DAY CAMPS AVAILABLE FOR YOUTH - May 29, 2020
Brukner Nature Center will offer week-long summer day camps filled with encounters with live wildlife, adventurous hikes, engaging games and more. Summer camp are available as half days (9 a.m. to noon) for kids entering kindergarten through fifth grade. The cost for half day is $75 for BNC members and $100 for non-members. Payment is due at time of registration and includes a camp give-away item. Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, group sizes will be limited to eight kids, and will be held outside as much as possible. Medical consent forms must be completed prior to the start of camp. Forms can be found online along with the dates and the various camps at BruknerNatureCenter.com.
STATE REPS SEND LETTER TO GOV. DEWINE - May 29, 2020
On Thursday, State Representative Susan Manchester and Jena Powell sent a letter to Governor DeWine regarding county fairs. In the letter it states, "County fairs present an opportunity for youth involved in organizations like 4-H and FFA to display their projects that have grown their leadership skills and granted them responsibility through months of hard work and dedication. For these reasons and more, county fairs are a necessity to our rural communities. Each county has faced different experiences and challenges with the COVID-19 pandemic. Because of this, it is clear that there is not a one-size-fits-all approach. Therefore, we strongly urge you to comply with the recommendations offered by the Fair Advisory Group, chaired by Darke County's own and former State Representative Jim Buchy. We believe these recommendations advance local control, while ensuring the health and safety of all Buckeyes. It is time we trust Ohioans to make decisions in the best interest of their own communities." To read the entire press release please visit our Facebook page WTGR 97.5 FM.
2020 SHELBY COUNTY FAIR CANCELLED - May 28, 2020
In a statement from Sidney, the 2020 Shelby County Fair has been cancelled. Committees are being made to explore options so that Jr. Fair aged exhibitors may show their projects in a modified manner. Details of those plans will be shared in the weeks to come, as they are laid out. Decisions will be made based on considering the public safety, in coordination with the Shelby County Health Department, while maintaining fiscal responsibility. The Fair was scheduled for July 26, to August 1st. The fair has been continuously held since 1860. The next Sr. Fair Board Meeting will be June 17, at 7:00pm.
SUMMER CAMP WITH DARKE COUNTY PARKS - May 28, 2020
Darke County Park naturalists have been hard at work exploring new ways to offer educational opportunities that adhere to social distancing guidelines. This spring, many educational videos were featured on the Darke County Parks' Facebook page as well as Youtube. Now, naturalists are transitioning into summer camp season. While originally scheduled summer camps were cancelled due to the virus, DCP is offering a unique summer camp this year, "Outside the Box". Naturalist will bring summer camp to you and your kids. Outside the Box Camp will feature 5 days of activities, with most, if not all, supplies provided. First day of camp, swing by the Nature Center at Shawnee Prairie to pick up your supply box. Each day activities will feature a special camp-only Youtube video link featuring one of the Parks naturalists leading your camper on the days activities. You can do camp activities any time of day that works for your family. On Friday of camp week, they will host a web-stream (zoom- style) for all campers to join the group and share what they discovered with all Park Naturalists and they will do a final activity with everyone on the stream. To register your child for "Outside the Box" summer camp, visit www.darkecountyparks.org/programs or call the nature center at 937-548-0165.
COVID-19 TESTING OPEN TO PUBLIC - May 27, 2020
On Tuesday, Wayne HealthCare started offering COVID-19 antibody testing to the public. No appointment is necessary, and a physician's order is not required for the walk-in test. The test, which is a blood draw, detects whether antibodies to the coronavirus are present in the blood. It’s intended for those individuals who feel well and do not have current symptoms but suspect they may have recovered from a COVID-19 infection earlier this year. The lab is located inside the hospital at 835 Sweitzer Street in Greenville and is open 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday. Testing is walk-in only. The test costs $65 and payment is due at the time of service. Results typically take between two to four days to process and will be mailed to the patient's home address. The antibody test is not intended to determine if a patient has a current infection.
REPRESENTATIVE POWELL TRYING TO REMEMBER FALLEN PATROLMAN - May 27, 2020
State Rep. Jena Powell (R-Arcanum) introduced House Bill 677, legislation that designates a portion of I-75 in Miami County as the "Ohio State Highway Patrol MCEI Kimra Skelton Memorial Highway." On November 27, 2019, Motor Carrier Enforcement Inspector (MCEI) Kimra J. Skelton was working on duty during a traffic crash in Troy. She was parked in a crossover where she was struck and killed by a vehicle. In 2016, she was promoted to a motor vehicle inspector and transferred to the Piqua District Commercial Enforcement Unit. In 2017, she was promoted to a motor carrier enforcement inspector. Skelton is survived by her husband and two children. H.B. 677 will soon be referred to the House Rules and Reference Committee for assignment to a standing House committee for hearings.
CHILD FALLS INTO FIRE PIT - May 26, 2020
On Monday, at approximately 7:14 P.M. Darke County Deputies along with Bradford Rescue and Careflight were dispatched to 8408 Versailles Southeastern Road, Stillwater Campground, on a juvenile that had fallen into a fire. Preliminary investigation revealed several juveniles were playing at a camp site. One of the juveniles fell into a fire pit while playing. Bradford Rescue treated the juvenile at the scene and transported them to a landing zone, where they were transported to Dayton Children's Hospital by Careflight. The juvenile is believed to have non life threatening injuries. The juveniles were being supervised at the time of the incident. This incident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office.
DARKE COUNTY SHRED DAY - May 26, 2020
On Saturday, June 6, 2020, the Darke County Solid Waste District will partner with Mercer Savings Bank to hold a "FREE" County Shred Day. This event will allow you to help protect you and your family from identity theft. What is Identity Theft? Identity Theft is a crime in which an impostor obtains key pieces of personal identifying information (PII) such as Social Security numbers and drivers license numbers and uses them for their own personal gain. What should you shred? Old taxes, bank statements, pay stubs, checkbooks, insurance policy info, medical information, legal files, utility bills, credit card statements, receipts, invoices, pre-approved credit card offers, investment records, etc. The shred hours of operation will be from 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon. This event will be held at the Darke County Fairgrounds located at 800 Sweitzer St., Greenville. PLEASE REMAIN IN YOUR VEHICLE!!! For more information or questions concerning the event call, Darke County Solid Waste District, 937-547-0827.
MIAMI COUNTY RECEIVES FUNDS FOR FOOD & SHELTER PROGRAM - May 22, 2020
Miami County has been chosen to receive $103,258 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county. These funds have been made available through the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) and are to be used to expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high need areas around the country. Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds must contact Sean Ford, PO Box 36, Troy, OH 45373 or call 937-335-8410 or email Sean@UnitedWayMCO.org for an application. In keeping with the emergency nature of the funding, the deadline for requesting an application is May 27, 2020. The deadline for application submission is Noon, June 3, 2020 in the United Way of Miami County Office.
INDIANA COUNTY FAIRS STILL A GO - May 22, 2020
Thursday, the announcement came down that the Ohio State Fair was canceled for 2020. Earlier this month, in some good news, Purdue Extension announced that county 4-H fairs can occur after the Purdue University restrictions on face-to-face events ends June 30. Local 4-H fair boards, 4-H councils and county extension educators may continue planning for events through the month of June in alignment with Indiana's Back on Track plan and in consultation with local health officials. Interested community members should follow local county extension social media pages to receive the most up-to-date 4-H county fair information. Purdue Extension prohibited face-to-face meetings and events in response to COVID-19 restrictions through June 30. During this time, extension 4-H educators and 4-H volunteers have offered virtual programming to protect the health and safety of youth and families.
FATAL ACCIDENT INVOLVING DUMP TRUCKS - May 21, 2020
One was pronounced dead at the scene of a two-vehicle crash reported around 6 a.m. at the intersection of Russia Versailles Road and State Route 66 in Loramie Township. Joshua T. Mowen, 30, of Enon, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. The investigation revealed a 2007 black Kenworth T-800 dump truck, driven by Mowen, was traveling east on Russia Versailles Road approaching the intersection of State Route 66 when it struck the rear of a 2014 green Kenworth T-800 dump truck that was stopped at the posted stop sign. The stopped, green dump truck was driven by William D. Moore, 29, of Fletcher. The impact pushed Moore's vehicle into a utility pole, snapping it and causing live wires to come down. Moore was checked by EMS personnel and refused treatment. Both drivers worked for Hartzell Trucking of Houston. The crash remains under investigation.
FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS TO EXPAND IN 2021 - May 21, 2020
During its May meeting Wednesday afternoon, the Ohio High School Athletic Association Board of Directors voted unanimously to expand the OHSAA football playoffs from eight schools per region to 12 beginning in the 2021 season. The 9-0 affirmative vote was given to a recommendation from the OHSAA staff, which was based on a proposal from the Ohio High School Football Coaches Association. During the first round of the playoffs, the top four seeds will have a bye, while the No. 12 seed will play at the No. 5 seed, No. 11 at No. 6, No. 10 at No. 7 and No. 9 at No. 8. In the second round, the No. 1 seed will play the winner of the 8 vs. 9 game; the No. 2 seed will play the winner of 6 vs. 11; the No. 3 seed will play the winner of 7 vs. 10 and the No. 4 seed will play the winner of 5 vs. 12. The expansion will increase the number of football playoff qualifiers from 224 to 336. Last year there were 709 schools in Ohio that played 11-man football. Football is the only OHSAA team sport in which not every school qualifies for the postseason. Schools will still be permitted to play 10 regular-season contests. The higher seeded teams will have the opportunity to host their playoff games during the first and second rounds of the playoffs.
POWER OF THE PAST STILL SCHEDULED - May 20, 2020
Greenville Farm Power of the Past is still planning to have their show July 9-12, 2020 unless outdoor events are banned by the governor. There are a few changes that need to be noted. For flea markets, the "after May 31 additional charge of $25.00" and "on-site registration charge" of $25.00 has been eliminated. The no refund policy was amended to allow refunds only if the show is cancelled. The Lightweight Pony Pull scheduled for July 11 has been cancelled. The Heavyweight Horse Pull scheduled for July 11 at 6 PM is still scheduled. The Horse and Mule Fun Days are also still on. Greenville Farm Power of the Past was organized to preserve and celebrate the historical and mechanical aspects of earlier farming in which implements/machinery/equipment were propelled or powered by animals, steam, or internal combustion engines. This year will be the 21st time they've held the event. For more details visit GreenvilleFarmPower.org.
ELECTRONIC RECYCLING AVAILABLE THROUGH JUNE 30 - May 20, 2020
The Darke County Solid Waste Management District and 1 Shot Services, Bradford, OH, are joining forces to sponsor an Electronics Recycling Day beginning May 20, through June 30, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at 1 Shot Scrap and Recycling. 1 Shot is located at 6377 Hahn Rd, Bradford, Ohio. This event is normally a one-day event, however, due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, they are extending the collection. By extending the event, they will eliminate the gathering of a large group at one location during a specific time. For more information visit www.co.darke.oh.us/solidwaste.
GRANT FOR THE DARKE COUNTY AIRPORT - May 19, 2020
The Darke County Commissioners met on Monday, for their regularly scheduled meeting. All 3 Commissioners signed the CARES Grant Agreement for the Darke County Airport, worth $30,000. The purpose of the Grant is to maintain safe and efficient airport operations. Funds provided under this Grant Agreement must only be used for purposes directly related to the airport. The money will be used for Hangar C, which has been dealing with some drainage issues. Hangar C is the last Hangar in need of work at the Airport outside of Versailles. The $30,000 is not related to the grant that the county received last week for $3.1 Million. The Airport Improvement Grant money will be used for a new apron and taxi way. The next Commissioners meeting will be Wednesday, at 1:30 in Downtown Greenville.
POULTRY DAYS LOOKING FOR MISS CHICK CONTESTANTS - May 18, 2020
Versailles Poultry Days, Inc. is pleased to announce we are now accepting applications for the 2020 Miss Chick Pageant. The contest, sponsored by Versailles Savings & Loan and Versailles Poultry Days, Inc., will take place August 14 and 15, beginning with personal interviews at noon on Friday the 14th and the onstage interview beginning at 2 PM on Saturday the 15th in the old VHS High School Gymnasium located at 459 S. Center Street in Versailles. Poultry Days will be following all local and state guidance as it relates to the health and safety of our guests. The court also participates in philanthropic events that raise funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the Wounded Warrior Project, and/or conducts events like Confident Chicks Night. The chosen Miss Chick will receive flowers, a plaque, crown and $1,000; First Runner-up will receive flowers, a plaque, and $400; and Second Runner-up will receive flowers, a plaque, and $200. Contestants must be females 16 years of age by the day of the contest, and no older than 19 years of age (Limited to graduating high school seniors of the class of 2020.) Contestants must reside in Darke County and contiguous counties (Miami, Mercer, Montgomery, Shelby, Auglaize, Preble, Jay, Randolph and Wayne). For more information on the festival go to www.versaillespoultrydays.com
BULK POULTRY DAYS CHICKEN AVAILABLE - May 15, 2020
The Versailles Poultry Day's Committee is excited to announce more options for purchasing World-Famous Poultry Days BBQ Chicken to be served the weekend of August 14. NEW for 2020, bulk chicken can be purchased online at versaillespoultrydays.com. Chicken will be sold hot and tasty without sides in coolers of 20 halves for $130. All orders for bulk chicken must be placed by July 27. Coolers of bulk chicken can be purchased online for pick up at the festival. After placing your order online, present your receipt in the Poultry Days walk-thru or drive-thru chicken lines to receive your chicken. Also NEW for 2020 the festival is offering a Business Lunch Special on Friday, August 14. Purchase a minimum of two coolers of chicken and Poultry Days will deliver the chicken. Business Lunch Special chicken will be delivered by noon on August 14 within 25 miles of Versailles. This includes Greenville, Troy, Sidney, Minster, New Bremen, and Piqua. For more information visit VersaillesPoultryDays.com.
BENCHES AVAILABLE FOR FAIR - May 12, 2020
Darke County Solid Waste Management is bringing back recycled benches to the Great Darke County Fair. A great way to advertise your local business in one of the fairs' most popular sit-down areas. Benches for public use are a well-established and publicly-appreciated. 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. Your family gift or business donation of a recycled plastic bench will quickly become a benefit to the entire community and be used by future generations to come. 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, 2020. 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
NEW MADISON'S 4TH OF JULY FIREWORKS CANCELED - May 1, 2020
The New Madison 4th of July Committee has been closely monitoring the guidance from state officials along with the governor's announcement regarding summer festivals and other large events. On Thursday, with great sadness, the Committee announced, for the first time in over 30 years, the 4th of July Fireworks will be canceled. The committee has been working hard to deliver another amazing show. However, with an unknown mass gathering schedule, they are keeping the safety of attendees, vendors, and volunteers in mind. They believe this is the best decision for all involved. They want everyone to stay safe and look forward to seeing you again in 2021 to celebrate the country's independence.
DOWNTOWN FARMERS MARKET - April 23, 2020
The Downtown Greenville Farmers' Market is looking for vendors for 2020. The Market will be open every Saturday morning, June 6 through Oct. 10, 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. in front of the Courthouse. The state has deemed Farmer's Market across Ohio as essential businesses, but due to COVID- 19 and the restriction on mass gatherings, there will not be a Vendor Open House for this year's Farmers Market. However, information will be dispersed via email and assistance for signing up will also be available by phone. The market offers a variety of selling options, ranging from one Saturday to every Saturday of the season. If you are interested in selling goods at the Farmers' Market and would like an application and more information, contact Main Street Greenville for an application form at 937-548-4998 or visit www.MainStreetGreenville.org.
GATHERING AT GARST HOPES TO CELEBRATE 10 YEARS - April 21, 2020
10 YEARS STRONG is the theme for the 2020 Gathering at Garst. The first Gathering at Garst was held on a sweltering July weekend in 2011. Staged on the beautiful grounds behind Garst Museum, it has become one of Darke County's most popular events and was chosen three times in the past as "Best Summer Festival" by the readers of Ohio Magazine. Anyone who has attended the event will agree that it is unique in its variety of artists, food vendors, talented entertainers, and the living history encampment. The summer event is scheduled for July 25–26. Vendors have been told that June 15 will be the date that a final decision will be made about having the event this year. Many special 10-year anniversary activities are being planned to celebrate this milestone. Event information can be found at www.gatheringatgarst.com.
4-H PROGRAMS CANCELLED THROUGH JULY 6 - April 8, 2020
Darke County 4H sent out a notice on Tuesday, with the hopes to hold a 4-H experience virtually. Due to ongoing health concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the decision has been made to cancel all Ohio State University Extension in-person programming through July 6. This includes all 4-H programs, activities, and events. Additionally, they've made the very difficult decision to cancel all 4-H camps thru August 31. Although in-person programming is cancelled, they will continue to offer virtual 4-H experiences. The decision to cancel in-person 4-H activities and events through July 6 and summer camps, should not automatically imply that local county fairs are also canceled at this time. Please keep in mind that 4-H and our FFA colleagues support the education and development of youth, but the decision about whether fairs will occur is in the hands of others. This continues to be an evolving situation that will require some negotiation and monitoring depending on decisions. For more information visit darke.OSU.edu.