PRESCRIPTION DRUG TAKE BACK THIS SATURDAY - April 20, 2021
On Saturday, April 24, 2021 the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) sponsored the 20th nationwide "Prescription Drug Take Back" initiative. The "Take Back" initiative seeks to prevent prescription drug abuse and theft through proper disposal of prescription drugs. Collection sites will be set up nationwide for expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs which will be properly disposed of without threat to the environment. This program is for liquid and pill medications. Vaping pens without batteries and vaping cartridges will also be taken. Needles, new or used, WILL NOT be accepted for disposal. This service is free and anonymous with no questions asked. To locate the State Police post closest to your home or business, visit www.in.gov/isp/2382.htm.
BILL FOR FAILING SEPTIC SYSTEMS IN INDIANA - April 20, 2021
A bill that aims to help communities with failing septic systems connect to city water and sewer service is heading to Gov. Eric Holcomb's desk. According to the Indiana Department of Health, more than 20,000 septic systems in Indiana need to be repaired or replaced every year. Failing septic systems can leak wastewater into local streams and lakes. It can also get into drinking water wells and make people sick. But hooking up to new water and sewer service is expensive. House Bill 1287 would allow a utility to waive the cost for that service for underserved communities and raise rates on its existing customers instead. The company would have to show that adding these new customers would bring rates back down in the long run. But consumer advocates say there's nothing in the bill that guarantees that. The bill also only applies to large, investor-owned utilities. Most Hoosiers with septic tanks are served by smaller municipal and nonprofit wastewater utilities. HB 1287 was recently amended to allow people who live in conservancy districts to take action to get their property removed from the district so that they may get hooked up to sewer service.
PROGRAMS AVAILABLE THROUGH PARK DISTRICT - April 19, 2021
The Darke County Park District will be hosting a family fun day in celebration of both Earth Day and Trails Day on April 22 and 24. There will be several fun family activities scheduled throughout each day. Registration is required for this event. Coffee with the Birds is April 22, 8am Bish Discovery Center. Wildflowers of Coppess is April 22, 1pm Coppess Nature Sanctuary, spend the celebration wandering the trails of Coppess Nature Sanctuary enjoying the wildflowers in bloom. Bird Walk is April 24, 8am or 10:30am Bish Discovery Center. Cycling the Trail April 24, 10:30am or 1pm Bish Discovery Center Enjoy a beginner or advanced bike ride with a naturalist on the Tecumseh Trail. Conservation Stations: Hands-On Fun April 24, 12pm-4pm Bish Discovery Center Naturalists will set-up hands-on activities around the grounds of Bish Discovery Center. Badges BBQ food truck will be set up in the Bish Discovery Center parking lot on April 24th from 11am-4pm. Grab some delicious lunch while you enjoy the festivities! For more information or to register visit www.darkecountyparks.org/programs or call 937-548-0165.
HIGH SPEED PERSUIT FROM SHELBY COUNTY TO MIAMI COUNTY - April 19, 2021
A high-speed police pursuit ended with at least one suspect fleeing on foot and a helicopter search just north of Troy Saturday night. A vehicle took off from a deputy around 11 p.m. in Botkins prompting a high-speed pursuit, according to the Shelby County Sheriff's office. Multiple law enforcement agencies assisted in the pursuit. The suspect vehicle reached 100 mph. Deputies chased the suspect vehicle from Botkins to the area of State Route 55 and State Route 41 just north of Troy when the suspect got out of the vehicle and fled on foot. The Piqua Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol assisted with the search and used one of its helicopters to help find the suspect.
DARKE COUNTY FAIR MANAGER STEPPING DOWN - April 16, 2021
WTGR has learned that the Darke County Agricultural Society will be looking for a new Fair Manger in the near future. Last week, during a lengthy Fair Board meeting, Brian Rismiller informed the board that he would be resigning from his position. The announcement came after the Board had entered executive session, first with their attorney and then with Rismiller. Following a long time behind closed doors in executive session, the board went back into executive session to discuss a ride contract, only to open the doors and then adjourn the meeting. Rismiller is still technically listed as Fair Manager and employed by the Agricultural Society, but it was confirmed by a Fair Board Member that Rismiller will be stepping down as Fair Manager. The board will discuss the opening at their May meeting and it's uncertain if they will fill the position before or after the fair. Rismiller leaves after 15 years of experience with the Great Darke County Fair. He was hired on as Fair Manger in April, 2017, after he served as a board member for 11 years. The Agricultural Society is planning a full fair in August. Facing financial issues and water problems, the Board hopes the State of Ohio allows full capacity on Fair Attendance in 2021. The next Fair Board meeting will be Wednesday, May 5, at 7:30 on the Fairgrounds.
INDOT LOOKING TO FILL OPEN POSITIONS - April 16, 2021
The Indiana Department of Transportation is hosting hiring fairs at four locations across the state on Thursday, April 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET. INDOT is hiring for summer seasonal positions which run from April through October at a starting pay of $11.25 per hour. A valid high school diploma or equivalency or one (1) year of work experience is preferred, but not required. INDOT is also hiring for full-time highway technicians and mechanics. Registration is not required to attend the event. INDOT recruiters will be on hand to answer questions and provide more information on open positions and careers with INDOT. To learn more, visit INDOTjobs.com. You can also text INDOT Careers to 468311 to receive additional job postings.
APRIL IS CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT AWARENESS MONTH - April 15, 2021
On Wednesday, the Darke County Commissioners met for their regularly scheduled meeting. Each year in April, the public can see pinwheels in front of the Administration Building. The pinwheels are for Child Abuse and Neglect Awareness Month, Wednesday, the Commissioners made it official, signing off on a proclamation. The pinwheels are planted by the Banner Bound 4-H club to represent the number of children and adults served in 2020. Community partners support efforts to prevent child abuse and neglect by wearing blue, the statewide awareness campaign is the 2nd Wednesday of every April. During 2020, Darke County Children Services had 106 investigative cases related to physical abuse or neglect. 180 kids were served through preventative support programs. 57 children required out of home placement, such as foster homes, kinship homes or residential centers. We all benefit when children grow into contributing members of the county and preventing child maltreatment requires county aid effort to bring about an awareness of ways to identify and prevent child abuse and neglect. The Commissioners urge all citizens to work together to help reduce child abuse and neglect significantly in years to come. If you experience or witness child abuse or neglect, call Darke County Job and Family Services during daytime hours at 937-548-4132, option 5 or the Sheriff's Department at 937-548-2020.
DARKE COUNTY TEACHER'S OF THE YEAR - April 15, 2021
Eight Darke County teachers were recognized Wednesday for their commitment to education. The Darke County Educational Service Center (ESC) held its annual luncheon to celebrate each district's teacher of the year recipients and to recognize the C. Michael Crawford "Mentor of the Year" as well. The 2021 teachers of the year are: Chad Cramer – Ansonia, Heather Marsh – Arcanum, Nicholas Baumer – Bradford, Brenda Oswalt – Franklin Monroe, Mindy Kissinger – Greenville, Kim Hershey – Mississinawa Valley and Joshua Davies – Tri-Village. The C. Michael Crawford Mentor of the Year recipient is Jaime Stocksdale – Greenville. Teacher of the year recipients received plaques and planters donated by Garbig and Schmidt for their dedication to their students. Mentor of the year Jaime Stocksdale received a plaque and a check from the C. Michael Crawford scholarship fund.
NEW BLESSING BOX IN ANSONIA - April 14, 2021
The Outreach Team at Ansonia United Methodist Church, with the guidance and help of Radiant Lighthouse Church, has created a Blessing Box for local families in need in Ansonia. Built by church member Russ Midlam with donations from the church; Ansonia Lumber; and North Star Plumbing, Heating and Cooling. With cooperation from Ansonia First Church of God and the Ansonia Community Center, the box has been placed on the east side of the Ansonia Community Center on the corner of Pearl and Weller streets in Ansonia. Volunteers from the church worked to install the box. The blessing box offers non-perishable foods as well as books for any local family to have. The blessing box will be refilled as necessary by Ansonia UMC, as well as by donations from local organizations and groups, and Ansonia residents. The food and books are free for anyone and are offered to assist families who may be facing a time of need. The blessing box was dedicated earlier this month by members of the Outreach Team, a representative from the Ansonia Community Center, and a representative from Radiant Lighthouse Church. The box is ready to benefit others.
ELDORA RETURNS IN 2021 - April 14, 2021
In one of the most-anticipated announcements in its 68-year history, Eldora Speedway officials on Tuesday, revealed the 2021 schedule of events, and – most importantly – the return of fans to the grandstands for the first-time in 20 months. The 24-night slate kicks off May 7 and 8 with the #LetsRaceTwo Doubleheader Weekend showcasing both the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars and the USAC AMSOIL National Sprints Cars. Fans may think they are seeing double for much of the season as Eldora confirmed three of its marquee event weeks will feature first the event originally planned for 2021 and then the event rescheduled from 2020. The 27th Dirt Late Model Dream will pay $127,000-to-win on Thursday, June 10 and the 26th Dirt Late Model Dream will post $126,000-to-win on Saturday, June 12. Sprint Car racing's royalty will battle for the 38th Kings Royal's crown and $175,000 payday on Thursday, July 15 and the 37th Kings Royal posts another $175,000 loot on Saturday, July 17. On Thursday, September 8, the 51st World 100 offers up a rare chance at the famed globe trophy, $54,000-to-win. It's the golden anniversary of The Biggest Dirt Race in The World™, on Saturday, September 11, the 50th World 100. In addition to the marquee events, the 2021 season is dotted with a collection of new and fan favorite events. The Superstar Racing Experience (SRX) on Saturday, June 26, a throwback to the International Race of Champions. The event will be broadcast live on CBS. The SRX driver lineup for Eldora includes Tony Stewart, Willy T. Ribbs, Helio Castroneves, Tony Kanaan, Paul Tracy, Bobby Labonte, Bill Elliott, Marco Andretti, Michael Waltrip, Ernie Francis, Jr., Scott Speed, and Kody Swanson. The two $10 Family FIREWORKS Nights by Casey's General Stores return to their traditional May and August weekends. Eldora's season will conclude on September 24 and 25 with the 39th running of the 4-Crown Nationals Weekend. The 2021 schedule is posted in its entirety at www.EldoraSpeedway.com.
COUNTY & OSU AGREE ON LAND - April 13, 2021
On Monday, the Darke County Commissioners met for their regularly scheduled meeting and signed off on an intergovernmental agreement between the county and Ohio State University. The South Farm is 88 tillable acres located in Greenville Township and Neave Township. The county will allow OSU to use the farm for close to 5 years, with OSU paying the county $17,160 per year. The agreement will benefit the community by providing valuable research information to the local agriculture community along with providing a learning lab for current and future OSU students. Discussion started last September, when Ohio State approached the county of potential farm land. The deal started back in February and work will start this spring. In other business, the Commissioners accepted a quote from Wysong Plastering in Greenville, to repair the walls and steps at the courthouse, along with the steps at the administration building. The project will take place this summer, the commissioners were handed 2 quotes and the cost is $26,000. The next Commissioners meeting will be Wednesday, at 1:30 in Downtown Greenville.
TOWN HALL MEETING WITH CONGRESSMAN DAVIDSON - April 13, 2021
Congressman Warren Davidson will hold a one-hour telephone town hall on Thursday, April 15 at 7:15 pm. Participate from the comfort of your own home. Sign up at vekeo.com/repdavidson to participate or call (202) 225.6205 to be added to the call list. You can also participate digitally on the Congressman's official Facebook page. Hear a congressional update from Washington, D.C. and ask Congressman Davidson questions about issues facing the nation. Expect to hear the latest on legislation related to the Second Amendment, infrastructure, immigration and more.
HARNESS HORSEMAN ASSOCIATION TO HOST MATINEE - April 12, 2021
The Darke Co. Harness Horsemen will be holding a matinee on Sunday May 16, 2021. Races will start at 1:00 PM. Entries will be taken on Thursday May 13th between the hours of 3:00 PM till 6:00 PM. You can place your entries by calling the Speed Office at 937-548-9977. Cost will be $20.00 for DCHHA members and $25.00 for non-members. These will be time bar races only and trophies will be presented. Concessions will be available, 50/50 drawings and a pre-order Chicken BBQ. Chicken orders can be placed when calling in entries. The Chicken will be served from 11:00 – 1:00.
GOV. HOLCOMB VETOES A BILL - April 12, 2021
Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb has vetoed a bill that aims to rein in his emergency powers, fulfilling his promise to nix what he called unconstitutional legislation. In a letter to Indiana House Speaker Todd Huston, Holcomb announced his decision and questioned what he called the "central part" of House Bill 1123 that would allow the General Assembly to call itself into a 40-day session during an emergency. The Indiana Constitution, Holcomb argues, gives that power exclusively to the governor. If lawmakers were called into the special session, they could terminate any emergency order enacted by the governor. Holcomb has required masks, closed businesses and limited their capacities during the COVID-19 pandemic through the state's disaster emergency order. House Bill 1123 would also establish an emergency advisory group and grant the General Assembly more control over federal fund expenditures. Lawmakers could vote to override Holcomb's veto before the session ends with a simple majority.
MODAC MAN DIES IN MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT - April 9, 2021
A Modoc man was killed late Wednesday afternoon when his motorcycle collided with a semi on U.S. 35 southeast of Muncie. Delaware County Coroner Rick Howell said Matthew Ansin, 26, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, in the 7700 block of South U.S. 35, north of Delaware County Road 500-S. The motorcyclist was southbound on the federal highway when he crossed the center line and collided with the northbound semi about 5:30 p.m. He was not wearing a helmet. The semi driver, whose name was not available, was not injured. Efforts were made to resuscitate the victim, and there were discussions in the immediate wake of the crash about having a medical helicopter fly to the scene. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.
OHIO STATE FAIR NOT TO OPEN TO PUBLIC - April 9, 2021
The Ohio Expositions Commission announced Thursday that the 2021 Ohio State Fair will not be open to the public. In a statement posted online, the commission said members expressed concern for public health and the financial impact of hosting a fair that would need to follow current safety protocols. The fair typically costs $8.5 million dollars to put on, but only makes about $9 million, a lot of that profit coming from concerts. Part of the governor's order limited indoor venues to 25% capacity. While it will not be open to the public, this year's fair will focus on agricultural and educational competitions for exhibitors and their families and guests. The commission says many of the things associated with the fair including rides, concerts, food vendors and shopping, are expected to return in 2022.The 2022 Ohio State Fair is slated for July 27 – August 7.
GTS TO TRANSPORT FOR VACCINE SHOTS - April 8, 2021
Greenville Transit System will be offering free transportation for trips to receive the COVID vaccine. In order to use this service riders will need to tell the Dispatcher that their scheduled trip is for the vaccine. GTS will not be responsible for scheduling your vaccine appointment. Schedule the vaccine appointment prior to booking a ride. For more information call GTS at 937-547-1811.
FARMER'S MARKET COMING BACK TO GREENVILLE - April 8, 2021
Main Street Greenville is looking for crafters, artisans, gardeners, farmers and bakers! Have you considered selling your items at the Downtown Greenville Farmers' Market? The market is presented by Main Street Greenville and they are looking for vendors! The Downtown Greenville Farmers' Market will be open every Saturday morning, June 5 through Oct. 9, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. in front of the Courthouse. There will not be a Vendor Open House for this year's Farmers Market. However, information will be dispersed via email and assistance for signing up will also be available by phone. The market offers a variety of selling options, ranging from one Saturday to every Saturday of the season. If you are interested in selling goods at the Farmers' Market and would like an application and more information, contact Main Street Greenville for an application form at 937-548-4998 or [email protected] The application is also available at www.mainstreetgreenville.org. Main Street Greenville is a non-profit organization committed to stimulating and supporting revitalization efforts, historic preservation and economic growth in Historic Downtown Greenville.
DRUG ARREST IN SHELBY COUNTY - April 7, 2021
A narcotics search warrant executed by the Sidney Police Department (SPD) resulted in the arrest of two people and the confiscation of meth, a handgun, cash, and drug trafficking equipment Tuesday morning. According to a press release, on Tuesday, April 06, 2021, at approximately 7:45 a.m., SPD executed a narcotics search warrant at 604 S. Miami Ave. in Sidney. The initial entry and securing of the location had to be accomplished by utilizing the services of the Sidney-Piqua Tactical Response Team (TRT). The TRT was used because the residence was deemed a high risk to officer's safety. Recovered during the search were meth, handgun, cash, and drug trafficking equipment. As a result of the search warrant, the following were arrested and are incarcerated at the Shelby County Jail: Kimberly Hicks, 31, 604 S. Miami Ave., was charged with one count of drug trafficking in a school zone (Holy Angels) a 1st-degree felony. Cody Goshorn, 27, 604 S. Miami Ave., was charged with one count of drug trafficking in a school zone (Holy Angels) a 1st-degree felony. Additional charges are being reviewed and may be filed at a later date. This warrant execution is a continuing effort by SPD to combat drug abuse and drug trafficking in Sidney. Information resulting in this warrant was derived in part from concerned citizens. Anyone with any information about drug activity is asked to contact the SPD at 937-498-8777 or Crime Stoppers at 937-492-8477 (TIPS).
DARKE COUNTY PARKS OFFERING SUMMER PROGRAMS - April 7, 2021
Darke County Park's will once again be offering a variety of youth summer camps. Registration is now open for the following camps: Buggin' Out, 8 to 9 years old, scheduled for June 14 through 18 from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Knights of the Blue Planet, 10 to 12 years old, scheduled for June 21 through 25 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Kayak Ventures, 10 to 14 year olds, scheduled for July 7 through 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Camp Rocks!, ages 6 to 7, scheduled for July 12 through 16 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. County Cyclers, ages 10 to 14, scheduled for July 19 through 23 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lab Rats, ages 8 to 10, scheduled for July 26 through 30 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. For more details or to register visit www.darkecountyparks.org/programs.
MASK MANDATE LIFTED IN INDIANA - April 6, 2021
Indiana's statewide mask mandate will end Tuesday, but that doesn't mean Hoosiers won't have to wear masks in day-to-day life. Gov. Eric Holcomb announced March 23 that the state's mask mandate will expire April 6, though masks will still be recommended. Face coverings will remain mandatory in all state buildings and local governments, like Marion County, can continue to impose their own mask mandates. But even outside of those places and in counties or cities without a mask mandate, Hoosiers will continue to encounter requirements at private businesses, something experts say is protected by law. Over 1.2 million Hoosiers have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus as of Monday, according to an Indiana State Department of Health dashboard. But according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, even fully vaccinated people should continue to wear masks in public, when gathering with unvaccinated people from more than one household and while visiting an unvaccinated person at high-risk of severe illness or death. Major retailers in Indiana, like Whole Foods Market and Walmart, have already indicated they will continue to require face coverings even once the state mandate expires.
CROWN EQUIPMENT HIRING - April 6, 2021
Crown Equipment is looking to add 120 positions locally in the New Bremen area and hundreds across the country, including roles in engineering, IT, manufacturing, service and other key divisions. Crown, best known for its signature lift trucks, is looking to support increased customer demands and support needs by recruiting from the Miami Valley. To apply for the open positions online visit crown.jobs and for more information on the company visit crown.com.
PREBLE COUNTY PURSUIT ENDS IN ARREST - April 5, 2021
Preble County Deputies arrested two suspects after a short pursuit. Last week, a Deputy checking a used car lot at State Route 122 & Greenbush Road observed a vehicle in a wooded area near the business. Upon approaching the vehicle, the vehicle fled the area. The Deputy attempted to stop the vehicle and the pursuit began. The vehicle fled east on Greenbush Road and ended near a ravine / wooded area on Oxford Road in Montgomery County. They male and female in the vehicle fled on foot. A K-9 from Camden PD was called and responded to the area after a perimeter was set up with the assistance of German Township PD, Germantown PD and troopers from the Ohio Highway Patrol. After the K-9 arrived, a track was conducted, and the suspects were found hiding in a wooded area. They were both taken into custody without incident. Found in the suspect's vehicle were ski masks, gloves, a car jack, jack stands, chain cutters and other tools used for stealing catalytic converters from cars. The female passenger admitted to traveling to Preble County for the purpose of stealing converters. Deputies located less than (3) grams of methamphetamine, syringes and drug paraphernalia as well. James W. Worley, age 44 of Franklin, Ohio is charged with the following in Eaton Municipal Court: Failure to Comply with Order or Signal of a Police Officer, 3rd Degree Felony. Aggravated Possession of Drugs, a 5th Degree Felony. Possessing Criminal Tools, a 5th Degree Felony, Possessing Drug Abuse Instruments, a 2nd Degree Misdemeanor & Illegal use or Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a 4th Degree Misdemeanor Shannon L. Lamb, age 33 of Franklin, Ohio is charged with similar charges in Eaton Municipal Court: Worley has an outstanding arrest warrant from the Adult Parole Authority and Lamb has an outstanding warrant from Montgomery County. Both remain in the Preble County Jail.
VICTORY GARDENS PROGRAM WITH OSU EXTENSION - April 5, 2021
It's time to get your hands dirty and start growing! The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) and OSU Extension Offices are kicking off the second year of the Victory Gardens Program. Due to high demand, the program is expanding to include 25 counties, up from 10 counties last year. Approximately 8,300 seed packets will be available free to the public to get people planting. Seeds will be available to pick up the first week of April at county OSU Extension Offices. Specific days and times for each office are available on osu.edu/ohiovictorygardens. Locally, Miami and Shelby County are participating in the program. Victory Gardens originated during World War I, an answer to a severe food shortage at the time. The idea was wildly successful, growing an army of amateur gardeners and serving to boost morale and patriotism. Although there's no food shortage now, ODA and OSU Extension are reviving the effort and once again encouraging people to plant seeds, realize the fruits of their labor, and share with others if inspired.
WATER & SEWER RATES REVISITED BY UTILITES COMMITTEE - April 2, 2021
On Thursday, Greenville City Council's Utilities Committee revisited the city's plans to increase rates on water and sewer for city residents. By unanimous consent, all three committee members approved a recommendation to council for a decrease in the planned rate hikes. A previous measure, which would have increased water rates by 50 percent in May 2021, and 18 percent in November 2021, as well as hikes of 25 and 10 percent for sewer rates, respectively, was voted down 6-0 during council's March 16 meeting. Instead, the committee will change the recommended percentage hikes to 20 percent in September 2021 and 10 percent in March 2022, for both water and sewer. Each subsequent year would see 20 percent increases in September and 10 percent increases in March, for a 3-year period. Following this, rates for each utility would increase 5 percent yearly unless it is revisited by council. The committee will still recommend a switchover from quarterly to monthly billing, beginning this September. The revised recommendations will be presented to Council on April 20. The next City Council Meeting will be Tuesday, April 6, at 7:30 in the City Building.
BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS TO HELP WITH IPADS - April 2, 2021
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County received a grant from Darke Rural Electric Company. This grant was given to our agency to help fund IPads to be used at Ansonia, Versailles and the Boys and Girls Club after school Big Buddies program. Their generosity of funding these IPads has made our after school buddies sessions a lot easier. It has allowed us to be able to bring technology into the sessions. In today's school's technology is everywhere, with these IPads we are able to easily access records, watch videos, capture moments by taking pictures. The efficiency of getting things accomplished at the buddies' sessions has been extremely helpful because of these IPads. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County is a non-profit United Way member agency. Proceeds from the event will benefit our local Big Brothers Big Sisters agency which matches at-risk children with volunteer role models. Are you wanting to get involved? Call our office at 937-492-7611 or visit the website at https://www.bigbrobigsis-shelbydarke.org.
DCCA FAMILY THEATRE SERIES CONTINUES - March 31, 2021
Darke County Center for the Arts Family Theatre Series 2020-2021 season will close with the presentation of Virginia Repertory Theatre's Little Red Hen which will be available for streaming beginning April 1 and will remain available through June 30 at no cost to viewers. Previous Family Theatre Series presentations include Virginia Rep's Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad and Jack and the Beanstalk; these productions will also remain available for streaming through June 30. To access these shows, go to DCCA's Website www.darkecountyarts.org or email DCCA at [email protected] for links and access codes. For more information, call DCCA at 937-547-0908.
GAUNTLET RUN BACK FOR 2021 - March 31, 2021
The Gauntlet Mud Run is a race is back for 2021. The price will go up after March 31. Made up of natural terrain and military-inspired obstacles that requires the use of teamwork and perseverance to make it to the finish line. The competitors will face several obstacles that include walls to climb, ropes to swing across, and mud to crawl through. Registration is now open and race registration includes a t-shirt and beverage token. All runners must register by July 15, to receive the shirt. The Gauntlet Mud Run is Saturday, July 31, at Chenoweth Trails with the first wave taking off at 10 AM. For more details and to register visit the GauntletTrailRun.com The event is a fundraiser for the Light Foundation.
APRIL IS CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT AWARENESS MONTH - March 30, 2021
The Darke County Commissioners met on Monday, for their regularly scheduled meeting. In front of the Administrative Building were pinwheels to recognize April as Child Abuse and Neglect Awareness month. The Darke County Commissioners want citizens to work as a collective group to limit the child abuse and neglect cases in the future. The pinwheels symbolize the child abuse cases in the county. Those pinwheels will remain up for the entire month of April. The next Commissioners meeting will be Wednesday, at 1:30 in downtown Greenville.
FREE SEEDS AVAILABLE FROM MIAMI COUNTY OSU EXTENSION - March 29, 2021
On Thursday, April 8 from 5-6:30 p.m. residents of Miami County can pick up free seeds to start their very own victory garden. Seeds include a selection of lettuce, beets, sunflowers, cucumber, or radish. All are suitable for spring or summer harvest. Seeds can be picked up at the OSU Extension Miami County office at 510 W. Water St., Troy. Additional information about victory gardens and OSU Extension's statewide efforts are available at osu.edu/ohiovictorygardens.
VACCINATIONS AVAILABLE FOR 16 & OLDER - March 29, 2021
All Ohioans age 16 and older are now eligible to get vaccine if a health department has been unable to fill its appointments for vaccinations, Gov. Mike DeWine announced. Some local counties have already announced plans to do so. Miami County Public Health: Vaccine signups are available for appointments starting March 27 through next week and are open to people 16 and older for the Pfizer vaccine and 18 and older for the Moderna vaccine. Over 1,000 appointments are available. To register visit: https://www.miamicountyhealth.net/vaccine-registration or call the vaccine hotline at 937-573-3461.Upcoming clinics open for registration: Tuesday, March 30th at Miami County Fairgrounds Duke Building 9:00am-8:00pm (Pfizer Vaccine), Wednesday, March 31st at Miami County Fairgrounds Duke Building 9:00am-2:00pm (Pfizer Vaccine) Friday, April 2nd at Hoffman United Methodist Church in West Milton 9:00am-3:00pm (Moderna Vaccine)
Family Health is partnering with Darke County Health Department, Wayne HealthCare, and Reid Hospital to get COVID-19 vaccinations out to residents in Darke County. Darke County residents can email [email protected] and include your name, birthday and phone number to be added to a waitlist. You can also call 937-547-2399 and provide your name, birthday and phone number to be added. Family Health will contact you when you are eligible for an appointment.
SENATE BILL PROVIDES SUPPORT FOR SCHOOLS - March 26, 2021
Senate President Matt Huffman announced this week the Senate's unanimous passage of Senate Bill 111, providing nearly $912 million to support Ohio's schools and other educational providers as they transition back to the classroom. The bill promotes safe, effective learning for students as Ohioans emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding for schools and educational providers in Senate Bill 111 includes: $683.1 million for Ohio's public schools, $209.8 million for Ohio's private schools, $19 million for Educational Service Centers, Joint Vocational Schools and Ohio's County Boards of Developmental Disabilities Additionally, the bill provides pandemic funding for the Ohio Department of Health and National Guard: $173 million for ODH to continue to expand COVID-19 vaccine distribution and testing efforts. $8 million for the Adjutant General to allow additional deployment of Ohio National Guard rapid response personnel and resources to serve older Ohioans. To date, more than $2.5 billion in funding has been approved by the General Assembly for Ohio's communities and schools as they continue to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic. Senate Bill 111 will now be sent to the House for further consideration.
SCAVENGER AND EAST EGG HUNT IN DOWNTOWN GREENVILLE - March 26, 2021
Main Street Greenville will hold a Scavenger and Easter Egg Hunt next Friday, for First Friday on April 2. Although the Scavenger Hunt is not new to the First Friday line-up, the Easter Egg Hunt will be new for 2021. The Scavenger Hunt will be held throughout the day and will end at 9 p.m. Gift cards from downtown merchants will be hidden and a different business or businesses will be featured each hour beginning at 1 p.m. Follow Main Street Greenville on Facebook and you will get a clue as to where the gift card is hidden. MSG is asking that the person finding the gift card takes a selfie and tag Main Street Greenville in your post so others will know that the gift card has been found. A different clue and a different card will be available each hour. Some of the cards may be hidden inside downtown businesses while others may be hidden in front of those businesses. It is up to you to unlock the clue and find the card. The Easter Egg Hunt will begin at 6 p.m. and continue until 9 p.m. MSG will also have approximately 40 eggs hidden throughout downtown district and in YOLO Park. To learn more, listen to Community Ties on Monday, or call 937-548-4998. You can also like the organization on Facebook to receive updates on a regular basis.
GENERAL ASSEMBLY VOTES TO OVERRIDE VETO BY GOVERNOR - March 25, 2021
State Rep. Jena Powell (R-Arcanum) and the Ohio General Assembly on Wednesday, voted to override Governor DeWine's veto of Senate Bill 22, legislation that establishes legislative oversight over orders issued during a state of emergency. Provisions in the bill give the legislature the ability to oversee orders issued by any department under the administration in response to public health emergencies. Orders may be extended or rescinded by the General Assembly. The bill also ensures that local communities may determine the course of local health orders. As a result, the bill provides parameters for local boards of health in which they must operate when issuing county and district wide orders. A veto override requires a three-fifths vote from the House and Senate. The Senate voted 23-10 and the House voted 62-35 to override.
NATIONAL AG DAY PROCLAMATION SIGNED - March 25, 2021
The Darke County Commissioners met for their regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday, and signed off on a proclamation for National Ag Day which celebrates the wholesome contributions of country farms and farm families. American agriculture is the foundation of the country. It's the backbone of a healthy and prosperous nation, made possible by the hard work of American's Farms and farm families. American agriculture brings everyone to the table. Since the Nation's earliest days, farming communities have been a bedrock of the society. The Nation continues to face the unique challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic, they pay tribute to the unbeatable strength of America's agricultural producers as they once again answer the call to feed the country and the world. National Ag Day encourages every American to understand how food and fiber products are produced, appreciate the role agriculture plays in providing safe, abundant and affordable projects, value the essential role of agriculture in maintaining a strong economy and acknowledge and consider career opportunities in the agriculture, food and fiber industry. The Board of Commissioners, proclaimed March 24, as National Ag Day in Darke County. They invite everyone to join them in recognizing and celebrate the contributions of America's farmers, growers and ranchers. The next Commissioners meeting will be Monday, March 29, at 1:30 in Downtown Greenville.
INDIANA TO REMOVE MASK MANDATE - March 24, 2021
Gov. Eric Holcomb announced Indiana's mask mandate will end April 6, a decision that comes after mounting pressure from within his own Republican party. Holcomb will join the leaders of six other states who have lifted mask mandates, a move that goes against the advice of the Centers for Disease Control, which still recommends masks to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Alabama and Utah are set to lift their mask mandates in April as well. Masks still will be recommended, the governor said in his news address on Tuesday. Face coverings will remain mandatory in all state buildings and all vaccination and COVID-19 testing sites. K-12 schools will also still be expected to follow the current mask requirements already in place. Local health departments and businesses may impose more stringent requirements. Holcomb added that he still will be wearing a mask in public.
ANNIVERSARY OF FIRST COVID-19 CASE IN MERCER COUNTY - March 24, 2021
Tuesday, March 23rd marks the anniversary of the first known COVID-19 case in Mercer County. The MCHD would like to express gratitude and appreciation to the community, county, regional, and state partners, and volunteers who have assisted and supported the health department in various COVID-19 response activities. The MCHD will not be offering a first dose clinic next week due to the Easter Holiday weekend. Only second doses will be administered on Wednesday, March 31. The next first dose clinic will be offered on Wednesday, April 7. Further information on that clinic will be released next week. As the COVID-19 vaccine distribution increases, additional providers will receive the vaccine. A list of nearby locations to obtain the COVID-19 vaccine can be found here: https://gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov/ . As of March 23, 2021, the Mercer County Health District (MCHD) reports 3,923 confirmed cases, 736 probable cases, 3,790 recovered cases, 0 hospitalizations, 84 COVID-19 deaths, and 19 probable deaths of COVID-19. There have been 32 confirmed cases that have passed away due to causes other than COVID-19.
COMMISSIONERS DENY HAZARD PAY FOR BOARD OF ELECTIONS - March 23, 2021
The Darke County Commissioners met on Monday, for their regularly scheduled meeting and denied a request from the Board of Elections for hazard pay during the November, general election. The request came from a grant that would have provided hazard pay to poll workers, who worked the 2020 general election in the midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic. The Commissioners thought it was not fair to approve hazard pay to poll workers, but not other county employees at the jail or courthouse, who have also had to work under similar conditions during a trying time. The Commissioners made it clear that they were only against hazard pay when looking at the request. Another grant was for renovations to the Board of Elections facility on Garst Avenue and the Commissioners are on board with that project. On Monday, the Commissioners approved an agreement for construction with Arcon Builders for some of those renovations at the BOE. The next Commissioners meeting will be Wednesday, March 24, at 1:30 in Downtown Greenville.
SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK - March 23, 2021
Governor Mike DeWine and Department of Insurance Director Judith L. French urge Ohioans during Ohio's Severe Weather Awareness Week, March 21-27, to evaluate if they have adequate property and personal belongings insurance, including for flooding. Severe weather can happen quickly, causing significant damage to your property. Just one inch of floodwater can cause $25,000 of damage to a home, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Review coverage amounts, Consider flood insurance, Evaluate personal possessions coverage, Assess roof repair/replacement deductible, Determine after the fact expenses coverage and Conduct a home inventory. Download a free home inventory app or print an inventory checklist from www.insurance.ohio.gov. Also, the Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness website, www.weathersafety.ohio.gov, contains valuable safety information.
ARREST MADE AFTER HOME INVASION IN DARKE COUNTY - March 22, 2021
On 03/18/2021, at 09:39 am, the Darke County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call reporting that a female had entered a semi-truck on his property and was suspected of being under the influence of drugs. While deputies responded to Heller Road in Greenville Township to investigate, the Sheriff's Office received a call from another agency reporting that the female suspect was on the phone with them claiming her family had been killed at an address on Heller Road. Deputies arrived at 6866 Heller Road and checked the residence and found everyone at the address to be ok, but the female suspect, identified as Carrie Mendenhall age 29 of that address, was not present. While checking the residence it was discovered that Eric Mendenhall, had an active warrant and was arrested. It was determined that Ms. Mendenhall had a warrant for her arrest. Deputies searched the area and discovered that she had broken into the attached garage at 6770 Heller Road and stole a pair of pants, boots, and sweatshirt. Ms. Mendenhall also entered several vehicles in the neighborhood. Ms. Mendenhall forced her way into the residence at 6721 Heller Road and was involved in an altercation with the home owner who tried to prevent her entry. Ms. Mendenhall demanded the keys to the homeowner's vehicle. The homeowner shoved Ms. Mendenhall back outside and locked the door. The homeowner called 911 to report the incident. Deputies located Ms. Mendenhall hiding behind a house at 6657 Heller Road. Ms. Mendenhall was arrested for an outstanding warrant for failure to appear on a traffic charge, and was charged with two counts of Burglary of an occupied structure when the homeowner was present. These charges are felonies of the second degree. These cases are still under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office and any further charges will be reviewed by the Darke County Prosecutor. Carrie Mendenhall remains in the Darke County Jail on a $15,000.00 bond. The Darke County Sheriff appreciates the citizens on Heller Road who called in the suspicious and criminal activity and their assistance contributed in the apprehension of the suspect. Sheriff Toby L. Spencer encourages anyone who observes suspicious or criminal behavior to contact the Sheriff's Office right away at 937-548-2020 or 911 for emergencies or crimes in progress.
SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED TO BPW APPLICANTS - March 22, 2021
Earlier this month, the Greenville Business & Professional Women's (BPW) Club hosted by their Scholarship Committee by Zoom with Chair Kristi Strawser and committee members Sue Huston, Vicki Cost, and Hallie Foureman. The Scholarship Committee canvassed all eight Darke County high schools for applicants for the scholarship. Each of the finalists submitted a three minute video of their accomplishments and highlights through high school and shared their future goals. Finalists were: Versailles High School - Audrey Allen, Keri Dirksen, Madison Henry, Lauren Menke, Brooke Timmerman, Cayla Batten, Cassie DeMange, and Kennedy Hughes; Bradford High School – Olivia Daugherty, Abigail Gade, Kendall Hill; Franklin Monroe High School – Rileigh Vance; Ansonia High School – Mariah Troutwine; Greenville High School – Erin Stephens, Allison Powell. Club members attending the meeting selected the five scholarship winners via electronic ballot and the winners were announced at the end of the meeting. The five scholarship winners were – Brooke Timmerman (Versailles) who will study Math and Criminal Law, Kendall Hill (Bradford) who is pursuing her degree in Nursing, Kennedy Hughes (Versailles) will study Biomedical Engineering, Lauren Menke (Versailles) who plans to be a Cardiologist, and Madison Henry (Versailles) who will pursue a degree in Mechanical Engineering . This year, there were no candidates for the club's Anna Britton Scholarship which is awarded to a daughter or granddaughter of any current member of the Greenville BPW Club. The Greenville BPW Club's mission is to achieve equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education, and information. The Club is currently selling coupon books to raise money to grant scholarships to the young women of Darke County. The books, which contain 25 coupons to local businesses, they are available for purchase in Greenville at Merle Norman, Sweet Annie's Cabin, Teal Dog Boutique, Shelly's Antiques & Décor and in Versailles at Swift Gilly Boutique. The Club meets the second Thursday of every month – September through June. Those interested in learning more about the club can call 937-423-2387 or visit them on Facebook at GreenvilleBPWClub.
BRADFORD RESIDENTS CHARGED FOR CAPITOL RIOT - March 19, 2021
Two Bradford residents have been charged in U.S. Southern District Court this week for their connection to the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riot. Stephanie Miller, 30, and Brandon Miller, 34, both of Bradford, were both charged with one count of "knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority and one count of violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds." The investigation was conducted by the FBI. The Millers were served their warrants for the charges on March 12 at their Bradford home in the 9300 block of State Route 36, in Darke County. So far, 14 Ohioans have been charged in connection to the U.S. Capitol riot, which led to five deaths.
PIQUA RESIDENTS AFTER DRUG RAID - March 19, 2021
Earlier this week, a trio of Piqua residents were arrested following the execution of a pair of search warrants. John Vastine, 39, Richard Jones, 26, and Allison Davis, 24, all of 1242 W. High St. face multiple charges after Piqua Police located drugs, "trafficking equipment," and paraphernalia at their home. Piqua Police said that a drug-related search warrant was obtained for the residence following complaints from residents. On Wednesday, the Piqua/Shelby County Tactical Response Team was utilized to make an initial search and clear the residence. Approximately 25 pounds of marijuana, wrapped in sealed bags, were recovered, along with "drug trafficking equipment," drug paraphernalia, and approximately $6,900 in cash. As a result of evidence obtained at the address, an additional search warrant was applied for and served at 1629 Haverhill Drive, in the Candlewood area. Approximately 1 pound of marijuana and drug paraphernalia were found there. Jones and Vasine face a charge of possession of drugs and a charge of trafficking in drugs, all third-degree felonies. Davis is charged with one count of permitting drug abuse, a fifth-degree felony, and a charge of possession of drugs, a third-degree felony.
MARCH 17TH MARKS 1 YEAR SINCE FIRST COVID CASE IN COUNTY - March 18, 2021
March 17th, marked a year since our first case of COVID-19 was reported in Darke County. Since the beginning of this pandemic, the county has had 5,085 cases, 300 hospitalizations, and 117 deaths. Since the beginning, this virus has taken so much from our community. Yet, the one thing this virus could not take from the community is the strive to help one another. When nursing homes and hospitals began to be overwhelmed, the community's medical staff worked tirelessly to ensure the safety of the community. When supplies got low at nursing homes, the Darke County Health Department delivered them 19,390 masks (surgical and N95), 1,895 gowns, 30,100 gloves, and 3,818 face shields. When masks were determined to be one of the main ways of stopping this virus, members of our community donated over 1,000 masks to give to the public. When vaccines were finally made available on December 23, the community pulled together to administer an unprecedented 9,456 number of vaccines, not wasting any doses. So yes, this past year has been one of the most difficult in recent memory. Yet, through this past year the community has shown why the Darke County General Health District is proud to be serving Darke County.
FEDERAL FUNDING COMING TO BUSINESSES - March 18, 2021
Ohio Senate President Matt Huffman has announced the Senate's unanimous passage of a series of bills providing combined state and federal funding to businesses and other entities across Ohio for COVID-19 pandemic-related expenses. The funding passed in S.B. 108, S.B. 109, and S.B. 110 provides the following: $125 million to bars, restaurants and lodging businesses across Ohio. $465 million to help Ohioans struggling to pay rent and utilities during the pandemic. $150 million for small businesses who have already been approved for aid but have yet to receive funding due to lack of program funding. $20 million for indoor entertainment businesses who lost revenue due to canceled events and closures. $10 million for new businesses that opened their doors after January 1, 2020. $120 million for Ohio's fairs, veterans' homes and child care services To date, over $2.5 billion in funding has been approved by the General Assembly to be distributed to Ohio's communities as they continue to battle and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. The bills will now be sent to the Ohio House for further consideration.
COUNCIL WELCOMES PUBLIC TO MEETING - March 17, 2021
Greenville City Council met on Tuesday, it was the first meeting in 2021 that the public was allowed to attend in person as a limited number of people were let into the council chambers. The meeting began with Hillary Holzapfel from Final Bow Center for Children's Performing Arts, she addressed council during the public hearing. Back in February, we reported on her approaching the Darke County Commissioners about the Darke County Courts potentially buying the location of Chillz Frozen Yogurt at 331 South Broadway in Downtown Greenville. Holzapfel went to planning and zoning with hopes they could do something on the matter that could lead to Darke County Offenders being in close proximity to children. City Council, will prepare a letter of opposition to Darke County Judges Jon Hein and Julie Monnin, voicing their concerns of the potential purchase. Council hopes the letter will put political pressure on the Judges and they'll change their mind on the location. In official business, Council voted down a resolution for a new truck for the Water Department, they approved the other 8 ordinances and resolutions on the agenda. Under old business, council motioned to remove from the table an ordinance to amend certain rates relating to water and sewer fees in the City. Council voted 6-0 against the ordinance and it looks like the matter goes back to square one. In communications, multiple council members said something has to be done, but they understand the concerns about a drastic increase. That issue was assigned back to the utilities committee and different rate increases are expected by the first meeting in May. The next City Council meeting will be Tuesday, April 6, at 7:30 in downtown Greenville.
POULTRY DAYS CHICKEN COOLERS AVAILABLE AGAIN - March 17, 2021
Now is the time to order your cooler of World Famous Poultry Days Chicken at VersaillesPoultryDays.com. A limited supply of coolers are available at versaillespoultrydays.com. The Versailles Poultry Days Festival is right around the corner on June 11-13th. Poultry Days will be offering chicken via bulk coolers that can be shared with coworkers, family, friends, or saved for yourself! This year, they will be offering a NEW PICK UP LOCATION! Pick up your cooler without waiting in the main chicken line. Pick up will be at the Versailles Exempted High School, right across the street from the festival grounds. The location will be for bulk orders only and provides easy access and quick pick up. The goal is to provide the best experience possible, and they hope this change does just that! Bulk chicken coolers include 20 half chickens and are priced at $150 per cooler. Ordering and payment can be completed at VersaillesPoultryDays.com. You can also select your preferred pick-up time. Delivery will be offered again this year! Delivery is only available Friday, June 11th by 11:30 a.m. to those who purchase a minimum of 2 coolers within 25 miles of Versailles. Again for more information visit VersaillesPoultryDays.com.
STUDENT ATHLETS NOT REQUIRED TO QUARANTINE - March 16, 2021
New quarantine guidance for student athletes and participants in extracurricular activities was announced Monday. The new guidelines state that for spring sports and extracurricular activities, students will not be required to quarantine because they have an incidental exposure to COVID-19 in a classroom under the school-based exposure guidance unless symptoms develop. Additionally, students can participate in organized sporting and extracurricular activities as long as they remain symptom-free and follow applicable safety precautions. Students who are exposed in other settings outside of the classroom will be required to continue following existing CDC quarantine guidance.
DOWNTOWN BUSINESS TO OPEN - March 16, 2021
Sure Shot Tap House is excited to announce its first phase opening date of Thursday, March 18th. Formerly The Bistro Off Broadway, the tap house is located at 117 E. Fifth Street in Greenville. The new location offers customers a place to eat, drink, and socialize in a way that differs from the typical tap house. The project, which was first announced to the community in February 2019, took roughly two years to complete and consists of two separate downtown buildings. As a result of COVID-19, the project was slowed. Sure Shot is an Annie Oakley themed western tap house, which will offer a full beverage experience with 46 draft domestic and craft beers, wines, ciders, seltzers, cocktails and bourbons, as well as a beer inspired full menu. The 46 taps will be a state-of-the-art self-serving system, allowing the patrons to pay by the ounce so they can try new styles or drink old favorites. For more information on what beers are on the wall, hours, the event schedule, and more, visit sureshottaphouse.com or search for the business on Facebook.
GOVERNOR VISITS DARKE COUNTY - March 15, 2021
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, joined by Ohio First Lady Fran DeWine, was in Greenville Saturday, witnessing Reid Health's vaccination efforts to combat COVID-19. Reid staff were joined by members of the Ohio National Guard in vaccinating Darke County citizens. Reid, Wayne HealthCare and Family Health have joined together in a mutual effort to provide vaccinations for the public. The event took place at Reid's Jackson Street location. DeWine toured the facility and spoke with staff and those receiving the vaccine. DeWine said at least 17 percent of Darke County residents have been vaccinated, if you're are 50 and up or meeting one of the groups get an appointment for their vaccine just by calling the covid-19 vaccine line at 937-547-2399.
OSGOOD MAN'S LIFE SAVED BY SEATBELT - March 15, 2021
An Osgood man has become a member of Ohio's "Saved by the Belt" Club after wearing his safety belt saved him from sustaining life-threatening injuries. Gage Homan was in a two-vehicle injury crash on State Route 716, at the intersection of Huwer Road in Mercer County Saturday. Homan was struck by a commercial tractor trailer that pulled into the intersection. The Ohio Department of Public Safety and more than 400 Ohio law enforcement agencies joined forces to create the "Saved by the Belt" Club, which recognizes those who have benefited from wearing their safety belts. In 2020, 487 people in Ohio were killed in vehicle accidents where a safety belt was available, but not used.
EDISON STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE TO WAIVE TUITION - March 11, 2021
Edison State Community College in Piqua announced on Wednesday that it will waive tuition for qualifying 2021 high school graduates. The tuition waiver applies to courses offered both online and in-person, according to a release from the college. In order to qualify, graduating high school seniors have to be in the Edison State service area, which includes Darke, Miami, Preble and Shelby counties, or attend a high school that has a College Credit Plus partnership with Edison State. Homeschool students living within Edison State's service area are also eligible. The waiver covers the cost of tuition, which includes instructional fees, general fee, technology fee, activity fee, and career services fees, but students are responsible for lab fees, security fees, books, or additional fees.