Friday, August 31, 2012 Gray Sentenced to 16 Years for Attempted Murder

WHIO was in the courtroom when Jamel Gray pleaded guilty to a charge of attempted aggravated murder. The charge stems from an incident in April when Gray broke into a house his then girlfriend was staying at and stabbed her.

Gray was the subject of a manhunt that ended in June with his arrest in Cleveland.

Prosecutors asked Judge Hein to sentence Gray to 20 years while the defense asked for 10 years. Hein then sentenced Gray to 16 years in prison.

You can read about the original incident by clicking here.

Read and watch video from the sentencing at by clicking on the image below.

The American People: The Real Key to Helping Businesses Make It In America

Submitted by Logan Beam at All American Clothing...

A recent Huffington Post article by Rep. Steny Hoyer states that Innovation is the key to help businesses make it in America. Congressman Hoyer states that America can continue to lead the global economy into the twenty-first century only by “tapping into our tradition of innovation.”

He taps into his argument with a statement that China and other countries are investing more dollars in science, technology, engineering, and math at record levels in an attempt to build a global leading workforce. He states that competitors across the world are investing in their future and we cannot fall behind. Congressman Hoyer even brings former President Clinton into the argument with the topic and title of his recent novel ‘Back to Work, its time Americans got into the future business again,’ stating that ‘our economic future will be fueled by our limitless energy to innovate.’

Hoyer believes the best way to innovate is through House Democrats` Make It In America plan. The plan aims to restore certainty to American businesses and help them expand so they can create jobs and compete with the global economy. He also mentions that the Make It In America plan combines tax reform and encourages manufacturers to move production back to the United States with investments in education, innovation, and infrastructure. Hoyer ends his piece with a patriotic speech about capturing the spirit that long made the U.S. the worlds innovation leader and that there is no limit to what we can do. He then leaves all responsibility on what ‘we’ can do in Congresses` hands saying, ‘It`s up to Congress to embrace that future and make it possible.’

Edison Takes Innovative Steps Online for Tutoring, Classroom Learning

A student logs in to the eTutoring site at one of the
terminals available in Edison Community College’s
Learning Center, located in the library of the Piqua Campus.
Students who are looking for additional help with their classroom assignments at Edison Community College are now able to rely on a series of free online tutoring services that are available through the college and the University System of Ohio.

Last year, the college expanded the availability of eTutoring, a free online assistance program to all Edison Students. The program allows students to obtain assistance in their classes by submitting questions via email through the web site and in live chat rooms.

“Last spring, we had around 100 hours per week of tutoring provided to our students through eTutoring here at Edison,” said Loleta Collins, Assistant Dean of Academic Advancement. “This has enabled the Learning Center to double our availability on a weekly basis.”

Edison’s Learning Center is a free service located on campus in the library that provides academic tutoring and resources to students free of charge and additional resources to students enrolled in developmental courses, first generation college students, students with learning disabilities and students re-entering school after a long absence.



DAYTON, Ohio - DAYTON, Ohio – After a summer of triple-digit heat, it actually feels cool to head back to school. Community Blood Center (CBC) is rolling out a busy calendar of high school blood drives, offering great new benefits and opportunities to teen donors, and giving back to the community with a blood science education program tailored to students of all ages.

  • Youth Blast to Blood Supply - Schools and students in CBC’s 15-county region are stepping up to support the blood supply with 225 blood drives on the 2012-2013 calendar in 102 high schools with an overall goal of collecting 12,218 pints of blood. Area universities and colleges will also be busy with blood drives, including 10 drives at the University of Dayton and the mega, two-day Greek Week Blood Drive Aug. 29-30 at Miami University.
  • Education on the Move - Blood CBC’s Blood 101 Education Program was constantly on the road last year bringing the award-winning “My Blood, Your Blood” curriculum to science and health classrooms in 105 elementary, middle and high schools. More schools are on the schedule this year, plus the “LAB” Learning about Blood mobile classroom will be traveling to schools and community events.
  • Hanging with a Cool Crowd - High school, college and university students will be excited to check out the new CBC gift for young donors. Everyone who registers to donate at most of the school drives this fall will receive a free “Blood Donors Rock” lanyard with electric guitar and blood drop logo design. It’s perfect for your school ID and key ring.
  • Red Cord Rocks – A record 1,969 students earned the CBC Red Cord to wear at graduation and honor ceremonies last year by registering to donate at least three times during their high school careers. An even bigger year is expected for the Red Cord Honor Program with new schools like Belmont High on the blood drive calendar and many schools adding more drives to their schedules.
  • Creating Cash for College – Finally a college scholarship where the competition is both challenging and fun! CBC and Vectren are again offering the Lead the Way Creative Scholarship Program, but the new emphasis this year is very much on the creative. Five area high school seniors will win $1,000 college scholarships in a wide open competition for the best artistic expression of a theme that compels classmates to donate.

For more information about bringing the CBC Education Program or the LAB to your school contact CBC Education Specialist Cris Pickle at or (937) 461-3453.

Assault Leads to One Man Being Airlifted

On August 30, 2012 at approximately 7:53 PM Darke County Deputies were dispatched to the 12,600 block of State Route 49 North in reference to an assault with injury.

Preliminary investigation revealed Michael Schaffer, age 43, of Lightsville was involved in an altercation with multiple subjects. Mr. Schaffer sustained injuries to his head, arms and back during the physical altercation. Union City Rescue responded to the scene and transported Mr. Schaffer to the Darke County Sheriff's Office to meet Careflight, which transported him to the Miami Valley Hospital. Mr. Schaffer was initially listed in stable condition, treated and later released.

This incident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Greenville is recognized as one of Ohio’s BEST Hometowns in Ohio Magazine’s seventh annual Ohio’s Best Hometowns issue.

Ohio Magazine recognizes five great places to live, work and visit.

(CLEVELAND, OH –August 30, 2012) - In the November issue of Ohio Magazine, Greenville will be recognized as one of five BEST hometowns in the publication’s seventh annual Ohio’s Best Hometowns issue.

Ohio Magazine editors selected Greenville because it embodies all of the qualities and characteristics that make Ohio hometowns so special: family-friendly events, inviting green spaces, a variety of shops and restaurants as well as an amazing sense of community.

Greenville's amenities create a big-city feel combined with a welcoming small-town atmosphere. Bustling downtown shops and restaurants, beautiful parks, rich history and attractive neighborhoods create the type of place that residents are proud to call "home."

In this special collector’s issue, Ohio Magazine also recognizes four other communities as 2012-2013 Ohio’s Best Hometowns: Findlay, Gallipolis, Grove City and Peninsula. The issue will hit the newsstand on October 23, 2012.

To determine the honorees, Ohio Magazine solicited nominations and conducted site visits across the state. The editors evaluated the nominees in six categories — Community Spirit, Education, Entertainment, Health and Safety, Business Environment and Culture and Heritage — to help finalize their selections.

Each of the Ohio Magazine’s Best Hometowns will be featured in the November, January and July issues of Ohio Magazine, showing readers unique places to visit and ways to enjoy each location. The Best Hometowns are encouraged to mark this special honor with celebrations throughout the year.

Ohio Magazine’s seventh annual Ohio’s Best Hometown honor marks the success of these five communities in these categories.


Jim and Enid Goubeaux with Keith Rawlins
Jim and Enid Goubeaux have donated funds to Darke County Center for the Arts as an Impressario sponsor of two Artists Series programs, and have also given an Angel level membership donation, DCCA’s highest level of membership. According to Artistic Director Keith Rawlins, “We are grateful to the Goubeaux’s who have not only been DCCA’s most generous Individual Supporter for the last ten years, but have also encouraged the increase in Individual Sponsorships by modeling their belief that the Arts are essential to a healthy community.”

Jim and Enid’s sponsorship will help underwrite the costs of presenting guitar guru Tommy Emmanuel on September 8, at St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville. Emmanuel’s program encompasses a wide variety of styles including his signature “Beatles Medley,” “Over The Rainbow,” and authentic music of an Australian Aboriginal marriage ceremony. Known as the guitar player’s guitarist, Tommy Emmanuel attracts large audiences world-wide. Rawlins states, “We are absolutely thrilled to have an artist of this caliber playing in our rural community; I hope that folks in Darke County take advantage of this opportunity to see a legend.”

Limited tickets are still available for the 8 pm concert, and may be purchased online at , or by contacting DCCA at 937-547-0908. All seats are reserved, tickets are $25 for adults; student tickets are half-price.

The Goubeaux’s will also sponsorship Toledo Symphony Orchestra’s (TSO) presentation of Classical Thunder on April 27, 2013. Bringing a 60-piece orchestra, TSO will fill the stage at St. Clair Memorial Hall with highly talented musicians and a communicative and personable conductor as they present a new program entitled Classical Thunder that features pieces such as “Ride of the Valkyries,” “The Overture of 1812,” and more rousing and ‘thunderous’ works of art. Tickets for this show and all DCCA programs are available online at or by contacting DCCA at 937-547-0908.


Alaska is a state of pristine wilderness and rivers, glaciers that stretch over miles and miles of land, and wildlife that roam the mountains and survey the land around them. While there is beauty in Alaska, there is also poverty, addiction, and unemployment that can make the most experienced traveler question that these issues are right in the backyard of the United States.

EUM Church’s Destination Known mission team partnered with Eaglecrest Alaska Missions in early August for its first trip to the 49th state in the US. After landing in Anchorage, a team of 26 servants traveled just over an hour north to the town of Sutton, Alaska. Sutton is a community of 1,500 people who face poverty, addiction and unemployment. These issues are faced head-on by the founders of Eaglecrest and provide an opportunity for mission teams such as EUM to provide hands-on work and other needed skills for families who may otherwise not have help.

Work projects included week-long projects of building office spaces for a local nonprofit, constructing a root cellar to store and cool vegetables and other produce for the community, and the cleaning and upkeep of properties through moving rock, painting and splitting wood. Other short-term projects included weeding a community garden, mowing and landscaping yards, and staining or painting homes. Having a servant’s heart and being the hands and feet of Christ to families in need strengthened Eaglecrest’s ties to the community while at the same time providing EUM Church connection points for other mission opportunities beyond the familiar surroundings of Darke County.

Farm Science Review Approaches

Farm Science Review – September 18-20, 2012, London, Ohio

Throughout its history, Ohio State University’s Farm Science Review has been at the forefront of showcasing the future of agriculture. The review will be celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Plan on attending now. Tickets and golf cart rental information can be picked up in the OSU Extension, Darke County, office between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. For detailed information on the Farm Science Review, go to

Will August rain influence soybean yield?

On average, there are 2,500 to 3,000 individual soybean seeds per pound. Soybean seeds produced during drought conditions tend to be smaller compared to seeds produced under normal conditions. Small seed size reduces yield. The influence of late-season rainfall on yield depends on soybean growth stage. If soybeans are at the R5 or R6 growth stage (seed filling), August rainfall will increase soybean size. However, if soybeans are at the R7 growth stage (one normal pod on the main stem has reached its mature pod color), rainfall (or lack of rainfall) will have little influence on soybean yield.

Preparation of Storage Facilities for Grain Harvest

All pieces of equipment used in harvesting and storing grain should be cleaned, inspected, and repaired several weeks prior to the beginning of the harvest season.

Once all cleaning and repairs have been completed, an empty-bin application of an appropriately labeled insecticide is advisable, especially in bins with difficult to clean areas and/or in bins with a history of insect problems. For empty-bin insecticide treatments that are applied as a liquid, allow a minimum of 24 hours for the sprays to dry before loading grain into the bin. It is preferable to have empty-bin treatments applied at least two weeks prior to harvest.

Parent and Preschooler Adventures

Hey Parents and Preschoolers! Looking for some hands-on learning about the natural world all around you? Join a Naturalist at Shawnee Prairie for a monthly, hour-long program designed to investigate nature through activities, games and exploring.

There are programs for 2-3 year olds (held on Wednesdays) and a program for 4-5 year olds (held on Thursdays). September’s topic is Playing in the Prairie. We will spend our time getting lost in the prairies studying the beautiful blooms of the plants that are taller than we are. September’s 2-3 year old dates are the 5th and the 12th and the 4-5 year old date will be the 6th. Each program runs from 10-11 am.

Parents (or Grandparents or babysitters) must attend along with their preschooler.

Pre-registration is required and the cost is $2.00. Also coming up in October we will get “Nuts About Fall” and in November we will discover “Who Lives in the Trees.” Call the Nature center for more information at 937-548-0165. We hope to see you in September!

Hands on Herbal

Herbs are all around us; in the yard, at the park, in the garden. In recent history, a person would turn to herbs prior to the doctor. Join the Darke County Park District on Saturday, September 15th at 9:00 am as we learn about the many herbs found in our own backyards and how we can use them to assist us in our daily life. Participants will work hands-on and will get to take home their finished products. Pre-registration is required and limited to those 21 and up. There is a fee of $12 per person. Space is limited so be sure to call or stop by the Nature Center, today!

For questions on this and the many other programs offered by the Darke County Park District, please call the Nature Center at 937.548.0165 or visit our website at

Beware: Texting and Driving Officially Banned in Ohio as of Tomorrow (Friday)

The Dayton Daily News has a handy article focusing on the new texting and driving ban. It goes into effect tomorrow (Friday).

For adults, the violating the ban is a secondary offense, meaning you can get ticketed if you're pulled over and found to be in violation. For teens, however, it is a primary offense, meaning officers can pull them over for violating the ban.

For the first six months, warnings will be issued to those who text and drive. After that, a fine will be imposed of $150.

Click here to read the DDN article which goes into much more detail.

"Is Now the Time?" A Guest Post from Mike Stegall

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Several months ago at my “Coffee with the Commissioner” gathering at New Madison, I mentioned that someday I thought Darke County would have to take a look at going to a joint Fire district, and then maybe a joint EMS district, or both. This was me just thinking out loud in light of the current and future economic conditions. Believe it or not, we elected officials do think once in a while! I indicated that I would like to put a committee together to look at the project. I received some pretty strong negative opinions from several people who thought I wanted to undo what we have now, put people out of work, endanger lives, burn villages, and destroy civilization as we know it! The oddest comment was “Who would control this district?” Several people seemed to think this was a” Commissioner’s Power trip “or something!

I have now been watching with interest the recommendations from the committee that Greenville put together to help find solutions to their budget problems. One recommendation that intrigued me was the recommendation on looking at a joint fire district with Greenville Township. I was one of the trustee’s in 2008, and we proposed that idea to the City first, and then to the Township Trustees Association. Let’s just say it received a very cool reception from both at the time! (Ask George Luce Jr.!). Now, 4 years later, it may be a more receptive idea.

Two Vehicle Accident Leaves Drivers Injured

On August 30, 2012 at approximately 0614 hrs. Darke County Deputies along with Versailles Rescue and Versailles Fire were dispatched to State Route 47 at Darke-Shelby County Road in reference to an injury accident.

Preliminary investigation revealed a 1997 Chevy Venture driven by Brian Shiverdecker, 45; Greenville was driving northbound on Darke-Shelby County Road. when he failed to yield the right of way, pulling into the path of a westbound, 2001 Honda Accord driven by Sarah Finkenbine, 26, Jackson Center, Ohio. The collision resulted in both vehicles driving off the roadway into a ditch and bean field.

Brian Shiverdecker and Sarah Finkenbine were transported by Versailles Rescue to Wilson Hospital in Sidney, Ohio.

This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office.

The Flower Patch Thanks Sponsors of Little Miss and Little Mister Pageant

The Flower Patch would like to thank all or our sponsors that helped make this year’s Little Miss and Little Mister Pageant at The Great Darke County Fair a success. Without your help, it would not have been possible to give the kind of prizes that we were able to give and put together a full colored program.

THANK YOU to the following business: Darke County YMCA, Wieland Jewelers, Barbara Rethlake Dance Studio, Wayne Healthcare, Buchy Food Service, Creative Carpet Supply, Craig Schmidt Photography, Dave Knapp, Angela Drees – DJ Rose Realty, Eikenberry’s IGA, Fitzwater Tree & Lawn Care, Francis Furniture, Fry & Co, G&G Floor Fashions, Greenville National Bank, Greenville Ace Hardware, Greenville Federal, Harless Chiropractic, Hittle’s, Judge Julie Monnin, Mercer Savings Bank, Shaun Hayes – Prudential One Realtors, Oliver Floyd Funeral Home, Staffmark, Sterling House, Second National Bank, Flory Landscaping & Lawn Care, The Coffee Pot, Tami Huff – Prudential Realty, Bach to Rock, Dick Lavy Trucking, Hansbarger’s Home Solutions, Williamson Insurance and the Daily Advocate.

Bike to Health

The weather is cooling down and the leaves are beginning to change. Now is the perfect time to join a Naturalist on Thursday, September 6th at 6:00pm for a bike ride to better health! The Tecumseh Trail is open and ready for YOU to ride. The benefits of cycling are endless! Cycling is not only good for your heart, it helps strengthen muscles, control weight and increase your energy. Dust off that old bike and meet at the Gettysburg Access Point (Bridge Street) and ride all or a portion of the trail. Families are welcome. Don’t forget your helmet and water bottle!

For more information on this and other programs offered by the Darke County Parks, call the Nature Center at 937.548.0165 or visit our website at

Pohlman to Speak at "Living with Cancer" Support Group

Pam Pohlman, licensed social worker, to speak at the “Living with Cancer” support group on September 6, 2012 at Wayne Healthcare. The meeting will start at 7:00 p.m. It will be held on the 3rd floor in the Conference Room.

Pam Pohlman is a licensed social worker with a bachelor’s degree in social work and psychology from Ohio Northern University. She has over 25 years experience working in the areas of mental health and healthcare. She is currently a social worker for both State of the Heart Hospice and Comprehensive Health network.

The topic for discussion is “They Psychosocial Aspects of Coping with Cancer and will include information to benefit both the patient and the caregiver. Pam will bring a professional as well as a personal perspective to the topic, having experienced being a cancer patient as well as providing emotional support to patient and families facing this illness.

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

You won’t want to miss this!

Facilitating the support group meeting this week will be Christine Yount, Executive Director of the Cancer Association and Jill Brown, RN, from Wayne Health Care.

For further information, contact the Cancer Association of Darke County 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.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Alcohol Suspected Factor in Pedestrian-Semi Accident

Update: added the report linked below that includes a portion of the 9-1-1 call from the driver. Click on the image to view.

Original Post:
DCSO Press Release...

On August 28, 2012 at approximately 11:55 PM Darke County Deputies along with Greenville Township Rescue, Greenville Township Fire, and CareFlight, were dispatched to the intersection of US RT 127 and Kruckeberg Road on a report of a semi pedestrian accident.

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2003 Freightliner from Drew Ag Transport Inc, Greenville, Ohio. driven by Thomas E. Runner, 52, Union City, Ohio was traveling Northbound on US RT 127 and struck Alisha D. Keith, 26, Gettysburg, Ohio as she was attempting to run across the intersection traveling Eastbound. Alisha D. Keith was taken to Miami Valley Hospital by CareFlight where she is listed in critical condition. It is suspected that Alisha D. Keith was under the influence of alcohol at the time of this accident.

The Darke County Sheriff's Office Accident Reconstrucion team along with Motor Carrier Enforcement from the Ohio State Highway Patrol also responded to the scene for further investigation.

This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office. Report (click to view)...

This Week at elementsLife...

Edison Program Helps College Bound Students Get Head Start

In 2011, Edison Community College began an ambitious joint program with Piqua High School to help students better understand the process of applying for college and begin looking at career paths that would extend beyond their academic years.

The program, called “College 101,” was initially set up to target freshmen and sophomores attending Piqua High School. Now in its third year, it has been altered to cater more to seniors and is providing them with the tools they’ll need to gain an overall understanding of what it takes to be a college student.

“The class is open to any student here, they just need to sign up,” said Beth Rosenkranz, head school counselor at the high school. “It’s designed to help students understand the college process, and our end goal is that they follow through and attend a two-year or a four-year school after graduation.”

Students that take and complete the class can then receive college credit if they decide to enroll at Edison.

In 2012, the program headed to Sidney and was offered at the Shelby County Opportunity School, providing a valuable opportunity for at-risk students who may have not had a chance to explore college options otherwise.

Greenville Limb Pick Up Ending on Sept 28th

The City Of Greenville Street Department will suspend limb pick-up on September 28th, 2012 for the year.

Please contact the Street Department at (937) 548-2215 before September 28th to schedule a limb pick-up.

Limb pick-up will resume April 5th, 2013.


Topic: Overview of Diabetes Medications

Are you confused about all of the diabetes medications that are currently available? Do you wander why you are taking one type of medication, when your friend is taking a different medication. Come learn about the oral and injectable medications, along with insulin, which are currently available to help with your diabetes management.

Presenter: Karen Droesch RD,LD,CDE - Diabetic Educator at Wayne HealthCare.

  • Date: September 11, 2012
  • Time: 6:00 pm
  • Location: 3rd Floor Conference Room at Wayne HealthCare

For more information: 937-547-5750

These monthly programs are always free of charge.

DCHHA donates to Shriners Hospital at the Great Darke County Fair on harness racing night.

Shriner Lowell Arnold, DCHHA Secretary/Treasurer Debbie Nisonger, Shriner Bob Gray, and DCHHA Vice President Ronnie Richards.
The Darke County Shrine Club received donations for Shriners Hospitals at Thursday night harness racing at the Great Darke Co. Fair. To kickoff the donations, the Darke County Harness Horsemans Association donated $200.

High School Pick Em Challenge Week 2

Week 2 of High School Football is upon us!

This week we will again give away a free school t-shirt from Cavalier Clothing and a free order of wings from Tail Gators to the winner of the Pick 'em Challenge.

This week I have changed the scoring slightly (this should be the last change for the year, I thank everyone for bearing with me while I try something new).

This week, you will list your predicted winners and rate how confident you are on a scale of 1-10. Unlike last week, this is not in relation to other picks, so each pick will have a number between 1-10 associated with it, and you may repeat confident ratings across multiple games. If you get the pick right, you will receive that many points. However, if you get that pick wrong, you will lose that many points. The entry with the highest total score will win!

Email your picks and confidence ratings to with the subject line of "Football Picks - Week 2" by 6pm on Friday to be eligible for prizes.

If you have questions on the format, feel free to send an email or leave a comment on this post.

This Week's games:

  • Mississinawa Valley vs Covington
  • Ansonia vs Miami East
  • Bradford vs Bethel
  • Arcanum vs Tri County North
  • Greenville vs Tipp City
  • Versailles vs Graham Local


GREENVILLE, OH (August 27, 2012) – The YMCA of Darke County’s Competitive Swim Team, the DCY Sharks, is gearing up for the 2012-2013 Competitive Swim Season. If your child loves to swim, has knowledge of the four competitive strokes and is able to swim 25 meters (the length of the pool) without stopping then come find out what this year’s program has to offer. There will be a parent information meeting on Monday, September 10th at 7:00 pm at the Greenville Y and again on Tuesday, September 11th at 7:00 pm at the Versailles Y. Meet the Sharks’ Head Coach, Jeannine Davidson, learn about practice and meet schedules as well as fee structure. The Competitive Swim Team Season runs from the end of September with a trial week and ends in early March. A “Try It” day is scheduled at the Greenville Y on Thursday, September 13th from 5:00-7:00 pm. The “Try It” day will run like a normal swim team practice.

For more information about the YMCA of Darke County DCY Sharks Swim Team, please contact Jeannine Davidson at 526-4488 or

The Y works every day to strengthen the foundation of our community through Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility. The YMCA of Darke County is a non-profit membership association of over 4,800 members with facilities in Greenville and Versailles. The mission of the YMCA of Darke County is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Diabetes Classes from Wayne Health Care

Having diabetes can be overwhelming. You hear “do this, check that, can you have that.” There seems to be a “to do” list that just will not go away. It is easy to say there are just too many changes, and you feel like you cannot make all of the changes. This results in deciding not to make any changes in your lifestyle. Remember small changes can really add up and have a big impact on your health.

Start out slowly by setting realistic goals. I usually hear individuals announce that they want to lower their blood glucose level. Excellent, but how do you plan on reaching this goal. If you change everything tomorrow, it is like trying to climb the big blocks of a pyramid to reach the top. You will get halfway up and more than likely give up. It is much easier to take the small steps to the top of the pyramid. Goal setting is similar. It is much easier to make small goals and adjust the goals as needed to help you reach your ultimate goal.

This may mean starting to exercise at least four times a week by walking, during chair exercises, or swimming for at least 10-15 minutes. You can build your exercise by adding more intensity, exercise more often, or exercise longer.

If you dislike exercise think of it as increasing activity and not the dreaded bad “E” word “exercise”. Think of ways to incorporate activity into your daily schedule. This may include: walking the dog, walking around the store before shopping, taking one bag a groceries in the house at a time, walking around the room during commercials, or playing with kids or grandkids.

GTS Closed on Labor Day

5th Annual Darke County Photo Club Show to be Held September 8

On Saturday, September 8, 2012, the Darke County Photography Club will hold their Fifth Annual Photography Competition, “A Moment of Time”. The club is pleased to announce that once again, due to the generous support of our sponsors, there will be over $1000 in prizes to be awarded.

This year’s show will be held at 120 West Third Street, thanks to Elements Life Yoga/Third Street Market’s donation of their location. The sponsors for this year’s show include Greenville National Bank, Jeannie’s Pooch Parlor, Financial Achievement Services, Granny’s Corner, Burr Oak Family Dentistry, Double M Diner, Hartzell Veterinary Service, Cratiques Antiques and Collectables, Making Waves, Dr. Craig Leland Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, McCabe Painting, Schultz Motors, The Winery at Versailles, Edgetown Veterinary Clinic, Hittle Buick GMC, Ridgeway Cleaning Service, Creations A Hair Studio, and Jeff Hole and Max. 

For more information, visit the club’s website at or call Jeannie Grosch at (937) 548-6287.

Click here to download a copy of the event brocure.

Student Best of Show, taken by Erika Jeffers, and 2011 Best of Show, taken by Mel Cabeen.

ANNIE OAKLEY- Fall History Tour

Presented By: Versailles Area Historical Society

On Saturday, September 8, 2012 from the luxurious comfort of a charter motor coach we will travel the winding back roads of Darke County to learn about the legendary Annie and her early years.

Local travel entrepreneur, Sue Christian will serve as hostess for our journey with emphasis on making you feel at home. Local Annie “history buffs” will share the facts and lore that most of us have never heard about our local hero. We will make several stops along the way and several other special guests will share their stories as well. Our last stop will be at the Winery at Versailles for refreshments of your choice and a surprising connection to Annie herself!

Because of what we anticipate to be a great demand for tickets, we are offering two options:

  • FAMILY FRIENDLY TRIP will depart the museum located at West Street, in Versailles at noon. This will include the tour and return our guests to the museum at about 3:00 p.m. The cost is $15.00 for VAHS members and $18.00 for non-members.
  • SECOND TRIP, RECOMMENDED FOR AGE 21 & OVER will depart from the Winery at 4:00 p.m. and include all the activities of the first trip plus a fantastic finish! We will attend the Thrill of the Grill, a tradition at the winery where each guest will enjoy a delicious fresh salad, homemade bread, a choice of a 12 oz. N.Y. strip steak, or a 7 oz. Marinated Chicken Breast, or a 6 oz. Salmon (grill your own to perfection), a large baked potato, mixed vegetables, a fantastic dessert and a bottle of wine per couple or 2 glasses of wine per person. The second trip including tour and dinner is $39.95 for all guests.

Reservations may be made by calling the museum at 526-4222 and leave a message. We will return your call and get you registered for this one time adventure, you won’t want to miss!

What Hurricane Isaac Looks Like from Panama City, FL

A friend and Greenville native sent along the following video of what Hurricane Isaac looks like from Panama City Beach in Panama City, Florida. Lots of rough water and wind, but thankfully they should be out of harms way when Isaac makes landfall.

Isaac is on track to hit New Orleans, which is roughly 300 miles west of Panama City.

Bob Rhoades Answers "How Would the City Pay for Medics?" and Other Questions... A Guest Post

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[Editor's Note: has validated none of the figures and facts cited below. The statements belong to Bob and he is responsible for them...

...Additionally, all fire related conversation will now take place in the comments section of this post, freeing up the chat for other topics. While the future of the GFD is very important, many have grown weary from the exhaustive conversation.]

I wrote an article concerning Rod Hale’s suggestion that city council visit other cities with comparable fire departments citing Sidney and Celina. I actually found out since then that although it was attributed to him, it wasn’t his idea.

I related that was an excellent idea as we finally would be able to compare Apples to Apples. It further explained that wasn’t really true because every career fire department in the area also runs EMS.

This elicited a response on my Face Book page from County Commissioner Mike Stegall, a former Greenville Township Trustee asking 5 questions. I did a little research and was able to answer his questions using the answers that the Fire Department proposed the last time this subject came up. Everything in this piece is documented and can be checked at the city auditor’s office. Further, the full report on EMS in Greenville Fire Dept. is on file in the fire chief’s office.

Mr. Stegall’s questions are numbered and bolded, the answers follow. The information in these answers came from the City of Greenville when the subject was proposed before.

Do You Have the Best Salsa? Contest Deadline is Thursday!

Main Street Greenville is hosting its annual Salsa contest this Saturday, September 1, at the Farmers' Market!

There is no entry fee, and you can enter up to 3 salsas! Market goers will judge the entries, leading to prizes for the Best Overall, Most Unusual, Best Mild, and Best Hot Salsas. Prizes include KitchenAid gift certificates and even a cash prize donated by the Daily Advocate.

Click here for to download an entry form and more details. The deadline to enter is Thursday at noon!

Darke Republicans Hosting "Mitt Romney Nomination Party"

Submitted by the Darke County Republican Party

Please join us for a celebration at the Darke County Republican Headquarters located at 110 North Broadway in Greenville, Ohio. On Thursday evening August 30th, starting at 7:00 p.m. we are having a “Mitt Romney Nomination Party”.

Everyone is invited to attend as we celebrated the nominations of Governor Mitt Romney and his running mate, Representative Paul Ryan. We will have a big screen T.V. showing the speeches and activities from the Republican Convention in Tampa, Florida. Enjoy an evening of fellowship with like-minded people who enjoy a good time.

Bring your own refreshments and snacks, and bring a lawn chair too. We have some seats available, but probably not enough. Plenty of parking is available, too! The fun starts at 7:00 and will end at the conclusion of Nominee Mitt Romney’s speech.

Come on out and enjoy the celebration of the nomination of the next president of the United States, Mitt Romney!! See you there!!

The Michael’s Resource & Treatment Center Helps Juveniles

The Michael’s Resource & Treatment Center (MRTC) is a ten bed community-based treatment facility for adjudicated unruly and delinquent males located in Darke County. It is operated by the Darke County Juvenile Court and is funded by county, state, and federal monies. MRTC is licensed by the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services.

MRTC is a cognitive behavioral treatment program that attempts to help juveniles identify and change their dysfunctional beliefs, thoughts, and patterns of behavior that contribute to their unruliness or delinquency. The facility allows juveniles the opportunity to remain in Darke County while receiving treatment and support from local service providers. MRTC collaborates with Darke County Recovery Services, Darke County Mental Health Services, Darke County Children Services, Gateway Youth Services and local city and county schools.

In the past three years, MRTC has been the home to over 40 Darke County juveniles. The average length of the program is between six to twelve months, depending on the behavior of the resident. The goal of the program is to produce law-abiding, productive young men who can be re-unified with their families. If you are interested in learning more about the program or participating in a mentoring program, please call 548-6838.


GREENVILLE – The Greenville Area Dog Club fall session of obedience classes begins September 11, 2012.

“People are interested in the many aspects of dog training,” said Barb Rhoades, director of obedience training. “We’ve tried to have a variety of classes to suit most dog owners’ interest and needs.”

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, September 11. Classes offered include puppy (12 weeks to five months), beginner, beginner novice, novice, and open obedience. Conformation classes will be offered on Wednesday nights.

“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 Rhoades.

She added that a new class is being offered for clients who have completed beginner class and want to continue with training. The Beginner Novice class is designed to review what they learned in beginner class and correct any training mistakes or difficulties that have arisen as well as teach the first steps to receiving an AKC degree called Beginner Novice. Some off lead work is introduced, as well as more advanced training methods.

CAP Will be Closed for Labor Day

Labor Day closings
Community Action Partnership of the Greater Dayton Area – Darke County will be closed Mon., Sept. 3rd in honor of Labor Day. This includes the Senior Meals Program and Darke Co. Metropolitan Housing Authority. Normal business and service hours will resume Tues., Sept. 4th.

Transportation service available
Community Transportation Service, operated by Community Action Partnership of the Greater Dayton Area – Darke County, will be available for those who need service Mon., Sept. 3, 2012. Reservations should be made by calling 547-9129.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Tire Recycling Day Near

Tired of looking at those old tires lying around? Not only are they an eye sore, they can be dangerous. The Darke County Solid Waste District and the Darke County Environmental Council want to help you with your tire problem. The district and council will be sponsoring a used tire collection on Thursday, September 20, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

In addition to tires to being an eyesore, they are a nuisance to rural citizens who find them in their ditches, out in the fields and wooded areas. Used tires make the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes that can carry diseases such as West Nile Virus, Lascrosse Encephalitis, St. Louis Encephalitis, Dengue and Yellow Fever.

Some mosquitoes have long-lived eggs, which can remain unhatched for years in old tires that were one wet and have dried out. The eggs can be transported in tires that are trucked between counties, states and even countries. When it rains, these tires collect water, wetting the inside of the tires where the eggs once were deposited, hatching out mosquitoes by the thousands. By disposing of used tires properly, we reduce the chance of disease.

The Tire Recycling Day is open to all Darke County residents, farmers, municipalities and townships. Unfortunately, no tires will be accepted from junk yards or junk dealers, garages, auto repair shops; tire, automobile, truck, farm-equipment dealerships; atv/motorcycle shops or commercial trucking/hauling businesses.

Those interested in participating in this one-day event must pre-register. Pre-Registration begins Wednesday, August 29, 2012 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Darke County Solid Waste District, 603 Wagner Ave; Suite C, Greenville (with OSU Extension and the Job Center). Pre-registration ends on Wednesday, September 12, 2012. On September 3, 2012, the district will be closed due to the Labor Day holiday.

Participants are asked to remove rims from all tires before taking them to the Rumpke Transfer Station at 5474 Jaysville-St John Rd, Greenville, on September 20, 2012. Those tires left on rims will not be accepted. Passenger tires will be accepted FREE of charge, however, there is a limit of 25 tires per Darke County Address. Tractor tires pre-registered will be charged a $15.00 fee per tire at the time of registration. Tractor tires larger than 28” wide will not be accepted. Semi/Truck tires pre-registered will be charged a $5.00 per tire fee.

According to the Ohio Revised Code, all tires must be secured and tarped before arriving at the transfer station unless they are in an enclosed vehicle, trailer, etc. Untarped loads can be refused.

Assisting the Solid Waste District and Environmental Council will be Community Service Workers, the Environmental Division of the Darke County Health Department, Darke County Engineer, Darke County Highway Garage, Rumpke employees and many volunteers.

Eagles 2177 awards fourth scholarship to local student

Stephanie Mayo receives SSSF Business Scholarship from Greenville Eagles

The fourth 2012 Business Scholarship recipient from the Greenville Eagles through the Senior Scribes Scholarship Fund was awarded recently to Stephanie Mayo, a senior from Ansonia High School.

She will be attending Ball State University in its Exercise Science and Applied Science Track programs.

Stephanie is the daughter of Vicki Mayo and great granddaughter of Dorothy Boyd, both members of Eagles 2177.

SSSF-sponsored scholarships have as their requirements Academic Excellence and an interest in a communications-related field. SSSF Business and Memorial sponsors must require academic excellence, but may establish their own secondary requirements if they wish. Eagles recipients must be a child or grandchild of a Greenville Eagles member and write an essay on what he or she intends to do upon graduation.

Presenting the scholarship check to Mayo was Eagles 2177 Worthy President Greg Peck, with Stephanie’s mother and Eagles Officers present.

This was the first year The Eagles has awarded four new scholarships. In addition, the Eagles awarded two second year scholarships last December.

The Senior Scribes Scholarship Fund, through its fundraising efforts, has provided nearly $24,000 in scholarships to 20 students since 2009.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

4 Car Accident Leads to Multiple Injuries, One Airlifted

On August 26, 2012 at approximately 12:04 PM Darke County Deputies along with Ansonia Rescue, Versailles Rescue, Greenville Township Rescue, Osgood Rescue, Ansonia Fire and CareFlight were dispatched to US RT 127 and State Route 242 in reference to a multiple vehicle, injury accident.

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2004 Toyota RAV4 driven by Colby Morris, 19, Greenville was driving southbound on US. RT. 127 when he struck the rear of a 1999 GMC Yukon that was stopped in traffic and driven by William Fraley, 41, of North Star causing Fraley's vehicle to strike the rear of a 2000 Honda CRV driven by Thomas Nealeigh, 69, of Greenville.

Morris' vehicle traveled into the path of northbound traffic after the initial impact. Morris' vehicle was struck by a northbound 2011 Chrysler Town and Country driven by Marc Litten, 39, of Versailles.

Three occupants from vehicles involved in the accident were transported to Wayne HealthCare where they were treated and released. Colby Morris was transported to Miami Valley Hospital by CareFlight, where he was treated and released.

This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office.

"Coonhounds" by Abraham Lincoln

Times have changed a lot over the years but for a host of animals time ran out.

It used to be that raccoons were killed, skinned, and the fur was made into fur coats for the ladies. The tails become Davy Crockett or Daniel Boone hats with the tails hanging down the back. I don’t see kids riding bicycles with a foxtail at the end of the handlebars flapping in the wind.

Raccoons or “coons” as red necks called them, used to be hunted, at night, by men who kept dogs called “coon dogs.” Their objective was to kill as many coons as they could; and then skin them, and stretch the skins on a wire frame, inside out, and let them dry. When they had a stack of "pelts" they could sell them to a "fur buyer."

My father-in-law and his father both hunted coons and the barn siding was covered with stretched coonskins drying out. When the fur buyer came around the coonskins became the subject of conversation almost as intense as talk about tobacco when the tobacco buyer came around to inspect your tobacco before offering a price.

The money they got for killing, gutting, skinning and stretching coonskins didn’t put any groceries on the table but it was used to buy coonhounds, guns and shells.

A "coon hunter" used to go to local woods and turn his dogs loose in the woods. It would be after dark but as soon as one of the hounds caught the scent of a raccoon, the howling and barking would begin.

Drought Continues to Affect Agriculture in Western Ohio

While visiting with area farmers and agriculture businesspersons at the great Darke County Fair this week it is clear that we are looking at many surprises this fall. Reported silage yields ranged from 7 to 19 tons per acre ranging from 35% to 90% of normal yields. These variations in yields can be found within a couple of miles of each other.

For those of you who are trying to determine your possible soybean yield this fall I share with you this piece of information from OSU Extension.

Soybean Yield Estimates

With hot and dry weather conditions, many growers are curious about soybean yield potential. It is difficult to accurately predict soybean yield because of plant variability, but estimates become more accurate as the growing season progresses. Soybean yield will be influenced by rainfall (or lack of rainfall) through August as seeds are filling.

To estimate yield, four soybean yield components need to be considered: plants per acre, pods per plant, seeds per pod, and seeds per pound (seed size). A printable worksheet to estimate soybean yield can be found by clicking here. (

1. To calculate plants per acre, count the number of pod-bearing plants in 1/1,000th of an acre. In 7.5-inch row spacing, count the number of plants in 70 feet of row. In 15-inch row spacing, count the number of plants in 35 feet of row. In 30-inch row spacing, count the number of plants in 17.5 feet of row.

2. To estimate pods per plant, count the number of pods (containing one or more seeds) from 10 plants selected at random. Divide the total number of pods by 10 to get the average number of pods per plant.

3. To estimate the number of seeds per pod, count the number of seeds from 10 pods selected at random. Generally, the number of seeds per pod is 2.5, but this number can be less in stressful environmental conditions. Divide the total number of seeds by 10 to get the average number of seeds per pod.

4. To estimate the number of seeds per pound (seed size), assume that there are 3,000 seeds per pound. If the soybean plants experienced stress, seed size will be reduced, and it will take more seeds to make one pound. Use a seed size estimate of 3,500 seeds per pound if smaller seeds are expected because of late season stress.

Using the above estimates, the following formula is used to estimate soybean yield in bushels per acre:bushels per acre = [(plants/1,000th acre) x (pods/plant) x (seeds/pod)] ÷ [(seeds/pound) x 0.06]

Contributing author - Laura Lindsey

Local Young Lady Competes For The Miss Teen Cincinnati Title

Drezden Mills of Greenville was recently selected to participate in the 2012 Miss Teen Cincinnati pageant competition that will take place on Sunday September 16, 2012. Drezden learned of her acceptance into this year's competition when the pageant announced their selections following interviewing in the local Cincinnati area. Drezden submitted an application and took part in an interview session that was conducted by this year's Cincinnati Pageant Coordinator.

Drezden will be competing for her share of thousands of dollars in prizes and specialty gifts that will be distributed to contestants. Drezden will be competing in the Miss Teen division, one of four divisions that will have young ladies ages of 7 and 19 competing in modeling routines, which include casual wear and formal wear. Most important, Drezden will display her personality and interviewing skills while interviewing with this year's Cincinnati judging panel. Personality is the number one aspect that each contestant is judged on during all phases of competition.

If Drezden were to win the title of Miss Teen Cincinnati, she would represent Cincinnati and the surrounding communities at the National Competition that will take place in Orlando, Florida. Over $30,000.00 in prizes and awards will be presented at the National Competition while each winner enjoys this expense paid trip of five nights and six days in Orlando, Florida.

Community businesses, organizations, and private individuals will assist Drezden in participating in this year's competition by becoming an official sponsor to her. Through sponsorship, each contestant receives all the necessary training, rehearsals, and financial support which will allow Drezden to become a very confident and well-prepared contestant in this year's Cincinnati Pageant.

Any business, organization, or private individual who may be interested in becoming a sponsor to Drezden may contact the Miss Teen Cincinnati pageant coordinator, at 1-800-279-0976 or Angela at (937) 381-9690.


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:

  • Essential Beliefs – Take this class to get grounded in the basics of the Christian faith and begin to grow spiritual roots that will sustain you in your walk with Jesus Christ. Wednesdays, 6:30 pm
  • 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. Wednesdays, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
  • Forgotten God: Reversing Our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit – In the name of the Father, the Son, and... the Holy Spirit. We pray in the name of all three, but how often do we live with an awareness of only the first two? As Jesus ascended into heaven, He promised to send the Holy Spirit—the Helper—so that we could be true and living witnesses for Christ. Unfortunately, today's church has admired the gift but neglected to open it. You’re invited to stop and remember the One we've forgotten, the Spirit of the living God. Sundays, 6:30 pm


Every day when I wake up I am so blessed. No matter how terrible I’m feeling, I know God is watching over me. I know there are others like me; I just don’t know where to look.

Dealing with a chronic condition can be difficult. EUM Church is forming a new group that will help you realize you are not alone. We will explore God’s presence, fellowship, and discover ways to put our worries and fears about the future aside. Find out how God can use you, even when you feel exhausted. Meetings will be Mondays from 10:00 – 11:00 am at our Downtown Campus beginning September 10. For more information, call 937-548-3211 ext 207.

The Chronic Illness / Pain Support Group is a ministry of EUM Church. Our worship services are Saturday at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday at 8:15, 9:45, and 11:15 a.m. at our Worship Center located at 1451 Sater Street (corner of Sater and Sebring-Warner Road) in Greenville, OH. The Downtown Campus, 111 Devor Street, houses our offices and preschool. For more information, go to or call 548-3211.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Shane Buckingham Wins Week 1 of the H.S. Football Pick 'em Challenge!

Congratulations to Shane Buckingham, winner of week 1 of the High School Football Pick 'em Challenge! Shane Picked 4 of 5 games correctly and totaled 13 points.

Shane wins a free school spirit t-shirt from Cavalier Clothing and 6 free wings from Tail Gators!

Remember, we will track total points earned throughout the season for an overall winner who will receive a grand prize package that will include a bluetooth headset from Prime Communications in Greenville as well as other yet-to-be-announced prizes.

Check back in a few days for next week's contest, which will include a tweak to the scoring system.

Full results of this week can be found after the break...


This Fall, EUM Church is hosting several support groups that offer practical solutions for everyday issues. Those being offered are:

  • Amputees in Motion (AIM) - This support group offers knowledge, support, guidance and the latest information on the needs of today‘s amputee. For more information, go to Second Monday of each month 7:00-9:00 the Darke County Health Department—Basement Conference Room.
  • Boundaries – This is a course for those who are already in healthy situations who would like to have a better sense of when to say “yes” to something and when to say “no”, as well as those who are in great need of setting boundaries. Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m.
  • DivorceCare – Find help and healing for the hurt of separation and divorce. Don’t go through separation or divorce alone. DivorceCare is led by people who understand what you are going through and want to help. Thursdays, 6:30 p.m.
  • DivorceCare for Kids – DC4K will help minimize and eliminate the short and long-term negative effects of divorce on your children’s schoolwork, emotional health and spiritual life. As children begin to heal from the pain and confusion, their relationships with God and others will grow healthy and strong. Thursdays, 6:30 p.m.
  • Every Man’s Battle – Men are constantly faced with the assault of sensual images. It is impossible to avoid such temptations...but, thankfully, not impossible to rise above them.
  • Shattering the perception that men are unable to control their thought lives and roving eyes, Every Man's Battle gives a detailed plan for any man who desires sexual purity. Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m.
  • GriefShare – GriefShare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. GriefShare seminars and support groups are led by people who understand what you are going through when you lose a loved one and want to help. Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m. at the Greenville Public Library.
  • Parenting Support – This is a safe place where parents can find encouragement, support and guidance right where they are in challenging parenting situations. This group will be a powerful tool to help parents to raise their kids to be all that God intended them to be! Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. starting September 19.
  • Spouse House – Add to your marital tool belt the equipment that will help in building strong, healthy and happy marriages. Lay the foundation of your marriage on Biblical truths about relationships. But most of all, add structural support by coming to share life with other couples just like you! Bible Study “Ten Great Dates,” Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m.
  • Single Identity – Single men and women 18 and older gather together several times monthly for fellowship, bible study, and support. Connect with us on Facebook at EUM Single Identity. Bible study “Hiding from Love,” Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m.
  • Groups begin the week of September 9. For more information on these or any other classes at EUM Church or to register, go to or call 548-3211 ext 217.

EUM Church worship services are Saturday at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday at 8:15, 9:45, and 11:15 a.m. at our Worship Center located at 1451 Sater Street (corner of Sater and Sebring-Warner Road) in Greenville, OH. The Downtown Campus, 111 Devor Street, houses our offices and preschool. For more information, go to or call 548-3211.

New Bremen Vacation Bible School Project Raises $600 for Hospice’s Camp BEARable

Three New Bremen churches had a community-wide vacation bible school in July and chose State of the Heart Hospice’s Camp BEARable for grieving children as their “mission” project.

The VBS was held at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in New Bremen from July 22 to July 26. During that time, the youngsters raised $600 for the camp which is held annually at the Spiritual Center at Maria Stein. Shown here in a check presentation are State of the Heart representatives Chris Killian and Marlene Black. Killian is a volunteer who assists Black, camp director, during the weekend camp. Killian and his wife Bev made a presentation one evening at the VBS. Also, pictured in the front row are three of the children who attended the bible school, left to right, Rhese, Sunni and Quinci Voisard.

 The funds will be used for next year’s camp which is scheduled for July 12-14. The camp is free and open to any child needing help dealing with grief. The bible school donation will pay for two youth to attend camp. This year, 64 young people attended the camp.

For more information about the agency visit the web site at

Who has the Best Pie in Darke County?!

Do you have the best pie in Darke County? Let’s find out who really does! Come join us on Saturday, September 29th for our third annual Prairie Days Pie Baking Contest, held at Shawnee Prairie Preserve (4267 St. Rt. 502 West).

The rules are simple. Have your pie (or pies if you would like to enter more than one) to the Nature Center Tecumseh Room between 9:30am and 10:30 am. Judging will promptly start at 11:00am. The pies will be divided into the following categories: Apple, Berry, Cherry, Peach, Pecan and Other. There is a $2 entry fee per pie. Please no meringue or refrigerated pies. Your pie(s) will need to be baked in a disposable pie pan as we cannot return dishes. A cash prize will be awarded to the best in show entry.

If you have any questions, please call the Nature Center at 937.548.0165.

Nick Cox Family inducted into The Annie Oakley Golf Tournament Hall Of Fame

Left photo: (left to right) Ed Curry presenting plaque to Michelle Cox and Aaron Cox (Montage). Right photo: (left to right) Paula Cox, Nick Cox, Ed Curry presenting plaque, Ryan Cox and Chrissy Cox (Cox Insurance)
The Annie Oakley Golf Tournament Committee established a Hall of Fame in 2006, the year of the tournament’s 25th anniversary. Criteria for this honor was decided by the committee and consists of long term participation, enthusiasm, and financial support of the committee’s goals in helping Darke County cancer patients. The Nick Cox Family, which includes Ryan and Chrissy Cox (Cox Insurance) and Aaron and Michelle Cox (Montage) was inducted this year (the 31st annual tournament.) The Annie Oakley Golf Tournament exists today to help Darke County cancer patients because of people like the Cox Family who take on active roles. The plaque was presented to the Cox Family by Ed Curry, Chairman of the tournament.

This year the tournament donated $16,000.00 to the Cancer Association to help Darke County cancer patients. Over the 31-year history the tournament has donated over $450,000.00 to help with the fight against cancer.

The Tournament committee thanks all of the participants of this year’s tournament. Mark your calendars now to join us for the 2013 tournament to be held Monday, July 22, 2013.

Dave Knapp Ford Lincoln Wrap Up Summer Blood Drive

Last Chance to Get Registered For the 2012 Ford Focus in Darke County!

DAYTON & DARKE COUNTY, Ohio Summer is fading fast! Time is running out to grab a unique gift from Community Blood Center (CBC) and jump into the drawing for a 2012 “race red” Ford Focus.

On, Saturday, September 1, 2012 from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, Dave Knapp Ford Lincoln will offer the community the last opportunity in Darke County to get registered for the 2012 Ford Focus in Darke County. Enjoy great food and special door prizes at this wrap up summer blood drive! Appointments are encouraged.
Everyone who registers to donate at any CBC branch or most mobile drives now through Saturday, September 1 will take home a free black license plate frame with the message “Blood Donors Save Lives” and the red CBC blood drop logo.

The “Blood Donors Save Lives” license plate frame offer hits the same finish line as the 2012 Ford Focus summer giveaway campaign. You must register to donate by Saturday, September 1 to be automatically entered into the drawing for the Ford Focus. (Donors must be 18 or older to win).

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


‘Life Changing’ Christian Event Features Teaching and Worship with Popular Women’s Author and Speaker

Greenville, OH–August 23, 2012 – Best-selling author and nationally acclaimed Bible teacher Beth Moore brings her “life changing” teaching and worship event, Living Proof Live, to women across the world through a global simulcast event on Saturday, September 15th, 2012, at EUM Church.

Hear what past Living Proof Live simulcast attendees say:

  • “Our event was amazing. It had a wonderful spirit and was a beautiful testimony to the Body of Christ”, said a simulcast attendee from Healing Waters Church of God in Electic, Alabama. “There were women of every age, denomination and race worshiping and learning about Jesus together.”
  • “The Living Proof Live simulcast event was awesome!” said a simulcast coordinator from Ankeny First United Methodist Church in Akeny, Iowa. “As usual, Beth does an amazing job of captivating everyone and making it feel like she is talking to just you! So it gives one the opportunity to have such an individual experience as well as sharing it with a group of other Christian women in an intimate and safe setting.”

Living Proof Live, a LifeWay Women’s Event, features Moore’s insightful Bible teaching, enthralling storytelling and uplifting messages along with praise and worship led by Travis Cottrell. Now in its 14th year, each Living Proof Live event offers new wisdom and provides new tools that both challenge and encourage first-time and returning participants to dig deeper into a more intimate relationship with God.

“Beth is so authentic and relatable,” said Kristy D., who has participated in multiple Beth Moore Bible studies with friends. “She takes very hard topics and takes you straight to God’s Word to walk through it, bringing encouragement to things that could be overwhelming. I know I’ll walk away changed.”

The Living Proof Live Simulcast kicks off on Saturday, September 15th, 2012 at 9:30 a.m. and ends at 4:15 p.m. Tickets are $15.00 covering one full day of music and worship; sessions led by Beth Moore; and opportunities for fellowship with other women from the Darke County community. Women may purchase tickets at the EUM Church office, 111 Devor Street, Greenville, Ohio during business hours, or by going to and clicking on the Simulcast slide in the What’s Happening loop. Call 937-548-3211 for more information.


Greenville resident Linda Hickerson was recently elected to serve as trustee and treasurer for Bridges to College.

Hickerson joins Bill LaFramboise, Ryan Cox, Diane Swallow, Kevin Blakeley, Aaron Cox, Ken Neff, Marlise McCallister, Janice Michael, Chris Mortensen, Chris Seger, Brian Swiger, and Rhonda Williams on the board.

Bridges to College, started in 2006, helps more students go to college through educational programming, one-on-one mentoring, and need-based scholarships. The program offers services to students in the Greenville and Ansonia school districts.

“Hickerson brings both accounting and non-profit experience to the board,” said Beth Sears, executive director of Bridges to College. “In addition, she has two children enrolled in Greenville City Schools and is familiar with the Bridges to College program and its mission.”

Hickerson, a certified public accountant, has served locally as the chief financial officer for Darke County Recovery Services. She also has been the treasurer for Crossroads of Darke County, the treasurer and accountant at EUM Church, and the interim financial administrator at Tipp City United Methodist Church. She is a graduate of Muskingum College.

“Giving students a fresh perspective on the possibilities for future education can change their futures and therefore our community’s as well,” Hickerson said. “I’m excited to serve an organization that provides those services to our local students and their families."

For more information about Bridges to College, visit its website at or call Sears at 423-2442.

Friday, August 24, 2012


In a recent study, the Barna Research Group revealed a stunning statistic that continues to reverberate throughout the evangelical world. Only 9 percent of professing Christians have a biblical worldview. Because of this, today's believers live very similarly to non-believers. A personal sense of significance is rarely experienced, we spend our money and time on things that fail to satisfy and we begin to wonder what life's ultimate purpose really is. We are, in short, losing our bearings as a people and a nation.

EUM Church is offering The Truth Project. Each lesson in this study discusses in great detail the relevance and importance of living the Christian worldview in daily life. Classes start Wednesday September 12 at 6:30 pm at our Downtown Campus. Register online at / ways to connect / upcoming classes. Invite someone to come with you and let this class be a starting point for looking at life from a biblical perspective!

The Truth Project is a ministry of EUM Church. Our worship services are Saturday at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday at 8:15, 9:45, and 11:15 a.m. at our Worship Center located at 1451 Sater Street (corner of Sater and Sebring-Warner Road) in Greenville, OH. The Downtown Campus, 111 Devor Street, houses our offices and preschool. For more information, go to or call 548-3211.

Help Wanted at Brethren Home Community Services

At Brethren Home Community Services (a subsidiary of Brethren Retirement Community),we are currently hiring:

Live-In Non-Medical Caregivers (for the Bradford, OH area) - Must be able to perform live-in caregiving services. One year experience is required. Duties for this position include the following: meal preparation, light housekeeping, medication reminders, bathing & hygiene assistance, errands & shopping, companionship, and activities for our clients.

Qualified applicants can complete an application at our main facility, 750 Chestnut St. Greenville, OH 45331 or obtain an application at and fax to 937-547-7612. We are an equal opportunity employer and an Eden Alternative Facility.

Two Car Accident Leaves One in Serious Condition

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On August 24, 2012 at approximately 9:02 AM Darke County Deputies along with Tri-Village Rescue, Arcanum Rescue, New Madison Fire and CareFlight were dispatched to the intersection of US Route 127 and Delisle-Fourmans Road in reference to a two vehicle injury accident.

Preliminary investigation revealed a white 1994 Dodge Grand Caravan, driven by Linda R. Benedict, 59, Russia, Ohio was southbound on US Route 127 approaching the intersection of Delisle-Fourmans Road. Benedict attempted to make a left turn onto Delisle-Fourmans Road when she was struck by a blue 2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser, driven by Randall J. Liette, 55, Greenville, Ohio. Liette was traveling southbound behind Benedict’s vehicle. Liette was attempting to pass Benedict’s vehicle in the intersection when the collision occurred. Both vehicle’s traveled off the left side of the roadway. Benedict’s vehicle came to rest in the side ditch. Liette’s vehicle traveled through a utility pole and into a tree. Liette’s vehicle overturned and came to rest against a second utility pole.

Linda R. Benedict was transported to Wayne HealthCare by Arcanum Rescue where she was treated and released. Randall J. Liette was transported to Miami Valley Hospital by CareFlight where he is listed in serious condition.

This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office.

Commissioner's Corner - August 2012

The Great Darke County Fair is underway and with the cooler temperatures and perfect weather, it seems as if the Fair could be in for record crowds. Everyone seems to be enjoying themselves, and as of this writing, there have been very few incidents to report, and so far, nothing major. It seems as though we have a lot more visitors from in state and out of state this year, and some we have talked to have made the trip just to come to the Fair! One gentleman and his wife made the trip from near Cleveland just because they had heard of the Great Darke County Fair! That is a good thing!

One of the highlights of the Fair was when the State Director of Agriculture, Mr. Dave Daniels stopped by on August 21st. Mr. Daniels toured the Fairgrounds with Representative Jim Buchy, State Ag Advisory Board Member Jeff Wuebker from Versailles, Dennis Baker, and Commissioner Mike Stegall. Mr. Daniels enjoyed going through the barns and gave a short speech to the participants in several of them. He really seemed to enjoy the beef and pork sandwiches that the Cattlemen’s Association fed him. Mr. Daniels then gave a short speech at the Versailles F.F.A. display before going back to Columbus. Thank you, Mr. Daniels for visiting our Fair, and thanks to Jim Buchy for bringing him here.

Even as the Fair goes on, the business of the County does not stop. Although things slow down Fair week, some things still must be addressed. One of the areas we can make an announcement in is in personnel. We are pleased to welcome Katie McCabe as the counties new Emergency Management Specialist. Katie is from New Madison, and interviewed very well and is qualified to handle this new position. We welcome Katie to the team. The DC Animal Shelter has also added a new employee, Tyler Jobes. Tyler replaces an employee who left, and according to Duane Sanning, Tyler has picked up on the job fairly quickly. Congratulations to Tyler and also welcome to the team.

One area of concern we have had is with the Sheriff’s Department. Since the building was constructed, the air ducts have not been cleaned. We have recently approved a contract with Service-Tech Corporation out of Dayton to clean all of the duct work in the building. Service-Tech’s contract is for $18,068.00, and should take several days to complete. No start date has yet been set. We have done air quality checks on the building for Carbon Dioxide and Oxygen levels, and numerous other airborne problems. All readings were above standards, but this was a recommended procedure. We are slowly trying to do upgrades on all of our buildings as funds become available. We are looking at doing some work in the Courthouse and at the Garst Avenue Facility as well. The Wagner Avenue Complex is also in consideration for some work. It is important to maintain our buildings and vehicles so we can maximize the life of them and get the most for the people’s money.

On the economic front, Marc Saluk has taken a much needed vacation. Marc and Melanie both are putting in a lot of hours, so it is good to see Marc get away to recharge his batteries. There is much going on with existing businesses, and our main focus for the foreseeable future is going to be workforce development. We are seeing more companies get on board with this program, as they see the benefit of a well-trained workforce specifically for their needs. This program will require a lot of time and effort, but is well worth it. We will keep everyone informed as we progress in our efforts. Also this week, the Commissioners approved the annexation of property on Jackson Street for Reid Hospital. Reid is planning on a very nice complex of buildings, hopefully starting in the spring. The plan is for the first building to be somewhere in the $5 million dollar range. Now that the annexation has been approved by the County, Greenville City will vote on the project in October. There are a lot of positive happenings in Darke County, and the Economic Department, The Partnering for Progress Initiative, all County C.I.C.’s and the Chambers of Commerce in the county will continue to promote business growth and expansion to make Darke County stronger.

When this is printed, the fair will almost be over. We encourage everyone to enjoy it while it is here, and to look forward to next year. We also want everyone in the County to become more involved with County Government. We need your input. Won’t you plan to attend a Commissioners meeting soon? 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. Enjoy the Fair, and hope to see you at one of our meetings soon!

The Darke County Commissioners

Registration Under Way for Nursing Program at Brethren Retirement Community in Greenville, OH

The Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC), in a partnership with the Brethren Retirement Community in Greenville, Ohio, is offering a Practical Nurse class set to begin in January 2013. The 41-week Practical Nursing program is divided into four separate but integrated quarters. After initial classroom training, students report to area healthcare facilities for clinical experiences on Monday and Tuesday, and continue in the classroom on Wednesday through Friday each week.

On Thursday, September 6th, Sue Steck RN, BSN, MEd will be available in the main lobby of the Brethren Retirement Community from 1 to 4pm to provide information and answer questions regarding the LPN program.

Licensed Practical Nurses provide bedside care under the direction of Registered Nurses. The program emphasizes hands on care and medication administration. After successful completion of the program, graduates may sit for the National Licensing Exam for Practical Nurses and receive their license to practice nursing (LPN). Graduates may also transition into registered nursing programs (RN).

According to student Stephanie Knight of Arcanum, the program “gave her the opportunity to fast track into an RN program.” Krystal Barber who graduated from the LPN program in 2010, stated that the “MVCTC, BRC LPN program had me so well prepared for the fast track Kettering RN program and gave me the opportunity to complete the requirements in 15 months and graduate in April of this year.” Jessica Sparks of Greenville stated “The relationship with the Brethren Retirement Community was wonderful.” Heather Zornes of Tipp City added: “It’s an exceptional program.”

John Warner, President of Brethren Retirement Community commented: “We are pleased with the partnership with Miami Valley Career Technology Center and are looking forward to the next session. It’s a great opportunity for area residents to further their education in the nursing field.” While a number of students in the current class are Darke County residents, others travel from Miami County, Montgomery County, Preble County, and neighboring Indiana counties.

The first step in the enrollment process is to submit an application and the second step is the completion of an entrance assessment that can be taken at MVCTC. Students are encouraged to apply early as classes fill quickly. Financial aid is available to those who qualify. For pre-admission requirements, enrollment and tuition information and entrance assessment dates, contact the Miami Valley Career Technology Center Adult Education Office at (800) 716-7161 or (937) 854-6297. Information is also available at

Aultman, Rismiller, Zumbrink Elected to Fair Board

The fair board election results, top 3 are elected:

  • Brian Rismiller 333
  • James Zumbrink 324
  • Matt Aultman 288
  • Kevin Flory 248

Aultman becomes a new member, essentially taking the seat currently held by Kevin Flory.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Second National Bank Helps Bring Tommy Emmanuel To Greenville

John Swallow, President and CEO of
Second National Bank, with Julie Strait of
Darke County Center for the Arts
Darke County Center for the Arts (DCCA) is pleased to announce Second National Bank as an Impressario sponsor of the Tommy Emmanuel concert on September 8. “Second National Bank generously shows their support for the community by making it possible for DCCA to bring outstanding programs to Darke County that folks would otherwise have to travel to larger metropolitan areas to see, while also enabling ticket prices to be kept at a reasonable level,” stated DCCA Executive Director, Julie Strait.

Tommy Emmanuel is a world-class guitarist who usually plays in much larger venues in much larger cities. DCCA encourages Darke Countians to come and experience the ‘guitar Wizard of Oz’ that attracts audience members like Eric Clapton, Chet Atkins, and other legends of the guitar.

Tickets for the 8:00 pm show at St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville are $25 and may be purchased online at or by calling 937-547-0908. Limited seating is still available.

Second National Bank also sponsors Family Theatre Series, programming for young children and their families. The 2012/2013 season includes If You Give A Mouse A Cookie and other storybooks on December 2. Guess How Much I Love You and I Love My Little Storybook will show on January 27, and Sleeping Beauty will close the season on April 14. All shows take place at 2 pm at St. Clair Memorial Hall, 215 W. Fourth Street in Greenville. Tickets are $5 each, or purchase the series for just $12.

For more information on DCCA events or to become a sponsor, please call 937-547-0908 or email .

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