Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Hall of Famers, NAHU and The Wizard to descend on The Great Darke Co. Fair

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By Kenneth W. Terpenning, M.I.S.
August 12, 2019

The Darke County Fair is thrilled to announce that Hall of Famers Bob ‘Hollywood’ Heyden and Roger Huston will be at The Great Darke Co. Fair on Gene Riegle Night.

Hollywood Heyden will be providing handicapping analysis, as well as joining Rod Allums, Jr with NAHU, who will be doing a live broadcast from the grandstand along with co-hosts Mike Pribozie and Ray Cotolo (both via internet simulcast) on Riegle night. NAHU’s broadcast can be found on Facebook, Twitch, YouTube, Periscope and the NAHU Amazon Fire TV App.

Pacey ‘The Wizard’ Mindlin will be on-hand Riegle night (Thursday, August 22nd), doling out ‘Wizard’s Winning Picks’ to the fans. Wizard’s Winning Picks will be in every program for every session.

This year’s purses make our races one of the richest of all county fairs. The Gene Riegle Memorial will be going for a handsome purse of $50,000 and this year’s Arnie Almahurst Trot will again be going for a purse of $25,000.

Please join us by entering or coming to see these races on Thursday August 22nd. We will be celebrating with our annual souvenir Gene Riegle Memorial glass.

Racing will be conducted as follows:

  • Friday Night, August 16, 2019 - Post Time 6:30 P.M.
  • Saturday, August 17, 2019 – Post Times 11:30 A.M. and 6:30 P.M.
  • Wednesday Night, August 21, 2019 – Post Time 7:30 P.M.
  • Thursday Night, August 22, 2019 – Post Time 5:30 P.M.
  • On August 22nd, the race card will feature the 2 and 3 Yr Old Parshall Futurity; the Annie Oakley Shoot Out featuring the Spring Haven Farm Ladies Driving Series; the Arnie Almahurst Open Trot and the Gene Riegle Memorial Open Pace.

In addition, Hall of Fame announcer and author Roger Huston will be doing a book signing to promote his latest book “THE VOICE: THE UNPARALLELED LIFE OF ROGER HUSTON” on Aug 22nd in the barn area before the races and again in the grandstand during the races. Roger will also be doing trackside interviews throughout the evening.


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The Darke County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the disappearance of Shawna Rue Ressler of Union City, OH/IN. Shawna Rue Ressler is a white female, age 33, 5’05” in height, 128 lbs., blue eyes, and brown shoulder length hair that is possibly colored with a red or blond tint. She is wearing a white tank top, Capri style jeans, black flip flops and carrying a red purse. Shawna was last seen in Union City, Ohio on Sunday August 4, 2019 at 11:59 AM. She was driving her black 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer with Ohio registration GMK7238, which is also missing.

On August 9, 2019 the Darke County Sheriff’s Office was notified by friends and family that Shawna Rue Ressler had been missing and unaccounted for since the weekend of August 3rd/4th, 2019.

The Darke County Sheriff’s Office, Mercer County Sheriff’s Office, Union City, Ohio Police Department and Union City, Indiana Police Department have spent the past few days working together and conducting investigative interviews and follow-ups in search of Shawna and her vehicle.

The investigation thus far has confirmed that Shawna Rue Ressler was last seen leaving a location in Union City, Ohio on Sunday August 4th, 2019 at 11:50AM. She reported to witnesses she was going to an appointment in Celina, Ohio in Mercer County which is approximately 35 miles north and east of Union City. Shawna never arrived for her appointment. Shawna and her vehicle have been missing ever since and she has made no contact with her children, friends or family. According to friends and family this is out of character for her, especially the lack of contact with her young children.

Investigators believe she disappeared somewhere in the area of northern Darke County and Southern Mercer County. Darke County Sheriff Toby L. Spencer and Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey are asking property owners and farmers to check their farms, woods and properties for the missing female and her vehicle. Deputies from Darke and Mercer counties have spent the last two days searching the state routes, county and township roads in these areas but she has not been located.

If you see Shawna Rue Ressler and/or her Chevy Trailblazer or have any information as to her whereabouts, please call the Darke County Sheriff’s Office at 937-548-2020 or your local law enforcement agency.

Shawna’s disappearance remains under investigation.

For more information, please visit the Darke County Sheriff’s Office online at or


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After nearly a month in business, Fit by Loy, a new fitness studio in downtown Greenville, has one goal in mind – downtown business collaboration. For the month of September, the studio’s schedule is packed with events featuring other local shops.

“We co-hosted a workshop in August with Blue Lantern Tea where we offered a Stability Ball session followed by a tea tasting,” said Nicole Loy, owner of Fit by Loy. “It was so much fun combining our different businesses into one cohesive event, I wanted to continue the concept throughout the year.”

Loy reached out to several downtown businesses and received an abundance of support. During the month of September, community members can experience the following collaborations:

  • Throughout the month of September: attend any one class each week of September and be entered to win a $25 gift certificate from Sadie Grace
  • September 5, 5:30pm: Fit & Fashion: A free cardio drumming class at Fit by Loy with exclusive deals for participants after the class at Happily Ever Co.
  • September 11, 6:45pm: A visit from Beanz Bakery! Attend any class at Fit by Loy on Sept. 11, and enjoy a free energy bite from Beanz while learning more about the bakery
  • September 19, 7:30pm: Restore + Refresh: a 30-minute restorative yoga session followed by an experiential session with Unbelievable Skin Care

Plans are already in the works for collaborations in October with businesses such as The Ivy League and organizations like the Greenville Public Library.

“It’s great to be in a community where businesses want to help each other by offering unique experiences for the public,” said Loy. “Fitness is fun, but it’s even better when you team up with other entities.”

Fit by Loy offers fun fitness classes at 120 W. Third Street in downtown Greenville. Their goal is to offer energizing classes, comfortable apparel, and awesome events that make you smile and come back for more. Details on Fit by Loy, including the class schedule, can be found at


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Finally, the month of July has gone out with some real summertime weather. The rain, wind and oppressive heat has subsided and now it seems like a real summer is here. August should bring more of the same, but let’s just hope it is more moderate than July was.

This has been a busy month in the Commissioner’s office. The Courthouse extension has started and seems to be on track for our December opening. We are aware that this has had an adverse effect on parking for the courthouse, but construction always inconveniences someone. We are trying to make the distractions and inconvenience as little as possible, so please bear with us while we complete this mandatory process.

July of course brings festivals and parades for us. The 4th of July saw us at the Ansonia parade, and because the weather was so hot, we noticed the crowd down a little, but still a very good parade. On the 6th, we were at New Madison and that parade was very well attended. Also we were at the annual Annie Oakley Festival and parade, that was one of the better parades they have had with over 100 entries there! Of course the same weekend was the Gathering at Garst, and they had another very successful event! Both festivals seemed to be very well attended. We want to thank all those who organize parades and festivals for all their hard work, and for inviting us to participate. We always enjoy getting to see so many people!

We had about 20 people apply for the Position of Administrator at the Jobs and Family services office. Gracie Overholser, the current administrator, has decided to retire at the end of the year. Gracie has been an outstanding administrator and deserves a long and peaceful retirement. She will be missed greatly! The Commissioners wish her the best. After narrowing down the field, we did extensive interviews with 4 applicants. All were very good, but we narrowed it down to 2, and they were both outstanding candidates. Both candidates work as department heads there now, and their skill sets, attitude, and work ethic would do them nicely as Administrator we felt. It was a tough decision, but we have selected Carla E. Allen of Versailles as the next Administrator. We are confident in her abilities and in her drive to continue the excellence we have at JFS. Congratulations to Carla and good luck in your new position!

We still have a few things to wrap up but for now, everything seems to be running smoothly. The elected officials and their staffs do a tremendous amount of good for the people of the County and if you see one of them, thank them for doing a mostly thankless job and doing it so well. They make Darke County what it is, and we are proud of the work they do!

August and fair time are here, so as is the case most years, this month should be slow in our office. We will still have our regular public sessions on Monday and Wednesday at 1:30 in the Commissioner’s Office, 520 south Broadway, just south of the Courthouse in Greenville. Try and stop by and see what is going on in your County! Hope to see you there!

The Darke County Commissioners

Keep America Beautiful Presents 2019 Cigarette Litter Prevention Program Grant

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Keep America Beautiful Presents 2019 Cigarette Litter Prevention Program Grant to Keep Darke County Beautiful, National Nonprofit Provides Grant Funding, Resources to Help Darke County Battle Blight of Cigarette Litter

Keep America Beautiful®, the nation’s leading community improvement nonprofit organization, announced it has awarded a 2019 Cigarette Litter Prevention Program® grant to 50 organizations receiving a Keep America Beautiful Cigarette Litter Prevention Program (CLPP) merit-based grant.

Keep Darke County Beautiful’s grant award of $2500 will be used to Keep Darke County Beautiful to help it combat the most commonly littered item in America.

“Keep Darke County Beautiful with grant funding from Keep America Beautiful is pleased to provide pocket ashtrays to fair-goers at The Great Darke County Fair”, said Duane Edwards, President of the organization. Edwards also noted that there will be ash receptacles at most fair building entrances. Pocket ashtrays will be distributed fair week with the cooperation of Wayne Healthcare at their air-conditioned tent.

Communities implementing the CLPP in 2018 reported an average 62 percent reduction of cigarette litter, even greater than the previous year’s average reduction of 52 percent. Cigarette Litter Prevention Program grant funding empowers communities to help mitigate the economic, environmental and quality of-life impact of cigarette butt littering.

“Litter is both the smallest and largest problem at the same time,” said Jerred Jones, program director for the CLPP. “Keep America Beautiful is dedicated to educating consumers on the hazards of littering in public spaces and providing the tools to reduce litter. Access to ash receptacles and portable pocket ashtrays are crucial to changing littering behaviors.”

The CLPP, created by Keep America Beautiful in 2002, is the nation's largest program aimed at eliminating cigarette butt and cigar tip litter. Since its inception, the program has been successfully implemented in more than 1,800 urban, suburban and rural communities nationwide. Over the past decade, participating communities have consistently cut cigarette butt litter by 50 percent based on local measurements taken in the first four months to six months after program implementation. Research has shown that even self-reported “non-litterers” often don’t consider tossing cigarette butts on the ground to be "littering." Keep America Beautiful has found that cigarette butt litter occurs most often at transition points—areas where a person must stop smoking before proceeding into another area. These include bus stops, entrances to stores and public buildings, and the sidewalk areas outside of bars and restaurants, among others.

The CLPP is supported by funding from Altria, Reynolds American, and the Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company.

About Keep America Beautiful Keep America Beautiful, the nation’s leading community improvement nonprofit organization, inspires and educates people to take action every day to improve and beautify their community environment. Established in 1953, Keep America Beautiful strives to End Littering, Improve Recycling and Beautify America’s Communities. We believe everyone has a right to live in a clean, green and beautiful community, and shares a responsibility to contribute to that vision. The organization is driven by the work and passion of more than 600 Keep America Beautiful affiliates, millions of volunteers, and the collaborative support of corporate partners, social and civic service organizations, academia, municipalities, elected officials, and individuals. Join us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. Donate and take action at

Learn to cope with on-farm hurdles at Farm Science Review 2019

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There’s no shortage of challenges for farmers these days: delays in planting, low commodity prices, drought and dwindling amounts of hay to feed farm animals.

At a time when farmers might be seeking advice on dealing with those and other obstacles, Farm Science Review 2019 will offer that, plus the latest in farm technology and products.

The three-day agricultural trade show from Sept. 17–19 offers educational talks and opportunities to speak one-on-one with experts from The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), which sponsors the annual event at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center near London.

“With last fall and this spring being two of the most challenging seasons for farmers in recent history, you can visit many exhibitors and experts on-site to discuss situations you haven’t had to experience before,” said Nick Zachrich, manager of Farm Science Review.

Now in its 57th year, the event offers the most relevant and up-to-date information to farmers on topics ranging from crop diseases to soil health. Farmers can learn how to reduce input costs and increase their efficiency at a time when both are particularly crucial.

“All farmers will have to come up with ways to be more efficient both in animal agriculture and grain production to be able to plant and harvest crops in smaller weather windows. Farm Science Review is a valuable resource for them,” Zachrich said.

In one location, growers can visit with many experts and see the newest innovations on the market. The event draws more than 100,000 people throughout three days. It features 4,000 product lines and over 700 commercial and educational exhibits, as well as workshops and presentations delivered by CFAES experts.

The Farm Science Review hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Sept 17–18 and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 19. Tickets for the event are $7 at Ohio State University Extension county offices and participating agribusinesses, or $10 at the gate. Children ages 5 and under are free.

The Farm Science Review app, which will be available for both Apple and Android smartphone and tablet users, offers interactive maps, a schedule of events, and general information about the show and exhibitors. It will be available by download from the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store by searching for “FSR 2019” or by directing your mobile browser to

For more information, visit or about OSU Extension, Darke County, visit the Darke County OSU Extension web site at, the OSU Extension Darke County Facebook page or contact Sam Custer, at 937.548.5215.

Foundation Again Holds 500 Club Raffle

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Beginning in mid-August, the Greenville Schools Foundation will for the fifth year conduct its 500 Club raffle to help raise funds for the direct benefit of teachers and students of Greenville City Schools. In recent years the foundation has awarded over $8,500.00 in grants annually for programs and projects that could not otherwise have been realized.

During the last four years, winners have taken home $2,880.00. Each month there are three winners: one $50.00 winner, one $20.00 winner and one $10.00 winner. Drawings will be held for the next nine months. There are 27 chances to win, all for a $10 ticket.

You can support Greenville students by purchasing your tickets from any board member or by calling 548-9895 or 548-1530.


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DCCA recognizes the Darke County Endowment for the Arts for their support the Missoula Children’s Theatre Residency and production of Peter & Wendy. “Thanks to the Darke County Endowment for the Arts students in Darke County are able to experience every aspect of a musical theater production in one week, at no cost to the participants,” shared DCCA Executive Director Andrea Jordan. “We are absolutely thrilled to see the students in our community receive the benefit of their generosity and ensuring the opportunity to learn and grow through the arts.”

In one short week the Missoula Directors cast, rehearsed and presented the musical Peter & Wendy, featuring 45 local students from grades 1-12 in roles from the familiar tale with a Missoula Theatre twist. On Saturday, August 3rd the cast performed two productions at St. Clair Memorial Hall for a delighted audience.

The purpose of Darke County Endowment for the Arts is to keep the Arts alive forever in our community. Darke County Endowment for the Arts is a non-profit organization that receives and manages charitable gifts, which are invested to produce income to benefit the Arts in Darke County. The Endowment assists donors in fulfilling their charitable wishes, creating lasting legacies to enrich lives through the Arts for years to come.

Darke County Endowment for the Arts is managed by a Board of Trustees made who meet regularly to manage investments and consider appropriate action to assist the Arts in Darke County as funds are available. Current trustees are Ted Abney, Antonia Baker, Gary Brown, Marilyn Delk, Barbara Greiner, Becky Hartnagle, and Andrea Jordan; Nicki Gillespie serves as treasurer. For more information or to make a donation to the Darke County Endowment for the Arts visit or P.O. Box 155, Greenville, OH 45331.

Peter & Wendy was also made possible thanks to the Ohio Arts Council, local foundations and DCCA Memberships.

For more information on Darke County Center for the Arts contact the DCCA office at 547-0908 or visit

The Great Darke Co. Fair Announces August Race Dates and Post Times

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By Kenneth W. Terpenning, M.I.S.
August 2, 2019

The Great Darke Co. Fair readies for the four day/five race card meet this month.
Racing will be conducted as follows:

  • Friday Night, August 16, 2019 - Post Time 6:30 P.M.
  • Saturday Morning, August 17, 2019 – Post Time 11:30 A.M.
  • Saturday Night, August 17, 2019 – Post Time 6:30 P.M.
  • Wednesday Night, August 21, 2019 – Post Time 7:30 P.M.
  • Thursday Night, August 22, 2019 – Post Time 5:30 P.M.

On August 22nd, the race card will feature the 2 and 3 Yr Old Parshall Futurity; the Annie Oakley Shoot Out featuring the Spring Haven Farm Ladies Driving Series; the Arnie Almahurst Open Trot and the Gene Riegle Memorial Open Pace.

In addition, Hall of Fame announcer and author Roger Huston will be doing a book signing to promote his latest book “THE VOICE: THE UNPARALLELED LIFE OF ROGER HUSTON” on Aug 22nd in the barn area before the races and again in the grandstand during the races. Roger will also be doing trackside interviews throughout the evening.

Purses for the Arnie Almahurst Open Trot and the Gene Riegle Memorial Open Pace are currently being finalized and will be announced soon. Stay tuned!!


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GREENVILLE – The Greenville Area Dog Club will offer their obedience classes starting September 10, 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 September 10th. 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, Obedience 2 will be offered. For those people who want to further train their dog with off lead healing and advanced exercises, an advanced class will be offered. World Cynopsport Rally obedience classes will also be offered this 9 weeks. There are two levels of this Rally class. Level 1 will be for the beginner and novice student and dog. Level 2 is for more advanced students and dogs that have competed in trials or want to compete and have taken past classes.

“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 LEVEL 1 and LEVEL 2 Rally Classes are for students who want to try something new in obedience and challenge themselves and their dog. The requirement for Rally Level 1 class is that the dog and handler be able to execute all the basic obedience commands without much difficulty. Off lead work will be attempted in Rally Level 2.

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 Level 1 Title in World Cynopsport Rally.

GADC will be having their first sanctioned trial Sept. 29th. at their buildings for World Cynopsport Rally. The members are excited to be hosting this trial at our new buildings and hoping to draw many competitors from far and wide. Club members will also be showing their dogs to earn titles with WCRL.

Their 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.

They now have 4 instructors who have been certified to do pet therapy. That leads us to the next exciting thing to be happening at the new buildings.

They will be offering Pet Therapy classes and Good Canine Citizen classes with evaluations included. THAT CLASS WILL START TRAINING SEPT. 11 AT 7:30.

If you feel you have a dog that has the right temperament to be a therapy dog and are wondering how to qualify, they can help you along your way to that goal. The dog and owner needs to have taken a beginner obedience class and pass or be evaluated by the director as to what commands the dog can do and be ready to be evaluated for CGC or Therapy Dog.


Ladybugs Award Magoteax for Residential Landscaping

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The Residential Landscaping Award, sponsored by The Ohio Association of Garden Clubs and the Ladybug Garden Club, was presented to Robin Magoteax of Sugar Maple Drive for outstanding achievement in design and maintenance of her residential property and for community beautification. Robin is very dedicated to her gardens with creative displays of annuals in antique containers. She selected a large iron pot, bicycles, childs chair and vintage walker, suitcases, small grocery carts, picnic tables and numerous other items to stage her container plantings in. Robin stated she gets her inspiration from her mother and a good friend urging her to love and appreciate her constant three hours daily watering jobs. She moved into her home last October, had a heart attack in December, and has devoted her good health now to her gardens. Shown presenting the award are Ladybug members Sherri Jones, Angela Beumer, her dog Maddie Marie, Robin and Ladybug Lisa Marcum.

Ansonia District to start Empowering After School Program

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ANSONIA – This fall Ansonia Local Schools will be joining Greenville in its goal to help struggling students by offering the Empowering Darke County Youth After School Program.

“We’re pleased to be the first school district outside of Greenville to initiate this program,” said Jim Atchley, Superintendent of Ansonia Schools. “It’s another opportunity to provide tutoring instruction to our students,” he continued, noting that they have students who definitely need the help. “It (the Empowering Program) is a great innovation that we can use to serve our students,” he added.

The Ansonia program will be available to first through fourth graders for the 2019-20 school year. Atchley, and Elementary School Principal Ashlee Fourman, indicated that these were the grades they wanted to offer first. Like the Greenville Empowering program did in 2016, Ansonia is leaving other grade options open for the future.

“We are delighted that Ansonia is going to be working with us this year,” said Executive Director Bob Robinson. “As our name implies, our goal is to reach any student needing extra help, regardless of the school district he or she lives in. I’d like to thank Jim and Ashlee for joining us in this objective.”

Speaking on behalf of the Empowering Darke County Youth Board of Directors, Vice President Susi Halley said, the board is thrilled to extend this invaluable program to Ansonia Schools. “Many thanks to Jim and Ashlee for organizing it for the benefit of their students,” she added. “They are the first to take on our expansion of going countywide and we look forward to their great success."

Atchley commented that this wasn’t the first time Ansonia followed Greenville’s lead to help their students. “We were the first to follow Greenville with its Bridges to College program, too,” he said. “It’s also a great program and we’re still involved offering it to our students.”

Robinson noted that the Empowering Summer Tutoring program has worked with students from nearly every school district in Darke County. Parents take advantage of free tutoring at Edison State for small group tutoring, and the Greenville Public Library for one-on-one tutoring. The Greenville After School Program continues to grow, with 139 requests for help last fall. Over the 2018-19 period, the Empowering program worked with 161 Greenville students, kindergarten through eighth grade. Since the program’s inception in March 2016, Empowering tutors and volunteers have worked more than 15,000 hours with 612 students.

The Empowering Mission: Empowering Darke County Youth is a 501c3 United Way Partner providing After School and Summer Tutoring programs to assist students in the areas of language arts and math with the goal of Strong Students for a Strong Community. If you would like more information or to help, go to Empowering Facebook or email: Donations and letters of inquiry may be sent to P.O. Box 1113, Greenville 45331.

Friday, August 2, 2019

The Greenville Church of the Brethren to Collect Shoes for WaterStep

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The Greenville Church of the Brethren is having a shoe collection during the month of August for the charitable organization, WaterStep. All types of shoes will be accepted -- shoes can be new, lightly used or even heavily used but must not include mold or mildew. The shoe collection drive will last the entire month of August. Your contribution can be dropped off in collection boxes at Greenville COB, Brethren Retirement Community and Greenville Federal.

WaterStep provides life-saving technology and education to people in developing countries who lack safe drinking water. Your donation of shoes will literally save lives. WaterStep collects all shoes and sells them to a company that pays by the weight. Proceeds are used to fund safe water projects all over the world. The shoes are then distributed to small business owners in developing countries, who prep the shoes for re-sale, providing themselves an income.

For additional information, please contact the Greenville Church of the Brethren at 937-548-3583 and visit their event page on Facebook.

Xylophone Soloist Featured with Concert Band

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Jackson Riffle
The Greenville Municipal Concert Band returns to the Marling Band Shell in the Greenville City Park on Sunday, August 4 for a performance of traditional and modern band music. Concert time will be 7:00pm. There is seating available on park benches, or listeners may bring their own lawn chairs. There is no admission charge for the concert. The band will be conducted by its associate director, Doug Albright.

This concert will feature the solo xylophone playing of Jackson Riffle. Mr. Riffle is currently studying at Wright State University majoring in Percussion and Piano Performance. He is an active performer, teacher, and composer. He has appeared as a soloist with the Dayton Philharmonic, Wright State University Chamber Orchestra, Wright State University Symphony Orchestra, Kettering Civic Band, and has performed with the Carmel Symphony (Indiana), the Richmond Symphony (Indiana), and for Dayton Public Radio as a guest artist. He was a finalist for the “President’s Own” Marine Band Concerto competition where he performed in recital at the John Philip Sousa Recital Hall. Jackson attended the Brevard Music Festival in the summer of 2018, where he studied and performed alongside members of the Cincinnati Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, and Eastman School of Music Faculty. On this concert, Jackson will be playing "The Devil Went Down To Georgia" and "The Comedian's Galop" accompanied by the Greenville Municipal Concert Band.

Also being featured on "The Devil Went Down To Georgia" is narrator, Sam Graves. Sam is a Darke County resident and retired educator. He and his wife Pamela are the parents of two children, James and Chloe. He has been reconnecting with community theater, recently performing in the Town and Country Players production of Mamma Mia.

Also scheduled for performance this week is "New Millennium Overture," "A Tribute to George Harrison," The Flight of the Oriole," and "Open Arms." The selection of marches are reminiscent of vaudeville and the circus and include "Bravura," "The Trombone King," and "Curtain Call." The concert will close with a patriotic selection and "The Stars and Stripes Forever."


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The Artisan Stroll brings dozens of artists to downtown Greenville
each year to display their talents and sell their work. Main Street Greenville
is also pleased to announce the return of the art contest during this year's event!
If you love the arts you won’t want to miss Main Street Greenville’s First Friday event for August, the Artisan Stroll! The event will feature multiple different vendors, each offering art or unique hand crafted items!

The event will be held from 6:00 - 9:00 pm in downtown Greenville on Friday, August 2nd. “It will be a jam-packed night, with so much to see and do,” said Susan Fowble, Event Chair Volunteer. “We are excited to see everyone downtown!”

Vendors will be set-up on the sidewalks in front of downtown businesses to showcase their items. The list of items offered include paintings, ceramics, jewelry, drawings, re-purposed home decor, photography, and much more.

In addition to the art on display, many activities and demonstrations will take place throughout the evening, such as live music at multiple locations, face-painting, Chalk-the-Block (a sidewalk chalk contest), free hotdogs & brats provided by Greenville National Bank, free ice cream provided by First Congregational Church, and more!

During the First Friday event, the Urban Park built by YOLO of Darke County will be celebrating its grand opening! All are welcome to attend the celebration as this new space is adopted into the community. There will be music by the Green de Villes, yard games, treats, drinks, and a free showing of The Incredibles II at dusk (approx. 9:15 PM).

Beginning in March, the committee (consisting of Susan Fowble, Patti Jetter, Kim Murray, Mary Saintignon, Nancy Person, and Debbie Niekamp) have volunteered their time to work with Main Street Greenville to create the event.

“The Artisan Stroll is one of our largest First Friday events of the year and it would not be possible without the hard work of the committee. They begin planning this event well in advance to make sure there will be a wide variety of vendors and activities for all to enjoy,” said Crysta Hutchinson Bloomingdale, Executive Director of Main Street Greenville.

Flyers will be handed out the night of the event with the schedule and the locations of each vendor. Main Street Greenville will also post the information on their website and Facebook page for you to download or view before the event.

Main Street Greenville is also pleased to announce the return of the art contest to the Artisan Stroll! This juried contest is open to all accepted participants of the Artisan Stroll, although participation in the contest is not required to display your work at the Artisan Stroll.

The theme of the contest is “Shades of Summer.” Artists are encouraged to submit pieces which celebrate the variety of hues, intense saturations, and unique light quality that the summer season brings. Pieces of all mediums will be accepted for participation in the contest and artists will have a chance to win cash prizes of up to $200! The art contest has been generously sponsored by the Darke County Endowment for the Arts.

Darke County Endowment for the Arts (DCEA) is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that receives and manages charitable gifts which are invested to produce income to benefit the Arts in Darke County. The Endowment assists donors in fulfilling their charitable wishes, creating lasting legacies to enrich the lives through the Arts for years to come

The First Friday: Artisan Stroll is kindly sponsored by the Jordan Agency. Their team of insurance professionals has years of collective industry experience writing both personal and commercial insurance policies designed to fit your needs. Jordan Agency’s friendly staff will work with you on a one-on-one basis to develop not only the perfect policy, but a lasting relationship. You can reach them at or 937-548-1606.

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 (

Rent a bike from the Bish Discovery Center today!

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Come rent a bike from the Bish Discovery Center! All you need is a credit/debit card and a valid driver’s license. Bikes are available to rent for $5 an hour, or $20 for the day. Both cruiser style and 10-speed bikes are available to rent in sizes 24” and 26”. Enjoy biking the Tecumseh Trail or just cruise around Greenville!

Bike trail maps are available at the Bish Discovery Center (404 N. Ohio St. Greenville, OH) and the Nature Center (4267 St. Rt. 502 W. Greenville, OH).

Bikes are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Hours of availability are Tues/Wed 9:00am-2:00pm, Thurs/Fri 12:00pm-6:00pm, and Sat 9:00am-4:00pm.

For more information call the Bish Discovery Center (937-808-4120) or the Nature Center (937-548-0165).


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EUM Church Women’s Ministry is excited to announce our annual Holiday Boutique on November 9, 2019, from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at the EUM Worship Center at 1451 Sater Street in Greenville (corner of Sater Street & Sebring-Warner Road).

The Holiday Boutique is designed for women of Darke County to connect with each other, build relationships, market their products or services and do their Christmas shopping all in a unique and festive setting. Vendor slots are open to those in the community who have in-home or family businesses, and/or offer woman or child related services.

Because we want to give back to the community, attendees and vendors will be asked to bring an item for the Pregnancy Help Center such as diapers, formula, baby clothes, etc.

If you have a home-based business and would like more information about reserving a booth at the Holiday Boutique, please contact Cindy Crawford at 548-3211, ext 213 or

Jeff Harper is Lead Pastor at EUM Church. The contemporary worship services are Saturday at 6:30 pm and Sunday at 9:00, 10:30, and 11:59 am at the Worship Center located at 1451 Sater Street. A traditional worship service is Sunday 9:45 am at the Downtown Campus at 111 Devor Street in Greenville. Kidmunity Children’s Ministry is available for kids age birth through grade six at the 9:00, 10:30 and 11:59 am services. The Downtown Campus, 111 Devor Street, houses the offices. For more information, go to or call 937-548-3211.


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When you’re grieving the death of a family member or friend, your sadness can seem unbearable. Do thoughts of social gatherings, obligations and everyday responsibilities leave you anxious and overwhelmed? What can you do to lessen your stress and loneliness? Where can you find out what emotions to expect in the coming months, how to manage them and how to communicate with family and friends who seem helpless to understand what you are going through?

GriefShare is a video seminar series that features some of the nation’s foremost Christian experts on grief and recovery topics as seen from a biblical perspective. You’ll hear insights from respected Christian counselors, pastors, and psychologists on various topics that you encounter. You’ll receive handouts with practical strategies, plus other valuable information to help you move forward in your new normal. The video seminars are combined with support group discussion of the materials presented during the video. You will be able to talk freely among others who understand the pain of losing a loved one—confidentiality and respect are the rule. The two-hour seminar not only includes the expert counselors and discussion time, but a Mourning to Joy workbook at a cost of $25. The workbook encourages journaling and personal study exercises that reinforce the weekly session topics.

GriefShare meets this Fall on Saturdays, beginning August 31 from 10:00 a.m. to noon through December 7. GriefShare is “self-contained,” so you do not have to attend in sequence and are welcome to begin attending our group at any point. This cycle contains 14 sessions which includes a special Surviving the Holidays to help face the dread of the holiday season without your loved one. It will help you create a healthy plan and how to communicate with others during those event-filled weeks. GriefShare will meet at the Greenville Public Library, 3rd floor Community Room, 520 Sycamore Street. To find peace and move forward in your journey, call Judy Gibson, 937-417-4438 or the EUM Church office, 937-548-3211 for registration & information. You may also register online at

Jeff Harper is Lead Pastor at EUM Church. The contemporary worship services are Saturday at 6:30 pm and Sunday at 9:00, 10:30, and 11:59 am at the Worship Center located at 1451 Sater Street. A traditional worship service is Sunday 9:45 am at the Downtown Campus at 111 Devor Street in Greenville. Kidmunity Children’s Ministry is available for kids age birth through grade six at the 9:00, 10:30 and 11:59 am services. The Downtown Campus, 111 Devor Street, houses the offices. For more information, go to or call 937-548-3211.

JT's Bew & Grill Donates to Empowering Darke County Youth

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Trisha Hill, Manager of JT’s Brew & Grill, Greenville, hands check to Bob Robinson, Executive Director, Empowering Darke County Youth, to help support academic programs for local youth.

JT’s Brew & Grill supports Empowering programs for local youth

GREENVILLE – “I love this program,” said Trisha Hill, Manager of JT’s Brew & Grill in Greenville. A request for support got a quick response from Hill, who offered to have an Empowering Darke County Youth day at her restaurant.

That day – June 26 – resulted in a large donation for Empowering programs. Guests were not required to turn in a flyer or otherwise indicate their support… if they enjoyed a great meal on that day, they helped JT’s in its goal to help Darke County Youth.

JT’s Brew & Grill, 1475 Wagner Avenue, is a strong supporter of the community it serves, having held multiple “community service” days over the years. They will be holding another “Day for Empowering” in the fall, after the new school year begins. JT’s Brew & Grill, formerly CJ Highmarks, operates restaurants in St. Marys and Greenville.

Empowering Darke County Youth is a 501c3 United Way Partner. It will be beginning its fourth year of After School Tutoring in Greenville this fall. The summer program, available to all Darke County students is about to wrap up. Since 2016 Empowering tutors and volunteers have provided over 15,000 hours of academic help to 612 students in all Darke County school districts.

The Empowering Mission: Empowering Darke County Youth provides After School and Summer Tutoring programs to assist students in the areas of language arts and math with the goal of Strong Students for a Strong Community.

Greenville BPW Holds Fundraiser

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Pictured left to right BPW members: Lucie Pohl, Kim Fisher, Dorothy Poeppelman, Angie DeGideo, Vicki Cost, Susan Fowble, and Deb Niekamp.
Greenville, OH. - Greenville Business and Professional Women’s Club (BPW) held their annual chicken BBQ dinner fundraiser June 19th. BPW would like to thank all those who purchased tickets for the fundraiser. Thanks also to the Greenville VFW Post 7262 for allowing the Club to use their facilities for the drive up deliveries and to Eikenberry’s IGA for providing the bags for the dinners.
The next meeting will be September 19th; however, the BPW Club is working on their Annual Guest Night “What a Girl Wants’ fundraiser scheduled for October 10th. Follow the Greenville BPW Club Facebook page for more details, activities planned for the evening, and the Super Raffle.

The money raised from the chicken dinner fundraiser will be used to award scholarships. This year the club was able to award five $750 scholarship to young women of Darke County . Contact membership chair Sonya Crist at 937/423-6357 or or check out their Facebook page at Greenville BPW Club to learn more about the Club.

Monday, July 29, 2019

Arson Arrests Made

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Left to Right: Randy Mogle, Britany Keaser, and Christopher Garland
On July 25, 2019, the Darke County Grand Jury returned a 57 Count Indictment against Randy R. Mogle, age 30, and Christopher L. Garland, age 30, both of Greenville, Ohio. The two men have been arrested for 44 counts of Arson, felonies of the fourth degree, 3 Counts of Aggravated Arson, felonies of the second degree, and 8 Counts of Aggravated Arson, felonies of the first degree, 1 Count of Engaging in a Pattern of Corrupt Activity, a felony of the first degree, and Conspiracy to Engage in a Pattern of Corrupt Activity, a felony of the second degree.

The Indictments were the result of a joint investigation by the Greenville Police Department, Darke County Sheriff’s Office, Greenville Fire Department, and the State Fire Marshal’s Office.

The fires date back as far as June of 2014 and up to the latest arson reported in May of 2019.

The Indictments include the total destruction of the Swine Barn at the Darke County Fairgrounds on October 25, 2018. Damage estimates for that fire exceed one million dollars. Also, the pair have been charged with the fires that occurred at the Book Store, 307 Pine Street in Greenville on October 6, 2018, and a barn at 5161 Beamsville Union City Road that occurred on May 9, 2019. Two firefighters were injured fighting those blazes.

An Indictment was also returned against Mogle’s girlfriend, Britany Keaser, age 31, for one count of Obstructing Justice.

All three are currently being held in jail.

Feast on the Farm

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Fit by Loy, a new fitness studio in downtown Greenville, celebrated its opening last week with a huge giveaway to one lucky winner – free fitness classes for a year. The winner, Cheryl Wysong, of Greenville, was announced via social media Sunday afternoon.

“We are thrilled that Cheryl won our opening week giveaway,” said Nicole Loy, owner of Fit by Loy. “We hope this gives her the opportunity to explore all of our classes throughout the year.”

“That was a super exciting phone call,” said Wysong. “Now to get some friends to join me in these fun classes. It’s like getting a workout while just having fun!”

Fit by Loy offers cardio drumming, belly dancing, yoga, REFIT, Throwback, and jump rope classes Monday through Thursday at 120 W. Third Street in downtown Greenville. Their goal is to offer energizing classes, comfortable apparel, and awesome events that make you smile and come back for more. Details on Fit by Loy can be found at

VBS at First Presbyterian Church

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First Presbyterian Church would like to announce VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL, Monday, August 5 through Friday, August 9, 2019. The theme this year is “ROAR,” created by Group, Inc. and students will enjoy an African savanna style week of snacks, lessons, games and crafts, free of charge. Students in attendance this year will receive a free t-shirt, CD with all VBS songs, and souvenirs throughout the week in addition to the wonderful experience of VBS. After the week-long VBS, parents and attendees are invited to join us for worship on Sunday, August 11 to show off what they learned during the week, to mingle and commune with our congregation and enjoy a free lunch.

Registration is free and available online or at the church. You can find a link to the registration site on the church website at or you can go to Registration forms are also available at many businesses on Broadway and at the church. For more information call the church office at 937-548-3188.

Poultry Days Bicentennial Chicken!

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We are excited to announce that for the first time ever Poultry Days is serving their world-famous chicken outside of the festival. In recognition of the Versailles Bicentennial, Poultry Days Chicken will be available for PRE-SALE ONLY. You can buy pre-sale tickets at: Versailles S&L, Versailles Second National Bank, and the Versailles IGA. The traditional dinner comes with chips, applesauce, roll & butter and orange drink. The price for our dinners will not increase and will remain $8.00.

Dinners will be available for pick up 11am to 4pm, September 14th at the Versailles School Board Offices at 459 S. Center, Versailles, Ohio. We are looking forward the Celebration in the Park also being held on September 14th at Heritage Park. Pick up your chicken and spend the day at Heritage Park for a day of music, fireworks and attractions.

1800's Medicinal Practices at Library

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Join us Tuesday July 30th at 6:00 as Kathy Creighton of the Butler County Historical Society presents “Popular Medicinal Practices During the 1800's.” This program will be lived streamed and is family friendly.

Cathy shares “Bleed, blister and purge were the preferred methods used by physicians during the 1800’s.” You’ll learn how medicine evolved from the time of the Ancient Greeks through to the Civil War and other facts such as what caused the death of President George Washington and what education was required to become a doctor in the 1800’s. This will be a fascinating program!

New Madison Public Library & Area Volunteers Work on Little Free Library Project

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Summer Reading is in full swing here at New Madison Public Library, but we are already working on new projects for the fall and beyond! One of our new projects is creating, placing, and maintaining Little Free Libraries. We are partnering with volunteers from the community and the Universalist Church of New Madison to provide little outposts where readers can find books in unusual spaces. The motto of Need a book, take a book; have a book, share it makes these spaces useful to our community. The plan is to get volunteers to help build these book-sharing spaces then we will place them in public areas, fill them with a variety of reading materials, and hope that others will borrow and share, too.

If you have never heard of a Little Free Library, check out their informative web site where you will find among other things a map of existing Little Free Libraries, examples of LFL from all over the world, and a brief history of this book-sharing movement. In our quest to increase literacy of both adults and children in our communities, the staff and leadership here at NMPL hope that this project will bring books to those who cannot visit us and those who cannot afford to buy books. After all, everyone needs a little reading and sharing in their lives.

If you or someone you know is interested in helping with this project, give us a call at 937-996-1741 and ask for Brenda or Stephanie. You can also email Happy Reading! J


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Are you grieving the death of a spouse? Or, do you know someone who is? The Loss of a Spouse siminar through GriefShare may help.

On Saturday, August 10, 10:00 am to noon, the Loss of a Spouse encouraging seminar will be held in the third floor Community Room at the Greenville Public Library. You’ll hear practical advice from others who’ve been there. You will know what to expect in your grief and how to cope with life without your spouse. You’ll also learn that it won’t always hurt this much.

This is one session only and registration is required. There is a $5 fee which covers the cost of a book. Call Judy at 937-417-4438 for registration and more information.

Jeff Harper is Lead Pastor at EUM Church. The contemporary worship services are Saturday at 6:30 pm and Sunday at 9:00, 10:30, and 11:59 am at the Worship Center located at 1451 Sater Street. A traditional worship service is Sunday 9:45 am at the Downtown Campus at 111 Devor Street in Greenville. Kidmunity Children’s Ministry is available for kids age birth through grade six at the 6:30 pm, 9:00, 10:30 and 11:59 am services. The Downtown Campus, 111 Devor Street, houses the offices. For more information, go to or call 937-548-3211.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Secures Funding for Local Youth Mentoring Programs

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Greenville Rotary Club recently awarded Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County a grant during their annual Rotary Gives Back Luncheon. The funds received are earmarked specifically for Darke County afterschool programs held at Ansonia, Greenville, and Versailles Schools during the 2019-2020 academic year. “The support we receive from Greenville Rotary Club and the surrounding community is truly a blessing for our agency. It enables us to continue to serve children in need of a positive role model in the Darke County area,” stated Executive Director, Jennifer Bruns.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County’s 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. Their vision is for all children to achieve success in life. One-to-one mentoring programs provide support, activities, education, and most importantly, a mentor for children who may be considered at-risk. Children involved in this program have the opportunity to engage in fun, social, and academic enrichment activities with their mentor. Thanks to generous donations like that from Greenville Rotary Club, mentor and mentee matches in the Darke County area continue to grow and help children in a positive way.

Big Brothers Big Sisters is a non-profit United Way member agency. If you would like to become an event sponsor, donor, volunteer, or learn more about how you can defend the potential of youth in our area, contact our local agency at 937-492-7611, 937-547-9622, or go to for more information.


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Joy Greer, Vice President & Retail Banking Administrator presents the
donation to Crysta Hutchinson Bloomingdale,
Executive Director of Main Street Greenville. 
GREENVILLE, Ohio - Continuing their commitment to the local community, Second National Bank is once again a Legacy Donor, the highest tier of supporter, to Main Street Greenville, a non-profit organization focusing on historic preservation and downtown revitalization.

“Second National Bank is a loyal and generous supporter of Main Street Greenville,” said Crysta Hutchinson Bloomingdale, Executive Director. “Their contribution allows us to present downtown events that bring the community together. The support of Second National Bank also allows us to provide services to the existing downtown business community and recruit new entrepreneurs.”

Some of the events supported by Second National Bank include multiple First Fridays and Small Business Saturday, both of which encourage people to spend time in historic downtown Greenville and shop locally.

Second National Bank is also the sponsor of a brand new event focused on small business recruitment, the Downtown Greenville Open House. In order to further facilitate property investment and business expansion Main Street Greenville will host an evening open house where several available downtown storefronts will be open to potential business owners at the same time. The event is set to take place on Friday, July 26th from 4 - 6 pm and six properties are expected to be open to tour. In addition to the open storefronts information about business planning, commercial lending, and the permitting process will be provided to interested participants.

Second National Bank is headquartered in Greenville and is part of the Park National Bank Corporation, a group of strong community banks based in Ohio, Kentucky, North Carolina and South Carolina. Second National Bank was chartered in July 1883 and has 7 offices located in Celina, Fort Recovery, Greenville, Versailles and Arcanum. Second National Bank is dedicated to serving our communities and helping them to grow and prosper through financial support and volunteer efforts by our associates.

Main Street Greenville is a non-profit organization committed to stimulating and supporting revitalization efforts, historic preservation and growth in historic Downtown Greenville. To learn more, visit, follow them on Facebook, or contact them at 937-548-4998.

Versailles Seeks Oldest and Youngest Residents

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As part of the Versailles Bicentennial Celebration the committee seeks the oldest and youngest residents of Versailles for recognition. To be eligible you must submit your name, address, phone and birthday by September 3rd, 2019. Entrants must also indicate if they were born in Versailles, graduated from Versailles and how many years they have lived in Versailles.

We are seeking the oldest and youngest residents as of August 28, 2019 which is the 200th anniversary of the day Silas Atchison platted the village in 1819. The length of residency in the Village of Versailles will be a determining factor. The oldest and youngest residents will each receive $100 Gift Certificate of Versailles Chamber Dollars and a custom plaque with the Versailles bicentennial logo.

Submit your information to via email at or mail to Versailles Bicentennial Committee at 10413 Kley Rd, PO Box 92, Versailles Ohio 45380.

For questions please email or contact any committee member: Kim Custenborder, Alex Luthman, Todd Dammeyer, Aaron Moran, HB Hole, Deb Pohl, or Eric Stachler.

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