Saturday, August 31, 2013

Versailles Teen Airlifted Following ATV Accident

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On Saturday August 31, 2013 at approximately 11:39 AM Darke County Deputies along with Versailles Fire and Rescue, Versailles Police, and CareFlight responded to 9996 Jamison Road on a report of a roll-over All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) injury accident.
Preliminary investigation revealed Nathan Peters 18, Versailles, was driving a 2013 Polaris Ranger (ATV) in a wheat stubble field along with passenger Ian Lawrence 18, Versailles,  and made a sharp turn causing the ATV to roll over onto the driver side.  Nathan was airlifted to Miami Valley Hospital aboard CareFlight for his injuries, and Ian was uninjured.  Both occupants were not wearing helmets.
Nathan is currently listed in fair condition at Miami Valley Hospital.

Busy Bee Storytime at New Madison Public Library

New Madison Public Library will debut a new reading program for families with children on Monday, September 16 at 6:30 p.m. Busy Bee Storytime will bring families together once a week for 45 minutes of library fun. Each week’s program will focus on books, music, games, and activities for young children from ages 3-5, but parents are encouraged to bring the whole family, including older children, to the program. Because children are more likely to become lifelong readers and library users if they see their parents and older siblings participating in literacy activities, Busy Bee Storytime provides additional time for family browsing and checkout. Each Monday from 6:30 to 7:30 is set aside for this important family programming. This program is free and open to the public. Call the New Madison Public Library at 996-1741 with any questions.

Help Wanted at BRC

Help Me Grow to Offer Free Screenings


“Child Discipline – Age and Stages,” a workshop for parents of all-aged children, will be presented at EUM Worship Center Cafe on Saturday, October 12 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. Just as certain discipline styles and techniques do not fit every situation, so the age of the child bears significantly upon parental expectations of behavior.

An understanding of normal child development is critical to parents who see discipline as training opportunities rather than simply punishment. Age ranges from toddlerhood through high school will be discussed for the usual physical, mental and emotional potential of our children.

The workshop is written and presented by Beverly Hughes, BA. “I have taught parenting skills through Children's Services, Juvenile Court, to pregnant teens through the schools, and now in churches. Families regularly receive competing messages about appropriate discipline. Their understanding of their own children’s ages and stages of life will offer needed direction and support.”

The workshop is free of charge and childcare is available. Registration is required for both. Contact Janie Detling, Support Ministry Coordinator, at EUM Church at 937.548.3211 and check out

Parenting Support is a ministry of EUM Church. Jeff Harper is Senior Pastor at EUM Church and regular 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. Kidmunity Children’s Ministry is available for kids age birth through grade six at the 6:30 pm, 9:45 and 11:15 am services. The Downtown Campus, 111 Devor Street, houses our offices and preschool. For more information, go to or call 548-3211.

Meeting of Darke County Volunteer Network

The Darke County Volunteer Network will meet on September 10th at noon at the State of the Heart Hospice building, 1350 North Broadway in Greenville. All area volunteer administrators are invited to attend. This group is free and we encourage anyone that manages volunteers to join. The meetings are a great way to network, share ideas, discuss and advance new volunteering techniques and learn from guest speakers.

It’s a brown bag lunch meeting and we work to keep the meetings strictly to an hour. Any questions, call Greg Morrow, RSVP Director at 937-548-8002 or email at

Dr. Anthony Monnin to speak at Power Over Parkinson’s Group, Wednesday, September 11, 4 pm

Versailles Health Care Center is pleased to invite the community to its monthly event for people with Parkinson’s Disease and their families! Power Over Parkinson’s meets monthly to exercise, socialize, and learn. The guest speaker for the evening will be Dr. Anthony Monnin, UCA. Dr. Monnin will be sharing his presentation, “Benefits of Upper Cervical Care for People with Parkinson’s” with the group. Dr. Monnin was introduced to Upper Cervical Care in the middle of his doctoral training at Logan College of Chiropractic in St. Louis, MO. After listening to an Upper Cervical doctor speak about Upper Cervical Care and its many benefits, he wondered why he had not heard of this specific type of Chiropractic before. After receiving his first Upper Cervical correction, he started to notice changes in his energy level, his ability to concentrate, and his overall sense of well-being. It did not take long for Dr. Monnin to decide to dedicate his life to serving people through Upper Cervical Care.

Dr. Monnin received his certification from the Upper Cervical Academy. This post doctorate program offers doctors specialized training in Upper Cervical anatomy, history and philosophy, basic and advanced neurology of the Upper Cervical spine, Upper Cervical protocols, and Upper Cervical pediatrics. Dr. Monnin is currently enrolled in the inaugural class of the Upper Cervical Diplomate program through the International Chiropractic Association. He graduated from Logan College of Chiropractic with a Bachelor’s Degree of Life Science and a Doctorate of Chiropractic. He received his Upper Cervical training from Dr. John Strazewski of Palmer College of Chiropractic, in Davenport, IA, and mentoring from Upper Cervical Health Centers, Inc.

Dr. Monnin has been serving patients at his current Upper Cervical Health Centers office location in Botkins, Ohio, since 2009. He is the recipient of the Upper Cervical Health Centers 2009 Visionary Award and 2012 Atlas Award (Office of the Year). He was also named Sherman College of Chiropractic’s ROAR Career Advisor of the Year in 2012. He is a member of the International Chiropractors Association (ICA) Council on Upper Cervical Care and uses the Upper Cervical specific techniques of Knee Chest and Side Posture Toggle Recoil.

The Power Over Parkinson’s session will be led by Shannon Condon, Speech Therapist, and Gina Boerger, Physical Therapist. They will lead the group in vocal and physical exercise. Shannon and Gina hope to offer positive resources to people with Parkinson’s and their caregivers. The Power Over Parkinson’s group will take place Wednesday, September 11 at 4 pm. It will be held at the Rehab Clinic at Versailles Health Care Center. This is a FREE meeting. Light snacks and beverages will be provided. There will also be a door prize giveaway, good for a free entrée, compliments of Michael Anthony’s at the Inn.

For more information or to RSVP, please call Shannon at 937.526.0130.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Dayton Business Journal Profile Darke County's Economic Status

The Dayton Business Journal's latest "regional profile" piece spotlights Darke County's economy and the efforts being done to encourage growth and sustainability after weathering the recession.

The story heavily emphasizes the effort to position the county as a stronghold of manufacturing jobs, including the investments corporations like Midmark, Whirlpool, FRAM, and others have made to embolden their presence here, while also noting the large number of health care jobs held between Wayne Health Care, Brethren Retirement Community, and others.

Regarding challenges for our area, John Augustine, Chief Market Strategist for Fifth Third Bank is quoted in the piece as saying "One of the biggest challenges... is the non-development of skilled blue-collared labor, and that extends throughout this entire west-central region of the state."

Click here to read the full profile at the Dayton Business Journal.

State of the Heart Hospice Offers Grief Support Group in Greenville

Series of Group Meetings To Begin Monday, September 9

Meredith Carpe, Marlene Black
Losing a loved one can be one of life’s most difficult experiences and often those grieving need help dealing with their loss. State of the Heart Hospice is offering adult grief support meetings beginning Monday, September 9 and continuing each Monday night through October 14. The sessions are free and are open to anyone in the community. It is not necessary to be associated with hospice care. The meetings will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the State of the Heart office in Greenville, 1350 N. Broadway.

“Those who have attended our grief support meetings find them helpful,” said Marlene Black, State of the Heart Bereavement Specialist who will conduct the meeting. “Sometimes people are reluctant to attend, but once they begin coming to the meetings, they look forward to them.” Joining Black in the group sessions as a co-facilitator will be Meredith Carpe, who is also a Bereavement Specialist with the nonprofit agency.

The benefit of the meetings, Black added, “is that those attending find there are others experiencing grief just as they are. They find they are not alone in their grief, and they begin talking and sharing their feelings about loss. In many instances, friendships are formed.”

State of the Heart Hospice, with offices in Greenville, Coldwater and Portland, provides care to families and patients in eastern Indiana and western Ohio who are confronting a life limiting illness.

Bereavement support is an important part of the care provided by hospice and is offered to adults and children. There is no charge for any of the bereavement services provided by State of the Heart. To register for the upcoming grief support meetings, call Black or Carpe at 548-2999. Visit the agency web site at

Arcanum Pool and Parks Levy Meeting: September 9th

New Madison Public Library Welcomes Local Authors

New Madison Public Library is pleased to announce that local authors and sisters, Betty (Lease) Brodrick and Marilyn (Lease) Fritz, will be sharing from their new book, Wakefield and the Leis-Lease Family: Early Settlers on Wednesday, Sept. 11, from 2:30-4:30. Brodrick and Fritz, members of the Darke County Genealogy Society, have been compiling family research for over two decades, and this is their second historical publication about their family history and the early settlements of Greenville, Ohio.

The authors will be sharing from their text and research while signing copies of their publications, including the previously published Recipes and Memories. Copies of these titles will be available for purchase, as well as note cards and bookmarks. Additionally, Brodrick and Fritz, avid supporters of the restoration of the Wakefield #6 School project, will be donating $1 from the sale of each book to this worthy cause. Call the New Madison Public Library at 996-1741 with any questions and plan to attend.


Dr. Chad Weber and Ron Mescher
Dr. Chad Weber, Rehab Medical Director for Versailles Health Care Center, along with Facility Rehab Director, Shannon Condon, held their monthly joint replacement class at Versailles Health Care Center on August 26, 2013. Dr. Weber spoke about planning for joint replacement surgery. He emphasized the importance of pre-planning your care before and after surgery. According to Dr. Weber most people think that the surgeon will plan their post-surgical care and in reality it is up to the patient. In addition, he spoke about the surgical procedures and considerations regarding risks and complications. Dr. Chad Weber is an orthopedic surgeon and has office hours in Sidney, Greenville, Centerville, and Dayton with privileges at Wilson Memorial Hospital, Wayne HealthCare, Grandview Medical Center, Kettering Medical Center, and Miami Valley Hospital. He encouraged choosing a rehab center, such as Versailles Health Care Center, to benefit from extensive rehabilitation services and give the patient the best chance at a successful recovery.

Dr. Weber states his goal as a physician, “My mission is to provide the highest-quality and most comprehensive general orthopedic and orthopedic trauma care to the community. My patients are my top priority. Consideration of the whole patient, open communication, and easy accessibility will enable us to be successful in obtaining our goal of a positive and functional outcome.”

Congratulations to Mr. Ron Mescher of Versailles. He was the winner of the door prize giveaway, good for a free entrée, compliments of Michael Anthony’s at the Inn.

The joint replacement class is a FREE monthly event open to anyone considering joint replacement and their families. It is offered the 4th Monday of each month at 6 pm at The Rehab Clinic at Versailles Health Care Center. Each class is taught by Dr. Chad Weber and Therapist Shannon Condon. To RSVP for the next class which will be held on September 23, 2013, call Shannon at 937-526-0130. For more information, contact Shannon or visit on the web at


During the first week of August, a group of eighteen people traveled to Sutton, Alaska for EUM Church’s second annual Alaska mission trip. Sutton is a community where homes are in need of serious repairs, substance abuse is common, families are broken and a sense of hopelessness and despair prevails.

During the week the team was able to complete some great service projects such as putting up a fence for a gentleman that was trapped inside his home by a moose for part of the winter, mowing grass for people that are unable to do it for themselves, dry walling a ceiling for a family that recently suffered from a fire, and splitting fire wood for the elderly to heat their homes this winter.

“Watching God work in the lives of each team member and the people we serve is always the highlight of my trip,” says Cliff Rapier, EUM’s Mission Coordinator. “Being able to stand on a river bank with a young man as he tells me about the struggles he is dealing with in his life, seeing his eyes fill with tears as he sees God’s creation and wonders how anyone can doubt that He exists, and praying with him for God’s forgiveness. This team was able to make a positive impact on the people and the community they served throughout the week and I pray that God was glorified through our words and actions.”

Melissa Bruney, one of the mission team members, says, “I’ve always wondered what my testimony would be if someone asked me about Jesus. Never once did I think it would be from a nine year old boy in Alaska who upon receiving a Bible from us asked me if what he had was a ‘real Bible’. I then asked him if he knew who Jesus’ mom and dad were and hearing ‘nope’ after each question I asked him showed me that even little Caden needed to know about Jesus. I have thought of Caden every day since that afternoon on his porch and I am blessed that God gave me a chance to plant a seed that I hope will blossom into something more for Caden and turns his ‘nope’ into ‘yes!’”

EUM Church is already planning mission trips for 2014. They include:

  • Guatemala – The team will build a home for a family that lives on the inactive section of the city garbage dump.
  • LA Dream Center – The team will have exposure to the food truck mobile food distribution, adopt a block outreach, Skid Row-under the bridge feeding program, and many other areas of service.
  • Give Kids the World – The team will spend time serving children with terminal or life threatening illnesses and their families.
  • Alaska – The team will complete service projects for the local residents.
  • Israel – The team will serve in a food bank in Jerusalem, clean and repair homes for the elderly and any other area of service that is needed. They will also take a mini tour of the Holy Land of Jesus.
  • Guatemala Christmas gifts – A collection of one gallon size zip lock bags filled with small toys and other gift items will be taken to Guatemala to hand deliver in December.

If you are interested in learning more about any of these mission trips, please contact Cliff Rapier at or visit our website at

Jeff Harper is Senior Pastor at EUM Church and regular 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. Kidmunity Children’s Ministry is available for kids age birth through grade six at the 6:30 pm, 9:45 and 11:15 am services. The Downtown Campus, 111 Devor Street, houses our offices and preschool. For more information, go to or call 548-3211.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Miami County Sheriff Beefs Up Patrols for Labor Day Weekend

The Miami County Sheriff’s Office will be deploying extra deputies throughout the upcoming Labor Day holiday weekend working a combined 120 hours of overtime at various time frames to strictly enforce all Ohio traffic statutes. The extra enforcement has already commenced with special emphasis being placed on removing drunk and drugged drivers from area roadways. The national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign runs through September 2, 2013.

Drunk driving is one of America’s deadliest crimes. Two of three drivers involved in fatal crashes between the hours of midnight and 3:00 A.M. were drunk. Over 10,000 people die each year at the hands of drunk drivers which is equivalent to 20 jumbo jets crashing each year. Additionally, for the past five years over 800 people were killed over Labor Day weekends at the hands of drunk drivers.

For these reasons the Miami County Sheriff’s Office will be joining with thousands of other law enforcement agencies across the nation this Labor Day holiday to take part in the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” crackdown on impaired drivers.

Driving with a BAC of .08 or higher is illegal in every state. Yet we continue to see far too many people suffer debilitating injuries and loss of their loved ones as a result of impaired driving. To help keep this from happening the Miami County Sheriff’s Office is dedicated to arresting impaired drivers wherever and whenever they are found.

The national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” impaired driving crackdown is a prevention program organized by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that focuses on combining high-visibility enforcement with heightened public awareness through advertising and publicity.

The extra deputies are being funded by a grant the Sheriff’s Office received late last year from the Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services. The grant pays for the overtime the deputies accrue during the enforcement campaign and some fuel costs.

For more information, visit

It Was Really Foggy This Morning, You Guys...

Not that you weren't already aware, but the fog was serious business this morning. Kathryn Quinn sent this photo that was taken at 8:40am in Greenville...

...and this is what it looked like in the country at about the same time. Imagine what it was like at 6:00 am!


L to R: Versailles Health Care Center Department Managers, Jackie McEldowney, Licensed Social Worker, and Jean Unger, Director of Environmental Services, look on as Roy Endicott of Castine, Ohio, enjoys a game of Spin to Win.

Sue Leugers, winner of
Dayton Dragons themed bucket.
Versailles Health Care Center recently participated in The 2013 Great Darke County Fair. Hundreds of fairgoers stopped by VHCC’s booth and played “Spin to Win” for a chance to spin the wheel and win a variety of VHCC novelty items, including tote bags, flyswatters, heart-shaped memo clips, and 7-day pill cases! The theme for this year’s VHCC booth was “PRE-pare for Your Success” and featured the Pre-Planning Rehab Options at The Rehab Clinic at Versailles Health Care Center for scheduled surgery.

Information was available explaining the best way to excel following surgery is by scheduling a short inpatient rehabilitation stay accompanied by outpatient therapy before and/or after at The Rehab Clinic at Versailles Health Care Center. The Rehab Clinic’s inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation programs are known for successful outcomes, and Joint Rehab is one of its specialties. The Rehab Clinic at Versailles Health Care Center offers the following conveniences to make a patient’s recovery more successful: Prehab, Preregistration, and Total Joint Replacement Class. Prehab is an individualized outpatient therapy program to optimize strength and endurance prior to surgery. This ensures peak rehab potential post-surgery. Preregistration is the process of completing inpatient admission paperwork prior to surgery to save time and hassle. The patient is then placed on a preferential list for the room of choice. The Total Joint Replacement Class is held the 4th Monday of each month and led by Dr. Chad Weber. This FREE monthly class prepares the patient for all aspects of joint surgery and rehabilitation.

The booth also featured the award winning Parkinson’s treatment program offered at Versailles Health Care Center. Fairgoers were able to watch an inspiring video of the Versailles Health Care Center’s 2012 “BIG” Parkinson’s Therapy Successes. The Parkinson’s program includes LSVT BIG and LOUD treatments, which are one-on-one treatments with a certified therapist, who creates an individualized plan to address each participant’s specific deficits. Upon completion of the program, each participant is given a success DVD that features their before and after performance. Since implementing the Parkinson’s treatment in 2011 at Versailles Health Care Center, over 125 patients have successfully completed the program. Versailles Health Care Center also offers a FREE monthly Power Over Parkinson’s class, open to people with Parkinson’s Disease and their families. In addition to the monthly Power Over Parkinson’s class, Versailles Health Care Center and YMCA of Darke County offer Delay The Disease fitness classes at the YMCA of Darke County, Versailles Facility. The classes are conducted by therapists from Versailles Health Care Center. Delay the Disease is a fitness program designed to empower people with Parkinson’s Disease by optimizing their physical function and helping to delay the progression of symptoms.

VHCC also raffled off a Dayton Dragons themed bucket, including four game day tickets, peanuts and Cracker Jacks. Congratulations to winner, Sue Leugers, of Versailles.

Versailles Health Care Center is a skilled nursing and rehabilitation center that offers short-term rehab services, outpatient therapy, and long-term care. Versailles Health Care Center sent home 159 patients that utilized its short-term rehab services in 2012 and 104 so far in 2013! If you are interested in learning more about Versailles Health Care Center, please call us at 937.526.5570, or visit on the web at

September First Friday brings Street Performers Downtown!

Join the fun downtown for First Friday on Friday, September 6th!
Main Street Greenville continues to host First Fridays each month from 6 -9 pm in our gorgeous downtown district. September's First Friday (Friday, September 6th) will include street performers up and down S. Broadway along with many downtown businesses staying open until 9 pm!

September First Friday: Street Performers is a FREE community activity kindly sponsored by GTI (Greenville Technology, Inc) & Wayne HealthCare. During the evening, performing acts include a juggler, mime, magician and balloon artist! In addition, there will be face painting, caricature drawing, musicians and belly dancers!

First Fridays were created to bring people downtown during evening hours to enjoy activities, demonstrations, food and music in a beautiful historic setting. This monthly event is 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, donate funds to our mission or volunteer for our events - visit, or call 937-548-4998.

Upcoming events downtown: Saturday, September 7th – Farmers' Market from 9am-1pm (in front of the court house) & The Rolling 50's Classics Fall Cruise-In Car Show from 2-9pm on Broadway!

Flower Patch Thanks Sponsors of Fair 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, Creative Carpet Supply, KT Klosterman 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, Schmerge Chiropractic, Hittle’s, Mercer Savings Bank, Oliver Floyd Funeral Home, Staffmark, Second National Bank, Flory Landscaping & Lawn Care, Bach to Rock, Dick Lavy Trucking, Hansbarger’s Home Solutions, Williamson Insurance and Jafe Decorating.


The Greenville Business & Professional Women’s (BPW) Club is preparing for their first meeting of the new business year. The Club will be meeting on Thursday, September12, 2013 in the Private Dining Room at the Brethren Retirement Community located at 750 Chestnut, Greenville, Ohio. The dinner meeting will begin at 6:30 PM.

Darke County Commissioner Mike Stegall is the guest speaker for the evening. In honor of National Constitution Week which begins on September 16th, Mike will be educating the Club on the Constitution of the United States. The Constitution is the supreme law of the United States and was adopted on September 17, 1787. Stegall is owner of Stegall Contractors and has worked for the family business since 1974. He served as a Greenville township trustee from 2006-2010 and was elected as Darke County Commissioner in 2010. Mike has been involved in Darke County’s economic development, increase in employment, and the growth of businesses including the Continental-Carbon expansion, Poly One expansion, FRAM expansion and Midmark expansion. He has participated in the Coffee with the Commissioner discussions.

Lora Manon is also speaking at the meeting. She presently holds the position of Ohio/BPW Parliamentarian and is a past Ohio/BPW President.

The Greenville BPW Club would like to invite women interested in learning more about the Club to the meeting. Call Marilyn Emmons at 937/548-5824 before noon on Monday, September 9, 2013 to make a reservation to attend this meeting. The cost is $10.00 per person.

Children's Programs at Library

Children’s Programs for Fall are going to be more fun than ever at the Greenville Public Library. A new event has been added - a Saturday afternoon movie each month! The first one is Cars on September 7th at 1:00 p.m. The other dates are October 26th, November 16th, and December 14th. Pick up your free tickets at the Circulation Desk.

Storytimes begin the week of September 3rd, 11:00 a.m. each day. Ages 2 & under on Thursdays, ages 2-3 on Wednesdays, and 4 & up on Tuesdays. A special story time for all ages takes place at The Coffee Pot at 7:00 p.m. the 2nd Monday of each month.

Lego Club meets on Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. Ages 6-8 on September 5th, October 3rd, November 7th, and December 5th. Ages 9-11 on September 19th, October 17th, November 21st, and December 19th. Pick up a bookmark at the Library with the complete schedule!

Caption: Kids get ready to watch a movie in the Meeting Room on the Library's third floor.

Fall Session 1 Set to Start at elementsLife Yoga

Eating Out Program held at Wayne HealthCare

Do you cringe when you go out to eat with family and friends? There are so many tempting choices when we go to restaurants. Often we want to eat healthy; however, we are not always sure which menu items are the best choice.

Join Karen Droesch, registered dietitian and diabetes educator at Wayne HealthCare for a program on “Tips for Eating Out and Eating on the Run”. Karen will provide useful tips to help you make the correct choices when eating out. The program is free and open to anyone who would like to learn more about healthy eating when dining out.

The program will be held on September 10, 2013 from 6:00pm-7:00pm at Wayne HealthCare. Please call 937-547-5750 if you have any questions.

Darke County Park Board to Meet September 12th

The Darke County Park District Board of Commissioners will hold a Regular Board Meeting on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 5:30 p.m. at the Shawnee Prairie Nature Education Center, 4267 St. Rt. 502 W. Greenville, OH.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Help Find a Lost Dog!

Update: Holly's owner is now offering a CASH REWARD for her return! Please call if you have seen her.

Help find a lost dog!

Her name is Holly, and she was black but aging gray. She weighs about 6 pounds. She was last seen on the west end of Childrens Home Bradford Rd. around 11:00 a.m. on Friday August 23rd. 

Please call 937-423-2030 if you have any information. 

Please help!

Commissioners Corner - August 2013

It is late in August, the Great Darke County Fair has just been completed, local football teams are practicing and ready for their first games, schools have already started, or about too, and all of this reminds us that fall is not far behind. As of this writing, we could really use a little rain to help the farmer’s crops, especially the soybeans, to fill out. Although, rain was needed, it was perfect weather for the fair, and we would bet they had a record crowd this year.

August has seen Darke County continue to prosper on several fronts. The sales tax for the county is still ahead of last year, and with the added revenues, we are still holding the line on spending. We are in the process of doing a lot of preventive maintenance on our facilities. We are going to have the Visitation House painted this month, along with our Maintenance Building located on Front Street. This facility is now used by the Darke County Ditch Maintenance Department, and the new man in charge, Jeff McMiller, has started to put his stamp on the department. Jeff has done a lot of visits with people, has become familiar with all the ditches in the county, has set up a plan to maintain them on a regular basis, and is in the process of cleaning up the facility on Front Street. This job is much more difficult than it sounds as Darke County has 122 open ditches, and they are all the counties responsibility. When you see Jeff, tell him he is doing a good job, we are sure he will appreciate it.

We are in the process of looking at more maintenance on our other facilities, also. The Sheriff’s Department, the Garst Avenue Complex, and the Wagner Avenue Complex are all in line for some maintenance issues. The Wagner Complex is probably the most visible, and it needs to be seen in a positive light by locals and visitors alike. We are looking at some concrete work, re-doing some of the plastering up front, and putting a wall behind the Goodwill end of the complex to hold up the ground in the back. The wall work will probably be done later this fall by our maintenance department. Darke County has an obligation to the citizens to take care of the buildings that tax money provides for us, and we take seriously our obligation. Maintenance will be an ongoing priority for us.

Young Forest Martial Arts' Grand Opening is Saturday, August 31st

This Saturday, August 31st at 6 pm., Young Forest Martial Arts will be having a Grand Opening! Come meet with us and our rapidly growing Kung Fu Family. See demonstrations by some of our students, have treats and win prizes. We will be raffling off a six month enrollment at Young Forest valued at $330.00, and entry into the raffle is FREE!

The Market will also be open. Blue Lantern Tea will be giving out samples and holding a drawing. Poppy Cakes will be giving out samples of their delicious baked goods, and Five Circles Photography will be taking photos and holding a drawing for a photo shoot valued at $100.00! Come for fun, food and prizes this Saturday at 6 pm.

Visit our website for more information about our programs, schedule and contact info.

Labor Day Celebrates the Values That Make Our Country Great

Guest Column from State Representative Jim Buchy

Labor Day to most people marks the unofficial end to summer. Kids are back to school, football season revs up and the days keep getting shorter and shorter. Particularly here in west central Ohio, where farming and other agricultural industries make up such a large part of our economy, the end of summer is a perfect time to celebrate Labor Day.

There is so much more value to working than simply earning an income. Work brings people together and instills important values like confidence, cooperation and self-worth. Working hard—both on the job and through volunteering our time to help others—is a tenet that has made our country so strong.

Just a few short years ago, too many Ohioans were stuck looking for work in order to provide for themselves and their families. Those were certainly difficult economic times by anyone’s calculations. While there are still people who are looking for a job, our state has seen considerable improvement over the past couple of years and people are returning to work.

Just since the beginning of 2011, Ohioans have created more than 160,000 new private sector jobs in the state. Additionally, compared to 2010, there have been 13,338 more new entities have filed to do business in Ohio this year. More than just statistics, these are new opportunities for people to make their own way that were not available just a few years ago.

Getting to where we want to be takes time; it never gets there as quickly as we would like. But these trends indicate that our state is still on the road to economic recovery and is becoming more attractive to job-creators.

Labor Day in the United States has a long history. Ever since President Grover Cleveland was in office near the end of the 19th Century, Labor Day has been celebrated on the first Monday of September. I hope you are able to carry on this tradition in some way by spending time with your families, friends, neighbors, or by just taking some time for yourself before the alarm clock rings Tuesday morning.

Pets of the week

We have Loki at the Darke County Animal Shelter. He is a 6-month-old Lab mix. He is black with a little white and has short hair. He is a sweet little guy and loves to play. He is current on his shots and will make a great walking buddy. He is ready for adoption and waiting for a new home.

We have Roscoe at the Darke County Animal Shelter. He is a 2-year-old Australian Cattle dog, (Blue Heeler). He is gray and white with short hair. He is a friendly little guy and loves people. He is full of energy and loves to have fun. He will make a great companion for someone. He is ready for adoption.

We also have a Mastiff mix, another blue heeler, a poodle, 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.

Congratulations to all the 4-h kids in the fair. You are who makes the fair what it is. 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

Summer Winners at the Library

Everyone was a winner at the Greenville Public Library this summer! Three different Reading Programs took place as well as three “Lunches on the Lawn,“ eight Family Fun Days, five YA events, and two months of weekly Children’s storytimes. Attendance was phenomenal and many great prizes were given away at the grand finale.

The Teen Summer Reading Program, "Beneath the Surface" was conducted by YA Librarian Reuben Kennet. There were 43 participants who read and reviewed a total of 266 books. Thirty-five teens won prizes. Logan Warner and Megan Laux each won a Wii Entertainment System and Meg Rehmert won a digital photoframe.

Children’s Librarian Julie Frohna reported that 360 kids signed up for “Dig Into Reading” with 163 prizes awarded. The grand prizes of two bikes went to Brianna Finnig, age 9, and Graham Shafer, age 8. Johnny Barr, age 5, won four Kings Island tickets. They are seen pictured.

The Adult Reading program “Ground-breaking Reads” lasted six weeks with 3 prizes given each week. According to Librarian Deb Cameron 132 patrons participated with 675 book reviews entered. Grand prize winners were Mary Schrader who received a Kindle Fire and Rita Myers who received 2 DCCA tickets.

The Library expresses its thanks to all the entertainers, sponsors, participants, and staff who made this such a winning summer!


OSU Extension, Darke County, has scheduled a “Building Blocks II” parenting series. The classes will be held September 23 and 30, 2013, at the OSU Extension Learning Center, 603 Wagner Avenue, Greenville. The class times are from 6:00-8:00pm. There is no fee for this class. This is an adult only series.

The “Building Blocks II” parenting classes are for parents who wish to develop better parenting skill or parenting techniques for children ages 7-13 years. This will be 2 classes focusing on parent education, and parent and child interaction.

To register or for further information, please call OSU Extension at 937-548-5215 or email Diane Barga at Registration needs to be completed by September 18, 2013.

State of the Heart Hospice Receives Check for $1,275

Gale Overholser is shown presenting a check to State of the Heart representative Jessica Winn. Others in the photo, left to right, are: Rhonda Dorsten, Richard Delk, fair president, Velma Campbell and Brian Rismiller, fair concert committee.
State of the Heart Hospice recently was the beneficiary of a silent auction held in Greenville in connection with the Great Darke County Fair. The “fair package” silent auction was promoted by The Early Bird newspaper. The winning bid was made by Darke County resident Gail Overholser.

“The person who won the prize was asked where they wanted the funds to go to,” explained Rhonda Dorsten, Advertising Manager for the Early Bird. Overholser chose State of the Heart Hospice, and the agency was presented with a check for $1,275. The fair auction was for two tickets to the Montgomery Gentry and Florida Georgia Line concert at the fair, a guitar signed by members of the Montgomery Gentry group, and a visit backstage with the performers. The check was presented by Dorsten and members of the Darke County Agricultural Society Board of Directors.

In making the choice to direct the money to State of the Heart, Overholser explained: “I think that State of the Heart does a great job. I like what the agency contributes to the community and the care they provide.”

Ryan Gathard, Fund Development Director for State of the Heart, said, “we were pleased to receive this gift and really appreciate Gail’s generosity and thinking of us as her favorite charity.”

For 32 years, State of the Heart has provided care to patients and families in eastern Indiana and western Ohio who are confronting a life limiting illness. For more information on the agency, visit the web site at

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Area Couple, Married for 65 Years, Die 11 Hours Apart

Harold and Ruth Knapke, photo from
Local, regional, and even national news outlets are picking up on the bittersweet love story of Harold and Ruth Knapke, who recently passed away just 11 hours apart of one another at Versailles Health Care Center.

According to a story by the Associated Press and posted at, "The couple's daughters said they believe their father willed himself to stay by his wife's side despite failing health until they could take the next step in their journey together. He went first — his children saw it as his "final act of love" — and she followed."

The couple passed away on August 11th, just 9 days before their 66th wedding anniversary. One of their daughters was quoted as saying, "They were so committed and loyal and dedicated, they weren't going to go anywhere without the other one."

Click here to read the full story at

A Hummingbird Caught in Flight: Submitted by Kathryn Quinn

Kathryn Quinn sent in a wonderful photo she caught in her backyard. She explains:
I have been conducting my own little photography project in my backyard, trying to get great shots of the hummingbirds that feed at my flowers. I've really been enjoying myself taking lots and lots of photos, and I think the one I have attached is pretty good!
Thanks for sharing, Kathryn! If you have an interesting or fun photo to share, send it to

Runway & Rhythm Features Frohna & Warner

Join Darke County United Way on Friday, September 20, 2013 from 7 to 10 pm for Runway & Rhythm at Montage Café. This fun, laid-back Friday evening event will feature a premiere fashion show by Youniques, hors d’oeurves, beer and wine selections by Montage Café, auction/raffle items, and great live music from the band Frohna & Warner.

Guests are encouraged to bring non-perishable items for local food pantries to the event. Unite with us for charity this fall for Runway & Rhythm. Tickets are $25 each. You may purchase tickets at the United Way office by calling 547-1272 or at Youniques. Tickets are limited, so reserve your tickets today. All tickets are pre-sale only.

Last year this event raised over $4,000 for United Way. Proceeds from this event will assist United Way partner agency food pantries as well as the Bridge the Gap fund, which supports mortgage, rent and utility assistance to Darke County residents in their time of need. This event is lots of fun and makes for a great evening out after a long work-week.

Youniques is open that evening for fantastic shopping during the event, and Montage will have the deli open as well if you would like to purchase a larger meal or desserts. United Way would like to thank our co-sponsors for this event who help to make this night a big success including The Bootery, CenturyLink, Farmers State Bank, Littman-Thomas Agency, Montage Café, Second National Bank, & Youniques.

2013 Greenville Transit System fair shuttle is a big success

The City of Greenville & Greenville Transit System again offered Greenville residents “The Darke County Fair Park & Ride shuttle service”. The word is finally getting out that you don’t have to fight the fair traffic, you don’t have to pay to park or walk a long distance, but instead you can park at the Greenville Municipal building or the Darke County Offices on Wagner Avenue and be dropped off right at gate #3 for a mere $1.00 a person.

GTS provided 1,684 rides safely to and from the 2013 fair. This is an increase of 18% over last year. GTS provides wheelchair accessible vehicles and is a public transportation service open to the public. MV Transportation, Inc. provides the day-to-day operations.

The drivers and staff did a fantastic job and the City and MV received many compliments on the service. This service has been provided since 2003 and has continued to grow each year. Thank you to Greenville City Council and the City Administration for supporting public transportation in our community.

If you used this fair shuttle service or you use the regular GTS service, please call or write your Greenville City Council members and let them know how important GTS is to our community. To ride GTS, please call 547-1811.

Homan to Speak to Cancer Support on September 5th

Sue Homan, Registered Pharmacist to speak to Cancer Support on September 5th at Wayne Health Care At 7 p.m. in Conference Room on the third floor.


Transitions in life can be difficult, and they might have you feeling out of balance. At Kaup Pharmacy, we understand that each woman is unique. That's why we believe in a customized approach to helping you get back to
balance. Sue Homan, Registered Pharmacist and Hormone Consultant will be
providing solutions through lifestyle changes and discussing the basics of
Bio-Identical Hormone Restoration Therapy that can change how you feel.


Sue has been employed by Kaup Pharmacy since graduating as a Registered Pharmacist from Ohio Northern University in 1990 with a Bachelor of Pharmacy Science Degree. She began specializing in Bio-Identical Hormone Restoration Therapy compounding in 1995. Sue has given many BHRT presentations in different locations in West Central Ohio including a one-day BHRT Conference held at Ohio Northern University in 2003. She attends PCCA conferences, yearly, and she is a member of the Ohio Pharmacy Association.

Sue and her husband, Larry, are proud parents of six children ages 4-20. She also enjoys being a Religion instructor for Mary Help of Christians Church for the past eight years. Their leisure activities center around family oriented events, such as volleyball, basketball, baseball, and soccer games. When she finds time, Sue enjoys reading, traveling, and horseback riding. Sue can be located at:

PHONE 419-375-2323/1-800-686-2314
FAX 419-375-4488/419-375-2486

The Cancer Association of Darke County is now located in the new Wayne Cancer Center at 1111 Sweitzer St. Cancer patients living in Darke County are eligible to receive benefits from the association that is local and independent. For questions, call Christine Yount, Executive Director at 937-548-9960.

JOY FM To Broadcast CCC Football Games

WJYW - JOY FM (88.9, 97.7 in New Paris and online at is once again airing the Cross County Conference High School Football games with Ryan Gathard and Mike Hohler beginning at 7:30pm.

This year the station is giving listeners a chance to vote on which games they want to hear. The first "listeners' choice" game will be on week 4 (9/20). Listeners can vote by going to the station's website at

Here are the first three games that will be broadcast:

  • 8/30 - Covington @ St. Henry
  • 9/16 - Miami East @ National Trail
  • 9/13 - National Trail @ Twin Valley South

Diabetes Daily Care

Diabetes can lead to complications if your blood glucose is not controlled. There are activities that you can do daily to lower your risk of serious complications.

As many of one third of individuals will have a skin condition that is caused or affected by diabetes. An increased risk of skin infections is caused by dry skin and the inability of the body to fend off bacteria if your blood glucose is elevated. Follow these tips to protect your skin: keep your skin clean and dry, avoid very hot showers or baths, apply lotion to your skin avoid between your toes, treat cuts right away and see your doctor for major cuts, burns or infections.

Check your feet daily. Look for red spots, cuts, swelling or blisters. Use a mirror if you are unable to see the bottom of your feet. Seek early treatment for a sore or injury to your feet. You should have a comprehensive foot exam at least once year. Remove your shoes and socks to remind your doctor to check your feet. Trim your toenails straight across if you can see them or they are not too thick to cut. If you have a hard time trimming your toenails make an appointment with a foot doctor. Remember to avoid going barefoot.

To avoid eye problems you want to keep your blood glucose and blood pressure under control. Remember to have a diluted eye exam once a year to monitor for diabetes related eye problems. Also contact your eye doctor if you have any of the following symptoms: blurred vision, eyes hurt, you feel pressure in your eye, your eye is red and stays that way, or you see spots or floaters.

American Red Cross Offers Tips to Help Kids Stay Safe Home Alone

Develop and Practice Plan to Ensure Safety after School

As children around the nation are returning to school, many of them will be spending time home alone after school until their parents get home from work or school. The American Red Cross has steps parents and children can take to make these after-school hours safer and less stressful.

“Decide if your child is mature enough to be home alone and ask him or her if they would be comfortable being alone.” “Parents and guardians should develop a home safety plan and discuss it and practice it with their children. After-school child care, programs at schools and youth clubs, or youth sports programs are alternatives for children who are not mature enough or uncomfortable staying home alone,” added Lynne Gump.

The Red Cross recommends that parents and guardians take the following steps if a child will be home alone after school.

If the child is going to go home after school, it’s a good idea to have them call to check in when they get home. For an older child, set ground rules about whether other kids can come over when the parents are absent, whether cooking is an option, whether they can leave the home.

Other steps that parents and guardians can include in their home safety plans:

  • Post an emergency phone list where the children can see it. Include 9-1-1, the parents work and cell numbers, numbers for neighbors, and the numbers for anyone else who is close and trusted.
  • Identify neighbors whose home your child can go to in case of an emergency that requires your child to leave your home.
  • Practice an emergency plan with the child so they know what to do in case of fire, injury, or other emergencies. Write the plan down and make sure the child knows where it is.
  • Make sure the first aid kit is stocked and stored where your children can find it; keep it out of reach of young children.
  • Let children know where the flashlights are kept. Make sure that the batteries are fresh, and that the child knows how to use them.
  • Remove or safely store in locked areas dangerous items like guns, ammunition, knives, hand tools, power tools, razor blades, scissors, and other objects that can cause injury.
  • Make sure potential poisons like detergents, polishes, pesticides, car-care fluids, lighter fluid and lamp oils are stored in locked cabinets or out of the reach of children.
  • Make sure medicine is kept in a locked storage place or out of the reach of children.
  • Install safety covers on all unused electrical outlets.
  • Limit any cooking a young child can do. Make sure at least one approved smoke alarm is installed and operating on each level of the home.
  • Limit the time the child spends in front of the television or computer. Activate parental controls. Use programs that limit the sites children can visit, restrict chat sites and allow parents to monitor online activity.

Safety Steps for Children

When talking to kids about being at home alone, parents should stress the following steps, and post them somewhere to remind the child about what they should, or shouldn’t, do until mom, dad or caregiver get home:

  • Lock the door and make sure all the windows are closed and locked.
  • If the home has an electronic security system, children should learn how to turn it on and have it on when home alone.
  • Never open the door to strangers. Always check before opening the door to anyone, looking out through a peephole or window first. Only open the door for people that parents and guardians have given you permission to let in the house. If unsure, contact your caregiver.
  • Never open the door to delivery people or service representatives. Ask delivery people to leave the package at the door or tell them to come back at another time. Service representatives, such as a TV cable installer, should have an appointment when an adult is home.
  • Never tell someone on the telephone that the parents are not at home. Say something like “He or she is busy right now. Can I take a message?”
  • Do not talk about being home alone on public websites. Kids should be cautious about sharing information about their location when using chat rooms or posting on social networks.
  • Never leave the house without permission. If it’s okay to go outside, children should contact their parents and tell them where they are going, when they are leaving, and when they will return. If mom and dad are still at work, children should call them when they leave and when they return home.
  • Do not go outside to check out an unusual noise. If the noise worries the child, they should call their parents, an adult, or the police.
  • Don’t talk to strangers.
  • Do not have friends over to visit when your parents aren’t at home. Do not let anyone inside who is using drugs or alcohol, even if you know them.
  • If the child smells smoke or hears a fire or smoke alarm, they should get outside and ask a neighbor to call the fire department.

Many tweens and teens are responsible for watching younger siblings. The Red Cross Babysitter’s Training course provides 11 to 15 year-olds with the knowledge and skills necessary to safely and responsibly provide care for children and infants. Participants learn basic child care and first aid, develop leadership skills and learn how to develop a babysitting business. Additionally, an abbreviated, on-line version is also available, for more information, contact the Darke County Red Cross at 548-1002 or visit website at

Monday, August 26, 2013

Area Museum Looking for some HELP!

Your Versailles Area Historical Society is announcing items they are looking for several upcoming displays and that are needed very soon!

We are looking for:

  1. Great band & team photos from 1940’s/50’s/60’s
  2. Toy farm trucks and wagons from the 1950’s/60’s or earlier
  3. North Star, Willowdell, Yorkshire, & Webster items.
  4. Annie Oakley items
  5. Town fire items
  6. Tobacco harvesting items to help tell this agricultural story
  7. Homecoming pictures and Versailles Annuals from 2004 to the present
  8. Early village street/road signs

I also need two or three small bails of straw and several pumpkins.

If you are interested in loaning any item, please contact the museum at 526-4222 and leave a detailed message. We appreciate your help!

A Hummingbird Photo from Jennifer Burkett

Sterling House/Clare Bridge of Greenville Announces Associate Appreciation Week!

Sterling House/Clare Bridge of Greenville, a Brookdale Community, announced today that it will be celebrating Associate Appreciation Week August 26, 2013 through August 30, 2013.

Throughout the week, associates will receive a series of gifts of appreciation as well as participate in casual dress days. The week will conclude with an associate cook out.

“Our associates do a great job in working with our residents and visitors and they make a difference in the lives of the people we serve every day by providing them with a purposeful and meaningful lifestyle where compassion, respect, excellence, and integrity are embraced. It is important that we take time to recognize the phenomenal effort our associates put forth and acknowledge the value they bring to our organization,” said Bryan Davenport, Executive Director.

Greenville Athletic Boosters Kick off New Season

The volunteer board for the Greenville Athletic Boosters met last week kicking on a new season of fundraising!

Season Kick-Off for 2013-2014
The Board has secured sponsorship for pre-game tailgating of the Home Football Games this year. The first event will be August 30 from 5-7 pm at Harmon Field; sponsored by Turtle Creek Golf Club. The event will include free Hot Dogs and Brats for all to enjoy while listening to music played by DJ West. Soft drinks & popcorn will be available for sale at the concession stand.

Fundraising & Scholarship Recap:
The board sponsored fundraising events raised over $11,000 last year. The funds are allocated to provide supplementary financial support for Green Wave Athletic Teams and future Greenville Athletic Booster Scholarships. A total of $3500 in Athletic Scholarships has been awarded to our 2013 graduating applicants: Sam Bowers, Tara Guillozet, Jacob Clark, Adam Hickerson, Jessica Kerg, Sydney Hunt and Shanelle Smith.

Greenville Athletic Boosters' Mission Statement
The mission of the Greenville Athletic Boosters Organization is to support and encourage academic and athletic excellence in all Greenville Student Athletes and Athletic Teams, our goals include:

  • To promote active and involved parent and community involvement and leadership
  • To promote sportsmanship and provide supplementary financial support for all Green Wave Athletic Teams
  • To build on the history, pride, and tradition of Green Wave Athletics and the Greenville Community, which exemplifies our student athletes, coaches, and teams.

Greenville Athletic Boosters can be contacted via email at or visit our page at under Athletics. GO WAVE!


The Arcanum Wayne Trail Historical Society will resume Fall Hours starting September 7. We will be open “The First Saturday“ of the Month from 9-noon. Located at 123 West George Street in Arcanum, our goal of the society is to collect, record, and preserve history for today and future generations. This is accomplished through our displays, house tours, and research reference library. Also, check out the Arcanum Public Library’s two display cases which contain photos and artifacts from our old school houses and local buildings including Pitsburg, F-M, Arcanum, Gordon, Ithaca, and Butler.

We’ve had quite a few recent donations on the area schools including a Monroe Key annual, panorama photo of Pitsburg School, and Butler School items from local residents.

The Tour De Donut bicycle event will be held downtown so you can participate in both events that morning and check out the Arcanum Library displays. We even have a few old bicycle photos!

Sunday, August 25, 2013


EUM Church is offering the biblical study Experiencing God: Knowing and Doing the Will of God on Wednesday evenings this fall from 6:30 to 8:00 pm beginning September 11. The class will meet for 12 weeks ending on December 4 at the Downtown Campus, located at 111 Devor Street, Greenville, Ohio.

God is inviting you to experience Him in an intimate loving relationship through which He reveals to you His will, His ways, and His work. But how do you know when He is speaking to you or recognize His activity around you? How do you adjust your life to Him and His ways or identify what He wants to do through you? How do you respond to His activity in your life? Through the biblical principles in this course, God can teach you the answers to these questions.

The Seven Realities that are explored in the study reveal how God works through His people to accomplish His purposes. This best-selling discipleship course by Henry T. Blackaby and Claude V. King has helped millions of believers learn to recognize God's activity around them, adjust their lives to Him, and be ready to join Him where He is working.

To register for the class, call EUM Church at 937-548-3211 or register online at /ways-to-connect/upcoming-classes.

This Experiencing God class is a ministry of EUM Church. Jeff Harper is Senior Pastor at EUM Church and regular 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. Children’s ministry is available for kids age birth through grade six at the 6:30 pm, 9:45 and 11:15 am services. The Downtown Campus, 111 Devor Street, houses our offices and preschool. For more information, go to or call 548-3211.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Employment Opportunity

St. Marys Catholic School, Greenville, Ohio, will be hiring its own part time bookkeeper which will be separate from the Parish Bookkeeper being sought by St. Mary’s Parish. The position will be 15-18 hours per week during the school year, 10-12 hours during the summer. Applicants must have strong computer skills, particularly in Excel, and a background in bookkeeping, either through education or experience. 

Resumes should be sent to: Vernon Rosenbeck, Principal, St. Mary’s School, 238 W. Third St., Greenville, OH, 45331. For further information, contact Mr. Rosenbeck at 548-2345.


Bridges to College honored its 13 scholarship recipients during an awards reception on Monday, Aug. 12, at Montage Café.

“We awarded four new scholarships to Ansonia and Greenville High School graduates,” said Beth Sears, executive director of the Bridges to College program. “Plus, we had nine college students who renewed their scholarships for another year.”

Bridges to College awarded four new scholarships to Austin Bergman, Sydney Hunt, Brittany Ulman and Erica Waller.

Austin Bergman, a 2013 Ansonia High School graduate, will be a freshman at the University of Dayton where he plans to major in electrical engineering. He is the son of Brian and Lisa Bergman.

Sydney Hunt, a 2013 Greenville High School graduate, will be a freshman at Owens Community College where she plans to major in sonography. She is the daughter of Teresa Hunt and Chris Hunt.

Brittany Ulman, a 2013 AHS graduate, will be a freshman at Ball State University where she plans to major in dietetics. She is the daughter of Anthony and Yvonne Ulman.

Erica Waller, a 2013 GHS graduate, will be a freshman at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she plans to major in mechanical engineering. She is the daughter of Kent and Gloria Waller.



Ansonia High School FFA will be hosting their first blood drive for the 2013/2014 school year. The FFA would like to invite the community, students, and staff to donate blood and save lives on Wednesday, August 29th from 8:00 – 11:00 am! Appointments are encouraged. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at Locally donors can contact Dana Puterbaugh, Darke County Account Representative at 937-997-2199 or or contact Mr. Lentz at the school for this blood drive.

This is the last chance in Darke County to participate in the King of the Road summer promotion. Everyone who registers to donate will get the new, limited edition Community Blood Center (CBC) “King of the Road Blood Drive – Route 56” t-shirt in Harley-Davidson colors. They will also be automatically entered into the summer blood drive drawing to win a Harley-Davidson Road King Classic motorcycle.

CBC has partnered with Gover Harley-Davidson in Piqua and REACH Magazine on the “King of the Road Blood Drive” campaign. Everyone who registers to give blood at any CBC Donor Center or mobile blood drive now through Saturday, Aug. 31 automatically qualifies for a chance to win the Road King Classic motorcycle.

Ten computer-selected finalists will be invited to a special envelope-opening announcement event in September to decide the winner. (Must be 18 to win. Official rules available at
Please always allow 45 minutes to 1 hour to get through the entire process, even if you have an appointment.

Fall Classes Offered at EUM Church

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:

  • A Closer Look: Patriarchs & Apostles - Have you ever wondered what life was like for Adam, Noah or Moses? Are you curious? Join us for a closer look this fall as we delve into the lives of biblical patriarchs and apostles. Mondays, 6:30 pm
  • Christianity 101 - 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. Lay a spiritual foundation and help you understand what it means to love God fully and love others as yourself. Discover six spiritual practices that will help you become a fully submitted follower of Christ. Wednesdays, 6:30 pm
  • Crown Biblical Financial - Many people believe that becoming financially free is learning how to create a spending plan and invest for the future, but that’s only partially true. The most important thing related to managing money is the attitude of your heart. If you have a desire make a head and heart change about your attitude toward money, join us for this 10-week course that will teach you these life-changing skills, as well as the basics of budgeting, debt reduction and planning for the future. The cost is $50 per single or $60 per couple. Wednesdays, 6:30 pm

    *Scholarship opportunities are available for Crown Biblical Financial. If you are interested in the class and need assistance to cover a portion of the class cost, please call or email Melissa Bruney, Fund Development Director, at 937-548-3211, ext. 206 or

GTS Closed on September 2nd for Labor Day

Friday, August 23, 2013

State Releases District Report Cards for 2012 - 2013

The State of Ohio Department of Education has released its report card "grades" for school districts for the 2012 - 2013 school year. This year, in addition to the number of performance indicators met by a district, Performance Index, and other metrics meant to show how effective a district is, the state has added letter grades to their system. The change in the system is supposed to make it easier to understand the strengths and weaknesses of districts, and district overall grades (among others) won't be added for a couple of years.

Here's an example of a couple of grades that are now issued (and included below for Darke County Schools).

  • Overall value added – Did 4th-8th graders make one year of academic growth in math and reading?
  • AMOs – Did each subgroup of students (by race, economics, etc.) narrow the achievement gaps with the student body as a whole?

Take a look at these, and check out the full grading system at the Ohio Department of Education's website by clicking on each school district's name to see more letter grades than shown below.

Since pulling information from the DOE's site was difficult due to server issues after the grades were released, I utilized for the data below (click here to view their breakout of schools across the Miami Valley).

District Name
Standards met, of 24 (grade)
Performance Index score (grade)
Graduation rate, 4-year (grade)
Overall Value-Added
24 (A)
107.4 (B)
95.9 (A)
22 (A)
101.5 (B)
96.9 (A)
22 (A)
99.3 (B)
93.8 (A)
23 (A)
98.6 (B)
97.3 (A)
20 (B)
97.4 (B)
94.5 (A)
20 (B)
97.2 (B)
93.5 (A)
19 (C)
96.3 (B)
90.5 (B)
18 (C)
96.0 (B)
92.9 (B)

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