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.

STUFF A BUS PROGRAM BACK IN DARKE COUNTY - July 30, 2015
    The United Way has announced that they are bringing back Stuff A Bus. The event collects school supplies and distribute them to all Darke County school districts for students in need. Items needed include: paper (wide and college-ruled), composition books, #2 pencils, blue and black pens, erasers, rulers, glue sticks and other school supplies. Collection day is Friday, July 31st from 9:00 am-4:00 pm in the Buffalo Wild Wings parking lot in Greenville and from 9:00 am-2:00 pm in the Versailles Board of Education's front parking lot. The goal is to collect 10,000 supplies to give community children the tools to succeed and learn. Stuff a Bus benefits children in the following school districts: Ansonia, Arcanum, Bradford, Franklin Monroe, Greenville, Mississinawa Valley, Tri Village, Versailles, and Board of Developmental Disabilities. For more information, contact the Darke County United Way at 547-1272.

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.

BOMB THREAT AT PIQUA YMCA - July 28, 2015
    A social media threat forced the closing of both the Piqua and Robinson Branches of the Miami County YMCA on Monday afternoon. Jim McMaken, director of the Miami County YMCA said that about 2:30-ish, we received a threat on our social media site, our Facebook page, that there would be a bomb that would go off at the YMCA. Our aquatics director at the Robinson Branch saw it on Facebook. We spoke briefly and then contacted the authorities, then evacuated the facilities by our emergency procedure policy. The threat did not specify a particular branch. Piqua police responded to the Piqua Branch and Miami County Sheriff's Deputies to the Robinson Branch. Both branches reopened around 6:30 Monday evening.

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.

10 YEAR OLD BOY STUCK IN CROSSWALK - July 23, 2015
    On Wednesday, a 10-year-old boy was struck by a vehicle while crossing in Downtown Greenville. The teenage driver of a car that hit the boy has been charged with failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk. The accident happened at Fifth Street and South Broadway, the boy had to be CareFlighted to Dayton Children's Hospital with a leg injury, South Broadway was partially shut down because of the accident and investigation.

PIQUA MAN DIES AFTER FALLING OFF OF LADDER - July 22, 2015
    Piqua police and medics work at the scene of a fall from a ladder that resulted in a death on Tuesday afternoon. The incident occurred around 4:15 p.m. when police and fire were dispatched to 1329 Park Ave., where a man had reportedly fallen from a ladder at a "second-floor height" while cleaning the gutters of the house. The victim was identified as George Kiefer, 74. Kiefer reportedly struck the pavement below and was pronounced dead at the scene. CareFlight was dispatched, but cancelled when it was determined that Kiefer had not survived.

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.

RUSSIA INN CATCHES FIRE - July 20, 2015
    Early Sunday, a fire broke out at The Russia Inn. The building, which is well over a 100 years old, sustained extensive damage in the kitchen of the restaurant. The building located on 101 E. Main St. also sustained water and smoke damage. Crew were called to the fire around 1:30 Sunday morning. The department received mutual aid from Versailles and Houston Fire Departments. The Sidney Fire Department's Investigative Unit was also dispatched. Crews were on the scene for several hours, there were no injuries and the fire is believed to be accidental.

TRUCK AND ATV'S CRASH - July 20, 2015
    On Saturday,at 10:09 PM Darke County Deputies along with Liberty Twp. Fire Dept. and Tri Village Rescue were dispatched to 165 S. Main St. in the Village of Palestine reference a three vehicle injury crash. Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2000 Ford F250, driven by Jeremy Stahl, 31, of Greenville, was traveling southbound of S. Main St. when it struck two, four wheel ATVs, which were traveling southbound on S. Main St. Stahl's truck also struck a utility pole and came to rest on its side in a corn field. The operators of the ATVs were Jim Reynolds, 42, of Palestine and his son Dustin Reynolds, 18, of Palestine. Jim refused treatment at the scene. Dustin and Stahl were transported to Wayne Hospital by Tri Village Rescue. Stahl was the lone occupant in the truck. Alcohol is suspected in the crash. This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office.

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.

PREBLE COUNTY MAN ARRESTED FOR DRUGS - July 17, 2015
    Earlier this week, a Preble County deputy attempted to stop a motorcycle on Jordan Road, north of US 35 after the deputy recognized the driver as being wanted by the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office on (3) three drug related felony warrants. The driver failed to stop for the deputy, continuing south on Jordan Road. The driver crossed US 35 and traveled south on Enterprise Road until the motorcycle became disabled in the 1500 block. The driver then fled on foot in to a private yard where he was taken into custody by the deputy. A search incident to the arrest revealed that the suspect was in possession of nearly 5 grams of methamphetamine. This information, together with other investigative information, led deputies to a residence in the 4300 block of Jordan Road, where the suspect lives, and the issuance of a search warrant for the suspect's 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt, which was at his home. Investigators located equipment and chemicals used to manufacture methamphetamine. The suspect, Arnon C. Collins, Jr, age 45, of Lewisburg, was arrested and housed in the Preble County Jail on Charges of Illegal Manufacture of Drugs, Assembly or Possession of Chemicals to Manufacture
    Drugs, Possession of Methamphetamine and Failure to Comply With Signal or Order of Police Officer.

TROY MAN KILLED IN ACCIDENT - July 17, 2015
    On Thursday, we reported on a fatal crash that took place at busy intersection outside of Bradford at US 36 and State Route 721. The man killed in that crash has been identified as 79-year-old Don Kendall of Troy. Kendall possibly suffered a medical issue prior to the crash around 11:45 a.m. on U.S. 36 with a truck, and deputies said they hope an autopsy will shed light on whether he became suddenly ill before traveling left of center. Kendall collided with a work truck driven by Drew Krietzer of Botkins. No other injuries were reported. U.S. 36 was closed for sometime just east of Ohio 721 as crews investigated and cleared the scene.

FAIRBOARD MEETING GETS HEATED - July 16, 2015
    The Darke County Agricultural Society met for their 2nd meeting in July, to prepare for the upcoming Great Darke County Fair. Present at the meeting was the newly crowned Great Darke County Fair Court. We reported on the winners on Wednesday, as the King and Queen's Contest took place on Tuesday. Members of the new court introduced themselves to the Fair Board, while the 2014 Fair Queen, Jenna Cline and Fair King, Tommy Shaw said their goodbyes and thank yous to the Agricultural Society. In other business, the Fair Board discussed Maintenance Workers Annual Evaluation Results and process. Discussion became heated between some members of the board and some of the full time employees on the fairgrounds. Pay raises were mentioned and other contracts were also brought up that the board had recently awarded to outside entities. A motion was made during the regular session pertaining to pay raises and the evaluation process. That motion would fail and later in the meeting the board would go into Executive Session to discuss the appointment, employment, dismissal, discipline, promotion, demotion or compensation of employees. The board came out of executive session and approved an employee wage increase, while also approving to revise the compensation portion of the 2016 mower personal scope of work. The next Fair Board meeting will be Wednesday, August 5th at 7:30 on the Fairgrounds.

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.

DRUG RELATED ARRESTS IN MERCER COUNTY - July 13, 2015
    Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey, Celina Police Chief Tom Wale and Coldwater Police Chief Jason Miller report drug related arrests that were made as a result of their joint HIT (Heroin Interdiction Team). On Friday July 10, 2015 at 4:46 PM a vehicle was stopped on East Main Street near 8th Street in Coldwater. Arrested and taken into custody was the driver Beverly S. Selhorst, age 20 from 3212 Slavik Road Coldwater. Selhorst was charged with possession of drug abuse instruments. Officers recovered a capsule with suspected heroin inside, and what appeared to be two other capsules that appeared old. Additional charges are pending urine test results. Selhorst was incarcerated at the Adult Detention Facility.
    
    A Second stop on Friday July 10, 2015 at 6:15 PM was conducted on US Rte. 127 near Siegrist Jutte Road in Franklin Township. Arrested and taken into custody was the driver Angela Storck, age 25 from 4010 US Rte. 127, and her two passengers: Cherokee M. Storck , age 31 from 4010 US Rte. 127, and Cheyenne Woodle, age 34 from 4010 US Rte. 127, Celina. All three were transported to the Adult Detention Facility. Angela Storck was charged with permitting drug abuse.
    Cherokee Storck was charged with possession of heroin, obstruction, and possession of drug abuse instruments.
    Cheyenne Woodle was charged with possession of heroin, and obstruction. Officers recovered two baggies containing rocks of suspected heroin, and a syringe.
    
    HIT is a combination and collaborate effort between Celina and Coldwater Police Departments, and the Mercer County Sheriff's Office.

PEDESTRIAN STUCK IN COVINGTON - July 13, 2015
    Police and medics in Covington responded to a reported pedestrian strike near the intersection of Chestnut Street and Ullery Drive early Saturday. The driver accused of hitting a pedestrian was identified as 27-year-old Joseph R. Johnson of Piqua. Johnson was booked at 5:19 a.m. into the Miami County Jail on suspicion of aggravated vehicular assault, OVI and hit/skip crash. Johnson was found in Piqua. The incident was reported just after 2:30 a.m. The victim, a woman in her late 20's was listed in fair condition at Miami Valley Hospital.

MIAMI COUNTY WANTED MAN FOUND IN KENTUCKY - July 10, 2015
    A man wanted in Miami County, who has been on the run for six years is back behind bars. U.S. Marshals arrested Jason Perkins in Toombs County, Georgia. Perkins is a registered sex offender out of Miami County. He was required to register his address with authorities. Marshals say he did register until disappearing in 2009. Investigators ultimately discovered a trail of fake identifies tied to Perkins that he used to avoid detection. Marshals in Dayton put the final piece of evidence together that led investigators to Georgia. Perkins is now in the Toombs County jail awaiting extradition back to Miami County.

FATAL TRAIN/CAR ACCIDENT IN EATON - July 10, 2015
    In Preble County, all but three railroad crossings in the city of Eaton were blocked for more than three hours Thursday after a pedestrian was fatally struck by a Norfolk Southern train. An Eaton man in his 50's was on the railroad tracks on a trestle at the time of the crash, which was reported around 7 p.m. The train was not able to pull out of the city until 10:20 p.m. as officials investigated the incident. The death remains under investigation by the police and Preble County Coroner's Office. Residents and people driving through town had to turn around because all the crossings were closed, except for three crossings on the far east and west sides of town. Trespassing is not allowed on train tracks, and the chief said the train engineer did everything he could to avoid the crash by sounding the train whistle and slowing down, but the man did not get off the track.

ANSONIA MAN ARRESTED AFTER PURSUIT - July 9, 2015
    On July 8, 2015 at approximately 3:30 PM Darke County deputies along with the assistance of the Greenville and Ansonia Police Departments attempted to locate and check the safety and welfare of an individual. Throughout the course of this investigation, numerous areas throughout Darke County were checked. At approximately 11:12 PM, Darke County deputies located the vehicle the individual was operating in the area of US127 and Childrens Home-Bradford Road. Positive identification of the individual operating the vehicle was confirmed at that time. As deputies followed the vehicle, the vehicle began to speed away and a short pursuit ensued on Greenville-Celina Road, just south of Childrens Home-Bradford Road. The vehicle stopped in front of a business in the 1500 Block of Wagner Avenue and the driver fled on foot. The driver, identified as John T. Paris 39, Ansonia, OH, was apprehended and taken into custody. Paris is currently being held at the Darke County Jail pending charges filed with the Darke County Prosecutor's Office.

GREAT DARKE COUNTY FAIR LITTLE MISS & MR. PAGEANT INFO. - July 8, 2015
    Applications are now being accepted for The 2015 Great Darke County Fair Little Miss and Mr. Pageant. The pageant will take place in the fairgrounds youth building, located behind the gazebo. It will be on Monday, August 24th with the boys starting at 5:30 and the girls starting at 6:30. This year's theme is "Down on the farm," a farm themed and judged event. Children must be between the ages of 3-5 years by August 24, 2015 and a resident of Darke County. There will also be a most photogenic contest for a boy and girl this year. Please include a 5x7 or smaller photograph with no enhancements with your entry fee and registration form. There is a $15 non-refundable entry form due at the time of registration. Applications will be accepted until August 15, 2015. Drop off your application, registration and picture at The Flower Patch at 104 Rhoades Ave Greenville or mail your application, registration fee and picture to The Flower Patch. Applications can also be printed online www.DarkeCountyFair.com. For questions, contact 548-5675.

GRAND VIEW ESTATES ANNEXED INTO VILLAGE OF BRADFORD - July 7, 2015
    On Monday, the Darke County Commissioners met for their regularly scheduled meeting and joining them was a large crowd from Grand View Estates. A public hearing was scheduled for Monday's meeting with a petitioners request for Grand View Estates to be annexed and moved from Adams Township to the Village of Bradford. There have been some sewage issues when talking about those homes and residents. The Village of Bradford has now taken on that area and will serve those residents. The Commissioners said this is a common problem around the county and with new standards in place from the EPA, a problem they hope will be corrected in years to come when comes to residents leaving out in the country. In other new, the Commissioners received and accepted the 2016 Budget from Darke County Auditor Carol Ginn. The 2016 General Fund Budget has estimated appropriations at $18,412,791. That is a slight increase above the 2015 appropriations. The next Darke County Commissioners meeting is Wednesday, July 8th at 1:30 in Downtown Greenville.

REPAIRS COMING TO FAIRGROUNDS - July 2, 2015
    The Darke County Agricultural Society met on Wednesday, for their regularly scheduled meeting. The board is preparing for the 2015 Great Darke County Fair as they approved multiple proposals for various projects to be done to some of the buildings on the fairgrounds like roofing and painting. Signage is also scheduled to go up on Thursday for the new Beef and Dairy Pavilion. On Wednesday, the board was invited to the Junior Fair Kings and Queens contest that will take place at All Season's Place on Tuesday, July 14th at 7:00 PM. The next Fairboard meeting will be Wednesday, July 15th at 7:30 on the Fairgrounds.

TRACE ADKINS CONCERT AT JAY COUNTY FAIR POSTPONED - July 1, 2015
    THE JAY COUNTY FAIR ASSOCIATION HAS ANNOUNCED THAT THE TRACE ADKINS CONCERT SCHEDULED FOR NEXT WEDNESDAY, JULY 8, HAS NOW BEEN POSTPONED TO FRIDAY, AUGUST 14, DUE TO WET GROUNDS. THE FAIR BOARD HAS CONCERNS THAT THE SATURATED INFIELD OF THE FAIRGROUNDS COULD NOT HANDLE THE HEAVY TOUR BUSES, SEMI TRAILER, AND LARGE STAGE REQUIRED FOR THE CONCERT. TICKETS WILL REMAIN ON SALE FOR THE TRACE ADKINS CONCERT FOR AUGUST 14TH. TICKETS ALREADY PURCHASED WILL BE GOOD FOR THE AUGUST 14TH CONCERT.IN LIEU OF THE TRACE ADKINS CONCERT ON WEDNESDAY, JULY 8, THE HUNTER SMITH BAND FEATURING THE INDIANAPOLIS COLTS SUPERBOWL PUNTER, HUNTER SMITH, WILL PERFORM A FREE CONCERT AT 8 P.M. ON WEDNESDAY. YOU CAN SEE THE COMPLETE SCHEDULE OF THE FAIR ON LINE AT JAY COUNTY FAIR DOT COM.

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.

FAIRBOARD MEETS AGAIN - June 18, 2015
    On Wednesday, the Darke County Agricultural Society met for their 2nd meeting in June. Junior Fair Director, Beth Martin presented recommendations for the 2015 Junior Fair Poultry Shows. Earlier this year, the Ohio Department of Ag canceled 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. The recommendations on Wednesday, were accepted by the board with a list and criteria to receive a premium, to sell and receive a premium, premium for a general project and some extra events like a skillathon, avian bowl, showmanship and egg display. In other news, the Fair Board also approved a motion making Tiger Country 97.5 FM WTGR the official voice of the Great Darke County Fair for 2015. Tiger Country will broadcast each and everyday live from the fair starting Friday, August 21st and ending Saturday, August 29th. The next Fair Board meeting will be Wednesday, July 1st at 7:30 on the Fairgrounds.

VERSAILLES MAN CHARGED WITH GROSS SEXUAL IMPOSITION - June 12, 2015
    Earlier this week, Alan R. Wuebker, of Versailles, was charged with 12 counts of gross sexual imposition. This comes after an investigation from the Darke County Sheriff's Office that claims the sexual contact happened from Nov. 2013 to Oct. 2014. According to the indictment, the female victim in the case was over the age of 13 at the time of the offenses. The offenses are fourth-degree felonies. The charges are Tier I offenses and carry a maximum of 18 months on each count. He is scheduled to appear back in court on the back end of July.

FORMER PITSBURG MAYOR ARRAIGNED IN COURT - June 10, 2015
    Earlier this year, we reported on the Mayor of Pitsburg, Anthony Spires resigning from his position with village. Earlier this week, the former Mayor was arraigned in Darke County Common Pleas Court on seven felony counts when talking about theft and forgery. Spires made a plea of not guilty to 1 count of theft and 6 counts of forgery. The next court appearance for Spires will be a pretrial conference scheduled for July 27th. The charges carry a maximum penalty of 21 years in prison and $70,000 in fines. Spires resigned as Pitsburg Mayor back in April, the former Mayor is accused of stealing more than $28,000 from multiple people.

FAIRBOARD DISCUSSES BAN OF BIRDS AT FAIRS - June 4, 2015
    The Darke County Agricultural Society met on Wednesday for their regularly scheduled meeting. This was their first meeting since the Ohio Department of Ag canceled 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. The board started the meeting with Junior Fair Director Beth Martin discussing the 158 Exhibitors that would be effected at this year's fair. Next Monday, a meeting will be held in the Junior Fair office to think of the various options available for this years fair when discussing birds. Multiple times during the discussion, the board asked for input from Rhonda Williams representing OSU Extension and 4-H. Williams read a statement from Ohio 4-H pertaining to the matter that states "Ohio 4-H does not endorse youth members switching or adding 4-H projects after enrollment and possession deadlines. Agricultural and food animal production involves both rewards and risks." Williams added several other examples and other options other fairs are practicing when discussing the issue. 4-H can provide other creative ways for members to show what they have learned about poultry at the county and state fairs. The Fairboard will talk about those options in more detail at their next meeting, which will be Wednesday, July 17th at 7:30 on the Fairgrounds.

MORE INFORMATION ON CANCELLATION OF LIVE BIRD EXHIBITIONS - June 3, 2015
    On Tuesday, we reported on the Ohio Department of Agriculture canceling all live bird exhibitions for 2015. The ban includes county and independent fairs, the Ohio State Fair, and all other gatherings of birds for show or for sale, including auctions and swap meets. Similar bans have been enacted in other poultry states. So far, Ohio is virus-free and the move is intended to continue that status. The department is working with county and independent fair boards to identify options that will keep youth who are already raising poultry from losing their opportunity to have a fair project. The recommendations include amending the deadlines for students to switch projects and allowing the use of props or photos in place of live birds. As for Bio-security recommendations for poultry owners Dr. Forshey is reminding all bird owners, whether commercial producers or backyard enthusiasts, to continue to practice good bio-security, prevent contact between their birds and wild birds, keep birds inside as much as possible, and report sick birds or unusual bird deaths to their veterinarian immediately. Sick birds or unusual bird deaths should also be immediately reported to the Ohio Department of Agriculture's Division of Animal Health at 1-614-728-6220 or through USDA APHIS'S toll-free number at 1-866-536-7593. Additional information on bio-security from USDA APHIS for backyard flocks can be found at www.ohioagriculture.gov.

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.

DARKE COUNTY FAIR CONCERT INFORMATION - May 4, 2015
    The Directors for The Great Darke County Fair want to update the public regarding the August 23, 2015 Fair concert. Here is the information that can be shared at this time.
    
    - The entertainment will be made public on Monday May 18th between 11:15 and 11:30 a.m. using their website, facebook, twitter, instagram and local media outlets.
    
    -All seats will be reserved. Track seats will be $40.00 each and Grandstand seats will be $37.00 each.
    
    -Tickets will go on sale Saturday, May 30, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. Eastern time via internet
    (www.darkecountyfair.com) and by phone; 800-736-3671/937-548-5044 using a debit or credit card.
    
    -Beginning Monday, June 1, 2015 at 8:00 a.m. Eastern time, 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.

MANURE SCIENCE REVIEW TO BE HELD IN AUGUST - April 10, 2015
    The annual Manure Science Review educates Ohio farmers on manure nutrient management. To further this effort, Ohio EPA awarded Ohio State University Extension a $5,000 environmental education grant to help fund this year's event. Conducted by The Ohio State University Extension, this year's Manure Science Review (MSR) will be held in Darke County in August. MSR provides an educational field day with science-based information on best practices to approximately 200 farmers. The program will include presentations on relevant issues including feeding strategies to reduce phosphorus in manure, methods for reducing nutrient runoff from cropland and technologies to utilize manure. The Ohio Environmental Education Fund provides funding each year for environmental education projects targeting kindergarten through university students, the general public and the regulated community. In this grant cycle, six projects throughout the state were funded for $26,777. The next grant application deadline is July 15, 2015, with an electronic letter of intent to apply due by July 8. For additional information, contact the Ohio Environmental Education Fund on the web or at (614) 644-2873.

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.

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.

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