7TH DAY OF THE GREAT DARKE COUNTY FAIR - August 27, 2015
    Thursday at the Great Darke County Fair marks the 2015 Agricultural Society Board of Directors Election. There will be 3 elected with a total of 4 on the ballot. The Election will be held from 9am to 7pm in the Red Cross Building north of the Grandstand. Looking for re-election is Matt Aultman, Brian Rismiller and James Zumbrink. Jerry Bunch will be other name on the ballot looking to get on the board for the first time. Other highlights during the fair for Thursday, Darke County 4H and Junior Fair Awards Presentation at 9 AM in the Grandstands followed by the Annual Parade of Champions. Velma Campbell, former director on the Darke County Agricultural Society (senior fair board), will be the grand marshal of the Parade of Champions. Campbell was elected in August 1998 for a one-year term. The Ohio Department of Agriculture presented Campbell the Outstanding Fair Supporter award for District 2 which includes 11 counties in Ohio in January, 2006. This award is given for exceptional service provided to the fair. She and husband Dave have been married for 60 years and are the parents of three children.

SENATOR BROWN TO VISIT SHELBY COUNTY - August 27, 2015
    Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, will be in Sidney, Monday, Aug. 31, to meet constituents and speak about Social Security. Brown will speak at the Senior Center of Sidney and Shelby County, 304 S. West Ave., at 11 a.m. He plans to be there for about 45 minutes before traveling to Jackson Center to tour the Airstream Inc. facility and talk with workers. The speech at the senior center is open to the public. The center will open to members at 8 a.m. and to others at 10:30 a.m. that day.

DRUG BUST IN MERCER COUNTY - August 27, 2015
    On Wednesday, we reported on 92 marijuana plants being found in Shelby County during a marijuana eradication. Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey has reported a similar eradication flyover that took place on Monday, Deputies seized 41 plants that were located near 5234 State Route 29, Celina, Ohio. Deputies applied for and were granted a search warrant for the home. Deputies seized an Estimated 30 pounds of marijuana, 33 marijuana plants drying in the garage, Drug paraphernalia, 3 long guns, 1 hand gun and close to $20,000 in cash . The investigation is ongoing, and the case will be forwarded to the Mercer County Prosecutor.

VETERANS DAY AT GREAT DARKE COUNTY FAIR TODAY - August 26, 2015
    Today (Wednesday) marks Armed Forces Day on the Fairgrounds. Veterans & Immediate Family Members living in the same household are Admitted Free to the Fair. To celebrate visit the Darke County Fairgrounds at 4 p.m., for a special concert from Systems Go, a component of the United State Air Force Band of Flight stationed at Wright Patterson Air Force Base. The free concert will be held at the Grandstands. Veterans in attendance with proof of service will receive a free t-shirt while supplies last. The concert is presented by Darke County Veteran Services. Systems Go is active duty Air Force Airmen musicians consistently demonstrating the United States Air Force Band of Flight's commitment to musical excellence. The show will be followed by the Veteran's Parade and Memorial Service in the Grandstand at 5:30 PM and then the NTPA Tractor Pull at 7. Thank You to everyone who has served or is serving in the Military.

STATE ROADS 1 AND 32 TO CLOSE - August 26, 2015
    Crews from CSX Transportation will close State Roads 1 and 32 beginning next week to make repairs to the railroad crossing of the highway between Williams and Henry streets. The closure is scheduled to begin on Monday, Aug. 31 at 8:30 a.m. and open by Friday, Sept. 11 at 4 p.m. A signed detour will direct State Road 32 traffic around the closure via State Road 1, State Road 28 and US 27. The existing detour for the State Road 1 closure south of Farmland, between State Road 32 and US 36, will be extended to follow the official detour for the railroad crossing closure. Motorists can learn about highway work zones and other traffic alerts at indot.carsprogram.org, 1-800-261-ROAD (7623) or 511 from a mobile phone.

UNION CITY MAN ARRESTED WITH POSSESSION OF METHAMPHETAMINE - August 26, 2015
    Ryan Reynolds was arrested by the Union City Ohio Police Department on August 24 for Possession of Methamphetamine. Reynolds was operating a vehicle when he passed officers on NW Deerfield Rd. The officer had knowledge that Reynolds had an active warrant out of the Darke County Municipal Court for not following the rules of his probation. A search incident to arrest was performed prior to placing Reynolds in the police cruiser. Inside his front lower left pocket was a small blue container that contained a substance that field tested positive for Methamphetamine. Subsequently Reynolds was locked in the Darke County Sheriff's jail where he is being held without bond.

DRUG RAIN IN SIDNEY - August 26, 2015
    A tactical response team rushed a home in Sidney Tuesday looking for drug suspects. Officers raided the home at 323 Franklin Avenue. They say they took caps of heroin and drug paraphernalia from the house. They arrested one woman, Billie Bliss, 32, on an outstanding warrant. Police are now searching for two suspects, Travis Brown, 31 and Michelle McMartin, 25. They were not home at the time of the raid. Both are wanted for drug trafficking. Call the Sidney Police Department at 937-498-8777 if you have any information about the suspects' whereabouts. The warrant execution is a continuing effort by the Sidney Police Department to combat drug abuse and drug trafficking in Sidney. Information resulting in this warrant was derived in part from concerned citizens. Citizens who have information about drug activity are asked to contact the Sidney Police Department at 937-498-8777 or Crime Stoppers at 937-492-8477 (TIPS).

COVINGTON MAN SENTENCED - August 25, 2015
    On Monday, Michael Anthony, 34 from Covington was sentenced after pleading no contest in July to felony aggravated assault involving the sexual touching of a teenage girl. Anthony was sentenced to 16 months in prison after being accused of sexually touching the victim back in November in Covington. Originally charged with felony gross sexual imposition, that charge was dismissed and a new charge of aggravated assault filed. He previously pleaded no contest and was found guilty by Miami County Judge.

FOUNTAIN CITY WOMAN DIES IN SINGLE VEHICLE ACCIDENT - August 25, 2015
    A fatal Crash took place over in the Hoosier State late Sunday night. A Fountain City woman died after a single-vehicle accident Sunday night in Wayne County. Karen Cole, 50, was pronounced dead at the scene on Arba Pike, north of Fountain City Pike. The accident was reported at about 8:30 p.m. Sunday. The victim's 1999 GMC Jimmy left the roadway on the east side, traveled about 450 feet, then came back onto the roadway. Her vehicle then left the roadway on the west side, facing west and sliding northbound. The vehicle came to a driveway and rolled over once. The Wayne County Coroner's Office transported the victim to the Montgomery County (Ohio) Coroner's Office for an autopsy.

DARKE COUNTY UNITED WAY & 3016 CAMPAIGN - August 25, 2015
    The Darke County United Way is preparing for its 2016 Campaign, which starts with its annual kickoff on Wednesday, September 2, at Romer's Catering. The goal for the 2016 campaign is $375,000 and that will provide much needed financial support to the partner agencies that serve nearly 20,000 individuals in Darke County through their programs. Outside of the kickoff there will be a variety of fundraisers that the entire community can get involved in. Those include the 26th annual Golf Outing on September 14th, the 10th annual Tractor Cruise on September 26th, a Romer's BBQ Chicken Dinner on October 7th, a family-friendly bowling event on October 17th, and Runway & Rhythm on October 23rd. For more information about the United Way, giving to the United Way, or upcoming events, call the Darke County United Way at 547-1272 or "Like Them" on Facebook.

COLDWATER MAN KILLED IN MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT - August 24, 2015
    Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey announced Saturday that his office investigated a fatal accident that occurred on State Route 219 just West of Gause Rd. in Butler Township. On Satuday, at 11:26 am Central Dispatch received several 911 calls of a two vehicle injury accident at that location. The callers indicated one vehicle was a motorcycle and the other an SUV Through the course of the investigation it was determined that Jane E. Fiely, age 65, of Coldwater, was eastbound on State Route 219 in a 2011 Chevy Equinox, and made a left turn into a private drive, turning into the path of the westbound motorcycle. The 1986 Honda motorcycle was driven by Dustin A Rutter, age 24, of Coldwater, struck the passenger side of the Equinox. Rutter was transported by Coldwater EMS to Mercer Health, where he was later pronounced dead. Fiely was also transported to Mercer Health Hospital by private vehicle. The accident remains under investigation. Deputies were assisted by Coldwater EMS, the Coldwater Fire Department and MCERV.

UNION CITY INDIANA DRUG BUST - August 24, 2015
    The Union City Indiana Police Department conducted a traffic blitz between the hours of 6:00 PM and 2:00 AM on on Friday. This lead to four drug arrests and numerous drug related charges. All arrests were for drug related charges. The charges range from possession of marijuana and paraphernalia, to possession of a controlled substance and possession of Heroin. Those arrested Trevor Matchett- 19 of Union City IN, Todd Pearson- 47 of Union City IN, Joseph Deal- 18 of Rossburg and Joe Beamer- 61, Rossburg. The Union City Police Department organizes saturation patrols throughout the year. A saturation patrol, or a Blitz is usually very successful and is just one method used to take drugs off the streets of Union City.

SIDNEY MAN DIES IN MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT - August 24, 2015
    A Sidney man was killed in a single-vehicle motorcycle crash in Logan County Sunday morning. Ohio State High Patrol Troopers were dispatched around 2:20 a.m. Sunday to Ohio 47 in Harrison Township on a reported crash involving a motorcycle.Troopers said Brett Metz, 27, of Sidney was traveling west on Ohio 47 when his motorcycle went off the roadway striking a ditch and a fence post. Metz was ejected from the motorcycle and was later pronounced dead at the scene. Excess speed is believed to be a factor in the crash. Metz was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash according to troopers. The incident remains under investigation by the Marysville Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

GREENVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT NOT PRODUCING CALENDAR - August 24, 2015
    Greenville Fire Department on Friday announced that an organization located in Illinois has been calling businesses in the City of Greenville soliciting money for the purpose of producing an ad calendar or memo board for distribution by the Greenville Fire Department. This solicitation has not been authorized by Chief Wolf or the Administration of the City of Greenville. Please do not respond to the solicitation.

GREAT DARKE COUNTY FAIR IS UNDERWAY - August 21, 2015
    Today (Friday) The 159th Great Darke County Fair gets underway on the Fairgrounds with the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony in front of the Gazebo at 8:00 AM. The Darke County Fair Safety Committee met on Thursday and would like to remind the local citizens of the traffic pattern that will be in place during the Great Darke County Fair. As many may recall last year, a new traffic pattern was put into effect at Gate 1 of the Darke County Fairgrounds. Gate 1 is located at the intersection of Sweitzer Street and Birt Street. The purpose of the change is to improve the overall safety of pedestrian traffic that crosses at that intersection during the week of the fair. Lane restrictions were put into place and efforts were made to clearly mark the pedestrian crossing areas. At the conclusion of last years fair the safety committee along with the support of all agencies involved decided to keep this in place for future fairs. The traffic pattern received positive reviews last year from fair attendees.The Darke County Sheriff's Office and Greenville Police Department will be patrolling these areas to assist and make sure vehicular and pedestrian traffic have a safe Darke County Fair. WTGR will be broadcasting live all 9 days of the fair including all Harness Racing events in the Grandstands. Tiger County will be broadcasting live from a new spot this year across from the Swine Barn and near the Poultry Barn,
    we hope to see you at the fair.

ARCANUM MAN DARKE COUNTY NEWEST MOST WANTED - August 21, 2015
    A new name has been added to the list of Darke County's Most Wanted, Austin Hayes, 23 from Arcanum has a warrant issued by Darke County Common Pleas Court on Probation Violations; Failed to report as ordered, Failed to notify Probation of new address, Violated State and/or Local Laws. Initial Charges in 2013: Unlawful Sexual Conduct with a Minor, a Felony of the 4th degree and Theft, a Misdemeanor of the 1st degree. Last known address was 6233 Delisle-Fourman Rd. in Arcanum, but has also lived in Union City and Greenville. Hayes is 6'2 weighing 165 lbs, with Brown Hair, Brown Eyes and a tattoo of the letters A W H on his upper right arm with a fire breathing dragon. A reward is available for Austin Hayes for information leading to his arrest. To submit a tip call 547-1661 or visit DarkeCountyCrimeStoppers.com

WEST MILTON POLICE LOOKING FOR ROBBERY SUSPECTS - August 21, 2015
    The West Milton Police Department is asking for your help in identifying a man caught on surveillance video early Sunday. On the West Milton Police Department Facebook page they have posted pictures of a incident taking place at 3:48 A.M. on Sunday, August 16th. A green Landmaster LM300 utility vehicle and the trailer used to transport it were stolen from a local business. This is a two seat, open cab vehicle with a dump bed similar to a John Deere "Gator". It was covered by a camouflage tarp. At least two other individuals participated in this theft. The suspects attempted to conceal their involvement in the theft but the image and other video was captured on the surveillance system. If you have any information contact the West Milton Police Department at 937-698-2677.

OWNER ATTACKED BY OWN PIT BULL - August 20, 2015
    A dog attack took place in Piqua on Wednesday, as police responded to 1006 Madison Street. Authorities arrived to find the dog, a pit bull, attacking its owner. Officers used both Tasers and pepper spray on the animal in order to evacuate the family of three from the home. The house was secured and the animal shelter called to remove the vicious pit bull from the home. A man suffered bites to his foot, ankle and leg, but if not for a high leather boot the injuries could have been much worse. The man's daughter was bitten, but did not suffer serious wounds. The dog is under quarantine at the Miami County Animal Shelter. Police are looking into a report that the same pit bull bit a neighbor last week.

METH LAB BUST IN UNION CITY OHIO - August 20, 2015
    On Tuesday, Union City Ohio Police Department responded to a call at 510 E. Wall Street in reference to a methamphetamine lab. UC Police located the methamphetamine lab which was still producing hydrogen chloride gases. The Darke County Sheriff's Office Lab team was called in to assist. The Darke County Health Department was notified due to hazards of the chemicals used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine. Union City Rescue and Union City Fire Department were called to the scene for the safety of the public. At this time no charges have been filed but Union City Police and the Darke County Sheriff's Office are following leads on the suspects that left the methamphetamine lab in the home.

REWARD OFFERED FOR ARSON FIRES - August 20, 2015
    Earlier this week, we reported on an Arson that took place in Greenville over the weekend. Greenville Fire and Police departments are now offering a reward for any information leading to solve who set the 2 arson fires. One fire involved a structure behind 407 E. Fourth St and the reward posted can be up to $5,000. The other fire involved a boat at the same time on Walnut Street. Those with information can contact the fire department at 937-548-3040 or the Greenville Police Department at 937-548-1103.

LAST FAIRBOARD MEETING BEFORE 159TH GREAT DARKE COUNTY FAIR - August 20, 2015
    The Darke County Agricultural Society met on Wednesday for their regularly scheduled meeting. The board prepares for 159th Great Darke County Fair, which starts on Friday. Wednesday's meeting was filled with heated discussion on several issues from Junior Fair, Camping and Dogs. Board member Dick Delk announced that the Speed Program has changed the post time Friday night from 7:00 PM to now 530 PM since there will be 19 races on the card. WTGR will be broadcasting all the harness races at the fair along with broadcasting live from the fairgrounds all 9 days. For more information on the fair when it comes to livestock, schedules, shows, tickets and more visit DarkeCountyFair.com.

2015 NATIONAL DRIVE SOBER OR GET PULLED OVER CAMPAIGN - August 19, 2015
    The Greenville Police Department will join local and national law enforcement officers and highway safety advocates all across the country for the 2015 National Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign. During the mobilization, officers will be cracking down on motorists, Aug. 19 - Sept. 7, both day and night. For sobering statistics on drunk driving in the United States, visit www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov. Law enforcement will be cracking down on impaired drivers around the clock. More than 900 law enforcement partners around Ohio, including the Ohio State Highway Patrol, will be aggressively enforcing the law with a zero tolerance policy. The Greenville Policy Department urges everyone to drive sober for yourself, your families, friends and strangers.

USED TIRE COLLECTION SEPTEMBER 23 - August 19, 2015
    The Darke County Solid Waste District and the Ohio EPA want to help you with your tire problem. The district and EPA will be sponsoring a used tire collection on Wednesday, September 23, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. In addition to tires to being an eyesore, they are a nuisance to rural citizens who find them in their ditches, out in the fields and wooded areas. Used tires make the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes that can carry diseases. The Tire Recycling Day is open to all Darke County residents, farmers, municipalities and townships. Unfortunately, no tires will be accepted from junk yards or junk dealers, garages, auto repair shops; tire, automobile, truck, farm-equipment dealerships; atv/motorcycle shops or commercial trucking/hauling businesses. Those interested in participating in this one-day event must pre-register. Pre-registration begins Wednesday, September 2, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at the Darke County Solid Waste District, 603 Wagner Ave, Suite C, Greenville (with OSU Extension and the Job Center). Pre-registration ends on Wednesday, September 16th.

CITY COUNCIL ADDRESS ARSON, ILLEGAL ACTIVITY AND GRAFFITI - August 19, 2015
    City of Greenville Council met on Tuesday with only 5 Council members present for their regularly scheduled meeting. During the Administrative Report, Safety Service Director, Curt Garrison reported on another Arson that took place in the City on Friday night. The two separate fires took place with one involving a boat and another a garage on East 4th street. The garage fire started when someone lit an abandoned mattress on fire that was leaned up against a garage. Luckily, no one was injured. The Safety Service Director also touched on an illegal activity that took place at Greenville Park earlier this week that was filmed and posted on social media. The individual filming the act did not call law enforcement to report the crime. Garrison urged citizens to contact the Mayor's Office or Greenville Police to report not just illegal activities, but also properties that need cleaned up or alleys that are filled with trash and litter. Council Member, John Baumgardner during the Call of Council agreed with the Safety Service Director and mentioned that he has contacted Garrison multiple times about issues in the City and it gets resolved quickly. In other business that's related to cleaning up Greenville, Kelly Harrison from Recovery and Wellness addressed council during the public hearing with several teenage ladies from the group We Are the Majority. The group performs community projects and on Tuesday asked council if they could paint over graffiti on a bike path and under a bridge in the City. Council was impressed and pleased to approve $450 in a donation for the paint and supplies for the project. Council did not approve any ordinances and resolution due to the fact only 5 members were present. Those items will be read for a 2nd time at the next council meeting on Tuesday, September 1st at 7:30 in the Council Chambers.

BIG BUDDIES PROGRAM COMING BACK TO AREA SCHOOLS - August 18, 2015
    The Community Impact Fund of the Community Foundation of Shelby County recently awarded a total of $2,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County. The funding will be used to aid in Life Skills Curriculum that will be utilized in the "Big Buddies" High School Mentoring program that pairs high school freshman, sophomores, juniors and seniors with elementary aged students twice a month. The High School Mentoring program known as "Big Buddies" is a nine month commitment where volunteer high school freshman, sophomores, juniors and seniors mentor elementary age children two times a month at an agency designation. This year the agency has expanded the program to now include a total of 7 designated sites with locations at Ansonia Elementary School, Versailles Elementary School, and Woodland Heights Elementary School in Darke County and Emerson Elementary School, Northwood Elementary School, Longfellow Elementary School, & Whittier Elementary schools in Shelby County. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County is a nonprofit, United Way member, social service organization whose mission is to develop and mature quality relationships between children and volunteers. If you are interested in becoming involved and making a difference in the life of a child in the Shelby & Darke Community call 937-492-7611 or 937-547-9622.

FEDERAL RESOURCES AVAILABLE FOR RAIN & FLOODING DAMAGES - August 18, 2015
    Following the designation of eight western Ohio counties as natural disaster areas, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) Monday announced that small businesses in Butler, Darke, Defiance, Hamilton, Mercer, Paulding, Preble, and Van Wert Counties will now have access to federal resources to help offset financial losses resulting from excessive rain and flooding that began on May 1, 2015. Small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small aquaculture businesses, and private non-profit organizations in these counties can apply for assistance from the U.S. Small Business Administration's (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loan program. Eligible business can borrow up to $2 million to pay fixed debts, payroll, and other bills that would have been paid had there not been excessive rain and flooding. The deadline to apply for these funds is April 12, 2016. Eligible Ohioans may apply online via SBA's secure website at DisasterLoan.sba.gov/ela or call 1-800-659-2955.

2 SEPARATE CRASHES IN SHELBY COUNTY - August 18, 2015
    Late Monday afternoon, a single vehicle accident took place in Shelby County, in the 1000 block of Paterson-Halpin Road outside of Sidney. That crash would turn fatal as Charles Lawrence, 55, of Sidney lost his Dodge Stratus left the road for an unknown reason and slammed into a tree.The Shelby County Coroner's Office, Lockington fire and Sidney rescue assisted deputies on scene. Near that same time in the 4 o'clock hour, a second vehicle accident occurred on southbound state Route 66 at Fessler-Buxton Road. The accident occurred when a FedEx box truck rear-ended a Ford pickup truck that was stopped at the intersection, waiting to make a left turn onto Fessler-Buxton from state Route 66. The FedEx vehicle veered into a Chevy Malibu's path and sideswiped it. Chelsey White from Osgood, had to be extricated from the wreckage of her Malibu. Her injuries were not believed to be serious. Her daughter, believed to be 4 or 5, was not injured but was taken to a hospital as a precaution. Corey Mummey, of Houston, was driving the pickup truck. He was not injured. Eric Fitterer, of Dayton, the driver of the FedEx truck, also was not injured. He told deputies he didn't notice the pickup truck had stopped in front of him on state Route 66, which is part of his normal route. Fitterer was cited for failure to maintain assured clear distance.

GAS STATION ROBBER ON THE LOOSE - August 17, 2015
    Deputies in Miami County are looking for a masked man who robbed a Gulf gas station Sunday night. Units were dispatched to the convenience store at 3311 South County Road 25A just before 10 p.m. after a masked man reportedly held up the store. The robber waited outside the store until right before it closed at 10 p.m. The man then rushed into the store and pointed a gun at the clerk and demanded cash. The robber was able to get away on foot with an undetermined amount of cash. The suspect was described as a tall, slender white man, but deputies are hoping surveillance video and fingerprints recovered at the scene might help identify him. No injuries were reported.

MIAMI COUNTY FAIR OFFERS I.D. CARDS FOR KIDS - August 17, 2015
    On Friday, the Miami County Fair started and this year the Sheriff's Office will once again be offering free chidlren's I.D. cards at the Sheriff's building beside the fair secretary's office. While obtaining the child I.D. card, please take the time to fill out a sheet to be eligible to win a free girls or boys bike. The drawing for one girl's and one boy's bike will occur each evening of the fair. The bikes were furnished courtesy of the Miami County Sheriff's Patrol and Miami County F.O.P. Lodge #58. Free safety literature is also available in the building as well. Also, on Monday from 10AM - 1PM in honor of kid's day at the fair many of Miami County's first responders will be on hand to interact with the kids and show off some of their equipment.
    
    Hours the Sheriff's building will be open for I.D. cards;
    
    Monday - 10AM - 10PM (Fair Kid's Day)
    Tuesday - 4 - 10PM
    Wednesday - 4 - 10PM
    Thursday - 4 - 10PM

GARDENWOOD/RHOADES AVE. WORKS BEGINS MONDAY AUGUST 17 - August 17, 2015
    The City of Greenville will commence its Gardenwood/Rhoades reconstruction project beginning August 17. The work will occur on the stretch of street between Victoria Street and North Broadway. The city's Planning & Zoning Director, Chad Henry, states that the project "will provide new aggregate street base, asphalt, curb [and] gutters and other miscellaneous stormwater infrastructure. Further, the existing sanitary main will be re-lined underground, consistent with many previous projects performed in recent years". Henry said that during construction, the area will be closed to through traffic, but residential access will be maintained, with temporary interruptions receiving adequate notice. The cost of the project is tagged at $995,150, with $500,000 of the total amount offset by a grant awarded to Greenville from the Ohio Public Works Commission. Work will be performed by Brumbaugh Construction, Inc., of Arcanum. The project is expected to be completed by June 1, 2016. For further information, call the Planning & Zoning Department at 937-548-4930.

TROOPER RECEIVES AWARD FOR SAVING MAN'S LIFE - August 14, 2015
    Trooper Eric Devers of the Piqua Post received a Certificate of Recognition Thursday for his actions while responding to a crash that helped save a commercial vehicle driver's life. Trooper Devers found the driver belted in the driver's seat, taking low, gasping breaths with eyelids half closed. After a short amount of time, the driver's eyes rolled back into his head; he slumped over and quit breathing. A passerby who stopped to assist Trooper Devers kept the driver upright as Trooper Devers performed CPR chest compressions until EMS arrived. In total, Trooper Devers was on the scene for 12 minutes prior to medical personnel arriving, at which time the driver began breathing on his own and stabilized. The driver was transported to Wilson Memorial Hospital and made a full recovery. In speaking with the family, medical personnel and witnesses at the scene, it is apparent the quick actions of Trooper Devers helped save the driver's life.

HONDA RECEIVES AWARD - August 14, 2015
    Three Honda of America facilities were presented the Ohio EPA'S highest award Thursday during a ceremony in Marysville. Ohio EPA Director Craig W. Butler presented Honda's Anna, Marysville and East Liberty plants with the Agency's highest award for environmental stewardship, the Encouraging Environmental Excellence (E3) Gold-Level Award. In 2011, Honda achieved and has since maintained zero-waste to landfill status and was selected as an Ohio EPA E3 Silver Award-winner in 2013. Since then, Honda has continued its environmental improvement efforts and is now being recognized for it. The E3 program acknowledges Ohio businesses and other organizations for completing environmentally beneficial activities and serves as an incentive to commit to ongoing environmental stewardship.

SURVEY AVAILABLE FOR LOCAL BUSINESSES - August 14, 2015
    Five chambers of commerce in West Central Ohio have rolled out a new wage and benefits survey to their members after local businesses expressed the need. The survey deadline has been extended to Friday, August 21, at the request of multiple businesses. West Central Ohio chambers' wage and benefits survey is a collaborative effort of the Celina-Mercer, Darke, Preble and Southwestern Auglaize counties and Wapakoneta Area chambers. Miami Valley chambers have conducted a similar survey since 2007, with Shelby County joining the process several years ago. The West Central Ohio Survey is fully compliant with the Antitrust Safety Zone statements issued by the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission. Businesses will find a link to the survey posted on the websites of the Celina-Mercer County Chamber www.celinamercer.com, Darke County Chamber www.darkecountyohio.com, Preble County Chamber www.preblecountyohio.com.

SPILL IN SIDNEY BRINGS HAZMAT OFFICIALS TO BUSINESS - August 13, 2015
    Hazmat officials were called to a Shelby County factory for a chemical spill. It happened around 7:30 p.m. in the 600 block of Kuther Road in Sidney at Norcold Inc. The chemical spill at Norcold Inc. triggered a shelter-in-place order until further notice for residents living within a mile radius south of the facility. Residents within a mile of the building were notified via an alert system to stay inside their homes as a precaution. A regional hazmat unit and fire crews from Anna, Lockington and Port Jefferson were dispatched to assist the Sidney crews. The spill was large enough to trigger the order that residents close all windows and doors and have no open flames in their homes. There were no reports of any injuries. Norcold is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Thetford Corporation. Headquartered in Ann Arbor, Mich., Thetford is the world's leading supplier of sanitation and refrigeration products for the RV, marine and heavy-duty truck industries.

AREA COUNTIES TO RECEIVE HELP FROM SUMMER RAIN - August 13, 2015
    U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) Wednesday announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Butler, Darke, Defiance, Hamilton, Mercer, Paulding, Preble, and Van Wert Counties as natural disaster areas due to excessive rain and flooding in the region in 2015. With this disaster designation, agricultural producers in these counties are eligible to be considered for assistance from the Farm Service Agency (FSA), including emergency loans. Eligible farmers have eight months from the date of the official disaster declaration to apply for emergency loans and can receive guidance in applying for these loans from their local FSA office. Brown is the first Ohioan to serve on the Senate Agriculture Committee in nearly 50 years. In 2014, he was part of the Senate Farm Bill Conference Committee that successfully negotiated a five-year farm bill that had been stalled for more than three years.

DRUG BUST IN GREENVILLE - August 13, 2015
    On August 12th, 2015 the Darke County Sheriff's Office Drug unit and Darke County Deputies along with Greenville Police, executed a search warrant at 311 W. Water St. Greenville, OH stemming from a crack cocaine trafficking investigation. Tarrelle L. Sumlin of Greenville, Ohio was taken into custody without incident by Darke County Sheriff's Office Deputies. Sumlin is currently being housed at the Darke County Jail where he awaits formal charges on multiple counts of trafficking in crack cocaine within the vicinity of a school. Items located during the search warrant included marijuana and prescription pills packaged for sale along with drug paraphernalia. Darke County Children Services was contacted due to several children found inside the residence during the execution of the search warrant. Darke County Sheriff Toby L. Spencer takes a hard stance against illegal drug trafficking and the illegal use of drugs in the county. Citizens with drug information, or information on any criminal conduct for that matter, are asked to contact the Darke County Sheriff's Office at 937-548-2020. Tips can also be left with the Darke County Crime Stoppers by visiting their website at www.darkecountycrimestoppers.com or calling 937-547-1661. Information can be given anonymously.

WEST NILE VIRUS REPORTED IN MERCER COUNTY - August 12, 2015
    Earlier this week, the Mercer County Health Department reported that the West Nile Virus (WNV) had been detected in the mosquito population at a testing site. However, no animal nor human cases have been confirmed. WNV is a virus most commonly spread by infected mosquitoes that can lead to severe fever, inflammation of the brain or meningitis. Mosquitoes become infected when they feed on infected birds. Infected mosquitoes can then spread the virus to humans and other animals when they bite. Approximately 80 percent of people who are infected with WNV will not show any symptoms at all, but there is no way to know in advance if you will develop an illness or not. Those who do develop symptoms usually do so between three to 14 days after they are bitten by the infected mosquito. About one in 150 people infected with WNV will develop severe illness. The severe symptoms can include high fever, headache, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, vision loss, numbness and paralysis. These symptoms may last several weeks, and neurological effects may be permanent. There is no specific treatment for WNV infection, and care is based on symptoms.

SUNSHINE 5K RUN/WALK APPROACHING - August 12, 2015
    Reid Hospital is proud to serve as leading sponsor of the SUNshine 5K Run/Walk on September 19 in Greenville City Park. Hosted by the Darke County Foundation, the event will feature hundreds of participants and raise funds for 6 non-profit organizations in Darke County: Bunco 4 Breast Cancer, Darke County Special Olympics, DeColores Montessori, Greenville High School Vocal Music Boosters, Next Step Ministries and St. Mary's School (Greenville). Groups receive $15 for each person registered under the group's name. Headquartered in Richmond, Indiana, Reid Hospital opened a Greenville facility at 1101 Jackson Street in May. The 34,000-square-foot complex houses Bethel Cardiology, Reid Orthopedics and other specialties offered by the Reid health system. Runners and walkers at the SUNshine 5K will enjoy a scenic 5K route with age-group awards, great door prizes, and a variety of post-race drinks, snacks and homemade cookies. Free childcare is available. To register, visit www.darkecountyfoundation.org. The SUNshine 5K is part of the Darke County Wellness Challenge. For more information, call 548-4673.

INDIANA UNIVERSITY EAST RECEIVES GRANT - August 12, 2015
    Student Support Services at Indiana University East will keep going strong thanks to a five-year grant worth $1.3 million from the U.S. Department of Education. The grant enables the university to continue TRIO, a federal program designed to help students who represent the first generation in their family to attend college, who come from a low-income background or who have physical or learning disabilities. The SSS office at IU East provides academic advising, one-on-one tutoring, peer mentoring, help with study skills, financial literacy training, career planning, technology assistance and more. The grant will allow the office not only to continue what it does now, but also to expand its services. The hope is to develop a first-year seminar specifically designed for first-generation college students and an intensive coach/counseling program to help freshmen in SSS develop four-year degree plans that can dovetail into career or postgraduate plans as they complete their degrees.

GREENVILLE MAN TO FACE JURY IN SEPTEMBER FOR STABBING - August 11, 2015
    A Greenville man accused of stabbing a man in the chest at a party is set to face a jury next month. Dale Leroy Brock Jr., 56, of Greenville, was indicted by grand jury on one count of attempted murder, a first-degree felony, and two counts of felonious assault, second-degree felonies, for the stabbing of David A. Elliott at a party May 2. Police said the dispute between the two men went back 20 years or more. Bond was set at $100,000, and Brock remains in custody at the Darke County Jail. The jury trial has been set for Sept. 22-23.

TRI-VILLAGE GRAD TO RUN FOR USA - August 11, 2015
    This Summer, we've been following Tri-Village Grad and New Paris Native Clayton Murphy on a very impressive 2015 Track Season. Currently a Junior at the University of Akron, Murphy finished 3rd in both the Indoor and Outdoor 800 meters earning him First Team All American Honors. The former state champ in the 1600 then was able to represent his country in the Pan-American Games in Toronto, winning the 800 and claiming the Gold Medal. Murphy now will get a chance to compete for a World Championship, as he was named to the team that will travel to Beijing, China this year. Nick Symmonds was left off the U.S. team for the IAAF World Championships after a weekend deadline passed without his signing a USA Track & Field "athlete statement of conditions" that requires team members to wear Nike-branded USA outfits at all public functions. USATF released its world championships roster on Monday and, in place of Symmonds, Clayton Murphy was named to the team. Murphy will be the guest on Community Ties this Thursday on WTGR.

OPEN HOUSE ON THURSDAY FOR 2015 ALZHEIMER'S WALK - August 10, 2015
    The Alzheimer's Association is inviting Darke and Preble county residents to attend an Open House on Thursday, August 13 from 4 – 5:30 PM to learn more about the 2015 Greenville Walk to End Alzheimer's. The Open House will take place at The Bistro off Broadway at 117 E 5th Street in Greenville. Stop by any time to learn more about registering a team, growing a team, fundraising, and Walk Day logistics. The Greenville Walk to End Alzheimer's will be held on Saturday, October 3, 2015 at Greenville City Park. Learn more and register for the Walk at alz.org/walk. Alzheimer's disease is an epidemic, currently affecting more than 200,000 individuals in the state of Ohio.

"FORCE" WINS STATE BAND CONTEST - August 10, 2015
    Congratulations to "The Force", The Winchester Community High School Band won the Indiana State Fair Band Day championship trophy on Saturday. It marks their 5th as they won 3 in a-row from 2011 to 2013 and also 1 in 1997. Winchester also won the Class AAA caption awards for best music and general effect. In addition to winning the overall Band Day title, Winchester also claimed first place in Class AAA for the third time with the show. The Indiana State Fair runs all the way to August 23rd.

PIQUA MAN KILLED ON MOTORCYCLE - August 10, 2015
    On Friday, we reported on a fatal crash in Shelby County. We've learned more details to that crash that took place at County Road 25A and Kirkwood Road. A semi, traveling east on Kirkwood, failed to stop at the stop sign at the intersection of County Road 25A causing the motorcycle, which was traveling north on County Road 25A, to hit at about the middle of the 53-foot trailer. The motorcyclist, who died at the scene, was 39-year-old Shawn Hill, of Piqua. The semi driver, John Coyle, of Converse, Indiana, failed to stop after the accident and was pulled over by Sidney Police in the 100 block of West Court Street in downtown Sidney. Initial reports indicated Coyle didnn't realize an accident had even occurred.

GREENVILLE MAN DIES AT COUNTY FAIR - August 7, 2015
    The Greene County Coroner's Office released the identity of a man who was found dead at the Greene County Fairgrounds Tuesday. Investigators say Jerome Thompson, 42, of Greenville, was a carnival worker at the Greene County Fair. The death is believed to be of natural causes, but exactly how he died will not be decided until toxicology reports are back. That could take up to eight weeks. The fair is going on as scheduled.

DARKE COUNTY MAN FOUND GUILTY OF KILLING WIFE - August 6, 2015
    Earlier this week, we reported on the start of the Raymond R. Emerson trial. The Arcanum man, 45, was on trial for the January 2014 drug overdose death of his wife. On Wednesday, Raymond Emerson was found guilty by a jury in the fatal overdose of his wife, 44-year-old Angela Emerson. A Darke County Common Pleas jury deliberated three hours in returning a verdict of guilty on a charge of corrupting another with drugs. A charge of involuntary manslaughter was dropped before Emerson's trial began. Sentencing for Raymond Emerson will take place in the near future.

POULTRY EVENTS TO TAKE PLACE AT DARKE COUNTY FAIR - August 6, 2015
    The Darke County Agricultural Society met on Wednesday for their regularly scheduled meeting as they prepare for the Great Darke County Fair. Junior Fair Coordinator, Beth Martin started the meeting with an announcement that over 100 poultry projects had been registered when looking at the upcoming fair from August 21-29. Earlier this year, we reported on the Ohio Department of Ag canceling all live bird exhibitions for 2015. The ban included county and independent fairs, the Ohio State Fair and all other gatherings of birds for show or for sale. Multiple fairs around Ohio have been creative in still trying to showcase projects, while dealing with the ban. Martin announced last night that on the Wednesday (26) of the Fair there would be an Avian Jeopardy Bowl from 10 to Noon. The event will feature teams of Junior Fair and 4H Members playing Jeopardy with a focus on birds.

ISTEP EXAM RESULTS DELAYED - August 6, 2015
    The results of this year's Indiana standardized student tests are being delayed by a month or more as a testing company official said Wednesday it was struggling to complete grading the exams. The president of McGraw-Hill Education CTB told State Board of Education members that changes made to this spring's ISTEP test have pushed back its grading work. That means schools and parents likely won't receive results from exams that were completed in May until at least mid-December. It is the latest struggle with the ISTEP exam after it became the center of an outcry from parents and educators in February over longer testing times.

STATE TAX TO BE WAIVED THIS WEEKEND FOR SCHOOL SUPPLIES - August 5, 2015
    If you haven't finished "back to school" shopping yet, you might want to wait until this weekend. The state of Ohio is offering its first sales tax holiday for back-to-school items. The holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. Friday and continues until Sunday at 11:59 p.m. The sales tax holiday includes Ohio retailers and also companies selling online retail items to Ohio residents. Shoppers at retail stores are not required to be Ohio residents to be eligible for the sales tax holiday, as long as their items meet the requirements. Clothing and shoes priced at $75 per item or less, school supplies priced at $20 per item or less and school instructional materials priced at $20 per item or less are exempt from sales and use taxes in Ohio during the three-day sales tax holiday. Economics Center at the University of Cincinnati estimated Ohio's retail sales volume would increase by about 4.8 percent during the month of August if a sales tax holiday was in place.

MARLING BAND SHELL TO RECEIVE RENOVATION THANKS TO GRANT - August 5, 2015
    City of Greenville Council met on Tuesday for their regularly scheduled meeting and during the public hearing, President of the Greenville Park Board, Dale Musser stepped to the podium and personally thanked the administration, council and everyone involved in the Marling Band Shell renovation/reconstruction project. Last week, the Park Board received some great news from The Ohio Department of Natural Resources as it was tentatively awarded $150,000 toward the renovation of the Band Shell. The National Parks Board still needs to approve the project before the renovations can take place, but the big step came last week from ODNR'S approval of the project and grant. Musser thanked a long list of individuals who supported the plan by fronting a matching $150,000 (which the park expects to raise ultimately through private/corporate donations). The Marling Band Shell is one of if the the oldest operating Band Shell's in the Country. Performances at the Band Shell are planned for Sunday's August 9, 15, 30 at 7:30 and September 6 at 7:00. In other business, Council approved 4 ordinances and resolutions. Council will meet again on Tuesday, August 18th at 7:30 in the City Building.

HOUSE FIRE IN PHILLIPSBURG - August 5, 2015
    Firefighters were called to battle a house fire Tuesday night in Phillipsburg. Flames sparked in the 9200 block of Wengerlawn Road around 7:30 p.m. Officials said it was a two-alarm fire, which prompted a response from nine different fire departments. Firefighters don't believe the property owner was home at the time, but they were having trouble getting a hold of him. Neighbors told officials they believe he doesn't live inside the house and uses it for storage. Fire Officials claim there was evidence of hoarding taking place on the property. Firefighters said because there were so many items inside the home, it went up in flames quickly. A medic took a firefighter to the hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation. Crews from Phillipsburg, Brookville, Verona, West Milton, Clayton, Englewood, Union and Lewisburg are responded to the fire. The Fire is under investigation.

ARCANUM MAN GOES TO TRIAL FOR INVOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER - August 4, 2015
    Last year, we reported on Raymond R. Emerson, 45, of Arcanum being arrested and facing serious felony charges after authorities held him responsible in the January 2014 drug overdose death of his wife. Emerson has indicted for involuntary manslaughter, a first-degree felony, and corrupting another with drugs, a second-degree felony. His trial is set to begin on Tuesday, with jury selection, barring any last-minute plea arrangements. The state filed the charges on Emerson after a ten month investigation into the death of his wife. According to court documents, Emerson’s wife took a fatal amount of the severe pain medication Fentanyl on January 18, 2014 at their home in Arcanum.

PIQUA MAN ARRESTED FOR BREAKING & ENTERING - August 4, 2015
    Miami County deputies and Piqua Police detectives arrested Dustin L. Connor, age 29, of Piqua, on charges of breaking and entering, theft, and vandalism. Connor, is now looking at more charges after appearing before a Judge for a residential break-in on Brook Street where a gun was stolen. The Piqua man was handed a $60,000 bond. Breaking and entering charges and vandalism charges stem from a break-in at the Church of God on Snyder Road in Springcreek Township in which a Dell laptop computer was stolen and extensive vandalism was done to the inside of the church. Connor is suspected of other property crimes in the Piqua area. Anyone who may have purchased any property from Connor or who has any information on this or other cases is asked to call the Miami County Communications Center at 938-440-9911 or leave a tip online at www.MiamiCountySheriff.org.

FATAL ONE VEHICLE ACCIDENT - August 3, 2015
    On Saturday, at 9:54 PM Darke County Deputies along with New Madison Fire, Hollansburg Fire and Tri-Village Rescue were dispatched to the 2000 Block of Mills Rd on a one vehicle injury accident. Preliminary investigation showed a 2004 Ford truck was west bound on Mills Rd. The truck went off the right side of the road striking a utility pole then a fence. The vehicle then overturned coming to rest on its top. One occupant in the vehicle identified as Samuel J. Barga (19) of Greenville was ejected from the vehicle and succumbed to his injuries at the scene. A second occupant in the vehicle fled the scene on foot. The Darke County Sheriff's Office K9 was called to the scene and an intensive search was performed to try and locate the second occupant but was unsuccessful. On Sunday at 7:18 a.m. Darke County Deputies located the second occupant, identified as Tyler Holzapfel (22) of Greenville. Holzapfel was arrested on an outstanding warrant unrelated to this investigation. This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office and the Darke County Coroner's Office. The case will be referred to the Darke County Prosecutor's Office reference charges upon the completion of the investigation. Anyone having information in regards to the accident are asked to call the Darke County Sheriff's Office at 937-548-2020.

MOTORCYCLE/TRACTOR ACCIDENT - August 3, 2015
    Saturday, at approximately 5:27 pm Darke County Deputies along with Ansonia Rescue, North Star Fire and CareFlight, responded to an injury crash involving a motorcycle and tractor at the intersection of State Route 705 & Whiterd Road. Preliminary investigation revealed a 2014 Orange/Black Harley Davidson Road King operated by Robin Webster 54, New Bremen and passenger Amy Webster 46, New Bremen were traveling Eastbound on State Route 705 and attempted to pass a Blue New Holland tractor pulling a manure spreader operated by Jerome Otte 57, Maria Stein as the tractor slowed down and was attempting to make a left turn onto Whiterd Road. The motorcycle struck the front left tire of the tractor ejecting both occupants of the motorcycle. Webster was not wearing a helmet, and was flown to Miami Valley Hospital aboard CareFlight, and his wife was wearing a helmet and was taken to Coldwater hospital. The operator of the tractor, Otte was not injured.

ILLINOIS COUPLE INJURED IN DARKE COUNTY ACCIDENT - August 3, 2015
    On Sunday, at approximately 12:07pm Darke County Sheriff's Deputies along with Greenville Township Rescue, Tri-Village Rescue, Arcanum Rescue, New Madison Fire, and CareFlight, responded to an injury accident with multiple injuries at the intersection of SR 121 and US RT 36. Preliminary investigation revealed a Grey 2014 Honda CRV driven by Alan Long 54, Belleville, IL. and wife Amy Long 52, front passenger, and son Eric Long 26, rear passenger, were traveling Westbound on US RT 36 and stopped at the intersection of SR 121, then failed to yield the right of way to a Northbound Black 2003 Chevy Suburban driven by Thomas Finlay 31, West Alexandria, OH. The Honda CRV was struck in the driver side and then traveled off the Northwest corner of the intersection over 1000 feet into a bean field. Alan and his wife Amy were taken to Miami Valley Hospital aboard CareFlight and son Eric was uninjured. Mr. Finlay was transported to Wayne HealthCare in Greenville for minor injuries.

GARDENWOOD/RHOADES AVE. TO BE WORKED ON - July 31, 2015
    Residents in the area of Gardenwood Drive and Rhoades Avenue should prepare themselves for the sound of jackhammers, the smell of asphalt and the sight of orange cones. The City of Greenville will commence its Gardenwood/Rhoades reconstruction project beginning August 17. The work will occur on the stretch of street between Victoria Street and North Broadway. The city's Planning & Zoning Director, Chad Henry, states that the project "will provide new aggregate street base, asphalt, curb [and] gutters and other miscellaneous stormwater infracture." Further, "the existing sanitary main will be re-lined underground, consistent with many previous projects performed in recent years." Henry said that during construction, the area will be closed to through traffic, but residential access will be maintained, with temporary interruptions receiving adequate notice. Motorists are asked to use caution when traveling through the construction zone. The cost of the project is tagged at $995,150, with $500,000 of the total amount offset by a grant awarded to Greenville from the Ohio Public Works Commission. Work will be performed by Brumbaugh Construction, Inc., of Arcanum. The project is expected to be completed by June 1, 2016. For further information, call the Planning & Zoning Department at 937-548-4930.

GIRL HIT IN GREENVILLE ON BIKE - July 31, 2015
    A girl on a bike was struck after crossing in front of an oncoming vehicle Thursday evening in Greenville. According to the Greenville Police Department, at approximately 8 p.m. the 7-year-old girl was attempting to cross the roadway at the intersection of Parway and Kelsey Street when the eastbound vehicle struck her. She was transported to Wayne HealthCare with non-life threatening injuries. No one was cited for the accident. The girl was not wearing a helmet.

DARKE COUNTY COMMISSIONER RACE - July 31, 2015
    Four people have declared themselves candidates for the Darke County Board of Commissioners' race for 2016. Three candidates, Republicans Matt Aultman and Fred Dean, as well as Democrat Leon Rogers, will run for the seat currently held by Commissioner Diane Delaplane, who announced July 20 she will not seek reelection after serving two four-year terms on the board. The fourth candidate, Mike Rhoades, is an incumbent Republican commissioner who has served on the board since 2001. He is currently running unopposed for his seat. The third board seat, held by Commissioner Mike Stegall, is not up for election this term. GOP candidates Aultman and Dean must first face off against each other in the Ohio primary election held March 15, 2016. Rogers will run against the GOP nominee in the general election on November 8, 2016, if no other Democrats declare. The three candidates bring diverse career and life experiences to the campaign. Matt Aultman is a grain buyer and feed salesman at Keller Grain & Feed, Inc. He is also chairman of the Darke County Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Darke County Fair Board. Fred Dean is a semi-retired truck owner/operator. He is secretary/treasurer for the Darke County Republican Party, an Air Force veteran, and a member of the American Legion and the VFW. Leon Rogers is a customer service representative for Speedway Corporation and a member of the Greenville City Council since 2006. He is also regional treasurer for the Gold Wing Riders Association. The deadline to file with the Darke County Board of Elections for the commissioners' race is December 16, 2015.

FAMILY LOOKING FOR MISSING MEMBER - July 30, 2015
    The family of 36-year old Michael Bunger is searching for answers after he went missing on July 20 and is reaching out to the public for information. Pictures of Michael and a plea from the family have been appearing on Facebook since July 21, but the family's search has hit a road block at every turn. Michael, a 1997 GHS graduate, served in the US Army until he was honorably discharged in 2002. Michael is 6' 1" and weighs approximately 140 pounds, has brown hair, blue eyes and a gray beard. He also has tribal tattoos on his forearms, MJB on his wrist and an Army Airborne tattoo on his chest. If you have any information on his whereabouts or have heard from him recently, email the family at michaeljbunger@gmail.com.

BROTHERS HAVE DOMESTIC DISPUTE - July 30, 2015
    A violent domestic dispute between brothers led to injuries and charges Tuesday. Deputies were called to 130 West Smithfield Road in Bradford around 10:16 p.m. on the report of a domestic dispute. They arrived on the scene to find Ron McFarland, 41, sitting on his front porch with a bandage around his knee. He told deputies that he had been involved in a verbal altercation with his brother Anthony, 40, but could not recall what it was about. Ron stated that he had been on his back patio drinking with his brother when Anthony began hitting him with glass beer bottles. Anthony then allegedly left the residence and walked across the street to his camper. He returned a short time later carrying a hammer. Ron then said that Anthony broke out a window before coming back into the home. Ron said that he armed himself with a handgun in order to defend himself. Anthony then left again, out the back door. Deputies "observed blood all over the kitchen area of the house and the back door area." Outside the residence was broken glass from beer bottles and a broken cell phone. Ron refused treatment for his injuries from Bradford EMS, but was later taken by family members to Wilson Hospital for treatment of his injuries. Deputies from Miami and Darke County followed blood trails and searched for more than an hour for Anthony, but were unable to locate him. Anthony McFarland will face a charge of domestic violence.

PHONE SURVEY FROM WAYNE HEALTH CARE AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT - July 30, 2015
    Beginning this week, Wayne HealthCare and the Darke County Health Department in collaboration with the Wright State University Center for Urban and Public Affairs will begin contacting Darke County adults and requesting their participation in the Community Health Needs Assessment Survey. Residents may receive a phone call asking them to participate in a 15-20 minute survey about their health and the healthcare services available in Darke County. The telephone survey will be conducted by graduate students at Wright State in order to collect valuable health information from a minimum of 400 adults. The survey is completely confidential and will not include any identifying information. Wayne HealthCare and the Darke County Health Department is requesting residents to take their time when completing the survey. The data gathered will be used by the collaborative organizations and other community partners to identify health issues and concerns from residents' perspective. The data will also be used to seek future grants to work on implementation of a health improvement plan for Darke County.

PIQUA ACCIDENT SENDS ONE TO HOSPITAL - July 29, 2015
    A single-vehicle rollover accident in the 9000 block of Piqua Lockington Road sent one person to a hospital. Yolanda Bidwell, 28, of Tennessee, was taken to Miami Valley Hospital by CareFlight. She was said to be in serious condition, a hospital official said. The driver, 31-year-old Rachel Miller, of Sidney, was not injured. The preliminary investigation reveals that Miller tried to over-correct the vehicle when it left the right side of the road and continued into a bean field, where it rolled several times. The vehicle destroyed a telephone pole in the accident, but no wires were brought down.

STATE ADVISES TO NOT SWIM IN GRAND LAKE ST. MARY'S - July 29, 2015
    The state is once again recommending that people and pets avoid swimming and wading in Ohio's largest inland lake as levels of an algae-produced toxin rise. Public health officials are also encouraging boaters and jet skiers to understand the risk of exposure to higher levels of the toxin microcystin which can include rashes, hives and skin blisters. Craig Butler, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency director, said Tuesday that the higher toxin levels are likely the result of record rainfall this year. Similar signs went up last year at Grand Lake St. Marys, 20 square mile lake between Dayton and Toledo. Efforts to clean up the lake date back several years. A toxic algae bloom in 2010 hurt the region's tourism and highlighted problems from farm phosphorous runoff.

TROY STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL NUMBERS - July 29, 2015
    The Troy Strawberry office announced Tuesday the revenue numbers and estimated attendance count for the festival that was held June 6-7, 2015. This year the event generated over $378,000 for non-profit organizations in Miami County. The festival was held in downtown Troy, a larger space than previous locations. The new location, according to officials, allowed the festival to support all the not-for-profits who participated in the past and allow for participation of additional organizations. Fair officials say the larger footprint provides easier access to those in wheelchairs and people with strollers to navigate the festival. The estimated attendance account for the weekend was over 163,000.

BRADFORD MAN CHARGED - July 28, 2015
    One of three men charged with a rash of burglaries in Bradford this spring was sentenced to a drug rehabilitation program Monday in Darke County Common Pleas Court. Gabe Ferguson, 21, of Bradford, pleaded guilty to third-degree felony charges of burglary. In April, Ferguson was arrested with two others, Alex Michael Schmidt, of Piqua, and Shane Austin Sargent, of Gettysburg, for committing a number of area break-ins. Despite Ferguson's lengthy criminal history, extending back to a number of infractions as a minor, prosecuting attorney Michael Rieman agreed that an intensive, in-patient drug treatment program would best suit the defendant, citing his young age, his lack of prior felonies, and his cooperation with law enforcement. Rieman reported that the MonDay drug treatment program of Dayton, Ohio, had accepted Ferguson as a candidate. Attorney Paul Wagner, representing Ferguson, concurred, saying his client "has a willingness to engage in the program," and added he believed his entrance to the program "has a reasonable expectation of success." Darke County Common Pleas Court Judge Jonathan Hein sentenced Ferguson to community control for up to 60 months as well as 120 days in jail, with 83 days credited for time served. Once he is transferred to the MonDay program, the balance of his jail sentence will be suspended.In addition to successful completion of the program, Ferguson was ordered to pay court costs, serve 100 hours of community service, stay clear of all alcohol and illegal drugs, and to seek and maintain employment upon release.

DRUG BUST SENDS 1 TO JAIL - July 27, 2015
    On Friday, July 24, 2015 The Darke County Sheriff's Office Drug unit and Darke County Deputies executed a search warrant at 221 apartment # 1 W. Main St. Greenville, OH stemming from a 2 month heroin trafficking investigation. Darren Woods (49) of Greenville, Ohio was taken into custody without incident by the Darke County Sheriff's Office Special Response Team (SRT). Woods is currently being housed at the Darke County Jail where he awaits formal charges on multiple counts of trafficking in Heroin within the vicinity of a school. Darke County Sheriff Toby L. Spencer takes a hard stance against illegal drug trafficking and the illegal use of drugs in the county. Citizens with drug information, or information on any criminal conduct for that matter, are asked to contact the Darke County Sheriff's office at 937-548-2020. Tips can also be left with the Darke County Crime Stoppers by visiting their website at www.darkecountycrimestoppers.com or calling 937-547-1661. Information can be given anonymously.

FATAL SHOOTING AT PARKER CITY APARTMENT - July 27, 2015
    Indiana state police say a romantic triangle apparently ended in tragedy Sunday afternoon with a murder-suicide at a Parker City apartment complex. Authorities were called to the Key Kolony Apartments, 347 N. Charles St., and found the bodies of two gunshot victims, Jonathan Leon Eugene Sumwalt, 28, of Farmland, and Michael L. Refzka, 31, Parker City. Sumwalt is believed to have gone to a second-floor apartment at the three-building complex about 2:30 p.m., according to an Indiana State Police release, and shot Refzka when he responded to a knock on his apartment's front door. Sumwalt then turned his gun on himself. The Farmland man's body, covered with a sheet, was visible at the top of an open stairwell several hours after the shootings were reported. Parker City police and Randolph County Sheriff's deputies were assisting in the investigation. In 2009, Sumwalt, then of Dunkirk, was convicted of carrying a handgun without a license in Jay County.

SERIES ACCIDENT IN SHELBY COUNTY - July 24, 2015
    CareFlight was called to the scene of a serious injury accident on Thursday at the intersection of State Routes 119 and 29 in Shelby County. The driver of a Jeep was seriously injured in a collision with a flatbed truck near Anna.The crash happened just before 4 p.m. when the truck driver stopped at the intersection at 119 and 29, but then continued into the intersection, striking a Jeep Grand Cherokee traveling north on Ohio 29. The semi struck the Cherokee on the driver's side door and that driver would be flown to Miami Valley Hospital. A woman riding in the front seat was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries, and an 8-year-old in back was not injured. The driver of the truck, which was empty at the time of the crash, was not hurt. That driver was cited for failure to yield.

2015 MISS ANNIE OAKLEY WINNER - July 24, 2015
    On Thursday, the Miss Annie Oakley shooting contest wrapped up and Mariana Ramos won both the costume contest and shooting competition. The event has been taking place this week at York Woods just off US 127 North of Greenville. First runner-up was Katie Hurd and second runner-up was Hannah Gulley. Ramos won the competition at a distance of 110 feet. The Annie Oakley Festival officially gets under way from York Woods today and runs till Sunday. The Gathering at Garst will also be be taking place this weekend on Saturday and Sunday on the lawn at the Garst Museum. WTGR will be broadcasting live from The Gathering on Saturday from 10 to Noon with Sharon Shelley and the Roadshow.

COMMISSIONER DELAPLANE WILL NOT SEEK RE-ELECTION - July 24, 2015
    Early this week, Darke County Commissioner Diane Delaplane was asked about her decision to not seek re-election for a 3rd term. Delaplane is the first woman ever elected to the board and on Wednesday said the decision was difficult and took well over a year to make. Multiple people have asked her to run again, but with trust in her family and in God she made the decision to end her term as Commissioner in December of 2016. Commissioner Delaplane said she has really enjoyed serving the public and looks forward to continuing to serve with well over a year left in her 2nd term. The next Darke County Commissioners meeting will be Monday at 1:30 in Downtown Greenville.

TRI-VILLAGE'S CLAYTON MURPHY WINS GOLD - July 24, 2015
    On Thursday, Tri-Village Grad and current University of Akron sophomore Clayton Murphy won the gold medal in the 800 meters at the Pan American Games. In thrilling fashion, Murphy came from behind to just edge out Rafith Rodriquez of Columbia by four one-hundreths of second for a finish time of 1:47.19. Earlier this year, Murphy finished 3rd in the Indoor and Outdoor NCAA Championships in the 800 Meter for Akron earning him 1st Team All American Honors. The New Paris native now has qualified for "A" standard for the 2016 Olympics and Olympic Trials. He will be competing again for the United States at The North American, Central American and Caribbean Championships (NACAC) in San Jose, Costa Rica, August 7-9. Murphy graduated from Tri-Village in 2013 and won the state title in the 1600 as a Patriot.

DRIVER FAILS TO STOP AND CAUSES 3 VEHICLE ACCIDENT - July 23, 2015
    On Wednesday at 3:01 PM, Darke County Deputies along with Greenville Police, Greenville Rescue and Greenville Fire, responded to the intersection of Sweitzer Street and Fair Street on a report of a 3-vehicle injury crash. Preliminary investigation revealed a Yellow 2014 Ford Escape driven by Jeffrey Saye 50, of Independence, MO. was traveling north on Sweitzer Street approaching Fair Street with a red stop light and rear-ended a Black 2014 Chevy Equinox stopped in traffic, driven by Gary Mihlbachler 49, of Cincinnati, OH. causing his Chevy Equinox to rear-end another stopped vehicle, a 2014 Maroon Buick LeSabre driven by Betty Hartzell 60, of Greenville, OH. Saye was treated at the scene for a minor arm injury, and the other drivers were not injured. Saye was cited for assured clear distance ahead.

COMMISSIONERS HEAR FROM SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT - July 23, 2015
    The Darke County Commissioners met on Wednesday for their regularly scheduled meeting and they were joined by Sheriff Toby Spencer and Chief Deputy Mark Whittaker. The Commissioners wrote a letter of support for the Sheriff's Department for the Communications Committee to learn more about the Ohio MARCS System. The Commissioners realize the importance of having an up to date county wide public safety system and with the letter they're showing support for the Sheriff's Department to investigate and learn more about the system. Wednesday's Letter of Support simply calls for the testing of the equipment and not the purchase. The Sheriff's department will conduct a complete investigation on the MARCS System before considering to move forward with the radio update. The next Darke County Commissioners meeting will be Monday, at 1:30 in Downtown Greenville.

DARKE COUNTY OPEN BURN POLICY - July 21, 2015
    The Darke County Solid Waste District would like to remind residents that open burning for the purpose of residential waste disposal, including all types of wood building debris, is prohibited within the entire county. Residential waste includes brush, wood, tree trimmings, leaves, grass, weeds, shrubbery and other plant waste material within many villages and cities. To find proper disposal options for your residential flood debris, contact your local trash hauler. Residents living in "unrestricted areas", all areas outside of restricted areas, may be permitted to burn residential and agricultural waste which originates on the premises, provided they meet the following requirements:
    
    1. The burn site must be located at least 1,000 feet (approximately 3 football fields) from the nearest inhabited building, not on the premises.
    
    2. The wastes must be stacked and dried to provide the conditions for efficient burning (i.e. green tree limbs do not meet this criterion);
    
    3. The fire may only be set when atmospheric conditions will readily dissipate contaminants;
    
    4. The fire must not create a visibility hazard on roadways, railroad tracks or air fields; and
    
    5. No products may be burned which contain rubber, grease, asphalt or liquid petroleum products.
    
    Contact your local municipality or the district to determine your disposal options. Homeowners meeting the above criteria are also reminded that open burning during Air Pollution Advisories is prohibited, be sure to call 937-223-3222 or visit www.rapca.org to make sure no air alerts have been issued.

COX RECEIVES 2 YEAR SENTENCE - July 21, 2015
    We've been following the story of Brian Cox, 30 of Greenville. On Monday, Cox was sentenced to two years in prison on charges of abduction and intimidation of a victim, both third-degree felonies. The Greenville man was accused of holding his then-girlfriend against her will at his home and compelling her into sexual activity before he would agree to return her home. Before hearing his sentence, Cox apologized for his actions. He sentenced Cox to two years in prison on each of the two charges, with the sentences to be served concurrently. Cox also will be subject to an optional three years of post release control.

GREENVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT TO BE EXAMINED - July 21, 2015
    Greenville Police Chief Dennis L. Butts has announced that a team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) will arrive on Sunday, August 2nd, to examine all aspects of the Greenville Police Department's policy and procedures, management, operations, and support services. Verification by the team that Greenville Police Department meets the Commission's state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to gain accreditation, a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence. As part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session on Monday, August 3,2015, at 7:00 p.m. The session will be conducted in the City Council Chambers located at 100 Public Square, Greenville, Ohio. If for some reason an individual cannot speak at the public information session, but would still like to provide comments to the assessment team, he/she may do so by telephone. The public may call the assessment team at(937) 316-1056 on Monday, August 3, between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. For more information call (800) 368-3757.

FARMERS TO BE HONORED AT DARKE COUNTY HARNESS RACES - July 20, 2015
    This year at the Great Darke Co. Fair families will be honored for their long commitment to farming. On Friday August 28th following the first harness race Director Daniels from the Ohio Dept. of Agriculture, State Representative Jim Buchy,the Darke Co. Dept. of Agriculture, representatives of 22 farms along with Crop Production Services will be in attendance to present the blanket to the winning horse. If you drive rural Darke Co. roads you may notice white Century Farm signs hanging. This signs represent the farm has been within the same family for a minimum of 100 years. Currently there are 22 Century Farms registered with the Ohio Dept. of Agriculture within Darke Co. Friday, August 28th at 7:00 PM. Admittance to the grand stand is free and this event will be followed by harness racing including the Three Diamond and Gene Riegle Memorial races. If you'd like more information about the Century Farm program visit www.Agri.Ohio.gov.

HARRY G. THOMAS MEDICAL SCHLARSHIP - July 15, 2015
    The Darke County Historical Society is pleased to announce that funds will be available from the Harry G. Thomas Medical Scholarship Program for the 2015-2016 academic year. 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, in memory of their father Dr Harry G. Thomas. The program was later supplemented by a bequest from Lowell Thomas' 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 and a graduate of a Darke County high school. Applicants must have been accepted into a medical school, complete an application, and furnish transcripts and letters of recommendation. Students may be considered for scholarship awards for up to four years during medical school, but must re-submit a letter of interest each year. The application deadline is September 15, 2015. For information concerning the scholarship program or for an application, please contact Dr. Clay Johnson at Garst Museum at 937-548-5250.

2015 GREAT DARKE COUNTY FAIR COURT - July 15, 2015
    Congratulations to the newly crowned Darke County Fair Royalty. Five young men competed for the Kings Crown and 13 young ladies were competing for the title of Queen.
    
    The 2015 Great Darke County Fair Queen will be Danielle Hesson, 16, whose parents are Doug and Sherry Hesson. She attends Versailles High School and represented Versailles FFA. King is AJ Warner, 17, son of Pat and Shelly Warner, Arcanum. The Franklin Monroe High School student represented Top Notch 4-H Club.
    
    1st Runner-Up King - Bryant Fox, Ansonia, parents are Tom and Spring Fox, representing the Greenville Rangers 4-H Club
    
    1st Runner-Up Queen-Rachel Osterloh, student at Bowling Greenville State Unviversity, parents are Luke and Sharon Osterloh, representing the Livestock in General 4-H Club
    
    2nd Runner-Up King-Thomas Schmitz, Mississinawa Valley, parents are Don and Tina Schmitz, representing Jr. Fair Board
    
    2nd Runner-Up Queen-MacKenzie Dirmeyer, parents are David and Melissa Dirmeyer, representing the Mississinawa Valley FFA
    
    3rd Runner-up King-John Fischer, parents are John and Amanda Fischer, representing the Ansonia FFA
    
    3rd Runner-Up Queen-Alyssa Morgan, parents are Aaron and Stephanie Morgan, representing Versailles FFA
    
    The Great Darke County Fair will be August 21-29th. The Fair Board will meet tonight for a schedule meeting, preparing for the fair at 7:30 under the Grandstands.

NEW DRIVING LAWS FOR 16-18 YEAR OLDS - June 30, 2015
    Ohio will enact new rules for young drivers to prevent injury and fatal crashes in July. Teenage drivers only make up 5 percent of all licensed drivers but are responsible for 13 percent of all fatal crashes. According to Katherine Bernstein of the National Safety Council, 16 to 18 year olds are the more likely to die in car crashes than others on the road. Teen drivers are involved in more accidents before midnight and 76 percent of night time crashes involve young drivers. Because of those statistics, probationary license holders, those under 18, can no longer drive between the hours of midnight and 6 a.m. The new law also prevents drivers from having more than one non-family member in the car, requires all passengers to wear seat belts and bans the use of mobile devices while driving.

GREAT DARKE COUNTY FAIR ENTERTAINMENT TICKETS ON SALE SAT. - May 29, 2015
    Last week, the Directors for The Great Darke County Fair announced that Hunter Hayes will headline the Sunday, August 23rd concert during the 159th Great Darke Fair. Tickets go on sale Saturday, May 30, at 9:00 a.m. at DarkeCountyFair.com or call 937-548-5044 using a debit or credit card. Beginning Monday, June 1, 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. Hunter Hayes is a Four-time GRAMMY nominee, Nashville-based singer, songwriter with a Platinum-selling, No. 1 self-titled debut album. With three No. 1 singles already under his belt (including the multi-Platinum smash "Wanted", "Somebody's Heartbreak" and "I Want Crazy"), Hayes just released a new single called "21". More information about the artist visit www.hunterhayes.com. The Great Darke County Fair will stretch from Friday, August 21st to Saturday, August 29th.

2ND ANNUAL GRAND LAKE MARATHON IN SEPTEMBER - February 6, 2015
    The countdown is on to the 2nd annual Grand Lake Marathon. Set to take place Saturday September 26 with a complete compliment of running distances including a full marathon that will circle Grand Lake, the half marathon run from Celina to St. Marys and the 5k and kids marathon events will take place on new pavement on lakefront West Bank road. The debut event was took over as the largest road race in the area attracting nearly 2000 participants from 30 states across the country and providing an estimated impact of nearly $1 million based upon data from the Auglaize-Mercer Convention and Visitors Bureau. The Grand Lake Marathon serves as a qualifier for the Boston Marathon and is sanctioned by USA Track and Field (USATF).The marathon, half-marathon, and 5K courses cover the flat scenic areas of the lake. Registration is open online at the events website grandlakemarathon.com.

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