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Darke County Visitors Bureau… 2015 Annual Report now available
GREENVILLE, OH (January 26, 2016) – The Darke County Visitors Bureau has released its 2015 Annual Report. The report can be accessed through the Visitors Bureau’s website, www.VisitDarkeCounty.org, or by picking up a printed copy at the Darke County Welcome Center, located at 421 S. Broadway in Greenville. “The Annual Report is a great way for us to be transparent and update.
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Bluebag Media… Closings, delays based upon conditions in the District
GREENVILLE – “It’s not a matter of how it looks in town,” said Greenville City Schools Superintendent Doug Fries. “It’s the whole school district.” Residents with children in the district have sometimes questioned the reason for school closings and/or delays. The district not only includes the city of Greenville, but goes as far south as Wayne Lakes, east to Gettysburg, west nearly to Union City.
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Ohio Dept. of Education… $10 Million in grants available to teachers to earn CCP credentials
High school teachers across Ohio will be able to obtain the qualifications needed to teach college courses in high school thanks to $10 million in grant funding allocated by the Ohio General Assembly as part of the Straight A Fund. The new grants, made jointly by the Ohio Department of Education and Ohio Department of Higher Education, allocate $5 million to universities to develop programs.
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DeWine… Judge orders abandoned steel plant to treat wastewater
(WARREN, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Ohio Environmental Protection Agency Director Craig W. Butler today announced that a Trumbull County judge has granted the state’s request for a temporary restraining order against Warren Steel, after it shut down last week, abandoning hazardous chemicals and wastewater on its site. The.
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FBI Report… Preliminary Semiannual Crime Statistics for 2015
Washington, D.C. - January 19, 2016 - Statistics released today in the FBI’s Preliminary Semiannual Uniform Crime Report revealed overall declines in the number of property crimes reported and overall increases in the number of violent crimes reported for the first six months of 2015 when compared with figures for the first six months of 2014. The report.
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Bluebag News… Judge orders jail and probation for Wuebker
GREENVILLE – After pleading guilty in November to 12 counts of Sexual Imposition, misdemeanors of the third degree, Darke County Common Pleas Judge Jonathan P. Hein ordered Alan R. Wuebker to serve 90 days in jail and up to five years probation. The 1992 Versailles graduate was originally indicted in May 2015 on 12 counts of Gross.
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Treasurer Mandel… Village of North Star now on OhioCheckbook.com
Momentum Grows for Statewide Government Transparency with Over 475 Local Government and School Districts Partnering with OhioCheckbook.com - NORTH STAR – Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel announced today the launch of the Village of North Star online checkbook onOhioCheckbook.com.  In December 2014, Treasurer Mandel launched.
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Attorney General Mike DeWine… Former Chief sentenced for Rape of a Child
(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced that a former police chief was sentenced today to life with parole possibility after 25 years for the rape of a child, in addition to several other charges. Larry Casey is also required to register for the rest of his life as a sex offender. A Clinton County jury on Jan. 8, 2016, found Casey, 48, guilty of one.
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Bluebag Media… South fifth graders win national Flocabulary contest
GREENVILLE – “If I would migrate this winter and move to a warmer place, I would bring my sister with me in the bunny hole to Hawaii.” “Bunny hole to Hawaii,” said Katie Bigelow, Intervention Specialist at Greenville South Middle School. She laughed… “I think that might be the one that did it!” The drawing that went with the written.
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Ohio Department of Education… College Students Requiring Remedial Coursework Continues to Drop -- 1/20/2016 -- The percentage of high school graduates requiring developmental coursework as they enter an Ohio public college or university dropped significantly in 2015. Data in the recently published 2015 Ohio Remediation Report shows that the percentage of students needing remedial coursework decreased from 37 percent in 2014 to 32 percent in 2015. There also was... read more.
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AG Mike DeWine… DeWine Leads Emergency Meeting to Fight Ohio’s Drug Epidemic
(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today led a statewide emergency meeting – “Ideas that Work – Fighting the Drug Epidemic in Ohio” – to help leaders in Ohio’s counties combat the drug epidemic in our state. "Ohio is facing the worst drug epidemic in my lifetime," said Attorney General DeWine. "The human toll, the increased crime, and the overall community impact of this epidemic.
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Court News Ohio… Civic Education Competition Takes Center Stage at Ohio Statehouse
Why did the Articles of Confederation prove inadequate to form a national government? In what ways did the Articles of Confederation demonstrate a distrust of strong national government, and to what extent do those reasons exist today? Are they justified? These are some of many questions high school students from across the state will answer during the We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution state.
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Versailles Chamber recognizes community contributors, By Kathy Magoto
Monday evening the Versailles Area Chamber of Commerce recognized James Youngker as Citizen of the Year, during its annual banquet.  Presenting the award on behalf of the Chamber was former longtime Village Administrator and former board member Randy Gump.   “It seems this guy doesn’t do anything for less than a decade or more”, said.
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Edison State Community College… Ohio's Start Talking! Program
Governor and Mrs. Kasich have requested we distribute information containing tools and information to help spur and sustain conversations about drug abuse with our children, grandchildren, and children we might teach or mentor in some way. For those interested in more information and resources, including a link to sign up for bi-weekly.
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DeWine… Fair Employment and Fair Housing Laws Guides issued
(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today introduced two new publications to help employers and landlords navigate Ohio’s fair employment and fair housing laws. “Ohio’s civil rights laws protect against discrimination on the job and in housing. These guides are designed to be straightforward manuals to help landlords and employers.
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Bluebag Media… Commissioners look back on 2015; ahead to 2016
GREENVILLE – Darke County Commissioners looked back on their ‘positives’ from 2015, and ahead to the challenges in 2016. At the top of the positives, according to Commissioners Diane Delaplane and Mike Stegall, were job retention and expansion and the overall economic outlook. Also high on the list was confirmation last year that Darke County is going to get the World.
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Sheriff Dept. investigates two injury accidents
Injury accident at 127 and Hunter Rd -- On January 21, 2016 at approximately 9:17 AM, Darke County Deputies along with Greenville Township Fire and Rescue responded to the intersection of US RT 127 and Hunter Road on a report of a two vehicle injury crash. Preliminary investigation revealed a Silver 2010 Honda Odyssey driven by Bernice Lefeld 46, St. Henry was traveling southbound.
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Avian Influenza Update
Here is an update from Hoosier Ag Today regarding the Avian Influenza Outbreak in Southwest Indiana. Authorities say no additional turkey farms in a southern Indiana county have tested positive for bird flu since Sunday. Indiana State Board of Animal Health spokeswoman Denise Derrer said Sunday that 100 farms tested over 24 hours came back negative. She says that’s a sign control measures are working. She calls the.
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Bluebag Media… Weights & Measures checks protect consumer and business
GREENVILLE – The skimmer will pull up to the pump with a box truck or another vehicle designed to block the security camera, open the face of the pump with a generic key, insert an electronic device, return later, remove the device and pull out the credit card information of anyone using that pump… “Keys and skimmer parts can be bought on.
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Bluebag Media… Township has plans for Woodland Heights site
GREENVILLE – Greenville City Schools will soon face a dilemma. What will they do with the properties at Woodland Heights, East, South and the Junior High Schools? Greenville Township helped answer one part of that question last week when they presented a down payment to the district to purchase the Woodland Heights property. According to.
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Main Street contest helps generate over $683,000 in sales
GREENVILLE, Ohio- From November - December, those who shopped downtown Greenville earned tickets for a chance to win over $3,000 in merchandise and gift certificates through Main Street Greenville’s “Win the Window”contest. "The contest was created as a fun way for our organization to encourage others to shop the locally-owned.
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Bluebag Media… Probation gets new tools as drug challenges continue
GREENVILLE – The Darke County Adult Probation Office currently has 427 individuals on probation, up about 10 percent from the previous January. Most have been convicted of drug and property crimes, approximately 70 percent. “They go hand in hand,” said Chief Probation Officer James Mollette. “Fortunately we don’t have that percentage.
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State Rep. Steve Huffman… District Winner of House of Representatives Student Art Exhibition Announced -- COLUMBUS—State Representative Steve Huffman (R-Tipp City) today announced Margaret Heiser as the 80th House District winner of the 2016 Ohio House of Representatives Student Art Exhibition. Heiser attends Arcanum High School in Arcanum and is taught by Kathleen Pugh. Heiser’s artwork is titled Seasons. “I appreciate all of the entries from the 80th District from these... read more.
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Attorney General Mike DeWine… DeWine Introduces Online Student Loan Resource Center
(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced today the Ohio Attorney General’s Office has developed a comprehensive online Student Loan Center to help prospective, current, and former college students understand and manage student loans. The Attorney General’s Student Loan Center, contains information and resources to explore careers, choose a school, apply for.
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Court News Ohio... Children Active in their Foster Care Placement Plans with New Program, By Jenna Gant - January 13, 2016 - It can be hard for older children going through the foster care system to be adopted; they lack the permanent status with a family they so long for. A new program allows the 12-18 year-olds to explore ways to help control their own future. Six Ohio counties – Athens, Fairfield, Guernsey, Hamilton, Montgomery, and Summit – participated in the pilot program in 2014, and it has since grown to 11 counties... read more.
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Attorney General Mike DeWine… Drug Screening Test for Peace Officer Training Applicants Approved - (COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced today the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission (OPOTC) voted to approve the addition of drug screening for applicants to Ohio peace officer basic training academies. The testing requirement will become effective July 1, 2016. “Many police departments in Ohio... read more.
Kasich & Taylor issue resolution honoring Martin Luther King Day
COLUMBUS – Today Governor John R. Kasich and Lt. Governor Mary Taylor issued a resolution in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, January 18, 2016. The resolution recognizes “his legacy of honor, integrity and commitment to community” that has endured for nearly 50 years.
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Two arrested in Darke County for Kidnapping
On January 16, 2016 at 4:53pm Darke County Sheriff Deputies conducted a search warrant at 1011 East Fourth Street, Apartment #2, in Greenville, Ohio. Robert L. Cates (45) of Greenville, Ohio and Brent A. Perry (44) of Arcanum, Ohio were taken into custody without incident and are currently being housed at the Darke County Jail awaiting formal charges.
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Attorney General Mike DeWine… DeWine Warns of Five Top Job Scams
(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today warned about five of the most common scams targeting people looking for jobs or extra income. In 2015, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office received more than 150 complaints involving work-at-home or business opportunities, many of which involved potential scams. Some of the most commonly.
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FBI… Human Trafficking: Raising Awareness of a Devastating Crime
January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, and the FBI’s efforts to combat trafficking—part of the overall U.S. government effort—will continue unabated in 2016. The Bureau has two entities that conduct human trafficking investigations: Our Civil Rights Unit coordinates trafficking investigations involving.
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Ohio Federation of Republican Women… OFRW Trip for Wreaths Across America, Lyn Bliss, OFRW President -- The Ohio Federation of Republican Women (OFRW) had a group of ladies who had a great trip to Arlington, Virginia and Washington, D.C. We were among 70,000 volunteers who took part in the Wreaths Across America Program. There were 64 semi-trucks containing 241,408 wreaths. Each headstone in Arlington National Cemetery received a wreath... read more.
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Bluebag Media… Local outdoorsman publishes a look at 'Outdoors Past'
GREENVILLE – “Greenville man has taken his hobby of collecting old fishing lures and other outdoor memorabilia to a new level.” Outdoor columnist Jim Morris was enthusiastic about a new book by Greenville resident Tom Petkewitz. Morris adds Petkewitz will say he collects old fishing lures and other outdoor memorabilia.
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Mandel Releases 2015 Annual Report
2015 Annual Report Highlights OhioCheckbook.com Launch and Work Being Done to Make Government More Transparent and Open to the People - COLUMBUS - Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel announced today the release of his Fiscal Year 2015 Annual Report highlighting the work being done to make government more transparent and open to the.
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State of the Union Address, President Barack Obama
Ohio Republican Party response follows text of State of the Union… Obama: Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, my fellow Americans: Tonight marks the eighth year I’ve come here to report on the State of the Union.  And for this final one, I’m going to try to make it shorter.  I know some of you are antsy to get back to Iowa.
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Bluebag Media… New director sees job as leveraging county strengths
GREENVILLE – With Darke County having already gotten six “Best of Ohio” awards, Darke County Visitors Bureau Executive Director Matt Staugler acknowledges the county’s attractions are well-established… “Our job is to leverage them to the activities and draw people in.” In order to do that, he and his Board have two projects they plan to promote.
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James Youngker Citizen of the Year
James Youngker will be named Citizen of the Year at the Versailles Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual awards banquet this Monday, January 18.  The Awards Committee was made aware of Mr. Youngker’s countless contributions and tireless dedication to the Versailles community by nomination letters.  His lifelong community service helped shape the Versailles area in the 1950’s.
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Attorney General Mike DeWine… Grants awarded for Campus Sexual Assault Victims Services
(COLUMBUS, Ohio)--Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced today that more than $1.2 million in grants have been awarded to assist victims of sexual assault on Ohio campuses. The funds are part of $3 million in federal Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) funding set aside by Attorney General DeWine earlier this year to enable colleges and universities to better serve sexual assault victims by providing.
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DeWine… Sexual Assault Kit Testing Initiative Update for January
(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 Testing Initiative. As of January 1, 2016, 247 law enforcement agencies have submitted 11,800 kits to be tested as part of Attorney General DeWine's Sexual.
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FBI Drug Trafficking… Aryan Brotherhood Methamphetamine Operation Dismantled
12/31/15 - When a federal judge recently sentenced the last two of 34 Aryan Brotherhood of Texas gang members to prison for their roles in a methamphetamine drug distribution network, it marked the end of the gang’s foothold in Central Texas—and also highlighted the extraordinary partnership between local, state, and federal law enforcement.
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Court News Ohio… Renewed Justice
January 7, 2016 - Many of the state’s original courthouses were constructed in the late 1800s or early 1900s. Some of these architectural treasures have fallen into disrepair, and to endure, they often require steep investments. Ohio’s court officials have grappled with a dilemma — renovate or build new? In Madison County, officials embraced both approaches — create a home for the municipal court in downtown London.
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Bluebag Media… County revenues up nearly $1.4 million over previous year
GREENVILLE – Darke County Commissioners approved General Fund appropriations for 2016 of $20,378,396.57, and total appropriations, including all outside funds, of $63,679,510.01 at its last regular public meeting of 2015 on Dec. 30. According to Darke County Auditor Carol Ginn’s annual report to the Commissioners, this is.
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DeWine Warns Consumers to Avoid Lottery Scams
 (COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today warned consumers to avoid lottery and sweepstakes scams as the estimated Powerball jackpot hits $800 million. In the past month, the Ohio Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Section has received more than two dozen complaints involving sweepstakes or prize scams. The average.
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Darke County Sheriff’s Office… Three cars involved in accident on US Route 36
On January 8, 2016 at approximately 2:41 PM Darke County Deputies along with Gettysburg Fire and Rescue, Bradford Fire and Rescue, Greenville Township Rescue and CareFlight were dispatched to the 8700 Block of US Route 36 East in reference to a 3 vehicle, head-on injury accident.  Preliminary investigation revealed a silver 2010 Dodge Journey driven by Gale A. Butt 44, Piqua, Ohio was westbound on US Route 36. Butt’s vehicle.
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Bluebag Media… Sonner's concern: "It's the kids... they don't have a choice"
GREENVILLE – “A lot of the families I deal with now… the adults today were children then in domestic violence homes.” Annie Sonner, Coordinator of the Darke County Shelter from Violence, has been helping families long enough – 24 years – to see the generational influence of violence in the home. Children from homes where domestic violence occurred, Sonner continued, “are now.
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