COMPLETION OF PROJECT AT WHIRLPOOL - May 5, 2016
    Whirlpool Corporation is celebrating significant investments at two of the company's manufacturing facilities in Greenville and Findlay, Ohio. Wednesday, Whirlpool held a ribbon cutting to mark completion of a $40 million project to expand operations at its Greenville, facility. A project to invest in and double the size of Whirlpool Corporation's Greenville operations was announced in 2014. Whirlpool produces KitchenAid brand stand mixers and attachments, hand mixers and blenders at the Greenville facility, which has been in operation since 1942. The facility employs more than an estimated 1,200 men and women. Production of the stand mixer doubled at the Greenville facility 2009-2014. Whirlpool will celebrate the completion of the Greenville expansion and break ground at their Findlay facility. Since 2010, Whirlpool has invested more than $1 billion in new facilities and plant upgrades. The company currently employs approximately 23,000 U.S. manufacturing workers, more than any other U.S.-based appliance manufacturer.

DRUG BUST IN WINCHESTER - May 5, 2016
    Earlier this week, we reported on a few drug bust in Union City, Indiana. Another search warrant was served, but this time in Winchester. Levi Tucker, 22, of the 600 block of East Short Street, was preliminary charged with dealing in marijuana, possession of marijuana, maintaining a common nuisance and possession of paraphernalia. The Winchester man was arrested and up to five pounds of marijuana, packaged to be sold, was seized during the search. Winchester police also seized "ledgers of sale and debts owed by users, along with scales, packaging material and a marijuana growers guide". The raid followed a month-long investigation.

RUBBER DUCK RACE IN JUNE - May 5, 2016
    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County is making plans for the upcoming annual fundraising event, 2016 Rubber Duck Race. This event will be held on Thursday, June 23rd. The Duck launch will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Geib Pavilion in Tawawa Park. In addition to the duck race, the agency will also host the tenth annual Duck N' Run/Walk 5k race, which is a part of the Shelby County 5K Tour. The 5k run/walk will be held on the same evening of Thursday, June 23rd with race time at 8:15 p.m. through scenic Tawawa Park in Sidney. Registration will begin at 7:00 p.m., and a shot-gun start will begin the race at 8:15 p.m. The public is invited to come out at 7:30 p.m. for the Rubber Duck Race to cheer on their adopted rubber duck and compete for some awesome prizes. If you would like to register for the 5k Race, or adopt a "duck", please call the local office at 492-7611 or 547-9622. Interested persons also have the option of obtaining a registration and/or order form on-line. Log on to www.bigbrobigsis-shelbydarke.org and download your forms today.

MOTHER IS CHARGED WITH DEATH OF 21-MONTH OLD SON - May 5, 2016
    On December 13, 2015, Preble County Deputies began investigating the death of a 21 month old child after responding to 5247 Lexington Road. The mother of the child had called 9-1-1, reporting that her son was unresponsive. The child was transported to Preble ER and later transferred to Children's Hospital in
    Dayton. He died on December 14th.
    The Sheriff's Office continued its investigation and presented the case to a Preble County Grand Jury on
    Tuesday, May 3, 2016. The Grand Jury indicted the child's mother, Christy Lynn Warwick, age 37 of West
    Alexandria, with the following crimes:
    
    (1) count of Endangering Children, 3rd degree felony;
    
    (1) count of Involuntary Manslaughter, 1st degree felony
    
    A warrant was issued and Warwick was arrested by deputies on Wednesday, May 4th and is currently housed in the Preble County Jail. Bond in the case has been set at $10,000.00. The death of the child, Sylas Warwick, has been ruled a Homicide due to blunt force trauma to the head.

2ND DRUG BUST IN 2 DAYS IN UNION CITY INDIANA - May 4, 2016
    The Union City Police Department Special Entry Tactical Team (SETT) served a search warrant in the early morning hours Wednesday. This is the second search warrant in as many days leading to the recovery of drugs in Union City. Officers contacted two adults, who were later arrested on numerous charges.
    On May 4, 2016 at approximately 1:08 AM, members of Union City SETT served a no knock search warrant at 1009 N Plum St, in Union City Indiana. Upon entering the residence, officers identified Morgan L Gard (24, Union City IN) and Victoria L Zehringer (25, Union City IN). Officers located Marijuana, marijuana wax, prescription drugs, several items of paraphernalia and items consistent with dealing marijuana. Officers from the Union City Ohio Police Department as well as Randolph County Sheriffs deputies assisted in the warrant service.
    Gard and Zehringer were lodged in the Randolph County Jail on the following charges. Maintaining a common nuisance- Level 6 Felony, Possession of a legend drug- Level 6 Felony, Possession of marijuana- B Misdemeanor and possession of paraphernalia- A Misdemeanor. Additional charges have been submitted to the Randolph County Prosecutor.

STANDOFF IN MINSTER HOME - May 4, 2016
    Law enforcement agencies from three counties were involved with negotiations with a man inside a rural Minster home. It was Tuesday afternoon around 12:30 when the call came down of a man with a gun who was held up in a house on State Route 119. The man, was threatening suicide and was in a residence on State Route 119, east of Minster. When deputies arrived on the scene, they learned a juvenile male was also present in the home. Deputies were able to remove the juvenile to safety and began talking to the male to get him to surrender. The adult male didn't surrender and the Auglaize County Special Response Team was dispatched along with negotiators. Further information at the scene revealed the possibility of explosive devices in the home. A second Special Response Team was called in from the Shelby County Sheriff's Office along with the bomb squad from the Allen County Sheriff's Office. After approximately four hours, the 38-year-old male surrendered. He was taken to the hospital for treatment.

HONEYSUCKLE TALK AT CITY COUNCIL MEETING - May 4, 2016
    Greenville City Council met on Tuesday for their regularly scheduled meeting. Council voted on and approved 8 ordinances and resolutions. During the Administrative Reports, Safety Service Director, Curt Garrison asked council multiple times if the city could move forward on a planned Honeysuckle Street road repave project. The city is preparing to repave the road that has been in desperate need of work for several years. However, citizens were hoping for a total reconstruction of the road, similar to a project that recently took place to neighboring Gardenwood Drive. Last week, City Council met for a general work session to talk about the project and their options. The next City of Greenville Council meeting will be Tuesday, May 17, at 7:30 in the City Building.

MAIN STREET GREENVILLE QUARTER-FINALIST IN CONTEST - May 3, 2016
    Main Street Greenville has announced that they have been named a quarter-finalist in a nationwide contest through Independent We Stand. There were a total of 253 nominees, and they are in the top 25. Main Street Greenville is a historic district offering architectural beauty, charm, and a vibrant shopping atmosphere with over 50 quaint shops, stores and dining opportunities for all to enjoy. Independent We Stand invites the public to vote for their favorite quarter-finalist and move a deserving Main Street one step closer to the grand prize of $25,000. "America's Main Streets" contest requires a voting process to win a $25,000 prize. MSG is asking for community support to win. For more information and to vote, visit www.mainstreetgreenville.org.

OHIO STATE TROOPER NOT INDICTED IN SHOOTING - May 3, 2016
    The Mercer County Grand Jury has decided not to indict the Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper who fatally shot 22-year-old Justin McHenry on Nov. 29, 2015, according to a press release from Matthew Fox, Mercer County Prosecutor. Officials say McHenry parked his 1991 Chevrolet S-10 near the area of Main and Livingston Streets and walked over to Trooper Brandon Chaney's patrol car. According to Chaney, McHenry became confrontational and ordered him out of the patrol car. Chaney got out of his vehicle to deal with the suspect when he said the suspect pulled out a gun. In an attempt to disarm the suspect, gunfire was exchanged. The suspect was hit by rounds from the trooper's gun. McHenry was taken to Mercer County Community Hospital in Coldwater and was later airlifted to St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima. There, he was pronounced dead. After considering the testimony of the witness and the evidence presented, the grand jury found and held that the actions of Justin D. McHenry towards trooper Brandon Chaney presented the imminent threat of serious physical harm or death toward Brandon Chaney. The Ohio State Highway Patrol said it's not clear why McHenry confronted the trooper.

INDIANA VOTERS HIT THE POLLS - May 3, 2016
    Indiana voters head to the polls on Tuesday, and for the first time in a long time, the eyes of the nation will be watching. Heavy voter turnout is expected across Indiana, driven, primarily, by the Republican race for President. Early voting turnout has hit record highs with more than 270,000 people casting ballots ahead of the primary, according to the Indiana Election Division. Early voting totals through Sunday already were nearly 50 percent more than the state's record for early voting set in the 2008 primary - which featured the tight race between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination. Polling locations around the state will be open 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. local time. Voters can confirm their registration, find their polling sites and get information about candidates on their ballots at www.Indianavoters.com.

DRUG BUST IN UNION CITY - May 3, 2016
    The Union City Police Department Special Entry Tactical Team (SETT) served a search warrant early Tuesday morning. On May 3, 2016 at approximately 12:47 AM, members of Union City SETT served that search warrant at 624 N Union St, in Union City Indiana. Upon entering the residence, officers identified five people, including one child. This concluded an investigation of reported drug use, sales and manufacturing at the residence. During the search, officers located marijuana, several syringes, empty gel caps, heroin and numerous pills, along with other items of paraphernalia.
    Kyle Scott Hartman (26, Union City IN) was arrested on the following charges. Dealing narcotic drug, level 5 Felony, possession of narcotic drug, level 6 Felony, dealing controlled substance, level 6 Felony, sale of legend drug, Level 6 Felony, 2 counts possession of a syringe, Level 6 Felony, maintaining common nuisance, Level 6 Felony, possession of controlled substance, A Misdemeanor, possession of marijuana, B Misdemeanor and reckless possession of paraphernalia, B Misdemeanor. Hartman remains in the Randolph County Jail at the time of this release.

FRIENDS OF THE SHELTER GARAGE SALE - May 2, 2016
    The Darke County Friends of the Shelter will sponsor a Garage Sale on Thursday, May 5th (9:00am - 5:00pm), Friday, May 6th (9:00am - 5:00pm), and Saturday, May 7th (9:00am - 12pm) at 6026 Arcanum-Bearsmill Road Greenville . All proceeds will be used to maintain the Dog Park "Scentral Park", South of the Animal Shelter on County Home Road in Greenville.

MAY IS MOTORCYCLE AWARENESS MONTH - May 2, 2016
    Urging motorists to "Look twice and save a life," the Darke County Board of Commissioners proclaimed May 2016 as "Motorcycle Awareness Month" during a recent board meeting. The proclamation was made possible through the efforts of ABATE of Ohio, Inc. ABATE - "American Bikers Aimed Toward Education" - a not-for-profit organization dedicated to "preserving the rights, improving the image, and promoting safe operation practices of Ohio motorcyclists." The commissioners' proclamation urges not only motorists, but "clubs, dealerships, groups and highway safety officials in our state" to join ABATE to actively promote safe operation, increased rider training and improved licensing efforts. Abate of Ohio, Inc. is open to all persons 18 years of older having an interest in preserving personal freedoms and sharing the group's goals. Owning a motorcycle is not necessary. Dues are assessed yearly. Single memberships are $30; couples, $50. For more information on ABATE, visit the organization's website at www.abate.com.

WEEKEND ACCIDENTS IN SOUTHERN DARKE COUNTY - May 2, 2016
    It was an interesting scene on Sunday, when a car crashed atop a retaining wall in front of the Dollar General store in New Madison. The crash was reported at 3 p.m. when a silver Chevrolet Impala was northbound on Main Street in New Madison lost control and hit a guardrail fence post. The impact stopped the Impala from going over the stone retaining wall and dropping to the parking lot below. The car had to be secured before the driver could be extracted. That person was transported to Wayne HealthCare with injuries. There were reports of the driver speeding in town and reckless driving in the area. The crash remains under investigation.
    Another crash near New Madison, took place on Saturday. The single-car crash was reported around 11:20 a.m. on Ohio 726 near the intersection with Ohio 722. A woman was headed northwest on Ohio 726 when she lost control of her Nissan Altima. She went off the roadway, then got back on the road but then swerved to avoid an oncoming car. Her Nissan then left the road a second time, striking a pole and coming to rest in a field. The woman and her baby were taken to Wayne HealthCare. The woman injuries were not life-threatening, and the infant was taken for evaluation. The crash remains under investigation.

INDIANA PRIMARY ELECTION - April 29, 2016
    More Indiana residents have cast their votes early for the state's primary election than any of the previous nomination contests during the same time period in at least two decades. The Indiana Secretary of State's Election Division reported Thursday that more than 157,000 early votes had been cast between April 5 and Wednesday. That's nearly 30,000 more for the same period for the 2008 primary, the last one without a presidential incumbent. Observers have credited the increased turnout to the hotly contested presidential primaries from both Democrats and Republicans. Indiana's record-setting turnout so far follows a dismal 2014 general election - one of the lowest rates in the nation. State officials and some of the campaigns this year have stressed efforts to bolster early campaigning and increase turnout.

DARKE COUNTY MARCH OF DIMES SATURDAY - April 29, 2016
    The Darke County Fairgrounds will once again be the home of the Darke County March for Babies. This year's walk in on Saturday, April 30th. The March for Babies will start at 8:00 a.m. where individuals and teams can turn in their donations, if they have not already done so. The walk will then start at 9:00. In addition to the 5 mile route through Greenville there is a one mile fun journey within the fairgrounds area. This family friendly day also features free food for the walkers, entertainment, and a kids zone for the little ones with music, balloons, and face painting along with games and crafts. The event welcomes individual walkers, as well as family, corporate, and school teams. March of Dimes mission is improving the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality. For more information visit http://www.marchofdimes.org.

VECTREN REPLACING GAS LINES - April 29, 2016
    Vectren crews and contractors are already working to replace gas mains and service lines in in 15 cities across the service area. The work is part of a multi-year program to replace 700 miles of bare steel and cast iron pipeline infrastructure. This year's work is an investment of more than $37 million to replace 55 miles of pipeline in 15 cities, including: Greenville, Piqua, Sidney, Troy and West Milton. First, the gas main - a pipeline that ranges from 2 to 8 inches and is often under the street or sidewalk - is replaced within the right of way and then the service lines that run directly to homes and businesses will be replaced. Upon completion of the project, affected yards, sidewalks and streets will be restored, Vectren said. Since 2009, more than 260 miles of the 700 total have been replaced. For more information, visit www. vectren.com/pipelinereplacement, where an interactive map displays existing and upcoming work in each city.

BULLET PROOF VEST FOR DARKE COUNTY K-9 - April 28, 2016
    Darke County Sheriff's Office K9 Britta will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Britta's vest is sponsored by a memorial donation to honor the late Donnie Buff and will be embroidered with the sentiment "In memory of S.W.A.T. Officer Don Buff". Delivery is expected within eight to ten weeks. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, MA whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. The non-profit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 officers. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 1,800 protective vests, in 49 states, through private and corporate donations, at a cost of over 1.6 million dollars. All vests are custom made in the USA by Armor Express in Central Lake, MI. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events, and accepts tax-deductible donations of any denomination at www.vik9s.org.

MIAMI COUNTY DETECTIVES LOOKING FOR "JANE DOE" - April 28, 2016
    Investigators in Miami County are reaching out to the public in helping identifying a "Jane Doe" from 1981. An unidentified female homicide victim was found 35 years ago on April 24, 1981 in Miami County. She was found in a ditch along Greenlee Road located west of Troy. She had been deceased less than 2 days before she was found. The female is estimated to be in her late teens to early twenties. She was approximately 5'6" and 125 lbs. She had long reddish-brown hair that was styled in two side braids and a part down the middle. The female appears Caucasian. She had freckles on her face. The female had several scars; one beneath her chin, one on her left arm, two on her left wrist, right hand, right ankle, and right foot. The female had also been treated by a dentist in life. The female was found clothed wearing bell bottom blue jeans, a brown turtleneck sweater with an orange crisscross design on the front, and a handmade tan buckskin pull-over jacket with leather fringe around the seams with a deep purple lining.
    In February of 2016 Miami County Sheriff's detectives working with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children provided forensic scientists with case information on Jane Doe, who then conducted a facial reconstruction with new technology and additional lab testing on the clothing. Miami County Sheriff's detectives sent the clothing recovered from Jane Doe to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Southwest Regional Science Center in Houston, TX, to test pollen collected from the clothing.
    On April 24th, 2016 the Miami County Sheriff’s Office received lab results from the pollen testing on the clothing. Pollen analysis of the clothing recovered on the female suggest that she was from or spent a significant amount of time in the northeastern dry-oak forest region, which includes areas in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island.
    Some pollen grains in excellent condition, from a more arid region in the western U.S. or northern Mexico, were found on the outer layers of her clothing, including her jeans and jacket. This suggests that the female traveled to an arid region in the western U.S. or northern Mexico shortly before she was killed. Additional testing will performed in the near future in an attempt to narrow the region/location of the country the unidentified female may have been from. People can view her picture on the Miami County Sheriff's Office Facebook Page. If anyone recognizes or has any information in regards to Jane Doe's identity, please contact Detective's at 937-440-3965 ext. 6629 or the Miami County Communication Center at 937-440-9911.

SECOND NATIONAL BANK TEMPORARILY CLOSED - April 28, 2016
    Second National Bank is closed temporarily while law enforcement authorities investigate a threat that was made to bank employees this morning via phone.
    
    The security of our clients and associates is our top priority, and our offices will remain closed until authorities have determined the legitimacy of the threat and confirm it is safe for us to return to our offices. We will post messages on our website as updates become available. We appreciate your patience throughout this situation, which we hope will be resolved quickly. For immediate service, we encourage our clients to:
    
    Call customer service team at Park National Bank 1-888-791-8633
    (Park National Bank is affiliated with Second National Bank and can provide the same services and information to bank clients)
    
    Use online banking or our mobile app
    Use telebank 1-937-548-2123
    Use an ATM

TRAFFIC STOP RESULTS IN DRUG BUST - April 27, 2016
    A traffic stop in Winchester early Tuesday set in motion events that led police to heroin, cocaine and a marijuana-growing operation in a local home. A Randolph County Sheriff's deputy approached a car driven by Karla F. Hibbard, 20, about 3:20 a.m. after noticing a portion of her vehicle's license plate was not visible. Deputies and Winchester police officers said they found two tablets - determined to be a narcotic pain killer - on the seat of Hibbard's passenger, 22-year-old Zachary L. Fellers, and more tablets wrapped in plastic in his sock. Hibbard, meanwhile, revealed to the officers that she had a syringe. Authorities later served a search warrant at a nearby apartment, in the 300 block of East Washington Street, where Hibbard and Fellers reportedly lived. According to a police report, items found at the scene included capsules that contained heroin, along with cocaine, prescription medication and drug paraphernalia. Fellers and Hibbard were preliminarily charged with dealing in heroin, dealing in cocaine, possession of heroin, possession of cocaine, maintaining a common nuisance and possession of legend drug. Hibbard also faces a count of unlawful possession of a syringe. They're being held in the Randolph County jail.

SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED TO DARKE COUNTY STUDENTS - April 27, 2016
    The Darke County Historical Society is pleased to announce that the Harry G. Thomas Medical Scholarship award for the 2015-2016 academic year has been presented to John Sullenbarger, Bradley Subler, Amy Wilcox, and Melanie Stall. All recipients are graduates of Darke County high schools and are currently attending medical school. The H.G. Thomas Medical Scholarship program, administered by the Darke County Historical Society, was established and funded in 1971 by Lowell Thomas and his sister Pherbia Thomas Thornburg, in memory of their father Dr Harry G. Thomas. The program was later supplemented by a bequest from Lowell Thomas's will, with the interest generated by the fund being used to offer scholarships. Eligibility for the Harry G. Thomas Medical Scholarship requires the applicant to be a resident of Darke County, a graduate of a Darke County high school, and must have been accepted into a medical school.

COMMISSIONERS & HEALTH DEPARTMENT TO HELP SUBDIVISION - April 26, 2016
    The Darke County Commissioners met on Monday, for their regularly scheduled meeting. The Commissioners approved a letter from the Health Department on a plan for immediate elimination of the nuisance and pollution from septic systems on Beamsville-Webster Road (Moorman's First Subdivision). The 9 residents in the Subdivision are experiencing a problem with drainage in their front yards. The Health Department has applied for the Water Pollution Control Lund Fund from the Ohio EPA and has been successful in securing $300,000 to help assist the homeowners. In the letter the Health Department suggest a plan of action with 5 steps. For more information on the letter, the Health Department can be contacted at 548-4196 ext 201. The next Darke County Commissioners meeting is Wednesday at 1:30 in Downtown Greenville.

JURY DUTY SCAM IN MIAMI COUNTY - April 26, 2016
    In Miami County, scammers are calling area residents claiming to represent the Sheriff's Office enforcing a court order in which the target failed to comply with jury duty. The scammer will then tell the target that they owe money for missing jury duty or face a warrant being issued for their arrest. Scammers have represented that they are from the Montgomery and Miami County Sheriff's Offices. Residents should hang-up on the scammers and if telephone harassment continues contact your local law enforcement agency.

VERSAILLES POULTRY DAYS PARADE REGISTRATION - April 26, 2016
    Registration is open for Versailles Poultry Days' Grand Parade and the Antique Car and Tractor Parades. To register for two of the largest parades in the area, go to Activities at versaillespoultrydays.com. They expect over 125 units again this year for the Grand Parade which will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, June 11th. Awards are given for Junior Civic, Senior Civic, Commercial, Theme Award, Queen's Trophy, Mayor's Trophy and Chairman's Choice. The deadline for registering for the Grand Parade is May 25th. The Antique Car and Tractor Parade begins at 2:30 on Sunday, June 12th and is preceded by a cruise-in display beginning at 9:00 am. The Antique Car and Tractor display will be held on the grounds of the Versailles High School and expects to surpass 200 vehicles with music, door prizes and a raffle. The 65th annual Versailles Poultry Days will be held June 10-12th with a festival theme of "A Salute to the American Farmer". Please visit the website www.versaillespoultrydays.com for event details and schedules.

STATE ROAD 26 IN JAY COUNTY TO CLOSE - April 25, 2016
    An $8.2 million construction project on State Road 26 in Jay County will close the highway on or after Wednesday, May 4 for about seven months. A signed detour will direct state highway traffic around the closure via State Road 67 and State Road 1. Motorists with local destinations are encouraged to plan ahead and seek their best alternate routes. To maintain local access as much as possible, County Road 200 West will remain open throughout most of the project for north-south traffic crossing State Road 26. This access will be closed for up to 60 days sometime after June 1, 2016. State Road 26 and County Road 200 West are expected to open to traffic before the end of November.

MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT SENDS 4 FROM GREENVILLE TO HOSPITALS - April 25, 2016
    In Shelby County, a crash involving three motorcycles Saturday afternoon sent four people from Greenville to area hospitals. The crash happened shortly before 4 p.m. on Ohio 66 at Basinburg Road in Cynthian Twp. south of Fort Loramie. Preliminary investigation shows that 61-year-old Charles Fitzgerald, driving a maroon Harley Davidson, rear-ended another motorcycle driven by 40-year-old Matthew Fitzgerald, which forced the second bike into a third motorcycle driven by 28-year-old Mathew Hoff, all of Greenville. Both motorcycles struck had passengers. Falicia Oostra, 41, of Greenville, was riding with Matthew Fitzgerald, and 28-year-old Rebecca Hoff, also from Greenville, was riding with Mathew Hoff. Rebecca Hoff was taken from the scene by CareFlight to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, while Mathew Hoff was not injured. Matthew Fitzgerald, Oostra and Charles Fitzgerald were taken to Wilson Memorial Hospital in Sidney, where Charles Fitzgerald was later transferred by CareFlight to Miami Valley Hospital. Charles Fitzgerald was in serious condition and Rebecca Hoff in fair condition on Sunday night at Miami Valley Hospital. The crash remains under investigation.

FATAL TRAFFIC ACCIDENT IN PREBLE COUNTY - April 25, 2016
    The Preble County Sheriff's Office is investigating a vehicle fatal crash that occurred on Saturday, April 23rd at approximately 11:33 P.M. The crash occurred on State Route 122, north of Greenbush Road. The preliminary investigation indicates that a 2011 Chevrolet Impala was traveling north on State Route 122 and left the right side of the roadway. The vehicle struck a driveway/culvert and went airborne. The vehicle flipped and came to rest on its top. The driver of the vehicle, Charles Osborne, age 66 of Camden, Ohio, was pronounced dead at the scene. Karen Osborne, age 49 of Camden, Ohio, who was a passenger, was transported by Careflight to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, where she was in stable condition. Neither occupant of the vehicle was wearing their seatbelt at the time of the crash. Deputies are working to determine if alcohol was a factor in the crash. Gratis FD & EMS and West Elkton - Gratis Twp. FD responded to the scene. The crash remains under investigation by the Sheriff's Office.

SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE FOR GREENVILLE & ANSONIA ALUMI - April 25, 2016
    Bridges to College is offering renewable scholarships of up to $750 each to eligible Greenville and Ansonia High School graduates. Students who graduated from GHS or AHS within the last five years are eligible for the scholarships. This will be the tenth year that Bridges to College has offered scholarships to area high school students. The deadline for the scholarships is May 15th. These scholarships are unique in that they are renewable for up to four years. This means that if students do well, Bridges to College will continue to support them. Scholarship recipients are required to complete 15 hours of community service for a nonprofit organization in Darke County. Guidelines and applications are available in the guidance offices at Greenville High School and Ansonia High School. Applications are also available online at the Bridges to College website, www.bridges2college.org.

DARKE COUNTY CHAMBER RECEIVES AWARD - April 22, 2016
    The Ohio Chamber's Action Alliance (CAA) awarded the Darke County Chamber of Commerce the 2016 Best Advocacy Campaign Award for its extraordinary efforts and commitment to advocating against State Issue 3 which would have legalized marijuana. This is the third 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. The CAA determines state-wide policy issues facing the business community, educates and empowers pro-businesses advocates to take action, and champions a business-friendly climate throughout the state of Ohio. Every year the CAA selects one local chamber that has done outstanding work on a single issue to recognize. The Darke County Chamber is a leader in Ohio in helping to educate workers and business owners on drugs in the workplace and is a leading supporter of drug-free workplaces.

NEEDLE EXCHANGE PROGRAM IN INDIANA - April 22, 2016
    Two Indiana counties are seeking permission from the state to begin or continue needle exchange programs in an effort to slow the spread of hepatitis C and HIV among narcotic drug users. Commissioners in Wayne and Scott counties voted unanimously Wednesday in favor of their respective needle exchanges. Wayne County has been planning for its proposed exchange since 2015, when a local official declared a health emergency due to the number of HIV and hepatitis C infections. Both counties must submit paperwork, including a form explaining other ways they have tried to combat the viruses, before they can receive permission from the Indiana State Department of Health for the exchanges. If its request to set up an exchange is approved, the Wayne County Health Department would arrange a location for two hours each month where opiate users could turn in used syringes and needles, and receive a safety box with new syringes and needles. Supporters of the exchanges hope they will reduce the amount of disease-carrying needles in sidewalks, yards, parks and other public places.

PIQUA MAN CHARGED IN ROBBERIES - April 21, 2016
    A Piqua resident has been charged and arraigned in connection with the December armed robbery of Subway. James L. Mumaw, III, 26, of Piqua, is facing charges of first-degree felony aggravated robbery and third-degree felony tampering with evidence. Mumaw is accused of displaying a large butcher knife at the Subway located at 1225 E. Ash St. in Piqua, stealing money from the cash register, and then fleeing the scene at the beginning of last December. Mumaw allegedly admitted to committing the Subway robbery while he was in jail on an unrelated charge of third-degree felony robbery. In late December, Mumaw was accused of robbing the Marathon gas station located at 315 Looney Road in Piqua. Mumaw pleaded guilty to that incident in February. According to court records, Mumaw also wore the same clothing to the Marathon robbery as he did to the Subway robbery. Mumaw is currently being held in the Miami County Jail on a total of $85,000 bond. A preliminary hearing for Mumaw is scheduled for Wednesday, April 27.

AIRPORT TENANTS RECEIVE TERMINATION LETTERS - April 21, 2016
    The Darke County Commissioners met on Wednesday, for their regularly scheduled meeting. All 3 Commissioners approved a motion to issue letters terminating the occupancy of nine tenants at the Darke County Airport. Margaret Hayes, Darke County Assistant Prosecutor, was present at the meeting and said the lease agreements were enacted by the commissioners in line with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requirements for airport operators. The letter states that the tenants must "comply with all of its terms and conditions" or they must leave the premises by May 31. John Cook, Business Administrator for the county said 85% are compliant when talking about current tenants. On a side note, the Commissioners plan to grow and enhance the airport when looking into the near future. The next Commissioners meeting will be Monday at 1:30 in Downtown Greenville.

FIRST FRIDAY AND UPPER FLOOR TOURS IN DOWNTOWN GREENVILLE - April 21, 2016
    Main Street Greenville's First Friday Upper Floor Tour has been scheduled for Friday, May 6th. This amazing tour will take place from 6-9 pm and will include 4 upper floor locations and 1 bonus location downtown. Also, since it is "First Friday", downtown businesses will be open late for you to shop, dine, and enjoy. The following buildings will be featured on the tour this year: 406 S. Broadway (2nd & 3rd floor above The Merchant House), 334 S. Broadway (space above Bach to Rock), 524 1/2 S. Broadway (space above Readmore's Hallmark), and The Palace Building (3rd floor above The Coffee Pot, D'Alessios, The Double M Diner). The bonus location (no ticket necessary to view this location) will be the Darke County Model Railroad Club, located at 405 1/2 S. Broadway. To learn more, visit www.DowntownGreenville.org, follow them on Facebook, or contact them at 937-548-4998.

SANDERS ARRESTED FOR TRAFFICKING DRUGS - April 19, 2016
    On April 18, 2016 at approximately 9:00pm the Darke County Sheriff's Office Drug Enforcement Unit arrested Timothy Sanders, age 36, for trafficking illegal narcotics. Sanders was taken into custody at 209 East Main Street, Room# 117, in Greenville. The arrest stems from an on going investigation for drug trafficking, including trafficking the drugs in the vicinity of children. Following the arrest, Sanders was taken to the Darke County Jail and booked in for trafficking crack cocaine. Sheriff Toby L. Spencer takes a strong stand against the use of illegal drugs and drug trafficking in our community. Citizens are encouraged to contact the Darke County Sheriff's Office at (937) 548-2020 with information regarding any criminal activity. Citizens may also contact Darke County Crime Stoppers at (937) 547-1661 or www.darkecountycrimestoppers.com. Information can be left anonymously.

DONATION MADE TO BIG BROTHERS/BIG SISTERS - April 19, 2016
    The Dayton Power & Light Foundation recently made a donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County along with the Lydia E. Shaurer Memorial Trust administered through the Darke County Foundation. Both of these donations will assist the agency in continuing to serve "at risk" children in our two county service area. Mentoring programs provide support, activities, education, and most importantly, a mentor for children who may be considered at-risk of an abusive environment. 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. If you are interested in more information about the Big Brothers Big Sisters program or would like to volunteer; you can call our office at 937-492-7611 or 547-9622, or access more information at www.bigbrobigsis-shelby-darke.org.

DOG ATTACKS TALKED ABOUT AT COMMISSIONERS MEETING - April 19, 2016
    The Darke County Commissioners met for their regularly scheduled meeting on Monday. During the public comments, 2 concerned citizens addressed the commissioners about a dog attack that took place in Greenville back in April. In early April, a teenage boy was attacked by 2 dogs (Pitt Bull and Sheep Dog) on Penn Street. The dog attack resulted in cuts, bite wounds and multiple stitches. The boy's father came to the commissioners in hopes to amend some of the ordinances in the county dealing with dogs. He hopes that if a vicious dog bites someone in the future that the dog will be placed in the custody of the animal shelter immediately and held there until judgement has been made pertaining to the case. The concerned father lives near a private and public school in the area and doesn't want to see another kid attacked by dogs with a record. The incident is being handled by the animal shelter and court. The commissioners applauded the father for handling the situation the right way. The next Darke County Commissioners meeting will be Wednesday at 1:30 in Downtown Greenville.

FUNDS AVAILABLE FROM ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS - April 19, 2016
    Organizations, governmental units, and/or individuals that further presentation of or education in the arts in Darke County are invited to apply for funds available from Darke County Endowment for the Arts (DCEA) for financial assistance to achieve their goals. Projects available for consideration may include innovative plans and programs that increase the quality and stature of the arts, increase accessibility to the arts, enable collaboration between arts groups, or provide recognition for exceptional artistic achievements or provide for the maintenance and development of arts facilities. To be eligible for funding, applicants must be located in or provide services to Darke County. Grant applications may be obtained by writing to DCEA at P.O. Box 155, Greenville, OH. To be eligible for consideration, completed forms should be received at either of those addresses on or before the 30th day of May, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.

HEROIN BUST IN MERCER COUNTY - April 18, 2016
    Sheriff Jeff Grey and Celina Chief Tom Wale announce drug arrests made by HIT (Heroin Interdiction Team). Arrested were Christopher Haynes, Age 23 from 3342 Oregon Road, Celina, and Sydney E. Dicke, Age 20 from 211 South Franklin, New Bremen. Haynes was arrested for Obstruction and Possession of Heroin. Dicke were arrested for Possession Heroin. On Saturday April 16, 2016 at 1:19 PM HIT conducted a traffic stop in Celina in the area of Touvelle and Bruns Ave. During the stop Dicke was acting suspicious and was observed trying to move something under her clothes. Dicke eventually turned over a baggie that contained several capsules that she had concealed internally. The capsules were field tested, and tested positive for heroin. The driver of the vehicle (Haynes) admitted the heroin belonged to him and asked Dicke to conceal it. Haynes and Dicke were transported to the Adult Detention Facility and held on $125,000.00 bond subject to 10%. This traffic stop was a result of HIT surveillance and tips received by the public. This investigation is ongoing, and will be forwarded to the Mercer County Prosecutor for consideration of additional charges.

MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT IN MIAMI COUNTY SENDS 2 TO HOPSITAL - April 18, 2016
    A head-on crash between a motorcycle and a SUV on Saturday saw the motorcycle driver and passenger transported by CareFlight. The crash occurred around 6:30 p.m. at the intersection of County Road 25-A and Troy-Sidney Road, just north of Paris Court Trailer Park. From reports, the motorcyclist and passenger were northbound on County Road 25-A when they attempted to turn left onto Troy-Sidney Road, striking a southbound SUV head-on. The impact threw one of the cyclists into the windshield of the SUV and drove the motorcycle backward approximately 15 yards. Both the driver of the motorcycle, Tyler Jackson, 18, and his passenger, Kelly Ingram, 19, both of Vandalia, suffered extensive injuries. It was reported that neither was wearing a helmet. CareFlight was called to transport both. The driver of the SUV, Kati Starnes, 30, of Sidney, was not injured. Firefighters and paramedics from Piqua and firefighters from Fletcher responded to the scene to care for injured and set up a landing zone for CareFlight. The crash is being investigated by the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

SEXUAL ASSAULT OCCURS IN MIAMI COUNTY - April 18, 2016
    Last week, Miami County deputies received a complaint involving a sexual assault against a minor under the age of 13 that had occurred several years prior. Investigation ensued and Miami County Sheriff's detectives arrested Gary W. Grubb, age 51, of Bethel Township for rape and three counts of gross sexual imposition involving a minor under the age of 13. Grubb was incarcerated in the Miami County jail without incident. On Friday, Miami County Sheriff's detectives also arrested David E. Yates, age 61, of Union Township for two counts of rape of a minor under the age of 13. The investigation had been on-going for several weeks. Yates was incarcerated in the Miami County jail without incident. Anyone who may have additional information on either case is asked to call 937-440-3965 EXT. 6632. The two cases are not related.

STATE ROUTE 49 SOUTH CLOSURE - April 16, 2016
    Darke County Sheriff Toby L. Spencer cautions motorists while traveling around the State Route 49 closure. The State Route 49 closure is located between Myers-Tillman Road and Hogpath Road south of Greenville. The designated detour for this closure from Greenville is US Route 127 south to State Route 503 south to State Route 722 east to State Route 49. It is reversed for north bound traffic from the Darke County line. The area on State Route 49 between US Route 127 and State Route 722 is open to local traffic only and those that live in the area of the closure. Commercial truck traffic is not permitted off the designated detour unless delivering to a specific location within the area of the closure. Commercial truck traffic traveling on State Route 49 between Hogpath Road and Arcanum Bears Mill Road will be cited for operating on a closed roadway and this will be strictly enforced. Once commercial traffic enters this area there are no roads to accommodate commercial truck traffic and few options for turning around. Private property and VanBuren Township roadways have sustained property damage as a result of traffic not following the designated detour. Local citizens in passenger vehicles are discouraged from using VanBuren Township roads especially Sarver Road as a main route of travel. Sarver Road is a narrow township road and can not accommodate two-way traffic. This has resulted in substantial damage to the shoulder and edge of the roadway. Local non-commercial traffic that is required to travel in this area should use Hogpath Road to Arcanum Bears Mill Road. The roadways on this route of travel can safely accommodate two-way passenger vehicle traffic.

WAKAKONETA WOMAN PLEADS GUILTY IN MANSLAUGHTER - April 15, 2016
    A Wapakoneta woman charged with involuntary manslaughter in the January heroin death of a Piqua man pleaded guilty Thursday as part of a plea deal with Miami County prosecutors. Karmen M. Heniser, 31, was charged along with Ryan Sheppard, 42, of Piqua following the Jan. 3 death of Benjamin Jacomet, 34, in Piqua. Heniser and Sheppard, accused of selling heroin to Jacomet, were charged with felony involuntary manslaughter and felony trafficking in drugs. Charges filed by police allege the heroin sold to Jacomet resulted in his death. Both Heniser and Sheppard earlier pleaded not guilty in county Municipal Court. Heniser was in county Common Pleas Court on Thursday, pleading guilty to both charges. A sentencing recommendation of five years is contingent, in part, on cooperation in prosecution of her co-defendant. Sentencing is scheduled for May 23.

DRUGS FOUND IN ACCIDENT - April 15, 2016
    Officials said heroin, needles and pills were found in a vehicle that crossed the median on I-70 late Thursday and crashed into oncoming traffic. The vehicle was in the westbound lanes of Interstate 70 when it sideswiped a semi-tractor trailer and then crossed over the grassy median and was struck by a car in the eastbound lanes just east of U.S. 127, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. It took fire crews about 30 minutes to extricate the driver and passenger from the car that crossed the median. Both were taken to Miami Valley Hospital by CareFlight with serious injuries. No one in the eastbound vehicle, which T-boned the car that crossed the median, was injured. It's unknown what caused the driver to side-swipe the semi and cross the median. The crash remains under investigation. The crash caused eastbound I-70 to close for about two hours.

STANDOFF IN SHELBY COUNTY - April 14, 2016
    On Wednesday, a SWAT team surrounded a home on Hoying Road near McCartyville in Shelby County. Members of the Shelby County SWAT team were on the scene around 1 p.m. Donald Hicks, 36, of Shelby County, was detained on a charge of failure to appear in court. Other charges are expected to be filed by Shelby County, possibly Fort Loramie police and possibly the Miami County Sheriff's Office. Two detectives from the Shelby County Sheriff's Office responded to the home Wednesday morning to question Hicks, who was wanted in connection to several burglaries in and near Fort Loramie. When detectives arrived, the suspect barricaded himself in his bedroom. The Shelby County SWAT team responded to the scene and persuaded Hicks to exit out the house after several hours. Shelby County deputies and officers from the Fort Loramie Police Department also assisted in the incident.

RANDOLPH COUNTY MAIL SCAM - April 14, 2016
    Randolph County Homeland Security & Emergency Management Agency is alerting the public of a Potential Fraud/Scam. Recently, a mailer has been circulating throughout the Randolph County community stating that an individual can obtain a copy of their property deed by sending payment to a particular company (states they are a land record company out of Indianapolis) in sums ranging from $69.99-99.99. This is a scam (they claim its a processing fee). Permanent copies of all deeds are kept within the Randolph County Recorder's Office and can be made available upon request. Copies are $1 per page and most deed documents are only a few pages in length. If you have questions, please contact the Randolph County Recorders Office at 765-584-7300.

DRUG TRAFFICKING LEADS TO SEARCH WARRANT IN GREENVILLE - April 14, 2016
    On April 14, 2016 at approximately 6:34 am Darke County Sheriff's Narcotics Unit along with the Darke County Sheriff's Special Response Team conducted a search warrant at 221 W Main Street in the city of Greenville, Ohio. The search warrant stems from an on going investigation for drug trafficking. Darren Woods was arrested and taken to the Darke County Jail for trafficking heroin in a school zone. This is the second time Darren Woods has been arrested within a year for drug trafficking in a school zone. Darren Woods apartment is within 200 feet of St Mary's Catholic School. Sheriff Toby L. Spencer takes a strong stand against the use of illegal drugs and drug trafficking in our community. Citizens are encouraged to contact the Darke County Sheriff's Office at (937) 548-2020 with information regarding any criminal activity. Citizens may also contact Darke County Crime Stoppers at (937) 547-1661 or www.darkecountycrimestoppers.com. Information can be left anonymously. For more information, please visit the Darke County Sheriff's Office online at www.DarkeCountySheriff.org or www.Facebook.com/DarkeCountySheriff.

THREAT TO MISSISSINAWA VALLEY STUDENT VIA SOCIAL MEDIA - April 13, 2016
    On Tuesday, at 6:43 A.M., Darke County deputies responded to 334 South Market Street and 10480 Staudt Rd. Union City, Ohio in reference to a threat made through social media toward a Mississinawa Valley student. The investigation revealed several threats were made using a fake Facebook account toward Mississinawa Valley Middle School students. Investigators worked with the school staff and interviewed students throughout the course of the day. A juvenile suspect was identified and was arrested for making the threats. The juvenile was transported to the West Central Juvenile Detention Center in Troy, Ohio where the juvenile is being held on a charge of Delinquent Juvenile by way of Aggravated Menacing. This incident remains under investigation.

CHILD RUN OVER BY LAWNMOWER IN ANSONIA - April 13, 2016
    Darke County Sheriff's Deputies, along with Ansonia Rescue and Careflight, responded to an injury accident on Tuesday afternoon, involving a lawnmower in the 400 block of Winbigler Street. in the Village of Ansonia. Preliminary investigation reveals that Derrick Kolker (27), of Ansonia, was mowing a lawn in the 400 block of Winbigler Street. Kolker struck a 3 year old child that had run up behind the riding lawnmower. The child was transported by Ansonia Rescue to the Darke County Sheriff's Office landing zone where he was transferred to Dayton Children's Hospital by Careflight. The child has non life threatening injuries according to family members.

MERCER COUNTY DRUG BUST - April 12, 2016
    Sheriff Jeff Grey and Celina Chief Tom Wale announced drug arrests made by the Grand Lake Task Force. Arrested were Richard Swartzel, age 32, 537 Touvelle Street Lot 68A, and Jessica R. Hicks, age 30, also of 537 Touvelle Street Lot 68A. Both Swartzel and Hicks were arrested for trafficking in drugs (Heroin), being felonies of the 5th degree. On April 11, 2016 at approximately 3:40 PM Task Force deputies conducted a buy bust operation, with heroin being purchased. Uniform deputies along with Celina Police officers secured the residence on Touvelle Street while a search warrant was applied for, and granted. Task Force deputies recovered multiple used and unused syringes, suspected methamphetamine, assorted prescription medication, multiple empty capsules with suspected heroin residue inside, a small amount of cash, and various other drug paraphernalia. This operation was a result of several tips received by the public and an investigation by the Task Force. The investigation is ongoing, and will be forwarded to the Mercer County Prosecutor for consideration of additional charges.

DARKE COUNTY CENTER FOR ARTS COFFEEHOUSE SERIES - April 12, 2016
    Darke County Center for the Arts will close this season's Coffeehouse Series on Thursday, April 21, at Montage Cafe in downtown Greenville with a show featuring acoustic duo Alex Poteet and Noah Cope playing American roots music blended with rock and pop. They cover memorable music by timeless artists to perform an engaging, entertaining show that will please audiences of all ages. DCCA's Coffeehouse Series presents performances in congenial venues with a casual social atmosphere where food and drink are also available for purchase. Tickets for the performance by "Noah and Alex" cost $10, and can be reserved by contacting DCCA at 937-547-0908 or dcca@centerforarts.net. The show starts at 7 p.m.

POLICE STANDOFF IN WEST MILTON - April 12, 2016
    A police standoff lasting 3 1/2 hours ended peacefully in West Milton, one man was taken to a local hospital to be assessed. Officers were asked around 6:30 p.m. to check on the welfare of a 31-year-old man who had threatened to harm himself. When he wouldn't come to the door or answer the phone, West Milton police reached out to the Miami County Sheriff's Office and its Special Response Team negotiators. The incident ended just before 10 p.m. No one was inside with the man, and he had never before been in trouble. The location was Bevonne Court apartment. Residents of the adjacent apartment were evacuated. Police did find weapons in the apartment. The man was taken to Upper Valley Medical Center and is not facing charges at this time. It's unknown whether the man will face charges stemming from the incident. Luckily no one was injured during the standoff.

PORTION OF ST. ROAD 32 TO CLOSE - April 12, 2016
    Contractors for the Indiana Department of Transportation plan to close State Road 32 east of Winchester, between Randolph County Roads 100 and 200 East, to replace a drainage culvert under the highway. The closure is scheduled to begin on Monday, April 25 and work is estimated to be complete within one week. During the closure, a signed detour will direct highway traffic around construction via US 27 and State Road 28. To see a map of the closure and to check for updates, go to http://indot.carsprogram.org.

HIGH SPEED CHASE IN ST. MARY'S - April 11, 2016
    An 18-year-old was not seriously injured early Sunday after he flipped his car in an OVI crash. A St. Marys police officer just after 1 a.m. spotted a red 2000 Honda CRV traveling east at 80 mph on Celina Road. The driver, Jordan Bell of St. Marys, apparently lost control of the car, which went off the road and knocked down a light pole, then spun and rolled over onto its top. Bell's vehicle also struck a car parked in a driveway in back of the 300 block of North Perry Street. Bell was cited for failure to maintain reasonable control, operating a vehicle while intoxicated, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, with more charges possible.

MIDMARK TO MERGE WITH MICHIGAN COMPANY - April 11, 2016
    Midmark Corporation has announced it's entered into a definitive merger agreement to acquire Versus Technology, Inc. The Traverse City, Mich. based company is the most-deployed real-time locating systems (RTLS) provider in healthcare, using location technology and rules-based automation tools to make health systems safer and more efficient. The combination of Midmark and Versus will create a unique offering of clinical workflow solutions. These solutions encompass clinical workflow services, RTLS technology, medical equipment, diagnostic devices and design assistance, resulting in improved efficiency within health systems. Established in 1988, Versus Technology, Inc. specializes in Real-time Locating Systems (RTLS) for healthcare. Used by more than 800 hospitals for enterprise patient tracking, bed management, asset tracking, and nurse call automation. To learn more about Versus Technology, Inc., our technology and client successes, visit versustech.com.

APPLICATIONS FOR SPECIALTY CROP BLOCK GRANT - April 11, 2016
    The Ohio Department of Agriculture is now accepting proposals for the 2016 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, which will provide funding for projects to enhance the competitiveness of crops such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, and nursery crops. Grant funding is provided by the USDA Agriculture Marketing Service. The deadline for on-line grant proposal submissions is June 3, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. Grants will range from a minimum of $25,000 to a maximum of $150,000. In addition, all applicants must provide a minimum match of 25 percent of the requested grant amount. For more information, available forms, or a copy of the request for proposals, visit the Ohio Department of Agriculture's website at www.Agri.Ohio.gov/Grants/Grants.aspx.

INTERNSHIP AVAILABLE FOR MERCER AND SHELBY COUNTY STUDENTS - April 8, 2016
    Congressman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, 4th District, is accepting applications from area college students interested in interning in his Lima district office. Applicants should either be residents of or attend school in the 4th Congressional District, which includes Shelby and Mercer counties. Additional information and application forms may be requested by calling Jordan's Lima office, 419-999-6455.

HELPLINE FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT AWARENESS MONTH - April 8, 2016
    A new, statewide helpline for survivors of sexual and relationship violence will soon be launching in Ohio. Attorney General Mike DeWine is joining the Sexual Assault Response Network of Central Ohio to announce the initiative on Friday in suburban Columbus. The network is operating the helpline, which is funded with a $1.2 million grant provided by DeWine's office. The network is a sexual violence intervention and prevention program. The helpline is being announced as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

WOMAN PLEADS NOT GUILTY TO RAMMING EX-HUSBAND'S CAR - April 8, 2016
    Back in February, we reported on a Piqua woman being accused of ramming her ex-husband's car with her vehicle and her five children inside. Earlier this week, that woman pleaded not guilty to grand jury indictments charging her with felonious assault, domestic violence and child endangering. Brenda Smith, 33, was arrested Feb. 19 by Miami County Sheriff's deputies on County Road 25A. Witnesses told deputies Smith had just picked up children ages 4 to 16 from visitation when her ex-husband pulled next to her at an intersection. Instead of continuing on, Smith was accused of ramming her car into his, sending the car across the road and into a nearby yard. No one was injured. An investigating deputy said Smith initially claimed her ex-husband tried to hit her vehicle. Bail was set at $35,000.

FAIRBOOK COVER DESIGN WINNER ANNOUNCED - April 8, 2016
    Congratulations to Megan Bergman from Rossburg OH on being selected as the winner of the 2016 Fairbook cover design contest. There were 12 submissions received. The age divisions were 9 and under, 10-14 year olds and 15-18 year olds. As the winner, Megan (15-18 year old category), received a check in the amount of $250.00. Her front cover design will be on 3,500 2016 Great Darke County Fair Premium books, which will be available for pickup beginning the week of June 6th. To view the winning entry visit DarkeCountyFair.com.

NO EARLY CHAIRS AT 2016 FAIR - April 7, 2016
    It was a busy night for the Darke County Agricultural Society as the board met for their monthly meeting. The board approved multiple projects including electrical upgrades in the Sheep Barn that will cost no more than $22,500 with the Sheep Committee paying for 50% of the project. In addition to the Sheep Barn Project, also approved was a concrete project at the north side of the Beef & Dairy Pavilion. At the end of the public meeting, the board focused their attention on chairs at the fair. In 2016, the Agricultural Society will be implementing a policy that no chairs will be permitted to be placed at the Gazebo and Grandstand area until 7 days prior to the start of the annual Fair. Chairs placed prior to that date will be removed. The motion was made for safety and unrestricted pre-fair preparation. The next Fair Board meeting will be Wednesday, May 4, at 7:30 on the fairgrounds.

METH LAB BUST - April 7, 2016
    A meth bust on Wednesday in Verona, resulted in the arrest of David Haney, 39 from Preble County. Deputies found 6 children living in the home what was believed to be a meth operation. The lab was found in the cellar of the home in the 100 block of Commerce Street as Deputies were alerted to the home following tips from neighbors. Haney, is facing numerous meth-related charges and child endangerment, Several Chemicals were found that are commonly used in the manufacturing of meth. Preble County Children Services placed the six children, who's ages range from 3 to 16, with family members.

STUDENT GOVERNMENT DAY IN DARKE COUNTY - April 7, 2016
    On Wednesday, the Darke County Commissioners met for their regularly scheduled meeting. It was a packed house at the meeting as 21 students were present from Ansonia, Arcanum, Franklin Monroe, Greenville, Mississinawa Valley, Tri-Village and Versailles. The commissioners signed a proclamation for Student Government Month. The students were split into 3 groups and each commissioner spent the morning taking their group to the various buildings and departments that make up local government. A few of the stops featured on Wednesday's tour was the Courthouse, Animal Shelter, Jail and Administrative Building. The tour concluded with the students sitting in on the Commissioners meeting and following their regular session, the students were handed a certificate for their participation during Student Government Day. The commissioners hope the students can go back to school and educate their classmates on how local government operates. The next Darke County Commissioners meeting will be Monday at 1:30 in Downtown Greenville.

PAPER TESTING A POSSIBILITY FOR OHIO SCHOOLS - April 5, 2016
    State Representative Jim Buchy (R- Greenville) has sent a letter to the Ohio Department of Education requesting that they allow additional opportunities for school administrators to opt for paper testing this year. The results of last year's PARCC examinations were delayed significantly due to questionable data collection and unsatisfactory results. These delayed results then pushed back the release date of Ohio's School Report Cards for the 2014-15 school year. In response to the concerns of several school administrators, Representative Buchy has sent a letter to Ohio Department of Education Interim Superintendent, Dr. Lonny Rivera, requesting a timely plan to allow administrators an additional opportunity to opt for paper and pencil testing if they so choose. Representative Buchy is asking residents to provide their opinions on education concerns in Ohio. Residents are encouraged to complete the survey online at: Tinyurl.com/BuchyEducationSurvey.

APRIL IS CHILD ABUSE AWARENESS MONTH - March 31, 2016
    Earlier this week, the Darke County Commissioners and Greenville Mayor Michael Bowers signed proclamations declaring April as Child Abuse Awareness Month. Last year, Darke County Children Services had contact with or provided services for more than 1,837 adults and children. Of the 56 children in substitute care during 2015, 15 were placed due to parental drug and alcohol abuse. And while this may not seem high, the number is up from previous years. Also during 2015, more than 580 calls were made to Children Services, with 430 based on allegations of physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, and dependency. And 96 children were reported for unruly or delinquent or out-of-control child behavior. Drug and/or alcohol abuse was a contributing factor in 103 intake reports. The purpose of proclaiming a child abuse awareness month is to urge local residents to engage in activities that strengthen families and communities, thus providing children with a safe and healthy nurturing environment. For more information on Child Abuse Neglect Awareness Month, the programs offered by the Children Services agency or to report a problem, call 937-548-4132.

ODOT TO INVEST OVER 4 BILLION IN CONSTRUCTION IN AREA - March 30, 2016
    On Tuesday, we reported on The Ohio Department of Transportation announcing a few completion dates when it came to projects being worked on in the area. ODOT has also announced that it will invest $2.1 billion in the state's transportation network this construction season and in Darke County, ODOT will spend $4.7 million for eight state road projects in 2016. ODOT projects and expenditures for other counties in District 7 include: 10 projects ($13.6 million) for Mercer County; eight projects ($8.2 million) for Miami County; and seven projects ($4.2 million) for Shelby County. Among Darke County projects, ODOT's most expensive-slated at $2,354,930- will be an overlay of U.S. Route 36 and Ohio Route 47 with fine graded aggregate. The U.S. 36 project spans from the Indiana state line to Ohio Route 121. On Ohio 47, the project will run from Union City to Ansonia. It is scheduled to begin July 1 with completion marked for September 30.

INDIANA STUDENTS CAN EARN UP TO $5,000 IN SCHOLARSHIPS - March 24, 2016
    Indiana high school, trade school and college students have a choice: Use their smartphones behind the wheel and make a tragic mistake, or engage their social media followers to "Drive Now. TXT L8R." and earn up to $5,000 in scholarships. The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles, Indiana Criminal Justice Institute, Indiana Department of Labor, Indiana Department of Transportation and Indiana State Police are again partnering to award up to $5,000 in scholarships to students who post the most creative videos and images on social media. Students may read updated contest rules and register their Twitter accounts at www.txtl8r.in.gov. Photo and video entries must be public, use the hashtag #TXTL8RIN, and be cross-posted to the registered Twitter account in April during Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

VERSAILLES POULTRY DAYS INVITES PAST WINNERS BACK THIS YEAR - March 16, 2016
    In celebration of the 65th Anniversary, the Poultry Days Board of Directors extends an invitation to all past Poultry Days Miss Chicks, Little Miss Poultry Days and Poultry Days Festival Chairmen to participate in the Grand Parade. The Grand Parade will be held Saturday June 11th at 11: a.m. The Poultry Days festival has enjoyed 65 years of success. Floats have been organized. RSVP by May 1, 2016 to: Versailles Poultry Days, PO Box 108, Versailles, OH 45380 or chairman@versaillespoultrydays.com. The 65th annual festival will be held June 10, 11, and 12th 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. Registration information for the parade and other festival events will be posted as available at www.versaillespoultrydays.com.

PET VALU COMING TO GREENVILLE - March 15, 2016
    Pet Valu is a specialty retailer of premium pet food, treats, toys and accessories. Chain-wide, Pet Valu is dedicated to helping local pets in need and by partnering with local shelters, rescues and charities through national donation drives and fundraising campaigns. Pet Valu, is coming to Greenville, in May 2016. The company will open a 4,000-square foot store featuring a three-day dog wash, over 7,000 brands of pet foods and treats, and innovative pet supplies. The store will be located in the North Towne Plaza shopping center at 1345 Wagner Avenue. The specialty retailer expects to reach 50 operational stores in its Midwestern states of Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia and Western Pennsylvania sometime this month. Pet Valu will join a number of retailers in the shopping center, including Tractor Supply Co., American Rental, Little Caesars Pizza, Shoebilee and Goody's.

CHICAGO TICKETS FOR DARKE COUNTY FAIR ON SALE - March 7, 2016
    The Great Darke County Fair had a Great start to selling tickets for Chicago. In the first 4 hours of sales for the entertainment to the 160th Fair Concert, the box office sold over 2,800 tickets. Tickets went on sale via internet and phone at 937-548-5044. Beginning Today, Monday, March 7, at 9:00 a.m., tickets may also be purchased at the Fair Box Office located at 800 Sweitzer Street, Greenville OH. Persons 3 years of age and older are required to purchase a seat ticket. Persons under 3 years of age are admitted free providing they sit on the lap of a paying seat ticket holder. Mark your calendars for this fun concert that will begin at 8:00 p.m., Sunday August 21st.

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