Thursday, July 24, 2014

MetLife blimp spotted in southern Darke County

Some of you in southern Darke County might have spotted the MetLife "Snoopy 1" blimp late Thursday afternoon. The blimp was headed east (and maybe a little north) - to parts unknown - since the MetLife blimp schedule is not quite up-to-date. Any guesses?

WTGR's Community Ties - Mayor Mike Bowers

Mike Bowers, Mayor of the City of Greenville, was the guest on this morning's Community ties on WTGR. He and Alex Mikos discuss the multitude of festivals going on in the area this weekend and in the near future, starting with this morning's sidewalk sales, as well as the Annie Oakley Festival and the Gathering at Garst.

Mayor Bowers also discusses the recent string of arsons, which recently seems to have peaked when 7 cars were set on fire on Tuesday morning. He talks about neighborhood watches and other activities that residents can do to help deter crime and unwanted behavior. The Mayor also touches on recent economic development projects, running down several companies who are expanding and building in our area.

Darke County Civic Theatre to Present Melodrama at the Annie Oakley Festival

The Darke County Civic Theatre is proud to present their annual summer melodrama at the Annie Oakley Festival, as it has been for many years. This year the festival moves out to York Woods at 1629 Reed Rd. at the corner of US Rt. 127 and Reed Rd. The melodrama will be held in the largest tent, and the organization is very excited about the move and to be performing in a tent once again. This year’s melodrama, titled “Haunted Hijinks or The Ghastly Ghost of Dead Man’s Gulch” is being put on by local actors who are very excited to be putting on this locally written melodrama.

The play takes place in present day Dead Man’s Gulch, an old west town that’s been bought by the villainous Mel Evolant (Sandy Hartley). Mel and her accomplices, Claire Voyant (Karen Hamilton) and Manny Fest (Matt Cline) hatch a plot to find the treasure of the old west outlaw Willie the Kid (Lacey Snyder). To accomplish this Mel needs a ring owned by a history teacher named Archie Ology (Jackson Aukerman), who brings a few students and the school librarian Dustee Tome (Danielle Sink) along for the ride. The plan only becomes more complex when more guests show up, including an explosion happy movie producer, old west obsessed fanatics, and a bickering married couple on their way to the honeymoon. Very soon the whole Inn is full of crazy characters and spooky sounds as all kinds of haunted hijinks break loose.

The rest of this fun and talented cast include the three students: Jennifer Gibson as Velma Blake, Drew Burns as Ray Spangler, and Mike Hamilton as Casper Spectral. Dan Cline plays the crazed groundskeeper Hannibal Poe, while Simon Hoying and Did Howell bring to life Hector Plasm and Levy Tation, the argumentative couple. Trevor DeSchepper and Connie DeSchepper play Michael Day and Cam Eras, the loud mouth movie producer and his camera woman, while Mark Howell plays the bumbling Sheriff Smith N. Wesson. Rounding out this fun filled cast is Abby Kindley, playing Perry Normal, and Lacey Snyder also playing Abby Normal, the old west fanatics.

This play was written by Arcanum resident and DCCT member Jackson Aukerman. This is Jackson’s third melodrama with the group in as many years, and previously to that was a four year member of the Arcanum High School Drama Club. He has enjoyed being a member of the group, and has a lot of fun every year spending the summer with the group working on the play. Jackson is very excited and honored to have his play being produced by the group, and is very happy to have such a great cast putting on the show. He hopes to see many members of the community there to hopefully have a few good laughs and enjoy the show.

The first show is July 24th at 7:30 pm, with following shows on the 25th at 7:30 pm, July 26th at 3 and 7:30 pm, and July 27th at 1 pm. The melodrama is free to watch with a paid admission to the festival. For more information you can contact the director Dane Leeper at (937) 621-4916, or go to For information on the Annie Oakley festival visit The Civic Theater is very excited to bring the community this fun filled melodrama and hopes to see many people there.

Folks Wait Patiently for The Legendary Sidewalk Sale at KitchenAid

Today has been a busy day downtown, and it started bright and early...

Hospice Women’s Giving Circle Helps with Grants to Program Needs

Pictured, back row, left to right Ted Bauer, Executive Director, State of the Heart Hospice, Millie Stammen, Mary Ann Koesters, Ryan Gathard, Fund Development Director, State of the Heart, Linda Newbauer, Joy Marchal, and Toni Heggie. Front row, left to right, Kay Girbert, Eunice Steinbrecher.
The State of the Heart Hospice Women’s Giving Circle, a group of women who are ongoing financial supporters of the local nonprofit agency, recently met and granted two program needs for State of the Heart. The Women’s Giving Circle was established earlier this year with goal of granting program needs which cannot be met otherwise.

The Giving Circle granted $1,100 for grief support books to be given to those attending State of the Heart’s Growing Through Grief sessions, and granted $1,900 to purchase new software for publication design work for the agency. The software currently being used by State of the Heart is seven years old and is no longer completely compatible with various printing vendors and publication companies.

Each year, State of the Heart conducts Growing Through Grief sessions at the agency’s offices in Greenville, Portland and Coldwater. In each case, participants in the past have been expected to purchase grief support books when they leave the class. The grant will provide 100 books which will be given free to those attending the group sessions. Bereavement support is an important service provided by State of the Heart.

State of the Heart has a communications specialist who creates all of the brochures and educational materials needed by the agency for the public. The new software will bring the agency in line with current design software needs, enabling quicker turnaround time and better quality products.

“This was the first meeting of the Women’s Giving Circle,” stated Ryan Gathard, Fund Development Director for State of the Heart. “It was gratifying to have several applications from our various departments submitted. The members of the Giving Circle carefully weighed the needs of each request and other possible funding options in making their decision,” he added.

An incentive to becoming a member of the Women’s Giving Circle, he explained, is that the members of the Giving Circle make the decisions about how they want the funds used in meeting program needs. The group will meet annually to decide on grant distribution.

“We are seeking new members of for the Giving Circle,” Gathard said. “The Giving Circle offers a unique opportunity to make a contribution to our agency, then the members can say how they want those funds used to carry out the mission of State of the Heart.” For information about the Giving Circle contact him at 1-800-713-7535 or email him at

Group Lifestyle Balance Information Session Planned

The Group Lifestyle Balance Program is a ten month program to assist with weight loss and to lower your risk of disease. Participants will work towards achieving the following goals: 1) Increase physical activity to a minimum of 150 minutes a week and 2) Weight loss goal of minimum of 7% body weight. As a result of making healthy lifestyle changes many individuals do lose weight, as well as reduce their risk for diabetes and heart disease.

The program is designed to help individuals reach and maintain a healthy balance by learning to make lifestyle changes through eating, physical activity, and behavioral changes. The program teaches individuals facts about healthy eating and being active. Participants will learn what makes it hard to eat healthy, and be active. The instructors will help by providing support and knowledge for individuals to succeed.

The 23 class sessions will be provided weekly for 12 weeks, then twice a month for three months and finally once a month. This schedule will help individuals make lifestyle changes with the support, accountability, and feedback provided during the classes.

The program will begin on August 26, 2014. Each session will be held on Tuesdays from 4pm to 5pm at Wayne HealthCare. The cost of the program is $250 ($11 per session). A payment system is available. This fee covers: 23 educational sessions, class materials, pedometer, food and exercise trackers, Calorie King Book, and Thera band.

If you are interested in learning more about the Group Lifestyle Balance Program consider attending an information session on July 29, 2014 at 4pm in the 3rd Floor Conference Room at Wayne HealthCare. Please call 937-547-5750 for more information or if you are unable to attend the meeting.

Mid Growing Season Observations

On Monday, July 21, I had the opportunity to pull corn leaves from one of our side dress manure plots to determine the nutrient level reaching the developing ear.

I would first like to share this was the first time that I have spent a considerable amount of time in a corn field in the middle of July since I was a kid when the replacement heifers got out of the pasture and moved into the corn field.

I share with you that while making my way thru the 60 acre corn field, with corn easily ten foot tall and planted in three different directions I experienced three things: 1. Anxiousness: could I find our treatments and could I find my way out; 2. Heavy pollination: I was plastered by the yellow corn pollen as I moved thru the corn; 3. Great looking corn: almost every stalk in the manure side dressed corn had shot two good ears.

Gary Schnitkey, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics University of Illinois, reported last week that the U.S. Department of Agriculture released a revised World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report on July 11, 2014. In this report, the 2014 Market Year Average (MYA) price for corn is projected to fall between $3.65 per bushel and $4.35 per bushel. Revenues and farmer returns are estimated for prices in this range given an average and high yield. Crop insurance and commodity title payments are included in estimates. Given this price range, there is about a $100 per acre range in which per acre returns can fall. Farmer returns likely are negative for cash rented farmland, given that costs are near average. Farmer returns for share rented farmland likely will be low.

Although the corn field I was in on Monday looked like it would have tremendous yields I would share that I have seen more fields in the county that I believe will be closer to average in yields. This being a result of the “roller coaster” emergence and the water damage that many of the corn fields experienced.

Darke County soybean fields are beginning to look better as we get a few more dry days and heat. The “wet feet” the soybeans had in June made it difficult for them to get going. August rains will be critical for pod fill and yield potential.

Last year we had ideal rainfall in June. Then for much of the county it turned dry in July and August. Below you will find a graph showing rainfall from April 15 to July 22 for 2013 and 2014 for several locations in the county.

Finally, how do the grain prices compare; as you can expect, they are significantly lower than last year. USDA Price Received Charts indicate that corn is down from last year from $6.79 to $4.37 and soybeans from $15.30 to $14.10. And looking into December futures corn is trading at $3.72 and November soybeans are trading at $10.71.

Taking a contrasting look, lean hog prices are up from $89 to $125 and live cattle are also up from $127 to $154 in the past year.

So what does all this mean? Farmers paying cash rent will find it difficult to show a return to land costs in their budgets. Livestock farmers raising their own feeders will show profits in 2014.

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.

Hummingbird Banding First Hand

53 times a second... that’s how many wingbeats a Ruby-throated Hummingbird averages. Join the Darke County Parks on Saturday, August 2nd at 9:00am as we welcome Alan Chartier. Alan will once again attempt to band the “hummers” of Shawnee Prairie Preserve. After an introductory presentation explaining his on-going research on hummingbirds, Alan will check his specially designed hummingbird traps. This program offers a unique up-close look at our fascinating hummingbirds and a lucky individual may even get to help release a bird after banding. Due to the stress placed on the birds and bander, we regret that we must limit ages to 8 years old and up. Call the Nature Center TODAY at 937.548.0165 to reserve your spot as space is limited in this extremely popular program. The fee is $2 per person. For more information on this and other programs offered by the Darke County Park District, call the Nature Center or visit our website at

Reid Rehab fall prevention class helps patient say goodbye to walker

Linda Gaddis
Linda Gaddis isn’t planning to go dancing any time soon, but thanks to a specialized exercise class called Fallproof™, she is walking with a lot more confidence lately.

Walking hasn’t always been a challenge for Linda. In fact, this retired schoolteacher has always been active, even since being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis 20 years ago. But a few years ago, she developed back problems and eventually underwent two spinal surgeries. While doing physical therapy at Reid Rehab, Linda found she really liked physical therapist Darcey Garno.

“I was really comfortable with Darcey and felt like therapy was helping me get stronger,” said Linda, who lives in Richmond with her husband, David. “Still, I had to use a walker to get around, and I didn’t like that. When Darcey told me about a new class she was teaching called Fallproof, I decided to give it a try.”

Fallproof is a great fit for Linda. The 12-week class meets twice a week for an hour and includes exercises to increase strength and balance, practice walking on uneven surfaces, conversations about how to prevent falls, and much more. “The class was intense, and Darcey sometimes pushed us to the limit,” Linda said. “There were just four of us in the class, so she was able to focus on our individual needs. I liked the camaraderie of the group, too.”

Linda, like all Fallproof participants, underwent an assessment before her first class. She received a score of 7 out of 40 for balance, a score that improved to 14 out of 40 after her last class of the session. She also increased her walking speed from 1.8 feet per second to 3.4 feet per second.

These days, Linda can get around her house without a walker or a cane, although she takes her cane with her when she does errands or goes out to coffee with David. “Fallproof has helped me in a lot of ways, and was a really positive experience,” she said. “I am going to take the class again, because I’m determined to keep getting better.”

Is Fallproof Right for You?
Reid Hospital’s 12-week Fallproof class improves balance, flexibility and strength to help participants overcome their fear of falling and build confidence so that they can be as independent as possible. The class incorporates group activities and can be a lot of fun. It meets twice a week for 12 weeks and takes place at Reid Rehab, 2021 Chester Blvd.

Anyone who has fallen or is worried about falling should consider taking this class. Those who are interested will be asked to come in for a screening to make sure the class is a good fit for their needs. The class is designed for people with a moderate risk of falling; those who are considered high risk might want to consider one-on-one physical therapy.

For more information or to register for Fallproof, please call Reid Rehab at (765) 983-3092.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

WTGR's Community Ties - The Gathering at Garst

The topic of today's Community Ties on WTGR is this weekend's 4th Annual Gathering at Garst. Host Alex Mikos is joined by Gathering committee member CJ Jasenski, who runs down the many activities, foods, crafts, and demonstrations that can be found there.

Listen below, and learn more about The Gathering at Garst at their webpage and like them on Facebook.

Suspect Named in Car Fires, Investigation Continues

As a follow-up to the information released yesterday, the Greenville Police Department has made one arrest. Josh Willis is currently being held in the Mercer County Jail on a theft charge.

The investigation thus far has shown 8 vehicle fires and at least 7 thefts from vehicles which occurred in the early morning of July 22, 2014.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Greenville Police Department at 937-548-4150 (option 21), or the Darke County Crime Stoppers tipline at 937-547-1661. All callers may remain anonymous.

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STNA – JOB FAIR at Heartland of Greenville

Join us on:
Tuesday, July 29th ● 10am – 5pm
Heartland of Greenville,
243 Marion Drive
Greenville, OH 45331

Heartland of Greenville currently has FT and PT opportunities for Nurse Aides (STNAs). Complete your application today to join our team of excellent care givers!

Our candidate will possess the ability to communicate with patients and other staff members. Successful completion of a State approved Nursing Assistant Training and Competency Evaluation Program required. If you have passed your state exam, good standing in the state registry is also required. Prior experience as a nursing assistant preferred, but not required.

Interested candidates may apply in person or on-line at or you may copy this LINK into your browser:

We also have an opportunities for PRN RNs or LPNs. Experience preferred. Interviews have begun, so complete your application with us today!

HCR ManorCare provides a range of services, including skilled nursing care, assisted living, post-acute medical and rehabilitation care, hospice care, home health care and rehabilitation therapy. Our candidate is a state-licensed nursing professional and will be accountable for providing care in order to maintain the patients’ physical and emotional well-being. In return for your expertise, you’ll enjoy excellent training, industry-leading benefits and unlimited opportunities to learn and grow. Be a part of the team leading the nation in healthcare. Join our team today!

Heartland of Greenville, 243 Marion Drive, Greenville, OH 45331
For more information, please contact Human Resources: 937-548-3141
Apply online at ● EEO/Drug-Free Employer

Help Wanted at Joy FM

Business Underwriting Representative Position

Do you love Joy FM? Do you have a desire to use your talents in sales to help us impact our community for Christ? This may be the opportunity you’ve been praying about! Joy FM has a job opening for a business underwriting representative- someone who is great at building relationships and joining the business community with the mission and vision of Joy FM. If you’re not shy about asking business leaders to become a part of the Joy FM Support team and want to make a real difference in people’s lives, be sure and send your resume to Please no phone calls. Joy FM is an equal opportunity employer.

Bergers Awarded Ladybug Garden Club July Garden of the Month

Dr. Dan and Jeni Berger were awarded the July Garden of the Month by the Ladybug Garden Club for their knowledge, having the key to successful organic gardening and proving you can grow a lot in a small space! The Berger's moved to their home at 411 Ave. B in Greenville two years ago. They are the parents of Sally Ness (Joe) and Emily Shade (Aaron).

The couple not only grows a bountiful vegetable garden but have companion perennials of peonies, daisy, butterfly bush, phlox, cleome, hollyhock, Russian sage, daylilies, yarrow, coreopsis, rudbeckia and more.

Dr. Berger has always had a love for gardening which he learned from his father, Emery Berger. He grows endive from the seed of his father noting the seed companies stopped carrying this particular seed the year his father passed away in 2003. He has kept the seed from year to year and continues to grow it in their garden. The vegetable garden contains beets, carrots, rhubarb, Brussels sprouts, potatoes, snow peas, peppers, egg plant, "candy" onions, kale, asparagus, dill, Brandywine and Golden Jubilee tomatoes, and
leeks. An organic garden, done right, yields healthy, more vigorous growth and a more bountiful harvest.

Their constructed raised-bed delivers visual impact and plenty of space for plants to grow. The organic soil comes from Dan Young, Fresh Aire Farms of Union City. They use a compost bin for a neat and easy way to enrich their soil.

Their backyard retreat is a peaceful and relaxing deck near a water garden - all of the work is a reflection of the beautiful space they enjoy each day.

Western Ohio Manure Application Technology Field Day July 31st

Livestock producers and others interested in learning more about manure application technology are encouraged to attend the Western Ohio Manure Application Technology Field Day being held on Thursday, July 31st at Homan Inc at 69115 Olding Road, Maria Stein in Mercer County.

A morning educational program from 9:30am to 11:30am will be held at the Homan Inc barn. Topics will include Nutrient Management-National, State, and Local Perspectives: Senate Bill 150-On-farm impacts: Utilizing Manure Nutrients to Improve Nitrogen Utilization and Management: Cover Crop Selection to Conserve Nitrogen for the Following Year: and BioSecurity for Manure Applicators
An afternoon field day will last from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. Toolbars to incorporate manure such as the Yetter, Dietrich and Aerway will be demonstrated. Bazooka and KIFCO equipment will also be demonstrated. The afternoon field day will be repeated that evening from 6:00pm to 9:00pm.

Harrod Farms will have their VIT unit on display. This toolbar was used to sidedress (incorporate) swine manure into almost 100 acres of corn at the V1 stage this spring using a drag hose. Manure applied will be dairy or beef; no swine manure will be used.

Several farmers in Ohio have started sidedressing corn with livestock manure using a manure tanker and incorporation toolbar. Manure tankers can be adapted for corn rows by utilizing narrow wheels and wheel spacers. At this field day corn will be sidedressed using a tanker and Dietrich toolbar.

The field day will also discuss Cover Crops as a 2nd Forage. Cover crops are great for soil erosion control and they can also be a good source of additional livestock feed.

This field day is being organized by the Mercer County Extension office, the Grand Lake St Mary/Walbash River Watershed Alliance, and the Mercer County Soil & Water Conservation office. Certified Crop Advisor Credits and Certified Livestock Manager credits will be available.

There is no cost to attend the Western Ohio Manure Application Technology Field Day and preregistration is not necessary. Participants are asked to sign-in upon arrival to the site.

For more information contact the Mercer County OSU Extension office at 419-586-2179 or the Mercer County SWCD office at 419-586-3289. A flyer can be found at

Woodland Headbangers

Knock! Knock! Thump! We have seven species of woodpeckers we commonly see in Ohio and six of those are likely during the summer months. Join the Darke County Parks on Tuesday, July 29th at 7:00pm at Shawnee Prairie Preserve (4267 State Route 502 West) as we study adaptations of woodpeckers across the world and then delve into those local species. Come learn about our local headbangers and how they can drum all day long without a headache! This program is FREE! For more information on this or other programs offered by the Darke County Parks, call us at 937.548.0165 or visit our website at

Edison to host fall re-enrollment event

Edison Community College will host a special re-enrollment event on Tuesday, July 29, from 1–7 p.m. in the West Hall of the Piqua campus. It will feature a one-stop registration opportunity for students who were once enrolled at Edison.

This event is geared toward students who started pursuing an education from Edison but stopped attending before completing their degree. Returning students attending the event will be able to register for upcoming fall semester classes, design a personalized educational plan, meet with an advisor to discuss career and academic goals and enjoy lunch on Edison.

“We realize circumstances in life happen unexpectedly that may cause students to postpone their educational goals. This event provides an opportunity for former students to re-enroll and complete those goals,” said Stacey Bean, enrollment manager at Edison. “We look forward to welcoming students back who are still interested in pursuing a degree here at Edison.”

For more information about the registration process at Edison Community College, visit or speak to a Resource Specialist at 937-778-8600.

25th Annual United Way Golf Outing

Top: United Way golf committee with Farmers State Bank
sponsoring the $10,000 hole-in-one prize.
Middle: United Way Golf Committee and Turtle Creek
invite you to the 25th Annual Golf Outing,
Bottom: United Way Golf Committee with Dave Knapp Ford
sponsoring a car hole-in-one prize.
Mark your calendars for Monday, September 8, 2014 to play in the 25th Annual Golf Outing for the Darke County United Way with the help of our grand sponsor of the day: Whirlpool Corporation & The KitchenAid® Experience. The golf committee at the Darke County United Way is excited to be holding the 25th annual golf outing that day with all proceeds going to the 27 non-profit programs of the United Way for the 2015 campaign. The campaign goal this year is $375,000. The committee of Rodney Oda, Zach Newbauer, Dave Keiser, Mike Snyder, Steve Willman, Brian Griesdorn, Dave Connelly, Andy Brown, Matt Jordan, Kara Malone, Ellie Germain and Lauren Henry have begun plans for the event and are very anxious to fill the tournament. If you are interested in playing please contact the United Way at 937-547-1272 or email or call Rodney Oda at 548-3106. Participation is limited to the first 144 golfers for the tournament. The tournament tees off at 12:30pm at Turtle Creek Golf Course.

United Way is honored to have Whirlpool and The KitchenAid® Experience as the lead sponsor for this outing. United Way is also very excited to have the following co-sponsors helping make this event a success from the start including Anderson Ethanol, LLC, BASF, Boots Breaden, Brethren Retirement Community, Bruns Realty, Dave Knapp Ford Lincoln Mercury, Edward Jones, Family Health, Fry & Company, CPA’s, Greenville Federal, Greenville National Bank, Hittle Buick GMC, Mercer Savings Bank, Midmark Corporation, Second National Bank, The Farmers State Bank & Wayne HealthCare. The United Way also has an opportunity for other businesses to get involved by sponsoring tee signs for this event. Call the United Way for more information on sponsorships or donating prizes for raffles.

The golf outing is played as a handicap scramble. We would like golfers to register by August 25th. The outing includes a golfer gift, deli lunch, buffet style dinner, cart, and greens fees. This event is a blast and we have a great time with fun competitions such as longest putt, longest drive, hole-in-one, and two holes with prizes to win, including a car from Dave Knapp Ford Lincoln Mercury and a hole with $10,000 from Farmers State Bank. This is definitely a worthwhile event as you can enjoy a day of golf and your proceeds can give hope to 40% of Darke County residents including youth, seniors, those in crisis, and those seeking self-sufficiency.

Golfers, please help us make this our biggest outing yet and celebrate 25 years with us. Thank you all for your support. We encourage both teams and individuals to sign-up. Mulligans, pink tees, and buy the pro’s shot are also available for purchase. Now more than ever the United Way needs your partnership. Let’s LIVE UNITED Darke County as we try to reach our goal of $375,000 this fall.

WHIO's Report on Yesterday's Car Fires

While the Greenville Police Department have made an arrest, they still have not released the name of the person they think is connected to the rash of car fires and thefts that occurred early yesterday morning. Steve Baker from WHIO filed the below report on the events, including reaction from neighbors and victims.

Please, if you have to leave your car parked on the street: LOCK IT!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Bipartisan Proposal Would Ban Sale Of Powdered Alcohol In Ohio

Assistant Majority Whip Jim Buchy (R-Greenville) and State Rep. Ronald V. Gerberry (D-Austintown) have introduced legislation — House bill 594 — to prohibit the sale of powdered or crystalline alcohol in Ohio. Also known as Palcohol, the product is freeze-dried alcohol in powdered form that can be mixed with water to make a cocktail.

“The potential for abuse of this product far outweighs any value it may have in the marketplace,” said Rep. Gerberry. “Because the product is so small in size and weight, it could be easily concealed at school or other events where alcohol is prohibited. Palcohol could also be sprinkled into someone’s food or drink without their knowledge, or snorted through the nose to get an intense high. Powdered alcohol should not be on our store shelves, and I trust our colleagues will join us to address these concerns.”

Earlier this year, the US Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau approved Palcohol, but quickly rescinded its stance saying the approval had been made in error. After changing some packaging and label details, Palcohol is again seeking approval from the federal agency.

“The public health risk of powdered alcohol is too great for our state to ignore,” said Rep. Buchy. “We have to do our part to in putting forth reasonable laws that protect our children and prevent the availability of drug forms that have a higher potential for abuse.”

Alaska and South Carolina have already banned the sale of powdered alcohol. New York, Vermont and Minnesota have pending legislation to do the same.


There is more on this story in today's Cincinnati Enquirer. And for the opposing view, you can watch the inventor of Palcohol make an instant cosmopolitan (garnished with lime wedge) and defend his product in this YouTube video.

All American Clothing Co. Wins Made in USA Hall of Fame Award

Photo: All American Clothing
Made in the USA Foundation announced its 2014 Made in the USA Hall of Fame Winners.

In a world of intensifying global competition, the Hall of Fame Winners exemplify excellence in domestic manufacturing. Now in its fifth year, the Made in USA Hall of Fame Awards honors companies that are shaping the future of U.S. manufacturing.

Alex and Ani, based in Providence, R.I., won the jewelry award for its innovative jewelry products.

Bailey 44, which produces women's clothing in Los Angeles, and All American Clothing Company, Arcanum, Ohio won the apparel awards.

WTGR's Community Ties: Annie Oakley Festival

Annie Oakley Committee members Jennifer Peck and Joellen Melling join Alex Mikos on today's Community Ties on WTGR to discuss this weekend's festival (Friday, Saturday and Sunday), including the new event location, the Miss Annie Oakley contest and all of the goings on this weekend.

Give it a listen, and learn more about the Annie Oakley Festival at their website.


On July 22,2014, the Greenville Police Department, with the assistance of the Darke County Sheriff's Office, has taken one person into custody regarding a rash (current count is 7) of vehicle fires and at least 12 thefts from vehicles which occurred in the early morning hours of July 22,2014. The person arrested is being transported to the Mercer County Jail at this time.

The investigation is ongoing.

Pending charges will be filed with the Darke County Prosecutor's Office.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Greenville Police Department at 937-548-4150 (option 21, or the Darke County Grime Stoppers tipline at 937-547-1661. All callers may remain anonymous.

Related Link: Half Dozen (or more) Cars Set on Fire Overnight in Greenville

KitchenAid's Legendary Sidewalk Sale Listing

While the Annie Oakley Festival has moved to York Woods and the parade was cancelled, one stalwart of the last weekend of July remains unchanged: KitchenAid's Legendary Sidewalk Sale.

The listing for the event (which regularly generates lines around the block) can be found below.

Pro Tip: on the Saturday of the sale, stop by the Farmer's Market afterwards for some great locally grown produce, locally made foods and goodies of all kinds.

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Half Dozen (or more) Cars Set on Fire Overnight in Greenville

It's being reported by WHIO and several other media outlets that 6 or more vehicles were set on fire in Greenville overnight. According to WHIO, the fires mostly seem to be located in the Sweitzer/Euclid/Pine area.

Click here to read WHIO's article, which should be updated as new information comes available.


The Miami County Sheriff’s Office is continuing our investigation of a fatal crash that occurred at the intersection of S.R. 41 & Washington Rd. in Concord Township. The crash was reported at 12:31 P.M. on Monday, July 21st. Our crash reconstruction team has preliminarily determined that a 2004 Buick sedan operated by Melinda S. Flory (age 61), of W. S.R. 718, Covington, Ohio was traveling north on Washington Rd. and was in the middle of the intersection when struck by a 2010 Toyota Scion traveling east on S.R. 41 and operated by Rachel B. Davis (age 25), of Mulberry-Grove-Rakestraw Rd. Piqua, Ohio. Troy Fire Department Medics attempted resuscitation of Mrs. Flory, however she was later pronounced at the scene. Ms. Davis had no apparent injuries; however she was transported to U.V.M.C. by Troy F.D. Medics to be checked.

We are requesting that anyone who may have witnessed the crash to please call Deputy Todd Tennant at 937-440-6085 EXT. 7009 or the Miami County Communication’s Center at 937-440-9911. The crash remains under investigation.

Help Wanted at BRC

Vacation Memories Begin with Old Car Show

Now making its debut at the Versailles Area Museum is our historic travel/vacation display of the 20th Century. From vintage car parts to local garage memorabilia, to antique camping and picnic gear and all those souvenirs that made our memories so sweet we’ve got it all. This is a great new display about summer life in the last century.

“Dr. on Call” is another new display featuring items on loan from several area Doctors in the last century, giving us a peek at medical care that included house calls!

New displays are popping up all the time and with the Versailles All Class Reunion at the end of August, additional school spirited displays will be showing up “On the Street Where You Lived”. If you have items to lend (especially looking for a 1950 era juke box) contact the museum at 526-4222 and someone will contact you.

To get our new travel display kicked off right we will be hosting several historic automobiles on our lawn this Sunday, July 27th (weather permitting) during regular museum hours from 1to 4 p.m. Why not stop by and enjoy? If you’d like to bring by your special old car everyone is welcome and you should arrive by 12:30 p.m.

Rose-Colored Reds Fan: Hang in there, guys, it's just a bump in the road!

The Grumpy Reds Fan is still grumpy after the Reds have given it all they've had, but lost 4 straight since returning from the all star break, while Walt Jocketty continues to... jockey... around with potential trade partners.

Sure they got swept in New York, including the a walk off error in game three on a pop fly that as many as 3 Reds defenders could have caught with ease...

And sure, they looked over matched in every aspect of the game last night in the opener of 3 against the division leading Brewers...

But let's look at the big picture: the Reds are still only 3.5 games out of first with two more this week left against the team currently leading. They have Homer Bailey going tonight against a kid making his 3rd start of the year. The Reds are due to collect some hits and put together some solid games, and tonight seems like a great place to start.

Prediction: Reds win tonight and tomorrow and leave town trailing the Brewers by 1.5 games.


Dayton & Darke County, Ohio – A summer donation will put donors in the running for a new car. A 2014 Chevrolet Cruze is the grand prize in the CBC “Summer Cruze-In 2014 Blood Drive.” Anyone age 18 and older who registers to donate at any CBC Donor Center or CBC mobile blood drive May 30 through Sept. 30 will be automatically entered in the drawing to win the Chevy Cruze, valued at approximately $19,000.

The “champagne silver” color of the Cruze is a toast to CBC’s “50 Years of Saving Lives” anniversary celebration in September.

CBC is making two exciting changes to its traditional summer blood drive campaign. The campaign has been extended to four months (May 30 through Sept. 30). In addition, eligible donors can now double their chances of winning. Eligible donors will be entered into the drawing a second time when they register for a second donation during the blood drive period. Official rules are available at

The t-shirt promotion will be announced soon.

Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment at or contact CBC Darke County Account Representative Dana Puterbaugh at (937) 997-2199 or

Monday, August 4, 2014
BASF Corporation
7:30 am – 11:30 am
Employees Only
Monday, August 4, 2014
Greenville Grace Church
4805 State Route 49
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Appointments Recommended
Open to the Community

Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Greenville Technology, Inc.
12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Employees Only

Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Greenville Technology, Inc.
7:30 am – 3:30 pm
Employees Only

Saturday, August 9, 2014
Tri-Village Rescue
320 North Main Street, New Madison
8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sponsored by: Tri-Village Rescue

Monday, August 11, 2014
Bradford High School
750 Railroad Avenue, Bradford
2:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Sponsored by: Bradford Church of the Brethren
Open to the Community
Appointments Encouraged!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Greenville Church of the Brethren
421 Central Ave., Greenville
12:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Sponsored by: Darke County Retired Teachers
Open to the Community
Appointments Encouraged!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Whirlpool Corporation
6:00 am – 12:00 pm
Employees Only

Thursday, August 14, 2014
Saint Paul Lutheran Church
13495 Greenville-St. Mary’s Road just outside of North Star
2:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Sponsored by: Saint Paul Lutheran Church
Open to the Community
Appointments Encouraged!

Monday, August 25, 2014
Darke County Courthouse
7:30 am – 11:30 am
Employees Only

Thursday, August 28, 2014
Ansonia High School FFA Blood Drive
8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Open to Students, Faculty, and Community
Appointments Encouraged!

Wednesday, August 28, 2014
Midmark Corporation
8:30 pm – 11:59 pm
Employees Only

Saturday, August 30, 2014
Dave Knapp Ford Lincoln
500 Wagner Ave, Greenville
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Open to the Community
Appointments Encouraged!

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