Saturday, October 31, 2009

Friday, October 30, 2009

Friday night football: week 10

Ansonia ends the regular season undefeated at 10-0.

Bradford 14, Bethel 49
Mississinawa at Covington
Parkway 8, Versailles 48
Ansonia 12, Miami East 7 (Ansonia won, but that score may be wrong, conflicting info)
Arcanum 30, Tri-County North 36
New Richmond 14, Greenville 13

[thanks to the commenters for the missing scores]

Jim Zehringer named ranking member of agriculture committee

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Which means he will become the Chairman of the Agriculture Committee after the November 2010 election.

Boil advisory ...

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... for West George Street in Arcanum.

Update ... This message from the village administrator: The boil advisory is for water customers on West George Street between Jones Street and North Main. The Village will take 3 water samples Saturday morning and take them to a lab in Dublin, OH. The Lab will test the water for bacteria. If all three samples come back negative for bacteria the boil advisory can be lifted. The Village will find out the official results early Monday morning and notification will be given to lift the boil avisory if Saturday's test is negative. If any one of the three tests come back positive for bacteria, the boil advisory will remain in effect. The Village will use the county 911 reverse calling feature and other local media outlets to notify customers of any changes.

41st Annual Bazaar—By Brethren Retirement Community Ladies Auxiliary

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Brethren Retirement Community invites you to the 41st Annual Bazaar and Bake Sale on Saturday, November 7th from 9:30am to 2pm in the Brick Room at Brethren Retirement Community, 750 Chestnut St., Greenville, OH. The day will feature handcrafted items and homemade baked goods. Also, seven craft vendors will offer: painted rocks, tree ornaments, wood pictures, country crafts, lighted wreaths, wood carvings, apple dumplings and cinnamon rolls. Stop by, shop and enjoy lunch served by the BRC Ladies Auxiliary from 10am-1pm in the Staff Cafeteria.

The Auxiliary helps provide loving attention to BRC residents by hosting monthly birthday parties, visits and cards. They offer bake sales and an annual bazaar to raise money, awareness and support for BRC. With their funds they purchase various needs such as nursing equipment, wheelchairs and items that enhance the lives of the residents.

We look forward to seeing you there!!!


On October 29th, 2009 at approximately 7:33 PM, Darke County Deputies, along with Greenville Township Area Rescue and Greenville Township Fire Department, were dispatched to US Route 127 just South of Kruckeberg Road in reference to a two vehicle injury accident.

A preliminary investigation revealed a John Deere Tractor pulling a grain cart, driven by David M. Fourman, 41, was traveling Southbound on US Route 127 when a blue Chevy Pick-up, driven by Garry L. Flatter, 60, struck the rear tire of the grain cart. Flatter's vehicle drove off the left side of the road, rolling onto the driver's side and coming to a rest in the median.

Flatter and Fourman were transported to Wayne Hospital by Greenville Township Area Rescue with non-life threatening injuries.

Motorists are reminded that it is harvest season and to be aware of slow moving farm equipment on Darke County roadways.

This accident remains under investigation. [DCSO press release]

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Arcanum Quarter Craze - November 7th

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Arcanum Fire Department, 208 W. Main Street Arcanum, Ohio
Bidding starts promptly at 3:00 p.m. and doors open at 2:00 p.m. for seating and shopping
Admission: $1.00 or 2 non-perishable food items
Proceeds to benefit local food banks

Featured Items: AVON, Creative Memories, Discovery Toys, Gold Canyon Candles, Mary Kay, Pampered Chef, Thirty-one Gifts, Tupperware, and Usborne Books **More Additions coming soon!!

Over 50 items: most are quarter bids! Bid on everything and spend about $35.00!!!!
Bring your friends and family!!! Person who brings the most guests will win a basket of prizes!!
Please bring your own Quarters! Food and Drink available for purchase!! Please No Non-Bidding Children!

**Charity Update!!**

Thanks for helping donate $236.70 to the Arcanum Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary!
For Reservations: Call Kayleigh Parks at (937) 336-1348. Seating is limited.

In memory of Roxane Reed

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“50 Years” of Life Celebration In memory of Roxane Reed
Saturday, November 28th, Moose Lodge, 7:30—Midnight, Admission cost $10.00 (at the door )
Cash bar with snacks provided * Laughing, Dancing and Fundraising
Live Music Provided by: Classified and EUM‘s Quest
Proceeds to benefit Cancer Assoc. of Darke County and Main Street Greenville

Our friend Roxane Reed passed away from cancer September 21 without celebrating her 50th birthday. Her goal was to be able to dance again. She will be dancing with us on this night and forever after.

High Five for Wave Pride

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The High Five for Wave Pride campaign is excited to announce the first High Five Business Winner for Wave Wednesday. The owners and staff ofThe Flower Patch are proud Wave supporters. Kathy Beam, Katie Netzley, and Marcia Fink were spotted by WTGR radio representatives wearing green and displaying their Wave Pride sign. The Flower Patch will receive a pizza party donated by MARCO'S pizza as a thank you for their support of Greenville City Schools.

The Flower Patch offer's free delivery for anything purchased on Wednesday's as part of their support of the Wave Wednesday salute. If you would like to join the 60+ businesses supporting Wave Wednesday's, please contact Barb at 548-3185.

DL wants you to read this article

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Deal struck to expand home-buyer tax credit

Harvest Sounds concert - Sunday, November 1st

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HARVEST SOUNDS, a concert to benefit the Darke County College Access Program will be held Sunday, November 1, 3:00, at First Universalist Church of New Madison, 331 East Washington St., New Madison. Musicians will be Junior and Senior High School music students of Ashley Roberts, J. R. Price, Kathy Douds and Michelle Smith. The program will include a 13 piece Jazz Band, a 21 voice Choral Ensemble, instrumental and vocal solos, duets and trios. A reception for the musicians will follow the concert. Tickets are $8 each, available at the door - no charge for students through grade 12.

Bear's Mill "Art at the Mill" series

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The paintings of Carol Strock-Wasson and the lampwork beads and jewelry of Louise Little will be featured October 30 through November 22. A reception will be held on Friday, October 30 from 6pm to 9pm. The reception is open to the public with wine and light appetizers.

For more information, call 937.548.5112 - or visit

Greenville's final Farmers' Market - this Saturday

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Cullman Liquidaton employs brutal honesty in its TV ad

This also has nothing to do with Darke County, but was too funny not to share.

Art Schlichter advocates against Issue 3

From somebody who would know about the social costs of gambling. Very interesting ... you can watch the video here.

Secret message in Schwarzenegger veto?

This has absolutely nothing to do with Darke County, but might be worth a laugh. California's governor notified lawmakers of his veto of the hotly- debated Assembly Bill 1176 with the letter below. Take note of the first letter of each line in the second and third paragraphs. Is that a coincidence - or something else?

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

New discussion: Santa-gate in Arcanum

There is apparently a significant disagreement in Arcanum over this year's placement of the Santa House - typically in Sutton's Troutwine's parking lot, but maybe not this year.

Leave a comment with your opinion - or tell us what you know.

The next YPOD meeting - November 4th

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Join us for the next YPOD ... Get your network on and get an edge on your professional development Wednesday, November 4, 5:00 – 7:00 P.M.

MONTAGE, 527 South Broadway, Greenville
$5 At the door buys a glass of wine and appetizers

What is YPOD? Young Professionals of Darke (YPOD) offers a way for young professionals to connect with other young professionals. There will be no sales pitches and no boring seminars. This will be a time to meet other young professionals that are interested in meeting new people and furthering their careers.

How old is young? 21 - 40 (so that means 38 still counts)

Join us to learn more about YPOD and become part of the change you would like to see in Darke County! Come as you are and enjoy! Rally your colleagues, friends and family and join us for this exclusive event!

More YPOD Information: 937/548-2102 Phone; 937/548-5608 Fax

Monday, October 26, 2009

BRC will deliver lunch to your office - October 30th

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Brethren Retirement Community is offering to deliver lunch to your office on Friday, October 30th from 11:00 to 1:00 p.m.

Brethren Retirement Community would like to offer you a great lunch at a great price for a great cause. You’ll enjoy a great lunch, plus dessert for only $5. And all proceeds will benefit the Brethren Home Community Services. At Brethren Home Community Services Home Care our philosophy is to provide quality services to elderly and disabled people, allowing them to remain in their own home comfortably and safely.

But this special offer is available only on October 30th so place your order today! Fax or email your order to us and we’ll deliver to your home or office! Place your orders by October 28th. We will confirm your order with you - if you do not receive a confirmation, please call Holly at 547-7655. Email Orders: Fax Orders To: 937-547-8105.

LUNCH MENU: Choose One of The Lunch Options

• Ham/Turkey Wrap, Cheesy Potato Soup or Salad, Pumpkin Pie
• Club Croissant—ham, turkey, bacon, lettuce and tomato, Cheesy Potato Soup or Salad, Pumpkin Pie
• Chicken Caesar Salad

Sunday, October 25, 2009

The United Methodist Church and Issue 3 Casino Gambling

For the fifth time in 19 years, The United Methodist Church and the Ohio Council of Churches are successfully mobilizing tens of thousands of voters from many faith communities to vote against casino gambling in Ohio. The gambling industry has mounted a well funded and deceptive marketing campaign to introduce predatory gambling into our neighborhoods. Issue 3, on the ballot in November, is a dangerous proposal which inserts new language into the Ohio Constitution, and creates a monopoly to run casinos in four Ohio communities. We call for an extensive effort to stop casino gambling from harming our citizens for these reasons:

Our position on gambling is consistent with our beliefs as United Methodists.

The United Methodist Church is very clear. Our Social Principles state that "gambling is a menace to society, deadly to the best interests of moral, social, economic and spiritual life and destructive of good government."-2008 United Methodist Discipline, Paragraph 163,G. We also live by these Three Simples Rules from the founder of Methodism, John Wesley - Do no harm, do good, and stay in love with God. Gambling does harm to families, economies, business and changes the fabric of life in communities.

Casinos create an illusion of free money.

The lingering economic downturn in our state and around the globe is frightening and devastating to individuals, families and institutions. There is incredible pressure on our state and community leaders to turn to the lure of casino gambling as the answer to our economic woes. We understand this. Noted economists call this "casino capitalism." Casino capitalism contributes to an illusion of free money by preying on those least able to afford it. Across America, predatory gambling has helped create a culture based on financial gimmicks, false hopes and pure chance. This culture has led to and perpetuates the massive economic crisis we find ourselves in today.

Casinos do not bring positive economic development or create additional jobs.

This fact is documented once again in a report on the statewide economic and social factors of Issue 3 recently published by Ohio's Hiram College. Casinos have the opposite effect by ultimately pulling money out of the local economy. This harms existing businesses and causes thousands of hard working citizens to lose their current jobs. The out of state companies that will operate these casinos will deplete the Ohio economy further as they take their profits elsewhere. Casinos ultimately lead to the loss of jobs and small businesses in the communities in which they are located.

Casinos are predatory by their very nature.

Casinos make windfall profits for their owners from the gambling losses of our most vulnerable neighbors, deriving much of their profits from the poor who spend more than they can afford to lose. Proximity to a casino also increases the levels of addiction. National studies indicate that people who live within 50 miles of a casino are twice as likely to become gambling addicts.

The social costs as a result of casino gambling will exceed revenue 3 to 1.

Let this sink in - for every dollar gambling generates, it will cost the taxpayers of Ohio three dollars in social costs. Problem gamblers ruin their lives and harm their families through increased debt, bankruptcy, home foreclosures, divorce, spousal abuse, child abuse and suicide. Casino gambling always does more harm than good to families. This amendment is economic nonsense in a time when we most desperately need sound, sustainable economic policies.

Law enforcement will need increased budgets and manpower to manage higher crime rates.

Nationwide, studies of existing casinos and surrounding communities have consistently found that crime rates increase by 10% each year after a casino opens, including violent crimes against people. In addition, 40% of all white collar crime is rooted in the gambling industry.

The casino owners do not care about our state or our citizens.

The proponents of Issue 3, just like their predecessors, allege they want to operate casinos in order to help the citizens of Ohio. Nothing could be further from the truth. Their well crafted promises of economic development, jobs and millions in revenue are motivated by greed, not by good will. In reality, they are seeking extravagant profits for themselves and are fear-mongers, not benefactors.

It is bad public policy to allow for-profit casino interests to write their own section of the Ohio Constitution.

Yet, this is precisely what they have done. They wrote the language in the proposed amendment and they paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to gather signatures to place their self-serving proposal on this November's ballot. Their language not only grants them an exclusive monopoly on casino gambling for all time, it also dramatically limits the ability of the Ohio General Assembly to regulate their activities. The amendment specifically prohibits our state government from controlling the days or hours of operation, the size of the bets or even the types of gambling that will be allowed.

The language of the constitutional amendment is frightening and has loopholes.

In fact, the language states these monopolies can inflict on our citizens any type of gambling that is currently allowed in any other adjoining state or any new types of gambling these states may experiment with in the future, including live sports betting. These casino interests even dictated the maximum amount they will pay in taxes and wrote in an amount that is dramatically lower than in some of the surrounding states. Other language in the amendment creates a loophole stipulating they will not pay any taxes when cash is directly used to place the bets.

We understand that the gambling industry is well organized and well funded to exploit the current economic pain and fear experienced by so many Ohioans. Issue 3 is not about jobs. It is about altering the very fabric of our life together. That is why Ohio citizens have voted consistently and overwhelmingly against bringing predatory casino gambling into our communities each of the previous four times this has been on the ballot.

We urge every United Methodist congregation in Ohio to be a public witness against Issue 3. There is no legal prohibition against churches taking a stance on ballot issues. Please join us in this endeavor as we abide by our Social Principles and live out our Three Simple Rules - Do no harm, do good, and stay in love with God.


Football open thread

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Did anybody else watch the end of the Iowa-Michigan State game last night? An amazing finish, with Iowa avoiding an upset and winning on the last play of the game.

Today's NFL match-ups ...

  • The Bengals try to bounce back from last week's loss hosting the Chicago Bears.
  • The Browns are at home versus the Green Bay Packers
  • The Colts travel to play the hapless (non-Limbaugh-owned) Rams in St. Louis.

Any predictions?

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Still no H1N1 cases in Darke County

According to an email received Friday from the Darke County Health Department ... "Flu type symptoms, but no diagnosed cases."

Week 9 football scores

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Bethel 27, Missisinawa 19
Covington vs. Arcanum
Versailles 6, Anna 47
Tri-County North 7, Ansonia 55
Twin-Valley South 50, Bradford 34
Meadowdale 0, Greenville 28

Hayrides are on

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Don’t mean to jinx the weather, but it looks like we’ll be dry enough today to hold “Hayrides on the Prairie”! Wagons will begin rolling at Shawnee Prairie on 502 at 5:30 until dark. Tickets are only $4 for adults and $2 for children 12 and under. Stop by to enjoy a special ride, warm up by the fire with a cup of hot chocolate and enjoy some ol’ time story telling.

Amazing 95-yard soccer goal

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Watch it here.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Locals Featured in National Magazine

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Local Darke County members of the International Flying Farmers were featured in the Cessna Owners Magazine. Their trip to Mexico was mentioned by the editor on Page 6 and the article is on pages 28-32. You can view the article with pictures here.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009


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On Sunday, November 8, Garst Museum will present the third in a series of lectures open to the public. Featured will be a panel of local veterans discussing their own experiences in military service. These veterans include patriotic servicemen and women from World War 11 to the present time. This is a real, live history lesson! The event starts at 2:00 p.m. and is free to the public.

Jack Harless will be the moderator and some of the panelists are: Scott Reed, Bill Williams, Jack Wright, Ed Lentz, Ken Preston, Pam Summers , Betty Simmons, and many others.

Garst Museum’s military exhibit is comprehensive, fascinating, and dedicated to our country’s military history. The 1812 uniform was actually worn almost 200 years ago! There are uniforms and souvenirs from several wars; local medal winners; nurses uniforms; an Air Force One pilot’s uniform, etc. The exhibit is on the second floor (up the stairs). The museum has long wished for easier access as it’s not an easy a climb for most visitors. On the wish list: an elevator!

Media endorsements on the Ohio ballot issues

No comments: has a lot of interesting information on its website, including this table showing media endorsements on the Ohio ballot issues - although it's cringeworthy to see DarkeJournal listed next to all those old media dinosaurs. And note how the Plain Dealer has taken a position opposite of all the others.

Lyndon LaRouche supporters visit Greenville

Some supporters of Lyndon LaRouche visited Greenville today - setting up shop outside the post office.

They were promoting the: "First Steps in the LaRouche Plan - Immediate Measures for U.S. Economic Survival."

The Pelosi sign seems to be reasonable (and in line with a recent approval poll among her constituents). But the Hitler mustache might be a step too far!

If you want more info on this, go to

EUM Holiday Boutique - November 7th

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Saturday, November 7
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Lighthouse Christian Center
5256 Sebring-Warner Road E, Greenville
Corner of St. Rt. 127 and Sebring-Warner Road

Crafters and vendors will be marketing products and services geared toward women and children such as skin care, jewelry, books, toys, home d├ęcor, kitchen ware, massages, hand made crafts, inspirational gifts, artwork, specialty food items and more! Coffee, tea, baked goods and lunch items will also be available.

Come shop and connect with other women in a fun, unique and festive setting. There will also be an opportunity to bless another woman and her children. Please bring an item for a woman or child such as diapers, formula, baby food, cosmetics or toiletries, to be distributed by Hope Ministries’ Choice Pantry. Thank you for sharing in this outreach to our community!

(Booth spots may still be available – for more information or questions contact Cindy Crawford at 548-3211 ext 213 or

DeWine rep to speak to Republican women

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The Darke County Republican Women’s Club will meet on Monday, November 9 at 6:30 p.m. at the Brethren Community Center . Speaker for the event will be John Hall, campaign manager for Mike DeWine, who is running for Ohio Attorney General in 2010.

Prior to joining the DeWine for Attorney General campaign on September 1, 2009, John Hall was employed by the Ohio Republican Party for three years, most recently serving as Director of Political Education. Prior to becoming the Director of Political Education, John served as Deputy Victory Director and Political-Communications Coordinator. John holds a master's degree in Political Science from the University of Akron in Ohio and a bachelor's degree in History and Government from Bowie State University in Maryland.

The Republican Women’s Club meets monthly and welcomes new members. This will be a dinner meeting so reservations are required. Please contact Wavelene Denniston at 547-6477 or by November 5. Those who wish to attend just the program, please come at 7:00 p.m. For further information please contact President Margaret Muhlenkamp at 548-7172.

The Nifty Thrifty baby/kids section is now open

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Stop in and enjoy a nice selection of very nice and clean baby/kids clothes at very low prices. While your there start your Christmas shopping early. Great gifts at great prices. You can choose from primitive decor,home decor, homemade crafts, small appliances, name brand makeup and much more.

The Nifty Thrifty
1555 Wagner Ave
Across from Lowe's
Hours 11-5 Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri; Sat 11-4

Remember Donations are Welcome ! Donations help keep prices low for the community. 1st class merchandise @ Thrift Store Prices! You will enjoy the clean, warm, roomy environment.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Greenville Township EMS Chicken BBQ - October 31st

Winner winner, chicken dinner. Will take place at the Greenville Twp. EMS on Sater Street (near the baseball diamonds).

Update for the commenters: Hell, I don't know. The banner is out front of Greenville Rescue (or whatever, on Sater, or maybe it's called Sebring-Warner Road at that point). I tried to be a good samaritan by taking a picture and promoting it. You guys will have to figure it out from there. I'll be cooking ribs that day, so none of it affects me.

Update II: The Chicken Barbeque is being put on by the Greenville Township Fire and Rescue Foundation. The Foundation is new and is design to support both the township Fire and the township rescue service in charitable giving, scholarships, promotional and educational materials etc. The Township Fire and The Township Rescue or EMS are housed in the same building located at 1401 Sater St. If you would like tickets or have any questions contact the foundation at

Web traffic ...

... has really taken off. Thank you.

Warm Winter Wear for Darke County Children

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The employees of the Darke County Sheriff's Office, through the support of Sheriff Toby L. Spencer and in conjunction with local law enforcement, crime stoppers, fire, and emergency medical professionals, have announced plans to host the ninth annual "Warm Winter Wear for Darke County Children."

New hats, gloves, and coats will be collected in the dispatch center of the Darke County Sheriff's Office from now until the middle of November. Monetary donations will also be accepted. All checks should be made payable to Darke County Children's Winter Wear and mailed in c/o Darke County Sheriff's Office, 5185 County Home Road, Greenville, Ohio 45331. During the last week of November, all items collected will be distributed to local children, ages 0-13, who are in need.

Last year the program was able to provide 324 children with new coats for the winter - provided all Darke County Schools with items they requested for their students thanks to generous donations from caring individuals and businesses. The need is exprected to be even greater this year due to the economic conditions of Darke County. Please share the joy of the season by helping the children.

Anyone with questions about this project may contact the Darke County Sheriff's Office at 937-548-3399, and have your call directed to Dispatch.

Beggars Night Arcanum - October 31st

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The Village of Arcanum's Beggars night will again be on Halloween, October 31. The time is 6pm to 8pm. Please dress with bright colors and make sure an adult accompanies all the ghosts and goblins. Let's make this a safe experience for all to enjoy. [from the village newsletter]

Arcanum Street Levy Talk - tonight @ 7:00 p.m.

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Perhaps the most frequently asked question I get is, "When will we get our streets fixed?" The answer is, "We have a plan."

Our plan includes applying treatments to preserve some streets, patching some areas, partial resurfacing some streets and completely replacing some streets from sidewalk to sidewalk.

Our current street replacement project is West George Street from Sycamore to the west edge of town. This project is partially funded by Ohio Public Works grants and by loans paid for by our property taxes.

Because we must borrow money over time to pay for large projects, we need be to assured that we have a guaranteed income source. We have placed a 1.5 mil street levy on the ballot for this November's election. This is projected to generate about $ 52,000 annually which we will use for street reconstruction and replacement.

We want to be sure everyone has all of their questions about this levy answered. We have planned a street levy town hall meeting, October 20th, 7:00 PM at the firehouse.

Jim Piel, Village Council President [from the Arcanum Village newsletter]

Monday, October 19, 2009

Ormsby named new prosecutor

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The Darke County Republican Central Committee tonight voted to appoint Kelly Ormsby as prosecutor to replace the deceased Richard Howell. Ormsby was already the acting prosecutor.

Keeping their eye on the ball

We have a horrible economy and unemployment approaching 10%. Yet our presidential administration is spending its time declaring war with FoxNews and de facto legalizing medical marijuana.

A question to the 52% ... what's up?

Stirring-the-pot update: Excuses wearing thin

Greenville football drop tickets available

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The Athletic boosters are doing a ball drop fundraiser on October 30th at the football game. You can buy a ticket for $20 and have a chance at $10,000 if we sell 1,000 tickets. If we don't sell 1,000 tickets, the drawing will be a 50/50. You do not need to be present to win!


The Boosters' half of the money goes into the general Athletic fund for all sports. Call Kathy at 459-7864 or email for tickets.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

NFL Week 6 - open thread

UPDATE: The Bengals beat the Steelers, Ravens, and Packers, but get spanked by the Texans. Go figure. In other news, the Titans are down 52-0 to the Patriots early in the third quarter. What happened to the Titans?

The Bengals are all alone in first place in the AFC North. Yes - for the first time in awhile, the Steelers and Ravens are looking up at the Bengals. Cincinnati hosts the 2-3 Houston Texans today. The Bengals are the favorites, but they should not underestimate the offensively talented Texans.

The Browns are coming off a less-than-impressive 6-3 win over the Bills, their only win of the year. Cleveland travels to Pittsburgh - where they will be big underdogs to the Steelers.

The Colts are off this week, causing havoc for fantasy owners everywhere.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Beggars Night on Broadway

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Will take place Thursday, October 22 on the four blocks of Broadway in Greenville. More details as they become available.

Republican Pig Roast - Sunday at 3:30pm

This year's Republican Pig Roast will take place Sunday, 3:30 p.m., at the Darke County Fairgrounds Youth Building. The party goes through the act of handing out tickets, but anybody can show up at the door and get a ticket. There will be free food (pork sandwiches, chips, etc.), entertainment, a silent auction and more.

The featured speaker will be House Minority Leader John Boehner, but you never know who might show up. So if you are right-minded, stop by the pig roast tomorrow. By the way, why is the pig smiling?

Go Bucks - Ohio State plays at Purdue at high noon

Update II: Well, we were right to call it a trap game (even if the prediction was a little off). Terrelle Pryor was horrible. The offensive playcalling was also horrible. The call on Kurt Coleman's strip hurt, but so did the Buck's inability to score on 1st-and-goal from the 3 in the fourth quarter. Jim Tressell was quoted after the game, "Gee golly we turned the ball over a lot today."

Darke Journal will be the first to say it ... Terrelle Pryor needs a game or two off to watch and hopefully learn something.

Update: trap game was right. Purdue leads 9-7 at the half. Terrelle Pryor has fumbled 23 times so far.

The Bucks are big favorites, but this could be a trap game against the 1-5 Boilermakers. Purdue could salvage their entire season with a big upset, and the Buckeyes have a bad habit of playing to down to their competition. Still, OSU has too much talent against Purdue in a down year. We'll predict a decisive win: Buckeyes 35, Purdue 10.

[Above is the unathorized photo of the house of the most loyal Buckeye fan in Darke County]

Greenville's Geoff Holmes runs the Chicago Marathon

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Greenville's Geoff Holmes completed the Chicago Marathon October 11th with a stellar time of 3:13.50. Geoff is the son of Larry and Carol Holmes. You can check out Geoff's splits below.

47,000 runners participated - and 33,687 finished. The men's winner was Sammy Wanjiru of Kenya who finished the race in 2:05.41, which isn't that hard if you can just maintain a steady 4:45 mile twenty-six times in a row! Russia's Liliya Shobukhova won the women's race in only her second marathon.

Versailles beats Marion Local in a nail-biter

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Versailles dominated early going up 12-0. Marion stormed back to make it 12-6 before Versailles Zac Miller took the kickoff about 80 yards for a touchdown, but a block in the back nullified it. The Tigers seemed a little deflated and Marion then took the lead 13-12 . Versailles then went on a 2 minute drive to take the lead 20-13 at the half. The second half was a dog fight with Marion tying the game at 20. Then Versailles took the lead for good by going for 2 to make it 28-20. With the score 28-26 Versailles punted, and Marion had the ball. The Marion quarteback threw a pick to sophomore Aaron McNeilen to seal the game with a minute left.

[Here is Jordan Monnin shoving a Marion player out of the way. This great photo, and many others, can be purchased at]

Visit BTO at Octoberfest

Visit BTO at October-Fest (or Oktoberfest?) in the Coliseum at the Darke County Fair grounds Saturday!

Plan to eat lunch there and do some shopping - bring the family - Its a great opportunity to support The Brethren Retirement Community's Resident Aid Fund and its Great Fun!

We're so fortunate to have a place like BRC in our community!

For general discussion

The Race Card, Football, and Me

DarkeJournal poll on Issue 3

Voters in our poll favored Issue 3 by a margin of 64.5% to 35.5%. Yes - it's a very small sample, but if the conservative voters of Darke County are ready to take the plunge into casino gambling, you'd figure the rest of the state would too.

Week Eight football scores

Greenville 28, Jay County (In.) 19
Ansonia 35, Covington 7
Arcanum 7, Bethel 16
Marion Local 26, Versailles 28
Bradford 0, Mississinawa 27

Friday, October 16, 2009

October 17th hayride is cancelled

No matter how many rounds of Rain, Rain, Go Away nor enthusiastic versions of “Let the Sun Shine” that were sung across the county have broken the current weather pattern Darke County finds itself in, thus effectively canceling October 17th’s “Hayride on the Prairie” event. It is with warm hearts that the Friends of the Darke County Parks and Darke County Red Cross hope families will visit the last two remaining Saturday’s in October!

Lynne Gump
Executive Director
Darke County Chapter
American Red Cross

Marc Saluk Named Darke County Economic Development Director


Darke County Community Improvement Corporation
October 15, 2009
Marc Saluk Named Darke County Economic Development Director

The Darke County Community Improvement Corporation (CIC) is pleased to announce that Marc Saluk has been selected as the new Economic Development Director for Darke County. The CIC presented its recommendation for approving Saluk as the new Economic Development Director to the Darke County Commissioners on Wednesday, October 14th, during the regular meeting of the Darke County Commissioners. Subsequently, the commissioners accepted the CIC recommendation and offered the position to Saluk.

Saluk, who holds a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science will bring to his new position 10 years experience in marketing, promoting, and advancing programs in the entrepreneurial, political, and professional fields. Marc possesses a history of achieving successful results and is a very enthusiastic and energetic individual having already established a number of relationships throughout the county with area business, government, and school officials.

"I believe we have a very good representative for the Darke County community who represents the next generation of leadership," said Economic Development Director Search Committee Chairman, Marv Stammen. "Marc Saluk was clearly the strongest candidate and was the unanimous choice of the search committee, CIC Board of Trustees, and the County Commissioners. We look forward to seeing what Marc can do to get the county moving forward on achieving its economic development initiatives."

"I wish to thank the search committee, CIC Board of Trustees, Darke County Chamber of Commerce, County Commissioners, and the Partnering for Progress Program Investors for their assistance and support throughout the process to choose a new Economic Development Director," said CIC President Phil Garbig. "We are pleased and excited to be able to announce the selection of a Darke County resident to the position, and we are very confident Marc will provide the leadership to help achieve business retention, growth, and prosperity for Darke County Economic Development and the countywide Partnering for Progress Program."

Upon the Darke County Commissioners formally approving Saluk's appointment as Economic Development Director, he is expected to begin serving in his new role as Darke County Economic Development Director the first week of November.


Somebody posted some erroneous information in the comments to one of the stories below. Just to be clear ... these were not the statements of this website, but rather an anonymous posting. And now to set the record straight ... nobody has recently been fired from the Greenville Fire Department. This has been personally verified. There will be no further discussion on this matter unless and until there is objective clear evidence otherwise.

Autumnfest - this weekend

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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Happy hour at BTO

Enjoy Happy Hour at BTO Self Serve Frozen Yogurt every Monday thru Thursday from 2pm to 530pm and receive 10% off your favorite treats!

Coffee lovers can now enjoy delicious Coffees, tea and Hot chocolate at BTO!

Don't forget to try our incredible Frozen Yogurt Sandwich Cookies!

You say you don't like Frozen Yogurt? If you like Home-made Ice Cream you won't know the difference!

BTO Frozen Yogurt - "The Taste and Texture of Home-made Ice Cream"!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

For general discussion (from my old friend G.F.)


Feed Your Neighbor Produce Program Is Huge Success

In August, young gardener, Grace Fee asked her parents if she could collect donors’ abundant produce from local gardens and give it to food pantries, which would then distribute the food to people in need. The two donation sites were Storch Braund Funeral Home and her home located outside of Greenville.

The call went out for donations and Grace was amazed at what happened next. On the first day, bins at both locations were filled to overflowing with healthy, beautiful and nutritious vegetables. Produce came from all over the county and many donors were grateful that their harvest was going to people that would benefit instead of their abundance going to waste.

Grace checked current produce prices, weighed and inventoried all produce coming in. After 5 weeks of donations, over 1,700 lbs. of produce were donated valued at over $1,600. Originally, Feed Your Neighbor was going to partner with the recently merged FISH and Hope in the Darke Food pantries located at the corner of Gray and Walker, but the outpouring of donations were more than they were initially prepared to store and distribute. Therefore, the Feed Your Neighbor program was able to partner with not only the above mentioned food pantry, but also to make multiple donations to Community Action Partnership, several homeless shelters, Safe Haven, the domestic violence women’s shelter, Samaritan House, Darke County Home, St. Paul’s soup kitchen, and Community Unity.

Grace and the Feed Your Neighbor Produce Program, along with all of its partners, would like to thank the community for their generosity and compassion. Without the support of the community, this program would not have had the positive impact that it did. “I can’t wait to see what we can bring in next year.” states Grace excitedly. “Because of your support, we made a difference!” Her hope is that next year as you are planning your gardens, you will think of the Feed Your Neighbor Produce Program and plant something extra to give to your neighbors in need.

Furthermore, in an effort to continue the cycle of giving, Feed Your Neighbor is partnering with a new program called Feed Darke County. The goal of Feed Darke County is simple, to stock every food pantry in Darke County with a year’s worth of food and sundries. Such an impressive goal will have a lasting impact on our communities and county as families struggle through this difficult financial time. Storch Braund Funeral Home will continue to be a donation site for this program as well as other locations to be determined. For more information on how you can support Feed Darke County, please contact EUM Church at 548-3211.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Fun fact

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Who traveled farther for its away game this past weekend?

Greenville's away game was in Shaker Heights - a distance of 187.8 miles (as the crow flies). The Cleveland Browns away game at Buffalo (Orchard Park, NY) was 175.0 miles away.

Update: in somewhat related news, the Advocate is reporting that Greenville is being considered for one of two open positions in the GWOC. Go to the Advocate's website for more details.

New poll: Issue 3

A "yes" vote means you favor having casinos in several Ohio cities. A "no" votes means you don't want casinos in Ohio. If you want more info on Issue 3, click here.

Cast your vote in the left sidebar.

Greenville Township Talk

Fall is upon us and it won't be long before winter arrives. The summer went by quickly but we were able to accomplish quite a bit in the township this year. The township trustees spent $150,000 on township road improvements this past summer. We used asphalt, chip and seal and crack sealing. Because the township has been so aggressive in our road program the past few years, we expect to spend less than $80,000 on road improvements for 2010. The road crew is currently rebuilding the salt bin at the township house as well as getting the equipment ready for winter. Rudy, Mark and Mike have done an excellent job this year with mowing and maintenance, and that has been a big money saver for the township.

Greenville Township Memorial Gardens is getting a major face lift with a new maintenance building. Construction should be complete within the next few weeks. This building replaces the old building that was built in the late sixties which had a dirt floor and was a straight pole building. The new building will have a concrete floor, concrete walls, electric and a place to keep dirt dry for an extended period of time. We would like to remind everyone that flowers are allowed to be placed on the grave sites only if they are placed in monument vases. This makes cleanup easier and keeps the cemetery looking nice. The only exceptions are holidays.

As you know Greenville Township and the City of Greenville serve on the board for the operation of Greenville Union Cemetery. This year the township along with the City has donated $10,000 each to the mausoleum fund. These funds were a seed for an ongoing campaign to raise enough money to repair the mausoleum roof and interior. Estimates range from $70,000 to $90,000.

A new tanker truck was purchased for the fire department earlier this year. The new truck has a capacity of three thousand gallons of water and should last upwards of twenty years. The truck was purchased out-right with no financing required and the old tanker was traded in. When the fire department was started, a decision was made to buy all the new equipment that was needed, except the two trucks that the township had previously purchased for use by the city. This will be a cost savings because all the current fire department equipment should last for a period of several years.

The township purchased new heart monitors at a cost of $80,000 as the old monitors would have been obsolete by next year. The new monitors will allow doctors to communicate with rescue personnel at the scene and on the way to the hospital. Runs are down by about 200 for the first nine months of this year. Squad personnel are busy with continuing education to better serve the public.

As everyone is aware this has been a difficult year in regards to revenue. Greenville Township is in a sound financial position at this time. Current year revenues are slightly less than budgeted but also expenditures have been less than originally budgeted. The 2010 Budget was prepared with the expectation of a further decline in revenues. The trustees along with the fiscal officer have worked together to keep the same quality of services with less money.

The trustees will continue to provide the same quality of services to all residents. If you have any questions or concerns the township meetings are held on the second and fourth Saturdays at 7:00am at the township building. It is a public meeting and all are welcome to attend. Hope to see you there.

Greenville Township Trustees

Beware of internet trolls

A commenter suggested a friendly warning about internet trolls, which are: "[people who post] controversial, inflammatory, irrelevant or off-topic messages in an online community, such as an online discussion forum, chat room or blog, with the primary intent of provoking other users into an emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion" (according to the infallible source wikpedia wikipedia).

We do have a few trolls on this website, notably some people who chimed in against Issue 2 - but others as well. Don't get sucked into their game!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Browns heartbreak continues

You know who caught every pass thrown his way Monday night? Even the really difficult ones?


Here's a second point to consider. If you are a disgruntled Cleveland Browns player, you can do a terrible job and maybe you'll get traded to a first place team in a great city (of course any city is better than Cleveland, right?).

Blockbuster closing?

From the chat: "the signs are up at Blockbuster on Wagner Ave., that it's going out of business." (Details 17:05 12/10/09)

If true, it's not really surprising, as a lot of people have switched over to Netflix - and most everybody with cable can get pay-per-view.

New at BTO Self Serve Yogurt

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New Flavors are: Mom's Homemade Apple Pie, Toasted Marsh mellow, Pumpkin Pie and Caramel is back.

Also, check out BTO the last week of October, we plan to be serving up fresh brewed hot coffee, Tea and Hot Chocolate.

We are also offering fund raising opportunities for your not for profit group or club. We have several different systems for you and your group to earn extra money. Contact us for details ... Jeff Shank @ 937-459-7072, or Pam Shank @ 937-459-2323

Brethren Retirement Community Introduces Brethren Home Community Services

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As a leader in aging services, Brethren Retirement Community is pleased to announce several new services to our long-standing history and excellence of care.

The vision for our community began over 100 years ago when a group of Brethren met to discuss the need for a comfortable, secure place where people could be cared for when they could no longer care for themselves. In 1902 the vision and dedicated effort of a group of men and women from the area Church of the Brethren began the mission of service to older adults at Brethren Retirement Home, the first nursing home in Darke County.

For over 100 years the legacy of that mission of caring has continued. As our community’s needs for senior living options changed, so did we! As we continue to see the face of aging shift, Brethren Retirement Community’s vision has expanded and the decision was made to form Brethren Home Community Services to create new service and ministry opportunities to serve Darke County.

Brethren Home Community Services offers three essential services: non-medical home care, adult day center and senior resource management.

At Brethren Home Community Service’s Home Care our philosophy is to provide quality services to elderly and disabled people, allowing them to remain in their own home comfortably and safely. Our goal is to anticipate their needs rather than simply reacting to calls from care recipients or family members. We begin by reviewing the care recipient’s needs through discussions including family members and if necessary with health professionals. The manager takes great care in selecting a caregiver with the personality and experience level necessary for the care recipient’s needs.

Brethren Home Community Service’s Home Care offers services including: meal preparation, light housekeeping, medication reminders, shopping and errands, companionship, recreational activities, hygiene assistance, and respite care for family caregivers. These integrative services are available 2 to 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Care recipients can choose between short or long term care based on their individual needs and preferences. Handyman services are also available outside our scope of daily care. Brethren Home Community Services will be serving Greenville, Celina, Sidney, Troy, Piqua, Englewood, Union, Eaton, Northern Dayton, Eastern Indiana and the surrounding areas. Brethren Home Community Services is dedicated to providing quality care to your family.

Coming soon, will be Brethren Home Community Service’s Adult Day Center located on the campus of Brethren Retirement Community. Based on each individual’s care needs, they can choose between full and half day care. Lunch, snacks, bathing and hygiene assistance, activities, companionship and transportation services will be offered. This service will allow family caregivers to continue working outside the home and receive help with the physical care of a loved one with peace of mind. Adult day center participants are able to remain at home and also have an opportunity to interact socially with peers, share in stimulating activities, and receive assistance with the activities of daily living with dignity.

The third component of Brethren Home Community Services is Senior Resource Management which incorporates paperwork management services. Our senior resource manager will assist seniors through the maze of paperwork for insurance and other important documents that can be quite confusing for them. We will work to help clients find the necessary resources available and organize documents.

For more information on any of the above services or to schedule a free in-home consultation, contact Linda McKenzie-Woods at 937-547-7600 ext. 7697.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

NFL Open Thread

Apparently Marvin Lewis doesn't read the Darke Journal, or he would have addressed the long-snapper situation this past week. Bengals 0, Ravens 0.

Update: the Cardiac Cats are 4-1 ... and all alone in first place!

Update II: some of the Browns fans need a nature lesson ...

Saturday, October 10, 2009


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Making college a reality for students and their parents DCCAP is a member of Ohio College Access Network

The ninth annual HARVEST SOUNDS concert featuring Junior High and High School Music students from Darke County Schools will be held Sunday, November 1, 3:00 p.m. at First Universalist Church of New Madison, 331 East Washington Street, New Madison, Ohio; tickets $8; no charge for students through grade 12. Reception following. For information call 937-548-2480

Germans and Europeans miss the “fracking” truth regarding Carbon Capture and Sequestration (CCS)

It is difficult to believe that the erudite Europeans and the German “task-masters of precision” would gullibly buy into the sloppy pseudo-science of “climate change” alias anthropogenic global warming (AGW). The proposed solution to the hypothesized problem is CCS - a process referred to, in the oil and gas industry, as CO2 fracking. This label is based on the ability of supercritical carbon dioxide (SCC) to fracture dense rock and free oil and gas by expansion and displacement. The promoters of CCS, using the identical process, presume that SCC will somehow behave differently and that the sequestered carbon dioxide pumped deep under rocks will remain there peacefully for millennia. Furthermore they imply the physically impossible – that SCC will never displace brine into the freshwater aquifers or bad gases like methane and radon nor fracture dense rock causing seismic events. Therefore the fear that leak-back of CO2 and other gases to the surface could asphyxiate the little people in little towns like Greenville (Darke County) Ohio has never crossed their mind.

Perhaps the most serious oversight is the fact that a power plant employing CCS over a 30-year period will have sequestered, in the form of SCC, the energy equal to the Hiroshima atomic bomb . CO2 used in much lesser amounts to frack depleted oil and gas wells has been considered to cause seismic events recently in Texas.

Under the guise of environmental protection, the new plants will consume 25 – 30 percent more coal and thus increase their toxic residues including heavy metals, sulfates and a whole host of complex organic compounds some of which are carcinogenic. The process increases the amount of heat of combustion by the same percentage, therefore directly increasing AGW if it is occurring.

Our purpose in reviewing these issues is not to celebrate our victory over Battelle/MRCSP but to encourage you to continue the fight in behalf of little people in little towns around the world. Although these schemes and their supporting data are spawned in Copenhagen, Berlin, London, Paris, Washington DC (DOE) and Columbus, Ohio (Battelle), the risk and burden of experimental CCS is consistently placed on the shoulders of little people in little towns. Is it because little uneducated people (as implied by J. Bradbury of Battelle) are considered expendable?

We feel there is a desperate need to attack these elitist schemes that are coming out of in Copenhagen, Berlin, Paris, London and Washington DC.

Openings in Children’s Arts Program

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GREENVILLE – The Art-Rageous Experience – Children’s Art Program is now enrolling children in classes where they will experience visual arts each Saturday morning. This program, sponsored by Council on Rural Services, is a class where young children along with a parent can experience all kinds of visual arts in a local Greenville setting.

There are two hands-on classes on Saturday mornings for the child and parent together. These classes will begin on September 19 and taught by an experienced local artist. There is one class for 4-5-6 year olds and another for 7-8-9-10 year olds. Each class will include age appropriate art work that gives children a chance to explore and learn about different kinds of art and artists. Last year great some art projects included drawing, painting, collage, sculpture, coil pots and cultural masks, Classes may also include a field trip to an art exhibit, outdoor plein air drawing or a visiting artist.

We believe that cultural art is an important part of a child’s education. Art programs help young children get a complete educational experience. It develops the capacity to think critically, enhances academic achievement, and helps children develop a sense of competence and accomplishment.

Fees for the classes are family affordable, with scholarships available. These classes are also supported by funds from national and local foundations.

To enroll your child in this class, call Council on Rural Services at 1-866-627-4557 and ask for Debby Brayfield.

Football Friday: Week 7

Ansonia is now 6-0 7-0 and ranked 13th in the state. Here are this week's games ...

Bethel 12, Ansonia 44 (homecoming)
Mississinawa 2, Arcanum 14 (homecoming)
Miami East at Bradford
Versailles 27, Ft. Recovery 0
Greenville at University School (Saturday at 2 p.m.)

Arcanum and Versailles seem to be improving. A shutout against the high-scoring Ft. Recovery team, on their field, is impressive. And Arcanum tooks some beatings early in the year, but rallied for homecoming to beat a tough 4-2 MV team.

Anybody have the Bradford score?

Friday, October 9, 2009

Garst museum lecture series

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On Sunday October 18, Garst Museum will present the second of the lecture series for 2009-2010. Cynthia Vogel will talk about her book, “Civil War Women: They Made a difference-Book III”. The lecture begins at 2:00 p.m. and is free to the public.

The author, Cynthia Vogel has been an educator her entire adult life. She has taught at several high schools in Darke County in Ohio, and was also a member of the adjunct faculty with Edison Community College, Piqua, Ohio. Interestingly, her concentration as a teacher was mathematics.

She is a native of Darke County and has lived in Versailles, Ohio, most of her life. Since her book was published in September 2007, she has spoken to Historical Societies, Genealogical Groups, women’s groups, and students of all ages. She has also had several book signings, locally and as far away as Cincinnati.

For additional information, please call 548-5250.


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Regretfully, October 10th’s Hayrides on the Prairie is being cancelled due to the heavy rainfall experienced this Thursday and Friday.

Hayrides will be operating next weekend starting at 5:30 pm.

Barack Obama wins Nobel Peace Prize (nominated after being president for 12 days)


Jeff the liberal punching bag from GA adds this:

I am a proud social liberal. Each time [somebody] else tries to impugn Obama for being a Socialist - I shrug. What's wrong with being Socialist? Ask yourself that each time you pay taxes, because many of your tax dollars directly fund Socialist-style programs, which were instituted by Dems and Reps alike. I have taught several multicultural literature courses. I'm a vegetarian. When it runs, I drive an old beat-up Volvo. In the eyes of many, I am an egghead, sandal-wearing pinko. And I'm fine with that. In other words, if stereotypes hold, I should be singing the praises of the Nobel committee today. Now that you know something about me...

[The critics are] right about the Nobel award [being called a joke]. Obama has not accomplished enough to merit a global award intended to celebrate the most significant peace-fostering activities of the year. Obama has not had TIME to accomplish anything that fits that description. He certainly didn't have time prior to the February deadline. The Nobel committee obviously, egregiously awarded Obama merely because he is an African American man who became president in the U.S. That, I celebrate. But to exalt this man whose presidency has been superficial and indecisive at best is an insult to the other candidates for the award.

Morgan Tsvirangirai was actually beaten by Robert Mugabe's thugs. His wife was killed - dismembered then burned while in the last moments of her life. How did Tsvangirai respond? Non-violently. He convinced Mugabe to form a power-sharing government, which so far has improved life for all Zimbabweans, which can only encourage peace on a continent that is home to more human rights abuses than anyplace on Earth. Are you telling me Obama has done more than THAT guy to promote peace?

And if Obama supporters think this will help the president - you are absolutely wrong. People within the U.S. heaped unreachable expectations on the guy before he was even elected, and now the Nobel committee has made it even worse. At this point, Obama has no hope of fulfilling expectations, which is political disaster. Now, no matter what he does prior to his re-election bid, Republicans can rightfully call him a disappointment, if not a failure.

Theft Investigation in Mercer County

Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey announced today that his Office is investigating the theft of records from the Mercer County Board of Elections.

On October 8, 2009 at approximately 10:40 AM the Sheriff’s Office was contacted by the Mercer County Board of Elections. They advised a male had made a public records request. The suspect, age 34, from Ft. Recovery, Ohio, advised he did not desire to keep the records, but just to look over them. However, when the staff became busy, he left the office with the records. Quick thinking staff members contacted the Sheriff’s Office, who located the subject with the records as he was attempting to drive away from the Courthouse. Some of the documents removed were original documents. The documents included voter registration lists and retention schedules.

No arrest has been made at this point as the case has been forwarded to the Mercer County Prosecutors Office for review of appropriate charges. Possible charges may include Tampering With Records which is a felony of the third degree or Theft, a misdemeanor of the first degree.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Steak and chicken fry: The Winery at Versailles

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The Versailles Winery will have one more Steak and Chicken Fry for the year, Oct. 9-10th. $50 per couple includes dinner for two and a bottle of wine from selected list. Tax and gratuity extra. Please call for your table reservations.

Future events:
  • Week of October 26-31st – Our "Customer Appreciation Sale" during our 7 Year Anniversary week! A different wine on sale each day. ( No, we can't tell you which ones until that morning!)
  • November 6-7th - Holiday Open House. New gift ideas, baskets, and holiday items. Sign up for door prizes.
  • November 13th-14th - "What to serve for the Holidays" wine tasting. $15.00/person and reservations are needed.

Miss Ohio attends Zehringer event in Columbus

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State representative Jim Zehringer recently held a reception in Columbus - and attending as his special guest was 2009 Miss Ohio (and St. Henry native) Erica Gelhaus.

The Flower Patch supports Greenville City Schools and High Five for Wave Pride

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The Great Pumpkin Fest began last Saturday and is open on the next three Saturdays in October. Everyone attending last Saturday enjoyed the wagon rides, sitting by the wonderful, warm, and inviting campfire making smores and drinking hot chocolate, all while enjoying the great Fall season.

This family event is located at Chenoweth Trails at 441 Greenville-Nashville Road in Greenville, come and enjoy an adventure walking down Hedge Apple Row or hiking on wooded trails. There are also many other activities like face painting, free pumpkins to each member of the family, you can stop and play a game of corn hole, or even have lunch/dinner this week at the Shriner’s Food Trailer. Additional activities on October 17th and 24th include supervised archery by Dirk Lewis from 2:00 to 4:00 pm.

The Great Pumpkin Fest is open from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm during the next three Saturdays, with admission $2.00 per child (12 and under) and $5.00 per adult. The proceeds benefit the United Way Campaign and their 23 non-profit agencies in Darke County, and also supported by the Light Foundation. If you need more information about the event call Gateway Youth Programs at 937-548-8002.

Centralized dispatch

So what does everybody think about centralized dispatch?

UPDATE: this has been quite a comment thread, but it appears that some false information has been included in one of the anonymous comments. Several points here: 1) when a public official puts his name and phone number on this website, we will assume he means business - or at the very least is more credible than an anonymous commenter. From looking at all the comments, it seems pretty clear that nobody from the GFD has been fired. If you have a problem with that, call Mr. Wilcox; 2) you're all responsible for your own comments here. This is not just website policy, but the law. You can check it out in the Visitors Agreement at the bottom-left of this page. If you write false allegations, you do so at your own legal peril; 3) what does the alleged firing of a fireman have to do with centralized dispatch? Please stay on topic.

The comments on this story are now closed. If you absolutely must add something else, send an email.

Ghost Walk in Downtown

Back by popular demand, enjoy the seventh annual Ghost Walk! Groups form at St. Clair Memorial Hall to learn tales of the unknown from Rita Arnold's Books, Ghost of Darke County.. Join in an eerie evening walk through downtown with local actors telling the haunting old tales of the city... a fall tradition!

Walk dates include:
  • Friday, October 23
  • Saturday, October 24
  • Sunday, October 25
... all beginning at 7:30 pm at St. Clair Memorial Hall

Tickets are $10 a person. Advanced tickets can be purchased at Ann's Gifts in downtown Greenville or DCCA's office in the Greenville Library. This is a Darke County Center for the Arts fundraiser.

OSU ticket raffle - time is running out

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Help out the website and buy a ticket! Send an email with your name, address, phone number, and number of tickets wanted - and we'll collect the money later. Email:

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Introducting YPOD

UPDATE: A big crowd showed up at the Bistro this evening for the introductory meeting of YPOD. For more info, call the Darke County Chamber of Commerce - or keep your eyes open for updates in the Daily Advocate.

This is the first social gathering of YPOD. What is YPOD?

Young Professionals of Darke (YPOD) offers a way for young professionals to connect with other young professionals. There will be no sales pitches and no boring seminars. This will be a time to meet other young professionals that are interested in meeting new people and furthering their careers. How old is young? 21 -40, And young at heart!

Join us to learn more about YPOD and become part of the change you would like to see in Darke County!
  • Wednesday, October 7, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m., Bistro Off Broadway — Backroom 117 East Fifth Street, Greenville
  • $5 At the door buys a margarita and appetizers
  • Rally your colleagues, friends and family and join us for an exclusive event!
  • Hosted by the Business Committee of the Darke County Chamber of Commerce

Recycle your unwanted cell phones

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The Darke County Solid Waste District and Darke County Solid Waste Policy Committee member Pete Trocano are collecting unwanted cell phones. Pace-Butler Corporation from Edmond, OK will pay the district for phones shipped to them.

The funds received from the collection of unwanted cell phones will be used to purchase pre-paid phone cards for our Darke County troops stationed away from home. The Darke County National Guard Armory will handle the disbursement of the phone cards. The first set of phone cards have just been sent out to 10 of our hometown heros.

We are asking for your help. All we are asking is that you donate any cell phones that you have at home. Also, if you know of any businesses that provide cell phones to employees, please ask if there are unwanted cell phones they would like to donate. Chargers and accessories are not needed.

There is no cost to the district to participate in this program, so 100% of the proceeds will benefit our Darke County troops stationed abroad.

Where can you drop off your unwanted cell phones? Donation boxes can be found at the following locations: Darke County Solid Waste, Darke County Veteran Services, Broadway Joes, Mercer Savings Bank Main Office, Old National Bank in Union City, Francis Furniture, Kroger’s, PAWS Bingo, Eikenberry’s, Tractor Supply, Advance Auto, YMCA, Brethren Home Community Room, Kitchen Aid Experience, and Mississinawa Schools. More locations will be coming soon!!

Pete Trocano, member of the Darke County Solid Waste District Policy Committee, Krista Fourman, Director of the Darke County Solid Waste Management District, and Linda McKibben, Administrative Assistant for the Solid Waste District are responsible for planning, promoting, and coordinating the program. For more information, call 937-547-0827.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

God bless Russell E. Bucholtz (March 17, 1923 - October 6, 2009)

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World War II veteran Russell E. Bucholtz passed away today.

As requested ... info on Issue 2

Final ballot language


Proposed by Joint Resolution of the General Assembly
To adopt Section 1 of Article XIV of the Constitution of the State of Ohio
This proposed amendment would:

1. Require the state to create the Livestock Care Standards Board to prescribe standards for animal care and well-being that endeavor to maintain food safety, encourage locally grown and raised food, and protect Ohio farms and families.

2. Authorize this bipartisan board of thirteen members to consider factors that include, but are not limited to, agricultural best management practices for such care and well-being, biosecurity, disease prevention, animal morbidity and mortality data, food safety practices, and the protection of local, affordable food supplies for consumers when establishing and implementing standards.

3. Provide that the board shall be comprised of thirteen Ohio residents including representatives of Ohio family farms, farming organizations, food safety experts, veterinarians, consumers, the dean of the agriculture department at an Ohio college or university and a county humane society representative.

4. Authorize the Ohio department that regulates agriculture to administer and enforce the standards established by the board, subject to the authority of the General Assembly.

If adopted, this amendment shall take effect immediately.

A “YES” vote means approval of the amendment.
A “NO” vote means disapproval of the amendment.
A majority YES vote is required for the amendment to be adopted.

Official Argument in favor of Issue 2

Voting Yes on Issue 2 creates the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board to ensure livestock well-being, maintain our food safety, assure our locally grown and raised food supply and protect Ohio farms and families.

The Board will…

• Maintain and promote food safety
• Promote locally grown and raised food
• Protect Ohio consumers and family farmers
• Ensure the care and well-being of livestock
• Be composed of a broad-based group of Ohio experts

Voting Yes on Issue 2 will keep control of agriculture where it belongs, here in Ohio, under the guidance of Ohio experts including family farmers, food safety experts, veterinarians, and consumers.

Agriculture is the cornerstone of Ohio's economy generating billions of dollars and creating thousands of jobs for Ohioans. Voting YES on Issue 2 is an opportunity for our state to lead the way in regulating safe food production and by promoting locally produced food, voting YES on Issue 2 keeps jobs here in Ohio.

Yes on Issue 2 has received broad bi-partisan support from both Republican and Democrat state legislators. Governor Ted Strickland, Senate President Bill Harris (R-Ashland), House Speaker Armond Budish (D-Beachwood), and elected officials and organizations across Ohio all urge a YES Vote on Issue 2.

Official argument against Issue 2

You should vote NO because: Issue 2 puts the economic interests of factory farms ahead of the welfare of farm animals; Issue 2 was passed through the Legislature; Agribusiness supports this amendment to prevent certain animal care reform proposed by national animal rights organizations; Issue 2 expands state government unnecessarily, and expands it at a time when Ohioans cannot afford more government; Making the proposed livestock board a constitutional board would be an inappropriate use of the Ohio Constitution; Amending the Ohio Constitution should be reserved for significant issues that affect the rights of all Ohioans.

Voters should defeat proposed amendments that add clutter to Ohio’s Constitution and that address issues better suited for changes to the Ohio Revised Code or the Ohio Administrative Code.

Vote NO on Issue 2.

Masquerade Ball - October 31st

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Dress up for a night out to support the Greenvile PTA Council. The Masquerade Ball will feature a costume contest with categories including scariest, funniest, most original, sexiest, and best overall. To order tickets, call Romer's Catering at 937-548-2202 (Must be 21 or older).

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