DARKE COUNTY DRUG TAKE BACK - April 23, 2014
    On Tuesday, we informed you of the Mercer County Drug Take Back and this Saturday, Darke County will also be participating in the event as the DEA Drug Take Back will be April 26th @ Family Health from 10am-2pm in Greenville. During this event, the public will have the opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Please do not bring syringes or liquids. This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines - flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash both pose potential safety and health hazards. The event for Darke County will once again be at Family Health on Saturday from 10 to 2.

SHELBY COUNTY HOUSE DESTROYED WHILE OWNER IS CAMPING - April 23, 2014
    A house was destroyed early this morning by a fire in the Shelby County village of Lockington. Firefighters said the homeowner is away on a camping trip, so no one was inside when flames broke out around 2 a.m. The house was engulfed when crews arrived at the scene at Museum Trail and Cross Street. There were propane tanks at the back of the residence and the windows were boarded up. No one was injured. Investigators will work today to determine the cause.

NATURE DAY THIS SATURDAY - April 23, 2014
    Darke County Parks will host Nature Day on Saturday, April 26th from 10:00am 3:00pm at Shawnee Prairie Preserve (4267 State Route 502 West). The Park will be a flurry of FREE activities , LIVE animals and information from beginning to end. Stations will be scattered throughout the trails surrounding the Nature Center encouraging admiration of all things Nature. Children will have the opportunity to have their "passport" stamped at each station for a prize. A snake, turtle, hawk and owl will be walking the trails and Brukner Nature Center will join the fun by adding a possum, bat and a flying squirrel to the mix. Entertainer, Chris Rowlands, will be performing a FREE concert at 12:00pm. The Native Plant Sale is BACK, Select plants will be available for sale during Nature Day. The Friends of the Park will also be serving a low cost, hotdog lunch from 11am-1pm. For more information visit www.darkecountyparks.org or call 937.548.0165. You can also tune into Community Ties this morning as Darke County Parks will be in the spotlight.

SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE FOR AG. RELATED FIELD - April 22, 2014
    The board of supervisors for the Darke Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) is pleased to offer two $500 scholarships for graduating seniors pursuing a degree in an agricultural or natural resources related field. Applications may be obtained at your high school guidance office or at the Darke SWCD office, located at 1117 South Towne Court, Greenville. The deadline to complete an application is April 25; all necessary materials must be received in the Darke SWCD office by 4 p.m. In order to be eligible, the applicant must be a Darke County resident and be graduating from one of the county's public or private high schools; have a minimum 2.5 grade point average; be entering their freshman year as a full-time student in the Fall 2013 at a 2 or 4-year accredited college, technical school or university; and be pursuing a degree in either an agriculture or natural resources related field. The scholarship award is for $500 and will be processed through the University or College scholarship office and will be available to the students in January 2015 after proof of the students continuing enrollment at the school has been obtained. For more information, call 548-1715, Ext. 3.

DAYTON MAN WANTED IN MIAMI COUNTY - April 22, 2014
    The Miami County Sheriff's Office is looking for a man wanted for felonious assault. Frederick Schwartz, 45, is wanted for assaulting a woman. Schwartz is described as 510″, 250 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes and has a tattoo on his arm. He is from Dayton. Police say he is known to own firearms, so you should not approach him, but call police. Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Schwartz is asked to call local law enforcement or Detective Steve Hickey at 937-440-3965 Ext. 6629.

INDIANA COMMON CORE MEETING - April 22, 2014
    A panel of Indiana business and education leaders were met with boos and jeers from attendees after they voted overwhelmingly Monday to support new math and English standards set to replace the Common Core in classrooms this fall. Indiana was one of the first of 45 states to adopt the national benchmarks in the Common Core in 2010 in an effort to create consistently high standards across state lines. The legislature passed a bill in 2013 pausing the standards' implementation, and Gov. Mike Pence signed legislation in March to make Indiana the first state to formally abandon them. The approval from the Education Roundtable, co chaired by Pence and Superintendent for Public Instruction Glenda Ritz and flushed with lawmakers, business leaders and education officials, means the standards passed one of the last hurdles before adoption. They will go before the State Board of Education on April 28 for final approval. Members voted 21-2 in favor of the English benchmarks with one member abstaining. The math standards were approved 21-3.

FATAL FARM ACCIDENT IN PREBLE COUNTY - April 22, 2014
    Preble County deputies and first responders from the Camden Somers Twp. Fire & EMS responded Monday morning to a private pond on property located at State Route 732 and Camden College Corner Road, where a man was reported to be under a tractor in the pond. The Sheriff's Office Communications Center received a 9-1-1 call at 11:13 A.M. Responders arrived and found the victim deceased partially submerged in the water. Investigators were able to determine that the victim was attempting to remove a log from near the pond drain. A tractor, which was going to be used to pull the log from the water, was on the bank of the pond and is believed to have rolled down the hill, striking the victim. Others on the property heard the tractor strike the drain grate and discovered the accident. The victim is identified as Jason G. Simpson, age 33 of West Chester, Ohio. He was assisting family on the property. His body was removed to the Montgomery County Coroner's Office where an autopsy will be performed. The Sheriff's Office and the Preble County Coroner's Office are investigating the accident.

LAW SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP AVAILABLE - April 21, 2014
    The Darke County Bar Association is offering a $1,200 scholarship to a local student attending law school. Applicants must have graduated from a Darke County high school and completed at least one year at an accredited law school. The Darke County Foundation (formerly named the HOPE Foundation) is administering the scholarship for the Bar Association. Applications are available online at www.darkecountyfoundation.org, or by calling the Foundation office at 548-4673. Applications are due June 13.

2014 GREAT DARKE COUNTY FAIR ENTERTAINMENT - April 21, 2014
    The 2014 Great Darke County Fair Entertainment will be Josh Turner with Special Guest Scotty McCreery. The show will be Sunday August 17th at 7:30. Tickets go on sale May 3rd at 9am at. darkecountyfair.com or 800-736-3671.

FIRE DAMAGES DOWNTOWN UNION CITY BUSINESS - April 21, 2014
    Fire resulted in "significant damage" late Saturday afternoon to the historic downtown business building that housed Jo's Corner Florist and an upstairs apartment. Owned by Doreen Worch of Greenville, Ohio, the building is located at the corner of Columbia and Oak streets. Union City, Ind. Fire Department Captain Matt Blankley said the fire started in the upstairs apartment and apparently was electrical in nature. The UCI Fire Department received the 911 call at 5:43 p.m. Upon their arrival, firefighters observed fire and smoke coming from the second floor. They called for mutual aid from Greenville, Ohio and the Union City, Ohio Fire Department.

DEMOTION OF COW PALACE AND FAIR ENTERTAINMENT - April 18, 2014
    On Thursday afternoon, the damaged property on the Darke County Fairgrounds from the December fire to the Cow Palace was still off limits. Although the fire investigation team and other insurance groups were finished with the site, the property had still not been turned back over to the fairgrounds. The Environmental Protection Agency has been called in to remove old Glass Block Windows from the damaged structure. Fair Manager, Daryl Riffle said the board has set a tentative date for the start of demolition, which will be Wednesday, April 23rd. The demolition will not take longer than 3 weeks and could potentially be finished in 2 weeks. The Darke County Agricultural Society will be in the spotlight for Monday's edition of Community Ties and the fair board will be announcing the entertainment to the 2014 Great Darke County Fair Concert.

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