Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Send in your spring pictures

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We'll get it started with one of the first star magnolia blooms of the spring. We had some great photos through the winter, and let's keep it going. Make sure to watch out for those redbud trees! Email:


World War II veteran Robert Vance passed away Tuesday

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Mr. Robert R. Vance, age 87 of Greenville, Ohio passed away at 5:15 A.M. Tuesday March 30, 2010 at Good Samaritan Hospital Dayton, Ohio. Robert was born July 20, 1922 in Ansonia, Ohio and the son of the late Major and Opal (Jones) Vance.

He retired in 1989 from the Frame Gallery of Arcanum and was a Veteran of W.W. II serving in the U.S. Army as a Machinist in the Engineer’s Maintenance Company. He was also a member of the Evangelical United Methodist church of Greenville.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents; his wife—Joan M. (Thomas) Vance October 21, 2003. They were married January 19, 1947. Also by his brothers—Joe Lloyd and William E. Vance.

He is survived by sons and daughters in law—Thomas Robert and Sherri Vance of Greenville and Todd Allen Vance and Kathy Riesen-Vance of Geneva, Indiana, daughter and son in law—Susan Jayne and Paul Whittington of Lima, Ohio. Grandchildren Jason Vance and Cynthia Achterberg, Matthew and Debbie Vance, Adam and Sarah Vance, Elizabeth Whittington and David Branco. Great grandchildren—Morgan Vance, Zachary Vance, Nathan Vance and Mackenzie Vance, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M. Friday April 2, 2010 in the Zechar Bailey Funeral Home Greenville, Ohio with Full Military Services being conducted by the Greenville Veteran’s Honor Guard as well. Burial will follow in the Abbottsville Cemetery. The Family will receive friends on Friday from 1 to 2 P.M. in the funeral home.

It is the wishes of the family that Memorial Contributions may be given to The Alzheimer’s Association.

Condolences for the family may be sent to


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spaghettiA night of pride was evident in the 6th annual Waves of Pride. Hundreds of families turned out to witness the talent in the Greenville City School District. In conjunction with the annual event the Greenville High School PTSA sponsored their 2nd annual Spaghetti Dinner with a successful response. The PTSA would like to thank all of their corporate sponsors Leis Realty Company, CJ Highmarks, Eikenberry’s, Buchy’s and the Fairlawn for their support. Also, to the PTSA members, teachers, and students, that assisted in the successful evening. A big thank you to the kitchen staff at the high school, for their gracious time. Finally, thank you to those that purchased tickets. The PTSA donated all of the proceeds to the PTSA Scholarship Fund, which is awarded yearly to a senior boy and girl. To qualify you or your parent must be an active member of the PTSA. The PTSA invites parents and students to become involved in the PTSA as a way to stay involved with your kids, and Promote A Positive, Open Communication Between Students, Parents, Teachers And Community.

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Follow this link to calculate how much you will be paying in energy costs under the new Cap and Trade.

Upcoming Extension Events

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APRIL, 2010

8 - Cloverbud Volunteer Training, 7:00pm, OSUE Learning Center
16 - Turkey pickup, 11:00am-3:00pm, OSUE Learning Center

For more information, please call 937.548.5215 or email

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Suspicious death on Sycamore Street in Greenville

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On March 30, 2010 at approximately 6:44 a.m., the Greenville Police Department responded to 414 Sycamore Street on the report of a possible deceased female. Vereena M. Deal (68) was found by her husband, and was pronounced dead at the scene. The Greenville Police Department and the Darke County Coroner's Office are investigating.

UPDATE: this death is now being described in the media as a "homicide or suspicious death."

UPDATE 2: Steve Baker adds this video report [click on the image]:

So what are you going to do during this great stretch of beautiful days?



Why do married men live longer?

Read all about it here.

Easter Buffet at the Bistro


Rabbit Show

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Sunday, April 11, 2010. Sponsored by the Darke County Jr. Fair Rabbit Committee and the Miami Valley Rabbit Breeders. The doors open at 7:00 a.m. at the Darke County Fairgrounds Coliseum. Cost is $2.75 per rabbit. There will be a food stand available. Please contact Kathy Fleming at 937-654-7129 if you have questions.

BASF volunteers assist in the 2009 Beautification Day

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As the winter weather is hopefully eliminated from the forecast for the next seven months, the signs of spring itch to come back to life. The cool, crisp air with the sun peeking through ignites a planting spirit in many of us. That spirit is also coming alive in downtown Greenville!

Striving to blend community pride with downtown bonding, the Design Committee of Main Street Greenville rejuvenated the flower program to encompass the whole community by initiating the Adopt A Box Program. The beauty of downtown reaches far more than its boundaries by having assistance from area businesses, organizations, and families.

On May 22, a day we are calling Downtown Beautification Day, the downtown will come to life with people bustling around planting color into the earth. The adoptee of each flower box will engage in volunteering their time to keep downtown growing. The enthusiasm and response from the community shows that this project is long over due.

The vision of this program is to see families laughing, co-workers communicating, and organizations building teamwork. Downtown is a place for people to come together, socialize, and feel connected with the rest of the community. What better way to allow that to happen then a beautification day? This day will be a small movement towards people picking up the shovel, moving the dirt, and planting the seeds for the future.

If this is something that excites you, please give Main Street Greenville a call at 548.4998 to adopt a downtown box. The deadline to register is April 30. Hurry a limited number of boxes are available.

Sweet One-O-One - now open

The Palace coffee shop is open once again - as Sweet One-O-One officially opened for business Monday morning. The interior is new and improved, with new furniture and an antique ice cream parlor bar. Get your coffee now -- and then when it hits 70 degrees later this week, Sweet One-O-One will have ice cream and milkshakes for you too. Later on a food menu will be added. Hours: Monday - Thursday 6:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 6:30 a.m. - 10 p.m.; Sunday 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

UPDATE: We've had many positive comments so far from those who have actually visited Sweet 101. There have been so many sales that Sweet 101 had to bring in a new shipment of coffee. [Heh. Assuming this is a kind-hearted gag, thanks to DD for the amusing photoshop]


Do you love to exercise?

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Get in shape while helping older adults build their flexibility and overall fitness skills!

Oakley House needs three volunteers to teach daily stretch exercises to residents. This opportunity, available to mature individuals, is offered Wednesday through Saturday from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Volunteers need to be able to communicate easily with a group , as well as demonstrate a fun attitude. A criminal background check will be provided. Training will be provided by the organization’s Life Enrichment Coordinator.

“Volunteers ensure our residents get the daily exercise they need,” says Bridget Sharp, Residence Director.

To learn more about this volunteer opportunity or other opportunities within our community, please contact HandsOn West Central Ohio at (937) 548-8002, ext. 211, or visit HandsOn West Central Ohio, including Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, is a program of Council on Rural Services. This program receives funding from Darke County United Way, Corporation for National Service, Area Agency on Aging, PSA2, Darke County Commissioners, Lydia E. Shaurer Trust, Harry Stephens Trust and the Darke County HOPE Foundation.

President Obama joins local law enforcement in drug bust

On Sunday (a day of rest) Obama took a major step to clean up the drugs that end up in Darke County by making a surprise visit to Afghan President Hamid Karzai in Kabul. He immediately took Karzai to task for not cleaning up the poppy fields (heroin) that are run by Karzai’s relations and cronies. Local law enforcement officials are no longer alone in their fight, with Obama leading the way by making an arduous trip to Afghanistan to meet with a very unsavory individual. Karzai has recently posed for pictures, arm and arm, with the radical nuclear-aspirant President of Iran, Ahmadinejad. In the meantime, China (you know, the name you see on everything you buy at Wal-Mart) signed a deal with Afghanistan to control some of the world’s largest copper reserves while our troops are being killed in this god-forsaken place. What greater praise can our law enforcement officials receive than the realization that they are working shoulder to shoulder with their President in the war against narco-terrorists? It would be nice to see some of Greenville’s leaders and potentates visibly involved with these efforts. They don’t seem to realize that fighting drugs is the most certain measure that can be taken in behalf of “economic development”. Drug-related problems have a negative impact on the health and safety of the citizens and the economic operation of every element of our community. The hidden cost of drugs is born by hospitals, community services, schools and the industries we fight to keep.

Charles E. Reier MD, Rebecca A. Reier, Greenville Ohio

Garage sale

217 Rhoades Ave., Greenville, April 2 and 3, 9-5, weather permitting

Monday, March 29, 2010

Drug bust on Front Street in Greenville

On March 27, 2010 at approximately 2:20 a.m., the Greenville Police Department, in cooperation with the Darke County SRT and Miami County Sheriffs Office K-9 Unit, executed a search warrant at 1125 Front Street, Greenville, OH. The search warrant stemmed from an ongoing narcotics investigation by the Greenville Police Department against various people.

Detectives, confiscated cash, heroin, crack cocaine, marijuana, prescription pills, and drug paraphernalia during the search warrant,

Arrested during the search were: Isaac B. Beavers (20) of Trotwood, OH; Otis L. Branham (25) of Dayton, OH; Barbara J. Bothast (22) of Union City, IN; and Kimberly A. Tolliver (51) of Greenville, OH. Charges range from distribution of heroin and crack cocaine, possession of heroin and crack cocaine, and tampering with evidence. Other charges are pending.

Citizens with drug information are asked to contact the Greenville Police Department at 937548-1103. Complaints can remain anonymous.


Sorry for the technical troubles

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Google is having some trouble with its photo server today. This is causing some of the graphics & photos to not appear on the website. Will be fixed soon hopefully. *RESOLVED

Stop by BTO Frozen Yogurt

Would you like to include a HEALTHY TREAT /SNACK in the Easter Basket this year? Stop in at BTO SELF SERVE FROZEN YOGURT for a GIFT CARD. We offer Gift Cards in any dollar amount you choose. Enjoy the delight in the eyes of your little ones, when they discover that the Easter Bunny has given them the gift of a trip to the YOGURT PLAYGROUND. At BTO SELF SERVE FROZEN YOGURT they can create their own ice cream Sunday. Best of all, you can feel good knowing you have given them a HEALTHY SNACK.

Stop by BTO, located at 1305 Wagner Ave. (formerly Brooks Hallmark) Greenville for a gift card and while there, treat yourself to a healthy snack.

Great deal on gas at the Clark Station

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Don't get the premium though ...


They are free enterprise!

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Free Monthly Diabetes Education Program - April 13th

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Uncontrolled blood sugar can increase your risk of diabetes complications like eye disease, kidney disease, heart and blood vessel problems, foot and leg problems, and nerve disease. So what can you do to help reduce your risk of these complications?

Join Karen Droesch RD, LD, CDE who will present the program “Preventing Diabetes Complications” on April 13, 2010 from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Karen is the Certified Diabetes Educator at Wayne HealthCare.

This program is free and will be held in the conference room at Wayne HealthCare formally Wayne Hospital. If you have questions about the program please call 937-547-5750. Join us to learn ways to reduce your risk of developing diabetes complications.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Now on Twitter!

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Actually, DarkeJournal has been on Twitter for a long time, but no real effort has been made to post to it ... that is until a friend showed how to syndicate stories directly to the site. If you use Twitter, click here to follow DarkeJournal.

World War II vet Ralph Johnston, Sr. passed away Thursday

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ks2Ralph E. Johnston Sr., age 89, of Versailles, Ohio, went to be with the Lord at 10:45 A.M. on Thursday, March 25, 2010 at the VA Medical Center Nursing Home in Dayton. Ralph was born October 26, 1920 in Yorkshire, Ohio, to the late Harrison and Clara (Fritz) Johnston.

Ralph was a farmer, Truck Driver and formerly worked at Worch Lumber in Versailles. Ralph served in the U.S. Army during WWII. He was a member of the Versailles United Methodist Church, the Sidney D.A.V., and the Ft. Loramie American Legion.

In addition to his parents, Ralph is also preceded in death by his brothers, Robert and Otis Johnston; and sister, Drusilla Hartle.

Ralph is survived by his loving wife, Mary E. (Black) Johnston, whom he married July 6, 1942. He is also survived by a daughter, Nancy Marrs of Versailles; son, Ralph Johnston Jr., of Versailles; grandchildren, Kevin Marrs of Versailles, Alicia and Sam Meadows of Taos, New Mexico, and Libby and Chad Kennard of Grand Junction, Colorado; great grandchildren, Sara Marrs of Moraine, Ohio, and Jade and Ashton Meadows of Taos, New Mexico; brother, Tom Johnston of Piqua; and sisters, Catherine McKibben of Gettysburg, Rosetta Grise of Piqua and Treva Meiring of Piqua.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, March 29, 2010 at 10:30 A.M. at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home in Versailles, with Pastor Rick Gutheil officiating. Burial will follow in Graceland Cemetery in Sidney. The family will receive friends on Sunday from 2:00 to 5:00 P.M. and Monday morning from 9:30 to 10:30 A.M. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Versailles United Methodist Church.

World War II veteran / Versailles businessman Kenneth Subler passes away

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ksKenneth F. Subler, 97, former noted businessman formerly of Versailles, Ohio, and Key Colony Beach, Florida, passed away at 8:50 p.m. on March 25 at The Brethren Home in Greenville, Ohio.

Kenny was born June 21, 1912 in Frenchtown, Ohio, to the late Felix E. and Estella (Bulcher) Subler. In addition to his parents, Kenny is also preceded in death by his first wife, Ruby H. (Batty) Subler on September 11, 1973, whom he married on November 22, 1934; his second wife, Regina (Tess) A. Bordenet Settles Subler on September 16, 2002, whom he married on April 26, 1975; stepmother Bertha Goffena Subler; sister Alverda A. Bohman; brother Carl J. Subler; infant sister Catherine Subler; infant grandson Richard K. Subler; half-sister Mary Ann Berger; stepbrother Marion Goffena; stepsisters Rita Hannan, Eileen Batty, and Patricia Dabbelt.

Kenny was a 1930 graduate of Versailles High School, and was for forty-six years the owner and president of Subler Transfer, Inc., a trucking company specializing in hauling refrigerated foodstuffs. The company had offices in Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Chicago, and Cherokee, Iowa. The home office was located in Versailles, Ohio. At its height, the company employed approximately 350 people. In connection with his business, Kenny was active in the American Trucking Association and held several offices therein. He also served as president of the Refrigerated Division of the Irregular Route Conference of the American Trucking Association.

Kenny was a lifetime member and a past Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus; lifetime member of the Lions Club and a recipient of the prestigious Melvin Jones Fellowship Award given by the Lions Club International Foundation for Dedicated Humanitarian Services, the Foundation’s highest honor; former mayor of Versailles; former Versailles school board member; Fund Drive chairman for St. Denis School and St. Denis Church, Versailles athletic track, and Darke County airport. Kenny was also a major donor to Heritage Park in Versailles and to both the Versailles YMCA and the Greenville YMCA.

In his spare time, Kenny was an avid fisherman and pilot. During World War II, he flew missions for The Civil Air Patrol, and during the course of thirty-six years of flying, was instrumental in taking more than 100 people their first plane ride.

Kenny is survived by son and daughter-in-law Edward and Shirley Subler of Versailles; son Richard Subler of Dothan, Alabama; son and daughter-in-law Bradley and Linda Subler of Monee, Illinois; daughter and son-in-law Myrna and Thomas Stone of Greenville, Ohio; former daughter-in-law Betty (Dapore) Subler Norris of Versailles; stepson and stepdaughter-in-law Dan and Dee Settles of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; stepdaughter Sister Colleen Settles of Los Angeles, California; stepdaughter and son-in-law Kathy and Richard Tait of Oveida, Florida; twelve grandchildren; and twenty-five great grandchildren.

He is also survived by his brother and sister-in-law Basil and Annabel Subler, half-brother and sister-in-law John and Isabella Subler, half-sister Doris Monnin, and sister-in-law Krista Subler, all of Versailles.

A private viewing will be held for family members at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home in Versailles from 3:00 to 4:00 pm on Monday, March 29 with public viewing to follow from 4:00 to 8:00 pm.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Denis Catholic Church in Versailles at 10:30 am on Tuesday, March 30. Burial will follow in St. Valbert Cemetery where he will be laid to rest beside his beloved Ruby.

The family requests that any memorial contributions be made to The Brethren Retirement Community Resident Aid Fund, Greenville, Ohio, and/or State of the Heart Hospice, also of Greenville.

Fire and Rescue Chicken Barbecue – April 24th

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The Greenville Township Fire and Rescue Foundation will once again serve its delicious chicken barbecue meal. The date is Saturday, April 24th from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Featured again, will be ½ chicken, garlic mashed potatoes, green beans, yeast roll and a dessert for $7. The drive thru will be located at the Emergency Services Bldg. 1401 Sater Street. You are also welcome to dine in and we will deliver meals too. You may purchase tickets at the Emergency Services Bldg. or call 548-4752 or 423-5378 or contact us at our email address:

Photos from the Lady Tiger Track Classic

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Click on the smaller photos to see full-size. There are many more photos - and videos - at



Scholarships Awarded

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The Senior Scribes Scholarship Fund held its Scholarship Banquet recently at the Bistro off Broadway. Four seniors were awarded scholarships of $1,000 each. Recipients are (below, left to right) Sam S. Armstrong, Sean S. Wolfe, Jordan E. Pridemore and Tiffany Ellen Beumer. The event was attended by awardees, their families and teachers; Senior Scribes and other guests. This is Pridemore’s third scholarship. She is currently an undergraduate student at Ball State. She is a graduate of Franklin Monroe High School. Armstrong is a senior at Mississinawa High School. Wolfe and Beumer are seniors at Greenville High School. For more information regarding the Senior Scribes Scholarship Fund, please visit


Saturday, March 27, 2010

A Night of Comedy and Caring

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If you couldn't make it to the big Red Cross event tonight at the Greenville Elks, your consolation prize is below. Comedian Mark Klein did a great job entertaining the crowd - after a great dinner from Montage.

Darke T.E.A. Patriots hold downtown rally

A crowd of hundreds dozens rallied at Annie Oakley square at high noon today. The quiet, mostly older, crowd met and discussed ways to become more involved in the political process. A good time was had by all. However, MSNBC is reporting rampant violence, spitting, brick throwing, and teabagging occurred at the Darke T.E.A. event. Go figure.

Dan Kagey wins Garst Heritage Award

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On March 23 the Darke County Historical Society held their annual meeting at Garst Museum. Director Penny Perry reported a record 10,630 visitors for 2009. In addition, President Marchal presented a special “Garst Heritage Award” to Dan Kagey, who has kept the museum and grounds in pristine condition for 52 years ! Also recognized were members of the Annie Oakley Center Foundation for supporting the new entrance to the Center’s room.

Dr. Paul Fees spoke to the members about his research concerning Annie’s life. Dr. Fees is considered the eminent authority about Annie Oakley. Darke County Historical Society members receive many benefits, including access to informative talks, reduced entrance fees, and a periodic newsletter. For information call 548-5250 or go to  

Annie Oakley Center Foundation members: Kathleen
Kilgallon, Executive director Kate Ross and Eileen
Litchfield with Historical Society President John Marchal
John Marchal and award recipient Dan Kagey

Big crowd for Gettysburg Easter Egg Hunt

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Nifty Thrifty celebrating 1-year anniversary

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Join Nifty Thrifty in celebrating its 1-year Anniversary
1555 Wagner Ave, Greenville (across from Lowe's)

Business Hours: Thursday and Friday 11-5, Saturday 11-4
Mention Darke Journal and receive an extra 10 % off all ready low prices!

I have for sale Barn Stars (lowest prices around); Children's clothes, Shoes, Toys, Baseball pants, cleats, slide shorts, Primitive home decor, Name brand make-up, Knick- knacks, Household items and much more. Stop by this Thrift Store. We promise you won't be disappointed.

                     Anniversary Sale will run for April 1, 2, and 3

Friday, March 26, 2010

Steve Baker previews this weekend's Home & Sports Show

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The Film Fix reviews the Hot Tub Time Machine / How to Train Your Dragon

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How to Train Your Dragon is showing right now at Wayne Cinemas.

Retired Officer Changes Plea, Parents Unhappy

Darke County's Judge Hein sits as visiting judge in this Shelby County case. [click the image]

Auditor candidate receives endorsement

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Associated Builders and Contractors of Ohio, Inc. (ABC of Ohio) announced its unanimous endorsement of Seth Morgan, CPA for Auditor of State on Friday, March 26.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

The last snowfall of the year

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Hopefully this is the last snow we'll see for the winter of 2009-2010. Our friends north of Greenville are reporting unusually large snowflakes the size of tennis balls. In southern Darke County, we're just getting the regular snowflakes and some ground coverage. Exit question: is that call for the 2-hour delay coming soon?

The Bistro Off Broadway's Grand Easter Buffet

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Come celebrate Easter at The Bistro Off Broadway. We are having our Grand Easter Buffer on Sunday, April 4th, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

We will have a carving station, omelet station, salad station, dessert station and a punch fountain. We will be serving a combination of breakfast and dinner items on our grand buffet.

Reservations are required for this event. For more information, please contact The Bistro Off Broadway at 937-316-5000.

August 22, 2010 Lady Antebellum/Justin Moore Concert Sold Out

GREENVILLE OH – March 25, 2010. The Board of Directors for the Darke County Agricultural Society regrets that attempts to purchase tickets for the Lady Antebellum/Justin Moore concert by either telephone or internet were challenging. We began preparation for the March 20, 2010 ticket sale startup in early February. To process orders as quickly as possible for this event, the following actions were taken: An additional incoming phone line was added to the Fair Box Office; numerous on-line ticket purchase tests were performed; our on-line event was placed on the largest server available and we pre-arranged to have Tech Support on standby, for the start of this event, possessing all Office, pager and personal cellular phone numbers to ensure we could communicate with them quickly if the need arose. Once we were made aware there was an on-line purchasing lag, Tech Support was immediately called and they worked to correct the problem. Again, we sincerely apologize for this situation.

To compound the challenges listed above, the tickets we had placed “on hold” in the Box Office ticket software that were intended for Box Office sales beginning Saturday – March 27, were released and sold during the intense 2-hour sales session on March 20th due to a technical malfunction by the Box Office Ticket software program. This was nothing that was either planned or intentional by any means.

The 4,448 tickets sold on March 20th breakdown as follows:

We will continue our review regarding the challenges incurred during the sale of this event in order to establish modifications that need to be made moving forward.

Happy Hour CPR Training ... Seriously! (April 1st)

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Tired of the training room? Mandatory and required training, got you down? Ready to get serious about some lifesaving training in a not so serious way; take the American Red Cross CPR lifesaving training, certified class in an non-traditional setting….Happy Hour---no fooling on April Fool’s Day!

Six-year sentence for heroin conviction

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Patrick Antwan Matthews, age 25, was sentenced today in federal court for his part in a Darke County heroin ring.

Nominate a volunteer of the year

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HandsOn West Central Ohio will celebrate the upcoming National Volunteer Week in April with community volunteer celebrations in Darke, Logan, Miami, and Shelby Counties. This year’s theme Celebrating People in Action is especially significant with the renewed impact of strong community volunteerism in challenging times.

Full-time job opportunity - Engineering Inspector

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The Greenville City Engineering Office is currently accepting applications for an Engineering Inspector. Starting pay will be between $16.83 - $21.63 per hour with a 37.5 hour work week

Job Responsibilities: Primary construction season duties include: the on-site inspection of various city public works projects, private infrastructure affecting or connecting to public infrastructure, and public improvement construction and placement. Completes daily reports regarding inspections performed. During seasons when construction activities are limited, the inspector will, under direction, design and prepare construction plans for public works projects; prepare technical specifications; prepare permitting documents; prepare construction cost estimates; inspect zoning permit applications; respond to inquiries from the general public; and perform other duties as assigned by the City Engineer. In addition, zoning inspection will be performed on an as-needed basis.

Qualifications: Associate degree in civil engineering technology, construction management or comparable education with strong technical concentration; training and/or experience which evidences knowledge of construction, surveying and drafting.

To Apply: Send resume and cover letter to Joy F. Rodenburgh, P.E., City Engineer, 100 Public Square, Greenville, Ohio 45331, phone 937-548-4930, e-mail address Resumes must be received by April 23, 2010.

The City of Greenville is an Equal Opportunity Employer, M/F

Fighting the Status Quo with Government Reform (State Rep. Dick Adams)

Do you know how your tax dollars are being spent? According to a recent Gallup Poll, Americans believe that about 50 cents of every tax dollar are wasted. With their paychecks being squandered on a growing government, hardworking families are demanding greater transparency from their elected officials in both Washington and Columbus.

Here in Ohio, more than 120,000 jobs were lost in 2009 alone, but instead of confronting “business as usual” by improving our tax environment and controlling government waste, the Legislature raised income taxes by 4.2 percent retroactive to January 2009, imposed more than 150 new fines, fees and penalties, and increased spending by $1 billion at a time when spending should be reduced.

To save tax dollars and streamline state government, I worked to help develop the “Future of Ohio” Government Reform Package, which aims to make state government work more efficiently by reducing the waste and duplication in the provision of state services.

One of our government reform bills is House Bill 25, which would restructure Ohio’s cabinet-level departments into 11 agencies based on similar core missions. Currently, our state has 24 cabinet-level departments and more than 300 boards and task forces. Compared with only 15 federal government departments, it is clear that we can—and should—restructure our agencies to create a leaner and more effective state government.

When enacted, House Bill 25 would analyze each funding item and ensure that our government is efficient and accountable to the taxpayers, while improving the services that Ohioans need and rely on. I cosponsored this initiative because it has the potential to save the taxpayers more than $1 billion annually by keeping state government cost-effective.

I also cosponsored House Bill 66 to help trim down government waste by creating a venue through which to identify wasteful projects and establish cost-saving measures. This bill would create a state commission similar to Ronald Reagan’s Grace Commission of 1982 to investigate waste and inefficiency. This legislation is especially important in Ohio considering the growth of state government programs and spending.

As “The People’s House,” the Ohio House should permit these and other reform ideas to receive fair consideration in committee. Although House Bills 25 and 66 have stalled in committee, I am hopeful that the House will explore these cost-saving opportunities in the coming months. After all, government accountability and fiscal discipline are concepts that we should all be able to support for the benefit of Ohio’s future.

[Richard Adams is the representative for Ohio's 79th House District, which includes all of Miami County and several townships within Darke County.]

48th Annual Home and Sports Show - this weekend

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On March 26th, 27th and the 28th, the Darke County Sheriff’s Patrol will hold their 48th annual Home and Sports Show. The Show will take place at the Darke County Fairgrounds in the Youth Building and in to the Coliseum.

The Sheriff’s Patrol is the non profit auxiliary of the Darke County Sheriff’s Office. The Sheriff’s Patrol consist of approximately 25 members who work thousands of combined hours annually at events such as ball games, school events and other special events in the community. The events worked by members of the patrol cost no money to the tax payers of Darke County . The proceeds from the home and sports show help the patrol purchase cruisers, radios, fuel for the cruisers and many other items required to provide law enforcement services to Darke County . This is the largest fundraiser of the year for the Sheriff’s Patrol.

Several events are planned for this years show. Highlights of the show include music by Adelee on Friday Evening from 7:00 PM until 9:00 PM, a blood drive on Saturday from 10:00 AM until 1:00 PM, a corn hole tournament Saturday at 11:00 AM and a children’s tractor pull Sunday at 2:00 PM with registration beginning at 11:00 AM.

The show’s hours will be Friday from 6:00 PM until 10:00 PM, Saturday from 10:00 AM until 9:00 PM and Sunday from 11:00 AM until 5:00 PM. Admission to the Home and Sports show is free to all those wishing to attend. The show consists will consist of vendors featuring landscape ideas, home improvement ideas, household items, sporting goods and accessories and many other items The Sheriff’s Patrol also offers plenty of good food in their kitchen located in the Youth Building . There will be door prize drawings at the end of the show.

The Darke County Sheriff’s Patrol cordially invites everyone to attend this family oriented event. The Sheriff’s Patrol would like to thank all of the vendors, sponsors and attendees of the show.

Enjoy the Sun While it Lasts (Steve Baker reporting)

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Greenville Park Board Special Meeting - March 31

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Greenville Park Board Special Meeting Agenda, March 31, 2010, 2:00 PM in the Council Chambers

Call to Order: Approval of Agenda, Parks and Recreation Department Reorganization, Adjournment

[the meeting previously scheduled for March 26th was cancelled]

Greenville Scouts help with food collection

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As reported by Steve Baker of [click the image]

Movie review: How to Train Your Dragon

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Don’t you hate it when dragons storm your village and steal your sheep?

That happens a lot in Burke, a viking village located on a steep cliff overlooking the ocean. It would be a nice place to live if not for the frequent, terrifying dragon raids. Life for these vikings revolves completely around the ongoing war with the dragons.

Read the rest of the review here. [from Darke County native Jeff Marker]

"The Party of No" is suddenly pretty popular


This is meant to promote a new discussion, if anyone is interested. Complete poll results are at

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Local Reps Vote for Texting-And-Driving ban

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State Representatives Dick Adams (79th dist.) and Jim Zehringer (77th dist.) voted today to ban "texting-while-driving." House Bill 415:

  • Prohibits driving a vehicle while using an electronic communications device to write, send, or read a text-based communication.
  • Establishes certain exemptions to the prohibition, including a person using an electronic communications device for emergency purposes and a person driving a public safety vehicle who uses such a device in the course of the person's duties.
  • Provides that for the first six months after the effective date of the bill no ticket, citation, or summons may be issued for a violation of the new prohibition established by the bill, only a warning that provides information about the prohibition. After the warning period, you can be fined up to $150.

Zehringer debated his vote to the very end, noting that texting is now specifically banned while other dangerous activities (such as putting on makeup or doing a crossword puzzle) are not addressed. Zehringer was also concerned about more legislation involving "government telling us what to do," but ultimately was swayed by the safety concerns. The final vote was 86-12.

The ban applies not only to motor vehicles, but also trackless trolleys for some reason. Seriously - check out the bill.

Merle Norman - High Five for Wave Pride Winner

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Merle Norman is this month's Wave Wednesday's High Five for Wave Pride winner. They are proud to be a part of the on going effort to increase Wave Pride through window diplays and wearing green. Pictured with Merle Norman owner, Linda Wampler, are Scott Ward of WTGR and Susie Riegle, Greenville City Schools Superintendent. Merle Norman will receive a pizza party donated by Marco's Pizza as a thank you for their community spirit. To get involved, please contact Greenville Schools at 548-3185.

Non-news event: child hit on bike near courthouse

About 4pm. The child appeared to be ok.


Winner winner, chicken dinner

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Extension calendar (upcoming events)

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MARCH, 2010
29 New Volunteer Orientation, 7:00pm, OSUE Learning Center

APRIL, 2010
1 Ag Breakfast, 7:30am, Brethrens Retirement Community Cafeteria

For more information, please call 937.548.5215 or email

Darke County 4-H Presents Extreme Dog Experience (May 22nd)

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Saturday May 22, 2010, Coliseum, Darke County Fairgrounds, Greenville, OH, 8:00AM-4:00PM

Registration-Check-In: 8:00-8:30; Obedience: 8:30am-9:30am Showmanship: 9:30am-10:30am; Free Style/ Rally: 10:30am-12:00noon; LUNCH: 12:00nn-1:00pm Guest Speaker; Team/Brace: 1:00pm-1:30 pm; Games: 1:30 pm -2:00 pm; Skill-a-thon: 2:00 pm -3:00 pm; Dog Grooming & Poster/Scrapbook: 3:10 pm -4:00 pm; Entries Due By: April 30th 2010

Cost Progressive per family: 1st child $15.00, 2nd child $10.00, Each Additional Child Is $8.00, GAMES and PRIZES!!

Any questions or for more information, Contact: Becky Baker 937-337-0292 or Email:, or Angi Stellmach 937-337-9593 or Email:

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Critical news for NFL fans

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Overtime rules change starting next year, in the playoffs only:

If a team wins the coin toss and then kicks a field goal, the other team gets the ball. If the game becomes tied again after that next series, play will continue under the current sudden-death rules. Should the team winning the toss immediately score a touchdown, then the game is over.

[info from] ... Bonus fact: The NFL owners voted in favor of this change 28-4, with the Bengals among the four.

Spring banners up in downtown Greenville

Banners courtesy of Main Street Greenville. Spring officially began March 20th.

Ochocinco on DWTS

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"Stars" might be stretching it this season, but the Bengals fans (and former Bengals fans) out there might enjoy seeing Chad Ochocinco try to dance - he wasn't bad. Is that a future Bengal teammate making a cameo at the beginning?

Canner Gauge Testing Time

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Planning to do some canning this year to take advantage of your garden produce? That means it's time to get your home canning equipment in working order. OSU Extension, Darke County, will check dial type pressure canner gauges beginning on May 3, 2010.

El Camino Real will soon be on the move


Production Paint (Bradford) Announces Layoffs

66 jobs to be cut. Story at

Cap and Trade Town Hall

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Senators Keith Faber (R-12) and Fred Strahorn (D-5) were the panelists at a Town Hall Meeting about how the Cap and Trade Bill might affect Ohio – how green it really is. The event, sponsored by the Darke County League of Women Voters and the CO2+ Group, was held at Greenville Elks Lodge. Questions from the audience were plentiful. Shown is co-president Karen Brooks as she circulates the microphone among the attendees.

Monday, March 22, 2010

National Guardsmen Return Home

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Via (click on the image).

Democrats pass healthcare - forfeit November elections


UPDATE: Our Congressman makes one last plea in vain (below).

UPDATE 2: On the bright side, we're all going to save about $2,500 on our premiums this year.

Are you a whiz at organizing?

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Do you live for Spring cleaning? A local clothing bank needs your expertise!

Volunteers are needed to assist in organizing and distributing used clothing. Training will be provided. Basic math and organizational skills are preferred. This opportunity is available on Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. year-round. Some additional days may also be available. Volunteers serving in this position should have great people skills, including friendly and helpful attitudes. It is also important for volunteers to follow instructions.

“This opportunity gives you a feeling of accomplishment and a job well done by meeting the needs of people in our community who have no other source of this type of help,” says Kristy Cutarelli EUM Outreach Ministries Coordinator.

To learn more about this volunteer opportunity or other opportunities within our community, please contact HandsOn West Central Ohio at (937) 548-8002, ext. 211, or visit HandsOn West Central Ohio, including Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, is a program of Council on Rural Services. This program receives funding from Darke County United Way, Corporation for National Service, Area Agency on Aging, PSA2, Darke County Commissioners, Lydia E. Shaurer Trust, Harry Stephens Trust and the Darke County HOPE Foundation.

Seth Morgan endorsed at Miami County Convention

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Auditor of State candidate Seth Morgan, CPA was endorsed by the Miami County Republican Party Convention on Sunday and unanimously endorsed by the Summit County Republican Party on Saturday.


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The Ohio Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program

Hansbarger Home Solutions located on 1127 Sweitzer St. in Greenville, Ohio, is pleased to offer up to $350 in government rebates on eligible ENERGY STAR® appliances.

The state of Ohio has developed a new program called the Ohio Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program. This is one of several energy-related programs of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that is administered by the Ohio Department of Development's Energy Resources Division.

Beginning on March 26, 2010, Ohio residents can reserve and redeem their rebates for the purchase of eligible ENERGY STAR® qualified appliances. To receive this rebate you must purchase a new ENERGY STAR® appliance and recycle your old appliance.

On Friday March 26, 2010, Hansbargers will open at 8:00 a.m. and will offer complimentary coffee and a continental breakfast. Owner Marlise McCallister, whose business has been serving the community for more than 75 years, says, “Don’t miss your chance because there is a limited amount of government funds and once the money is gone it’s over.” On top of this government rebate, Hansbargers will deliver your new appliance and recycle the old one.

For more information about The Ohio Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program and what qualifies as an eligible ENERGY STAR® appliance can be found on the Ohio Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program web site at

Biggest audience yet for Garst event

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Garst Museum Director Penny Perry, Loretta Jones, Darke County
Historical Board President John Marchal (Photo: Barb Martin)
On Sunday, March 21, Garst Museum hosted one in a series of lectures open to the public. Loretta Jones portrayed Annie Oakley, Darke County’s famous daughter. Ms. Jones talked in detail about the challenges Annie Oakley faced both as a woman in what was then a men’s world and as a simple farm girl from the Midwest. Annie Oakley maintained her dignity and femininity all the while rocketing to fame as an extraordinary performer and sharp-shooter around the world.

The audience was the largest yet for a Garst Museum lecture, estimated at over 150 in attendance. This was the actual opening “shot” of the 150th birthday celebration for Annie Oakley. There is a scheduled year long series of events honoring the Annie Oakley Center at the museum, which includes her guns, trophies, artifacts and photographs which constitute the most extensive display about her life.

The next major event will be on May 22 with the museum’s fund-raiser “Little Sure Shot Gala”. For more information on how to donate or support this event, please call the museum at 548-5250.

Garst Museum welcomes new members. For a view of what the museum has to offer, please visit

Sunday, March 21, 2010

A Night of Comedy and Caring - March 27th

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The Darke County Chapter of the American Red Cross is again offering Darke Countians a way to support the lifesaving services that the Red Cross provides the community , “A Night of Comedy and Caring” their premiere special event for 2010. “Who would have thought that we would still be holding this event ten years later” stated Lynne Gump, Executive Director, “but, it’s just such an affordable and enjoyable evening, not to mention, hilarious!” For this the tenth year, the Chapter is honoring the men and woman of the United States Military and their family members! Of note, a Pair of Free tickets to the event are available to the first fifteen military personnel or military family member that requests them; that’s thirty seats being donated to military, veterans and/or a member of a military family.

This year’s event will be held March 27th at the Greenville Elk’s at 214 Third Street with doors opening at 5:30 for a casual hour of drinks and socializing and dinner being served promptly at 6:30. A dinner buffet by Montage Catering will feature Hand Pounded-Pan Fried Chicken Parmesan Chicken, Four Cheese Lasagna, a score of side dishes and an assortment of cheesecake to end the meal. A cash bar is available for responsible drinking; meal comes with Iced Tea and Lemonade. A great meal, of course, is the first step to a wonderful night out, but that’s where this fun raiser just begins. Nationally known comic Mark Klein, who has appeared on A & E’s Comedy on the Road, Showtime and Comedy Club Network, and a host of television shows brings a wealth of comedy to Darke County. He prides himself on being outrageously funny, without going “blue”, meaning he’s a great PG comic. The Darke County Chapter considers themselves very lucky, that they are able to bring in a comic of this highest level for their fundraiser. For years Chapter volunteers have worked with locally comedy clubs to bring a high level of entertainment for this event at a much reduced rate. This year to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the event, Rob Haney, owner of Wiley’s Comedy Club has generously donated tickets to a show at Wiley’s for everyone attending “A Night of Comedy and Caring”! Even better the show is for comic Jeffrey Jena, who has in years past appeared at Darke County’s own Comedy and Caring!

Additionally, the Chapter hosts that evening a raffle for prizes donated by area businesses, and a “Not so Silent, Silent Basket Auction” for baskets that are donated by the Chapter’s Board of Directors. Most of the Baskets are worth two to three hundred dollars and are sold to the highest bidder that night.

Your Red Cross Chapter is an extremely vital part of our community, whether it is by aiding victims of local disaster such as house fires, by providing life-saving training in CPR, or by providing emergency communications for our Armed Forces and their family, the American Red Cross is part of your everyday life. Buying a twenty-five dollar tickets to this casual evening of fun is just one way you can support your Red Cross and help them provide all of the services so essential to our community. “The programs the Red Cross delivers, down the street, across the county and around the world are as vital today as they were ninety-three years ago when this chapter began,” states Gump,” this is an fun, affordable evening for a great cause! “Tickets are available from the chapter office at 130 Martz Street, Suite 6, by calling 548-1002 or by emailing

Greenville Levy Passes

In the Darke Journal poll at least. Hopefully a likewise result in May??

First political sign spotted in Darke County

Before this discussion begins, political signs are allowed more than 30 days before an election. This year's primary will be on May 4th.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

EPA ignores toxic mercury emissions to rampage carbon dioxide

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Accolades to the Dayton Daily News for publishing Mercury Emissions Up in U.S. on Thursday March 18, 2010!

Coal fired electric power and steel plant emissions release the majority of pollution responsible for health problems ranging from asthma, COPD, and cancer to possible mental disabilities in the case of mercury (Hg). The health care costs stemming from coal emissions runs into billions of dollars while increasing death rates especially in the vulnerable young and elderly. The combustion of coal produces a wide array of toxic by-products in addition to Hg. The only significant non-toxic product is carbon dioxide (CO2). Not only is CO2 innocuous, it is an essential nutrient for plant growth. The increased CO2 is responsible for increased crop production that helps limit the number of hungry and starving people around the world.

Ironically CO2 has been labeled a toxic pollutant based on the work of a few rogue scientists at the University of East Anglia Climate Research Unit (CRU) and the UN’s IPCC who declared CO2 was responsible for what they labeled “anthropogenic global warming” (AGW). When it appeared, the planet was not warming, but indeed cooling over the last several years, the terminology was conveniently changed to “climate change”. Fortunately last year intercepted emails between the cohorts resulted in the unraveling of the AGW hoax. As a result it is currently more accurately referred to as “climate-gate” with admissions, confessions and concessions coming from the primary investigators, the UN IPCC, along with its star propagandist Al Gore. Given these facts, rational leaders in the EPA and the Department Of Energy could be expected to drop the multi-billion (trillion) dollar projects dealing with CO2 emissions and Carbon Capture and Sequestration (CCS) to pursue the truly toxic coal emissions such as mercury. Although the EPA has failed to set emission standards for mercury as mandated by the Clean Air Act of 1990, they are feverishly pursuing CO2 emissions under the direction of Secretary of Energy Chu who continues to support limitations on CO2 and provides funding for CCS. Of all of the components of the “Cap and Trade” bill, CCS is by far the most flawed based on government research in that it increases toxic fossil fuel emissions by 30-40% and presents unknown environmental hazards in its own right at costs that would add to our burgeoning national debt.

In line with Secretary Chu’s leadership, the EPA has attempted to tax cows for their CO2 emissions, driving up the price of milk necessary to feed children and the hungry. In effect, these policies, however inadvertent, are designed to kill us by the air we breathe, the water we drink and the food we eat while simultaneously starving crops by limiting the CO2 and taxing the very milk our children drink. Is our assessment of the situation illusionary and hyperbolic? We believe an open debate is necessary, before Congress takes any further action on “Cap and Trade” which will only transfer more work to China and other countries that provide minimal healthcare and unsafe mining standards. In spite of its Beijing smog, China adds one to two coal fired plants per month that shower our “Cap and Trade” California congressmen with increasing levels of atmospheric mercury. They still don’t get it. Perhaps some people never learn. Unfortunately they are in Congress.

Charles E. Reier MD, Rebecca A. Reier


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Compulsive hoarding is a disorder characterized by difficulty discarding items that appear to most people to have little or no value. This leads to an accumulation of clutter such that living and workspaces cannot be used for their intended purposes. The clutter can result in serious threats to the health and safety of the sufferer and those who live nearby.

Lady Antebellum tickets

Not a big fan of the ticket buying program, which repeatedly crashed in the middle of the process. That being said - 3 or 4 tickets are needed for the Lady Antebellum concert at the fair. Call 423-2744 or email

The concert sold out in two hours. Here's a consolation prize for those who didn't make it this morning.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Greenville Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast - this Saturday

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The Greenville Kiwanis will hold its annual Pancake Breakfast Saturday March 20th from 6:30 am until 2:30pm at the GHS Cafeteria. Cost is $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for kids under 18.

Movie reviews: Diary of a Wimpy Kid & Repo Men

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Darke County's own Jeff Marker reviews these two movies out in theaters now [video might be a slow loader]. In other movie news, The Blind Side is playing this weekend at Wayne Theater for a rare second run.

(Video embedded from Jonathan W. Hickman's website

Seth Morgan to speak at Republican event

The Darke County Women’s Republican Club is pleased to announce that Seth Morgan will be introducing himself as a candidate for Ohio State Auditor at the April 12th meeting. Other candidates from the area have also been invited.

The event will begin at 6:30pm, Chestnut Village, Brethren Retirement Community.


Greenville Kmart burglarized

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The overnight burglary netted "a lot" of property. More details at

UPDATE: video from Baker ...

Call the Greenville Police Department at 548-1103 with information/tips.

Diabetes Day set for April 10th

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Diabetes Day will be offered at Wayne Hospital on Saturday, April 10, 2010. The program will take place from 8:30 a.m. until noon. Speakers will discuss topics of interest to individuals with diabetes. Along with speakers, there will be numerous displays by companies serving the diabetes community.

2010 Ag Week News Release

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In honor of the 2010 National Ag Week, the Grand Lake St. Marys/Wabash River Watershed Alliance (GLWWA) is extending a thank you to producers who use best management practices in the watersheds. This area includes north western Darke County. These producers farm in the headwaters of the Wabash River. The Wabash River travels 43 miles through Ohio before traveling through Indiana to the Ohio River and then to the Mississippi River to the Gulf of Mexico.

Single payer is not the answer (Wayne Deschambeau, CEO/Wayne Health Care)

The healthcare reform bills in Congress are a mess. There are thousands of pages of words, but no real solutions. In addition they include the so-called “Louisiana Purchase” and the “Nebraska Compromise”, coupled with a deal to exempt all union members from a tax on high cost insurance packages make the plans to be, both ineffective and pork laden.

The issues of cost and access have been major drivers in the reform discussion. We are told that somewhere between twenty and fifty million people do not have insurance. Costs escalate at a level that is more than double the inflation rate on an annual basis.

I submit that these are only the results of the real issue. The real issue is the American attitude towards personal healthcare. Many millions more than the fifty million uninsured see healthcare professionals or go to hospitals only when they get sick. Drugs, alcohol, smoking and poor diet choices, go along with an increasingly sedentary lifestyle. We know that a larger part of the American population is obese when compared to other nations throughout the world. Obesity and chronic disease is running rampant throughout our pre-adult population.

The lack of insurance does not prevent access to a hospital or a healthcare professional. Hospitals all across the country are required to care for people with “urgent” or “emergent” conditions. Free and low cost physician clinics exist throughout America. Unfortunately, like many things that are “free”, we either do not use it because it is free or we abuse it when we choose to use it. Fully one third of all American people eligible for Medicaid choose not to get signed up until they have some kind of medical emergency.

DJ Wants You To Read This Article

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Another president who's fighting the wrong war

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Brethren Retirement Community Opens Shuff Adult Day Center

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The Brethren Retirement Community this week opened its new Shuff Adult Day Center.

The Day Center is based on each individual’s care needs and they may choose between full and half day care. 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 Shuff Adult Day Center is open Monday through Friday, 7:30am to 5:30pm., and offers the following features: full or half day care; lunches and snacks; bathing and hygiene assistance; activities; companionship; transportation; and much more.

To learn more, contact BRC at 547-7628 or email

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