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Cantrell to serve 18 months for child endangering, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – Darke County Common Pleas Judge Jonathan Hein sentenced Cody R. Cantrell, 21, Greenville, to 18 months in prison for each of two Endangering Children charges, both Felony 3 offenses. The sentences are to be served concurrently. He pleaded guilty to the lesser charges after having been indicted by the Grand Jury for felonious assault and child abuse, both Felony 2 offenses. Cantrell... read more.
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Drug overdose calls dangerous for paramedics, By Bob Robinson
DARKE COUNTY – “They get mean. They get violent,” said Eric Burns, director of Tri-Village Rescue. “We bring them out of it (a drug overdose), we’re taking away the buzz they paid good money for.” Burns and Steve Wenning, chief of Greenville Township Rescue… both said one of the most dangerous calls a paramedic can make is on a drug overdose. Darke County Chief Deputy Mark Whittaker agreed; saying there is an element of... read more.
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Police Beat… Three incidents of Domestic Violence reported
On Jan. 19 police responded to a domestic abuse call regarding Daniel Griggs. According to the victim, he had come home drunk and accused her of stealing his money. She tried to remove herself from the situation but Griggs shoved her then began repeatedly punching her in the face. He caused bruising and swelling as well as scratches to the area of her left eye. She got away from him and went into... read more.
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Boehner Hosts Ohio Job Creators at the State of the Union
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester), a former small business owner, today announced that his guests for the State of the Union will include employers in his district who say the president’s health care law is making it harder for them to hire. Congressman Boehner's guests included: Joe Brown, President and CEO of Hartzell Propeller in Piqua, OH... read more.
Kunc… The 2014 GOP State Of The Union Response
Transcript of the GOP response to the 2014 State of the Union as prepared. What an honor it is for me to be with you after the President’s State of the Union. Tonight we honor America – a nation that has witnessed the greatest rise of freedom and opportunity our world has ever seen. A nation where we are not defined by our limits, but by our potential. And a nation where a girl who worked at the McDonald’s Drive-Thru to help pay for college can be with you from the United States Capitol... read more.
Washington Post… Fact Checking the 2014 State of the Union address, By Glenn Kessler
January 28 - A State of the Union address is often difficult to fact-check, no matter who is president. The speech is a product of many hands and is carefully vetted, so major errors of fact are relatively rare. But State of the Union addresses often are very political speeches, an argument for the president’s policies, so context is sometimes missing. Here is a guide through some of President Obama’s more fact-challenged claims, in the order in which he made them. At the end, we also examine... read more.
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Transit continues to grow in Greenville
Pamela Garland, Public Transportation Director for the City of Greenville, announced the end of the year figures for Greenville Transit System (GTS).  2013 had a ridership increase of 7.27% over 2012 and an increase of 53.8% since 2009.  GTS delivered 52,755 one-way trips during the year.  With the aging baby boomers, every indication is that the demand for public transportation will only increase. 72% of riders qualified for the Elderly... read more.
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State Representative Jim Buchy… Buchy Applauds Recognition of Great Ohioans
Darke County Native Annie Oakley Receives Great Ohioan Award - COLUMBUS—State Representative Jim Buchy (R-Greenville) today applauded the recent announcement by the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) and the Capitol Square Foundation of the 2014 Great Ohioans. The Great Ohioan Award commemorates Ohioans who have played a significant role in an event or series of events of lasting significance in World, American... read more.
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Washington Post… Obama’s 2014 State of the Union address
Published: January 28 - President Obama delivered his 2014 State of the Union address on Jan. 28, 2014, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington. Transcript courtesy of Federal News Service. PRESIDENT OBAMA: Thank you. (Applause.) Thank you so much. Thank you. Thank you. (Applause.) Thank you so much. Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, members of Congress, my fellow Americans, today in America, a teacher spent extra time with a student... read more.
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Ohio Senate Approves Agricultural Nutrient Management Bill, From Sam Custer
The Ohio Senate has approved a bill directing the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) to establish a fertilizer applicator certification program in Ohio.  The sponsors of Senate Bill 150, Senator Cliff Hite and Senator Bob Peterson, designed the legislation to address agricultural nutrient runoff into Ohio waterways and the algae problems in Grand Lake St. Marys and Lake Erie.  According to Senator Hite, the bill hinges on a new education and certification program... read more.
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Buchy supports the Governor’s Request for Additional Calamity Days
Buchy Recognizes the Need for more Calamity Days to Keep Ohio’s School Children Safe—and Encourages Local Schools to Use E-Day/Blizzard Bag as an Option in Future Years - Columbus—Following Governor Kasich’s call for additional snow days for Ohio’s schools, Representative Jim Buchy (R-Greenville) released the following statement: “Today, I learned that Governor Kasich has called for additional calamity... read more.
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Kasich calls for extra school snow days
Urges Increasing Five-Day “Calamity Days” Cap, Keeping Focus on Student Safety - COLUMBUS – Today Gov. John R. Kasich urged the Ohio General Assembly and Ohio Department of Education to work together on legislation providing a one-time increase in the number of days that schools can take off because of snow or bad weather.  Kasich said a one-time increase of just a few days is needed since so... read more.
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Attorney General Mike DeWine… Ohioans Targeted by Utility Bill Email Scam
(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today warned Ohioans to beware of unexpected email messages that appear to be utility bills. In the last two weeks, the Attorney General’s Office has received more than 30 reports of utility bill email scams from consumers across Ohio. “With bitterly cold temperatures affecting the state, you might expect your utility bill to be higher than usual,” Attorney General... read more.
FBI… Cincinnati Man Indicted for Producing Child Pornography Involving a Child He Babysat
January 22, 2014 - CINCINNATI—A federal grand jury has charged Caleb Zachary Storey, 30, Cincinnati, with one count each of production of child pornography and possession of child pornography, alleging that he took sexually explicit photographs of a child he babysat. Carter M. Stewart, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, and Kevin R. Cornelius, Special Agent in Charge, FBI Cincinnati, announced the indictment returned today... read more.
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King gets 30 months for drug conviction
GREENVILLE – On Jan. 21 Joseph D. King was sentenced to 30 months in prison for Illegal Assembly or Possession of Chemicals for the Manufacture of Drugs, a third degree felony. Following King’s plea of guilty to the charge, Darke County Common Pleas Judge Jonathan Hein noted he did not see a need for a pre-sentence investigation due to the seriousness of the offense and “its impact on the victim.” He noted a... read more.
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Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted… Ohio deemed “All Star” state in voting process
COLUMBUS – Today the Presidential Commission on Elections Administration, established by President Obama’s Executive Order 13639, released its bipartisan recommendations on how to improve the voting experience across the nation. In regards to the recommendations, available here, all of the following may be attributed to Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted: “This commission of Republicans and Democrats recommended for the nation what we... read more.
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State Rep. Adams… Adams Announces Passage of Infrastructure Improvement Resolution
Proposed ballot initiative would allocate funds without raising taxes - COLUMBUS—State Representative Richard N. Adams (R-Troy) yesterday announced the passage of Senate Joint Resolution 6 in the House of Representatives, an infrastructure improvement resolution which authorizes nearly $2 billion in funding for improvement projects. Representative Adams cosponsored SJR 6 as a member of the House Finance and Appropriations... read more.
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Court News Ohio… Supreme Court Adopts New Parenting Coordination Rules, By Bret Crow
January 24, 2014 - The Ohio Supreme Court has adopted new rules governing local courts’ use of parenting coordination that take effect on April 1. The new Rules of Superintendence for the Courts of Ohio would apply to those courts that wish to use parenting coordination, a child-focused alternative dispute resolution process that can be ordered by a court in which a parenting coordinator assists families in implementing parental rights... read more.
FBI… Scam on the Run: Fugitive Identity Thief Led Global Criminal Enterprise
01/22/14 - Cyber thief graphicHe made a living stealing other people’s identities… and then their money. And what a living it was—more than enough to bankroll luxury homes, fancy cars, expensive clothes and jewelry, and nights spent in clubs and casinos. When law enforcement was about to swoop in and arrest the thief, he managed to flee the country and continue his extravagant lifestyle abroad for about four years. Eventually, thanks to investigators who wouldn’t give up... read more.
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Cockrell gets Community Control, MonDay program, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – Julie Cockrell, New Madison, was sentenced to 60 months of Community Control, along with the MonDay program, for Felony 3 Trafficking. Darke County Common Pleas Judge Jonathan Hein remanded her to the Darke County Jail to await her admission to the program. “It’s one thing not to be productive,” Hein told the defendant. “To go through the justice system you just ‘take’ – drain the system... read more.
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Rasmussen… Daily Presidential Tracking Poll
Tuesday, January 21, 2014 - The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows that 50% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Obama's job performance. Forty-nine percent (49%) disapprove (see trends). The latest figures include 24% who Strongly Approve of the way Obama is performing as president and 38% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -14. Results are updated daily at 9:30 a.m. Eastern (sign up for free daily e-mail... read more.
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Sex offender gets 30 days in jail, supervision and tongue-lashing, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – “How long will it take you to get rid of that stinking attitude? I’m not sure MonDay can do that for you.” Darke County Common Pleas Judge Jonathan Hein sentenced Zachary Geiger, Richmond, Ind., to 30 days in jail, intense supervision for up to 60 months and Tier 1 Sex Offender status for Felony 4 Unlawful Sexual Conduct with a Minor or Corruption of a Minor on Jan. 17. Geiger, 19, pleaded guilty... read more.
Single vehicle crash on SR 571
On January 23, 2014 at approximately 3:09 PM Darke County Deputies along with Union City, Oh. Fire Department and Rescue responded to the 1400 block of SR 571 on a report of a one-vehicle injury crash. Preliminary investigation revealed Ramona C. Prosser 61, of Union City, Oh. was driving a 1999 Gray Chevy Blazer when she lost control on a partially snow covered roadway, due to the blowing snow and  traveled off the right side of the roadway striking a utility pole in the drivers door... read more.
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Suspects captured in Circle Mart robbery
On January 23, 2014 at approximately 6:29a.m., the Greenville Police Department responded to the Circle Mart at 100 E. Main St. on a report of an armed robbery.  During the initial investigation, officers located one possible suspect at 307 N. Main St. in Greenville.  After one subject was taken to the police department for questioning, a second suspect fled from the residence.  After a foot pursuit, I 7... read more.
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Dayton Business Journal… Outlook improves for construction -- if firms can find skilled workers
Kent Hoover - This year is shaping up to be a good year for the construction industry -- if contractors can find enough qualified workers. A survey of more than 800 construction firms by the Associated General Contractors of America found that 41 percent plan to add workers this year, compared with only 2 percent that plan layoffs. The rest either plan no change in staffing or don't know yet. Last year... read more.
Tri-County Board Commits Funds for Residential Opiate Treatment
At its regular meeting January 15 the Tri-County Board of Recovery and Mental Health Services approved a strategic plan to guide the Board through 2016 and beyond. Effective immediately, the plan outlines key activities for Board directors and staff to plan, fund, monitor, and evaluate mental health and recovery services in Darke, Miami and Shelby counties. Executive Director Mark McDaniel thanked the Board, staff and guests in attendance for their input on the plan. “We are pleased with how the goals... read more.
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Accident on Oswalt-Good claims one life; First fatal crash on Darke County roads in 2014
On January 22, 2014 at approximately 1:20 PM Darke County Deputies along with Union City Fire and Rescue and Ft. Recovery Fire Department responded to the 12,800 block of Oswalt-Good Road on a report of a serious one-vehicle accident into a guardrail. Preliminary investigation revealed Rayne B. Honeycutt 27, of Union City, IN. was driving a black 1995 Suzuki Sidekick along with front passenger Christin M. Deaton 25, of Union City, IN.  The... read more.
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Hunt arraigned on Felony 1 Aggravated Burglary, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – Jason Lee Hunt, the suspect arrested following an alleged forced entry into a residence in New Madison on Jan. 12, was arraigned in Darke County Common Pleas Court Jan. 14 on a Felony 1 Aggravated Burglary charge. The arraignment took place by video from the Darke County Jail. Darke County Common Pleas Judge Jonathan Hein advised Hunt of his rights, noting the F1 charge could result in a maximum 11... read more.
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Attorney General Mike DeWine… Ohioans Report Losing Money to Debt Collection Scams
(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today warned Ohioans to beware of phony calls claiming consumers owe money. The office received more than 2,400 collections complaints in 2013, and hundreds of those complaints involved potential scams. Consumers who are taken advantage of by debt collection scams often report losing $200 to $300, though some lose thousands... read more.
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Police Beat… Thefts, burglaries continue to be major issue
On Jan. 10 police were dispatched to the Christian Missionary Alliance Church, 306 Devor St., regarding a theft complaint. Pastor Doug Klinsing advised items have come up missing over the past few months, most recently a snow blower in the past few days. Other items stolen include Kroger gift cards, bags of candy and a brass bell formerly belonging to the Greenville Lions Club. There was no evidence of forced entry and no suspects... read more.
The Hill… House Democrats break ranks with the White House on ObamaCare vote, By Pete Kasperowicz - Dozens of House Democrats broke ranks with President Obama on Friday to support legislation that would require people to be notified of security breaches under ObamaCare. The House passed the Health Exchange Security and Transparency Act, H.R. 3811, in a 291-122 vote. Sixty-seven Democrats voted for the bill, ignoring arguments from party leaders that the bill was a "messaging" vote meant to discourage people from signing up for insurance. The one-sentence bill says... read more.
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“These kids are no different than my own” By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – “Every resident has violated probation; has been determined by the staff – and ultimately the judge – to need removal from the home. The (Darke County Juvenile) court runs the facility.” Scott Lind, director of Michael’s Resource and Treatment Center, commonly referred to as Michael’s Home, said there are two things common with every resident… “They come from a single-parent home and have... read more.
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State Senator Bill Beagle… Beagle Introduces Legislation to Automatically Refund Overpaid Business Taxes - COLUMBUS— Senators Bill Beagle (R-Tipp City) and Bob Peterson (R-Sabina) joined State Representatives Mike Duffey (R-Worthington) and Al Landis (R-Dover) today to introduce legislation—Senate Bill 263 and House Bill 402—that will require the Ohio Department of Taxation to notify Ohio businesses when they overpay their taxes and provide automatic refunds in the form of... read more.
Kasich issues emergency declaration to expedite heating propane shipments
COLUMBUS –Gov. John R. Kasich recently issued a statewide energy emergency declaration in order to expedite shipments of propane gas and help ease tight propane gas supplies brought on by the recent cold spell.  Propane gas is a common home-heating fuel in rural Ohio and delivered to both suppliers and homes by truck.  Kasich is also asking the federal government to take similar steps so that propane gas shipments can come into Ohio more quickly from other states... read more.
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Neighbors gets MonDay in lieu of prison , By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – Patricia A. Neighbors, Greenville, was sentenced on Jan. 13 to nine months in prison for Forgery, a Felony 5 offense, two years for Deception to Obtain, a Felony 2 offense, and one year for Illegal Processing of Drug Documents, Felony 4. All to be served concurrently for a total of two years. If consecutive, she would have been facing over 10 years in prison and more than $22,000 in fines. Prison time was not mandatory on any... read more.
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Court News Ohio… Ready to Make Their Case, By Stephanie Beougher
January 13, 2014 - High school students in the Law and Leadership Institute at the University of Dayton have been doing a lot of work to get ready for their first Ohio Center for Law-Related Education Mock Trial Competition – where they will go head-to-head with other teams in an unscripted simulated trial. Lauren Baker, a ninth grader at Stivers School for the Arts, has been studying legal terms and courtroom procedures to make her case. “You... read more.
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Dean held on $30K bond for Trafficking Marijuana, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – Raul D. Dean was arraigned and held on $30,000 bond Jan. 14 on Trafficking in Marijuana in the Vicinity of a Juvenile, a Felony 4 offense. The arraignment took place by video from the Darke County Jail. After explaining to Dean his rights, Darke County Common Pleas Judge Jonathan Hein asked if he had an attorney. “I was hoping the court would provide one,” Dean answered. He said he had no job, no... read more.
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State Senator Bill Beagle… Beagle announces over $1.8 B Local Government Infrastructure Investment
COLUMBUS–Senator Bill Beagle (R–Tipp City) today announced the Ohio Senate has passed Senate Joint Resolution 6, which seeks to renew the State Capital Improvement Program (SCIP). The partnership between SCIP and the Ohio Public Works Commission finances public capital improvements to preserve and improve public... read more.
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Drug court not worth the effort, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – “Nothing comes for free,” said Darke County Judge Jonathan Hein. “In the past we hadn’t done anything about a drug court because it wasn’t worth the effort.” Hein was referring to the additional funding possible to set up a drug docket in Darke County. “If you establish a drug docket you have to follow the rules that go along with it.” He noted it was the same for any specialized docket. Miami County for instance has a drug court... read more.
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Spencer tells state to return local money, do their own jobs, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – “They cut our feet out from under us – cut our money – bolstering their big ideas.” Darke County Sheriff Toby Spencer pulled no punches… “They want to teach about drugs in our schools but they didn’t include us. They want to send State Troopers in,” he said. “Quite frankly, that p***es me off!” He added in his opinion the state patrol has no authority on private property or going into local schools... read more.
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Attorney General Mike DeWine… DeWine Warns of Tax Scams
(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—In recognition of Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week, January 13-17, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today warned consumers to protect their personal information and watch for scams. “At this time of year, consumers are at a higher risk for tax-related identity theft and scams,” Attorney General DeWine said. “Ohioans can help protect themselves by researching the reputations of tax preparers, using secure websites when... read more.
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Secretary of State Jon Husted… Husted reminds Ohioans: One Vote Matters
A number of local races and issues decided by just one vote in 2013 General Election - COLUMBUS - For anyone who has ever questioned the impact or importance of their vote, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted today provided more evidence that one vote really does matter. Based upon review of 110 recounts conducted following the 2013 General Election on November 5th, 35 local races and eight... read more.
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Governor John Kasich… Kasich launches ‘stop human trafficking’ awareness campaign
COLUMBUS -- Today, Gov. John Kasich kicked off a new public awareness campaign to ramp-up Ohio’s ongoing fight against human trafficking, the illegal trade of people for commercial sex or forced labor exploitation that enslaves approximately 1,000 Ohioans every year.  The new campaign, led by the Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force, gives Ohioans new resources for how they can personally help combat the... read more.
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2014 county appropriations exceed revenues, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – Darke County Auditor Carol Ginn presented the 2014 budget to Darke County Commissioners on Jan. 8. The General Fund Appropriations came to $17,192,224.60, an increase of $972,943.20 over 2013. Total appropriations, including funding from outside the county, was $55,165,766.24. The estimated revenue for the county’s general fund... read more.
CareFlight called for one-vehicle injury accident
On January 13, 2014 at approximately 11:43 AM, Darke County Deputies along with Greenville Township Fire, and Greenville Township Rescue responded to the 2600 block of Stingley Road in reference to a one-vehicle injury crash. Preliminary investigation revealed Angel M. Cheadle 22, of Greenville, was driving a white 2007 Saturn Eastbound on Stingley Road, when she drove off the right side of the roadway. She over-corrected, striking the guardrail on the right side of the road which next caused... read more.
Aggravated Burglary Suspect Arrested in Darke County
On 1/12/2014 at approximately 0518 hours, deputies from the Darke County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of an Aggravated Burglary that had recently occurred at 102 Anderson Street in New Madison, OH.  Witnesses reported that Jason Lee Hunt, age 20, of New Madison, OH had broken into the residence at 102 Anderson Street by busting through a locked door.  Mr. Hunt then entered a bedroom, brandished a small handgun, racked a round into the chamber and pointed it at a 21 year old female's head... read more.
Dayton Business Journal… Canadian manufacturer to open plant in Greenville, hire 50
By Olivia Barrow - A Canadian manufacturing company will bring a vacant building in Greenville back online and create 50 new jobs. Precision Fab Inc., based in Ontario, is expanding its operations into the 87,000-square-foot facility at 5963 Jaysville-St. Johns Road. Tim Echemann, with Industrial Property Brokers in Sidney, brokered the deal on the building, which was formerly known as the Cadillac Gage building. “The former Cadillac Gage building provided PFI with a heavy amount of amenities... read more.
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Fleeter study: not enough money spent educating economically disadvantaged
By Bob Robinson - GREENVILLE – “You can’t control the kids walking through the door,” said Dr. Howard B. Fleeter, a consultant with the Education Tax Policy Institute (ETPI). He noted 40 to 45 percent of Ohio’s population is at or below the federally defined poverty level, adding… “That’s scary!” His point? These students are “economically disadvantaged” and their situation contributes to special learning problemsy... read more.
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Department heads concerned over sheriff’s 2014 budget, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – The biggest concern for Darke County department heads was the trickle-down effect… Darke County Sheriff Toby Spencer gets $310,697 more money in 2014 than he got in 2013. In addition, according to Darke County Judge Jonathan Hein, $135,000 for vehicle purchases was removed from the sheriff’s budget and moved to the commissioner’s line item. The new money, according to Spencer, will be used for an additional drug... read more.
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Commissioners to split County Farm into industrial properties, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – “It’s kind of like a birthright,” he said. “The county farm has been owned by the taxpayers since 1854… that’s over 150 years.” This was the response of one public official to a rumor the Darke County Commissioners were going to the zoning commission (Greenville Township) Jan. 9 to get the 137-acre county farm rezoned commercial. And their first sale, according to the rumor... read more.
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Beagle Announces 800 Jobs to the Miami Valley
COLUMBUS– State Senator Bill Beagle (R–Tipp City) today joined with Ohio Governor John Kasich in announcing 800 new Ohio jobs being created in the Miami Valley. The company, Fuyao North America Glass Company, will invest more than $200 million into the project. Beagle joined Kasich in making the announcement with company executives from the Governor’s Cabinet Room in the Ohio Statehouse this morning. “For years, the... read more.
Human Trafficking Awareness Month
COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) is joining with the Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force and partner organizations around the state to recognize January as Human Trafficking Awareness Month. “Ohio has made great strides in the ongoing fight against both labor and sex trafficking; however, there is so much more we can do,” said ODJFS Director Cynthia C. Dungey. “ODJFS encourages all Ohioans to be aware of the signs that someone... read more.
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Governor John Kasich… Ohio launches youth drug abuse prevention initiative
Research Shows Conversations with Youth Can Stop Drug Abuse before It Starts - COLUMBUS – As we focus on our New Year’s resolutions for 2014, Ohio Gov. John R. Kasich and First Lady Karen W. Kasich urge Ohio families to adopt a pledge for the coming year:  a pledge that will help keep their children safe from the tragedies that result from drugs. It’s part of START TALKING, a new drug abuse prevention initiative... read more.
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Dayton Business Journal… Three Ohio cities score high marks on ‘drunkest cities’ list
By Andy Dean - Men's Health magazine’s annual survey is based on data including DWI arrests, binge-drinking rates and incidents of liver disease. When it comes to tipping back a few (or even more than a few) three Ohio cities are making their mark. Men’s Health magazine ranks the 100 Drunkest Cities in America. Topping the list for Ohio town is Cincinnati at No. 68 (with No. 100 being the drunkest.) Next up are Cleveland (No. 67) and... read more.
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Greenville Police Beat… Theft, burglary and robbery led complaints
On Dec. 21 police were dispatched to 121 Tillman Ave. for a robbery that had occurred on E. 4th Street. The victim, Tyray Grice, said he had been walking home from a friend’s house on Martin Street when a vehicle pulled up next to him and two occupants, whom he knew, offered him a ride. He accepted and when he entered the back seat discovered two more individuals whom he knew. After the car pulled away he felt someone reach... read more.
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36th Annual Darke County Engineer’s Annual Report for 2013,By James P. Surber P.E., P.S., Darke County Engineer - The purpose of this report has always been to show the tax money received, exactly how it was spent, and what was accomplished. Our challenge to maintain the large road mileage and large number of bridges in Darke County was further magnified this year as we were forced to assume an additional 2.15 miles of road and another bridge on the former State Route 242. This became a County obligation by... read more.
President Faber Urges Ohioans to Take Precaution Against Cold Weather
COLUMBUS– Senate President Keith Faber (R–Celina) today urges all residents of Western Ohio to take additional precautions during the pending bitter cold temperatures descending on the Midwest over the next 48 hours. To reduce the risk of accidents and falls, as well as health-related issues such as hypothermia and frostbite, the Ohio Department of Public Safety urges residents to minimize your time outdoors and travel only when necessary... read more.
Court News Ohio… Ohioans Seek Compensation for Pothole Damage Through Court of Claims
By Bret Crow - January 3, 2014 - There are a few hurdles Ohioans must clear before receiving pothole compensation. The yo-yo known as Ohio winter weather can have an adverse impact on the state’s roads and highways with a cycle of freezing and thawing that results in potholes. Each year, the Court of Claims of Ohio processes hundreds of claims from Ohioans seeking compensation from the state for damage to their vehicles caused by potholes. Daniel R. Borchert, interim clerk with the Court of... read more.
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Drug use a lifestyle… a lonely one, By Bob Robinson
GETTYSBURG – “It’s kind of sad when your best friend ends up being your lawyer,” said Paul Wagner, a local attorney who is often in Darke County Common Pleas court defending someone accused of a drug related offense. “It has to be a very lonely existence.” Wagner’s job is to find out what led to his client’s arrest… the defendant’s version and the prosecution’s. The prosecutor’s case can often include testimony from someone his client thought was... read more.
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Dayton Business Journal… One Ohio city in Top 25 stongest business climates
Just one Ohio city made it into the list of Forbes Top 25 Best Places for Business and Careers. The ranking listed the 200 largest metro areas on a dozen factors related to jobs, business and living costs, income growth, quality of life and education levels of the labor force. What does it take to make the list? Bustling economies, highly educated work forces and being home to the headquarters for some of the nation's most well-known corporations... read more.
Injury accident at Wayne Lakes
WAYNE LAKES - On January 4, 2014 at 0939 am Darke County Deputies along with Tri-Village Rescue, New Madison Fire Department and Careflight responded to a single vehicle injury accident with entrapment in the 3300 Block of State Route 121 south of Main Drive, Wayne Lakes. Preliminary investigation revealed a Black 1997 Oldsmobile Bravada was traveling north bound on State Route 121 lost control on the snow and ice covered roadway going off the right side of the roadway... read more.
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Weather milder than predicted; low wind chills coming, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – Temperatures reached unexpected highs on Jan. 5 (39 degrees at 1:30 p.m.). Some areas were reporting rain, others light snow. Snow predictions for the Darke County area had dropped from 6-10 inches to 4-5 inches overnight. Unseasonably cold weather is anticipated for Monday, although that as well has dropped from an expected overnight low of -14 to -6, only slightly lower than... read more.
The Hill… 2013's top economic stories, By Bernie Becker and Peter Schroeder
Economic issues dominated discussion in Washington for much of the year — from the opening moments of 2013 until lawmakers broke for the holidays. But as in years past, President Obama and Congress were only able to strike fiscal agreements through escalating brinkmanship, not because of any great “grand bargain” compromise. Washington suffered through its first government shutdown in 17 years after Republicans tried — and failed — to stop funding for the healthcare law. Late... read more.
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Dayton Business Journal… Air Force Marathon registration opens to sellout expectations
Joe Cogliano - Registration for the Air Force Marathon — sure to sell out again in 2014 — opens with special rates on New Year’s Day. Sign up Wednesday for the full or half marathon and save $10 while a $5 discount applies to the 10K and 5K. New rates kick-in Thursday and go until April 1. The Air Force Marathon — presented by Northrop Grumman, USAA and Boeing — is held in... read more.
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Dayton Business Journal… Moving to or from California? Golden State is this year's most mobile
by Sonya Sorich - California might be a mobile state, but it's not a magnetic state, according to one moving company's data. Allied Van Lines has released its annual Magnet States Report, which evaluates moving patterns. With nearly 13,000 moves conducted by Allied, California is this year's most mobile state, according to the report. But compared to the data of previous years, more Allied customers moved... read more.
Washington Post… Younger military veterans are angered by budget cuts to their pension benefits
By Lori Montgomery - December 31 - After 25 years of service, including a combat tour in Afghanistan, Lt. Col. Stephen Preston retired from the Army and began collecting a pension of nearly $55,000 a year. The money made it possible for Preston to go back to college, get his MBA and embark on a second career in corporate strategy. So it happened that Preston was sitting in his new office shortly before Christmas when he heard on the radio that he had become the latest target in Washington... read more.
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Court News Ohio… Mental Illness Reporting Tool Ready for Ohio Courts, By Stephanie Beougher
December 31, 2013 - A new rule approved by the Ohio Supreme Court takes effect in the new year requiring Ohio’s courts to notify police about violent offenders with a mental illness. Rule 95 and Form 95 to the Rules of Superintendence for the Courts of Ohio was recommended by a workgroup of law enforcement and judicial representatives convened by the Supreme Court after... read more.
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On Scene Report from Blue Bag Media… Beef Barns Receive Major Damage in Fire at Darke County Fairgrounds, Photos & Original Report by Early Bird Editor Ryan Berry - GREENVILLE - The Greenville City Fire Department responded to the Darke County Fairgrounds at 7:45 p.m. on Dec. 27. Upon arrival, crews found the Cow Palace (aka Beef Barn) engulfed in flames. In addition to the north barn (closest to Martz St.) the fire had spread to the south barn and the barns connector... read more.
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Heritage Network… Booze, Pole Dancing, and Luxurious Hotels: Top 10 Examples of Government Waste in 2013, by Romina Boccia and Matthew Sabas - December 30, 2013 - The latest budget deal, passed by a bipartisan majority in both the House and the Senate, suggests that Washington agrees with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) when she said that “the cupboard is bare. There’s no more cuts to make.” The cupboard, however, is overflowing with... read more.
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