In 2010, American Express founded Small Business Saturday to help businesses with their most pressing need-getting more customers. The day encourages people to shop at small businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, during one of the busiest shopping periods of the year. The single day has grown into a powerful movement, and more people are taking part than ever before. This year, the big day is Saturday, November 29th. To help celebrate the day, Main Street Greenville has created a schedule full of fun activities for shoppers to enjoy when visiting and supporting downtown businesses. WTGR will be celebrating at the All American Clothing Company in Arcanum. The small American made business is hosting 30 other small businesses at their location at 1 Pop Rite Drive from 11 AM to 4 PM.

    On Monday, Nov. 24th, Darke County Deputies, along with Greenville Township Fire and Greenville Area Rescue, were dispatched to US RT 127 and Horatio Harris Creek Road in reference to an injury accident. Responding units were advised flames were showing from one of the vehicles. Preliminary investigation has revealed a 2014 Freightliner, driven by Charles P. Baughman, Ansonia, was heading north and attempting a left turn onto Horatio Harris Creek Road, turning into the path of a southbound 1998 GMC Suburban, driven by James Hines, Greenville. Hines drove across the centerline to avoid contact, striking a northbound 2008 Peterbilt, driven by Daniel Leonard Jr, of Celina. Hines' vehicle caught on fire and was eventually extinguished by Greenville Township Fire. All parties were checked by Greenville Area Rescue and released at the scene. This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office.

    The Darke County Commissioners met on Monday, for their regularly scheduled meeting and all 3 Commissioners were present to approve a letter of support for U.S. Aerobotix. The letter was to the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio and the Federal Aviation Administration. The document is for Jason Adams, who recently came to the Commissioners looking for support and letter for his drone company that he has started in Gettysburg. The purpose for the letter is to get an exemption for commercial operation to use low flying drones. The Commissioners said Adams wants to work with energy companies like Indiana Power and Light, Duke Energy and DP&L to use drones to fly up to towers to check out potential issues. The next Darke County Commissioners meeting will be Wednesday, November 26th at 1:30 in Downtown Greenville. All County Offices will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday, on Thursday & Friday, November 27th & 28th.

UNION CITY WEEKEND FIRES - November 24, 2014
    It was a busy weekend for Union City Firefighters as multiple fires took place a various structures. Flames and thick smoke rolled out from a paint shop at the intersection of Oak and Howard Street on Saturday afternoon. Crews responded Saturday morning to another fire at a single-story home in the 6400 block of North 800 East. No one was injured in either fire and for the house fire one pet was lost, but multiple bets were saved. Heavy damage was the result of both fires as the cause of the fire remains under investigation at both locations.

    The Miami County Prosecutor's Office will present all evidence related to the Nov. 16 homicide of 43-year-old Stuart Yeandle in Pleasant Hill to a grand jury in December. On Friday, Miami County Prosecutor Tony Kendall said his office will present the case to jurors to decide whether charges should be filed in connection with Yeandle's death. The grand jury is set to meet on Dec. 1. Yeandle was shot in the back by neighbor Donna Baker, 53, outside their apartment building at 6 E. Monument St., Pleasant Hill.

    On Sunday November 23, 2014 at approximately 12:38 PM, Darke County Sheriff Deputies along with Gettysburg Rescue, Bradford Fire Dept. and CareFlight were dispatched to the 6600 block of Smith Rd on a report of a private property injury accident involving a 4-wheeler ATV that had been flipped in a field. Investigation revealed a Polaris 500 Scrambler 4-wheeler ATV was being operated by a 14 year old female from Bradford, OH. She was riding the ATV through a family owned field and lost control after riding in a grass waterway ejecting her from the ATV. The ATV then rolled on top of her. She was taken to Miami Valley Hospital aboard Careflight for non-life threatening injuries. The teenager was not wearing a helmet at the time. This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office.

    Two lucky and grateful birds from Fort Recovery have been chosen this year for the presidential turkey pardon, which will take place Nov. 26th at the White House. Cooper Farms, located in Fort Recovery, is providing the turkeys for the annual Thanksgiving tradition. The honor of supplying the birds is bestowed upon the chairperson of the National Turkey Federation-a position currently held by Gary Cooper, chief operating officer of the family-owned poultry operation. These "presidential" birds, as well as the millions of other turkeys raised in Ohio each year, benefit from the internationally recognized research in breeding, nutrition and animal health conducted by researchers at Ohio State University's College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. Cooper Farms is the largest turkey producer in Ohio and the 12th largest in the U.S. Ohio State's research and outreach helps the turkey industry remain successful. According to the Ohio Poultry Association, Ohio ranks ninth nationally in turkey farming, producing more than 219 million pounds of turkey each year, valued at more than $158 million. Additionally, the state's turkey industry is responsible for the creation of 2,183 jobs and $71 million in earnings.

    This past week, we have reported on multiple house fires throughout our listening area. The state fire marshal is urging Ohioans to take safety precautions when using alternative heat sources to stay warm during chilly weather. Fire Marshal Larry Flowers says there is an increased risk for home fires as people use more space heaters, kerosene heaters and wood stoves. He says such heaters need to be kept at least three feet from combustible materials. As with generators, the manufactures'instructions should be followed. Heaters should not be refilled while hot or refueled indoors, and a kitchen oven should not be used to heat a home. In a power outage, all electrical appliances should be switched to the off position, and any candles being burned should be kept away from children.

    After a year-long contest and many photo submissions, the 2014 Darke County Parks photo contest has come to fruition. The finalists have been selected and a 2015 calendar is complete. Talented photographers set out to the 12 Darke County Park areas and snapped photos during various seasons and all weather conditions. Judging was extremely difficult. Along with photos from local amateur photographers, special events and important meeting dates are featured. The calendars are now for sale for $10.00 in the Gift Shop at Shawnee Prairie Preserve (4267 State Route 502 West). All proceeds benefit the Friends of the Darke County Parks. For more information, call the Nature Center at 937.548.0165.

    Last week, we reported on a fatal crash in Shelby County at Lindsey Road in Turtle Creek Township. Brittany Elliott, 23, was pronounced dead at the scene of the one-vehicle accident. The driver of that car would leave the scene and was arrested days later. That A man has been indicted by a Shelby County grand jury. The case of Carl M. Graber, 33, was dismissed in Sidney Municipal Court recently and sent to Shelby County Common Pleas Court after a grand jury indicted Graber on two counts of aggravated vehicular homicide, one a first-degree felony and the other a second-degree felony. He also was indicted on a charge of failure to stop after an accident, a third-degree felony.

    City of Greenville Council met on Tuesday for their regularly scheduled meeting and once again the Gardenwood and Rhoades Avenue Infrastructure project was in the spotlight. Multiple citizens addressed council during the public hearings to voice their concern over potential sidewalks. Several citizens who live on the street do not feel sidewalks are needed and don't want them included in the project. It appears council is starting to lean in favor of the anti sidewalk citizens. Council Member, Leon Rogers, asked for sidewalks to not be included into the project. Council Member, Roy Harrison, asked the Safety Service Director, Curt Garrison, if the project could be completed without sidewalks. Garrison answered that question with a yes, but also stated the scope of the project would change and the administration would have to go back to the drawing board. Council Member, Todd Oliver, felt council should take into consideration the future of the city and voiced an opinion that sidewalks might be a good thing for Gardenwood and Rhoades. Council Member, Tracy Tryon, was not present at the meeting and Council Member, Clarence Godwin, voted against the resolution authorizing the Safety/Service Director to solicit bids for the project. With a Council Member not present, Council needed a unanimous vote and with the one no, the resolution did not pass. That resolution will now appear on the next council meeting agenda for a third reading. Council will meet again on Tuesday, December 2nd at 7:30 in the Council Chambers.

    Earlier this week, the Chicago Tribune posted the Holiday Horse Parade in their "Midwest Events Section." The Holiday Horse Parade was the only event listed in the Section from Ohio. The event will take place for the 11th time this Saturday, Nov. 22nd. The 2014 Hometown Holiday Horse Parade is hosted by Main Street Greenville, it will feature entertainment leading up to the grand parade, which will begin at 7 pm. The lighted event includes 50+ horse entries and brings an estimated 8,000+ spectators into the downtown area. This event has become an annual holiday tradition for local families and visitors.

    It was a cold night across Tiger Country, but for some it was much colder than other as an estimated 1,933 Dayton Power & Light customers in the northwest section of Greenville, toward Union City, were without power and the weather was likely the cause. Customers were brought back on line through the night as DP&L crews were working hard to get power back up to all. There was an issue with a cable at one of the substations in Greenville, and moisture and frigid temps most likely contributed to the problem. Customers began reporting outages at 6:46 p.m. DP&L crews were patrolling the entire circuit to determine the cause as the problem was most likely snow and wind.

BROWN RECEIVES $100,000 BOND - November 18, 2014
    Daniel Brown is 53 and on Monday was handed a $100,000 bond for Attempted Rape, a felony of the second degree. The man was arrested on Sunday and is being held in the Darke County Jail as Brown is accused of attempting to have sex with a 12-year-old female child. The 53 year old man faces a mandatory indefinite sentence of five to 25 years behind bars if convicted as currently charged. Additional charges might becoming in the near future. An arraignment has been scheduled for December 11th. Brown was convicted in 2002 of Attempted Importuning of a child under the age of 13-years-old.

    A home in Fountain City just south of the Levi Coffin Historic Site caught fire Monday afternoon, but firefighters were able to keep the blaze from spreading. New Garden Township/Fountain City firefighters responded to the fire at 111 U.S. 27 N. shortly after 4:30 p.m. Firefighters said they understood the house was empty when the blaze began, as a woman and her dog escaped the fire and took shelter. No one was injured during the blaze. Smoke was seen from an attic window and open flames showed above a porch. Firefighters from Fountain City, Webster and Williamsburg battled the fire. Spirit Medical Transport, Duke Energy and the Wayne County Sheriff's Department also were on the scene. The home suffered serious damage.

    The Shelby County Sheriff's Office is investigating a deadly rollover crash from early Sunday. The crash happened in the 14000 block of Botkins Road around 4:25 a.m. According to officials, 25 year-old Bradley Anthony was driving a 2006 Dodge Ram 2500 when he went left of center and veered off the road before rolling his vehicle. The vehicle overturned multiple times before coming to rest on its top in a cultivated corn field. Deputies stated Anthony was thrown from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene by the coroner. There was no one else in the vehicle. The road conditions were icy from the recent snowfall. The crash remains under investigation.

DRUG BUST NEAR ARCANUM - November 17, 2014
    On Friday, the Darke County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Unit executed a search warrant at 6102 State Route 722, Arcanum, Ohio. Roger L. Large (66) was taken into custody without incident and is currently being housed at the Darke County Jail where he awaits the formal charge of Possession of Drugs. The search warrant produced cocaine packaged for sale, drug paraphernalia, multiple firearms, money and items indicative of trafficking in drugs. Citizens are encouraged to contact the Darke County Sheriff's Office at (937)548-2020 with information regarding criminal activity. Citizens may also contact Darke County Crime Stoppers at (937)547-1661 or Information can be left anonymously.

    The Miami County Sheriff's Office is investigating a homicide in Pleasant Hill. Officials responded to a multi story apartment building at 6 East Monument Street around 11:30 a.m. Sunday. According to officials, the shooting began as a dispute between a man who lives in the downstairs apartment and a man who lives in the upstairs apartment of the building. Officers said the argument escalated and the girlfriend of one of the men fatally shot the other. Miami County Sheriff's Deputies have identified the man killed in the shooting as 43-year-old Stuart J. Yeandle. Yeandle was shot once during a verbal argument with a male neighbor. The neighbor's girlfriend, who has not been named, said she shot Yeandle while trying to protect her boyfriend. The neighbor and his girlfriend voluntarily met with investigators and are still being questioned.

    The Versailles Area Museum invite you and your family for the Grand Opening of their new displays inspired by the theme "Home for the Holidays". This wonderful premier will feature two special times during the annual "Hometown Christmas" celebration to stop by the museum and enjoy the holiday spirit. It will be open this Friday November 14th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. (for those not going to the Tigers football Game; Saturday from 10:00 to 2:00 p.m. and their normal hours on Sunday November 16th from 1:00 to 4:00. They will be featuring the famous local treasure, On the Street Where You Lived with the Parmenter Popcorn Wagon which has been entrusted by the Charlie Parmenter family to the museum. Also a parlor trimmed for the holidays in true Victorian style. Martin's Department Store's Toy Land from the 1950's will be a feature. The 1900's kitchen will have holiday treats right from the oven.

DRUG BUST IN DARKE COUNTY - November 13, 2014
    On Wednesday, the Darke County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Unit executed a buy/bust operation in rural Darke County. Antonio Boyd (33) of Trotwood was taken into custody without incident and is currently being housed at the Darke County Jail where he awaits formal charges of Trafficking in Drugs and Illegal Conveyance of Drugs into a Detention Facility. The buy/bust operation involved heroin, cocaine and prescription pills. Illegal drugs were located on Boyd's person by corrections staff upon him entering the Darke County Jail. Citizens are encouraged to contact the Darke County Sheriff's Office at (937)548-2020 with information regarding criminal activity. Citizens may also contact Darke County Crime Stoppers at (937)547-1661 or Information can be left anonymously.

    A Portland couple have been sentenced to prison over the June discovery of a meth lab in their home. Michael James Markham, 23, and Misty Danielle Markham, 32, each pleaded guilty to dealing in methamphetamine. Misty received 10 years in prison, while her husband Michael received 6. Under the terms of plea agreements, charges of neglect of a dependent and maintaining a common nuisance pending against both defendants were dismissed. Misty Markham, then known as Misty Buck, in 2013 pleaded guilty to theft after she was accused of stealing $11,325 while a deputy in the Muncie City Clerk's office.

    A Mercer County woman was arrested at the scene of a multi-vehicle accident on Tuesday. The crash shut down National Road in Clayton and involved two cars, a school bus, and a UPS truck. The accident happened Tuesday afternoon at the intersection of National and Diamond Mill roads. The impact of the crash split one of the cars in half. Officials said there were 15 kids on the Brookville Local Schools bus and none were reported injured, including the female bus driver. CareFlight flew Christopher Biddle of West Alexandria to Miami Valley Hospital in critical condition. His condition has since been upgraded to serious. He was the only person injured in the accident. Ohio State Highway Patrol believe Kelly Hooks, 35, of Celina, was under the influence of heroin when she was drove her Pontiac Grand Am northbound on Diamond Mill Road and failed to yield at a stop sign. She crashed into a Biddle's Honda Civic which was traveling westbound on US 40. The impact split the Civic in two. Part of the car went on to hit the school bus and another section hit the UPS truck. Hooks, who has a prior criminal history of domestic violence and theft, was placed under arrest, and her male passenger was taken into custody while the accident was investigated. Empty drug capsules were found in Hook's car. Biddle's condition has been upgraded to serious.

    On Tuesday, at approximately 1:56 PM Darke County Deputies along with Union City Rescue, Southwest Mercer County Fire and CareFlight were dispatched to the intersection of McFeeley-Petry Road and Light Road in reference to a two vehicle injury accident. Preliminary investigation revealed a white 1998 Ford F-150 driven by Dennis W. Brewer, 56, Ft. Recovery Ohio was south bound on Light Road approaching the stop sign at McFeeley-Petry Road. Brewer failed to yield after a clearly marked stop sign traveling into the path of a tan 2005 Chrysler Town and Country, driven by Christina M. Neels, 28, Union City Indiana. Both Brewer and Neels were treated and released from the accident scene. Neels' two year old rear seat passenger was restrained in a child safety seat, the two year old was transported to Dayton Childrens Hospital by CareFlight with non life threatening injuries. Dennis W. Brewer was issued a citation for failure to yield after a clearly marked stop sign.

MAN HIT WHILE WALKING - November 12, 2014
    On Tuesday, at approximately 5:46 PM Darke County Deputies along with Greenville Township Fire, Greenville Township Rescue and CareFlight were dispatched to the 2700 Block of State Route 571 West in reference to a pedestrian struck by a vehicle. Preliminary investigation revealed a blue 2005 Toyota Tundra driven by William R. Fordyce, 53, Greenville Ohio was west bound on State Route 571 west of Wagner Road. Fordyce observed an object in the roadway and swerved to avoid it. Fordyce struck Austin W. Hayes, 22, Greenville Ohio who was walking west bound in the roadway. Hayes was transported to Wayne HealthCare by Greenville Township Rescue with a head injury. Hayes was later transported to Miami Valley Hospital by there MICU for further evaluation, CareFlight would not fly due to weather conditions at the time of the accident, Hayes is listed in serious condition. William R. Fordyce was not injured. Darke County Sheriff's Office Reconstruction Team was called to the scene for further investigation. This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office.

    Sheriff Toby Spencer is advising citizens and residents of southern Darke County to be on the lookout for suspicious activity in their neighborhoods. Several reports of thefts and home burglaries have recently been reported to the Sheriff's Office. Sheriff Spencer states that little or no information has been obtained as to who is committing these crimes or what they may be driving; however, it is believed that the suspects are committing these crimes during the daytime hours. Possible vehicle descriptions of vehicles are a Blue Honda CRV or CRX and possibly a silver vehicle with both having Indiana plates. Southern Darke has seen a drastic increase in this type of criminal activity, however the warning should be taken serious for all of Darke County. Sheriff Spencer is requesting that anyone seeing ANY suspicious activity in their areas to please call the Sheriff's Office at 548 2020 immediately.

    On Saturday November 8th, a fatal crash took place in Shelby County. The crash happened Saturday before 11:30 p.m. in the 1000 block of Lindsey Road. When crews arrived a 2003 Ford F-150 was found heavily damaged and blocking the roadway. According to investigators, 33 year-old Carl Graber of Sidney was driving south on Lindsey Road and traveled over the CSX railroad tracks at a high rate of speed. The vehicle then lost control, veered off the road and slammed into a tree before coming to a rest in the middle of the roadway. Officials said the passenger in the vehicle, 23-year-old Brittany Elliott of Sidney was pronounced dead at the scene. Alcohol and speed are believed to be factors in the crash. The crash remains under investigation. Police are currently looking for Graber who fled from the scene.

    Over the weekend, we learned more details about the fatal crash that took place on Friday in Shelby County. A Versailles woman, Ella Benning, 76, of Versailles, was pronounced dead at the scene of a crash that took place at the intersection of Ohio 47 and Miller Road. The Darke County woman was involved in a collision with Leroy Marchal, 72, of Russia, who was traveling north on Miller Road. The Russia man was taken to Wilson Memorial Hospital with injuries not believed to be life threatening. Both drivers were wearing safety belts.

    The second program in Garst Museum's speaker series will take place on Friday, November 14th and it will include the unveiling of a new exhibit honoring Darke County native Douglas Dickey. Dickey grew up in Rossburg and graduated from Ansonia High School, where he was a football player and manager of the basketball team, as well as being a member of the Darke County Honors Choir. Dickey served in Vietnam during 1967. On March 26, a radio operator was wounded and Dickey was sent to replace him. While a medic worked on the wounded man, an enemy grenade landed in the bunker. Dickey threw himself on the grenade, saving the lives of several others while losing his own life. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for his act. A new, improved exhibit honoring Dickey will be unveiled at the program. The program will begin at 4:00 pm on Friday afternoon in the Lowell Thomas Meeting Room. Those who attend will have a chance to hear the speakers and view the new exhibit. For more information on the event call 937-548-5250 or visit

    The Greenville Police Department sent out a press release on Thursday pertaining to a potential scam. Greenville Police in a statement said that the department is not currently collecting monies for body armor or any type of equipment. If you receive a call from someone trying to elicit funds for these reasons, please do not give out any personal or credit card information. Instead, call the Police Department at 937-548-4150 to report this type of activity.

    State of the Heart Hospice joins the nation's 5,500 other hospices in observing National Hospice Month in November. The month honors the work done by hospices nationwide. Altogether, hospices provided compassionate hospice care to more than 1.6 million patients. State of the Heart is planning to hold their annual Holiday Remembrance Gathering. The event is for those who have lost a loved one and want to remember them in a special ceremony which will be held Sunday, November 16 at 2 p.m. at St. Louis Catholic Church, in North Star. Family members will remember their loved one by lighting a candle in their honor. State of the Heart Hospice, with offices in Greenville, Coldwater and Portland, cares for patients and families in eastern Indiana and western Ohio who are confronting a life limiting illness. For more information about the Remembrance Gathering, please contact their Bereavement team at 1-800-417-7535.

    It was a full agenda for the Darke County Agricultural Society on Wednesday for their monthly meeting. The board approved a website redesign proposal as will get a makeover. The Ag Society voted to enhance the website and make it more user friendly for fair vendors and fair goers. In other business, the board was split between a new contract with Fair Manager Daryl Riffle. A total of 4 motions were presented and voted on pertaining to the contract extension. Motions for a 3 year contract and a 1 year contract were all presented to the board before a 6 to 5 vote approved a 3 year contract extension for Riffle. The board also started the new 2014-2015 fiscal year by welcoming new board member Ed Erisman to the Ag Society. Erisman replaces Velma Campbell who served as president and vice president multiple times in her 15 plus years on the board. Campbell was thanked by multiple fair board members and named the 2015 Great Darke County Fair Parade Marshall. The board voted and elected Brian Rismiller as President, Dean Neff as Vice President and Jerry Marker will keep the position of Treasurer for the 2014-2015 fiscal year. The busy board also approved having a 2-day NTPA tractor pull at the 2015 Fair and kept the Speed Department race sessions the same for the 2015 Fair. The next fair board meeting will be Wednesday, December 3rd on the fairgrounds.

    On Wednesday, the Darke County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Unit executed a search warrant at 503 Beamsville-Union City Road, lot 29, Union City, Ohio. Rickie Hess, Jr. (40) of Union City was taken into custody without incident and is currently being housed at the Darke County Jail where he awaits formal charges of Trafficking in Drugs, Possession of Drugs and Illegal Assembly of Chemicals for the Manufacture of Drugs. The search warrant produced methamphetamine packaged for sale, drug paraphernalia and items indicative of the manufacturing of methamphetamine. Evidence at the scene suggests that methamphetamine had been produced on the premises. Citizens are encouraged to contact the Darke County Sheriff's Office at (937)548-2020 with information regarding criminal activity. Information can be left anonymously.

    In the Hoosier state, Republican Connie Lawson will keep the Indiana secretary of state office after fending off a strong challenge from former Marion County clerk Beth White. Suzanne Crouch took the top spot as state auditor and Kelly Mitchell will be state treasurer. Republican Ken R. Hendrickson will get the chance to serve Randolph County for four more years. The incumbent sheriff was victorious in Tuesday's midterm election. Jay County auditor race, Republican candidate Anna Culy withstood challenges from independent Missy Puterbaugh and Democrat Susan Bunch to secure the office that will be vacated by her mother, Nancy, when her second term expires at the end of the year.

    On Tuesday, City of Greenville Council met for their first regularly scheduled meeting for November. During the administrative report, Jeff Francis with IT provided a presentation pertaining to where the city needs to go when discussing technology over the next few years. During the ordinances and resolutions, council read for the first time a resolution that would authorize the Safety/Service Director to solicit for bids for the Gardenwood and Rhoades Avenue infrastructure project. The resolution was voted down to be read a 2nd and 3rd time on Tuesday night and will appear on the agenda to be read for 2nd time at the next City Council meeting. In other business, Council did not approve a resolution that would allow the Safety/Service Director to contract for immediate repair of the storm sewer on Ohio Street. Council voted against the resolution after the City Auditor, Roxanne Willman said the resolution went against Ohio Revised Code. The Auditor pointed out that any project over $50,000 has to be put up for bid unless there is immediate danger and she believes that is not that case when talking about the potential fix for the storm sewer on Ohio. Willman said she would refuse to sign any purchase order involving the matter and she suggested the Safety Service Director to follow the proper routs. The next City of Greenville Council meeting will be Tuesday, November 18th at 7:30 in the Council Chambers.

OHIO ELECTION RESULTS - November 5, 2014
    Republican incumbents are sweeping statewide races in Ohio. John Kasich coasted to re-election as Ohio's governor by defeating Cleveland Democrat Ed FitzGerald amid early indications turnout was low across the state. Kasich ran on his record of job creation and his efforts to rein in Ohio government spending and cut taxes. Mike DeWine fought back a challenge by Cincinnati lawyer David Pepper to win a second term as Ohio's attorney general. Dave Yost defeated Democrat John Patrick Carney to win a second term as Ohio's state auditor. Josh Mandel defeated Democratic state Rep. Connie Pillich for a second term as Ohio's treasurer. U.S. House Speaker John Boehner has handily won election to a 13th term in his western Ohio district. For State Senate (5th District): Republican, Bill Beagle was able to keep his spot has he beat out Dee Gillis (D). All School Levies passed in Darke County. In Miami County, The renewal for income tax levy that was on the ballot for Covington Exempted Village School District passed 54%-46%, with 670 for the renewal and 561 against it. Incumbent Republican Miami County Commissioner Bud O'Brien won his third term Tuesday night with 19,000 ballots and 71 percent of the vote. Sidney voters Tuesday passed an addition to the city income tax to fund street repairs.

    On Monday, the Darke County Commissioners met for their regularly scheduled meeting and approved a cooperative agreement with the Warren County Port Authority. The commissioners have determined that they will enhance, provide and promote commerce and economic development by providing assistance to one or more projects, and those projects will create and preserve jobs and employment opportunities. Commissioner Mike Rhoades said the Port Authority was a good tool to have on your belt. Commissioner Diane Delaplane discussed benefits with prevailing wage as a positive with the agreement. The next Darke County Commissioners meeting will be Wednesday at 1:30 in Downtown Greenville.

    Greenville National Bank recently announced a donation to the Darke County Agricultural Society to support the new 170' by 240' all steel Beef and Dairy Building project. The history of The Greenville National Bank dates back to 1876 when it was originally chartered by the State of Ohio; then as a national bank in 1903. The bank was reorganized in 1934 as Greenville National Bank. In addition to the main office located on Broadway in downtown Greenville, the bank also has the following branches. Gettysburg Branch, Sycamore Branch, Northtown Branch, Ansonia Branch, Arcanum Branch and the Bradford Branch. For additional information regarding Greenville National Bank visit The Darke County Agricultural Society will meet for their regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday at 7:30 on the fairgrounds.

    The Darke County Sheriff's Department is joining forces with other local law enforcement agencies, fire and medical professionals and Crime Stoppers for the 11th annual Warm Winter Wear for Darke County Children. This program has provided coats, hats, and gloves to over 3,000 children in the previous 10 years. The department has a new partner for the program this year. The Greenville Walmart Supercenter is assisting the department with providing coats for local children this year. In addition to Walmart, the Sheriff's department gets assistance from local business and individuals to make this program possible. The program provides Warm Winter Wear to children ages 0-13 in need. Persons wanting more information about the program or donating can call the Darke County Sheriff's Office, 548-3399. Over the weekend, coats were also distributed to those in need for the 24th year at the Miami County Fairgrounds. The Miami County Sheriff's Department says thanks you to all who contributed coats to include all county school districts and U.V.M.C. Special thanks to Sunset Cleaners who cleaned all of the donated coats, and their staff for collecting and distributing the coats.

PEACE TO SERVE 10 YEARS IN PRISON - October 31, 2014
    In August, the Darke County Sheriff's Office made an arrest in a aggravated robbery and felonious assault of a small business owner. The robbery happened at a small engine repair shop located at 5740 Jaysville St. Johns Road in Darke County just east of the City of Greenville. Arrested in Greenville pertaining to that case was Delphus Ray Peace age 28. Peace was booked in Jail for Aggravated Robbery, Felonious Assault and Drug Trafficking. On Thursday, Delphos Ray Peace was ordered to serve 10 years in prison. In addition to the Aggravated Robbery and Felonious Assault charges for the violent offense, Peace was also indicted on two counts of Grand Theft, two counts of Sale of Counterfeit Controlled Substance and Receiving Stolen Property. He entered a plea of No Contest to the Aggravated Robbery, Sale of Counterfeit Controlled Substance and Receiving Stolen Property. The other counts were all dismissed by the prosecution as part of a plea agreement with Peace and local defense attorney. The victim in the case suffered serious injuries to the face and is still recovering from the incident, more surgeries are planned for the business owner.

    On October 30,2014 at approximately 7:03 PM Darke County Deputies along with Ansonia Rescue, Versailles Rescue, and Ansonia Fire Department responded to the 6600 block of State Route 242 in reference to a one vehicle, injury crash. Preliminary investigation revealed that Anthony Price, 20, of Ansonia was driving a red 2004 Chevy Aveo westbound on State Route 242, when he drove off the left side of the roadway, struck a mailbox and a utility pole and overturned, coming to rest on its top. Price was transported to Wilson Memorial Hospital by Versailles Rescue. Careflight was dispatched to the Darke County Sheriff's Office landing zone. The front seat passenger, Tyler Kress, 19, of Ansonia was transported to Miami Valley Hospital by Careflight. The rear seat passenger, Daniel Brumbaugh, 17, of Ansonia was ejected from the vehicle and was also transported to Miami Valley Hospital by Careflight. Price, Kress, and Brumbaugh were all treated and released. This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office.

YORK PLEADS GUILTY - October 31, 2014
    Back in September, we reported on the Greenville Police Department being called to Wayne Healthcare on a drug investigation. During that investigation, it was discovered that 42 year old Aaron York brought heroin into the hospital and was administering it to his 18 year old son, Jesse York, who was a patient there. On Thursday, Aaron York appeared in court and pleaded guilty to an amended charge of attempted corrupting another with drugs. The older York is looking at a December 1st, sentencing, as the father is looking at a maximum of 3 years behind bars and a $10,000 fine.

NEW TRUCKS FOR ODOT - October 30, 2014
    A new safety patrol fleet of four-wheel drive pickup trucks is rolling out next week to help motorists handle mechanical breakdowns on the highway. The Ohio Department of Transportation, in partnership with State Farm Insurance Company, is replacing its current fleet of Econoline vans with the trucks. They'll hit the road Monday. The fleet patrols highways around major cities-Cincinnati, Columbus, Dayton, Akron, Toledo and Youngstown. Dayton is assigned two of the vehicles, which operate from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Ford F-350 trucks, equipped with emergency lights and rear-view cameras, are better suited for rough weather and will be able to pull motorists out of ditches or snowdrifts. The trucks cover Interstate 70 from Ohio 49 to Interstate 675, Interstate 75 from U.S. 40 to I-675 and U.S. 35 from I-75 to I-675 and all of I 675.

    With deer hunting underway in Ohio, state officials are warning hunters not to eat animals that show signs of a rare disease that has found its way into the state for the first time. Chronic Wasting Disease, which is similar to mad-cow disease except that it has not been shown to infect humans, was found in a deer in northeastern Ohio's Holmes County. The deer was tested at World Class Whitetails, a private hunting facility about 85 miles northeast of Columbus near Millersburg. That facility and 42 others across the state, including several in Holmes County, had been quietly quarantined in April after the state learned that 125 potentially infected deer had been transported to them from Pennsylvania. Chronic Wasting Disease attacks the brains of infected deer, elk and moose, producing small lesions that eventually kill the animal. Sick deer will lose weight, salivate excessively, increase their drinking and urination, and generally act abnormally, stumbling, trembling and allowing humans or other predators to get unusually close.

MIAMI COUNTY MAN WANTED - October 30, 2014
    Last week, federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies conducted a sex offender address verification operation in Miami County. The operation was to verify that those sex offenders required to register with the Sheriff's Office were in compliance with the law. Miami County has a total of 167 registered sex offenders. Miami County deputies have an active nationwide warrant on Jason A. Perkins for failure to register address (felony charge) and failure to pay child support. The failure to register warrant has been active since 2009. Miami County deputies request the public's assistance in locating Perkins. Anonymous tips can be left on the Sheriff's Office website,
    Jason A. Perkins-white male
    At Large
    DOB: 01/27/1974
    5'11/175/Blond Hair/Blue Eyes.

    On November 5, the New Madison Public Library will begin a satellite program at the Palestine Church of Christ, located at 209 Lynn St. Every 1st and 3rd Wednesday, residents of Palestine and the surrounding areas can visit the church from 6:15-6:45 to check out books and magazines, return items, request items from over 90 Ohio libraries, pick up requested materials, pay fines and fees, or sign up for a library card. For more information, call the NMPL at 937 996-1741.

    A Piqua sex offender convicted of failing to provide required notification of a change of his address was sentenced Monday to five years in prison. Larry Grapner, 52, was accused of failing to provide the notification of a new address in the spring. He later pleaded no contest and was found guilty in Miami County Common Pleas Court. Grapner asked Judge Christopher Gee to have leniency because he is in poor health. Gee said Grapner was on post release control when he failed to provide notification. He also pointed out that Grapner had spent a "significant amount" of his adult life in jail or prison.

    Community Blood Center (CBC) has recognized Bradford High School for blood drive excellence with a $1,000 High School Leadership Grant. Bradford was honored for "Highest Percentage of Enrollment" of eligible students participating in school blood drives during the 2013-14 academic year. The Railroaders hosted four blood drives with participation by 144% of eligible enrollment. Bradford also hosted two community blood drives for a total of six on campus. The Railroaders were back on track Thursday, Oct. 16 hosting another blood drive and building up a head of steam to carry through the new school year. Bradford, with only 135 eligible donors enrolled, was one of three High School Leadership Grant winners that were among the smallest schools in CBC's 15-county service area. Ansonia High School, with only 140 eligible donors enrolled was runner up to Bradford, winning the $1,000 grant for 2nd Highest Percentage of Enrollment. CBC awarded Ansonia a $1,000 High School Leadership Grant for its FFA-sponsored blood drives and that money is already at work "growing" the Ansonia FFA Greenhouse. A high school must host at least two CBC blood drives to be considered for a Leadership Grant. Ansonia hosted five with all the blood drives sponsored by the FFA.

    A Troy man and Laura woman were charged with drug possession earlier this week after an overdose at a Troy Waffle House. Robert Allen, 25, was found unresponsive due to heroin overdose in a vehicle in the parking lot of Waffle House Tuesday night. Charged with drug abuse and drug paraphernalia after officer found him unconscious in the driver seat of a vehicle in the parking lot of the restaurant around 8:30 p.m. Allen admitted to snorting a line of heroin. Also charged Megan Orians, 22, of Laura, possession of heroin and possession of marijuana. Orians admitted to using the drugs officers found in her purse.

    For the second time since JAFE Decorating came under new ownership in 2010, the specialty glass painting and coating company will be expanding and adding jobs. With the help of a $180,000 loan from Darke County's low-interest revolving loan fund, the company plans to create at least 20 new full-time positions and add 14,000 square feet to their Greenville production facility. This is the second time that JAFE has partnered with the county, in conjunction with the Partnering for Progress initiative, to help grow local operations. The county's program helped JAFE acquire new machinery and equipment in 2011 in an expansion that almost doubled employment from approximately 30 employees to the 58 current positions. The current $180,000 loan has been issued by the county at 1.5% for seven years and again will be applied towards the purchase of new equipment. The resulting growth will likely push JAFE's employment north of 80 positions, a total that should place the company among the Top-10 manufacturers in Darke County. For more information on the company, please visit For more information on the Partnering for Progress initiative, please call the Darke County Economic Development Office at 937-548-3250.

    On Friday, the Darke County Commissioners appeared on the Community Ties program and were asked a question pertaining to the potential closing of Big Lots on Wagner Avenue in Greenville. The Commissioners did not confirm anything on Friday, but said they had been in contact with their tenant and suggested that the store had voiced concern over a potential closing. On Monday, Commissioner Mike Rhoades confirmed that Big Lots would be closing and leaving their Wagner Avenue location sometime between now and January 31, 2015. The commissioners several times voiced the concern that they were not the reason for the store closing and said they made a serious effort to try and keep the business at their Wagner Avenue complex. However, Big Lots confirmed with the Commissioners that they would be leaving in the near future. Commissioner Mike Stegall said it was just a case of the store under performing. In other business from the Darke County Commissioners meeting, the Commissioners signed a proclamation declaring the month of October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The crime of domestic violence violates an individual's privacy and dignity, security and humanity, due to systematic use of physical, emotional, sexual, psychological and economic control and/or abuse including abuse to children and elderly. The Commissioners also signed a proclamation naming Terry Haworth as the 2014 Darke County Republican of the Year. Haworth, a former Commissioner, was recognized and given the award on Sunday at the Darke County Republican Pig Roast.

DRUG BUST IN DARKE COUNTY - October 20, 2014
    On Friday, the Darke County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Unit and Darke County Deputies executed a search warrant at 36 Robin Hood Drive in Sherwood Forest Mobile Community near Greenville, Ohio, stemming from a heroin trafficking investigation. Kevin M Smith (29) of Greenville was taken into custody without incident and is currently being housed at the Darke County Jail where he awaits formal charges of Trafficking in Drugs (Heroin) in the Vicinity of a Juvenile and Tampering with Evidence. Darke County Children's Services was contacted in reference to the child being present during the drug transaction. Additional charges are possible, pending the review of the case by the Darke County Prosecutor.

2 VEHICLE HEAD-ON ACCIDENT - October 20, 2014
    A serious crash took place on Sunday, in the 5700 block of Ohio 571. The injury accident was called down in the 11 o'clock hour as both drivers in the two-vehicle head-on crash suffered serious injuries, and one was taken by CareFlight to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton. Police said one vehicle went left of center and struck the oncoming car. The drivers were the sole occupants and both were pinned in the wreckage and had to be extricated. The other driver was taken by squad to Wayne HealthCare in Greenville. Ohio 571 was closed for some time as police and emergency crews investigated and cleaned the scene.

    The Darke County Commissioners met on Wednesday and joining them was Russ Eley with Palmer Conservation Consulting. Recently, the Commissioners entered into an agreement with Palmer pertaining to potential upgrades at the Criminal Justice Center. Palmer is familiar with the county and is recommended by the the County Commissioners Association of Ohio. Eley was present on Wednesday, with quotes for the Criminal Justice Center Energy Retrofit that consists of replacing the existing air handler control valves. The project will add power monitoring and provide a controls front-end with capability for energy consumption information. The commissioners accepted the quote from Lake Erie Electric presented by Palmer. The total project calls for a contract with Palmer for over $18,000 and Lake Erie for over $21,000 and a potential total cost of just over $39,000. The commissioners approved quotes and made several motions with the goal of starting the project soon. The next Darke County Commissioners meeting will be Monday, October 20th at 1:30 pm in Downtown Greenville. The Commissioners will be the guest for Community Ties on Friday, you can e-mail questions you might have for the Commissioners to

    A top state official is urging Ohioans on Medicare to utilize the free services provided by the Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program (OSHIIP) for assistance navigating Medicare's Oct. 15 to Dec. 7 annual open enrollment period. OSHIIP helped Ohioans with Medicare save a record $16.4 million last year. OSHIIP, a program of the Ohio Department of Insurance, is Medicare's designated free and impartial educational and enrollment assistance program in the state for those utilizing Medicare, family members and health care professionals. Ohioans can call OSHIIP at 800-686-1578 and attend one of its many statewide Medicare Check-up Day events for help with Medicare. Ohioans can visit to enroll into Medicare coverage. A Check-up Days schedule and other Medicare information is available at Call the OSHIIP hotline at 800-686-1578 and 800-MEDICARE(800-633-4227) for assistance. Ohioans can also find OSHIIP on Facebook.

    The Darke County Park District would like to extend a HUGE thank you to the Ami McClurkin Community Fund, administered by the Darke County Foundation. Through the generosity of this foundation, The Darke County Park District was able to offer several musical performances and the ever popular horse and wagon ride at the annual Prairie Days Festival. Almost five thousand visitors attended the Prairie Days event this year. Staff and members of the Friends of the Parks received numerous compliments for the diversity of entertainment and number of crafts and special demonstration events offered. Once again the Darke County Park District Board of Commissioners would like to thank the Foundation for this partnership. For more information on all programs offered by the Darke County Parks, call the Nature Center at 937.548.0165 or visit their website at

DEER WILL BE ON MOVE - October 3, 2014
    Driver beware the risk of colliding with deer is greater in October, November and December. The increase in risk from October through January is primarily due to peak deer mating season. The Ohio Department of Public Safety reports that although such collisions decreased last year 3.8 percent from 2012, there were eight related fatalities and 968 injuries in Ohio last year. Most deer vehicle crashes occur at dusk and dawn. Driving tips for Motorist, drive with extreme caution in areas with deer crossing signs. If you see one deer on or near the roadway, expect others to follow. Report any deer-vehicle collisions to a local law enforcement agency or a state wildlife officer within 24 hours.

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