Friday, January 31, 2014

GOP Women to Meet

The Darke County Republican Women's Club (DCRWC) will be holding its regularly scheduled monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. on February 10. Program for the evening will feature information regarding Women’s Health Issues.

Dinner is available by reservation, at a cost of $7.50. To place a reservation, please email Wavelene Denniston at, or call her at (937) 547-6477. Reservations must be made before noon on February 6 and reservations placed must be paid.

Dinner is served at 6:30 p.m. in the Chestnut Village Center of the Brethren Home Retirement Community in Greenville. Those who wish to only attend the meeting may do so by arriving at 7 p.m.

The Darke County Republican Women’s Club meets on the second Monday of every month, except January and August. For more information, please contact President Sally Zeiter at The public is invited, and encouraged, to attend.

Mercer County Announces Super Bowl Traffic Blitz

Celina, OH – Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey announced today that additional deputies will be assigned to work targeted areas during the upcoming Super Bowl Weekend. Additional Deputies will be on patrol during the Super Bowl weekend focusing on impaired driving. Deputies will be assigned to specific Townships, these being Franklin, Jefferson, Butler, Granville & Liberty.

Sheriff Grey States “The goal is to keep the motoring public safe, not ruin Super Bowl gatherings. The Purpose is for Deputies to be visible and hopefully deter bad driving.” Sheriff Grey reminds motorists to “Never drive while being impaired. Have a designated driver, never text and drive, and as always please wear your seatbelts”. The goal of the Sheriff’s Office is to keep our citizens safe.

Edison to Host Financial Aid Event

Edison Community College will host the free college financial aid event, “College Goal Sunday” (CGS) on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. in room 313 at the Piqua Campus.

The statewide initiative is presented by the Ohio Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (OASFAA) and endorsed by the Ohio Board of Regents. CGS assists students and parents with completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

FAFSA is a federal application students are required to submit to receive federal financial aid. FAFSA plays a vital role in funding a college education and helping families overcome financial barriers that may otherwise prevent students from attending their institution of choice. Financial aid includes but is not limited to the Federal Pell Grant, student loans, and need-based state grants.

OASFAA is a non-profit, professional organization for individuals actively engaged in the administration of financial aid within the State of Ohio for higher education. As an educational organization, OASFAA strives to offer resources to students, families and high school advisors to promote higher education and increase awareness of financial aid opportunities.

Due to the high demand for assistance in completing FASFA, walk-ins are welcome, however, registration is encouraged. Families can register for College Goal Sunday online at or by calling 1-800-233-6734. For further questions regarding this event, contact Stacy Schloss at

Rumpke Employees Achieve Safety Milestone

GREENVILLE, Ohio—Jan. 29, 2014—Rumpke employees in Greenville worked safely through 2013 without a single OSHA recordable injury.

“Safety is a top priority at Rumpke, so we are very proud of this accomplishment,” said Operations Manager Noel Moomey.

Rumpke has operated a transfer station and truck depot in Greenville since 1989 and employs drivers, mechanics, equipment operators and office personnel. Current job postings are available at, where candidates can review job descriptions and apply online.

The Rumpke transfer station is open to the public for disposal of non-hazardous household waste and construction and demolition debris. A free recycling drop-off box is also available for aluminum cans, plastic bottles and jugs, paper and cardboard.

Rumpke Consolidated Companies, Inc. has been committed to keeping neighborhoods and businesses clean and green since 1932 by providing environment friendly waste disposal solutions. Ohio-based Rumpke is one of the nation’s largest privately owned residential and commercial waste and recycling firms, providing service to areas of Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and West Virginia. Rumpke divisions include Rumpke Recycling, Rumpke Portable Restrooms, The William-Thomas Group and Rumpke Hydraulics. For more information, visit



DAYTON & DARKE COUNTY, Ohio – Community Blood Center (CBC) is reminding donors about the importance of donating during the heart of winter with the “Blood Donor - Every Drop Counts” speckled campfire mug. It’s free to anyone who registers to donate now through February 22. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment at

The stout, ceramic mug is crème-colored with black speckles and molded in a campfire design. It features the slogan “Blood Donor – Every Drop Counts” in bold red letters and includes the CBC blood drop logo. The mug a gift to everyone who registers to donate Monday, Jan. 27 through Saturday, Feb. 22 at any CBC Donor Center or most CBC mobile blood drives.

“Every drop counts” when maintaining the community blood supply, especially during the challenging winter months. CBC asks donors to keep appointments to donate if possible, but please do not put yourself at risk if you feel uncomfortable about driving on snowy roads or going outdoors in extreme cold. The demand for blood donations never takes a snow day, so CBC reminds donors that if you miss a chance to donate, please reschedule when the weather improves.

Monday, February 3, 2014
Mississinawa Valley High School
8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Sponsored by: Mississinawa Valley High School FCCLA
Students & Faculty Only

Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Greenville Technology, Inc.
12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Employees Only

Tiger Bowlers Breakfast a Success, despite the weather

On behalf of the entire Versailles Bowling Program, I would like to thank the Versailles Eagles Ladies Auxiliary #2347 for hosting the Breakfast at the Eagles on Sunday, January 27th. We appreciate the support from our community and the surrounding areas to help support our self-funded Bowling Program. The weather, once again, was beyond ideal. “We were definitely concerned this would really damper the turnout. The Versailles Community and surrounding area once again showed their incredible support for our program by braving what Mother Nature gave us Sunday morning,” said Head Coach Doug Davidson.

For those of you that came out Sunday morning to make this a huge success, THANK YOU! The winner of the 42" LG LED Flat Screen TV or Apple iPad was Rachel Strawser and the winner of the 50/50 Raffle was Deb Bruns.

A special thank you to the Tuesday Night Bowling team, the Ladies Eagles Ladies Auxiliary #2347 and the parents of the bowlers for preparing & cooking the delicious food. Thank you to the Versailles Policy and WTGR for the help in getting the word out for this event.

Also, do not forget the Ladies Auxiliary prepares breakfast the last Sunday of every month from September through April and is open to the public.

Coach Davidson
Coach Phlipot
Coach Watren
Coach Hedrick
Coach Cotner

Thursday, January 30, 2014

PolyOne to Host Career Event: 100 Positions Available

PolyOne, formerly Spartech Plastics
Greenville, OH is expanding with

100 positions available!

PolyOne offers a highly competitive wage, benefits package, and an employee development / training program with opportunity for advancement.

PolyOne is looking to hire Experienced Sheet Extruder Operators, Maintenance Technicians, Material Handlers, entry level Production Machine Operators and Supervisors. Must be 18 years or older; have a high school diploma or GED, possess average math and reading skills; have the abilities to operate a calculator and scale, read a tape measure in 1/16” increments and micrometer in 1/1000 increments, obtain and possess forklift certification and meet average or above average mechanical testing as defined by PolyOne. Must have valid/current State issued motor vehicle license and be able to pass a pre-employment physical and drug screen.

Managers will be conducting interviews during these hours!

Bring resume and apply in person at:

(Formerly Spartech Plastics)
1050 Landsdowne Ave
Greenville, OH

Wednesday, February 5th
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.


Saturday, February 8th
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Help Wanted at State of the Heart Hospice

Help Wanted:

At State of the Heart Hospice we have provided exceptional and individualized care for individuals and their families since 1981. For 33 years we have met the unique needs of those challenged with a life-limiting illness with our exceptional team of skillful caregivers. By focusing on the family as a unit and addressing physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual needs we are able to keep patients pain free and comfortable. This approach allows our patients to add life to their days. To become part of our growing team apply online at

We are currently hiring for the following positions:

Hospice Aide – Care Center 6p-6a
Chaplain – Part Time

Please send your resume to:
State of the Heart Hospice
Attn: Human Resources
1350 N. Broadway Street
Greenville, Ohio 45331

Or, apply online at


GREENVILLE – The Darke County Visitors Bureau released the names of the recipients of the 2014 Darke County Tourism Grant. This year, three recipients were chosen. They are: Illumination Festival, Tour de Donut and a new festival entitled YOLO: Festival of Races.

The Illumination Festival started with a handful of people with a common goal in mind – to bring the top artists in contemporary Christian music to Darke County. After the first year it was clear that Darke County residents were ready for this to become an annual event. Now in its eighth year, the Illumination Festival Committee has continually expanded and is now a two-day event with the first day geared toward youth groups. The event also includes “5K Run in the Darke” as a part of the Wayne Health Care challenge. While there is a good representation of Darke County residents on both days of the event, more and more people from outside the community are discovering the Illumination Festival with tickets having been sold to persons from across western Ohio, Michigan and Indiana. But that shouldn’t be too much of a surprise since they attract the top names in the music industry, such as TobyMac, Newsboys, Big Daddy Weave, MercyMe, Sanctus Real, Hawk Nelson, Superchick and FireFlight to name a few. Bands have yet to be named for this year.

The committee responsible for putting the event together includes Marty and Connie McCabe, Daryl Riffle, Dan Franks, Julie Strait, Chris Hammaker, Nick Hammaker, Jennifer Thomas, John Gilmore, Sean Lawrence and Ryan Berry.

The Tour de Donut is successfully ran by Rocketship Sports Management, an all volunteer not-for-profit event management company that promotes athletic events that it owns, and assists other non-profits in maximizing their return on running, cycling and multisport races. Founded in 2007, the group has produced over 200 events including state and national cycling championships. The groups is probably most known for The Tour de Donut or Colavita-Zipp time trial series though also promotes The Grand Lake marathon, The Donut Dash, Walk the line 10k, Frosty Cheeks 5k and The Wayne Healthcare Challenge.

WHIO: Tuesday was an E-Day for Versailles Students

WHIO filed a report (click on the link below to watch) on Versailles' use of an E-Day this week.

As temperatures remained well below -10 degrees and wind chills were -30 degrees or worse, Versailles was one of many districts who did not open their buildings for the day. With their total calamity days already used up, they turned to an "E-Day" to avoid requiring a make up day later in the year.

Teachers emailed assignments to students for the day, who then have 2 weeks to complete them. This allows the district to avoid the make up day but also avoid the risks associated with kids being out in the arctic like weather.

Click on the image below to watch the video for more details.


The Greenville Business & Professional Women’s (BPW) Club is making preparations for their February meeting. The meeting is being hosted by the Public Relations Committee consisting of Susan Fowble, Rebecca Zeedyk, Norma Fae Knick and Mary Catherine Wilson.

Julia Bowlin, M.D. has been invited to be the featured speaker for the February 13th meeting. Dr. Bowlin is a newly published author with her book entitled ‘To Me I Thee Wed’. On the cover she states, ‘Be your own better half. Discover how to love, honor, and cherish yourself forever after’. Because of her past emotional struggles, her Bachelor of Arts degree in Socio-Anthropology, and her Doctorate of Medicine degree, she has an intimate as well as a professional understanding of how personal, social, and cultural influences can impact one's inner self. She has a fresh perspective and approach to guiding you towards excavating your best inner self, using common sense ideas, traditional values, and modern understanding. Bowlin’s undergraduate degree in Socio-Anthropology was received at Earlham College in Indiana in 1988. She attended Wright State University School of Medicine in Dayton, Ohio, and received her M.D. in June, 1993. Dr. Bowlin did her family medicine residency at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Dayton, Ohio, and went on to become the owner and medical director of Versailles Medical Center in Versailles, Ohio.

The Club will be meeting on Thursday, February 13, 2014 in the Private Dining Room at the Brethren Retirement Community located at 750 Chestnut, Greenville, OH. The dinner meeting will begin at 6:30 PM.

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 by noon on Monday, February 10, 2014 to make a reservation to attend this meeting. The cost is $10.00 per person.


(L-R) CBC Education Specialist Cristine Pickle, CBC Chief Operating Officer Jodi Minneman, Vectren Community Affairs Manager Lynda Hoffman, CBC Donor Relations Manager Tracy Morgan, & CBC Marketing Manager Sher Patrick.


DAYTON, OH - Vectren will continue to support area students who creatively challenge their peers to be blood donors. The Community Blood Center (CBC)/Vectren Lead the Way Creative Scholarship for High School Seniors will be funded by the Vectren for the 10th year.

The CBC/Vectren scholarship motivates the region’s young adults to become blood resource leaders of tomorrow by annually awarding $1,000 in college tuition assistance to five scholarship recipients. Vectren Community Affairs Manager Lynda Hoffman presented CBC Chief Operating Officer Jodi Minneman with a $5,000 check on Jan. 16, marking the 10th year of Vectren funding.

“It is inspiring to see organizations like the Community Blood Center encouraging Miami Valley youth to get involved in our communities,” said Vectren’s Lynda Hoffman. “Getting youth involved in giving back to their communities at an early age and taking steps to further their education helps lead to a future of strong community leaders and we are proud to support this effort.”

“We are so proud of all our high school donors and thankful to their principals, teachers and blood drive coordinators who welcome us into their schools and support our lifesaving mission,” said CBC’s Jodi Minneman. “Lead the Way is a chance to help students who are inspired to do more. Vectren is a wonderful partner in recognizing their talents, supporting their efforts, and rewarding them as they take on the challenge of college.”

Lead the Way is open to all graduating high school seniors in CBC’s 15-country service area who are college bound and whose high school hosted a CBC blood drive during the 2013-14 academic year.
The scholarship puts an emphasis on creativity and dedication to helping others. Only a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher is required. Applicants are asked to imagine themselves as the leader of their high school’s blood drive and challenged to create a winning Donor Recruitment Campaign.

They must create a theme for the campaign expressed in a marketing slogan; explain why the theme will effectively encourage students to donate; and express the theme in a clever, creative fashion using conventional marketing techniques or innovative, artistic expressions.

All candidates should submit their application and blood drive marketing campaign to CBC. Mailings must be postmarked by April 20, 2014. Five winners will be announced in May. Application forms and samples of award-winning campaigns are available online at For more information contact Education Specialist Cristina Pickle at 937-461-3453 and

Edison to Host Information Night

Edison Community College is hosting its third annual “Edison Rocks!” on February 6, 2014. The information night will be held in the Emerson Center at the Piqua Campus from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and will showcase over thirty of the College’s available programs.

Throughout the evening area high school students and parents will have the chance to explore the programs offered at Edison, meet professors, tour the facility and labs, discuss transfer opportunities with university partners, meet industry representatives, and speak with admissions and financial aid counselors.

Edison will highlight a comprehensive list of programs including the following areas of study: Arts and Sciences; Business, Accounting, and Marketing; Nursing and Health Sciences; Information Technology; Engineering; Paralegal; Social Services; Early Childhood Education; Criminal Justice; and more.

Industry leaders including Honda of America, Emerson Climate Technologies, Hartzell Propeller, Inc. and more will be in attendance to highlight the College’s unique industry partnerships. Those in attendance will have the opportunity to speak one-on-one with industry leaders to find out how these partnerships can help contribute to their future successes.

“The College works closely with both its industry and university partners. There are great opportunities for our students to stay in west centeral Ohio, seek exciting employment opportunities, and continue their education,” said Dr. Patricia Ross, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs.

A free flash drive will be given to the first fifty people to pre-register and attend the event. A raffle will conclude the event and attendees will have the chance to receive a three-semester hour tuition waiver. To pre-register online visit For further questions regarding this event call 937-778-8600.

Big Brothers Big Sisters gears up for a volunteer recruitment challenge to help match more than 22 children!!!

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County Board of Trustees and staff recently kicked off Volunteer Recruitment Challenge 2014 on Tuesday, January 21st at the monthly board meeting. During the next seven weeks, teams consisting of local board members and agency staff will be competing against each other to earn points by reaching out to the community actively seeking new volunteers and Bowl For Kids Sake teams and sponsors. The challenge is the result of the ever growing number of children in the area requiring the local agencies services. When the waiting list reached a high of 22 children, the agency decided that a community outreach effort was needed. Additionally, the agency will be offering incentives to our existing volunteers to assist in recruiting volunteers.

Big Brothers Big Sisters anticipates being able to introduce some of our waiting list children along with their newly assigned volunteers at the agency’ Bowl For Kids Sake event to be held on March 7th & 8th. Having a Big Brother or Big Sister will give so many kids a wonderful gift, a chance to grow, learn and perceive the possibilities of the world around them through a positive relationship with a volunteer mentor. Being a mentor to a young child is a worthwhile and precious gift, one that will be keep on giving, year after year.

One Big Sister, 67 year old, Peggy, states that her Little Sis Kayla has given more to her than she has to Kayla. “She has given me a purpose! Everything I enjoy doing in life I have shared with Kayla and she now loves the same things. We enjoy baking together, going through the car wash and just talking.”

National studies have determined that providing positive mentoring relationships for children from single parent homes does work. Children involved in the Big Brothers Big Sisters programs tend to relate better with peers, are less likely to get involved with drugs and often function better in school.

Big Brothers Big Sisters asks that a volunteer or “Big” spend time with their child or “Little” a minimum of two times per month offering guidance, support, and positive role modeling through match activities. These activities are determined by the Big and Little and are set around the volunteer’s schedule. Volunteers are also assigned a staff member during the course of their match to offer support and suggestions.

For more information about Big Brothers Big Sisters, or you are interested in becoming a volunteer, visit our website at or call 492-7611 or 547-9622. Big Brothers Big Sisters is a non-profit United Way agency.

Free Cooking Demonstration

Wayne HealthCare will be providing a healthy cooking demonstration at the KitchenAid® Experience Retail Center. Today more and more individuals want to eat healthy to improve or maintain their health. However, it can be a challenge to know how to prepare healthy dishes. Karen Droesch, the dietitian and diabetes educator, at Wayne HealthCare will provide a healthy cooking demonstration and will be available to answer some nutrition questions after the presentation.

This free program will be offered on February 1, 2014 at 10:30 am at the KitchenAid® Experience Retail Center.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Steve Huffman Files Petitions to Run for 80th District State Representative and Announces Campaign Chairs

Republican candidate Steve Huffman announced today he has filed his petitions to run for the 80th District Ohio House of Representative seat currently held by retiring Rep. Richard Adams. Huffman also announced his campaign Chairs for the campaign.

Today I begin the journey to continue conservative representation in the Ohio House of Representatives. I have enjoyed meeting the constituents of the district so far and look forward to talking about the issues that I believe are important to all of us.

Those issue for me and I believe the district, include applying conservative fiscal discipline to Ohio government, protecting our 2nd amendment rights, making sure we receive our fair share of education dollars and that they are spent in the classrooms. I look forward to using my experience as a physician to tackle the escalating Medicare cost in this state.

I am especially proud today to announce my campaign chairpersons for this campaign.
Peggy Minnich of Troy, Mike Gutmann of Piqua, Steve Bruns of Brown Township in Miami County and Brent Kress of Arcanum. Each of them brings a level experience, perspective and accomplishment to our campaign that will be invaluable. I want to thank them for their support and confidence.

Quotes from Steve Huffman’s chairpersons:

“As a life-long resident of Miami County and a Conservative Republican, Steve Huffman is the best choice for our next State Representative.” Mike Gutmann, Piqua Ohio.

“Dr. Huffman will represent Darke County with integrity and a commitment to Conservative values.” Brent Kress, Arcanum Ohio.

“Steve is not a career politician. Steve understands that lower taxes and a pro-business approach to government means jobs for Ohio workers.” Steve Bruns, Brown Township, Miami Co.


Pamela Garland, Public Transportation Director for the City of Greenville, announced the end of the year figures for Greenville Transit System (GTS). 2013 had a ridership increase of 7.27% over 2012 and an increase of 53.8% since 2009. GTS delivered 52,755 one-way trips during the year. With the aging baby boomers, every indication is that the demand for public transportation will only increase.

72% of riders qualified for the Elderly/Disabled half price fare while 28% were general public. GTS provided rides to medical appointments, shopping, work, and education. GTs also provides a fair shuttle and assists during Shawnee Prairie Days.

The City of Greenville contracts with MV Transit, Inc. for the day-to-day operations. MV has increased efficiency over the past 4 years, exceeding the goals set by ODOT and the City. The General Manager is Kathy Cool.

GTS recently took delivery of two replacement vans which were 80% funded by ODOT and the remaining by the sale of older vans. Pictured are the new buses.

GTS is funded by grants from FTA, ODOT, Elderly & Disabled, as well as local share by The City of Greenville. GTS is a public transportation service. Call 547-1811 to book your ride.


The next meeting of the “Living with Cancer” Support Group will be held on Thursday, February from 7:00 to 8:15 pm. The meeting will take place in the first floor administrative board room at Wayne Health Care. (From the main entrance, turn right and go down the hallway past the lab and turn left at the end of the hall. You will see the board room on the left.)

February’s meeting will hold an open forum and those planning to attend are being asked to bring one thing to share with the rest of the group. (Either copies for the group, or an idea that you want to share.
Perhaps there is information that you have found to be helpful, or a concern that you want to ask the group about, or something that you experienced and how you dealt with it, etc.) Also, please be thinking about what particular cancer you might want to learn more about for future meetings.

The local Cancer Association of Darke County sponsors the Living with Cancer group in cooperation with Wayne Hospital. The Support Group is open to anyone with a cancer diagnosis, also family and friends of an individual with cancer are encouraged to attend. Facilitating the support group meeting will be Christine Lynn from the Cancer Association and Jill Brown from Wayne Health Care.

For further information, contact the Cancer Association of Darke County (partnering with United Way) office at 548-9960. The office is located at 1111 Sweitzer St. at the Wayne Cancer Center. Office hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. The Cancer Association is local and not affiliated with American Cancer Society.

If you would like to donate to help Darke County cancer patients, just write your check to Cancer Association of Darke County and mail to: CADC PO Box 781, Greenville, OH 45331. The organization is always looking for volunteer drivers to drive patients to their treatments. If you would like more information on how to become a driver, just call the office and leave a message if necessary. Someone will return your call.

Thank you for your support!

Versailles Girls Finish 3rd at Pioneer Classic

The Varsity Girls Bowling Team traveled to Westgate Lanes in Lima on Monday, January 20th to compete in the Pioneer Classic hosted by Lima Temple Christian. There were 15 Girls teams entered into the tournament. Teams from all over Ohio competed in this event. The format was 3 regular games and 5 Baker games. The field was then cut to the top 8 in each division based on total pinfall. The teams would then face off head to head in a bracket style format with the winner moving on to the next round in the best 3 out of 5 baker games.

After the Qualifying rounds, the Versailles girls qualified in 2nd position with a total pinfall of 3,524. Zanesville was the top qualifier with a 3,596. The girls started off a bit slow trying to figure out the lane conditions. However, as the day went they just kept climbing in the standings. They rolled 796, 880 and 915 in the 3 games of qualifying. There total score for the 5 Baker games were 951.

The field was now cut to the top 8 teams for best 3 out of 5 match play Baker Games: 1: Zanesville, 2: Versailles, 3: St. Marys, 4: Coldwater, 5: Bellefontaine, 6: Wapakoneta, 7: Defiance, 8: Maysville. The Tigers were to face Defiance in the round of 8. “These girls really came on strong as the qualifying progressed, especially in the 5 Baker Games” said Coach Phlipot. Versailles ran the table in the 1st match by winning 158-147, 203-144 and 247-166.

Versailles Boys Bowlers win Pioneer Classic

Kneeling: Alex Groff, Kyle Cotner, Zach Marshal. Standing: Coach Davidson, Kenny Nagel, Dustin Ruhe, Michael Davidson, Ben Ahrens, Ryan Watren, Coach Watren
The Varsity Boys Bowling Team traveled to Westgate Lanes in Lima on Monday, January 20th to compete in the Pioneer Classic hosted by Lima Temple Christian. There were 21 Boys teams entered into the tournament. Teams from all over Ohio competed in this event. The format was 3 regular games and 5 Baker games. The field was then cut to the top 8 in each division based on total pinfall. The teams would then face off head to head in a bracket style format with the winner moving on to the next round in the best 3 out of 5 baker games.

After the Qualifying rounds, the Versailles boys qualified in 2nd position with a total pinfall of 3,821. Wauseon was the top qualifier with a 3,841. During the qualifying, the boys set another new school single game record of 1,137. Ben Ahrens 223, Kyle Cotner 222, Dustin Ruhe 211, Alex Groff 264 and Michael Davidson 217. The other two games were 997 and 829. “The last game the lanes were started to get very difficult. It is a good thing we had a 180 pin lead over the field because we gave a bunch back that 3rd game,” said Coach Davidson.

Local students made the fall 2013 Dean’s list at Manchester University

The following students from Darke County made the Dean's list this past fall at Manchester University:

  • Andrea Keller of Greenville, is a senior Spanish and religion major
  • Rachel Ulrich of Greenville, is a senior sociology major

To receive this honor, a student must complete at least 12 hours with a GPA of 3.5 or above for the semester. Manchester University, in northern Indiana, offers more than 55 areas of study to 1,350 students from 21 states and 23 countries.

For more about the University, visit

Rep. Adams Announces Funding for City Park Renovations

COLUMBUS—State Representative Richard Adams (R-Troy) has announced that the State Controlling Board approved the release of $27,283 for city park playground equipment in Tipp City, Miami County.

According to documents from the Office of Budget and Management, the grant will be used to fund a new play structure as part of the NatureWorks Local Parks Projects Statewide Grant Program.

“This action by the State Controlling Board is a good example of the state and local governments working together for the benefit of Ohio residents,” Representative Adams said.

A total of $2.3 million was released for projects throughout Ohio. Of the 129 local governments that applied for the grant, 90 were selected after a thorough evaluation process.

Harry Stephens Memorial supports Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke Counties

The Harry Stephens Memorial recently made a donation of $1,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County. This donation is specific to the Darke County program and will assist the agency in continuing to serve “at risk” children through the Big Buddies after school program in Darke County.

Mentoring programs provide support, activities, education, and most importantly, a mentor for children who may be considered at-risk.. The children involved in this program have the opportunity to engage in fun, social and academic enrichment activities with the interaction of their mentor. It is our goal to teach these children, through their relationship with their mentor, skills in managing life in a high-risk environment.

Thanks to generous donations like that from the Harry Stephens Memorial Foundation matches continue to be made in the Darke County and continue to help children in a positive way.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to develop and mature quality relationships between children and volunteers. The relationship is meant to guide each child towards becoming a confident, competent, and caring individual. If anyone is interested in becoming a volunteer, you may call the office at 547-9622 or 492-7611.
If you are interested in more information about the Big Brothers Big Sisters program or would like to volunteer; you can call our office at 937-492-7611 or 547-9622, or access more information at

Ohio Senate Approves Agricultural Nutrient Management Bill

The Ohio Senate has approved a bill directing the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) to establish a fertilizer applicator certification program in Ohio. The sponsors of Senate Bill 150, Senator Cliff Hite and Senator Bob Peterson, designed the legislation to address agricultural nutrient runoff into Ohio waterways and the algae problems in Grand Lake St. Marys and Lake Erie. According to Senator Hite, the bill hinges on a new education and certification program that will give farmers additional information about fertilizer and nutrient use best practices.

Peggy Kirk Hall, J.D., Assistant Professor and Field Specialist, Agricultural & Resource Law, College of Food, Agricultural & Environmental Sciences, OSU Extension answers a few basic questions farmers might have about the proposed program:

  • When would the program begin? If the bill is passed by the Ohio House of Representatives, the fertilizer application certification program would begin on September 30 on the third year following the law’s effective date.
  • Who would have to be certified? Someone who applies “fertilizer” for agricultural production on land more than 50 acres in size would have to be certified by ODA as a fertilizer applicator, or would have to be acting under the instruction of a certified fertilizer applicator.
  • Would there be any exemptions from the program? Those who would make applications of fertilizer on land parcels of 50 acres or less would be exempt from the certification requirement. The bill would also allow the ODA director to establish additional exemptions for certain persons or certain “types of cultivation.”

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

WHIO: Area Sheriffs Disagree on the Use of Snow Advisory Levels

WHIO posted an article outlining the snow advisory level system used (and not used) by counties in our area. As you're aware, the county sheriff has the authority to issue snow advisories at Levels 1, 2 or 3, with 3 effectively shutting down roads in the county, giving law enforcement the ability to issue a citation to anyone they find out and about.

Darke Countians know this system fairly well, although even here it seems to generate discord and mild levels of controversy when winter storms blow through. People get upset when the level 3's are issued, and others get upset when they aren't.

WHIO's article also quotes Auglaize County Sheriff Allen Soloman, who does not use the level system, as saying that "he doesn’t want drivers to worry about being arrested for commuting on the roads around their homes." In addition, he believes it places an unnecessary burden on his department due to a high volume of calls from people inquiring about the current level. Shelby County Sheriff John Lenhart told WHIO that he "believe[s] citizens are smart enough to know whether they should go outside."

How do you feel about the use of snow advisories? Personally, I like having it, if nothing else, as a gauge of how bad conditions are, relayed by folks who are out in the thick of it throughout the storm.

Click here for the full article at WHIO.

VACC Banquet Rescheduled for Monday, February 3rd

Extreme winter weather conditions has forced the Versailles Area Chamber of Commerce (VACC) to reschedule their annual dinner banquet until Monday, February 3rd.

The banquet serves as a networking forum for it's membership, as well as any concerned person interested in a better understanding of the economic development, growth and activities in and surrounding the community of Versailles. A significant portion of the program is dedicated to the presentation of two awards; "Citizen of the Year” and "People-Pride-Progress".

Lifelong resident, Adele Hoke, along with the support of her friends and family will accept the "Citizen of the Year" Award for all the selfless service she has and continues to perform.

Also on hand will be members from the Versailles Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) to receive the "People-Pride-Progress" Award. The Versailles PTO is being recognized for their many contributions to the educational success of the Versailles School students.

For the last three years, the PTO has spearheaded fundraising of $63,000 which directly benefited the students, families, and teachers of the Versailles Exempted Village School District. Items such as new swings and fencing for the playground, SMART board technology for interactive classroom learning, and field trips for each elementary grade levels were underwritten by the Versailles PTO. In addition, the PTO supported motivational speakers that have been brought to the school to provide guidance and inspiration on topics pertinent to our young students. The Father/Daughter’s Dance and the Mother/Son Bowling events in the 4th grade provide wholesome events for families. The fourth grade graduation and grade level picnics celebrating a successful school year are also organized by the PTO.

On the education side, the Versailles PTO has partnered with Versailles Elementary School to provide fun learning activity events. The Art Show, Math Night, Science Night, Literacy Night, Kindergarten Meet and Greet are all wonderful activities implemented in the last three years, where students can work with and show their parents/guardians the countless things being learned in their classrooms. These activities would not occur without the energy and thoughtful dedication of all parents who have been involved with the Versailles PTO.

The banquet has been rescheduled for Monday, February 3, at the Riviera Banquet Room, Stillwater Valley Golf Course. Meet and greet begins at 5:30 pm and dinner is served promptly at 6:15 p.m. The event is not limited to VACC members only. It is possible to purchase tickets by calling Fred Poeppelman at 526-9869 no later than January 29th.

Darke County Native Annie Oakley Receives Great Ohioan Award

Buchy Applauds Recognition of Great Ohioans

State Representative Jim Buchy (R-Greenville) today applauded the recent announcement by the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) and the Capitol Square Foundation of the 2014 Great Ohioans.

The Great Ohioan Award commemorates Ohioans who have played a significant role in an event or series of events of lasting significance in World, American or Ohio history. The 2014 honorees are Darke County’s Annie Oakley, sharpshooter and educator, and Jerri Mock, the first woman to fly around the world.

“I was highly supportive of the move to make Annie Oakley one of this year’s Great Ohioans,” Rep. Buchy said. “I’m not only proud of her because she is from Darke County, but because of the inspiration she was to so many women and men throughout her life. Today, we can continue to see her example of what it takes to achieve great heights. As Annie Oakley said, ‘Aim at a high mark and you'll hit it. No, not the first time, nor the second time. Maybe not the third. But keep on aiming and keep on shooting, for only practice will make you perfect.’”

The 2014 honorees were presented by the Capitol Square Foundation and unanimously approved by the twelve-member CSRAB.

Olde Thyme Gardeners and the Darke County Parks To Host Spring Gardening Workshop

Are you tired of the bitter cold weather? Why not think ahead to spring? Shake those winter blues by joining the Olde Thyme Gardeners and the Darke County Parks for their annual Spring Gardening Workshop held on Saturday, February 15 from 9:00 until 4:00 at the Shawnee Prairie Nature Center, 4267 State Route 502, Greenville, Ohio 45331.

The theme of this year's event is "View from the Garden Path". Come and learn about keeping a garden journal with Master Gardener Mary Geiger and how to create vertical gardens with Mary Hofacker. She will also be sharing information about the successful Herb Society of Preble County and their popular Herb Fair. Well known speaker Teresa Jones from Meadowview Growers of New Carlisle will discuss "What's New and Tried and True in Annuals and Perennials" and popular speaker and Organic Master Gardener, Charlie Cressel, will speak on soil improvement and more. In addition, Winston Brumbaugh of Brumbaugh Fruit and Fun Farm will give his tips on fruit trees.

Pre-registration is required and the workshop is limited so be sure to sign up early! The fee is $31 which covers the cost of speakers, materials and a soup and sandwich lunch. If you would like a lunch, registration is required by Sunday, February 9. The cost is $25 if you register after February 9 and you will be on your own for lunch. Of course, you may register for $25 at any time for the workshop only and no lunch. Please call Olde Thyme Gardener President Bethany DuPuy at 937-547-0877 or 937-417-8917 or Jane Staley at 937-692-8634 if you have any questions or wish to register. Please mail your check made out to The Olde Thyme Gardeners to PO Box 74, Greenville, Oh 45331. Come and join the gardening fun and you may even walk away with a door prize!

“Harmony Romances” 2014 Dinner Theater production by The Oakland Church of the Brethren

The Oakland Church of the Brethren, 8058 Horatio-Harris Creek Road, Bradford (2 and half miles north of Gettysburg, Ohio) is presenting “Harmony Romances” as their 2014 Dinner Theater production. The hilarious church ladies who make up Harmony Church’s funeral committee are back in this laughter filled sequel to last year’s production, “The Ladies of Harmony”. This time, the church ladies are in charge of planning a wedding instead of a funeral. As before, their planning will take various twists and turns as they deal with some very unusual situations leading up to the wedding.

Oakland’s annual dinner theater is well known throughout the community. Those who attend are warmly greeted with valet parking, a wide variety of freshly prepared salads, entrees and desserts as well as wholesome entertainment that highlights the talents that exist within the congregation.

John Dillon is the director. Frank Marchal is the producer. Rochelle Holsapple is the dinner coordinator. The cast members are Nan Hottle, Darlene Dillon, Betty Byrd, Rosie Fields, Amanda Sgro, Mike Hogg, John Welch, and John Dillon.

The dates for this romantic comedy are March 7, 8, 14, and 15, dinner at 6:00 pm, play at 8pm, cost of the dinner buffet and play is $22.00. On Sunday, March 9 and 16, dessert only will be served at 2:00pm with the play to follow at 3:00pm, cost is $12,00. Cost for children 10 and under is half price. Reservations may be made by calling Brenda Coblentz at 937-548-1895 between the hours of 4-8pm.

Proceeds from the dinner theater production will help support Oakland’s outreach projects.


The Arcanum Wayne Trail Historical Society is reminding the public they will be open Saturday, February1 from 9-noon. This is weather permitting. In case of a Darke County Level 2 or 3 we will be closed. Please call 692-6462 before 8:30 am to check that morning before heading out.

Our research facility will also be open. We have materials and tips for researching your family history as well as exploring your house history and information about Arcanum businesses. Check out our web site: Donations of reference materials and photos may also be dropped off that morning. Please call if you have questions regarding this process. We are looking for old one room school house photos especially of Franklin and Monroe Township. Also photos and memorabilia from the Korean Conflict.

Wayne Deschambeau Attending State of the Union as Guest of Speaker Boehner

A local business leader is attending tonight's State of the Union Address as a guest of our local US Representative.

According to WHIO, Wayne Deschambeau, president of Wayne HealthCare, will attend tonight's nationally televised speech as a guest of Speaker of the House John Boehner.

Deschambeau and several other business leaders from Boehner's district were invited because they say "the president’s health care law is making it harder for them to hire, according to a release from the Ohio congressman’s office."

Click here to read the article at WHIO, who promises quotes and coverage of the local leaders' trip tomorrow.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Public Forum Regarding Fair Ground Structures to Be Held on Thursday

Present and Future Fair and Non Fair Beef & Dairy Cattle Exhibition Building Needs
Moderated, Time Limited Public Comment Forum Guidelines

The Forum will be recorded by the Fairboard for future reference/review.

No questions will be permitted. The Fairboard is seeking public comment only.

There will be an individual moderating the Public Comment Forum.

There will be an individual timing the Public Comment Forum.

The speaking order for each session will be determined as follows: Everyone will receive a numbered ticket upon arrival. The duplicate to that ticket will be placed in a container. During the Opening Statement-Explanation of Guidelines for each session, the timer will randomly draw ticket numbers to fill the speaking time allotted for each session and assign each drawn ticket a speaking order. If your number is drawn, you can either speak or decline.

The moderator will inform the individual requesting public comment when to begin.

The individual will be given 3 minutes to speak.

The moderator will inform the individual speaking when 1.5 minutes have elapsed.

The moderator will inform the individual speaking when 2.5 minutes have elapsed.

When 3 minutes have elapsed, the individual speaking must immediately leave the speaking area.

If an individual speaking does not use the entire 3 minutes, the leftover time cannot be given to another individual to use in addition to their 3 minutes.

No heckling, talking out of turn or disrespectfulness will be tolerated. Violators will be escorted out of the building. The decision of the Fairboard regarding these matters will be final.

A suggestion box will be available for those not comfortable speaking in front of an audience. Suggestions not including the full legal name of the individual making the submission will be discarded.


  • 5:00PM Welcome-Opening Statement-Explanation of Guidelines
  • 5:05PM Junior Fair Members only moderated, time limited public comment begins
  • 6:05PM Junior Fair Members only moderated, time limited public comment ends
  • 6:05 to 6:30PM BREAK
  • 6:30PM Welcome-Opening Statement-Explanation of Guidelines
  • 6:35PM General Public moderated, time limited public comment begins
  • 8:35PM General Public moderated, time limited public comment ends


Sheriff Toby L. Spencer announced that as of 2:00 PM on January 27, 2014the Level One Snow Advisory been cancelled. Some secondary roadways remain ice covered and slick and extra caution should be exercised while driving.

"Boehner- - Tobacco industry paid lobbyist" - A Guest Post from Dr. Charles and Rebecca Reier

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As Speaker of the US House of Representatives, John Boehner makes jokes on the Leno show about America’s most successful war.

On January 11, 1964, Luther L. Terry, M.D., Surgeon General of the U.S. Public Health Service, released the first report of the Surgeon General's Advisory Committee on Smoking and Health that smoking was a major health hazard causing COPD, lung cancer and other illnesses. Later it was revealed that second hand smoke was a major cause of illness in others, especially children living in same domicile.

This war continued for decades with only marginal success until responsible lawmakers stepped in and prohibited smoking in public buildings, more recently hospitals and saloons.

The result has been a reduction of human pain, suffering and mortality that could be counted in the millions. This war against tobacco was conducted without budget breaking government expenditures or known loss of life. In the meantime Boehner huffed and puffed while handing out bundles of tobacco industry bribes. His personal staff, during this period, misplaced hundreds of thousands of dollars gambling and remains constantly associated with the casino industry. Boehner met behind closed doors with Las Vegas Sands multibillionaire Sheldon Adelson who was accused of racketeering before the last election.

When will this fun loving, hell raising, once good looking congressman realize his college days are long past? As Speaker of the US House of Representatives from the Ohio 8th District, he has a responsibility to the country at the highest level. Making jest of America’s greatest healthcare achievement in the war against tobacco is behavior unworthy of any responsible citizen - let alone a highly paid and powerful public servant.

Charles E. Reier MD
Rebecca A. Reier RN, CRNA
Greenville OH 45331

New Madison Public Library Opening at Noon Today (Monday)

Because Darke County remains on Level 2, the New Madison Public Library will have a delayed opening. It will open at noon on Monday, Jan. 27.

6th Annual GGSA/CCBL Cornhole Tournament

The 6th Annual GGSA/CCBL Cornhole Tournament is scheduled to be held at Paws Bingo Hall, Saturday, February 22nd in Greenville, Ohio. A double elimination Singles Tournament begins at 12 Noon with an entry fee of $20 per player with a 75% payout.

Then beginning at 3:00 PM the GGSA/GCBL "Grand Slam" Doubles Cornhole Tournament will take place with its $1,000.00 guaranteed purse up for grabs in a double elimination tournament format. Some of the best cornhole players in Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky have played in this highly regarded tournament. Entry fee for the doubles tournament is $40 per team. Awards given to top finishing teams and players.

Check-in for both tournaments begin at 11:00 AM the day of the tournament. The tournament is set by random draw, 10 sets of boards will be used, scoreboards on each lane. Concession stand and cold beverages available during the event.

For more information please call Shawn Shaffer 937-459-9187 (GGSA) or Keith Heidrich 937-760-2008 (GCBL) or go to

Paw's Bingo Hall is located at 848 Martin St in Greenville, Ohio. All proceeds to benefit Greenville Citizens Baseball and The Greenville Girls Softball Association, Inc.

Diabetes and Cold Weather

Over the winter months individuals with diabetes tend to have higher HbA1c levels than during the warmer months. With snow and ice threatening, sugar levels can creep up as the temperature drops.

With this in mind, we've compiled some tips to help keep your blood glucose levels under control during a cold snap.

Keep your activity levels up

Sure it is cold outside but that doesn’t mean you can’t exercise. Even just a little physical activity can help the body to better regulate sugar levels. When you don’t want to walk outside in the weather and if going to the gym give you chills, work out in you own home.

What to do?

NAEYC Grants Edison’s Child Development Center Accreditation

Sofia (left) and Kaleah make apple pies in the dramatic
play center of Edison’s highly acclaimed Child Development Center.
In keeping with its tradition of excellence, Edison Community College’s Child Development Center has once again been granted accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The Academy granted five-year approval to the Center on January 7, 2014, based upon ten program standards.

Not only did the Center meet all ten program standards, it received commendations of 100% or more for nine out of the ten categories including, relationships, curriculum, teaching, assessment, health, teachers, families, community relationships, and leadership and management. Receiving such high commendations from the National Association speaks volumes about the education children are garnering from the Center.

“We were extremely pleased to learn that the program received such high commendations for nine of the ten standards,” added Gerlach. “We would like to thank the Edison community and the Child Development Center families for their continued support during this accreditation renewal process.”

To obtain reaccreditation, Edison’s Child Development Center went through an extensive self-assessment process measuring the program and its services against the ten NAEYC Program Standards as well as hundreds of related Accreditation Criteria. The Center received NAEYC Accreditation after an on-site visit by NAEYC Assessors to ensure that it met each of the ten program standards.

BRC Soup and Sandwich is postponed until Feb 1

With a forecast of inclement weather -- and a long-range forecast for Feb. 1 that's better -- The Brethren Retirement Community's Eden Education Committee has decided to postpone the Soup and Sandwich Lunch. We will have it on Saturday, Feb. 1. from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm.

Thanks everyone for your understanding. And we hope you'll join us so that we'll have a great crowd and a great time on Feb. 1st!

Ohio Has Talent! Feb. 8, 2014 in Van Wert

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Performers from Darke County and surrounding area will be among 20 contestants competing for prize money in the seventh annual Ohio Has Talent! at Niswonger Performing Arts Center in Van Wert on Saturday, February 8, at 7 p.m.

Caroline Prakel of Versailles, Paul Luft of Yorkshire and Danny Schneible of Russia will participate in the benefit show sponsored in part by Citizens National Bank, for Community Health Professionals’ Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center features local and regional performers competing for $1,000, $500 and $250 prizes determined by audience votes.

2014 Ohio Has Talent contestants:

  • Jon Albert of Fort Wayne, Ind. is a dancer combining popping, b-boying and hip-hop
  • Hayleigh Bacome and Amanda Leis of Delphos are a contemporary dance duo
  • Gabriel Beming of Sidney and Caroline Prakel of Versailles are a creative piano duet with antics inspired by Victor Borge
  • Shay Bolton of Rockford is a vocal soloist who also plays piano and dances.
  • Ann and James Brake, a brother-sister duo from Ohio City; James plays piano and Ann dances
  • Makenna Cabe of Sidney was the first place winner of the Shelby County Apple Fest Talent Contest
  • May Coppler of Fostoria studies voice, ballet, flute and piano. She was the winner of her age group in Fostoria's Got Talent 2012 and 2013
  • Yan Coppler of Fostoria received classical training in high school and is a previous winner in her category in Fostoria's Got Talent
  • Hailey and Heather Harshbarger from Anna. Hailey plays piano and they share lead vocals and harmony

Morris Ready to Proclaim New Joy for Life with Music

Eighty-year-old Joy Morris is counting down the days until her return to her home in Pemberton, Ohio, and is ready to proclaim her new joy for life by playing the organ for her fellow church members at the Pemberton United Methodist Church. Morris, who first started playing the piano at her church at the age of 15, is currently a short-term rehab patient at Versailles Health Care Center following a complicated lengthy hospital stay at Kettering Medical Center

“The doctors tell me that I’m a medical miracle,” said Morris with a brave smile. Her medical miracle started back in mid September when she went to the hospital with complaints of weakness and severe stomach cramps. The emergency room staff at Wilson Memorial Hospital determined that she had a large aortic aneurysm and quickly transferred her to Kettering Medical Center. At Kettering, she underwent a ten-hour surgery to repair the aneurysm. She then suffered internal bleeding and underwent another two-hour surgery. After a one month hospitalization at Kettering Medical Center, her family chose to transfer her to Versailles Health Care Center for further care in its short-term rehab unit. “My family heard really good things about the therapy at Versailles and decided it was the right facility for rehab,” said Morris. “God knew what he was doing in bringing me here. It’s the best place I could’ve come to besides going home.”

According to Morris, who continues to get stronger each day, her plan is to return as a church organist soon. She said, “I have many musical memories and want to keep sharing my music with others as long as I can. I didn’t play every Sunday for about ten years while I was having kids, but I’ve been so dedicated and haven’t missed many Sundays.” Morris began taking piano lessons when she was 10 years old, started playing the piano at her church at 15 and then transitioned to the organ around 1950 when the church replaced the piano with an organ. She also has played the organ at many weddings of family and friends throughout the years. “When Joy plays the organ, it’s the most beautiful sound. She plays with her whole heart and it’s almost like she is singing through her music,” said Pastor Don Burley of the Pemberton United Methodist Church. “We’ve missed her and can’t wait to welcome her back home!”

Sunday, January 26, 2014


Extreme winter weather conditions has forced the Versailles Area Chamber of Commerce (VACC) to reschedule their annual dinner banquet until Monday, February 3rd.

The banquet serves as a networking forum for it's membership, as well as any concerned person interested in a better understanding of the economic development, growth and activities in and surrounding the community of Versailles. A significant portion of the program is dedicated to the presentation of two awards; "Citizen of the Year” and "People-Pride-Progress".

Lifelong resident, Adele Hoke, along with the support of her friends and family will accept the "Citizen of the Year" Award for all the selfless service she has and continues to perform.

Also on hand will be members from the Versailles Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) to receive the "People-Pride-Progress" Award. The Versailles PTO is being recognized for their many contributions to the educational success of the Versailles School students.

For the last three years, the PTO has spearheaded fundraising of $63,000 which directly benefited the students, families, and teachers of the Versailles Exempted Village School District. Items such as new swings and fencing for the playground, SMART board technology for interactive classroom learning, and field trips for each elementary grade levels were underwritten by the Versailles PTO. In addition, the PTO supported motivational speakers that have been brought to the school to provide guidance and inspiration on topics pertinent to our young students. The Father/Daughter’s Dance and the Mother/Son Bowling events in the 4th grade provide wholesome events for families. The fourth grade graduation and grade level picnics celebrating a successful school year are also organized by the PTO.

On the education side, the Versailles PTO has partnered with Versailles Elementary School to provide fun learning activity events. The Art Show, Math Night, Science Night, Literacy Night, Kindergarten Meet and Greet are all wonderful activities implemented in the last three years, where students can work with and show their parents/guardians the countless things being learned in their classrooms. These activities would not occur without the energy and thoughtful dedication of all parents who have been involved with the Versailles PTO.

The banquet has been rescheduled for Monday, February 3, at the Riviera Banquet Room, Stillwater Valley Golf Course. Meet and greet begins at 5:30 pm and dinner is served promptly at 6:15 p.m. The event is not limited to VACC members only. It is possible to purchase tickets by calling Fred Poeppelman at 526-9869 no later than January 29th.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Rep. Richard N. Adams Announces House Passage of Infrastructure Improvement Resolution

Proposed ballot initiative would allocate funds without raising taxes

State Representative Richard N. Adams (R-Troy) yesterday announced the passage of Senate Joint Resolution 6 in the House of Representatives, an infrastructure improvement resolution which authorizes nearly $2 billion in funding for improvement projects. Representative Adams cosponsored SJR 6 as a member of the House Finance and Appropriations Committee, which led to the legislation being approved on the House floor. The resolution will now be sent to the governor for his consideration.

SJR 6 puts before voters a ballot initiative to renew funding for the Ohio Public Works Commission (PWC). The PWC provides financing for local government infrastructure improvements such as roads, bridges, solid waste disposal, water supply, storm water collection and waste water treatment. The renewal of these bonds, which will be put before voters on the May ballot, would authorize $1.875 billion of funding over 10 years without raising taxes on Ohioans.

“This is important legislation that will provide local government and state government an opportunity to work together to update, repair and construct infrastructure projects needed and used by the residents of Ohio,” Adams said. “In addition, the bonds, upon being approved by the voters, will provide thousands of jobs for Ohio workers.”

Under the program, grants or loans for local governments are available for up to 90 percent for repair or replacement projects, and up to 50 percent for new or expansion projects.

The Ohio Public Works Commission was created in 1987 after being approved by voters as an amendment to the Ohio Constitution and has twice been reauthorized by voters. Since that time, it has provided more than $3 billion in assistance to local governments for infrastructure projects. The program’s current bonding authority is set to expire soon.

SNB Gives to United Way

Debby Folkerth, SNB and Lauren Henry, DCUW
The Darke County United Way would like to thank Second National Bank and its staff for their compassionate support of Darke County.

SNB and its associates raised $9,148 to better the condition of many neighbors in need in Darke County achieving 100% associate participation in their fundraising activities this past fall. SNB ran various fundraisers including jeans days, a silent auction, and other fun events. SNB provides volunteer leadership for many United Way committees including the annual golf outing and softball classic, as well as with allocation decisions. The bank also supports many community programs and fundraisers with their corporate sponsorship. This is a great commitment from SNB and the United Way is very appreciative of this generous dedication to the county. Their commitment to this county helps United Way and its programs serve over 24,000 residents annually.

On behalf of the Darke County United Way Board of Directors and Staff, we would like to thank Second National Bank and their associates for their tremendous support of United Way. To learn more about United Way visit

Sidney-Shelby County Chamber Foundation Awards Funding to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke Counties

The Sidney-Shelby County Chamber Foundation recently awarded $500.00 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County. Big Brothers Big Sisters was chosen to receive funding because of its continued efforts to make a positive impact in “at risk” children. The funding will be used for the school mentoring program that pairs high school sophomores, juniors and seniors with elementary aged students twice a month.

The High School Mentoring program known as “Big Buddies” is a nine-month commitment where volunteer high school students mentor elementary age children two times a month at an agency designation. This year the program operates at Northwood Elementary School, Longfellow Elementary School, & Whittier Elementary School in Sidney with over 53 children being served in these programs by 57 mentors.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County is a nonprofit, United Way member, social service organization whose mission is to develop and mature quality relationships between children and volunteers. The relationship is meant to guide each child towards becoming a confident, competent, and caring individual. The agency currently has over 23 children waiting for a volunteer to work with them. If you are interested in becoming involved and making a difference in the life of a child in the Shelby & Darke Community call 937-492-7611 or 937-547-9622.

Generous Donors Enhance SeniorFit Gym

There's a new, wonderful, elliptical machine in our SeniorFit gym for older adults and it's because of the generosity of our donors from our 2013 Charitable Dinner and Auction! Thank you!

At that event we raised $20,000 which enabled us to buy new equipment and replace old equipment. This is the first of 4 new machines to arrive.

SeniorFit gym at Brethren Retirement Community is a busy place! Our residents, staff, and members from the community, love working out there. We have two trainers who are there to help participants establish a workout plan and learn how to use the machines.

If you'd like more information, or would like to set up an appointment to become a member, please call 937-547-8000 and tell them you saw this on Facebook!

New Madison Public Library Closed Today (Saturday)

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Because Darke County is on a Level 2, the New Madison Public Library will be closed on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014.  Remember that you can access your account @  to renew books, place items on hold, or download eBooks.


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Sheriff Toby L. Spencer announced that as of 11:30 PM on Sunday, January 24th, 2014, Darke County will be at a Level 2snow advisory.  Level 2 snow advisory means that roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Roads can be very icy. Only those who feel it is necessary to drive should be out on the roadways. People should contact their employer to see if they should report to work. If you are driving, use extreme caution. 

Thank you for your patience during these severe weather conditions.

Friday, January 24, 2014

POSTPONED: Photo Club To Host FREE Workshop on January 25

This Workshop has been cancelled and will be rescheduled. Watch for an update when the new date is set.

Photo by Jeannie Grosch
Photo by Dick Garrison
Do you need help taking better photographs with your own camera? We have listened to your feedback. This year the Darke County Photography Club is pleased to announce a new workshop taught by club members on Saturday, January 25, 2014, from 9:00am to 12:00pm at the Shawnee Prairie Nature Center. Just bring your camera, owner’s manual, and some photographs that you have taken, and our club members will help you learn more about your specific camera and how to take better pictures with it. You may pre-register for this workshop by contacting Jeannie by email at or phone at (937) 548-6287 although pre-registration is not required.

The next meeting of the Photo Club will be Tuesday, January 21, 2014, at 7:00pm, at the Shawnee Prairie Nature Center. The theme for this meeting will be “Moisture”. Feel free to bring 2 photographs for the theme division and 1 photograph for the open division. For more information, visit our website at or contact Jeannie as above.

Keeping Oil and Gas Competitive; Reducing Taxes for Ohioans

Guest Column from State Representative Jim Buchy

When we think about Ohio’s oil and gas drilling, we most often focus on the eastern half of the state. There is, no doubt, good reason for this. Those of us in west central Ohio do not have this oil below our feet like our neighbors to the east. But that does not mean that our region is not affected by it, or that we cannot benefit from it.

One aspect of oil and gas development that directly affects our region of the state is what is called orphan wells. Those are wells that have been dug and where oil has been extracted, and then they dry up. Because they will no longer be used in the future, they need to be capped. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has identified somewhere between 5,000 and 6,000 orphan wells in the state of Ohio, more than 150 of which are in western Ohio.

Some of the wells can potentially be used to store wastewater that is created during the fracking process. However, for a variety of reasons, the wells in west central Ohio will not be looked at as wastewater-storing wells because the proper permits and paperwork are not in place. Public safety is of the utmost importance, so therefore it is critical that all decisions are made with caution and diligence. The responsible thing to do is to cap them.

Another issue under consideration in the legislature is the implementation of a competitive severance tax, a tax levied on the oil and gas companies for extracting the state’s natural resources. I am a cosponsor of House Bill 375, which would impose a small severance tax on well owners who use horizontal fracturing, or fracking. The tax—1 percent for the first five years of production and 2 percent after that—is a rate that will still uphold Ohio’s competitive advantage in this industry.

For everyday Ohioans, the bill features many benefits. First, part of the proceeds will go toward capping the orphan wells that I mentioned earlier. Second, some of the proceeds will be used to help reduce personal income tax rates in the state, which remains a top priority for me, as well as Governor Kasich. That will allow for more disposable income in Ohioans’ pockets.

As these measures move through the legislative process, I will keep you informed about HB 375 and other policies that are important for fostering this relatively new economic opportunity that Ohio is so blessed to have.

Library Winter Reading

The Greenville Public Library kicks off the “Hot Reads for Cold Nights” Winter Reading Program for adults on January 27. Anyone 18 years and older is invited to participate and win prizes. Just pick up entry forms at either the Circulation or Reference Desks. Fill out a form for each book read and turn them in for weekly drawings.

Weekly prizes consist of a 2014 book-lovers calendar, movie passes, and $10 gift cards to one of the downtown coffeeshops: Coffee Pot, A&B Coffee, and Brenda's Beanery. The program ends on February 28 with a grand prize drawing; two winners will receive $40 Bob Evans gift cards. So enjoy a winter of reading and prizes!


Jamie-Sue Seal & John Latini return to Greenville to perform "The Un-Valentine's Show" at the Bistro Off Broadway, Thursday February 14 at 7 pm as part of DCCA's Coffee House Series.

Darke County Center for the Arts Coffeehouse Series will feature award-winning musicians John Latini and Jamie-Sue Seal performing “The Un-Valentine's Show” featuring songs and tales of “unforgiveness, heartbreak, dysfunction, and revenge” on Thursday, February 13 at The Bistro Off Broadway in Greenville. The show begins at 7 p.m.

“Latini and Seal are not only exceptionally talented musicians, but are also incredibly witty entertainers who instantly engage with audiences,” Rawlins stated. “John and Jamie-Sue have been performing this “Un-Valentine's Show” to rave reviews in their home base in Michigan for the past couple of years; we thought it would be fun to present for our audience as an antidote to all the super-sweetness surrounding Valentine's Day,” said DCCA Artistic Director Keith Rawlins. “

According to Mr. Rawlins, audience response to the duo's performance in Greenville last season was so enthusiastic that the upcoming show was booked immediately thereafter. John Latini has earned several awards as a bluesman as well as for his songwriting, while Jamie-Sue Seal is known for her vintage cabaret-style material. The Un-Valentine Show will provide a diverse blend of ballads, folk songs, and blues numbers revealing real feelings and real people.

DCCA's Coffeehouse Series offers high quality artists in casual social settings where food and drink are available for purchase. 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 John Latini and Jamie-Sue Seals's “Un-Valentine's Show” at The Bistro Off Broadway are $10, and may be reserved by contacting DCCA online at or by calling 937-547-0908. If any remain by showtime, tickets will also be sold at the door. Those wishing to make reservations for dinner at The Bistro Off Broadway prior to the show should call the restaurant at 937-316-5000.




GIRLS: U10 & U12
BOYS: U9, U11, U13, U15


21st Annual New Paris Kiwanis Swap Meet

21st Annual New Paris Kiwanis Swap Meet will now be inside the Expo Center at the Preble County Fairgrounds 722 Franklin St. Eaton Ohio.

Buy Sell Trade new and used parts of all kinds $5.00 at door. Show time 7:30 AM- 2:00 PM Sunday February 16 2014, Set up times 12:00 - 5:00 Sat. 6:00-7:00 Sun.

Booth space: 10x10 $20 outside $30


Marriage is a wonderful gift, but it takes work, growth in Christ and patience to love the other more than ourselves. “Real Marriage & The Truth About Sex, Friendship and Life Together” simulcast by Pastor Mark Driscoll and his wife Grace will be an event that will encourage, enlighten, and equip you in your romantic relationship whether you are married or single. Learn how Pastor Mark has navigated his marital journey through biblical teaching and humor. Single individuals will be ahead of the curve after hearing these truths that will transform their dating life and shape their future marriage.

Pastor Mark will be addressing key issues like these:

  • Tough and good lessons learned from Mark and Grace’s story.
  • Dating – keys to success and failure.
  • Married people, guess what, you are supposed to ‘date your spouse’.
  • Friendship in marriage – it is a simple idea, but often difficult to maintain.
  • Taking out the Trash – You will have to attend to learn how.
  • Sex as god, gross or gift?
  • Can We __________?

EUM Church is hosting this simulcast on February 22 from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm at their Worship Center located at 1451 Sater Street in Greenville, Ohio. The cost is $5 per person. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to experience Pastor Mark Driscoll and this life-changing teaching on marriage, relationships, and redemption that leads right back to Jesus. This is a great, inexpensive way to invest in your marriage and get the truth about marriage, sex, friendship and life together.

You may register for the simulcast online at or contact Janie Detling at 937-548-3211 ext 217 for more information.

The Real Marriage Simulcast is hosted by 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.

CenturyLink Supports United Way

left to right: standing: Dave Kaplan, Mark Brinley, Rod Grim, Oliver Byrne, John Crossley and seated: Rick Krogman & Susan Fowble
The Darke County United Way is proud to announce that CenturyLink corporation and employees raised $2,427 for the United Way campaign. CenturyLink’s strong support of its corporation and wonderful employees make a positive difference in the lives of our neighbors in need. CenturyLink’s corporation is matching a portion of employee gifts this year through the CenturyLink Clarke M. Williams Foundation. This year the staff welcomed Lauren Henry from United Way for presentations as well as Sharon Fellers from Grace Resurrection Community Center to learn more about the different programs and their work throughout the community. Sharon spoke about GRCC and their food pantry funded in part by the United Way. She also spoke of their soup kitchen, clothing bank, medical assistance and backpack nutrition program for kids in Darke County.

CenturyLink also provides volunteer leadership for the United Way and corporate sponsorship for United Way events during the year. On behalf of the Darke County United Way Board of Directors, we would like to give a big thank you to CenturyLink and their wonderful staff for strengthening health, education and stability in this community. Darke County United Way served over 24,000 residents last year through their 28 non-profit health and human service programs in the county. To learn more about Darke County United Way visit

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Union City Woman Airlifted After Accident

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On January 23, 2014 at approximately 3:09 PM Darke County Deputies along with Union City, Oh. Fire Department and Rescue responded to the 1400 block of SR 571 on a report of a one-vehicle injury crash.
Preliminary investigation revealed Ramona C. Prosser 61, of Union City, Oh. was driving a 1999 Gray Chevy Blazer when she lost control on a partially snow covered roadway, due to the blowing snow and  traveled off the right side of the roadway striking a utility pole in the drivers door.  Prosser was extricated from her vehicle by Union City Fire, and was transported to the CareFlight landing zone at the Darke County Sheriff's Office and was taken to Miami Valley Hospital aboard CareFlight for her injuries.
This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office.

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