Monday, January 31, 2011

Level 2 Ice Alert (1/31/11 at 10:30pm)

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A LEVEL 2 ICE/SNOW EMERGENCY FOR DARKE COUNTY DUE TO FREEZING RAIN FALLING ACROSS THE COUNTY.

Darke County Sheriff Toby L. Spencer has issued a Level 2 Ice/Snow Emergency for Darke County . This Ice/Snow Emergency has been issued to warn those who must travel on Darke County roadways to use extreme caution due to freezing rain falling across the county. The freezing rain has led to treacherous road conditions and conditions are expected to worsen during the overnight hours. Significant amounts of freezing rain are possible on Tuesday and the National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Darke County . This is a dangerous situation.

This Level 2 Ice/Snow Emergency takes effect immediately at 10:30 PM

A LEVEL 2 ICE/SNOW EMERGENCY DOES RESTRICT TRAVEL. ONLY THOSE PERSONS GOING TO AND FROM WORK, FOR ESSENTIAL MEDICAL CARE, TO OBTAIN ESSENTIAL SUPPLIES AND NECESSITIES SHOULD BE DRIVING ON DARKE COUNTY ROADWAYS .

You can view the latest road and weather information at our website www.DarkeCountySheriff.org and at www.Facebook.com/DarkeCountySheriff.

WHIO video: Wife Of Steelers Kicker Talks About Life In Greenville *Link fixed

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Click on image below. Thanks to Steve Mehaffie.

Grant awarded to the City of Greenville

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The City of Greenville will receive a $150,553 Roadwork Development Grant for the costs associated with the completion of public roadwork improvements in support of Continental Carbonic Products, Inc.’s project in the City of Greenville (Darke County). The project involves the construction of approximately 650 feet of roadway and four curb inlets north of the intersection of Jaysville-St. Johns Road and Sebring-Warner Road, which will create additional development and expansion opportunities at Greenville Industrial Park. The $278,000 project is expected to assist in creating 72 jobs.

Helpful ideas for the impending storm

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The Darke County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management would like to list some helpful ideas for preparing for the impending winter storm:

  • Plan on enough supplies for a minimum of 3 days without utilities.
  • Have spare batteries for flashlights and portable battery powered radio.
  • Spare gas for generators, also DO NOT operate generators inside the house or garages, they should be outside.
  • Use Cell phones sparingly, without electricity you will not be able to charge them.
  • If you are on oxygen or any other life support – plan ahead for supplies and electricity or possible another place to stay during the storm event.
  • If you use candles for light – use them safely.

These are only a few precautions to take for more information go to www.fema.gov/hazard/witner/index.shtm or Google winter preparedness.

Free Family Movie Nights at EUM!

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Every first Saturday of the month immediately following 6:30 p.m. worship, EUM Church hosts a FREE Family Movie Night, complete with popcorn and drinks. The movie for February is Despicable Me and will be shown on Saturday, February 5. Come and check out the new EUM Worship Center at 1451 Sater Street on the corner of Sater and Sebring-Warner Road and enjoy a great family night out!

Come for worship… Stay for the movie! Children’s programs are provided during worship. For more information, call 548-3211 or go to www.eumchurch.org.

Chef Jeff loves the Chicago dog

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Chef Jeff stopped by Big City Dogs and he likes the Chicago dog ... a lot. You have to love a website that has a review of hot dogs followed by a recipe for Subz Saag Gosht- Lamb Curry with Winter Vegetables and Spinach.

photo from eaterie.wordpress.com

Courageous young man sings the national anthem in Versailles

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Courtesy of themaconline.com. Video link here.

New update from DarkeCountyWeather.com

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A significant and dangerous winter storm will impact Darke County beginning late tonight. Precipitation will begin as a combination of snow and sleet late this evening and overnight tonight before changing to freezing rain by early Tuesday.

Freezing rain and sleet will be likely all day on Tuesday and conditions across the county will deteriorate with travel becoming difficult by Tuesday afternoon and evening. Power outages could begin to become an issue by Tuesday evening as significant amounts of ice accumulation begins to occur.

The freezing rain will continue into Tuesday Night before changing back to a sleet and snow combination by early Wednesday morning. Light to moderate snow will continue during the day on Wednesday.

Total ice accumulations will approach and possibly exceed one inch, with three to five inches of combined snow and sleet accumulations.

Gusty winds will create additional problems as winds gust to 35 mph by Tuesday Night and Wednesday. Temperatures will fall below zero Thursday Night creating a dangerous situation for those without power.

Diabetes Myths Program

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If you are a diabetic, you know that there are a lot of misconceptions when it comes to diabetes. Sometimes it is hard to separate diabetic fact from myth. Wayne HealthCare would like to stomp out some of the diabetic myths. The Wayne HealthCare Diabetes Self Management Education will be sponsoring a Free Monthly Diabetes Education Program to discuss “Debunking Diabetes Myths” on February 8, 2011. The program will be presented by Karen Droesch RD ,LD,CDE the Certified Diabetes Educator at Wayne HealthCare. Karen will provide the presentation and allow time from to answer your questions regarding diabetes. The program will be held at 6 p.m. in the conference room at Wayne HealthCare. Cost is FREE. If you have questions about the program, please call 937-547-5750.

greenville athletic boosters monte carlo night

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The Greenville Athletic Boosters will be holding their Annual Monte Carlo Night on Saturday, March 19, 2011 at Paw’s Bingo Hall, 848 Martin Street, Greenville, OH, from to   In addition to Blackjack, Texas hold ‘em, Craps, and the Horse Races; 50/50 drawings will be held throughout the evening.  Tickets are on sale now for $ 15.00 per person (includes start up play money).  Great prizes to be given away such as a big screen TV., recliner, & many other items.  You can purchase tickets from any Greenville High School Athlete, the Athletic Office (937) 548-4416, Jonie Drew (937) 459-0097 or Ellen Hetzler (937) 459-0099.  Come and enjoy the fun & Support your Greenville Student Athletes!! 100% of the proceeds go to the Greenville Athletic Boosters who lend support to our Athletic teams.


Sunday, January 30, 2011

Huge crowd for the Tommy Renfro Concert

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Tommy Renfro had a great crowd Sunday evening at Memorial Hall for his concert benefiting F.A.M.E. Please help Tommy by calling your local Christian radio station and requesting his new song "The Light" ...

Contrail sunset from DB

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New Addition to the Darke County Animal Shelter

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A new outdoor fenced in enclosure has been added to the Darke County Animal Shelter. This project was totally funded by the Darke County Friends of The Shelter. The purpose of this enclosure is to allow a new adopting family time to get acquainted with a dog in a controlled and safe environment. Maintenance and upkeep for the enclosure will be provided by members of the Darke County Friends of the Shelter. The new enclosure has appropriately been named "Canine Corral".

The Darke County Friends of the Shelter is a 501(c)3 non profit organization which raises funds throughout the year. The group provides additional amenities, such as the Canine Corral, to assist in the daily operation of the Darke County Animal Shelter. The shelter is located at 5066 County Home Rd., Greenville, Oh., just beyond the Sheriff's Department. Check out our website at www.darkecountyanimalshelter.com or call 937-547-1645.

Might want to check Buck's Blog regularly for updates as well ...

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ABM has some early previews on the coming storm as well.

Further updates from DarkeCountyWeather.com

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... a few small changes to the forecast this afternoon. The storm does look like it will track ever so slightly farther North which will be good for those folks South of Dayton and Montgomery County, however ultimately it will have little bearing on our forecast here in Darke County.

The freezing rain and ice threat remains a distinct possibility with precipitation beginning as early as tomorrow evening in the form of some sleet and snow. The freezing rain will kick into gear on Tuesday and up to an inch of ice could accumulate before we transition back to snow Tuesday Night. Gusty winds will create problems behind the system.

DJ adds: at least we're not in northern Illinois ...

Keeping It Home - CD Release Party and F.A.M.E. Benefit - Tonight at 6pm

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Sunday, January 30, 2011 · 6:00pm - 9:00pm
St. Clair Memorial Hall
215 West 4th Street, Greenville, OH

This is the release party for Tommy Renfro's new album Til They Ask Why. All ticket sales are going to benefit FAME (Financial Assistance for Medical Emergencies) in Darke County. Tickets will be available at many local businesses throughout the area. Memorial Hall holds 635 people. The goal is to raise $4000 plus for FAME! It's a great cause and your first chance to get Tommy Renfro's new album! Get your tickets soon cause they'll go quickly!

Tickets: $8 in advance, $10 at the door; Ticket Locations: Wiemers Electronics - New Madison, OH, Alexis Hair Salon - Greenville, OH, Suttons Grocery - Arcanum, OH, Tri-Village Local Schools - New Madison, OH, Triumphant Christian Center - Greenville, OH, Trinity Gifts and Books - Richmond, IN; Underwriting Sponsors: Dave Knapp Ford, Marty McCabe Painting, Don and Kay Swabb, Mark and Hilda Earles

FOR SALE ~ 753 Primrose Drive, Greenville

753 Primrose Drive, Greenville

3 bedroom, 2 bath – Kitchen – Living Room
Family Room w/fireplace includes 42” flat screen mounted above.
Wood floor (installed 2009), Large fenced backyard (installed 2010)
All appliances included: Stove, Refrigerator, Dishwasher, Washer and Dryer
Two Car garage and large front porch, 1,770 Sq. Ft. of living area!!
For more info, or to set up appointment, call 459-6915


Storm Update from DarkeCountyWeather.com

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A dangerous winter storm will impact Indiana and Ohio this week. A strong low pressure system will track across portions of Kentucky and heavy precipitation will being to spread into the Ohio Valley as early as Monday Night!

The initial wave of precipitation Monday Night will likely fall as snow across the Northern third of Indiana and Ohio with a mix bag of snow, sleet and freezing raina cross the rest of the state.

The most intense portion of the storm will occur during the day on Tuesday and into Wednesday. Absolutely incredible amounts of moisture and precipitation will be fed into portions of Indiana and Ohio and extremely intense precipitation rates will occur. The system will also be strengthening as it moves across the Ohio Valley and will have impressive dynamics to work with. Thunderstorms will be likely on the cold side of the storm, and thunder snow, thunder sleet and thunder freezing rain are all likely, again, leading to enhanced precipitation rates.

Here in Darke County, it would appear that the main threat will be a significant ice storm while areas to our North and Northwest are impacted by a full blow blizzard. Up to an inch, possibly an inch and a half of ice accumulation will be possible across Darke County with 2-4 inches of snow on top of the ice.

An impressive surface gradient will cause very strong winds to develop with gusts upwards of 35-40 mph by Tuesday Night and Wednesday.

Travel will be difficult, if not impossible by Tuesday Night and Wednesday across most of Indiana and Ohio, whether it be from freezing rain, snow, a combination of the two, etc. Power outages due to the ice, wind and extreme amounts of snow are inevitable.

Steam Threshers Reunion - June 30 through July 3

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The Darke County Steam Threshers Association will hold their annual reunion at York Woods June 30- July 3. The club website is www.darkecountysteam.com.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Teacher's Pet Bookstore is closing April 1st

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The Teacher's Pet Bookstore will be closing it's doors on April 1st. All inventory and store racks are for sale. Now is the time to stock up on all your classroom needs. Inventory is 50% off. Call 937-467-3000 to set up a time to browse or stop in the store on Saturdays or Sundays now through April 1st. I want to thank all of those customers who shopped here for their school and classroom needs. ~ Kathy Cool, Owner, Teacher's Pet Bookstore, 6158 Requarth Road, Greenville

Charlotte S. spotted these wild turkeys near Hollansburg on Wednesday

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Storm preview from DarkeCountyWeather.com

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A significant winter storm will impact much of the Ohio Valley next Tuesday and Wednesday.

The threat for significant snow and ice is very high across the Eastern Indiana and Western Ohio region.

The storm system is several days away, so details concerning where the snow and ice line may develop are uncertain, however significant winter precipitation is likely.

Kiwanis honors Students of the Month

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Three Greenville High School seniors were honored as Students of the Month by Greenville Kiwanis Wednesday.

They are, left to right, Prital Mehta, Greenville, Audrey Garber, Bradford, and Chase Albright, Greenville.

The fourth Student of the Month for November and December, 2010, Ian Brown of Greenville, was recognized last week.

Pictured with the students is Joe Payne, Kiwanis President.


Citizens4Change supports the proposed city ordinance on sex offfenders

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Citizens4Change believes that the Sex Offender Residency 1500 Ft. ordinance is for the good of our community. Do not let the threat of any lawsuit deter you. If it becomes necessary to go to court, the City of Greenville cannot spend money on a better cause than to protect our community. We appreciate Council members and administration for their diligence and commitment to researching all the facts. Our hope is that Greenville City Council will vote for the future of our city and its residents; not for one citizen who has chosen to import sexual offenders into our city. This is our Community; let’s take care of our own!

Friday, January 28, 2011

Zehringer meets with Newt Gingrich

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Ohio's new Ag Director met today with former Speaker of the House (and rumored presidential candidate) Newt Gingrich.

Check out this new local food blog

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Stop by State of the Heart Hospice for a free heart health screening - February 4

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We all know it’s important to take good care of our hearts. “Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women,” said Kelley Hall, State of the Heart Hospice education coordinator. “That’s why we’re encouraging everyone to know their numbers.”

In recognition of American Heart Month, the nonprofit agency is offering free screenings on Heart Health Day – Friday, February 4. Stop by the Greenville office, 1350 N. Broadway, from 8:00-10:30 a.m. to have your blood pressure, BMI, and weight checked. Screenings should last five to ten minutes.

There will also be information available on diet and exercise, cholesterol, and risk factors for heart disease. Red Dress pins from The American Heart Association will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Take the time to learn how to prevent heart disease for yourself or someone you love. For more information, contact Hall at khall@stateoftheheartcare.org or 937-548-2999.

GREENVILLE MOOSE DINNER & DANCE - February 12th

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On February 12th, the Greenville Moose will host a dinner and dance open to the public. Tickets for the dinner and dance will be $6.00. If you just want to come for the dance, tickets for the dance only will be $3.00. Tickets will be available at the door. The dinner will be served starting at 6PM and the dance will start at 8PM running until 11PM.

Music for the dance will be supplied by local band FourFront. This local band consists of Perry Walls on drums and vocals, Jeff Wolfe on guitar, keyboard and vocals, Will Stacy on bass and vocals and Ron Marshall on guitar and vocals. FourFront music features new and old Country and Classic Rock. Their music will please people of all ages.

This dinner and dance is open to the public! Bring your Valentine Sweetie out and enjoy dinner and dancing for Valentine’s Day at the most reasonable price in town!

Greenville Fire Department gets new "Quint" truck

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The City of Greenville announces that it has received delivery of a new fire truck. The new apparatus is a “Quint” – which means it has 5 major features: pump, water tank, hose bed, full ground ladder set, and 75’ aerial ladder. The new apparatus was built by Pierce Manufacturing, Appleton, Wisconsin and purchased through Finley Fire Equipment, McConnelsville, Ohio. The “Quint” replaces Engine 2, a 1971 Mack pumper. Engine 2 was purchased for $42,782.00 and has been “refurbished” twice (1986 and 2000). The cost of the new apparatus is $638,362.00. The new apparatus was funded by a $475,000.00 federal grant and $163,362.00 from City of Greenville funds. The federal funding is from the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program established in 2001. This is the third AFG awarded to the City of Greenville from the federal government. Total AFG funds awarded to the City of Greenville now stands at $618,980.00.

The “Quint” will respond first out to all structural fire type calls. The addition of the extra ground ladders and aerial ladder will provide additional firefighting capabilities by the on duty firefighters. Firefighters will receive training provided from Pierce Manufacturing on the operations and maintenance of the apparatus. In addition, personnel will be performing operational drills and driving practice on the new apparatus over the next few weeks. It is expected that the new apparatus will be placed in-service in late February. As a condition of the grant, Engine 2 will be taken out of service and sold.

For more information contact Chief mark Wolf 937-548-3040 or mwolf@cityofgreenville.org.

Hemer wins bid for Decision Points

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Tammy Green, Jesse Green, and Pete Hemer
Decision Points, a book written by President George W. Bush was offered a few weeks ago for bidding on DarkeJournal to benefit “Mandy’s Sunshine Run”.

The sixth annual running of this race will be held in the Greenville city park on September 17, 2011. Mandy Green's family and friends organized this 5K Run/Walk to help fund the Mandy Green Class of 2013 Memorial Scholarship Fund at the HOPE Foundation established by Jesse and Tammy Green in memory of their daughter. 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 ten 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 payback the loving support Mandy received from her classmates and friends.

The winning bid was offered by Pete Hemer, who also received a bookplate personally autographed by President Bush. For information and registration see: http://www.mandysfunrun.org/.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Rossburg resident killed in collision with school bus

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Story at DaytonDailyNews.com.

Rotary announces special speaker for February 1st meeting

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The Greenville Rotary Club is excited to announce that Tuesday, February 1, 2011 at Noon; their guest lunch speaker will be World renowned concert pianist ALPIN HONG. Alpin has performed at the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall, just to name a few, and is a "Pianistic Firebrand” according to The New York Times. Alpin Hong’s expansive musical training is only enhanced by his diverse accomplishments in skateboarding, martial arts, and videogames.

Alpin is the fourth and final Artists Series performance of Darke County Center for the Arts 2010-2011 season. “This unique concert pianist and arts advocate enthusiastically makes classical music appealing to audiences of all ages,” said Julie Strait, Executive Director of Darke County Center for the Arts. Alpin Hong will perform at St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville, Saturday, February 5, 8:00 pm. Tickets to the show are $20 and may be purchased at the door or in advance by contacting DCCA at 937-547-0908 or dcca@centerforarts.net.

You may obtain further information about this and further guests speakers on our blog at http://darkecountyview.com/greenvillerotary. Anyone interest in becoming a member of the Greenville Rotary Club may contact the Club Secretary, Christy Baker at 937-548-3777 or by email at cbaker@ymcadarkecounty.org; or the Club Treasurer, Diane Shuff at 937-548-6181 or by email at dshuff@myfsbdirect.com.

Tracks along Greenville Creek (from Elain Holzapfel)

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I was standing on the swinging bridge in Greenville City Park and noticed these unusual footprints. The naturalist at Darke County Park idenified the prints as those of a muskrat, and the long lines among the prints were left by muskrat tails.

McCulloch Honored as “Great Ohioan”

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William Moore McCulloch yesterday was selected as part of the 2011 class of “Great Ohioans” by the Capital Square Review and Advisory Board and Capital Square Foundation.

McCulloch is a former congressman and state representative, serving as speaker of the Ohio House from 1939-1944. After graduating from law school at the Ohio State University, he established his practice in Piqua. McCulloch is most widely recognized as a civil rights advocate, serving as a pivotal figure in historic legislation such as the 1964 Civil Rights Act, 1965 Civil Rights Act and 1968 Fair Housing Act.

“Congressman McCulloch and his impressive record are a source of pride for our community,” Representative Adams said. “He is very deserving of the designation of ‘Great Ohioan,’ and we will never forget the contributions he made for our state and our nation.”

McCulloch joins three others in the 2011 class of “Great Ohioans,” including former presidents Ulysses S. Grant and William Howard Taft, along with women’s-rights leader Harriet Taylor Upton.

Great photo submitted by Anne Mangen

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Would You Enjoy Winning a Gourmet Dinner?

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The Cancer Association of Darke County is holding their Gourmet Dinner Raffle once again. The winner of this annual event and seven of their friends or family will enjoy a gourmet meal prepared by the Gourmet Dinner Club, at your choice of time and place. The drawing will be held on February 14th at noon; tickets available until the drawing. You do not need to be present to win. Eikenberry’s has been generous enough to donate the ingredients for the dinner and Minuteman Press has donated the raffle tickets.

Members from the local “Gourmet Dinner Club” will be volunteering their time to prepare a multi-course meal. The chefs are Randy and Amy Breaden, Tom and Suzie Brown, Bill and Nancy Cooper, Donn and Cassie Fishbein, Tom and Julie Graber, Steve and Eileen Litchfield, and Bill and Kris Osterbur.

The Cancer Association of Darke County is local and independent; all donations stay in the area to provide services to cancer patients, education and information in the prevention and early detection of cancer, and a yearly donation to research. Tickets are available at the Cancer Association office located at 209 East Fourth Street in Greenville or from any board member. Tickets are $5.00 each or 6 for $25.00. For more information, please contact Warren Richards at the Cancer Association at 937-548-9960.

OSU Extension, Darke County, Calendar - upcoming events

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January, 2011: 31 - 4-H Camp Counselors, 7:00pm, OSUE Learning Center; February, 2011: 3 - Ag Breakfast, 7:30am, Brethrens Retirement Center cafeteria; 3 - 4-H Mandatory Volunteer/Club Update, 7:00pm, OSUE Learning Center (must pre-register); 5 - New Volunteer Orientation, 10:00am, OSUE Learning Center (must pre-register); 10 - Helping Children Succeed after Divorce, 3:00-5:00pm, OSUE Learning Center (must pre-register); 10 - 4-H County Committee, 7:00pm, OSUE Learning Center ;12 - CARTEENS, 9:00-11:00am, OSUE Learning Center. For more information, please call 937.548.5215 or email dark@cfaes.osu.edu.

I would love a bedroom that looked like this (by Abraham Lincoln)

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I must admit I like this style but what I got is from an era of got to have Cedar Chests; and my bedroom looks like crap. That’s only part of my problem. Have you ever really looked at yourself? I mean, seriously, looked? I don’t think so. I took the time, and no small amount of trouble, this morning, to check myself out. I am not reporting on the size or condition of my private parts or their location, but rather, Abraham Lincoln, President Lincoln’s 3rd Cousin, 3-times removed.

I discovered that I am contributing to the balance of payments problems and the trillion dollar debt we put off on our down-the-road grandchildren’s children.

I discovered my house slippers are made in China. My Indian Moccasins are made in China. My shirt, and it is a nice looking shirt, is made in Korea. My blue jeans were manufactured in Mexico and my PJs are put together in XX Large size over in China. The only thing I am wearing that was made in American is Fruit of the Loom underwear — my shorts! Are you kidding me?

No. It is the sad truth is that oranges no longer come from Florida but from places I can’t even spell. We are living a life that benefits all the nations on the globe but our own and we can thank, Mr. President, William Jefferson Clinton, among a hoard of other, slicker, sicker politicians for the Fair and Free Trade Laws they created shutting down our mills and shoe factories and putting our labor force on welfare while, as President Obama recently said, “plugging-in” China, India and only God knows who else.

Our American Problem — I can get the stuff here: Company Name: wenzhou Good furniture company limited, Contact Person: Ms steven chen, Position/Title: Company Address: no.2, putaopeng ,lucheng district, City: wenzhou, Province/State: zhejiang, Country: China, Zip/Postal Code: 325000, Phone Number: 86-577-86781306, Fax Number: 86-577-86781306

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

You now have to register a name to comment on DarkeJournal.com

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This is the day all of you anonymous commenters have feared. In order to comment, you must now register a name with one of these providers:


CAREFREE CONNECTION BUS TOURS & STATE REPESENTATIVE JIM BUCHY

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Greenville’s very own Carefree Connection Tours had a HUGE surprise waiting for everyone on their tour of the Ohio Statehouse on Tuesday, January 25th. State Representative Jim Buchy of Ohio’s 77th House District, made a special appearance to answer questions and join along with Carefree Connection Tours on their private tour of the Statehouse. Mr. Buchy graciously invited Carefree’s group for an extremely rare opportunity to stand with him on the floor of the historic House Chambers. The Statehouse Tour Guide stated that in over 800 tours this is only his third time that he’s had the unique privilege to stand on the House Chambers floor. Mr. Buchy’s kind hospitality truly made the trip to the Ohio Statehouse a once in a lifetime experience! Afterwards, Carefree’s group ventured on to the Book Loft of German Village and then ended the day at Anthony Thomas Chocolate Factory with a free sample of their famous chocolate buckeyes! “Wow, what a trip!”

If you’d like to join in on the fun and take a day to travel with Carefree Connection Tours on a future trip, please call Angela at (800) 530-6019 or visit their website at www.carefreeconnectiontours.com. The next big upcoming trip is to the Columbus Home & Garden Show on Saturday, February 26th. Hope to see you there!

Four free tickets for the Tommy Renfro concert

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DarkeJournal has four free tickets to the Tommy Renfro concert for the first person who sends in an email to claim them ... darkejournal@gmail.com.

Update: 2 emails came in about the same time and so we gave away 8 tickets. They are gone!

WIN A SCOOTER

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Enter now for your chance to win a 2009 Tomos Velo Scooter 150. Tickets are available for $20.00. Winning ticket holder will receive a brand new 2009 Tomos Scooter. All proceeds are benefiting Keith Smith and his battle with brain cancer.

Friends of Keith would like to thank Rehmert Cycle Sales & Service, Inc. out of Versailles, Ohio for their support with this raffle. Color of scooter dependent on stock at Rehmerts.

Taxes and title will be paid by the winning ticket holder and you must be 18 years of age to title the scooter. Tickets are available now by calling Jeff Francis at 459-2638 or Morrisa Reed at 548-4150 ext. 290 in Greenville and will be available at the Keith Smith Benefit on February 5th. Drawing will be held the night of the benefit bearing minimum ticket sale is achieved.

SECOND NATIONAL BANK SPONSORS ALPIN HONG and FAMILY THEATRE SERIES

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Julie Strait and John Swallow
 Darke County Center for the Arts is grateful for funds donated by Second National Bank as an Impressario sponsor of concert pianist ALPIN HONG, the fourth and final Artists Series performance of DCCA’s 2010-2011 season. A "Pianistic Firebrand” according to The New York Times, Alpin Hong’s expansive musical training is only enhanced by his diverse accomplishments in skateboarding, martial arts, and videogames. “DCCA is excited to present this unique concert pianist and arts advocate who so enthusiastically makes classical music appealing to audiences of all ages,” said Julie Strait, Executive Director of Darke County Center for the Arts. “Second National Bank’s support of this program is much appreciated, and enables DCCA to present to our community young, rising, artists of talent such as Alpin Hong,” she concluded.

Alpin Hong will perform at St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville, Saturday, February 5, 8:00 pm. Tickets to the show are $20 and may be purchased at the door or in advance by contacting DCCA at 937-547-0908 or dcca@centerforarts.net.

The Second National Bank sponsorship also supports DCCA’s Family Theater Series, performances for children and families. The 2010/11 season began on November 14 with ArtsPower’s lively presentation of The Rainbow Fish. Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia delighted the crowd on January 23rd with stunning puppets and props in the retelling of Leo Lionni’s beloved books, Frederick, Swimmy, and Inch By Inch. Leland Faulkner’s World of Wonder will end the series on March 13th with the amazing lost art of shadowgraphs as well as mime and classical magic. All performances take place at St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased one month prior to the show at Readmore’s Hallmark in Greenville, and Worch Memorial Public Library in Versailles. Tickets are also available by contacting DCCA at 937-547-0908 or dcca@centerforarts.net, and may be purchased at the door the day of the show.

More information about upcoming performances or on how to become a sponsor is available by contacting Darke County Center for the Arts at 937-547-0908 or http://www.centerforarts.net/

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Small-Business Owners And The State Of The Union

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REBSCO's Tyeis Baker-Baumann is interviewed on NPR ...

Darke County couple suspected in home invasion are arrested in Kentucky

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At DaytonDailyNews.com.

Want to buy a school?

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Too bad - only some of the items inside are for sale ...

The Case of the Recidive Rapist with a Drug Addiction

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The following story is abstracted with direct quotes from John Graham: Citizen Circle: A mentoring model for rehabilitating ex-felons in Darke County Ohio March 9, 2009 [1]

One of the Darke County Citizen Circle successes as described by Graham is as follows:

"The Circle helped David find a job, something that can be very difficult for sex offenders because of the stigma associated with the crime. More important, they helped him with his family issues. He was living with a girlfriend and their son, and because he had come from an abusive background he had few parenting skills himself."

Even members of the Citizen Circle found some aspects of this success story troubling. After citing this dubiously successful mentorship, Graham goes on to say:

"That does not mean there were no failures with the Circle. James too, was a sex offender, a convicted rapist who spent 12 years in prison. James was extremely bright but he used his intelligence as a barrier to keep people from seeing his true feelings that he kept well hidden behind a mask of anger and contempt for all those he felt had let him down… In time James felt safe enough to talk about his family, about being adopted, about his anger and even his crime. He stated: “When you are under stress you might yell at someone or kick the cat. I do drugs and that is when I get into trouble [2]” he admitted. Although the natural reaction of the group was to say” Don’t do it”, they didn’t say that. They just listened while he ranted and railed on about the injustices in his life. In time, surrounded by so much acceptance and love his anger lessened. He even started attending church with one of the Circle’s members who was helping him find a job. Finally after 2 years in the group, he was released from parole. Unfortunately, he stopped attending the Circle and within 6 months was arrested for another rape. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to thirty years in prison. James failure hit the group on several levels... Unfortunately, a second and more critical result of James’s failure was the sense of violation, especially among the women in the group. “I don’t know if I want to be a part of this anymore. I put so much faith in him; I wanted him to make it so much that I don’t know if I can handle another loss like this, “Jane admitted to the group following James’ arrest. Kathy best described the feelings of most of the women,” I will never be able to trust another parolee again” she said in anger.” He was on my porch many times. He was even in my home. That could have been me!!”

Clearly, the word recidivism is not an abstract term but one that implies serious consequences when discussing sex offenders. In Darke County we recognize the gravity of sex offender recidivism. Well before Graham’s arrival, a brutal repeat sex offender raped and murdered a young woman, and, in a grizzly manner, attempted to dispose of her remains. We believe that all members of our community (Christian, Hindus, Muslims, Jews, atheists or agnostics), still feel the grief suffered by her family.

It appears that the Darke County Citizens Circle, composed of white Protestant and Catholic members, is ill-equipped when compared to the standards of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections’ Manual for Citizen Circles [3]. This training manual and subsequent brochure lists 23 types of professionals and individuals who should be involved in a “Citizen Circle of Influence”.

The Darke County Citizen Circle has only 3 to 5 of the recommended 23 types of individuals and professionals. Of the missing components (professionals in sociology, psychology, psychiatry and criminal justice), the most serious absence from the Circle is the participation of victims. Indeed when victims of sex offenders testified in front of the Greenville City Council, the gravity of their testimony was ignored by the Graham associates. One even had the impudence to chastise a victim who discussed the suicide that occurred in their family over sex offender problems.

Opinion by Charles E. Reier MD and Rebecca A. Reier (footnotes below the jump)

2011 Darke County Fair Free Entertainment

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The Board of Directors for the Darke County Agricultural Society are pleased to announce that they have secured Kachunga and the Alligator Show as the free entertainment for the 155th Great Darke County Fair that runs August 19-27, 2011.

From deep in the swamps of Florida comes Kachunga, a real American Bushman who dares to step foot into the wet domain of the alligator. Watch in astonishment as he apprehends a ferocious man-eating reptile with his bare hands. Most people have never seen an alligator up close. The mystique of these giant reptiles is in itself a big draw. Now imagine the thrill of watching a man pit his strength and agility against nine feet 300 Ibs. of lashing tail and gnashing jaws in a dangerous dance of reflexes and cunning. Kachunga's struggle with the alligator keeps each member of the audience on the edge of their seat biting their nails and curling their toes. A very rare, white, albino alligator will also be on display at various times.

Beginning on Monday, August 22nd, there will be daily shows at 3pm, 5pm and 7pm (times subject to change closer to the Fair).

This free entertainment exhibit will run thru Saturday, August 27th and will take place in the same location as the Elephant, Tiger and Lumber Jack shows of past Fairs, the south end of the Midway along the Gate # 1 drive across from the camping area.

For additional information on this exciting exhibit, visit http://kachunga.com/core.html.

This week's Montage Basketball Challenge winner: Greg and Stacy Dull

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The team of Greg and Stacy Dull won this week's challenge - picking 5 out of 6 games - and having the closest tiebreaker. David Guillozet and tigerballonline.net also got 5 out of 6. The Dulls get a $10 gift certificate from Montage Cafe. Watch for a new set of games later this week.

Toby Gilbert sentenced to four years for sexual contact with child

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Here is some info from WHIOtv.com.

New Madison Library Levy Fundraisers

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Citizens for New Madison Public Library will hold a chili supper fundraiser on Tuesday, February 1 in the Commons at Tri-Village High School. Meal service will begin at 4 p.m. and continue until supplies run out. A $5 meal deal which includes chili, a hot dog, chips, drink and dessert, will be offered. Food items can also be purchased individually, and carry out is available. Campaign t-shirts can be purchased or ordered at the chili supper. Available with long sleeves or short sleeves, t-shirts are royal blue with a white logo. Cost is $8-12 depending on size and sleeve length. All proceeds will benefit the Library’s levy campaign fund. Donations are welcome and appreciated. Call campaign treasurer Phil Dubbs at 996-5282 or visit www.citizensfornmpl.blogspot.com for more information.

PIANIST TO PERFORM FOR LOCAL STUDENTS

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Darke County Center for the Arts will present pianist Alpin Hong in a workshop performance for area junior high students at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall on Thursday, February 3 and Friday, February 4. A part of DCCA's Arts In Education series which reaches youngsters in each grade level of all local public schools at no charge to the students, this workshop entitled “Movies to Games, Classically Trained” is free and open to the public.

“Alpin has extensive classical training, plus a background in skateboarding, martial arts, and video games,” said DCCA Artistic Director Keith Rawlins. “His entertaining and enlightening workshop investigates and demonstrates how popular music found in movies and video games affects the listener; he's aptly billed as a classical pianist for the iPod generation, which pretty much says it all,” Rawlins explained. Rawlins points out that modern music has its roots in classical traditions, and that the workshop will utilize the entire range of piano literature.

DCCA's Arts In Education program is sponsored by Dayton Power & Light Company Foundation, Bocholt Foundation, Greenville Federal, Vectren Energy Delivery of Ohio, Maid-Rite Sandwich Shoppe, The Andersons, Edison Community College, Littman Thomas Agency, Mercer Savings Bank, Greenville Rotary Club, Criterion Club, and Beta Sigma Xi Delta Alpha Chapter.

DCCA also receives support from the Harry D. and Esther Stephens Memorial, Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust Fund, and Ketrow Foundation. In addition, the Ohio Arts Council helps fund Darke County Center for the Arts with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.

For more information regarding specific times for the AIE performances which are scheduled at the convenience of the schools, contact DCCA at 937-547-0908 or dcca@centerforarts.net. DCCA will also present Alpin Hong in concert at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall at 8 p.m. on Saturday, February 5 as part of their Artists Series. Tickets are $20, and may be reserved by contacting DCCA; tickets will also be available at the door prior to the concert.

Do you love to read the paper?

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HandsOn West Central Ohio needs a volunteer to clip media from local newspapers about HandsOn West Central Ohio, including the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program. The volunteer will need to date and label from which paper the article has come and mail it to our office. This flexible position may be completed from the comfort of your own home. All materials are provided by HandsOn West Central Ohio. Volunteers must have legible handwriting and be able to work on their own. Volunteers should be at least 13 years old to serve in this family-friendly position.

“Volunteers in this position allow our staff to focus on other projects,” says Nicolette Winner, HandsOn West Central Ohio Director. “Recording the milestones of our program help us better communicate our program’s impact to the community, secure additional grants and more.”

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.

Great Darke County Fair Open Class Beef Cattle Department Meeting

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There will be a 2011 Great Darke County Fair Open Class Beef Cattle Department meeting on Thursday, February 3, 2011 at 7pm in the Fairboard Meeting Room located at 800 Sweitzer Street, Greenville OH. Entries are open to all counties that are open to Darke County. For further information, contact Cindy Riffle at 937-417-2314 or Chris Hanes at 937-459-3202.

“Living with Cancer” Support Group will be on Thursday, February 3, 2011

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The Kremer Family; Owners of E.A.T. Food for Life Farm
The next meeting of the “Living with Cancer” Support Group will be held on Thursday, February 3rd from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. The meeting will take place at Wayne HealthCare in the 3rd Floor Conference room. This month’s support group features Dan Kremer, owner of E.A.T. Food for Life organic farm. Mr. Kremer will be speaking about the health benefits of eating local, organic foods.

E.A.T. Food for Life Farm is a 140-acre, certified organic, family farm located in northern Darke county near North Star, Ohio and home for Dan Kremer, his wife, Nancy, and their six children Maria (17), Ben (14), Rita (12), Joseph (8), David (4) and Rose (2). The Kremer family’s mission is to grow and distribute nutritious, safe foods that nourish, protect, and support life for improved health and energy. They also offer a live blood analysis service using Darkfield Microscopy to help people understand the causes of their health imbalances and/or lack of energy based on "less than ideal" food choices. The products and services are designed to help people discover and experience the connection between quality of food and quality of life. E.A.T. Food for Life farmstore is an abundant resource for organic, pastured meat, raw dairy, bread, eggs, honey and fermented vegetables. Check out their website at http://www.eatfoodforlife.com/

Your local and independent Cancer Association of Darke County sponsors the “Living with Cancer” group in cooperation with Wayne HealthCare. The Support Group is open to anyone that has been diagnosed with cancer; the family and friends of an individual with cancer are encouraged to attend the group as well. Facilitating the support group meetings will be Warren Richards from the Cancer Association, Kay Kirby, Jill Brown, and Vicky Henderson from Wayne Hospital, and Pam Spitler from Breast Cancer Awareness of Darke County.

For further information, contact the Cancer Association of Darke County office 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.

Presidents Day story hour

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The Fort GreeneVille Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution would like to invite children, ages 4 – 7 years old, to attend a Presidents Day story hour at the Greenville Public Library on Tuesday, February 22, 4:00 pm. Featured at the story hour will be our 1st President, George Washington.

Although the federal holiday is commonly know as Presidents Day, the official name is Washington’s Birthday. It was historically observed on February 22, prior to passage of the Uniform Monday Holiday Act by Congress in 1971. The federal holiday is now observed on the third Monday in February.

THE GREATEST GENERATION, When you become them

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February 10th 2011, At 6:00 PM till 9:00 PM, Tri-Village Rescue Services Station, 320 N. Main Street, New Madison, Ohio 45346. 

This lecture is free to the public and has something for everyone. Speaker Frank Giampetro, BS, EMT-P will review the years from WWI all the way through the Korea War with a pictorial, that has made this the greatest generation.

Frank will also discuss the golden years and the changes it brings. This is for both young and old; this class will help children with their parents and help our seniors to understand what is going on with their minds and bodies and how to prepare for those wonderful golden years. Tri-Village Rescue is proud to present this to you.

If you have aging parents, you can’t afford to miss this class.  Please call Tri-Village Rescue if you have any concerns or questions.  Ask for Eric. 937-996-3155.  EMS & Nurses will be offered CEU’s. Please call Tri-Village Rescue to RSVP for this lecture, so we can insure enough seating. Snacks will be provided.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Sunday, January 23, 2011

ATTENTION Citizens of Darke County

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If you have seen these individual or have any information in regards to the recent theft of local businesses’ outside vending machines please contact the local authorities. Also please be aware and report all suspicious activity even if you think it is small. There has been a lot of small illegal activity of this nature and vandalism, this sort of activity not only cost the business owners it in turn will affect the community. The price to do business will be too much and then everyone losses out. The car is a dark colored Saturn with four doors and a sunroof.

Playing now at Wayne Cinemas: True Grit

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DarkeJournal gives True Grit an A rating. Click here for showtimes.

Montage basketball challenge

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We need help with the scores. Please leave a comment if you know the scores for the games below.


Due to expected bad weather Friday, we're going with all Saturday games this weekend. Cancelled or postponed games do not count, and whoever is ahead at the end of Saturday wins. Pick these six games.

1. Arcanum boys vs. Marion Local
2. Franklin-Monroe boys at Ft. Recovery
3. Greenville boys vs. Coldwater
4. Versailles boys at Twin Valley South
5. Ansonia girls vs. Houston
6. Versailles girls vs. Russia

Tie-breaker is total points in the Greenville/Coldwater game. As always, email your picks through Saturday morning to: darkejournal@gmail.com.

Dr. Graham's Mini-Autobiography (opinion by Rebecca A. Reier)

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Note these words by John Graham [1]: “She walked faithfully beside me on this journey from the construction business in Texas, to a seminary in Indiana, to pastoring three small and oftentimes difficult, churches in Ohio. Then when I grew disillusioned with the traditional pastorate, she encouraged me to move into the street where the needs of the people we met were overwhelming most of the time. Yet through it all, she stuck with me amidst all of the criticism, financial emergencies, disappointment and setback, and even the legal battles that always accompany radical ministry.”

Note the words that are reflective of the doom and gloom brought upon our city as a result of his current “radical ministry” (difficult churches, disillusioned with traditional pastorates, criticism, legal battles). Do the ministers and the religious members of our community truly support a contract that will not provide appropriate support systems such as mental health therapists, psychiatrists, parole officers and law enforcement? If not, then how can they possibly give lip-service to Graham’s contract that cannot even begin to provide the mental health, substance abuse services, and law enforcement supervision that sex offenders require? Are the ministers prepared to provide for the future victims of recidivism that is known to occur [2] when sex offenders are clustered in an environment bereft of the very services they need? At the June 2010 Conference of the National Institute of Justice, Alisa Klein, MS, Public Policy Consultant, Association for the Treatment of Sex Abusers, Beaverton, Ore. stated, “These kinds of stressors (i.e. the lack of mental health and substance abuse services, jobs etc) on sex offenders’ lives are shown to actually raise their risk for recidivating”. [3]

We must hold the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections (that neither rehabilitates nor corrects) accountable for the consequences of irresponsible dumping of sex offenders in large numbers into communities lacking psychiatric and law enforcement professionals necessary to deal with their superimposed drug addictions and psychoses.

Rebecca A. Reier (footonotes are below the jump)

Lawyers work free for those in need

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Darke County is part of this program. Read the story here, or call the Legal Aid Line at (888) 534-1432 if you need help.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Senator Faber: Setting budget won't be pleasant

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Great story at The Daily Standard.

USDA launches new BioPreferred biobased product label

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“A significant number of biobased products are made in Ohio from soybeans, so expanding this market is a benefit to all Ohio soybean farmers and can also help create economic development and jobs for all Ohioans.” said Darke County's Jeff Wuebker. Read the rest of the article here.

HOUSE FIRE UNDER INVESTIGATION

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On January 20, 2011 at approximately 1:48 a.m., the Union City, Ohio Fire & Rescue was advised of a house fire at 370 State Route 571. A short time later, crews arrived on scene to extinguish the blaze. Numerous mutual aid fire departments from the area also responded to assist in fighting this fire.

Two adult residents were home at the time of the fire. One of them received injuries as a result of the fire. Injured in the blaze was seventy-five year old resident, Dwaine Beanblossom. Mr. Beanblossom received treatment at Wayne Healthcare and was later transferred to Miami Valley Hospital with non life threatening injuries.

Investigators from the Ohio State Fire Marshal's Office and the Darke County Sheriff's Office were requested to respond to the scene. Preliminary findings in this investigation suggest the cause of this fire is arson. The investigation continues.

The home was a total loss. The American Red Cross responded to assist the Beamblossom family.

This great photo sent in from Jean

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Lost puppy

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We found a lost puppy on Rt. 49 last night. She was very cold and hungry. She appears to be healthy and is very loving and loves to snuggle. We think she will grow into a good guard dog. If you want to claim this adorable puppy, call 547-3168 and let us know her breed.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Two Greenville records set

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Aaron LeCount broke 2 Greenville swim records at the Miami Classic held at Miami University on January 15,16. On Saturday be set the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:57.89. Sunday he broke the 100 freestyle record with a time of 52.86. Later that morning he was lead man in the 400 freestyle relay and broke his own record with a time of 52.52. The Miami Classic is the largest swim invitational for high school students in the United States. Greenville's high school swim team is coached by Chris Boroff and Bill Lyle.

Arcanum's All American Clothing Co. gets quoted in Fox Business article

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Read it here.

All snow emergencies cancelled (01-21-11 at 10am)

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All Snow Emergencies in Darke County have been cancelled. Conditions continue to improve on area roadways however some roads remain ice and snow covered. Extra caution should be used while driving this afternoon and this evening.

You can view the latest road and weather information at our website www.DarkeCountySheriff.org and at www.Facebook.com/DarkeCountySheriff.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Union City house destroyed in suspicious fire (Steve Baker reporting)

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Service, litter, or safety issue?

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Do you know which houses in your community are vacant? You need look no further than the piles of orange and blue newspaper bags piled high on front porches to identify these unoccupied properties. While the free Sunday papers offered by the Daily Advocate and the Early Bird are appreciated by the residents of Greenville and Darke County, a little commonsense on the part of the carriers and newspapers’ staff would be valued as well.

I recently did some research on vacant property security. After installing security cameras, maintaining the external appearance is the number one deterrent for vandalism, breaking and entering and theft. When leaving for vacation, most people stop the mail at the post office. However, calling the Daily Advocate and/or talking to the carrier to stop service is a quick way to become frustrated and see no results. I recently bought a property and fixed it up with no intention of living in it. After three discussions with the carrier and two calls to the Advocate over two months, I am still receiving papers at this address. With foreclosed properties this issue becomes more apparent. I live across from a home that was foreclosed on in the fall there are currently ten newspapers on the front porch. Commonsense tells me, and anyone walking by, that no one is picking up these papers and the house is vacant, but the papers keep coming anyway.

Who is responsible to remove them, the banks who own the property, the realtor who was assigned to take care of it, the police who are charged with the community’s safety, or the newspaper carriers who deliver it? The banks are often out of town and therefore unlikely to have someone local to perform this service. The realtor, maybe, but they are sometimes out of town as well. I think we can all agree that our police force can be put to better use than cleaning up vacant properties. I believe that the responsibility falls squarely to the newspapers. If the paper you delivered last week is still on the porch please do not deliver a new one.

I thought about urging the community to gather papers of vacant properties and delivering them back to the Advocate and the Early Bird on Monday so the papers can discard of their own waste. Then it hit me, isn’t that littering? Isn’t that what they are doing? So as someone who participates in community clean up days and believes in the mission of cleaning up Greenville, I ask the newspapers to rethink or to just think about their delivery service. I am not trying to stop the Sunday paper. I read it regularly at my own residence. I am simply asking for the community’s newspapers to take a little pride in our community as well.

Submitted by M.D.

Snow update from D-Merlin

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The Thursday drive home isn't looking too good on 49 South near Abbottsville. Dmerlin reports 3.25 inches have fallen.

Level 1 Snow Emergency declared @ 4pm on Thursday, 1-20-11

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A LEVEL 1 SNOW EMERGENCY HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR DARKE COUNTY DUE TO HAZARDOUS ROAD CONDITIONS CAUSED BY FALLING SNOW.

Darke County Sheriff Toby L. Spencer has issued a Level 1 Snow Emergency for Darke County . This Snow Emergency has been issued to warn those who must travel on Darke County roadways to use extreme caution due to hazardous road conditions. Snow is falling across Darke County and most roadways are snow covered and hazardous. Increasing winds tonight will create significant blowing and drifting problems across the county. These factors combined with temperatures falling into the single digits will create hazardous conditions for those motorists who must be out on roadways during the overnight hours.

This Level 1 Snow Emergency takes effect immediately at 4:00 PM

A LEVEL 1 SNOW EMERGENCY DOES NOT IMPOSE ANY RESTRICTIONS ON TRAVEL. MOTORISTS MAY TRAVEL AT THEIR OWN RISK.

What to expect through Friday ~from DarkeCountyWeather.com

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

WHIO video: the return of Jim Buchy to the Ohio Statehouse

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For your consideration: the grand jury report on Dr. Kermit Gosnell

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This is not typical material for DarkeJournal - but feel this story and document are very important on many levels (you can decide for yourself if you choose to read it). This report relates to the investigation of murders committed at a Philadelphia abortion clinic. The highest possible content warning: it is very graphic, sad, and infuriating / link is here.

The Flower Patch gives back to the community

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When the economy goes down, the number of people seeking help from food banks goes up. Recently, The Flower Patch in Greenville found a way to give back to the community. Over the past two months, a food drive was held to benefit Community Action Partnership in Darke County.

The Flower Patch offered free delivery in exchange for a donation of food items and then matched all food donations with household items. The Flower Patch thanks all the customers who helped make this food drive a success.

Community Action Partnership can be contacted at 937-548-8143. The Food Bank is available to persons in need from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Income eligible customers may receive an emergency food box containing a five-day supply of food. The nonperishable food items are collected locally through food drives from churches, Boy Scouts, the National Guard, schools, and local businesses.

Update from DarkeCountyWeather.com

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Still expecting 3-5 inches of snow in Darke County, 3-4 inches across the Northern portions of Darke County with 4-5 inches across the Southern portions of the county. Gusty winds are still expected on Friday (25-30 mph) and blowing and drifting will create problems on area roadways.

Help Darke County Clean-Up!!

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Do you want to help Darke County look it’s best? Join the Darke County Solid Waste District in our third annual Darke County “Trash Bash” Community Clean-up Day on Saturday, April 9 & 10, 2011. By participating, you help create a good impression on prospective employers, professionals, and others who visit our “clean” county.

According to a 2000 Yankelovich study, almost half of all Americans (48%) admit to having littered in the past 10 years and it shows on many of our roads, parks, neighborhoods and work sites. Where there is litter, people do not feel safe. Everyone deserves to live in a community that is healthy, safe, clean and beautiful, and we all have a role to play in achieving this goal. Through your volunteer efforts, clean-up will be focused on approximately 400 miles of Darke County’s most traveled county and township roads. These roads were chosen with the help of Darke County Engineer, James Surber and County Highway Garage Superintendent, Shane Coby.

How can you participate? The Darke County Community Clean-Up day is scheduled for April 9 & 10, 2011, rain or shine. The collection is set to begin at 8:00 a.m. The district is looking for numerous groups of 4 to “pound the pavement” at their assigned 2-mile locations picking-up bags of trash and recyclables. Clean-up groups can be started with friends from school, work, church, and volunteer organizations or clubs and there’s no age limit for volunteers. Call the district at 937-547-0827 to register your clean-up group or to offer in-kind support. Sign-up forms can also be found on the district’s website: www.co.darke.oh.us/solidwaste, click on the recycling events tab. Forms must be turned in by March 1, 2011.

Each group will be given black bags for trash and clear bags for recyclables. For separating the recyclables from the trash, each group will be awarded $40.00 for participating. Awards will be given to Darke County non-profit organizations only. There is no limit to the number of groups that an organization can enter. County highway employees will follow assigned routes and will pick-up bags left on the targeted collection roads on April 11, 2011.

So, Darke County, Let’s Clean-Up!!

Great low cost family entertainment

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Did you know that you can rent a camping spot at the Annie Oakley Festival?

The 2011 festival is being held July 29, 30, and 31. You can arrive at the fairgrounds as early as Tuesday, July 26 , stay until Sunday, and pay only $20 per night. You can stay past Sunday by making arrangements with the secretaries office at the fairgrounds.

For that small payment you will get a deluxe camping spot with full hookup: electric, water, sewer and a weekend of great entertainment. You could also take side trips to other Darke County destinations. Take in the great sidewalk sales in Downtown Greenville, visit the Bears Mill, tour the KitchenAid factory, wine tasting at The Winery at Versailles , and many other great attractions.

To reserve you camping spot call Judie Hathaway, Festival President at 548-2391.

Remember that camping is always more fun with your friends, neighbors, and relatives. Be sure to pass on this information and make plans before the limited spots are taken, and join us in July.

Shuttleworth to serve as campaign treasurer

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Judge Julie Monnin, judicial candidate for re-election as Judge of the Darke County Municipal Court, is pleased to announce that her campaign treasurer is Jim Shuttleworth.

“I’m looking forward to an exciting year on the campaign trail” says Judge Monnin.

Haworth to serve as campaign treasurer

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The Committee to Elect Jesse Green Judge of the Darke County Municipal Court is pleased to announce that Terry Haworth will be the campaign’s Treasurer. Mr. Haworth has served Darke County as county commissioner, retiring in 2010.

Mr. Green said, “I am honored to have a Republican of Mr. Haworth’s reputation agree to serve in that capacity.”

OSU EXTENSION TO HOLD MASTER GARDENER VOLUNTEER TRAINING IN SPRING OF 2011

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Do you have a strong interest in flower and vegetable gardening, perennial gardening, lawn care, tree and shrub care, fruit production, pest management, a desire to sharpen your skills in these areas, and a willingness to share your knowledge about these topics with others? If so, then you should consider becoming an Ohio State University Extension (OSUE) Master Gardener Volunteer.

Beginning March 3, Master Gardener Volunteer training will be offered to residents of Miami, Shelby and other surrounding counties. The OSUE Master Gardener Program is a volunteer program that provides extensive instruction in horticulture for the exchange of volunteer hours. The hours are spent sharing gardening knowledge with members of the community through OSUE-sponsored or approved events.

Training will be held every Thursday from March 3 through April 28, 2011. The sessions will be held at the Brukner Nature Center, 5995 Horseshoe Bend Rd., Troy, Ohio. Many gardening topics will be covered in the nine weeks. There is an enrollment fee of $135.00 which covers the costs of training manuals, instructors, facility usage fees, and miscellaneous expenses associated with the program.

To become a certified Master Gardener Volunteer, you must attend all the training sessions, pass (open-book) examinations at the end of the sessions, and volunteer 50 hours to the community through OSUE supported events. Such events could include, but are not limited to teaching 4-H youth gardening, planting and maintaining demonstration gardens, answering horticulture questions from the public, judging horticulture projects, and assisting with community projects.

You may request an application by contacting the OSU Extension Office in Miami County on the ground floor of the courthouse building, by calling 937-440-3945 or online at http://miami.osu.edu/topics/horticulture. In Shelby County applications are available at the OSU Extension Office at 810 Fair Rd., by calling 937-498-7239 or online at http://shelby.osu.edu/topics/master-gardener-volunteer-program. The deadline for submitting an application is Friday, February 11, 2011.

You can find out more about the OSUE Master Gardener Volunteer Program for Ohio at http://mastergardener.osu.edu/. You don’t want to miss out on this great opportunity to increase your gardening knowledge, develop wonderful new friendships, and share your knowledge about gardening with others.

Darke County Sheriff Issues Statement Concerning Road Conditions

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Date: Wednesday, January 19th, 2011 at 7:15 AM

-Freezing Rain has caused hazardous and icy road conditions across Darke County this morning. The National Weather Service has issued a Freezing Rain Advisory for Darke County until 10:00 AM. Road crews are out and working diligently this morning and conditions should improve by mid to late morning. Secondary and city/side streets will remain hazardous/icy for a greater length of period than primary roads and highways.

Extra caution should be used if traveling on Darke County roadways this morning. Motorists should use slower speeds, allow extra driving room and be alert for changing driving conditions.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Snow forecast from DarkeCountyWeather.com

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DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF INVESTIGATES DISPATCH ERROR

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On January 14, 2011 at approximately 9:41 AM the Darke County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from 120 East Cross Street in the Village of Palestine, Ohio. The Darke County Dispatcher sent Ansonia Rescue, Fire and Police to 120 West and East Cross Street in Ansonia. The caller was provided CPR instructions while emergency units responded. At approximately 8 minutes into the call the dispatcher realized the caller was at 120 E. Cross Street in Palestine rather than the Village of Ansonia. Darke County Dispatchers immediately dispatched the correct emergency responders to the call upon realizing the error. Tri-Village Rescue, Liberty Township Fire Department and Darke County Deputies responded to the scene. Tri-Village Rescue transported the 9 year old child to Wayne Health Care Emergency Room where she was later pronounced dead.

The Darke County Coroner was notified and is investigating the child’s death along with Darke County Detectives. The investigation of a child’s death is standard procedure and required by law regardless of the circumstances.

Sheriff Toby L. Spencer has initiated an internal investigation into the error that occurred in the dispatching of this call. Once the investigation is complete whatever appropriate actions that is necessary will be taken.

UPDATE: Sheriff Toby Spencer on WHIOtv.com:

Chamber's 4th Annual Groundhog Day Breakfast - February 4th

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Event sponsors: (Gold) Greenville National Bank, Second National Bank; (Silver) BASF,
Brethren Retirement Community, DPL Energy, Fifth Third Bank, GTI, Phelan Insurance,
Production Paint Finishers, Walls Brothers; (Venue Sponsor) Romer's Catering;
(Event Sponsor) Darke County Association of Realtors

“BUILDING BLOCKS I” PARENTING CLASSES PLANNED

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OSU Extension, Darke County, has scheduled a “Building Blocks I” parenting series. The classes will be held March 16, 23 and 30, 2011, at the OSU Extension Learning Center, 603 Wagner Avenue, Greenville. The class times are from 6:00-8:00pm. There is no fee for this class. This is an adult only series.

The “Building Block I” parenting classes are for parents who wish to develop better parenting skills or parenting techniques for children ages 0-6 years. There will be 3 classes focusing on parent education, parent and child interaction and age appropriate activities.

To register or for further information, please call OSU Extension at 937.548.5215 or email Diane Barga at barga.8@cfaes.osu.edu. Registration needs to be completed by March 9, 2011.

DINING WITH DIABETES

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If you have diabetes, if you have a family member with diabetes or if you support and care for someone with diabetes, you will want to enroll in Dining with Diabetes, an educational class designed to help you learn to reduce sugar, salt and fat in food and better control blood sugar.

Dining with Diabetes will be offered on Tuesday, March 22, 2011, from 5:00pm-8:30pm, at the OSU Extension Learning Center, 603 Wagner Avenue, Greenville, Ohio. The class fee is $15.00, which covers the food for demonstration and tasting, recipe booklets and other educational materials. Pre-registration and payment are required, and the deadline is March 17, 2011.

Instructors for the course are Diane Barga, Program Assistant, Ohio State University Extension, and Karen Droesch, Diabetes Educator, Wayne Hospital. If you need additional information, call 937-548-5215, or e-mail barga.8@osu.edu.

More than two tons of food collected!

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The cans of corn and boxes of macaroni and cheese have been tallied, and the results are amazing! In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, HandsOn West Central Ohio partnered with Hits 105.5 to collect more than 4,800 pounds of food for four food pantries and soup kitchens in Darke, Logan, Miami and Shelby Counties.

A program of Council on Rural Services, HandsOn West Central Ohio brought together 136 volunteers to organize, staff and publicize the event. Twenty-six of these volunteers are members of HandsOn’s Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), of which event co-chairs Mary Williston and Nancy Sharp are both members. More than 350 hours of time and talent were devoted to the event by volunteers, with the service alone valued at nearly $7,300. Sixteen collection points were sponsored throughout the region, and all counties received at least 900 pounds of food as a result of this second annual food drive. Proceeds will benefit Bethany Center, Darke County FISH, Holy Angels Soup Kitchen and Our Daily Bread. All items stay in the county they were collected in, with 903 pounds of food directly benefitting Darke County FISH in Greenville.

“What makes this event stand out is that it was almost entirely organized, staffed and managed by volunteers,” says HandsOn West Central Ohio Volunteer Coordinator Sherry Baker. “The leadership of our RSVP volunteers, who typically assist with a variety of service projects throughout the year, empowered so many other members of our community to give back as well.”

HandsOn West Central Ohio Director Nicolette Winner agrees. “The idea behind this event and the King day of service nationally is to inspire members of our community to volunteer not only during Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, but also to give back year-round. We have so many opportunities for area residents to share their hobbies and expertise with friends and neighbors in need, and we’re thrilled to help people get connected with an organization that can best utilize each volunteer’s own personal talents,” she says.

A national day of volunteer service, the Martin Luther King Day of Service is a way to transform Dr. King’s life and teachings into community service that helps empower and strengthen local communities. The aim is to make the holiday a day ON, where people of all ages and backgrounds come together to improve lives, bridge social barriers, and move our nation closer to the “Beloved Community” that Dr. King envisioned. A record number of Americans honored Dr. King and answered President Obama’s call to service by volunteering this year. Americans made it “a day on, not a day off” by delivering meals, refurbishing schools, reading to children, signing up mentors, and much, much more.

HandsOn West Central Ohio, a program of Council on Rural Services, is proud to be a part of this national effort. To learn more about HandsOn West Central Ohio or opportunities to volunteer throughout the year, visit http://www.handsonwestcentralohio.org/ or call (937) 548-8002, ext. 211. View event photos and videos on the program’s Facebook page by visiting www.facebook.com/handsonwestcentralohio.

VFW Auxiliary to meet January 20th

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VFW Auxiliary to VFW Post 7262, Greenville will host its regular monthly meeting January 20, at the post, 7:30 p.m. for members. Would you like to become a member? Contact Marilyn Emmons at the VFW Post (937) 548-4004.

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