Wednesday, February 24, 2021

ARMED SUBJECT BARRICADES HIMSELF IN DARKE COUNTY CHURCH

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On February 22, 2021 at approximately 6:18 pm the Darke County Sheriff’s Office received 911 calls reporting that an adult male subject armed with an AR15 rifle was in the parking lot of a church located at 4689 Childrens Home-Bradford Road north of Greenville, Ohio.  Callers reported that the subject was threatening to harm himself and there were 5 people at the church.  Darke County Sheriff’s Deputies and Greenville Police Officers responded to the church and upon arrival found the subject identified as Vincent Veloz, age 25, of Celina, Ohio standing in the parking lot holding a rifle to his head. The church members barricaded themselves in the basement of the church to take cover from the gunman who was outside.  Veloz communicated with a 911 dispatcher and deputies arriving on the scene.  Deputies found a citizen in the parking lot near the gunman and they moved in to secure the citizen.  Veloz retreated into the front entrance of the church while keeping the gun pointed at himself and making demands. Veloz remained on the first level of the church and demanded that anyone from the church to be removed.  Deputies were able to escort all citizens from the church and secure them in Sheriff’s vehicles until they were later removed from the premises. 

The Darke County Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team (SRT), Tactical Medics and Crisis Negotiators arrived on the scene and secured the premises from the outside.  Crisis Negotiators spoke to Veloz for three hours trying to get him to put down the firearm and surrender.  At 9:26 pm Veloz shot himself while inside the church. SRT and Tactical Paramedics immediately moved into the church and secured the scene as they rendered lifesaving care to Veloz.  Greenville Township Fire and Rescue were already staged nearby responded to the scene.  Veloz was transported by Careflight to a Dayton hospital where he is listed in critical condition at the time of this release.

Vincent Veloz has been charged with Aggravated Burglary, a felony of the first degree, for trespassing into the church while possessing a deadly weapon and while the church was occupied by others.  The case is still under investigation and will be presented to the Darke County Prosecuting Attorney for review of potentially additional charges.

GREENVILLE AREA DOG CLUB OFFERS DOG TRAINING CLASSES STARTING MARCH 9th

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GREENVILLE – The benefits of having a trained dog are varied and numerous.  From the moment you get your new puppy or dog you begin to shape their personality and habits, both good and bad.  The advantages to training your four-legged buddy right from the start will provide both of you a happier more fulfilled life.  If you have a puppy, training classes provide the experiences needed for your puppy to develop interaction skills with other puppies, with people, and in new environments. Puppy socialization has been found to be critical in the psychological health of adult dogs. Puppy classes provide the opportunity for this important facet of your puppy’s upbringing. 

Training classes provide dog owners with the skills and knowledge for dealing with common normal dog behaviors starting with puppy--behaviors such as house training and chewing.  No matter what age you start training your dog, foundation training provides the basis for any activity, behavior, or job you want your dog to do. Training provides dogs with the basic good manners we all want, from polite greeting when guests arrive, to walking nicely on the leash, to coming when called.  A trained dog is a fully participating member of the family--what a gift for everyone. A trained dog joins in the fun when company comes, tags along to the kids’ sports games, camping, goes with you to visit friends and relatives, goes for hikes, swims, and everything else the family does together.  

Training enables you to choose from among a broad range of activities and dog sports to participate in and enjoy with your dog such as dog obedience, agility, trick dog, therapy dog, rally, tracking, dock diving, fast cat and nearly an endless range of fun and philanthropic things to do.  Training has been shown to be the single most important thing that keeps your dog in his or her forever home.  Training builds your mutual bond, enhances your partnership, and enriches the relationship you share with your dog--is there anything better? Having a trained dog is a joy for both you and your dog.  

The Greenville Area Dog Club will offer classes starting March 9th, 2021.  Specific classes offered include Puppy (12 Weeks – 6 Months), Beginner and Advanced Obedience, Show-Ring-Ready, Rally Signs both (World Cynopsport and AKC), Therapy Dog, Canine Good Citizen, Trick Dog, and 3 levels of Agility Training.  Whether you are a complete novice or have some training experience, we have a class to fit you and your dog’s particular need. All dogs are welcome.  

Classes are held late afternoons and early evenings Tuesday through Thursday at our Front Street location.  A session includes one night of orientation starting March 9th and training classes held once a week for a total of 8 weeks of training starting March 16th.  All dogs, both young and old, are encouraged to be trained.  You can in fact teach an older dog new obedience behaviors.  We teach you to teach your dog.

Dogs must be appropriately vaccinated with a veterinarian certification and must always be leashed.    

Classes fill up fast, so if you are interested in securing a slot you must pre-register.  

Go to our website www.greenvilleareadogclub.com for complete details on classes offered so you can get started on making one of the best decisions you have ever made.

Also like us on Facebook. 

Greenville Area Dog Club.

Barb Rhoades, Director of Obedience.

Your Darke County Parks Are Open

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During the winter months, it is important to still take the time to get outside. Spending time outdoors is proven to be beneficial to your mental and physical health. One tool that the people of Darke County have at their disposal is the Tecumseh Multi-Use trail. This mostly paved trail stretches from downtown Greenville to the village of Bradford, a total of approximately 14 miles. While many regularly use the trail for biking and walking, traffic typically slows down on the trail during the winter months. There is a unique portion of trail near Gettysburg that is left natural and not plowed during periods of snowfall. This portion of the trail can be used for winter activities such as cross-country skiing and winter hiking. Other portions of the trail in Greenville, the “Jim Buchy Mile”, from Alice Bish through the Greenville City park and ending at North Broadway are plowed and cleared to allow winter walking. Darke County Parks Director, Roger Van Frank stated, “Especially during this period of the Covid 19 Pandemic we recognize the importance that parks and trails make to the health of families in our communities. Remember the Benefits of Parks and Recreation are Endless”!. 

Pictured supplied by Darke County Parks Volunteer, Wayne Fisher. 

Arcanum MVCTC FFA Wins State Grain Merchandising Contest

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Members of the Arcanum MVCTC FFA Grain Merchandising Team Brody Williams, Luke Brinksneader, Anna Loxley, Isaac Smith and Landon Haney. 

Arcanum MVCTC FFA members recently competed in the Ohio FFA Grain Merchandising Contest.  The purpose of the Grain Merchandising Contest is to stimulate interest in the area of grain merchandising and to make students aware of the complex decision-making process associated with merchandising agricultural products.   Arcanum MVCTC FFA members, Isaac Smith, Luke Brinksneader, Brody Williams, Landon Haney and Anna Loxley, completed the online test contest on January 26th.

During the online contest students were given 50 general knowledge questions about Grain Merchandising and 10 problem solving questions.   The questions included puts, calls, basis, hedging and other grain merchandising scenarios.  Team member Isaac Smith stated “Participating in the Grain Merchandising CDE has been a fun event to participate in with my peers who have common interests as myself, also learning grain marketing strategies that I will use in my agricultural career for the rest of my life.” The Arcanum MVCTC FFA Team was 1st in the Ohio with the following team members placing as individuals in the state: Isaac Smith 4th, Luke Brinksneader 10th, Brody Williams 12th.

Landon Haney said “During my last 3 years competing in contests through FFA, this is no doubt the hardest! Hats off to my team and coach on working to become #1 in the state. The amount of effort each of us put in to prepare, was evident we wanted to win. This skill will live with my team and I throughout our future farming careers!” The team members would like to thank Janelle Brinksneader for coaching the team.  The Team will be recognized with the 1st place banner at the 2021 Ohio FFA State Convention.

LYDIA E. SCHAURER MEMORIAL TRUST CONTRIBUTES TO BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS

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Pictured is Versailles Big Buddy mentor: Breanna Nieport, daughter of Tony & Cheryl Nieport with her Little Sister, Averi Ahrns, daughter of Karl & Tyanna Ahrns.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County is pleased to accept a grant from the Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust to assist with funding for supplies for this year’s Social Emotional Learning curriculum in their after-school Big Buddies programs at Ansonia, Greenville, and Versailles Schools.  The Big Buddies mentoring program allows high school volunteers to meet two times per month with elementary students to offer activities which are planned and supervised by agency staff.  Each high school student is assigned to work with one or two children throughout the nine-month program.  

Children enrolled in the program are provided with positive role models who offer guidance, support, and life-enhancing activities.  Big Brothers Big Sisters vision is for all children to achieve success in life.  Their mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported, one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better forever.  By partnering with parent/guardians, volunteers, and others in the community they are accountable for each child in their program achieving higher aspirations, greater confidence, better relationships, avoidance of risky behaviors, and educational success.  

Big Brothers Big Sisters is a non-profit, United Way partner agency, and is supported through financial contributions and annual fundraisers.  Their Bowl for Kids Sake event is quickly approaching in March and sponsors and bowlers are needed to help make this event a success.   If you would like to make a big difference in the life of a child, either through volunteering, financial contribution, or event sponsorship; please contact the agency at 937-492-7611, 937-547-9622, or go to www.bigbrobigsis-shelbydarke.org for more information.  

Monday, February 15, 2021

Greenville City Schools - Kindergarten Registration for 2021-2022 is now open

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Greenville Public Library announces temporary computer lab closure

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GREENVILLE – The Greenville Public Library computer lab will be closed to patrons on February 17 and 18 in preparation of the installation of new Covid-friendly computer desks. 

The desks are being purchased thanks to a $25,000 grant from the Ohio Office of Budget and Management’s Coronavirus Relief Fund Public Library Assistance Program. Installation is scheduled for the week of March 1, weather permitting. Included in the project are electrical updates as well as new chairs for each computer terminal.

“We are extremely excited about receiving this grant, and the opportunity it has given us to make our computer lab safer for our patrons,” Deb Cameron, Reference & Adult Services Supervisor, said in response to the upcoming changes. “While we regret the inconvenience the closure may cause, we sincerely hope the final product is a testament to our desire to give the community the best experience possible when utilizing our facility.”

The lab will reopen to patrons on February 19 with a limited number of computers available until updates are completed. Patrons will still need to schedule an appointment for the lab, with use being limited to business and employment related matters. 

Printing and faxing will still be available during this time, as well as Curbside and Grab-and-Go services.

The library’s current hours of operation are 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. To schedule an appointment, call (937) 548-3915.

Foundation Seeks Interested Director Candidates

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The Greenville Schools Foundation has over the past six years funded projects and purchases for Greenville students totaling well over $50,000 and include activities such as therapeutic recreational education for students with multiple disabilities.  Purchases included musical instruments, a book vending machine, special education job skills lab supplies, and many more. These are things that make the educational experience at Greenville City Schools even more outstanding, and could not have been funded using conventional school district resources.  

Additionally, the board administers the Robert and Mary Beasecker Engineering Scholarship award made possible by a generous donation made by the late Mr. and Mrs. Beasecker.  In the last five years, the $5,000 Beasecker Scholarship has been awarded to eleven recipients: all Greenville students pursuing a college degree in an engineering field.  

The directors of the foundation have recognized the need for members who are close to the students and staff of Greenville City Schools, such as parents of students or community members who take an active roll in the educational and extra-curricular activities of the schools.  The board desires to preserve the rich 24-year history of foundation growth and support of Greenville students, and seeks to add one or two motivated directors to the panel. An additional director would face an exciting opportunity to use his or her talents to introduce new ideas and help administer existing programs. 

If the thought of being a part of a long-standing and effective organization as a director interests you, please take the next step of calling Mr. Dave Ernst to discuss the details of such service. Dave is a long-time supporter of Greenville schools and is eager to speak with you about the Greenville Schools Foundation.

He can be reached at 547-5241 or 459-7967. 

Job Posting - Staff Accountant

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 Staff Accountant

Family Health is hiring a staff accountant who will be responsible for maintaining financial procedures and confirming financial compliance through reports and statements.  This position will prepare enter accounts payable invoices,  reconcile bank accounts and loans, prepare and file tax returns, prepare month-end journal entries, inspect books for efficiency and accuracy, update monthly reports, as well as assist in seasonal projects (i.e. grant reports, insurance reports, audits, budgets, etc.).  This position reports directly to the Finance Director.  At least an associate degree in accounting is required, however a bachelor's degree is preferred.  Job experience in the medical field and an intermediate skill is excel is preferred.  This position needs to be able to foster productive and cohesive inter-office work relationships. Full-time:  Monday-Friday/40 hours a week.

If interested, please submit your resume to hr@familyhealthservices.org.

DCP Volunteer in the Spotlight = James Normile

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Each quarter, the Darke County Parks recognizes one of their exceptional volunteers. This volunteer gets a spot in the quarterly newsletter, as well as a plaque on the Volunteer Hall of Fame board which can be viewed at the Shawnee Prairie Preserve Nature Center. 

This season’s volunteer in the spotlight goes to James Normile, a senior at Greenville High School with a passion for animals and the outdoors. James will soon be moving on to major in Zoology at Miami University, but in the meantime he has been building volunteer experience with Darke County Parks’ animal ambassadors at Shawnee Prairie Nature Center. His favorite thing about volunteering with the animals is, “watching the animals follow their instincts.” When he is not volunteering, James enjoys adventuring with his scout group and repairing old cars. James would love to see an expansion to animal care volunteer opportunities as well as more virtual programming in the future. Everyone at the Darke County Parks would like to say “Thank you, James!”

DCCA ANNOUNCES VIRTUAL FAMILY THEATRE SERIES

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DCCA happily announces the presentation of its 2020-2021 Family Theatre Series season; however, the shows will be presented virtually rather than on the stage at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville as in the past. The series opens in February with Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad.

Darke County Center for the Arts happily announces the presentation of its 2020-2021 Family Theatre Series season; however, the shows will be presented virtually rather than on the stage at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville as in the past. The series opens February 1 with Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad, continues with Jack and the Beanstalk, available beginning March 1, and The Little Red Hen streaming from April 1; all three musical plays will remain available through June 30 at no cost to viewers.

“We are thrilled to present these excellent productions from Virginia Repertory Theatre, not only because we are fulfilling DCCA’s purpose to enrich local lives through the arts, but also because we are supporting a venerated arts theatre group which has been unable to perform due to the pandemic and is therefore suffering financially,” explained DCCA Executive Director Andrea Jordan. Additionally, Ms. Jordan said that providing the series for free is a thank you to the community which has continued to support the local arts organization throughout the restrictions necessitated by the pandemic which have greatly impacted DCCA’s ability to provide enriching and entertaining arts experiences for public enjoyment.

According to David Warner, DCCA Artistic Director, all three shows reinforce educational goals while also providing delightful entertainment for the entire family. “Harriet Tubman is a deeply moving musical history lesson that will be meaningful for all ages, while Jack and the Beanstalk and The Little Red Hen will enthrall toddlers and elementary school students with their rollicking scripts and captivating music,” Mr. Warner stated. To access these Family Theatre Series productions for streaming, go to DCCA’s Website www.darkecountyarts.org or email DCCA at info@darkecountyarts.org for links and access codes. For more information, call DCCA at 937-547-0908.

DCCA’s Family Theatre Series is sponsored by Bach to Rock, Darke County Foundation, Park National Bank, Edison State Community College, Wes and Patti Jetter, Jordan Agency, Jim & Julia Poeppelman, Jean Louise Thieme Fund of Darke County Foundation, Greyson James Steyer Fund of the Darke County Foundation, Gordon & DeSantis Orthodontics, VFW Post 7262, Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Family Health, and Modern Mothers of Versailles. The Ohio Arts Council helps fund these programs with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans; DCCA membership contributions also help support the Family Theatre Series. DCCA also receives funding from the Ketrow Foundation, Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust Fund, Harry D. and Esther Stephens Memorial, Inc., Coppock-Hole Trust, John R. and Miriam H. Knick Fund of Darke County Foundation, and Greenville Rotary.

Greenville Area Dog Club to begin next session March 9, 2021

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Monday, February 8, 2021

COMMISSIONER’S CORNER - February 2021

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The New Year has started off just about the same as the last one ended. For wintertime in the Miami Valley, we have had decent weather so far, the Corona Virus is still with us, but seems to be waning as vaccines become more available, and businesses here seem to be moving along fairly well. We are all holding out for a much better year this time around! 

January has started out as usual with the office here signing purchase orders, setting up some new procedures, and adjusting to each other as we have a new Commissioner in the office, Larry Holmes. Larry has a background in business and finance and is a graduate of Greenville High School. He is learning the position and is fitting in nicely so far. Matt and I are whipping him into shape, and it shouldn’t take much longer! We also had our reorganization meeting on January, 11th during our regular session, and Matt Aultman will be Chairman, and Mike Stegall will be ViceChairman for 2021. (Larry is referred to as “member” this year and will have to bring us coffee and donuts, and empty the trash!)

We have hired a new person in the office for the front desk and as Assistant Clerk/Secretary, Bridget Steinmetz. Bridget will start in midFebruary, and we look forward to working with her. Congratulations

Bridget and welcome aboard! Charity Hutt, who was at the front desk and has been moved to the position of Administrative Assistant in the Sewer Dept. and Automotive Maintenance office. These new assignments should create a more efficient workplace.

In other happenings, the airport taxiway project has finally cleared all the hurdles and dirt should start being moved the First of March, weather permitting. The holdup has been resolved with the FAA, (paperwork on their end) and we look forward to the start of the project. This is a much needed improvement in safety at the airport, and we want to thank the FAA for funding this important project. We have several other projects we are looking at as well as new business opportunities. We will know more as the year settles in, but there seems to be some good activity in the business sector for the County. If you go to Versailles, you will see a big hole in the middle of town where the Versailles Inn used to be. The demolition is done and soon Midmark will start reconstruction. This is just one of the projects that Midmark has, as their existing expansion of the plant and facilities is well under way to completion. One thing we did not mention is the new Casey’s in the village of Versailles. They have been open for a few months now and has been received very well.

Congratulations to Casey’s and welcome to Versailles. There are housing projects considered in  Ansonia and Arcanum, and we will have more information later.

January seems to be starting a little better than last year, and we are sure it will be better. If you would like to know what is going on in Darke County, why don’t you plan to attend one of our public meetings? We meet every Monday and Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. in the Administration building south of the Courthouse in Greenville. Take the time and come on in, you are always welcome!

The Darke County Commissioners.

Garst Museum Now Open

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The Garst Museum reopen ed on Tuesday, February 2. Annually, the museum closes for maintenance and cleaning during the month of January. 

The month of February celebrates Black History Month and The Museum Store is offering a 25 percent discount on titles such as Longtown Settlement, Darke County Ohio; Great Short Stories by African American Writers; Historic Black Settlements of Ohio; and History of the Union Literary Institute. 

Visitors are welcome back to tour the museum Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m--4 p.m. This is a wonderful time to visit the Garst Museum to escape the winter blahs while connecting with our past. 

Masks are required. 


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