Saturday, March 30, 2013

2013 Great Darke County Fair Concert is a Sellout

The Board of Directors for The Great Darke County Fair want to say “Thank You” for your tremendous support regarding the ticket sales for the Florida Georgia Line/Montgomery Gentry Concert that will take place beginning at 730pm on Sunday, August 18, 2013.

The concert sold out within days of the sale startup. The sales results are as follows:

Final Ticket Sales Information

  • Box Office Sales: 1653
  • Internet Sales: 2839
  • TOTAL: 4492

Tickets Sold By State

  • IN 302
  • KY 15
  • OH 4166
  • TN 7
  • TX 2

Darke County Tickets

  • 2752

Tickets Darke County & 30-mile radius of Fairgrounds

  • 3976

Friday, March 29, 2013

Next Coffee with the Commissioner: April 6th in New Weston

Commissioner Mike Stegall will be appearing in New Weston, Ohio on April 6th for a “Coffee with the Commissioner” gathering. Commissioner Stegall will be there starting at 9:00 a.m.

The meeting will be at the Community Town Hall located just east of Birt’s Store. This is the first time the Commissioner will be bringing this event to New Weston. This meeting, like all the others, will be very informal with everyone able to ask questions about government, economics, or happenings in the County. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend. All participants are encouraged to ask questions and interact with your County Elected Officials.

This opportunity is your chance to participate openly with your Commissioner. Please join Commissioner Stegall in New Weston on April 6th from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at the Town Hall for another “Coffee with the Commissioner.”

Help Wanted at State of the Heart Hospice

Darke County Man Named to State Search and Rescue Committee

Search & Rescue Volunteers preparing to conduct a training search
The newly formed Ohio Search and Rescue Association was introduced at the recent Search and Rescue conference held at the Ohio Fire Academy in Reynoldsburg, Ohio.

The goal of the new Association is to coordinate units, establish training standards, and manage qualifications for volunteer search units from across the state.

Topics at the conference included, Role of the Attorney General’s Office, Amber Alert System, CART, (Child Abduction Response Team), CERT, (Community Emergency Response Team), Incident Management Team’s and Search Theory and Techniques.

The group identified three primary types of search units including; Foot, K-9, and Equine. Darke County resident Jeff Parks was chosen to head up the Equine division. “I’m looking forward to working with the other volunteer mounted search units in the state, said J. Parks. “We need to put our experience and idea’s together to come up with a set of training standards for equine search units”.

Commissioners Corner - March 2013

As this is written, Darke County has been officially in Spring for 5 days. Right now, there is 7 inches of snow on the ground, and still falling! Hopefully, this is old man winter’s last gasp, and soon it will warm up and we can all enjoy the outdoors again. This has not been a particularly hard winter in the County, but I am sure all of us are ready for a steady dose of sunshine.

This month has been a mix once again of hurry-up-and-wait, and got-to-be-done-right-now! This month has seen the Commissioners attend several of the F.F.A. banquets around the county. Some of the banquets have been on the same night, so as last year we divided up the duties. These events are always a pleasure for us, because of the hard work and dedication the students put into F.F.A. The program consistently turns out good students, and students with a good work ethic. We in the Commissioner’s office are proud to be a part of their annual celebrations. Congratulations to all the students, parents, teachers, and others who help make our programs some of the best in the country.

On March 21st the Darke County Mayors Association held their quarterly meeting at the counties E.M.A. office, at the Sheriff’s complex in Greenville. Several items were discussed, Gary Young of Wayne Lakes was re-elected as President, Tony Spires of Pitsburg as Vice President, and Dana Heck of Hollansburg, as Sec./Treasurer. The status of the C.D.B.G. (Community Development Block Grant) was asked about. The Commissioners have heard nothing concrete about the program money distribution yet, but we will inform everyone as we learn more. Congratulations to the new officers.

A Reason to Rise and Shine

From the fragrance of the spring blossoms and lilies to the beautiful tones of trumpeter, Ken McCoy and the rich music from our historic pipe organ played by Karen Lawrence, Trinity of Versailles is ready to welcome you and your family to our traditional Easter worship Celebration!

Pastor Bob Akins will offer just the right words for our young worshiper and for our adults Pastor Akins will share the good news of the empty tomb; this along with the timeless liturgies, beautiful hymns, and soloist Lynn Blakeley singing “Without His Cross” all add to an extraordinary worship opportunity.

Our joyful service concludes with the beloved hymn, “Because He Lives” which is the real message of the day.

Fellowship follows to share words of greeting over that delicious cup of coffee and a sweet treat.

Come as you are and allow yourself these special moments with our Savior in the beautiful space that is Trinity.

Trinity is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran church in America and is located at the corner of Steffen and Wood Streets in Versailles. We are handicapped accessible on the Steffen Street side with Worship beginning each Sunday at 10:30 with nursery service is provided.

Garlic Mustard Cook-Off!

Garlic Mustard. Just the name gives some the heebie-jeebies.

It was brought over from Europe with the settlers for use in cooking. But this invasive alien plant has one benefit that most of our invasives lack; it tastes fantastic! This year, in collaboration with Nature Day and Earth Day weekend, the Darke County Parks is hosting our 1st Annual Garlic Mustard Cook-off!

The rules are simple. During the week of April 15-19, set up a time with a Naturalist to harvest your garlic mustard (to help the Park and make sure it’s the correct plant!) Garlic Mustard must be harvested from Shawnee Prairie Preserve in order to be eligible. Once you have your supply of Garlic Mustard, go home and whip up ANYTHING you’d like to enter (you must provide a printed list of ingredients). Once you have created your culinary masterpiece, drop your entry off at 10:30am on April 20th at the Nature Center (4267 State Route 502 West). There will be an award for the “Best Overall” and “Most Original Recipe”.

The Kitchenaid Experience will donate the first place prize! Our Judges will include a member of Darke County Parks’ staff, a representative from The Kitchenaid Experience and a mystery judge!

So, flex those culinary muscles and let’s see what you’ve got! To register for the Cook-off or for any questions, call the Nature Center at 937.548.0165.


The next meeting of the “Living with Cancer” Support Group will be held on Thursday, April 4, 2013 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. The meeting will take place in the third floor conference room at Wayne Health Care. with speaker Adam Schwartz, Wayne HealthCare Pharmacist.

Plan to attend with any questions you might have related to cancer medications, side effects, uses etc.

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. Facilitating the support group meeting this week will be Christine Yount and Jill Brown from Wayne Health Care from Wayne Hospital.

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.

The Cancer Association is not affiliated with American Cancer Society or other organizations.

Family, Food and Furry Friends for First Fridays

Fun for the little ones at April’s ‘First Friday were businesses
are open late in downtown Greenville on April 5 .
The Greenville downtown district continues the tradition of ‘First Fridays’ on April 5 from 6-9 pm. Celebrate the renewal of spring in the vibrant business district with family, food and furry friends!

This month’s ‘First Fridays’ theme is a petting zoo sponsored by Keller Grain and Feed, Inc. Keller Grain and Feed, Inc. brings their ‘chick days’ to downtown displaying spring chicks and ducks along with a goat and lamb. People are invited to interact with these furry friends on the Courthouse Lawn. In addition, Main Street Greenville will host an Ice Cream Social alongside the Petting Zoo. Free ice cream will be available to Main Street’s volunteers and supporters as an appreciation. An event like First Fridays is possible through support of individual, business and government partnership.

Don’t forget the over 20 businesses that are open late for First Fridays. Look for the window cling and stop in to say hi as the warm weather and daylight evenings are upon us.

‘First Fridays’ aims to bring people downtown during evening hours to enjoy activities, demonstrations, food and music in a beautiful historic setting. ‘First Fridays’ is a monthly event presented by Main Street Greenville – a non-profit organization committed to stimulating and supporting revitalization efforts, historic preservation and economic growth in historic Downtown Greenville. To learn more, visit or call 937-548-4998.

OSU Extension's Farm "Outlook" for 2013

Listen to the "live" Outlook presentations by OSU Extension economists.

Farmers and agribusiness need to keep tuned into markets, production economics and farm policy. Trends can change due to measurable factors or seemingly unpredictable forces. Farmers, agribusinesses and others in the agricultural industry had the opportunity to learn more about the current farm outlook at an Ohio State University Extension 2013 Farm Outlook Program in Defiance County on February 21, 2013.

Ohio State University’s Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics and OSU Extension made presentations that brought forth the latest outlook on the grain markets, land rent, and production inputs.

You can watch and listen to two of the 'live' presentations from that evening linked below. Featured speakers included:

Barry Ward, OSU Extension Agriculture Economist, on the production economics of farmland values, and outlook for input costs such as seed, fertilizer and chemicals at

Matt Roberts, OSU Extension Agriculture Economist, on grain market outlook for 2013 at

The files linked above may take a minute or two to load, but should play flawlessly on most any high speed connection once loaded.

For more information, visit the Darke County OSU Extension web site at, the OSU Extension Darke County Facebook page or contact Sam Custer, at 937.548.5215.

St. Mary's Walk With Nature Fall Festival

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Darke County Special Olympics Competes at State Basketball Tournament

Darke County Special Olympics Dawgs and Slammers team members at the 2013 Special Olympics Ohio State Basketball Tournament
This year Darke County Special Olympics had three basketball teams: (2) adult: Warriors, Dawgs, (1) school-age: Slammers. This is the 18th season to have teams each playing a regular (10) game season schedule and then entering the state tournament playoffs with sectional and state level competitions. The Warriors and Slammers have been around for all 18 years. This is the 1st year to have a 3rd team, Dawgs. The expansion to (3) teams this year was to accommodate all the players who wanted to be part of the program.

The Special Olympics Ohio State Basketball Tournament was held in Columbus March 22nd-23rd. The Dawgs and Slammers each won at the sectional tournament level to earn their birth to State as a final four team. The state tournament included a semi-final game and consolation or championship game in their respective divisions.

The Dawgs competed in Mens Division III and are State Champs (Gold Medal).
The Slammers competed in School-Age Division II and are State Runner-Up(Silver Medal).
The Dawgs made their first trip to state in their first year of existance. And this is the 8th trip for the Slammers to the state tournament in 18 seasons with two state titles in ’08 and ’10.

2013 Dawgs: Players; Bill Brandewie, Devin Billenstein, Caleb Knick, Nick Meade, Dan Bruner, Toby Winner, Matt Forsythe, Jeremy Monnin, Robert Staver, Stewart Spille, Coaches; Cindy Rose, Ron Mescher, Gary Knick, Troy Winner

2013 Slammers: Players; JJ Staver, Kyle Eichelberger, Sheyenne Shimp, Derrick Hemmelgarn, Morgan Shepard, Travis Emrick, Dan Mathis, Ryan Burnett, Ashley Mullins, Casper Younker, Anthony Draving, Jesse Younker, Coaches; Cindy Rose, Krysten Wilson

Basketball is just one of many programs offered through the Darke County Special Olympics program. Others include softball, swimming, cheerleading for basketball, bowling, and the local track and field event. All programs are funded by local donations. All donations made directly to Darke County Special Olympics stay in Darke County to support our local athletes.

"Like" Darke County Special Olympics on Facebook or visit our website at


Four Darke County Senior High Students were notified they are winners and will receive scholarships from the Greenville Business & Professional Women’s (BPW) Club.

The Scholarship Committee consisting of Dorothy Poeppelman and Shelly Sander canvassed all eight Darke County high schools for applicants for the scholarship. The senior girl finalists gave a speech about herself and her goals for the future to the BPW Club members at the March 14th meeting. The winners announced were: Maddison Buschur from Versailles High School, Tara Guillozet from Greenville High School and Elizabeth Miller from Tri-Village.

The winners received scholarships in the amount of $500.00. Other finalists included Brittany Brand, Jessica Heitkamp, and Brooke Robinson from Versailles High School, Michelle Chen from Franklin Monroe, Morgan Goubeaux and Micaela Wright from Arcanum Butler, and Megan Stephan and Shaye Thomas from Tri Village High School.

WHIO: Family friend ‘praying’ for teen in Grube case aired a piece interviewing a friend of the teen accused of having a role in the murder of Robert and Colleen Grube, and he doesn't believe that the teen is a killer.

WHIO spoke with Jesse Gahret who says he has known Trevin Sanders "since he was born" and would only believe that Sanders was the killer if "he was to sit here and tell me to my face."

Gahret went on to say that he thinks Sanders is just a follower who happened to be at the "wrong place at the wrong time, and parties no more than any other teenager."

Click here or on the image above to watch WHIO's segment including the interview.

Now is the Time to Fine Tune Your Sprayer

Higher pesticide costs and new chemicals designed to be used in lower doses make accurate application more important than ever. There is no better time than early spring to take a closer look at your sprayer. Erdal Ozkan, OSU Extension, points out the things he would check on a sprayer to achieve efficient and effective application of pesticides:

  • Double-check your sprayer for mechanical problems before you start using it. You won’t have time to do this when planting is in full swing.
  • Clean the sprayer tank thoroughly and make sure nozzle filters are clean.
  • Clean spray nozzles, check their flow rates, and replace the ones that are spraying more than 10 percent of the original output.
  • Check the agitator in the tank to make sure it’s working properly.
  • Run water through the spray system to make sure everything is working properly
  • Find out if the sprayer is delivering the proper application rate (gallons per acre).

You can determine if the chemicals are applied at the proper rate only by carefully calibrating the sprayer. Calibration, perhaps more than anything else, will have a direct impact on achieving effective pest control and the cost of crop production. While applying too little pesticide may result in ineffective pest control, too much pesticide wastes money, may damage the crop and increases the potential risk of contaminating ground water and environment. Results of "Sprayer Calibration Clinics" in Ohio, and data from several other States show that only one out of three to four applicators are applying chemicals at a rate that is within 5 % (plus or minus) of their intended rate (an accuracy level recommended by USDA and EPA). Of those two-thirds of the applicators missing the mark, about half is under spraying while the other half is over spraying. In one particular case, the applicator would be over spraying by as much as 75% had he used the nozzles that he just purchased and installed on the boom.

Mercer County Sheriff Announces Arrests in Grube Homicide

Rhoades (Left), Sanders (right)
Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey this morning at a press statement announced the arrests of Bryant Rhoades and Trevin Sanders for the November 2011 homicides of Robert and Colleen Grube in their rural Fort Recovery home. Rhoades was arrested at his residence just outside of Greenville and Sanders has been served in the Indiana State Prison in Michigan City, IN, where he is serving a sentence on an unrelated charge.

Bryant Rhoades, 22, of Union City, OH is currently charged with one count of obstructing justice, a felony of the third degree. He made an initial appearance in Celina Municipal Court at 4:00 PM yesterday where his bond was set at $3,500,000 subject to 10%. He currently remains in the Mercer County Adult Detention facility.

Trevin Sanders, 18, of Union City, OH has been charged with Aggravated Murder, two counts of aggravated homicide for the murders of Robert and Colleen Grube. Aggravated murder specifies that he purposely, with prior calculation and design, caused the death of Robert and Colleen Grube by means of a firearm. He also is charged with kidnapping, aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary and other charges. His charges have been filed in Mercer County Juvenile Court as he was 17 at the time of the crimes. Arrangements are being made to transport him back to Mercer County to face the charges.


On March 27, 2013 at approximately 10:56 A.M. the Darke County Sheriffs Office received a call of a single vehicle semi accident on St. Rt. 47 east of the Village of Versailles. Darke County Sheriff Deputies along with Versailles Police Department and Versailles Fire Department arrived on scene to find a semi truck hauling corn on its side.

The driver of the truck, James A. Kuether, age 65 of Yorkshire was transported from the scene by Versailles Life Squad to Wilson Memorial Hospital.

Preliminary information shows that Mr. Kuether lost control of the truck. The vehicle struck a guardrail and utility pole before coming to rest on its side. No citations have been issued at this time to Mr. Kuether as the investigation is ongoing.

Darke County Sheriffs Office enlisted the assistance of the Versailles Police Department, Ohio Department of Transportation and Village of Versailles Utility Department to assist with the hazards on the scene.

This investigation remains open.

Freedom to Make Our Own Healthcare Decisions

Guest Column from State Representative Jim Buchy

When President Obama forced government run healthcare through Congress he started a multiple year process of steadily increasing the size of government and increasing government spending. In west central Ohio, there is a consensus that Obamacare is bad for our households and bad for this country. Over the course of the past two years, I have joined the fight a number of times to put a fork in President Obama’s plan.

Every step of the way I have maintained the position that Ohioans should have the freedom to make their own healthcare decisions.
The alternative offered by Washington, is a forced purchase of healthcare insurance, increased taxes, death panels, and in Ohio we have to consider increasing Medicaid to provide for the new people President Obama has welcomed onto Medicaid.

In 2011, Ohioans went to the ballot box and voted against the individual mandate. Shortly thereafter, the U.S. Supreme Court threw the opinions of Ohioans to the waste-side by declaring the individual mandate constitutional and a rightful power of the federal government as a part of the government’s ability to levy taxes on us. That didn’t stop our attempts to get out from under a federal mandate that is forcing the hand of our state.

The next step in the process was the decision to implement a state run healthcare exchange which would put citizens into a healthcare partnership with private insurance companies. In Ohio, we said NO to Obamacare once again. The statement was clear, we told President Obama to run his own government healthcare program, now the President is developing a federal healthcare exchange that will operate in Ohio.



Tax day is looming, your basketball bracket is busted, and the spring break getaway you’re dreaming of could break the bank. Community Blood Center (CBC) reminds you to take a breath, take your time, and keep on helping others with the “Keep Calm and Carry On Saving Lives” campaign.

The charcoal grey “Blood Donor – Keep Calm and Carry On – Saving Lives” t-shirt is free to everyone who registers to donate at any CBC branch and most CBC mobile blood drives now through Saturday, April 6.

Credit the Brits and their stiff upper lips for the t-shirt message. The British government created the original “Keep Calm and Carry On” poster in 1939 to boost morale during the beginning of the Second World War. The poster had only limited distribution and no public display. Since being rediscovered in 2000 the popularity of the motivational message has soared.

The t-shirt design includes the iconic Tudor crown and the classic lettering associated with the British Ministry of Information.

North Star Fire Auxiliary Quarter Auction

North Star Fire Auxiliary Quarter Auction on Friday, April 5th @ 7 pm.

Doors open at 6:15 pm. Located at North Star Community Center.

Admission is $3

Public Invited to St. Marys State Fish Hatchery Open House

Anglers have the chance to see fish hatchery operations firsthand when the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) hosts an open house on Saturday, April 13, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at St. Marys State Fish Hatchery. The event is free and open to the public.

“We are excited for people to see how a state fish hatchery operates,” said ODNR Director James Zehringer. “We want to inform people about what we are doing to keep Ohio’s fish populations healthy and thriving.”

A number of activities will be held to entertain kids, including a free youth fishing event hosted by the ODNR Division of Wildlife and held in conjunction with Ohio State Parks and the Auglaize County Pheasants Forever chapter. All bait will be provided. Fishing poles are available, and attendees are encouraged to bring their own fishing poles. Anglers between the ages of 16 and 17 must have a valid Ohio fishing license. Anglers under age 16 are not required to purchase a fishing license in Ohio.

In addition to the youth fishing event, other youth activities will include:

  • Opportunities to view the electrofishing boat;
  • Archery activities for youth in attendance; and
  • An interactive wildlife learning area featuring Ohio’s bald eagles.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Pets of the week

We have Rio at the Darke County Animal Shelter. He is a 1 1/2-year-old Lab mix. He is mostly white with brown ears. He has short hair. He is housebroken, is current on his shots and has been neutered.He is good with kids and very friendly. He weighs around 70 pounds and will make a wonderful companion. He loves to play and is looking for a good home.

We have Shrek at the Darke County Animal Shelter. He is a 10-month-old lab mix. He is black with short hair. He is a friendly guy and loves people. He will grow to around 60 pounds. He will make a wonderful companion and lifelong friend. He loves to play and is looking for a good home.

We also have a couple of Pug mixes, an Australian Shepherd, a lab puppy, a shepherd mix a boxer mix and numerous other dogs. We also have cats and kittens for adoption.

The Shelter hours are 8am till 4:30pm Monday-Friday and 9:00 till noon on Saturday. The Shelter is located at 5066 County Home Road in Greenville, and the phone number is 547-1645.

We would like to thank all that attended to Grand Opening of "Scentral Park" last Saturday. It was an overwhelming success.

ALL DOGS OVER 3 MONTHS OF AGE MUST HAVE A LICENSE. For more information you can contact the Animal Shelter at 937-547-1645. To see the dogs we have, go to our web site at

Holy Week Schedule at St. John Lutheran Church

"Our Dogs" © By Abraham Lincoln

Our favorite dogs are buried here. Cuddles was an old lady when she had to be put down because of arthritis and the pain she endured from it. She was 22 in human years and the oldest dog that Clayton Animal Care had ever cared for at that time. She came from Denise Sabo who was a student of mine over in Greene County when I taught there—Cuddles was “family.” I often wonder if there is a Heaven for Animals and believe there must be for something as special as these dogs have been to us from day one.

Tiger is buried here. He was supposed to be a Toy Fox Terrier but ended up being a Jack Russell Terrier. Tiger was the smartest dog we ever had and knew what 47 human words meant. He could distinguish between a yellow sock and a red sock or a red ball and a blue ball. He listened to you speak and would go and get what you sent him for. He also knew exactly what to do when I would tell him: "Go out in the yard and set down for a picture." He would do that and often Cuddles followed him and sat beside him and we were able to take their pictures together. Tiger suffered a stroke when we were in Florida. When we got home he could no longer bark and his body was bent in a semi-circle but he lived a while longer. In spite of the best care we could give him he was having a hard time getting his breath and laid down and died from a heart attack practically in my arms. I was devastated and cried for a long time.

Benji (Benjamin) is buried here too. He was rescued from the animal shelter in Dayton and my mom said, "He is so ugly only his mother could love him." Benji stole our hearts and was a wonderful small benji-type mixed dog. He loved to run and ran around our yard daily until he nearly exhausted himself. He wore a trail around the yard that he ran on like it was a race track. After many years, he had to be put down and his death was a terrible experience for me.

The Arcanum Criterion Club Presents an Evening with The Greenville Poets

The Greenville Poets will be the guests of the Arcanum Criterion Club with a special presentation on Monday, April 8th at 7:30 p.m. at the Arcanum Public Library, located at 101 North Street in Arcanum. Everyone is invited to join the ladies of the Arcanum literary club when the poets share the writing process, problems and pressures leading to their work being accepted for publication and of course, the joys of receiving awards. They will each read a poem and share the process which led to the completion of that poem. Their poems will fill you with laughter, bring you to tears, and leave you pondering.

Poetry club members are Myrna Stone, Belinda Rismiller, Lianne Spidel, Cathy Essinger, David Lee Garrison and Suzanne Kelly-Garrison meeting monthly to share their work and to encourage one another. The poets have published ten books of poems,three volumes of translation, one book of literary criticism and two anthologies.

Join the Arcanum Criterion Ladies on April 8th to hear these award winning poets share their stories, their way.

Further information about the presentation and the Greenville Poets is available by contacting Barbara Deis at 678-7832 or Jean Hillis at 692-5433.

Friends of the Darke County Parks Chicken BBQ

Speakers for Diabetes Program

The Wayne HealthCare Diabetes Education Department will be sponsoring Diabetes Day on Saturday April 13, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to noon in the conference rooms at Wayne HealthCare in Greenville, Ohio.

The program is designed to provide education to individuals with diabetes and their family members or caregivers. The program consists of three speakers, diabetes educational handouts and refreshments. There will also be time to have your diabetes questions answered by the Certified Diabetes Educator at Wayne HealthCare.

The speakers will provide attendees with a wealth of information to help them to live healthy lives with diabetes. The goal at Wayne HealthCare is to provide educational opportunities to help individuals manage their diabetes. The speakers and topics include:

  • Scott Barry DDS with Barry Family Dentistry will discuss “Diabetes and Dental Health”. Many individuals do not realize that elevated blood glucose can increase the risk for dental problems like cavities, oral infections, gum disease or dry mouth. Statistics show that adults aged 45 years or older, with uncontrolled diabetes (A1C >9%) were 2.9 times more likely to have severe gum disease than those without diabetes. As a diabetic many things can increase blood glucose levels including oral infections/problems.
  • Matthew Painting DPM with Western Ohio Podiatric Medical Center will discuss “Diabetes and Foot Care”. Knowing how to care for ones feet will lower the risk of developing foot complications. Early discovery and treatment of foot injuries or problems can prevent serious complications. Lowing the risk of diabetic foot complications and foot care will be discussed during this presentation.
  • Karen Droesch RD,LD,CDE the Diabetes Educator at Wayne HealthCare will discuss “Beating the Odds”. Have you ever wondered how to lower your risk of developing diabetes complications? Karen will discuss skills and preventative screenings everyone with diabetes should complete to lower their risk of developing complications. Diabetes does not mean you will develop severe complications, if you take steps to monitor your health.

There is a registration fee of $5.00 for each participant who pre-registers before April 10, 2013. After this date or at the door, the fee is $7.00 per participant.

For more information or to register call 937-547-5750. Do not put off learning more about diabetes today, so you will be healthier tomorrow.

Winner's Meats Wins Awards at Ohio Association of Meat Processors Convention 2013

On March 16 the 2013 Ohio Association of Meat Processors Convention was held in Columbus, OH to recognize the top products in the state this year. Establishments from all over the state of Ohio were in attendance. Robert Winner Sons, Inc. came home with 2 Reserve Champion Ribbons. The first category was Summer Sausage which Winner's received a red ribbon for our regular Summer Sausage. The second category that Winner's received Reserve Champ was Snack Sticks, for our delicious Beef Smokey Sticks. Winner's would like to thank the Ohio Association of Meat Processors for hosting a great convention this year.

WHIO: Second Person Charged in Grube Murders reported yesterday that 22 year old Bryant Rhoades of Union City was arrested and arraigned on charges of obstructing justice related to the 2011 murders of Robert and Colleen Grube. This morning, they are at a press conference in Mercer County where Sheriff Jeff Grey announced charges for a second individual.

18 year old Trevin M. Sanders, 18, of Union City, Ohio, who is currently serving time in Indiana on an unrelated charge, is facing 27 different charges, which include aggravated homicide. Sanders was 17 years old at the time of the killings.

Prosecutors requested a $1 million bond for Rhoades, who was then given a $350,000 bond by the Municipal Judge in Mercer County.

WHIO also notes that "Rhoades was arrested at the same address where a suspected meth lab was raided in January 2012," where he was charged in relation as well.

Sheriff Grey also noted that they are searching for a female in relation to the case, as well.

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WHIO: Two Charged in Union City Home Invasion

WHIO is reporting that two men are being held in Darke County jail in relation to a Union City, Indiana home invasion.

The report states that Ricky Bobo and Alejandro Guzman of Union City, Ohio, along with two others, allegedly entered a residence and beat victim Cody Griffin, knocking him unconscious, before stealing his shorts and shoes.

Bobo and Guzman were found in Union City, OH and were arrested and taken to Darke County jail where they are being held as fugitives of justice until a warrant from Indiana can be obtained.

Click here to read the full story at

Public Invited to Tour Hebron State Fish Hatchery during Open House

Youth fishing, sampling boat and archery range available for visitors

COLUMBUS, OH – Anglers and others interested in fish hatchery operations can see it firsthand at the Hebron State Fish Hatchery open house Saturday, April 6, from 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. This fun family learning day is hosted by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. The open house gives visitors the chance to see fish management tools used to support Ohio’s fish populations.

Several family-friendly learning activities are planned for the open house. Visitors can take a tour of the fish hatchery, see the process of how walleye and saugeye eggs hatch, and learn how an electroshock sampling boat works. Bring the children to participate in youth fishing, try fly fishing or shoot a bow on the new archery range.

Hebron State Fish Hatchery is located in Licking County, north of Buckeye Lake. Its address is 10517 Canal Road, Hebron, OH 43025. This 230-acre facility was acquired from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 1982. It has 63 ponds, 13 indoor rearing troughs, 25 acres of wetlands and 50 wooded acres with 2.5 miles of nature trails. Find more information about Ohio’s state fish hatcheries at
Sales of fishing licenses along with the Sport Fish Restoration (SFR) program continue to fund the operation of the ODNR Division of Wildlife’s fish hatcheries. No state tax dollars are used for this activity. This is a user-pay, user-benefit program.

The SFR is a partnership between federal and state government, industry and anglers/boaters. When anglers purchase rods, reels, fishing tackle, fish finders and motor boat fuel, they pay an excise tax. The federal government collects these taxes, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service administers and disburses these funds to state fish and wildlife agencies. These funds are used to acquire habitat, produce and stock fish, conduct research and surveys, provide aquatic education and acquire and develop boat accesses.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

GSF Thanks Sponsors

The Greenville Schools Foundation thanks all the businesses who supported our sponsorship program at the Greenville High School home Basketball games this season.
The donation amount was based on the
number of three-point field goals scored by Greenville, with a minimum amount of at least $100 being donated by each sponsor.

We thank the following businesses who sponsored the Boys’ Basketball games: Bunch Roofing Company, Greenville National Bank, Dr. Tom Brown with Family Health, Rod Drew with Drew Ag Transport, Second National Bank, Hansbarger’s Home Solutions and Hittle Buick GMC.

The sponsors for the Girls’ Games were: Bunch Roofing Company, Dr. Tom Brown with Family Health, Greenville National Bank, and Dr. Doug Gordon with Gordon Orthodontics.

We also greatly appreciate the help of Kathy Marker in the Athletic Department and the Coaches. Plus, none of this would work without the players playing and Bill Booker doing the announcing!

Support from these businesses and individuals is helping Greenville Schools Foundation grow and, in turn, helping Greenville City School children. Because of all of their support, the Foundation is able to offer grants for special activities and programs in the Greenville City School District. Along with the Foundation’s appreciation, we would ask that Teachers, Students, and Parents would add their thanks to these school/community-supportive businesses and individuals!


Nicole Pohlman

Darke County Offices to Close at Noon for Good Friday

**The County Offices will be closing at 12:00 noon on Friday, March 29, 2013, for ‘Good Friday’. **

Big Buddies Is A BIG Success in Area Schools

This picture features,volunteer mentor, HS student, Maria Pannapara, age 15, a Lehman High School student, daughter of John and Tery Pannapara. Next to her looking at camera is Ashlyn Moton, 6 daugher of Ashely Clegg of Sidney, Elena Mendoza, 6 daughter of Katherine Mendoza and Arturo Mendoza of Sidney and High School Mentor Jessica Hilyard 17, daughter of Bob Hilyard and Dottie Allen. Jessica is a high school student at Jackson Center. The group of bigs and littles are enjoying some recreational time during the after school program at Whittier recently.

The program, which began in September of 1998, started with nine high school volunteers and since has grown to over 100 volunteer mentors from Shelby & Darke County. Through the program, sophomores, juniors and seniors are matched up with local youth and the “matches” meet twice a month throughout the school year. The High School “Buddies” work together with their “Littles” on activities that focus on educational and social enhancement, as well as fitness, healthy eating, and personal safety. All activities are planned and supervised by the Big Brothers Big Sisters staff.

The locations for the 2012-2013 Big Buddies program included sites in Sidney at Northwood, Longfellow, and Whittier elementary schools, as well as Darke County sites in Greenville at Woodland Heights elementary school, and Versailles elementary schools.

WJYW – Joy FM Holds Spring Sharathon

WJYW – Joy-FM (88.9, 94.5 and 97.7 in Richmond, IN) – will be holding its Spring Sharathon April 2-5, from 6AM – 7 PM each day. Joy-FM airs contemporary Christian music 24 hours a day from it’s Union City studios. The non-profit, non-commercial station will be raising their budget to operate over the next 6 months.

“Our goal of $80,000 is a relatively small amount to operate a 24 hour station for 6 months” noted station manager, Dan Franks. He added “since we’re a non-profit (501c3) ministry, all of the donations we receive are tax deductible.”

Joy-FM has been on the air for over 13 years now, and is owned by the Positive Radio Group based in Blacksburg, Virginia. The station’s coverage area ranges from Richmond, Indiana to Celina, Ohio.

Diabetes Statistics

Data from the National Diabetes Facts Sheets noted that in 2011, 25.8 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes. This is 8.3% of the population. Of this group, 18.8 million people have been diagnosed with diabetes. Unfortunately, 7 million people have not been diagnosed.

Uncontrolled blood glucose can cause damage to the eyes, heart, kidneys, nerves, legs, and feet. Individuals with diabetes can reduce the occurrence of diabetes complications by learning to control their levels of blood glucose, blood pressure, and blood lipids. You can also reduce complications by completing routine labs and tests to help find problems early.

The National Diabetes Facts Sheets noted that every one percentage drop in your A1C level reduces your risk of eye, kidney, or nerve complications (microvascular complications) by 40%.

One way to lower your A1C level is through education. Wayne HealthCare provides Diabetic Group Classes that combine visual learning with interaction between participants. The classes will provide you with knowledge and motivation to manage your diabetes.

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

The class series consists of four classes. The next series of classes will be offered on April 9, 15, 22, and 29, 3013 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Wayne HealthCare. The cost to attend is $10 per class. Registration is required so please contact the Certified Diabetes Educator at 937-547-5750.

To meet individual’s schedules, future classes will be offered in the morning, afternoon, and evening throughout the year. Morning classes will be offered on Wednesday’s from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in June, October, and December. Afternoon classes will be offered on Monday’s from 1:00p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in July, August and November. Evening classes will be offered on Monday’s from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in May and September. Please call 937-547-5750, for specific dates. One-to-One education is also available to help you on your road to diabetes management.

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

Semi Full of Eggs Rolls Over in Northern Darke County

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On March 25, 2013 at 8:20 PM Darke County Deputies were dispatched to the area of New Weston Ft. Loramie Road and Hillgrove Ft. Recovery Road on the report of a semi on it's side. Preliminary investigation revealed that the driver, Patrick W. Moore Jr., 49 of Arkansas, was eastbound on New Weston Ft. Loramie Road when he drove off the right side of the roadway and was pulled further by the deep snow. The 2006 Freightliner and trailer, which was loaded with eggs, rolled over onto its side. Moore, who was the lone occupant, was not injured in the crash. Alcohol may have been a factor in the crash. Southwest Mercer Fire Dept. was called to the scene for preventive measures.

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

Monday, March 25, 2013

Reservations Still Available for "The Twelve"

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Last minute reservations are still being accepted for the 37th presentation of The Twelve, to be held on Thursday, March 28 at 7:30 PM. The Twelve is a dramatic reenactment of the meal Jesus had in the Upper Room in Jerusalem, and is staged as an almost exact portrayal of the world famous Last Supper by Leonardo Da Vinci.

The script provides an element of powerful drama as the men speak of their time with Christ leading up to that disturbing moment when Jesus says to them, “One of you will betray me.”

As in years past, seating will be in groups of twelve and Holy Communion will be served at each table. Seating is by reservation only and is filling up quickly. Make your reservations now by calling Greenville First at 548-3075. Free-will offering.

Darke County: Level 1 Snow Emergency

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Sheriff Toby L. Spencer announced that as of 2:00 PM on 03/25/2013, Darke County will be at a Level 1 snow advisory. Level 1 is when all roadways are hazardous. Extreme caution should be used if travel is necessary.

Travel is not being limited at this time; however, blowing and drifting snow is causing some roadways to become slick and hazardous.

Thank you for your patience during these severe weather conditions.

Authority Darke County Sheriff Toby L. Spencer

Darke County Mayors' Assoc. Elects New Officers

Following were elected officers at March Darke County Mayors' Assoc.

  • President - Gary Lee Young - Mayor of Wayne Lakes
  • Vice president - Tony Spires - Mayor of Pitsburg
  • Sec/Tres. - Dana Heck - Mayor of Hollansburg

Funeral Home Continues Commitment with Name Change

Braund Funeral Home, located in New Madison, Ohio, is pleased to announce a recent name change to Braund Pope Funeral Home. The name change is due to Carie Pope recently becoming the managing Funeral Director of the organization.

Funeral Director Carie Pope shared, “I am pleased to be a part of a funeral home that has such a positive impact and reputation within the community. Our purpose is to personalize every family’s experience and truly celebrate each life.” Pope has 13 years of experience as a Funeral Director and joined the staff of Braund Pope Funeral Home in 2008.

Owner Eric Fee, who purchased the business in 2007, said “This name change reflects our continued commitment to our families and community as a locally owned and operated funeral home. We want to make a difference each family’s experience. We have a passion for serving families and letting them know how much we care – our goal is to go the extra mile… and then a little further.”

Fee also noted that the funeral home continues to work with area churches, parks, organizations and other non profits to provide more options in the location choice of funeral services. “We will always enjoy providing a traditional funeral service and the comfort that type of service brings. However, we pride ourselves in thinking outside of the box, being creative and celebrating life.” For offsite funerals, Braund Pope Funeral Home will donate 10 percent of the cost of services back to the church, charity or nonprofit host site of the service. Fee confirmed “If an individual wants their services to be held in their place of worship, a park or a nature center, we’ll do our best to make that happen and we’ll make a donation on their behalf.”

Braund Pope Funeral Home has been serving the needs of local families for over 120 years. For a free consultation or to know more about their Legacy Program, please call 937-996-1051 or visit their website at


EUM Church and Kidmunity are holding their annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 30 at 6:00 p.m. Children ages birth through sixth grade are welcome to join the hunt. The Easter Egg Hunt will be held at the EUM Worship Center at 1451 Sater Street in Greenville. Prize egg
s and a “Family Fun Night Basket” will be given away, and refreshments will be provided. Make sure to bring your own basket! Following the Egg Hunt will be our Easter Worship Celebration at 6:30 p.m. Invite a family and join us for a complete evening of family fun and amazing worship.

Kidmunity is a ministry of EUM Church. Our contemporary Easter worship services are Saturday at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday at 8:30, 10:00, and 11:35 a.m. There will be a traditional sunrise service Sunday at 7:00 am. All services are held 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.

Officials Discover Hemlock Pest in the Hocking Hills Region

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) and the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) today announced the discovery of a hemlock-killing pest in the Hocking Hills region. Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (HWA) is a small, aphid-like insect native to Asia that threatens the health and sustainability of eastern hemlock and Carolina hemlock in the eastern United States.

A relatively small infestation was recently discovered at Cantwell Cliffs in Hocking Hills State Park as part of a joint ODNR and ODA forest health survey program. An extensive survey of the immediate surrounding area has been conducted, and no additional trees have been found.

“Hemlock trees are abundant in Hocking County, and we have been checking this region for HWA for years,” said Robert Boyles, chief of the ODNR Division of Forestry. “Since the HWA was found early and was affecting a relatively small area, there are more options available to limit its damage and spread.”



GREENVILLE, Ohio – Spring is here and that means it’s almost time to shut down the furnace and fire up the backyard barbecue. Community Blood Center (CBC) hopes to inspire plans for summer grilling with a special giveaway during the April 1 through May 31 “Darke County Days!” Blood Drive campaign.

All you have to do is register to donate at any Darke County blood drive scheduled Monday, April 1 through Friday, May 31 and you will be automatically entered into a drawing to win a new Char-Broil four-burner propane/natural gas grill.

This special giveaway is sponsored by Lowe’s at 1550 Wagner Ave. in Greenville. The Char-Broil four-burner grill features the Surefire electronic ignition at each burner for a reliable start every time. It easily converts from liquid propane to natural gas, and features porcelain-coated cast iron grates.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

"Breastmilk for Gemma" Surpasses Fundraising Goal, Still Accepting Donations

On Friday, we posted a story about a Darke County woman who passed away suddenly, leaving an 8 month old daughter behind and the online community who is donating breast milk for the baby.

In addition to the milk being donated, a fund was setup with the ability to make contributions online to help offset the costs of shipping and for supplies like storage containers and dry ice.

The fund set a goal of $3,200 and currently sits at $3,950, having surpassed the stated goal in just a few days!

You can read more about the fundraiser and (if you like) donate by clicking here to go to the "Breastmilk for Gemma" fundraising page.

Darke County: Level 2 Snow Emergency

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Sheriff Toby L. Spencer announced that as of 9:50 PM on 03/24/2013, Darke County will be at a Level 2 snow advisory. Level 2 snow advisory means that roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Roads can be very icy. Only those who feel it is necessary to drive should be out on the roadways. People should contact their employer to see if they should report to work. If you are driving, use extreme caution.

Thank you for your patience during these severe weather conditions.

Authority Darke County Sheriff Toby L. Spencer

Lt. Governor Mary Taylor Speaks to Local Republicans

Lt. Governor Mary Taylor and Ohio Central Committeeman Darryl Mehaffie
On Wednesday, March 20, Lt. Governor Mary Taylor was the speaker at the Darke County Republican Lincoln dinner. She spoke of the criteria she uses to consider Ohio issues and laws. Mrs. Taylor was introduced by Ohio Senate President, Keith Faber. Over 70 local Republicans and regional activists attended the event at Romer's in Greenville.

Scentral Park is Now Open!

Click to enlarge frequent contributor Cherie Frost sent us these photos from the grand opening of Scentral Park on Saturday, along with the following...

After 11 years, of planing with fund raisers, grants and donations the Darke County Friends of the Shelter has done a amazing job with the opening of "Scentral Park". The grand opening for Scentral Park was held on March 23, 2013. The park has a fence in area for small dogs under 30 pounds and a fenced in area for large dogs 30 pounds and over. Scentral Park provides a safe and secure environment not only for dogs, but also for children and adults.

Hats off to everyone that has made Scentral Park into a reality.


EUM Church and Kidmunity are holding their annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 30 at 6:00 p.m. Children ages birth through sixth grade are welcome to join the hunt. The Easter Egg Hunt will be held at the EUM Worship Center at 1451 Sater Street in Greenville. Prize eggs and a “Family Fun Night Basket” will be given away, and refreshments will be provided. Make sure to bring your own basket! Following the Egg Hunt will be our Easter Worship Celebration at 6:30 p.m. Invite a family and join us for a complete evening of family fun and amazing worship.

Kidmunity is a ministry of EUM Church. Our contemporary Easter worship services are Saturday at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday at 8:30, 10:00, and 11:35 a.m. There will be a traditional sunrise service Sunday at 7:00 am. All services are held 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.


Edison Engineering: David Barth, associate professor of electronics
engineering at Edison Community College, watches as Ansonia
sixth-graders Jedd Rismiller, left, Jared Hoying, Kyle Hoying, and Logan
Warner, operate robots during their visit to Edison.
Standing in the background is Becky Thomas.
Greenville and Ansonia sixth-graders learned about college recently when they visited Edison Community College in Piqua.

The trip was coordinated by Bridges to College, a non-profit organization that helps students go to college by offering college awareness programming, one-on-one mentoring and need-based scholarships.

“We take the sixth-graders on a college trip because we want them to begin thinking about careers and the education that is required for their chosen careers,” explained Beth Sears, executive director of Bridges to College.

Prior to visiting Edison Community College, Stacey Bean and Amber Selhorst, from the Edison admissions office, visited the sixth-graders and discussed college with the students.

When the students arrived on campus on Friday, March 13, they attended two or three classroom sessions offered by the Edison staff. Some of the topics covered included College 101, Crime Scene Investigation, Business is Our Game, Office Administration, Physics FUN, Engineering Robotics, Math FUN, Physical Therapy Assisting, Hot Technologies, English FUN, and Dr. Bones Laboratory.

Attention 2013/2014 Mississinawa Kindergarten Parents

On Wednesday April 17th, during the Kindergarten screening, nurses will be available from the Darke County Health Department to give your Mississinawa kindergartner their Kindergarten Immunizations. Nurses will give shots from 8:30-4:00pm.

Please bring custodial/guardianship papers if necessary, and all shot records. If you are not the child’s parent, we must have written permission and a current phone number so we can reach the parent. Your child must be four years or older to receive their kindergarten immunizations.

The cost of each immunization is $10.00. The Darke County Health Department accepts the following types of insurance; Anthem BC/BS, Med-Mutual, Ohio Medicaid, Amerigroup, Caresource, Molina, and cash or check.

Please call the Darke County Health Department with questions: (937) 548-4196 X224

Attention 2013/2014 Greenville Kindergarten Parents

On Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday April 24th, 25th, and 26th, during the Kindergarten screening, located at 1451 Sater St. Greenville, nurses will be available from the Darke County Health Department to give your Greenville kindergartner their Kindergarten Immunizations. Nurses will give shots from 8:00-3:00pm.

Please bring custodial/guardianship papers if necessary, and all shot records. If you are not the child’s parent, we must have written permission and a current phone number so we can reach the parent. Your child must be four years or older to receive their kindergarten immunizations.

The cost of each immunization is $10.00. The Darke County Health Department accepts the following types of insurance; Anthem BC/BS, Med-Mutual, Ohio Medicaid, Amerigroup, Caresource, Molina, and cash or check.

Please call the Darke County Health Department with questions: (937)548-4196 x224

Wavaires Cantata DVD Available

The Greenville High School Vocal Music Boosters are now taking orders for the DVD recording of the Wavaires presentation of the 2013 Cantata, “My Generation” currently being shared in local churches in Darke County. The DVD’s will be distributed following the conclusion of these cantata presentations. They are $15 each with an additional fee for mailing if required. To receive an order form please contact Michele Smith, Director, at Greenville High School. (email: Deadline for placing an order is April 5th.

Greenville Church of the Brethren's Easter Service Schedule

Greenville Church of the Brethren, 421 Central Ave., Thursday, March 28th 6:30 pm Love Feast; Sunday, March 31st 8:00 am - Sunrise Service,

8:45 am - Sunrise Breakfast, 9:30 am - Sunday School, 10:30 am - Easter Celebration Service will include some special features with vibrant God-honoring music and message.

Pass the Tree—I’ve got a headache!

Plants are full of amazing chemicals and long ago, people learned that plants could be utilized to treat many illnesses. Join the Darke County Park District on Saturday, March 30th at Shawnee Prairie Preserve at 1:00pm and discover the historic use of plants as medicines. We will welcome Nina Lapitan, of Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm. Nina is neither an ethnobotanist or scientist. However, she’s studied plants and herbs for nearly 25 years and has presented this topic at Aullwood and various garden clubs. Learn how Europeans and Native Americans used plants, including some of our native species, for a variety of purposes. Afterwards, we’ll take a walk outdoors to search for many of the spring wildflowers discussed during the lecture. This program is FREE but please call the Nature Center at 937.548.0165 to pre-register, as space is limited.

For more information on all of the upcoming programs offered by the Darke County Parks, visit our website at

Salamander Migration Program!

Join the Darke County Parks for an impromptu program to search for salamanders. This spring has certainly been a chilly one and the sallies have been slow to come! All you have to do is call the Nature Center at 937.548.0165 and leave your name and phone number and we will give you a call when the weather is just right. When we get that first warm, rainy night, we will set out in search for salamanders migrating to their breeding grounds. Local vernal pools will be our first stop to look for signs of breeding salamanders and hopefully we will spot them! This hike will occur in the evening, don’t forget your boots and a flashlight.

Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy this sure sign that spring has sprung!


Everyone has regrets in life. We look back and wish our choices had been different; better than the ones we made. Broken hearts and painful tears stain our past. Our passionate cry is to somehow change – to become the person we long to be.

On March 30, Clinton Randall will share his own story at The Well. It’s a powerful, candid story that will capture your attention. More than that, he will share how God forgave and loved him into a life worth living.

If you feel you are beyond God’s grace, that your choices are just too terrible for God to forgive – then Clinton’s story will be the one you will want to hear! Join us Saturday, March 30 at 6:30 pm at 111 Devor Street in Greenville, Ohio to hear his personal story. You won’t want to miss it!

The Well is a ministry of EUM Church and meets every other Saturday night. The evening begins with music, followed by a discussion on a particular topic, leading into small group discussion over a cup of fresh, hot coffee. The evening concludes with a time to just hang out. The Well closes at 9:00 pm. We hope to see you there!

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.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Gathering at Garst to Feature History of Darke County's Towns and Villages

Darke County Towns and Villages are cordially invited to participate in The Gathering at Garst 2013 summer event on Saturday, July 27 and Sunday, July 28, 2013. Held on the grounds of the Garst Museum in Greenville, this will be the third year for the Gathering. The Gathering was created to remember the defining events and people who shaped our county’s history. The Gathering’s mission is to promote awareness and appreciation of those who made unique contributions to the culture of Darke County and to celebrate local heritage in a family-oriented and educational atmosphere. Last year it is estimated that nearly 10,000 people attended The Gathering at Garst.

The theme this year is “Reflecting on the History of Darke County Towns and Villages.” Our goal is to have an exhibit from each community showcasing its own unique history. The exhibits will be showcased in a large tent provided by The Gathering Committee. We feel that citizens can best tell the story of their community. This is an excellent opportunity to share your enthusiasm about your community with an audience of thousands of Gathering visitors. We hope you will join us in sharing with visitors what Darke County is about and why we all think it is such a great place!

An informative meeting will take place on Sunday, March 24 at Garst Museum at 2:00. We invite you to send a representative(s) from your community to come and learn more about how your community can be a part of this exhibit. If you have any questions, please call Sue Besecker at 548-9084 or 471-6038 or email her at

Sue Besecker
Gathering at Garst Committee

Friday, March 22, 2013 Friends of Deceased Darke County Woman Donate Breast Milk has the heart warming story of a Greenville Township woman who passed away suddenly last week leaving behind an 8 month old daughter and her husband.

Kristen Leese, 29, suffered an aneurysm on March 14th and passed away. Leese had formed an online group that encouraged and educated women on breastfeeding, focusing on the many benefits it provides. Now that she is gone, members of her online community are donating breast milk to her family for her daughter, Gemma Leese.

According to the article, "Leese’s family said following the mother’s death, Gemma was reacting negatively to formula with a rash and vomiting." Now, women from all across the country are donating their excess breast milk to the family, some paying up to $100 to ship 6 days worth of milk at a time to help provide for the girl. 

Sometimes, people are pretty great.

Search Warrant Leads to Seizure of Drug Related Items

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On March 20th, 2013 at approximately 4:14 PM deputies from the Darke County Sheriff’s Office along with detectives from the Greenville Police Department, Agents from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigations and a K-9 Unit from the Preble County Sheriff’s Office executed a drug search warrant at 6099 Beamsville-Union City Road in the small community of Beamsville, OH in Darke County.

Items seized during the search of the property were several packages of a green leafy substance (believed to be marijuana), drug paraphernalia, scales and other items that support drug usage and or trafficking. Two adult non-resident males were on the property when the warrant was executed, however no arrests were made. No one was found to be in the residence.

Further details of this investigation may be released at the conclusion of the case or upon filing of criminal charges if approved by the Darke County Prosecuting Attorney.

Investigation continues.

12 Drug Arrests Made in Mercer County

Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey announced the indictment and Arrests of 12 persons. All charges are resulting from an investigation by the Grand Lake Task Force. The Task Force is a combined effort of law enforcement agencies in Mercer and Auglaize Counties. The Celina Police Department and the Shelby County Ohio Sheriff’s Office assisted with these apprehensions.


  • Christopher Brockman, Age 33, Care of the Mercer County Adult Detention Facility, 1 Count of Illegal Assembly or Possession of Chemicals for the Manufacture of Drugs, a Felony of the 3rd Degree, 6 Counts of Unlawful Purchase or Receipt of Pseudoephedrine Product, Misdemeanors of the 1st Degree. Served the indictment in jail on March 15, 2013.
  • Jason Bruggeman, Age 31, 486 South State Line Road, Portland Indiana, 1 Count of Illegal Assembly or Possession of Chemicals for the Manufacture of Drugs, Felony of the 3rd Degree, 2 Counts of Unlawful Purchase or Receipt of Pseudoephedrine Product, Misdemeanors of the 1st Degree. Was arrested on Monday March 18, 2013.
  • Joshua Wymer, Age 29, 2431 Fox Road Fort Recovery, Ohio, 1 Count of Illegal Assembly or Possession of Chemicals for the Manufacture of Drugs, a Felony of the 3rd Degree, 3 Counts of Unlawful Purchase or Receipt of Pseudoephedrine Product, Misdemeanors of the 1st Degree. Was arrested on Monday March 18, 2013.
  • Mickey Haskell, Age 29, 10999 Little Turtle Way Sidney, Ohio, 4 Counts of Trafficking in Heroin, Felonies of the 5th Degree, 2 Counts of Trafficking in Heroin, Felonies of the 4th Degree. Mr. Haskell was apprehended in Sidney, by the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.

Darke County Parks is looking for a Summer Intern!

The Darke County Park District is preparing for summer and we are looking for our 2013 intern! The Park District needs someone who has a passion for nature, likes working with people and being outdoors. This opportunity is geared towards that college student who is working towards their degree in a natural resource field. The internship is a 10-week position, beginning in June 2013.

If you or someone you know is interested in this position, please visit our website at for a more detailed description of the position or call Robb Clifford, Senior Naturalist for the Darke County Parks at 937.548.0165.

HOPE Scholarship Applications Due April 1

Seniors from the class of 2013 who attend a Darke County High School or are home-schooled are invited to apply for scholarships from the HOPE Foundation of Darke County. Application deadline is April 1, 2013. By filling out one general application, students are eligible for approximately 42 scholarships totaling over $75,000. In addition, Greenville seniors with at least a 2.75 grade point average are eligible for one of many additional awards in memory of Mandy Green, a classmate who died in 2005.

Students may print the application from the HOPE Foundation website,, or they may obtain the application from their high school guidance counselor. Awards are based on the following criteria, not necessarily in this order: grade point average, ACT score, activities, financial need, and essay. Provisional recipients will be announced this spring at each high school’s graduation or awards program. Scholarship money will be disbursed following the student’s first semester in college, providing the student earns at least a 2.75 grade point average.

As the community foundation of Darke County, the HOPE (Helping Other People Excel) Foundation receives, manages and distributes charitable gifts for the benefit of Darke County residents. For more information, call the HOPE Foundation at (937) 548-HOPE.

Attention all past Miss Annie Oakley’s!

The Annie Oakley Committee would like to invite you to this year’s 50th anniversary of the Annie Oakley Festival as our guest. We would like to have a group photo taken on Saturday, July 27, 2013 at 3:15 at the Gazebo. We need your mailing address!

Please send us an email with your mailing address to: or use regular mail to: Annie Oakley Committee, PO Box 129, Greenville, OH 45331.

Bill Gunckle
Annie Oakley Committee


L-R Deron Johns, certified intervention specialist; Marcia Schlechty,
youth advocate; Jeff Vaughn, program coordinator holding the Ohio
Senate certificate signed by Senator Faber and Beagle
The Achievement Center for Educational Success (ACES) was honored with a certificate of congratulations from the 130th General Assembly of the Ohio Senate for receiving the Marlin Thompson Grant and their work with the students in Darke County.

The certificate stated: “It is not surprising that the ACES Alternative Program has attained success, for it has displayed a sincere commitment to education and community improvement. Over the years, this exceptional organization has been tireless in its endeavors in behalf of students.”

Included with the certificate was a letter from Senator Beagle personally extending his congratulations to the staff for their work in the ACES Alternative Program. The staff includes Jeff Vaughn, program coordinator; Deron Johns, certified intervention specialist; and Marcia Schlechty, youth advocate.

ACES is administered by the Council on Rural Services in collaboration with the Darke County Educational Service Center and local school districts including Bradford Local School, Tri-Village Local Schools, Ansonia Local School, Versailles Schools, Franklin Monroe Local Schools, Arcanum Local Schools and Mississinawa Valley Schools in Darke County. The students receive their classroom instruction at the ACES Greenville location, but are awarded credits and diplomas from their home schools. All students must be referred to the program by their home school’s principal, to be considered for enrollment.

For more information about the ACES program call Jeff Vaughn, program coordinator at 937-548-8002 or check the web site at The Achievement Center for Education Success (ACES) and Gateway Youth are programs of Council on Rural Services … programs for innovative learning.

Darke County Park Board to Hold Special Meeting

The Darke County Park District Board of Commissioners will hold a Special Board Meeting on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 7:00 a.m. at the Nature Center located at 4267 St. Rt. 502, Greenville, Ohio. This meeting will be to discuss and approve the building plans for the blacksmith shop.

The Good, The Bad, and The Hungry: Dealing with Wildlife Conflict in Your Landscape

While the growth of cities and suburban areas can displace some wildlife, many species thrive in these areas. Viewing these species as they travel through your backyard can be enjoyable, but sometimes conflict arises—usually in the form of some type of damage such as eaten plants, dug up bulbs, or holes in the lawn. Fortunately, most wildlife damage can be managed with the right techniques and strategies.

Please join Marne Titchenell and Stan Gehrt from OSU Extension on April 26th, 2013 at Miami County Upper Valley Career Center from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm for this all day workshop as they discuss a variety of wildlife species (deer, geese, rabbit, voles, moles, bats, raccoons, skunks, squirrels, and coyotes) and effective strategies and management techniques to lessen the damage that can occur. Pre-registration is required. Deadline for registration is April 19th.For questions and registration call 614-688-3441.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Versailles Boys to Play for State Championship... Now Watch This One Handed Dunk...

Congrats to the Versailles Boys Basketball team who defeated Leavittsburg LaBrae 64-52 to advance to the state championship game against Ottawa-Glandorf Saturday at 10:30am!

Now, check out this amazing video of Versailles Sophomore Kyle Ahrens' massive one handed dunk while taking contact with a member of the other team...

CareFlight Called to Accident Near New Madison

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New Madison - On March 21, 2013 at 11:55 a.m. Darke County deputies, along with Hollansburg Fire and Tri-Village Rescue, were dispatched to the 900 blk. of Rush Rd. in reference to a single vehicle accident into a pole.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2005 Pontiac Grand Prix, driven by Shannon Riley (38) of Arcanum, was eastbound on Rush Rd. when her vehicle went off the left side of the roadway and struck a utility pole. Riley's vehicle then overturned and came to final rest in a field.

Riley was trapped in her vehicle and was extricated from the vehicle by Hollansbrug Fire. Additional assistance was requested from New Madison Fire Dept. Riley was treated by Tri-Village Rescue and was transported by Care Flight to Miami Valley Hospital. Riley's condition is unknown at this time.

Witness at the scene reported that possibly a deer had ran in front of Riley's vehicle causing her to swerve and go off the road. At this time the accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office.

Freegal’s Coming To Library!

The Greenville Public Library is soon offering a new service called Freegal – which will allow patrons to download music for free. They will have access to almost 3 million MP3 songs from over 10,000 labels including the Sony Music Catalog - today’s top artists, a fantastic retrospective collection, and music from around the world.

There is a limit of downloading three songs a week which if done every week provides a patron with a savings of around $156 a year - since most songs otherwise cost 99 cents a piece. These downloads are completely legal and you can keep them forever (they do not expire). Here’s how Freegal Music works:

  • From the Library website go to the Freegal Music link or go directly to the Freegal Music website.
  • Enter your library card number and PIN to download up to 3 songs per week. You will be able to keep track of your downloads in the upper right corner of the site. Every song has a sample clip you can listen to before you download.
  • The downloads on this site are all in the MP3 format with no DRM. This service will work with any MP3 player, including iPod, and can be loaded into iTunes. It works on both PCs and Macs. Check out the new mobile apps for iOS and Android devices!
  • Be sure to check out the browsing areas, especially Artists A to Z (on the "see all genres" page) and the genre lists (menu bar). Click on “see all genres” to view dozens of categor-ies.

The beautiful graphic above was created by librarian Reuben Kennet. Posing as they rock out on their new downloads are librarians Ed Cornell and Stephanie St. Myers (top) and Lauren Cline and Reuben (bottom).

Chronic Wasting Disease Not Detected in Ohio Deer

CWD testing performed by Ohio Department of Agriculture

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) and the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) announced today that testing of Ohio's deer herd found no evidence of chronic wasting disease (CWD). CWD is a degenerative brain disease that affects elk, mule deer and white-tailed deer.

According to the ODNR Division of Wildlife, state and federal agriculture and wildlife officials collected 519 samples in 2012. For the 11th consecutive year, all samples were negative for CWD. Since CWD was first discovered in the late 1960s in the western United States, there has been no evidence that the disease can be transmitted to humans.

Since 2002, the ODNR Division of Wildlife, in conjunction with the ODA Division of Animal Health and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Wildlife and Veterinary Services, has conducted surveillance throughout the state for CWD. While CWD has never been found in Ohio's deer herd, it had been diagnosed in wild and captive deer, moose, or elk in 22 states and two Canadian provinces. Since CWD was discovered in the western United States in the late 1960s, there has been no evidence that the disease can be transmitted to humans.

The ODNR Division of Wildlife continues to carefully monitor the health of Ohio's wild deer herd throughout the year. Visit or for the latest information on CWD or the Chronic Wasting Disease Alliance at All CWD testing is performed at the ODA Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory.

Midmark Announces New Offices in Dayton

“Midmark Center” will be located at the University of Dayton – River Campus”

VERSAILLES, Ohio – (March 20, 2013) – Midmark Corporation, a leading provider of medical, dental and veterinary healthcare equipment solutions, today announced it has finalized lease negotiations and will move its headquarters to the 1700 South Patterson Building on the University of Dayton's River Campus. The headquarters, named Midmark Center, referring to being centrally located between its Versailles campus and its innovation-focused facility in West Chester, Midmark Connect, will take place by July 2013. Midmark will move approximately 60 positions from Versailles to Dayton, including its executives and certain corporate functions.

Speaking about today’s announcement, Dr. Anne Eiting Klamar, president and CEO of Midmark said, “The move to Dayton will provide us with enhanced opportunities to fulfill our vision of becoming a global leader in healthcare products and services that enable more efficient and effective patient care.”

Klamar, who serves on the University of Dayton's board of trustees, believes the University’s educational philosophy resonates with Midmark’s values to contribute to the greater social good. “The base of Midmark’s culture is our values. We live by our motto, “Because we care,” which supports our culture of making a positive difference each and every day for our customers, suppliers, and teammates,” she said.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Arcanum A Sharp Music Boosters Looking for Sponsors for "Darkeopoly"

The Arcanum A Sharp Music Boosters are looking for sponsors to help fill out their game board for a very unique fundraiser.

The sponsorship of local organizations and individuals will offset the costs of manufacturing a game based on Monopoly, but with all of the properties and game items replaced with Darke County businesses and locations. 

The finished product will then be sold to raise funds for the group. Sponsorship is available at a wide range of costs and details can be found on their Facebook event page (click here).

You can also review more information by downloading a packet of information found here.

DDN: Midmark Relocating Corporate Office to Dayton

The Dayton Daily News is reporting that Midmark is continuing forward with plans (originally posted last May) to relocate their corporate offices to Dayton, although the plans have been modified regarding to where exactly they are relocating.

Last May, it was reported that Midmark was looking to open offices to Tech Town in Dayton, while expanding their manufacturing presence in Darke County. The expansion adds 100,000 square foot of manufacturing space to their location in Versailles to position them for growth and represents a significant investment in the Versailles location.

Now, the plan for the new office has been modified and the corporate offices (and approximately 51 employees) will now relocate to the former NCR building in Dayton in the future.

President and CEO of Midmark Corp. Anne Eiting Klamar is quoted as saying, "Our plans to move corporate offices to Dayton will provide us with enhanced opportunities to fulfill our vision of becoming a global leader in health care products and services that enable more efficient and effective patient care."

Click here to read the full article at DDN including figures for how the move impacts Dayton financially.

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