Friday, March 22, 2019

GPD Release: Thursday Evening Shooting

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On March 21, 2019 at approximately 7:05 pm, Greenville Police Officers responded to a shots fired call at the location of 410 1/2 Central Ave. A male subject was found bleeding. Subject was taken to Wayne Hospital and subsequently transported to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton.

Greenville Police Officers and Detectives collected evidence and statements. This is a continuing investigation.

Monday, March 18, 2019

Downtown Greenville Farmers’ Market Vendor Open House

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GREENVILLE, Ohio- Calling all crafters, artisans, gardeners, farmers and bakers! Have you considered selling your items at the Downtown Greenville Farmers’ Market? The market is presented by Main Street Greenville and they are looking for vendors! The Downtown Greenville Farmers’ Market will be open every Saturday morning, June 1st through October 12th, from 9 am - 1 pm in front of the Courthouse.

Those interested in selling their items at the Farmers’ Market are invited to join Main Street Greenville for their Vendor Open House. This will take place at KitchenAid Experience (423 S. Broadway) on Thursday, March 28th from 6 pm - 7 pm. Main Street Greenville will be answering questions, greeting returning vendors and helping new vendors sign-up for the 2019 season.

The market offers a variety of selling options, ranging from one Saturday to every Saturday of the season.

“The Downtown Greenville Farmers’ Market provides a friendly and fun location for local individuals to sell their goods. If you’re looking for local produce in the summer months the Farmers’ Market is a great way to get the freshest goods and support local farmers”, said Crysta Hutchinson Bloomingdale, Executive Director of Main Street Greenville.

If you are interested in selling goods at the Farmers’ Market, but are unable to attend the open house, contact Main Street Greenville for an application form at 937-548-4998 or

Main Street Greenville is a non-profit organization committed to stimulating and supporting revitalization efforts, historic preservation and economic growth in Historic Downtown Greenville. To learn more about the organization, visit or call 937-548-4998. You can also like the organization on Facebook to receive updates on a regular basis (


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Historic Bear’s Mill is announcing a new season of “Art at the Mill” opening in the Clark Gallery on March 29; featured artists at this first exhibit are Greenville-area painter Michael Glass and sculptor Bill Feinberg, who maintains a studio in Cincinnati’s Pendleton Arts Center. As in the past, the exhibit will open with an artists’ reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the final Friday of the month where finger food and drinks will be offered; the artists will briefly share information about their work, methods and inspiration at 7 p.m. “Art at the Mill,” curated by Jan Roestamadji and Julie Clark, is free and open to the public.

According to Jan Roestamadji, “Art at the Mill” for 2019 will include unique pieces from a broad range of media. “Viewers will see lots of color, as well as work that is simply fun to look at,” Ms. Roestamadji stated. Julie Clark reported that the depth of regional talent available provides an exciting pool of work that will appeal to art lovers and the general public alike. “Art at the Mill” provides a perfect venue for a wide array of artists whose art is enhanced by our warm, inviting gallery space,” Ms. Clark said. “We are looking forward to sharing our space with outstanding artists who deserve recognition,” she concluded

Bill Feinberg creates sculptures in a variety of media including wood, stone, and sometimes plaster bronze and steel. While nearing retirement from his 35-year career as a Professor of Sociology at the University of Cincinnati, Bill was urged by his wife to take a class in stone carving at Cincinnati’s Art Academy; he did. “And I was totally hooked after just two hours,” he confessed. Feinberg’s work is representational while at the same time somewhat abstract, with influence from Inuit sculptors as well as recent masters. When asked what pieces he will bring to the Mill, he replied that some of the pieces to be displayed were inspired by birds.

Birds will also show up in Michael Glass’s paintings, as will butterflies and other subjects inspired by the environment surrounding us. The constantly evolving artist says that he seeks to create realistic images enhanced by abstract expressionistic energy. “Life is in constant motion, never static; if I paint an image that looks like a photograph, I am failing to demonstrate the many dimensions of the subject’s past, present, and future,” he said. A graduate of Columbus College of Art and Design, Michael says that the driving force behind his art is exploration. “The search for and discovery of narratives or stories defines my perspective on life,” he explained.

Historic Bear's Mill, owned and operated by Friends of Bear’s Mill, is located at 6450 Arcanum-Bear's Mill Road about 5 miles east of Greenville. “Art At the Mill” is funded in part by a grant from Darke County Endowment for the Arts, and can be viewed during regular Mill store hours. Current hours of operation are Sundays 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays; these hours will expand in April. For more information, contact Bear's Mill at 937-548-5112 or

“One Book, Many Communities” and more at the Arcanum Public Library

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The APL is participating with other local libraries in a reading initiative for northern Miami Valley residents. Patrons are invited to read the book “The One” by John Marrs and to participate in the many programs planned around the book. This thriller has readers wondering how far they might go to find their perfect match. All one needs to do is send in a DNA sample and wait for the name of your true love. As the story reveals, even soul mates can have secrets. The APL is hosting a book discussion on Thursday, March 28 at 6:30 for anyone interested. On Thursday, April 4, Amie Tennant will be presenting DNA Testing Ethics: Things to Consider at 6:00. In this lecture, Amie will discuss what is considered sound ethical practices for genetic genealogy and will presents case studies to help patrons consider their own opinions on utilizing DNA for research. No registration is needed for either of these events. There will be an interview with John Marrs via Skype at the Piqua campus of Edison State Community College. Join patrons from the area on Wednesday, April 10 at 1:30 as the author shares his thoughts on his book. Feel free to call the library for more details concerning this fantastic event.

David Nilsen, a beer writer and educator, will be presenting his third “Brew Review” with a focus on porters and stouts on Thursday, March 28 at 6:30. Patrons are asked to call the library to register in advance for this event.

The adult winter reading challenge is wrapping up with the last day to turn in entries March 31. Each title a patron reads will be an entry for a prize. Come in to the library for details.

Did you know the library has an App? You can search for items, check your account, place holds, and have a digital copy of your card. It is available in the Apple App Store and Google Play. Search for “COOL Libraries”.

Patrons can call the library for more information at 937-692-8484, or check out the website at The library can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.

Brethren Retirement Community to Host Seminar – Getting Your Affairs in Order

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At 6:30 PM on Thursday, March 28, 2019, Brethren Retirement Community will host a seminar on getting your affairs in order, presented by local attorney, Ted Finnarn, in the Brick Room.

Regardless of age, you never know when an accident or illness may occur. If someone had to make sense out of your financial and legal matters without your help, would they know what you own and owe, where your legal documents are kept or even who you wanted to make decisions regarding your care? Please join us for an informative seminar to help you get organized and learn what information and legal documents you may need in place before you need them, when you can make decisions for yourself.

This is a free event. Reservations are required and seating is limited. To reserve your seat, please call 547-7628.

Darke County Republicans to host Candidate Forum

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May 7 primary election candidates to answer questions

GREENVILLE, OHIO – The Darke County Republican Women’s Club (DCRWC), with the support of the Darke County Republican Men’s Club (DCRMC) and the Darke County Republican Party (DCRP), is hosting a Candidate Forum at 10 a.m. on March 23 at the Chestnut Village Center of the Brethren Retirement Community, 750 Chestnut Street, Greenville.

Republican candidates appearing on the May 7 primary election ballot will be featured. Greenville Law Director, City Council Ward 1 and City Council Ward 4 are contested races. The races for Greenville Mayor, Auditor and Council Ward 2 are uncontested.

All candidates for the contested races have been invited to appear. Jesse J. Green and Michael A. Rieman will be on the ballot for City Law Director. Tracy T. Tryon and Clarence Godwin are both running for Greenville City Council Ward One. John Hensley and Matthew Staughler are vying for Greenville City Council Ward Four.

The following uncontested race candidates have been invited to appear: Greenville Mayor Stephen M. Willman, Greenville Auditor Roxanne Willman, and Greenville City Ward Two Councilwoman Doris Howdieshell.

Each candidate will have an opportunity to introduce themselves and those facing contested races will be given the additional opportunity to answer questions submitted by the audience.

“The members of the DCRWC, DCRMC and DCRP are all happy to be able to provide this service to help the voters of Greenville become acquainted with the Republican candidates,” explained DCRP Central Committee Chairman Cindy Pike, who will also serve as moderator.

The program is free as a public service to the Greenville voting community. If there are questions, please contact DCRWC Program Chairman Lyn Bliss at (937) 548-5687 or email her at:

DCRWC is a political group founded to provide political education and legislative information; provide a wider knowledge of the principles of the Republican Party; increase the number of registered Republicans; recruit, promote, and support qualified Republican women for political office; give exposure to and work actively for all Republican candidates; and lend support to the activities of other Republican organizations. The DCRWC is a multi-generational, multi-cultural organization providing the structure and support for political activists to learn, engage, and flourish. The Club is chartered by the National Federation of Republican Women and is a member of the Ohio Federation of Republican Women. For more information, visit: or email President Betty Hill at:

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County Scholarship Offered.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County will be offering four $500 scholarships for students attending college in the 2019/2020 academic year. Two scholarships will go to Darke County graduates, and two will go to Shelby County graduates.

Those who wish to be considered for the scholarship should be students who have maintained at least a 2.5 GPA throughout high school and enrolled in a school within Shelby or Darke County. They also must have been a volunteer for the Big Brothers Big Sisters Buddies program for two full academic years and have attended at least 75% of the sessions of which they were involved. Applicants must also plan to pursue an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in any field of study at an accredited two- or four-year college or university or technical school.

Students interested in applying can get the application from their guidance office, their Big Brothers Big Sisters Community Service Coordinator, or online at on the “Scholarships” page.

The scholarship deadline is April 4, 2019, and recipients will be announced on May 1, 2019.


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GREENVILLE - The 6th annual Scentral Park 5K for the Dog Park will be held Saturday, April 20, 2019, at the Darke County Fairgrounds beginning at 9 a.m. This race is part of the Darke County Wellness Challenge and encourages participants to run or walk with their dogs. The dogs must be on a leash, in a stroller/wagon or be carried. The entire event will be within the fairgrounds. Prior to the 5K there will be a free Kid’s Fun Run at 8:30.

Although many seasoned runners compete in this event the Scentral Park 5K is a great time for families, families with pets, or anyone who just wants to have fun and support Scentral Park. The entry fee for kids 14 and under is only $5 without a shirt. We also offer this price to seniors who are 65 and older. The complete course is stroller friendly.

All regular age group awards will be given with special awards being given to the Top 3 dogs that finish with a Male and Top 3 dogs that finish with a Female.

The Friends of the Shelter opened Scentral Park, Darke County’s only dog park, in March of 2013 having raised the necessary funds from donations, grants and fundraisers. No taxpayer money was used. Scentral Park is maintained and improved through the monies raised by this 5K race.

Marco’s Pizza will again be providing free pizza and bread sticks at the finish line. Boston Stoker will have free coffee and hot chocolate before and after the 5K. Special treats will be available for the dogs.

The Friends of the Shelter want to thank their Presenting Sponsor Tribute Pet Memorial Services as well as all the other sponsors and donors who have already committed their support to this 5K (in alphabetical order): Barry Family Dentistry, Gordon & DeSantis Orthodontics, Keven Flory Landscaping, Kline Timber, Max Hole, Sadie Grace Boutique, Schultz Motors, Turbo Dean, Wayne Healthcare, Western Ohio Podiatric Medical Center and Zechar Bailey Funeral Home

For more information please contact . Free online registration can be done at People wanting shirts must register by April 7. Race information is also available inside the Darke County Animal Shelter and at

Hearts and Hugs for Hospice

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Faith United Methodist Church recently completed their February Valentine Mission project. This year, warm fuzzy lap blankets were made to comfort Hospice State of the Heart patients. The blankets were delivered to Hospice after being blessed by Dr. Rev. Greg Herndon. Faith UM Church is a mission-minded church located at 101 E. South St. in Arcanum. All are welcome to attend the 10:00 a.m. Sunday Service.


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Student Council volunteer Calli Hess displays the Lead The Way
Scholarship poster at the Beavercreek High School blood drive.
DAYTON, Ohio – Community Blood Center and Vectren are celebrating 15 years of co-sponsoring the Lead The Way Creative Scholarship competition. Five area high school seniors can win $1,000 for college tuition. The deadline to enter is April 20.

For the 15th anniversary of the Lead The Way competition CBC is introducing a new on-line application form available at the CBC website, Students can now easily submit information, upload their high school transcript, and upload images or video of their work.

Scholarship applicants are challenged to design a winning marketing campaign for a high school blood drive. They must craft an original theme or slogan; explain briefly why it would encourage students to donate; and creatively express the theme using traditional marketing techniques, digital or social media campaigns, or through innovative, artistic methods.

To be eligible for the scholarship students must be graduating, college-bound seniors whose high school hosts a blood drive in CBC’s 15 county service area of western Ohio and eastern Indiana. A minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average is required.

All applicants must submit online entries by April 20. They have the option to mail or deliver full-scale samples of their design work to: Community Blood Center/Attn: CBC Educator, 349 S. Main St., Dayton, OH 45402. Work samples must be postmarked or delivered by April 20. The online application form and examples of winning campaigns are available at For more information contact Cristina Pickle at

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Upcoming Events at Bradford Public Library

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Staff at Bradford Public Library are busy planning new events to keep you entertained while you wait for spring to finally arrive!

Kathy Weigandt will return April 4 at 6:30 with an Easter Wreath Class. This easy to assemble wreath will look beautiful anywhere in your home as you prepare for the Easter season. Class fee of $20 is due at time of sign up. Checks payable to Kathy Weigandt. Registration cut off is March 25. No class size limit means you can grab several friends and join us! Please stop in or visit our Facebook page to see the wreath!

The One Book, Many Communities events have begun! Nine local libraries including Arcanum, Piqua, Tipp City, Milton Union, J.R. Clarke, New Madison, Troy, Edison State Community College and Bradford are taking part in this promotion. Participants will read “The One” by John Marrs and can take part in various activities based on the book offered at the libraries. Bradford Public Library will have a book discussion on April 4 at 6:30. Copies of “The One” are available at Bradford Public Library. Stop by to get one today!

Looking for a new way to work off those winter pounds? Cardio Drumming continues on Monday nights from 7-8 and Wednesday mornings from 9-10. You can adapt the workout to fit your fitness needs! Free classes….you provide your equipment. Call the library to register or find out what you need to join us!

Rush’s Rowdy Readers meet every Thursday from 5-6:00 pm. This enthusiastic group of young adults with learning challenges welcomes all who wish to improve their reading skills in a relaxed environment. Snacks, laughs and lots of smiles are guaranteed! Registration not required.

As always, if you have questions about any of our upcoming events please call us at 937-448-2612 or visit our Facebook page. We hope to see you soon!

Greenville Senior High School Orchestra in Concert: Tonight!

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A concert will be given the Greenville Senior High School Orchestra on Thursday, March 14. The concert will begin at 7pm in the beautiful Memorial Hall. The performance by the orchestra is free and open to the public. The orchestra will perform various selections for the evening including music both classical and pop and show. Please plan to join us for a wonderful evening of orchestra music with the Greenville High School Orchestra.

2019 Poultry Days Headliners

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A festival theme of Rock -N- Roll All Night & Poultry Every Day requires great music and large quantities of poultry. This year offers a new mix of musical styles with new bands, festival favorites and local talent. While the full lineup will be announced soon, the Poultry Days Board is proud to announce the headliners for June 14, 15 and 16th.

Northwest, Ohio party rock veterans Brother Believe Me make their Poultry Days debut on Friday, June 14th! Featuring a high energy and crowd-interactive stage show, this is one band you don’t miss! Billing themselves as playing “everything but country”, their song selections run the gamut from Bruno Mars to Tom Petty to Metallica to Imagine Dragons – and everything in between! Whether you’re into the 70’s, 80’s, 2000’s, dance, pop, or rock – there’s something for everyone at a BBM show! They have been playing the Northwest and Central Ohio festival circuit for over eleven years, and have collectively opened for such national artists as Velvet Revolver, Sevendust, Staind, and Three Days Grace.

Popular Saw Creek will be back for Saturday night. Led by experienced musician Steve Rosenbeck, along with his son Zach and two nephews Jared and Jesse Ranly. This country music band specializes in Classic and Top 40 Country music by the likes of Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Kenney Chesney and many more. They have played in Nashville, Toby Keith's bar and grill, and have opened for artists Dylan Scott and Clark Manson.

Back to Chicken City for the second year, Tricky Dick & The Cover-Ups are a top-tier cover band that will bring Sunday night under the Social Tent to another level. Based in Cleveland, they have performed for thousands of audiences over 10 years. This band has one mission: to make sure everyone has as much fun as possible. An ever-growing song list that is updated weekly ensures that fans never see the same show twice. Members of the band rotate instruments and lead vocals, allowing for a fresh and exciting mix every single time they play. Tricky Dick performs a huge variety of songs back-to-back for a non-stop, high energy party!

Versailles Poultry Days and the Village of Versailles would like to invite you to the 68th annual Poultry Days Festival June 14, 15, and 16th, 2019. We will close the highway again just like we have since 1972 for a weekend of chicken, friends and fun. Please visit the website for event details and schedules or follow us on Facebook.


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Big Brother, Jaysen Rump, teaches his Little Brother, Blake,
how to bowl at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County's
annual Bowl for Kids' Sake.
This year’s Bowl for Kids’ Sake was held on Friday, March 1, and Saturday, March 2, at Bel-Mar Lanes in Sidney and Treaty Lanes in Greenville. The event was supported by 129 local businesses and individuals who sponsored, made general donations, and/or donated prizes for the event. The two-day event brought together 330 bowlers to make up 66 participating teams. Preliminary figures show that Bowl for Kids’ Sake has raised $44,009.46 for the Shelby and Darke County agency, which is $8,990.54 shy of their $53,000 goal. Donations are still be accepted to help catapult Big Brothers Big Sisters past this ambitious goal.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County would like to thank the surrounding communities, businesses, and individuals who supported their biggest fundraiser of the year. Executive Director, Jennifer Bruns, recently shared, “the support Big Brothers Big Sisters receives from the community, businesses, and people year after year through our Bowl for Kids’ Sake event blows me away. We are very fortunate to be a part of such great communities. The event was a complete success regardless of if we reached our overall goal. The kids we serve are the ones that will benefit from the proceeds, and that is all that counts." The money raised will go toward their after-school “Buddies” program and their community-based program. Both programs establish one-to-one mentoring relationships between caring adults and children. Last year, the local agency served over 600 children throughout Shelby and Darke County.

Prize levels were determined by the amount each individual fundraised. Participants who raised at least $50 ($25 for those under 18) were awarded with an event t-shirt. Those who fundraised up to $75 were entered into a drawing for a $50 Amazon Gift Card, and this year’s winner was Jeff Weaver who bowled with the Littman-Thomas Insurance team. Those who fundraised up to $150 qualified for three entries into the Amazon Gift Card drawing along with one entry for a $500 Cash Grand Prize drawing. This year’s Grand Prize winner was Dave Keiser, who also bowled with the Littman-Thomas Insurance team. The “Individual Most Money Raised” award went to Joe Rizzo, who raised $450 in addition to his company-sponsored entry from Cargill. Joe was awarded a Columbus Overnight Gift Basket including overnight accommodations, four admission tickets to COSI, and a $25 Darden Restaurant Gift Card. Participants also had the opportunity to participate in scavenger hunt-style games to win door prizes during the fundraiser. Photos from the event can be found on the agency’s website.

Bowl for Kids’ Sake is a nationally-recognized fundraiser, and almost 700 Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies across the country hold their own event each year. Big Brothers Big Sisters evaluates its effectiveness and impact on a national and local level. Results show that children who are mentored are more likely to improve in school and in their relationships with family and peers, and they are less likely to skip school or use illegal drugs or alcohol.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County’s 13th Annual Duck Derby & Duck N Run 5K will be held on Thursday, June 20, at Tawawa Park in Sidney. The Duck Derby is a fun and exciting way to continue supporting one-to-one mentoring programs in our community. By “adopting” rubber ducks, you are given the chance to win fabulous prizes, all while making a difference in the life of a child. Duck adoptions, sponsorship opportunities, and 5K registrations are available on the agency’s website.

Big Brothers Big Sisters is a non-profit United Way partner agency. If you would like to become an event sponsor, donor, volunteer, or learn more about how you can make a difference in a child’s life, contact our local agency at 937-492-7611, 937-547-9622, or go to for more information.

Beginner Beekeeping

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Come see what all the buzz about beekeeping is all about!
With the increased awareness of the importance of pollinators, Darke County Parks invites those interested in beekeeping to a free class on March 16 at 10am. The program will be held at Shawnee Prairie Preserve Nature Center. Get acquainted with the basics of beekeeping including equipment, natural history and maintenance. Join an experienced beekeeper and naturalist for an introductory look at getting you started on your beekeeping journey. This program is free but registration is required.

Visit to create an account and register today! Alternatively, you can register via phone (937-548-0165) or in person at the Nature Center.


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Darke County Center for the Arts will present “Piano Men: A Tribute to Elton John and Billy Joel” at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall on Saturday March 30. 
Darke County Center for the Arts will present “Piano Men: A Tribute to Elton John and Billy Joel” at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall on Saturday March 30; the show, the third of DCCA’s Artists Series 2018-2019 Ruby Anniversary season, starts at 8 p.m. “This timeless music reaches across generations to appeal to an audience from many demographics and almost all ages,” said DCCA Artistic Director Keith Rawlins. “Broadway veterans Craig A. Myer and Donnie Kehr bring the iconic piano men Elton John and Billy Joel to life in an unbelievable concert featuring legendary songs that everyone knows and loves,” he stated.

Craig A. Meyer has appeared on film and television, toured throughout the United States as Skimbleshanks in the Broadway musical Cats and internationally with music legends Barry Manilow and Frankie Valli. Donnie Kehr has originated roles in award winning musicals such as Jersey Boys, The Who’s Tommy, and Billy Elliot, and appeared in films including Clint Eastwood’s film version of Jersey Boys, as well as on stage with musical icons Pete Townshend and Frankie Valli.

According to Mr. Rawlins, Meyer and Kehr will face off with two pianos occupying center stage, accompanied by the all-star musicians and backup singers of “The Rocket Band” to present a dynamic interactive concert celebrating two pop music giants. “In addition to “Piano Man,” you’ll hear “Crocodile Rock,” “Just the Way You Are,” “Rocket Man” and on and on through a familiar and beloved list of hits,” Rawlins explained.

“Piano Men” is sponsored by Coppock-Hole Trust, Greenville National Bank, and The Advocate & The Early Bird Newspaper . The Ohio Arts Council helps fund this program with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. DCCA also receives operating support from the Harry D. and Esther Stephens Memorial as well as funding from the Ketrow Foundation, Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust Fund, and the John R. and Miriam H. Knick Fund of Darke County Foundation. DCCA membership contributions also help support this show.

Tickets for “Piano Men” are $25, and can be purchased by contacting DCCA at 937-547-0908 or; tickets are also available online at and will be sold at the door if any remain by showtime. Patrons are reminded that parking is now available at the new parking lot at the site of the now-demolished junior high building, including four handicap-accessible spaces just outside the now readily accessible entrance on the west side of St. Clair Memorial Hall; the lot can be entered from Armstrong Street and Central Avenue.

57th Annual Darke County Sheriff’s Patrol Home & Sports Expo: April 5,6, and 7

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Come one come all to the 57th Annual Darke County Sheriff’s Patrol Home & Sports Expo beginning Friday, April 5, 2019 at 4:00pm.

There will be an opening ceremony at 6:00pm followed by a Fish and Game presentation by Jeff Wenning of the Ohio Dept. of Natural Resources. The show will continue on Saturday the 6th from 9:00am to 9:00pm and on Sunday, April 7th, 10:00am-4:00pm. This is a FREE public event with donations accepted. Come experience this Great Expo in the Dairy & Beef Pavilion on the north side of the Darke County Fairground entering at the east entrance.

Over 110 vendors will be located inside and outside the pavilion. There will be recreational vehicles, camping, fishing and outdoor displays along with landscaping, home improvements and demonstrations. Experience the flavors from the Sheriff’s Patrol Kitchen and other exhibitor’s. Enjoy fishing in a Kids live fishing pond, participate or cheer on the youth who compete in the Ohio State Championship Kiddie Tractor Pulls on Saturday and the National Kiddie Tractor Pulls on Sunday. The Sheriff’s Dept. will have their K-9 unit presentation on Saturday at 10:00am and 4:00pm The Greenville High School Wavaires will perform Saturday at 7:00pm.

 For further details about the Expo, please visit our Facebook page, DarkeCountySheriffsHomeShow or contact one of the committee members: Joe Wintrow, Jerry Bunch, Aaron Kruckeberg, Dick Rhoades, or Don and Diane Delaplane, 937 548 8799. This is a great event for all ages. Raffle tickets will be sold for fabulous Door prizes for which you do not need to be present to win. Come and support the Sheriff’s Patrol which is mainly funded by two fund raiser events a year, not taxes. Be sure to visit our businesses and great organizations. Hope to see you at the Home & Sports Expo, April 5, 6 and 7th, 2019

You may also consider placing on your Calendar of Events by just using the following: Darke County Sheriff's Patrol Expo will be Friday, April 5 - Sunday April 7 at the Darke County Fairgrounds Beef & Dairy Pavilion. This is a FREE event for all ages.

Visit our Facebook page for further details: DarkeCountySheriffsHomeShow or call Aaron Kruckeberg at 937 417 4929

Poultry Days Vendor Space

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Reservations are now being accepted for space in the Vendor Tent during the Poultry Days Festival, June 14-16th. Options include 10 x 10 ft. spaces in the Vendor Tent or space for your own tent. All Vendor Tent spaces are on asphalt, while 15 x 15 ft. spaces for your own tent or display are available on either asphalt or grass. Booths inside the tent start at $100 with discounts on additional space and discounts if you register before March 15th.

If you are interested in being a part of this celebration, please download Vendor information at and return the signed application and your payment. Registration will remain open until noon on Friday, June 14, 2019 or until all spaces are full. The vendor area is managed by the Zac Richard Memorial Scholarship Fund which can be contacted at

Friday, March 8, 2019

Free Immunization Clinic

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In order to meet school immunization requirements, the Darke county health department will be hosting a vaccine clinic from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 16th at SPIRIT Medical Transport, located at 5484 State Route 49 South, Greenville.

Student currently in 6th and 11th grade who attend Darke County schools should have received a letter sent to their home through their school during the past couple weeks. The letter invites students to receive the needed vaccines during the upcoming health department clinic and also outlines the requirements, which now includes two vaccines for incoming seventh-graders – a Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis) in addition to a meningococcal vaccine. The second requirement is that now all incoming seniors also are to receive the meningococcal vaccine.

The vaccine clinic is totally free for families.

Those who have medical coverage should bring a copy of their insurance card. Copies of the card will be made on-site and the health department will bill the insurance company. Whatever reimbursement the health department receives from an insurance company to cover the vaccine costs, will be accepted.

For additional information concerning the state vaccine requirements or the upcoming health department clinic, contact the health department at 937-548-4196 x224.


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February has certainly been a mixed bag, hasn’t it? This winter, and particularly February, has been schizophrenic; it could not decide if it wanted to be a full continuance of winter, or an early start to spring. A few times it was both in the same day! I don’t know about you, but I am thankful it is over, and I am totally ready for Spring!

February seemed to be the month in the office where we prepared for all upcoming events, and it looks like March will be busy. We know that in March we will be doing the county schools FFA Banquets and other meetings. These are all set up in February for us. We know they are coming, just waiting on the dates.

We have been working on several projects, some for quite a while, and they seem to be getting closer to becoming reality. Hopefully, we can make some good announcements in March. Our County Financial Audit was completed and once again we had a strong report from the State Auditor. Due to the performance of Carol Ginn and her department, the State Auditor has confirmed that Darke County continues to operate in a very sound financial manner. Thanks to the Auditor’s Department for a job well done…..again! The CHIP (Community Housing Development Program) had its first hearing in February, and the second hearing is set for March 25th at 10:00 a.m. in our office. If anyone is interested, please call our office.

Two new employees were added in February, Scott Naas as the Airport Manager, and Carl McCullough, who is the new Facility and Maintenance Manager. Scott has been on board now for about a month, and has shown to be a good hire and asset for the Airport Manager Position. His previous experience with other airports and aircraft related businesses will be invaluable as he takes over the airport operations. Carl has an extensive background in the military, and has many practical, mechanical and leadership skills that will assist him in the performance of his job. We welcome Carl on board as a county employee. The man he replaced, Rodney O’Connor has left to go back to his old job, and we wish him well as he did a great job for the county while he was here.

In other news, Whirlpool was in an article in the Wall Street Journal the last week of February. The article is titled “KitchenAid’s Key Ingredient: Investing in Workers. ‘It’s not just a dead-end job anymore’”. The article focused on plant manager Jenni Hanna and the entire Whirlpool team in Greenville. This makes the third or fourth time that Whirlpool or Darke County has been featured in the premier business newspaper for our accomplishments in the economic development arena. Congratulations to Whirlpool and all of our great employers who have made Darke County a continuing manufacturing bright spot! Midmark is moving along with their expansion, and BASF recently just completed an update on their facility. Darke County sees this growth continuing into the near future.

Our office is gearing up for another good year for Darke County. Why don’t you become a part of it by coming to a meeting? The meeting times have stayed the same, 1:30 on Mondays and Wednesdays in the Commissioner’s office at 520 South Broadway in Greenville. Hope to see you here!

The Darke County Commissioners

New Madison Kiwanis Helps Local Family Attend Medical Conference

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The New Madison Kiwanis Club hosted the Miller Family at their Jan. 17 meeting. The Miller’s youngest child, Chris, has CardioFacioCutaneous (CFC). About 500 individuals worldwide are diagnosed with CFC, but scientists estimate that it occurs in 1 in 1,000,000 births. Individuals with CFC have heart defects, distinctive facial characteristics, and various skin conditions. Most also have feeding and digestive issues, short stature, vision problems, and seizures. Overall, children with this condition fail to thrive.

While Chris battles nearly all of these issues, he is thriving in his large, lively family that includes his parents Melanie and Ted and his three siblings – Haley, Teddy, & Caleb. The family attended the Kiwanis meeting to share some exciting news. The entire family will be attending an International Conference in Florida this July because for the first time, the conference is close enough for the family to drive. Both his parents and siblings will have opportunities to attend panel discussions and seminars designed for family members of children with CFC. In addition, because of his work with Chris, his neurologist will be attending to consult with other CFC patients from around the world. Because the Kiwanis group strives to support families and children in our community and throughout the world, the members agreed unanimously to give support to the family, but there is much more that can be done to help them on their journey. Please help us to help them with housing, travel, and food costs.

For more information on CFC, visit If you or your organization would be interested in supporting the Miller Family in this endeavor, contact Brenda Miller at 937-996-1741 or Gwen Tinkle at New Madison United Methodist Church , 937-996-5341.


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Sunday, March 31 the Greenville Church of the Brethren, located at 421 Central Avenue, will be joined by the Greenville High School Wavaires. The Wavaires will perform their 2019 Cantata, “Old Church Choir” during the regular worship service. Some songs to be featured are Old Church Choir, Holy Spirit, Reckless Love, Living Hope and Glorious Day.

There is no admission fee for the church performances, and the public is cordially invited to attend and support this group of young, talented performers. Service begins at 10:30 AM.

Be sure to invite your family friends for this special event.

Fun Bunch 4-H Club Installs Officers, Graduates Clover Buds

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Front row: Madi Nelson, Ali Nelson, Katie Plessinger & Bella Gulley. Back row: Zach Burton, Christina Crawford, Hannah Plessinger, Chasity Johnson & Isaac Gulley
Katie Plessinger & Madi Nelson
The Fun Bunch 4-H Club is busy with lots of great activities coming up! The most recent Fun Bunch meeting was held on February 10, 2019 at the American Legion Hall in Greenville.

At this meeting, two Clover buds, Katie Plessinger and Madi Nelson, graduated to become regular 4H Club members.

They also held the installation of new officers, including President Isaac Gulley, Vice President Chasity Johnson, Secretary Bella Gulley, Treasurer Zach Burton Health and Safety Officers Hannah and Katie Plessinger and Madi Nelson, Historian Ali Nelson, and Reporter Christina Crawford.

Fun Bunch is going to be involved in the trash bash on April 13th and 14th. There will be a safety meeting at each assigned road, after which each team will gather and bag trash to be picked up and removed. Fun Bunch wants to help make sure our community is kept clean and beautiful!

They are also participating in a candy fundraiser. The candy bars are $1.00 each. If you want one, you better get one soon from any Fun Bunch member! The sale ends soon and supplies are limited. Choices are caramel, almond, milk chocolate, and dark chocolate bars.

The next meeting will be on March 10th @ 2 pm, at the American Legion. If you would like more information on the Fun Bunch 4-H Club, please feel free to join us!

Quilt Club at Library

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The Greenville Public Library welcomes back the Towne Squares Quilt Club on Saturday March 16th from 9:00 to 4:00. Once again they will be set up at the Library to display their beautiful quilts and the craft behind creating them. If you’ve ever wondered what goes into making a quilt or simply love the splendor and design of quilts, then stop in. The quilters will be happy to answer any question that you might have about quilting.

This year the quilters are working on pillowcases for servicemen overseas in association with the Blue Star Mothers of America who support military personnel and their families. “The military represents all aspects of America as does our organization. We have over 6,000 members from over 200 Chapters throughout the nation.” For more info visit

The Club holds a monthly business meeting the third Tuesday of the month in the BRC Brick Room at 7:00 p.m. They love new members so anyone interested in quilting is welcome. They span all levels of skills and experience. Being a part of a club provides additional benefits such as friendship, mentorship, and camaraderie. The Club auctions quilts each year for charity and donates quilts to Hospice. See for more info.

Performance Mortgage Announces Campaign to Support Homeless Veterans

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Greenville, OH: Performance Mortgage has announced a 2019 charitable campaign supporting The Journey Home, a transitional Veterans’ shelter. Located in Winchester, IN, The Journey Home works with Veterans from across the country. They aim to assist homeless Veterans in getting off the street while providing stability, support, and interventions so that those Veterans can attain housing and independence.

“One of our initiatives for 2019 is an increased focus on helping Veterans and Active Service Members take advantage of the benefits of the VA home loan program,” said John Heath, Co-Owner of Performance Mortgage. “As part of that initiative, our ownership team met with Eldon Solomon, Executive Director of The Journey Home in early 2019. We learned about the staggering number of Veterans whose immediate concern is finding a safe place to sleep every night. After this meeting, we felt moved to make a financial commitment to The Journey Home. We are honored to work with this wonderful organization and help them work towards their goals of ending Veteran homelessness.”

Performance Mortgage is pledging a $25 donation to The Journey Home for every VA loan closed in 2019. These funds will be used to help The Journey Home in their efforts to find and get Veterans off the streets, transition them to permanent housing, develop or improve their employment opportunities, and engage the Veteran into resources and benefits that are available to them.

For more information about The Journey Home, visit:

March Lunch & Learn at Library

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The Greenville Public Library’s Lunch & Learn for March will feature Jesse Berry from Blue Lantern Tea. Jesse will speak on the exceptional health benefits tea has to offer and demonstrate the beauty, rich philosophy, history and overall culture of tea.

Jesse was scheduled for February but due to winter weather we had to postpone his talk until this month. Lunch starts at noon on Wednesday March 20th at the Library. Please register at 548-3915.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Darke County Board of Developmental Disabilities Announcement

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The Darke County Board of Developmental Disabilities intends to contract for engineering services in connection with the following project:

Training Center Renovations: This project includes renovations to improve an approximately 7,270 square foot facility currently operated as an assembly workshop into a training center. The project will entail shell, floor and ceiling renovations, new windows and doors, interior finishes, plumbing, HVAC, lighting and sprinkler upgrades, audio/visual installations, kitchenette area, and related items to make the training center complete. Services will include design, permitting, bidding, and construction administration services. Anticipated engineering design timeframe is March 2019 through May 2019 for design and permitting; May 2019 through June 2019 for procurement; and June 2019 through December 2019 for construction completion. All work must be completed no later than December 31, 2019.

Professional engineering services will be required for design, the bidding process, grant administration, and construction engineering services. The engineering firm shall demonstrate experience with similarly type projects as well as working with the Ohio Development Services Agency and the Miami County Building Department.

Statements of Qualifications should include information regarding the firm’s history, education and experience of owners and key technical personnel, the technical expertise of the firm’s current staff, the firm’s experience in designing similar projects, availability of staff, the firm’s equipment and facilities, professional references, and any other work performed for the Darke County Board of Developmental Disabilities or Darke County.

Firms interested in being considered for a contract to provide the required services described above should send or deliver three (3) sets of Statements of Qualifications to the Darke County Board of Developmental Disabilities, 5844 Jaysville-St. Johns Road, Greenville, Ohio 45331 no later than March 8, 2019. Questions regarding this request should be directed to Mr. Michael Beasecker at 937-548-9057. Statements received after this deadline shall not be considered.


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Mote & Associates, Inc., Engineers and Land Surveyors, located in Greenville, Ohio established a scholarship in October of 2002 at a celebration to honor the founder of the firm, Richard Mote, for his 30 years of dedicated leadership and his passion for engineering and surveying. The scholarship is for a commendable student seeking a post high school education or enrolled in an accredited college program in the field of engineering, surveying, architecture, or a closely related field of study.

High School and College Undergraduate Scholarship applications for the 2018-2019 academic year can be accessed and completed on-line at; or may be requested by contacting the company office listed below.

Mote & Associates, Inc., in business for over 47 years, encourages all qualifying students to apply. Applications must be returned to the office of Mote & Associates, Inc., 214 West Fourth Street, Greenville, Ohio by Friday, April 5, 2019. For more information, contact our office at 937-548-7511 or by e-mail at

Fort GreeneVille DAR Honors Vietnam War Veterans Day at Greenville Public Library

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Prospective DAR member Caitlyn Clark, DAR members Sandra King and Helen Wright. (Not pictured: Kathleen Gade)
Fort GreeneVIlle Chapter DAR, a 50th Anniversary Vietnam War Commemoration Commemorative Partner, would like to invite everyone to visit the National Vietnam War Veterans Day display at the Greenville Public Library during the month of March. On the second floor, the display will feature Vietnam era military items on loan from the Darke County Fairgrounds Veterans Building. The display is in honor of our local Vietnam Veterans.

National Vietnam War Veterans Day is observed on March 29th. It recognizes Veterans who served in the US military during the Vietnam War. In March 2017, President Trump signed the Vietnam War Veterans Proclamation Act of 2017. The Act officially recognizes March 29th as Vietnam War Veterans Day annually. Welcome Home!!

2019 Darke County Science Day Results

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On Thursday, February 28, 2019, the 6th Annual Darke County Science Day was held at Greenville High School for Darke County students, grades 5-12. Ninety-one students from Ansonia, Arcanum, Franklin-Monroe, DeColores Montessori, Greenville, Tri-Village and Versailles completed science research projects and presented their findings to area professionals, researchers, and educators.

This event offered students a venue that promotes the development of creative thinking, research and writing skills and career motivation toward the sciences, all in one program. Project topics may be in biology, chemistry, botany, space & earth sciences, computers, zoology, microbiology, biochemistry, physics, engineering, mathematics, medicine & health and behavioral & social science.

Thirty-seven students received the highest rating of “Superior”. They were: from Ansonia – Marissa Shook; from Arcanum – Makenna Gunckel, Celeste Arnett, Jenna Beatty, Jenna Haney, Madelyn Wogomon, Grace Wooten, Raymond Brothers, Landon Flatter, Anna Jean Stump, Hannah Kendig, Carley Rieman, Mackenzie Cantrell, Emma Rogers; from DeColores Montessori – Leo Williams; from Franklin-Monroe – Chase Osterday, Elli Earwood, Keihl Johnson, Mason Lair, Emma Miller, Isaac Shellabarger; from Greenville – Anthony Masso-Rivetti, Landon Muhlenkamp, Ash Williams, Ella Strawn; from Tri-Village – Morgan Hunt, Jade Murphy, Calvin Fritz, Cameron Kimmel, Alexander Milliff; Jamie Hemmelgarn, Halle Belle, Rylee Sagester; from Versailles – Alec Barga, Ethan Varner, Lauren Menke, Jessica Meyer and Kennedy Hughes.

These students are eligible to go to the District Science Day held at Edison State Community College in Piqua on Saturday, March 9th. Students receiving a superior at District may go on to the State contest held at The Ohio State University on May 11th.

Event sponsors donated awards and gift certificates in an amount totaling $3000. Sponsors included: BASF Corporation, Wayne Health Care, Greenville Masonic Lodge No. 143, Cargill, Whirlpool, Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, Menke Family and the Darke County Foundation. Over 30 area professionals and community members volunteered to judge the projects, aided by Darke County science teachers. Ash Williams of Greenville HS earned the Grand Prize of $300. Leo Williams from DeColores Montessori received the 2nd place award of $200 and Alec Barga from Versailles HS received the 3rd place award of $100, all provided by BASF. Rounding out the top finishers were: Elli Earwood from Franklin Monroe; Morgan Hunt, Jade Murphy from Tri-Village; Lauren Menke, Kennedy Hughes and Ethan Varner- all from Versailles HS. The Upper Miami Valley Science Day Committee, the Darke County students and the Greenville Schools Science Department all wish to thank the sponsors and volunteers for making the 2019 Darke County Science Day a successful event. Anyone with questions about the Science Day program should contact Angela McMurry, or Dr. Martin E. English, 1470 W. Main Street, Tipp City, OH 45371, 937-667-3217, or email:

Spring Cleaning at Library

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Have you ever wondered what you should focus on during spring cleaning? How about which products are the best? We have the answers for you!

Suds in a Bucket Cleaning Service will be at the Greenville Public Library to discuss and demonstrate how to get that deep down clean just in time for spring. Join us Tuesday March 12th 6 p.m. No registration necessary. For more info please see Suds in a Bucket at

Author’s Night at Library

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The Friends of the Greenville Public Library will host their first 2019 Author’s Night on Friday March 8th at the third floor of the Library. Finger snacks will be served from 6:15-6:55. Doors open at 6:15; program begins at 7:00.

Our first author is Jess Montgomery (aka Sharon Short). Sharon has chosen a new pen name for her new book, The Widows. A historical mystery set in 1920s Appalachian Ohio, it was inspired by the true first female sheriff in Ohio.

It came out January 8th from Minotaur Books, and has received blurbs from Wiley Cash, Hallie Ephron, and other authors. Come and mingle and listen to excerpts from Jess’ new book! Hope to see you there.

Edison State and Hobart Service Partner to Offer Degree

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Edison State Community College and Hobart Service have partnered to develop a pathway to facilitate the awarding of academic credits by Edison State for technical training conducted by Hobart Service. The new pathway will create a seamless transition to the next step in education for Hobart Service employees to obtain an Associate of Technical Study (ATS) degree with a major in either Business or Industrial Management.

“Hobart Service is excited about our partnership with Edison State because it will allow us to develop our world class technical team into future leaders throughout our organization,” said Eric Reisner, Vice President and General Manager North America at Hobart Service.

Students who successfully complete courses from the Service Training School at Hobart may apply up to 29 credit hours toward the ATS degree now offered at Edison State. The remaining balance of coursework required at Edison State may be completed online or in person in as little as one year.

“When we saw what an outstanding job Hobart Service does of teaching high-level technical skills to its service technicians, it seemed obvious that we should grant credit for that training,” Chris Spradlin, Provost of Edison State Community College.

“With such a strong foundation of learning, the technicians are then well-positioned to further their education and complete an associate’s degree from Edison State, which will provide them with the ability to advance in their careers,” added Spradlin.

The Industrial Management ATS degree allows employees to qualify for advancement within the management ranks of Hobart Service. The Business ATS provides an advancement pathway in other management areas such as marketing and human resources.

Students will be able to choose from two areas of focus: business or industrial management. The business option will emphasize customer service, financial accounting, marketing communication, organizational behavior, and business communication, while the industrial management option will concentrate on effective management, human relations in the workplace, operations management, and labor relations.

“Articulation agreements with regional businesses are the backbone in our workforce development program. Our associate of technical study pathways provide growth potential within our sector partners while promoting education for high-demand career trades,” said Dr. Tony Human, Dean of Professional and Technical Programs.

Edison State Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and the Industrial Management and Business ATS degrees are approved by the Higher Learning Commission and the Ohio Department of Higher Education.
For more information about the degree pathway, call 937.778.8600 and ask to speak with a resource specialist.

CUTLINE: Pictured Left to Right: Dr. Tony Human, Dean of Professional and Technical Programs at Edison State, Eric Reisner, Vice President and General Manager North America at Hobart Service, Gail Sease, Manager of Training and Technical Information at Hobart Service, and Chris Spradlin, Provost at Edison State.

Understanding the Importance of School Attendance

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Submitted by Jim Hooper, Curriculum Director

Many parents underestimate the importance of good school attendance, especially during the early years. Showing up for school has a huge impact on a student’s academic success starting in kindergarten and continuing through high school. While missing a school day here and a day there may not seem like much, missing just 2 days a month can drastically affect a student’s academic success. Those 2 days a month means your child is missing 10% of the entire school year! Unexcused and excused absences easily add up to too much time lost in the classroom.

Attendance matters as early as kindergarten. Studies show many children who miss too many days in kindergarten and first grade can struggle academically in later years. They often have trouble mastering reading by the end of third grade.

Even as children grow older and more independent, parents and families play a key role in making sure students get to school safely every day. It is essential that students understand why attendance is so important for success in school.

Parents should be aware of the information below to ensure that their student is not at risk:

  • Students should miss no more than 9 days of school each year to stay engaged, successful and on track to graduation.
  • Absences can be a sign that a student is losing interest in school, struggling with school work, dealing with a bully or facing some other potentially serious difficulty.
  • By 6th grade, absenteeism is one of three signs that a student may drop out of high school.
  • By 9th grade, regular attendance is a better predictor of graduation rates than test scores.
  • Students can be considered chronically absent even if they only miss a day or two every few weeks.
  • Attendance is an important life skill that will help your child graduate from college and keep a job.
  • Students who attend school regularly are more likely to graduate and find good jobs. In fact, a high school graduate makes, on average, a million dollars more than a dropout over a lifetime.
What can you, as a parent, do to make sure that school is a priority?
  • Talk about the importance of showing up to school every day, Make that the expectation.
  • Help your child maintain daily routines, such as finishing homework and getting a good night’s sleep.
  • Try not to schedule dental and medical appointments during the school day.
  • Don’t let your child stay home unless truly sick. Complaints of headaches or stomach aches may be signs of anxiety.
  • Help your child stay engaged…Find out if your child feels engaged by his classes and feels safe from bullies and other threats. Make sure he/she is not missing class because of behavioral issues and school discipline policies. If any of these are problems, work with your school.
  • Stay on top of academic progress and seek help from teachers or tutors if necessary.
  • Make sure teachers know how to contact you.
  • Encourage meaningful afterschool activities, including sports and clubs.
  • Ask for help from school officials, afterschool programs, other parents or community agencies if  you’re having trouble getting your child to school.
  • Above all, set an example for your child.


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GREENVILLE – The Greenville Area Dog Club will offer their obedience classes starting March 19, 2019 . Through the years more classes have been added to meet the growing interest in dog training and many people like the variety of classes available.

The Dog Club will be offering classes at their new training facility located at 940 Front Street. They are looking forward to serving the public with classes in the newly obtained buildings on the former site of McClain’s Inc.

Obedience classes begin Tuesday March 19th., they will include, Puppy (12 weeks to 6 months), and Beginner Obedience. For those who have completed the beginner class and wish to continue on with their training, advanced obedience will be offered. AKC Rally obedience class will also be offered this 9 weeks.

“Our puppy and beginning obedience classes are designed to teach basic house manners, grooming and care of the dog, heeling, sit, down, stay, come and other commands,” said Barb Rhoades, Director of Obedience Training.

She also added that the rally classes will be offered to those who have completed beginner or have some past training in classes and want to continue with training. The Novice and Advanced Rally Classes are for students who want to try something new in obedience and challenge themselves and their dog. The requirement for Rally Novice and Advanced obedience class is that the dog and handler be able to execute all the basic obedience commands without much difficulty. Novice and advanced signs will be taught in the rally class. Off lead work will be attempted in Rally.

The goal of the Rally class is to introduce students to a new form of Obedience which involves walking a course with your dog and performing the exercises as illustrated on numbered signs along the path of the course. This class also preps the team of dog and handler to work towards a Novice title in AKC Rally if interested.

The classes are designed to be building blocks in obedience. We start with puppy and continue to build upon that training thru each of the later classes. However, if you missed the puppy class when your dog was a baby, you can still get great results with the dog starting with our Beginner classes.

We now have 4 instructors who have been certified to do pet therapy. We plan to visit nursing homes and hospitals.

If you feel you have a dog that has the right temperament to be a therapy dog and are wondering how to do it, we can help you along your way to that goal. The first step is to take the basic obedience classes and pass. Second step is to be evaluated by Becky Baker, our instructor and evaluator who administers the Good Canine Citizen Test which has to be passed to be able to go on to be tested for the therapy dog program.


Empowering Needs You!

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GREENVILLE - As awareness of Empowering Darke County Youth programs grows, requests for help for struggling students continues to grow. The non-profit organization needs help in its fundraising efforts, tutoring programs and other support services.

The Empowering mission is to reach all students in Darke County. “We are still a long way from that goal,” said Empowering Darke County Youth President Eric Fee, “but after three years of service, we are starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. We need help to make it happen.”

Fee invites all individuals who care about Darke County’s kids – and have a desire to serve – to put the Empowering annual meeting on their calendars. The meeting is at 7 p.m. March 7, Tribute Funeral Home, Greenville Campus, 1000 N. Broadway.

“We will provide an overview of the past three years, our accomplishments and what we hope to achieve,” Fee added. “Please join us and find out how you can help.”

Darke County Republican Women’s Club to host Ohio Auditor of State’s Western Liaison

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Ohio Auditor Keith Faber’s Western Liaison to Speak

GREENVILLE, OHIO – The Darke County Republican Women’s Club (DCRWC) is hosting featured speaker Joe Braden at 6 p.m. on March 11 at the Chestnut Village Center of the Brethren Home Retirement Community, 750 Chestnut Street, Greenville.

Braden is a member of the team representing newly elected Auditor of State Keith Faber in western Ohio.

“It will be wonderful to hear from our longtime friend Keith Faber’s representative as Joe tells us about Keith’s new office, serving Ohio as Auditor of State. We are so pleased to provide this chance for the residents of Darke County to have a real inside look at one of Ohio’s state offices,” said Betty Hill, DCRWC President.

Braden was mayor of Saint Paris, Ohio for almost ten years before beginning work with the Ohio Auditor of State. The western district includes 14 counties, from Dayton to Lima. With his extensive territory, the Darke County Republican Women’s Club is honored to have Braden as a featured guest speaker.
The program is free and does not require reservations. The Club does offer an optional dinner prior to the speaker’s program at a cost per person of $10 for those who would like to attend and have made reservations for the meal. Dinner reservations must be made prior to noon, March 7 by calling Wavelene Denniston at (937) 547-6477 or emailing her at:

DCRWC is a political group founded to provide political education and legislative information; provide a wider knowledge of the principles of the Republican Party; increase the number of registered Republicans; recruit, promote, and support qualified Republican women for political office; give exposure to and work actively for all Republican candidates; and lend support to the activities of other Republican organizations. The DCRWC is a multi-generational, multi-cultural organization providing the structure and support for political activists to learn, engage, and flourish. The Club is chartered by the National Federation of Republican Women and is a member of the Ohio Federation of Republican Women. For more information, visit: or email President Betty Hill at:

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