TROY MAN DIES IN FIGHT - December 11, 2017
    William C. Smith, 36, of Trotwood, was detained late Friday in Fayette County. A suspect in the death of a Troy man following a Friday afternoon fight is facing a murder charge. Troy police detectives Saturday night brought him back to Troy, where he was booked into the Miami County Jail on suspicion of murder in the death of Willard Junior Higgins, 36, of Troy. Higgins suffered serious head injuries during a fight in the 600 block of South Walnut Street in Troy. He was taken to Kettering Medical Center, where he died around 5 p.m. Authorities continue to investigate the incident.

    Bill Waddle of Springfield was re-elected as District 14 trustee for the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation. His re-election took place Dec. 8 during Ohio Farm Bureau's 99th annual meeting. As a trustee, he will help govern the state’s largest general farm organization and represent Farm Bureau members from Champaign, Clark, Darke and Miami counties. A retired farmer, Waddle currently is a real estate agent/broker and owns Bill Waddle Auctioneering. He has been a Farm Bureau member for more than 50 years and previously served on its board of trustees and as membership campaign chairman Ohio Farm Bureau's mission is working together for Ohio farmers to advance agriculture and strengthen the state's communities. The organization helps its members engage in policy and communications activities to improve their communities and provides a wide range of member benefits. To learn more, visit

    An overnight fire destroyed a family home on Thursday near Union City. Crews responded to the 2-alarm fire just before 1 a.m. on a reported structure fire, with flames showing, on the 300 block of Wasson Road. Firefighters were able to contain the blaze to the two-story home, saving surrounding buildings from being damaged. According to Union City Fire, a wood-burning stove was the cause of the fire. Homeowners were present at the time of the blaze – no injuries are reported. Though some of the family's contents could be salvaged, the home was a total loss.

    On Thursday, Congressman Warren Davidson led 54 Republican Members of Congress in sending a joint letter to Speaker Paul Ryan and other Republican leaders urging support for a full repeal of the death tax in the tax reform bill which heads to conference committee with the Senate. In October, Rep. Davidson called for a full repeal of the death tax in the tax reform bill after successfully defeating a proposal that would have increased the death tax by nearly 30 percent. The proposal to increase the death tax was first brought to Rep. Davidson's attention by a constituent in Springfield, Ohio. A study by the nonpartisan Tax Foundation shows that repeal would create 159,000 new jobs and increase GDP by nearly one percent over a decade. This increase in GDP and new jobs would bring in enough revenue to nearly offset the loss of revenue from repeal.

SNOW TO FALL THIS WEEKEND - December 8, 2017
    Preparations are now underway for the first accumulating snowfall of the season from now through Saturday. The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) reminds motorists to be cautious while traveling this weekend. The National Weather Service is predicting approximately 1-3 inches of snow Friday night into Saturday. Crews have been monitoring weather forecasts and pavement temperatures and brining the roads this week in anticipation of this weekend's snowfall. The first snow of the season typically brings a higher rate of crashes and slide-offs as motorists get re-accustomed to driving in winter weather. Learn about current and forecasted weather, as well as roadway conditions before driving. Plan ahead. INDOT offers many resources at to help drivers be prepared. Nobody should be driving summer interstate speeds in winter weather. Ice is possible any time temperatures are below freezing. Be cautious even when temperatures are shown to be near 32 degrees Fahrenheit. Make sure your vehicle is following a safe distance to stop. Do not tailgate, especially around snow plow. Avoid all distractions and focus only on the task of driving safely.

    Winchester City common council member Dave Furby passed away Tuesday night after a lengthy battle with an illness. Furby, 67, was elected as District 3 councilor during the 2015 election, defeating longtime councilor Jim Nunez Jr.; he was sworn into the office January 2016. Furby was a member of the Republican Party. On Wednesday, the City declared December 6, as Dave Furby Remembrance Day throughout the city. Furby's position will be filled by an appointee who will serve out the remainder of his term, which runs through 2019. Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8 at Towne Square Community Center, 123 W. Franklin St., Winchester; his funeral will be 2 p.m. Saturday at the same location.

FAIRBOARD HAS FINAL MEETING OF 2017 - December 7, 2017
    The Darke County Agricultural Society met for their last meeting of 2017. The Fair Board approved quite a few measures before entering executive session to talk about employment. Hot Shot Z Clown will return for the Great Darke County Fair in 2018 as the board renewed his contract. The Ag Society also approved a contract for the Demolition Derby, which had increased number's for participation and attendance in 2017. In 2018, the Demo Derby will most likely start earlier on the last Saturday of the Fair. In other news, the Fair Board approved the Operating Budget and briefly discussed candidates for the 2018 Great Darke County Fair Parade Marshall. The board plans to make that decision when looking ahead to the New Year. The next Ag Society meeting will be Wednesday, January 3rd, at 7:30 on the fairgrounds.

    The Versailles FFA chapter is conducting their annual toy collection through Dec. 12. Versailles FFA is teaming up with the Versailles Council of Churches and conducting a toy collection drive that will be given to the families that are served through the Versailles Council of Churches. The Versailles FFA has been teaming up with the Versailles Council of Churches for the past three years. The toys the Council of Churches would prefer are brand new toys that range from baby to age 16. These toys will be collected in various barrels within the Versailles area. Any extra new toys that are not distributed through the Council of Churches will be given to St. Denis Catholic Church, Rustic Hope and Dayton Children's Hospital and will be distributed through their sharing program of these groups. If you are interested in bringing in used toys in good to excellent condition you can do that as well. The slightly used toys will be distributed through the Marines – Toys for Tots Collection and will be given to surrounding counties since no organized collection is within Darke County. For more information on Versailles FFA visit (937)526-4427 Ext: 3139.

    A trailer fire broke out on Tuesday night at the Sherwood Forest trailer park near Greenville. The Fire was called down around 8 P.M. as crews from several Darke County fire departments responded to the blaze at 43 Nottingham Way. Flames were visible from the rear of the trailer as personnel arrived on scene. Firefighters were able to get the fire under control. The residents were not at home when the fire broke out. The Darke County American Red Cross was called to assist the residents. Authorities believe the fire is suspicious. The trailer was without power at the time of the fire. No injuries are reported. The blaze is under investigation.

    This Saturday, the 1st ever Christmas in the Park & Horse parade will be happening in Arcanum. The parade starts at 7pm. However, the activities in Arcanum, start at 8 AM with Breakfast with Santa from 8 to 11 at the High School. Events for the afternoon include an Ice Sculptor, Food Trucks, Craft Vendors, Santa's Workshop, a Candy Cane Hunt and more. Horse Drawn Carriage rides and a bonfire will follow the Horse Parade. The parade starts at the baseball diamonds and goes down Main Street and then into the park. The park will have thousands of Christmas lights on display with all the free activities.

    A Preble County teen has been identified a 1 of 2 people that died in a crash Sunday morning near interstate 70. The incident happened near Meeker road which is just north of the interstate 70 overpass where two victims from a car were found dead. Officials identified the victims as 20-year-old Kyle Gross of Clayton and 19-year-old Kaitlin Bradley of Lewisburg. Officers say speed could have been a factor as their initial investigation showed evidence that the driver of a 2009 Red Nissan sedan lost control, struck a tree and ejected both victims from the vehicle. Officers say this case is still under investigation.

    Piqua Police say that Piqua High School canceled classes after two teenage girls made threats similar to ones on the television show "Pretty Little Liars." Piqua police arrested 2 girls, ages 14 and 15, and charged them in Juvenile Court for threats that led to an early dismissal Thursday and the cancellation of classes Friday at Piqua High School. Police believe the 15-year-old created a Snapchat account using the letter "A" and posted threats about exposing classmates" secrets, prompting false rumors about a school shooting. "A" is a "Pretty Little Liars" character that sends threatening messages. Police say the posts prompted the 14-year-old to write on a bathroom mirror: "I'm still going to shoot up the school. A.".

    An officer from the Union City Ohio Police Department made a traffic stop late Friday night for a traffic violation. K-9 Bruno was deployed and made an alert on the suspect vehicle. When the passenger exited the vehicle, he was attempting to conceal a small plastic baggy. Officer retrieved the baggy and it had a crystal substance inside that field tested positive for methamphetamine. Steve Ressler of Union City, Indiana was arrested and taken to the Darke County Jail where he was booked for Possession of Methamphetamines. Ressler is being held in the Darke County Jail without bond, awaiting arraignment in the Darke County Common Pleas Court. The Union City Ohio Police Department will continue to aggressively take drugs off the streets of Union City.

    The USTA and Hoof Beats magazine have announced that the Great Darke County Fair is the winner of the 2018 USTA Blue Ribbon Fair Award. Greenville is famous as the home base of the late Hall-of-Fame trainer Green Riegle. After Riegle's death in 2011, the fair started the Gene Riegle Memorial Pace in 2012. The fair was honored as the USTA Blue Ribbon Fair Award winner in 1997. The fair will be featured in a 2018 issue of Hoof Beats and the USTA Blue Ribbon Fair Award plaque will be presented at the fair's 2018 live meet.

DRUG BUST IN CELINA - November 29, 2017
    On Tuesday, at about 12:12 PM a citizen called in to the Celina Police Dispatch reporting a drug transaction taking place in the parking lot of Advance Auto on Grand Lake Road The caller gave the description of the vehicles involved with license plate numbers. The vehicles left before the caller could hang up. A Patrolman observed one of the vehicles, a gray 2011 Jeep, moments later on E. Wayne St. It was being driven by 24 year old Mark Worrell of Celina. The patrolman knew Worrell did not have a license. Taylor conducted a traffic stop in the 500 block of E. Wayne St. Through the investigation and subsequent search of the vehicle officers recovered suspected methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, several hundred dollars in cash and a loaded handgun. Mark Worrell was held in jail on concealed weapons charges and possession of methamphetamine with a bond of $50,000. A female passenger, Heather Mullins, was held on warrant from Celina Municipal Court for failure to pay fines on an unrelated matter. The case is under review of the Mercer County Prosecutor.

    Auglaize County Sheriff Al Solomon released details of a pursuit his Deputies were involved in Monday afternoon. At approximately 3:35 P.M. Monday, a Deputy on routine patrol noticed a vehicle stopped in the middle of Ashland Avenue in the city of Wapakoneta and observed subjects running around outside the vehicle. The Deputy attempted a traffic stop on the vehicle and the vehicle sped away going west. After a short pursuit the vehicle stopped and two of the three occupants got out and were taken into custody. The driver began to exit the vehicle but then re-entered the vehicle and sped away. The pursuit then continued into Shelby reaching speeds over 100 miles per hour. Due to the reckless driving of the suspect, the speed, running stops signs at dangerous intersections and early in the pursuit driving east in the west bound lane of U.S.33 the pursuit was terminated by Auglaize County. The vehicle continued into the city of Sidney where the vehicle crashed and the third subject was taken into custody by Shelby County Deputies and Sidney Police Officers. The vehicle was not being pursued at the time it crashed. The driver of the vehicle was injured in the crash and taken to Wilson Hospital in Sidney. The driver, identified as Scott McDonley, age 33 from Celina. The other two occupants of the vehicle were identified as Kaylea Beougher, age 32 from Celina and Jeramy Hanjora, age 41 from St. Marys. Beougher was arrested for obstructing official business and Hanjora for a probation violation from Van Wert County. Hanjora was transported to the Van Wert County Jail and Beougher remains in the Auglaize County jail. The incident remains under investigation and additional charges are pending.

    Spirit Medical Transport, will begin accepting scholarship applications from individuals who have an interest in becoming an Emergency Medical Technician and working full-time for Spirit once they've successfully completed their class, passed their national EMT test, and completed training. The "full-ride" scholarship involves a two-year full-time employment commitment to Spirit. Application requests can be made by going online to the Spirit webpage at Candidates applying for the scholarship have until 5 p.m. on December 7th to apply. After submitting the application, candidates will be interviewed on a first-come, first-serve basis by the Director of Employee Relations. Panel interviews of scholarship finalists will take place December 12th and 13th at the Greenville office. Orientation night will be at 6 p.m. December 15th . Successful candidates are paid while attending the classes. The classes are a partnership between Spirit Medical Transport, LLC, and Four County Career Center based in Archbold, Ohio. Classes will be held in the classroom at Spirit's Greenville office five days a week starting January 3rd.

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