CRASH ON 49 - August 19, 2019
    On Sunday, at approximately 7:39 am, Darke County Deputies along with Arcanum Rescue and Pitsburg Fire were dispatched to the 800 block of State Route 49 on a one vehicle accident. Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2013 Volkswagon, driven by Tiana Brock (18), was south bound on State Route 49. Brock drove off the left side of the road striking a DP&L utility pole. She was transported to Miami Valley Hospital by Arcanum Rescue where she was listed in stable condition.

    Friday night, at 11:52p.m. Darke County Sheriff’s Deputies along with Tri-Village Rescue, New Madison Fire Department, Mutual aid from Greenville Township Rescue and Careflight responded to the 3900 block of State Route 121 on a motorcycle accident with injury. Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2011 Harley Davidson driven by, Brandon Leonard (26), of Union City, was traveling south in the 3900 block of State Route 121. The motorcycle struck a deer in the roadway causing Leonard and his passenger, Logan Hofacker (21), of Greenville, to be ejected from the motorcycle. Leonard, who was not wearing a helmet, was treated on scene by Tri-Village Rescue then transported to Miami Valley Hospital by Careflight, where he is listed in stable condition. Hofacker, who was wearing a helmet, was treated on scene by Greenville Township Rescue then transported to Wayne Healthcare, where he was listed in stable condition.

SBA LOANS AVAILABLE - August 19, 2019
    The U.S. Small Business Administration announced that Economic Injury Disaster Loans are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and private nonprofit organizations located in Ohio as a result of excessive rain and flooding from April 1 through July 3, 2019. The loans are available in the following Ohio counties: Allen, Auglaize and Mercer. Under this declaration, the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program is available to eligible farm-related and nonfarm-related entities that suffered financial losses as a direct result of this disaster. With the exception of aquaculture enterprises, SBA cannot provide disaster loans to agricultural producers, farmers and ranchers. The loan amount can be up to $2 million with interest rates of 4 percent for small businesses and 2.75 percent for private nonprofit organizations of all sizes, with terms up to 30 years. Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at

    During the next several weeks, parents across Ohio will be moving their college-aged children into dorms. Agents with Ohio Investigative Unit (OIU) are asking parents to have honest conversations with their children about alcohol, laws and the consequences of poor decisions. The legal drinking age in Ohio is 21 years old. Individuals who are drinking and/or in possession of alcoholic beverages or using a fake ID to purchase alcohol may face criminal charges. Along with criminal charges, they may also face sanctions by their college or university. Individuals who are going to bars and parties need to be mindful of their surroundings and what is going into their drinks. Before friends leave for a night out, agents recommend they stick together until they are home and to be on the lookout for drink tampering. Anyone who sees someone tampering with a drink should remove them from the situation and contact authorities. Tips to protect yourself and your friends against drink tampering include: Know that both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks can be drugged. Watch your drink being poured and served. Never leave your drink unattended. To report underage alcohol violations, contact OIU by calling #677. To report someone tampering with drinks, contact 911.

    Keep America Beautiful, the nation's leading community improvement nonprofit organization, announced it has awarded a 2019 Cigarette Litter Prevention Program® grant to 50 organizations receiving a Keep America Beautiful Cigarette Litter Prevention Program merit-based grant. Keep Darke County Beautiful's grant award of $2500 will be used to Keep Darke County Beautiful to help it combat the most commonly littered item in America. The grant will provide pocket ashtrays to fair-goers at The Great Darke County Fair. Pocket ashtrays will be distributed fair week with the cooperation of Wayne Healthcare at their air-conditioned tent. Established in 1953, Keep America Beautiful strives to End Littering, Improve Recycling and Beautify America's Communities.

SCAM IN DARKE COUNTY - July 22, 2019
    The Darke County Sheriff’s Office has received reports of a telephone scam in the Darke County area today. This type of scam has been going on all around the country for some time and seems to be perpetrated in this area periodically. A similar scam occurred at this time last year. This particular telephone scam involves the perpetrator identifying himself as Chief Deputy Mark Whittaker of the Darke County Sheriff’s Office to obtain money for failing to report for jury duty or that a subpoena has been issued. In cases such as these the suspect will utilize the name of someone from the local community they are calling. This is an attempt to legitimize the scam. The fictitious telephone number on the caller ID often shows up as a local number in an effort to lure unsuspecting victims. The caller will try to intimidate the victim into complying with the demands. They may try to solicit information to your account numbers or ask you to wire money. When the victim refuses to comply or questions the legitimacy of the call it is followed by threats of arrest. The Darke County Sheriff’s Office does not operate this way. We do not call and attempt to obtain money for failure to show for jury duty or any other court processes such as outstanding citations or warrants. Deputies do commonly make phone calls to follow up on investigations and reports. A deputy will never ask you for money. If a person questions the validity of a deputy’s call, the caller will be asked to call back on our publically known telephone number 937-548-2020 and ask for the deputy who will then take the call. Sheriff Toby Spencer is warning citizens not to fall for this scam. In all situations, it is important that citizens do not verify or provide any personal information over the phone unless they positively know or trust the caller. Best course of action if you suspect you are receiving a scam call is to hang up immediately. Any citizens who have suffered a monetary loss or feel they have compromised their personal identifying information can contact the Darke County Sheriff’s Office at 937-548-2020 or their local law enforcement agency.

NEW AREA CODE - July 8, 2019
    The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has approved a plan to implement the new 326 area code. The 326 area code will overlay the existing 937 area code, which is expected to run out of available phone numbers in 2020. The North American Numbering Plan Administrator (NANPA) has identified a plan with the PUCO to implement the new area code. Mandatory 10 or 11-digit dialing for all local calls will begin on Feb. 8, 2020, and the new 326 area code will take effect on March 8, 2020. Current telephone numbers, including area codes will not change. Beginning Aug. 10, 2019, customers are encouraged to begin 10 or 11-digit dialing for all local calls so that it is second nature when it becomes necessary on Feb. 8, 2020 to dial all 10 or 11-digits to make local calls. Feb. 8, 2020, customers in the 937 area code will be required to dial 10 or 11- digit phone numbers for all local calls. Calls currently considered local calls will remain local calls. Calls between 937 and 326 are local calls. Long distance calling will not change. 911 and other three digit numbers (211, 311, 411, 811, etc.), if available in the local community, will not change. Customers should begin or continue to identify their phone number with the area code. For more information, visit

    The Darke County Historical Society is pleased to announce that funds will be available from the Harry G. Thomas Medical Scholarship Program for the 2019-2020 academic year. The H.G. Thomas Medical Scholarship program, administered by the Darke County Historical Society, was established and funded in 1971 by Lowell Thomas and his sister, in memory of their father Doctor Harry G. Thomas. Eligibility for the Harry G. Thomas Medical Scholarship requires the applicant to be a resident of Darke County and a graduate of a Darke County high school. Applicants must have been accepted into a medical school, complete an application, and furnish transcripts and letters of recommendation. Students may be considered for scholarship awards for up to four years during medical school but must re-submit a letter of interest each year. The application deadline is September 17th. For information concerning the scholarship program or for an application, contact Dr. Clay Johnson at Garst Museum, 937-548-5250.

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

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