SHERIFF'S PATROL & EXPO CANCELLED - April 3, 2020
    The Darke County Sheriff's Patrol and Expo Committee are saddened to announce the cancellation of the 2020 Home and Sports Expo due to Governor DeWine's directives in regards to the International pandemic of Corona virus Covid 19. The 58th Annual Expo was to be held the weekend of April 3, 4 and 5. They sincerely thank all the sponsors, vendors, organizations, fairboard and volunteers. They also wish to thank the Public for their understanding. Even though the 2020 Expo is Cancelled - The Sheriff Patrol and Expo committee are looking forward to and already planning for next year's Expo, April 2021. The Expo committee may be reached through Facebook@DarkeCountySheriffsHomeShow or by email: darkecountyhomeandsportsexpo@gmail.com.

SCHOLARSHIP AVAILABLE - April 3, 2020
    Mote & Associates, Inc., Engineers and Land Surveyors, located in Greenville, Ohio established a scholarship in October of 2002 at a celebration to honor the founder of the firm, Richard Mote, for his 30 years of dedicated leadership and his passion for engineering and surveying. The scholarship is for a commendable student seeking a post high school education or enrolled in an accredited college program in the field of engineering, surveying, architecture, or a closely related field of study. High School and College Undergraduate Scholarship applications for the 2019-2020 academic year can be accessed and completed on-line at www.moteassociates.com; or may be requested by contacting the company office listed below. Applications must be returned to the office of Mote & Associates, Inc., 214 West Fourth Street, Greenville, Ohio by Friday, May 1, 2020. For more information, contact our office at 937-548-7511.

BUREAU OF WORKERS COMPENSATION WAIVES SOME REQUIREMENTS - April 2, 2020
    Due to the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on Ohio's business community, the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) is waiving several requirements for employers participating in programs that lower their premiums as a reward for creating safer workplaces and doing BWC business online and on time. BWC is waiving all safety education and training requirements for this policy year — July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2020, for private employers; calendar year 2019 for public employers — for participants in the following programs: Drug Free Safety Program, EM Cap Program, Grow Ohio, Industry Specific Safety Program, One Claim Program and Policy Activity Rebate Program. Discounts offered through these programs will be applied automatically. Additionally, the annual report deadline submission for Drug Free Safety Program participants has been extended to June 1, 2020. More on these programs can be found at bwc.ohio.gov.

FFA CONVENTION CANCELLED - April 1, 2020
    The Ohio Department of Education and Ohio FFA remain committed to protecting the health, safety, and welfare of its members. Therefore, it has been determined that the 2020 Ohio FFA Convention is cancelled. They recognize this is not an ideal situation, but the safety and well-being of members, volunteers, and staff is their top priority. At this time, they ask for your patience while they develop the details of possible contingency plans and competitive alternatives. As more information becomes available, they will provide updates through the Ohio Ag Ed Newsletter and Ohio FFA social media outlets.

WATCH OUT FOR SCAMS DURING THIS PANDEMIC - March 31, 2020
    The Ohio Emergency Management Agency (Ohio EMA) is receiving reports of spam calls to Ohioans from individuals claiming to be from the Ohio EMA and requesting personal protected information, such as a Social Security number. The Ohio Emergency Management Agency is not calling Ohioans and asking for their protected personal information. If you receive such a call, it is a scam. Please hang up the phone. Watch out for emails claiming to be from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or other expert sources offering special advice or information about coronavirus disease 2019. Legitimate information is available for free from the CDC coronavirus.gov or from the Ohio Department of Health at coronavirus.ohio.gov. Consumers who suspect an unfair or deceptive sales practice should contact the office of Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost at www.OhioProtects.org or 1-800-282-0515.

MESSAGE FROM DCSO - March 25, 2020
    Due to the changing circumstances related to the COVID-19, the Darke County Sheriff’s Office has made changes in daily operations. These changes are a necessary response to keep the public, Sheriff’s Office employees and first responders safe and healthy. It is important that we follow the advice and orders of the Governor, Ohio Department of Health and the Darke County General Health District. The efforts that are being taken will ensure the office’s ability to maintain continuity of operations throughout this public health emergency. Based on an order by the Ohio Department of Health, the Darke County Jail is closed to unnecessary visitors until further notice. Only authorized personnel may make entry into the jail. Those that are permitted must be subject to a health screening prior to entry and this includes employees. Because CCW and WebCheck services take place inside a detention facility subject to this order we cannot currently process CCW and WebCheck requests. Darke County 911 communications personnel are asking all 911 callers a series of health related questions to determine the risk and appropriate response of any first responder going to an emergency call. This includes all EMS, Fire and Law Enforcement 911 calls, without regard to the type of service requested. Darke County Deputies are patrolling the townships and villages of Darke County just as we always have. Non-emergency calls that do not require personal contact will be handled by filing reports and taking information over the telephone. In cases where contact is required, deputies are instructed to maintain social distancing whenever possible. You may be asked to meet the deputies outside of your residence. Deputies may be wearing personal protective equipment or may request the person we contact to put on a mask. The deputy’s response will not interfere with public safety and officer safety. If a subject breaks the law and needs to be arrested this will happen. If an arrested individual claims to be ill, this will not change the outcome. Arrested individuals will be appropriately isolated, assessed and monitored upon entry into the jail. The Sheriff and his staff communicate daily with local and state officials as we monitor the COVID-19 situation. The Sheriff urges everyone to follow the orders and guidelines issued by the Governor and public health officials so that we may push forward and beyond this crisis.

LOW INTERESTED FEDERAL DISASTER LOANS AVAILABLE - March 24, 2020
    The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to Ohio small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). SBA acted under its own authority, as provided by the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act that was recently signed by the President, to declare a disaster following a request received from Gov. Mike DeWine on March 17, 2020. The disaster declaration makes SBA assistance available in the entire state of Ohio; and the contiguous counties of Randolph and Wayne Counties in Indiana. SBA Customer Service Representatives will be available to answer questions about SBA's Economic Injury Disaster Loan program and explain the application process. The interest rate is 3.75 percent for small businesses. The interest rate for private non-profit organizations is 2.75 percent. SBA offers loans with long-term repayments in order to keep payments affordable, up to a maximum of 30 years and are available to entities without the financial ability to offset the adverse impact without hardship. Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at DisasterLoan.sba.gov/ela. Applicants may also call SBA's Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955. WTGR will learn more about this topic on Community Ties later in the week.

LIMITED HOURS FOR HEALTH DEPARTMENT - March 23, 2020
    The Darke County General Health District's Environmental Division will be limiting hours to the public as part of social distancing and preventing the spread of COVID-19. Starting Monday, March 23, they are limiting the access to only necessary business between the hours of 8-10 a.m. or 2-3 p.m. daily. The Environmental Division will not be open during the remainder of the day except by appointment only. You can make an appointment by calling 937-548-4196 option 2. The office will also be limited to one individual at a time but space is available in the hallway for patrons to wait. Any payments due will need to be made by mail. Birth and death certificate applications should be accessed by going to www.darkecountyhealth.org Until further notice, walk-in Immunization Clinic will be canceled. Anyone that needs vaccinations should call for an appointment at 937-548-4196 ext. 224. If you are calling on a COVID-19 related issue, call the Ohio Department of Health's phone number at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH or 937-548-4196 option 5. As a reminder, the Darke County Health Department does not diagnose, test or treat Coronavirus COVID-19. If you are feeling sick or have questions about your personal health, contact your health care provider or an urgent care provider. Emergency rooms should be used for immediate life-threatening conditions only. Also, please remember to keep six-feet of separation distance from one another.

TRASH BASH POSTPONED - March 19, 2020
    Keep America Beautiful , the national nonprofit has announced the postponement of the 23rd annual Great American Cleanup and Darke County’s 12th annual Trash Bash. Since government and public health officials have called on the public to avoid large gatherings and events to avoid the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), Keep America Beautiful will resume the Great American Cleanup and Darke County’s Trash Bash once it is deemed safe to convene in large groups. The Great American Cleanup normally takes place during the spring months (March 19 through June 20).

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    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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