Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Cancer Association of Darke County receives donation of $3,000 from Versailles Eagles

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Left to right   Eagles Members:  Keith Kretschmar, Dick Gigandet, Ron Vogle,  Delores Beisner, Cancer Association Board Member, Ray Berger and Bob Gerling, Eagles Secretary
Versailles Eagles recently presented $3,000 to the Cancer Association of Darke County.
The Eagles donate to many other community causes as well including Versailles Area Charity Foundation, school functions, Children's Shrine Hospital, Versailles Area Historical Society, Center for Neurology Development and Versailles Community Fund.

The Eagles routinely donate to the local cancer organization and the Cancer Association is most appreciative of the continued donations.

The association provides benefits to cancer patients living in Darke County. Corporate Sponsors for 2017 (so far this year) are:

American Legion Post 140, Ansonia Lumber, Bible Fellowship Church, Dave Knapp Ford-Lincoln, Diane Evans Insurance, Farmers State Bank - New Madison,
First Assembly of God, Greenville National Bank, Greenville Memorial Auxiliary 7262, Greenville Technology, Inc., Hittle Buick, GMC, Kiwanis Club of New Madison, Ray and Bettye Laughlin, Lowdy Office Machines, Mercer Savings Bank, Ramco Electric Motors, Second National Bank, Sisco, VFW Post 7262, Wayne Health Care, Women of the Moose, Williamson Insurance, LLC

AWTHS Coffee and Conversation with the Cheerleaders

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Wanted Cheerleaders! The cheerleaders lead the spark of the fans in a chorus to cheer the team to victory. Behind them all the way, and with many cheers and undying confidence, the cheerleaders are an important part of the game.

Arcanum Wayne Trail Historical Society is asking cheerleaders from squads of different years and different schools to lead sports fans down memory lane just as they lead the team onto basketball courts and football fields on July 8 at 10:00 a.m. when AWTHS continues the 2017 Coffee and Conversation Series
Show your school spirit, wear your school colors, and join in to share stories, laughter and memories of your experience of being a cheerleader or an advisor. If you have pictures, uniforms or other artifacts please bring them with you to share. We would like to scan your photos for our files on that day.

If you have memories you would like to share but will not be able to attend you may email them to or mail to AWTHS, P.O. Box 4, Arcanum, OH 45304. Contact Barb Deis, 662-0119, for more information.

This is a free event and everyone is welcome to join in the conversation.

Located at 123 W. George St. the historical society is open the first Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until noon. On the second Saturday you can view the displays and visit the reference library prior to the Coffee and Conversation event which begins at 10:00. To learn the contents of the reference library visit our website:

Monday, June 26, 2017


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l to r  Anna Lee Dickerson, Judy Pence, Patty Foreman
The Darke County Fair Board and the Darke County Solid Waste Management District are placing another order for Memorial benches. These six foot long benches are made from recycled milk jugs as a lasting tribute to family and friends and will be placed around the Gazebo and other areas of the Fairgrounds for Fairgoers to enjoy the festivities of the Fair.

These benches may be purchased and lettered as a lasting memorial to a loved one, as an advertisement and donation from your business, or just a donation from your family to the Fair. These benches will quickly become a benefit to the entire community and be enjoyed by Fairgoers for generations to come.

The cost per bench, which includes lettering, is $550.00 and the order deadline to ensure delivery prior to the 2017 Fair is July 7. For more information or to order call Krista Fourman @ 937-547-0827, or the Fair Office @ 937-548-5044. Order forms can be found on the district website,

Sauerkraut German Band @ Staycation

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Towne & Country Players is proud to present the continuing act for the summer series, "Staycation" this Friday, Jun 30th starting at 7pm. The Sauerkraut German Band was organized in September, 1973 by seven civilian and military members of the U.S. Air Force Foreign Technology Division at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The band has since expanded to 16 musicians, including retired or active duty military and civilian personnel from Wright-Patterson and other professions. Most of the musicians are members of many Dayton area musical organizations.

Although there is no requirement to be of German descent in order to join the band, their authentic Lederhosen and Tyrolean hats, suspenders, knee socks, and bright ties make them appear as if they just arrived from the heart of Bavaria. They play polkas, waltzes, schottisches, marches, and specialty number in traditional "oompah" style along with many of the big band sounds of the '40s and '50s for listening and dancing. They are a very versatile band, which also features many vocal and instrumental solos.

The band was originally named the "Sourkrauts" - a play on words, which emphasized the sour sounds of "oompah" music but after 20 years of explaining why they misspelled the name, they gave in and converted to the conventional spelling of Sauerkraut. Unlike many organization, which are intentionally non-profit, the Sauerkraut Band is a non-profit group on purpose! After paying for music, uniforms, travel and equipment, all the bands remaining funds are annually donated to charities. Since its inception, the band has donated over $96,000 to various Miami Valley and national charities.

We encourage you to stop downtown for some free entertainment, food and adult beverages on Friday night June 30th 7-10pm at your favorite vacation spot, right here at the fountain square in Versailles. (In case of rain, this event will be held at St Denis church basement.)

Paddle by the light of the Full Moon

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The Full Strawberry Moon takes place on July 8th and Darke County Parks hopes to float the creek by its light! We’ll meet at the starting location (to be determined) at 8pm to get started on the water before dark, and then continue our float as darkness falls. We’ll complete our float under the light of the full moon, enjoying a unique paddling experience. This float is for those with prior experience as it will be a bit more challenging of a paddle. Be sure to bring your water bottle, a headlamp/flashlight and a sense of adventure! Reserve a canoe for two or solo a kayak. Reservation is required and there is a $10/paddler fee.

To reserve your boat or for more information please contact the Nature Center at (937) 548-0165 or email

Your Pet can be a star

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Greenville - The Darke County Friends of the Shelter will be making 2018 calendars. Enter your Pet's picture for a chance to become a Star in the group's 2018 calendar. The monthly pictures will be made up of local pets. Bring a photo or digital picture to the Darke County Animal Shelter, located just beyond the Sheriff's Department. All pictures must be submitted by July 7, 2017.

You can also submit the form online. Go to fill out the form and send the digital photo of your pet via e-mail to

For more information you can contact the Animal Shelter at 937-547-1645. To see the dogs they have, go to their web site at

Library's Next “Family Fun Day”

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Family Fun Day at the Greenville Public Library continues on Wednesday June 28 at 11:00 a.m. with “Tricky Max” whose interactive program is chock-full of hilarious comedy, acts of astonishment, fun-loving jokes and funny, lovable, over-sized puppets that keep the laughter rolling. Tricky Max is aka Paul Adams who did the Dr. T. Rex, Mr. Molecule, The Math Maniac, and Poof Daddy shows in the past. He's always a blast.

Just meet on the lawn under the shade trees and bring a blanket or lawn chair. In case of inclement weather the First Congregational Christian Church on 5th Street generously offers us their Activity Building. Be sure to pick up a brochure at the Library and follow the Children & Teen pages on Facebook for more information about all the summer programs. 

Again “Family Fun Day” is sponsored by generous grants from the Friends of the Library and the Greyson James Steyer Memorial Fund. 

Friday, June 23, 2017

July Concert on the Lawn

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The Greenville Public Library's second free Concert on the Lawn will feature Shades of Grey from Troy Ohio. Join us Friday July 7th on the front lawn of the Library from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. Everyone is invited to stop by and enjoy the music! Bring a blanket, lawnchair, and your lunch - or just take a moment’s break. Rain location is First United Methodist Church on Sycamore and Fourth.

Brothers Aaron and Evan McElfresh formed Shades of Grey in 2009 and last year their sister Kirsta joined the band. Evan says “We are three siblings who have sung together since we were little.” Over the years the guys had each developed a unique songwriting and performing style. Once they decided to collaborate they were able to combine their energies into something new. Now their first studio album is soon to be released.

They perform acoustic alternative rock with two guitars, a piano, and a focus on rare, beautiful harmonies. “We do original music as well as some of our favorite covers.” Some of their influences have been Radiohead, Incubus, Coldplay, Mute-Math, Porcupine Tree, Jars of Clay. More info at

The Darke County Historical Society Announces the Dr. Harry G. Thomas Medical Scholarship Program for 2017

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The Darke County Historical Society is pleased to announce that funds will be available from the Harry G. Thomas Medical Scholarship Program for the 2017-2018 academic year.

The H.G. Thomas Medical Scholarship program, administered by the Darke County Historical Society, was established and funded in 1971 by Lowell Thomas and his sister Pherbia Thomas Thornburg, in memory of their father Doctor Harry G. Thomas. The program was later supplemented by a bequest from Lowell Thomas’s will with the investment interest generated by the fund being used to offer scholarships.

Dr. Thomas received a degree from the University of Cincinnati Medical School, practiced in Iowa & Colorado, and served during WWI in British hospitals, leaving the war as a Colonel in General Pershing’s army. Dr. Thomas died in 1952 and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. Both he and his wife, Harriet Wagner, were descendants of Darke County pioneers.

Eligibility for the Harry G. Thomas Medical Scholarship requires the applicant to be a resident of Darke County and a graduate of a Darke County high school. Applicants must have been accepted into a medical school, complete an application, and furnish transcripts and letters of recommendation. Students may be considered for scholarship awards for up to four years during medical school but must re-submit a letter of interest each year. The application deadline is September 15th, 2017.

For information concerning the scholarship program or for an application, please contact Dr. Clay Johnson at Garst Museum, 205 N Broadway, Greenville, OH 45331, 937-548-5250, or

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

Ladybug Garden Club Honors Two Local Gardens with Awards

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Bill and Barb Young along with Angela Beumer, Ladybug Garden
Club Community Beautification committee member.
Two gardens were chosen as The Ohio Association of Garden Clubs Residential Landscaping Award winners for the month of June by the Ladybug Garden Club. Both gardens received outstanding achievement in design and maintenance of residential property and community beautification. The gardens of The Steyer Family, located on East Harmon Drive in Greenville showed beautiful prolific perennial gardens along with container ferns in front of their home and outstanding container gardening to highlight the deck and back yard area. Mindy and Matt Steyer, along with their sons Gibson and Grady, have landscaped their entire back yard in the 10 years they have resided there. Their dedication and love for gardening certainly shows.

The gardens of Bill and Barb Young of the Chestnut Village in the Brethren Retirement Community, shows just how much beauty you can create in a short amount of time when you have the love of gardening. The Young's, parents of Jenny (Dan) Berger, moved from Lebanon into their beautifully decorated retirement home just two days after Christmas in 2016. Since then, they have worked to update the landscaping in the front with boxwood, hosta and more. They have a special talent for planting containers - two urns in front have Vinca vine, begonia, spider plants, springeri and tradescantia pallida 'spiderwort'. This couple also have outstanding containers on their deck as well as unique yard art. Their porch area is tastefully decorated that reflects a "Welcome" feeling.

Sherri Jones and Angela Beumer, Ladybug Garden Club
Community Beautification committee members, Grady,
Gibson, Mindy and Matt Steyer


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Darke County Center for the Arts will host “Barbecue and Blues,” a fun-filled fundraiser at Turtle Creek Golf Course on Friday, July 14. The Thirsty Turtle will have food and a full range of drinks available for purchase throughout the evening, with a special menu featuring BBQ pulled pork sandwiches, pulled chicken, cole slaw, baked beans, and kettle chips from 6 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. The music begins at 6:30 p.m., with local favorites Higgins-Madewell providing their unique blend of strong vocals and amazing acoustic guitar work. Modern-day blues virtuoso Jay Jesse Johnson will be the headlining music act; known for “setting the blues on fire from both ends,” Johnson plays smoking slow blues as well as fast-paced rocking boogie. Tickets for the event are $10; food and drink are not included in the ticket price.

According to DCCA Artistic director Keith Rawlins, DCCA’s “Barbecue and Blues” will offer attendees an opportunity to enjoy two of the best guitarists in the country. “Combining Jeff Madewell's incredible guitar chops with Erin Higgins’ melodic voice creates a musical experience worth traveling miles to hear. Add to that Jay Jesse Johnson, known as the cream of the crop in contemporary blues, and you are assured an exciting evening of outstanding music,” Rawlins stated. Sponsorship for the musical performances is provided by Matt and Angie Arnold, George and Becky Luce, and the Jordan Insurance Agency.

DCCA Executive Director Andrea Jordan says that “Barbecue and Blues” has become an extremely popular summertime event. “This is a great opportunity to celebrate the season with lively, listenable music in a lovely setting,” Ms. Jordan said. The proceeds from “Barbecue and Blues” support DCCA programming, helping make possible DCCA's Arts In Education program as well as the Family Theatre Series and a summer theatre residency by Missoula Children's Theatre. “Without fundraisers such as these, DCCA could not provide AIE at no charge to students, Family Theatre tickets for $5, or hands-on theatre experience with MCT at no cost to participants. DCCA is grateful to Turtle Creek for hosting this fantastic event,” Ms. Jordan concluded.

In case of inclement weather, “Barbecue and Blues” will move inside. Although tickets will be available at the gate, DCCA strongly recommends purchasing them in advance. Tickets can be reserved by contacting DCCA at 937-547-0908 or or ordered online at Tickets are also available at Greenville Public Library, Readmore's Hallmark, and Darke County Welcome Center, as well as at Turtle Creek Golf Course, 6545 U.S. Route 36 East, Greenville.

Edison State Receives Approval as Registered Apprenticeship Sponsor

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The Ohio Department of Job and Family Service’s (ODJFS) Ohio Apprenticeship Council has named Edison State Community College as a Registered Apprenticeship Sponsor in the State of Ohio. Registered apprenticeship programs teach high-level skills and provide educational resources to prepare individuals for entrance or advancement into today’s workforce.

“This new credential for Edison State allows for an ideal blend of real life work experience with college level courses in both technical and professional foundations,” said Edison State President, Dr. Doreen Larson.

“Edison State can facilitate the initial connection between a student and potential employer and then we are able to support the student’s development while responding to regional technical growth through curricular design,” added Dr. Larson. “Our faculty members are eager to apply their expertise in support of this innovative program.”

Apprentices will complete related instruction at Edison State while gaining hands-on training with their employer. Additionally, opportunities offered at Edison State will qualify the apprentice to graduate with a certificate or associate degree upon completion. With an associate degree, the apprentice may continue on the path to a bachelor’s degree or enter the workforce.

“This is an excellent resource for individuals looking to enter the workforce or advance in their career,” said Peggy Wiggins, Director of the Center for Workforce Development and Education at Edison State. “Some companies will use these apprenticeship programs to recruit new employees, while others will use the curriculum to promote existing employees.”

“There are also benefits to the apprentice such as pay increases every six months, and more often than not, the employer will cover tuition costs. It’s the ultimate learn as you earn program.”

Lyme Disease and Other Tick-Carried Diseases on the Rise in Ohio

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — A steadily rising number of Lyme disease cases are being reported in Ohio transmitted by a tick that can be as small as a poppy seed.

Every year since 2010, when Ohio’s first population of blacklegged deer ticks was discovered in Coshocton County, the number of people infected with Lyme disease has increased. Last year’s statewide total of 160 human cases of the disease is more than three and a half times the 2010 total.

Besides the increase in Lyme disease, more Ohioans are also reporting cases of other tick- related diseases, leading to concern about tick populations that used to be rare in the state.

Blacklegged deer ticks, which can transmit Lyme disease, are spreading, and one challenge in fending them off is that in their nymph stage, they’re easily overlooked, said Glen Needham, associate professor emeritus of entomology with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.

The blacklegged deer tick has established populations in 30 to 40 counties in Ohio, primarily in the southern and eastern parts of the state, Needham said. In the nymph stage, which can extend from spring through fall, the tick can appear on skin to be a speck of dirt or a freckle.

“It is so tiny and it feeds so quickly that sometimes people go to the doctor with symptoms but don’t connect it to having been bitten,” Needham said.

Lyme disease can cause a rash that looks like a bullseye and flu-like symptoms including fever, headache and muscle and joint aches. Antibiotics can cure most cases of Lyme disease.

If a blood sample is taken from a person too early in the disease, it can come back as negative for Lyme disease, Needham pointed out.

“The doctor may then pass on giving you an antibiotic and then you end up with the later stages of Lyme disease,” Needham said.

A warm winter such as this year’s can mean the blacklegged tick is active all year as opposed to just in the spring and summer, said Tammi Rogers, program assistant for agriculture and natural resources for the Ohio State University Extension office in Coshocton County. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of the college.

Local member one of five women elevated to state party leadership

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The Ohio Federation of Republican Women (OFRW), the National Federation of Republican Women (NFRW) and the Preble County Republican Women’s Club (PCRWC) can proudly celebrate the elevation of members to the top leadership team of the Ohio Republican Party (ORP). In this historic event, five Federation members, including Stephanie Garrett, a PCRWC member, became part of the all female leadership team for the ORP. Garrett serves the southern part of Darke County as Committeewoman on the Ohio Republican State Central Committee for the 5th Ohio Senate District. This provides an opportunity for the Federation to raise its profile, increase its membership, and provide can-do Republican leadership for the state of Ohio and for our local Ohio communities.

New members of the ORP leadership are Chairman Jane Timken (Stark County), Vice-chairman Mary Anne Christie (Hamilton County), Secretary Marilyn Ashcraft (Washington County), Treasurer Tracey Winbush (Mahoning County) and Assistant Treasurer Stephanie Garrett (Preble County).

Jane Timken, the newly-elected Chairman, lives in northeastern Stark County, where she is a member of the Westark Republican Women’s Club. Timken has served as Vice-chairman of the County Republican Party and as a State GOP Central Committee member. Her activities with the Party have included fundraising, volunteer engagement, and recruiting and assisting candidates. She was a delegate to the 40th Republican National Convention in Tampa.

Timken has been involved in community service all of her adult life. She has served on the boards of a number of civic and charitable organizations, focusing on health and human services, education, legal assistance, and the arts. She was Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Kent State University for nine years. Timken excelled academically, graduating Cum Laude from Harvard and Summa Cum Laude from the American University College of Law.

Her goals as Chair of the Ohio Republican Party include growing the GOP and maintaining the historic Republican majority in Ohio; marshalling financial and other resources to win new Republican voters; and providing the services that candidates need to succeed in their campaigns. She views unifying the Party as a major objective.

To Timken, the OFRW/NFRW is vitally important as a means of keeping women engaged and active. Women in local clubs strengthen their political effectiveness and also “counter the mainstream media narrative” that paints a negative and unflattering picture of Republicans. Timken likes to quote Margaret Thatcher, who said “If you want something said, ask a man. If you want something done, ask a woman.”

Mary Anne Christie, the newly elected Vice-chairman of the ORP, is a resident of Hamilton County where she is a member of the Hamilton County Republican Women’s Club. Christie became involved in Republican politics when she founded the Kenwood Woman’s Club to counter the attempts of developers to alter the residential character of her neighborhood. She went on to win a seat on Madeira City Council, then was elected Vice-Mayor and Mayor. She served as an Administrative Judge on the Ohio Industrial Commission Board of Revisions; president of the Ohio/Kentucky/Indiana Regional Council of Government; Vice-chairman of the Ohio Board of Housing. She has been recognized for her community service in the fields of mental health and for her dedication to volunteer service.

Christie has held a number of leadership positions in the Ohio Federation over the years, including the office of president. She has served for years on the National Federation board of directors, seeing this as a way to network with like-minded women across the U.S. She has wanted to help educate members, share ideas, and promote the policies and principles of the Republican Party by her Federation activities.

Through her leadership role in the Ohio Republican Party, Christie will work with the State Central Committee members, to help strengthen the Committee and encourage and support them in increasing collaboration with County leaders. Christie remarked that the 2016 presidential election demonstrated that people are demanding a new direction, highlighting the need for the Party to work in a more united fashion and to build better communication with and responsiveness between the electorate and elected officials.

Marilyn Ashcraft, the newly elected Secretary of the ORP, lives in Washington County and is a member of the Washington County Republican Women’s Club. Ashcraft has served in that position several times over the years. Her commitment to service has been evident since she was a teenager, when she had a leadership role in 4-H.

“I always wanted to do all I could in whatever organization I belonged to.” Stated Ashcraft.

She worked as a nurse and was president of the Ohio Osteopathic Auxiliary. She grew increasingly interested and involved in politics, and chaired the Washington County GOP for 16 years. Ashcraft was the Southeast Regional Representative for State Treasurer Jeannette Bradley; she worked for Mary Taylor both when she was Auditor and Lt. Governor; and she was Regional Chair for the George W. Bush campaign. She has served on the State Central Committee for thirteen years.

Ashcraft credits the Federation with being an effective link between the people and the State and National Republican Parties. She believes that the Federated clubs are most effective in communicating the Republican message and showing by example the rewarding and positive nature of Republican principles and policies.

Her main focus in her role on the ORP leadership team is, and has always been, promoting good communication and unity. Ashcraft likes to connect with people and encourage them to be recognized and have a chance to express their thoughts. Her father impressed her by telling her, “Everybody has a vote; don’t you ever forget it!” She believes that everyone has something to share “even if it’s only a smile.”

Tracey Winbush, the newly elected Treasurer of the ORP, lives in Mahoning County and is a member of the Canfield Republican Women’s Club. She did not consider herself to be “political” during her young years. She grew up in a family that voted for Democrats but had conservative and religious values. Moving to Southern California after High School looking for greater opportunities she found that area of the country to be way too liberal for her taste. After moving back to Ohio she became politically active and aligned herself with the Republican Party and was persuaded to run for the Youngstown Board of Education as a Board Member. Recruited by Republicans in a Democrat-leaning county, she was impressed by their commitment to clean government. She chaired the Finance Committee for the School Board, then sought and has run for other political offices in the Mahoning County area. Winbush served as Treasurer of the County GOP, then was encouraged to run for the State Central Committee, for which she became Asst. Treasurer and now Treasurer. She said that she is a determined campaigner: “I run to win!” Besides service in elective office, Winbush has worked on the 2004 Bush campaign and the 2016 Trump campaign as County chair; and she was part of the NRC Platform Committee in 2016.

Winbush has been involved with several Federated clubs, and she said that she has learned much from them. She believes that the clubs serve as the best platform for women to learn about politics and government, to gain experience, and to move up. “Anytime you have a great coalition of people you can’t help but advance…women make things happen.”

In her work at ORP headquarters, Winbush holds three watchwords in mind for the Party: “unified, diverse, and strong.” She wants to help show the world that the Republican Party is diverse and welcoming to people from all walks of life, and that Republican principles can meet the needs of all Americans. She emphasized the importance of listening—to learn what people actually think, rather than acting on their assumptions or on what they are told by media sources.

Stephanie Garrett, newly elected Assistant Treasurer, lives in Preble County where she is a member of the Preble County Women’s Republican Club. She grew up in Lexington, KY, daughter of “Southern Democrats” and every Sunday the family went to a restaurant after church, where her father and his friends would talk politics. Her father’s best friend was a Republican, and his views broadened the perspectives of Garrett and her parents. She became politically active when she was homeschooling and she realized that her children would not be civically involved unless she influenced them by her example. She began as a poll worker, then became involved in the George W. Bush campaign, and every campaign since then. She has been involved with the Preble County GOP and as chair of the County Central Committee, and serves on the State Central Committee.

Garrett values the OFRW/NFRW as an important way for women to be informed and involved. She agrees that women are the “movers and shakers” and remarked that women were at the root of President Trump’s grassroots push.

Her greatest hope for her service in the Ohio Republican Party is that she can help to bring unity to the Party. She remarked that she believes that Republicans are united by a love of country and the ideals of the Founding Fathers. She likened some of the intraparty conflicts to “family fights” and believes that keeping focused on unifying Republican principles is the priority.

Founded in 1938, the NFRW ( proudly represents the party that first made it possible for women to vote in the U.S. Today, the NFRW works to increase the effectiveness and relevance of women in the cause of good government. Our mission remains to recruit and elect Republican candidates, promote the principles of the Republican Party, educate the public and inform the media.

The OFRW, founded in 1929, is a statewide organization of hundreds of members in constituent clubs. It is the largest, most powerful political organization in Ohio providing the avenue for women to influence policy, develop candidates, and elect the leaders of Ohio. The OFRW is a multi-generational, multi-cultural organization providing the structure and support for political activists to learn, engage, and flourish. It is Federated under the National Federation of Republican Women. For more information regarding the OFRW, visit

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Fort GreeneVille DAR: Scholarship Recipients

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Megan VanSkyock, Fort GreeneVille DAR Regent Debbie Nisonger and Kari Kueterman.
Fort GreeneVille Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution recently honored the 2016 and 2017 Darke County Foundation recipients of the annual Fort GreeneVille DAR Scholarship. Megan VanSkyock, the 2016 scholarship recipient, is a Versailles High School graduate and valedictorian. Megan is currently attending Ball State University.

This year’s scholarship recipient is Kari Kueterman. Kari Kueterman is the 2017 valedictorian of Versailles High School. Kari is enlisted in the Unites States Army Reserve. She will attending Ohio State University in the ROTC program after her initial military reserve training.


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Speaking to the DCRW at the June meeting was Lyn Bliss President of the Ohio Federation of Republican Women Lyn addressed the Structure of the Federation and also the counteracting of fake news.

The next dinner/meeting of the DCRW will be 6:30 p.m. Monday July 10, Chestnut Village/Brethren Retirement Community

The Program will be presented by Rebecca Cotterman, Program Director for Big Brothers Big Sisters

Visitors welcome with a dinner reservation.

Call Wavelene at 547-6477 or e-mail her at: before noon on the 6th.

Brethren Retirement Community donates to Empowering programs

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Brethren Retirement Community residents participate in the community’s support of Empowering Darke County Youth After School, Summer Reading and Summer Tutoring programs. Center: John Warner, BRC President and CEO; Krista Stump, Empowering Treasurer.
GREENVILLE - Brethren Retirement Community has been serving senior citizens in Darke County and surrounding areas for over a century. Through a recent donation to Empowering Darke County Youth, BRC also continues to serve community young people.

Brethren Retirement Community has been a strong force in the community since its founding 115 years ago. Today it offers a variety of levels of care, from independent living and winter stay to assisted living, skilled nursing and more. Empowering volunteers and the children they serve appreciate the retirement community’s support.

Empowering offers a variety of programs, from the After School Program to Summer Tutoring at the Greenville Library and Summer Reading at Edison State Community College, Darke County Campus. The tutoring program is unable to take any more requests at this time, however the Summer Reading Program is open Mondays from 3:30 to 5:30 and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00 to 3:00. No appointment necessary, just drop in and “read a bit.”

“We would like to thank the community for its continuing support of our programs,” said Eric Fee, Empowering President. He noted, however, the summer programs are still short of their funding goals for this year. Donations can be sent to Empowering Darke County Youth, P.O. Box 1113, Greenville, Ohio 45331.

The Mission: Empowering Darke County Youth provides After School and Summer Tutoring programs to assist students in the areas of language arts and math with the goal of Strong Students for a Strong Community.

National Theater Star to Join the Cast of Annie

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Meet Macy the dog who will be featured in the upcoming production of Annie presented by Versailles Towne and Country Players!

Macy, much like Annie herself, was an orphan looking for a home when she was discovered and rescued by Broadway's best known dog trainer, Bill Berloni. Since the original Broadway Annie in 1977, Bill has been rescuing dogs and training them for the stage. Macy is currently performing the role of Sandy in the National Tour of Annie. For the last 6 years, she have been traveling all over the United States winning the hearts of audiences at every stop. When the National Tour ends in early July, Macy will be making her way to Versailles to be our Sandy in our show! When she is finished in Versailles she will be heading to NYC to take on Off-Broadway!

Annie will be presented in the Versailles Performing Arts Center located at 280 Marker Road on the west side of Versailles Schools. The cast features 77 talented performers ranging in all ages. Performances are Thursday, July 13, 7:30 p.m.; Friday, July 14, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, July 15, 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, July 16, 3:00 p.m.

TO GET YOUR TICKETS, simply visit and click on the link SeatYourself on the home page. This website will allow you to choose from available seats for each of the five performances and pay by credit card. If you’d rather order by phone, please call Connie at (937) 623-3865. Tickets are $12.50 each (includes service fee).

Don’t wait – get your tickets before all performances are sold out!


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GREENVILLE, Ohio - Giving back to the community, Second National Bank continues their financial support of Main Street Greenville, a non-profit organization focusing on historic preservation and downtown revitalization.

“Second National Bank has been a loyal supporter of Main Street Greenville for many years,” said Crysta Hutchinson, Executive Director of Main Street Greenville. “Their belief in our mission allows us to assist in the continued economic development of Greenville and create events the whole community can enjoy. We are very grateful for their support and commitment to downtown.”

Some of the events supported by Second National Bank include First Friday and Small Business Saturday, both of which encourage people to spend time in historic downtown Greenville and shop locally. Main Street Greenville has an extensive calendar of events for the community to enjoy, including the upcoming First Friday: Memories on Main on July 7th.

Headquartered in Greenville, Second National Bank is part of the Park National Corporation, a group of strong community banks based in Ohio. Second National was originally chartered in July 1883 and has 8 offices in Greenville, Arcanum, Versailles, Fort Recovery and Celina.

Main Street Greenville is a non-profit organization committed to stimulating and supporting revitalization efforts, historic preservation and growth in historic Downtown Greenville. To learn more, visit, follow them on Facebook, or contact them at 937-548-4998.

“Staycation” starts with Kim Kelly Orchestra

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“Not just the same old song and dance…” is how the Kim Kelly orchestra would describe their own musical style, blended with a touch of class.

The Kim Kelly orchestra has been providing entertainment for private parties and public events primarily in the tri-state area (Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana) since 1974, with many musicians whose origins began at Carroll High School and the University of Dayton. The orchestra features musicians from the Columbus, Cincinnati, and Dayton areas – many who have performed professionally with groups such as Count Basie, Stan Kenton, Woody Herman, and Buddy Rich. They are dedicated to providing polished material in a variety of styles, from the songs of the “Big Band Era” to the contemporary pop selections. The Kim Kelly Orchestra has an extensive play list, with a wide range of material to please most every musical taste making them one of the most sought after bands in the tri-state area.

Towne & Country Players is proud to start this season off with such a talented group of musicians. Moeller Brew Barn will be there to provide beverages as well as Michael Anthony providing delicious food items. Downtown Versailles will be your vacation spot to kick-off your weekend. (In case of rain, the event will be held at St Denis church basement.)

Annie Oakley Golf Tournament will be held July 24, 2017 at Turtle Creek Golf Course

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Top Left: Donald Hittle and Joe Arnett of Hittle Buick-GMC. Top Right: Brittany Kendle of SVG Chevrolet. Bottom Left: Dave Knapp of Dave Knapp Ford, Lincoln. Bottom Right: Jim Troutwine of Troutwine Auto Sales
The 36th annual Annie Oakley Golf Tournament is fast approaching. Get signed up with your team today for a chance to win a new car or truck from one of four Darke County area car dealers! You can also purchase a T Sign to be displayed to advertise your business or in honor or memory of someone.

This year’s tournament is scheduled for July 24th at the Turtle Creek Golf Course and will feature a shotgun start with scramble format, chances to win great prizes and lunch/dinner for the golfer and their spouse/guest. Most importantly, the proceeds from this fun and exciting event will benefit the local and independent Cancer Association of Darke County.

Each golfer has the opportunity to win a new car or truck valued at $ 27,500.00 for a hole-in-one on the sixth and seventeenth hole. SVG Chevrolet, Hittle Buick GMC, Dave Knapp Ford-Lincoln and Troutwine Auto Sales are again joining together to sponsor this year's Hole-in-One competition. Any golfer getting a hole-in-one on the 11th hole wins a Yamaha Golf Cart. The golfer getting a hole-in-one on the eighth hole will win a choice of Premium Golf Equipment.

Additional information and entry forms for the 36th annual tournament are available at the Cancer Association of Darke County at 548-9960 or from any tournament committee member.

Tickets on sale for DCCA BBQ & BLUES

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Summer Fundraising Event - July 14th at Turtle Creek

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Tickets are now for sale for Darke County Center for the Arts annual summer fundraising event “Barbeque and Blues”. The Friday, July 14th event will again be held at the lovely and inviting grounds of Turtle Creek Golf Course; tickets cost $10. Thirsty Turtle will provide a Picnic BBQ menu from 6:00 until 8:30 p.m. and full bar service will be available, at an additional price.

The music will kick off at 6:30 p.m. with popular local musicians Higgins-Madewell performing their signature blend of roots, blues, country, and classic rock. Blues guitar virtuoso and singer Jay Jesse Johnson returns to headline the event. Johnson has rightfully been dubbed “a powerhouse guitar rock force to be reckoned with.” The Indiana native tours with his band that includes vocalist Angela Combs, Reed Bogart on bass, Jeff “Smokey” Donaldson on drums, and Lee Evans on the Hammond B3. His latest CD, Set the Blues On Fire, has won rave reviews, earning Triple J acclaim from critics and fans alike as “a modern-day blues master.” Praised for his technique, tone and song-writing abilities, Jay Jesse Johnson is one of the most electrifying guitarists you will ever hear, performing smoking slow blues and fast-paced rocking boogie with masterful ease. The music is sponsored by Matt & Angie Arnold, George & Becky Luce and the Jordan Agency.

“Barbecue and Blues,” the annual fun-filled Darke County Center for the Arts fundraiser featuring food for the body and music for the soul that supports DCCA's Arts In Education programming and helps underwrite their Family Theatre Series—providing another good reason for attending the event. Simply knowing that you will be supporting these and other programs provides sufficient motivation to get your tickets for DCCA's “Barbecue and Blues.”

So take your lawn chair or blanket to Turtle Creek, get comfortable, and enjoy great food and great music in the great outdoors with other great people, all for a great cause. Of course, if the weather is less than great, “Barbecue and Blues” will move inside the cozy confines of The Thirsty Turtle. Although tickets will be available at the gate, DCCA strongly recommends purchasing them in advance. Tickets can be ordered online at And through the DCCA Office (937) 547-0908. Tickets are also available at Greenville Public Library, Readmore's Hallmark, and Darke County Welcome Center, as well as at Turtle Creek Golf Course, 6545 U.S. Route 36 East, Greenville.

Darke County Center for the Arts presents and promotes performing and fine arts encouraging cultural enrichment. For more information on DCCA and the 2017-2018 Arts Count season visit their website at

Tipp Art Talks & Demos - Marvin Olinsky, Artist and Wood Sculptor

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Rusty Harden Art Studio is proud to present their second bi-monthly Tipp Talks & Demos on Tuesday, June 20, 2017, from 6:30 - 8:30 P.M., featuring Marvin Olinsky.

Marvin, an artist and wood sculptor of beautiful figures, was the 1980 Director of Cox Arboretum and, who as a retired C.E.O. of Five Rivers Metro Parks, spends his time creating lovely female figurines from wood. He has generously donated a beloved figure, celebrating the beauty and strength of women who face breast cancer, to the Pink Ribbon Girls - a support group for breast cancer.

There is no charge for this exciting event. Please join us for an evening of interesting discussion, and lots of friendly interaction! Coffee and dessert will be provided.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Truck Driver Dies After Incident at BSG

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On June 20, 2017, at approximately 7:46 a.m., the Greenville Police Department, Greenville Fire Department, Greenville Township Rescue, and CareFlight were dispatched to the Beauty Systems Group (BSG) located at 5805 Jaysville-St. Johns Road, Greenville, Ohio on a report that a subject had been hit and pinned by a truck. After being stabilized, the driver was flown by CareFlight to Miami Valley Hospital.

During the investigation, it was discovered that the truck driver was partially outside of the cab of his truck when he struck a docked trailer causing the jack to collapse allowing the trailer to fall and pin the driver between his truck door and the cab.

On June 21, 2017, the driver, 44 year old Shawn P. Davis of New Vienna, Ohio, succumbed to his injuries at 7:10 a.m.

This incident will continue to be investigated by multiple agencies.

Our condolences go out to the Shawn Davis family and friends.

Submitted by the Greenville Police Department

Greenville Schools Foundation Draws Final 500 Club Winners

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Winners of the Greenville Schools Foundation 500 Club raffle for April, May and June are:


  • $50.00 Robert Person
  • $20.00 Aubrey DeVoss
  • $10.00 Angela Ayette


  • $50.00 Jean Borton
  • $20.00 Melissa Shepherd
  • $10.00 Jim Buchy


  • $50.00 Charlene Thornhill
  • $20.00 Stan Hughes
  • $10.00 Matt Loberstein

Proceeds from the 500 Club benefit Greenvile City Schools students in a large variety of ways.
The foundation trustees wish to thank everyone who participated making it possible to award over $8,500 in grants to Greenville educators. Congratulations to all the winners this year.


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L to R: Long-term care resident Delores Williams, with Victoria Jones, Activity Assistant
Versailles Health Care Center, a skilled nursing and rehabilitation center, is always busy creating new and exciting opportunities for residents and family members to come together. Everyone enjoys having a fun time working together within the local community on enriching projects. Recently, VHCC has begun planting flowers and garden vegetables in their flower beds.

VHCC residents also enjoy working on the raised flower beds provided and located at the Worch Memorial Public Library. All of our flower beds are easily accessible while standing or sitting in their chair. This makes it easier for individuals to access the flower beds. Any items used in the flower beds must be organic, so it is safe for everyone to use.

The VHCC activity department is proud to announce the addition of Mother Nature’s Original Fertilizer which is being used in their garden areas. Family members and residents enjoy using the organic natural soil enhancer in the flower beds because it is easy to work with and locally manufactured. This special fertilizer offers healthier growth options for plants, and was donated by long-term care resident Delores William’s family, from Green Thumb Worm Castings, LLC.

The fertilizer is created from worm castings. These worm castings come from rich digested soil that the worms leave behind. They are rich in nutrients and microorganisms that are beneficial for plant growth. They also fight disease to help keep the plants healthy and productive year long.

Chemicals are not used in the production of the fertilizer and it is safe to use around children and pets. There is no odor to worry about, and it will not damage the plants. Directions on how to use the fertilizer for optimum growth is included in their brochure. More information on this fertilizer can be found at their website:

VHCC invites everyone to stop by and see how beautiful their flowers are throughout the summer. Stop in for a visit and see our beautiful enclosed courtyards!

Versailles Health Care Center offers long-term care, short-term rehab services, and outpatient therapy. If you are interested in learning more about Versailles Health Care Center, call 937-526-5570 or visit

Historic Home and Garden Tour in Urbana

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The Champaign County Preservation Alliance with the support of The Peoples Savings Bank and Bundy Baking Solutions, presents the Twenty- Fifth Annual Historic Home and Garden Tour on June 24-25 in Urbana Ohio. The hours are 11-5 and tickets are $15.00 available tour week-end at the welcome tent located behind the municipal building at 205 S. Main St . Free shuttle service is available.

Included on the tour are eight homes, one private garden, one historic church, the Johnny Appleseed Museum and The Champaign County Historical Society. In addition, visit the Depot Coffee House located in a restored train
depot and climb aboard an original NX23 Rail Car caboose which is now an educational center. An great opportunity to examine the inside of a caboose!

An excellent example of repurposing a structure is the home of renowned artist, Mike Major and his family. An 1877 Universalist Church in Westville, Ohio was converted into a warm, comfortable home. The structure contains Mike's studio and five levels of living space. It is open for touring and offers a rare opportunity to visit the inside. Mike will be available for conversation periodically throughout the week-end and the studio will be open for touring.

The Johnny Appleseed Museum will have a book signing by author, Ann Corfman and a Johnny Appleseed reenactor on hand to talk with visitors. Please check our web site for the appearance schedule.

In addition to the tour sites, there will be period craft demonstrations and sales and entertainment at the tour sites throughout the week-end.

To qualify for the tour the residence must be at least 50 years old. The purpose is to demonstrate feasibility of restoring the older structure to the needs of today's family and businesses without destroying the integrity of the structure. A variety of styles, sizes, and periods make for an interesting tour.

Follow us on Facebook and instagram : chamapignco_preservation or visit for photos and additional information.

If you have questions leave a message at 1-800-791-6010. The tour is not handicap accessible and pets are not allowed.

Angel Run 5k Registration is Now Open

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Registration is now open for the 16th Annual Angel Run 5k to be held Sunday, July 16, 2017 at 9:00 AM. The race starts and ends at North Star Park in North Star, Ohio, and is held in conjunction with the Fireman’s & American Legion Picnic.

The 5k is held each year to honor all lost loved ones, and was started by the family of Lynn Topp in 1998. It is also a raises funds for scholarships for local college students, as well as for donations to the North Star Fire Department and North Star American Legion.

You can learn more about the 5k at

In addition, you can download and print a registration form by clicking here.

Library Class in Non-Traditional Publishing

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Come and explore the non-traditional avenues of publishing with a writer who has traveled the path! J. E. Irvin, award-winning author of The Dark End of the Rainbow, will offer inspiration and reassurance by sharing her struggles and experiences in seeking publication on Thursday June 29th at 6:00 p.m. at the Greenville Public Library. This is a free class but seating is limited. Tickets are available at the Reference Desk.

Many patrons know Jan from last January’s Author’s Night. A career educator on the high school and university levels Jan retired in 2008. “Writing is my job now.” She is hard at work on her next book and also has served as a long-time volunteer for the Antioch Writers’ Workshop. Her stories have appeared in both print and online journals and magazines including Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine and Spark a creative anthology.

Learn more about Jan’s novels and writing career at

Pitsburg Church of the Brethren will host the Faithful Sons

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The Pitsburg Church of the Brethren will host the Faithful Sons at 6 PM on Sunday, July 2, 2017

The Faithful Sons have been sharing the Gospel of Christ through Southern Gospel Music for many years.

John Short sings the lead part for the group. He lives in Union City, OH, and is mostly retired. John has sang with several groups over the years, including the Promised Heirs and the Chordsmen, before starting The Faithful Sons.

Kim Gilbert sings the baritone part, and has been with the group from the beginning. He has also sang with a barbershop quartet through the years. Kim lives in Greenville, and is also recently retired from Flagg Lumber in New Madison.

Singing tenor is the newest member of the group, Kent Waller. Kent also makes his home in Greenville, and works for Crown Equipment in New Bremen as a Packaging Engineer. Before joining The Faithful Sons, Kent sang baritone with The Dayton Ambassadors for three years until the group disbanded in 2012.

This group has but one goal, lift up the name of Jesus Christ in word and song, and lead others to a loving, personal relationship with Him. Come and worship with us and you will surely be blessed.

The church is located at the west edge of Pitsburg, OH, at 8376 Pitsburg-Laura Road. The public is invited to this gospel concert and a freewill offering will be accepted. Refreshments will be served in the fellowship hall following the concert.

For booking information, you can contact John at 937-423-7827 or Kent at 937-621-5494.


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Kick off your Fourth of July weekend at Family Fest on July 1, 2017 at the Darke County Fairgrounds. This FREE event begins at 4:00 pm.

Family Fest will host a day of free events for the entire family such as games, music, bouncy houses, corn hole, dunk tank, volleyball, face painting, Star 88.9, door prizes and lots more! There will also be information on hand to help families succeed and thrive, and a FREE meal for families to enjoy together from 4:00 – 6:30 pm.

Entertainment will be under The Big Tent all evening including EUM Church’s Saturday night worship service beginning at 6:30 pm. The schedule for under the tent is: 4:00-4:45 EUM Worship Band; 5:00-5:45 Radiant; 6:00-6:15 Tim Carol, author of the book Nomad; 6:30-7:30 EUM worship service with lead Pastor Jeff Harper; 7:50-8:30 Kellan Karger, "Christian Rapper" and at 8:30 there will be a prize giveaway drawing.

The evening will end with the City of Greenville’s fireworks celebration at the south end of the fairgrounds. Be sure to bring your lawn chairs and blankets, enjoy the activities at Family Fest, and end the evening with a bang!

Family Fest is a ministry of EUM Church where Jeff Harper is Lead Pastor. The traditional worship service is Sunday 9:45 am at the Downtown Campus at 111 Devor Street and the contemporary worship services are Saturday at 6:30 pm and Sunday at 9:00, 10:30, and 11:59 am at the Worship Center located at 1451 Sater Street in Greenville. Kidmunity Children’s Ministry is available for kids age birth through grade six at the 6:30 pm, 9:00, 10:30 and 11:59 am services. Offices are located at 111 Devor Street, and are open Monday – Friday from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. For more information, go to or call 548-3211.


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Those who purchased raffle tickets to the Annie's Star Spangled Gala had to wait until last Saturday for the drawing during the Garst Museum's Annie's Star Spangled Gala. It was held half-way through the Live Auction, conducted by Brian Rismiller. Winners did not need to be present for the first four draws. And the winners are: The first draw for $1000 went to Sharon Wintrow; Dave Ernst won the week-end in Gatlinburg, donated by Tom and Cindy Scott/Tom Scott Seed Service; the full-sized quilt made and donated by Christine Stamcoff went to Dennis Pitsenbarger and $500 went to Marilyn Robbins. All other prizes were donated by Friends of the Museum.

Marilyn is shown here with Annie as she was a Silver Star Sponsor to the Gala as well as one of the winners of the raffle.

Additionally, there were two more bonus draws for which the winner did have to be present. They were $250 to Ed Roeth and a $100 Gift Certificate to the Garst Museum Store went to Joy Marchal.

Main Street Greenville Receives National Main Street Accreditation

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A group of Main Street Greenville staff, board members, and volunteers
take part in a project to spread the word about the importance
of historic preservation. 
Main Street Greenville has been designated as an accredited Main Street America™ program for meeting rigorous performance standards set by the National Main Street Center. Each year, the National Main Street Center and its Coordinating Program partners announce the list of accredited Main Street America programs in recognition of their exemplary commitment to preservation-based economic development and community revitalization through the Main Street Approach®.

“It is a great honor to recognize this year’s nationally Accredited Main Street America programs for their outstanding work to transform downtown and neighborhood commercial districts,” says Patrice Frey, President & CEO of the National Main Street Center. “Main Streets are the heart of our communities, and the work they do to create quality public spaces, catalyze local entrepreneurship, and support downtown housing is more important than ever. Across the country, Main Street America programs truly strengthen the economic, social, and cultural fabric of their entire communities.”

Main Street Greenville’s performance is annually evaluated by Heritage Ohio, which works in partnership with the National Main Street Center to identify the local programs that meet ten performance standards. Evaluation criteria determines the communities that are building comprehensive and sustainable revitalization efforts and include standards such as fostering strong public-private partnerships, securing an operating budget, tracking programmatic progress and actively preserving historic buildings.

Greenville became a member of the Main Street program in 2003, and since continues to revitalize the historic downtown and commercial enterprise district. The designation as a nationally accredited Main Street program is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the Main Street Greenville Board of Directors, staff, and volunteers.

“The preserved and active downtown that Greenville offers is something many communities strive to achieve,” said Crysta Hutchinson, Executive Director of Main Street Greenville. “A dynamic downtown is an incredible tool for economic development as it encourages residents to shop locally and invites a strong workforce. Creating a district that inspires a sense of local pride and community is central to the work of Main Street Greenville and is integral to the future of the city.”

Main Street Greenville is a non-profit organization committed to stimulating and supporting revitalization efforts, historic preservation and growth in historic Downtown Greenville. Learn more about the organization on their website,, or follow them on Facebook. You can contact them at or 937-548-4998.

Main Street America has been helping revitalize older and historic commercial districts for more than 35 years. Today, it is a network of more than 1,000 neighborhoods and communities, rural and urban, who share both a commitment to place and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development. Since 1980, communities participating in the program have leveraged more than $71.35 billion in new public and private investment, generated 583,869 net new jobs and 131,974 net new businesses, and rehabilitated more than 267,800 buildings. Main Street America is a program of the nonprofit National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

One Airlifted After Two Car Collision in Northern Darke County

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On June 20, 2017 at 10:53 am Darke County Deputies, along with Ansonia Rescue, Rossburg Fire, Burkettsville Fire, Saint Henry Fire, Saint Henry EMS and CareFlight responded to the intersection of North Star Ft Loramie Rd and Rhynard Fink Rd on an injury accident.

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2001 Dodge Dakota, driven by Joseph Perry (34) of Rossburg, Ohio, was traveling south on Rhynard Fink Rd. The 2001 Dodge Dakota pulled into the path of an eastbound 1990 GMC Sierra driven by Jimmy Green (75) of Union City, Indiana.

Mr. Perry was transported to Miami Valley Hospital by CareFlight where he is listed in serious condition. Mr. Green was transported to Mercer Health by Saint Henry EMS where his condition is unknown at this time.

This accident remains under investigation at this time.

State of the Heart and Treaty City Motorcycle Club Hosting Hospice Benefit Run on July 22nd

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State of the Heart Care and Treaty City Motorcycle Club are joining forces on Saturday, July 22 for a hospice benefit run. The run, with the first bike out at noon, will cost $10 for a single rider and $20 for double riders, and will honor each veteran riding with a special ceremony. All proceeds from the run will benefit the veteran program and charity care of Ohio & Indiana State of the Heart hospice patients. The after party, starting at 6pm and lasting until midnight, will feature the band Renegade and has a $5.00 cover charge for those not riding in the benefit run. Also available is a pulled pork dinner and dessert for $6.00. This event is open to the public and all are encouraged to come.

Along with the ride, State of the Heart and Treaty City Motorcycle Club will be hosting a flea market and vendor fair. With a cost of $25 for a 10x10 outdoor space, any vendor can rent a spot to set up and sell their goods, whether it be a garage sale set, business booth, craft vendor, or farmers market; the $25 will also go towards veteran and charity care for all State of the Heart patients. There are still spots open for vendors, please call Christena Sharp 937-548-2999 to reserve your spot. C&T Rental and Williamson Insurance are sponsoring the event with Treaty City Motorcycle Club and State of the Heart Care. “We are so grateful for all the businesses who have sponsored and who have rented out vendor booths. The impact these funds make on our veteran community is outstanding. We are looking forward to an awesome turn out,” Sharp added. If you do not ride you are still encouraged to attend as we will have lots of vendors, great food and great entertainment.


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Greenville High School’s Natalie Milligan took first place at the Troy Strawberry Festival’s Tennis Shootout on June 3. Milligan, who played first singles for GHS as a freshman this past school year, played three matches to clinch her first place win in the Girls 14 and Under singles division. Milligan also competed in the Girls 16 and Under doubles division with Winchester, Indiana’s first singles player Mariah Roberts, who won the Girls 16 and Under singles contest. The duo took second place in the doubles division. Milligan, whose parents are Stu Milligan of Richmond, IN and Rebecca Detling of Greenville, is coached by Jim Koontz, GHS Girls’ Varsity Coach and by local tennis pro Jody Flommersfeld. Roberts is also coached by Flommersfeld. Other Greenville participants were Emily Marchal, Jack Marchal, and Landon Muhlenkamp.

The Art of Nature Journaling

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Do you want a deeper appreciation of the world around you? Maybe just record what you see on your hike? How about practice your sketching or watercolor skills on an outdoor subject? Join Darke County Parks along with the Greenville Art Guild for a workshop on the art of nature journaling to be held on Saturday June 24 at 9am. We’ll meet at Shawnee Prairie Preserve and discuss the different styles, purposes, and media used to keep a journal (with a special focus on pen and ink, water color, and colored pencils); we’ll explore journal examples and try it out for ourselves. If the weather permits, we’ll be outside, so bring a lawn chair and your preferred journaling materials (ex: pens, pencils, colored pencils, tablet, journal, diary, or loose paper). Registration is required, so please call the Nature Center at 937-548-0165 to reserve you FREE spot today.

Join the Greenville Art Guild for their annual “Paint Out” following the program.

For more information please contact the Nature Center at (937) 548-0165 or email


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Pictured Ohio/BPW members attending 2017 State Conference in Newark, OH.
Greenville, OH June 12, 2017 The Greenville Business & Professional Women’s Club (BPW) would like to announce that local member Gail Snyder recently attended the Ohio/BPW State Convention. The convention was held in Newark, Ohio from May 19-21, 2017. Gail is the President of Region 5 of the Business & Professional Women’s Club.

Snyder reported that several powerful speakers were present at the conference. Andrea Boxill from Governor John Kasich’s office spoke about opiates addiction and withdrawal. She is available to speak to any group to learn more about drug addiction. Other speakers were motivational speaker Greg Walker, Amanda Hitchcock on ‘Relaxation’ and Andrea Smith on ‘What it Means to be Organized’.

Gail was proud to receive the ‘Spirit of Lena Madison Phillip’s Award’ for the Greenville BPW Club for increasing their membership by 14 members in the past year.

The Region 5 BPW officers are making plans for their next meeting scheduled for July 29th at the Golden Lamb in Lebanon, OH. Jeanne Young from Lebanon BPW has agreed to serve as State Recording Secretary and Ursula Bess from Lebanon BPW will be serving a term as Membership Chair for the State.

BPW Ohio Club’s mission is to achieve equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education, and information. Information on BPW can be found at the website Those interested in learning more about the Club can contact Region 5 President Gail Snyder at 937-423-4854 or

Zechar Bailey donates to Empowering programs

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Phillip Pierri, Location Manager for Zechar Bailey Funeral Home,
presents a check to Krista Stump, Treasurer, Empowering Darke County Youth.
GREENVILLE - Zechar Bailey Funeral Home joins a growing community of individuals, organizations and businesses in supporting Empowering Darke County Youth Programs. Phillip Pierri, Location Manager, said they appreciated the support they receive from the community and wanted to give back.

“The Empowering programs are a good way to do this,” he said. The Empowering Board, tutors and students appreciate Zechar Bailey’s support.

Empowering Darke County Youth was organized in March 2016 to help children in grades kindergarten through four who are struggling in the basics. Since then, the organization has helped 43 students in its Summer Tutoring and 79 students in its After School Programs.

This summer, 71 students, grades K-6, have requested tutoring help, a jump of more than 65 percent over 2016. Empowering Darke County Youth needs help to meet this need in the community. Please consider a donation to P.O. Box 1113, Greenville 45331 or volunteering to help, at Like and message Facebook Empowering Darke County Youth.

The Empowering Mission: Empowering Darke County Youth provides After School and Summer Tutoring programs to assist students in the areas of language arts and math with the goal of Strong Students for a Strong Community.

OSU Extension, Darke County Hosts Two Interns for the Summer

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Rose Vagedes is a graduate of Coldwater High School located in Mercer County. She just completed her first year at the Ohio State University studying Agronomy and minoring in Farm Production and Management. With this degree, she intends to find a job locally as an agronomist. Rose actively participates in Agricultural Education Society, Crops and Soils Club, OSU Intramural Women’s Ultimate Frisbee Team, and Weeds Team. This past winter break, Rose had the opportunity to travel abroad to Nicaragua to study the country's agriculture. The primary focus of the trip was on the country’s coffee industry. Rose’s favorite part of the trip was standing at the mouth of a volcano and swimming in an extinct volcano.

This summer Rose is working as an ACRE intern through the OSU Agricultural and Natural Resource Extension Offices of Mercer, Auglaize, Darke, Miami, and Champaign counties. Through this internship, much of her time is occupied with assisting her hosting educators by collecting data from various research projects. These projects consist of Seeding Rate trials for corn and soybeans, Cold Front trials of corn and soybeans, Starter Fertilizer trials, a trial on Waterhemp, Pollinator Investigation, Spotted Wing Drosophila traps, Brown Marmorated Stink Bug traps, and Western Bean Cutworm traps. She scouts corn, wheat, soybeans, and hops fields, as well as, conduct protocols provided to her by the OSU state specialists. Her time has also been filled with radio interviews, field days, meetings, and presentations. Ms. Vagedes said “The variety of work done, skills gained, and connections created is the most rewarding part about this internship, which makes her look forward to whatever else this internship has to offer!”

Logan Heiby is a fourth year Agriscience Education major from The Ohio State University. He hails from Coldwater, Ohio where he grew up on his family’s farm. When Logan graduates in May of 2018 he plans to find a career where he can teach others about agriculture. At The Ohio State University, he participates in the Agricultural Education Society and Towers Agricultural Honorary. During May of 2017 Logan attended a study abroad, where he traveled to Honduras for 17 days. During his trip he worked on community development in Choluteca, Honduras. Some of the community development projects included wiring a school building, pouring concrete sidewalks, teaching students about plant development, and providing lunches for several different schools. Logan’s favorite part of the trip was learning about the culture while educating the people of Honduras to help better their lives.

Logan said, “he is excited to be an intern for the Darke County Extension for the summer.” During his time at OSU Extension, Darke County he will be given the opportunity to learn about all areas of Darke County Extension such as: Agriculture and Natural Resource, 4-H and youth development, Family and Consumer Sciences, and SNAP. He will help with the agricultural research that includes; seeding rate trials, starter fertilizer trials, side dress manure work, and Western Bean Cutworm traps observations.

He will also attend many events through Darke County 4-H that include: 4-H Camp, Jr. and Sr. Fairboard Meetings, Carteens, and several 4-H contests. Logan will also work with the Family and Consumer Science program. He will be attending several events such as Health Fairs, We Are the Majority Camp Health Snack, and Food Preservation Workshops. He will also work with SNAP-Ed and learn more about the Head Start program.

Edison State Health Science Students Seeing Success After Graduation

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Kiriana Uluiviti of Piqua performs laboratory testing
as part of the medical laboratory technology program.
Graduates of Edison State Community College are doing exceedingly well when faced with career-focused testing following successful program completion. Students graduating from the nursing, medical laboratory technician (MLT), and phlebotomy programs have seen high pass rates and proved successful in securing employment.

The fall 2016 nursing class reported a 96-percent pass rate on the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX), placing the program above both the state and national average of first-time pass rates for the year.

Developed by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN), the NCLEX is utilized by states and other jurisdictions to determine licensure as a registered nurse, to ensure public protection, and to measure the competencies needed to perform safely and effectively as a newly licensed, entry-level nurse.

Students of Edison State’s nursing program are gaining valuable experience in both the classroom and in clinical experience.

“We have great community partners that work with us to provide excellent clinical experiences so that students receive not only a great education but also a competitive skill base when seeking employment,” said Jill Bobb, Program Administrator of Nursing.

Graduates of the MLT program are also excelling, with the fall 2016 class earning a 100-percent pass rate on their board of certification test, placing them above the national average.

On top of high pass rates, the class has also secured 100-percent employment.

“Our students work very hard on their courses and in their internships,” said Vickie Kirk, Medical Technology Assistant Professor of Allied Health. “We have amazing community partners that help make our students as successful as they are in both our medical laboratory technician and phlebotomy programs.”

Ladybug Garden Club Plants Flowers at the Fairgrounds

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The Ladybug Garden Club planted the flowerbeds at the Darke County fairgrounds using different shades of marigolds to create a sunburst effect. Marigolds used were Bonanza double dwarf, yellow and orange Inca marigold as well as the two colors of Marvel marigold. Varieties of sun coleus planted were Spice Curry, Inferno, Chipotle, Alabama Sunset, Habanero, Merlin's Magic and more. 

Planters from the club were bottom row, l-r Kim Cromwell, Carol Baughman, Cindy McCallister. Middle row Becky Collins, Irma Heiser, Lisa Marcum. Top row Amy Erisman, Angie Beumer, and Shirley Linder. Not pictured was Charlene Thornhill. Chairpersons for the planting was Becky Collins, Shirley Linder and Carol Baughman.


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The staff of Versailles Health Care Center, a skilled nursing and rehabilitation center, recently selected the facility’s 2017 King, Arthur Curtis, and Queen, Evelyn Curtis. The reigning royalty proudly represented Versailles Health Care Center in the 2017 Poultry Days parade on June 10, 2017.

Versailles Health Care Center sent home 197 patients who utilized its short-term rehab services in 2016 and 100 patients so far in 2017! Fore more information about Versailles Health Care Center, call 937-526-5570 or visit on the web at Call today and schedule a tour to see the facility fit for this year’s 2017 King, Arthur Curtis, and Queen, Evelyn Curtis!

Edison State Students Empowered by After School Program

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Edison State student volunteer Jim Kildow of Greenville helps
three students with their reading skills.
“Empowering Darke County Youth is an incredibly valuable program that is bettering this county one child at a time,” said Edison State spring communications student Allie Davidson. Davidson, who worked nearly 50 hours in the program, is one of 23 Edison State Darke County spring students who volunteered in Empowering Darke County Youth’s After School Program.

Darke County Campus students have continued their service to the community through volunteer efforts with Empowering’s academic support program. Working with students from kindergarten through sixth grade, many of whom are struggling academically, has been an eye-opening experience for the majority of the volunteers. They’ve learned that while they were there to help with academics, there was sometimes more to it than that.

Clint Morgan said on his first day volunteering he was scared out of his mind. “I had no idea what to do,” said Morgan. However, within 10 minutes he knew he was doing the right thing. “Sitting down and talking to these kids was amazing … some pulled on my heart on the first day.” He helped them get their work done and then joined in their play. “They just wanted attention,” added Morgan.

Faith Wilker volunteered in the fall, and again in the spring, noting she has grown considerably from the experience. “The After School Program has led me to become an individual and has helped me learn more about myself,” Wilker added.

Hannah Meyers worked 48 hours in the program this spring, noting her work helped her to realize how important it was to be involved in the community. “Empowering gives these kids a chance to reach their full potential,” Meyers said. “It is a very valuable program to the students, and to the community.”

Like Wilker and Meyers, Jim Kildow and Cydney Adams have worked with the children from the beginning of the program in September. Kildow has accumulated 195 hours; Adams 161.

“The program to me feels absolutely critical,” Kildow said last fall. “I know we have made a difference in the lives of these kids… I’ve always wanted to make a difference in the world,” added Kildow. “Finally, I am.”

During the fall semester, 44 Edison State students spent 1,000 hours working with students from the Empowering After School Program. During the spring, 23 Edison State students worked 649 hours with the children. This summer, it is anticipated that, once again, Edison State students will be helping out with Empowering’s new Summer Reading Program.

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