Monday, September 30, 2013

Commissioners Corner - September 2013

September is coming to a close, football season is in full swing, some of the crops in the county are coming off the fields, and cool, crisp days are here. The unmistakable signs of fall are here. Fall is one of the best times is Darke County. Cooler days and nights make things like yard work, or any work outside much more tolerable. Darke County is also one of the prettiest places to be this time of year. The trees turning colors around the county make for a very pretty picture, so enjoy it, even though it means colder weather is approaching.

Things have been fairly active in the Commissioner’s office this month. We have had numerous meetings with county personnel and others getting ready for the end of the fiscal year. We had a very productive and informative meeting with the Sheriff’s office and others involved in criminal justice this month. Suggestions on how to combat the drug problem in the county were discussed, along with additional funding. The funding part will have to wait until later when appropriations take place because as of now, we really only have a faint idea as to how the county’s finances will be. Other meetings have involved renewing contracts, grant applications, property discussions, and maintenance issues.

The County has a myriad of work planned this fall for several of our buildings. The old Visitation house on Fifth Street has been painted, and looks much better. We painted it to conform to the way the building looked years ago, and to blend in better with downtown Greenville. Also getting some attention is the ditch maintenance Quonset hut which has needed painted for a while. The Control Terminal at the Darke County Airport is receiving some much needed new paint inside to the walls and the ceilings. We are also looking at modernizing some other things at the airport to make a better impression on those who fly in from other States, or counties. We are also looking at trimming some trees at the Garst Avenue Complex, and doing some concrete work at the Plaza on Wagner Avenue. In the Commissioner’s office, some new shelving is being added in two of our closets which will help in providing more space for storage. We are required to keep so much paperwork that it is becoming harder and harder to find storage space. Fortunately, some of the paperwork can be scanned and then destroyed which will take up less space.

First Fridays presents the Artisan Stroll

Join Main Street Greenville on October 4th for the First Friday event, Artisan Stroll (artwork by Stephanie Schieltz).

Main Street Greenville invites you to October's First Friday Event – the Artisan Stroll! This event, scheduled for Friday, October 4th from 6-9 pm, will feature art, artisan crafts, and handmade items!

This event welcomes 30+ artists to set-up outside of local businesses in the downtown district; there will also be multiple artists located at Romer's Catering, The Greenville Public Library and the Anna Bier Gallery (located inside the Memorial Hall). The list of artists / locations will be available the night of the event in any open downtown business, or at the artist's tables.

In addition to the wonderful artists, we will also have:

  • Chalk-the-Block - a community sidewalk chalk contest for all ages, starting at 5:30 pm – prizes available for winning participants! (located on the 300 & 600 blocks of S. Broadway)
  • Chainsaw Sculpting by the talented Dayle Lewis - on the circle around 6:30 pm
  • The Wavaires - Romer's Catering @ 7 pm (118 E. Main St.)
  • Greenville Orchestra - Romer's Catering @ 7:30 pm (118 E. Main St.)
  • Mystic Winds (local woodwind trio) - The A&B Coffee & Cake Co. from 7-9 pm (501 S. Broadway)
  • Green de Villes (local band – covers and originals) - Montage Cafe from 6:30-9:30 pm (527 S. Broadway)
  • Sarah Bostic (acoustic singer/songwriter) - The Coffee Pot from 7-9 pm (537 S. Broadway, Suite 101)
  • Megan Eversole & Aaron Nell (acoustic singer/songwriters) - Young Forest Martial Arts from 7-9 pm (120 W. Third St.)

Main Street Greenville wishes to thank Jafe Decorating, a local company since 1978 and a leading producer of specialty colored glass and our local AAA, a leisure travel organization – who sponsored the First Friday Artisan Stroll.

Main Street Greenville would also like to thank the committee: Leigh Fletcher, Patti Jetter, Kim Murray, Mary Saintignon, Kristina Murray, Victoria Horsley and Susan Fowble who volunteered their time and efforts to create this wonderful event for everyone in our community to enjoy.

Main Street Greenville is a non-profit organization formed to help revitalize our downtown district as part of the National Main Street Program, created by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. If you would like to volunteer for the organization or donate funds to their mission – please contact them at the information listed below.

Follow Main Street Greenville on Facebook at or visit their website at Contact information: or 937.548.4998.

Another Great, Albeit Wet, Prairie Days

Darke County Parks' Prairie Days was held this weekend at Shawnee Prairie Preserve. It opened Saturday with a flag raising and gun salute at 10am, and then was followed immediately by the Grand Opening of the Blacksmith Shop (check out the photos below).

Darke County Parks Director Roger Van Frank made opening remarks at the grand opening followed by the Darke County Commissioners and Probate Judge Jason Aslinger.

State of the Heart Hospice Has New Addition to Camp BEARable Experience

Pictured after placing the bears on the Camp BEARable Memory Fence, are left to right, rear, Ryan Gathard, Fund Development Director for State of the Heart, Chris Killian, Bill Prenger, and Ted Bauer, Executive Director for State of the Heart. Front row, left to right, Christy Baker, Development Specialist, and Marlene Black, Bereavement Specialist.
For the past 13 years, State of the Heart Hospice has conducted Camp BEARable for grieving children. Five hundred and fifty youth have attended camp over the years. The nonprofit agency recently added something new to the Camp BEARable experience: A permanent metal fence which contains small l bears, each carrying the name of a loved one for each of the campers. The fence is on the grounds of the Spiritual Center of Maria Stein where the camp is held each summer.

“The fence and the personalized bears provide a permanent, visible testimony for honoring and remembering the many who are loved and who are no longer with us,” stated Traci Straley, Director of Social Services for State of the Heart Hospice. “The fence with the colorful bears is something that the campers and their families can visit at any time.”

The driving force behind the fence is Chris Killian, a Pastoral Counselor from New Bremen who has helped at camp as a volunteer and buddy, and in recent years has assisted and offered much input with supportive programming along with State of the Heart Bereavement staff.


The Friends of Bear’s Mill will be holding their annual Legendary Fall Open House on Saturday, October 5th and Sunday, October 6th from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. each day. The event will include free guided tours and grinding demonstrations by Master Miller Terry at 12:00, 2:00 and 4:00 both days. Delicious foods such as our famous French Market 18-Bean Soup, brats & hotdogs from the grill, apple dumplings, caramel apples, pumpkin cookies and gourmet coffees will be offered. This event is free to the public. Donations are greatly appreciated.

Visitors will be entertained with live music on Saturday from 12:30 to 4:30 by Brian Keith Wallen and Ted Yoder. Brian is a rootsy blue-grass musician and Ted plays the hammered dulcimer. Drawing on his pop and rock-n-roll roots, Ted is able to create something never heard before: a dulcimer that doesn’t sound like a dulcimer “should.” Both Brian and Ted will be performing solo sets and a set together too. Blues, folk, rock and bluegrass will be represented throughout the day.

Live music on Sunday from 12:30 to 4:30 will feature Ron and Elaine Marshall, a husband and wife acoustic duo from Versailles. Both sing while Ron plays the guitar and Elaine helps out on light percussion. Trading off with Ron & Elaine will be “Nobody Special” a group of three friends who used to play together in bands of years past. Percussionist Perry Walls is from Ansonia, guitarist Roger DeMange is from St. Henry and guitarist Ron Marshall from Versailles. Country and classic rock will be represented all day.

MVCTC SkillsUSA Section 1 Holds First Meeting

MVCTC 2013-2014 SkillsUSA Section 1 Chapter Officers – left to right – Shayla Baker (Northmont),Kristen Petitjean (Versailles), Lexi Barto (Brookville), Hailee Schmidt (Northmont), Shelby Teague (Trotwood), Jenna Duff (Milton Union), Shelia Brown (Centerville), Hope Williamson (Miamisburg), Kourtney Engle (Tri County North).
The Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) SkillsUSA Section 1 Chapter held their first meeting of the school year on Monday, September 23, 2013. The meeting included introduction of the SkillsUSA Section 1 officers, learning more about all of the opportunities available to find success as a member of SkillsUSA, and two local guest speakers.

The guest speakers for the meeting were Laura Seger and David Rhoades. Both speakers have lost sons in car accidents. They shared their stories with the SkillsUSA students and the importance of being responsible drivers. Ms. Seger’s son, Joey, was killed in an auto accident in September 2010. Mr. Rhoades son, Michael, was killed in June 2010 in an automobile accident.

Mrs. Monica Bir, MVCTC Cosmetology Teacher and SkillsUSA Section 1 Chapter Advisor said of the meeting, “The topic of our meeting was extremely difficult for our speakers to share and very emotional for our students to hear. The message was necessary and very clear, the choices we make affect many people not just ourselves.”

The 2013-2014 SkillsUSA Section 1 Officers are:

  • President – Jenna Duff (Dental Assistant from Milton Union)
  • Vice President – Hope Williamson (Cosmetology from Miamisburg)
  • Secretary – Sheila Brown (Cosmetology from Centerville)
  • Treasurer – Shelby Teague (Dental Assistant from Trotwood)
  • Reporter – Hailee Schmidt (Cosmetology from Northmont)
  • Parliamentarian – Lexi Barto (Cosmetology from Brookville)
  • Historian – Kourtney Engle (Dental Assistant from Tri County North)
  • Ambassador – Shayla Baker (Cosmetology from Northmont)
  • Ambassador – Kristen Petitjean (Cosmetology from Versailles)

The Skills USA Section I at MVCTC includes students Cosmetology and Dental Assisting programs. The students have a busy year planned with their Fall Conference in November, Regional Competition in March, State Competition in April, and the National Skills USA Competition in June of 2014.

According to, “SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers, and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA helps each student excel. SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations, including health occupations. It was formerly known as VICA (Vocational Industrial Clubs of America).”

For more information about MVCTC, please visit

For over 40-years, MVCTC has been providing career technical education for 27 partner school districts encompassing five counties, including Darke, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, and Warren Counties. MVCTC is dedicated to providing in-demand workforce training for youth, adults, and organizations in the Miami Valley.


Pictured: Brian Stickel and Dustin Leis
GREENVILLE - Leis Realty would like to congratulate Brian Stickle of Greenville, for being the winner of one of the fair give-a-ways this year at the Great Darke County Fair. Brian received 4 tickets, plus VIP parking pass for the Dayton Dragons. Leis Realty and Associates would like to thank everyone that stopped by the fair tent this year and look forward to serving your Real Estate Needs.


The Darke County Department of Health invites the citizens of Darke County to take advantage of a special flu immunization clinic this year. On Saturday, October 5, 2013, the local health department Will be hosting a Community Flu Clinic with hopes of serving a large number of community members and their families. The clinic will be presented at Spirit Medical Transport which is located at 5484 State Route 49 South (south of the fairgrounds on 49). The delivery of the shots during this event will be by both walk-in & drive-through services between the hours of 8:00 a.m. — 2:00 p.m. So for those who wish, just stay in your car & be served!

It is highly suggested by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control & Prevention) that everyone be annually immunized to acquire immunity against the seasonal flu. Those who typically have a more serious health risk(s) with the affects from the flu are the very young, the very old, and those who living with chronic health issues. For these folks, catching the flu can really place a very serious stress on their health. Each year approximately 36,000 Americans die from the effects of being ill with influenza. The flu vaccine will be available for all ages from 6 months through senior citizens. The fee for the health department flu shots this year is 25 per person. This price is slightly increased this year due to the fact we will be offering the QUADRIVALENT form of the vaccine — meaning that the vaccine will produce immunity for 4 different strains of influenza with one injection. With the slightly higher price comes an additional coverage. Health Department vaccines are always the lowest price around because the agency is not attempting to make a profit. Another positive change at our clinics is that most Health Insurance Companies can now be billed by the health department, however, the client must show their insurance card at the time of service.

Come and receive flu shots for the entire family before the serious flu season begins & for a very reasonable price. If any questions about influenza and/or the vaccine, please feel free to call the Darke County Department of Health 548-4196, ext. 202.

Anyone who wishes to download the registration form used for this 2013 Darke County Community Flu Clinic, to save time on the day of the event, please find this form on our website BRING this completed form, one per each participant, to the clinic on October 5th. This form will only be accepted in this manner, on this date, at this location.

Joy FM Hold Fall Sharathon

WJYW - Joy FM (88.9, 94.5 and 97.7 in Richmond, IN) will be holding its Fall Sharathon October 1-4 from 6am - 7pm each day. Joy-FM airs Contemporary Christian music 24 hours a day from its Union City studios. The non-profit, non-commercial station will be raising their budget to operate over the next 6 months.

"Our goal of $84,000 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 stations's coverage area ranges from Richmond, Indiana to Celina, Ohio.

Help Wanted at Brethren Home Community Services

2013 New Madison Community Tri-Village School Fair

The 80th Annual New Madison Community and Tri-Village School Fair are set for Friday and Saturday, October 4th & 5th. Grand Marshals for this event are Mr. Warren Combs and Mr. William Holmes whom were principals when Westmont and New Madison became Tri-Village Schools. The Theme this year is “Forty Years of Patriot Pride”. Honorary Grand Marshal is Cori Osborne for winning the Poster Contest. Our website, linked from the school’s site, has a complete schedule, contest rules and other information about our fair. Prior and current faculty and staff have been invited back to the weekend events. Friday, they will participate in the crowning ceremony as guests. Saturday, they are invited to ride in the parade on a float provided for them and also a meet and greet ceremony will go on at 1:00 p.m. near the Memory Garden at the South side of the school.

The King and Queen Contestants are as follows: Freshmen – Ms. Allie Downing and Mr. Grant Flory Sophomores – Ms. Riley Hollinger and Mr. Jordan Walker; Juniors – Ms. Jenna Cline and Mr. Colton Linkous; and Seniors – Ms. Heather Ferris and Mr. Alec Smith.

There will be a vast assortment of vendors, artists and local groups providing booths at the fair. On Friday the Cutest Patriot Contest will be held along with the Pumpkin Decorating Contest. Entries for the Crop & Produce Section will be accepted Friday from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Booths will open at 5:00 p.m. and the cafeteria will be manned by Cedar Grove Church of the Brethren. They will offer complete meals as well as ala carte items. The Little Mr. & Miss Patriot Contest is being held prior the crowning at 6:00 p.m. in the High School Gym. The Friday evening program beginning at 7:00 p.m. consists of music provided by the Tri-Village High School band and chorus. The crowning of the King and Queen sponsored by the School Fair Committee will take place, and a dance will be held after the program from 8:00 to 11:00 p.m. The dance for students K-6 will be held at the New Madison Civic Center and 7-12th grades will dance in the high school auditorium with music provided by Aaron Sebring of “Pardon the Noise”.

Sexual Purity Classes at EUM Church

Our culture has become such that sexual sin is not only acceptable, but it has inundated every aspect of our lives—even commercials have sexual connotations. How can we live a life of sexual purity? How can we protect ourselves, our families and marriages from the harmful effects of sexual sin? Join us as we explore this powerful subject.

Men are invited to sign up for Every Man’s Battle. From the television to the Internet, print media to videos, men are constantly faced with the assault of sensual images. It is impossible to avoid such temptations...but, thankfully, not impossible to rise above them. Shattering the perception that men are unable to control their thought lives and roving eyes, Every Man's Battle shares the stories of dozens who have escaped the trap of sexual immorality and presents a practical, detailed plan for any man who desires sexual purity; perfect for men who have fallen in the past, those who want to remain strong today, and all who want to overcome temptation in the future.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Woman Falls from Truck

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On Sunday September 29, 2013 at approximately 12:01 AM, Darke County Deputies along with Gettysburg Fire and Rescue responded to the intersection of East Main Street and Clay Street in the Village of Gettysburg on a report of a woman who fell out of a moving pick up truck. 
Preliminary investigation revealed Tina Vititoe 32, Greenville, was riding in the bed of a Tan 1994 Chevy 1500 pick up truck driven by Andrew Vititoe 34, Greenville, and fell out of the rear of the truck over the tailgate as she was attempting to get out of the truck at the intersection of East Main Street and Clay Street.  The truck was traveling approximately 15-20 mph at the time of the accident. 
Mrs. Vititoe was airlifted to Miami Valley Hospital aboard CareFlight for a head injury.  Mrs. Vititoe is currently in stable condition.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Family Health to Close at 4pm On October 3rd

Due to staff training, Family Health’s Greenville campus including Pharmacy services will close at 4pm on Thursday, October 3rd

Family Health’s After Hours will open at 5:30pm, with NO early check-in.

For your safety, there will be no admittance into our parking lots between 4pm-5:30pm on October 3rd.

We apologize for any inconvenience.
- Family Health Administration

Greenville Elks Donates to GTFD

Pictured: Bill Ellis, Elks Sectretary, Rhonda Minton, Elks Exalted Ruler,
Chris Norris, Chief Admin Officer, Allen Keaser, Fire Safety Educator, and
Ken Stiefel, Fire Chief
The Greenville Township Fire Department recently received a generous donation from the Greenville Elks #1139.

The funds will be used by GTFD to purchase 54 kitchen fire extinguishers, which goes along with the 2013 Fire Prevention Week theme: "Prevent Kitchen Fires." The fire extinguishers will be given away during the upcoming open house at the Fire/EMS station, 1401 Sater Street - which is being held on Sunday, October 13th from noon until 3:00 pm.

Greenville Township Fire Department expressed their gratitude for the donation and appreciates the partnership of the Greenville Elks Lodge in helping to promote public safety through the department's fire safety and education programs.


Come out to the Prairie Days Festival this weekend and watch the Darke County Civic Theater production of, "In Search of the Holy Grill or...It's All A Big Miss Stake". There will be three performances throughout the festival weekend. The play was written by Craig Williams and produced by special arrangement with Eldridge Plays and Musicals. The following is a small sampling of the hilarity you will encounter.

An evil banker, Char Cole(Matt Cline), wants the land the church sits on to build a casino. He sends a bogus mortgage bill demanding the church pay a $10,000 balloon payment to scare the congregation in to selling him the property for a fraction of what it is worth. Watch as Char Cole's not so bright co-horts Ken Ling(Jim Bruney) and Miss Skeet(Arianna Kinner) try to figure out what the boss is up to. Reverend Paul Pitt(Chris Phillips) and choir director Barbie Cue(Taylor Dorn) hurriedly decide to submit a secret barbecue recipe to a contest in hopes of winning the huge cash prize. With the help of the choir members(Lyn Foureman, Rhonda Penrod, Karen Hamilton and Mike Hamilton) they decide to open a barbecue restaurant, "The Holy Smoke" in the church to raise money. Meanwhile, Miss Phit(Connie DeSchepper), the bumbling church secretary, is constantly getting the bulletins and newsletters wrong, sending misleading and funny information out to the congregation. In the end, however, you will have to come to the festival to see who really saves the day. The narrator of this melodrama will be Jennifer Gibson and she will instruct the audience when to Boo, Cheer and even say Amen.

If your looking for some great entertainment and family fun, then come on out to the festival and join us. The showtimes will be Saturday September 28th at 11:00am and 3:00pm and on Sunday September 29th at 3:00pm. The performances will be on the outdoor stage behind the Log House on the festival grounds. Some seating is available on the hillside, but you are more than welcome to bring lawn chairs and blankets to join us in this fun filled production. Check out for more info on our upcoming productions.

Help Wanted at G&G Floor Fashions


  • 2 Years experience in sales and / or interior design.
  • H.S. Diploma or G.E.D.
  • Excel in customer service.
  • Reliable transportation and valid driver's licenses.
  • Must have open and flexible work availability to include weekends.
  • Professionalism, to include dependability, accountability, and punctuality.
  • Time management skills for juggling multiple deadlines and deliverables.
  • Product training available.

Send Resume to: P.O. Box 702, Greenville, Ohio 45331
Drop off resume in person.  602 Wagner Ave. Greenville, Ohio 45331 

DCMHA regular hours return

The Darke County Metropolitan Housing Authority has announced the return to regular hours of 8:00-4:30 Monday through Friday. For business questions concerning DCMHA, call 937-548-5380.

Tri-Village School Fair Baking Contest

The Tri-Village School Fair committee is a sponsoring a baking contest on Saturday, October 5th, 2013. The categories are:

  • PK through 6th grade and 7th grade through 12th-Cookies, Decorated Cookies, Cupcakes, Decorated Cupcakes, Decorated Cakes and Candy.
  • The adult divisions will include-Pies, Cookies, Decorated Cookies, Cupcakes, Decorated Cupcakes, Decorated Cakes and Candy.
  • There is also a Professional category. This includes Cookies, Decorated Cookies, Cupcakes, Decorated Cupcakes, Decorated Cakes, Pies and Candy.

Baked goods will be accepted in the high school gym from 8:00 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. Saturday. If you have any questions please contact Monyca Schlechty at 548-0725 or go to or check our Facebook Page “Tri Village School Fair”.

Children’s Grief Group Set At State of the Heart Hospice

Sessions Begin October 7

Pictured is Brittany Scheer and Sarah Chilcote.
Children find safety in sharing their thoughts about grief when they are in a group of their peers, stated Marlene Black, bereavement specialist for State of the Heart Hospice. “At our grief support meetings for children, we hear consistently that the young people find comfort and safety when talking about their grief when they are in a group of other young people.”

State of the Heart Hospice, an agency that cares for families and patients confronting a life limiting illness, will host a Children’s Grief Group this fall called “Good Grief.” The series of meetings will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. beginning Monday, October 7 and ending November 4. The meetings are free and are open to anyone, regardless of association with hospice. They will be held at the hospice office, 1350 N. Broadway in Greenville. Children eligible should be ages six through 12.

Conducting the fall series of meetings will be State of the Heart Music Therapist Brittany Scheer and Music Therapy Intern Sarah Chilcote. Both have experience in bereavement support.

“State of the Heart offers considerable bereavement support services,” Black said. “In addition to the weekly meetings and one-on-one sessions, State of the Heart offers bereavement support to children in area schools.” The agency’s Camp BEARable annually brings over 60 youth together for a weekend camp designed to help children deal with grief and loss.

Black added, “We know there are youth who can benefit from attending the grief support sessions. Often children are dealing with the loss of brothers or sisters, grandparents, close friends and in some instances, their parents. For more information and to register to attend, contact State of the Heart at 800-417-7535.

State of the Heart Hospice this year observes 32 years of service to area communities. The agency cares for patients and families in eastern Indiana and western Ohio. Visit the agency web site at


DCCA's Coffee House Series continues Thursday, October 10 at 7 p.m.
featuring Carpe Diem String Quartet at the Montage Cafe.
Darke County Center for the Arts second Coffeehouse Series offering of the season on Thursday, October 10 features one of the most unique and sought after chamber ensembles touring today - Carpe Diem String Quartet. “Carpe Diem's music defies classification,” stated DCCA Artistic Director Keith Rawlins. “In addition to the traditional string quartet repertoire, this award-winning group's program reflects their passions for pop, rock, folk, tango, Gypsy, and jazz-inspired music; they are extraordinarily talented musicians who not only entertain but also charm their audiences with their distinctive personality and sound,” Mr. Rawlins concluded. The concert by Carpe Diem takes place at Montage Cafe in downtown Greenville; the show begins at 7 p.m.

Carpe Diem String Quartet consists of Charles Wetherbee, violin, Amy Galluzzo, violin, Korine Fujiwara, viola, and Carol Ou, cello. These prestigiously credentialed musicians, known for their adventurous programming and informality on stage, are based in Columbus, where the Grammy- nominated ensemble won praise from The Columbus Dispatch for their “virtuosity without pomposity.” The quartet will also be performing for high school students in all Darke County schools from October 7 through 10 as part of DCCA's Arts In Education series.

DCCA's Coffeehouse Series provides high quality artists performing in casual social settings where food and drink are available for purchase. DCCA's Coffeehouse concerts are sponsored by Julie and Tom Graber, Eileen and Steve Litchfield, and Rodney Oda. Additionally, the Ohio Arts Council helped fund this program with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. DCCA also receives operating support from the Harry D. and Esther Stephens Memorial as well as funding from the Ketrow Foundation, Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust Fund.

Tickets for the concert by Carpe Diem String Quartet at the Montage Cafe are $10, and may be reserved by contacting DCCA online at or by calling 937-547-0908. Tickets will also be sold at the Montage Cafe and at the door if any remain by showtime.

Thursday, September 26, 2013


On September 26, 2013 Darke County Dispatch was notified of a vehicle stolen from Moody’s Auto Sales in the Village of Ansonia. Deputies from the Darke County Sheriff’s Office along with officers from Ansonia Police Department, and Greenville Police Department were notified of the crime.

The vehicle was located as it entered the city of Greenville on State Route 118. A traffic stop was initiated, the vehicle refused to stop. A pursuit ensued through the city of Greenville and back out into the county. The vehicle was finally stopped on US RT 127 in the village of Castine.

The driver (Shawna Patterson Meyer from Grand Ledge, Michigan) was taken into custody with out further incident. Shawna Patterson Meyer is currently being held at the Darke County Criminal Justice Center with charges pending.

SUNshine 5K Run/Walk is This Saturday

The SUNshine 5K is on the horizon! Sign up for the Sept. 28 event at Greenville Park at or come to shelter house #4 on Sept. 28 to register beginning at 7 am. Kids fun run starts at 8:20 am and the 5K begins at 8:30 am. Entry fee is $3 for kids run and $20 for the 5K. A limited number of bright tech t-shirts will be available on race day! The event is organized by the HOPE Foundation of Darke County and features a quality 5K race, valuable door prizes, and a delicious spread of drinks, snacks and homemade cookies. Free childcare is provided.

Proceeds support scholarships for Darke County students and grants to local non-profit organizations. Major sponsors of the SUNshine 5K include Reid Hospital, Orthopedic Associates of Southwest Ohio, and Wayne HealthCare. The SUNshine 5K is part of the Wayne HealthCare Challenge “Get Moving” Series.
For more information, call 548-HOPE.

Love for Lauren Benefit Raffle Winners Announced

On Sunday Evening September the 8th Lauren Harman’s six year-old daughter Lily, drew the winning tickets in the Love for Lauren Benefit Raffle. Throughout the summer all 5000 tickets were sold.

With the help of modern technology members of the Harman and O’Guin families were able to participate in the drawing from three remote locations.

Miss Lily, dressed in her best game-show assistant’s attire (pictured with dad Andrew and mom Lauren skyping in from the hospital) drew each of the winning tickets:

  • 1st place prize of a 4-day - 3 night stay at ‘Almost Home,’ one of Gatlinburg, Tennessee’s premier luxury cabins, went to Sherri McComas of Beavercreek, Ohio (pictured W/Lauren’s dad Pastor Jeff O’Guin)
  • 2nd place prize of a 60” Plasma HDTV went to Jean Bryan of Zenia, Ohio
  • 3rd place prize of an Apple iPad mini went to Lori Gacke of Beavercreek, Ohio
  • 4th place prize of an Apple TV went to Doug Mayo of Lewisberg, Ohio

Darke County Commissioners Warn of Potential Phone Scam

Recently, some telephone calls have been received by citizens that their caller I.D. has identified as coming from the Darke County Commissioners. The caller then identifies themselves later in the call as someone else. The Darke County Commissioners are warning people that this may be a scam. No one has been harmed yet, but the Commissioners want people to know that we normally do not call people at home, unless we are returning their phone call, or have direct business with them.

Do not give out any personal information before confirming that the call is legitimate.

Please be advised that if this happens to you, you should hang up immediately.

Common Core-Coming to a School Near You?

Guest Column from State Representative Jim Buchy

For the past several months I have been learning a lot about the Common Core. This is a new standards model that is going into effect in our schools now. The State of Ohio decided in 2010 to adopt the Common Core English and Math standards to bring a more rigorous curriculum to our schools. This was part of a movement that started in local schools and was adopted by the state to align with other states. At this time Ohio is not changing standards for Science, Social Studies or any other subject.

The Common Core Standards for English and Math are being implemented in schools across the country. As the new standards are implemented this school year and next, parents should pay close attention to the materials used to teach students in our local schools.

Throughout the process of implementing the Common Core standards, decisions have been accompanied by deadlines before printed materials were prepared.

There are three prime examples:

  • In 2010 the previous administration approved the adoption of new common core standards for English and Math education before the standards were written.
  • Later in the process, funding and support for the implementation of the PARCC assessment was needed to modernize schools with wireless internet and electronic devices because the PARCC is an online test. This is a new standardized test to measure student achievement in the Common Core.
  • Now, the standards are being implemented into classrooms, but curriculum is not available for review.

The lack of information on what is coming forward raises concern because it is like giving a blank check to a stranger. After reviewing the standards that are being used, most changes are a matter of switching grade levels where content is taught. When the curriculum becomes available it is important to examine it to be sure it matches our values.

West Central Ohio has the best schools in the State. As long as we have the best schools in the state it is important for teachers to keep doing what has made our young people successful. In Ohio, we are lucky that our schools receive state and local funding, but are locally controlled. This ultimately means that our school administrators will determine what curriculum is presented in the classroom. As always, it is important for parents to establish a positive relationship with their children’s teachers.

Please inform me of your opinions on current topics by completing a survey at Thank you for staying in touch with me. Your feedback helps guide the legislative priorities and is strongly appreciated.

Second National Bank welcomes Fullenkamp to Board of Directors

Second National Bank announced today the addition of Philip Fullenkamp to its board of directors.

Fullenkamp is Chief Financial Officer, senior vice president, and treasurer of Celina Insurance Group, a position he has held since 2001. He began his career at Celina Insurance Group in 1981 after working as a CPA with the accounting firm Deloitte, Haskins and Sells (Dayton).

John Swallow, president of Second National Bank, said, “With his strong business background, Phil is an excellent addition to our board of directors and we look forward to the contributions he will make. Phil is well known in Celina and the Mercer County area and will provide valuable insight to our management team as we grow our presence in Celina and Mercer County.”

Fullenkamp is active in the community serving as a board member for the Mercer County Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities, the Donor Advisory Board of Health Care Fund, the Mercer County Civic Foundation and is involved with various activities at Saint Henry Catholic Church. He is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Fullenkamp holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of Dayton. He and his wife Peg reside in Saint Henry and have two adult children.

Patients at State of the Heart Care Center Enjoy Quilts Made by Towne Square Quilting Club

Pictured at the Care Center with some of the donated quilts, are, left to right, Chris Stamcoff, Heather Wogomon and Linda McGlothin.
When Greenville resident and quilter Chris Stamcoff visited the new State of the Heart Hospice Care Center located on the fourth floor of Wayne HealthCare, she realized that her quilting club could bring a unique addition to the care center. The center, which opened in July, is designed to provide a homelike, comfortable environment for patients and their families. The care center also has a family lounge and is open seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

“I thought that quilts would definitely bring a homelike feel to the care center,” Stamcoff said. She approached the Towne Square Quilting club, a group of 42 members, and the club president Linda McGlothin about providing quilts for patient beds at the center.

“The idea was warmly received as many members had had an association with hospice care or knew someone who had had hospice care,” she added. Each quilter was asked to commit to making two quilts per year for the care center which has five private patient rooms. The quilts are in a variety of patterns and colors and are 45 square inches in size.



Darke County Sponsor Groups will be partnering with Community Blood Center (CBC) this October in support of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month with many community blood drives throughout Darke County. Everyone who registers to donate will receive the special-edition “I Fight Cancer, I Give Blood” t-shirt. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at Locally donors can also contact Dana Puterbaugh, Darke County Account Representative at 937-997-2199 or

The “I Fight Cancer, I Give Blood” t-shirt is grey and features the iconic pink ribbon, the international symbol of breast cancer awareness. The t-shirt is free to everyone who registers to donate at any CBC donor center and most mobile blood drives from Monday, Sept. 30 through Saturday, Nov. 2.

CBC is proud to support the fight against breast cancer. National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is an annual international health campaign organized by major breast cancer charities every October to increase awareness about the disease and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure. The campaign also offers information and support to those affected by breast cancer.

Blood donors play an important role in the treatment of cancer patients. Chemotherapy and other treatments have a harsh impact on blood cells. Transfusions of donated blood and blood products are vital to reducing complications and saving lives.


Therapists at The Rehab Clinic at Versailles Health Care Center.
The Rehab Clinic at Versailles Health Care Center celebrated National Rehabilitation Awareness Week September 15th through the 21st. Versailles Health Care Center strives to develop programs that increase opportunities for the community and help people live up to their fullest potential through rehabilitation. The week-long celebration featured five of the rehabilitation center’s most popular programs.

Versailles Health Care Center staff delivered specialty flyers along with fun giveaways each day to local physician offices and hospitals. Monday’s featured program was the Orthopedic Program. The theme of the day was “No bones about it, our Orthopedic Program is the best!” Candy bones were Monday’s fun giveaway. Tuesday’s program was the Cardiac Recovery Program with the theme of “You’ll love our Cardiac Recovery Program!” and red heart-shaped balloons tied to Hershey Kisses were handed out. Wednesday’s program was the Power Over Parkinson’s Program. The theme was “Our Power Over Parkinson’s (POP) Program rocks!” and POP Rocks candy packets were gave away. On Thursday, the highlighted program was the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program with the theme of “Our Pulmonary Rehab Program is a breath of fresh air!” Andes and Junior Mints were the day’s giveaway. Finally on Friday, the featured program was the Vestibular Rehab Therapy Program. The theme for Friday was “Stop your spinning with our Vestibular Rehab Program!” Little Debbie Spinwheels were delivered to physician offices and hospital staff.

Throughout the week, the staff at Versailles Health Care Center was educated on the specialty therapy programs and each day staff also received the day’s giveaway.

If you are interested in learning more about the therapy programs at Versailles Health Care Center, call 937-526-5570 or visit The Rehab Clinic offers inpatient and outpatient therapy to people of all ages. Other specialty programs offered are Sports Medicine, Stroke Recovery, Continence Improvement, Wound Care, and much more.


GREENVILLE - Leis Realty would like to congratulate Clete Mangen of Versailles, for being the winner of one of the fair give-a-ways this year at the Great Darke County Fair. Clete won a $50. gift certificate to Outback Steak House Leis Realty would like to thank everyone that stopped by the fair tent this year, and look forward to seeing everyone again at the fair next year!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Here's a First Person View of the Gauntlet

Are you like me and think The Gauntlet Adventure Race is an incredible idea, but haven't dared experience it first hand? Wonder what it's like to run it? Here's some help (with the mighty Black Keys as a soundtrack as a bonus).

Darke County Park Board to Meet October 10th

The Darke County Park District Board of Commissioners will hold a Regular Board Meeting on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 5:30 p.m. at the Shawnee Prairie Nature Education Center, 4267 St. Rt. 502 W. Greenville, OH.

Fort GreeneVille Chapter DAR Wins Award

National Society DAR Commemorative Events Committee recognizes the Fort GreeneVille Chapter DAR and Regent Chris (Eberst) Nehring with first place for best division report for the East Central Division. The report was on the St Clair Memorial Hall Centennial Celebration and the local chapter's participation.

County FFA Land Judging Contest Held in Harrison Township

Greg McGlinch, Darke SWCD, goes over the practice soil pit
evaluation with students participating in the 2013 contest
at the Murphy Farm outside of New Paris.
On September 17, 2013 the Darke SWCD held their annual land judging contest for Darke and Miami County FFA Chapters as they prepare for the District Contest. This year’s contest was held at Mark Murphy’s Farm off Eaton-Ft Nesbitt Road near New Paris. This year 16 teams from nine schools – Ansonia, Covington, Franklin Monroe, Greenville, Miami East, Mississinawa Valley, Newton, Tri-Village and Versailles – participated in the event.

FFA students analyze a soil pit during the 2013 land judging
contest held in Harrison Township at Mark Murphy’s farm.
The land judging contest consists of a rural and an urban test. Each test challenges the students to not only identify soil types, but also consider other soil characteristics when making recommendations for use of that area. The contest consisted of four stations, three soil pits and a written test. The students had 15 minutes to finish the test at each station. Upon completion of the contest, students were asked to hand in their answer keys before Darke SWCD staff would go over the answers and reasoning at each station.

This year Versailles Team #3 finished with the highest team score on the rural test, followed by Versailles Team #2 and Ansonia. The highest individual score was Danielle Hesson from Versailles FFA. Newton Team #1 recorded the highest team score in the urban test, followed by Miami East and Covington. Abby Webb from Newton turned in the highest individual score on the urban test.

“Darke SWCD would like to thank the Murphy’s for graciously hosting this year’s competition, George Skidmore for helping Greg and Tim evaluate the soil pits, Darke County Ditch Maintenance for digging the pits and all the schools for participating in the event. The participation and enthusiasm from the students and teachers is what makes this competition great,” said Jared Coppess, District Administrator for Darke SWCD.

Arcanum Wayne Trail Historical Society Open October 5

The AWTHS house and reference library will be open Saturday, October 5, 2013 from 9am until noon. We are located at 123 W. George Street in Arcanum. This is our Open First Saturday of Month hours.

A slide show of various events and buildings in Arcanum and Southern Darke County will be up and running for guests. Stop by and visit. Our reference library and personal collections contain great old and some current photos of the village, buildings, events, families, early transportation, and schools including Arcanum-Butler and Franklin-Monroe as well as many of the old one and two room school houses in the area.

We are still looking for info and photos on the following old school houses: In Twin Twp.; District #3 located on NE corner of Clark and Loop Road, Brown #8 on Grubbs-Rex Road west of Gordan-Landis Rd, and Zenger on the West side of Rt. 503 near Darke-Preble Co. Line Rd. In Monroe, Swamp Poodle #7 east side of Snorf-Jones Road north of Stocker Road. Franklin; Lowery #4 located NW corner of Hogpath and Red River West Grove Road. Butler; District #3 on Arcanum-Hollansburg Road, west of Weaver’s Station Road and east of Harter Road, District #9 south side of Route 722, west of Castine and east of Route 726. Please call 692-6462 if you have any of these old photos on these schools or e-mail or send copy of scan to: Check out our web site for updated reference list of newly acquired materials at House and library also open by appointment.

Stop in and visit while out visiting nearby attractions and fall open house events.

First and Second Graders at St. Mary's School Celebrate "Talk Like a Pirate Day"

On Thursday, September 19, St. Mary’s School was invaded by a horde of ferocious pirates as Mrs. Ayette’s first and second class celebrated “Talk Like a Pirate Day”.

In the morning, the first and second grade pirates discovered that a mysterious band of rival pirates had left a taunting message on the SmartBoard daring them to find the treasure. The mysterious pirates had left coded clues to the whereabouts of the fantastic treasure. The second grade pirates, using their vast knowledge of addition facts, decoded the clues. The first graders navigated a course through the school, using their knowledge of ordinal numbers and the directions “right” and “left”. Terror reigned throughout the afternoon as the fearsome pirates burst into classrooms demanding clues from the frightened students and teachers.

When the treasure was discovered in Mrs. Pierri’s classroom, it was seized and the pirates returned to their own classroom to divvy up the treasure by passing the chest around. At the end of the day, the pirates
left school, loaded down with candy and small toys.

Although there has not been a sighting of the pirates since, authorities fear that they will return next year on “Talk Like a Pirate Day.”

Edison Announces Summer Dean’s List

Edison Community College recognizes 73 students for excellence in academics on the 2013 Summer Semester Dean’s List. To be eligible for the Dean’s List, a student must have at least a 3.5 grade point average and carry a minimum of 12 hours for the semester.

Listed in Alphabetical Order by City and Last Name

Ansonia: Janette Leis Arcanum: Aimee Hart, Allison Hildebrand Botkins: Dean Schnippel Casstown: Michelle Brown Covington: Elizabeth Morrow, Regina Rosengarten, Mark Sheets DeGraff: Beth Weaver Greenville: Cherie Hittle Houston: Jeremy Howard, Douglas Meyer Jackson Center: Deborah Tussing Laura: JoEllen Fisher Maplewood: Andrew Long Minster: Kathryn Wiford New Madison: Heather Denlinger Piqua: Brooke Cathcart, Teresa Childre, Jeremy Earl, Jeffrey Grote, Jeffery Hager, Kathy Matthew, Melissa Randles, Kenneth Rubin, Nicholas Stanfill, Jannice Stroud, Richard Valerio, Doug Wilson Pitsburg: Devon Eley Quincy: Casey Schindewolf Russia: Ryan Drees Sidney: Betty Alge, Joshua Beard, Jacquie Blakley, Connor Bowers, April Brandon, Kimberly Burghardt, Timothy Elliott, Kimberly Elsner, Chelsea Grilliot, Niki Linniman, Paxton McDonald, Sherry McDonald, Kara Myers, Hilary Preece, Timothy Sheehan, Eric Shoemaker, DeMaris Waters, Mikayla Watson St. Marys: Lesia Arnett Tipp City: Timothy Perry, Doris Teegarden-Grable, Troy: Cathy Barrow, Sarah Bombin, Jennifer Courtney, Janice Harshman, Donald Holder, James Hudson, Caroline Kniceley, Elizabeth Myers, Jinesh Patel, Priya Patel, Douglas Pavelka, Linda Ryan, Taylor Steele, Angie Symonds, Julia Wood Versailles: Brenda Hale, Gabrianna Mescher Wapakoneta: Joshua Endicott, Eric McKinniss Yorkshire: Kara Mowen

Darke SWCD and City of Greenville Host Successful Home Gardener Workshop

Sam Custer, OSU Extension Darke County, talks to attendees
at the Home Gardener Workshop about soil sampling techniques.
On Monday, September 16, 2013 the Darke SWCD and City of Greenville hosted a Home Gardener Workshop in the Darke County EMA Conference Room. The workshop was attended by 35 registrants interested in home gardening practices. Topics covered at the workshop were soil sampling, no-till gardening and cover crops.

The first speaker of the evening was Sam Custer, OSU Extension Darke County. Sam talked to the group about properly pulling soil samples from the garden. Sam advised the group to take their samples in the fall because the labs aren’t as busy analyzing farm samples and that they pull samples every two to three years.

“Take samples in a zigzag pattern throughout the garden. Ideally pull 15 cores, but up to 25 or 30 cores can be used. The key is don’t rush and send in only four,” said Custer to the audience Monday evening.


Little sister, Jennah Arrone, daughter of Renee Elmore of Sidney and Bassmaster member, Kenny Sparks, weighing in the catch of the day.
A group of Big Brothers Big Sisters Volunteers and assigned Littles recently enjoyed a beautiful day at the home of Mike Meyer of Fort Loramie, where they attended a fishing derby hosted by the Shelby County Bassmasters. Around 40 Volunteers and Littles attended the annual event, which was held on Saturday, September 7th.

The outing included a cookout for all Bassmaster members, their children, and the BBBS Volunteers and their Littles. The fishing event concluded with an award ceremony for the top fisherman in several age categories.

Shelby County Bassmasters were able to put on this event as a result of local fisherman participating in bass tournaments throughout the year with a modest portion of the entry fee going toward the purchase of individual poles for each child. Other sponsors included Kiwanis Club, ODONR, Freedom Outdoors Marina, Mully’s Drive Thru, Spillway Bait & Tackle, Russ Michaels, Gary & Vicky Tipps, Ruth & June Slade, and Mike Meyer.

Tips on Healthy Eating with Diabetes

As a diabetic, you do not need to prepare two separate meals, (one for yourself and one for your family). You do not need to buy specific “diabetic” food items. The diabetic diet focuses on making healthy food choices and gradually making changes in your eating habits. This diet focuses on taking steps to control blood sugar, blood fats (lipids), blood pressure, and allows for a gradual weight loss. This will allow for blood sugar control while lowering your risk for developing complications.

The diabetic diet consists of keeping your intake of carbohydrates consistent. You should consume whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and low fat dairy. You should choose lean meats and healthy fats. This will provide your body with needed vitamins, minerals, nutrients, energy, and fiber. You do not need to give up all sweets and sugar. However, these food items contain very little nutritional value and consuming small portions is key.

It is important to eat three meals a day. Do not forget to consume breakfast. Snacks may be consumed if there are large time gaps between meals, to maintain energy levels, to prevent hunger between meals, or to provide needed nutrients. Make sure that you choose a healthy snack and keep the portion size small.


Dr. Anthony Monnin spoke September 11, 2013, at Versailles Health Care Center during the Power Over Parkinson’s meeting. He shared his presentation, “Benefits of Upper Cervical Care for People with Parkinson’s” with over 40 attendees. Dr. Monnin has been serving patients at his current Upper Cervical Health Centers office location in Botkins, Ohio, since 2009. He 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.

According to Dr. Monnin, “The most common misconception about upper cervical care is that it only helps back and neck pain. Patients suffering from a variety of conditions have had their health restored through upper cervical care.”

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

Power Over Parkinson’s meets monthly on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 4 pm to exercise, socialize and learn. It is a FREE event, open to people with Parkinson’s Disease and their families. The next Power Over Parkinson’s group will take place Wednesday, June 12th at 4 pm at The Rehab Clinic at Versailles Health Care Center. The guest speaker will be Dr. Ellen L. Air, MD, PHD, Neurosurgeon at Mayfield Clinic & Spine Institute, which is associated with University of Cincinnati, Department of Neurosurgery. She will be sharing her presentation, “Deep Brain Stimulation” with the group. Medtronic, a global leader in medical technology, will be presenting along side of Dr. Air.

For more information about Power Over Parkinson’s, please call Facility Rehab Director, Shannon Condon, at 937-526-0130.

Grace United Methodist Church to Host Potpie Supper

Sat. September 28, 2013
4:00 P.M. -7:00 P.M.
Grace United Methodist Church Ithaca, Ohio

Chicken Potpie, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans with Ham, Dinner Rolls, Jello Salad, Cake/Homemade Pie, Drinks (Ice Tea, Lemonade, or Coffee)

All you can eat for a donation

Carry outs available Phone # 678-9062

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Caraway Street at Bible Fellowship Church

Caraway Street is an energetic program on Sunday mornings at Bible Fellowship Church from 10:30-12:00 that brings Scripture to life with drama, music, puppets and more! Early elementary school kids (4 year olds - 3rd grade) participate in worship, enjoy games, Bible memorization and small group application time. Our address is 7757 Greenville-Celina Rd. For more information contact us at 547-1952.

Burkett Commended for Community Service

Fort GreeneVille Chapter DAR member Karen Burkett has been commended by the Senate of the 130th General Assembly of Ohio for the DAR Community Service Award. Karen was recognized for her outstanding voluntary achievements in cultural, educational, patriotic, and historical endeavors in the community.

Ball Family Quartet Appearing at Beamsville Church

The Ball Family from the Covington, Ky area will appear at the Beamsville Church on Sunday evening at 6 PM on September 29th.

The Ball Family Southern Gospel quartet was founded over 40 years ago and has remained true to their commitment to make a difference. Through a compelling combination of harmonious vocals and outstanding musical accompaniment, this family group has been able to reach out to people challenging them to accept the Lord and make a change in their hearts and lives. Nelson Ball, one of the founding members, manages the group. Nelson does an outstanding job bringing the blend of harmonies together. Peggy Ball-Arnold is also a founding member. Her smooth alto voice gives The Ball Family a unique sound. The newest member of the group is bass singer Curry Meece Sr. He has enjoyed singing all of his life and has sung in church groups as well as with the Chapel Keys during the seventies. Singing lead is Duane Early. His smooth voice provides a close blend with the other members of the group. Variety to the sound of the group is provided through the addition of Danny Cain to form an all male quartet. Accompanying the outstanding vocalists is the keyboard artistry of Carole Hill and Sarina Ball (Sarina is a Darke County Graduate of Ansonia High School). Carole, an original member, has taught at several schools of music including the Stamps School of Music. She is considered to be one of the finest musicians in the field of Southern Music today. Sarina, wife of Nelson, plays the keyboard bass and creates the fullness to the overall sound.

Come see us at the Beamsville Church on US Rt. 127 North of Greenville.

MVCTC Schedules Early College Connection Night for Parents of High School Freshmen and Sophomores

The Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) has scheduled an Early College Connection Night for the parents of current high school freshmen and sophomores. The college night will take place on Thursday, October 17, from 6:30-7:30p.m. in the Student Activity Center. The MVCTC campus is located at 6800 Hoke Road, Clayton, Ohio.

Parents will learn about programs at MVCTC that will help students get a head start on their college education. This includes Tech Prep, Dual Enrollment, Apprenticeship, and other avenues to post secondary education. Representatives from MVCTC college partners will be present to speak with students, parents and answer questions. Early College Connection partners include Sinclair Community College and Miami University Middletown. The opportunities available at MVCTC allow students to graduate with thousands of dollars toward their college education. Parents, if you have a child who is currently a freshman or a sophomore do not miss this opportunity!

MVCTC serves 27 school districts in the Miami Valley and is dedicated to providing premier educational choices and advanced employment preparation for youth, adults, and organizations of the Miami Valley. For more information about MVCTC, please visit

Annie Oakley Golf Tournament collects $18,500 for Cancer Association of Darke County

1st place Low Gross Score Division Winners – Reichard Funeral HomeUnder 021 from Left to right is Russ Reichard, Russ Reichard, Jr,
Scott Bowman and Jim Greendyke.
Results are in from the 32nd Annual Annie Oakley Golf Tournament held July 22, 2013 at the Turtle Creek Golf Course. 116 golfers teed off in the annual event. When the last golfer finished the course, the Reichard Funeral Home team claimed winner in the low gross score division. The winning team consisted of Russ Reichard, Russ Reichard, Jr., Scott Bowman and Jim Greendyke,
First place in the low net score division was a team called The Geezers, who consisted of Ray Lear, Gene Williams , Jack Unland and Dick Hole.

The annual tournament banquet was held in the Turtle Creek Golf Course dining room where 165 golfers and their guests were served dinner and special golf prizes were awarded.

Jim Buchy emceed the program and the highlight of the evening was the special guest, Lisa Overholser, a local cancer survivor who shared her highly inspirational story with those in attendance for the tournament banquet. Lisa’s story was sincerely given and very moving. She also expressed her appreciation of the help and support she has received from the local Cancer Association.
Ed Curry, chairman on the committee stated that the goal of the tournament is two-fold: To raise money for the Cancer Association and also to raise awareness of the association and their services to Darke County cancer patients.

$ 18,500 in proceeds from the Annie Oakley Golf Tournament was presented to the local and independent Cancer Association of Darke County. The Cancer Association gives various types of aid to Darke County residents with a diagnosis of cancer. These benefits include medication reimbursement, nutritional supplements, medical supplies and transportation reimbursement and other helps as well.

Any Darke County resident who has cancer is encouraged to call the office and speak with the director, Christine Lynn. Feel free to leave a message if the line is busy. The office number is 937-548-9960.

First Net Score Division Winners – 1st Low Net – The Geezers
Under 260 from Left to right is Ray Lear, Gene Williams, Jack Unland and Dick Hole.

Soup on the Lawn at the Versailles Area Museum

Prairie Days!

You are invited to Prairie Days! Don’t miss out on this awesome historical event to be held on Saturday, September 28th, from 10am-5pm and Sunday, September 29th, from 12pm-5pm. Come enjoy a weekend celebrating prairies and the pioneer way of life! See apple butter being made over the fire, play children’s pioneer games, compete in foot races and seed-spitting contests, view local artists’ works, listen to and enjoy live music and entertainment.

This year we will have performances by The Darke County Civic Theatre on Saturday at 11:00 am and 3:00 pm and Sunday at 3:00 pm. The Thien Snipps will perform on Saturday at 1:00pm. Enjoy the Truest Lies Ever Told from a wandering Longhunter on Saturday at 4:00 pm. Sunday enjoy back to back musical performances from Silver Grass Band at 12:00pm and Todd Oakes at 1:30pm. Between performances, sit-a-spell with our 200-year-old pioneer volunteers in the Log House or try your hand at candle-making, tinsmithing and more! Take a stroll through the 18th century encampment and watch a tomahawk and knife throwing competition. Be careful as you are walking around the festival as the town Sheriff may lock you up! "The sheriff of Prairie Days will be available to "lock up" friends and family for a small donation." stated Parks Director, Roger Van Frank. Why will they be locked up? "Well, our sheriff is a creative one and will find something that the "culprit" has done. Some examples of these trumped up charges may include: Breathing someone else's air, Smelling someone else's flower or even enjoying the taste of that apple! This is designed to be a fun-filled way for someone to donate money to the Friends of the Darke County Parks, and get a great photo op of a loved one in the stocks at the same time!"

And what is a festival without food?! Participate in a pie-baking or pie-eating contest. Take a load off as you enjoy fresh produce from Downing’s Fruit Farm or visit one of the many non-profit vendors serving a wide variety of foods for lunch, snacks and more! Food options will include shredded chicken, French fries, walking tacos and much more!

Be sure to try your luck at the annual basket raffle before you leave! We hope to see you next weekend at Shawnee Prairie Preserve, 4267 St. Rt. 502 West, where admission and parking are FREE!

Transportation from the main parking areas will once again be provided by Greenville Transit System (GTS). Parking areas will be well marked with plenty of signage. This will make getting to and from the parking area to the festival grounds quick, effective and safe for all family members. Handicap parking will once again be held in the paved lot at the Nature Center (please be sure to have your Handicap Placard visible).

For more information, call the Nature Center at 937.548.0165 or visit our website at

Monday, September 23, 2013

Greenville Art Guild's 38th Annual Art Show and Sale: September 28th Through October 2nd

Nancy Foureman receives an award for her outstanding work of art from Carolyn Armstrong, co-chair of the 38th Annual Greenville Art Guild Show.  Also pictured are Dave Culbertson, treasurer of the Guild and Marilyn Banks, 2013 Show Chairman.
Works of art by area artists will greet visitors to the Shawnee Prairie Park during Prairie Days this coming weekend, September 28 and 29. The Greenville Art Guild will be sponsoring its 38th annual fall art show in the main room of the Prairie Center. All are invited to enjoy this free exhibit.

In addition to the show, children’s “make ‘n take” classes will be part of the Art Guild’s contribution to Prairie Days and will sponsor a small children’s show in the Center, also. Children are encouraged to participate in this free event and make something special to take home.

The Greenville Art Guild works to encourage artists of all ages and to promote the fine arts in Darke County and surrounding areas. For information, call 937.548.1916.

Teen Burned After Putting Gas on a Campfire

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On September 22, 2013 at approximately 7:05 PM Darke County Deputies along with Greenville Township Fire, Greenville Township Rescue and CareFlight were dispatched to 4221 Horatio Harris Creek Rd in reference to a 15 year old female who had suffered burns.
Preliminary investigation revealed the 15 year old female had put gasoline on a campfire which caused a flash fire causing burns to her arms, legs and abdomen. After the fire ignited, a pregnant 22 year old near the fire fell to the ground landing on her stomach. The 15 year old female was transported to Miami Valley Hospital by CareFlight. The 22 year old female was transported to Upper Valley Medical Center for evaluation. The condition of both females remains unknown at this time. 
This incident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Eric Gurr announces primary challenge to Speaker John Boehner

Eric Gurr, a West Chester, Ohio businessman has announced a challenge for Ohio’s 8th congressional district. Mr. Gurr cites differences with Boehner on Syria, Obamacare and the immigration reform bill as driving forces behind the challenge.

“I am under no illusion that this will be an easy task. Defeating an incumbent is never easy. Defeating an incumbent who is the speaker of the house and is able to raise millions of dollars is even more difficult. But I believe it is well worth the effort,” said Gurr.

He also believes that after more than 20 years in Congress, Mr. Boehner is no longer reflecting the views of the voters of Southwest Ohio.

Mr. Gurr was born in Hamilton, Ohio in 1965 and has resided in the 8th district for most of his life. He is a married father of three and grandfather of two.

His campaign committee “gurrforcongress” has established a website at and can be followed on twitter @gurrforcongress. The campaign office can be reached at 513-939-7502

Ft. Black Buffet’s Beef Pot Pie Supper

Ron and Ruby Turner, former owners of Ft. Black Buffet along with Margaret Smith, former cook, and the New Madison United Methodist Church invites you to join them Sat. Sept. 28 starting at 5:00 for supper.

The original beef pot pie recipe along with real mashed potatoes, green beans, salads and desserts will be served. A free will offering will be accepted. The church is located at 149 N Main St. New Madison OH.

Prairie Days: What to Bring

Are you going to Prairie Days next weekend? The festival will run from 10:00am to 5:00pm on Saturday, September 28th and 12:00pm-5:00pm on Sunday, September 29th.

Parking and Admission to the festival are completely FREE. The festival is held at Shawnee Prairie Preserve, 4267 State Route 502 West, just outside of Greenville. Parking for the festival will be at a parking lot across 502 and Greenville City Transit will provide transportation from the parking lot right to the festival!

Vehicles properly marked with handicapped passes will be permitted to park in the lot next to the Nature Center. Wear your walking shoes as you could spend the entire day at the festival enjoying all that there is to take in. Tired of walking? Hop on the horse and wagon ride that circles the festival throughout the day. Hungry? All food at the festival is provided by non-profit vendors and is very reasonably priced. So grab a sandwich or enjoy an old fashioned soda and help out a good cause. Bring the entire family to Prairie Days for a free, family event!

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

Saturday, September 21, 2013



When London, OH blood donor Kevin O’Connor learned he was a finalist in the Community Blood Center (CBC) “King of the Road Summer 2013 Blood Drive” to win the grand prize Harley-Davidson Road King Classic motorcycle, he made a promise. “If I win I’ll throw a fit, get all excited and jump up and down for ya!” he said. Kevin was true to his word and did not disappoint.

Kevin was one of the 10 computer-selected finalists from more than 25,000 people who entered the “King of the Road” drawing by registering to donate blood with CBC between May, 28 and Aug. 31. The 10 finalists gathered at the downtown Dayton CBC Donor Center Thursday, Sept. 19 for the final drawing. Each selected an unmarked envelope, and after a countdown, ripped it open. Only Kevin’s contained a Golden Ticket, making him the new owner of the Harley.

He seemed stunned for a moment, then began waving the Golden Ticket and jumping up and down. He was soon getting a long hug from his wife Laurie and a series of handshakes from his fellow finalists and blood donors.

“This is the biggest thing that I’ve ever won in my life,” he said. “I think in junior high I won a drawing for a bible – it was a really nice one – but that’s all I can remember.” Kevin was soon discussing the transfer of ownership with Jim Gover and Operations Manager Greg Foughty from Gover Harley-Davidson in Piqua, a partial sponsor in the King of the Road campaign, along with REACH Magazine and W Productions in Urbana.

Edison to Host Disc Golf Tournament

A disc golfer takes aim at the final hole of the course.
Coinciding with its 40th anniversary reunion celebration weekend, Edison Community College will host a disc golf tournament on Saturday, September 28, 2013. The two-round tournament will be held at the 18-hole disc golf course located at the College’s Piqua Campus.

Registration for the event begins at 8:30 a.m. followed by the first round of tournament play at 9:00 a.m. Lunch will be provided to those participating at 12:00 p.m. A fast-paced “ring of fire” game will follow round one, giving contestants the opportunity to win additional prizes. The second round of competition will begin immediately after the “ring of fire” contest and an awards ceremony will wrap-up the afternoon.

The course, which was established in 2009 and funded with a grant from the Paul G. Duke Foundation, covers a length of 4,946 feet that winds around the Edison campus and skirts the borders of the Piqua High School athletic fields and the Upper Valley Career Center. Players have to navigate ponds, wooded areas and hills as they aim for one of the 18 baskets that end each hole. The course is easy to follow for players of all skill levels, with concrete slabs marking off each tee area and the majority of holes averaging just below 300 feet.

All registrants will receive a player pack containing a commemorative disc, scorecard, and mini marker. For more information or to register visit

State of the Heart Hospice Patient from Versailles Marks 100th Birthday September 27

Mrs. Henrietta Hart
Friday, September 27 marks a special day for long time Versailles resident Henrietta Hart: Born in 1913, Mrs. Hart will be observing her 100th birthday. A gathering of family, friends and neighbors will be held at her son Dan’s home beginning at 4 p.m., Saturday, September 28 to mark the milestone event. The birthday party will be at 7054 Beamsville-Webster Rd., Versailles.

Mrs. Hart, a State of the Heart Hospice patient, said she is “looking forward” to the gathering where she looks to try some of her favorite food – chicken, and any desserts or sweets that are on the table. “It is hard to believe I am 100,”she said recently from the home of caregiver Sherry Benge in Ansonia. Originally, she was cared for by Benge in her home in Versailles but moved to Benge’s house in Ansonia year ago.

Her son Dan said she is the last of 11 children in her family. He doesn’t think that longevity is characteristic of the family, but he is not surprised his mother is turning 100. “She always walked, biked (until in her 90’s) and was very physical and determined in her life,” he said. In addition to Dan, Mrs. Hart’s other children are: Tom of North Carolina, Jim of Bradford, Dale of New York, and Janet Bulcher of Indiana. Son Dan said he expects a lot of close family, extended family and friends and neighbors to attend the party.

10 Must Have Made in America Styles for Fall 2013

The All American Clothing Co., one of the fewest and finest USA made clothing companies, today issued a report on the must have USA made styles for fall. Yes, there are clothing options out there that are made in America. Here are the 10 styles.

Click here for an updated list of USA made clothing items for sale.

1. AA Men`s Regular Jean Medium Stonewash:

This American made jean comes with a comfortable All American, Classic Relaxed Fit - not too tight, not too loose. The jean is Made in the USA all the way from the materials to the labor as it can be traced back to the American farmers who grew the cotton with a process called Traceability. The process supports over 12,000 American workers.

2. AA Ladies Bethany Low Rise Jeans:

A comfortable fit and confident look for the girl with curving hips and thighs. This USA made jeans enhances natural curves as they become beautiful in this contoured to fit jeans.

3. Quarter-Zip Fleece:

The quarter-zip fleece is stylish, ultra-soft and versatile; it can be worn to the football game or a casual day in the office.

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