Thursday, October 27, 2016


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The Holiday season is upon us and with that people will be busy with all of their Holiday planning. Every year seems to get busier and busier. So, with that in mind, Commissioner Stegall has held the last “Coffee with the Commissioner” in October.

This year the meeting will be held at the Coffee Pot located in Downtown Greenville at the Corner of 5th and Broadway. People with any concerns or questions about the county may come in, grab a cup of coffee and discuss their problems or ask their questions. The “Coffee” will take place between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 29th. Come on out, enjoy some good coffee and some great pastries, ask questions, and stay informed on what is happening in the County.

Once again, Saturday, October 29th, at the Coffee Pot in Downtown Greenville, between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. Hope to see you there, and HAVE A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!! See you in January!!

Towhees and Tombstones with DCP

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In many different traditions All Saints Day and
All Souls Day are times of reflection and remembrance
for the dearly departed.
On All Saints Day, November 1st at 5:30pm, join Darke County Parks at Greenville Union Cemetery to pay respect to local history and to check out a birding hotspot.

From philanthropist Fred Coppock, to the county’s early pioneers and from six US Congressmen to the only man ever legally hanged in Darke County, these names have quite the stories to tell. While we wander back in time, we’ll also keep an eye out for late fall migrating birds and arriving winter residents. Whether you’re a birder, a history buff, or both, bring your binoculars for this quiet evening hike through the cemetery. Meet at the cemetery office on the corner of West St. and Main St. in Greenville, and dress for the weather.

Registration is requested for this event; to do so or for any questions about this or other park programs, please call the nature center at (937) 548-0165.

“Wrap Up an Organized Holiday” at Library

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Do you look forward to the holidays but also dread having too much to do! Then you'll want to be at the Greenville Public Library on Wednesday November 9th at 6:30 pm when Olive the Compassionate Organizer will share organizing solutions that will help you celebrate and enjoy the holiday season.

Olive will help you: Set realistic limits; Simplify holiday meals; Schedule meaningful traditions; and Select clutter-free gifts. Her motto is Decide. Organize. Celebrate! She asks that you bring up to 5 holiday items to swap or donate! We will not be taking reservations for this event, however seating is limited to 45. Please come early to ensure your seat! Refreshments will be served.

Olive Wager is a member of the The National Association of Professional Organizers, a not-for-profit professional association whose members include organizing consultants, speakers, trainers, authors, and manufacturers of organizing products. Founded in 1985, it is the largest national association of and for organizers with more than 3,800 members throughout the world.

A story about a Dad, his Daughter, his Grand Daughters and their new dog

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GREENVILLE - A year ago Gary Arnett’s family wanted a new dog. His Daughter and Granddaughters decided to set up a Lemonade stand during the 127 garage sales to raise money to adopt a dog.

These girls did a super job with the lemonade stand and went to the Darke County Animal Shelter and found their new best friend. Their new friends name is Minnie and she is a Chocolate Lab. Minnie has been such a wonderful addition to the family the girls decided they wanted to do more.

This year the girls sat up another Lemonade stand during the 127 garage sales. Their goal was to help out the Animal Shelter any way they could. They decided to donate all the money they made from the
stand to the Animal Shelter. They are so happy with Minnie; they felt it was just the right thing to do.

The girls, their dad/grandfather and Minnie came to the Darke County Animal Shelter and made the donation. The Officers at the Shelter were so surprised; they didn’t know what to say. They all remembered Minnie and were so happy she went to such a loving and caring family. All they could say was thank you.

In the picture are Officers Thomas and Sanning, along with Allena, Alexis, Gary and Adalynn Arnett. In the front row is Minnie Arnett.

MVCTC HOSA Senior Chapter Begins the Year

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Submitted by: Lindsay Owens, HOSA Reporter 2016-2017

2016-2017 MVCTC HOSA Chapter Officers left to right – McKayla Mangen, Chloe Price, Ashley Kirby, Kahsia Hawkins, Molly Pierce, Riley Click, Lindsay Owens, Lauren Eck
Englewood, Ohio – The Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) HOSA Senior Chapter began the year with two meetings, the first held on August 26, 2016 and the second held the on September 27, 2016.

The 2016-2017 MVCTC HOSA Senior Chapter Officers are:

  • President – McKayla Mangen (Health Careers) Tippecanoe
  • Vice-Presidents – Chloe Price (Biotechnology) Arcanum-Butler, Ashley Kirby (Allied Health) Northmont
  • Secretary – Kahsia Hawkins (Health Careers) Trotwood-Madison
  • Treasurer – Molly Pierce (Health Careers) Miamisburg
  • Reporter – Lindsay Owens (Biotechnology) Tri-County North
  • Historian – Lauren Eck (Allied Health) Northmont
  • Parliamentarian – Riley Click (Biotechnology) Dixie

The 2016-2017 MVCTC HOSA Senior Chapter Committee Co-Chairs are:

  • Community Service – Cheyenne Bentley (Biotechnology) Butler, Kody Setser (Health Careers) Versailles
  • School Service – Elsa Huffman (Allied Health) Dixie, Briana Triplett (Allied Health) Carlisle
  • Career Awareness – Taylor Rindler (Allied Health) Versailles, Brooke Cunningham (Allied Health) National Trail
  • Healthy Lifestyle – Shannon Masters (Allied Health) Wayne, Lacey Brand (Sports Medicine) Northmont
  • Social – Stephanie Hulsman (Health Careers) Miamisburg, Samantha Arnett (Health Careers) Preble Shawnee
  • Editors – Deanna Winner (Allied Health) Brookville, Lanora Mitchell (Allied Health) Northmont

The 2016-2017 MVCTC HOSA Senior Chapter Voting Delegates are:

  • Maggie Lane (Health Careers) Vandalia-Butler
  • Elizabeth Allen (Health Careers) Mississinawa
  • Gabrielle Combs (Health Careers) Eaton
  • Kiara Benjamin (Health Careers) Trotwood
  • Samone Milner (Health Careers) Trotwood
  • Shiya Allen (Health Careers) Tri-Village

The MVCTC HOSA Senior Chapter has started the 2016-2017 school year off strongly. The first meeting was held on August 26, 2016, on Junior Welcome Day. This meeting included both the Senior and Junior HOSA Chapters. At this meeting, the MVCTC HOSA Senior Chapter Officers and Committee Co-Chairs were inducted into office. HOSA students also competed against each other in a series of games.

196th Light Infantry Brigade, SP4 Robert L Fowble Jr, and PFC Jack E. Beam Memorial Highway to be Dedicated

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Korean War Veterans to be Honored

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Edison State Honors Student, Riley Poland tries on the official jacket and hat of Korean War veteran, Weldon Oakley.
Korean War Era veterans of the Miami Valley will be honored on Thursday, November 10, beginning at 11:30 a.m. in the Robinson Theater at Edison State Community College. The public is invited to pay tribute to these heroes, and admission is free.

The Piqua VFW Post 4874 will provide lunch for all guests beginning at 11:30 a.m., while Thienn Snipps, led by former Edison State Professor and Vietnam veteran Larry Dragosavac, performs patriotic songs.

A week prior to the program, Edison State honor student and Sidney native Riley Pollard, accompanied by Korean War veteran Weldon Oakley, will make presentations to 150 Upper Valley Career Center government students who will be special guests at the event. Pollard will be acquainting the students with the history of the Korean War, the novel “MASH” written by Korean War surgeon Dr. Richard Hornberger, and the oral history of Piqua attorney Ben Hiser, who served as a medic in that war.

Oakley of Sidney is one of three Korean War veterans who will be sharing their war experiences with the audience on Nov. 10. Piqua Korean War veterans, Fred Shively and Don Motter, will join him. These veterans along with veteran Dale Snyder and Joe Boetz will have displays of their war artifacts for audience members to examine.

To bring the audience up to date on the history of the U.S. involvement with Korea, Urbana University Professor Ryan Enlow will deliver a mini-lecture on today’s threat from North Korea.

The Piqua American Legion Elite Color Guard will post the colors; the Ohio Patriot Guard will form a flag tunnel; and the Piqua Ohio National Guard Transportation Company will perform an American flag retirement at the conclusion of the program.

The Patriotic Pin-Ups will present roses to the spouses and widows of Korean War Era veterans, and photographer James Smith will take portraits of Korean War Era veterans beginning in Room 057 at 11 a.m., courtesy of the Piqua Community Foundation.

Through the efforts of Piqua City Manager and Army veteran Gary Huff, Kazy Hinds, Mayor of Piqua, will read a proclamation honoring Korean War Era veterans.

Dr. Vivian Blevins, Edison State professor and producer of the program says, “We honored World War II and Vietnam Era veterans during 2015, and I am expecting tremendous community support for this initiative. Many of these veterans feel that their war is the forgotten war, and we want to recognize their important service to our country.”

For more information or to reserve a portrait time slot, contact Dr. Vivian Blevins at or call (937) 778-3815.


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Little Brother, Damion York grandson of'
Gary Baker from Greenvillegets help baiting his
hook from Shelby County Bassmaster, Phil Jones.
A group of Big Brothers Big Sisters Volunteers and Littles recently enjoyed a beautiful day at the home of Mike Meyer of Fort Loramie, where they attended a fishing derby hosted by the Shelby County Bassmasters & Kiwanis. Over 45 Volunteers and Littles attended the annual event, which was held on Saturday, September 17th.

The outing included a cookout for all Bassmaster members, their children, and the BBBS Volunteers and their Littles. The fishing event concluded with an award ceremony for the top fisherman in several age categories.

Shelby County Bassmasters were able to put on this event as a result of local fisherman participating in bass tournaments throughout the year with a modest portion of the entry fee going toward the purchase of individual poles for each child. Other sponsors included Kiwanis Club, ODONR, Al’s Pizza in Fort Loramie, Molly’s Drive Thru, Spillway Bait & Tackle, Russ Michaels, Wagner IGA, Greenthumb Nursery, Playtex, Striker Bow in Minster, Dan Eilerman Construction LLC, Patrick’s Bar & Grill and Mike Meyer.

Jennifer Bruns, Executive Director for Big Brothers Big Sisters stated, “The Shelby County Bassmasters do an outstanding job every year with this activity. The children who participate in this outing truly look forward to it each year, and it exposes them to a new hobby that they might not otherwise get the opportunity to do. I have kids ask me all year round when the fishing derby is going to be held. The LOVE this event.” Bruns stated, “Being outdoors, getting fresh air, and learning about fishing is a neat experience for the children in the program and for some of them the first time they have been exposed to the sport.”

Group activities are part of the mentoring program for children from at-risk homes. Presently, the Shelby & Darke County agency has 65 matches with a list of over 30 children yet in need of an adult volunteer. Volunteers are required to see the children two times per month, offering support and fun, educational activities. It should be noted that match activities can be scheduled around a volunteer’s calendar, and offer a fantastic way to have a positive impact on youth in our community.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County is a non-profit, United Way member agency. We are always looking for additional volunteers. If you would like more information on enrolling your child in the program or becoming an active volunteer, please call 937-492-7611 or 937-547-9622. You can also log onto the agency website to view all the volunteer opportunities and upcoming activities at

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

At Least 3 Sought After Purse Stolen from 83 Year Old Woman at Walmart

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On October 21,2016 at approximately 5:00 p.m., officers responded to a call regarding a theft at the Walmart on Wagner Ave., Greenville.

Upon arrival, it was discovered that a purse and its contents had been stolen from an 83 year old woman's grocery cart. The police department has a copy of the surveillance video from Walmart.

Anyone with information regarding this crime ls asked to contact Det. Roberts at the Greenville Police Department at 937-548-11O3, or the Darke County Crime Stoppers tipline at 937-547-1661. All callers may remain anonymous.

Here is the video from WHIO of the surveillance footage from Walmart.

NeuroConnect – Connecting survivors of stroke and brain injury with support and resources, Thursday, November 10, 2016

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Versailles Health Care Center is pleased to invite you to our quarterly event for survivors of stroke and brain injury and their families. NeuroConnect meets to connect survivors and their families with positive support and beneficial resources.

The next NeuroConnect will be held on Thursday, November 10 at 4 p.m. at Versailles Health Care Center. The guest speaker will be Mrs. Carol Gigandet of Versailles. Mrs. Gigandet’s husband, Roger, is a survivor of a stroke in 2015. She will share their story.

As usual, the event will be led by Dr. Stephen Winner, Facility Rehab Director and Physical Therapist, and Tammy Moyar, Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant. This is a FREE meeting for survivors of stroke and brain injury and their families. Light snacks and beverages will be provided.

To RSVP or for more information, please call Stephen at 937.526.0130.

The Jean Louise Thieme Fund supports DCCA Family Theatre Series

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Darke County Center for the Arts will open their 2016-2017
Family Theatre Season at Versailles Performing Arts Center,
280 Marker Road, on Sunday, November 6 with ArtsPower National
Touring Theatre's production of Chicken Dance.
Darke County Center for the Arts recognizes the Darke County Foundation and The Jean Louise Thieme Children’s Theatre Fund for their support of DCCA’s Family Theatre Series. “DCCA is pleased to receive continual generous support from community organizations such as The Jean Louise Thieme Children’s Theatre Fund of the Darke County Foundation. With their assistance we are able to fulfill our mission of cultural enrichment for the community,” stated Andrea Jordan, DCCA Executive Director. Jean Louise Thiem started DCCA’s Family Theatre Series, in 1997; this series provides young children, their parents, grandparents & great grandparents the opportunity to enjoy professional live theater in Memorial Hall.

Thanks to strong community support, DCCA has been able to keep a $5 ticket price for professional, high quality, artistic, Family Theatre Series performances, for almost two decades. According to Jordan, "the goal of DCCA’s Family Theatre Series is to inspire the imaginations of the young and young at heart, encouraging the expression of creativity. The series attracts a wide-ranging audience that includes many preschool children enjoying their first theater experience, as well as senior citizens who enjoy the shows’ strong depiction of traditional values.”

Darke County Center for the Arts will open their 2016-2017 Family Theatre Season at Versailles Performing Arts Center, 280 Marker Road, on Sunday, November 6 with ArtsPower National Touring Theatre's production of Chicken Dance. Based on the award winning book by Kansas farm girl turned children's book author Tammi Sauer, Chicken Dance tells the tale of Marge and Lola, two hilarious hens on a mission to win tickets for the Elvis Poultry Show; the musical features songs composed by award-winning songwriter, humorist, and record producer John Forster. The show begins at 2 p.m. Tickets for Chicken Dance are $5, and can be purchased by contacting DCCA at 937-547-0908 or dcca@centerforarts.netor on-line at Tickets are also available at the Greenville Public Library, Readmore's Hallmark in Greenville, and Worch Memorial Public Library in Versailles.

Addition presentations in the 2016-2017 DCCA Family Theatre Series include Laura Ingalls Wilder on Sunday, January 29, 2017 and Brown Bear, Brown Bear and Other Treasured Stories by Eric Carle on Sunday, April 23, 2017, which will be presented at St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville. All DCCA Family Theatre programs begin at 2 p.m. and tickets are $5 for children 2 and up. Series tickets for all three performances are $12 and can be purchased through the DCCA office (937) 547-0908 or online at

Additional sponsors for DCCA's Family Theatre Series include Dayton Power & Light Company Foundation, Second National Bank, Greenville Federal, Greyson James Steyer Fund of the Darke County Foundation, Edison State Community College, Gordon Orthodontics, Jordan Insurance Agency, The Andersons Inc., Wayne Healthcare, and Greenville Rotary Club. The series also receives support from DCCA memberships. The Ohio Arts Council, Harry D. and Esther Stephens Memorial, Ketrow Foundation, and Lydia Schaurer Memorial also provide operating support for DCCA.

Darke County Center for the Arts presents and promotes performing and fine art encouraging cultural enrichment. DCCA is also committed to the preservation of Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall as an important cultural center in the community.

Greenville BPW Hosts Guest Night

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Super Raffle items – Necklace from Wieland Jewelers, Travel vouchers from
Good Times Fun Times, Diamond Blender from KitchenAid, and
2 Tickets for Winery at Versailles “Thrill of the Grill”
Greenville, OH. - Greenville Business & Professional Women’s Club (BPW) guests and members recently enjoyed shopping, food and fashion at their annual guest night “What a Girl Wants” event on October 13th. The evening started with social time and appetizers catered by J’s Country Store. Many silent auction items were available for bidding along with shopping at various vendor tables. Several door prizes were given out and a 50/50 raffle drawing was held.

Committee chair Debbie Niekamp along with committee members Susan Shields and Vicki Cost treated those in attendance to a fashion show with Tracy Wheeler, stylist for LuLaRoe. Several members and guests served as models for the evening. LuLaRoe is a unique company that offers original limited edition, on-trend clothing at pop up boutiques.

The ‘super raffle’ was launched with a chance to win one of four prizes: a stunning Austrian Crystal Necklace from the Oliver Weber collection made with Swarovski elements donated by Wieland Jewelers, a travel package with two $125 Collette travel vouchers from Good Times Fun Times, a 5 speed Diamond Blender with 60 oz. pitcher from KitchenAid, and tickets to the Winery at Versailles “Thrill of the Grill for 2”. Raffle tickets are available at the New Madison Public Library, by contacting Susan Shields at 937/548-2592 or Debbie Niekamp at 419/305-2178 or any BPW member. The drawing will be held at the Club’s meeting on December 8th. The winner does not need to be present to win. Tickets are $2.00 each or 6 for $10.00.

Special thanks to the following vendors, silent auction donors and members for making this event a success: Wieland Jewelers, Good Times Fun Times (Sue Christian), KitchenAid, Winery at Versailles, Tracy Wheeler (LuLaRoe), Pam Sharp (Merle Norman), Leona Douglas (Brown Bag Soap Company), Gail Snyder, Park Lane Jewelry (Glenna Martin), doTERRA (Sheila Voisard), The Flower Patch, Hairology Off Broadway, Darke County Center for the Arts, Greenville National Bank, Second National Bank, Greenville Federal Bank, Deb Niekamp, Leigh Fletcher, Ann’s Gifts, Beth Schiller, Beth Piel, Creations Salon, Dara Buchy, Deb Smith, Doug Shields Investments, Erica Wentworth, Helen’s Flowers, Jane Carroll, Karen Sink, Gold Canyon Candles (Kayleigh Parks), Longaberger (Kathy O’Dell), Mary Kay, Massage on Main, Origami Owl, Damsel in Defense, Pampered Chef, Scentsy, Sunset Awards, Susan Fowble, Susan Shields, Vicki Cost, Dorothy Poeppleman, Peggy Foutz, Freedom Years (SNB),Sweet Annie’s Cabin, Village Flower Shop and VFW Post 7262.

The Greenville BPW Club’s mission is to achieve equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education, and information. The Club holds fund raisers throughout the year to raise money to grant scholarships to the young women of Darke County. Evening meetings are held the second Thursday of every month for a dinner meeting. Those interested in learning more about the Club can contact Membership Chair Deb Smith at 937/417-2434 or

Museum to host October 31st “Last Monday” with a trip to the Movies

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Remember the thrill of going to the movies in your youth. While my generation missed the golden age of film, I do remember as a child, what a treat it was to go to the movies. We hope it will be a treat for you too!

For our “Last Monday” of October, we are traveling back in time to October/November 1938. We are going to the movies! (Well maybe we should say we are going to recreate the movies). Settle down in your seat and let the lights dim. You are now being transported to the Versailles Movie Palace of old.

From a short reflection of the local Versailles Area autumn news in 1938 to an actual newsreel played in local theaters in 1938. This will be followed by a cartoon and then your feature film. The movie choices are two 1938 Academy Award Winning classics which you will vote for as you arrive. The choices are “You Can’t Take it with You” or “Robin Hood”. Both great movies and a tough choice for the audience!

Now we can’t go to the movies without a stop at the Concession Stand. It will be stocked with delicious old style soda, pop corn, and candies for your enjoyment, all complimentary, but of course we will be happy to take your donations!

The party starts at 1:00 on the dot. Stay as long as you can and forget the Halloween haunts and travel back with us for a treat to a wonderful age we don’t want to forget!


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Pictured are Danielle and Debbie with their donation.
GREENVILLE - Danielle Francis made a selfless donation to the Darke County Animal Shelter.

Danielle turned 10 years old and wanted to help the animals at the Animal Shelter. She decided, instead of birthday presents for herself; why not help the dogs and cats at the Shelter. She told her
family and friends she wanted dog and cat food, dog and cat treats, and toys so she could help the 4 legged animals at the Shelter. Danielle and her Mom Debbie came to the Shelter and donated bags
and bags of dog and cat food. The Shelter staff was very surprised and grateful when they walked in.

The four legged friends at the Shelter were very happy also. The Darke County Animal Shelter and the Friends of the Darke County Animal Shelter want to thank Danielle, her family and friends for thinking of our 4 legged friends. This was a wonderful gift from Danielle and is a true example of her character and upbringing.

Tippecanoe Christmas in the Village Home Tour

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The Christmas in the Village Committee invites you to ignite your holiday spirit on a self-guided tour of eight homes on Second street in historic Tipp City on Saturday, December 3rd. The tour will be a seasonal feast for your senses. Delight your eyes in every home with unique décor proved by local designers, florists and master gardeners. Hear heart-warming Christmas music as you walk about the venue. Indulge your nose and taste buds with a stop at the Trophy Nut Outlet Store. Feel the fun of the theme “Haiku Tippecanoe” woven into the festivities.

Special treats this holiday season include the opportunity to tour “Tiny Teal” a Tiny House in progress, along with illumination showcases by Christmas Décor/Patriotic Illuminations.

Immerse yourself in the beauty and excitement of Christmas and discover why Tipp City was named the Best Hometown by Ohio Magazine for 2015-2016. It is located in the southwest corridor of Ohio and about 15 minutes north of downtown Dayton in Miami County. Located just north of the I-70/I-75 interchange, Tipp City is nestled in a charming community of unique shopping, dining and recreational activities.

Tour hours are noon to 5:00 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 the day of the event. They are currently available online at or through our Facebook page:

Beginning November 1st, tickets will be available at the following locations: Bodega Wine & Specialty Foods Market, Greenfire Bistro, Harrison’s Restaurant, Hock’s Pharmacy (Tipp & Vandalia), Home Comfort Gallery (Troy), Hotel Gallery, Sugden Furniture, and Tipp Monroe Community Services.

Proceeds from the Home Tour are donated back to the community through its many non-profit organizations who assist in making the event possible.

Parking is available in the Tipp City Park and shuttle buses will be traveling around the venue.

For more information on the tour, visit our website or Facebook page. Contact via email with specific questions.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

After 54 years, Arcade Express Will Not Return to the Great Darke County Fair

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Greenville OH: After 54 years, a historic Great Darke County Fair vendor has decided to not return to Greenville.

In 1963, Melvin Moore from Lancaster OH first brought the Arcade Express to the Great Darke County Fair. Melvin operated the arcade until his son, Jon Moore, took over the business in 1970. John’s daughter Holly and her husband Mike Williams became the owners in 1997 and have continued the tradition by returning to Greenville for the annual event that always begins the 3rd Friday in August.

It was a very emotional decision and Holly spoke with her 93 year old grandfather before she and husband Mike confirmed they would not return. Holly’s father, Jon passed away in 2009.

Holly stated it was strictly a business decision only. Holly and Mike reassure everyone that they are not going out of business, they are just minimizing their travel distances and overnight setups and teardowns. The entire Moore and Williams families wish to extend a since thank you to everyone that has played and enjoyed the arcade these past 54 years.


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On October 23, 2016 at 3:45 A.M., the Darke County 911 Center received a 911 call in reference to a man with a gunshot wound to his leg in the yard located 3652 US Route 127 South. Darke County deputies and investigative division along with New Madison Fire Department and Tri-Village Rescue responded to the scene.

Tyler L. Minton (29) of Verona, Ohio sustained a single gunshot wound to his right thigh. Mr. Minton was treated at the scene for his injury and airlifted by Care Flight to Miami Valley Hospital for further treatment. At that time, his condition was listed as stable. Mr. Minton was discharged from Miami Valley Hospital later that day.

Based upon multiple witness statements and the physical evidence at the scene, the investigation revealed the injury appeared to be the result of an accidental discharge by the victim with his own firearm. Alcohol can not be ruled out as a factor.

This incident remains under investigation.


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Darke County Center for the Arts' thirteenth annual Ghost Walk on Friday, October 28, Saturday, October 29, and Sunday, October 30 will feature costumed tour guides who lead participants to haunted sites in downtown Greenville as well as actors who will portray characters involved in the ghostly tales.
Darke County Center for the Arts' thirteenth annual Ghost Walk on Friday, October 28, Saturday, October 29, and Sunday, October 30 will feature costumed tour guides who lead participants to haunted sites in downtown Greenville as well as actors who will portray characters involved in the ghostly tales. Tour guides include Michael Bitner, Marilyn Delk, Tim Nealeigh, and Keith Rawlins. John Burkett, Karen Burkett, Shanna Camacho, Nick Colby, Larry Delk, Maxwell Jordan, Katheleen Nealeigh, and Jan Roestamadji will share spooky stories at some of the sites visited on the tour. The Ghost Walk will lead from St. Clair Memorial Hall at 7:30 p.m. and last at least an hour and a half each night. Greenville Masonic Lodge #143 Craft Club will be serving refreshments at Memorial Hall before and after the event.

“I can't think of a better way to celebrate Halloween weekend than by taking a fun, spooky, and informative walk through downtown Greenville,” said DCCA Executive Director Andrea Jordan. “The stories can give you the chills, but are not too scary for children old enough to enjoy a long walk in the dark,” Ms. Jordan continued. The stories told during the Ghost Walk are based on tales collected by Arcanum-area resident Rita Arnold who has published several volumes recounting spooky happenings within Darke County and beyond.

Ms. Jordan also reminds potential Ghost Walk participants that some tour sites include uneven terrain and may be located in dimly lighted areas. As in years past, Ghost Walk will be held regardless of weather conditions; if seriously inclement weather occurs, the stories will be told indoors.

Tickets for Ghost Walk cost $10, and are available at Greenville Public Library as well as at Ann's Gifts, Readmore's Hallmark, and Darke County Visitors Bureau Welcome Center in downtown Greenville; tickets will also be sold at the door. Tickets may be reserved by contacting DCCA at 937-547-0908 or or purchased online at

Two MVCTC Programs Honored

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Receiving the Southwest Ohio School Board Association recognition for participating in the 2016 Student Achievement Fair from MVCTC are Cassidy Alspaugh (senior from Dixie), Chloe Price (senior from Arcanum), and MVCTC Biotechnology Instructor, Mrs. Erin Molden.
Receiving the Southwest Ohio School Boards Association
Multi District Impact Program award from MVCTC are Nicholas Combs
(senior from Dixie), Dylan Kemp (senior from Eaton) and
Computer Network Engineering Instructor, Mr. John Underwood.
Englewood, Ohio – The Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) Computer Network Engineering and Biotechnology programs were both honored at the Southwest Ohio School Board Association (OSBA) Fall Conference on Thursday, October 13, at MVCTC.

The Computer Network Engineering program was given the “Outstanding Multi District Impact” award. As stated in the nomination, “Teaching in the 21st Century requires a multi-talented individual that cares about kids and Mr. John Underwood (MVCTC Computer Network Engineering instructor) more than fits the bill. He works to make learning engaging and fun for students. His passion and enthusiasm for teaching coupled with a genuine concern for kids makes him a true educator and Computer Network Engineering an outstanding Multi District Impact Program.”

The Biotechnology program was recognized for being selected as a 2016 Student Achievement fair Participating program. MVCTC Biotechnology instructor, Mrs. Erin Molden, will be representing MVCTC at the 2016 OSBA Capital Conference in November. Her students will be presenting “Improving our Future with Biotechnology.”

For more information about MVCTC, please visit

Fall Hiking Series: Sunrise Hike

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The air is turning crisp, and mosquitoes are a thing of the past. It’s time to hike! We are entering one of the best times to get out doors, and Darke County Parks has a variety of walking programs to offer. On October 28th at 7:30am join a naturalist at Shawnee Prairie Preserve on St. Rt. 502 just west of Greenville for an early walk in the woods to enjoy fall colors, the morning sun’s glow, and hopefully some deer, coyotes, or other critters still out and about from their morning excursions. Remember to dress for the cooler morning temperatures. For more information about this or any of the other exciting hikes in this season’s series or other park district programs, please call the nature center at (937) 548-0165.

Animals that are most active in the early dawn and late dusk times are said to be crepuscular rather than nocturnal or diurnal.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Tickets Still Available for Friday's Murder Mystery Dinner Theater at Montage Cafe

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Darke County Civic Theater will be presenting its annual fall murder mystery dinner theater at Montage Café this fall.

The theatrical performances will take place on October 28, 29, November 5, 11, 12. All of the dates have sold out, with the exception of Friday, October 28th.

This years murder mystery is entitled "Rushmore's Revenge" By: Haley Productions, and features a story about an all female beauty school that has began accepting males into their school. Clearly, this is going to cause some issues and lead to a murder. The show takes place in the year 1979 and dressing up to fit the theme is encouraged, but not mandatory.

Tickets are just $20 and this includes a catered dinner by Montage Café, desert, non alcoholic beverages and the production. These tickets sell out very quickly, so if you have ever wanted to experience this great Darke County entertainment, now is your chance.

Order your tickets by visiting our website, OR by emailing us at

Two Vehicle Collision at Childrens Home Bradford Road and 127

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Greenville - On October 23, 2016 at 1:35 p.m. Darke County Deputies, along with Greenville Township Fire and Rescue were dispatched to the intersection of US127 and Childrens Home Bradford Rd reference a two vehicle accident. The original dispatch advised that one vehicle rolled.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a 1996 Chevy Blazer, driven by Starla Bowers(51) of Union City, IN, was westbound on Childrens Home Bradford Rd. Bowers pulled through the intersection at US127 and was hit by a 2006 Dodge Caravan, driven by Jonathan White(37) of Troy,OH, which was southbound on US127. Bowers vehicle overturned on its side from the impact of the two vehicles. Bowers and her minor child passenger both climbed out of the vehicle as emergency units arrived. White had two adult passengers and two minor children in his vehicle. All subjects were treated at the scene by Greenville Township Rescue, but refused transport to the hospital.

Bowers was issued a citation for Failure to Yield at a Stop Sign.

YMCA basketball clinic

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GREENVILLE, OH (October 20, 2016) - The YMCA of Darke County is excited to once again welcome coach Thom Townsley, of the Indiana Pacers, to our Y on Saturday, November 5. Coach Townsley will be instructing shooting clinics for youth ages 8-14. The Greenville shooting clinic will be 9:00 am – 11:00 am, with a second clinic in Versailles from 12 noon – 2:00 pm. The fee for the clinic is $20 for members and potential members alike.

Coach Townsley brings over 25 years coaching experience with players from age 4 to NBA professionals. He has led over 6,500 clinics worldwide. Attend the clinic and you can expect to improve your game by learning new skills and working on the fundamentals, like how to execute the proper chest pass and bounce pass. Participants can also expect to work on shooting technique and layups, as well.

"This is a great opportunity for the youth of Darke County to learn professional skills at an easy to understand level. You won't want to miss this opportunity to share in this basketball experience,” said Tyler Roberts, Youth and Sports Director at the Y.

Registration for the clinic can be made in person at either Y branch, via phone at 548-3777 or 526-4488, or online at

The Y will have their youth basketball league beginning in January 2017 at both the Greenville and Versailles locations. The league will cover age groups of 4-6 and 7-10. Look for further details to come in December.

See all our programs and everything the Y has to offer at our website,, or visit our facebook page for up to date information.

Heartland of Greenville to Host Community Trick or Treat

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BWI Group Supervisor, Brent Fourman, Inducted into MVCTC 2016 Hall of Fame

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MVCTC 2016 Hall of Fame Inductee, Brent Fourman
with MVCTC Superintendent, Dr. Nick Weldy.
Englewood, Ohio – Brent Fourman, a resident of New Paris and Senior Lead Designer/Supervisor for BWI Group in Kettering, was inducted into the Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) Hall of Fame on Thursday, October 6, 2016, during the All Advisory Dinner. Fourman, a 1984 graduate of Tri-Village High School, attended the Industrial Drafting program at MVCTC (when it was known as Montgomery County Joint Vocational School).

Brent has spent the past 18 years as the Senior Lead Designer/Supervisor for the BWI Group (formerly part of Delphi and General Motors). He started his career as a print boy progressing quickly to detailer on the board (pencil and vellum), working mainly in tool and die work. He took the training he received at MCJVS/MVCTC and obtained a job in the industrial drafting field and was able to take advantage of the company paid tuition to obtain his associate's degree in Applied Science Mechanical Engineering Technology from Sinclair Community College. With hard work and dedication, he moved into 2D CAD working on a variety of items from healthcare to automotive.

Excelling in 2D CAD, Brent was soon promoted to 3D CAD beginning with wireframe and surfacing of steering wheel designs, and then into solid modeling with the design and development of engine and transmission mounting systems. This included the design of technologically advanced fluid filled mounts, on which Brent is the co-inventor on U.S. patents. MR Controlled Mounting Systems was the next and most current technology where again Brent is instrumental in the design of new technology with additional patents and pending patents in his portfolio. This technology led to the company receiving the Vehicle Dynamics Innovation of the Year award for 2009.

Brent maintains a high degree of integrity and is highly regarded within his company, his subordinates and by the customers with which he interacts. MCJVS/MVCTC was the start of a very successful career in which he has made a good living and allowed him to give back to the community in various ways.

In his spare time, Brent is a Tri-Village High School Varsity Bowling Coach, served as President and Vice President of the Tri-Village Music Boosters, and as Vice President of the Tri-Village Athletic Boosters.

Brent shared the following about his MCJVS/MVCTC education, “MCJVS/MVCTC provided an educational opportunity otherwise not available to me that gave me a jump-start on an excellent career and life!”


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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County is pleased to announce the newest members on our Board of Trustees. They are: Carol Johnston of Sidney. Carol works at Wilson Health as a Nurse Manager same day surgery & PACU Preadmissions testing. Lauren Lee of Sidney. Lauren works as a HR Generalist for Freshway Foods. Mike Rosengarten of Sidney works for the Sidney Police Department as Police Captain., and Linda Searls of Greenville. Linda is AVP Load Processing Manager at Greenville Federal Bank.
Top: Carol Johnston, Mike Rosengarten,
Bottom: Linda Searls, Lauren Lee

The returning board members include: Peggy Baird of Sidney. Peggy works At Emerson Wagner Realty as a realtor. Chad Beanblossom of Greenville. Chad works at Edison Community College as the Executive Director. Cathy Bevan of Troy. Cathy works as Vice President of Human Resources for Emerson Climate Technologies. Velina Bogart of Sidney. Velina is Coordinator of Early College Programs at Edison Community College. Jane Carroll of Greenville. Jane works for Midmark Corporation as Post market Survelliance Supervisor. Barbara Dulworth from Sidney. Works for the City of Sidney as Community Serrive Director. Terri Flood works as Director of Marketing & Communications for Wayne Healthcare in Greenville. Keith & Peggy Foutz of Greenville. Keith is the President and Publisher for Brothers Publishing and Peggy is Administrative Specialist for Financial Achievement Services, Inc. , David Keiser of Versailles. David is owner of Littman-Thomas Inc. James Lehmkuhl’ of Sidney. James is employed as a Controller at Edison Community College. Tom Martin is President of Sidney & Troy Body Carstar and is from Sidney. Angie Ross of Sidney. Angie works at Money Concepts where she is the Client Relationship Specialist. Lesley Schweitzer works at US Bank as the Commercial Operations Supervisor and is from Sidney. Tonya Slonaker of Sidney. Tonya works for the Russia schools as a guidance counselor. Mike Snyder of Greenville. Mike is retired. Melissa Wood of Sidney is employed as an Associate Attorney for Sell, Hegemann & Zimmerman Co. LPA. Greg Zechar of Greenville. Greg works as the Funeral Director for Zechar Bailey Funeral Homes.

Board Members play an intricate role in ensuring the success of our Big Brothers Big Sisters program. The mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County is to make a positive difference in the lives of children and youth, primarily through a professionally-supported one-to-one relationship with a caring adult, and to assist them in achieving their highest potential as they grow to become confident, competent, and caring individuals, by providing committed volunteers, national leadership, and standards of excellence.

There are currently 35 children in Shelby and Darke Counties waiting to be matched with an adult mentor. If you would like to play a vital role as a role model in a child’s life please call (937) 492-7611 or (937) 547-9622.

Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy to begin at Edison State

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The Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy at Edison State Community College is now accepting applications for the 21-week program that will prepare students for a career in law enforcement.

Students of the program will meet for six days each week beginning in January and, upon successful completion, will graduate from the program in June. The curriculum of the program is certified by the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission (OPOTC) and covers all aspects of law enforcement training including administration, firearms, subject control, and investigation.

Completed applications must be received by November 29. Per the State of Ohio regulations, new regulation requires applicants to pass a physical assessment on either November 30 or December 1. The spring academy will begin January 9 and conclude June 9, 2016.

For more information or to apply, contact Veronica French at or call 937.778.7865.

The Pitsburg Church of the Brethren will host the Hoosier Harmony Quartet on Sunday, November 6, 2016 @ 6 PM.

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In April 2003, Hoosier Harmony Quartet was formed, bringing a fresh and exciting approach to Southern Gospel Quartet music in the Midwest. Since that time, Hoosier Harmony has continued to proclaim the gospel of God’s forgiving grace to congregations and events from Michigan to Tennessee and Illinois to Ohio. The members of Hoosier Harmony, Tom Correll (Tenor), Johnathon Dodrill (Lead), Johnny Dodrill (Baritone) and Steve Bahler (Bass and Manager) are true examples of what God’s Grace and Forgiveness can do in the lives of individuals. If you love Southern Gospel Quartet music, especially the “old songs”, you will love the harmony and testimony of the Hoosier Harmony Quartet.

The church is located at the west edge of Pitsburg, Ohio at 8376 Pitsburg-Laura Road. (mailing address is Arcanum, 45304) The public is invited to come and listen to this nationally known gospel singing quartet.

Naturally Fit Series with DCP

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Simply walking can help alleviate depression and
anxiety and helps boost mood.
Darke County Parks is hosting a series of fitness programs called Naturally Fit occurring the fourth Monday of every month. Everyone wants to lead healthier lives and spend more time outdoors. However, workout machines aren’t always environmentally friendly, and gyms aren’t very exciting. Besides, sometimes life just gets in the way! Use these programs as an “excuse” to schedule time outside and get moving. Each of these programs focuses more on fitness than nature, with everyone moving at their own pace, whether that’s one loop or ten. The October program will take place October 24th at 4:30pm at Shawnee Prairie Preserve which has more than two miles of trails through woods and mature prairies. The park is located on State Route 502 West just outside of Greenville. Meet there, and don’t forget to bring a water bottle.

Friday, October 21, 2016


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Greenville, Ohio – Wayne HealthCare was awarded accreditation from the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP), an independent, accreditation organization recognized by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). It earned this distinction after the HFAP conducted an extensive and objective review of the quality and safety Standards of Wayne HealthCare.

“Wayne HealthCare clearly demonstrates a commitment to quality patient care,” said Lawrence Haspel, DO Chairman of the Bureau of Healthcare Facilities Accreditation for the HFAP. “We base our decision on federal standards, as well as recognized national standards for patient safety, quality improvement, and environmental safety. Wayne HealthCare met or exceeded the standards in every case.”

“We’re proud to achieve this prestigious distinction,” said Wayne Deschambeau, CEO and President of Wayne HealthCare. “The awarding of the HFAP accreditation is a significant achievement that recognizes our commitment to providing outstanding care to our patients and our community. In fact, quality is consistently the priority focus in our strategic plans and goals.”

About The HFAP:
The Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP) is a nationally recognized not-for-profit accreditation organization with deeming authority from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Originally created in 1945, the HFAP is the oldest accrediting body in the country. The HFAP surveying process and standards benefit from oversight by a wide range of medical professionals, including both allopathic and osteopathic disciplines. The HFAP accreditation is recognized by the federal government, state governments, managed care organizations, and insurance companies. For more information about the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Programs, go to:

In 2015, the HFAP was acquired by the Accreditation Association, a family of organizations committed to developing standards to advance and promote patient safety, quality care and value for health care through peer-based accreditation processes, education and research. Accreditation Association organizations include the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC), Accreditation Association for Hospitals/Health Systems (AAHHS), AAAHC Institute for Quality Improvement and Acreditas Global.

About Wayne HealthCare:
Wayne HealthCare is a rural, nonprofit acute care hospital located in Greenville, Ohio. The hospital provides inpatient, outpatient and emergency services to patients in the Darke County community. Services include a nationally recognized cancer center, telemedicine, outpatient rehabilitation, diagnostic imaging, obstetrics, perioperative services and community wellness. With approximately 450 employees and 250 credentialed providers, Wayne HealthCare is proud to be the sole independent hospital in Darke County.

Help Wanted at Family Health

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Certified Medical Assistant (CMA)
Monday-Friday (40 hour + Saturday rotation)
Must be a team player and patient oriented.
Job requires front office and back office responsibilities.
Experience preferred
Qualified applicants, please send resume to

Upcoming Events at The Arcanum Public Library

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The Arcanum Public Library has several programs going on until the end of October. There is something for everyone. Bring your preschoolers to StoryTime on Monday mornings. Come for stories, songs, crafts and fun! On October 24th, there will be two sessions. One session is at 10:00am and one at 11:00am. For the StoryTime on October 31st, call the library for times and more details. Also on Mondays is the after school club for kids in grades 1-4. Afterwords will be on October 24th and October 31st from 3:45 – 4:45pm. Kids can come after school to visit with friends, play games, have a snack and make some crafts.

The newest after school program, TNT, is for those in grades 5 and up. This group meets on Thursdays from 3:00 – 4:30pm. October 27th will have a Halloween theme. Come for a movie, some Halloween Bingo, and more!

There will be a great program designed for adults on Wednesday, October 26th, from 10:00am – 11:00am. Come for a Halloween coloring session and relax with some beverages and snacks. Supplies are provided, but feel free to bring your own.

There will be one more crochet session for October. On Thursday the 27th, you can meet with others at 6:30pm to learn the basics, work on a project, or find out how to finish one.

The staff at the library has put together a display of baby pictures of themselves, which will be out for the rest of the month. Come on in and see if you can guess which staff member goes with which picture!

As always, give the library a call at 937-692-8484 if you have any questions. You can also check out our website at or find us on Facebook!

Bats at October Park P.A.L.S.

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Active Little Brown Bats eat half of their body weight per night, and lactating females eat more than their body weight per night.
Darke County Park District invites children in kindergarten through 2nd grade to join them on October 29th from 10am to noon to explore bats during Park P.A.L.S! With Halloween myths and everyday legends, the bat has a wicked reputation. Come learn why bats are actually beneficial and what we can do to help keep them in our backyards. Explore bat biology, and take a peek around Shawnee Prairie to see if there are any winged residents sleeping the day away.

Park P.A.L.S. is a series of monthly programs designed for students of this age group who are interested in nature. P.A.L.S. stands for Practicing And Learning Stewardship, and its mission is to develop future earth stewards through meaningful educational opportunities and hands-on experiences in the natural world. A fee of $3 is charged for the program, and registration is required.

For any questions about the Park P.A.L.S. program or any other park district programs or to register for the October class, please call the nature center at (937) 548-0165.


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God is not distant or aloof. On the contrary, through the ministry of Jesus, God enters our painful situations to bring healing and redemption. Balancing sound biblical exposition with sensitive pastoral care, Dr. Stephen Seamands, author of the book Wounds That Heal, examines the profound implications of Jesus' crucifixion for our healing and restoration. Because Jesus experienced abuse, shame and rejection, he understands the hurts we experience today. And his response to pain and suffering gives us hope that we too can experience forgiveness and new life. Filled with real-life stories of people’s brokenness and healing, Wounds That Heal offers comfort for our wounded souls. Ultimately, we take heart that God not only understands our pain but has done something about it. Encounter here the promise that the wounds of Jesus are wounds that heal.

Dr. Seamands is presenting a workshop based on this book that demonstrates how God enters our lives through Jesus' crucifixion---and brings healing and redemption. This workshop is an event in EUM's Engage Discipleship Summit, a discipleship ministry of the church. It will take place at EUM Church, 1451 Sater Street, Greenville, Ohio on Saturday, October 29 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. The cost is $20 per person. For more information or to register for this workshop, visit

Dr. Stephen Seamands currently serves as professor of Christian Doctrine at Asbury Theological Seminary. Prior to assuming a teaching position at the seminary in 1983, he pastored United Methodist churches in Linwood, Florence, and Elmer in southern New Jersey for eleven years. Steve is known for gracefully merging the classical and the practical. His courses on theology and doctrine are taught with a scholar’s mind and a pastor’s heart.

The son of missionary parents, Steve was born and grew up in India. In addition to teaching and working with seminary students, Steve is actively engaged in leading seminars and retreats and conducting spiritual renewal events in local churches across the U.S. He also has a deep concern for the spiritual needs of pastors and Christian leaders.

Steve has developed a particular interest in the areas of emotional healing, spiritual warfare, and intercessory prayer. His workshops, “The Healing Power of Forgiveness,” and “Overcoming Barriers to Receiving God’s Love,” which he has presented at scores of churches and conferences, have ministered deeply to the brokenness in people’s lives.

Jeff Harper is Lead Pastor at EUM Church. 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 and a traditional worship service is Sunday 9:45 am at the Downtown Campus at 111 Devor 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. The Downtown Campus, 111 Devor Street, houses the offices. For more information, visit or call 548-3211.

Helping the Monarch Butterfly

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You may have heard the plight of the Monarch Butterfly over the last few years. With their wintering grounds in peril from logging, weather, and human encroachment.

There are ways that we can help, even in Darke County. Starting on September 1st thru October 30st The Darke County Soil and Water Conservation District has be collecting seed pods from the Common Milkweed plant. Whether as an individual or a group you can still make a difference in the Monarch Butterfly population by collecting these pods. The Darke S.W.C.D. will be collecting these pods and sending them away to be dried and cleaned. A portion of these seed will be send back to Darke County to be incorporated with other seed mixes to be planted for pollinator species.

If you would like to help please call the Darke Soil and Water Conservation District at (937 )548 – 1752 or follow us facebook, twitter, or our website at to find out where the seed pods can be dropped off.


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Darke County Center for the Arts will present America's favorite cowboys, Riders In the Sky, for two performances at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville on Saturday, November 12 and Sunday, November 13.

Darke County Center for the Arts will present America's favorite cowboys, Riders In the Sky, for two performances at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville on Saturday, November 12 and Sunday, November 13. The Saturday show is a salute to Roy Rogers, and features film clips of Roy's greatest moments on screen as well as the songs that the western icon made famous; the salute to “The King of the Cowboys” begins at 8 p.m. The following day at 2 p.m., the Riders will deliver a special performance aimed at youngsters; their “Roundup at Kids Corral” features their Grammy-Award winning music from Toy Story 2 and Monsters Inc., as well as rope tricks and laugh-out-loud humor.

“DCCA has brought Riders In the Sky to St. Clair Memorial Hall multiple times for many good reasons; these guys are extremely talented, present a delightful, fun-filled show representing the best of American values, and usually sell out the house,” said Keith Rawlins, DCCA Artistic Director. “We are really excited about the special show for kids and their families, which will simply provide a good time “The Cowboy Way” at a very economical ticket price,” Mr. Rawlins concluded.

According to DCCA officials, Riders in the Sky's “Salute to Roy Rogers, King of the Cowboys” will trigger memories for those who grew up idolizing the Ohio native, while introducing new generations to a wonderful man and artist. In addition to providing fun facts about the life of the Hollywood star, the performance will highlight Roy Rogers' influence on a generation of musicians and entertainers.
Audience participation will be a component of “Roundup at Kids Corral,” with quartet members Ranger Doug, Too Slim, Woody Paul, and accordionist Joey, the CowPolka King displaying their quick wit as well as their musical expertise.

Sponsors for Riders in the Sky's tribute to Roy Rogers are Coppock-Hole Trust and Greenville Technology Inc., while “Roundup at Kids Corral” is sponsored by Family Health. Additionally, the Ohio Arts Council helped fund these programs with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. DCCA also receives funding from the Harry D. and Esther Stephens Memorial, Ketrow Foundation, and Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust Fund, as well as DCCA memberships.

Tickets for the Riders in the Sky Salute to Roy Rogers are $30; tickets for “Roundup at Kids Corral” are $10, both can be purchased by contacting DCCA at 937-547-0908 or, or at DCCA's office located within Greenville Public Library, as well as online at

Cancer Association of Darke County to Hold Annual Gospel Sing

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Cancer Association of Darke County will hold their annual Gospel Sing on November 6 at St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville at 3 pm. Fair Haven Quartet and Everett Gates along with several others will be sharing their message in song during that time.

Admission is free with a freewill offering. Refreshments will be served along with a bake sale.

The public is invited.

Proceeds will go to help local cancer patients.

The Fair Haven Quartet is one of the most dedicated, sincere and exciting quartets in gospel music today. Since the beginning of their music ministry in 2004 the quartet has traveled extensively to churches throughout Kentucky, Tennessee and Ohio and established themselves as one of the premier gospel quartets in southeast Kentucky. Their recordings feature a blend of original songs and fresh arrangements to traditional hymns and gospel classics. The tight harmony and dynamic, convention-style sound is both refreshing and uplifting.

Everett Gates was born and raised in Darke County Ohio, a song writer starting in high school, songs that competed with groups like the Beach Boys, Dick Dale and the Del Tones. “Mean Machine” was his first song and then a song “ I Loved and Lost.” He was a high school basketball coach at Mississinawa Valley and also coached at Daleville Ind , where he became friends with the family of Joey Feek. Joey was a Gospel singer in the singing country d uo of Rory and Joey Feek. When Everett found out she was in fourth stage cancer he wrote a song for her called “He Made You.”He will perform this song at the Gospel Sing. Country gospel singer Joey Feek passed away March 4th 2016.


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VHCC long-term care resident, Mary Ritter,
and tribute artist, Jason Griffith, as “Elvis”.
Versailles Health Care Center residents, patients, family, friends, and staff recently enjoyed a visit from tribute artist, Jason Griffith, as Elvis. Griffith is from Robbins, Tennessee and travels cross country entertaining folks with his Elvis songs and dance.

Long-term care resident, Mary Ritter, shared, “I loved it! What a wonderful afternoon and a great performance.” Versailles Health Care Center’s goal is to offer exciting new opportunities for everyone to join in and share memorable experiences with each other. Scheduling exciting entertainers from all over the country is a great way to enhance the programming offered in our community.

Kim Fair, Activity Director, added “It is a great pleasure to see so many people enjoying one of our activities. People from different communities came out to this particular event to see Elvis, and I want to make sure that everyone knows that they are always welcome to come to any VHCC event and join in on all the fun. I love it when the neighbors call to find out what is going on. ”

Versailles Health Care Center is a skilled nursing and rehabilitation center that offers long-term care, short-term rehab services, and outpatient therapy. If you are interested in learning more about Versailles Health Care Center, please call 937.526.5570, or visit on the web at

Winner's Sandwiches at Greenville Football Game

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The Friends of Harmon Field will be serving Winner's famous marinated pork tenderloin sandwiches ($5.00) and bacon cheeseburgers ($4.00) starting at 6pm until sold out on Friday, October 21 at the Greenville vs Troy game. These are the same sandwiches you love at the Great Darke County Fair. Follow the delicious smells to the grill at the north concession stand. Proceeds go to the Friends of Harmon Field.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Watch the League of Women Voters of Darke County's Local Candidates Night Debates Here

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"Broken Ground" to Perform at Arcanum Faith United Methodist Church

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“Broken Ground”, the praise band from the Mt. Blanchard UMC, will be returning to the Arcanum Faith United Methodist Church, 101 East South St., Sunday, Oct. 30.

This highly acclaimed Findlay area praise band will be leading the 10:00 a.m. worship service.

All are invited to join us for beautiful music, and good fellowship.

Deadus Canby Returns to New Madison Public Library for Spooky Storytime

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One of the area’s favorite storytellers will be telling tales around the campfire at NMPL following Trick or Treat in New Madison. Deadus Canby will appear behind the library at 4:00 PM on Sunday, October 30. Bring a chair or blanket and join us for some good, old-fashioned Halloween fun sponsored by the Friends of the Library.


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National Physical Therapy Month is a nationwide observance held each October by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). National Physical Therapy Month is designed to recognize the impact that physical therapists and physical therapists assistants make in restoring and improving people’s lives through physical therapy. This year’s celebration provides an opportunity to raise awareness about the risks of opioids and physical therapy as a safe alternative. According to APTA, America is in the midst of a devastating opioid epidemic, and physical therapy has been identified as part of the solution by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the US Surgeon General. Physical therapy is a safe, non-opioid alternative to managing chronic pain conditions, including low back pain, hip and knee osteoarthritis, and fibromyalgia.

Physical therapists examine the patients and develop a plan to provide treatment techniques to promote movement, reduce pain, restore function and prevent disability. Physical therapists can also develop fitness and wellness programs for a more healthy and active lifestyle.

Falls among the elderly are prevalent, dangerous, and can diminish their ability to lead an active and independent life. According to the National Aging Council, about one in three seniors above age 65, and nearly one in two seniors over age 80, will fall at least once this year, many times with disastrous consequences. Physical therapists can help prevent falls by designing an individualized program of exercises and activities with an emphasis on strength, flexibility, and proper gait. Balance may be improved with exercises that strengthen the ankle, knee, and hip muscles and with exercises that improve the function of the vestibular (balance) system. The physical therapist also may teach specific strengthening and balance exercises that can be performed at home.

Whether it is working on balance and strengthening to prevent falls, recovering from a stroke or a sports injury, healing after a fractured hip or regaining strength after a recent hospitalization, the physical therapy team at Versailles Health Care Center work together to help their patients achieve the highest level of independence with mobility. The Rehab Clinic at Versailles Health Care Center has three physical therapists on staff, Gina Boerger, Stephanie Goubeaux, and Stephen Winner, as well as five physical therapist assistants, Tayler Crawford, Jennifer Everman, Rachel Francis, Phil Gessner, and Beth Hirn. The Rehab Clinic at VHCC offers inpatient and outpatient physical therapy to people of all ages and is open seven days a week. Specialty programs offered are Parkinson’s Therapy Program, Vestibular (Balance) Rehab Therapy, Sports Medicine, Cardiac Recovery, Pulmonary Rehab, Stroke Recovery, Wound Care, Orthopedic-Joint Replacement Therapy, and much more. If you are interested in learning more about the physical therapy services at The Rehab Clinic at Versailles Health Care Center, call 937-526-0130 or visit

Edison Foundation Supports Student Scholarships

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Stan Evans, Chairman of the Foundation Board, presents a check worth $101,325 to Edison State President Dr. Doreen Larson and Edison State Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees Tom Milligan.
The Edison Foundation presented Edison State Community College with a check for $101,325 to support student scholarships. These funds are a percentage of the Foundation's asset pool, which continues to grow thanks to the financial support of the surrounding community.

Scholarships are administered by the Edison Foundation and are typically bestowed or endowed by individuals, corporate partners, and civic organizations to support nearly 100 students annually.

"Dollars invested in students are dollars invested in preparing a skilled workforce," said Rick Hanes, Vice President of Business and Community Partnerships. "It is through scholarship opportunities that the Edison Foundation helps bridge the gap between a student's dreams and their reality. We want to see students reach their goals while being left with as little financial burden as possible."

It is the mission of the Edison Foundation to assist Edison State Community College in meeting its educational and community service goals. The Foundation accomplishes this through the identification, cultivation, and solicitation of corporate, foundation and individual donors, and by communicating the goals and needs of the college to the communities of Darke, Miami and Shelby counties.

For more information about scholarship opportunities or to help support local students, visit

Darke GOP Chairman Speaks to Darke County Republican Women's Club

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Keith Threewits, Chairman of the Darke County Republican Party was the October guest speaker for the Darke County Republican Women's Club.

Members shared some of their concerns facing the country followed by Mr. Threewits sharing his thoughts regarding a portion of the Declaration of Independence.

Private Pesticide Applicator Workshops

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Do you need to become a licensed private applicator??

  • Are you applying restricted-use pesticides to your land to produce an agricultural commodity?
  • Are you applying restricted-use pesticides to grain bins, ponds or around livestock on your farm?

If “yes”, then you NEED to become a licensed private applicator.

Licensing is required to ensure that applicators responsibly use restricted-use pesticides.

Several workshops are scheduled to help participants prepare for the pesticide applicator test. Classes are scheduled for Wednesday, November 2 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the Darke County Extension Learning Center, 603 Wagner Avenue, Greenville, Ohio, or Tuesday, November 29 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. or 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the second floor meeting room of the Central Services Building at 220 W. Livingston St. in Celina, Ohio.

This workshop will provide participants with the necessary study materials to prepare to take the core section of the Private Pesticide Applicator test. The core section of the test covers the basics of pesticide application from reading the label to safety and environmental protection. The class will also review the steps in determining rate calculations. Interested participants must pre-register by calling Darke County OSU Extension at 937-548-5215 or Mercer County OSU Extension at 419-586-2179.
For more information about OSU Extension, Darke County, visit the Darke County OSU Extension web site at, the OSU Extension Darke County Facebook page or contact Sam Custer, at 937.548.5215.
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