CHOCOLATE WALK IN DOWNTOWN GREENVILLE - September 18, 2014
Main Street Greenville's Chocolate Walk event will return for the First Friday in November. Main Street Greenville's First Friday event in November is the popular Chocolate Walk, sponsored by Reedmore's Hallmark of Greenville. The event will take place on Friday, November 7th from 6-9 pm. This is a ticketed event which serves as a fundraiser for the non-profit organization. All of the chocolate on the walk has been donated by participating downtown businesses. Tickets for the Chocolate Walk go on sale during Main Street Greenville's A Day of Harvest event on Saturday, September 27th at Reedmore's Hallmark. The doors for ticket sales will open at 9 am. Last year they sold out in 13 minutes and due to the high demand, a few changes have been made to ticket sales. This year, tickets will be $20 each, there is a limit of 2 tickets per person, and you must purchase the tickets in person (no phone call orders will be allowed). Main Street Greenville can be reached at 421 S. Broadway or by phone at 937-548-4998.
COWS GET LOOSE - September 18, 2014
It was a strange scene on Wednesday night on 571 as Five cows escaped, causing some near-misses on the roadway near West Milton. The cows on the loose from the elk farm went out into the roadway. Motorists had to hit the brakes hard, and were blowing their horns when the bovine were impeding traffic. The good news, no motorists crashed into the animals. The animals eventually went off the side of the roadway and into a soybean field and the owner was able to round them back up.
U.S. 27 TO OPEN 1 LANE - September 18, 2014
Concerns voiced by Fountain City residents and business owners have led to changes in the U.S. 27 construction project that begins Monday. During the full-depth pavement repairs and resurfacing, the contractor will close and work on only one side of the road at a time, a change from the previously planned two-lane closure. Although one lane will be open to local traffic, through traffic will be detoured around the community on weekdays. U.S. 27 will be open in both directions on weekends. Nathan Riggs, media relations representative for the Indiana Department of Transportation's Greenfield District, met with community members and leaders Sept. 9 at the city building in Fountain City. He returned Tuesday night with another representative to answer questions and provide more information. The men assured the approximately 20 residents present that all access to businesses would remain open and that residential and commercial access would be restored by the end of the project.
GREENVILLE CITY COUNCIL TO HOLD 2 MORE MEETING IN SEPT. - September 17, 2014
It was business as usual for the City of Greenville Council on Tuesday night as they met for their last regularly scheduled meeting for September. Council approved 5 ordinances and resolutions from Tuesday's agenda. Although Tuesday marked their 2nd meeting for September, council is busy this month with another special meeting pertaining to the Garden Wood Avenue project and a general work session meeting to be held the last week in September. Safety Service Director, Curt Garrison asked council on Tuesday in his Administrative report to keep the topics during the work session relatively short. Garrison wants to focus on just a few projects, but looking at a few unfinished committee reports it appears council is hoping to discuss multiple projects and subjects during the work session. That additional council meeting and work session will take place Tuesday, September 30th at 6:00 PM in the Council Chambers. Next week, the Garden Wood project will be the discussion at a special meeting on Tuesday, September 23rd at 6:30 PM in the Greenville Missionary Church. That meeting is for residents in the Garden Wood area to discuss a future street project. The next regularly scheduled City of Greenville Council meeting will be Tuesday, October 7th in the Council Chambers.
GREENVILLE SCHOOLS LOOKS FOR FEEDBACK - September 17, 2014
On Tuesday, Superintendent Doug Fries appeared on the WTGR program Community Ties to discuss the happening in Greenville City Schools. The Superintendent spent most of the time discussing multiple construction projects happening in the high school and a new K-8 facility that will be built on Ohio Street. Fries informed WTGR that the schools district is seeking the public's feedback on the future of the current school buildings following the completion of the new K-8 structure. There are several options when looking at the multiple buildings. To voice your opinion and take the survey, visit www.greenville.k12.oh.us. On the main page click "Building Survey" under "Construction News." To listen to the Superintendent's comments and for more details make sure you visit DarkeJournal.com to hear the entire interview.
DAYS OF HARVEST SATURDAY SEPT. 27 - September 17, 2014
Main Street Greenville Announced on Tuesday that Days of Harvest will come back and take place Saturday, September 27th. An array of activities are planned. The schedule of events for the day include:
9am Chocolate Walk Tickets go on sale at Reedmore's Hallmark
9am-11am Decorated Pumpkin Contest at Reedmore's Hallmark
9am-1pm Downtown Greenville Farmers’ Market in front of the courthouse
9am Pumpkin Giveaway-for every $25 spent downtown that day, sponsored by Aultman Farms
10am Lead the Way Tractor Cruise- a tractor parade down Broadway for the Darke County United Way
10am-1pm Darke County Welcome Center - stop in to see the new welcome center
10:30am-12:30 pm Chili Cook-Off
For a complete listing of activities and times, please visit Main Street Greenville on Facebook. Main Street Greenville is a non-profit organization that supports downtown Greenville through stimulating and supporting revitalization efforts, historic preservation and economic growth. You can contact the organization at 421 S. Broadway or by phone at 937-548-4998.
DRUG HOUSE IN MERCER COUNTY - September 16, 2014
On Monday, officers from the Celina Police Dept. were conducting surveillance on a suspected drug house at 303 W. Fulton St., Celina. Two persons were observed leaving the residence, one of which, James Thomas was known to have a warrant for his arrest for a probation violation. Thomas was arrested and had 8 capsules of suspected heroin and a syringe in his possession. As a result of the surveillance and arrest a search warrant was obtained for the home. Entry had to be forced. Inside officers located Megan Smith, the tenant. The search warrant was executed and officers found 13 additional capsules of suspected heroin, drug paraphernalia as well as a suspected meth lab. Megan Smith was arrested for possession and is being held at Mercer Co. Jail pending the filing of formal charges. James Thomas is being held as well on a probation violation. More charges are expected after a review from the Mercer Co. Prosecutor's Office. Celina Police urge citizens to call the Department if they see unusual activity in their neighborhood or suspect drug activity. You can reach Celina P.D. Dispatch at 419-586-2345.
STATE ROAD 27 TO CLOSE - September 16, 2014
Contractors for the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) plan to begin full-depth pavement repairs and resurfacing on U.S. 27 next week. Representatives from INDOT and Milestone Contractors plan to be at the Fountain City municipal building (312 W. Main St.) at 7 p.m. Tuesday to discuss project plans and answer questions. The $640,000 contract calls for full-depth pavement repairs, a complete asphalt resurface and the installation of curb ramps. The project will require closing U.S. 27 to through traffic between the town's incorporated limits for up to five days at a time beginning Monday, Sept. 22. Weather permitting, the highway closure is expected to repeat Monday through Friday for four consecutive weeks. The highway is expected to be closed for a maximum total of 20 days. Access to all local businesses and residents will remain available.
BIG BUDDIES AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM - September 16, 2014
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County is excited to announce that another great year is in the works for the Big Buddies after-school program. They are seeking fun and energetic people who want an opportunity to give back to the community. This is a great opportunity to obtain community service hours as well as make a difference in the life of a child. This is the sixteenth year the program has been in place. The Buddies program is a nine month commitment where high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors volunteer to work with and mentor elementary aged children two times per month. During these meetings the high school students, under the supervision of Big Brothers Big Sisters staff, work with one or two children on different educational and recreational activities. The program continues to promote social and educational enhancing activities, as well as focusing on STEM curriculum. If you are interested in becoming a mentor in our High School Buddies program please call 547-9622 or 492-7611 or log on to their website at www.bigbrobigsis shelbydarke.org for more information.
UNITED WAY UPCOMING EVENTS - September 16, 2014
Join Darke County United Way on Friday, September 19, from 7 to 10 pm for Runway & Rhythm at Montage Café. Friday evening event will feature a premiere fashion show by Youniques, hors d'oeurves, drink selections by Montage Café, auction/raffle items, and great live music from the Green de Villes. Guests are encouraged to bring non-perishable items for local food pantries to the event. Unite with us for charity this fall for Runway & Rhythm. Tickets are $25 each. You may purchase tickets at the United Way office by calling 547 1272 or at Youniques and Montage. Also the annual Tractor Cruise is Saturday, September 27th cruising through downtown Greenville at 10am. If you have a tractor your welcome to cruise. More details there, again the number 547-1272.
DRUG BUST IN DARKE COUNTY - September 15, 2014
On Friday, the Darke County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Unit, along with Darke County Special Response Team, executed a search warrant at 153 South Main Street in Palestine, Ohio. Bryan Adkins (35) of Palestine was taken into custody without incident and is currently being housed at the Darke County Jail where he awaits the formal charge of Trafficking in Drugs. The search warrant was the culmination of a joint investigation between the Darke County Sheriff's Office and the New Madison Police Department.
ADDITIONAL LAND PURCHASED FOR DARKE COUNTY AIRPORT - September 15, 2014
U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) has announced that Darke County Airport in Versailles has been awarded $822,465 by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to purchase approximately 29 acres of additional land to protect the area's airspace from outside objects. Brown stated, "This is great news for Darke County. These improvements will enhance capacity and safety at Darke County Airport. These federal dollars will go a long way in sustaining travel in and out of the airport for area residents and businesses."
CONSTITUTIONAL WEEK FOR DARKE COUNTY - September 15, 2014
Last week, Darke County Commissioners signed a proclamation declaring Sept. 17 through 23 to be "Constitutional Week" for all Darke County citizens at the behest of the Fort GreeneVille Chapter of the DAR which started the tradition of celebrating the Constitution and then petitioned Congress to set aside Sept. 17-23 annually to be dedicated for the Observance of Constitution Week. President Dwight Eisenhower signed it into public law on August 2, 1956. September 17, 2014 marks the 227th anniversary of the drafting of the Constitution of the United States of America by the Constitutional Convention. Constitution Week in Darke County asks citizens to reaffirm the ideals the Framers of the Constitution had in 1787.
27 TO CLOSE IN FOUNTAIN CITY - September 11, 2014
U.S. 27 North in Fountain City will be closed to traffic for up to 20 days, with work scheduled about Sept 27. Nathan Riggs, media relations representative for the Indiana Department of Transportation's Greenfield District, shared information about the repair and repaving project with about 25 people who attended the Fountain City planning commission meeting Tuesday night. According to INDOT road plans Riggs shared at the meeting, the construction will stretch from the area of the bridge on the city's south side to the area of the 9000 block of U.S. 27 N., on the north side. Segments of the road will be completely closed while contractors do full-depth excavation repairs. Then, the entire length of the roadway will be milled and repaved. The segments not under reconstruction will be open to local traffic. Riggs could not provide specifics about what portions would be closed on what dates. He requested the information, but said he didn't receive it before Tuesday's meeting. He promised to share it with the community, emergency services and school district as soon as he receives it.
TEEN INDICTED ON ARSON - September 11, 2014
Back in July, we reported on multiple car owners waking up and finding their vehicles on fire. Arrested that same day on July 23rd was 18 year old, Joshua Willis from Greenville. The teen appeared in the Darke County Court Common Pleas Court on Wednesday and was indicted on 1 count of Arson with bond continued at $10,000. The Arson count is a 4 degree felony. Willis is scheduled back in to court at the back end of the month, the teen could be looking at 18 months behind bars. There is a co defendant in the case as Lowell "Bill" Bowers is 34, from Greenville and also facing several felony counts.
SEPTEMBER 11 - September 11, 2014
Ohio's governor has ordered flags flown at half-staff Thursday, the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the United States. Gov. John Kasich also asks that Ohioans observe a moment of silence beginning at 8:46 a.m. (EDT), the time when the first plane flew into the World Trade Center in New York. The attacks claimed nearly 3,000 lives. His office says flags on public buildings and grounds should be at half-staff from sunrise until sunset Thursday. In a resolution, Kasich urges Ohioans to use the day to both honor victims and pay tribute to the men and women in the military and to first responders. WTGR will be playing a special hour long tribute with songs and audio from and about September 11th from 1 to 2 PM and 7 to 8 PM.
MIAMI COUNTY MAN DIES IN ACCIDENT - September 10, 2014
A fatal crash took place in Montgomery County on Tuesday and it involved a Miami County man. Robert Webb, 21 from Pleasant Hill was killed in a crash on North Diamond Mill Road. Webb is believed to travel left of center for an unknown reason colliding his Chevrolet nearly head on with the oncoming truck. The Pleasant Hill man died at the scene. The crash, which took place in Perry Township saw troopers with the Ohio Highway Patrol interviewing the driver of the other vehicle, a large truck that was pulling a trailer. That driver apparently was not injured. Investigation continues in the crash that took place near the intersection of Shiloh Springs Road and North Diamond Mill. An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday.
PREBLE COUNTY BUSINESS EXPANDS - September 10, 2014
Pratt Industries opened a new $44 million corrugating plant Tuesday in Lewisburg in Preble County. The plant will house box-making for the future. The new 350,000-square-foot plant at 301 W. Clay St. will produce corrugated packaging sheets to be converted into boxes at Lewisburg Container, a Pratt owned facility at 275 W. Clay St. The new plant currently employs more than 100 workers, and will have a workforce of 140 when it reaches capacity in about two years. The facility will save the equivalent of up to 10,000 trees a day by using 100 percent recycled paper from Pratt's mill system. Tuesday's opening event was attended by Ohio Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor, Pratt Industries Global Chairman Anthony Pratt and local officials.
SHELBY COUNTY BUSINESS TO RELOCATE - September 10, 2014
Fastenal Company in Shelby County has announced its plan to relocate in Sidney by the end of 2014. Fastenal Company is an industrial supplier of specialty fasteners and industrial vending machines. The move will be to a new building currently under construction on North Vandemark Road, next to Hemm's Glass. This opportunity gives the company the capability of bringing a bigger and better experience to Sidney and Shelby County. The company feels that being closer to State Route 47 and Interstate 75 will be a benefit to Fastenel's customers. Over the past 47 years, Fastenal has grown from a small town fastener shop, to a thriving regional business, to North American's largest fastener distributor, to the world's most efficient supplier of OEM, MRO, and construction products. Fastnel's plans are to open their new doors on North Vandemark in December.
INDIANA STATE FAIR STATE COLLAPSE UPDATE - September 10, 2014
A lawsuit filed by victims of the 2011 Indiana State Fair stage collapse appears to be nearing a settlement, a mediator's report indicates, more than three years after the fatal accident that killed seven people and injured more than 40. John Van Winkle mediated the talks between the state of Indiana, its co-defendants, Live Nation Worldwide, Dave Lucas Entertainment and Mid-America Sound, and at least 11 plaintiffs who opted out of an $11 million state payout. He noted the progress in a report to Marion Superior Court Judge filed Saturday. The parties in the case are trying to "finalize releases and other settlement documentation". The case consolidated 11 separate lawsuits, with plaintiffs including the estates of three people who died in the collapse.
SIDNEY WOMAN CONVICTED OF THEFTS - September 9, 2014
A Sidney woman convicted of thefts from developmentally disabled adults was sentenced Monday to five years of community control. Amy Wright, 48, admitted to seven felony charges of theft and one of forgery involving money that belonged to the two adults. She was employed by a private company when the crimes occurred in 2013 and 2014 in Miami County. According to a police report, problems with a Piqua client's finances, including an overdrawn account, led to the initial investigation. At sentencing, Wright declined comment and was sentenced to five years of community control and ordered her to pay $6,069 in restitution. The judge banned her from working as a caretaker in any health care facility and except for retail, having any kind of employment involving the handling of someone else's money.
TOUR OF HOMES - September 9, 2014
Back again is the Tour of Homes sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Darke County. Three homes, each unique in its own way, await visitors. Sunday, September 21, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., visitors may tour each home, learning its history and the challenges faced by its owners. Tickets are $7.00 pre-purchased or $10.00 purchased day of the tour. They are available at The Rose Post and The Old Arcana in Arcanum, Hallmark, Montage and The Flower Patch in Greenville, beginning September 8th. The home of John and Stephanie Baumgardner 303 E. Third Street in Greenville, built in the early 1900's. The home of Brad and Cara Hayes is located in Arcanum at 201 E. George Street sitting along a tree lined street. The landscaping invites one into this "American Four Square" house, built in 1904. The rural home of Jason and Janelle Brinksneader at 4923 Hollansburg Arcanum Road, Arcanum, was built by Marshall Valentine in the 1880s out of bricks made there on the large acreage that was eventually split into smaller parcels. For additional information, call 937.548.5378.
GORDON MAN APPEARS IN COURT - September 9, 2014
Back in July, we reported on a Gordon man appearing in court on 13 charges of breaking and entering for theft and two charges of safe cracking, which include Darke County churches, a campground, post office, a ballpark concession stand and businesses. Ethan Louk was looking at the charges from offenses that started back in February and stretched to June. Louk was back in court on Monday to plead guilty to 15 counts. Still jailed on $10,000 bond, the 21 year old could be looking at 16 years behind bars. Sentencing is scheduled for October 20th, but Louk is also looking at similar charges in Miami County with sentencing there on October 14th. The investigation into the break in's also points out a 17 year-old accomplice and a total of 9 churches broken into.
FARM SCIENCE REVIEW - September 8, 2014
Ohio State University's Farm Science Review has been at the forefront of showcasing the future of agriculture. Advance sale tickets for the 2014 Farm Science Review can be purchased at your Ohio State University Extension, Darke County, office at 603 Wagner Avenue, Greenville. All advance sale tickets are $7.00 each; ages 5 and under are free. Gate tickets will be $10.00. OSU Extension also has information at their office for the special needs vehicles. The Molly Caren Agricultural Center (MCAC) near London, Ohio is home to the Farm Science Review and attracts upwards of 140,000 visitors from all over the United States and Canada, who come for three days to peruse 4,000 product lines from 600 commercial exhibitors, and learn the latest in agricultural production. The educational programs feature Ohio State and Purdue specialists and are second to none in the agricultural exhibition world. For more detailed information, visit the Darke County OSU Extension web site at www.darke.osu.edu, the OSU Extension Darke County Facebook page or contact 937.548.5215.
MERCER COUNTY ARREST - September 8, 2014
Sheriff Jeff Grey reports the arrest of a 22 year old male after he arranged and traveled to a rural Rockford area home to meet a 15 year old female for sex. The male was arrested at the home of the female on September 7 at 12:30 AM. Arrested for criminal trespass and possession of marijuana was John T. McDermitt of Leona Street, Celina. McDermitt is currently incarcerated on a $100,000.00 bond in the Mercer County Adult Detention Facility. Deputies expect further charges to be filed after review by the Prosecutor's Office that include felony charges of importuning. This encounter was set up through Facebook and text messaging. "Sheriff Grey reminds citizens to be cautious of social media contacts and never give your personal information out over the internet or phone, including your cell phone".
WEEKEND ACCIDENT SEND 2 TO HOSPITAL - September 8, 2014
On Saturday, it was quite the scene at the intersection of Hursch Road and Emrick Road in Southern Darke County. In the 4 o'clock hour on Saturday afternoon, a Buick Enclave collided with a Chevy Blazer resulting in a few accident injuries. One person had to be airlifted by the Indiana University Life Line helicopter. Another person was taken to Wayne HealthCare. According to Authorities it was believed the Buick pulled out in front of the Chevy. Both vehicles were forced off the roadway and emergency personnel had to cut the top of the Chevy to get to the occupants. The crash is still under investigation.
PHONE SCAM IN INDIANA - September 8, 2014
A phone scam involving the Internal Revenue Service continues to pop up in east-central Indiana. Earlier this year, the Indiana State Police warned Hoosier's of a past-due taxes scam that's operating in Indiana. Phone calls were received again last week. Officials are investigating the phone scam in which callers impersonate IRS representatives and demand immediate payments with prepaid debit cards and wire transfers. The caller often claims the victim owes thousands of dollars in past-due taxes. According to the IRS, the agency always makes contact with a taxpayer first by mail or with a personal visit. The scam continues when the caller tells the victim he cannot use standard forms of payment, specifically a credit card, to pay the taxes. The caller tries to justify why the money has to be wired to a PayPal account or paid using a prepaid debit card. If the intended victim continues to resist, the scammer will threaten the victim with an arrest warrant. The IRS doesn't have the authority to issue warrants. Most of the calls come from cell phones or over the Internet. If you think you have been a victim of this scam, contact the Treasury Inspector General at: www.treasury.gov.
ARCANUM MAN SENTENCED TO 7 YEARS IN PRISON - September 5, 2014
Earlier this year, we reported that an Arcanum man was jailed on a $100,000 bond after being indicted on 10 felony counts involving sex with a child. Robert G. Lambert, 67, was indicted on five counts of Rape, felonies of the first degree, and five counts of Gross Sexual Imposition, felonies of the third degree. On Thursday, Lambert was sentenced to seven years in prison on three counts of gross sexual imposition as part of a plea agreement that dismissed five counts of rape and two other counts of gross sexual imposition. The victim was a girl younger than 13, and the charges involved offenses that occurred in 2003, 2005 and 2007. When Lambert is released from prison, he will have to register as a sex offender.
SEPTEMBER NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS MONTH - September 5, 2014
On Wednesday, the Darke County Commissioners signed a proclamation declaring September as National Preparedness Month in the county. The American Red Cross says planning ahead can help keep households safe. The month serves as a nationwide effort sponsored by the U.S Department of Homeland Security each September to raise public awareness about the importance of preparing for all types of disasters and preparedness steps taken today can save lives and livelihoods tomorrow. Preparing ahead of time by getting an emergency kit, making a plan and being informed, people can better respond to, recover from, and lessen physical, emotional, and financial impact of a disaster or other emergency. Next Friday (12th), WTGR will be talking to the American Red Cross here in Darke County about Preparedness Month on Community Ties, just after the 11am news.
MAN ARRESTED IN TRASH SCAM - September 5, 2014
Back in August, we reported on the Ohio Attorney General looking into Preble County Trash Scam. Deputies have arrested a New Carlisle man for theft after conducting investigations related to his trash hauling business. In late May and early June, the Sheriff's Office was flooded with calls from residents who had paid for weekly trash service provided by Jaros Enterprises. In most cases, trash was picked up on one or two occasions, and then the service stopped. In most cases, residents had paid for a minimum of three months service. These cases were determined to be civil, and residents were encouraged to contact the Ohio Attorney General's Office to file complaints. The Sheriff's Office identified two victims where they had paid for trash services, their checks cashed, but never had their trash picked up. During the investigation, deputies learned that the trash was being picked hauled away in rental trucks rather than a trash truck. These two cases were presented to the Preble County Grand Jury on September 2nd. The Grand Jury returned a (2) two count indictment, charging Abraham Jaros, age 33 of New Carlisle, with Theft from an Elderly Person, both 5th degree felonies. A warrant was issued for his arrest. On Thursday, September 4th, Jaros arrived at the Sheriff's Office and was arrested on the warrant. He was housed in the Preble County Jail pending his initial arraignment in Preble County Common Pleas Court. Jaros is also facing action in a civil case filed by the Ohio Attorney General in Preble County Common Pleas Court.
STATE ROAD 227 CLOSED - September 4, 2014
The Indiana Department of Transportation closed State Road 227 Tuesday afternoon between the Randolph/Wayne County line and U.S. Highway 36 for emergency repairs. In order to expedite replacement of failing pavement, INDOT expanded its current S.R. 1 project, between Modoc and Farmland, to include similar work on S.R. 227 in Randolph County. The north-south highway will soon be "rubber-ized" then treated with a cement additive and compacted to form a chemically stabilized base measuring 14 inches in depth. Two lifts of asphalt totaling 5 1/2 inches in depth will top the base to complete the refurbished roadway. E & B Paving is the state's contractor. The S.R. 227 operation has a cost of approximately $1 million.
POSITIVE COMMENTS ABOUT BEEF & DAIRY BARN - September 4, 2014
The Darke County Agricultural Society met on Wednesday, for their regularly scheduled meeting and first meeting since the 2014 Great Darke County Fair. The board was greeted by several individuals in the audience, who thanked the board and raved about the new Beef and Dairy Barn during the fair. The board returned the thank you as it took a large group to and a lot of help from all over to make the new facility a success. The barn, although it was not completely finished at the time of the fair, received a lot of positive comments for the 2014 Fair season. The board discuss finishing the barn which requires a new sprinkler system that will be a significant cost when trying to finish the structure. That cost was a concern to multiple Fairboard Members who questioned whether they should hire much needed help when talking about replacing a maintenance worker. The board went into a executive session to discuss personnel. In other business, Fair Manager Darryl Riffle reported that attendance would be down when looking at the 2014 Fair. Riffle said attendance was still strong, but expects final numbers to be down from years past. In good news, 2014 Livestock Sale revenue was up as it increased by $30,000.00 and set a new record. The next board meeting will be Wednesday, October 1st at 7:30 PM on the Fairgrounds.
BURGLER ARRESTED IN LEWISBURG - September 4, 2014
Deputies have arrested a 21 year old Lewisburg area resident after she entered a residence during the night and was found stealing money. At approximately 1:10 A.M on Wednesday, September 3rd, the Sheriff's Office received a 9-1-1 call from a resident in the 1300 block of US 40 East, advising that she had been awakened by a noise and found that a neighbor was in their residence. Deputies responded and determined that the suspect, Samantha Wilkie, had entered the house thru an open window, while the homeowners were asleep. The homeowners were awakened when it is believed that Wilkie dropped property. The homeowners found Wilkie in the downstairs area and found that she had taken money. Wilkie rents a home nearby from the homeowners and claims she was stealing the money to pay for car repairs. Wilkie is currently housed in the Preble County Jail on preliminary charges of Burglary and Theft from an Elderly Victim, both felonies. Formal charges are expected to be filed sometime today. The money in this case was recovered.
Lewisburg Police assisted deputies on this call.
DOMESTIC DISPUTE SENDS ONE MAN TO HOSPITAL - September 3, 2014
It was quite the scene on East 4th Street on Tuesday night as 2 cars suffered serious damage and on person was sent to Dayton on CareFlight. The crash is reportedly the result of a domestic dispute. Details are still trying to be determined as the crash remains under investigation. It is believed that a man driving an older sedan was speeding on 4th when he ran the stop sign and hit another man crossing the street before hitting a parked car. CareFlight was called and landed in the 8 o'clock hour in the old Lo Bills parking lot on Martin Street and air lifted the man who was hit by the car. As for the man driving the car he would be taken to jail after visiting Wayne HealthCare. The Accident Reconstruction Team was called to the scene.
MAN ARRESTED AFTER HOUSE BURGLARY - September 3, 2014
On Monday at approximately 4:47 p.m., 9-1-1 operators at the Darke County Sheriff's Office received a report of a black male who was found inside of an occupied residence at 3375 Ritenour Road. Deputies responded to the scene but the suspect had left the home. Deputies learned the name of the suspect to be William Taylor from Arcanum, Ohio. Deputies responded to William Taylor's residence 6 South Main St. and spoke to William Taylor. Taylor admitted to walking into the residence without being invited in. Once inside the residence Taylor was confronted by a juvenile who was familiar with Taylor. Taylor fled the scene but was located a short time later and placed under arrest for burglary. This case has been forwarded to the Darke County Prosecutors Office for further review.
GREENVILLE PARK BOARD DISCUSSED AT MEETING - September 3, 2014
City of Greenville Council met on Tuesday for their regularly scheduled meeting and during the Call to Council, Leon Rogers, Council Member requested that City Law Director Eric Brand look into the protocol to disbanding the Greenville City Park Board. Rogers is not the only member on Council to bring the issue up. Other Council Members in the past have voiced concerns over the Park Board. Following the meeting on Tuesday, Rogers told a reporter the concern centered around finances and the way the park board handles their money. In other business, 5 ordinances and resolutions were approved and a Council work session was set for Tuesday, September 30th at 6:00 PM in the Council Chambers. Discussing another meeting, Mayor Mike Bowers announced a meeting pertaining to the Garden Wood project for Tuesday, September 23rd at 6:30 PM in the Greenville Missionary Church. The next City of Greenville Council Meeting will be Tuesday, September 16th at 7:30 in the Council Chambers.
SEPTEMBER IS MITOCHONDRIAL DISEASE AWARENESS MONTH - September 2, 2014
Back in June,Gov. John Kasich signed Ohio House Bill 300 into law making September officially Mitochondrial Disease Awareness in Ohio, in honor of a 16-year-old advocate from Greenville, Corynna Strawser. Corynna passed away from the disease back in December of 2013, but her legacy lives on with her family, friends, community and now state with the month of September. Senate Bill 300, also known as the Corynna Strawser Act, designates September as Mitochondrial Disease Awareness Month in Ohio. Corynna made it her mission to raise awareness and promote research so that others with the disease might have more information and treatment options. The offices of Senator Bill Beagle and Senate President Keith Faber, as well as Ohio House of Representative members Jim Buchy (R-Greenville) and Richard Adams (R-Troy), did all of the work concerning House Bill 300. Corynna's mother Kristi will be on Community Ties next Tuesday to discuss a glow ball tournament and 5k in her daughters honor for the first weekend in October.
INDIVIDUALS BEWARE OF ROBBERIES - September 2, 2014
Reports from multiple Ohio Sheriff's Offices are that male subjects are approaching home owners to inspect their property lines. In each situation the individual asks the homeowner to step outside to walk their property. In one case the individual stated he was with a governmental agency in another he indicated their neighbors were going to install a fence. The home owner stated to deputies that the male proceeded to use his cell phone to call his boss, during the conversation the homeowner overheard him say they were in the backyard. After viewing the property lines the homeowner discovered their home had been entered and money stolen from one of the rooms in the home. In a second instance the home owner noticed a second male enter their yard walking towards the residence, the home owner immediately went back to their home at which point both males left the area. Remember that anyone working for a governmental agency or a utility company will have identification on them indicating what company or agency they work for.
MAN ARESTED IN COLDWATER - August 29, 2014
The Coldwater Police Department reports that on Thursday, patrol officers made an arrest of a male entering unlocked vehicles and taking items. While an officer was on foot patrol, in the northeast section of Coldwater, he located a male walking up to cars and pulling on door handles. Officers then stopped the male and he admitted to taking items from several cars in the area. Arrested was Zachary D Huff, 19, Coldwater, OH. Huff was jailed on charges of theft and criminal mischief.
INDIANA EDUCATION ADDRESSED - August 28, 2014
Indiana's largest teachers union is urging Gov. Mike Pence to support freezing the state's education accountability system for one year because of revisions to the ISTEP test being driven by the state's new academic standards. Indiana State Teachers Association President Teresa Meredith asked Pence in a Tuesday letter "to take the lead to follow common sense" and support a one-year moratorium of the state's system that evaluates schools' and teachers' under the high-stakes test. The retooled ISTEP standardized test will be administered next spring and will assess students' mastery of the state's newly adopted math and English benchmarks that changed after Indiana became the first state to pull out of the national Common Core curriculum standards. ISTA President says's because students' scores are expected to be lower than normal on the revised test it would not be fair to use those in determining performance. ISTEP test scores are used in calculating teacher pay and school funding, as well as school grades under the state's "A-F" system.
FIRST FRIDAY OCTOBER - August 27, 2014
Artisan Stroll is the theme for Main Street Greenville's First Friday event held in October, which has everything to do with handmade, homemade, and artisan craft. The event will be held from 6-9 pm in the downtown district on Friday, October 3rd. The committee is looking for artisans and crafters to display and sell their paintings, photography, handmade jewelry, dolls, children's apparel, wreaths, flower arrangements and more during the event. All local artists and talented creative people are invited to sell and/or demonstrate their craft. Registration to showcase and sell your items is $15.00 per space, which is a donation to Main Street Greenville (a non-profit organization). The deadline to sign-up is September 10th, 2014. For more information contact committee member 937-548-1414 or visit www.DowntownGreenville.org.
DarkeJournal.com readers voted and The Lego Movie will be shown for free at the Theater on Third on Friday, September 5th at dusk. As part of Main Street Greenville's First Friday event, the movie will be projected on the east side of the elementsLife building on West Third Street. As with past events, movie goers can bring blankets and chairs and watch the movie from the municipal parking lot behind Bach to Rock.
GRAND LAKE MARATHON - August 26, 2014
Runners are invited to the inaugural Grand Lake Marathon for a full or half marathon, or a 5K or 10K on Sept. 27. The course will go along the shoreline of Grand Lake in St. Marys, and some courses will include passing by family farms and through rural countryside. The course is flat and uses city streets, state routes and county roads and is USATF certified for Boston qualification. Every runner who finishes a full or half marathon will receive a commemorative medal. Those interested can go to GrandLakeMarathon.com or can contact the Auglaize and Mercer Counties Visitors Bureau.
TAXES FOR OHIOANS TO BE REDUCED - August 13, 2014
State Representative Jim Buchy sent out a press release on Tuesday, supporting Governor John Kasich in reducing the burden of taxes on all Ohioans, but especially farmers. Within his first year as governor, the Governor worked to kill Ohio's death tax. Meaning Ohio farmers could pass down their farm to their children without passing down assets that faced an unfair tax. In 2013, Governor Kasich put in place an 8.5% cut in personal income taxes. Small businesses, which include farmers, saved even more when they were able to claim an additional 50% tax deduction. That tax deduction is set for a temporary expansion in 2014, which will help farmers save even more. Tax deductions are not the only thing that Governor Kasich supports to help Ohio farmers. The agriculture industry of the 84th House District has received nearly $1 million in workers' compensation rebates as well.
CBC BLOOD DRIVE EXTENDED - June 12, 2014
The Community Blood Center (CBC) is making two exciting changes to its traditional summer blood drive campaign. The campaign has been extended to four months (May 30 through Sept. 30). In addition, eligible donors can now double their chances of winning. Eligible donors will be entered into the drawing a second time when they register for a second donation during the blood drive period. Anyone age 18 and older who registers to donate at any CBC Donor Center or CBC mobile blood drive May 30 through Sept. 30 will be automatically entered in the drawing to win a 2014 Chevrolet Cruze, valued at approximately $19,000. Ten computer-selected finalists will be invited to a special envelope opening announcement event on or about October 23 to discover the Chevy Cruze winner. Each registered, eligible donor receives a maximum of two chances to win. You must be age 18 or older to win. Official rules are available atwww.givingblood.org.