Friday, February 28, 2014

Darke County Auxiliary Deputy Fired, Arrested on Charges of Sexual Battery, his (now) Ex-fiancé speaks with WHIO

Bryan Wombolt
Bryan Wombolt, 27, was a part time Darke County Auxiliary Sheriff's Deputy until he was terminated and arrested after his (now) ex- fiancé allegedly discovered he was having a sexual relationship with a high school student.

Darke County Sheriff Toby Spencer held a press conference to discuss the situation yesterday afternoon. He stated then that Wombolt had been transferred to the Preble County Jail in order to prevent any potential contact to his former fiance via other inmates and expressed general sense of regret and disappointment at this type of conduct involving someone under his command.

WHIO filed the report below, which includes an interview with Wombolt's former fiancé who openly discusses her side of how things led to his arrest and termination as well as comments from Sheriff Spencer.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

The Light Foundation’s 6th Annual Youth Wild Turkey Hunt, April 18-20, 2014

Our Youth Wild Turkey Hunt will be held the weekend of April 18-20th 2014 and we invite all kids from first time hunters to youth gobble pros to apply for a one of a kind hunting weekend with Matt and The Light Foundation. Participants will spend all weekend with us at our Chenoweth Trails facility on Greenville-Nashville Rd; we provide sleeping arrangement and meals all weekend. Requirements for participation; 12-17 years old on the day of the hunt, a resident of Darke County, a valid Ohio hunting liscense and a completed application. Essays, due by March 12th 2014, are anonymously graded and the top 16 essays are selected to join us for the hunt. Applications can be printed off our website at In regards to hunting, The Light Foundation will provide professional guides, guns, ammo, blinds and camo hunting vests. Bagging a bird will be up to you.

After reading through the application materials any questions can be forwarded to our Program Director, Nick Schuckman by phone at 513.503.0948 or emailed to

Greer promoted to Vice President, Hole to manage bank’s Third & Walnut office

H.B. Hole and Joy Greer
GREENVILLE, Ohio –Second National Bank (SNB) announced that Joy Greer was recently promoted to vice president and H.B. Hole has been named branch manager at the bank’s Third & Walnut office in Greenville.

As part of her promotion, Greer will assume responsibilities as the new retail banking administrator. Greer joined SNB in 1989 and has held numerous positions throughout the bank, and most recently was the card services manager and branch manager at the Third & Walnut office in Greenville. She has completed many special training courses in banking and financial services including the Ohio Bankers League (OBL) Bank Management School, OBL School of Consumer Lending and OBL School of Real Estate Lending.

Greer’s community involvement includes volunteering for the Greenville Lady Wave softball program, and participating in numerous fundraisers for local charities supported by the bank. Greer is a graduate of Greenville High School and lives in Greenville with her husband Chris and their two daughters.

In 2000, Hole joined SNB as the branch manager of the bank’s Walmart office. He has more than 25 years’ experience in banking, including consumer and mortgage lending. Hole graduated from Versailles High School and earned a bachelor’s degree from Miami University.

Hole is active in the community as a member of the Versailles Lions Club, the Heritage Park board, Boy Scout Troop 79 and is a past chairman of the Poultry Days Festival. He lives in Versailles with his wife Brenda and their two sons.

Cover Crop Informational Meeting – March 6, 2014 at 9:00am

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Are you interested in planting a cover crop, but not sure where to start? If you answered yes to this question or have some uncertainties about the cover crop you have planted, then mark your calendar for the morning of Thursday, March 6, 2014. The Darke Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), Treaty Soil, Wright State University and KB Seed Solutions are hosting a Cover Crop Workshop in the Assembly Room at the Darke County Parks located at 4267 State Route 502 West, Greenville, Ohio 45331. The meeting will begin at 9:00am. Thanks to support from the 4R Tomorrow program, this workshop will help to answer many of your questions and concerns about planting a cover crop. This workshop will focus on the benefits and management challenges of best utilizing a cover crop in your rotation. There will also be a focus on different methods available for seeding during the growing season.

Wayne Kizer is the President at KB Seed Solutions located in Harrisburg, Oregon. Wayne’s Great Grandfather and Grandfather raised their first crop of annual ryegrass in the early 1930’s. Now Kizer & Son has grown to over 1,300 acres and custom processing over 10 million pounds of grass seed per year. In 2007, Wayne and Nick Bowers formed KB Seed Solutions to market their variety of annual ryegrass, KB Royal.

Wayne Kizer’s goal with this workshop is to help farmers “learn about all of the management tools needed to be successful with covers. There is much more to using cover crops than buying some sort of seed and planting it, starting with how to pick a cover crop that is right for each individual situation”.

Jim & Enid Goubeaux Sponsor DCCA Artists Series Performances of ALPIN HONG and TOLEDO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

DCCA Artists Series Sponsors Jim & Enid Goubeaux with
Keith Rawlins, Artistic Director and Andrea Jordan,
Executive Director of the Darke County Center For the Arts.
Darke County Center for the Arts recognizes Jim & Enid Goubeaux for their contributions to the DCCA 2013-2014 season. The Goubeaux’s are Angel members of DCCA, and are sponsors of two Artists Series performances including world class pianist Alpin Hong, who will be performing March 8th and The Toledo Symphony Orchesta’s Music of Mozart on May 3rd. “On behalf of Darke County Center for the Arts, I want to express our appreciation of Jim and Enid Goubeaux and their patronage to the arts in Darke County. The Goubeaux’s have been long time supporters of DCCA, and it is with this kind of support that DCCA can continue to present quality arts experiences in our own backyard,” stated Andrea Jordan, DCCA Executive Director.

DCCA presents and promotes performing and fine arts, encouraging cultural enrichment in the community. “Jim and Enid’s enthusiasm for the arts truly inspire and encourage our efforts to present a wide variety of high quality performing artists,” shared Keith Rawlins, DCCA Artistic Director.

DCCA will present concert pianist Alpin Hong at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville on Saturday, March 8. The New York Times lauded the artist's “crystalline energy. . . clear and persuasive ideas. . . and remarkable breadth” and called Alpin “a pianistic firebrand” in its review of his standing-room only recital debut at Carnegie Hall. Alpin's warm humor and boundless energy combined with his wide-ranging interests and amazing skill at the piano help him connect to people of all ages, experiences, and backgrounds. The concert, part of DCCA's Artists Series, begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20.

The Toledo Symphony Orchestra returns to Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall Saturday, May 3 to present The Music of Mozart. Toledo Symphony Orchestra will guide you on a journey through compositions that express humor, joy, and sorrow with both conviction and mastery. The concert, the final performance of DCCA's 2013-2014 Artists Series, begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30.

Tickets for the Artists Series performances can be reserved by contacting DCCA at 937-547-0908 or purchased at DCCA's office located within Greenville Public Library, as well as online at Tickets will also be available at the door prior to the performance.

Greenville National Bank is also a sponsor of the Alpin Hong concert. Greenville Federal and Ami McClurkin also sponsor the Toledo Symphony Orchestra. DCCA performances are presented with additional support from the Ohio Arts Council, which helps fund, the programs 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 and Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust Fund.

Trash Bash 2014 T-Shirt Contest Winners Announced

Commissioner Michael Stegall presented Rachael Schmitmeyer
of Greenville with a letter from Congressman John Boehner
recognizing her accomplishment and volunteering efforts in Trash Bash.
The Darke County Solid Waste District and 1 Shot Services recently sponsored a t-shirt design contest for Trash Bash 2014. Students in grades K-12 were eligible to enter the contest. With over fifty (50) designs received, the Darke County Solid Waste Policy Committee selected Rachael Schmitmeyer’s entry as the winner. Rachael’s design will be put onto t-shirts that will be distributed to all participants of Trash Bash 2014. Rachael, of Greenville, also received a $75 Chamber Gift Certificate donated by 1 Shot Services, Bradford, Ohio. Rachael also received a letter from Congressman John Boehner recognizing her accomplishment and for volunteering in Trash Bash. Rachael is the daughter of Todd and Susan Schmitmeyer.

“We commend every student who took the time to submit a design into our third annual t-shirt design contest for Trash Bash,” said Krista Fourman, Director of the Darke County Solid Waste Distirct. “Everyone who entered had such talent and great ideas. It was hard for the Policy Committee to pick the top three winners.”

The Winning Design
Also receiving prizes for their artwork for the Trash Bash 2014 t-shirt contest were Jordan Ernst and Chad Harter, both of Greenville. Jordan received a $50 Darke County Chamber Gift Certificate and Chad received a $25 Darke County Chamber Gift Certificate sponsored by 1 Shot Services. Jordan is the son of Dave and Stacy Ernst. Chad is the son of Jerry Byerly.

“Trash Bash is becoming a huge volunteer event in Darke County. Hundreds of miles of roadway is being cleaned-up in two days.” stated Jim Schaar member of the Darke County Solid Waste Policy Committee.

How can you participate? The Darke County Trash Bash is scheduled for April 12 & 13, 2014, rain or shine. The collection is set to begin at 8:00 a.m. The district is looking for numerous groups of 4 to “pound the pavement” at their assigned 2-mile locations picking-up bags of trash and recyclables. Clean-up groups can be started with friends from school, work, church, and volunteer organizations or clubs and there’s no age limit for volunteers. Call the district at 937-547-0827 to find out how to register your clean-up group or to offer in-kind support. Sign-up forms can also be found on the district’s website: . Forms must be turned in by March 7, 2014.

Each group will be given black bags for trash and clear bags for recyclables. For separating the recyclables from the trash, each group will be awarded $50.00 for participating. Awards will be given to Darke County non-profit organizations only. There is no limit to the number of groups that an organization can enter. County highway employees will follow assigned routes and will pick-up bags left on the targeted collection roads on April 14, 2014.

Winners of the Trash Bash 2014T-Shirt contest recently met for a small awards ceremony at 1 Shot Services. Pictured Front Row (l to r) are: Chad Harter, 3rd place Design Winner, Jordan Ernst, 2nd place Design Winner, Mike Stump, Darke County Policy Committee. Back Row (l to r) Tom Hans, Darke County Policy Committee, Wayne Chinn, 1 Shot Services, Commissioner Michael Stegall, James Schaar, Darke County Policy Committee, and Roberta Mangen, Darke County Health Department.

Versailles Girls Miss State by 52 Pins

This year’s District Championships were held at the 68 lane Beaver-Vu Bowl in Beavercreek, Ohio on Thursday, February 20th, 2014. The format was 3 regular games and 6 baker games. Total pinfall would determine the State Qualifiers.

The Lady Tigers started out with a nice game of 910, which put them in 6th place after game 1. The top 4 total scores at the end of the day would then qualify for State. The 2nd game was perhaps one of their toughest of the year of 808. After two games, they were a little over 100 pins out of the cut score. The girls responded and did not give up, just like when they bowled Coldwater for the WOHSBC title after being down by 75 pins the first game. They came back and fired off a 937 which catapulted them into the 4th spot after 3 games. However, there were about 3-4 teams all within 25 pins or so of 4th.

The Baker Games started after the break. “I really felt we had the advantage with the group of teams that were all bunched together. The top 2 teams were in great shape. We just needed to buckle down and keep filling frames in the Baker Games,” said Coach Phlipot. The Lady Tigers came out bowling very well in the Baker Games with a 182, 235, 173, 189 and a 185. There was just one Baker Game to go and the girls found themselves about 50 pins out of 4th. There were 3 teams that were vying for this spot. Kenton Ridge, Northwestern and Versailles. With the Lady Tigers starting out with a double, things were looking very promising. However, after a couple of splits and some open spare conversions, Versailles finished with a 145, Kenton Ridge 145 and Northwestern 138. The Lady Tigers missed the State Tourney by 52 pins.

“Unfortunately, some days are just not your day. These girls worked so hard to get back to State this year. It just was not in the cards today. In my eyes, every one of these girls are winners. It is just extremely tough right now for the kids (and coaches), especially the 5 Seniors,“ said Coach Davidson. The Lady Tigers had an incredible season that most other teams just dream about. They placed 2nd in the Ohio High School Invitational Kickoff Classic in Columbus, 3rd in the Pioneer Classic in Lima and they won the WOHSBC conference for the 2nd straight year going 26-0 their last two seasons. Both of these years, they defeated 2 time State Champion, Coldwater, the last week of the season to win the conference. “When you look at what this team did over the last couple of seasons, it is just awesome. I am so proud of every one of them.” Said Phlipot.

The Tigers were led by Megan Monnin with a 580 and Megan Ward with a 548. Megan Monnin missed qualifying for State as an individual by only 4 pins. There was one person ahead of her that missed by 2 pins.

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Watching for Woodcocks

This usually secretive shorebird species shrugs off his enigmatic ways in early spring in hopes of wooing any passing females. Many male birds have bright colors or other ways to impress females; the American Woodcock takes it one step further, launching into the air, feathers twittering only to dive quickly towards the ground then resuming his nasal “peent” calls. Join the Darke County Parks as we take a hike to Watch for Woodcocks! The hike will occur on Thursday, March 6th at 6:00pm. Meet at Shawnee Prairie Preserve for this FREE hike!

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

Pam Pohlman, licensed social worker, to speak at the “Living with Cancer” support group

Pam Pohlman, licensed social worker, to speak at the “Living with Cancer” support group on March 6, 2014 at Wayne Healthcare. The meeting will start at 7:00 p.m. It will be held on the 1st floor Board Room at Wayne Health Care.

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

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

The local Cancer Association of Darke County sponsors the Living with Cancer group in cooperation with Wayne Hospital. The Support Group is free and open to anyone with a cancer diagnosis, cancer survivors, also family and friends.
You won’t want to miss this time of sharing and interpersonal communication with the group!

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

For further information, contact the Cancer Association of Darke County office at 548-9960. Office hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:00 A.M. 4:30 P.M.

The Cancer Association is a United Way Agency and serves local cancer patients. It is not affiliated with The American Cancer Society. It is funded by donations from various groups, businesses and individuals. The Corporate Sponsors for 2013 were American Legion Post 140, Carlos and Patti Menendez, Diane Evans Insurance Agency, Family Health, 5th 3rd Bank, FOE 2347 Charity Fund Versailles, FOE Ladies Auxiliary Greenville, First Assembly of God, Francis Furniture of Greenville, Johnston Chiropractic Clinic Inc., Leis Realty, Osgood State Bank and Second National Bank.

Edison Hosts College Fair at Darke County Campus

To help students and parents through the college selection process, Edison Community College will be hosting a college fair on Wednesday, March 12, from 6 – 8 p.m. at the Darke County Campus in Greenville.

Finding the right school can be an overwhelming task. Factors such as size, location, and cost all have a major impact on a student’s decision of where they will attend college and how successful they will be.

Colleges and universities from Ohio and Indiana will be at Edison’s Darke County Campus to talk with students, parents and guidance counselors about opportunities in higher education. Advisors and representatives will be able to address questions regarding courses, tuition, job placement rates for majors, accreditation, the transfer process, and more.

“Being able to visit with area colleges all in one place is a great advantage for students and parents to become more informed about the opportunities available to them,” said Tracy Wheeler, College Bound Advisor.

Davidson wins District Individual Title

“After last year, one of Michael’s goal this year was to do everything he could to help the team qualify for the OHSAA State Bowling Championships. He told me it was awesome to win Districts and State last year as an individual, but it would be much better if they could do it as a team,” said Coach Davidson. Well, the goal came to life as he repeated his District Gold as the individual champion and helped the team win Districts and qualify to the State Championships. (see separate article) He rolled a 268, 234 and 215 for a nice 717 series.

Freshman Alex Groff was also named to the Southwest District All-Tournament team by rolling a 616 series. His games were 205, 219 and 192. “It was cool to see Michael repeat as the individual champ, but seeing Alex earn his spot to the all-tournament team was pretty emotional for me. We made a lot of changes to his game this year and he was like a sponge all season. The ironic thing is he rolled a 104 in practice on Wednesday. I just tried to keep his mood light during that game. I told him a bad practice before a big match is a good thing. This kid has worked his tail off this year and has helped the team in a big way.“ said Davidson.

The All-Tournament team consisted of Michael Davidson (Versailles) 717, Keith Sickler (Cleves) 652, Skyler Reisinger (Urbana) 649, Daniel Evilsizor (Urbana) 643, Phil Davis (WLS) 641, Josh Wiley (Ben Logan) 638, Luc Russell (Urbana) 626 and Alex Groff (Versailles) 616.

Versailles Boys Roll to District Title

This year’s District Championships were held at the 68 lane Beaver-Vu Bowl in Beavercreek, Ohio on Thursday, February 20th, 2014. The format was 3 regular games and 6 baker games. Total pinfall would determine the State Qualifiers. “We did not have any trouble making it though Sectionals last week, however, it was not one of our best showings this year. These guys had several great practices before District and I knew they were ready,” said Coach Davidson.

The Tigers started out on fire by posting a tournament leading 1,099. 4 guys posted scores over 200 with Michael Davidson leading the way with a 268, Ben Ahrens 238, Zach Marshal 215 and Alex Groff 205. It took a couple frames to figure out the lanes the next game as every team moved to a different pair of lanes. They stayed hot and posted another nice score of 1,031. 3 guys posted games over 200 with Michael rolling a 234, Alex 219 and Ben 211. The Tigers remained in 1st after two games notching Sectional Champion, Urbana, by about 70 pins or so. The lanes were starting to get a little tricky, especially after they moved pairs again. The team kept their composure and made the necessary adjustments and finished with a 994. This game the Tigers were led by Michael 215, Dustin Ruhe 215 and Ryan Watren 212. This was enough for a 3,124, beating the school record that was set back in 2011-12 of 3,092.

"Harmony Romances" Dinner Theater to be hosted by Oakland Church of the Brethren

The Oakland Church of the Brethren, 8058 Horatio-Harris Creek Road, Bradford,OH (2 and half miles north of Gettysburg,OH) 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.

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 at 6pm, cost of the dinner buffet and play is $22.00. On Sunday, March 9 and 16, dessert only will be served at 2pm with the play to follow at 3pm, cost is $12.00. Cost for children 10 and under is half price. For reservations call 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.

Darke County Republican Women’s Club to Hold Next Meeting on March 10th

Shelly Acker (l), Wayne Hospital, chats with Darke County
Republican Women’s Club member Marilyn Hittle (r) after
cker spoke to the club regarding women’s health issues
at the club’s regular monthly meeting in February.
"Women often don’t watch their health like they should,” said Shelly Acker from Wayne Hospital. "There are easy things that we can do to help.”

Acker was the speaker at the Darke County Republican Women’s Club’s (DCRWC) regular meeting in February. She detailed many easy, day to day, items that women can do to improve their health and also help prevent future problems.

The DCRWC is a group of Republican Women who meet monthly and work at the grass-roots level to elect Republican candidates, provide political and legislative knowledge and provide community service. The next meeting of the DCRWC will be held at 6:30 p.m., March 10 at the Chestnut Village Center of the Brethren Home Retirement Community.

Molly Mottram will be the featured speaker. Mottram is the Dayton Area Field Coordinator for Americans for Prosperity (AFP). AFP is a group committed to educating citizens about economic policy and mobilizing those citizens as advocates in the public policy process. It is an organization of grassroots leaders who engage citizens in the name of limited government and free markets on the local, state, and federal levels. AFP grassroots activists advocate for public policies that champion the principles of entrepreneurship and fiscal and regulatory restraint.

The meeting is open to the public - if you would like to dine with the group, the cost of the meal is $7.50, and reservations are due by March 6. Reservations that are placed, are expected to be paid in full. Reservations may be placed by calling Wavelene Denniston at (937) 547-6477 or emailing her at If you would like to attend the meeting, but not dine, you may do so by arriving prior to 7 p.m.

For further information, contact President Sally Zeiter at (937) 423-2391 or email her at:


Kristy is training to use a multi-line phone system at a local host site.
Darke County as well as many other Ohio counties are faced with the challenge of how do we help today’s youth face the obstacle of obtaining work in our community. One way is to become a partner with the WIA Youth Program in Darke County. Your business can make a difference by serving as a host site for the summer work program.

The Council on Rural Services (CORS) and Workforce Invest Act (WIA) Darke County is looking for profit or non-profit employers that would like to provide opportunities for mentoring and job training youth and young adults aged 14 to 21 beginning June 17, 2014.

  • WIA Youth Program will provide the applicants, pay their wages and offer job support to the youth participants.
  • Business host sites will provide job training and mentoring for youth while having additional help during the summer.
  • All will benefit by working together to create positive futures for the youth of the county.

Your business will partner with Council on Rural Services, an agency that has served and supported youth in our community for the last 25 years. This opportunity creates a win-win situation for area businesses and youth; you will be giving youth that desire to create a positive future for themselves and the tools they need to successfully transition into adulthood.

You can help jump start a youth towards reaching their career goals! If you are interested and would like to help area young people learn necessary job skills, call today to find out more information about becoming a host employment site. You can reach Kathy Kenworthy, Youth Advocate, at the WIA Youth Program at 937-548-8002.

WIA Youth is funded by the Department of Labor/Workforce Invest Act through Darke County Department of Job and Family Service and the Darke County Commission.

If you would like to know more about other Gateway Youth Programs in Darke County check the web at or call and speak with Ruth Barga, Support Specialist, at 937-548-8002. Gateway Youth Programs and WIA is a program of Council on Rural Services … programs for innovative learning.

MVCTC Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Program

MVCTC Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning juniors. Back row left to right – Michael Whitson (Wayne); Joshua Moorehouse (Miamisburg); Christopher Wertz (Trotwood); Oshae Fowler (Trotwood); Ceige Riffell (Ansonia); Nathan Bastress (New Lebanon); Caleb Sturgell (New Lebanon); Front Row left to right – Mr. Michael Routzohn (HVAC Instructor); Matthew Delos Santos (Wayne); and Thomas Dillon (Brookville).
MVCTC Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning senior,
Chris Springer (Tipp City) is currently employed as an
Apprenticeship Student with Waibel Energy Systems in
Vandalia thanks to his program at MVCTC.
 The Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) program allows students to earn nationally recognized certificates in refrigerant handling (EPA test) and an industry competency certificate (ICE exam).

MVCTC Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning
seniors. Left to right – Joshua Davis (Versailles); Seth Smith (Northmont);
Walter Weist (Tri-County North); Colyn Brower (Tri County North);
Mr. Michael Routzohn (HVAC Instructor); Aaron Tucker (Eaton).
Not pictured Apprenticeship students – Dylan Hemp (Tri-County North)
and Chris Springer (Tipp City). 
MVCTC HVAC students participate in the international Career Technical Student Organization, SkillsUSA. The students compete in the HVAC and sheet metal competition at the local, state and national levels. Last year, 2013 HVAC Student, Chris Singer (New Lebanon) placed second in the nation in the Sheet Metal Contest.

HVAC students learn to operate, maintain, and troubleshoot furnaces and air conditioning equipment. They learn to use electric meters, refrigerant gauges, soldering torches and many more HVAC specific equipment. HVAC students also learn the sheet metal trade where they build metal fabricated ducts.

HVAC students are able to participate in the MVCTC Apprenticeship program, if they maintain good grades and great attendance. They earn and learn the trade. This school year HVAC students are apprenticing at many local businesses such as Barga Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration, Inc.; Waibel Energy Systems; and Ed Rike Plumbing.

After completing the program, students have taken jobs as service technicians, furnace/air conditioning installers, or sheet metal installers/fabricators. Some students have continued their education after high school and have been employed as engineers and sales associates. A few have started and operate their own successful businesses.

The HVAC program, allows students that qualify to receive college credit and a scholarship to continue their education at Sinclair Community College.

Chris Springer, Class of 2014 from Tipp City, is currently working as an Apprenticeship Student for Waibel Energy Systems in Vandalia. Chris has had the opportunity to gain hands on experiecne in a well paying job while still in high school. He will graduate from MVCTC in the spring having earned industry certifications in HVAC and plumbing systems and has a head start on his career.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014


The Greenville Police Department has received confirmation from the Miami Valley Regional Crime Laboratory that a recent evidence submission has resulted in the finding of heroin laced with the powerful prescription drug, Fentanyl. Fentanyl is typically used to ease the pain of end-stage cancer patients or in anesthesia; however, when used with heroin, can cause immediate death. This is the first such finding for the department, and the Darke County Sheriff's Office has received similar reports.

Numerous prime time television news affiliates have reported deaths in several states. The Greenville Police Department has great concern regarding any illegal drug use and especially these types of new experimentation.

Anyone with drug information is asked to contact the Greenville Police Department at 937-548-4150 (option 2), or the Darke County Crime Stoppers tip line at 937-547-1661. All callers may remain anonymous.

Maple Sugarin’ at the Prairie

The sap is flowing and the fire is roaring in the Sugar Shack; that means it’s time to enjoy nature’s sweet treat. Saturday, March 1st from 8:00am-4:00pm is Maple Sugarin’ at the Prairie! This early spring day at Shawnee Prairie (4267 St. Rt. 502 West) offers guided tours through history and science as we learn the process of turning sap into syrup. After our tour through the woods, we’ll visit the Sugar Shack, where you can warm up in the steam-filled evaporator room as the sap spends countless hours on a boil to reduce it down to syrup. Then head out to the Log House and Blacksmith Shop where you can visit with our 200-year-old pioneers and discuss 18th century life. Finally, complete the day at the Nature Center where the gift shop will be full of maple goodies for your sweet tooth!

The Friends of the Parks will once again be serving up a hearty breakfast of waffles, sausage, juice, coffee and of course pure Ohio Maple Syrup! Breakfast will be Saturday March 1st, from 8:00am-12:00pm. There will also be a 50/50 raffle. Tickets are available for only $5 at the door on the day of the breakfast.

If you have any questions about this or other programs offered by the Darke County Parks, please call the Nature Center at 937.548.0165 or visit our website at

Monday, February 24, 2014

Early Morning Discovery Hikes Start at 8:00am

After the winter we’ve had, it’s hard not to wake up happy on a spring morning! So why not head out for a hike? Every Tuesday morning at 8:00 am, the Darke County Park District hosts an Early Morning Discovery Hike. These hikes focus on birdwatching, trees, fungi, wildflower ID and more. Bring binoculars or borrow a pair from us. Meet at the Nature Center at Shawnee Prairie Preserve (4267 St. Rt. 502 West) each and every Tuesday. Be sure to dress for the weather as the hikes will take place rain or shine.

For more information on this and other programs, call the Nature Center at 937.548.0165 or visit our website at We hope to see YOU out on the trails!

"Oil men and Republicans Hate Fracking Consequences" - A Guest Post from Charles and Rebecca Reier

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Guess who hates fracking consequences? Would you believe the former US House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-TX) and his wife and the Chairman and CEO of Exxon-Mobil Corp Rex Tillerson and his wife all hate fracking consequences? Fracking, in case you are unfamiliar with the term, is the process of pumping water and an endless array of proprietary substances under the ground to miraculously release its bounty of natural gas.

Surprisingly then, fracking is causing a ruckus in the little town of Bartonville, Texas (pop. 1600). Furthermore the Tillersons and Armeys are right at the center as they trudge down a long, windowless hall to the city council meeting.

The concerns of the Tillersons, Armeys and some of their affluent neighbors seem to center around four major issues. First the tower would create a noise nuisance and traffic hazards. Secondly, in their eyes anything that would rise above 2 stories would destroy the bucolic nature of the community. Third, an increased water supply might lead to the expansion of the community of 1600 souls. Fourth and last, it could lead to the depreciation of their property values.

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Inaugural “Heart & Sole” 5K Raises Over $14,000 for State of the Heart Hospice

Pictured at the 5K reading a poem written by
her brother is Kris Olsen, and her niece Latisa Richards.
Bright sunny skies and crisp temperatures did not damper the spirits and enthusiasm of 212 runners who participated Saturday, February 15 in State of the Heart Hospice’s inaugural “Heart & Sole” 5k held at Rossburg Acres, just outside Rossburg. A total of $14,352 was raised by the local nonprofit agency which cares for patients and families in eastern Indiana and western Ohio who are confronting a life limiting illness.

“The response for our first ever 5K was great,” stated Christy Baker, Development Specialist for State of the Heart and event coordinator. “Everyone seemed so enthusiastic and supportive from the runners to our sponsors. The important thing is that we had a lot of fun, enjoyed a beautiful day and raised money to support our Hospice Care Center.”

The winners in the race, which included many who walked, are: Overall Females, first place, Kristin Heitkamp with a time of 21:37; second place, Crystal Barton, 21:44; and third place, Rebecca Diller, 22:44. Overall Males, first place, Dylan Avore with a time of 19:19; second place, Jay Prichard, 19:38; and Fred Schmiedebusch, 19:45.

For Fort Recovery native and avid runner Kris Olsen, the race had a special meaning to her as State of the Heart had cared for her father in 2010 and her brother in 2009. At the conclusion of the race, she read a poem her brother had written before his passing. The emotional reading included several comments from her brother: “On Hospice care you can always depend. They are more than professional: Hospice is your friend. Hospice has an open heart and listening ears. For your whole being, Hospice really cares. They are truly a God-send indeed.”

Olsen said she felt a “sense of pride” when she ran, thinking of the care her father and brother had from their State of the Heart Hospice caregivers. “It was nice to participate as it meant a lot to our family,” she said.

Greenville National Bank Sponsors DCCA Artists Series Performance of ALPIN HONG

Gloria Harpest of Greenville National Bank, holding a poster for the upcoming performance of world class pianist Alpin Hong, with Keith Rawlins, Artistic Director and Andrea Jordan, Executive Director of the Darke County Center For the Arts.
Darke County Center for the Arts recognizes Greenville National Bank as a sponsor of the Artists Series performance of world class pianist Alpin Hong. “Greenville National Bank’s sponsorship donation helps make it possible to present high quality performing artists in our hometown at a price that is almost always significantly less than would be paid in a larger metropolitan area,” said Andrea Jordan, Executive Director of DCCA. “We appreciate Greenville National Bank’s support of the Arts and their commitment to making these opportunities available and affordable in our community,” she concluded.

Darke County Center for the Arts will present concert pianist Alpin Hong at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville on Saturday, March 8. The New York Times lauded the artist's “crystalline energy. . . clear and persuasive ideas. . . and remarkable breadth” and called Alpin “a pianistic firebrand” in its review of his standing-room only recital debut at Carnegie Hall. Alpin's warm humor and boundless energy combined with his wide-ranging interests and amazing skill at the piano help him connect to people of all ages, experiences, and backgrounds. The concert, part of DCCA's Artists Series, begins at 8 p.m.

Awareness Can Help Prevent Grain Bin Engulfments, Increase Grain Bin Safety

With many grain bins statewide full of stored grain this time of year, safety experts with Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences are reminding farmers to be aware of safety precautions to prevent grain engulfments and to have an overall awareness and understanding of grain bin safety.

The issue is significant considering that every year, an average of 26 Ohio farm workers lose their lives to production agriculture, said Dee Jepsen, state safety leader for Ohio State University Extension. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of the college.

“Flowing grain and grain storage is one of the contributing factors,” she said. “In the past 10 years, we’ve had three deaths to Ohio farmers caused by engulfments in grain bins.

“We’ve had five deaths due to entanglement with equipment including grain bins, silos and silo unloaders. And we’ve had four deaths due to famers being struck by equipment or falling from large heights.”

The ultimate goal, Jepsen said, is to work to prevent farm deaths and injuries, and one way to do that is through education and awareness of grain bin safety. To that end, members of the college’s agriculture safety team are promoting Grain Bin Safety Week Feb. 23-March 1 to raise awareness to help protect farm families and farm workers from farm-related injuries and deaths.


Darke County Center for the Arts will host “Irish Wave” at Montage Cafe in downtown Greenville on Friday, March 14. “We will be celebrating St. Patrick's Day with a fund raising party featuring Irish music, food, and a beer tasting; as is usual with our fund raisers, we promise a good time for a good cause,” said Andrea Jordan, DCCA Executive Director. Proceeds will benefit DCCA's many programs including Arts In Education and the Family Theatre Series. The festivities begin at 6:30 p.m.

Beers to be tasted are from the Elevator Brewing Company, a Columbus brewery founded in 1999 by a father/son team who say that they are committed to “creating adventurous beers that elevate the taste of customers,” and Thirsty Dog Brewing Company in Akron, who produce craft brewed beers that are uniquely diverse in range and character. Six tastes and a commemorative beer glass are included in the price of admission. Irish-themed food prepared by Montage proprietors Aaron and Michele Cox will also be provided; for non-beer drinkers, other beverages including wine will be available.

Music will be performed by Lone Raven, a group that DCCA Artistic Director Keith Rawlins describes as “one of the top bands in the Midwest.” “Lone Raven does an eclectic blend of traditional music as well as their own originals,” Rawlins explained. “They'll tear through peppy Irish reels, play haunting Gypsy fiddle tunes, and render soulful airs, leaving the audience breathless and begging for more,” Rawlins said.

According to Rawlins, Craig Markley, Kara Markley, Elizabeth Blickenstaff, Neil Jacobs, and Sid Omasta, the musicians who make up Lone Raven, will bring over 20 instruments with them including keyboards, fiddles, mandolins, guitars, accordions, whistles, and various percussion. “This band does it all, and does it well,” Rawlins stated. Sponsors for “Irish Wave” who make possible the performance by Lone Raven are Second National Bank, Dr. Thomas Brown, and Edward Jones Investment representatives Dave Connelly, Andria Haworth, Todd Subler, and Bill Wolke, as well as Wayne and Sharon Deschambeau and Zechar-Bailey Funeral Home.

Tickets for “Irish Wave” are $35, and can be reserved by contacting DCCA at 937-547-0908 or or purchased on-line at Tickets are also available at Montage Cafe.

Pets of the week

We have Duke at the Darke County Animal Shelter. He is an 8 year old Labrador Retriever. He is black with short hair. He a typical Lab and loves people. He is laid back and will make a wonderful friend. He is a big guy and weighs around 80 pounds. He is looking for a good home to retire to.

We have Jango at the Darke County Animal Shelter. He is a 6-month-old Jack Russell/Australian Cattle dog mix. He is brown and white with short hair. He is a sweet little guy who loves attention. He is crate trained and current on his shots. He will grow to around 30 pounds and will make a super friend and walking buddy.

We also have a hound mix, a Walker and numerous other dogs. We also have cats and kittens for adoption.

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

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

Please visit also the Friends of the Shelter facebook-page about the 5K race/walk that will be held at the Darke County Fairgrounds on April 5th: facebook page 100% of the money will go to the dog park. You can participate with or without your dog. If you have a dog, you're encouraged to run/walk with your dog. Special awards will be given to those with dogs. All regular age group awards will be given also.

Meeting of Darke County Volunteer Network

The Darke County Volunteer Network will meet on March 4th at noon at the State of the Heart Hospice building, 1350 North Broadway in Greenville. The subject of the meeting will be “The Volunteers Perspective” – local FISH volunteers will give their thoughts about volunteer management. All area volunteer administrators are invited to attend. This group is free and we encourage anyone that manages volunteers to join. The meetings are a great way to network, share ideas, discuss and advance new volunteering techniques and learn from guest speakers.

It’s a brown bag lunch meeting and we work to keep the meetings strictly to an hour. Any questions, call Greg Morrow, RSVP Director at 937-778-5220 or email at

Edison Hosts Charger 400 Club Event To Support Athletics

The Edison Community College Athletics Department will host its fifth annual Charger 400 Club event on Thursday, March 20, at 6 p.m. in the gymnasium at the Piqua campus. The event is held to help raise funds for the College’s athletic programs.

A reverse raffle will highlight the evening’s events, with one lucky winner walking away with a $12,000 prize. Other cash drawings will be held throughout the night and ticket holders are not required to be present to win.

Tickets are $100 per couple and include a buffet, beverages, entertainment and a chance to win. A silent auction will also be held featuring items such as Cincinnati Reds tickets, sports memorabilia, gift cards, and more.

“The Charger 400 event has been very popular in past years and on March 20th we’re expecting another packed gymnasium,” said Amber Selhorst, Edison’s Assistant Athletic Director. “Tickets have been selling well so far and with only 400 available they tend to go quickly.”

Providing the athletic department with just under $20,000 annually, funds raised will help provide the opportunity for Charger basketball and volleyball teams to travel and participate in post-season tournaments, while also funding uniform and meal expenses for players and coaches.

Edison’s athletic program provides a unique opportunity to athletes who may have found difficulty participating at larger schools due to financial reasons and family commitments. Numerous Edison athletes have been able to translate their successes as a Charger into opportunities to move on and play for four-year institutions.

Edison’s teams compete in the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference and are members of the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II.

For more information and to purchase tickets for the Charger 400 Club event, go online to or call Amber Selhorst at 937-778-7868.

Hike to Health

Are you suffering from cabin fever? Are you ready to get OUTSIDE? Join a Darke County Parks’ Naturalist for our Hike to Health Series. This series is designed to get you outdoors and get your blood pumping. After being cooped up all winter, spring is the perfect time to get outside and become more active. March offers a hike on Thursday, March 13th at 6:00pm at Coppess Nature Sanctuary. April’s hike will be on Thursday, April 10th at 6:00pm at Routzong Preserve. May’s Hike will be on Thursday, May 8th at 6:00pm at Eidson Woods Preserve. Wear hiking shoes and bring water. Dogs get cabin fever as well; feel free to bring your leashed, four-legged friend. If you attend all 3 hikes this quarter, you will receive a prize! We hope to see you on the trails. Meet at the designated park for each hike. Call the Nature Center for directions or more information at 937.548.0165.

Christian Worldview in Real Life Workshop coming to EUM Church

Do you know what a worldview is and why it matters? Do you know how it impacts our lives as individuals and as cultures? Many Christians believe that Christianity only has implications for a personal walk with God, while in fact Christianity teaches us a framework of reality that is unique, distinct, and ultimately true.

EUM Church is hosting a workshop featuring John Stonestreet from the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. The workshop, titled Christian Worldview in Real Life, will demonstrate how Christianity, as expressed through the Scriptures, provides the basis for a complete world and life view.

Christian Worldview in Real Life workshop will be held on Friday, March 28 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm, and Saturday, March 29 from 9:00 am – noon at the EUM Worship Center, located at 1451 Sater Street in Greenville, Ohio. Registration is required by going to or by calling 937-548-3211. The cost is $10.00 per person, or $8.00 per person with a group of 10 or more, if registration and payment is received by March 15, 2014. After March 15, the cost is $15.00 per person.

John Stonestreet is a Speaker and Fellow of the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. He is a gifted communicator on areas of faith and culture, theology, worldview, education, and apologetics, and is a sought-after speaker at conferences, colleges, churches, schools, and other various gatherings each year.

He is the co-host with Eric Metaxas of BreakPoint, the Christian worldview radio program founded by the late Chuck Colson, and the voice of The Point, a daily national radio feature on worldview, apologetics and cultural issues. He also serves as a Senior Content Advisor for Summit Ministries in Manitou Springs, Colorado and is the co-author of Making Sense of Your World: A Biblical Worldview (Sheffield Press). He and his wife Sarah have three daughters and a dog, and live in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

For more information on the Christian Worldview in Real Life workshop, contact EUM Church at 937-548-3211.

Saturday, February 22, 2014


Darke County Center for the Arts will present workshop performances by classical pianist Alpin Hong for local junior high students on Thursday, March 6 and Friday March 7 at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville. A component of DCCA's Arts In Education program, the workshop is free and open to the public. “Alpin's visionary approach to arts education has earned prestigious awards, but what he most wants to do is share his passion for music with audiences of all ages,” stated DCCA Artistic Director Keith Rawlins. “Alpin's warmth, charm, and boundless energy help him effortlessly communicate, whether he's employing his gifts as a pianistic firebrand or discussing the relationship of modern electronic music to classical orchestral literature,” Mr. Rawlins said.

Entitled “Movies to Games, Classically Trained,” the workshop investigates how music from popular movies, television, and video games affect the listener, and demonstrates how classical composers used rhythm, harmony, and melody to emotionally influence their audiences. Alpin Hong, a Juilliard graduate who has performed at Carnegie Hall, is an avid fan of video games and composes music for the games, much of which is familiar to game players.

DCCA's Arts In Education program annually presents high quality performing artists for students in all grades of each local public school. AIE is sponsored by Target, DP & L Company Foundation, Vectren Foundation, Greenville Federal, Maid Rite Sandwich Shoppe, The Andersons, Edison Community College, Darke Rural Electric Trust, BASF, Family Health, Littman-Thomas Agency, and Mercer Savings Bank. Additional funding is provided from DCCA memberships and the schools. 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 and Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust Fund.

DCCA's Arts In Education programs are scheduled in cooperation with the schools; for more information about specific times for “Movies to Games, Classically Trained,” contact DCCA at 937-547-0908 or at Alpin Hong will also perform as part of DCCA's Artists Series at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall on Saturday, March 8 at 8 p.m; tickets cost $20 for adults and $10 for students and can be reserved by contacting DCCA or purchased online at Tickets may also be purchased at the door the night of the performance.

Western Ohio Agriculture Benefitting From Economic Growth in Eastern Ohio

Guest Column from State Representative Jim Buchy

Without even being present in Darke County, oil and gas exploration in Ohio is improving our farms and agricultural industry. In Darke County we benefit as Appalachia is built up, the more people working in Appalachia the more of our food being consumed.

In eastern Ohio, where there are Class II injection wells and hydraulic fracturing, the agricultural land is being used conservatively. The new technology of horizontal drilling results in less land being used to access more natural resources.

The people of Darke County will also benefit, as compressed natural gas (CNG) begins to become more economical and tractors are built on a large scale with CNG engines. The lower price of CNG will make farming operations in our area more profitable.

This is all part of a growing industry that is spreading wealth to much of Ohio’s consumers and businesses. So far in Ohio, $5 billion has been added to the gross domestic product due to oil and gas exploration. This is an industry that is paying increasing attention to the environment because, like agriculture, the industry depends on the land that produces the commodity. In Darke County, we are not likely to have any hydraulic fracturing or Class II injection wells for the disposal of fracturing fluid, but we are going to continue benefiting from the growth of Ohio’s oil and gas industry.


GREENVILLE - The Greenville High School Wavaires are pleased to announce the 2014 schedule for their annual cantata performances. This year's presentation is "United in Worship" and will be held in local churches. The cantata will feature modern worship songs from the well-known Worship Bands "Hillsong" and "Hillsong United."

There are no admission fees for these performances and the public is cordially invited to come and support this group of young, talented performers.

2014 Wavaire's Cantata Schedule:

  • Sunday, March 2 @ 9:00 am - St. John's Lutheran Church, 7418 St. Rt. 121 N., Greenville
  • Sunday, March 2 @ 7:00 pm - EUM Church, 1451 Sater St., Greenville
  • Sunday, March 9 @ 10:30 am - First Presbyterian Church, 114 E. Fourth St., Greenville
  • Sunday, March 16 @ 10:30 am - First Assembly of God, 7219 St. Rt. 118,, Greenville
  • Sunday, March 23 @ 7:00 pm - Ansonia Church of God, 750 S. Main St., Ansonia
  • Sunday, April 6 @ 10:30 am – Oakland Church of the Brethren, 8058 Horatio Harris Creek Rd, Bradford
  • Sunday, April 27 @ 9:30 am - First United Methodist Church, 202 W. Fourth St., Greenville

For more information on the Greenville High School Vocal Music Program and Boosters, please 'Like" them on Facebook at

New Madison Public Library Offers FREE Computer Classes

New Madison Public Library is offering more FREE computer classes. Classes are small and personalized. Bring your own laptop or use one of ours.

~ EXCEL BASICS - Tues. Feb. 25 - 1:00 - 3:00

~ COMPUTER BASICS - Tues. March 4 - 10:30-12:30

Call the library to sign up 996-1741.


Holly Hill, BRC's Director of Marketing with Mike Stegall (left) and Ryan Gathard (right).
Congratulations to our two winners who correctly guessed the winning team and came closest to the winning score.

We delivered vegetable trays and Black Forest Cherry Desserts to Ryan Gathard, from State of the Heart Hospice and Commissioner, Mike Stegall. Regarding the Black Forest Cherry Dessert, Commissioner Stegall said, “Man, was it good and it went quick!”

Many thanks to all who participated in our contest.

Holly Hill, Brethren Retirement Community Director of Marketing, is shown delivering the party trays.

Friday, February 21, 2014


Community Blood Center (CBC) Spring into action and donate at one of these great Darke County Blood Drives.

Scheduling your appointment is easy. Go on line to to schedule your own appointment. You can also contact Dana Puterbaugh, Darke County - Account Representative @ 937-997-2199 / to schedule your appointment.

Please remember that appointments have priority and Walk –Ins are always welcome as the schedule permits. This just means that if you walk in and all appointments are filled at the time you come to the blood drive we will let you know when the next available appointment is and you have the choice to either wait or come back at the time that is available.

Please always allow 45 minutes to 1 hour to get through the entire process, even if you have an appointment.
Monday, March 3, 2014
Kroger – Greenville Store
200 Lease Avenue, Greenville
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Open to the Community
Appointments Encouraged!

Monday, March 10, 2014
Gordon United Methodist Church
311 East Street, Gordon
2:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Social Hall
Sponsored by: Gordon United Methodist Church
Appointments Encouraged!
Open to the Community


EUM CHRISTIAN PRESCHOOL has over 30 years of early childhood education experience. We offer hands-on learning in a safe and caring environment where children are encouraged to grow spiritually, emotionally, socially, and intellectually. We were also recognized in the Reader’s Choice 2012 for one of the best in the area.

We will begin accepting registrations for the 2014-15 school year on Monday, February 15th. Class sizes are limited and fill up quickly so plan now to register your child. Contact Elaine Snyder at 548-3211 ext. 210,, or visit for more information.

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


Most agree that children who receive consistent and loving discipline enjoy more success in family relationships as a child and in adult life. But which discipline style that parents adopt is most effective? And what type of discipline if favored by healthy families? Are there certain disciplines that are critical to help children at certain ages or those going through certain stages? These questions will be explored at a workshop at EUM Church café, 1451 Sater Street, Greenville, Ohio on Saturday, March 1 from 9:00 am to noon.

The workshop titled “The Ages & Stages of Discipline” is free to parents who register by Thursday, February 26 by calling Janie Detling at 937-548-3211 ext 217. Childcare is provided by registering children’s names and ages. For more information, contact the workshop author and teacher, Beverly Hughes at

The Parent Workshop is a ministry of EUM Church. Jeff Harper is Senior Pastor at EUM Church and regular worship services are Saturday at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday at 8:15, 9:45, and 11:15 a.m. at our Worship Center located at 1451 Sater Street (corner of Sater and Sebring-Warner Road) in Greenville, OH. Kidmunity Children’s Ministry is available for kids age birth through grade six at the 6:30 pm, 9:45 and 11:15 am services. The Downtown Campus, 111 Devor Street, houses our offices and preschool. For more information, go to or call 548-3211.

Help Wanted at BRC

Midwest’s Hottest Blair Carman and the Belleview Boys in Concert on March 1

Blair Carman and The Belleview Boys, an amazing Rock ‘n’ Roll act out of Cincinnati, will be featured at The Rockford Belle on March 1 at 7 PM. Doors open at 6:00 PM. Blair and his band will perform authentic 1950’s style Rock’n Roll/Rockabilly tunes ranging from a repertoire of original songs to include classics from Elvis Presley to Carl Perkins, Hank Williams, Jerry Lee Lewis, and many more! The public is invited to attend this performance located at 135 Market Street, Rockford, OH and experience one of the Country’s Hottest Acts. A free-will offering will be accepted.

Put together the 1957 hands of Jerry Lee Lewis and the 1957 look and energy of Elvis Presley and what do you get? A piano pumpin', thumpin rockabilly kid named Blair Carman who no matter where he goes always receives rave reviews and leaves fans enthralled and wanting more.

Piano player and singer, Blair Carman, has exhibited his passionate musical drive across the USA and Canada. His talent and professionalism has given him the opportunity to perform in a wide variety of venues by opening for artists such as Three Dog Night , Trace Adkins, Marty Stuart, Jeff Bates and Hank Williams Jr.’s Bama Band. Blair has also shared the same bill with legendary performers Jerry Lee Lewis, Charlie Daniels, and Wanda Jackson.

Versailles Boys and Girls Bowling Advance to Districts

Brooke Wehrkamp and Michael Davidson
The Southwest District Sectionals took place at Marian Lanes in Huber Heights last week. Wednesday was the boys competition and Thursday was the girls competition. The boys struggled a little bit the first game with some early issues on converting easy spares. Their 903 put them in 10th position. Every team then moved lanes for the second game. They put it together the second game by firing a 1027 to move up to the 4th spot. The third game the guys rolled a respectable 950.

There was now about an hour break so the scores could be tallied and then the teams seeded based on where they were placed after the regular games. “Urbana pretty much had the Sectional Title wrapped up as they totally lit it up during the regular games. The bottom would have to drop out for anyone to beat them,” said Coach Davidson. Versailles ended up rolling 236, 187, 165, 210, 204 and 171 for their Baker Games. They ended up finishing in 4th place behind Urbana, Northwestern and Kenton Ridge.

The Tigers were led by Michael Davidson with a 659. “We definitely did not bring our best today, which is OK. A few of our guys have some hitches in their swing to cause some issues. We will have this fixed and be ready for Districts,” said Davidson. There will be 16 teams competing in the Districts with the top 4 Teams qualifying for the OHSAA State Championship in Columbus.

Speakers Series at Edison: When a Soldier Dies in Combat

Senior Picture of Josesph Guy LaPointe, Jr.
What happens when a soldier dies in combat? On June 2, 1969, one month short of his 21st birthday, Joseph Guy LaPointe, Jr., a conscientious objector and a U.S. Army combat medic, was killed by an enemy grenade on Hill 376 in Quang Tin Province in the Republic of Vietnam. When his unit was attacked, he ran through automatic weapons fire to reach two wounded men at the head of his patrol. LaPointe continued to treat them even after he was shot twice, and he shielded them with his body. In January of 1972 he was posthumously given the Congressional Medal of Honor for “gallantry and selflessness.”

LaPointe was also awarded the following: Silver Star, Bronze Star, Army Commendation Medal, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Medal with one star, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross, Combat Medical Badge, and Combat Infantry Badge.

This Miami Valley of Ohio hero has several military installations named in his honor: a health clinic at Fort Campbell (KY), a medical heliport at Fort Benning (GA), and an Army Reserve Center (OH). Those traveling on Route 49 in Montgomery County (OH) may note the Joseph G LaPointe Memorial Highway.

On February 25 at Edison Community College in Piqua, LaPointe’s widow, Cindy LaPointe- Dafler, and his son, Joseph LaPointe, III, will share their stories. The two will be joined by retired Master Sergeant Ken Williamson whose role, in part, in twenty years of military service was to make visits to 33 families of soldiers who made the supreme sacrifice.

The first of two fifty-minute sessions will begin at the college at 12 p.m. in Room 210, West Hall, and that session will be repeated at 1:30 in Room 220, West Hall. Admission is free and the public in invited. Visitor parking is available at the West Hall lot and at the Emerson Center. Stairs and an elevator provide access to the second floor. Call Dr. Vivian Blevins with questions: 937-778-3815.


Although the deadline to become a 4-H member in Darke County is not until April 1, 2014, now is the time to begin thinking about joining a 4-H club.

If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about the 4-H program in Darke County, plan to attend the 4-H Open House, Monday, March 3, from 6:30pm-8:00pm in the Youth Building on the Fairgrounds.

Attendees of the open house will have the opportunity to visit club displays and talk to current 4-H members and advisors about what 4-H has to offer.

What exactly is 4-H? 4-H is Ohio State University Extension’s non-formal, educational program for youth. Eligibility for 4-H membership begins when a child has reached age five and is enrolled in kindergarten as of January 1 of the current year (Cloverbud program); participation in the “traditional” club program begins when a child is eight years of age and enrolled in third grade as of January 1 of the current year. Ohio 4-H membership ends December 31 of the year in which an individual attains the age of 19.


World Class Pianist ALPIN HONG returns to
Memorial Hall for DCCA Arts in
Education Outreach Programming.
The Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust Fund has recently awarded funds to Darke County Center for the Arts to support the Family Theater Series and Arts in Education programs. “DCCA would like to recognize the Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust for their contributions to the Arts in Darke County and helping us to fulfill our mission of encouraging cultural enrichment in the community,” shared DCCA Executive Director, Andrea Jordan. DCCA is also committed to the preservation of Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall as an important cultural center.

DCCA’s 2013/2014 Family Theatre Series includes three performances; Theatreworks USA presented Seussical on January 26. Coming up on Sunday, March 9 at 2:00 pm is Lightwire Theater’s reproduction of the classics The Ugly Duckling & The Tortise and the Hare, Lightwire Theater earned a national audience with appearances on NBC's America's Got Talent, earning accolades from the competition's judges as well as the viewing public. Combining the ancient art of full-body puppetry with electroluminescence to create a unique theatrical experience, Lightwire Theater imaginatively uses choreography and music to bring stories to life. The final show of the season will be Five Little Monkeys on Sunday, April 6, at 2:00 pm. Going Shopping, baking cakes, sitting in trees and JUMPING ON BEDS!!! In this zany play, performed in cumulative verse five silly simian siblings insist on doing things their own way while baking a surprise cake for Mama Monkey. Family Theatre Series shows take place at St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville, tickets are $5 and are available at Readmore’s Hallmark in Greenville, Worch Memorial Public Library in Versailles, and by contacting DCCA at (937) 547-0908 or Tickets will also be available at the door the day of the performance.

Last Mondays of the Month Begin Next Week at the Versailles Area Historical Society

The Versailles Area Historical Society invites all our senior friends to the museum on Monday February 24th at 1:00 p.m. for our first monthly “Last Mondays of the Month” activities.

We will kick off our year with Dick Coffield who will help us play Area Trivia & Alice Huffman will have some old pictures for us to attempt to identify. Also a delicious dessert and coffee will be served.

These get togethers will always be held on the last Monday of the month and will have a program and refreshments.

If the schools are closed for bad weather our gathering will also be canceled. Plan to join us for a fun afternoon at the museum! There is no cost, only a donation to cover the cost of the snacks is appreciated. Our museum is always grateful for your donations and memberships as that is what keeps us open! We look forward to seeing you at this and all our many upcoming events.

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The Dayton Power and Light Company Foundation has once again given a very generous donation to Darke County Center for the Arts in support of Family Theatre Series and Arts In Education programs. Family Theater Series programs are presented at St. Clair Memorial Hall and are open to the public. Programs are generally based on children’s literature; ticket prices are just $5. Through Arts In Education, and in conjunction with local schools, performing artists are annually taken to each grade of every public school in Darke County, ensuring that children in the community have the opportunity to learn and grow through the arts. According to DCCA Executive Director Andrea Jordan, “DP&L Company Foundation’s support of children’s programming makes it possible for us to present wonderful, creativity enhancing Family Theatre Series programs at an affordable ticket price, and enables all Darke County public school students to experience a culturally enriching artistic program each year.” Jordan continued, “DCCA thanks the Dayton Power and Light Company Foundation for their strong support of the arts; we are absolutely thrilled to see the children in our community receive the benefit of their generosity.”

DCCA’s 2013/2014 Family Theatre Series includes three performances; Theatreworks USA presented Seussical on January 26. Coming up on Sunday, March 9 at 2:00 pm is Lightwire Theater’s reproduction of the classics The Ugly Duckling & The Tortise and the Hare, Lightwire Theater earned a national audience with appearances on NBC's America's Got Talent, earning accolades from the competition's judges as well as the viewing public. Combining the ancient art of full-body puppetry with electroluminescence to create a unique theatrical experience, Lightwire Theater imaginatively uses choreography and music to bring stories to life. The final show of the season will be Five Little Monkeys on Sunday, April 6, at 2:00 pm. Going Shopping, baking cakes, sitting in trees and JUMPING ON BEDS!!! In this zany play, performed in cumulative verse five silly simian siblings insist on doing things their own way while baking a surprise cake for Mama Monkey. Family Theatre Series shows take place at St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville, tickets are $5 and are available at Readmore’s Hallmark in Greenville, Worch Memorial Public Library in Versailles, and by contacting DCCA at (937) 547-0908 or Tickets will also be available at the door the day of the performance.

Arts In Education programs for 2013/2014 include American roots musicians WILD CARROT performing for students in grades K through 3 and CARPE DIEM STRING QUARTET who performed for High School students in the fall. World Class pianist ALPIN HONG will be performing for Jr. High Students at St. Clair Memorial Hall March 6 & 7, and March 17-21 MR. BLUE SHOES will be performing for grades 4-6 sharing his unique version of the story of Blues Music. Arts In Education artists are generally in residence for a week as they tour all of the eight public school districts in Darke County.

For more information on DCCA’s Family Theatre Series, Arts In Education outreach or other programming contact the DCCA office at (937) 547-0908 or visit our website

Wednesday, February 19, 2014


DCCA Family Theatre Series presents Lightwire
Theater production of THE UGLY DUCKLING,
Sunday, March 9 at St. Clair Memorial; Hall.
Tickets still available and ONLY $5.
Darke County Center for the Arts' Family Theatre Series will present Lightwire Theater's creative retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's classic story “The Ugly Duckling” at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville on Sunday, March 9. “Lightwire Theater brilliantly uses cutting edge technology to truly light up the stage,” said DCCA Artistic Director Keith Rawlins. “In this glow-in-the-dark spectacular, human artists wearing mechanical costumes illuminated by thin strips of light tell the familiar story; it's incredibly awesome!” Rawlins enthusiastically explained. The show starts at 2 p.m.

Lightwire Theater earned a national audience with appearances on NBC's America's Got Talent, earning accolades from the competition's judges as well as the viewing public. Combining the ancient art of full-body puppetry with electroluminescence to create a unique theatrical experience, Lightwire Theater imaginatively uses choreography and music to bring stories to life. “You'll be awed by the technology, you'll laugh at the humor, and you'll root for the resilient, heroic ugly duckling as he deals with the universal struggle for acceptance,” Rawlins stated. Aesop's fable “The Tortoise and the Hare” is also inventively retold in the show.

Sponsorships make it possible for DCCA' to keep ticket prices exceedingly low while presenting high quality performances that play big-city venues at a much higher price. DCCA's Family Theatre Series is sponsored by Dayton Power and Light Company Foundation, Second National Bank, Greenville Federal, Darke Rural Electric Trust, Edison Community College, The Andersons Inc., Dr. Doug Gordon, Jordan Insurance Agency, Wayne Healthcare, Greenville Kiwanis Club, Greenville Rotary Club, and Dan and Marty Schipfer. Additionally, support for Family Theatre is received from Ketrow Foundation, Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust, Jean Louise Thieme Fund of the Hope Foundation, and the Greyson James Steyer Fund. DCCA also receives operating support from the Harry D. and Esther Stephens Memorial and the Ohio Arts Council, a state agency that supports public programs in the arts.

Tickets for Lightwire Theater's The Ugly Duckling and The Tortoise and the Hare cost $5, and can be reserved by contacting DCCA at 937-547-0908 or, and purchased at DCCA's office on the third floor of Greenville Public Library or online at Tickets are also available at Readmore's Hallmark in downtown Greenville as well at Worch Memorial Public Library in Versailles, and will be on sale at the door prior to the show.

Cancer Association of Darke County Seeks Volunteer Drivers

Cancer Association of Darke County is in need of volunteer drivers to assist clients to appointments. Some clients aren’t able to drive to their appointments because of various reasons.

It is not only a big help to the patient, but is a great way to “pay it forward” if someone has done something nice for you.

If interested, stop in the office at Wayne Cancer Center, 1111 Sweitzer St., Greenville, OH and we will get you signed up. You will need a valid driver’s license. The association does reimburse for mileage at 15 cents per mile. Just call Cancer Association of Darke County at 548-9960 and speak with Christine Lynn, Executive Director

The purpose of the organization is to provide support for people in Darke County that have been diagnosed with cancer. The Cancer Association reimburses their patients for expenses including: mileage, medication, medical supplies, and nutritional supplementation. Our organization also offers a monthly support group, a volunteer driver program, free wigs and head coverings for cancer patients, educational materials for the prevention and early detection of all cancers, information booths at various Darke County events, and speakers for groups interested in learning more about our organization. The association also makes one yearly donation to an accredited research organization that works with Darke County residents. They are a 501c3 non-profit organization and partners with United Way. The organizations exists because of donations from people just like you! The Cancer Association of Darke County is not affiliated with the American Cancer Society. For more information please call the office at 937-548-9960.

Main Street Greenville Presents First Friday: Culinary Tour

One of the culinary samples from last year's tour, a pork bao bun.
GREENVILLE, Ohio- Take a stroll through downtown Greenville to enjoy samples of culinary delight for Main Street Greenville's First Friday event in March, the Culinary Tour. The event, sponsored by Small Town Growth Group, will take place on Friday, March 7th from 6-9 pm. Tickets are $15 each and can be purchased from The Coffee Pot. Only 120 tickets are available for this exclusive event.

This ticketed event serves as a fundraiser for the organization. It will feature 10 downtown businesses (Montage Cafe, The Bistro Off Broadway, The A&B Coffee & Cake Co., Candy Bouquet, KichenAid Experience, Romer's Catering, The Coffee Pot, Ozro & Ray's, Brenda's Beanery, and D'Alessios) – each offering a delicious sample to all ticket holders.

First Fridays aim to bring people downtown during evening hours to enjoy activities, demonstrations, food or music in the beautiful historic setting with many businesses staying open until 9:00 pm.

Main Street Greenville is a non-profit organization, focused on revitalizing the downtown Greenville business district through events and programs. For further information about First Fridays or Main Street Greenville - please visit, like Main Street Greenville on Facebook or call at 937-548-4998.

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