Friday, April 20, 2018

Tom and Etta Mae Foley Memorial Dinner and St. Mary's School Auction is scheduled for Saturday, April 21, 2018

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St. Mary’s School is pleased to announce the Tom and Etta Mae Foley Memorial Dinner and Auction is scheduled for Saturday, April 21, 2018 and will be held at Paws Bingo Hall in Greenville, Ohio. This is the largest single day fundraiser for the school so we are hoping for another successful year. The auction will begin at 6:00 and features a live and silent auction ran by Brian Rismiller of Rismiller Auctioneer Service. Make sure to mark your calendars and let your family and friends know the date of our auction. Also feel free to contact the school if you have any items you wish to donate at 548-2345. We are also accepting monetary donations which will be used to purchase items for the auction.

WWII Airborne Soldier Jim Martin at Memorial Hall

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The Greenville Public Library is proud to host Jim "Pee Wee" Martin to share his experiences in an effort to promote and preserve the legacy and lessons of the Second World War. This free event will be held at the Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall on Saturday April 21st from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. All ages welcome!

Jim was a member of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, 3rd Battalion, G Company, from 1942 to 1945. These men went through intense training at Camp Toccoa, Georgia, where the 506th was formed, an elite company consisting of 140 men and seven officers. Known as the "Toccoa Originals" they were made famous by the book Band of Brothers by historian Stephen Ambrose which was later made into the HBO mini-series.

Their harrowing story began the night before D-Day, June 6th 1944, when they parachuted over Normandy and touched down in enemy-controlled territory behind Utah Beach. They fought for 43 days as part of the Normandy campaign before moving on to invade Holland, fending off Nazi fighters during the Battle of the Bulge, and finishing off by taking Berchtesgaden, site of Hitler's "Eagle's Nest" redoubt in the German Alps.

On June 6th, 2014, the 70th anniversary of D-Day, Jim became the last WWII era American paratrooper to jump over Normandy at the age of 93. He landed behind Utah Beach just as he had 70 years earlier. He felt fine after the jump and reportedly said "It didn't compare because there wasn't anybody shooting at me today."

During the commemorations Jim was fortunate to meet several of the actors involved in HBO’s “Band of Brothers” series. He has said on many occasions that he holds all of these men in high regard. Jim considers them to have brought attention to the legacy of WWII.

While attending the wreath laying ceremony at the Winters Leadership Memorial near Sainte Marie du Mont, Jim had a completely unexpected conversation with the British actor Damian Lewis. Lewis portrayed Maj. Richard Winters in the series. Damian asked Jim about his experiences from Toccoa through Bavaria and spoke about his experiences during the production of “Band of Brothers”. This unexpected encounter was a special moment for Jim.

A Q&A and picture opportunities will follow the presentation!

Garst Museum’s 2018 Heritage Award Goes to Phyllis Crick

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Dr. Clay Johnson (left) presents the 2018 Heritage Award
to Phyllis Crick (right).
Established in 1983, the Darke County Historical Society’s Heritage Award was created to recognize outstanding citizens or organizations for their distinguished contributions or actions of unusual excellence that help connect people to Darke County’s past. Clay Johnson, Ph.D., CEO of the Garst Museum, notes that “for those familiar with the county’s history, the area is rich in its history and traditions and its significance touches so many in the community. The Darke County Historical Society (DCHS) recognizes this importance, and feels its responsibility is to honor those that join in its mission in celebrating the county’s past.” The DCHS operates the Garst Museum and its mission is to collect, preserve, exhibit, study, and interpret materials relating to the history and culture of Darke County. This year’s Heritage Award recipient, Phyllis Crick, has spent decades helping people research their family history and assisting the Garst Museum with the history of Darke County and Greenville.

As head librarian, Phyllis is responsible for the Darke County Research Center, answering questions and doing research, whether by phone, computer, or if a patron stops in. Research and genealogy is her strong suit. Along with her team in the Research Center, she assists individuals seeking information about family histories and so much more. With an eye to detail and accuracy, Phyllis and the center’s staff maintains the genealogy information for a vast number of current and former Darke County residents, organizations, and schools. Phyllis’s cousin and fellow head researcher, Nancy Stump, comments that “Phyllis is interested in all schools – the old ones – and she has increased that part of the library.” Of course, there is a lot more to do now than when the Research Center was started. While rarely in the public eye, Phyllis quietly makes a huge difference for so many here at Garst and beyond.

Phyllis was born and raised in the Bradford area and graduated from Bradford High School. Married to Harvey Crick, another great Garst volunteer, they have three daughters, one in New York, one up north in Ohio, and one in Colorado. All were grown and gone when Phyllis started working at the Research Center. Of interest is that Harvey and Phyllis are big square dancers – wherever there is a caller, Dayton, Bellefontaine, or Greenville. They help teach square dancing as well. Perhaps what may be most surprising about a librarian is that Phyllis used to motorcycle tour with Harvey.

Phyllis works part-time in the Research Center and also volunteers, like co-workers Nancy and Karen Besecker. Harvey helps, too. Harvey and Phyllis put up the trees and some of the decorations for the Garst’s Christmas Open House. Harvey is always willing to help in whatever needs to be done in the Research Center or museum.

Congratulations, Phyllis, on your well-deserved recognition.

MIDWEST YOUTH TEAM TENNIS PROGRAM TO TAKE PLACE IN GREENVILLE

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Midwest Youth Team Tennis gives kids the opportunity to have fun and play on a team.

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. - The USTA/Midwest Section (United States Tennis Association) is offering a Midwest Youth Team Tennis program for the Greenville, Ohio community. Featuring the USTA’s Youth Tennis play format, which uses age appropriate equipment, court dimensions and scoring, Midwest Youth Team Tennis makes the game more fun right from the start. No tennis experience is needed and with the game tailored to kids’ size and age, participants learn skills quickly while playing in a team environment.

Following is more information about the upcoming program, including times and location:

Grades K-5

  • Sundays: June 10 – July 15, 2018
  • Time: 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Grades 6-9

  • Tuesdays: June 5, 12, 26; July 10, 17, 24
  • Time: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Location: Greenville High School | 100 Green Wave Way, Greenville, Ohio 45331
Cost: $65 per player (includes age appropriate racquet, t-shirt and goodie bag)
Registration closes Sunday, May 13, 2018!

Visit www.midwestteamtennis.com/ to learn more about the program and for easy online sign-up. Coaches and volunteers are always needed and training will be provided to those who volunteer.

Midwest Youth Team Tennis is open to girls and boys ages 5-14 years of age. Beginning, intermediate, and advanced players are welcome to participate. The program participant package includes the following: new age-appropriate tennis racquet and ball, team uniform, and additional items based on the specific program.

Versailles Health Care Center offers Dry Needling

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Physical Therapist Stephanie Goubeaux.
The Rehab Clinic at Versailles Health Care Center offers dry needling, which is an effective treatment for acute and chronic pain, rehabilitation from injury, and even pain and injury prevention, with very few side effects. Stephanie Goubeaux, Physical Therapist at Versailles Health Care Center, is certified in dry needling and received her training at KinetaCore in West Virginia.

Dry needling is a general term for a therapeutic treatment procedure that involves a very thin needle being pushed through the skin to stimulate a trigger point. Trigger points are irritable, hard “knots” within a muscle that may cause pain over a large area, leading to difficulty performing everyday tasks. When a person has painful muscles and trigger points, it is sometimes called myofascial pain syndrome. Common locations for these problems are the arm and neck. Dry needling may release the tight muscle bands associated with trigger points and lead to decreased pain and improved function. Typically, positive results are apparent within 2-4 treatment sessions but can vary depending on the cause and duration of the symptoms and overall health of the patient.

If you are interested in learning more about Dry Needling offered at The Rehab Clinic at Versailles Health Care Center, contact Stephen Winner, Facility Rehab Director, at 937-526-0130. The Rehab Clinic at VHCC offers inpatient and outpatient therapy to people of all ages. It employs 13 full-time local therapists and is open seven days a week. Other specialty programs offered are Parkinson’s Therapy, Vestibular (Balance) Rehab Therapy, Sports Medicine, Cardiac Recovery, Pulmonary Therapy, Stroke Recovery, Continence Improvement, Wound Care, Joint Replacement Therapy, and much more.

Wavaires to Perform at St. Paul's Episcopal Church

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Canner Gauge Testing Time

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Planning to do some canning this year to take advantage of your garden produce? That means it's time to get your home canning equipment in working order. OSU Extension, Darke County, will check dial type pressure canner gauges beginning on May 1, 2018, and continue through September 30, 2018.

There is no charge to have your gauge tested. You will need to bring your dial gauge into our office and we will test it, or call you to pick it up after it has been tested. In addition, you will receive the most recent materials available on home food preservation.

Please bring your canner lid with the gauge attached to be tested. We will also check the gasket on your canner to make sure that, too, is in working order.

OSU Extension, Darke County, is located at 603 Wagner Avenue, Greenville, on the north side of Edison State College. If you have any questions, please call 937-548-5215.

Before your produce is ready to preserve, be certain that you check the jars you plan to use. Inspect them for cracks. Run your finger around the rim of each jar to inspect for chips, nicks and bumps in the glass. Any irregularities can cause seals to fail, so discard jars that don't meet the standard for canning, or use them for decorative or other purposes.

Also, mayonnaise jars, or similar commercial food jars, are considered "one-trip" jars. These jars are not thick enough to withstand the repeated use in home canning. So make sure your jar supply is ready for the task, as well as the rest of your canning equipment.

Remember, pressure canning is the only safe method of canning low acid vegetables, meats, poultry and seafood. The 240 degree temperature required to preserve these foods safely can only be reached in a pressure canner.

Canning is not the place for creativity. Use only scientifically tested recipes, instructions and recommendations for home preserving foods. Home food preservation is easy and safe, but only if you follow safe guidelines for each particular food you are canning. Freezing is a safe method to preserve any food, so when in doubt, freeze it.

GCS Crossing Guards

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Submitted by Jeff Cassell, Director of Administrative Services

Greenville City Schools has two crossing guards that are employed by the school district. One crossing guard is located at Ohio Street and Greenmoore Court. The second paid crossing guard is at East Main Street and Orchard Drive. The school provides another crossing guard as part of a duty for a school employee, which is located on Ohio Street in front of the school at Cambridge Avenue. All three of these cross walks are displayed with the cross walk marked on the road and with signs by street.

The speed limit on Ohio Street is 35 mph unless students are present. When students are present, it is dropped to 20 mph. Students are presence between 7:00 am to 9:00 am in the mornings and 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm in the afternoon. The city has recently put up some extra lights on the sides to help drivers see that students are in the cross walk.

The speed limit on East Main Street is 25 mph all the time, but drivers need to be aware of students crossing at Orchard Drive with the crossing guard. Speed is a critical factor in allowing our crossing guards to do their job. A crossing guard cannot stop traffic in the sense that they order you to stop from the curb, but if a person is in the cross walk, a car must stop. This is according to Ohio Revised Code 4511.46.

Our crossing guards are trained to help students across the road. They wait for a break in traffic to enter the cross walk and stand in the middle of traffic, putting their body between students and vehicles. They get to know every child’s name, notices if a student has forgotten their backpack, they hurry tardy teenagers along and cheerfully wishes everyone a good morning and a good afternoon. They are at their post without fail, rain or snow, on frigid days and blazing hot ones.

Our crossing guards are wearing a bright vest or jacket with a blinking stop paddle that lights up. They stay in the intersection until all students have made it across the street. If you are stopped at a cross walk, please wait until the crossing guard gets to the curb.

Having an adult crossing guard is considered the “gold standard” in having students cross the road. Greenville City Schools is proud and lucky to have two Greenville citizens help with this very important duty. Working together, our students will be safe.

MVCTC 2018 Prom Court

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MVCTC 2018 Prom Court. Back row left to right - Noah Rohling, Keir Wambo, Ben Lawson, Peyton Philips, Daiton Vinson-Sharp, and Logan Hayes. Front row left to right- Chantel Banks, Shelby Perkins, Guadalupe Arrona, Christina Johnson, Keara Tellis, and Morelia Balli
Shelby Perkins, Graphic Art student from Valley View was crowned
queen and Daiton Vinson-Sharp, Criminal Justice student from
Vandalia was crowned king.

Englewood, Ohio – The Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) 2018 Prom, “An Enchanted Evening” was Saturday, April 7, 2018. The MVCTC Prom Court included a male and female candidate nominated by each of the MVCTC Career Technical Student Organizations (CTSO).

The 2018 Prom Court:

BPA Candidates:

  • Morelia Balli, Medical Office Management student from Huber Heights
  • Logan Hayes, Sports Management & Marketing student from Miami East

FFA Candidates:

  • Christina Johnson, Veterinary Science student from Huber Heights
  • Ben Lawson, Diesel Power Technologies student from Brookville

HOSA Candidates:

  • Keara Tellis, Biotechnology student from Huber Heights
  • Peyton Phillips, Biotechnology student from Northwestern

SkillsUSA Chapter 1 Candidate:

  • Guadalupe Arrona, Cosmetology student from Mississinawa Valley
SkillsUSA Chapter 2 Candidates:
  • Shelby Perkins, Graphic Art student from Valley View
  • Keir Wambo, Photography student from National Trail

SkillsUSA Chapter 3 Candidates:

  • Chantel Banks, Firefighter/EMS student from Carlisle
  • Daiton Vinson-Sharp, Criminal Justice student from Vandalia

SkillsUSA Chapter 4 Candidate:

  • Noah Rohling, Electrical Trades student from Northmont

The MVCTC 2018 Prom King and Queen were announced on Saturday, April 7, as Shelby Perkins from Graphic Art and Daiton Vinson-Sharp from Criminal Justice.

For more information about MVCTC, visit www.mvctc.com or follow MVCTC on Facebook (Facebook.com/MVCTC) or Twitter (Twitter.com/MVCTC).

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

DARKE COUNTY JAIL EVACUATED

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DEPUTIES TREATED FOR EXPOSURE TO METHAMPHETAMINE

On April 17, 2018 at approximately 1:00 PM Darke County, Sheriff’s Deputies and Corrections Officers were in the process of booking a male subject into the jail when they were exposed to an unknown white powder. Please see yesterday’s news release.

On April 18, 2018, the Darke County Jail had resumed normal operation after it had been believed to be decontaminated. In the morning hours, air-handling units were turned back on in the affected area of the jail. After several hours of routine operation deputies and corrections officers began to feel ill and experienced abnormal vital signs. Greenville Township Fire and Rescue were called to the jail and five corrections officers were transported by EMS to Wayne Healthcare. Additional deputies and officers were called in to staff the jail.

As crews worked to identify and contain the situation, five additional officers began to exhibit symptoms of contamination and required transportation to Wayne Healthcare.

The Miami Valley Regional Crime Lab was able to identify that the white powder spilled in the jail by arrestee Stephen Garner on April 17th was methamphetamine. It is believed that the methamphetamine was drawn in to a ventilation air handler at the time of the spill. On the morning of April 18th when the air handler was turned back on it distributed enough methamphetamine throughout the prisoner booking and intake area of the jail to result in a toxic exposure to jail staff. This exposure did not immediately show signs until a few hours after the air handler had been turned on. Because this particular area of the jail is also where the control room is located, the jail had to be shut down.

The control room is the location where all mechanical security aspects of the jail are operated. Since this room could no longer function due to contamination, it required that the Darke County Jail be evacuated of all inmates and the jail operation be shut down. Some inmates were scheduled to be released or were released by the judge on an OR bond. Approximately 28 inmates were transported to Miami County and Mercer County Jail. The Darke County Clandestine Drug Lab deputies operated the control room while wearing self-contained breathing apparatus until the evacuation was complete. Greenville Township Fire and Rescue remained on the scene to assist during the operation.

The Darke County Jail structure operates on multiple separate air-handling units. None of the air-handling units in other areas of the jail including inmate wards, 911 dispatch and the road patrol was affected by the contamination. As a result, none of the inmates in the jail was contaminated or complained of illness.

The jail operation of the Darke County Sheriff’s Office will remain closed until a private environmental contractor can clean and decontaminate the affected area.

The Darke County Sheriff’s Office 911 Communications Center and road patrol remains operational as usual. All Sheriff’s Office numbers remain in service and will be answered as normal.

LEAGUE CANDIDATES' NIGHT

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Republican Primary Candidates for the 80th & 84TH House District seats will be featured at the upcoming League of Women Voters Candidates Night on Monday, April 23 at the American Legion Hall.  Shown here are the 84th House District Candidates (left to right):  Travis Faber, Susan Manchester and Aaron Heilers. 
The League of Women Voters of Darke County is again sponsoring a Candidates Forum on Monday, April 23 from 7:00 - 9:00 PM. Located at the American Legion Hall, Ohio St., in Greenville , the forum will focus on the Republican Primary contested races for the 80th and 84th House Districts:

  • Republican Primary Candidates for the 84th House District (Vote for one): Travis Faber, Aaron Heilers or Susan Manchester
  • Republican Primary Candidates for the 80th House District (Vote for one): George H Lovett, John W. O'Brien, Jena Powell or J.D. Winteregg

The evening will focus on the two House District candidates. After two minute introductory speeches candidates will answer questions. The public is encouraged to attend and submit written questions. Questions are then screened by a panel of League members and presented to the candidates by a moderator. The evening will conclude with introductions only of contested or non-contested Primary Candidates.

The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan organization with the major purpose being to inform voters about candidates. Further information about the Candidates Night may be obtained by calling Holly Finnarn 937.417.4483 or Eileen Litchfield, 937.623.1234, Voter Service Co-Chairs.

PLEASE REMEMBER TO VOTE ON TUESDAY, MAY 8.

Zechar Baily Funeral Home Continues Empowering support

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GREENVILLE - Empowering students and tutors join in thanking Zechar Bailey Funeral Home for its continuing support of their tutoring programs. Presenting the check to Empowering Volunteer Coordinator Chelsea Jones is Greg Zechar.

Zechar Bailey has a history of supporting programs to improve services to residents of the community. Its donation will help purchase supplies and snacks, as well as bring in licensed tutors and teachers to work with and oversee Edison State and adult volunteers.

Since its inception in March 2016, Empowering programs have provided over 6,000 contact hours to more than 200 students. The programs have elicited dozens of success stories for students who have taken consistent advantage of the services available to them. The Empowering program, along with the efforts of teachers and support staff, has been proven to show greater student improvement, or growth, than for those not in the program.

Help is still needed to finish the current school year and prepare for the Summer Tutoring Program. Anyone interested in helping, either tutoring or with program support or donations, should contact empoweringdarkecountyyouth@gmail.com or Facebook Empowering Darke County Youth. If you would like more information, mark your calendar to join other volunteers Thursday, April 19 at 7 p.m., Tribute Funeral Home Greenville, 1000 N. Broadway for the next Empowering Volunteer Meeting.

The Empowering Mission: Empowering Darke County Youth is a United Way Partner Agency providing 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.

Radiology Tech Wanted at Family Health

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Family Health Services of Darke County, Inc. is seeking a full-time Radiology Tech at the Greenville office. Position includes radiology duties, back office (MA duties), and lab duties. 40 hour week, consisting of 2 After Hours shifts per week. Must be friendly, a team player, and patient oriented. Full-time benefit package offered. Must be licensed in the State of Ohio. EOE

Qualified applicants send resume to HR@familyhealthservices.org

Summer Camp at Camp Canopy

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The 2018 Camp Canopy, previously Ohio Forestry and Wildlife Conservation Camp, is scheduled for June 10th - 15th, 2018 at the FFA Camp Muskingum near Carrollton, Ohio.

This co-ed residential camp is open to students entering their freshman year through senior graduation in 2018. This is a wonder opportunity for students to learn about Ohio's forest, wildlife, conservation, tree identification, ecology, and much more.

To find out more information on camp canopy go to www.campcanopy.com or 888-388-7337.

If cost of the camp is a concern, you can contact the Darke County Soil and Water Conservation District at 937 - 548 - 1715 or stop by the office for possible funding through our local Pheasants Forever Chapter.

Garst Museum Searching for History on Darke County Barns

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Chris and Gretchen Snyder's Barn
Drive anywhere in Darke County and you will see an old barn. Although many have outlived their purpose, they are still admired for their weathered beauty and the craftsmanship that has enabled them to stand for hundreds of years. Garst Museum has some recorded history in their reference library on some of the interesting barns that once dotted Darke County. Many of the century old barns that still stand are worth documenting. Garst Museum was recently contacted by artist Robert Kroeger from Cincinnati who offered his artistic talent as a fundraiser for the museum. Kroeger, 71, is an interesting fellow. He is actually Dr. Kroeger, a retired dentist. He is a marathon runner and avid golfer. He has also written several books on dentistry and the golf courses of Scotland, Wales, Ireland and England. His interest in art started at a young age and came from his father, who earned a degree in fine art from Notre Dame and worked as a commercial artist in Youngstown.

Kroeger's goal is to paint barns from all 88 counties in Ohio and capture what he sees as part of Ohio history that is vanishing to age and decay. He has visited about two dozen counties so far and is looking at Darke County as one of his next destinations. He has enlisted the help of Jenny Clark, Marketing and Program Manager at Garst Museum, to help him find local barns to photograph and paint. "We are excited to have Robert spend time in Darke County. He will be visiting in late April. We will select 10-12 barns that he will photograph and do rough sketches of. In November, he hopes to deliver the finished paintings to the museum. He donates these wonderful paintings to the museum to auction off with the museum receiving 50% of the auction proceeds." stated Clark.

If you know of an interesting barn that would be a good candidate for this project, please contact Jenny Clark at 937-467-9953 or email: jenny.clark@garstmuseum.org. The artist is especially interested in barns built in the 1800s, weathered-looking, sagging roofs, missing barn siding add character, and a good story.

More information on Kroeger's barn paintings can be found online at barnart.weebly.com. or www.robertkroeger.com.

DARKE COUNTY VISITORS BUREAU TO OFFER PAID INTERNSHIP

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

The Darke County Visitors Bureau is a not-for-profit, destination marketing organization. Its mission is to share and enrich the stories and destinations that make Darke County unique.

The ideal, vibrant candidate will greet and assist visitors; answer phone and share information with callers; answer questions; maintain databases, e-newsletters, websites and social media outlets; assist in creation, setup, teardown and volunteer staffing of various booths at festivals; and assist with the creation of new marketing materials (including video), among other duties.

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

Those individuals who possess the aforementioned talents are encouraged to submit their cover letter, resume, writing sample and three references to: Matthew Staugler, Executive Director of the Darke County Visitors Bureau at mstaugler@visitdarkecounty.org no later than 5:00 pm on April 21, 2018. Information can also be mailed to the Darke County Visitors Bureau at 421 S. Broadway, Greenville, OH 45331. Full job description can be accessed at www.VisitDarkeCounty.org.

DARKE COUNTY VISITORS BUREAU AWARDS SIX GRANTS IN 2018

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GREENVILLE, OH - The Darke County Visitors Bureau released the names of the recipients of the 2018 Darke County Tourism Grants. This year, six recipients were chosen (up from four in 2017) - The Annie Oakley Festival Committee's Cowboy Mounted Shooting Contest, Versailles Poultry Days, Main Street Greenville's Popcorn & Prohibition event, the Bradford Ohio Railroad Museum's Run for the Rails 5K, the Fort Greene Ville Muzzle Loader's Wayne's Legion Historical Encampment at the Gathering at Garst, and the Treaty City Motorcycle Club's "Best of Ohio Summer Series."

"We set a record for the number of applications received for our grant program, which is now in its tenth year," said Matt Staugler, executive director of the Darke County Visitors Bureau. "The board felt that due to the quality of the applicants and the increased number of applications, we'd commit more resources to supporting events that bring visitors to Darke County. Geographically, we're also touching several communities around the county, which is great to see." Since its inception, financial commitments from the Tourism Grant Program have totaled over $23,000 to local organizations and events.

The Tourism Grant Program is designed to enable event organizers to be more successful by subsidizing their marketing budgets to reach more potential visitors. Funds are available to non-profit organizations sponsoring special events and programs in Darke County. Grants are awarded on a competitive basis.

"We were very pleased to see a lot of new applicants this year, and we always encourage organizations who are looking to start new events in Darke County to take advantage of this opportunity for support and expertise from the Visitors Bureau," continued Staugler.

To learn more about these events as well as other festivals and activities taking place in Darke County, please visit www.VisitDarkeCounty.org.

True Life Church to Host Blended & Blessed Livestream Event

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RECYCLE YOUR OUT OF DATE ELECTRONICS FOR FREE

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The Darke County Solid Waste Management District and 1 Shot Services, Bradford, OH, are joining forces to sponsor a “FREE” Electronics Recycling Day on May 23, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at 1 Shot Scrap and Recycling. 1 Shot is located at 6377 Hahn Rd, Bradford, Ohio. During this event, the district will accept non-perishable food items to be taken to Grace Resurrection food pantry.

After many suggestions from participants, the district has decided to try this event without the requirement of preregistration!!! To try to help alleviate long lines, we ask that those with the last name A-M arrive between 9 am and Noon and those with the last name N-Z arrive between 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm. By assigning a specific time frame for arrival, we are trying to circumvent long lines, longer waits, and traffic jams. However, if something should occur that prevents you from taking in your equipment at your assigned time, you may still take it for collection as long as you arrive before 5 pm. You will be served on a first come, first served basis.

The program, which is “free” to all Darke County businesses, industries, schools, nonprofit organizations and residents, will involve the participation and support of nine Darke County agencies to make it work. These Darke County agencies are the adult probation office’s community service and litter collection department, the board of county commissioners, buildings and grounds department, common pleas court, municipal court, and general health district’s environmental division. Best of all, neither your tax dollars nor the county’s general fund are being used to fund this program!! The Solid Waste District uses fees collected from area disposal companies to fund this program.

Electronics equipment can be very expensive to throw away or even recycle. Local businesses can pay high dollars to have electronics hauled to a disposal site. Computers, especially, which go out of date as fast as they come on the market, can be extremely costly. This year, CRT televisions and monitors will not be accepted through the district’s collection. 1 Shot Scrap and Recycling will accept televisions for a fee. Neighboring county residents have paid as much as $1 per inch to have their computer or television monitors recycled. 1 Shot will accept CRT monitors and televisions up to 32” for $5 each, 32” and above for $10 ea and projection televisions for $15 each. Fees are subject to change after May 23, 2018.

All equipment that is brought in for recycling will be disassembled for recycling. Computer hard drives will be drilled on site to protect your personal information. Some of these items may include computers (CPUs, PCs, laptops), keyboards, monitors, printers, typewriters, adding machines, calculators, copiers, small kitchen appliances such as microwaves and toaster ovens, radios, telephonic equipment, manufacturing equipment, cables, cords, and other electronic wiring.

Another Successful DCCA Irish Wave

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Irish Wave sponsors Dr. Tom Brown and Phillip Pierri of Zechar-Bailey Funeral Home, Aaron & Michele Cox of the Montage CafĂ©; Ryan Cox, DCCA President, Keith Rawlins, DCCA Artistic Director and Andrea Jordan, DCCA Executive Director with Lone Raven at the recent sold out DCCA fundraising event. 
Darke County Center for the Arts thanks all who made the recent Irish Wave fundraising event a success and recognizes the music sponsors Second National Bank, Edward Jones Investment representatives Dave Connelly, Ryan Carpe, and Todd Subler, Dr. Tom Brown, The Andersons, and Zechar-Bailey Funeral Home, who made the music possible, and event host The Montage Cafe. DCCA’s Executive Director Andrea Jordan stated, “Darke County Center for the Arts is grateful for the generosity of our sponsors and patrons who value and are willing to support the arts in our community, providing unique arts experiences right here in Darke County.”

The sixth annual Irish Wave, hosted at the Montage on March 16 celebrated all things Irish. Attendees enjoyed Irish themed food prepared by the Montage and a tasting selection of craft beers, offered for tasting by Rhinegeist Brewery . Music was performed by, returning favorite, Lone Raven.

Irish Wave is a fundraising event for DCCA; proceeds are used to help underwrite the cost of presenting high quality performing artists in Darke County, as well as preserving Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall as an important cultural center. For upcoming events or further information on the Darke County Center for the Arts contact the DCCA office (937) 547-0908 or visit their website at www.centerforarts.net.

Vendors and Concessioners Wanted for Annie Oakley Festival

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The Annie Oakley Festival Committee is still accepting applications for Vendors and Concessioners for the 2018 festival, which will take place July 27, 28 & 29, 2018 at the south end of the Darke County Fairgrounds. We will be having a lot of activity on the grounds this year and we would like to have as many vendors and concessioners as we can.

Electric is available, and the cost for Vendors is $65.00 a spot and Concessioners is $175.00 a spot. Handmade crafts, hobbies, gifts and more, we would like to have you join us this year at our festival. We are also looking for a few more food concessioners for this year. If you are either a vendor or concessioner, please contact us by calling JoEllen Melling (President) 937-548-1018, or by calling Richard Robinson (1st Vice President) 937-489-0750 or by email rickrobinson725@gmail.com.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

DEPUTIES TREATED FOR EXPOSURE TO POWDER IN DARKE COUNTY JAIL

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On April 17, 2018 at approximately 1:00 PM Darke County, Sheriff’s Deputies and Corrections Officers were in the process of booking a male subject into the jail when they were exposed to an unknown white powder.

Greenville Police Department transported 37-year-old Stephen A. Garner Jr. to the Darke County Jail.  He was arrested at the request of the Ohio Adult Parole Authority.  After arriving at the Darke County Jail, the search and intake process was taking place when multiple plastic baggies containing a white powdery substance dropped from the subject’s body.  The Garner subject immediately attempted to retrieve the items while corrections officers ordered him to drop them.  At some point Garner opened some of the bags exposing white powder on the floor, himself and the officers.  Deputies and Corrections Officers were able to gain control of Garner and secure him in a holding cell.  A very short time later Deputies and officers began to feel light headed and ill.  Garner became unconscious and unresponsive.  The jail staff requested additional deputies to respond and assist.  Greenville Township Fire and Rescue responded with multiple units to the Darke County Jail.  Detectives, Deputies from the road and off duty Corrections Officers responded to assist.  A total of four deputies and Garner were transported to Wayne Healthcare.  Some subjects were treated with Narcan during this event.

The Darke County Jail was locked down and closed temporarily while the unknown substance was collected and the area decontaminated.  The Darke County Jail was out of service for approximately 2 hours during the investigation and decontamination.

No other inmates were at risk during the event and they were secured in their respective wards.  The deputies that were transported have since been treated and released from the hospital.  The Garner subject has been turned over to the Ohio Adult Parole Authority. 

Samples of the substance will be sent to the crime lab for processing and identification.  A criminal investigation into this incident is underway.  At the conclusion of the case, it will be forwarded to the Darke County Prosecutor to review for possible criminal charges against Garner. 

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