THURSDAY ACCIDENT SHUTS 1-75 DOWN - May 22, 2015
    A crash happened Thursday night in Piqua on I-75 South. The Ohio State Highway Patrol reported that 5 people were injured with one having to be taken to Miami Valley Hospital by Careflight. The crash was called down in the 9 o'clock hour as the accident occurred on the highway near the Cinemark Miami Valley and US 36. It was 2 vehicle injury accident that was the result of an improper lane change and high speeds. I-75 South was shut down for a short time, while crews investigated and cleaned up the scene.

MEMORIAL DAY SAFETY - May 22, 2015
    The Ohio State Highway Patrol is reminding drivers this Memorial Day to not get behind the wheel impaired. Troopers and local law enforcement will be joining forces in an effort to keep Ohio roads fatality free this holiday. Troopers made 763 OVI arrests during the 2014 Memorial Day holiday. During the extended weekend, 13 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes, of which 54 percent were OVI related. The Patrol is urging motorists to never drive impaired and always designate a sober driver. In addition, as part of the national Click It or Ticket enforcement mobilization running through May 31, troopers will have a zero tolerance policy for those not wearing a safety belt. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, safety belts saved an estimated 12,174 lives nationwide in 2012. Motorists are encouraged to call #677 to report impaired drivers or drug activity.

SWIMMING SAFETY - May 22, 2015
    With swimming pools opening this weekend and summer vacations on the horizon, people will be flocking to pools and beaches. That can be a great way to beat the heat. But it can also be disastrous without the proper precautions. To help, the Red Cross offers five key safety tips for the water this summer:
    
    1. Swim in a designated area supervised by lifeguards.
    
    2. Maintain constant supervision. Never leave a child unattended near water—not even for a minute.
    
    3. Make sure everyone in your family can swim well.
    
    4. Have the appropriate equipment at your pool to be able to reach or throw in case of an emergency. Have a cell phone, first aid kit and life-jacket available.
    
    5. Have young children or inexperienced swimmers wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved life-jacket around water.
    
    For more tips and information visit RedCross.org.

GREENVILLE WATER TOWER EAST - May 21, 2015
    Earlier this week, City of Greenville Council met for their regularly scheduled meeting. Council passed 5 ordinances and resolutions with one resolution pertaining to the new Darke County Solid Waste Management Plan. Before their meeting, Council met for a work session with Greenville Water Superintendent, Gary Evans about Water Tower East in the City. Paperwork was presented by the Ohio EPA pertaining to funding opportunities for infrastructure improvements and financial incentives to address harmful algal blooms. In the 18 page document handed to Council was also a scope of service for an East Elevated Water Storage Tank that could be constructed in 18 months at a cost of $612,000. Council did not take any action on any dealings with the work session. The next City Council meeting is Tuesday, June 2 at 7:30 in the City Building.

HOOPIN' IN THE COOP AT POULTRY DAYS - May 21, 2015
    The Versailles Lady Tiger Basketball team would like to invite you to participate in the 5th Annual "Hoopin' in the Coop"! This 2 on 2 basketball tournament is to be held on Sunday, June 14th in conjunction with the world famous Poultry Days. Pre-registration is open until June 6th. The cost to participate is $8 per player (no shirt) or $16 per player (includes shirt). Participants can register up to 12:30pm on June 14th. Doors will open at 11am with tournament play beginning around 1pm. There are 12 different divisions set up beginning with those 10 years of age to a 30 & over age group. All divisions have both female and male divisions. Prizes are awarded to first and second place teams in all 12 divisions. To register, or for more information call 937-526-4651, or visit the Poultry Days website at www.versaillespoultrydays.com.

LAKE LORAMIE STATE PARK OFFERING CPR CLASS - May 21, 2015
    This weekend, marks the unofficial start to summer. Lake Loramie State Park, where activities range from boating, swimming, hiking and biking to hanging around camp with friends and families. As camping season "officially" kicks off, there will be something new this Memorial Day weekend, an exciting partnership between Ohio State Parks and the American Red Cross, offered on site a life-saving class Citizen CPR, where in thirty minutes participants can learn this compression based course.
    The courses teaches: Hands Only CPR, Care for choking victims, 911 Emergency Services, and How to stay safe during emergencies. The course is being offered twice on May 24th, once at 2:00 pm and again at 2:30. Class will be held in the park maintenance area, picnic table seating or bring your camp chair. Class is open to those ten and up; adults will need to accompany their children.

SEARCH WARRANTS FOR DRUG INVESTIGATION IN PIQUA - May 15, 2015
    The Miami County Sheriff's Office with the assistance of the Piqua Police Department executed search warrants early Thursday morning at 10220 N. County Road 25A, Lot #2, and 1243 E. Ash Street, Piqua, Discount Furniture and Mattress Outlet. The warrants were issued subsequent a lengthy drug investigation which is still on-going. Arrested was David L. Owen, 52, Piqua, Diana Smith, 52, Piqua, John D. Owen,25, Piqua, and Michael A. Griffith, 49 of Columbus. Drugs, firearms, and U.S. currency were recovered in the search warrants. All charges are felonies and all suspects were incarcerated into the Miami County jail. The charges will be forwarded to the Miami County Prosecuting Attorney for presentation to a Grand Jury.

CLICK OR TICKET MAY 18-31 - May 15, 2015
    The Greenville Police Department will join local and national law enforcement officers and highway safety advocates all across the country for the 2015 national Click lt or Ticket seat belt enforcement mobilization, May 18-May 31, 2015. During the mobilization, officers will be cracking down on motorists who fail to wear their seat belts - both day and night. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2004, seat belt non-use alone caused an estimated $18 billion in economic costs to society. When people don't wear seat belts, the potential costs increase because unbelted crash victims receive worse injuries and more fatalities than belted crash victims. 52 percent of the 21,253 passenger vehicle occupants killed in 2011 were not wearing their safety belts at the time of the crash. In 2012, of the fatal crashes where safety belt information was known, 61 percent of the people killed on Ohio's roadways were not wearing a safety restraint. More than 900 law enforcement partners around Ohio, including the Ohio State Highway Patrol, will be aggressively enforcing the law during the mobilization, which runs May 18 - May 31, 2015. Remember this May: Click lt or Ticket. Buckle up and encourage your loved ones to do the same. You'll save the cost of a ticket and may even save a life.

HORSEMEN'S ASSOCIATION MATINEE SUNDAY - May 15, 2015
    The Darke County Harness Horsemen's Association's annual matinee will be Sunday May 17th with no rain date. The races start at noon at the Darke County Fairgrounds, Greenville, Ohio. Admission is free. Entries were taken on Thursday and Entries will be posted on www.GeneRiegleMemorial.com on Friday May 15th. Trophy blankets will be awarded. Time bar races only. Chicken dinner tickets can also be purchased at the time of entry. The cost is $7.50 per dinner and will be served from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. For pre-sale chicken dinner tickets or matinee questions, call 937.459.0414.

HOUSE BILL 74 PASSES - May 14, 2015
    On Wednesday, State Representative Jim Buchy (R-Greenville) applauded House Bill 74, which passed in the Ohio House of Representatives with broad bipartisan support. HB 74, would revise the state assessments and examinations given to Ohio's students. Overall, the bill is expected to reduce testing time by 50 percent while ensuring continued local control over assessments used by schools and districts. HB 74 aims to move Ohio away from a one-size-fits-all approach in favor of a more efficient operation of state assessments for local schools. Additionally, the bill provides a deadline for the completion of the ongoing review of academic content standards. House Bill 74 now moves to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.

NATIONAL POLICE WEEK - May 14, 2015
    May 10th began the National Police Week, which includes Peace Officer Memorial Day, May 15. Peace Officer Memorial Day was designated in 1962 by President John F. Kennedy to honor those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. Each year the names of all officers killed in the line of duty during the previous year are added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC. This year, 273 names will be added to the wall. This includes 117 that were killed in the line of duty in 2014, including one from Ohio.There are also 156 officers being added to the wall that had been killed in previous years, but whose sacrifice was discovered in 2014. In 2015, there have already been 44 line of duty deaths. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of all fallen officers.

5-YEAR OLD STRUCK ON BICYCLE - May 14, 2015
    On Wednesday May 13, 2015 at approximately 6:05 PM, Darke County Deputies along with Bradford Fire & Rescue, and CareFlight, responded to the 8100 block of Martin Road on a report of a vehicle and bicycle injury crash. Preliminary investigation revealed a UPS delivery truck driven by Mark Nisonger, 48, of Greenville was traveling North on Martin Road when a 5 year old boy riding his bicycle entered the roadway from a private driveway into the trucks lane of travel and was struck by the UPS truck. Mr. Nisonger did take evasive action trying to avoid the collision but was unable to. The 5 year old boy was taken by Careflight to Dayton's Children Medical Center for his injuries. The child was not wearing any protective head gear while riding his bicycle. The child is being kept over night for observation with non-life threatening injuries. This accident is still under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office, and the Sheriff's Office encourages children to wear protective head gear while riding their bikes.

CELINA POLICE LOOKING FOR MAN - May 14, 2015
    The Celina Police Department is seeking help from the public in locating John T. Sturgis, a Mercer County resident who is currently at large. He was born 12/07/1975. There are outstanding warrants for his arrest for the Illegal Assembly of Chemicals for the Manufacture of Drugs, a felony of the 3rd degree and for Possession of Drugs, a felony of the 5th degree. Anyone with information that would help locate him is asked to contact the Celina P.D. at 419-586-2345. Callers can remain anonymous.

MIAMI COUNTY SHERIFF DEPARTMENT CLEARED - May 13, 2015
    Earlier this week, Miami County Sheriff Charles Cox and his office were cleared of any wrongdoing after the Champaign County Prosecutor's Office concluded an investigation into the proper processing of sheriff's sale deeds. On May 8, in a letter to Miami County Prosecutor Tony Kendell, Champaign County Prosecutor Kevin Talebi stated, "Upon review of the investigative materials and evidence collected, I have concluded that there is no credible evidence of any criminal wrongdoing sufficient to justify a presentation to a Miami County Grand Jury. In fact, it is clear from the information gathered that members of the sheriff's office did not engage in conduct with purpose to defraud nor did they act in a manner for the purpose of facilitating any sort of fraud." In other business, Miami County Chief Deputy Dave Duchak said Tuesday that he plans to seek the Sheriff's position upon Cox's retirement in 2016. Sheriff Charles Cox's term ends on Jan. 6, 2017.

BUCHY DISCUSSES PARCC TESTING - May 13, 2015
    State Representative Jim Buchy from Greenville sent out a press release on Tuesday in reference to PARCC (Park) testing in the state. Overall, administrators are unhappy with the roll-out of PARCC because it uses too much valuable time in the classroom and has been plagued with many technical problems. The focus should be on learning, but teachers are forced to spend a lot of time testing their students. The State Rep. feels there needs to be a shift of control back to the local school districts. Recently, Buchy launched a new website that lays out "Our Pathway" to return control back to Ohio's schools. One recent victory for "Our Pathway" was the passage of House Bill 7, which provided Ohio's students with safe harbor from the results of this year's PARCC examinations. If you would like to learn more about these, or future bills regarding PARCC and the Common Core, please visit the "Our Pathway" page at TinyURL.com/OurPathway.

BRADFORD RAILROAD FESTIVAL - May 13, 2015
    The Bradford Ohio Railroad Museum is announcing the 2015 Railroad Festival for June 13th. The day celebrates 130 years of Railroad history at the junction. Activities include something for every age group. Children's Activities include over 12 different games. There will be balloons, coal toss, Pin the number on Thomas, Ring Toss, Kiddie Train Ride. Adults will get to watch train movies, Slide presentations, & railroad artifacts. Telegraph School is throughout the day at the Tower and the Depot in the museum. There will be a bid and buy of themed gift baskets. The gift Shop will be open with Cat's Meow's of the Railroad Structures, boxcars, books and children's items. The hours are 10 am- 4 pm. Tickets for the day's events and games will be through the museum at 200 N Miami Avenue Bradford, Ohio. For more information visit BradfordRRMuseum.org. Admission is $5 for adults. Children are free with their accompanying adult.

ANNIE OAKLEY FESTIVAL ESSAY CONTEST - May 12, 2015
    The Annie Oakley Festival will again offer its annual "Aim for a High Mark" essay contest for Darke county girls age 8 to 13. This year's contest is sponsored by Cope’s Distributing. Three prizes will be awarded. First place will receive $75, second place will receive $50, and third place will receive $25. Entrants will be required to answer the question "How has Annie Oakley's life inspired you to 'Aim for a High Mark?" The winners to be announced via the Annie Oakley Festival website and personally contacted on July 20, 2015. The three winning entries are expected to read their essays at Annie Oakley's grave site during the Pilgrimage program directly after the Miss Annie Oakley shooting contest on July 23, 2015 at approximately 7:30pm. The Annie Oakley Committee asks that all entries be: typed, double-spaced, Times New Roman font, 12 pt. size, 1 inch margins, and 500 words or less. Entries must include contestant's name, age, address, phone number, email, and school. The entry deadline is July 13, 2015. For questions or further information call 338-5221. For more information about the festival weekend visit www.AnnieOakleyFestival.org or visit the Annie Oakley Festival group page on Facebook.

ANSONIA SIXTH-GRADER WINS AWARD - May 12, 2015
    Leann Ressler, a sixth-grade student attending Ansonia Elementary School, has been named the 2015 AAA School Safety Patroller of the Year. An honor of the highest regard, this award recognizes exemplary leadership qualities, safety skills, school involvement and citizenship/volunteerism. This year AAA and the SAFE organization reviewed 51 nominations submitted by schools throughout the Miami Valley area. The mission for the AAA School Safety Patrol program - is to provide a safer environment and leadership opportunities for millions of schoolchildren. A program that has been around for 95 years, today, more than 635,000 male and female patrollers in 33,500 schools nationwide dedicate their time before, during and after school each day working to ensure the safety of their classmates. If you'd like more information about the AAA Safety Patrol Program call (937)238-6667.

TRACTOR TRAILER ACCIDENT - May 12, 2015
    On May 12, 2015 at approximately 4:20 am Darke County Deputies, along with Versailles Fire Department and Versailles EMS, responded to the 11000 block of SR 47 on a tractor trailer on its side. Preliminary investigation revealed a 2014 Volvo tractor trailer, driven by Robert Long (38) of Bellefontaine, Ohio, was traveling west on SR 47 and traveled off the right side of the roadway. The tractor trailer fell on the right side and slid to a stop in a hay field. Mr. Long was checked by Versailles EMS and released with no injuries. Mr. Long was issued a citation for Reasonable Control.

INDIVIDUALS ARRESTED FOR TRAFFICKING FOOD ASSISTANCE CARDS - May 12, 2015
    On Monday, Darke County Sheriff's Office concluded the case against two local individuals accused of trafficking food assistance cards. David and Betty Harter, of Greenville, were formally charged in November 2014 after the Grand Jury indicated them on 2-counts of trafficking food stamps, a fourth-degree felony. Detectives conducted the investigation totaling over $5,900 in fraud. The Harters told Detectives they paid at least three people in cash for their Ohio food assistance cards. The Harters also claimed the food purchased with the food assistance cards was used for catering jobs and get-togethers with family members. The investigation uncovered the activity took place from 2013 to 2014. The three individuals had been trading their EBT cards for cash to purchase illegal narcotics. Some of the individuals receiving benefits offered to sell their EBT cards to the Harters for 50 cents on the dollar. Betty Harter plead guilty to the fourth degree felony charge, while David Harter plead to a lesser misdemeanor. The three individuals who admitted to selling their food assistance cards have all plead guilty and have been sentenced by the Darke County Common Pleas Court. Sheriff Toby L. Spencer takes a strong stand against the illegal trafficking of food assistance benefits in our community. Citizens can contact the Darke County Job and Family Services Fraud Hotline at (937) 548-4132 (ext. 257) to report fraudulent activity. Information can be left anonymously.

PURSUIT IN DARKE COUNTY ENDS IN MIAMI COUNTY - May 11, 2015
    Miami County Deputies say that David Bucker, 36, Camby, Indiana was booked into the Miami County Jail early Monday morning on charges of felony fleeing and resisting arrest. He was involved in the reported theft of gasoline from Marshal's Shell station in Bradford Sunday evening. Then Bucker was involved in a two-county pursuit with speeds at times only 8-10mph, and a 90 minute stand-off north of Covington on State Route 48 at Klinger Road. By 9:04 p.m. Bucker was again stopped, in handcuffs and taken to the hospital for treatment of facial cuts and for a mental evaluation.

DRIVER MAY HAVE FALLEN ASLEEP IN ACCIDENT - May 11, 2015
    On Friday, at approximately 3:45 p.m. Darke County Deputies, along with New Madison Fire, Liberty Township Fire and Tri-Village rescue were dispatched to the 4200 block of US36 reference a two vehicle injury accident, with entrapment. Preliminary investigation shows that a 2003 Chevy Impala, driven by Rachel Remencus (18) of New Madison, was westbound on US36 and drifted let of center striking the trailer of a 99 Volvo semi, driven by Robert Alderton (51) of Richmond, IN, which was eastbound on US36. Alderton tried to swerve to miss Remencus, but Remencus' vehicle struck the axle on the semi trailer. Remencus was trapped in her vehicle and was extricated from the vehicle by New Madison Fire, Liberty Township Fire and Tri-Village Rescue. Remencus was transported to Miami Valley Hospital by CareFlight. Alderton was treated by Tri-Village Rescue, but refused treatment. This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office. Possible cause of the accident may have been associated with the driver falling asleep.

TEEN EJECTED FROM 4-WHEELER - May 11, 2015
    On Friday, just after 5pm, Darke County Sheriff's Office received a call of a ATV Accident. Darke County Sheriff Office along with Ansonia Rescue, Ansonia Fire Department and Careflight was dispatched to the 3600 Block of Hillgrove Woodington Rd. Units were advised that a 14 year old male was riding an ATV when the teen was ejected from the ATV. Investigation revealed the teen was riding on an old railroad bed across the field from the residence. The teen hit a deep ditch and lost control of the ATV causing him to be ejected from the ATV. The teens sister was able to get the injured teen onto her ATV and took him to their residence and summoned help. The teen was transported to Miami Valley Hospital by CareFlight. The investigation showed that the teen was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

3 VEHICLE ACCIDENT SENDS 2 TO HOSPITAL - May 7, 2015
    On Wednesday, we reported on a crash around 3:00 PM Darke County Deputies, along with Gettysburg Fire and Rescue, Bradford Fire and Rescue, Greenville Rescue, and Careflight were dispatched to the 8100 block of US Route 36, near Gettysburg. Preliminary investigation revealed that a 1999 Chevy SUV, driven by Teresa Ann Johnson, 70, of Greenville, was eastbound on US 36, slowing to turn left into a driveway. Johnson's vehicle was struck from behind by a 2014 Volvo semi tractor trailer, driven by Aurthur D. Elliott, 61, of Springfield, Ohio, which was also eastbound on US Route 36. Johnson's SUV was forced across the center-line by the impact and struck a westbound 2001 Mitsubishi cargo truck, driven by Robert L. Himes Jr., 51, of Union City, Indiana. Johnson's SUV overturned and came to rest in the middle of the roadway. The driver and her passenger, Jody L. Stewart, 53, of Bay City, Michigan had to be extricated from the vehicle by mechanical means and were transported to Miami Valley Hospital via Careflight with Johnson listed in serious condition while Stewart is listed in fair condition at the time of the press release. Himes and Elliott, who were the lone occupants of their vehicles, were treated and released at the scene with no injuries. The Ohio State Patrol Motor Carrier Enforcement Officer responded to the scene for a vehicle inspection. The Darke County Sheriff's Office Crash Reconstruction Team responded to the scene and US Route 36 was shut down to traffic for nearly three hours.

NEW NAME FOR FAIR BUILDING - May 7, 2015
    Darke County Agricultural Society met on Wednesday for their regularly scheduled meeting. The Fair Board approved the naming and signage of the newly constructed building as The Beef & Dairy Pavilion. The facility was open last year just in time for the fair, but this year will have an official sign and name. In other business, Beth Martin informed the board that the Junior Fair King and Queen Contest will be held at All Seasons this year on July 14th at 7 PM. The Contest, which is normally held at St. Clair Memorial Hall, is moving because of renovations that are taking place at the historic facility. The board will be making the announcement for the 2015 Fair Entertainment on Monday, May 18th through DarkeCountyFair.com and the Community Ties Program, which airs on WTGR just after 11 AM. The next Fair Board meeting will be Wednesday, June 3rd at 7:30 on the Fairgrounds.

2 LEVIES PASS IN DARKE COUNTY - May 6, 2015
    Voters in Ansonia Local School District and in Versailles approved the only levies on the ballot for the May 5 special election.
    
    Ansonia Local School District had a 1-mill renewal levy on the ballot providing funds for permanent improvements. The five-year levy will begin this year, with first collection in 2016. This is a renewal for a tax that has been on the books for 15 years, so taxpayers will see no changes to their tax burden with approval of the levy. In recent years, the levy has been used for such purchases as vehicles, mowers, roof repairs, fencing on the athletic complex and similar expenses. The Ansonia levy passed 90 for to 37 against. Ansonia has seven voting precincts.
    
    
    Versailles Village sought funding to operate ambulance and emergency services in the village. The 3.5-mill will commence this year, with collection to begin in 2016. The Versailles levy passed 213 for to 94 against. Versailles has two voting precincts.

SAFETY/SERVICE DIRECTOR APPROVED TO FILE APPLICATION - May 6, 2015
    Greenville City Council met on Tuesday for their regularly scheduled meeting and approved 1 ordinance and 3 resolutions. The last resolution council approved authorizes the Safety/Service Director, Curt Garrison to execute the filing of an application with the Ohio Department of Transportation for the Ohio Street pedestrian improvement transportation enhancement project. If the City were to receive the Grant, the project would consist of side walks, street and bike path work. The construction would be on Ohio Street from Martin to East Main Street. The action on Tuesday from Council only involves the application process. The total project cost is estimated at a little more that 1.3 Million Dollars and the City putting forward $265,000 in the project. In other business, Council will meet just before their next meeting in a special work session on Tuesday, May 19th at 6 PM and the Council Meeting at 7:30 in the City Building.

TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK - May 6, 2015
    Teacher Appreciation Week is May 4 through 8 and Council on Rural Services is taking the opportunity to recognize the contributions teachers make in the lives of children at Council on Rural Services, Kids Learning Place, and the Achievement Center for Educational Success (ACES) program. Being a teacher can be a challenging job; but it is also one of the most important and most rewarding careers one can have. Teachers impact the lives of children from their earliest age while in a child care setting, to preschool, all the way through to college. For more information about the services of Council on Rural you can call 937-778-5220, visit www.councilonruralservices.org.

POULTRY DAYS PARADE APPLICATIONS - May 6, 2015
    Registration for Versailles Poultry Days, Grand Parade and the Antique Car Parade is open. To register for two of the largest parades in the area, go to Activities at VersaillesPoultryDays.com. The Grand parade, which is ran by the Versailles Fire Department expects to have over 125 units again this year and will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, June 13th. Awards are given for Junior Civic, Senior Civic, Commercial, Theme Award, Queen's Trophy, Mayor's Trophy and Chairman's Choice. The Antique Car and Tractor Parade begins at 2:30 on Sunday, June 14th and is preceded by a display beginning at 9:00 am. The Antique Car and Tractor display will be moved to the grounds of the Versailles High School and expects to surpass 200 vehicles with music, door prizes and a raffle. The 64th annual Versailles Poultry Days will be held June 12-14th with a festival theme of "Take Me Out To The Poultry Days Festival."

DARKE COUNTY AUXILIARY DEPUTY SENTENCED - May 5, 2015
    Bryan Wombolt, 28, former Darke County Auxiliary Sheriff's Deputy was sentenced on Monday. Back in January, Wombolt enter a plea and was convicted on 2 counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and will serve 60 days behind bars, 60 months probation and have to register as a Tier II sex offender for 25 years. The incident, dating back to 2014 was an investigation that involved Wombolt engaging in sexual misconduct with a local high school student. If the Darke County man were to violate his probation he could face 5 years in prison.

UPCOMING GOLF OUTING TO BENEFIT STUDENTS - May 5, 2015
    Entries are now being accepted for the sixth Annual Karlh McCallister Golf Outing, planned for 1 p.m. Saturday, June 20, at the Turtle Creek Golf Course with the proceeds benefiting Bridges to College. This year, golfers may register online at the Bridges to College website at www.bridges2college.org. For convenience, golfers may also pay online. The Karlh McCallister Golf Outing also is accepting corporate and hole sponsorship's at this time. Karlh McCallister, a Greenville businessman, was instrumental in starting Bridges to College, a non-profit organization that helps students go to college through educational programming, mentoring, and scholarships. For more information about the outing call 548-2084, or visit www.bridges2college.org.

SUNDAY ROLLOVER ACCIDENT - May 4, 2015
    On Sunday, at 4:58 AM Darke County deputies along with Tri-Village rescue and New Madison fire department responded to a rollover injury accident in the 4000 block of State Route 121. When deputies arrived they found a 2002 silver Hyundai Sonata was traveling south on SR 121 and failed to negotiate a curve. The vehicle traveled off the left side of the roadway into a field and overturned multiple times. The 2002 Hyundai Sonata came to rest approximately 100 feet into the field. The driver of the accident was a 17-year-old male from Greenville Ohio who had walked to a nearby residents to call 911. The 17-year-old male was transported to Wayne hospital emergency room by Tri-Village rescue with serious injuries. The accident remains under investigation.

DARKE COUNTY FAIR CONCERT INFORMATION - May 4, 2015
    The Directors for The Great Darke County Fair want to update the public regarding the August 23, 2015 Fair concert. Here is the information that can be shared at this time.
    
    - The entertainment will be made public on Monday May 18th between 11:15 and 11:30 a.m. using their website, facebook, twitter, instagram and local media outlets.
    
    -All seats will be reserved. Track seats will be $40.00 each and Grandstand seats will be $37.00 each.
    
    -Tickets will go on sale Saturday, May 30, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. Eastern time via internet
    (www.darkecountyfair.com) and by phone; 800-736-3671/937-548-5044 using a debit or credit card.
    
    -Beginning Monday, June 1, 2015 at 8:00 a.m. Eastern time, tickets may also be purchased at the Fair Box Office located at 800 Sweitzer Street, Greenville OH.
    
    -Persons 3 years of age and older are required to purchase a seat ticket. Persons under 3 years of age are admitted free providing they sit on the lap of a paying seat ticket holder.

GARAGE SALE FOR FRIENDS OF THE SHELTER - May 4, 2015
    The Darke County Friends of the Shelter will sponsor a Garage Sale on Thursday, May 7th (9:00am – 5:00pm), Friday, May 8th (9:00am – 5:00pm), and Saturday, 9th (9:00am to 1:00pm) at 6026 Arcanum-Bearsmill Road Greenville (1 mile South of the Mill, look for Freddie and the Animal Shelter banner). All proceeds will be used to maintain the Dog Park "Scentral Park" South of the Animal Shelter on County Home Road, Greenville.

KUCK FOUND GUILTY - May 1, 2015
    After a 4 day trial, a Darke County Common Pleas Jury found Klint Kuck, 33, guilty on 1 count of rape, 1 count of sexual battery, 2 counts of selling or furnishing alcohol to a person underage. The jury was made up of eight men and four women and deliberated for close to 7 hours. He was acquitted on a single count of Kidnapping. Kuck, who once owned Backroads Bar & Grill in New Madison, was indicted following an investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office after two 19-year-old women accused him of rape after visiting the Bar. The first incident took place in July 2012, the second in February 2013. Sentencing will take place on May 21st, with the Preble county man looking at possibly 16 years behind bars.

GOVERNOR SIGNS BILL TO ALLOW ALCOHOL OUTSIDE SOME AREAS - May 1, 2015
    Ohio's governor has signed a bill to let some cities create outdoor refreshment areas where people could walk outside with open containers of alcohol. Gov. John Kassich's office says he signed the proposal Thursday. An emergency clause in the legislation allows it to take effect immediately. The measure will allow cities of a certain size to create areas exempted from the state's open-container law. That law generally prohibits a person from carrying an open container of beer or liquor in public.

UNION CITY BREAK-INS - April 30, 2015
    Union City Chamber of Commerce sent out a warning on Wednesday to Union City IN-OH merchants. Authorities believe someone is getting into cars when a person leaves it unlocked and goes into a store. This person is watching customers and as soon as the car is left unattended it is being gone through. Most occurrences have been between Noon and 4pm. Chief Wells has asked that you report any suspicious activity or persons in the area to The Union City IN or OH Police Dept. Do not approach the person yourself.

TRI-VILLAGE PATRIOTS BOYS BASKETBALL RECOGNIZED - April 30, 2015
    Senator Bill Beagle (R-Miami County) recognized the Tri-Village High School Boys Basketball team Wednesday for winning the Division IV state championship in March. This marks the first state title for Tri-Village. The team's victory was secured when senior guard Colton Linkous scored the game-winning shot with 1.3 seconds left on the clock. The 2015 team made school and state history by being the first team to go undefeated 30-0 since 1961. Senator Beagle presented the team with a resolution on the floor of the Ohio Senate during a visit to the Ohio Statehouse Wednesday, April 29, 2015. Senator Beagle stated "Coach Josh Sagester and his team have proven their remarkable abilities and determination both in academics and athletics through this monumental win for New Madison,. It is an honor to congratulate them and share in their success today at the Ohio Senate."

FORT LORAMIE GIRLS BASKETBALL HONORED AT STATE - April 30, 2015
    On Wednesday, State Representative Jim Buchy (R-Greenville) presented a resolution honoring the Fort Loramie girls basketball team as the 2015 Division IV State Champions. Under the direction of Coach Carla Siegel, the Lady Redskins defeated Waterford 55-48 in Columbus to claim the state championship, their second in three years. The win clinched a 26-4 season record for the school.

OHIO MEN BUSTED WITH DRUGS IN INDIANA - April 29, 2015
    Two Ohio's are behind bars, facing felony charges in Wayne County Indiana. Richmond Police stopped a vehicle driven by Brett Burke, 29, of Hollansburg in the 300 block of North 21st Street to serve a warrant for dealing cocaine. Officers say while searching Burke's vehicle, police found heroin, marijuana, and prescription pills in his possession. Burke has been booked in the Wayne County Jail and faces the warrant charge of dealing cocaine, as well as new charges of possession and dealing heroin and marijuana possession. A drug task force investigation into illegal drug sales also led to the arrest of Lex Shoemaker, 24, of Camden. According to a release, Shoemaker was arrested for possession of heroin and is also booked in the Wayne County Jail.

INFORMATION ABOUT POWDERED ALCOHOL - April 29, 2015
    Representative Jim Buchy from Greenville sent out a press release Tuesday pertaining to Powdered alcohol. This is a new substance that could hit the shelves in liquor stores as soon as this summer.The State Rep. says the substance is untested and could be dangerous. When you read the powdered alcohol packages, the packaging states the dried powder content is 55 percent Alcohol By Volume (ABV) and when mixed with 8 ounces of water it is reduced to 10 percent ABV. Compare this with a typical beer at about 5 percent ABV. Among the many dangers, Representative Buchy worries someone potentially mixing several packets of the powdered alcohol, and ending up with a drink many times stronger than your average beer. April of last year, this new form of alcohol was approved for sale by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). However, that approval was revoked just 2 weeks later. Buchy joint sponsored House Bill 14, which will ban the sale of powdered alcohol in Ohio. This bill has passed 93 to 1 in the House. The Senate is currently working on this bill through the committee process.

CITY OF GREENVILLE PROMOTES 2 TO CAPTAIN - April 28, 2015
    The City of Greenville Fire Department has to announced that Lt. Russell Thompson and Lt. Shawn Brandenburg were promoted to the rank of Captain on Monday. Lt. Thompson is a 12 plus year veteran of the Greenville Fire Department and has been a Lieutenant since 2011. Lt. Brandenburg is a 16 year veteran of the Greenville Fire Department and has been a Lieutenant since 2011.

AMERICAN RED CROSS TO HONOR VETS - April 28, 2015
    The American Red Cross will be honoring local veterans and active military and treating them, and their families and friends, to a free concert at St. Clair Memorial Hall on Sunday, May 3. Multi-instrumentalist and accomplished composer, singer and U.S. Army veteran Donnie Rees of Tipp City, Ohio will be performing the concert. Reis has traveled worldwide to play music ranging from classical, pop/rock and country for American troops. The Northern Miami Valley Ohio Chapter has 379 volunteers giving of themselves delivering the mission of the American Red Cross, but many more volunteers are needed. If you would like more information about how you can become a volunteer supporting your community, simply reach out online at Redcross.org or call your local Red Cross Chapter office.

KLONDA RICHEY ACT PERTAINS TO DOGS - April 28, 2015
    State Senator Bill Beagle (R–Miami County) announced legislation Monday aimed at reforming Ohio's laws pertaining to nuisance, dangerous, and vicious dogs. Following several tragic incidents in the Dayton region and across the state, Beagle along with several other local lawmakers decided to address the issues within existing Ohio law. "The Klonda Richey Act" is named after a Dayton woman who was tragically mauled to death by two dogs. After making over a dozen calls to local officials over several months regarding her neighbor's dogs threatening manner and the lack of care they were receiving, the mixed-mastiffs attacked Richey in her front yard on an early morning in February 2014. Under current law, some authorities have said the penalties do not match the offense, describing this as "one free growl, one free bite, and one free kill." To fix this, the legislation strives to give local authorities the tools they need to address problem dogs and their owners without punishing those that are not a serious threat to the community. "The Klonda Richey Act" will do this by including a number of substantial changes to state law. Changes include creating a more comprehensive penalty structure for nuisance, dangerous, and vicious dogs as well as clearer penalties for seriously injuring or killing a person or a companion animal. It will extend the amount of time felons cannot own dogs from 3 years to 5 years and add child abusers to the list of restricted owners. Additionally, every call to a dog warden will generate an investigation or follow-up and will allow those seeing the crime to sign affidavits as witnesses. It will also create penalties for not complying with the requirements of owning, transferring or registering a dangerous or vicious dog. The bill will be referred to a Senate committee to undergo hearings.

ACCIDENT EJECTS PASSENGER - April 27, 2015
    Over the weekend, Miami County Deputies apprehended driver Dominick Jennings, 30, running from the scene, leaving behind his injured girlfriend, 26-year-old Kristy Ullery, who was ejected from the sport-utility vehicle when it rolled over into a farm field on Markley Road just west of Davis Road in Union Twp near West Milton. Jennings is jailed on potential charges of operating a vehicle under the influence, drug possession, obstructing official business, failure to control and drug paraphernalia. Ullery was flown from the scene to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, where she was treated and released. Deputies seized suspected cocaine and marijuana. The incident remains under investigation. Deputies say the SUV rolled over twice around 12:30 a.m. early Sunday.

ELECTRIC COMPANIES WARN RESIDENTS OF FRAUD PHONE CALLS - April 27, 2015
    Dayton Power and Light and Duke Energy both issued alerts Friday telling customers about an increase in scams where a caller threatens to disconnect service if payment is not made immediately. The caller may demand payment within an hour using a pre-paid debit card or cash. The call may even appear to come from a 1-800 number or falsely identify the source as one of the companies. In a recent instance, someone claiming to be from DP&L disconnected a customer and demanded immediate payment to restore power. Both companies say this is an industry-wide problem that has affected many utilities across the country. If you receive a call from someone claiming to be with your utility company asking for payment, hang up and call the utility's customer service number. If you have already provided information to someone making this offer, contact your bank and the three national credit bureaus: Equifax, Experian and TransUnion immediately. If someone pressures you to provide personal or financial information, hang up immediately. Notify your local police department. Check on elderly relatives and friends, often targets of such schemes, to make sure they have not fallen victim to this fraud.

ROLLOVER ACCIDENT - April 24, 2015
    On Thursday, at approximately 3:25 p.m. Darke County Deputies along with Tri Village Rescue, Liberty Township Fire and Lifeline were dispatched to Weavers Station Rd. south of US Rt. 36 for a one vehicle injury accident. Preliminary investigation revealed a 1997 Volkswagen Jetta driven by Audley McKenzie, 50, Lynn, Indiana was traveling north on Weavers Station Rd. Audley lost control in a curve overturning the vehicle in the roadway and coming to rest on the east side of Weavers Station Rd. Audley was transported to Wayne Healthcare by Tri Village Rescue and was treated and released.

VERSAILLES POULTRY DAYS PARADE MARSHAL'S NAME - April 24, 2015
    Bob and Kathy (York) Frey have been selected as Parade Marshals for the 2015 Poultry Days Parade. The parade will begin at 11:00 am on Saturday, June 13, as part of the three-day festival to be held June 12-14. Bob has recently retired as Chief of the Versailles Fire Department, a position he held for 18 years. He served the Village of Versailles as a firefighter for a total of 35 years. He and his fellow firefighters have annually been called upon to set up the Poultry Days Parade, and Bob has enjoyed the role of judging parade entries several times. He received the distinction of being named 2015 Citizen of the Year by the Versailles Chamber of Commerce. The 64th annual festival theme is "Take Me Out To The Poultry Days Festival." Visit the website www.versaillespoultrydays.com for event details and schedules.

IRS SCAM IN DARKE COUNTY - April 22, 2015
    The Darke County Sheriff's Office has been receiving numerous phone calls from residents who are being targeted by the "IRS phone scam." It is not necessary to report the scam calls to the Sheriff's Office or local law enforcement unless you have given personal information (SSN, credit card or bank information, etc) or money to the scammers. If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS and asking for money, here's what you should do: If you know you owe taxes or think you might owe, call the IRS at 1.800.829.1040. The IRS workers can help you with a payment issue. If you know you don't owe taxes or have no reason to believe that you do, report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) at 1.800.366.4484 or at www.tigta.gov. If you've been targeted by this scam, also contact the Federal Trade Commission and use their "FTC Complaint Assistant." at FTC.gov. Please add "IRS Telephone Scam" to the comments of your complaint. Remember, too, the IRS does not use email, text messages or any social media to discuss your personal tax issue. For more information on reporting tax scams, go to www.irs.gov and type "scam" in the search box.

MANURE SCIENCE REVIEW TO BE HELD IN AUGUST - April 10, 2015
    The annual Manure Science Review educates Ohio farmers on manure nutrient management. To further this effort, Ohio EPA awarded Ohio State University Extension a $5,000 environmental education grant to help fund this year's event. Conducted by The Ohio State University Extension, this year's Manure Science Review (MSR) will be held in Darke County in August. MSR provides an educational field day with science-based information on best practices to approximately 200 farmers. The program will include presentations on relevant issues including feeding strategies to reduce phosphorus in manure, methods for reducing nutrient runoff from cropland and technologies to utilize manure. The Ohio Environmental Education Fund provides funding each year for environmental education projects targeting kindergarten through university students, the general public and the regulated community. In this grant cycle, six projects throughout the state were funded for $26,777. The next grant application deadline is July 15, 2015, with an electronic letter of intent to apply due by July 8. For additional information, contact the Ohio Environmental Education Fund on the web or at (614) 644-2873.

MONEY TO BE RAISED TO HELP STUDENTS - April 7, 2015
    For the fourth year, the Red & Yellow, Black & White Gala will be held to raise funds for the backpack ministry that is helping 420 students this year, in Kindergarten through fourth grade, in Greenville, Versailles, Ansonia, Tri-Village, Mississinawa, Union City Head Start, and Bradford schools, in Darke County. The mission of the BackPack Program, whose hub for distribution in Darke County is the Grace Resurrection Community Center (GRCC,) is to meet the needs of hungry children by providing them with nutritious and easy-to-prepare food to take home on the weekends and school vacations when other resources are not available. For $3 per student, per week, ($99 per school year,) BackPack Program volunteers assemble sacks of food that are distributed to schools on Fridays throughout the school year. For this program, a fundraiser, the Red &Yellow Black & White Gala, will be held Friday May 8, 2015 at Romer's Catering in Greenville. Dinner will be at 7:00 p.m. followed by both a live and silent auction and dancing until midnight. Tickets for the event may be purchased at Bread of Life Bookstore, Moody Auto Sales, Paula’s Diner, Readmore's Hallmark, or by contacting 316-4878 or 417-4634.

INFORMATION NEEDED FOR DAMAGE TO MULTIPLE VEHICLES - March 18, 2015
    The Greenville Police Department is seeking information about an individual responsible for damaging multiple vehicles during the early morning hours last Thursday. The department reports that 10 vehicles had their windshields smashed sometime between midnight and 5 a.m. The incidents occurred to vehicles parked at Central Avenue and Walker Street and at a business on Front Street. The business provided investigators with video from a surveillance camera showing the suspect damaging the vehicle windshields in its parking lot. The video indicates that the individual responsible was a male wearing a black or navy blue hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans. Anyone with information on the suspect is asked to contact the Greenville Police Department by phone at 937-548-1103 or 937-548-4150.

TRI-VILLAGE RECEIVES DONATION FOR FOOTBALL - March 18, 2015
    Tri-Village received a nice donation earlier this week at the board of Education meeting. Cargill donated $10,000 for TV'S effort in starting a high school football program. Employee of Cargill and Tri-Village Graduate, Jason Brewer, presented Superintendent Josh Sagester with the check. Tri-Village also announced that it had accepted eight other donations totaling almost $15,000 to the Capital Projects Fund for their outdoor athletic complex. To view the plan for the future of Tri-Village football and facilities visit www.Tri-Village.k12.oh.us Tri-Village hopes to launch a Junior Varsity team next fall, only to be followed by varsity football in 2017. Earlier this year, Tri-Village announced the hiring of Jason Schondelmeyer as the school's first ever head football coach.

MARIJUANA CLOSER TO BEING LEGALIZED IN OHIO - March 16, 2015
    Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine gave the go-ahead on Friday to the campaign to legalize marijuana for medical and recreational use, putting ResponsibleOhio one step closer to a statewide vote on the constitutional amendment. DeWine, who opposes legalizing marijuana, certified that the petition summary is a "fair and truthful" statement of the actual ballot language. ResponsibleOhio now takes the matter to the Ohio Ballot Board, which has 10 days to determine if the ballot language covers a single issue. Once that hurdle is cleared, the campaign must collect 305,591 valid signatures from registered Ohio voters by July 1 to make the November statewide ballot.

2015 VERSAILLES POULTRY DAYS ANNOUNCES THEME - March 4, 2015
    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.

2ND ANNUAL GRAND LAKE MARATHON IN SEPTEMBER - February 6, 2015
    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.

SAVINGS FOR SCHOOL SHOPPERS IN AUGUST - January 30, 2015
    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.

TRI-VILLAGE TO PLAY FOOTBALL - January 20, 2015
    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.

REGISTER FOR TOUR DE DONUT - January 8, 2015
    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.

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