CARE FLIGHT SENT TO CRASH ON 49 - April 23, 2019
    On Monday, at 4:23 p.m. Darke County Deputies along with Arcanum Rescue, Greenville Township Rescue, Pitsburg Fire Department, Arcanum Fire Department, Miami Valley Care Flight and Darke County Accident Reconstruction Team responded to an injury accident in the 2100 block of State Route 49. Preliminary investigation revealed that a Gold 2000 Oldsmobile Bravada driven by Tiffany Henninger (23), of Greenville, was southbound State Route 49. Henninger’s vehicle lost control and left the roadway, the vehicle overturned and ejected the passenger Shanna Smith (43), of Greenville. Henninger’s car came to rest on top of Smith and she was extricated by emergency personnel on scene. Henninger was transported by Arcanum Rescue to Wayne Hospital where her injuries appear to be non-life threatening. The passenger, Smith, was transported by Care Flight to Miami Valley Hospital where she is listed in serious condition.


    Throughout the prom and graduation season, the Ohio Investigative Unit (OIU) encourages parents and students to refrain from participating in illegal and dangerous behavior, such as providing alcohol to minors and consuming underage. To help foster good choices, parents and teens need to understand Ohio’s underage drinking laws. It is illegal to provide a place for your child and his/her friends to drink in a “safe” environment.] It is illegal to purchase alcohol for anyone under 21. If you are under 21 and are caught driving with a blood alcohol concentration of .02 percent or higher, a level that can be reached after just one or two drinks, you can be arrested. Penalties could result in Jail time and a Fine. You can call the Ohio Investigative Unit by calling the #677 on your cell phone and your complaint will be investigated.

    The Community Blood Center is challenging donors to demonstrate their courage, commitment and compassion by donating from spring to fall in the “Lifesaving Adventure Blood Drive.” Everyone who registers to donate with CBC from April 29 through Nov. 2 will be automatically entered in the grand prize drawing to win a custom YETI Adventure Package. It features a YETI Tundra Cooler, plus 27 genuine YETI accessories including a pair of Base Camp chairs. Donors can find mobile blood drives and schedule an appointment to donate online at or call 1-800-388-4483. CBC began 2019 with the inaugural January Ohio Blood Donor Awareness Month and the goal of recruiting a new generation of whole blood, platelet and plasma donors. Donors now have more opportunities to donate platelets and plasma at an increasing number of community blood drives. Find out more at


13TH ANNUAL DUCK DERBY - April 16, 2019
    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County’s 13th Annual Duck Derby & Duck-N-Run 5K is coming up on Thursday, June 20, at Tawawa Park in Sidney. This fundraiser is open to the public, and individuals and businesses are encouraged to participate. This annual event is a fun and exciting way to support children within our local communities. By “adopting” a Duck Derby rubber duck for $5 each or 6 for $25, you not only have a chance to win the $1,000 Cash Grand Prize and 12 other prize packages, but you will make a positive impact supporting mentoring programs. New this year is the opportunity to adopt Defender of Potential Ducks for $25 each. The Defender of Potential Duck drawing is limited to only 250 tickets, offers better odds of winning, and one lucky person will be the winner of a $500 cash jackpot. Pre-registration for the 5K must be received by Monday, June 10. On the day of the event, 5K registration will begin at 7pm at Tawawa Park’s and the evening race is set to start at 8:15pm. For a complete listing of prize packages, sponsorship opportunities, online duck adoptions, online 5K registrations, and more information, go to or call 937-492-7611 or 937-547-9622.

DRUG BUST IN TROY - April 16, 2019
    Last week, Miami County Sheriff’s deputies and detectives executed a narcotics search warrant at 612 Walnut St., Troy. Evidence recovered included fentanyl, steroids, marijuana along with related paraphernalia and a firearm. Taken into custody and incarcerated at the Miami County jail without incident was Logan T. Garman, age 21, of Troy. Garman was charged with felony trafficking drugs. The investigation is on-going. Additional charges are likely after consultation with the Miami County Prosecutor’s Office.


    Darke County Parks will host a Raptors of Ohio program on April 18 at 6:30 p.m. Visitors will be introduced to Greta, Pip, Umber, Sky and Spirit! They will focus on the natural history of birds of prey and share how each of these birds came in to the care of Darke County Parks. Currently, the parks are home to a Great Horned Owl, Eastern Screech Owl, Red-tailed Hawks and a Barred Owl. The program will take place at Shawnee Prairie Preserve Nature Center. Registration is required and the cost is $5. The fee will aide in the health and care of these animal ambassadors. Visit to create an account and register today. For more information, call the Nature Center a (937) 548-0165.


DRUG BUST IN TIPP - April 12, 2019
    Earlier this week, the Detectives Section of Miami County Sheriff’s Office, served a search warrant at 1255 Sequoia Ct., Apt. C, Tipp City, Ohio. The search warrant was the culmination of a several month long investigation into the trafficking of cocaine. Evidence seized included approximately one and a half pounds of cocaine, digital scales, cell phones, a loaded firearm and drug paraphernalia. Kenneth L. Scott, 48, was arrested and charged with Possession of Cocaine, Having weapons Under Disability, Criminal Tools, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. This investigation is ongoing and charges will be presented to a Miami County Grand Jury for consideration.

    Students in the Edison State Community College agriculture program have taken it upon themselves to put together a flood relief effort for the farmers and families who have been impacted by the recent flooding across the Midwest. Students will be collecting supplies and monetary donations which will be delivered to Hamburg, Iowa. Several student volunteers and others are planning to transport the donations to Hamburg, Iowa, on April 25, spend a couple of days helping in the community, and return home on April 28. A local truck dealership has allowed for the use of a box truck in transporting items and the group is currently seeking a driver with a CDL license. Students are currently seeking donations of first aid supplies, cleaning supplies, personal hygiene products, painting supplies, tools and building supplies, livestock supplies, and cash donations. For a complete list of items needed, visit Community members interested in donating to the relief effort may do so by delivering supplies to one of four drop sites including the Edison State–Greenville Campus; Twin Valley South FFA; Ansonia FFA, Doug and Nicki Garkee–Burkettsville; and Franklin Monroe FFA.. Greenville National Bank has also agreed to accept donations at all of their branches. For more information, email

CRASH ON 127 AND 36 - April 11, 2019

    The Darke County Commissioners met twice on Wednesday. The 1st meeting was the regularly scheduled session, then they met with Mote & Associates along with members of the courthouse security committee. This is a project that has been coming, once complete, the front entrances to the courthouse will be permanently closed and only used for emergency. With the county commissioners and a seven-person committee, the group voted in favor of the proposal as presented by Mote & Associates. A new addition will be on the backside of the courthouse and accessed from Fourth Street. The hope is to start construction this summer with bids being put out later this month. The next Commissioners meeting will be Monday, at 1:30 in Downtown Greenville.

    The Ohio High School Athletic Association has announced changes to the 2020 individual wrestling and girls basketball state tournaments. The wrestling state tournament will move to a Friday-Saturday-Sunday format (March 13-15) at the Schottenstein Center, while the girls basketball state tournament, which is the same weekend (March 12-14), will leave the Schottenstein Center. The OHSAA has not yet finalized the location for the 2020 girls basketball state tournament. That is also the same weekend as the OHSAA’s ice hockey and Division I girls and boys bowling state tournaments.

    Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation (BWC) honored nine local employers for reaching one year without workplace injuries or illnesses that kept workers away from work for more than a day. The employers, members of the Darke County Safety Council, received the 100% Award from the BWC during the safety council’s annual awards ceremony. Local employers recognized with the the 100% Award include: Bob Drees Construction, Inc, Classic Warehousing, Darke County Chamber of Commerce, J & A Construction, Inc, Kremer Roofing Inc., Rebsco, Inc., Recovery & Wellness Centers Midwest Ohio, Rowland Truck & Equipment, Inc. and Troy Sunshade Corp. Recipients of the 100% Award are among 27 local businesses that received awards. The Dark County Safety Council is one of more than 80 across the state that partner with BWC to educate employers and workers about the importance of workplace safety. Visit to learn more about Ohio’s Safety Council Program.

ANOTHER CRASH ON 49 - April 9, 2019
    On Monday, at 3:41 p.m. Darke County Deputies along with Greenville Township Rescue and Greenville Township Fire Department responded to the intersection of State Route 49 and Children’s Home Bradford Road on an injury accident. Preliminary investigation revealed that a Gray 2018 Hyundai Kona driven by Michelle Mangen (29), of Union City, Indiana, was westbound Children’s Home Bradford Road. A 2011 Chevrolet Malibu driven by Andres Ulloa-Conteras (21), of Union City, Indiana, was travelling southbound on State Route 49. Mangen’s vehicle entered the path of Ulloa-Conteras vehicle at the intersection. Both drivers were transported to Wayne Healthcare by Greenville Township Rescue. The drivers are believed to have non-life threatening injuries. Mangen was cited for a stop sign violation.

    Coldwater Police Department executed a search warrant on Monday, morning at 215 W. Walnut St in Coldwater. The warrant was a result of an ongoing investigation into several narcotics violations. The search yielded several baggies containing an assorted amount of Methamphetamine, paraphernalia for consumption, and several other items related to the distribution of drugs. Also recovered from the scene were several unidentified pills, and other substances that will be sent off for further lab testing. Arrested at the residence was Tristan M. Fullenkamp (22) and he was booked into the Mercer County Detention Facility on a probation violation. The investigation is ongoing and more charges are expected. Drug tips can be reported directly to the Coldwater Police Department or to the Grand Lake Drug Task Force at 567-890-4545.

DCCA TURNS 40 - April 9, 2019
    The Darke County Commissioners met on Monday, for their regularly schedule meeting and singed off on a proclamation to celebrate Darke County Center for the Arts 40th Anniversary. The not-for-profit organization formed in 1978 by a group of 5 local citizens desiring to expand cultural enrichment in the community by supporting all of the arts and stay committed to the restoration and preservation of the Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall. DCCA has had a lot of changes over the last 40 years, being agile and able to adapt has been an integral part of growth. Some things remained the same despite technological advances, there is no substitute for the shared experience of a live performance. The organization continues to grow today, presenting and promoting fine arts and encouraging cultural enrichment. For more information on DCCA visit

    On Thursday, Secretary of State Frank LaRose released the Report on Requirements and Recommendations, detailing the findings and next steps regarding the vote discrepancy for the 2018 General Election in Miami County. After conducting an investigation, there is no evidence that indicates anything unlawful or malicious played any part in what transpired at the Board. Nor was there any technological or machine malfunction. Instead, inadequate human processes and preparation caused the failure of the Board and its staff to properly download and tally in-person absentee votes cast in the election. Specifically, Board staff members were tasked with shutting down the machines used for in-person absentee voting. These machines are the same as the machines used on Election Day, however, they require an additional step for processing in-person absentee votes as compared to the machines used on Election Day. Board staff members were new to the task of shutting down in-person absentee voting machines and not provided with the proper training, nor given any documentation necessary to understand the appropriate process for shutting down the machines in question.

DRUG BUST IN SIDNEY - April 5, 2019
    On Wednesday, investigators and officers from the Sidney & Piqua Police Departments served two simultaneous narcotics search warrants leading to the recovery of illegal narcotics and money. At around 830 AM two teams of law enforcement personnel executed two separate search warrants at two locations in Sidney to which investigators believed were linked together in distributing marijuana, marijuana edibles and marijuana vape pens in the community. At the two locations investigators recovered significant amounts of marijuana edibles, vape cartridges, marijuana and a combined cash recovery of approx. $15,000. The two locations searched were 711 Lynn Street in Sidney. Arrested and charged with one count of Drug Trafficking a felony of the 3rd degree was Ryan K Oleary, age 32. The other location 709 ½ S. Main Ave, in Sidney. Other charges on other individuals are likely to be filed at a later date as the case investigation is ongoing and being reviewed by the Shelby County Prosecutor. This warrant execution is a continuing effort by the Sidney Police Department to combat drug abuse and drug trafficking in Sidney. All citizens are asked that if they have any information about drug activity to contact the Sidney Police Department at 937-498-8777 or Crime Stoppers at 937-492-8477 (TIPS).

CRASH ON 49 - April 4, 2019
     Just before 1:30 on Wednesday, Darke County Sheriff Deputies along with Union City Rescue and Southwest Mercer Fire Department responded to State Route 49 in the area of Light Road on an injury accident. Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2015 White Mini Cooper Countryman driven by Lori Sanders (57), of Ansonia, was traveling southbound on State Route 49. Sanders failed to negotiate a curve and lost control of her vehicle. Sanders was transported to Wayne Hospital by Union City Rescue. Sanders was later transferred to Miami Valley. This accident remains under investigation.

    On Wednesday, the Darke County Commissioners met for their regularly scheduled meeting and signed off on a proclamation designating April as Child Abuse and Neglect Awareness Month. Earlier this week, members of the Banner Bound 4-H Club gathered at the county courthouse to “plant” 846 colorful pinwheels representing 993 children and adults who interacted with Children Services programs during 2018. In Darke County * There were more than 100 investigative cases related to abuse and neglect * Substance abuse continues to be a prominent factor, with 163 instances requiring Darke County Children Services to become involved * 41 children required placement in foster or residential facilities * 9 children were placed with a relative * 37 children were able to remain in their homes with preventative services * There were 324 open cases throughout 2018 with the Family Centered Services & Support Program (FCSS). If you observe child abuse or neglect, call 937-548-4132, option 3. The next Commissioners meeting will be Monday, April 8, at 1:30 in Downtown Greenville.

    April is Distracted driving awareness month. The Ohio State Highway Patrol says 51 people lost their lives because of distracted driving in 2018. Distracted driving is more than just texting and driving, although that is one major example, it could be anything like fiddling with the radio. And this month, OSP says they have extra funding for more man hours, and they are on the lookout for those drivers. In 2018, Ohio reported 13,727 crashes involving distracted driving, of those 47 were fatal. Last October, the state law designating what qualified as distracted driving was expanded as well as making it a secondary offense.

    The Indiana Department of Transportation has announced that the agency’s annual Trash Bash will take place April 15 through April 30. Trash Bash brings INDOT crews together with volunteers to beautify the state’s roadside areas by cleaning trash and debris. INDOT urges individuals, organizations, businesses and active Adopt-a-Highway groups to join maintenance staff on two-lane roads with lower traffic volume anytime between Monday, April 15, and Tuesday, April 30, in an effort to beautify roadside areas. In 2018, Trash Bash! took place April 13-15. That weekend, hundreds of INDOT employees joined forces with active Adopt-a-Highway groups and other organizations and individuals to collect 3,457 bags of trash, or the equivalent of 874 cubic yards. To be part of Trash Bash!, contact INDOT customer service at 1-855-463-6848 or by email at All trash bagged by volunteers will be collected and disposed of by INDOT crews.

    Greenville City Council met on Tuesday, for their regularly scheduled meeting. In the Administrative Report, Safety Service Director, Curt Garrison informed council that the city had received a grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for $273,000. The city applied for the grant for a splash pad at South Park. The City has also received $225,000 from the Wayne Healthcare Foundation. The project, which is a year away, will feature a parking lot, splash pad, renovation to the old rec center and restrooms. In other business, Council approved 10 ordinances and resolutions, with 1 being a resolution to authorize financial assistance to community based entities. Council Member, Jeff Whitaker was the only person to vote no on the financial assistance resolution. He explained his no vote in the call to council. Whittaker informed the audience that a different report that included more money for Main Street Greenville and the Visitors Bureau was filed on February 26. That report was removed from the agenda with no clear explanation. Whittaker was not pleased with the situation. Main Street Greenville and the Visitors Bureau will receive $20,000 from the City. The next Council meeting will be Tuesday, April 16, at 7:30 in the City Building.

    Announced on Monday, a new eight-school athletic conference consisting of select schools from the Cross County Conference, Southwestern Buckeye League, Metro Buckeye Conference and Northwest Central Conference will begin play with the 2021-2022 school year. Bethel, Covington and Miami East from the CCC, Milton-Union and Northridge from the SWBL, Troy Christian from the MBC and Lehman Catholic and Riverside from the NWCC will form the new conference. A name has yet to be determined, but one could be announced after the Conference Board of Control meeting on May 15. Former Covington athletic director Roger Craft will serve as the league commissioner. Each school will remain in its current league for the next two years.

AMBULANCE CRASH ON 127 - April 1, 2019
    On Sunday, at 7:06 a.m. Darke County Sheriff Deputies along with Ansonia Fire Department and Ansonia Rescue Squad responded to the 9200 block of U.S. 127 on an accident involving a Parkview Health ambulance. Preliminary information revealed that a 2017 Ford F-450 Ambulance driven by Richard Tutwiler (50), of Fort Wayne, was traveling southbound U.S. 127. The ambulance is believed to have drifted off the right side of the road and lost control. The ambulance went into the ditch and struck a utility pole. The ambulance was transporting a patient at the time to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital from Parkview Health in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The ambulance was also occupied by Shanna Hawn (26), of Fort Wayne, Indiana, Emily Ross (19), of Fort Wayne, Indiana and a 9 month old patient. No injuries were reported at the scene due to the accident but Ansonia Rescue Squad did complete the transport to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital for the disabled accident.

    Sunday, at 10:33 a.m. Darke County Sheriff Deputies along with Greenville Township Rescue Squad and Greenville Township Fire Department responded to the intersection of U.S. Route 127 and Horatio Harris Creek Road on an injury accident. Preliminary information revealed that a 2005 Dodge Caravan driven by Ervin Smith (81), of Troy, was traveling north on U.S. Route 127 attempting to turn west onto Horatio Harris Creek Road. A southbound 2004 Dodge Ram 1500 truck driven by Jason Brewer (48), of Bradford, struck the Dodge caravan when it entered into his lane of travel. Both drivers were transported to Wayne Hospital by Greenville Rescue. A passenger in the Dodge Ram, Maria Brewer (46), of Bradford, was also taken to the hospital as a result of the accident. This accident remains under investigation.

    Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder appointed State Representative Susan Manchester from the 84th District to the Child Support Guidelines Advisory Council. Every four years, the council evaluates Ohio’s child support guidelines to conclude if child support orders are being issued according to the guidelines, and to ensure the state is meeting the needs of our children. The council is comprised of both state and county child professionals, as well as legislators, parent advocacy groups, judges, magistrates, and attorneys. Rep. Manchester says “With one in every three children involved in Ohio’s child support program, I look forward to working with the Council to serve our kids by protecting their most fundamental needs.” Manchester represents the 84th District, which encompasses Mercer County, as well as portions of Auglaize, Darke and Shelby counties.

MU TO LEAVE SWBL - March 29, 2019
    The Milton-Union Schools Board of Education has acted on a resolution to join a new athletic conference along with seven other area districts.  Milton-Union has informed the Southwestern Buckeye League (SWBL) leadership of its future plans.  We expect to compete in this new league beginning with the 2021-22 interscholastic athletic season. Milton-Union is grateful for the many partnerships and friendly rivalries built with other SWBL schools. They look forward to new opportunities and establishing geographical rivalries with the new associate schools.

    Earlier this week, Indiana Governor Eric J. Holcomb and Indiana Department of Transportation announced 189 Indiana cities, towns and counties received a combined $115 million in state-matching funds for local road projects through the Next Level Roads: Community Crossings Initiative. The Community Crossings Initiative has provided more than $500 million in state matching funds for construction projects. The latest round garnered 229 applications—making the call for projects highly competitive. In response to local requests to help manage project flow, INDOT now accepts applications in both January and July, with a $1 million cap annually per community. An estimated $100 million will be available for communities opting to apply during the 2019 summer call for projects. Communities from the area that received money include Winchester $567,703, Jay County $548,250 and Union City $130,612. The list of all communities receiving matching funds in the 2019 winter call for projects is online at

    On Wednesday, officers from the Greenville Police Department received information that David Green, 50, was inside the residence of 410 Central Avenue. Officers had been searching for David Green in connection to a shooting that occurred at that same residence on March 21st, 2019. A search warrant was obtained for the residence. With the assistance of deputies from the Darke County Sheriffs Office and Special Response Teams from Darke and Miami Counties, entry was made into the residence. David Green was located and arrested for Felonious Assault in connection to the previous shooting. Mariah Green, 22, of Greenville was also arrested at the scene and charged with Obstructing Official Business and Resisting Arrest, both misdemeanors of the First Degree. Stephanie Green, 48, of Greenville, was also arrested at the scene and charged with Obstructing Justice, a felony of the Third Degree. Additional charges are pending review by the Darke County Prosecutors Office.

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

    Jacob Hoelscher of Osgood recently graduated from Ohio Farm Bureau's AgriPOWER Class X. The elite leadership program was started in 2008 to help agricultural advocates gain influence over public policy issues that impact their businesses and communities. Hoelscher is a farm and agribusiness agent for Phelan Insurance Agency and has a hog and grain farm operation. He is a Darke County Farm Bureau member and active with the Osgood Volunteer Fire Department. Over the course of a year, Class X participants learned from experts on how to become better leaders and advocates for the agricultural industry, including spokesperson and media training, etiquette training, social networking and communications. They learned about public policy matters important to their local communities, as well as the state, nation and world. They visited Washington, D.C. where they learned about national and global issues, and they visited diverse agricultural operations in Arizona so they could better understand the differences and similarities in agriculture from state to state. Applications are now being accepted for AgriPOWER Class XI. Deadline to apply is April 19. To apply and learn more about AgriPOWER, visit

SCENTRAL PARK 5K IN APRIL - March 19, 2019
    The 6th annual Scentral Park 5K for the Dog Park will be held Saturday, April 20, 2019, at the Darke County Fairgrounds beginning at 9 a.m. This race is part of the Darke County Wellness Challenge and encourages participants to run or walk with their dogs. The dogs must be on a leash, in a stroller/wagon or be carried. The entire event will be within the fairgrounds. Prior to the 5K there will be a free Kid's Fun Run at 8:30. Although many seasoned runners compete in this event the Scentral Park 5K is a great time for families, families with pets, or anyone who just wants to have fun and support Scentral Park. The entry fee for kids 14 and under is only $5 without a shirt. They also offer this price to seniors who are 65 and older. The complete course is stroller friendly. Free online registration can be done at People wanting shirts must register by April 7. Race information is also available inside the Darke County Animal Shelter and at

    Reservations are now being accepted for space in the Vendor Tent during the Poultry Days Festival, June 14-16th. Options include 10 x 10 ft. spaces in the Vendor Tent or space for your own tent. All Vendor Tent spaces are on asphalt, while 15 x 15 ft. spaces for your own tent or display are available on either asphalt or grass. Booths inside the tent start at $100 with discounts on additional space. If you are interested in being a part of this celebration, please download Vendor information at

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