MAIN STREET GREENVILLE'S THEATER ON THIRD - July 6, 2015
Main Street Greenville is invited the public to bring their lawn chairs, blankets, family, and friends to the outdoor showing of the The Goonies for Theater on Third.The First Friday event was moved to the second Friday due to the 4th of July holiday weekend. The event will take place on Friday, July 10th. Main Street Greenville encourages everyone to dine, shop downtown, and enjoy other activities from 6 pm until dusk, with the movie starting at dusk (around 9:30 pm). Theater on Third, an outdoor movie experience, will be located in the parking lot behind Bach to Rock. The movie will be projected onto the elements Life building (120 W. Third St.). The movie is free and open to all. More information visit www.DowntownGreenville.org
ST. HENRY MAN ARRESTED FOR ATTEMPTED RAPE - July 6, 2015
Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey reports that deputies are investigating an attempted rape of a 20 year old adult female that was reported on July 4 at 11:01 AM. The incident occurred at a rural Fort Recovery Farm. Detectives from the Sheriff's Office arrested Sebastian Saro Sanchez, age 39, 102 E. Main Street, St. Henry for attempted rape, a felony of the third degree. No other details are being released as detectives continue to investigate. Bond was set by Celina Municipal Court Judge James Scheer at $750,000, subject to 10% or $75,000.
MAN ARRESTED FOR ASSULT AND DRUG POSSESSION - July 6, 2015
Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey reports the arrest of Krischen Blake Luna, 18, 6716 Brookside Drive, Celina for assault and possession of drugs. On Sunday, July 5, 2015 at 7:39 PM the Sheriff's Office received a call of an assault at the suspect's address. When deputies arrived and began the investigation they learned that Luna had been in an altercation and had assaulted his 17 year old girlfriend. The argument started over another subject dropping off heroin to Luna. The argument turned physical and the 17 year old sustained minor injuries. During the investigation, deputies developed information that drugs could be located in the residence. Deputies applied for and were granted a search warrant. During the search, over 290 capsules containing suspected heroin residue were found, 3 doses of suspected LSD, and miscellaneous other drug instruments and paraphernalia. Celina Police Department and K9 Ted assisted with the search. Luna is being held in the Mercer County Adult Detention Facility on a bond set at $100,000, subject to 10%, by Celina Municipal Court Judge James Scheer.
FRIDAY CRASH IN MIAMI COUNTY SEND 1 TO HOSPITAL - July 6, 2015
A crash Friday, left a Piqua man in critical condition at Miami Valley Hospital. William Crockett, 30, of Piqua, was injured in a single-vehicle crash in the 3000 block of West State Route 41, west of Washington Road. Crockett was the lone occupant in the vehicle. Miami County Sheriff's Office deputies said Crockett was westbound around 10:30 p.m. at an apparent high rate of speed when he lost control of his car, left the roadway and took out approximately 100 feet of wood fence. He then struck, and broke off, a utility pole before coming to rest in a ditch. It took emergency personnel approximately 20 minutes to free the victim with the "jaws of life."
REPAIRS COMING TO FAIRGROUNDS - July 2, 2015
The Darke County Agricultural Society met on Wednesday, for their regularly scheduled meeting. The board is preparing for the 2015 Great Darke County Fair as they approved multiple proposals for various projects to be done to some of the buildings on the fairgrounds like roofing and painting. Signage is also scheduled to go up on Thursday for the new Beef and Dairy Pavilion. On Wednesday, the board was invited to the Junior Fair Kings and Queens contest that will take place at All Season's Place on Tuesday, July 14th at 7:00 PM. The next Fairboard meeting will be Wednesday, July 15th at 7:30 on the Fairgrounds.
DRUG BUST IN MIAMI COUNTY - July 2, 2015
Earlier this week, Miami County detectives and deputies along with Troy police officers executed a search warrant at 622 S. Union St. in Troy. The search warrant was the culmination of a several week narcotics investigation. Detectives seized 30 capsules of heroin, syringes, and other paraphernalia related to the preparation and sale of heroin. A 10 month old child was present which resulted in the mother being charged with child endangering. Miami County Children's Services was contacted and the infant was placed into the care of a relative. The following three suspects were arrested and incarcerated into the Miami County jail:
Martin A. Niccoli, 34, Troy,
Erica L. Jones, 32, Troy
Diana Roberts, 39, Troy
A fourth suspect, William V. Javier, 28, Troy, was taken into custody by Montgomery County authorities and incarcerated in the Montgomery County jail. Miami County residents are encouraged to contact their local law enforcement agency if they have any information on narcotics trafficking. Anonymous tips can be left on our website at www.MiamiCountySheriff.org.
SIDNEY MAN SENTENCED TO 7 YEARS AS RESULT OF FIRE - July 1, 2015
We've been following the story Derek Eilerman, 24, from St. Marys, as he's the suspect in a December fatal fire that killed a Sidney man. On Tuesday, Eilerman was sentenced to seven years in prison and five years mandatory community control. The fire took place on Dec. 7 at about 4 a.m. at 305-307 N. Walnut Ave. in Sidney. Police reported the fire appeared to have been result of a "prank" rather than an "intent to harm." Jeffrey Scott Hughes, 50, died of apparent smoke inhalation in the fire. Many of the other occupants were treated at Wilson Memorial Hospital for smoke inhalation and released. Eilerman apologized and admitted he was not thinking properly when he took part in the prank that went wrong. Shelby County Prosecutor said it was no accident and that Eilerman had gone to the residence with mal-intent because his former girlfriend lived at the home. Eilerman also stated that he has been seeking treatment while he has been incarcerated and has been working on becoming a better man.
TRACE ADKINS CONCERT AT JAY COUNTY FAIR POSTPONED - July 1, 2015
THE JAY COUNTY FAIR ASSOCIATION HAS ANNOUNCED THAT THE TRACE ADKINS CONCERT SCHEDULED FOR NEXT WEDNESDAY, JULY 8, HAS NOW BEEN POSTPONED TO FRIDAY, AUGUST 14, DUE TO WET GROUNDS. THE FAIR BOARD HAS CONCERNS THAT THE SATURATED INFIELD OF THE FAIRGROUNDS COULD NOT HANDLE THE HEAVY TOUR BUSES, SEMI TRAILER, AND LARGE STAGE REQUIRED FOR THE CONCERT. TICKETS WILL REMAIN ON SALE FOR THE TRACE ADKINS CONCERT FOR AUGUST 14TH. TICKETS ALREADY PURCHASED WILL BE GOOD FOR THE AUGUST 14TH CONCERT.IN LIEU OF THE TRACE ADKINS CONCERT ON WEDNESDAY, JULY 8, THE HUNTER SMITH BAND FEATURING THE INDIANAPOLIS COLTS SUPERBOWL PUNTER, HUNTER SMITH, WILL PERFORM A FREE CONCERT AT 8 P.M. ON WEDNESDAY. YOU CAN SEE THE COMPLETE SCHEDULE OF THE FAIR ON LINE AT JAY COUNTY FAIR DOT COM.
VICTIM OF ACCIDENT DIES - July 1, 2015
Jimmy Payne Jr., injured in the June 13 vehicle crash involving Clayton police Officer has died. Payne, 51, was pronounced dead at Miami Valley Hospital. He has been taken to the Montgomery County Coroner's Office, where an autopsy is scheduled. The Officer involved in that crash remains on leave after his cruiser collided with a 1996 Kawasaki on Ohio 49, shortly before 8 p.m. on June 13.The Ohio Highway Patrol is handling the investigation and looking into whether the Officer should be cited for failure to yield. OHP recently released its preliminary report on the collision, concluding that Officer Mark Gau was leaving a Shell gas station and made a left turn onto Ohio 49 despite the fact there was a "no left turn" sign posted at the driveway where he exited. Gau's cruiser turned west onto 49 near Hoke Road and collided with the Kawasaki headed east on Ohio 49.
GREENVILLE WOMAN PLEADS GUILTY IN ACCIDENT - June 30, 2015
It was October of 2014 when we first reported on a wild crash scene that involved Sara Fleming, 32, from Greenville. On Oct. 1, 2014 Fleming made a wide turn headed northbound on Washington Avenue from Pine Street. She over corrected her vehicle before driving onto the sidewalk and striking 56-year-old Randy Brooks. Brooks was taken to the hospital and later airlifted to Miami Valley Hospital for his injuries. On Monday, Fleming pleaded guilty to one count of Attempted Vehicular Assault, a fourth degree felony, and a first degree misdemeanor count of Driving Under the Influence (DUI). She was originally indicted on one count of Aggravated Vehicular Assault, a third degree felony, and two counts of DUI. She pleaded guilty to the lesser charge as part of a plea agreement with the state. The Greenville woman could face more than two years in prison, sentencing will be August 17th.
ARCANUM WOMAN PLEADS GUILTY TO GRAND THEFT AND THEFT - June 30, 2015
On Monday, Lynette Foureman, from Arcanum, pleaded guilty to grand theft and theft in Darke County. She pleaded guilty to stealing nearly $133,000 from the estates of Arthur and Ruth Schaub between 2010 and 2014. Foureman was working for a law firm at the time of thefts. She is also accused of stealing from the estate of Helen Meyer in 2014. A charge of attempted aggravated theft was dismissed as part of the plea agreement.The grand theft charges carry a maximum of 18 months in prison, and the theft charge has a maximum of 12 months in prison. Foureman also faces up to three years of post-release control. Foureman is scheduled for sentencing August 17.
NEW DRIVING LAWS FOR 16-18 YEAR OLDS - June 30, 2015
Ohio will enact new rules for young drivers to prevent injury and fatal crashes in July. Teenage drivers only make up 5 percent of all licensed drivers but are responsible for 13 percent of all fatal crashes. According to Katherine Bernstein of the National Safety Council, 16 to 18 year olds are the more likely to die in car crashes than others on the road. Teen drivers are involved in more accidents before midnight and 76 percent of night time crashes involve young drivers. Because of those statistics, probationary license holders, those under 18, can no longer drive between the hours of midnight and 6 a.m. The new law also prevents drivers from having more than one non-family member in the car, requires all passengers to wear seat belts and bans the use of mobile devices while driving.
HOUSE BILL 64 PASSES IN SENETE - June 29, 2015
Last week, State Representative Jim Buchy (R-Greenville) voted in support of Amended Substitute House Bill 64, the state operating budget. The legislation lowers the income tax, ensures funding for Ohio schools, freezes tuition costs on colleges and helps small businesses. In an effort to drive business to Ohio and continue the significant economical success the state has experienced over the last few years, the final budget proposal cuts taxes by a total of more than $1.8 billion over the next two years and includes an across-the-board 6.3 percent income tax decrease. The proposal also lowers the top rate to just under 5 percent—the lowest it has been since 1982. Furthering that trend, and prioritizing small businesses, the bill institutes a 75 percent tax deduction on the first $250,000 of income in 2016 and a 100-percent deduction in 2017, and levies a flat 3 percent rate above that. Am. Sub. H.B. 64 will now head to the Governor for his signature.
SIDNEY WOMAN ARRESTED AFTER STABBING - June 29, 2015
A woman is in custody after she is accused of stabbing a man in the face. Sidney Police were called to the 500 block of North Miami Street and found a 27-year-old man with knife wounds on his face from a verbal argument that reportedly escalated. Officers arrested 48-year old, Melissa Olds. She was booked into the Shelby County Jail on charges of felonious assault. The victim was taken to Wilson Memorial Hospital for treatment.
FAIRBOARD MEETS AGAIN - June 18, 2015
On Wednesday, the Darke County Agricultural Society met for their 2nd meeting in June. Junior Fair Director, Beth Martin presented recommendations for the 2015 Junior Fair Poultry Shows. Earlier this year, the Ohio Department of Ag canceled all live bird exhibitions for 2015. The ban included county and independent fairs, the Ohio State Fair and all other gatherings of birds for show or for sale. The recommendations on Wednesday, were accepted by the board with a list and criteria to receive a premium, to sell and receive a premium, premium for a general project and some extra events like a skillathon, avian bowl, showmanship and egg display. In other news, the Fair Board also approved a motion making Tiger Country 97.5 FM WTGR the official voice of the Great Darke County Fair for 2015. Tiger Country will broadcast each and everyday live from the fair starting Friday, August 21st and ending Saturday, August 29th. The next Fair Board meeting will be Wednesday, July 1st at 7:30 on the Fairgrounds.
INMATE FROM RANDOLPH COUNTY JAIL ARRESTED IN GREENVILLE - June 18, 2015
All week, we have been following the story of Robert Dean Lewis, 26, an inmate who walked away from the Randolph County Jail. On Wednesday, he was arrested in Greenville. A resident recognized him after seeing his picture in the media and tipped police to his whereabouts. Officers arrested Lewis just after 2:00 p.m. in the area of Sater and Ohio streets. Officers first located the stolen car Lewis was said to be driving. They say Lewis tried to flee, but officers used tasers to get him in custody. He is being held in the Darke County Jail awaiting an extradition hearing.
RAIN CAUSING PROBLEMS TO WTGR LISTENING AREA - June 18, 2015
Mercer County commissioners on Wednesday afternoon declared a state of emergency because of flooding as rain continues to threaten the area. Mike Robbins, Mercer County Emergency Management Agency director, said the declaration enables the county EMA to go directly to the state EMA for assistance and resources once local capabilities are exhausted. At this point, Robbins said the county needs additional road closure and high water signs, and may seek assistance to get more signs. Robbins said it has been at least eight years since a state of emergency was declared in Mercer County. The board of commissioners says the declaration enables all county resources to do whatever's necessary to keep citizens safe. It also requires residents to comply with all orders issued by the county.The 2015 Fort Recovery Harvest Jubilee and Fireman's parade has been cancelled due to the forecast of additional rain and current flooding in the Fort Recovery area and at the Ambassador Park. Next year they will be back in 2016 for their 225th celebration, June 12-19th. Event organizers ask the public to be patient while the committee works out details on ride tickets, sponsorships, drawings and vouchers.
2 VEHICLE ACCIDENT ON 127 - June 17, 2015
On Tuesday, at approximately 2:07 PM, Darke County Deputies along with New Madison Fire, Arcanum Rescue, and Greenville Township Rescue responded to the 3700 block of US RT 127 on a report of an injury crash. Preliminary investigation revealed a Silver 2006 Pontiac Montana, driven by Alberta J. Plessinger 70, of Greenville, made a right hand turn onto US RT 127 from the parking lot of Schultz Motors to travel North on US RT 127 and was rear-ended by a Black 2006 Ford Freestyle driven by Mackenzie Raynes 19, of Arcanum. Greenville Township Rescue transported Plessinger to Wayne Health Care for possible injuries, and Arcanum Rescue transported Raynes to Miami Valley for possible injuries.
PORTLAND WOMAN DIES IN ACCIDENT - June 17, 2015
A Portland woman was killed Tuesday morning when her SUV crossed the center line of U.S. 27 and collided head-on with a semi-tractor trailer north of Winchester. The crash was called down at 7:35 AM and Lindsay M. Wenk, 27, was pronounced dead at the scene as her 2002 Envoy was northbound on 27 and south of Randolph County Road 225-N when it collided with a southbound semi driven by Marcus D. Love, 40, Decatur. Wenk was not wearing a seat belt. Love was taken by ambulance to St. Vincent Randolph Hospital, where he was released following treatment for a leg injury. The accident remains under investigation by the Sheriff's Department and Indiana State Police.
DRUG BUST IN SIDNEY - June 16, 2015
On Monday morning, investigators and officers from the Sidney and Piqua Police departments served a narcotics search warrant at 635 Linden Avenue and arrested JaJuan E. Jones, 28. Jones was charged with one count of trafficking in cocaine, a fourth-degree felony, and one count of trafficking of marijuana, a fifth-degree felony. During the search, investigators recovered several unit doses of cocaine and marijuana that were packaged for sale. In addition, police seized about $800. The warrant execution was a continuing effort by the Sidney Police Department to combat drug abuse and drug trafficking in Sidney. Information resulting in this warrant was derived in part from concerned citizens. Citizens who have any information about drug activity are asked to contact the Sidney Police Department at 937-498-8777 or Crime Stoppers at 937-492-8477 (TIPS).
U.S. SENATOR SHERROD BROWN CONCERNED WITH WATER QUALITY - June 16, 2015
Following the release of Northeast-Midwest Institute's report on reducing harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) called for improved water quality monitoring in the Western Lake Erie Basin. The Institute, in partnership with the United States Geological Survey, found that water quality monitoring in the area is not robust enough for researchers to determine whether agricultural management practices are working. The report also noted that high priority areas, including Allen, Auglaize, and Mercer Counties, are lacking needed monitoring. In March, Brown announced that the EPA had awarded more than $4.3 million to combat harmful algae blooms in northwest Ohio through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI), an inter-agency effort to protect the Great Lakes.
THEATER ON 3RD IN JULY - June 15, 2015
Main Street Greenville will feature Theater on Third during July's First Friday event. The event has been moved to the second Friday in July, due to the 4th of July holiday weekend. Theater on Third is a free outdoor movie located on W. Third St., in the parking lot behind Bach to Rock. The event will take place on Friday, July 10th. The movie will begin at dusk, around 9:30 pm. Main Street Greenville would like your help choosing which movie to show for this event. Please place your vote on DarkeJournal.com before Friday, June 19th at 4 pm. The movies are "Muppets Most Wanted", "Paddington" and "The Goonies".
POULTRY DAYS PARADE ACCIDENTS SEND 4 TO HOSPITAL - June 15, 2015
It was a scary scene over the weekend at Versailles Poultry Days when a Tractor went off the road and hit several spectators watching the parade. Thomas Hamilton, 64, and Kathy, 63, were taken to Miami Valley Hospital after a tractor veered into the crowd. Thomas was in fair condition as of Sunday afternoon and Kathy upgraded from critical to serious condition. The couple's grandchildren were also injured in the crash and were flown to Dayton's Children's Hospital. They were treated and released. Police have identified the driver of the tractor as Elbert Wilhelm of Piqua. Response was swift as the parade was immediately stopped and parade goers were told to clear the street to allow emergency vehicles, many of which had been participating in the parade and had just passed by the location, to reach the injured.
In other news pertaining to the festival, it was a historic weekend as the event sold out of Chicken Dinners each day and sold a total of 25,200, the second most in the festival's history. The record is still 26,101 set in 2002.
VERSAILLES MAN CHARGED WITH GROSS SEXUAL IMPOSITION - June 12, 2015
Earlier this week, Alan R. Wuebker, of Versailles, was charged with 12 counts of gross sexual imposition. This comes after an investigation from the Darke County Sheriff's Office that claims the sexual contact happened from Nov. 2013 to Oct. 2014. According to the indictment, the female victim in the case was over the age of 13 at the time of the offenses. The offenses are fourth-degree felonies. The charges are Tier I offenses and carry a maximum of 18 months on each count. He is scheduled to appear back in court on the back end of July.
BRADFORD MAN IN COURT AND JAIL - June 12, 2015
Scotty Joe Reineke, 31 from Bradford, was arraigned this week on four counts of disseminating matter harmful to a juvenile, a fourth-degree felony, for incidents on July 29, 2014. Also, four counts of pandering obscenity involving a minor, a second-degree felony and Tier II sex offense, for incidents July 6, 2014, as well as another count of disseminating for that date; and three counts of pandering obscenity involving a minor Aug. 1, 2014. He pleaded not guilty to the charges. He faces a maximum of 42 1/2 year in prison on the new charges, $95,000 in fines and sex offender registration. He is incarcerated in Darke County jail.
BANK ROBBERIES IN 3 STATES CONNECTED TO AREA - June 12, 2015
The FBI'S Louisville Division is searching for a suspect in nine alleged bank robberies in central and Southern Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. The alleged robberies began in April and have taken place in Tipp City, Oakwood, Hillard, Green Township, Hebron, KY, Cincinnati, Bellevue, KY, Hamilton Township and Anderson, IN. Officials say the suspect presented a note demanding cash and claimed to have a gun at the time of the robberies. He's been described as a white, male, clean-shaven, age 35-45, average height and weight. He has worn a "sock hat" during all of the bank robberies and glasses during most. Nobody has been physically hurt during the robberies, however, officials warn the subject should be considered armed and dangerous. The FBI is offering up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of The suspect. Anyone with information about this serial bank robbery suspect should contact the Tri-State Crime Stoppers tip line at (513)352-3040. The tip line is anonymous.
VISITORS BUREAU NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR NAMED - June 11, 2015
The Darke County Commissioners met on Wednesday, for their regularly scheduled meeting and joining them was Roger Van Frank, the President of the Darke County Visitors Bureau. Van Frank informed the Commissioners that they had found and hired Matthew Staugler as the Visitors Bureau new Executive Director. Staugler, will be coming to the Visitors Bureau after serving as a museum assistant at the Bicycle Museum of New Bremen. The expected start date for Staugler will be July 13th. The position became open earlier this year after Deanna York resigned after serving the Bureau for 15 years. Van Frank said that the Bureau had a great number of applicants with solid references. The new director is a graduate of The Ohio State University and resides in Chickasaw with his wife Jen. The next Darke County Commissioners meeting will be Monday, June 15th at 1:30 in Downtown Greenville.
PROGRESSIVE AG SAFETY DAY REGISTRATION AVAILABLE - June 11, 2015
The Darke County Chapter of Farm Safety for Just Kids will present its 11th annual Progressive Ag Safety Day on June 16 at the Darke County Fairgrounds. This event is designed for children ages 7-13 and will feature many fun activities that will teach local youth how to stay safe. Children will be divided into five groups that will rotate through the safety sessions. These sessions include ATV, gun, lawn mower, fire and drug safety. Progressive Ag Safety Day begins at 9 a.m. with registration and ends at 2:00 p.m. Lunch will be served and participants receive a t-shirt. Registration is limited to the first 100 kids. The registration fee is $3.00. For more information or to register, contact Rhonda Kress by calling 937-417-7412.
FORMER PITSBURG MAYOR ARRAIGNED IN COURT - June 10, 2015
Earlier this year, we reported on the Mayor of Pitsburg, Anthony Spires resigning from his position with village. Earlier this week, the former Mayor was arraigned in Darke County Common Pleas Court on seven felony counts when talking about theft and forgery. Spires made a plea of not guilty to 1 count of theft and 6 counts of forgery. The next court appearance for Spires will be a pretrial conference scheduled for July 27th. The charges carry a maximum penalty of 21 years in prison and $70,000 in fines. Spires resigned as Pitsburg Mayor back in April, the former Mayor is accused of stealing more than $28,000 from multiple people.
2016 PET CALENDAR ENTRIES DUE BY JULY 6 - June 10, 2015
The Darke County Friends of the Shelter will be making 2016 calendars. Enter your pet's picture for a chance to become a Star in the group's 2016 calendar. The monthly pictures will be made up of local pets. Bring a photo or digital picture to the Darke County Animal Shelter, located just beyond the Sheriff's Department. All pictures must be submitted by July 6, 2015. You can also submit the form online. For more information you can contact the Animal Shelter at 937-547-1645.
MORE INFORMATION RELEASED ON TIPP CITY MISSING MAN - June 10, 2015
We've been following the homicide of Tipp City man William York Sr. On Tuesday, the granddaughter of York was arraigned on three counts of receiving stolen property related to three guns which were stolen from William York Sr. and later sold to a gun dealer. Hope Earnshaw York (24) had her bond increased to $160,000. Her boyfriend, Richard Terrel, 35, of Tipp City, was arraigned on two counts of receiving stolen property on Tuesday. His bond was increased to $150,000 bond. The older York's body was discovered dead from an alleged homicide in a Kentucky park after he was reported missing by authorities last week.
BRADBURN CHARGED ON ACCIDENT - June 9, 2015
Back in February, we reported on a fatal crash at on 571 near Kniseley Road. A 1996 Jeep, driven by Chad Bradburn (50) of Union City, IN, approached an accident scene and struck a female by-stander, Linda Shafer (47) of Greenville and Richard Stephenson (49) of Union City. Both Shafer and Stephenson were pronounced dead at the scene. On Monday, Bradburn was arraigned in a Darke County Courtroom and charged with 2 counts of aggravated vehicular homicide and driving while under the influence, speeding and tampering with evidence. If convicted, the UC man could be looking at 15 years behind bars, his next court appearance will be July 27th.
UNION CITY MAN ARRESTED WITH POSSESSION OF DRGS - June 9, 2015
Police in Union City, Ohio say they recovered a large amount of drugs during a traffic stop Tuesday morning. Officers say they stopped a vehicle for a stop sign violation, and requested a K9 unit from Union City, Ind. after police made contact with the occupants of the vehicle. After a search of the vehicle police located a large amount of heroin and cocaine in the pocket of one the vehicle's occupants, later identified as Jordan Jenkinson, 22, of Union City, Ind. Jenkinson was arrested and has been booked into the Darke County Jail. He faces multiple possession charges of possessing heroin, cocaine, and a drug abuse instrument.
OHIO GOVERNOR VISITS DARKE COUNTY - June 9, 2015
Gov. John Kasich visited Darke County on Monday and spoke at turkey farm in Rossburg about Avian Flu. The Governor was joined by the Director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture, David Daniels at Zumbrink Farms. Several young 4-H members were also there for a question and answer segment with the Governor. The youngster's also got a chance learn and try on clothes workers use and wear to prevent the possible spread of Avian Flue at poultry farms. Last week, the Ohio Department of Agriculture banned all live bird exhibitions for 2015 including county and independent fairs, the Ohio State Fair, and all other gatherings of birds for show or for sale, including auctions and swap meets. Poultry is a $2.3-billion industry in Ohio. Ohio is the second largest egg producer in the country with more than 28-million laying chickens. Ohio still remains a state that has no reports of the infection.
UNION CITY MAN CHARGED WITH CHILD MOLESTING - June 9, 2015
A Union City, Ind. man is charged with and accused of molesting a 12 year old female acquaintance. According to a report, Jesus Jonathan Damian Velasquez, age 25, is charged with Child Molesting, a Level 1 felony. Velasquez is accused of fondling and groping the girl on the evening of May 25 at an apartment complex in Union City, Ind. He reportedly told officers that he believed the victim was 14 years old and that she knew how old he was. According to the Probable Cause Affidavit, he did not admit to molesting the girl, but he did admit to kissing her. He is being held in the Randolph County Jail on a $70,000 bond. According to the report, he could face up to 40 years if convicted as charged.
ACCIDENT IN CONSTRUCTION ZONE KILLS KENTUCKY MAN - June 8, 2015
Troopers from the Ohio State Patrol are investigating a fatal-injury crash that occurred on I-70 eastbound near milepost 30, at approximately 3:45 A.M. on Sunday in Englewood. A semi with a full size box trailer was east on I-70. A dump truck attempted to merge from the construction zone and struck the semi on the right side. The semi struck the left concrete barrier, continued down the interstate, lost control, struck the right side concrete barrier, a piece of construction equipment and a worker in the construction zone. The worker was pronounced dead at the scene. That man identified as Daniel Walker, 43 from Kentucky. The semi driver was treated and released at an area hospital. No information was available on the dump truck driver, according to troopers. All eastbound lanes of I-70 were shut down until early afternoon at the North Main Street exit. No citations have been issued and criminal charges have not been filed while the crash remains under investigation by the OSHP.
IMMUNITY TO DRUG USERS SEEKING HELP - June 8, 2015
A package of bills aimed at addressing Ohio's opiate addiction crisis includes a proposal to give certain immunity to drug users seeking emergency help for others who have overdosed on heroin or painkillers. Fatal overdoses are the leading cause of accidental death in Ohio, surpassing car crashes. The proposal would exempt people from being arrested on minor drug possession charges if they help someone experiencing an opioid-related overdose. The bill sponsors say Ohio should not discourage drug users from calling for help if someone has overdosed.
MORE INFORMATION ON TIPP CITY MISSING MAN - June 5, 2015
Tipp City investigators are working a homicide that appears to be leading to a missing man's own family. William York, Sr., 88, was found dead in Boone County, Kentucky Wednesday afternoon after he was reported missing May 30. Police now believe York's granddaughter, Hope York, and her partner, Richard Terrel, are connected to this homicide. The two suspects are under arrest, but have yet to be formally charged. Hope York was charged with drug possession and court documents show she had her granddad's checks and ATM card without his permission. She is also accused of stealing her grandfather's pickup truck in which the family told investigators it was unusual for her to drive. Terrel was charged with complicity to receive stolen property. Court documents say he knew his girlfriend stole at least $2,500 of her grandfather's money. Police urge anyone who can assist them in pinpointing a timeline from the last time York was seen to the discovery of his body are asked to call Tipp City police and report what you know. That phone number is 937-667-3112.
SIDNEY TEENAGER DIES AFTER BEING EJECTED IN ACCIDNET - June 5, 2015
A teenager girl is dead and two others are injured after a single-vehicle crash on Interstate 75 between Sidney and Piqua. Troopers identified the victim as Kristin Osborne, 16, of Sidney. They say she was riding in the back seat of the SUV when it went off the highway, into a ditch and rolled several times. The driver, a 17-year-old, was taken by CareFlight to Miami Valley Hospital. He is in critical condition, according to the hospital. His sister, 13, was the front-seat passenger and was taken to Upper Valley Medical Center in Troy. The hospital would not release information on her condition. The crash shut the southbound lanes of the highway down at about 10:10 p.m. between mile markers 84 and 85 north of north County Road 25A. Troopers say Osborne was not wearing a seat belt. She was pronounced dead at the scene, according to a news release. Troopers identified her as a cousin to the two other passengers. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.
FAIRBOARD DISCUSSES BAN OF BIRDS AT FAIRS - June 4, 2015
The Darke County Agricultural Society met on Wednesday for their regularly scheduled meeting. This was their first meeting since the Ohio Department of Ag canceled all live bird exhibitions for 2015. The ban included county and independent fairs, the Ohio State Fair and all other gatherings of birds for show or for sale. The board started the meeting with Junior Fair Director Beth Martin discussing the 158 Exhibitors that would be effected at this year's fair. Next Monday, a meeting will be held in the Junior Fair office to think of the various options available for this years fair when discussing birds. Multiple times during the discussion, the board asked for input from Rhonda Williams representing OSU Extension and 4-H. Williams read a statement from Ohio 4-H pertaining to the matter that states "Ohio 4-H does not endorse youth members switching or adding 4-H projects after enrollment and possession deadlines. Agricultural and food animal production involves both rewards and risks." Williams added several other examples and other options other fairs are practicing when discussing the issue. 4-H can provide other creative ways for members to show what they have learned about poultry at the county and state fairs. The Fairboard will talk about those options in more detail at their next meeting, which will be Wednesday, July 17th at 7:30 on the Fairgrounds.
MORTON SALT AND CARGILL TO PAY OVER $11 MILLION - June 4, 2015
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced Wednesday in a news release an $11.5 million settlement with Morton Salt Inc. and Cargill Inc. to resolve allegations that the companies conspired with each other, causing state and local governments to pay higher prices on the rock salt used to make icy roads safer for travelers. Under the settlement, Morton and Cargill will pay a combined $11.5 million, most of which will be distributed to local government entities throughout Ohio, the Ohio Department of Transportation, and the Ohio Turnpike Commission.
MORE INFORMATION ON CANCELLATION OF LIVE BIRD EXHIBITIONS - June 3, 2015
On Tuesday, we reported on the Ohio Department of Agriculture canceling all live bird exhibitions for 2015. The ban includes county and independent fairs, the Ohio State Fair, and all other gatherings of birds for show or for sale, including auctions and swap meets. Similar bans have been enacted in other poultry states. So far, Ohio is virus-free and the move is intended to continue that status. The department is working with county and independent fair boards to identify options that will keep youth who are already raising poultry from losing their opportunity to have a fair project. The recommendations include amending the deadlines for students to switch projects and allowing the use of props or photos in place of live birds. As for Bio-security recommendations for poultry owners Dr. Forshey is reminding all bird owners, whether commercial producers or backyard enthusiasts, to continue to practice good bio-security, prevent contact between their birds and wild birds, keep birds inside as much as possible, and report sick birds or unusual bird deaths to their veterinarian immediately. Sick birds or unusual bird deaths should also be immediately reported to the Ohio Department of Agriculture's Division of Animal Health at 1-614-728-6220 or through USDA APHIS'S toll-free number at 1-866-536-7593. Additional information on bio-security from USDA APHIS for backyard flocks can be found at www.ohioagriculture.gov.
CITY OF GREENVILLE ACCEPTS 2 COMMITTEE REPORTS - June 3, 2015
On Tuesday, City of Greenville Council met for their regularly scheduled meeting and 2 council members were not present. John Baumgardner and Todd Oliver were both missing from Tuesday's meeting, resulting in just the 1st reading for 2 ordinances and resolutions. Both those items will be back on the agenda for their next meeting in June. Council did accept 2 committee reports with one coming from the Utilities Committee pertaining to a review of the feasibility of allowing Wayne Lakes to tie into the City's Sanitary Sewer System. The other from the Finance Committee for the 2016 Preliminary Budget. Council will have a public hearing posted pertaining to that preliminary budget during their first meeting in July. The next City of Greenville Council Meeting will be Tuesday, June 16th at 7:30 in the City Building.
ARCANUM SCHOOL TO RECEIVE REMEDIAL WORK - June 2, 2015
The Arcanum-Butler Local School District and the Ohio School Facilities Commission (OSFC) have engaged a contractor to perform the remedial work necessary to correct the exterior masonry walls on the District's K-12 Building. AKA Construction, Inc. began the remedial work on Monday. The remedial work will consist of removing the CMU block and replacing the exterior masonry walls with brick. The remedial work will be performed throughout the summer of 2015 and into the fall as weather permits. Workers will be back on site in the spring of 2016 with the anticipated completion of the work in the summer of 2016. The District and the OSFC have reached an agreement with the original contractor who installed the standing seam metal roof to address the leaks associated with the standing seam metal roof. The remedial work on the roof will also began on June 1. The remedial work will consist of removing and replacing the existing standing seam metal roof. Arcanum-Butler Local Schools will pay $315,000 or about 11% of the total project cost. Because the District's K-12 Building was initially constructed as part of the OSFC's Classroom Facilities Assistance Program (CFAP), the remedial work will be performed as part of, and funded through, that same program. The cost to repair the masonry work is over $1.9 million with an additional cost of $197,500 for a brick upgrade rather than using CMU block similar to the block used on for the original construction. The Ohio Attorney General's Office has filed suit in an effort to recover costs associated with the masonry repair. The problems with the masonry walls arose because members of the construction team failed to provide quality work for the building. While the District is disappointed in the extent of the necessary repairs, it is their commitment to continue to work proactively to correct this problem and will work with the State Attorney General's office to pursue the responsible parties for reimbursement of the masonry repair costs.
GREAT DARKE COUNTY FAIR ENTERTAINMENT TICKETS ON SALE SAT. - May 29, 2015
Last week, the Directors for The Great Darke County Fair announced that Hunter Hayes will headline the Sunday, August 23rd concert during the 159th Great Darke Fair. Tickets go on sale Saturday, May 30, at 9:00 a.m. at DarkeCountyFair.com or call 937-548-5044 using a debit or credit card. Beginning Monday, June 1, at 9:00 a.m. 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. Hunter Hayes is a Four-time GRAMMY nominee, Nashville-based singer, songwriter with a Platinum-selling, No. 1 self-titled debut album. With three No. 1 singles already under his belt (including the multi-Platinum smash "Wanted", "Somebody's Heartbreak" and "I Want Crazy"), Hayes just released a new single called "21". More information about the artist visit www.hunterhayes.com. The Great Darke County Fair will stretch from Friday, August 21st to Saturday, August 29th.
ROSSBURG MAN INDICTED AFTER FATAL CRASH IN KENTUCKY - May 29, 2015
A Darke County trucker is accused of texting while driving resulting in a fatal crash in Kentucky. The Boone County Sheriff's Office says Christopher Thornhill, 33, of Rossburg, was texting when his rig side swiped a stalled car parked along the side of I-71 near Verona, Kentucky in January. The truck, out of control, crossed into southbound lanes of traffic and struck two oncoming cars. Mark Sevilla, 45, of Lexington, was killed. Sandra Evans, 64, of Cincinnati, suffered critical injuries and was flown to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center for treatment. Thornhill was indicted on 12 charges including manslaughter and assault among others. Troopers say Thornhill falsified his log book and deleted several texts that were later recovered and found to be sent at the time of the crash. He is being held in the Darke County Jail.
ARMED ROBBERY AT GREENVILLE SUNOCO - May 28, 2015
Just after 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, the Greenville Police Department and the Darke Count Sheriff's Office responded to an armed robbery report at the Sunoco gas station, located at 841 Martin St. in Greenville. According to reports, authorities are looking for a white male wearing a white mask, white t-shirt and blue jeans. He allegedly brandished a black handgun during the crime. It is not confirmed how much cash was taken. The Darke County K9 Unit was called in to assist in tracking the suspect who took off on foot from the scene. This marks the second time the gas station has been robbed by a suspect with a weapon since August 2014. If you have any information, please contact the Greenville Police Department at 937-548-1303 or the Darke County Sheriff's Office at 937-548-2020. You may also call the Darke County Crime Stoppers tipline at 937-547-1661. You may remain anonymous.
INDIANA BAN OF MOVEMENT OF POULTRY AND BIRDS - May 28, 2015
Indiana imposed a statewide ban Wednesday on moving poultry and other birds to events such as county fairs in hopes of preventing the spread of a bird flu strain that's killed tens of millions of chickens, turkeys and other birds across the nation. The State Board of Animal Health said the ban includes county fairs, 4-H events, exhibitions and all events where live birds are commingled. The restriction extends to public bird sales at flea markets, swap meets and sale barns, but not does apply to private sales of birds between individuals. The ban will likely remain in place through the rest of 2015, affecting 4-H events at the Indiana State Fair and county fairs where thousands of children show off birds they've raised during judging competitions. State Veterinarian Bret Marsh said the goal of the state's ban is to protect Indiana's commercial poultry industry and backyard flocks of chickens and other birds from the H5 avian influenza virus.
NEW SUPERINTENDENT RESOURCE AND TREATMENT CENTER - May 28, 2015
The Darke County Commissioners met on Wednesday for their regularly scheduled meeting and appointed a new superintendent for the Michael's Resource and Treatment Center. The Darke County Juvenile Court no longer has the means to oversee the Center and the treatment curriculum. Funded by the Commissioners and Federal Title 4-E monies, the Center is licensed by the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services. The new Superintendent will be Gracie Overholser, who's the Director of the Darke County Department of Job & Family Services. Overholser will take on both positions without additional monetary compensation, but will be given an additional 80 hours of vacation. The next Darke County Commissioners meeting will be Monday, June 1st at 1:30 in downtown Greenville.
3 ARRESTED ON DRUG RELATED CHARGES IN SIDNEY - May 27, 2015
Two people were arrested on drug charges Tuesday after a warrant was served at 1577 E. Court St., Apt. C in Sidney. A third person was arrested on a probation violation. Jarrett Burton, 20, was charged with trafficking in drugs. Stephanie Harris, 22, was charged with a probation violation. Derek Wilson, 19, was charged with possession of drugs. All three were incarcerated in the Shelby County Jail. Officers and detectives of the Sidney Police Dept. served a narcotics search warrant at the apartment to find heroin, cocaine, drug pipes, needles, cash and other types of drug paraphernalia. Information resulting in this warrant was derived in part from concerned citizens. All citizens of Sidney are asked that if they have any information about drug activity to contact the Sidney Police Narcotics Unit at 937-498- 2353 or Crime Stoppers at 937-492-8477 (TIPS).
34TH ANNUAL ANNIE OAKLEY GOLF TOURNAMENT - May 27, 2015
Preparations for the 34th Annual Annie Oakley Golf Tournament are underway. Last year 116 golfers signed up for the 18-hole event, which benefited the Cancer Association of Darke County. Last year's tournament was very successful and the event raised $19,000.00 for the Cancer Association of Darke County. This fundraiser helped the association to provide benefits to over 250 Darke County residents battling cancer. These benefits were provided in the form of reimbursement for medications, transportation, medical supplies and nutritional supplements such as Ensure. This year's tournament is scheduled for July 20 at the Turtle Creek Golf Course and will feature a shotgun start with scramble format, chances to win great prizes and dinner for the golfer and their guest. Most importantly, the proceeds from this fun and exciting event will once again benefit the local and independent Cancer Association of Darke County. More information and entry forms for the 34th annual tournament are available at the Cancer Association of Darke County and by calling 937-548-9960.
COUNTERFEIT MONEY BUST IN UNION CITY - May 26, 2015
In Union City over the weekend, UCO Police received a complaint from a residents on E. Main St. and another on S. First St. in reference to several subjects passing counterfeit money while shopping at garage/yard sales, during the Annual Union City Community Garage Sales. Officers received a description of the persons involved and were able to locate them in the 100 block of E. Main Street. While officers were speaking with one of the males involved, they observed him attempt to hide something underneath of a vehicle. It was later determined that the male was hiding heroin. That male was identified as William Clarkson. Officers also came into contact with Joseph Brown of UC. Through the investigation it was found that Brown had an authentic $20 bill on his person. The $20 bill that he was in possession of had the same serial number as the counterfeit bills that were passed. Jessica Hunt was also identified as being one of the person involved in passing the counterfeit currency. A Search Warrant was later executed at 730 E. Main Street, the residence of Joseph Brown. The investigation showed that Brown was printing the counterfeit currency at his home. Upon executing the search warrant, officers located a laptop, 2 printers, & 14 ink cartridges. Also located were several items used to manufacture meth. William Clarkson was booked into the Darke County Sheriff's Jail for Possession of Drugs Heroin and Forgery . Joseph Brown was booked for Forgery. Jessica Hunt was also booked for Forgery. All subjects are being held without bond and awaiting arraignment. More charges are expected to be filed.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.