WEST MILTON MAYOR RESIGNS - September 22, 2016
    The Mayor of West Milton has resigned. On Tuesday, Mayor Fred Francis called a special meeting to announce his decision to step down, as well as to swear in the new mayor, former vice mayor Scott Fogle. His resignation created a vacant seat on the council, which will be filled by appointment. The village will take applications for the seat until their Oct. 11 meeting when a new council member will be selected. Francis denied that his decision to step down was related to an incident involving his wife that occurred during a meeting with Milton-Union Recreation Association members earlier this summer. According to police reports, the meeting concerned $250 missing from one of the association's funds. Stephanie Francis was involved in a verbal argument with another citizen and both were charged with disorderly conduct due to the "turbulent behavior and obscenities" exchanged during the confrontation. Francis stressed that his decision was solely based on his desire to spend more time with his family.

    With protests against the National Anthem causing controversy across sports, the Ohio High School Athletic Association released a memo Tuesday to all OHSAA officials regarding the organization's policy. The memo stated: "As officials, you are there to officiate. It is not within the purview of officials to make judgments on personal, social, or political opinions of any player or coach. It is neither proper nor warranted for officials to express their pleasure or displeasure with how players act during the National Anthem." The memo continued, regarding the stance of officials during the Anthem: "As OHSAA officials, it is our expectation that you stand and face the flag during the National Anthem. Athletes and coaches have their expectations set by their school. These expectations are set by the school (and) are not within the official's purview."

    On Friday, September 30th the Tri-Village Local School District in conjunction with New Madison, Hollansburg and Palestine communities will celebrate and welcome home Summer Olympics 800 meters Bronze Medalist Clayton Murphy. The evening's festivities will begin with a community parade starting at 6:00 P.M. in New Madison escorting Clayton down Main Street. Following the parade, the recognition ceremony will take place at the Football Stadium prior to kickoff at approximately 7:00 P.M. After the ceremony, there will be a meet and greet with Clayton where he will be available for pictures and autographs. Clayton will be the guest on Community Ties for Friday, September 23rd at 11:10 AM.

    Do you think you have the best pie in Darke County? Join the Darke County Park District on Saturday, September 24th for the annual Prairie Days Pie Baking Contest, held at Shawnee Prairie Preserve (4267 St. Rt. 502 West.) The rules are simple. Have your pie (or pies if you would like to enter more than one) to the Nature Center between 9:30am and 10:00 am. Judging will start promptly at 10:00am. There is a $2 entry fee per pie. The judging categories will be divided into apple, berry, peach, and other. Please no meringue or refrigerated pies. The pie(s) will need to be baked in a disposable pie pan as dishes cannot be returned. A cash prize will be awarded to the best in show entry. After judging, the pies will be sold at Mad Anthony's Tavern, all proceeds will benefit the Friends of the Darke County Parks. Please call the Nature Center at 548-0165 with any questions or for more information.

    City of Greenville Council met on Tuesday, for their regularly scheduled meeting and during the public hearing a representative from Affordable Gas & Electric addressed council for 20 minutes. It was the 1st of 2 public hearing for AGE as they provide an overview of the gas and electricity aggregation that will be on the ballot in November. Several municipalities have joined AGE recently, including Sidney, Russia and Fort Loramie. If approved by the majority of voters in the November election, Community Choice Aggregation allows the community to join its residents together to shop for electricity and natural gas as a group. To learn more on the issue visit AffordableElectricRate.com or call 855-682-0222. AGE will be back at the next council meeting for their 2nd public hearing on Tuesday, October 4th at 7:30. In other business, Council approved 4 Ordinances and Resolutions.

    The Darke County Republican Party is accepting letters of interest and resumes for the position of Greenville City Council, 4th Ward. New Mayor Steve Willman had to leave his position on Council. Any registered Republican residing within the City of Greenville, 4th Ward, that is interested can apply to Darke County Republican Party at P. O. Box 45, Greenville, OH 45331 or e-mailed to cpike3@woh.rr.com. The deadline for submission is Noon on September 23, 2016.

DAY OF HARVEST THIS WEEKEND - September 21, 2016
    Fall has arrived in downtown Greenville with the annual "A Day of Harvest" event, held on Saturday, September 24th. Overflow your senses with fall favorites found in downtown Greenville. Be sure to check out all of the fall inspired items in the quaint shops and restaurants; including unique home decor, cozy fall fashions, and delicious autumn flavors. An array of activities are planned to tempt everyone's interest. The schedule of for the day includes the following:
    9 am Chocolate Walk Tickets go on sale at the Welcome Center
    9 am - 1 pm Downtown Greenville Farmers' Market - in front of the courthouse
    9 am - Pumpkin Giveaway - for every $25 spent downtown that day
    10 am Lead the Way Tractor Cruise
    11 am - 1 pm Community Chili Cook-Off
    Also, many businesses will offer fall specials or features. For more info, please visit the organization on Facebook or at their website, www.MainStreetGreenville.org.

    A Miami County judge on Monday denied a defense lawyer and a Cincinnati radio personality's request for intervention in lieu of conviction on felony drug possession charges following a Jan. 25 traffic stop on Interstate 75 near Piqua. State troopers who stopped Lisa Wells, 37, of West Chester reported seeing pills on the front seat of the vehicle after the stop. Also found in a search was a baggie of assorted pills in her purse. Common Pleas Judge Jeannine Pratt said Wells did not meet the intervention/treatment program requirements because she used opioids in violation of her bail conditions and notes on her treatment showed failure to make progress, attend all counseling and participate as required in groups. Wells is a defense lawyer and served as a guest and legal analyst on WLW Radio. A not guilty plea on her behalf was made in June on four felony counts of possession of drugs identified as amphetamine and Oxycodone.

    Hamilton donor James Finnegan was named the winner of the Wild About Alaska Summer Blood Drive. Finnegan will travel to Alaska as the winner of the CBC Campaign. Everyone 18 and older who registered to give blood with CBC from May 2 to Sept. 3 was automatically entered in the drawing. Jim entered the drawing when he made his 48th lifetime donation on June 1. Jim spent 37 years as an educator, including 15 years teaching religion at Badin High School, but is now transitioning to a new career in trucking. Jim has donated the equivalent of eight gallons of blood during his lifetime. As both an O negative donor and a CMV-negative donor, his blood type is in constant demand, especially for young hospital patients. Congrats Jim, enjoy the trip.

    The Darke County Park District is pleased to announce the Down to Earth Book Club's autumn selection. Each quarter the program will feature a different book, some by well-known nature writers, some about outdoor adventure, and even some about pioneers settling Ohio. Everyone is invited to read the book and join them at the Nature Center to discuss the work. This season's book club will meet on Monday, November 7th at 6:30pm at the Shawnee Prairie Preserve Nature Center. Please call ahead to let them know you plan on participating in the book club discussion in November. The Darke County Parks Nature Center can be reached at (937) 548-0165.

    A 42-year-old Eaton, man is dead after a two-vehicle crash in Van Wert County. The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating the crash that occurred Thursday on Ohio 118 at Wren-Landeck Road just north of Ohio City in Van Wert County. Around 7:30 p.m., a 2001 Chevrolet Impala operated by Timothy L. Perry, 42, of Eaton, Ohio, was traveling west on Wren-Landeck Road. A 2005 tractor-semitrailer driven by Ronald Wolf, 72, of Greenville, Ohio, was traveling south on Ohio 118. Perry allegedly failed to stop at the posted stop sign and struck the left side of the semitrailer. Perry, who was not wearing a seat belt, was pronounced dead at the scene. The semi driver was not injured. The Van Wert Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol said motorists should drive cautiously with the current detour routes causing some motorists to be unfamiliar with the roads.

NATIONAL FARM SAFETY WEEK - September 19, 2016
    In a couple of weeks, we will enter full-scale fall harvest for the 2016 growing season, which makes it is a good time for farm families to review the farm safety procedures in their farming operation. More farm accidents occur during the fall than at any other time of the year, and usually involve one or more farm family members. Special care should be taken with children and senior citizens around farm and grain handling equipment, as these groups are the most vulnerable to farm accidents. The week of Sept. 18-24 has been designated as "National Farm Safety Week," which is intended to bring extra focus on farm safety issues and priorities during the fall harvest season. The non-farm public also needs to pay extra attention when driving on rural roads during harvest season, especially before and after work or school. Farm vehicles are larger and move much slower than cars, and the autumn sun is usually in a "bad position" during the times of heaviest traffic in the mornings and late afternoon on rural roads throughout the fall season. The best advice is to "slow down," pay attention, and stay off the cell phones while driving.

    The Darke County Solid Waste District will once again sponsor a one-day, drive-through household hazardous waste collection event on Saturday, October 8. Darke County Residents are invited to drop off their household hazardous waste at the Darke County Fairgrounds Swine Barn from 8 am to 12 noon. There is a limit of 15 containers of paint, no matter the size. Empty paint containers can be placed in your weekly trash as long as the lid is off and all the paint is dried-up. No 55 gallon drums will be accepted. This is a free event and open to all residents of Darke County. No appointment is needed, but they do ask that residents with last names beginning with A - M arrive between 8 am and 10 am, and last names beginning with N - Z arrive between 10 am and 12 noon to avoid long lines.

PRAIRIE DAYS THIS WEEKEND - September 19, 2016
    Step through a wrinkle in time to experience life on the Ohio frontier. On the weekend of September 24th and 25th the Darke County Park District will host its 16th Annual Prairie Days festival at Shawnee Prairie Preserve at 4267 St. Rt. 502 West near Greenville. New this year, the Greenville FFA presents their farm animal petting zoo for young and young at heart to learn and enjoy. The event is fun for the family and Free. Transportation from the main parking areas will once again be provided by Greenville Transit System (GTS). Parking areas will be well marked with plenty of signage. This will make getting to and from the parking area to the festival grounds quick, effective, and safe for all family members. Handicap parking will once again be available in the paved lot at the Nature Center. For more information, call the Nature Center at (937) 548-0165 or visit the website at www.darkecountyparks.org.

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