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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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Midmark Dental Wins National Design Award
Interactive iBook selected as winner in 2016 American In-House Design Awards - DAYTON, Ohio, Sep. 12, 2016 — Midmark Dental was recently awarded a Certificate of Excellence in the 2016 American In-House Design Awards for its first iBook® titled The Midmark Experience—Everything You Unexpected. Available for free in iTunes... read more.
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Inside Higher Education… What Students Really Think, By Colleen Flaherty
September 12, 2016 - There’s no shortage of books on how to become better college instructor, but surprisingly few take student perspectives into account. Not so for a new book from Michigan State University. The product of a journalism class, To My Professor: Student Voices for Great College Teaching (Read the Spirit Books... read more.
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Education Week… Schools Try Class Rotation for Kindergartners on Week One, By Christina A. Samuels - September 6, 2016 - Rockville, Md. - Unlike older students, kindergartners often start the school year as cute little blank slates to their teachers. In many cases, those teachers have no more to go on when assigning children to classes than the limited information they were able to glean from kindergarten-orientation... read more.
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Faber Recognized for Commitment to Safeguard Ohio Natural Resources
COLUMBUS - Today at the Indian Lake State Park Campground, Senate President Keith Faber (R-Celina) received the Ohio Department of Natural Resources' prestigious Cardinal Award in recognition of his commitment to maintaining and preserving Ohio's natural resources. "I'm grateful to Director Jim Zehringer and ODNR for this honor... read more.
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Former Edison State President Honored
Edison State Community College honored Dr. Kenneth A. Yowell with a naming ceremony for his many years of dedication to the College on Friday, September 9 at the Piqua campus. Throughout the event, college and community leaders echoed words of gratitude toward Yowell’s ongoing commitment to helping build a solid foundation... read more.
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Chief Justice O’Connor Addresses Opioid Epidemic, By Bret Crow
September 15, 2016 - In the wake of continued fentanyl-related overdose deaths around the state, Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor today urged courts and probation departments statewide to screen for fentanyl use among offenders under their supervision. Those pointed remarks and others affecting the judicial branch were... read more.
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Animal Health Alert – West Nile Virus confirmed in horse
(REYNOLDSBURG, OH) - The first positive case of West Nile Virus (WNV) in an Ohio horse has been confirmed in 2016. Testing on samples taken from a seven-year-old Standardbred in Tuscarawas County confirmed the positive WNV diagnosis to the Ohio Department of Agriculture Sept. 12. The horse’s veterinarian first examined the animal... read more.
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Fall Soil Sampling with Darke SWCD
GREENVILLE – Do you feel like your lawn or garden is lacking in some areas?  Are you uncertain what fertilizers to use or amounts to apply in order to increase productivity?  If so, you should consider soil sampling.  Soil sampling is a tool farmers use to assess their nutrient needs for crop production.  Why not apply this method to your... read more.
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For Kids, Anxiety About School Can Feel Like 'Being Chased By A Lion'
Every morning, Mia and Chris tape a red or a green piece of paper to their front door. It's a signal for their son's bus driver. Green, pick him up. Red, keep driving. On this morning, at 6, it's not looking good. Mia and Chris climb the stairs and gently try to wake Jared, their 16-year-old. They've brought him breakfast and his medication: "You... read more.
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Ohio Department of Education… 2016 Ohio School Report Cards Released
9/15/2016 -- The Ohio Department of Education has released the annual Ohio School Report Cards. Users can find the grades and other data for all schools and districts, including community and other schools, at reportcard.education.ohio.gov. “Ohio has raised expectations for students to reflect what is necessary for them to be successful in college, careers and life... read more.
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Fall Weed Survey Completed… Waterhemp found in 25% of Darke County Soybean Fields, By Sam Custer, OSU Extension, Darke County - I completed the Fall Soybean Weed Survey in Darke County with the assistance of Weed Scientist, Dr. Jeff Stachler, Darke County native and Auglaize County Extension Educator. The good news is that we have several parts of the county where growers are managing their resistant weed problems. The... read more.
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Top honor goes to Pontiac wagon in 2016 show, By Bob Robinson
Rolling 50s Classic Car Show - As the sun begins to set on the 38th annual Rolling 50s Classic Car show on South Broadway Sept. 10, the visitors and Rolling 50s club members tallied their votes for the Best of Show… a 1956 Pontiac Safari Wagon, owned by Carol Sakal of New Lebanon, Ohio. Dozens more trophies were handed out to various... read more.
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Edison State Offers Support to Former ITT Tech Students
In the wake of ITT Technical Institute's (ITT Tech.) nationwide closures, which affects hundreds of students throughout the Miami Valley, Edison State Community College is now broadening its approach to support ITT Tech. students in addition to recently displaced Miami-Jacobs Career College students. Edison State offers the... read more.
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Darke County Sheriff… Fatal aircraft crash investigated
On September 14, 2016 at approximately 1:40 PM the Darke County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call reporting an airplane down in a cornfield in the 7100 block of Dull Road, which is south of Arcanum, Ohio.  Darke County Deputies, Arcanum Rescue and Arcanum Fire were dispatched to the scene.  When responders arrived they located a... read more.
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Tourism grants available to local events & festivals in 2017
GREENVILLE, Ohio (September 8, 2016) – Funds are available to non-profit organizations sponsoring special events in Darke County through the Darke County Visitors Bureau in 2017. Four grants are available for 2017: two $1,000 grants and two $500 grants. Grants are awarded on a competitive basis, with primary consideration given... read more.
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DAR Promotes Constitution Week
In recognition of Constitution Week, Greenville Acting Mayor John Burkett signed a Constitution Week Proclamation in the presence of Fort GreeneVille Chapter DAR members. There are two documents of paramount importance to American history: the Declaration of Independence, which forged our national identity, and the... read more.
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National Public Radio… Teaching Sept. 11 To Students Who Were Born After The Attacks Happened, By Eric Westervelt -- "Never forget" became a national rallying cry after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Yet America's schools — where collective memory is shaped — are now full of students who never knew. Because they weren't alive 15 years ago. As such, many teachers struggle with whether and how to teach the attacks and their aftermath. According to one survey... read more.
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GCSD K-8 Building… An impressive undertaking… on track for January occupancy, By Bob Robinson -- It was a fascinating experience. Greenville Superintendent Doug Fries was kind enough to give me an hour of his time to tour the K-8 building construction on North Ohio. The purpose was to do a photo essay that could be shared with County News Online readers. It was impressive. We started on the K-4 side to the north and worked our way over to the 5-8 side to the south... read more.
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Darke County Sheriff… Injury accident US 127 at Oliver Road
On September 08, 2016 at approximately 1:30 PM Darke County Deputies along with Greenville Township Fire, Greenville Township EMS, Ohio Motor Carrier Inspector and CareFlight were dispatched to US Rt. 127 at Oliver Road in reference to a two vehicle injury accident. Preliminary investigation revealed Michelle Thobe 47 (Versailles, Ohio) was driving a silver 2000 Honda Accord southbound... read more.
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Edison State Adjunct Faculty Honored at Banquet
Eighteen employees were recognized for instructing a combined total of 5,275 hours or approximately 1,758 classes in their careers at Edison State Community College’s annual adjunct faculty recognition banquet on Wednesday, August 24.  Dr. Paul Heintz, Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs, served as the event’s Master of Ceremonies, Dr. Doreen Larson provided... read more.
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Darke County Sheriff… Fatal accident on North Star-Ft. Loramie
On Sunday September 11, 2016 at approximately 8:01 pm, Darke County Deputies along with North Star Fire, Osgood Rescue, Ansonia Rescue, Careflight, Darke County Coroners Office, and Mercer County Sheriff's Office Accident Reconstruction Team, responded to the 7100 block of North Star-Ft. Loramie  Road in reference to a two-vehicle fatal crash... read more.
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Remembering 9/11… FBI Has Evolved in Response to Changing Threats
This weekend, the FBI joins the nation in remembering and honoring the victims of the 9/11 terror attacks, which occurred 15 years ago this month. It was then that the Bureau began the most massive investigation in its history, after terrorists hijacked and crashed four commercial airliners—two at the World Trade Center in New York, one at the... read more.
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Darke County Sheriff provides School Resource Officers to FM and MV
Darke County Sheriff Toby L. Spencer will provide a School Resource Officer (SRO) to twoDarke County school districts this school year.  The Darke County Sheriff’s Office will partner with Franklin Monroe Schools and Mississinawa Valley Schools by providing a fulltime deputy sheriff to be split between the two school districts.  The cost to provide this... read more.
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Greenville robbery suspect identified
On August 28, 2016 at approximately 1:16pm, Greenville Police Department officers were dispatched to Subway Restaurant on Martin St. due to a robbery.   Suspect, recently identified as Michael Brown, is a white male with dark shirt and dark blue hat who demanded money from the employee.  The suspect fled on bike. Anyone with additional information... read more.
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Greenville schools, Edison DCC partner in After School Program
GREENVILLE – “Greenville Schools cares ‘a bunch’ about its students,” said Andrea Townsend, GCSD Director of Administrative & Pupil Personnel Services. “We know that it takes all of us to help them succeed. “This program offers such an awesome opportunity,” she continued. “It’s the collaborative approach… Greenville Schools... read more.
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New Resource to Increase Awareness of an Opiate Overdose or Addiction
(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—In recognition of International Overdose Awareness Day, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today released a new resource that can be used to help inform the public on how to recognize opiate addiction or an opiate overdose. The "Drug Addiction Affects All Ohioans" poster, created by the Attorney General's Heroin Unit in... read more.
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Young Forest Martial Arts Celebrates Third Year Anniversary, By Jaime Wombolt
On August 13, Young Forest Martial Arts of Greenville celebrated their third year anniversary. The invitation was extended to both past and present students, as well as family members who wished to join in the festivities. The celebration took place at their new location, 106 N. Broadway, and included a meal followed by games and entertainment for those involved... read more.
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Inside Higher Education… Decision Time, By Carl Straumsheim
August 24, 2016 -- Study of tens of thousands of college students finds that those who were open to change their major were more likely to graduate than those who decided right away. The key to graduating in four years (at least in the minds of many parents) is picking a major early and sticking with it. But a new report suggests students who change their major as late as senior... read more.
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Darke County Sheriff… Motorists warned to stay alert for cyclists
Darke and Preble County sheriffs warn of the upcoming Annual Tour de Donut event. Darke County Sheriff Toby L. Spencer and Preble County Sheriff Michael Simpson along with the Tour De Donut organizers and the village public safety chiefs of Arcanum and Lewisburg would like to advise motorists to use caution while traveling on Southeast Darke County and... read more.
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Edison State Faculty Members Promoted
Edison State Community College recently announced that ten full-time faculty members have been promoted in academic rank. “I am grateful for these faculty who have selected Edison State as their career institution,” said Edison State President Dr. Doreen Larson. “It takes considerable commitment and consistently outstanding... read more.
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ATVs collide head on
On September 03, 2016 at approximately 3:18 PM Darke County Deputies along with Greenville Township Fire, Greenville Township EMS and CareFlight were dispatched to 6590 Heller Rd in reference to a head on collision involving two atv’s on private property. Preliminary investigation revealed Ethan Garland, 13 (Greenville, Ohio) was riding a black 2006 Honda... read more.
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Edison State Community College… Ohio Governors Office Visits Edison State
Lisa Hayes, Southwest Regional Liaison for Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor, made a return visit to Edison State Community College in Piqua to tour facilities, explore career programs, and take a closer look at workforce development initiatives occurring throughout the college. "It's always a great opportunity to be able to visit and get a feel for what's really happening in Ohio's community... read more.
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Community Blood Center… CBC to begin testing for Zika
FDA advises testing for Zika virus in all donated blood - DAYTON, Ohio – (Friday, Aug. 26, 2016) Community Blood Center is taking necessary steps to comply with new recommendations issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to protect the blood supply against the Zika virus. The FDA today recommended universal... read more.
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FBI… Ohio Inmate sentenced for drug distribution
An Ohio inmate is sentenced to federal prison for running multi-state drug distribution network from inside prison - The leader of a multi-state conspiracy that distributed heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine while he was an inmate inside an Ohio prison was sentenced to more than six years in prison, law enforcement officials said. Fernando Auces, 52, was... read more.
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Attorney General DeWine… DeWine Warns of Storm-Chaser Scams Following Severe Weather
(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Following the severe weather that hit northwest Ohio and other parts of the state last night, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is warning consumers to beware of home repair scams. “Any time you have tornados, severe thunderstorms, downed trees, or damaged buildings, there’s a risk of scams,” Attorney General DeWine said. “Some con artists track severe weather... read more.
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Empowering Darke County Youth… Dedicated to empowering the kids in our community
By Bob Robinson -- August 26, 2016 -- A multitude of sources, including Education Week, Reading Horizons, the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) and more, indicate students who are unable to read at grade level by the end of third grade are more likely to become high school drop-outs. Factors such as poverty – as found in many areas of Darke County – increase this likelihood. According to ODE... read more.
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Got Waterhemp?  What now? By Sam Custer
OSU Extension, Darke County - Mark Loux has spent a lot of time educating and warning about Palmer amaranth, but while we were doing this, waterhemp has become a more widespread problem.  AT the fair this past week I was asked what are we going to do about the neighbor’s waterhemp.  Thus I share with you this article containing Mark... read more.
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FBI… Take the Safe Online Surfing Internet Challenge
What do more than 870,000 students across the nation have in common? Since 2012, they have all completed the FBI’s Safe Online Surfing (SOS) Internet Challenge. Available through a free website at https://sos.fbi.gov, this initiative promotes cyber citizenship by teaching students in third through eighth grades how to recognize and... read more.
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DeWine Warns of Scams Targeting Students
(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—As students head back to school, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is warning consumers to beware of scams targeting students. “People of all ages can be targeted by scams. For a student with limited income, losing money to a con artist can be devastating,” Attorney General DeWine said. “Our goal is to help people recognize... read more.
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Red Cross seeking virtual volunteers to aid Louisiana
Relief Effort Seeks New Internet-Based Volunteers to Assist 3,000+ in Shelters. Greenville, OH, August 24, 2016 — The American Red Cross remains on the ground, with volunteers across nearly half of Louisiana, helping thousands who lost everything in recent devastating floods—the worst natural disaster since Superstorm Sandy in... read more.
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Darke SWCD… An Opportunity to Help the Monarch Butterfly
Pollinator populations across the country are in decline, including the Monarch Butterfly. A reduction in the number of milkweed plants in Ohio and surrounding states and a loss of wintering habitat due to logging, weather and human encroachment have contributed to the population decline of the Monarch Butterfly. There are ways that... read more.
Darke County Sheriff’s Office… Injury accident on St. Rt. 49N
On August 25, 2016 at approximately 3:26 PM Darke County Deputies along with Rossburg Fire, Ansonia Rescue, Union City Rescue and CareFlight were dispatched to the 12,400 block of State Route 49 North in reference to a head on injury accident involving a semi tractor trailer and a motor vehicle. Preliminary investigation revealed a light blue 2003 Buick Lesabre driven by Christopher A. Wilson, 32 of Winchester, Indiana... read more.
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Whirlpool continues expansion in Greenville… Whirlpool Corporation Breaks Ground on Factory Distribution Center Expansion -- BENTON HARBOR, Mich.,  August 22, 2016 -- Today, Whirlpool Corporation announced plans to expand its Greenville, Ohio Factory Distribution Center (FDC), which services all global shipments of KitchenAid® small appliances. The project -- which will nearly double the FDC from 327,000 square feet to approximately 650,000... read more.
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Darke County Sheriff… Mother Arrested for Possession of Meth during Traffic Stop
On August 24, 2016 at approximately 12:18 a.m., a Darke County Deputy Canine Unit conducted a traffic stop on a 2004 silver Buick Rendezvous for a lanes of travel violation.  The stop occurred near the intersection of Greenville Celina Road and Childrens Home Bradford Road. The female driver was identified as Ambre N. Landis (34) of New Weston, Ohio.  Her seven year old child... read more.
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Darke DD Summer Youth Program
The “Switching Gears” Summer Youth Program through the Darke County Board of Developmental Disabilities (Darke DD) helps students focus on career exploration, employment preparation and life skills.  The five week program ran Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from July 12 through August 11, 2016 and was open to Darke County... read more.
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Inside Higher Education… Quality and Noncollege Learning, By Paul Fain
August 17, 2016 -- Education Department announces eight winning partnerships in experiment to open federal aid to alternative providers, with a possibly influential new way of assuring academic quality… The U.S. Department of Education on Tuesday revealed the eight winning applications for an experiment that will free up federal financial aid for noncollege job training, including offerings... read more.
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Darke County Sheriff… Rollover injury accident on S.R. 121
On August 20, 2016 at approximately 1:24 PM Darke County Deputies along with New Madison Fire, Tri-Village Rescue, New Paris Rescue and CareFlight were dispatched to the 200 Block of State Route 121 in reference to a rollover accident with two occupants being ejected from the vehicle. Preliminary investigation revealed a blue 1999 Ford Explorer driven by Avery... read more.
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Darke County Sheriff… Update in Darke County Fairground Vandalism Case
On the morning of August 18, 2016, detectives from the Darke County Sheriff’s Office received information from the Darke County Juvenile Probation Department in reference to the vandalism and thefts at the fairgrounds.  The Probation Officer had recovered stolen property from a juvenile suspect that was believed to have come from the fairgrounds.  Detectives... read more.
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The Columbus Dispatch… State seeks to upgrade drug abuse education for students, By Alan Johnson - Thursday August 11, 2016 - Legislative leaders and Attorney General Mike DeWine today began pushing for more effective ways to educate Ohio students about drug abuse amid an ongoing epidemic. The 22-member Ohio Joint Study Committee on Drug Use Prevention Education will have 90 days to study the issue and recommend solutions to... read more.
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Court News Ohio… Federal Law Makes Medical Marijuana Legal Services Out of Bounds in Ohio - August 11, 2016 - Ohio lawyers may not ethically provide legal services to a client who is establishing a medical marijuana business because of prohibitions in federal law, the Board of Professional Conduct declared today in anadvisory opinion. Acts contrary to the Rules of Professional Conduct include assisting a client in the filing of license applications... read more.
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Darke County Sheriff’s Department… Five transported to Wayne following rollover accident
On August 19, 2016 at approximately 1:59 PM Darke County Deputies along with New Madison Fire, Arcanum Rescue, Tri-Village Rescue, Greenville Township Rescue and Union City Rescue were dispatched to the intersection of State Route 503 and Hollansburg-Arcanum Road in reference to a two-vehicle rollover accident. Preliminary investigation revealed a silver 2002 Dodge Durango driven... read more.
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Edison State… Edison DCC communication students interact with BRC residents
Communications students at Edison State Darke County Campus have been going into Darke County schools for several years, talking to elementary and intermediate students about drugs, bullying… even the values of being courteous and respectful. Edison’s summer Fundamentals of Communication class entered new territory this... read more.
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Darke County Deputies Investigate Motor Vehicle Accident
On Sunday, August 14, 2016 at 12:54 AM Darke County Sheriff's Deputies, along with Gettysburg Fire Department and Gettysburg Rescue, responded to a single vehicle injury accident in the area of Gettysburg Pitsburg Road and Yount Road. Preliminary investigation revealed that Richard Dillon Medrano (22), of Bradford Ohio, was traveling northbound on Gettysburg Pitsburg Road near Yount Road... read more.
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Greenville PD to participate in Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over
Greenville, OH – The Greenville Police Department will join local and national law enforcement officers and highway safety advocates all across the country for the 2016 National DRIVE SOBER OR GET PULLED OVER Campaign.  During the mobilization, officers will be cracking down on motorists, August 19th – September 5th– both day and night. Did you know? Labor Day weekend brings... read more.
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Akron Beacon Journal… Drug crisis: Struggle against heroin epidemic draws friends, families of addicts to huge gathering at Lock 3, By Nick Glunt -- August 9, 2016 -- While a woman told how her daughter died of a heroin overdose, a grieving mother in a crowd of a thousand listeners held a sign depicting her own smiling son. As the speaker said her daughter’s addict friends opted not to call paramedics for help, the mother in the crowd, Michelle Chandler, felt her knees buckle... read more.
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Darke County Sheriff… Injury accident on SR 121
On August 11, 2016 at approximately 2:47 PM Darke County Deputies along with Tri-Village Rescue, New Madison Fire and Indiana University’s Life Line Helicopter were dispatched to State Route 121 north of US Route 36 West in reference to single vehicle injury accident. Preliminary investigation revealed a blue 2002 Oldsmobile van driven... read more.
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DeWine Issues Sexual Assault Kit Testing Initiative Update
(COLUMBUS, Ohio) — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today released a status update on the progress of DNA testing being conducted as part of the Ohio Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Kit (SAK) Testing Initiative. As of August 1, 2016, 294 law enforcement agencies have submitted 13,908 kits to be tested as part of the initiative. Forensic scientists... read more.
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Ohio Department of Education… Prepared for Success Component
The Prepared for Success component looks at how well we are equipping Ohio’s students to take advantage of future opportunities. Just graduating from high school is not enough. The ultimate measure of a school’s quality is how well prepared its students are for what comes next. What's New this Year? Districts and schools will receive... read more.
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Darke County Sheriff… Tractor-trailer drives into residence
On August 10, 2016 at approximately 3:45 PM Darke County Deputies along with Liberty Township Fire, New Madison Fire, Hollansburg Fire and Tri Village Rescue were dispatched to 937 US RT 36 West in reference to a semi tractor/trailer that drove through a residence.  Upon arrival Fire crews called for additional resources from Greenville City Fire, Union City... read more.
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IdeaStream… Ohio Funds Tech Collaborations in Higher Ed, by Michelle Faust
Tuesday, August 2, 2016 - Representatives from 11 Northeast Ohio colleges and universities met at the University of Akron Tuesday. The schools showed off projects that will give their students hands-on experience for their future careers. Higher education leaders say it’s hard to teach students how to use state of the art technology when the... read more.
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Washington Post… Camp hopes to close tech industry gender gap by teaching girls to code, By Perry Stein - August 9 - One group created a website to help sexual assault survivors. Another launched an online forum to engage teenagers in politics. And then there was the educational game that spewed out facts about the environment as players progressed. By 2020, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates there will be 1.4 million... read more.
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Ohio Department of Education… Progress Component
The Progress component looks closely at the growth that all students are making based on their past performances. Why? We know that not all children start out at the same place with their learning, but every student should learn and grow throughout the school year. The Progress component of the report card looks closely at the growth that... read more.
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Start Talking! Know! E-Cigs, Vape Pens and Throat Hits
7/29/2016 - You have more than likely talked countless times with your child about the dangers of smoking cigarettes, and the importance of steering clear of them – and that’s great because teens seem to be getting it. But while teen smoking has steadily declined, teen vaping has become all the rage. T1StartTalking.jpghe question now is whether... read more.
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DeColores Montessori receives $10,000 Monsanto grant
Greenville, Ohio (June 23, 2016) –Employees from Monsanto Company recommended the DeColores Montessori School to receive a $10,000 grant from the Monsanto Fund’s 2016 site grant initiative. Funds from the grant will be used to renovate an existing structure at the DeColores Montessori Farm School into a high tech STEM (Science... read more.
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Why Summer Jobs Don't Pay Off Anymore. By Anya Kamenetz
July 25, 2016 - Why can't kids today just work their way through college the way earlier generations did? The answer to that question isn't psychology. It's math. A summer job just doesn't have the purchasing power it used to, especially when you compare it with the cost of college. Let's take the example of a working-class student at a four-year... read more.
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Ohio Department of Education… Diagnostic Assessments
Ohio’s diagnostic assessments are aligned to Ohio’s Learning Standards. The primary purpose of the diagnostic assessments is to provide a tool to check the progress of students toward meeting the standards. The diagnostic assessments were developed in two formats: Screener:  measures beginning year skills; Full Measure... read more.
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Darke County Fair Steak and Chop Tent, Sam Custer, OSU Extension
The Darke County Steak and Chop Tent began its operation 25 years ago as a Cattlemen's Association fundraiser for one night of the fair.  It has morphed over the years to a multi species and organizations five day fundraiser. The mission is to serve a high quality product to visitors of The Great Darke County Fair and to put the profits back in the... read more.
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NFRW Leaders Roll through Ohio on U.S. Bus Tour
‘Destination: White House’ Tour Will Register and Rally Voters in 11 Swing States -- COLUMBUS, OHIO – National Federation of Republican Women (NFRW) leaders made stops in Ohio the week of July 26-30, in their red, white and blue bus nicknamed “Rosie” to rally communities and register local residents to vote. NFRW President Carrie Almond was joined by Ohio Federation of Republican... read more.
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Darke County Parks… Stolen Kayaks… Can you be our eyes and ears?
Sadly, we have to report that we’ve had two of our kayaks stolen recently.  The theft was of two Liquid Logic kayaks, one a red Remix XP9 and a blackRemix XP10.  There were two stickers that label them as Darke County Parks items, which have likely been removed.  The red boat’s serial number is: LPS01405C212, and the black boat’s serial number is: LP500822B212... read more.
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CORN Newsletter, Beef Letter & Manure Expo, From Sam Custer, OSU Extension Darke County
The Ohio State Fair began this week, and as always, Ohio’s Beef Cattle industry is well represented. After you have a chance to watch the cattle shows in the Voinovich, be sure to find the best food on the fairgrounds at one of the two Ohio Cattlemen’s Association sponsored food stands. In fact, if you’re at the Fair on Monday, August 1, be sure to stop into the Taste of Ohio Café and say hello to the OSU... read more.
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Governor, Dept of Agriculture Director celebrate “Ag Is Cool!” winners
Winners Recognized during Ohio State Fair's Opening Day - REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio (July 27, 2016) – Governor John R. Kasich and Ohio Department of Agriculture Director David T. Daniels announced today the winners of the 2016 “Agriculture is Cool!” visual arts contest.  Ohio children enrolled in school or home schooled during the 2015-2016 academic year... read more.
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Annie Oakley Festival… Fun, food and entertainment for everyone, By Bob Robinson
No reason to be bored during the last weekend in July. A chance to run in the annual 5K? Done. A great parade with over 135 entries? Done. Stare in amazement and humor as seven guys strolled down Broadway wearing their best pink outfits? Done… but don’t forget why: it’s for breast cancer awareness. Then there’s shopping. Farmer’s... read more.
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IdeaStream.org… The Battle Over Attendance Between ECOT and ODE Continues, by Andy Chow - Friday, July 15, 2016 - Ohio’s largest online charter school is firing back against state officials who say they don’t have enough information to perform an attendance audit. The Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, or ECOT, says it won’t hand over student log-in times unless a judge tells them to. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports. The Ohio... read more.
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Darke County Sheriff… Fatal accident on US 127 & Kruckeberg
On August 2, 2016 at approximately 5:13 PM Darke County Deputies, along with Greenville Township Fire, Greenville Township Rescue, Arcanum Rescue, Ansonia Rescue, Gettysburg Rescue, Union City Rescue, CareFlight, Ohio State Patrol Motor Carrier Enforcement, Ohio Department of Transportation and the Darke County Coroner’s Investigator... read more.
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Council on Rural Services… Parent Ambassadors Named
Council on Rural Services (CORS) is pleased announce that three of our Head Start parents have been named to the Ohio Head Start Parent Ambassador program.  Chosen are Dana Gwinn, Jodi Helmandollar,  and Felicia Watson. Liz Schoonover, Early Childhood Director said, “I am beyond proud to have three parents from CORS Head Start and Early Head Start programs... read more.
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Edison Student Feature… Katie Roseberry on Pokémon Go, By Julie Roseberry
On July 6th, 2016 the virtual world became even more like reality. For twenty years, Pokémon has been a virtual game where you collect special animalistic aliens in spheres to later battle with them against other players. This was originally done with pocket-edition games. The developers decided to take this virtual world to another step. They took... read more.
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Miss Annie Oakley 2016… Hurd Top Shooter, awarded Best Costume, By Bob Robinson
“So who’s going to win?” “I am,” came a chorus of several of the six contestants for Miss Annie Oakley 2016. The 2015 first runner-up, Katie Hurd, talked about the power of positive thinking to the other girls during practice rounds. Whether it was positive thinking or just good shooting is open for debate… Hurd, 16-year-old junior at... read more.
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Darke County Sheriff… Injury accident leaves teen in critical condition
On July 27, 2016 at 10:31 PM Darke County Sheriff’s Deputies, along with Liberty Township Fire Department, Tri Village Rescue, Ohio State Highway Patrol Motor Carrier Enforcement and Indiana University Health’s Lifeline responded to an injury accident at the intersection of Main Street and Cross Street in the village of Palestine. Preliminary... read more.
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Pollinators: The Workers for Us All, From Doug Steinbrunner, Darke S.W.C.D.
Pollinators are responsible for the pollination of over 90 plants that we eat every days. They may be the raw fruits and vegetables to supplements we take on a daily basis. Even though honey bees are the first, and sometimes the only insect that people think about when they hear of pollinators, there are hundreds of other species that contribute... read more.
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CORN and Beef Newsletters, From Sam Custer, OSU Extension, Darke County
While our perennial pasture growth may slow down in the hot dry days of summer, perhaps there’s an alternative that thrives in late summer Ohio weather. This week Christine Gelley talks about the virtues of crabgrass in a pasture situation. Her article in Ohio BEEF Cattle is entitled “Does crabgrass really hate you?” CORN Newsletter highlights Weather Outlook... read more.
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Financial Achievement Services adds two new team members
 (July 22, 2016, GREENVILLE, OHIO) Financial Achievement Services Inc (FAS), a 39-year-old financial services firm in Greenville Ohio, announces the addition of two new members to their Greenville team. Carol Muhlenkamp joined FAS in the spring as an Administrative Specialist. Carol’s role will be within our talented Administrative... read more.
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Greenville Police Department… Robberies at Walgreens & Subway
On July 21, 2016 at approximately 7:11 p.m. Greenville Police Department units were dispatched to the Walgreen’s at 1000 E. Main St. in reference to an armed robbery in progress.  It was reported the suspect produced a handgun and demanded drugs. The description of the suspect is a white male, approximately 50’s to 60’s in age, wearing... read more.
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Inside Higher Education… Spellings: $500 Tuition a 'Game Changer', By Rick Seltzer
July 12, 2016 - Margaret Spellings has been president of the University of North Carolina system for less than five months, but she already has change upon change to discuss. Several provisions passed by the state Legislature during this year’s budget season are poised to spark drastic changes within the 17-campus UNC system... read more.
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Main Street Greenville… Fun and colorful new bike racks have arrived!
We are so excited to announce the bike racks have been installed, thank you to the city of Greenville Street Department for completing the installation. If you are heading downtown, check them out! They are so fun and colorful, you will not miss them! The bike rack project was completed by the volunteers on our Design Committee. We truly... read more.
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Eagles awards two scholarships through DCSF
The Greenville Fraternal Order of Eagles No. 2177 awarded two scholarships through the Darke County Scholarship Fund on July 19, bringing the total number of scholarship recipients from the Eagles to 14 over the last four years. Recipients this year are Ashley Mikesell, daughter of Eagles member Rodney Mikesell, and Ashton Kester... read more.
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Ohio Department of Education… KRA Family Resources
6/17/2016 - The Office of Early Learning and School Readiness has posted new resources for parents and families about the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment (KRA). The Welcome to Kindergarten-KRA Family Resource document is a resource to help communicate the purpose of the KRA with parents and caregivers.  The... read more.
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Red Cross offers safety tips for the extreme heat
Extreme heat kills more than hurricanes, floods, tornadoes & lightning combined. Miami Valley OH (July 21, 2016) — Heat-related incidents and illness are preventable, yet annually many people succumb to extreme heat. Extreme heat, in fact, kills more people each year than hurricanes, floods, tornadoes and lightning combined. “People don’t often... read more.
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DAR Sets Guinness World Record for Patriotism
Fort GreeneVille Chapter Helps DAR Collect 100,904 Letters to Military Personnel in One Month - To celebrate the National Society’s 125th Anniversary and the culmination of the Celebrate America! volunteer service initiative, the DAR channeled its fervor for patriotism and dedicated support of our nation’s military service... read more.
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Inside Higher Education… Floundering Finances, the Faculty Role: a Survey of Business Officers, By Rick Seltzer - July 15, 2016 - College and university chief business officers increasingly agree higher education is in a financial crisis, yet many are divided over the role a key constituency on campus should play as institutions grapple with budget issues: their faculty members. Those are major findings in Inside Higher Ed’s 2016 Survey... read more.
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NFRW President Calls for Unity in Republican Convention Speech
'Women support Trump! Women ... will unify the party.' - CLEVELAND – Carrie Almond, president of the National Federation of Republican Women (NFRW), called for unity in the Republican Party and encouraged everyone to “get on board” during her speech to the Republican National Convention at Quicken Loans Arena this afternoon... read more.
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Lentz to become Agriculture Program Director at Edison State
Edison State Community College is pleased to welcome Mr. Brad Lentz as the Agriculture Program Director. Lentz’s prior experience in agricultural education will prove to be instrumental as he helps to build and support the college’s new agribusiness program, which is set to launch this fall at Edison State’s Darke County campus. “We are thrilled... read more.
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Empowering president talks about helping at-risk kids
“As many as one out of 10 Darke County students don’t graduate on time. Many of them simply drop out of school,” said Eric Fee, president of a new organization, Empowering Darke County Youth. The local business owner of Oliver Floyd and Braund Pope Funeral Homes talked to Kiwanis of Greenville members and guests about these... read more.
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Ohio Department of Education… Ohio School Report Cards
Ohio School Report Cards are a way to see how your child’s school is performing. They are designed to help give parents and communities an annual update on the variety of components that together show how well students are learning, growing and achieving. An A to F grading scale shows where your child’s school is succeeding, as well as... read more.
Darke County Sheriff… Single car accident on Brown Road
On July 19, 2016 at approximately 7:39 AM Darke County Deputies, along with Ansonia Fire, Ansonia Rescue and CareFlight were dispatched to the 5300 block of Brown Road on single vehicle injury accident. Preliminary investigation revealed a brown 2013 Nissan Altima, driven by Paul R. Evans, 62, Fort Recovery, Ohio was eastbound on Brown Road in the 5300 block. Evans failed to negotiate a curve causing the vehicle to travel off... read more.
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Annual Farm Power Reunion offers taste of the past, By Bob Robinson
Park the car two blocks away and you could still hear the “putt putt pop pop” of internal combustion engines from the early 20th century. It told you the 17th Annual Greenville Farm Power of the Past had taken over the Darke County Fairgrounds. The event ran four days, from July 7 through July 10. It was a clear day… not too hot, not too cool. Entertainment included the Pumpkin... read more.
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Agricultural Law & Taxation Blog… Congress finalizes mandatory GMO labeling law, From Sam Custer, OSU Extension, Darke County -- After several years of debate over voluntary versus mandatory GMO (genetically modified organism) labeling, Congress passed legislation yesterday to create a unified national standard requiring disclosure of information for bioengineered foods.  Predictions are that President Obama will sign the legislation soon.  Once effective, the new law will preempt state laws... read more.
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Edison Student Feature… Typical Teenager to Successful Business Owner, By Lincoln Rapp
What does it take for someone to be considered successful?  Does a person have to display achievements, money, or fame? Or does the person simply have to survive? Seth Angle is in his early forties and lives near Covington, Ohio.  He is married and has five children.  He is the owner of a custom engineering firm... read more.
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CORN and Beef Newsletters, From Sam Custer
OSU Extension, Darke County - The weather patterns we experienced in Ohio this spring seem to have allowed many biennial and perennial weeds to flourish. Some of those weeds happen to be poisonous when consumed by livestock. This week Clif Little offers additional information on “plants of concern to livestock . . . “ In this issue of the CORN newsletter... read more.
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Cleveland Plain Dealer… Why aren't record lottery profits cutting your school tax bills? Patrick O'Donnell, The Plain Dealer - COLUMBUS, Ohio - Monday's announcement that the Ohio Lottery made a record profit of $1 billion in the last year raised - yet again - a common question that arises each time schools seek a new levy or the state sets new funding for schools. Since all lottery profits go to schools, why are school taxes so... read more.
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NPR… School's Out, And For Many Students, So Is Lunch, Avery Lill
July 7, 2016 - During the school year, about 30.3 million children receive free or reduced-price lunches at their public schools. But in the summer, only 2.6 million of those students receive a free or reduced lunch. That's fewer than 10 percent. When school is out, free lunches are only offered at select locations through each school district, not... read more.
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Ohio Department of Education… Draft Revised Standards in ELA and Math Available for Review and Comment - 7/8/2016 - The Ohio Department of Education opened an online survey today allowing individuals and groups to comment on proposed changes to Ohio’s Learning Standards in English language arts and mathematics. The survey is part of an effort that began in February to improve and update the standards, which are... read more.
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Attorney General DeWine… Sexual Assault Kit Testing gets over 4,000 CODIS hits
(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced today that DNA testing conducted as part of the Attorney General's Sexual Assault Kit (SAK) Testing Initiative has now resulted in more than 4,000 hits in the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS). As of July 1, 2016, a total of 4,055 matches to DNA profiles already in the CODIS database... read more.
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Darke County Sheriff… DCSO K9 Britta has received body armor
Darke County Sheriff’s Office K9 Britta has received a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Britta’s vest is sponsored by a memorial donation to honor the late Donnie Buff of Powhatan Point, OHand embroidered with the sentiment “In memory of S.W.A.T. Officer Don Buff”. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c... read more.
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Independence Day… Weather doesn’t stop New Madison celebration, By Bob Robinson
It was a few minutes to 3 p.m. on July 4. People were lined along the street, waiting for first signs the parade had begun north of town. Sprinkles from an overcast sky had just started. “Think it will hold off another hour?” “We can only hope.” Regardless, it was Independence Day in New Madison, Ohio. The weather didn’t keep people... read more.
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Darke County Sheriff… Inmate death investigation
The Darke County Coroner’s Office and the Darke County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the death of an inmate while incarcerated in the Darke County Jail.  On Wednesday July 6, 2016 at approximately 7:10 AM corrections officers discovered 50 year old Thomas Rochow, of Greenville, Ohio lying on his bed pulseless and not breathing.  Corrections... read more.
Darke County Sheriff’s Office… Single car accident on Horatio-Harris Creek Road
On July 8, 2016 at 1:38 PM Darke County Sheriffs Deputies, along with Bradford Fire Department, Bradford Rescue and Miami Valley Careflight, responded to a single vehicle injury accident in the 8300 block of Horatio Harris Creek Road. Preliminary investigation reveals that Levi Brown (18), of Covington Ohio, lost control of his 1992 Honda Accord.  Mr. Brown’s vehicle struck a power pole causing injury. Mr. Brown was flown... read more.
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Field Days, Corn & Beef Newsletters, From Sam Custer, OSU Extension, Darke County
We have a lot going on in the county in the next couple of weeks.  Please find attached flyers for two field days next week: July 12 Western Ohio Precision Ag Field Day, July 14 Spray Diagnotistics Field Day.  Register today and not be shut out. Six articles in the Corn Newsletter; Four new articles posted in the Ohio Beef Cattle letter. This week’s CORN newsletter can be found at... read more.
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Park District introduces kids to nature, By Bob Robinson
The end of a school year brings multiple activities to young people, each designed to educate and entertain students at their grade level. For kindergarten it was a trip to the Darke County Parks. Parks volunteers had a variety of nature’s offerings waiting for the students. Kindergartners learned about the native plants and trees, as well as had... read more.
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FBI Investigation of Secretary Hillary Clinton E-Mails, FBI Director James B. Comey
Remarks prepared for delivery at press briefing - Good morning. I’m here to give you an update on the FBI’s investigation of Secretary Clinton’s use of a personal e-mail system during her time as Secretary of State. After a tremendous amount of work over the last year, the FBI is completing its investigation and referring the case to the Department of... read more.
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DeWine Warns of Grandparent Scams
(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today warned of phone scams targeting Ohio grandparents, following an increase in complaints. In the past month, 11 Ohioans have reported losing an average of $3,800 to the “grandparent scam.” Most said they paid over the phone using iTunes gift cards after receiving a call saying... read more.
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Corn & Beef Newsletters June 30, From Sam Custer, OSU Extension, Darke County
After a wet early spring in many parts of Ohio, most of us are suddenly looking for some showers. In fact, in some parts of the state pastures have already gone dormant and cattlemen are beginning to feed hay. This week, grazing management is the focus of our lead article. In the Beef Newsletter… Practice Good Grazing Management During the... read more.
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Ohio Dept. of Education… DeMaria named Ohio’s 38th Superintendent of Public Instruction
6/27/2016 -- With the unanimous support of the State Board of Education, Paolo DeMaria begins today as Ohio’s 38th superintendent of public instruction. “Education defines our future as individuals, as a community, as a state and as a nation,” said Paolo DeMaria, superintendent of public instruction. “It’s an exciting time for education in Ohio, and I look forward to engaging... read more.
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Attorney General Mike DeWine… School Prayer Amendment Petition Rejected for Technical Deficiency - (COLUMBUS, Ohio)—The Ohio Attorney General’s Office today rejected the petition for the proposed “The Amendment to Return Prayer to Our Public Schools” because the petition contained a technical defect that prevented the submission from being approved. On June 15, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office received a written petition from a... read more.
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Edison State… Hanes Named VP of Business and Community Partnerships
After an extensive search, Edison State Community College is pleased to welcome Mr. Rick Hanes as Vice President of Business and Community Partnerships. In her announcement to the college community, Edison State President Dr. Doreen Larson said, “Throughout the search process Mr. Hanes demonstrated an extraordinary level of research... read more.
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Versailles Health Care Center… VHCC provides education on heat exhaustion
Versailles Health Care Center is providing education to its staff and the public on the warning signs of heat exhaustion.   Heat exhaustion is a milder form of heat-released illness that can develop after several days of exposure to high temperatures and inadequate or unbalanced replacement of fluids.  Those most prone to heat exhaustion are elderly people... read more.
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Big Brothers Big Sisters… Daffy Derby and Duck N’ Run Winners Announced
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County held their annual Daffy Duck Derby and 5K on Thursday, June 23nd, 2016 at Tawawa Park in Sidney.  This year 3092 rubber ducks were “adopted” by community members and local corporate sponsors to race in the nearby Mosquito Creek.   The event sponsors included Holloway, Trupointe, 105.5 TAM FM, Low Voltage Solutions... read more.
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Edison State Names Employees of the Semester
Edison State Community College recognized outstanding employee performance at its most recent all-campus meeting in the Robinson Theater at the Piqua Campus. The Employee of the Semester awards speak to college’s commitment to quality and sustaining positive employee engagement. “These employees make a difference to Edison... read more.
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Darke County Sheriff… Second fatality in 24 hours on SR 121
On June 29, 2016 at 7:22 AM Darke County Sheriff’s Deputies, along with Greenville Township Fire Department, Greenville Township Rescue, Ohio State Highway Patrol Motor Carrier Enforcement, Darke County Coroners Office and Darke County Sheriff’s Office Accident Reconstruction Team responded to a fatal accident involving a motorcycle and a semi... read more.
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Darke County Sheriff… Fatal collision on SR 571
Greenville- On June 28, 2016 at 5:03 p.m. Darke County Deputies, along with Greenville Township Fire and Rescue, Ansonia Rescue and Union City Rescue, were dispatched to the 4100 Blk. of SR571 reference to a three vehicle head on crash. Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2012 Chevy Impala, driven by Aaron Holmes (31) of New Paris... read more.
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Empowering Darke County Youth… ‘Empowering’ seats Board, begins summer tutoring
Empowering Darke County Youth, a group of concerned individuals dedicated to helping at-risk kids, recently seated its Board of Directors, began the process of seeking 501c3 non-profit status and kicked off its summer tutoring program. Eight qualified tutors are helping more than 40 students this summer. They will be working various hours at space generously supplied by the Greenville... read more.
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Darke County Sheriff… Two separate 2-vehicle accidents at SR 118 and Horatio Harris Creek
On June 27, 2016 at 2:06 PM Darke County Deputies along with Greenville Township Rescue, Greenville Township Fire, Careflight and Mutual Aid from Ansonia Rescue were dispatched to the intersection of SR 118 and Horatio Harris Creek Road in reference to a 2-vehicle accident with one of the vehicles on its side with entrapment. Preliminary investigation revealed a blue 2012 Toyota Prius... read more.
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Corn & Ohio Beef Newsletters June 24, From Sam Custer, OSU Extension, Darke County
Six new articles have been posted in this week's Corn Newsletter, including a predicted trend toward warmer and drier weather; and four new articles have been posted in this week’s 991st issue of the Ohio BEEF Cattle letter, including a warning about Poison Hemlock. In This Issue: 1. Warmer and Drier will be the trend for the rest of the growing season; 2. Registration Now Open for July 12 Western Ohio ... read more.
Rollover injury accident on Greenville Nashville
On June 26, 2016 at 3:00 pm Darke County Deputies, along with Greenville Township Fire, Greenville Township Rescue and CareFlight responded to an injury accident in the 3100 block of Greenville Nashville Rd. Preliminary investigation revealed 2005 Harley Davidson, driven by Bernice Gress (54) of Palestine, Ohio, was traveling east on Greenville Nashville Rd. and traveled off the right side of the roadway. The vehicle struck a... read more.
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Mehaffie Honored with Induction to the Association of Ohio Commodores
Darryl D. Mehaffie was inducted into the Association of Ohio Commodores on Saturday, June 18, 2016. The Association of Ohio Commodores inducted 22 people from around Ohio during the Annual Summer Meeting at Hilton Easton, located in Columbus. Mehaffie is a retired teacher who spent thirty years educating the children of western Ohio and... read more.
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Edison State Darke County Campus… Edison DCC Launches New Program to Meet Workforce Needs -- To meet the growing demand of the regional manufacturing industry, Edison State Community College will offer a new Equipment Maintenance Technology and Factory Automation certificate program this fall in Darke County. The certificate program consists of ten courses that can be completed in as little as one year. “Manufacturers in the region have requested... read more.
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Darke SWCD Guidelines for Summer Stockpiling
If you are considering stockpiling manure this summer, choosing the right location and following best management practices can decrease the chance of polluting waters of the state. Please note, stockpiling is not a substitute for adequate manure storage, but can be used when conditions are not suitable for land application. Manure stockpiles... read more.
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Caught in the act… From a CNO Reader
Evidently there have been ongoing issues with trucks not playing by the rules in Versailles, which has angered a few of the business owners in the area. This was sent to CNO with the comment… “Finally a truck driver got caught making an illegal turn at the Intersection of E. Main Street (47) and N. Center Street.” Just goes to show; you... read more.
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ODA… Even in Scarlet & Gray country, these Maize & Blue planes are welcome
Low-flying aircraft to combat the invasive gypsy moth in Columbus - REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio (June 20, 2016) – As Columbus commuters and residents go about their routines Tuesday morning they are likely to notice these yellow airplanes gracing the skies of the capital city: The Ohio Department of Agriculture wants to make folks... read more.
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Edison State Announces Spring 2016 Dean’s List
Edison State Community College recognizes 460 students for excellence in academics on the 2016 Spring 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: Brittnee Axe, Audrey Barhorst, Ryan Bertke, Emily Cavinder, Joseph Cummings, Nathan Frilling... read more.
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Attorney General Mike DeWine… Violent Career Criminal Act signed into law
(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today praised a new law that increases prison time for violent offenders who repeatedly commit crimes in Ohio. Senate Bill 97, known as the Violent Career Criminal Act, was signed into law today by Ohio Governor John Kasich. The new law now classifies anyone who has committed two or more violent felony offenses as a violent career criminal... read more.
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Court News Ohio… New Guidelines Seek to Improve How Courts Process Child Abuse and Neglect Cases, By Bret Crow -- June 16, 2016 -- The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges has released updated guidelines to help courts improve their handling of child abuse and neglect cases. The “Enhanced Resource Guidelines” build on an earlier document and combine it with previously issued adoption and permanency guidelines to account for the most recent changes... read more.
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Edison State Community College… Veterans Recount WWII Stories
Videos of men and women from the Miami Valley telling stories of their military experience will soon be available locally to the public. Included in the DVD collection are such historic World War II events as the Battle of the Bulge and the Beaches of Normandy invasion, as well as, prison camp accounts of what American soldiers witnessed... read more.
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ODA announces local ag easements approved for purchase
REYNOLDSBURG, OH (June 09, 2016) – The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) today announced approval for local sponsors to purchase agricultural easements on 62 family farms representing 7,919 acres in 31 counties. Local sponsoring organizations, which include land trusts, counties and local Soil and Water Conservation Districts, receive... read more.
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Injury accident in Gettysburg
On June 17, 2016 at approximately 7:59 PM Darke County Deputies along with Gettysburg Fire and Gettysburg Rescue were dispatched to the intersection of E. Main St. and Clay St. in the Village of Gettysburg reference a two vehicle, injury crash.  Investigation revealed that one of the drivers, Ryan Campbell, 17, of rural Greenville, driving a 2003 Pontiac Grand Prix... read more.
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Corn and Beef Newsletters. From Sam Custer, OSU Extension, Darke County
This week’s CORN Newsletter is dated June 14 - June 20, 2016. Editor(s): Sarah Noggle - In This Issue: 1. Summer-time weather pattern in full swing. 2. Disclosure, Use and Sale Limitations -- The Big Data Confusion: Part 9. 3. Have you been slimed? Slug damage reports are coming in. 4. Time to Evaluate Soybean... read more.
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Vehicle crashes into residence; driver arrested
On June 15, 2016 at approximately 9:31 PM Darke County Deputies along with Greenville Township Rescue and Greenville Township Fire were dispatched to 6972 Jaysville-St. Johns Road in reference to a motor vehicle that crashed into a residence. Preliminary investigation revealed a black 2004 Kia Sorento driven by Daniel L. Stetson Jr., 35, Bradford... read more.
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DeWine Offers Charitable Giving Tips Following Orlando Tragedy
(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today offered charitable giving tips to Ohioans who want to donate in the wake of the Orlando tragedy. “Following the tragedy in Orlando, people in Ohio and across the country have shown an outpouring of generosity. They want to know how they can help,” Attorney General DeWine said. “We’re... read more.
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ODE… $9.4 Million in New Community Connectors Mentoring Grants Awarded
6/10/2016 - One hundred eight community partnerships will share $9.4 million to mentor approximately 40,000 Ohio students in the latest round of grants in the Community Connectors school mentorship program. Since July 2015, 216 community partnerships have been awarded $19.2 million for programs that give more Ohio students access to... read more.
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The End of an Era, By Tiffany Beumer-Kester
For the last seventeen years of my life I have been known as the “Chicken Kitchen II” girl. The beginning of those years were spent playing outside, waiting for my parents to get off work, or building cardboard castles around ‘the old lady’. In 2006 I accepted my first real job at the age of thirteen. Since then it has been a crazy ride. Not only have I learned... read more.
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Ohio Dept. of Education… June EMIS reporting dates related to report card announced
6/7/2016 -- This summer is a key time for ensuring that each school district submits local data through EMIS so that it will be part of the Ohio School Report Cards released in September. Superintendents and EMIS coordinators should mark their calendars for the following dates this month when specific data will be due. We’ll continue sending you additional dates and related information... read more.
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State Representative Steve Huffman… Darke County Earns Safety Capital Grant
Grants will help fund public safety projects in local communities -- COLUMBUS—State Representative Steve Huffman (R-Tipp City) today congratulated Darke County for being named a recipient of the Local Government Safety Capital Grant funds. Initiated by the Ohio House of Representatives and included in the state operating budget for fiscal years 2016 and 2017, these grants can be used to help... read more.
Gypsy Moth Mating Disruption Treatments begin in So. Ohio
REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio (June 9, 2016)– The Ohio Department of Agriculture will begin aerial treatments designed to disrupt gypsy moth mating on 113,184 acres in Athens, Hocking, Perry, Morgan, Ross and Vinton counties. To help protect Ohio’s diverse habitat, the Ohio Department of Agriculture operates multiple programs aimed at managing the gypsy moth in Ohio. One such program, the Slow-the-Spread program, focuses on... read more.
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Grain Cart safety; Corn, Beef & Dairy News, From Sam Custer
REMINDER:  The OSU GRAIN CART will be at the Darke County Fairgrounds on Tuesday, June 14 for the Farm Safety Program for Kids and then for the general public at 3:30 p.m.  The goal will be to reinforce grain handling safety awareness.  Bring your loved ones out to ensure their safety on your farming operation. Please find this week’s CORN newsletter for June 7 - June 13... read more.
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Edison State Students Complete Police Training
Edison State Community College’s Peace Officer Academy honored six students in May following their successful completion of the 20-week program. Students of the program met for six days each week since January, totaling over 620 hours of training. The curriculum of the program is certified by the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission... read more.
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Ansonia FFA students set up Buddy Bench
A joint venture was recently completed At Ansonia Elementary.  A bench was purchased as Ansonia Lumber which was then painted by the FFA students.  Mrs. Turnmire the HS Art Teacher added the lettering and artwork so the elementary kids could have a Buddy Bench at recess.  What's a Buddy Bench?  If you're playing at... read more.
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ODE Start Talking
10 tips to Start Talking! with your kids about the dangers of drug abuse - 6/2/2016 - Research shows that children are up to 50 percent less likely to use drugs when parents or other trusted adults, such as teachers, talk with them about drug abuse.  Start Talking! is a drug prevention initiative designed to encourage frequent conversations with children... read more.
Guidelines for Summer Manure Application
Darke County- As wheat harvest approaches, Darke SWCD staff encourages livestock producers and farm operators to be attentive when applying manure on local fields. From social media to increasing public awareness about livestock facilities and issues with some lakes and rivers throughout Ohio, farmers are under increasing scrutiny especially when handling manure. If you are considering applying liquid manure this summer... read more.
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Christopher Spradlin Appointed as Edison State Provost
After an extensive search, Edison State Community College is pleased to announce that Mr. Christopher D. Spradlin has been appointed as Provost for the college. In her announcement to the college community, Edison State President Dr. Doreen Larson said, “The search committee was impressed with the collaborative and reflective approach to leadership demonstrated by Mr. Spradlin along with his success... read more.
Injury accident on SR 705
On June 7, 2016 at 6:57 AM Darke County Sheriffs Deputies, along with Union City Rescue, Southwest Mercer Fire and Lutheran Air, responded to an injury accident in the 2100 block of State Route 705. Preliminary investigation reveals that a black 1999 Chevrolet Monte Carlo driven by Jared Fennig (21), of Union City, Indiana, was traveling west on State Route 705 and traveled off the left side of the roadway. The... read more.
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DeWine Announces 11,000 Rape Kits Tested
(COLUMBUS, Ohio)— Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced today that forensic scientists with the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) have now tested 11,000 rape kits for DNA as part of a special initiative to secure justice for victims of sexual assault in Ohio. "We work everyday in the Ohio Attorney General's Office to protect... read more.
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Fourth & Sycamore... A literary journal of the Greenville Public Library
Presque: An Interview with Local Filmmaker Kate Young -- Kate Young is a local filmmaker and photographer whose latestshort film, Presque, recently won Best Picture at a regional film festival. She’s also a graduating high school senior. You could say she’s had a pretty busy year. Kate’s film recently won the Phantascope Film Festival put on by the Richmond Art Museum in Richmond, Indiana.. read more.
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Ohio Department of Education… Spread the Word: Kids Eat Free This Summer!
6/2/2016 -- This summer, the Ohio Department of Education is sponsoring the Summer Food Service Program, providing children with free, healthy meals. It's easy to participate and no sign up is required. Simply call 1-866-3-HUNGRY or visit education.ohio.gov/KidsEat for meal times and locations. The Summer Food Service Program ensures children ages 18 and... read more.
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Attorney General Mike DeWine… Fentanyl Cases and Deaths Increase in Ohio
Prince’s Death from “Self-Administered Fentanyl” Raises Awareness about Painkiller - (COLUMBUS, Ohio)— Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine continues to caution Ohioans about the powerful drug fentanyl after Prince’s autopsy reveals the artist’s cause of death was “self-administered fentanyl.” “We’ve seen what’s coming into the Bureau of Criminal Investigation... read more.
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FBI… Child Sex Tourism
05/31/16 - Alaska Man Receives Prison Term for Crimes Committed in Cambodia - A tip to police from a concerned citizen in Anchorage, Alaska led to an FBI investigation that stopped a sexual predator from victimizing children in Cambodia—and landed the offender behind bars for a lengthy sentence. In March, a federal judge sent 45... read more.
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DCCA… Thank you! We couldn't have done it without you!
Upon the completion of its 2015-2016 "Voices" season, Darke County Center for the Arts proudly proclaims a huge "Thank you" to all those who make possible the continued success of this voice for the arts in our community. Major donors empowering achievement of DCCA's mission to enrich lives through the arts were recently recognized at an... read more.
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Edison DCC students teach courtesy and respect to elementary students
Eight Edison State Community College, Darke County Campus, communications students headed to Ansonia and Mississinawa Valley to talk to nearly 300 third and fourth graders about something important in their lives… manners, courtesy and respect. “Manners and courtesy show respect for another person, right?” they asked the... read more.
Injury accident at Grubbs Rex & Gordon Landis Roads
On June 1, 2016 at 1100 AM Darke County Sheriffs Deputies, along with Arcanum Fire Department, Pitsburg Fire Department, Arcanum Rescue, Tri Village Rescue, Greenville Township Rescue and Careflight, responded to an injury accident in the intersection of Grubbs Rex Rd. and Gordon Landis Rd. Preliminary investigation reveals that a Red 2010 Chevrolet Aveo driven by Mary Harter (86), of New Madison, was traveling east... read more.
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DeWine Releases Annual Ohio Missing Children Report
More than 700 Children are Currently Listed as Missing in Ohio - Ohio Missing Children Clearinghouse Report - (COLUMBUS, Ohio)—In recognition of National Missing Children's Day today, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine released the 2015 Ohio Missing Children Clearinghouse Report, which documents that 18,688 children were reported... read more.
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Corn, Beef Cattle Newsletters, From Sam Custer, OSU Extension, Darke County
This week’s CORN Newsletter: In This Issue: 1.     PLANT PLANT PLANT!!! 2.     Adjustments for Late Planted (or Replanted) Soybean; 3.     Corn Replant Tips; 4.     Time to Scout for Black Cutworm in Corn; 5.     Impact of Frost on Soybean and Corn Survival; 6.     Cressleaf Groundsel in Wheat and Hay – If you have livestock or if you are selling hay or straw, please read this.  We have an... read more.
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Greenville City Schools Superintendent Update, Doug Fries, Superintendent
Spring 2016 -- With the close of the 2015-16 school year, it is time to congratulate another group of outstanding seniors who formally will become graduates on June 4, 2016.  Two hundred and twenty graduates are scheduled to receive their diploma representing the Greenville Schools Class of 2016.  The class has had many academic and extra-curricular accomplishments while at Greenville... read more.
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Darke County Sheriff Deputies investigate felonious assault
On May 6, 2016 at 3:58 PM Darke County Sheriffs Deputies, along with Greenville Township Fire Department, Greenville Rescue and Careflight, responded to an injury accident on US127 in the area of Childrens Home Bradford Rd. Preliminary investigation reveals that a black 2012 Ford Fiesta driven by Nathan Nisley (33), of Rawson Ohio, changed lanes... read more.
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Garst Museum’s Heritage Award Goes to Darke County Parks
The Darke County Historical Society (DCHS) is dedicated to preserving the history of the county and fostering education on its relevance to the American experience.  The DCHS operates the Garst Museum and its mission is to collect, preserve, exhibit, study, and interpret materials relating to the history and culture of Darke County... read more.
‘Click It or Ticket’ this Memorial Day Weekend; Ohio seat belt use among lowest of surrounding states
COLUMBUS (Wednesday, May 25, 2016) – Memorial Day Weekend was the second-deadliest of all major holidays on Ohio roads between 2010 and 2014. Many of those deaths could have been prevented if drivers and passengers wore seat belts. “Unfortunately, as a state, we rank high in the number of unbelted traffic deaths,” said ODOT Director Jerry Wray. “Ohio’s seat belt use rate is about 84 percent, lower than surrounding states,” he said.... read more.
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FBI… Help Us Find Them: National Missing Children’s Day 2016
05/23/16 -- Earlier this year, two young kidnap victims from Washington State were safely recovered in Mexico after an investigation involving the FBI, local law enforcement partners, and Mexican authorities. Fortunately, their story had a happy ending. Unfortunately, there are still many children in the U.S. whose whereabouts are unknown. So as we approach this year’s National Missing... read more.
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