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Nationwide scam noted in Mercer Cty
Mercer County Sheriff, Jeff Grey reports that his office has received numerous complaints from citizens within the county about a possible IRS scam.  Sheriff Grey states that his office has been in contact with the IRS and found that the calls that the citizens have been receiving are in fact a SCAM.  The IRS informed the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office that their agency
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Ohio and U.S. Employment Situation
Ohio unemployment drops to 4.8 percent - Ohio's unemployment rate was 4.8 percent in December 2014, down from 5.0 percent in November 2014. Ohio’s nonfarm wage and salary employment increased 5,100 over the month, from a revised 5,325,300 in November to 5,330,400 in December. The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in December was 278,000, down 9,000
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Federal News Radio… Air Force to ask for base closures, aircraft retirements despite repeated rebuffs, By Jared Serbu -- Monday - 1/19/2015 -- Two of the Air Force's most contentious budget proposals, getting rid of excess bases and retiring aging aircraft, will be back on the table in next year's budget, despite congressional votes just a month ago that rebuked both requests. President Barack Obama's budget for the Defense Department, which is scheduled to come early next month, will violate the $523 billion sequestration cap for 2016... read more.
Suspected drug arrest in Celina
Celina Police Chief Tom Wale and Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey report the arrest of an individual, and suspected heroin and firearms seized.  On Tuesday January 21, the “HIT” (Heroin Interdiction Team) comprised of members from the Celina Police Department and Mercer County Sheriff’s Office served a warrant at 1014 Hemlock Street in Celina.  Arrested was 24 year old Steven Noggler who was staying at the residence on an outstanding
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Bluebag Media… More school freedom, lower taxes possible for 2015
COLUMBUS – “Our work this year will include a heavy focus on education,” said Senator Keith Faber. The senator was elected to his second term as President Jan. 5 during the opening Senate session of the 131st Legislature. More than that, his goal is to relieve some of the higher performing schools of state regulations. “We want higher performing districts to be allowed to establish
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Trafficking Drugs in the Vicinity of a School
On January 21, 2015 the Darke County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit, along with Greenville Police, executed a search warrant at 216 Victoria Drive, Greenville. Erik Straub (35) of that address was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Darke County Jail. Straub is being charged with Trafficking in Drugs in the vicinity of a school. This investigation stems from ongoing complaints of illegal
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Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel… 2015 Ag-LINK Program Opens for Ohio Farmers
COLUMBUS - Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel announced today that the application period for Ohio's farmers and agribusinesses to participate in the Ohio Treasury's 2015 Agricultural Linked Deposit Program (Ag-LINK) is now open.  Celebrating its 30th year of assisting Ohio's agribusinesses, Ag-LINK applications will be accepted online at www.OhioTreasurer.gov/agLINK until Monday, March 16th
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Midmark Celebrates 100 Years
Remembering its rich history and preparing for the future - DAYTON, Ohio, Jan. 19, 2015 — Midmark Corporation announced today that 2015 marks the company’s 100th year of business. With a theme of “Reminisce Reinvent Renew,” the celebration kicked off today at the Versailles Performing Arts Center as president and CEO, Dr. Anne Eiting Klamar
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MSN Money… Prepare for 'Devastating' Tax Season, IRS Watchdog Says, Catherine Dunn
Nina Olson, the taxpayer advocate at the IRS, doesn't mince words about how bad the upcoming tax season is likely to be. The terms "devastating erosion of taxpayer service," "sad state of affairs" and "collective denial" all apply, she wrote in her latest annual report to Congress. The combination of increased work loads and budget cuts, along with the damaging "tea party" screening scandal, is adding up to a "'perfect storm' of trouble
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Bluebag Media… ODE relaxes CCP participation requirements
COLUMBUS – “If you can do it, you’re in!” said Ohio Rep. Jim Buchy (84th Dist., R) of Greenville. “If you can’t you’re not.” Buchy was not happy over the guidelines for the state’s College Credit Plus program, set to be implemented for the fall semester. It limits enrollment in CCP courses to students who are enrolled in both high school and an accredited
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MSN… White House: We should have sent higher official to Paris march
The Washington Post -- The White House said Monday that it should have sent a higher-profile official to a Paris rally where 1.5 million people marched in a show of unity against terrorism. The absence of President Obama and other top administration officials drew intense scrutiny on both sides of the Atlantic on Monday, with Republicans sharply criticizing the president at home and both domestic and foreign media raising questions
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Bluebag Media… Faber elected to second term as Senate President
COLUMBUS – “Being an effective senator would be impossible without the support of your family,” newly elected Ohio Senate President Keith Faber (Dist. 12, R) told 32 senators and their families during the opening ceremonies of the 131st General Assembly. He noted the lost time with children, the bedtime stories not read, sporting events missed. “The sacrifice is not only yours
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House Approves Job-Creating Keystone Pipeline
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the House once again voted, on a bipartisan basis, to approve the Keystone XL pipeline (H.R. 3), the third jobs bill passed by the House this week as part of Republicans’ continuing commitment to put Americans’ priorities – jobs and the economy – first.  Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) issued the following statement: “In light of today’s Nebraska Supreme Court ruling, the president should reconsider
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Bluebag Media… Vivitrol to be introduced to treat addiction
GREENVILLE – “The holidays are a depressing time of the year if you’re battling addiction,” Darke County Chief Probation Officer James Mollette said. “It’s a balancing act between providing for the family and the drugs; it’s much easier to go back to the addiction.” He added it’s also difficult fighting loneliness. “We do all the encouraging things we can… meetings… any positives we can
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Ohio Senator Bill Beagle… Lehner, Beagle Praise Fuyao Expansion, 750 New Miami Valley Jobs
COLUMBUS–Senators Peggy Lehner (R–Kettering) and Bill Beagle (R–Tipp City) today joined Ohio Governor John Kasich in announcing the expansion of the Fuyao North American Glass Company project in Moraine, Ohio. Fuyao has chosen the Moraine site to invest an additional $130 million and add 750 more jobs. Lehner and Beagle joined Kasich for the announcement with company executives
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FBI… Virtual Kidnapping Scam on the Rise in New York City
The Federal Bureau of Investigation and New York City Police Department are alerting the public to a new, frightening scam that is targeting New York City residents. In the scheme, individuals call claiming to have kidnapped a family member. While no actual kidnapping has taken place, the callers often use co-conspirators to convince their victims of the legitimacy of the threat. For example, a caller
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FBI… Adopt-A-School Program
Bringing a Message of Hope to Students - 01/05/15 - Twenty years ago, the FBI began a program to help kids steer clear of drugs and gangs while learning core values that would make them good citizens. Since the Adopt-A-School Program was established in 1994, special agents and other FBI employees have volunteered thousands of hours to make a positive impact
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Federal News Radio… Don't blame the IRS for reduced services this year, says NTEU president
By Jory Heckman -- Friday - 1/9/2015 -- The Internal Revenue Service is in a position few would envy. As it prepares for a new tax filing season that begins on Jan. 20, it must do so with a budget reduced by 10 percent since fiscal year 2010 and a slashed workforce, while also shouldering new responsibilities under the Affordable Care Act. Colleen Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, says with fewer employees
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Fatal accident on U.S. Route 127; First fatality of 2015 on Darke County roads
On Tuesday January 13, 2015 at approximately 10:21 AM, Darke County Deputies, North Star Fire, Ansonia Rescue, Darke County Coroner's Office, Darke County Sheriff's Office Accident Reconstruction Team, and Ohio State Highway Patrol Commercial Motor Carrier Inspector responded to the 14,300 block of US RT 127 on a report of a fatal head-on crash involving a semi and motor vehicle. Preliminary
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Addressing Inequalities in Public Schools
In March 2014, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights published data from a comprehensive survey of schools across the nation, which illustrated the magnitude of the educational opportunity gaps that exist for students in the United States. The survey found that Black, Latino, American Indian, and Native Alaskan students, as well as students who are English learners, attend schools
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MSN… Budget war looms for Obama, GOP
From The Hill -- The federal budget is almost certain to be the central battleground between President Obama and the new Republican Congress in 2015. The GOP has vowed to use control of the House and Senate to slash the size of government, with entitlement programs such as Medicare and Social Security a potential target for cuts. But Obama has made clear he will use his veto pen against the GOP
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Darke County Engineer… 37th Annual Engineer’s Report for 2014, By James P. Surber P.E., P.S., Darke County Engineer -- Our annual report has always shown all money received, exactly where it was spent, and what was maintained, constructed, and improved. Now, it is an even greater challenge than in past years to adequately maintain Darke County’s very large road mileage and very large number of bridges. For over eight years we have faced increasing costs with decreasing revenues. Annual... read more.
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FBI… Funeral of NYPD Officer Wenjuan Liu, Speech by James B. Comey, Director
January 4, 2015 - Remarks as prepared. Good morning. It is an honor to be here to pay tribute to Detective Liu. These are the most difficult days we face. We struggle to find meaning in tragedy. We struggle to find words to measure loss. I did not have the privilege of knowing Detective Liu, but it is clear he was beloved. I am told he was unfailingly kind and thoughtful. He truly cared about people
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Injury accident on Weavers Ft. Jefferson Road
On January 9, 2015 at approximately 5:50 am Darke County Deputies along with Liberty Township Fire, Tri-Village Rescue, New Madison Fire and CareFlight were dispatched to the 1300 block of Weavers Ft. Jefferson Road in reference to a single vehicle injury accident. Preliminary investigation revealed a silver 2002 Oldsmobile Silhouette driven by Gwendolyn
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Dayton Business Journal… Two Ohio cities among top 100 for young families
Dec 22, 2014 -- The Midwest has a reputation for good schools and strong communities. That has not gone unnoticed by a new report from Apartment List ranking the top 100 cities for young families. Two Ohio cities, including one from the Dayton region, made the list. Apartment List, a San Francisco-based website that lists properties for lease, ranked 500 cities
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Accident involving school bus on SR 121
On Wednesday January 7, 2015 at approximately 9:37 AM, Darke County Deputies along with Hollansburg Fire, Tri-Village Rescue, and Northwest EMS responded to 10 State Route 121 on a report of an injury crash involving a Tri-Village School Bus and motor vehicle. Preliminary investigation revealed a Tri-Village School Bus driven by Mary Boone, 58, New Madison, was traveling
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Rep. Boehner Opening the 114th Congress: "Let’s Stand Tall and Prove the Skeptics Wrong”
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) today was sworn into his 13th term representing the Eighth Congressional District of Ohio.  Before taking the oath, he made the following remarks to the opening session, as prepared for delivery: “Friends, colleagues, and countrymen, especially the good people of Ohio’s Eighth District: This is the day the Lord has made
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Faber begins Second Term as President of the Ohio Senate
COLUMBUS– The Ohio General Assembly today held their Opening Ceremonies for the 131st General Assembly, officially marking the beginning of the new legislative session. During the ceremonies, the members of the Ohio Senate unanimously reelected State Senator Keith Faber (R–Celina) to serve as Senate President. Faber has held the
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Beagle Begins Second Term in the Ohio Senate
COLUMBUS– The Ohio General Assembly today held their Opening Ceremonies for the 131st General Assembly, officially marking the beginning of the new legislative session. During the ceremonies, State Senator Bill Beagle (R–Tipp City) was sworn in for his second term in the Ohio Senate, representing the 5th District in the state legislature’s
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Huffman sworn in to Ohio House for 131st General Assembly
COLUMBUS—State Representative Steve Huffman (R-Tipp City) was sworn in as a member of the Ohio House of Representatives for the 131st General Assembly during a ceremony at the Statehouse today. “I am greatly looking forward to serving the constituents of the 80th House District as their State Representative,” Huffman said. “This is a tremendous
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Dayton Business Journal… Three Ohio colleges among top 20 friendliest in U.S.
Dec 29, 2014 -- The Midwest is a friendly region, so it's not surprising that Midwestern colleges are filled with friendly students. Niche, a website that offers rankings and statistics for schools, neighborhoods and cities, has chronicled the colleges with the friendliest students. How does someone measure friendliness? In the absence of official scientific metrics, the Niche rankings are based on survey responses from students
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Two-car injury accident at US 36 and SR 121
On January 5, 2015 at approximately 5:24 PM Darke County Deputies along with New Madison Fire and Tri Village Rescue were dispatched to the intersection of US Route 36 W and SR 121 reference a two vehicle injury accident. Preliminary investigation revealed a grey 1984 Toyota pickup truck, driven by Marlin Bowman of Versailles, was traveling west on US Route 36 W. Bowman failed to
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Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, Darke County Sheriff Toby L. Spencer
Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS) have declared Friday January 9, 2015 as Law Enforcement Appreciation Day (LEAD). In light of recent negativity directed toward law enforcement nationally, Sheriff Spencer is asking the citizens of Darke County to join him in a full day of recognition for your local law enforcement officers. Sheriff Spencer says, “Darke County is a great place to live, work
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Attorney General Mike DeWine… Ohioans Losing Money to Loan Scams
(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine warned today that Ohioans seeking extra cash following the holiday season should beware of phony loan offers. In 2014, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office received more than 200 complaints about advance-fee loans or credit cards, including many potential scams. The average reported loss was approximately $500. “In a typical loan scam
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Injury accident on Mills Road
On Sunday January 4, 2015 at approximately 11:40 AM, Darke County Deputies along with New Madison Fire and Tri-Village Rescue responded to an injury crash in the 1600 block of Mills Road.  Preliminary investigation revealed a 1998 Black Cadillac driven by Teresa A. Burkett-Moorman 54 of Hollansburg, was traveling Eastbound in the 1600 block of Mills Road when she lost control of her
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Gov. Huckabee Departs Fox News; Will Make Decision On '16 Campaign By Late Spring
Huckabee: "As much as I have loved doing the show, I cannot bring myself to rule out another Presidential run." Little Rock - Governor Mike Huckabee will announce tonight on his Fox News show that he is leaving the network after six-and-a-half years as the host of "Huckabee." To close out his final show, Gov. Huckabee said: "Tonight I will do more than just say goodnight.  I will say goodbye
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The Hill… Top 10 political stories of 2014, By Niall Stanage
12/30/14 - In a year when Congress all but ground to a halt, the real political action took place elsewhere: on the other side of the world, on the streets of Ferguson, Mo., and New York, or in polling booths in battleground states across the nation. Here is The Hill’s selection of the top 10 political news stories of 2014. 1. Midterms: GOP gains, Democratic pain - The midterms were a triumph for Republicans, as they routed Democrats in battleground states to
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DeWine Offers Gym Membership Tips; Complaints Doubled in 2014
(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today offered advice for consumers who plan to buy gym memberships in the new year after the Attorney General’s Office received about 250 fitness center complaints in 2014, double the number received in 2013. “There are many great gyms and fitness centers throughout Ohio,” Attorney General DeWine said
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Bluebag Media… JAFE massive growth attributed to employees
GREENVILLE – JAFE Decorating, Inc., has three automated lines; all three are in operation 24 hours a day seven days a week… “We’re just trying to get it all done,” said Randy O’Dell, owner. Christmas is finished, Valentine’s Day is next. O’Dell noted winter was the busiest time of the year. “After that it’s Mother’s Day then spring.” O’Dell and his wife, co-owner Lisa O’Dell, held a “celebration” of the
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Accident on Pitsburg-Laura Road
On December 31, 2014 at approximately 2:45 PM Darke County Deputies along with Pitsburg Fire and Arcanum Rescue were dispatched to the 8300 block of Pitsburg-Laura Road in reference to a rollover accident with injury. Preliminary investigation revealed a green Ford truck driven by Bruce A. Swigart, 43, Miami County was eastbound on Pitsburg-Laura road entering the village of Pitsburg
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Three-vehicle injury accident at US36 & SR 121
On December 31, 2014 at approximately 6:43 PM Darke County Deputies along with New Madison Fire, Tri Village Rescue and Greenville Rescue were dispatched to the intersection of US Route 36 W and SR 121 reference a three vehicle injury accident. Preliminary investigation revealed a red 2005 Nissan driven by Ayman Rahmen of Indianapolis, Indiana was traveling west on US Route 36
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Attorney General DeWine… DeWine Announces $1 Million Grant to Ohio Children’s Hospitals
Medical research grant will study “sentinel injuries” in children from zero to six months of age -- (COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today announced that his office is giving a $1 million dollar medical research grant to the Ohio Children’s Hospital Association to study “sentinel injuries” in children aged zero to six months. Sentinel injuries are relatively minor injuries that should
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FBI Releases 2013 Crime Statistics
Today, the FBI released details on more than 5.6 million criminal offenses reported via the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) in 2013. The Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program’s latest report, NIBRS 2013, provides a diverse scope of information about victims, known offenders, and relationships for 23 offense categories (including sex offenses). It also presents arrest data for those
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Rasmussen… What They Told Us: Reviewing Last Week’s Key Polls
Saturday, December 27, 2014 -- Did you get what you wanted this Christmas? Sony Pictures didn’t, or did they? Most Americans disagree with Sony’s initial decision not to release the film, “The Interview,” which depicted a fictionalized assassination of North Korea’s leader, after alleged computer attacking and terror threats from the republic. In fact, the news surrounding the controversial film has made 26% of Americans want to see it even more
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Attorney General Mike DeWine… Ohioans Lose Hundreds to Sugar Bowl Ticket Scams
(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today warned consumers to be skeptical of individuals offering tickets to the 2015 Sugar Bowl, after two Ohioans reported losing $800 each to Sugar Bowl ticket scams on Craigslist. “For every scam that gets reported there are probably 10 or more that don’t, so we want consumers to be very careful,” Attorney General DeWine said
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OVI Injury Accident
On December 28, 2014 Darke County Deputies along with Greenville City Police, Greenville City Fire, Greenville Rescue and Darke County Crash Reconstruction Team responded to an accident with injuries in the 1200 block of Sweitzer Street, Greenville Ohio, involving a Greenville Police Officer. Investigation revealed a 2011 Ford F-150 driven by Brent Obringer was North bound on Sweitzer Street
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Injury accident on Horatio-New Harrison
On Monday December 29, 2014 at approximately 7:02 AM, Darke County Deputies along with Gettysburg Fire and Rescue and Care Flight, responded to the 6900 block of Horatio-New Harrison Road on a report of an injury crash involving a vehicle into a tree.   Preliminary investigation revealed Chelsea Howard 24, of Greenville was driving a Maroon 2009 KIA Spectra southbound
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FBI… Digital Billboard Initiative
Catching Fugitives in the Information Age - 12/24/14 - In April 2013, a Buffalo grand jury indicted 33-year-old Oscar Romero and other suspected members of the Loiza Boys gang, charging them with heroin and cocaine distribution. After nearly a year on the run, investigators received information that Romero had returned to the Buffalo area from Puerto Rico, and the FBI
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Jobs and Transportation Plan Continues to Fuel Infrastructure Investment; More than $2 billion will fund transportation projects throughout Ohio -- COLUMBUS (Thursday, December 18, 2014) – Gov. John R. Kasich’s “Jobs and Transportation Plan” enters its second year with a projected $2 billion investment in the state’s infrastructure, economy and jobs over the next several years. The state’s Transportation Review Advisory Council (TRAC) today gave preliminary approval to continuing the governor’s plan that – once complete... read more.
Federal News Radio… Obama makes 2015 federal pay raise official, By Julia Ziegler
Saturday - 12/20/2014 - Federal employees under the General Schedule will receive a 1 percent pay increase in 2015. President Barack Obama signed an executive order Friday making the raise official. This is the second year in a row feds have received a 1 percent pay increase, after three years of pay freezes from 2011-2013. Most members of the military (both commissioned and enlisted) will also receive a 1 percent pay raise
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Bluebag Media… Tentative 2015 county budget a slight decrease from 2014
GREENVILLE – Darke County Commissioners were in a festive mood Dec. 17 as they handled approval of bills, expense requests and appropriations transfers. They also noted the county’s budget for 2015 was close. “Unless there’s some big surprise, it looks pretty good,” said Commissioner Mike Stegall. He added Darke County Auditor Carol Ginn’s job is a tough one
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Ohio and U.S. Employment Situation (Seasonally Adjusted)
Ohio's unemployment rate was 5.0 percent in November 2014, down from 5.3 percent in October 2014. Ohio’s nonfarm wage and salary employment increased 17,900 over the month, from a revised 5,311,300 in October to 5,329,200 in November. The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in November was 287,000, down 18,000 from 305,000 in October. The number of unemployed has decreased by 130,000 in the past 12 months from
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FBI… Update on Sony Investigation
Washington, D.C. December 19, 2014 - Today, the FBI would like to provide an update on the status of our investigation into the cyber attack targeting Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE). In late November, SPE confirmed that it was the victim of a cyber attack that destroyed systems and stole large quantities of personal and commercial data. A group calling itself the
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Rasmussen… What They Told Us: Reviewing Last Week’s Key Polls
Saturday, December 13, 2014 -- It’s disconnect time between Americans and their government once again. Voters continue to believe that cutting government spending and taxes are the best presents the federal government can give the economy this holiday season.  Instead, Congress is on the brink of passing a $1.1 trillion budget that does neither. Most voters have said in surveys for years that controlling the border to stop illegal immigration
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Consumer Alert from ODJFS
COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) is reminding Ohioans to be wary of unsolicited job offers, online business opportunities, work-at-home promises, and websites or help wanted ads that request personal or financial information. The agency’s OhioMeansJobs.com website aggregates nearly all online help wanted ads posted in Ohio, and ODJFS has noticed an uptick in potentially fraudulent activity
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Bluebag Media… Detective resigns after violating department policy
DARKE COUNTY – “Shocked” was the common reaction from staff of the Darke County Sheriff’s Office after learning of the sudden resignation of one of the department’s detectives last week. According to a statement from the department, Detective Corey M. Turner was placed on administrative leave immediately after disclosing to his supervisor, on Monday, Dec. 1, that he had been engaging in a personal relationship with an adult
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Washington Post… Senate approves $1.1 trillion spending bill, Ed O'Keefe and Sean Sullivan
The Senate on Saturday night approved a sweeping $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund most of the federal government through the next fiscal year, turning back a conservative rebellion against President Obama's immigration policy. On a vote of 56 to 40, senators passed the spending bill and sent it to Obama, who plans to sign it. The bill’s passage eliminates the threat of a government shutdown and capped days of acrimonious
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Midmark Corporation Expands International Business
Taking sole ownership of India-based Janak Healthcare Private Limited - DAYTON, Ohio, December 11, 2014 — Midmark Corporation today announced that it has completed negotiations with Janak Healthcare Private Limited, a market-leading healthcare manufacturer located in Mumbai, India. After a partnership of more than six years, Midmark will take sole
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Bloomburg Business Week… Ohio’s Kasich Heading West to Push for Balanced-Budget Amendment, By Mark Niquette -- Ohio Governor John Kasich is heading to Arizona and possibly Idaho this week in a campaign to encourage states to seek a federal balanced-budget amendment. Kasich, a Republican who was the U.S. House of Representatives Budget Committee chairman when the federal budget was balanced in 1997, said he wants to encourage resolutions calling for a convention to consider an amendment... read more.
Boehner Congratulates 8th District Military Service Academy Nominees
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) today congratulated the 8th District’s 2014 Military Service Academy nominees.  The nominees were recognized by Rep. Boehner in a ceremony held on Sunday, December 7, 2014, at the Savannah Center in West Chester.  Below is the complete list of this year’s nominees. “These young men and women are among Southwest Ohio’s best and brightest,” Boehner said
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FBI Releases 2013 Hate Crime Statistics
December 08, 2014 - Today, the FBI released Hate Crime Statistics, 2013, the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program’s first publication to present data collected under the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crime Prevention Act of 2009. Accordingly, the bias categories of gender (male and female) and gender identity (transgender and gender nonconforming
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Dayton Business Journal… Most stressful zip codes in the U.S.
Where Does My Zip Code Rank? - How’s your day at work going? Well, we hope it’s not too bad, considering how stressful things can be nowadays. Bills to pay, rent that’s due, long commutes…it’s enough to make you want to tear your hair out. Could things really be any worse? As it turns out, yes, it could be much worse. Don’t believe us? Well, here at the Movoto Real Estate Blog
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Mandel Announces OhioCheckbook.com
First-of-its-Kind Online Checkbook Sets a New National Transparency Standard; Displays $400 Billion in Spending with Full Search and Compare Tools -- COLUMBUS - For the first time in Ohio history, Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel has placed Ohio's expenditures on the internet. By visiting OhioCheckbook.com, citizens can follow their money and hold public officials accountable. This first-of-its-kind
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Bluebag Media… New cameras planned for Sheriff’s vehicles
GREENVILLE – During the public questions segment of its regular public meeting Dec. 3 Greenville resident Fred Dean asked the Darke County Commissioners if they’d had discussions with the Sheriff about using body cameras. Darke County Commissioner Mike Stegall said they wanted to think about it. “There are two problems with the ones currently available…” He said they
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Kasich launches new effort to combat infant mortality; Also Signs HB 465, Establishing Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Awareness Week -- COLUMBUS – Calling it unacceptable that more than 1,000 Ohio babies die each year before their first birthday, Governor John R. Kasich today announced new efforts to combat infant mortality before 1,500 leaders from across Ohio attending the 2014 Ohio Infant Mortality Summit.  The goal of the summit, first hosted last year by the Ohio Department of Health... read more.
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The Hill… Conservatives complain House GOP leaders ramming through spending bill, By Scott Wong -- 12/06/14 -- House conservatives are griping that Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is putting the squeeze on them by rushing through a $1 trillion spending bill in Congress’s last week in session. Appropriators are expected to roll out the legislation early next week, giving critics scant time to figure out what’s inside before they cast their votes by the end of the week. The government would shut down... read more.
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Rasmussen… What They Told Us: Reviewing Last Week’s Key Polls
Saturday, December 06, 2014 -- It’s often been said that there are two or more Americas within the fabric of this great nation. Racially, that’s certainly true. The refusal of grand juries in Ferguson, Missouri and on Staten Island in New York to indict white police officers following the deaths of two young black men has highlighted this division. Many had high hopes that the election of the nation’s first
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FBI… New Top Ten Fugitive
Help Us Find a Murderer - 12/04/14 - Yaser Abdel Said, wanted for the murder of his two teenage daughters in Texas, has been named to the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list. A reward of up to $100,000 is being offered for information leading directly to the arrest of Said, who was born in Egypt and may be hiding there or in U.S. communities with Egyptian ties. On January 1, 2008
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The passing of Bob Bennett, From Lyn Bliss
Greenville resident and President of the Ohio Federation of Republican Women sent these messages to County News Online Saturday. Long-time Ohio Republican Party Chairman Bob Bennett passed away Dec. 6. He was 75. Matt Borges, Ohio Republican Party Chairman. Lyn, we’re very saddened to share with you that Bob Bennett passed away this morning. Chairman Bennett led
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WTOP… Litter of pups will grow up to be healers, By Darci Marchese
Tuesday - 12/2/2014 -- WASHINGTON -- Olive, the yellow Labrador retriever, has been quite busy over the last few days. On Thanksgiving day, she gave birth to nine yellow and black lab puppies. The new pups born will become service dogs one day. The dogs are currently being cared for at the Warrior Canine Connection's Puppy Enrichment Center in Brookeville, Maryland. You can see them on the puppy cam. These dogs are bred specifically
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571 accident updated to fatality
On December 2, 2014 at approximately 7:37 AM Darke County Deputies along with Greenville City Fire, Greenville Township Fire, Greenville Township Rescue, Union City Rescue and Care Flight were dispatched to the 3600 Block of State Route 571 West near White Springs Golf Course in reference to a serious injury accident. Preliminary investigation revealed a black 2011 Toyota Camry
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The Hill… Reid signals support for House Republicans' funding plan, By Alexander Bolton
12/02/14 - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Tuesday signaled that he will accept a House Republican plan to pass an omnibus spending bill that funds the Department of Homeland Security for only a few months. Reid, who has made passing an omnibus spending bill one of his top priorities of the lame-duck session, said he would consider House passage of the “cromnibus” a policy win. “That would be a big accomplishment if we could
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Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine… Ohio Man Indicted in Connection with Investment Scheme Targeting Elderly - (CLEVELAND) -- Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced today that a Medina County man is facing felony charges in Cuyahoga County after an investigation conducted as part of the Ohio Attorney General's Elder Justice Initiative uncovered an alleged investment scheme targeting older Ohioans. A Cuyahoga County Grand Jury yesterday indicted... read more.
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Bluebag Media… Greenville firefighter jailed on voyeurism charges
MERCER COUNTY – A captain with the Greenville Fire Department, Troy A. Wombold, 49, of Coldwater, is jailed on a $75,000 bond in the Mercer County Jail on charges of video recording a minor female while nude. According to documents filed in the Celina Municipal Court, Wombold allegedly recorded an unaware minor female while she was in a bathroom. He was arrested
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The Hill… The Republicans' strategy to block Obama’s regulations, By Tim Devaney and Lydia Wheeler
The GOP is preparing to mount a full-scale assault on President Obama’s regulatory agenda, using the party’s strengthened hand in Congress to delay, soften or block contentious administration rules at every turn. As long as Obama sits atop the executive branch, Republicans’ power to derail scores of rulemaking efforts now under way is limited. But control of both the House and Senate in the next Congress will enable GOP lawmakers to ratchet
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Three vehicles involved in weather-related accident
On December 2, 2014 at approximately 7:37 AM Darke County Deputies along with Greenville City Fire, Greenville Township Fire, Greenville Township Rescue, Union City Rescue and CareFlight were dispatched to the 3600 Block of State Route 571 West near White Springs Golf Course in reference to a serious injury accident. Preliminary investigation revealed a black 2011 Toyota Camry
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Driver in critical condition following single-car accident
On December 2, 2014 at approximately 8:58 AM Darke County Deputies along with Liberty Township Fire, Tri-Village Rescue and CareFlight were dispatched to the 3500 block of Palestine-Hollansburg Road in reference to a one-vehicle injury accident. Preliminary investigation revealed a blue 2007 Ford Fusion, driven by Michael B. Karns, 20, Greenville, Ohio was southbound on Palestine-Hollansburg
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Dayton Business Journal… Hagel resignation leaves big questions for Wright-Patt, Dayton, by Joe Cogliano -- Nov 24, 2014 -- The resignation of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Monday could be a setback to local advocacy efforts for Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Hagel understands the role that Wright-Patt plays in national defense because of his military background, former U.S. Rep. Dave Hobson told me Monday morning. So Wright-Patt leadership, as well as the community here, may have to start their relationship with his... read more.
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Attorney General Mike DeWine… Ohioans Losing Money to Job Scams
(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today warned Ohioans to be cautious of opportunities to make extra money this holiday season. Some job offers and work-from-home opportunities are scams. In 2014, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office has received nearly 100 complaints involving job or business-opportunity potential scams. The average reported loss is more than $1,300. “It’s a time
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FBI… In the Line of Duty: Annual ‘Officers Killed’ Report More Than a Tally of Losses
11/26/14 -- The FBI’s annual Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted (LEOKA) report that was released earlier this week details in chilling narratives and statistics how 76 law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty in 2013. While the LEOKA report offers a stark reminder of the dangers police face every day, the main reason for gathering the comprehensive data
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Rasmussen… What They Told Us: Reviewing Last Week’s Key Polls
Saturday, November 29, 2014 -- Did Thanksgiving come just in time? After outrage over the expected yet controversial grand jury decision in Ferguson and contention over the president’s executive action on immigration, perhaps Americans needed a day to step back and reflect. On Monday, the St. Louis County Grand Jury decided not to indict Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson
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The Hill… Five things to watch in Ferguson, By Peter Sullivan
Protests are likely to quiet as families gather around the table to celebrate the holiday — with many discussing the grand jury’s decision in Ferguson, Mo., to not bring an indictment against police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown, an 18-year-old African American. The political world has taken notice of Ferguson, particularly with demonstrations spreading across the country. The degree to which the story continues
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Stolen vehicle pursuit
Greenville- On November 27, 2014 at 6:24 p.m. Darke County 911 received a call from a subject reporting that his vehicle was just stolen in Union City, IN and that the vehicle was eastbound on SR571 from Union City.  Darke County Deputies responded to the area to attempt to locate the vehicle.  The vehicle was reported as being a black Kia with an Indiana registration.  Darke County Deputies located
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FBI… Honoring the Fallen: 20 Years Since Shooting Killed Two Agents, Police Sergeant
11/21/14 -- Two decades ago, on November 22, 1994, a lone gunman entered the headquarters building of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) in Washington, D.C. and opened fire in a squad room, killing a police sergeant and two FBI agents. For those close to the fallen, who gathered today for a memorial service marking 20 years since the tragic event, it’s as if it happened yesterday
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FBI… Be aware of cyber scams this holiday season; If the deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is. The FBI reminds shoppers in advance of the holiday shopping season to beware of cyber criminals and their aggressive and creative ways to steal money and personal information. Scammers use many techniques to defraud consumers by offering too good to be true deals via phishing e-mails advertising brand name merchandise, quick money making offers, or gift cards as an... read more.
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Injury accident on SR121
Greenville - On November 27, 2014 at approximately 4:22 a.m. Darke County Deputies, along with New Madison Fire and Tri-Village Rescue, was dispatched to SR121 just north of US36 W reference to a single vehicle roll over accident. Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2007 Toyota Yaris, driven by Monica C. Jones (24) of Palestine, OH, was southbound on SR121 just north of US36 when
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Bluebag Media… County bridge burden great; resources insufficient
GREENVILLE – “I have always known our bridge burden is great, but I didn’t know how great,” said Darke County Engineer Jim Surber. He is referring to a recent report by the National Association of Counties in which Darke County is noted as being 10th in the nation for the number of county-owned bridges. “The counties with more bridges than Darke include Harris (Houston, TX)
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Ohio and U.S. Employment Situation (Seasonally Adjusted)
Ohio's unemployment rate was 5.3 percent in October 2014, down from 5.6 percent in September 2014. Ohio's nonfarm wage and salary employment increased 1,000 over the month, from a revised 5,306,300 in September to 5,307,300 in October. The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in October was 305,000, down 14,000 from 319,000 in September. The number of unemployed has decreased by 119,000 in the past 12 months from
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FBI… In the Line of Duty - 2013 Statistics on Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted - November 24, 2014 - A Florida sheriff’s officer, responding to a report of a domestic disturbance at a residence, was shot and killed by someone inside the home. An Iowa police officer was shot and killed while attempting to serve an arrest warrant. A Michigan state trooper was fatally shot during a routine traffic stop. And a West Virginia sheriff was ambushed and... read more.
Accident at U.S. Route 127 and Horatio-Harris Creek Road
On 11-24-2014 at approximately 6:38 p.m., Darke County Deputies, along with Greenville Township Fire and Greenville Area Rescue, were dispatched to US RT 127 and Horatio Harris Creek Road in reference to an injury accident.  Responding units were advised flames were showing from one of the vehicles. Preliminary investigation has revealed a 2014 Freightliner, driven by Charles P. Baughman, Ansonia, was heading north and attempting
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House Files Litigation Over President's Unilateral Actions on Health Care Law
WASHINGTON, DC -- Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) today announced that the House of Representatives – consistent with the House-passed resolution H.Res. 676 – has filed litigation over President Obama’s unilateral actions on his health care law: “Time after time, the president has chosen to ignore the will of the American people and re-write federal law on his own without a vote of Congress.  That’s not the way our system
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Edison Begins Presidential Search
Edison Community College’s Board of Trustees has selected Academic Search, Inc. as the firm to lead the College through its next presidential search. The national search firm will implement a proven search strategy in which they will guide Edison toward a successful hiring decision. Built upon years of experience, Academic Search, Inc. will implement a search strategy, which will align the
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Attorney General Mike DeWine… Southwest Ohio Violent Crimes Task Force Successful in First Year of Operation -- (CINCINNATI) -- Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neil, Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell, Woodlawn Police Chief Jeffrey Witte, Lockland Police Chief Jim Toles, and the FBI announced today the success of the Southwest Ohio Violent Crimes Task Force following its first year in operation. "The detectives assigned to this task force have been working covertly... read more.
Private property ATV injury crash
On Sunday November 23, 2014 at approximately 12:38 PM, Darke County Sheriff Deputies along with Gettysburg Rescue, Bradford Fire Dept. and CareFlight were dispatched to the 6600 block of Smith Rd on a report of a private property injury accident involving a 4-wheeler ATV that had been flipped in a field. Investigation revealed a Polaris 500 Scrambler 4-wheeler ATV was being operated by a 14-year-old female from Bradford, OH. The 14-year-old
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Bluebag Media… County salt supplies adequate, and expensive
GREENVILLE – “We used $12,000 worth of salt yesterday (Nov. 17)… that’s about 200 tons, give or take,” said Darke County Engineer Jim Surber. Noting the early start of winter he added he was still comfortable with the salt on hand, plus that contracted through ODOT (Ohio Department of Transportation). According to Surber, this will be an expensive year for snow removal. “You can buy
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Rep. Richard Adams Receives Award for Distinguished Public Service
COLUMBUS—State Representative Richard Adams (R-Troy) recently received the 2014 Paul E. Gillmor Lifetime Public Service Award. He was honored November 13th during the Ohio Bankers’ League Annual Meeting. The award, established in 2006, is not granted annually, but rather is given to select individuals who are especially meritorious, often at the end of their careers. It is named after Ohi
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The White House… Remarks by the President in Address to the Nation on Immigration - Nov. 20, 2014 - My fellow Americans, tonight, I’d like to talk with you about immigration. For more than 200 years, our tradition of welcoming immigrants from around the world has given us a tremendous advantage over other nations. It’s kept us youthful, dynamic, and entrepreneurial. It has shaped our character as a people with limitless possibilities –- people not trapped by our past, but able to remake ourselves as we choose. But today, our immigration system is broken -- and everybody... read more.
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CNN... Obama: 'You can come out of the shadows' By Jim Acosta and Stephen Collinson, CNN - Fri November 21, 2014 - Washington (CNN) -- President Barack Obama is ordering the most sweeping overhaul of the immigration system in decades, despite Republican claims he is acting illegally by moving unilaterally to shield five million undocumented immigrants. Obama rejected accusations by conservatives that he is offering a free pass to undocumented immigrants and warned in a... read more.
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Recommended House Committee Chairs for 114th Congress
WASHINGTON, DC – The House Republican Steering Committee today recommended the following lawmakers to serve as committee chairs in the 114th Congress: Agriculture – Rep. Mike Conaway (R-TX); Appropriations – Rep. Hal Rogers (R-KY); Armed Services – Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX); Budget – Rep. Tom Price (R-GA); Education & the Workforce – Rep. John Kline (R-MN); Energy & Commerce – Rep. Fred Upton
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Darke County Cocaine Bust Yields Drugs, Money, Guns
On November 14, 2014, the Darke County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit executed a search warrant at 6102 State Route 722, Arcanum, Ohio.   Roger L. Large (66) of that address was taken into custody without incident and is currently being housed at the Darke
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Gongwer News Service… Rosenberger Elected Speaker For Next General Assembly
House Republicans, who will have a strong majority in the next General Assembly, elected Rep. Cliff Rosenberger (R-Clarksville) Wednesday to serve as speaker of the House for the new term. Mr. Rosenberger, who will succeed term-limited Speaker Bill Batchelder (R-Medina), was the favorite in the vote and fended off a challenge mounted by Rep. Jim Butler (R-Oakwood) and a coalition of more conservative members
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Majority Caucus Affirms Leadership Team for 131st General Assembly
COLUMBUS– The Senate Majority Caucus today unanimously reelected its leadership team to their posts, positioning State Senator Keith Faber (R–Celina) to serve a second term as President of the Ohio Senate. Faber has served as the head of the General Assembly’s upper chamber since January 2013. He has been a member of the leadership team since 2009, having previously served as both Majority Floor Leader
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Trotwood Man Arrested in Darke County Drug Bust
On November 12, 2014, the Darke County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit executed a buy/bust operation in rural Darke County.   Antonio Boyd (33) of Trotwood was taken into custody without incident and is currently being housed at the Darke County Jail where he awaits formal charges of Trafficking in Drugs and Illegal Conveyance of Drugs into a Detention Facility. The buy/bust operation involved heroin
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FBI… Crime Statistics for 2013 Released; Decrease in Violent Crimes and Property Crimes
11/10/14 -- The FBI released Crime in the United States, 2013 today, which shows that the estimated number of violent crimes in 2013 decreased 4.4 percent when compared with 2012 figures, and the estimated number of property crimes decreased 4.1 percent. There were an estimated 1,163,146 violent crimes reported to law enforcement last year, along with an estimated 8,632,512 property crimes
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State Expands Services for Unemployed Veterans
COLUMBUS, OHIO – Governor John R. Kasich and Lt. Governor Mary Taylor have proclaimed November Hire a Veteran Month, and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) encourages employers to consider the skills and abilities of military veterans when seeking new employees. “According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are approximately 35,000 unemployed veterans in Ohio,” said ODJFS Director Cynthia C. Dungey. “ODJFS
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Bluebag Media… Beagle expresses thanks; renewal levies pass
DARKE COUNTY – “Today we celebrated by pulling down our big signs,” said State Senator Bill Beagle (R- Dist. 5). He added he wasn’t expecting that big a difference in the votes. “We thought we’d be squeaking through… we feel pretty good!” Beagle expressed his gratitude to the voters for sending him back to Columbus for four more years. He wants to continue working on his
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Two injury accidents NW county
On November 11, 2014 at approximately 1:56 PM Darke County Deputies along with Union City Rescue, Southwest Mercer County Fire and CareFlight were dispatched to the intersection of McFeeley-Petry Road and Light Road in reference to a two vehicle injury accident. Preliminary investigation revealed a white 1998 Ford F-150 driven by Dennis W. Brewer, 56, Ft. Recovery Ohio
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MSN.com… Before Battling Democrats, G.O.P. Is Fighting Itself, By Jeremy W. Peters
WASHINGTON — As most Republicans were taking a victory lap the morning after the elections, a group of conservatives huddled anxiously in a conference room not far from Capitol Hill and agreed that now is the time for confrontation, not compromise and conciliation. Despite Republicans’ ascension to Senate control and an expanded House majority, many conservatives from the party’s activist wing fear that congressional leaders are already being too timid with President Obama
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Home burglaries in Southern Darke County
Sheriff Toby Spencer is advising citizens and residents of southern Darke County to be on the lookout for suspicious activity in their neighborhoods.  Several reports of thefts and home burglaries have recently been reported to the Sheriff's Office. Sheriff Spencer states that little or no information has been obtained as to who is committing these crimes or what they may be driving; however, it is believed that
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WHIO-TV… Toddler in serious condition after alleged abuse, By News Staff
A 28-year-old man accused of seriously injuring his girlfriend’s 2-year-old daughter is behind bars. Todd Clark turned himself in around 4:30 p.m. Saturday to the Miami County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies had been looking for Clark for about seven hours. He was booked without bond into the Miami County Jail, where he is being held on suspicion of child endangering, felonious assault and domestic violence, online jail records show
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FBI… Egregious Case of Health Care Fraud:
Cancer Doctor Admits Prescribing Unnecessary Chemotherapy -- 11/06/14 -- Imagine receiving a diagnosis of cancer and then having to go through chemotherapy or other intensive treatments. Then imagine finding out that you never had cancer in the first place and that your doctor—whom you trusted implicitly—merely used you in his scheme to fraudulently bill the federal Medicare program and private insurance companies... read more.
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Greenville Police Department… Body armor scam
The Greenville Police Department is not currently collecting monies for body armor or any type of equipment. If you receive a call from someone trying to elicit funds for these reasons, please do not give out any personal or credit card information.   Call the Police Department at 937-548-4150 to report this type of activity. Anyone with any information regarding suspicious activity or a crime is asked to contact the
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Federal News Radio… Good news in the EVS: A well-educated federal workforce, By Michael O'Connell
Friday - 10/31/2014 -- Not all the news in the 2014 Employee Viewpoint Survey is bad. In fact, some of it's quite good when it comes to the education of federal employees. The Office of Personnel Management surveys more than 400,000 federal employees each year on their level of satisfaction in the workplace. When OPM released the most recent EVS report earlier in October, most of the media focus was on the low scores senior managers received across-the-board from their employees
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Attorney General Mike DeWine… Task Force Seizes Nearly a Quarter of a Million in Crystal Methamphetamine - (DAYTON, Ohio)— Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer, Butler Township Police Chief John Cresie, and Miami Township Police Chief Ronald Hess announced today the arrest of a Chicago resident following the seizure of nearly a quarter of a million dollars worth of crystal methamphetamine... read more.
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Darke County Man Arrested in Meth Bust
On November 5, 2014, the Darke County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit executed a search warrant at 503 Beamsville-Union City Road, lot 29, Union City, Ohio.   Rickie Hess, Jr. (40) of Union City was taken into custody without incident and is currently being housed at the Darke County Jail where he awaits formal charges of Trafficking in Drugs, Possession of
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NBC News… Terminally Ill College Player Lauren Hill Lives College Hoops Dream, By John Yang
It was over in a moment, but the layup Lauren Hill made 17 seconds into a college basketball game Sunday was a life-long dream come true. “I caught the ball turned and looked at the basket and I put it up there. And I watched it all the way through,” Hill, a 19-year-old student at Mount St. Joseph who suffers from a rare brain tumor and is predicted to have only months to live, said of her score 17 seconds into a game against Hiram College, which was moved up two weeks
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New Most Wanted Posted
Tavis Hileman - WANTED FOR: July 2014 – Arrest warrant issued by Darke County Common Pleas Court after being indicted by the Darke County Grand Jury on 2 counts of Trafficking in Marijuana.  Both counts are felonies of the fifth degree. Andrew Kaiser - WANTED FOR: March 2014 – Bench Warrant issued by Darke County Common Pleas Court for failure to appear on original charges
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FBI… Cyber Crime; Purchase Order Scam Leaves a Trail of Victims
10/27/14 -- What began as a scheme to defraud office supply stores has evolved into more ambitious crimes that have cost retailers around the country millions of dollars—and the Nigerian cyber criminals behind the fraud have also turned at-home Internet users into unsuspecting accomplices. FBI investigators are calling it purchase order fraud, and the perpetrators are extremely skillful. Through online and telephone
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Injury crash on S.R. 242
On October 30,2014 at approximately 7:03 PM Darke County Deputies along with Ansonia Rescue, Versailles Rescue, and Ansonia Fire Department responded to the 6600 block of State Route 242 in reference to a one vehicle, injury crash. Preliminary investigation revealed that Anthony Price, 20, of Ansonia was driving a red 2004 Chevy Aveo westbound on State Route 242
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Senior Journal.com… Leading Medical Groups Urge Congress to Stop Steep Medicaid Cuts
Doctors treating Medicaid patients face big pay cut in 2015, way below pay for treating Medicare patients - Oct. 27, 2014 - Doctors representing four major physician organizations are knocking on doors in Washington today to try and preserve the current law of payment parity for primary care and immunization services under Medicaid for at least
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Redstate… EPA to ban Argon, one of the largest components of the atmosphere, By: Neil Stevens
October 29th, 2014 -- Did you know that Argon, an inert “noble gas” element, one of the basic building blocks of nature, is the fourth most plentiful substance in our atmosphere? It’s true. There’s more Argon in our atmosphere than anything other than molecular Nitrogen and Oxygen, and then Water. So now the science deniers in the Obama EPA are banning Argon. In chemistry, a “noble gas” is one of the elements on the periodic table that is usually listed on the far
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NBC News.com… This Cycle, a Tale of Two Different Midterm Elections, By Chuck Todd, Mark Murray and Carrie Dann -- How can the national polls look so bad for Democrats (see the NBC/WSJ/Annenberg and Washington Post/ABC polls), but the competitive Senate contests all be within the margin of error? Here’s an answer for you: There are two different midterm environments taking place in the country a week before Election Day. The first is the nationwide one, where there does seem to be a wave building for Republicans and where the GOP has a huge enthusiasm advantage... read more.
NBC News.com… Pope Francis: Evolution and Big Bang Theory Are Real
Big Bang theory and evolution in nature "do not contradict" the idea of creation, Pope Francis has told an audience at the Vatican, saying God was not “a magician with a magic wand.” The Pope’s remarks on Monday to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences appeared to be a theological break from his predecessor Benedict XVI, a strong exponent of creationism. “The beginning of the world is not the work of chaos that owes its origin to something else, but it derives
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The Huffington Post… 8 Super Weird Things You Didn't Know About Halloween, By Todd Van Luling & Amanda Scherker -- October 24, 2014 -- This weird Halloween trivia isn't boo-gus. Halloween is a time for candy, costumes and the Charlie Brown cartoon special, but how did it become this way? Why are children and teens encouraged to run around the neighborhood threatening tricks? Jack-o'-lanterns are a pretty strange concept, but historically, strangers giving you candy was supposed to be a bad thing... read more.
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Single car accident at 571 & Wagner
On October 28, 2014 at 5:55pm Darke County Deputies along with Greenville Rescue, Greenville Township Fire Department and Care flight were dispatched to State Route 571 and Wagner Rd. on a single vehicle accident. The accident investigation showed a 16 year old, (name not released) female was driving a 1998 Dodge Dakota pickup truck in the 2800 block of State Route 571. The driver failed to negotiate
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Politico… Sarah Palin says she may run again, By Jonathan Topaz
10/29/14 -- Sarah Palin opened the door for another run for public office, railing against liberals who, she says, would like to keep her on the political sidelines. In an interview Tuesday with Fox Business Network, the former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee was asked whether harsh criticism of her had driven her away from politics. “Bless their hearts, those haters out there, they don’t understand that
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Injury Accident at U.S. 127
On October 28, 2014 at approximately 1127 a.m. Darke County Deputies, Greenville Township Rescue, Greenville Township Fire, Ansonia Rescue and CareFlight were dispatched to US Rt. 127 at Childrens -Home Bradford Rd. in reference to a two vehicle injury accident. Preliminary investigation revealed a 2005 red Dodge Neon driven by Amy Henning, 24, of Gettysburg
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NFRW Kicks Off Fall Election Season in Dallas
Perry, Cruz Encourage Local Leaders to Work for Senate Victories - DALLAS – More than 225 Republican women leaders from across the nation gathered at the National Federation of Republican Women’s (NFRW) annual board meeting  held recently in Dallas to emphasize the fall election season. Ohio Federation of Republican Women President Lyn Bliss of Greenville attended the event, where she heard
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FBI… Agencies Cooperate in Child Sexual Exploitation Case
Michigan Subject Gets 30 Years in Prison - 10/23/14 - According to the federal judge who heard the case, the defendant’s conduct was “about as serious as it gets,” and that on a scale of one to 10, she believed the case was “way past 10.” Then she sentenced the defendant—James Alfred Beckman, Jr. of Grand Rapids, Michigan—to 30 years in prison. What crimes
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Fran DeWine visits Darke County
“Fran DeWine is such a gracious lady, it was both an honor and a pleasure to be able to help welcome her to Darke County,” said Lyn Bliss, president of the Ohio Federation of Republican Women (OFRW). DeWine recently visited Darke County as part of her “Every County in Ohio” tour on behalf of her husband Mike DeWine’s campaign to be re-elected as Ohio’s Attorney General. She visited Pickaway County
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Wayne Healthcare releases statement on ebola
Wayne HealthCare is seriously preparing for any potential local activity related to the current Ebola issue.  The hospital has been in constant contact with CDC (Center for Disease Control), ODH (Ohio Department of Health), GDAHA (Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association) and the Darke County Health Department. We have completed a survey of protective wear and supplies associated with handling a potential Ebola case.  We have a process for evaluating
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Bluebag Media… Kasich touts future to continue Ohio success
GREENVILLE – “Here’s the thing,” said Gov. John Kasich, “we all have a sense of those values we were raised with… love, faith, respect for elders and teachers… all the things that matter… that’s the glue that holds us together.” Kasich, who is running for reelection in November, said it was essential to keep Ohio on the same track it’s had the past four years
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County Loan Helps Spur JAFE Expansion
Second partnership between company and Darke County fuels new construction, added jobs - GREENVILLE- For the second time since JAFE Decorating came under new ownership in 2010, the specialty glass painting and coating company will be expanding and adding jobs. With the help of a $180,000 loan from Darke County’s low-interest revolving loan fund, the company plans to create
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Mercer County Sex Offender Website
In Mercer County, there are approximately 68 registered sex offenders, and we want you to know where they reside so that you avoid those houses when trick-or-treating.  “We do the best we can in making sure sex offenders live where they tell us, so it is crucial that our citizens visit our website www.mercercountysheriff.org , to see who the registered sex offenders are and where they are living,” says Sheriff Jeff Grey.  Citizens are encouraged to check any addresses where they
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Beagle Attends Emerson Groundbreaking; Innovative Center Expected to Add 35 Jobs to Dayton Area COLUMBUS—State Senator Bill Beagle (R-Tipp City) today attended the groundbreaking for the over $34.5 million Emerson Innovation Center, built on University of Dayton property. “It is exciting to see a place like Emerson Innovation Center open here in our community,” said Beagle. “I look forward to watching the positive impact this facility will have on our community and working with our development partners as this project progresses... read more.
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Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted… More than 49,000 absentee votes have been cast
Supplemental mailing goes out this week to more than 215,000 additional voters -- COLUMBUS – Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted today announced that with just under three weeks to go before the 2014 General Election, nearly 741,000 Ohioans have already cast and/or requested an absentee ballot for the November 4th General Election. Based on an informal survey of Ohio’s 88 county boards of elections, as of Friday, October 10, 2014
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Ohio and U.S. Employment Situation (Seasonally Adjusted)
Editor’s Note: Darke County unemployment 4.3 percent - Ohio's unemployment rate was 5.6 percent in September 2014, down from 5.7 percent in August 2014. Ohio's nonfarm wage and salary employment increased 6,000 over the month, from a revised 5,297,400 in August to 5,303,400 in September. The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in September was 319,000, down 5,000 from 324,000 in August. The number of unemployed has decreased by
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Darke County Sheriff’s Office… Heroin Bust in Darke County
On October 17, 2014 the Darke County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit and Darke County Deputies executed a search warrant at 36 Robin Hood Drive in Sherwood Forest Mobile Community near Greenville, Ohio, stemming from a heroin trafficking investigation.  Kevin M Smith (29) of Greenville was taken into custody without incident and is currently being housed at the Darke County Jail where he awaits formal charges of Trafficking
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Kasich statement on Ohio Ebola response activities
COLUMBUS – Today Gov. John R. Kasich issued the following statement in response to news that a Dallas health care worker who tested positive for Ebola virus had recently traveled to Ohio: “I have been fully briefed on the federal, state and local activities that are underway and have directed state health officials to aggressively respond to the situation and provide local health officials every resource and support they need
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The Hill… Dems: Don’t trust the polls, By Niall Stanage
10/13/14 -- Democrats have a new message in the 2014 race for the Senate: Don’t trust the polls. The party is stoking skepticism in the final stretch of the midterm campaign, providing a mirror image of conservative complaints in 2012 about “skewed” polls in the presidential race between President Obama and Republican Mitt Romney. Democrats who do not want their party faithful to lose hope — particularly in a midterm election that will be largely decided on voter turnout — are taking
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Dayton & Montgomery County Establishes Ebola Hotline: 937-225-6217
As a result of the worldwide Ebola crisis, many people in our community have learned something about the virus. However, many have additional questions and are not certain where to call for reliable information. Therefore, the health departments in the West Central Region of Ohio have established a hotline number for the public where they can call and get correct answers to the questions they may have. People
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13-year-old injured in tractor accident
On October 11, 2014 at approximately 9:33 PM Darke County Deputies, along with New Madison Fire, Tri Village Rescue and CareFlight were dispatched to Arrowhead Campgrounds at 1361 Thomas Road in reference to an injury accident. Preliminary investigation revealed a Kubota tractor driven by Pat McClellan, 60, of New Paris was pulling a trailer for a hayride through the campgrounds when Reagan Schommer, 13, of Englewood ran
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Tiffin Street burglary arrests
On October 6, 2014 at approximately 1:12 a.m., the Greenville Police Department, with assistance from the Darke County Sheriff's Office, responded to 232 Tiffin Street on a report of a burglary that had just occurred involving three suspects. During the course of the investigation, detectives developed the identities of the three suspects. On October 8, 2014, Complaints and Arrest Warrants were issued for Aggravated Burglary, along with a search warrant for 331 West Main
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Injury accident on U.S. 36
On October 8, 2014 at approximately 4:27 PM Darke County Deputies, along with Gettysburg Fire, Gettysburg Rescue and CareFlight were dispatched to the 6700 block of US RT 36 East in reference to an injury accident. Preliminary investigation revealed a silver 2013 Toyota Prius driven by Heidi J. Aukerman, 60, of Greenville was eastbound on US RT 36.  Mrs. Aukerman was slowing down to make a right turn when she was struck from behind by a white 1999 Dodge 3500 driven by
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New Website Provides Employment Assistance to Ohioans with Disabilities
COLUMBUS, OHIO – October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, and Ohioans with disabilities now have a free, easy way to search for jobs and access information about a variety of work-related resources. Working in tandem with OhioMeansJobs.com, OhioMeansAccessibility.com will help job seekers with disabilities post resumes, search for jobs and more. “The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services
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State Agencies Collaborate to Help Increase Child Support Collections
Columbus - In the past six years, Ohio has decreased by more than half the number of people coming to prison for not paying child support, saving taxpayers money.  Agency partnerships, locally operated programs and legislative changes have led to the drastic decrease in those coming to prison, allowing these individuals to stay in their communities and continue to make their court-ordered payments.  The total number of offenders entering prison for
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New York Times… Fumbled Bid for Governor Imperils Ohio Democrats, By Trip Gabriel
Sept. 28, 2014 -- DAYTON, Ohio — With a wounded candidate at the top of their ticket, Democrats in Ohio have been forced to adopt a Plan B as they seek to avoid a disastrous shutout in elections for governor and other statewide offices. “Voting from the bottom to the top: That is the way we need to roll this year,” said Nina Turner, a candidate for secretary of state. Translation: Ignore the contest for governor and concentrate on the down-ballot races for the five other statewide
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Sec. of State Jon Husted… Voter Registration Deadline Monday, Absentee Voting Starts Tuesday
Deadline to register to vote is Monday; Voters will have four weeks to cast ballots. More than 582,000 absentee ballots have already been requested. COLUMBUS – Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted today reminded Ohioans that they have until Monday, October 6th, to get registered to vote or update their voting information, and that absentee voting begins the following day on Tuesday, October 7th, for the 2014 General Election
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