Wednesday, August 31, 2011

This Week at elementsLife...

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HisSong to Perform This Weekend

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HisSong, one of the top Christian music groups from Nashville Tennessee will be at Triumphant Christian Center Sat. evening of Sept. 3 @ 7pm and also Sunday morning Sept. 4 @ 11am. We urge you to come early for a seat @ one or both of these free concerts.

This group was formed in 2001 and travels throughout the USA and has performed internationally. They were especially blessed to sing @ "SOLD OUT" concerts in Norway @ their largest fair and several churches in the capitol of Osio. The trio has also performed on center stage @ the NQC in Louisville.

During their 10 yrs as a group HisSong has released six CD'S. They were nominated for a dove award for their album "On the Way Up" and they have had several songs in the "Top 20" and "Singing News" charts of Christian music. Some of their best known recordings include "The Grave Can't Hold Me," "Joy in My Heart" and "I Still Have It All."

TCC is located @ 1129 S Towne Ct in Greenville, Ohio. Doors open @ 6pm Sept 3 and 10am Sept 4. Pastor Sam Shilot and the congregation extends a welcome to all members of the community to join us in a time of Christian music and praise.

Further info is available @ and/or or by calling 937-417-1318

Diabetes and Kidney Disease Program Offered for Free at Wayne HealthCare

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The National Kidney Foundation noted that 10 to 40 percent of those with Type 2 diabetes eventually will suffer from kidney failure. To learn more about this complication attend the Free Monthly Diabetes Education Program, which will discuss “Diabetes and Kidney Disease”. The program will be held on September 13, 2011 at 6:00 pm in the conference rooms at Wayne HealthCare.

The program will be presented by Karen Droesch RD,LD,CDE the Certified Diabetes Educator and Registered Dietitian at Wayne HealthCare. Karen will provide the presentation and allow time to answer your questions regarding diabetes. Cost is FREE. If you have questions about the program, please call 937-547-5750.

BRC Looking for Volunteers to Assist with Library

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You don’t have to know the Dewey Decimal System to “play librarian” for one local retirement community!

Brethren Retirement Community needs volunteers to assist residents with checking books, magazines and other materials in and out from the organization’s on-site library. Volunteers will also return items to shelves as needed. This opportunity is available to volunteers who are at least 18 years old every Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. or Tuesday and Friday from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

“The library aide gives support to the residents by assisting with reading selection and checking books in and out. Their visual presence assures visitors to the library that help is readily available,” says Janet Ashworth, Volunteer Coordinator Brethren Retirement Community.

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, and the Darke County HOPE Foundation.

Help Wanted: Country Bridal & Tux

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Guest Column from State Representative Jim Buchy: Working Together to Bring Jobs, Issue 2 is Key to the New Direction

Lately, I have noticed a few people in the district speaking about Issue 2, collective bargaining reform for government employees, as if they had all the facts. Unfortunately, the claims made and printed in local newspapers by these individuals are not the facts. A YES on Issue 2 means jobs, and a NO means status quo.

Issue 2 will lower the cost of doing business in this state by providing local governments and the state the ability to rein in labor cost which is the highest cost to any government employer. The other side wants things to stay the way they are. According to Rich States, Poor States, Ohio is 49th in economic performance rank. Our tax structure and policies are costing this state economic productivity. We must make changes to the way we function as a state. There are two choices: make changes and move forward, or continue down the same path in a rut that causes productive and promising people to flee the state and jobs to leave. I supported collective bargaining reform in the legislature because I went to Columbus to do a job; I want to turn this state around.

In the letters to the editor recently, Governor Kasich and the pro-jobs side was accused of being weak by wanting to negotiate with the unions. Throughout the collective bargaining reform process we have invited the unions to the table. We want their input and partnership in this opportunity to turn Ohio in the right direction. The OEA has not come to the table, and many of the unions refused to offer suggestions on how to correct the language. During the process I held three public forums in the district. I listened to the residents and government employees, and I then brought those suggestions back to the legislature. Those suggestions were a key part of making SB 5 a good bill. It is natural that leaders would remain open to discussion with the unions and avoid a political battle in November that will cost each side 40 million dollars and fill your mailboxes and consume your televisions.

Issue 2 is about jobs, and bringing this state in the right direction. I am confident I am on the right side of this issue. Despite what you may read from the other side, many Ohioans understand the consequences of the status quo. In November, I will be voting YES for jobs, YES for Issue 2. That is the right direction and that is how we will move Ohio forward.

Greenville's K-8 Plan in Detail, Submitted by Citizens for Quality Greenville Schools

For quite a while people have been talking about the possibility of Greenville Schools constructing a new building. The project has gone through many stages and is at the point that everyone needs to look at the project and get an idea of what has been done to get to this point. In January a group of people from every precinct in the district was invited to be part of a committee that would look at all of the proposals. From January to May they met each month, visited your schools and also some new schools in the area to see what has been done in other districts. The end result was the project described below.

The proposed layout, with Ohio Street running along
the northwest side.
The Project

  • A new, fully furnished facility for grades K-8 and renovations to the existing High School.
  • An environmentally friendly and efficient building utilizing the benefits of "green" technology
  • A building in which security features provide a safe environment for students and staff.
  • New classrooms providing up-to-date technology, science labs, and flexible learning spaces to enhance the instructional environment.
  • A building providing the space and accessibility to meet the needs of our physically challenged population.
  • Renovations to the existing high school to create efficiencies of operation and enhanced educational opportunities.

The Rationale:

  • The Ohio Schools Facilities Commission (OSFC) advised the district that aging buildings would cost more to renovate than to replace and OSFC would provide co-funding accordingly.
  • The consolidation of Woodland, East, South, and the Junior High would allow operational cost reductions contrasting the current building configuration.
  • The State's financial commitment to GSD's for the project is $18,192,750.
  • Interest rates are at an all-time low.
  • It is much more cost efficient to run one new building than four old buildings.

The Cost for Taxpayer:

  • 6.43 Mills for 28 years and 1/4% School District Income Tax
  • With the elimination of a 2 mil permanent improvement levy enacted in 1989
  • $ 100,000 home = $173 annually (taxpayer 64 years old and less living in home)
  • $ 100,000 home = $130 annually (taxpayer 65 years or older living in home)
  • $ 25,000 income = $63.00 annually ($50 Senior Credit)

[Editor's Note: The above amounts reflect the net increase in tax burden after adding the school levy and removing the permanent improvement levy.]

For information on figuring your tax burden go here:

GGSA To Make Improvements At Stebbins Field

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The Greenville Girls Softball Association would like to thank the Terry Hartnagle Family for their generous donation this summer. The Hartnagle's donated a much needed ice machine and a slushie machine for use in the concession stand at Stebbins Field in Greenville. The two machines are greatly appreciated by everyone involved in the Greenville Girls Softball Association including all officers & trustees, players, parents, and the many volunteers that take part in the organization throughout the year.

GGSA is currently looking at many improvements in the coming months and years including diamond refurbishing, lights on diamonds #3 and #4, batting cage refurbishing, two new diamonds in the new south addition, and general maintenance and equipment replacement. Stebbins Field is already a great facility and GGSA is committed to making it even better in the coming years as they continue to add to what they already have in a great facility.

If you would like to help this great local organization by contributing and/or volunteering in any way please contact any GGSA officer or trustee. GGSA is constantly looking at making improvements throughout the year. If you would like to help please do not hesitate to contact them. Contact information can be found at

DC Park district Board of Commissioners to Hold Meeting

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The Darke County Park District Board of Commissioners will hold a Regular Board Meeting on Thursday, September 8, 2011 at 5:30 p.m. at the Shawnee Prairie Nature Education Center, 4267 St. Rt. 502 W. Greenville, OH.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011 Greenville Man Charged in "Accidental Shooting" of His Daughter

1 comment: has the story of a Greenville man who appeared in court today to answer charges that were filed
against him in relation to an incident in March that saw his daughter shot in the stomach.

He is being charged with negligence in handling a firearm and for shooting at a non-gaming bird, both of which he pleaded not guilty to.

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Remember the Salem Mall? By Abraham Lincoln

It was 43 years ago when me and my son, Christopher, then 11 years of age, was digging in our sack looking for something to eat. Chris used to go with me to art shows in the area. He was probably full of cheese given away at the shows and too young to drink wine – so I drank his.

I liked to use art shows as a kind of gauge to see what people were buying. If I had some of that then I knew I would be successful and bring home the bacon, or enough money to buy it with.

Sometimes I noticed that landscapes were selling or the larger “sofa size” pictures sold out fast. Whatever sold quickly was what I would be painting for the next show.

It was like the good old days, when I sold oil paintings, because we could buy things for the family. My wife said the extra money was spent for clothes and shoes for the kids – we had five children. We got the new washer after selling an oil painting and a week later I sold another and we got a matching clothes dryer.

Chris and I used to go to the Art Shows held at the National Cash Register Company, NCR, on south Main Street in Dayton, Ohio. If not there then at the University of Dayton where we set up, with others, on the grounds and sold our pictures.

At NCR I would always sell out and often won prizes NCR awarded for the best drawing or the best oil painting. I won Best of Show for a Buffalo I carved out of a piece of floor joist taken from the gutted farm house they were tearing down to build the new JVS.

I have a drawer full of ribbons and while some have faded, others are permanently wrinkled – they bring back a lot of memories of those days when art with a capital “A” was important to me and my family.

Salem Mall was a mecca for me and other area artists who met there to compete with one another and to sell pictures to the wandering public. I always set up my display in the hallway besides Rike’s Department store because it had a constant stream of people coming and going through the store or through that end of the mall complex. And I did very well there.

I was set up there when the first lunar vehicle was landing on the Moon and the surface of the Moon was being described on radio.

The crew consisted of Armstrong as Commander and Aldrin as Lunar Module Pilot, with Command Module Pilot Michael Collins. Armstrong and Aldrin landed in the Sea of Tranquility and became the first humans to walk on the Moon on July 21.

I listened and looked at my still wet oils depicting the Lunar landscape with the landing module firmly in place. People stopped and looked at my black and white oil paintings and practically fought each other to buy them.

It was so lucrative that I came home and painted one or two more Lunar landscapes and hurried them back to the Salem Mall and sold them too. I didn't sell much of anything else that week but I was selling and other artists came down to see what I had that was causing such a ruckus. Sadly, that era of space for artists ended.

I never thought that the Salem Mall would end up being hauled away in large dump trucks and the giant parking lot that was filled to overflowing with shoppers would be a sea and Sears an island?


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Meet Bill Whiting, the grandson of the founder
of Banfi wines, at the DCCAdent Evening, October 7th.
Darke Co. Center for the Arts is pleased to have William Whiting, the grandson of the founder of the Banfi winery and a 1990 University of Dayton alumnus presenting the Banfi Wines. Mr. Whiting’s grandfather, John S. Mariani, Sr. founded the winery in 1919.

The upcoming fundraiser, the DCCAdent Evening will be held at the Greenville Golf Course, on Friday, October 7. The evening will include a multi-course Italian dinner paired with the wines of Castello Banfi, Italy’s most honored Vineyard Estate. (

Banfi enjoys the unique claim of representing three brands among the nation’s 10 top-selling imports, and its Italian vineyard estate, Castello Banfi of Montalcino, Tuscany, has won Italy’s highest wine honor four times – the Premio Gran VinItaly as International Winery of the Year.

As Wine Education Director of Banfi Vintners, Bill implements educational programs about wine for the staffs of Banfi wholesalers, industry professionals, students in the hospitality field and the general public. He keeps abreast of developments in the field through active involvement with such professional organizations as the Society of Wine Educators, American Wine Society and the Dioneysian Society International.

Prior to joining Banfi, Mr. Whiting was associated with Heidelberg Distributing Co. of Dayton, Ohio. He joined Banfi in 1997 as a sales manager in the firm’s Central Division where he was responsible for the company’s business in Missouri, Kansas and Nebraska.

New this year to the DCCAdent Evening will be the opportunity for an optional tasting of the premium wines offered by Banfi. This unique experience will be available for $20 for four pours, during appetizers.

The fabulous multi-course dinner will be paired with wines. Fun House Mirrors from Columbus will be providing music for dinner and dancing. Also that evening, there will be an auction for 4 tickets to the November 19 OSU vs. Penn State game graciously donated by State Representative Jim & Sharon Buchy.

Tickets for $70.00, include dinner, wine, entertainment, tax and tip. Tickets are available at the DCCA office in the Greenville Public Library or by calling 547-0908 or at the Greenville Golf Course. As space is limited, the ticket purchase deadline is September 30.

Darke County Center for the Arts is a not-for-profit community arts council that presents and promotes performing and fine arts.

4th Annual Photo Competition to be Held September 9 – 11

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The Darke County Photography Club will hold its 4th Annual Photography Competition, “A Moment of Time” from September 9 – 11, 2011 at 620 South Broadway, Greenville, Ohio. The club is pleased to announce that there will be over $1000.00 in prize money awarded at the show this year thanks to our sponsors. The Best of Show Ribbon and $100.00 is sponsored by Greenville National Bank. The Ron Swank People’s Choice Ribbon and $75.00 is sponsored by Jeannie’s Pooch Parlor. The Darke County Photo Club Member’s Choice Ribbon and $25.00 is sponsored by the Darke County Photo Club. The Student Best of Show Ribbon and $25.00 is sponsored by The Daily Advocate. Our other sponsors include the following: Granny’s Corner, Bur Oak Family Dentistry, Double M Diner, Making Waves, Hartzell Veterinary Service, Schultz Motors, Dr. Craig Leland Dentistry, McCabe Painting, Winery at Versailles, Edgetown Veterinary Service, Matt & Angie Arnold, Wieland Jewelers, Ridgeway Cleaning Service, Hittle Buick GMC, Cratiques Antiques and Collectibles, Creations, A Hair Salon, and Helen’s Flowers.

Interested photographers may enter up to 5 photographs for $20.00 in the following categories: People, Architecture, Sea/Landscapes, Nature, Domestic Animals, Wildlife, Unclassified, Digitally Enhanced, Photojournalism, and Student. Photographs may be dropped off as follows: Friday, September 9 from 1PM to 6PM or Saturday, September 10 from 9AM to 12 noon. All photographs must be picked up as follows: Saturday, September 10 from 7:30PM to 8:30PM or Sunday, September 11 from 1PM to 3PM. For further details, visit our website at or contact Jeannie Grosch at (937) 548-6287 or Shelley Miller at (937) 459-2811.

Diabetic Group Classes Offered at Wayne HealthCare

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Keeping your blood glucose within target range reduces your risk of developing diabetes related complications. Controlling your blood glucose starts with increasing your knowledge about diabetes and setting goals to make lifestyle changes. Education provides you with the latest information regarding diabetes and helps identify myths about diabetes. Classes also provide you with an individualized meal plan that fits your lifestyle and nutritional needs.

The Certified Diabetes Educator from Wayne HealthCare provides education through interactive Diabetic Group classes. The classes will provide you with knowledge and motivation to manage your diabetes.

The classes will help understand the following: 1) facts associated with diabetes, 2) the relationship between diabetes and healthy eating, 3) the value of monitoring and using the results, 4) the importance of exercise, 5) how diabetic medications work, and 6) ways to reduce risk of complications.

The class series consists of four classes. The cost to attend is $10 per class or $40 for all four classes. Registration is required so please contact the Certified Diabetes Educator at 937-547-5750.

To meet individual’s schedules, the classes in September will be held at two locations. Classes will be held at Wayne HealthCare on September 12, 19, 26, and October 3, 2011 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and at the Union City Medical Center on September 16, 23, 30, and October 7, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Future classes at Wayne HealthCare will be offered in the morning and afternoon. Morning classes will be offered on October 5, 12, 19, and 26, 2011 on December 5, 7, 12, and 14, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Afternoon classes will be offered on November 7, 14, 21, and 29 from 1:00p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

One-to-One education is also available to help you on your road to diabetes management.

Remember that you are not alone on your diabetes journey. The Wayne HealthCare Diabetes Self Management Education department would like to be part of your support system. We are an accredited program through the American Association of Diabetes Educators. Local Group Returns from Documenting Hurricane Irene

2 comments: has a story on the Severe Weather Alert Team, led by Darke County's Brandon Redmond. They recently returned after spending 72 hours taking video and photos of hurricane Irene while also taking measurements of air pressure and wind speed and reporting it to the National Weather Service.

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GCPD: Man Dies After Found Unresponsive

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On Tuesday, August 30, 2011 at approximately 9:37 a.m., the Greenville Police Department received a 9-1-1 call in reference to a male subject lying on the floor in a garage; possibly having fallen. Officers responded to the scene at 9:39 a.m. and found a male subject lying unresponsive on the garage floor. Greenville Township Rescue personnel arrived on the scene soon after, and began life-saving efforts. Careflight was called and the victim was transported to the landing zone. 

The Greenville Police Department was notified a short time later that the victim was deceased. The cause and manner of death are still being investigated

Cancer Association Announces its Seventh Annual Gospel Sing Concert on September 11, 2011

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Your local and independent Cancer Association of Darke County is putting on their seventh annual Gospel Sing concert. The Gospel Sing is a free, nondenominational concert on September 11th, at Saint Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville opening at 6:00 PM and concluding at 8:00 PM.

This week, we will be highlighting some of this year’s performers. This article covers the following artists: Jerri Libert, Kimi Holsapple, the New Dawn Trio, and Daryl Peeples

Help Wanted: Family Health Seeks Dental AQP

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Full-time Dental AQP is needed, with dental office software experience. EOE.
Please send resume to Family Health Attn: Human Resources 5735 Meeker Road Greenville, OH 45331

Treaty City Invitational is This Saturday! Volunteers Wanted!

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The Treaty City Cross Country Invitational will be held on this Saturday, September 3rd in the park with the first race going off at 8:30. The Treaty City Invitational is the third largest cross country invitational in the state of Ohio boasting over 3500 runners from all over the state.

If you are interested in helping out with the invitational this year please e-mail Ed Porter. Coach Porter's e-mail address is Thanks in advance for your support!

Brilliant Beginnings Recognized by County CIC

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Versailles Village Administrator Randy Gump (left) stands with the Brilliant Beginnings ownership team following the presentation of the Business-of-the-Quarter award. Pictured left to right after Gump are owners Cassandra Lochtefeld, Director of Child Care Operations, Business Administrator Jill Brewer, and Shawn Brewer. Not pictured is the fourth co-owner, Mark Lochtefeld
DARKE COUNTY- Brilliant Beginnings Learning Center in Versailles has been recognized by the Darke County Community Improvement Corporation (CIC) as its Business-of-the-Quarter award winner. The recognition came at the June 29 Partnering for Progress (P4P) meeting at The Andersons Marathon Ethanol facility in Greenville. Brilliant Beginnings, which offers learning and development services for children in addition to child care, opened its doors in October 2010 and is located by the Versailles School at 380 Marker Road.

“Brilliant Beginnings Learning Center has been a very valuable addition to the Versailles community by having increased opportunities for parents that are seeking quality child care services,” explained Randy Gump, Versailles Village Administrator

Accepting the award for the company were owners Cassandra Lochtefeld, Director of Child Care Operations, Business Administrator Jill Brewer, and Shawn Brewer. The ownership team was then given the chance to update the crowd of about 60 P4P investors on the company’s progress in the 10 months since it’s opening. Brewer and Lochtefeld thanked the group for recognition of their fledgling efforts and discussed future plans. Gump discussed the impact they have already had.

“In establishing their presence in the community, Brilliant Beginnings made a capital investment of $700,000 in building the new child care facility, coupled with creating 16 new jobs for Versailles and Darke County,” Gump stated, “We are very grateful for Brilliant Beginnings choosing Versailles”

Conveniently located adjacent to Versailles Schools, Brilliant Beginnings’ building is equipped with nine classrooms containing age-appropriate sized equipment, a full service kitchen, and a computer lab. The facility also features a therapy area where children can receive speech, physical, or occupational therapies to help each child reach their potential. The campus is situated on 2.5 acres, with ample room for multiple outdoor activities. More information on the company can be viewed at:

Brilliant Beginnings is the second company to review the Business-of-the-Quarter award from the Darke County CIC. Specialized Castings in Greenville received the initial award earlier this year in May. Awards will be given each year quarterly at Partnering for Progress investor meetings. Anyone wishing to nominate a company can do so by calling the Economic Development Office at 548-3250.

Monday, August 29, 2011


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Greenville, OH. August 19, 2011 The Greenville Business & Professional Women’s (BPW) Club is preparing for their first meeting of the new business year. The Club will be meeting on Thursday, September 8, 2011 in the Brick Room at the Brethren Retirement Community located at 750 Chestnut, Greenville, Ohio. The dinner meeting will begin at 6:30 PM.

The Club has invited the candidates running for the office of Darke County Municipal Court Judge to speak before the Club. The candidates are Julie Monnin and Jesse Green. All women are invited to attend and be informed voters to prepare for the upcoming election.

The Greenville BPW Club would like to invite women interested in learning more about the Club to the meeting. Call Susan Fowble at 937/548-1414 before noon on Tuesday, September 6, 2011 to make a reservation to attend this meeting. The cost is $10.00 per person.


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GREENVILLE – The Darke County Visitors Bureau announced today that the “Sweetheart of a Deal” contest is being extended until September 15.

“The contest highlights our new website,, where visitors can view and discover a wealth of information on Darke County,” stated director Deanna York.

To enter the contest, just visit and browse the site, “Like” them on Facebook, and tell them what you think of the new website. It’s that easy!

“The contest now runs from August 19 to September 15, 2011,” announced York. “We want as many people as possible to have the opportunity to view the new site and win the prize!”

The “Sweetheart Package” includes beautiful, deluxe accommodations for one nights stay at The Inn at Versailles, dinner for two at Michael Anthony’s at the Inn, wine, chocolate from Ghyslain Chocolatier and a red rose. No purchase is necessary, and there is no entry fee. To enter, go to for contest details and submission instructions.

The winner will be announced on Monday, September 19, 2011.

The mission of the Darke County Visitors Bureau is to enhance the economic growth of Darke County through the promotion and development of tourism. Find out more at


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Mote & Associates, Inc., Engineers and Land Surveyors of Greenville, is announcing their 2010-2011 scholarship award winner. They established a scholarship in October of 2002 at a celebration to honor the founder of the firm, Richard Mote, for his 30 years of dedicated leadership and his passion for engineering and surveying. Commendable students seeking a post high school education in the field of engineering, surveying, architecture, or a closely related field of study are eligible to apply for the scholarship. College students currently pursuing a degree in the aforementioned fields are eligible to apply along with high school seniors.

One scholarship was awarded this year. Receiving the Mote & Associates’ Scholarship for the 2010-2011 academic year at the office of Mote & Associates, Inc., 214 West Fourth Street, Greenville, Ohio was Caleb Overbay, a 2011 graduate of Greenville High School.

Caleb is the son of Charles and Lisa Overbay of Greenville. Caleb will soon be heading to Ohio State University to begin pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering.

For more information regarding the Mote & Associates Scholarship, please contact the firm at 937-548-7511 or by e-mail at

L to R: Louis Bergman, Jerry McClannan, and Mike Henderson, owners; Caleb Overbay, and Charles and Lisa Overbay, Caleb’s parents.

Ohio Ranks Fourth in Country in New Jobs Created

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This comes courtesy of Darke County Economic Development

All but six states post job gains in past 12 months

Only six of the 50 states have suffered employment declines since July 2010, with the worst drops occurring in Indiana (down 28,300 jobs) and Georgia (down 24,900).

It has been a shaky recovery, to be sure; yet all but six states have added jobs during the past 12 months.

Texas, as usual, is No. 1 in the latest seasonally adjusted figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Lone Star State picked up 269,500 jobs between July 2010 and the same month this year.

But Texas is not alone in registering a broad upswing. Two other states posted six-figure gains: California (up 189,600 jobs in 12 months) and New York (up 106,600). An additional 13 states added at least 25,000 jobs during the past year.

Only six of the 50 states have suffered employment declines since July 2010, with the worst drops occurring in Indiana (down 28,300 jobs) and Georgia (down 24,900).

On Numbers also generated monthly breakdowns for the past year, counting the number of monthly gains or losses for each state (as well as the number of even, or unchanged, months).

Texas and North Dakota fared the best, registering 11 employment gains in 12 months. Georgia and Indiana were the worst, with nine month-to-month declines.

Click Here for State by State Rankings

5th Annual Tour de Donut Registration is Open!

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Currently 500 participants from 14 states and Canada registered!

The 5th annual Tour de Donut will take place September 10, 2011 at Brumbaugh’s fruit farm in Arcanum Ohio.

The Tour de Donut is a unique bicycle event, where your ability to eat donuts is just as important as your ability to ride your bicycle. The event is a timed bicycle "race" where riders visit two "donut stops" during the 30 mile course and eat donuts. For each donut the rider eats during the ride (and keeps down) they have 5 minutes deducted from their ride time.

New this year will be a shorter ride “the Donut mini” with one donut stop in 15 miles. The mini will offer its own awards just like the longer distance while offering an alternative to those who are concerned about the full route.

Prizes are awarded in age group classes including the coveted golden Tour de Donut championship belts for the best adjusted "donut time" , most donuts eaten and fastest bike only time.

You do not have to be an experiences cyclist to take part in this event. While the event is technically a "race" very few consider it a serious competition, remember this is all in fun! Anyone on a bicycle is welcome.

Online and Mail-in registration will remain open until the 1000 rider limit is reached or September 3. There is no day of registration.

The unique event has grown rapidly to one of the largest events in the Midwest, last year nearly 700 participants from 14 states took part and is expected to exceed 1000 in 2011.
Last year over 250 dozen donuts were eaten.

For more information, visit

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Jim Zumbrink Receives NASCOE Partnership Coalition Award

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Read about it here.

Open House at Franklin-Monroe

Franklin-Monroe opened the doors of its new school for an open house Sunday. The event was very well-attended and kicked off with a program. Here is the first look at "The Hangar," Franklin-Monroe's new gym. State Representative Dick Adams can be seen addressing the crowd.

DCYC Comedy Night Fundraiser - September 10th at the Score Board

Darke County Resident is Chasing Irene

No comments: has a story on a group of storm chasers who are tracking Irene along the coast. The story includes video taken by the group in North Carolina.

Darke County's Brandon Redmond is part of the group and is quoted in the story.

Click on the image below for the full clip.

Greenville Resident Wins Ride on Goodyear Blimp

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Greenville resident Steve Kimmel was one of 4 lucky people able to win a ride on the Goodyear Blimp in a contest held at Cedar Point on August 17th.

Thousands of park goers participated in a scavenger hunt to find 12 hidden miniature Goodyear Blimps around the park. The 12 winners were then entered into a drawing where 4 were selected for a ride on the blimp as well as a host of other prizes including a meet and greet with NASCAR driver Juan Pablo Montoya. Of course, Steve found a mini blimp and was then selected in the drawing! Steve joined the ranks of past blimp riders including celebrities like Johnny Depp, Tom Cruise, Linda Ronstadt, B.B. King and many others.

Steve was kind enough to send along the following photos that he took of the ride and of the blimp itself.

Congratulations, Steve, and thanks for sharing with us!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Shane Buckingham Wins Week 1 of the Cavalier Clothing High School Pick 'em Challenge

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Congratulations to Shane Buckingham for winning Week 1 of the Cavalier Clothing High School Pick'em Challenge! Shane picked all 6 games correctly and his guess of 49 total points in the tiebreaker was off by 3 points.

So, yes, there was a need for the tiebreaker... Darcy Stump also picked all 6 games correctly but her guess of 56 total points was off by 4, giving the win to Shane.

For those who may be curious what would have happened if it was forced to the second tie breaker? Both picked 49 points, both being off by 10...

Congrats to Shane and thanks to everyone for playing! Check back next week for your chance to win a gift certificate for a shirt from Cavalier Clothing!

Week 1 High School Football Scores

Mississinawa 20 @ Fort Recovery 44
Ansonia 24 vs Perry (Lima) 13
Arcanum 22 vs Preble Shawnee 40
Bradford 28 vs Troy Christian 0
Greenville 13 vs Vandalia Butler 39
Versailles 31 vs Celina 28

Check back later to find out who was pick savvy enough to win a shirt from Cavalier Clothing!


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Darke County Center for the Arts will hold its annual meeting on Thursday, September 8, 2011, at 7:00 p.m. in the public meeting room located on the third floor of the Greenville Public Library. All DCCA members are invited to attend. The agenda includes election of officers and trustees and reports from the last fiscal year. Immediately following the annual meeting, the board of trustees will convene for their regular monthly meeting.

Darke County Center for the arts encourages cultural enrichment in the community by presenting high quality performing artists. In addition to offering a four-concert Artists Series and a three-performance Family Theatre Series at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall, DCCA sponsors Special Performances, Coffeehouse Series, and Arts In Education through which students at all Darke County schools are annually given the opportunity to experience a professional artistic performance. Additionally, a summer theater residency is offered for local youth.

Darke County Center for the Arts welcomes all patrons regardless of race, color, religion, socioeconomic background, or physical impairment. The beautifully restored, historic Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall offers an access ramp, handicapped-accessible restrooms, and accommodations for wheelchairs, as well as maneuverable space in halls, aisles, and the Anna Bier Gallery. The elevator uses Braille as well as traditional lettering, and the auditorium is equipped with a hearing aid device for the hearing impaired. Also, interpretive signers will be provided upon request for all Family Theater performances.

DCCA is committed to making the arts accessible to all, and will do its utmost to accommodate special needs. To make a request or learn more about the organization, please contact DCCA at 937-547-0908 or Written requests or inquiries may be directed to DCCA at P.O. Box 718, Greenville, OH 45331.

Cancer Association Announces its Seventh Annual Gospel Sing Concert on September 11, 2011

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Your local and independent Cancer Association of Darke County is putting on their seventh annual Gospel Sing concert. The Gospel Sing is a free, nondenominational concert on September 11th, at Saint Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville opening at 6:00 PM and concluding at 8:00 PM.

The next two weeks, we will be highlighting some of this year’s performers. The first release covers the following artists: Gene Sherfy, Debbie Lynn Bryson, Cor-22, and the Lemon Family.

Gene Sherfy has been singing Gospel music as a soloist since 1975. He has sung with three gospel groups and toured several states sharing the word of God in song. Gene winters in Florida and enjoys singing in nursing homes and retirement communities. He loves singing for the Lord in churches and anywhere he can to share Gods word in music.
(Pictured below: Gene Sherfy)

Friday, August 26, 2011

Listen to Greenville's Season Opener Right Here!

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Can't make it to the game tonight? Listen to Wave 96's coverage of tonight's game live as it happens right here. Click on the play button below (Mac users, unfortunately, may have to visit directly to listen, as some browsers may not be compatible either). Kick off is at 7:30 PM.

Good luck, Green Wave!

Abraham Lincoln: Local Television Star

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I was commissioned by an investment company, and others, to write 3 books for a television series that I was to 'star' in. And, I had to produce a script for thirteen (13) one-half hour shows. I wrote the books, in four weeks, and did the television script; and all of the demonstration segments; and hosted the series from the PBS station in West Palm Beach, Florida. The actual filming lasted five (5) days.

This was my first experience doing a television series. In spite of the freezing studio temperatures and the daylight to dark shooting schedules, I managed to pull it off with only one hitch. That was solved within minutes and the shooting continued.

I need to say that a television show can be shot without turning the cameras off or without stopping. It seldom happens that way but it is done. My taping was done that way.

Once I began talking and 'acting' I never stopped until the floor manager was on his hands and knees in front of me with cue cards, showing the seconds left to the end. So, essentially, you start talking and never stop until the show ends. The one hitch that I mentioned happened when I suddenly lost track of everything in my mind. I had no idea what I was to say or do next. I lost it. My mind went blank.

I had been told, if this happens, to stop and freeze. When the director upstairs saw me freeze she told the cameramen to stop taping (it takes a few seconds). After lunch, she simply put me back on the set and rolled her tape (which I never saw) back to the last sentence I had actually finished before I froze up. Then I began talking from that point on and the segment was completed. I have watched the tape many times and you would never know anything was amiss.

It had taken me about 20 years to become a household name publishing newsletters, books and magazines. The television shows were seen all over the world on Public Television Stations and on The Learning Channel, and I was suddenly even more famous than I had been before.

The above is an actual photo taken by a commercial photo studio used in the promotion of the series.

© 2006-2011 Abraham Lincoln - All rights reserved.

Jesse Green Meets with Fair-goers

Darke County Municipal Court judicial candidate, Jesse Green, talks with fair-goers. Mrs. Tammy Green in the background.

Aultman Running for Fair Board

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Thank You for all the support and your continued support, and Congratulations to all those that were elected to the Darke County Fairboard this year. - Matt

In just a few short days the 155th Great Darke County Fair will be upon us. Have you ever wondered who is responsible for making our county fair great? Well it is the Senior Fairboard of the Darke County Agricultural Society.

This year running to be a part of this board is Matt Aultman, of Stelvideo in Adams Township. Matt is a 30 year old lifelong resident of Darke County. He is married to Morgan (Rismiller) Aultman, 30, and they have two children Sophia, 4, and William, 2. Matt and his family are strongly rooted to both the agricultural community and the fair. Matt has raised calves and sheep for 20 plus years, specializing now in club lambs for 4-Hers and dairy steers for freezer beef and 4-H projects. Matt also farms 500+ acres along with his parents, David and Lisa Aultman, and grandparents, Larry and Doris Aultman. Matt is further anchored to the agricultural community as a grain buyer and feed expert at Keller Grain and Feed, Inc, located in Horatio. Matt is an active member of the Darke County Chamber of Commerce where here is the treasurer and Chair of the Agriculture Committee. He is a trustee of the Darke County Farm Bureau and an advisor for Grade A Kids 4-H Club. Matt has had an extensive history with the Darke County Fair through his ten years of 4-H, where he exhibited many projects in the Youth building and showed rabbits and sheep and ended with the honor of being Outstanding Junior Leader, and FFA, where he exhibited many projects in Shop and Crop and ended his career as the Darke County Junior Fair King and Star Agri-businessman for the State of Ohio and the Big E Conference.

Subler Thanks Supporters

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I will be back for
2012  Darke County Fair Board Election.

Well the votes are in for Darke county Fair Board 2011. I did not make it this year but LOOK out next year.

I want to THANK EVERYONE WHO SUPPORTED ME. I want to thank all of you who took time out of your day to make a special trip to Greenville to have your fair ticket change to a voting ticket.I want to thank all the bussines that campaign for me.I also want to congratulate Velma Campbell, Cindy Riffle, Dick Delk, and the new Fair Board member Russ Bennett.

Thank you all for your support.

Lonnie J. Subler

If you have any suggestion or something you feel that needs changed or just a idea please e-mail me your thoughts at

Are You Wondering What Hurricane Irene Looks Like from the International Space Station?

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Wonder no more...

Commissioners' Corner - August 2011

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The month of August always indicates the start of many things. School openings are just around the corner, families are taking that last vacation, and of course, The Great Darke County Fair. As this is written, the fair is in full swing, and by most observations, it looks like the fair may set new attendance records again this year. If you haven’t been to the fair yet, go and enjoy all it has to offer. There literally is something there for everyone. The County Commissioners are enjoying the fair and invite all of you to attend and have a good time.

The Commissioners office has been a little quieter lately. We seem to be in a hold pattern for now on a lot of issues. Some are due to the fact that it is August and people are getting ready for school to start and vacations to end. Commissioner Rhoades got back on Sunday from the National Plowing Contests in Belmond, Iowa, and so far all he will say is that he did “lousy”! We are sure that he represented Darke County well.

We are finally getting some numbers to work with from the State. In a month or so, we will start working on our budget for 2012. Our Revenues once again are being cut by the State, so we will adjust accordingly. Although the loss of State dollars is painful, approximately $560,000 income, down from $1,000,000 the past several years. The Commissioners and the Elected Officials have already taken steps to assure that Darke County remains within our means. The Elected Officials and their Staff have worked diligently for the last several years to get the most out of our tax dollars, and without taking a raise. If you see one of our people that work in the Courthouse, or any County Employee, thank them for doing the thankless job that they do.

As most of you know by now, the Darke County’s Economic Development office has been on quite a roll this year. Last week, the Office was able to announce the retention and expansion of 2 longtime businesses in the County. Ramco Motors and Fram both made huge commitments to grow here and we could not be happier. Both of these businesses required a lot of effort by a lot of people, but in particular, Marc Saluk, the E.D. Director. The efforts made by the C. I. C., the Partnering 4 Progress Group, the Commissioners and the Economic Development Office, are really making headway in this tough economic climate. In our conversations with Marc, he still has quite a few projects in the pipeline. We will let everyone know when we can talk about them. Marc is a little more at ease now with the way Ohio is implementing the “JOBS OHIO" program. After a longer than expected transition, it now seems that Marc can complete some of our projects more quickly. We have a great relationship with Jeff Hoagland who is the head of the Dayton Development Coalition and our contact group for JOBS OHIO. This relationship allows us to be able at anytime to talk directly with Jeff and to get things done more efficiently. We will do everything we can to keep Darke County on the present path of economic expansion, and growth, which benefits all of us.

That seems to be all for now, so go out and enjoy the Great Darke County Fair, and prepare your children for the oncoming start of school. The Commissioners will be at the Fair, but will still hold their regular public meetings on Monday and Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m. like always here in the Commissioner’s Office, at 520 South Broadway, south of the Courthouse. See you there!

- The Darke County Commissioners

Reminder: Wave 96 Broadcasting Greenville's Game Tonight Live

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Here's a friendly reminder, if you want to catch the game tonight but are stuck somewhere with internet access, Wave 96 is broadcasting the Greenville season opener against Vandalia Butler live. We will have a player embedded here at the top of the page so that you can listen directly from here.

Thanks to Wave 96 for sharing their stream with us (which can now be found all of the time in the left sidebar near the obituaries)!

Cavalier Clothing High School Pick 'em Challenge Week 1


The 2011 Cavalier Clothing High School Football Pick 'em Challenge is underway! Here are this week's games:

  • Mississinawa @ Fort Recovery
  • Ansonia vs Perry (Lima)
  • Arcanum vs Preble Shawnee (***CORRECTED*** Arcanum plays TCN next week, OHSAA doesn't have this game on their schedule for some reason. Sorry for the confusion)
  • Bradford vs Troy Christian
  • Greenville vs Vandalia Butler (Tiebreaker #1)
  • Versailles vs Celina (Tie Breaker #2)

Simply email with the subject "football." List the team you think will win, as well as your prediction for the total scores for each of the tiebreaker games.

The person who picks the most games correctly will win a free shirt of their choice from Cavalier Clothing (who has an amazing selection of designs for schools all over the county), along with the illustrious prize of bragging rights. In the event of a tie, the winner will be the one with the closest total score of tiebreaker #1. In the freak event that there is still a tie, the closest total score in tiebreaker #2 will win (an individual may only win one shirt per season). The winner will be announced the weekend after the games. Entries MUST be received no later than 5:00pm on Friday!

Good luck, and get your picks in early!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Miami Valley Mounted Search and Rescues Sponsors Versailles Fire Departments 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb

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On Tuesday, August 23, the Miami Valley Mounted Search and Rescue presented Brian Pearson and Scott Garrison of the Versailles Fire Department with a check to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation in memory of the fallen firefighters of 9-11. They are traveling to Pittsburg PA to climb 110 flights of stairs in memory of their fallen brothers on 9-11 as part of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation's series of 9-11 Memorial Stair Climbs (you can find more information on this event here).

The Miami Valley Mounted Search and Rescue is a community based, all volunteer, non-profit organization. We are in existence to serve the public and support law enforcement with a well trained, fully equipped mounted unit. Our service is available through law enforcement, fire departments and EMA's. In addition to search and rescue we also offer event parking assistance, patrolling of hiking, biking trails, camping areas and special events. We provide the public with information on child safety awareness and lost child prevention. In an effort to lessen the need to search for missing or abducted children, we take the safety guidelines of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to clubs, schools and churches. We share our ID kits and pamphlets with children, parents and grandparents.

As a non-profit organization we felt honored in donating 110 for 110.



Update: For those wondering, the drug in question is fentanyl patches.

Original Post: On August 24, 2011, the Darke County Drug Task Force along with Darke County Sheriff Deputies conducted an investigation at the Darke County Fair located at 800 Sweitzer St., Greenville. Arrested during the investigation was 35 year old Vicky Perez of Greenville. This arrest comes after a month long investigation on Ms. Perez.

Ms. Perez is currently held without bond in the Darke County Jail until her initial appearance on a charge of Trafficking in a Schedule II Drug in the vicinity of a juvenile. The charge is a Felony in the third degree. If convicted Ms. Perez could face up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

The Darke County Drug task force encourages citizens to call if they suspect narcotics activity in our community at either the Darke County Sheriffs Office at 548-3399 or the Greenville Police Department at 548-1103.

Greenville City Schools – Earns “Excellent” Rating on ODE District Report Card

“I am extremely happy with the results of our 2010-11 district report card! The credit truly goes to our students and staff who have worked together focusing on making every instructional moment count in the classroom,” said Susie Riegle, Superintendent of Greenville Schools. Over the past four years, the District’s State Report Card reflects positive growth in all areas. Riegle added, “We have consistently demonstrated positive academic growth in the district over the past several years. The emphasis on solid instructional practices being used in all of the district’s classrooms has been and will continue to be the standard. We are working to sustain and increase with each year the positive academic growth we have been experiencing.”

The Ohio Department of Education’s State and Local Report Cards rate the performance of districts and schools using four measures, including the state indicators drawn from academic tests. Other measures include:
  • Value-Added results, which show whether students meet the expected one year of growth for students in grades 3-8 in reading and math. In 2010-2011, 79.5 percent of Ohio public school districts and 81.4 percent of its schools met or exceeded expected Value-Added gains. 
  • The Performance Index looks at the performance of every student, not just those who score proficient or higher. In 2010-11, 89.3 percent of Ohio’s districts and 71 percent of its schools improved their Performance Index scores. 
  • Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) is a federally required component that measures achievement of each student subgroup, including racial and ethnic components. Half of the public school districts (50.6 percent) and nearly 60 percent of its schools met AYP in 2010-2011. 

Living with Cancer Support group to be held September 1st, 2011

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BJ Paulus; Manager and Personal Trainer SNAP Fitness.
The next meeting of the “Living with Cancer” Support Group will be held on Thursday, September 1st from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. The meeting will feature Mr. BJ Paulus speaking on the benefits of exercise for cancer patients. The September support group will be held on the 3rd floor conference room at Wayne HealthCare.

BJ Paulus, has a B.S. in Kinesiology & Exercise Science from Georgetown College and has held positions as a Strength and Speed Coach and a Fitness Specialist in various areas of the country. Mr. Paulus has also played football for National Champion Georgetown College, multiple Arena Football teams, and even participated in the European Football League. BJ has been involved in the fitness arena for many years and has helped many people through their recovery from cancer.

Your local and independent Cancer Association of Darke County sponsors the “Living with Cancer” group in cooperation with Wayne HealthCare and the YMCA of Darke County. The Support Group is open to anyone that has been diagnosed with cancer; the family and friends of an individual with cancer are encouraged to attend the group as well. Facilitating the support group meetings will be Warren Richards from the Cancer Association, Kay Kirby, Jill Brown, and Vicky Henderson from Wayne Hospital, and Pam Spitler from Breast Cancer Awareness of Darke County.

For further information or to register, contact the Cancer Association of Darke County office at
937-548-9960. Office hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:00 A.M. to Noon and 1:00 to 4:30 P.M.

Local Amateur Comedians Sought for Show at The Score Board


Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Pre-Diabetes Class Offered

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Pre-diabetes is a condition in which individuals have blood glucose levels that are higher than normal, but lower than the levels associated with the diagnosis of diabetes. Pre-diabetes increases the risk of developing type 2 Diabetes and heart disease. However, by making lifestyle changes, you can reduce your risk for developing type 2 Diabetes. The National Diabetes Fact Sheet estimated in 2010, 79 million Americans aged 20 years or older had pre-diabetes.

Pre-diabetes allows you to make lifestyle changes and reduces your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Uncontrolled blood sugar increases your risk of developing complications including eye disease, nerve damage, kidney disease, heart disease, and other complications.

The Wayne HealthCare Diabetes Education Program invites you to join us for a Pre-Diabetes Class to learn lifestyle changes you can incorporate to improve your health. The class will be held on September 22, 2011 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the 3rd Floor Conference Rooms at Wayne HealthCare.

The cost to attend the class is $10. Pre-registration is required. Call 937-547-5750 to register.

High School Big Buddy Mentors Needed to Make Big Impact in the Lives of Local Children

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County is excited to announce that another great year is in the works for the Big Buddies after-school program. This is the thirteenth year the program has been in place. The Buddies program is a nine-month commitment where high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors volunteer to work with and mentor elementary aged children two times per month. During these meetings the high school students, under the supervision of Big Brothers Big Sisters staff, work with one or two children on different educational and recreational activities. The program continues to promote social and educational enhancing activities, as well as personal safety.

High school mentoring programs have become a widespread component of many nationally affiliated Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies. Studies prove that children from who spend time with a positive role model are more likely to become healthy, productive adults. The Big Buddies program has proven beneficial not only for the “Littles” but for the high school volunteers as well.

In addition to our after-school program, the agency has over 100 community-based matches throughout Shelby and Darke County. These matches meet together twice a month for outings which are planned around the volunteer’s schedule. The goal of the community-based program is to match a vulnerable child with an adult mentor, who can serve as a positive role model, and expose the child to enhancing and uplifting activities. There are still over 40 children waiting for a Big Brother or Sister in the program, so now is the time to think about how you could put a little magic into the life of a child!

If you are interested in becoming a mentor in our High School Buddies program or the community-based program, please call 547-9622 or 492-7611 or logon to our website at for more information. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County is a United Way member agency and an affiliate of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.


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GREENVILLE – The Greenville Area Dog Club fall session of agility, obedience, and conformation classes begins the week of Sept. 6.
“We had several people express interest in dog training when they visited the Dog Barn at the Darke County Fair,” said Charlotte Wisener, director of agility training for the Greenville Area Dog Club. “Many people liked the variety of classes offered.”

The Greenville Area Dog Club will be offering classes at the former U.S. Chemical building, located in the 5400 block of State Route 49.

Obedience classes begin Tuesday, Sept. 6. Classes offered include puppy (12 weeks to five months), novice, beginner novice, and conformation.

“Our puppy and beginning obedience classes are designed to teach basic house manners, grooming and care of the dog, heeling, sit, down, stay, and other commands,” said Barb Rhoades, director of obedience training.

Registration for obedience classes is from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6. Orientation and classes will follow registration. Dogs must be up-to-date on vaccinations, and participants must bring a copy of the dog’s vaccination records to registration. Puppies must have had their first two sets of vaccinations to enroll in puppy class.For information about obedience classes, please call 937-548-0338 or 937-337-0292.

Dog agility classes will be offered on Mondays and Wednesdays. Classes offered on Mondays include Introduction to Agility, Beginners, and Competition Agility. On Wednesdays, Intermediate Agility Class and Advanced Agility Class are scheduled. The Monday classes begin on Monday, Sept. 12, while the Wednesday classes begin on Wednesday, Sept. 14.

Pre-registration is required for agility classes. To pre-register, please call 937-692-5310.

Those participating in Greenville Area Dog Club classes are reminded that parking is available both in front of the building as well as near the rear entrance. The entrance for dog classes is located on the north side of the building, near the rear.

Those bringing dogs to class are reminded to feed the dogs earlier in the day, rather than before class. Most classes use dog treats as training aids. Participants are reminded to bring small, bite-sized, soft treats that can be used for rewarding their dogs.Participants also are reminded to wear comfortable, tie-on shoes, and that the building is not air-conditioned.


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Big Sister Connie Hamilton and
Little Sister Ashley Schoffner, both of Sidney,
represent a successful Big Sister/Little Sister
match within the Big Brothers Big Sisters of
Shelby & Darke County agency.
Ashley is the granddaughter of
Orville and Sandy Schoffner.
Connie Hamilton, age 64, and Ashley Schoffner, age 17, both of Sidney, represent a successful Big Sister/Little Sister match within the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County agency. Their relationship shows the positive impact of mentoring. They were matched in May, 2002, and now have more than nine years of meeting twice a month for activities they both enjoy.

Ashley is the granddaughter of Orville and Sandy Schoffner. She was enrolled in the program at age 5, before starting kindergarten, when she was in need of a positive role model and additional learning experiences to expand her social skills. At that time, she enjoyed drawing, coloring, playing dress-up, and watching cartoons.

Connie volunteered to become a Big Sister mentor in 2002 because her two daughters were Big Sisters, and she understood the importance of the program in the lives of vulnerable children. She worked as a beautician and childcare provider, as well as teaching Sunday school. Because she is quiet and patient, she deals well with young children. Connie enjoys fishing, hiking, picnicking, roller skating, cooking, gardening, pets, museums, reading, arts and crafts, board games, movies, dining out, and music.

Connie proved to be a dependable, positive role model who soon became a needed friend and mentor for her Little Sister.

Darke County Drug Task Force Makes Two Arrests

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On Tuesday, August 23, 2011 at approximately 7:53 p.m., the Darke County Drug Task Force, members of the Greenville Police Department, and the Winchester, Indiana K-9 Unit conducted a narcotics investigation behind 515 E. Main St. in Greenville, OH. Arrested during the investigation were 34-year-old Dion “Pollo” Small of Trotwood, and 28-year-old Darrin T. Sanders of Arcanum.

During the investigation detectives seized over $1500 in cash, crack cocaine, marijuana, and Schedule II prescription narcotics.

Small was charged with Drug Trafficking in Crack Cocaine and Sanders was charged with Complicity to Drug Trafficking and Permitting Felony Drug Abuse. Additional charges are pending against Small and Sanders, and a third person is also being investigated.

Bunch & Thobe to be Wed Sept. 10

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Allisa Bunch/Robert Thobe
Versailles- Chris & Dawn Bunch are announcing the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter Allisa Marie Bunch to Robert Luke Thobe, son of Bob & Trina Thobe.

Bride- to-be is a 2006 graduate of Arcanum High School and is currently employed at Custom Creations in Arcanum.

The groom-to-be is a 2001 graduate of Versailles High School and is currently employed at Midmark Corp. In Versailles.

The couple is planning a September 10 wedding at the Piqua Learning Center with the reception to follow after.

Enriching Our Lives - EUM Church

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This Fall, EUM Church is hosting several classes that offer enrichment for your spiritual life. Find out how God can work in your life and how He wants you to respond. These classes include:

  • Jonah: Navigating a Life Interrupted - What do we do when God interrupts our lives? Many times, like Jonah, we run! Interruption is actually God's invitation to do something beyond our wildest dreams. When Jonah was willing to allow God to interrupt his life, the result was revival in an entire city.
  • The Excellent Wife - Who is an excellent wife? What is she like? How can I become an excellent wife? How can my marriage change? "The Excellent Wife" study is for women of any age desiring to become the wife God wants them to be. Come and learn how good marriages can be renewed and broken ones be restored by becoming an excellent wife.
  • Experiencing God - God is inviting you to experience Him in an intimate love relationship through which He reveals to you His will, His ways, and His work. Through the biblical principles in this course, God can teach you how to know when He is speaking to you; recognize His activity around you; adjust your life to Him and His ways; identify what He wants to do through you; and respond to His activity in your life.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

DDN: Earthquake Felt in Miami Valley

Did you feel it? The Dayton Daily News is reporting that a 5.9 magnitude earthquake centered in Virginia could be felt in various places around the Miami Valley. In fact, the Montgomery County administration building in Dayton was even evacuated.

While several people have mentioned on Facebook and in the chat box that they definitely felt it, we have not heard any reports of actual damage or anything, but any time the ground shakes is certain to raise some concern.

So, did you feel it?

Click here to read more from the Dayton Daily News

Ramco Electric Motors is Expanding!

As you've heard from various press releases, Ramco Electric Motors is expanding. This means they have several job openings for which they are seeking applicants. Click here (or on the image in the right sidebar) for details.


On August 22, 2011 at approximately 4:00 pm the Darke County Sheriff's Office received a 911 hang-up call from 3563 Vietor Road southwest of Greenville, Ohio. Upon calling back the number the Dispatcher received an open line in which she determined a domestic dispute was taking place and the female caller was unable to communicate because her spouse was armed with a gun and threatening suicide. Darke County Deputies were dispatched to the scene. The female was able to leave the residence without injury as deputies arrived on the scene. Deputies attempted to make contact with 58 year old Gerald “Arlin” Alderman. Alderman refused to communicate or leave the house. The Darke County Special Response Team, Randolph County, IN Special Response Team and Tri-Village Rescue responded to the scene. Negotiators attempted to communicate with Alderman several times but he continued to refuse all contact. Deputies observed Alderman walking around inside the house armed with a firearm. At approximately 1:00 am Alderman started communication with negotiators and voluntarily surrendered to deputies outside his home without further incident. Alderman was transported to Wayne Health Care in Greenville for a mental health and medical evaluation.

The stand off lasted over 9 hours and concluded with no injuries to the subject or officers. Two neighboring homes near the incident were evacuated or affected for the duration of the incident. The subject displayed a firearm to officers several times but no shots were fired. The facts of this case will be submitted to the Darke County Prosecutor’s Office for review and determination if criminal charges will be filed.

Fair Band Show Grand Finale

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Frequent submitter Dick Garrison sends us this photo of the band show's grand finale. It consisted of all of the bands playing together as one. Beulah Zimmerman is This Year's Oldest Fairgoer at 103 Years Young

No comments: has video of this year's oldest fairgoer on Senior Citizen's day. This year the honor went to Beulah Zimmerman, 103, of Greenville.

Click on the image below for the Steve Baker's full story and video. Standoff Ends After Eight Hours

No comments: has the story on last night's standoff that lasted eight long hours and required assistance from surrounding areas before a man eventually turned himself in without harming himself or anyone else.

Click here for the full story from

Check out Chef Jeff Tuesday at the Great Darke County Fair

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Inspiramental Co. had a lot of fun joining Chef Jeff of Eaterie Food last Friday to bake whole wheat bread using only the sun. We created a video to share the experience.

We’re back tonight at 6pm when Chef Jeff of Eaterie Food will be leading a solar cooking demo at the Great Darke County Fair.
Join us on implement row for a taste of a baked Baby Beet and Arugula Salad on Tuesday at 6pm - all cooked in one of Inspiramental’s solar ovens!The Beets and Greens will be provided by The Roving Radish Free Range Vegetable Ranch, a regular at The Downtown Greenville Farmers Market.

More info on the event here.

Gordon to Host Antique Tractor Show September 2,3, and 4

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The village of Gordon will be having an "Antique Tractor Show" September 2, 3, and 4 on Railroad Street. Steam Engines, Gas Engines, and Tractors will be featured. There is no admission, just come and enjoy. The Gordon Church will have ice cream and baked goods for sale Saturday evening. There will also be Garage Sales throughout the village. The Gordon Church will be having one on Saturday only, from 9:00a.m. to 4:00 pm. Please come for a weekend of fun.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Joy FM to Broadcast CCC Football Games

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WJYW-JOY FM (88.9 FM and online at is once again airing Cross County Conference Games. Ryan Gathard and Mike Hohler will bring you the Pre Game show beginning at 7:15 PM with kick off at 7:30 PM. Here is a list of the games scheduled for airing on Joy-FM.
  • 8/26 - Preble Shawnee @ Arcanum
  • 9/2 - Bradford @ Bethel
  • 9/9 - Tri County North @ Mississinawa Valley
  • 9/16 - Bradford @ Covington
  • 9/23 - Ansonia @ Bradford
  • 9/30 - Arcanum @ Ansonia
  • 10/7 - Ansonia @ Mississinawa Valley
  • 10/14 - Bethel @ Ansonia OR Miami East @ Bradford
  • 10/21 - Ansonia @ Covington
  • 10/28 - Tri County North @ Ansonia

Hoop It Up at the Fair with DeColores Montessori School

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No comments: reports below on a new food pantry being operated in Darke County, this one for pets. Rick and Cheryl Fugate are running the service which is housed within the Darke County Humane Society.

Click on the image below to read the report and watch the video.

City of Greenville to Discontinue Limb Pick Up

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The City Of Greenville will be discontinuing limb pick-up September 30th. September 30th will be the last pick-up date.

If you have any questions please contact the Street Department at 548-2215.

2011 School District Report Cards are out

The Ohio Department of Education has released its 2011 school district report cards. The state has 26 "indicators" by which it measures performance. Every Darke County school district improved its indicators, with the exception of Mississinawa (which only dropped one indicator). Five districts improved from Effective to Excellent: Greenville, Franklin-Monroe, Ansonia, Tri-Village, and Arcanum. Versailles remained Darke County's only district with the "Excellent with Distinction" rating, meeting all 26 indicators. Versailles and Franklin-Monroe were the only Darke County districts to have a Performance Index over 100. Three school districts improved, but not at a rate to meet ODE progress goals: Arcanum, Greenville, and Tri-Village.

The ODE report card home page is here. Dayton Daily News has a good summary for Darke County here (you have to go to a separate page for Miami County to see Bradford's stats). When viewing the graphic below, keep in mind that the state had 30 indicators through 2009, but only 26 beginning in 2010.

Lonnie J Subler for Darke County Fair Board


9:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Lifelong resident of Darke County

  • Past Owner/Operator of a local Darke County business for 8 yrs.
  • Employed at Midmark Corp. as a Team Leader on the Dental chair line 
  • Graduate of Versailles High School
  • Attended Edison Community College

Hobbies include

  • Riding my 2009 Fat Bob Harley Davidson
  • Spending time with my two Boxers Maggie 11 yrs. & Piper 9 months
  • Caring for my race horse, Electric Wizard, at the Kowboy Corral in Coletown, OH
  • Camping at the south end of the fairgrounds this will make my 10th year as a camper.
  • I just began running 5K’s beating my time each race. Races I have ran are Poultry Days, Ansonia Fire Cracker, and the Annie Oakley Days 5k.

If I am elected . . .

  • My goals are to work efficiently with present and future board members along with the community to solve issues and concerns of all fair attendees.
  • To present new ideas to help keep the Great Darke County Fair the greatest fair anyone has ever attended.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Mehaffies visit the Governor's Mansion

Darryl and Maryann Mehaffie attended a cookout Saturday at the Governor's mansion in Bexley. Below are two photos - the Mehaffies with Governor Kasich - and Maryann outside the entrance of the residence.

Get Ready to Pick 'em All Over Again!

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The fair is now in full swing, which can only mean one thing:


This year will continue the weekly pick'em contest for all of the teams in Darke County. What's in it for you, you ask? You mean, aside from glory, bragging rights, and ultimate validation of you as a person?

This year, we're excited to announce that each week the contestant who picks the most games correctly (and wins the tie breaker, if necessary) will win a t-shirt representing the county school of their choice, courtesy of Cavalier Clothing.

The contest is simple: each week we will post the list of games along with the tie breaker early in the week. Then you'll simply e-mail us your picks by that Friday at 5:00 PM, and we will announce the winner the following weekend. No need to sign up for any accounts, just send an email with your name and your picks to play.

Thanks to Cavalier Clothing and good luck to everyone!

FS4JK to Share the Message of Farm Safety During the Fair

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Hi, Ho, come to the fair! The Darke County Chapter of Farm Safety 4 Just Kids will again have a tent located south of the Hog Barn (across from the pony ride) at the fair this year. The theme for this year’s fair will be “Pull Some Strings for John”, honoring John Warner, 16 year old member of the Franklin-Monroe FFA who was killed in a farm accident last year. John’s younger brother, A.J., will be displaying his “giant ball” of strings cut from sweatshirts and donated to FS4JK. John was killed when his sweatshirt drawstring became entangled in a PTO shaft. A.J. will be at the tent at various times throughout the fair. Come and let him tell you how important it is to be careful around farm machinery. In addition, the FM FFA will be showing how to stay safe around gears. This year, the FS4JK’s chapter will focus on PTO Safety, Swimming Pool Safety, Gun Safety, and ATV Safety. There will be a large farm display depicting the hazards that exist on the farm. The children are asked to identify the hazardous areas and then will be presented with a prize. There will also be daily drawings for prizes, so please do stop in and make your children more aware of safety on the farm!

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