Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Wavaires Concert - Sunday, March 26, 2017 - @ 10:30 am

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The Greenville High School Wavaires are pleased to perform their annual cantatas at local churches. Their second performance will take place at Greenville Church of the Brethren, 421 Central Ave., Greenville, on Sunday, March 26th during the worship service beginning at 10:30 am, and will feature modern worship songs from the well-known artists. There are no admission fees for the church performances, and the public is cordially invited to attend and support this group of young, talented performers. Be sure to invite your friends for this special event!

Redeemed Trio to Perform at Pitsburg Church of the Brethren

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The Pitsburg Church of the Brethren will present Redeemed Trio in concert on Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 6 PM. The church is located at 8376 Pitsburg-Laura Road, Arcanum, OH. Refreshments will be served in the Fellowship Hall following the concert. The trio consists of:

Pastor Gary Bayes (baritone) started Redeemed Trio 13 years ago. Pastor Gary retired in 1999 for the secular world to become a staff pastor at Montgomery Assembly of God church. After 3 years there he became the Administrative Pastor at Christian Life Center Church in West Chester, Ohio for 6 years. He also sang with The Townesmen Quartet along with Barney McFadden. It has been his life long dream to minister in Southern Gospel Music and Redeemed Trio has been a big part of this dream come true. Pastor Gary still serves The Ohio Ministry Network as the PCCNA liaison for the Royal Ranger Ministry and Area Commander for the Cincinnati Royal Rangers. He serves his city as the Chairman for the Zoning Board Of Appeals.

Barney McFadden (lead) has ministered in Southern Gospel Music since he was a teenager. He was raised in southern Indiana and began singing by filling in when a member of The Churchmen quartet became ill. After singing with them for several years, he formed his own trio, The Majestics. Barney’s full time occupation was a tool and die maker but was able to sing and travel on weekends and back to work on Monday morning. Moving to Ohio because of his job, he formed The Victors Quartet. He also sang with The Townesmen Quartet and The McFadden’s with his wife and son. Barney has recorded numerous records and CDs and was privileged to sing at the National Quartet Convention when it was still in Memphis, Tennessee. Barney is currently the Music Director at the Church of the Nazarene in West Milton, Ohio

From a young age Dale Boreing (tenor) has enjoyed singing and playing in church, where his love for Southern Gospel Music and dream to travel in a group began. After marrying his high school sweetheart, he remained involved, and a huge SG fan, for many years while raising his family. It wasn’t until 2009 that his dream came true when Dale was offered the tenor position for the Sonmen Quartet . In 2012 he joined the Mission Quartet where he was blessed to travel nationally for 2 years. Having shared the stage with many top groups Dale has recorded multiple projects, appeared on the RFD-TV, and sang on the NQC Main Stage. He is excited to continue his singing career with Redeemed Trio.

2017 Home and Sports Show

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Darke County Genealogy To Meet Sunday, April 2nd

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Darke County Genealogy is meeting Sunday, Apr. 2, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. This meeting will be in the Lowell Thomas room at Garst Museum in Greenville Ohio. The meeting is free and open to anyone interested. The speaker will be Bill Stevens. He will be speaking on Monroe Roberson, the only person ever hung in Darke County. Bill Stevens has written articles for the Advocate and the Early Bird Newspapers. His wife is the great great granddaughter of Robertson, this is where his interest in the hanging began. He has written several newspaper stories on Roberson and after lengthy research, he has written a book on the subject. To date, there is no one who knows more about this part of Greenville’s history than Bill. Bill is a 21-year veteran of the Air Force. His wife is a native resident of Greenville, who grew up in the area and graduated from Franklin Monroe. As a couple, they have been back in Greenville the last 13 years. This speaker will be followed by refreshments and the regular genealogy meeting. For more info call 548-8295.

Garst Museum Hosts Free Lecture on “Investigations of Early Military Related Sites in Western Ohio”

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Garst Museum’s 2017 Speaker Series continues at 2:00 pm on Sunday, March 26. Greg Shipley will review the results of amateur archaeological projects that have been conducted on several late 18th and early 19th century sites in western Ohio. These investigations include 1780s Ohio Valley raids during the American Revolution, a popular War of 1812 era tavern stop along Hull’s Trace, and ongoing excavation projects and important discoveries at 1790s Wayne’s Legion military outpost sites located in Darke and Shelby Counties.

At age six, Greg Shipley’s fascination with archaeology began with his finding an arrowhead on his family farm. This chance discovery sparked a life-long interest in forgotten peoples and the cultural materials that they left behind. During the past fifty-five years, this fascination of history has only increased. A lifelong resident of Champaign County, Ohio, save for his college years at The Ohio State University, Greg’s work career was with Honda of America, where he served as an Engineering Coordinator for Vehicle Quality and Automotive New Model assignments. Since his retirement, Greg has devoted much of his time to more lengthy and detailed site investigations which includes using the latest technologies. Greg’s amateur archaeological activities include personally conducted excavation projects at dozens of prehistoric and historical period locations in Ohio, Kentucky, Illinois, Tennessee, Arkansas, and Missouri. Cultural periods investigated include Ohio Archaic, Woodland, Fort Ancient, Mississippian, 18th century Native American sites, and now, Ohio military sites related to Wayne's 1794 Indian Campaign.

All lectures are free and open to the public. However, regular admission will apply to tour the exhibit and museum which includes the outstanding National Annie Oakley Center, Crossroads of Destiny, and Keepers of Freedom exhibits. Funding for this program was made possible by the Harry Stephens Foundation.

The Garst Museum is located at:
205 N. Broadway, Greenville, OH 45331

Versailles Health Care Center Announces the Addition of the AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill

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Versailles Health Care Center is excited to announce the addition of the AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill. Physical therapy and the AlterG can get patients back to doing what they love! The AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill controls gravity though air pressure to provide a gentle and comfortable lifting force that reduces a patient’s body weight by as much as 80% so the patient can walk freely and easily. With its unique unweighting capabilities, the AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill allows patients to move their rehabilitation and therapy forward by:

  • Reducing stress on joints and injured areas of the lower body
  • Giving patients the confidence and ability to run or walk longer and recover faster with less pain
  • Allowing limited weight-bearing individuals to start therapy sooner, reducing length of stay

According to Shannon Condon, Facility Rehab Director, the AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill is a welcomed addition to The Rehab Clinic at Versailles Health Care Center. “We are so excited to offer our patients this unique and cutting edge technology for improved walking and running. We feel that this is an opportunity for many in our local communities to elevate their physical therapy experience.”

For more information about the AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill or to schedule a free 10-minute trial on the AlterG, please call Shannon Condon at 937.526-0130. The Rehab Clinic at VHCC offers inpatient and outpatient therapy to people of all ages. It employs 15 full-time local therapists and is open seven days a week. Specialty programs offered are Orthopedic Rehab, Joint Replacement, Sports Medicine, Post Surgical Rehab, Vestibular (Balance) Rehab, Cardiac Recovery, Pulmonary Rehab, Stroke Recovery, Wound Care, Manual Therapy, Pain Management, Parkinson’s Therapy, and much more.

Photo: VHCC Outpatient Rosemary Cordonnier of Russia is the first patient to use the AlterG at Versailles Health Care Center.

Darke County Parks Offers Civil War Field Trip

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The Ohio Volunteer Infantry (OVI) was made up of men from all walks of life.
Darke County Parks has offered hands-on, educational field trips that immerse students in natural and cultural history for years. They now have a very special field trip opportunity to offer about the Civil War, featuring the Ohio Valley Civil War Association at Shawnee Prairie Preserve.

On Friday April 28th, hear the cannon blast, watch men drill, and smell a soldier’s supper simmering. Living historians will bring a pivotal point in American history to life, illustrating not only the political but the social and economic struggles faced by our nation. Students will be treated to demonstrations by the 35th Ohio Volunteer Infantry Co. G, the 66th Illinois Co. G (also known as Birge's Western Sharpshooters), both northern and southern civilians, President and Mrs. Lincoln, and the 1st Ohio Light Artillery Bat. C, including seeing the cannon fired. The OVCWA has taught at Manassas, Kennesaw Mountain, Stones River, and Gettysburg National Battlefields, and Darke County Parks is proud to bring them back to Darke County.

Morning and afternoon sessions are available on a first come first serve basis for this exciting, free field trip. For more information or to register your class for this opportunity, contact Naturalist Hannah Wiest at (937) 548-0165 or

The general public is welcome to attend the weekend living history April 29th and 30th to witness military demonstrations and observe daily life from over 150 years ago.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Scholarships Available from Darke County Foundation (APPLICATION DEADLINE: APRIL 1st)

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Seniors from the class of 2017 who live in Darke County and attend a Darke County high school or are home-schooled may apply for scholarships from the Darke County Foundation (formerly HOPE Foundation). Application deadline is April 1, 2017. Students who are planning to attend a 4-year college, 2-year college, or shorter vocational program are eligible to apply. By filling out one general application, students are eligible for 85 scholarships totaling about $130,000.

Students may download the application from the Darke County Foundation website,, or see their high school guidance counselor. Awards are based on the following criteria, not necessarily in this order: grade point average, ACT score, activities, financial need, and essay. ACT score is not required if desired school does not require it. Provisional recipients will be announced at each high school’s graduation. Scholarship money will be disbursed following the student’s first semester in college, providing the student earns at least a 2.75 grade point average.

Since 1986, the Darke County Foundation has awarded over $1.2 million to local students. DCF is a community foundation dedicated to improving the quality of life for Darke County residents by receiving, managing and distributing charitable gifts. For more information, call (937) 548-4673 or visit

New Computers at the Arcanum Public Library

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The Arcanum Public Library is pleased to announce that the new computers are up and running. There are plenty of computers for patrons to surf the net, do homework, play games, check email, type documents, print items, and lots more.

The library wants to remind patrons about being able to download e-books from the library website. Once on the website – – patrons can click on the link for e-books to locate and to download.

The library also has a nice collection of genealogy items and patrons can use our computers to search for more material. Staff is on hand to provide assistance.

There are two programs that meet on Mondays. StoryTime is for children in preschool, and meets at 10:00 a.m. and at 11:00 a.m. Kids listen to stories, sing songs, make crafts, and have lots of fun. AfterWords is for kids in grades 1-4, and meets from 3:45 p.m. until 4:45 p.m. Come hang out with friends, have a snack, play games, and more. Both of these programs will meet on Monday, March 20th and on Monday, March 27th.

There is also a program designed for kids in grades 5 and up. TNT will be meeting on Thursday, March 23rd and on Thursday, March 30th from 2:45 p.m. until 4:15 p.m. Come join friends for fun, snacks, games and more. Check the calendar on the library website for specific plans for each day.

On Tuesday, March 21st, there is an adult coloring session at 6:00 p.m. Come enjoy some quiet time with spring pictures and refreshments. Supplies are provided.

The library has plenty of programs coming up in April, so mark your calendars now! On Tuesday, April 11th, the Darke Soil and Water Conservation District will be here to hold a “Build Your Own Rain Barrel” workshop at 6:30 p.m. Space in limited, and there is a fee if you want to take home a barrel. Also on the 11th will be the next meeting of the book club at 6:00 p.m. On Monday, April 17th, the library will be showing two movies during the day. On Tuesday, April 18th, there will be an adult coloring session. On Thursday, April 20th, Miller Flowers will be here for their annual event. On Tuesday, April 25th, the Darke SWCD will be here again to present a class on gardening for pollinators. More details about all of the events can be found on our website, Patrons can also call us at 937-692-8484 to get more information. We can also be found on Facebook.

Kim Fair Named VHCC March Employee of the Month

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Kristy Earick and Kim Fair
Versailles Health Care Center is pleased to announce Kim Fair as the March 2017 Employee of the Month. Fair has been a member of the Versailles Health Care Center team as the Activity Director since July 2016. She was recognized by her fellow co-workers for doing amazing things in the Activity Department and being a great team player. One co-worker stated, “She always has a smile on her face and you can hear her laughter throughout the facility.”

Kristy Earick, CEO/Administrator, added “Kim has brought enthusiasm and excitement to our facility! She has a contagious spirit that fills our center with laughter! Kim is phenomenal and we are proud to have her on our team!” Fair received a monetary bonus for her outstanding accomplishments. She also earned the designated Employee of the Month parking spot. Congratulations to Kim Fair!

Darke County Birders’ Raffle “Raptor Run” Registrations

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The Darke County Birders’ Club is raffling off two paid registrations for the Aug. 5th “Raptor Run/Walk” at Shawnee Prairie Preserve. This new 5K will benefit the raptor, or birds of prey, education program offered by the Darke County Park District. The registration price is $20 with a t-shirt or $12 without a t-shirt. The Birder’s raffle will take place on April 22nd at the “Take Flight” event at Shawnee Prairie.

Tickets for the raffle are $1 each or six for $5 and can be purchased at the Nature Center on St. Rt. 502 west of Greenville or at the Darke County Birders’ Breakfast with the Birds booth at “Take Flight” on April 22nd. The drawing will take place at noon that day with two lucky winners each receiving a $20 paid registration to the Aug. 5th “Raptor Run/Walk.”

The Darke County Birders’ Club is entering its 20th year and prides itself on promoting wildlife conservation and encouraging community involvement as well as enjoying bird watching. The Birders’ raffle, Breakfast with the Birds booth at “Take Flight”, and the “Raptor Run/Walk” all benefit the raptor education program and new raptor enclosure at the Darke County Park District. For more information on the Darke County Birders Club, please attend a meeting on the fourth Tuesday of each month, or contact Steve Miller at (937) 547-3340.

The Darke County Republican Women welcomed Sonya Crist

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The Darke County Republican Women welcomed Sonya Crist, Independent Ambassador with Plexus Worldwide Health and Wellness as the first of several speakers to be recognized in the “Women in Business” project.

If you would like more information about her business, Sonya’s website is:

The meeting was held at Chestnut Village/Brethren Retirement Community March 13th with twenty-one members present.

DCRW Associate Member and OFRW President Lyn Bliss reminded the members of some meeting/activities coming in the near future. Also the upcoming election on May 2nd was discussed.

The next meeting will be April 10th more information will be announced later.

Wildlife Food Plot Workshop Scheduled

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The Division of Wildlife in cooperation with the Darke County Soil and Water District will be conducting a FREE Deer Wildlife Food Plot Workshop on April 10th, 2017 at the Shawnee Prairie Preserve on St. Rt. 502. The workshop will begin at 6:00 pm. Topics will be soil fertility, soil sampling, seed selection, and best places to locate a food plot. Other topics can be discussed if questions are asked.

This is a RSVP event and will be limited to 50 people. Registration deadline is April 5th 2017 at 4:00 pm. See us on our Web site: or call the Darke S.W. C. D. @937-548-1752 or stop by the office at 1117 S. Towne Ct., Greenville

4th 5K Run/walk for the Dog Park

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The Darke County Friends of the Shelter are having their 4th 5K run/walk to benefit the dog park.

Entrants may run or walk the event. This race is part of the Darke County Wellness Challenge. The forth annual 5K will be held at the Darke County Fairgrounds on April 22, 2017 and 100% of the money will go to the dog park. You can participate with or without your dog. If you have a dog, you're encouraged to run/walk with your dog. Special awards will be given to those with dogs. All regular age group awards will be given also. There will also be an award for the best dressed dogs. The Friends of the Shelter's goal for their first run/walk in 2014 was to make it like no other in Darke County - and they did. This year they will continue to build upon the success of 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Marco’s pizza and breadsticks will be available to everyone at the finish line as well as free Boston Stoker coffee and hot chocolate. Special treats will also be available for the dogs. Sponsors for this event are:

GOLD: Barry Family Dentistry, LLC, Financial Achievement Services, Inc, Western Ohio Podiatric Medical Center, Schultz Motors, Dr Thomas Brown, Majestic Pet Cremation Service (A division of Oliver-Floyd Funeral Home), Greenville National bank

SILVER: Hartzell Veterinary Service, Greenville Federal, Max Hole, Buddy and Turbo Dean, Darke County Veterinarian Services, Arcanum Veterinary Services. Donations are from Marco's pizza (pizza and breadsticks), Boston Stoker (coffee and hot chocolate), Heavy Medal Church (finish line water), Dannon (yogurt), Keller's (free give samples of dog food and treats), Brenda's Beanry (home made dog treats), Eileen Litchfield (cookies for the award winners), YMCA (6-week memberships for the first male and female to cross the finish line with a dog) and Walmart.

Advance America as well as the Heavy Metal Church will be volunteering and Josh Artin will be DJ. Dr Farst will have a booth at the event as well as the Greenville Area Dog Club. The park was built without tax dollars by members of the Darke County Friends of the Shelter through fundraisers, grants and donations. The upkeep expenses, mowing and weeding are ongoing. The organization also wants further to improve the park.

You may enter online at People wanting t-shirts must enter on or before Sunday, Aopril 2, 2017. There will be same day registration.

Please check for updates and information for this one of a kind event in Darke County at the organization's facebook page

Greenville Art Guild Sponsoring Class with Anne Willis

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A great way to "spring" into action is to paint your own unique tennis shoes with Anne Willis at the Artist Junction! All you need to bring is a pair of canvas shoes to paint on and the desire to express your own unique personality! This class, co-sponsored by the Greenville Art Guild, will be held at the Artist Junction, 6100 Routzong Road, Greenville Ohio 45331 on Wednesday, April 5 from 10:00 until 1:30. The cost is $35 and that includes all painting supplies, hands on instruction by an experienced art teacher and a delicious lunch. No art experience is required! This class is for adults of all ages, so plan to come and have a fun time! Registration is required and the class is limited in size. Don't delay! Call Anne Willis at 941-780-2490 right now for more information or to register.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Car Strikes Stopped Vehicle at 121 and Oliver Road

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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 State Route 121. Mr. Simons vehicle struck an eastbound 1997 GMC Jimmy driven by Gayle Rhoades (78), of Greenville. Mr. Rhoades was stopped at the stop sign on Oliver Road.

Mr. Simons was transported by Careflight to Miami Valley Hospital where he is listed in serious condition.

This accident remains under investigation.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Tom and Etta Mae Foley Memorial Dinner and Auction is scheduled for Saturday, April 29, 2017

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St. Mary’s School is pleased to announce the Tom and Etta Mae Foley Memorial Dinner and Auction is scheduled for Saturday, April 29, 2017 and will be held at Paws Bingo Hall in Greenville, Ohio. This is the largest single day fundraiser for the school so we are hoping for another successful year. The auction will begin at 6:00 and features a live and silent auction ran by Brian Rismiller of Rismiller Auctioneer Service. Make sure to mark your calendars and let your family and friends know the date of our auction. Also feel free to contact the school if you have any items you wish to donate at 548-2345. We are also accepting monetary donations which will be used to purchase items for the auction.

Greenville Federal donates to Empowering’s After School Program

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Nick Good, Greenville Federal Bank, presents a check to Bob Robinson, Program Coordinator for Empowering Darke County Youth. They are surrounded by an appreciative Friday After School Bunch and their tutors.
GREENVILLE – Nick Good, Greenville Federal Bank, made a trip recently to the Empowering Darke County Youth After School Program. It was a Friday afternoon; students had wrapped up their weekend homework, and all were ready for a photograph.

Greenville Federal made a donation to Empowering’s After School Program. It was accepted with appreciation by Program Coordinator Bob Robinson. Greenville Federal is locally owned and operated, and involved in a number of community service programs.

Empowering Darke County Youth is a 501c3 community service organization, organized a year ago March to work with children who need help in the basics: reading, grammar and math. The organization conducts two programs, The After School Program at Edison State Community College, Darke County Campus, and the Summer Tutoring Program at Greenville Public Library. To date it has helped more than 100 Darke County youth.

Empowering’s services are free and can only exist with community support. If you would like to help, including volunteering, go to the Empowering Darke County Youth Facebook page, or email:

2017 Spring Wellness Challenge/Spring Forward 4 Health!

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The 2017 Spring Wellness Challenge by Ohio State University Extension’s Live Healthy Live Well Program is a FREE six week on-line email experience designed to help participants improve their health by encouraging physical activity, enjoying healthy foods, and practicing healthy lifestyle suggestions. Now’s the time to wake up and spring forward into a new routine! Don’t just reset your clocks; reset your lifestyle with a renewed commitment to moving more, eating more plant foods, and making small (but vital) changes that will reduce your risk for chronic disease.

Those who sign up will receive two weekly e-communications from Ohio State University Extension containing science-based nutrition, health and wellness tips. Tracking logs will be available for download to help participants record their progress. A pre- and post-online survey will gather comments to improve future challenges and provide information to funders about participants’ health progress. All data collected will be kept confidential.

Participants will be encouraged to “Spring Forward 4 Health!” by practicing healthy lifestyle behaviors. Does this sound like fun? If you are interested in joining this FREE on-line challenge, register by going to this sign-up link:

Once you register, you will begin receiving e-communications starting in early April. The Challenge lasts from April 10 to May 22, 2017. If you have questions, please feel free to contact your OSU Extension Program Coordinator, Diane Barga in Darke County, at or call 937-548-5215.

CFAES provides research and related educational programs to clients on a nondiscriminatory basis. For more information:

YMCA Child Fitness Week Review

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Left: Kids wave colorful scarves during Kid Zumba ®, led by Lynn Blakeley. Middle: Black Belt Instructor Mike O’Neal shows the children some American Martial Arts techniques. Right: Kids strike a pose during Yoga, led by Lynn Blakeley.
The YMCA Child Development Center in Versailles recently celebrated their first Child Fitness Week for the Preschool and Pre-K classrooms. The YMCA of Darke County is dedicated to the HEPA Initiative (Healthy Eating and Physical Activity) where we promote health and wellness throughout all YMCA programs.

In 2011, Y-USA made a commitment to First Lady Michelle Obama and the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) to become the nation’s healthiest childcare provider and help end the childhood obesity epidemic. By adopting and implementing Healthy Eating and Physical Activity (HEPA) standards in more than 2,700 Ys across the country, the Y is developing healthy habits in more than 700,000 youth.

As a cause-driven organization, the Y isn’t merely looking to incorporate HEPA into its early childhood and afterschool programs, but seeks to improve health for youth in every community the Y serves.

The children in Versailles took part in a demonstration of American Martial Arts on Monday; swimming on Tuesday; gymnastics on Wednesday; Zumba on Thursday and yoga on Friday.


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The Darke Soil & Water Conservation District is conducting its annual tree seedling sale until March 24th.

The 2-3 year seedlings are bare root stock and each tree is dipped into a preservative gel to keep roots moist. Our seedlings are packaged in groups of five. An assortment of trees are offered for sale to urban and rural landowners. The plant varieties are selected for their popularity and hardiness in the Darke County area. We will also be offering a pollinator seed mix. These can be an economical way to work toward establishing or adding to a wildlife area, to create a windbreak, or landscaping. Payment must be received when placing order.

Prices range from $5-$10 in packets of 5 seedlings. We are also offering larger varieties on some evergreens.

See us on our Web site: or call the Darke Soil & Water Conservation District @937-548-1752 or stop by the office at 1117 S. Towne Ct., Greenville with any questions.


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Annie Sonner (Coordinator for the Shelter From Violence)
and Brenda Miller (Greenville BPW President). 
Greenville, OH, March 14, 2017 – Members of the Greenville BPW Club brought donations for the Darke County Shelter from Violence to their meeting on March 9th. President, Brenda Miller presented the items to Annie Sonner, Coordinator for the Shelter who spoke briefly about what the shelter does. A small hand sweeper, along with paper products (toilet tissue, Kleenex, and paper towels) were among the items members brought to the meeting along with cash donations.

The Greenville BPW Club’s mission is to achieve equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education, and information. Those interested in learning more about the Club can contact Membership Chair Deb Smith at 937/417-2434 or or find them on Facebook at Greenville BPW Club.

Edison State Works Officially In The Works?

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Edison State President, Dr. Doreen Larson cuts the ribbon to Edison State Works with support from regional officials and college trustees.
"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 unveiling of Edison State Community College's latest initiative, Edison State Works.

"It is so great opening up this space and imagining what it will evolve into," said President Larson. "This is a space that is unique in concept, in that, it is dedicated to our community and business and industry partners."

Edison State Works is a workforce development and education initiative intended to connect Edison State students and staff, regional employers, and communities with an opportunity for growth. The slogan, "generating the next workforce," further supports this idea.

"We were very intentional about this initiative and naming it Edison State Works," added Larson. "You don't hear the word work as much as you used to. You hear words like easy and fast, but Edison State is a place where students come to work. And the work that they put in the classroom translates to the quality of work they put back into the community."

The designated area will serve as a place for regional businesses and organizations to connect with Edison State students, faculty and staff to raise awareness, build and strengthen relationships, and further develop workforce opportunities.

"We invite our industry partners to come in as much as they need to engage with our students and faculty," added Larson. "We are confident that once employers engage with our students and faculty, they will understand the quality of education and quality of our graduates."

"In our region, there is a lot of great talent and opportunity, and we want to help keep that great talent here."

True to Edison State's branding, the area is painted vibrant blue and has updated displays, furniture, and flooring. "It is professional, high-end, and, most importantly, accessible," added Larson. "We have space for presentations, there is a private area available to meet one-on-one with students or faculty, and this space is open to evolve into what is needed."

For more information or to schedule a visit, contact the Center for Workforce Development and Education by calling 937-778-7811.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Pickup Strikes Semi Truck on 49 Late Tuesday Evening

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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 on the west side of the road. The semi was struck by a 1991 GMC pickup truck travelling southbound on State Route 49, driven by Douglas Shaneyfelt (52), of Union City Indiana. Mr. Shaneyfelt was transported from the scene by Ansonia Rescue to the Darke County Sheriff’s Office landing zone where they were met by Miami Valley Careflight. Mr. Shaneyfelt was then taken to Miami Valley Hospital by Careflight where he is listed in stable condition.

This accident remains under investigation

Darke County Chief Deputy Mark Whittaker to Speak at Public Employee Retirees Luncheon

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Mark Whittaker, Chief Deputy with the Darke County Sheriff's Department, will take the floor on Monday, April 3, at the VFW on Ohio St. when he speaks at the Public Employee Retirees, (PERI) luncheon. Not only will he provide information about drugs, scams, and the crimes they produce, but he will also tell how to prevent these crimes and how to handle a situation should a person become a victim of them. The luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m. and is open to non members, who are OPERS retirees, by calling Vivian Nieport, Attendance and Contact Chairman, at 937-548-3961 no later than Wednesday, March 29. PERI members will be contacted by the calling committee.

Darke County is one of the leading agricultural counties in the State of Ohio. Mostly rural, with Greenville as its largest city and county seat, it is difficult to imagine that within its borders drug addiction has opened the door to house invasions, robberies, and attacks on innocent citizens out for dinner or shopping for groceries. Yet, according to Whittaker, "Drug abuse in the county is not only significant but is overwhelming." He added, "A large portion of the crimes in Darke County are committed by drug addicts, who are desperately seeking money to feed their habits. Compounding the problem he said, "Many of the dealers who sell the drugs are in most cases addicts themselves."

As if this is not enough, he said, Darke County residents are being barraged by telephone scams that can range from requests to donate to a national Sheriff's organization, which he particularly finds offensive, to some other questionable organization. They can also promise big winnings, luxury trips and other schemes that can add up to major losses for the donors and millions of dollars in illegal gains for the scammers as they continue to come up with even more schemes to steal money as well as personal information. He will describe some of these schemes.

Whittaker has been a resident of Darke County for over 30 years including his 21 years with the Sheriff's Office where he has served on road patrol, and as a detective and detective supervisor before his present position as Chief Deputy. He is also currently serving on the Coalition for a Healthy Darke County, which has formed to increase awareness of heroin addiction and what's been happening in the county as the number of users and addicts continue to rise.

Looking forward to speaking at PERI, he said he will be available to answer any and all questions and welcomes attendees to join him for an opportunity to interact with local law enforcement and to find out exactly what is happening locally.

Scholarships Available from Darke County Foundation

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Seniors from the class of 2017 who live in Darke County and attend a Darke County high school or are home-schooled may apply for scholarships from the Darke County Foundation (formerly HOPE Foundation). Application deadline is April 1, 2017. Students who are planning to attend a 4-year college, 2-year college, or shorter vocational program are eligible to apply. By filling out one general application, students are eligible for 85 scholarships totaling about $130,000.

Students may download the application from the Darke County Foundation website,, or see their high school guidance counselor. Awards are based on the following criteria, not necessarily in this order: grade point average, ACT score, activities, financial need, and essay. ACT score is not required if desired school does not require it. Provisional recipients will be announced at each high school’s graduation. Scholarship money will be disbursed following the student’s first semester in college, providing the student earns at least a 2.75 grade point average.

Since 1986, the Darke County Foundation has awarded over $1.2 million to local students. DCF is a community foundation dedicated to improving the quality of life for Darke County residents by receiving, managing and distributing charitable gifts. For more information, call (937) 548-4673 or visit


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GREENVILLE, OH – The Darke County Visitors Bureau will again offer a paid summer internship to a qualified student in the areas of marketing, tourism and hospitality. This individual will be part of a dynamic marketing team and have the opportunity to be involved with virtually all aspects of the organization’s efforts.

The Darke County Visitors Bureau is a not-for-profit, destination marketing organization. Its mission is to attract visitors to Darke County through promotion, education and development of Tourism.
The ideal, vibrant candidate will greet and assist visitors; answer phone and share information with callers; answer questions; maintain databases, e-newsletters, websites and social media outlets; assist in creation, setup, teardown and volunteer staffing of various booths at festivals; and assist with the creation of new marketing materials (including video), among other duties.

The candidate will be friendly and outgoing; have a genuine interest in serving others; demonstrate attention to detail; keep commitments; deal effectively with frequent change, delays or unexpected events; strive to build knowledge and skills; contribute to positive team spirit and have an interest in marketing and tourism, and have knowledge of Darke County. The candidate must be able to adapt to a flexible schedule working some evenings and weekend hours. They should possess a valid Ohio Drivers License and have reliable transportation.

Those individuals who possess the aforementioned talents are encouraged to submit their cover letter, resume, writing sample and three references to: Matthew Staugler, Executive Director of the Darke County Visitors Bureau at no later than 5:00 pm on April 14, 2017. Information can also be mailed to the Darke County Visitors Bureau at 421 S. Broadway, Greenville, OH 45331. Full job description can be accessed at

Keep your “Eyes” open We’re Moving!

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Professional Family Eyecare - Drs. Jillynn Bruner, James Dickman, Alicia Wellman Tobe and Tyler Speelman, are moving back to 5164 Children’s Home Bradford Rd on March 20th to better serve their patients. The exciting enhancements include an open floor plan, handicap accessible building, larger frame gallery, easier street entrance access, and efficient patient flow. All of these enhancements will allow the doctors to give the very best eyecare to their patients face to face as well as utilizing scribes to collect and record data.

Professional Family Eyecare had a “vision” of a total transformation of the traditional eye doctor’s office. They went from 2100 sq. ft. to 4120 sq. ft. which incorporates 6 exam lanes, 2 specialty testing rooms for the Optomap and OCT (optical coherence tomography) instruments, contact lens training room and a new eyewear dispensing, repair and fitting bar just to name a few expansions. They don’t have a “waiting room”, they have a “welcome center” where the patients enter the front door and immediately feel comfortable and invited.

It was important to Drs. Dickman and Bruner to use local builders/contractors with their project incorporating our local tradesmen to complete the renovation. They used local materials including salvaged barn wood, pipes and stone to showcase the rustic/industrial design.

Drs. Dickman, Kettler and Bruner have been independently owned for over 60 years and have additional offices in Coldwater and St. Marys. They branded their name Professional Family Eyecare in 2010. They are dedicated to their patients and their community, while providing high quality value with added product solutions that best meet their patient’s needs. They are proud of their high quality eyecare and want to raise awareness of the importance of getting your eyes examined. With the new office design and technology, Professional Family Eyecare provides more than just a vision exam, they utilize all necessary technology to see if there are any signs of eye diseases such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, cancer, tumors and high blood pressure some of which can be first detected in the eyes. They have evening and Saturday office hours so you don’t have to miss work or school and can be reached at 937-548-7811.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017


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Rumpke Waste Incorporated will provide Spring Clean Up service for the residents of the City of Greenville during their scheduled pick up day of the week of April 17th through April 21st, 2017. (This is for large items only—no bags)

Rumpke encourages residents to set out items for collection on the evening before their normal collection day. The following is a list of items that will NOT be included in this spring cleanup:

  • Tires
  • Liquids and/or hazardous waste
  • Lead acid batteries
  • Appliances containing CFCs (Freon)
  • Concrete
  • Oil tanks
  • Large screen TVs (not manageable by one person)

The following is required of acceptable items:

  • Loose materials (such as carpeting, fencing, fence posts, etc.) must be bundled and tied. Each bundle should not exceed 4’ in length and 2’ in diameter or 75 pounds.
  • Propane tanks must be empty and valves removed for collection.
  • Large screen TVs must be manageable by one person to be collected.
  • Appliances with CFCs removed, and clearly documented as such, will be acceptable for collection.   
  • A Refrigerant Recovery Statement must be attached to appliances for collection.
  • No yard waste without stickers.

Each resident may place out for collection up to five (5) large items on their regular pickup day during this week.

Stephen M. Willman

New Felting Workshop at the Art Center

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New Felting Workshop at the Art Center
Mark your calendars! Preble County Art Association has an amazing workshop coming up. Carrie Davis from Blessed Criations Alpaca Ranch, located in south west Preble County is coming to the art center! She'll teach a felting workshop where participants will use alpaca wool to create beautiful and functional pieces.

This textiles workshop will introduce two forms of felting. Participants will use a wet felting technique to create a felted bar of soap. This is both beautiful and functional, the felting makes a great exfoliator as you wash. They will also learn a needle felting technique to decorate dryer balls. These are great for creating fresh smelling laundry if you add a drop of essential oil to the felt ball before dropping it in the dryer.

This two hour workshop is on Saturday, March 25th from 11am to 1pm. The cost for this workshop is $20 for members and $30 for nonmembers. All materials are included.

Registration can be done online at or in person at the Visual Art Center. Payment must be made at time of reservation. Space is limited and registration will close Thursday, March 23. The PCAA is located at 601 Hillcrest Dr. in Eaton, Ohio. Call us at 937-456-3999. The PCAA is a not for profit arts organization dedicated to enriching lives with art and culture.

Purchase DCCA OFF TO THE ISLE Raffle Tickets

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Darke County Center for the Arts wishes you the luck of the Irish this spring with the return of the exciting fundraising raffle "Off To The Isle". One lucky winner will receive a trip for two to Ireland through AAA and Brendan Vacations. DCCA will be selling a limited number of chances for this exclusive raffle. Raffle Tickets are $100 each. Only one week left to purchase ticket, the winner will be drawn at DCCA's annual Irish themed fundraising event the Irish Wave, Friday, March 17th at the Montage Cafe.

"In looking for new ways for the community to support DCCA and the arts we decided to expand on one of our favorite evenings, Irish Wave celebrates all things Irish, and through our "Off To The Isle" raffle we will be giving one lucky winner the ultimate Irish experience", stated Andrea Jordan, DCCA Executive Director. "We are encouraging those who want to be a part of the raffle to get their tickets right away, because there will only be 75 tickets sold."

The winner will receive a $5,000 voucher to customize their Irish experience through Brendan Vacations. Brendan Vacations specializes in travel to Ireland and Scotland and has been providing authentic vacation experiences for over the past 47 years. "Off To The Isle" raffle tickets can be purchased through the DCCA office.

Darke County Center for the Arts presents and promotes performing and fine arts encouraging cultural enrichment. All proceeds from the "Off To The Isle" raffle will go to DCCA programming and the arts in Darke County. For more information and to purchase tickets contact DCCA at (937) 547-0908.


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Dr. Jonathan Chae, Orthopedic Surgeon
Versailles Health Care Center, a skilled nursing and rehabilitation center, is hosting a FREE seminar titled “Evaluation and Treatment of Common Causes of Shoulder Pain Seminar” on Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 6 pm. Dr. Jonathan Chae, Orthopedic Surgeon with Reid Health, will present this seminar.

This is a free event and open to the public. Coffee and dessert will be served. Seating is limited, so reservations are needed. Please RSVP to this event by March 28. Call Angie Kaiser at 937.526.5570.

Versailles Health Care Center is located at 200 Marker Road (State Route 121), Versailles, Ohio. For more information about Versailles Health Care Center, please call 937.526.5570 or visit on the web at Dr. Chae’s office for consultations is at 1101 Jackson Street, Suite A, Greenville, Ohio. For more information about his services, please call 937.547.2212.

Library Film Features Steam Boat Bill Jr.

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In this silent comedy, college boy William Canfield Jr. (Buster Keaton) reunites with his boat captain father in a Mississippi River town. Though he's flummoxed by Willie's citified appearance, the elder Canfield seems to have found an ally to help him compete with fellow riverboat owner John James King (Tom McGuire). Willie finds himself falling for King's daughter, Mary (Marion Byron), but he has more pressing concerns when the weather turns bad and his father is arrested

This 1928 feature-length comedy was released by United Artists and the last product of Keaton's independent production. Directed by Charles Reisner the film was named after a popular Arthur Collins 1911 song "Steamboat Bill." In 2016 the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."

Keaton performs his best known stunt in this film where a building front falls all around him. Join us at the Greenville Public Library on Thursday March 23 at 7 p.m. Ryan Carpe will lead a brief discussion after the movie and as always there will be free theater popcorn, candy, coffee, and Jones Soda. We hope to see you there!

Spring Sensations Hiking Series: Full Sap Moon

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Join Darke County Parks for a hiking series exploring the sensations of spring. On March 14th at 8pm, at Worth Family Nature Preserve on Spring Hill Rd. north of St. Rt. 502 West about two and a half miles, a park naturalist will lead an exciting night time adventure under the full moon.

Remember to dress for the weather. In the event of inclement weather, call the Nature Center to find out about possible cancellation. For more information about this or any other park district programs, please call the Nature Center at (937) 548-0165 or check out their Facebook page. More hikes will be forthcoming throughout the season.

The Farmer’s Almanac calls the March full moon the sap moon due to the maple syrup season. 

March has been recognized as Red Cross Month by every president since Roosevelt in 1943

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Red Cross recognizing everyday heroes who make its mission possible during Red Cross Month

In 1943, President Franklin D. Roosevelt first proclaimed that March was officially Red Cross Month. Since then, every president has made the same declaration, including President Donald J. Trump. The proclamation offers the nation the chance to increase its awareness of all of the duties that the Red Cross performs, as well as recognizing and celebrating all of the volunteers and donors who live the Red Cross mission of preventing and alleviating human suffering in the face of emergencies.

In the Northern Miami Valley, the Red Cross is using the month to recognize the everyday heroes who make its mission possible.

“Our community is full of everyday heroes who help others in need,” says Lynne Gump, Executive Director of the Northern Miami Valley Ohio Chapter of the American Red Cross. “They are our selfless Red Cross volunteers, blood donors and financial contributors who bring relief to people facing life’s emergencies. During Red Cross Month, we thank them for their tremendous support.”

The Red Cross depends on local heroes to fulfill its mission. The Red Cross responds to a community disaster every eight minutes, providing shelter, food, emotional support and other necessities to those affected by disasters. It provides 24-hour support to members of the military, veterans and their families at home and around the world. It must collect 14,000 units of blood every day in order to fulfill the country’s needs. It trains millions of people in first aid, water safety, and other lifesaving skills.

In 2016, the Northern Miami Valley Red Cross responded to local emergencies, in fact, it helped 165 families with emergency food, shelter and supplies. Locally installed over 1,300 smoke detectors, assisted 270 military families, visited over 160 veterans monthly, trained almost 7000 people in lifesaving skills, and collected over 3000 units of blood.

“It’s easy to become a Red Cross community hero,” says Gump. “Be ready for an emergency by creating a preparedness plan for your home. Test your smoke alarms and tell your neighbors to do the same. If you don’t have smoke alarms, contact our office for free assistance. Or sign up to be a Red Cross volunteer or make a financial donation.”

The smoke alarms—as well as all disaster-related services provided by the Red Cross—are free. The Red Cross is not a governmental agency, though, so the costs to provide these services comes from donations provided by the generosity of the American public. Anyone wishing to make a donation to support families suffering as a result of disasters such as home fires or purchase life-saving items such as smoke alarms are encouraged to do so. To make a gift, go to, call 1-800-REDCROSS or text REDCROSS to 90999
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