Monday, March 23, 2020

Winners Meats Locations Remain Open, Will Bring Orders to Your Car

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Winners Meats at all locations in Osgood and Greenville would like to inform customers of a temporary new process to obtain orders or shopping at our facilities.  All locations are open but in an attempt to protect our customers as well as our employees, we are refraining from customers entering our facilities.  Please see our Winners Meats social media sites for more information.  We thank you for your patience and cooperation during these trying times.

Visit Winner's Meats on Facebook for the latest updates.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

UPDATED COUNTY GOVERNMENT PUBLIC ACCESS INFORMATION

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March 18, 2020 – For Immediate Release

While all Darke County government offices remain in full operation, cautionary actions are being taken because of the COVID-19 pandemic will result in some restrictions in public access. If you answer YES to any of the following questions, we highly suggest that you do not enter any county buildings for the safety and health of yourself and our employees.

  1. Do you have a fever and/or Symptoms of acute lower respiratory illness (e.g. cough, difficulty breathing)?
  2. Have you had close contact with individuals who have had the above-mentioned symptoms within the past 14 days?
  3. Do you have a fever above 100° F temperature?

Beginning 12noon Wednesday, March 18th, we are limiting the access to only necessary business that is determined by each office whether or not it needs done in person or can be handled electronically. To determine this, please reach out to each individual office at the numbers listed below to see if you need to come to the county office to conduct business or if it can be done remotely.

  • Adult Probation: 937-547-7330
  • County Engineer: 937-547-7375
  • Auditor: 937-547-7310 
  • Municipal Court: 937-547-7340
  • Clerk of Courts: 937-547-7335 
  • Prosecuting Attorney: 937-547-7380
  • Juvenile/Probate Court: 937-547-7350 or 937-547-7345
  • Recorder’s Office: 937-547-7390
  • Job & Family Services: 937-548-4132
  • Board of Elections: 937-548-1835
  • Treasurer’s Office: 937-547-7365
  • Court of Common Pleas: 937-547-7325
  • Commissioner’s Office: 937-547-7370
  • Or go to: mydarkecounty.com and click on county offices for complete contact information.

Your access to the county building will not be denied at this point, but you may be denied access at any particular office if there is an exposure concern.

Under these unprecedented times, we understand some inconveniences need to be endured, but for the health of each other and our community, we thank you for your patience as we work through this issue.

Sincerely,
Darke County Board of County Commissioners

Reid Health offers free virtual COVID-19 screenings

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Reid Health has made a free virtual COVID-19 screening available through its Reid HealthNOW urgent care app so people with concerns about the virus can make contact with health professionals from home.

"This is an ideal tool for people who suspect exposure and-or have mild symptoms as a way to get medical attention without risking travel to a healthcare facility," said Craig Kinyon, Reid Health President/CEO.

The app makes it possible to have a screening through a smart phone or computer with a nurse. Reid Health established the virtual urgent care several years ago and worked recently with the company behind the technology to provide a safe way for people to connect with healthcare professionals without leaving their home.

"This potentially eliminates the need for people to go to their doctor, an urgent care or an emergency room, or possibly get help determining if they need to seek care," Kinyon said, "thus also helping reduce spread of infection."

Because of demand, the wait time may be longer than normal.

To access and create an account:

  • Download the free Reid HealthNOW app (Google Play or Apple App store) or enroll on your computer.
  • Enroll by creating a free login and completing your personal profile.
  • Connect with the virtual hub, select "Coronavirus Screen" and find the appropriate pathway for care.
  • Be sure to allow access to your camera and microphone if you are using the app. If you are connecting via desktop, be sure to test your computer settings.
  • If the screening determines you have symptoms consistent with COVID-19, you will be instructed what to do next.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Greenville Public Library Closed Until Further Notice

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In response to the growing COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, Greenville Public Library will close all facilities to the public beginning at 8 p.m. on Monday, March 16, 2020.

Library leadership will reassess the closure on a weekly basis and use current information from health officials to determine the best date to reopen.
Additionally:

  • All events and programs are canceled until further notice.
  • All meeting rooms are now closed until further notice.
  • Patrons are required to hold on to their checked out physical materials instead of returning them. All book drops are closed.
  • Checked out items will have their due dates extended.
  • Book donations are not being accepted at this time.
  • Wifi will be available from the parking lot.

Have additional questions about the library's response? Please contact us on social media or our website.
FAQs

  1. WHAT IF I CAN'T PICK UP MY HOLDS BEFORE THE LIBRARY CLOSES?

    Your holds will stay on our shelves until we open again.
  2. WHAT ABOUT HOLD REQUESTS THAT HAVEN'T BEEN FILLED?

    You will keep your spot in line for any holds you made before the temporary closing.
  3. WHAT DO I DO WITH MY MATERIALS THAT ARE DUE WHILE THE LIBRARY IS CLOSED?

    Don’t worry. Return your materials after we open - you do not need to renew online. We don't have fines, so don't worry!
  4. CAN I STILL BORROW ELECTRONIC MATERIALS?

    Yes! Our entire online collection including eBooks, audiobooks and streaming movies, music and television shows will still be available for use through the Ohio Digital Library and Freegal. We also have numerous research tools available on our website.
  5. HOW LONG WILL THE LIBRARY BE CLOSED?

    At this point we are unsure, but our Leadership Team will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates here and on social media as they become available.
  6. HOW WILL THE LIBRARY ENSURE RETURNED BOOKS AND MATERIALS ARE SAFE TO BE REDISTRIBUTED SHOULD SOMEONE BORROWING MATERIALS BE DIAGNOSED WITH CORONAVIRUS?

    The Library is currently reviewing potential measures. According to the CDC, it may be possible that a person can get coronavirus by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads. We will take every precaution to keep all materials and surfaces safe when the library opens again.

Garst Museum Statement on the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Situation

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As a public venue, the Garst Museum is closely following the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) recommendations from the Ohio Department of Health and local health officials. The safety and health of our patrons, staff, and volunteers are forefront in our COVID-19 policies.

Currently, the Garst Museum is closed from Tuesday, March 17, 2020, through Sunday, April 5, 2020. Decisions regarding reopening on Tuesday, April 7, 2020, will be made with the best information available and in the interest of the safety and health of our community and staff.

For the most current information, please check our website at garstmuseum.org

Garst Museum Scheduling Changes:

  • March 22, 2020, Speaker Series event has been rescheduled to October 18, 2020, at 2:00 pm.
  • April 4, 2020, Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day has been canceled nationwide
  • April 5, 2020, Darke County Genealogical Society speaker is postponed to a later date
  • The Darke County Historical Society Annual Membership Meeting has been postponed. A new invitation will be mailed out to DCHS members in the upcoming weeks.

Annie’s Star-Spangled Gala on June 13, 2020, and the Gathering at Garst on July 25-26, 2020, are moving forward as planned.

Shannon Clark & the Sugar Raises money for Cancer Association of Darke County.

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Insert picture left to right:  Christine Lynn, Executive Director of Cancer Association of Darke County, Shannon Clark’s daughter, Navie, and Shannon.
Local music group Shannon Clark & the Sugar Hosted a benefit concert for The Cancer Association of Darke County on March 7th at The Coffee Pot. They were joined by other local musicians, Cody Johnson, Amanda Livingston & Josh Bledsoe for a night of music and storytelling. “We love giving back when we can to the community and The Cancer Association does some really wonderful work for our town,” says Clark, Lead singer of the group also the owner of The Local Nacho Pig food truck. The event was a success and sold out the week before the concert. Clark added- “I want to thank everyone involved, The Coffee Pot, the volunteers, and the musicians for making this event successful, also those in attendance who supported us by purchasing a ticket, I really hope we can make this an annual thing and grow it to an even larger event that raises money for local charities, we have a lot of talent in Darke County and we should all take an active role in our arts and local charities.

MOTE & ASSOCIATES, INC. SCHOLARSHIP

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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 2019-2020 academic year can be accessed and completed on-line at www.moteassociates.com; or may be requested by contacting the company office listed below.

Mote & Associates, Inc., in business for over 48 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 3, 2020. For more information, contact our office at 937-548-7511 or by e-mail at info@moteassociates.com.

CBC MAKES URGENT APPEAL TO BLOOD DONORS

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EMERGENCY MEASURES BEGIN WITH DONOR STRONG BLOOD DRIVE

DAYTON, Ohio - Community Blood Center is launching a “Donor Strong” blood drive campaign, calling on donors and blood drive sponsors to help avert a regional blood shortage as the community acts to halt the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19.

The closing of all Ohio and all Wayne County, Indiana schools has also cancelled all scheduled high school blood drives and triggered cancellations by several corporate and business blood drive sponsors.

The total number of blood drive cancellations is more than 50 with a projected loss of more than 2,000 units of blood, and those numbers are expected to rise. CBC needs 300 donors per day to maintain the blood supply but now faces multiple days with no blood drive activities due to cancellations.

CBC is making an urgent plea to the community to continue to donate blood and is urging blood drive sponsors to keep the blood drives they have scheduled. Make an appointment to donate at www.DonorTime.com or call (937) 461-3220.

CBC is taking sweeping measures to increase donations and maintain the blood supply. CBC will hold the Donor Strong blood drive at the CBC Dayton Donor Center, 349 South Main St. Monday, March 16 through Sunday, March 22 with the choice of a free Kings Island ticket or Cinemark movie ticket for everyone who registers to donate.

CBC will be open on Sundays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. beginning Sunday, March 22.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said in announcing measures to contain the virus, “We have a responsibility to save lives, and this is the time to do it.” “We remind the public that we also have the responsibility to save lives in hospitals across our region by maintaining a safe and strong blood supply,” said CBC Chief Operating Officer Jodi Minneman.

Do not be afraid to donate!

The blood supply is safe, and it is safe to donate.

  • Donors must be in good health. People with any cough or cold symptoms should not come to a blood drive.
  • There are no reported cases of coronavirus transmission through blood transfusion.
  • CBC is increasing hygienic and sanitary procedures.
  • Blood drives are not mass gatherings. They are controlled events with infection safeguards to protect donors, staff, and blood products.
  • Make an appointment online at www.DonorTime.com or call (937) 461-3220.

Bowl For Kids’ Sake raises $43,777

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SIDNEY — Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County’s Bowl For Kids’ Sake, March 6 and 7, at Bel-Mar Lanes in Sidney and McBos Lanes in Versailles was supported by 142 businesses who sponsored, made general donations, or donated prizes for the event, and brought together 352 bowlers to make up the 71 participating teams.

Executive Director Jennifer Bruns said, “The support we receive from our two county service area continues to amaze me year after year. From individual bowlers to company sponsors everyone is always so giving. The support will go a long way in all of our mentoring programs. It is such a BIG help in allowing us to serve the youth in our counties. Thanks to everyone who took part in our biggest fundraiser of the year.”

This year’s event has raised $43,777 so far, which is just shy of the $48,000 goal. Donations are still being accepted.

The money raised will go towards the school-based Buddies program and the community-based program that establishes one-to-one mentoring relationships between caring adults and children. Last year the local agency served over 300 children in Shelby and Darke counties.

Prize levels were determined by the amount each individual raised. Participants who raised at least $50 ($25 for those under 18) were awarded event T-shirts. Those who fundraised up to $75 were entered into a drawing for a $50 Amazon gift card, and this year’s winner was Roz Sever who bowled with the Zechar Bailey Funeral Home team. Those who raised up to $150 qualified for three entries into the Amazon gift card drawing along with one entry in a $500 cash grand prize drawing. This year’s grand prize winner was Nolan Shardo, who bowled with the MJS Plastics team. The “Individual Most Money Raised” award went to Jason Viapiano, who raised $900. He bowled on the city of Sidney Police Department’s team. Jason was awarded a Cleveland Overnight gift basket including a Visa gift card for overnight stay costs, two tickets to Cleveland Monsters, Cleveland Browns signed picture, and $25 Darden Restaurant Gift Card. Jason Viapiano and Joe Rizzo both received $50 Kroger Gift cards for raising $600 or more. Thanks to this year’s Big Bowl sponsors, Cargill, J& J Enterprises, Fraternal Order of Eagles #1403 in Sidney, Koenig Equipment, Midwest Ohio Dental Care, Mantor Auto & Truck Repair, Sidney Body CARSTAR, Wilson Health, Troy CARSTAR, & Tam 105.5, along with all of our other company sponsors.

Photos and a list of our sponsors from the event can be found on the agency’s website at https://www.bigbrobigsis-shelbydarke.org/.

Big Brothers Big Sisters is a United Way partner agency.

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