GREENVILLE MAN ARRESTED IN LOGAN COUNTY - August 4, 2020
A Greenville man was arrested for public indecency in Lakeview Saturday. A female patron of Froggy's at the Lake, located at 11065 Township Road 293, alerted Logan County Sheriff deputies who were on a security detail about a nude male in the parking lot next to a vehicle. Authorities found the nude male, Codi Byrd, 23, partially seated in the driver's seat of the vehicle along with three clothed males. Byrd was heavily intoxicated. He explained to deputies that he was changing out of his trunks. Byrd was placed under arrest. While in transport to the Logan County Jail, authorities had to stop near Huntsville because Byrd was beating his head against the protective barrier in the patrol car. He was charged with public indecency and lodged in the jail.
DARKE COUNTY RESIDENTS RECEIVE SCHOLARSHIPS - August 4, 2020
The Light Foundation presented scholarships to two Darke County students this summer, Arcanum 2020 graduate Abbigail VanHoose and New Madison resident and Tippecanoe 2020 graduate, Landen Fraylick. VanHoose plans to double major in interior design and architecture and go on to earn a master's degree in architecture at The Ohio State University. Fraylick looks to attend the University of Minnesota to study product design this fall. Presenting the scholarships was Greenville High School alum, three-time New England Patriots Super Bowl Champion and Light Foundation founder, Matt Light. For more information on the Light Foundation, visit MattLight72.com.
MIAMI VALLEY LEAGUE TO PLAY ONLY LEAGUE GAMES THIS FALL - August 3, 2020
Superintendents met Friday, to discuss the current status of fall interscholastic athletics in the Miami Valley League. In a Statement from the conference, "Given that the current COVID-19 pandemic is going to be with us for the foreseeable future, it was decided that it is in our collective best interest to compete among MVL schools only during the regular season. This decision will allow membership to implement protocols and guidelines for all member schools to follow and allow for a more controlled environment for the student athletes to safely return to competition". The MVL consists of Greenville, Troy, Piqua, Sidney, Tippecanoe, Butler, Stebbins, Fairborn, Xenia and West Carrolton.
AUGUST 3 IS TREATY DAY IN GREENVILLE - August 3, 2020
August 3, is Treaty Day for the City of Greenville. This day commemorates the 225th Anniversary of the Treaty of Greene Ville. This evening a special ceremony will be held at the City Building to celebrate 225. The City will open a Time Capsule from 1995, when the City celebrated their Bicentennial.The small ceremony and opening of the Time Capsule will take place a 6:00 PM. The public is Welcome, those attending are asked to adhere to wearing masks and social distancing.
UNSOLICITED SEEDS NEED TO BE SENT TO ODA - July 31, 2020
After increasing reports of Ohio citizens receiving packages of unsolicited seeds in the mail, the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) is again urging the public to report and submit any unsolicited seed packets to ODA. In partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Plant Protection and Quarantine Office, ODA is working to investigate the number of seed packets sent to Ohio, what type of seeds they are, and where they were mailed from. The USDA-APHIS and ODA are asking Ohioans who have received these unsolicited packages not to open, plant, or throw them away. Instead, citizens should report receiving seed at agri.Ohio.gov and then submit the packages to USDA. If possible, place the materials including the seeds, original packaging material and your contact information in a resealable plastic bag and mail them to USDA-APHIS at the following address:
Attn: USDA -SITC
8995 East Main Street, Building 23
Reynoldsburg, OH 43068
Or place the materials including the seeds, original packaging material and your contact information in a resealable plastic bag and drop them off at your county's OSU Extension Office during business hours.
ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR SCHOOLS APPROVED - July 31, 2020
State Senator Matt Huffman, this week announced the state's approval of over $87 million in additional funding for COVID-19-related expenses for Ohio's K-12 schools, libraries, veterans homes and crisis support centers. These funds, approved by the state Controlling Board, are provided to Ohio through the federal CARES Act and can be used for necessary pandemic costs, including but not limited to personal protection equipment (PPE), safety and sanitation operations, and remote learning technology. To date, nearly $1.7B in CARES Act funding has been approved by the General Assembly to be distributed Ohio's communities as they continue to battle and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
BRADFORD PUBLIC LIBRARY TO HAVE OPEN HOUSE - July 31, 2020
The Bradford Public Library will be hosting an Open House on August 1, 2020 from 10:00-1:00 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Bradford Fire. On August 3, 1920 much of the business district of Bradford was wiped out in a devastating fire that forever changed the landscape of the village. To prepare for the open house event, we are looking for artifacts and photos from that era. Items borrowed for the display will remain in the Bradford Public Library History Room during the open house and will be returned to their owners after the event. If you have any items to lend for this special occasion, please contact Stacie at 937-448-2612.
NUMBERS RELEASED FROM REP. POWELL'S CAMPAIGN - July 29, 2020
State Representative Jena Powell had some strong language for Governor Mike Dewine on Tuesday. In a facebook live video she called the Governor "a tyrant" and asked for the Ohio House and Senate to use its power to check the power of the Governor and get Ohio back to work. She also highlighted 7 policies that she'll be looking for in determining the next speaker. Most of the policies center around COVID-19 and the Corona Virus. Last week, the Ohio House Speaker, Larry Householder, was arrested by the FBI for a Bribery Case. Powell, denounced Householder after voting him into that position. She referred to his work as speaker as "bad bills and bad policy", including House Bill 6. However, in her speech Tuesday, she did not address the money her campaign was provided by Team Householder. The Columbus Dispatch reported earlier this week that in 2018, Powell received over $20,400 from Householder's campaign, $16,430 from Householder adviser Jeff Longstreth's political consulting firm, JPL & Associates. $12,700 from the political action committee of FirstEnergy, the company that benefited from House Bill 6. $12,500 from Murray Energy's PAC, which supported legislation to subsidize the FirstEnergy plants. Householder-aligned Growth and Opportunity PAC also spent $27,315 in mailings for Powell's primary race in April 2018, according to a Federal Election Commission filing. The money totals close to $90,000. Powell did not vote for House Bill 6.
REMAINING FAIRS WILL BECOME JR. FAIR ONLY - July 29, 2020
On Tuesday, we reported on the Great Darke County Fair's response to Governor Mike Dewine news pertaining to making all fairs in Ohio, strictly Junior Fair events following July 31st. The Mercer County Fair released the following statement regarding the Governor's move, "Please give us time to review all the directives given by Governor Mike DeWine. We are working diligently to accommodate the directives. We received this information at the same all of you did. We will not have answers immediately. Please give us time to process this information". The Miami County Fair also released a statement, "The Miami County Agricultural Society is aware of and is saddened by the announcement made by Governor DeWine today concerning county fairs. We have worked diligently to plan a fair that the community can participate in in a safe manner. We are awaiting the order which was mentioned today concerning county fairs so that we may review it in its entirety. We will be doing everything possible to still put on as much of a fair as possible for our community and especially our youth. We appreciate your support and patience as we work through these challenges". The Darke County Agricultural Society, will hold a special meeting tonight to discuss the matter at 7:30 on the Fairgrounds in Greenville.
POULTRY DAYS CANCELS SOCIAL PORTION - July 28, 2020
In response to additional restrictions announced by the governor, Poultry Days has canceled the social portion of the Aug. 14-16 festival. Poultry Days officials said on Monday, that Gov. Mike DeWine's mask mandate cannot be reasonably adhered to, and there is potential for additional restrictions. In addition to the cost involved with social distancing, the potential for additional restrictions creates a situation in which the festival might be canceled or even shut down mid-festival. This scenario would have an enormous financial effect on the festival and the community. Poultry Days uses its annual festival proceeds to operate and maintain Heritage Park, along with financially supporting numerous local organizations. It is the board's responsibility to make decisions that are in the best interest of the festival's longevity. The decision to cancel live entertainment, rides, 5K and adult beverages was made by the festival board. The board extends its appreciation to the Darke County Health Department, Versailles Board of Education, Versailles Band Boosters, YOLO, Village of Versailles and the numerous partners, sponsors and volunteers. While the social portion of the festival is canceled, chicken sales and pageants are continuing. Chicken will be sold via a drive-thru all weekend, and the Miss Chick and Little Miss Poultry Days pageants will be held. Poultry Days began with a chicken barbecue and Miss Chick, and those traditions will continue. Bulk chicken sales have been extended to Aug. 7. Organizers' hope is bulk sales will allow for backyard gatherings, barn parties, picnics and family trips. When placing an order at versaillespoultrydays.com, indicate the day and time for picking up the order. If two or more coolers are purchased, they can be delivered by noon Aug. 14 within 25 miles of Versailles. Free delivery is only available on Aug. 14. There has been a tremendous response with more than 6,000 halves already sold. Registration for Miss Chick continues at versaillespoultrydays.com until July 30. First prize is $1,000.
NO CRIMINAL PENALTY FOR NOT WEARING MASK IN INDIANA - July 27, 2020
Indiana's governor dropped a planned criminal penalty from the statewide face mask mandate that he signed Friday after objections from some law enforcement officials and conservative legislators. The decision comes after Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb had said Wednesday in announcing the mask requirement that violators could face a misdemeanor charge, while stating that the "mask police will not be patrolling Hoosier streets." The executive order on the mask mandate, however, does not mention penalties and describes the move as a step to protect health during the coronavirus outbreak and help ensure that businesses remain open while allowing schools to reopen and operate safely. Indiana joined a growing number of states in the country Wednesday where masks must be worn in public as a measure to halt the spread of the coronavirus. Gov. Eric Holcomb announced during his weekly coronavirus press briefing that starting Monday everyone over the age of 8 will be required to wear a mask both indoors and outside wherever social distancing is not possible.
TEENAGERS INVOLVED IN ACCIDENT - July 27, 2020
On Sunday, at approximately 8:30 a.m., Darke County Deputies along with New Madison Fire, Tri-Village Rescue and CareFlight responded to the intersection of State Route 726 and Otterbein-Ithaca Road for a one-vehicle rollover crash with injuries. Preliminary investigation revealed a black 1994 Ford Ranger driven by Mark Kirby Jr. 19, of New Madison, was traveling northbound on State Route 726 when the vehicle drove off the right side of the roadway and then the driver over-corrected driving back onto the roadway and then the vehicle traveled back off the right side of the road rolling over before coming to rest in a yard. The front seat passenger Jared Mathews 13, of New Madison was taken to Miami Valley Hospital aboard CareFlight for his injuries. Kirby was treated and released at the scene. This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office.
TEENAGERS INVOLVED IN ACCIDENT - July 24, 2020
On Thursday, at approximately 4:08 P.M. Darke County Sheriff's Deputies along with Ansonia Fire and Rescue responded to the 10600 block of US Route 127 on an injury accident. Preliminary investigation revealed a 2004 Ford Focus driven by a 17 year old male of New Weston, was traveling north on US Route 127. The driver lost control of the car and it traveled off the left side of the roadway rolling onto its driver side. The male driver was treated and released at the scene by Ansonia Rescue. The 16 year old female passenger and 14 year old female passenger were transported to Wayne Healthcare by Ansonia Rescue with minor injuries. This accident remains under investigation.
BICYCLE RENTAL FOR THE PUBLIC - July 23, 2020
The Darke County Park District is offering bicycle rentals to the public. Bikes are available to rent from the Bish Discovery Center, located at 404 N. Ohio St. in Greenville. Bikes are accessible for $5 an hour. DCP currently only accepts credit card payment for rentals. Current operating hours for the Bish Discovery Center are noon to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. As of 2019, cyclists can follow the trail from downtown Gettysburg all the way into Greenville, connecting with the Greenville Creek Trail at the Bish Discovery Center on Ohio Street (bike station and water available). With that, DCP now provides a combination of off-road and share-the-road trail from Bradford, Miami County to Greenville in Darke County, totaling nearly 15 miles. For more information call 937-808-4120.
FATAL ACCIDENT ON 571 - July 23, 2020
We've learned some more details from the crash that we reported on Thursday, at 571. Darke County Deputies, Union City Ohio Police and UCO Fire Rescue responded to a 2 vehicle crash in the 300 block of State Route 571 just after 2 PM. Preliminary investigation revealed that a Red 2007 Toyota Corolla driven by, Rodney Weaver (50), of Union City, Indiana was travelling westbound State Route 571. Weaver's vehicle collided with a 2014 White Dodge Ram 2500 van driven by, Zachary VanVickle (35), of Greenville. VanVickle was transported to Wayne Healthcare by Union City Ohio Rescue. Weaver was pronounced dead on the scene. The Darke County Coroner's Office was called to the scene to investigate the death as well as the Darke County Sheriff's Office Accident Reconstruction Team. The accident remains under investigation.
BAUMGARDNER RETURNS TO COUNCIL - July 22, 2020
Greenville City Council met on Tuesday, for their regularly scheduled meeting and returning to council was John Baumgardner, who replaced the vacant seat of former City Council Member, Matt Staugler, who left earlier this year. Baumgardner, who served on council for 9 years, before leaving back in 2015, was appointed by the Darke County Republican Party to fill the term that runs to 2023. The past few years, Baumgardner has served on the Greenville City Park Board. During the Call to Council, Baumgardner was congratulated and greeted back. In Official Business, Council approved 8 ordinances and resolutions that included an ordinance approving an application for a "Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area". Council Member, Jeff Whitaker, thanked council for adopting the ordinance that he says will be a huge benefit to Downtown Greenville. DORA allows the public to circulate freely throughout a business district with an alcoholic beverage that was purchased at one of the establishments within the designated area. In other business, Mayor Steve Willman announced that the Kitchenaid Experience was staying open at least 2 more months, as they changed their close date to September 18th. The Mayor and a group of others are still working with Whirlpool in trying to keep the business downtown. The next City Council meeting will be Tuesday, August 4, at 7:30 on the City of Greenville Facebook Page. In other news in the City, Greenville Municipal Concert Band has announced the cancellation of the 2020 season due to COVID-19 precautions. J.R. Price, director of the band, made the statement, "Sadly, I am writing to tell you that the Board of the Greenville Municipal Concert Band has decided to cancel the remaining part of our season in the park. With a renewed concern about the statewide COVID-19 spikes we believe it is in the best interests of our audience and the band to preserve safety and health so that we can all return next season for a robust series and enjoy music in our beautiful park." The band calls Marling Band Shell home in Greenville City Park. The Band dates back to 1869.
TROY LOOKING AT OUTDOOR REFRESHMENT AREA - July 21, 2020
The Council of the City of Troy, received an application to establish a Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area (DORA). The Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area Application is on file with the Clerk of Council and is available for viewing Monday – Friday between the hours of 8:00 A.M. – 4:30 P.M. at City Hall, 100 S. Market Street, Second Floor, Troy, Ohio. The Council will hold a public hearing at the Council Meeting of Monday, August 3, 2020, at 7:00 P.M. to consider the adoption of an Ordinance to approve the application. This Council Meeting and Public Hearing will be held at the Bravo Room, Hobart Arena, 255 N. Adams Street, Troy. This meeting is open to the public, subject to occupancy limits. Interested persons are invited to attend and participate. Written comments may also be submitted to the Clerk of Council, City Hall, 100 S. Market Street, Troy, Ohio 45373, or by email to email@example.com until noon, August 3, 2020. Greenville City Council will vote on a DORA ordinance this evening for Downtown Greenville.
1 INJURED IN 2 VEHICLE ACCIDENT - July 21, 2020
On July 22, 2020 at approximately 5:51 a.m., Darke County Sheriff Deputies along Greenville Township Fire and Rescue responded to the intersection of State Route 118 and Children's Home-Bradford Road for a two-vehicle injury crash. Preliminary investigation revealed a Maroon 2006 Pontiac Torrent driven by Isabelle Barga 19, of Rossburg, OH. was traveling southbound on State Route 118 and attempted to make a left turn onto Children's Home-Bradford Road in front of a 2012 Grey Ford Fusion driven by Billy Adkins 35, of Greenville, OH. After the collision Adkins vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway coming to rest in the side ditch. Adkins was transported to Wayne HealthCare and later taken to Miami Valley Hospital for his injuries. Barga was uninjured in the crash. State Route 118 was closed for nearly an hour and a half.
This crash remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office.
2 MEN ARRESTED IN UNION CITY OHIO - July 20, 2020
On Friday, Darke County Deputies were dispatched to 102 East Main St. Union City, Ohio on a report of a man who was shot at and struck with a baseball bat. After speaking with the victim, deputies were informed the incident took place at 7295 South Stateline Road. The victim stated upon his arrival he was met by two individuals, with one of the individuals opening fire. Both ordered the victim into the garage. The individual who shot at the victim picked up a baseball bat and struck the victim in his arm which caused a broken bone. The victim was able to escape and drove himself to 102 East Main St. Union City, Ohio. The two men arrested were 37-year- old Eric D. Holder for Felonious Assault and 28-year-old Richard A. Crowell for Tampering with Evidence. The Darke County Sheriff's Department is handling the investigation.
MEHAFFIE RECEIVES AWARD - July 20, 2020
Earlier this month, Darryl Mehaffie received another prestigious award. The Darke County Historical Society (DCHS) operating as Garst Museum, named Darryl Mehaffie as this year's Heritage Award recipient and emeritus member of the DCHS. According to museum CEO Dr. Clay Johnson, the DCHS's Heritage Award was created to recognize outstanding citizens or organizations for their distinguished contributions or actions of unusual excellence that help connect people to Darke County's past.
MIAMI COUNTY AT ORANGE #2 RISK LEVEL - July 17, 2020
Miami County was elevated to an Orange #2 Risk Level on Thursday. This is due to Miami County meeting the criteria for 3 of the 7 Alert Indicators:
50+ cases /100,000 population within last 2 weeks
More than 50% of new cases are from non-congregate care living
Sustained increase in Outpatient visits for COVID-19 symptoms over the past 5 days
There have been 97 new COVID-19 cases and 8 new hospitalizations since July 1st, 2020. Many of these cases stem from various social gatherings, like graduation parties and 4th of July events. Darke County is at Level 1.
2021 DARKE COUNTY BUDGET PRESENTED TO COMMISSIONERS - July 16, 2020
On Wednesday, the Darke County Commissioners met for their regularly scheduled meeting. Joining the Commissioners was County Auditor, Carol Ginn, who submitted the 2021 Darke County General Fund Budget with estimated appropriations of $27,645,000. The county increased cost for Health Insurance is not reflected in the budget, the actual increase in cost is still unknown. Also, unknown at this time is the County's share or match portion for any Grants that could be received in 2021. The 2021 budget does reflect an estimated increase of $700,000. This increase reflects 27 pay and increase cost for employer share of Medicare, OPERS and Workers Compensation. The Darke County Wagner Avenue Facility total debt will be $ 4.3 Million as of December 31, 2020. The principal and interest due in 2021 is over $551,500. The County General Fund support has decreased. The Darke County South Industrial Park total interest free loan principal from the Ohio Water Development Authority will be $519,600 as of December 31, 2020. The amount of principal due in 2021 is $36,360. The County General Fund is supporting this loan. The Commissioners approved the 2021 County General Fund Budget. The next Commissioners meeting will be Monday, at 1:30 in Downtown Greenville.
2020 DARKE COUNTY FAIR COURT - July 15, 2020
Tuesday, the 2020 Darke County Jr. Fair Pageant was held at Radiant Lighthouse Christian Church in Greenville. A total of 2 boys and 5 girls ran for Jr. Fair King and Queen.
Congratulations to King – Blake Brandenburg, 16, from Top Notch 4H club.
The Queen is Alisha Rismiller, 17, representing – Livestock in General 4-H Club
1st Runner-up King – Justin Heitkamp , 16, Representing – Canine Capers 4-H Club
1st Runner-up Queen – Renea Schmitmeyer, 17, from – Versailles FFA
2nd Runner-up Queen – Emily Scholl , 17, with Mississinawa Valley FFA.
3rd Runner-up Queen – Carrie Rhoades, 16 Representing – Grade A Kids 4-H Club
DARKE COUNTY SCHOOLS RE-OPENING AGREEMENT ANNOUNCED - July 15, 2020
Darke County Educational Services is made up by Ansonia, Arcanum, Bradford, Franklin Monroe, Greenville, Mississinawa Valley and Tri-Village. Earlier this week they released a statement on the Darke County Schools Common Re-opening Agreement. All Ohio schools closed for the remainder of the school calendar beginning on March 17, by order of the Governor and the Director of the Ohio Department of Health in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. On July 2, guidelines were released. School district superintendents from each public school district in Darke County, along with the Darke County Educational Service Center, and Darke County Health Department met on July 6, to identify common practices for school re-opening in Darke County. These general principles will guide each school district as they move forward with reopening schools throughout Darke County: 1. Each school district will implement recommended safety protocols to the highest degree possible; 2. Each school district will work closely with the Darke County Health Department (DCHD) to promote safety in each school building; 3. Each school district will be transparent with all stakeholders that some level of risk will always be present when children and school district employees occupy school district facilities. 4. School districts recognize the need for consistency in areas of operations while recognizing that individual differences in classroom sizes, school facilities, and building operations may lead to some inconsistencies. 5. School districts are planning to maintain their previously approved school calendars with some possible front-loading of employee professional development or waiver days. Each school district in Darke County will be releasing an individual district plan to address unique details and circumstances that pertains to the general county guidelines. Versailles Schools is not part of Darke County Educational Services.
OSU EXTENSION OPEN BY APPOINTMENT ONLY - July 14, 2020
The Darke County Commissioners met for their regularly scheduled meeting on Monday. Sam Custer, Ag Educator was present to provide an update on Darke County OSU Extension. The University has approved a plan for the office to open back up to the public by appointment only. Rhonda Williams will be present on Tuesday's, Sam Custer in the building on Wednesday's and Dr. Roseanne Scamahorn will be on Wagner Avenue on Thursday's. To make an appointment you can call (937) 548-5215 or visit darke.OSU.edu. The OSU Extension office is located at 603 Wagner Avenue in Greenville, Ohio.
WAYNE HEALTHCARE FOUNDATION GOLF OUTING STILL ON SCHEDULE - July 14, 2020
Wayne HealthCare Foundation is gearing up for their Annual Golf Outing on Monday, September 28, at Turtle Creek Golf Course. They are excited to host the golf outing and are very appreciative of your support and donations for the community health and wellness programs. This year is a little different with COVID-19 and they will continue to navigate through all guidelines to make this event successful. It may be similar to past years, there may be changes to make sure they keep everyone safe and healthy and distanced on the golf course, but the goal is to try to have the event. They will keep all participants up-to-date with any decisions they make from COVID-19 that could affect the outing. The golf outing brings in close to 30% of the donations for the year to help serve patients in need, offer preventative screenings, scholarships, cardiac and pulmonary rehab, this year – COVID response, and many other programs promoting health and wellness in the community and within the hospital. For more information visit WayneHealthCare.org/Foundation or call 937-569-6408.
CITY ASKED ABOUT MOVING AWAY FROM GPAT - July 8, 2020
Greenville City Council met on Tuesday, via Facebook Live for their regularly scheduled meeting. Council held a Public Hearing for a Designated Outdoor Dining Area (DORA), which would allow Downtown Businesses to serve alcohol that could be consumed outside. Executive Director of Main Street Greenville and the Visitors Bureau, Ryan Berry, addressed council and told them he was in favor of passing the ordinance. He added it would get people downtown during a trying time. An ordinance was prepared on the measure to establish DORA in Downtown Greenville, but Council did not have enough members present to vote and the ordinance was read for the first time. In other business, Safety Service Director, Ryan Delk during the administrative report provided an update on GPAT Channel 5. Delk hopes to move away from the service and instead create a Youtube Stream for the City. GPAT needs a $12,000 upgrade and the school is not interested in running the channel. Currently, the City pays Greenville Schools $4,800 to maintain Channel 5 and $1,000 for the weather service. This year, the City will have to pay Spectrum $4,300 just to have the Channel. The annual cost to maintain the service on GPAT Channel 5 is around $10,500. Delk asked for a Committee Report from Council to look at the potential change. The cost to maintain a Youtube live stream is an annual $500, the Committee Report is due on August 18. The Safety Service Director also asked for a Committee to look into joining Greenville City Fire and Greenville Township Fire and Rescue. Greenville City Fire has been looking at the possibility for a joint fire district and the savings / service it would be provide to residence. Council Members will look into the matter with a Committee Report, but that report does not have a date to be completed. Again, City Council did not have enough members present to pass ordinances and resolutions, all 4 on the agenda were read for the first time. The next City Council meeting will be Tuesday, July 21st at 7:30 on Facebook Live.
COMMISSIONERS SEND LETTER TO KITCHENAID - July 7, 2020
The Darke County Commissioners met on Monday, for their regularly scheduled meeting and filed a letter for journal information to the Whirlpool Corporation. Last week, the company announced the closing of the KitchenAid Experience in downtown Greenville. The Commissioners were approached by the CIC and the Visitors Bureau to write a letter encouraging the company to reconsider closing their store front on Broadway. In the statement, the Commissioners state, "Darke County is the proud home for your KitchenAid production plant. We appreciate and love that you call our county home. We have been fortunate to also have the KitchanAid Experience located in our downtown district of Greenville that attracts and draws many visitors from around the country to our county. the KitchenAid store is a key store and draws throughout the year for tourism as well, when families come to Eldora to watch dirt track racing or to one of the many community events held in our country each year. We ask that you reconsider the closing of your store front or consider a discussion to what can be done so your presence is still here in our county." The next Commissioners meeting will be Wednesday, at 1:30 in Downtown Greenville. In other business, This Saturday, July 11, Commissioner Mike Stegall will have his "Coffee with the Commissioner" at A&B Coffee located at the corner of 4th and Broadway in Greenville. The Commissioner will be at A&B from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. to hear questions and concerns of the Darke County citizens. Stop at the A&B Coffee company, pick up a cup of coffee, and come over and chat with the Commissioner.
TOUR DE DONUT CANCELED - June 30, 2020
Another big event was canceled Friday as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic restrictions. The 2020 Tour de Donut and related Donut Jam events have been canceled for due to the coronavirus. The Tour de Donut was originally scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 29, and Donut Jam was to take place on Friday, Aug. 28 and Saturday, Aug. 29. The cancellation of the events is due to the restrictions the state of Ohio has placed on large mass gatherings and the uncertainty of when these restrictions will be lifted. Last year, the Tour de Donut brought close to 3,000 riders into the community. Any registrations purchased for 2020 will be honored at the 2021 event, which has been scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 28 for the Tour de Donut and Friday and Saturday, Aug. 27-28 for the Donut Jam. For additional information, visit thetourdedonut.com.
TRASH BASH DATES SET - June 25, 2020
On Wednesday, the Darke County Commissioners met for their regularly scheduled meeting and joining Mike Stegall and Matt Aultman was Krista Fourman from Darke County Solid Waste. Fourman announced that trash bash would return to the county for September 2020. The 12th annual Darke County "Trash Bash" Community Clean-up Day will take place on Saturday and Sunday, September 12 & 13th. If you signed-up in the spring before the Covid-19 pandemic hit, they are still counting on you to participate. If you can NOT participate during these dates, please let Solid Waste know so they can assign roadways to other groups. If you want to participate but are not already signed-up, contact the district at 937-547-0827. The collection is set to begin at 8:00 a.m. The district is looking for numerous groups of 4-6 to clean up a 2-mile stretch, picking-up bags of trash and recyclables. Clean-up groups can be started with friends from school, work, church, and volunteer organizations or clubs and there's no age limit for volunteers. Sign-up forms can also be found on the district's website: www.Co.Darke.oh.us/solidwaste. New participants must have their forms turned in by July 30th. Each group will be given black bags for trash and clear bags for recyclables. For separating the recyclables from the trash, each group will be awarded $75.00.