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CORS Awarded Supplemental Head Start Funding
Through an increased federal investment in quality for early childhood education, Council on Rural Services (CORS) is receiving an award of $915,794 for supplemental preschool grant.  This is part of a $290 million nationwide expansion award announced by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Administration for Children and Families (HHS)... read more.
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Angry Birds, graffiti and Mars colonies make good lessons at Cleveland's digital arts school, By Patrick O'Donnell - CLEVELAND, Ohio - When Cleveland's High School for the Digital Arts needs to teach a few math and physics skills, it looks to Angry Birds. To teach governing and more math skills, a video game about colonizing Mars did the trick. And even graffiti - limited mostly to computer screens, mind you - made a great topic for a... read more.
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Full Draft of Ohio's State ESSA Plan Released
After a year of engaging with more than 15,000 of Ohio’s educators, parents and community members about their vision for our state’s educational system, the Ohio Department of Education released the full draft plan and technical submission of Ohio’s State Plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). This full draft plan reflects the draft plan overview... read more.
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NPR Ed… Dyslexia through the eyes of artists
It was another busy, busy week in the political world. So how about taking a break from it all with some art? We thought that might be nice. A few weeks ago, we ran a series called Unlocking Dyslexia that took a deep look into the most common reading disorder. We know a lot of facts about dyslexia, b ut we know much less about how it feels to people who have... read more.
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Journal-News… Ohio could ban schools from expelling youngest students, Jeremy Kelley, Staff Writer - Monday, Jan. 30, 2017 - State Sen. Peggy Lehner said she will push for new law this year preventing Ohio schools from expelling or suspending their youngest students. Lehner, chair of the Ohio Senate Education Committee, told a group of Dayton-area education leaders last week that 36,000 Ohio students in kindergarten through fourth... read more.
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Milligan Named Chairman of Edison State’s Board of Trustees
Mr. Thomas P. Milligan, of Sidney, has been elected to serve as Chair of Edison State Community College’s Board of Trustees. Assuming responsibility as Vice Chair is Mrs. Tami Baird Ganley, of Troy. The appointments took place at the January 25 board meeting and will continue for the next two years. “It is an honor to serve the college in... read more.
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The Columbus Dispatch…Districts that have lost students face cuts under Kasich plan, By Jim Siegel - Arguing it "doesn't make any sense" to keep funding school districts for students who no longer attend there, Gov. John Kasich's education budget could potentially mean funding cuts for more than half the public schools in Ohio. Meanwhile, he's also calling for a two-year freeze on university tuition and fees, while capping student costs for textbooks... read more.
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Ohio Department of Agriculture… Local resident honored for support of fair
REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio (Jan. 27, 2017) – Kenneth A. Coates, Sr., retired Head Caretaker of the Great Darke County Fair, is among 45 individuals or organizations that were recently recognized at the 92nd Ohio Fair Managers Association annual convention at the Greater Columbus Convention Center for outstanding service to their local fairs. Ohio’s 94... read more.
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Darke County Sheriff… Fatal accident on US 36 East
On January 31, 2017 at approximately 5:07 PM Darke County Deputies, along with Gettysburg Fire, Gettysburg Rescue, Bradford Fire, Bradford Rescue and CareFlight were dispatched to the 9000 block of US RT 36 East in reference to a two vehicle head on injury accident. Preliminary investigation revealed a gray 2015 Chevrolet Cruz driven by Christan M. Thomas (34) Troy, Ohio was traveling westbound... read more.
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Attorney General Mike DeWine… DeWine Warns of “Can You Hear Me” Calls Reported in Ohio
(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today warned that since Friday, several Ohioans have reported suspicious calls from callers asking “Can you hear me?” Similar calls have been reported throughout the country as part of an alleged scam to trick consumers into responding “Yes” and using their response to place unauthorized charges on their phone or utility bill. “Any time people receive... read more.
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Inside Higher Education… Study: Teaching and Research Not Tied, By Emily Tate
January 27, 2017 - Two Northwestern University researchers found that skilled scholars do not come at the expense of quality instructors, or vice versa. Skilled researchers and effective teachers are neither substitutes nor complements for each other -- in fact, they have no relationship at all, according to a study by two Northwestern University faculty... read more.
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Washington Post… Teacher of the Year asks: Can we stop denigrating teachers now? By Valerie Strauss - January 25 - Ashley Lamb-Sinclair is  the 2016 Kentucky Teacher of the Year. Lamb-Sinclair teaches high school English and creative writing, and authors the www.beautifuljunkyard.com website.  During the 2015-16 school year, she took a sabbatical and worked with the Kentucky Department of Education.  Lamb-Sinclair is also... read more.
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Kasich Reappoints Mehaffie to Edison State Board of Trustees
COLUMBUS - Governor John R. Kasich has reappointed Mr. Darryl Mehaffie, of Greenville, Ohio, to the Edison State Community College Board of Trustees. Mehaffie's new term took effect on January 20, 2017, and will continue through January 21, 2023. Serving on Edison State's Board of Trustees for nearly twenty years, this is Mehaffie's fourth... read more.
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The Columbus Dispatch… Kasich: Budget can handle only 1% school-funding increases, By Randy Ludlow - Gov. John Kasich said he wishes he had more to hand out as he presented innovation awards to Ohio educators and students Tuesday afternoon. "I'd like to give you money, but all I can give you are plaques," Kasich joshed seconds after mentioning a bare-bones bottom line for K-12 schools in his upcoming state budget. Kasich said his state budget... read more.
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Edison State Students Attend Leadership Summit
Edison State Community College students, Rebecca Buck, Samantha Greene, Juliya Hsiang, and Laura Parker were selected to attend U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown's Propel Ohio: Collegiate Leadership Summit held earlier this academic year. Propel Ohio is a one-day program that promotes civic engagement and connects college students with... read more.
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Edison State Joins Nationwide Movement
As part of a nationwide effort amongst community colleges, Edison State Community College is working toward implementing the Guided Pathways to Success initiative to help students complete programs faster through early planning, program mapping, and guidance and support throughout their education. Dr. Davis Jenkins, a co-author of the groundbreaking book Redesigning America’s Community... read more.
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Republican Women 'Elated' to Witness Trump Inauguration
WASHINGTON, D.C. - "The day has finally arrived for President Donald J. Trump to place his left hand on the Bible and take the oath of office as our 45th president of the United States," said Carrie Almond, president of the National Federation of Republican Women (NFRW), at the Inaugural Ceremonies at the U.S. Capitol. "As President Trump takes the oath to 'preserve, protect and defend,'... read more.
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Draft Overview of Ohio’s State ESSA Plan Released
After a year of engaging with more than 15,000 of Ohio’s educators, parents and community members about their vision for our state’s educational system, the Ohio Department of Education has released the draft overview of Ohio’s State Plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act. The draft overview provides a framework for the final plan that Ohio will submit in April to the U.S. Department... read more.
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Court News Ohio… Students Head to Court, Tackle Timely Issue in Mock Trial Competition
January 19, 2017 -- More than 3,000 high school students will enter courtrooms across the state on Friday to take part in the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education’s (OCLRE) 34th Annual Ohio Mock Trial Competition. In this year’s fictitious case, Pat Justice v. CAT News et al., students will consider the defamation of a public official by a news station. Gov. Pat Justice speaks at a school assembly... read more.
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FBI… Employment scam targeting college students remains prevalent
College students across the United States continue to be targeted in a common employment scam. Scammers advertise phony job opportunities on college employment websites, and/or students receive e-mails on their school accounts recruiting them for fictitious positions. This "employment" results in a financial loss for participating students. How the scam... read more.
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Killing Tenure, By Colleen Flaherty
January 13, 2017 - Lawmakers in two states this week introduced legislation that would eliminate tenure for public college and university professors. A bill in Missouri would end tenure for all new faculty hires starting in 2018 and require more student access to information about the job market for majors. Legislation in Iowa would end tenure even for those who... read more.
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Farmers urged to get Agricultural Fertilizer Certification training
Ag coalition reminds applicators they must be certified by Sept. 30, 2017 - REYNOLDSBURG, OH (Jan. 12, 2017) – A strong coalition consisting of the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA), The Ohio State University and several state agricultural organizations* are encouraging farmers to attend training courses for the Agricultural Fertilizer Applicator... read more.
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BBBS to benefit from Financial Summit featuring Lou Holtz
SIDNEY, OH – Jan. 12, 2017 – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County will be the beneficiary of proceeds from the West-Central Ohio Financial Summit to be held here April 27 in the Sidney High School auditorium. Legendary coach Lou Holtz will be the featured speaker at the event. “Attendees will be inspired, educated and entertained throughout the evening,” said Jennifer Bruns, executive... read more.
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Northern Miami Valley Red Cross Celebrates its Centennial; Yearlong celebration includes special events and chance for the community to share its time, talents and stories -- January 10, 2017— With World War I raging overseas and events such as the Great Flood of 1913 still fresh in the memories of many in the region, leaders through Northern Miami Valley set about to find a way to protect the citizens of the area. Their solution: The establishment of American Red Cross chapters... read more.
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Making the Case for Liberal Arts Colleges, By Scott Jaschik
January 9, 2017 - Study finds positive impact on graduates’ life experiences, including leadership, civic-mindedness … and financial success. ORLANDO, Fla. -- Talk to presidents of liberal arts colleges and they are proud of how their institutions educate graduates and prepare them for life. But ask the presidents to prove that value, and many get... read more.
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Greenville’s K-8 opens to lots of smiling faces, By Bob Robinson
First day of school at Greenville’s long-awaited Elementary and Middle School… grades 5-8 came in without a hitch. Lots of smiling faces. Teachers and administrative staff, while concentrating on getting ready for the next “Wave,” were still smiling at their new ‘digs.’ Greenville’s K-4 students were due to arrive any minute… Buses arrived – right on... read more.
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Darke County Sheriff, Engineer… SR 571 East of Greenville to close for bridge construction - The Darke County Engineer and Darke County Sheriff are issuing a public notice on the impending closure of State Route 571 east of Greenville, Ohio.  This closure will impact travel on the east side of Greenville which is an area with many manufacturing and industrial businesses. On Monday, January 16, State Route 571 will be closed to thru traffic between Jaysville... read more.
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Edison State Recognizes Employee Excellence
Edison State Community College recognized two outstanding employees at its annual spring convocation ceremony on January 9 in the Robinson Theater at the Piqua Campus. The awards speak to College’s commitment to quality and sustaining positive employee engagement. “The employee of the semester award is meant to create... read more.
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Edison State Announces Fall 2016 Dean’s List
Edison State Community College recognizes 375 students for excellence in academics on the 2016 Fall Semester Dean’s List. To be eligible for the Dean’s List, a student must have at least a 3.5 grade point average and carry a minimum of 12 hours for the semester. Anna: Ethan Burd, Emily Cavinder, Joseph Cummings, Kristopher Holland, Matthew... read more.
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Red Cross Helped Hundreds of Thousands in 2016
(January 9, 2017) — In a year that set new records for severe and devastating weather, the American Red Cross provided more assistance to the hundreds of thousands of people impacted by these disasters all across the United States than in the past two years combined. In 2016, 32,000 Red Cross volunteers responded to 180 significant disasters... read more.
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Trash Dumping Costs Taxpayers
Each year the Darke County Park District is forced to spend over $1,000 in taxpayers’ money to clean up and remove trash dumped on park property. Recently Winterrowd Wetlands on St. Rt. 47 just west of Ansonia was the victim of yet another dumping. A pile of broken concrete and trash were dumped near the parking area. This dumping was in direct violation of not only Darke County... read more.
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DeWine Offers 10 New Year’s Consumer Protection Tips
(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today offered consumer protection tips ahead of the New Year. “Our mission is to protect Ohio’s families,” Attorney General DeWine said. “We want to help consumers avoid scams, identity theft, and other problems. We encourage people to take steps to protect themselves and to contact the... read more.
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Inside Higher Education… Free Tuition Idea Revived, By Rick Seltzer
January 4, 2017 - New York's governor wants to make public higher education free for most students, setting off new debate on the concept… The drive for tuition-free public college experienced a rebirth Tuesday, rising from the ashes of the 2016 presidential election to re-emerge at the state level. New York’s governor, Democrat Andrew Cuomo... read more.
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The Washington Post… Debate over school start times flares anew, By Donna St. George
Nearly two years after Montgomery County leaders voted to start the school day later so teenagers could get more sleep, the debate that many thought was settled shows signs of making a comeback in Maryland’s largest school system. Principals in elementary schools have been speaking out about the toll of schedule changes — drowsy... read more.
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Chillicothe Gazette… Fighting the scourge of addiction, Jona Ison
Dec. 30, 2016 - CHILLICOTHE - There isn't another year in Ross County's more than 200 years where addiction and drugs were talked about more than in 2016 as the county came off of a record-shattering year of 39 unintentional drug overdose deaths. Even this week, The Washington Post capped months of interviews with residents... read more.
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Masonic Lodges to Observe 300th Anniversary
The Masonic Fraternity this year observes the 300th anniversary of modern Freemasonry and the more than 80,000 Masonic members in 480 Masonic lodges in Ohio are making plans for the celebration. “On June 24, 1717, in London, England, four lodges decided to create the Grand Lodge of England.”  Bradley Horsley, Master of Gettysburg... read more.
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Dayton Daily News… Universities fear effects of drop in Ohio high school grads, By Max Filby - Staff Writer - December 26, 2016 - UD, WSU, Miami try to diversify student bodies, extend outreach, programs - The number of Ohio high school graduates is expected to decline by more than 13,000 over the next 15 years, a shift universities have been trying to head off for nearly a decade but one officials fear could damage college enrollments and budgets... read more.
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39th Annual Darke County Engineer’s Report, 2016, By: James P. Surber P.E., P.S., Darke County Engineer - This report shows money received for the year, all expenditures made, and what was maintained, constructed, purchased, or improved. 2016 began with a relatively mild winter, and continued with a nice summer, and an excellent fall and early winter. It was one of the best years for construction in recent memory. While state funding increased $18,622... read more.
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Cleveland Plain Dealer… Teen use of drugs, alcohol and tobacco significantly declines in 2016, By Karen Farkas - December 28, 2016 - CLEVELAND, Ohio - The use of drugs, alcohol and tobacco by teenagers declined significantly in 2016 at rates that are the lowest since the 1990s, according to a new study. And teens are lighting up less often when it comes to e-cigarettes and hookahs, the report showed. The annual Monitoring the... read more.
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The Daily Standard… State superintendent says Ohio education 'first-rate'
DeMaria meets with local officials on ways to improve education - COLDWATER - State schools superintendent Paolo DeMaria visited local superintendents Tuesday morning to discuss education issues and how people from his department can better connect with local officials. Inside Coldwater High School's Cav room, DeMaria said he thinks... read more.
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Education Week… Amid Opioid Crisis, Schools Help Students Heal, By Carmen Rojas
December 28, 2016  - The U.S. is facing an opioid crisis. Deaths have nearly quadrupled in the last 15 years — the latest figures show 91 Americans dying from opiod overdoses every day. In hard-hit states like West Virginia, parents' addiction to pain pills, fentanyl, or heroin has torn many families apart. With 5,000 children now in foster care, a... read more.
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Darke County Sheriff… 2-vehicle injury accident, SR571 & Delisle Fourman Rd
On January 1, 2017 at 9:58 p.m. Darke County Deputies, along with Laura Fire and Arcanum Rescue were dispatched to the intersection of SR571 and Delisle Fourman Rd. reference a two vehicle injury accident.  Mutual aid was requested from Greenville Township Rescue and Union Township Rescue. Preliminary investigation revealed that a 1997... read more.
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Greenville City Schools Update, Superintendent Doug Fries
January 2017 - Greenville City Schools has had a great first semester of the 2016-17 school year, both academically and with extra-curricular activities.  Thanks to the hard work of our students and staff and the support of our parents and community, the first semester is nearing the end and has been very educational and productive. Students will return... read more.
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Inside Higher Education… Language by the Shrinking Numbers, By Colleen Flaherty
A new report from American Academy of Arts and Sciences makes a data-based case for building U.S. capacity for foreign languages. December 15, 2016 - Language education is dwindling at every level, from K-12 to postsecondary, and a diminishing share of U.S. residents speak languages other than English, according to a new report from the... read more.
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Edison State nursing students honored with pinning ceremony
Edison State Community College honored its most recent nursing graduates on Thursday, December 15, with a pinning ceremony held in a gymnasium filled with family and friends at the Piqua campus. The pinning ceremony is a time-honored tradition in which the graduate nurse is presented to family and friends as a professional who is about... read more.
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Springfield News Sun… Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor: start talking about drug abuse, By Parker Perry - Staff Writer - Thursday, December 22, 2016 - Ohio Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor says she wants a broad fight against heroin and opiate abuse in Ohio communities. Everyone has a responsibility to fight the addiction epidemic that has killed thousands of Ohioans this year. This was the message of Ohio Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor, who in an interview told the Springfield News-Sun... read more.
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Toledo Blade… Ohio is 10th for high-tech work in U.S., By Tyrel Linkhorn
Ohio has the 10th most high-tech jobs in the nation, according to a recent report from a Washington-based group that advocates for science and technology policy. The Information Technology & Innovation Foundation, which provided figures for every congressional district in the nation, said the high-tech sector supports 379,000 jobs in Ohio... read more.
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Edison Darke County students a force in the community
GREENVILLE - Edison State Community College, Darke County Campus, is about higher education, but it’s also about something else… it’s about “community.” Edison students reached a milestone this semester, providing well over 1,000 hours of community service, reaching as many as 1,500 students in four Darke County School... read more.
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Darke County Sheriff… Two-vehicle injury accident at SR 47 and Murphy Road
On December 21, 2016 at approximately 10:33 AM, Darke County Deputies along with Versailles Fire and Rescue responded to State Route 47 and Murphy Road for an injury crash involving an overturned semi and car and a utility pole knocked down. Investigation revealed Leslie P. Salyer 66, of Sidney, Ohio was driving a 2012 maroon Peterbilt  tractor... read more.
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Edison State Students Complete Police Training
Edison State Community College’s Peace Officer Academy honored ten students in December following their successful completion of the 20-week program. Students of the program met for six days each week since January, totaling over 680 hours of training. The curriculum of the program is certified by the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission... read more.
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Edison Foundation Raises Over $40K for Student Scholarships
The Edison Foundation at Edison State Community College held its 19th annual Holiday Evening on Wednesday, December 7, to help raise money for student scholarships. The evening featured The Texas Tenors as the headlining entertainment for the night’s festivities. Nearly 350 guests attended the annual gala, where they enjoyed... read more.
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Darke County Sheriff… Fatal accident at Stahl Road & US 36
On December 16, 2016 at approximately 6:31 AM, Darke County Deputies along with Gettysburg Fire and Rescue, responded to the intersection of US Route 36 and Stahl Road for a serious one vehicle accident into a utility pole.  Investigation revealed Joyce Hinkle 64, of Gettysburg, Ohio was driving a red 1997 Ford Escort Westbound on US Route 36 and... read more.
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Columbus Dispatch… Census Bureau surveys highlight growing differences between rural, urban living, By Alan Johnson - If you live in rural Ohio, you're more likely than city dwellers to own your home, be a military veteran and be married, the latest report from the U.S. Census Bureau shows. On the other hand, urban residents' homes are worth more, and they are more likely to have a college degree and internet access. Rural residents, on... read more.
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The Washington Post… Should children get to have cellphones in elementary school? By Donna St. George - December 7 - The youngest children in Montgomery County’s public schools could soon be allowed to bring cell phones and other electronic devices to campus under newly proposed rules. Students would not be able to use the devices during the school day in elementary schools unless a teacher permits them as part of classroom instruction... read more.
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Faber Recognized by Boys & Girls Club for Commitment to Ohio's Youth
COLUMBUS - Senate President Keith Faber (R-Celina) this week received the Ohio Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs' 2016 "Blue Door Award" in recognition of his support of the Clubs' programs around the state. "I'm grateful for this honor," said Faber. "As a parent of young children, I know how important after-school and summer opportunities are for the... read more.
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NPR Ed… Trump's Pick For Education: A Free Market Approach To School Choice, Eric Westervelt - The unofficial motto of a public charter school co-founded by Betsy DeVos — President-elect Trump's choice to lead the Department of Education — could be "No Pilot Left Behind." Nearby a small maintenance hangar that's part of the West Michigan Aviation Academy, one of the school's two Cessna 172 airplanes chugs down... read more.
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Midmark Receives Innovative Technology Designation from Vizient
DAYTON, Ohio, Dec. 7, 2016 — Midmark today announced that Midmark Clinical Solutions has received Innovative Technology designation from Vizient, Inc., the largest member-driven healthcare performance improvement company in the country. The designation was based on reviews of Midmark Clinical Solutions by hospital experts... read more.
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Columbus Dispatch… Use of e-cigarettes by young people is major concern, surgeon general declares, By Matt Richtel, The New York Times - Friday December 9, 2016 - Soaring use of e-cigarettes among young people “is now a major public health concern,” according to a report published Thursday by the U.S. surgeon general. It is the first comprehensive look on the subject from the nation’s highest public-health authority, and it finds that... read more.
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DeWine Statement on the death of Senator John Glenn
(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine issued the following statement following the death of former United States Senator John Glenn: Fran and I are deeply saddened by the death of Senator John Glenn. There is no doubt – John Glenn always had the “Right Stuff.”  He was an American hero. I remember vividly, as a freshman at Yellow Springs... read more.
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Legislation announced to Protect Most Vulnerable Moms and Babies
COLUMBUS—State Senator Shannon Jones (R-Springboro) today announced the passage of legislation that addresses the state’s abysmal rate of infant death and advances efforts to help more Ohio babies reach their first birthday. A state’s infant mortality rate is defined by the number of babies who die during their first year of life per... read more.
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Young Women Explore STEM Careers at Edison State’s We Are IT! Event
More than 200 students ranging from sixth to eleventh grade engaged in a day of learning and fun at Edison State Community College on Friday, December 2nd, for the eleventh annual “We Are IT!” event. The daylong program is designed to help boost interest of young women in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics... read more.
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DeWine Issues Sexual Assault Kit Testing Initiative Update for December
(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. A total of 294 law enforcement agencies have submitted 13,931 kits to be tested as part of the initiative. As of December 1, 2016, forensic... read more.
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Inside Higher Education… The ‘Computerless’ Computer Lab, By Carl Straumsheim
December 5, 2016 - After realizing virtually all students bring their own laptops to campus, Wisconsin liberal arts college opened an unorthodox computer lab… Colleges were once the place where many students encountered their first computer -- and back then, the computer took up an entire room. Now, with computing power in every student's... read more.
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ODA offers tips for purchasing firewood
Being familiar with state firewood laws can help ensure you get what you pay for - REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio (Nov. 30, 2016) – As winter quickly approaches and more people look to firewood to help heat their homes, the Ohio Department of Agriculture is offering some basic tips to help when purchasing wood. “Many Ohioans rely on firewood to heat their... read more.
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Attorney General Mike DeWine… DeWine Warns of Puppy Scams
(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today warned consumers to avoid puppy scams. Several consumers have reported losing hundreds of dollars trying to buy a puppy online in recent weeks. “Some ‘sellers’ who advertise online are con artists,” Attorney General DeWine said. “They post a picture of a cute puppy and tell you to wire money for a crate or insurance. Then they take your money... read more.
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United Way supports Empowering’s After School Program
The Darke County United Way recently supported the Empowering Darke County Youth’s After School Program with a Community Fund Grant to supplement its volunteer base with experienced licensed tutors. “Volunteers are the backbone of this program,” said Bob Robinson, Volunteer Coordinator and Empowering Board Member. “We would never have... read more.
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Dispatch… Report: Ohio's school report cards mostly make the grade
In an era when “Google” is just as much a verb as a proper noun, states collect tons of education data, but most make it too hard for the average person to find online and use. Ohio’s online report card has a few problems, but its clear format and content make it a “bright spot” among the report cards from all 50 states and the District of... read more.
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Virtual Tour of Edison State Now Available
To remain on the cutting edge of technology, Edison State Community College now offers the opportunity to take a virtual tour of the campus. The recently launched YouVisit virtual tour takes users in and around the Piqua Campus, all from the comfort of their own home and device. As participants follow the arrows through campus, an on-screen... read more.
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The Washington Post… Education Secretary calls on all states to abandon corporal punishment, By Joe Heim - The Obama administration Tuesday called for an end to corporal punishment in states and school districts that continue to allow the practice. In a letter to governors and state school leaders, U.S. Education Secretary John B. King, Jr., called corporal punishment “harmful, ineffective, and often disproportionately applied to students... read more.
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NPR: Unlocking Dyslexia… Millions Have Dyslexia, Few Understand It
This week we're starting a series called Unlocking Dyslexia, a look at the learning disability that millions of people have, but that few understand. Reporter Gabrielle Emanuel has dyslexia and she's talked with other people — young and old — in search of the answer to a simple question: What is dyslexia? From Gabrielle: Part 1 of our series "Unlocking... read more.
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Cincinnati Enquirer… Detecting the language of suicide: There's an app for that, Chris Graves - November 21, 2016 - Any parent of a teen knows all too well the ups and downs of those tumultuous years. At best, we feel utterly infuriated. At worst, we feel completely helpless and shaken to our core — especially if our kids harm, or threaten to kill, themselves. As parents, we are conditioned to look and listen for their cries for help... read more.
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Attorney General Mike DeWine Offers Charitable Giving Tips
(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today offered charitable giving tips ahead of “Giving Tuesday,” the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, when donors are urged to make charitable contributions amid the holiday shopping season. “We know many Ohioans will give generously this time of year, and we encourage them to do so,” Attorney... read more.
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Wayne HealthCare Purchases Innovative Beds and Mattress System
(Greenville, OH) November 18, 2016 - Wayne HealthCare is committed to improving the healthcare experience for patients, employees and their families.  The hospital received a generous gift from the estate of Ms. Venice Ricker with restrictions on how the gift must be used.  As a recipient of this generous gift, the hospital has earmarked funds to purchase 24 new Hill-Rom Advanta 2 beds... read more.
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Iris, The FBI's Electronics Detection Canine
The FBI’s latest tool to track down evidence knows how to use her nose: Iris is a 2-year-old black Labrador retriever and is the FBI’s first electronics detection dog. Mollie Halpern: The FBI’s latest tool to track down evidence knows how to use her nose. Meet Iris. The 2-year-old black Labrador retriever is the FBI’s first electronics detection dog and one of only seven certified canines... read more.
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Single Vehicle Accident on Hollansburg Tampico
Hollansburg- On November 27, 2016 at approximately 5:44 P.M. Darke County Deputies along with Liberty Twp Fire, Tri Village Rescue, and CareFlight were dispatched to the 3300 block of Hollansburg Tampico Rd. Preliminary investigation shows that Dorothy Blanken (62) of Glen Karn was south bound on Hollansburg Tampico Rd. The 2015 Ford Mustang... read more.
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Stegall offers a lesson to Edison students about their generation
GREENVILLE – More than 60 Edison State Community College Communications students, most of whom are in the College Credit Plus (CCP) program, had the opportunity recently to hear from a local public official, Darke County Commissioner Mike Stegall. Seven decided to critique his presentation. As in the past – this was Stegall’s fourth year... read more.
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DeWine Offers 12 Holiday Shopping Tips for Consumers
(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today offered holiday consumer protection tips ahead of Thanksgiving weekend, one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year. “We encourage consumers to take some simple steps to protect themselves,” Attorney General DeWine said. “Whether they’re shopping online or in stores, we encourage people... read more.
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American Red Cross Urges Safety on the Highway; Travel risk greater over Thanksgiving holiday; avoid distractions, plan ahead -- More than 48 million people are expected to travel over the Thanksgiving holiday, and the risks can be greater at this time of year as more vehicles are on the roads, weather conditions may be dangerous and drivers can be distracted by the holiday season. To help ease the chaos and make their travels more pleasant, the American Red Cross is offering some basic... read more.
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Attorney General Mike DeWine… DeWine Issues Statement on Surgeon General's Report on Alcohol, Drugs and Health -- (COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Today Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine offered the following comment on the U.S. Surgeon General's report on addiction in the United States.  It can be attributed, all or in part, to Attorney General DeWine. "We are facing an unprecedented epidemic of opiate addiction in Ohio.  It touches every corner of our state and every demographic... read more.
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It’s Time to “Start Talking” about Ohio’s Growing Drugged Driving Problem
Drugged driving crashes up 25% over the last four years; Ohioans urged to talk with young people about the dangers of impaired driving - COLUMBUS – As families and friends prepare to gather together during the busy holiday travel season, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) and the Ohio State Highway Patrol are utilizing... read more.
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Darke County Sheriff… Fatal accident in 9100 block of U.S. 36
On November 19, 2016 at approximately 3:37pm, Darke County Deputies along with Gettysburg Rescue, Bradford Fire and Rescue, CareFlight, Darke County Coroner's Office, and Darke County Sheriff's Office Accident Reconstruction Team responded to the 9100 block of U.S. Route 36 on a one vehicle fatal crash.  Preliminary investigation revealed... read more.
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Single vehicle accident on U.S. 127 South
On November 16, 2016 at approximately 10:46 PM Darke County Deputies along with Tri-Village Rescue, Tri-Village Fire, Arcanum Police Department and Lifeline were dispatched to US Rt. 127 just south of Arcanum Hollansburg Rd. in reference to a one vehicle injury accident. Preliminary investigation revealed Jena Garland (37) of West Alexandria... read more.
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FBI Releases 2015 Hate Crime Statistics
Today the FBI released Hate Crime Statistics, 2015, the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program’s latest compilation about bias-motivated incidents throughout the nation. This year’s collection marks the 25th anniversary of the FBI gathering and publishing data about bias-motivated crimes. The first publication in 1990 included limited data from... read more.
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Zanesville Times Recorder… More Ohio schools arm teachers to shoot attackers, Adrian Burns - November 12, 2016 - The next person to be shot in an Ohio school could be at the hands of a teacher allowed to carry a gun. In a trend that has grown rapidly since the late 2012 school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, an increasing number of school districts around Ohio have authorized teachers and school staff members to... read more.
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A third of high school juniors might not graduate next year, officials warn, By Patrick O'Donnell, The Plain Dealer - November 14, 2016 - COLUMBUS, Ohio - About one third of high school juniors across Ohio are in danger of not graduating on time, according to estimates that have superintendents warning of a graduation "apocalypse" and the state considering re-writing requirements for the class of 2018. Olmsted Falls Superintendent Jim... read more.
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ODA announces funding for local Agricultural Easement Purchase Program
Funding through Darke County SWCD is $291,749 - REYNOLDSBURG, OH (Nov. 09, 2016) – The Ohio Department of Agriculture today announced that nine land trusts, four counties, one township and 11 Soil and Water Conservation Districts will receive funding to help preserve farmland across the state.  These organizations will receive... read more.
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Ohio Schools Join Statewide Challenge to Fight Opioid Abuse
STEM network and state organize push to create student-directed solutions - Ohio is facing a major opioid overdose crisis. And as many Ohio families fight opioid abuse, the impact cascades into the learning environments in Ohio schools. Today, the Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio STEM Learning Network are announcing... read more.
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NPR… Donald Trump's Plan For America's Schools, by Cory Turner
"I'm a tremendous believer in education." So begins a campaign ad for Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump. But what does that mean? What does Trump believe about how we should fund and fix our schools, train and pay our teachers, and, most importantly, educate every child whether they're rich or poor, fluent in English or anything but, learning disabled or two grades ahead... read more.
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Politico… Democrats: We ran into an unstoppable wave, By Darren Samuelsohn
Democrats had looked forward to a smooth handoff of power from a successful two-term president to a successor of his own party – with a Democratic-led Senate to ease the way. What they got was an existential shock. In interviews Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning, while Clinton’s path to victory narrowed to the point of near-nothing, Democratic... read more.
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Fox News… Trump wins presidency, defeats Clinton in historic election upset
Donald Trump, defying the pundits and polls to the end, defeated Hillary Clinton in Tuesday’s presidential election and claimed an establishment-stunning victory that exposes the depth of voter dissatisfaction – and signals immense changes ahead for American policy at home and abroad. Seventeen months after the billionaire tycoon’s Trump Tower entrance... read more.
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Midmark Corporation Announces Acquisition of VSSI, Inc.
Complementary product portfolios will better serve veterinary practices - DAYTON, Ohio, Nov. 3, 2016 — Midmark Corporation (“Midmark”), a leading provider of animal health solutions, announced today that it has acquired the assets of VSSI, Inc. (“VSSI”); a Missouri-based manufacturer of veterinary practice equipment. Midmark Animal... read more.
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Darke County Sheriff… Injury accident at SR 49 & Hollansburg-Sampson Road
On November 1, 2016 at approximately 9:17pm, Darke County Deputies along with Arcanum Fire and Rescue responded to the intersection of State Route 49 and Hollansburg-Sampson Road on a report of a one vehicle injury crash into a utility pole. Preliminary investigation revealed, Craig S. Goubeaux 32, of Greenville, was driving a 1995 Green Dodge... read more.
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State Senator Bill Beagle… Beagle Named Legislator of the Year by Disabilities Council
COLUMBUS - On Tuesday, State Senator Bill Beagle (R-Tipp City) was named "Legislator of the Year" by the Governor's Council on People with Disabilities during their annual awards ceremony at the Statehouse. Each year the Council honors a member of the House and Senate who demonstrate exceptional commitment to improving the lives of Ohioans living with disabilities. Senator Beagle was honored... read more.
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Head-on injury collision results in OVI arrest
On October 29, 2016 at approximately 11:14 PMDarke County Deputies along with Bradford Fire, Bradford Rescue and CareFlight were dispatched to the 8300 block of State Route 185 in reference to a two vehicle head on injury accident. Preliminary investigation revealed a blue 2008 Ford F-250 driven by Nevin T. Benedict, 38 of Versailles, Ohio was traveling... read more.
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Wayne Healthcare awarded HFAP Accreditation
Greenville, Ohio – Wayne HealthCare was awarded accreditation from the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP), an independent, accreditation organization recognized by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). It earned this distinction after the HFAP conducted an extensive and objective review of the quality and safety... read more.
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NPR… Our Fragmented, Patchwork Care System
In the past 50 years, the experience of the American family has undergone a sea change. In the mid-twentieth century, breadwinner-homemaker families were not only more the norm, but held up as the ideal. Today, there is no one “typical” American family. And in a majority of families with children under 18, all parents work for pay... read more.
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Darke County Sheriff… Man sustains accidental gunshot wound to leg
On October 23, 2016 at 3:45 A.M., the Darke County 911 Center received a 911 call in reference to a man with a gunshot wound to his leg in the yard located 3652 US Route127 South. Darke County deputies and investigative division along with New Madison Fire Department and Tri-Village Rescue responded to the scene. Tyler L. Minton (29) of Verona, Ohio sustained a single gunshot wound to his right thigh... read more.
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AG DeWine… DeWine Announces new Advisory Group on Unmanned Aircraft Systems
(COLUMBUS, Ohio)— Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced today the formation of an advisory group tasked with creating a model law enforcement policy for the use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). The Ohio Attorney General's Advisory Group on Unmanned Aircraft Systems will be chaired by Cuyahoga Community College Police Chief Clayton Harris. Unmanned aircraft systems... read more.
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Columbus Dispatch… Community forum brings hundreds to discuss heroin in central Ohio, By Alissa Widman Neese -- Wednesday October 12, 2016 -- Her body craved the addictive, deadly drug so much that it controlled her every move. Physically, she was ill without it. Mentally, she was obsessed. No matter how many times Vanessa Perkins promised herself that she would stop shooting heroin, she continued to do anything — including sell her body for money — to get it... read more.
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Two-vehicle accident at US127 & Childrens Home Bradford Rd
Greenville - On October 23, 2016 at 1:35 p.m. Darke County Deputies, along with Greenville Township Fire and Rescue were dispatched to the intersection of US127 and Childrens Home Bradford Rd reference a two vehicle accident.  The original dispatch advised that one vehicle rolled. Preliminary investigation revealed that a 1996 Chevy Blazer, driven by Starla... read more.
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FBI… Simple Steps for Internet Safety
National Cyber Security Awareness Month - DHS graphic for National Cyber Security Awareness Month, October 2016: Our Shared Responsibility - In today’s digital world, online safety should be of paramount concern for all individuals and organizations because the threats posed by cyber criminals can’t be ignored. And to counteract these threats... read more.
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State Senator Keith Faber… Faber tours Edison DCC on launch of Agribusiness Program
COLUMBUS - Senate President Keith Faber (R-Celina) met yesterday with Edison State faculty, staff and students as well as local business and community leaders at the college's Evening Affair Open House at the Darke County campus. State Senator Bill Beagle (R-Tipp City) and Department of Agriculture Director David Daniels also attended. The event featured a tour of the campus and highlighted... read more.
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Whirlpool Hosts Area Students During National Manufacturing Day
Whirlpool Corporation's Greenville Operations was pleased to host two groups of students last Friday, October 7 for National Manufacturing Day. Tri Village High School and Greenville High School were both given a guided tour of the plant, shown Manufacturing Day presentations on careers in modern manufacturing, shown a video about the Greenville... read more.
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Fatal motorcycle accident on Horatio Harris Creek Rd
On October 15, 2016 at 7:55 p.m. Darke County Sheriff’s Deputies along with Gettysburg Fire, Bradford Fire, Bradford Rescue, and the Darke County Coroner’s Office responded to the 8500 Block of Horatio Harris Creek Rd on an injury accident. Preliminary investigation reveals that a 2006 Harley Davidson Motorcycle, driven by John Shingler (58) of New... read more.
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How To Spark Learning Everywhere Kids Go, Anya Kamenetz
Starting With The Supermarket - Picture this: You're in the supermarket with your hungry preschooler in tow. As you reach into the dairy case, you spot a sign with a friendly cartoon cow. It reads: "Ask your child: Where does milk come from? What else comes from a cow?" In a small study published last year, signs like these, placed in Philadelphia-area... read more.
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Mentors in reading program make a difference. By Pamela Willis
October 5, 2016 - Worthington City Schools' reading intervention program is in search of mentors with a "heart to help" elementary school students that struggle with that skill. District coordinators of Project Mentoring in Ohio for Reading Excellence hope to find more people willing to become mentors and read to Worthington students. Jennifer... read more.
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Darke County Sheriff… Injury accident at Otterbein Ithaca and Emerick Roads
On October 11, 2016 at 3:49 PM Darke County Sheriff’s Deputies, along with New Madison Fire Department, Tri Village Rescue Squad and Careflight were called to the intersection of Otterbein Ithaca Road and Emerick Road on a two vehicle injury accident. Preliminary investigation reveals Steven Dull (66), of Greenville Ohio, was travelling north onEmrick... read more.
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Attorney General Mike DeWine… DeWine Releases Task Force on Criminal Justice and Mental Illness Report -- (COLUMBUS, Ohio)—In recognition of Mental Illness Awareness Week, Attorney General DeWine released the Ohio Attorney General's Task Force on Criminal Justice and Mental Illness annual report. The Attorney General's Task Force on Criminal Justice and Mental Illness was established in 2011 to address the significant number of individuals with mental illnesses who are involved... read more.
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DeWine Reminds Students of Oct. 1 FAFSA Availability
Attorney General’s Student Loan Center Offers Free Resources for Students - (COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today reminded students and their families that the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will be available on Oct. 1 this year, three months earlier than in previous years. The change impacts high school... read more.
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FBI... Fifteen Years After 9/11: Threats to the Homeland, James B. Comey, Director
September 27, 2016 - Statement Before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: Good afternoon Chairman Johnson, Ranking Member Carper, and members of the committee. Thank you for the opportunity to appear before you today to discuss the current threats to the homeland and our efforts to address new challenges. As the... read more.
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Western Ohio Values Voters to Coalesce Around Trump-Pence
Greenville, Ohio—Today, Assistant Majority Leader of the Ohio House of Representatives Jim Buchy (R-Greenville) announced three captains to serve on the leadership team of Western Ohio Values Voters for Trump-Pence. The I-75 counties have been split into three sections: Northern Region, encompassing Lucas to Hancock Counties; Central Region... read more.
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NPR… Half Of Professors In NPR Ed Survey Have Used 'Trigger Warnings', Anya Kamenetz - This school year, the University of Chicago has put the debate over "trigger warnings" on campus back in the news. The University told incoming freshmen that, because of its commitment to freedom of expression, it does not support warnings to students about potentially difficult material. But amid all the attention to trigger warnings, there have... read more.
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The Marion Star… Local students gather to pray, Andrew Carter
September 28, 2016 - MARION - Scenes of solidarity were played out at high schools across Marion County on Wednesday morning. Students met in the pre-dawn darkness and joined hands to pray with and for each other, their schools and the community as See You at the Pole was observed. See You at the Pole is an international... read more.
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DeWine Introduces Government Videos for High Schools
(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today introduced a free new educational tool for Ohio government classes – a series of five new videos on topics including state public policy and citizen engagement. The videos were produced by Attorney General DeWine’s office with the help of current and former state officeholders. “Engaging students... read more.
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Darke County Sheriff… Fatal farm accident
Gordon- On October 3, 2016 at 12:57 p.m. Darke County Deputies, along with Pitsburg Fire, Arcanum Fire and Rescue, were dispatched to 8296 SR722 reference a male subject had fell inside a grain bin. Preliminary investigation revealed that Gary Brown (75) of Arcanum was in the process of transferring grain from one bin to another.  Family members located Brown inside the grain bin and immediately called 911... read more.
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After School Program at Edison DCC off to great start
GREENVILLE – “This After School Program is an amazing tool that inspires and empowers the next generation,” said Edison student Shayna Emrick. “It gives the children a role model to look up to and a new friend.” Shayna was among the 15 Edison students who began tutoring younger students in a new program at Edison State Community... read more.
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NPR… Getting Restless At The Head Of The Class, Anya Kamenetz
They read a book quietly under their desks, pester the teacher for extra credit, or, perhaps, they simply check out and act up. Every classroom has a few overachievers who perform above their grade level and don't feel challenged by the status quo. A new report suggests they are surprisingly common — in some cases, nearly half of all students... read more.
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NPR… Sixth Grade Is Tough; It Helps To Be 'Top Dog'
Oh, middle school. The land of pantsing. Mean girls who won't let you sit with them in the cafeteria. And, these days, cryptic taunts posted on social media, where parents and teachers can't always see them. Middle schoolers report higher rates of bullying and fights than students in any other grade span, and their academic performance also tends to... read more.
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Carey Holds Roundtable for Business and Higher Ed Partnership
Edison State Community College  - Chancellor John Carey of the Ohio Department of Higher Education paid a visit to Edison State Community College for a roundtable discussion, which focused on the funding made available through the Regionally Aligned Priorities In Delivering Skills (RAPIDS) grant. The RAPIDS grant, which aims to... read more.
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FBI… Increase in Violent Crime, Decrease in Property Crime
Today, the FBI released its annual compilation of crimes reported to its Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program by law enforcement agencies from around the nation. Crime in the United States, 2015 reveals a 3.9 percent increase in the estimated number of violent crimes and a 2.6 percent decrease in the estimated number of property crimes... read more.
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Darke County Visitor’s Bureau receives marketing awards
Lancaster, Ohio.   The Ohio Association of Convention & Visitors Bureaus (OACVB) held its 19th Annual Awards of Excellence Luncheon in Lancaster, Ohio on Thursday, September 22, 2016.  MIDDY Awards are presented for destination marketing and tourism development. The Darke County Visitors Bureau received two awards for “Excellence... read more.
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Edison President Larson named Influential Executive for Second Consecutive Year
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 for the second consecutive year. Dr. Larson made the prestigious list for her outstanding leadership in the region's higher education sector. "I am honored to be included among... read more.
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Darke County Sheriff… Two-vehicle injury accident at SR 49 and US 127
On Saturday September 24, 2016 at approximately 8:35PM, Darke County Deputies along with Greenville Township Fire and Rescue responded to the SR 49 overpass at US Route 127 for a two vehicle injury accident. Preliminary investigation revealed Randy Pickrell 47, of Englewood, Ohio along with his wife Jennifer 46, and 13 year old son were stopped at the on ramp from US Route 127 to State Route... read more.
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52,000 students enroll in CCP… Students Saved More Than $110 Million on College Tuition
COLUMBUS, OH, September 19, 2016 – More than 52,000 Ohio high school students took college classes during the 2015-16 academic year, earning college credit while meeting their high school graduation requirements and collectively saving more than $110 million on college tuition. The Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) today released details on the first full year of Ohio’s innovative College... read more.
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