BILL ANNOUNCED FOR REVISIONS FOR FOSTER CARE - September 24, 2020
    State Rep. Susan Manchester (R-Waynesfield) on Wednesday, announced her legislation revising the requirements for foster caregiver training in Ohio now heads to Governor DeWine for his signature. House Bill 8 will help potential foster parents to be trained, licensed, and approved more efficiently and effectively. H.B. 8 eliminates the statutory mandate on pre-placement training hours, training hours and continu­ing education hours, as well as the statutory training plans, coursework and needs assessment requirements. Under the bill, up to 20 percent of the pre-placement training can be taken online. The bill does not lower the standards to become a foster caregiver. Instead, it gives the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) the authority and flexibility to establish these standards. There are currently more than 16,000 boys and girls in foster care in Ohio, a figure that has grown by 25 percent in recent years, driven by the addiction crisis. In 2018, a total of 26,737 were in foster care at one point or another. These trends have resulted in a shortage of foster caregivers in Ohio, leaving children without a safe and healthy environment to heal from the trauma many of them have endured. The House unanimously concurred with Senate amendments during session Wednesday. Once signed into law, the bill will go into effect after 90 days.

COMMISSIONERS RECEIVE GRANT FOR AIRPORT - September 24, 2020
    The Darke County Commissioners met on Wednesday, for their regularly scheduled meeting and joining them in session was Susan Laux, who presented a grant application from the Federal Aviation Administration. Earlier this month, the Commissioners accepted bids for a project at the Darke County Airport for a new apron and parallel taxiway. The FAA with the grant application will provide $3.1 Million for the County Airport project. No money is coming in or going out of the general fund for the project. After the bid is rewarded, the Commissioners have plans to start the project as soon as possible. The next Commissioners meeting will be Monday, September 28, at 1:30 in Downtown Greenville.

SLOW DOWN DURING HARVEST SEASON - September 23, 2020
    The fall harvest season is upon us and drivers can expect to see large farm implements traveling on the roads. Farm implements need additional roadway space, so be prepared to slow down, pull to the side or stop. Drivers in rural areas must remain alert to the possibility of encountering slow moving farm machines and be prepared to slow or stop to avoid a rear-end collision or striking a farm machine that is turning into a field or driveway. Before passing farm machinery: Check to be sure that machinery is not turning left. Look for left turn lights or hand signals. If the machinery slows and pulls toward the right side of the road, the operator is likely preparing to make a wide left turn. Likewise, sometimes to make a right turn with wide equipment, the driver must fade to the left. Determine if the road is wide enough for you and the machinery to safely share. Look for roadside obstacles such as mailboxes, bridges, or road signs that may cause the machinery to move to the center of the road. Be sure there is adequate distance for you to safely pass. The Indiana State Police want this farming season to be safe for farmers and motorists sharing Indiana roadways. Please be patient and courteous to each other when driving.

SEMI RUNS STOP SIGN AND CAUSES ACCIDENT - September 23, 2020
    Two people sustained injuries following a serious crash at the intersection of Troy-Sidney and Peterson roads around 5 p.m. Tuesday. Miami County Sheriff's Office deputies said that a westbound semi tractor failed to stop at the stop sign and struck a southbound pickup truck. Both occupants of the pickup were transported to Upper Valley Medical Center by Troy Fire Department medics. The driver of the semi was not not injured. The intersection was closed due to power lines being knocked down from the crash. Witnesses told deputies that the driver of the semi did not even slow down before entering the intersection.

SPECIFIC BLOOD DONORS NEEDED - September 22, 2020
    Community Blood Center is in critical need of blood types A positive, O positive and type B and is calling on donors to help avert a blood shortage. Donors must make an appointment at www.DonorTime.com or by calling (937) 461-3220. Donors can help CBC protect against COVID-19 by wearing a face mask and maintaining social distancing at blood drives. Scheduling appointments throughout the week will help CBC maintain adequate staffing and reduce waiting. Nearly 75% of the population is either blood type A positive or O positive, and type B represents an additional 10% of the population. These blood types are currently in high demand and the COVID-19 pandemic continues to hinder CBC blood collection. More than 85% of CBC collections come from mobile blood drives, including 17% from high schools. Due to COVID-19 multiple business and high school blood drives have been cancelled as many employees continue to work from home and more students are now learning from home. To make an appointment, again DonorTime.com.

FRAMED AUTOGRAPHED FLAG TO BE RAFFLED OFF - September 22, 2020
    The Darke County Republican Party is selling raffle tickets for a framed autographed 2020 Trump-Pence Flag that was recently won in a statewide contest by the Trump Victory Campaign. This 3'x5' flag is an authentic, canvas flag signed by President Donald J. Trump and framed locally. Tickets are $10 apiece and will be available at Ace Hardware in Greenville, a Soothing Touch Massage in Versailles, or by contacting any Republican elected office holder in Darke County. Tickets will also be sold at the Mobile Headquarters held on Saturday mornings from 9-12p in front of A&B Coffee in Downtown Greenville. The drawing will be held on Sunday, October 18th at the Darke County Hog Roast. Winner does not need to be present to win.

DRUGS FOUND IN CAR AFTER PURSUIT - September 21, 2020
    On Saturday, around 3:48 PM, Sidney Police attempted to stop a silver Nissan Sentra for an equipment violation at the N/B 90-mile marker on I-75. The vehicle got off exit #92 (Michigan St.). It continued without stopping going E/B onto Michigan St. The vehicle ran a red traffic light on Michigan St. at Fourth Ave. The officer ran the vehicle's plate, and it came back to a suspended driver out of Cincinnati, Ohio. Police continued to pursue the vehicle E/B through downtown Sidney on Court St. and the K-9 Officer joined the pursuit and took the lead as the vehicle continued to travel E/B on St. Rt. 29. The vehicle continued E/B on 29 and turned N/B on St.Rt. 706 and continued until the driver attempted to go straight onto Tawawa Maplewood Rd. and lost control of the vehicle and went into a bean field. The driver and two other passengers took off running from the vehicle in which Sidney K-9 Officer Kilo gave chase. All three quickly stopped running and were placed under arrest. A fourth passenger who remained with the vehicle was also apprehended. Officers found a large amount of fentanyl, cash, and a stolen handgun inside the vehicle. After a further investigation, the same vehicle was involved in an armed robbery in the Cincinnati area of Delhi Township earlier in the day. The vehicle also had stolen tags on it. The vehicle itself was stolen from Cincinnati, Ohio. The stolen handgun is suspected of being used in a past officer-involved shooting by one of the suspects. The driver of the vehicle (16-year-old male from Cincinnati, Ohio) was arrested for felony one drug trafficking, fleeing and eluding, several receiving of stolen property charges, and he had an active warrant from Hamilton County. Two adult passengers (18 Year Old Jacon Breaton from Covington, Ky, and 21-year-old Keonte Hardy from Cincinnati, Ohio) were also arrested for felony one drug trafficking. 18 Year Old Raul Vega Jr. from Cincinnati, Ohio, was arrested for felony one drug trafficking, several receiving stolen property charges, and an active warrant out of Hamilton County for felonious assault with a gun. The adults were placed in the Shelby County Jail, and the Juvenile was transported to the JDC in Troy.

FATAL ACCIDENT ON MERCER COUNTY FARM - September 21, 2020
    Mercer County Sheriff, Jeff Grey reports that his office investigated a farm accident that occurred at 889 Cassella – Montezuma Road Maria Stein, Ohio. Grey advised that his office received a 911 call at 10:20 AM and the caller reported that a male was trapped inside a silo at that location. The investigation found that 39 year old Timothy J Dirksen (same address) was inside a 90 foot silo and was leveling off silage. It is believed that Dirksen was overcome with fumes from inside the silo. Fire and EMS Personnel were able to extract Dirksen from the silo and began resuscitation efforts with him. Dirksen was flown from the scene by helicopter to Miami Valley Hospital (Dayton, Ohio), where he was pronounced deceased. Assisting at the scene were members of the Saint Henry EMS and Fire Departments from North Star, Osgood, Chickasaw, Celina and Burkettsville.

DOWNTOWN FARMERS MARKET & CHRISTMAS - September 18, 2020
    On Saturday, Main Street Greenville will be holding Christmas in September at the Downtown Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.. Do your Christmas shopping early. There will be plenty of crafts, soaps/lotions, and other items. There will also be plenty of treats and vegetables. The Farmers Market has just a few more weeks. Main Street Greenville host the event every Saturday morning from 9 to 1 in front of the Courthouse. The Farmers Market runs until October.

TROY WOMAN TO FACE FELONY CHARGE OF THEFT - September 18, 2020
    Cheryl Terry from Troy, has signed off on a plea agreement this week to a felony charge of theft in office, which could include up to 36 months in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. While no mandatory minimum sentence is involved, the agreement does stipulate that she must pay $267,000 in restitution. The former office manager for the Troy Recreation Department is to be in court in late October to find out how much time she'll spend in prison for her role in stealing from the city department since 2017. Terry was the department's office manager. In May she became the target of the investigation. She soon resigned. Terry, who remains free on her promise to return to court, is to be sentenced Oct. 26.

DARKE COUNTY PARKS HAS A NEW PROGRAM - September 17, 2020
    Darke County Parks is featuring a new free program, Rest Home Roam. Rest Home Residents have been able to enjoy visiting with naturalists and animal ambassadors through the windows of their rooms. In March, programming was transitioned to all digital formats because of the uncertainty of the Covid pandemic. Some programs do require a small fee which covers input cost. Most fee-based programs are offered for under $10. These include parent and preschool adventures, pumpkin hunt, canoe and kayak trips and more. The Darke County Parks is happy to announce that they will begin to offer some in-person public programs starting September 18, while continuing a selection of digital options. Upcoming programs include: Morning Bird Walks Every Friday from Sept. 18 through Nov. 20 at 9 a.m.; Bark in the Park Dog Walks, Sept. 22, Oct. 8, and Nov. 5; Preschool Adventures, Sept. 23, Oct. 21, and Nov. 18 at 10 a.m.; Owl Prowls, Oct. 1, Oct. 30, and Nov. 30; and Fall Family Fun Day, Oct. 17, from 1 to 3 p.m. For more information please contact DCP at 937-548-0165 or visit www.darkecountyparks.org. All programs do require registration at this time.

MIAMI COUNTY NOW OFFERS INFO HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES - September 17, 2020
    United Way of Miami County rolls out 211 service! 211 is an information and referral service that families and individuals in Miami County can call to obtain free and confidential information on health and human services resources within their community. 211 operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year and resources are available in most languages. The 211 specialists can refer callers to the organizations in their local community best equipped to address their specific health and human services needs including food, shelter, energy assistance, housing, parenting resources, health care, employment, substance abuse treatment, as well as specific resources for older adults and for persons with disabilities, and much more. Simply dial 211 or 855-944-3372 for assistance. Find out more information on Miami County 211 by going to www.miamicounty211.org.

CITY MEETS WITH CIC ABOUT DOWNTOWN OPEN SPACE - September 16, 2020
    It was a busy night for Greenville City Council as they met for their regularly scheduled meeting. Before the meeting, council included the Darke County CIC on their video chat as Council was provided an update by Mayor Steve Willman and CIC Director Mike Bowers, on dealings in Greenville. The Mayor and Bowers are still working on trying to find a new home for KitchenAid space downtown on Broadway. The meeting is there to keep the city informed and to have a communication link with the CIC and Council. In official business, council approved 9 ordinances and resolutions. One resolution passed, was to allow for the purchase of the remainder of the decorative street lights for downtown Greenville. That total includes 18 lights for a cost of $47,000. The next City Council meeting will be held Wednesday, October 7, at 7:30 on Facebook Live under the City of Greenville Facebook Page.

COVID CASES IN GREENVILLE CITY SCHOOLS - September 16, 2020
    Earlier this week, Greenville City Schools made the announcement of 4 positive COVID-19 cases within the School System. Two at the high school building and two at the K-8 building. The local health department has been informed and will do appropriate follow up. The individuals are isolated. Parents are encouraged to report any positive test, or case of COVID-19, to their school by calling into the building principal or reporting to the building when they call in their child's absence. Known positive COVID-19 tests will be communicated by building, on the district website, if that information is confirmed. It will be reported by building case number only. No identifiable information will be shared or discussed. Greenville City Schools are meeting and surpassing safety measures set forth by the state and local health departments.

SIDNEY BICENTENNIAL DOWNTOWN WALKING TOUR - September 15, 2020
    The Shelby County Historical Society will be hosting a Sidney Bicentennial Downtown Walking Tour on Sept. 29, 2020, at 6 p.m. As participants walk around downtown, the tour guide will describe how Sidney has transformed in the last 200 years. Learn if the stories that you heard when you were a child are true or just folk lore legends. The tour will visit the Peoples Federal Bank, the Monumental Building and a room of Sidney's City Hall that was once the hub of activity and now is barely seen by the public. This is a free event but tickets are required. Because of COVID-19, tours will be very limited in size. Participants are encouraged to wear a mask on the tour. Masks will be required when you enter buildings. Reserve your tickets by calling 937-498-1653; visit the Ross Historical Center, at 201 N. Main Ave.

HOUSE BILL 606 PASSES - September 15, 2020
    On Monday, State Representative Jena Powell (R-Arcanum) announced that legislation protecting healthcare providers, first responders, schools, small businesses and others from frivolous lawsuits stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic was signed into law. House Bill 606, also known as the Good Samaritan Expansion Bill, grants immunity to healthcare providers, schools, local governments, businesses and others from lawsuits stemming from the pandemic, unless those individuals or entities are reckless or engage in intentional misconduct. The legislation received extensive support from a wide range of trade associations, including the state's largest associations representing large and small businesses, agriculture, public schools, local governments, hospitals and healthcare providers. The bill is intended to provide peace of mind that Ohio’s healthcare workers, hospitals, schools, businesses and others are protected from unnecessary and costly lawsuits. The bill applies to acts, omissions, conduct, decisions, or compliance from the date of the Governor's Executive Order, 2020-01D, issued on March 9, 2020, declaring a state of emergency due to COVID-19, through September 30, 2021. Powell voted in favor of the legislation earlier this month.

DISC GOLD COMES TO GREENVILLE PARK - September 14, 2020
    Disc Golf is finally arriving to Greenville. The final stages of development for an 18 hole Disc Golf Course is nearing completion in Greenville City Park. The new Memorial Hill 9 baskets should be ready for use this week. The course is still "under construction" but is playable as final touches are added. Checkout the public FB group Greenville Disc Golf for more (especially sport specific). Projecting a November completion for the Park 9. This group page will be used to promote local disc golf events, messages from sponsors, and an opportunity for you to give feedback on the course. Greenville Parks hope to create the best disc golf experience possible. The idea for a course in Greenville Parks was presented by resident Matt Auker. Donors and the City of Greenville helped Matt bring the idea to life.

MILITARY MEN TO BE HONORED IN VERSAILLES - September 14, 2020
    POW/MIA Honor Weekend will be celebrated Sept. 18 thru 20 at Marker Rd. and Grand Ave. in Versailles, Ohio. All is welcome to attend and show your support for this great country. During the weekend there will be the traveling Vietnam Wall, military reenactment team, military vehicles, and chow trailers. Recognition Day on Saturday, Sept. 19 at 5:00pm will honor our POW/MIA military men and women with a 21-gun salute and ceremony. The Versailles VFW, American Legion, and Sons of the legion are inviting Veterans. Campers and tents are welcome. For more information, call Dave Miller at 937-526-3836. Remember to be responsible from the guidelines set by the state.

MIAMI COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE RECEIVES GRANT - September 11, 2020
    The Miami County Sheriff's Office is pleased to announce that once again we have been awarded a traffic enforcement grant for fiscal year 2021. This will mark the 16th consecutive year the Sheriff's Office has been awarded federal monies for traffic enforcement throughout the county. The funds are administered by the Ohio Traffic Safety Office. The Sheriff's Office was awarded a total of $69,748.72 to be expended solely on overtime for extra traffic enforcement and some fuel costs. A total of 1100 man hours will be spent on extra traffic enforcement throughout the upcoming year. The goal of the extra traffic enforcement is to reduce the number of fatal and injury crashes on Miami County roadways. Most of the extra traffic enforcement details will be assigned during holidays when vehicular travel increases along with increased instances of drinking and driving. Deputies will be working a total of 40 overtime hours during the upcoming school homecoming events along with 32 hours for the upcoming Halloween holiday.

BE MORE CAUTIOUS AS KIDS HEAD BACK TO SCHOOL - September 10, 2020
    With most students back in school, the American Automobile Association is reminding drivers to slow down and pay close attention to their surroundings. Driving School Supervisor for AAA, Pat Brown, said with many families preferring their kids to be distant from others during the pandemic, more students are choosing to commute on foot. But with buses, parent drivers, and more pedestrians, Brown said drivers and students need to be alert whenever they are en route to or from school, since most accidents are a result of rushing or distracted driving. Brown said while avoiding tragic accidents during the school year may seem as simple as looking both ways or driving the speed limit, he said people often forget to take these precautions as the school year progresses and schedules get more hectic. And with daylight savings time around the corner, Brown is reminding parents to dress their kids in bright colors so they can easily be seen at dusk when they're on the way to school or the bus stop. When in doubt, Brown added, it's better for drivers to err on the side of caution, coming to a complete stop near buses or for pedestrians who may need to share the road. Slow down, take your time, be observant, know what's going on around you. And know when you're getting close to areas where kids may be. Brown added a good rule of thumb is to always stop far enough back to be able both the stop sign and the doors on the school bus, in order to clearly see when students are done boarding or exiting. And he said drivers who have an issue being cautious may be reported to police by bus drivers, which could result in a citation. To learn more about AAA traffic safety tips, visit aaa.com.

SUSPECT ARRESTED AFTER ROBBERY - September 9, 2020
    On Tuesday, we reported on a robbery at a Piqua Convenient Store. Piqua Police executed a search warrant on Tuesday afternoon and have arrested a suspect in that robbery. Seth Wiley, 34, is in the Miami County Jail on a charge accusing him of robbing the Piqua Food Mart. Wiley was the occupant of a home on Cottage Avenue where Piqua police executed the search warrant. A police officer reportedly recognized Wiley after reviewing security video from the store. Officers responded to the Piqua Food Mart, at South Street and McKinley Avenue, about 8:20 a.m. on Tuesday. The robber implied he had a gun before leaving on foot. Evidence and clothing were recovered about two blocks away. No injuries were reported in the incident.

TEEN INJURED IN GREENVILLE ON SKATEBOARD - September 9, 2020
    A teen riding a skateboard was hit by a car on North Ohio Street on Tuesday. The 15 year old was trying to cross in the 300 block of North Ohio near the Caddy Shack Driving Range and Putt Putt. Skateboarding, the teen was riding beside a truck that had stopped and was waiting to turn south from the parking lot of the park. The teenager continued into the street when an oncoming Lincoln MDX SUV hit the 15 year old. The teenager was taken to Dayton Children's Hospital by CareFlight and listed in serious condition. Greenville Police were called to the scene just before 5:15 PM. North Ohio was closed for 2 hours as Greenville Police handled the investigation.

FATAL ATV ACCIDENT IN SHELBY COUNTY - September 8, 2020
    On Saturday, at 8:58 PM, Deputies and rescue personnel were dispatched to a residence in the 6,000 block of Fort Loramie Swanders Road on the report of an injury crash. Preliminary investigation indicates an ATV was being operated in a field access lane to the north of the residence. The operator, Peyton J. Drees, 20, lost control, rolled the ATV, and was ejected from the ATV. An individual also riding in the area turned around and went back to the area of the accident and located Drees. The other person put Drees on his ATV and transported him to the residence. Rescue personnel on scene provided lifesaving efforts while Careflight also responded. Drees was pronounced dead at the scene. It was found that Drees was not wearing a helmet. The crash remains under investigation. Assisting at the scene were Fort Loramie Fire, Fort Loramie EMS, Careflight, and the Shelby County Coroner's Office.

SHOTS FIRED IN ALTERCATION NEAR ARCANUM - September 8, 2020
    On Sunday, at approximately 6:52 P.M. Darke County Deputies were dispatched to 3166 Aldrich Road in ref. to a fight. Preliminary investigation revealed Dennis Heck Sr ,65, of Arcanum and Dennis Heck Jr ,35, of Arcanum were in a physical altercation. It was discovered that Dennis Heck Jr had fired several shots from a pistol at Dennis Heck Sr and Valerie Blanton, 25, of Liberty Indiana. No one involved was struck by any of the rounds. Arcanum Rescue was called to the scene for potential injuries. Dennis Heck Jr was arrested at the scene and booked into the Darke County Jail on 2 counts of Felonious Assault. This incident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office.

MAN ARRESTED IN JAY COUNTY, ALSO WANTED IN MERCER COUNTY - September 4, 2020
    After an extensive undercover operation with the Jay County Sheriff's Office, assisted by Portland Police Department, and Muncie Police Department, Steven Boyington was captured on Thursday. The Jay County Sheriff's Office thanked the Deputies and Officers involved for their assistance in the apprehension of the subject. We reported on Authorities looking for the man earlier this week. Steven Boyington has an active warrant for his arrest from Mercer County for Burglary, and Attempted Sexual Misconduct with a Minor. Steven Boyington also has local charges pending against him in Jay County as well for similar crimes.

DORA BEGINS ON FIRST FRIDAY - September 4, 2020
    The City of Greenville's Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area is expected to go into effect on Friday by noon. A Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area (DORA) is a specially designated area which allows patrons of an establishment serving alcohol to take an open container of alcohol out of the business and walk around the public streets. As a reminder, this is limited to patrons over the age of 21. Drinks must be in special cups designated as DORA cups. These cups can be obtained at all participating alcohol establishments inside the DORA. Section 4301.82 of the ORC creates an exemption from the Open Container Law; under the statue, a person who purchases beer or intoxicating liquor from the holder of a permit within the DORA. Downtown Greenville's DORA stretches from the area of Garst Museum to the north, to the old Marsh parking lot to the south and from Walnut and Sycamore to the east and west. The DORA is in effect Monday through Sunday from noon to 10 p.m. For more information on DORA or to view the map, visit www.mainstreetgreenville.org. DORA debuts in Greenville with the reopening of Downtown Greenville for the 1st First Friday of 2020, tonight from 6 to 9.

NEW PRESIDENT NAMED AT MIDMARK - September 3, 2020
    Midmark Corp., a leading provider of medical, dental and veterinary equipment, technology and services, has announced Jon Wells as president effective Sept. 15, 2020. Wells will work with the Midmark executive team to further solidify its strategy and execution, ensuring the delivery of its brand promise to design seamless solutions that simplify and enable better care. A senior executive, Wells has more than 30 years of experience in designing, leading and implementing a broad range of corporate growth and realignment initiatives. With nearly 2,000 teammates worldwide, Midmark focuses on harmonizing clinical space, technology and workflows for caregivers and patients at the point of care.

2020 GREAT DARKE COUNTY FAIR RECAP - September 3, 2020
    The Darke County Agricultural Society met on Wednesday, for their first meeting following the 2020 Fair. The Board was back in the Secretary's Office on the Fairgrounds with a packed crowd in front of them. All feedback pointed to a solid Fair for 2020 with the 6 day Junior Fair Events, 3 day food truck rally and Harness Racing made money with 3 sessions of racing. Vickie Wilcox, provided an update on the Junior Fair Sales Committee with $550,000 being collected this year. That number was down from 2019, at $610,000 but the number of entries was also down. The average on total revenue and number of entries was very similar between 2019 and 2020. The Board voted to go into executive session at 8:06 PM to discuss personnel and a legal matter. The AG Society talked behind closed doors for over an hour. The Board came out of the meeting with a contract approval for Vickie Wilcox, to assist with the Junior Fair Sales Committee. The Board then voted against a motion to keep Beth Martin as the Junior Fair Coordinator. Martin was denied the position after a 5 to 5 vote, with Fair Board Member, Doug Martin, abstaining from the vote. Following the move, Thomas Shaw motioned to adjourn the meeting. In October, the Board will come up with plans to find a new Junior Fair Coordinator for 2021. The next Fair Board meeting will be Wednesday, October 7th at 7:30 on the Fairgrounds.

WINTER SEASONAL POSITIONS AVAILABLE IN INDIANA - September 2, 2020
    The Indiana Department of Transportation will host open interviews for over 100 winter seasonal positions on Tuesday, September 15 and Thursday, October 15 at eleven locations around the state. Hiring events will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Winter seasonal positions run from November through March at a starting pay of $16 per hour. INDOT offers $250 sign on and $500 retention bonuses for eligible candidates. Candidates should have a valid driver's license and commercial driver's license (CDL). A high school diploma or GED is preferred but not required. Visit INDOTjobs.com to learn more and register. Registration is not required to attend the event, but INDOT recruiters will contact pre-registered participants directly with additional instructions and details prior to the event.

SHOTS FIRED IN MERCER COUNTY - September 2, 2020
    On Tuesday, the Mercer County Sheriff's Department received a 911 call at 3:38 PM. The caller had indicated that a family member had hung a note on a tree indicating that he was suicidal and then left, walking into a woods attached to the property of 8796 Indiana Ohio State Line Road in Celina. Deputies responded to the scene upon arrival, gunshots were heard, but deputies were unsure if they were the intended target or if he was shooting into the air. A short time later, as back up units from the Celina Police Department arrived, the suspect stepped out from behind an abandoned refrigerator with the firearm in his hand. A Celina Police Officer fired multiple rounds at the suspect. Assistance was called from the Auglaize County Sheriff's Office SRT Team (Special Response Team), Van Wert Sheriff's Office, Adams County Indiana Sheriff's Office and the Ohio State Highway Patrol Air Unit (Helicopter). Shortly after 8:00 PM, the SRT Team located the male in a culvert and were able to extract him. At this time the suspect is being held in the Mercer County Adult Detention Facility for inducing panic. He has been identified as Rick A Bult, (59). Also assisting at the scene were members of the Celina Fire Department (EMS) and assistance was given by Lake Field Airport to refuel the OSP Air Unit. Luckily, no one was injured during the standoff.

2-VEHICLE ACCIDENT SENDS 1 TO HOSPITAL - August 31, 2020
    

BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS RECEIVES GRANT - August 28, 2020
    Shelby County United Way's POWER group recently awarded a grant to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County to assist with purchases for their Big Buddies programs. Big Buddies is a nine-month commitment where high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors volunteer two times per month to mentor elementary students. During these meetings, high school students, under the supervision of Big Brothers Big Sisters staff, work with one or two children on different educational and recreational activities. The agency will be utilizing Social Emotional Learning curriculum this year through the programs. POWER (Passionate, Optimistic, Women, Encouraging, Results) is the Shelby County United Way's Women's Initiative Group whose mission is to encourage women philanthropists to develop financial resources, unite in service, and are advocates for programs and initiatives that benefit children and their families in Shelby County.

FORMER GREENVILLE POLICE OFFICER SENTENCED TO PRISON - August 27, 2020
    A former Greenville Police Officer was sentenced to 14 years in prison Wednesday afternoon. Shannon L. McDaniel, 52, of Greenville, appeared in Darke County Common Pleas Court before appointed Shelby County Common Pleas Court Judge James F. Stevenson. McDaniel previously pleaded guilty to 14 third-degree felony counts of sexual battery, in which he knowingly coerced a minor into performing sexual acts. McDaniel will now be labeled as a tier three sex offender. The former officer will serve 12 months on each count, with each count to be served consecutively, for a total of 168 months, or 14 years. McDaniel was taken into custody by officers following the sentencing.

LIMITATIONS PUT ON VENUE CROWDS - August 26, 2020
    The Ohio Department of Health Director has issued an order surrounding entertainment venues and the mandatory requirements for those venues to hold events. The venues that are covered by the new order include: auditoriums, stadiums, arenas, concert and music halls, theaters, ballrooms, gymnasiums, convention centers, arcades, bingo halls, laser tag facilities and interactive game facilities hosting non-sports events. According to the order, the maximum number of people permitted to attend events at outdoor entertainment venues is 1,500 or 15 percent of the fixed, seating capacity. Indoor entertainment venues are limited to 300 people or 15 percent of the fixed seating capacity in which social distancing can be accomplished. The amount of people allowed in the venue includes spectators, game players, clients or other individuals. The order also requires each venue to appoint an enforcement officer to ensure that the order is being followed. Social distancing must be accomplished throughout the venue and parties will be limited to four people or members of a single household. Venues also will be responsible for coming up with plans to allow for physical distancing as people move from parking lots, box office lines, ticket scanning and security screenings. Face coverings or masks will be required at venues, with exceptions given to those already listed in the previous mandatory mask order.

FATAL ACCIDENT IN SHELBY COUNTY - August 25, 2020
    The Botkins Fire Department and Careflight responded to a one vehicle crash on the 17000 block of Wenger Road around 8 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 24. A woman in her 60's with a preexisting condition passed away after her car crashed into a cornfield. Careflight was called but the woman passed away before she could be loaded onto the helicopter. The driver, identified only as a female, was headed south in the 17,000 block of Wenger when she drove off the east side of the road. Shelby County Deputies, a medic from Anna and a Botkins fire crew were dispatched to the scene. The Shelby County Sheriff's Office is investigating.

BID ACCEPTED FOR NEW TRUCK STORAGE & OFFICE FACILITY - August 25, 2020
    The Darke County Engineer, Jim Surber joined the Darke County Commissioners for their meeting on Monday. All 3 Commissioners approved a Letter of Recommendation to award a contract to Brumbaugh Construction in the amount of $1.5 Million for the base bid to the new truck storage and office facility for the Darke County Highway Department. The project came in under the original bid estimate of $2.5 Million. The County Engineer hopes they can start on the project soon, with the completion date set for June 2021. The project is being funded by the Engineer's Office, they've been saving for years through the gas tax and county license fee.

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.

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