UPDATED INFORMATION ON BONES FOUND IN MERCER COUNTY - February 5, 2016
    Earlier this year, we reported on Human bones being found in Mercer County. On January 3rd, the Sheriff's Office received a call from someone who had been walking in a popular fishing area about a mile south of Celina off U.S. 127. The caller reported finding bones believed to be human. On Thursday, Sheriff Jeff Grey reported the Bones have been transported to the University of North Texas. They are waiting for whatever information can be delivered. This process may take 6 months. Detectives are looking through the data bases to find missing males that fit the age category and height. Even if they locate someone that fits the basic description, they cannot connect them until they have the results from North Texas. The investigation continues.

DONATION MADE TO BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS - February 5, 2016
    The Harry Stephens Memorial recently made a donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County. This donation is specific to the Darke County program and will assist the agency in continuing to serve "at risk" children through the Big Buddies after school program in Darke County. Thanks to generous donations like that from the Harry Stephens Memorial Foundation matches continue to be made in the Darke County and continue to help children in a positive way. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to develop and mature quality relationships between children and volunteers. The relationship is meant to guide each child towards becoming a confident, competent, and caring individual. If anyone is interested in becoming a volunteer, you may call the office at 547-9622 or 492-7611.

VISITORS BUREAU LOOKING FOR SUMMER INTERN - February 5, 2016
    The Darke County Visitors Bureau will again offer a paid summer internship to a qualified student in the areas of marketing, tourism and hospitality. The Darke County Visitors Bureau is a not-for-profit, destination marketing organization. Its mission is to attract visitors to Darke County through promotion, education and development of Tourism. The ideal, vibrant candidate will greet and assist visitors; answer phone and share information with callers; answer questions; maintain databases, e-newsletters, websites and social media outlets; assist in creation, setup, tear down and volunteer staffing of various booths at festivals; and assist with the creation of new marketing materials (including video), among other duties. Those individuals who possess the aforementioned talents are encouraged to submit their cover letter, resume, writing sample and three references to: Matthew Staugler, Executive Director of the Darke County Visitors Bureau at Mstaugler@visitdarkecounty.org no later than 5:00 pm on April 1st. Full job description can be accessed at www.VisitDarkeCounty.org.

COMMISSIONERS APPROVE EASEMENT AND RECYCLING DAYS - February 4, 2016
    The Darke County Commissioners met Wednesday for their regularly schedule meeting and joining them was Roger Van Frank, Director of Darke County Parks. All 3 Commissioners approved a permanent easement and right of way for a public recreational trail on the property of Wayne Industries. The Park District has been busy over the past year in providing a marked trail for bikers, walkers and runners. Darke County Parks is in year 6 of what could be a 12 year project that right now consist of 11 miles of marked trail. In other business, the Commissioners approved a request proposal for recycling dates for Darke County Solid Waste. Electronics Recycling Day in the county will be Thursday, May 26th, Community Shred Day will be Saturday, June 11th and Household Hazardous Waste Collection will be Saturday, October 8th. The next Darke County Commissioners meeting will be Monday, February 8th at 1:30 in Downtown Greenville.

FUNDING APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE FROM UNITED WAY - February 4, 2016
    The Darke County United Way has announced that applications for 2016 funding are currently available. There are two types of funding applications, Partner Program and the Community Fund. Applicants for both funds are reviewed by the local, volunteer Board of Directors and a team of community volunteers through a process meeting professional standards for nonprofit management practices, financial management, and service provision. To apply your organization must be a 501c3 health and human service non-profit in establishment for at least one year serving Darke County. All applications are due to the Darke County United Way office by Friday, March 18, 2016 at Noon. Applications are available by contacting the Darke County United Way Office at 207 E. Fourth Street or 937-547-1272.

RAFFLE TICKETS FOR DCCA FUNDRAISER - February 4, 2016
    Darke County Center for the Arts wishes you the luck of the Irish this spring with a new and exciting fundraising raffle "Off To The Isle." One lucky winner will receive a trip for two to Ireland through AAA and Brendan Vacations. DCCA will be selling a limited number of chances for this exclusive raffle. Raffle Tickets are $100 each. Tickets sales begin February 11th and the winner will be drawn at DCCA's annual Irish themed fundraising event the Irish Wave, Friday, March 11th at the Montage Cafe. The winner will receive a $5,000 voucher to customize their Irish experience through Brendan Vacations. "Off To The Isle" raffle tickets can be purchased through the DCCA office starting February 11th. All proceeds from the "Off To The Isle" raffle will go to DCCA programming and the arts in Darke County. For more information and to purchase tickets contact DCCA at (937) 547-0908.

PREBLE COUNTY DRUG BUST - February 4, 2016
    The Preble County Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant earlier this week at 12297 State Route 744. Deputies had received information of suspected drug activity occurring at the property. Deputies encountered several subjects at the property when they arrived. Two suspects who were arrested that evening were officially charged in Eaton Municipal Court on Tuesday, February 2nd. James D. Bear, age 25 was charged with (1) count of Aggravated Possession of Drugs, a 5th degree felony, and (1) count of Illegal Use or Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a 4th degree misdemeanor. Bear was found to be in possession of methamphetamine when deputies arrived. James R. Bear, age 49 was charged with (1) count of Aggravated Possession of Drugs, a 5th degree felony, and (1) count of Illegal Use or Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a 4th degree misdemeanor. Both subjects remain in the Preble County Jail.

OXYCODONE PILLS FOUND IN SHELBY COUNTY ARREST - February 3, 2016
    Last week, Troopers stopped a 2004 Chevy Monte Carlo, with Kentucky registration, for a following too closely violation on Interstate 75 southbound, near milepost 86, at 3:30 p.m. Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed 1,181 Oxycodone pills, worth $28,344 in the vehicle's trunk. The driver, John Blevins, 41, of Grayson, Ky., and passenger, Travis Pinson, 25, of Detroit, Mich., were incarcerated in the Shelby County Jail and charged with possession of a Schedule II controlled substance, a first-degree felony and possession of criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony.

AREA SCHOOLS RECEIVE FUNDING - February 3, 2016
    Piqua City Schools was the only local applicant to win funding in the new round of Straight-A school innovation grants, Ohio Department of Education officials said Tuesday. Piqua, in collaboration with Milton-Union and Franklin-Monroe schools, will receive $899,090 to implement a five-year reading and STEM education project for almost 1,000 second-and third-graders in the three districts. The schools will create dozens of interactive online reading lessons in partnership with local PBS station Think TV. Then in 2017-18, the students will be given Chromebook computers and parents will get training to help their children build on classroom lessons at home. Seven other local districts were lead applicants for Straight-A grants, but were not selected. Those districts were Beavercreek, Centerville, Franklin, Greenon, Greenville, Sidney and the Greene County Educational Service Center.

CULINARY TOUR COMING BACK TO GREENVILLES - February 3, 2016
    Main Street Greenville has announced the return of the Culinary Tour. The ticketed event, will be held on Friday, March 4th from 6-9 pm. The event allows you to eat and sip your way through the urban-spirited district and explore dining locations you haven't tried or places you need reintroduced to. The tour will consist of 11 small groups, led by energetic tour guides. Each group will visit 10 downtown establishments who will highlight a sample for ticket holders. Sponsored by Romer's Catering and Entertainment Facilities, the two and a half-hour guided tour will begin promptly at 6:00 pm. Tickets will be available at Brenda's Beanery for $20 each, starting Monday, February 8th. There are only 120 tickets available for the exclusive fundraising event for Main Street Greenville.

DAYTON MAN ARRESTED IN RANDOLPH COUNTY - February 2, 2016
    On Sunday, a Dayton man was arrested after he nearly hit a Randolph County Sheriff's Deputy’s car. It happened just after 9:30 p.m. Sunday at the intersection of U.S. 35 and U.S. 36 near Losantville, Indiana. A deputy was conducting a routine traffic stop when they say My'Cah Coles, 18, of Dayton drove pass them at a high rate of speed, nearly hitting them. Coles reportedly continued on U.S. 36 until crashing in a field where he then took off on foot. Investigators called for a K-9 officer to track Coles, when he was found a short time later. He is currently being held in the Randolph County Sheriff's Office where he is charged with resisting law enforcement.

VISITORS BUREAU GUIDE NOW AVAILABLE - February 2, 2016
    The Darke County Visitors Bureau is proud to announce that the 2016-2017 Darke County Visitors Guides are now available. The new Visitors Guide contains a variety of county-wide information and highlights several attractions throughout Darke County, including the KitchenAid Experience Retail Center, the Inn at Versailles, the Garst Museum & National Annie Oakley Center, Bear's Mill, the Bradford Ohio Railroad Museum, and more. It also features the new "Darke County Whiskey, Wine, & Ale Trail," made up of six wineries, distilleries, and breweries in and around Darke County. The Guide is available at the Darke County Welcome Center, located at 421 S. Broadway in Greenville, and by request at the Visitors Bureau's official website, www.VisitDarkeCounty.org. A digital version will be available soon, also online at www.VisitDarkeCounty.org. The Darke County Visitors Bureau is a non-profit destination marketing organization, focused on increasing commerce by encouraging travel to attractions, accommodations, restaurants, shops, and events throughout Darke County.

DP&L SCAM IN TROY - February 1, 2016
    As the temperatures drop and heating bills goes up, scammers are targeting Troy DP&L customers to gain access to their bank accounts and threatening to shut off electricity unless they send money. Troy Police Department recently advised that this scam has once again resurfaced over the past weekend. The department advises the phone numbers being used are being traced to legitimate businesses. The police department also advises to call the utility company directly concerning your account and to not send money or pre-paid cards over the phone, email or other means. DP&L reminds customers not to provide personal information or comply with requests for payments unless they are confident with whom they are speaking. Before you do anything, hang up and call DP&L at (800) 433-8500 to ask questions about anyone contacting you about your bill or claiming to be from the utility.

OHIO HEART BOMBS - February 1, 2016
    The Young Ohio Preservationists are looking to help bring awareness to Heritage Ohio's Main Street Programs while bringing heart bombing to Ohio. Heart Bombs have rapidly gained popularity across the nation and are a way to show communities that people care about historic structures. People have used heart bombs to highlight buildings in need of repair, restored buildings that need a new tenant, or to decorate the places that matter for the holiday. Main Street Greenville and the Darke County Visitors Bureau have joined forces to gather volunteers to help Heart Bomb downtown Greenville and Darke County. The public is invited to show up at The Welcome Center (directly next to the KitchenAid Experience Retail Center) on Tuesday, February 3rd at 5:15 pm. They will take a group photo and brainstorm the locations that matter before heading out to heart bomb the community.

INTERSECTION AT OHIO AND MAIN STREETS TO CLOSE IN GREENVILLE - January 29, 2016
    THE INTERSECTION OF OHIO/EAST MAIN STREET WILL BE WILL BE CLOSED STARTING MONDAY, FEBRUARY 1 @ 7:00 A.M. THE INTERSECTION WILL BE CLOSED THROUGH THE END OF AUGUST DUE TO THE RECONSTRUCTION OF THE INTERSECTION IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE NEW GREENVILLE CITY SCHOOL'S K-8 FACILITY. OHIO STREET AND EAST MAIN STREET WILL BE CLOSED TO ALL TRAFFIC BETWEEN FOURTH AND GREENMOORE, AS WELL AS VIRGINIA AND ORCHARD RESPECTFULLY. THE CITY ASKS THAT MOTORISTS AND PEDESTRIANS ADHERE TO THE ROAD CLOSED SIGNS. NON COMMERCIAL VEHICLES TRAVELING THROUGH NEIGHBORHOOD STREETS TO AVOID THE INTERSECTION SHALL FOLLOW THE 25 MPH SPEED LIMIT. ALL COMMERCIAL TRAFFIC SHALL FOLLOW STATE ROUTE DETOURS. COMMERCIAL TRAFFIC SHALL NOT BE DIRECTED TO OR TRAVEL UPON NEIGHBORHOOD STREETS. THE CITY OF GREENVILLE HAS CONTRACTED WITH BRUMBAUGH CONSTRUCTION, INC., OF ARCANUM, TO RECONSTRUCT THE INTERSECTION OF EAST MAIN AND OHIO STREETS.

RANDOLPH COUNTY CALL COMING FOR CODERED WEATHER WARNING - January 29, 2016
    On Monday, February 1, 2016, Randolph County Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) will be conducting a complimentary all-call invitation to Randolph County residents, inviting them to register for the CodeRED Weather Warning program. This phone call will be conducted shortly after 10AM Monday morning. Randolph County (HSEM) has recently purchased its account with Emergency Communications Network, providers of the CodeRED high-speed notification solution and the CodeRED Weather Warning service. The HSEM office will stop using NIXLE as its emergency communications platform on February 1. This no-charge program will allow message recipients to easily identify calls coming through the systems. Message recipients Caller ID will read Emergency Communications Network or 866- 419-5000 for CodeRED calls. And for CodeRED Weather Warning calls, either Emergency Communications Network or the number 800-566-9780 will appear on Caller ID displays.

P.A.L.S. PROGRAM IN FEBRUARY - January 29, 2016
    Darke County Park District invites children in kindergarten through 2nd grade to join them on February 13th from 9:30am to noon to search for signs of spring during Park P.A.L.S! This month everyone will meet at the Nature Center on St. Rt. 502 west of Greenville to prepare for the coming spring. Park P.A.L.S. is a series of monthly programs designed for students of this age group who are interested in nature. P.A.L.S. stands for Practicing And Learning Stewardship, and its mission is to develop future earth stewards through meaningful educational opportunities and hands-on experiences in the natural world. A fee of $3 is charged for the program, and preregistration is required. For any questions about the Park P.A.L.S. program or any other Park District programs or to register for the February class, please call the Nature Center at (937) 548-0165.

HOUSTON MAN HAS CASE DISMISSED - January 28, 2016
    Timmy L. Mowery, 56, of Houston, was indicted in September on one count of felonious assault, one count of kidnapping and one count of having weapons while intoxicated. That case was dismissed recently in a Shelby County Courtroom. He was indicted following an incident on Labor Day 2015. The incident began when the Shelby County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call that shots had been fired. Deputies responded to Mowery's address where they learned from Terry W. Eilerman, Houston, that Mowery had allegedly shot at him. A handgun was found in the garage and was taken into evidence. A rifle was also found at the residence and was removed from the scene. According to court records, at the request of the State of Ohio, the case was dismissed without prejudice, with all costs to be paid by the state.

CLASS TO BE TAUGHT ON HOW TO ENCOUNTER ACTIVE SHOOTERS - January 28, 2016
    Sidney Police do not want people to live in fear of an active shooter, but they also don't want to ignore such events either. While they cannot guarantee a zero body count, they can learn techniques which can increase the chance of surviving such an incident. The Sidney Police Department with the assistance of the Piqua Police Department will offer a course on Tuesday, February 16, 2016, at 7:00 pm at the Sidney Police Department. The class is taught by police officers who have instructional training in active shooter response. Similar information has been presented to schools and industries in Shelby and Miami County. This class is designed for civilians who may encounter active shooters in a variety of settings. Contact Officer Mike McRill at 937-498-8722 if you would like to attend or would like more information.

WOODS SENTENCED TO PROBATION - January 28, 2016
    Back in July, Darren Woods, 49, from Greenville was charged with four counts of Trafficking in Heroin, fourth degree felonies, following an investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office. The state later dismissed three of the counts as part of a plea agreement. On Wednesday, Woods was sentenced to probation, but if he fails to comply with the community control sanction, Judge Jonathan Hein ordered 17 months to be served. He is also required to complete 75 hours of community service as part of his probation and pay $500 restitution. According to the indictment, the offenses occurred between May and July 2015 in the vicinity of a school.

ROBBER SENTENCED TO JAIL IN MIAMI COUNTY - January 27, 2016
    Last year, we reported on a robbery that took place at the Dollar General & Aldi in Piqua. Rayne Szwec, 23, of Piqua, was sentenced Monday in Miami Count Common Pleas Court for a total of four years in jail and three years of mandatory post-release control after he is released from the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction. Szwec pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree felony robbery in December as part of a plea bargain with the state that amended his indictment down to two counts of second-degree felony robbery from two counts of first-degree felony robbery. During the course of the robbery at Aldi, Szwec reportedly approached the clerk and displayed what appeared to be a black handgun. The weapon was later found to be a BB gun. Szwec has no prior felony convictions as an adult in Miami County. Szwec was then sentenced with a jail credit of 139 days already served. He was also ordered to pay approximately $326 in restitution to Dollar General.

HOUSE BILL PROPOSED TO HELP RESULTS OF TEST - January 27, 2016
    Representative Jim Buchy from Greenville, sent out a press release Tuesday, pertaining to House Bill 7, which provided safe harbor to students taking the PARCC test. Even though HB 7 proposed safe harbor for students many families still chose to "opt-out" their children. Following the failure of this test Ohio lawmakers voted to end the PARCC testing ensuring it will not be used in the future. The state education report card grade is scheduled to be released in February, posing problems for local districts because scores will reflect zeros for students who did not take the PARCC. The State Rep. is pushing for a bill that will require the Ohio Department of Education to adjust the performance index score on the state report card for students who opted out of the failed PARCC test. The State Rep calls for an emergency measure to avoid students being unfairly punished for opting-out of an inadequate standardized test. Without emergency legislation, the Ohio Department of Education will release false scores, eliminating the legislature's intent for a safe harbor.

WUEBKER SENTENCED TO JAIL - January 26, 2016
    On Monday, Alan R. Wuebker, 43, of Versailles, was sentenced to 30 days in jail on each of 12 counts of sexual imposition, a third-degree misdemeanor and Tier I sex offense. All but 90 days of the jail time was suspended. Wuebker originally was charged with 12 counts of gross sexual imposition, felonies of the fourth degree. The victim was under the age of 16. The charges on the indictment span from November 2013 through October 2014 and are based on an investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office. The amended charges carried no mandatory or presumed jail time.

WEST MILTON EDUCATOR CONVICTED - January 26, 2016
    A former Miami County educator, convicted of pandering obscenity and illegal use of a minor in nudity oriented material, was sentenced Monday to two years in prison and will be required to register as a sex offender for 25 years. Allen E. Smith, 68, of West Milton, pleaded no contest and was found guilty in November in Miami County Common Pleas Court. Troy police said they began an investigation after meeting with the mother of a 14-year-old girl. A detective continued conversations Smith was having with the girl via electronic devices and set up a meeting with Smith at a local park. Smith thought he was going to meet with the girl. Smith, addressing a courtroom audience that included as many as 20 supporters, said he took full responsibility for his actions.

MEET THE CANDIDATES - January 26, 2016
    The Darke County Republican Men & The Darke County Republican Women would like to invite you to a "Meet the Candidates" day on February 13, 2016, 10:00 am-1:00 pm at the Brethren's Retirement Community Brick Room. Lunch will be provided at a cost of $10.00 per person. Call for reservation by February 6th at 937-548-1018. Listen too many of the local and state candidates who will be on the ballot, March 15, 2016.

PARK DISTRICT CALENDARS NOW AVAILABLE - January 26, 2016
    The Darke County Parks District has hand selected some of the best park photos submitted by local amateur photographers for their photo contest, and their new 2016 Darke County Parks calendars are in. The calendars feature views of many of the county parks throughout the seasons and list the most exciting events throughout the year. The calendars are available for $10 each in the Nature Center Gift Shop which is open Monday through Saturday from 9am to 5pm. All the proceeds from the gift shop go to the Friends of the Darke County Parks which help support the Parks' programs and activities.

SIDNEY HOUSE FIRE - January 25, 2016
    The Red Cross has stepped in to help a Sidney couple whose home was destroyed by flames. The fire sparked before 3 a.m. Saturday in the 800 block of Broadway Avenue. When firefighters arrived, they found heavy smoke coming from the second floor of the home. Everyone got out of the house safely thanks to the home's working smoke detectors. Firefighters from multiple departments were on scene for about three and a half hours fighting the fire. The total damage estimate is about $130,000. Fire officials said the cause of the fire has been determined accidental and electrical.

TROY RESIDENTS ARRESTED ON POSSESSION OF HEROIN - January 25, 2016
    Miami County deputies say inconsistent stories and nervous behaviors resulted in the arrests of three Troy residents on possession of heroin charges. They include the driver of a car, Cody Sampson, 25, Jason Adkins, 40, and Shannon Yohey, 33, all of Troy. Sampson was stopped by a Miami County deputy for following a car to close on County Road 25-A and Dye Mill Road south edge of Troy Thursday. All three were booked into the Miami County Jail in Troy. The occupants claimed they were on their way back to Troy from Menards in Huber Heights. Deputies noted in their report there isn't a Menards in Huber Heights.

ANOTHER ROBBERY ARRESTED IN PIQUA - January 22, 2016
    Earlier this week, we reported on 2 armed robberies in Piqua. Another person has been charged in connection with the recent armed robbery at the Sunset Drive Thru. Donald L. Julian, 32, of Piqua was charged and arraigned Thursday for first-degree felony complicity to aggravated robbery. On Monday, a male brandished a firearm at the office of the Sunset Drive Thru and stole an undisclosed amount of cash on Monday. Surveillance video reportedly showed the male get out of the passenger side of a car stopped behind Dominos, go to the rear passenger door, and leave that door slightly open. The male is seen walking southbound across the street towards the drive thru. The video later shows the male running back to the vehicle and jumping into the rear passenger seat. Jesse L. Guerra, 41, was arrested for first-degree felony aggravated robbery on Tuesday in connection with that incident. Julian is reportedly Guerra's cousin. Julian's car was the vehicle alleged to be involved in the robbery. Julian and Guerra are currently being held at the Miami County Jail. Julian is being held on at $50,000 bond, and Guerra is being held on $55,000 bond for both aggravated robbery and drug possession. Preliminary hearings for Julian and Guerra are scheduled for Wednesday.

ANSONIA 7TH GRADER WINS COUNTY SPELLING BEE - January 22, 2016
    Reece Stammen, a seventh grader at Ansonia, was crowned the top speller in the Darke County Spelling Bee at Tri-Village Schools on Thursday. It took 16 rounds to declare a winner and eight of which were a battle back and forth between Stammen and the contest's runner-up, Tori Tyo, of Versailles. Charlie Rippee, of Arcanum Middle School, and Aiden Collins, of Tri-Village Junior High, both went out in round seven.

JAY COUNTY ROBBERY AT BANK - January 21, 2016
    Authorities in Jay County are searching for a bandit who held up a Portland bank on Wednesday afternoon. Portland Police say a man wearing a gray coat, and with a gray knit cap pulled over his face, entered the MainSource Bank at 112 N. Meridian St., about 5 p.m. The bandit did not display a weapon, but handed a teller a bag and demanded money. He fled from the bank on foot and was reportedly last seen walking east of Arts Place, 131 E. Walnut St. Investigators have recovered what they believe to be the robber's coat and hat. Anyone with information on the holdup should call the Portland Police Department at 260-726-7161.

MARIJUANA ISSUE IN NEWS - January 21, 2016
    Just hours after Ohioans soundly stood up against marijuana by rejecting state Issue 3 in November, some public officials began discussing various ways of addressing the issue of medical marijuana in the future. Representative Jim Buchy has made it clear his opposition to recreational use of marijuana, and does not think any form of smoke-able marijuana should be permitted. Over the past four years, the Ohio legislature has been fighting drug addiction and the damage drug exposure has done in our local communities. That is why it was so important that Ohioans stand up against recreational marijuana legalization. Buchy has made it a resolution this new year to stop the movement for easy access to drugs and highly intoxicating substances.

DARKE COUNTY STUDENTS ENTERTAINED THIS WEEK - January 21, 2016
    From January 20 through 23, local high school students will learn about vocal techniques and methods from VoicePlay, a unique a-Capella group that started as a street corner barbershop act before winning national acclaim with their appearances on NBC's. The Sing-off and subsequently touring internationally. Part of Darke County Center for the Arts' Arts In Education series, the programs by VoicePlay will be presented in each local school district at no charge to students and are free and open to the public. VoicePlay will also perform in concert on Saturday, January 23 at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville as part of DCCA's Artists Series. The group creates the orchestrated sound of an entire musical production using nothing but the human voice; their varied repertoire spans genres and eras and according to Mr. Rawlins appeals to audiences of all ages. Tickets for the January 23rd VoicePlay show at St. Clair Memorial Hall cost $20 (half-price for students) and can be purchased at the DCCA office located in Greenville Public Library as well as on-line at www.CenterForArts.net.

MORNING ACCIDENT SENDS 2 TO HOSPITAL - January 21, 2016
    On January 21, 2016 at approximately 9:17 AM, Darke County Deputies along with Greenville Township Fire and Rescue responded to the intersection of US RT 127 and Hunter Road on a report of a two vehicle injury crash. Preliminary investigation revealed a Silver 2010 Honda Odyssey driven by Bernice Lefeld 46, St. Henry was traveling southbound on US RT 127 slowing for the vehicle in front of her to make a right hand turn onto Hunter Road and was rear-ended by a Green 2000 Chevrolet Venture mini van driven by Michael Gower 31, Greenville. Both drivers were transported to Wayne HealthCare for minor injuries by Greenville Township Rescue. This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office.
    

PIQUA ROBBER CHARGED - January 20, 2016
    Jesse L. Guerra, 41, of Piqua, has been charged with Aggravated Robbery for the Sunset Drive-Thru robbery, and is in the Miami County Jail. We reported on earlier this week of 2 armed robberies that took place in Piqua on Monday. Patrol officers spotted a car believed to have been used in the robbery, and followed leads from there. Authorities are still looking for information on the first incident and robbery that was reported on Monday at 1:54 p.m. at the Ulbrich's store on Wayne Street. Anyone who might have information on either of these incidents should contact the Piqua police through Miami County 911 or the tips line at (937) 615-TIPS (8477).

ST. ROUTE 571 TO BE NAMED - January 20, 2016
    State Representative Jim Buchy (R- Greenville) gave sponsor testimony and answered questions on House Bill 348 in front of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. The bill would honor local Vietnam War veterans for their military service, bravery, and heroism by naming a portion of State Route 571 as the "196th Light Infantry Brigade SP4 Robert L Fowble Jr and PFC Jack E Beam Memorial Highway." The portion of the road to be named resides within Darke County. The measure will be reviewed in committee before being discussed in the House of Representatives and the Senate. If approved by the House and the Senate, the bill will be sent to Governor John Kasich to be signed. The families and veterans have been vocal through the drafting of the bill, their continued efforts will be important throughout the legislative.

PIQUA ARMED ROBBERIES - January 19, 2016
    Piqua police are working a reported armed robbery at the Ulbrich's store on Wayne Street. The robbery was reported at 1:54 p.m. According to Authorities, the suspect entered the store, displayed a firearm, then handcuffed an employee to a door, before fleeing with an undisclosed amount of cash. Police are searching for a suspect, described a probably white older male, approximately 5'8" to 5"10" with a stocky build. He was wearing gloves and a skeleton mask, along with blue jeans. It is unknown which direction the suspect went when he fled the store. Police ask that anyone who might have information on this robbery please contact Piqua police through Miami County 911 or the tips line at (937) 615-TIPS (8477). Another armed robbery took place at the Sunset Drive Thru just after 6:30 p.m. Monday. The suspect entered the business and displayed a gun. No injuries were reported.

CAR CRASH IN MIAMI COUNTY - January 19, 2016
    More news out of Miami County, where a single-vehicle crash took place on U.S. 36 at the intersection of Greenville Falls-Clayton Road near Bradford. The crash occurred around 4:45 p.m. when the driver of an eastbound vehicle lost control, at what was described as "a high rate of speed" and crashed into a gully, with the vehicle landing on its top. The victims were reportedly trapped in their overturned vehicle for a short period of time. Rescue squads from both Bradford and Covington responded to transport the two victims for treatment. One of the victims, a 26-year-old male was then transferred from Upper Valley Medical Center aboard CareFlight. The crash in under investigation by the Miami County Sheriff's Office.

INDIANA TRYING TO DECREASE METH LABS - January 19, 2016
    The state Senate criminal law committee is scheduled to hold a hearing Tuesday morning on the bill that aims to frustrate meth cookers from acquiring medicines containing pseudo-ephedrine. Indiana has for several years been among the states with the most meth lab seizures by police, but Senate and House committee leaders tell The Associated Press that they won't consider bills calling for the more stringent step of requiring a doctor's prescription in order to buy pseudo-ephedrine medicines. Opponents of requiring prescriptions say it would be inconvenient for law-abiding allergy and cold sufferers and increase health care costs.

ROSSBURG TRUCK DRIVER CITIED - January 15, 2016
    Last year, we reported on a truck driver from Rossburg, who was involved in a deadly crash on I-71 in Boone County, Kentucky. The crash was in January 2015 and that driver, Chistopher Thornhill, 34, earlier this week, pleaded guilty to a number of charges, including manslaughter, assault and tampering with evidence. Deputies said Thornhill was texting when he hit two cars. One of the oncoming drivers, Mark Sevilla, 45, of Lexington, was killed in the crash. The other, Sandra Edwards, 64, of Cincinnati, was injured. The Sheriff's Office said investigators determined that Thornhill's logbook had false entries and that Thornhill had been texting while driving. Thornhill deleted numerous text messages from his phone, but the B.C.S.O. Electronic Crimes Unit was able to recover them, the Sheriff's office said. Thornhill is scheduled for sentencing Feb. 24. The Rossburg man is looking at possibly 8 years behind bars.

SHELBY COUNTY FAIR QUEEN CROWNED OHIO FAIR QUEEN - January 15, 2016
    Congratulations to the 2015 Shelby County Fair queen, Mary Buehler, who earlier this month was named 2016 Ohio Fairs Queen during the Ohio Fair Managers Association (OFMA) annual conference. Buehler, 19, daughter of Judy and Greg Buehler, of Anna, is a freshman at Ohio State University, majoring in agribusiness and applied economics. She competed against 73 other county and independent fair queens for the state crown. Her application to participate outlined her school, community and fair involvement. She had been a member of the Horse and Rider 4-H club in Jackson Center and the Anna High School FFA. At OSU, Buehler is a member of the Agribusiness Club, Agriculture Communicators of Tomorrow and Buckeyes Against Hunger.

CANCER ASSOCIATION GOURMET DINNER - January 15, 2016
    You could be the winner of a Gourmet Dinner for 8, your food will be prepared by the Gourmet Dinner Club and you get to choose the time and place where your meal will be served. Tickets are $5 each or 6 for $25. If you wish to enter, call the Cancer Association of Darke County at 548-9960 to purchase tickets. The deadline for turning tickets in is February 4th. Drawing will be held February 8th, and the winner will be notified right away. All proceeds go to the Cancer Association of Darke County.

PREBLE COUNTY STABBINGS - January 14, 2016
    A man has been taken into custody after three people were stabbed in Eaton Wednesday night. James W. Hartley, 32, was arrested on charges of felonious assault, aggravated burglary, tampering with evidence and aggravated menacing. He was arrested after he was found walking down an Eaton street. Eaton police said Hartley was known to all three stabbing victims and one of the victims may have been an ex-girlfriend. Of the three stabbing victims, one female has been treated and released, a second female is in serious condition and was in surgery early Thursday morning and a male was in serious condition. Police and medics were called around 10:15 p.m. to a report of a triple stabbing in the 400 block of East Israel Street.

ARCANUM STUDENT HONORED BY 80TH HOUSE DISTRICT - January 14, 2016
    State Representative Steve Huffman (R-Miami County) has announced Margaret Heiser as the 80th House District winner of the 2016 Ohio House of Representatives Student Art Exhibition. Heiser attends Arcanum High School in Arcanum and is taught by Kathleen Pugh (Pew). Heiser's artwork is titled Seasons. The exhibition is open to the public at the Vern Riffe Center for Government and the Arts in the lower level Statehouse connector from January 3, 2016 through December 30, 2016. The Ohio House of Representatives, Ohio Arts Council, and Ohio Art Education Association joined together for this inaugural student exhibition, which showcases high school artwork from all 99 Ohio House Districts. The exhibition recognizes the talents, creativity, and innovation of students who receive high quality arts education instruction as part of their academic experience in school and represents art by some of Ohio's finest high school artists.

BIG BROTHER/BIG SISTER MENTORSHIP - January 14, 2016
    This January marks the 15th annual National Mentoring Month, and Shelby and Darke County's Big Brothers Big Sisters is participating in this campaign aimed at expanding quality mentoring opportunities to connect more of our community's young people with caring adults by setting the goal to match all of the children on their waiting list with a Big. Research has shown that when matched through a quality mentoring program, mentors can play a powerful role in providing young people with the tools to make responsible decisions, stay focused and engaged in school, and reduce or avoid risky behavior like skipping school, drug use and other negative activities. For example, in a recent national report called The Mentoring Effect, young people who were at-risk for not completing high school but who had a mentor were 55 percent more likely to be enrolled in college than those who did not have a mentor. To learn more about the being a Big, visit Big Brothers Big Sisters online at www.bigbrobigsis-shelbydarke.org . If you would like further information, you can also call 937-492-7611 or e-mail at info@bigbrobigsis-shelbydarke.org.

I-70 SHUT DOWN AFTER ACCIDENT - January 13, 2016
    It was difficult on Tuesday on Interstate 70 Westbound near Richmond as a multi-vehicle pileup took place. The crash, which was reported Tuesday Morning, crews cleaned up the scene and left Tuesday night. Initial reports indicated that as many as 30 cars were involved, then later in the day Tuesday, there were a reported 13 involved, nine semi-trailers and four cars. As of 6 p.m. Tuesday, the Indiana State Police said 15 vehicles were involved. The crash happened at approximately 10:30 a.m. Tuesday morning on westbound I-70. The interstate was closed for roughly seven and a half hours. Preliminary investigation revealed the area was receiving a snow squall with white out conditions when a North American Van Lines semi lost control on the icy roadway and jack-knifed across the westbound lanes. A 2000 Freightliner behind the North American truck, driven by Ermst Vieri, age 64 of Ontario, Canada, was able to get stopped but was struck in the rear by another westbound semi. A total of ten semi-trailers and five vehicles were involved. The investigation is ongoing, with charges possible.

PIQUA ROBBER ARRESTED IN HARDIN COUNTY - January 13, 2016
    A man wanted in Piqua for aggravated robbery was reportedly caught Sunday evening in Hardin County. Steven A Bixler, 32, is currently being held in the Miami County Jail on $100,000 bond. He was arraigned earlier this week, on the charge of first-degree felony aggravated robbery. An arrest warrant was issued last week for Steven A. Bixler, 32, in connection with the robbery of the Spring Thru Drive Thru, located at 225 Spring St., on Wednesday, Dec. 30. According to the Piqua Police Department, Bixler was believed to be homeless and possibly armed. The Spring Thru Drive Thru was reportedly robbed by an armed suspect on Wednesday, Dec. 30.

FORT RECOVERY BACK IN COURT - January 12, 2016
    We've been following the trial of Laverne Frame, 45 of Ft. Recovery, who on Monday was sentenced to 12 years behind bars on sex charges with a family member. Frame was discovered to have fathered three children with a close family member. Following an interview with the victim about the allegations, they discovered that Frame had allegedly forced her into having sex multiple times in 2007. The crimes reportedly occurred between 2007 and 2014 while the pair lived in Bradford. They moved to Mercer County prior to his arrest in October 2015. Last week, Frame was sentenced to four years in a Mercer County courtroom. As part of a plea agreement with the state, Frame pleaded guilty to the four counts of Sexual Battery. The state moved to dismiss one count of Rape and amend the other to Sexual Battery. Frame will be required to register as a Tier III sex offender for the rest of his life.

TOURISM CITIZEN OF THE YEAR AWARD NOMINATIONS - January 12, 2016
    The Tourism Citizen of the Year Award is the highest community recognition award given by the Darke County Visitors Bureau. It is presented annually by the Visitors Bureau at the Darke County Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting to honor an individual who exemplifies the best in tourism to the community. Nominees are now being sought for the 2016 recognition.
    
    The criterion for the selection is
    
    -The nominee is a member of the Darke County community.
    
    -The nominee is a person that is well-rounded in their commitment to tourism through community, employment and volunteerism.
    
    -The nominee has demonstrated extensive and diverse participation, leadership and support in public and/or private tourism endeavors over a period of years.
    
    -The nominee is a leader capable of getting others involved in tourism within the community.
    
    -All selections are made without regard to race, color, creed, gender, age or national origin.
    
    Nomination forms are available at the Darke County Welcome Center located at 421 S. Broadway, Greenville, or call the office at (937) 548-5158, Nominations are due no later than May 1, 2016.

3-VEHICLE ACCIDENTS SENDS ONE TO HOSPITAL - January 11, 2016
    On Friday, we reported on a crash that took place on US Route 36 in the 8700 Block near Gettysburg. An investigation revealed a silver 2010 Dodge Journey driven by Gale A. Butt 44, Piqua, was westbound on US Route 36. Butt's vehicle traveled left of the centerline striking a eastbound silver 2012 Jeep Liberty driven by Casey S. McGlothlin 22, Greenville. McGlothlin's vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway coming to rest in a ditch. Butt's vehicle continued westbound striking an eastbound maroon 2005 Jeep Liberty driven by Dylan S. Knoop 19, Greenville. Knoops vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway coming to rest in a ditch. Butt's vehicle continued westbound off the left side of the roadway coming to rest on the crest of a grass hill. Butts was transported to Miami Valley Hospital by MICU (Mobile Intensive Care Unit) CareFlight declined to fly due to weather conditions, McGlothlin and his passenger, Brooke N. Harrison 22, Greenville, Ohio were treated and released from the scene. Dylan Knoop was also treated and released from the scene.

2016 GOVERNOR'S CUT REGATTA CANCELED - January 11, 2016
    The Celina Governor's Cup Regatta Committee has made the difficult decision to cancel its plans for the Regatta in 2016. The last few years have seen a concerning drop in participating race boats. The 2015 event attracted only 24 racing class boats and just over a dozen vintage craft The committee has spent the months since the 2015 event evaluating the state of inboard hydroplane racing, looking at teams that have participated in the past, taking inventory of how many teams could possibly be encouraged to attend the Celina Regatta, and looking at other inboard hydroplane race events in Ohio and Michigan. Unfortunately, the declining boat count has effected other races as well. The committee is going to work with the APBA (the American Power Boar Association), to see what can be done to build up the number of active race teams within the Midwest and the East coast.

BONES FOUND IN MERCER COUNTY - January 8, 2016
    The Mercer County Sheriff's Office is finished collecting evidence at the crime scene at Grand Lake St. Marys State Park about one mile south of Celina on U.S. 127 near Coldwater Creek. A person walking in the area came across several bones that they suspected to be human remains at 2:43 p.m. Sunday and called the Sheriff's Office. Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey said as of 3 p.m. Thursday, they would begin tearing down the scene. He said that a lot of paperwork had to be done to enter each item collected into evidence. Grey said the tentative plan is to transport the bones to a doctor for investigation on Tuesday. The name and the location of the doctor currently are not being released. He was unsure of when the investigation would be completed. Officers believed initially that the bones were from a deer carcass or some other animal, but upon further examination it was determined that there was a high probability they are human.

GRANTS GIVEN TO AREA CITY AND VILLAGES - January 7, 2016
    A project in Piqua to replace commercial water meters is among 34 communities across Ohio to receive grants to revitalize neighborhoods and downtown business districts. The villages of Potsdam & Gettysburg also receive funding for projects from the Ohio Development Services Agency. In all, more than $9 million in grants were awarded to 34 communities across Ohio through the Community Development Critical Infrastructure, Downtown Revitalization and Neighborhood Revitalization Competitive Set-Aside programs from the Ohio Development Services Agency. Piqua received a $300,000 Critical Infrastructure grant to replace 1,256 residential and 65 commercial water meters on the southwest side of the city with new automated water meter readers. The project will benefit 3,065 people. Miami County received a $250,000 Critical Infrastructure grant to assist the village of Potsdam with a flood and drainage project. The project will install 75 linear feet of 12-inch conduit, 2,000 feet of 18-inch conduit, 1,580 feet of 24-inch conduit, four catch basins, and one storm manhole. The project will benefit 220 people. Darke County received a $300,000 Neighborhood Revitalization grant to help the village of Gettysburg with infrastructure improvements. The project will improve 3,400 linear feet of road, 3,200 linear feet of sidewalk, eight curbcuts, and 3,200 linear feet of curb. The project will also install eight water valves, three fire hydrants, 1,800 linear feet of water line, 10 catch basins, 750 linear feet of storm sewer and relocate two utility poles. The project will benefit 547 people.

TOUR DE DONUT REGISTRATION - January 7, 2016
    Registration is now open for the TENTH Tour de Donut in downtown Arcanum on Sept. 10. The Tour de Donut is a unique timed bicycle event in which in which riders visit doughnut stops during the course and eat doughnuts. For each doughnut the rider eats during the ride they have five minutes deducted from their ride time. New routes will center near Lewisburg with doughnut stops in Gordon, Lewisburg and at Kennedy Vineyards. There will be 3 different courses, a 15 mile, 30 mile and a 64 mile. The largest free kids event in Darke County will take place at 8 a.m. on George Street. All kids will receive a free T-shirt, finisher medal and all the doughnuts and milk they care to eat. Prizes are awarded in age group classes. Expanding for 2016 will be Friday evening dinner rides and entertainment and a ride to A.R. Winery. The event offers free camping and sleeping bag space, a downtown finish line festival area with live music, food and outdoor sports vendors. The event sold out with 2,000 participants from 25 states came to Darke County to compete. Online and mail-in registration opened Jan. 1 with 60 participants signing up that day. Registration will be open until the 2,000 rider limit is reached or until the Sept. 1 deadline. There is no day of registration. For more information visit www.thetourdedonut.com.

MAIN STREET GREENVILLE'S GIVING GALA - January 7, 2016
    The first ever Main Street Giving Gala will be held on Saturday February 13th at Romer's Catering in Downtown Greenville. This event serves as a fundraiser for Main Street Greenville's Street Art Saturday Program. The event begins at 6pm and tickets are still available, but going fast.Tickets are $40/person, $75/couple or $300 for a table of eight. Enjoy Dinner, a film, presentation and a live band. For more information, visit mainstreetgreenville.org or visit them on Facebook.

SMALL FARMER MEETING IN MARCH - January 4, 2016
    OSU Extension is offering a program targeted at the new and small farmer. The Ohio New and Small Farm College is an 8 week program that introduces new and even seasoned farmers to a wide variety of topics. The program will teach participants how to set goals, plan, budget, and where to find resources available for them if they chose to start a small farming operation. The courses will layout how to manage financial and farm records. Extension Educators will illustrate many different enterprises that can be profitable on land as small as one acre. The educators will show the benefits and pitfalls of each enterprise so that the participant will be able to pick and chose what may work best for them and what suits their interest. The New and Small Farm College will be conducted at three locations this year across the state with one being in Miami County on March 14th. This class will be limited to the First 40 registrations. For more information or to register call Miami County Extension office at (937) 440-3945.

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