SIDNEY MURDERS BACK IN COURT - January 23, 2015
    This month, we've been following the case of A New Year's Celebration that turned deadly in Shelby County. 33 year old Timothy Spranger and Christopher Fitzpatrick 22, both appeared back in court on Thursday for arraignment as the 2 are charged in the the death of 33 year old David Michael from Sidney. The 2 men remain in jail, as bond was sent for both at a $500,000. 33 year old David Michael died from injuries sustained in a fight at a party on Lehman Road. Michael was taken just after 1 a.m. on New Years day by friends to Wilson Memorial Hospital, where he died a short time later from his injuries. Anyone with information pertaining to this case is encouraged to contact 494-2105 or 494-2117. The murder case remains under investigation.

SIDNEY FIRE DISPLACES FAMILY - January 23, 2015
    Staying in Shelby County, a fire broke out late afternoon on Thursday at home located in the 200 block of Pike Street. The fire caused an estimated damage of $70,000 plus as the home suffered significant damage. The blaze took place just before 4 PM as crews were quick to the scene to contain the fire to just 2 rooms. The good news, no one was injured during the fire as the family was not present during the blaze. However, the American Red Cross was called in to assist with the family as the home was ruled uninhabitable. The cause the fire remains under investigation.

BENEFIT FOR TRI-VILLAGE GRADUATE - January 23, 2015
    On Saturday, the Tri-Village Patriots will host the Winchester Falcons in a non-conference basketball game. Mitch McCabe is a young man, who attended Winchester Community High School before graduating from Tri-Village. He now is battling cancer. Both Communities are asking all supporters of Mitch and his family to attend the fundraiser and share their support this Saturday. All money collected will be used to support his treatment. Fans will be wearing grey shirts that have been purchased to support Mitch as event organizer's are calling for a "Grey Out." A Silent Auction & Raffle will be held on Saturday with a long list of items to bid on. That list can be found online and more information about Mitch and Saturday's game can be found online at OnAMissionForMitch.Weebly.com. The Game is scheduled to tip at 7:30. WTGR will be broadcasting the game live on 97.5 FM and WTGR.com.

WINCHESTER BUSINESS TO RECEIVE IMPROVMENTS - January 22, 2015
    The Indianapolis Business Journal has reported that a global container-making firm that employs 400 people in Winchester plans to make $71 million in improvements to its glass-manufacturing facility there, aided by a slew of incentives from state and area economic development groups. Ardagh Group Glass North America, a division of Luxembourg based Ardagh Group, announced Tuesday that it plans to make the upgrades to the 78-year-old facility over three years. Incentive agreements for the project include a $6.1 million tax abatement over 10 years from the city of Winchester and a grant of $300,000 for local equipment purchases and training of employees associated with the project from the Randolph Economic Development Corp. In addition, the Indiana Economic Development Corp. has offered up to $1 million in conditional tax credits and up to $200,000 in training grants, according to Ardagh. Although there are no pending plans to hire more workers at the plant, Ardagh will retain the 400 worker it already employs. Ardagh is the second-largest employer in Randolph County.

REP. BUCHY TO SERVE ON 3 COMMITTEES - January 22, 2015
    Speaker of the Ohio House Clifford A. Rosenberger (R-Clarksville) has appointed State Representative Jim Buchy (R-Greenville) to serve on three House committees, including Agriculture & Rural Development. In addition, Rep. Buchy will serve on the Public Utilities Committee, as well as the Government Accountability & Oversight Committee. Rep. Buchy was recently elected by his peers to also serve as the Assistant Majority Floor Leader for the 131st General Assembly. Rep. Buchy was appointed to the Ohio House in 2011. He represents the 84th District, which encompasses Mercer County, as well as portions of Auglaize, Darke and Shelby counties.

CHANCE TO WIN SUPER BOWL TICKETS - January 22, 2015
    The Light Foundation will hold an online raffle for two tickets to watch the New England Patriots take on the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl 49 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. The lucky raffle winner and one guest will attend Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 1 and will be Light's special guests at the Taste of the NFL's "Party with a Purpose." The winner and guest will enjoy a three night stay at a Marriott hotel in the Glendale area Jan. 30-Feb. 1 and two coach roundtrip tickets courtesy of jetBlue from Logan Airport to Phoenix. If the winner is not from the Boston area, the winner and guest will receive an airfare voucher for up to $3,000. The winner also will receive a $500 allowance for any out of pocket expenses. Tickets are available at www.netraffle.org or at www.lightraffle.org until 4 p.m. Jan. 29. The winner will be notified after the raffle closes and the drawing takes place. For more information on the Light Foundation, visit www.mattlight72.com.

PIQUA MAN CHARGED WITH FALSE POLICE REPORT - January 21, 2015
    Piqua Police were called to the Miami Valley Centre Mall on the report of a stabbing on Tuesday afternoon. A 911 caller advised officers that he had been stabbed at the mall and made his way to a home on Fourth Street in Shawnee. It was a strange scene as a 36 year old Piqua man was located and refused treatment for a minor stab wound to the abdomen. That man would later be transported to the Piqua Police Department for questioning. Where he told officers that he "was upset with his girlfriend," went to the mall and allegedly stabbed himself. The Piqua man is being charged with filing a false police report and will undergo a mental evaluation at Upper Valley Medical Center.

MOTORCYCLE AND CAR ACCIDENT - January 21, 2015
    On Tuesday, a crash in Lewisburg sent both the drivers of a Motorcycle and Car to area hospitals. The collision took place in the 4200 block of Eaton Lewisburg Road in the 6pm hour. The driver of the Motorcycle was taken to Miami Valley Hospital and the driver of the car was also taken to Dayton, but transported to Good Samaritan Hospital. The Driver of the motorcycle who suffered serious injuries will be cited for the crash. The Ohio State Highway patrol says the Motorcyclist failed to control his bike after he went around a curve and crossed the center-line hitting the vehicle head on.

COFFEE WITH THE COMMISIONER - January 21, 2015
    After being off for Martin Luther King Day, the Darke County Commissioners will be back in session this afternoon at 1:30 in Downtown Greenville. Join Commissioner Mike Stegall this Saturday, January 24th, at the Double M Diner for the first "Coffee with the Commisioner" for 2015. The public is welcome to chat with the Commissioner about problems or concerns, about the direction of the County. The meeting is from 8:00 until 10:00 a.m. at Double M Diner, located at 537 S Broadway, Suite 104 (corner of 5th & Broadway) in Greenville.

HEROIN & FIREARMS SEIZED IN MERCER COUNTY - January 21, 2015
    Celina Police Chief Tom Wale and Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey report the arrest of an individual, and suspected heroin and firearms seized. On Tuesday January 21, the "HIT" (Heroin Interdiction Team) comprised of members from the Celina Police Department and Mercer County Sheriff's Office served a warrant at 1014 Hemlock Street in Celina. Arrested was 24 year old Steven Noggler who was staying at the residence on an outstanding warrant for contempt of court. After obtaining consent to search from the homeowner HIT members recovered drug paraphernalia, a pill bottle containing 25 capsules with suspected heroin residue inside, two handguns, and assorted ammunition. The HIT team was formed to help combat the ongoing heroin problem in Mercer County. The HIT is a collaborative effort between the two Agencies.

TRI-VILLAGE TO PLAY FOOTBALL - January 20, 2015
    On Monday, Tri-Village Schools announced that they will be adding football to the list of extra curricular offerings available to student athletes through a phased in process over a four year period beginning the fall of 2015. The Patriots plan to have a Junior High Team and Schedule this year with also the hope of playing a partial season with a Junior Varsity Team. In 2016 they hope to include a full Junior Varsity Schedule and in 2017 officially launch Varsity Football at Tri-Village. There are still a lot of questions to be answered, but Superintendent Josh Sagister said on Tuesday, "The administration has done its due diligence in preparation for Monday's announcement. Several items were taken into consideration when making this decision: Overall Cost, Facility improvement, Equipment needed, Student Impact and Sustainability." This project will be funded in a variety of ways but will not include increased or additional tax burdens. A fundraising campaign will be launched, advertising opportunities available, corporate sponsorship's , the Athletic Department and pending Board approval, local BOE may supplement a portion as well. Tri Village will release a Frequently Asked Question sheet on their website today to help answer some of those remaining questions. Superintendent Sagister will be the guest for Community Ties this Friday on WTGR.

INDOT TO DISCUSS BRIDGE PROJECT ON 227 - January 20, 2015
    Indiana Department of Transportation officials met with contractor representatives this week at INDOT Greenfield District offices to discuss a bridge preservation project on State Road 227 at its 300-foot span over Middle Fork of East Fork of Whitewater River—near the reservoir—just south of Interstate 70. Work is tentatively scheduled to begin in March. R.A. Myers Construction of Muncie is the prime contractor for this $968,914 INDOT District Bridge Project. Myers will replace the existing bridge deck overlay, the center curb and bridge railing. Minor repairs will also be made. All work will be done under traffic with two S.R. 227 lanes—one in each direction—open to motorists throughout the construction process. The contract completion date is September 1st. For construction updates, visit www.indot.in.gov.

FASFA MEETING FEB. 8 - January 20, 2015
    Edison Community College will host the free statewide college financial aid event "College Goal Sunday" (CGS) at 2 p.m. Feb. 8, in room 313 at the Piqua Campus. Presented by the Ohio Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (OASFAA) and endorsed by the Ohio Board of Regents, the event assists students and parents with completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Due to the great demand expected for assistance in completing the FASFA, families are encouraged to register for the event at www.ohiocollegegoalsunday.org or by calling 1-800-233-6734. While walk-ins are welcome, registration is encouraged. Record numbers are expected to be in attendance. OASFAA is a non-profit, professional organization for individuals actively engaged in the administration of financial aid within the State of Ohio for higher education. As an educational organization, OASFAA strives to offer resources to students, families and high school advisers to promote higher education and increase awareness of financial aid opportunities.

TEENS INJURED IN WEEKEND ACCIDENT - January 19, 2015
    On Sunday, an injury accident happened just before 4 PM on Ohio 571 near the intersection of Jaysville St.Johns Road. The rollover crash injured 3 teens as the driver of a black Chevrolet Blazer was ejected. That driver would be taken by Careflight to Miami Valley Hospital as he was transported to the Phillipsburg Airport by Greenville Rescue to meet with CareFlight. It is believed the crash took place after the driver of the SUV tried to pass another vehicle. The other juveniles involved in the crash were taken to Wayne HealthCare. The Accident Reconstruction Team was called to the scene to investigate the crash. The crash remains under investigation with the Greenville Police Department.

CAR FLIPS ONTO PORCH - January 19, 2015
    Over the weekend, it was a strange scene on Pine Street in Greenville. Early Saturday, a Volkswagen Jetta was speeding down Pine Street around 12:30 a.m. when it went off the roadway and flipped onto a porch a vacant home. Greenville Police are looking for two people they say crashed into the home. The 2 individuals that Police are looking for ran from the scene following the crash. Heavy damage was done to the front the home that was listed for rent. If you have information about the crash, you're urged to call Greenville Police at 937-548-1103.

BENEFIT THIS WEEKEND FOR YOUNG MAN - January 19, 2015
    WTGR has reported on A Mission for Mitch multiple times and multiple communities continue to get involved in trying to help a young man in his battle with Cancer. Miami East High School is latest to help as the Vikings will be holding an OSU silent Auction fundraiser on January 24th during the Miami East vs. Fairlawn High School basketball game. All money collected will be used to support his treatment. Items will be awarded at halftime of the Varsity game. The proceeds will benefit Mitch McCabe, a Tri-Village alumni battling cancer. The donation will be presented at the Miami East v. Tri-Village game, January 30th. Also this Saturday, Tri-Village will host its "On A Mission for Mitch" fundraiser during the Winchester vs Tri Village High School basketball game. For more details on A Mission for Mitch visit OnaMissionForMitch.Weebly.com.

DRIVER WALKS AWAY FROM PREBLE COUNTY ACCIDENT - January 16, 2015
    It was quite the scene on Interstate 70 near Lewisburg on Thursday. A car overturned on Eastbound I 70 and amazingly the driver was able to walk away from the crash. The accident happened in the 6 o'clock hour near the 16 mile marker and the driver suffered minor injuries. The Ohio State Highway Patrol says it was just a single car crash as the cause of the crash remains under investigation. The left lane was closed for sometime causing traffic in the area. When troopers arrived on the scene the driver of the car was up and walking around.

LEWISBURG APARTMENT FIRE - January 16, 2015
    An apartment building caught fire on Thursday just before 9:00 PM in Lewisburg. Heavy smoke and flames rolled out from a 3 unit apartment building in the 200 block of East Dayton Street. Firefighters from 3 departments (Lewisburg, West Alexandria, Verona) all responded to the scene to put out the blaze. The good news was all occupants were able to evacuate the apartment building safely. The fire remains under investigation and the American Red Cross is assisting the individuals who were displaced.

FLYIN TO THE HOOP THIS WEEKEND - January 16, 2015
    Forty-one teams from across the country are getting ready to hit the hardwood this weekend in Kettering. The area teams will be part of the 41 at the 13th annual Flyin' to the Hoop tournament at Fairmont High School. Thousands of visitors are expected to come and cheer on the teams. The tournament pumps nearly $2 million into the Dayton economy. Over the course of four days, teams will be playing 23 games as the event stretches from Friday to Monday. Greenville kicks off the tournament as the Wave will play in the first game this evening against Fairmont at 6:30. Tri-Village and Russia are the other area teams that will be featured and they will play each other on Saturday at 10:00 AM. The Tri-Village and Russia game will be aired on 97.5 FM and WTGR.com on Saturday Morning. More details on the Tournament visit FlyinToTheHoop.com.

UNION CITY OHIO POLICE CHIEF STEPS DOWN - January 15, 2015
    The Union City Ohio Police Department will have a new leader as Chief Jeff Baird has resigned from his position. A letter was sent to council earlier this month and Sunday, January 18th will be his official resignation. Officer David McHenry will take over as the interim chief. Chief Baird will stay with the department as a patrol officer. The village will accept applications for five business days for the chief position from any in-house personnel who may be interested. If no applicants are considered, the administration will go from there on deciding the next steps in appointing a permanent Chief of Police.

MERCER COUNTY SHERIFF DEPUTIES BUSY IN 2014 - January 15, 2015
    Earlier this week, the Mercer County Sheriff's Department released some interesting facts from 2014. Deputies transported 1566 prisoners to and from penal institutions, from other jails back to Mercer County, and from other states. Deputies traveled to 9 different states, including Indiana, Georgia, Michigan, Louisiana, West Virginia, Florida, Idaho, and California to bring prisoners back to face the consequences of their crimes. Prisoners also needed transported to court, medical appointments, and other evaluations as ordered by the court. 1136 of the prisoners were male, the remaining 430 were female.

20 YEAR OLD RAPE BEING INVESTIGATED IN MIAMI COUNTY - January 15, 2015
    Miami County detectives have been investigating rape allegations that occurred over 20 years ago. The adult victim recently reported the allegations to detectives divulging that the sexual assault occurred when the victim was under 10 years of age. On this date the male suspect was interviewed by detectives. At the conclusion of the interview the suspect, Braden R. Brelsford, was taken into custody without incident and incarcerated in the Miami County jail. Brelsford was charged with three counts of rape. Anyone having any additional information on this case is asked to contact Det. Ben Garbig at 937-440-3965.

DARKE COUNTY PARKS PHOTOGRAPH CONTEST - January 15, 2015
    After the great success of the 2014 photo contest, the Darke County Parks have decided to host a 2015 Photo Contest. Amateur photographers are asked to get outside and capture the beauty of Darke County Parks. Winning photos submitted to the Park District Photo Contest will be used to create a 2016 calendar. Basic Rules include: Photo must be taken within one of the Park District's 12 areas, Photo must be from 2014-2015, Digital Entries Only, five entries per month (per photographer). Photos will be accepted now through November 1, 2015. Please be sure to include: your name and Park in which the photo was made. Photographs can be submitted by email to: EWentworth@darkecountyparks.org Complete set of rules and information are available on their website at www.darkecountyparks.org.

MAN INDICTED ON THREAT TO JOHN BOEHNER - January 14, 2015
    An Ohio bartender with a history of psychiatric illness was indicted last week on a charge of threatening to murder House Speaker John Boehner, possibly by poisoning his drink, according to records made available Tuesday. A grand jury indictment filed in U.S. District Court in Ohio on Jan. 7 identified the accused man as Michael R. Hoyt, a resident of Cincinnati. A separate criminal complaint said Hoyt was fired last fall from his job at a country club in West Chester, Ohio, where he served drinks to Boehner, who is a member. Hoyt is currently being held under a court order for mental evaluation and treatment, and U.S. Capitol Police and the FBI believe he "poses a current and ongoing credible threat" to Boehner, the complaint added. The complaint says Hoyt was treated for a previous psychotic episode about two years ago. He was prescribed medication "which he voluntarily stopped taking" about six months ago. As speaker of the House, congressional district includes part of western Ohio.

FIRST FATAL ACCIDENT IN DARKE COUNTY IN 2015 - January 14, 2015
    On Tuesday at approximately 10:21 AM, Darke County Deputies, North Star Fire, Ansonia Rescue, Darke County Coroner's Office, Darke County Sheriff's Office Accident Reconstruction Team, and Ohio State Highway Patrol Commercial Motor Carrier Inspector responded to the 14,300 block of US RT 127 on a report of a fatal head-on crash involving a semi and motor vehicle. Preliminary investigation revealed a Silver 2004 Pontiac Vibe driven by Kimberly Sue Acuff, 47, of Knoxville, TN. was traveling northbound on US RT 127 and traveled left of center colliding head on into a southbound Tan 2000 Frieghtliner semi truck and trailer, driven by Daniel L. Clark, 56, of West Chicago, IL. Kimberly Acuff was pronounced deceased at the scene and had to be mechanically extricated from her vehicle and the driver of the semi was uninjured. US RT 127 was closed for approximately 3 1/2 hours while crews investigated the scene. This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office and the Darke County Coroner's Office. This is Darke County's first fatal crash of 2015.

POSSIBLE RISE IN FARM TAXES IN INDIANA - January 14, 2015
    An Indiana Senate committee has endorsed a measure sought by farmers that aims to once again postpone a property assessment change that could send farm taxes higher. The Senate Agriculture Committee voted 6-0 on Monday for a bill that would require property assessors to use 2011 soil quality figures in this year's land value determinations. The nonpartisan Legislative Services Agency says using updated 2012 soil productivity data in those calculations would lead to an average 25 percent increase in tax payments for farm owners. If the bill becomes law, the assessed value of Indiana farmland would drop 5.9 percent while property taxes that otherwise would be paid by farmland owners would shift to homeowners and businesses. The measure heads next to the Senate Tax and Fiscal Policy Committee for consideration.

VISITORS BUREAU SCAM - January 9, 2015
    On Thursday, we reported on a potential scam from the Darke County Visitors Bureau. We've learned some more details as a company from Illinois is selling advertisements and sending invoices to local businesses that are currently advertising in the OFFICIAL Visitors Guide for Darke County, Ohio. A publication created, sold and published by The Darke County Visitors Bureau. This out-of-state company is promoting a publication called Darke County Community & Relocation Guide. This publication is NOT the Official Visitors Guide for Darke County that local businesses, organizations and individuals have supported in the past. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Visitors Bureau office for clarification. The number is (937) 548-5158.

SINGLE VEHICLE FRIDAY MORNING ADDICENT - January 9, 2015
    On January 9, 2015 at approximately 5:50 am Darke County Deputies along with Liberty Township Fire, Tri-Village Rescue, New Madison Fire and CareFlight were dispatched to the 1300 block of Weavers Ft. Jefferson Road in reference to a single vehicle injury accident. Preliminary investigation revealed a silver 2002 Oldsmobile Silhouette driven by Gwendolyn D. Miles, 54, New Madison Ohio was eastbound on Weavers Ft. Jefferson Road in the 1300 block. Miles lost control of her vehicle in the drifted snow and traveled off the right side of the roadway striking a tree, trapping her in the vehicle. Miles was trapped in her vehicle for approximately 46 minutes before being extricated by mechanical means. Miles was airlifted to Miami Valley Hospital by CareFlight where she is listed in fair condition. The Darke County Sheriff's Office would like to remind everyone to use extreme caution when driving in blowing and drifting snow covered roadways, as it creates hazardous conditions. This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office.

REGISTER FOR TOUR DE DONUT - January 8, 2015
    Registration is now open for the 9th Tour de Donut in Downtown Arcanum Saturday September 12, 2015. The event is now the largest one day bicycle event in Ohio. The Tour de Donut is a unique bicycle event, where your ability to eat donuts is just as important as your ability to ride your bicycle. The event is a timed bicycle event where riders visit donut stops during the course and eat donuts. For each donut the rider eats during the ride (and keeps down) they have five minutes deducted from their ride time. For 2015 all courses will be new. Also new for 2015 will be the debut of The Glazer, a special donut stop with a unique donut that is worth a ten minute time deduction. Online and Mail-in registration opened January 1. Registration will be open until the 2000 rider limit is reached or until the September 1st deadline. There is no day of registration. For more details visit www.thetourdedonut.com.

JCPENNY TO CLOSE IN GREENVILLE - January 8, 2015
    JC Penney will be closing its doors at their Greenville location on Wagner Avenue. The store confirmed it will close 2 stores in Southwest Ohio with both Greenville and Springfield locations preparing to close in spring 2015. A spokesperson says about 55 people are impacted in Greenville with the closing set for April. 43 JC Penney stores will remain in the State of Ohio. A statement released on Wednesday says
    
    "As with most retailers, we continually evaluate our store portfolio to determine whether there’s a need to close or relocate under-performing stores. Reviews such as these are essential in meeting our long-term goals for future company growth. While it's never an easy decision to close stores, especially due to the impact on our valued associates and customers, we feel this is a necessary business decision."

DARKE COUNTY FAIR ON TWITTER & INSTAGRAM - January 8, 2015
    The Darke County Agricultural Society met on Wednesday for their first meeting in 2015. The Fair Board met together before they travel to Columbus over the next 4 days for the Ohio Fair Managers Association Convention, which will be held in Columbus from January 8th to the 11th. One of the highlights will be the Great Darke County Fair Queen, Jenna Cline will be participating in the 2015 Ohio Fair's Queen's Contest. All Board Members will be attending multiple programs and sessions over the next few days in Columbus at OFMA. In other news, the Great Darke County Fair is now on Twitter and Instagram. Follow the Fair on Twitter @DarkeCountyFair and look at pictures via Instagram.com/DarkeCountyFair. The next Fair Board meeting will be Wednesday, February 4th at 7:30 on the Fairgrounds.

MORE INFORMATION ON SIDNEY MURDER - January 7, 2015
    Earlier this week, we reported on A New Year's Celebration that turned deadly in Shelby County. 33 year old Timothy Spranger was arrested Thursday morning and charged with murder. A 2nd man was arrested and charged with murder in the death of David Michael, 33 from Sidney. On Tuesday, Christopher Fitzpatrick 22, of Sidney was arrested and charged with one count of murder. Deputies believe a fight broke out with 33 year old David Michael at a party on Lehman Road. Michael was taken just after 1 a.m. Thursday by friends to Wilson Memorial Hospital, where he died a short time later from his injuries. Anyone with information pertaining to this case is encouraged to contact 494-2105 or 494 2117.

LAW ENFORCEMENT APPRECIATION DAY - January 7, 2015
    Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS) have declared Friday January 9, 2015 as Law Enforcement Appreciation Day (LEAD). In light of recent negativity directed toward law enforcement nationally, Sheriff Toby Spencer is asking the citizens of Darke County to join him in a full day of recognition for local law enforcement officers. Sheriff Spencer says, "Darke County is a great place to live, work and raise a family. It is because of the citizens and residents that make it a great place to serve as a Law Enforcement Officer." Sheriff Spencer further states that he is "extremely proud of the men and women that work at the Sheriff's Office and all other Law Enforcement Agencies throughout Darke County." Sheriff Spencer would like to thank you in advance for your recognition by whatever means you deem appropriate.

TRASH THE ISSUE AT GREENVILLE CITY COUNCIL - January 7, 2015
    City of Greenville Council met on Tuesday for their first meeting in 2015 and most the discussion centered on trash. On the agenda was the 2nd reading for a resolution authorizing the Safety Service Director, Curt Garrison, to advertise bids for the 2015 refuse contract. Four concerned citizens stepped to the podium during the public hearing to voice their opinion on the potential trash issue and questions on the possibility of a new refuse contract. Garrison answered those questions during his administrative report and then was asked numerous questions by council pertaining to the trash issue. Council Member, Leon Rogers, who served on the committee studying the refuse contract, wanted to amend the resolution to include single bags to the contract. That change was not passed by council, which left the original resolution still up for it 2nd reading. However, the council was split on the issue and did not have enough yes votes to read the resolution for a second time. City Council is divided on the future of trash collection in the city and the resolution with appear back on the agenda for their next meeting on Tuesday, January 20th at 7:30 in the Council Chambers. Council will meet next Tuesday, January 13th for a work session that will take place a 7:00 in the City Building.

ANOTHER ACCIDENT AT 121 & 36 INTERCECTIONS - January 6, 2015
    On Monday, at approximately 5:24 PM Darke County Deputies along with New Madison Fire and Tri Village Rescue were dispatched to the intersection of US Route 36 W and SR 121 reference a two vehicle injury accident. Preliminary investigation revealed a grey 1984 Toyota pickup truck, driven by Marlin Bowman of Versailles, was traveling west on US Route 36 W. Bowman failed to stop at the intersection and traveled into the path of a northbound black 1978 Chevrolet pickup truck driven by Robert Kiser of Greenville. Bowman was transported to Wayne Healthcare by Tri Village Rescue with minor injuries. Kiser was treated by Tri Village Rescue and released from the scene. Bowman was cited for Failure to Yield the right of way. This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office.

COMMISSIONER'S APPROVE 2015 BUDGET - January 6, 2015
    Last week, the Darke County Commissioners approved the 2015 Appropriations with a General Fund over 18 Million Dollars and a Outside Fund of 42 Million Dollars plus, that for a total of $60,268,610. The Commissioners also accepted the resignation of Darke County Auditor Carol Ginn, who has resigned from her current term, but will take her oath and serve Darke County as Auditor for her next term starting March 9, 2015. The move centers around potential changes with Ohio Public Employees Retirement System. With County Offices being closed last Thursday and Friday there was no business on Monday's Agenda. The next Darke County Commissioners meeting is set Wednesday at 1:30 in Downtown Greenville.

STATE REPRESENTATIVE SWORN INTO OHIO HOUSE - January 6, 2015
    State Representative Steve Huffman (R Tipp City) was sworn in as a member of the Ohio House of Representatives for the 131st General Assembly during a ceremony at the Statehouse Monday. Rep. Huffman is beginning his first term at the Statehouse. He represents the 80th District, which includes Miami County and portions of Darke County. After graduating from Milton-Union High School, he attended the University, where he earned a medical degree from the Medical College of Ohio (now the University of Toledo School of Medicine). Since earning his medical degree, Huffman has served on the staff at Upper Valley Medical Center and Wayne Hospital for 18 years and served on the Board of Directors for Premier Physician Services until its recent merger with TeamHealth. He also served overseas in underserved regions for 18 months. In addition, he was elected to the position of Miami County Coroner in 2012.

1 MAN DIES FROM FIGHT INJURIES - January 5, 2015
    A New Year's Celebration turned deadly in Shelby County. 33 year old Timothy Spranger was arrested Thursday morning and charged with murder. Deputies believe Spranger got into a fight with 33 year old David Michael at a party on Lehman Road. Michael was taken just after 1 a.m. Thursday by friends to Wilson Memorial Hospital in Sidney, where he died a short time later of his injuries. Spranger fled the scene and was arrested without incident later that morning in nearby Lockington.

SIDNEY MAN INJURED IN FIGHT - January 5, 2015
    Last week, Officers were dispatched to the 300 block of E. Court Street in Sidney on Thursday night. The resident and his father told police that two individuals kicked in the front door and started assaulting them, and that one of the suspects used a knife. The father and son fought back using blunt type instruments. The son was taken to the hospital where he was treated and released. Several minutes later, medics and officers were dispatched to the 2000 block of Apache Drive where two individuals had injuries to the face and head consistent with blunt type trauma. Zach Poore, 19, of the 200 block of Highland Avenue, was taken to a hospital for treatment and was discharged. Zach Poore and Justin Poore, 24, were arrested and taken to jail.

DARKE COUNTY PARKS WINS AWARD - December 22, 2014
    Ohio Parks and Recreation Association (OPRA) has announced its 2014 Annual Awards of Excellence winners and Darke County Parks has been recognized. The Park District won a 2nd place award in the Historical and Cultural Arts Programming category for the Blacksmith Shop Historical Education Center project. The OPRA Annual Awards of Excellence will be presented at a banquet hosted by the association on February 3, 2015 at the Kalahari Convention Center in Sandusky, Ohio. One first place award winner will be presented with the 2014 Governor's Award for Parks and Recreation, a "best in show" award which includes a $500 contribution to the parks and recreation foundation of the agency winner. The awards are judged by a panel of parks and recreation professionals from around Ohio. Incorporated in 1963, OPRA is a non-profit, public interest organization representing over 1400 professionals and citizen board members striving to provide quality parks and recreation facilities and opportunities for all Ohioans while protecting and preserving Ohio's natural resources, positively impacting local economies and health and wellness of its citizens.

2015 DARKE COUNTY DOG LICENSES - December 9, 2014
    The 2015 Dog Licenses are now available for $16.00. Dog owners can purchase a 1 year license, a 3-year license or a Permanent license for their dog. The 3 year license will cost $48.00 and the Permanent will cost $160. The 3-year license will only be able to be purchased at the Darke County Auditors office, the Darke County Animal Shelter or online. They will only be available on line from December 1st 2014 to January 31st 2015. The Permanent license will only be able to be purchased at the Darke County Animal Shelter. Individual 2015 Ohio County Dog licenses can be purchased at the following locations. Suttons in Arcanum, Pattys IGA in Bradford, Farmers State Bank in New Madison, Birts Store in New Weston, Osgood State Bank in Osgood, Old National Bank in Union City, Ace Hardware in Versailles, Ace Hardware in Greenville, Veterinary & Poultry Supply in Ansonia, the Auditors Office, and the Darke County Animal Shelter. Kennel license can only be purchased at the Darke County Animal Shelter. You must bring a copy of your Vendors License with you in order to purchase a Kennel license. You can purchase your dog license on-line at www.doglicense.us/oh/darke. All dogs over 3 months of age must have a county dog license.

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