Sunday, January 31, 2010

Pitsburg Lions Chicken BBQ - March 7th

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The Pitsburg Lions Club will once again be sponsoring a chicken BBQ to support our scholarship fund. The dinner includes 1/2 chicken, applesauce, roll/butter, and chips for $7.00 donation. The event is scheduled for March 7th at the Pitsburg Town Hall from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM (carryout only). Call Mendy Archer at (937) 692-5685 for tickets by 23 February.

The Town Hall can be found at 100 Lumber Street; Pitsburg OH 45358.

Bowling and Forecasting

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Bowling isn't a sport of strength and force, as much as it is about finesse. With that said, bowling and forecasting have a lot in common.

To help make this analogy a little clearer I will compare it to this weeks forecast. It should be pretty quiet for now until next weekend. The three latest models have all been agreeing on the Miami Valley seeing the most snow we have seen this year in one system arriving for Saturday.

Read the rest at Buck's Blog (@ Dayton's News Source)

Versailles boys win road thriller against Russia Saturday night 63-62

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The Tigers were hyped up against Russia and played one of their best games of the year.

Though they battled back and forth all night, Russia could never take much of a lead, while the Tigers would have an eight point lead in the first half. Russia battled back and went in at half tied.

The third quarter was more of the same as Versailles had a one point lead after three.

In the fourth quarter the lead would go back and forth. With both teams in double bonus, Versailles seemed to keep fouling Russia and they built a two point lead.

Versailles took the ball down the court and Zach Niekamp hit a three to put the Tigers up by one with 7.1 seconds left.

Russia drove down the court and missed a shot, and rebounded, got a shot off, was hard to tell if time had expires before the shot got off, but it missed and the Tigers got the win.

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And here is video of the winning shot:

Arcanum native, Marianna Thomas, dies at 82

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She was the widow of Lowell Thomas.

[tip: thegoose]

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Versailles' Danielle Williams, MVCTC Graphic Arts Student Wins Gold Key Award

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Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) Graphic Art senior Danielle Williams from Versailles has won a GOLD KEY award for her eight-piece portfolio submitted to the 2010 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Winners of this regional award submitted artwork that demonstrated the highest levels of achievement in originality, technique, and personal vision. Danielle’s portfolio is now in the running for the national award, her work will be reviewed by nationally and internationally renowned artists to select approximately 1,000 awards on the national level. The top six national winners will receive $10,000 scholarship awards and have their work selected for inclusion in the National Student Art Exhibition in New York.

MVCTC is the career technical school for Ansonia, Arcanum, Franklin-Monroe, Mississinawa Valley, Tri-Village, and Versailles schools. Students in the MVCTC Graphic Commercial Art program learn to create artwork for advertising agencies, newspapers, magazines, books, billboards, and packages. In this field, artists develop ideas, prepare sketches, choose color and lettering, draw finished artwork, and produce camera-ready art electronically through graphic computer programs. MVCTC Graphic Commercial Art program is a Tech Prep program, which means students meeting all requirements may be eligible to earn up to 15 college credits to Sinclair Community College after successfully completing the program. MVCTC Graphic Commercial Art program has recently had graduating classes earn over $200,000 in college scholarships.

Applications are available on-line for high school sophomores wishing to enter their junior year in 2010 as Graphic Commercial Art students. Please visit for more information.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Fee Celebrates 3 Years of Ownership at Storch Braund

Looking back over the last three years can make a man sentimental that is if you are Eric Fee. At the age of 35, Eric was lucky enough to find his dream job. “I always wanted to own my own business and yet fulfill my calling in ministry” states Fee, an ordained minister for over 15 years. “Storch Braund offers me both opportunities. I get to serve families by helping them celebrate and honor their loved ones and make decisions for the business that are in the best interest of our families, the community and my own family” says Fee.

The funeral home has seen a lot of changes over the past three years with one the most obvious being the change of ownership. Fee purchased the funeral home from Delbert Braund back in February, 2007. Braund faithfully served the funeral home as Director and owner for over 27 years. “Delbert made the transition easy for us. He took me under his wing and gave us the opportunity for business ownership, and I will always be grateful to him for that.” declares Fee. The funeral home has over 75 years of experience in serving families and the community. Today, they carry on the tradition of compassion, personal attention and professional services that began so long ago. “We have an amazing staff of caring individuals” states Fee. In addition to Eric Fee as Owner and Family Service Director, the firm has added Carie Pope as Funeral Director and Embalmer, Kristin Fee as Outreach Manager, Jack Kerns and Richard Rehmert as Family Service Assistants, and Mary Boone as an Administrative Assistant.

A thank you from The Flower Patch

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Our Friends and Family,

Three years ago today, The Flower Patch opened its doors for business. We want to take this time to thank you for three “Great” years. We offer the trends of demand for floral design and have established a unique floral and gift shop that offers exceptional customer service to our customers. We realize that we have several floral shops as our competition, however, we can and believe that we offer unique ideas, creative floral designs that our customers have demanded, which allows our designers the creative challenges, artistic opportunities and personal relationships that will keep our customers returning for years to come. We sincerely thank you for your business and your friendship and look forward to working with you for many years to come! Stop today at “The Flower Patch” and receive 10% discount as our thanks to you!

Rick & Kathy Beam Owners
Katie Netzley, Designer and Manager
Marcia Fink, Designer

Kasich house party draws big crowd

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Greenville resident Barbara Martin hosted a house party Thursday night as part of the 88 county kickoff of the John Kasich campaign for governor. Martin had about 25 attendees - and the group listened to a live webcast from Kasich at 7pm.

JP Wants you to read this follow-up on the Tiller murder trial

Story here.

Update: Scott Roeder was convicted of first degree murder with less than an hour of jury deliberation. In the end, the judge did not allow the manslaughter instruction.

English setter puppies for sale

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These pups are listed for sale on Free Classified page. (The photo was too cute to pass up for the front page.)

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Netzley nominated for OLCA award

Fitzwater Tree & Lawn Care a member of the Ohio Lawn Care Association is a long standing member of the organization. Recently OLCA announced a New Applicator of the Year Award. Fitzwater Tree & Lawn Care submitted a nomination for Matthew Netzley.

Matthew Netzley has been employed with Fitzwater Tree & Lawn Care since 1997 and has 12 years experience in Lawn Management that includes, mowing fertilizing and pest control. Matt has a crew of 6 that he supervises and a customer list of business, commercial and residential customers of over 150. Matthew has held his Commercial Applicator license for 6 years. Matthew is certified and trained in categories 8 and core.

The Ohio Lawn Care Association (OLCA), in partnership with Dow Agro Sciences, recently announced the creation of the new Ohio Lawn Care Applicator of the Year Award. This award will convey and illustrate the mission statement of OLCA: “Improving the environment through better lawn care”

OLCA represents nearly 500 professional lawn care companies throughout Ohio, and its mission is demonstrated every day by its members. “We feel it is our obligation and in the true spirit of the organization’s mission to establish and sponsor a prestigious award such as this”, informed Public Relations Committee Chairman Robert Palmer, Weed Pro Ltd. “It is the skill and knowledge of the applicators that make this industry thrive, and this award gives OLCA a chance to highlight the accomplishments of our members”.

Matthew utilizes the Problem Solving process consisting of a sequence that fits together depending on the type of problem there is to be solved. He begins by defining the problem, working with his supervisor to analyze the problem, generates possible solutions, selects the best solution and plans and executes the next course of action. Matthew works with t he company and the customer to find the best solution to any issues that come up. This is why when a customer selects Fitzwater Tree & Lawn Care, we send Matthew on site for the work because of his commitment and dedication to our customers.

On December 8 at the OLCA Annual Meeting that was held during the Ohio Turf grass Conference and Show in Columbus, Matthew was chosen as a top three finalist for the Ohio Lawn Care Applicator of the Year award sponsered by Dow Agro Sciences.

The Ohio Lawn Care Association is committed to promoting and protecting the lawn care industry in Ohio.

(Netzley third from the left)

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

A great man, Greenville's John Fourman passed away January 25, 2010

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John S. Fourman passed away on Jan. 25, 2010, at his residence at the Brethren Retirement Community.

He was born on May 29, 1919, in Arcanum, Ohio, to Phares and Fannie (Christian) Fourman.

He married Mary L. Lawrence on Nov. 7, 1941; and is survived by Mary, a resident of the Brethren Retirement Community; sons, Dr. Michael Fourman of Greenville, Kenton Fourman of Brentwood, Tenn., and Jeffrey Fourman of Oak Park, Ill.; grandchildren, Dr. Matthew Fourman, David Fourman, Aaron Fourman, Christopher Fourman, Eric Fourman, Mark Fourman, Grace Fourman, Marie Fourman and Sam Fourman; and great-grandchildren, Hallie Fourman, Kate Fourman, Maddie Fourman and Ella Fourman.

A memorial celebration of John’s life will be held at the Greenville Church of the Brethren on Central Avenue on Saturday.

Family will receive friends from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. followed by the memorial service at 2:30 p.m. John gifted his body to the Wright State University School of Medicine. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Resident Aid Fund at the Brethren Retirement Community.

School Bond Endorsed (Ron Bonfiglio)

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“I have been a part Greenville Schools for many years in different roles. I have been a parent, grandparent, and Board of Education member. As a parent and grandparent, I always wanted to make sure I knew what was going on in the schools. As a Board member, I felt it was my duty to let the public know what school business was taking place. Receiving and understanding information is important especially when decisions involving children are involved.

As a member of the Bond Issue Committee, I feel like we have done everything possible to make sure the citizens of this school district have received all the information necessary to make an educated decision on February 2nd. School Treasurer, Carla Surber, has worked with County Auditor, Carol Ginn, to make sure all of the tax calculations in the information that has been handed out is correct. I have checked it also. The combined tax millage of 2.9 mills for the middle school building and the required maintenance millage of .5 mills will cost the owner of a $100,000 home $118 at the most. For me as a senior citizen, with the Homestead Exemption figured in it will be even less.

I fully support the Bond Issue because I support our children, our schools, and our community.”

Greenville School Bond - Now Is The Time Informational Site

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Now is the Time informational site was created to supply information regarding the upcoming bond issue for the construction of a new middle school. If you have questions about this bond issue, please e-mail us at or call us at 937-548-3185.

Please visit the blog - it has the answers to many of your questions:

Answers to your questions will be posted as quickly as possible.

Why a new Building?

The State of Ohio has recognized that the district had immediate facility problems due to the collapse of the Junior High School in 2008 and the deterioration of South Middle School. Legislation passed allowing Greenville City Schools to participate in the Exceptional Needs Program. This program provides State dollars for building upon the passage of the local bond issue.

School Bond - Informal Q & A with Susie & Carla

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Do you have questions about the proposed
Greenville School Bond?

Get the Facts

Informal Question & Answer Time
with Carla Surber and Susie Riegle

Broadway Joe’s

Saturday, January 30

In Support of School Bond (Nick and Kara Hanes)

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We took the opportunity recently to share the plans of the proposed new middle school with our first-grader. His eyes lit up at the possibilities. It's those moments as a parent that remind you how a child's success is influenced by his surroundings in our homes, in our community and in our school where they spend two-thirds of their waking moments.

It's been a tough year. No one would argue that, but every generation has a defining moment. Is this that moment for Greenville City Schools? A moment to shift the tide from the who's, the what's and the when's to the NOW and beyond.

This IS our opportunity to shape the future of our community and to say to our children, ALL of our children, "You deserve a safe, healthy environment to dream, to learn and to realize all that you can be."

Please join us on Tuesday, February 2nd in voting YES for a new middle school for Greenville City Schools.

Nick & Kara Hanes
Greenville, Ohio

Support Greenville's Educational and Economic Future! (Marlise McCallister and John Keller)

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“Supporting the economic growth of our community is important to both of us as local business owners. More important, as a parent and grandparent, is supporting the educational system where our children and grandchildren attend. It is our experience that the strength of one will enhance the strength of the other. We are firm believers that the request of additional tax dollars for the construction and maintenance of a new middle school is a necessity for both to thrive.

Your support of the Bond Issue on February 2nd will demonstrate your belief, as is ours, that Greenville’s educational and economic future are worth the investment.”

Marlise McCallister and John Keller, Co-Chairpersons of Citizens for Quality Greenville Schools



As the District Career Specialist for Greenville City Schools, much of my job is spent focusing on the future – mostly because I work with kids on planning their future goals. On a daily basis, I get to work with amazing young kids who are creative, intelligent, focused, and looking forward to graduating school and beginning their lives. Some will graduate and go straight into the work force, others will move away to continue their education. But when it comes time for them to settle down, begin their careers and possibly start a family - as a community, we should want these kids to set their roots in Greenville.

I believe when families are looking at potential communities to call home, the schools will either be a strong attraction or a strong deterrent. Please help make Greenville to be a place that will attract families as well as businesses and vote “YES” to pass the levy on February 2nd.

Thank you – Sue Huston, District Career Specialist, Greenville City Schools

School Endorsement (Louise Boli)

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“I have been a proud member of this community for many years and that continues to be the case. I am also a someone who believes that our schools are a true reflection of who we are as a community. A vote in favor of the bond issue for a new middle school on the February 2nd ballot will demonstrate not only to surrounding communities, but to the children who live in our district the importance we (adults) place on education.

Having said that, I have taken the opportunity to vote early and would like to express my opinion about the ballot language since it is contrary others who have written letters that were published. After reading all the information supplied by the school district and then the information on the ballot, the message was the same. You can vote for or against the taxes necessary to construct a new middle school. That tax includes a 2.9 mills for the actual construction of the building and .5 mills that the State requires for building maintenance. After calculating this increase on my taxes, it compares to what the school literature stated. The combined millage will cost the owner of a $100,000 home $118 per year. No information has been hidden from us.

I am glad I took the time to become an informed voter. It help me make a wise choice in favor of good schools for our community’s children.”"

Louise Boli


Keep Our Community Alive and Competitive! (Betsy Ward)

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Our community may be an older one, but it does not have to be a dying one. A new school building, one equipped to accommodate the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) curriculum changes for the future, WILL BENEFIT this community NOW. The direct correlation is so clear!

Let’s put this into perspective. Times have changed! Cell phones are replacing home phones. Laptops and Blackberries are replacing home PC’s. Computers are in cars. (No more average mechanics’ jobs; special training and technicians are needed to fix today’s cars.) The world is revolving at the speed of technology and is passing Greenville by while everyone is too busy complaining about the past. Students are leaving this community after school and are not returning after college due to the lack of jobs. New doctors, dentists and business people are moving into Greenville, but are sending their children to other school systems.

My parents’ generation paid for me to have the best education available; their parents paid for them; and so on. Now it is our turn! Everybody is on a “fixed income”, but I am willing to sacrifice in any area necessary in order to provide the best for my children.

Wake up Greenville! If we do not support the students now, why would they want to return to this community to support us later? The current school facilities are old. These facilities were old when I was a student and attended them. They are not up-to-date facilities in which to provide a competitive, educational experience.

Help me help Greenville City Schools in providing the resources necessary to move in a new direction.

Betsy M. Ward


Now is the Time! (George and Becky Luce)

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"Now is the Time!

We believe this truly is the time to vote in support of building a middle school. Improving the average age of facilities in the school district while decreasing both maintenance and energy cost from this new
construction is a wise way to utilize our tax dollars. There is no doubt that this can only enhance the economic climate and development of our community, something which is sorely needed. Good schools and good communities go hand in hand. As Greenville graduates and life-long residents, we are committed to doing our part to support our students and this town we proudly call our home. Please join us in doing the
same. Now Is The Time!

George and Becky Luce"


OSU Extension Calendar - Darke County

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4 Ag Breakfast, 7:30am, Brethrens Retirement Community Cafeteria

6 4-H Volunteer Update, 10:00am, OSUE Learning Center

8 New Volunteer Orientation, 7:00pm, OSUE Learning Center

13 CarTeens, 900am, OSUE Learning Center

* Darke County Extension
* Ohio State University Extension
* E-mail:

100% Support for New 5 - 8 School Building (Rev. Joe Payne)

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"I wish to join others in offering my 100% support for a new 5 – 8 grade school building. I cannot say it any better than what has already been stated: Now Is The Time. Good school facilities maximize the learning potential of our kids. Secondly – and this is so important -- good schools are essential for the quality, attractiveness, and well being of the whole community. All of our citizens will benefit either directly or indirectly from the improvement of our school facilities. I cannot think of any greater investment we can make for our kids or for our town.

Greenville’s a great place to live. Let’s make it even better. I urge a “yes” vote.

Rev. Joe Payne"


Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Evan Warner Breaks School Record

"Evan Warner broke the Greenville High School Wrestling Record for most wins in a career this past week. Evan currently has 133 wins, 3 more than the previous record holder, Levi Harris, who had 130. Obviously, Evan will continue to break the record many more times this year as there is much wrestling left to go in his Senior season.

Taking into account the amount of success that the Greenville Wrestling Program has had over the last several decades, this is a huge accomplishment and honor for him. To be at the top of the heap of so many great wrestlers is an awesome feat.

Congratulations Evan, and finish your career by setting that bar as high as you can. The coaching staff is proud of what you have done in your 4 years with the Wave.

Coach Shutts"

Local political rumor ... revealed

A credible tipster has notified DarkeJournal that a third candidate will enter the upcoming Republican primary for commissioner to replace the retiring Terry Haworth. And that third candidate is ... Greenville Township Trustee Mike Stegall.

Beginning German Genealogy Workshop Planned

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The Mercer County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogy Society is pleased to announce a Beginning German Genealogy workshop on March 20, 2010. Topics to be discussed include: beginning German research techniques, Germany before 1871, German naming patterns and changes, introduction to the German language, basic German church and Civil records, sources for locating German ancestor’s origins and elementary German Migration.

Sam Schmitz will be the presenter of the program. He will guides participants through the unique aspects of genealogy in Germany. Sam has lived, traveled and researched extensively in Germany. He will provide tips, information and research tools to help you begin your successful genealogical research in Germany.

The Saturday March 20, 2010 workshop will run from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. the day of the workshop. The workshop will be held at the Richardson-Bretz Memorial Building located at 119 W. Fulton Street in Celina, Ohio. The building is behind the Dwyer Celina-County Library.

The class size is limited to thirty participants, so pre-registration is required. Please contact Mary Jo Schmiesing at 419-925-4883 for a registration form.

The cost of the workshop is $20 per person. This includes a one year membership to the Mercer County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogy Society, workshop, course materials and continental breakfast."

(submitted article)

Another endorsement for the levy

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As a parent, resident and pastor in this community I believe supporting the school system is one of our highest priorities. Not only is it vital to future community development it is also critical for the social, intellectual and emotional development of our young people. My wife and I have supported every bond issue and levy the school has proposed the entire time we have lived in Greenville and we will continue to lend our support in the future.

Rev. Bill Lyle

Aaron Keaser nearly bowls a perfect game

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[This is unconfirmed, sent via email. Impressive enough that we're not even going to verify it]

A young man named Aaron Keaser bowled a 289 this past Saturday at Ottawa for the wave's bowling team. 10 straight strikes and a spare.

Another viewpoint on the Greenville levy (Anne Vehre)

On February 2, 2010, we have a chance to make a choice - - a choice to take our first step toward reclaiming our community and moving it forward. By voting “yes” for the school bond issue, we will be looking toward the future and not backward to the past.

During these past years, we have seen closing factories and empty store fronts. We have seen stocks fall and prices rise. While senior citizens struggle on fixed incomes, and young couples stress over keeping their homes and putting food on the table, one fact is evident - - a better “tomorrow” depends upon our efforts “today.”

Seed of Doubt (R. Charles Sneed)

On Tuesday February 2 the Greenville voters are being asked once again to approve another tax increase for the city school system, this time it is for a new 5-8 grade school building. It is said we need to replace the old buildings for numerous reasons, safety and security issues, out dated heating and ventilation systems, handicap accessible and more. We have been told it is a 2.89 Mill Bond Issue $24,700,000 for 37 years which is true for building the new school. However, they failed to mention, in any of the propaganda or during the town hall meeting, there is an ADDITIONAL TAX LEVY .50 Mills for 23 years to pay for the cost of maintaining classroom facilities included in the project. You have to vote for or against both. These actions, neglecting to tell the voters the whole truth, campaign siqns without the date of the election on them, along with having tax payers pay, in the neighborhood of $25,000, for a “special election” seems like the same old tactics and has went along way in planting the seed of doubt in many voters minds.

It is no wonder the community is split over the building of a new school. Those that are for it do not believe (or care) that many voters are struggling to make ends meet during these difficult economic times and expect them to make even bigger sacrifices. Those against do not believe, because the seed of doubt, what they have been told about all the issues, along with being taught to live within your means and seeing the increase on the new tax bill are not willing to make those sacrifices. Both sides have some legitimate issues. So why is neither side willing to make any concessions? It is said a building is only as good as its foundation and the same can be said about a community. What is the foundation of a good community? TRUST! Like any project, you start with the foundation and work up from there.

[Note to readers: this is the second levy-related article submitted by Sneed]

In Support of Greenville Schools (Jonie Drew)

I must begin this letter with a confession – I am a Green Wave Fan. Having said that, let me share with you my experience when my family and I attended the Tri-Village vs. Bethel game last weekend. We walked into the gym and it was full. The citizens of Tri-Village turned out in full force. The student section was full. When you looked into the crowded bleachers you saw a sea of red (red and blue is the Tri-Village colors). I was impressed.

Now let me share with you my recent experiences at most Greenville games (basketball – boys & girls). The stands are mostly empty and the student section never full. The people of Greenville use to turn out in full force. It didn’t matter where we played, we supported our kids. What message are we now sending to our student athletes? We only support you when you win?

When we gather in hallways or eating places you hear people complaining about our coaches, our system and our leader (Susie Riegle). I’ve had enough. Unless you can offer a solution or you have volunteered to help our students and our schools, I don’t want to hear you anymore. No more complaining people! Our children hear us and what must they think?

Let’s talk about Susie. Everybody seems to be doing it. Susie has gotten us into a conference. Eric Spahr, GWOC league commissioner, specifically said it was Susie’s efforts that got us there. She visits all schools on a regular basis. Our children know her by name and feel comfortable in addressing her. She is at most sporting events. She does coffees around town to get to know the citizens. She’s had to make tough decisions to consolidate our schools because of economic reasons.

Let me share one story that I think sums up her efforts on our behalf. Did you know that individual school systems must pay state run facilities to educate children who reside there? Do you know how they determine which school system pays? The last know address of record of the child’s parent(s). We are the county capital. Therefore, any social service benefits are paid from here. During tough economic times, individuals in need move closer to the county capitals to receive their benefits. One such parent needed drug rehabilitation. She moved here only for rehab. Her daughter was confined to an institution where she will probably be for life. She never attended any schools in the Greenville district. Her mother moved after her rehab ended. Our school district received a bill (I believe around the $50,000 mark) that was to be sent to the facility housing this woman’s daughter. Our Susie, got in her car and visited the rehab facility looking for the mother. When she found out the mother moved, she again got in her car and tried to track the woman to her new address. If Susie could prove the woman lived in another district, we wouldn’t have to pay the bill. This is above and beyond this woman’s duties. But she did it anyway. Why? Because she knows we can’t afford it and those dollars could be used on our children in our system.

Honestly, I don’t know when the woman sleeps. So she has a nice home – well damn it she’s worked hard for it. We pay her less than the other superintendents we’ve hired and who have done nothing for our schools.

Is she perfect, I would guess not? Are any of you?

It is now time to support our children, support our schools, teachers, and coaches. Show your support by attending games. Wear your green and support our kids. Show your support by voting for our new school.

Now is the Time!

Jonie Drew

Darke County Fairgrounds to get a NEW Domestic Arts Building

The Domestic Arts building will soon be coming down.  Before the Great Darke County Fair opens this year the new building will be up thanks to the joint effort of the Fairboard and the Darke County Horseshoe Club.

Steve Baker's WHIO-TV interview

Monday, January 25, 2010

Update on DJ

I spoke with DJ family today.... today went well...very optimistic - prayers for speedy recovery appreciated.

Cards can be sent to his in-laws home 4772 Delisle Fourman Rd, Greenville, OH 45331.


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Versailles 8th Grade Boys & Girls

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On Saturday, January 23rd the 8th grade girl's basketball team traveled to Miami East to take on a talented Viking team. Tough post defense held their big girs to 8 points. Neither the Vikings 1-2-2 zone defense nor their man defense was enough to slow down the young Tigers. Executing on offense and hitting some key outside shots led the Tigers to a 43-36 victory.

The leading scorer for the Tigers was Kayla McEldowney with 20. Other scorers included Emily Harman-12, Courtney Prenger-4, Amanda Winner- 3, Brooke Pothast-2 and Taylor Barga-2. With Saturday's victory, the 8th Grade girls have raised their record to 8-1 on the season and will now begin a stretch of 4 games over the next 8 days.

Pictures of the 7th and 8th grade girls games:

The 8th grade boys basketball team increased their record to 10 – 0 with a thrilling 45 – 44 overtime win against Ft. Loramie on Saturday morning. This game proved to be a battle for both teams as each team was determined and focused for the win. The Tigers overcame early deficits to push the game into overtime. The Tigers scored off the tip in the extra period to grab the arly lead but the Redskins battled to tie the score after several Versailles missed free throws to seal the win. Damien Richard sank 1 free throw with 6.2 seconds left as the Tigers hung on for the victory.

Scoring for the Tigers:
Nick Campbell – 12,
Evan Phlipot – 11,
Jacob Wenning – 9,
Damien Richard– 9,
and Jared Heitkamp – 4.

Saturday saw a hard fought game between the 7th grade boys basketball team and the Ft. Loramie Redskins. At the end of the first quarter the Tigers were up 15 - 11. The second quarter was the Redskins pull even with the Tigers with the half time score of 25 - 25. With increase emphases on defense during the 3rd quarter saw the go up by 7 points, 39 - 32. The Tigers kept the pressure on the 4th quarter and got up by 10 points. A couple of late quarter 3's brought the Redskins within 9 points but too little too late. Tigers win 55 - 44 raising their record to 9 -1.  Scoring for Versailles were  Rutschilling – 2,Blakeley – 2, Barga – 4, Paulus – 3, Ware – 6, Ahrens – 26, Steinbrunner – 8, and Klamar – 4.

Thank You from the Ohio Wave Fastpitch

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Thank You from the Ohio Wave Fastpitch for making the Fish Fry and Cornhole tournament a HUGE success! We would like to thank everyone who came out and supported us Saturday night.

Cindi Hill

Hope In Recovery Karaoke Party - Sat. Feb 13

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Colts vs. Saints

It will be the Colts vs. the Saints in Super Bowl XLIV in two weeks. The Colts were dominant yesterday, while the Saints were pretty lucky to squeak out an overtime win over Bret Favre and the Vikings. Any predictions on the big game?

Saturday, January 23, 2010

A big week - and some temporary changes

DarkeJournal had some big traffic this week - just as it approaches its first birthday (2/16). Unfortunately, the site administrator ("DJ" to some of you) is going to be out of commission for a period of time. DarkeJournal friend RPR is going to take over, and she promises to rule over the comments with an iron fist (she does not approve of the current very liberal approach to comment moderation). If you wish to submit a story or press release, send it to starting Sunday, January 24. Hopefully, everything will return to normal before too long ... :)

Astroturf: grass roots supporter Ellie Light is clearly a fraud

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Click here first to read all about Obama supporter Ellie Light.

And now a few comments ....
  • You must be pretty desperate for some positive press when you are creating make-believe supporters.
  • You must be pretty arrogant to think that nobody would ever discover that you used the same make-believe supporter in newspapers all over the world.
  • You must be pretty stupid (once committed to the fraudulent scheme) to use the same name for all over the letters.

Wave basketball coach suspended for one game

His name is Travis McAvene, and he was suspended for "unsportsmanlike behavior" which included a verbal argument with some fans. People were upset at the time of McAvene's hiring, mostly due to some unconfirmed rumors posted on a sports chat site. Looks like McAvene isn't doing much to calm those concerns.

A Wave fan was reportedly banned from future sporting events as well. Classy all around Greenwaves!

The Advocate has more details if you're interested.

Some fog pics from DJ, Jr.

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Versailles 8th grade boys are on a roll

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The 8th grade boys basketball team improved their record to 9–0 with a 42–26 victory over Miami East on Tuesday evening. The Tigers overcame some cold shooting with some strong offensive rebounding and smothering defense to escape with the victory. Scoring for the Tigers: Nick Campbell–16, Jacob Wenning-11. [Photos courtesy of]

Friday, January 22, 2010

Ohio 's jobs numbers for December

Ohio’s unemployment rate went up to 10.9%, and Ohio lost 16,700 jobs in the month of December.

December Unemployment Numbers
  • U.S. Unemployment was 10.0% in December, unchanged from 10.0% in November.
  • Ohio 's unemployment rate was 10.9% in December, 10th highest in the nation, up from 10.6% in November, and up from 7.4% in December of 2008, one year ago.
  • The number of unemployed workers has increased by 196,000 in the past 12 months.

Job Loss/Gain as of January 22, 2010
  • Ohio LOST 16,700 jobs in the month of December
  • Ohio lost 155,000 jobs in 2008
  • Ohio lost 184,900 jobs in 2009
  • Ohio has lost 184,900 jobs over the last 12 months.
  • Ohio has lost 339, 900 jobs since 2006


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Symposium at Garst Museum on Saturday, Feb. 6 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Thousands of prehistoric artifacts (arrowheads, stone axes, slate pendants, birdstones, etc.) will be on display, many for the first time. Two great speakers before lunch and two after lunch. Everyone welcome. For further information contact Tony DeRegnaucourt at 937-737-0004 or Garst Museum at 937-548-5250.

Greenville City Council Reviews 2010 Budget

Greenville City Council’s Committee of the Whole met last night (January 14, 2010) to review the 2010 budget for the city. Budgets were submitted to the mayor last fall, then reviewed by council’s finance committee, and then reviewed last evening by council as a whole. City Auditor Nancy Myers began the meeting by explaining that the city had ended the year with a larger than expected cash balance at nearly $2.4 million dollars. She explained that this was largely due to two factors: a repayment of an advance given for a Clean Ohio project of about $442,000 and inheritance taxes of about $450,000.

Due to the improved cash position of the city, Auditor Myers then recommended to city council that the following budget increases occur: 1. Reinstatement of all 3.9% wage concessions made by the city’s union members; 2. A 3.9% raise of all non-union city employees’ wages; 3. Increasing all non-union weekly hours back to 40 (from 37.5); and 4.Transferring $100,000 from the general fund to the CIP (capital improvement projects) fund. The total increase in the budget would be about $400,000.

Other highlights included the recommendation to add a police officer at a salary of $37,000 and to increase the public safety director’s travel and education expense to $5000 from $1000. Public Safety Director John Schmidt explained that this was for college classes that he would like to take, and that he is eight credit hours from receiving a degree. There was some discussion by council members that they would like a review of the city’s policy of education reimbursement for nonunion employees, however, there were no objections by council or administration to any of the proposed increases in spending.

On budget reductions, city council is reducing the amount of general fund spending on the swimming pool by $4,000, and they asked the park board to reduce their park fund budget by $50,000, due to park revenues being down in 2009.

Auditor Myers also told city council that anticipated revenues into the city are about $7.2 million for 2010. With the budget increases above, the 2010 anticipated budget expenses will be just under $9.5 million for 2010.


The voice of opposition

Now is not the time for this resident, on Martin Street, who is apparently against the levy.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Steve Baker almost falls on his backside in Arcanum

Video here.

Upcoming events in downtown Greenville

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January 23 Elements Yoga
Yoga Day USA. 10-11:30 am Elements Yoga hosts Tyler Reed who teaches Yoga and the interesting practice of Qigong. Practice guided meditation, qigong (simple standing exercises synchronized with breath, similar to Tai Chi) and basic yoga postures designed for maximum effectiveness and depth. Perfect for the depths of winter. This class is suitable for people of all levels including beginners. Cost:$5. Please call (417-3208) or email me to reserve your spot today!

January 31 St. Clair Memorial Hall
The Very Hungry Caterpillar and other Eric Carle Favorites. Stunning puppets & props are highlighted wiht black light techniques for a creative and colorful performance. Great activity for the whole family. $5 general admission. Contact DCCA at 937.547.0908.

Feb 8-12 AAA
Cruise Sale! Visit AAA the week of February 8 (Mon-Fri 8:30am-5pm) at 302 South Broadway in Downtown Greenville or call 937.548.2191 for more information.

Feb 13 Readmore's Hallmark
Extendig hours for Valentine's Day until 8pm and will also be open on Sunday, Feb 14th from 9am to 5pm. Brand new Stephaine Dawn handbags coming in for Spring will be great gifts for V-Day!

Feb 21 Romer's Catering
Bridal Blitz. Come and see the latest trends in wedding decor. Get expert advice from wedding coordinators. The staff at Romer's Catering in Greenville will give you layout ideas and decoration examples to set your wedding apart from the rest. There is no charge. Event takes place from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. For more details, contact 937. 548.2202 or visit their website.

March 6 The Bistro Off Broadway
Dining in the Darke. Enjoy a gourmet dining experience with senses of only taste, sound and touch. A trademark fundraiser for Main Street Greenville. Tickets are $30 per person. Includes three course meal. Purchase tickets at The Bistro Off Broadway or by calling 937.316.5000.

Kiwanis Weekly Meeting - January 20, 2010

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This weekly Kiwanis meeting held in the Brethren Retirement Community Chestnut village Meeting Center included an number of necessary incidentals preceding our featured speaker Chamber of Commerce President Sharon Deschambeau who was introduced by Kiwanis President Mike Henry.

The incidentals include introduction of welcome guests, Danielle Bankson and Paul Reitz (new John Boehner aide) and potential new member Tina Chalmers, The Daily Advocate Editor. A reminder by Ken Kurz that for the Hospital tour next Wednesday, please use the Main Entrance and park in the North employees parking lot. The preparations for the Annual Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast are in progress and sign up for the event will start next week.

President Sharon Deschambeau discussed many activities of the Darke County Chamber of Commerce. She started by stating the Chamber Mission Statement: “To promote economic development, advocate business interests and foster community partnerships.” Each topic or committee that was subsequently reviewed accurately functioned within this Mission Statement. The Chamber is a Private Membership Driven Organization that is categorized by the IRS as 501 (c) (6). It is a committee driven organization. She noted that the Chamber receives 500 phone call and 200 walk-ins per month.

Mrs. Deschambeau reviewed the activities of a few of the Chambers committees, including the Agricultural Committee, the Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors (recently received Ohio State recognition), Education Committee, the Legislative Committee, the Business Committee and the Young Professional Committee that just selected the Outstanding Individual from the “20 under 40 Group” – Susan Allread, Greenville Federal Savings Chief Financial Officer. President Deschambeau also identified a special event scheduled at the Economic Development Meeting on January 29 when the introduction of Darke County Dave will officially occur.

The next Kiwanis Meeting will be held Wednesday January 2t, 2010 at Wayne Hospital. The lunch will start at 11:45 before the tour. Reservations should be made in advance. Contact Ken Kurz to verify that your name is on the list. The regular meetings are open to anyone interested in learning about the Kiwanis Club activities. We do have an excellent lunch and (with only very rare exceptions), the meeting and lunch will be over before 1:00 P.M. Call Al Bliss at 548-5687 or contact any Kiwanis member for details.

High Five Business Winner

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The High Five for Wave Pride campaign is excited to announce another High Five Business Winner for Wave Wednesday. The owners and staff of Beasecker's Cleaners are proud Wave supporters and loyally wear green every Wednesday. Owner, Ralph Beasecker and staff members Kathy Myers, Kim Hamblin, and Deb Roll were spotted by Greenville City Schools Superintendent, Susie Riegle and Scott Ward of WTGR proudly wearing green and displaying their Wave Pridesign. Beasecker's Cleaners will receive a pizza party donated by MARCO'S pizza as a thank you for their support of Greenville City Schools.

If you would like to join the 60+ businesses supporting Wave Wednesday's, please contact 548-3185.


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If you have diabetes, if you have a family member with diabetes or if you support and care for someone with diabetes, you will want to enroll in Dining with Diabetes, an educational class designed to help you learn to reduce sugar, salt and fat in food and better control blood sugar.

Dining with Diabetes will be offered on Tuesday, March 16, 2010, from 11:00am-2:00pm at the OSU Extension Learning Center, 603 Wagner Avenue, Greenville, Ohio. The class fee is $15.00, which covers the food for demonstration and tasting, recipe booklets and other educational materials. Pre-registration and payment are required, and the deadline is March 10, 2010.

Instructors for the course are Diane Barga, Program Assistant, Ohio State University Extension, and Karen Droesch, Diabetes Educator, Wayne Hospital.

If you need additional information, call 937-548-5215 or e-mail

First-time Homebuyer class (February 11th; February 22nd; March 3rd)

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Looking into buying your first home?
Tired of throwing money away on rent?
Confused about the $8,000 gov't tax credit?
Hunting for a home loan?

A free first-time homebuyer class will be held Thursday, February 11, 6:30-8:00; Monday, February 22, 6:30-8:00, and Wednesday, March 3, 4:00-5:30, at the Chestnut Village Center at the Brethren Retirement Community in Greenville. The class is sponsored by Leis Realty and PNC Mortgage. Hurry! The tax credit ends April 30.

Register with Todd Finch (937-548-5750 ext. 245 or or Diane Hill (937-548-1300 or


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Even in these difficult economic times the holiday season is still a time to celebrate the joy of giving. Local companies and groups were generous again this year and supportive of the Gateway Youth Programs Christmas Adopt-a-Child Program. They embraced the needs of children and families to make sure no one was forgotten. The following businesses and groups adopted over 40 children this year: Whirlpool Corp., GTI, Second National Bank, Embarq Members Choice, Sterling House, Boots and Saddles 4-H Group, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Pitsburg Trinity Fellowship, United Methodist Women’s Group and Cardinal Ethanol Company. The children, families, and staff THANK YOU!

If you would like to know more about the Gateway Youth Programs in Darke County, call Kelly Harrison, lead youth advocate at 937-548-8002. Gateway Youth is a program of Council on Rural Services, check the web at for more information or become a fan of Council on Rural Services on Facebook by checking the link at

(Whirlpool assembly team)

Level One Ice Emergency (Update: cancelled)

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Sheriff Toby L. Spencer announced that as of 6:30 AM on January 21st, 2010, Darke County will be under a Level 1 Ice Advisory. A Level 1 Ice Advisory means that roadways are slick and hazardous. Extreme caution should be used if travel is necessary.


UPDATE: the ice emergency was cancelled effective 12:30p.m.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Note to commenters

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Eaton businessman to challenge Boenher for congressional seat

Manfred Schreyer will challenge Boehner in the May Republican primary. Schreyer's press release can be read here. You can visit Schreyer's campaign website at:

How they got it all worng

DJ wants you to read this article.

Why Greenville’s Park Board is Needed Now More than Ever (by Kate Kerg)

Last night, City Council approved a committee report which included a recommendation that legislation be drafted to put an initiative on the May ballot to eliminate the Greenville City Park Board. The Greenville City Park Board was created by a vote of the people in the early part of this century. By statute, this three-member volunteer board (they don’t get paid a dime), is responsible for the protection and management of the city’s park properties. The funding and property for the parks was originally privately donated, but over the decades has moved to being primarily funded through taxpayer dollars.

For over a year, City Council and the City Administration have been planning to bring the city parks “under city control.” This has been on most of the council member and administrator priority lists which have hung in the city building. The reason, they say, is to save over $100,000 in personnel expenses and possibly more in time by merging the park and street maintenance departments and equipment. They stated at a January 15, 2010, meeting that this would be done largely by eliminating a “level of management” which refers to the park superintendent and possibly the recreation director positions.

Beginning German Genealogy Workshop Planned

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The Mercer County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogy Society is pleased to announce a beginning German Genealogy workshop on March 20, 2010. Topics to be discussed include: beginning German research techniques, Germany before 1871, German naming patterns and changes, introduction to the German language, basic German church and Civil records, sources for locating German ancestor’s origins and elementary German Migration.

Sam Schmitz will be the presenter of the program. He will guides participants through the unique aspects of genealogy in Germany. Sam has lived, traveled and researched extensively in Germany. He will provide tips, information and research tools to help you begin your successful genealogical research in Germany.

The Saturday March 29, 2010 workshop will run from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. the day of the workshop. The workshop will be held at the Richardson-Bretz Memorial Building located at 119 W. Fulton Street in Celina, Ohio. The building is behind the Dwyer Celina-County Library.

The class size is limited to thirty participants, so pre-registration is required. Please contact Mary Jo at 419-925-4883 for a registration form.

The cost of the workshop is $20 per person. This includes a one year membership to the Mercer County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogy Society, workshop, course materials and continental breakfast.


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28 4-H Camp Counselor, 7:00pm, OSUE Learning Center
30 4-H Club Volunteer Update, 10:00am, OSUE Learning Center


4 Ag Breakfast, 7:30am, Brethrens Retirement Community Cafeteria
6 4-H Volunteer Update, 10:00am, OSUE Learning Center

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Adams announces re-election bid

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Richard N. Adams, State Representative for the 79th District has announced his re-election plans.

Adams indicated he was preparing an informative campaign to share with the citizens of the 79th District, which includes all of Miami County and about 35 percent of Darke County. He indicated his re-election petitions will be filed within a few days.

"I have made some progress in Columbus in 2009 and will continue to work very hard in 2010, but more needs to be done, which motivates me to seek another term as State Representative to work for the residents of the 79th District," Adams said.

Adams is currently serving his first term as a member of the Ohio House of Representatives. He serves on the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee with his background being reared on a dairy farm and a bachelor of science degree in agriculture from The Ohio State University. He is a member of the Education Committee as a result of his work as the founding superintendent of the Upper Valley JVS and graduate degrees earned at The Ohio State University. In addition he served for 18 years on the board of trustees at Edison Community College. Adams is a member of the Elections and Ethics Committee because of his experience as a two term member of the Miami County Board of Elections. Representative Adams is serving on the Financial Institutions, Real Estate and Securities Committee with his background as a member of the Unity National Bank Board of Directors.

Adams is an advocate for down sizing, or as he calls it right sizing, state government as a way of balancing the state budget without cutting state funds to local agencies and without increasing taxes. As a result he has been nominated to the powerful House of Representatives Finance Committee and expects to be confirmed when the House reconvenes.

In addition Representative Adams serves on three General Assembly committees representing the House of Representatives including the Complete Census Count Committee, Educational Preservation of State History Committee and National Statuary Collection Study Committee (This committee will select an Ohioan to have a statue of honor placed in Statuary Hall of the United States of American Congress).

In his first year as a legislator, Adams has a 100 percent attendance record at all of the House Committee meetings and has voted on 100 percent of all bills considered by the House of Representatives. In addition, he is responding to dozens of constituent responses for information or assistance per week.

Representative Adam resides in Concord Township near Troy, with his wife Sandy, an RN. They have three adult children and three grandchildren. Adams and his wife enjoy kayaking, canoeing, and boating along with swimming, bicycling and hiking. Adams is a member of the Miami County Foundation Board of Directors, the Miami County Farm Bureau, the Miami and Darke Counties Republican Men's Clubs, the Miami County Republican Central Committee and the Miami County Republican Leader's Club. He is a member of the Ohio Chapter of The National Assembly of Sportmen's Caucuses.

Representative Adams is a full-time legislator. Adams represents Arcanum, Pitsburg, and several townships primarily in southeast Darke County, in addition to all of Miami County.

Meet the new Senator from Massachussetts


Scott Brown (R)

Note to Democrats: This doesn't mean a thing. Keep doing what you're doing.

Broadway Joe's loses its lease - last day at current location is Feb. 13

Details soon (loss of lease has nothing to do with finances).

Andrew Michael (ABC22) has a video report on the Union City wind turbine

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Nation’s First School-City Community Wind Project Celebrates Arrival of Wind Turbines

Randolph Eastern School Corporation and The City of Union City, Indiana, will make history as the first community in the nation to have a wind turbine project produce energy for both a school and a city. Delivery of the first of two turbines will happen with a parade through town at 3:15 p.m. on Friday, January 8th.

Tony Kuykendall, Performance Services, Inc., and business development manager for the project noted, “The project will include two 330-foot high, one megawatt (MW) Nordic WindPower turbines. The revenue generated will benefit the school and the city budgets by offsetting current utility costs. Wind is a tremendous natural resource in Randolph County and we’re excited about partnering with Randolph Eastern School Corporation, The City of Union City, and American Electric Power to utilize renewable wind energy to benefit the taxpayer community and an Indiana public school corporation.”

Bryan Conklin, Mayor of Union City, will be on hand to welcome the turbine. He commented, “Union City is very excited to be the first community in the nation to have a wind turbine for both the School Corporation and City. The goal for our community is to first reduce our use of energy as much as possible. Then, switch to renewable sources of power where it makes economic sense. And, over time, offset the emissions we can't avoid. Climate change poses clear, catastrophic threat. We may not agree on the extent, but we certainly can't afford the risk of inaction. It also allows us to create a new revenue stream for our community. We can create a more sustainable and cleaner world by making wise energy choices for our community.”

DarkeJournal reader JK wants you to check out this website

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Ambush at the Lighthouse (by R. Charles Sneed)

I recently attended the meeting on Thursday January 14th, sponsored by the “CO2 Group”, to discuss the economic troubles of our community. Because of the success this group had at stopping the CO2 sequestration in our county, I believed this group had once again done their homework and had a plan of action on how to help this troubled economy as it pertains to our county. Instead, we were ambushed with an elaborate sales pitch as to why “Now is the Time”, ( a special election on Tuesday February 2nd for those who did not know) for a new school for Greenville. This was most evident by the last speaker, Jim Surber the county engineer. The only thing he talked about was why he supported the building of the new school. There was no discussion on the infrastructure needed, if any, to expand existing business or bring new business to the community.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Garst Museum: The Year of Annie

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Phoebe Anne Moses was born in Darke County on August 13, 1860. She became the famous Annie Oakley of national and international fame, but she was a “Darke County Girl” through and through. And Garst Museum in Greenville, Ohio is proud to be the home of her legacy, legend and the artifacts that defined her life. Paul Fees, an Annie authority says, “Garst Museum has the finest exhibition of Annie’s belongings anywhere”.

In honor of Annie Oakley’s 150th birthday, the museum has announced “The Year of Annie”.

The kick-off will be Sunday March 21 at 2:00 p.m. with a lecture, open to the public, by Loretta Jones, the well-known re-enactor, who will introduce “Annie”. Refreshments will be served and this event is open to the public.

On Tuesday, March 23, Annie Oakley Expert, Paul Fees will speak at the annual Darke County Historical Society meeting.

On Friday, May 22, at 6:30 p.m. there will be a “Little Sure Shot Gala”, an evening of fun, food, and exciting events. An early opportunity to mark your calendars for this popular event.

On June 26 and 27, The Darke County Garden Clubs will present a flower show at Garst Museum titled “Annie, the Pride of Darke County”, featuring clever Annie themed arrangements.

The huge week long BIRTHDAY PARTY will run from August 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15. There will be special events, tours of the exhibit, birthday cake, and surprises.

November, after Thanksgiving, the museum is always decked out by the flower clubs. This year to finalize Annie’s 150th birthday year, the Christmas trees and decorations will have Annie Oakley themes.

Please watch for upcoming details.

Buchy to address Women's Club meeting (February 8th)

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The Darke County Republican Women’s Club will hold their regular meeting on Monday, February 8, 6:30 p.m. at the Brethren Community Center. The speaker for the evening will be former Ohio State Representative Jim Buchy. The audience can expect an inspirational speech.

The public is welcome, however, this will be a dinner meeting so reservations are required. Cost of the meal is $7.50. Please call Wavelene Denniston at 937-547-6477 or e-mail by February 4.

Anyone wishing to attend, but not have dinner can come at 7:00 p.m.


To me, the issue on the ballot on February 2, 2010 is much bigger than whether we decide to build a new school in our community. I don’t think it is an overstatement to say that this levy is a fork in the road which presents our community with a fundamental choice about our economic future. Anyone who has lived in our community over the last generation sees the alarming trends. Sheriff Spencer’s annual report confirms what you can plainly see driving down our streets--we have been experiencing record numbers of foreclosures for years. Ask any realtor, banker or appraiser and they will tell you that our property values have dropped 10-15% or more. All are familiar with the names of employers who have shed jobs or left completely--Corning, American Aggregates, Fram/Honeywell, etc. Open enrollment in the school systems and job losses have resulted in class sizes dropping from roughly 300 in my class (1989) to roughly 200 in some current classes.

Like so many other small mid-western towns we are engaged in a battle to bring jobs to our community. Without them, people leave. They don’t buy homes. They don’t help pay taxes. They don’t help you fill the coffers at church. And, they aren’t here to coach your daughter’s softball team. You get the point.

Versailles-Russia split junior high girls basketball games

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Versailles 7th grade lost 28-27 when with no time left on the clock, the Tigers were called for a foul. Russia made the first free throw and the game was over. The 8th grade won 39-20, they came out early and got a big lead that was as high as 25, and everyone got to play. Check out all the game photos at

Drunken idiot breaks Wieland's front window

The perfect crime: get drunk at the bar ... walk down to the alley ... pick up a brick ... throw it through Wieland's front window ... passing at least one security camera along the way. The brick-thrower has reportedly already been identified and charged.

Wieland's lost nothing because all the valuable stuff goes in the vault every night (take note criminals).

We'll make the criminal famous right here when his name is released.

Greenville school levy: open thread

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Sunday, January 17, 2010

The political winds have changed

Today, President Barack Obama attended a democratic political rally, at a university, in Massachussetts, and failed to fill a 3,000-seat arena ... and got heckled.

Jerry Passon, scorekeeper for Greenville athletics, passes away

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Obituary here.

Fatal car accident on State Route 121 South

Link here ... UPDATE: The victim has now been identified as Gale C. Dubbs, 68, of New Madison, Ohio.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Marvin Lewis named NFL Coach of the Year

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Proving there's a fine line between "coach of the year" and "should be fired." While not repeating the case against Marvin Lewis (see below), we will point out these grammatical gems Lewis gave to the AP:

  • "I never took any credibility to it, that it could occur, but I am flattered."
  • "I think we had a good group of leadership."

Lewis won the award, finishing ahead of Sean Payton, Norv Turner, and Jim Caldwell (notable because all those coaches are still in the playoffs).

One person's account of the Town Hall meeting & school levy

We've had many positive comments. People have said it was great to see elected officials from the county,city and state, as well as members from the school board, together in one place and to have the opportunity to hear them speak directly to them and respond to their questions. GPAT recorded it and so did the Advocate. The Advocate has video on their web site.

It was great opportunity for the people in our community to meet and connect with key leaders in our community who are working on our behalf to build a better community. We were very fortunate to have their participation in that public forum. We felt it was a very positive step in building a closer-knit community.

I think it was very clear that the message of the evening was that the path to community revitatlization starts and ends right here - we have to invest in ourselves before others will have an interest in investing in us.

Speaking for myself ....

Our country and our community was built by volunteers and community leaders, people who had the vision to see into the future, to build a better community where people want to live, work and raise their families. In our community they built our library, hospital, Memorial Hall, our down town, the city park, etc. They built buildings and planted tress for generations in the future so those who came after them could have a nice quality of life.

We are now at the crossroads where we, the people who live and work here, need to be the next generation of visionairies.... to plant those trees, replace aging schools, attract businesses that will have sustainable futures, not close their doors and move someplace else to make that happen.

We need to be the generation who revitalizes our community for those who live here now and in the future. For those who have been given the task to make this happen, it is a huge job and they need our support.

On Feb. 2, the voters of Greenville have an opportunity to take the first step, to invest in our future, by voting yes for the school bond. I can not think of a better or more visible investment in our community than a new middle school. The TIME is NOW while we have an unique opportunity to get special funding from the state, while interest rates and the cost of building supplies are low. As taxpayers, our tax money has gone to build schools in OTHER communities across Ohio. NOW is the Time to get some of our tax money back in our community - to help build a new middle school.

We are very fortunate to have Susie Riegle as our School Superintendent. I believe we would be hard pressed to find a school superintendent who invests more time, effort, passion, and energy in the children she has been appointed to protect and educate. I have found her to be a woman with great integrity. If a new school was not needed to protect and educate these children, she would not be asking the voters to support the school bond by voting YES on Feb. 2.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Ohio BMV Squelches Rumor Posted Below

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Email subscriptions

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There have been ongoing problems with the free email subscriptions. A bunch of people out there are not getting their daily emails. Nothing can be done about it currently, however there will be a new email service sometime in the near future - hopefully with fewer problems. Do not cancel your current subscription, as your email will be transferred over whenever the switch is made. You can still sign up right now in the box at the top-left of this page. There are 431 emails subscribers, if anybody was curious.

An angry Conan O'Brien goes off on NBC and Leno

This is pretty funny, though it's a little beyond PG-13, so it won't be embedded here - you'll have to follow this link.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Lady Antebellum (!!!!!) will perform at the 2010 Darke County Fair

The Board of Directors for the Darke County Agricultural Society are pleased to announce that CMA Group of the Year Lady Antebellum will performing at the 154th Great Darke Fair on Sunday, August 22nd at 8 PM. Special guest Justin Moore will open the night at 7:30 PM.

All seats are reserved with Track seating at $25.00 each and Grandstand seating at $23.00 each. Tickets go on sale Saturday, March 20, 2010 at 9 AM via internet ( and by phone; 800-736-3671/937-548-5044. Beginning Saturday, March 27, 2010 at 9 AM, tickets may also be purchased at the Fair Box Office located at 800 Sweitzer Street, Greenville OH.

Formed in 2006 by longtime friends from Augusta, GA, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood and Nashville native Hillary Scott after a chance meeting at a downtown Music City watering hole, Lady Antebellum blend contemporary country with soulful '60s R&B into an infectious modern brew that relies on the trio's rich harmonies and impeccable instrumental skills. Since its inception, the trio has gone from dive bars to the Grand Ole Opry and opening for Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban, Tim McGraw and Carrie Underwood.

The group signed with Capitol Nashville in 2007 and released its first single, "Love Don't Live Here." Lady Antebellum's now platinum debut produced the No. 1 smash “I Run To You.”

At the 2009 CMA Awards “Lady A” received the award for Vocal Group of the Year (competing with the Eagles, Little Big Town, Rascal Flatts and Zac Brown Band) as well as Single of the Year for “I Run To You.”

Lady Antebellum’s second album, NEED YOU NOW, hits stores January 26th and the band is scheduled to perform live at the GRAMMY Awards on January 31, 2010. The trio has been nominated for 2 GRAMMYS: “Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals” and “Best Country Song” for “I Run To You.”

Mark your calendars for this dynamic event that will feature the No. 1 hits “Need You Now” and “I Run To You” as well as “Lookin’ For A Good Time,” “Love Don’t Live Here” and many more.

[Note: the above is the official press release of the Darke County Fair. DJ comments: YES! This is great! No offense to Styx and the Beach Boys, but Lady Antebellum has actually had several great songs this century.]

Political rumor

The hot news going around the state (and being reported by the Dayton Daily News) is that John Kasich will name Auditor Mary Taylor as his running mate in his campaign for governor. Incredibly, there are separate credible sources out there both confirming and refuting this rumor.

Regardless, Kasich is expected to tweet the news of his decision tomorrow at 1:30pm. Stay tuned.

UPDATE: Confirmed ... it will be Kasich/Taylor '10. Prepare yourselves for a lot of subjective, completely biased reporting on this topic in the months ahead.


Tri-Village will host its 6th annual Hall of Fame Induction on Saturday, January 23, 2010. Those being inducted between the junior varsity and varsity games will be: Dave Drew, Gary Deeter, Kelly Hunt and Coach Matt Renfro. A reception will be held in the commons area following the varsity game.

Drew competed in cross country, basketball and baseball at Tri-Village and was a 1979 graduate. He was a three time letter winner in cross country with his best time being 11:18 in the then two mile race. On the basketball court he held four varsity letters was three time steal leader, and lead in assists twice. Drew averaged 14.8 ppg in his senior year and was a member of the East/West All Star team as well as being a member of the All County team. In baseball Drew was a four year letter winner, holding the batting average title for three consecutive years. His four year career average was .403. He also held the honor of being the Stolen Base leader for three years. Dave was the RBI leader for two years, a two time MVP and was named All County in 1977, 1978 and 1979.

Gary was a four year varsity letter winner in wrestling and graduated in 1980. He maintained a winning record all four years of high school and was the first Tri-Village wrestler to compete at the state level. In his sophomore year he held a record of 18-4-1. Gary had 11 pins with the fastest being 32 seconds. In the 1979 season he had 10 pins with the fastest being only 8 seconds. This was a school record. Deeter completed his senior year of high school wrestling with an impressive 15 pins. The fastest being at 30 seconds and earned the honor of being the District Champion.

Hunt participated during the cross country and track seasons at Tri-Village and graduated in 1986. In cross country Hunt was a three year letter winner. He was an individual District Qualifier in 1984 and a key member of the state qualifying teams in 1983 and 1985 and was also a member of the CCC, District and Regional Championship teams in 1985. Kelly was awarded the honor of being selected to the All-Darke County Cross Country Team in 1985. During his track career, Kelly was a three varsity letter winner. He was a member of the CCC Championship Team in 1986 and a State Qualifier in the Long Jump for the years 1985 and 1986. He won the honor of being State Runner-Up in the Long Jump in 1986. Hunt was a member of the Junior Olympics International Sports Exchange Team that competed in China in 1986. Upon graduation Kelly held records in the 200m with a time of 23 seconds, the 400m at 51.4 seconds, and the long jump with a length of 21’ 9.5”. He also held the record in the 400m relay with teammates Robert Winston, Brian Bolander and his brother Kent Hunt.

Coach Renfro holds the honor of being the first coach inducted into the Tri-Village Athletic Hall of Fame. He has coached basketball at Tri-Village for thirty three seasons and has an amazing record of 453 wins and only 187 losses. Matt has coached 7th and 8th grade boy’s basketball, 7th grade girl’s basketball, junior varsity boy’s basketball, junior high track and was an assistant boy’s varsity coach. Papa’s teams have won four junior high CCC tourney titles. He was the assistant varsity boy’s basketball coach for the 1991 State Runner Up team and has coached well over 600 players. Matt is highly respected in the Tri-Village Community. We thank him for his dedication to our school and the athletic teams. A man who was once our teacher and coach is now a much loved friend.

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