BRADFORD HEADED BACK TO STATE - June 1, 2021
    On Sunday, the Bradford Railroaders Softball team won the 2021 Southwest Regional Final over Mechanicsburg 1-0. Bradford advances to the State Final 4 and will play Thursday, in Akron. Skipp Miller shut out a Mechanicsburg team that had averaged 16 runs in the postseason and had not been shutout all season. Greenville held them to two runs early in the season, the Indians' previous low output. The Indians didn't make it easy. Mechanicsburg put runners in scoring position in the first, third, fifth and sixth innings and went down in order just once. Miller finished with a six-hitter, striking out eight, walking two and hitting a batter. In the 4th, Austy Miller led off with a single and stole second, With one out, Skipp Miller hit a rocket up the middle to score the only run of the game. Bradford, 29-2, will play New Riegel at 3 p.m. on Thursday. WTGR will have the game live on the Radio at 97.5 FM, WTGR.com and the WTGR App.

FIRE LEAVES DARKE COUNTY FAMILY HOMELESS - June 1, 2021
    On Friday, at approximately 6:29 a.m., emergency personnel from Liberty Township Fire Department and Tri-Village rescue responded along with mutual aid from Hollansburg, New Madison, Greenville City, Greenville Township, and Union City, Ohio, fire departments to the 4000 block of Hollansburg-Tampico Road in reference to a fully evolved structure fire. A family of four was left homeless Friday morning following a second-alarm residential structure fire that left their home destroyed. At least one adult female was transported to Wayne HealthCare after reportedly jumping from a second story window in an attempt to escape the inferno. Firefighters reported finding the female laying on the ground after crawling to safety. Red Cross was called to the scene to assist the family of four, which includes two teenage children that were at school at time of the fire, who lost everything within their home. The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the Liberty Township Fire Department.

BILL INTRODUCED IN REGARDS TO CHILD ABUSE REPORTING - May 28, 2021
    The Ohio House of Representatives today approved House Bill 4, legislation sponsored by State Reps. Phil Plummer (R-Dayton) and Susan Manchester (R-Waynesfield) that provides more accountability and oversight to child abuse reporting. Plummer and Manchester noted the case of 10-year-old Takoda Collins, who tragically died in 2019 after years of child abuse. According to records from the Montgomery County Dispatch Center, a Dayton Public School employee reported their concerns of abuse in 2018. Under current law, each public children services agency (PCSA) is required to prepare a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that outlines their standard terms and policies regarding cases of child abuse or neglect. House Bill 4 expands on current law by requiring an MOU to include language which specifies that Ohio law requires a PCSA to disclose confidential information discovered during a child abuse or neglect investigation to any federal, state, or local government entity. To better ensure cases are handled and resolved, House Bill 4 requires cross reporting from public children services and law enforcement, as well as a written notice of a receipt of report or close of an investigation. An amendment was added during the committee process that creates the Children Service Ombudsman Program to investigate and resolve concerns and complaints from and on behalf of children and families. The bill passed with a vote of 88-1 and now awaits consideration in the Senate.

MIAMI COUNTY DEPUTIES OUT FOR MEMORIAL DAY HOLIDAY - May 28, 2021
    The Miami County Sheriff's Office is joining more than 900 other law enforcement agencies in Ohio to raise awareness for and enforce Ohio's seat belt laws. The traffic enforcement campaign has already begun and runs through the Memorial Day Holiday concluding on June 6TH. The Miami County Sheriff's Office will be deploying additional deputies at various time frames on Miami County roadways to strictly enforce all of Ohio's traffic statutes. Special emphasis will be placed on seat belt enforcement, speeding, stop sign violations and other crash causing infractions. Deputies will also be on the look-out for impaired drivers during the upcoming Memorial Holiday weekend. The Memorial Day weekend is officially kicking off the "Click-It-Or-Ticket" campaign throughout Ohio. The extra Miami County deputies will be working a combined 99 hours in overtime and will be on patrol for traffic enforcement purposes only. For additional information visit www.nhtsa.gov.

MULTI-JURISDICTIONAL PURSUIT RESULTS IN CRASH - May 27, 2021
    At 0037hrs. on Thursday, an officer of the Union City Ohio Police Department observed illegal drug activity take place in the 700 block of Lynwood Ct. in Union City, Ohio. The officer observed what looked to be a drug transaction between a male subject on foot and a male subject that was operating a Tan Jeep Cherokee. The officer then observed the male subject drive away from the male that was on foot. The officer observed the male driving the Tan Jeep Cherokee commit a traffic violation. The officer then activated his emergency lights and siren on his patrol vehicle and the Tan Jeep Cherokee failed to comply and did not stop. The vehicle fled at speeds in excess of 100 M.P.H. and drove toward Winchester, Indiana.
    Upon reaching County Road 125 East in Randolph County, the Winchester Police Department was able to deploy stop sticks and successfully punctured the suspect's tires. Upon entering into the City of Winchester, Indiana, the suspect lost control of his vehicle and drove up in a yard coming to a rest against a house on the corner of Washington Street and Union Street. At the conclusion of the pursuit, a patrol vehicle that was operated by the Union City Ohio Police Officer struck the suspect's vehicle. The suspect and the police officer were both transported to area hospitals for injuries sustained during the incident. The Winchester, Indiana Police Department is investigating the crash.
    The suspect was identified as Anthony Weimer, age 39, of Union City, Indiana. It was found that Weimer's driver's license was suspended and he has an active arrest warrant out of the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Department in Tampa, Florida for Resisting Law Enforcement with Violence. After Weimer is treated for his injuries, he will be arrested on the active arrest warrant. It was found that Weimer was in possession of a large amount of Methamphetamine. Weimer now faces charges in the State of Ohio for Failure to Comply with the Order of a Peace Officer and will face drug charges in Winchester, Indiana.

MOST WANTED PAGE UPDATED IN DARKE COUNTY - May 27, 2021
    The Darke County Sheriff's Department has put up a new Most Wanted Page. If you know the location of any of these people, please contact the Darke County Sheriff's Office at 937-548-2020.
    
    Darrah Marie Fetters is wanted for a parole violation for Dangerous Drugs. The 29 year old, white woman is 5'6, 130 lbs, from Coldwater, Brown Hair, Blue Eyes and Multiple Tattoos.
    
    Chad Everett Elliot is wanted for Possession of Heroin. The 40 year old, white man is 5'7, 160 lbs, from Greenville, Brown Hair, Brown Eyes and Multiple Tattoos.
    
    Mark Devor is wanted for Theft. The 30 year old, white man is 6'0, 225 lbs, Brown Hair, Brown Eyes and a tattoo on his left arm.
    
    Logan Everett Chaney is wanted for Breaking and Entering, Theft of a motor vehicle. The 24 year old white male is 5'0, 115 lbs, Brown Hair, Hazel Eyes and Multiple Tattoos.
    
    Jonathan Daniel Cantu is wanted for Breaking and Entering. The 36 year old white male is 5'6, 150 lbs, Black Hair, Brown Eyes.
    
    Dustin Allen Bailey is wanted for theft and driving under the influence. 32 years old, the white male is from Greenville, 6'1, 165 lbs, red hair, green eyes and multiple tattoos.
    
    Gerald Arlin Alderman Jr is wanted for inducing panic. The 63 year old, is a 5'5 white male, 178 lbs, brown hair and blue eyes.
    
    Herman Everett Kinnison II, is wanted for Trafficking in LSD. The 36 year old, white male is 6', 195 lbs, black hair and brown eyes. Kinnison has multiple tattoos.
    
    Michael Leroy Louk is wanted on a probation violation for meth. A 53 year old, he's a white male, 5'7, 185 lbs, brown hair and blue eyes. Louk has multiple tattoos.
    
    Matthew John Shope is wanted for passing bad checks and theft. He's 47 years old, black hair, brown eyes, 5', 175 lbs.
    
    Again if you have any information concerning these individuals, please contact your local law enforcement or call 911.

JUNE FIRST FRIDAY - May 26, 2021
    The Park National Bank First Friday Volunteer Fair & Petting Zoo is coming to historic downtown Greenville on Friday, June 4, 6-9 p.m. This is a great opportunity to bring your family and enjoy everything that the downtown community has to offer – fun, food and shopping. The Volunteer Fair features several non-profit organizations. These organizations will share what they do and some of them may even have opportunities for you to join them in their mission and become a volunteer. Each booth will be offering a family friendly activity. The fun will continue in front of the Darke County Courthouse with a Petting Zoo. GNB Banking Centers will be cooking out and offering free food to visitors. In addition to all of this fun, several musicians have expressed an interest in sharing their talents. To find a list of all the activities/specials taking place during the event, please visit Main Street Greenville's website or their Facebook page. If you have a volunteer organization and would like to be part of the Park National Bank First Friday Volunteer Fair & Petting Zoo, visit www.MainStreetGreenville.org and print off an application and email to [email protected] or call 937-548-4998 for more information.

BILL INTRODUCED TO REDIRECT FUNDS IN VAX-A-MILLION - May 26, 2021
    State Rep. Jena Powell (R-Arcanum) announced she has introduced House Bill 329, legislation that redirects the funds in Governor DeWine's "Vax-a-Million" lottery. The State Rep. said "For Governor DeWine to say that any vaccinated Ohioan can potentially receive $1 million through a lottery is an insult to our hard-working constituents." The legislation re-appropriates the funding in the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) vaccine awareness fund currently marked for the lottery. Instead, the Taxpayer Protection Against the Frivolous Vaccine Lottery Act will split those funds between small business COVID relief grants and early childhood mental health. The measure also prohibits ODH or the governor from creating any future lotteries of a similar nature, and will enact an emergency clause. The bill currently has 29 cosponsors and awaits referral to a House committee. The 1st winners of the Vax-a-Millons will be announced tonight.

STATE TROOPERS TO FOCUS ON SAFETY BELTS - May 25, 2021
    The Ohio State Highway Patrol will be joining forces with other members of the 6-State Trooper Project to focus on safety belt enforcement. The initiative began on Monday, May 24 at and will continue through Monday, May 31. The high-visibility enforcement will include the Indiana State Police, Kentucky State Police, Michigan State Police, Pennsylvania State Police and the West Virginia State Police, as well as OSHP. This effort coincides with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Click it or Ticket campaign. The three year average of fatalities has increased by 22 percent. Year-to-date from 2018 through 2021, Ohio is averaging 342 traffic fatalities. Ohio's safety belt law remains a secondary violation; however, troopers will continue zero-tolerance enforcement when motorists are stopped for other violations and are found to not be wearing their safety belt.

CITIZEN OF THE YEAR GOES TO DESCHAMBEAU'S - May 25, 2021
    On Monday, the Darke County Commissioners met for their regularly scheduled meeting. For Journal Information they recognized "Citizen of the Year" Wayne and Sharon Deschambeau. The couple was honored last week at Greenville City Park by the Darke County Chamber of Commerce. Wayne Deschambeau was president and CEO of Wayne HealthCare from 2006 to his retirement last year. Sharon first became the president of the chamber in 2007, also retiring from that position last year. The couple was honored for their expertise, leadership and drive, all leading to significant contributions to the health and well-being of the community. Multiple people turned out to honor the Deschambeau's, Ben Thaler, Congressional Aide for U.S. Rep. Warren Davidson; State Rep. Susan Manchester; State Rep. Jena Powell; the Darke County Commissioners, and Greenville Mayor Steve Willman. For more information on the Darke County Chamber of Commerce, visit the chamber's website at www.darkecountyohio.com.

ACCIDENT ON STATE ROUTE 49 - May 24, 2021
    On Sunday, at 4:13 p.m. Darke County Sheriff's Deputies along with Arcanum Fire Department, Arcanum Rescue Squad and Greenville Township Rescue Squad responded to the intersection of State Route 49 and Jaysville St. Johns road on an injury accident. Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2013 Blue Chevrolet Equinox driven by Joanne Hill (92), of Arcanum, entered the intersection from Jaysville St. Johns Rd. onto State Route 49 traveling southbound. A 2005 Blue Ford Taurus driven by April Geesy (47), of Greenville, was traveling southeast on State Route 49. The vehicles collided within the intersection. Geesy was transported by Arcanum Rescue to Wayne Healthcare with non-life threatening injuries. Hill refused treatment on the scene. This accident remains under investigation.

ART AT THE MILL IN 2021 - May 24, 2021
    The Clark Gallery at Historic Bear's Mill will host a return of "Art At the Mill," starting with an exhibit featuring landscapes by painter Stacie Seuberling and the nature-infused sculptures of Stephanie Skurow. The show opens with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, May 28; the artists will share information about their work, methods, and inspiration at 7 p.m. The exhibit will continue through Sunday, June 20; subsequent exhibits will open on the final Friday of each month through November 26. "Art at the Mill," curated by Jan Roestamadji and Julie Clark, is free and open to the public. The Clark Gallery and the Mill Shop are operated by Friends of Bear's Mill, which has recently become the newest addition to Darke County Park District. Bear's Mill is located at 6450 Arcanum-Bear's Mill Road, about 5 miles east of Greenville. For more information, contact Bear's Mill at 937-548-5112 or www.bearsmill.org.

COLDWATER MAN LEADS POLICE ON CHASE - May 19, 2021
    On Monday, at around 10:30 pm, a Coldwater Police officer attempted to stop a blue Chevy Cobalt after the driver of the Cobalt was witnessed running 2 stop signs and only had 1 headlight. The driver of the vehicle refused to stop and traveled north out of the Village after committing several more traffic violations. After traveling on county roads, the driver entered the City of Celina for a short while, before continuing back onto county roads and state routes. The driver eventually lost control of the vehicle around the intersection of Rockford West Rd and Stetler Rd and crashed into a telephone pole. The driver, Anthony TJ Gregory (33) was arrested and transported to Mercer Health for injuries he received from the crash. Gregory was later booked into the Mercer County Jail with a $100,000 bond awaiting a court hearing. The vehicle was towed from the scene and inventoried. Officers located a large amount of suspected methamphetamine located inside the vehicle.

TEMBER FRAME LEADERSHIP CAMP REGISTRATION OPEN - May 19, 2021
    The Light Foundation's Timber Frame Leadership Camp is a three-day over night instructional and hands-on camp held at Chenoweth Trails in Greenville, Ohio for students entering grades 9-12. This STEM-based program introduces young people to the age-old craft of timber frame construction. Under the guidance of professionals and adult mentors, students turn standing trees into a complete building frame in just three days. Instructors guide students through the safe use of hand and power tools, and through the process of translating drawings into a three-dimensional structure. The hands-on setting requires students to work collaboratively with one another. Through specialized skill development, campers gain a personal sense of achievement and mastery that they can carry with them into other aspects of their life. Applications are due by June 15, to apply visit MattLight72.com.

SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICERS TO BE IN 3 DARKE COUNTY SCHOOLS - May 18, 2021
    The Darke County Commissioners met for their regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, and approved a School Resource Officer Agreement between the Darke County Sheriff's Office, Franklin Monroe Schools, Tri-Village Schools and the Mississinawa Valley School District. Monday's agreement call for all 3 school districts to pay over $28,400 for the 2021-22 school year from Aug. 31 to Dec. 31. Then over $37,000 for the 2022 portion of the 2021-22 school year from Jan. 1 through the last day of school in June. The SRO will provide 40 hours of service to all three county schools per week while school is in session. In other business, the board approved a resolution to transfer $30,000 from the general fund to the annual court research and computerization fund. This is the first of three annual $30,000 fund transfers that will go toward updating the Darke County Common Pleas Court research and computer system. The court will receive $90,000 total by 2024 for its planned updates. The next Commissioners meeting will be Wednesday, at 1:30 in Downtown Greenville.

AGRICULTURAL SOCIETIES TO RECEIVE GRANT FUNDING - May 18, 2021
    Governor Mike DeWine on Monday, signed Senate Bill 109 into law, providing the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) $4.7 million in grant funding to distribute evenly to all 94 county and independent agricultural societies. As a result, ODA will be allocating $50,000 to each agricultural society to be used on their operating expenses, projects, or any other items related directly to the fair. Dorothy Pelanda, Director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture, said, "We sincerely thank Governor DeWine and the General Assembly for this generous support of our fairs that have lost significant revenue and have struggled over the past year. It is my hope that this funding can help breathe new life into our fairs as they move toward a successful 2021 season." All fairs are expected to receive funding within the next four weeks. There are no application, reporting, or project close out requirements associated with this funding.

LAURA FIRE DEPARTMENT AWARDED RESCUE TUBE - May 17, 2021
    The Laura Fire Department has been awarded a grain rescue tube and specialized training to help protect against grain bin entrapments in the area. The resources were provided by Nationwide, Graves Fearon Agency and the Miami County Ohio Farm Bureau through Nationwide's Grain Bin Safety advocacy campaign, which has delivered grain rescue tubes and hands-on training to 152 rural fire departments across 29 states since 2014. To deliver the resources, Nationwide partners with the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety (NECAS) to train first responders in a grain simulator. At least four of the grain rescue tubes provided through the campaign have been used to save the lives of farmers trapped in grain bins when they go in to remove clumped or rotten grain. For the 2021 campaign, there were 1,006 nominations and 41 fire departments across the country were chosen to receive the rescue tubes.

MAY 17 TAX DAY - May 17, 2021
    May 17 is here and tax deadline has a new date. The IRS has sought to highlight some of the key provisions in the American Rescue Plan Act that will impact taxpayers. The $1.9 trillion coronavirus aid package — which also included $1,400 stimulus checks — was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Joe Biden earlier this year. Some of the changes will benefit taxpayers filing their 2020 returns, while others won't take effect until the 2021 tax year. They impact everything from unemployment compensation to child tax credits. One of the major retroactive changes for 2020 that was part of the COVID-19 relief package is that most households won't have to pay taxes on the first $10,200 of unemployment compensation. This is just in effect for the 2020 tax year, and it's only for filers whose modified adjusted gross income was below $150,000. In their 2020 return, eligible taxpayers can subtract the first $10,200 in unemployment benefits from their total compensation. Only the difference in their taxable income should be included, according to the IRS. In the case of a married couple who both received unemployment compensation, each spouse can subtract $10,200, the tax agency said. For qualified taxpayers who already filed and reported their unemployment benefits, the IRS will automatically make the adjustment and issue a refund. For more details visit IRS.gov.

MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT SENDS 1 TO HOSPITAL - May 14, 2021
    On Thursday, at 2:35 p.m. Darke County Sheriff's Deputies along with Ansonia Rescue, Rossburg Fire Department and Careflight responded to the 13100 block of State Route 118 on an injury accident. Preliminary investigation revealed a 2013 Black Harley Davidson motorcycle driven by Jacob Pretsman (37), of Ansonia Ohio, was traveling South on State Route 118. Pretsman lost control of his motorcycle, as the motorcycle was going to the ground Pretsman was ejected. The Ansonia man was transported to Miami Valley Hospital by Careflight with non-life threatening injuries.

SUMMER MANUFACTURING CAMP FOR UPCOMNG JR. HIGH STUDENTS - May 14, 2021
    Students entering 7th or 8th grade from Darke County are invited to participate in the Summer Manufacturing Camp which will be held at Greenville C-TEC from July 19 – 23, 2021. This five- day camp, held 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. daily, will explore the world of manufacturing. Campers will learn by creating a product or service to solve a real-life challenge. Along the way they will discover the wide variety of careers involved in developing products and services. In the afternoon, campers will tour a local manufacturer where they will see their morning topics applied in the real world. The $40 registration includes camp t shirt, lunch, snacks, transportation to tours, and all camp materials. (Registration fee assistance is available, if needed.) Deadline for registration is May 28, 2021. Camp sponsors are Darke County Economic Development, Darke County CIC, Greenville City Schools; Greenville C-TEC, Edison State Community College, Fort Recovery Industries, JAFE Decorating, Midmark Corporation and Whirlpool Corporation. For more information or to register, visit www.darkecounty.com or contact Darke County Economic Development at 937-548-3250.

CELINA MAN LOSES CONTROL OF SEMI - May 13, 2021
    On May 12, 2021 at 10:56 a.m., Darke County Sheriff's Deputies along with Rossburg Fire Department, and representatives from the Ohio Department of Transportation responded to the area of State Route 127 and Medford road in reference to a non-injury accident. Preliminary investigation revealed a 2012 Black Mack semi driven by Dwayne Gehle (53) of Celina, Ohio, was traveling Northbound on U.S. Route 127 near Medford road. Mr. Gehle failed to maintain control of the semi, veering off the right edge of the roadway. Due to the truck being fully loaded with chicken eggs, Mr. Gehle was unable to regain control of the semi before driving off of the roadway. The truck then entered a ditch and overturned on its side before coming to rest. Mr. Gehle was not injured as a result of this Accident.

MOTORCYCLIST KILLED IN MIAMI COUNTY - May 13, 2021
    The Ohio State Highway Patrol has identified the victim of the deadly accident in Miami County. Justin Dreer, 21 of Piqua, was killed in the accident that happened on County Road 25A at approximately 3:37 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. A preliminary investigation revealed a black 2009 Cadillac DTS was traveling northbound on County Road 25, when the driver turned left onto I-75 northbound and struck a black 2007 Yamaha motorcycle, driven by Dreer, traveling southbound on County Road 25A. Dreer was pronounced dead on the scene. The driver of the Cadillac, Frank Gleason, Jr., 90 of Sidney, had minor injuries. Troopers from OSHP's Crash Reconstruction Unit are assisting with the investigation. The Miami County Sheriff's Office, The Piqua Fire Department, The Ohio Department of Transportation and the Miami County Highway Department assisted at the scene. The crash remains under investigation.

ROLLOVER FATAL ACCIDENT - May 13, 2021
    On May 13, 2021 at approximately 4:27 AM Darke County Deputies along with Osgood Fire and Osgood Rescue were dispatched to the intersection of Willowdell Road and Day Road in reference to a one vehicle rollover accident with ejection. Preliminary investigation revealed a blue 2000 Chevy Tracker driven by Seth J. Davis (28) of Dayton, Ohio was traveling southbound on Willowdell Road. Davis traveled off the right side of the roadway and over corrected traveling across the centerline. Davis' vehicle then traveled off the right side of the roadway rolling over multiple times and ejecting Davis before coming to rest in a field. Davis was pronounced dead at the scene. The Darke County Sheriff's Office Accident Reconstruction Team and the Darke County Coroners investigator were called to the scene for further investigation. This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office.

MERCER COUNTY MAN ARRESTED FOR HAVING SEXUAL PHOTOS - May 12, 2021
    The Mercer County Sheriff Department on Tuesday, announced the arrest of Glen D Sharrock (51) of Celina. They were contacted by the Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) on April 20th. Sheriff's Office Detectives then opened an investigation. The investigation resulted in detectives applying for several search warrants. Evidence recovered from the search warrants were several sexually explicit photos of juveniles which were linked to Sharrock's media accounts. Tuesday morning deputies and detectives of the Mercer County Sheriff's Office executed another search warrant at Sharrock's residence and arrested Sharrock on five (5) counts of Pandering Child Pornography (felonies of the fourth degree). Sharrock was taken to the Mercer County Adult Detention Facility where he is being held without bond. Sharrock was previously a registered sex offender and his registration requirements ended in August of 2019. Sharrock had been convicted in 2009 in Indiana for possession of Child Pornography. This case is being reviewed by the Mercer County Prosecutor's Office to determine is additional charges should be filed.

4-H CAMP TO HAPPEN THIS YEAR - May 12, 2021
    OSU Extension Darke County has announced 4H Camp for 2021 will take place in June, but it will not be an overnight event. Due to guidelines related to COVID-19, the camp counselors have decided to host 3 day camps this year instead of a residential camp. The dates will be June 22, for Grades 3 and 4, June 23, for Grades 5 and 6, June 24 for Grades 7 and 8. Registration information was released earlier this week. Current 4H enrollment in Darke County is 942 youth and 204 adult volunteers. 4H club meeting guidelines have been changed. Clubs of any size may meet in-person providing they follow the COVID related guideline: masks required, social distancing and sanitizing. Meeting outdoors is the best option for the warmer spring and summer months. For more information visit darke.OSU.edu.

CRASH SEND 4 TO HOSPITALS - May 11, 2021
    On Monday, at approximately 3:00 p.m. Darke County Deputies along with New Madison Fire, Tri-Village Rescue, Arcanum Rescue, Northwest EMS, MedFlight and CareFlight responded to the 2000 block of Mills Road west of New Madison for a reported two-vehicle injury crash with entrapment. Preliminary investigation revealed a silver 2002 Buick LeSabre driven by Amos Weimer 17, of New Madison was traveling eastbound on Mills Road and drove off the right side of the roadway while negotiating a curve and over-corrected causing his vehicle to travel left of center and hit a westbound gray 2006 Chevy HHR, driven by Kathryn Osborne 41, of Hollansburg with two male juvenile passengers. Kathryn was extricated by non-mechanical means and was taken by MedFlight to Miami Valley Hospital for injuries along with her son Wesley 14, aboard CareFlight, while passenger Zane Osborne 16, was treated and released at the scene. The driver of the Buick, Amos Weimer was taken to Reid Hospital by Northwest EMS. This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office.

OVERHOLSER FAMILY RECEIVES AWARD FROM OSU EXTENSION - May 11, 2021
    Unfortunately OSU Extension could not hold their annual awards banquet. However, the Overholser family, has been recognized by the Ohio State University Extension for their support of county and statewide Extension programming and have taken an active role in promoting the Ohio State University Extension in their county. Aaron, Lindsey, Bo, Peggy, Brody, and Banks received the Ohio Joint Council of Extension Professionals Friend of Extension Award. This award is given annually to recipients who were nominated by county, regional or state Extension staff for their outstanding service to Ohio State University Extension. The Overholser Family is being recognized for supporting and actively participating in local on-farm research. On-farm research is key in improving best management practices for our local producers and Ohio's farmers at large. Their past and continuous contribution enhances corn and soybean production in both yield and economic efficiency. The Overholser's have also been supportive of local educational programming like field days, winter meetings, and other extension services.

MEDICAL CONDITION CAUSES CRASH - May 10, 2021
    On Saturday, at 11:30 a.m., Darke County Sheriff's Deputies along with Greenville Township Rescue and Greenville Township Fire responded to the area of State Route 127 and Oliver Road in reference to an injury accident. Preliminary investigation revealed a blue 1992 Chevrolet Silverado driven by Philip Martin (67) of Versailles, Ohio, was traveling northbound on U.S. Route 127 near Oliver Road. A 2013 black Dodge Charger driven by Kellen Amspaugh (31), of Ansonia Ohio, was traveling South on U.S. Route 127. Due to an unknown medical event, Martin lost control of his vehicle and crossed the centerline, forcing Amspaugh to drive off the right side of the road to avoid the collision. Both vehicle's came to rest in the ditch. Martin was transported to Wayne Heath Care where he was later pronounced dead as a result of his medical condition he suffered while driving.
    
    

LOCAL RUNNERS RACE BEFORE OLYMPIC TRYOUTS - May 10, 2021
    Tri-Village graduate Clayton Murphy finished 3rd in the men's 800 meters on Sunday, at the USA Track and Field Golden Games at Mt. SAC. Versailles graduate Sam Prakel ran in the men's 1,500 meters and finished 5th. at 5:18 p.m. Both races were televised by NBC. The US Olympic Team Trials will be June 18-27 in Eugene Oregon. The Olympics will take place in Tokyo, Japan, July 23- August 8th.

SPORTS BETTING IN OHIO COULD BECOME LEGAL - May 7, 2021
    Sports betting in Ohio took another step towards becoming legal after lawmakers introduced a new bill on gaming Thursday. The proposed Senate Bill 176 was introduced by three Republican state Senators. The bill aims to legalize sports gambling in the state, but also limit the places that can offer these kind of bets. The state plans to offer two types of licenses, tabbed "Type A" and "Type B" licenses, and will offer 20 of each type for businesses to buy. A Type A sportsbook license applies to places like casinos or racinos that are able to "bank the bet." Businesses, or casinos, with this license will be able to partner with operators of mobile apps and online gaming. Type B licenses will apply for brick and mortar locations and could include pro sports teams that could offer gambling within the confines of their stadium. A license would cost $1 million and would be good for three years. If passed by lawmakers, the Ohio Casino Control Commission will oversee the gambling operations. The bill calls for the state to get a 10 percent cut of the revenue of the operations with the profits going to public and private education. Two percent will go to funding gambling addiction services and problem gambling. The sponsors of the bill said this type of gambling is already going on in the state, but Ohio isn't taking advantage of it.

DARKE COUNTY RESIDENT SENTENCED TO JAIL - May 7, 2021
    A Troy area businessman and Darke County resident was sentenced earlier this week to 6 months in the Miami County Jail following pleas to charges involving child pornography. David J. Kessler, 57, was described in Miami County Common Pleas Court as a community leader and supporter of youth activities. Kessler, who is in the construction business, pleaded guilty to 10 felony charges of pandering obscenity involving a minor and pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor between July 2016 and last August. The judge said Kessler viewed the pornography in his office and downloaded images. Photographs then were organized in labeled files. Evidence showed he initially was viewing adult sites before more focus was found during the past couple of years on child pornography. Kessler was sentenced to concurrent sentences of three to 4.5 years on the five pandering obscenity involving a minor charges. The prison sentence was suspended on the condition Kessler serves six months in jail and completes five years of community control. Kessler was classified as a Tier II sex offender, requiring him to register with the sheriff's office in the county where he resides every 180 days for 25 years.

FAIRBOARD TALKS ABOUT CHANGES FOR THIS YEAR - May 6, 2021
    The Darke County Agricultural Society met on Wednesday, for their regularly scheduled meeting. It was their first meeting without Fair Manager, Brian Rismiller at the table, who resigned from his position at the April meeting. However, Rismiller was present in the audience and answered questions to assist the board. The meeting started with a moment of silence to recognize former Fair Secretary, Judi Pence who passed away in April. The Board is looking for office help and interested individuals can reach out to the board for the full-time seasonal position. The Board has had to deal with some costly expenses from a water project, internet issues and paving being done on the grounds with hopes of being ready for summer. The AG Society voted to upgrade its Show Works contract to the enterprise level for $5,000. The purchase is for online entries across the board in hopes to save time and make the process easier with show management software. It was a long night, as the Board went into Executive Session at 9:20 and returned with the public at 10:40. The Board approved a motion to charge $3 a ticket to the Cheerleading Competition and Thursday night harness racing for the Gene Riegle Memorial. They also agreed to bring back the Bike Giveaway on Family Fun Thursday. The Fair Concert on Monday, August 23rd, with Jake Owen looks like it will have an opening act that will be named in the near future. The board has decided to meet again in May, their next meeting is set for Wednesday, the 19th, at 7:30 on the Fairgrounds.

VERSAILLES' MISS CHICK DEADLINE MAY 31ST - May 6, 2021
    Win $1,000 and a title for life! The Miss Chick Pageant is sponsored by Park National Bank and Versailles Poultry Days, Inc. The preliminaries are online, Friday, June 11th, at noon and finals will be held on the festival grounds located at 459 S. Center Street on Saturday, June 12th, in the former high school gymnasium. This contest is open to females 16 years of age by the day of the contest, and no older than 19 years of age. Limited to High School underclassmen and 2021 graduates. Contestants must reside in Darke County or a contiguous county (Miami, Mercer, Montgomery, Shelby, Auglaize, Preble, Jay, Randolph and Wayne). In addition to the honor of representing Poultry Days during their reign, 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. Register at VersaillesPoultryDays.com. Applicants require a business or club sponsor. Early applicants will receive a discounted entry fee of $5 payable by the sponsor or contestant. The early application deadline for entries will be May 15, 2021. After this date contestants will be subject to a $10 entrance fee. Final deadline for entries is May 31, 2021. Please email [email protected] with any questions.

ELECTION RESULTS - May 5, 2021
    Results from the primary election in Greenville, four Republicans were vying to be nominated for three "at-large" seats on Greenville City Council. Jeff Whitaker came away with the most votes at 28%, Doug Schmidt and Brian Brown both grabbed 25%. Incumbent Doug Wright was the odd one out with 19%. Voters residing in the Franklin Monroe School District voted against a 0.5-percent income tax for a continuing period for current expenses. 74% voted against the proposed income tax. For more information and official results, go to the Darke County Board of Elections website at www.boe.ohio.gov/darke.

COUNCIL TALKS ABOUT WATER & SEWER RATES - May 5, 2021
    Greenville City Council met on Tuesday, for their regularly scheduled meeting and during the public hearing, multiple people voiced concerns over the potential rate increase for water and sewer. John Warner was one of the individuals that stepped to the podium, the President and CEO of the BRC thanked council for going back to the drawing board, but asked council again to reconsider the amount of the potential increase. The second item on the agenda was an ordinance for an increase of 20 percent in September 2021 and 10 percent in March 2022, for both water and sewer. Each subsequent year for three years would see 20-percent increases in September and 10 percent increases in March. Following this, rates for each utility would increase 5 percent yearly unless revised by council. Mayor Steve Willman plans to provide more information to the public on the plan. City Council read the ordinance for the first time and will leave it on the agenda to read for a second time at their next meeting in May. The next City Council meeting will be Tuesday, May 18, at 7:30 in the City Building.

DARKE COUNTY FAIR MANAGER RESIGNS - May 4, 2021
    Over the weekend, the Darke County Agricultural Society officially announced the resignation of Fair Manager, Brian Rismiller, who's last day was Friday. Rismiller has decided to return to his personal business, Rismiller Auctioneer Services, where he plans to continue to grow his business. In 2017, Rismiller was hired as Fair Manager, after serving over 10 years on the board. The Board will begin the search for a new Fair Manager in the near future. In a press release they thanked Rismiller for his dedication to the fair and wished him the best on his future endeavors. The Board of Directors for the Darke County Agricultural Society will be holding their monthly board meeting at 7:30 PM, Wednesday, May 5, 2021, in the board room at the Secretary's Office. The meeting will be open to the public. They ask that everyone in attendance follow the proper and current health guidelines.

RAILROAD HERITAGE FESTIVAL TO TAKE PLACE IN JUNE - May 4, 2021
    The Bradford Railroad Heritage Festival, is on and will take place on June 5th. The Museum will have the BF Tower and museum open for tours, The New hobo exhibit and scavenger hunt will be completed. The Carillon Park portable train will be coming as well as the Miami Valley Garden Gauge Layout. They will have children activities, historical societies and vendors. Music will be from 11-3 pm. They will also have hobo slang, sign language and stories. The hours will be from 10-4 pm. The Bradford Railroad Museum is located at 200 N Miami Avenue. For more information visit BradfordRRmuseum.org.

NEW LAW SIGNED IN INDIANA - May 3, 2021
    Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb has signed into law new COVID-19 liability protections for health care providers, despite concerns from advocates of nursing home residents who fear it effectively legalizes many forms of neglect and substandard care. The new law applies retroactively to the beginning of the pandemic and has received strong support from the nursing home industry, which argues it will keep facilities financially viable by shielding them from a potential flood of coronavirus-related lawsuits. But critics, including AARP, the state's largest advocacy group for older adults, say it goes too far in letting nursing homes off the hook for deaths and injuries caused by problems that preceded the pandemic, such as inadequate staffing.

CELEBRATING IN DEMAND JOBS IN OHIO - May 3, 2021
    In-Demand Jobs Week is the statewide celebration of the jobs, industries, and skills that are in-demand in Ohio. Community leaders statewide are encouraged to partner in planning engaging virtual events and activities that will inspire excitement and awareness among students and job seekers. This year they will be highlighting all of Ohio's top jobs - both in-demand and critical. In-Demand Jobs Week in Ohio is May 3rd to the 7th. In-demand jobs strengthen Ohio's current and future strategic economic advantage and empower people with 21st century skills. These jobs have a sustainable wage and a promising future based on the projected number of openings and growth. The following criteria was used to define an "in-demand job" in Ohio: 80% of state median wage, $14.10 per hour, or more; Annual growth in the number of jobs higher than the statewide average of 36; or Annual job openings greater than 584. Visit TopJobs.ohio.gov for more information or JobSearch.ohio.gov .

INDIANA COMMUNITIES RECEIVE MONEY FOR ROAD PROJECTS - April 30, 2021
    Governor Eric J. Holcomb and Indiana Department of Transportation Commissioner Joe McGuinness announced 218 Indiana cities, towns, and counties received a combined $100.2 million in state matching funds for local road projects through Community Crossings, a component of the Governor's Next Level Roads program. The Community Crossings initiative has provided more than $931 million in state matching funds for local construction projects since 2016. Communities submitted applications for funding during a highly competitive call for projects held in January. Applications were evaluated based on need and current conditions and impacts to safety and economic development. Funding for Community Crossings comes from the state's local road and bridge matching grant fund. Winchester received $1,000,000, Randolph County over $197,600, Redkey over $151,000 and Union City $231,200. The list of all communities receiving matching funds in the 2021 winter/spring call for projects is online at www.in.gov/indot/communitycrossings.

MAIN-OPOLY IS THEME FOR MAY FIRST FRIDAY - April 30, 2021
    A brand new First Friday is coming to downtown Greenville on Friday, May 7. Main Street Greenville will be hosting a Family Game Night First Friday. Part of this event will bear some resemblance to the classic Monopoly board game and will encompass all of the downtown businesses. Downtown will transform into a giant Main-opoly board. As visitors stroll through downtown they will notice Chance or Community Chest signs. Stop in and play their game and you could win discounts, services or other prizes. Shoppers will have the opportunity to send a friend to the make-shift jail at the Welcome Center or have a chance to Collect $200. Present two receipts from your purchases downtown and you can send a friend to our jail. You won't need to post bail, but you will need to roll doubles with our oversized dice to get out. Persons presenting three receipts from purchases on that day will be entered for a chance to Collect $200. There will be three $200 prizes. Beginning at 6 p.m., local groups and organizations will host games in downtown Greenville. Many of those groups will be located on Third Street. Stop by with your children, play a game and you could win prizes. There will be a giant checkers board, sidewalk chalk and other fun games to play. If your organization would like to participate and host a game or donate prizes, please contact Main Street Greenville at [email protected] or call 937-548-4998.

MAN FOUND IN BASEMENT BY POLICE - April 29, 2021
    A Dunkirk man faces a burglary charge after he was allegedly found in the basement of a vacant home by a city police officer. The legal woes of 51-year-old Robert O. Patterson increased after the Dunkirk officer found a plastic bag in the house that contained meth and a pair of syringes. Police had been called to the scene by neighbors who said they had observed a stranger entering the house through a crawl space. The property's owner was contacted and said she did not know Patterson and that he did not have permission to be there. Patterson reportedly greeted the officer by name when found in the basement, insisting he was "doing nothing wrong." In addition to burglary — a Level 5 felony carrying up to six years in prison — Patterson was charged in Jay Circuit Court with possession of meth and unlawful possession of a syringe, both Level 6 felonies carrying up to 30 months in prison. Patterson, who continued to be held in the Jay County jail on Wednesday, had not yet received a trial date.

PARK DISTRICT SEARCHING FOR SUMMER INTERN - April 29, 2021
    The Darke County Park District is looking for a summer intern to assist the naturalist staff. The intern would aid in a range of tasks associated with the natural & cultural programming, organization of summer day-camps, environmental education, maintenance, and operation of the Nature & Bish Discovery Centers and other parks. This is a great opportunity to develop job skills by working hands on with the public, caring for the park's animal ambassadors and more. For more information about this opportunity, visit www.darkecountyparks.org/employment.

3-ALARM BARN FIRE NEAR ARCANUM - April 28, 2021
    We've learned some more details about that fire we reported on in Arcanum. The call came down in the 3 o'clock hour on Tuesday, Firefighters from multiple departments were called to a 3-alarm barn fire just outside Arcanum on Tuesday afternoon. It created some traffic issues on State Route 49, as the State Route had to close, in both directions just north of Delisle-Fourman Road. Travelers had to find an alternate route around Arcanum as crews battled the blaze. The structure burned to the ground, leaving nothing but a pile of debris. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

VENDOR RESERVATIONS FOR POULTRY DAYS - April 28, 2021
    The Zac Richard Scholarship Fund is accepting vendor reservations at VersaillesPoultryDays.com. With 35,000 chicken halves ordered they are expecting a big year at the festival. Options include 10 x 10 ft. spaces in the Vendor Tent or space for your own tent. All vendor Tent spaces are on asphalt, while 15 x 15 ft. spaces for your own tent or display are available on either asphalt or grass. Booths inside the tent start at $100 with discounts on additional space and discounts if you register before May 1st. If you are interested in being a part of this celebration, please access Vendor information at VersaillesPoultryDays.com and return the signed application and your payment. Registration will remain open until noon on Friday, June 11th or until all spaces are full. All proceeds benefit the Zac Richard Memorial Scholarship Fund. Any requests for vendors preparing food at the festival or activities or displays are reviewed by the Poultry Days board and should be sent to [email protected]

STUDENTS TO LEARN ABOUT COUNTY BUILDINGS - April 27, 2021
    The Darke County Commissioners met for their regularly scheduled meeting and it was business as usual. On Wednesday, it will be far from normal as the Commissioners are moving their meeting to the newly renovated Darke County Board of DD Facility, located on Jaysville St. Johns Road. The change is for Student County Government Day, since April is National County Government Month. On Wednesday, 23 students from Ansonia, Arcanum, Franklin Monroe, Mississinawa Valley, Tri-Village and Versailles will tour county buildings with the Commissioners. Stops will be made at the Sheriff's Department, Michaels Home, Animal Shelter, Health Department, Board of Elections and the Courthouse. The final stop will be at Darke County Board of DD, where the Commissioners will hold their 1:30 meeting. The public is invited to the general session meeting. Since 1991, the National Association of Counties has encouraged counties across the country to elevate awareness of county responsibilities, programs and services.

SEX STING GETS GREENVILLE MAN ARRESTED - April 27, 2021
    Another Greenville man was picked up in Randolph County on a sex sting. Authorities arrested a man on allegations he tried to arrange sex with a 13-year-old girl. Michael Rush, 70, was communicating online with an undercover deputy from the Randolph County Sheriff's Department. Rush was arrested last week on preliminary counts of attempted child molesting, a Level 1 felony carrying up to 40 years in prison, and attempted child solicitation, a Level 4 felony with a maximum 12-year sentence. Rush's arrest came six days after another Greenville man — Brian Christopher Cox, 26 — was arrested in Randolph County under similar circumstances.

RICHMOND MAN DIES IN PLANE CRASH - April 26, 2021
    The Indiana State Police is currently assisting the Federal Aviation Administration with an investigation of an airplane crash near Richmond. The crash took place at the Richmond Municipal Airport located on IN-227 in Wayne County. On Sunday, at approximately 7:50 a.m. Wayne County Dispatch received 911 calls reporting that a small plane had crashed near the airport. Troopers and first responders arrived near the area and located a yellow Aerotrek A240 plane which had crashed into a field south of the airport property. Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire. The pilot was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Wayne County Coroner. He was identified as Judson J. Costlow, 78, of Richmond. Early investigation revealed Costlow was flying to Arizona to visit family. He was flying alone at the time of the crash. There were no other injuries resulting from the crash. The crash scene and the investigation has been turned over to the FAA. The Indiana State Police will continue to assist the FAA, however any determinations made relating to the cause of the crash will be released by the FAA.

2 DARKE COUNTY MEN RUN 1,500 METERS - April 26, 2021
    In Iowa, 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Clayton Murphy on Saturday, continued his comeback to prime form. Murphy won the men's 1,500m in 3:39.12 at the Drake Relays. Last week, Murphy also ran in the U.S. road mile championship and placed 3rd. The race kicked off the Drake Relays. The former State Champion at Tri-Village and 2x National Champ at Akron hopes to return to the Olympics this Summer in Tokyo, Japan. Former Versailles State Champ Sam Prakel finished 4th in the men's 1,500 meters at the USATF Grand Prix. He finished 2nd among the Americans. The United States Track and Field National Championships will take place this summer.

FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS TO EXPAND TO 16 REGIONAL TEAMS - April 23, 2021
    The Ohio High School Athletic Association Board of Directors approved the 2021 football tournament regulations Thursday during its April Board meeting that included proposals from the OHSAA staff to increase the number of playoff qualifiers and change the format of the regional playoffs. The number of playoff qualifiers will expand to 16 schools per region. In addition, the higher seeded team will host first and second round playoff games, instead of only the first round, before neutral sites are used beginning with the regional semifinals. In the first round, the No. 16 seed will play at the No. 1 seed, the No. 15 seed will play at the No. 2 seed, etc. The OHSAA is also exploring adding a strength of schedule component to the Harbin computer ratings, which are used to determine the playoff qualifiers. A strength of schedule component could be added in 2022. The site of the state championship games has not yet been determined, but the format will include one game Thursday, December 2, and two games each on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, December 3-5. The expansion will increase the number of football playoff qualifiers from 224 to 448.

FATAL ACCIDENT INVOLVES SEMI & VAN - April 22, 2021
    On Wednesday, at approximately 8:41 a.m. Darke County Deputies along with Ansonia Fire and Rescue, Rossburg Fire and Versailles Fire Departments responded to the 10,900 block of US Route 127 on the report of a two vehicle injury accident involving a semi and a van. Preliminary investigation revealed a black 2021 Dodge Sprinter van was traveling northbound on US Route 127 just south of Brown Road, when the van traveled left of center and struck a southbound white 2018 Volvo tractor-trailer head-on, driven by Zachary Garland 28, of New Madison, OH. The male driver of the van, Yassin Mohamed Ishaq, 44 of Kansas City, Missouri, was ejected and died at the scene. The semi then traveled off the right side of the roadway and struck a tree. The driver of the semi was treated and released. This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office.

MCCLURG'S NAMED POULTRY DAYS PARADE MARSHALS - April 22, 2021
    Mike and Sandy McClurg have been named the Parade Marshals for the 2021 Versailles Poultry Days Grand Parade. The couple has deep and long-standing roots in Versailles. Both Mike and Sandy grew up in the Versailles area and graduated from Versailles High School. Mike served as Darke County Probate/Juvenile Judge for 8 years. He continues to work part-time as a Magistrate in the court. Mike served as Chairman of Versailles Poultry Days in 1987 and participated on the Board for 10 years. He was a co-founder of Heritage Park and served as Park Board President. He was instrumental in establishing and incorporating The Hope Foundation (now the Darke County Foundation). Sandy was on the Founding Committee and a board member of Kinder Korner Pre-School. She served as part of the Founding Committee of Darke County Relay for Life, Steering Committee of Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure, Catholic Social Services Northern Fundraising Committee, and Parents Advisory Committee for Versailles Schools. Mike and Sandy encourage everyone to support the Versailles community by attending Versailles Poultry Days June 11-13. The full festival schedule and event information can be located at VersaillesPoultryDays.com. Bulk Chicken sales remain open along with registration for the Grand Parade, 5K, Vendors and Miss Chick pageants. Versailles Poultry Days was established in 1952 and has been serving up summer fun for 70 years.

ADOPT A BOX FLOWER PROGRAM IN DOWNTOWN GREENVILLE - April 21, 2021
    In 2007, Main Street Greenville created the Adopt-A-Box Flower Program in downtown Greenville. Since then, more than 70 flower boxes and pots are funded and planted each spring by individuals and businesses located in the community. This year's Downtown Planting Day will be held on Saturday, May 22, beginning at 8 a.m. During this time, a group of volunteers gather downtown to plant the flowers along South Broadway. Main Street Greenville invites you to get your family, business, church, or organization together and join MSG as we work to beautify the downtown district. The Adopt-A-Box Flower Program also receives sponsorship and assistance from BASF Corporation, Miller Flowers Greenhouse & Florist, Dave Knapp Ford and Flory Landscaping. If you would like to volunteer for this event please report to the area in front of the courthouse at 8 a.m. and bring a hand trowel, gloves, and a broom if possible. All are welcome to help with this community activity. Please contact Main Street Greenville at [email protected] for additional information. If you are interested in adopting a flower box, please contact Main Street Greenville or fill out the adoption form on their website. Flower boxes can be sponsored for $50 and flower pots for $75. Plaques are placed on each box and pot to recognize the wonderful family of donors who contribute to making downtown a beautiful destination! To learn more, visit www.MainStreetGreenville.org, follow them on Facebook, or contact them at 937-548-4998.

OHIO MAN ARRESTED IN RANDOLPH COUNTY - April 21, 2021
    36-year-old Ohio man reportedly maintained "age is just a stupid number" during his online dealings with a person he believed to be a 13-year-old girl. Brian Christopher Cox of Greenville, who reportedly tried to arrange sex with a juvenile — was actually communicating with a detective for the Randolph County Sheriff's Department. Cox was arrested Friday on preliminary counts of attempted child molesting and attempted child solicitation. A Detective wrote his dealings with Cox were initiated by the Greenville man via Facebook Messenger on April 14. According to an affidavit, Cox quickly began discussing sex and making lewd comments, and proposed a sexual encounter both with the girl he believed he was communicating with and her 15-year-old "best friend." Cox was taken into custody after he reportedly traveled to Winchester, where he planned to meet both girls at a local convenience store. Formal charges in the case are expected Wednesday.

PRESCRIPTION DRUG TAKE BACK THIS SATURDAY - April 20, 2021
    On Saturday, April 24, 2021 the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) sponsored the 20th nationwide "Prescription Drug Take Back" initiative. The "Take Back" initiative seeks to prevent prescription drug abuse and theft through proper disposal of prescription drugs. Collection sites will be set up nationwide for expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs which will be properly disposed of without threat to the environment. This program is for liquid and pill medications. Vaping pens without batteries and vaping cartridges will also be taken. Needles, new or used, WILL NOT be accepted for disposal. This service is free and anonymous with no questions asked. To locate the State Police post closest to your home or business, visit www.in.gov/isp/2382.htm.

BILL FOR FAILING SEPTIC SYSTEMS IN INDIANA - April 20, 2021
    A bill that aims to help communities with failing septic systems connect to city water and sewer service is heading to Gov. Eric Holcomb's desk. According to the Indiana Department of Health, more than 20,000 septic systems in Indiana need to be repaired or replaced every year. Failing septic systems can leak wastewater into local streams and lakes. It can also get into drinking water wells and make people sick. But hooking up to new water and sewer service is expensive. House Bill 1287 would allow a utility to waive the cost for that service for underserved communities and raise rates on its existing customers instead. The company would have to show that adding these new customers would bring rates back down in the long run. But consumer advocates say there's nothing in the bill that guarantees that. The bill also only applies to large, investor-owned utilities. Most Hoosiers with septic tanks are served by smaller municipal and nonprofit wastewater utilities. HB 1287 was recently amended to allow people who live in conservancy districts to take action to get their property removed from the district so that they may get hooked up to sewer service.

PROGRAMS AVAILABLE THROUGH PARK DISTRICT - April 19, 2021
    The Darke County Park District will be hosting a family fun day in celebration of both Earth Day and Trails Day on April 22 and 24. There will be several fun family activities scheduled throughout each day. Registration is required for this event. Coffee with the Birds is April 22, 8am Bish Discovery Center. Wildflowers of Coppess is April 22, 1pm Coppess Nature Sanctuary, spend the celebration wandering the trails of Coppess Nature Sanctuary enjoying the wildflowers in bloom. Bird Walk is April 24, 8am or 10:30am Bish Discovery Center. Cycling the Trail April 24, 10:30am or 1pm Bish Discovery Center Enjoy a beginner or advanced bike ride with a naturalist on the Tecumseh Trail. Conservation Stations: Hands-On Fun April 24, 12pm-4pm Bish Discovery Center Naturalists will set-up hands-on activities around the grounds of Bish Discovery Center. Badges BBQ food truck will be set up in the Bish Discovery Center parking lot on April 24th from 11am-4pm. Grab some delicious lunch while you enjoy the festivities! For more information or to register visit www.darkecountyparks.org/programs or call 937-548-0165.

HIGH SPEED PERSUIT FROM SHELBY COUNTY TO MIAMI COUNTY - April 19, 2021
    A high-speed police pursuit ended with at least one suspect fleeing on foot and a helicopter search just north of Troy Saturday night. A vehicle took off from a deputy around 11 p.m. in Botkins prompting a high-speed pursuit, according to the Shelby County Sheriff's office. Multiple law enforcement agencies assisted in the pursuit. The suspect vehicle reached 100 mph. Deputies chased the suspect vehicle from Botkins to the area of State Route 55 and State Route 41 just north of Troy when the suspect got out of the vehicle and fled on foot. The Piqua Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol assisted with the search and used one of its helicopters to help find the suspect.

DARKE COUNTY FAIR MANAGER STEPPING DOWN - April 16, 2021
    WTGR has learned that the Darke County Agricultural Society will be looking for a new Fair Manger in the near future. Last week, during a lengthy Fair Board meeting, Brian Rismiller informed the board that he would be resigning from his position. The announcement came after the Board had entered executive session, first with their attorney and then with Rismiller. Following a long time behind closed doors in executive session, the board went back into executive session to discuss a ride contract, only to open the doors and then adjourn the meeting. Rismiller is still technically listed as Fair Manager and employed by the Agricultural Society, but it was confirmed by a Fair Board Member that Rismiller will be stepping down as Fair Manager. The board will discuss the opening at their May meeting and it's uncertain if they will fill the position before or after the fair. Rismiller leaves after 15 years of experience with the Great Darke County Fair. He was hired on as Fair Manger in April, 2017, after he served as a board member for 11 years. The Agricultural Society is planning a full fair in August. Facing financial issues and water problems, the Board hopes the State of Ohio allows full capacity on Fair Attendance in 2021. The next Fair Board meeting will be Wednesday, May 5, at 7:30 on the Fairgrounds.

INDOT LOOKING TO FILL OPEN POSITIONS - April 16, 2021
    The Indiana Department of Transportation is hosting hiring fairs at four locations across the state on Thursday, April 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET. INDOT is hiring for summer seasonal positions which run from April through October at a starting pay of $11.25 per hour. A valid high school diploma or equivalency or one (1) year of work experience is preferred, but not required. INDOT is also hiring for full-time highway technicians and mechanics. Registration is not required to attend the event. INDOT recruiters will be on hand to answer questions and provide more information on open positions and careers with INDOT. To learn more, visit INDOTjobs.com. You can also text INDOT Careers to 468311 to receive additional job postings.

APRIL IS CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT AWARENESS MONTH - April 15, 2021
    On Wednesday, the Darke County Commissioners met for their regularly scheduled meeting. Each year in April, the public can see pinwheels in front of the Administration Building. The pinwheels are for Child Abuse and Neglect Awareness Month, Wednesday, the Commissioners made it official, signing off on a proclamation. The pinwheels are planted by the Banner Bound 4-H club to represent the number of children and adults served in 2020. Community partners support efforts to prevent child abuse and neglect by wearing blue, the statewide awareness campaign is the 2nd Wednesday of every April. During 2020, Darke County Children Services had 106 investigative cases related to physical abuse or neglect. 180 kids were served through preventative support programs. 57 children required out of home placement, such as foster homes, kinship homes or residential centers. We all benefit when children grow into contributing members of the county and preventing child maltreatment requires county aid effort to bring about an awareness of ways to identify and prevent child abuse and neglect. The Commissioners urge all citizens to work together to help reduce child abuse and neglect significantly in years to come. If you experience or witness child abuse or neglect, call Darke County Job and Family Services during daytime hours at 937-548-4132, option 5 or the Sheriff's Department at 937-548-2020.

DARKE COUNTY TEACHER'S OF THE YEAR - April 15, 2021
    Eight Darke County teachers were recognized Wednesday for their commitment to education. The Darke County Educational Service Center (ESC) held its annual luncheon to celebrate each district's teacher of the year recipients and to recognize the C. Michael Crawford "Mentor of the Year" as well. The 2021 teachers of the year are: Chad Cramer – Ansonia, Heather Marsh – Arcanum, Nicholas Baumer – Bradford, Brenda Oswalt – Franklin Monroe, Mindy Kissinger – Greenville, Kim Hershey – Mississinawa Valley and Joshua Davies – Tri-Village. The C. Michael Crawford Mentor of the Year recipient is Jaime Stocksdale – Greenville. Teacher of the year recipients received plaques and planters donated by Garbig and Schmidt for their dedication to their students. Mentor of the year Jaime Stocksdale received a plaque and a check from the C. Michael Crawford scholarship fund.

NEW BLESSING BOX IN ANSONIA - April 14, 2021
    The Outreach Team at Ansonia United Methodist Church, with the guidance and help of Radiant Lighthouse Church, has created a Blessing Box for local families in need in Ansonia. Built by church member Russ Midlam with donations from the church; Ansonia Lumber; and North Star Plumbing, Heating and Cooling. With cooperation from Ansonia First Church of God and the Ansonia Community Center, the box has been placed on the east side of the Ansonia Community Center on the corner of Pearl and Weller streets in Ansonia. Volunteers from the church worked to install the box. The blessing box offers non-perishable foods as well as books for any local family to have. The blessing box will be refilled as necessary by Ansonia UMC, as well as by donations from local organizations and groups, and Ansonia residents. The food and books are free for anyone and are offered to assist families who may be facing a time of need. The blessing box was dedicated earlier this month by members of the Outreach Team, a representative from the Ansonia Community Center, and a representative from Radiant Lighthouse Church. The box is ready to benefit others.

ELDORA RETURNS IN 2021 - April 14, 2021
    In one of the most-anticipated announcements in its 68-year history, Eldora Speedway officials on Tuesday, revealed the 2021 schedule of events, and – most importantly – the return of fans to the grandstands for the first-time in 20 months. The 24-night slate kicks off May 7 and 8 with the #LetsRaceTwo Doubleheader Weekend showcasing both the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars and the USAC AMSOIL National Sprints Cars. Fans may think they are seeing double for much of the season as Eldora confirmed three of its marquee event weeks will feature first the event originally planned for 2021 and then the event rescheduled from 2020. The 27th Dirt Late Model Dream will pay $127,000-to-win on Thursday, June 10 and the 26th Dirt Late Model Dream will post $126,000-to-win on Saturday, June 12. Sprint Car racing's royalty will battle for the 38th Kings Royal's crown and $175,000 payday on Thursday, July 15 and the 37th Kings Royal posts another $175,000 loot on Saturday, July 17. On Thursday, September 8, the 51st World 100 offers up a rare chance at the famed globe trophy, $54,000-to-win. It's the golden anniversary of The Biggest Dirt Race in The World™, on Saturday, September 11, the 50th World 100. In addition to the marquee events, the 2021 season is dotted with a collection of new and fan favorite events. The Superstar Racing Experience (SRX) on Saturday, June 26, a throwback to the International Race of Champions. The event will be broadcast live on CBS. The SRX driver lineup for Eldora includes Tony Stewart, Willy T. Ribbs, Helio Castroneves, Tony Kanaan, Paul Tracy, Bobby Labonte, Bill Elliott, Marco Andretti, Michael Waltrip, Ernie Francis, Jr., Scott Speed, and Kody Swanson. The two $10 Family FIREWORKS Nights by Casey's General Stores return to their traditional May and August weekends. Eldora's season will conclude on September 24 and 25 with the 39th running of the 4-Crown Nationals Weekend. The 2021 schedule is posted in its entirety at www.EldoraSpeedway.com.

COUNTY & OSU AGREE ON LAND - April 13, 2021
    On Monday, the Darke County Commissioners met for their regularly scheduled meeting and signed off on an intergovernmental agreement between the county and Ohio State University. The South Farm is 88 tillable acres located in Greenville Township and Neave Township. The county will allow OSU to use the farm for close to 5 years, with OSU paying the county $17,160 per year. The agreement will benefit the community by providing valuable research information to the local agriculture community along with providing a learning lab for current and future OSU students. Discussion started last September, when Ohio State approached the county of potential farm land. The deal started back in February and work will start this spring. In other business, the Commissioners accepted a quote from Wysong Plastering in Greenville, to repair the walls and steps at the courthouse, along with the steps at the administration building. The project will take place this summer, the commissioners were handed 2 quotes and the cost is $26,000. The next Commissioners meeting will be Wednesday, at 1:30 in Downtown Greenville.

TOWN HALL MEETING WITH CONGRESSMAN DAVIDSON - April 13, 2021
    Congressman Warren Davidson will hold a one-hour telephone town hall on Thursday, April 15 at 7:15 pm. Participate from the comfort of your own home. Sign up at vekeo.com/repdavidson to participate or call (202) 225.6205 to be added to the call list. You can also participate digitally on the Congressman's official Facebook page. Hear a congressional update from Washington, D.C. and ask Congressman Davidson questions about issues facing the nation. Expect to hear the latest on legislation related to the Second Amendment, infrastructure, immigration and more.

HARNESS HORSEMAN ASSOCIATION TO HOST MATINEE - April 12, 2021
    The Darke Co. Harness Horsemen will be holding a matinee on Sunday May 16, 2021. Races will start at 1:00 PM. Entries will be taken on Thursday May 13th between the hours of 3:00 PM till 6:00 PM. You can place your entries by calling the Speed Office at 937-548-9977. Cost will be $20.00 for DCHHA members and $25.00 for non-members. These will be time bar races only and trophies will be presented. Concessions will be available, 50/50 drawings and a pre-order Chicken BBQ. Chicken orders can be placed when calling in entries. The Chicken will be served from 11:00 – 1:00.

GOV. HOLCOMB VETOES A BILL - April 12, 2021
    Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb has vetoed a bill that aims to rein in his emergency powers, fulfilling his promise to nix what he called unconstitutional legislation. In a letter to Indiana House Speaker Todd Huston, Holcomb announced his decision and questioned what he called the "central part" of House Bill 1123 that would allow the General Assembly to call itself into a 40-day session during an emergency. The Indiana Constitution, Holcomb argues, gives that power exclusively to the governor. If lawmakers were called into the special session, they could terminate any emergency order enacted by the governor. Holcomb has required masks, closed businesses and limited their capacities during the COVID-19 pandemic through the state's disaster emergency order. House Bill 1123 would also establish an emergency advisory group and grant the General Assembly more control over federal fund expenditures. Lawmakers could vote to override Holcomb's veto before the session ends with a simple majority.

MODAC MAN DIES IN MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT - April 9, 2021
    A Modoc man was killed late Wednesday afternoon when his motorcycle collided with a semi on U.S. 35 southeast of Muncie. Delaware County Coroner Rick Howell said Matthew Ansin, 26, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, in the 7700 block of South U.S. 35, north of Delaware County Road 500-S. The motorcyclist was southbound on the federal highway when he crossed the center line and collided with the northbound semi about 5:30 p.m. He was not wearing a helmet. The semi driver, whose name was not available, was not injured. Efforts were made to resuscitate the victim, and there were discussions in the immediate wake of the crash about having a medical helicopter fly to the scene. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

OHIO STATE FAIR NOT TO OPEN TO PUBLIC - April 9, 2021
    The Ohio Expositions Commission announced Thursday that the 2021 Ohio State Fair will not be open to the public. In a statement posted online, the commission said members expressed concern for public health and the financial impact of hosting a fair that would need to follow current safety protocols. The fair typically costs $8.5 million dollars to put on, but only makes about $9 million, a lot of that profit coming from concerts. Part of the governor's order limited indoor venues to 25% capacity. While it will not be open to the public, this year's fair will focus on agricultural and educational competitions for exhibitors and their families and guests. The commission says many of the things associated with the fair including rides, concerts, food vendors and shopping, are expected to return in 2022.The 2022 Ohio State Fair is slated for July 27 – August 7.

GTS TO TRANSPORT FOR VACCINE SHOTS - April 8, 2021
    Greenville Transit System will be offering free transportation for trips to receive the COVID vaccine. In order to use this service riders will need to tell the Dispatcher that their scheduled trip is for the vaccine. GTS will not be responsible for scheduling your vaccine appointment. Schedule the vaccine appointment prior to booking a ride. For more information call GTS at 937-547-1811.

FARMER'S MARKET COMING BACK TO GREENVILLE - April 8, 2021
    Main Street Greenville is looking for crafters, artisans, gardeners, farmers and bakers! Have you considered selling your items at the Downtown Greenville Farmers' Market? The market is presented by Main Street Greenville and they are looking for vendors! The Downtown Greenville Farmers' Market will be open every Saturday morning, June 5 through Oct. 9, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. in front of the Courthouse. 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 [email protected] The application is also available at www.mainstreetgreenville.org. Main Street Greenville is a non-profit organization committed to stimulating and supporting revitalization efforts, historic preservation and economic growth in Historic Downtown Greenville.

DRUG ARREST IN SHELBY COUNTY - April 7, 2021
    A narcotics search warrant executed by the Sidney Police Department (SPD) resulted in the arrest of two people and the confiscation of meth, a handgun, cash, and drug trafficking equipment Tuesday morning. According to a press release, on Tuesday, April 06, 2021, at approximately 7:45 a.m., SPD executed a narcotics search warrant at 604 S. Miami Ave. in Sidney. The initial entry and securing of the location had to be accomplished by utilizing the services of the Sidney-Piqua Tactical Response Team (TRT). The TRT was used because the residence was deemed a high risk to officer's safety. Recovered during the search were meth, handgun, cash, and drug trafficking equipment. As a result of the search warrant, the following were arrested and are incarcerated at the Shelby County Jail: Kimberly Hicks, 31, 604 S. Miami Ave., was charged with one count of drug trafficking in a school zone (Holy Angels) a 1st-degree felony. Cody Goshorn, 27, 604 S. Miami Ave., was charged with one count of drug trafficking in a school zone (Holy Angels) a 1st-degree felony. Additional charges are being reviewed and may be filed at a later date. This warrant execution is a continuing effort by SPD to combat drug abuse and drug trafficking in Sidney. Information resulting in this warrant was derived in part from concerned citizens. Anyone with any information about drug activity is asked to contact the SPD at 937-498-8777 or Crime Stoppers at 937-492-8477 (TIPS).

DARKE COUNTY PARKS OFFERING SUMMER PROGRAMS - April 7, 2021
    Darke County Park's will once again be offering a variety of youth summer camps. Registration is now open for the following camps: Buggin' Out, 8 to 9 years old, scheduled for June 14 through 18 from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Knights of the Blue Planet, 10 to 12 years old, scheduled for June 21 through 25 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Kayak Ventures, 10 to 14 year olds, scheduled for July 7 through 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Camp Rocks!, ages 6 to 7, scheduled for July 12 through 16 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. County Cyclers, ages 10 to 14, scheduled for July 19 through 23 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lab Rats, ages 8 to 10, scheduled for July 26 through 30 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. For more details or to register visit www.darkecountyparks.org/programs.

MASK MANDATE LIFTED IN INDIANA - April 6, 2021
    Indiana's statewide mask mandate will end Tuesday, but that doesn't mean Hoosiers won't have to wear masks in day-to-day life. Gov. Eric Holcomb announced March 23 that the state's mask mandate will expire April 6, though masks will still be recommended. Face coverings will remain mandatory in all state buildings and local governments, like Marion County, can continue to impose their own mask mandates. But even outside of those places and in counties or cities without a mask mandate, Hoosiers will continue to encounter requirements at private businesses, something experts say is protected by law. Over 1.2 million Hoosiers have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus as of Monday, according to an Indiana State Department of Health dashboard. But according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, even fully vaccinated people should continue to wear masks in public, when gathering with unvaccinated people from more than one household and while visiting an unvaccinated person at high-risk of severe illness or death. Major retailers in Indiana, like Whole Foods Market and Walmart, have already indicated they will continue to require face coverings even once the state mandate expires.

CROWN EQUIPMENT HIRING - April 6, 2021
    Crown Equipment is looking to add 120 positions locally in the New Bremen area and hundreds across the country, including roles in engineering, IT, manufacturing, service and other key divisions. Crown, best known for its signature lift trucks, is looking to support increased customer demands and support needs by recruiting from the Miami Valley. To apply for the open positions online visit crown.jobs and for more information on the company visit crown.com.

PREBLE COUNTY PURSUIT ENDS IN ARREST - April 5, 2021
    Preble County Deputies arrested two suspects after a short pursuit. Last week, a Deputy checking a used car lot at State Route 122 & Greenbush Road observed a vehicle in a wooded area near the business. Upon approaching the vehicle, the vehicle fled the area. The Deputy attempted to stop the vehicle and the pursuit began. The vehicle fled east on Greenbush Road and ended near a ravine / wooded area on Oxford Road in Montgomery County. They male and female in the vehicle fled on foot. A K-9 from Camden PD was called and responded to the area after a perimeter was set up with the assistance of German Township PD, Germantown PD and troopers from the Ohio Highway Patrol. After the K-9 arrived, a track was conducted, and the suspects were found hiding in a wooded area. They were both taken into custody without incident. Found in the suspect's vehicle were ski masks, gloves, a car jack, jack stands, chain cutters and other tools used for stealing catalytic converters from cars. The female passenger admitted to traveling to Preble County for the purpose of stealing converters. Deputies located less than (3) grams of methamphetamine, syringes and drug paraphernalia as well. James W. Worley, age 44 of Franklin, Ohio is charged with the following in Eaton Municipal Court: Failure to Comply with Order or Signal of a Police Officer, 3rd Degree Felony. Aggravated Possession of Drugs, a 5th Degree Felony. Possessing Criminal Tools, a 5th Degree Felony, Possessing Drug Abuse Instruments, a 2nd Degree Misdemeanor & Illegal use or Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a 4th Degree Misdemeanor Shannon L. Lamb, age 33 of Franklin, Ohio is charged with similar charges in Eaton Municipal Court: Worley has an outstanding arrest warrant from the Adult Parole Authority and Lamb has an outstanding warrant from Montgomery County. Both remain in the Preble County Jail.

VICTORY GARDENS PROGRAM WITH OSU EXTENSION - April 5, 2021
    It's time to get your hands dirty and start growing! The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) and OSU Extension Offices are kicking off the second year of the Victory Gardens Program. Due to high demand, the program is expanding to include 25 counties, up from 10 counties last year. Approximately 8,300 seed packets will be available free to the public to get people planting. Seeds will be available to pick up the first week of April at county OSU Extension Offices. Specific days and times for each office are available on osu.edu/ohiovictorygardens. Locally, Miami and Shelby County are participating in the program. Victory Gardens originated during World War I, an answer to a severe food shortage at the time. The idea was wildly successful, growing an army of amateur gardeners and serving to boost morale and patriotism. Although there's no food shortage now, ODA and OSU Extension are reviving the effort and once again encouraging people to plant seeds, realize the fruits of their labor, and share with others if inspired.

WATER & SEWER RATES REVISITED BY UTILITES COMMITTEE - April 2, 2021
    On Thursday, Greenville City Council's Utilities Committee revisited the city's plans to increase rates on water and sewer for city residents. By unanimous consent, all three committee members approved a recommendation to council for a decrease in the planned rate hikes. A previous measure, which would have increased water rates by 50 percent in May 2021, and 18 percent in November 2021, as well as hikes of 25 and 10 percent for sewer rates, respectively, was voted down 6-0 during council's March 16 meeting. Instead, the committee will change the recommended percentage hikes to 20 percent in September 2021 and 10 percent in March 2022, for both water and sewer. Each subsequent year would see 20 percent increases in September and 10 percent increases in March, for a 3-year period. Following this, rates for each utility would increase 5 percent yearly unless it is revisited by council. The committee will still recommend a switchover from quarterly to monthly billing, beginning this September. The revised recommendations will be presented to Council on April 20. The next City Council Meeting will be Tuesday, April 6, at 7:30 in the City Building.

BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS TO HELP WITH IPADS - April 2, 2021
    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County received a grant from Darke Rural Electric Company. This grant was given to our agency to help fund IPads to be used at Ansonia, Versailles and the Boys and Girls Club after school Big Buddies program. Their generosity of funding these IPads has made our after school buddies sessions a lot easier. It has allowed us to be able to bring technology into the sessions. In today's school's technology is everywhere, with these IPads we are able to easily access records, watch videos, capture moments by taking pictures. The efficiency of getting things accomplished at the buddies' sessions has been extremely helpful because of these IPads. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County is a non-profit United Way member agency. Proceeds from the event will benefit our local Big Brothers Big Sisters agency which matches at-risk children with volunteer role models. Are you wanting to get involved? Call our office at 937-492-7611 or visit the website at https://www.bigbrobigsis-shelbydarke.org.

DCCA FAMILY THEATRE SERIES CONTINUES - March 31, 2021
    Darke County Center for the Arts Family Theatre Series 2020-2021 season will close with the presentation of Virginia Repertory Theatre's Little Red Hen which will be available for streaming beginning April 1 and will remain available through June 30 at no cost to viewers. Previous Family Theatre Series presentations include Virginia Rep's Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad and Jack and the Beanstalk; these productions will also remain available for streaming through June 30. To access these shows, go to DCCA's Website www.darkecountyarts.org or email DCCA at [email protected] for links and access codes. For more information, call DCCA at 937-547-0908.

GAUNTLET RUN BACK FOR 2021 - March 31, 2021
    The Gauntlet Mud Run is a race is back for 2021. The price will go up after March 31. Made up of natural terrain and military-inspired obstacles that requires the use of teamwork and perseverance to make it to the finish line. The competitors will face several obstacles that include walls to climb, ropes to swing across, and mud to crawl through. Registration is now open and race registration includes a t-shirt and beverage token. All runners must register by July 15, to receive the shirt. The Gauntlet Mud Run is Saturday, July 31, at Chenoweth Trails with the first wave taking off at 10 AM. For more details and to register visit the GauntletTrailRun.com The event is a fundraiser for the Light Foundation.

APRIL IS CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT AWARENESS MONTH - March 30, 2021
    The Darke County Commissioners met on Monday, for their regularly scheduled meeting. In front of the Administrative Building were pinwheels to recognize April as Child Abuse and Neglect Awareness month. The Darke County Commissioners want citizens to work as a collective group to limit the child abuse and neglect cases in the future. The pinwheels symbolize the child abuse cases in the county. Those pinwheels will remain up for the entire month of April. The next Commissioners meeting will be Wednesday, at 1:30 in downtown Greenville.

FREE SEEDS AVAILABLE FROM MIAMI COUNTY OSU EXTENSION - March 29, 2021
    On Thursday, April 8 from 5-6:30 p.m. residents of Miami County can pick up free seeds to start their very own victory garden. Seeds include a selection of lettuce, beets, sunflowers, cucumber, or radish. All are suitable for spring or summer harvest. Seeds can be picked up at the OSU Extension Miami County office at 510 W. Water St., Troy. Additional information about victory gardens and OSU Extension's statewide efforts are available at osu.edu/ohiovictorygardens.

VACCINATIONS AVAILABLE FOR 16 & OLDER - March 29, 2021
    All Ohioans age 16 and older are now eligible to get vaccine if a health department has been unable to fill its appointments for vaccinations, Gov. Mike DeWine announced. Some local counties have already announced plans to do so. Miami County Public Health: Vaccine signups are available for appointments starting March 27 through next week and are open to people 16 and older for the Pfizer vaccine and 18 and older for the Moderna vaccine. Over 1,000 appointments are available. To register visit: https://www.miamicountyhealth.net/vaccine-registration or call the vaccine hotline at 937-573-3461.Upcoming clinics open for registration: Tuesday, March 30th at Miami County Fairgrounds Duke Building 9:00am-8:00pm (Pfizer Vaccine), Wednesday, March 31st at Miami County Fairgrounds Duke Building 9:00am-2:00pm (Pfizer Vaccine) Friday, April 2nd at Hoffman United Methodist Church in West Milton 9:00am-3:00pm (Moderna Vaccine)
    
    Family Health is partnering with Darke County Health Department, Wayne HealthCare, and Reid Hospital to get COVID-19 vaccinations out to residents in Darke County. Darke County residents can email [email protected] and include your name, birthday and phone number to be added to a waitlist. You can also call 937-547-2399 and provide your name, birthday and phone number to be added. Family Health will contact you when you are eligible for an appointment.

SENATE BILL PROVIDES SUPPORT FOR SCHOOLS - March 26, 2021
    Senate President Matt Huffman announced this week the Senate's unanimous passage of Senate Bill 111, providing nearly $912 million to support Ohio's schools and other educational providers as they transition back to the classroom. The bill promotes safe, effective learning for students as Ohioans emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding for schools and educational providers in Senate Bill 111 includes: $683.1 million for Ohio's public schools, $209.8 million for Ohio's private schools, $19 million for Educational Service Centers, Joint Vocational Schools and Ohio's County Boards of Developmental Disabilities Additionally, the bill provides pandemic funding for the Ohio Department of Health and National Guard: $173 million for ODH to continue to expand COVID-19 vaccine distribution and testing efforts. $8 million for the Adjutant General to allow additional deployment of Ohio National Guard rapid response personnel and resources to serve older Ohioans. To date, more than $2.5 billion in funding has been approved by the General Assembly for Ohio's communities and schools as they continue to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic. Senate Bill 111 will now be sent to the House for further consideration.

SCAVENGER AND EAST EGG HUNT IN DOWNTOWN GREENVILLE - March 26, 2021
    Main Street Greenville will hold a Scavenger and Easter Egg Hunt next Friday, for First Friday on April 2. Although the Scavenger Hunt is not new to the First Friday line-up, the Easter Egg Hunt will be new for 2021. The Scavenger Hunt will be held throughout the day and will end at 9 p.m. Gift cards from downtown merchants will be hidden and a different business or businesses will be featured each hour beginning at 1 p.m. Follow Main Street Greenville on Facebook and you will get a clue as to where the gift card is hidden. MSG is asking that the person finding the gift card takes a selfie and tag Main Street Greenville in your post so others will know that the gift card has been found. A different clue and a different card will be available each hour. Some of the cards may be hidden inside downtown businesses while others may be hidden in front of those businesses. It is up to you to unlock the clue and find the card. The Easter Egg Hunt will begin at 6 p.m. and continue until 9 p.m. MSG will also have approximately 40 eggs hidden throughout downtown district and in YOLO Park. To learn more, listen to Community Ties on Monday, or call 937-548-4998. You can also like the organization on Facebook to receive updates on a regular basis.

GENERAL ASSEMBLY VOTES TO OVERRIDE VETO BY GOVERNOR - March 25, 2021
    State Rep. Jena Powell (R-Arcanum) and the Ohio General Assembly on Wednesday, voted to override Governor DeWine's veto of Senate Bill 22, legislation that establishes legislative oversight over orders issued during a state of emergency. Provisions in the bill give the legislature the ability to oversee orders issued by any department under the administration in response to public health emergencies. Orders may be extended or rescinded by the General Assembly. The bill also ensures that local communities may determine the course of local health orders. As a result, the bill provides parameters for local boards of health in which they must operate when issuing county and district wide orders. A veto override requires a three-fifths vote from the House and Senate. The Senate voted 23-10 and the House voted 62-35 to override.

INDIANA TO REMOVE MASK MANDATE - March 24, 2021
    Gov. Eric Holcomb announced Indiana's mask mandate will end April 6, a decision that comes after mounting pressure from within his own Republican party. Holcomb will join the leaders of six other states who have lifted mask mandates, a move that goes against the advice of the Centers for Disease Control, which still recommends masks to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Alabama and Utah are set to lift their mask mandates in April as well. Masks still will be recommended, the governor said in his news address on Tuesday. Face coverings will remain mandatory in all state buildings and all vaccination and COVID-19 testing sites. K-12 schools will also still be expected to follow the current mask requirements already in place. Local health departments and businesses may impose more stringent requirements. Holcomb added that he still will be wearing a mask in public.

ANNIVERSARY OF FIRST COVID-19 CASE IN MERCER COUNTY - March 24, 2021
    Tuesday, March 23rd marks the anniversary of the first known COVID-19 case in Mercer County. The MCHD would like to express gratitude and appreciation to the community, county, regional, and state partners, and volunteers who have assisted and supported the health department in various COVID-19 response activities. The MCHD will not be offering a first dose clinic next week due to the Easter Holiday weekend. Only second doses will be administered on Wednesday, March 31. The next first dose clinic will be offered on Wednesday, April 7. Further information on that clinic will be released next week. As the COVID-19 vaccine distribution increases, additional providers will receive the vaccine. A list of nearby locations to obtain the COVID-19 vaccine can be found here: https://gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov/ . As of March 23, 2021, the Mercer County Health District (MCHD) reports 3,923 confirmed cases, 736 probable cases, 3,790 recovered cases, 0 hospitalizations, 84 COVID-19 deaths, and 19 probable deaths of COVID-19. There have been 32 confirmed cases that have passed away due to causes other than COVID-19.

COMMISSIONERS DENY HAZARD PAY FOR BOARD OF ELECTIONS - March 23, 2021
    The Darke County Commissioners met on Monday, for their regularly scheduled meeting and denied a request from the Board of Elections for hazard pay during the November, general election. The request came from a grant that would have provided hazard pay to poll workers, who worked the 2020 general election in the midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic. The Commissioners thought it was not fair to approve hazard pay to poll workers, but not other county employees at the jail or courthouse, who have also had to work under similar conditions during a trying time. The Commissioners made it clear that they were only against hazard pay when looking at the request. Another grant was for renovations to the Board of Elections facility on Garst Avenue and the Commissioners are on board with that project. On Monday, the Commissioners approved an agreement for construction with Arcon Builders for some of those renovations at the BOE. The next Commissioners meeting will be Wednesday, March 24, at 1:30 in Downtown Greenville.

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