TRI-VILLAGE PATRIOTS BOYS GOING TO STATE FINAL - March 27, 2015
    The Tri-Village Patriots boys basketball team looks to complete the perfect season on Saturday as they will play for the Division 4 State Championship. Tri-Village won in the Semi-Final on Thursday with a 55-47 victory over Tuscarawas Central Catholic. The Patriots were led by Damion Cook with 24, Colton Linkous added 15 and Mason McCabe chipped in 10. The Red, White and Blue are 29-0 and will play Harvest Prep on Saturday at 10:30 AM from the Jerome Schottenstein Center on the campus of The Ohio State University in Columbus. If you cannot make it to the game, tune into 97.5 FM, WTGR.com or the Free App TuneIN Radio as Tiger Country's coverage of the Division 4 State Championship will begin around 10:15 AM. WTGR wants to wish the Patriots Good Luck, Go Pats!

5K RACE TO BENEFIT DOG PARK - March 27, 2015
    The Darke County Friends of the Shelter are having a 5K race to benefit the dog park. The race will be part of the Darke County Wellness Challenge, formerly known as Wayne Healthcare Challenge. The 5K will be held at the Darke County Fairgrounds on April 11th 2015 and 100% of the money will go to the dog park. You can participate with or without your dog. You can register online at www.gtraces.com.
    

SEMI AND CAR ACCIDENT - March 25, 2015
    It was quite the scene on Tuesday afternoon in the 4 o'clock hour as a Buick LeSabre crashed into a Semitrailer on U.S. 36 and State Route 121. The semi is believed to have pulled out from a stop sign at the intersection. The LeSabre heading south on 121 hit the front side of the semi going underneath the big rig and being trapped. The driver suffered minor injuries in the crash. The driver of the car was taken to Wayne Healthcare. The driver of the semi was not injured.

PIQUA MAN APPEARS IN COURT ON CHARGES OF ROBBERY - March 25, 2015
    On Monday, Ryan Keller, 33, of Piqua, was arraigned on one count of aggravated robbery charges for allegedly robbing a Piqua Chase Bank on March 18. A judge set Keller's bond for $250,000. Keller allegedly brandished a gun and demanded money when he entered the Chase Bank branch on 401 Spring St., Piqua, shortly before noon on March 18. He was apprehended by Dayton Police two days later when officials found him at a McDonald's on Keowee Street. A preliminary hearing was set for 1 p.m. April 1 in Miami County Municipal Court. Keller remains incarcerated in the Miami County Jail.

THIRD FLOOR FILM SERIES A SUCCESS - March 25, 2015
    The first event in Greenville Public Library's "Third Floor Film Series" was a big success. Close to two dozen people munched on popcorn in the public meeting room and watched Alfred Hitchcock's 1958 classic Vertigo on the library's 80" flat screen. The next event in the "Third Floor Film Series" will be Thursday, March 26, at 7 pm. Arthur Penn's 1967 film Bonnie and Clyde, starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway and featuring an early performance by Gene Hackman, will play on the big screen. Be sure to make plans to attend Bonnie and Clyde on March 26. Fresh popcorn, candy and snacks will once again be available.

SNOW CAUSES CRASH AND BACKUP - March 24, 2015
    The snow showers that marched across the northern Miami Valley caused "whiteout conditions" n Interstate 75 North and led to the chain-reaction pileup involving 15 to 20 vehicles. Four people were injured in the accident that shut down the northbound lanes of the interstate between state Routes 119 and 274 for approximately two hours. None of the injuries were believed to be life threatening. All of the injured were taken to hospitals. At least four commercial vehicles, all believed to be semitrailers, were among the vehicles in the pileup.

DARKE COUNTY PARKS NATIVE PLANT SALE - March 24, 2015
    The Darke County Parks Native Plant sale is back. Plants are available for pre-sale and/or purchase the day of the Sale. Pre-sale will guarantee that you will receive the quantity and variety of plants that you want. Pre-sale forms are available at the Nature Center or you can download one from our website (www.darkecountyparks.org). Pre-sale form and payment are due March 27th. If you can't decide what to order, then visit us during the plant sale on Saturday, April 25th from 10am-3pm during Nature Day at Shawnee Prairie Preserve (4267 State Route 502 West). Plants must be picked up during that time. Butterfly gardening is the focus of the plants available this year. Please consider planting milkweed to help provide critical habitat for the Monarch butterfly population. For more information, call the Nature Center at 937.548.0165.

1 VEHICLE ACCIDENT SEND 4 TO HOSPITAL - March 24, 2015
    Late Thursday Afternoon, Darke County Deputies, along with multiple emergency crews were dispatched to State Route 49 near Heritage Road in reference to a one vehicle, injury accident. Careflight was requested to the scene but was unable to fly due to weather conditions. Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2004 Chevrolet Impala, driven by Michael C. Gower, 30, of Greenville, was southbound on State Route 49, when the driver lost control of his vehicle on the snow covered roadway, causing him to travel off the right side of the roadway and strike a guardrail. Gower, his front seat passenger, Bruce D. Boggs, 30, of Greenville, and the 8 year old and 4 year old male, back seat passengers, were all transported to Wayne Health Care for evaluation. Boggs and the 4 year old male were treated and released from Wayne. Gower was transported to Miami Valley Hospital by Mobile Intensive Care Unit (MICU), where he was listed in stable condition. The 8 year old male was transported to Children's Medical Center by MICU, and listed in fair condition. The 4 year old and the 8 year old were in approved children's seats. The Darke County Sheriff's Office would like to remind everyone to use extreme caution when driving on snow and ice covered roadways, as it creates hazardous conditions. This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office.

DARKE COUNTY BASKETBALL CONTINUES SUCESS - March 23, 2015
    Congratulations to the Versailles Tigers Girls Basketball team as on Saturday they defeated Ottawa Glandorf 49-46 for the Division 3 State Championship. The Tigers who, made it to their 2nd straight Championship Game were able to cut down the nets this time to claim their 2nd title in School History. The Tri-Village boys basketball team will be playing in the Final Four on Thursday at 2:00 PM in Columbus vs Tusky Central Catholic. Tickets for the Semi-Final are on sale Monday and Tuesday from 7:30 AM to 6:00 PM and Wednesday from 7:30 AM to 9:30 AM. Tickets are $10 and you must keep your semi-final ticket in order to purchase a ticket for the finals if Tri-Village were to win on Thursday. WTGR will be Broadcasting the game live on Thursday at 2:00 PM for those who can not attend the game. Listen on 97.5 FM, WTGR.com, Free App of Tune IN Radio. Tiger Country wants to say Congrats Versailles and Good Luck Tri-Village.

FRIDAY MORNING ACCIDENT EJECTS FEMALE DRIVER - March 23, 2015
    On Friday, at approximately 7:01 a.m. Darke County Deputies along with Gettysburg Fire Department, Gettysburg Rescue, Greenville Township Rescue and CareFlight were dispatched to 8500 block of Childrens Home Bradford Road in reference to a single vehicle injury accident. The caller reported a vehicle in a field with a female yelling for help. Preliminary investigation revealed a gold 2004 Pontiac Grand Am driven by Julia M. Frye, 30, Greenville, Ohio was eastbound on Childrens Home Bradford Road in the 8500 block. Frye drove off the right side of roadway and over corrected traveling off the left side of roadway. Frye's vehicle rolled approximately three times coming to rest in the field. Frye was ejected from the vehicle. Frye was transported to Miami Valley Hospital by Greenville Rescue where she is listed in critical condition. CareFlight could not fly due to the weather. This accident is under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office.

MAN MURDERS WIFE IN JAY COUNTY - March 20, 2015
    A Portland police officer Wednesday arrested a man for the death of his wife. Police were called to a home — at 719 S. Shank St., Apt. A, shortly after 6:30 p.m. A Portland police officer found a mortally wounded woman. Connie Straley, 58, was taken by ambulance to Jay County Hospital, where she died a short time later. 53-year-old Richard A. Straley, has been charged with murder. This week's slaying is being investigated by the Jay County Major Crimes Task Force, including officers from the Jay County Sheriff's Department, the Portland, Dunkirk and Pennville police departments, and Indiana State Police.

FREE MOVIE MATINEE AT MEMORIAL HALL - March 20, 2015
    Darke County Center for the Arts will present a free family movie matinee on Sunday, March 22 at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall featuring the classic favorite about a magical automobile, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. The show begins at 2 p.m. Keller Grain and Feed is sponsoring this special event, and will be providing the popcorn to appropriately accompany the show. Darke County Center for the Arts presents high quality performing artists in a variety of venues and encourages cultural enrichment in the community it serves. For more information about the movie matinee, contact DCCA at 937-547-0908 or dcca@centerforarts.net or visit their Website, www.centerforarts.net.

INFORMATION NEEDED FOR DAMAGE TO MULTIPLE VEHICLES - March 18, 2015
    The Greenville Police Department is seeking information about an individual responsible for damaging multiple vehicles during the early morning hours last Thursday. The department reports that 10 vehicles had their windshields smashed sometime between midnight and 5 a.m. The incidents occurred to vehicles parked at Central Avenue and Walker Street and at a business on Front Street. The business provided investigators with video from a surveillance camera showing the suspect damaging the vehicle windshields in its parking lot. The video indicates that the individual responsible was a male wearing a black or navy blue hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans. Anyone with information on the suspect is asked to contact the Greenville Police Department by phone at 937-548-1103 or 937-548-4150.

TRI-VILLAGE RECEIVES DONATION FOR FOOTBALL - March 18, 2015
    Tri-Village received a nice donation earlier this week at the board of Education meeting. Cargill donated $10,000 for TV'S effort in starting a high school football program. Employee of Cargill and Tri-Village Graduate, Jason Brewer, presented Superintendent Josh Sagester with the check. Tri-Village also announced that it had accepted eight other donations totaling almost $15,000 to the Capital Projects Fund for their outdoor athletic complex. To view the plan for the future of Tri-Village football and facilities visit www.Tri-Village.k12.oh.us Tri-Village hopes to launch a Junior Varsity team next fall, only to be followed by varsity football in 2017. Earlier this year, Tri-Village announced the hiring of Jason Schondelmeyer as the school's first ever head football coach.

DD AWARENESS MONTH - March 17, 2015
    The 2015 theme for DD Awareness Month is "Can Do, Like You!" The Darke County Board of Developmental Disabilities and Darke County Special Olympics invite you to join in for a night of fun and connection between citizens of Darke County. The agencies are again partnering in celebration and recognition of the many individuals throughout the community who receive services that help them make the most of their abilities, as well as to raise public awareness about their challenges and barriers to success. On Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 6:45 p.m., the Versailles School District will host an exhibition of skills with local citizens, educators and business people partnering with each of the three Special Olympics basketball teams, the Warriors, Slammers and Dawgs, for a friendly game of basketball. Please come out and join us for the 2nd annual Community All-Star Game! The game will be held at the Versailles Middle School gym. The event is free, however, donations of any amount are welcome and all proceeds will benefit Darke County Special Olympics. Please contact the Darke County Board of DD at (937) 548-9057 for more information or visit Darke County Special Olympics on Facebook.com.

UNION CITY DRUG BUST - March 16, 2015
    On Friday, a large drug bust took place at a Union City motel. UC Police responded to the Ambassador Motel located at 125 W. Chestnut Street around 2:45 p.m. Friday on reports of a stolen vehicle. When officers arrived, they found 21-year-old Michael A. Antoine inside the motel with crack cocaine in his room. According to police, the suspect indicated more drugs were being delivered to the motel. Police then contacted two other people at the motel. Officers said they found 29-year-old Donald L. Garrett had rented a room and had a large amount of crack cocaine and drug paraphernalia. Officers said Garrett was in the company of 39-year-old Angelina M. Besecker. Police sezied an estimated $1,500 to $2,000 worth of cocaine. The three were booked into the Randolph County Jail. Antoine and Garrett face charges of possession of cocaine, dealing cocaine, and maintaining an common nuisance. Besecker faces charges of visiting a common nuisance.

PAVEMENT TO BE RESURFACED IN MARY ON HIGHWAY 35 - March 16, 2015
    Crews plan to begin paving a new asphalt surface treatment on 13 miles of U.S. Highway 35 between Muncie and Losantville in early May. E & B Paving is the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) contractor for the $1.6 million project, which will include paving a 9.5 millimeter ultra-thin bonded wearing course between State Road 3 and U.S. Highway 36. The highway will remain open to traffic throughout the project, and flaggers will be used to direct traffic around work sites. Motorists should expect traffic stops and minor delays on this section of roadway, which spans southwestern Randolph County, northeastern Henry County and southeastern Delaware County. All work is expected to be complete in July. For updates by social media, follow @ INDOT_ECentral on Twitter and like Indiana Department of Transportation: East Central on Facebook.

MARIJUANA CLOSER TO BEING LEGALIZED IN OHIO - March 16, 2015
    Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine gave the go-ahead on Friday to the campaign to legalize marijuana for medical and recreational use, putting ResponsibleOhio one step closer to a statewide vote on the constitutional amendment. DeWine, who opposes legalizing marijuana, certified that the petition summary is a "fair and truthful" statement of the actual ballot language. ResponsibleOhio now takes the matter to the Ohio Ballot Board, which has 10 days to determine if the ballot language covers a single issue. Once that hurdle is cleared, the campaign must collect 305,591 valid signatures from registered Ohio voters by July 1 to make the November statewide ballot.

2 VEHICLE ACCIDENT - March 13, 2015
    On March 12, 2015 at approximately 12:30 PM Darke County deputies along with Tri-Village Rescue, New Madison Fire, Arcanum Rescue, CareFlight and LifeLine were dispatched to the intersection of New Madison-Coletown Road and Hollansburg-Arcanum Road in reference to a two vehicle injury accident. Preliminary investigation revealed a blue 1983 Chevy Suburban driven by George M. Fudge, 39 of New Paris, Ohio stopped at the posted stop sign southbound on New Madison-Coletown Road and Hollansburg-Arcanum Road. Fudge failed to yield after the stop sign traveling into the path of the red 2014 Ford F-350 utility truck driven by Bruce A. Mikesell, 57 of New Madison, Ohio. Fudge's vehicle traveled off the roadway coming to rest in a yard. Mikesell's vehicle traveled off the left side of the roadway striking a ditch causing the vehicle to roll onto it's side. George M. Fudge and his 4 year old male passenger were transported to Wayne HealthCare by Arcanum Rescue where they were treated and released. Fudge's front seat passenger, Chasity M. C. Schroy, 33 of Richmond, Indiana was transported to Miami Valley Hospital by CareFlight where she is listed in Good condition. Bruce A. Mikesell was transported to Miami Valley Hospital by LifeLine where he was treated and released. Darke County Sheriff's Office reconstruction team also responded to the accident scene for further investigation. This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office.

METH LAB DISCOVERED IN CAMDEN - March 12, 2015
    The Preble County Sheriff's Office, assisted by Camden Police Division, executed a search warrant at 719 Dale Blvd. in Camden on Tuesday afternoon at approximately 2:30 P.M. Investigators received information that methamphetamine was being manufactured at the trailer in Quail Creek Mobile Home Park, and secured a search warrant for the property. When deputies arrived, several people were inside the trailer, including (2) children, ages 4 and 14. Deputies located a small amount of suspected methamphetamine, equipment and chemicals used in the manufacturing process, and a small amount of marijuana. Deputies learned that the male suspect arrested was attempting to destroy evidence as deputies entered the residence. Lodged in the Preble County Jail were the following: Daniel D. Means, age 29 of the above address. He is housed on the following charges:
    
    -Illegal Manufacture of Drugs, 1st Degree Felony
    -Assembly of Chemicals to Manufacture Drugs, 2nd Degree Felony
    -Possession of Drugs, 5th Degree Felony
    -Endangering Children, 3rd Degree Felony
    -Tampering With Evidence, 3rd Degree Felony
    
    Cathy A. Howard, age 36 of the above address. She is housed on the following charges:
    
    -Illegal Manufacture of Drugs, 1st Degree Felony
    -Assembly of Chemicals to Manufacture Drugs, 2nd Degree Felony
    -Possession of Drugs, 5th Degree Felony
    -Endangering Children, 3rd Degree Felony
    
    The investigation has been forwarded to the Preble County Prosecutor's Office for review. Formal charges are expected to be filed sometime today in Eaton Municipal Court. (1) adult at the residence at the time of the search warrant, who was a visitor, was released and is not being charged. Investigators removed any hazardous chemicals from the property. Camden Fire Division assisted at the scene. Deputies have made a referral to Preble County Children Services in this case as well.

WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON ACCIDENT - March 12, 2015
    CareFlight landed just outside Bradford on Wednesday after a two-vehicle crash on US Rt. 36 and St. Rt. 721. The crash was called down in the 2 o'clock hour on Wednesday afternoon. A northbound minivan allegedly failed to yield the right of way and collided with a westbound SUV. A female in the SUV was transported aboard CareFlight with what were described as "non-life-threatening injuries", while one adult and two children in the minivan were transported by Covington medics to Upper Valley Medical Center. The crash is under investigation by Miami County Sheriff's Deputies.

HOUSE BILL PERTAINING TO WATER QUALITY - March 11, 2015
    Legislation that addresses some of the most important issues pertaining to water quality in Ohio, including the recent, harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie, passed through the Ohio House Tuesday with bipartisan support. Among other provisions, Substitute House Bill 61, sponsored by Reps. Jim Buchy (R-Greenville) and Dave Hall (R-Millersburg), encourages establishing best nutrient management practices, such as regulating the application of fertilizer in the western basin of Lake Erie when the ground is frozen or saturated. In addition, beginning in 2020, the bill prohibits the depositing of dredged materials into the Maumee basin. It also requires certain publicly owned water treatment facilities to monitor the amount of phosphorous in the water and to require some treatment facilities to submit an evaluation of how it might reduce the level of phosphorous. HB 61 will now head to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.

TIME RUNNING OUT ON CROP INSURANCE AVAILABLITY - March 11, 2015
    As spring planting season arrives, Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor is urging Ohio farmers to consider the available financial protections against agricultural losses as an important insurance deadline approaches. The final date to purchase or modify crop insurance coverage on most insurable spring-planted crops is March 15, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Risk Management Agency (RMA). Farmers can contact the Ohio Department of Insurance at 800-686-1526 for assistance in determining if an insurance company and/or insurance agent are licensed to write crop insurance in Ohio. You can also visit the Department's website at www.insurance.ohio.gov to review the agent/agency locator tool. For more information about crop insurance policy options, a list of definitions, coverage and specific policy dates, visit the RMA website at www.rma.usda.gov.

COVINGTON MAN INJURED - March 11, 2015
    On March 11, 2015 at approximately 10:11 am, Darke County Deputies along with Greenville Township fire Department and Greenville Township Rescue were dispatched to US Route 36 and Jaysville St. Johns Rd. in reference to an injury accident. The caller reported a vehicle off the roadway with possible ejection. Investigation revealed that a 2000 GMC crew cab truck, driven by Jimmie D. Platt, age 75, Covington, Ohio was westbound on US Route 36. The vehicle drove off the left side of roadway into a hill, through a Pine tree and coming to rest in a yard at the southwest corner of US Rt. 36 and Jaysville St. Johns Rd. Mr. Platt was transported to Wayne Healthcare for treatment of his injuries. This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office.

FATAL ACCIDENT IN MIAMI COUNTY UPDATED - March 11, 2015
    We reported on a fatal crash in Miami County on I-75 on Monday night. A single-vehicle crash on southbound Interstate 75 claimed one life and left two others injured. The right front seat passenger, Phillip W. Smith, 33, of Sidney was pronounced dead at the scene. We've learned the names of the 2 others injured in that crash. The driver of a 1988 Buick Lesabre, Eric R. Pellman, 40, of Sidney, was traveling southbound on Interstate 75 in the right lane of travel. Pellman and the right rear seat passenger, Cawthorn Miree, also of Sidney, were transported to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton by CareFlight. The traffic crash remains under investigation by the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

METHAMPHETAMINE DRUG LAB DISCOVERED IN MOBILE HOME PARK - March 11, 2015
    On March 9, 2015 the Darke County Sheriff's Office Drug Enforcement Unit served an arrest warrant on David Reffitt, age 42, for trafficking in heroin. Reffitt was taken into custody at his residence, 503 Beamsville Union City Road Lot#29. While at the residence officers noticed a chemical odor similar to what is found in the manufacture of methamphetamine. Officers also observed items present that are commonly used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine. A search warrant for the residence was obtained and an active methamphetamine lab was found. This was the second search warrant conducted at this address in the last five months. The first search warrant resulted in charges for Rickie Hess Jr. on trafficking in methamphetamine and having the material to manufacture methamphetamine. Hess is currently serving an 18 month sentence in prison for charges stemming from that search warrant. Reffitt is currently being held in the Darke County jail on the trafficking in heroin charge.

FATAL ACCIDENT IN MIAMI COUNTY - March 10, 2015
    A single-vehicle crash on southbound Interstate 75 claimed one life and left at least one other person injured. The crash occurred around 8:45 PM Monday when the driver of a southbound vehicle crashed into a guardrail with the vehicle overturning and landing on its side. At least one of the victims was trapped in the vehicle. Firefighters and medics from Troy responded and summoned two CareFlight medical helicopters. The highway was shut down at State Route 55 by the Ohio State Highway Patrol in order that the helicopters could land. Police confirmed one fatality. One other victim was transported to Upper Valley Medical Center by Troy Fire Department medics. The crash remains under investigation.

COMMISSIONERS CELEBRATE AREA BUSINESS AND RED CROSS - March 10, 2015
    The Darke County Commissioners met on Monday for their regularly scheduled meeting and on the agenda was a Certificate of Celebration and Proclamation. The Certificate of Celebration was for FRAM of Greenville for their manufacturing of quality oil, air and fuel filters. Since 2011, FRAM has shown consistent investment in the Darke County community with an addition of more than 10 million dollars in improvements to the Greenville Manufacturing Site. Over the past 4 years FRAM has more than doubled its local employment from 180 employees to 380. FRAM has operated in Greenville since 1951. The Proclamation on Monday was for the American Red Cross as March 2015 is American Red Cross Month. The Northern Miami Valley Ohio Chapter annually trains 4,570 people in lifesaving skills such as CPR, first aid, and the use of automated external defibrillators. In addition the chapter provides community disaster education and preparedness programs. For more information on American Red Cross Month, visit RedCross.org. The next Commissioners meeting will be Wednesday at 1:30 in Downtown Greenville.

NEW FACES ON MOST WANTED PAGE - March 10, 2015
    Three new faces were put on the Darke County Crime Stoppers Most Wanted page on Monday. Christopher Cross, 33 of West Alexandria, Joseph Cheadle, 53 of Darke County and Daniel Sullenbarger, 51 of Greenville, all appear on DarkeCountyCrimeStoppers.com. Cross is wanted for a Probation Violation, Cheadle is wanted for Domestic Violence and Sullenbarger for Failure to Comply. More information along with pictures can be found on all 3 of these men on DarkeCountyCrimeStoppers.com. If you have any information on the whereabouts on these 3 men, a reward is available, call the tip line at 937-547-1661 or leave a tip online at DarkeCountyCrimeStoppers.com. Tips can be anonymous.

ELDORA SPEEDWAY WEBSITE HACKED - March 9, 2015
    The Eldora Speedway website was reportedly hacked by ISIS Saturday restaurants' websites. According to the Darke County Sheriff's Office, the Eldora Speedway website was compromised around 2:30 p.m. At the top of the site's page, a banner appeared with a message that read "hacked by Islamic State" along with foreign music. Officials said the speedway contacted their website security personnel, GoDaddy, and they had the matter resolved within an hour. Once the issue was fixed, Eldora Speedway posted a banner at the top of its website stating, "Thank you to the Darke County Sheriff, FBI & GoDaddy for their quick response". The FBI is now investigating. Despite the hack, customers were not affected.

MAN TASED AND ARRESTED IN UNION CIITY - March 9, 2015
    On Saturday, officers from the Union City Ohio Police Department conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle that was speeding. Officers made contact with a backseat passenger and identified him as Carlos Eugene Trueblood II. It was found that Trueblood had an active warrant out of the Darke County Municipal Court for Abusing Harmful Intoxicants. Trueblood was informed of his warrant and was asked to step out of the vehicle because he was under arrest. Trueblood refused to comply with officers' requests. Officers attempted to remove Trueblood from the vehicle and he began to kick at officers. An officer activated a taser. Officers were then able to gain compliance and remove Trueblood from the car. Once outside the vehicle Trueblood attempted to get off the ground and failed to comply with officers' orders. Trueblood was tased again and immediate compliance was gained. Trueblood was placed into custody and was transported to the Darke County Sheriff's Jail.

LEARN MORE ABOUT 4-H - March 9, 2015
    Although the deadline to become a 4-H member in Darke County is not until April 1, 2015, now is the time to begin thinking about joining a 4-H club. If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about the 4-H program in Darke County, plan to attend the 4-H Open House, Monday, March 9, from 6:30pm-8:00pm at All Seasons Place, Lighthouse Christian Center, 5256 Sebring Warner Road, Greenville. Attendees of the open house will have the opportunity to visit club displays and talk to current 4-H members and advisers about what 4-H has to offer. If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a member of the Darke County 4-H Youth Development Program, contact the OSU Extension at 937-548-5215.

2015 VERSAILLES POULTRY DAYS ANNOUNCES THEME - March 4, 2015
    In advance of the 2015 Versailles Poultry Days, and in an effort to allow parade and festival goers to prepare, the Poultry Days Board is proud to announce the 2015 theme, which pays tribute to the spirit of spring and baseball. The 2015 theme is "Take Me Out To The Poultry Days Festival". The 64th annual festival will be held June 12, 13, and 14th in Versailles Ohio. One of Ohio's oldest festivals, this event celebrates the area's poultry producing history as well as its sense of community. The board welcomes everyone to come enjoy the festival. Registration information for the parade and other festival events will be posted as available at www.versaillespoultrydays.com.

HEART & SOLE 5K - March 4, 2015
    State of the Heart Hospice will hold the nonprofit agency's second annual "Heart & Sole 5k" on Saturday, March 28 at Eldora Speedway. Proceeds from the 5k will be used to provide support to the agency's Care Center at Wayne HealthCare in Greenville. The Hospice Care Center is for patients from all of the communities served by the agency. Last year, the race raised $12,653. With offices in Greenville, Coldwater and Portland, State of the Heart cares for patients in eastern Indiana and western Ohio who are confronting a life limiting illness. The 5k will be an out and back with the last half mile around the Eldora race track, weather permitting. Registration starts at 7:30 a.m., and the race starts at 9 a.m. The event is open to both runners and walkers, and strollers are also welcome. Those interested in participating can find registration at www.GTRaces.com If any businesses are interested in being an event sponsor call 1-800-417-7535, or by email at rgathard@stateoftheheartcare.org.

2014 PHONE SCAMS - March 4, 2015
    Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine released a list of the top phone scams reported to his office. The attorney general's office received 1,200 complaints in 2014. Victims often report losing hundreds or thousands of dollars.
    
    The most costly scams include:
    
    1. IRS Impostor Scam – Con artists call pretending to be the IRS. They claim the consumer must immediately send payment or be arrested or thrown in jail. In a few cases, consumers reported sending between $2,000 and $28,000 to the ploy.
    
    2. Grandparent Scam – Scammers pretend to be a grandchild in trouble and call grandparents asking for immediate payment. The average loss was over $4,700.
    
    3. Computer Repair Scam – Consumers receive a call from someone who falsely claims to represent Microsoft or another computer support service. The caller says the computer's computer has a virus and offers to fix the problem, often asking the consumer to give the caller remote access to the consumer’s computer.
    
    4. Grant Scam – In a typical grant scam, consumers receive a call saying they have won a federal grant worth up to $10,000. To receive the grant, the caller says the consumer must send a few hundred dollars to cover taxes, insurance, or other costs.
    
    Visit the OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov for more information.

MEHAFFIE CHARIMAN OF EDISON BOARD OF TRUSTEE - March 4, 2015
    Darryl Mehaffie has been elected to serve as chairman of Edison Community College's Board of Trustees. Mehaffie's appointment will continue for the next two years. As a member of Edison's Board of Trustees for over fifteen years, teaching at Northmont City Schools in Englewood for over 30 years has afforded Mehaffie with considerable expertise in education. Retiring in 1996, Mehaffie continues to serve on numerous boards and committees advocating for education, agriculture, arts and the region. In addition to his involvement with higher education, he is active in politics, representing the counties of Darke, Miami, Montgomery, and Preble as the Ohio Republican State Central Committee man for the Fifth Senate District. He also serves as chairman of the Ohio Republican Budget and OversightCommittee. Edison's Board of Trustees is comprised of three representatives from each county in its primary service area—Darke, Miami, and Shelby. For more information about Edison's Board of Trustees, visit www.edisonohio.edu.

INFORMATION NEEDED ON SHOOTING OF BALD EAGLE - March 3, 2015
    The ODNR Division of Wildlife is still asking the public for information about the shooting of a bald eagle in Preble County. The incident occurred around Saturday, Feb. 21. The bird was found northeast of Eaton. A reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of suspected poachers. Bald and golden eagles are protected under federal law by the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact State Wildlife Officer Brad Turner, assigned to Preble County, at 937-372-5639, ext. 5219. ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.gov.

CITY OF GREENVILLE TESTING FOR PATROL OFFICER - March 3, 2015
    The City of Greenville will be testing for position of Patrol Officer for the Greenville Police Department. Applications can be obtained by visiting the Greenville Police Facebook Page or picking them up at the Mayor's Office at 100 Public Sq. Greenville, OH 45331 8:30 am-4:30 pm M-Thur and 8:30 am-1 pm on Fridays. Application must be completed and turned in by March 16th 2015 by 4 pm. Additional qualification info and awarded credits available on the city's website (CityofGreenville.org). Please do not call our dispatch center for questions about the testing. Any questions may be forwarded to 937-548-4175.

CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING KILLS CHILDREN - March 2, 2015
    Over the weekend, three children would lose their life following carbon monoxide poisoning in Troy. Four children were found unresponsive in the 100 block of Elm Street in Troy, around 2:20 p.m. Friday. Sisters Dionanna Bishop, 14, and Dejay Bishop, 13, died after being rushed to Upper Valley Medical Center on Friday. The Miami County Coroner said carbon monoxide poisoning was ruled as the cause of death. Jakia Jones, 13, has also died. Her brother, Jakari Ward, 8, remains in critical condition. A GoFundMe account has been set up to help the families defray the pending funeral costs for the Bishop sisters. Visit www.gofundme.com and search for their site by zip code or by name. According to Troy Fire Department, four firefighters were treated and released at UVMC due to the high levels of carbon monoxide they inhaled while extracting the juveniles from the home on Friday.

VEHICLE INTO POLE - March 2, 2015
    On Saturday, at approximately 8:07 PM Darke County Deputies, along with Liberty Twp. fire Dept., Tri-Village Rescue, and Careflight were dispatched to the 900 Block of US Route 36 in reference to an injury accident. The caller reported a vehicle into a pole with entrapment. Investigation revealed that a 2000 Chrysler Town & Country, driven by Brandy Mills, 37 of Lynn, Indiana, was westbound on US Route 36 when the vehicle drove off the left side of the roadway and struck a utility pole. Mills had to be extricated from the vehicle by mechanical means. Mills was transported to Miami Valley Hospital by Careflight with non-life threatening injuries. This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office.

COVINGTON MAN ARRESTED - March 2, 2015
    On Friday, Covington Police were called to a domestic dispute in the 100 block of South Main Street just before 5 p.m. When officers arrived, they found a man outside the apartment building waving a gun. According to officials, two people were inside the apartment and were afraid to leave. Police surrounded the area and called in Miami County Sheriff's Deputies for backup. Residents nearby were ordered to stay inside their homes, and Buffalo Jacks, a nearby restaurant was told to keep patrons inside. Officers spent about an hour negotiating with the man and calming him down, at which point he eventually surrendered. Michael J. Krenciprock, 42, was taken into custody. He faces charges of domestic violence, disrupting public services, inducing panic, and resisting arrest. No one was injured in the incident.

MIAMI COUNTY MAN ARRESTED - February 25, 2015
    Miami County detectives recently obtained arrest warrants for Zachary R. Lucas, age 33, from Troy for his involvement in numerous thefts in eastern Miami County over the past several weeks. The arrest warrants were for breaking & entering, burglary, and several counts of theft. Detectives have linked Lucas to at least 18 different property crimes in Miami County. He would typically target vehicles and out buildings to commit theft offenses to fuel a drug problem. Tuesday afternoon, officers with the Troy Police Department located Lucas at a residence on Todd Lane. Lucas fled out the back door of the residence and was apprehended shortly thereafter by Troy officers. Some recovered stolen property was recovered at the residence Lucas fled from. Lucas was subsequently incarcerated in the Miami County jail.

COVINGTON WOMAN PLEADS GUILTY TO THEFT & FORGERY - February 25, 2015
    We have been following the story of Kathy Gilmore, 56, from Covington. Earlier this week, she pleaded guilty to felony theft and forgery for stealing more than $16,000 from her former employer in Troy. The Covington woman was accused of stealing lottery tickets and money between June 2013 and March 2014. The plea was a conditional plea as part of a request for intervention in lieu of conviction. Under the program, if she completes three years of probation and conditions outlined by the Judge, the charges would be dismissed. Among the conditions were paying $16,830 restitution, following a curfew and completing an intervention program for gambling and other issues as outlined.

INDOT TO PROVIDE SCHOLARSHIPS - February 25, 2015
    The Indiana Department of Transportation is offering civil engineering students scholarships of up to $3,125 per semester, and paid employment during summer breaks and upon graduation. Students must be accepted or enrolled full time in one of Indiana's certified civil engineering schools and apply using the form at www.INDOTScholarship.in.gov. Applications for the 2015-2016 school year must be postmarked by Tuesday, March 31. Students must be accepted or enrolled full time in one of Indiana's Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology certified civil engineering programs. Eligible programs include Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne, Purdue University, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Trine University, University of Evansville, University of Notre Dame and Valparaiso University. Learn more about the INDOT Engineer Scholarship program and download the application at www.INDOTScholarship.in.gov. Students or parents with questions can call 317-234-8096.

SHELBY COUNTY MAN ARRESTED - February 23, 2015
    A suspect who deputies said was involved in a domestic dispute ended up in the hospital for weather related injuries when he left the scene. Deputies with the Shelby County Sheriff's Office responded to the 600 block of Cross Trail after 10:30 p.m. Saturday on a domestic violence call. According to officials, the 49-year-old victim was assaulted by 53-year-old Kenny Snider. Deputies said Snider left the scene before they arrived, but they called a K9, followed the tracks he left in the snow, and arrested him near the intersection of Broadway and Robinson streets in Piqua. Officials said Snider was transported to the hospital for cold-related injuries. They reported the temperature was about 12 degrees. The victim of the domestic violence call was transported to the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. The incident remains under investigation.

TRASH BASH QUICKLY APPROACHING - February 23, 2015
    Join the Darke County Solid Waste District for the sixth annual Darke County "Trash Bash" Community Clean-up Day on Saturday and Sunday, April 18 & 19, 2015. Through volunteer efforts, clean-up will be focused on approximately 600 miles of Darke County's most traveled county and township roads. These roads were chosen with the help of Darke County Engineer, James Surber and County Highway Garage Superintendent, Shane Coby. The Darke County Community Clean-Up day is scheduled for April 18 & 19, 2015, rain or shine. The collection is set to begin at 8:00 a.m. The district is looking for numerous groups of 4-6 to "pound the pavement" at their assigned 2-mile locations picking-up bags of trash and recyclables. Clean-up groups can be started with friends from school, work, church, and volunteer organizations or clubs and there's no age limit for volunteers. Call the district at 937-547-0827 to for more information. Sign-up forms can also be found on the district's website: www.co.darke.oh.us/solidwaste. Forms must be turned in by March 6, 2015. Each group will be given black bags for trash and clear bags for recyclables. For separating the recyclables from the trash, each group will be awarded $50.00 (per 2-mile section) for participating. Awards will be given to Darke County non-profit organizations only. There is no limit to the number of groups that an organization can enter. County highway employees will follow assigned routes and will pick-up bags left on the targeted collection roads on April 20, 2015.

FATAL FIRE IN PREBLE COUNTY - February 23, 2015
    Investigators from the Preble County Sheriff's Office, the Preble County Coroner's Office and the Ohio Fire Marshall are investigating a residential fire that occurred Saturday Morning at 3436 U.S. Route 35, between Eaton and West Alexandria. The Sheriff's Office began receiving 9-1-1 calls at approximately 3:34 A.M. reporting the fire. Fire units from West Alexandria, Eaton, Lewisburg and Gasper Township responded to the scene. The house was a total loss. During the course of fighting the fire, it was learned that two children were unaccounted for. Law Enforcement investigators responded to the scene, including the State Fire Marshall's Office. Within a couple of hours, investigators located the remains of two victims in the basement of the residence. Those victims have been identified as Malachi Bradburn, age 9 & Malea Bradburn, age 10. Both children reside at the residence. DNA analysis will need to be completed for an official identification. However, investigators are confident with the identity of the victims. Agencies involved with this investigation worked the case all weekend and are continuing to do so this week. No further information is expected to be released at this time.

DRUG ARREST IN MERCER COUNTY - February 18, 2015
    Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey and Celina Police Chief Tom Wale reports the arrest of a male on drug related charges. On February 17, 2015 at 6:13 PM a deputy stopped a vehicle behind J's bar on SR 703. Deputies received information from HIT (Heroin Interdiction Team) of a male possibly transporting drugs back to Mercer County. During a search of the vehicle deputies and a patrolman from Celina PD located a syringe and 4 capsules with suspected heroin inside.
    
    Arrested was 32 year old Jordan Bowers of Celina. Bowers was charged with possession of drug abuse instruments (A Misdemeanor of the 2nd degree). Bowers was also charged with numerous driving under suspension violations. Additional charges are expected, and the case will be forwarded on to the Mercer County Prosecutor for review of appropriate felony charges.
    
    HIT is a combined effort of man power and resources consisting of deputies with the Mercer County Sheriff's Office and Patrolman from the Celina Police Department.

FORT LORAMIE MAN KILLED IN TREE ACCIDENT - February 17, 2015
    On Monday, we reported on the death of Fort Loramie man Steven Trzaska, who was found dead on his farm in an accident that took place over the weekend. We've learned more details about Trzaska, who served as a Huber Heights Firefighter. Flags were flown at half-staff at Huber Heights fire and police facilities across the city Monday in honor of a firefighter who died in an off-duty accident Sunday afternoon. Visitation will is 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home in Minster. He is survived by his wife and six children, all of Minster, as well as his parents, who live in Dayton. The Army veteran was a member of Minster American Legion. He worked at the Bicycle Museum of America in New Bremen. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Friday at St. Augustine Catholic Church, Minster. Burial, with full military honors by the Minster Firing Squad, will take place in St. Augustine Cemetery. A second visitation will be 9 to 9:30 a.m. Friday at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Trzaska Family Scholarship Fund.

BILL INTRODUCED FOR PENALTY IN SCHOOL ZONE CROSSWALK - February 17, 2015
    Senator Bill Beagle (R–Tipp City) has introduced Senate Bill 39, which will create a penalty for failing to yield in a school zone crosswalk. The bill will create a third degree misdemeanor for striking a child within a school zone. Additionally, if a driver hits a child within a school zone while on a suspended license, the driver will receive an additional six month suspension. Beagle also introduced Senate Bill 42, which will modernize mental health treatment for minors. The bill, "Dylan's Voice" named after a young man who committed suicide, will allow minors to seek out mental health treatment at age 11, and expand the amount of time they are allowed to speak with mental health professionals before requiring additional consent. Both bills have been referred to Senate Committees for further deliberation.

SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE FOR DARKE COUNTY SENIORS - February 17, 2015
    Seniors from the class of 2015 who live in Darke County and attend a Darke County high school or are home-schooled may apply for scholarships from the Darke County Foundation (formerly HOPE Foundation). Application deadline is April 1, 2015. Students who are planning to attend a 2-year vocational program or 4-year college are eligible to apply. By filling out one general application, students are eligible for approximately 60 scholarships totaling over $90,000. Students may download the application from the Darke County Foundation website, www.darkecountyfoundation.org, or see their high school guidance counselor. Since 1986, the Darke County Foundation has awarded over $1 million to Darke County students. The Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life for Darke County residents by receiving, managing and distributing charitable gifts. For more information, call (937) 548-4673 or visit www.darkecountyfoundation.org.

HUD CAPITAL FUND PROGRAM AWARDS MONEY TO AREA - February 16, 2015
    U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH, Ranking Member of the of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, has announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Capital Fund Program has awarded $4,482,250 to improve public housing infrastructure in west and southwest Ohio. This funding allows authorities to make critical improvements to their housing units, including roof replacements and plumbing and electrical system upgrades, along with asbestos and lead paint removal. Miami County received $127,599 and Shelby County received $204,115. Fifty-two Ohio public housing authorities received $72,912,128 in total funding.

SHOOTING IN TROY - February 16, 2015
    Troy Police responded to the 300 block of Morehead Street around 2:45 a.m. Saturday on reports of multiple gunshots going off inside the home. Officers say when they arrived at the home a man walked outside, then retreated back inside the house into one of the bedrooms, and refused commands from officers to come out. Police say the man continued to refuse verbal commands from officers for over two hours. The Miami County Special Response Team forced entry into the house around 5 a.m. by breaking a window to the house and deploying a flash bang. The suspect was 27-year-old Roy Staten. He is being held in the Miami County Jail on suspicion of felony inducing panic. Staten told officers he does not remember any part of the standoff.

WATER QUALITY ISSUES ADDRESSED - February 13, 2015
    State Representatives Jim Buchy (R-Greenville) and Dave Hall (R-Millersburg) have introduced legislation that addresses water quality issues in Ohio and works to utilize solutions brought forth by Ohio citizens, the agriculture community and area experts. The bill touches on several factors that affect water quality and harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie and other regional bodies of water, including encouraging best nutrient management practices, such as regulating the application of fertilizer on frozen ground in the Lake Erie basin. The bill also establishes a phosphorus monitoring process and bans depositing dredged material into Lake Erie. The legislation builds from House Bill 490, which was passed through the Ohio House last year.

VAN OVERTURNS IN SHELBY COUNTY - February 12, 2015
    It was quite the scene last night in Shelby County on I-75. A van ended up in the emergency stopping lane on the bridge, off the right side of the interstate , on its top, The driver injured in the rollover crash on I-75 South on the bridge spanning the Great Miami River had just emptied his van of explosives at a stop before the crash. The driver's injuries were believed to be minor. He was taken to Wilson Memorial Hospital. The driver will be cited for failure to control a motor vehicle, according to the Ohio Highway Patrol post at Piqua. The crash was called in just after 9 PM. Troopers briefly shut down both lanes of the interstate because of the accident.

ACADEMIC PROTECTIONS ANNOUNCED - February 12, 2015
    On Wednesday, the Ohio House of Representatives passed legislation that provides academic protections for students taking new state assessments during the 2014-15 school year. New assessments in mathematics and English language arts are supplied by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC). House Bill 7, sponsored by Rep. Jim Buchy (R-Greenville), prohibits schools from using test scores from state assessments when determining a student's advancement to the next grade level and granting of course credit. The bill also states that schools are not permitted to share individual student test scores to outside sources without consent from either the student or his or her parents. The bill passed unanimously out of both the House Education Committee and on the House floor. It will now go to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.

NEW BILL POSSIBLE IN INDIANA - February 11, 2015
    Drug offenders could have a harder time purchasing common cold and allergy medicine under a proposed bill discussed by an Indiana Senate committee Tuesday. Corrections and Criminal Law Committee members considered a bill that would require someone with a felony drug conviction to get a prescription before purchasing medicine containing pseudoephedrine, a key ingredient in making methamphetamine. The measure is one of many in recent years aimed at curbing the state's meth problem, specifically how to curtail meth-making activities without compromising the rights of law-abiding citizens who legally obtain and use the over-the-counter cold and sinus medications. Indiana received the unwanted No. 1 ranking in 2013 for having the most meth-related incidents in the U.S.

SCHOLARSHIP AVAILABLE - February 11, 2015
    The Dayton Power and Light Company (DP&L), a subsidiary of The AES Corporation (NYSE:AES), and Vectren Energy Delivery of Ohio (Vectren) are offering three scholarships to high school seniors planning to work in the energy industry. The scholarships, in the amount of $1,000 each, will be granted for college tuition and expenses to deserving students who demonstrate outstanding energy knowledge and leadership, and an interest in continuing their energy studies by pursuing an energy-related career. The deadline for applying for a scholarship is April 17. Information about the scholarships is being distributed to area schools. To get an application package, visit OhioEnergy.org.

TREE SEEDLING SALE ONCE AGAIN - February 11, 2015
    The Darke Soil & Water Conservation District is conducting its annual tree seedling sale until March 27. The 2-3 year seedlings are bare root stock and each tree is dipped into a preservative gel to keep roots moist. Seedlings are packaged in groups of five. An assortment of tree packets are offered for sale to urban and rural landowners. The plant varieties are selected for their popularity and hardiness in the Darke County area. Prices range from $5-$10 in packets of 5 seedlings. For more details visit www.DarkeSWCD.com or call the Darke Soil & Water Conservation District @ 937-548-1752.

UNION CITY MAN SENTENCED TO PRISON - February 10, 2015
    On Monday, Richardo Chavez from Union City, appeared in the Darke Courthouse and was sentenced to 10 years in prison for sex crimes against a child. With the 10 year sentence, 3 counts of rape were dropped. The Union City man pleaded guilty to 3 counts of gross sexual imposition. The offenses took place between December 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012.

ANOTHER IRS SCAM IN AREA - February 9, 2015
    A few weeks ago, we reported about the Mercer County Sheriff's Department warning residents about a phone scam involving people acting as IRS agents. In Miami County, the Sheriffs Department has been alerted by several county residents that they have received phone calls from a person representing themselves as an IRS agent. The person states that money is owed the IRS and if money is not transferred to pay "back taxes owed" that an arrest warrant will be issued. This scam has been on-going for the past few months throughout the country. Many of these type of scams originate overseas. If you receive such a call please hang-up on the caller and if the caller persists in calling back please notify your local law enforcement agency. Many of these types of scams target senior citizens.

DOUBLE FATAL ACCIDENT IN DARKE COUNTY - February 9, 2015
    On February 8, 2015 at 9:37 p.m. Darke County Sheriff Deputies, along with Union City, Ohio Fire and Rescue, were dispatched to SR571 west of Kniseley Rd. reference to a single vehicle rollover accident. While units were in route dispatch was advised that a second vehicle had just struck a passer by who had stopped to render aid. Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2003 Kia, driven by Richard L. Stephenson (49) of Union City, OH was westbound on SR571 when it appears he got off the right side of the road and lost control of his vehicle, striking several trees, which caused Stephenson's vehicle to rollover and come to final rest on its top, partially on the roadway. Multiple people passing by stopped to give assistance to Stephenson. While subjects were assisting Stephenson from his vehicle a second vehicle, a 1996 Jeep, driven by Chad Bradburn (50) of Union City, IN, approached the accident scene. Bradburn was unable to get stopped and struck a female by-stander, Linda Shafer (47) of Greenville and Stephenson as he was exiting his vehicle. Both Shafer and Stephenson were pronounced dead at the scene. Alcohol is being looked as a possible contributing factor in the accident. The Darke County Sheriff's Office accident re-construction team was called to the scene. This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office and the Darke County Coroner's Office. Once this investigation is completed this report will be given to the Darke County Prosecutor's Office for review of charges.

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.

2 CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS TO NOT SEEK RE-ELECTION - February 5, 2015
    On Tuesday, City of Greenville Council President, John Burkett announced that council members Roy Harrison and John Baumgardner would not be running for re election after their terms end on December 31, 2015. Baumgardner has served the City on Council for 10 years as an at large member and now representing the 4th Ward. The decision to not seek re-election for Baumgardner centered on family and a career that requires extensive travel. Harrison serves the 2nd Ward for City Council. Over the last few years, it has been common for current Council Members to run unopposed. City of Greenville Council meets every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the Month at 7:30 in the Council Chambers at the City Building.

SAVINGS FOR SCHOOL SHOPPERS IN AUGUST - January 30, 2015
    Ohio families can now prepare for a new major retail shopping season. Senate Bill 243, which passed both chambers and was signed into law during the 130th General Assembly, means that Ohioans will be able to save sales tax dollars when handling their back-to-school shopping this coming year. Ohio's first ever Sales Tax Holiday will take place August 7th-9th, and experts say shoppers should expect Black Friday-like excitement. This bill is very important to Representative Jim Buchy, as eliminating the sales tax on these items both at retail stores and on the internet will help ensure that all children and students can get what is necessary for the upcoming school year. A good investment in their education is a good investment into their future, and that's what the Sales Tax Holiday seeks to create. The Sales Tax Holiday is expected to put $78 million back into the pockets of Ohioans. It would also provide a boost for Ohio's retail sector, which makes up 18 percent of Ohio's GDP and employs one in four Ohio citizens. There are eighteen other states in the country that have a Sales Tax Holiday.

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.

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.

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