Monday, March 31, 2014

First Universalist Church gives to Fish Choice Pantry

Doug Bickley, Fish Choice Pantry (Left) receives a check from Mark Reedy of Thrivent Financial, as part of First Universalist Church Souper Bowl Sunday.

Mark Reedy of Thrivent Financial presents a $350 check to Doug Bickley, representing FISH Choice Pantry. Thrivent Financial and First Universalist Church of New Madison have teamed together to tackle hunger in Darke County through the Souper Bowl of Caring. Started more than 20 years ago, the Souper Bowl of Caring has become a powerful movement that is transforming Super Bowl weekend into the nation’s largest celebration of sharing, caring and serving communities across America. First Universalist collected funds and food for FISH, with Thrivent helping with matching funds from their Care Abounds in Community program. A total of $1,207 was presented to FISH, plus the many food items that are donated each month at First Universalist.

First Universalist Church is a vital congregation with many projects helping those in need. The church was honored to join Thrivent to tackle hunger locally, culminating the project with a Souper Bowl of Caring celebration luncheon following the 10:00 morning service on February 2. Thrivent Financial is a century old Fortune 500 Financial Service organization supporting the values of faith, family, stewardship and service. FISH Choice Pantry serves the Darke County community by providing food through a “choice” walk-in pantry for those in need. Thrivent, First Universalist, and FISH are proud to work together to tackle hunger in Darke County.

Learn more about Souper Bowl of Caring at

For information about Thrivent Financial, call 937-996-3403

First Universalist is located at 331 E. Washington St., New Madison. Phone 937-996-3403
FISH Choice Pantry is located at 400 Markwith Ave., Greenville. Phone 937-916-6033

Dave Knapp Donates to Darke County Special Olympics

Cindy Rose, director of Darke Co. Special Olympics is shown receiving a check from Dave Knapp of Dave Knapp Ford.

All yearly programming is funded totally by donations from our community for athletes from Darke County. Darke County Special Olympics receives no funding from the national or state level Special Olympics to operate.

Funding pays for uniforms, state entry fees, travel costs, meals, rental fees, softball field maintenance and other expenses through the year with the program being directed, coached, and chaperoned by volunteers giving of their time.

Edison Stagelight Players to Perform The Three Musketeers

The Edison Stagelight Players will perform the bard’s comedy The Three Musketeers as a spring theater production. The performances, held in the Robinson Theater at Edison Community College’s Piqua campus, will begin Friday, April 4 and continue through Sunday, April 13.

On his journey to Paris in 1625, D’Artagnan is determined to join the ranks of the musketeers responsible for protecting King Louis XIII. He soon finds himself fighting alongside Athos, Porthos, and Aramis: the Three Musketeers who live by the motto, “all for one, one for all.” The four of them outwit, duel, unmask, and intricate love affairs in this classic tale that’s sure to entertain.

“The Three Musketeers has everything–comedy, romance, action, adventure, and drama,” said Matt Beisner, director and adjunct faculty member. “Most importantly, it has awesome sword fights.”

Kevin Grogean, who has been involved with the Stagelight Players for 15 years, brings years of fencing and sword fighting experience to the table, helping the Stagelight Players choreograph some exciting and believable fights.


EUM Christian Preschool is pleased to announce the kick-off of Week of the Young Child, 2014! The community is asked to join the preschool for a Scholastic Book Fair and Spring Fling on Saturday, April 5 from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm. Vendors will be providing many of your spring time gifts. The Scholastic Book Fair will also be open the following week: Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:30 am - 3:15 pm, and Tuesday and Thursday from 8:30 am – 12:00 pm. For each book you purchase from Scholastic, you will receive a ticket to be placed in a drawing for various door prizes. The more books you purchase, the better your chance of winning. Door prize drawings will be held Friday, April 11 and winners need not be present to win. You may also order online from April 2 - 22 by clicking here. All proceeds will benefit the preschool.

Give the special children in your life the gift of reading during the EUM Christian Preschool Scholastic Book Fair located at 111 Devor Street in Greenville. If you have any questions feel free to call Elaine Snyder at 548-3211 ext. 210.

EUM Christian Preschool is a ministry of EUM Church. Jeff Harper is Lead Pastor at EUM Church and regular worship services are contemporary services on Saturday at 6:30 pm and Sunday at 9:45, and 11:15 am, and a traditional service on Sunday at 8:15 am 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 all of the contemporary services. The Downtown Campus, 111 Devor Street, houses our offices and preschool. For more information, go to or call 548-3211.

Greenville FFA To Open Greenhouse on April 21st

GREENVILLE-The Greenville FFA and Greenville FFA Alumni are proud to announce the opening of the greenhouse for 2014 will be on April 21st. We are excited to house this year several new varieties of plants, vegetables and specialty items. Flowers that are available include: multiple colors of geraniums, petunias, vines, argyanthemum, pink shimmer, begonias, and angelonia. This year’s vegetable selection includes: Better Boy, Big Boy, Juliet and Roma tomatoes; Jalapeño (Hot), Garden Salsa (Hot), and Hungarian Wax (Sweet) peppers. Specialty plants and new varieties available are: Mosquito plant citronella, sweet blue sunrise osteespermim, dahlinova Louisiana improved, adessa purple, spikes, Persian shield, French lavender, and rosemary. Have a hanging baskets or floral arrangement? Bring it on in and we will fill it with our flowers! Come see us Monday through Friday, Noon to 5:30 PM, and Saturday’s 9:00 AM to Noon, we are closed on Sundays. You can find us behind Greenville High School, 100 Green Wave Way, Greenville, Ohio 45331, or just follow the signs! Pricing information is available upon request. Any more questions? Call us at (937) 548-4188 ext. 844.


Kristy Earick, CEO and Administrator at Versailles Health Care Center, is excited to announce Alyssa Kemper as the new Admissions Services Manager at Versailles Health Care Center. Kemper has a Bachelor of Science from The University of Findlay in Health Care Management. She is currently working on obtaining her Masters of Business Administration with a concentration in Health Care Management from The University of Findlay. “We are happy to welcome Alyssa. She brings new energy to our team,” said Earick.

Kemper resides in the Yorkshire area. In her spare time, she enjoys running and hiking outdoors and spending time with her family. Kemper commented, “I’m thrilled to be a part of the Versailles Health Care Center team. My new position will allow me to educate and support families of Versailles and surrounding communities as well as further my own education.”

Versailles Health Care Center is a skilled nursing and rehabilitation center that offers short-term rehab services, outpatient therapy, and long-term care. Versailles Health Care Center sent home 166 patients that utilized its short-term rehab services in 2013 and 159 in 2012! If you are interested in learning more about Versailles Health Care Center, please call Alyssa Kemper at 937.526.5570, email her at, or visit on the web at

Ticks on the Rise!

Is that a Tick?! Of all the summer pests, ticks tend to be the most hated. Can they jump from trees? Do they carry diseases? How do you get those darned things off?! Some days it seems difficult to go for a hike without encountering a “hitch-hiker.” Join the Darke County Parks and we’ll spend the evening indoors discovering all the tick species found in Ohio. We will also discuss how we can still enjoy the outdoors while protecting ourselves at the same time. This program is FREE and will occur on Thursday, April 3rd at 6:30pm at Shawnee Prairie Preserve (4267 State Route 502 West). Ticks will hopefully NOT be in attendance. For more information, call the Nature Center at 937.548.0165 or visit our website at

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Greenville Teen Injured in Rollover Accident on US 36

On March 29, 2014 at 4:49 p.m. Darke County Deputies, along with Gettysburg Fire and Rescue, were dispatched to US36 east of Stahl Rd. in reference to a one vehicle rollover accident.

Preliminary investigation shows that a 2001 Buick, driven by Makayla Pearce (16) of Greenville, was westbound on US36. Pearce was going around a curve and lost control of her vehicle. Pearce's vehicle slid off the left side of the road and struck a guard rail causing Pearce's vehicle to overturn and roll down an embankment.

Pearce was treated by Gettysburg Rescue and was transported to Wayne Hospital with serious injury. The MICU from Miami Valley Hospital was dispatched to meet Gettysburg Rescue at Wayne Hospital to transfer Pearce to Miami Valley Hospital, due to CareFlight being unable to fly in reference to weather conditions.

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

Darke County Man Arrested for Drug Trafficking, Endangering Children

Colton Metzger

On March 28, 2014 the Darke County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit along with Darke County Deputies executed a search warrant at 3540 Arcanum-Bearsmill Road, near Arcanum, Ohio.

Arrested was Colton Metzger (23), of Arcanum, who was taken into custody without incident and is currently being housed at the Darke County Jail where he awaits formal charges of Trafficking in Drugs and Endangering Children. 

Darke County Children Services was contacted in reference to children being present during the drug transaction.

Friday, March 28, 2014

DCSA Rec Soccer Cancelled for March 29th

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Christine Tudor to speak at Cancer Support Group

Thursday, April 3 at Wayne Health Care, 1st Floor Board Room, 7 p.m.

Christine Tudor, independent consultant, will share information with the cancer support group this month on Toxin Awareness. Men and women welcome!

She will also discuss the increase of cancer, autism, Alzheimer’s, auto-immune and neurological diseases, and how these have been linked to toxic chemicals in our products, foods, and environment. She covers what the government has done to ensure our safety, the FDA and EPA, how to read labels, and what we can do to protect ourselves and provides handout of alternative sources for personal care, cleaning products and food sources for those interested in reducing the toxic burden on their bodies.

There will be a brief question and answer time on: anti-oxidants, healthy home, hormone-disrupting household products and cosmetics.

Don’t miss this informative session! If you have a product you would like for Christine to evaluate, bring it along with you.

If you have questions, call the Cancer Association of Darke County and speak with Christine Lynn, Executive Director at 548-9960 or email at The association is local and independent and not affiliated with the American Cancer Society. Voluntary board members oversee the organization. Be sure to visit our website at and also like us on Facebook (Cancer Association of Darke County.)

A big thank you to the Corporate Sponsors for last year:
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. 2014 sponsors are donating at this time and a list will be announced at a later time.

Commissioner's Corner: March 2014

March is here and so far it looks like it is coming “in like a lion and out like a lamb.” Let us hope that the cold, miserable winter we have had is finally closing out. It will be nice to get back to “normal” weather, and normal electric and gas bills again! This winter has been tough on everyone’s pocketbooks, and really hurt some budgets, but we will survive I am sure. Darke County is one of the prettiest places to be in the springtime so enjoy the surroundings and all the good things we have to offer.

One of the great things about March, besides the beginning of spring, is that it brings new hope and joy to a lot of people. March has started out like gangbusters for the County, and it looks like this is just the beginning of a great year!! Of course, I am talking about the huge Whirlpool announcement for the county. Whirlpool’s commitment to Darke County, along with the partnership we have formed with them, should bring a smile to everyone’s face. The announcement of a $40 million dollar investment and the hiring of 400 new employees over the next several years made State and National news, and included the presence of Governor John Kasich. All involved at the State level and the executives from Whirlpool gave credit to the local people. Because of the work ethic and quality that the plant provides, everyone agreed after looking at national and international sites, that Greenville was the only place to expand. This should make everyone in the county proud! I know when we talked to everyone, we all were proud to hear that our people were the difference. Whirlpool’s commitment to us, and us to them, is a model of how a community and corporations can come together and over time become like family. All of our long-term companies like BASF, MIDMARK, POLY-ONE ( the former Spartech), RAMCO MOTORS, and others to numerous too mention, are part of the Darke County Family, and we will do everything possible to make them feel welcome here as such. Many Thanks goes to the Economic Development office, the Partnering for Progress Initiative, and the C.I.C. for making this all work. Whirlpool is just one of the great announcements we have had this month.

The $500,000 grant for Memorial Hall was good news for everyone. Thanks to Matt Jordan and the committee for their hard work on procuring this grant. This money will help Memorial Hall stay viable for the foreseeable future. Thanks again to all involved. The good news just keeps on coming as the Darke County Career Tech center has received a grant of $500,000 to expand also. This money will help our students and workers to learn and grow as we expand our workforce efforts. Thanks to Senator Bill Beagle and Sandra Brasington from the Governor’s office for their help on this effort. The Darke County Animal Shelter also received a $2000 dollar grant From the Ohio Pet fund to spay and neuter dogs. This will help offset some of the cost of this program. More good news is coming soon, as we wrap up some other projects in the E.D. office. Things are looking up here!! So please, be patient, and as soon as we can, we will inform you of what’s happening.

Edison Community College to Receive Capital Funding

H.B. 497 allocates nearly $1.3 million for Edison

COLUMBUS—State Representative Richard N. Adams (R-Troy) has announced Ohio House’s passage of House Bill 497, the state’s capital budget bill, which includes $1.29 million in funding for improvement projects at Edison Community College.

The funding will be used for the following projects:

  • $430,000 for roof repair and replacements
  • $252,000 for an electronic lock system
  • $250,000 for HVAC repair and replacements
  • $218,000 for parking lot resurfacing
  • $160,000 for security cameras

“Approving the capital budget bill and allocating state funds enables Edison Community College to make necessary renovations and repairs to its facilities. This project is an outstanding investment for our current and future students along with the communities served by the college. State and local governments have maintained continuous communication and partnership to allow these projects to move forward,” Representative Adams said.

The capital budget focuses on the most pressing needs of state government, schools, and economic development within Ohio’s communities. It is a collaborative process involving state and local leaders, the economic development community, the arts community, and others to provide guidance on local investments, while balancing the state’s need for fiscal restraint and responsibility.

House Bill 497 passed by a vote of 89-2 in the House and now awaits consideration by the Ohio Senate.

Fracking Involves more than Drilling and Disposal

It isn't often that area residents have the opportunity to hear leading experts speak on the pollution caused by fracking and the fossil fuel industry. Three experts in the fields of drilling, health and environment are coming to Greenville from Michigan and New York and one of Ohio’s gas producing counties to tell us how the oil and gas industry is polluting wells, groundwater, farmland and putting our children, water, air, health and livelihoods at risk. The Western Ohio Fracking Awareness Coalition (WOFAC) is providing the opportunity for the public to not only hear these experts but to meet and talk with them on Tuesday, April 15, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Memorial Hall in Greenville. This program, titled the "Toxic Truth," is about the consequences of the fracking and fossil fuel industry waste. This topic impacts all Ohioans, as injection wells, pipelines, fracking pads, and transportation of toxic chemicals are increasing in Ohio at alarming rates. According to articles found on the ANR and Texas Eastern (oil and gas associated) websites, as well as a recent public notices, Darke County will soon be receiving gas from the shale gas area of Ohio and beyond. Everyone is encouraged to attend and ask questions. Because of the controversy surrounding fracking waste and the seriousness of the program, all community, county and state leaders, who are concerned about their constituents, are urged to attend.

When leaders from WOFAC recently traveled to Harrison and Carroll counties in Eastern Ohio next to the Pennsylvania border, they confirmed that fracking involves far more than drilling and waste disposal wells. It also involves towering rigs on acres of stone, gravel and concrete which are placed in close proximity to each other and sometimes very close to neighboring homes and schools. Beautiful expanses of rolling hills filled with lush forests, sparkling ponds and plentiful wildlife are fast becoming littered with towering metal rigs that have changed the shape and the scope of the landscape and the environment forever.

Shale gas involves more than just a fracking pad, it also involves the destruction of millions of gallons of fresh water that will never return to the ecosystem, massive amounts of truck traffic, earth shaking dehydration systems, huge compression facilities, diesel powered generators, massive pipelines, impoundment ponds, solid toxic waste, hazardous chemicals, hundreds of out of state workers and more. These operations have the potential to pollute the environment, impact water levels and quality, cause earthquakes, impact public health, decrease property values, contaminate farmland and devastate the quiet charm of a farm, a small town, or even a subdivision within a city.



DAYTON & DARKE COUNTY, Ohio – It’s been a long, hard winter and blood donors are ready to get into the swing of spring! Community Blood Center (CBC) is celebrating the arrival of baseball season with the “Take Me Out to the Blood Drive – Lifesaver League” t-shirt. It’s free to everyone who registers to donate at the following Darke County blood drives. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment at Locally you can contact Dana Puterbaugh-CBC Darke County Account Representative at 937-997-2199 or

CBC is offering the “Take Me Out to the Blood Drive” t-shirt as a donor gift to everyone who registers to donate Monday, March 24 through Saturday, May 3 at any CBC Donor Center and most CBC mobile blood drives.

The t-shirt is white with a red and blue emblem that features a baseball player swinging the bat. The casual, athletic look of this t-shirt is perfect for watching the Dragons or Reds at the ballpark, or running the bases at a softball game!

Saturday, April 5, 2014
Tri-Village Rescue
320 North Main, New Madison
8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sponsored by: Tri-Village Rescue
Open to the Community
Appointments Encouraged!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Greenville Church of the Brethren
421 Central Ave., Greenville
12:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Sponsored by: Greenville Rotary Club 3630
Open to the Community
Appointments Encouraged!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Tri-Village High School Auditorium
315 S. Main St., New Madison
7:30 am – 11:30 am
Sponsored by: Tri-Village High School Student Council
Open to Students, Faculty, and Community
Community by appointment please

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Ansonia High School
8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sponsored by: Ansonia High School FFA
Students, Faculty, and Community
Community by appointment please

Thursday, April 17, 2014
Bradford High School
750 Railroad Ave, Bradford
2:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Sponsored by: Bradford High School Student Council
Open to the Community
Appointments Encouraged!

Monday, April 21, 2014
Greenville Grace Church
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
4805 State Route 49, Greenville
Open to the Community
Appointments Encouraged!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Saint Paul Lutheran Church
2:30 pm – 6:30 pm
13495 Greenville-St. Mary’s Road, Versailles/North Star
Open to the Community
Appointments Encouraged!


Versailles Health Care Center celebrated National Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week March 9th through the 15th. Through this year’s theme “Better Breathing, Better Living”, Versailles Health Care Center promoted awareness about the role of pulmonary rehabilitation in enhancing the quality of life of individuals with lung diseases. Pulmonary rehabilitation is a multidisciplinary and comprehensive intervention for patients with pulmonary function symptoms. These patients often have decreased daily life activities. Integrating monitored exercise, lifestyle modification, diet and behavioral health services, pulmonary rehabilitation is designed to reduce symptoms, provide an enhanced quality of life for patients and reduce health care costs by stabilizing and managing the disease. Pulmonary rehabilitation professionals are the link between the physician and ongoing patient assessment and care. Pulmonary rehabilitation fills the gap between hospital discharges and physician visits. Patients who complete Pulmonary Rehabilitation typically make long-term lifestyle changes decisions in nutrition, medications and exercise.

The Rehab Clinic at Versailles Health Care Center Inpatient and Outpatient Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program incorporates a professional Pulmonary Strengthening Program, develops individualized therapeutic breathing exercises designed to strengthen your lungs while maximizing your oxygen intake with physical movements, and works directly with your physicians to improve your respiratory health care needs.

VHCC’s Pulmonary Rehab team members are experts in providing quality care in Pulmonary Strengthening, decreasing oxygen dependence, supervising CPAP and BiPAP requirements, and providing professional Trach Care.

No matter your starting point for Pulmonary Rehabilitation, Versailles Health Care Center is prepared to guide you on your path to using your lungs more efficiently. The Rehab Department at VHCC is happy to assist you in getting your physician’s orders to receive Pulmonary Services and to verify covered benefits through your insurance provider. If you are interested in learning more about the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program at Versailles Heath Care Center, please contact Shannon Condon at 937-526-0130 or visit on the web at

Thursday, March 27, 2014

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. April’s hike will be on Thursday, April 10th at 6:00pm at Routzong Preserve (located on Routzong Road, just off of 571-East). 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. 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.

Rep. Adams Announces Funding for Local Projects

H.B. 497, the capital budget, targets state dollars within communities

State Rep Richard Adams
COLUMBUS—State Representative Richard N. Adams (R-Troy) has announced the Ohio House’s passage of House Bill 497, the state’s capital budget bill, which appropriates funding for local projects within the 80th House District.

The Bradford Rail Museum located in Miami County will receive $275,000 for renovations that will include adding a children’s interactive learning center and resolving a moisture issue. The Bradford Railroad Museum will revitalize the downtown and attract tourism in Bradford.

The Cardinal Center in Gettysburg will receive $75,000 to restore an unused school to offer educational and athletic programs, accommodate community gatherings, and provide space for entrepreneurial activities.

“These two projects in Bradford and Gettysburg represent the kind of state funding investments that will provide a good return. Both projects will be leverage with other funds and the work of community volunteers. Both projects have several components including economic revitalization, entrepreneurial activities and educational programs,” Representative Adams said.

The capital budget focuses on the most pressing needs of state government, schools, and economic development within Ohio’s communities. It is a collaborative process involving state and local leaders, the economic development community, the arts community, and others to provide guidance on local investments, while balancing the state’s need for fiscal restraint and responsibility.

House Bill 497 passed with strong bipartisan support in the House and now awaits consideration by the Ohio Senate.

Ducks Unlimited to Hold 9th Annual "Guns and Buns Bash"

The Darke County Chapter of Ducks Unlimited will be holding it's 9th annual "Guns and Buns Bash." This years event will be held April 12, 2014 at the Greenville V.F.W 7262 located at 219 N. Ohio Street. Banquet doors open at 5:30. Cocktails hour will start then with dinner being served around 6:30pm. Pre-sale tickets are $45/single, $20 for a spouse ticket and $15 for children 17 and under. Tickets are pre-sale. Get your ticket early, a limited number are being sold and going fast. Contact Shawn Brandenburg 937-417-2951 or online at for tickets or to make a charitable donation. Your ticket includes your dinner and some drinks, 1 yr. Ducks Unlimited membership and chances at a handful of door prizes. Purchase your ticket before April 2 and receive FREE tickets on the Sportsman's Raffle ($40 value). Come early for the chance at buying a "Super Duck" raffle ticket for a limited chance raffle. Only 75 will be sold. Many limited chance raffles throughout the night. The atmosphere is family friendly. Don't miss out!

The event will again have the Sportsman's Night out raffle theme. There will be raffle tables dedicated to Waterfowl, Deer and Turkey hunting as well as a Gun and Fishing table and don't forget about our Ladies table! That's 6 separate raffle tables! There will also be opportunities for many other raffles throughout the night. We will also be having a live and silent auction, featuring a "RedLine" raffle. Items up for auction include guns, prints and fishing and hunting trips and much more.

The 2013 event was once again a huge success. So successful that the Darke County DU chapter won it's 4th consecutive "Top Flight" Award in the State of Ohio. The local chapter has also been awarded the Bronze DU Presidential Citation Award (2010) as well as the Silver DU Presidential Citation Award (2011) and the Gold DU Presidential Citation Award (2012). This award has only been won by 1 other chapter in the state of Ohio! Please come out and support your local DU chapter!

Ducks Unlimited is the world's leader in wetlands and waterfowl conservation. Ducks Unlimited conserves, restores, and manages wetlands and associated habitats for North America's waterfowl. These habitats also benefit other wildlife and people. Ducks Unlimited got its start in 1937 during the Dust Bowl when North America’s drought-plagued waterfowl populations had plunged to unprecedented lows. Determined not to sit idly by as the continent’s waterfowl dwindled beyond recovery, a small group of sportsmen joined together to form an organization that became known as Ducks Unlimited. Our mission: habitat conservation. Help us celebrate DU's 75th birthday!

Hope to see you there.

Greenville FFA Members Participate in Job Interview Contest

Freshman Dalton Walls placed 5th
overall in the State Job Interview Contest.
Thomas Shaw, Dalton Walls, and Olivia McDade of the Greenville Chapter of the FFA competed in the Job Interview contest held at Mercer County on February 11th. The Job Interview Contest is one of many Career Development contests in which FFA members can choose to compete. Students enrolled in their local high school Agricultural Education and FFA programs can participate in the grade level in which they are enrolled.

Members going to the contest submit a resume to the receptionist, fill out a job application, and go in for an interview with a local businessman or woman. The person interviewing asks questions of the student in the career area of the student’s choice. Following the interview process, the student then writes a follow-up letter to the employer. The student is then rated on the cover, resume, job application, interview, and follow-up letter.

Shaw represented the local chapter in the senior competition. McDade represented the chapter in the sophomore division and Walls competed in the freshman division. Mcdade placed 3rd while Walls placed 1st in the district contest. Walls then went on to the state sub contest where he again placed 1st in the freshman division. Walls recently competed in the state finals where he placed 5th overall in a contest containing all upperclassmen. Congratulations to all of the members for their outstanding accomplishments.

State of the Heart Hospice Reaches Milestone at Agency

Pictured is Anna Price
A co-worker of State of the Heart Hospice nurse describes Anna Price as “someone who lives on the sunny side of the street, bringing her kindness and joy with her everywhere she goes.” Many patients and families cared for by Price, of Ansonia, agree because they have nominated her ten times for outstanding care for a patient.

Two years ago, State of the Heart initiated a “Shining Star” program giving families a means of recognizing a staff member for their care of a loved one. There are various levels of the Shining Star program beginning with Bronze level, then to Silver, Gold, and Platinum. Price recently earned 10 “Shining Stars,” and is the first State of the Heart staff member to reach the Bronze level. In nominating an employee, the family member makes a donation to the nonprofit agency in honor of the employee.

“I really love my job,” explained Price who is an LPN and has been with the agency for over two years. She works from the agency’s Coldwater office. She said she first felt the “calling” to hospice work when her grandmother was cared for years ago by the agency. “I witnessed what she had: She was able to remain at home; she was comfortable, and she received the best of care. I knew that I wanted to do something that would give this same kind of care to others.”

She is a 2010 graduate of the Miami Valley Career Technology Center. Her interest in patient care has centered on caring for those facing end of life. “I find it very gratifying to give comfort and care toward the end of one’s life,” she explained.

Price has been praised by her coworkers for the help and guidance she gives to new staff members, offering her skills and insight. Families praise her for her care and compassion. One family member wrote of her, “You sure do make it easier at the end.” Gifts donated in her honor have ranged from $100 to $500, with one family honoring her with a $1,000 donation to State of the Heart.

According to Ryan Gathard, Fund Development Director for State of the Heart, the program has raised over $5,000, all of which is directed to patient care support. State of the Heart provides care to anyone who needs care regardless of ability to pay. The agency also provides free bereavement support, free music therapy, and offers a free camp annually called Camp BEARable which is for youth experiencing grief and loss.

“We know that our families are very appreciative of the care their loved one has received, and they want to express their appreciation in a meaningful way,” he said. “The Shining Star program enables them to do this.” Over 70 State of the Heart Hospice employees have received one or more Shining Stars.

2014 Farm Bill Meeting in Darke County Was a Big Success, Get Your DVD Now

A standing room only crowd of more than 400 people attended the 2014 Farm Bill meeting at Versailles Schools. Attendees came from across Ohio and Indiana to hear from experts about how the bill will affect them.

Partners in sponsoring and hosting the meeting were: OSU Extension, Darke County; Farm Credit of Mid America; Ohio Ag Net – Ohio’s Country Journal; Versailles Ag Ed and FFA; USDA Farm Service Agency, Darke County; Ohio and Darke County Farm Bureau; and QBE NAU Crop Insurance.

Farm Credit of Mid America President and CEO, Bill Johnson, gave opening comments on the importance of the meeting and the bill. He had in attendance with him more than 30 Farm Credit Leaders from the tri-state area.

Members of the panel discussing the bill were: Adam Sharp, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation; Jon Coppess, University of Illinois and Art Barnaby, Kansas State University. Moderating the panel was Jeff Wuebker from Versailles.

Free Diabetes Day Awareness and Education: April 3rd


March 27, 2014

With Governor John Kasich signing Amended Substitute Bill 416, school districts can now finalize their contingency plans to address makeup days for the 2013-14 school year. One of the key provisions of Amended Substitute HB 416 was a local option for adding four calamity days to the current five days that do not need to be made up, only after districts have used four of their required contingency plan days.

Greenville City Schools had an adopted contingency plan of makeup days from their original approved 2013-14 calendar. The first four contingency plan makeup days were January 20, 2014, February 17, 2014, May 29, 2014 and May 30, 2014. The district has already made up the first two established days and will also now be in session for their final two established makeup days on May 29th and May 30th.

After making up these four days Greenville City Schools will be permitted to waive their final three school days missed by result of the emergency clause attached to the Amended Substitute HB 416. With the governor’s signature this legislation became effective immediately due to the emergency clause.

Thus, Greenville City School students will complete the 2013-14 school year on May 30, 2014. The teacher workday will now be held on June 2, 2014. Under the new HB 416, Greenville actually has one more waived calamity day available to them, if the need would arise. It is our hope that winter is over and the remainder of the years goes as scheduled. Thank you to the students, staff, parents and grandparents, as well as the entire community for working with the school district throughout this severe and difficult winter. Your support is appreciated.

Another part of the Amended Substitute HB 416 was authorization to delay reporting scores on the Ohio Achievement Assessments in grades three through eight by one week. This reflects the delay in administering the test by one week that was recently authorized by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction.

I hope this information helps with your summer plans. Feel free to contact the Superintendent’s Office at 937-548-3185 if you have any questions about the final makeup day schedule.

Greenville Woman Airlifted After Single Car Rollover Accident

Greenville-On March 26, 2014 at approx. 10:04pm Darke County Deputies along with New Madison Fire Department and Tri Village Rescue were dispatched to the area of State Route 121 and Byrket Road in reference to a single vehicle roll over crash.

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2002 Pontiac, driven by Tayler Crawford (24) of Greenville was North bound on State Route 121 South of Byrket Road. Crawford traveled of the left side of the roadway, over correcting then traveling off the right side of the roadway striking a ditch causing her vehicle to over turn. Crawford was ejected from the vehicle. Careflight was called to the scene and transported Crawford to Miami Valley Hospital where she is listed in stable condition.

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

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Help Find a Lost Cat

Missing 3 year old tortoise shell female cat with tan front paws. Is spayed and declawed in front. Went missing evening of Tuesday, Mar. 13, 2014 from Westbury Dr. area. Name is Charlie. Contact: 937-478-8077

HEARTLAND OF GREENVILLE – Career Opportunities – STNAs

Through our doors you will find the career opportunity that you have been looking for!

At Heartland of Greenville, we make a difference in the lives of our patients every day. Here, you will find a rewarding and stable career that allows you to take part in the patients’ journey back home. Our goal is to get patients back to their lives and you can help us make that happen!

Heartland of Greenville currently has opportunities for part-time Nurse Aides (STNAs).

Our candidate will possess the ability to communicate with patients and other staff members. Successful completion of a State approved Nursing Assistant Training and Competency Evaluation Program required. If you have passed your state exam, good standing in the state registry is also required. Prior experience as a nursing assistant preferred, but not required.

Interested candidates may apply in person or on-line at or you may click here.

HCR ManorCare provides a range of services, including skilled nursing care, assisted living, post-acute medical and rehabilitation care, hospice care, home health care and rehabilitation therapy. Our candidate is a state-licensed nursing professional and will be accountable for providing care in order to maintain the patients’ physical and emotional well-being. In return for your expertise, you’ll enjoy excellent training, industry-leading benefits and unlimited opportunities to learn and grow. Be a part of the team leading the nation in healthcare. Join our team today!

Heartland of Greenville, 243 Marion Drive, Greenville, OH 45331
For more information, please contact Human Resources: 937-548-3141
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Darke County Red Cross Hosting "Comedy & Caring"

Speaker Series at Edison: Ohio Poet of the Year to Read

Lianne Spidel, Ohio Poet of 2013
Lianne Spidel, recently named Ohio Poet of 2013 by the Ohio Poetry Day Association, will appear at Edison Community College’s Piqua campus for two readings and discussion of her work on Thursday, April 3.

What to Tell Joseme is her first full book of published poetry although she has been published widely in literary magazines including Atlanta Review, Poetry, Southern Poetry Review, Green Mountain Review, Shenandoah Hubbub, Nimrod, and Rattle.

All who have had an imaginary friend in their childhood years will respond to the secrets that Spidel tells her make-believe friend, Joseme.

Audiences need not expect her poetry to be so esoteric that few can understand it. Instead, Spidel writes from the heart about loss, war, divorce, misunderstanding, and does so in plain English with an emotional bent that has a confessional tone.

Retired Edison professor Cathy Essinger says, “Lianne writes about family better than any poet I know with a knack for making plain language, plain topics, sound poetic.”

The fifty-minute readings are scheduled for 12 p.m. in Room 210 West Hall and again at 1:30 p.m. in Room 209 West Hall. The program is free and the public is invited. Visitor parking is available at the West Hall parking lot and at the Emerson Center. Stairs and an elevator provide easy access to the second floor. Contact: Dr. Vivian Blevins at 937-778-2815.

Manges Wins Greenville Rotary Club Speech Competition

Pictured from left to right are Nicole Manges, Alison Helfrich and Michelle Fanan.
The Greenville Rotary Club conducted their Four-Way Speech Competition on February 24th at the main office of Second National Bank, and is pleased to announce that Nicole Manges a senior from Greenville High School was selected as the winner.

Nicole will represent the Greenville Rotary Club at the Rotary District competition on March 30th at Wright State University’s Millett Hall.

The runner-up was Michelle Fanan and 3rd place went to Alison Helfrich, who are both students at Greenville High School.

The Four-Way Speech Competition provides an opportunity for high school students to present a four to six minute speech by applying the Four-Way Test to the concepts of leadership, service to others and life experience. The speech is presented from memory without the aid of podium, notes, displays or props and is the work of the student with no more than 75 words being quoted from others. The components of the Rotary Four-Way Test are: Is it the TRUTH? Is it FAIR to all concerned? Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS? Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned? These are the principles that Rotary members adhere to and promote within the community and in their business and personal lives.

All three students were awarded prize money from the Greenville Rotary Club and Nicole will have the opportunity to compete for additional cash prizes at the District competition. The Greenville Rotary Club was chartered on April 1, 1921 and has provided nearly 93 years of service to Greenville and Darke County.

2014 Relay for Life Announces Committee Chairs

Greenville-The Darke County Relay for Life Committee recently held their organizational “Kick Off” meeting. The meeting was led by Event Chair Rose Schlater.

The meeting was designed to introduce the many volunteers by committee and team and to address any questions, as well as, brainstorm for the Darke County Relay for Life event which will be held at Heritage Park in Versailles on July 18th and 19th.

Committee chairs were formally announced as:

  • Accounting Chair: Diane Elsas
  • Survivor Chair: Joyce Johnson
  • Luminaria Chair: Michelle Alt
  • Logistics Chair: Terrie Oestreicher
  • Food Chair: Deb Kenworthy
  • Publicity Chair: Kathy Magoto
  • Sponsorship Chair: Vicki Everetts
  • Mission Chair: Carrie Drees
  • Online Chair: Lynne Mangen

Each committee consists of a supportive group of volunteers, but new volunteers are always welcomed. Volunteers from all across Darke County work together bringing their personal stories and vision to the fundraising efforts of the Relay event. Volunteers are our neighbors, friends, and relatives who desire to work together to raise awareness, network with cancer patients, survivors, caregivers, family and friends and help in the fight against cancer. The funds raised go to the American Cancer Society to fight against all types of cancer, as well as, provide support programs.

Anyone interested in becoming a part of Darke County’s “2014 Relay For Life” you may contact Event Chair Rose Schlater at or (937) 526-5151 or attend the next meeting from 6:30 - 7:30 pm on Monday, April 14th at the Shawnee Prairie Preserve, Greenville. Together we can make a difference!

Help Wanted at BRC

Tuesday, March 25, 2014


GREENVILLE, OH (March 25, 2014) – The Board of Trustees of the Darke County Visitors Bureau (DCVB) announced their decision to relocate the office from the second floor of The Palace to a store front location at 421 South Broadway, to create a Welcome Center next to KitchenAid Experience.

“The DCVB is extremely excited to have the opportunity to relocate to a ground level, store front location in historic downtown Greenville, the county seat. This move will allow the Visitors Bureau to further showcase the amenities that Darke County has to offer our tourism partners as well as visitors and local citizens,” stated Deanna York, Executive Director of the Visitors Bureau.

The location resides in The Ohio Block Building which was built in 1883. Many different shops have been housed in 421 South Broadway over the past 131 years, including hardware stores, drug stores, dress shops and appliance stores. Local businessman, Ted Abney, purchased The Ohio Block Building from Dean Bankson at the end of 2013.

“We are fortunate to have forward-thinking leaders like Ted Abney in our community. We are working closely with Mr. Abney to repurpose original items from the second and third floors of the building, including doors, lighting fixtures and other hardware,” shared York.

“Mr. Abney was kind enough to take me and Main Street Greenville Director, Amber Garrett, on a tour of the upper floors last week. During that time, we found the original sign that hung in the window of Pierson & Reid Hardware Company, which was located in the building from 1889 through 1927. We are beyond excited to share this history with visitors and locals, alike.” The staff and board of the Visitors Bureau encourage anyone with information or memorabilia from The Ohio Block Building to call the office at (937) 548-5158.

Visitors to Darke County and local citizens are invited to stop by the Welcome Center when it opens later this summer. “The space will be brimming with rich, authentic local flavor,” expressed York. The lobby will house photo exhibits and artwork from Darke County artists throughout the year and be open for major events, such as The Hometown Holiday Horse Parade, Classic Car Show and First Friday events.

With the new location on the ground level next to the number one group destination in Darke County, staff and volunteers will be able to personally step on motorcoaches to welcome visitors, and invite them to the Welcome Center to learn more about places to visit in Darke County. Special hours will be set during the travel season including Saturdays to accommodate both leisure and group travelers.

With the increase in hours, the Visitors Bureau will be looking to add volunteers to its efforts. They will be set up in front of 421 South Broadway for First Friday in April. Stop by if you are interested in welcoming visitors to town and sharing your knowledge of the community. Local folks are encouraged to stop by the Visitors Bureau any time to pick up brochures for family reunions, weddings or for visiting friends and family.
Guides are also available at local festivals and events, and by calling the Visitors Bureau at (937) 548-5158 or via email at Watch the Darke County Visitors Bureau’s Facebook page for information and pictures on the renovation progress, as well as a date for the open house.

Tom & Etta Mae Foley Memorial Dinner and St. Mary's School Auction to be Held April 5th

The Tom & Etta Mae Foley Memorial Dinner and St. Mary's School Auction is scheduled for April 5th and will feature a live and silent auction ran by Brian Rismiller.

The dinner is schedule to begin the evening at 5:00 and will be served until 7:00 with tickets available at the door. The event is being held at Paws Bingo Hall again this year. The auction will begin at 6:00 and the public is invited to attend.

The students of St. Mary's School want to take this opportunity to thank the Fairlawn Steakhouse for donating the dinner in support of the school. We also want to thank the over 75 area businesses who have donated with new items collected daily.

Please visit the school's website or our Facebook event for a link to the most updated information.

Click here to view/print a flyer for the event.

Friends of the Cardinal Center to Host Easter Bazaar

Gettysburg- On April 12, the Friends of the Cardinal Center will be hosting their first Easter Bazaar at the Cardinal Center (Gettysburg School), 260 East Main St.). Thirty vendors will be there with baked goods, crafts, Velta, Rada, 31 Bags, jewelry, loom rugs, woodcraft items, doll clothes, and specialty items, just to name a few. There will be door prizes from the vendors that will be given away during the day.

Parents should BRING THEIR CAMERAS as the Easter Bunny will also be there from 10-2 to pose for pictures with the kids and anyone who is still young at heart.

There will also be a concession stand run by the Friends for anyone who wants to grab a hot dog or soda.The bazaar will be open from 9:00 to 4:00.

The Friends of the Cardinal Center ( is non-profit corporation formed to preserve the historical and educational heritage of the Gettysburg school. Their mission statement is “Working to preserve heritage, build community, and enable success through education and inspiration.”

Pet Microchip Clinic to be Offered at Greenville Area Dog Club Training Center



It’s been a long, hard winter and blood donors are ready to get into the swing of spring! Community Blood Center (CBC) is celebrating the arrival of baseball season with the “Take Me Out to the Blood Drive – Lifesaver League” t-shirt. It’s free to everyone who registers to donate at the following Darke County blood drives. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment at Locally you can contact Dana Puterbaugh-CBC Darke County Account Representative at 937-997-2199 or

CBC is offering the “Take Me Out to the Blood Drive” t-shirt as a donor gift to everyone who registers to donate Monday, March 24 through Saturday, May 3 at any CBC Donor Center and most CBC mobile blood drives.

The t-shirt is white with a red and blue emblem that features a baseball player swinging the bat. The casual, athletic look of this t-shirt is perfect for watching the Dragons or Reds at the ballpark, or running the bases at a softball game!

The first opportunity for donors to get this t-shirt in Darke County will be the last community blood drive in March.

Friday, March 28, 2014
Franklin Monroe High School
8691 Oakes Road, Pitsburg
Sponsored by: Franklin Monroe High School National Honor Society
8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Open to the Students, Faculty, and Community
Appointments Encouraged!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Greenville Technology, Inc.
12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Employees Only

The Shuff Adult Day Center Wishes to Thank Their Donors.

In the Spring of 2010, the Shuff Adult Day Center, located on the Brethren Retirement Community campus opened its doors. The Shuff Adult Day Center was made possible by a generous lead gift from the estate of Mr. S.S. “Junior” Shuff.

One of Brethren Retirement Community’s cornerstones of success has been our long history of compassionate donors. Many thanks to those who have made a commitment for three years of support to the Shuff Adult Day Center by naming a room in the Adult Day Center.

Second National Bank – Family Conference Room - $3,000
Wayne Health Care – Receptionist Area - $2,000
McGohan Brabender Senior Solutions – Director’s Office - $2,000
Waibel Energy Systems – Front Porch - $2,500

We are appreciative of those who renewed a three year naming opportunity and to Waibel Energy Systems for supporting the Adult Day Center.

Mr. Shuff spent his life taking care of the needs of his business clients, friends and church. It is our belief that he would be pleased to know that his gift continues. The center provides assistance with activities of daily living, medication management, emotional support and a social outlet as well as some much needed respite for caregivers. It is a place to be engaged, in conversation, in activity, in a community. It is a place where participants regain the sense of belonging and self-esteem that comes with being a part of a community.

Naming opportunities are still available for several areas in the adult day center for period of (3) years. Donors will be recognized with signage on the wall of their designated area. Donations may be made in honor or memory of a loved one, as individuals or as a corporate donation.

Bathing Area $2,500
Activities $2,500
Multi-Sensory Room $2,500
Dining Room $2,500
Caregiver’s Office $1,500

 Pictured L-R - John Swallow, Second National Bank President, Angie Didier, Director of Brethren Home Community Services, Jane Woodie, Director of Mission Support, Brethren Retirement Community and Antonia Baker, Marketing Director, Second National Bank

Pictures L-R – Jane Woodie, Director of Mission Support, Brethren Retirement Community and Terri Flood, Director of Marketing and Communications, Wayne HealthCare

Pictured L-R – Pierce Ferriter, Solutions Sales Manager, Waibel Energy Systems, Angie Didier, Director of Brethren Home Community Services, and Jeremy Adams, Account Manager, Waibel Energy Systems

Pancake Breakfast Scheduled March 29th

Pancakes, sausage, fruit... can a Saturday morning start off any better than that? The Kings Men will be hosting this delicious breakfast on Saturday, March 29th from 8am until 9:30am in the Chestnut Village Center located on the campus of Brethren Retirement Community. The Kings Men use Grandpa Pierce’s recipe that has been in the family for 100 years. Cost for the breakfast is just $4.00 and all proceeds will benefit the Resident Aid Fund to help cover the cost of caring for our Elders, who have outlived their resources. Bring your family and friends!!!!

Pets of the week

We have Pettie at the Darke County Animal Shelter. He is a 3-month-old Australian Cattle dog mix. He is black and white with short hair. He is a sweet little guy, who loves to play. He is current on his shots and is looking for a new family to care for.

We have Max at the Darke County Animal Shelter. He is a 2-year-old Golden Retriever/Lab mix. He is a friendly guy and loves people. He is current on his shots and will make a great companion. He is looking for a good home.

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

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

We are having our 1st annual 5k run/walk for the Dog Park on April 5th 2014. This event will be held at the Darke County Fairgrounds. The run will start at 09:00 am. There will be many prizes given away. You’re welcome to bring your dog. It will be a fun time for everyone.

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

Wandering for Warblers

It’s Warbler season! Grab those binoculars and let’s Wander for Warblers! Join a Naturalist on ODD Saturdays in April and May at 9:00am for a hike and we’ll scour the trees at Shawnee Prairie Preserve for these brightly colored winged-gems! The first hike will be Saturday, April 5th. Beginning and “expert” birders alike are welcomed to join in on these often 35+ bird species hikes.

For questions or information on all upcoming programs offered by the Darke County Parks visit our website at or call the Nature Center at 937.548.0165.

FFA Members Participate in Public Speaking

Public Speaking—Thomas Shaw(left) , Victoria Nadar (center) ,Hannah Grisez (right)Thomas Shaw, Victoria Nadar, Jack Garland and Hannah Grisez represented Greenville FFA in the Public Speaking Contests that was held on January 30th, 2014. They each spoke at the District 5 Sub-district Public Speaking Contest held recently at Tri-Village High School. Garland and Grisez participated in the Creed Contest while Shaw participated in the Extemporaneous Speaking Contest and Nadar participated in the beginning prepared speaking contest.

The Extemporaneous Speech Contest consists of researching and writing a 5 to 7 minute speech on an agricultural topic in 30 minutes. The contest is designed to stimulate the interest of the FFA member in agriculture and leadership by giving them an opportunity to speak before an audience. Shaw placed 2nd in this sub district contest and went on to the district 5 finals where he placed 1st in the district. He then progressed to the state semifinals where participated in the final 4 where he then placed 3rd in the State of Ohio.

The Creed Contest consists of a student memorizing the five paragraphs of the FFA Creed and presenting it to a panel of judges. This contest is designed to develop leadership and the ability to appear before a group by freshmen students as they become members of the FFA. He then answers three minutes worth of questions over his presentation. They are evaluated on his presentation, memorization, and response to the questions. Jack Garland received a gold rating and was 4th in the sub district contest. Hannah Grisez placed 1st in the sub district and placed 2nd in the district where she then went on to the state semifinals placing her 8th in her division.

Beginning prepared speaking is a contest made for members to practice their memorization skills. Members write their own speech on an agricultural topic and then present in to a panel of judges where they are then quizzed and questioned over their knowledge of the topic. Victoria Nadar placed 1st in the sub district contest which progressed her into the district contest where she then received 3rd place.

Congratulations to all members involved in the public speaking contest!

DCSA Rec Soccer is Cancelled for Tuesday, March 25th

DCSA Rec Soccer is Cancelled Tuesday, March 25th @ North Park due to temperature. Fundraiser turn-in is Saturday, March 29th along with Ernst Sporting Goods orders. See everyone on Saturday.

Monday, March 24, 2014


On Sunday, March 23, 2014 at approximately 1:56 AM the Darke County Sheriff’s Office received a report from Wayne Healthcare ER of a stabbing victim that had been received there. They advised that the victim was brought to them by some friends.

A deputy was dispatched to Wayne ER and learned that the victim was 24 year old Christopher A. Bowles of Greenville, OH. The investigation revealed the Bowles subject had attended a large party located at 3114 Byrket Road in Darke County when a fight ensued. During that fight Mr. Bowles received stab wounds to his torso. Bowles was later transferred to Miami Valley Hospital by Care Flight where he remains at this time. His current status is unknown.

Investigation at the scene revealed that at the party was a large number of juveniles from Darke County and some surrounding counties. The use of alcohol and drug consumption was evident. No suspects have been positively identified due to the victim refusing to cooperate in the investigation.

The case remains under investigation and when completed will be forwarded to the Prosecutor’s Office for review and charges as necessary.

Follow Up: Governor Kasich Talks Whirlpool

After Governor Kasich was in town a couple of weeks ago for the big Whirlpool expansion announcement, the Ohio Senate Blog produced two videos, one of Kasich's address to the employees at Whirlpool, and one of the Governor answering questions and talking about what the expansion means for the area. Check them out below.

Bowl for Kids Sake 2014 generates $33,000 for the local Big Brothers Big Sisters program.

The bowling event that was held on Friday, March 7th & Saturday, March 8 at Bel-Mar Lanes in Sidney Treaty Lanes in Greenville with nearly 50 bowling teams consisting of 4 to 5 people in attendance.

The agency would like to thank all the businesses and individuals who supported their biggest fundraiser of the year. The money raised goes directly towards establishing one-to-one mentoring relationships between caring adults and vulnerable children.

Big Brothers Big Sisters would like to send a big shout out to the community for their awesome support of our fund raising event!! To date our preliminary figures show we raised $33,000.

Bowl for Kids’ Sake is a nationally recognized event, and almost 700 agencies across the county participate and hold the event. Big Brothers Big Sisters evaluates its effectiveness and impact on a national and local level. Results show that children who are mentored are more likely to improve in school and in their relationships with family and peers and are less likely to skip school or use illegal drugs or alcohol.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County has drawn the winners of the Bowl for Kids’ Sake 2014 Prizes:

Grand Prize winner was Don Mumford of Sidney, who generously donated the $500 prize back to the Big Brothers Big Sisters agency. Val Leigeber of Sidney won the prize for most money raised by a bowler, and the package winners where Alex Wilt of Fort Loramie, Carolyn Leiss of Sidney, Harold Leiss of Sidney, and Val Leigeber of Sidney. The prize for any bowler who participated was won by Joe Rizzo of Lewistown.
Great BIG thanks go to all of the companies that sponsored the event and helped make it a success. It is greatly appreciated.

Volunteer mentors are always needed; call the office at 937-492-7611 or 937-547-9622 for more information. Big Brothers Big Sisters is a United Way member agency.

DD Awareness Month, March 2014 - “Ability @ Work” basketball game

The Darke County Board of DD and Darke County Special Olympics are partnering to celebrate March as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. They will be sponsoring an exhibition of skills game between The Warriors, Slammers and Dawgs Special Olympics basketball teams, but with an added bonus - various elected officials, businesses and community members have been invited to participate alongside the athletes. The public is invited and encouraged to attend this first ever event sponsored by these organizations.

“’Ability @ Work’ is a very appropriate theme for this year’s DD Awareness Month. Our agency supports individuals with developmental disabilities in identifying their unique abilities and talents that contribute to the Darke County community. Whether through employment, community living, or recreation, every individual has potential and is valuable. Focusing on abilities rather than disabilities encourages individuals to be productive and contributing members of their community.” said Mike Beasecker, Superintendent of the Darke County Board of Disabilities.

This event is a great way to kick off the theme this year. It showcases the talent of individuals with developmental disabilities, allowing them to demonstrate their ability to work and play alongside members of the community, and peers, to accomplish many goals while making a contribution to society. The invited guests will be teaming up with members from each team to put their skills to the test.

Versailles School District will host the event on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. The game will be held at the Versailles Middle School gym. Admission to the event is free; however, donations of any amount will be accepted with all proceeds going to benefit Darke County Special Olympics.

We encourage people to learn more about the people in this county who have developmental disabilities, and to recognize that all of us have talents and abilities that we can offer to make our community a better place to live. Come out and join the fun for a friendly, entertaining game of basketball. We invite you to consider the true meaning of “Ability @ Work” and help celebrate this integration of Darke County citizens. Please contact the Darke County Board of DD at (937) 548-9057 or email for more information.

Grant Awarded to Darke County Friends of the Shelter

Greenville - The Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust Fund has recently awarded funds to the Darke County Friends of The Shelter.

DCFOS would like to recognize and thank the Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust Fund for their contributions to enhance and improve Scentral Park dog park. Funds will be used to construct shelter areas inside the park. Without local support we would not be able to make continued improvements. Scentral Park dog park is located at 5066 County Home Rd, Greenville, just south of the Sheriff's office. Scentral Park dog park is open every day from dawn to dusk.


The Greenville Area Dog Club spring session of obedience, agility, and conformation classes begins the week of April 7th., 2014.

Through the years more classes have been added to meet the growing interest in dog training. Many people like the variety of classes available.

The Greenville Area Dog Club will be offering classes at the former U.S. Chemical building, located in the 5400 block of State Route 49.

Obedience classes begin Tuesday, April 8th.Classes offered include puppy (12 weeks to five months), beginner, refresher/advanced, obedience, and conformation.

“Our puppy and beginning obedience classes are designed to teach basic house manners, grooming and care of the dog, heeling, sit, down, stay, come and other commands,” said Barb Rhoades, Director of Obedience Training. She also added that a class will be offered to those who have completed beginner or have some past training in classes and want to continue with training. The Refresher/Advanced class is designed to review what they learned in beginner class and correct any training mistakes or difficulties that have arisen as well as teach some additional training tricks of the trade. The class will continue from where the beginner class left off and make for a better working and behaved dog. Some off lead work is introduced, as well as more advanced training methods. Dogs and clients who have taken the class have really enjoyed the experience. The classes are designed to be building blocks in obedience. We start with puppy and continue to build upon that training thru each of the later classes. However, if you missed the puppy class when your dog was a baby, you can still get great results with the dog starting with our Beginner classes.

Registration for obedience classes is from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, April 8th. with orientation and classes to follow registration.

Edison Employees Recognized at Banquet

Alice Burger (R) is honored by President
Cris Valdez for 25 years of employment at Edison
Community College’s employee recognition banquet.
Twenty-six employees were recognized for a combined total of 265 years of service in their careers at Edison Community College’s 35th annual employee recognition banquet on Friday, March 7.

In keeping with the theme of Edison’s 40th anniversary, employees were asked to share what they were doing and where were they when the College opened its doors in 1973, their favorite moment at Edison, and interesting information about themselves. Peers were also asked to contribute interesting facts about the honorees during a portion of the presentation titled “word on the street”.

Within the College’s newly released Strategic Master Plan, Key Result 1 focuses on Positive Employee Engagement. Linda Peltier, Vice President for Strategic Human Resources, hosted and emceed the event. “It is an honor to recognize our employees who are engaged, dedicated to organizational excellence, and are committed to the success of our students,” said Peltier.

The following employees were recognized for reaching significant milestones in their careers at Edison: Twenty-Five Years: Alice Burger; Twenty Years: Betty Blue, Janice Michael, Rhonda Rich, Kathi Richards, Natalie Rindler; Fifteen Years: Lisa Allred, Cathy Barrow; Ten Years: Eva Maloney, Steve Rogge, Karen Stafford, Gwen Stevenson; Five Years: Jerry Alexander, Marva Archibald, Jill Bobb, Mary Bornhorst, Tom Boyd, Loleta Collins, Rachael Detraz, Sharon Farling, Maura Felts, Herbert Head, David Lambert, Alisa Van Overstraeten, Leah Shreves, Julie Willenbrink.

During the banquet, it was announced that Dr. Phillip C. Lootens would be added to Edison’s ‘Wall of Memories’. The ‘Wall of Memories’, established in 1998 by members of the Academic Forum, is dedicated to past Edison employees who made a difference in the lives of all at Edison and will forever be recognized as part of the College community.

Dr. Lootens significantly contributed to the programs and processes that the College practices today. Although he is now retired from Edison, Lootens continues to be a prominent advocate of the College. Kim Kiehl, Administrative Assistant and Data Generalist for the Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs nominated Lootens and Iden Smith, retired Edison Faculty Member and colleague of Lootens provided remarks.

Greenville Schools Foundation 2013-2014 Grant Award Recipients

Front Row from left: Becky Curtis, Michele Zekas, Chelsea Whirledge
Middle Row: Patti Jetter(GSF), Krista Subler, Linda Boltin, Jill Davis, Lori Hoover, Jody Lockhart(GSF)
Back Row: Susan Barker, Dave Ernst, Kathy Lockhart, Julie Kirk, Diane Brown ( all GSF members)

The Greenville School Foundation awarded their 2013-2014 school year grants at the Greenville Senior High School on March 11, 2014 at the Winter Sports Award program. The awards are as follows:

  • Becky Curtis and Krista Subler – guidance counselors received funding for College Club visits and field trips to universities for Juniors and Seniors.
  • Michele Zekas – received funds for Special Education K-2 Program for Reading Disabilities
  • Chelsea Whirledge and Vocal Music Boosters – received Concert wireless headsets
  • Linda Boltin – Total Parenting Experience family class received child development parenting simulator
  • Jill Davis and Spanish Classes – funds for transportation of Spanish students to a Columbian Restaurant in West Carrollton
  • Lori Hoover – Interactive Media received funds towards the Immersive Studio Experience, building the studio for Channel 5 production

Also receiving grants, but not pictured:

  • Elizabeth Arnold – funds towards Math department laboratory equipment
  • Rachel Kerns and Tiffany Fine – Junior High received funds towards Safe Dates, Date Abuse prevention
Our thanks to everyone who participated.

Pond Clinic in Darke County

The Tri- County pond clinic will be held in Darke County this year. This is an annual clinic between Darke, Miami, and Shelby County Soil and Water Districts. This is a free clinic scheduled for April 15th 2014 and is held for any interested persons wanting to learn more about fish stocking, plants in a pond, pond construction, and some of the rules and regulations regarding nuisance animals associated with ponds.

This year’s pond clinic will be held on April 15th at 6:00pm at Dan and Vicki Turners, 12774 Rhynard Fink Road, Rossburg. We are hoping for good weather, but if the weather conditions aren’t favorable there is a shelter, come prepared for the weather conditions and bring a lawn chair. If you have any vegetation, that you have a concern with, bring that along.

If you have any questions about this year’s pond clinic, you can call the Darke S.W.C.D. at 937-548-1752 or contact us through our web site at

CHESTNUT VILLAGE – A Simple Concept for a Secure Future

Chestnut Village, offers those over age 55 a unique combination of services and amenities as well as carefree living and peace of mind for the future. People who live in continuing care retirement communities enjoy active companionship, security, and less stress. Not only are the majority of our residents active, Chestnut Village has inspired residents to improve their fitness by participating in our SeniorFit gym and fitness classes. One of the great benefits of Chestnut Village is the many services that make everyday living easier and more convenient – many are just steps away in our main building. Chestnut Village’s lifestyle and services give you more time for pursuing your passions and exploring new opportunities. If health needs should change over the years, we offer a full-range of services, from non-medical homecare to long-term care, right here on our campus, close to family and friends.

Select from a variety of floor plans, each with two bedrooms and an attached garage. Brethren Retirement Community is committed to making the physical and emotional aspects of your move easier. We are available to offer help and advice on everything move related, from the initial planning and scheduling to answering any questions that come up in the exciting first weeks in your new home.

Currently, we have one home available, the ELM model. This home features 2 bedrooms and 2 baths, a large combined living/dining room with a pass-through from the kitchen into the dining area. Additionally, this home includes a one-car attached garage and a front porch under roof so it’s perfect for sitting outside and visiting with neighbors.

We are happy to assist you through the simple steps required to reserve your residence at Chestnut Village. Please call 937-547-7628 to schedule a tour or to attend our next Open House on May 7th.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

The Happy Ending - by: Elizabeth Horner

I miss happy endings. I miss Sailor Moon, the Power Rangers, Boxcar Children books, stories about Thomas Edison trying a thousand different ways of making the light-bulb until his persistence paid off and voila. The older I’ve gotten, the more they have seemed to disappear, like Cinderella’s glass slipper once the clock struck midnight.

I will avoid giving out spoilers, but for my fellow readers out there, I’m starting to ring a few bells, am I not? You can all recall, in exquisite detail, the moment that one of your favorite series--- alive with characters that had become some of your best friends--- turned dark. Perhaps you, like me, have looked online for a “Best movies of all time” list in order to supplement your activities for the evening, and then discovered that most of them share this plot device: the pretty, understanding, innocent wife dies. Or maybe you’ve noticed something else: when you turn on the radio, your ears are immediately met with the mournful cry of someone who has lost her boyfriend, whose dad has died, who feels trapped and hopeless. The sad songs always seem to be better written, better performed, and more popular than those that describe the good times.

Now I’ve never approved of censorship; and I understand the need to keep records of past sorrows, to describe the gravity of things like war, and to complicate those simple little diddies that we knew as children. But modern society is starting to perpetrate the lesson that all happy endings are fairy-tales, while reality is the stuff that comes afterwards to spoil the pretty picture. What can be the result of that except to create more of the unpleasantness that is described?

One of my least favorite examples comes in the form of TV relationships. If a show that lasts eight seasons has a couple get together in season three, you know that they are going to break up once, maybe twice, have a relationship with someone else, perhaps even marry them, get jealous and avoid each other, only to have something devastating happen that throws them back together again; then, they might have a baby. Does it sound ridiculous when I say it like that? But played out over several years on TV, it seems almost natural. And yet, it is just as much fantasy as a group of crime fighters who maintain secret identities (don’t people, after all, usually act differently at work than at home), and teaches much less about how to handle real life than Edison and his light-bulbs. After all, he persisted through his problem.

I am here, twenty years-old, stubborn as a six year old when it comes to not liking make-up, thinking sweet potatoes are gross, and liking to stay up beyond what it is good for me--- and I believe, as I do then, in what people have told me is impossible. Maybe, you readers out there still think I am too young yet to know better--- but I am sure of one thing; when a writer lays their hands on the keyboard and unleashes a new world beneath their flying fingertips, when a script writer of those TV shows comes up with the next cliffhanger ending, they have a choice about what they are bringing into existence. They decide to make their ideas a reality.

So can I.

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