In advance of the 2015 Versailles Poultry Days, and in an effort to allow parade and festival goers to prepare, the Poultry Days Board is proud to announce the 2015 theme, which pays tribute to the spirit of spring and baseball. The 2015 theme is "Take Me Out To The Poultry Days Festival". The 64th annual festival will be held June 12, 13, and 14th in Versailles Ohio. One of Ohio's oldest festivals, this event celebrates the area's poultry producing history as well as its sense of community. The board welcomes everyone to come enjoy the festival. Registration information for the parade and other festival events will be posted as available at www.versaillespoultrydays.com.

HEART & SOLE 5K - March 4, 2015
    State of the Heart Hospice will hold the nonprofit agency's second annual "Heart & Sole 5k" on Saturday, March 28 at Eldora Speedway. Proceeds from the 5k will be used to provide support to the agency's Care Center at Wayne HealthCare in Greenville. The Hospice Care Center is for patients from all of the communities served by the agency. Last year, the race raised $12,653. With offices in Greenville, Coldwater and Portland, State of the Heart cares for patients in eastern Indiana and western Ohio who are confronting a life limiting illness. The 5k will be an out and back with the last half mile around the Eldora race track, weather permitting. Registration starts at 7:30 a.m., and the race starts at 9 a.m. The event is open to both runners and walkers, and strollers are also welcome. Those interested in participating can find registration at www.GTRaces.com If any businesses are interested in being an event sponsor call 1-800-417-7535, or by email at rgathard@stateoftheheartcare.org.

2014 PHONE SCAMS - March 4, 2015
    Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine released a list of the top phone scams reported to his office. The attorney general's office received 1,200 complaints in 2014. Victims often report losing hundreds or thousands of dollars.
    The most costly scams include:
    1. IRS Impostor Scam – Con artists call pretending to be the IRS. They claim the consumer must immediately send payment or be arrested or thrown in jail. In a few cases, consumers reported sending between $2,000 and $28,000 to the ploy.
    2. Grandparent Scam – Scammers pretend to be a grandchild in trouble and call grandparents asking for immediate payment. The average loss was over $4,700.
    3. Computer Repair Scam – Consumers receive a call from someone who falsely claims to represent Microsoft or another computer support service. The caller says the computer's computer has a virus and offers to fix the problem, often asking the consumer to give the caller remote access to the consumer’s computer.
    4. Grant Scam – In a typical grant scam, consumers receive a call saying they have won a federal grant worth up to $10,000. To receive the grant, the caller says the consumer must send a few hundred dollars to cover taxes, insurance, or other costs.
    Visit the OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov for more information.

    Darryl Mehaffie has been elected to serve as chairman of Edison Community College's Board of Trustees. Mehaffie's appointment will continue for the next two years. As a member of Edison's Board of Trustees for over fifteen years, teaching at Northmont City Schools in Englewood for over 30 years has afforded Mehaffie with considerable expertise in education. Retiring in 1996, Mehaffie continues to serve on numerous boards and committees advocating for education, agriculture, arts and the region. In addition to his involvement with higher education, he is active in politics, representing the counties of Darke, Miami, Montgomery, and Preble as the Ohio Republican State Central Committee man for the Fifth Senate District. He also serves as chairman of the Ohio Republican Budget and OversightCommittee. Edison's Board of Trustees is comprised of three representatives from each county in its primary service area—Darke, Miami, and Shelby. For more information about Edison's Board of Trustees, visit www.edisonohio.edu.

    The ODNR Division of Wildlife is still asking the public for information about the shooting of a bald eagle in Preble County. The incident occurred around Saturday, Feb. 21. The bird was found northeast of Eaton. A reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of suspected poachers. Bald and golden eagles are protected under federal law by the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact State Wildlife Officer Brad Turner, assigned to Preble County, at 937-372-5639, ext. 5219. ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.gov.

    The City of Greenville will be testing for position of Patrol Officer for the Greenville Police Department. Applications can be obtained by visiting the Greenville Police Facebook Page or picking them up at the Mayor's Office at 100 Public Sq. Greenville, OH 45331 8:30 am-4:30 pm M-Thur and 8:30 am-1 pm on Fridays. Application must be completed and turned in by March 16th 2015 by 4 pm. Additional qualification info and awarded credits available on the city's website (CityofGreenville.org). Please do not call our dispatch center for questions about the testing. Any questions may be forwarded to 937-548-4175.

OHIO 4-H WEEK - March 3, 2015
    Next week, will mark the Celebration of Ohio 4-H Week. Although the deadline to become a 4-H member in Darke County is not until April 1, 2015, now is the time to begin thinking about joining a 4-H club. If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about the 4-H program in Darke County, plan to attend the 4-H Open House, Monday, March 9, from 6:30pm-8:00pm at All Seasons Place, Lighthouse Christian Center, 5256 Sebring Warner Road, Greenville. Attendees of the open house will have the opportunity to visit club displays and talk to current 4-H members and advisers about what 4-H has to offer. For general information about the Darke County 4-H program, visit the web site Darke.osu.edu. Click on the link for 4-H Youth Development. For additional information about the Ohio 4-H program, visit www.ohio4h.org. If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a member of the Darke County 4-H Youth Development Program, contact OSU Extension, Darke County, 603 Wagner Avenue, Greenville, OH 45331, telephone 937-548-5215.

    Over the weekend, three children would lose their life following carbon monoxide poisoning in Troy. Four children were found unresponsive in the 100 block of Elm Street in Troy, around 2:20 p.m. Friday. Sisters Dionanna Bishop, 14, and Dejay Bishop, 13, died after being rushed to Upper Valley Medical Center on Friday. The Miami County Coroner said carbon monoxide poisoning was ruled as the cause of death. Jakia Jones, 13, has also died. Her brother, Jakari Ward, 8, remains in critical condition. A GoFundMe account has been set up to help the families defray the pending funeral costs for the Bishop sisters. Visit www.gofundme.com and search for their site by zip code or by name. According to Troy Fire Department, four firefighters were treated and released at UVMC due to the high levels of carbon monoxide they inhaled while extracting the juveniles from the home on Friday.

VEHICLE INTO POLE - March 2, 2015
    On Saturday, at approximately 8:07 PM Darke County Deputies, along with Liberty Twp. fire Dept., Tri-Village Rescue, and Careflight were dispatched to the 900 Block of US Route 36 in reference to an injury accident. The caller reported a vehicle into a pole with entrapment. Investigation revealed that a 2000 Chrysler Town & Country, driven by Brandy Mills, 37 of Lynn, Indiana, was westbound on US Route 36 when the vehicle drove off the left side of the roadway and struck a utility pole. Mills had to be extricated from the vehicle by mechanical means. Mills was transported to Miami Valley Hospital by Careflight with non-life threatening injuries. This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office.

    On Friday, Covington Police were called to a domestic dispute in the 100 block of South Main Street just before 5 p.m. When officers arrived, they found a man outside the apartment building waving a gun. According to officials, two people were inside the apartment and were afraid to leave. Police surrounded the area and called in Miami County Sheriff's Deputies for backup. Residents nearby were ordered to stay inside their homes, and Buffalo Jacks, a nearby restaurant was told to keep patrons inside. Officers spent about an hour negotiating with the man and calming him down, at which point he eventually surrendered. Michael J. Krenciprock, 42, was taken into custody. He faces charges of domestic violence, disrupting public services, inducing panic, and resisting arrest. No one was injured in the incident.

COLLEGE FAIR MARCH 17 - March 2, 2015
    Edison Community College will host its annual Career Expo Tuesday, March 17, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the North Hall of the Piqua campus. More than 50 organizations ranging from business, construction, financial services, health care, manufacturing, retail, social services, and the armed forces are expected to be in attendance, representing a wide range of job opportunities for west central Ohio area residents. More than 400 job seekers are expected to attend the free event. For the most current list of organizations attending the 2015 Career Expo and tips on how to prepare for the job fair, visit www.edisonohio.edu/jobfair. For questions regarding the event, call 937-381-1537.

    Miami County detectives recently obtained arrest warrants for Zachary R. Lucas, age 33, from Troy for his involvement in numerous thefts in eastern Miami County over the past several weeks. The arrest warrants were for breaking & entering, burglary, and several counts of theft. Detectives have linked Lucas to at least 18 different property crimes in Miami County. He would typically target vehicles and out buildings to commit theft offenses to fuel a drug problem. Tuesday afternoon, officers with the Troy Police Department located Lucas at a residence on Todd Lane. Lucas fled out the back door of the residence and was apprehended shortly thereafter by Troy officers. Some recovered stolen property was recovered at the residence Lucas fled from. Lucas was subsequently incarcerated in the Miami County jail.

    We have been following the story of Kathy Gilmore, 56, from Covington. Earlier this week, she pleaded guilty to felony theft and forgery for stealing more than $16,000 from her former employer in Troy. The Covington woman was accused of stealing lottery tickets and money between June 2013 and March 2014. The plea was a conditional plea as part of a request for intervention in lieu of conviction. Under the program, if she completes three years of probation and conditions outlined by the Judge, the charges would be dismissed. Among the conditions were paying $16,830 restitution, following a curfew and completing an intervention program for gambling and other issues as outlined.

    The Indiana Department of Transportation is offering civil engineering students scholarships of up to $3,125 per semester, and paid employment during summer breaks and upon graduation. Students must be accepted or enrolled full time in one of Indiana's certified civil engineering schools and apply using the form at www.INDOTScholarship.in.gov. Applications for the 2015-2016 school year must be postmarked by Tuesday, March 31. Students must be accepted or enrolled full time in one of Indiana's Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology certified civil engineering programs. Eligible programs include Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne, Purdue University, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Trine University, University of Evansville, University of Notre Dame and Valparaiso University. Learn more about the INDOT Engineer Scholarship program and download the application at www.INDOTScholarship.in.gov. Students or parents with questions can call 317-234-8096.

    A suspect who deputies said was involved in a domestic dispute ended up in the hospital for weather related injuries when he left the scene. Deputies with the Shelby County Sheriff's Office responded to the 600 block of Cross Trail after 10:30 p.m. Saturday on a domestic violence call. According to officials, the 49-year-old victim was assaulted by 53-year-old Kenny Snider. Deputies said Snider left the scene before they arrived, but they called a K9, followed the tracks he left in the snow, and arrested him near the intersection of Broadway and Robinson streets in Piqua. Officials said Snider was transported to the hospital for cold-related injuries. They reported the temperature was about 12 degrees. The victim of the domestic violence call was transported to the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. The incident remains under investigation.

    Join the Darke County Solid Waste District for the sixth annual Darke County "Trash Bash" Community Clean-up Day on Saturday and Sunday, April 18 & 19, 2015. Through volunteer efforts, clean-up will be focused on approximately 600 miles of Darke County's most traveled county and township roads. These roads were chosen with the help of Darke County Engineer, James Surber and County Highway Garage Superintendent, Shane Coby. The Darke County Community Clean-Up day is scheduled for April 18 & 19, 2015, rain or shine. The collection is set to begin at 8:00 a.m. The district is looking for numerous groups of 4-6 to "pound the pavement" at their assigned 2-mile locations picking-up bags of trash and recyclables. Clean-up groups can be started with friends from school, work, church, and volunteer organizations or clubs and there's no age limit for volunteers. Call the district at 937-547-0827 to for more information. Sign-up forms can also be found on the district's website: www.co.darke.oh.us/solidwaste. Forms must be turned in by March 6, 2015. Each group will be given black bags for trash and clear bags for recyclables. For separating the recyclables from the trash, each group will be awarded $50.00 (per 2-mile section) for participating. Awards will be given to Darke County non-profit organizations only. There is no limit to the number of groups that an organization can enter. County highway employees will follow assigned routes and will pick-up bags left on the targeted collection roads on April 20, 2015.

    Investigators from the Preble County Sheriff's Office, the Preble County Coroner's Office and the Ohio Fire Marshall are investigating a residential fire that occurred Saturday Morning at 3436 U.S. Route 35, between Eaton and West Alexandria. The Sheriff's Office began receiving 9-1-1 calls at approximately 3:34 A.M. reporting the fire. Fire units from West Alexandria, Eaton, Lewisburg and Gasper Township responded to the scene. The house was a total loss. During the course of fighting the fire, it was learned that two children were unaccounted for. Law Enforcement investigators responded to the scene, including the State Fire Marshall's Office. Within a couple of hours, investigators located the remains of two victims in the basement of the residence. Those victims have been identified as Malachi Bradburn, age 9 & Malea Bradburn, age 10. Both children reside at the residence. DNA analysis will need to be completed for an official identification. However, investigators are confident with the identity of the victims. Agencies involved with this investigation worked the case all weekend and are continuing to do so this week. No further information is expected to be released at this time.

    Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey and Celina Police Chief Tom Wale reports the arrest of a male on drug related charges. On February 17, 2015 at 6:13 PM a deputy stopped a vehicle behind J's bar on SR 703. Deputies received information from HIT (Heroin Interdiction Team) of a male possibly transporting drugs back to Mercer County. During a search of the vehicle deputies and a patrolman from Celina PD located a syringe and 4 capsules with suspected heroin inside.
    Arrested was 32 year old Jordan Bowers of Celina. Bowers was charged with possession of drug abuse instruments (A Misdemeanor of the 2nd degree). Bowers was also charged with numerous driving under suspension violations. Additional charges are expected, and the case will be forwarded on to the Mercer County Prosecutor for review of appropriate felony charges.
    HIT is a combined effort of man power and resources consisting of deputies with the Mercer County Sheriff's Office and Patrolman from the Celina Police Department.

    On Monday, we reported on the death of Fort Loramie man Steven Trzaska, who was found dead on his farm in an accident that took place over the weekend. We've learned more details about Trzaska, who served as a Huber Heights Firefighter. Flags were flown at half-staff at Huber Heights fire and police facilities across the city Monday in honor of a firefighter who died in an off-duty accident Sunday afternoon. Visitation will is 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home in Minster. He is survived by his wife and six children, all of Minster, as well as his parents, who live in Dayton. The Army veteran was a member of Minster American Legion. He worked at the Bicycle Museum of America in New Bremen. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Friday at St. Augustine Catholic Church, Minster. Burial, with full military honors by the Minster Firing Squad, will take place in St. Augustine Cemetery. A second visitation will be 9 to 9:30 a.m. Friday at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Trzaska Family Scholarship Fund.

    Senator Bill Beagle (R–Tipp City) has introduced Senate Bill 39, which will create a penalty for failing to yield in a school zone crosswalk. The bill will create a third degree misdemeanor for striking a child within a school zone. Additionally, if a driver hits a child within a school zone while on a suspended license, the driver will receive an additional six month suspension. Beagle also introduced Senate Bill 42, which will modernize mental health treatment for minors. The bill, "Dylan's Voice" named after a young man who committed suicide, will allow minors to seek out mental health treatment at age 11, and expand the amount of time they are allowed to speak with mental health professionals before requiring additional consent. Both bills have been referred to Senate Committees for further deliberation.

    Seniors from the class of 2015 who live in Darke County and attend a Darke County high school or are home-schooled may apply for scholarships from the Darke County Foundation (formerly HOPE Foundation). Application deadline is April 1, 2015. Students who are planning to attend a 2-year vocational program or 4-year college are eligible to apply. By filling out one general application, students are eligible for approximately 60 scholarships totaling over $90,000. Students may download the application from the Darke County Foundation website, www.darkecountyfoundation.org, or see their high school guidance counselor. Since 1986, the Darke County Foundation has awarded over $1 million to Darke County students. The Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life for Darke County residents by receiving, managing and distributing charitable gifts. For more information, call (937) 548-4673 or visit www.darkecountyfoundation.org.

    U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH, Ranking Member of the of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, has announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Capital Fund Program has awarded $4,482,250 to improve public housing infrastructure in west and southwest Ohio. This funding allows authorities to make critical improvements to their housing units, including roof replacements and plumbing and electrical system upgrades, along with asbestos and lead paint removal. Miami County received $127,599 and Shelby County received $204,115. Fifty-two Ohio public housing authorities received $72,912,128 in total funding.

SHOOTING IN TROY - February 16, 2015
    Troy Police responded to the 300 block of Morehead Street around 2:45 a.m. Saturday on reports of multiple gunshots going off inside the home. Officers say when they arrived at the home a man walked outside, then retreated back inside the house into one of the bedrooms, and refused commands from officers to come out. Police say the man continued to refuse verbal commands from officers for over two hours. The Miami County Special Response Team forced entry into the house around 5 a.m. by breaking a window to the house and deploying a flash bang. The suspect was 27-year-old Roy Staten. He is being held in the Miami County Jail on suspicion of felony inducing panic. Staten told officers he does not remember any part of the standoff.

    The internationally acclaimed Jazz Ambassadors, the official touring big band of the United States Army, will present a free public performance at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville on Wednesday, March 4. Presented by Darke County Center for the Arts, the concert will include a broad range of songs from the 19-member ensemble's vast and diverse repertoire including popular tunes, patriotic selections, and standards. The show begins at 7 p.m. Although the concert is free, tickets are required and can be obtained by sending your ticket request along with a self-addressed stamped envelope to: Jazz Ambassadors Tickets, Darke County Center for the Arts, P.O. Box 718, Greenville, OH 45331. The free tickets will also be available at Bread of Life Book Store, the Darke County Welcome Center, and Readmore's Hallmark in Greenville, as well as the public libraries in Greenville, Arcanum, New Madison, and Versailles.

SKEENS BACK IN JAIL - February 13, 2015
    WDTN out of Dayton reported on Thursday that Billie Skeens is back behind bars more than a year after she struck a teenage student in front of Arcanum Schools. Skeens was booked into the Darke County Jail following a parole violation in which court officials said she was driving without a license again in December. Skeens served time for the accident in Arcanum this past summer. Her license has been suspended at least seven times.

    State Representatives Jim Buchy (R-Greenville) and Dave Hall (R-Millersburg) have introduced legislation that addresses water quality issues in Ohio and works to utilize solutions brought forth by Ohio citizens, the agriculture community and area experts. The bill touches on several factors that affect water quality and harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie and other regional bodies of water, including encouraging best nutrient management practices, such as regulating the application of fertilizer on frozen ground in the Lake Erie basin. The bill also establishes a phosphorus monitoring process and bans depositing dredged material into Lake Erie. The legislation builds from House Bill 490, which was passed through the Ohio House last year.

    It was quite the scene last night in Shelby County on I-75. A van ended up in the emergency stopping lane on the bridge, off the right side of the interstate , on its top, The driver injured in the rollover crash on I-75 South on the bridge spanning the Great Miami River had just emptied his van of explosives at a stop before the crash. The driver's injuries were believed to be minor. He was taken to Wilson Memorial Hospital. The driver will be cited for failure to control a motor vehicle, according to the Ohio Highway Patrol post at Piqua. The crash was called in just after 9 PM. Troopers briefly shut down both lanes of the interstate because of the accident.

    On Wednesday, the Ohio House of Representatives passed legislation that provides academic protections for students taking new state assessments during the 2014-15 school year. New assessments in mathematics and English language arts are supplied by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC). House Bill 7, sponsored by Rep. Jim Buchy (R-Greenville), prohibits schools from using test scores from state assessments when determining a student's advancement to the next grade level and granting of course credit. The bill also states that schools are not permitted to share individual student test scores to outside sources without consent from either the student or his or her parents. The bill passed unanimously out of both the House Education Committee and on the House floor. It will now go to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.

    Drug offenders could have a harder time purchasing common cold and allergy medicine under a proposed bill discussed by an Indiana Senate committee Tuesday. Corrections and Criminal Law Committee members considered a bill that would require someone with a felony drug conviction to get a prescription before purchasing medicine containing pseudoephedrine, a key ingredient in making methamphetamine. The measure is one of many in recent years aimed at curbing the state's meth problem, specifically how to curtail meth-making activities without compromising the rights of law-abiding citizens who legally obtain and use the over-the-counter cold and sinus medications. Indiana received the unwanted No. 1 ranking in 2013 for having the most meth-related incidents in the U.S.

    The Dayton Power and Light Company (DP&L), a subsidiary of The AES Corporation (NYSE:AES), and Vectren Energy Delivery of Ohio (Vectren) are offering three scholarships to high school seniors planning to work in the energy industry. The scholarships, in the amount of $1,000 each, will be granted for college tuition and expenses to deserving students who demonstrate outstanding energy knowledge and leadership, and an interest in continuing their energy studies by pursuing an energy-related career. The deadline for applying for a scholarship is April 17. Information about the scholarships is being distributed to area schools. To get an application package, visit OhioEnergy.org.

    The Darke Soil & Water Conservation District is conducting its annual tree seedling sale until March 27. The 2-3 year seedlings are bare root stock and each tree is dipped into a preservative gel to keep roots moist. Seedlings are packaged in groups of five. An assortment of tree packets are offered for sale to urban and rural landowners. The plant varieties are selected for their popularity and hardiness in the Darke County area. Prices range from $5-$10 in packets of 5 seedlings. For more details visit www.DarkeSWCD.com or call the Darke Soil & Water Conservation District @ 937-548-1752.

    On Monday, Richardo Chavez from Union City, appeared in the Darke Courthouse and was sentenced to 10 years in prison for sex crimes against a child. With the 10 year sentence, 3 counts of rape were dropped. The Union City man pleaded guilty to 3 counts of gross sexual imposition. The offenses took place between December 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012.

ANOTHER IRS SCAM IN AREA - February 9, 2015
    A few weeks ago, we reported about the Mercer County Sheriff's Department warning residents about a phone scam involving people acting as IRS agents. In Miami County, the Sheriffs Department has been alerted by several county residents that they have received phone calls from a person representing themselves as an IRS agent. The person states that money is owed the IRS and if money is not transferred to pay "back taxes owed" that an arrest warrant will be issued. This scam has been on-going for the past few months throughout the country. Many of these type of scams originate overseas. If you receive such a call please hang-up on the caller and if the caller persists in calling back please notify your local law enforcement agency. Many of these types of scams target senior citizens.

    On February 8, 2015 at 9:37 p.m. Darke County Sheriff Deputies, along with Union City, Ohio Fire and Rescue, were dispatched to SR571 west of Kniseley Rd. reference to a single vehicle rollover accident. While units were in route dispatch was advised that a second vehicle had just struck a passer by who had stopped to render aid. Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2003 Kia, driven by Richard L. Stephenson (49) of Union City, OH was westbound on SR571 when it appears he got off the right side of the road and lost control of his vehicle, striking several trees, which caused Stephenson's vehicle to rollover and come to final rest on its top, partially on the roadway. Multiple people passing by stopped to give assistance to Stephenson. While subjects were assisting Stephenson from his vehicle a second vehicle, a 1996 Jeep, driven by Chad Bradburn (50) of Union City, IN, approached the accident scene. Bradburn was unable to get stopped and struck a female by-stander, Linda Shafer (47) of Greenville and Stephenson as he was exiting his vehicle. Both Shafer and Stephenson were pronounced dead at the scene. Alcohol is being looked as a possible contributing factor in the accident. The Darke County Sheriff's Office accident re-construction team was called to the scene. This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office and the Darke County Coroner's Office. Once this investigation is completed this report will be given to the Darke County Prosecutor's Office for review of charges.

    Greenville Police Detective Eric Roberts needs your help in identifying a white male suspect accused of sexually assaulting a developmentally disabled woman at the Willow Place apartments in Greenville last October. A video is available on the Darke County Crime Stoppers Facebook.com page. The developmentally disabled woman, who was assaulted, was over the age of 60 years. The criminal act occurred at the woman’s apartment on the north side of Greenville The man drives a black vehicle and wears glasses as seen in the security video. If you have any information you are urged to contact the Greenville Police Department at 937-548-1103 or call the Darke County Crime Stoppers tipline at 937-547-1661.

ANTHEM ADVICE - February 6, 2015
    Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is offering advice about protecting your personal information in light of the data breach at Anthem. The breach affects 80 million former and current Anthem customers.
    Attorney General DeWine officers the following advice:
    -Check your mail. Open letters you receive and look for notifications that you have been affected by a security breach.
    -Monitor your bank accounts. Look for suspicious activity, and if you find any errors, immediately notify your bank, or credit or debit card provider.
    -Place an initial fraud alert on your credit report. Contact one of the three major credit reporting agencies, Experian, Equifax, or TransUnion, to place an initial fraud alert, which will stay on your credit report for 90 days. The alert is free of charge and will make it more difficult for someone to open credit in your name.
    -Consider placing a security freeze on your credit report. A security freeze essentially puts a lock on your credit so that most third parties can't access your report.
    -Check your credit report at www.annualcreditreport.com. You are entitled to one free credit report per year from each of the three major credit reporting agencies.
    -Beware of scams related to the breach. For example, con artists may pose as a person from the organization that was breached to try to obtain your information. Calls claiming to provide information about the breach may be scams.
    For more information visit www.OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov.

    The countdown is on to the 2nd annual Grand Lake Marathon. Set to take place Saturday September 26 with a complete compliment of running distances including a full marathon that will circle Grand Lake, the half marathon run from Celina to St. Marys and the 5k and kids marathon events will take place on new pavement on lakefront West Bank road. The debut event was took over as the largest road race in the area attracting nearly 2000 participants from 30 states across the country and providing an estimated impact of nearly $1 million based upon data from the Auglaize-Mercer Convention and Visitors Bureau. The Grand Lake Marathon serves as a qualifier for the Boston Marathon and is sanctioned by USA Track and Field (USATF).The marathon, half-marathon, and 5K courses cover the flat scenic areas of the lake. Registration is open online at the events website grandlakemarathon.com.

    On Tuesday, City of Greenville Council President, John Burkett announced that council members Roy Harrison and John Baumgardner would not be running for re election after their terms end on December 31, 2015. Baumgardner has served the City on Council for 10 years as an at large member and now representing the 4th Ward. The decision to not seek re-election for Baumgardner centered on family and a career that requires extensive travel. Harrison serves the 2nd Ward for City Council. Over the last few years, it has been common for current Council Members to run unopposed. City of Greenville Council meets every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the Month at 7:30 in the Council Chambers at the City Building.

    The Darke County Agricultural Society met on Wednesday for their regularly scheduled meeting and confirmed that they had signed a contract with the fair concert entertainment for 2015. However, the Fair Board cannot announce the entertainment for the 2015 fair for a couple more months. Traditionally, tickets go on sale for the fair concert in March, but this year tickets will go on sale late do to the postponed announcement, which should come in May. In other business, the Board approved the Non-Fair rental rates for the new Beef & Dairy Building as presented by the Rate Committee. The Fair Board hopes to take the next step when it comes to using the new Beef and Dairy Structure by using it for Non-Fair events. The Board also announced and approved to bring back the Ohio Department of Agriculture "Ag is Cool" Program for the 2015 Great Darke County Fair. The next Fair Board meeting will be Wednesday, March 4th at 7:30 on the Fairgrounds.

    City of Greenville Council met on Tuesday for their regularly scheduled meeting. During the Administrative Reports, Mayor Mike Bowers announced that a new business would be moving into the old Bob Evans Structure on Wagner Avenue. The location has been vacant for quite a few years and in 90 to 120 days the structure will be home to a retail healthcare facility. Mayor Bowers said an Urgent Care would be coming to Wagner Avenue in the near future. City Auditor, Roxanne Willman announced that there is a new badge system in the city when talking about door to door salesman and vendors. She encouraged residents to be watchful of the badge with the City of Greenville emblem and if vendors come to your door without the badge, contact Greenville Police. Council approved 2 ordinances and 3 resolutions with a sixth item being added to the agenda late that was read for just the 1st time pertaining to selling personal property. Council will meet again on Tuesday, February 17th at 7:30 in the Council Chambers.

    Ohio families can now prepare for a new major retail shopping season. Senate Bill 243, which passed both chambers and was signed into law during the 130th General Assembly, means that Ohioans will be able to save sales tax dollars when handling their back-to-school shopping this coming year. Ohio's first ever Sales Tax Holiday will take place August 7th-9th, and experts say shoppers should expect Black Friday-like excitement. This bill is very important to Representative Jim Buchy, as eliminating the sales tax on these items both at retail stores and on the internet will help ensure that all children and students can get what is necessary for the upcoming school year. A good investment in their education is a good investment into their future, and that's what the Sales Tax Holiday seeks to create. The Sales Tax Holiday is expected to put $78 million back into the pockets of Ohioans. It would also provide a boost for Ohio's retail sector, which makes up 18 percent of Ohio's GDP and employs one in four Ohio citizens. There are eighteen other states in the country that have a Sales Tax Holiday.

    On Monday, Tri-Village Schools announced that they will be adding football to the list of extra curricular offerings available to student athletes through a phased in process over a four year period beginning the fall of 2015. The Patriots plan to have a Junior High Team and Schedule this year with also the hope of playing a partial season with a Junior Varsity Team. In 2016 they hope to include a full Junior Varsity Schedule and in 2017 officially launch Varsity Football at Tri-Village. There are still a lot of questions to be answered, but Superintendent Josh Sagister said on Tuesday, "The administration has done its due diligence in preparation for Monday's announcement. Several items were taken into consideration when making this decision: Overall Cost, Facility improvement, Equipment needed, Student Impact and Sustainability." This project will be funded in a variety of ways but will not include increased or additional tax burdens. A fundraising campaign will be launched, advertising opportunities available, corporate sponsorship's , the Athletic Department and pending Board approval, local BOE may supplement a portion as well. Tri Village will release a Frequently Asked Question sheet on their website today to help answer some of those remaining questions. Superintendent Sagister will be the guest for Community Ties this Friday on WTGR.

    Registration is now open for the 9th Tour de Donut in Downtown Arcanum Saturday September 12, 2015. The event is now the largest one day bicycle event in Ohio. The Tour de Donut is a unique bicycle event, where your ability to eat donuts is just as important as your ability to ride your bicycle. The event is a timed bicycle event where riders visit donut stops during the course and eat donuts. For each donut the rider eats during the ride (and keeps down) they have five minutes deducted from their ride time. For 2015 all courses will be new. Also new for 2015 will be the debut of The Glazer, a special donut stop with a unique donut that is worth a ten minute time deduction. Online and Mail-in registration opened January 1. Registration will be open until the 2000 rider limit is reached or until the September 1st deadline. There is no day of registration. For more details visit www.thetourdedonut.com.

    JC Penney will be closing its doors at their Greenville location on Wagner Avenue. The store confirmed it will close 2 stores in Southwest Ohio with both Greenville and Springfield locations preparing to close in spring 2015. A spokesperson says about 55 people are impacted in Greenville with the closing set for April. 43 JC Penney stores will remain in the State of Ohio. A statement released on Wednesday says
    "As with most retailers, we continually evaluate our store portfolio to determine whether there’s a need to close or relocate under-performing stores. Reviews such as these are essential in meeting our long-term goals for future company growth. While it's never an easy decision to close stores, especially due to the impact on our valued associates and customers, we feel this is a necessary business decision."

    The Darke County Agricultural Society met on Wednesday for their first meeting in 2015. The Fair Board met together before they travel to Columbus over the next 4 days for the Ohio Fair Managers Association Convention, which will be held in Columbus from January 8th to the 11th. One of the highlights will be the Great Darke County Fair Queen, Jenna Cline will be participating in the 2015 Ohio Fair's Queen's Contest. All Board Members will be attending multiple programs and sessions over the next few days in Columbus at OFMA. In other news, the Great Darke County Fair is now on Twitter and Instagram. Follow the Fair on Twitter @DarkeCountyFair and look at pictures via Instagram.com/DarkeCountyFair. The next Fair Board meeting will be Wednesday, February 4th at 7:30 on the Fairgrounds.

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