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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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Edison State… Edison DCC students educate youngsters on drug abuse
DARKE COUNTY – “My students were not fidgeting… that’s a miracle!” said Mrs. Janowiecki. Her students were Ansonia fifth graders and they were focused because of the message… the consequences of drug abuse. Seventeen students from the Edison State Community College Darke County Campus headed out to three local school districts... read more.
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IFD Welcomes Summer Intern Brittany Ulman
IFD (International Floral Distributors} has filled their 2016 Summer Internship position. Brittany Ulman was selected from candidates that applied for the internship via IFD's application on indianaintern.net. Brittany Ulman is an Ansonia, Ohio native and is currently a senior Creative Writing student at Ball State University and has minors in Professional Writing... read more.
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Darke County Sheriff… Motorcycle injury accident on SR571
Union City – On May 25, 2016 at 8:31 p.m. Darke County Deputies, along with Union City OH PD and Union City Ohio Fire and Rescue, were dispatched to the 200 BLK. of SR571 reference to a motorcycle crash with injury. Preliminary investigation revealed that Larry LeMaster (47) of Union City, OH was driving a 2005 Harley Davidson Road King... read more.
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Western Ohio Cropland Values and Cash Rents 2015-16
When asked about cash rent and land values in Darke County, Sam Custer, OSU Extension Agriculture Educator, says “the word of 2016 is variable”. “In the last nine months we have seen tracts of farm land in the county sell for over $19,000 per acre and other tracts less than $6500 per acre” Custer said. What leads to this variability? “Soil type, production... read more.
Court News Ohio… Ohio Awards $1.6 Million to Juvenile Courts for Detention Alternatives and Security Enhancements - May 24, 2016 - In an effort to reserve detention placement for certain youth, address challenges of troubled youth early, and improve detention services and conditions of confinement, the Ohio Department of Youth Services recently announced $1,628,804 in funding to assist 23 counties through the agency’s new Detention Alternatives and Enhancements Initiative... read more.
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CBC/Vectren award Lead the Way scholarships
Campaigns use humor, empathy to inspire blood donors - DAYTON, Ohio - Thoughtful, inspirational, and fun!  Five area high school seniors demonstrated all these qualities and more in their winning blood drive recruitment campaigns for the annual Community Blood Center/Vectren Lead The Way Creative Scholarship competition. The 2016 Lead... read more.
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Attorney General Mike DeWine… DeWine Sues Man Accused of Illegally Placing Over 1 Million Robocalls to Consumers - (CINCINNATI)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today announced a lawsuit against a man accused of placing illegal robocalls to consumers in Ohio and other states. According to the lawsuit, Kevin J. Calvin, doing business as Rocket Marketing, Network Solutions, and Made in America Cleaning and Restoration, placed... read more.
Ohio Students to Compete in Moot Court Competition
May 19, 2016 -- The Ohio Center for Law-Related Education (OCLRE) hosts its third annual high school Moot Court Competition tomorrow at the Thomas J. Moyer Ohio Judicial Center. Students will take on the role of appellate attorneys and argue both sides of an original case. More than 100 students from nine schools across the state will participate: Danville High School (Holmes County); Gilmour Academy (Lake County); Indian Hill High... read more.
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Edison State Community College… Mosaic of Community Leadership Conference A Success
Over 75 regional leaders were in attendance for the Edison Foundation’s 13th annual Mosaic of Community Leadership conference on Wednesday, May 18 in the Robinson Theater of Edison State Community College’s Piqua campus. The one–day conference featured Mr. Jerold Panas–a noteworthy author and founding partner of one of the nation’s most highly regarded firms in the field... read more.
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ACES Helps Darke County Parks
Recently students from the Achievement Center for Educational Success (ACES) partnered with the Darke County Park District to make the parks a healthier, prettier, safer, and more fun place to explore, learn, and enjoy. They worked hard putting down fresh mulch in the Natural Play Area which caters to exploratory play for all ages in a natural setting. Over 200 lbs. of trash... read more.
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Senate President Keith Faber… Legislation Announced on Commission on Infant Mortality Recommendations; Addressing Ohio's infant mortality crisis is a top priority for Senate President Keith Faber -- COLUMBUS—State Senator Shannon Jones (R-Springboro) and Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D-Columbus) today introduced legislation to implement many of the recommendations proposed in the Commission on Infant Mortality’s March 2016 Report. In 2014, Ohio’s... read more.
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Empowering Darke County Youth… Fundraising efforts continue for summer tutoring
GREENVILLE - As many families begin to prepare for their summer vacations and other activities, the Chalmers family, once again, is preparing to “empower” local youth through summer tutoring. Kendra Chalmers, her two children Kayden and Nevaeh, and her mom Tanya McConnell, spent their Saturday at Rural King holding their... read more.
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FBI… Law Enforcement Officers Killed in the Line of Duty 2015
Washington, D.C. - May 16, 2016 - Preliminary statistics released today by the FBI show that 41 law enforcement officers were feloniously killed in the line of duty in 2015. This is a decrease of almost 20 percent when compared with the 51 officers killed in 2014. By region, 19 officers died as a result of criminal acts that occurred in the South, nine officers in the West, five officers in the Midwest, four in the Northeast, and four in Puerto Rico... read more.
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Court News Ohio… Students Showcase Constitutional Knowledge
May 12, 2016 - After months of studying and preparing, approximately 150 students are ready to compete at the Ohio Middle School We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution State Showcase on May 13. We the People, a program of the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education (OCLRE), gives students a unique opportunity to participate... read more.
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Corn & Beef Cattle Newsletters, From Sam Custer, OSU Extension, Darke County
MAKE SURE YOU ARE CHECKING YOUR WHEAT!!! This week’s CORN Newsletter… May 17 - May 23, 2016 - Editor(s): Amanda Douridas - In This Issue:  1.  Slowly Improving Conditions Next 1-2 Weeks For Planting  2.  Rust, Freeze Injury, Head Scab: Should I Still Put on a Fungicide? 3.  Assessing the Wheat Crop for Freeze Damage  4.  Twisted Wheat... read more.
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Darke County Scholarship Fund… Helping a student achieve college goals
DARKE COUNTY – The cost of a year’s college education in Ohio can range from $15,000 to $25,000 or more, according to Gary Young, Fundraising Chairman for the Darke County Scholarship Fund (DCSF), formerly the Senior Scribes Scholarship Fund. “Even if students take advantage of the current College Credit Plus options while in high school, work... read more.
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Edison State Community College… Edison Honors Steve Baker
Edison State Community College presented Steve Baker, WHIO-TV’s northern bureau chief, with an honorary degree of associate of humanities during the college’s 41st annual spring commencement ceremony on Friday, May 13. Having attended Edison State in the mid-seventies, Baker was presented with the honorary degree in... read more.
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Ansonia Elementary Students of the Month
Ansonia Elementary is proud to present two kindergarteners as students of the month.  Braiden Westfall's teacher states, "Braiden is a model student who works very hard and always strives to do his best.  He is very kind to his classmates and takes great initiative in helping others and keeping our classroom in order.  I can always count on him to be ready and eager to learn something... read more.
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Darke County Sheriff’s Office… Sheriff issues phone scam alert
The Darke County Sheriff’s Office has received numerous calls from citizens reporting an IRS telephone scam in the Darke County area over the last few days.  This type of scam has been going on all around the country for sometime and seems to be perpetrated in this area periodically. The scam typically involves a caller reporting that the IRS is taking legal action against the person... read more.
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New KitchenAid® Stand Mixer: Small Yet Mighty
BENTON HARBOR, MI (March 4, 2016) – KitchenAid has exciting news for Stand Mixer lovers everywhere. The power, iconic design, color choices and endless possibilities synonymous with this culinary workhorse will soon be available in a size ideally suited for limited counter space and “smaller batch” lifestyles. The new Artisan® Mini Stand Mixer is scheduled to initially launch... read more.
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Edison State Honors Graduates
Edison State Community College held its 41st annual spring commencement ceremony on Friday night before a packed house of family, friends, faculty, and staff at the Piqua campus. Nearly 400 students earned a total of 440 degrees or certificates in the areas of business, computer information technology, engineering technology, health... read more.
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FBI Child Sexual Exploitation… Threat from Pedophiles Online is ‘Vast and Extensive’
05/10/16 - The case of a Tennessee man sentenced last month to 21 years in prison on child pornography charges serves as an important reminder to parents and children about the dangers of an online world where things are not always as they appear and pedophiles may be lurking around many virtual corners. Brian K. Hendrix was convicted... read more.
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KitchenAid® introduces most Powerful Home Blender
Debuting Exclusively at Williams-Sonoma - BENTON HARBOR, MI & GREENVILLE, OH (March 5, 2016) –KitchenAid, long known for the power, durability and eye-catching design of its iconic countertop appliances, is introducing the most powerful blender in the market. Scheduled for availability in May, the new KitchenAid® Pro... read more.
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The White House… What you should know about the Zika virus
You've probably heard news reports about Zika, a virus that's been spreading across South and Central America as well as the Caribbean. Zika is primarily transmitted by mosquitoes. In past outbreaks, the vast majority of people who contracted Zika didn't experience symptoms. For those with symptoms, they were relatively mild. Zika infection... read more.
The Hill… Facebook scrambles to contain fallout, By David McCabe
Facebook is scrambling to contain the fallout from allegations that it has suppressed right-leaning political content on its powerful platform — a charge that hits at the social network’s image of neutrality. CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg promised Thursday to meet with top conservatives about the allegations, a sign of how damaging any perception of political bias could be to the company. “To serve our diverse community, we are committed... read more.
Court News Ohio… May is National Drug Court Month, By Jenna Gant
May 13, 2016 -- Courts across the country are celebrating National Drug Court Month. Coordinated by the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP), May honors courts that help individuals find an alternative route to get the support they need to fight addictions. This year’s national theme is “Criminal Justice Reform in Action,” and it recognizes drug court participants and graduates who are learning to be productive members of society... read more.
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Ohio Senate President Keith Faber… Faber Honors Ohio Nurses
COLUMBUS - Senate President Keith Faber (R-Celina) was joined by State Senator Jim Hughes (R-Columbus) this week to present a Senate gavel to the Ohio Nurses Association. The gavel was used when the Ohio Senate unanimously passed Senate Bill 233, legislation to create the "Ohio Nurses Association" license plate. “Nurses are a vital part of our healthcare system, and they... read more.
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State Representative Steve Huffman… Ohio House Passes Bill Increasing Access to Biological Drugs; HB 505 aimed at reducing cost of prescription medications -- COLUMBUS—Today, the Ohio House passed legislation that allows pharmacists to substitute biologically similar products, or “biosimilars,” for any biological product prescribed by a physician. This is a similar concept to a consumer obtaining a generic prescription medication rather than a more expensive brand name drug. Biologics... read more.
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Weekly Beef Cattle, Corn Newsletters, From Sam Custer, OSU Extension, Darke County
Three new articles have been posted in this week’s 985th issue of the Ohio BEEF Cattle letter. Lots of seed heads have emerged over the past week! Today Chris Penrose offers some reminders on managing the “spring flush.” Articles include: Managing the Spring Flush; When a cow is called “pregnant” but turns up “open”- Could Neospora caninum be to Blame?; Beef Production Surges in April... read more.
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Attorney General Mike DeWine… Sexual Assault Kit Testing Initiative Update for May
(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 May 1, 2016, 292 law enforcement agencies have submitted 13,765 kits to be tested as part of the initiative. Of those, 4,434 kits were submitted after Senate Bill 316... read more.
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Edison State nursing students honored with pinning ceremony
Edison State Community College honored its most recent nursing graduates on Wednesday, May 11, with a pinning ceremony held before an audience of family and friends at the Piqua campus. The pinning ceremony is a time-honored tradition in which the graduate nurse is presented to family and friends as a professional who is about to practice nursing... read more.
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Court News Ohio… Abuse and Molestation Exclusion Precludes Insurance Coverage for Church’s Child Abuse Incident, By Dan Trevas - May 12, 2016 - The Ohio Supreme Court ruled today that an abuse and molestation exclusion in a commercial insurance policy bars coverage for damages awarded against an employer found liable for an employee’s physical abuse of a child in the care, custody, or control of the employer. A... read more.
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Greenville City Schools… Family Night a complete success
The numbers aren’t in yet, but students, parents and friends started arriving a little after five and continued heavily for more than an hour and a half. Estimates were close to 2,000 children and adults picked up summer reading books, ate hot dogs and chips and enjoyed great entertainment. The students had signed up for the Kids Read Now... read more.
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Darke County Sisters chosen to give WSLC commencement speech, By Tammy Adkins on behalf of herself and her sister - Wright State Lake Campus 2016 - In October of 2007 my sister, dad, and I moved to Greenville, Ohio from Germany. When we first arrived here and went to register for High School we were very nervous, especially since we were told we had to take all of the OGTs. We were not for sure what to expect and whether... read more.
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Eight college scholarships presented at SSSF Awards Banquet
Organization announces name change - GREENVILLE – The Senior Scribes Scholarship Fund presented scholarships on April 28 to eight Darke County students either just getting started with, or continuing, their college education. According to SSSF President Elaine Bailey, this brings the organization’s total scholarship... read more.
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Darke County Parks… Park District Vandalized With Graffiti
Each year the Darke County Park District spends literally thousands of dollars battling vandalism in the form of graffiti. Recently several parks in Darke County have been vandalized by what seems to be one particular individual. “This graffiti has caused well over one thousand dollars in damages to park signs, kiosks, map boxes, and benches. It... read more.
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Greenville Junior High Concert Band Receives Superior Rating
The Greenville Junior High Concert Band, under the direction of Mr. Brian McKibben, earned a Superior or 1 rating at the 2016 Ohio Music Education Association’s Middle School Large Group Adjudicated Event held at Troy High School on May 7, 2016. The Concert Band performed for a receptive audience and three O.M.E.A. Adjudicators.   Each adjudicator gave the band the highest... read more.
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Kiwanis of Greenville… Rieman is Kiwanis Teacher of the Year
GHS students of the month honored -- The Kiwanis Teacher of the Year Award went to Amanda Rieman who has been teaching second grade at Woodland Primary for five years. She & her husband Mike and son Cooper reside in Greenville.  She obtained BS and MS degrees from the University of Dayton.  She cultivates close relationships with her students and educates both their hearts... read more.
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Corn Has Not Emerged, Should I be Concerned? No! By Sam Custer
OSU Extension, Darke County - On Sunday I was talking to a producer who said that it is taking a long time for corn to emerge. I did some calculations for Darke County.  Corn planted on April 18 has had 187 GDDs and is up and looking great while corn planted just a week later corn on April 27 has had about 79 GDD’s and probably has... read more.
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Medical Marijuana Legislation Passes Ohio House
HB 523 creates commission to tightly regulate marijuana policy - COLUMBUS—Legislation to legalize medical marijuana passed the Ohio House of Representatives today. The bill works to tightly regulate the distribution of medical marijuana, while ensuring access to those who need the medicine for certain conditions. Among the.
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Faber Announces Return of Ohio's Sales Tax Holiday
COLUMBUS - Senate President Keith Faber (R-Celina) today announced the return of the popular Ohio Sales Tax Holiday for August 5-7, 2016, providing relief for families during the back-to-school shopping season. Cosponsored by Senator Faber, Senate Bill 264 allows Ohio's families to save on back-to-school supplies by providing a sales and use.
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Midmark Closes Acquisition of Versus Technology, Inc.
DAYTON, Ohio, and TRAVERSE CITY, Mich., May 5, 2016 — Midmark Corporation announced today the completion of its previously announced definitive merger agreement to acquire Versus Technology, Inc. A special meeting of the Versus shareholders was held on Friday, April 29, 2016, where shareholders voted in favor of the acquisition.
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Darke County Parks… Nature Day a Success
Darke County Parks annual Nature Day event took place on Saturday April 23rd to the delight of all ages. During the cool morning, adults enjoyed a Warbler hike and a wildflower hike took place in the early afternoon, children experienced many different earth related activities throughout the day from planting trees to visiting with the animal ambassadors and from dissecting owl pellets to pretending with stick.
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Darke County High School Students Earn Associate Degrees
It’s not everyday that you meet high school students equipped with the aptitude to successfully complete an associate degree. Ten seniors from Franklin Monroe High School and another senior from Tri-Village High School will walk amongst their associate degree-earning peers during Edison State Community College’s 41st spring commencement ceremony on Friday, May 13.
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29th Annual Ohio Peace Officers' Memorial Ceremony
May 5, 2016 -- (LONDON, Ohio) -- Today, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, members of the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission, and law enforcement officers from across the state honored the memory of 770 Ohio peace officers killed in the line of duty since 1823 during this year's annual Ohio Peace Officers' Memorial Ceremony. The Fraternal Order of Police Memorial Motorcade.
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Edison State to Launch Agribusiness Program in Darke County
To meet the growing demand of the local agricultural industry in Darke County, Edison State Community College is preparing to launch a new agribusiness program in the fall of 2016. Students enrolled in the program will take courses in agribusiness, agricultural finance, international business, animal science, and agronomy, with internship.
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Injury accident at Hogpath and Red River West Grove
On May 5, 2016 at 7:24 PM Darke County Deputies along with Arcanum Rescue and Laura Fire Dept., and Careflight were dispatched to the intersection of Hogpath Road, and Red River West Grove Road reference a crash with injury. Preliminary investigation revealed that a White 2008 Chevrolet Van, driven by Randall Flory, 42, of Bradford was traveling East on Hogpath Road, when he attempted to make a left turn onto.
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Whirlpool celebrates $80 million investment in Ohio manufacturing
FINDLAY & GREENVILLE, Ohio - May 4, 2016 – Whirlpool Corporation is celebrating significant investments at two of the company’s manufacturing facilities in Ohio. The number one major home appliance manufacturer in the world will break ground today on a $40 million expansion project at its Findlay operations and hold a ribbon cutting on Thursday to mark completion of another $40 million.
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Weather; Corn & Beef Cattle Newsletters, From Sam Custer
Jim Noel from the National Weather Service shared with us on our call yesterday that we will be 5-10 degrees cooler this week with “nuisance” precipitation this week.  He believes we will see between .1 and .3 inches of rain Wednesday thru Thursday.  Next week we will see temperatures 5-10 degrees above normal with normal precipitation (1 inch per week). The.
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Main Street Greenville Named Quarterfinalist for “America’s Main Streets” Contest
Support Main Street Greenville of Darke County by Voting Today… Greenville, Ohio –The national small business movement, Independent We Stand, announces the quarterfinalists, including Main Street Greenville of Darke County Ohio, of the 2016 Independent We Stand “America’s Main Streets” contest. As the lifeblood of our cities.
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Attorney General Mike DeWine… Three Arrested for Multi-County Drug Trafficking
 (GALLIPOLIS, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and members of the Major Crimes Task Force of Meigs and Gallia County today announced that three people have been arrested as part of an investigation into a criminal enterprise accused of bringing cocaine and crack cocaine into Gallia County, Meigs County, and parts of West Virginia. The arrests.
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Ohio Sales Tax Holiday to Again Provide Families Relief During Back-to-School Shopping Season - COLUMBUS - State Senator Kevin Bacon (R-Minerva Park) today announced the passage of legislation to reestablish Ohio's popular Sales Tax Holiday for August 5-7, 2016, providing relief for families during the back-to-school shopping season. Widely hailed as successful in its inaugural effort last year, Senator Bacon's legislation... read more.
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FBI… Sextortion and Cyberstalking
How a Single Tip Uncovered an International Scheme - 04/26/16 - The investigation that uncovered a far-reaching sextortion scheme by a U.S. State Department employee at the U.S. Embassy in London all started with a single complaint by a young victim in Kentucky. She went to the police. “The victim basically was saying that she was.
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Edison State Community College… Edison Professor Authors Book
Edison State Community College Assistant Professor of English Steve Marlowe added yet another achievement to his already impressive resume as author of “Digging Up the Bones.” “Digging Up the Bones” follows three generations of an Appalachian family, spanning the 1960’s to present day. Throughout the book, readers engage in.
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Greenville City Schools… South students win Hayes Arboretum Trash Bash contest
On Saturday, April 23, the Hayes Arboretum in Richmond, IN hosted a Family Earth Day Event, including the art exhibit Trash Bash. All entries in the Trash Bash were made from recycled materials or trash. Jake Barr, Jenna Hughes, Evan Laughead, and Mollie McLear, 6th students from South Middle School, entered artwork into the show. Jenna Hughes and Evan Laughead.
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Darke County Sheriff… Sheriff’s Office K9 Britta to get body armor
Darke County Sheriff’s Office K9 Britta will receive 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, OH and will be embroidered with the sentiment “In memory of S.W.A.T. Officer Don Buff”. Delivery.
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Drug Take Back Event
Prescription drug take back is available 24/7 at Greenville Police Department: No questions asked. Celina OH – On Saturday, April 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office will be holding a drug take back event as part of the National Drug Take Back Initiative. During this event, the public will have the opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by.
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Beef and Bees, From Sam Custer, OSU Extension, Darke County
Four new articles have been posted in this week’s 983rd issue of the Ohio BEEF Cattle letter:http://u.osu.edu/beef/. Tis the season for the higher nutritional demands of the momma cow that come along with an aggressively nursing and growing calf this time of year in Ohio . This week John Grimes emphasizes the need to.
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Edison State Community College Unveils New Look
Edison State Community College has unveiled a bold new look that depicts growth as an emerging brand, which resonates its high–quality education, a distinction built upon its strong legacy. Edison State’s rebranding represents its successful and ongoing transition to a college well beyond its heritage. Today the college provides higher.
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MVCTC Students Qualify for HOSA National Contests
Toledo, Ohio – Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) students in the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) Chapter competed in the State HOSA Leadership Conference April 5-6, at the University of Toledo.  Students performing well at the state conference qualified for the 39th Annual International HOSA Leadership Conference to be held.
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Severe Weather Recovery Assistance for Darke and Mercer County - Last summer, many small businesses in Darke and Mercer County were hurt by severe weather that swept through the area. Severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding damaged small businesses in the area and hurt the region. U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) is encouraging eligible small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small aquaculture... read more.
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Buchy Continues to Stand in Opposition to Obamacare
Applauds Ohio’s plans for public assistance accountability - COLUMBUS – Last week, the Ohio Department of Medicaid announced a plan to require individuals utilizing the state’s Medicaid program to make payments in order to receive benefits. The plan is in response to the Ohio House of Representatives passing legislation that will help Ohio’s Medicaid system.
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CORN Newsletter, From Sam Custer, OSU Extension, Darke County
This week’s CORN Newsletter can be found below. On a local note, Greg Campbell and I have been checking soil temperatures locally this past week.  It is amazing what 70 and 80 degree temperatures can do for soil temperatures. Continue for Greg’s latest readings (4 inches)… Corn Newsletter: In This Issue: 1. Corn and Soybean: What’s in Store.
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FBI Cyberstalking… A Web of Intimidation
Landmark Cyberstalking Case Results in Life Sentences for Three Family Members - 04/12/16 - After surviving a rocky divorce and custody dispute in 2007, all Christine Belford wanted was to settle back into a peaceful life with her three young daughters in her Delaware home. Instead, her ex-husband, David T. Matusiewicz, and several members of his.
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Edison State Community College… Edison Students Receive High Academic Honors
Two Edison State Community College students have been named to the 2016 Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) All-Ohio Academic Team. Keith Hoying of Anna and John R. Winemiller, Jr. of Sidney have been selected as two of this year’s fifty-five statewide recipients. To be eligible for the All-Ohio Academic Team, students are first nominated by.
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Edison State Community College… Edison DCC Student Produces Award–Winning Film
Kate Young’s passion for filmmaking is undeniable. “When an idea first makes its way into your head there are so many questions to be answered and logistics to figure out. The work involved in taking an idea to a substantial state is always more than you originally anticipate. But the feeling of creating something, having people take your idea and make it into reality–it’s a high like no other.” Her most recent idea turned into.
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Greenville City School District… What does it take to graduate from Greenville High School now and beyond? Jeff Cassell, Principal, Greenville Senior High School -- For many years, students have had to complete 22 credits, including specific credit requirements, plus they must pass an achievement test in order to graduate.  The Ohio Graduation Test (OGT) is alive for only a few more years -the tests that Ohio freshmen have needed to take and pass to earn a high... read more.
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Ohio Department of Education… Adult Diploma Recipients Recognized by the State Board of Education -- 4/11/2016 -- A total of 78 adults now have high school diplomas thanks to Ohio’s new Adult Diploma Program. Several participants in the program’s pilot year were recognized today by the members of the State Board of Education of Ohio. “The Adult Diploma Program is changing lives and providing hope to the more than one million Ohio adults who left school without... read more.
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Mercer County Sheriff… Two arrested on drug charges
Sheriff Jeff Grey and Celina Chief Tom Wale announce drug arrests made by HIT (Heroin Interdiction Team).   Arrested were Christopher Haynes, Age 23 from 3342 Oregon Road, Celina, and Sydney E. Dicke, Age 20 from 211 South Franklin, New Bremen.  Haynes was arrested for Obstruction and Possession of Heroin. Dicke were arrested for Possession Heroin.  On Saturday.
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Mercer County Sheriff… Suspect arrested for Criminal Trespass
Sheriff Jeff Grey announces the arrest of individual suspected of attempted breaking and entering.   Arrested was James Baker, age 34, from 208 Reynolds Ave, Spencerville Ohio. Baker is currently being held on a charge of  criminal trespass. On Sunday 4-17-2016 at 3:51 AM Central Dispatch received a call from the home owner at 4960 Kittle Road.  The home owner reported he caught two subjects on his property.
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Exciting 2016 Annie Oakley Festival
The Annie Oakley Festival Committee is working diligently to plan an exciting and FREE 2016 festival at York Woods. They have a full range of entertainment booked including the highly anticipated Annie Oakley Festival Western Arts Showcase full of knife throwing, whip artistry, and variety show. There will also be musical entertainment throughout the.
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Greenville City Police… Altercation results in stabbing
On April 17, 2016 at approximately 12:47 a.m. in the vicinity of 123 Sweitzer St., officers responded to an altercation between two men which resulted in a stabbing. The victim, Charles Wolford, was treated at the scene and subsequently transported to Wayne Healthcare.  The suspect, Michael Abelquist, is in custody.
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Mercer County Sheriff… Armed robbery at Dollar General
On 4-18-2016 at approx.. 2:22 pm Mercer County Sheriff’s Office  received a 911 call from Dollar General located at 401 West Bridge St in Rockford Ohio. A white male  approx.. 5’10 to 6’ stalky build, wearing an orange Texas Longhorn long sleeve shirt, white ball cap with sunglasses on top, blue jeans with white tennis shoes had entered the.
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Attorney General Mike DeWine… U.S. EPA Retracts Racing Regulation
(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Following an effort led by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has rescinded language within a proposed regulation which sought to prohibit the sale and use of many performance auto parts in competitive racing vehicles. The rescinded language, buried in a 629-page proposal, sought.
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Ohio State Senate… $2.6 Billion Investment in Ohio’s Local Communities Announced
Bill funds needed repairs and improvements to Ohio’s schools, infrastructure, communities and public services - COLUMBUS - Senate President Keith Faber (R-Celina) and Senate Finance Chair Scott Oelslager (R-North Canton) today announced the introduction of this year’s $2.6 billion capital budget. This investment will support the infrastructure priorities.
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Beagle Honors Ohio Parole Officer of the Year
Praises Qualities of Compassion, Balance and Strength - COLUMBUS - On Tuesday, State Senator Bill Beagle (R-Tipp City) honored Miami County Parole Officer Sharlynn Key for being named the 2015 Parole Officer of the Year by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections. "Sharlynn is someone who leads with her actions.
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Darke County Sheriff… Man Arrested for Trafficking Crack Cocaine
On April 18, 2016 at approximately 9:00pm the Darke County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit arrested Timothy Sanders, age 36, for trafficking illegal narcotics. Sanders was taken into custody at 209 East Main Street, Room# 117, in Greenville.  The arrest stems from an on going investigation for drug trafficking, including trafficking the drugs in the vicinity of children. Following the arrest.
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AG Mike DeWine… Ohioans Continue to Report Tax Scams as Filing Deadline Approaches
(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today warned consumers to avoid "IRS imposter scams" as the April 18 tax-filing deadline approaches. The Ohio Attorney General's Office has received over 400 reports of the scam in April. The ploy generally begins with a call claiming to come from the IRS or U.S. Treasury. The consumer is told to call a certain phone number and.
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Medical Marijuana Task Force Findings, Plan Moving Forward; New bill would create commission to tightly regulate marijuana policy -- COLUMBUS—Speaker of the Ohio House Clifford A. Rosenberger (R-Clarksville) and State Representative Kirk Schuring (R-Canton) discussed takeaways from the recently concluded Medical Marijuana Task Force hearings and shared a plan moving forward on the issue in Ohio. “The task force was created with no preconceived... read more.
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Sheriff warns motorists to be alert for volunteers, From Chief Deputy Mark Whittaker
Trash Bash April 23 & 24 - Darke County Sheriff Toby L. Spencer and the Darke County Solid Waste Management District Director Krista Fourman would like to advise motorists to use caution while traveling Darke County roadways on the weekend of April 23rd and 24th.  On that weekend Darke County Solid Waste Management District will be.
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Corn Newsletter; Wheat Crops, From Sam Custer, OSU Extension, Darke County
Have you checked your wheat?  This cold snap has been detrimental to potential yield for wheat that had reached the jointing stage.  I have seen some wheat showing no issues of stress and other fields that were suffering from the extended hours at 25 degrees. You can find this week’s CORN Newsletter - April 12 - April 18, 2016; Editor(s): Glen Arnold.
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Darke County Sheriff… Child struck by lawnmower
On April 12, 2016 at 4:41 PM Darke County Sheriffs Deputies, along with Ansonia Rescue and Careflight, responded to an injury accident involving a lawnmower in the 400 block of Winbigler Street. in the Village of Ansonia. Preliminary investigation reveals that Derrick Kolker (27), of Ansonia Ohio, was mowing a lawn in the 400 block of Winbigler Street.
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Versailles Poultry Days… 2016 Honorary Parade Marshals Tom and Shila Magoto
Tom and Shila (Dapore) Magoto are very pleased and honored to be selected as Parade Marshals for the 2016 Poultry Days parade.  The parade will begin at 11 am on Saturday June 11 as part of the three day festival to be held June 10-12. Tom and Shila were both born and raised in Versailles.  They were high school sweet-hearts graduating from.
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Darke County Sheriff… Sheriff cautions motorists on SR 49 detour
Darke County Sheriff Toby L. Spencer cautions motorists while traveling around the State Route 49 closure.  The State Route 49 closure is located between Myers-Tillman Road and Hogpath Road south of Greenville.  The designated detour for this closure from Greenville is US Route 127 south to State Route 503 south to State Route 722 east to State Route 49.
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Ohio Dept. of Transportation… Motorists twice as likely as workers to be injured or killed in work zones
ODOT to host National Work Zone Awareness Week kickoff event -- COLUMBUS (Monday, April 11, 2016) – Last year was the deadliest year in over a decade in Ohio’s roadway work zones. With 30 fatalities – nearly double the number in 2014 – the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is warning motorists of work zone dangers, and asking for their help in reversing the trend. While motorists are more than twice.
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Versailles Poultry Days… Miss Chick Pageant contestant information
This contest is sponsored by U.S. Bank and Versailles Poultry Days, Inc. The preliminaries are on Friday, June 10th, 2016 at noon and finals will be held on the festival grounds located at 459 S. Center Street on Saturday, June 11th at 2:00 p.m. in the former high school gymnasium. This contest is open to all high school organizations (including athletic teams, clubs, band.
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Search Warrant leads to Drug Trafficking arrest
On April 14, 2016 at approximately 6:34 am Darke County Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit along with the Darke County Sheriff’s Special Response Team conducted a search warrant at 221 W Main Street in the city of Greenville, Ohio.  The search warrant stems from an on going investigation for drug trafficking.  Darren Woods was arrested and taken to the Darke County Jail for trafficking heroin.
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Mercer County Sheriff… Swartzel, Hicks arrested for drug trafficking
Sheriff Jeff Grey and Celina Chief Tom Wale announced drug arrests made by the Grand Lake Task Force.   Arrested were Richard Swartzel, age 32, 537 Touvelle Street Lot 68A, and Jessica R. Hicks, age 30, also of 537 Touvelle Street Lot 68A.  Both Swartzel and Hicks were arrested for trafficking in drugs (Heroin), being felonies of the 5th degree. On.
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Darke County Sheriff… Threats made by Mississinawa Valley student
On April 12, 2016 at 6:43 A.M., Darke County deputies responded to 334 South Market Street and 10480 Staudt Rd. Union City, Ohio in reference to a threat made through social media toward a Mississinawa Valley student. The investigation revealed several threats were made using a fake Facebook account toward Mississinawa Valley Middle School students.
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Darke County Visitors Bureau awards three grants in 2016
GREENVILLE, OH – The Darke County Visitors Bureau released the names of the recipients of the 2016 Darke County Tourism Grants. This year, three recipients were chosen – The Gathering at Garst, Prairie Days, and YOLO Festival of Races. “The Gathering at Garst, Prairie Days, and YOLO races all attract folks from miles away to our community,” stated committee member Lisa Martin. “They perfectly fit the grant guidelines.
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Edison State Students Inducted to Honor Society
Fourteen new members were inducted to the Edison State Community College Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) during a ceremony on Tuesday, March 29 at the Piqua campus. Each semester, students are invited to join the honor society based upon academic criteria.  The Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society was established in 1918 to recognize and encourage the academic.
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DeWine… Petition for Medicinal Cannabis and Industrial Hemp Certified
(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—The Ohio Attorney General’s Office today certified the petition for a proposed amendment to the Ohio Constitution that would legalize marijuana for medicinal and industrial use in the state. On March 28, 2016, the Attorney General’s Office received a written petition to amend the Ohio Constitution titled “Medicinal Cannabis and Industrial Hemp.
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Greenville Federal Supports Partnering for Progress Initiative
Greenville – Greenville Federal Bank has once again shown their support of the Partnering for Progress (P4P) Initiative by contributing for 2016.  This collaborative public/private economic development effort has brought remarkable growth and opportunity to Darke County, with the bank participating since 2009.  “We’re glad to show our support.
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Attorney General Mike DeWine… Sexual Violence Helpline Launched
DeWine, OhioHealth Launch Ohio Sexual Violence Helpline: 1-844-OHIO-HELP - (DUBLIN, Ohio)— As part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Heather Herron Murphy, manager of OhioHealth's Sexual Assault Response Network of Central Ohio (SARNCO), today announced the launch of a new helpline serving survivors.
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Council on Rural Services celebrates “Week of the Young Child”
Piqua – Council on Rural Services …programs for innovative learning, is committed to improving the lives of children and their families.  Because of this commitment, we will be joining other organizations across the country in celebrating young children, their teachers and families for “Week of the Young Child” during the week of April 11 to 15.
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Buchy Urges Paper Testing for State Examinations
Reminds Interim Director of Controversy Surrounding Online Test - COLUMBUS- State Representative Jim Buchy (R- Greenville) has sent a letter to the Ohio Department of Education requesting that they allow additional opportunities for school administrators to opt for paper testing this year. The results of last year’s PARCC examinations were delayed.
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Attorney General Mike DeWine … Sexual Assault Kit Testing Update for April
(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 April 1, 2016, 286 law enforcement agencies have submitted 13,572 kits to be tested as part of the initiative. Of those, 4,241 kits.
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Midmark to Acquire Michigan-based Versus Technology, Inc.
Advancing Midmark leadership in outpatient clinical workflows using real-time locating systems - DAYTON, Ohio, and TRAVERSE CITY, Mich., April 8, 2016 — Midmark Corporation (“Midmark”), a leader in workflow solutions for outpatient settings, today announced it has entered into a definitive merger agreement to acquire Versus... read more.
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Ohio Farmers Receive Water Quality Training, From Sam Custer, OSU Extension, Darke County
OSU College of Food, Agricultural & Environmental Sciences - COLUMBUS, Ohio — In a little over a year, Ohio State University Extension has trained more than 10,000 Ohio farmers on best practices to apply fertilizer for optimum crop yield, reduce the risk of nutrient runoff and improve water quality throughout the state. And more training.
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Ohio Beef Cattle; Buckeye Dairy News, From Sam Custer, OSU Extension, Darke County
The March 2016 Issue of the Buckeye Dairy News has been posted at: http://dairy.osu.edu, then click on Buckeye Dairy News. Articles include: Inside the Buckeye Dairy News: http://dairy.osu.edu - Milk Prices, Costs of Nutrients, Margins and Comparison of Feedstuffs Prices, Mr. Alex Tebbe, Graduate Research Associate, Department of Animal.
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DeWine... Father Sentenced to Seven Years in Prison for Abuse of Child
(COSHOCTON, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced today that a Coshocton County man has been sentenced to prison for abusing his infant child last year. This afternoon, Coshocton County Common Pleas Judge Robert Batchelor sentenced Christian Kibler, 22, of Coshocton, to a prison term of seven years after the defendant pleaded guilty last... read more.
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Historic Bear’s Mill Recognized with Tourism Award
GREENVILLE, OH (April 1, 2016) – Historic Bear’s Mill was recently recognized with the “Standout in Tourism” award from OhioTraveler.com for the month of April. “Bear’s Mill is to the art community what flour is to baking,” said Frank Satullo, the OhioTraveler. OhioTraveler.com is one of the largest and most widely-visited online travel.
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Two-vehicle crash on U.S. 127
On April 5, 2016 at approximately 9:00 PM Darke County Deputies along with Greenville Township Fire & Rescue responded to the intersection of US RT 127 and Greenville-Celina Road on a report of a two vehicle non-injury crash. Preliminary investigation revealed Shelby Hartzell 17, of Greenville driving a Gray 2005 Nissan Altima  was stopped at the intersection of Greenville-Celina Road and US RT 127 and pulled into the.
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GHS adds Advanced Manufacturing to their Career Technical Education Center, By Stan Hughes, Greenville High School Career Technology Director - The Advanced Manufacturing Lab at Greenville Senior High School is the newest addition to the Greenville Career Technical Educational Center.  The lab boasts highly technical training equipment including an AC/DC Electrical Systems Trainer, a Rotating Machines Trainer, a Motor... read more.
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Edison State Students Compete in Xtreme BOTS
Two teams of Edison State Community College students competed in the Ohio Robotics Xtreme BOTS Regional Competition at the Wright State University Nutter Center in Dayton on Saturday, April 2. Xtreme BOTS is a program that encourages students from the Dayton region to design and build custom, remote controlled robots to face-off in.
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Workshop Learning Center students receive superior ratings in music
Musicianship was on the line recently as the students of The Workshop Learning Center instructed by Michelle Drees participated in the District XI Ohio Music Educators Association’s High School Solo & Ensemble Contest. “Diligent practice and attention to detail are crucial in preparation for this event,” commented Ms. Drees.
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Edison students on the move: Young… A Film Festival Finalist, By Kate Young
When an idea first makes its way into your head there are so many questions to be answered and logistics to figure out.  The work involved in taking an idea to a substantial state is always more than you originally anticipate.  But the feeling of creating something, having people take your idea and make it into reality-- it's a high like no other.   I've had a love for film making since I can remember.  Presque is my.
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Trash Bash 2016 T-Shirt Contest Winners Announced
The Darke County Solid Waste District and 1 Shot Services recently sponsored a t-shirt design contest for Trash Bash 2015.  Students in grades 7-12 were eligible to enter the contest.  The Darke County Solid Waste Policy Committee selected Chad Harter’s entry as the winner. Chad’s design will be put onto t-shirts that will be distributed to.
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First Model of most Powerful Blender Assembled at Kitchenaid Factory
GREENVILLE, OH (March 29, 2016) – Tess Masters, author of “The Blender Girl” and popular blog healthyblenderrecipes.com, yesterday assembled the first model of the industry’s most powerful home blender at the KitchenAid factory in Greenville, Ohio. Joining her were (from left to right) Derek Ernst, global marketing director for KitchenAid.
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FBI… Financial Fraud
Pharmaceutical Executive Sold Fake Stock in Medical Research Company - 03/31/16 - Greg Ruehle liked to gamble—the only problem was that he did it with other people’s money. In the process, the pharmaceutical executive not only swindled his friends and people from his hometown out of millions of dollars, he injured the reputation of a legitimate.
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Edison State and Wright State Enter Partnership
To enhance access and affordability of bachelor degree programs for students in the southwest Ohio region, officials from Edison State Community College and Wright State University met to sign an agreement to enter the PASS partnership. The PASS partnership program formalizes and enhances the link between Wright.
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Attorney General Mike DeWine… High School Students Encouraged to Apply for Teen Ambassador Board - (COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today announced that his office is now accepting applications for its Teen Ambassador Board. The Ohio Attorney General’s Teen Ambassador Board advises the office on issues related to teens. Board members serve a one-year term during which they convene twice in Columbus. They... read more.
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Attorney General Mike DeWine… Medical Marijuana Legalization Amendment Certified
(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—The Ohio Attorney General’s Office today certified the petition for the proposed amendment to the Ohio Constitution regarding the legalization of marijuana for medical use. On March 15th, the Attorney General’s Office received a written petition to amend the Ohio Constitution from the group Ohioans for Medical Marijuana.  The submission was certified today as containing.
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FBI Identity Theft… Check-Cashing Scheme Voided
Multi-Agency Effort Disrupts U.S. Treasury Check-Cashing and Identity Theft Ring - 03/18/16 - The treasury checks were meant for military families, taxpayers receiving refunds, and Social Security beneficiaries—but they wound up in the hands of thieves instead. From June 2012 to September 2014, a band of 19 criminals in Atlanta ran a large-scale.
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Darke County Engineer … Scheduled 2016 improvements to Darke County Roads & Bridges, By Jim Surber P.E., P.S. - An estimated $3,630,634 worth of improvements to Darke County roads and bridges is scheduled for 2016. This is $872,685 more than was planned for 2015, and is mostly due to anticipated federal funds earmarked for guardrail, signs, and the Center Street bridge. Our local funds come strictly from gas tax and license fees returned... read more.
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Heroin addiction: A vicious cycle, By Bob Robinson
“We keep our guns locked up, but not our prescription medications. We teach sex education, but not drug education…” Tonya Alton, a paramedic with Versailles Rescue and Fundamentals of Communication student at Edison State Community College, Darke County Campus, considers the drug problem an epidemic. “It’s already at epidemic proportions.
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Single injury motorcycle accident on SR 47
On Sunday March 27, 2016 at approximately 6:13 PM, Darke County Deputies along with Ansonia Fire Department and Rescue and CareFlight responded to the 3800 block of State Route 47 on a report of an injury motorcycle crash. Preliminary investigation revealed Timothy S. King 57, of Union City, Indiana was operating a Red Harley-Davidson Classic westbound on State Route 47 and failed to negotiate a curve traveling off the right side.
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Edison State Community College… Edison Hosts Interns from Capabilities, Inc.
Some call it an integrated placement. Edison State calls it building community. In honor of National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, Edison State Community College is shedding light on the unique partnership that has recently been formed with Capabilities, Inc. to provide internship opportunities and career exploration for individuals with developmental disabilities.
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Attorney General Mike DeWine… Ohioans Report More Tax Scams as Filing Deadline Nears
(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today warned that his office is receiving more reports of IRS imposter scams as the April 18 tax filing deadline approaches. Since March 1, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office has logged nearly 1,000 reports of the scam, compared to about 500 reports in February. The scam generally begins with a call claiming the recipient is in trouble with the IRS.
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Ohio Department of Education… Comment period open on Ohio Learning Standards in English language arts and math revisions -- 2/23/2016 -- The Ohio Department of Education invites Ohioans to submit suggestions through April 5 as part of a periodic revision process for Ohio’s Learning Standards in English language arts and math. This feedback will help ensure the standards continue reflecting the most recent research and the experience of educators as they help... read more.
FBI… Stolen Identity Refund Fraud
Each year, criminal actors target US persons and visa holders for Stolen Identity Refund Fraud (SIRF). SIRF is defined as the fraudulent acquisition and use of the Personally Identifiable Information (PII) of US persons or visa holders to file tax returns. The fraudulent tax returns are sent to bank accounts or pre-paid cards that are held under their control. SIRF is relatively easy to commit and extremely lucrative for criminal actors.
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Court News Ohio… Law and Leadership Institute Students Compete in Showcase Event
March 25, 2016 - The Law and Leadership Institute’s 2016 Academic Year Competition included students competing in a mock trial. More than 200 Ohio high school students showcased their legal and educational talents at the Law and Leadership Institute’s (LLI) 2016 Academic Year Competition. The competition at the Thomas J. Moyer Ohio Judicial Center in Columbus on March 19 included students in grades 9-12 from Cleveland.
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Bluebag Media… Board sets dates for winter move to new K-8 facility
GREENVILLE – The Greenville Board of Education has approved the calendar for the 2016-17 school year. The calendar reflects days set aside for the district’s move into its new K-8 building during Christmas break. The first day for students will be Aug. 29. Christmas break will be December 19 through January 6 with January 9 and 10.
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DeWine Warns of Travel Scams
(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today warned consumers to beware of travel scams during spring and summer vacation months. In 2015, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office received more than 400 travel-related complaints. Complaints ranged from billing disputes to services never delivered. Commonly cited problems included offers for.
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Fort GreeneVille DAR… Welcome Home Vietnam Veteran's Day
March 29, 2016 is "Welcome Home Vietnam Veteran's Day". March 29 was the last day troops were on the ground in Vietnam.

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

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GJHS Performs at University of Dayton
The Greenville Junior High School Concert Band, under the direction of Mr. Brian McKibben, was invited to visit, rehearse, and perform at the University of Dayton’s Department of Music on Thursday, March 10, 2016.  The students of the concert band worked with Dr. Patrick Reynolds, who conducts the Symphonic Wind Ensemble.    During their.
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Ohio Department of Education… Third Grade Reading Guarantee Helping Ohio’s Students Succeed - 3/24/2016 - Ohio continues to raise the bar for student achievement, and even with higher expectations, 94.1 percent of the state’s eligible third graders met or exceeded the promotion score in reading to move to the fourth grade. The results of the Third Grade Reading Guarantee were released today as part of K-3 Literacy on the 2014-2015... read more.
MVCTC SkillsUSA Members Qualify for Ohio Championships in Columbus
Englewood, Ohio -- Members of the Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) SkillsUSA chapter recently competed at regional SkillsUSA Contest with 31 students qualifying to move to the Ohio SkillsUSA Competitions in Columbus, Ohio on April 26-27, 2016.  The State Contest, located at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, will bring together thousands of SkillsUSA students from all over the state to compete in everything.
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Interagency Cooperation… Darke County break-in suspects arrested in Mercer County
Sheriff Jeff Grey and Sheriff Toby Spencer report that their offices working cooperatively have made arrests involving multiple cars being broken into in Mercer and Darke County.   Darke County Sheriff’s Detectives along with officers from Versailles Police Department developed information involving multiple car and business break ins in their jurisdictions in recent weeks.  The information identified suspects.
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DeWine… Petition for Medical Cannabis and Industrial Hemp Amendment Rejected - (COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today rejected  a proposed amendment to the Ohio Constitution which would attempt to legalize marijuana for medical and industrial use in the state. On March 10th, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office received a written petition to amend the Ohio Constitution, entitled “Medical Cannabis and Industrial... read more.
Education Week… Online-Testing Stumbles Spark Legislation in Affected States, By Daarel Burnette II
The nationwide shift from paper-and-pencil tests to online standardized assessment has caused serious heartburn for educators and students alike in many places: server meltdowns, frozen computer screens, and test-score dips. But in a handful of states, the sometimes-temporary, but ill-timed glitches have fueled legislation that would crack down on testing companies and have lasting impact on the role tests play in evaluating schools and teachers.
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FBI… National Instant Criminal Background Check System Posts NICS Index Data
March 18, 2016 -- The National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) was implemented on November 30, 1998 as a result of the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act of 1993. NICS is a national system used by Federal Firearms Licensees to instantly determine whether a prospective buyer is eligible to buy firearms by checking available records. The NICS searches three nationally held.
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Warrant issued on Kelly P. Miller
On March 17, 2016 at around 1208 hours, Darke County Sheriff’s Office and the Greenville Police were dispatched to 205 Central Ave. on a domestic violence complaint.  The victim, Hannah Miller, drove herself to Tri-Village Rescue for treatment of injuries.  It was later learned that Kelly P. Miller, estranged husband of the victim, had broken into 205 Central Ave. and waited for the victim to return home.  Upon the victim arriving.
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Historic Farm Families honored on National Agriculture Day
Ohio Agriculture Director Visits Highland County to Pay Tribute to Area’s Oldest Family Farms - REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio (March 15, 2016) – Ohio Department of Agriculture Director David T. Daniels today honored the area’s oldest historic farm families from Clinton, Fayette, Highland, and Ross counties at a ceremony at Creekview Barn.
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Edison State Community College… $17,500 Student Emergency Fund at Edison
Beginning on March 21, 2016, Edison State Community College will offer grants of up to $500 each to help low-income students weather financial emergencies. Students can apply for small grants to help cover expenses just beyond their means, which allows them to quickly return focus to their academic pursuits. “Even the best planning can’t.
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FBI Food Stamp Fraud… Supermarket Owner Imprisoned for Multi-Million-Dollar Scam
03/15/16 - Tessema Lulseged owned a supermarket in Decatur, Georgia, but he was selling much more than groceries. He was trafficking in food stamps, and, for a time, it made him a wealthy man. Lulseged owned the Big T Supermarket, a convenience store just outside Atlanta. He routinely and illegally allowed his customers to exchange food stamp.
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Single Vehicle Accident on Greenville Nashville
On March 20, 2016 at 8:18 PM Darke County Sheriffs Deputies, along with Greenville Township Fire Department, Greenville Township Rescue and Miami Valley Careflight, responded to a single vehicle injury accident in the 3000 block of Greenville Nashville Rd. Preliminary investigation reveals.
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Kiwanis of Greenville… Kiwanis fundraiser feeds hundreds, By Bob Robinson
At a nominal fee of $5 a plate, hundreds of patrons were able to walk away stuffed with pancakes, their choice of sausage links or patties, apple sauce and a drink. And their $5 went to a good cause… support to a variety of Kiwanis of Greenville community service projects. The annual Kiwanis fundraiser had a new look and feel this year.
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Education Week… States' Accountability Systems Flawed for College Readiness, Report Finds, By Catherine Gewertz - March 14, 2016 - As states press hard to ensure that all students graduate from high school ready for college or good jobs, many are hobbled by the very accountability systems they designed to leverage improvement, according to a report released Monday. The new study, by Achieve, argues that in reporting K-12 performance to the public, states often aren't including factors that matter the most... read more.
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Decolores Montessori celebrates National Montessori Education Week
Open enrollment for toddlers, preschoolers and kindergartners - The DeColores Montessori School located in Greenville, Ohio celebrated Montessori Education Week, February 28 – March 4. During the week, Mayor Bowers stopped by and declared the week “National Montessori Education Week.” He also visited and talked with our students.
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Local Child Care Earns Highest Five Star Award For Excellence
Council on Rural Services is proud to announce that the Kids Learning Place located in Union City has earned their “FIVE Star Rating” in the Step Up to Quality program from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.  Kids Learning Place is the only Five Star Award program in Darke County. Congratulations go to each of the center’s team members for their focused efforts, dedication.
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EUM Mission Teams Serve Families Living in Guatemala City Dump
Destination Known, the mission ministry of EUM Church, recently returned from two back-to-back mission trips to Guatemala. This is EUM’s eleventh year partnering with Potter’s House Association who has been investing in serving at risk children and youth for 30 years. Over the years, EUM mission teams have been blessed with the opportunity to build fourteen sturdy, safe homes.
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ODE… $10 Million Available Through Ohio’s School Mentorship Program
3/16/2016 - For a second year, community organizations, faith- or values-based groups and businesses are being asked to partner to encourage mentorship in Ohio’s schools and help give more students access to role models who can motivate and inspire them. In 2015, more than 4,600 mentors worked with nearly 13,000 students in Ohio’s first successful year of the Community Connectors program, one of Gov. John Kasich’s key.
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Power of the Pen… Versailles POP Writers heading for State, By Bob Robinson
Versailles 7th and 8th graders won or placed in multiple events at the Regional Power of the Pen Competition at Russia March 12. The combined teams took the top Sweepstakes honor, collecting the rotating trophy, which they will keep for a year and return to the competition in 2017. Seventh grade writers repeated their District.
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Be Prepared for Severe Spring Weather
Spring is approaching and with warmer temperatures comes a greater chance for severe weather. U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) is notifying Ohioans of resources available to better prepare for severe weather. Spring hazards include: Tornadoes, Floods, Lightning, Heat - Know Your Risk - Check weather.gov every morning. It is a simple action that.
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DeWine Releases 2016 ‘Yellow Book’
(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today released the 2016 edition of Ohio Sunshine Laws: An Open Government Resource Manual. The release of the manual, commonly referred to as the “Yellow Book,” coincides with the beginning of Sunshine Week. “A substantial number of public records disputes arise because one of the parties.
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Court News Ohio… Gender-Specific Terms Replaced in Ohio Supreme Court Rules, Forms, By Bret Crow - March 14, 2016 - Gender-neutral terms within Ohio Supreme Court rules and forms will become effective March 15 after adoption by Ohio Supreme Court justices. The changes were necessary in light of the June 26, 2015 decision of the U.S. Supreme Court in Obergefell v. Hodges, Case No. 14-556. The Ohio Supreme Court issued an order on June 26 to provide some guidance to Ohio’s courts governing references to... read more.
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Farm Program Payments Revisited, From Sam Custer, OSU Extension, Darke County
By Chris Bruynis, OSU Extension Educator, Ross County - Farmers May Choose Between County of Administration or Geographic County Location… Farmers with the administration of their farms consolidated at one FSA office may want to examine their 2014 and 2015 ARC-CO payment calculations. Original 2014 ARC-CO payments were calculated on.
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Bluebag Media… Arcanum students to serve community
ARCANUM – For the fourth year Arcanum students will spend a day out of the classroom making a difference in their community. On May 6, the students will take part in Serve Arcanum. Principal Jason Stephan is excited about the program and what the students have been able to accomplish over the past three years. The students.
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Court News Ohio… Students Learn About Courts, Watch Oral Arguments, By Kathleen Maloney
March 11, 2016 -- High school students watched Supreme Court oral arguments from the convenience of their classrooms this week as part of a Court program designed to inform them about the judicial branch. The students viewed a live stream of a case involving a fired Dayton teacher, learning how each side presents their positions before the Court and what types of questions the seven justices raise. Before oral arguments, volunteers talked.
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Court News Ohio… Teen Court Lets Students Judge Their Peers, By Jenna Gant
March 9, 2016 -- When a teen ends up in court for theft, trespassing, or other misdemeanor offenses, he or she usually ends up before a judge or magistrate. In Stark County, teens help other teens in a court program that’s marking its 20th anniversary. Teen Court lets high school students become prosecutors, defense attorneys, bailiffs, and jury members to their peers.
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Edison State Employees Recognized at Banquet
Twenty employees were recognized for a combined total of 180 years of service in their careers at Edison State Community College’s 37th annual employee recognition banquet on Friday, March 4. Prior to dinner and the awards ceremony, a President's reception was held and appetizers were served. Enrollment Managers, Stacey Bean and Christina Raterman emceed the “red carpet” event.
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State Sen. Keith Faber… Presidential Candidates should Support Restoring Balance of Power
COLUMBUS - Senate President Keith Faber (R-Celina) announced today he is spearheading a nationwide effort by state lawmakers and legislative leaders to secure commitments from the leading presidential candidates, Mr. Donald Trump, Governor John Kasich, Senator Marco Rubio, Senator Ted Cruz, Secretary Hillary Clinton and Senator Bernie Sanders, to restore the balance of power between the States.
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Bluebag Media… South students work on display for Youth Art Month
GREENVILLE – South Intermediate fifth- and sixth-graders are learning there’s more to art than meets the eye. Interpretation, evaluation and opinion play an important role in looking at art, no matter the medium, says teacher Julie Brewer. Five South students were recently honored for their art and expressions of art in both painting and written.
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DeWine rejects Medical Marijuana Amendment
(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today rejected the petition for a proposed amendment to the Ohio Constitution which would attempt to legalize marijuana for medical use in the state. On March 3rd, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office received a written petition to amend the Ohio Constitution, entitled “Medical Use of Marijuana” from the.
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Technology and the Funeral Home… Braund Pope and Oliver Floyd Funeral Homes Embraces Kiosk Technology - Every industry has embraced new technologies to build and improve their business and better serve their clients. Now the funeral industry is just as progressive. Braund Pope and Oliver Floyd Funeral Homes in New Madison and Greenville now offer an electronic guest registry —a simple tool that allows them to serve their... read more.
Court News Ohio… High School Students Compete for State Mock Trial Champion Title
March 10, 2016 - Today marks the start of the 33rd annual Ohio Mock Trial Competition, as about 350 high school students representing 31 Ohio schools descend on Columbus to vie for the title of state champion. Ohio Mock Trial is a program of the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education (OCLRE) and is the largest high school academic competition in the state. More than 3,500 students participate each year.
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BBBS… Bowl for Kids Sake 2016 generates $42,000
This year’s Bowl For Kids’ Sake event was held on Friday, March 4th, and Saturday, March 5th at Bel-Mar Lanes in Sidney and Treaty Lanes in Greenville. The event was supported by 165 businesses that sponsored, made general donations, or donate prizes for the event, and brought together 358 bowlers to make up the 73 participating.
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Now Considering Service Academy Nominations
Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown is inviting Ohioans to apply for nomination to the U.S. Service Academies. Ohio’s students have the integrity, courage, and knowledge needed to succeed in the nation’s prestigious military academies and Sen. Brown is honored to nominate students to academies that develop the next generation of leaders. Each year, Sen.
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Bluebag Media… State takes note of Edison Career & Counseling Program
PIQUA – Edison State Community College has caught the attention of state legislators for its continued efforts in student career planning and counseling. On March 3, John Carey, Chancellor of the Ohio Department of Higher Education, made his second visit this school year to conduct a forum at the Piqua campus and hear testimonials.
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DeWine … Sexual Assault Kit Testing Update for March
(COLUMBUS, Ohio) — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today released a status update on the progress of DNA testing being conducted as part of the Ohio Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Kit (SAK) Testing Initiative. As of March 1, 2016, 259 law enforcement agencies have submitted 12,449 kits to be tested as part of the initiative. Of those, 3,118.
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Fundraiser kicks “Empowering” off to great start, By Bob Robinson
“We started to tell her what we were doing when she stopped us,” said Kendra Chalmers. “I know what you’re doing,” the woman said. “I have my daughter in tutoring and it is helping her!” Chalmers said she was excited about the day. Traffic was steady during the five hours she and family members stood in front of Walmart on March 5, offering baked treats ranging from cakes and cupcakes to cookies.
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FBI… Putting the Brakes on Crime; Getaway Driver Sentenced to 121 Years
02/26/16 -- Sesley Williams was a ringleader and getaway driver for a string of robberies involving multiple banks and commercial establishments in Las Vegas and nearby Henderson, Nevada. Today she’s in a federal prison after being sentenced last month by a U.S. district judge. It all started on a winter afternoon in 2012. While Williams sat in her car outside an outlet mall clothing store in Las Vegas.
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DeWine… Over 116,000 Concealed Carry Licenses in 2015
(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today issued a report indicating that more than 116,000 concealed carry licenses were issued or renewed in Ohio in 2015, according to data compiled by Ohio’s county sheriffs. The following total concealed carry numbers were reported to the Attorney General's Office from county sheriffs in Ohio.
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FBI Tip Line… Web Portal, Created in 2001, Receives ‘Actionable’ Tips Daily
03/01/16 - In the pre-dawn hours of October 22, 2014, a New Hampshire man was browsing a popular Internet message board when he came across what appeared to be an anonymous threat: “I’m going to shoot up University of Louisville’s Miller hall [sic] tomorrow at 10 a.m.” The man went to the FBI website and submitted a tip at 4:23 a.m. Eastern.
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Where’s the ham? Celebrating Dr. Seuss, By Bob Robinson
Do you like green eggs and ham? I do not like them, Sam-I-am. I do not like green eggs and ham. Dr. Seuss’ birthday was March 2 and there has been a week-long celebration in Greenville. Woodland students dressed “wacky,” ‘Cat in the Hat’ hats have popped up ‘here and there,’ and some of the good doctor’s most popular books have been shared.
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ODA celebrates Weights & Measures Week
REYNOLDSBURG, OH (March 1, 2016) – To honor the hard work of all weights and measures officials, including those housed at the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA), Gov. John Kasich has declared the week of March 1-7 Ohio Weights and Measures Week. Weights and measures officials work to both protect consumers and provide fair competition among businesses. Weights and Measures Week is celebrated March 1-7 each year.
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Darke County Sheriff… Deputies respond to shots fire, theft in progress
On March 3, 2016 at approximately 1:13 AM the Darke County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from a subject reporting shots fired and that he believed the suspect was trying to break into a vehicle at an automotive business in the area of State Route 49 and Alt. State Route 49 North. Darke County Deputies and the Arcanum Police Department responded to the area but the suspect and suspect.
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State Representative Jim Buchy… Opt Out Impact on Adjusted Report Cards
Buchy Voices Growing Concerns About the Impact of Opt-Outs on Local Schools - COLUMBUS- State Representative Jim Buchy (R- Greenville) has released adjusted report cards for schools in Auglaize, Darke, Mercer and Shelby counties as concerns grow about the impact on local scores from students who opted out of the 2014-2015 PARCC.
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Attorney General Mike DeWine… Naloxone Rebate Agreement Extended
(COLUMBUS, Ohio)— Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced today that a rebate agreement that has saved agencies thousands of dollars on the cost of the opioid reversal medication naloxone is being extended for one year. The renewed agreement with Amphastar Pharmaceuticals, Inc. will allow non-federal public entities in Ohio to continue receiving a.
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MVCTC Receives “A” Rating on Ohio Career Technical Report Card
Englewood, Ohio – The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) released the Career-Technical Planning District (CTPD) Report Card on Thursday, February 25, 2016.  The data from the report card is for students from the graduating class of 2014. MVCTC reported the following measures: 82% - MVCTC students Technical Skill Attainment.  This is the proportion of students passing technical assessments. 96.7% - Four-year graduation rate.
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56 Students from Upper Miami Valley Heading for State
One-hundred eighteen students from Miami, Darke, Shelby and Champaign Counties competed in the Ohio Academy of Science Upper Miami Valley District Science Day, held at Edison State Community College, Piqua, Ohio on Saturday, February 27, 2016. Students exhibited projects in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
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AG Mike DeWine… DeWine Warns of Top Reported Tax Scams
 (COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today warned Ohioans about two of the most common tax-related scams reported to the Ohio Attorney General’s Office – the “IRS” phone scam and tax identity theft. The IRS phone scam generally begins with a call claiming the recipient is in trouble with the IRS and must call a certain phone.
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Bluebag Media… Renovations continue at GHS; Board approves several items
GREENVILLE – Greenville Board of Education approved several items during its Feb. 18 regular meeting. Work on the high school renovation continues, with approval going to Wellman Concrete for replacement of the landing and step on the east side locker room. The board approved the amount of $600 for this project. Wellman Concrete also was approved for.
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CORN Newsletter, From Sam Custer, OSU Extension, Darke County
Please find below this week’s Corn Newsletter.  I think you will find this a very good read. Three new articles this week include: Revisit the 2016 Ohio Beef School Webinar Series; Start Planning Now for A Successful Breeding Season; Swift Expansion of the Beef Herd Continues. The new articles have been posted in this week’s 974th issue of the Ohio BEEF Cattle letter.
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AG Mike DeWine… DeWine Announces Indictment of Ohio Minister on Rape Charges
(JACKSON, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced today that a Jackson County Grand Jury has indicted an Ohio minister on 15 felony charges related to the sexual assaults of two juveniles and an adult. Dennis Wright, 67, of Oak Hill, is charged with seven counts of rape, two counts of sexual battery, two counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, three counts of gross sexual.
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DeWine Rejects Ohio Motor Voter Automatic Registration Petition
(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today rejected the petition for a proposed amendment to the Ohio Constitution which would require automatic voter registration when a citizen applies for, renews, updates, or replaces an Ohio driver's license, learner's permit, or identification card, unless he or she affirmatively opts out.
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The Cozy Nest… New Business Coming to Downtown!
We are so excited to share the upcoming opening of The Cozy Nest! A modern industrial farmhouse décor shop, with unique items to make your home cozy. Owned by local resident, Melissa Dubbs, the new retail business plans to hold a soft opening the middle of April with a Grand Opening Celebration scheduled on the First Friday in May.
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Commissioner’s Corner… Search committee in place for new EDD
February has been a mixed bag as far as the weather is concerned.  One day it is in the 50’s and 60’s, the next there is a chance of snow.  This has been a very mild winter so far, with very little real cold weather, so this has been a good winter for most of us.  The good news is now that February is almost over and March is around.
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ODE... Ohio Continues to Raise the Bar for Achievement
Links for all districts provided below - Parents will get a detailed look at how well local schools are educating their children with today’s release of the second set of grades on the annual Ohio Department of Education’s Ohio School Report Cards. Users can find the grades and other data for all schools and districts, including community and other.
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ODE Begins Update to ELA and Math Learning Standards
2/23/2016 - Ohioans are invited to participate in the Ohio Department of Education’s periodic update of Ohio’s Learning Standards, beginning with a review of standards in English language arts and mathematics. Through April 5, Ohio educators, parents and community members may submit comments and suggestions regarding these standards.
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Darke County Sheriff… Deputies investigate rollover accident
On February 25, 2016 at 5:19 AM Darke County Sheriffs Deputies, along with New Madison Fire Department and Tri-Village Rescue, responded to a single vehicle injury accident at the intersection of New Madison Coletown Rd. and Hollansburg Arcanum Rd. Preliminary investigation reveals that Randy Hines (32), of New Madison Ohio, lost control of his 1995 Chevrolet truck and overturned it near the intersection.  Mr. Hines was transported.
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Ohio Tax Holiday… Senate Approves 2016 Sales Tax Holiday Bill
Families could see relief on back-to-school shopping again this year - COLUMBUS - The Ohio Senate today passed legislation, sponsored by State Senator Kevin Bacon (R-Minerva), which would create the Ohio Sales Tax Holiday in time for back-to-school shopping in August. The sales tax holiday provides a sales and use tax exemption for customers.
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Bluebag Media… GCSD Board hears progress report from architectural firm
GREENVILLE – Progress at the new K-8 building was the main topic of discussion during the Greenville Board of Education’s Feb. 18 work session. Representatives from the school’s architectural firm Garmann Miller and Associates, including Bruce Miller, architect and Shira Elder, site designer, and Bill Painter, construction administrator, were.
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Attorney General Mike DeWine… DeWine Announces Child Pornography Arrest
(CAMPBELL, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced today that a Campbell man has been taken into custody following a child pornography investigation. Jason Gruber, 36, was arrested this afternoon on one felony charge of pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor. Authorities with the Attorney General's Crimes Against Children Unit.
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Get Help Paying for College
As college application deadlines close, many Ohioans and their families turn to thinking about how to pay for their higher education. The beginning of each year, the U.S. Department of Education begins accepting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). FAFSA provides $150 billion to over 13 million applicants in the form of grants, student loans, and work-study programs. Unfortunately.
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FBI Scams… Egg Donation and Surrogacy Scam; California Woman Robbed Would-Be Parents of Money and Hope -- 02/16/16 -- Allison Layton, who owned a California company called Miracles Egg Donation (Miracles), claimed she was in the business of helping infertile couples have children. But her business turned out to be a fraud, and she ended up stealing her victims’ hopes and dreams as well as their money. Would-be parents paid Miracles tens of thousands of dollars—sometimes their life savings... read more.
Darke County Sheriff Deputies investigate rollover ATV accident
On February 20, 2016 at 11:33 PM Darke County Sheriffs Deputies, along with Rossburg Fire Department, Ansonia Rescue and Careflight, responded to an injury accident involving an ATV in the 13600 block of Rhynard Fink Rd. Preliminary investigation reveals that Jared Hummel (35), of Rossburg Ohio, lost control of his 2012 Polaris Ranger ATV.  Mr. Hummel was ejected from his ATV causing injur.
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DeWine Announces 10,000 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 10,000 rape kits for DNA as part of a special initiative to secure justice for victims of sexual assault in Ohio. "This is a tremendous milestone," said Attorney General DeWine.  "The testing.
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Court News Ohio… National Resources Sought in Reducing Ohio’s Repeat Juvenile Offenders, By Stephanie Beougher - February 19, 2016 - The Ohio Supreme Court hosted a two-day meeting focused on finding ways to reduce the number of repeat juvenile offenders. Ohio is one of eight states selected to participate in a site visit with the Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center’s National Reentry Resource Center (NRRC). The site visit on Feb. 17-18 at the Thomas J. Moyer Ohio Judicial Center focused... read more.
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‘Lavender and stress’ study top project in Science Fair 2016, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – A widely divergent science competition at Greenville High School on Feb. 18 offered some interesting concepts… from physical science: Controlling robots with slime mold, using oranges as batteries, deodorized volleyball knee pads for stinky knees and small scale wind tunnels… to social science: how lavender.
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Helping Your Student Schedule Classes for Next Year, By David Torrence, Assistant Principal, Greenville City School District - For seniors at Greenville High School, the beginning of the second semester is a time to start counting the days left before graduation.  For everyone else, however, it is a time to start thinking about next year’s schedule.  Over the next two months, students in grades 8 thru 11 will be starting the process of scheduling classes... read more.
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Farewell to a friend… Saluk resigns as Economic Development Director, Mike Stegall, Darke County Commissioner - This past week Marc Saluk, the Darke County Economic Development Director, resigned from his position to take a similar position in Hunterdon County, New Jersey.  Marc is going home.  Marc is from the Philadelphia area, and his new job gets him about 50 miles away. I can’t blame him for leaving, it is what he wants, and we all... read more.
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Ginghamsburg Youth Ministry… Leadership, Faith & Fun, Deanna York
Clubhouse was started in 1988 by Ginghamsburg Youth Ministry to encourage teens to get out of their comfort zone, mature in their leadership and faith, obtain ongoing experience, use their interests and gifts to serve community need and pass the torch to the next generation. The mission of Clubhouse is to train and equip Christian teens.
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Edison State Community College… My position at Mora Modeling Magazine, By Kate Young
Mora Modeling Magazine is a Greenville based fashion magazine created by Tiffanie Mora.  The magazine is a platform in which up-and-coming models and artists from around the country can submit their images and be published.  MMM hopes to inspire creativity in a respectful manner; presenting photos in a way that focuses on the art of the image and not how much skin can be shown.
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Darke County Sheriff… Single vehicle accident on Mills Road
On February 17, 2016 at approximately 7:56 AM, Darke County Deputies along with New Madison Fire and Tri-Village Rescue responded to the 1900 block of Mills Road on a report of a one vehicle injury crash with a possible ejection. Preliminary investigation revealed three siblings were injured in this crash after their Black 2000 Grand Prix driven.
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State Senator Bill Beagle… Legislation Cutting Regulation on Cosmetology Students and Salon Owners Passed - COLUMBUS - State Senator Bill Beagle (R-Tipp City) announced the passage of  legislation today that would provide new opportunities for cosmetologists to open their own salons and make it easier for students to enter into the profession following the completion of necessary coursework. Senate Bill 213, co-sponsored by... read more.
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Power of the Pen… Versailles students take 3 of 4 top POP honors, By Bob Robinson
BOTKINS – Versailles Middle School students take top 7th and 8th grade team honors, and Versailles 8th grader Hannah Bey takes top 8th grade individual, at the 2016 Power of the Pen Regional Competition at Botkins on Feb. 13. Additional 8th grade Versailles winners are Jenna McClure, who came in ninth and Taylor Hainline, tenth. Additional.
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Wayne HealthCare Offers Room Service to Patients
February 12, 2016 -- Patients who are admitted to Wayne HealthCare will now have room service meal options. The idea for implementing room service began as a HealthCare with Heart employee engagement action team project. The team purpose was to improve the patient experience by identifying ways to create a team-focused environment while improving delivery of care and efficiency.
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Nearly 99 Percent of Students Took State Tests Last School Year
Release date: 2/9/2016 -- COLUMBUS, OH – The Ohio Department of Education said today that nearly 99 percent of students took the state tests last school year (2014-2015). While virtually all students participated, the department said based on feedback from stakeholders that it will include additional information regarding the impact of students who did not participate in the tests.
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College Credit Plus now available for summer sessions
COLUMBUS, OH, February 11, 2016 – Students intending to participate in the second year of College Credit Plus, the successful program that provides Ohio students with the opportunity to earn college credit while still in high school, can begin the notification process for the 2016-2017 school year on Feb. 15. College Credit Plus debuted.
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ACES program helps teens reach toward graduation goals
GREENVILLE   –   The Achievement Center for Educational Success (ACES) is again celebrating the outcomes of their students in the first semester of this school year.  During the first semester of 2015-16 school year the program is reporting the following statistics and outcomes of the students… 55 students were enrolled in 9th through.
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CBC sets 28-day delay for travelers to Zika endemic areas
DAYTON, Ohio - Community Blood Center is beginning new restrictions on blood donations in response to concerns about transmission of the Zika virus. Beginning Monday, Feb. 15 any potential donor who has traveled to Zika endemic areas will be deferred from donating for 28 days after leaving those areas. Zika endemic areas include the Caribbean, Mexico and Central or South America.  CBC will.
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Mercer County… Eight arrested in drug-related shooting
Six adults and two minors were arrested Feb. 11 related to a shooting at Ambassador Park in Fort Recovery. According to Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey seven teens came from Celina for a drug deal with a juvenile from Fort Recovery. They had no intention of paying for the drugs. During the robbery attempt, the juvenile pulled out s small caliber.
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DeWine Warns of Online Dating Scams
(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—As Valentine’s Day approaches, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is warning consumers that some online daters are con artists in disguise. Some scammers create phony profiles on dating websites and social media platforms to attract victims, establish relationships with them, and then trick them into sending money. In.
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Greenville City Schools… Board Member Jim Sommer Earns OSBA Award
COLUMBUS —Jim A. Sommer, a board member of the Greenville City School Board, will be presented with the Ohio School Boards Association's Award of Achievement at one of the association's regional spring conferences. The conference will be held in Cincinnati on Tuesday, March 8. The Award of Achievement is given to school board members.
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Court News Ohio… Court Clarifies Standards for Admitting Blood Test Evidence in OVI Cases, By Dan Trevas -- February 10, 2016 -- The state must substantially comply with Ohio Department of Health regulations requiring refrigeration of blood in a prosecution for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol (OVI), the Ohio Supreme Court ruled today. The Supreme Court remanded the matter to allow the accused an opportunity to demonstrate that the failure to refrigerate the blood sample for more than four hours caused... read more.
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Bluebag Media… New K-8 school on schedule thanks to mild winter weather
GREENVILLE – The mild winter has been a plus for workers on Greenville’s new K-8th grade building project. “A lot of aspects of the winter have been good for this kind of work,” said Superintendent Doug Fries on Feb. 2. The building is still scheduled to be completed by mid-November of this year, with students moving in when they return after Christmas break, Fries said.
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Darke County Park District Seeks Summer Intern
The Darke County Park District will offer a 10 week summer internship beginning in June with a potential stipend to a student possessing or working toward a degree in cultural, natural, or environmental studies. Duties will include participation in a full range of tasks associated with natural and cultural history programming, organization of summer day-camps on a variety of subjects.
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Improving Education through Communication Partnerships, Chris Mortensen, Principal, Greenville Junior High School -- Communication with students, parents and community is an aspect of the school district’s responsibility that is never ending. New developments over the past several years have led to changes in state required testing, data collection related to students and families and requirements for school involvement with local community organization... read more.
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FBI Animal Cruelty… Collecting Data on Crimes Against Animals
02/01/16 - Acts of cruelty against animals are now counted alongside felony crimes like arson, burglary, assault, and homicide in the FBI’s expansive criminal database. On January 1, the Bureau’s National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) began collecting detailed data from participating law enforcement agencies on acts of animal.
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Faber, Beagle Announce Legislative Fellowship Program
COLUMBUS—Senate President Keith Faber (R-Celina) and State Senator Bill Beagle (R-Tipp City) today announced that the Ohio Legislative Service Commission is accepting applications for its prestigious 13-month Legislative and Telecommunications Fellowship programs. The Commission will hire 24 fellows to work with members of the Ohio.
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Court News Ohio… High School Students Tackle Timely Issue in Mock Trial Competition
January 29, 2016 - More than 3,000 high school students will enter courtrooms across the state today to take part in the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education’s (OCLRE) 33rd Annual Ohio Mock Trial district competitions. This year’s case focuses on Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable searches and seizures as it applies to use of force by an officer to deter or eliminate threat of harm to the officer or the.
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FBI, DEA Youth… Raising Awareness of Opioid Addiction
02/04/16 - Every day, the nation’s law enforcement agencies at the local, state, and federal levels—including the FBI and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)—use investigative resources to target the supply side in the war against drugs. But even with numerous law enforcement successes in this area, the demand for drugs continues. And one.
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Court News Ohio…. Juvenile courts given courses to enhance ‘AND’ case management
February 4, 2016 -- Ohio juvenile courts are being invited to assemble teams to attend a regional abuse, neglect, and dependency (AND) caseflow management course. The Ohio Supreme Court and Ohio Department of Job and Family Services will be hosting one-day courses for juvenile courts and their community partners to examine local practices in AND cases, including processes that may impact Child and Family Service Review (CFSR) performance measures.
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Edison State Recognizes Employee Excellence
Edison State Community College recognized two outstanding employees at its annual spring convocation ceremony on January 11 in the Robinson Theater at the Piqua Campus. The awards speak to College’s commitment to quality and sustaining positive employee engagement. “The employee of the semester award is meant to create a culture that recognizes employees and celebrates.
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Attorney General Mike DeWine… More than $200,000 in Heroin, Cocaine Seized
(TOLEDO, Ohio) -- Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and members of the Toledo Bulk Cash Smuggling Task Force today announced the arrest of a California man after the search of a Toledo storage unit uncovered heroin and cocaine with an estimated street value of more than $200,000. Task force members arrested Olemuel Ricks, 26, of Inglewood, California, on felony heroin and cocaine.
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Zumbrink Elected Delegate to National Convention
During the 82nd Annual Ohio Farmers Union Convention held recently in Columbus, Ohio, local agricultural leader, Jim Zumbrink, was elected to represent Darke County at the Farmers Union National Convention to be held in Bloomington, Minnesota, on March 5-8, 2016.  During the two-day event, delegates worked to update their policies on matters.
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DeWine Issues Sexual Assault Kit Testing February 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 Testing Initiative. As of February 1, 2016, 250 law enforcement agencies have submitted 11,978 kits to be tested as part of Attorney General DeWine's Sexual Assault.
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Education Week… PARCC Scores Lower for Students Who Took Exams on Computers, By Benjamin Herold - Students who took the 2014-15 PARCC exams via computer tended to score lower than those who took the exams with paper and pencil—a revelation that prompts questions about the validity of the test results and poses potentially big problems for state and district leaders. Officials from the multistate Partnership for Assessment... read more.
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Ohio Department of Education… ODE Announces Summer Food Service Program Plans
2/1/2016 -- With the help of 201 sponsoring agencies and 1,781 feeding sites, more than 50,000 Ohio children received free daily meals last year through the Summer Food Service Program. Despite these numbers, many Ohio parents and caregivers continue to make difficult choices every day in order to provide for their families. In many cases, this leaves Ohio’s most vulnerable.
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MSN.com… Teen recovering from horrific 'duct tape challenge' injury, by Mary Bowerman, USA Today -- A Washington teen is recovering after taking part in a "duct tape challenge” that went horribly wrong. The so-called “duct tape challenge” involves wrapping duct tape around a person’s body and seeing how long it takes for the person to escape. On Jan. 16, Skylar Fish, 14, and his two friends decided to take the challenge. Fish’s friends taped his legs and hands with duct tape... read more.
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State Senator Beagle… Recent Signs Point to Continued Economic Growth in Ohio
COLUMBUS - State Senator Bill Beagle (R-Tipp City) today highlighted new signs pointing to improvements in Ohio's business climate as a result of continuous legislative efforts. 2015 marks the sixth consecutive year Ohio has set a new record for entities filing to do business in the state and a 40-year low in the number of Ohioans filing for unemployment.
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Edison State Earns Statewide Award for Career Preparedness
Columbus, OH – Edison State Community College was named the recipient of the Career Preparedness Award during the ACT State Award Ceremony on January 26, 2016, in Columbus, Ohio. The award ceremony concluded the fourth annual ACT College and Career Readiness Campaign, which celebrates exemplary employers.
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Darke County Sheriff… Darke County has first fatal accident of 2016
On January 21, 2016 at approximately 3:06 PM Darke County Deputies along with Ansonia Fire and Rescue and Careflight responded to the 5700 block of Oliver Road on a report of an injury accident. Preliminary investigation revealed a Silver 1998 Dodge Caravan driven by Betsy Hall 16, of Bradford was traveling Eastbound on Oliver Road and struck a green.
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State Senator Beagle... Legislation Passed Redirecting Public Funds Away from Abortion Providers - COLUMBUS - The Ohio Senate today passed legislation, cosponsored by Senator Bill Beagle (R-Tipp City), aimed at redirecting public funds away from any entity associated with performing nontherapeutic abortions in Ohio and instead makes those funds available to local health centers and other entities that provide health services for women... read more.
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Attorney General DeWine… Five Ways to Protect Your Identity on Data Privacy Day
(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today outlined tips to help Ohioans protect their personal information on Data Privacy Day, recognized annually on January 28. “The Internet has created new opportunities but it’s also brought new risks to data privacy and the security of personal information,” Attorney General DeWine said. “Today.
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Court News Ohio… Are Police Liable for Bystander Injuries Caused by Fleeing Suspect? By Dan Trevas
February 1, 2016 -- The Court will determine if police officer conduct has to be deemed “extreme and outrageous” to be liable for injuries caused by fleeing suspect. A woman seriously injured when a suspected burglar crashed his car into her while fleeing from police in Montgomery County is seeking damages from the government agencies claiming the officers ignored policies restricting high-speed pursuits. So far, two lower courts have ruled.
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Bluebag Media… Wellness Challenge leads to healthy lifestyles and choices
GREENVILLE – They travelled 10,515 miles… about the same distance as Greenville to NYC to Orlando to Austin to LA to Seattle to Montreal to Maine and back home. Nearly 4,000 people registered; 3,392 individuals and 97 teams completed one or more of 14 races… It was the 2015 Darke County Wellness Challenge and over 100 people gathered at the Brethren Retirement Community’s.
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CNN… Only women showed up to work after snowstorm, Senator says, By Emily Smith
January 27, 2016 - (CNN) Senator Lisa Murkowski looked around the Senate floor and noticed something was a little... off. "Something is genuinely different," she told the few assembled lawmakers during Tuesday's short morning session. Back at work after last weekend's snowstorm shuttered the federal government, the Republican senator from Alaska noted that she shared something in common with.
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Bluebag Media… Robinson retiring, but has no plans to stop working
GREENVILLE – For nearly 50 years, Bob Robinson has been providing the general public with news, information, opinion and entertainment via newspapers, magazines and television. That chapter in his life came to a close at the end of January when he put his reporter’s notebook away for what could be the final time. After hassling.
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State Senator Beagle… Increased Collaboration Between Businesses and Defense
COLUMBUS - State Senator Bill Beagle (R-Tipp City) joined area leaders yesterday for the Dayton Development Coalition's annual meeting which highlighted the region's economic growth and new efforts to increase collaboration between small businesses and area military installations. The event featured a keynote address from Major General.
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C.O.R.N. and Ohio BEEF Cattle newsletters, From Sam Custer, OSU Extension, Darke County - Two new articles have been posted in this week’s 970th issue of the Ohio BEEF Cattle letter. This week, University of Kentucky’s Roy Burris offers his thoughts on the evils – OR NOT – of fat! Articles this week include: Is “Fat” a Four-letter Word? January World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates and How it Relates to 2016 Cattle Markets. Corn Newsletter Online... read more.
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Attorney General DeWine… 2015 Human Trafficking Annual Report Released
(COLUMBUS, Ohio) – Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today released the Ohio Attorney General’s Human Trafficking Commission’s 2015 Annual Report, which outlines efforts of the Commission to improve services to human trafficking victims; to assist local law enforcement's efforts to combat trafficking; and to educate Ohioans on human trafficking.
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38th Annual Darke County Engineer’s Report for 2015, By: James P. Surber P.E., P.S., Darke County Engineer - This report always shows all money received for the year, where it was spent, and what was maintained, constructed, purchased, and improved. 2015 began with harsh winter conditions, continued with a wet summer, but ended with an excellent late summer, fall and early winter. The most noteworthy events of the year were a modest increase... read more.
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Bluebag Media… Continental Carbonic celebrates a year of zero accidents
GREENVILLE – “If they ever feel it’s unsafe to use any equipment or do a job, it is management’s responsibility to correct it,” said Mark Robbins, Safety Specialist with Continental Carbonic. “This company is ‘really really’ focused on safety and our safety culture,” he added. On Jan. 15, for the first time since Continental Carbonic.
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Darke County Visitors Bureau… 2015 Annual Report now available
GREENVILLE, OH (January 26, 2016) – The Darke County Visitors Bureau has released its 2015 Annual Report. The report can be accessed through the Visitors Bureau’s website, www.VisitDarkeCounty.org, or by picking up a printed copy at the Darke County Welcome Center, located at 421 S. Broadway in Greenville. “The Annual Report is a great way for us to be transparent and update.
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Bluebag Media… Closings, delays based upon conditions in the District
GREENVILLE – “It’s not a matter of how it looks in town,” said Greenville City Schools Superintendent Doug Fries. “It’s the whole school district.” Residents with children in the district have sometimes questioned the reason for school closings and/or delays. The district not only includes the city of Greenville, but goes as far south as Wayne Lakes, east to Gettysburg, west nearly to Union City.
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Ohio Dept. of Education… $10 Million in grants available to teachers to earn CCP credentials
High school teachers across Ohio will be able to obtain the qualifications needed to teach college courses in high school thanks to $10 million in grant funding allocated by the Ohio General Assembly as part of the Straight A Fund. The new grants, made jointly by the Ohio Department of Education and Ohio Department of Higher Education, allocate $5 million to universities to develop programs.
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DeWine… Judge orders abandoned steel plant to treat wastewater
(WARREN, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Ohio Environmental Protection Agency Director Craig W. Butler today announced that a Trumbull County judge has granted the state’s request for a temporary restraining order against Warren Steel, after it shut down last week, abandoning hazardous chemicals and wastewater on its site. The.
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FBI Report… Preliminary Semiannual Crime Statistics for 2015
Washington, D.C. - January 19, 2016 - Statistics released today in the FBI’s Preliminary Semiannual Uniform Crime Report revealed overall declines in the number of property crimes reported and overall increases in the number of violent crimes reported for the first six months of 2015 when compared with figures for the first six months of 2014. The report.
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Bluebag News… Judge orders jail and probation for Wuebker
GREENVILLE – After pleading guilty in November to 12 counts of Sexual Imposition, misdemeanors of the third degree, Darke County Common Pleas Judge Jonathan P. Hein ordered Alan R. Wuebker to serve 90 days in jail and up to five years probation. The 1992 Versailles graduate was originally indicted in May 2015 on 12 counts of Gross.
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Treasurer Mandel… Village of North Star now on OhioCheckbook.com
Momentum Grows for Statewide Government Transparency with Over 475 Local Government and School Districts Partnering with OhioCheckbook.com - NORTH STAR – Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel announced today the launch of the Village of North Star online checkbook onOhioCheckbook.com.  In December 2014, Treasurer Mandel launched.
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Attorney General Mike DeWine… Former Chief sentenced for Rape of a Child
(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced that a former police chief was sentenced today to life with parole possibility after 25 years for the rape of a child, in addition to several other charges. Larry Casey is also required to register for the rest of his life as a sex offender. A Clinton County jury on Jan. 8, 2016, found Casey, 48, guilty of one.
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Bluebag Media… South fifth graders win national Flocabulary contest
GREENVILLE – “If I would migrate this winter and move to a warmer place, I would bring my sister with me in the bunny hole to Hawaii.” “Bunny hole to Hawaii,” said Katie Bigelow, Intervention Specialist at Greenville South Middle School. She laughed… “I think that might be the one that did it!” The drawing that went with the written.
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Ohio Department of Education… College Students Requiring Remedial Coursework Continues to Drop -- 1/20/2016 -- The percentage of high school graduates requiring developmental coursework as they enter an Ohio public college or university dropped significantly in 2015. Data in the recently published 2015 Ohio Remediation Report shows that the percentage of students needing remedial coursework decreased from 37 percent in 2014 to 32 percent in 2015. There also was... read more.
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AG Mike DeWine… DeWine Leads Emergency Meeting to Fight Ohio’s Drug Epidemic
(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today led a statewide emergency meeting – “Ideas that Work – Fighting the Drug Epidemic in Ohio” – to help leaders in Ohio’s counties combat the drug epidemic in our state. "Ohio is facing the worst drug epidemic in my lifetime," said Attorney General DeWine. "The human toll, the increased crime, and the overall community impact of this epidemic.
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Court News Ohio… Civic Education Competition Takes Center Stage at Ohio Statehouse
Why did the Articles of Confederation prove inadequate to form a national government? In what ways did the Articles of Confederation demonstrate a distrust of strong national government, and to what extent do those reasons exist today? Are they justified? These are some of many questions high school students from across the state will answer during the We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution state.
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Versailles Chamber recognizes community contributors, By Kathy Magoto
Monday evening the Versailles Area Chamber of Commerce recognized James Youngker as Citizen of the Year, during its annual banquet.  Presenting the award on behalf of the Chamber was former longtime Village Administrator and former board member Randy Gump.   “It seems this guy doesn’t do anything for less than a decade or more”, said.
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Edison State Community College… Ohio's Start Talking! Program
Governor and Mrs. Kasich have requested we distribute information containing tools and information to help spur and sustain conversations about drug abuse with our children, grandchildren, and children we might teach or mentor in some way. For those interested in more information and resources, including a link to sign up for bi-weekly.
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DeWine… Fair Employment and Fair Housing Laws Guides issued
(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today introduced two new publications to help employers and landlords navigate Ohio’s fair employment and fair housing laws. “Ohio’s civil rights laws protect against discrimination on the job and in housing. These guides are designed to be straightforward manuals to help landlords and employers.
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Bluebag Media… Commissioners look back on 2015; ahead to 2016
GREENVILLE – Darke County Commissioners looked back on their ‘positives’ from 2015, and ahead to the challenges in 2016. At the top of the positives, according to Commissioners Diane Delaplane and Mike Stegall, were job retention and expansion and the overall economic outlook. Also high on the list was confirmation last year that Darke County is going to get the World.
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Sheriff Dept. investigates two injury accidents
Injury accident at 127 and Hunter Rd -- On January 21, 2016 at approximately 9:17 AM, Darke County Deputies along with Greenville Township Fire and Rescue responded to the intersection of US RT 127 and Hunter Road on a report of a two vehicle injury crash. Preliminary investigation revealed a Silver 2010 Honda Odyssey driven by Bernice Lefeld 46, St. Henry was traveling southbound.
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Avian Influenza Update
Here is an update from Hoosier Ag Today regarding the Avian Influenza Outbreak in Southwest Indiana. Authorities say no additional turkey farms in a southern Indiana county have tested positive for bird flu since Sunday. Indiana State Board of Animal Health spokeswoman Denise Derrer said Sunday that 100 farms tested over 24 hours came back negative. She says that’s a sign control measures are working. She calls the.
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Bluebag Media… Weights & Measures checks protect consumer and business
GREENVILLE – The skimmer will pull up to the pump with a box truck or another vehicle designed to block the security camera, open the face of the pump with a generic key, insert an electronic device, return later, remove the device and pull out the credit card information of anyone using that pump… “Keys and skimmer parts can be bought on.
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Bluebag Media… Township has plans for Woodland Heights site
GREENVILLE – Greenville City Schools will soon face a dilemma. What will they do with the properties at Woodland Heights, East, South and the Junior High Schools? Greenville Township helped answer one part of that question last week when they presented a down payment to the district to purchase the Woodland Heights property. According to.
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Main Street contest helps generate over $683,000 in sales
GREENVILLE, Ohio- From November - December, those who shopped downtown Greenville earned tickets for a chance to win over $3,000 in merchandise and gift certificates through Main Street Greenville’s “Win the Window”contest. "The contest was created as a fun way for our organization to encourage others to shop the locally-owned.
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Bluebag Media… Probation gets new tools as drug challenges continue
GREENVILLE – The Darke County Adult Probation Office currently has 427 individuals on probation, up about 10 percent from the previous January. Most have been convicted of drug and property crimes, approximately 70 percent. “They go hand in hand,” said Chief Probation Officer James Mollette. “Fortunately we don’t have that percentage.
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State Rep. Steve Huffman… District Winner of House of Representatives Student Art Exhibition Announced -- COLUMBUS—State Representative Steve Huffman (R-Tipp City) today announced Margaret Heiser as the 80th House District winner of the 2016 Ohio House of Representatives Student Art Exhibition. Heiser attends Arcanum High School in Arcanum and is taught by Kathleen Pugh. Heiser’s artwork is titled Seasons. “I appreciate all of the entries from the 80th District from these... read more.
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Attorney General Mike DeWine… DeWine Introduces Online Student Loan Resource Center
(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced today the Ohio Attorney General’s Office has developed a comprehensive online Student Loan Center to help prospective, current, and former college students understand and manage student loans. The Attorney General’s Student Loan Center, contains information and resources to explore careers, choose a school, apply for.
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Court News Ohio... Children Active in their Foster Care Placement Plans with New Program, By Jenna Gant - January 13, 2016 - It can be hard for older children going through the foster care system to be adopted; they lack the permanent status with a family they so long for. A new program allows the 12-18 year-olds to explore ways to help control their own future. Six Ohio counties – Athens, Fairfield, Guernsey, Hamilton, Montgomery, and Summit – participated in the pilot program in 2014, and it has since grown to 11 counties... read more.
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Attorney General Mike DeWine… Drug Screening Test for Peace Officer Training Applicants Approved - (COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced today the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission (OPOTC) voted to approve the addition of drug screening for applicants to Ohio peace officer basic training academies. The testing requirement will become effective July 1, 2016. “Many police departments in Ohio... read more.
Kasich & Taylor issue resolution honoring Martin Luther King Day
COLUMBUS – Today Governor John R. Kasich and Lt. Governor Mary Taylor issued a resolution in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, January 18, 2016. The resolution recognizes “his legacy of honor, integrity and commitment to community” that has endured for nearly 50 years.
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Two arrested in Darke County for Kidnapping
On January 16, 2016 at 4:53pm Darke County Sheriff Deputies conducted a search warrant at 1011 East Fourth Street, Apartment #2, in Greenville, Ohio. Robert L. Cates (45) of Greenville, Ohio and Brent A. Perry (44) of Arcanum, Ohio were taken into custody without incident and are currently being housed at the Darke County Jail awaiting formal charges.
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Attorney General Mike DeWine… DeWine Warns of Five Top Job Scams
(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today warned about five of the most common scams targeting people looking for jobs or extra income. In 2015, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office received more than 150 complaints involving work-at-home or business opportunities, many of which involved potential scams. Some of the most commonly.
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FBI… Human Trafficking: Raising Awareness of a Devastating Crime
January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, and the FBI’s efforts to combat trafficking—part of the overall U.S. government effort—will continue unabated in 2016. The Bureau has two entities that conduct human trafficking investigations: Our Civil Rights Unit coordinates trafficking investigations involving.
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Ohio Federation of Republican Women… OFRW Trip for Wreaths Across America, Lyn Bliss, OFRW President -- The Ohio Federation of Republican Women (OFRW) had a group of ladies who had a great trip to Arlington, Virginia and Washington, D.C. We were among 70,000 volunteers who took part in the Wreaths Across America Program. There were 64 semi-trucks containing 241,408 wreaths. Each headstone in Arlington National Cemetery received a wreath... read more.
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Bluebag Media… Local outdoorsman publishes a look at 'Outdoors Past'
GREENVILLE – “Greenville man has taken his hobby of collecting old fishing lures and other outdoor memorabilia to a new level.” Outdoor columnist Jim Morris was enthusiastic about a new book by Greenville resident Tom Petkewitz. Morris adds Petkewitz will say he collects old fishing lures and other outdoor memorabilia.
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Mandel Releases 2015 Annual Report
2015 Annual Report Highlights OhioCheckbook.com Launch and Work Being Done to Make Government More Transparent and Open to the People - COLUMBUS - Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel announced today the release of his Fiscal Year 2015 Annual Report highlighting the work being done to make government more transparent and open to the.
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State of the Union Address, President Barack Obama
Ohio Republican Party response follows text of State of the Union… Obama: Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, my fellow Americans: Tonight marks the eighth year I’ve come here to report on the State of the Union.  And for this final one, I’m going to try to make it shorter.  I know some of you are antsy to get back to Iowa.
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Bluebag Media… New director sees job as leveraging county strengths
GREENVILLE – With Darke County having already gotten six “Best of Ohio” awards, Darke County Visitors Bureau Executive Director Matt Staugler acknowledges the county’s attractions are well-established… “Our job is to leverage them to the activities and draw people in.” In order to do that, he and his Board have two projects they plan to promote.
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James Youngker Citizen of the Year
James Youngker will be named Citizen of the Year at the Versailles Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual awards banquet this Monday, January 18.  The Awards Committee was made aware of Mr. Youngker’s countless contributions and tireless dedication to the Versailles community by nomination letters.  His lifelong community service helped shape the Versailles area in the 1950’s.
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Attorney General Mike DeWine… Grants awarded for Campus Sexual Assault Victims Services
(COLUMBUS, Ohio)--Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced today that more than $1.2 million in grants have been awarded to assist victims of sexual assault on Ohio campuses. The funds are part of $3 million in federal Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) funding set aside by Attorney General DeWine earlier this year to enable colleges and universities to better serve sexual assault victims by providing.
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DeWine… Sexual Assault Kit Testing Initiative Update for January
(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today released a status update on the progress of DNA testing being conducted as part of the Ohio Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Kit Testing Initiative. As of January 1, 2016, 247 law enforcement agencies have submitted 11,800 kits to be tested as part of Attorney General DeWine's Sexual.
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FBI Drug Trafficking… Aryan Brotherhood Methamphetamine Operation Dismantled
12/31/15 - When a federal judge recently sentenced the last two of 34 Aryan Brotherhood of Texas gang members to prison for their roles in a methamphetamine drug distribution network, it marked the end of the gang’s foothold in Central Texas—and also highlighted the extraordinary partnership between local, state, and federal law enforcement.
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Court News Ohio… Renewed Justice
January 7, 2016 - Many of the state’s original courthouses were constructed in the late 1800s or early 1900s. Some of these architectural treasures have fallen into disrepair, and to endure, they often require steep investments. Ohio’s court officials have grappled with a dilemma — renovate or build new? In Madison County, officials embraced both approaches — create a home for the municipal court in downtown London.
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Bluebag Media… County revenues up nearly $1.4 million over previous year
GREENVILLE – Darke County Commissioners approved General Fund appropriations for 2016 of $20,378,396.57, and total appropriations, including all outside funds, of $63,679,510.01 at its last regular public meeting of 2015 on Dec. 30. According to Darke County Auditor Carol Ginn’s annual report to the Commissioners, this is.
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DeWine Warns Consumers to Avoid Lottery Scams
 (COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today warned consumers to avoid lottery and sweepstakes scams as the estimated Powerball jackpot hits $800 million. In the past month, the Ohio Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Section has received more than two dozen complaints involving sweepstakes or prize scams. The average.
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Darke County Sheriff’s Office… Three cars involved in accident on US Route 36
On January 8, 2016 at approximately 2:41 PM Darke County Deputies along with Gettysburg Fire and Rescue, Bradford Fire and Rescue, Greenville Township Rescue and CareFlight were dispatched to the 8700 Block of US Route 36 East in reference to a 3 vehicle, head-on injury accident.  Preliminary investigation revealed a silver 2010 Dodge Journey driven by Gale A. Butt 44, Piqua, Ohio was westbound on US Route 36. Butt’s vehicle.
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Bluebag Media… Sonner's concern: "It's the kids... they don't have a choice"
GREENVILLE – “A lot of the families I deal with now… the adults today were children then in domestic violence homes.” Annie Sonner, Coordinator of the Darke County Shelter from Violence, has been helping families long enough – 24 years – to see the generational influence of violence in the home. Children from homes where domestic violence occurred, Sonner continued, “are now.
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Bluebag Media… Education, values are factors Hein sees in criminal behavior
GREENVILLE – Education. Values. According to Darke County Common Pleas Judge Jonathan Hein, both can be factors in the individuals he sees in his courtroom. “Education helps reduce crime,” he said, “but it’s no silver bullet.” Better educated, better employed, less likely to be involved in criminal conduct. “However it’s not a perfect equation,” he added. A highly educated person.
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Mercer County Sheriff… Safecracking suspect arrested
Sheriff Jeff Grey reports the arrest of a 34 year old from Geneva, Indiana.  On January 3, 2016 at 5:48 AM, Lt. Bill Westgerdes observed a male at the Fort Recovery Car Wash located at 104 South Elm Street in Fort Recovery.  Due to the suspicious activity, the deputy circled around the block and the male and vehicle was observed leaving.  Lt. Westgerdes initiated a traffic stop on SR 49 near.
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Rasmussen Reports: Right Direction or Wrong Track; 26% Say U.S. Heading in Right Direction
Monday, December 28, 2015 -- Twenty-six percent (26%) of Likely U.S. Voters now think the country is heading in the right direction, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey for the short holiday week ending December 23. This finding is unchanged from a week ago and is up just two points from 24% two weeks ago which tied the low for the year. (Want a free daily e-mail update? If it's in the news, it's in our polls).
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Bluebag Media… In-house bridge fabrication saves taxpayer dollars
GREENVILLE – “These guys are getting it down to a science,” said Darke County Engineer Jim Surber, watching County Highway personnel assemble fabricated steel pieces for a bridge to be replaced this summer. The steel was being fabricated and assembled in a storage building at the highway department. “In the past, we had to order the fabricated pieces,” he said. Shane Coby.
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Education Week… Why Ed Tech Is Not Transforming How Teachers Teach, By Benjamin Herold, Wilmington, Del.; Public schools now provide at least one computer for every five students. They spend more than $3 billion per year on digital content. And nearly three-fourths of high school students now say they regularly use a smartphone or tablet in the classroom. But a mountain of evidence indicates that teachers have been painfully slow to transform the ways they teach, despite... read more.
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Attorney General Mike DeWine… DeWine Offers Gym Membership Tips
(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today offered advice for consumers who plan to join a fitness center in the New Year. “If you’re joining a gym, review the contract before you sign it,” Attorney General DeWine said. “Understand how long you have to cancel and whether the contract will renew automatically. If a salesperson says you can cancel at any time or use multiple facilities.
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County News Online… CNO looking for writers, photographers, sponsors
County News Online is a volunteer-based community service website. Its purpose is three-fold: to support the Darke County community with relevant information, especially about its young people; provide an opportunity for writers, photographers and other artists to publish their efforts; and raise funds for the Senior Scribes Scholarship Fund.
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Attorney General DeWine… School Resource Officer Sentenced for Crimes against Minor
(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Attorney General Mike DeWine announced that former Cambridge city councilman and former Cambridge City School District school resource officer Paul D. Fields Jr. was sentenced today to six months in jail after he pleaded guilty to two counts of misdemeanor sexual imposition and no contest to the charge of illegal use of a minor.
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Bluebag Media… T-V Students learning engineering career options
NEW MADISON – “I’m a computer and cyber engineer who troubleshoots potential problems for our clients,” said Marty Piszkiewicz. “That just a fancy way of saying I’m a hacker.” Some students chuckled. Others grinned… “But I’m a good hacker,” he added. The cyber engineer from Pretalen then told Tri-Village junior high and high school.
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New Hampshire Presidential Primary Poll Results, From Dick Bennett
Republican Results - Donald Trumps leads the New Hampshire Republican Presidential preference primary with 21%, but 57% of likely Republican primary voters in New Hampshire say they would never vote for Trump in the primary. In the ballot, Trump is followed by Marco Rubio at 15%, John Kasich at 13%, Chris Christie at 12%, Ted Cruz at 10%, Jeb Bush at 7%, Ben Carson at 6%, Carly Fiorina at 5%, and.
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Injury accident in Castine
On December 28, 2015 at approximately 11:34 am, Darke County Deputies along with Tri-Village Rescue, Greenville Township Rescue, and New Madison Fire, responded to the intersection of US RT 127 and State Route 722 in the Village of Castine on a report of an injury accident with entrapment.  Preliminary investigation revealed a black 2004 Honda.
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Attorney General Mike DeWine… Movie Theater Chains investigated for possible Anticompetitive Conduct - (COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today confirmed that his office is investigating the nation’s three largest movie theater chains – AMC, Cinemark, and Regal – for possible antitrust violations. The investigation centers on whether AMC, Cinemark, and Regal engaged in conduct that unfairly excluded competitors... read more.
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Patrol, ODOT partner to stop impaired driving
COLUMBUS – As of Monday, 1,070 people have been killed on Ohio roadways this year. That’s a 9 percent increase over the same time last year. As Ohioans prepare for holiday festivities, the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) and Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) want to urge safety while driving on the roadways – especially.
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Double fatal crash at Gettysburg-Pitsburg & Neff Roads
On December 21, 2015 at approximately 7:47 PM the Darke County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call reporting a serious crash at Gettysburg-Pitsburg Road and Neff Road in Franklin Township.  The location of the crash was 3.5 miles south of the village of Gettysburg, Ohio.  Darke County Deputies, Gettysburg Fire and Rescue and Arcanum Rescue units responded. The preliminary.
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Attorney General Mike DeWine… DeWine Issues 2015 Economic Development Manual
(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today announced that the Ohio Attorney General’s Office has issued its 2015 Ohio Economic Development Manual. The manual is designed to be a one-stop guide for businesses, elected officials, and economic development professionals who are interested in promoting business growth and job creation. “Until now, there was no single publication.
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Darke County Sheriff… Active Methamphetamine Cooks discovered on Front Street
Three Arrested on Traffic Stop Leads to Search Warrant Where Four Active Methamphetamine Cooks Were Discovered -- On December 14, 2015 at approximately 8:24 P.M., Darke County deputies and K9 Unit along with Greenville Police Department conducted a traffic stop on a maroon Chevrolet minivan in the 300 Block of Wagner Avenue in Greenville, Ohio.  As the van stopped, a male passenger.
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State Representative Jim Buchy… Ft. Loramie Community awarded Teen Safety Grant
Ft. Loramie High School Awarded a $100,000 grant from State Farm through the Celebrate My Drive Program -- COLUMBUS- State Representative Jim Buchy (R- Greenville) commends Fort Loramie High School on winning $100,000 grants through the State Farm Celebrate My Drive program.   This makes Fort Loramie’s program one of only 22 nationwide. To earn this grant, students from.
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Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine… Planned Parenthood Investigation Reveals Fetal Remains Disposed of in Landfills -- (COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today announced that his office has concluded its investigation into the alleged sale of fetal tissue by Planned Parenthood affiliates. While the investigation did not find any indication that fetal tissue was sold by Planned Parenthood affiliates in Ohio, the investigation did reveal that that aborted... read more.
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FBI… New Top Ten Fugitive; Help Us Find a Violent Criminal -- 12/17/15 -- Myloh Jaqory Mason—wanted for a series of violent crimes, including attempted murder—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 the 25-year-old fugitive, who is being sought on federal and state charges for his alleged involvement in recent violent bank robberies and two separate shootings in Lakewood, Colorado... read more.
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Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel… Ohio's Public Pension Funds to Post Checkbooks on OhioCheckbook.com -- COLUMBUS - Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel and officials from the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System (OPERS), the State Teachers Retirement System of Ohio (STRS Ohio), the School Employees Retirement System (SERS) of Ohio and the Ohio Highway Patrol Retirement System (HPRS) announced today a partnership with the Ohio Treasurer's office... read more.
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Attorney General Mike DeWine… Beware: Con Artists Posing as Puppy Breeders Online
 (COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today warned that some animal breeders and sellers who advertise online are con artists. In 2015, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office received about 30 complaints from consumers who said they bought a puppy or other pet online but never received anything in return. The average reported loss.
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Bluebag Media… WWII vet: You're trained to take a life or he'll take yours
GREENVILLE – “I’ve been to hell and back,” said 95-year-old Joe Bredeson repeatedly, sometimes in tears, as he recalled his role as a paratrooper during World War II. Bredeson told a packed room, overflowing to the adjoining room in Greenville Public Library Dec. 5, about his experiences during the war. He said he witnessed men and women being starved to death, children being killed.
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Darke County Sheriff… Injury accident on Ohio-Indiana Stateline
On December 17, 2015 at approximately 6:34 AM Darke County Deputies, along with Union City Ohio Fire, Union City Ohio Rescue and CareFlight were dispatched to the 11,200 block of Ohio-Indiana Stateline Road in reference to a head-on injury accident. Preliminary investigation revealed a green 2002 Chevy Venture driven by Brittany L. Hiatt, 25, Union City, Ohio was southboundw.
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Greenville High School Learns Internet Safety; Cincinnati Bell Presents “Responsible Technology” to Students -- Greenville – December 14, 2015 – While mistakes in life are often forgotten, the Internet never forgets. On Monday, December 14 Greenville High School students learned how to protect their digital footprint during Cincinnati Bell’s “Responsible Technology” presentation in the Cafeteria. The session taught students about internet safety and technology issues confronting... read more.
The Daily Signal… These Senators Say Their Bill Would ‘Unleash’ Lifesaving Drugs, by Natalie Johnson -- December 14, 2015 -- The process of approving new drugs and medical devices would be sped up under a bill offered by two conservative senators. Sens. Ted Cruz , R-Texas, and Mike Lee, R- Utah, introduced legislation Thursday to accelerate how fast the Food and Drug Administration OKs drugs and devices. Before a drug can reach the U.S. market it undergoes extensive scrutiny from the agency to win the federal government’s stamp of approval... read more.
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Beagle and Coley announce Local Economic Development and Community Revitalization plan -- COLUMBUS – State Senators Bill Beagle (R-Tipp City) and Bill Coley (R-Liberty Township) today announced legislation aimed at enhancing local economic development and community revitalization efforts by eliminating the steep tax burdens associated with business expansion and construction projects. "Our proposal provides a new way... read more.
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FBI… 2014 Crime Statistics from National Incident-Based Reporting System released
December 14, 2015 -- Today, the FBI released details on more than 5.4 million criminal offenses reported via the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) in 2014. The Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program’s latest report, NIBRS, 2014, provides a diverse range of information about victims, known offenders, and relationships for 23 offense categories composed of 49 offenses.
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Edison State Community College… Student Emergency Fund receives $17,500 grant
Removing economic barriers for students in crisis helps them stay on path to graduation - Piqua, OH—Edison State Community College now has additional resources to help low-income students weather financial emergencies. Students can apply for small grants to help cover expenses just beyond their means, which allows them to quickly return focus to their academic pursuits. “Even the best planning can’t address.
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FBI… Human Trafficking: Prison Time for Men Who Attempted to Buy Sex Slaves
12/11/15 - During the course of an international human trafficking investigation, FBI agents uncovered disturbing information: American men were making what appeared to be serious inquiries about buying kidnapped women from Asia to serve as sex and domestic slaves. “This case opened people’s eyes to a much darker side of human.
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Local Control for Juvenile Shackling Under Proposed Statewide Rule, By Bret Crow
December 7, 2015 - A proposed amendment to the Rules of Superintendence for the Courts of Ohio would mandate that local courts adopt local rules to better regulate shackling of youths during court proceedings. The Ohio Supreme Court requests public comment on Sup. R. 5.01. After meeting with concerned parties about this issue in August.
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Family Health receives grant for Oral Health
Healthpath Foundation of Ohio Invests $307,456 in Projects Across Ohio to celebrate 15th Anniversary -- CINCINNATI, Ohio (December 9, 2015) – To commemorate the organization’s 15th anniversary, The HealthPath Foundation of Ohio (HPF-Ohio) recently awarded a combined $307,456 in grants to eight organizations across Ohio that focus on preventive oral health and prevention of family violence. “We are honored to award eight anniversary grants.
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Darke County Sheriff… Active Methamphetamine Cooks discovered on Front Street
Three Arrested on Traffic Stop Leads to Search Warrant Where Four Active Methamphetamine Cooks Were Discovered -- On December 14, 2015 at approximately 8:24 P.M., Darke County deputies and K9 Unit along with Greenville Police Department conducted a traffic stop on a maroon Chevrolet minivan in the 300 Block of Wagner Avenue in Greenville, Ohio.  As the van stopped, a male passenger.
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FBI… Executives Brief Congressional Committees on Current FBI Priorities
This morning, Director James Comey met with members of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee to discuss the FBI’s programs and priorities for the coming year. He referenced the recent shootings in San Bernardino and the attacks in Paris to demonstrate the diverse threats posed to national security, the economy, and our communities and to underscore the complexity and breadth of the FBI’s mission. In his statement, Comey updated committee.
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Chancellor Carey Visits Edison State Community College
Chancellor John Carey of the Ohio Department of Higher Education visited Edison State Community College on Monday, December 7. The visit was made with Senior Vice Chancellor Gary Cates to meet with Edison State President, Dr. Doreen Larson, tour campus, and discuss student success and workforce development initiatives. Following a guided tour of campus, an open.
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Dayton Business Journal… Dayton-area hospital lands on top national list
Nov 30, 2015 -- A local hospital has been singled out in a national report. Kettering Medical Center has been named by Truven Health Analytics as one of the top 50 hospitals in the country for cardiovascular outcomes. Truven’s annual quantitative study evaluates hospitals across the country based on a number of metrics-driven benchmarks, including risk-adjusted mortality index, complications rates and more.
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Bluebag Media… County budget in good shape; indebtedness a concern
GREENVILLE – “I don’t like debt,” Darke County Auditor Carol Ginn said, noting this year alone the county is paying over a half million dollars ($535,407.52) in interest and principle on the Wagner Avenue complex. “If we have the revenue we’d be better off to pay it down now.” The comment was in light of good news for the county. “We’re in really good shape,” she said.
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Court News Ohio… Court’s Partnership with Schools, Legal Aid Seeing Benefits, By Jenna Gant - December 3, 2015 - Looking to boost educational outcomes for Cincinnati students in foster care, four community partners in Hamilton County looked at how they can improve the lives of these children in school. Carla Guenthner, a Hamilton County Juvenile Court chief magistrate, said Cincinnati wasn’t focusing on school issues when kids entered the foster care system. “We weren’t always prioritizing the educational needs... read more.
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DeWine… RadioShack Gift-Card Holders May be Eligible for Refunds
(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today announced that consumers who have unused gift cards from the former RadioShack can file claims to seek refunds for remaining card balances. “Consumers who have unused RadioShack gift cards may be able to get their money back,” Attorney General DeWine said. “We’re encouraging eligible.
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FBI Will Investigate San Bernardino Shootings as Terrorist Act
FBI announced today that it is assuming a leadership role in the investigation into the mass shooting that occurred earlier this week in San Bernardino, California, and that the attack that killed 14 people and injured 21 others has been deemed an act of terrorism. “This is now a federal terrorism investigation, led by the FBI,” said Director James Comey, speaking to reporters at FBI Headquarters.
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The White House… President Obama addresses the nation on safety, President Barack Obama
"Let’s not forget that freedom is more powerful than fear; that we have always met challenges -- whether war or depression; natural disasters or terrorist attacks -- by coming together around our common ideals as one nation and one people. So long as we stay true to that tradition, I have no doubt that America will prevail." Read the address: Good evening. On Wednesday, 14 Americans were.
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AG DeWine… DeWine Issues Sexual Assault Kit Testing Initiative Update for December
(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today released a status update on the progress of DNA testing being conducted as part of the Ohio Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Kit Testing Initiative. As of December 1, 2015, 240 law enforcement agencies have submitted 11,665 kits to be tested as part of Attorney General DeWine's Sexual Assault Kit (SAK) Testing Initiative.
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Fatal accident at intersection of US Route 127 and Kruckeberg Road
On December 07, 2015 at approximately 3:08 p.m.  Darke County Deputies, Greenville Township Fire and Greenville Township Rescue were dispatched to the intersection of US Route 127 and Kruckeberg Road in reference to a two vehicle injury accident. Preliminary investigation has revealed a 2001 Chevrolet Tracker driven by John J. Kitten (87) Greenville, Ohio was traveling east on Kruckeberg Road.
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Aggravated Robbery suspect arrested
Sheriff Jeff Grey reports that his office is investigating a Robbery that occurred on December 1st, 2015 at around 2:00 PM.   The victim and suspect are acquainted with each other.  The suspect approached the victim at his residence, pointed a gun at him and demanded money.   The Sheriff’s Office applied for and received a search and arrest warrant for the suspect and his residence.  Detectives found the suspect at a.
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Tourism grants available to local events and festivals
GREENVILLE, Ohio (December 4, 2015) – Funds are available to non-profit organizations sponsoring special events in Darke County through the Darke County Visitors Bureau in 2016. Grants are awarded on a competitive basis, with primary consideration given to applications, which: (1) attract overnight visitors; (2) attract visitors from more than 50 miles outside of Darke County and 3) feature new or expanded events.
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Injury Accident at 571 and Daly Road
On December 5, 2015 at 10:14 PM Darke County Deputies along with Greenville Rescue and Greenville Twp. Fire Dept. were dispatched to the intersection of State Route 571 and Daly Road reference a one vehicle accident with a vehicle into a tree. Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2001 Jeep Cherokee, driven by Dustin Kolb, 27, of Greenville.
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DeWine Offers Five Tips to Avoid Scams While Shopping Online
(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—As consumers shop online during Cyber Monday and throughout the holiday season, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is encouraging them to protect their personal information and avoid scams online. “It’s a busy time of year, but it’s important not to let your guard down when it comes to identity theft and fraud prevention,” Attorney General.
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Darke County Sheriff’s Office… CareFlight called for injury accident in Northern Darke County
On December 4, 2015 at approximately 3:20pm Darke County Deputies along with North Star Fire and Ansonia Rescue were dispatched to Greenville St. Mary's Road just south of Wabash York Road on a report of a one vehicle roll-over injury accident. Preliminary investigation revealed a black 2003 Ford Taurus, driven by Samuel Barga, 16 of Rossburg, and brother front seat passenger age 14 was traveling Northbound.
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Federal News Radio… Past IRS commissioners to Congress: Enough with the budget cuts, By Jory Heckman -- November 24, 2015 -- The former heads of the Internal Revenue Service have written to Congress, telling them that after five straight years of budget cuts, enough is enough. In a letter to the House and Senate appropriations committees, seven of the IRS’ past commissioners urged Congress for more funding in the upcoming fiscal 2016 budget, claiming the agency has been set up to fail with an increased workload and fewer resources... read more.
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Bluebag Media… Sexting is a crime, and a life-changing event
ARCANUM – “Would you give your child a loaded gun and just walk away? No, of course not. But that’s what we do when we give our children one of these.” Darke County Det. Sgt. David Hawes showed his cell phone. “This can be just as dangerous… it should be treated like a firearm.” The message to parents was be involved. Find out what the kids are doing with that phone. It’s the parent’s.
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MSN.com… For one World War II veteran, a day to give thanks for ‘one more sunrise’, The Washington Post, T. Rees Shapiro - On Thanksgiving Day in 1944, Dick Graff opened his Army-issue mess kit and took comfort in his turkey and mashed potatoes, a welcome respite from the brutal battlefront near Weisweiler, Germany. As a soldier with the 104th Infantry Division, the 20-year-old who grew up on a hog and cattle farm in Iowa was grateful for the hot meal a world away. Things had changed in the few weeks since he had narrowly survived his first combat experience... read more.
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DeWine… Ohioans Report Spike in “IRS” Imposter Scams
(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today warned that his office has seen an increase in reports of the IRS imposter scam, in which con artists tell consumers they are in trouble with the IRS. Between Nov. 18 and Nov. 25, the Ohio Attorney General’s Help Center received more than 600 reports of the scam, about three times as many.
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Bluebag Media… Two Career Tech students elected to state BPA offices
GREENVILLE – Three Greenville Career Technology Supply Chain Management students celebrate what could be signature accomplishments, not only for Greenville High School, but also for the Business Professionals of America. Logan Emrick, retiring BPA Secretary, was the first Greenville High School student to be elected to one of six.
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Bluebag Media… Students build robots; learn life skills
VERSAILLES – “Roboting is the hook we use to get them interested,” said Head Referee Scott Milligan. FIRST LEGO League challenges students to think like scientists and engineers… but they have to be motivated. Roboting does it. Milligan, judges, coaches, volunteers and 10 junior high school teams convened on the old Versailles High School campus at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 21. Students.
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Dayton Business Journal… Home buyers smile as U.S. mortgage rates stop rising
Nov 23, 2015, 6:12am EST -- The average fixed mortgage rates in the U.S. remained largely unchanged this past week, ending two straight weeks of increases. The rates dipped a fraction as analyst expectation turned from world events to the Federal Open Market Committee's (FOMC) October minutes, according to Freddie Mac. The 15-year FRM this week averaged 3.18 percen.
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Court News Ohio, Retirees Bring Life Experiences to Court as Volunteers, By Stephanie Beougher -- November 24, 2015 -- Each Thursday morning, you’ll find 92-year-old Jack Kinsner at the Avon Lake Municipal Court. Kinsner is one of five volunteers who’ve retired from long-time professions and now spends a day each week helping Judge Darrel Bilancini and his bailiff with paperwork and other duties during court days. “I look forward to this because it’s something to do and I just enjoy watching the judge and how he handles all these people... read more.
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Attorney General Mike DeWine…Woman Indicted for Defrauding OPERS, Social Security of Nearly $1 Million -- (CLEVELAND)—A Cuyahoga County grand jury has indicted a Euclid woman on 28 counts related to alleged theft of public pension and social security benefits totaling almost $1 million dollars. Eva J. Allen, 73, formerly of East Cleveland, was indicted on the following counts: One count of Identity Fraud, a felony of the first degree; Two counts of Theft, felonies of the second degree... read more.
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FBI… Hacktivists Threaten to Target Law Enforcement Personnel and Public Officials
Law enforcement personnel and public officials may be at increased risk of being targeted by hacktivists. Hacking collectives are effective at leveraging open source, publicly available information identifying officers and public officials, their employers or associates, and their families. With this in mind, officers and public officials should be highly aware of their email account security.
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Court News Ohio… New Rule Adopted to Protect Personal Information in Juvenile and Domestic Cases, By Dan Trevas | November 23, 2015 -- The Ohio Supreme Court has adopted an amendment to the Rules of Superintendence that would require local courts to protect sensitive personal information contained in the records of juvenile and domestic relations civil proceedings. The final amendment comes after the Supreme Court’s Advisory Committee on Children and Families received public comment from 20 individuals and associations... read more.
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Bluebag Media… Kiwanians get a lesson in the national debt
GREENVILLE – “The best way to look at the national debt is in seconds,” Matt Huffman told members and guests at Kiwanis of Greenville Nov. 18. “A million seconds ago is 13 days. Not a problem,” he said, noting the current U.S. GNP (Gross National Product) of over $16 trillion. “A billion seconds ago is 33 years,” he added. Still not a major concern considering the GNP.
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Bluebag Media… DeColores seeks help for historic barn renovation
ARCANUM – An eighth grader arrives at school at 7 a.m. His or her job that morning might be to feed the chickens… or work in the kitchen. Or it might be to work with other students to determine what crops they will plant in the spring. There may be other chores that day. They are divided up among the 21 students who operate the DeColores Montessori Farm School.
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FBI… Protect Your Wallet and Your Information This Holiday Season
As the holiday shopping season officially gets underway, the FBI would like to take this opportunity to warn shoppers to be aware of the increasingly aggressive techniques of cyber criminals who want to steal your money and your personal information. For example, watch out for online shopping scams—criminals often scheme to defraud victims by offering too-good-to-be-true deals, like brand.
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Injury Accident on SR 49 South
On November 24, 2015 at approximately 6:57 a.m. Darke County Deputies, Arcanum Rescue, New Madison Fire were dispatched to 4600 block State Route 49 for a two vehicle injury accident. Preliminary investigation has revealed a 2004 Chrysler Sebring driven by Paige McCool (Arcanum, Ohio) was traveling north on Jaysville St. Johns Rd. The.
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Court News Ohio… Jailed Youth Decreases, Forum Finding Ways to Reduce Recidivism, By Jenna Gant
November 19, 2016 -- Ohio court staff and state representatives attended a two-day conference in Austin, Texas to talk about ways to reduce the likelihood of previously jailed teens and young adults from being rearrested and ending up in the adult criminal justice system. About 300 representatives from all 50 states last week gathered at the forum, “Improving Outcomes for Youth in the Juvenile Justice System,” to develop plans to improve.
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Bluebag Media… Health care message: get covered or get penalized
GREENVILLE – “My concern is there may be people out there who don’t realize they will be penalized if they have no insurance,” said Alexis Denlinger, Family Health Care’s Certified Application Counselor. The scenario, according to Austie Auker, Family Health’s Finance Director, would be someone who hasn’t signed up goes to the emergency room due to an accident or illness.
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Eligible Ohioans can file taxes free through Ohio Benefit Bank
Free tax assistance available for households ‘Married Filing Jointly’ earning less than $90,000 annually and all other filing status’ earning less than $65,000 annually. Tax season is quickly approaching, and thousands of Ohioans will soon begin the filing process to ensure that they receive their refunds. To save taxpayers a little extra money this year, when individuals and families can use every extra dollar, Fish Choice Pantry is partnering.
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State Representative Jim Buchy… Resolution Urging Obama to Halt Acceptance of Syrian Refugees passes House -- COLUMBUS—State Representative Jim Buchy (R-Greenville) applauds State Representative Tim Derickson (R-Oxford) for his leadership in sponsoring House Concurrent Resolution 31. Derickson carried the concurrent resolution and led the efforts for swift passage at a time when America needs common sense leadership the most. The concurrent resolution, which passed the Ohio House... read more.
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Huffman to run for re-election
Republican State Representative Stephen A. Huffman of Tipp City has announced his intention to run for a second term.  Rep. Huffman, who was first elected to the 80th District in 2014, expects to file his petitions by the December deadline. Rep. Huffman, the initially only freshman legislators appointed as vice chair of a committee, serving in that capacity.
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Bluebag Media… ODNR director continues to serve his home base
FT. RECOVERY – Jim Zehringer, served Darke County as State Representative from Distr. 77 from 2007 to 2011. He was replaced by State Rep. Jim Buchy when Gov. John Kasich appointed him Director of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). Many facets of his job still have a direct impact on Darke County. Like $2 gas? “The governor wants oil and gas developed safely in Ohio.
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Attorney General Mike DeWine… Poster Contest Entries for National Missing Children's Day Being Accepted -- (COLUMBUS, Ohio)— Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is urging Ohio fifth graders and their teachers to take part in the 2016 National Missing Children's Day Poster Contest. The Ohio Attorney General's Missing Persons Unit began accepting poster contest entries today. The contest, whose theme is "Bring Our Missing Children Home," is sponsored... read more.
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Attorney General DeWine… $10.6 Million in Ohio Student Loans to be Forgiven in Settlement
(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine along with 39 other attorneys general today announced that the company behind Brown Mackie College, The Art Institutes, South University, Argosy University, and Stautzenberger College has agreed to reform its recruiting and enrollment practices and forgive about $102.8 million in student loans nationwide, including over $10.6 million in Ohio.
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Mercer County man missing
The Celina Police Department is requesting people be on the lookout for a missing 89 year old man, Eugene L. Cool, from Celina.  He last had contact with family at about 10:30 AM this morning and was supposed to visit a local nursing home at 11:30 AM this morning and has not been seen or heard from since. Mr. Cool is 5’08” tall, weighs 138 pounds, he has gray hair and blue eyes.  He drives a light blue, 2010 Chrysler Town and Country minivan.
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Greenville Police Department… Shots fired, suspect in jail
On November 17, 2015 at approximately 3:33 p.m., Greenville Police officers responded to the area of Harrison Avenue near Fair St. on reports of shots being fired. Upon arrival, the suspect, Charles W. Braumiller,  from Phillipsburg,  Ohio, was detained.  The victim is Carl E. Smith from Greenville, Ohio. Charles W. Braumiller has been charged with Felonious Assault and is currently incarcerated in the Darke County Jail.
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Attorney General DeWine… Wapakoneta Woman Sentenced For Sexual Battery of a Juvenile
(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced today that an Auglaize County woman has been sentenced to 15 years in prison on three charges of sexual battery. Lori Anderson, 51, who was an elementary school teacher in Auglaize County at the time of her arrest, pleaded guilty last month to the sexual battery charges. Anderson and Charles Wycuff, 54, both of Wapakoneta.
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FBI Releases 2014 Hate Crime Statistics
November 16, 2015 -- Today, the FBI released Hate Crime Statistics, 2014, the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program’s latest compilation about bias-motivated incidents throughout the nation. Submitted by 15,494 law enforcement agencies, the data provide information about the offenses, victims, offenders, and locations of hate crimes; however, the UCR Program does not.
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Mercer County Sheriff… Pitbull mauls owner, 2-year-old
Sheriff Jeff Grey reports his office is investigating a dog mauling incident.  Mercer County Central Dispatch received a 9-1-1 call on November 16th at 3:45 PM from the resident at 4009 Lange Road, St. Henry advising her dog was attacking her two year old daughter.   St. Henry Police Department was requested to respond because deputies were.
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Greenville Police Department… Assault at local store
On November 13, 2015 at approximately 1:10 p.m., a customer at Walmart was standing at the Customer Service Counter when she was hit from behind with a grocery cart.  The victim turned and said "excuse me" to the suspect (a female). The suspect then became belligerent and proceeded to hit the victim, grab her hair and slammed her to the ground.  When attempting to get up, the victim.
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Kruckeberg, US 127 injury accident
On November 16, 2015 at 6:05 PM Darke County Deputies along with Greenville Rescue and Greenville Twp. Fire Dept. were dispatched to the intersection of US Route 127 and Kruckeberg Road reference a two vehicle crash involving three injured persons. Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2002 Honda Civic, driven by Alexander Fugate, 33, of Greenville, was traveling westbound on Kruckeberg.
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Attorney General Mike DeWine… Conference to Focus on Veterans Legal Advocacy
(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and the Buckeye Council of the Vietnam Veterans of America will be co-sponsoring a December conference on veterans legal advocacy. Titled "Defending Veterans in the Criminal Justice System," the one-day conference will take place on Thursday, December 3rd from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m at the Columbus Police Academy Lecture Hall.
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Court News Ohio… Sex-Offender Registration and Notification Mandates Are Constitutional, By Kathleen Maloney -- November 12, 2015 -- State law requires convicted sex offenders to register and to verify their addresses periodically with authorities. The Ohio Supreme Court ruled today that those requirements for certain offenders do not amount to cruel and unusual punishment. The obligations for Tier II sex offenders “are not so extreme as to be grossly disproportionate to the crime... read more.
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Cleveland.com… Ohio lawmakers plan to introduce medical marijuana bills, By Jackie Borchardt
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- On the heels of the defeat of a proposal to legalize marijuana, state lawmakers in the Ohio House said Wednesday they plan to move forward with several bills related to medical marijuana. House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger, a Republican from Southwest Ohio, told reporters Wednesday that Republicans plan to take a "measured and methodical approach" to drafting.
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Bluebag Media… Mock Rock and Talent Show kicks off successful campaign
GREENVILLE – The Oct. 31 Mock Rock & Talent Show held by the Greenville VFW Post 7261 offered an opportunity to learn about the local VFW’s plans for the Veteran’s Memorial Park and Digital Library. It also offered an opportunity for some humor, great entertainment and acknowledgments for the hard work of many. Seven talented individuals.
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Two injury accidents over the weekend
Teen in critical condition following 571 accident - Greenville- On November 14, 2015 at approximately 10:48 P.M. Darke County Deputies along with Greenville Township Rescue, Greenville Township Fire, and CareFlight were dispatched to the 2700 Block of State Route 571 reference to an accident with injuries. Preliminary investigation shows.
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Bluebag Media… Park District receives $225,000 ODNR grant
FT. RECOVERY – “Great news!!” said Darke County Parks Director Roger Van Frank when he passed on the message that the Ohio Department of Natural Resources was going to award $225,000 to the District for Phase V of its Tecumseh Trail. ODNR Parks Director Jim Zehringer was going to be presenting this and four other grants at a “rally” at Ft. Recovery High School. The room was packed.
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Buchy Named Grand Marshal of Hometown Holiday Horse Parade!
GREENVILLE, Ohio - Main Street Greenville’s Board of Directors and the Parade Committee have named State Representative Jim Buchy as the 2015 Hometown Holiday Horse Parade Grand Marshal. When selecting the Grand Marshal for 2015, Representative Buchy was a natural choice. “Representative Buchy has served on and off in public office for our community since 1980, in that.
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Attorney General Mike DeWine… More than 9,000 Sexual Assault Kits Tested
 (COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today announced that forensic scientists with the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) have now tested more than 9,000 sexual assault kits as part of a special initiative to test rape kits that had never been tested for DNA. As of November 1, 2015, 232 law enforcement agencies have.
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Bluebag Media… Parents, voters tour the “new” Greenville HS
GREENVILLE – As many as 500 parents have seen and toured the “new” Greenville High School they approved in the District’s facilities levy in 2013. According to Greenville City School District Superintendent Doug Fries, they’ve already had two open houses, then the two-day event that was held Oct. 31 and Nov. 1. “(This weekend’s event) was a positive experience,” Fries said later, noting.
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FBI… Crimes Against Children
Arthur George Crabtree... Unlawful Flight to Avoid Prosecution - Child Molesting - Adult Subject with a Prior - Arthur George Crabtree, a convicted sex offender, is wanted for failure to appear in court on allegations of child molestation and for being in violation of his parole. In March of 2012, a parole search of Crabtree's residence was conducted, during which his laptop was seized. Analysis of the computer.
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Federal grant to aid rural transit and expand broadband access; ODOT will use $6.8 million grant to fund Transit Tech Ohio project -- COLUMBUS (Friday, November 6, 2015) – A new Ohio Department of Transportation project, funded in large part by a federal grant, will help Ohio’s 34 rural transit systems operate more efficiently and expand broadband access in Ohio. The Transit Tech Ohio project has been awarded a $6.8 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant. The money will be used to help rural transit agencies... read more.
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Attorney General Mike DeWine… 'The Ohio Clean Energy Initiative' Certified
(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—The Ohio Attorney General’s Office today certified the petition for a proposed amendment to the Ohio Constitution regarding the issuance of state bonds for energy development. On October 23rd, the Attorney General’s Office received a written petition to amend the Ohio Constitution, entitled “The Ohio Clean Energy Initiative."  The submission was certified today as containing.
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The White House… Obama vetoes Keystone XL Pipeline bill
This morning (Nov. 6), speaking from the Roosevelt Room, the President announced that the State Department determined that the Keystone XL Pipeline would not serve the national interest of the United States. For years, this topic has occupied a huge portion of our country's climate discourse. And after explaining why this pipeline "would not serve.
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Thank you, Ohio. Former Congressman John Boehner
“Today, my heart is full with gratitude to my family, my constituents and my colleagues for giving me the opportunity to serve Ohioans in the 8th District for 25 years. I leave the people’s House as the same person I’ve always been— just a regular guy humbled by the chance to do a big job. “This all started as a chase for the American Dream in a.
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Bluebag Media… K-8 work will continue “inside” when winter hits
GREENVILLE – The K-8 building continues to “track” on schedule, said Greenville City Schools Superintendent Doug Fries. That means work should be done, as expected, by Nov. 16, 2016. On the south end (grades 5-8, closest to East Main Street) crews are putting steel in so they can pour concrete. Once that is finished, they’ll block the walls and then put on the roof.
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Attorney General Mike DeWine… Eight Indicted for Multi-County Drug Trafficking; Indictments Follow Seizure of  More than $1 Million in Drugs -- (ASHLAND, Ohio) — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, Ashland County Prosecutor Christopher Tunnell, Ashland County Sheriff E. Wayne Risner, the Medina County Drug Task Force, and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced today that eight individuals have been indicted in connection with a drug trafficking organization... read more.
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DeWine, Morissey Lead 14 States in Opposing Proposed Mining Regulations
 (COLUMBUS, Ohio) – Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey this week led an effort in opposing the federal government’s proposed Stream Protection Rule. DeWine and Morissey co-authored a comment letter to the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement during the rule’s.
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FBI… Keeping Our Communities Safe, James B. Comey, Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation - International Association of Chiefs of Police Conference, Chicago, IL - October 26, 2015 - Remarks as delivered, Keeping Our Communities Safe Through Shared Perspectives, Information, and Understanding. Good morning, IACP. It is great to be back with you, back with friends. It’s also great to be back in the amazing city of Chicago, where I spent three... read more.
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Recreational Marijuana Issue 3 fails
Issue 1 passed 71 to 29 percent. Issue 2 passed by about a 52 to 48 percent margin. Issue 3 defeated 65 to 35 percent. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine issued the following statement tonight regarding Issue 3: "Tonight's vote is a resounding statement that Ohioans do not support the enshrinement of marijuana cartels in Ohio's Constitution.
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Bluebag Media… GHS IMTV helps VFW with plan for Digital Wall
GREENVILLE – “I think this is an awesome project for this community to get out the stories of our vets,” said Chris “Bubba” Haynes, Veterans of Foreign Wars State Commander. He recently joined Mike Maloney, Past All American Commander from VFW Post 7262, to video record the first of many planned interviews to preserve the stories of Darke.
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Bluebag Media… Bluebag Media honored to be included with the best
GREENVILLE – The Early Bird/Bluebag Media is proud to announce www.bluebagmedia.com is considered one of the top websites in the world by Editor & Publisher Magazine. Editor & Publisher is considered the leading trade magazine for the print and digital news media. The Early Bird was previously honored by the organization as one of the Top 10 Newspapers that Do It Right.
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Stop signs to replace yield signs at some rail crossings
Over the next few months drivers will notice a change in traffic signals at railroad crossings that do not have flashing lights or gates. The Ohio Department of Transportation, in conjunction with the Ohio Rail Development Commission, reviewed nearly 2,000 of these crossings as a result of a change in state law.  Around 1,000 of the crossings will be getting stop signs.
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FBI… Cyber Tip: Social Media and the Use of Personal Information
National Cyber Security Awareness Month -- The myriad of social networking websites currently available have hundreds of millions of registered users. But just like any kind of cyberspace communication, using social media can involve some risk. Once a user posts information to a social networking site, that information can no longer be considered private and can be used for criminal purposes.
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Attorney General Mike DeWine… Two Face Drug Charges Following Seizure of More than $300,000 in Heroin -- (LIMA, Ohio)— Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, Allen County Sheriff Samuel Crish, Lima Police Chief Kevin Martin, and Allen County Prosecutor Juergen Waldick announced today that two Allen County residents are facing multiple charges following what local investigators call one of the largest heroin seizures in Allen County history. Marvin Thomas, 45, and Anthony Duvernay, 39... read more.
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FBI… Law Enforcement & Community: Bending the Lines Toward Safety and Justice, James B. Comey, Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation, University of Chicago Law School, Chicago, IL -- October 23, 2015 -- It’s great to be back at the place I called home for three years. I graduated in 1985, which may seem like the 1800s to you, but to me it does feel like yesterday. When I first walked into this building, I felt that same sense of fear and anxiety and anticipation that I think all first years... read more.
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Greenville Police Department… Suspect at Large
On Wednesday, October 28, 2015 at approximately 5:25 p.m. Family Dollar, 300 Martin Street in Greenville was robbed at gunpoint. The suspect demanded cash from the clerk. The clerk and another employee opened the cash drawer and the suspect took the money. The suspect then fled the scene towards Green Street. The suspect was described as wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt, jeans.
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Farewell Address: This, Too, Can Really Happen to You
October 29, 2015 -- Today, House Speaker John Boehner (R-West Chester) delivered his farewell address in the Hall of the House: My colleagues, I rise today to inform you that I will resign as Speaker of the House effective upon the election of my successor. I will also resign as Representative of Ohio’s Eighth District at the end of this month. I leave with no regrets or burdens. If anything, I leave as I started.
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Edison welcomes Carlisle and Smith to Darke County Campus
Edison State Community College is pleased to welcome Rachel Carlisle and Cassie Smith to the Darke County Campus. Carlisle has joined the campus as an Enrollment Manager while Smith has joined as a College Resource Specialist. Carlisle, of Arcanum, comes to Edison as a seasoned leader, most recently working for the United States Department of Agriculture. In addition.
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Depts. of Education, Health and Human Services… Early Learning Challenge Performance Reports released; Reports on 20 states, including Ohio -- The U.S. Department of Education released a report today that shows Race to the Top—Early Learning Challenge states are rapidly improving the quality of early learning programs while enrolling more children, especially from low- and moderate income families, in the highest-quality programs. What’s more, thousands... read more.
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State Senator Bill Beagle… Progress Toward Strengthening State Pensions announced - COLUMBUS—State Senator Bill Beagle (R-Tipp City) today announced that all five state pensions are at or below a 30 year funding period, which is the amount of time needed to pay off the system’s unfunded liabilities. The public pensions are required by law to amortize any unfunded liabilities over a period of not more than 30 years. Each pension system... read more.
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Ohio Republican Party… State takes up dead voter investigation, By Deanne Johnson, Salem News - October 17, 2015 - LISBON - A day after the Columbiana County Board of Elections discussed finding some very questionable voter registrations among those turned in recently, the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Information and Investigation has come here to work on the case. Sheriff Ray Stone said BCII arrived Friday, spent about two hours... read more.
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Bluebag Media… Voter registrations are up – turnout likely to be higher
GREENVILLE – A number of voters registering for the first time were primarily due to the petitions being signed during the summer. Also, according to Jean Anderson, Darke County Board of Elections, the last two weeks before the deadline there were a number of new registrations. The total new registrations wasn’t available at the time. As of.
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MSN.com… White House, GOP near 2-year budget deal 9 / 64, by Alexander Bolton, The Hill
Senior White House officials and congressional leaders are nearing a deal to raise the debt limit and set the federal budget for the next two years, say sources familiar with the talks. The agreement is not yet final, as negotiators still need to settle a dispute over controversial policy riders, but congressional leaders hope to announce something Monday evening, according to a Senate source. The deal would cover the 2016 and 2017 fiscal years.
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Good News Network… Teens Today Are Actually Good – 7 Positive Trends Prove It
Have teens gotten a bad rap in recent years? They are typically characterized as self-involved, reckless, and only interested in “sharing” on their phones, but the youth of today, in reality, are actually behaving more virtuously than they have in a long time. Statistics tell an optimistic story. From smoking and drug use to unwanted pregnancies and abortions, the trends today show most.
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Bluebag Media… Mehaffie is Republican of the Year – Faber to run for Buchy’s seat
GREENVILLE – Twenty-two veterans followed Greenville High School’s NJROTC Honor Guard to the front of the Youth Building Oct. 18 to kick off the annual Darke County Republican Pig Roast. Two special announcements were part of the program… Darryl Mehaffie was named the Darke County Republican of the Year for 2015. Ohio Senate President Keith Faber, in making the.
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Positive News.org… ‘I want a network of young people creating a different economy’, UK / Economics & Innovation -- “I’m glad there’s an economic crisis.” It’s not something you hear very often, but 25-year-old Rhiannon Colvin believes that the global economic crash of 2008 and its aftermath have presented the perfect opportunity for her generation to start creating a new economy. “I’m not glad that people are unemployed,” she continues, “but I don’t believe in this economy and how it works. It’s very unsustainable, very unequal and young people are exploited... read more.
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State Senators Faber & Beagle… Bill Supporting Women’s Health and the Protection of Life Passed -- Redirects taxpayer dollars away from abortion providers to community health care centers -- COLUMBUS - Ohio Senate President Keith Faber and Senator Bill Beagle today announced the passage of legislation aimed at redirecting public funding away from any entity associated with performing abortions in Ohio and instead directs those taxpayer dollars to the hundreds... read more.
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FBI… In the Line of Duty: Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted, 2014 Report Released -- 10/19/15 -- On May 29, 2014, a 42-year-old trooper with the New York State Police made a traffic stop on an interstate highway north of Binghamton. The veteran trooper parked behind the stopped car and approached the driver’s side window. In that fleeting moment, a truck traveling in the same direction at about 90 miles per hour suddenly swerved, sideswiping the car and striking the trooper... read more.
SFGate… 4 Teens Honored For Positive Deeds In the Community: Youth Commission awards highlight volunteer service done by youth, Tanya Schevitz, Chronicle Staff Writer - Every Saturday, Teresa Lennon unabashedly knocks on the doors of 50 to 60 neighbors, reminding children in the 86-unit Los Medanos Housing Project in Bay Point about church the next day. Then on Sunday, she knocks again, helping the children scramble onto the bus that picks them up for the service at Grace Free Will Baptist Church in Concord... read more.
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Assault arrest following two-vehicle accident
Palestine- On October 24, 2015 at 3:55 p.m. Darke County Deputies, along with Tri-Village Rescue, Liberty Township Fire and mutual aid from Greenville Township Rescue were dispatched to Palestine Union City Rd. at Ross Rd reference to a two vehicle injury accident with possible entrapment. Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2005 Chevy 2500.
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County News Online… CNO launches two new FB pages
County News Online has launched two new Facebook pages. In addition to the traditional page with nightly updates, check out Empowering Darke County Youth and County News Online Community. Empowering Darke County Youth is about our kids… their accomplishments, their successes and their challenges. It will include some.
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Greenville City Schools Renewal Operating Levy & High School Open House, By Doug Fries, Superintendent - Greenville Schools has an operational renewal levy on the ballot for the November 3rd Election.  I emphasize this is a renewal levy with NO NEW TAXES.  This is a 5.50 mill general operations levy for the district.  It will appear as issue 6 on the ballot.  This levy has been in existence since 1996 and has been approved with each... read more.
Social media campaign shows the dangers of roadwork
Latest video includes the mother of an ODOT worker who was killed -- COLUMBUS (Wednesday, October 21, 2015) – This summer, the Ohio Department of Transportation began a social media campaign to raise awareness about the state’s “Move Over” law. It’s a law that mandates motorists move over and slow down when vehicles with flashing lights, including highway work crew trucks, are on the side of the road. The various posts to Facebook.
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Dry Weather Makes Field Fires a Safety Concern for Farmers and Neighbors, By Sam Custer, OSU Extension, Darke County -- This season, farmers are at a high risk of having a field fire.  In less than a week we have had at least two field fires in the county and a few in our neighboring counties. What is fueling these fires you may ask?  We had a tremendous amount of rain this past growing season which in turn produced a corn crop with a lot of fodder.  We also have had less than a half inch... read more.
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Darke County Sheriff… 15th Annual “Warm Winter Wear for Darke County Children”
The employees of the Darke County Sheriff’s Office, through the support of Sheriff Toby L. Spencer, and in conjunction with local law enforcement, Crime Stoppers, and fire and emergency medical professionals have announced plans to host the 15th annual “Warm Winter Wear for Darke County Children” program. Thanks to generous donations from caring individuals and businesses within our community.
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Coffee with the Commissioner
October is the official start of the Holiday season.  We have Halloween, then Thanksgiving and then the big one, Christmas. This is always the busiest time of the year for everyone, so with keeping that in mind, October has been the last month of the year that Commissioner Stegall has his “Coffee with the Commissioner”.  This year is no different.   Next Saturday, October 24th, from 8:00 until 10:00 a.m.
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Vandergriff joins Beagle for Congress as Campaign Manager
TIPP CITY – Senator Bill Beagle (R-Tipp City) announced today that Dani Vandegriff has joined his campaign team as Campaign Manager in his bid for Ohio’s 8th Congressional District. Vandegriff comes to the Beagle campaign from the office of Congressman Steve Stivers (R-Columbus), where she most recently served as as the South East Ohio Field Representative.
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FBI Releases 2014 Statistics on Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted - Washington, D.C. October 19, 2015 - According to statistics collected by the FBI, 96 law enforcement officers were killed in line-of-duty incidents in 2014. Of these, 51 law enforcement officers died as a result of felonious acts, and 45 officers died in accidents. In addition, 48,315 officers were victims of line-of-duty assaults. The 2014 edition of Law Enforcement Officers... read more.
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County News Online… “5 to Drive” Campaign Helps Parents Protect Teen Drivers
Teen Driver Safety Week Is October 18-24, 2015 - DARKE COUNTY – County News Online is joining with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to promote the “5 to Drive” campaign during National Teen Driver Safety Week. The campaign aims to help parents talk to their teen drivers about the rules of the road. “Even though your.
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Bluebag Media… Memorial Hall facelift highlights first concert
GREENVILLE – Maybe it’s an aura. Maybe it’s the fresh paint, or maybe it’s the shiny brass fittings and railings, or refinished front doors with new brass hardware. St. Clair Memorial Hall is 103 years old but it looks like it was unveiled yesterday. “The most telling tale,” said Matt Jordan, the project manager for the refurbished Performing Arts Center.
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Attorney General Mike DeWine… Ohio Man Gets Four Life Sentences Plus 145 Years For Rape
(COLUMBUS, Ohio)— Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced today that an Auglaize County man has been sentenced to serve the rest of his life in prison following his conviction this week on 43 charges of rape, sexual battery, and gross sexual imposition. Visiting Judge Dale Crawford today sentenced Charles Wycuff, 54, of Wapakoneta, to four life sentences plus an additional 145 years.
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FBI… Race and Law Enforcement: Director Urges Closer Ties Between Police, Communities
10/16/15 -- FBI Director James Comey is continuing to urge police agencies and their constituents—particularly in communities of color—to take steps to better understand one another to help stem what he sees as a growing disconnect. “I imagine two lines,” Comey said Thursday during a forum at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Ohio that included local law.
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Attorney General Mike DeWine… DeWine Launches Cybersecurity Awareness Campaign
(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today announced that his office is launching a cybersecurity awareness campaign to help protect Ohioans from identity theft and cyber fraud. The grant-funded program includes cybersecurity messages that will be displayed in public transit systems and made available to libraries and schools throughout Ohio. “We want to give people practical.
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FBI Testimony: Threats to the Homeland, James B. Comey, Director
Good afternoon Chairman Johnson, Ranking Member Carper, and members of the committee. Thank you for the opportunity to appear before you today to discuss the current threats to the homeland and our efforts to address new challenges, including terrorists’ use of technology to communicate—both to inspire and recruit. The widespread use of technology.
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Sheriff, Prosecutor & Police Chiefs; Open Letter on Issue 3
On November 3, 2015, you will make a decision on Issue 3 and Issue 2.  As you know, this issue will allow marijuana to become more prevalent in our communities.  As the local law enforcement agency heads, we are writing to ask that you vote NO on Issue 3.  This issue will create a legalized drug cartel in Ohio.  This means they will operate a monopoly on marijuana sales in Ohio. Issue 2 will stop the monopoly.
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Arcanum’s Ivester Park gets $20,000 safety grant
Without Congressional Action, Land and Water Conservation Fund Will Expire September 30 -- WASHINGTON, D.C. –- U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced that the Department of the Interior’s (DOI) Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) has awarded $20,000 to the Village of Arcanum to make playground improvements to Ivester Park. The funding will be used to install a safety surface and playground border, as well as additional seating.
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Bluebag Media… Can-do mentality? Whirlpool wants you!
GREENVILLE – “We have a job for just about every educational pursuit,” said Ken Hossler, Whirlpool Plant Leader. He and his staff hosted 70 Franklin Monroe sophomores Oct. 2 for National Manufacturing Day. Later he noted one of the areas where there is a need is engineering. “Nuclear engineer? Won’t work in nuclear technology but we need the engineering skills.” Hossler told the students.
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Attorney General Mike DeWine… Subjects for Peace Officer Continued Professional Training
(COLUMBUS, Ohio)— Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today announced the subject matter required for peace officer and trooper Continued Professional Training (CPT) reimbursement in 2016. In April, Ohio Attorney General DeWine's Advisory Group on Law Enforcement Training recommended that Ohio increase annual, advanced training for all peace officers and troopers in the state.
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FBI… Identity Theft: Fake Hospice Nurse Treated More Than 200 Patients
10/08/15 -- Imagine the emotional difficulty of arranging in-home hospice care for a terminally ill family member. Now imagine learning after the fact that your loved one had been cared for not by a nurse but by a medical imposter. That is exactly what happened in more than 200 cases in the Dallas/Fort Worth area over nearly a three-year period when a woman who had stolen the identity.
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Dr. Anne Eiting Klamar named Chair of the Board
Midmark Announces Corporate Leadership Changes - DAYTON, Ohio, October 12, 2015 — Midmark Corporation today announced the appointment of Dr. Anne Eiting Klamar as chair of the board of directors. Klamar has served as the company’s president since 2000 and added the role of chief executive officer in 2003, making her the.
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State Representative Jim Buchy… Buchy calls on Congress to lift ban on crude exports
135 state legislative leaders issue letter in support for free trade in energy -- [Greenville, Ohio], ─ State Representative Jim Buchy (R-Greenville) joined 134 other senior legislative leaders from 40 states and Puerto Rico calling on Congress to lift the 1970s-era ban on U.S. crude oil exports. Allowing U.S. energy producers to access global markets is expected to save consumers money, promote America’s.
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Mercer County… Drug ‘Take Back’ Drop Box
CELINA, OH –Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey announced that his office, which regularly participates in the DEA Drug Takeback projects as well as maintains a Drug Drop Box, has turned over more than 350 pounds of drugs collected in the last 18 months to the DEA for destruction. The vast majority of the drugs taken are in pill form. Every day, 44 people in the U.S. die from overdose of prescription.
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Manufacturing Day
Manufacturing Day, Friday, October 2, is an opportunity to tout Ohio’s strong manufacturing sector and commit ourselves to making it even stronger. The men and women of this critical sector build the cars we drive. They mold the medical equipment that keeps us healthy. They create and make so many of the products we use each day. In an era of stagnating.
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Attorney General Mike DeWine… 432 People Surrender During Ohio Fugitive Safe Surrender Event - (CANTON, Ohio)— Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced today that 432 people turned themselves in during the Ohio Attorney General's four-day Ohio Fugitive Safe Surrender event in Stark County. Those who surrendered cleared a total of 369 felony and misdemeanor warrants. "Those who turned themselves in during this event took responsibility... read more.
Serious injury accident on St. Rt. 49
On October 7, 2015 at approximately 12:04 PM Darke County Deputies along with Arcanum Rescue, Greenville Rescue, Arcanum Fire, Pitsburg Fire, Phillipsburg Fire and CareFlight responded to the 3700 block of State Route 49 in reference to a head on collision involving a semi tractor/trailer and a car. Preliminary investigation revealed a gold 2002 Chevrolet Impala driven by Joshua E. Zennie, 19, Dayton, Ohio was traveling northbound.
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Bomb threat at Ansonia Schools
On October 7, 2015 at 10:29 A.M., Darke County deputies and investigative division along with Ansonia Fire Department, Ansonia Rescue and Rossburg Fire Department responded to a bomb threat received at the Ansonia Elementary School.  School officials reported they received a phone call from a male using a mono tone voice advising he was in the school and was going to kill himself.
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OFRW Elects New Officers… Lyn Bliss Joins 2016-2017 Leadership Team
COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Ohio Federation of Republican Women (OFRW) held its 2015 Fall Conference and Annual Meeting, during which Officers to serve the organization for the 2016-2017 Term were elected. “It is indeed an honor and a privilege to be re-elected to serve a second term as the OFRW state president. The officers with whom I will be serving are an outstanding collection of very talented.
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DeWine Releases October 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 Testing Initiative. As of October 1, 2015, 207 law enforcement agencies have submitted 11,067 kits to be tested as part of the initiative.  Of those, 1,733 kits were.
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… U.S. Senate Page Program
Send a Student to Washington, DC - As we begin the school year in Ohio, I encourage you to speak with your high school juniors about the U.S. Senate Page Program. Throughout the year, I have the honor of working with young Ohioans who aspire to make a difference. From Cleveland to Toledo to Cincinnati, it is clear that young people all over the.
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Accidental shooting in Arcanum
Arcanum- On October 4, 2015 at approximately 6:07 P.M. Darke County Deputies along with Gettysburg Fire, Arcanum Rescue, and CareFlight were dispatched to an address on Gettysburg Pitsburg Rd. reference a gun shot wound. Preliminary investigation shows that Riley Cottrell (21) of Arcanum.
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DeWine Urges Passage of Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act
(COLUMBUS, Ohio) -- Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced today that he is urging the leadership of the Committee on the Judiciary for the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives to pass the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2015. Attorney General DeWine and attorneys general from 36 other states plus the District of Columbia.
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Brown promotes bill protecting infants from opioid exposure
Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Caused Approximately 5,100 Hospitalizations Between 2004 and 2011 - WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today during a markup of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, a bill cosponsored by U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) to help prevent and treat prenatal opioid abuse and neonatal.
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Fatal Accident on Bears Mill Road Update
On October 3, 2015 at approximately 4:13 P.M., Darke County Deputies, Darke County Coroner’s Office, Arcanum Police Department, Arcanum Fire, Arcanum Rescue, Gettysburg Rescue, Greenville Township Rescue, Tri-Village Rescue, Union Township Rescue and Spirit Medical Transport were dispatched to the 4000 block of Arcanum Bears.
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Ribbon Cutting/Open House, Good Samaritan Health Center Greenville
GREENVILLE, October 1, 2015 – Premier Health will showcase its new Good Samaritan Health Center Greenville with a ribbon cutting ceremony and community open house on Wednesday, October 14. Construction of the center at 742 Sweitzer St., was completed this summer. The nearly 8,000 square foot building is located across the street from Wayne HealthCare’s main campus. The ribbon cutting ceremony will begin at 4 p.m.
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Attorney General Mike DeWine… DeWine Offers Tips for T-Mobile Consumers Affected by Experian Breach --(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Following news of an Experian data breach affecting records of about 15 million T-Mobile customers and potential customers, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today is encouraging consumers to guard against identity theft. “If your information has been compromised in a data breach, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you will be the victim of identity theft, but you should... read more.
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