Chris Gibbs, who worked for the Mercer County Farm Service Agency for over 25 years, past chair of the Shelby County Republican party and a farmer, announced Wednesday that he is launching an exploratory committee to consider running against Jim Jordan as an Independent for Ohio's 4th Congressional District. Signing on to work for the campaign are Republican pollster Christine Matthews and Democratic media consultant Joe Trippi. Gibbs list his values as "not spending more than you take in, being as good as your word, and remembering where you came from. And, the most important rule: if you want to get things done, you’ve got to bring people together". He says he's considering a run for Congress as an Independent because "we're falling far short of these values. Nowhere is that more evident than in Ohio's 4th Congressional District, where the incumbent, Jim Jordan, keeps choosing his party bosses over the people who sent him to Congress". For more information visit

    Earlier this week, Greenville Fire Chief Russ Thompson was joined by Greenville Township Fire Chief Brian Phillips at the Greenville City Council meeting. Fire Chief Thompson asked council to fund the start up costs that would allow the department to become an Advanced Life Support (ALS) engine company. Last year, GFD responded to around 20 EMS calls with rescue and this year, the City of Greenville Fire Department has responded to 61 EMS calls with rescue. Chief Thompson expects that number to increase next year. The chief asked to purchase a fully equipped Crisis Bag and a 12-lead monitor/defibrillator. The cost of the unit is over $27,000. If approved, the city would be able to pay for the unit through CIP funds over three years through a zero-interest loan through Stryker the manufacturer. Council was in support of the idea and legislation will be prepared for a future meeting.

    This holiday season, shoppers can earn chances to win hundreds of dollars in merchandise and gift certificates through "Win the Window," a shop local campaign by Main Street Greenville and Second National Bank. Between November 23rd-December 8th, shoppers can enter to win by spending money at any of the participating downtown Greenville businesses. Find the list of participating businesses and prizes on the Main Street Greenville website, Participating businesses have provided merchandise and gift certificates to place under the Christmas tree in Main Street Greenville's window, located in the Darke County Welcome Center at 421 S. Broadway. Shoppers will get a ticket entry for every $5 they spend at a participating downtown business, up to single purchases of $1,000. For example, if you spend $100 at a business, you will receive 20 tickets to enter into the contest to win the window of prizes. There is no limit to how many times you can shop to enter. New to the contest this year, there will be multiple winners. Participating businesses will have tickets available at the time of your purchases and a glass jar to collect all of the tickets for the drawing. The drawing for the winners will take place on Tuesday, December 12th at 3:30 pm at the Main Street Greenville office, located in the Darke County Welcome Center at 421 S. Broadway. You are not required to be present to win.

    Greenville City Council met on Tuesday, for their regularly scheduled meeting and on the agenda under old business was a resolution for the Wagner Avenue Improvement project. The motion declaring a necessity for assessments for Wagner Avenue was given its third reading by title only and then tabled at a previous meeting. That item was removed from the table and then Council Member John Hensley made an amendment to the motion to include an amortization schedule. The City Auditor, Roxanne Willman, during the administrative report, informed council that a meeting was held with Council Members Hensley and Clarence Godwin to go over payments the city will make for the project. Over the next 30 years, Greenville will pay over $13,800 annually for the Wagner Avenue Road Widening Project. With the amendment, Council approved the resolution moving forward on the project. Hensley thanked the auditor and Economic Development Director, Mike Bowers, who was also present during the meeting, the 2 played a big role in introducing the amortization schedule. In other business, council approved 5 ordinances and resolutions. The next City Council meeting will be Tuesday, December 3rd at 7:30 in the City Building.

    On Saturday, A suspected drunk driver was taken into custody after losing control and crashing his vehicle into a house. At approximately 9:43 p.m., emergency personnel from the New Madison Fire Department and Tri-Village Rescue responded along with Deputies from the Darke County Sheriff’s Department to the area of Washington and Duffield Streets in reference to a vehicle into a house. Investigation into the incident revealed a white Chevrolet Colorado was traveling east on Washington Street when the driver of the vehicle 24-year-old Austin Hosbrook, failed to maintain control of his vehicle and traveled through the intersection before driving into and coming to rest on the front porch of a private residence located at 167 Duffield Street Hosbrook was treated on the scene by Tri-Village Rescue for minor injuries before refusing any further treatment and transport to a medical facility. Hosbrook was then taken into custody by the Darke County Sheriff’s Department and transported to the Darke County Jail for the suspicion of OVI. No injuries were reported from the occupants of the home who were inside at the time of the crash. Deputies described the damage to the residence as minor structural damage to the front and mainly isolated to the area of the porch.

    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County creates and supports one-to-one mentoring relationships between adults and youths. Because there are more children on the waiting list than can be matched with an adult, teens fill the role as Big Buddies. GivingTuesday donations received through the Community Foundation’s Match Day will be utilized for our after-school Big Buddies mentoring programs. Last year, they were able to serve 176 Littles with 177 high school Big Buddy volunteers for a total of 353 individuals under the age of 18 involved in the Big Buddies programs in both Shelby and Darke counties. To support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County on Match Day, gifts must be made payable to the Community Foundation of Shelby County with: Match/Big Brothers Big Sisters noted on the memo or in an accompanying note or form. Details and forms are available at the Community Foundation website at and at Big Brothers Big Sisters offices. Gifts must be received on or before Dec. 3 to be eligible for up to $5,000 in matching money.

- October 11, 2019

    Voted best community parade in the state by the readers of Ohio Magazine for 2019, Main Street Greenville is busy preparing for the 16th Annual Hometown Holiday Horse Parade! The parade will take place the weekend before Thanksgiving on Saturday, November 23rd. The lighted horse parade event boasts 90+ entries and brings an estimated 8,000+ spectators into the downtown Greenville area. The parade will travel down South Broadway, travel around the circle, and return back up South Broadway. The event begins at 7 pm with entertainment leading up to the main event. Also, downtown businesses will be open late for holiday shopping and dining! Main Street Greenville, the non-profit organization that has been coordinating the event since 2004, and the Hometown Holiday Horse Parade Committee is accepting entries for the parade. All entries must be horse-drawn carriages, wagons, riders or buggies. Nothing motorized is permitted for this parade. Entry forms can be submitted online by visiting, or by contacting the Main Street Greenville office at 937-548-4998 for a printed form.

NEW AREA CODE - July 8, 2019
    The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has approved a plan to implement the new 326 area code. The 326 area code will overlay the existing 937 area code, which is expected to run out of available phone numbers in 2020. The North American Numbering Plan Administrator (NANPA) has identified a plan with the PUCO to implement the new area code. Mandatory 10 or 11-digit dialing for all local calls will begin on Feb. 8, 2020, and the new 326 area code will take effect on March 8, 2020. Current telephone numbers, including area codes will not change. Beginning Aug. 10, 2019, customers are encouraged to begin 10 or 11-digit dialing for all local calls so that it is second nature when it becomes necessary on Feb. 8, 2020 to dial all 10 or 11-digits to make local calls. Feb. 8, 2020, customers in the 937 area code will be required to dial 10 or 11- digit phone numbers for all local calls. Calls currently considered local calls will remain local calls. Calls between 937 and 326 are local calls. Long distance calling will not change. 911 and other three digit numbers (211, 311, 411, 811, etc.), if available in the local community, will not change. Customers should begin or continue to identify their phone number with the area code. For more information, visit

- March 26, 2019
    Those interested in selling their items at the Farmers’ Market are invited to join Main Street Greenville for their Vendor Open House. This will take place at KitchenAid Experience (423 S. Broadway) on Thursday, March 28th from 6 pm - 7 pm. Main Street Greenville will be answering questions, greeting returning vendors and helping new vendors sign-up for the 2019 season. The market offers a variety of selling options, ranging from one Saturday to every Saturday of the season from June to October.  If you are interested in selling goods at the Farmers’ Market, but are unable to attend the open house, contact Main Street Greenville for an application form at 937-548-4998 or Main Street Greenville is a non-profit organization committed to stimulating and supporting revitalization efforts, historic preservation and economic growth in Historic Downtown Greenville.

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