Wednesday, October 23, 2019

NEW VOTING EQUIPMENT MADE EASY!

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The Ballot Box scanner.  Your private paper ballot vote will
be counted only after you have inserted it into the Ballot Box.
Whether you are voting early at the Darke Co. Board of Elections or waiting for Election Day, Tuesday, November 5, watch this link to see how easy it is to use the new voting equipment (the video is also embedded above): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0sbufQFslEg. There is a touch screen Ballot Marking Device that you use to vote on with a paper ballot. The other new piece of equipment is a large Ballot Box scanner.

The video takes less than 15 minutes to watch on YouTube. It will also be available for viewing on Greenville Public Access TV Wave Channel 5 during these times: Saturday and Sunday, 4 PM & 10 PM; Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 6 AM; Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 6 PM.
The League of Women Voters of Darke County in cooperation with the Board of Elections and Greenville High School’s Wave Channel 5 and IMTV class filmed voters at a recent open house earlier in October at the Board of Election. Voters at the open house could try the machines while “voting” for their favorite dog breed, favorite beach and other items.

After showing proper I.D. and checking in, you will be issued a blank paper ballot marked with a bar code to identify your precinct. You should then insert the blank ballot into the touch screen Ballot Marking Device. Candidates and issues for your precinct will appear on the screen. After making your selections, you can review them on the summary screen. You may modify any of your choices by tapping the race or issue you would like to change. Once you have confirmed your choices, select next and print. Then pull out your printed ballot from the Ballot Marking Device. You can view your selections on the paper ballot, giving you another chance to confirm your vote. You will then take your ballot to the Ballot Box and insert the ballot above the green arrow before exiting the polling place. Your private vote will be counted only after you have inserted it into the Ballot Box.

The new equipment was purchased to replace the aging ones which had been used for 14 years. Using these in this November’s election will familiarize the voters before the Presidential Primary Election which is March 17, 2020.

Special thanks to Paul Schlechty, Director of the Darke County Board of Elections and the two videographers from Greenville H.S. IMTV program, Micheal Huston and Nate Feurer as well as their instructor Lori Hoover. This was a community service project of the League of Women Voters of Darke County At-Large Unit, a non-partisan political organization whose primary focus is voter service.

Early voting continues at the Board of Elections, 300 Garst Ave. in Greenville on Monday – Friday, October 21 – 25 from 8 AM – 5 PM; October 28 – Nov. 1, from 8 AM – 7 PM; Saturday, November 2, from 8 AM – 4 PM; Sunday, November 3 from 1 PM – 5 PM and Monday, November 4, from 8 AM – 2 PM. Voting at the regular polling precincts is on Tuesday, November 5 with polls open from 6:30 AM to 7:30 PM. For questions about your voting precinct, please call the Board of Elections, 937-548-1835.

Ansonia Lighted Tractor Parade Returns for Second Year

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The Orchestras of Greenville City Schools Proudly Present “String Fling”

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The Orchestras of Greenville City Schools will present their annual concert featuring all orchestra students in grades 5-12. The “String Fling” concert began roughly 25 years ago and still holds the basic format of today. The concert will be presented at Memorial Hall on Monday, October 28 at 7pm. “String Fling” is free and open to the public.

“String Fling” will display the growth of the orchestra education program with the beginning 5th grade strings performing selections from their beginning book. The program continues with the 6th grade strings performing Tumbleweed Blues and Salsa Fest. The 7/8 strings will then take the stage to perform March of the Bowmen and Electric Sinfonia. The program concludes with the Greenville Senior High School Orchestra performing Concerto in D Major by Bach, Tico Tico and Selections from Phantom of the Opera.

Please make plans to join us for this wonderful and entertaining free concert on Monday, October 28 at Memorial Hall at 7pm featuring the orchestra musicians of Greenville City Schools.

GUIDES FOR DCCA’S DOWNTOWN AND CEMETERY GHOST WALKS ANNOUNCED

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Darke County Center for the Arts will continue a long-standing Halloween-season tradition with their annual Ghost Walk through downtown Greenville on Friday, October 25 and Saturday, October 26; these walks will leave St. Clair Memorial Hall at 7:30 each night. DCCA’s highly anticipated second annual Cemetery Walk at Greenville Union Cemetery will begin at 6 p.m. on Sunday, October 27 and Halloween night, Thursday, October 31. Tour guides who will lead the Walks are Michael Bitner, Marilyn Delk, and Tim Nealeigh. Actors who will spin additional spooky tales are John and Karen Burkett, Tanna Cornett, Larry Delk, Kianna Dishman, Katheleen Nealeigh, Sam Ploch, Jan Roestamadji, Jamie Stocksdale, and Heather Voisard.

According to DCCA Executive Director Andrea Jordan, many of the tales to be spun are based on stories of ghostly encounters collected by Arcanum-area resident Rita Arnold, while some of the bizarre tales have been gathered from contributors who have shared their eerie experiences and tales of the unknown and unexplained. “DCCA is proud to once again present this appropriate for all ages, fun-filled fundraiser which helps underwrite great programs such as DCCA’s Arts In Education series that takes professional artists to perform for students in every grade of all local public schools, as well as DCCA’s Family Theatre Series which gives families the opportunity to enjoy high quality theatrical performances for just $5 per ticket,” Ms. Jordan said.

Greenville Masonic Lodge #143 Craft Club will be serving refreshments at St. Clair Memorial Hall before and after the Downtown Ghost Walk. Tickets for the Downtown Ghost Walk and the Cemetery Ghost Walk cost $10; however, tickets for the two Walks are not interchangeable. Wile advance tickets for the Cemetery Walk are only available on-line at www.darkecountyarts.org and by contacting DCCA at 937-547-0908 or dcca@darkecountyarts.org as well as at Greenville Public Library, tickets for the Downtown Walk can also be purchased at Ann’s Gifts, Readmore’s Hallmark, and Darke County Visitors Bureau Welcome Center in downtown Greenville. Tickets for the Downtown Walk will be sold at the door at St. Clair Memorial Hall; entry to the Cemetery Ghost Walk will be at the North Main Street entrance to Greenville Union Cemetery where tickets may be purchased immediately prior to the event. Parking will not be allowed within the Cemetery.

The Downtown Ghost Walk will be held regardless of weather conditions; if seriously inclement weather occurs, the stories will be told within St. Clair Memorial Hall. However, no appropriate alternative site is available at the Cemetery; therefore bad weather may force a cancellation of the Cemetery Ghost Walk. Additionally, since the Ghost Walks travel over uneven terrain and in dimly lighted areas, DCCA officials suggest participants might want to carry a flashlight to help light their paths.

Genealogy Meeting

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The Darke County Genealogy Inc. is having a meeting on, Sun., Nov 3rd, 2019, at 2:00 PM. The meeting will be at Garst Museum, Lowell Thomas Room, Greenville, OH. This will be the annual induction to The Lineage Families of Darke County and the Christmas Party. Bring foods to share. This meeting is open to anyone interested.

DCS: Car Strikes Disabled Vehicle at 49 and 127

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On October 21, 2019 at approximately 5:43 a.m., Darke County Deputies were dispatched to State Route 49 near US Route 127 reference a disabled vehicle in the roadway. While Deputies were in route to the scene, dispatch received a call the disable vehicle had been struck by another vehicle. Greenville Twp. Fire and Greenville Twp. Rescue were then dispatched to the scene.

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2001 Dodge 3500, driven by Steven Uhlenhake (64) of St Henry, Oh, was southbound on US Route 127. The 2001 Dodge exited US Route 127 at the off ramp toward SR 49. The 2001 Dodge attempted to turn south on SR 49 and became disabled in the roadway. Before responding units could arrive on scene, the 2001 Dodge was struck by a northbound 2010 Chevrolet Equinox, driven by Linda Crowe (67) of Greenville.

Ms. Crowe was transported to Wayne Healthcare by Greenville Twp. Rescue with minor injuries. Mr. Uhlenhake was uninjured in the incident.

Pete Mercer Band and Noah McCabe

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Pete Mercer Band
Noah McCabe
Cancer Association of Darke County to hold a concert November 10, 2019 at Memorial Hall from 3-5 pm.

Noah McCabe and Pete Mercer Band along with Noah Back will share their music to help local cancer patients. Eric Fee will serve as Emcee.

Pete Mercer Band is made up of all family and friends. The Mercers have played music together for over 20 years and have been a part of several worship teams in churches in several states during that time.

Noah McCabe is 22 years old and plays cello, guitar, bass guitar, piano and vocals. He has played in several different orchestras including Greenville High School Philharmonic, Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and Richmond Community Orchestra. He wants to become a professional musician.

Tickets are available for $5 at Bread of Life and the Cancer Association of Darke County.

Call for further details at 548-9960.

You won’t want to miss this afternoon of great music!

All proceeds will go to Cancer Association of Darke County to help Darke County cancer patients.

Greenville BPW Hosts Guest Night

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What a Girls Wants Guest Night Committee pictured from left to right:  Vicki Cost, Deb Niekamp (Chair), Susan Fowble, Peggy Foutz, Desteni Mason, Kristina Heath, Kim Fisher, Susan Shields, Deb Shiverdecker (not pictured - Lucie Pohl).
Greenville, OH. - Greenville Business & Professional Women’s Club (BPW) guests and members recently enjoyed shopping, food and fashion at their successful annual guest night “What a Girl Wants” event on October 10th. The evening started with shopping at 4One Apparel in Arcanum and in Greenville at Beanz Buttercream Bakery, Expressions of Tyme, Happily Ever Co, Merle Norman, Natural Path, Refined Purveyors, Sadie Grace, Shelly’s Antiques, Sweet Annie’s Cabin, Wieland Jewelers , and Youniques, who offered discounts and treats to shoppers with tickets for the event. The event then moved to the VFW on Ohio Street with social time, vendors, silent auction, and appetizers catered by J’s Country Store. Several door prizes were given out and a 50/50 raffle drawing was held.

Committee chair Debbie Niekamp along with committee members Vicki Cost, Susan Fowble, Peggy Foutz, Desteni Mason, Kristina Heath, Kim Fisher, Susan Shields, Deb Shiverdecker, and Lucie Pohl treated those in attendance to a fashion show with styles from 4 One Apparel, Youniques, and Happily Ever Co emceed by Kristina Heath.

The ‘super raffle’ was launched with a chance to win one of five prizes: a 14 Karat white gold necklace and earrings with crystals (Wieland Jewelers), a 39” Element Smart TV (Performance Mortgage), KitchenAid 5 Speed Blender (KitchenAid), $100 package of Dining Gift Cards (Deb & Gene Niekamp) or a Relaxation Massage (Escape Spa). Super Raffle tickets are available at Merle Norman at 309 S. Broadway, Greenville or by contacting Susan Shields at 937/548-2592 or Debbie Niekamp at 419/305-2178 or any BPW member. The drawing will be held at the Club’s meeting on December 12th. The winner does not need to be present to win. Tickets are $2.00 each or 6 for $10.00.

Special thanks to all those who attended as well as the following vendors, silent auction donors, and members for making this event a success: Deb & Gene Niekamp, Performance Mortgage, Wieland Jewelers, KitchenAid, Escape Spa (Amanda Baker), Youniques, 4 One Apparel, Happily Ever Co, Merle Norman (Pam Sharp), Brown Bag Soap Company (Leona Douglas), Touchstone Crystal (Glenna Martin), Ashley’s Boutique (Ashley Fox), Color Street Stylist (Nicole Hackett), Lilla Rose, MzTickle Creations (Tiana Brown), Young Living Oils (Connie Sowry), A&B Coffee & Cake, Ault, Henderson & Lewis, Beanz Buttercream Bakery, Bread of Life, Chillz, The Cozy Nest, Double M Diner, The Flower Patch, Darke County Center for the Arts, Greenville National Bank, Second National Bank, Greenville Federal Bank, Leigh Fletcher, Creations Salon, Helen’s Flowers, Longaberger (Kathy O’Dell), Mary Kay (Brenda James), Damsel in Defense (Melissa Barhorst), Pampered Chef (Tammy Riffle),Sunset Awards, Susan Fowble, Susan Shields, Vicki Cost, Kristina Heath, Biller Stamps & Engraving (Maria Moore), Refined Purveyors, Sadie Grace, Shelly’s Antiques, Studio 1, Sweet Annie’s Cabin, The Coffee Pot, Darke Co. Parks & Recreation, Domino’s, Hansbarger’s, Hot Heads, JT’s Bar & Grill, Marco’s Pizza, McDonalds, The Merchant House, Montage, Taco Bell, The Winery At Versailles, Norwex (Tammy Dietrich), Natural Path, Posh (Kim Bohler), Rapid Fired Pizza, The Bistro, Escape Spa (Amanda Baker), Sloopy’s, and VFW Post 7262.

The Greenville BPW Club’s mission is to achieve equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education, and information. The Club holds fund raisers throughout the year to raise money to grant scholarships to the young women of Darke County. Evening meetings are held the second Thursday of every month for a dinner meeting. Those interested in learning more about the Club can contact Membership Chair Sonya Crist at 937/423-3657 or sonyacrist@gmail.com.

Edison State Scholarship Recipients Recognized

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Regina Duff addresses scholarship recipients during a dinner
held in their honor.
Edison State Community College, in partnership with The Edison Foundation, recognized over 140 students during the annual scholarship recognition dinner on Thursday, October 3, at the Piqua Campus. The event provides recipients with the opportunity to meet the patrons that made their scholarships available.

Following networking and dinner, Regina Duff, Edison State alumni, and Obstetrics Director at Wayne HealthCare explained why Edison State was the right choice for her.

“Looking back to when I started down my career path, I picked Edison State because it was close to home, they offered small class sizes, and it was affordable. I had two young children at home while I was working, and yet I was able to take classes. It was hard work, but I got through.”

Duff then went on to explain how the education she received at Edison State helped to propel her career. “Little did I know how much my life would change for the better the minute I walked through the same doors as you. Achieving my nursing degree was worth the hard work and dedication.”

“I love what I do, but nursing can also bring obstacles and opportunities that continually challenge you to be the best you can be,” said Duff. “Whether it be at the bedside giving care or providing leadership to my staff, I am the one who is truly blessed and fortunate for this amazing opportunity and career.”
After graduating from Edison State, Duff went on to receive a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Nursing from Wright State University. She is also certified in fetal monitoring. Outside of work, Duff is involved on The Edison Foundation Board, serving as Chair of the Holiday Evening at Edison State scholarship fundraising event. She and her husband, Jon, reside in Miami County and have two children and three grandchildren.

Made possible by The Edison Foundation, Edison State Community College, and local organization sponsorships, recipients honored were awarded a total of over $220,000 in academic and need-based scholarships. Scholarships awarded will aid in students’ pursuit of higher education at Edison State Community College.

The Edison State scholarship application for the 2020-2021 academic year will be available beginning on November 1, 2019. To be considered for one of over 35 available scholarships, the scholarship application along with all appropriate documentation must be submitted by March 1, 2020.

Founded in 1993, The Edison Foundation has raised over two-million dollars, primarily giving through scholarships to Edison State students. For more information about The Edison Foundation and scholarship opportunities, visit www.edisonohio.edu/Foundation.

DARKE COUNTY FARMERS UNION FALL HARVEST MEETING—NOVEMBER 2ND

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A Fall Harvest Meeting will be held on Saturday evening, November 2nd, at 7:00 PM, at the Darke County Extension Office, 603 Wagner Ave., Greenville. The Darke County Farmers Union will recognize and honor the 4H kids they supported at the recent County Fair. The speaker for the evening will be Insurance Representative, Dave Shindollar, from the Ohio Farmers Union State Office. Mr. Shindollar will be presenting information on health insurance options for the upcoming year. Refreshments will be served and a free Thanksgiving turkey/door prize will be given away.

“ART AT THE MILL” TO FEATURE INDIANA ARTISTS

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“Art at the Mill” will feature the landscapes and floral paintings of Indiana native Marilyn Witt as well as the crystalline-glazed pottery of Nineveh, Indiana resident Adam Egenolf from Friday, October 25 through Sunday, November 24. This exhibit in the Clark Gallery at historic Bear’s Mill opens on the final Friday of October with a reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. offering finger food and drinks as well as brief talks by the artists who will share information about their work, methods, and inspiration at 7 p.m. “Art at the Mill,” curated by Jan Roestamadji and Julie Clark is free and open to the public.

“Both Marilyn and Adam bring a rural sensibility to their charming yet sophisticated work, making for a perfect fit in our inviting rustic setting,” Ms. Clark stated. According to Ms. Roestamadji, Mr. Egenolf’s elegant yet joyful ceramic pieces elicit a sense of delight and peace, as do the colorful paintings of Ms. Witt. “These gifted artists produce outstanding work that will brighten and enhance the d├ęcor of any home,” said Ms. Roestamadji.

Marilyn Witt lives on a farm surrounded by nature and the rural scenery that inspires her paintings; her works in pastel and oil start with a plain white piece of paper or canvas on which she strives to create something beautiful and harmonic. “I define my work as impressionistic with a strong focus on emotional impact,” she says, explaining that her favorite artist is Monet, but that her favorite painting is the one she is about to begin. She is attracted to her subjects by patterns of light and shadow, delighting in the way light reveals a landscape, object, or figure. She strives to elicit a sense of peace or delight in her work, saying that she “wants the viewer to be able to see ‘forever’ in her paintings.

The attractive and graceful pottery created by Adam Egenolf is based on technology, but results in art. A full-time artist for over twelve years, Egenolf has been perfecting the crystalline glazes which show movement and depth in his work since his days as a college student earning a combined degree in ceramics and science. After each porcelain pot is fired to a temperature of 2300 degrees, allowing the zinc-saturated glaze to melt and spread over the pot, the kiln is cooled quickly, causing the glaze to stop running, and then held at a lower temperature for several hours while crystals are formed. This process contains so many variables that predicting the final result is almost impossible. “I find out if I got it right every time I open my kiln,” the potter stated.

The stone and sterling jewelry of Richmond, Indiana artist Terri Logan along with functional and decorative “BOWLS!” created by the Millrace Potters Collective remain on display in the Clark Gallery through October 20. Owned and operated by Friends of Bear’s Mill, the historic mill is located at 6450 Arcanum-Bear's Mill Road about 5 miles east of Greenville. “Art At the Mill” is funded in part by a grant from Darke County Endowment for the Arts, and can be viewed during regular Mill store hours. Current hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. For more information, contact Bear's Mill at 937-548-5112 or www.bearsmill.org.

Pumpkin Beers at Library

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Thursday, October 24 AND Thursday, November, 11

Love them or hate them, pumpkin beers are one of the most popular styles on the seasonal beer calendar. These spiced beers are highly divisive, with some craft beer fans looking forward to their arrival on shelves each year, and some dreading their progressively earlier announcement of fall.

Due to their trendiness, there have been a lot of rushed examples in recent years that have been too sweet and over-spiced, but the best pumpkin beers employ subtlety to evoke the flavors of the season. And pumpkin beers aren't anything new—some of the first beers brewed in North America by Europeans settlers used pumpkins as a source of fermentable sugar.

Join us as at the Greenville Public Library as Certified Cicerone David Nilsen talks about the surprisingly long history of brewing with pumpkin and walks attendees through a tasting of 5 distinctive examples. This class is for patrons 21 years old and up only. This event is free but registration is required. We hope to see you there!

Milkweed Pod Collection

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Most of you may have seen or read that pollinator populations across the country are in decline, including the Monarch Butterfly. A reduction in the number of milkweed plants in Ohio and surrounding states and a loss of wintering habitat due to logging, weather and human encroachment have contributed to the population decline of the Monarch Butterfly.

There are ways that we can help, even in Darke County. The Typical start date is September 1st through October 31st, but with the recent rains the Milkweed Pods seem to be staying green longer this year, so mid to late October maybe a better collecting time. The Darke Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) will be collecting seed pods from the Common Milkweed plant. The Monarch relies on the milkweed plant as a host plant, to lay eggs and as a food source. Whether as an individual, or a group, you can make a difference in the Monarch Butterfly population by collecting these seed pods once they have matured and have turned a greenish-yellow or yellowish-brown and ready to burst open. Once collected, the seed pods will be sent away to be dried and cleaned. A portion of the seed will be sent back to Darke County to be incorporated with other seed mixes that will be planted for pollinator species.

If you would like to help, please call the Darke SWCD office at 937.548.1752, visit our website www.darkeswcd.com, or follow us on Facebook or Twitter to find out where the seed pods can be dropped off.

GHS Walking Program

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Again, this year Greenville High School will open its doors to community members seeking a warm, safe place to walk on winter evenings.

The public is invited to walk at the high school from 6 to 8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays beginning Monday, Nov. 11, and continuing through March 25, 2020. There will be no walking during Christmas break. Also, if school is closed during a day or there are parent/teacher conferences, then it will be closed to walking that evening. A complete calendar of available walking dates will be available to walkers at the sign-in desk.

Greenville High School opened its doors to walkers many years ago. The Greenville Board of Education has continued to support this activity in the high school. Last year, dozens of people enjoyed the program. Greenville City Schools is happy to support this wellness activity to benefit residents of the community. Seven and a half laps around the interior hallway loop is equivalent to one mile. Walkers go in a clockwise direction on Mondays and Wednesdays and counterclockwise on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The district is pleased to provide a safe, free and warm place for people to walk. The program does not cost the school district extra money because volunteers monitor the walkers and custodians are usually working in the building during the evening. Thank you to those who help monitoring the activity including SADD Club, IMTV, Varsity G Club, NJROTC, Key Club, Foreign Language Clubs, Student Council, Med Tech, student body, members of the school board and school district personnel.

Those interested in walking at the high school are asked to enter by the main entrance by the flagpole, sign in upon arrival and check off their name when leaving. Walkers are asked to walk only on the first floor. No running or jogging is allowed. Also, not allowed are wheeled items such as strollers and skateboards. Students under the age of 10 must be accompanied by a parent or adult.

Enjoy the activity to assist you with your wellness.

Veterans Day Luncheon

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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

ANSONIA COMMUNITY CENTER AND ANSONIA UNITED METHODIST CHURCH TO HOST TREAT STREET

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What’s more fun that Trick or Treat? Why, Trick or Treat with a carnival in the middle! This year, the Ansonia Community Center and the Ansonia United Methodist Church are excited to hold their first Treat Street on October 27 from 2 – 4 PM. Pearl Street in Ansonia will be closed for the event so that the groups can provide food, candy, games, slime, door prizes for kids and adults and more. Treat Street is free and open to everyone.

“This is something we have done in other communities before moving to Ansonia,” said Roger Emerson, Pastor of Ansonia UMC. “It’s a great way for our church members to serve the families in our community. The church has hosted Halloweenies – giving out free hot dogs and popcorn during Trick or Treat – for years. This will just take that up a notch. We are so pleased to be working with the Ansonia Community Center on this event.”

State of the Heart Care to Host Medicare Informational Event

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Monday, October 21, 2019

GPD: Break In at Teaford's Dairy Store Early Monday Morning

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On October 21, 2019, at 5:21am, officers from the Greenville Police Department and Darke County Sheriff's Office responded to Teaford's Dairy Store, 101 Pine Street, in reference to an alarm drop.

Upon arrival, officers found that a door to the business had been forced open by an unknown suspect. Surveillance video shows a white male wearing a red,blue, and white letterman style jacket with dark jeans enter the business and steal several items before leaving. The letterman jacket has the letter "J" imprinted on the left chest area and the number "56" on the sleeve.

Anyone with information regarding this incident or any crime is asked to contact the Greenville Police Department at 937-548-1103, or the Darke County Crime Stoppers tip line at 937-547-1661. All callers may remain anonymous.



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