Archive for April, 2010

>"Mastermind" of Darke County home invasion gets big prison time

>Don’t try this stuff in Darke County … or you might just get put away for 17 years.

UPDATE: Video report from Steve Baker …


>Chaos, cover-up in aborted drug bust at Governor’s Mansion

>Read the Inspector General’s report here.

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>Greenville Township Fire Chief resigns


Greenville Township Fire Chief Chris Greer resigned today (Friday, April 30, 2010). Chief Greer is the only chief in the history of the Greenville Township Fire Department, which was created three years ago.

Greer took on the difficult task of leading of leading a new agency, helping to build a volunteer fire department from the ground up. Greer served with dignity and skill while assuming the task of protecting one of the largest townships in Ohio.

DarkeJournal would like to thank Chief Chris Greer for his leadership and service during these past three years. Best wishes.


>2010 busy so far for county development (Marc Saluk)

>From a development point of view, things have been busy in Darke County so far in 2010. Much of the activity is not visible to the public eye due to confidentiality issues. However, there is a significant amount of work occurring involving the researching of possible future initiatives, the building of relationships that will favor the county in the long-run, and a substantial amount of communication and planning with business and communities throughout the county. There are also currently ten projects of varying sizes for various county businesses, and prospective businesses, being handled by the economic development (ED) office that will, hopefully, shortly yield results. All of these activities are laying important groundwork for a sustainable period of planned growth for our county and for excellent service to our existing businesses and communities.

The number one program in development that will help the county reach all of those goals is the soon-to-be-implemented BusinessFirst! program. BusinessFirst! is a web-based technology that both serves as a database for county businesses and as a means to follow-up on their needs, and provide long-term information for the county to plan with, as well as detect emerging trends and needs. It’s very difficult to fully encompass what this comprehensive tool can do in just a paragraph but, in essence, the program will drastically help improve the county’s service to the existing industrial base and to the business community as a whole. BusinessFirst! will shortly be rolled-out in conjunction with the Community Improvement Corporation (CIC), the commissioners, and several county cities and towns. The program is run regionally out of Montgomery County and its value to the county was first brought to the attention of the CIC by Darke County Chamber of Commerce President Sharon Deschambeau, who kept the hope of employing the program locally alive while the economic development office was in a transitional phase last year. You will hear more on this program as it is implemented over the next few months.

On other fronts, the economic development office has seen substantial interaction with the business community over the course of 2010. There have already been twenty company visits so far this year, which is an ambitious pace for any ED office in the State. There has been enough feedback and requests for assistance from these meetings that I can firmly say that these visits have generated a significant amount of beneficial interaction with these businesses and created opportunities for the ED office to be of service. Most importantly, the communities throughout the county have been doing a lot of this work alongside the ED office. Obviously, this is of huge importance as we try to lay the foundations of our business retention and expansion program for years to come.

The ED office is also actively researching and investigating several important topics that have played, or will shortly play, a huge role in the development of this region of the state. Experts have come through the county to talk about renewable energy, defense contracting, and agribusiness, to just name a few. We will always seek to build our initiatives with sound input from the local communities and the wealth of information out there for those who seek it. As always, if you’ve got any of that input, we’d love to hear from you! The office number is 548-3250- call any time with feedback or questions.

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>Winner winner, chicken dinner (Midmark Team Relay for Life)


BBQ Chicken Dinners Includes: 1/2 Nelson’s BBQ Chicken, Applesauce, Chips, and Dinner Roll
Where: 1 Vista Drive (Behind the Education Center), Midmark Corporation off of St.Rt. 185
Time: May 20th, 2:30 – 5:30PM Cost: $6:00 Per Dinner

Please help support our “Because We Care” Relay for Life Team. Thank you! … Tickets are PRE-SALE ONLY

Please contact any of the following: Relay Members (by May 14th): Plant B: Renee Miller (Ext. 8612 or 526-9203), Marcia Davidson (Ext. 8379 or 423-3785), Michelle Alt, Tim Shimp, Mark Clack, or Keith Hartzell; Plant A: Lauree Swihart(ext. 8414 or 423-2435), Angie Phlipot (ext. 8642 or 526-4955), Kim Murphy (Ext. 8354 or 526-3988) or , Pam Widener, Angela Moeder, Dave Huelskamp, Mitch Eiting, Monique McGlinch, or Billie Platfoot

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>Joy FM Changes On-air Line-up

>Starting Monday, May 3rd, Joy FM (88.9 FM) will have a new on-air line-up.

General Manager, Dan Franks will be taking over the hosting duties for the “Workday Wrap-Up” each weekday from 3-7 PM. Merrhya Knoop will be the new host of the “No Repeat Midday Show” each weekday from 10AM-3PM. While Naomi Miller will remain as host of “Joy in the Morning” from 6AM-10 AM.

Joy FM has some exciting new contests coming soon as well: tickets to the Ichthus Music Festival in Kentucky, a Pigeon Forge weekend getaway which includes tickets to Dollywood, and tickets to the Ohio and Indiana State Fairs. You will also see the station broadcasting live from many of our area’s fairs and festivals.

You can learn more about the station at

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>Darke County Sheriff’s Office Deputies are investigating a tragic farm related accident that occurred at 8606 Hager Rd outside of Versailles , Ohio . On April 29th, 2010 at 1:34 PM, the Darke County Sheriff’s Office received a 9-1-1 call reporting a male subject was caught in a grain auger. The Darke County Sheriff’s Office, Versailles Fire and Versailles Rescue were called to the scene along with Careflight, who was later cancelled.

Preliminary investigation reveals Nicholas L. Grillot, 64, of Reed Road , was removing corn from a grain bin when his jacket was caught on the shaft of the grain auger. Grillot was pronounced dead at the scene.

Darke County Coroner’s investigator was requested to the scene to assist with the investigation. The accident remains under investigation.

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