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NPR… 10 Years Later, Virginia Tech Instructor Recalls Her Students' Response To Tragedy, Wynne Davis, Von Diaz - Americans were once again forced to grapple with gun violence in schools when three people were killed in a murder-suicide in San Bernardino, Calif., on Monday, less than a week before the 10th anniversary of the nation's worst school shooting. On the morning of April 16, 2007, Seung-Hui Cho, a student at Virginia Tech... read more.
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Single vehicle rollover accident on S.R. 121
On April 25, 2017 at 9:02pm Darke County Sheriff Deputies along with Tri-Village Rescue, New Madison Fire and Miami Valley Careflight responded to an injury accident in the 4400 block of State Route 121. Preliminary investigation revealed a 2004 Chevy Trailblazer driven by Tiffany Bercaw (24), of Greenville, was northbound on State Route 121 when she was... read more.
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Darke County Deputies respond to Bradford stabbing
On Friday, April 21, 2017 at approximately 11:49 P.M., the Darke County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call requesting an ambulance to 7724 Martin Road Bradford, Ohio in reference to a man that was stabbed. Darke County deputies responded to that residence along with Gettysburg Fire and Rescue.  The investigation revealed Benjamin J. Reed (35) and Benjamin J. Hampshire (23) both from Union City... read more.
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Inside Higher Education… Enrollment Declines, Transfer Barriers: Community College Presidents’ Survey -- Six in 10 leaders of community colleges say their enrollments have declined in the past three years, including 21 percent who say enrollment is down by 10 percent or more, according to Inside Higher Ed’s 2017 Survey of Community College Presidents. The survey, conducted by Gallup, is based on responses from 236 leaders of two-year colleges, who were queried... read more.
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Two-vehicle injury accident on SR 49 South
On April 24, 2017 at approximately 6:47 AM Darke County Deputies along with Arcanum Fire and Arcanum EMS were dispatched to State Route 49 and Pitsburg Laura Rd. in reference to a two vehicle injury accident. Preliminary investigation revealed Amy Hill 42 (Union City, Indiana) was driving a green1998 Buick Century traveling southeast on State Route 49... read more.
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Cleveland Plain Dealer… Nearly two-thirds of student loan borrowers over 35 are still paying them off, Karen Farkas - April 11, 2017 - CLEVELAND, Ohio - Almost two thirds of student loan borrowers over the age of 35 are still paying off their debt, according to a new survey. In a survey of 909 student loan borrowers over the age of 35, more than 37 percent had fallen behind on their student loan payments and 17 percent had defaulted on their... read more.
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Clearing the Fence Row and Trimming Back Overhanging Branches, By Sam Custer, OSU Extension, Darke County - The weather is finally beginning to cooperate and we are beginning to get in the fields.  As farmers enter the fields this spring they will find that, the fields that are bordered by trees will be a work in progress.  The ash trees took a beating by the wind this spring and are going to need to be cleaned up along the fencerows. Chris Hogan... read more.
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NPR Ed… Where Corporal Punishment Is Still Used In Schools, Its Roots Run Deep, Jess Clark - April 12, 2017 - Robbinsville High School sits in a small gap in the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina. Green slopes dotted with cattle hug in around the school before they rise into a thick cover of pine trees. David Matheson is the principal here. And he's the only high school principal in the state who still performs corporal punishment. At Robbinsville... read more.
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Suspected alcohol related injury crash
On April 21, 2017 at approximately 7:56 PM, Darke County Deputies along with Union City OH. Rescue and Liberty Township Fire and CareFlight responded to the 7400 block of Palestine Union City Rd on a report of a injury crash with a car into a tree. Preliminary investigation revealed a black 1995 Chevy Trailblazer driven by Jeremy M. Kimball 42, of... read more.
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DeWine… Task Force Seizes Drugs, Cash, and Arrests Traffickers in Dayton
(DAYTON, Ohio) – Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer announced today the arrests of four suspected drug traffickers, believed to be associated with the Sinaloa Cartel in Mexico. The Miami Valley Bulk Smuggling Task Force, which is part of the Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commission, also... read more.
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Best selling author talks about Where (he is) Wearing
New York Times best selling author Kelsey Timmerman, a Darke County native, was at Memorial Hall recently for a humorous and educational presentation about his new book, “Where Am I Wearing?” He talked to Edison State and high school students about the people who make our clothes… their goals, their working conditions, their lives. “Check the labels... read more.
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Read Fine Print on Learning Apps, Experts Warn, By Sarah D. Sparks
March 28, 2017 - To safeguard student data privacy, districts need to pay more attention to the service agreements for educational online applications. From math games to study skills, the potential use of educational online applications has exploded in schools—but so has the potential for problems if school staff members don't read the... read more.
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Darke County 7-year-old is 2017 March of Dimes Ambassador
Family Shares Their Story to Help More Babies Be Born Healthy - GREENVILLE, OHIO — A seven-year-old Darke County girl who was born six weeks premature has been selected as the 2017 March of Dimes Darke County Ambassador. Join our ambassador family, hundreds of other families and businesses at the Darke County Fairgrounds for the annual March... read more.
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Darke County Sheriff… Motorists need to stay alert this weekend
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 22nd and 23rd. On that weekend Darke County Solid Waste Management District will be holding its 10th Annual Trash Bash.  Over 1100 volunteers and... read more.
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Cleveland Plain Dealer… When it comes to reading, kindergarten is the new first grade, says Ohio State University study, By Karen Farkas - April 13, 2017 - CLEVELAND, Ohio - Kids are learning to read in kindergarten, entering first grade in 2013 with significantly better reading skills than similar students 12 years earlier, according to an Ohio State University study. Even low-achieving students saw gains in basic reading skills over this time period... read more.
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Ohio Department of Education… Board Recommends Additional Options for High School Diplomas -- State Board of Education Recommended Ohio Lawmakers Create Additional Options for Earning a High School Diploma for Class of 2018. The State Board of Education on April 11 recommended Ohio lawmakers create additional options for earning a high school diploma for students in the class of 2018. The options would be offered to Ohio students who entered the ninth grade... read more.
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The Columbus Dispatch… Group reports progress in plan to encourage post-high-school education, By Mary Mogan Edwards - Apr 12, 2017 - Five years after the Central Ohio Compact was formed to increase the number of people in the area with some education or training beyond high school, progress remains slow. But there is progress, Columbus State Community College President David Harrison told about 300 people gathered Monday... read more.
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Inside Higher Education… Partners: Students, employers, schools, Erin O’Neill
Students, local employers and educators gathered Monday morning at Washington State Community College’s Business and Technology Center to talk about a partnership between the three groups to prepare the next generation’s workforce. An Employer Appreciation Breakfast was held in an effort to promote Ohio Means Internships & Co-ops, with... read more.
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Court News Ohio… Middle School Students Bring Drama to the Courtroom, By Anne Yeager
March 31, 2017 -- Court is in session this week at the Supreme Court of Ohio, as nearly 500 teens flock to the annual Middle School Mock Trial Showcase. Wearing fancy hats and red coats from American Revolutionary times, teenagers bring the classic novel “Johnny Tremaine” to life. It’s set in Boston during the tense 18th century conflict between American colonists and Great Britain... read more.
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DeWine Encourages HS Students 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 for the 2017-2018 academic year. The Ohio Attorney General’s Teen Ambassador Board is open to high school juniors and seniors from public, private, home, charter, and online schools in Ohio. The mission of the board... read more.
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NPR Ed… Kansas Student Newspaper's Fact Check Results In New Principal's Resignation, Bill Chappell - April 5, 2017 - In Kansas, a student newspaper is being praised for its hard work in reporting that Pittsburg High School's newly hired principal had seemingly overstated her credentials. The principal, Amy Robertson, has now resigned, after the paper found she claimed advanced degrees from Corllins University, an entity whose legitimacy... read more.
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Darke County Visitors Bureau launches new branding
GREENVILLE, OH (April 3rd, 2017) – The Darke County Visitors Bureau recently launched new branding for the county, inviting visitors and residents alike to “taste the flavor” in Darke County. The new branding initiative includes a new logo, new brand messaging, and new website, all of which will go live this week. “Our new branding moves us to... read more.
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Local detective talks to Edison students about drugs, By Bob Robinson
“It’s no longer heroin,” said Greenville Detective Eric Roberts. “It’s fentanyl.” Fentanyl is more potent than morphine… and much stronger than heroin. Roberts spoke to three Edison State Community College Fundamentals of Communications classes recently about drugs and drug deaths in Greenville. A long-time member of and detective for the Greenville Police Department, one of his duties... read more.
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Fired Because He Wouldn't Dumb Down a Course? By Colleen Flaherty
March 29, 2017 - AAUP report concludes that a professor at Community College of Aurora was likely fired for refusing to compromise on rigor in his courses as part of a "student success" initiative… Students may complain about courses that are too hard, but could fighting to maintain high standards actually get a professor fired? A new report from... read more.
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Greenville K-8 Facility Dedication
Over 230,000 square feet… over 190,000 bricks… over 380,000 blocks… a million feet of electric wire… over 100,000 square feet of learning space… 93 teacher desks… 9.3 miles geothermal wells… eight days to move 6,500 boxes from four buildings… 217 security cameras… and more. Much more. Greenville City Schools’ K-8 Elementary and Middle... read more.
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Medina Gazette… Some of the youngest opioid victims are curious toddlers, Gretchen Ehlke, The Associated Press - MILWAUKEE — Curious toddlers find the drugs in a mother's purse or accidentally dropped on the floor. Sometimes a parent fails to secure the child-resistant cap on a bottle of painkillers. No matter how it happens, if a 35-pound toddler grabs just one opioid pill, chews it and releases the full concentration of a... read more.
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Main Street Greenville… Thank you, Amber
It is with a mix of sadness and gratitude that the Board of Directors announces Amber Garrett’s departure as Executive Director of Main Street Greenville, effective May 26th, 2017. Since 2013, Amber has played a critical role in the development and success of the organization, and while we will miss her and her inspiring leadership, we wish her... read more.
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Cleveland Plain Dealer… Schools must call parents if kids are absent, says bill after Alianna DeFreeze killing, By Patrick O'Donnell, The Plain Dealer -- CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Schools across Ohio would have to call parents right away if kids are not in class each morning under a new bill that would make these so-called "Alianna Alerts" mandatory. State Sen. Sandra Williams, a Cleveland Democrat, Williams told the Senate Education Committee this week that her bill... read more.
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NPR Ed… You Probably Believe Some Learning Myths: Take Our Quiz To Find Out, Anya Kamanetz -- This blog post has some pretty useful information. So print it out; get out your highlighter and take off the cap. Ready? Now throw it away, because highlighters don't really help people learn. We all want for our kids to have optimal learning experiences and, for ourselves, to stay competitive with lifelong learning. But how well do you think you understand what good learning looks like... read more.
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NPR… School Suspensions Have Plunged: We Don't Yet Know If That's Good News, Anya Kamanetz - We are in the midst of a quiet revolution in school discipline. In the past five years, 27 states have revised their laws with the intention of reducing suspensions and expulsions. And, more than 50 of America's largest school districts have also reformed their discipline policies — changes which collectively affect more than 6.35 million... read more.
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Collision at Red River West Grove and Delisle Fourman Roads
On March 26, 2017 at approximately 6:23 PM, Darke County Deputies along with Arcanum Fire and Rescue and Laura Fire and CareFlight responded to the intersection of Red River West Grove Road and Delisle Fourman Road on a report of a serious injury crash. Preliminary investigation revealed a blue 2001 Chevy Malibu driven by 16 year old Luke Medve, of Arcanum... read more.
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DeWine Announces Program for Families Harmed by Opioid Abuse
 (COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced today the creation of a new pilot program that will serve families harmed by parental opioid abuse in more than a dozen southern Ohio counties. Ohio START (Sobriety, Treatment, and Reducing Trauma) is an intervention program that will provide specialized victim services, such as... read more.
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Woman seeks ride; deputies discover injury accident
On March 25, 2017 at approximately 2:56 AM Darke County Deputies responded to a residence in the 1600 block of Mills Road for a female who was knocking on a door intoxicated stating she was dropped off and needing a ride.  Once the Deputy was on scene, he realized there was an injury crash and New Madison Fire and Tri-Village Rescue and Careflight... read more.
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Inside Higher Education… Better Marriage Between College and Job Training, By Paul Fain
March 22, 2017 - Republican-dominated Washington wants more occupational job training as an alternative to college degrees. But higher education will remain the federal government’s primary job-training system, albeit one experts say could use a reboot. In a rare point of agreement, the Trump administration and many academics would like to see less... read more.
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Washington Post… As opioid crisis intensifies, one Md. school system looks at a ‘recovery’ school, By Donna St. George - March 19 - Kevin Burnes thinks his school saved his life. He arrived there at 14 years old, just out of rehab, and says it was exactly what he needed: a place where kids with drug and alcohol problems could stay on a path of recovery as they worked toward high school graduation. “I have no question that it changed... read more.
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NPR… Hungry, Homeless Community College Student Rates High
Update: New survey results out show that the rates of hungry and homeless students at community colleges across the country are higher than previously thought. The results, published by researchers at the University of Wisconsin, show that one third of community college students go hungry and 14 percent are homeless. Those rates are... read more.
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AG Mike DeWine… DeWine Warns More Tax Scams Reported As Filing Deadline Nears
(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today warned that more consumers are reporting tax-related scams with about four weeks remaining until the April 18 filing deadline. In 2017, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office has logged more than 150 tax scams thus far in March, compared to 80 in January, and 175 in February. “As we get further into tax season, we’re seeing more of these scams... read more.
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Injury accident at SR 121 and Oliver Road
On March 19, 2017 at 6:21 AM Darke County Sheriffs Deputies along with Gettysburg Rescue, Gettysburg Fire and Miami Valley Careflight responded to an injury accident at the intersection of State Route 121 and Oliver Road. Preliminary investigation reveals that a 2003 Ford Taurus driven by Roger Simons (67), of Greenville, travelled west onto Oliver Road from... read more.
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Mansfield News Journal… City schools see rise in homelessness, Courtney McNaull
March 14, 2017 - MANSFIELD - The number of Mansfield City Schools students who don’t have a place to call home is high and growing. The district has already identified about 235 homeless students this school year, a 14 percent increase over last year’s end-of-year total of 207. That means seven percent of the district’s students are identified as... read more.
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The Washington Post… A Day Without Classes: Some schools close as teachers join women’s protest, By Donna St. George and Moriah Balingit - Hundreds of teachers took leave Wednesday in solidarity with a women’s protest day, forcing the cancellation of classes in Prince George’s County, Alexandria and at least nine charter schools in the District. As parents scrambled to find child care and some debated the teachers... read more.
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Inside Higher Education… Still Asking About Crime and Discipline, By Scott Jaschik
March 10, 2017 - Common Application will keep questions some have urged it to drop, but says it will add more information and context to the process. The Common Application announced Thursday that it will maintain questions about applicants' criminal background and disciplinary records, rejecting a push to drop the questions. At the same time, the Common... read more.
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Youngstown Vindicator… What is the sexting law for minors? By Amanda Tonoli
Mon, March 13, 2017 - EAST PALESTINE - After a sexually explicit video was sent to various students’ cellphones at East Palestine High School, high-school administration and police found themselves in the midst of an investigation and a response. Schools Superintendent Traci Hostetler said she was made aware of the situation Feb. 27 and... read more.
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Darke County Sheriff… Careflight called on So. SR 49 injury accident
On March 14, 2017 at 11:27 PM Darke County Sheriff Deputies along with Ansonia Rescue, Ansonia Fire and Miami Valley Careflight responded to an injury accident in the 10,700 block of State Route 49. Preliminary investigation reveals that a 1996 Peterbuilt semi truck and trailer driven by Robert Byram (34), of Ansonia, was northbound on State Route 49 and was attempting to back into a private drive... read more.
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AG Mike DeWine… DeWine Announces Winners of High School Consumer Video Contest
(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today announced the winners of the 2016 Take Action Video Contest, in which Ohio high school students were asked to create 60-second videos about consumer protection topics. The announcement coincides with National Consumer Protection Week, March 5-11, 2017, which promotes consumer education. The 2016 Take Action Video Contest winners were... read more.
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NPR… Parent Alert! Your Child Just Skipped Class, Anya Kamanetz
My bank sends me a text alert when my account balance is low. My wireless company sends me a text alert when I'm about to use up my monthly data. Somebody — I guess the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration? —sends me a text alert when it's going to rain a whole lot. A few clever researchers said: "Hey! What if we... read more.
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National School Breakfast Week
Students Encouraged to Start the Day with Breakfast - Well-nourished students have well-nourished minds. Starting the school day with a nutritious breakfast is a healthy way to help students focus and concentrate on schoolwork. To encourage more families to take advantage of the healthy choices available to them, the Ohio Department of Education is... read more.
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Edison State Works Officially In The Works
“There are many great things to come for Edison State and our community,” said Edison State President Dr. Doreen Larson just moments before cutting the official ribbon to launch Edison State Works. Community members and leaders, government officials, students and alumni, staff, and industry leaders came together Thursday evening to witness the... read more.
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Concealed Carry Report: Record Number of Licenses Issued in 2016
(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today issued a report indicating that more than 158,000 concealed carry licenses were issued in Ohio in 2016, the largest number since licenses were first issued in 2004. According to statistics reported to the Attorney General’s office, county sheriffs in Ohio issued 117,953 new licenses and 40,982 renewal licenses... read more.
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Start Talking! Tips for Schools Now Available
2/21/2017 -- Children spend more than half their weekdays in school. Start Talking! and the Drug Free Action Alliance recognize teachers are powerful influencers in their students' lives and have an incredible opportunity to guide them toward making healthy, drug-free lifestyle choices. When it comes to preventing children from drinking, smoking or using drugs, parents are a child's first line of defense... read more.
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Attorney General Mike DeWine… DeWine Unveils BCI Science School Statewide
(REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio) – Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced today that the Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) Science School is now available to teachers and students across Ohio. Designed for fourth graders, BCI Science School’s free lesson plans will expose students to the careers of forensic science, criminal investigation, and related careers at an early age... read more.
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Scheduled improvements to Darke County Roads and Bridges in 2017, By Jim Surber, P.E., P.S., Darke County Engineer - An estimated $3,332,754 worth of improvements to Darke County Roads and bridges is scheduled for 2017. Although we will received $310,000 less in federal grant funds than in 2016, we plan to pave 3.5 more miles of road, build one more new bridge, replace 75 percent more signs, and paint twice the road miles compared to 2016. Non-local funds... read more.
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NPR… Trump Highlighted This Unusual School Choice Idea, Anya Kamanetz
In a recent speech, President Trump asked Congress to pass a broad school choice initiative. "I am calling upon members of both parties to pass an education bill that funds school choice for disadvantaged youth, including millions of African-American and Latino children... "These families should be free to choose the public, private, charter, magnet... read more.
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DeWine Reminds Schools about Ohio Government Videos
(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—In recognition of Ohio Statehood Day (March 1), Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine reminded government classes about a series of five educational videos the Ohio Attorney General’s Office developed for students. The videos cover topics including the history of Ohio’s two constitutions, the different branches of Ohio government, and... read more.
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The Washington Post… What happened when one school banned homework — and asked kids to read and play instead, By Valerie Strauss - February - Mark Trifilio, principal of the public pre-K-5th grade Orchard School in Vermont, sat down with the school’s 40 educators last summer to discuss the soon-to-start new school year and homework — how much kids were getting and whether it was helping them learn. Trifilio had been pondering the... read more.
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Darke County Sheriff… Single vehicle injury accident on SR 47
On March 5, 2017 at 12:44 AM Darke County Sheriff Deputies along with Versailles Rescue, Versailles Fire Department and Miami Valley Careflight responded to an injury accident in the 11400 block of State Route 47. Preliminary investigation reveals that a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado failed to negotiate a curve and went off the right side of the road.  The vehicle struck... read more.
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Edison State’s Enrollment Continues to Rise
For the past five semesters, Edison State Community College has met or exceeded its increased enrollment goals. Enrollment this spring has been no exception as Edison State has experienced a 10% increase in overall headcount. “The sustained enrollment increase at Edison State really speaks to our commitment to quality in all areas from... read more.
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Multiple Drug Trafficking Arrests in Darke County
On March 1, 2017 at approximately 6:45 AM Darke County Sheriff’s Deputies and the Union City, Ohio Police Department executed arrest warrants on eight subjects with felony indictments for drug trafficking.  This operation was a drug arrest round-up throughout Darke County, the City of Greenville and Union City, Ohio.  Arrest warrants for more than fifteen... read more.
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Washington Post… As access to AP exams grows, more students are doing better, By Joe Heim -- February 22 -- The percentage of the country’s public high school students who scored three or higher on AP exams continues to grow, according to results released Wednesday by the College Board. Nationally, just under 22 percent of the class of 2016 achieved a three or better mark, up slightly from 2015 and nearly eight points up from 2006. Scores for Advanced Placement... read more.
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SaferSchools Ohio… When the Tornado Sirens Sound, Will You Know What to Do?
Spring Severe Weather Awareness Week is March 19-25 = In a coordinated effort with the Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness (OCSWA), Governor John R. Kasich is proclaiming March 19-25 as Severe Weather Awareness Week and encourages all Ohioans to learn what to do to protect themselves from spring and summer weather hazards and... read more.
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Mansfield News Journal… How young is too young? 36,000 elementary school suspensions, Jessie Balmert and Hannah Sparling, Cincinnati Enquirer - COLUMBUS - Ohio schools dole out up to 36,000 suspensions to elementary students each year – a number that stunned a Republican lawmaker into seeking a ban on many suspensions and expulsions. One young boy cut the bread from his lunch into the shape of a gun. Another cocked... read more.
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Darke County Sheriff… Unknown driver flees after crash
On February 21, 2017 at approximately 11:22PM, Darke County Deputies along with Arcanum Police, Arcanum Fire & Rescue responded to the 5600 block of Hollansburg-Arcanum Road on a report of a one vehicle possible injury crash with a utility pole knocked down. Preliminary investigation revealed an unknown driver operating a 1989 White Buick Riviera was traveling westbound in the 5600 block... read more.
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The Washington Post… An alternative to remedial college classes gets results
By Danielle Douglas-Gabriel -- February 14 -- When students are unprepared for the rigors of college, schools often require them to take courses to catch up to their classmates. Those remediation courses, though, do not count toward a degree and may delay students from graduating on time, costing them money in the long run. Boston College is taking a different approach to help students... read more.
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Darke County Sheriff… Injury accident at 2400 block Wildcat Road
On February 19, 2017 at 5:49 PM Darke County Sheriff Deputies along with Union City Rescue, Liberty Township Fire Department and Miami Valley Careflight responded to an injury accident in the 2400 block of Wildcat Rd. Preliminary investigation reveals that a 2005 blue Chrysler Town and Country driven by Nicole Shell (16), of Greenville, was travelling... read more.
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More than 1,200 Registered for Statewide Meeting on Opiate Epidemic
(COLUMBUS, Ohio)— Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine recently hosted his second statewide meeting addressing Ohio's opioid epidemic. More than 1,200 people, including representatives from 80 of Ohio's 88 counties, are registered to attend the event, entitled "Ideas in Motion -- Fighting Ohio's Drug Epidemic." The event will bring together community... read more.
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Darke County Visitors Bureau releases 2016 annual report
GREENVILLE, OH (February 15, 2016) – The Darke County Visitors Bureau has released its 2016 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. “2016 was a banner... read more.
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Cleveland Plain Dealer… Superintendents: Cut state tests, end As and Fs on state report cards, By Patrick O'Donnell - CLEVELAND, Ohio - The state should stop grading schools and school districts with A through F grades, while also cutting the amount of state tests and making sure the tests help teachers teach students better, a group of local superintendents says. In a "white paper" released Monday to state officials, superintendents from Lorain... read more.
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Teachers Experience Ohio Government in Action
February 13, 2017 - Teachers from around the state convened in the state capital on Feb. 8-9 to take part in a two-day conference for an inside view of Ohio’s three branches of government. Ohio Government in Action, a program of the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education (OCLRE), provides teachers the opportunity to meet with leaders and learn about Ohio’s judicial... read more.
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Zanesville Times Recorder… Kasich: Teachers should job shadow with businesses to renew licenses, Chrissie Thompson - Feb. 14, 2017 - COLUMBUS - Teachers would have to complete "externships" – essentially, a high-level job shadow – with a local business to renew their licenses under a provision in Gov. John Kasich's budget proposal. Kasich wants to involve businesses more in education, believing schools need their input to help turn out students who... read more.
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Local Red Cross volunteers on Standby
(FEB. 14, 2017) — The American Red Cross has launched a massive disaster response in northern California, where nearly 200,000 people have been ordered to evacuate due to the potentially catastrophic collapse of the Oroville Dam. More than 2,500 residents were in Red Cross and community shelters as of Tuesday morning, and the Red Cross is preparing to... read more.
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FBI: Romance Scams
Online Imposters Break Hearts and Bank Accounts… They met online. He said he was a friend of a friend. The woman, in her 50s and struggling in her marriage, was happy to find someone to chat with. “He was saying all the right things,” she remembered. “He was interested in me. He was interested in getting to know me better. He was very positive... read more.
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Inside Higher Education… Promise Too Costly? By Ashley A. Smith
February 13, 2017 - Oregon's free community college scholarship faces money woes and criticism, particularly from the state's four-year university leaders, who cite the program's higher-income beneficiaries while also worrying about enrollment declines at their institutions. As Oregon faces budget shortfalls and an education sector eager to hold onto... read more.
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NPR Ed… Betsy DeVos Confirmed As Education Secretary, Anya Kamenetz
February 7, 2017 - Today the Senate confirmed Betsy DeVos as President Trump's education secretary, 51-50. Vice President Pence had to cast an unprecedented tie-breaking vote, after hearings that became fodder for Saturday Night Live; after angry constituents swamped Senate offices with 1.5 million calls a day; after two Republican senators... read more.
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Cleveland Plain Dealer… Ohio colleges among most expensive in U.S.
CLEVELAND, Ohio - Ohio has some of the most unaffordable colleges in the United States, and a coalition of school officials is calling on lawmakers and universities to make education more affordable. The Higher Education Compact and Philanthropy Ohio held a press conference in Columbus featuring public policy officials, professors... read more.
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Drug Use Prevention Education Issues Recommended
(COLUMBUS, Ohio)— Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, House Speaker Clifford Rosenberger (R-Clarksville), and Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) today released the Ohio Joint Study Committee on Drug Use Prevention Education's list of recommendations on options for implementing age-appropriate substance abuse... read more.
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DeWine Warns of Romance Scams on Facebook, Dating Websites
(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—As Valentine’s Day approaches, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is warning Ohioans that his office has received several recent reports of romance scams that started on Facebook or dating websites. In the scam, a con artist creates a phony profile online, contacts a potential victim, and begins communicating with the person through... read more.
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CORS Awarded Supplemental Head Start Funding
Through an increased federal investment in quality for early childhood education, Council on Rural Services (CORS) is receiving an award of $915,794 for supplemental preschool grant.  This is part of a $290 million nationwide expansion award announced by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Administration for Children and Families (HHS)... read more.
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Angry Birds, graffiti and Mars colonies make good lessons at Cleveland's digital arts school, By Patrick O'Donnell - CLEVELAND, Ohio - When Cleveland's High School for the Digital Arts needs to teach a few math and physics skills, it looks to Angry Birds. To teach governing and more math skills, a video game about colonizing Mars did the trick. And even graffiti - limited mostly to computer screens, mind you - made a great topic for a... read more.
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Full Draft of Ohio's State ESSA Plan Released
After a year of engaging with more than 15,000 of Ohio’s educators, parents and community members about their vision for our state’s educational system, the Ohio Department of Education released the full draft plan and technical submission of Ohio’s State Plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). This full draft plan reflects the draft plan overview... read more.
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NPR Ed… Dyslexia through the eyes of artists
It was another busy, busy week in the political world. So how about taking a break from it all with some art? We thought that might be nice. A few weeks ago, we ran a series called Unlocking Dyslexia that took a deep look into the most common reading disorder. We know a lot of facts about dyslexia, b ut we know much less about how it feels to people who have... read more.
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Journal-News… Ohio could ban schools from expelling youngest students, Jeremy Kelley, Staff Writer - Monday, Jan. 30, 2017 - State Sen. Peggy Lehner said she will push for new law this year preventing Ohio schools from expelling or suspending their youngest students. Lehner, chair of the Ohio Senate Education Committee, told a group of Dayton-area education leaders last week that 36,000 Ohio students in kindergarten through fourth... read more.
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Milligan Named Chairman of Edison State’s Board of Trustees
Mr. Thomas P. Milligan, of Sidney, has been elected to serve as Chair of Edison State Community College’s Board of Trustees. Assuming responsibility as Vice Chair is Mrs. Tami Baird Ganley, of Troy. The appointments took place at the January 25 board meeting and will continue for the next two years. “It is an honor to serve the college in... read more.
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The Columbus Dispatch…Districts that have lost students face cuts under Kasich plan, By Jim Siegel - Arguing it "doesn't make any sense" to keep funding school districts for students who no longer attend there, Gov. John Kasich's education budget could potentially mean funding cuts for more than half the public schools in Ohio. Meanwhile, he's also calling for a two-year freeze on university tuition and fees, while capping student costs for textbooks... read more.
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Ohio Department of Agriculture… Local resident honored for support of fair
REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio (Jan. 27, 2017) – Kenneth A. Coates, Sr., retired Head Caretaker of the Great Darke County Fair, is among 45 individuals or organizations that were recently recognized at the 92nd Ohio Fair Managers Association annual convention at the Greater Columbus Convention Center for outstanding service to their local fairs. Ohio’s 94... read more.
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Darke County Sheriff… Fatal accident on US 36 East
On January 31, 2017 at approximately 5:07 PM Darke County Deputies, along with Gettysburg Fire, Gettysburg Rescue, Bradford Fire, Bradford Rescue and CareFlight were dispatched to the 9000 block of US RT 36 East in reference to a two vehicle head on injury accident. Preliminary investigation revealed a gray 2015 Chevrolet Cruz driven by Christan M. Thomas (34) Troy, Ohio was traveling westbound... read more.
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Attorney General Mike DeWine… DeWine Warns of “Can You Hear Me” Calls Reported in Ohio
(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today warned that since Friday, several Ohioans have reported suspicious calls from callers asking “Can you hear me?” Similar calls have been reported throughout the country as part of an alleged scam to trick consumers into responding “Yes” and using their response to place unauthorized charges on their phone or utility bill. “Any time people receive... read more.
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Inside Higher Education… Study: Teaching and Research Not Tied, By Emily Tate
January 27, 2017 - Two Northwestern University researchers found that skilled scholars do not come at the expense of quality instructors, or vice versa. Skilled researchers and effective teachers are neither substitutes nor complements for each other -- in fact, they have no relationship at all, according to a study by two Northwestern University faculty... read more.
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Washington Post… Teacher of the Year asks: Can we stop denigrating teachers now? By Valerie Strauss - January 25 - Ashley Lamb-Sinclair is  the 2016 Kentucky Teacher of the Year. Lamb-Sinclair teaches high school English and creative writing, and authors the www.beautifuljunkyard.com website.  During the 2015-16 school year, she took a sabbatical and worked with the Kentucky Department of Education.  Lamb-Sinclair is also... read more.
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Kasich Reappoints Mehaffie to Edison State Board of Trustees
COLUMBUS - Governor John R. Kasich has reappointed Mr. Darryl Mehaffie, of Greenville, Ohio, to the Edison State Community College Board of Trustees. Mehaffie's new term took effect on January 20, 2017, and will continue through January 21, 2023. Serving on Edison State's Board of Trustees for nearly twenty years, this is Mehaffie's fourth... read more.
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The Columbus Dispatch… Kasich: Budget can handle only 1% school-funding increases, By Randy Ludlow - Gov. John Kasich said he wishes he had more to hand out as he presented innovation awards to Ohio educators and students Tuesday afternoon. "I'd like to give you money, but all I can give you are plaques," Kasich joshed seconds after mentioning a bare-bones bottom line for K-12 schools in his upcoming state budget. Kasich said his state budget... read more.
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Edison State Students Attend Leadership Summit
Edison State Community College students, Rebecca Buck, Samantha Greene, Juliya Hsiang, and Laura Parker were selected to attend U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown's Propel Ohio: Collegiate Leadership Summit held earlier this academic year. Propel Ohio is a one-day program that promotes civic engagement and connects college students with... read more.
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Edison State Joins Nationwide Movement
As part of a nationwide effort amongst community colleges, Edison State Community College is working toward implementing the Guided Pathways to Success initiative to help students complete programs faster through early planning, program mapping, and guidance and support throughout their education. Dr. Davis Jenkins, a co-author of the groundbreaking book Redesigning America’s Community... read more.
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Republican Women 'Elated' to Witness Trump Inauguration
WASHINGTON, D.C. - "The day has finally arrived for President Donald J. Trump to place his left hand on the Bible and take the oath of office as our 45th president of the United States," said Carrie Almond, president of the National Federation of Republican Women (NFRW), at the Inaugural Ceremonies at the U.S. Capitol. "As President Trump takes the oath to 'preserve, protect and defend,'... read more.
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Draft Overview of Ohio’s State ESSA Plan Released
After a year of engaging with more than 15,000 of Ohio’s educators, parents and community members about their vision for our state’s educational system, the Ohio Department of Education has released the draft overview of Ohio’s State Plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act. The draft overview provides a framework for the final plan that Ohio will submit in April to the U.S. Department... read more.
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Court News Ohio… Students Head to Court, Tackle Timely Issue in Mock Trial Competition
January 19, 2017 -- More than 3,000 high school students will enter courtrooms across the state on Friday to take part in the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education’s (OCLRE) 34th Annual Ohio Mock Trial Competition. In this year’s fictitious case, Pat Justice v. CAT News et al., students will consider the defamation of a public official by a news station. Gov. Pat Justice speaks at a school assembly... read more.
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FBI… Employment scam targeting college students remains prevalent
College students across the United States continue to be targeted in a common employment scam. Scammers advertise phony job opportunities on college employment websites, and/or students receive e-mails on their school accounts recruiting them for fictitious positions. This "employment" results in a financial loss for participating students. How the scam... read more.
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Killing Tenure, By Colleen Flaherty
January 13, 2017 - Lawmakers in two states this week introduced legislation that would eliminate tenure for public college and university professors. A bill in Missouri would end tenure for all new faculty hires starting in 2018 and require more student access to information about the job market for majors. Legislation in Iowa would end tenure even for those who... read more.
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Farmers urged to get Agricultural Fertilizer Certification training
Ag coalition reminds applicators they must be certified by Sept. 30, 2017 - REYNOLDSBURG, OH (Jan. 12, 2017) – A strong coalition consisting of the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA), The Ohio State University and several state agricultural organizations* are encouraging farmers to attend training courses for the Agricultural Fertilizer Applicator... read more.
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BBBS to benefit from Financial Summit featuring Lou Holtz
SIDNEY, OH – Jan. 12, 2017 – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County will be the beneficiary of proceeds from the West-Central Ohio Financial Summit to be held here April 27 in the Sidney High School auditorium. Legendary coach Lou Holtz will be the featured speaker at the event. “Attendees will be inspired, educated and entertained throughout the evening,” said Jennifer Bruns, executive... read more.
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Northern Miami Valley Red Cross Celebrates its Centennial; Yearlong celebration includes special events and chance for the community to share its time, talents and stories -- January 10, 2017— With World War I raging overseas and events such as the Great Flood of 1913 still fresh in the memories of many in the region, leaders through Northern Miami Valley set about to find a way to protect the citizens of the area. Their solution: The establishment of American Red Cross chapters... read more.
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Making the Case for Liberal Arts Colleges, By Scott Jaschik
January 9, 2017 - Study finds positive impact on graduates’ life experiences, including leadership, civic-mindedness … and financial success. ORLANDO, Fla. -- Talk to presidents of liberal arts colleges and they are proud of how their institutions educate graduates and prepare them for life. But ask the presidents to prove that value, and many get... read more.
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Greenville’s K-8 opens to lots of smiling faces, By Bob Robinson
First day of school at Greenville’s long-awaited Elementary and Middle School… grades 5-8 came in without a hitch. Lots of smiling faces. Teachers and administrative staff, while concentrating on getting ready for the next “Wave,” were still smiling at their new ‘digs.’ Greenville’s K-4 students were due to arrive any minute… Buses arrived – right on... read more.
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Darke County Sheriff, Engineer… SR 571 East of Greenville to close for bridge construction - The Darke County Engineer and Darke County Sheriff are issuing a public notice on the impending closure of State Route 571 east of Greenville, Ohio.  This closure will impact travel on the east side of Greenville which is an area with many manufacturing and industrial businesses. On Monday, January 16, State Route 571 will be closed to thru traffic between Jaysville... read more.
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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 9 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... read more.
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Edison State Announces Fall 2016 Dean’s List
Edison State Community College recognizes 375 students for excellence in academics on the 2016 Fall 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: Ethan Burd, Emily Cavinder, Joseph Cummings, Kristopher Holland, Matthew... read more.
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Red Cross Helped Hundreds of Thousands in 2016
(January 9, 2017) — In a year that set new records for severe and devastating weather, the American Red Cross provided more assistance to the hundreds of thousands of people impacted by these disasters all across the United States than in the past two years combined. In 2016, 32,000 Red Cross volunteers responded to 180 significant disasters... read more.
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Trash Dumping Costs Taxpayers
Each year the Darke County Park District is forced to spend over $1,000 in taxpayers’ money to clean up and remove trash dumped on park property. Recently Winterrowd Wetlands on St. Rt. 47 just west of Ansonia was the victim of yet another dumping. A pile of broken concrete and trash were dumped near the parking area. This dumping was in direct violation of not only Darke County... read more.
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DeWine Offers 10 New Year’s Consumer Protection Tips
(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today offered consumer protection tips ahead of the New Year. “Our mission is to protect Ohio’s families,” Attorney General DeWine said. “We want to help consumers avoid scams, identity theft, and other problems. We encourage people to take steps to protect themselves and to contact the... read more.
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Inside Higher Education… Free Tuition Idea Revived, By Rick Seltzer
January 4, 2017 - New York's governor wants to make public higher education free for most students, setting off new debate on the concept… The drive for tuition-free public college experienced a rebirth Tuesday, rising from the ashes of the 2016 presidential election to re-emerge at the state level. New York’s governor, Democrat Andrew Cuomo... read more.
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The Washington Post… Debate over school start times flares anew, By Donna St. George
Nearly two years after Montgomery County leaders voted to start the school day later so teenagers could get more sleep, the debate that many thought was settled shows signs of making a comeback in Maryland’s largest school system. Principals in elementary schools have been speaking out about the toll of schedule changes — drowsy... read more.
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Chillicothe Gazette… Fighting the scourge of addiction, Jona Ison
Dec. 30, 2016 - CHILLICOTHE - There isn't another year in Ross County's more than 200 years where addiction and drugs were talked about more than in 2016 as the county came off of a record-shattering year of 39 unintentional drug overdose deaths. Even this week, The Washington Post capped months of interviews with residents... read more.
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