DARKE COUNTY SPECIAL FAIRBOARD MEETING - March 11, 2014
The Darke County Agricultural Society met on Monday for a special meeting with the intent for an Executive Session to consider the purchase of property (real, personal, tangible, intangible). The fairboard started the meeting at 7 and not even a minute had passed before a motion was made for the board to go into executive session. Five business men from separate companies went into executive session with the fairboard. Recently, a design and build concept was presented and advertised with specifications, requirements and timelines for the 2 structures. Last week, contractors interested submitted their ideas. This week, a pre-screening process was supposed to take place, it was not confirmed that Monday's meeting was that pre-screening process. The Fairboard informed the media that a decision pertaining to Monday's Executive Session would not be made last night and that questions would not be answered following the meeting. The next Fairboard meeting will be Wednesday, April 3rd at 7:30 PM on the fairgounds.
GARSTY MUSEUM SUNDAY EVENT - March 11, 2014
The Garst Museum has announced that this Sunday, they will present a program on Fort Meigs. The speaker will be Mr. Rex Spencer and will begin at 2:00 PM. Spencer will talk about the reason for the construction of Fort Meigs, its importance in American history, and his experiences when he worked on the archaeology of the area. Rex Spencer is a graduate of Versailles High School and Defiance College. He spent his career teaching at Ansonia High School. The Sunday event is a free Garst program. Admission to the program is free and open to the public, however normal admission fees apply to tour the entire museum. For more information visit GarstMuseum.org.
FUNDING TO AREA COLLEGE - March 11, 2014
State Representative Richard Adams (R-Troy) has announced that the State Controlling Board approved the release of funding to Edison Community College for the Choose Ohio First Co-op and Internship Program. Edison Community College, in partnership with Upper Valley Career Center has been awarded a total of $269,665 to promote and encourage cooperative education and internship programs, according to documents from the Office of Budget and Management. These programs are for the purpose of attracting and retaining talent and businesses in Ohio, with a focus on key industries and occupations. The appropriation provides funding to engage more students, businesses, and faculty in co-op and internship programs that are relevant to Ohio's workforce needs by helping to close skill gaps where they exist. The Ohio Board of Regents, the Governor's Office of Workforce Transformation, JobsOhio, and national experts recommended that a total of $10.8 million be awarded to 25 applicants during Fiscal Years 2014 and 2015.
FAIRBOARD MONDAY NIGHT MEETING - March 10, 2014
Monday night, there will be a special meeting of the Board of Directors of the Darke County Agricultural Society on the Fairgrounds under the Grandstand at 7:00 p.m. The agenda includes an Executive Session To Consider The Purchase Of Property (Real, Personal, Tangible, Intangible).
FIRE IN WEST MILTON HOME - March 10, 2014
A fire broke out on Sunday in West Milton and a oil furnace is being blamed for starting the blaze. Smoke filled the house in the 8900 block of Milton-Potsdam Road where crews responded shortly before midnight. Crews encountered smoke coming out of the windows and chimney. No one was home at the time. A fuel oil furnace malfunction was to blame and crews ventilated the smoke quickly. Fire crews from Laura and Ludlow Falls also responded to the scene.
CROP INSURANCE FOR 2014 - March 10, 2014
With the Spring planting season nearly here, Ohio Lieutenant Governor and Department of Insurance Director Mary Taylor is stressing the importance of protection against agricultural losses with helpful insurance tips for farmers to keep in mind. Crop insurance policies are issued by private insurance companies and sold by licensed agents, who are able to explain any changes to crop insurance contained in the 2014 Farm Bill. There are two types of crop insurance available to farmers: crop hail insurance and multi-peril crop insurance. Contact the Ohio Department of Insurance at 1-800-686-1526 for assistance in determining if an insurance company and/or insurance agent are licensed to write crop insurance in Ohio. You can also visit the Department's website at www.insurance.ohio.gov to review the agent/agency locator. For more information about the options available for a crop insurance policy plus a list of definitions, coverages and specific policy dates, visit the RMA website at www.rma.usda.gov.
VERSAILLES LADY TIGERS REGIONAL CHAMPS - March 10, 2014
The Versailles girls basketball team claimed a spot in the state final four on Saturday afternoon by topping Greeneview 57-32 with a regional championship victory at Springfield High School. Versailles qualified for the state tournament in Columbus for the first time in five years. The Tigers are headed to state for the 6th time and with the regional championship win, Versailles advances to play the Proctorville-Fairland Dragons on Friday in the Division III state semifinals at 3 p.m. at the Jerome Schottenstein Center in Columbus. The winner of Friday's game will play either Columbus Africentric or Smithville on Saturday for the Division III state championship. Scott Ward and Ryan Gathard will have the game live for you on Friday Afternoon beginning with a pre-game around 2:40 on 97.5, wtgr.com and on your smartphone with the app of TuneInRadio.