Friday, October 31, 2014

SR 121 to be Temporarily Closed Part of Next Week for Utility Work

State Route 121 (North Ohio Street) will be closed between Main Street and Greenmoor Court from 7:30am Monday Nov. 3rd thru 3:00pm Wednesday Nov. 5th for underground utility work as part of the new school construction project. ODOT detour description is 127 south to 571 west back to 121.

Election Day Dinner, Tuesday, November 4

Ansonia United Methodist Church will be having their annual Election Day Dinner on Tuesday, November 4 from 4:30 - 7:00 pm. The menu will be chicken and noodles (homemade noodles), mashed potatoes, green beans, variety of salads and a variety of desserts. Price is $7.00 for adults, $3.50 for ages 6-12, and children under 6 are free. Please come and join us for a delicious meal and fellowship.

Chinese Tea Ceremony at Library

Jesse Berry from Blue Lantern Tea will demonstrate a traditional Chinese Tea Ceremony at the Library on Thursday November 6th at 6:30 p.m. Many patrons enjoyed this program last winter and will want to savor another cup - and those who have never attended are in for a treat of tea and its interesting background.

Jesse will talk about the history and culture of tea as well as the many health benefits. The ceremony consists of the preparation and serving of tea - everyone will taste a sample! Jesse first discovered artisan quality tea through his Kung Fu practice. Gung Fu Tea is part of the Kung Fu culture and he was attracted to its benefits and philosophy.

Blue Lantern is located at 120 West Third Street and is owned and operated by Jesse & wife Kim, along with the Young Forest Martial Arts Academy which is behind the tea shop. Jesse is a master or Sifu and teaches Kung Fu and Tai Chi/Chi Gung. He also edits an online publication Tea Warrior. Info at,, and

Blue Lantern carries a wide variety of teas from around the world such as Chinese and Taiwanese Green Tea, Oolong Tea, Black Tea, White Tea, Puer Tea, Japanese Green Tea and English Classics from India. Teas of this quality are hard to find. It also sells tea ware, jewelry, soaps, and more. Come and get a “taste” of what this beautiful shop has to offer at our second tea ceremony!

Youth Pheasant Hunting Opportunity

Mulberry Pheasantry to hold hunt for youth 10 to 17 years of age

CAMDEN, OH – Mulberry Pheasantry of Camden, Ohio in conjunction with the Butler County Chapter of Pheasants Forever is once again holding a youth pheasant hunt complete with guides and hunting dogs on Saturday and Sunday November 15 & 16, 2014. The hunt will take place at Mulberry Pheasantry Hunting Preserve, 6099 S.R. 725, Camden, Ohio 45311.

There is a fee of $20.00 and includes 2 roosters, 1 lunch, a blaze orange hunting vest, blaze orange ball cap or box of shogun shells, gun safety discussion and bird cleaning demonstration. A limit of 75 youth per day has been set for this event. Registration deadline is November 10, 2014.

Youth hunters must pre-register by calling Tony or Wilma Petry. Registration information can be found at . Youth that pre-register by mail
will be contacted prior to the hunt. Tony and Wilma Petry (937)787-3912 or (937)533-0081.

Youth hunters must have successfully completed the ODNR Division of Wildlife’s Hunter Safety course prior to the hunt and have a valid hunting license. All youth must be accompanied by a non-hunting adult. Participants are required to wear hunter orange.

For more youth hunting opportunities visit

Edison Brings Peace Week Events to Campus

Keynote speaker and 2014 Dayton Literary
Peace Prize recipient, Karima Bennoune.
Held in conjunction with the Dayton Literary Peace Prize (DLPP), Edison Community College’s English and Communications faculty will be hosting a week of peace-focused events beginning November 3. All Peace Week events will be held at Edison’s Piqua Campus and are free and open to the community. The week’s events include:

  • A special screening of the 2013 Blockbuster, Lone Survivor. The free screening will be followed by a discussion led by Edison professor, Steve Marlowe and feature a panel of recent war veterans–Thursday, October 30 at 6:30 p.m. in Robinson Theater.
  • Readings of student peace poems and an announcement of Edison peace writing contest winners–Monday, November 3 at 6:00 p.m. in the Hub.
  • The Diversity Book Club will hold a brown–bag lunch discussion of select writing from this year’s DLPP Lifetime Achievement Winner, Louise Erdrich–Wednesday, November 5 at 12:00 p.m. in the library.
  • Dramatic readings of recent winning and nominated DLPP literature–Thursday, November 6 at 12:30 p.m. in the cafeteria.
  • The 2014 Dayton Literary Peace Prize Awards Ceremony–Sunday, November 9 at 5:00 p.m. at the Benjamin J. Shuster Center in Dayton. This is an invitation only event.
  • Keynote guest speaker and recipient of the 2014 DLPP, Karima Bennoune will speak about her winning book and research, which tells the mostly untold story of Muslims who are peaceful and as a result are persecuted by radical fundamentalists. In her book titled, “Your Fawta Does Not Apply Here: Untold Stories from the Fight Against Muslim Fundamentalism” she chronicles inspiring stories of a global community of Muslim writers, artists, doctors, musicians, museum curators, lawyers, activists, and educators. Bennoune is a professor of international law at the University of California—Davis School of Law. In addition to her award-winning book, she has published widely in many leading academic journals, as well as in The Guardian, The New York Times, Comment is Free, the website of Al Jazeera English, and The Nation. She will be on campus Monday, November 10 at 12:00 p.m. in the Robinson Theater.
  • During the week, peace-focused stations can be found throughout campus with a special selfie station located in the Hub.

Inspired by the 1995 Dayton Peace Accords that ended the war in Bosnia, the DLPP is the only international literary peace prize awarded in the United States. The Prize celebrates the power of literature to promote peace, social justice, and global understanding.

For further information regarding Peace Week, contact William Loudermilk at

Two Passengers Airlifted After Car Hits Utility Pole

On October 30,2014 at approximately 7:03 PM, Darke County Deputies along with Ansonia Rescue, Versailles Rescue, and Ansonia Fire Department responded to the 6600 block of State Route 242 in reference to a one vehicle, injury crash.

Preliminary investigation revealed that Anthony Price, 20, of Ansonia was driving a red 2004 Chevy Aveo westbound on State Route 242, when he drove off the left side of the roadway, struck a mailbox and a utility pole and overturned, coming to rest on its top.  Price was transported to Wilson Memorial Hospital by Versailles Rescue.  Careflight was dispatched to the Darke County Sheriff's Office landing zone.  The front seat passenger, Tyler Kress, 19, of Ansonia was transported to Miami Valley Hospital by Careflight.  The rear seat passenger, Daniel Brumbaugh, 17, of Ansonia was ejected from the vehicle and was also transported to Miami Valley Hospital by Careflight.

Price, Kress, and Brumbaugh were all treated and released.  This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Fall - By Anne Mangen

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Please join Commissioner Mike Stegall this Saturday, Nov. 1st at the A&B Coffee and Cake Company for the last “Coffee with the Commissioner” for 2014. Since the holidays are approaching, the last 2 years Commissioner Stegall has not held his meetings in late November or December because of Thanksgiving and Christmas. This meeting will be a good time to chat with the Commissioner about problems or concerns, or just to chat, about the direction of your County.

The meeting is from 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. at A&B located at the corner of 4th and Broadway in Greenville. This is one of the Commissioners favorite places because there is usually a good crowd that shows up. Please join in on Sat. Nov. 1st at 8:00 until 10:00 a.m. and enjoy good coffee and find out what is going on in your County. The meetings will resume again in January after the holidays. Until this Saturday, and again until January, Have a Happy Thanksgiving and a very Merry and blessed Christmas!!

Cancer Association of Darke County to hold yearly Gospel Sing

Coming to St Clair Memorial Hall on November 9 at 4 pm.

You won't want to miss this great talent!

Multi Dove A ward winning and Grammy nominated Christian Davis is not only a multi-talented man of God, but the hand of God is evidently working in his life.

It is a rarity in any genre of musical entertainment when someone comes along with an individual talent that can captivate an audience for an entire performance.

Even more of a rarity is when someone comes along with not only the God given talent, but the heart and compassion to make a difference.

During his musical career, Christian began singing professionally in 1998 as a bass vocalist with the Sounds of Liberty, while attending Liberty University. Later that year, Dr. Jerry Falwell, with Christian's persuasion, formed The Old Friends Gospel Hour Quartet (while George Younce was ill.) Christian has also sung with Mercy's Mark and Greater Vision. In addition to his musical career, Christian has served in recruiting for Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth Texas in 2006.

Christian has witnessed countless souls coming to know Jesus as their Savior and has seen them changed by the power of God. He believes the most important thing he can do is to reach the hearts and lives of people through the instrument God blessed him with, his voice.

Christian has suffered personal hardships and as a result, God has given him a special heart for those who are hurting and trying to fill the emptiness in their own lives.

The Cancer Association of Darke County is grateful to Christian for lending his talent for this event and feels that everyone that attends will be blessed by his ministry.

Also performing will be New Dawn.  This group was formed in 2009 when three gospel singers were united by a series of non-related events. Bruce Shank had been singing gospel music since 1997 with various groups. In 2004 he went solo. His sister, Dixie Magee, joined him in 2006 and they performed for several months as a duet. In late 2008, they met Larry Hart, and discovered his vocal talents. Larry was asked to join Bruce and Dixie, and the trio, New Dawn, was formed. The songs they sing speak to the heart – each with its own meaning. They have performed in the tri-state area at churches, fairs, festivals and benefits. They currently have two CD projects produced. (For information about their projects, contact: Bruce Shank @ 937-692-5789)

Admission is free to this concert and there will be a freewill offering taken with all proceeds to go to your local cancer organization that serves Darke County only.  Cancer Association of Darke County is not affiliated with American Cancer Society nor Relay for Life.  The organization is supported by United Way and others who donate generously to help our local cancer patients.  Please call Christine at 548-9960 if you have questions about this event or the organization.

Thank you for your continued support!

New Madison Public Library Receives Memorial Bench

The Friends of the New Madison Public Library were proud to present the library with a new outdoor bench in memory of Mary and Wells Behee. Mary was an active member of the Friends group, and she and Wells were avid, vocal supporters of the library. Shortly after their untimely death, the Friends received several generous donations in their memory. The group decided to purchase a bench from the Darke County Solid Waste District. The bench, which is made from recycled milk jugs, is located in front of the library near the flowers that the Behees loved. As an added benefit, the Darke County Solid Waste District donated an additional bench to the library for use by its patrons. Both gifts were welcomed and have already become a popular spot for New Madison residents and Tri-Village students.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

16 Year Old Driver Airlifted Following Accident

On October 28, 2014 at 5:55pm Darke County Deputies along with Greenville Rescue, Greenville Township Fire Department and Care flight were dispatched to State Route 571 and Wagner Rd. on a single vehicle accident.

The accident investigation showed a 16 year old, (name not released) female was driving a 1998 Dodge Dakota pickup truck in the 2800 block of State Route 571. The driver failed to negotiate the curve at State Route 571 and Wagner Rd. The pickup went off the West side of the roadway and down a steep embankment. The driver of the vehicle was transported by Care flight to Miami Valley Hospital in serious condition.

This accident remains under investigation.

Arcanum Wayne Trail Historical Society presents "A Tribute To Our Military"

November 1st at 11:00 a.m. all are welcome when the Arcanum Wayne Trail Historical Society presents "A Tribute To Our Military" honoring veterans and those currently serving in our Armed Forces.

The ceremony will be held at the Veterans Memorial Park next to the Historical Society, 123 W. George St., Arcanum.

We invite veterans, those currently serving, their family and friends to attend.

Over 180 flags will fly in honor of those whose names have been submitted for this event. Following the ceremony, including the laying of a wreath at the Veterans Memorial, you are encouraged to view the flags of all those being honored, to reflect on their valor.

Please join us for a reception in the Historical Society. View the "Missing Man Table" and other military memorabilia displays. Many photos of our service men and women will be displayed as well. If you have a photo you would like to share please bring it with you.

The "Missing Man Table" has symbolic items placed to remind us of their duty to our country and the love of family and friends awaiting their return. It is a somber reminder of all those who left but did not return.

Flags will be displayed until after Veterans Day Nov. 11th. On Nov. 12th & 13th those who submitted names may take the flags with their honoree's name attached.

They hope you take this time to honor our military men and women. Everyone is welcome to the ceremony and the reception which follows.

Arcanum Wayne Trail Historical Society is dedicated to collecting artifacts and memorabilia of Southern Darke County, recording the history of its people and events.

Museum Looking for Items for Christmas

Your hometown museum is looking for Victorian era decorations for our tree and display as well as any items that show home life before 1910. Also fresh pine, holly and other fresh seasonal greenery are needed on or before November 10th to help prepare for the holidays. We also are looking for toys from the 40’s & 50’s to put in our mercantile story. If you remember Toy Land at Martin’s, you have an idea of what we are looking for. We are also looking for Post Office history, artifacts, and pictures to tell the special story of the Post Office in our communities. Hope you can help. You may contact us and leave a message at the museum at 526-4222 or Facebook us!

We will be closed November 9th for decorating but will have special hours on Nov. 14, 15, and 16th.

If you loaned us art we will be happy to have those picked up on Monday Nov. 3rd from 10 till 2 or by calling the museum to arrangr another time.



BRADFORD, Ohio – Community Blood Center (CBC) has recognized Bradford High School for blood drive excellence with a $1,000 High School Leadership Grant. Bradford was honored for “Highest Percentage of Enrollment” of eligible students participating in school blood drives during the 2013-14 academic year.

The Railroaders hosted four blood drives with participation by 144% of eligible enrollment. Bradford also hosted two community blood drives for a total of six on campus. The Railroaders were back on track Thursday, Oct. 16 hosting another blood drive and building up a head of steam to carry through the new school year.

“We’re very excited,” said Bradford faculty member and cross-country team coach Bob Daugherty, who serves as co-coordinator of the blood drives with National Honor Society adviser Amber Brubaker and Student Council adviser Angie Szary. NHS, Student Council and the cross country team are all co-sponsors of the blood drives with many of the member serving as volunteers.

“I was shocked,” said Bob. “With our size, I didn't realize we’d be able to receive an award. “It’s an honor. We feel very privileged. We have kids that show up after school – even when they’re not scheduled to be working the blood drive – and help out. They feel it’s very important to donate and they’ll come running into my home room all excited saying, ‘I got my phone call! They called last night and said they used my blood!’”

Teen Read Week, 2014, a Huge Success @ New Madison Public Library

Tri-Village students enjoyed several activities at New Madison Public Library during Teen Read Week, 2014.

Fifteen young ladies learned about basic nail care, got creative with "Nail Art!" and enjoyed cupcakes while their nails dried. Later in the week, representatives from Ivy Tech and Purdue visited with 35 of our tweens and teens while they munched pizza provided by Firpos, Schlechty's, Snack Shop, and the Friends of the Library. To finish the week, 35 young patrons participated in "Let It Fly," creating and flying several styles of paper airplanes throughout the library while eating homemade cookies.

“Because the activities were chosen by the kids themselves, we had great participation, and we plan to offer more of their choices later in the year,” Brenda Miller the Library Director explained.

Miller also encouraged the teens to follow NMPL on Facebook and Pinterest.
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