Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Ron Eikenberry Has Passed Away

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Local community pillar Ron Eikenberry passed away this week. You can find Ron's full obituary here, but I felt his passing calls for a spotlight on his incredible life. Here's an excerpt of the obituary:
...Ron graduated from Greenville High School (GHS) in 1953, received a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Harvard University in 1957, a Master’s degree in Secondary Education from Miami University in 1961, and a Doctorate in Education Administration from Ohio State University in 1967. He is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force Reserves.

Ron’s career in Education began as a teacher in Kettering Schools in Kettering, Ohio, continued as a Principal in Southwestern Schools in Grove City, Ohio, Assistant Superintendent of Schools, District 88, Villa Park, Illinois, and Superintendent of Schools in New Philadelphia, Ohio. In 1976, he returned to Greenville to join the family business of Eikenberry’s Foodliners.

Ron was an athlete all of his life, playing football at GHS and Harvard, and basketball and track at GHS, where he still holds the school record for the 100 yard dash. He was elected to the Greenville Athletic Hall of Fame in 1992 for his athletic accomplishments. Ron was an avid golfer all of his life...

Ron served on the Greenville School District Board of Education for 9 years and was an active member of First United Methodist Church. He also was a member of the Elks Lodge and Lions Club for many years. Ron enjoyed golf, family, reading, traveling and ice cream!

THE ANNIE OAKLEY FESTIVAL HAS MOVED TO THE DARKE COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS AS OF THE 2018 FESTIVAL

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The 2018 Annie Oakley Committee has signed a contract with the Darke County Fair Board, to move the yearly Annie Oakley Festival to the Darke County Fairgrounds, South Show Arena Area, beginning with the 2018 festival.

The Annie Oakley Festival Committee is very excited that we will be celebrating the 55th year of our festival at the Darke County Fairgrounds, and we are looking forward to the endless number of possibilities of activities that will take place at our festival in the years to come. We are planning to have all of the activities that we have had in the past few years, with the addition of a few new ones.

We are still planning to have live entertainment, the melodrama, the parade, historical bus tours, shooting contests, Car show, Kiddie Tractor Pulls, family fun events each day, shooting contests, and this year, we will be adding a Cowboy Mounted Shooting Contest at the Annie Oakley Festival. We will also have a wonderful lineup of Vendors and Concessioners, to help complete your experience. Please plan to come and enjoy all of the activities that will take place at our festival, all free of charge.

If you would like more information or would be interested in being a sponsor of this year’s festival, please contact the President, JoEllen Melling. If you would be interested in being a vendor or concessioner, please contact the 1st Vice President, Richard Robinson. If you are interested in being in the Annie Oakley Parade, please contact the 2nd Vice President, Jennifer Peck. Visit our website: www.annieoakleyfestival.org, and go to the contacts page to send a message to any of these officers. #AnnieOakleyFest

WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU AT THE 2018 ANNIE OAKLEY FESTIVAL!!

JoEllen M Melling
President, Annie Oakley Festival Committee

BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OFFERS SKATING PARTY

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke will be holding their annual Roll for Kids’ Sake on Thursday, January 25, from 6-10pm. The party is open to the public and will be held at Rolling Hills Skate located at 105 E. Russell Road in Sidney. The cost is $10 per person and includes admission, skate rental, face painting, snacks, and door prizes. This year’s theme is “School Pride”, and the first 50 people dressed in school logoed attire will receive a gift.

All proceeds will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County’s Big Buddies after-school mentoring programs. Big Buddies is a nine-month commitment where high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors volunteer two times per month to mentor elementary students. During these meetings, high school students, under the supervision of Big Brothers Big Sisters staff, work with one or two children on different educational and recreational activities. This year’s program is focusing on ecological awareness and earth-friendly practices. Big Buddies also promotes social and emotional development through various activities.

Big Brothers Big Sisters is a non-profit, United Way member agency, and is supported through financial contributions and annual fundraisers. Their next major fundraiser, Bowl for Kids’ Sake, will be held on March 2 and 3 at both Treaty Lanes in Greenville and Bel-Mar Lanes in Sidney. If you would like to make a big difference in the life of a child, either through volunteering, financial contribution, or event sponsorship; please contact the agency at 937-492-7611, 937-547-9622, or go to www.bigbrobigsis-shelbydarke.org for more information.

VFW Post 7262 Sponsors DCCA Presentation of Rhonda Vincent & The Rage

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Dwight Emmons of Greenville VFW Post 7262 presents
a check to Andrea Jordan and Keith Rawlins of the
Darke County Center For the Arts.
Darke County Center for the Arts recognizes Greenville VFW Post 7262 as a Spotlight Sponsor, for their contribution to the DCCA 2017-2018 season and the upcoming presentation of Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall, Saturday, January 20. According to DCCA Executive Director Andrea Jordan, “DCCA is grateful for Greenville VFW Post 7262's sponsorship, which helps enable our efforts to provide culturally enriching experiences for the citizens of our community.”

VFW Post 7262 was organized in May 26, 1946 by 208 founding members. In 1975 the Post moved to its current location that is owned by the Post. In 1987 the Veteran Memorial Park was established. Besides the Post members, the Post is fortunate to also include Men’s Auxiliary, Ladies Auxiliary and the Booster members. After 70 years, the Post is still giving back to the community and serving fellow Veterans.

Darke County Center for the Arts continues their 2017-2018 season with bluegrass singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Rhonda Vincent and her band The Rage. “Rightfully known as ‘Queen of Bluegrass,’ Rhonda Vincent and her award-winning voice reach beyond the boundaries of bluegrass to power a show that thrills lovers of music from any genre,” stated DCCA Artistic Director Keith Rawlins. “And her band, The Rage, includes some of the greatest musicians in the world,” Rawlins continued. “DCCA is truly pleased to bring these outstanding artists to our community,” he concluded. The concert begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25.

Rhonda’s band, The Rage, consists of Aaron McDaris, who has been called the premier banjo player in the world of Bluegrass music. Other members of The Rage include fiddler Hunter Berry, who is not only a top-rated musician, but also Rhonda Vincent’s son-in-law, and dobro player Brent Burke, the first person to ever receive a B.A. in Bluegrass Music. Multi-instrumentalist Mickey Harris, a thirteen-year member of the band, also sings any and all vocal parts, a skill also possessed by Josh Williams who also plays almost every instrument well.

Don and Mary Jane Dietrich, Coppock-Hole Trust, The Bistro Off Broadway, Greenville National Bank, are also sponsoring the concert by Rhonda Vincent and the Rage. Additionally, the Ohio Arts Council helps fund this program with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. DCCA also receives operating support from the Harry D. and Esther Stephens Memorial as well as funding from the Ketrow Foundation and Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust Fund. DCCA membership contributions also help support this show.

Very few seats remain for this show; however, tickets may be purchased by contacting the DCCA Office at 937-547-0908 or online at www.CenterForArts.net.

DCCA presents and promotes performing and fine arts encouraging cultural enrichment. For more information on DCCA and the 2017-2018 ARTS COUNT Season contact the DCCA office at (937) 547-0908 or visit our website CenterForArts.net.

Influenza on the Rise in Darke County

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Greenville, Ohio – In the past six weeks, Darke County has seen a drastic increase in Influenza, primarily Influenza A cases. In December, there were 14 flu-associated hospitalizations and in the first week of January, there have already been 12 hospitalizations. These numbers are expected to continue to rise over the next couple of months.

The flu is different than the common cold. Symptoms of the flu include: fever, chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headaches, and fatigue. Children can also have vomiting and diarrhea. Most people recover from the flu; however, it can lead to more serious complications such as pneumonia and respiratory failure. Pregnant women, young children, people over 65, and those with chronic medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease are considered high risk for the flu.

Emergency warning signs of the flu in children include: difficulty breathing, bluish skin color, not drinking enough fluids, difficulty waking up, irritability, and fever with a rash. In adults, more serious symptoms include: chest pain, difficulty breathing, dizziness, and confusion. Emergency symptoms in infants are being unable to eat, trouble breathing, no tears when crying, and significantly less wet diapers than normal. If you have any of these symptoms, it is important to seek medical attention.

There are many ways to prevent getting, or spreading, the flu. If you are already ill, it is important to avoid contact with people for 24 hours after the fever subsides, cover your mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing, wash your hands frequently, and take antiviral drugs if prescribed by your doctor. In order to protect yourself from the flu, the most effective way is to get immunized. Other ways to prevent contracting the flu are: avoid close contact with sick people, wash your hands frequently, disinfect surfaces at home, get plenty of rest, drink plenty of fluids, and eat a nutritious diet.

It is not too late to get your flu shot. The Darke County Health Department is offering flu shots on a walk-in basis, Monday thru Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Immunizations are also offered at many doctor’s offices and pharmacies.

Friends of the Library's Author’s Night

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The Friends of the Greenville Public Library’s first Author’s Night 2018 is Friday January 26th at Montage Cafe in downtown Greenville! Doors open at 6:00 and the program starts at 7:00. Come early for a nice supper and the groovy music of Bill Westfall and J.R. Price. Our first author is Dana Brown who won a Silver Medal at the Florida Authors and Publishers 2017 Presidential Awards on August 5th for her first novel Lottie Loser.

Dana shares “One day an idea for a book started to form in my mind, and for the next two years, whenever my husband and I were riding bikes, my debut novel Lottie Loser was written...at least in my head! After years in a very fulfilling job in banking, I realized that if I wanted my book to be a reality I would need to devote myself to getting the words out of my head and on to paper, so I retired early and became a fulltime author.”

Dana and her husband reside in Indiana but love traveling to the “laid-back islands of Florida.“ They have three daughters who support her writing. “I am currently working on the sequel Call Me Charlotte and have a plot in mind for at least one more book about Lottie, her relationships and how she deals with the ups and downs of life.”

Dana visited the Library last summer and is seen with Librarian Rachel Brock and her first novel!

Early Intervention Services From Darke County General Health District and Board of Developmental Disabilities

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Positive early experiences are essential prerequisites for later success in school, the workplace, and the community. Services to young children who have or are at risk for developmental delays have been shown to positively impact outcomes across developmental domains, including motor skills, language and communication, cognitive development, and social/emotional development. Families benefit from early intervention by being able to better meet their children’s needs from an early age and throughout their lives.

WHY INTERVENE EARLY?

Decades of rigorous research show that children’s earliest experiences play a critical role in brain development. The Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University has summarized this research:

  • Neural circuits, which create the foundation for learning, behavior and health, are most flexible or “plastic” during the first three years of life. Over time, they become increasingly difficult to change.
  • The brain is strengthened by positive early experiences, especially stable relationships with caring and responsive adults, safe and supportive environments, and appropriate nutrition.
  • Early social/ emotional development and physical health provide the foundation upon which cognitive and language skills develop.
  • High quality early intervention services can change a child’s developmental trajectory and improve outcomes for children, families, and communities.
  • Intervention is likely to be more effective and less costly when it is provided earlier in life rather than later.

Early Intervention services are available through the collaborative efforts of the Darke County General Health District and the Darke County Board of Developmental Disabilities.

If you have a child between the ages of zero and three, you are a Darke County resident, and you have concerns about your child’s development call (937)548-4196. Your child may qualify for FREE physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, or early intervention services.

FINANCIAL ACHIEVEMENT SERVICES, INC. (FAS) ANNOUNCES THE ADDITION OF JULIA PLESSINGER TO THEIR GREENVILLE TEAM

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(January 4, 2018 GREENVILLE, OHIO) Financial Achievement Services Inc., a 40-year-old financial services firm in Greenville Ohio, announces the addition of Julia Plessinger as the newest member of their team.

Julia joined the FAS team as our newest Administrative Assistant after working for over 15 years in office administration and client service roles for the Financial Services industry. Julia will be the face at the front desk and will be our main point of contact for FAS client communication and scheduling.

Julia is a graduate of Greenville High School and attended Edison Community College. She resides in Greenville with her two teenage sons and is an active member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Piqua Ohio.

“We are so happy to have Julia join the FAS team. Her 15 years of previous industry experience working in Miami County is a huge benefit, both to our administrative staff and our clients,” says Matt Arnold, FAS President and an Investment Advisor Representative with Signator Investors, Inc. “FAS has been strategically building a stellar group of individuals that will help the company grow and serve our clients in the best ways possible.”

Securities and Investment Advisory Services offered through Signator Investors, Inc., Member FINRA, SIPC, and Registered Investment Advisor. Financial Achievement Services is independent of Signator Investors, Inc.

About Financial Achievement Services Inc., 5116 Children’s Home-Bradford Road, Greenville, Ohio 45331:

Financial Achievement Services, Inc., provides the guidance you need for navigating life’s twists and turns. The FAS team offers a full range of financial services designed to provide a clear, no-nonsense financial roadmap; simple solutions designed to help achieve your plans for your life. Our goal is to take the mystery out of investing, managing risk, tax strategies, preparing for retirement and ultimately, transferring the wealth you’ve worked to build to those you care about most.

Learn more about Financial Achievement Services, Inc. by visiting their web site at www.teamfas.com, or their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/teamfasinc.

Friday, January 12, 2018

New Madison Library Closing Early Today [Friday, January 12]

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Due to worsening road conditions, New Madison Public Library will be closing @ 4:00PM on Fri. Jan. 12, 2018. Please check our Facebook Page or call 937-996-1741 before venturing out on Saturday.

Depending on road conditions, we might not open on Saturday, Jan. 13.

[Saturday, January 13] LEVEL 1 SNOW ADVISORY CANCELLED

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Update: 

As of Saturday at noon, the snow advisory is cancelled. Some rural roads are still pretty rough, so please still exercise caution when out and about.


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Yo, it's getting dangerous out there. Stay home if you can help it! Here's the Sheriff's statement:
Sheriff Toby L. Spencer announced that at 2:30 p.m. on January 12, 2018, Darke County will be at a Level One snow advisory. A Level One Snow Advisory means all roadways are hazardous. Caution should be used if travel is necessary.
Travel is not being limited at this time; however, blowing and drifting snow is causing some roadways to become slick and hazardous.

Thank you for your patience during these severe weather conditions.
I will  keep this post updated with the latest information from the Sheriff's Department, but I encourage you to keep an eye on their Facebook page for the up to the minute status of local road conditions.

Greenville City Schools Update - January 2018

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By Superintendent Doug Fries

Greenville City Schools has had a great first semester of the 2017-18 school year, both academically and with extracurricular activities. Thanks to the hard work of our students and staff and the support of our parents and community, the first semester is nearing the end and has been very educational and productive. Our enrollment is up between 65 and 70 students this year.

Students returned from Winter Break this year on Wednesday, January 3, 2018. There will be no school on Martin Luther King Day, January 15, 2018 and the first semester ends on Friday, January 19, 2018. There will also be a staff workday on Monday, January 22, 2018 with no school for students.

It has been wonderful to have our students and staff in the new K-8 facility for the first full year. The community can continue to be proud of providing this state of the art facility for staff to educate our young elementary and middle school students for decades to come. The new building is truly allowing for twenty first century learning and instruction to take place. We are also fortunate this year to have most punch list items completed on the building. The building has been functioning and performing as designed.

The K-8 complex continues to function with all bus drop off and pickups from the rear of the building and all parent drop off and pick ups from the front of the building. We continue to appreciate everyone slowing down on Ohio Street and Main Street in the school zone to allow for a safe traffic flow. The City of Greenville may soon add some pedestrian crossing lights on our two Ohio Street crossings which will assist our crossing guards. The district would like to thank the City of Greenville for this anticipated new feature.

We have completed the demolition at the Jr. High and soon will be done at the former Woodland Heights building. The asphalt parking lot will have to hold off until next Spring at Memorial Hall. Storm drainage and grading work is complete. Some curb and sidewalk work may take place over the Winter. The fence will stay up around the perimeter of the parking lot until work is complete.

2018 Work as Worship Retreat

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God has a purpose for us on this earth. That calling is to be on mission for God where He has placed us. And since many people spend the majority of their waking hours on the job, we have to stop compartmentalizing life into “spiritual activities” and “work activities.” How are we living examples of the gospel while we work?

You’re invited to the 2018 Work as Worship Retreat, where eleven influential business leaders and pastors will discuss what it looks like to connect faith and work. Taking place as a 1–Day Local Church Retreat on February 23, 2018, the live event in Dallas will be web-streamed to over 2,000 churches around the world.

Join Patrick Lencioni (Author, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team), Joel Manby (CEO, SeaWorld), Phil Vischer (Creator, VeggieTales and Jellyfish Labs), Wendy Davidson (President, US Specialty Channels Kellogg Company), Matt Chandler (Lead Pastor, The Village Church), and others in a day filled with real-life stories, biblical teaching, and practical wisdom that will equip believers in the marketplace to see their work as an opportunity to care for their families, fulfill their calling, and bring glory to God.

This event will be hosted by First Presbyterian Church at 114 East Fourth Street, Greenville from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The cost is $25 per person and includes materials and lunch. To ensure accurate lunch orders, First Presbyterian Church appreciates your registration no later than February 16, 2018. All registrations are processed through RightNow Media.

Go to First Presbyterian Church’s website at www.greenvillepres.org to find a link to learn more or register for the Retreat. This retreat is available to anyone interested and is perfect for local business staff, team building, and inspiration.

COFFEE WITH THE COMMISSIONER

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January brings the first “Coffee with the Commissioner” of the year. Now that the holidays are over, it is time to hold the 1st “Coffee w/the Commissioner”. This will take place on Saturday, January 20th from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. at the A&B Coffee and Cake Co. in Greenville. Come and join me with any questions/concerns that you may have. This is your chance to meet with your county official.

Once again, the date is January 20th, from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. at the A&B Coffee and Cake Company. Hope to see you there!

Kim Knick Named VHCC December Employee of the Month

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Kim Knick
Versailles Health Care Center is pleased to announce Kim Knick as the December 2017 Employee of the Month. Knick first joined the VHCC nursing team in December 2009 as a State Tested Nursing Assistant. She was recognized by her fellow co-workers for always being pleasant, kind, and a great worker. Kim takes great care of her residents and goes above and beyond to make them happy.

Mary Ann Ford, Nurse Manager, added “Kim always comes to work with a positive attitude. She is a pleasure to be around and the residents love her.” Knick received a monetary bonus for her outstanding accomplishments. She also earned the designated Employee of the Month parking spot. Congratulations to Kim Knick!

Edison State Darke County Students Present on the Dangers of Bullying

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Following a presentation by Edison State students, second graders at Greenville Elementary proudly show off their “I’m a good buddy” cards.
The message was simple: Be a good buddy, not a bully! Nine teams of Edison State Darke County Fundamentals of Communications students went to four school districts, plus the Greenville Public Library, in December to talk to youth and adults about the rapidly increasing problem of bullying.

“Every one of you has experienced or seen bullying at one time or another,” said one team after asking students three fundamental questions: Have you ever been bullied? Have you ever been a bully? Have you ever seen bullying occur? Typically more than half of the students indicated they had been bullied, about a quarter admitted to being a bully, and nearly all said they’d witnessed bullying.

The nine teams, consisting of 54 Edison State students, talked about bullying to nearly 400 students at Ansonia Intermediate, Greenville Intermediate, Mississinawa Elementary, Greenville Elementary and adults at Greenville Library. They spoke of the harm it causes and what to do if it happens.

What is bullying? “Bullying is being mean a lot,” they told a class of second-grade students. “Always pushing or hitting someone, or saying bad things to someone.”

Physical and verbal bullying is easy to recognize. A form that’s harder to recognize, but can be just as harmful, is social bullying. It includes telling lies or saying mean things behind someone’s back, or excluding someone from a game or group activity. The fourth form – and most quickly growing – is cyberbullying.

“Verbal bullying is most common right now,” one team told a fourth-grade class, “but cyberbullying is almost as bad, and it’s getting worse.” It can affect kids as young as third and fourth grade because of the Internet games they play. “It’s easy to be a cyber bully,” the students said. “Nobody has to know who you are.”

Students told adults at the library that signs that a child is being bullied include unexplainable injuries, lost or destroyed personal items, faking illness to avoid going to school, changes in eating habits and difficulty sleeping or frequent nightmares.

Their message to kids if they are being bullied, or see someone being bullied? “Tell a teacher, your parents or another trusted adult!”

“Fundamental of Communication students at Edison State Darke County Campus have been conducting these presentations for several semesters,” said Edison State Darke County Campus Dean Chad Beanblossom. “I commend the students and their instructor for the time and effort put into these important presentations. As a college, we have a responsibility to serve our community, and this is just one example of how we are doing this.”

Edison State Darke County Fundamentals of Communication students use the skills they learn in the course to give back to their community. Their fall presentations are about bullying. In the spring their message is about drug abuse. Beginning with the 2016-17 school year, Edison State students also have begun tutoring struggling young people, kindergarten through sixth grade, in the Greenville City School District.

BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS RECEIVES GRANT

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Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust contributes to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County is pleased to accept a grant from the Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust for the use of computer upgrades. With technology ever-changing, updates are imperative for the organization to continue offering beneficial mentoring programs in our local schools and communities. In 2017, the agency served over 500 children ages 18 and younger. Children enrolled in the program are provided with positive role models who offer guidance, support, and life-enhancing activities. Additionally, Big Brothers Big Sisters offers a Big Buddies mentoring program where high school freshman, sophomores, juniors, and seniors meet two times per month for site-based activities which are planned and supervised by agency staff. Each high school student is assigned to work with one or two children throughout the nine month program.

Big Brothers Big Sisters’ vision is for all children to achieve success in life. Their mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better forever. By partnering with parent/guardians, volunteers, and others in the community they are accountable for each child in their program achieving higher aspirations, greater confidence, better relationships, avoidance of risky behaviors, and educational success.

Big Brothers Big Sisters is a non-profit, United Way member agency, and is supported through financial contributions and annual fundraisers. Their next fundraiser, Bowl for Kids’ Sake, will be held on March 2 and 3 at both Treaty Lanes in Greenville and Bel-Mar Lanes in Sidney. If you would like to make a big difference in the life of a child, either through volunteering, financial contribution, or event sponsorship; please contact the agency at 937-492-7611, 937-547-9622, or go to www.bigbrobigsis-shelbydarke.org for more information.

Pictured: Big Sister Debbie Bueter and Little Sister Cynthia Morgan, daughter of Tim Morgan, enjoy their time together during Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids' Sake event at Treaty Lanes last January.  Their match is one of many created by the agency.

VERSAILLES HEALTH CARE CENTER WELCOMES NEW ASSISTANT BUSINESS OFFICE MANAGER, KELLI HECHT, TO TEAM

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Kelli Hecht, ABOM
The staff at Versailles Health Care Center is excited to welcome Kelli Hecht as the Assistant Business Office Manager (ABOM) at Versailles Health Care Center.

Hecht is a lifelong resident of Darke County, growing up in Versailles, Ohio. She currently resides in Versailles with her husband Nathan, and five children. Kelli started her career at Apria Healthcare doing patient collections, and went on to patient pay for Durable Medical Equipment. In Kelli’s free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, camping, and helping her husband and children with show cows for the 4-H Beef Club. Kelli stated “I am very excited to start my role as the Assistant Business Office Manager here at VHCC!” Therese Pohlman, Business Office Manager stated “ Kelli has shown the willingness to learn and take charge of her new position here at VHCC and I look forward to working with her for many years.”

Versailles Health Care Center is a skilled nursing and rehabilitation center that offers long-term care, short-term rehab services, and outpatient therapy. Versailles Health Care Center accepts Medicaid, Medicare, and most insurance. If you are interested in learning more about Versailles Health Care Center, please call at 937-526-5570 or visit on the web at www.versailleshealthcare.com.

Arcanum's Village Singers Have a Busy Christmas Season

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The Village Singers, an Arcanum-based community choir, provided Christmas music entertainment at various places this past season. The Village Singers organized over 25 years ago when a group of alumni choir members from Arcanum High School decided to get together and sing. At one time there were around 50 people singing in the group. Changes have occurred and people have aged, but about 20 die-hard members still get together, under the direction of Rosanna Bogan, to provide some Christmas cheer wherever they can. 

The 2017 performances included Brookdale of Greenville (Nov. 30), 1st United Methodist Church of Greenville (Dec. 1), The Village Green of Greenville (Dec. 5), Rest Haven of Greenville (Dec. 8), and caroling in Ivester Park for the Arcanum Celebration of Lights & Santa Parade (Dec. 9). If you are interested in more information about the Village Singers, contact Jean Kelly at 692-6248.

Wager on the Arts Celebration Gala

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The Tipp City Area Arts Council will host its annual Wager on the Arts Celebration Gala on Saturday, January 27th at the Tipp City Eagles (2nd floor) located at 202 E. Main St, Tipp City. TCAAC members and guests will enjoy a buffet dinner catered by Christopher’s Restaurant and Catering along with an evening filled with casino-style games. Game winnings can be used to bid on items donated by local artists, community members and businesses.

Auction and raffle items will include original pieces of art, as well as, themed gift baskets, tickets and gift certificates to local events and businesses, and other great items. Help TCAAC’s endeavors to support the arts in our community while enjoying a night out. Cost is $25 for members; $30 for non-members. Cocktail hour will commence at 5:30 P.M. followed by dinner at 6:30; a dessert bar will be offered for after dinner sweet treats. A cash bar will also be available. Seating is limited so be sure to RSVP and pay by January 22rd. You may purchase your ticket online at www.tippcityartscouncil.com/wager-on-the-arts or mail your check to Tipp City Area Arts Council, Box 74, Tipp City, OH 45371. Make checks payable to Tipp City Area Arts Council. Casual attire is acceptable but feel free to “put on the Ritz” and join us for Celebration of the Arts!

Safety Council learns Yoga relaxation techniques and donates to BRC

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The Darke County Chamber of Commerce Safety Council met in December to hear a program on Yoga relaxation techniques and present a check to the Brethren Retirement Community. Shown from left Chamber of Commerce President Sharon Deschambeau presenting a check to Kara Allread, BRC Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer; Program Speaker Ty Baumann, president, Rebsco, Inc., yoga instructor and reiki practitioner; and Kent Myers, vice president, Brumbaugh Construction and Safety Council Chairman.
GREENVILLE - The Darke County Safety Council sponsored by the Darke County Chamber of Commerce hosted its monthly luncheon meeting at the Brethren Retirement Community (BRC) on December 14, 2017. The program topic was, "Benefits of Yoga at work and at home". Safety Council members learned how to relieve stress through relaxation techniques using breathing and chair yoga. The program speaker was Ty Baker-Baumann, owner of Rebsco, Inc. in Greenville, yoga instructor and reiki practitioner.

Baker-Baumann received her 200RYT in 2011 and since that time has received additional training in Pre/Postnatal Yoga, Trauma Sensitive Yoga, Pranayama practices, Laughter Yoga, to name a few. She currently teaches regularly at Nature’s Heart Yoga Studio in Greenville and balance Yoga by amanda in Piqua. In addition to public classes, she offers services, programs and projects for individuals, small groups and work locations.

Ty recently founded The Good Stuff Foundation, a non-profit focusing on providing services such as yoga, mindfulness and other ancillary educational and wellness services to those who might not otherwise be able to afford it.

During the meeting, the Safety Council awarded a check in the amount of $2,000 to the BRC. The check was presented to BRC Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer Kara Allread and BRC Marketing Director Holly Hill. The BRC has graciously provided meeting space and a meal for the Safety Council for more than 20 years.

"On behalf of the board, residents and staff of Brethren Retirement Community, I want to say thank you for your extreme generosity. This will help us continue our ministry and mission here in the Darke County community, so we consider it very much an honor to receive this and we'll put this to good use," said Allread. The Darke County Safety Council is co-sponsored by the Darke County Chamber of Commerce and the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ compensation Division of Safety and Hygiene. Thousands of Ohio employers find value and worker’s compensation premium rebates by actively participating in their local safety councils and you can join them! To earn safety council rebate, employers must meet rebate eligibility requirements in one of 80 BWC-sponsored safety councils. For more information on how to join the Safety Council visit www.darkecountyohio.com or contact the Darke County Chamber at (937) 548-2102.

New Madison Public Library Elects Officers

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At their December Board meeting the Trustees of the New Madison Public Library elected officers – President, Gwen Tinkle; Vice President, Michael Ross; Secretary, Christel Brooks. The Board will continue to meet on the 2nd Monday of each month @ 5:00PM; guests are always welcomed. Follow NMPL on Facebook to learn about upcoming events and programs like our newest storytime designed for parents and their infants or toddlers @ 10:00AM on Thursday, Jan. 11. For questions or more info, call us at 937-996-1741.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Union City, OH Woman Killed in One Vehicle Roll Over Crash

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On January 8, 2018 at approximately 4:39pm, Darke County Sheriff Deputies along with Union City Fire and Rescue and Darke County Coroners Office responded to the intersection of State Route 571 and Kniseley Road for a one vehicle roll-over fatal crash.

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2004 Silver GMC Envoy driven by Johnanna K. Beam 39, of Union City, OH. was traveling eastbound in the 2500 block of State Route 571 and drove off the left side of the roadway down an embankment when the vehicle then went airborne over Kniseley Road and rolling several times ejecting the driver. Beam was pronounced dead at the scene. This marks the second fatal crash in 2018.

This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office and Darke County Coroners Office.

Truck Driver from Goshen, Indiana in Fatal Semi Crash

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On January 8, 2018 at approximately 1059 am Darke County Deputies along with Ansonia Rescue, North Star Fire, and Osgood Fire, responded to an injury accident in the 7000 block of North Star Ft. Loramie Rd.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Red, 2013 Volvo tractor/trailer, driven by Wilbur Miller , 75, of Goshen, Indiana was traveling West on North Star Ft Loramie East of Rismiller Road. Miller’s vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway and continued traveling West in the ditch. Miller’s vehicle came back onto the roadway where he over corrected and traveled back off the right side of the roadway coming to rest after striking a tree. Miller succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. North Star Fire had to extricate Miller by mechanical means.

This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office.

Semi with 700 Feeder Pigs Overturns on Monday Afternoon Accident

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On January 8, 2018 at 2:24 PM Darke County Deputies along with New Madison Fire and Tri Village Rescue were dispatched to the 2700 block of Preble County Butler Township Road reference a semi rollover accident with entrapment.

Preliminary investigation revealed that Michael D. Willey, 45 of Winchester, Indiana, was driving a 2006 Kenworth semi truck and trailer northbound on Preble County Butler Township Road, when he drove off the right side of the roadway, struck a utility pole, and overturned onto its passenger side. Willey's stock trailer held 700 feeder pigs, which were transported from the scene by other vehicles.

Willey, who was cited for failure to maintain reasonable control, was treated and released at the scene.

BLUEGRASS QUEEN RHONDA VINCENT COMES TO GREENVILLE

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Darke County Center for the Arts will present bluegrass singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Rhonda Vincent and her band The Rage at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville on Saturday, January 20.
Darke County Center for the Arts will present bluegrass singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Rhonda Vincent and her band The Rage at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville on Saturday, January 20. The third of DCCA’s 2017-2018 Artists Series concerts, the show begins at 8 p.m. “Rightfully known as ‘Queen of Bluegrass,’ Rhonda Vincent and her award-winning voice reach beyond the boundaries of bluegrass to power a show that thrills lovers of music from any genre,” stated DCCA Artistic Director Keith Rawlins. “And her band, The Rage, includes some of the greatest musicians in the world,” Rawlins continued. “DCCA is truly pleased to bring these outstanding artists to our community,” he concluded.

A fifth generation musician, Rhonda Vincent’s musical career started at age five when she sang gospel songs with her family’s band and continued throughout her childhood as she mastered playing several instruments including mandolin and fiddle, recording her very first single in 1970 when she was only eight years old. The Missouri native has since been named Female Vocalist of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association several times as well as IBMA’s Entertainer of the Year in 2001.

Rhonda’s band, The Rage, consists of Aaron McDaris, who has been called the premier banjo player in the world of Bluegrass music. Other members of The Rage include fiddler Hunter Berry, who is not only a top-rated musician, but also Rhonda Vincent’s son-in-law, and dobro player Brent Burke, the first person to ever receive a B.A. in Bluegrass Music. Multi-instrumentalist Mickey Harris, a thirteen-year member of the band, also sings any and all vocal parts, a skill also possessed by Josh Williams who also plays almost every instrument well.

Don and Mary Jane Dietrich, Coppock-Hole Trust, The Bistro Off Broadway, Greenville National Bank, and Greenville V.F.W. Post #7262 are sponsoring the concert by Rhonda Vincent and the Rage. Additionally, the Ohio Arts Council helps fund this program with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. DCCA also receives operating support from the Harry D. and Esther Stephens Memorial as well as funding from the Ketrow Foundation and Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust Fund. DCCA membership contributions also help support this show.

Very few seats remain for this show; however, tickets may be reserved by contacting DCCA at 937-547-0908 or dcca@centerforarts.net, or purchased at DCCA's office located within Greenville Public Library or online at www.CenterForArts.net.

DCCA PRESENTS “A TASTE OF WINE AND JAZZ XXXI”

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Darke County Center for the Arts will present “A Taste of Wine and Jazz” on Friday, January 19 at Montage Cafe in downtown Greenville; doors open at 6:30 p.m. The wine tasting party, a fundraiser for the local arts organization, will feature food and music in addition to a selection of fine wines. “DCCA invites our community to shrug off the chill of winter and join us for a warm and wonderful evening of fun,” said DCCA Executive Director Andrea Jordan.

Music will be provided by Deron Bell and his “Jazz For You” band, a group that has earned a large local following. “Deron and the band are extremely skilled musicians who love to play and are dedicated to making sure that their audience has a good time,” DCCA Artistic Director Keith Rawlins explained. The band's performance is made possible by the following sponsors: Kent and Melinda Myers; Edward Jones Investment representatives Dave Connelly, Ryan Carpe, and Todd Subler; Fry and Company; and, Geoff and Jessie Surber.

“A Taste of Wine and Jazz” provides a casual social setting where attendees can enjoy the music or visit with friends while discovering the differing attributes of a variety of wines. Montage proprietors Aaron and Michelle Cox will prepare an exciting array of hors d'oeuvres to complement the wine selections. “Montage provides the perfect setting for our event,” Ms. Jordan said. “It's a place where everyone feels comfortable and ready to enjoy a truly amazing party,” she concluded. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets to “A Taste of Wine and Jazz” are $35 each, and are available at Montage and at www.centerforarts.net, or can be ordered by contacting DCCA at 937-547-0908 or dcca@centerforarts.net.

ENTER TO WIN A GOURMET DINNER FOR 8!

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Your food will be prepared by the Gourmet Dinner Club. You get to choose the time and place where your meal will be served. Tickets are $5 each or 6 for $25. If you wish to enter, please contact Christine for further information at Cancer Association of Darke County 548-9960 or email at director@cadcinfo.org The deadline for mailing tickets is February 7, 2018.

Drawing will be held February 12, 2018 and the winner will be notified right away.

All proceeds go to the Cancer Association of Darke County. Thank you for your support of Darke County cancer patients.

Deer Crossing Road Leads to Crash Near Arcanum on January 3rd

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On January 3, 2018 at approximately 9:45pm Darke County Deputies along with Arcanum Rescue and Arcanum Fire, responded to an injury accident located at 4032 State Route 49.

Preliminary investigation revealed a White, 1999 Honda Accord, driven by Trenda Campbell , 49, of Greenville was traveling Northwest on State Route 49. Campbell advised a deer ran onto the roadway causing her to travel off the left side of the roadway. After leaving the roadway Campbell’s vehicle struck a utility pole, overturning, and coming to rest after striking a parked motor vehicle. Campbell was treated for her injuries and released at the scene.

This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office.

GET TO KNOW YOUR KINDLE

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The Arcanum Public Library will be holding a “Get to know your Kindle” class on Thursday, January 11 from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. Patrons are invited to bring their Kindle to get familiar with it, install the new library app, learn to browse the selections, and find out how to load your device with books. No registration is required for this drop-in program.

The library is pleased to announce its Winter Reading Challenge for adults. The challenge will run from January 1 – March 31. Every book a patron reads counts for an entry for monthly prizes and the drawing for the grand prize – a Kindle. Check with the library for more details, and come in to pick up log sheets.

On Tuesday, January 16, there will be an adult coloring session at 4:00 p.m. Come enjoy the relaxed atmosphere, create a masterpiece, and gab with friends. Supplies are provided, and beverages are served. This is a drop-in event; no registration required.

Also on Tuesday, January 16 will be the next book club meeting. Come join us at 5:30 to discuss “Long Way Gone” by Charles Martin, and to pick up the next book, “Caroline” by Sarah Miller. Newcomers always welcome! Snacks are served. This is a drop-in event; no registration required.

The StoryTime program for preschoolers will be held on Tuesday, January 9, 16, 23, and 30 at 10:00. Come join us for stories, songs, crafts, and fun. No registration is needed, just drop in and enjoy.

The after school club for kids in grades 1-4 will meet on Tuesday, January 9, 16, 23, and 30 from 3:45 – 4:45. Kids can come in to hang out with friends, enjoy a snack, make a craft or do an experiment, or play a game. No registration is needed.

Beginning in February, the Library Board of Trustees will meet on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 6:00 p.m. These meetings are open to the public.

Call the library with any questions at 937-962-8484. Patrons can also go to our website at www.arcanumpubliclibrary.org, find us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter.

BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS RECEIVES GRANT FOR AT-RISK YOUTH

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County received a $3,000 grant from the Vectren Foundation to address the mentoring needs of at-risk youth through their after-school Big Buddies program. “This grant will enable Big Brothers Big Sisters to continue offering our much-needed Big Buddies mentoring program to children facing adversity in our community,” said Executive Director, Jennifer Bruns.

Big Buddies is a nine-month commitment where high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors volunteer two times per month to mentor elementary students. During these meetings, high school students, under the supervision of Big Brothers Big Sisters staff, work with one or two children on different educational and recreational activities. This year’s program focuses on ecological awareness and earth-friendly practices. The program also promotes social and emotional development through various activities.

“Vectren is proud to support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County in addressing the needs of after-school mentoring programs in our communities,” said Rachel Goodspeed, Vectren Community Affairs Manager. “At-risk students benefit in a wide variety of ways from healthy, meaningful relationships, not only in improving their academic performance, but also developing their confidence and behavior both in and out of school.”

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County was founded in 1977 to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better forever. For more information regarding services provided, volunteer openings, or sponsorship opportunities, please call 937-492-7611, 937-547-9622, or visit www.bigbrobigsis-shelbydarke.org for more information.

The Vectren Foundation strives to become a community catalyst in the communities where we live and work, leveraging everyday opportunities to achieve extraordinary outcomes. The Vectren Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization funded by Vectren shareholders and governed by a board of directors. Go to www.vectrenfoundation.org to learn more.

Foundation announces 500 Club winners

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The Greenville Schools Foundation continues to support Greenville students by awarding grants to teachers and other district leaders to fund projects and purchases that benefit a wide variety of student activities that cannot be funded through the school district’s budget.
The 500 Club raffle, going on now for the third year in a row offers three opportunities to win each month – all for a ticket costing $10.00. Proceeds from the sale of tickets go directly to help make these extra student activities possible.

Winners during the last quarter of 2017 are as follows:

October
November
December
$50.00  Brad Bixler
$50.00  Chris Etzell
$50.00  Amy Fulk
$20.00  Susan Barker          
$20.00  Cindy Libert  
$20.00  Marc Shields
$10.00  Jason Shields
$10.00  Laura Bemus 
$10.00  Carl Brown

There are still plenty (18) of chances to win! You can buy a ticket by calling 548-9895 or 548-1530.

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