TORNADO HELP FOR 80TH DISTRICT - June 19, 2019
    The office of Representative Jena Powell (R-Arcanum) has received lots of questions regarding the disaster status of West Milton, and other parts of Darke and Miami County that were hit hard by the tornadoes and storms. Tuesday, President Donald Trump granted Governor Mike DeWine’s request for a Disaster Declaration due to the tornadoes that affected Ohio counties on May 27-29. The counties designated for individual assistance include Auglaize, Darke, Greene, Hocking, Mercer, Miami, Montgomery, Muskingum, Perry, and Pickaway Counties. If you have questions about the Disaster Declaration or how to receive assistance, along with any state government concerns, you can give our office a call at 614-466-8114 or email Rep80@ohiohouse.gov.

SIDEWALK PROJECT STILL HOT TOPIC - June 19, 2019
    A large crowd turned out on Tuesday, for the City of Greenville Council meeting. The public hearing lasted close to an hour with the majority of the speakers supporting the City Sidewalk Project. A total of 8 people addressed council and 6 concerned citizens voiced support for the project that has created a lot of feedback. The proposed project will be 10 phases that will encompass the entire city. The scope could change if council isn’t willing to appropriate approximately $670,000 of city funds in 2020 to complete the project. During the administrative report, Mayor Steve Willman voiced his support. The Mayor was met with concerns and questions on the project from Council Member John Hensley, who wanted to know if there were potential grants available. Safety Service Director, Curt Garrison, doesn’t feel the City will have much luck obtaining grants pertaining to sidewalks. Council Member, Doug Wright from the Safety Committee will look into a grants option. Council plans to hold a Committee of the Whole Meeting at a later date on the matter. In other business, council approved 9 ordinances and resolutions.

CRASH ON 49 - June 19, 2019
    On Tuesday, at 9:06 a.m. Darke County Sheriff Deputies along with Ansonia Fire Department and Ansonia Rescue Squad responded to State Route 49 north of State Route 47 on a single vehicle accident. A 2008 Tan Honda driven by Cody Kemmerling (29), of Portland Indiana, was southbound State Route 49 and failed to maintain reasonable control of his motor vehicle. Kemmerling’s vehicle left the road and struck a utility pole. Kemmerling was treated and at the scene by Ansonia Rescue. The Portland man was cited for failure to maintain reasonable control of his motor vehicle.

LEE RECOGNIZED BY FARM BUREAU - June 19, 2019
    The Ohio Farm Bureau recently recognized Melinda Lee, organization director for Champaign, Clark, Darke and Miami Counties, for her outstanding efforts in the 2019 Farm Bureau membership campaign. Lee added 107 members in her territory, contributing to a final tally for statewide membership gain of 107.2%, year over year. The 2020 membership campaign has begun. To find out more about becoming a member of Ohio Farm Bureau or to volunteer to help the grassroots organization continue to grow, visit ofbf.org/membership. Ohio Farm Bureau’s mission is working together for Ohio farmers to advance agriculture and strengthen our communities. Learn more at ofbf.org.

OHIO DEPARTMENT OF INSURANCE TO HELP TORNADO VICTIMS - May 30, 2019
    On Wednesday, The Ohio Department of Insurance provided information to help Ohioans avoid scams and work toward recovery following this week’s severe weather. Damage caused by rain, hail, lightning, wind, or tornado is generally covered by a standard homeowners insurance policy, a standard renters insurance policy, or an auto insurance policy’s “comprehensive” or “other than collision” coverage. Flood insurance is not included in a typical homeowners or renters insurance policy. It’s made available by the federal National Flood Insurance Program and purchased through an insurance agent. There is a 30-day waiting period for coverage to start. If you suffered storm damage, call your insurance agent or company right away. Take reasonable steps to prevent additional damage if permitted by public safety authorities. Closely inspect property and cars for damage. Note and photograph any damage. If required to seek temporary housing, check your policy for “loss of use” coverage. Be sure everything is considered in your claim. Back up claims with written estimates. During the recovery process, Obtain a list of reputable contractors from your insurance carrier, the Better Business Bureau, or a specialized consumer organization contact multiple contractors and obtain more than one estimate. Tips to avoid scams and insurance fraud: Beware of contractors coming to your home unsolicited, offering to do work, and seeking your insurance information to submit claims on your behalf. Do not allow a contractor to inspect your property when you are not home. If you give a contractor permission to inspect your property, watch the contractor conduct the inspection. Beware that some fraudulent contractors will intentionally damage property in order to secure repair work. Obtain, in writing, the terms and conditions of the project. Avoid signing any documentation (including a contract) until you fully review it. Be aware that in some cases, scammers will have consumers sign a document without explaining it is a contract. Pay the contractor by check or credit card, rather than in cash, and do not pay in full until all work has been finished. Consumers with questions about their policies, filing a claim, or trying to better understand coverage can contact the Ohio Department of Insurance at 800-686-1526 or visit www.insurance.ohio.gov, To report potentially fraudulent activity, consumers should call the department’s fraud and enforcement hotline at 800-686-1527.
    
    

FAIR BENCHES AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE - May 1, 2019
    Great Darke County Fair benches are back. Recycled benches are a great way to advertise your local business in one of the fairs' most popular sit-down areas. Benches are seen in cities and parks all over the world in honor of people and businesses. Just imagine having your own special bench to look forward to. These six-foot long benches are made from recycled milk jugs. Each bench will be placed around the fairgrounds gazebo for fairgoers to sit and enjoy the day's entertainment. Benches will be placed indoors for winter storage. Businesses wanting to purchase a bench can have it personalized with their logo for no extra charge. Making a gift of a bench is simple. Cost is $600 per bench and the deadline to order is June 1, 2019. Just call Darke County Solid Waste at 937-547-0827 for more information. Bench order forms can also be found on the district's website: www.co.darke.oh.us/solidwaste.

POULTRY DAYS SELECTS PARADE MARSHAL'S - April 30, 2019
    Jim and Julie (Monnin) Poeppelman are very pleased and honored to be selected as Parade Marshall's for the 2019 Poultry Days Grand Parade. The parade will begin at 11:00am on Saturday June 15 as part of the three-day festival to be held June 14-16, 2019. Jim was raised in Versailles and aside from his years in college, has been a lifelong Versailles resident. Julie was born in Piqua and spent the majority of her childhood growing up in Russia, OH, where she attended and graduated High School. The two were married on August 22, 1981 in Russia, OH and established residence in Versailles where they have been happily married ever since. Jim is the co-owner of C.F. Poeppelman, Inc. and PEPCON Concrete where he has served as President since 1988. Jim and Julie encourage everyone to support the Versailles community by attending the Poultry Days festivities on June 14-16. The 68th annual festival theme is "Rock -n- Roll All Night & Poultry Every Day". Visit the website www.versaillespoultrydays.com for event details and schedules.

BIKES AVAILABLE FOR RENT TO RIDE TECUMSEH TRAIL - April 25, 2019
    Darke County Parks' Bish Discovery Center now offers bicycle rentals. In an effort to make it even easier for residents and visitors to bike the Tecumseh Trail, bicycles were purchased from Countryside Bike Shop using a local grant from Harry D. Stephens Memorial. Comfort cruiser-style bikes are available in two sizes, 26" and 24". The 24" should be able to be ridden by older children (10+) or smaller-framed adults. Rentals may be reserved online at darkecountyparks.org or by visiting the Bish Discovery Center, will cost just $5/hour or $20/day and may be rented during Bish Discovery hours. Rental fee must be paid by credit card and includes use of bicycle, helmet and trail map. Renters must be at least 16 years old. Cyclists are encouraged to bring water bottles. To contact the Darke County Park District regarding rentals and policies, please contact the Bish Discovery Center 808- 4120 or the park offices at 548-0165.

CBC OFFER YETI PACKAGE - April 18, 2019
    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 www.DonorTime.com 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 www.GivingBlood.org

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 www.bigbrobigsis-shelbydarke.org or call 937-492-7611 or 937-547-9622.

- 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 info@mainstreetgreenville.org. Main Street Greenville is a non-profit organization committed to stimulating and supporting revitalization efforts, historic preservation and economic growth in Historic Downtown Greenville.
    

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