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Attorney General Mike DeWine… Medical Marijuana Legalization Amendment Certified
(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—The Ohio Attorney General’s Office today certified the petition for the proposed amendment to the Ohio Constitution regarding the legalization of marijuana for medical use. On March 15th, the Attorney General’s Office received a written petition to amend the Ohio Constitution from the group Ohioans for Medical Marijuana.  The submission was certified today as containing.
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FBI Identity Theft… Check-Cashing Scheme Voided
Multi-Agency Effort Disrupts U.S. Treasury Check-Cashing and Identity Theft Ring - 03/18/16 - The treasury checks were meant for military families, taxpayers receiving refunds, and Social Security beneficiaries—but they wound up in the hands of thieves instead. From June 2012 to September 2014, a band of 19 criminals in Atlanta ran a large-scale.
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Darke County Engineer … Scheduled 2016 improvements to Darke County Roads & Bridges, By Jim Surber P.E., P.S. - An estimated $3,630,634 worth of improvements to Darke County roads and bridges is scheduled for 2016. This is $872,685 more than was planned for 2015, and is mostly due to anticipated federal funds earmarked for guardrail, signs, and the Center Street bridge. Our local funds come strictly from gas tax and license fees returned... read more.
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Heroin addiction: A vicious cycle, By Bob Robinson
“We keep our guns locked up, but not our prescription medications. We teach sex education, but not drug education…” Tonya Alton, a paramedic with Versailles Rescue and Fundamentals of Communication student at Edison State Community College, Darke County Campus, considers the drug problem an epidemic. “It’s already at epidemic proportions.
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Single injury motorcycle accident on SR 47
On Sunday March 27, 2016 at approximately 6:13 PM, Darke County Deputies along with Ansonia Fire Department and Rescue and CareFlight responded to the 3800 block of State Route 47 on a report of an injury motorcycle crash. Preliminary investigation revealed Timothy S. King 57, of Union City, Indiana was operating a Red Harley-Davidson Classic westbound on State Route 47 and failed to negotiate a curve traveling off the right side.
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Edison State Community College… Edison Hosts Interns from Capabilities, Inc.
Some call it an integrated placement. Edison State calls it building community. In honor of National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, Edison State Community College is shedding light on the unique partnership that has recently been formed with Capabilities, Inc. to provide internship opportunities and career exploration for individuals with developmental disabilities.
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Attorney General Mike DeWine… Ohioans Report More Tax Scams as Filing Deadline Nears
(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today warned that his office is receiving more reports of IRS imposter scams as the April 18 tax filing deadline approaches. Since March 1, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office has logged nearly 1,000 reports of the scam, compared to about 500 reports in February. The scam generally begins with a call claiming the recipient is in trouble with the IRS.
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Ohio Department of Education… Comment period open on Ohio Learning Standards in English language arts and math revisions -- 2/23/2016 -- The Ohio Department of Education invites Ohioans to submit suggestions through April 5 as part of a periodic revision process for Ohio’s Learning Standards in English language arts and math. This feedback will help ensure the standards continue reflecting the most recent research and the experience of educators as they help... read more.
FBI… Stolen Identity Refund Fraud
Each year, criminal actors target US persons and visa holders for Stolen Identity Refund Fraud (SIRF). SIRF is defined as the fraudulent acquisition and use of the Personally Identifiable Information (PII) of US persons or visa holders to file tax returns. The fraudulent tax returns are sent to bank accounts or pre-paid cards that are held under their control. SIRF is relatively easy to commit and extremely lucrative for criminal actors.
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Court News Ohio… Law and Leadership Institute Students Compete in Showcase Event
March 25, 2016 - The Law and Leadership Institute’s 2016 Academic Year Competition included students competing in a mock trial. More than 200 Ohio high school students showcased their legal and educational talents at the Law and Leadership Institute’s (LLI) 2016 Academic Year Competition. The competition at the Thomas J. Moyer Ohio Judicial Center in Columbus on March 19 included students in grades 9-12 from Cleveland.
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Bluebag Media… Board sets dates for winter move to new K-8 facility
GREENVILLE – The Greenville Board of Education has approved the calendar for the 2016-17 school year. The calendar reflects days set aside for the district’s move into its new K-8 building during Christmas break. The first day for students will be Aug. 29. Christmas break will be December 19 through January 6 with January 9 and 10.
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DeWine Warns of Travel Scams
(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today warned consumers to beware of travel scams during spring and summer vacation months. In 2015, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office received more than 400 travel-related complaints. Complaints ranged from billing disputes to services never delivered. Commonly cited problems included offers for.
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Fort GreeneVille DAR… Welcome Home Vietnam Veteran's Day
March 29, 2016 is "Welcome Home Vietnam Veteran's Day". March 29 was the last day troops were on the ground in Vietnam.

To commemorate this date, the Fort GreeneVille Chapter DAR sponsored a proclamation signed by Greenville Mayor Mike Bowers on March 23 at the Greenville City Building.

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GJHS Performs at University of Dayton
The Greenville Junior High School Concert Band, under the direction of Mr. Brian McKibben, was invited to visit, rehearse, and perform at the University of Dayton’s Department of Music on Thursday, March 10, 2016.  The students of the concert band worked with Dr. Patrick Reynolds, who conducts the Symphonic Wind Ensemble.    During their.
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Ohio Department of Education… Third Grade Reading Guarantee Helping Ohio’s Students Succeed - 3/24/2016 - Ohio continues to raise the bar for student achievement, and even with higher expectations, 94.1 percent of the state’s eligible third graders met or exceeded the promotion score in reading to move to the fourth grade. The results of the Third Grade Reading Guarantee were released today as part of K-3 Literacy on the 2014-2015... read more.
MVCTC SkillsUSA Members Qualify for Ohio Championships in Columbus
Englewood, Ohio -- Members of the Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) SkillsUSA chapter recently competed at regional SkillsUSA Contest with 31 students qualifying to move to the Ohio SkillsUSA Competitions in Columbus, Ohio on April 26-27, 2016.  The State Contest, located at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, will bring together thousands of SkillsUSA students from all over the state to compete in everything.
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Interagency Cooperation… Darke County break-in suspects arrested in Mercer County
Sheriff Jeff Grey and Sheriff Toby Spencer report that their offices working cooperatively have made arrests involving multiple cars being broken into in Mercer and Darke County.   Darke County Sheriff’s Detectives along with officers from Versailles Police Department developed information involving multiple car and business break ins in their jurisdictions in recent weeks.  The information identified suspects.
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DeWine… Petition for Medical Cannabis and Industrial Hemp Amendment Rejected - (COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today rejected  a proposed amendment to the Ohio Constitution which would attempt to legalize marijuana for medical and industrial use in the state. On March 10th, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office received a written petition to amend the Ohio Constitution, entitled “Medical Cannabis and Industrial... read more.
Education Week… Online-Testing Stumbles Spark Legislation in Affected States, By Daarel Burnette II
The nationwide shift from paper-and-pencil tests to online standardized assessment has caused serious heartburn for educators and students alike in many places: server meltdowns, frozen computer screens, and test-score dips. But in a handful of states, the sometimes-temporary, but ill-timed glitches have fueled legislation that would crack down on testing companies and have lasting impact on the role tests play in evaluating schools and teachers.
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FBI… National Instant Criminal Background Check System Posts NICS Index Data
March 18, 2016 -- The National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) was implemented on November 30, 1998 as a result of the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act of 1993. NICS is a national system used by Federal Firearms Licensees to instantly determine whether a prospective buyer is eligible to buy firearms by checking available records. The NICS searches three nationally held.
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Warrant issued on Kelly P. Miller
On March 17, 2016 at around 1208 hours, Darke County Sheriff’s Office and the Greenville Police were dispatched to 205 Central Ave. on a domestic violence complaint.  The victim, Hannah Miller, drove herself to Tri-Village Rescue for treatment of injuries.  It was later learned that Kelly P. Miller, estranged husband of the victim, had broken into 205 Central Ave. and waited for the victim to return home.  Upon the victim arriving.
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Historic Farm Families honored on National Agriculture Day
Ohio Agriculture Director Visits Highland County to Pay Tribute to Area’s Oldest Family Farms - REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio (March 15, 2016) – Ohio Department of Agriculture Director David T. Daniels today honored the area’s oldest historic farm families from Clinton, Fayette, Highland, and Ross counties at a ceremony at Creekview Barn.
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Edison State Community College… $17,500 Student Emergency Fund at Edison
Beginning on March 21, 2016, Edison State Community College will offer grants of up to $500 each to help low-income students weather financial emergencies. Students can apply for small grants to help cover expenses just beyond their means, which allows them to quickly return focus to their academic pursuits. “Even the best planning can’t.
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FBI Food Stamp Fraud… Supermarket Owner Imprisoned for Multi-Million-Dollar Scam
03/15/16 - Tessema Lulseged owned a supermarket in Decatur, Georgia, but he was selling much more than groceries. He was trafficking in food stamps, and, for a time, it made him a wealthy man. Lulseged owned the Big T Supermarket, a convenience store just outside Atlanta. He routinely and illegally allowed his customers to exchange food stamp.
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Single Vehicle Accident on Greenville Nashville
On March 20, 2016 at 8:18 PM Darke County Sheriffs Deputies, along with Greenville Township Fire Department, Greenville Township Rescue and Miami Valley Careflight, responded to a single vehicle injury accident in the 3000 block of Greenville Nashville Rd. Preliminary investigation reveals.
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Kiwanis of Greenville… Kiwanis fundraiser feeds hundreds, By Bob Robinson
At a nominal fee of $5 a plate, hundreds of patrons were able to walk away stuffed with pancakes, their choice of sausage links or patties, apple sauce and a drink. And their $5 went to a good cause… support to a variety of Kiwanis of Greenville community service projects. The annual Kiwanis fundraiser had a new look and feel this year.
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Education Week… States' Accountability Systems Flawed for College Readiness, Report Finds, By Catherine Gewertz - March 14, 2016 - As states press hard to ensure that all students graduate from high school ready for college or good jobs, many are hobbled by the very accountability systems they designed to leverage improvement, according to a report released Monday. The new study, by Achieve, argues that in reporting K-12 performance to the public, states often aren't including factors that matter the most... read more.
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Decolores Montessori celebrates National Montessori Education Week
Open enrollment for toddlers, preschoolers and kindergartners - The DeColores Montessori School located in Greenville, Ohio celebrated Montessori Education Week, February 28 – March 4. During the week, Mayor Bowers stopped by and declared the week “National Montessori Education Week.” He also visited and talked with our students.
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Local Child Care Earns Highest Five Star Award For Excellence
Council on Rural Services is proud to announce that the Kids Learning Place located in Union City has earned their “FIVE Star Rating” in the Step Up to Quality program from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.  Kids Learning Place is the only Five Star Award program in Darke County. Congratulations go to each of the center’s team members for their focused efforts, dedication.
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EUM Mission Teams Serve Families Living in Guatemala City Dump
Destination Known, the mission ministry of EUM Church, recently returned from two back-to-back mission trips to Guatemala. This is EUM’s eleventh year partnering with Potter’s House Association who has been investing in serving at risk children and youth for 30 years. Over the years, EUM mission teams have been blessed with the opportunity to build fourteen sturdy, safe homes.
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ODE… $10 Million Available Through Ohio’s School Mentorship Program
3/16/2016 - For a second year, community organizations, faith- or values-based groups and businesses are being asked to partner to encourage mentorship in Ohio’s schools and help give more students access to role models who can motivate and inspire them. In 2015, more than 4,600 mentors worked with nearly 13,000 students in Ohio’s first successful year of the Community Connectors program, one of Gov. John Kasich’s key.
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Power of the Pen… Versailles POP Writers heading for State, By Bob Robinson
Versailles 7th and 8th graders won or placed in multiple events at the Regional Power of the Pen Competition at Russia March 12. The combined teams took the top Sweepstakes honor, collecting the rotating trophy, which they will keep for a year and return to the competition in 2017. Seventh grade writers repeated their District.
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Be Prepared for Severe Spring Weather
Spring is approaching and with warmer temperatures comes a greater chance for severe weather. U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) is notifying Ohioans of resources available to better prepare for severe weather. Spring hazards include: Tornadoes, Floods, Lightning, Heat - Know Your Risk - Check weather.gov every morning. It is a simple action that.
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DeWine Releases 2016 ‘Yellow Book’
(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today released the 2016 edition of Ohio Sunshine Laws: An Open Government Resource Manual. The release of the manual, commonly referred to as the “Yellow Book,” coincides with the beginning of Sunshine Week. “A substantial number of public records disputes arise because one of the parties.
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Court News Ohio… Gender-Specific Terms Replaced in Ohio Supreme Court Rules, Forms, By Bret Crow - March 14, 2016 - Gender-neutral terms within Ohio Supreme Court rules and forms will become effective March 15 after adoption by Ohio Supreme Court justices. The changes were necessary in light of the June 26, 2015 decision of the U.S. Supreme Court in Obergefell v. Hodges, Case No. 14-556. The Ohio Supreme Court issued an order on June 26 to provide some guidance to Ohio’s courts governing references to... read more.
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Farm Program Payments Revisited, From Sam Custer, OSU Extension, Darke County
By Chris Bruynis, OSU Extension Educator, Ross County - Farmers May Choose Between County of Administration or Geographic County Location… Farmers with the administration of their farms consolidated at one FSA office may want to examine their 2014 and 2015 ARC-CO payment calculations. Original 2014 ARC-CO payments were calculated on.
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Bluebag Media… Arcanum students to serve community
ARCANUM – For the fourth year Arcanum students will spend a day out of the classroom making a difference in their community. On May 6, the students will take part in Serve Arcanum. Principal Jason Stephan is excited about the program and what the students have been able to accomplish over the past three years. The students.
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Court News Ohio… Students Learn About Courts, Watch Oral Arguments, By Kathleen Maloney
March 11, 2016 -- High school students watched Supreme Court oral arguments from the convenience of their classrooms this week as part of a Court program designed to inform them about the judicial branch. The students viewed a live stream of a case involving a fired Dayton teacher, learning how each side presents their positions before the Court and what types of questions the seven justices raise. Before oral arguments, volunteers talked.
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Court News Ohio… Teen Court Lets Students Judge Their Peers, By Jenna Gant
March 9, 2016 -- When a teen ends up in court for theft, trespassing, or other misdemeanor offenses, he or she usually ends up before a judge or magistrate. In Stark County, teens help other teens in a court program that’s marking its 20th anniversary. Teen Court lets high school students become prosecutors, defense attorneys, bailiffs, and jury members to their peers.
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Edison State Employees Recognized at Banquet
Twenty employees were recognized for a combined total of 180 years of service in their careers at Edison State Community College’s 37th annual employee recognition banquet on Friday, March 4. Prior to dinner and the awards ceremony, a President's reception was held and appetizers were served. Enrollment Managers, Stacey Bean and Christina Raterman emceed the “red carpet” event.
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State Sen. Keith Faber… Presidential Candidates should Support Restoring Balance of Power
COLUMBUS - Senate President Keith Faber (R-Celina) announced today he is spearheading a nationwide effort by state lawmakers and legislative leaders to secure commitments from the leading presidential candidates, Mr. Donald Trump, Governor John Kasich, Senator Marco Rubio, Senator Ted Cruz, Secretary Hillary Clinton and Senator Bernie Sanders, to restore the balance of power between the States.
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Bluebag Media… South students work on display for Youth Art Month
GREENVILLE – South Intermediate fifth- and sixth-graders are learning there’s more to art than meets the eye. Interpretation, evaluation and opinion play an important role in looking at art, no matter the medium, says teacher Julie Brewer. Five South students were recently honored for their art and expressions of art in both painting and written.
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DeWine rejects Medical Marijuana Amendment
(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today rejected the petition for a proposed amendment to the Ohio Constitution which would attempt to legalize marijuana for medical use in the state. On March 3rd, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office received a written petition to amend the Ohio Constitution, entitled “Medical Use of Marijuana” from the.
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Technology and the Funeral Home… Braund Pope and Oliver Floyd Funeral Homes Embraces Kiosk Technology - Every industry has embraced new technologies to build and improve their business and better serve their clients. Now the funeral industry is just as progressive. Braund Pope and Oliver Floyd Funeral Homes in New Madison and Greenville now offer an electronic guest registry —a simple tool that allows them to serve their... read more.
Court News Ohio… High School Students Compete for State Mock Trial Champion Title
March 10, 2016 - Today marks the start of the 33rd annual Ohio Mock Trial Competition, as about 350 high school students representing 31 Ohio schools descend on Columbus to vie for the title of state champion. Ohio Mock Trial is a program of the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education (OCLRE) and is the largest high school academic competition in the state. More than 3,500 students participate each year.
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BBBS… Bowl for Kids Sake 2016 generates $42,000
This year’s Bowl For Kids’ Sake event was held on Friday, March 4th, and Saturday, March 5th at Bel-Mar Lanes in Sidney and Treaty Lanes in Greenville. The event was supported by 165 businesses that sponsored, made general donations, or donate prizes for the event, and brought together 358 bowlers to make up the 73 participating.
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Now Considering Service Academy Nominations
Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown is inviting Ohioans to apply for nomination to the U.S. Service Academies. Ohio’s students have the integrity, courage, and knowledge needed to succeed in the nation’s prestigious military academies and Sen. Brown is honored to nominate students to academies that develop the next generation of leaders. Each year, Sen.
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Bluebag Media… State takes note of Edison Career & Counseling Program
PIQUA – Edison State Community College has caught the attention of state legislators for its continued efforts in student career planning and counseling. On March 3, John Carey, Chancellor of the Ohio Department of Higher Education, made his second visit this school year to conduct a forum at the Piqua campus and hear testimonials.
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DeWine … Sexual Assault Kit Testing Update for March
(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 March 1, 2016, 259 law enforcement agencies have submitted 12,449 kits to be tested as part of the initiative. Of those, 3,118.
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Fundraiser kicks “Empowering” off to great start, By Bob Robinson
“We started to tell her what we were doing when she stopped us,” said Kendra Chalmers. “I know what you’re doing,” the woman said. “I have my daughter in tutoring and it is helping her!” Chalmers said she was excited about the day. Traffic was steady during the five hours she and family members stood in front of Walmart on March 5, offering baked treats ranging from cakes and cupcakes to cookies.
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FBI… Putting the Brakes on Crime; Getaway Driver Sentenced to 121 Years
02/26/16 -- Sesley Williams was a ringleader and getaway driver for a string of robberies involving multiple banks and commercial establishments in Las Vegas and nearby Henderson, Nevada. Today she’s in a federal prison after being sentenced last month by a U.S. district judge. It all started on a winter afternoon in 2012. While Williams sat in her car outside an outlet mall clothing store in Las Vegas.
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DeWine… Over 116,000 Concealed Carry Licenses in 2015
(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today issued a report indicating that more than 116,000 concealed carry licenses were issued or renewed in Ohio in 2015, according to data compiled by Ohio’s county sheriffs. The following total concealed carry numbers were reported to the Attorney General's Office from county sheriffs in Ohio.
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FBI Tip Line… Web Portal, Created in 2001, Receives ‘Actionable’ Tips Daily
03/01/16 - In the pre-dawn hours of October 22, 2014, a New Hampshire man was browsing a popular Internet message board when he came across what appeared to be an anonymous threat: “I’m going to shoot up University of Louisville’s Miller hall [sic] tomorrow at 10 a.m.” The man went to the FBI website and submitted a tip at 4:23 a.m. Eastern.
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Where’s the ham? Celebrating Dr. Seuss, By Bob Robinson
Do you like green eggs and ham? I do not like them, Sam-I-am. I do not like green eggs and ham. Dr. Seuss’ birthday was March 2 and there has been a week-long celebration in Greenville. Woodland students dressed “wacky,” ‘Cat in the Hat’ hats have popped up ‘here and there,’ and some of the good doctor’s most popular books have been shared.
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ODA celebrates Weights & Measures Week
REYNOLDSBURG, OH (March 1, 2016) – To honor the hard work of all weights and measures officials, including those housed at the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA), Gov. John Kasich has declared the week of March 1-7 Ohio Weights and Measures Week. Weights and measures officials work to both protect consumers and provide fair competition among businesses. Weights and Measures Week is celebrated March 1-7 each year.
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Darke County Sheriff… Deputies respond to shots fire, theft in progress
On March 3, 2016 at approximately 1:13 AM the Darke County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from a subject reporting shots fired and that he believed the suspect was trying to break into a vehicle at an automotive business in the area of State Route 49 and Alt. State Route 49 North. Darke County Deputies and the Arcanum Police Department responded to the area but the suspect and suspect.
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State Representative Jim Buchy… Opt Out Impact on Adjusted Report Cards
Buchy Voices Growing Concerns About the Impact of Opt-Outs on Local Schools - COLUMBUS- State Representative Jim Buchy (R- Greenville) has released adjusted report cards for schools in Auglaize, Darke, Mercer and Shelby counties as concerns grow about the impact on local scores from students who opted out of the 2014-2015 PARCC.
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Attorney General Mike DeWine… Naloxone Rebate Agreement Extended
(COLUMBUS, Ohio)— Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced today that a rebate agreement that has saved agencies thousands of dollars on the cost of the opioid reversal medication naloxone is being extended for one year. The renewed agreement with Amphastar Pharmaceuticals, Inc. will allow non-federal public entities in Ohio to continue receiving a.
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