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Connor Keiser in the News… An Ohio town where races have mixed freely for more than 200 years, By Kevin Williams, The Washington Post -- September 26 -- Amid the corn and soybean fields of western Ohio lies a progressive crossroads where black and white isn’t black and white, where the concept of race has been turned upside down, where interracial marriages have been the norm for nearly two centuries. The heavy boots of Jim Crow have never walked here... read more.
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Edison President Named Influential Executive
The Dayton Business Journal (DBJ) has named Edison State Community College President, Dr. Doreen Larson as one of the most influential female executives in the region. The announcement was made on Thursday, September 24 at the Power 50 Reception in Dayton. Dr. Larson was named to the prestigious list for her outstanding leadership in the region’s higher education sector.
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Boehner Recognizes Rossburg Fire Department
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) recognized the Rossburg Fire Department, which will receive $114,767 in Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) to enhance their operations and enable them to obtain critical life-saving equipment. “Congratulations to the Rossburg Fire Department,” Boehner said. “It is vital that our local fire departments have the resources they need.
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Ohio Senator Bill Beagle… Ohio's Unemployment at Lowest Rate Since 2001
COLUMBUS – State Senator Bill Beagle (R-Tipp City) praised the August employment report released Friday by the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services, which shows the state's continued upward growth in job creation. In August, Ohio gained 16,500 new private sector jobs and unemployment dropped to 4.7 percent, below the national average of 5.1 percent. The state's rate of unemployment is at a 14-year low.
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Mercer Sheriff gets nearly $28,000 in grants
Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey announces that his office applied and received two traffic safety grants for fiscal year 2015/2016.  The Sheriff’s Office was awarded $11,159.68 for the STEP Grant (Selective Traffic Enforcement Program), and $16,739.52 for the IDEP Grant (Impaired Driving Enforcement Program.
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Bluebag Media… Boehner gives up position in House
WASHINGTON, DC – Speaker of the House John Boehner announced on Sept. 25 that he will step down as Speaker of the House and his House seat at the end of October. Boehner has represented the Eighth Congressional District, including Darke County, since 1989. Having served for 13 terms, Fox news reported he shocked the GOP caucus.
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Grant provides ePads to GCSD students, From Laura Bemus, Assistant Superintendent
Have you heard the good news?  Greenville City Schools received money from federal grants and also the Greenville Foundation that will be used to provide individualized math and reading instruction to students in kindergarten through second grades, beginning with first grade.  This grant money will allow our district to provide every K-2 student with an iPad over the next three years.
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Court News Ohio… Sandusky County Students Watch Justices in Action at Off-Site Court, By Jenna Gant -- September 17, 2015 -- Sandusky County students watched Ohio Supreme Court arguments unfold at host school Fremont Ross High School on Sept. 16. About 400 high school students from a dozen schools participated in the Off-Site Court Program. The justices travel across Ohio twice a year to enhance students’ understanding of the legal system by providing... read more.
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Biography of PFC Douglas Dickey Now Available, From Bob Sharp
The book is full of information and includes information about other Darke County soldiers killed in Vietnam (eg) Rob Fowble on pages 481-2. The author, Terence W. Barrett, has a great writing style by connecting what Doug Dickey was doing when other events like Rob's last battle took place. Dr. Barrett mentions several local people providing him with information (eg) Terry Clark of Bear's Mill, the Dickey Family.
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MSN News… Trend of millennials living with parents is growing, not slowing
Bloomberg, Steve Matthews -- One lasting scar from the deepest recession since the 1930s is the phenomenon of young adults, facing their own financial challenges, squeezing into the homes of their parents. And new data show the trend is getting worse, not better. In 2015, 15.1 percent of  25-to-34-year-olds were living with their parents, a fourth straight annual increase, according.
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Court News Ohio… Ohio Court of Claims Considers $1.8 Million Judgment Against State Agency, By Stephanie Beougher - September 21, 2015 - TransAmerica Building Company, Inc. v. Ohio School Facilities Commission, etc., Case No. 2013-00349 - A state agency could be on the hook for more than $1.8 million if a recommendation pending in the Ohio Court of Claims is approved. A Court of Claims referee made the recommendation on Sept. 17 in the lawsuit TransAmerica Building Company, Inc. brought... read more.
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Court News Ohio… Low-Income Ohioans Who Need Legal Aid Face Obstacles, By Jenna Gant
September 10, 2015 -- There’s a lack of money to support low-income individuals who need legal aid. What to do about that and how to remove other barriers for access to the civil justice system provoked a discussion at the Columbus Metropolitan Club where Ohio Supreme Court Justice Judith French said it’s not just about providing a lawyer to those who can’t afford one. As member of the Supreme.
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Attorney General Mike DeWine… Ohioans Report Surge of Tax-Related Phone Scams
(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today warned that his office has received more than 600 reports of tax-related scams since Sept. 1. The scams generally begin with a phone call telling consumers they are in trouble with the IRS and must call an out-of-state number for more information. Eventually consumers are asked for money. In one recent variation of the scam.
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Bluebag Media… County adds new program to help the unemployed
GREENVILLE – There is a reason Darke County has low unemployment… actually several reasons. Darke County Commissioner Mike Stegall recently called local unemployment at a little under 4 percent. One of the reasons is the county’s ‘Taking Charge of Your Life’ Program taught by Lorie Simpson. Another is Sherry Pearson’s role in teaching Interview Skills, Career Counseling and now.
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Attorney General Mike DeWine… Phone Scams Continue to Target Grandparents
(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today warned families to beware phone scams targeting grandparents as National Grandparents Day (Sunday, Sept.13) approaches. The “grandparent scam” occurs when a con artist calls a grandparent and claims to be a grandchild who is away from home and in need of immediate financial help. Grandparents are asked to send thousands.
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Medical emergency leads to lawn mowing accident
Versailles- On September 18th, 2015 at 10:30 PM Darke County Deputies along with Versailles Rescue and Versailles Fire were dispatched to 10646 Wolf Rd on a male trapped under a lawn mower. Preliminary investigation reveled that John Magoto (78), of Versailles, had a medic emergency.
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Star 88.3 receives Donation of Radio station
Fort Wayne, IN – Thanks to the gift of Positive Alternative Radio, local Christian radio will continue to have a home in East Central Indiana and into Western Ohio. PAR donated its station, WJYW, or “Joy FM” at 88.9FM located in Union City, Indiana, to STAR Educational Media Network. This also includes two translators in the Richmond, Indiana, area at 94.5FM and 97.7FM. The agreement was official on Wednesday, July 29th.
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State Representative Jim Buchy… Buchy to Retire in January of 2017
Thank you, Jim, for your service to the community. GREENVILLE— State Representative Jim Buchy announced Wednesday he will be retiring from the Ohio House of Representatives effective January 2017 and, therefore, will not be seeking reelection on the fall 2016 ballot. “The trust placed in me by the fine families of western Ohio as their voice in Columbus is humbling,” Buchy said. “At this.
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Darke County Sheriff… Fatal accident on SR121
Greenville – On September 16, 2015 at 8:45 a.m. Darke County 911 received a report of a three vehicle injury crash in the 3500 blk. of SR121. Darke County Deputies, along with New Madison Fire and Tri-Village Rescue were dispatched to the scene.  Mutual aid was also requested from Liberty Township Fire, Greenville Township Rescue, Arcanum Rescue and LifeLine out of Richmond, IN.
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Vice President Joe Biden… Grant announced to Address Untested Sexual Assault Kits backlog - NEW YORK, NY – Vice President Joe Biden and Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch today announced $41 million in grant awards to 20 jurisdictions to eliminate or reduce the number of untested sexual assault kits across the country.  Today’s announcement is being announced as part of an unprecedented partnership with the New York County District Attorney’s Office... read more.
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Bluebag Media… Edison DCC Dean outlines future for the campus
GREENVILLE – “There are tons of opportunities with businesses expanding in Darke County,” said Edison Darke County Campus Dean Chad Beanblossom. While Workforce training and development is just one area of focus of the campus, Beanblossom anticipates it will likely provide the major growth opportunity in the next decade. Beanblossom.
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Darke, Preble County Sheriffs warn to stay alert during Tour de Donut
Darke County Sheriff Toby L. Spencer and Preble County Sheriff Michael Simpson along with the Tour De Donut organizers and the Village Police Chiefs of Arcanum and Lewisburg would like to advise motorists to use caution while traveling on Southeast Darke County and Northeast Preble County roadways this Saturday morning. On September 12, 2015 beginning at 8AM.
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House Healthcare Committee Meets in Sylvania
Committee Discusses Healthcare Models with Professionals from Around Ohio -- COLUMBUS—The Ohio House Healthcare Efficiencies Study Committee today held its first hearing at the ProMedica Flower Hospital in Sylvania. The committee, chaired by State Representative Dr. Steve Huffman (R-Tipp City), held a graduate medical education panel to discuss healthcare models.
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Brown visits Darke County’s All-American Clothing
Brown is a Strong Supporter of American Manufacturing and Introduced Legislation that would Strengthen the American Textile Supply Chain -- ARCANUM, OH – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) visited All-American Clothing in Darke County today. In addition to meeting with workers and company leadership, he toured the facility, which produces jeans and apparel made in the U.S.
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State Senator Beagle… Beagle, Balderson Announce Investments in Workforce Development
COLUMBUS– Ohio has invested more than $670,000 in job training through local training programs since the inception of the state's Workforce Revolving Loan Fund. State Senators Bill Beagle (R-Tipp City) and Troy Balderson (R-Zanesville) jointly sponsored Senate Bill 1, which established the Workforce Development Revolving Loan program in 2013. Senate Bill 1 created the Revolving Loan Fund.
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AG DeWine… DeWine Releases September Sexual Assault Kit Testing Initiative Update
(COLUMBUS, Ohio) -- Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today released a status update on the progress of DNA testing being conducted as part of the Ohio Attorney General's Sexual Assault Kit (SAK) Testing Initiative. As of September 1, 2015, 198 law enforcement agencies have submitted 10,764 kits to be tested as part of the initiative.  Of those, 1,430 kits were submitted after Senate.
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DeWine Announces Three-Year Update on Identity Theft Unit
Nearly 3,500 Complaints Received; Over $1 Million Cleared - (COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today announced that his office’s Identity Theft Unit received nearly 3,500 complaints and helped identity theft victims clear over $1 million in fraudulent debt during the unit’s first three years of existence, according to.
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Fourth Mercer County traffic fatality of 2015
Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey reports his office is investigating a fatal traffic crash that occurred on Kremer Road, South of Huwer in Marion Township. On September 5, 2015 at 3:58 AM, Central dispatch received a 9-1-1 call transfer from Auglaize County reporting a one vehicle crash.   The investigation revealed that a 1979 Jeep was traveling.
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‘Drive Sober’ this Labor Day Weekend
Road construction suspended on major projects -- COLUMBUS (Thursday, September 3, 2015) – The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is reminding motorists to “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” this Labor Day weekend. ODOT, along with the Ohio Department of Public Safety, is participating in the ‘Drive Sober’ campaign to reduce alcohol-related crashes, injuries and deaths. “Changing dangerous behaviors, like impaired.
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Armed Robberies Suspects Arrested
On October 25, 2012, November 1, 2012, and November 13, 2012, the Greenville Police Dept. investigated three armed robberies that occurred at the Flower Patch, the former Parkside Beverage Dock, and the Fairgrounds Drive-thru.  In each case, a handgun was brandished and the clerks were tied up. Through a recent break in the case, Detectives developed two suspects.
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