said a shot was fired from a silver sedan. A second call came in while officers were en route of another shot fired on the 300 block of 13th Street. Darke County Sheriff's Deputies assisting with the search made a traffic stop of the suspected vehicle on 12th Street near Riffle Ave. Arrested was Cameron Selig, 26, looking at charges of Weapons Under Disability. The gun that was found, is being tested as also found were shell casings from a 9mm firearm.
SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE FROM CBC - April 15, 2015
Area high school seniors have until April 20 to enter the Community Blood Center (CBC)/Vectren sponsored Lead The Way Creative Scholarship competition by submitting ideas for a winning high school blood drive campaign. CBC is celebrating 10 years of partnering with Vectren Energy Delivery of Ohio (Vectren) to award $1,000 in college tuition assistance to five high school seniors who creatively challenge their peers to be blood donors. The Lead The Way Scholarship is open to graduating seniors who are college bound and whose high school hosted a CBC blood drive during the 2014-15 academic year. The application deadline is April 20. Applicants are challenged to create a winning Donor Recruitment Campaign. They must create a theme expressed in a marketing slogan; explain why the theme will effectively encourage students to donate; and creatively demonstrate the theme using conventional marketing techniques or innovative, artistic expressions. Application forms and samples of award-winning campaigns are available online at www.GivingBlood.org. For more information call 937-461-3453.
LINCOLN FUNERAL TRAIN COMING TO AREA - April 15, 2015
Beginning on April 21, 1865, over a 12 day period, the Lincoln Funeral Trail traveled 1,654 miles through seven states. Thousands of people in Ohio alone gathered along the tracks to pay their respects. The Lincoln Funeral train passed through Gettysburg. The train traveled through the very location where the Gettysburg Hub of the Tecumseh Trail is found today. Darke County Parks is commemorating the historic event this weekend, April 18 and 19 with the Lincoln Funeral Train Tribute. From Saturday 10a-4pm and Sunday 9am-3pm, several events will take place in Gettysburg on Bridge Street at the trail head. Saturday, visitors will find the 35th Light Infantry Historical Interpreters sharing their historical knowledge. Visitors will be encouraged to bike or walk the trail, children will enjoy making a Lincoln themed craft and more. The Cardinal Center in Gettysburg will have food available and parking. Begin Sunday at 9am with a non-denominational church service. Following the morning service, a Lincoln Look-a-Like contest will take place, the 35th Light Infantry Historic Interpreters are offering programs, the Dayton Lincoln Society will visit with Abraham and Mary Lincoln interpreters and much more. For more information, please contact Darke County Parks at 937.548.0165.
PIQUA MAN SENTENCED FOR POSSESSION OF NUDE PHOTO - April 14, 2015
Joshua Crumpler, 24, from Piqua was accused in December of possessing a nude photo of a teenage girl he knew. He pleaded guilty April 6 in Miami County Common Pleas Court and was sentenced Monday to 8 months behind bars. Crumpler was on community control on an unrelated charge of trespassing at the time of this most recent offense and had convictions for assault and disorderly conduct. The Piqua man also has been classified a Tier I sex offender by the court, which requires him to register his address with the sheriff in the county where he lives for 15 years when he's released from prison.
SMOKE/CO DETECTOR'S TO BE GIVEN OUT - April 14, 2015
The City of Piqua is launching a a smoke detector/CO detector program. The city will provide eligible families with a free combination fire/carbon monoxide detector. It will also educate the community on the signs and symptoms of CO poisoning. The program is a direct response to an incident in Troy last month that killed three children. The Piqua Fire Department says it received a rush of phone calls after the tragedy to begin a program in Troy. Organizers need $10,000 to fund the purchase of 400 smoke/co detectors. Each qualifying household will receive one detector. Donations can sent to PJEF, 100 N. Wayne St., Piqua, Ohio 45356. Families who want to be considered for a detector should contact the Salvation Army at 937-773-7563.
INDIANA SPRING CLEAN UP - April 14, 2015
Each spring, many Hoosiers roll up their sleeves and begin the task of "spring cleaning" along Indiana's highways. The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) annual Trash Bash is a statewide effort to focus resources on removing litter and debris from state roadsides. Trash Bash 2015 begins this week and will be conducted through the month of April. INDOT is calling upon Adopt-A-Highway volunteer groups, Department of Corrections offender crews and INDOT personnel to clean up the roadsides after a long winter and rainy early spring. Across the state, 2,400 Adopt-A-Highway volunteers helped pick up 16,471 bags of trash and 9,394 cubic yards of loose debris along 1,486 miles of highways last year. Those volunteers logged in more than 10,250 hours. If your organization is interested in caring for a portion of a Hoosier highway as part of the Adopt-A-Highway program, contact the INDOT East Central District Office at 1-855-463-6848 for information. The Adopt-A-Highway program helps significantly reduce the roadside trash problem and improves the look of Indiana's communities while helping to uncover the state's natural heritage and save tax dollars.
MEETING FOR EAST JAY MIDDLE SCHOOL ABOUT CONSTRUCTION - April 10, 2015
The Indiana Department of Transportation will host a public meeting next Thursday, April 16, at the East Jay Middle School cafeteria beginning at 6 p.m. to provide information about State Road 26 reconstruction from U.S. Highway 27 to 0.78 miles east of U.S. 27 in Portland. The school is located at 225 E. Water Street. Brooks Construction of Ft. Wayne is the state's contractor for this $4,244,987 pavement replacement and utility relocation project which includes sewer systems and water lines. There will be a 180-day closure of S.R. 26 at U.S. 27. INDOT engineers, project designers and contractor representatives will be available to answer questions after an informal project presentation.
MANURE SCIENCE REVIEW TO BE HELD IN AUGUST - April 10, 2015
The annual Manure Science Review educates Ohio farmers on manure nutrient management. To further this effort, Ohio EPA awarded Ohio State University Extension a $5,000 environmental education grant to help fund this year's event. Conducted by The Ohio State University Extension, this year's Manure Science Review (MSR) will be held in Darke County in August. MSR provides an educational field day with science-based information on best practices to approximately 200 farmers. The program will include presentations on relevant issues including feeding strategies to reduce phosphorus in manure, methods for reducing nutrient runoff from cropland and technologies to utilize manure. The Ohio Environmental Education Fund provides funding each year for environmental education projects targeting kindergarten through university students, the general public and the regulated community. In this grant cycle, six projects throughout the state were funded for $26,777. The next grant application deadline is July 15, 2015, with an electronic letter of intent to apply due by July 8. For additional information, contact the Ohio Environmental Education Fund on the web or at (614) 644-2873.
MONEY TO BE RAISED TO HELP STUDENTS - April 7, 2015
For the fourth year, the Red & Yellow, Black & White Gala will be held to raise funds for the backpack ministry that is helping 420 students this year, in Kindergarten through fourth grade, in Greenville, Versailles, Ansonia, Tri-Village, Mississinawa, Union City Head Start, and Bradford schools, in Darke County. The mission of the BackPack Program, whose hub for distribution in Darke County is the Grace Resurrection Community Center (GRCC,) is to meet the needs of hungry children by providing them with nutritious and easy-to-prepare food to take home on the weekends and school vacations when other resources are not available. For $3 per student, per week, ($99 per school year,) BackPack Program volunteers assemble sacks of food that are distributed to schools on Fridays throughout the school year. For this program, a fundraiser, the Red &Yellow Black & White Gala, will be held Friday May 8, 2015 at Romer's Catering in Greenville. Dinner will be at 7:00 p.m. followed by both a live and silent auction and dancing until midnight. Tickets for the event may be purchased at Bread of Life Bookstore, Moody Auto Sales, Paula’s Diner, Readmore's Hallmark, or by contacting 316-4878 or 417-4634.
MONEY GIVEN TO SUPPORT MARINE PATROTLS - April 6, 2015
Ohio will award more than a half-million dollars to support local marine patrols in 23 communities around the state. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says the grants totaling more than $575,000 are intended to enhance safety and recreational boating on the state's waterways. The money will help local law enforcement agencies provide emergency response to boating-related incidents, conduct routine waterway patrols and purchase safety equipment for marine patrol vessels. State officials say as many as 3 million Ohioans participate in recreational boating every year on the Ohio River, Lake Erie and numerous lakes, rivers and other inland Ohio waterways.
S.R. 167 CLOSURE PUSHED TO APRIL 13 - April 3, 2015
The Indiana Department of Transportation is pushing its closure date for the State Road 167 at Halfway Creek-originally scheduled to begin next Monday (APRIL 6)—to the week of April 13. During the 150 day-closure, the existing S.R. 167 structure on the north side of Albany will be removed and replaced with a new single-span concrete hybrid bulb-T beam bridge. It will measure 114 feet in length and 39˝ feet side to side. Meanwhile, motorists will be routed around the construction site via S.R. 26, S.R. 1 and S.R. 67. Plans remain intact for planting 75 trees in the local park. That effort will begin immediately after Easter. Beaty Construction, is the state's contractor for this $984,811 INDOT Greenfield District bridge project. For construction updates, visit www.indot.in.gov.
AUTOMATED EXTERNAL DEFIBRILLATOR'S GIVEN OUT - April 3, 2015
Forever an All-Star, that's the message behind a growing campaign in honor of an 8-year-old Indiana boy who died in a freak accident. In July 2013, Dylan Williams, then 8 years old, was struck in the neck area with a baseball during his all-star youth league baseball practice. He went into cardiac arrest, but there was no automated external defibrillator (AED) to help him. That is why the Williams family is on a mission to change those circumstance from happening anywhere else. Thursday, 26 AEDS were donated to several groups, teams and schools in 7 different counties. It's all in an effort to make sure that the tools are there if your child is suffering from cardiac arrest or a heart attack.
APRIL IS CHILD ABUSE & NEGLECT AWARENESS MONTH - April 2, 2015
Last week, the Darke County Commissioners signed off on a proclamation for April to be Child Abuse and Neglect Awareness Month. Darke county citizens have a responsibility to create safe and healthy living environments for children. Child abuse and neglect often occurs when adults are in stressful situations and don't know how to cope. Darke County agencies, schools, law enforcement, religious organizations and businesses can partner and network to create and sustain effective prevention programs that address wellness and healthy living. This month Pinwheels will be seen on the front lawn of the Administrative Building representing child abuse in the county. The Commissioners hope that Pinwheel Garden is a reminder that we can and must prevent child abuse. April 2015 is Child Abuse Prevention Month in Darke County and the Commissioners urge all citizens to promote the health, safety and well being of children and their families. In other business, all county offices will be closed on Friday in observance of Good Friday.
FAIRBOARD TALKS ABOUT WI-FI - April 2, 2015
The Darke County Agricultural Society met on Wednesday for their regularly scheduled meeting and most of the discussion centered on the World Wide Web. With warmer weather that means the fair is inching closer and multiple vendors were in attendance on Wednesday to discuss possible changes when talking about ownership, location and product. The Fair Board also discussed trash and recycling contracts. However, the Board spent a good bit of time talking about potential Wi-Fi at the 2015 Fair. The board went back and forth talking about possibly providing wireless internet in the Youth Building, Coliseum, Grandstand and Vendors on the fairgrounds. The discussion will be brought back to the Board in the near future. In related business, the Board was provided an update pertaining to their new look website DarkeCountyFair.com. Fair Manager, Daryl Riffle said that the new look website was up for a short time on Wednesday, but was taken down due to a few issues. The new website will soon be launched full time in the near future. The Next Fairboard meeting will be Wednesday, May 6th at 7:30 on the Fairgrounds.
ELDORA VOTED MOST FAVORITE TRACK - April 1, 2015
Eldora Speedway has been named the country's most favorite track for the fourth straight year. That's according to SPEED SPORT Magazine. Owned by three time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart, the track received more than 22% of the votes. Virginia international raceway came in second. SPEED SPORT officials will present the "MY Favorite Tracks" award later this year. The 62nd season at Eldora opens Saturday, April 18th.
TRI-VILLAGE PATRIOTS BASKETBALL STATE CHAMPS - March 30, 2015
The Tri-Village Patriots completed the Perfect Season on Saturday, as the Red, White and Blue won the Division IV State Championship with a 48-46 victory over Harvest Prep. Colton Linkous hit the game winning shot with 1.2 seconds left as the Senior led the Patriots in Scoring and Rebounding with 22 and 12. Damion Cook chipped in with 15 points and 11 rebounds. The Patriots complete a remarkable season by becoming the first Division IV school to go 30-0. The Cross County Conference Champs claim the schools first ever Boys Basketball Championship and first title in boys hoops for Darke County since 1969. WTGR wants to Congratulate Tri-Village on a Great Season! Go Pats!!
DARKE COUNTY BASKETBALL CONTINUES SUCESS - March 23, 2015
Congratulations to the Versailles Tigers Girls Basketball team as on Saturday they defeated Ottawa Glandorf 49-46 for the Division 3 State Championship. The Tigers who, made it to their 2nd straight Championship Game were able to cut down the nets this time to claim their 2nd title in School History. The Tri-Village boys basketball team will be playing in the Final Four on Thursday at 2:00 PM in Columbus vs Tusky Central Catholic. Tickets for the Semi-Final are on sale Monday and Tuesday from 7:30 AM to 6:00 PM and Wednesday from 7:30 AM to 9:30 AM. Tickets are $10 and you must keep your semi-final ticket in order to purchase a ticket for the finals if Tri-Village were to win on Thursday. WTGR will be Broadcasting the game live on Thursday at 2:00 PM for those who can not attend the game. Listen on 97.5 FM, WTGR.com, Free App of Tune IN Radio. Tiger Country wants to say Congrats Versailles and Good Luck Tri-Village.
INFORMATION NEEDED FOR DAMAGE TO MULTIPLE VEHICLES - March 18, 2015
The Greenville Police Department is seeking information about an individual responsible for damaging multiple vehicles during the early morning hours last Thursday. The department reports that 10 vehicles had their windshields smashed sometime between midnight and 5 a.m. The incidents occurred to vehicles parked at Central Avenue and Walker Street and at a business on Front Street. The business provided investigators with video from a surveillance camera showing the suspect damaging the vehicle windshields in its parking lot. The video indicates that the individual responsible was a male wearing a black or navy blue hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans. Anyone with information on the suspect is asked to contact the Greenville Police Department by phone at 937-548-1103 or 937-548-4150.
TRI-VILLAGE RECEIVES DONATION FOR FOOTBALL - March 18, 2015
Tri-Village received a nice donation earlier this week at the board of Education meeting. Cargill donated $10,000 for TV'S effort in starting a high school football program. Employee of Cargill and Tri-Village Graduate, Jason Brewer, presented Superintendent Josh Sagester with the check. Tri-Village also announced that it had accepted eight other donations totaling almost $15,000 to the Capital Projects Fund for their outdoor athletic complex. To view the plan for the future of Tri-Village football and facilities visit www.Tri-Village.k12.oh.us Tri-Village hopes to launch a Junior Varsity team next fall, only to be followed by varsity football in 2017. Earlier this year, Tri-Village announced the hiring of Jason Schondelmeyer as the school's first ever head football coach.
MARIJUANA CLOSER TO BEING LEGALIZED IN OHIO - March 16, 2015
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine gave the go-ahead on Friday to the campaign to legalize marijuana for medical and recreational use, putting ResponsibleOhio one step closer to a statewide vote on the constitutional amendment. DeWine, who opposes legalizing marijuana, certified that the petition summary is a "fair and truthful" statement of the actual ballot language. ResponsibleOhio now takes the matter to the Ohio Ballot Board, which has 10 days to determine if the ballot language covers a single issue. Once that hurdle is cleared, the campaign must collect 305,591 valid signatures from registered Ohio voters by July 1 to make the November statewide ballot.
NEW FACES ON MOST WANTED PAGE - March 10, 2015
Three new faces were put on the Darke County Crime Stoppers Most Wanted page on Monday. Christopher Cross, 33 of West Alexandria, Joseph Cheadle, 53 of Darke County and Daniel Sullenbarger, 51 of Greenville, all appear on DarkeCountyCrimeStoppers.com. Cross is wanted for a Probation Violation, Cheadle is wanted for Domestic Violence and Sullenbarger for Failure to Comply. More information along with pictures can be found on all 3 of these men on DarkeCountyCrimeStoppers.com. If you have any information on the whereabouts on these 3 men, a reward is available, call the tip line at 937-547-1661 or leave a tip online at DarkeCountyCrimeStoppers.com. Tips can be anonymous.
2015 VERSAILLES POULTRY DAYS ANNOUNCES THEME - March 4, 2015
In advance of the 2015 Versailles Poultry Days, and in an effort to allow parade and festival goers to prepare, the Poultry Days Board is proud to announce the 2015 theme, which pays tribute to the spirit of spring and baseball. The 2015 theme is "Take Me Out To The Poultry Days Festival". The 64th annual festival will be held June 12, 13, and 14th in Versailles Ohio. One of Ohio's oldest festivals, this event celebrates the area's poultry producing history as well as its sense of community. The board welcomes everyone to come enjoy the festival. Registration information for the parade and other festival events will be posted as available at www.versaillespoultrydays.com.
TRASH BASH QUICKLY APPROACHING - February 23, 2015
Join the Darke County Solid Waste District for the sixth annual Darke County "Trash Bash" Community Clean-up Day on Saturday and Sunday, April 18 & 19, 2015. Through volunteer efforts, clean-up will be focused on approximately 600 miles of Darke County's most traveled county and township roads. These roads were chosen with the help of Darke County Engineer, James Surber and County Highway Garage Superintendent, Shane Coby. The Darke County Community Clean-Up day is scheduled for April 18 & 19, 2015, rain or shine. The collection is set to begin at 8:00 a.m. The district is looking for numerous groups of 4-6 to "pound the pavement" at their assigned 2-mile locations picking-up bags of trash and recyclables. Clean-up groups can be started with friends from school, work, church, and volunteer organizations or clubs and there's no age limit for volunteers. Call the district at 937-547-0827 to for more information. Sign-up forms can also be found on the district's website: www.co.darke.oh.us/solidwaste. Forms must be turned in by March 6, 2015. Each group will be given black bags for trash and clear bags for recyclables. For separating the recyclables from the trash, each group will be awarded $50.00 (per 2-mile section) for participating. Awards will be given to Darke County non-profit organizations only. There is no limit to the number of groups that an organization can enter. County highway employees will follow assigned routes and will pick-up bags left on the targeted collection roads on April 20, 2015.
2ND ANNUAL GRAND LAKE MARATHON IN SEPTEMBER - February 6, 2015
The countdown is on to the 2nd annual Grand Lake Marathon. Set to take place Saturday September 26 with a complete compliment of running distances including a full marathon that will circle Grand Lake, the half marathon run from Celina to St. Marys and the 5k and kids marathon events will take place on new pavement on lakefront West Bank road. The debut event was took over as the largest road race in the area attracting nearly 2000 participants from 30 states across the country and providing an estimated impact of nearly $1 million based upon data from the Auglaize-Mercer Convention and Visitors Bureau. The Grand Lake Marathon serves as a qualifier for the Boston Marathon and is sanctioned by USA Track and Field (USATF).The marathon, half-marathon, and 5K courses cover the flat scenic areas of the lake. Registration is open online at the events website grandlakemarathon.com.
SAVINGS FOR SCHOOL SHOPPERS IN AUGUST - January 30, 2015
Ohio families can now prepare for a new major retail shopping season. Senate Bill 243, which passed both chambers and was signed into law during the 130th General Assembly, means that Ohioans will be able to save sales tax dollars when handling their back-to-school shopping this coming year. Ohio's first ever Sales Tax Holiday will take place August 7th-9th, and experts say shoppers should expect Black Friday-like excitement. This bill is very important to Representative Jim Buchy, as eliminating the sales tax on these items both at retail stores and on the internet will help ensure that all children and students can get what is necessary for the upcoming school year. A good investment in their education is a good investment into their future, and that's what the Sales Tax Holiday seeks to create. The Sales Tax Holiday is expected to put $78 million back into the pockets of Ohioans. It would also provide a boost for Ohio's retail sector, which makes up 18 percent of Ohio's GDP and employs one in four Ohio citizens. There are eighteen other states in the country that have a Sales Tax Holiday.
TRI-VILLAGE TO PLAY FOOTBALL - January 20, 2015
On Monday, Tri-Village Schools announced that they will be adding football to the list of extra curricular offerings available to student athletes through a phased in process over a four year period beginning the fall of 2015. The Patriots plan to have a Junior High Team and Schedule this year with also the hope of playing a partial season with a Junior Varsity Team. In 2016 they hope to include a full Junior Varsity Schedule and in 2017 officially launch Varsity Football at Tri-Village. There are still a lot of questions to be answered, but Superintendent Josh Sagister said on Tuesday, "The administration has done its due diligence in preparation for Monday's announcement. Several items were taken into consideration when making this decision: Overall Cost, Facility improvement, Equipment needed, Student Impact and Sustainability." This project will be funded in a variety of ways but will not include increased or additional tax burdens. A fundraising campaign will be launched, advertising opportunities available, corporate sponsorship's , the Athletic Department and pending Board approval, local BOE may supplement a portion as well. Tri Village will release a Frequently Asked Question sheet on their website today to help answer some of those remaining questions. Superintendent Sagister will be the guest for Community Ties this Friday on WTGR.
REGISTER FOR TOUR DE DONUT - January 8, 2015
Registration is now open for the 9th Tour de Donut in Downtown Arcanum Saturday September 12, 2015. The event is now the largest one day bicycle event in Ohio. The Tour de Donut is a unique bicycle event, where your ability to eat donuts is just as important as your ability to ride your bicycle. The event is a timed bicycle event where riders visit donut stops during the course and eat donuts. For each donut the rider eats during the ride (and keeps down) they have five minutes deducted from their ride time. For 2015 all courses will be new. Also new for 2015 will be the debut of The Glazer, a special donut stop with a unique donut that is worth a ten minute time deduction. Online and Mail-in registration opened January 1. Registration will be open until the 2000 rider limit is reached or until the September 1st deadline. There is no day of registration. For more details visit www.thetourdedonut.com.
DARKE COUNTY FAIR ON TWITTER & INSTAGRAM - January 8, 2015
The Darke County Agricultural Society met on Wednesday for their first meeting in 2015. The Fair Board met together before they travel to Columbus over the next 4 days for the Ohio Fair Managers Association Convention, which will be held in Columbus from January 8th to the 11th. One of the highlights will be the Great Darke County Fair Queen, Jenna Cline will be participating in the 2015 Ohio Fair's Queen's Contest. All Board Members will be attending multiple programs and sessions over the next few days in Columbus at OFMA. In other news, the Great Darke County Fair is now on Twitter and Instagram. Follow the Fair on Twitter @DarkeCountyFair and look at pictures via Instagram.com/DarkeCountyFair. The next Fair Board meeting will be Wednesday, February 4th at 7:30 on the Fairgrounds.