Friday, April 30, 2010

Annual plant sale - May 1st

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Wildflower Garden Club is having their annual plant sale on Saturday, May 1 from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. The sale will be located at 5094 St.Rt. 49 South. Plants for sale include perennials, annuals, mums, scented geraniums, vegetables, herbs and worm casting fertilizer. Prices are 50 cents and up. For any questions call 547-0704.

Vote No on Issue 1 (David Barger)

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Anyone who has watched the commercials on television and heard them over the radio, have heard the claim that Issue 1 will create jobs. The claim made is that it will create new jobs for Ohioans, but also it will not increase taxes. Sounds like such a great deal, but as the saying goes if it sounds too good to be true, than it probably is. So what is the bill, and what are its intentions.

"Mastermind" of Darke County home invasion gets big prison time

Don't try this stuff in Darke County ... or you might just get put away for 17 years.

UPDATE: Video report from Steve Baker ...

Chaos, cover-up in aborted drug bust at Governor's Mansion

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Read the Inspector General's report here.

Greenville Township Fire Chief resigns

Greenville Township Fire Chief Chris Greer resigned today (Friday, April 30, 2010). Chief Greer is the only chief in the history of the Greenville Township Fire Department, which was created three years ago.

Greer took on the difficult task of leading of leading a new agency, helping to build a volunteer fire department from the ground up. Greer served with dignity and skill while assuming the task of protecting one of the largest townships in Ohio.

DarkeJournal would like to thank Chief Chris Greer for his leadership and service during these past three years. Best wishes.

2010 busy so far for county development (Marc Saluk)

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From a development point of view, things have been busy in Darke County so far in 2010. Much of the activity is not visible to the public eye due to confidentiality issues. However, there is a significant amount of work occurring involving the researching of possible future initiatives, the building of relationships that will favor the county in the long-run, and a substantial amount of communication and planning with business and communities throughout the county. There are also currently ten projects of varying sizes for various county businesses, and prospective businesses, being handled by the economic development (ED) office that will, hopefully, shortly yield results. All of these activities are laying important groundwork for a sustainable period of planned growth for our county and for excellent service to our existing businesses and communities.

Winner winner, chicken dinner (Midmark Team Relay for Life)

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BBQ Chicken Dinners Includes: 1/2 Nelson’s BBQ Chicken, Applesauce, Chips, and Dinner Roll
Where: 1 Vista Drive (Behind the Education Center), Midmark Corporation off of St.Rt. 185
Time: May 20th, 2:30 – 5:30PM Cost: $6:00 Per Dinner

Please help support our “Because We Care” Relay for Life Team. Thank you! ... Tickets are PRE-SALE ONLY

Please contact any of the following: Relay Members (by May 14th): Plant B: Renee Miller (Ext. 8612 or 526-9203), Marcia Davidson (Ext. 8379 or 423-3785), Michelle Alt, Tim Shimp, Mark Clack, or Keith Hartzell; Plant A: Lauree Swihart(ext. 8414 or 423-2435), Angie Phlipot (ext. 8642 or 526-4955), Kim Murphy (Ext. 8354 or 526-3988) or , Pam Widener, Angela Moeder, Dave Huelskamp, Mitch Eiting, Monique McGlinch, or Billie Platfoot

Joy FM Changes On-air Line-up

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Starting Monday, May 3rd, Joy FM (88.9 FM) will have a new on-air line-up.

General Manager, Dan Franks will be taking over the hosting duties for the “Workday Wrap-Up” each weekday from 3-7 PM. Merrhya Knoop will be the new host of the “No Repeat Midday Show” each weekday from 10AM-3PM. While Naomi Miller will remain as host of “Joy in the Morning” from 6AM-10 AM.

Joy FM has some exciting new contests coming soon as well: tickets to the Ichthus Music Festival in Kentucky, a Pigeon Forge weekend getaway which includes tickets to Dollywood, and tickets to the Ohio and Indiana State Fairs. You will also see the station broadcasting live from many of our area’s fairs and festivals.

You can learn more about the station at

Thursday, April 29, 2010


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Darke County Sheriff's Office Deputies are investigating a tragic farm related accident that occurred at 8606 Hager Rd outside of Versailles , Ohio . On April 29th, 2010 at 1:34 PM, the Darke County Sheriff's Office received a 9-1-1 call reporting a male subject was caught in a grain auger. The Darke County Sheriff's Office, Versailles Fire and Versailles Rescue were called to the scene along with Careflight, who was later cancelled.

Preliminary investigation reveals Nicholas L. Grillot, 64, of Reed Road , was removing corn from a grain bin when his jacket was caught on the shaft of the grain auger. Grillot was pronounced dead at the scene.

Darke County Coroner's investigator was requested to the scene to assist with the investigation. The accident remains under investigation.

Playing Friday at Wayne Cinema: Kick-Ass

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This is not your average movie to say the least. And your ticket sales will help Nicholas Cage pay off his tax debts. Go spend a few bucks at Wayne Cinema this weekend.

Downtown Greenville event schedule - through July

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The Darke County Sheriff’s Office has received information that surrounding counties are experiencing a rash of burglaries and motor vehicle thefts. This criminal activity has been occurring close to the Darke County line both day and night. Darke County Sheriff’s Deputies continue to be vigilant in patrols; however we need the assistance of our local citizens. Darke County Sheriff Toby L. Spencer asks citizens to be on the look out and immediately report any suspicious activity they might observe. Such activity can be reported to the Sheriff 24 hours a day by calling 937-548-2020. It is important that reports are called in at the time they are observed to allow the deputies a timely response and investigation. If able to do so safely, please provide a description of any vehicles or persons associated with the suspicious activity.

The Darke County Sheriff makes the following suggestions to reduce your chances of becoming a victim of crime. Never leave your keys in the car, remove valuable items and lock your vehicle doors. Many of the motor vehicle thefts involved was the result of owners leaving the keys in the ignition. Lock the doors to your home and secure outbuildings. Do not leave garage and outbuilding doors standing open unnecessarily. This only advertises your valuables to thieves that may be scouting your neighborhood for their next victim.

The Darke County Sheriff encourages property owners to record and document manufacturer names, model numbers and serial numbers to their valuables. This information is necessary to increase the chances of property recovery if you should become a victim of crime and sustain a theft.

When citizens and law enforcement work together we make our community a less attractive place for criminals and a safer place to live and work.


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The DC Crew headed to Springfield for their 3rd game of the season. Jordan Ernst had a hat trick (3 goals) and two assists. A.J. Frens had tons of awesome saves as goalie. Britton Bowlin had 2 goals and had 1 great assist. Cody Coppess also had 1 good goal and an amazing assist. Austin Campbell had 2 goals and 1 assist. With the help of the great defenders and midfielders, Joe Suter, Scott Denman, Drew New, Dylan Saintignon, Bradly McFadden, Kaulin Morris, Aaron Rich, Kaleb Bowman, and Zach Miller the Crew won their game 7-3. Also big thanks to the coaches Mark Coppess, Terry Morris, and Dustin Leis. DC Crew is part of the Darke County Soccer Association. If you are interested in joining DCSA please contact Janelle Cross @ 548-7816.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Next week is Natural Disaster Week

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Stay tuned to Andrew Michaels and Buck's Blog  for further details.

Commission candidate cited for DUI

With great sadness and disappointment, DarkeJournal will report that commission candidate Ed Huffman was cited for driving under the influence Wednesday night at 9:29 p.m. by the Darke County Sheriff's Office. As of 11:00 p.m. (Wednesday), the citation is noted on the DCSO website. A citation is merely an allegation. Huffman is presumed innocent at this point in time.

Former County Superintendent Marlin Thompson passes away

Dr. Marlin D. Thompson, 72 of Ansonia, passed away Wednesday, April 28, 2010 at the Brethren Retirement Community in Greenville from complications for cancer and a stroke.

Dr. Thompson was well known as a champion for education, not just in Darke County but throughout Ohio. He obtained a bachelor's degree from Bowling Green State University, a master's degree from Miami University and a doctorate of education from Ball State University. He spent 33 years in education, seven as a teacher and principal in Pauling County, Ohio, and thirteen years as superintendent of Ansonia Local Schools. He went on to serve as Darke County Superintendent of Schools for another thirteen years. During this time, he served as Ohio Local School Superintendent's Association president and spent many hours traveling to Columbus as an advocate for public schools. During his tenure as County Superintendent, Dr Thompson also founded the Darke County Hope Foundation, which provides charitable support in areas such as education, the arts, social services and other community projects. Dr. Thompson also was an active member of several community boards, including the Wayne Hospital Board of Trustees, Chamber of Commerce and Mental Health Board. He also played an active role in bringing a medical center to Ansonia.

Dr. Thompson retired from education in 1993 and began his own construction business, retiring again in 2002. He was a member of the Ansonia United Methodist Church where he served as treasurer for twenty years. He also served as a Sunday School teacher, trustee, chair of the Pastor/Parish Committee and co-chair of the Building Fund Committee.

Dr. Thompson resided just north of Ansonia and raised Belgian draft horses, and he and his wife, Shirley, gave carriage rides at Christmas and other special occasions. Although Dr. Thompson grew up on the Van Wert area, Darke County became his home. He enjoyed traveling, fishing and was a big fan or Ohio State athletics.

He is survived by his wife of fifty three years, Shirley; daughter, Jill (Andy)Ulrich of Blanchester,OH; grandsons Kyle and Justin Thompson of Ansonia; sisters, Jean Feasby of Antwerp, OH and Eunice Cook of Phoenix, AZ; brother, Byron (Kathy) Thompson of Convoy, OH; sister-in-law, Carla Miller of Van Wert OH; brother-in-law, Robert Lybarger of Van Wert, OH; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his son, Ned, his parents, Lester and Mary Thompson and three sisters, Mildred Delong of Van Wert, OH, Virginia Dawson of Convoy, OH and Marjorie Taylor of Convoy, OH.

There will be a memorial service held at the Ansonia United Methodist Church at 3:30p.m., on Friday May 7, with visitation with family from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Pastors Joe Royer and Fred Herron will be officiating. Preferred Memorials to Ansonia United Methodist Church or The Hope Foundation of Darke County.

Arrangements have been entrusted with the Oliver-Floyd Funeral Home in Greenville.

Condolences may be sent to the family at


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The Friends of Bear’s Mill have commissioned Angie Ditmer of Plain and Simple Cabin in Potsdam, Ohio to create a one of a kind, hand-hooked wool rug using an original 18th century technique. The design of the heirloom quality rug celebrates the architecture of the Mill and its beautiful natural surroundings. The framed rug will be raffled as a fundraiser with tickets available for $5 each or 6 for $25.

“According to our research, the first hooked rugs in North America were made in the 18th century. Women made hooked rugs in their homes or in environments much like quilting bees by using strips of cloth scraps from clothes, rags and sacks, or spun wool,” said Becky Dynes, Outreach Manager for the Friends of Bear’s Mill. “To highlight the theme of National Preservation Month in May, ‘Old is the New Green,’ we asked Angie to make our rug with 100% recycled wool,” Ms. Dynes stated.

The raffle is being held to raise funds to support the Friends of Bear’s Mill mission to provide a rich cultural experience and community-oriented events including educational tours, demonstrations and nature walks while preserving the Mill’s historical significance and natural beauty.

Ms. Ditmer will be demonstrating the art of wool rug hooking at the Mill’s Spring Open House on Sunday, May 2 at 2:00 p.m. The hours of the open house are Saturday, May 1 and Sunday, May 2, from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.

The rug will be on display and raffle tickets for sale at the Mill throughout the summer during regular Mill store hours, 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Sundays.

Bear’s Mill is operated by The Friends of Bear’s Mill, a non-profit organization, and is located at 6450 Arcanum-Bear’s Mill Road about 5 miles east of Greenville. For more information, contact Bear’s Mill at 937-548-5112 or on the web at

Angie Ditmer of Plain and Simple Cabin holds her hand-hooked wool rug.
Pictured with Ditmer is Becky Dynes of Bear’s Mill.

Darke County Extension Calendar - May 2010

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8 - CARTEENS, 9:00-11:00am, OSUE Learning Center
13 - Ag Breakfast, 7:30am, Brethrens Home Retirement Cafeteria
13 - Helping Children Succeed after Divorce, 3:00-5:00pm, OSUE Learning Center

For more information, please call 937.548.5215 or email

Runway & Rhythm - May 7th

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Where’s Annie, now?

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She’s visiting with Gail Hostuttler, CEO and Executive Director of the YMCA. The “Y” is donating a year’s family membership for the Little Sure Shot Gala at Garst Museum. The event will be on May 22, with doors opening at 6:00 p.m. There will be raffles, Live Auctions, Silent Auctions, door prizes, a 50/50 drawing, and the big raffle of a 50” flat screen HDTV and a 26” flat screen HDTV. Raffle tickets ($5-need not be present to win the TVs) and admittance reservations ($10-includes food!) are available at the museum, call 548-5250. To view the items available go to


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“Hope in Recovery” will be adding to their support circle the program “Hope for Teens” beginning Friday, May 7, 2010.

“Hope for Teens” is 12-Step support group for pre-teens and teens who have been affected either directly or indirectly by the abuse of any mood-altering chemical or compulsive behavior. Youth will have a place where they can share and receive support from others their own age under the supervision of adults.

If you or your teen is in need of support, we encourage you to come as a family. Call 548-9006 for more information.

Hope in Recovery Meetings: Every Tuesday afternoon from 2:00 – 3:00 pm, Every Friday night from 7:00 – 8:15 pm
Hope-a-non (similar to Alanon): Every Friday from 7:00 – 8:15 pm
Hope for Teens: Every Friday from 7:00 – 8:15 pm

FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, (By the Florescent Palm Tree), 114 E. 4th Street, Greenville, OH 45331


Tuesday, April 27, 2010


Sunday, May 2nd 12:00-4:00 pm
Romer’s Catering 118 E. Main St. Greenville

The Midwest Premier Bridal Gala will be held at a popular local wedding reception venue in Greenville, Romer’s Catering and Entertainment Facility. Onsite wedding professionals will be available to answer your questions and share exciting ideas to help you plan the wedding of your dreams.

The Gala will feature:

  • Bridal gown and accessory fashion show. See the chic new styles and timeless traditional looks in bridal wear
  • Cake tasting. Enjoy samples from some of the area’s best bakers
  • Event planning advice. Get insight from the experts on how to make your day perfect
  • Shower ideas. Gain a fresh perspective for planning pre-wedding parties
  • Giveaways. Each bride will receive a FREE canvas tote bag to fill with wedding magazines and handouts
  • Vendor discounts. Take advantage as vendors offer special rates and opportunities reserved for attendees

Attend the Midwest Bridal Gala to get connected with the area’s best wedding resource providers to make your special day unforgettable! For more event information, to sponsor, or to be a vendor, please call: 937-423-7234.


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Darke County Employee, Dave Acker, loads one of the many
stacks of computer monitors recycled at the Solid Waste
District sponsored Electronics Recycling Day.

The Darke County Environmental Council for Business and Industry, the Darke County Solid Waste Management District, and Chesapeake Electronics Recycling are joining forces to sponsor a “FREE” Electronics Recycling Day on May 20, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., in the swine barn at the Darke County Fairgrounds. Vehicles will enter the front gate, will go through the swine barn to be unloaded and will go out the back gate of the fairgrounds to prevent congestion. During this event, the district will accept non-perishable food items to be taken to one of our local food pantries.

Anyone interested in participating in this program must be preregistered by May 10. In addition to the Darke County Solid Waste Management District Office at 603 Wagner Ave; Suite C in Greenville, telephone 937-547-0827, preregistration forms can also be printed from the district’s website at Preregistration prevents long lines and longer waits because each person participating is assigned a specific time to bring in electronics. In other counties where preregistration did no occur, participants waited as long as two hours to recycle their electronics.


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Are you a graduate of National Trail High School? If so, please check out the web site for the National Trail Alumni Association. It can be accessed at

The first annual NT Alumni Dinner will be held on Saturday evening, June 19, 2010, at the high school complex starting at 6:00 PM. The cost will be $15 per person or $25 per couple when paid before June 4, 2010. The cost after that date will be $20 per person or $30 per couple. Anyone coming only to hear the music only will pay $10 at the door.

A huge Thank You

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After hosting the largest Trash Bash to date, I feel that I need to “Thank” those who helped make the event a success. As many of us know, no one is more cherished in this world than someone who lightens the burden of another.

I would like to thank Dave and Karen Niley, Tom and Sue Hans, Linda Manos, Patty Bunger, Becky Baker, Anita Hart, Lizzie Hart, Sharon and Randy Fourman, Kylee Freeman and Linda McKibben who helped make Trash Bash 2010 a success!!! It's the volunteers who make our events happen!!!!

A Huge THANK YOU to the Darke County Agricultural Society for letting us host our events at the fairgrounds for gratis. If you see an Ag Society director.....thank them for their support!!!!

With Deep Appreciation, Krista K. Fourman, Darke County Solid Waste District Director

Bob Evans to Help Support Darke County Smoke Off

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Bob Evans is giving 15% of sales this Friday, Saturday and Sunday to the Darke County Smoke Off. The Darke Co. Cancer Association and Main Street Greenville will receive a portion of the Smoke Off proceeds.

You can help support these organizations by printing off the attached flyer and present at time of check out.

[click on image for actual flyer]

Old is the New Green: Opportunities Abound

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Main Street Greenville and Bear’s Mill are collaborating to bring historic preservation awareness to the Greenville and Darke County community. They have teamed up with local citizens that will join thousands of individuals and communities across the country to celebrate National Preservation Month this May. “Old is the New Green” is the theme of the month-long celebration sponsored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. This month is an opportunity to appreciate our uniquely constructed built environment and local heritage.

In 1971 the National Trust for Historic Preservation created this spotlight on grassroots preservation efforts in America. Since then it has grown into an annual celebration observed by towns across the nation. Thousands of state and local community groups will honor their distinct histories with events that bring historic preservation to the forefront of Americans’ daily lives by emphasizing the vital importance of protecting our nation’s past. In Greenville, historic reservation is an effective tool for managing growth, revitalizing neighborhoods, fostering local pride, and maintaining community character while enhancing livability.

Historic preservation is relevant for Greenville citizens of all ages, all walks of life and all income levels. Main Street Greenville and Bear’s Mill feel it is especially important to celebrate the role of history in our lives and the contributions made by dedicated individuals in helping to preserve the tangible aspects of the heritage that has shaped our community. Please help us to recognize local historic preservation and participate in this special observance.

Main Street Greenville and Bear’s Mill have compiled the following list of free or low costs tours and special events planned during May. Take the opportunity to learn about architecture, parks, and neighborhoods. Become a tourist in your own city.

Community supporters Marilyn Delk and Eileen Litchfield
demonstrate the importance of our built environment.

Annie at Bear's Mill

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Where’s Annie now? She’s out visiting Julie Clark at Bears Mill. Julie is showing her the sculpture “The Family” that she created and has donated to the Little Sure Shot Gala at Garst Museum on May 22. This sculpture group is made of clay, and has a metallic patina.

The doors open at 6:00 p.m. that evening. The many items available for Live and Silent Auction and raffles can be seen online at There will be the drawing for the 50” and 26” flat screen HDTVs, food (Mike James catering) and fun.

Reservations can be phoned into the museum 548-5250.


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The Candidates' Forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Darke County will be broadcast on GPAT following the event last evening, 4/26.

If you were unable to attend the Candidates’ Night, please be sure to tune into Greenville Public Access Television (GPAT), Channel 5. Thursday, April 29; Friday, April 30 and Monday, May 3 at 10:00 AM, 2:00 PM and 8:00 PM each day, the program will be broadcast in its entirety.

The candidates were videotaped and those citizens unable to attend the Forum will have an opportunity to view the candidates and hear their responses to questions. The program will be about 2 hours.

The event begins with very brief introductions by unopposed Darke County candidates on the Primary ballot as well as opposed State and Federal Candidates or their representaties. Then the evening begins with opposed candidates for State Senate, 5th District followed by candidates for Court of Appeals, 2nd District. Candidates for Darke County Commissioner follow and the evening concludes with a review of the two State issues by League members.

Forum participants were given two minute introductory speeches. Following that, they answered questions submitted by the audience and discussed issues. They concluded with a one minute statement. Candidates involved included:

  • State Senate, 5th District (Vote for one): William D. Beagle ( R) or Joe LeMaster ( R). The successful candidate will oppose Fred Strahorn (D) in the November General Election.
  • Court of Appeals, 2nd District, term commencing Feb. 10, 2011, (vote for one): Mike Hall ( R) or George Reynolds ( R). The successful candidate has no opposition in the November General Election.
  • Darke County Commissioner: (Vote for one): Ed Huffman (R), Bob Robinson (R) or Mike Stegall (R). The successful candidate will oppose David Niley (D) in the November General Election.

The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan political organization with the major purpose being to inform voters about the candidates and issues. Special thanks to Nick Schmidt, for videotaping the evening, to Todd Kaiser from Bach to Rock for the sound system and for setting up the equipment and to the American Legion for use of their facility. PLEASE REMEMBER TO VOTE, TUESDAY, MAY 4.

Tool Collection Date Set to Benefit Nearly 100 Nonprofit Organizations

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HandsOn West Central Ohio, including the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, is collecting new (or gently used) gardening equipment, tools and cleaning supplies to support the creation of a new tool check-out program benefitting nonprofit organizations in Darke, Logan, Miami and Shelby Counties.

Drop off clean work gloves, rakes, shovels, buckets, brooms, gardening tools and other supplies on Wednesday, May 12, any time between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. at any of the following locations:

  • Habitat for Humanity ReStore - 2822 US 68 South, Bellefontaine
  • Darke County United Way - 207 East Fourth Street, Greenville
  • A Learning Place - 201 RM Davis Parkway, Piqua
  • Shelby County United Way - 121 East North Street, Sidney

These items will be used to create a tool check-out program. Local nonprofit organizations may check out supplies free of charge for use during volunteer projects throughout the year, especially projects held on Make a Difference Day. This year Make a Difference Day will be celebrated on October 22 and 23 in Darke, Logan, Miami and Shelby Counties.

All donations are tax-deductible. For more information about HandsOn West Central Ohio or Make a Difference Day, visit or call (937) 548-8002, ext. 211. Additional information is also available via

This event is held in partnership with Darke County United Way, HandsOn West Central Ohio, Logan County United Way, Piqua Area United Way, Shelby County United Way, Tipp City Area United Way and Troy United Way.

Monday, April 26, 2010

League of Women Voters Hosts Candidate Showdown

Although one DarkeJournal fan called the evening a "bust," a good crowd of citizens was able to become better acquainted with its primary candidates Monday evening at the Greenville American Legion.

State Senate candidates Joe LeMaster and Bill Beagle started the debate portion of the evening, both acquitting themselves well.

Judge Mike Hall and George Reynolds were next. The consensus was the Reynolds is analytical, while Hall is very well-spoken.

And that led to the much-anticipated debate of the commission candidates. Ed Huffman said: "I think our greatest asset is our citizens." Bob Robinson noted: "I've gotten a good feel for what the people want in Darke County." And Mike Stegall commented: "Darke County has been good to me. I want to give back."

A significant disagreement was established over the building of a new courts facility. Robinson favored refurbishing the existing buildings. Huffman said you don't be a new car when you have a used car budget (i.e. no new courts building). Stegall, however, favored the new courts complex and argued that it could be built with no new taxes through grants and other sources.

The quote of the night went to Bob Robinson, who said: "I'm not a crime fighter, I'm a crime supporter." Haha - Robinson quickly corrected his slip of the tongue.

There were no knockout blows, each candidate left the forum ready for the final week of the campaign.

Prior to the debate portion, unopposed candidates (or their representatives) were allowed to give short statements. John Kasich's representative knocked it out of the park, while Josh Mandel's rep was also excellent.

Huffman, Robinson, and Stegall as seen through a low-quality phone camera

Two new coaches hired by Greenville School Board

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All-around good guy Mike Albright is the new varsity boys basketball coach. He replaces the previous guy who lasted only a year - and whose Greenville career was highlighted with a suspension for cursing at a fan.

Brent DeVoss is the new soccer coach. Good luck to both new coaches.

Greenville softball officers spot funnel cloud

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Teen Leadership Camp

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Open to all High School teenagers. There are still some openings left. There is no cost for the camp, a grant covers all material, snacks and lunches. Total class will only be fifteen. May 1 and May 2. For more information, call Darke County chapter of the Red Cross at 548-1002.

UPDATE from the Red Cross: Since we still have some spots open in this weeks class and most of the students signed up are freshmen-we are opening it up to seventh and 8th graders at this time. I need to have at least an email to confirm them before Friday at 5! Once again thanks for your help in sharing this information! Email:

Volunteers needed

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In just a couple hours, you can meet hundreds of Darke County residents while helping raise funds for a great nonprofit organization.

The Cancer Association of Darke County needs 20 volunteers to collect and sell tickets for the Darke County BBQ Smoke Off on Saturday, May 8. An additional 20 volunteers are needed to stamp patrons’ hands as they leave or enter the gate, walk around the site offering assistance and more. Volunteers are asked to serve a two-hour shift between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m. This event will feature a variety of vendors selling barbecue-themed food and side items, as well as drinks. Volunteers for both positions must be at least 21 years old.

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, Greenville Rotary Club and the Darke County HOPE Foundation.

Versailles Area Barn Fire

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“After Nine Months, I was born, for a Second Time”

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“I have always referred to my life as being like a cyclone. At one point, I even had a screen name called Cycloniclifedg but that has been laid to rest. Seeing where I came from to where I am today was an adventure for sure.”

Hope in Recovery will have a David Garrett share his Story of Hope on Friday, April 30, at 7:00 pm at the regular Friday night support group meeting. He will tell of time behind prison walls and how it has impacted his life today. All are invited to hear his journey down the wrong path and his journey back.

Hope in Recovery meets every Tuesday afternoon from 2:00 – 3:00 pm, and every Friday night from 7:00 – 8:15 pm. Hope-a-non meets every Friday night from 7:00 – 8:15 pm.

Hope for Teens every Friday night from 7:00 – 8:15 pm. Meetings are held at the First Presbyterian Church, 114 E. 4th Street, Greenville.

Hope in Recovery is not limited to only the addictions of drugs or alcohol. If you or someone you know is struggling, please call 548-9006, or just show up.

Warning! Shocking photo of a freak natural disaster

Caution: some of you will not be able to handle the visual image below. Especially those of you who read the Fire Blog, you best not continue ...

Wave baseball goes 2-1 in the Ft. Loramie Invitational this past weekend

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Greenville went 2-1 on the weekend playing in the Fort Loramie Invitational, finishing 2nd overall after consecutive wins over Minster and state-ranked Tipp City landed them in the championship game against host Fort Loramie. Unfortunately, with the Greenville Senior Prom occurring Saturday night the Wave watched 8 starters leave for a "Night in New Delhi" and their JV replacements were a bit over matched by the Division 5 powerhouse Redskins, losing 14-2 to stop the win streak at 8.

New life in the Greenville City Park

As spring is approaching, there is new life in the Greenville City Park. Photo from Cherie Frost.

Greenville Park Board Meeting

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010, 6:00 PM in the Council Chambers.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Voters' forum - Monday night

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The League of Women Voters of Darke County will once again sponsor a Candidates' Forum for the May Primary Election on Monday, April 26 from 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM at the American Legion, Ohio Street in Greenville.

Here's your chance to ask questions of the candidates. Hope to see you there.

Funnel cloud spotted in Darke County Sunday

A funnel cloud was spotted in Darke County at about 2:05 p.m., near the instersection of State Route 571 and Coletown-Lightsville Road (noted with red icon below). If you have any photos, send them to

UPDATE: chathaway1051 submitted the photo below to iWitness7. Go here to read Hathaway's description.

UPDATE2: Here's another taken from the girls' softball diamonds on the west side of Greenville. Photo by gman. Thanks to

DarkeJournal Reader JM wants you to read this article from Business Week

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Bargain Homes in the Best School Districts

Ninety-nine and looking fine

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What is beauty? Is it the perfect make-up, designer clothes, diamond jewelry or the latest in hair styles? Or is it that contagious spirit living inside a woman that illuminates making others desire to be just like her? Maybe it’s both. True beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Be it a family member, your spouse or the ninety-nine year old woman I recently met at Alexis Hair Studio, here in Greenville.

A couple days before my hair appointment, I received a call from my stylist, Becky Hunt who owns the salon. She asked me if I would come in a little later than scheduled. “Of course” I replied then asked “why”? She informed me that she had “a regular” that wanted my 8:30 am appointment. Curious, I asked who and was told a ninety-nine year old lady. I thought to myself, “Ninety-nine and looking fine” and still going to the beauty shop,” just how cool is that? I knew at that very moment that I must meet this woman.

Her name is Florence Greenhoff and she was born May 19, 1910, in Darke County, where she has lived most of her life. She has three children and is widowed twice. She is open to dating, if the right guy comes along, chuckles her friend, Ann Starks.

I learned that Florence loves to cook and entertain. She hosted many parties for family and friends and has many friends; young and old alike, who continue to keep in touch and visit to have dinner with her. She lives at Fox Run, a senior community, and still drives to her many social activities.

She has played music “by ear” all her life on such instruments as the piano, organ, accordion and harmonica. She visits the Gade Healthcare Center to entertain on her keyboard, as well as friends at the Brethren Home and other facilities. She has a wonderful sense of humor and people continually tell her she is amazing and an inspiration to them due to her upbeat attitude, energy and zest for life.

Next month, May 19th to be exact, Florence will mark her 100th Birthday! Her family plans a wonderful party of celebration on the 16th where this time she won’t have to cook. There will be many friends and family honoring her special day.

As I sit back and marvel at this woman sitting under the hairdryer, sporting her little pink curlers and reading the National Enquirer, my mind fast forwards to my own life. She certainly is “Ninety-nine and looking fine!” At her age, I truly hope to be as beautiful as Florence B. Greenhoff, both on the inside as well as the out. [submitted by E.G.]

BUT, wait a minute. Where’s Annie?

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That’s Annie’s dog “Dave” looking over the baskets for dogs and cats donated by Edgetown Veterinary Clinic. They will be available for bidding at the Little Sure Shot Gala at Garst Museum on May 22. Inside the baskets are certificates for free exams, as well as doggy and kitty items.

The Little Sure Shot Gala will also have a 50/50drawing, and the drawing for the big raffle (50” HDTV flat screen and a 26” HDTV flat screen). There will be food and fun! Reservations as well as the TV raffle tickets are now being accepted by the museum, please call 548-5250.

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Greenville beats Versailles 13-3 in varsity baseball

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Greenville struck for 3 runs in the first inning, and would never relinquish the lead from there as they rolled to their 6th consecutive win.

In the 1st, Leis, Kagey and Shields all singled to make it 1-0, but with 2 outs in the inning Keaser lined a shot to left center that would score the other 2.

In the top of the 2nd for Versailles, Campbell would reach first on a miscommunication between Shields and Leis at the bag before a single by Kindell and a throwing error by Edwards would plate them both to bring Versailles to within 1.

In the bottom of the 2nd, Edwards started the inning with a walk and advanced to third when Leis reached on an error by the shortstop. Kagey then lined a shot to right to score Edwards, and on the next pitch Shields hit a 3-run home run that 2-hopped the Maintenance Building in left-center field.

Greenville would add another run in the 3rd when again Edwards would lead off by getting on and scoring on a Shields single to left field.

Versailles would add their 3rd run in the top of the 5th on a pair of Greenville errors, but the home half of the 5th is where the Wave put it away. Up 8-3, Edwards and Jacob Burk led the inning off with walks, before 4 consecutive singles by Leis, Kagey, Shields and Orth would plate the 5 necessary runs to finish the run rule.

Greenville moved to 8-6 following the game.

Box Score: VER: 3-3-4; 2 in 2nd, 1 in 5th; GHS: 13-14-4; 3 in 1st, 4 in 2nd, 1 in 3, 5 in 5th (game ended)

Offense: Darren Leis: 2-4, 3R; Derek Kagey: 4-4, 3 R, 3 RBI; Marc Shields: 4-4, 3R, HR, 5 RBI; Matt Orth: 3-4, RBI; Lee Keaser: 1-3, 2 RBI

Pitching: SP - Leis: 5 IP (W, 2-0), CG, 3 H, 2 BB, 5 K, 3 R (0 ER); S - Dan Edwards (5)

Greenville Prom 2010

The Greenville Prom theme this year was “A Night in New Delhi ”, and was attended by about 350. It was held at Romer’s Saturday night. The Junior Class with Jena Studabaker as President, did an excellent job. A good time was had by all. Congratulations to the prom king and queen Brandon Eckstein and Andrea Keller.

Election-related comments

There will be no more election-related comments (comments in the articles) allowed until after the primary. Anyone is free to submit an election letter until May 1st at noon. This website is not making endorsements for the primary.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

3rd Annual Wayne Lakes Plant Exchange

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Saturday May 8th, 9 a.m. to noon. Bring bulbs, groundcover, perrienials, berry bushes, plant starts or anything else you would like to trade. Bring your coffee and enjoy a morning with other gardeners.

State Auditor Mary Taylor visits Eaton

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State Auditor, and Lieutenant Governor candidate, Mary Taylor, stopped by the Crosswalk Coffee House in Eaton Friday for a meeting with supporters. Among those invited was Greenville's Barb Martin, activist and former chair of the Darke County Republican Party.

Rogation Service at St. Matthew's - April 25th

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St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, Ithaca, Ohio will be holding a Rogation Service on Sunday, April 25th!

All are invited to join us for this very special service where we will, once again celebrate the spring planting season. The name Rogation comes from the Latin 'rogare' which means to beseech. So as we gather on Rogation Sunday, we beseech God's blessings upon the seed, the soil, ...the weather, those who labor in the fields, and all of God's creation.

St. Matthew Lutheran Church is located on St. Rt. 722 in Ithaca, Ohio. Church service starts at 9:00 am, coffee and social time at 10:15am, and Sunday School at 10:30am with Pastor Joe Herr officiating the service.

DCRW to meet May 10th

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The Darke County Republican Women’s Club will meet on Monday, May 10 at the Brethren Community Center at 6:30 p.m. The speaker will be State Senator Keith Faber.

Senator Faber represents the 12th Ohio Senate District, which includes Allen, Champaign, Mercer, Preble, Shelby, and parts of Auglaize and Darke Counties. He was first elected to the Ohio House of Representatives in November 2000 where he served three terms as a Representative from the 77th House District.

In the Senate, Faber serves on the Judiciary Criminal Justice Committee, Judiciary Civil Justice Committee, Agriculture Committee, and is Vice Chair of the Insurance, Commerce, and Labor Committee. He also serves on the Ohio Retirement Study Council.

Faber obtained a Bachelor’s degree with honors in Public Administration/Policy with a minor in Biology from Oakland University in Michigan in 1988, and then obtained a Juris Doctorate from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law in 1991. Keith, his wife Andrea and their two children Adam and Brooke live outside Celina in Mercer County and attend St. John’s Lutheran Church.

Reservations for the dinner are required, please call Wavelene Denniston at 547-6477 or Those who would rather just hear the speech might come at 7:00 p.m.

Where's Annie now?

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Where’s Annie Now? At Wayne HealthCare, she met with CEO/President Wayne Deschambeau and Mike Pressnall , Director of Physician and Community Relations, learning that the hospital will be donating two medical procedures, a mammogram and a colonoscopy, medical fees included, to the Little Sure Shot Gala.

The Gala will be held on May 22 at Garst Museum, reservations may be called in to the museum at 548-5250. Besides this great donation, there will be a Live Auction and a Silent Auction plus raffle items, and door prizes. The doors will open at 6:00 p.m. on May 22. More items are on the museum website:

Friday, April 23, 2010

Greenville Girls Softball ranked #25 in the Country

... in the country!

The USA Today/National Fastpitch Coaches Association High School Top 25 is compiled by state representatives from across the country.

You can see the entire poll here.

Scroll down several stories to see coverage of the Wave's recent game against West Carrollton - and the team photo.

Keep it up Lady Wave!

Big Turnout for Partnering for Progress Quarterly Investor Meeting

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About 40 people attended the first Quarterly Partnering for Progress (P4P) Investors Meeting of 2010 on Friday, April 16th. The Partnering for Progress initiative, currently in its second year, is a collaboration between the Darke County Community Improvement Corporation (CIC), the Darke County Economic Development (ED) Office and almost 50 public and private investors from around the county that focuses on developmental efforts in Darke County. The event, held at the M. Sink Conference Room at Wayne Health Care in Greenville, featured a half-hour power point presentation from Economic Development Director Marc Saluk, a financial overview of the partnership from CIC Treasurer Randy Gump, and the election of two new investor representatives to the CIC board.

“I thought we had a great meeting,” said CIC President Phil Garbig, who opened the meeting with an overview of the CIC board and its recent efforts. “There was a lot of energy in the room, substantial participation from attendees and a great turn-out. It’s just another reflection of the initiative’s positive momentum. The progress of this cooperative effort bodes well for the county.”

Merlin sent in this interesting photo

What kind of bird is this?


The Darke County Commissioners have signed a proclamation designating April 18 to 24 as National Volunteer Week. The HandsOn West Central Ohio volunteer program has planned volunteer recognitions in all four of their counties this week with the first one beginning in Darke County. Along with recognizing all their wonderful volunteers, they are giving awards for RSVP Volunteer of the Year, Corporate Good Citizen Award, Agency Partner of the Year, and Voice for Volunteering.

HandsOn West Central Ohio, including RSVP, is a program of Council on Rural Services… programs for innovative learning.

Obligatory photo of smiling commissioners.

Fun photo of the day

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Free Kittens, six weeks old, litter box trained. Males and females. ADORABLE! Arcanum area. 423-6183

Huge Sale

At 100 N. Main St. in Palestine OH, the previous location of the Coon Den. Opening at 10 AM, Saturday (4-24). One day only. Many items new and in the box and priced to sell. Children's toys, housewares, electronics, anything you can imagine.* Call 937-459-0746 for questions, don't miss this awesome sale on anything and everything.

[*submitted press release. DJ does not guarantee this sale will have "anything you can imagine."]

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Lady Wave Softball

These pictures below are from Wednesdy’s girls softball game at Stebbins Field. The first is the Varsity Lady Wave Softball team (19-1 record) and are currently #1 in the State Division 2. The second is the softball park sign, and the third picture is the final pitch of the game by Senior Jordyn Fisherback, who has an 18-1 record. Also pictured in the action shot is third base Nicole Davis and first base Devan Bruner for the Wave. Greenville beat West Carrollton 7-0. The team’s only loss came last weekend in Ashland, Ohio, at the Wendy’s Classic, to Hueytown, Alabama, 7-0, the #1 team in Alabama, with a 38-8 record (they have played some college teams included in that record). Their next game is in the Champions Challenge in Loudonville, Ohio, this Friday at 5:30 against an undefeated team, Crestline. The only teams invited to this tournament are former state champions in different divisions. The Wave finished second in 2008, and won the tournament last year. [thanks to Dick Brown for photos and info]

Chat & Chocolate with Style - Serving fun with a side of chocolate for women 25+

Three Boutiques and Dayton Heart and Vascular Hospital unite for a charitable cause and an evening of fun, and fashion hosted by TV and Radio celebrity, Karen Kelly. The even, benefiting Brethren Home Community Services, will be held Thursday, April 29, in the Community Center of Mill Ridge Village – located off Sweet Potato Ridge Rd in Union, Ohio at 7 PM.

Mote & Associates Promotes Engineer’s Week

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February 14-20, 2010 was designated as National Engineer’s Week. This week marked the 60th annual event to encourage students to consider engineering careers while building public understanding and appreciation of engineers' contributions to society. Mote & Associates, Inc., Engineers and Land Surveyors of 214 W. Fourth Street, Greenville, Ohio promoted Engineer’s Week in the following ways:

  • Joined with Mayor Mike Bowers to proclaim February 14-20, 2010 as National Engineer’s Week in Greenville.
  • Sponsored an “Engineer’s Week Challenge” (a balsa wood boom building contest) for the Engineering Tech Prep class (a basic engineering program for juniors and seniors) at Greenville High School.
  • Offered their 8th annual complimentary seminar entitled “Liabilities”. The seminar was presented to contractors, municipalities, etc. to help assist, educate, and answer any questions regarding the different types of liability issues they may face throughout their construction projects. 61 attendees received valuable information to facilitate planning for construction projects. The winners of the “Engineer’s Week Challenge” and their teacher were given awards at the seminar. Door prizes were awarded to 3 lucky attendees.

Mote & Associates is a Civil Engineering & Surveying Company consisting of 14 employees. They also promote careers in engineering in other ways. They sponsor a scholarship in the spring (see for details), encourage one day student mentorships throughout the school year, and hire engineering interns as warranted by their work load.

Door prize winners at the annual seminar included (from left to right): Scott Richards - Ray Richard’s Construction (Greenville) – Restaurant Gift Card, Lisa Scheiding - Wagner Paving (Laura, Ohio) –
4 Dayton Dragon’s Tickets, Curt Garrison – Village Administrator of Arcanum – Gas Gift Card

New addition to the business directory

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Mote & Associates, Inc.

Flicks on 5th returns

Main Street Greenville will again be presenting Flicks on 5th -- family friendly movies played outdoors on a giant inflatable movie screen next to the Palace Office Building. This program was a huge hit when three movies were first played in 2008. This year's movies, weather permitting, will take place June 17, July 15, and August 19. Main Street Greenville will provide drinks and popcorn for sale - or bring your own. In the very near future, DarkeJournal will run a poll and you will get to pick the Flicks on 5th movies for 2010.

Stay tuned for more details.

DarkeJournal Political Endorsements

Several people have asked, and the answer is: no, this website will not be making political endorsements for any of the primary races. You will have to make up your own minds. Be sure to vote on May 4th.

6th Annual Progressive Ag Safety Day - June 15th

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The Darke County Chapter of Farm Safety 4 Just Kids will hold its 6th Annual Progressive Ag Safety Day for kids ages 7-12 on June 15th, 2010, from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the Darke County Fairgrounds in Greenville, Ohio.

This annual event is open to any child living in the Darke County area and presented by volunteers and supporters of the Darke County Chapter of FS4JK's. The cost of the Safety Day is $3.00 per child, and includes lunch, snacks, guest speakers, a Safety Day t-shirt, safety material, and goodie bag. The deadline to register is June 1st, and the participation is limited to 100 kids plus one parent or grandparent.

The following Safety Sessions will be presented at Safety Day: 1) Lawn Mower Safety, 2) Sun Safety/Healthy Lifestyle, 3) ATV/Dirt Bike Safety, 4) BB/Pellet Gun Safety 5) Water Safety. Our featured event will be a presentation by Trevor Hoff, a graduating senior from Francis Scott Key High School in Union Bridge, Maryland. At the age of 14, Trevor was stepping off a tractor at a grain elevator when it began to move forward. He was pulled into the path of the oncoming tire and the upper-half of his body was crushed under the weight of the tractor. The incident occurred on a concrete surface breaking Trevor’s pelvic bone in half and shattering the bones from his jaw to his forehead. Trevor will be telling “his story”.

For information about Safety Day registration, please send email to or call at 937-417-7412. For any other information about Progressive Ag Safety Day, contact Janet Rhoades, 937-448-2740, or

Where is Annie now?

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Annie stopped in at The Andersons Marathon Ethanol Plant , Greenville, to see their donation for the Little Sure Shot Gala at Garst Museum. Plant manager Ted Hafer shows her two of the sixteen bags of lawn treatment Andersons will be donating. There will be in two lots of eight bags each available for bidding.

Another exciting event at the Gala, which will be held on May 22, will be a 50/50 raffle. Reservations for the $10 tickets may now be called in for the event. Call the museum at 548-5250.

Additional auction items can be viewed at

Piqua teacher is a finalist in contest to appear on 'As the World Turns'

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010


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To kick off National Preservation Month “Old is the New Green,” the Friends of Bear’s Mill will be hosting their annual Spring Open House on Saturday, May 1 and Sunday, May 2, from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. A recycled wool hooked rug demonstration by Angie Ditmer of Plain & Simple Cabin will begin on Sunday at 2 p.m.

The Mill Store is well-stocked for the season. Visitors will enjoy tastings of our new dip and smoothie mixes while browsing our scented lotions, garden soaps, kitchen gadgets and gourmet foods. These wonderful products as well as many other spring and summer items are here just in time for Mother’s Day!

In the Gallery will be wood sculptures by Klaus Otten and photography by Doug Taylor. The opening art reception for these two accomplished artists will be held Saturday night, May 1 from 6pm to 9pm. A fresh selection of soda fired pottery by the Bear’s Mill potters will also be available.

“Interesting new items are coming in daily,” stated Judy Stachler, retail associate. “And the public is welcome to come out to enjoy the delights of spring around the Mill property, including the colorful blossoms on our beautiful redbud trees and Japanese maples,” she explained.

The Friends of Bear’s Mill keep the Mill open to the public through donations and grants, an educational tour program, Mill Store & Gallery sales and several special events that generate interest in and visitation to the historic site.

Bear’s Mill is located at 6450 Arcanum-Bear’s Mill Road about 5 miles east of Greenville. For more information, contact Bear’s Mill at 937-548-5112 or on the web at

Starting Friday at Wayne Cinemas

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University of Miami (Ohio) grad is a really sleazy guy

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Link here. [no similar problems with the Bowling Green grads]

[A commenter has chimed in to point out that it's "Miami University," not "University of Miami." The commenter however did not deny the sleaziness of Ben Roethlisberger.]

Business After Hours - April 22nd (5pm to 7pm)

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Phelan Insurance Agency, 863 East Main Street, Versailles

Beverages and hors d'oeuvres will be served
Bring your business card for networking and door prize drawing
Open to the public-RSVP is not required

Phelan Insurance Agency, Inc. is a full service insurance agency offering all lines of insurance coverage.

A United Healthcare representative will be on hand to answer questions regarding: An exclusive group health insurance plan offered to chamber members; and National Health Care Reform Legislation.

Visit the Chamber Calendar of Events for additional information

Visit the Phelan Insurance Agency website


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“Art at the Mill” will feature the work of photographer Doug Taylor and sculptor Klaus Otten during the month of May. The exhibit at historic Bear’s Mill opens with a reception on Saturday, May 1 and continues through Sunday, May 23; hours for the reception are 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.

Bellbrook resident Doug Taylor says that he loves photography, printing, and visual arts, and that his enthusiasm for these subjects has only grown over the years. Most of the photographs included in this show are recently printed and stretched on canvas, thus eliminating a frame, glass and mat board. “All that remains is the image itself,” the photographer explains. According to Mill spokesperson Julie Clark, Doug enjoys sharing his photographs with as many people as possible. “He believes in the old cliche that says there are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer,” Ms. Clark stated.

Sculptor Klaus Otten has worked in a variety of three-dimensional media including plaster, ceramics, synthetic materials and metal. The artist grew up in Germany, where he earned a graduate degree in electronic engineering before emigrating to the United States. Otten says that sculptures stimulate thought, and when viewed from different perspectives engage the viewer into a dialogue.

Since 1989, Otten’s preferred medium has been wood. “As a living medium it adds life to abstract forms, and perhaps more than any other material can convey human emotions, feelings and relationships.,” said the sculptor. “The structure and life of the tree is an integral part of a wooden sculpture; the rings and imperfections offer stimulus to the artist in shaping the figures as well as giving the sculptures unique character which cannot be duplicated,” Otten concluded.

Paintings by Trish McKinney and metal sculpture by Douglas Benedict are currently on display at the Mill. “Art at the Mill” is on view during regular Mill store hours, 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturdays and 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Sundays. Bear’s Mill is operated by The Friends of Bear’s Mill, a non-profit organization, and is located at 6450 Arcanum-Bear’s Mill Road about 5 miles east of Greenville. For more information, contact Bear’s Mill at 937-548-5112 or on the web at

Upcoming Union City Chamber of Commerce Events

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Lunch Topics Program, Thursday, April 29th at Noon
At the UCI Fire Department’s Community Outreach Training Center, 201 South Howard Street

Topic: “Evolving Cyber Threats and How They Attack Companies”
Speaker: Tom Buczek, Sr. Vice President, First Merchants Bank
Lunch catered by Bouser’s Barn, Cost: $10 for Chamber member, $15 for non-Chamber member.

Send reservations to Union City Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 424, Union City, IN 47390, Or call: 765-964-5409

19th Annual City Wide Garage Sale, Friday, May 28th and Saturday, May 29th from 8AM-5PM
Registration to be included in all publicity materials/announcements ranges from $10-$13.
Contact the Chamber office for more information at 765-961-5409 or email:

Mother's Day Brunch at the Bistro Off Broadway

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Every mom will receive a complimentary rose. Carving station, omelet station and many new items will be available. Reservations are required for this Event. Call 937-316-5000 to make yours today!

Where and When: 117 East Fifth Street, Greenville, Ohio 45331, Sunday, May 9, 2009, 11:00AM-2:00PM.

Meeting report - Darke T.E.A. Patriots - April 20, 2010 (press release)

The Tuesday April 20, 2010 regularly scheduled DARKE T.E.A. PATRIOTS Meeting was very informative, fairly well attended and accomplished the goals identified by the group since February 1, 2010. Our goal simply stated is, and has been, to be able to endorse a selected list of primary candidates. Of the sixteen speakers invited to participate in this process, nine candidates, or their designated representatives, actually made a presentation.

The vote took place and the winners are: Darke County Commissioner─Bob Robinson; State Senator(5th Dist.)─Joe LeMaster; State Representative (79th Dist.)─Richard Adams; Second District Court of Appeals─George B. Reynolds; Governor & Lt. Governor─John Kasich and Mary Taylor; Secretary of State─Jon Husted; Attorney General─Mike DeWine; State Treasurer─Josh Mandel; State Auditor─Dave Yost; U.S. Senator─Rob Portman; U.S. Representative (8th Dist.)─John Boehner; Chief Justice Supreme Court─Maureen O’Conner; Supreme Court Justice─Judith Ann Lanzinger.

Relevant (just maybe interesting) information about the election is presented to let the reader and the Active Members of the DARKE T.E.A. PATRIOTS know some statistics and a few colorful details. First, in order to cast a vote, the voter was required to be a qualified voter. This meant someone who has attended previous Darke T.E.A. Patriots meetings or a rally and expressed an interest in becoming a member as well as agreeing with our Mission and Policy Statements. It was someone to whom a membership card had previously been issued. The result was forty-three qualified voters and thirty-two non-qualified individuals. Four of these non qualified folks later expressed an interest in becoming a member of our group.

This procedure was established based upon a bit of paranoia, which seems to be justified, because a non- qualified individual attempted to obtain a ballot but was not successful. In that the ballot would not have had a valid number on it, the ballot would not have been counted in any case. There was a single secure source for the validation number. The reason for this system was to prevent a rumored attempt to influence this election in favor of a specific candidate by introducing non-member voters.

Dori Howdieshell placed all the ballots available in a basket and started the vote tally. Thomas Subler participated in the final vote tally plus a rapid audit of the process. Dori was not eligible to vote and based on past experience was selected because of her ability to accomplish a task conscientiously. Thomas was asked to perform the audit task because he is a trusted member of the DARKE T.E.A. PATRIOTS. An issue was raised during the actual vote counting regarding the individual doing the counting.

After the winners were announced, the Darke County Campaign Chair for the Seth Morgan effort strongly questioned the procedure of one person counting the ballots. This person questioned the results of the vote because there should have been at least two individuals involved in vote counting. She also said that the agenda said that the recommendations of the committee that met April 8 were supposed to have been presented before the actual vote.

Al Bliss lost it and told the women that she had an opportunity to furnish comments about the draft agenda and did not do so. He also said that he would not tolerate any further attacks on the person selected to count the votes or the individual that conducted the audit. A question is called for at this point. Is it possible that some of this conduct was as a result of a plan being thwarted?

Every ballot was subsequently examined and the ballot date was entered into a computer database. The results rapidly obtained by Dori Howdieshell and audited by Thomas Subler were confirmed.

As a result of the above effort, the endorsements that are listed as those of the Darke TEA Patriots are indeed those of the groups’ members and not a general public endorsement.

[submitted press release]

World War II Vet Ezra D. Miller passed away Sunday

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Ezra David Miller, 84, of Greenville passed away April 18, 2010 at Gade Nursing Home. Dave was born April 5, 1926 in Darke County, Ohio to the late Ezra I. and Elizabeth “Betty” (Martin) Miller.

Dave was a 1944 graduate of Gettysburg High School. He worked faithfully for many years as a feed salesman for Keller Feed and Grain. Dave liked working with many different types of animals and enjoyed tending to his garden. He spent much of his retirement traveling and enjoying life, and was a member of Oakland Church of the Brethren. Dave served his country honorably as a member of the United States Army serving in Tokyo and the Philippines liberation during WWII and was honored for his efforts with several service medals.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Open thread: a Darke County tax on Eldora tickets?

One of the commission candidates is campaigning on the idea of Darke County issuing a tax on tickets to Eldora Raceway. The gist of the argument is that a $1 ticket tax, for example, would not deter any race fans from coming to Eldora. And since 90% of Eldora fans are from out-of-county, this tax would have the effect of bringing lots of out-of-county dollars to Darke County.

Any thoughts on this idea?

Justice delayed 22 years for Angel Vincent

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Darryl Durr was executed today for the 1988 rape and murder of 16-year-old Angel Vincent in Elyria, Ohio. Courageous to the very end, Durr attempted to delay his execution on the argument that he was allergic to the drug that would be used to cause his death. The courts did not buy the argument, and Governor Ted Strickland rejected an 11th hour clemency plea. Ohio's new one-drug execution method was again flawlessly administered - as Durr's sentence was finally carried out at 10:36 a.m. this morning.

Where's Annie Now?

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She stopped in at the Bistro to talk to Ted Abney. The Bistro is donating several $50 certificates for meals there. Those certificates will be in the Live or Silent auction at the “Little Sure Shot Gala” on May 22. The event will be held at Garst Museum with doors opening at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 and can be picked up at the museum.

Other prizes can be viewed at

Secretaries' Administrative Professionals Week

The Flower Patch “Traveling Van” will be driving around Greenville, Wednesday, April 21….

If you have an Administrative Professional that you would like to say “Thank you for all you do” with flowers, we will stop at your office and you can pick out that special arrangement from our Van.

All you do is call the Flower Patch 548.5675 and ask them to add your business to the list…… What a great way to say Thank you!

New details in fatal car accident over the weekend

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Chaos at the Darke County Tea Party meeting

The Darke County T.E.A. Patriots met Tuesday night at the Lighthouse Christian Center for the purpose of endorsing candidates. This group was formed recently - and as many as 100 people were at the meeting. A number of people attended the meeting with the expectation of voting, but at some point it was announced that only those people who had attended a prior Tea Party meeting would be eligible to vote. As a result, only 43 ballots were cast. Many people were disappointed at not being able to vote.

Al Bliss is the leader of the group and apparently conducted the meeting. Various candidates gave presentations, either in person or through a representative.

Each candidate for county commissioner was present and spoke on his own behalf. In the race for State Auditor, candidate Dave Yost was represented by Lyn Bliss, who gave a speech which was critical of the opponent Seth Morgan. Morgan, who attended the meeting with his family, spoke on his own behalf.

Numerous other candidates (or their representatives) also spoke.

When it came time for the vote, it was announced at some point (or it became apparent) that Dori Howdieshell would tally the ballots - see press release below. Seth Morgan's local representative objected on the basis that Ms. Howdieshell was affiliated with the Yost campaign. This caused a verbal argument between the Morgan's representative and Mr. Bliss in which Mr. Bliss yelled out the f-word in the presence of Seth Morgan's young children. Although nobody could provide a direct quote, the context consistently referenced was that Mr. Bliss didn't "f****** care" what Morgan's representative thought.

Ms. Howdieshell proceeded with the tally of the votes in private, and unlike the press release below, several attendees commented on the vote taking "a long time," or as much as a half hour.

When the vote was announced, Bob Robinson narrowly defeated Mike Stegall - and the vote tally was announced. Thereafter, the vote tallies of the other races were not announced. Dave Yost won the endorsement for Auditor of State.

DarkeJournal has spoken to several attendees of the meeting who were unhappy with the voting process. Those attendees also reported speaking with other Tea Partiers (not interviewed) who had the same concerns. The upset attendees cited the friendship of Mr. Bliss, Mrs. Bliss, and Ms. Howdieshell, and their perceived support of the Yost and Robinson campaigns. Several spoke of quitting the current Tea Party or forming a new Tea Party.

It should be noted that Bob Robinson left the meeting early due to illness, and Yost didn't attend at all. Neither was involved in the voting, and none of the attendees were critical of them in any way.

[Info was received by 10 Tea Partiers via phone, email, or in person in compiling the report above. If you attended the meeting and have more to add, you can email confidentially to]

Monday, April 19, 2010

Movie review: Date Night

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Playing for a few more nights at Wayne Theater ...


The League of Women Voters of Darke County will once again sponsor a Candidates' Forum for the May Primary Election on Monday, April 26 from 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM at the American Legion, Ohio Street in Greenville.

This non-partisan forum will focus on the contested candidates in the primary for Darke County Commissioner, 2nd District Court of Appeals Judge and 5th District State Senate. At the conclusion of the program, the League will present information on the State and local issues.

Candidates listed below will give two minute introductory speeches. Following that, they will answer questions. The public is encouraged to attend and submit written questions. Questions are then screened by a panel of League members, equally represented from the Democratic and Republican parties. The following candidates are listed in the order that they will appear on the program.

  • State Senate, 5th District (Vote for one): William D. Beagle ( R) or Joe LeMaster ( R). The successful candidate will oppose Fred Strahorn (D) in the November General Election.
  • Court of Appeals, 2nd District, term commencing Feb. 10, 2011, (vote for one): Mike Hall ( R) or George Reynolds ( R). The successful candidate has no opposition in the November General Election.
  • Darke County Commissioner: (Vote for one): Ed Huffman (R), Bob Robinson (R) or Mike Stegall (R). The successful candidate will oppose David Niley (D) in the November General Election.

The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan organization with the major purpose being to inform voters about the candidates and issues. Funding for voter service activities comes from the League House Tour and other fundraisers. For further information about the League, call Diane Johnson , League Co-President, 547-3339.


Appearing at the League of Women Voters' Candidates’ Night for the Primary at the American Legion, Monday, April 26 will be the opposed candidates for Darke County Commissioner. Back row, left to right:: Irene Winterrowd, Voter Service Chairperson, Loretta Etzell, the League moderator for the evening and Karen Brooks, League Co-President. Front row, left to right: Ed Huffman, Bob Robinson and Mike Stegall. The successful candidate will oppose David Niley in the November General Election.

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