COFFEE WITH THE COMMISIONER - April 18, 2014
    Commissioner Mike Stegall will be having his “Coffee with the Commissioner” meeting on Saturday, April 19th between 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. This time the meeting place is in the Commissioner's Office on Broadway. The Commissioner's Office is located at 520 South Broadway, just south of the Courthouse. Commissioner Stegall will let the public inside, and he will also answer questions for people on the workings of the county. The Commissioner will provide the coffee and the donuts. WTGR will be asking the Darke County Commissioners your questions this morning on Community Ties, just after the 11am news.

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.

TRASH BASH RESULTS - April 18, 2014
    Earlier this month, over 1,100 people turned out to clean up Darke County roadways for the 7th annual trash bash. The event is put together by Darke County Solid Waste Management and Director Krista Fourman has informed the media that volunteers collected over 7 tons of trash and over 1 ton of recyclables. The participants had 2 great days for the event as last Saturday and Sunday where just perfect when discussing the weather. More importantly, there where no issues or injuries with over 1,100 people walking along side Darke County roads. The multiple groups that participated in the clean up covered a total of 635 miles of Darke County. The Solid Waste District will host another event next Saturday, as it will be the DEA Drug Take Back, April 26, from 10 am to 2 pm. Items will be collected at Family Health on Meeker Rd. Medications will be accepted in pill form only, no powders or liquids.

MISDEMEANOR CHARGES FOR 72 YEAR OLD - April 17, 2014
    Earlier this year, we reported on the death of 16-year-old Zachary Kerns, who was killed in Shelby County riding his bike. The investigation into his death has culminated in a criminal charge against the 72-year-old driver of the pickup truck that hit him. Richard Kuck is charged with misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter and is scheduled to appear in Sidney Municipal Court. The teenager from Botkins was on his bicycle traveling west on Lock 2 Road, just east of Kettlersville Road, when Kuck, driving a blue Ford Ranger struck him. Kerns, a sophomore at Anna High School, died at the scene. Kuck, of New Knoxville, did stop and did not appear to be impaired, he told authorities that he did not see the bicyclist because the sun was in his eyes. The area of the accident is rural and the speed limit is posted at 55 mph.

WEBBER INDICTED IN DARKE COUNTY COURT - April 17, 2014
    On Wednesday, we reported on the verdict for Greenville man Scott Webber. The 29 year old was found guilty by Darke County Common Pleas Court Judge Jonathan P. Hein for Involuntary Manslaughter and Endangering Children, those are third and first degree felony's. Webber's wife, Lauren Jones, 28, was recently sentenced on one count of Endangering Children, as she took a plea to testify against her husband. The case centers around the death of their 16-month-old daughter who died of asphyxiation while in her crib February of 2013. Webber is scheduled to return to the courtroom for sentencing in June and he could be looking at a maximum of 14 years behind bars.

STATE ROAD 28 TO BE RESURFACED - April 17, 2014
    The Indiana Department of Transportation plans to resurface 4.7 miles of State Road 28 in Delaware and Randolph Counties this spring—from Mississinewa Avenue in Albany to S.R. 1. This $573,735 Greenfield District Pavement Project is designed to seal the roadway from moisture intrusion as a preventative maintenance measure. At the same time, resurfacing will reestablish surface friction for motorist safety and restore smoothness for better ride-ability. The S.R. 28 project includes turning-radius improvements at the east-west highway's intersection with Mississinewa Avenue and installation of ADA-compliant sidewalk ramps in Albany. Center and edge line rumble stripes along rural segments of the highway are also part of state's project. E & B Paving, the state's contractor, will begin ramp work at Albany (THURSDAY,APRIL 17). Curbs and sidewalk areas will be saw-cut in preparation for concrete work to form the ADA-compliant ramps. The contractor hopes to complete S.R. 28 repaving prior to the Memorial Day weekend. The contractor's completion date is August 29.

INDIANA COMMON CORE STANDARDS - April 16, 2014
    The final version of Indian's proposed K-12 math and English outcomes, the academic guidelines intended to replace the controversial national Common Core standards, was released Tuesday. By the end of this month, they could be adopted and quickly implemented into classrooms across the state. The Indiana Education Roundtable, co-chaird by Gov. Mike Pence and Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz, will vote Monday whether to endorse the standards. If they approve the proposal, it will be forwarded to the State Board of Education for a final vote April 28. State law requires new standards to be adopted by July 1, but if either appointed board rejects the proposal, it's unclear how long a rewrite would take — or the legal ramifications if the boards could not agree on new standards by the deadline. Indiana has became a focal point in the ongoing partisan war over Common Core, a framework of academic guidelines for classroom instruction created by an association of state governors and superintendents. Indiana was the first state to join and the first to leave the consortium.

3RD MEETING IN 3 WEEKS FOR FAIRBOARD - April 16, 2014
    On Monday, multiple groups turned out to the Darke County Fairgrounds to investigate the damage from the December fire at the Cow Palace. Questions still remain pertaining to that matter along with questions pertaining to the clean up of that area of the fairgrounds and the project to construct a replacing structure. On Tuesday, the Fair Board met in a special meeting that would mark the 3rd in 3 weeks. The Board went right into executive session after calling roll and talked for over and hour and a half before declaring executive session over. From those talks the board approved the electrical proposal from Bud’s Electric, Inc. for the new Beef & Dairy Building, contingent upon approval by the insurance company. The board then went back into Executive Session to Consider the Purchase Of Property (Real, Personal, Tangible, Intangible). After close to 3 hours the board adjourned their meeting, all 11 members were present. Next Monday, the Fair Board will appear on Community Ties to announce the entertainment for the 2014 Great Darke County Fair Concert. Community Ties get under way each and every weekday just after the 11 o'clock news.

STATE REP ADDRESSES DRUG PROBLEM IN OHIO - April 16, 2014
    On Tuesday, State Representative Jim Buchy sent out a press release pertaining to a drug problem in the Buckeye State. In the presser Buchy says, Governor Kasich showed a commitment to fighting drug addiction with his introduced version of the Mid Biennial Review (MBR). The Mid-Biennial Review is a venue to discuss curbing the drug problem in Ohio. It is a top-to- bottom review of state government agencies and programs that was requested by the Governor in order to find ways that taxpayer money can be better spent and allocated more appropriately. House Bill 369 is a part of the MBR that deals with changes to state law to help curb the drug epidemic. An amendment recently added to the bill redirects the $47.5 million appropriated in the budget to fund recovery housing, outpatient services, medication-assisted treatment through the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. House Bill 369 has passed the House and moves to the Senate for further consideration. The State Rep will be the guest for Community Ties for Wednesday.

INSURANCE INVESTIGATORS AT FAIRGROUNDS - April 15, 2014
    On Monday, multiple parties finally met for a joint evidence exam session regarding the December 27, 2013 fire loss on the Darke County Fairgrounds. Around dozen insurance investigators joined others on Monday, searching for the cause of a million dollar fire. The harsh winter hindered the complicated investigation and froze all the evidence in place. The cause is not considered suspicious at this time. The Fairboard will meet tonight for a special meeting at 6:00 on the fairgrounds to hold an executive session to consider the purchase of property. Still multiple questions remain pertaining to the fire, the demolition and the future building. This will be the 3rd Fairboard meeting in 3 weeks as the board continues to try and move forward.

HARRY G. THOMAS MEDICAL SCHOLARSHIP AWARDED - April 15, 2014
    The Darke County Historical Society has announced that the Harry G. Thomas Medical Scholarship award for the 2013 2014 academic year has been presented to Melanie Stall. A graduate of Greenville High School, Melanie is currently attending the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine. The H.G. Thomas Medical Scholarship program, administered by the Darke County Historical Society, was established and funded in 1971 by Lowell Thomas and his sister in memory of their father Dr Harry G. Thomas. The program was later supplemented by a bequest from Lowell Thomas' will, with the interest generated by the fund being used to offer scholarships. Eligibility for the Harry G. Thomas Medical Scholarship requires the applicant to be a resident of Darke County, a graduate of a Darke County high school, and must have been accepted into a medical school.

BENCHES AT DARKE COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS AVAILABLE - April 14, 2014
    The Darke County Fairboard and the Darke County Solid Waste Management District are placing another order for Memorial benches. These six foot long benches are made from recycled milk jugs as a lasting tribute to family and friends and will be placed around the Gazebo and other areas of the Fairgrounds for Fairgoers to enjoy the festivities of the Fair. These benches may be purchased and lettered as a lasting memorial to a loved one, as an advertisement and donation from your business, or just a donation from your family to the Fair. The cost per bench, which includes lettering, is $550.00 and the order deadline to ensure delivery prior to the 2014 Fair is June 30. For more information or to order call Krista Fourman @ 937-547-0827.

SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE FOR GREENVILLE GRADUATES - April 7, 2014
    A scholarship is available to Greenville High School graduates currently in college who have had an UNPAID INTERNSHIP within the last year or will have an unpaid internship this summer. The scholarship is made possible through the Nils and Collette Eikenberry Memorial Scholarship Fund, administered by the Darke County Foundation (formerly named the HOPE Foundation). Applicants must be GHS grads who have worked/will work at an internship related to their career goals, but are not paid for the work. Other criteria will also be considered, such as grades, activities, community service and essay. You may download an application at www.darkecountyfoundation.org. Deadline to apply is May 31, 2014. For more information, call the Darke County Foundation at 548-4673. The Darke County Foundation receives, manages and distributes charitable gifts as scholarships to Darke County students and grants to local non-profit organizations.

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