Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Prairie Days Festival - September 25th and 26th

Have you ever thought about volunteering for your community? If so, then we need YOU to help on September 25 and September 26 at Shawnee Prairie Preserve.  During these two days, the Friends of the Darke County Parks will be holding the 10th annual PRAIRIE DAYS FESTIVAL.  We are in need your help assisting the public with pioneer activities and crafts (candle dipping, tussie mussies, tin-smithed lanterns, pioneer hats, sewing bean bags, and rope making, etc.), setting up exhibits, stirring apple butter, running the Log House and lots more!  This is a wonderful experience to build a resume and/or to enjoy a fun free weekend visiting with other people throughout Darke County.  If you are interested in this opportunity please call Laura at 937.548.0165 to sign up TODAY!  Not quite sure yet?  Join us for one of the Prairie Days Workshops on September 18, 2010 1:00PM-4:00PM or September 20, 2010 from 5:00PM-7:00PM (please RSVP for which workshop you wish to attend).  Hope to see you there.

More flower show winners

Open thread: how about a political discussion?

Public Policy Polling (PPP) asked Ohio voters who they'd rather have in the White House right now: the current president, or the prior president. And the results: Bush 50, Obama 42. Comments?

Fair flower show winners

Volunteers needed

Put your euchre, bingo and bridge skills to the test by matching up with older adults with a lifetime of experience mastering these and other games.

Oakley House needs activity assistants to play bingo and games with the residents of its facility. Volunteers will also help residents make crafts and participate in special events. This position is available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and a flexible schedule is available. Volunteers should be at least 18 years of age.

“Oakley House Assisted Living is a great place to share your time and talents with truly wonderful people,” says Bridget Sharp, Oakley House Residence Director. “If you are looking for a place that cares not only about the residents but also about everyone who walks through our doors, then please think about spending some time with us at Oakley House.”

To learn more about this volunteer opportunity or other opportunities within our community, please contact HandsOn West Central Ohio at (937) 548-8002, ext. 211, or visit www.handsonwestcentralohio.org. HandsOn West Central Ohio, including Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, is a program of Council on Rural Services. This program receives funding from Darke County United Way, Corporation for National Service, Area Agency on Aging, PSA2, Darke County Commissioners, Lydia E. Shaurer Trust, Harry Stephens Trust, Greenville Rotary Club and the Darke County HOPE Foundation.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Will the Anger Last? (by Mike Stegall)

The Great Darke County Fair is now over for 2010. This is the first fair that I have ever spent this much time attending. Normally, my wife, Rose, and I will go the fair once or twice and that’s it. This year, I spent an awful lot of time in the Republican tent meeting people from all over Darke County, and all over the country, really. I must admit that the fair has never been a huge part of summer for me, but this year, meeting all the people really made it enjoyable.

When ever you meet a divergent group of people, you always get a divergent group of ideas. Different views and ideas are a good thing and, believe me, I heard it all! Through all the discussion and airing of ideas, however, one theme seemed to run through every conversation: People are fed up with government. You may think that I only got the “Republican” view, but let me assure you, it was from all corners of the political spectrum. Republican, Democrat, Independent, Tea Party member, or Libertarian, it did not matter. There are a lot of angry people out there.

I can’t blame them. I can’t blame them for their anger, but I do blame all of us for letting it get to this point. We, the voters, have ignored our government for way too long. Our founders envisioned a minimalist form of government and in the past 65 years (since the end of World War II) the federal government, state governments and yes, local governments have grown enormously. With that growth comes an insatiable appetite for money to feed itself. It is unsustainable. Thomas Jefferson, probably the smartest of all the founding fathers said, “My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.”

The American people are now awake to that fact. They are angry at all the government intrusion in their lives. All the government mandates, programs, rules, and plain gobbled gook that comes out of Washington, state and local governments. They have a right to be angry, not only at government, but at themselves for letting it happen. Now, nationwide, we see this anger being portrayed everywhere by everyone. The people seem to be clamoring for a simpler way to do business. They want their representatives to be responsible, and responsive to their needs. No more ignoring the electorate or you will be voted out, as well the Senators, and representatives and others should be.

This November’s election will probably be historic in the turnover in Washington. The question is: Will this anger last, or will it be over after the election? Will there be a sense of accomplishment and now things are going to be o.k.? I hope not. I want people involved. I want people staying involved. I want an electorate that is informed and stays informed. We, as elected officials, need to have the public watching us constantly. If we don’t, we will end up just as we are now: broke, disconnected and angry. Let’s not get angry again. Let’s get involved and stay there!

"A government big enough to give you every thing you want, is strong enough to take everything you have." ~ Thomas Jefferson

Tire Recycling Day Near

Tired of looking at those old tires lying around? Not only are they an eye sore, they can be dangerous. The Darke County Solid Waste District and the Darke County Environmental Council want to help you with your tire problem. The district and council will be sponsoring a used tire collection on Thursday, September 23, 2010 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

In addition to tires to being an eyesore, they are a nuisance to rural citizens who find them in their ditches, out in the fields and wooded areas. Used tires make the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes that can carry diseases such as West Nile Virus, Lascrosse Encephalitis, St. Louis Encephalitis, Dengue and Yellow Fever.

Some mosquitoes have long-lived eggs, which can remain unhatched for years in old tires that were one wet and have dried out. The eggs can be transported in tires that are trucked between counties, states and even countries. When it rains, these tires collect water, wetting the inside of the tires where the eggs once were deposited, hatching out mosquitoes by the thousands. By disposing of used tires properly, we reduce the chance of disease.

The Tire Recycling Day is open to all Darke County residents, farmers, municipalities and townships. Unfortunately, no tires will be accepted from junk yards or junk dealers, garages, auto repair shops; tire, automobile, truck, farm-equipment dealerships; atv/motorcycle shops or commercial trucking/hauling businesses.

Those interested in participating in this one-day event must pre-register. Pre-Registration begins Wednesday, September 1, 2010 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Darke County Solid Waste District, 603 Wagner Ave; Suite C, Greenville (with OSU Extension and the Job Center). Pre-registration ends on Wednesday, September 15, 2010. On September 6, 2010, the district will be closed due to the Labor Day holiday.

Participants are asked to remove rims from all tires before taking them to the Rumpke Transfer Station at 5474 Jaysville-St John Rd, Greenville, on September 23, 2009. Those tires left on rims will not be accepted. Passenger tires will be accepted FREE of charge, however, there is a limit of 50 tires per Darke County Address. Tractor tires pre-registered will be charged a $15.00 fee per tire at the time of registration. Tractor tires larger than 34” wide will not be accepted. Semi/Truck tires pre-registered will be charged a $5.00 per tire fee.

According to the Ohio Revised Code, all tires must be secured and tarped before arriving at the transfer station unless they are in an enclosed vehicle, trailer, etc. Untarped loads can be refused.

Assisting the Solid Waste District and Environmental Council will be Community Service Workers, the Environmental Division of the Darke County Health Department, Rumpke employees and many volunteers.

2010 Greenville Transit System fair shuttle is a big success

The City of Greenville & Greenville Transit System again offered Greenville residents "The Darke County Fair Park & Ride shuttle service." The word is finally getting out that you don’t have to fight the fair traffic, you don’t have to pay to park or walk a long distance, but instead you can park at the Greenville Municipal building or the Darke County Offices on Wagner Avenue and be dropped off right at gate #3 for a mere 50 cents a person.

GTS provided 1,760 rides safely to and from the 2010 fair. This is an increase of 49% over last year. GTS provides wheelchair accessible vehicles and is a public transportation service open to the public. MV Transportation, Inc. provides the day-to-day operations.

The drivers and staff did a fantastic job and the City and MV received many compliments on the service. This service has been provided since 2003 and has continued to grow each year. Thank you to Greenville City Council and the City Administration for supporting public transportation in our community.

If you used this fair shuttle service or you use the regular GTS service, please call or write your Greenville City Council members and let them know how important GTS is to our community. To ride GTS, please call 547-1811.

School is back in session

School starts this morning for many of the Darke County schools. Keep that in mind as you travel through the county, especially as the kids leave school from 2pm to 4pm. And now here's something fun to start off your week ... maybe the worst play in high school football history.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Hometowne Grille to close - last day September 3rd

Ashley Rehmert and Melissa Anthony regretfully announce the closing of the Hometowne Grille located at 853 E. Main St. in Greenville. Our last day will be September 3, 2010. We apologize for any inconvenience to our customers. We will miss you all and we greatly appreciate being of service to you. Also a Big "Thanks" to our dedicated employees that have been with us from the beginning and helped in our success. Due to life changes, we can only hope that this decision was a positive stepping stone into our future.

*Anyone interested in purchasing the Business may contact us at 547-2278 or 423-0686. Thank You!

Fort GreeneVille Chapter DAR news

Fort GreeneVille Chapter DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) recently accepted donations of DVD movies for our troops that are overseas.

The Ohio DAR Junior American Citizens Committee has established “Project Patriot”. They are asking all the Ohio DAR chapters to participate in collecting DVD movies to send to our troops overseas.

Jack Harless, Harless Chiropractic, was kind enough to have his office as a drop-off location for donated DVDs. The Chapter was able to take 152 DVDs to the state conference meeting. The Fort GreeneVille Chapter DAR would like to thank everyone that donated DVD movies.

Ohio DAR Fall Fun Fair Aug 2010 (1): Charleene Tarr, Junior American Citizens State Chairman (middle) receiving donated DVD movies from Fort GreeneVille Chapter members Helen Wright and Debbie Nisonger.DVD Movies Aug 2010 Harless and Wright: Helen Wright, Fort GreeneVille Chapter DAR accepting DVD movies collected at Harless Chiropractic.

DAR Meeting - September 18th

The Fort GreeneVille Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution will meet Saturday, September 18, 2010, at Noon. The location is the Wagon Wheel restaurant on Sweitzer Street in Greenville across from Hittle Buick, Greenville.

This is a luncheon meeting and no reservations are required. The program will be presented by chapter member Elaine Hackett. This will be our Constitution program.

Anyone interested in joining DAR is welcome to attend the meeting for more information. Plan to join us and learn of the exciting, new things planned for this year. We look forward to seeing you at the luncheon.

Frances Strickland to visit Greenville

The first lady will be at Suite 101 (5th and Broadway in Greenville) at 3 p.m. on Monday, August 30. The event is open to the public. If you aren't familiar with Mrs. Strickland, here she is (from the Strickland website) ...

St. Paul's Episcopal Church hog roast - September 11th

St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Greenville Ohio will host it's annual hog roast on September 11, 2010.

The menu is: PULLED PORK SANDWICH; COLE SLAW; BAKED BEANS; POTATO CHIPS; APPLE SAUCE; TEXAS SHEET CAKE; DRINK OF CHOICE

PRE-SALE TICKETS: ADULTS $6, CHILDREN $3, at DOOR $7 and $3. Come join us and enjoy the "Rollin' 50's Car Show in the downtown area.

For tickets, call 937-548-1982 or 937-548-2728. You can also get tickets from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Enis’ up-and-down football career comes full circle

Story at the Dayton Daily News (by Tom Archdeacon)

Jordan Monnin rushes in Versailles' 35-14 win over Celina

photo courtesy of tigerballonline.net

Marco's Football Pick'em challenge Week 1 winner: Norman and Anne Christian

Norman and Anne Christian won the pick'em challenge this week picking all six games correctly - and predicting 35 total points in the Bradford game (Bradford won 42-0). Congratulations ... and one large, one-topping pizza is waiting for you at the Greenville Marco's.

Our friend tigerballonline.net was the only other contestant to pick all the games correctly. However, he predicted zero points in the Bradford game, as he was one of the few to realize Railroaders' originally-scheduled game with Yellow Springs might not take place since Yellow Springs did not form a team this year. Bradford ended up playing Cincinnati Prep. Since he was "kind of" right, Tigerballonline can have lunch on DarkeJournal someday if he wants.

Now - everybody call 547-6300 and order a Marco's pizza for the Bengals game tonight.

More of the same - an analysis of the DOE report cards for local districts (w/update)

UPDATE: How about a little perspective? Darke County's best school (Versailles) would be tied for the worst in Mercer County as far as meeting the state indicators: Celina Excellent with Distinction 25, Coldwater Excellent 26, Fort Recovery Excellent 26, Marion Excellent 26, Parkway Excellent 25, St. Henry Excellent 26. Minster and New Bremen - just outside of Mercer County - each also scored a perfect 26.
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Since some people objected to the form of the previous graph, here is one utilizing percentages (rather than raw numbers) of state indicators met. Refer to the prior story for more explanation if necessary.

Some final shots from the Great Darke County Fair

Top and right photos are courtesy of Anne Mangen ...

Sen. Faber discusses new proposal for regulatory reform

From the Greenville Junior High Cross Country meet at West Milton

Pride (by Terence Lee Keaser II)

Butler Coach Greg Bush partially attributed the Aviators’ victory to the jovial mood of the evening and the enthusiasm of the fans.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Friday night football: Week 1

All finals: Vandalia 54 - Greenville 0; Ft. Recovery 28 - Mississinawa Valley 0; Versailles 35 - Celina 14; West Liberty Salem 58 - Arcanum 7; Ansonia 42 - Lima Perry 7 Bradford 42 - Cincy Prep 0

Only two contestants picked all the games correctly in the Marco's Pizza challenge ... winner to be announced tomorrow.

DARKE COUNTY EMA & CITIZEN CORPS TO OFFER FREE CERT TRAINING

Darke County Emergency Management Agency & Department of Homeland Security, under the Citizen Corps Program, will be offering a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) 20 hour training course beginning September 18, 2010.

Citizens Corps is a community-based initiative that engages citizens in homeland safety and emergency management by increasing knowledge and skills through training and education. By providing opportunities for everyone to participate in programs, citizens become stronger and make their communities a safer place to live.

Brethren Retirement Community Ladies Auxiliary Bake Sale - September 10th

Brethren Retirement Community would like to invite you to the Annual Bake Sale on Friday, September 10th from 9:00am to 2pm in the Brick Room at Brethren Retirement Community, 750 Chestnut St., Greenville, OH. Stop by, shop and enjoy lunch served by the BRC Ladies Auxiliary from 10am-1pm. The day will be filled with morning coffee, a sandwich and salad lunch and feature a variety of baked goods.

The Auxiliary helps provide loving attention to BRC residents by hosting monthly birthday parties, visits and cards. They offer bake sales and an annual bazaar to raise money, awareness and support for BRC. With their funds they purchase various needs such as nursing equipment, wheelchairs and items that enhance the lives of the residents.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Cancer Support Group Resumes on Thursday; September 2nd, 2010

Molly Cantrell D.T.R.
The next meeting of the Living with Cancer Support Group will be held on Thursday, September 2nd from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. The meeting will take place in the third floor conference room at Wayne Health Care featuring Molly Cantrell D.T.R., registered Dietetic Technician. Molly will speak on the importance of a healthy diet and good nutrition in the battle against cancer and will be available for a brief Q and A session after her presentation. Please come and learn more about solid nutrition and become part of a group that celebrates life and encourages one another!

The Cancer Association of Darke County sponsors the Living with Cancer group in cooperation with Wayne Health Care. The Support Group is open to anyone with a cancer diagnosis, family, and friends of an individual with cancer or those who have been affected by cancer are encouraged and welcome to attend. Warren Richards from the Cancer Association, Pamela Spitler from Pamela’s Intimate Apparel, and Kay Kirby, Jill Brown, and Vicky Henderson from Wayne Health Care.

Living with Cancer will resume normal meeting times beginning with the September meeting. For further information, contact Warren Richards, Director of the Cancer Association of Darke County at 937-548-9960. Office hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:00 A.M. to Noon and 1:00 to 4:30 P.M.

State Report Card Results for Darke County Schools

The Ohio Department of Education district report cards will be officially released Friday. Preliminary information has been released and compiled into the charts below. For background, there are several statistics generated by the Department of Education. For the purposes of this article, we will concentrate on two.

State Indicators: The Department of Education has created a list of benchmarks for each school district to achieve. These include certain criteria for achievemnent tests in grades 3 through 8; the 10th grade graduation test; the 11th grade graduation test; the overall graduation rate; and attendance. You can view these in more detail by clicking this link and then clicking on "2009-10 Guide to Understanding Ohio's Accountability System." It is significant to note that from 2007 through 2009 there were a total of 30 state benchmarks, or indicators - but the state eliminated four of the categories so that there are only 26 state indicators for 2010 (and consequently each district's numbers went down in  2010, at least partially due to the elimination of the four categories).

Designation: Each school is given one of six designations, in order from best-to-worst: Excellent with Distinction, Excellent, Effective, Continuous Improvement, Academic Watch, and Academic Emergency.

* The graphic now correctly shows an "effective" rating for Bradford. A lower rating was originally listed by mistake.

Press release: Keith Faber joins John Kasich in call for regulatory reform

John Kasich unveiled his Common Sense Initiative — a regulatory reform proposal to improve Ohio's long-term ability to attract and retain jobs. Joining Kasich in his call to action was State Senator Keith Faber (R-Celina), the Senate's Majority Floor Leader, who has been working on a legislative crusade against government bureaucracy and red tape for nearly two years.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Four elected to Fair Board

Elected to the Fair Board: Dave Niley (359), Jerry Marker (464), Dean Neff (355), Craig Bowman (341)

Missing the cut this time: Steve Mehaffie (214), John Hershey (160), Scott Albright (129)

"African Safari" - Friday, September 10th at Romer's in Greenville

Please join us for an evening of fun and fellowship to support a GREAT cause – Brethren Retirement Community’s Resident Aid Fund!

Nancy Wilson / K99.1 FM - Emcee
Mike Baker – Auctioneer

100% of the proceeds benefit Brethren Retirement Community's Resident Aid Fund. For over 108 years, Brethren Retirement Community has never asked a resident to leave due to financial problems. The Resident Aid Fund was created as part of our mission to serve those whom God has entrusted to our care, especially those who have exhausted their financial resources. Often they are the most frail and elderly.

Preview Our Auction - www.brccharityauction.blogspot.com (more items added daily)

Cool arrowhead found in Greenville?

Actually, this is not an arrowhead - it was a knife, and the beveling that can be seen along one edge is the result of re-sharpening. It is not a reproduction, but is around 5,000 years old. I found it along Rt. 118, just north of dentist Craig Leland's office. Anyone who is interested in local prehistory can obtain a copy of a book I wrote in 2004 - Archaeology and Artifacts of Darke County, available at Garst Museum. ~ Elaine Holzapfel

EDGED WEAPON ASSAULT INVESTIGATION

The Darke County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the stabbing of a 19 year old male, identified as Leroy Brock Crawford of Greenville, OH.

On Thursday morning, August 26, 2010 at approximately 2:08 AM deputies were dispatched to Wayne Health Care in Greenville, OH in reference to an adult male being there for the treatment of a stab wound; that being Mr. Crawford. Mr. Crawford was later transferred to Miami Valley Hospital by Care Flight and was reported early today in serious condition. Mr. Crawford is expected to recover from his injuries.

Investigation has shown that the assault occurred in the Wayne Lakes area of Darke County. The arrest of one male juvenile, age 17, from Darke County has been made which has also led to his confinement at the West Central Juvenile Detention Center in Troy, OH. Formal charges are pending.

The investigation continues as further leads develop.

Barbara Rhoades' illuminary design wins Best of Special Classes at the fair

An Illuminary design from the Special Class called the Grand Illumination was named "Best of Special Classes," in Wednesday's Fair Flower Show. The designer is Barbara Rhoades, a member of Wildflower Garden Club. She used florissant green bulbs in canned lights, for the luminary feature, with Calla Lilies and Caladium for the flowers in the design. It was all staged in a black structure which gave it a very modern feel. The background is silver fabric which has many tiny prisms which reflect any light it catches.

This is a creative design class featuring lighting in the design to enhance it, but not overwhelming it.

The Darke County Garden Clubs invite everyone to come see their Number "1" show in the state of Ohio for fair flower shows

Do you love to see beautiful butterflies fluttering by your window?

Would you like to learn more about how to attract them to your garden? Come out to Shawnee Prairie Preserve for Butterfly Day, Saturday, September 4th, from 1-4pm. Flutter into the Nature Center for numerous displays, exhibits, and activities, all of which are FREE. You will have the opportunity to learn about our local butterflies and see them up close in our butterfly tent. Join us for a tour of our garden and learn about what plants will attract butterflies to your garden. You will receive a flower pot filled with milkweed to decorate so you can attract Monarchs to your own backyard. There will be numerous crafts and activities the kids will love. Learn all about the parts of a butterfly and their lifecycle. This event is free and fun for the whole family. For more information, contact the Nature Center at 937-548-0165 or at info@darkecountyparks.org.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Marco's High School Football Pick'em challenge - Week 1

Here are the Week 1 games for the Darke County high school football teams:

1. Ansonia at Lima Perry, 2. Arcanum vs. West Liberty Salem,
3. Bradford vs. Cincy Prep, 4. Greenville at Vandalia-Butler,
5. Mississinawa vs. Ft. Recovery, 6. Versailles at Celina

Here are the rules for the pick'em challenge. You pick the winner of the 6 games and the total points scored in the Bradford game (that's the tie-breaker*). Email your picks to: darkejournal@gmail.com. Whoever makes the best picks will win a large, one-topping pizza from the Greenville Marco's Pizza, to be announced here.

[*If there is still a tie, we will randomly pick the winner by coin toss or drawing.]

New Addition to the Business Directory: Bill Hawkey & Associates

Reading Fairy Contest: a case of human error

On behalf of the United States Postal Service, Greenville Postmaster William Judge issued an apology on August 25, 2010 to the participants of the "Reading Fairy Contest" launched by Elizabeth Horner and the friends of the Reading Fairy early part of this summer. The contest announcement was published by Darke Journal, other local media outlets, and centers with summer programming. A clerical error occurred and Elizabeth Horner's P.O. Box was treated as a closed box and entries to the summer reading contest were returned to the senders. The USPS has rectified the problem but it is too late to conclude the contest and be fair to everyone according to Elizabeth Horner. Participants who sent their entries or wrote to the Reading Fairy are highly encouraged to resubmit them to the same address: P.O. Box 263, Greenville, OH 45331. The lucky recipients of special gifts will be drawn before school breaks for Thanksgiving, at the same time winners of the fall reading contest are drawn. The Greenville USPS is offering to refund the cost of postage for those returned entries.

Horner, who treats the beginning of the school year like New Year’s Day said "I tend to look back and reflect on the things that have happened to me during the summer, and make some sort of resolution for the future. By nature, humans have free will which allows us to make our own choices and… our own mistakes. Sometimes things get sort of tangled up, but as long as we benefit from those incidents, I think that those little mishaps are worth having. They help to shape us, our future. Our wisdom comes in the form of experiences both positive and negative." Horner is sorry for all the inconvenience this has created to the participants but she said that this can be a good learning experience for everyone.

Greenville: preparing to say goodbye

Greenville concludes visit with sister city from Germany. Click image for Steve Baker's video. And aren't you interested to hear what the wine countess has to say?

Garst Offers Free Admission on Smithsonian Magazine’s 6th Annual Museum Day

On Saturday, September 25, 2010, Garst Museum will participate in the sixth annual Museum Day, presented by Toyota on behalf of the redesigned 2011 Avalon. Garst Museum will join participating museums and cultural institutions nationwide to open their doors free of charge to all visitors who download the Museum Day Ticket from Smithsonian.com. A journey to celebrate our world’s dynamic heritage and cultural life, participating Museum Day venues emulate the free admission policy of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington, D.C.-based facilities.

Museum Day 2010 is poised to be the largest to date, outdoing last year’s record-breaking event. Over 300,000 museum-goers and 1,300 venues in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico participated in Museum Day 2009. Last year, two million visitors logged on to www.smithsonian.com/museumday to learn more about the program.

“We think it is important to participate in Museum Day in order to be part of a nationwide observance of American heritage and culture,” said Garst museum’s executive director, Penny Perry.

The Darke County Historical Society operates Garst Museum. The main exhibit attractions are The Annie Oakley Center, Crossroads of Destiny, a large collection of memorabilia from broadcaster and world traveler Lowell Thomas, and a gallery of Currier and Ives original prints. Other exhibits included Zachary Lansdowne and the USS Shenandoah, Lohmann Brothers telescopes, early farm implements and household appliances. The Iddings sprint race car, an early Indy-style racing car is also on display. The museum complex also houses the Darke County Genealogy Library containing over 5000 surname files, family histories, court records and other records of interest to persons researching family history. The museum complex is located at 205 North Broadway, Greenville, Ohio. Hours of operation for Museum Day are 10 am to 4 pm.

This year, Toyota will enhance the Museum Day experience both in Smithsonian magazine and online, with elements like the “Featured Five,” a listing that encourages visitors to learn about and visit participating museums and venues. Additionally, for each visitor who inquires about the new Toyota Avalon online, Toyota will donate $1—up to $10,000 total—to museum programming nationwide.

The Museum Day Ticket is available to download at www.smithsonian.com/museumday. Visitors who present the official pass will gain free admission for two people to participating museums and cultural venues. One ticket is permitted per household, per email address. Listings and links to participating museums’ and sponsors’ sites can be found at www.smithsonian.com/museumday.

Public meeting: Myths and Facts about Sex Offenders - September 2nd

GTS FEATURE RIDER OF THE MONTH

Ms. Shirley Thompson has been a rider of the Greenville Transit System since its inception. Ms. Thompson rides the transit buses daily to get to and from her jobs as a Home Health Assistant for several clients in Greenville. Ms. Thompson is a widow with one daughter. Her hobbies include working puzzles and reading. When asked her thoughts on the transit she replied that she was very happy with the service.

Greenville Transit System thanks Shirley and other riders like her who depend on the GTS buses to get them to work, school, doctor appointments and shopping.

The cost to ride the transit is only $1.50 for those age 65 or older or disabled and $3.00 for the general public.

Greenville Transit System is funded in part by rider fares, grant dollars, and the support of the City of Greenville. For information on how you can book a ride for yourself or a loved one, please call the transit at (937)548-1811. Our hours of operation are M-F 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. , Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Sunday 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Steve Mehaffie for Fair Board

Steve Mehaffie is a lifelong resident of Darke County. He is the son of MaryAnn and Darryl Mehaffie, who spent 27 years as a member of the Darke County Fairboard. Steve helped his father out for over 19 years with the Sunday concert shows during the fair.

Steve spent 10 years as a 4-H member, and was a very active member of the Darke County Junior Fairboard, including one year as president. Steve was also a member of the Darke County Junior Leaders, and currently serves as President of the Darke County 4-H Committee. Steve’s involvement in 4-H spans 21 years.

Steve grew up in Wayne Lakes and graduated from Arcanum High School in 1989, and furthered his education with Wright State University. As a graduate of Wright State University, Steve holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with an emphasis in professional and technical writing. He completed a college internship with the Ervin J. Nutter Center in their marketing department.

He is currently employed with WHIO-TV, Channel 7, (Cox Media Group) as Senior Web Producer.

Steve and his wife, Lisa, have been married for 13 years, and have a 11-year-old daughter, Marina. Lisa is employed by The News-Gazette in Winchester.

Steve and Lisa are active members of Bible Fellowship Church in Greenville and work in the AWANA program.

4 Darke County school districts will get "Race to the Top" Stimulus Dollars

To the proponents of the program, this is sensible economic stimulus and support of education in tough economic times. To the cynics, this is a government handout targeted to states with close political campaigns right before an election. Which is it? You decide. In any event, the four local districts cashing in are: Ansonia Local, $100,000; Mississinawa Valley Local, $110,734; Tri-Village Local, $100,000; Bradford Exempted Village, $100,000. More details at Dayton Daily News.

Cruiser cam of Greene County Car Accident

A few people have asked for this to be posted. It's hard to believe this guy is still alive ...

Greenville National Bank Contributes to Partnering for Progress


Greenville National Bank has committed again in 2010 to being an investor in Darke County’s Partnering for Progress (P4P) initiative, designed to foster county-wide economic development. The bank’s contribution raised the year-two total of the initial three-year campaign to almost $112,075. The campaign has raised $234,825 now over two years.

“We’re very proud to be a part of this initiative ,” stated Steve Burns, President of Greenville National Bank. “This collaborative effort works for the development of the entire county. It works towards the strengthening of our industrial and commercial base and job creation. Obviously, that’s something we want to be a part of and play a role in.”

The P4P initiative is a collaborative effort between the county economic development office, the Darke County Community Improvement Corporation (CIC), the county commissioners, and numerous private investors. It is supported by both public and private dollars and aims to promote both the expansion of existing county industry and the attraction of new business. Because of these goals, Economic Development (ED) Director Marc Saluk said that the private investment side of the equation is vital.

“Contributions like Greenville National Bank’s help make a lot of additional tools available to the county. But the bank’s involvement is much deeper than that,” explained Saluk. “Their personnel are heavily involved in the community. Like so many in the P4P movement, they understand that getting personally involved in planning the county’s future is the single best route to long-term success for all of us.”

Greenville National Bank is a locally owned financial institution which was organized in 1934. The company emphasizes the “independent community bank” that is its focus when conducting business. They have branches throughout Darke County located in Ansonia, Arcanum, Bradford, Gettysburg, and Greenville. Burns serves on the Greenville Community Improvement Corporation.

Those interested in learning more about the county’s economic development efforts can call the ED office at 548-3250.

Dave Niley's Fifties Cruise-In ... Saturday, September 11th in downtown Greenville

Dave Niley joined a small group of fellow Chevrolet enthusiasts to help with the formation of a Greenville Cruise-In featuring 55, 56, and 57 Chevys about 21 years ago. Although the event, held the first Saturday in September after Labor Day, has been held on Broadway for years, the first three years the Cruise-In was held at the old Colony Restaurant. According to Dave, the first year featured 200 cars and was considered a success. 600 cars were entered in 2009 and more are expected this year.

The group/club that exists primarily to conduct the FIFTIES CRUISE-IN currently has 18 members but would welcome additional members that are interested in working to make this and the other two cruise-ins conducted over the year a success. The expressed reason for these events is a love of the vintage Chevys coupled with a love of their home town -- Greenville. As a footnote, Mrs. Niley, Karen, is the proud owner of a 57 Chevy Indian Ivory & Blue convertible. This is considered a rare and treasured vehicle that Dave said, “I would like to have that car but Karen will not sell”.

The Cruise-Ins are a not for profit effort that attempts to break even by charging a small entrance fee for the competitors. The fee pays for the prizes, gifts and entertainments. Dave mentioned that last year people attended the event from all the adjacent states besides all regions of Ohio. Dave said that a group of over ten thousand was estimated to be on Broadway when the greatest numbers of people were present. Last years’ attendance estimate was between eight and ten thousand people. Based on the available area on Broadway and the side streets less the area set aside for the cars, there is room for about ten thousand people but remember people are coming and going at all times. The Niley estimate is very reasonable.

All the money received is used to conduct the Cruise-Ins and to maintain the club with all the excess contributed to local charities. The Club would welcome help from business sponsors. There are door prizes and contests for the kids and even adults.

The objective of this event is to show off the Chevys, any other vintage cars and the positive features of Greenville -- such as the Broadway façade and the warmth of Greenville folks. This has proven to be a successful formula for the last 21 years. The positive attitude displayed by Dave and Karen Niley should help the CRUISE-IN continue to be a success. See all of you there.

Vendor Booths Available for Annual Arts, Crafts & Collectibles Show

A limited number of vendor booths are available for rent for the Annual Arts Crafts, & Collectibles Show sponsored by Psi Iota Xi Sorority, Eta Iota Chapter of Parker City, Indiana.

The Arts, Crafts & Collectibles Show will take place on Saturday, October 9, 2010 inside Monroe Central High School, located on State Road 32 East in Parker City, Indiana. The cost to rent a 6’ deep x 10’ wide booth is $25, and multiple booths may be rented. Additionally, all vendors are asked to donate an item from their booth toward the door prize program.

Items offered for sale must be high quality, hand-crafted items, unique commercial items, collectibles or antiques. Applications from vendors selling flea market items and ready-to-eat goods are not accepted. Exhibitors must provide their own tables, chairs, and display fixtures. Booths with electricity are limited and assigned on a first come, first served basis.

Completed application forms, including a photograph of your display or items to be sold, will be reviewed in the order they are received. For more information, or to request an application form and complete terms of agreement, please contact Monica Roberts, 765-468-6567.

Free Monthly Diabetes Education Program

As a diabetic you want to test our blood sugar to determine if you are in target range. When your blood sugar is elevated you want to make changes to help lower your risk for complications. However, it is not always be easy determining which blood sugar meter is the best choose for you. There are a lot of commercials that discuss different meters, but you may have questions about their features.

Join Karen Droesch , the Diabetic Educator from Wayne HealthCare on September 14, 2010 from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. as she presents an “Overview of Blood Glucose Meters”. This program is free and will be held in the conference room at Wayne HealthCare. If you have questions about the program please call 937-547-5750.

Join us to learn more about the different diabetic meters.

1960's era reunion for Greenville High School grads

As a member of The GHS Class of 1963 committee, we are inviting any graduate of the 1960's era to an informal class party. The date is : August 28, 2010. The place is: The Bistro, 117 East 5th St., Greenville, OH. The time is 6:00 p.m. until closing.

Classmates are reponsible for thier own food or drink tab. You need to do nothing else but show up that night. Note: This is your personal invitation sent by: THE CLASS OF "63" REUNION COMMITTEE.

Volunteer for HandsOn West Central Ohio

Name: Terri Crandall

From: Greenville

Volunteer for: HandsOn West Central Ohio through the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, Grace Resurrection Community Center, Brethren Retirement Community, Area Agency on Aging, Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley, Medical Reserve Corps, Heartland of Greenville, Sterling House, Wayne Hospital, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Gerontology of Dayton, Professional Business Women of Dayton, YMCA of Darke County, 4-H

Why Terri volunteers: "I need to have a sense of purpose in life and use the gifts and talents that God gave to me to serve in my community."

Submitted by Sarah Brunson, HandsOn West Central Ohio Volunteer. As always... Be the Change!

OSU Extension Calendar for September 2010

September, 2010: 2 - Ag Breakfast, 7:30am, Brethrens Retirement Center Cafeteria; 2 - Dining with Diabetes, 5:00-8:30pm, OSUE Learning Center; 6 - Labor Day Holiday, Extension Office closed; 7 - Building Blocks I begins, 6:00-8:00pm, OSUE Learning Center; 9 - Helping Children Succeed After Divorce, 3:00-5:00pm, OSUE Learning Center; 11 - CARTEENS, 9:00-11:00am, OSUE Learning Center. For more information, please call 937.548.5215 or email dark@cfaes.osu.edu.

Staghorn sumac near Greenville City Park (submitted by EH)

This staghorn sumac is growing adjacent to Greenville City Park next to the county government building. Native Americans reportedly smoked the fruit of sumac and made a lemonade-type drink from it. It is not poisonous. Poison sumac, which grows in swampy areas, differs in appearance.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Farm Bureau announces annual meeting -September 9th

The Darke County Farm Bureau will recognize the past year's accomplishments and adopt policies for the coming year at the organization's annual meeting on Thursday, September 9, 2010. We would like to invite all members to our annual meeting and candidate’s reception. The candidate’s reception will begin at 6:30 PM and will be followed by dinner at 7:00 PM. The event will take place at Romer’s Catering located at 118 E. Main St. in Greenville. After dinner, guest will be treated to a performance from the Greenville Jazz Band. Shortly after the band performs the Farm Bureau will conduct their yearly business.

Doug Rhoades, president of the Darke County Farm Bureau, said the annual meeting will focus on finalizing policy suggestions which will be carried to the Ohio Farm Bureau Annual Meeting in December. This is also a great time to hold up our volunteers that have worked hard throughout the year promoting agriculture.

Dinner tickets for this event are $10.00 each and may be purchased at the Farm Bureau’s office or the Darke County Farm Bureau’s fair tent. For more information please call Gwen at the Farm Bureau Office located at 619 Sater Street or 937.548.6014.

Barbara Rhoades wins Best of Special Classes at the Fair's flower show

Barbara Rhoades, member of Wildflower Garden Club, was Saturday's Best of Special Classes winner in the Darke Co. Fair Flower Show.

The arrangement is a creative horizontal design consisting of all home grown flowers. The horizontal line material is dried tobacco stocks, sprayed black. The flowers are a new variety of basil called Cardinal, and the foliage is a sun loving coleus and two hosta leaves finish the design.

The Darke County Garden Clubs invite everyone to the basement of the coliseum to view the saturday entries and purchase from their plant sale. Tuesday afternoon this show will be torn down and a completely new flower show will take it's place on Wednesday. This show will be open to the public after 3 p.m. that day.

Tim Harless gets a surprise retirement gift

After 31 years of service, Tim Harless, Greenville Street Department Supertindent, will be retiring. Tim, an avid UD flyers fan, was presented from friends and family a Red Golf cart detailed with UD flyers emblems and colors Friday night at the Fair. Roosevelt Chapman a former UD Basketball player was on hand to present Tim his retirement gift. Roosevelt Chapman amassed 2,233 points during his four-year career at the University of Dayton. He currently holds the career scoring record and was a three-time recipient of the White-Allen Most Valuable Player Trophy. Adding to his list of many accomplishments, Roosevelt Chapman was named to UD's All-CenturyTeam in 2004 and UD's Hall of Fame in 1994. Chapman also ranks in the Top 10 on nearly every all-time career stat list for UD. In addition to Roosevelt,Kurt Huelsman from St Henry who also is a former UD Basketball player was on hand for the occasion. As one of the most team-oriented players to wear a Flyer uniform, Kurt Huelsman was a leader on both ends of the floor. Offensively, Huelsman is a skilled performer that enjoyed his most consistent season as a Flyer during his sophomore campaign. After being held scoreless in his first three games, Huelsman tallied 200 points thanks to 53 percent (77-of-146) shooting during that span and scoring in double figures in eight games. Huelsman was the only player to start every game in 2006-07 for UD and started all games in 2007-08, as well as 2008-09.

Tim, is the son of former Mayor Jack Harless and has two sons, Shawn and Bill and two grandsons, Michael and Conner. Tim is a Cincinnati Reds and Bengals fan where you can see him at games for UD Flyers, Reds and Bengals throughout the year. Congratulations Tim on your retirement and thank you for your dedication and commitment to the City of Greenville.

Click on image to see a much larger version of the photo

CHILD DEATH INVESTIGATION

The Darke County Coroner’s Office and the Darke County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the death of a twelve year old child identified as Jordan T. Pond of Versailles. On Friday evening, August 20, 2010 at approximately 10 PM the child suffered a sudden cardiac arrest at the Darke County Fair near the area of Gate 6. An EMS unit stationed on the grounds came to the aid of the child. The child was rushed to Wayne Hospital across the street from the fairgrounds where he was later pronounced dead.

Darke County Coroner Dr. T. Kathman reports that preliminary findings suggest that the cause of death is natural. A final determination on cause and manner of death is pending further forensic testing which could take several weeks.

There is no evidence at this time to suggest that the child’s death is associated with his attendance at the Darke County Fair.

The Reds' last World Series winning manager, Lou Piniella, retires

From ESPN.com:
Aug. 21, 1990. Riverfront Stadium. Dutch Rennert called Barry Larkin out at first at the end of the fifth inning. Reds manager Lou Piniella comes out to argue the call. He throws his hat down. Rennert ejects him on the spot. But wait, there's more. Piniella pulls up first base and throws it, and, dissatisfied with his first toss, picks it up and hurls it again, sending it flying and rolling all the way into short right.

"I just saw it (the base) laying next to my feet," Piniella said after the game. "That just happened. You come in here and say to yourself, 'What the hell is a 47-year-old man doing that for?' I don't know. It's frustration. The bag was lying there, and I grabbed it. Dutch Rennert is a fine umpire, and I didn't want to show him up. I'll talk to him tomorrow before the game."
The Reds would go on to win the 1990 World Series defeating the heavily-favored A's in four games - all in Piniella's first season with the Reds. Incredibly, Sweet Lou and the Reds would part ways just two years later after the 1992 season. Piniella would go on to have successful runs with the Mariners, Devil Rays, and Cubs. Piniella retired today to be with his ailing mother - and you can watch his tearful press conference here.

Lou - thanks for throwing the base, kicking the dirt, fighting with Dibble, and bringing us a World Series.

Cancer Association Announces its 6th Annual Gospel Sing Concert on August 29

Your local and independent Cancer Association of Darke County is putting on their sixth annual Gospel Sing concert. The Gospel Sing is a free, nondenominational concert on August 29th, at Lighthouse Christian Center with doors opening at 6:00 PM and concluding at 8:00 PM.

The performers this year include: Tommy Renfro, the New Dawn Trio, Donovan Brown, Kimi Holsapple, the First Baptist Church Puppets, and the Majestic Sounds Quartet.

Tommy Renfro is a little bit of old mixed with a fresh anointing of praise. Born and raised in the corn fields of southwest Ohio, this twenty-five year old singer/songwriter has dabbled in everything from Christian Rock to Southern Gospel and has found a new balance of music expressed in his upcoming album titled “Til’ They Ask Why.” Wither it’s singing to a huge crowd or a church of 25 people, his performance is always the same because, as Tommy often states “It’s not about me, it’s about His glory.” This Darke County native is thrilled to be a part of this year’s concert and hopes to see you there!

The New Dawn Trio was formed in 2009 by three singers Bruce Swank, Dixie Magee, and Larry Hart. The trio presents sermon through song throughout their performance.

Donovan Brown is a solo-artist born in Arcanum who sings to share the Gospel of Jesus, Hope, and Salvation. He has been singing in the Tri-State for more than 30 years.

Majestic Sounds Quartet was formed in 2008 and will sing anytime, anywhere, and any place they have been asked. The group’s focus is singing about God’s love, His grace, and His mercy. The quartet, through song and spoken word, hopes to touch the hearts of those who hear us and make a spiritual difference in their lives, while drawing those who hear their performance closer to God.

Kimi Holsapple has traveled near and far lifting the name of Jesus Christ through song and prayer that all who hear will come to know Him. Kimi has performed with many gospel groups and has been performing as a solo artist for more than twenty-seven years. She now has five CDs and is currently working on another to be released in 2011. Kimi gives all the glory, honor, and praise to God for every opportunity to sing and witness for the Lord.

The Cancer Association is excited for this event and hopes that you and your family will keep the evening of August 29th clear to attend this FREE, nondenominational concert. A love offering will be taken up during the performance to benefit the Cancer Association of Darke County. There will also be a bake sale to benefit the Cancer Association with local baked goods.

Lighthouse Christian Center is located on 5256 Sebring-Warner Road in Greenville, Ohio and is kind enough to allow the Cancer Association to hold this event at their church; please join us for an evening of entertainment and great music!

Extension update: CRABGRASS, THE BANE OF THE LAWN Connoisseur’S EXISTENCE

Nothing looks worse in a pristine lawn than a patch of crabgrass, with its lighter color green in the summer and purplish hue in the fall. I’ve had quite a few calls and stop-ins at the office asking about ‘crabgrass’. Not every grass brought in was crabgrass, but most of it was. The easiest way to find out which grass you have is to bring in a sample for me to look at. Please bring the whole plant, roots to seed head. The more plant parts the better! Now back to crabgrass. Once crabgrass is identified the next question that arises is how do I kill it?

Hope in Recovery event - August 27th

Hope in Recovery will have a speaker share his journey walking the path of drug and alcohol addiction on Friday, August 27, at 7:00 pm. There will be an informational question and answer session for anyone wanting to learn more about drugs, street drugs, signs and symptoms of drug use, etc.

Hope in Recovery meets every Tuesday afternoon from 2:00 – 3:00 pm, and every Friday night from 7:00 – 8:15 pm. Hope-a-non and Hope for Teens also meet every Friday night from 7:00 – 8:15 pm. Meetings are held at the First Presbyterian Church, 114 E. 4th Street, Greenville.

If you are a family member, teenager, or the person suffering an addiction we invite you to come. Hope in Recovery is not limited to only the addictions of drugs or alcohol. For more information please call 548-9006, or just show up.

Arrests by Darke County Drug Task Force

On Friday, August 13, 2010, the Darke County Drug Task Force and the Miami County Sheriff's Office K-9 Unit conducted a narcotics investigation in the 1000 block of Martin Street in Greenville. During the investigation, detectives discovered heroin and crack cocaine.

Michael J. Sawyer (21) of Dayton, OH was arrested for felony possession of heroin, and Anthony D. Graham Jr. (20) also of Dayton, OH was arrested for felony possession and drug trafficking in heroin and crack cocaine. Bond was set at $50,000 for both Sawyer and Graham.

Additional charges are pending on Egbert for Drug Trafficking in LSD, a Schedule 1 substance.
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On Friday, August 20, 2010 the Darke County Drug Task Force, Ohio Investigative Unit, Greenville Police Department, Darke County Sheriff's Office and the Darke County SRT executed an arrest warrant in the 800 block of Martin Street.

Jennifer R. Egbert (28) of Bellevue, OH was arrested on a drug trafficking warrant for Trafficking in Schedule 1 Psilocybin Mushrooms. The warrant stemmed from a drug investigation by the Greenville Police Department and the Darke County Sheriff's Office.

Also arrested was Colt J. Black (21) of Piqua, OH for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of Spirituous Liquor.

MJH sent in these photos of the Lady Antebellum concert (from the front row)

Mandy's Fun Run is September 18th @ 8:30am in the city park

MANDY'S SUNSHINE 5K RUN/WALK (and 2 mile walk) is an annual event in the city of Greenville, OH, held in memory of Mandy Green and as a fund-raiser for a scholarship to be given in her name. This website is where you register for the Run/Walk. The race will benefit the Mandy Green Class of 2013 Memorial Scholarship fund, established at the HOPE Foundation. The fund will provide scholarships to graduating seniors in the year 2013. Mandy passed away on May 10, 2005 after a four and a half year battle with Wilm's Tumor, a rare childhood cancer. She was 10 years old. Her classmates were very supportive and protective of Mandy during her struggle with cancer through the years. The fund was established to reflect and pay back the loving support Mandy received from her classmates and friends. Mandy lived well, had many friends, loved much, and laughed often. Thank you for joining us in celebration and honor of her life.

You can register online or print out a form here. But hurry ... Commemorative T-shirts are free and guaranteed only for registrations postmarked on or before September 4, 2010.

Thank you from the Fort GreeneVille Chapter DAR

I would like to thank everyone that donated DVD movies to the Fort GreeneVille Chapter DAR. I was able to take 152 DVDs to the state conference meeting. If anyone would still like to donate, DVDs can be dropped off at Harless Chiropractic. Big thanks to Harless Chiropractic for volunteering to be a drop-off location.

Debbie Nisonger, Vice Regent

[original story: DAR is accepting donated DVDs for our overseas troops]

Vote for Brandon Liette in the WHIO high school football dream team

This is DarkeJournal, and there is only one Darke Countian on the ballot for the WHIO high school football dream team ... Ansonia's Brandon Liette. Vote for Brandon here.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

A few photos from the Lady Antebellum concert

These are the best that could be managed from our vantage point. If you have some good photos, email them.

It's Where You Live: Darke County/Greenville

"IT'S WHERE YOU LIVE", ALL THIS WEEK. WE WILL BE RUNNING STORIES ABOUT GOOD OLE DARKE ON DAYTON'S NEWS SOURCE.
 - ABM

Dick Garrison photo wins prize in nature category at the fair

Dick Garrison won second place for the photo below in the nature (flora) category at The Great Darke County Fair. The shot was taken at Butchart Gardens, Victoria, British Columbia, at the end of April. Many other photographers also won prizes, but Dick is an occasional contributor to the website - so he gets special recognition. Congratulations Dick!

Lady Antebellum concert ... tonight!

The day has arrived. If you were lucky enough to get a ticket, the forecast couldn't be better: no rain, low humidity, and and temps in the mid-70's for the start of the concert. Another great act, Justin Moore, will open for Lady A. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. See you there! It probably hasn't been said enough - but thank you, thank you, thank you to the Fair Board for somehow getting one of the hottest groups in America to come to Darke County. If you didn't score a ticket, here's your consolation prize ....

DarkeJournal sponsors the "Ace Pace" Saturday at the fair

A big thanks goes to Tim Harless, who arranged for DarkeJournal to sponsor the 4th horserace Saturday night at the Great Darke County Fair. Forever Friendly won the "Ace Pace" (nicknamed by Tim) - the lead horse in the photo below.

The Flower Patch sponsors Saturday race at The Great Darke County Fair

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Open thread: Friday night internet crash

Many people have reported a strange loss of internet service Friday night. Major websites such as Yahoo!, Google, and facebook remained available - while many others (including DarkeJournal.com) were not. CenturyLink (aka Embarq aka Sprint) customers seemed to have been affected the most. Does anybody know what happened? Or what could have possibly caused a selective crash?

Opening Ceremonies at the Great Darke County Fair

Steve Baker has it covered, along with a preview of the fair. Click on the badge to watch video.

120+ for the Final Flick on 5th of 2010

On the night before the opening of the Great Darke County Fair, approximately 120 people came to watch Hoosiers in downtown Greenville for the final installment of the Flicks on 5th series for 2010. Over 700 people attended the three movies shown this summer.

Thanks again to the sponsors: Harry D. Stephens Foundation, GTI, Greenville National Bank, Greenville Elks, Leis Realty, Law Office of Jason Aslinger, Greenville Kiwanis, Buchy Foods, Rep. Jim Zehringer, Steve and Eileen Litchfield, and John and Ginger Warner. And thanks to Main Street Greenville arranging and organizing Flicks on 5th.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Biblical Art Exhibit At St. Charles Center To Open

Click image to see video report from Steve Baker.

Help Wanted: Montage Cafe

Montage Cafe is looking for a person to work 3-5 days a week, 930/1030---4/430. Some evenings an at least 2 Saturdays a month. Prefer restaurant experience.

Respond to: Monatgecafe@woh.rr.com

High School football on Joy FM

JOY FM (88.9 FM and online at www.889joyfm.com) is once again airing High School Football games. This year, Joy FM will be airing ten Cross County Conference Games. Ryan Gathard and Mike Hohler will bring you the Pre Game show beginning at 7:15 PM with kick off at 7:30 PM. Here is a list of the games scheduled for airing on Joy-FM: 8/27 - Ft. Recover @ Mississinawa Valley; 9/3 - Arcanum @ Miami East; 9/10 - National Trail @ Ansonia; 9/17 - Mississinawa Valley @ Twin Valley South; 9/24 - Ansonia @ Arcanum; 10/1 - Bradford @ Arcanum; 10/8 - Arcanum @ Mississinawa Valley; 10/15 - Covington @ Ansonia; 10/22 - Ansonia @ Tri-County North; 10/29 - Miami East @ Ansonia.

And watch for details coming soon ..............

Diabetic Group Classes

September is the time of the year when kids are heading back to school to improve their knowledge in many different areas. As adults, we should use this time to determine if there are areas in our life where knowledge and skills could be used to improve our health and wellbeing.

The more knowledge you have about diabetes the better you are able to control our blood sugar. If you have been recently diagnosed with diabetes or have been a diabetic for several years, additional education is important. Your life is not the same now as it was five years ago. That is why education is important to learn how to manage your blood sugar throughout your life.

The Great Darke County Fair is Open

Everybody have a great time - and if you get the chance, send in your photos, press releases, funny stories, etc. And please be careful - the traffic gets crazier every year.

UPDATE: this message from the Darke County Sheriff's Office (via faccebook):
The Darke County Fair starts today, and of course just in time for the fair is the return of very hot weather! Temperatures today are expected to climb into the 90's so drink plenty of fluids while you are at the fair. Remember traffic will be extra congested around the fairgrounds, so slow down and watch for pedestrians! We hope all of you fair goers have a Safe and Enjoyable time at the 2010 Darke County Fair.

John Kasich visits Ft. Recovery

John Kasich was just across the county line today in Ft. Recovery speaking to large crowd about agricultural issues. Kasich said agriculture was one of Ohio's strengths, and we need to build and promote agriculture, and not be intimidated by the fringe special interest groups who threaten farming. Many Darke Countians were present for the event. Kasich is a candidate for governor of Ohio and is pictured here with commission candidate Mike Stegall.

World War II veteran Pierre V. Coppess, Jr., passed away Wednesday

You can read his obituary here.

City map shows Fitzpatrick House within 1,000 foot "buffer zone" for sex offenders

Ohio Revised Code 2950.034(A) states: "No person who has been convicted of, is convicted of, has pleaded guilty to, or pleads guilty to a sexually oriented offense or a child-victim oriented offense shall establish a residence or occupy residential premises within one thousand feet of any school premises or preschool or child day-care center premises."

Ohio Revised Code Section 2925.01(R) defines "school premises" as meaning either of the following: (1) The parcel of real property on which any school is situated, whether or not any instruction, extracurricular activities, or training provided by the school is being conducted on the premises at the time a criminal offense is committed; (2) Any other parcel of real property that is owned or leased by a board of education of a school, the governing authority of a community school established under Chapter 3314. of the Revised Code, or the governing body of a nonpublic school for which the state board of education prescribes minimum standards under section 3301.07 of the Revised Code and on which some of the instruction, extracurricular activities, or training of the school is conducted, whether or not any instruction, extracurricular activities, or training provided by the school is being conducted on the parcel of real property at the time a criminal offense is committed.

The City of Greenville has prepared several maps depicting the so-called "buffer zones" under the current sex offender residency law. A portion of one map is shown immediately below.

The map above has a blue dot on the residence at 449-451 East Third Street, also known as "The Fitzpatrick House." The map clearly shows the Fitzpatrick House within the 1000 foot buffer from East School. Separate analysis - apart from the City's map - confirms the parcel to be within the 1000 foot zone. You can do your own measurements on the City of Greenville Zoning Map, if you wish.

As late as June of this year, there were three registered sex offenders listed on the DCSO website as residing at either 449 or 451 East Third Street. Currently, there are no registered sex offenders listed as residing in the Fitzpatrick House.

[The blue dot and arrow above were added to the City's map.]

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UPDATE: Video embedded with permission of WDTN. Also check out Kennan Oliphant's written report here. (Bumped for the video.)


UPDATE II: for the second time in a little over a month, a sex offender living at 116 Ludlow Street (Greenville) was arrested for a parole violation. Sex offender C.L. was arrested Friday morning (8/20), while former resident J.M. was arrested on July 16th.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

A unique sunset photo from DB

John Welch from Childrens Home Bradford Road flies this Motorized Parachute over Greenville, mostly east of town, on many fair weather nights. He has done this for several years. 8:44 PM, sunset 8:28 PM.

Does this photo remind you of anything?

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