Friday, April 28, 2017


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(Greenville) Entries now are being accepted for the eighth Annual Karlh McCallister Golf Outing, planned for noon Saturday, June 17, at the Turtle Creek Golf Course, 6545 State Route 36 East. Proceeds from the event benefit Bridges to College.

“This has been a fun, successful event in the past,” said Marlise McCallister, who is coordinating the outing. “Last year, we had 71 golfers participate.” McCallister encouraged golfers to register early.

This year, golfers may register online at the Bridges to College website at For convenience, golfers may also pay online.

The outing will be in a four-person scramble format with a shotgun start at noon. The entry fee is $90 per person and includes green fees, reverse raffle entry, meal, and golf cart. There will be golf prizes for winners as well as skills contests for closest to pin, longest drive and longest putt. Additional reverse raffle tickets can be purchased for $10 each.

The Karlh McCallister Golf Outing also is accepting corporate and hole sponsorships at this time. Hole sponsorships are $50 and corporate sponsorships are $250. This year we are continuing including College teams to the sponsorships at $50 per College name. We are doing this to encourage the College Theme along with golf. Sponsorship forms are available online at the Bridges to College website.

“We hope that golfers will come out to enjoy a fun day of golf, to honor the memory of Karlh McCallister, and to support Bridges to College,” McCallister said.

Karlh McCallister, a Greenville businessman, was instrumental in starting Bridges to College, a non-profit organization that helps students go to college through educational programming, mentoring, and scholarships.

To top off a fun day of golf, the reverse raffle drawing will be held, the elite raffle, and awards for the golf outing will then take place. For more information about the outing, please contact Linda Hickerson at 548-2084, or visit the Bridges to College website at

Scholarships Available for College Students

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The Darke County Foundation is offering several scholarships for students who have graduated from a Darke County high school and have completed at least one year of college (not including post-secondary credits while in high school). Applications may be downloaded from the Darke County Foundation website: Deadline to apply is June 1, 2017.

John E. and Ella M. Stevenson Scholarship. Several awards will be given to students who have completed at least 3 years of college and are pursuing a degree in law, education, theology or healthcare-related field.

Lori Michelle Williams Healthcare Scholarship. This award is for students who have completed at least one year of college and are pursuing a healthcare-related degree.

Nils and Collette Eikenberry Scholarship for Greenville graduates. This scholarship is for Greenville High School graduates who have completed at least one year of college and will have an unpaid internship this summer or had an unpaid internship within the last year. Internships must be related to career goals.

For more information, call the Darke County Foundation at 548-4673 or e-mail The Darke County Foundation is a community foundation dedicated to improving the lives of Darke County residents by receiving, managing and distributing charitable gifts.

New Madison Public Library Summer Reading Program

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Summer is almost here, and NMPL is ready for lots of fun and learning! The theme this summer will encourage readers of all ages to “Build a Better World”- through ecology, engineering, volunteering, imagining, reading, leading, and learning. This year we have added two visits from the staff at Neil Armstrong Air & Space Museum. On June 27th at 3:00, they will help the LEGO Club & other visitors to learn about the engineering process and to build a load-bearing tower. On July 11th at 2:00, they will return to help us learn about space exploration and lead us in an activity to imagine what it would take to create an outpost on Mars. One of our favorite family events returns when the naturalists from Brukner Nature Center bring the animals to share for the Robert Bennett Memorial Wildlife Encounter on June 15th at 1:00. This year children will be able to touch an American Toad and see an American kestrel or barred owl up close and personal! We will also have a visit from Ronald McDonald on June 23 at 11AM. Through magic, music, and fun, Ronald will share ways to become a leader. Stop by today to pick up the Summer Reading at NMPL calendar with all dates, times, and descriptions for these and additional programs. You can also find our calendar of events at and follow us on Facebook and Pinterest. See you @ NMPL this summer!


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Annie Oakley checking out the beautiful log home near Gatlinburg donated by Tom & Cindy Scott/Tom Scott Seed Service for the Annie’s Star Spangled Raffle
Want to win $1000 cash? Or a week-end at the Scott’s fabulous log home in Gatlinburg? Or a beautiful Best of Show quilt? Get your tickets for Annie’s Star Spangled Raffle. Raffle tickets at $5.00 a chance are available and will be drawn at the annual Annie’s Star Spangled Gala on Saturday, June 10. Going to be away? No worry, you need not be present to win the Annie’s Star Spangled Raffle.

The log home features 3 bedrooms and a hot-tub just outside of Gatlinburg. The full-sized quilt is machine stitched, appliquéd and embellished in a colorful garden theme. It was Best of Show at the Great Darke Co. Fair in 2013 and made and donated by Christine Stamcoff. For those and the $1000 cash, you don’t need to be present to win. Bonus drawings on the raffle tickets will be made that evening for $250 cash and $100 in merchandise from the Garst Museum Store for those who are in attendance at the time of the drawing.

The Gala, a casual event and FUNdraiser, will be held on Saturday, June 10, 2017. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. at the Garst Museum. All proceeds benefit the Garst Museum and The National Annie Oakley Center. Come and join in on this great evening of live and silent auctions, lots of fun raffles, door prizes, and light appetizers. You can view the many auction and raffle prizes at this link, with more being added daily:

The Gala costs $20.00 per person or $15.00 for Garst members with advance reservations by June 7. At the door, tickets are $25. Tables of six or more can be reserved. Dress is casual.

Reservations for the event are available by calling the Museum at 937-548-5250. Tickets for the Annie’s Star Spangled Raffle are available at the Museum, Montage or by contacting a board member. All funds raised at this event will benefit the Garst Museum and The National Annie Oakley Center in Greenville, Ohio.

Shawnee Prairie Log House and Blacksmith Shop Open

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A volunteer heats the metal before hammering it into shape.
Ever wonder what life was like for the early European settlers on the Ohio frontier? Imagine living in a log house every day or working in a blacksmith shop to earn your living. Starting on May 20th and on Saturdays throughout the summer from 1pm to 4pm at Shawnee Prairie Preserve west of Greenville on State Route 502 come visit the settlers and blacksmith as volunteers demonstrate what life was like here 200 years ago. Hear the hammer and anvil ring, listen to tales of life on the frontier, and imagine that the modern world doesn’t exist for an afternoon.

For questions or more information about any other parks or park district programs, please call the Nature Center at (937) 548-0165 or email

Jupiter Skygazing at Shawnee Prairie

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Under the light of a near full moon on Saturday, May 6th at 8:30pm, join Darke County Parks as they welcome back the Stillwater Stargazers to Shawnee Prairie Preserve. Jupiter and four of its moons will be high for optimal viewing through the provided telescopes. Participants will spend some time discussing the coming total solar eclipse to occur this August as well! Participants will meet in the parking lot at the Nature Center for this free program. Please enter the parking lot slowly with parking lights only. If the sky is cloudy, please call the Nature Center by 4pm to confirm the program is still occurring.

For any questions about this or any other Park District programs, please call the Nature Center at (937) 548-0165.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Greenville Police Investigating Thursday Morning Stabbing

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On April 27th, at approximately 8:42 AM, officers responded to the 600 block of Martin St. on a domestic dispute. Upon the officers' arrival, the victim in the dispute had been stabbed several times. The victim was transported to Wayne Hospital and subsequently transported to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton.

Once suspect is in custody awaiting charges. This is an ongoing investigation.

Explore Historic Upper Floors During First Friday in May

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Discover hidden treasures located in the upper floor locations
of historic downtown buildings in downtown Greenville during
May’s First Friday event!
Have you ever wondered what is on the upper floors of our historic downtown buildings? If so, you will want to be part of Main Street Greenville’s First Friday Upper Floor Tour on Friday, May 5th to see and discover these hidden locations!

This self-guided tour will take place from 6-9 pm and will include 4 upper floor locations and 1 bonus location in downtown. Also, since it is "First Friday", downtown businesses will be open late for you to shop, dine, and enjoy!

The Upper Floor Tours were created to highlight the historic buildings located in our downtown district and remind residents of the true magnitude of the buildings. “The City of Greenville is incredibly fortunate to have 83 buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places located in the downtown district,” said Amber Garrett, Executive Director for Main Street Greenville.

The following buildings will be featured on the tour this year: 126 W. 4th St. (space above Greenville Pawn & Jewelry), 302 S. Broadway (space above Tecumseh Center for Natural Healing), 120 W. 3rd St. (space above F45 Training and Nature’s Heart Yoga), and 410 S. Broadway (space above Brenda’s Beanery). The bonus location (no ticket necessary to view this location) will be the St. Clair Memorial Hall, located at 215 W. 4th St.

A video-tour featuring the locations on the tour will be offered the same evening (during the same time) for those with limited mobility.

Tickets are $5 each and will not be limited. Purchase your tickets in advance at the Welcome Center (421 S. Broadway), free for students and children 17 and younger. All children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets can also be purchased at any of the featured locations during the event, unlimited tickets available.

“Our hope is that the Upper Floor Tours will encourage and inspire others to consider living options in the downtown area and continue to increase the demand for upper floor apartment living,” said Garrett.

Local organization slated to launch book club for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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Next Chapter Book Club members enjoying some time for “reading to learn”.
Darke County Board of Developmental Disabilities recently joined the Next Chapter Book Club Affiliate Network and has recently launched a local club. Founded by Dr. Thomas Fish, a professor at The Ohio State University in 2002, Next Chapter Book Club is a community-based book club program for individuals with Down Syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy and other types of intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Next Chapter Book Club, which was awarded the “Innovations in Reading Prize” by the National Book Foundation in 2016, has clubs throughout North America and in other parts of the world. Clubs meet in public places and are comprised of four to eight members and two volunteer facilitators who are trained to engage readers of all levels – including those who cannot read or are “emerging readers.”

“People with intellectual and developmental disabilities love books for the same reasons most people do. They enjoy being transported to different worlds where they meet interesting characters and learn about exciting new things. Taking that journey with a group of friends makes it even more delightful and fun,” said Susan Berg, Executive Director of the Ohio-based Next Chapter Book Club.

Although reading skills of Next Chapter Book Club members often improve as a result of reading more often, the program is more about “reading to learn,” rather than “learning to read.” The primary focus is on having fun with friends in public place on a regular basis.

Anyone interested in joining the club or becoming a volunteer facilitator should contact: Mary Baker, Advocacy Coordinator at (937)459-4628 or

Civil War Heritage Weekend At Shawnee Prairie Preserve

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The 1st Sgt. calls out the order as the infantry practice drill. 
This weekend the Ohio Valley Civil War Association will bring some of the best military living history presentations in the country to Shawnee Prairie Preserve. Daily military demonstrations at 11am, 1pm, and 3pm will include the 35th Ohio Volunteer Infantry Co. G, 66th Illinois Co. G also known as Birge's Western Sharpshooters, and 1st Ohio Light Artillery Bat. C. Between demonstrations camp visitors can observe daily life for a Union soldier, discuss the war effort with civilians, or marvel at visiting ladies’ latest fashions.

The infantry demonstration features an in-depth look at uniforms, an explanation of the mechanics of black powder firearms, and a performance of basic drill maneuvers including a live black powder firing demonstration. During the sharpshooter presentation, visitors will learn about target rifles, the mechanization process that made the Henry and Sharps repeating rifles possible, and witness an extremely telling speed demonstration comparing a repeating rifle to a standard issue musket. Lastly artillery men will demonstrate each man’s specific tasks in the cannon firing process, show the tools and projectiles used during the war, and fire the smooth bore cannon.

Between the military demonstrations be sure to check out the civilians in camp. The OVCWA Civilians are dedicated men and women who take on first-person personas of real people during the American Civil War. The members portray a range of 1860s civilians: from prostitutes to nuns, farmers to business men, laundresses to telegraphers. Come discuss the war effort, marvel at visiting ladies’ latest fashions, and find out how they kept our country running with the work force away fighting. Special for this event, Mrs. Adelicia Acklen of Nashville will regale visitors with stories from her life on a southern plantation, and the captain will demonstrate his beautiful calligraphy skills from his life before the army.

The OVCWA has taught at Manassas, Kennesaw Mountain, Stones River, and Gettysburg National Battlefields. They have partnered with Darke County Parks in July of 2012, April of 2015 and 2016, and Darke County Parks is proud to welcome them back to Shawnee Prairie again.

This free, family friendly event has something to interest everyone. From the military veteran to the seamstress, the cook to the doctor, and everything in between, come see how all these pursuits unfolded over 150 years ago. For any questions or more information about this exciting and unique event, please call the nature center at (937) 548-0165, or send an email to


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VHCC Staff at Employee Awards Banquet.
Versailles Health Care Center, a skilled nursing and rehabilitation center, recently held an employee banquet for 2016 awards. Kristy Earick, CEO/Executive Director, and Dana Weatherspoon, Director of Nursing, recognized and presented individual employees with various awards. Earick acknowledged the award winners, “It is an honor to present these awards to our valued employees. They are deserving of recognition for their level of commitment to their patients and residents. I'm truly honored to work with such amazing people!”

For perfect attendance in 2016 award recipients included: Amy Elifritz, Cook; Christina Louk, STNA: Alma May, Cook; Kathleen McKibben, Laundry; Karen Stanley, Laundry; and Margie Unrast, RN. Customer Service Award recipients were Mary Rahm, LPN, Bronze Customer Service Award; Lexi Kincaid, Silver Customer Service Award; and Christina Louk, STNA, Gold Customer Service Award.

Pinnacle Customer Service Awards for “Best in Class” for 2016 winners included the Admissions Process, Laundry, and Professional Therapy Services. The Department Turnaround Award for 2016 was a tie between two departments and went to Activities and Laundry Services. Amber Whittaker, Assistant Business Office Manager, was the winner of the Pursuit of Excellence-Individual Advancement Award. Rookie of the Year went to Activities Director, Kim Fair.

The QAPI Charter of the Year Award went to the Controlled Substance Charter chaired by Chris Huber, TCU Case Manager, and members Dana Weatherspoon, Director of Nursing; MaryAnn Ford, South Nurse Manager; Lynn Eschbach, Director of Staff Development; and Tami Stover, TCU Case Manager. Therese Pohlman, Business Office Manager, was the Department Head of the Year Award winner. Nurse of the Year went to Margie Unrast, RN, and STNA of the Year went to Casey Ellis. The following employees were awarded the Employee of the Year Awards for their respective departments: Karen Stanley, Environmental Services; Paula Varvel, Dining Services; Stephen Winner, Therapy; and Angie Kaiser, Ancillary Staff.

The Donna Varner “Heart of an Angel” Award was also presented. Donna Varner was an STNA at Versailles Health Care Center from 1986 until her untimely passing in 2014. Donna’s passing was a very large and painful loss for her co-workers and the many people whom she had touched in her 28 year tenure. Donna truly was an Angel on earth. She was the most giving, loving and selfless Versailles Health Care Center employee. She gave of herself graciously. She was so proud to be a Nursing Assistant and she was one the best ever. Donna genuinely loved her residents and always went above and beyond, often giving of her own time and money, to make sure they had anything and everything they wanted. Her angel spirit was also displayed in her community as she was always the first one to start and lead community giving projects for those less fortunate. Anytime anyone was going through a hard time, Donna was always the first one to start a donation collection, offer to babysit, visit at the hospital, call pray or bake a batch of her famous cookies! To keep Donna’s spirit alive at VHCC, the ‘Donna Varner “Heart of an Angel” Award’ was created and the recipient of the award will demonstrate Donna’s relentless compassion to the residents and ongoing dedication to the Vision, Mission and Values of VHCC. The winner of the Donna Varner Heart of an Angel Award was STNA Stacy Grisez.

Congratulations to the staff of Versailles Health Care Center! If you are interested in learning more about Versailles Health Care Center, call 937-526-5570 or visit


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In keeping with the Holiday
We are asking all members to bring their
Mothers – Daughters - Grand-Daughters - Friends

Another two “Women in Business” will share this evenings’ program.

will share her story and product knowledge with us.
May is Better Hearing Month.

At 7:30 p.m. we will set back and enjoy a
with fashions and accessories from

We will end the evening with a drawing for
$50.00 gift certificate to Sadie Grace
Compliments of Kirsten

You will need a reservation for this dinner meeting.
Call Wavelene at 547-6477 or e-mail her at:
before noon on the 4th.

Pets of the week

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GREENVILLE - The Darke County Animal Shelter has many pets available for adoption, including several breeds of dogs, as well as cats and kittens. The Shelter chooses pets to feature each week, this week they've selected:

Lucky is a 2 year old Lab mix. He is black with a little white and has short hair. He is a friendly guy who is loves to play ball. He loves to be with you and have fun. He knows how to sit and shake and is very smart. He could stand to gain some weight and will make a great friend. He is current on his shots and has been altered. He walks well on a leash. He is looking for a good home.

Bentley is a 5 month old Australian Cattle dog (Blue Heeler) mix. He is black and white with short hair. He is a sweet little guy who loves to play. He just wants to play and have fun. He does know some commands. He is current on his shots. He walks well on a leash. He is looking for a good home.

They also have boxer mix, a coon dog, a Spaniel mix and numerous other dogs ready for adoption. They also have cats and kittens for adoption.

They have had a tremendous adoption/redemption rate. If they don’t have what you want now, please keep checking. The right dog might come in tomorrow. The rate is over 80%. This success is due to the website, pet finder, newspapers, word of mouth and radio. Their only social media outlet is “The Darke County Friends of the Shelter”. Any other social media postings are not affiliated or endorsed by the Darke County Animal Shelter.

The 5K run/walk for the Scentral Dog Park was a huge success and a lot of fun. The Darke County Friends of the Shelter want to thank everyone who participated and hope they had a good time. 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.

2017 dog license can be purchased at the Auditor’s Office and the Animal Shelter. You can get your license online at

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 they have, go to their web site at

Please visit also the website of the Friends of the Shelter:

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Woman Airlifted After Crashing While Passing a Farm Tractor

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On April 25, 2017 at 9:02pm Darke County Sheriff Deputies along with Tri-Village Rescue, New Madison Fire and Miami Valley Careflight responded to an injury accident in the 4400 block of State Route 121.

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2004 Chevy Trailblazer driven by Tiffany Bercaw (24), of Greenville, was northbound on State Route 121 when she was attempting to pass a farm tractor. Ms. Bercaw lost control of her vehicle, traveling off the right side of the roadway overturning multiple times, Ms. Bercaw was ejected from the vehicle.

Ms. Bercaw was airlifted from the scene by Careflight to Miami Valley Hospital, where she is listed in stable condition.

This accident remains under investigation

Darke County Baseball History Featured in Garst Museum Exhibit

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Jack Baldschun as a Cincinnati Red.
Who pitched an entire 26-inning ballgame? Who played for the Cincinnati Reds and is part of the Greenville High School Hall of Fame? Who just entered his 17th season with the Royals organization? Who is in the National Senior Softball hall of Fame? Who was a legal “spitballer?” Check out the latest exhibit at Garst Museum to find out!

Otto “Jelly” Burns, Jack Baldschun, Lil Broughman, Tripp J. Davis, Jeff Davenport, Evelyn J. Durst Nealeigh, Allan Sutton, and Craig N. Stammen are just a few local baseball and softball legends featured in this temporary exhibit in the Lowell Thomas Meeting Room at the Garst Museum.

Temporary baseball exhibit at Garst 

New Madison Public Library Honors Julie Dafler

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Since the 1980’s, residents of New Madison and patrons of New Madison Public Library have seen Julie Dafler behind the circulation desk. She has worked with three different directors, multiple library staff, and thousands of patrons over her 32 years, and she is the last employee to work in the “old” library building. Given a nice sunny day, we still see her walking home from work with her husband Bill by her side. To celebrate the impact that Julie has had on our community, Friday, May 5, has been declared Julie Day at the library. Please join us from 10:00 -5:00 as we honor Julie and share memories. Refreshments will be provided by The Friends of New Madison Public Library.

Edison State Students Inducted to Honor Society

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Pictured L to R: Front Row: PTK Advisor William Loudermilk, Charity Barnes, Carrie Kautz, Michelle Collett, Melissa Tucker, and McKenna Bollinger. Back Row: Samuel Schulze, Sierra Keller, Mary Mohr, Matt Collett, and Johnathan Holman.
Sixteen new members were inducted to the Edison State Community College Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) during a ceremony on Wednesday, April 12 at the Piqua Campus. Each semester, students are invited to join the honor society based upon academic criteria.

The Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society was established in 1918 to recognize and encourage the academic achievement of two-year college students and provide opportunities for individual growth and development through honors, leadership, and service programming.

New inductees include Charity Barnes of Ansonia, McKenna Bollinger of Troy, Kari Clements of Troy, Matt Collett of Piqua, Michelle Collett of Piqua, Jonathon Holman of Greenville, Carrie Kautz of Greenville, Sierra Keller of Greenville, Amanda Mitchell of Sidney, Mary Mohr of Union, Jacquelynn Roediger of Sidney, Joshua Ruff of Dayton, Ayoub Samari of Sidney, Samuel Schulze of Fairborn, Penny Stallard of Tipp City, and Melissa Tucker of Troy.

During the ceremony, Associate Professor of English William Loudermilk recognized the candidates for their academic achievements.

"We welcome, congratulate, and are proud of our newly inducted, well-deserving members," said Loudermilk.

Each semester, the Student Leadership Committee selects a member of the Edison State faculty or staff to honor during the ceremony. This semester, Andrea Francis, Marketing Communications Specialist, was commended for supporting community outreach goals put forth by Edison State's PTK.

"It is a privilege to be honored," said Francis. "The work that these students are doing to support communities throughout the region is tremendous and I'm happy to help them reach their goals."

Recognized by the American Association of Community Colleges as the official honor society for two-year colleges, Phi Theta Kappa is the largest honor society in American higher education with more than 2.5 million members and 1,275 chapters.

For more information about the Edison State chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, email

Ice Cream Social at the American Legion in Greenville

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Whitney Dodd Named VHCC April Employee of the Month

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Whitney Dodd
Versailles Health Care Center is pleased to announce Whitney Dodd as the April 2017 Employee of the Month. Dodd has been a member of the nursing department staff since November 2014. She first started at VHCC as a State Tested Nursing Assistant (STNA) and is now working as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). She was recognized by her fellow co-workers for taking great care of her patients. One co-worker stated, “She is always willing to help wherever needed with a smile.”

Dana Weatherspoon, Director of Nursing, added “Whitney always keeps the patient’s best interest close to her heart. She is very impactful to our excellent clinical outcomes and low rehospitalizaion rates.” Dodd received a monetary bonus for her outstanding accomplishments. She also earned the designated Employee of the Month parking spot.

Congratulations to Whitney Dodd!

Man Stabbed in Bradford on Friday

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On Friday, April 21, 2017 at approximately 11:49 P.M., the Darke County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call requesting an ambulance to 7724 Martin Road Bradford, Ohio in reference to a man that was stabbed.

Darke County deputies responded to that residence along with Gettysburg Fire and Rescue. The investigation revealed Benjamin J. Reed (35) and Benjamin J. Hampshire (23) both from Union City, Ohio, made entry into the residence and assaulted Jason R. Garrett (33) of Greenville, Ohio. During the altercation, Mr. Garrett stabbed Mr. Reed in the chest and abdomen. Mr. Garrett and Mr. Hampshire both fled the residence prior to the deputy’s arrival. Mr. Reed was transported by Careflight to Miami Valley Hospital. Mr. Garrett was located shortly after in Greenville and was transported to Wayne Health Care by Greenville Township Rescue for treatment of the injuries he sustained during the altercation and was released later that day.

On Saturday April 22, 2017 at 3:53 P.M., deputies located Mr. Hampshire at the Hunter Oak Apartments in Greenville, Ohio where he was taken into custody without further incident on charges of Aggravated Burglary.

Mr. Reed’s condition is unknown at this time.

This case will be presented to the Darke County Prosecutor’s Office for further review and additional charges are likely.

This case remains under investigation.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Greenville High School Wavaires Present Third Annual Community Cantata

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Front row (left to right): Seniors McKenna Crews, Hayley Burns, Kassidy York, Bri Hartle and Samantha Buchy. Second row (left to right): Chloe Cox, Taylor Denniston, Sierra Cress, Gracie Pell, Alivia Lindamood and Lauren Burns. Third row (left to right): Senior Justin McMiller, Zac Davis, Senior Andy Hayes, Seth Conway, Senior Zach Henninger and Nic Colby.
GREENVILLE (April 24, 2017) - The Greenville High School Wavaires are pleased to present their church cantata to the entire community at 6:00 pm on Sunday, April 30 at St. Clair Memorial Hall.

This year's presentation is titled “Blessed Be Your Name” and features modern worship songs from well-known worship band, Jesus Culture, Bethel Worship and Hillsong as well as worship artists, Natalie Grant, Matt Redmond and I am They.

This community cantata is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend and support this group of young, talented performers. Donations are welcome to support the vocal music program at Greenville High School. The show choir is under the direction of Mrs. Chelsea Whirledge.

Tickets for Choir-O-Rama 2017, “Better When I’m Dancing,” will go on sale following the community cantata in the Anna Bier Gallery. Tickets prices are: Student Tickets - $5; General Admission Tickets (lower level wings) - $5; Reserved Tickets Purchased in Advance - $6 and Reserved Tickets Purchased at the Door - $7.

Be sure to like and follow the groups Facebook page at Greenville High School Vocal Music Boosters to stay current on performances, tickets and fundraisers.


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Curious about the Jewish religion?

Have questions about what Jews believe and what they do? Come for a one-day “Judaism 101” class taught by Student Rabbi Sara Otero of Congregation Anshe Emeth in Piqua, OH on Saturday, May 13 from 10 - Noon.

We will cover some of the basics of Judaism by focusing on three of the highest values in Judaism: Torah (sacred text), Avodah (prayer and ritual), and G'milut Chassadim (acts of kindness). There will be ample time for questions, so be sure to bring your own!

The class will be held at Congregation Anshe Emeth, 320 Caldwell St. in Piqua,, a Reform Jewish congregation formed in 1858.

The goal is to share information, not impose beliefs. There is no charge for the class, however, reservations would be appreciated to allow for sufficient seating, to Eileen, 937.623-1234 or


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Greenville, OH. April 21, 2017-The Greenville Business & Professional Women’s (BPW) Club Foundation Committee is making preparations for their May meeting. Members of the committee are Lindsey Gehret, Betty Kosier and Brenda Miller. The newly elected officers will be formally inducted into the Club.

At the April meeting the club recognized and welcomed 15 new members in to the local BPW Club. The Club boasts that they are proud to be the second largest BPW club in the state of Ohio. All women are invited to join us for the evening and consider becoming a part of our group. You can learn more about our local club by checking us out on Facebook at ‘Greenville BPW Club’.

Members are currently selling tickets to their Chicken BBQ fundraiser to be held on June 21, 2017. For tickets, contact any BPW member or Deb Niekamp at 419-305-2178. Tickets are $7.50 and the pick-up location is the Greenville VFW, 219 N. Ohio from 4:30PM-6:30PM. All proceeds go toward granting college scholarships to the young women of Darke County.

The Club will be meeting on Thursday, May 11, 2017 in the Brick Room at the Brethren’s Retirement Community at 750 Chestnut, Greenville, Ohio. The dinner meeting will begin at 6:30 PM. The cost is $12.00 per person.

The Greenville BPW Club would like to invite women interested in learning more about the Club to the meeting. Contact Marilyn Emmons at 937/548-5024 or by noon on Monday, May 8, 2017 to make a reservation to attend this meeting.

Borderline and Baker’s Motorcycle Shop to hold their 5th year fundraiser for Cancer Association of Darke County May 20, 2017

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The event will be held at Borderline, which is located at 6140 Hillgrove-Southern Road, Union City Ohio.

There will be a Poker Run, $5 BBQ Chicken Dinners, Benefit Auction and a 50/50 drawing and 7 live bands.

A HOG RAFFLE will be held with 200 tickets only being sold at $5.00 each. Processing donated by Hunt’s Processing. Hog donated by Borderline.

Don’t miss this one!

Proceeds will go to Cancer Association of Darke County to help local cancer patients.

For more information call Bud at 417-3026.
For information about the cancer association, call Christine at 548-9960.

Dr Henry H. Chong to Speak at Brethren Retirement Community’s “Supper and Seminar” Event

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Dr. Chong
Greenville, OH – Dr. Henry H. Chong, M.D. FACC , a Cardiologist with Reid Specialty Physicians of Greenville, will be the featured speaker at Brethren Retirement Community’s “Supper and Seminar Series: Heart Health” event at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 3. The free event, which will be held in the Brick Room, will also include a complimentary light supper.

Dr Chong is graduated from Cornell University with a BA in Chemistry, and he obtained a medical degree from University of Maryland Medical School in 1990. He completed a residency in Internal Medicine at Strong Memorial Hospital of University of Rochester, followed by a fellowship in Cardiology at University of Maryland Medical System. Dr. Chong has been practicing cardiology in Greenville since 1996. He is board certified in cardiology and nuclear cardiology. He is a Fellow of American College of Cardiology and a Fellow of American Society of Nuclear Cardiology.

His professional interests include heart failure management, preventive cardiology, and cardiac imaging. In addition to caring for patients, he frequently speaks on various cardiology topics as a teacher and a lecturer. Dr. Chong is currently an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at Boonshoft School of Medicine at Wright State University.

In Greenville, Dr.Chong’s office is located in the Bethel Cardiology suite of the Reid Medical Building on Jackson Street. The practice is led by Dr. Chong, and is affiliated with Richmond Cardiology, a 14-provider cardiology group. He is affiliated with Wayne Healthcare and Reid Health in Richmond, Indiana.

Reservations are required and can be made by calling Holly Hill at 547-7655 or by email to


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The officers and members of Wildflower Garden Club are pleased to invite the public to their annual plant sale on May 6, 2017.

Time of the sale is 9 to 11 A.M. Location is at 5094 St. Rt. 49 South, Greenville, Ohio. Be sure to look for the sign about the sale at this location in the near future.

The club members are offering for sale the following; annuals, perennials, scented geraniums, bulbs, tomatoes, and many more garden veggies. Prices start at 50 cents and go up. They will also have available worm castings in 15 lb. bags.

The profits from this annual sale help defray the expenses of their civic projects around Greenville. They plant and maintain the gardens at the Moose, the Dog Park, the urns at Lowell Thomas House, also the Hospital urns. They will be rejuvenating the flower beds at the Juvenile Court/Health Department/Board of Elections Building as a new project started last year.

Pictured are Judy Burns Treasurer, Barb Rhoades Vice President. For more info call 547-0704. Ask for Brenda.

Darke County Park Board to Hold Special Meeting

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The Darke County Park District Board of Commissioners will hold a Special Board Meeting on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. at the Nature Center located at 4267 St. Rt. 502, Greenville, Ohio. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss matters of land.

Early Morning Discovery Hikes At Darke County Parks

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Native American ate wild hyacinth bulbs
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The Darke County Park District invites the public to join them every Tuesday morning at 8am at Shawnee Prairie Preserve at 4267 St. Rt. 502 west of Greenville for their Early Morning Discovery Hikes.

These hikes allow adults a chance to watch the seasons change and to discover the many life forms in their own backyard. The slowly warming temperatures make this a great time to enjoy and learn about nature. These walks focus on bird watching, trees, fungi identification, and much more.

Attendees are asked to bring a pair of binoculars if possible; otherwise some are available for loan. Hikes will be held rain or shine.

If you have any questions about the Early Morning Discovery Hikes or any other program offered by the park district, please call the Nature Center at (937) 548-0165 or visit the website at

Monday, April 24, 2017

Driver Goes Left of Center Causing Head On Collision on SR 49

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On April 24, 2017 at approximately 6:47 AM Darke County Deputies along with Arcanum Fire and Arcanum EMS were dispatched to State Route 49 and Pitsburg Laura Rd. in reference to a two vehicle injury accident.

Preliminary investigation revealed Amy Hill 42 (Union City, Indiana) was driving a green 1998 Buick Century traveling southeast on State Route 49. James Leddy 24 (Westerville, Ohio) was driving a gray 2007 Ford Escape traveling northwest on State Route 49. Ms. Hill traveled left of the center line striking Mr. Leddy in the left front of the gray 2007 Ford Escape. Ms. Hill drove off the left side of roadway striking a metal fence. Mr. Leddy’s vehicle spun around coming to rest facing southeast in the roadway.

Ms. Hill was transported to Miami Valley Hospital by Arcanum EMS where her condition is unknown. Mr. Leddy was treated and released at the scene.

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

Alcohol a Suspected Factor in Friday Evening Crash

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On April 21, 2017 at approximately 7:56 PM, Darke County Deputies along with Union City OH. Rescue and Liberty Township Fire and CareFlight responded to the 7400 block of Palestine Union City Rd on a report of a injury crash with a car into a tree.

Preliminary investigation revealed a black 1995 Chevy Trailblazer driven by Jeremy M. Kimball 42, of Winchester IN., was traveling northbound in the 7400 block of Palestine-Union City Rd and drove left of center traveling off the left side of the roadway and striking a tree. The driver was taken to Miami Valley Hospital by CareFlight for his injuries and Kimball was not wearing a seatbelt and alcohol is a suspected factor in this crash.

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

Open House for GHS Alumni to be Held Monday, May 1st

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Pitsburg Church of the Brethren to Host "Harmony Quartet"

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The Pitsburg Church of the Brethren will be hosting Darke County’s own, Harmony Quartet on Sunday, May 7, 2017, at 6 PM.

Harmony has been singing together since 1997. They came together singing songs of the Statler Brothers and Oak Ridge Boys - both secular and gospel. They were introduced to Southern Gospel through the Gaither concerts and immediately began including some of them in their repertoire. The songs they sing reflect a love of God and tell stories from the Bible. The group is made up of Bill Drew, singing tenor, Terry Longfellow, singing bass, Mike Royer singing baritone and second tenor, and Bruce Shank, singing lead. The public is cordially invited to this event. Refreshments will be served in the Fellowship Hall following the performance. The church is located on the west edge of Pitsburg, Ohio, at 8376 Pitsburg-Laura Road.

Ansonia FFA puts on an "Eggcellent" Eggstravaganza

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by Olivia Wright, Ansonia FFA Reporter

Pictured is one of Ansonia’s Agricultural instructors, Mr. Zane Fessler.
He made a special appearance as the Easter Bunny
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The Ansonia FFA chapter, along with the help of the Ansonia First Church of God, the Ansonia Methodist Church, and the Ansonia American Legion, hosted an Easter Eggstravaganza at the Ansonia Local Schools on Saturday, April 15th. This Eggstravaganza consisted of many activities that children from local communities could participate in throughout the day. Kids of various ages loved hunting for over 4,000 eggs on the school property. Children from ages 0-11 were divided up into multiple age groups and then escorted to a specified area on the school property to hunt for their eggs. In addition, one child from each age group was lucky enough to find the golden egg, awarding them an Easter basket filled with goodies.

Visitors also had fun coloring eggs, having their face painted, and interacting with a variety of animals at the petting zoo. Goats, sheep, rabbits, and ducks were all on hand to greet the kids and families.

While the “eggcellent” activities were going on, the Ansonia Local School Greenhouse enjoyed their 2017 Grand Opening. Patrons found hundreds of different types of flowers, garden seed packs, garden plants, individual pots, and hanging baskets to help meet all of their spring-time decorative needs.

Starting on Monday, April 24th, the greenhouse will be open from 4 pm - 6 pm on weekdays, from 9 am - 3 pm on Saturdays, and from 12 pm - 3pm on Sundays through the end of May.

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 4th 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 activities that will be planned for the event.

Registration to showcase and sell your items is $10.00 per space, which is a donation to Main Street Greenville (a non-profit organization). The deadline to sign-up is July 21st, 2017. 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 (

"Tips on Downsizing and Decluttering" Presentation to be Held at BHRC

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Paula and John Kalaman
DAYTON, Ohio – The 20th annual Officer John P. Kalaman Memorial Blood Drive will take place Thursday, April 27 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Centerville Police Department. John and Paula Kalaman say the best tribute to their son at this milestone will be a strong showing of support by donors.

Community Blood Center will hold the blood drive in the CPD training room, 155 West Spring Valley Road. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at or call (937) 293-3373.

Officer Kalaman and Washington Township Firefighter Robert O’Toole were killed, and another firefighter injured, while responding to an accident on I-675 in January of 1998. A motorist lost control, crossed three lanes of traffic, and struck the men in the median.

John and Paula Kalaman hosted the first blood drive in their son’s memory on April 27, 1998, the date of what would have been his 30th birthday. Since then more than 4,000 unit of blood has been donated in his name.

“It’s amazing,” said John Kalaman. “We have folks that have donated every year since we started and come back year after year. If the second year nobody showed up we would have stopped right there! It’s heart-warming that so many do this in memory of John.”

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Down to Earth Book Club

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The Darke County Park District would like to remind everyone of the Down to Earth Book Club’s spring selection. For their sixth season, they will read The Moon by Whale Light: And Other Adventures Among Bats’ Penguins, Crocodilians, and Whales by Diane Ackerman. In a rare blend of scientific fact and poetic truth, the acclaimed author of A Natural History of the Senses explores the activities of whales, penguins, bats, and crocodilians plunging headlong into nature and coming up with highly entertaining treasures.

This season’s book club will meet on Monday, May 1st at 6:30pm at the Shawnee Prairie Preserve Nature Center. Each quarter the Down to Earth Book Club has featured a different book, some by well-known nature writers, some about outdoor adventure, and even some about pioneers settling Ohio. Everyone is invited to read the book and join them at the Nature Center to discuss the work, enjoy some yummy treats.

Please call ahead to let them know you plan on participating in the book club discussion. The Darke County Parks Nature Center can be reached at (937) 548-0165.

Crocodiles jaws have 24 teeth that are meant to grasp and crush, not chew. They swallow stones that grind food inside their stomachs and also act as ballast.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Darke County Special Olympics Thanks Second National Bank

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At last year’s Darke County Special Olympics Track and Field Event, Brian Wagner representing Second National Bank served as an Awards Presenter. He is shown here following an awards presentation for the softball throw to (left to right), Daniel Gonzalez, Greenville; Quinton Couchot, Mississinawa Valley; Josh Albright, Franklin Monroe and Isaac Gulley, Greenville. Tanner Bey from Versailles H.S. was a volunteer helper. This year’s Annual Track and Field Event will be held on Friday, May 12 (inclement weather day is Monday, May 15) at Harmon Field in Greenville. Special athletes from all Darke County schools will be participating. The 2016 program served over 320 athletes competing at the local, area, and state levels in basketball, cheerleading, bowling, powerlifting, softball, soccer, Unified golf, swimming, and track & field.

Darke Co. Special Olympics is directed, coached, and chaperoned by volunteers giving of their time. Special thanks to Second National Bank for their donation and support of the program.

Updated Audition Times for Annie

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Versailles Towne & Country Players is proud to announce their upcoming production of Annie! Robin Brown will be the director and Ken DeMange the assistant director. Performance dates are July 13, 14, 15 and 16 at the Versailles Performance Arts Center. Auditions for this large cast will be held in search of talented performers of many ages – both male and female. Auditions for the orphans have occurred – now we’re seeking talented adults/young adults ages grades 7 and older.

GRADES 7 AND OLDER (male and female): Audition dates for 7th grade and older will be Friday, April 28, any time between 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., and Saturday, April 29, 9:30 a.m. in Miss Tipton’s room at Versailles Schools (enter door 19 and go right). Each individual should come prepared to perform a one- minute or less monologue, as well as a one-minute or less song (please bring CD or sheet music for the provided accompanist). Dance audition for this age group desiring to be in chorus numbers is scheduled for Saturday, April 29, 10:30 a.m. in the Versailles Performing Arts Center where the group will be taught a short routine. If you know how to tap dance, please bring your tap shoes. Callbacks is scheduled for Thursday, May 4, 6:30 p.m. in Miss Tipton’s room.

If you have questions, please contact Robin at 937-423-4978 or Ken at 937-776-4775.


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Many adults wish to “age in place”, in their own home. If they do, at some point it may be necessary to hire in-home care. To your aging parents, they may see it as giving up but in reality, it makes sense to realize their limitations and keep them safe.

Many elderly adults need some type of home care assistance to help with personal care and their activities of daily living such as bathing, hygiene, dressing, meal preparation, medication reminders, errands, light housekeeping and laundry. They may not be able to be left alone and need supervision and if you are the primary caregiver, you will need some time to yourself to take care of your own responsibilities and needs.

Once the decision has been made to get additional help in the home, the question becomes whether to hire someone you find to care for your parent or if you turn to the expertise of your local home care provider, such as Brethren Home Community Services Home Care.

There are many reasons to work with Brethren Home Community Services Home Care.

Brethren Home Community Services Home Care is a licensed, full-service home health care agency. All of our in-home caregivers are employees who are fully bonded and insured. As the employer, we withhold all necessary employment taxes and provide worker’s compensation, which relieves our clients from the burden of these liabilities.

Brethren Home Community Services Home Care invests significant time and attention in screening, training and supervising our caregivers to ensure we provide the highest quality care. Our comprehensive screening process includes a thorough background check, in addition to reviewing professional, criminal and driving records. Additionally, we work with you to match our our caregivers with your loved one for the best match.

Family Health EyeCare Open House - May 9th, 2017

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Darke County Parks Summer Camps

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For over a decade, Darke County Parks summer camps have been an annual tradition for families. In the parks continued commitment to get kids outside to learn, appreciate, and enjoy nature, they offer two styles of camps, day camps and mini camps. The classic day camps are similar to the format the parks has done for the last ten years featuring crafts, take home items, lots of nature, and fun.

The day camps include hand on activities, a t-shirt, a snack, and fun take home items. Camps for 6-7 year olds are as follows. “Things With Wings,” a flight themed camp, will run June 19th through 23rd from 10am to 12pm with a $65 fee being charged, and “Rocks,” a geology camp, will run June 26th through 30th from 10am to 12pm with a $65 fee being charged.

The camps for 8-9 year olds include “Trailblazers,” an adventure and hiking themed camp on July 10th through 14th from 10am-12pm with a $70 fee, and “Ocean Explorers,” a sea themed camp on July 24th through 29th from 10am-12pm with a $70 fee.

The 10-12 year old camps are “Let’s Paddle,” a canoe and kayak camp on June 12th through 16th from 1pm to 4pm with a $75 fee, and “Survive the Ohio Territory,” a survival themed camp on July 31st through August 4th from 10am-12pm with a $75 fee.

The final day camp offering is “Adventure Zone,” an action packed camp for 13-15 year olds on July 17th through 21st from 10am-4pm with a $125 fee.

The two mini camps for 6-9 year olds offer a condensed program with three days of camp involving hands on activity, take home crafts, and lots of time outdoors. The sessions offered are “Stamp into Nature,” a letterboxing camp on Monday, June 12th through Wednesday, June 14th from 9:30am-12pm with a $30 fee, and “Christmas in July,” a Christmas themed camp on Wednesday, July 5th through Friday, July 7th from 10am to 12pm.

For more information about any of these camps or to sign children up, please contact the Nature Center at (937) 548-0165 or email


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The local Darke County Farmers Union is sponsoring an essay contest again this year for the area’s high school seniors or those who are attending college as freshmen. This year, the essay will honor August “Gus” Zumbrink. August was an active, lifetime member of the Farmers Union and served with the Darke County A.S.C.S. Office (now the F.S.A.) as the Director for fifteen years, from January 1963 to January 1978.

Mr. Zumbrink was also very active in his church and community and he served in all the offices of the Darke County Farmers Union and was also a member of the Executive Committee. He, along with his wife, Mary, attended many state conventions and also traveled to the national convention to fight for the rights and interests of family farmers. Gus, as he was known, was very well respected among the farmers of this county and was an excellent administrator as he worked with the sometimes very complicated federal farm programs. To his credit, he was consulted by the Kennedy administration in the early 1960s to develop the “feed grains farm programs” that helped many family farmers to survive during the 1960s and 1970s. Gus also farmed with his family in York and Wabash Townships in northern Darke County and was a true believer in the economic importance of the small family farmer. He helped his two sons, James and John Zumbrink, both lifetime members of Farmers Union, get started in farming. The two brothers continued to farm together until John passed away in May of 2012 and Jim took over the operation with the help of his wife, Diana, and his children, Scott Zumbrink and Dawn Muhlenkamp.

For more information on our Darke County Farmers Union, Ohio Farmers Union, or National Farmers Union scholarship essay contests and their applications, please call your local Farmers Union office at 937-548-3240 or stop in at our office on the Circle at 421 Public Square in Greenville. Information may also be found with the high school guidance counselors at the various schools in the county.


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GREENVILLE - The Darke County Friends of the Shelter are sponsoring their annual 5KRun/Walk for Scentral Park dog park on Saturday, April 22nd, beginning at 9a.m. at the Darke County Fairgrounds. This race encourages you to bring your dog as a participant along with you. If you don’t have a dog you can still enter. Medals will be awarded to those racing with dogs as well as those racing without. There will be a Best Dressed Dog contest at 8:15a.m. with medals going to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. A free Kid’s Fun Run will be at 8:30a.m. Free online registration can be found at Same day registration begins at 7:30a.m. in the Ohio Center at the fairgrounds.

A race like this cannot take place without the contributions from the following sponsors: Pooch Parlor, Edgetown Veterinary Clinic and Laser Center, Barry Family Dentistry, LLC, Financial Achievement Services, Inc., Majestic Pet Memorial Services (A Division of Oliver-Floyd Funeral Home), Schultz Motors, Western Ohio Podiatric Medical Center, Dr. Thomas Brown, Eldora Speedway, Zeke & Mini Litchfield, Matt & Angie Arnold & Bailey, Arcanum Veterinary Service, Kevin Flory Landscaping & Lawn Care, Darke County Veterinary Service, Buddy & Turbo Dean, Double M Diner & Shelby, Gordon Orthodontics, Greenville Federal, Greenville National Bank, Hartzell Veterinary Service, Max Hole, Kline Timber, KTL Performance Mortgage LTD, Second National Bank and Zechar Bailey Funeral Home.

The following people, groups, or businesses have contributed toward the success of the race: Advanced America, Josh Artin, John Aukerman, Boston Stoker, Brenda’s Beanery, Burger King, Dannon, First Heavy Metal Church of Christ, Girl Scouts, Johnston Chiropractic, Inc., Kellers, KFC, Eileen Litchfield, Marco’s Pizza, McDonald’s, Rocketship Sports Management, Linda Searls, Snap Fitness, Taco Bell, Walmart and YMCA.

ALL of the proceeds from this race go toward the maintenance of and improvements to Scentral Park Dog Park located at 5066 County Home Road, Greenville, OH, next to the Animal Shelter.

Contact Jeannie Grosch @ 548-6287 with any questions.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Captivating Civilian Impressions at Civil War Heritage Weekend

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OVCWA ladies demonstrate a wide variety of clothing styles common during the War Between the States.
The Ohio Valley Civil War Association not only brings top notch military presentations, but also incorporates the fascinating civilian side as well. Visit them on Saturday April 29th and Sunday April 30th at Shawnee Prairie Preserve on State Route 502 west of Greenville and step back in time. While many able bodied young men enlisted to fight on both sides of the War Between the States, women were left to keep life running at home, in the shops, and on the farms. Sometimes this even brought them into camp as a nurse, camp follower, or visitor bringing comforts of home. Civilian men also had roles to play in the war effort, like the displaced farmer turned cook for the army or preacher providing comfort to the anxious or grieving families.

The civilians of the OVCWA are dedicated men and women who take on first-person personas of real people during the American Civil War. They educate, entertain, and enlighten visitors on a wide variety of topics and issues our ancestors faced. The members portray a full gamut of Civil War civilians: from prostitutes to nuns, farmers to business men, laundresses to telegraphers. The Civil War Civilians are devoted to educating the public about the many roles civilians, especially women, filled during the Civil War. Come discuss the war effort, marvel at visiting ladies’ latest fashions, and find out what it took to keep our country running with the work force away fighting. Special for this event, Mrs. Adelicia Acklen of Nashville will regale visitors with stories from her life on a southern plantation, and the captain will demonstrate his beautiful calligraphy skills from his life before the army. Visit Shawnee Prairie on April 30th or May 1st to see it all.

Make sure to make time between talking to civilians to observe daily life for a Union soldier, hear the cannon blast, watch men drill, and smell a soldier’s supper simmering. Daily demonstrations at 11am, 1pm, and 3pm will include the 35th Ohio Volunteer Infantry Co. G, 66th Illinois Co. G also known as Birge's Western Sharpshooters, and 1st Ohio Light Artillery Bat. C. The OVCWA has taught at Manassas, Kennesaw Mountain, Stones River, and Gettysburg National Battlefields.

They have partnered with Darke County Parks in July of 2012, April of 2015 and 2016, and Darke County Parks is proud to welcome them back to Shawnee Prairie again. This free, family friendly event has something to interest everyone. For any questions or more information about this exciting and unique event, please call the Nature Center at (937) 548-0165, or email to

Vera Barberine to Present Spring Tea and Program for The Greenville Art Guild

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The Greenville Art Guild and the Artist Junction are excited about sponsoring a spring tea and program on Sunday, May 21 at 2:00 PM with local presenter Vera Barberine featuring an fabulous show of vintage hats. Vera will model hats from a different era and point out the distinguishing features of each. After the presentation, a spring tea consisting of a coffee, tea and dessert buffet will be held in a lovely Victorian setting. The cost is $20 for Guild members and $30 for nonmembers. Everyone who comes is encouraged to wear an "arty" hat of their own and if you do, you will have a chance to win a prize! The spring tea will be held at the Artist Junction, 6100 Routzong Road, Greenville, Ohio 45331. Pre registration is required along with your check made out to the Greenville Art Guild and mailed to PO Box 172, Greenville, Ohio 45331. Registration forms can be found on our website at or at most Darke County libraries.

Deadline for registrations to be received by the Guild is May 16 and email confirmations only will be sent. Be sure to register early since we can only accommodate the first 30 who sign up due to seating limitations. Please call Marilyn Banks at 937-423-0630 or Anne Willis at 941-780-2490 for more information.


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Greenville Federal is continuing its support of the Bridges to College Program. In the photo, Jeff Kniese, president and CEO of Greenville Federal, is shown presenting the check to Anne McKinney, Bridges to College executive director. The Bridges to College program helps students attend college through educational programming, mentoring and scholarships. This year it is working with students at Ansonia, Franklin Monroe, and Greenville High School. “We’re very appreciative for Greenville Federal’s continued support of Bridges to College,” said McKinney.

To learn more about the Bridges to College program, visit its website at or call Anne McKinney at 423-2442. “Greenville Federal is helping us educate families that college is possible!”

MVCTC SkillsUSA Members Qualify for National SkillsUSA Competition

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Left: Justin Collins, Automotive Technology student from Twin Valley South, Automotive Service Technology Contest.
Middle: Natalie Campbell, Graphic Commercial Photography student from Wayne, Photography Contest.
Right: Joshua Dirksen, Heavy Equipment student from Versailles, Heavy Equipment Contest
Columbus, Ohio -- Members of the Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) SkillsUSA chapter competed at the Ohio SkillsUSA Contest in Columbus, Ohio on April 11-12, 2017. The State Contest, located at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, brought together thousands of SkillsUSA students from all over the state to compete in everything from Advertising Design to Welding.

The SkillsUSA Ohio championship consists of 81 Technical and Leadership contests. Participants were challenged to complete a project in their area of technical training within a specified time while being scored by a panel of judges from business, industry, and education. Top state qualifiers earned a chance to compete in the SkillsUSA championships in Louisville, KY, in June for national honors.

MVCTC State Winners are as follows:

Gold – First Place – All first place winners qualified to compete at the National SkillsUSA Contest in June!

  • Justin Collins, Automotive Technology student from Twin Valley South, Automotive Service Technology Contest
  • Natalie Campbell, Graphic Commercial Photography student from Wayne, Photography Contest.
  • Joshua Dirksen, Heavy Equipment student from Versailles, Heavy Equipment Contest
  • Cleveland Boes, MVCTC Adult Ed HVAC student, Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Post-Secondary Contest

Silver – Second Place

  • Dental Assistant Opening and Closing Team - Chelcee Carroll (Arcanum); Kelsea Morgan (Wayne); Richard Huynh (Northridge); Linley Spoonmore (Brookville); Morgan Bell (Miamisburg); Jaycee Groves (Carlisle); Taylor Nuse (Tri-County North); and Carly Newman (Milton-Union) – Alternate
  • Elizabeth Newton, Graphic Commercial Art student from Miamisburg, Prepared Speech Contest
  • Robotics and Automation students Colton Schroer from Valley View and Christian Brooks from Bethel, Robotics and Automation Technology Contest
  • Michael Bilbrey, Electrical Trades student from Franklin-Monroe, Telecommunications Cabling Contest

Bronze – Third Place

  • Echota Henderson, Aviation Maintenance Technician from Tri-County North, Aviation Maintenance Contest
  • David Garber, Diesel Power Technology student from Arcanum, Diesel Equipment Technology Contest
  • Kylie Witters, Cosmetology student from Milton-Union, Prepared Speech Contest
  • Jacob Stefanco, MVCTC Adult Education student, Sheet Metal Post-Secondary Contest

For more information about MVCTC, please visit

For over 45-years, MVCTC has been providing career technical education for 27 partner school districts encompassing five counties in Southwest Ohio. MVCTC is dedicated to providing in-demand workforce training for youth, adults, and organizations in the Miami Valley.

Take Flight: A Celebration of Our Feathered Friends at DCP

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Come watch and learn about our feathered friends here in Darke County!
Join Darke County Parks to celebrate birds on Earth Day! On Saturday, April 22nd from 7am to 2pm spend the day with family exploring the wild birds that call our region home.

This fun-filled birding festival will take place at Shawnee Prairie Preserve on St. Rt. 502 just west of Greenville. The festivities will begin with “Breakfast with the Birds,” a fundraiser by the Darke County Birders Club, which will offer breakfast bites in an effort to raise money to care for Greta, the Darke County Parks’ owl. Five Rivers MetroParks will join the celebration with a wide selection of the birds of prey animal ambassadors. See a Screech Owl, Kestrel, and a Red-tailed Hawk up close, and learn about these amazing animals! The day will continue with a variety of bird-themed activities for all ages, walk, workshops, and more!

Join the naturalists to discover who’s nesting around the Nature Center or a lunch-time chat about bird feeding. At 7:30am avid birders can enjoy a discovery hike, with an 8:30am beginners bird walk to follow. The whole family can discover birds together on the 9am hike, and ongoing after 10am there will be nest box building, a bird feeder craft, toys that fly, bird bingo, workshops on gardening for birds, backyard bird feeding, time to explore the Natural Play Area, and much more. From 11am to 1pm the Friends of the Parks will be offering a quick hotdog lunch. The park staff and volunteers hope to see everyone enjoying Earth Day on the trails of Shawnee Prairie!

If you have any questions about this or any other program offered by the Darke County Parks, please call the Nature Center at (937) 548-0165 or visit the website at

Tuesday, April 18, 2017


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Darke County Sheriff Toby L. Spencer and the Darke County Solid Waste Management District Director Krista Fourman would like to advise motorists to use caution while traveling Darke County roadways on the weekend of April 22nd and 23rd.

On that weekend Darke County Solid Waste Management District will be holding its 10th Annual Trash Bash. Over 1100 volunteers and organizations will be cleaning up 735 miles of Darke County and Township roads. These volunteers will be walking along roadways and picking up trash. The volunteer’s vehicles will be parked along or near the roads where the trash pick up is occurring. Participants should be wearing bright colored shirts to increase visibility. Trash pick up is scheduled to occur from dawn to dusk on Saturday and Sunday April 22nd and 23rd.

Motorists are advised to slow down and pay attention to volunteers working near the roadway. As always you should not engage in distracted driving while operating a vehicle and keep your attention focused on driving your vehicle. Practice defensive driving techniques by looking ahead and being prepared for any problems that may occur.

Darke County deputies will be patrolling Darke County roadways and enforcing traffic laws. Always wear your seat belt and take the time to look both ways at intersections. Lets all work together to make Darke County roadways safe for volunteers and other motorists, pedestrians and cyclists.

Darke County Republican Women’s Club

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Speaking on April 10th to the DCRW’s Club was Kim Bohler, Consultant for Perfectly Posh.

Kim shared her experiences as well as her products. Our thanks to Kim for the Gift Bags she had for all of the members.

The next guests for the “Women in Business” project will be: Dr. Kylie Young, Owner of Belton, and also a STYLE SHOW by Kirsten Berghoff, Owner of Sadie Grace.

More information for the May 8th meeting will be coming later.

Darke County Civic Theater to Hold Auditions for Two Productions

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Darke County Civic Theater will be holding auditions for TWO productions that will take place this summer. Auditions for "James and the Giant Peach" which will be performed in August at Paw's Bingo Hall and auditions for "D.K. Molar, The Devious Dentist" which will be performed at the Annie Oakley Festival in July will take place on Sunday April 30th, 3 p.m. - 7 p.m. at Shawnee Prairie Nature Center.

"D.K. Molar, The Devious Dentist...OR...There's Gold in them thar' teeth!" By: Billy St. John will be performed on July 28th, July 29th and July 30th at the Annie Oakley Festival that takes place at York Woods. The depraved dentist, D.K. Molar, and his noxious nurse, Nova Caine, have crafted a dastardly scam: after putting their patients to sleep with nitrous oxide, they remove the gold crowns and replace them with fakes made of fool’s gold. The unsuspecting patients are none the wiser. That is until Dr. Molar’s new receptionist, the lovely Flossy Dailey, starts chewing over some of the strange happenings in the office. With Phil de Tooth, an upstanding young dentist, she discovers Molar is prospecting for more than overbites. Molar, true to his calling, pulls a gun on them and threatens to drill anyone who tries to stop him. Rehearsals for this melodrama will take place in the months of May, June and July on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Seeking actors and actress ages 10 and older. No prior preparation is needed, as auditions will be cold readings from the script. Arrival can be anytime within the allotted audition time period. Auditioning does not guarantee a role in the production.

"James and the Giant Peach" Adapted for the stage by: David Wood, from the classic book written by Roald Dahl will be performed August 12th and 13th at Paw's Bingo Hall, joined with a benefit for the Darke County Humane Society. The story of Roald Dahl’s classic tale is faithfully told by James himself and the insect characters – Miss Spider, Old-Green-Grasshopper, Centipede, Ladybird, and Earthworm. The play begins at the end of the story, when James and his friends are living in the giant peach stone in Central Park, New York. A tour guide brings a party of tourists (the audience) to see this major attraction, and James and his friends tell the story of how they came to live in New York. Rehearsals for this family production will take place in the months of May, June, July and August on Sunday afternoons. Seeking actors and actress ages 10 and older. Cast size could range from 6 cast members to 20 cast members, depending on the directors vision and the amount of actors/actresses that audition. No prior preparation is needed, as auditions will be cold readings from the script. Arrival can be anytime within the allotted audition time period. Auditioning does not guarantee a role in the production.

Crew members will also be needed and if you have an interested in this, please come to the audition and express your interest to the director. For more information, visit Darke County Civic Theater's website at - please contact for any questions you may have concerning auditions.

First Class Military Presentations at Civil War Heritage Weekend

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Soldiers demonstrate firing by rank as a part of the daily infantry presentations.
When the Ohio Valley Civil War Association visits Shawnee Prairie Preserve April 29th and 30th, they will bring some of the best military living history presentations in the country. Daily demonstrations at 11am, 1pm, and 3pm will include the 35th Ohio Volunteer Infantry Co. G, 66th Illinois Co. G also known as Birge's Western Sharpshooters, and 1st Ohio Light Artillery Bat. C.

The infantry demonstration will feature an in depth look at many different types and styles of uniforms and shoes, a comparison between the Springfield and Enfield rifles including the mechanics of black powder firearms, and a peek into the daily life of the Union soldier. Visitors will observe soldiers perform basic drill maneuvers including a live black powder firing demonstration.

During the sharpshooter presentation, visitors will learn about target rifles and the mechanization process that made the Henry and Sharps repeating rifles possible, see various shooting positions, and understand the amazing skill it took to be a sharpshooter in the Union Army. The presentation will also include an extremely telling speed demonstration comparing a repeating rifle to a standard issue musket.

Lastly, artillery men will demonstrate each man’s specific tasks in the cannon firing process, show the tools and implements used, and describe the different types of projectiles used during the war. The presentation will culminate by firing the smooth bore cannon!

Between demonstrations, camp visitors can observe daily life for a Union soldier, discuss the war effort with civilians, or marvel at visiting ladies’ latest fashions. The OVCWA has taught at Manassas, Kennesaw Mountain, Stones River, and Gettysburg National Battlefields. They have partnered with Darke County Parks in July of 2012, April of 2015 and 2016, and Darke County Parks is proud to welcome them back to Shawnee Prairie again.

This free, family friendly event has something to interest everyone. From the military veteran to the seamstress, the cook to the doctor, and everything in between, come see how all these pursuits unfolded over 150 years ago. For any questions or more information about this exciting and unique event, please call the nature center at (937) 548-0165, or send an email to

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