Monday, February 19, 2018


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February brings the second “Coffee with the Commissioner” of the year. This will take place on Saturday, February 24, 2018, from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., at E & R’s in Yorkshire, OH. Come and join me with any questions/concerns that you may have.

This is your chance to meet with your county official.

Once again, the date is Saturday, February 24, from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. at the E & R’s in Yorkshire, OH. Hope to see you there!

Fog to Blame for Valentine's Tractor-Trailer Accident

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On February 14th, 2018 at approximately 9:34 PM Darke County Deputies along with Ansonia Rescue and North Star Fire Department responded to the 5400 block of State Route 705 reference a one vehicle injury crash into a building.

Preliminary investigation revealed a white 2001 Peterbilt Tractor-trailer driven by Paul C. Stephenson (63), of Hamilton, was traveling Eastbound on State Route 705. Due to very dense fog the driver did not see the curve in the roadway. Stephenson traveled off the roadway into a field, thus striking an unoccupied building. Stephenson, was extracted by non-mechanical means and transported by Ansonia Rescue to Mercer Health for his injuries.


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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County recently received a grant from the Monarch Legacy Fund of The Community Foundation of Shelby County. The grant will help offset the cost of their “Earth Friendly Practices” curriculum being utilized during their after-school Big Buddies program. Big Buddies is a nine-month commitment where high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors volunteer two times per month to mentor elementary students. During these meetings, high school students, under the supervision of Big Brothers Big Sisters staff, work with one or two children on different educational and recreational activities. This year’s program focuses on ecological awareness and earth-friendly practices. The program also promotes social and emotional development through various activities.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County was founded in 1977 to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better forever. The non-profit agency relies on United Way funding, grants, financial contributions, and fundraisers to support their ongoing efforts to mentor at-risk youth. Their next major fundraiser, Bowl for Kids’ Sake, will be held on March 2 and 3 at both Treaty Lanes in Greenville and Bel-Mar Lanes in Sidney. If you would like to make a big difference in the life of a child, either through volunteering, financial contribution, event sponsorship, or event participation; please contact the agency at 937-492-7611, 937-547-9622, or go to for more information.

British Isles Beers at Library

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When it comes to beers from the British Isles, classic styles from Great Britain like Pale Ale, IPA, Porter, and Bitter are what most often come to mind. Beer styles from Ireland and Scotland often get overlooked, but these verdant lands steeped in history have plenty to offer the discerning beer drinker. While often harder to track down, Irish & Scottish beer styles are unique and delicious and worth the hunt.

In this class, we will discuss the hidden history of Irish and Scottish brewing traditions. The Craft Beer Education Series is lead by David Nilsen, beer journalist and Certified Cicerone. David will guide attendees through a tasting of five beer styles, explaining the history and unique ingredients and brewing processes of each.

The events will be at the Greenville Public Library Thursday February 22 and Thursday March 8 at 6:30 p.m. each night. Both classes are identical, and attendees may only register for one class.

Craft Beer Education Series classes are free, but seats are limited and registration is required. Please call the Library at 548-3915 to reserve your seat. We hope to see you there!

The Pitsburg Church of the Brethren will present Redeemed Trio in concert

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The Pitsburg Church of the Brethren will present Redeemed Trio in concert on Sunday, March 4, 2018 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.

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.

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.

Ohio Wildlife Council Receives 2018-2019 Deer Hunting Proposals

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COLUMBUS, OH – The Ohio Wildlife Council heard proposals for Ohio’s 2018-2019 white-tailed deer hunting season dates and bag limits at Wednesday’s meeting, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). The proposed season dates are nearly identical to previous seasons.
Overview of proposed deer hunting seasons for 2018-2019:
  • Deer archery: Sept. 29, 2018-Feb. 3, 2019
  • Youth deer gun: Nov. 17-18, 2018
  • Deer gun: Nov. 26-Dec. 2, 2018; Dec. 15-16, 2018
  • Deer muzzleloader: Jan. 5-8, 2019
Deer bag limits were proposed to remain the same for all but one county. A reduction in the bag limit from three deer to two deer was proposed for Jefferson County. All other county bag limits would remain the same. The ODNR Division of Wildlife also proposed modifications for hunting on public land that would permit hunters to harvest only one antlerless deer from public hunting areas per license year and require that only antlered deer be harvested on public land after Dec. 2. This proposal would allow for some herd growth on public land. The statewide bag limit was proposed to remain at six deer, only one of which may be antlered, and a hunter cannot exceed a county bag limit.

In other proposals, the ODNR Division of Wildlife proposed to allow the use of devices such as range finders on archery equipment that utilize only non-visible light when hunting in Ohio. Any device that projects a beam of visible light would still be prohibited. Proposed changes to furbearer management included modifying the list of counties open to river otter trapping and creating a limited bobcat trapping season to support scientific research. Trapping for bobcats would be limited to two zones in eastern and southern Ohio, with a small, fixed quota for each zone. Trappers would be required to purchase an additional $5 permit and only be allowed to harvest one bobcat per license year. Trapping in each zone would close when the quota is reached. The data collected from these bobcats would provide scientists with a better idea of the population in Ohio. New counties were proposed to open for river otter trapping, as the species is now prevalent in many areas. River otter bag limits have not changed.

Melissa Griffin Named VHCC January Employee of the Month

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Melissa Griffin
Versailles Health Care Center is pleased to announce Melissa Griffin as the January 2018 Employee of the Month. Griffin has been a member of the Housekeeping, Laundry and Maintenance Departments at Versailles Health Care Center since September 2008. She was recognized by her fellow co-workers for being a great team player. She does a wonderful job cleaning, and does any task that she is asked to do. While her supervisor was off for a short period of time, Melissa stepped up to the plate and did an amazing job filling in and keeping the department running.

Jean Kephart, Director of Environmental Services, added “Missy is very detailed and takes pride in whatever task she is doing. She makes our building beautiful and creates a pleasant environment to work in. “Griffin received a monetary bonus for her outstanding accomplishments. She also earned the designated Employee of the Month parking spot. Congratulations to Melissa Griffin!

Tri-Village Cheerleaders donate to Cancer Association of Darke County

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Tri-Village Varsity Football Cheerleading Squad
Front row (left to right) : Kaitlyn Howard, Kayla Burke, Morgan Sparks
2nd row (left to right) : Alisha Rismiller, Bree Wilson, Phoebe Campbell, Grace Engle, Logan Brooks, Madi Green
Back row (left to right) : Lauren Driver, Loraligh Waters, Choe Sullenbarger, Trinity Powell, Hailey Kreiner

The Tri-Village High School Cheerleaders hosted their Annual Fall Fundraiser in hopes to raise more awareness and donations for the fight against all types of cancer. The fundraiser event was called “Tackle For A Cure” and was held at the Friday Night Varsity Football Game at the football stadium on September 29.

The cheerleaders sold the “Tackle for a Cure” t-shirts, sweatshirts and two weeks prior to the game with all profits being donated. One the game night, the stands were filled with fans wearing the shirts. At halftime the cheerleaders took additional donations from the crowd. This year the Cheerleaders were proud to present to the Cancer Association of Darke County a check in the amount of $650.00 on behalf of the Tri-Village Local Schools and its community.

The association would like to thank these young men and women for their hard work and their care and concern for Darke County cancer patients. The patients always express much gratitude to the generosity of our local residents and are especially touched when young people become involved in a much needed area.

Black History Month Event to Focus on The Arts

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The Diversity Committee at Edison State Community College is celebrating Black History Month with a special evening that focuses on the arts. Free and open to the community, the event will be held on Tuesday, February 27 from 6-8 p.m. in the Robinson Theater of the Piqua campus.

"We wanted this year's event to focus on how history has played a role in shaping today's art, dance, music, and writing," said Marva Archibald, Diversity Committee Chairperson. "The arts are important because they provide a way for individuals to express themselves while paying homage to their roots."

Beginning with a performance by the Dayton-based jazz ensemble "Speaking of Peace," guests may enjoy authentic food and beverages while taking in traditional jazz music. The ensemble consists of four musicians performing with various brass instruments.

The dance portion of the evening will feature Columbus-based GOREE Drum and Dance. While focusing primarily on West African dance styles, the group weaves together the rich diversity of Directors Balla and Ndeyekhady's far-ranging experiences. GOREE Dance and Drum is committed to honoring the tradition of their teachers, culture, and history of traditional West African Dance while bringing their unique flair to life.

Leading up to the event, Edison State students submitted written work as well as artwork to be judged reflecting on the topic provided: "What would Martin Luther King, Jr. do?" During the event, the first, second, and third place recipients will be awarded prizes.

"We have a fun evening planned that's filled with authentic music, dance, poetry, art, and cuisine," added Archibald. "There will be something for everybody."

The Diversity Committee at Edison State Community College is committed to advancing the College's academic mission and goals in the areas of diversity, equality, inclusion and human rights by leading efforts to define, assess, and cultivate diversity as both an institutional value and an academic priority.

The Black History Month events are sponsored, in part, by Edison State Community College, Unity National Bank, and U.S. Bank. For more information, contact Marva Archibald, Diversity Committee Chairperson, by calling (937) 778-7908 or emailing

Rotary Club Grant Applications Now Availabile

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Once again, the Rotary Club of Greenville will allocate grant funding to non-profit, charitable organizations for general operating needs or other programs related to your organization’s mission.

If you wish to apply for grant funding, please contact, Lindsey Gehret, Committee Chair, at 564.3016 or email,, for an application or any other questions you may have. Please note the application deadline is April 15, 2018. All applications received after the deadline will not be considered for funding.

Requests are reviewed by the club’s Charitable Committee and are then approved by the club’s Board of Directors. While we strive to provide support for all organizations who apply, please keep in mind that not all requests can be met. If your organization received funds in past years, it is not guaranteed that you will receive funds in the future, as all requests are reviewed new each year.

Funds distributed to organizations are made possible by the Greenville Rotary Lemon Shakes sold at The Great Darke County Fair, as well as our Election Machine Project.

Ohio Hunters Harvest more than 186,000 Deer during 2017-2018 Season

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COLUMBUS, OH – Hunters checked 186,247 white-tailed deer throughout Ohio’s 2017-2018 deer season, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). Last year, 182,169 deer were checked during the 2016-2017 season.

The ODNR Division of Wildlife remains committed to properly managing Ohio’s deer populations. The goal of Ohio’s Deer Management Program is to provide a deer population that maximizes recreational opportunities, while minimizing conflicts with landowners and motorists.

Deer hunting regulations over the past three seasons have been designed to allow for moderate herd growth throughout most of the state. Herd growth is achieved by reducing harvest and protecting female deer.

Hunting Popularity

Ohio ranks fifth nationally in resident hunters and 11th in the number of jobs associated with hunting-related industries. Hunting has a more than $853 million economic impact in Ohio through the sale of equipment, fuel, food, lodging and more, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s Hunting in America: An Economic Force for Conservation publication.

Editor’s Note: A list of all white-tailed deer checked by hunters during the 2017-2018 deer season is shown below. The first number following the county’s name shows the harvest number for the 2017-2018 season, and the 2016-2017 season number is in parentheses.

Adams: 3,231 (3,272); Allen: 979 (1,039); Ashland: 3,254 (2,954); Ashtabula: 5,076 (5,040); Athens: 3,732 (3,646); Auglaize: 848 (751); Belmont: 2,931 (3,236); Brown: 2,521 (2,448); Butler: 1,401 (1,231); Carroll: 3,935 (3,586); Champaign: 1,197 (1,118); Clark: 685 (661); Clermont: 2,471 (2,343); Clinton: 810 (719); Columbiana: 3,257 (3,189); Coshocton: 6,559 (5,929); Crawford: 1,222 (1,113); Cuyahoga: 1,033 (1,124); Darke: 731 (679); Defiance: 1,600 (1,675); Delaware: 1,574 (1,527); Erie: 1,119 (868); Fairfield: 1,969 (1,800); Fayette: 353 (312); Franklin: 788 (837); Fulton: 745 (826); Gallia: 2,599 (2,720); Geauga: 1,818 (1,871); Greene: 778 (816); Guernsey: 4,753 (4,565); Hamilton: 1,639 (1,589); Hancock: 1,228 (1,179); Hardin: 1,253 (1,220); Harrison: 3,674 (3,763); Henry: 733 (708); Highland: 2,668 (2,587); Hocking: 3,321 (3,275); Holmes: 4,108 (3,731); Huron: 2,377 (2,279); Jackson: 2,984 (2,870); Jefferson: 1,903 (2,800); Knox: 4,658 (4,495); Lake: 883 (961); Lawrence: 1,784 (1,942); Licking: 5,009 (4,971); Logan: 2,055 (1,919); Lorain: 2,255 (2,511); Lucas: 748 (755); Madison: 511 (482); Mahoning: 2,032 (1,933); Marion: 893 (886); Medina: 2,012 (2,109); Meigs: 3,115 (3,476); Mercer: 677 (661); Miami: 787 (774); Monroe: 2,618 (2,571); Montgomery: 704 (591); Morgan: 3,278 (2,992); Morrow: 1,544 (1,486); Muskingum: 5,274 (5,118); Noble: 3,036 (2,855); Ottawa: 482 (450); Paulding: 1,022 (954); Perry: 2,769 (2,787); Pickaway: 822 (724); Pike: 1,934 (2,083); Portage: 2,289 (2,211); Preble: 969 (847); Putnam: 781 (709); Richland: 3,505 (3,246); Ross: 3,053 (3,029); Sandusky: 904 (862); Scioto: 2,326 (2,479); Seneca: 1,895 (1,842); Shelby: 983 (961); Stark: 2,880 (2,778); Summit: 1,474 (1,572); Trumbull: 3,640 (3,699); Tuscarawas: 5,722 (5,039); Union: 939 (842); Van Wert: 499 (458); Vinton: 2,802 (2,668); Warren: 1,186 (1,095); Washington: 3,327 (3,402); Wayne: 2,226 (2,020); Williams: 1,598 (1,687); Wood: 931 (857); Wyandot: 1,559 (1,484). Total: 186,247 (182,169).

Find more information about deer hunting in the Ohio 2017-2018 Hunting and Trapping Regulations or at

ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at

Kiwanis Governor’s First Family Project – Feeding Ohio’s Children

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Aktion Club, in conjunction with Kiwanis and Key Club of Greenville, is competing against three other counties (Logan, Miami and Shelby) in collecting THE MOST non-perishable food items for Kiwanis Governor’s First Family Project – Feeding Ohio’s Children. All items donated in Darke County WILL STAY in Darke County. Please consider donating non-perishable food items for a worthy cause. Food items can be brought to the Community First Department of Darke DD for collection. For questions, please contact Sue Huston at (937) 459-4629 or Cheryl Pressly at (937) 459-4627. Please see flyer attached.

More information about the ‘Feeding Ohio’s Children’ project can be found here:

Help Wanted at Family Health

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RN/LPN (IV certified) or CMA

Full-time (Monday-Friday 40 hours)+ Saturday rotation.
Must be highly motivated, patient oriented team player.

Qualified applicants, please send resumes to

Library's Lunch & Learn

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This month the Greenville Public Library introduces Karen Droesch, Wayne Heathcare nutritionist, as our speaker at Lunch & Learn on Wednesday February 21 at 12:30 p.m. Her talk will be “What you put into your body can reduce your risk of chronic disease.”

Karen says “Poor diet can be a contributing factor toward the leading causes of chronic disease; including heart disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, and high blood pressure. There is a lot of misinformation regarding what foods we should be consuming. Join us as we learn about healthy diets and dietary components to reduce your risk of chronic disease.”

The Library is proud to partner with Wayne HealthCare for Lunch and Learn. Space is limited to 20 participants; if you would like lunch, pre-registration is helpful. The boxed lunch costs $5.00, provided by the Coffee Pot, and will include a wrap, fruit, a salad or soup, and a beverage. Or bring your own lunch or come just for the program! To register call 548-3915.

Historic Tax Credit Coffee Session Comes to Greenville

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Columbus, OH – Heritage Ohio announced the latest in their Historic Tax Credit Coffee series set for February 23rd. Heritage Ohio created the series to introduce individuals and communities to the concept of rehabilitating older commercial buildings, using the federal 20% and Ohio 25% historic tax credits and introducing the people who run the program on behalf of Ohio’s Development Services Agency and the State Historic Preservation Office.

Heritage Ohio’s director, Joyce Barrett, summarized the workshop concept: “We recognized there is an audience that just wants a brief introduction, before they commit to hours of research. In one quick hour we can show how it works and introduce the people who manage the program. They are great people working to help get buildings restored, not faceless bureaucrats.”

The program will be brought to Darke County through the partnership of Heritage Ohio and Main Street Greenville. Individuals can attend the session which will be held at The A & B Coffee and Cake Co. from 2:30 – 3:30 pm on Friday, February 23rd.

“We are excited to partner with Heritage Ohio to bring the Historic Tax Credit Coffee series to downtown Greenville,” said Crysta Hutchinson, Executive Director of Main Street Greenville. “We feel this is a great opportunity for anyone who owns or is interested in purchasing a historic building to learn about how tax credits can help in the rehabilitation process. Main Street Greenville is proud to offer this educational session to property owners and help promote the continued development of our historic downtown.”

Darke County United Way Taking Applications for 2018 Funding

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The Darke County United Way would like to announce that applications for 2018 funding are currently available.

There are two types of funding applications, Partner Program and the Community Fund. Applicants for both funds are reviewed by the local, volunteer Board of Directors and a team of community volunteers through a process meeting professional standards for nonprofit management practices, financial management, and service provision. To apply your organization must be a 501c3 health and human service non-profit in establishment for at least one year serving Darke County.

The Partner Program Grant is for agencies requesting $5,000 or more from the Darke County United Way. Partner Program Grants are reserved for agencies working in the areas of health, education, and income stability. Applications for the Partner Program Grant are due to the Darke County United Way office by Friday, March 16, 2018 at noon.

The Community Fund Grant is for agencies requesting $5,000 or less from the Darke County United Way. Community Fund Grants are open to any 501c3 agency serving Darke County. Priority will be given to agencies working in the health and human service field. There is no specific deadline for the Community Fund. Applications will be received year-round and voted on by the Board of Directors.

Applications are available by contacting the Darke County United Way Office at 207 E. Fourth Street, PO Box 716, Greenville, OH or 937-547-1272.

There’s a New Dog on Campus

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Eddie visits with Edison State student Kelsey Kirchner of Conover.
Many consider the companionship of a pet to be invaluable. Pets not only bring joy to people’s lives, but they also contribute to a healthier lifestyle. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s website, pets can help lower people’s blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and triglyceride levels, while also curbing feelings of loneliness. In addition, pets increase opportunities for outdoor exercise and socialization.

With the benefit of students in mind, Edison State Community College has recently welcomed Eddie, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, to campus. While just twelve-weeks in age, Eddie will begin professional training with the Miami Valley Pet Therapy Association (mvPTa) to become a certified therapy dog when he turns one year in age.

To complete training and graduate, Eddie must first pass his classes, which span over an eight-week period. During this time, Eddie’s handler will also receive instruction on how to conduct a pet therapy session.

Velina Bogart, Eddie’s handler and Coordinator of Disability Services and Success Advisor at Edison State, has already started bringing Eddie to campus to help socialize and prepare him for life as a therapy dog.

“There are several pre-requisites to being accepted into mvPTa,” said Bogart. “For example, Eddie must be confident, calm, and cooperative as well as get along with other pets and people. Eddie must also understand basic obedience commands, such as sit, stay, and down prior to attending mvPTa. He will also need to be able to walk calmly through a crowd of people, which is something he is already learning to do here at Edison State.”

While he has only been on campus for a short time, Eddie is already proving to be top dog.

“Eddie already has quite a following. He has repeat student, faculty, and staff visitors every day and he loves seeing each one as they stop by.”

“Most people have been very receptive to having a dog on campus and love seeing Eddie walk in the door,” added Bogart. “Some people do not like dogs or pets, and I get that. Before I take a student to my office, I always ask if they are okay with dogs or have any allergies. If so, my co-workers have been very helpful in taking care of Eddie when he needs to go out, and I’m with a student.”

Bogart came up with the idea of having a therapy dog on campus after seeing quite a few students who were stressed, especially around final exam time.

“Several faculty members have already been asking for me to bring Eddie to their testing sessions to help lower the stress levels in the room. Once Eddie is officially trained he will be able to sit in the testing room with students.”

“With some background and education in mental health, I’ve seen how animals can affect a person’s mood. The therapy animal can bring a sense of calmness and lower stress levels by simply re-focusing the student’s thoughts for just a moment.”

While Eddie’s objective will be to provide students with therapeutic relief, his function will differ from that of a service dog. Service dogs help with performing a specific function for someone who lives with physical or emotional limitations. Therapy dogs provide affection and comfort to those who may be confined to hospitals, nursing homes, or other facilities. On college campuses, therapy dogs are most often being trained to help people deal with anxiety and stress.

“Therapy dogs distract people from other concerns and worries, and simply brighten their day,” added Bogart. “Eddie will provide that same affection and comfort to distressed students on the Edison State campus. Students, faculty, and staff can stop by my office to visit with Eddie at any time.”

For more information about the Miami Valley Pet Therapy Association and their services, visit


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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County received a grant from the DP&L Foundation to address the mentoring needs of at-risk youth through their after-school Big Buddies program. “Big Brothers Big Sisters is truly grateful for the support we receive from the DP&L Foundation. Last year we served over 300 youth through our programs, and this is all thanks to the support of companies like DP&L. This grant award will go a long way in our non-profit organization in matching high school Big Buddy mentors with K-4th grade children in our seven after-school Big Buddies sites,” said Executive Director, Jennifer Bruns.

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

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County was founded in 1977 to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better forever. The non-profit agency relies on United Way funding, grants, financial contributions, and fundraisers to support their ongoing efforts to mentor at-risk youth. Their next major fundraiser, Bowl for Kids’ Sake, will be held on March 2 and 3 at both Treaty Lanes in Greenville and Bel-Mar Lanes in Sidney. If you would like to make a big difference in the life of a child, either through volunteering, financial contribution, event sponsorship, or event participation; please contact the agency at 937-492-7611, 937-547-9622, or go to for more information.

Left to right: Big Buddy Katelyn McKenna, Little Buddy Savanah Oswalt, Little Buddy Julie Oswalt, and Little Buddy Jocelin Smith all work together on a project during a recent after-school Big Buddies meeting at Ansonia Schools.  The after-school Big Buddies program is made possible through generous donations and grants from community organizations like the DP&L Foundation.  Katelyn is the daughter of Betty McKenna, Savannah and Julie are the daughter of Tiffany Oswalt, and Jocelin is the daughter of Jacki Smith.

Versailles Area Museum Opens New Displays

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If you were not at the Versailles Area Museum last Sunday, you missed one of our largest crowds for an opening ever!

The 2018 season is off to a grand start with the opening of the Bushwack display “The Sound Track of Our Life”. This popular local band played the hits for thirty plus years. Whether a fan or just an occasional attendee at their concerts you will surely enjoy the nostalgia of the period.

We also recognize local artists and currently we honor the work of longtime Versailles teacher, Juanita Gerling. Mrs. Gerling’s work was her leisure, past-time activity that she enjoyed. We hope you will enjoy her work as well.

Our early history from the Native American life is now on display showing Darke County life before there was a Darke County.

We hope you will plan a visit some Sunday, soon!

Sadly, we are forced to cancel our much-anticipated Valentine Tea with Lady Karen Burkett. We will announce the reschedules date in the near future.

For those planning for some fun we are planning to learn how our ancestors produced their home-made beers. On March 3rd we will be hosting a taste-and-learn to see what our pioneer ancestors went through to have a taste from home. Details to follow soon for our guests 21 years old and older.

See you soon!

Art Camps for Spring Break

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The Preble County Art Association is offering art camps April 2- April 6, 9am-4pm at the Visual Art Center. With school out for Spring Break, it's a perfect time to have fun and get creative at the art center! Parents can sign up kids ages 5-12 for one day or all five. The cost is $30 per day member $38 per day for a nonmember. Anyone is eligible to purchase a PCAA membership. Students in 7th grade or higher may apply to volunteer as camp assistants. Doors will open at 8:30 each morning for drop off convenience but kids may want to bring an activity to occupy themselves until the 9 o’clock start time. PCAA will provide both a morning and afternoon snack but campers will need to bring their own lunch.

Camp themes are as follows:

Monday, April 2: PLAY AND CLAY

Campers are going to get playful with all things clay! Kids will use their imagination to build and experiment with clay all day long!


Pets will be our muse for camp today! Campers will create masterpieces from paint, collage, and mixed media all about the animals we love. There will even be real live pet interactions at the art center to serve as inspiration!

Wednesday, April 4: WILD FOR ART

Camp is about to get wild! The great outdoors and wild animals will be the inspiration for today's camp. Kids will get their hands dirty, creating collages and exploring new artistic techniques in this nature inspired camp!

Thursday, April 5: CREATE AND COOK

Who says you can't play with your food? This camp is all about making art you can eat and creating fun sculptures and paintings inspired by our favorite snacks!

Friday, April 6: COLOR EXPLOSION

Today is all about color! Kids will explore colorful experiments from unconventional materials, make bright paintings, and of course there will be tie dye!

Registrations must be made in advance and can be done online at or in person at the Visual Art Center. Registrations for Monday, Apr 2 must be made by Thursday, Mar 29. PCAA will be closed Fri 3/30– Sun 3/31. Payment must be made at time of reservations as space is limited. The PCAA is located at 601 Hillcrest Dr. in Eaton, Ohio. Call us at 937-456-3999 or email at The PCAA is a not for profit arts organization dedicated to enriching lives with art and culture.

State Partners with Local Organizations to help Ohioans Stay Warm this Winter

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HEAP Winter Crisis Program

The Community Action Partnership and Ohio Development Services Agency will help eligible Ohioans stay warm during the cold winter months. The Home Energy Assistance Winter Crisis Program provides eligible Ohioans heating assistance if they are disconnected from their heating source, threatened with disconnection or if they have less than 25 percent supply of bulk fuel. The program runs from November 1, 2017 until March 31, 2018.

“We want to help Ohioans stay warm this winter,” said David Goodman, director of the Ohio Development Services Agency. “Working with Community Action Partnership, we’re helping Ohioans manage their energy costs this winter.”

More than 400 families in Darke County were assisted through the Home Energy Assistance Winter Crisis Program last year.

Community Action changes people’s lives, embodies the spirt of hope, improves communities, and makes America a better place to live. We care about the entire community and we are dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other,

To qualify for the Winter Crisis Program, a household must be threatened with disconnection, have been disconnected or have less than a 25 percent supply of bulk fuel. The household must also have a gross income at or below 175 percent of the federal poverty level. For a family of four the annual income must be at or below $43,050. From November 2016 – March 2017, more than 104,799 Ohioans were helped by the program statewide.

Individuals interested in receiving Winter Crisis assistance must have a face-to-face interview at the local HEAP provider. Customers must bring the following items to their appointment:
  • proof of income (copies of pay stubs)
  • copies of their most recent energy bill
  • list of all household members with Social Security card and birth dates
  • proof of U.S. citizenship/legal residency for all household members
  • copy of rental lease
Examples of documents that are accepted to prove citizenship/legal residency include: a Social Security Card, birth certificate, U.S. Passport, naturalization paper/certification of citizenship, permanent VISA, and INS ID Card.

Ohioans can call the toll-free hotline at (800) 282-0880, Monday through Friday (hearing impaired customers may dial 711 for assistance or visit for more information about the Winter Crisis Program.

For more information about energy assistance programs call (800)282-0880 and for a list of energy assistance providers select option 2, or visit

Tickets Available for First Friday Culinary Tour

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During the Culinary Tour, ticket holders enjoy the demonstrations and samples featured at downtown dining establishments.
GREENVILLE, Ohio- When was the last time you enjoyed a meal in downtown Greenville? If it has been awhile, you won’t want to miss Main Street Greenville’s First Friday event in March, the Culinary Tour!

This ticketed event, held on Friday, March 2nd from 6-9 pm allows you to eat and sip your way through the urban-spirited district. It’s the perfect opportunity to explore downtown dining locations you have not yet tried or an old favorite you need to be reintroduced to.

Tickets will be available at The Darke County Welcome Center for $30 each, starting Monday, February 12th at noon. There are only 120 tickets available for the exclusive fundraising event for Main Street Greenville.

The tour will consist of small groups, led by energetic tour guides. Each group will visit the businesses featured on the tour, enjoying a sample from each location.

Sponsored by Romer’s Catering and Entertainment Facilities, the guided tour will begin promptly at 6:00 pm, allowing plenty of time to shop and explore in the historic district at the end of the tour. If you purchase tickets, it is very important you arrive in time for the tour to begin exactly at 6:00 pm. To remain fair to the other ticket holders, we will be unable to wait for those who arrive late. Each ticket will list a starting location, based upon which group you have been placed with. Report to the starting location listed on your ticket to join your tour guide and group.

First Friday events are presented by Main Street Greenville, a non-profit organization that supports downtown Greenville, Ohio through stimulating and supporting revitalization efforts, historic preservation and economic growth. Learn more about the organization on their website,, or follow them on social media. You can contact them at or 937-548-4998.

Training the Next Generation of Providers

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Deanna Hill, Student Pharmacist (Class of 2021),
Cedarville University
GREENVILLE, February 2018 – In 2013, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) projected there would be a shortage of 20,400 primary care physicians by 2020, nationally. With the expansion of the Affordable Care Act, the number increased to 45-50,000 by 2025 with some estimates as high as 90,000. Rural and underserved areas feel the biggest impact of the shortage as clinics struggle to recruit and retain the clinical workforce necessary to meet patient needs.

In response, Family Health Services has taken a proactive role in finding solutions for Darke County. Engaging the right candidates and exposing them to rural healthcare through immersion and education are the highest priorities. Their hope is students walk away more informed and feel at home, professionally, in a rural healthcare setting. Family Health’s vision is not limited to primary care physicians, but also extends opportunities to physician assistants, nurse practitioners, dental residents, pharmacy students, and even high school students who may be considering a career in the medical field.

The last two articles focused on Family Health’s partnerships with The Ohio State University, Wright State University, and New York University to bring medical and dental students and residents to Darke County. This third and final article highlights their work with local pharmacy programs.

Under the direction of Janell Claudy, RPH, Family Health Pharmacy hosts students from the colleges of pharmacy at Ohio Northern, University of Toledo, Cedarville University and Findlay University. First year students, typically from Cedarville, put in around five hours per week in the pharmacy to get general experience. Each student is mentored by one of the pharmacists on staff. “Pharm D” students working to complete their doctorate in pharmacy spend 4-6 weeks at Family Health as part of their hands-on immersion experience.

They not only receive training specific to rural healthcare, but give presentations to the clinical staff on the latest resources and drugs on the market. It is a unique way our staff is able to stay current on cutting edge resources and new ideas about comprehensive patient care. One student has requested to come back and complete her residency in Darke County. Other students have gone on to seek work in rural or community healthcare settings.

Family Health continues to cultivate relationships with regional, state-wide, and national organizations to give students an opportunity to work and live in our community. Their hope in the near future is to partner with an optometry school looking to place their residents and students in a rural healthcare experience.

In the last year, Family Health has hosted 21 dental students, 2 dental residents, 7 medical students, 9 nurse practitioners, 4 physician assistants, 6 Pharm D students, 3 pharmacy interns, 3 first year pharmacy students, and 3 high school students.

This would not have been possible without the willingness of our many providers to give of their time, the openness of our patients allow these men and women to learn, and the support of our local community to make them feel at home. Family Health would like to thank Wayne Healthcare for assisting with housing and supplemental rural hospital experiences for the students.

Training the next generation of providers is just one way Family Health is laying a foundation for a long term future of “…building healthy lives together.”

About Family Health
Family Health is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) and Health Center Program grantee under the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). We are a member of the Ohio Association of Community Health Centers, accredited through the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC), and recognized as a Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH).

Our Mission is “…building healthy lives together.”

Monday, February 12, 2018

Darke County Deputies Arrest New Madison Man for Theft

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On February 11th, 2018 at approximately 2:25am, Darke County Deputies while on patrol in the Village of New Madison, observed a suspicious male subject in the 100 block of Railroad Street. Due to recent car break-ins, deputies attempted to make contact with the male subject who then fled on foot. While the subject was attempting to flee, he was observed dropping several items that were in his possession.

Deputies followed the subject to an address at 114 West Washington Street in the village, where the subject was seen entering the apartment, at which time he locked the door. A perimeter was set up around the residence as contact was trying to be made with the suspect inside the residence. Through investigation, Darke County deputies were able to track the items, dropped by the subject, to vehicles located on Railroad Street that had been broken into. Deputies were able to then make contact with an occupant who also resides at the apartment, but was not home at the time. This occupant was cooperative, came to the residence and allowed deputies to enter into the residence. Upon entering into the residence, deputies made contact with a male subject who matched the description of the subject who was observed fleeing.

The male subject was identified as Matthew Spence, 28 years old, of New Madison. Darke County deputies were given consent to search the property by the suspect and other occupant. During the search, deputies located other stolen items that were linked to vehicle break-ins that occurred Saturday morning, February 10th, 2018.

Matthew Spence was arrested on 5 counts of theft. Darke County deputies continue to investigate Spence’s involvement in previous vehicle break-ins which have occurred throughout the village of New Madison in previous weeks. At the time of this release, Spence remains incarcerated at the Darke County Jail.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Gettysburg Drug Bust Nets Nearly 17 Pounds of Marijuana

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Nearly 17 pounds of marijuana was seized during a joint investigation between the Darke County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service over the past couple of days.

The Post Office inspectors contacted Sheriff Detectives earlier this week about the suspicious packages which were sent from a California address and addressed to a P.O. box in Gettysburg.

Narcotics Detectives arrested Cory Scarioni, 33, of 236 E Main Street and charged him with possession of marijuana, felony of third degree. Cory Scarioni is also being held on a warrant out of California for parole violation.

Toby L. Spencer takes a strong stance against drugs. All illegal drug activity should be reported to the Darke County Sheriff’s Office at 937-548-2020 or can be reportedly anonymously to the Darke County Crime Stoppers at 937-547-1661 or online

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