Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Semi Strikes Motorcycle Resulting in Second Roadway Fatality Within 24 Hours

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On June 29, 2016 at 7:22 AM Darke County Sheriff’s Deputies, along with Greenville Township Fire Department, Greenville Township Rescue, Ohio State Highway Patrol Motor Carrier Enforcement, Darke County Coroners Office and Darke County Sheriff’s Office Accident Reconstruction Team responded to a fatal accident involving a motorcycle and a semi truck and trailer in the 7100 block of State Route 121.

Preliminary investigation reveals that David Milligan (45), of Greenville Ohio, was travelling north on State Route 121 on a 2006 Harley Davidson motorcycle. Roger Evans (56), of Bellefontaine, was traveling south on State Route 121 in a 2007 Volvo semi truck with a trailer. The semi turned into the path of the northbound motorcycle as he attempted to turn left onto the ramp for U.S. Route 127. Mr. Milligan struck the semi and succumbed to his injuries at the scene. Mr. Milligan’s helmet use is unknown at this time.

This was the second fatal accident investigated by Darke County Deputies in 24 hours and marks the third fatal accident for the year.

This crash remains under investigation.

Greenville Municipal Concert Band to Kick Off the Summer Season on Sunday, July 3rd.

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The Greenville Municipal Concert Band will begin its summer season on Sunday, July 3rd at 7pm with a Celebration of Independence. Municipal band concerts will take place in the beautiful Greenville City Park at the Marling Band Shell. All Concerts are free and open to the public. Concerts in the park will be given each week beginning July 3rd and continuing through Labor Day Sunday. The band will not be in concert on Sunday, July 31 and Sunday, August 21. The Jazz Band will take the stage on Sunday, July 24th and Sunday, August 28th. All Concerts will begin at 7pm this year.

The Celebration of Independence Concert will feature music and readings designed to celebrate the independence of our great country. Special guest reader for the concert will be our Honorable Mayor, Mike Bowers. He will recite excerpts from famous American speeches as the band performs. This song and recitation has become an audience favorite over the years and we are proud to have Mayor Bowers share the stage with us.

Also featured for the evening will be the vocal stylings of Greenville native David McKibben. David is a graduate of Greenville City Schools and currently lives in Dayton, Ohio. David is an outstanding musician and director in the Miami Valley. David will be singing God Bless America, America the Beautiful and the Lee Greenwood classic God Bless the USA.

Other music will include marches of John Philip Sousa, a tribute to our armed forces and other music for a Celebration of Independence. Please plan to celebrate with us on Sunday, July 3rd at the Marling Band Shell in the Greenville City Park. Seating is available or you may bring your own lawn chair or blanket.

Help Wanted at Family Health

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Family Health has an immediate job opening for a MLT (Medical Lab Technician).

Position is Full-time (M-F, 40 hours) plus possible Saturday morning rotation.

2 years experience preferred.


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Daffy Derby and Duck N’ Run Winners Announced

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County held their annual Daffy Duck Derby and 5K on Thursday, June 23nd, 2016 at Tawawa Park in Sidney.

This year 3092 rubber ducks were “adopted” by community members and local corporate sponsors to race in the nearby Mosquito Creek. The event sponsors included Holloway, Trupointe, 105.5 TAM FM, Low Voltage Solutions, Dave Russell, CPA, J & J Enterprises, Sidney Body CarStar, Emerson Technologies, C.R.E. Liable Home Services, KTH Parts Industries, Inc., Reliable Business Solutions, Inc., Sidney Marathon and Brooklyn St. Marathon, McCrate, Delate, & Co., Edison Community College, Versailles Savings & Loan, Sidney Kiwanis, Financial Achievement Services, Sidney Tire/Best One, SRL Insurance Agency, Hemmelgarn Services, and Ernst Sporting Goods. Big Brothers Big Sisters would also like to send a big thank you to Larry and Susan McLaughlin, Meyer’s Drive-Thru, Dannon, Freshway, the City of Sidney, Sidney Foodtown, Advance America, and National Cash Advance for donating their time and/or food or water for the race.

This year Big Brothers Big Sisters added a business “Decorate a Duck” contest to promote where ducks could be purchased. There were seven participants who gave photos of their decorated duck to post on Facebook where they competed to get the most “likes.” Those are businesses included: Sidney Body Carstar, Midmark Corporation, Greenville Federal Savings & Loan in Greenville, Financial Achievement Services, Edison Community College both Piqua & Greenville branches, and The Early Bird in Greenville. The winner was Edison Community College, Piqua Branch with their “Prince” duck.

Overall 13 prizes were awarded for the Duck Derby. The grand prize winner of $1000 was Zak Hurley of New Bremen.

Mehaffie Honored with Induction to the Association of Ohio Commodores

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Pictured L to R: Alan Stockmeister, Cliff Rosenberger, Darryl Mehaffie, and Jim Tressel.
Darryl D. Mehaffie was inducted into the Association of Ohio Commodores on Saturday, June 18, 2016. The Association of Ohio Commodores inducted 22 people from around Ohio during the Annual Summer Meeting at Hilton Easton, located in Columbus.

Mehaffie is a retired teacher who spent thirty years educating the children of western Ohio and has since devoted his educational experience to the state of Ohio as a former member of the State Board of Education, as well as, a current member of the Ohio Association of Community Colleges and is the current chairman of the board of Edison State Community College. Mehaffie remains active in his community through his involvement with the Ohio Arts Council, The Historical Society and the Darke County Center for the Arts.

The Association of Ohio Commodores is a group of individuals recognized by the Governor of Ohio with the state’s most distinguished honor, The Executive Order of the Ohio Commodore. Each year outstanding Ohioans are recognized for their business accomplishment, acumen, and leadership with this prestigious honor.

Governor James A. Rhodes formed the Association of Ohio Commodores in 1966 for the purpose of assisting the state of Ohio in advancement in all areas contributing to the growth of and development of the state and greater prosperity of its citizens. The association was incorporated under the laws of the State of Ohio in 1971 as a non-profit organization and now its esteemed members are primarily involved with supporting the Office of the Governor and Lieutenant Governor.

The Association is a nonpartisan organization that currently boasts a diverse and dedicated membership of more than 350 men and women. Members include government officials, distinguished university presidents and administrators; banking and legal professionals; leaders of trade organizations; chambers and economic development organization’s; and senior management executives of large, medium and small manufacturer’s from across Ohio in a wide variety of industries.

Senator Keith Faber and William (Bill) Morgan sponsored Mr. Mehaffie.

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Butterfly Monitoring Volunteers Needed

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The red spotted purple butterfly can be easily confused with the female of several dark swallowtail varieties, but lacks the eyespots and tails.
Darke County Parks needs help! Butterfly habitat is declining, and scientists need to monitor their populations very closely. Every Friday at 2pm from now through September, join a naturalist to hike a pre-set path and record all the butterflies observed. These numbers will then be sent on to the Ohio Lepidopterists for scientific study. There’s no need to be an expert. A staff member will be present for the hike, and field guides will be provided. Hikes will occur as long as temperatures are above 60 without rain. For more information, please contact the Nature Center at (937) 548-0165 or email

Greenville Rotary Awards Grant for Summer Programing

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To help with summer programing the Greenville Rotary has donated $500 to the Gateway Youth Program as part of their ongoing efforts to build strong, safe and healthy communities. The grant will be used to help with costs for summer activities for the youth involved in field trips, nutrition/fitness classes, art classes and a spring recognition banquet.

“All of these summer activities help our local youth with getting involved in the community, field trips that expose kids to new activities, learning about nutrition, fitness. They will also work on attaining goals and have an opportunity to simply have some good, simple fun with positive role models,” Said Ruth Barga, support specialist.

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.

Council on Rural Services provides education and support through Gateway Youth Programs, Achievement Center for Educational Success (ACES), Kids Learning Place™, Head Start, and Early Head Start in their nine county service area.

Greenville Woman Dies in Three Car Crash on 571

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Greenville- On June 28, 2016 at 5:03 p.m. Darke County Deputies, along with Greenville Township Fire and Rescue, Ansonia Rescue and Union City Rescue, were dispatched to the 4100 Blk. of SR571 reference to a three vehicle head on crash.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2012 Chevy Impala, driven by Aaron Holmes (31) of New Paris, was driving eastbound on SR571 when Holmes’ vehicle went left of center. Holmes’ vehicle struck a 1999 Chevrolet 2500, driven by Ryan Sanders (18) of Greenville, which was driving westbound on SR571. Sanders lost control of his vehicle and went left of center striking a 2002 Toyota Corolla, driven by Linda Stebbins (61) of Greenville, which was driving eastbound behind Holmes’ vehicle.

Holmes was treated by Ansonia Rescue and refused treatment at the scene. Sanders was treated by Union City Rescue and was transported to Wayne Hospital. Jessica Keily (34) of Union City was a front seat passenger in Stebbins’ vehicle. Keily was treated by Greenville Rescue and was transported to Miami Valley Hospital by CareFlight. Stebbins was trapped in her vehicle and had to be extricated by Greenville Township Fire and Rescue. Stebbins succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Darke County Sheriff’s Office accident reconstruction team was called to the scene along with the Darke County Coroner’s Office.

At this time the cause of Holmes’ vehicle going left of center is unknown. This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office and the Darke County Coroner’s Office.

At this time Keily’s condition of is unkown. Sanders was treated and released from Wayne Hospital.

The Gather Round Auction House at the Gathering at Garst

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Wondering what to do with it all? Let's talk! Consider donating some of these treasures to the Garst Museum and The National Annie Oakley Center to be auctioned at The Gather Round Auction House at the Gathering at Garst. All proceeds benefit the Garst Museum. Simply bring your items to the Garst Museum (Wilson Drive entrance) on July 16th from 9:00-12:00. All donations are tax deductible

Camp Encourage Provides Long Term Benefits

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New in 2016, to align with State of the Heart’s re-branding and expansion, Camp BEARable is now Camp Encourage. Camp will still include all the great services and activities you have come to know and love, just with a new name!

Children grieve differently than adults and have special needs to work through their grief and loss. State of the Heart Care provides an important outreach for them – a grief camp for children, called Camp Encourage. The FREE camp, for kids ages 6-15, will be held July 15-17 at the Spiritual Center of Maria Stein, Ohio. The camp is a safe environment where children are surrounded by other kids who are experiencing the same feelings they have. Games and fun activities are mixed with dialogue about feelings of loss and grief, and each child is paired with a specially trained adult “buddy.”

In addition to helping children cope with an immediate loss, there are numerous long term benefits for campers. Camp Encourage teaches positive coping skills that children can carry with them through life, such as implementing the coping skills they learned at camp in stressful situations (breathing, talking it out), with new losses they may experience as children and adults, and understanding how to express their emotions in productive and healthy ways. “Campers learn tools for healthy emotional expression,” said Ashlee Carder, Camp Director. “Instead of turning to destructive methods such as drugs, alcohol or self-harm, children learn how to express their feelings verbally, emotionally, physically and socially.” Parents or guardians often see a positive growth in the child’s grades as well. Children are able to focus on their work as they’re not so consumed with grief and questions.

Children sleep in air conditioned facilities and are provided meals and snacks. They participate in a variety of group activities and discussion time. At the end of camp, children go home with new friends they can talk to and special keepsakes they’ve made over the weekend.

If you feel like your child may be interested in attending Camp Encourage, and you would like some more information, please contact Ashlee Carder at 800.417.7535 or via email Information and registration forms are also available on our website,


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Historic Bear's Mill's Clark Gallery will feature the unique work of glass artist Susan Cannon and sculptor and jewelry-maker Jennifer Engel-Conley in the upcoming “Art At the Mill” exhibit opening with a reception on Friday, July 8. Sweet and savory finger food provided by The Merchant House plus drinks will be offered from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.; the artists will speak about their work, methods, and inspirations at 7 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. The exhibit, on display during Mill store hours, closes on Sunday, August 14.

According to Marti Goetz, Executive Director of Friends of Bear's Mill, this exhibit is particularly suited for display at the lovely site on the banks of Greenville Creek. “Susan Cannon's glass pieces are inspired by nature—mountains, trees, the ocean, while Jeni Engel-Conley's eclectic artistic background motivates her to create impeccably designed architecturally-inspired pieces that contrast beautifully with our rustic setting,” Ms. Goetz stated.

Former dancer Jennifer Engel-Conley earned a degree in architecture, a field which the Ohio native says bears many similarities to dance. “Both tap into the knowledge of how people move through space,” Engel-Conley explains. “In design classes, I always got high marks for how well the circulation worked in my buildings; that skill directly translated into creating “place-making” sculpture; each medium informs the next, making what I bring to my work pretty complex,” says the nationally acclaimed artist. Always allowing for new influences to keep her viewpoint fresh, Engel-Conley abides by classic principles of rhythm, proportion, contrast and balance in designing the jewelry and metal wall tiles that will be shown at Bear's Mill.

After years of professionally counseling clients to follow their dreams, Susan Cannon pursued her own path to become a creator of glass art. Not limiting herself to one style, she sometimes uses a single line to emphasize simplicity, and at other times creates dramatic complex designs in functional and decorative glass work, employing varying techniques to achieve her goals. “Her stunning, colorful work inspires a sense of joy in the viewer,” said Ms. Goetz. “These slumped and fused glass pieces will enhance any home, providing beauty and delight for years, to come,” she concluded.

Bear's Mill is open 11 a.m. till 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 1 p.m. till 5 p.m. Sundays. Historic Bear's Mill is owned and operated by Friends of Bear's Mill, a non-profit organization, and is located at 6450 Arcanum-Bear's Mill Road about 5 miles east of Greenville. For more information, contact Bear's Mill at 937-548-5112 or


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Mary Baker, Practice Representative for
Johnston Chiropractic.
The newly elected officers of the Greenville Business & Professional Women’s Club (BPW) hosted the June 9th meeting which was held at the Brethren Retirement Community. The officers are President Brenda Miller, Vice President Jane Carroll, Secretary Susan Fowble, Treasurer Dorothy Poeppelman and Assistant Treasurer Lindsey Gehret.

The program for the evening featured Mary Baker, Practice Representative for Johnston Chiropractic. Mary talked about the increased longevity. Currently the average life span is 77.6 years. By the year 2030 there will be 800,000 people over the age of 100 with many living to be 150 years old. Many things have improved over the years such as dental care and cosmetic procedures which enable us to live longer. The “prime” of life is around age 23 however most people experience decreased mobility after age 60. Since the nervous system controls everything, it is important to take care of our spine in similar fashion as it is also important to get regular dental checkups or get maintenance on our cars. She also discussed that through the use of chiropractic care, the quality of life and mobility can be increased greatly through at least age 90 in most cases. Chiropractic helps the body to “heal itself” and can help with headaches and many other issues in addition to neck and back pain.

The Greenville BPW Club’s mission is to achieve equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education, and information. The Club holds fundraisers through the year to raise money to grant scholarships to the young women of Darke County. The Club meets the second Thursday of every month for a dinner meeting with the exception of July and August. Those interested in learning more about the Club can contact Membership Chair Debbie Smith at 937-417-2434 or by email @

Edison State Darke County Campus Launches New Program to Meet Workforce Needs

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Professor of Manufacturing/Industrial Management Steve Sykes gives a demonstration to a potential student.
To meet the growing demand of the regional manufacturing industry, Edison State Community College will offer a new Equipment Maintenance Technology and Factory Automation certificate program this fall in Darke County. The certificate program consists of ten courses that can be completed in as little as one year.

“Manufacturers in the region have requested programs to assist with the shortage of skilled maintenance technicians,” said Lisa Wendel of the Darke County Economic Development Office. “This program will assist those companies with filling that need. Individuals who participate and complete this program will be heavily sought after by local industry.”

The Equipment Maintenance Technology program will prepare students to pursue various career opportunities upon completion including service technician, equipment repair specialist, field service technician, production mechanic, and maintenance technician to name a few.

According to, students certified in this field will have the potential to make the regional average of $46,575 annually.

“Manufacturing throughout the region is highly automated and Equipment Maintenance Technicians are needed to keep today’s advanced technology running smoothly,” said Chad Beanblossom, Dean of Darke County Campus.

The program will be offered through the college’s Darke County Campus while also serving residents of Mercer, Miami, Preble, Randolph, Shelby, and surrounding counties.

Students enrolled in the program will meet on Monday and Wednesday evenings at the Greenville High School Advanced Manufacturing Lab to take courses in circuits, digital electronics, advanced controls, electronic devices, hydraulics and pneumatics, programmable logic controllers, industrial controls, and robotics.

For more information or to enroll, speak with an advisor by calling 937-548-5546 or visiting Edison State’s Darke County Campus located at 601 Wagner Avenue in Greenville.

Ansonia Students “Pay It Forward” to AKtion Club of Greenville

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AKtion Club officers, Ruby Sacher and Darlene Bowers accept an $885 donation raised by Ansonia High School students.
Each spring the junior and senior students from Ansonia High School coordinate a picnic fundraiser titled “Pay It Forward.” The goal of this fundraiser is to raise money to donate to a local service need. This year they were able to tie their fundraiser to an English reading assignment titled “Flowers for Algernon.” This story was written in the late 1950’s about a man with intellectual disabilities named Charly Gordon. In the story, Charly undergoes an experimental procedure to obtain normal intelligence. The students gained insight to Charly’s thoughts and feelings through his journal entries as he gains intelligence and eventually regresses back to his original IQ.

Casey Robison, junior English teacher, was reading the book on her computer, when she received a Facebook notification from the Darke County Board of Developmental Disabilities (Darke DD). Curious and a bit taken back by the coincidence, she went to Darke DD’s Facebook page and read many wonderful stories about the contributions that people with disabilities are making in Darke County. It was in that moment that she considered connecting the picnic fundraiser to the book and connecting both of these to Darke DD. As Mary Lochtefeld, senior English teacher said, “It was kismet!”

Ms. Robison contacted Sue Huston, Darke DD Community Connections Coordinator. “We were thrilled to be selected” stated Ms. Huston, “particularly since Darke DD had just petitioned the Greenville Kiwanis Club to begin an AKtion Club - a service leadership program for individuals with disabilities. We have nearly 50 members and this donation will help us get up and running and allow us to further ‘Pay It Forward’ to other Darke County needs.“

The teachers invited Darke DD to speak with the junior and senior classes about DD awareness. Huston reviewed the historical treatment of people with disabilities and how tremendous progress has been made through education, acceptance and inclusion. She showed a power point highlighting stories of how individuals are contributing to their communities through working and volunteering.

Ruby Sacher shared her personal stories and insights regarding her disability and how it affected her experiences with going to school, working, volunteering and being a single mother. She spoke about the difficulties she has endured as well as the successes she has achieved on her journey to meeting personal dreams and goals. Ruby was able to connect to the students when sharing her struggles with applying to college, getting through the entrance tests and with her excitement of passing the tests and being enrolled in Edison Community College. Ruby works 25 hours a week, volunteers weekly and is the president of AKtion Club.

In closing, Huston encouraged the students to remember that, as members of their community, they can continue to embrace and support people with disabilities. Huston stated, “We are changing the culture one person at a time and these kids are the future. They are the future business owners and HR managers that may hire someone with a disability. They may be co-workers, neighbors, friends, and relatives of someone with a disability. They inspire us and give us great hope that one day all people with disabilities will live, work, go to school and volunteer in their communities alongside everyone else.” Ms. Sacher stated, “This is a great group of kids who invited us to come to their picnic and to hang out for the day! I am so happy they donated to our cause. We are looking forward to our first AKtion Club meeting so we can decide just how we will pay it forward.”

Please continue following our journey with AKtion Club by liking our Facebook page Darke County Board of Developmental Disabilities.

Anyone interested in learning more about partnering with the Darke County Board of Developmental Disabilities for employment opportunities, Bridges to Transition, inclusion and/or volunteerism can contact Rodney Willis, Community First Director at 937-459-4626 or

For more information on Darke DD visit our website at

Creeking Hike with DCP

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The crayfish also known as a crawfish or crawdad is one of the common macroinvertebrates found in the creek.
Summer is here; let’s explore! The hot days and long, warm evenings of summer make it a great time to explore the natural world. On Saturday, July 2nd at 2pm join a naturalist at Worth Family Nature Preserve on Spring Hill Rd. for an exciting summer walk. Who knows what everyone will find when hiking in the creek looking for critters and cooling their feet. Please remember to wear close toed shoes. For more information about this or any of the other exciting hikes in this season’s series or other Park District programs, please call the Nature Center at (937) 548-0165.


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The American Kings will headline the First Friday event on July 1st in
downtown Greenville.
Greenville, OH - This year, Main Street Greenville will offer a new event for July’s First Friday! The focus is a 1950’s inspired theme, highlighting memories that once took place on Broadway, the main drag of downtown Greenville.

Fire up the engine of your hot rod and take a cruise down memory lane on Friday, July 1st from 6 to 9 pm.

“The main street of any community holds unique memories to those living there. Over the years, individuals have shared their memories of downtown Greenville with our organization, and we wanted to create a fun event to capture those memories,” said Amber Garrett, Executive Director of Main Street Greenville.

The festivities will include, music by The American Kings, a ping-pong ball drop, a hula hoop contest, a photo booth, and a showing of the classic film Back to the Future.

The American Kings will perform from 7 to 9 pm on 5th Street between the Coffee Pot and Michael’s Fine Clocks and Jewelry. They are a Dayton band who still allow the words “sock” and “hop” to make perfect sense together. With their true renditions of your favorite rock ‘n’ roll songs, you can fully trust a high-energy and fun show. The band’s performance is kindly sponsored by Braund Pope and Oliver-Floyd Funeral Homes.

The ping-pong ball drop, sponsored by Greenville National Bank and Second National Bank will take place on 3rd Street at 9:10 pm sharp, Main Street Greenville will be dropping 500 ping-pong balls from the fire escape of Bach to Rock. The ping-pong balls will have colored dots on them, each color representing a different prize level.

The hula hoop contest will be held from 6 to 8 pm and will be located on 5th Street between Wayne Cinema and American Title Resources. There will also be prizes offered to those who can hula hoop the longest.

The photo booth will be located at Chillz Frozen Yogurt (331 S. Broadway) from 6 to 9 pm, the photos will be printed in black & white capturing that 1950’s essence.

Theater on Third, an outdoor movie experience, will be showing the film, Back to the Future. The “theater” will be located in the parking lot behind Bach to Rock. The movie will be projected onto the Canteen Shop building (120 W. 3rd Street). The movie is free and open to all, kindly sponsored by Greenville National Bank.

There will also be soda fountain drinks, smiley face cookies, a “penny candy” station, and do not forget to come dressed in some unique 1950’s attire! Ladies, think poodle skirts and saddle shoes. Gentleman, get ready to roll up the sleeves of your favorite white t-shirt.

In addition, many downtown businesses will be open late for all to enjoy, make reservations for dinner and explore the shopping experiences offered!

Main Street Greenville is a non-profit organization committed to stimulating and supporting revitalization efforts, historic preservation and economic growth in Historic Downtown Greenville. To learn more about the organization, visit or call 937-548-4998. You can also like the organization on Facebook to receive updates on a regular basis (

Frisch Marionettes at Library

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Another treat is in store Wednesday June 29th at Greenville Public Library's “Family Fun Day. The Frisch Marionette Company will perform at 11:00 a.m. on the front lawn.

Frisch works in the traditional styles of 19th Century European Puppetry with a contemporary twist. Every puppet is hand carved and every costume sewn and custom tailored for each character. This show is will be lively and entertaining for all ages.  In case of rain we'll meet at the First Congregational Christian Church Activity Building on Fifth Street. 

Many thanks to the Friends of the Library and the Steyer Family Trust for their generous sponsorship of “Family Fun Days.”

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Motorcyclist Airlifted After Accident on Greenville Nashville Road

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On June 26, 2016 at 3:00 pm Darke County Deputies, along with Greenville Township Fire, Greenville Township Rescue and CareFlight responded to an injury accident in the 3100 block of Greenville Nashville Rd.

Preliminary investigation revealed 2005 Harley Davidson, driven by Bernice Gress (54) of Palestine, Ohio, was traveling east on Greenville Nashville Rd. and traveled off the right side of the roadway. The vehicle struck a utility box which caused it to overturn multiple times, ejecting the driver.

Ms. Gress was transported to Miami Valley Hospital by CareFlight. Ms. Gress’ condition is unknown at this time.

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

Friday, June 24, 2016

Darke County Visitors Bureau

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Check out the Darke County Visitors Bureau's short video showcasing the creation of the beautiful Annie Oakley mural on the side of Bob and Donna Peters' barn along 127 in the metropolis that is Dawn.


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Financial Achievement Services (FAS), is once again offering Darke County residents the opportunity to have their paper records shredded and recycled on Saturday, July 9th during their annual Document Shred Day.

“Shredding sensitive documents is an easy way to reduce your risk of becoming a victim of identity theft,” said Matt Arnold, owner and President of FAS. “We are happy to help people shred and properly dispose of old statements and paperwork they no longer need. Protecting your sensitive personal information by shredding your paper documents is a sound yearly plan.”

Accepted items to be properly disposed of might include those with Social Security numbers, birthdates, PIN numbers or passwords; banking documents and other financial information like check stubs or old check books; leases, contracts or letters that include signatures; pre-approved credit card applications and medical or dental bills. Of course, be sure to keep documents you may need for tax purposes.

A shred truck will be available in the parking lot of the FAS offices at 5116 Children’s Home Bradford Road in Greenville on July 9th from 8:30AM to 11:45AM.

This is a free service to the public. No appointment is necessary. Just bring your box of documents and the FAS team will take care of the rest!

Securities and Investment Advisory Services offered through Signator Investors, Inc., Member FINRA, SIPC, and Registered Investor Advisor. Financial Achievement Services is independent of Signator Investors, Inc.

Guidelines for Summer Stockpiling

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If you are considering stockpiling manure this summer, choosing the right location and following best management practices can decrease the chance of polluting waters of the state. Please note, stockpiling is not a substitute for adequate manure storage, but can be used when conditions are not suitable for land application.

Manure stockpiles must be solid manure with bedding (minimum of 20% solids) or dry poultry manure and should be located in or near the field that the manure is to be applied. Stockpiles cannot be stored for more than 8 months. It is recommended that a 100-foot temporary vegetative buffer be placed around the pile if the manure will be stockpiled for more than 4 months. Also consider covering the manure, to minimize leachate from rainfall or snow.

The stockpile should be located on soils that are deep to bedrock (greater than 40 inches) and not on soils with rapid or very rapid permeability. They should not be located in areas that occasionally or frequently flood, on hydric soils or on slopes greater than 6%.

Recommended minimum setback distances for manure stockpiles include:

  • 75 ft. from overhead or buried utilities
  • 500 ft. from residences
  • 300 ft. from private wells
  • 300 ft. from ponds and lakes
  • 300 ft. from streams, grassed waterways, and field surface drains
  • 300 ft. from tile inlet or broken tile
  • 1500 ft. from any public surface drinking water intakes.

Stockpiles should be inspected after rain events of ½-inch or more to check for leachate ponding or runoff. They should also be monitored for flies, beetles and other pests if stored longer than one week.

Records should be kept for each stockpile and include:

  • Location map of the stockpile
  • Date and volume of stockpile
  • Nitrogen & phosphorus content of the manure
  • Date(s) the stockpile was inspected (after rainfall and for pests)
  • Date stockpile was land applied and the number of acres applied to

After the manure stockpile has been removed from the field, consider planting a vegetative cover on the site to recycle the nutrients left if site conditions allow. Also, for cropland areas, it is recommended that the same site not be used again to stockpile manure for at least one full growing season.

Manure stockpile requirements are defined in the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Waste Utilization Standard 633 available at Please note, other regulations may apply to manure originating from ODA permitted facilities or handled by ODA certified livestock managers. For more information on manure management, please contact the Darke SWCD office at 937.548.1752.

New Madison 4th of July Breakfast

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Same breakfast, different location. The all you can eat pancake and sausage breakfast, Monday July 4 from 7:00-10:00 am, will be served at the New Madison United Methodist Church, 149 N Main St. New Madison.

Parking available, handicap accessible.

Your Pet can be a star

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Greenville - The Darke County Friends of the Shelter will be making 2017 calendars. Enter your Pet's picture for a chance to become a Star in the group's 2017 calendar. The monthly pictures will be made up of local pets. Bring a photo or digital picture to the Darke County Animal Shelter, located just beyond the Sheriff's Department. All pictures must be submitted by July 6, 2016.

You can also submit the form online. Go to fill out the form and send the digital photo of your pet via e-mail to For more information you can contact the Animal Shelter at 937-547-1645. To see the dogs they have, go to their web site at


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President of the New Madison Kiwanis Club, Sharon Lapp, is shown presenting a check to Steve Litchfield, Financial Director for Darke County Special Olympics. With year-round programming in basketball, softball, cheerleading, bowling and the annual track and field event, the program has added more opportunities for special needs athletes with summer camps in softball, swimming and participation with the Wavaire Camp. Darke County Special Olympics is funded through local donations and coached and directed by volunteers.


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DARKE CO., Ohio – Ansonia and Mississinawa Valley High Schools are such serious rivals they hold a grudge all summer long. They’ll compete for blood donation bragging rights once again in the 7th annual FFA Blood & Guts Grudge Match Blood Drive Monday, June 27 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Ansonia High School gym, 600 East Canal St.

Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at or call 1-800-388-GIVE.

This annual Grudge Match Blood Drive gives a meaningful boost to Community Blood Center blood supply during the critical July 4th holiday period. Summer is always a challenge because schools are on summer break, families are vacationing and many donors are busy with outdoor activities.

The Grudge Match not only boosts the blood supply, it also provides some drama! The blood drive is open to students, faculty and the community and all are welcome to “vote” for their favorite FFA team when they register to donate.

Everyone who registers to donate will receive the new “Whale of a Blood Donor” t-shirt featuring a humpback whale and Alaskan mountain range design. Everyone age 18 and older will also be entered in the CBC “Wild About Alaska Adventure for Two Summer Blood Drive” drawing to win a custom-designed Alaska vacation for two.

The grand prize includes air travel to Alaska, deluxe accommodations during your week-long stay, and options for a cruise or land travel. The vacation is for the winning donor and a travel companion.

Donors can double their chances of winning by donating early in the summer and becoming eligible to donate again. They will be entered in the drawing a second time when they register for a second donation during the May 2 through Sept. 3 blood drive period. Official rules are available at


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DAYTON, Ohio – Spirit Medical Transport LLC in Greenville will support the blood supply during the challenging July 4th holiday period by hosting a blood drive Thursday, June 30 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the new training rooms, 5484 State Route 49 South. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at or call 1-800-388-GIVE.

Everyone who registers to donate will receive the new “Whale of a Blood Donor” t-shirt featuring a humpback whale and Alaskan mountain range design. Everyone age 18 and older will also be entered in the Community Blood Center “Wild About Alaska Adventure for Two Summer Blood Drive” drawing to win a custom-designed Alaska vacation for two.

The grand prize includes air travel to Alaska, deluxe accommodations during your week-long stay, and options for a cruise or land travel. The vacation is for the winning donor and a travel companion.

Donors can double their chances of winning by donating early in the summer and becoming eligible to donate again. They will be entered in the drawing a second time when they register for a second donation during the May 2 through Sept. 3 blood drive period. Official rules are available at


The summer of 2016 brings new challenges to maintaining the regional blood supply that go beyond the busy July 4th holiday period and the seasonal disruptions from high schools on break, family vacations, travel, and outdoor activities. New screening restrictions to protect the health of donors and the safety of the blood supply are impacting the number of people able to donate.

CBC and blood centers across the nation continue to take caution against the Zika virus. Potential donors who have traveled to Zika endemic areas in the Caribbean, Mexico and Central or South America are deferred from donating for 28 days. The restriction is expected to decrease the number of eligible donors by approximately 2.25 percent.

A change in FDA screening regulations went into effect May 23 to protect the health of donors. A higher hemoglobin level is now required for male donors. The 12.5 grams per deciliter (g/dl) requirement for donating has increased to 13.0 g/dl for males. (The female requirement remains at 12.5 g/dl).

CBC estimates the new hemoglobin requirement, coupled with stricter pulse screening requirements that also took effect May 23, could have an impact of up to six percent in the donor deferral rate.

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Darke County Center for the Arts will host “Barbecue and Blues,”
fundraiser at Turtle Creek Golf Course on Friday, July 15. Modern-day
blues virtuoso Jay Jesse Johnson will be the headlining music act; known
for “setting the blues on fire from both ends,” Johnson plays smoking slow
blues as well as fast-paced rocking boogie. Tickets for the event are $10.
Darke County Center for the Arts will host “Barbecue and Blues,” a family-friendly fundraiser at Turtle Creek Golf Course on Friday, July 15. The event opens at 6:30 p.m., with local favorites Higgins-Madewell providing their unique blend of strong vocals and amazing acoustic guitar work. Modern-day blues virtuoso Jay Jesse Johnson will be the headlining music act; known for “setting the blues on fire from both ends,” Johnson plays smoking slow blues as well as fast-paced rocking boogie. Tickets for the event are $10.

The Thirsty Turtle will have food and a full range of drinks available for purchase throughout the evening at additional cost. In addition to BBQ pulled pork sandwiches, the special menu available at The Thirsty Turtle includes pulled chicken, cole slaw, baked beans, and home fries. Additionally, cheesecake with strawberry drizzle will be offered for dessert.

According to DCCA Artistic director Keith Rawlins, two of the best guitarists in the country will be on stage at Turtle Creek on July 15. “Combining Jeff Madewell's incredible guitar chops with Erin Higgins melodic voice creates a musical experience worth traveling miles to hear. Add to that Jay Jesse Johnson, known as the cream of the crop in contemporary blues, and you are assured an exciting evening of outstanding music,” Rawlins stated. Sponsorship for the musical performances is provided by Matt and Angie Arnold, Tom and Jennifer Bish, George and Becky Luce, and Bob and Jean McLear.

DCCA Executive Director Andrea Jordan says that “Barbecue and Blues” has become an extremely popular summertime event. “This is a great opportunity to celebrate the season with lively, listenable music in a lovely setting,” Ms. Jordan said. The proceeds from “Barbecue and Blues” support DCCA programming, helping make possible DCCA's Arts In Education program as well as the Family Theatre Series and a summer theatre residency by Missoula Children's Theatre. “Without fundraisers such as these, DCCA could not provide AIE at no charge to students, Family Theatre tickets for $5, or hands-on theatre experience with MCT at no cost to participants. DCCA is grateful to Turtle Creek for hosting this fantastic event and their support of the arts in our community,” Ms. Jordan concluded.

In case of inclement weather, “Barbecue and Blues” will move inside. Although tickets will be available at the gate, DCCA strongly recommends purchasing them in advance. Tickets can be reserved by contacting DCCA at 937-547-0908 or or ordered online at Tickets are also available at Greenville Public Library, Readmore's Hallmark, and Darke County Welcome Center, as well as at Turtle Creek Golf Course, 6545 U.S. Route 36 East, Greenville.

Crop Production Services Donates to Darke County Parks

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Darke County Parks would like to thank Darrell Gower, Crop Production Services Site Manager, and the CPS staff for donating the product and time for this year’s sorghum crop.
For last year’s Prairie Days festival Darke County Parks began a new tradition of pressing sorghum with an antique press. The demonstration met with such resounding support that the park district decided to continue and plant another crop of sorghum this year. Through the assistance of park volunteer Neal Schmidt, Crop Production Services of Ansonia donated soil nutrients and spray as well as company time to apply the product on this year’s crop. Darke County Parks would like to extend a very special thank you to Crop Production Services of Ansonia for helping to make this year’s crop even better than last year’s and in turn helping to educate the next generation about crops and farming practices of year’s past.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016


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The Garst Museum Gala, a FUNdraiser, was another success, and especially enjoyed by the three Annie’s Star Spangled Raffle winners: Left to right they are: Harry Ballengee, $1000, Joy Marchal, a week-end stay in Gatlinburg and Bill Burkett, $500. Thanks to all who purchased raffle tickets or supported the Gala. Next up is the Gathering at Garst, July 30 & 31.

Jr. Park Volunteers for June Jr. Naturalists

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Honeysuckles greens up long before the native species and
makes the area too shady for the natives to survive.
Darke County Parks invites students in grades 3-6 to join them for the June Jr. Naturalists program on Saturday, June 25th from 9:30am to 12pm at Shawnee Prairie Preserve on St. Rt. 502 west of Greenville. The June program will feature honeysuckle and garlic mustard. Honeysuckle smells terrific, but is non-native and invasive. That means it’s killing off many of Darke County’s native plants. Garlic Mustard also smells great as a savory herb, and was brought to this area by European settlers. It too is non-native and highly invasive. With loppers and trash bags in hand participants will hit the trails to learn about native verses non-native plants and work to make Shawnee Prairie a better place. Remember to dress in old clothes, for the weather, and for being off trail.

The Jr. Naturalists program is a series of monthly programs designed to give students a hands-on introduction to natural resource management. Hikes, work projects, and independent study are all part of this fun-filled nature study club. A fee of $3 is charged for the program, and preregistration is required. For any questions about the Jr. Naturalists program or any other Park District programs or to register for the June class, please call the park office at (937) 548-0165 or email

VFW POST 7262 to Donate Service Dog

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In celebration of the Greenville VFW Post 7262 70th anniversary, the Post has proudly donated $5,000 to the Angels for Veterans’ Angel Paws Program. The result of their sponsorship has brought together Jeff Pittman, of Brookville, and his Service dog, Lexi. On June 20, 2016 at 530 pm, the Post held a graduation to mark the celebration of Jeff and Lexi’s partnership.

The graduation was held in the hall of the VFW.

Angel Paws Program provides companion/service dogs to qualifying veterans suffering from PTSD and other disabilities in a profoundly positive way. The dogs can make a significant difference in the lives of veterans who have given so much to our country. You can visit the Angels for Veterans’ Angel Paws Program at

“Family Fun Day” at Library

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The Greenville Public Library presents its next “Family Fun Day” event on Wednesday June 22nd at 11:00 a.m. Meet on the lawn under the shade trees and bring a blanket or lawn chair – ready to welcome back our favorite juggler Tom Sparough “The Space Painter.” Tom's shows are breathtakingly fun and always include tons of laughter, audience participation, and skill.

Again “Family Fun Day” is sponsored by generous grants from the Friends of the Library and the Greyson James Steyer Memorial Fund. In case of inclement weather the First Congregational Christian Church on 5th Street generously offers us their Activity Building. Be sure to pick up a brochure at the Library and follow the Children & Teen pages on Facebook for more information about all the summer programs!

July’s Lunch on the Lawn

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Get in the holiday weekend spirit on Friday July 1st at Lunch on the Lawn at the Greenville Public Library! These events have become very popular with good reason - delicious food, a gorgeous setting, and fabulous music. You’re welcome to bring a lawn chair or blanket and your own lunch - or purchase one at the white tent. Or just stop by to enjoy the music under the Library’s shade trees from 11:30 to 1:00.

July’s lunch is provided by D’Alessios with the menu of your choice of Chicken Salad or Italian Sub, Pasta or Fruit Salad, a Potato Chip Cookie, and either Lemonade, Water, or Iced Tea. Each lunch is $7 with $1 going to support Mainstreet Greenville.

Also come out to kick-off “Stuff the Bus!” The Library is partnering with United Way to be a drop-off location for donations of school supplies throughout the month. Please give generously as these supplies will be given out free to students in August.

Music lovers are in for a special treat as the singing quintet Quintessential and the band On the Radar will both entertain. Quintessential won first place in the 2016 Ohio’s Got Talent Competition in March. The group consists of Quincy Baltes, Isaac Buschur, Brody Hyre, Mitch Rawlins, and Kyle Wuebker, all of Versailles High School. They won as the Jersey Boys singing a medley of The Four Season songs.

Three of the singers - Kyle Wuebker, Mitch Rawlins, and Isaac Buschur - are also members of the band along with Mason DeMange. Both the quintet and band have been friends since kids and plan to keep it going after graduation. They’ve performed in many local venues and are well known in the area.

What to expect? Quintessential does not only The Four Seasons but The Temptations, Billy Joel, The Beach Boys, and a beautiful rendition of the Tokens’ “The Lion Sleeps Tonight.” On the Radar puts its own sound and spin on a wide range of covers, starting with 80’s music, and moving into current and country. There will even be some Beatles thrown in.

Don’t miss a chance to enjoy these talented young men and another fun Lunch on the Lawn!

Sing Up Now for the Angel Run 5k

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Hearing Loss Seminar at BRC

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Tommy Renfro at First UMC on June 26

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Greenville, OH: First United Methodist Church will welcome Tommy Renfro in concert on Sunday, June 26, at 10:00 a.m. Tommy’s unique musical sound blends the wide variety of styles that have influenced him – from gospel and bluegrass to country and pop. His worship concert at First UMC will include a blend of Tommy’s early gospel favorites, well-known hymns, and contemporary selections.

A native of Darke County, Tommy frequently performs at churches and other area venues, including The Great Darke County Fair. From 2012-2014, Tommy shared the stage with artists such as Jamie Grace, The City Harmonic, Sanctus Real, Petra, Adam Cappa, and TobyMac. Even as his musical style and venues have evolved, Tommy’s passions have remained constant: music, faith, hope, and love. The community is warmly invited to attend Tommy’s worship concert at First UMC.

First United Methodist offers family worship at 10 a.m. every Sunday. The church is located at 202 West 4th Street in Greenville. For more information, call 937-548-3075 or visit


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Dr. Chad Weber and Ron Benning
Dr. Chad Weber, Rehab Medical Director for Versailles Health Care Center, along with Versailles Health Care Center Physical Therapist, Stephanie Goubeaux, held his monthly joint replacement class at Versailles Health Care Center on June 7, 2016. Dr. Weber spoke about planning for joint replacement surgery. He emphasized the importance of pre-planning your care before and after surgery. According to Dr. Weber most people think that the surgeon will plan their post-surgical care and in reality it is up to the patient. In addition, he spoke about the surgical procedures and considerations regarding risks and complications. He encouraged choosing a rehab center, such as Versailles Health Care Center, to benefit from extensive rehabilitation services and give the patient the best chance at a successful recovery. Dr. Weber states his goal as a physician, “My mission is to provide the highest-quality and most comprehensive general orthopedic and orthopedic trauma care to the community. My patients are my top priority. Consideration of the whole patient, open communication, and easy accessibility will enable us to be successful in obtaining our goal of a positive and functional outcome.”

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

For more information about Dr. Weber’s monthly joint replacement class held at Versailles Health Care Center, contact Stephen or visit on the web at Dr. Weber is with the Orthopedic Associates of Southwest Ohio (OASWO) and has offices for consultations in Centerville, Dayton, Sidney, and Greenville. For more information about his services, please call 800.824.9861.

Edison State DCC Students Teach Courtesy and Respect to Elementary Students

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Edison State students pose with Ansonia 3rd and 4th graders following their presentation on manners, courtesy, and respect.
Eight Edison State Community College Darke County Campus communications students headed to Ansonia and Mississinawa Valley to talk to nearly 300 third and fourth graders about an important topic in life–manners, courtesy, and respect.

“Manners and courtesy show respect for another person, right?” the Edison State students asked. Nearly all agreed. “What has to happen before that can happen?” While many hands went up, for most it was the lesson of the day… they had to respect themselves to be good at respecting others.

“It was an important values lesson,” said one of the Edison State students later. “It’s tough being respectful if you’re having a bad day… but maybe it’s easier if you know the things that can help you, like having the right manners and learning to be courteous.”

While the lesson was important, getting and keeping the attention of eight and nine-year-olds was the first order of the assignment. The two teams used examples, questions and answers… and candy!

“Candy was a good motivator. I loved it that every student earned a piece of candy by practicing the skills they learned,” said an Ansonia teacher. Mrs. Mayo at Mississinawa Valley and Stacy Eubank at Ansonia agreed. “Candy helped with engagement!” Mayo said. “Candy is definitely a way to a fourth grader’s heart,” Eubank added.

Mayo said they also did an excellent job of “modeling good manners versus poor manners.” Others agreed. “The scenario examples were perfect for this group,” said a teacher from Ansonia.

Teachers at the two districts were advised that the team presentations were part of the final assignment of Edison State’s Fundamental of Communication course, which surveyed all forms of communications but focused specifically on public speaking. The team speech involved all six Edison State core values: Communication, Ethics, Respect for Learning, Critical Thinking, Human Diversity and Teamwork. Teachers, overall, were impressed, awarding almost exclusively 9 and 10 points out of 10.

There were also suggestions for improvement, which course instructor Bob Robinson said would be incorporated into his teaching program for teams in the future. This was the second set of presentations from two Fundamentals of Communications courses this spring. The first involved five teams on three campuses talking to fifth and sixth graders about drug abuse.

“The students worked for six weeks putting their programs together,” Robinson said. “Bullying in the fall and drug abuse this spring are tough topics but relatively easy to research. Some research is available on manners, courtesy, and respect, but considerable creativity is required to develop a program that will grab the attention of the younger students.”

The program was also appreciated as well by all teachers who watched with their students. Ansonia’s Angie Drees said, “Nice job connecting with the kids… nice delivery!” Mississinawa Valley’s Teresa Birt and Mrs. Roessner both agreed. “Smooth, they were excellent!” They both said.

The two Edison State teams who delivered the manners, courtesy and respect presentations consisted of: Brittany Brewer, Sherrie Colon, Shelby Dowler, Alex Knepsheld, Derek Lusher, Hunter Rich, Brad Slyder, and Megan Studebaker.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Suspected Impaired Driver Strikes House After Losing Control of His Vehicle

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On June 15, 2016 at approximately 9:31 PM Darke County Deputies along with Greenville Township Rescue and Greenville Township Fire were dispatched to 6972 Jaysville-St. Johns Road in reference to a motor vehicle that crashed into a residence.

Preliminary investigation revealed a black 2004 Kia Sorento driven by Daniel L. Stetson Jr., 35, Bradford, Ohio was southbound on Jaysville-St. Johns Road just south of Kruckeberg Road. Stetsons vehicle traveled off the left side of the roadway into a ditch, Stetson over corrected traveling back across the roadway and off the right side traveling through a ditch and a yard before striking a residence. Stetsons vehicle came to rest on the front porch of the residence. Stetson fled the scene on foot, responding officer’s located Stetson upon arrival. Stetson was placed under arrest for operating a vehicle impaired after he became combative while performing his standardized field sobriety test. Stetson was transported to the Darke County Sheriff’s Office Jail.

Stetson was treated and released at the scene by Greenville Township Rescue with no injuries. The two adults and one infant in the residence at the time of the accident were not injured.

Local Artists Wanted for First Friday Event

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Artisan Stroll is the theme for Main Street Greenville's First Friday event held in August. The event has everything to do with handmade, homemade, and artisan crafts. The event will take place on Friday, August 5th from 6-9 pm in the downtown district.

The committee is looking for artisans and crafters to display and sell their paintings, photography, handmade jewelry, dolls, children’s apparel, wreaths, and more during the event.

All local artists and talented creative people are invited to sell and/or demonstrate their craft. The artists will join many downtown businesses who will be staying open late and other activites that will be planned for the event.

Registration to showcase and sell your items is $15.00 per space, which is a donation to Main Street Greenville (a non-profit organization). The deadline to sign-up is July 15th, 2016. For more information contact committee member Susan Fowble at 937-548-1414 or

Main Street Greenville is a non-profit organization committed to stimulating and supporting revitalization efforts, historic preservation and economic growth in Historic Downtown Greenville. To learn more about the organization, visit or call 937-548-4998. You can also like the organization on Facebook to receive updates on a regular basis (


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The staff of Versailles Health Care Center, a skilled nursing and rehabilitation center, recently selected the facility’s 2016 King, Don Plessinger, and Queen, Mary Ritter. The reigning royalty proudly represented Versailles Health Care Center in the 2016 Poultry Days parade on June 11, 2016.

Versailles Health Care Center sent home 197 patients who utilized its short-term rehab services in 2015 and 77 patients so far in 2016! Fore more information about Versailles Health Care Center, call 937-526-5570 or visit on the web at . Call today and schedule a tour to see the facility fit for this year’s 2016 King, Don Plessinger, and Queen, Mary Ritter!

Join Gordon United Methodist Church For Good Food, Fun, Fellowship, and 7 delicious flavors of HOME MADE ICE CREAM

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Please join us at Gordon United Methodist Church, 311 East St., Gordon, OH, on Saturday, June 18, 2016. Good Food, Fun, Fellowship, and 7 delicious flavors of HOME MADE ICE CREAM; vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, peanut butter, pineapple, lemon, and peach. Also, hamburgers, hotdogs, potato salad, baked beans, and drinks. Serving will begin at 5:00 pm. Hope you can join us!!!


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The Payne (Ohio) Ball Association will be hosting two all-star tournaments the weekend of July 8, July 9 and July 10 at the Payne Community Park.

A boys 8 & under coach-pitch baseball tournament will be played with teams guaranteed three games in the tournament.

Also, a girls 8 & under coach-pitch softball tournament will take place on those three days as well with all teams guaranteed to play three games.

Individual awards will be award after each game as well as the top two teams will be recognized with individual awards to all players.

For more information, please contact Kevin Wannemacher at (419) 399-7243 or Registration and payment must be received to confirm your spot.

“Last Monday” at Versailles Area Museum will Celebrate Russia

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On June 27th the Versailles Area Museum will welcome our good neighbors to the east and all our friends from Russia. This afternoon will be an exciting chance for old friends to gather and share their memories of the village of Russia.

As part of what is known as “The French Crescent” the early families of the parishes of Holy Family, St. Valbert, and St. Remy this area grew and flourished with the influx of French emigrants. Today their successful descendents live and thrive in this area!

Come and share about Parish life, school events, the famous Russia Homecoming. Or perhaps you played of one of their famous Baseball or Softball teams or the League Champs of the Shelby County League in Basketball? ?Maybe you have memories of the Russia Inn or Shep’s Golden Lantern? Come and share the stories and relive the happy memories of living in Russia.

The program begins at 1:00 and your encouraged to bring your pictures and your stories with you. The museum will be open for tours and one of our newest displays will feature the great American Bicycle!

Also refreshments are provided so you can enjoy your time reminiscing together. Share the news and we will look forward to welcoming a great group for June’s last Monday!

Piqua Civic Band Concert Season Set to Begin

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The Piqua Civic Band is pleased to announce its 2016 Summer Season at Hance Pavilion located in Piqua’s Fountain Park. The band kicks off its season on July 4 at 2:00 p.m. as part of Piqua’s Fourth of July festivities. The concert entitled “America the Beautiful” will feature the music of some of our country’s greatest composers. Tenor Gregory Ashe from the Michigan Opera Theatre will be the band’s featured soloist for the afternoon. On July 14, the band presents “Young at Heart,” a concert for the child in everyone! Bring the entire family for an evening of music from the movies of Walt Disney and other fun surprises. Mr. Patrick Woods will be the band's trumpet soloist for "Beauty and the Beast." July 21, the band features many of its own members with a concert called “And All that Jazz!” Soloists from within the band will help us salute the music of the Big Band Era and pay tribute to Frank Sinatra and Glenn Miler. On July 28, we’ll explore American popular music as the band presents “American Pop.” Saxophonist, Mr. Bill Burns will be the band’s guest artist and will perform “Harlem Nocturne” and “Persuasion.” The band will wrap up its season on August 4 by saluting the “Songs of Stage and Screen.” This concert will feature great songs from operas, musicals, and movies. Dr. David Sievers, professor of vocal music at The University of Dayton, will be the band's guest vocalist for the evening.

All concerts are FREE and open to the public. Please visit the band's web site at for more information!

Once again this summer, The Piqua Civic Band wants to honor the people of Piqua who make our community great. If you know someone who you think makes our city a better place to live, submit a nomination along with a couple of sentences describing their contributions. Honorees will be recognized at one of our summer concerts! Nominations can be submitted through the Piqua Civic Band's home page at, the band's FaceBook page or by mail to The Piqua Civic Band, 5515 W. Versailles Rd., Piqua, OH 45356. We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you at the park this summer!

HEARTLAND OF GREENVILLE – Career Opportunities

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Through our doors you will find the new 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!

HIRING EVENT!! Enjoy a drink and a cupcake on us at A&B Coffee & Cake Company!

Enter to win an iPad Mini!!

Tuesday, June 28 from 10am – 1pm

Come dressed for success and have the chance to complete an application & meet members of our nursing management team! *All qualified candidates will receive a complimentary drink and cupcake and enter a raffle for the chance to win an iPad Mini.

Full-time, 2nd Shift
Part-time, all shifts
Ask about our Sign-On Bonus program!
We also pay based on years of licensed experience!
Shifts operate: 6a-2p, 2p-10p & 10p-6a
All positions include every other weekend and every other holiday.
Will Reimburse for Classes/Test if meets criteria
Interested in STNA class and have previous experience as a caregiver?
We have limited slots available for full funding & a place on our team!

Part-time, 2nd Shift
Part-time, 3rd Shift
Sign-on Bonus available!
PRN for experienced RNs
We pay based on years of licensed experience!
Shifts operate: 5:45a-2:15p, 1:45p-10:15p & 9:45p-6:15a
All FT/PT positions include every other weekend and every other holiday.

Interested candidates may also apply in person or on-line at

Complete your application today to join our team of excellent care givers!

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
Apply online at ∙ EOE AA M/F/Vet/Disability


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DAYTON, Ohio – The Bradford Fire & Rescue Department will support the summer blood supply by sponsoring a blood drive Monday, June 20 from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Bradford High School auditorium, 750 Railroad Ave. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at or call 1-800-388-GIVE.

Everyone who registers to donate will receive the new “Whale of a Blood Donor” t-shirt featuring a humpback whale and Alaskan mountain range design. Everyone age 18 and older will also be entered in the Community Blood Center “Wild About Alaska Adventure for Two Summer Blood Drive” drawing to win a custom-designed Alaska vacation for two.

The grand prize includes air travel to Alaska, deluxe accommodations during your week-long stay, and options for a cruise or land travel. The vacation is for the winning donor and a travel companion.
Donors can double their chances of winning by donating early in the summer and becoming eligible to donate again. They will be entered in the drawing a second time when they register for a second donation during the May 2 through Sept. 3 blood drive period. Official rules are available at


The summer of 2016 brings new challenges to maintaining the regional blood supply that go beyond the seasonal disruptions from high schools on break, family vacations, travel, and outdoor activities. New screening restrictions to protect the health of donors and the safety of the blood supply are impacting the number of people able to donate.

CBC and blood centers across the nation continue to take caution against the Zika virus. Potential donors who have traveled to Zika endemic areas in the Caribbean, Mexico and Central or South America are deferred from donating for 28 days. The restriction is expected to decrease the number of eligible donors by approximately 2.25 percent.

A change in FDA screening regulations went into effect May 23 to protect the health of donors. A higher hemoglobin level is now required for male donors. The 12.5 grams per deciliter (g/dl) requirement for donating has increased to 13.0 g/dl for males. (The female requirement remains at 12.5 g/dl).

CBC estimates the new hemoglobin requirement, coupled with stricter pulse screening requirements that also took effect May 23, could have an impact of up to six percent in the donor deferral rate.

Learn more at

Registration Now Open for July 12 Western Ohio Precision Ag Day

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Registration is now open for the July 12 Western Ohio Precision Agriculture Day hosted by Ohio State University Extension, Darke and Miami County in partnership with Dr. John Fulton, Precision Agriculture Specialist, The Ohio State University.

Focusing on precision placement opportunities, the daylong workshop is a chance for growers to learn more about nutrients and water quality, said Sam Custer, an OSU Extension educator. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

A copy of the field day flyer with the full agenda and sponsors can be found at:

“We’ll focus on the newest innovations in precision agriculture and how farmers can use Unmanned Aerial Vehicles to access imagery to guide nutrient applications decisions,” he said. “We’ll also focus on the 4Rs of nutrient stewardship – using the right source, at the right rate, during right time and in the right place. We will also talk about a 5th R, right data.”

“It’s about improving water quality, increasing efficiency and saving money. With crop prices down, people are looking for ways to save money without sacrificing yields.”

The event is from 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. and begins at Covington Eagles, 715 East Broadway St., in Covington. Participants will then go to a Miami County farm where they will see demonstrations of soil samplers and strip-till fertilizer applicators, Custer said.

The workshop will feature:

  • Starter fertilizer options for phosphorus and nitrogen.
  • Mid- to late-season applications along with placement options.
  • Uses of drone imagery for fine-tuning in-season nutrient and fungicide decisions.

Participants who attend the field day will fulfill the three-hour requirement for Ohio Fertilizer Applicator Certification and Training (FACT) program for growers who apply fertilizer to more than 50 acres of agricultural production, Custer said. Certified Crop Adviser credits are pending, she said.

The program includes lunch and is free and open to the public, but organizers require registration by July 1. Register by contacting Bennett at 937-440-3944 or

For more information about OSU Extension, Darke County, visit the Darke County OSU Extension web site at or the OSU Extension Darke County Facebook page.

On Your Mark, Get Set, READ!

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New Madison Public Library’s 2016 Summer Reading Program is off to a great start with over 70 readers signed up in the first three days. The theme encourages readers to get active, be healthy, & read this summer, and the first storytime got 22 kids from ages 6 months to 13 years old on their feet with interactive picture books and an outdoor parachute activity. Readers of all ages are encouraged to join us this summer for a multitude of events including the ever popular Robert Bennett Memorial Wildlife Encounter presented by naturalists from Brukner Nature Center, Family Fitness FUNdamentals presented by BJ Paulus, owner of SnapFit, and a presentation on trail riding and camping with horses by Amy (Puckett) Loy of Twincreek Kennel & Farm.

For dates, times, and other events visit our website at and LIKE us on Facebook or call us at 937-996-1741.

Esther Clark to be Grand Marshal of the 2016 Gettysburg Homecoming parade

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The Gettysburg Homecoming Festival committee is pleased to announce Esther Clark as the Grand Marshal of the 2016 Gettysburg Homecoming parade.

Mrs. Clark, affectionately known to many as “Mrs. Gettysburg,” is a lifelong resident of Gettysburg. Born in Gettysburg, the daughter of Ray and Bernice Petersime, Esther raised her own family with her husband Jim (d. 1994) in the house she grew up in. During that time, she and Jim worked just across the street at her family’s business, the Petersime Incubator Company.

Esther has been a contributing member of the community for most of her life. Over that time she has been active in the Oakland Church of the Brethren, Gettysburg Fire Department, Gettysburg Village Council and Gettysburg Cemetery Association. She retired as Gettysburg’s Village Clerk in 2012, and since then has devoted much of her time to the Cardinal Center, helping to found the Friends of the Cardinal Center and serving as the group’s first treasurer.

The Homecoming Parade will take place at 11:00am, Saturday June 25th following the 2nd Annual Homecoming 5K. The parade route will run from the Norcold lot on Bridge Street and then on to Main Street past the Cardinal Center.

After the parade, Esther will be on hand at the Petersime display in the Cardinal Center (Gettysburg School) to greet friends and visitors. All are invited stop by from 9-2 to explore the history of the Petersime Incubator Company, which was a fixture in the community for over 80 years. The Petersime display will include an incubator, steam bath cabinet, tamburitzas and other memorabilia.

In addition to viewing the display, visitors are invited to enjoy a meal from the concession stand and shop the vendors who will also be present.

J. Michael Beard Fund Supports Local Groups

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Those receiving funds were (top row left to right): Darke County Parks (Roger Van Frank, Director); Greenville City Parks (Deb Fall, Park Superintendent and Dale Musser, Park Board President); and the Ladybug Garden Club (President Amy Erisman, Becky Collins, Angela Beumer, Kim Cromwell, Sherry Ward, Sherri Jones, and Charlene Thornhill.) The Beard family is pictured on the bottom left.
On Friday, June 3rd, representatives from Darke County Parks, Greenville City Park, and the Ladybug Garden Club met at Shawnee Prairie Preserve Nature Center to receive grants from the J. Michael Beard Community Fund, administered by the Darke County Foundation. Mike Beard was a long-standing, active resident of Darke County who died in 2013. He dedicated himself to his family, church, friends, and work at the Darke County Highway Department. Mike was fond of being outdoors, particularly at county or state parks, where he enjoyed hiking, fishing from the family boat, and going camping. His family chose to extend his legacy throughout the community via non-profit grants and scholarships through the Darke County Foundation.

The grant to the Darke County Park District will be used for landscaping and Nature Center beautification at Christmas time. The Beard children asked that Greenville City Park use its funds to plant trees in the park in memory of their father. The funds going to the Ladybug Garden Club will be used for local beautification projects such as the gazebo area and beds at the Darke County fairgrounds, the Greenville traffic circle, Arbor Day tree planting, Garst Museum Christmas trees and Wayne Healthcare Christmas decorating. All three organizations are very grateful for these generous contributions which will be put to great use in the community, and they would like to thank the J. Michael Beard family and the Darke County Foundation for their support.

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