Saturday, June 30, 2012


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Generators and Water On the Way in Response to Power Outages and Severe Heat

COLUMBUS – Gov. John R. Kasich announced tonight that President Barack Obama granted his request for federal assistance and declared a federal emergency in Ohio due to the severe weather and extensive power outages across two-thirds of the state.

The Federal Emergency Declaration allows the federal government to support Ohio with direct assistance such as generators and water. Additional resources may be requested as needed.

“As I told the President this afternoon, Ohio is facing a severe situation. I appreciate his quick response and am glad that additional equipment and supplies will soon start arriving. I've already declared a state emergency and activated the National Guard, and will continue to work with the EMA to evaluate the situation to determine our needs going forward," said Kasich.


• June 30: Gov. Kasich's request for federal assistance is approved.

• June 30: Gov. Kasich spoke to the President and requested federal assistance to respond to the storm. He also spoke with utility company CEOs and local elected officials to make state resources available to expedite recovery activities.

• June 30: Gov. Kasich declared an emergency for the entire state of Ohio so state agencies can assist local government response and recovery efforts. The National Guard was activated to help deliver needed supplies and conduct door-to-door checks in select areas to identify vulnerable Ohioans threatened by the severe heat.

• June 29: Ohio’s Emergency Operations Center in Columbus was activated to coordinate state and local storm recovery efforts. The state contacted Federal Emergency Management Agency officials to let them know federal assistance may be needed.

• June 29: Severe storms and high winds during evening rush hour knocked out power for approximately one million homes and businesses across two-thirds of the state.

Residents without power can call their local 211 numbers for information and assistance, or 911 in an emergency. Information is also available online at and on Twitter at #OHwx and #severeweather.


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Response to Power Outages, Storm Damage May Exceed State Resources

COLUMBUS – In the wake of Friday’s severe storms and massive power outages across Ohio, Governor John R. Kasich today asked the President for an Emergency Declaration for Direct Federal Assistance so that Ohio could begin receiving badly-needed generators and water from the federal government. The governor spoke to the President today to make the request, and also spoke with Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Craig Fugate.

“I shared my concerns with the President that we have a serious situation and will need extra federal help. Massive power outages combined with severe heat create dangerous conditions, especially for the elderly and those with medical needs. The state has been working closely with local emergency management officials to meet immediate needs and going forward we need to make sure we have every available asset to protect Ohioans,” said Kasich.

Earlier in the day the governor declared a statewide emergency so that Ohio resources could begin flowing to local officials and aid their efforts to help Ohioans respond to and recover from the storms.

The governor’s request for federal assistance can be viewed here.

June 30: Gov. Kasich spoke to the President and requested federal assistance to respond to the storm. He also spoke with utility company CEOs and local elected officials to make state resources available to expedite recovery activities.
June 30: Gov. Kasich declared an emergency for the entire state of Ohio so state agencies can assist local government response and recovery efforts. The National Guard was activated to help deliver needed supplies and conduct door-to-door checks in select areas to identify vulnerable Ohioans threatened by the severe heat.
June 29: Ohio’s Emergency Operations Center in Columbus was activated to coordinate state and local storm recovery efforts. The state contacted Federal Emergency Management Agency officials to let them know federal assistance may be needed.
June 29: Severe storms and high winds during evening rush hour knocked out power for approximately one million homes and businesses across two-thirds of the state.

Residents without power can call their local 211 numbers for information and assistance, or 911 in an emergency. Information is also available online at and on Twitter at #OHwx and #severeweather

Darke County Red Cross Opens Additional Cooling Centers due to extended Power Outages in Extreme Heat

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DARKE COUNTY, OHIO June 30, 2012 — Storm damage abounds across Darke County and with temperatures climbing into the 90’s again this weekend the Darke County Red Cross is reaching out to their disaster partners to provide some much needed daytime relief to residents unable to manage in the weather with no power. Of note, the majority of Union City and New Madison are without power and two locations with be open Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm for residents to cool off and plug in, charging cells, oxygen regenerators and other critical items such as weather radios. These two locations are:

  • EUM Church on Franklin Street in Union City, OH
  • Tri-Village Rescue, behind the Dollar General, New Madison, OH

Additional cooling centers will be opened as needed. Residents effected by heat and humidity can also enjoy a break at their local libraries, park centers, and museums. If your home is without power and this is a health issue, you are advised to seek alternative arrangements until the power returns in your home, if staying home overnight creates a serious threat.

DPL advises residents to treat all fallen wires as if they were live, stay away and contact your power company. Never touch a power line, if in doubt, step away. Limbs, branches and lines are being removed as quickly as possible, but in some areas, this is a large operation. Drive cautiously and watch for obstructions.

The American Red Cross reminds everyone that when the temperature rises above 90-degrees, we are all at risk for heat-related illnesses. Symptoms include nausea, dizziness, flushed or pale skin, heavy sweating and headaches. Young children and the elderly are at the highest risk for heat-related illnesses. Also, remember not only your family, but check on elderly neighbors as well. Keep pets inside or in well shaded areas, with ample water supply.

The Aftermath of Last Evening's (and Last Night's) Storm

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First, Brenda Arnett in Arcanum showed us what it looks like when your shed is blown apart and the debris is scattered into the neighbor's yard.

Next, the always reliable Anne Mangen captured these photos from Versailles: Damage to the stadium bleachers, railroad crossing, and a lonely street sign in the middle of the street.

...and here's a tree down in Ithaca:

...and a greenhouse at Miller Flowers Greenhouse took some damage (as well as another out of frame).

Friday, June 29, 2012

Storm Replaces Heat as Largest Weather Complaint

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Wow, that was nuts, right? We went from 97 to upper 60s in a very short period of time. And the wind, oh the wind! We went from nothing to Wizard of Oz in a matter of seconds... According to DP&L, as of 7:20pm, there are 8,000 plus homes without power in Darke County.

Bob Rhoades sent along the following photos of Shelter House 1 in the City Park. Yikes, probably somewhere near the top of the list of things the City Park doesn't need right now.
Click to Enlarge has lots of coverage from the storm, including the video below. Did you suffer any damage? Send your photos to us at

Gathering at the Garst is Looking for Volunteers

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The Gathering at Garst is just around the corner...July 28th & 29th. Due to the success of our first event in 2011 we are growing and need some help. Please contact the Garst Museum (548-5250) to Volunteer for this great event (2 hour shifts available).

A Weekend of Music at The Coffee Pot

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Stop in The Coffee Pot this weekend for some great music, coffee, and delicious treats! We are open until 10 pm every Friday and Saturday night!

Join us for a wonderful performance from Noah Back - pop, folk, contemporary - a little bit of something for everyone!

We are giving the Open Mic Night a try and we are really excited to see how it goes. We know there are many talented musicians in Darke County who might not feel comfortable or ready to perform an entire set - this will give those individuals a platform to share their talents! We are also open to poetry readings if someone would like to do some. Come and share your talent in our space!

The Coffee Pot
(Directly across from the movie theater in the historic Palace Building)
537 S. Broadway Suite 101
Greenville, OH 45331

Health Department launches “Healthy Home/ Healthy Environment” program

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GREENVILLE, OH- The Darke County Health Department is committed to improving the health & well being of the residents of Darke County. Having a “Healthy Home” will improve the health & well being of its residents. Therefore, the health department has started a “Healthy Home/ Healthy Environment” program to provide education to help individuals improve the internal environment of their home so that it is a healthy home.

There are many aspects of a healthy home. A healthy home is clean, safe, well-maintained, and well-ventilated. A healthy home is free of pests, mold, moisture, dust, dirt, and other household contaminants. A healthy home makes its inhabitants feel safe and secure.

Much of your family’s time is spent in the home. The condition of your home can greatly affect your family and their health. A healthy home promotes mental, physical and social well-being. If a home is not healthy, many harmful health effects can occur.

There are many harmful conditions and diseases related to poor housing conditions. These harmful effects include: Allergies, Asthma, Carbon monoxide poisoning, Radon, Lead poisoning in children, falls, and fires. The seven elements of a healthy home are as follows: 1) Keep it dry 2) Keep it clean 3) Keep it safe 4) Keep it well-ventilated 5) Keep it pest-free 6) Keep it contaminant-free 7) Keep it well-maintained

When requested, the health department will conduct a healthy home inspection to help an individual identify areas within their home that can be improved. These inspections will also be done when an individual files a complaint against their landlord for housing conditions. As part of these inspections, the individual will be asked to watch a ten minute video on the seven elements of a healthy home. A healthy home inspection will increase the occupant’s awareness of any hazards present within the home, provide the occupants with tools and resources to remove those hazards, and promote the family’s health by improving the condition of the home. Education on home safety, cleanliness, maintenance, and other issues will provide you with the knowledge to make your home a place that supports wellness.

For additional information on this program, visit the Darke County Health Department’s website at or contact Corrie Holthaus, RS, at 937-548-4196 ext. 205.

Nature’s Fireworks

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Join a Darke County Park’s Naturalist on Thursday, July 5th at 8:30pm at Shawnee Prairie Preserve (4267 St. Rt. 502 West) as we explore the glowing world of our favorite summer-time insect, the Firefly! Also known as lightning bugs and glow worms, these fascinating insects are still the study of scientists as they try to reproduce the bioluminescence to replace our household light bulbs. By the end of the evening you will learn how these amazing “bugs” light up the summer night sky. Dress for the outdoors as we’ll complete our program with a hike to witness first hand, “Nature’s Fireworks.” This program is FREE and fun for the whole family! For more information on this and other programs offered by the Darke County Park District, call the Nature Center at 937.548.0165 or visit our website at

Woodpeckers Don't Mind the Heat

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Jennifer Burkett sent us the following photo of a couple of woodpeckers hard at work.

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The Lowell Thomas House Gets new Landscaping

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Janese Spencer of Spencer Landscaping, Inc.
Spencer’s is a major sponsor for the Gathering at Garst
For the second year in a row, Spencer Landscaping Inc. of Greenville, Ohio has generously donated their products and services to enhance the Lowell Thomas house located on the back lawn of the Garst Museum. Spencer Landscaping’s support of both the Museum and the Gathering at Garst event is part of their four year plan to surround the Lowell Thomas house with beautifully sculpted landscape beds filled with low maintenance plants, bushes, ornamental trees and an irrigation system.

The Garst Museum and Gathering at Garst Committee would like to thank Spencer Landscaping Inc. for their innovative donation which not only provides a wonderful backdrop for the Gathering at Garst event, but also an additional asset to the Garst Museum grounds.

Visit the Garst Museum and plan to join us for the second annual Gathering at Garst on Saturday, July 28 and Sunday, July 29. This family oriented event is filled with quality artists, crafters, artisans, specialty food vendors and the new Living History Encampment. Admission to the Gathering is FREE.

Visit the Gathering’s Facebook page and website to learn more about the event or about participating as a vendor. We look forward to sharing our history with you.

Website: and Facebook
Garst Museum is located at 205 N. Broadway, Greenville, Ohio
Phone: 937-548-5250

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Greenville Woman Passes Away from Injuries Sustained in Auto Accident

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Update: On June 28, 2012 Susan North succumb to her injuries at 1:55 PM while in Miami Valley Hospital. This marks Darke Counties 8th fatal accident on Darke County roadways.

This accident still remains under investigation.

Original Post: On June 12, 2012 at approximately 10:12 AM Darke County Deputies, Greenville Township Rescue and Fire, Arcanum Rescue and Careflight were dispatched to the intersection of US Route 127 and Kruckeburg Road in reference to a two vehicle injury accident.

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2012 Freightliner box truck, driven by Dylan W. Laird, 23 from Kettering, Ohio was north bound on US Route 127 at Kruckeburg Road. A second vehicle driven by Susan J. North, 56 from Greenville, Ohio was east bound at the intersection of Kruckeburg Road. at US Route 127 when she pulled into the path of the north bound box truck.

Susan North was transported to Miami Valley Hospital by Careflight where she is listed in critical condition.

Laird and his passenger, David Howerton, age 26, were transported by ambulance to Wayne HealthCare. Laird was later transferred to Miami Valley Hospital by ground.

The accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office Traffic Crash Reconstruction Team.

More Help Wanted at BRC

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Commemorating Our Independence Day

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Guest Column from Representative Richard Adams

As June begins to wrap up, it won’t be long before the citizens of the 79th Ohio House District put on red, white and blue attire and hang stars and stripes from their homes. The patriotic spirit this time of year is contagious, building up to our nation’s Independence Day on July 4th. Apple pie, cookouts, firework displays, parades—there are so many traditions that we associate with the Fourth of July. It is a time for family, fun and community, and, this year, we will come together to celebrate the 236th birthday of our great nation.

In all the excitement, we should not forget the true significance of Independence Day. All those years ago, the 13 original colonies formally separated from Great Britain, and July 4th marks the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. The preamble of this document begins with the immortal words, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal,” a revolutionary sentiment that would guide American democracy for centuries to come.

This national holiday also is a time to remember all those who fought in the Revolutionary War to win our freedom, and all of our men and women who have fought to preserve that freedom thereafter. The Fourth of July is a holiday truly steeped in meaning. Our rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness were put into place on this day, and the liberties of the American people have only grown since then. Today, we live in a democracy that is more free and inclusive than ever before, and we must never forget the moment in history that started it all.

On July 4th, I hope that you will take a moment to reflect on its greater importance as you take part in the holiday festivities. Here in Miami and Darke counties, we are lucky to have many opportunities to rejoice. Each Fourth of July, communities all over the 79th District will be conducting events. I am looking forward to accepting the invitations of Troy and West Milton to participate in each parade! Many of us also will celebrate in gatherings of family and friends. Whatever your plans, I wish you and your family a safe and joyous holiday.

Breaking News: It's hot outside!

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Union City Family Fun Day & Fireworks Display Information

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Pearson Signs to Play With Charger Baseball Team

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Pearson Signs to Play at Edison

Since the end of the 2012 baseball season, Edison manager Dr. Thomas Martinez has been busy recruiting players for the upcoming 2013 campaign. Recently, the Chargers have signed Casey Pearson, a graduate of Tri Village High School, who will be the team’s full-time catcher.

Pearson has been the Tri Village Patriots’ top catcher each of the past four years for the summer ball team, while also being the high school varsity’s top catcher each of the past three seasons. He also was recognized as the runner-up of the “Cody Holp Spirit of the Game Award” this season.

In the fall of 2011, Pearson showed his talent behind the plate as he played for the seventh-ranked team in the 2011 Indiana Fall Baseball League and Exposure Tour. During that time, he threw out four attempted base stealers, and had the opportunity to catch pitches at a velocity of more than ninety miles-per-hour.

As catcher for the Tri Village spring team in 2010, Pearson threw out fifteen base runners attempting to steal on him and threw out five in 2011. For the 2012 season, Pearson threw out eleven runners attempting to swipe bags, while also picking off seven runners.

At the plate, in 2011, Pearson held a .308 batting average, along with knocking in fifteen runs. In 2012, he added nearly eighty points to his average, raising it to .384. He also nearly doubled his RBIs to finish with twenty-eight on the season. Each of these years was stellar for him as these stats allowed him to be ranked high in both categories among all Darke County players.

“He’s a great player, loves the game, and has a lot of skill. Next season, he’ll start behind the plate for us,” said Martinez. “With a ‘pop time’ of 1.8 seconds, I look forward to watching him play ball, and it will make the 2013 campaign all the more fun.”

Pearson was a four-year varsity letter winner for the Patriots, and was a co-captain for the 2012 season.

The addition of Pearson to the roster will move Cody Shafer to third base full-time for the Chargers in 2013. Shafer spent a hefty amount of time behind the plate for Edison in 2012.

The Edison Community College Club Baseball Team completed its first season in nearly 20 years this past spring.


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Matt & Angie Arnold, George & Becky Luce, and Tom & Jennifer Bish with Dr. Robert and Jean McLear
Darke County Center for the Arts is proud to announce its third annual Barbecue and Blues fundraiser to take place at Turtle Creek Golf Course, 6545 St. Rt. 36 E., Greenville, Ohio, on Friday, July 13 at 6:30 pm. Sponsored by Matt & Angie Arnold, Tom & Jennifer Bish, George and Becky Luce and Dr. Robert & Jean McLear, this outdoor event is casual and family-friendly with lots of great food, drinks, and of course since it is an arts event, a great band!

According to a DCCA representative, Darke County Center for the Arts has come to rely on fundraisers as a significant source of funding. Monies generated from Barbecue and Blues will help offset the costs of presenting high quality performing artists throughout DCCA’s upcoming 2012/2013 season, for folks of all ages and economic spectrums to enjoy. Local sponsorship support of fundraising events is greatly appreciated and enables DCCA to continue encouraging cultural enrichment in Darke County and to offer opportunities for learning and growing through the arts.

Ray Fuller and The Blues Rockers out of Columbus Ohio are returning this year as the featured entertainment, bringing their fun rockabilly blues back to Darke County. Fuller’s impressive talents have allowed him to share the stage with Blues giants like Stevie Ray Vaughan, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, and The Fabulous Thunderbirds.

The Thirsty Turtle Lounge will offer a Barbecue Buffet featuring pulled barbecue pork sandwiches, wings and chicken chunks with your choice of sauces, Carolina vegetable slaw, redskin potato salad, and pasta salad. The Buffet is $8 per person, $4.50 for children ages 12 and under; beverages are sold separately. Additionally, Ghyslain Chocolatier will be on-site with their famous gelatos and gourmet desserts, also sold separately.

Bring lawn chairs or blankets and lots of friends and family to this fun outdoor event. Admission price is $10 adult, $5 children ages 12 and under. Tickets may be purchased at Turtle Creek Golf Course, Readmore’s Hallmark in Greenville, or by contacting DCCA at 937-547-0908 or . Tickets will also be available at the door; however, advance sales are encouraged.

Darke County Red Cross Coordinating Cooling Centers

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DARKE COUNTY, OHIO June 28, 2012 — Record high temperatures (100 degrees) and heat indexes (105+) are heading for the area today and the Darke County Chapter of the American Red Cross isn’t taking any chances. To help beat the heat local partner agencies, see below, are setting up cooling stations across the Darke County area starting today and Friday, if needed. Cooling centers are available during the day, as a way to escape the heat, not as a feeding or sleeping shelter.

The stations will be open from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm Thursday and Friday at the following locations:

  • Greenville Library, 520 Sycamore Street, Greenville
  • Worch Library, 790 S Center, Versailles
  • New Madison Library, 142 S Main, New Madison
  • Arcanum Library, 101 North Street, Arcanum
  • Greenville YMCA, 301 Wagner Ave, Greenville
  • Versailles YMCA, 10242 Versailles-Southeastern Rd, Versailles
  • Shawnee Prairie Nature Center, St Rt 502, Greenville

The American Red Cross reminds everyone that when the temperature rises above 90-degrees, we are all at risk for heat-related illnesses. Symptoms include nausea, dizziness, flushed or pale skin, heavy sweating and headaches. Young children and the elderly are at the highest risk for heat-related illnesses. Also, remember not only your family, but check on elderly neighbors as well. Keep pets inside or in well shaded areas, with ample water supply. The Darke County Association of Fire Chief's, its member departments with the support of the Darke County Sheriff's Office, is issuing an "Open Burning Advisory" for all of Darke County until further notice.

For more information on how to stay safe and cool this summer, visit

Friends of the New Madison Library July 4 Book Sale and Raffle

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The Friends of the New Madison Public Library will hold a Used Book Sale at the library from Wednesday, July 4 through Saturday, July 7. Hours for the sale will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. Prices are 10 cents for magazines, 25 cents for paperbacks, 50 cents for hard cover books and $1.00 for multi-media items.

The Friends will also be selling raffle tickets on July 4. Tickets are $1.00 each or 6 tickets for $5.00. Raffle prizes include a Pampered Chef gift basket ($150 value) donated by Virginia Metzcar, a cement garden angel donated by Deb’s Wildflowers, a planter donated by Mary Straszheim and John Tinkle, and a gift bag that includes a thirtyone purse donated by Bonita Schlecty, a Stampin’ Up gift certificate and cards donated by Elaine Snyder and library t-shirt. Winners will be chosen and notified by phone on July 5. Proceeds from the book sale and the raffle will support summer programming for children. The Library is located at 142 South Main Street in New Madison. Call 937-996-1741 with questions.

Daffy Derby and Duck N’ Run Winners Announced

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County held their annual Daffy Duck Derby and 5K on Thursday, June 21rd, starting at 7:30 p.m. in Tawawa Park in Sidney.

Over 2,600 rubber ducks, which were “adopted” by community members and local corporate sponsors, were launched out of a box which was extended over the creek with the aid of a Ferguson Construction crane. The event sponsors included Sidney Daily News, Hits 105.5, Kroger’s, Meyer’s Garage and Drive Thru, Inc., Dave Russell, CPA, LLC, Alvetro Orthodontics, Greenville High School Key Club, Freshway Foods, J. Robert Schweitzer Insurance, Hemmelgarn Services, Inc., Arens Corp., Versailles Savings & Loan Co., KTH Parts Industries, Reliable Business Solutions, Inc., Sell, Hegemann & Zimmerman Co., LPA, Production Paint Finishers. Inc., MJS Plastics Inc., Johnston Chiropractic Clinic, Inc., Sidney Foodtown, Regal Beloit, Tipp City, Upper Cervical Health Center, Gillespie Construction, Adecco, Dannon, and McCrate DeLaet & Co.

Overall 11 prizes were awarded for the Duck Derby. The grand prize winner for the duck race was Pattie Stearley of Fort Loramie. Pattie won a $1,000 shopping spree.

Other prize winners include Trupointe Cooperative, of Piqua, who won 2 3-Day Passes to Country Concert compliments of Meyer Garage & Drive Thru and 1 Free Pizza compliments of Keyhole Pizza. Mike Barhorst, of Fort Loramie, who took home a Cincinnati Get-Away Package with 4 single day park passes compliments of Kings Island and a Cincinnati overnight stay Compliments of Westin Cincinnati. Claire Counts of Botkins won a Sports enthusiast pack including 4 rounds of 18 holes of golf compliments of Beechwood Golf Course, $20 Gift certificate to CJ Highmarks, and 4 tickets to a Dayton Dragons game. Judy Boeke of Sidney will enjoy the Family Fun Package! 4 Tickets to Cosi, gift certificates compliments of Dave & Busters, and a basket full of family fun games compliments of Brethren’s Home! Keith Monnier of Sidney won the All Around Town Package, $25 Gift Certificate to The Bridge, $15 Gift Certificate to Cassano’s, $15 Gift Certificate to The Spot & Overnight stay at The Sidney Inn.; and Dorothy Francis of Anna won the Amped up Package! This includes a Complete Vehicle detailing compliments of Just Detailing, 1 free oil change compliments of Dirksen Automotive and a $40 Certificate for Fuel compliments of Northtowne Sunoco, Inc. A $100 Wal-Mart Gift Card, compliments of Gillespie Construction, was won by Cindy Helman of Sidney, while a Pamper Package including $25 Gift Certificate to Panache Day Spa, $35 Gift Certificate & Jewelry box compliments of Allison’s Custom Jewelry was awarded to Jenni King of Botkins. Jackie Dunson of Sidney won 4 Dayton Dragons Tickets compliments of Beau Townsend Ford & $50 cash, and Amanda Seigle of Anna won the Party Pack including a $104 valued gift certificate compliments of Picture Perfect & $10 Gift certificate to CJ Highmarks.

Cancer Association of Darke County receives donation from the 2nd Annual Auto Show held at the Greenville Auction Center

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Left to right Dave Cline, Christine Yount, Executive Director of Cancer Association, Jim Wroda

The 2nd Annual Auto Show was held Friday, June 22, 2012 at the Greenville Auction Center at 5239 St. Rt. 49 S, Greenville, Ohio. Trophies were awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place and “Best of Show”. Every car received a special plaque for entry and 100% of the proceeds were donated to Cancer Association of Darke County. The association is most appreciative of all donations that help the cancer patients locally.

The Cancer Association of Darke County exists to provide support for people in Darke County that have been diagnosed with cancer. The association reimburses their patients for expenses including: mileage, medication, medical supplies, and nutritional supplementation. They also offer a monthly support group, a volunteer driver program, free wigs and head coverings for cancer patients, educational materials for the prevention and early detection of all cancers, information booths at various Darke County events, and speakers for groups interested in learning more about the organization. They also make one yearly donation to an accredited research organization that works with Darke County residents. They are an independent non-profit organization that exists because of donations from people just like you! They are not affiliated with the American Cancer Society and do not receive donations or financial assistance from them. The Association partners with United Way. There is a current need for volunteer drivers to drive patients to appointments. For more information about this or other questions, please call the office at 937-548-9960.

New Bremen Vacation Bible School To Help Camp BEARable for State of the Heart Hospice

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Kristi Voisard
Three New Bremen churches conducting a community-wide vacation bible school in July have targeted State of the Heart Hospice’s annual Camp BEARable as their “mission” project, attempting to raise funds for the camp which is for children grieving the loss of a loved one.

“Each year, we have a different cause we feature,” explained Kristi Voisard who will be teaching the “mission” portion of the vacation bible school which will be held at one of the sponsoring churches, St. Paul’s United Church of Christ. The other churches are Holy Redeemer Catholic Church and St. Peter’s Church. “This year, we decided to help with funds for Camp BEARable,” she added.

The vacation bible school will be held from Sunday, July 22 and will end Thursday, July 26. School is from 6 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. and is for children four years and older up to fifth grade level.

Chris Killian, a volunteer at the camp for the past several years, will be a guest speaker one evening. “He will tell the youth what camp is all about. This will encourage them to think of ways to raise funds or to give to the camp,” Voisard said. “Our hope is to raise $300.” This is the amount to sponsor one child.” This year marks the 12th year for Camp BEARable which will be held July 13-15 at the Spiritual Center of Maria Stein. The camp is free and there need not be any association with hospice care. It is open to children six to 15.

Darke County Horsemens Association to Meet

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The Darke County Harness Horsemens Association will be having a meeting on Monday July 2, 2012 at 6:30pm. The meeting will be held at the Darke County Fairgrounds Speed Office.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

BRC’s Annual Garage Sale- June 28 & 29

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As the warm weather arrives, Brethren Retirement Community residents are eager to enjoy the beautiful campus blooming with colorful flowers, socialize by the pond with friends and family, listen to the music at the outdoor concerts, and shop at the annual Brethren Retirement Community Garage Sale. This “oh-so-popular” event is a resident favorite every year as the Brick Room fills with treasures for all ages. We invite you to join in on the fun! The garage sale will be open on Thursday, June 28th from 9am-6pm and again on Friday, June 29th from 9am-2pm.

Brethren Retirement Community will accept donated items that are clean and in good repair, a receipt will be issued for your taxes. Donated items can be dropped off at the switchboard at Brethren Retirement Community.

If you need a receipt for your taxes, please provide a detailed itemized list with your donated items that includes your name and address. All donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.

Brethren Retirement Community is a not-for-profit continuing care retirement community, a national eldercare expert, and the only Eden Alternative™ Registered Community in Darke County. The Eden Alternative™ is a nationally known and widely acclaimed philosophy to create better environments for older adults, improve peoples’ quality of life and increase opportunities for meaningful activity.

Proceeds from the garage sale will benefit Brethren Retirement Community’s Eden Alternative™ Fund.


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The County Offices will be closed on Wednesday, July 4th, 2012, for the “4th of July” Holiday. The Board of Commissioners will be in “Regular Session” on Monday, July 2nd, at 1:30 p.m.; and will hold a “Special Session” on Friday, July 6th, 2012, at 11:30 a.m.

Help Wanted at BRC

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Fort GreeneVille Chapter DAR 90th Anniversary

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Ohio Regent Sharlene Shoaf with Fort Greenville and Commodore Preble Chapter members
Fort GreeneVille Chapter celebrated their 90th anniversary at Turtle Creek Golf Course. The chapter organized in January 1922. The guest speaker was Ohio State DAR Regent Sharlene Shoaf. Madam Regent Shoaf gave a program on Betsy Ross in honor of Flag Day. She also honored the chapter by inducting new officers for the 2012-2014 term. The chapter gave a donation to the State Regent Project.

There were 27 in attendance including members from Commodore Preble DAR chapter, Preble County. After the luncheon, everyone went to the chapter's historical Studabaker Schoolhouse for a flag raising ceremony. Greenville American Legion Post 140 Color Guard raised the flag. Fort GreeneVille chapter presented the Color Guard with a cash donation for their ongoing dedication to our country.

Member Judith Collins gave a flag program on the folding of the flag. The ceremony ended with member Linda Riley leading the members in the singing of "God Bless America". The schoolhouse was open for viewing and the new sign was dedicated.

WWII Subject For Library's “First Friday”

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A real treat is in store for WWII buffs and fire arms aficionados. Dennis Sullivan will have his extensive collection of WWII memorabilia on display in the Greenville Public Library from 2:00 to 6:00 on Friday July 6th. He’ll be present in full military dress to answer questions and to help educate the public about his display as well as his re-enactment activities.

Dennis belongs to the 101st Airborne Division/502 ND PIR/3rd Battalion/Company I re-enactment association where he holds the position of Captain. They’re known as “The Screaming Eagles” Living History Team ( for more info).

He was drawn to this unit because the Airborne Infantry was among the best the Army fielded during the war. His group portrays airborne infantry soldiers at tactical battles and public events as they appeared from August 1942 to May 1945. This period covers the most significant battles of the Regiment: airborne and sea borne assaults into Normandy and airborne assaults into Holland.

He explains, “This group is not a real military organization and our principle interest is to enjoy ourselves at events. However, because we portray a highly trained and disciplined unit, we need to exhibit some of these same characteristics. To do less is a slight to the original members of the Regiment. We take this seriously. Our motto is ‘To honor...not glorify‘.”

When asked what he enjoys about re-enactment, Dennis says it’s the camaraderie, meeting veterans, and educating the public.

He emphasizes the group represents no political causes or ideas and is not a militant organization. Its goals are to educate, to instill patriotism, to honor veterans and their sacrifices, and to experience to some small degree the life of the combat soldier in WWII. “We maintain the highest standards in safety and authenticity.“

Dennis is a retired police officer who lives in Greenville with his wife Jenny Sullivan, the Circulation Supervisor at the Library. Along with his re-enactment activities he & Jenny enjoy their grandchildren.

Be sure to stop by the Library and experience this interesting program and hear about a fascinating part of WWII history, the life of the average combat soldier.

Open Burning Advisory Issued for Darke County

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The Darke County Association of Fire Chiefs, Inc. and our member departments, with the support of Darke County Sheriff Toby Spencer, is issuing an “Open Burning Advisory” for all of Darke County until further notice.

The unusually dry conditions warrant such an advisory with respect to all types of outside open burning and fires. The National Weather Service and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry have also issued fire watches for Northwestern and Southwestern Ohio.

We are asking homeowners, farmers, and the public to be especially cautious during this dry period.

Residents are urged to take extra measures to prevent accidental fires to include:

  1. Avoid burning of trash and debris.
  2. Do not discard cigarettes or other smoking materials outdoors.
  3. Do not have open cooking, campfires, or other recreational fires.
  4. Charcoal from grills should not be removed until the charcoal has been thoroughly extinguished.

In addition, we also strongly suggest that the residents of Darke County attend public displays of fireworks being held within the county. Private fireworks are limited to trick and novelty devices such as sparklers and smoke producing devices and should be closely monitored while being utilized. All other types of consumer fireworks are prohibited by Ohio Law.

We are asking for cooperation and understanding from the residents of Darke County with respect to opening burning and fire safety in the unusually dry conditions present at this time. Please remember that the land or structure you own or inhabit or that of your neighbors could be lost if a fire were to get out of control and you could possibly be held civilly liable for your actions.


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DAYTON & DARKE COUNTY, Ohio –Just as a lighthouse beam guides ships through rocky waters, Community Blood Center (CBC) is counting on the “iFocus on Saving Lives” campaign to help navigate the slow summer months and especially the challenging July 4th holiday week.

Everyone who registers to donate at any CBC branch or mobile blood drive Monday, June 25 through Saturday, July 14 will receive the new “iFocus on Saving Lives, iGive Blood” t-shirt. The design features a yellow and white striped lighthouse on a navy blue background against drifting clouds and mirrored waters.
CBC is always challenged to maintain a safe and ample blood supply during the summer months because of school break, family vacations and outdoor activities. This is especially true during the busy July 4th holiday week.

Donate blood this summer and you could be driving a new car in the fall. Everyone 18 or older who registers to donate at any CBC branch or mobile blood drive now through Saturday, Sept. 1 is automatically entered in the drawing to win a new “race red” 2012 Ford Focus. The “iFocus on Saving Lives” Ford Focus summer giveaway campaign is sponsored by REACH Magazine and Dave Knapp Ford Lincoln of Greenville. Official rules are available at New Hampshire Fugitive Captured in New Weston

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The arrest is related to charges including 2 counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault of a minor, as well as 2 additional counts of attempted aggravated sexual assault of a minor between the ages of 13 and 16, all of which are alleged to have happened in New Hampshire last year.

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Commissioners' Corner - June 2012

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Summer is in full swing in Darke County now. Once again, it is hot and humid, the children are out of school, and vacation time is just around the corner for most people. It is hard to believe, but the Great Darke County Fair is less than 2 months away! Where has the time gone?

Time is moving forward in the Commissioner’s Office also. By the time this is printed, the mid- year budget process will be completed, and we will be waiting on other projects, or completing and starting others. We are holding the budget line for all Departments again, as we have done for several years now. We will have a much clearer budget look in November. Right now, things are going pretty well, the sales tax is up slightly, and our Department Heads and Elected Officials are holding the line on spending. If you see one of our Department Heads or Elected Officials, be sure to thank them for all their hard work. Darke County is fortunate in that our Department Heads and Elected Officials and their personnel do a great job of being conservative with the people’s money.

The CDBG (Community Development Block Grant) hearings are done, and with the lessened amount of money received this year, it was really difficult to make some projects winners and some losers. In 2010 we received $151,000 from the Grant. In 2011 the amount was $138,000. This year the Grant was cut even more to $120,000. We are sure this trend will continue, so it is imperative that we pick projects that the Commissioners feel give us the most “bang for the buck”. All of the applicants for the Grant have worthwhile needs, and it is a shame that we cannot help them all. This year, Union City, the Village of Wayne Lakes, and Pitsburg got all or part of their projects funded. This will continue to get harder and harder to do as the funds become more depleted.

On the economic front, Darke County continues to lead the Dayton area in job retention and expansion. Midmarks announced expansion is greatly welcomed, and it is always a pleasure to work with the company’s directors. Midmarks commitment to Versailles and Darke County only reinforces the concept to other major companies that Darke County is the place to locate and grow. Because of the collaboration between Midmark, the Economic Development Office, the Commissioner’s Office, and the State’s Jobs Ohio Program, Midmark will continue to be a very prominent member of the County and the State. Thank you to all involved. Marc Saluk, the Economic Development Director, has many more projects in the works, and almost all companies that he is working with are planning some sort of expansion or project for the future. Our Workforce Development Initiative is well underway, regional collaboration with our neighbors is continuing and growing, and the Partnering for Progress initiative continues to add members. These efforts by all involved parties have led to our unemployment rate for the county to have dropped to 6.3%, far below the State average, and almost 2% below the national average. Our successes have led to Darke County being featured on the front page of the Wall Street Journal. Whirlpool, by bringing back hand mixers from China to the Greenville facility, was prominently featured and created interest in how smart companies are competing in the world market. This not only promoted Whirlpool, but gave Greenville and Darke County tremendous exposure. Thank you to all of our major manufacturers, smaller businesses and shops for showcasing Darke County in a positive light.

As Darke County continues its positive path forward, we encourage everyone in the County to get involved and help us to move forward. One way to do that is to attend a Commissioners meeting and let us know your suggestions and comments. We meet every Monday and Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. in the Commissioner’s Office located at 520 S. Broadway in Greenville, just south of the Courthouse. Hope to see you there!

The Darke County Commissioners

Riegle Golf Tournament Set For Saturday, July 14

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Pictured in 1998 are, clockwise,
L.D. Riegle, sons Mark, Tom and Tim
In 1998, the L.D. Riegle family held the family’s first golf outing for State of the Heart Hospice. Called the “L.D. Riegle Open Golf Tournament,” the outing was established by the family as a way of thanking the local non-profit agency for the care given to the family patriarch, L.D. Riegle who died in 1988 under the care of State of the Heart. Mr. Riegle was an avid golfer

The family will hold the annual golf outing for the 14th year on Saturday, July 14 at the White Springs Golf Course near Greenville. State of the Heart has cared for patients in eastern Indiana and western Ohio who are confronting a life limiting illness for more than 30 years.

“The Riegle family and friends who play in this tournament value what was done for our father,” explained Mark Riegle, tournament director. Mark, along with brothers Tim and Tom, and their sister Debbie and their families coordinate the event. Proceeds from the outing and an auction held at the close of the tournament go to patient care support, assuring that all patients receive hospice care, regardless of ability to pay. The auction occurs around 7 p.m. and is open to the public.

This year, Riegle emphasized, “We are hoping to top the most amount we have ever raised which was $5,712 in 2006. We want to go higher than that and present State of the Heart with the highest check we have presented.” Last year, the tournament raised $4,832. In the past 13 years, the golf outing has raised $60,324, the highest amount ever raised by a volunteer fund raising group for State of the Heart.

Disaster Drill Conducted

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On June 7, 2012 Darke County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) and Darke County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (EMA) held a Functional Disaster Drill.

The drill was designed by a LEPC planning sub-committee consisting of Cheryl Batten, BASF; Mark Dotson, Greenville Twp Rescue; Shawn Brandenburg, Greenville Fire Dept and Darke County HazMat; Dave Iverson, The Anderson’s; Dale Farmer, Ohio EPA; Pam Gibson, Ohio EMA and Mindy Saylor, Darke County EMA.

According to Section 3750.04(C) of the Ohio Revised Code, LEPC’s must conduct an exercise of their Hazardous Materials Plan annually. The exercise shall be observed with a formal review to be submitted to the Ohio EPA State Emergency Response Commission (SERC).

Agencies that participated in the drill were Darke County Commissioners, Versailles Fire Dept, Versailles Police Dept, Greenville Twp Rescue, Greenville Fire Dept, Darke County Sheriff’s Office, Darke County HazMat, Darke County EMA, Ohio EMA, Darke County Coroner, Darke County Chapter American Red Cross, Darke County Health Dept, ODOT, Darke County Highway Dept, Wayne Healthcare, Spirit Medical Transport and Citizen Emergency Response Team (CERT).

“This functional drill was designed to test our Emergency Operations Center (EOC), Population Protective Actions, Resource Management and Emergency Public Information plans and procedures,” stated Mindy Saylor Director of Darke County EMA.

The areas reviewed were evaluated by Jeff Jordan, Montgomery County EMA; Billy Ring, Retired Dayton HazMat and Delbert Braund, Darke County EMA Public Information Officer (PIO).

“Exercises and drills are an essential training tool used to test our capabilities with a realistic scenario based on an identified threat our county faces. We now will host an After Action Conference (AAC) to review the final report from Ohio SERC and identify any areas that need to be addressed in our planning process,” said Saylor.

The AAC is scheduled for the next Quarterly LEPC meeting on September 18, 2012 at 10:00 AM in the Emergency Operations Center.

“I cannot thank everyone involved enough, from the planning committee to the players and evaluators. Without all the cooperation and teamwork we could not be successful in these drills,” explained Saylor.

If anyone would like further information contact the Darke County Emergency Management Agency at 937-548-1444.

‘Harmony’ Reunion Scheduled

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“Harmony” to perform at the Veteran’s Park in downtown Arcanum on July 4th, 12:30 – 2:30 PM.

The original members of the Harmony Quartet has reunited after seven years to perform a free concert at the Veteran’s Park in downtown Arcanum. “Harmony” is a local quartet that came together in 1997 and performed through 2004 throughout the region at fairs, festivals, private parties, churches and retirement centers. They are noted for their unique style of singing songs of the Statler Brothers, the Oakridge Boys, the Beach Boys, and many others. The group is made up of Bill Drew, Terry Longfellow, Mike Royer and Bruce Shank. The public is invited to bring their lawn chairs and enjoy the Harmony Reunion. For more information contact Bruce Shank @ 937-692-5789 or

Timothy Clopp Photography to sponsor the Annie Oakley Days Photo Shoot Out

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This year's Photo contest is being sponsored by Timothy Clopp Photography of Arcanum and will consist of 5 categories: Portrait, Landscape, Architecture, Enhanced, and Misc. Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, 3rd and honorable mention in each category as well as a Best of Show and an Annie’s pick award.

Entries will be taken at the Fine Arts building at the fairgrounds on Tuesday, July 24, 2012 from 4pm to 7pm and on Wednesday, July 25, 2012 from 9am to 11am. Doors will close promptly on Wednesday at 11am for judging. Entries must be hung for the duration of the festival. All entries and prize money must be picked up Sunday, July 29, 2012 between 1pm and 3pm.

Participants may enter up to five original works, only 1 entry per category. All work must be original and must not contain nudity. Amateurs and professionals will be judged together. Prints are required to be framed, ready to hand with screw eyes and wire hanger. No SAWTOOTH hangers allowed. Print must be no smaller than 8x10 and no larger than 20x24. Prints may be printed on standard photography paper only. Examples include Matte, Glossy, Authentic Black and White. No metallic or pearl paper, texture coatings, metals, or acrylics permitted. Prints may be mounted (Foam board, Masonite, etc.) but will not be taken into account for judging. Prints may be matted. Glass is optional, non-glare glass is recommended. All photographs and artwork must not have been shown previously in the Annie Oakley Days Photography Shoot Out. Each entry must contain the following: Artist’s name, address, phone number, age group, and category. This information must be placed on the back of the photograph with an arrow to indicate the top of the photo.


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Join us in Ansonia July 4th at 9am for the 29th Annual Firecracker Run 5K. A quality run in its 29th year. Sponsored by the Ansonia Fire Department, Greenville National Bank, Riffle Mowing and Landscaping, Cal-Maine Foods, Inc., Rick Moody Construction, and Ansonia Lumber Company. Timing and results by Speedy-Feet ( )

Race Starts and Finishes @ Ansonia High School 600 E. Canal St. Ansonia, Ohio 45303

Awards, Door Prizes & Refreshments after the race.

Online Registration and more information available by clicking here.

Mail in Registration and more information available at here.

Registration also available the day of race.

Race is in conjunction with the Ansonia 4th of July Celebration. Stay for the Parade, BBQ Chicken, Softball Tournament, Horseshoe Tournament, Corn Hole Tournament, Pie Baking Contest, Family Feud, Tricycle Races, Little Mr. & Miss Red White & Blue Pageant, and of course Fireworks @ dusk.

Come for the Race stay for the Food & Fun...

Finkbine Completes EMT Course

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On behalf of the Board of Trustees of Tri-Village Rescue and the Members of “The Team for Life” we would like to congratulate Mrs. Adriana Finkbine of New Madison, Ohio for completing the Emergency Medical Technician course at Greenville Township Rescue as an outreach course through Miami Valley CTC. This course was 3 months of instruction and clinical rotation to prepare Adriana to Challenge the National Registry of EMT testing to which she passed.

Adriana started running with Tri-Village Rescue in February of 2012 and completed her EMT class in June while working as a volunteer Trainee for Tri-Village Rescue Adriana works full time at Keller Feed and Grain in Greenville while attending classes and doing clinical rotation.
Adriana lives in New Madison, Ohio with her Parents Rob and Amy Finkbine. Adriana is engaged to be married to Cody Burnside of New Madison in the middle of July. Besides planning her wedding she enjoys camping, fishing and swimming. Adriana is a 2010 graduate of Tri-village Schools.

Eric Burns, Paramedic and Chief of the department stated that “He is so proud of Adriana for completing the course, I taught Adriana as a senior at Tri-Village High School in her Senior Seminar course where she had to complete a first aid and CPR course, and today she is ready to serve the community in which she grew up in as a Volunteer EMT within our organizations. Once again congratulations Adriana job well done.

Hurry and order your chicken/pork barbecue tickets now!

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Hurry and order your chicken/pork barbecue tickets now! You won’t want to miss this special meal to raise funds for Darke County cancer patients!

The Cancer Association of Darke County is sponsoring a Chicken and Pork Chop Barbecue on Saturday, July 7 at the Greenville Park. The event, which features Barbecued Chicken and Barbecued Pork Chops is made on-site by Paul Mueller, will be held at Shelter #3 (on Harmon Drive, across from the GHS Football field/track).

Drive up service will be available as well as picnic tables for those who want to eat in the park. Dinners will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will consist of half a chicken or a pork chop, potato chips, cup of applesauce and a dinner roll. Bottled water will be available for those eating at the shelter.

The cost for a dinner will be $7.00. It is recommended that all tickets by ordered by July 2, 2012. To order your delicious barbecued dinner you can call the Cancer Association at 937-548-9960 or stop by their office at 209 East Fourth Street. Office hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9 a.m. to 12 noon and 1:00 p.m. to 4:30. Tickets are also available from any board member.

Have a great lunch and support your local and independent Cancer Association at the same time! Call them today to place your order!

Greenville Transit System Holds Annual Employee Picnic

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On June 10th, the employees of Greenville Transit System held their annual employee/family picnic. General Manager, Kathy Cool, held the event at her home where lots of food and fun was present. All GTS employees, past employees, and their families were invited. Approximately 29 people were in attendance.

A Corn hole tournament was held. There were more than 10 teams playing for a prize. The winners of the tournament were wives of two of GTS dispatchers/drivers. The winners were Rhonda Marshal and Kim Schmidt. They were each presented with $20.00. The runner’s up for the BIG tournament were Dennis Silknitter and Rick Cool. The picnic is sponsored by the MV Safety Committee, made up of drivers, dispatchers, the General Manager and the Transportation Director. Greenville Transit System is operated for the City of Greenville by MV Transportation. This is the third year for the annual picnic.

Each driver/dispatcher and utility person was given a door prize that consisted of a new GTS ball hat, sun visor, lunch bag, or shopping bag. For information or to book ride on Greenville Transportation System, call 547-1811 or 548-0437.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

"Killing Chickens" By Abraham Lincoln

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Chickens will stretch out their necks if you hold them by the body and enclose the wings and feet with your hand. The chicken stretches its head out and the boy lowers the body over a chopping block. When the neck rests on the block the hand ax cuts off the head.

Most people do not know that, but those of us who killed chickens to eat knew that a small boy can hold a chicken in one hand and cut its head off with a small hatchet.

You can hold the body until the chicken bleeds out and there is no splattering blood. And we knew that a chicken will run around the yard without its head if you drop it on the ground right after you cut the head off.

Those who have raised chickens for their eggs and to eat know that a chicken flops the instant the head is cut off and unless you get out of the way, you are going to be splattered with blood. Or, you can hold it until it stops bleeding.

My neighbor lady, Esta Flory, hung chickens by their feet on the clothesline. Esta would walk along and grab a chicken by the head and stretched its neck and then sliced its head off with a sharp butcher knife. Motorcycle and Car Collide in Greenville, One Injured

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Photo by iW7 reporter rgrisez at WHIO is reporting that a car and motorcycle collided near Anderson Avenue and 12th Street in Greenville. One person was taken to Miami Valley via CareFlight.

We will add more information as it becomes available.

Click on the image to see WHIOtv's original story.

Edison Board of Trustee Members Honored by OACC

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Trustee Darryl Mehaffie of Edison (at left), winner of the Maureen C. Grady Award for Special Achievement. Trustees Jim Thompson (second from left) and Ed Curry (second from right), winners of the Richard Adams Educational Leadership Award. Also pictured Edison Foundation Board member Bettye Laughlin.
Edison Community College is proud to announce that three members from the college’s Board of Trustees were honored during the recent Ohio Association of Community Colleges Excellence Awards.

James Thompson, trustee and vice chair of the college’s Board of Trustees, and Ed Curry, trustee and past chair of the board were winners of the Richard N. Adams Educational Leadership Award. This award is named after Dr. Richard N. Adams, a past OACC chair and current elected state representative who served on the Edison Community College Board of Trustees for 18 years.

Trustee Darryl D. Mehaffie was honored as the winner of the Maureen C. Grady Award for Special Achievement. The award is named for Grady, a former trustee with the Clark State Community College Board of Trustees, and recognizes extraordinary leadership and contributions of trustees. Mehaffie has been actively engaged in the affairs of the college and he discovered a solution to the challenges colleges face with post-secondary enrollment option funding. Mehaffie was also part of the presidential search committee that secured current Edison President Dr. Cris Valdez.

“The honors that the OACC has presented to our board members is indicative of the level of commitment that they have to champion the college,” said Dr. Cris Valdez, president of the college. “Edison is very fortunate to have a board that thoroughly supports the college and the communities it serves.”

The awards were presented at the annual Excellence Awards Gala in Columbus this past May.

“These trustees and distinguished award winners exemplify the best in leadership for Ohio’s community colleges,” said Ron Abrams, president of the OACC in a press release. “They come from all walks of life and from all areas of the state and they honor Ohio’s community colleges by their leadership and participation.”

The Ohio Association of Community Colleges is an association of Ohio’s 23 public community colleges. The Association was founded in 1993 as a single forum for advocacy, communication, recognition, trustee education and trustee-president cooperation. The OACC is the recognized voice of the community college movement in Ohio.

Darke County Republican Golf Outing: July 7th

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On July 7th, 2012 the Darke County Republican Party is having their annual Golf outing at the New Turtle Creek Golf Club. Turtle Creek, formerly the Greenville Country Club, will be the site of this fun-filled event. The day will be filled with Prizes, Food, Great golf, good fellowship, and the chance to show off your golfing skills (or not!) Put together a foursome, or if you wish, we will put you in a group, either way it should be a fun time for all.

The cost of entry is $75.00 a person, or $300 dollars a team for lunch, golf, cart, and a steak dinner afterwards. If you are not a golfer, come and join us for dinner at only $25.00 a person. Sponsorships will be available for tee and green signs, door prizes, and beverage cart sponsorship.

The party starts at 11:30 on Saturday July 7th with registration and lunch, Golf from 12:30 to 4:30, Cocktails from 4:30 to 5:30 followed by a fabulous steak dinner and awarding of prizes.

All proceeds go to the Darke County Republican party to help our candidates this fall. Please come and enjoy a day of great fun and golf. For more information contact Cindy Pike at (937) 548-1731 or e-mail at or Mike Stegall at (937) 547-0183 or e-mail at

Wavaires Camp 2012

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Applications for Wavaire camp are available for students who last year were in grades 4 through 8 are ready. Contact Michele Smith at Greenville High School at 548-4188 ext. 855.

The dates are July 25, 26 and 27. The students will perform 3 selections with the Wavaires.

Michele Smith is the director and Tyler Stickel is the choreographer. Deadline for the applications are July 6th.

The Score Board Presents: Jason Grieshop

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On June 20th The Score Board Sports Club broke new ground on a project that would essentially, build the foundation to spotlight artist talent in a professional music video and webcast.

The first episode showcased local artist Jason Grieshop, and that video is now available on Youtube and the SB webpage. which is can be found at The Score Board Sports Club's website (or watch it by clicking on the image below).

You can also catch episode II this Wednesday at 10PM; live from The SB or on Wave 96. This weeks band will be Dyslexic Funk (link goes to their Facebook page).

We hope to see you at The SB this Wednesday to take part in this new tradition!

Open Sunday! The Museum at Versailles

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The Versailles Area Historical Society announces that the Museum at Versailles will be open this Sunday, July 1st from 1:00 until 4:00. There will be tours available. There is no charge, but donations are always welcome. Come and see what everyone is talking about!

Last Call for Versailles Area Historical Society’s Annual Wine Gala!

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Photo from last year’s Gala “Cheers”
This Friday evening June 29, 2012 our local historical society will once again will hold our annual “Wine Gala and Annie Celebration” at the Versailles Winery .

New this year the winery has opened their own kitchen. So while we will continue to offer gourmet cheese, meats, and wonderful European olives with our wine tastings, we have added a new treat. The chef will be preparing assorted gourmet pizzas made especially in their kitchen for your sampling pleasure. To conclude the evening a fantastic layered cake will be served to celebrate Annie’s Birthday (a bit early). The evening will be complete with a toast of the new, limited edition of Bullseye, the Winery’s own wine created to honor our own Miss Annie Oakley.

Also as a special treat, several door prizes will be awarded along with a “Silent Auction” for several wonderful items from homemade to recreation, there is something for everyone.

A few tickets remain and several will be available at the door, but only at the $25.00 rate. Advanced tickets before noon this Thursday are available still at the $20.00 to members and $25.00 for non-members rate.

Another new feature this year is special, reserved tables for you and your private group. These tables are available for 6 guests on the beautiful outdoor terrace, near the stage and are available at $200.00, or tables for 8 guests inside, near the pizza buffet for $250.00. These include all the amenities, plus reserved seating for this additional charge (and only several remain).

Tickets may be reserved by calling 937-526-4271 or for individual tickets you may either call the above number or by stopping by our friends at Worch Memorial Public Library.

All the proceeds from this grand evening are used by the Versailles Area Historical Society to continue the work of preserving our areas history through stories and our museum’s artifacts.

Books and Bears for Babies Receives Donations

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Samantha Buchy center, with left to right, Assistant Fire Chief McDermott, Michael Presnall Wayne Healthcare Foundation, Mayor Mike Bowers, Officer representing the Greenville Police Department, and Jim Gable of State Farm Insurance and one of Samatha's Pageant sponsors!

You can read more about Samantha's "Books and Bears for Babies" program by clicking here.

Guest Post from Kathy Cool: "I agree with the Carpenters"

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Guest posts are welcome and encouraged. If you have something to say and are able to do it in a respectful, reasonable way, send your piece to The contents of guest posts do not necessarily reflect the opinions of  

Editor's Note: This post is in response to Jim and Susie Carpenter's post, found here.

I have to say that the letter from Jim and Susie Carpenter was very well written. Their concerns for our city parks is shared by many including me and my family. Although I do not live within the city limits, I have Grandchildren who do. Not opening the pool at South Park along with not offering aerobics at south school and seriously considering not opening the City Pool, and all the issues surrounding the hot topic of “no money” has gotten pretty tiring. I agree with the Carpenters.

There are other ways to support the parks and the pools. It takes someone who will take the time to make contacts with businesses and let them know the situation that the City or the Park Board is in. I do not believe that everyone understands exactly what is happening with the parks.

Who is exactly responsible for running them? Who is going to take the responsibility to correct the issues. Can the city and the park board work together to figure out why and how to fix the problems. It seems to continue to be a City and County issue. If the parks are in the city limits then the city should take responsibility for them. I guess the question I have is who has the money to operate them? If the city has control of the money then why isn’t there a City Parks Department anymore? If the County has the money, then let the county maintain all the parks and the issues of keeping them open should then fall to the County. 

The City Park and South Park are the two parks that I would imagine are used the most inside the City limits. These two parks should be open and all the facilities operating. Do we have a budget in place to maintain and keep these two parks operating?

Not having concessions at the city pool is also a concern. Surely, there is some community organization that could operate that. (Don’t high school kids have to do so much community service to graduate)? Why can’t Greenville City Schools set up something that each summer, the junior class or another group at the school (under the supervision of a teacher or community person) volunteer so many hours each week to maintain the concession stands? I love the “green” spaces of Greenville. Probably a lot of others do too.

Let’s come up with some ideas on how to keep them clean and running so all of us can enjoy them; now and in the future. What are other cities and counties doing to promote and maintain their parks?


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The Cancer Support Group will not meet on July 5. The group met in June and asked that the meeting be cancelled in July due to the July 4 holiday. (The group meets the first Thursday of every month at Wayne Healthcare)

The group will meet again on August 2, 2012.

The local Cancer Association of Darke County sponsors the Living with Cancer group in cooperation with Wayne Hospital. The Support Group is open to anyone with a cancer diagnosis, also family and friends of an individual with cancer are encouraged to attend.

The association is not affiliated with the American Cancer Society. All funds stay within Darke County and are used for local cancer patients.

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

Thanks to everyone who supports our association. Christine Yount, Executive Director.

Where there is help, there is hope.

Happy 40th Birthday Towne & Country Players!

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Come and help T. & C. P. celebrate 40 years of outstanding community theatre and for bringing the arts to the Versailles area.

This Sunday, July 1st (notice the special day and time) we invite the whole community to join us in Fountain Square for a special Birthday Concert to kick off our special summer season.

Die Freudemacher will make their first ever appearance on our stage at 6:00 p.m. You may have heard this outstanding group at Minster’s Oktoberfest. This lively group is sure to get your toes taping and maybe even get you up for a dance!
In addition, Birthday cake will be shared as we thank the Versailles area for their continuing support of the Arts.

Then beginning on Friday July 6 at 7:00 and every Friday through August 17th Towne & Country will bring you outstanding artists from close to home and not so close too, to fill the square with the sounds of music.

Watch your favorite newspapers for each week’s guest performers. So grab your lawn chair, dine at an area restaurant, come meet friends and enjoy summer downtown!

Monday, June 25, 2012

Birding in Africa

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On Tuesday, June 26, 2012, Ethan Kisler, will be presenting "Nomadic Birder: Backpacking Across Africa" for the Darke County Birders Club at Shawnee Prairie Preserve Nature Center at 7PM.

This will be the monthly meeting for the Darke County birding group. The meeting is open to the public. Come and hear the adventures of one of Ohio's best young birders. Ethan is currently working for Black Swamp Bird Observatory located near Magee Marsh on Lake Erie.

For further information call 548-0165.

Thanks to Darke County Soccer Association

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As another season of soccer has wound down and we’re all enjoying the wonders of summer here in Ohio, I would like to take a moment and thank the Darke County Soccer Association for continuing the youth rec soccer program and allowing it grow and thrive.

I would also like to thank the Greenville Parks department, specifically Jeff Pequinot and Tracey Martin for the many years of operating the program. There’s a lot of behind the scenes work that many don’t see just to keep the program running.

I’d also like to specifically thank Dave & Stacy Ernst, Mark Coppess and Steve Shepard for all of their help in reconfiguring the fields, mowing and maintaining the grounds, finding volunteers and coordinating the program. My family and I are very grateful for their countless hours of dedication!

We look forward to this fall as the SAY league comes together and we hope to have many more enjoyable moments at the soccer fields.

- Rich Hadden II

Notice: Family Health Annual Meeting is Tonight at 7pm.

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Notice to the Public:

Family Health Services of Darke County, Inc. will be holding their Annual Meeting, Monday, June 25th at 7pm.

Update on Fortnight for Freedom

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This program will continue through July 4.

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has called all faithful Christians to pray in support our Christian and American heritage of religious liberty.

At St. Mary’s Church in Greenville, Ohio, we are using the Fortnight for Freedom to have our Church open for prayer from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm every day including Sunday from Wednesday, June 21 through Wednesday, July 4. There will be group prayer and silent prayer.

We encourage all who believe in religious liberty to come and spend time with us in prayer. People of all faiths are welcome to come and unite in prayer for the cause of Religious Freedom.

Greenville Elks #1139 Hosts Local “Soccer Shoot”

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Saturday, May 12, 2012 marked the 4th annual Elks Soccer Shoot held under the direction of Soccer Shoot Chairman, Rich Hadden II. There was a fantastic turnout for the event as we saw 98 participants ranging in ages from 5 to 13 years old. “It’s such a pleasure to see so many of our youth compete in the spirit of good sportsmanship while practicing important skills for the game of soccer”, said Hadden. The soccer shoot is a competition that encourages children to employ accurate shooting skills while showing good sportsmanship towards their competitors. In the younger age groups, they must aim at 5 different goals varying in width from 48” to 17” with the narrower goals being worth larger point values. The older age groups shoot at a 24’ wide x 8’ tall soccer goal broken down into a grid pattern with larger point values being at the upper corners of the goals and lesser point values closer to the ground.

The 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers in each of the four divisions (U-8, U-10, U-12 & U-14) were treated to a dinner and awards banquet on Thursday, May 24 by the Greenville Elks. Each child was brought up on stage and awarded with a gold, silver or bronze medal for their accomplishment. The 1st place finishers received good news that evening. They would be advancing to the state competition in Coshocton, OH on July 28 to compete against the winners from the 5 other Elks districts in Ohio. They’ll be given a 1 night free stay at a local hotel in Coshocton which is provided by the Ohio Elks State Association.

The 2012 results are:

GTS Notice: Closed on July 4th

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Greenville Transit System (GTS) will be closed July 4th in observance of Independence Day. We will re-open July 5th at regular hours.

America – A Christian Nation?

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Every July 4th, we the people of the United States of America celebrate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776, declaring our Independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain. This year will be no exception. So many years removed from the conflict that initiated the Colonies revolution against the English Empire many of the facts have been lost, forgotten, or rewritten.

Recently our Commander in Chief made comments bringing into question whether or not America is a Christian Nation. Is the man who holds the highest office in the land right, or wrong? Is he confused, or are we? Has he forgotten the facts, or has something changed? Have his comments been misrepresented, or does he possibly know or understand facts we do not have access to?

Join the Family of LWM Community Church at 102 W. Main Street in Versailles Sunday morning July 1st as we investigate the President’s claim, in preparation for this year’s celebration. At both the 8:30 and 10:30 meetings we will review the facts of history and reveal truths your history books did not teach you about God’s plan and purpose for America.

Jesus, speaking to the chief priests and Pharisees said, “Therefore I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit.” – Mt. 21:43

Sunday, June 24, 2012


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Carolyn Kremer, after her 110th Lifetime Donation at Eldora Ballroom Blood Drive.
NEW WESTON, Ohio – With a relentless summer sun high over the empty grandstand and only a lone tractor dragging the dirt, half-mile oval of Eldora Speedway, you have to imagine the sound, the roar and the excitement of race nights at the “Big E.” But nearby, inside the dim Eldora Ballroom, hearts are racing over memories of a snowy, wonderful, winter night 57 years ago.

“I met my husband here 57 years ago,” says Carolyn Kremer, her smile bright as she relives the memory. “He asked to take me home, and that was it!”

Carolyn has just made her 110th lifetime donation at the Thursday, June 21 Community Blood Center (CBC) Eldora Speedway Blood Drive. The ballroom stage is empty and the dance floor is filled with donor beds, carts and equipment. CBC staff members roam the room in scrub clothes. The refreshment table in the Donor Café is laden with cookies, drinks and samples of chocolate-covered bacon. Women and girls surround Carolyn, listening and smiling, as she takes them back to the ballroom in the winter of 1956.

“There was square dancing every Sunday night,” she recalled. “We wouldn’t miss a dance. We danced our hearts out! We had lots and lots of fun here.” Eldora founder Earl Baltes knew very little about racing when he built his dirt track in 1954, but as a prominent area band leader and promoter, he knew music. He bought the ballroom two years earlier and launched the popular dances and performances.

“We called it fast dancing,” said Carolyn. “Now it’s line dancing. We didn’t know such a thing. It was all 50’s music.” There was much more than square dancing. Carolyn and her girlfriends arrived together, crammed into a borrowed vehicle, and would hit the crowded dance floor. They danced non-stop to country music, rock-a-billy, and early Elvis. “It was hard to get the guys out there,” she said, recalling the central challenge of a night at the ballroom. “You would go with the girls, and you would get a ride home with a boy – a ‘take home’ we called it – after the last dance.”

Cancer Association of Darke County receives memorial gift from Memory Walk.

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Sharon Lehman presenting check to Christine Yount, Executive Director of Cancer Association of Darke County.

A 3K Memory Walk for Carla Swank was held on Saturday, June 9, 2012. The event was coordinated by "Cousins for Carla" with over 80 participants registering. A grand total of $1569.00 was presented directly to the Cancer Association of Darke County.

Two Pampered Chef gift baskets were donated by Virginia Metzcar of New Madison and raffled off for additional funds. Donuts were provided by Square Donuts of Richmond, IN and coffee/water by the cousins.

The goal was to make this an enjoyable family event that would honor Carla but also give back to the community through the local chapter of the Cancer Association. It was a fantastic morning of mixed but wonderful emotions with a financial impact that will immediately assist other Darke County families.

The cousins would like to extend their appreciation for the outpouring of support and generosity. A follow-up event will be planned for early Spring 2013.

Additional information is available through Sharon Lehman at 937.755.4047.

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