Monday, July 31, 2017

Motorcyclist Slides Completely Under Pickup Truck on 127

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On July 29, 2017 at approximately 3:53PM Darke County Deputies along with Ansonia Fire and Rescue responded to the intersection of US Route 127 and Reed Road for an injury crash involving a motorcycle and truck.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Green 1996 Chevy 1500 pick up truck was being driven by a 16 year old Greenville teen, who was traveling Northbound on US Route 127 and had stopped at the intersection of Reed Road to make a left turn while waiting on oncoming traffic. A Black 1985 Kawasaki motorcycle was also traveling Northbound and driven by Mitchel Paul Grieshop 25, of Versailles, OH. who attempted to slow down and laid the motorcycle down causing him to slide completely underneath and out the front of the pick up truck while the motorcycle collided with the rear of the truck.

Grieshop was transported to Miami Valley Hospital by Ansonia Rescue for his injuries. Grieshop was not wearing a helmet.

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


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The EUM Church Women’s Ministry is excited to announce our 10th annual Holiday Boutique on November 11, 2017, from 9:00 am-2:00 pm at the EUM’s Worship Center at 1451 Sater Street in Greenville (corner of Sater Street & Sebring-Warner Road).

The Holiday Boutique is designed for women of Darke County to connect with each other, build relationships, market their products or services and do their Christmas shopping all in a unique and festive setting. Vendor slots are open to all women in the community who have in-home or family businesses, and/or offer woman or child related services.

Because we want to give back to the community, attendees and vendors will be asked to bring an item for the Pregnancy Help Center such as diapers, formula, baby clothes, etc.

If you are a woman with a home-based business and would like more information about reserving a booth at the Holiday Boutique, please contact Cindy Crawford at 548-3211, ext 213 or

Jeff Harper is Lead Pastor at EUM Church. The contemporary worship services are Saturday at 6:30 pm and Sunday at 9:00, 10:30, and 11:59 am at the Worship Center located at 1451 Sater Street and a traditional worship service is Sunday 9:45 am at the Downtown Campus at 111 Devor Street in Greenville. Kidmunity Children’s Ministry is available for kids age birth through grade six at the 6:30 pm, 9:00, 10:30 and 11:59 am services. The Downtown Campus, 111 Devor Street, houses the offices. For more information, go to or call 548-3211.


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DAYTON, Ohio – Greenville Grace Church will host a community blood drive Monday, Aug. 7 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at 4805 State Route 49, Greenville. Everyone who registers to donate will receive the Community Blood Center “Scouting 4 Donors – Ride with Passion, Give with Heart” t-shirt. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at or call 1-800-388-GIVE.

It’s open throttle for the “Scouting 4 Donors Summer Blood Drive” as it rides into the final month of summer. Everyone who registers to donate is automatically entered in the drawing to win an Indian Scout Sixty motorcycle. Donors must be 18 by the Sept. 2 conclusion of the campaign to win.

From July 31 to the campaign finish line on Sept. 2 everyone who registers to donate will receive the “Scouting 4 Donors – Ride with Passion, Give with Heart” t-shirt.

The “Ride with Passion, Give with Heart” t-shirt is green and the design features a motorcycle engine in the shape of a heart with the CBC blood drop logo.


Summer is a challenging time for maintaining the regional blood supply and this summer has seen an unusually high demand for type O blood. To maintain an ample blood supply CBC must register approximately 300 donors per day, despite the interruptions of the high school summer break, family vacation travel and outdoor activities. CBC encourages donors who must miss appointments to please reschedule as soon as possible. We continue to seek the support of type O whole blood donors.


CBC is scouting for donors this summer and banking on a true American legend to help boost the summer blood supply. The “Indian Scout Sixty” is descended from the historic line of America’s legendary Indian Motorcycle Company,

Enter the drawing to win the Indian Scout Sixty by registering to donate May 26 through Sept. 2 at a CBC Donor Center or any CBC mobile blood drive. Eligible donors can enter the drawing a second time when they register for a second donation during the blood drive period.

CBC will select the winner from a group of 10 randomly-drawn finalists in mid-September. Official rules are available at

Pam Elifritz Named VHCC July Employee of the Month

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Versailles Health Care Center is pleased to announce Pam Elifritz as the July 2017 Employee of the Month. Elifritz has been a member of the Laundry Department at Versailles Health Care Center since March 2012. She was recognized by her fellow co-workers for always being pleasant, very dependable, and going above and beyond for the patients and residents. One co-worker shared, “Pam always has a smile on her face and gives 100% every day!”

Jean Kephart, Director of Environmental Services, added “Pam is an outstanding employee! We appreciate her great work ethic and dedication to Versailles Health Care Center!” Elifritz received a monetary bonus for her outstanding accomplishments. She also earned the designated Employee of the Month parking spot. Congratulations to Pam Elifritz!


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If you love arts and crafts, you won’t want to miss Main Street Greenville’s First Friday event for August, the Artisan Stroll! The event will feature over 55 different vendors, each offering art, crafts, or handmade items!

The event will be held from 5:30 - 10 pm in downtown Greenville on Friday, August 4th. “It will be a jam packed night, with so much to see and do,” said Susan Fowble, Event Chair Volunteer. “We are excited to see everyone downtown!”

Vendors will be set-up on the sidewalks in front of downtown businesses to showcase their items. The list of items offered include paintings, ceramics, jewelry, drawings, re-purposed home decor, photography, pottery, and much more.

In addition to the art and crafts on display, many demonstrations will take place throughout the evening. The agenda includes chainsaw sculpting, dance performances, and an exhibition by the Society for Creative Anachronism, an international organization dedicated to researching and re-creating the arts and skills of pre-17th-century Europe. Members, dressed in clothing of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, attend events and display traditional activities and crafts of the Medieval period. The event will also include live music at multiple locations.

The evening features many activities for children to enjoy, with face-painting, Chalk-the-Block (a sidewalk chalk contest), animal and balloon sculptures, free hotdogs & hamburgers provided by Greenville National Bank, free ice cream provided by First Congregational Church, kids crafts & school supply drive at FHMCC, and more! The Greenville Public Library will be hosting a Craft Night from 6 to 8 p.m. on the front steps of the library. There will be a variety of book-related crafts for kids ten and under, in addition to sand art and button-making for teens and tweens ages 11 to 18. The sand art will take place on a first come, first serve basis.

Beginning in March, the committee (consisting of Susan Fowble, Patti Jetter, Kim Murray, Mary Saintignon, Nancy Person, Fran Brubaker, and Debbie Niekamp) have volunteered their time to work with Main Street Greenville to create the event.

“The Artisan Stroll is our largest First Friday event of the year and it would not be possible without the hard work of the committee. They begin planning this event well in advance to make sure there will be a wide variety of vendors and activities for all to enjoy,” said Crysta Hutchinson, Executive Director of Main Street Greenville.

Flyers will be handed out the night of the event with the schedule and the locations of each vendor. Main Street Greenville will also post the information on their website and Facebook page for you to download or view before the event.

This event is kindly sponsored by Braund Pope & Oliver-Floyd Funeral Homes. “Celebrating lives and serving families is at the heart of everything we do at Braund Pope and Oliver Floyd Funeral Homes,” said Eric Fee, Owner and Family Service Director. “As the only locally owned funeral homes in Darke County, we take great pride in fostering community, serving our neighbors and celebrating all that our area has to offer. We are honored to partner with Main Street Greenville to celebrate the Artisan Stroll during August First Friday!” More information about Braund Pope and Oliver Floyd can be found at or (937) 548-1133.

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 (

Friday, July 28, 2017


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(July 27, 2017, GREENVILLE, OHIO) Mortgage Professional America Magazine has named Desteni Mason, co-owner of KTL Performance Mortgage Greenville, Ohio, one of the nation’s ELITE WOMEN IN MORTGAGE 2017. This is Mason’s second award from the publication.

Mortgage Professional America (MPA) is the mortgage & finance industry’s most trusted source of news, opinion and analysis. The recently published issue reads, “In an industry where the leadership roles are still dominated by men, the honorees in MPA's 2017 Elite Women issue are working to change the status quo.”

They go on to state, “After receiving numerous nominations from readers around the nation, MPA culled this list to 75 women who have overcome obstacles and broken barriers to become some of the industry’s top professionals.

The 75 women on this year's list are record-breakers and innovators, founders and owners, top executives and trendsetters. And they're using their influence to change the face of the mortgage industry.”

The full article can be read at:

Since co-founding KTL Performance Mortgage in 2003, Desteni Mason and her “Mason Knows Mortgages” team have grown their company into one of the top USDA lenders in the states of Indiana and Ohio. Mason and her team closed over 200 loans independently in 2016.

Desteni's success is largely due to her dedication to helping others learn and succeed. She came from humble beginnings and knows what it takes to turn knowledge into life strengths and successes. She has gained great respect for her commitment to helping underserved clients or those with limited financial knowledge learn how to improve their situations. Through her guidance, home ownership has become a reality rather than a dream.

With this consumer knowledge gap in mind, Desteni has begun a series of creative marketing initiatives to help educate potential clients, while further bolstering her company's brand and visibility in new markets. In the coming year, she will lead KTL's growth campaigns in Indiana, Kentucky and Florida through a strategic social media campaign challenging new homebuyers to "Live their Destiny."

About Desteni Mason:
Desteni Mason and the Mason Knows Mortgages Team help people in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky and Florida achieve their unique dreams of home ownership. We find the right mortgage solution for each person’s life situation and serve as a guide and partner throughout the process of achieving their dream.

Our process is simple. Our team is dedicated. We are passionate about helping you Live Your Destiny.

Desteni Mason is an Owner and Loan Officer for KTL Performance Mortgage. Performance Mortgage is an Equal Housing Lender.

Company NMLS#114045
Individual NMLS#130145
LO # 020305.000
MB # 803171

To learn more about Desteni Mason, visit her website at, or their Facebook page at

No Concert in the Park This Week. The Show will return Sunday, August 6th.

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There will be no concert in the park this Sunday, July 30. The Greenville Municipal Concert Band will resume concerts in the park on Sunday, August 6 at 7pm.


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Camp Encourage, State of the Heart’s annual grief camp for children, was held Friday, July 16-Sunday, July 18 at the Spiritual Center of Maria Stein in Maria Stein, Ohio. The focus of the weekend camp is to create a safe space for children who have lost a loved one, while also teaching the children how to channel their feelings and what to expect while grieving. “Most of the kids who are coming to camp for the first time are hesitant, nervous, and closed when it comes to sharing their feelings,” Camp Director Ashlee Slavin says. “Watching them open up and realize that how they feel is okay and normal is one of the most rewarding experiences to be part of.”

Through various activities, the campers learned not only about their fellow campers, but about themselves, as well. Through hiking, crafting memory boxes and calming jars, participating in trust exercises, and attending a balloon launch and memorial service, the campers were able to discover why they grieve the way they do and that their grieving process is entirely individualistic. “The best part of camp this year was to see the growth from the campers from Friday night into Sunday afternoon when the camp is finished,” Slavin continues. “We have so much fun throughout the weekend, so it’s really neat to learn more about the kids and their stories.”

State of the Heart relies on donations from the community in order to present Camp Encourage every year. This year, $8,985.00 was donated by the public. “It’s truly amazing that so many people and organizations can see the importance of Camp Encourage,” Bereavement Consultant Sarah DePoy says. “Everyone is always willing to give in order to benefit children who have gone through the difficult experience of losing someone close to them.”

State of the Heart would like to thank everyone who donated toward Camp Encourage and all the volunteers who gave up their weekend to be camp buddies for the campers. “Camp is always successful because of our outstanding volunteers, parents and campers. This year in particular, all of our volunteers seem to support not only the campers, but each other throughout the weekend. Camp can be emotionally challenging for the adults involved and they seemed to connect and support each other even more,” says Slavin.

“Our campers are always so brave and show a lot of courage to come to a grief camp and share their feelings and thoughts about their loved ones and how their lives are impacted because of it,” Slavin shared. When asked what changes should be made for camp, most campers said camp is great the way it is, but all had one request: a swimming pool.

Darke County Civic Theater presents “James and the Giant Peach”

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For the second year in a row, Darke County Civic Theater will be teaming up with Darke County Humane Society to bring a spectacular Children’s Performance to Darke County residents for their enjoyment.

This years selection is “James and the Giant Peach” by Roald Dahl and adapted for the stage by David Wood. 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.

The cast features twelve local actors and actresses portraying a variety of characters. Featured cast members include: Erick Lee, Georgia Wetzel, Daphne Kies, Olivia Leeper, Alyssa Helton, Olivia Wetzel, Kathryn Vannoy, Christy Forthofer, Cecil Hawes, Connie DeSchepper, Jessica Setser and Anniella Recchia. The production is directed by Christopher Chapa, with assistant director Connie DeSchepper. The show is produced by Laura Francis with Dane Leeper, Scott Kies, Steve Lee and Danielle Rhonemus as her set crew.

All profits from the production will be split evenly between Darke County Civic Theater and Darke County Humane Society, both are non profit organizations. The performances will take place at Paw’s Bingo Hall on August 12th and August 13th. The Saturday evening performance on August 12th will take place at 7 p.m. and the Sunday matinee performance on August 13th will take place at 2 p.m. The show lasts for approximately 80 minutes and will include a fifteen minute intermission.

All ages will adore this magical show where “marvelous things” are bound to happen.

Tickets can be purchased today by visiting The cost for tickets online is $8 or tickets can be purchased at the door for $10. Email for any questions you may have.


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DAYTON, Ohio – Laura donor Randy Henninger was all smiles during his July 24 visit to the Dayton Community Blood Center. He had two of his daughters at his side in the donor room as he made his milestone 100th blood donation and a couple of granddaughters in the Donor Café waiting to help him celebrate with his favorite German chocolate cake.

“I try to donate six times a year, and I’ve accomplished that several times,” Randy said about his journey to the milestone. He grew closer to his goal with six donations in 2016 and reached 100 with his fourth donation of this year.

Randy had to pause to remember his very first donation. “Gee whiz,” he said. “It was back in the 80’s. We had a donation at work. It was in Dayton and I was working as a millwright.” At age 65 Randy keeps an active lifestyle. He’s a truck driver for a plastic recycling business in Piqua and plans to work at least another three years before retiring.

Randy’s family made special plans to celebrate his milestone together. His daughter Michele came from Jonesborough, Tennessee to make her “one gallon” (eighth lifetime donation) with her dad. “He was eligible to donate July 3 and he waited until today so we could donate,” said Michele.

His daughter Amy from Vandalia attempted her first donation. Randy has another daughter serving in the U.S. Air Force in Germany. Two of his six grandchildren were on hand to help celebrate with their granddad’s favorite cake.

He can’t imagine slowing down his donation routine because he feels compelled to keep giving.

Randy is both an O negative donor, the universal donor for all patients in need, and a CMV-negative “baby donor.” CMC negative means he has not been exposed to the common cytomegalovirus. Hospitals prefer CMV-negative units for children and to ensure safe transfusions to newborns.

“I think it’s a good thing,” he said. “There are a lot of people out there, especially babies born and need to be operated on. I think it’s a good thing to do.”

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Library Film Series Features Pinocchio

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Pinocchio is a 1940 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney based on the Italian children's novel The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi. It was the second animated feature film by Disney after the success of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937).

The plot involves an old wood-carver named Geppetto who creates a wooden puppet named Pinocchio. The puppet is brought to life by a blue fairy, who informs him that he can become a real boy if he proves himself to be "brave, truthful, and unselfish". Pinocchio's efforts to become a real boy involve encounters with a host of unsavory characters. The film was a groundbreaking achievement in the area of effects animation, giving realistic movement to vehicles, machinery and natural elements such as rain, lightning, smoke, shadows, and water.

Critical analysis of Pinocchio identifies it as a simple morality tale that teaches children of the benefits of hard work and middle-class values. It became the first animated feature to win an Academy Award for the song "When You Wish Upon A Star." It is considered one of the greatest animated films ever made. The film and characters are still prevalent in popular culture.

Join us Thursday August 10th at 7:00 p.m. Ryan Carpe will be leading a brief discussion after the movie. This is an adult program and the discussion will be on the adult level. As always, there will be free theater popcorn, candy, coffee, and Jones Soda. We hope to see you there!

MVCTC Students Achieve Gold Rating at FCCLA National Leadership Conference

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MVCTC students competed in the FCCLA National Leadership Conference in Nashville, TN. Back Row left to right – Olivia Mett (Valley View), Tanner Marburger (Brookville), Abigail Adkins (Eaton), Aaliyah Briner (Ansonia), Lydia Russell (Valley View), and Ryleigh Abney (Miamisburg). Front Row Left to right - Alexis Bellomy (Wayne), Ally Ratzel (Northmont), Alexis Adkins (Miami East), and Shayla Stephan (Arcanum).
Nashville, TN – Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) students joined more than 7,500 FCCLA student leaders, members, and advisers at the Music City Center in Nashville, TN, July 2nd-6th to participate in the annual FCCLA National Leadership Conference (NLC).

The conference provided MVCTC students opportunities for listening to inspiring speakers, attending learning sessions, competing on the national level, and networking with other leaders. The theme of this year’s conference was “Unlimited Possibilities,” which inspired attendees to discover the unlimited possibilities within their reach while exploring career opportunities, developing leadership skills, and growing personally while making difference in their families and communities.

“We were thrilled to have an attendance of over 7,500 members, advisers, partners, and guests who were committed to discovering the unlimited possibilities available through FCCLA. The relationships and skills developed during this conference have inspired students to make a difference in their own communities and to discover the unlimited possibilities within their reach,” said Sandy Spavone, executive director of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America.

MVCTC students winning awards at the national competition include:

  • Early Childhood Education seniors Alexis Adkins (Miami East), Ally Ratzel (Northmont), and Lydia Russell (Valley View) received a gold rating in Chapter Service Display
  • Early Childhood Education juniors Olivia Mett (Valley View), Tanner Marburger (Brookville), and Ryleigh Abney (Miamisburg) received a gold rating in Chapter Service Portfolio
  • Early Childhood Education senior, Abigail Adkins (Eaton) received a silver rating in Illustrated Talk 
  • Early Childhood Education seniors Alexis Bellomy (Wayne) and Aaliyah Briner (Ansonia) received a gold rating in Life Event Planning.
  • Early Childhood Education senior, Shayla Stephan (Arcanum) receive a gold rating for the Career Investigation contest


Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) is a dynamic and effective career and technical student organization that helps young men and women become leaders and address important personal, family, work, and societal issues through Family and Consumer Sciences education. FCCLA has more than 164,000 members and more than 5,300 chapters from 49 state associations, in addition to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

FCCLA: The Ultimate Leadership Experience is unique among youth organizations because its programs are planned and run by members, and it’s the only career and technical in-school student organization with a central focus on careers that support families. Participation in national FCCLA programs and chapter activities helps members become strong leaders in their families, careers, and communities.

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.

Ice Cream Social at Union City Trinity Lutheran Church on Monday, July 31th

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Trinity Lutheran Church in Union City will have its annual Ice Cream Social Event on Monday, July 31st from 4:30 to 7:30. This event is open to the public and we invite all of our family and friends to attend. It is guaranteed that you enjoy a good meal, ice cream, desserts and plenty of social time with family, friends and neighbors. Trinity is located at 1470 St. Rt. 28. Everyone is welcome at Trinity Lutheran Church - we hope to see you there.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Teen Booksale at Library Begins Today

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Dede Wissman of the Friends, YA patrons Jozzlin Worley and Jozie Mancias, Amanda Olson YA Specialist, and patron Aaron Ada
Beginning Wednesday July 26th The Friends of the Greenville Public Library will be hosting a Young Adult Book Sale on the second floor featuring a wide variety of titles, subjects and genres! The suggested donation is 25 cents per book or 5 for $1. On Thursday July 27th stop by to grab a cookie and a bookmark to go with your book, then stick around for the YA Summer Reading Program Wrap-Up Party, complete with an Ice Cream Sundae Buffet!

There will also be many selections available for adults as well. Stop by during regular library hours and stock up!

Seen left are Dede Wissman of the Friends, YA patrons Jozzlin Worley and Jozie Mancias.

CBC ‘Scouting 4 Donors – Ride with Passion, Give with Heart’ t-shirt design.

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DAYTON & DARKE COUNTY, Ohio – The Darke County area will offer several community blood drives in August. Everyone who registers to donate will receive the “Scouting 4 Donors – Ride with Passion, Give with Heart” t-shirt. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at or call 1-800-388-GIVE.

It’s open throttle time as the “Scouting 4 Donors Summer Blood Drive” rides into the final month of summer. Everyone who registers to donate is automatically entered in the drawing to win an Indian Scout Sixty motorcycle. Donors must be 18 by the Sept. 2 conclusion of the campaign to win.

From July 31 to the campaign finish line on Sept. 2 everyone who registers to donate will receive the “Scouting 4 Donors – Ride with Passion, Give with Heart” t-shirt.

The “Ride with Passion, Give with Heart” t-shirt is green and the design features a motorcycle engine in the shape of a heart with the CBC blood drop logo.


Summer is a challenging time for maintaining the regional blood supply and this summer has seen an unusually high demand for type O blood. To maintain an ample blood supply CBC must register approximately 300 donors per day, despite the interruptions of the high school summer break, family vacation travel and outdoor activities. CBC encourages donors who must miss appointments to please reschedule as soon as possible. We continue to seek the support of type O whole blood donors.


CBC is scouting for donors this summer and banking on a true American legend to help boost the summer blood supply. The “Indian Scout Sixty” is descended from the historic line of America’s legendary Indian Motorcycle Company,

Enter the drawing to win the Indian Scout Sixty by registering to donate May 26 through Sept. 2 at a CBC Donor Center or any CBC mobile blood drive. Eligible donors can enter the drawing a second time when they register for a second donation during the blood drive period.

CBC will select the winner from a group of 10 randomly-drawn finalists in mid-September. Official rules are available at

Monday, August 7, 2017
Greenville Grace Church
4805 St. Rt. 49
3:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Appointments Encouraged!
Open to the Community

Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Greenville Church of the Brethren
421 Central Ave., Greenville
12:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Sponsored by: Darke County Retired Teachers
Open to the Community
Appointments Encouraged!

Monday, August 14, 2017
Bradford High School
750 Railroad Ave., Bradford
3:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Sponsored By: Bradford Fire & Rescue
Open to the Community
Appointments Encouraged!

Thursday, August 17, 2017
Saint Paul Lutheran Church
13495 Greenville-St. Mary’s Road just outside of North Star
2:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Sponsored by Saint Paul Lutheran Church
Open to the Community
Appointments Encouraged!

Thursday, August 31, 2017
Ansonia High School
600 East Canal Street
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Appointments Encouraged
Open to the Community, Students, Staff, & Faculty

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Treaty City Motorcycle Club and State of the Heart Care joined forces for a hospice benefit run on July 22 to raise funds for veteran care for State of the Heart patients. Regardless of the sticky weather and high chances of rain, 115 riders showed up and rode through Winchester, Greenville, Maria Stein, and North Star to support the cause. Throughout the day, vendors set up booths for a flea market on TCMC’s property and concessions were served inside the clubhouse. After the riders returned, an after party began with Renegade rocking out the stage and pulled pork dinners being served all night.

A heartfelt thanks goes out to the American Legion who performed the flag ceremony at the beginning of the event and for John Strawser who paid special tribute to our veterans in a ceremony. The event hosted 17 veterans who came out to ride, including an active duty officer who traveled from Virginia to support our veterans and subsequently won the trophy for farthest traveled. The trophy for the oldest rider was awarded to Mr. Denver Harter, 84.

State of the Heart and Treaty City Motorcycle Club would like to thank C&T Rental, Williamson Insurance, Grilliot Alignment, Micon Construction, Ground Hog Hydro Excavating, Bobcat of Troy, E&R’s, Cardinal Ethanol, Blue & White Tiki Tavern, The Wheel, Kennedy Vineyards, BECC Concrete, Moeller Brew Barn, Dave Knapp, Drew Automotive, Fitzwater Tree & Lawn Care, Ohio Signs, Spencer Landscaping, Buffalo Wild Wings, Treaty City Industry, SRS Engine Parts/Ohio Crankshaft, Continental Carbonics, Emerick Welding, Rindler Truss LTD, Fitzgerald Motorsports, D.A. Fitzgerald Co., Sharp’s Tavern, Wick’s Pies, A&W Root Beer Union City Ohio, McDonald’s, Brenda’s Beanery, 6 Pack Drive Thru, Montage Café, Janet’s Bakery, Johns IGA, Vint’s Restaurant, JT’s Bar & Grill, Turtle Creek Golf Course, Stillwater Valley Golf Course, White Springs Golf Course, Coffee Pot, McMiller’s Carryout, Absolute Hair-Jenny Messler, and Attitudes on Fourth-Julie Brickler for supporting our event.

Local Author Book Signing at New Madison Public Library

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Thursday, August 17 5 - 6PM

Join us for an evening with local author Britt Laux, as she shares her debut novel, ALL THINGS NEW. Britt graduated from Tri-Village in 2007 with her husband, Lou. Together they have three children and have made their permanent home in New Madison. Writing has always been her dream, and she posts regularly on her blog, There she shares about life, brokenness, and the way to abundance. Britt will share about the process of writing & getting a book published. Britt will also be signing her books. Copies of ALL THINGS NEW will be available for a special purchase price of $10 for that day only. There will also be door prizes & light refreshments will be served by the Friends of the Library.

ALL THINGS NEW is a story of forgiveness and redemption. After a difficult season of loss and abuse, Nova is weary. Raising her daughter on her own, she’s mainly just trying to survive. When she meets Cyrus, she begins a journey out of the shadows and into the light. Seeds of hope were planted by her mother, and they are finally able to bloom under a gentle hand.

Greenville girls softball containers

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The Butterflies Junior Garden Club planted containers at the Greenville Girls Softball field located at Stebbins Field, 6816 State Route 49 North. Annuals planted were Grape Punch and Coralina Proven Winners superbell petunias, chocolate mint coleus, variegated English ivy, and Red Star Cordyline. The club appreciated the assistance of Lowe's of Greenville in the cost of the plants. Shown are Butterflies Junior Garden Club and softball members Brianna Fellers and Saige Fellers along with Eric Fellers , GGSA president. The GGSA thanks everyone who participates in anyway to make Stebbins Field an outstanding ball field.

Darke County Live, Love, Latch!

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Live, Love, Latch! is a National Breastfeeding Month (August 1-31) celebration presented by La Leche League (LLL) USA and hosted by LLL Groups throughout the country. This is the fourth year for this national event and Darke County’s first year participating.

Live, Love, Latch! is an event to celebrate breastfeeding and to highlight the community’s role in breastfeeding support. Everyone is invited to attend and sign the declaration of support. You do not need to be breastfeeding to be included. Family, friends, doctors, lactation consultants, midwives, businesses, legislators, and anyone else who supports breastfeeding in our community are welcome.

The key goal of Live, Love, Latch! is to raise awareness of how a supportive community can help nursing parents breastfeed successfully. The secondary goal is to break the previous year's record for breastfeeding supporters attending. Last year's national record was 12,843! Join us to show your support of breastfeeding and help us break the national record. In the spirit of the Surgeon General's Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding, this celebration provides an opportunity to educate everyone about how they can be supportive to breastfeeding families and how this natural way of parenting effects the community.

Join us on August 5th for the Darke County Live, Love, Latch! 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Greenville City Park, Shelter House #3 for a family-friendly, community event.

The event will include breastfeeding support and information, family friendly activities, door prizes, a fundraising raffle, a baby-wearing demonstration, postnatal yoga demonstration, infant massage demonstration, and photo opportunities. We have many wonderful prizes to win! For more information and updates please visit us at

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Gettysburg Drug Raid Nets Methamphetamine and a firearm

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Following a drug investigation, the Darke County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit, along with the Greenville Police Department and the assistance of the Darke County SRT/Miami County SRT conducted a drug bust at 205 Bridge St. in Gettysburg, Ohio.

At approximately 4 p.m. Christopher A. Silcott (43) and Jamie R. Hampshire (38) were both taken into custody without incident by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office.

Christopher A. Silcott was booked into the Darke County Jail on charges of Trafficking in Methamphetamine; Jamie R. Hampshire is charged with Permitting Drug Abuse. An assortment of drug paraphernalia, Methamphetamine and a handgun were found in the apartment. Additional charges will be filed in this case.

Toby L. Spencer takes a strong stance against drugs. All illegal drug activity should be reported to the Darke County Sheriff’s Office at 937-548-2020 or can be reportedly anonymously to the Darke County Crime Stoppers at 937-547-1661 or online at

Jamie R. Hampshire
Christopher A. Silcott


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Ben Selhorst of North Star Hardware & Implement Co. is shown giving a donation to Steve Litchfield, financial officer for Darke Co. Special Olympics. The year round Darke County Special Olympics program serves special needs athletes competing at the local, area, and state levels in basketball, cheer leading, bowling, power lifting, softball, soccer, Unified golf, swimming, and track & field. Presently Unified Golf and softball are the sports of season. The program is led, organized and coached by volunteers giving of their time.

Children's Art Adventure in Tipp City

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Are you ready for an adventure? Come explore the “World of Art” at the 5th Annual Children's Art Adventure! This make-it-and-take-it event for kids ages 3-12 will take place on Saturday, August 5 from 10 AM to 2 PM at the City Park in Tipp City. Participants must wear a wristband that can be purchased in advance for $5 online at or at Tipp Monroe Community Services (3 E Main St, Tipp City), or on the day of the event for $7 at the information booth.

This event is truly a community endeavor with many volunteers helping the Arts Council to make this event fabulous! Children will create artwork from a variety of cultures and countries at art stations hosted by the following local volunteers made up of organizations and artists: Alvetro Orthodontics, Angela’s Circle of Friends, Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Child Care Choices, Clubhouse, Community Minded Women, The Dannon Company, Dayton Art Institute, Kristi Kirinch, Peanut & Punky, Sigma Phi Gamma Sorority Mu Epsilon Chapter, Skull Dollz, Tipp-Bethel Girl Scouts, Tipp City Parents Involved in Education (PIE), Tipp City Public Library, Tipp Dance Loft, Tipp Monroe Community Services, Troy-Miami County Public Library, and Youth for Understanding

Thank you City of Tipp City, Monroe Township, American Legion, Tipp Monroe Community Services, Officer Dan from the Tipp Police Department, Tipp High School students from Student Senate, Tennis Team, and Cheerleaders, and all the artists and their volunteers! Special Event donors for the Children’s Art Adventure include: Eagles Aerie #2201, Alvetro Orthodontics, Emerson Climate Technologies, Hickory River Smokehouse, Community Minded Women, Buffalo Wild Wings, Ritzi Dental, Dr. Koch – Tipp Vision Center and our 2017 Presenting Sponsors: Edison State Community College and Thrivent/Matt Buehrer.

Children are naturally curious and creative. Art helps to foster this natural curiosity and creativity as they explore their world. Art also has many developmental benefits for children helping to develop motor, language, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills; as well as, innovation, cultural awareness, and academic skills. The Tipp City Area Arts Council invites you to bring your children or grandchildren to the 2017 Children’s Art Adventure where their natural curiosity and creativity can be cultivated at our “World of Art”!


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Dr. Atul Gawande, MD, MPH
Join Versailles Health Care Center, a skilled nursing and rehabilitation center, and Wilson Health Hospice for a FREE showing and discussion of the PBS FRONTLINE film “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End”. Based on the best-selling book by Atul Gawande, MD, MPH, Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management, Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard Medical School, this documentary explores the hopes of patients and families facing terminal illness and their relationships with the physicians who treat them.

See the film and be part of a national conversation that brings medical professionals and community members together around the shared responsibility of discussing what matters most to patients and families facing difficult treatment decisions and how to have these conversations ahead of a medical crisis. See the documentary, join the conversation, and explore what matters to you.

This is a free event and open to the public. Coffee and dessert will be served. Seating is limited, so reservations are needed. Please RSVP to this event by August 4, 2017 by calling 937.498.9335.

Versailles Health Care Center is located at 200 Marker Road (State Route 121), Versailles, Ohio. For more information about Versailles Health Care Center, please call 937.526.5570 or visit on the web at

Monday, July 24, 2017


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On July 23, 2017 at 12:26 p.m. Darke County Sheriff Deputies along with Bradford Fire Department and Bradford Rescue responded to New Harrison Bradford Road in the area of Smith Road on a non injury accident.

Deputies determined that a westbound Ford Fusion driven by Tyler Austin (27), of Gettysburg Ohio, drove into standing water on the roadway. Mr. Austin lost control of his vehicle causing it to leave the roadway and strike a utility pole. There were no injuries reported at the scene of the accident.

Whirlpool Donates to Darke Co. Special Olympics

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Lisa Hileman, Whirlpool Senior Communications Specialist is shown at the May 2017 Darke Co. Special Olympics Track and Field Event with Greenville Middle School student Savannah Hoop. Ms. Hileman was an Awards Presenter at the 39th annual Track and Field Event. It was held at Harmon Field in Greenville for over 300 special needs student athletes countywide. The year round Darke County Special Olympics program serves athletes competing at the local, area, and state levels in basketball, cheerleading, bowling, powerlifting, softball, soccer, Unified golf, swimming, and track & field. Presently Unified Golf and softball are the sports of season.

Staycation ends season with Lone Raven

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Towne & Country Players is proud to finish the Staycation series this Friday June 28th featuring Lone Raven.

Rapidly becoming one of the top bands in the Midwest, Lone Raven performs an eclectic blend of traditional music from the Celtic lands and various areas of the world, as well as their own original compositions. With over 20 instruments on stage, the band soars through everything from fiery Irish Reels to Gypsy Fiddle Tunes to haunting airs. Their instrumentals are fueled by the award-winning guitar playing of Neil Jacobs, the twin fiddles of Elizabeth Blickenstaff and Kara Markley, while being driven by an explosive rhythm section of Craig Markley and Sid Omasta. In addition, Kara's breathtaking and expressive vocals are featured throughout each performance, with Elizabeth and Craig adding the perfect harmony blend.

The Caliban Press reviews them as "A musical journey that is, at the same time, an American creation and a child of the entire globe"

Please come out to the fountain square in Versailles to experience Lone Raven, Moeller Brewery and Michael Delligatta starting at 7pm! (If it rains the event will be held at St Denis church basement.)

Museum’s New Display Now Open

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The Versailles Area Museum has officially opened a new display reflecting on the rich history of petroleum stations in the surrounding communities.

Tom Mendenhall, an active volunteer at the museum came up with this superb idea over a year ago working on the “How can we do this?” After much planning and the efforts of many the new display moved in on June 20th and is ready for you to all come and enjoy.

This display features Versailles Oil & Gas which later became known to numerous generations as Gus’s. The Station was originally located west of the Buckeye Overall Company on West Main Street and later at the corner of South Center Street and Marker Road or State Route 121.

Numerous area Stations are also featured in photos and memorabilia. Yet Gus’s is our focus. Our thanks to Gus Barga’s son Doug, daughter, and son-in-law Carmen and Jon Snyder, several items are featured from the long-time Versailles establishment.

What would a Station be without a car? Thanks to John McEldowney and his Dad, Phil we have a fantastic 1929 Ford Model A parked in our lobby with a lovely lady waiting to have her car serviced at the local station as she returns home from a local shopping excursion. What might she have paid per gallon in 1932?

Other friends of the museum including Art Gaier, Sarah Magoto, Ron Kramer, and Tom Mendenhall added to the display that will be talked about by all who stop by to visit 1930’s Versailles.

We invite you to join us any Sunday from 1-4 and browse with old friends, enjoy the many new displays, and to hear our story. A reminder we will be CLOSED July 30th for a special museum program at 2:00 p.m. at the Versailles Performing Arts Center at Versailles High School. All are invited!

WHY ME? - Eberhard Fuhr Story

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The Versailles Area Historical Society presents a program by Eberhard Fuhr telling The Whole Story of his family’s World War II Internment on SUNDAY July 30, 2017 at 2:00 pm at the Versailles Performing Arts Center.

This is a RARE opportunity to hear a FIRSTHAND ACCOUNT of this unusual and important event in our American history.

We invite everyone to enjoy this FREE and informative presentation.


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Shannon Condon, M.A., CC-SLP
Versailles Health Care Center Facility Rehab Director, Shannon Condon, M.A., CCC-SLP, recently earned her Dementia Care Specialist Certification. For the certification, Condon successfully completed a Dementia Caple Care: Foundation Course, the gold standard in outcomes-based dementia care training. The certification represents both practical application and academic excellence for professionals who are committed to delivering the highest standard of person-centered dementia care. Condon received a score of 100% on the comprehensive exam to verify her competency.

Being Dementia Care Specialist Certified means that Condon has:

  • Demonstrated commitment to a person-centered care model for people with dementia
  • Desire to distinguish herself from other long-term care professionals by having documented expertise as a dementia care professional
  • Shared pursuit of a Dementia Capable Society

“I’m excited to share the benefits of Dementia Capable Care with everyone at Versailles Health Care Center, as well as elevate the approach to our patients and residents with dementia,” commented Condon.

Kristy Earick, VHCC CEO/Executive Director, added “Shannon strives to continually improve her level of expertise and knowledge. This certification clearly demonstrates her desire to provide outstanding services to her patients and residents.”

Versailles Health Care Centers offers long-term care, short-term rehab, and outpatient therapy services. The Rehab Clinic at VHCC offers inpatient and outpatient therapy to people of all ages. It employs 15 full-time local therapists and is open seven days a week. Specialty programs offered are Parkinson’s Therapy, Post Surgery Rehab, Orthopedic Rehab, Joint Replacement, Vestibular (Balance) Rehab, Cardiac Recovery, Pulmonary Rehab, Stroke Recovery, Wound Care, Manual Therapy, Pain Management, Sports Medicine, and much more. If you are interested in learning more, please visit the website at or call Shannon Condon at 937.526.0130.

Versailles Museum’s “Last Mondays” Returns

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Our sweet buzz word is bees! Did you ever wonder about that sweet treat, honey? Well we are all abuzz about hosting local bee keeper, Bruce Heft to learn all we can about the work of the bee keeper. After all bees were our pioneer foremothers first source to add a sweet flavor to their cooking.

Bruce will share the gear needed and the answers to our questions about what we need to encourage bee life in our garden and flower beds and the importance of a healthy bee crop throughout the area countryside.

On Monday July 30th at 1:00 p.m. we will offer this “Last Monday” program at the museum. What a wonderful time to come by for a most informative program and an unrushed tour of the museum. With many new and some old favorite displays to revisit, why not bring your friends and enjoy a leisurely afternoon with us?

There might even be a sample of that sweet liquid to enjoy!

Friday, July 21, 2017

The Greenville Municipal Jazz Band to Perform in the Park

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The Greenville Municipal Jazz Band will perform the first of its Jazz and Pops in the park concert this Sunday, July 23 at the Marling Band Shell area of the Greenville City Park. The concert will begin at 7pm and is free and open to the public.

This week the Greenville Municipal Jazz Band takes over the entertainment of the park by presenting an evening of Jazz and Pops music. Selections for the concert will include music from Duke Ellington, Les Brown, Louis Armstrong, Stan Kenton, Aretha Franklin, Chicago and others. This Evening of Pops and Jazz Concert will also feature soloists and section features.

Please plan to attend the Jazz and Pops in the Park concert this Sunday, July 23rd at 7pm at the Marling Band Shell area of our beautiful city park. Limited bench seating is available and you can bring your own chair or blanket to sit on and enjoy the show. The concert series is a great way to spend an evening listening to music, reading a book or just creating quality family time without computers or television. Food trucks will be in the park for Sunday’s concert for your dining pleasure.

“Family Fun Day” Grand Finale

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The “Family Fun Day” Grand Finale at the Greenville Public Library is Wednesday July 26 at 11:00 a.m. with world-renowned magician Gordan Russ. Traveling through Europe, Australia and China, Gordon has brought his unique brand of illusion to thousands of people across the globe. Exciting, surprise-a-minute magic with audience participation brings screams of laughter and delight.

At the end of the show the grand prize drawing will take place for two new bikes for a boy and a girl! Other prizes will be given out as another great Summer Reading Program comes to a close.

Meet on the lawn under the shade trees and bring a blanket or lawn chair. In case of inclement weather the First Congregational Christian Church on 5th Street generously offers us their Activity Building. “Family Fun Day” is sponsored by grants from the Friends of the Library and the Greyson James Steyer Memorial Fund.

Library's Craft Beer Class on Farmhouse Ales

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Farmhouse ales offer a level of variety and complexity found in few other families of beer styles. Simultaneously rustic and refined, these beer styles draw inspiration from the beers brewed by Belgian and French farm estates of the 18th and 19th centuries. Farms in those times were responsible for providing beer to sustain and refresh their seasonal field workers, and each farm's beer was different from the last. Modern farmhouse beer styles carry forward this tradition of individuality while also exploring new frontiers of flavor.

On Thursday August 3 and Thursday September 14 at 6:30 p.m. each night, the Greenville Public Library’s Craft Beer Education Series will take a look at the long tradition of farmhouse brewing, and explore how we as a rural community are uniquely positioned to appreciate these agrarian styles. The Craft Beer Education Series is lead by David Nilsen, Certified Cicerone. David will guide attendees through a tasting of five beer styles, explaining the history and unique ingredients and brewing processes of each.

Craft Beer Education Series classes are free, but seats are limited and registration is required. Please call the Library at 937-548-3915 to reserve your seat. We hope to see you there!

Ohio Federation of Republican Women Honors Local Republican Woman

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Local Resident honored with State Award

 [Pike]: Recipient of the OFRW’s Tribute to Women, Cindy Pike (C) receives
congratulations from NFRW President Carrie Almond (L)
and OFRW President Lyn Bliss (R)
COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Ohio Federation of Republican Women (OFRW) recently honored Cindy Pike at its Biennial Tribute to Women event. Pike is a member of the Darke County Republican Women’s Club (DCRWC) that nominated her for the recognition. Carrie Almond, President of the National Federation of Republican Women (NFRW) was present to assist in honoring Pike.

“The women honored by the OFRW are outstanding examples of Republicanism in the OFRW and their local communities,” said OFRW President Lyn Bliss. “The Tribute to Women event honors unit club members who have given their time and talent to promote Republican candidates and values. In addition to supporting the election of excellent candidates - criteria for being honored may include things such as serving in government offices, accomplishing meaningful results in professional life, successfully rearing families and volunteering in civic and/or church organizations.”

Pike has served as the Darke County clerk of courts since 1996. She is a stalwart within the DCRWC, having held many offices over the years. She served as Darke County Republican Party chair from 2005 to 2013. She has been a Darke County Republican Central Committee member since 1996, including chairing committees and holding the offices of secretary and president. She has been on the Darke County Republican Executive Committee since 1996.

She has chaired campaign committees and helped raise funds for various candidates since 1984. She has chaired the county Lincoln Day Dinner, organized the first annual Darke County GOP Golf Scramble in 1997, and turned in record-setting call and door-to-door efforts on Super Saturday in 2006. She volunteered with the George W. Bush campaign, and on election night at the Darke County Board of Elections. She has promoted Republican candidates and positions on issues and levies for more than 30 years.

Other volunteer activities include the Red Cross Board, Boys and Girls Club of Greenville Board, Paralegal Advisory Board for Edison Community College, and the Ohio Clerks of Court Association. She organized a volunteer group to support the Darke County Park District, served on its Board of Trustees, and formed an endowment program to support park-related needs. Pike has also been active in the Greenville Business and Professional Women, the Greater Dayton Paralegal Association, and the Ohio Advisory Board for the American Institute of Paralegal Studies.

The OFRW, founded in 1929, is a statewide grassroots organization of hundreds of members in constituent clubs. It is the largest, most powerful political organization in Ohio providing the avenue for women to influence policy, develop candidates, and elect the leaders of Ohio. The OFRW is a multi-generational, multi-cultural organization providing the structure and support for political activists to learn, engage, and flourish. It is federated under the National Federation of Republican Women. For more information regarding the OFRW, visit

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Final Bow Summer Theatre Workshop is proud to present PINOCCHIO!

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Performances will be at 3pm and 7pm at Gospel Baptist Church on Eidson Rd on Friday July 28th.

Tickets go on Sale on Monday. Cost is $5.00 and can be purchased by contacting Becky Hootman at (937) 467-9259 or Final Bow at (937) 459-8078 or at the door the day of the performance. Hope to see you all there!

Edison Students Present at Library

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According to a 2015 U.S. Department of Education report, 32 million adults cannot read above the fifth grade level… and one child in four currently grows up not knowing how to read. It’s not getting better. Today’s generation is less educated than the one before.

Edison State Darke County Campus Fundamentals of Communication students have focused on literacy as their term project and one team will be making a presentation to the public about this Cornerstone to Success at the Greenville Public Library Thursday July 27th at 6 p.m.

What is literacy? Is it just reading or does it involve more, such as being able to use the knowledge as a function of success? What is the relationship between literacy and poverty? Literacy and crime? What role does it play in the overall well-being of a community?

Edison students will explore this critical topic and what it means to a community and the individuals who live in it. They will offer suggestions that could help make a difference. The presentation is open to all ages and light refreshments will be served. Students will be available to answer questions following the presentation.

The good nutrition mission: Reid Health Diabetes & Nutrition Education

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Dallas Parson, Ball State University dietetic intern, shares about protein with
Third Grade Academy participants recently at Reid Health.
The best time to learn about good nutrition is at an early age when taste buds are still changing and when it is easier to make a lasting impression.

The Reid Health Diabetes & Nutrition Education team -- through various classes, programs and outreach -- spends time with all ages in their efforts to help people make better choices with their eating.

“It is important to begin nutrition education at an early age while children are impressionable,” said Christie Ferriell, Registered Dietitian and Manager, Diabetes & Nutrition Education & Clinical Nutrition. She said her department does that in various ways, including recent participation in the Third Grade Academy, one-on-one sessions with patients, community outreach and an assortment of classes.

Mini nutrition education sessions were given to participants while they were having breakfast in the Reid Café at Twelve Hundred during the recent Third Grade Academy. “We hope that these children will take this information home to share with their families, and that it begins to have an impact on the choices they make when eating snacks and meals,” Ferriell said.

Her team’s outreach includes free and contracted programs in several area counties, including:

  • annual participation in the Third Grade Academy with nutrition presentations, along with the provision of healthy breakfasts through Reid Health Community Benefit
  • a Nutrition Month partnership with Seton Catholic Schools this past March that engaged the Pre-K through Grade 2 students in hands-on learning activities
  • lunchtime programs through the Union County Health Department
  • Well @ Work Nutrition presentations for the Rural Electric Membership Corp. (REMC)
  • Healthy Snack Packs for kids with the Centerville Public Library this summer
  • Nourish You, a 16-week program for weight management in adults
  • STOP, a pediatric weight management program for children and families
  • Diabetes Self-Management Classes
  • and one-on-one nutrition counseling

Ferriell said one of the team’s frequent messages for families is the importance of family meal time. “Family meal time is a great time to model healthy behavior, engage in daily conversation with children and for parents to monitor and control intakes and portion sizes.”

Fun activities are added -- especially in programs targeting kids, Ferriell said. In an outreach in March at Seton schools, Pre-K through second grade students were given a nutrition lesson to kick off activities. A dietetic intern visited the students twice a week to present a trivia question, show food models, share information about sugar and illustrate sugar content hidden in snacks.

Ferriell said she heard from parents who said their children came home talking about what they learned and were more aware of how to pick healthier options. Kim Becker, Seton principal, said the presenter shared a nutritious snack that illustrated a healthy choice could taste good. “I think the students enjoyed the discussions – and they certainly enjoyed the treats!”

Ferriell said parents are often surprised when they learn just how much sugar is in many of the snack options available to their kids. “Many breakfast and snack options have excessive amounts of sugar,” she said. Another challenge is portion sizes, she said, noting that today’s typical serving sizes in the United States are often much larger than recommended.

And aside from all the nutritional benefits of some foods over others, one bottom line remains the same for maintaining a healthy weight – if you consume more calories than you burn, weight gain is the result.

For more information contact Reid Health Diabetes & Nutrition Education at (765) 983-3423.

Fort GreeneVille Chapter DAR and VFW Post 7262 to Host Marker Dedication

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Fort GreeneVille Chapter DAR along with VFW Post 7262 will be having a marker dedication for William Walker at the Ithaca Cemetery on July 28 at 6:00pm.

Walker is an American Revolutionary War Soldier who moved to Darke County after the War. Descendants of Walker from Texas and Ohio DAR Regent Nancy Schirm Wright will also be attending the dedication. The public is welcome to attend. Light refreshments will follow at Grace United Methodist Church located in Ithaca on Arcanum Ithaca Rd.

Please plan to attend and honor our county's Patriot.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

State of the Heart Care and Treaty City Motorcycle Club host Hospice Benefit Run

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On Saturday, July 22 State of the Heart and TCMC will host the annual Hospice Benefit Run to raise funds for veteran care at State of the Heart.

In addition to the poker run, a flea market will be held at the Treaty City Motorcycle Club grounds (7270 Motorcycle Drive, Greenville). With over 30 local vendors and many concessions, there is sure to be something for everyone at the market. Bike registration and the flea market begin at 10:00am and the first bike out follows at noon. Registration is $10.00 per single rider and $20.00 per double rider. At approximately 11:45am, a flag ceremony will be held at Treaty City Motorcycle Club.

This ceremony will be broadcast live on State of the Heart Care’s Facebook page. The after party begins at 6:00pm and will last throughout the night. For non-riders, a cover charge of only $5 will grant you access to see Renegade rock out on stage, in addition to various concessions.

Please join us on Saturday and help support our veterans!


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Commissioner Mike Stegall will be having another “Coffee with the Commissioner” on Saturday, July 22nd at the Front Street Inn, 812 Front Street in Greenville. The public meeting will take place from 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. As always, the public is invited to come in and ask the Commissioner questions about the county, and let him know what concerns they have, or what they would like to see. Come on out and have a cup of coffee and breakfast in one of Darke County’s iconic places the Front Street inn, 812 Front Street in Greenville! The date is Saturday, July 22nd from 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. Hope to see you there!

Monthly Gospel Concert

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The Pitsburg Church of the Brethren will present The Christianaires Quartet Concert on Sunday, August 6, 2017, at 6 PM. The Christianaires’ music is a blend of the kinds of music that reaches the heart and positively communicates the message of Jesus Christ. From a distinct Southern Gospel sound to the precious old hymns of the church, their music is presented with deep sincerity and warmth of spirit. They are genuine in their love for Jesus Christ, committed to the ministry of the Christian message, and effective in their presentation of scriptural truth through gospel quartet music that reaches the heart and honors God.

Arcanum Faith UMC Sponsors Free Community Pool Party

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Saturday, July 29th from 6:30- 9:00 p.m., Arcanum Faith UMC will be hosting a Community Pool Party at the Arcanum Community Pool.

Admission is FREE and snacks and drinks will be provided. All are welcome to come and enjoy the pool and fellowship.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Two Vehicle Accident at 127 and Greenville Celina Road

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On July 18, 2017 at 12:20 pm Darke County Deputies along with Greenville Township Fire and Rescue were dispatched to the intersection of US Route 127 and Greenville Celina Rd on an injury accident.

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2013 Ford box truck, driven by Austin Law (19) of Tipp City, was traveling north on Greenville Celina Rd and stopped at the intersection of US Route 127. The 2013 Ford entered the intersection to travel north on US Route 127. The 2013 Ford was struck by a southbound 2012 Cadillac SUV, driven by Darren Fourman (54) of Arcanum.

Both drivers were transported to Wayne Hospital by Greenville Rescue. A front seat passenger in the 2012 Cadillac was treated at the scene.

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


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The Carl and Anna Fuhr family immigrated to the United States from Germany in 1927 and 1928 and settled in Cincinnati, In 1940 they were told by the Naturalization Service and the FBI to register at the post office.

Then in 1942 they were taken into custody. Without a hearing they were ordered into internment. They boarded a train and headed to their "new" in Crystal City Texas. And their crime....they were German immigrants during WWII!! The camp was like a prison. Fences were 12 " high and guards towers every 50 yards!!

There is much more to this story. Please join Mr. Eberhard Fuhr, their son, to hear the rest of the story! He will give his talk on Sunday July 30 at the Versailles High Preforming Arts Center at 2:00

This event is sponsored by the Versailles Area Historical Society. Mr. Fuhr has a local connection, as he is Rosemary Paulus' cousin

This event is free and open to the public! Our Museum will be closed on July 30th so our volunteers may attend this special program.

Come and hear about this time of our history!!

Gathering at Garst Kids' Art Contest

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Calling all doodlers, tinkerers, thinkerers, and ponderers! Gathering at the Garst is proud to announce this year’s student art contest theme: Ohio Invents!

You probably knew that the first airplane came from Ohio…but did you know that without Ohio inventors, we wouldn’t have light bulbs, speakers, video cameras, golf balls, rubber, and most importantly…hot dogs!

Darke County doodlers, tinkerers, thinkerers, and ponderers between 4th and 8th grade, squeeze your creative juices from your noggin and invent the next masterpiece of invention art!

Create an original piece of art depicting a famous Ohio inventor, or inventions created in Ohio! Five creative doodlers & tinkerers will win between $25 and $75 in cash!

Artwork can be any medium, as long as it fits on a 12 inch by 16 inch poster or mat board. You can pick up free boards at Granny’s Corner in downtown Greenville.

Hurry doodlers, tinkerers, thinkerers, and ponderers! You must drop off your next patent-pending masterpiece to The Garst Museum by July 22nd!

You can learn more about Gathering at the Garst’s Student Art Contest under the entertainment tab on

Best of luck doodlers, tinkerers, thinkerers, and ponderers!

Cotterman Speaks to Darke County Republican Women’s Club

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Rebecca Cotterman, Program Director for Big Brothers Big Sister of Shelby & Darke County was the speaker for the Darke County Republican Women’s Club July Dinner/Business Meeting.

She spoke of the mentoring programs which provide support, activities, education etc.

The DCRW will not meet in the month of August. We do hope you will visit the Republican Tent during the Darke County Fair.

The next business meeting will be September 11th. More information regarding that meeting will follow.


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Members of Public Employee Retirees, Inc. (PERI) and Ohio Public Employee Retirees, (OPERS), who are eligible to become members, will not only enjoy a picnic lunch at the VFW on Monday, August 7, 11:30 a.m., on Ohio St., Greenville, but will have the opportunity to learn and evaluate new membership insurance benefits that are now available to them as Alan Kearns, Regional Vice President of AMBA, takes the floor. Nonmember Reservations must be in to Vivian Nieport, PERI Attendance and Contact Chairman, by calling (937) 548-3961 on or before Wednesday, August 2. Members will be contacted by PERI's calling committee.

AMBA, which stands for Association Member Benefits Advisors, entered into an agreement with the State organization of PERI earlier this year. As a result, members of all eleven PERI districts throughout the state of Ohio are eligible to participate. Each of the eleven districts includes eight chapters. Darke County is a member of District 3. Other Chapters in the District are Champaign, Clark, Greene, Logan, Miami, Montgomery, and Preble Counties. Each chapter meets separately, holds its own meetings, and plans its own programs.

Kearns, pronounced Karns, has been with AMBA for nine years. Originally from Indiana, he moved to Ohio five years ago and oversees both Ohio's and West Virginia's programs. According to information published by the State office of PERI, twenty AMBA benefits are currently being offered to PERI members, only, and ten additional benefit programs are being planned.

All attendees at PERI's meeting, members or not, are welcome to ask questions. Some questions that have already come up are "How to apply for AMBA's benefits?" "What if any are the added costs?" and "How will they be coordinated with existing insurance reimbursements and Medicare Supplemental plans to avoid duplications that could cause some insurance claims to be denied?" Kearns is making himself available to answer these questions and many more.

Local cancer patient, John Greendyke, receives reclincer from cancer survivor, Josh Chaney

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Recently Josh had contacted Cancer Association of Darke County and expressed his desire to donate a recliner to a local cancer patient. The association coupled this with their yearly BBQ sales. Any patient who had received services in the past 5 years was eligible to enter the drawing. John entered his name and was very happy to learn that his name had been drawn the day of the sales.

Josh states: “In May of 2016 when I heard "It's cancer," it shook me to the core. It's a tough pill to swallow. Fast forward to October 2016 my cancer is in remission. I made a promise to myself that if my six month scan came back clear, I wanted to celebrate by giving back.

Unable to sleep flat in a bed anymore due to the aftermath of cancer, my recliner was my salvation through treatments and even now into recovery. I am grateful for all the love and support I received from family, friends, co-workers, employer and medical staff. Understanding and surviving the struggles of treatments, I wanted to offer a local cancer fighter or survivor their choice of a new recliner. Thanks to partnering with Christine Lynn at Cancer Association of Darke County and my employer at Furniture Express, I was able to make a difference. Not only for the winner of the recliner, but also myself. Helping another person affected by cancer helped make my journey come to full circle.

Again, thank you so much for making this possible.”

Cancer Association wishes to express a big thank you to Josh for helping to make this event a very special day. It is generous people like Josh who help to make a difference for those patients fighting the battle of their life. Thank you, Josh, and congratulations to John. Enjoy!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Details on July 14th Accident at Arcanum Bears Mill Road and 571

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On July 14, 2017 at 11:47 AM Darke County Deputies along with Arcanum Rescue and Gettysburg Fire Dept. responded to a two vehicle, injury accident at the intersection of State Route 571 and Arcanum Bears Mill Road.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2014 Chevy Equinox, driven by James Neitzelt, 68, of Arcanum, was traveling southbound on Arcanum Bears Mill Road when he failed to yield at the intersection and drove into the path of a 2004 Jeep Liberty, driven by Sandra Goff, 60, of Greenville, which was traveling eastbound on State Route 571. Both vehicles came to rest along the roadway.

Kerby Goff, 64, of Greenville, who was a front seat passenger in Mrs. Goff's vehicle, was transported to Miami Valley Hospital by Arcanum Rescue with non-life threatening injuries.

Annie Oakley Parade to be held Saturday, July 29 at 10am

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The Annie Oakley Festival is only a couple of weeks away, and the Annie Oakley Parade is a wonderful part of the weekend. Come up to Greenville on Saturday morning, and enjoy the sidewalk sales, the Cancer Walk, the chance to see the men do the “Pink Mile” walk, and of course the parade.

The parade should reach downtown Greenville approximately at 10:00 am.

Bring your family and chairs and come down and enjoy the parade.

If you would like to be in the parade, please contact Jennifer Peck, 937-467-3160.


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The Annie Oakley Festival Committee is proud to announce that our 2017 Annie Oakley Festival Parade Marshals are the Darke County Elected Officials.

We took time in choosing our Parade Marshals, and the Darke County Elected Officials have given so much to our wonderful county. Besides their dedication to the position that they have been elected to, many of our elected officials give many countless hours volunteering and working with other organizations. They have given back to Darke County in so many ways, and we want to acknowledge them and their service during the 2017 Annie Oakley Parade.

Thank you to each Darke County elected officials!!

Darke County Commissioners: Matthew Aultman, Michael Rhoades, and Michael Stegall
Auditor: Carol A Ginn
Prosecuting Attorney: Kelly Ormsby, III
Clerk of Courts: Cindy Pike
Sheriff: Toby Spencer
Recorder: Linda Stachler
Treasurer: Scott Zumbrink
Engineer: James Surber
Coroner: Timothy D Kathman
Common Pleas Judge (General): Jonathan P Hein
Common Pleas Judge (Probate/Juvenile): Jason R Aslinger
Municipal Court Judge: Julie Monnin

Animal Tour at Shawnee Prairie Nature Center

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Have you met our resident animal ambassadors? We even have two baby turtles! Learn why these animals live at the Nature Center and what it takes to care for them on a daily basis. Find out why each and every animal is an important part of the ecosystem and how you can help to keep them safe. Bring a friend and prepare to have an up-close encounter as you see (and possibly touch!) some of the amazing animals that call Darke County home. This program is FREE and registration is required.

For more information or directions, please contact the Nature Center at (937) 548-0165 or email

Date: July 19 at 6:30pm
Location:  Shawnee Prairie Preserve’s Nature Center, 4267 OH-502 Greenville OH 45331

YMCA gymnastics team at Nationals

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Pictured at the 2017 YMCA National Gymnastics Championships in Savannah, GA, are YMCA of Darke County gymnastic team members Kyrie Unger, Sophie Mills, Claire Royer and Alia Hunt, Level 3; Lydia Knepshield, Level 4; Samantha Short, Level 7; and Kristen Short, Level 8.(not pictured: Raquel Jasso)
DARKE COUNTY, OHIO- The YMCA of Darke County gymnastics team recently traveled to Savannah, GA, and competed in the 2017 YMCA National Gymnastics Championships.

The YMCA National Gymnastics Championships began in 1938 and welcomes more than 2,000 Y gymnasts from across the country annually for this 3 day event. This is, by far, the largest meet of the season, and it is something these gymnasts prepare for year-round.

Competing athletes represent USAG levels 1 through Championship (levels 9 & 10). In order to participate, each athlete must be a YMCA team member and must qualify with a specified all-around score at a competition with a USAG sanctioned judge.

The YMCA of Darke County had 12 team members qualify for championships. Eight girls made the trip to Nationals, and 3 brought home medals.

Kristen Short, Level 8, earned 7th place with her floor routine. Samantha Short, Level 7, earned 6th place in vault, and Lydia Knepshield, Level 4, earned 7th place in vault.

“The Y’s gymnastics program has been an important part of our youth programming for many years, not just for physical fitness, but to integrate the YMCA core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility,” said Tyler Roberts, Program Director for the YMCA of Darke County. “The team has worked hard all year and we are very proud of their success, both within the program and as far as character development.”

Learn more about the YMCA of Darke County by visiting our Greenville or Versailles locations or our website at

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