Thursday, January 31, 2019

Darke County Sheriff's Office Investigating Inmate Death

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The Darke County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a death of an inmate housed at the Darke County Criminal Justice Center. The Inmate, Roy R. Spurling, 26, Arcanum, Ohio was found hanging in his cell during jail checks yesterday evening at 11:04 PM. Resuscitation attempts by the Correctional Staff and Greenville Rescue were unsuccessful.

This Investigation is ongoing.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Throne of Wisdom Exhibit Coming to Shrine

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MARIA STEIN, Ohio (January 27, 2019) – From February through June 2019, the Maria Stein Shrine will host a unique art exhibit from Via Lucis Photography. “Throne of Wisdom” is a collaborative project by photographers PJ McKey and Dennis Aubry.

McKey is an artist, theater director, and photographer. She has exhibited her photography and art in numerous juried shows, including Cotuit Center for the Arts and the Smith College Alumni exhibit in 2005 and 2010. Her photographs are explorations characterized by an artist’s sensitivity to light, shape, and texture.

Aubry has been a photographer for more than twenty years. He was founder and CEO of Altamira Group, the software company that created the Genuine Fractals software application, and spent many years developing software for scalable high-resolution digital imagery. His photographic work is characterized by his understanding of the technical accomplishments of the medieval builders and a desire to discover the spiritual underpinning of the structures.

“Some of our favorite photographic subjects are the Throne of Wisdom Madonna’s, captivating and powerful iconographic images of the Romanesque era. Most of these are small, polychrome wooden statues from the 12th and 13th centuries. The Sedes Sapientiae (“Throne of Wisdom”) is an icon of the Mother of God in majesty and was found throughout Romanesque Europe”, stated Aubry.

“This very blackness of the Madonna changes the iconography of the Throne of Wisdom in some way that provokes a very powerful response”, added McKey. “There is a great deal of speculative nonsense surrounding them, but no representation of the Mother of God was so especially venerated and they were often the specific objects of pilgrimage.”

When taken as a set, these Throne of Wisdom Madonna’s carry enormous symbolic power. In the reborn and rejuvenated Romanesque world of France, these images symbolized the saving grace of the Church, and the protective embrace of one they considered the Mother of us all.

“The Maria Stein Shrine, situated in the heart of the Land of the Cross-Tipped Churches, is a fitting venue for these incredible images of Mary, the Mother of God” stated Don Rosenbeck, Shrine President. “We are blessed to be able to make this exhibit available for our visitors to enjoy and are grateful to Dennis & PJ for bringing it to us.”

The exhibit, located on the Shrine’s 3rd floor and in The Upper Room, is free and open to the public. The Maria Stein Shrine of the Holy Relics provides faith nourishment and spiritual renewal through opportunities for prayer and pilgrimage and inspiration from the lives of the saints. People from around the world visit the shrine to explore and enjoy this environment rich in holiness and history. The Shrine is located at 2291 St. John’s Rd. in Maria Stein. To learn more about the exhibit or the Maria Stein Shrine, visit

Zechar Bailey Sponsors DCCA A Taste of Wine & Jazz

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Darke County Center for the Arts (DCCA) recognizes Zechar Bailey Funeral Home for their sponsorship of the recent A Taste Of Wine & Jazz XXXI, held January 18, at Montage Cafe. DCCA’s Executive Director Andrea Jordan stated, “Darke County Center for the Arts is grateful for the generosity of sponsors, like Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, who value and are willing to support the arts in our community.”

A Taste of Wine and Jazz included four wines for tasting, complemented by exceptional hors d’oeuvres created by Aaron and Michelle Cox of Montage. “Deron Bell And The Jazz For You Band” returned to bring the party to life. Bell and his “Jazz For You” band, has earned a large local following. “Deron and the band are extremely skilled musicians who love to play and are dedicated to making sure that their audience has a good time,” DCCA Artistic Director Keith Rawlins explained.

Additional Wine & Jazz sponsors, who made the band's performance possible and the evening a success include Kent & Melinda Myers, Geoff & Jessie Surber, Edward Jones Investment Representatives Zachary Bruening, Dave Connelly, Ryan Carpe, & Todd Subler, Fry and Company, and Family Health.

A Taste of Wine & Jazz is a fundraising event for DCCA; proceeds are used to help underwrite the cost of presenting high quality performing artists in Darke County, as well as preserving Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall as an important cultural center. For upcoming events or further information on the Darke County Center for the Arts contact the DCCA office (937) 547-0908 or visit their website at

Another Successful DCCA Taste of Wine & Jazz

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Wine & Jazz sponsors Kent & Melinda Myers, Geoff & Jessie Surber, and Ryan Carpe of  Edward Jones,  Aaron & Michelle Cox of the Montage CafĂ©; Ryan Cox, DCCA President, Keith Rawlins, DCCA Artistic Director and Andrea Jordan, DCCA Executive Director with Deron Bell and the Jazz for You Band at the recent sold out DCCA fundraising event. 
Darke County Center for the Arts (DCCA) recognizes Kent & Melinda Myers and Geoff & Jessie Surber for their sponsorship of the recent A Taste Of Wine & Jazz XXXI, held January 18, at Montage Cafe. According to DCCA Executive Director Andrea Jordan, “DCCA thanks Kent & Melinda Myers and Geoff & Jessie Surber for their support of the arts in Darke County, their commitment ensures continuing the party that has become DCCA’s most anticipated fundraising event.” “The monies generated will help enable our organization to bring high quality performing artists to our community,” concluded Jordan.

A Taste of Wine and Jazz included four wines for tasting, complemented by exceptional hors d’oeuvres created by Aaron and Michelle Cox of Montage. “Deron Bell And The Jazz For You Band” returned to bring the party to life. Bell and his “Jazz For You” band, has earned a large local following. “Deron and the band are extremely skilled musicians who love to play and are dedicated to making sure that their audience has a good time,” DCCA Artistic Director Keith Rawlins explained.

Additional Wine & Jazz sponsors, who made the band's performance possible and the evening a success include Edward Jones Investment Representatives Zachary Bruening, Dave Connelly, Ryan Carpe, & Todd Subler, Fry and Company, Family Health, and Zechar Bailey Funeral Home.

A Taste of Wine & Jazz is a fundraising event for DCCA; proceeds are used to help underwrite the cost of presenting high quality performing artists in Darke County, as well as preserving Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall as an important cultural center. For upcoming events or further information on the Darke County Center for the Arts contact the DCCA office (937) 547-0908 or visit their website at


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Singer/songwriter Lisa Biales will bring her trio to The Bistro Off Broadway in Greenville on Thursday, February 28; a part of Darke County Center for the Arts’ intimate Coffeehouse Series, the show starts at 7 p.m.
Singer/songwriter Lisa Biales will bring her trio to The Bistro Off Broadway in Greenville on Thursday, February 28; a part of Darke County Center for the Arts’ intimate Coffeehouse Series, the show starts at 7 p.m. “Lisa’s past appearances in our community have earned her a well-deserved enthusiastic local following,” stated DCCA Artistic Director Keith Rawlins. “Her genuine warmth and friendliness establishes a rapport with her audience that enhances listeners’ glowing response to her versatile voice and amazing guitar skills, making for a memorable experience for all concerned,” Mr. Rawlins explained.

Ohio native Lisa Biales (pronounced Bee-Alice) has been singing for as long as she can remember, beginning with performances in church as a sixth grader, then progressing to participation in a wide variety of bands during her long career, including a wedding band, a bluegrass band, an Americana band, and a rock and roll band. She has released nine albums, with her 2014 release, Belle of the Blues, being nominated for an Album of the Year. Other members of her trio are veteran musicians Bill Littleford on guitar and Noah Cope playing stand-up bass.

According to DCCA Executive Director Andrea Jordan, DCCA’s Coffeehouse Series which offers outstanding artists performing in a comfortable social setting where food and drink are also available has become wildly popular among local music lovers not only because of the high quality of the performers, but also due to the extremely reasonable admission cost. Low ticket prices are made possible in part by sponsorship from Rodney Oda, Steve and Eileen Litchfield, and The Andersons. Additionally, the Ohio Arts Council helps fund this program with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. DCCA also receives operating support from the Harry D. and Esther Stephens Memorial as well as funding from the Ketrow Foundation, Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust Fund, and the John R. and Miriam H. Knick Fund of Darke County Foundation. DCCA membership contributions also help support this series.

Tickets for this concert by The Lisa Biales Trio are $10, and can be reserved by contacting DCCA at 937-547-0908 or; tickets are also available online at and will be sold at the door if any remain by showtime. For dinner reservations, contact The Bistro Off Broadway at 937-316-5000.


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Left to right: BPW Treasurer Dorothy Poeppelman and donor BPW Member Deb Smith.
Greenville, OH – Greenville Business and Professional Women’s Club (BPW) member Deb Smith has chosen to donate $200 to BPW. Smith is an employee of Mercer Savings Bank that has always been deeply rooted in the communities it serves and believes in reinvesting in those communities is a large part of its mission. Through Mercer Savings Bank’s Giving Mission, each month, three employees are selected to choose a charitable organization to receive a $200 donation. Employees are requested to choose organizations that exemplify the values of the Bank as a whole. Deb Smith chose the Greenville Business and Professional Women’s (BPW) Organization. Deb stated, “I chose the BPW because the money we raise funds scholarships for women’s college educational needs. The fundraisers we have and donations we receive raise this money. Many of these ladies come back to our community and have given back to the community in so many heartfelt and positive ways. Many have also joined our BPW group as members when they get back to the county. I have been a member since 2010 and could not find a better group of hard working heartfelt women to be associated with. I am proud of all that this group of professional dedicated women does in helping to create a positive future for so many young women in our community!”

The Greenville BPW Club thanks Deb Smith and Mercer Savings for this donation. The money has been earmarked for the scholarship fund that lends support to the young women of Darke County continuing their education.

The Greenville BPW Club’s mission is to achieve equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education, and information. The Club holds fundraisers through the year to raise money to grant scholarships to the young women of Darke County. The Club meets the second Thursday of every month for a dinner meeting. Those interested in learning more about the Club can contact Membership Chair Sonya Crist at 937/423-3657 or

“Missing Puzzle Pieces” at Library

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Join us for a heartfelt evening with author Ann Mann on Thursday January 31st at 6:00 p.m. at the Greenville Public Library as she tells her personal story of adoption and her journey to find her biological parents and siblings. Ann’s book Missing Puzzle Pieces will be for sale after the presentation and is also available from the Library.

Ann explains "I do remember that I always knew I was adopted. My first memory was of mom telling me I was 'chosen'. She told me the story of how she and my dad went to pick out a baby, because they wanted one so much. They walked down rows of babies. When they stopped at me, I reached out for my dad's finger, I had found my new family." Registration is not required and light refreshments will be served.


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Pictured from left to right are:  Michelle Hook, Young Careerist Loure Bohn and Diane Delaplane.
Greenville, OH – Young Careerist finalist Loure Bohn was the featured speaker at the Greenville Business & Professional Women’s Club (BPW) meeting on January 10th. The meeting was hosted by the Young Careerist Committee consisting of chair Michelle Hook and members Brenda Miller, Diane Delaplane, Jessica Hester and Tammy Dietrich and held at the Brethren Retirement Community.

Committee Chair Michelle Hook introduced Loure Bohn who is owner of Suds in a Bucket and offers cleaning services in Darke and Wayne County. The Virginia Allen Young Careerist program offers the choice of 8 different topics to speak on. Loure chose “What can BPW offer women leaving military service and/or what can women leaving military service offer BPW?” Bohn spoke on the difficulties women have in their transition after military life and how BPW can help. BPW can offer a safe place and friendships to help cope with the transition. Networking is an important part of BPW and can help with contacts for possible employment. Loure suggests that BPW could send notes of support to those women in the military who are overseas. Military veteran women offer leadership, time management, organization skills and would be great assets to BPW! Bohn is the Ohio BPW Region 5 winner and will be competing at the state level competition scheduled for April 20th in Columbus, OH. After the required speech and critique, Loure spoke of her life’s journey to becoming an entrepreneur and starting her own cleaning business Suds in a Bucket. She found communication is the foundation of her business. Being trustworthy and paying attention to detail has brought her success. Loure and Suds in a Bucket graciously donated a prize of a 3 hour cleaning service to support the BPW’s annual Super Raffle drawing held in December, 2018.

The Greenville BPW Club’s mission is to achieve equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education, and information. The Club holds fundraisers through the year to raise money to grant scholarships to the young women of Darke County. The Club meets the second Thursday of every month for a dinner meeting. Those interested in learning more about the Club can contact Membership Chair Sonya Crist at 937/423-3657 or

Friday, January 25, 2019


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Columbus, Ohio. The Ohio Association of Convention & Visitors Bureaus (OACVB) held its 21st Annual Awards of Excellence Luncheon in Columbus, Ohio on Thursday, December 20, 2018. State Tourism Achievement Recognition (STAR) Awards honor outstanding efforts by Ohio Convention & Visitor Bureaus in their work to market and promote their area destinations and to generate overall awareness of the tourism industry. Recipients were honored for their innovation, creativity, effectiveness and impact in travel and tourism marketing and advertising.

The DCVB was awarded three first-place STAR Awards in the categories of “Visitors Guide” for the 2018-2019 Darke County Visitors Guide, “Print Advertisement” for an ad titled “Bring an Appetite” that appeared in the 2018 State of Ohio Fall/Winter Calendar of Events, and “Brochure/Flyer/Rack Card” for the 2018 Darke County Whiskey, Wine, & Ale Trail Passport.

“It’s always nice to be recognized for a job well done,” said Matthew Staugler, executive director of the Darke County Visitors Bureau. “These awards just affirm that we’re putting out top-notch marketing efforts to reach travelers in and out of Ohio and helping ignite Darke County’s economy.”

Winning entries were recognized for excellence in objective, results, creativity and originality. 89 entries were received in print, advertising, promotion, social media, website and marketing campaign categories. All entries are judged by a team of experts in the communications, advertising, public relations, publications and/or tourism fields from outside of the OACVB membership.

Convention and visitor bureaus are best described as destination marketing organizations and are responsible for promoting travel and tourism product awareness to visitors. Winning a STAR Award and being recognized for a job well-done in the promotion of travel and tourism throughout the state of Ohio is a highly valued achievement.

OACVB is a statewide organization serving CVBs throughout Ohio helping them to maximize the economic impact of tourism via effective communication, cooperative marketing, industry education, legislative awareness, issue management, trend identification and professional development.

Author to Hold Book Singing at the Coldwater Library

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Performance Mortgage Announces Organizational Changes and Re-Branding

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Updates Include New Logo and Website

John Heath, Desteni Mason, and Kristina Heath
Greenville, OH: Local mortgage broker Performance Mortgage is excited to reveal their new logo and website, coinciding with changes to the ownership team and a renewed go-tomarket approach. In late 2018, Performance Mortgage founder Bill Mason stepped down from an ownership role in order to focus on his own personal development. While he remains active within the organization as the Broker and a Mortgage Loan Originator, his departure led the remaining owners, Desteni Mason, John Heath, and Kristina Heath, to re-evaluate their business approach and long-term growth goals. For the past several years, each member of the ownership team achieved a high level of success investing in and growing their own personal brands; Desteni Mason with Mason Knows Mortgages, and John and Kristina Heath with Your Expert Mortgage Team.

While this go-to-market approach was extremely successful for Mason and the Heaths, they made the decision to eliminate their personal brands, coming together as a team to focus on growing the Performance Mortgage brand. “Our customers and our partners can expect the same amazing service and financing experience that they’ve always received!” remarked Desteni Mason. “This will be a seamless transition for everyone involved. The biggest change will be in the branding and marketing related to Performance Mortgage.”

“Our goal is and always has been to make dreams come true,” stated John Heath. “These changes will allow us to continue to achieve those goals, while paving the way for our continued growth, and expansion into new markets.” One of these new markets includes Fort Wayne, Indiana. After a local mortgage lender went out of business in late 2018, Performance Mortgage stepped in. They hired several Mortgage Loan Originators and opened a new Fort Wayne branch.

Performance Mortgage’s new website features a modern, responsive design. It’s designed to help buyers at all stage of the homebuying journey, including first-time homebuyers, existing homeowners looking to refinance or upgrade, and buyers looking to purchase a vacation home or investment property. The new website launched Jan. 21, 2019, and is located at the same address:

The new logo is symbolic of the Performance Mortgage mission, which is to be the best mortgage lender possible, finding the right Home Mortgage solution for each person’s life situation and serving as a guide and partner throughout the process of achieving their dream. The four quadrants of the house icon offer a dual symbolism: the four quadrants come together as a team just as the Performance Mortgage team has done, and each quadrant is unique, just like every homebuyer’s situation and solution is unique.

Snow Falling on Cedars at Library's Film Series

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The Third Floor Film Series will screen the 1999 film Snow Falling on Cedars in February. Directed by Scott Hicks and based on the titular 1994 novel by David Guterson (available for check-out at GPL), Snow Falling on Cedars takes a powerful look at love and honor in the face of prejudice.

Set shortly after World War II in an isolated fishing town in the Pacific Northwest, the film centers around a murder trial in which a Japanese-American fisherman is suspected of murdering a business rival. Long-dormant racial tensions simmer to the surface as the town faces its own biases and personal loyalties. In the midst of this, one young man who was once in love with the suspect's wife must weigh his own commitment to justice against his lingering romantic wishes.

Featuring gorgeous and ethereal cinematography by Robert Richardson and profound performances by a cast that includes Ethan Hawke, James Cromwell, Sam Shepard, Max Von Sydow, Youki Kudoh, and Rick Yune, Snow Falling on Cedars is emotionally fraught but ultimately uplifting.

Join us on Tuesday February 5 at 6:30 p.m. at the Greenville Public Library as we screen this dramatic masterpiece. Free popcorn, candy, and soft drinks will be provided, and David Nilsen will lead a brief discussion after the film. We hope to see you there.

Expanded Wildlife Hunting and Viewing Opportunities in Southwest Ohio

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ODNR purchases more than 1,800 acres in Brown County

COLUMBUS, OH – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) recently designated the 152nd wildlife area in the state for the purpose of wildlife conservation, propagation and habitat management.

In December 2018, the ODNR Division of Wildlife closed on property in southwest Brown County. The newly purchased parcel will be known as the Eagle Creek Wildlife Area.

The purchase, which cost approximately $4.1 million, was funded by the Land and Water Conservation Fund, the Wildlife Diversity Fund and the Ohio Department of Transportation. The land was purchased from the Robert Perin family. The ODNR Division of Wildlife has worked for years with the Perin family to acquire the property. The initial purchase of approximately 1,825 acres will be followed by a smaller purchase of 474 acres later this year for a total of 2,299 contiguous acres.

The Eagle Creek Wildlife Area will allow hunting, fishing, trapping and wildlife viewing opportunities. The property will not be open to the public until fall 2019. The department will be posting the boundaries, installing a parking area, developing a map, and most important, will have the area listed in the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) as a public area prior to opening it for use.

Visit the ODNR Division of Wildlife’s website at to learn more Ohio’s wildlife areas.
ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at

Hepatitis A and Children

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Hepatitis A is a very serious liver disease caused by the Hepatitis A virus. Children with the virus often times don’t show symptoms. Therefore, they can pass the virus on to others, including their unvaccinated parents or caregivers, without knowing. Symptoms of Hepatitis A include fever, loss of appetite, fatigue, stomach pain, vomiting, dark urine, and yellowing of the skin and eyes. These symptoms typically appear two to six weeks after a person is exposed to the virus.

The Hepatitis A virus is found in the stool of a person who has the virus. It spreads when a person puts something in his or her mouth that has virus on it. As we all know, young children tend to put everything in their mouths, which puts them at a much higher risk. Even if an item looks clean, it can still have the virus on it. The amount of stool can be so tiny that it cannot be seen with the naked eye. Hepatitis A virus can be found on surfaces such as toys, doorknobs, diapers, grocery carts or food.

Doctors recommend that children get two doses of the Hepatitis A vaccine for the best protection. The first dose should be administered at 12 months old and the second dose should be administered six months later. The vaccine is very safe and effective. Vaccination is the best way to protect children from the Hepatitis A virus.

For more information on Hepatitis A, please call the Darke County Health Department’s Infectious Disease Nurse, Emily, at 937-548-4196 x235. There will be a no-cost-to-you Hepatitis A vaccine clinic held on February 7th, 2019 from 3:00 pm until 6:30 pm at the Darke County Health Department. For appointments, call 937-548-4196 x224. Walk-ins are also welcome.

Bishop Binzer to Celebrate Prayer for Priests at Shrine

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MARIA STEIN, Ohio (January 21, 2019) – On Sunday, February 17th, the Maria Stein Shrine of the Holy Relics will host a special night of prayer for our Priests, celebrated by Bishop Joseph Binzer. The evening will begin at 7pm in the Adoration Chapel with Sung Evening Prayer and exposition of Blessed Sacrament. Vigil will be kept in the Chapel for the success of the meetings Pope Francis will have in Rome later that week with the heads of the various National Councils of Bishops.

“This prayer service was developed as a way to support the good priests working in our lives and in our parish communities. It will be a time where the faithful can come together and pray for their strength as well as find healing and hope.” stated Matt Hess, Director of Ministry & Hospitality for the Shrine.

The event is free and open to the public. We also encourage members of the clergy to come and pray with the community. For more information about the service, contact Matt Hess at 419-925-4532, email or visit the Tours & Events section of our website.

The Maria Stein Shrine of the Holy Relics provides faith nourishment and spiritual renewal through opportunities for prayer and pilgrimage and inspiration from the lives of the saints. People from around the world visit the shrine to explore and enjoy this environment rich in holiness and history. The Shrine is located at 2291 St. John’s Rd. in Maria Stein. To learn more about the Maria Stein Shrine of the Holy Relics, visit

Swingin’ With the Saints - 2/17/19

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Swingin’ With the Saints, a free concert for the community, will be presented Sunday, February 17 at 3 p.m.

Eric Loy will be the featured artist. Eric plays several types of guitars, including the harp guitar.

Playing since grade school, he has been inspired by a variety of musicians and styles. Whether it’s classical, pop, sacred, rock, jazz, or an original composition, Eric brings his own unique flair to everything he plays. He has performed in many venues in Darke County and the Miami Valley.

This concert will also include sacred piano solos by Darrell Fryman, a piano solo by Terri Fryman and a piano duet by the mother/son duo. As always, the Presby Trio (Terri Fryman, Jane Tester & Don Lockhart) will contribute to the lineup. “Precious Lord, Take My Hand” will be featured, along with songs by Stevie Wonder, Carole King and the Beatles. Everyone is invited to this hour of fun and fellowship at First Presbyterian Church, 114 E Fourth Street in Greenville. Refreshments will follow the concert.

For more information, call the church office at 548-3188.

Oakland Church of the Brethren to present Dinner Theater Production

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Oakland Church of the Brethren will present “Just a Little Crazy” by Renee Rebman as their 2019 Dinner Theater production. The play is being produced by special arrangement with Eldridge Publishing Company.” Just a Little Crazy” is the story of a zany but lovable family. After a disagreement with her boyfriend, Nola goes back to stay with her parents while she tries to sort out her problems. Instead of finding the peace and quiet she needs, she finds the house is in a state of confusion. Her father is no help, her mother is busy redecorating, and Aunt Maggie has moved in. She has her own problems, having possibly poisoned her cat – and maybe her husband! Missing money, food poisoning, and the unexpected arrival of the boyfriend, Quincy, throws the whole family into chaos.

Members of the cast include Alison Klingler as Nola Tupper, Doug Warvel as Lawrence Tupper, Chelsea Fields as Audrey Tupper, Amanda Sgro as Aunt Maggie, Charlene Godown as Helen Clark and Holden Klingler as Quincy Reardon. Betty Byrd is the director.

Oakland’s dinner theater is well-known throughout the community. Those who attend are warmly greeted with valet parking and will enjoy wholesome entertainment. Those who attend the dinner on Saturday will enjoy a freshly prepared meal.

The play will be performed on Saturday and Sunday, March 9th and 10th as a matinee at 2:00 PM with snacks at intermission. Dinner will be served at 6:00 Saturday evening, with the play following at 8:00. Cost for the matinees is $10.00. Cost for the Dinner and presentation is $22 for adults. Children 12 and younger will pay $15.

You can make reservations by calling Brenda Coblenta at 937-548-1895 between the hours of 4:00 and 8:00 PM.

Proceeds from the dinner theater will go to help build schools in Nigeria.

The church is located at 8058 Horatio-Harris Creek Road, Bradford, Ohio 45308. This is 2 ½ miles north of Gettysburg and 4 miles east of State Route 121 North.

Furniture Guild of Indiana Artisan will open its 4th Exhibition on February 8th

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The Furniture Guild of Indiana Artisan will open its 4th Exhibition at the Garrett Museum of Art in Garrett, Indiana February 8, 2019 at 6 pm. The exhibition will run until March 10, 2019 and will feature Indiana- Made furniture ranging from rustic to formal by four members of Indiana Artisan:

  • George Abiad
  • Greg Adams
  • Peter Falk
  • Kent Sussott

2018 Greenville City Income Tax Returns are due by April 15

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Our 2018 Income Tax Year has arrived! 2018 Greenville City Income Tax Returns are due by April 15, 2019 to avoid any late filing fees.

We have made a change from mailing the 2018 tax return forms, to mailing out reminder postcards, which you should have already received. Tax forms are available on our web site at, in our office, in the lobby of the Municipal Building, 100 Public Square, or at the library, 520 Sycamore St. You may also call the office at 937-548-5747 to have forms mailed to you.

DON’T WAIT UNTIL APRIL 15TH TO FILE. If you need help preparing your Greenville City return bring in your W-2 forms, Federal Schedules or 1099s if applicable. We will prepare the Greenville return for you and will not charge for this service. The sooner you come in before the April 15th deadline, means less of a wait in line! If you mail in your forms, make sure you SIGN your return! Unsigned returns are not considered filed and could result in late filing fees.

If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to call the office at 937-548-5747.

Holzapfel Preserve added to Darke County Park District

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Pictured (left-to-right) are Park Board Members, Roger Brocious, John Cook, Director Roger Van Frank, Elaine Holzapfel, Bob Nelson and Park board Member Tina White during the acceptance and sign unveiling during the Park District Board of Trustees meeting in December 2018.
Darke County Parks recently was gifted a 2-acre parcel of land by Ms. Elaine Holzapfel. Ms. Holzapfel has created and worked on this tract of land for well over 10 years creating an arboretum, a botanical collection composed exclusively of trees, in anticipation of this gift. “I have thought about this preserve for several years now and have worked to have an arboretum-type of plot in the middle of Greenville for all to enjoy. “Ms. Holzapfel stated. This gift of land will be used for educational purposes with an emphasis for the local Greenville School District as a hands-on example for the stewards of tomorrow. “The District hopes to add tree identification placards and to offer tree identification classes for the public and students in the future” states Chief Naturalist Robb Clifford. The Holzapfel Preserve will open this summer, once a small parking lot is able to be constructed off of Meadow Lane. Park District Director, Roger M. Van Frank explains “Gifts of this nature are what make up the majority of Darke County Parks. This will make the thirteenth park in our District which range from 122 acres to 2 acres. Each park has its own unique meaning to the County Park System and to the park visitors using those areas. We are fortunate to have gifts such as the Holzapfel Preserve given to the District. Thank You Elaine!”

If you would like further information on this or any other upcoming programming, please contact the Darke County Parks at 937-548-0165 or online at

MVCTC College Credit Plus Meeting Scheduled for Class of 2020

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Englewood, Ohio – The Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) will host its annual College Credit Plus Meeting for Returning Students (class of 2020) at 6:00 P.M. on February 21, 2019, in the Student Activity Center on the Hoke Road Campus. Students and parents are encouraged to attend to learn about the College Credit Plus opportunities at MVCTC which allow qualified students to earn high school and college credit at the same time. Over 200 MVCTC students currently participate in College Credit Plus; these students are on pace to earn more than 1,100 semester hours during the 2018-2019 school year.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County received a $5,000 grant from the Vectren Foundation to address the mentoring needs of youth through their after-school Big Buddies program. “This grant will enable Big Brothers Big Sisters to continue offering our much-needed Big Buddies mentoring program to children facing adversity in our community,” said Executive Director, Jennifer Bruns.

Big Buddies is a nine-month commitment where high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors from area schools are matched with elementary students to offer mentoring services. These matches meet with each other two times per month during the academic school year and focus on educational and social enhancing activities, personal safety, healthy eating, and physical fitness. For the 2018-2019, our curriculum is entitled “Mindfulness: Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies” and focuses on brain development, social & emotional growth, nutrition, and exercise.

“Vectren is proud to support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County in addressing the needs of after-school mentoring programs in our communities,” said Rachel Goodspeed, Vectren Community Affairs Manager. “At-risk students benefit in a wide variety of ways from healthy, meaningful relationships, not only in improving their academic performance, but also developing their confidence and behavior both in and out of school.”

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County was founded in 1977 to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better forever. For more information regarding services provided, volunteer openings, or sponsorship opportunities, please call 937-492-7611, 937-547-9622, or visit for more information.

The Vectren Foundation strives to become a community catalyst in the communities where we live and work, leveraging everyday opportunities to achieve extraordinary outcomes. The Vectren Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization funded by non-utility related transactions and is not an element of customers’ energy bills. Go to to learn more.


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Darke County Center for the Arts will present Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia’s production of The Rainbow Fish at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville on Sunday, February 10 at 2 p.m.
Darke County Center for the Arts will present Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia’s production of The Rainbow Fish at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville on Sunday, February 10 at 2 p.m. “This classic children’s book about the beautiful fish who learned that by sharing his most prized possession he could earn friends and gain happiness won international acclaim when it was published in 1992, and has only grown in popularity ever since,” stated DCCA Artistic Director Keith Rawlins. “Even the youngest children will be enchanted by this delightful show, which will also charm their parents and grandparents,” Mr. Rawlins concluded.

An original stage adaptation of the colorful tale by Marcus Pfister as well as two of the author’s companion pieces, Mermaid Theatre’s production utilizes innovative puppetry, striking scenic effects, and evocative original music to retell the beloved stories of the initial award-winning book as well as Rainbow Fish Discovers the Deep Sea, revealing further deep sea adventures of the sparkling fish of the title, and Opposites, a work cleverly introducing concepts such as up and down, in and out, and the most satisfying opposite of all, give and take. Mermaid Theatre is known for its commitment to producing good theatre that is entertaining, informative and stimulating to all the senses while encouraging literacy and generating enthusiasm for the art of reading.

Sponsors of DCCA’s Family Theatre Series are Dayton Power & Light Company Foundation, Second National Bank, Greenville Federal, James Steyer Fund of Darke County Foundation, Edison State Community College, Gordon Orthodontics, Jordan Insurance Agency, Wayne Healthcare, Greenville Rotary Club and Family Health. The series also receives support from the Jean Louise Thieme Fund of the Darke County Foundation and DCCA memberships. This performance is made possible in part by state tax dollars allocated by the Ohio Legislature to the Ohio Arts Council, a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experience to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally, and economically. DCCA also receives operating support from the Harry D. and Esther Stephens Memorial as well as funding from the Ketrow Foundation, Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust Fund, and the John R. and Miriam H. Knick Fund of Darke County Foundation.

Tickets for The Rainbow Fish cost just $5, and may be obtained by contacting DCCA at 937-547-0908 or; tickets are available online at and will also be sold at Greenville Public Library, Readmore’s Hallmark and Darke County Welcome Center in downtown Greenville, Worch Memorial Library in Versailles, and will be available at the door if any remain by showtime.

Fish Choice Pantry Thanks Community for Donations

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The Fish Choice Pantry would like to say a huge ‘THANK YOU’ for the over 55,000 lbs of food, new freezers, monetary donations and mittens we received during 2018. The support of this community for our Darke County neighbors is outstanding and, at times, overwhelming. We have received donations of all sizes, some small and some very large, throughout the past year and are grateful for all.

Our donations come from many local churches, small businesses, schools, corporations and individuals as well as donors from outside our county and state.

So, as we start this new year, we would like to thank everyone for your past support and look forward to your continued support of the Fish Choice Pantry now and in the future. God Bless!


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GREENVILLE, Ohio (January 16, 2019) – Funds are available to non-profit organizations sponsoring special events in Darke County through the Darke County Visitors Bureau in 2019. Four grants are available for 2018: two $1,000 grants and two $500 grants.

Grants are awarded on a competitive basis, with primary consideration given to events which:
(1) are new events that were created in the last year; (2) promote overnight stays and collaboration with other organizations, and 3) have an impact on the community. In an effort to address needs-based concerns, smaller events (events with budgets below $5,000) will be exclusively eligible for the two $500 grants, though they may apply for the $1,000 grants if they wish to do so.

Interested non-profit organizations should contact the Darke County Visitors Bureau (DCVB) immediately for consideration. All completed application forms and support materials must be in the Darke County Visitors Bureau office by March 15th, 2019. Application packets will then be reviewed by an independent group of citizens from all across Darke County serving on the DCVB’s Tourism Grant Committee. All applicants will be informed of the decision on or about April 15th, 2019.

To receive a tourism grant packet, contact Matthew Staugler at the Darke County Visitors Bureau, (937) 548-5158 or Information can also be found on the bureau’s website,

Darke County United Way Taking Applications for 2019 Funding

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The Darke County United Way would like to announce that applications for 2019 funding are currently available.

There are two types of funding applications, Partner Program and the Community Fund. Applicants for both funds are reviewed by the local, volunteer Board of Directors and a team of community volunteers through a process meeting professional standards for nonprofit management practices, financial management, and service provision. To apply your organization must be a 501c3 health and human service non-profit in establishment for at least one year serving Darke County.

The Partner Program Grant is for agencies requesting $5,001 or more from the Darke County United Way. Partner Program Grants are reserved for agencies working in the areas of health, education, and income stability. Applications for the Partner Program Grant are due to the Darke County United Way office by Friday, March 15, 2019 at noon. Applications submitted after 12:00 pm on the 15th will not be considered for funding.

The Community Fund Grant is for agencies requesting $5,000 or less from the Darke County United Way. Community Fund Grants are open to any 501c3 agency serving Darke County. Priority will be given to agencies working in the health and human service field. There is no specific deadline for the Community Fund. Applications will be received year-round and voted on by the Board of Directors.

Applications are available in person at the Darke County United Way office at 207 E. Fourth Street, Greenville, OH or may be requested by email by contacting Christy Bugher, Executive Director, at

The mission of the Darke County United Way is to fight for the health, education, and financial stability of every individual in our community.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Greenville Public Library is Now “Fine Free”

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The Greenville Public Library is now 100% fine free as of January 1st! Patrons will not be charged for overdue items. However any lost or damaged materials must be paid for. Our friendly librarians, Elois Hatfield and Beth Womboldt, are happy to share the good news! This is one way the Library can say thank-you to the community for all its support over the years.

Hepatitis A Vaccine Clinic

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The Darke County Health Department will be holding a Hepatitis A Vaccine Clinic on Thursday, February 7, 2019 (while supplies last) at no cost to you. The clinic will be held at the health department from 3:00 pm until 6:30 pm. If you have insurance, please bring your insurance card. However, if you are uninsured, there will not be a charge for the vaccine.

Hepatitis A is a highly contagious liver disease that can be spread without knowing it. It is spread from person to person through contact with the feces of people who are infected. This can easily happen if someone does not wash their hands properly. Hepatitis A virus can be found on doorknobs, grocery carts, diapers and even food.

Hepatitis A vaccines were recommended starting in 1996 in the United States. Since then, the number of cases reported each year in the United States has dropped from 31,000 cases to fewer than 1,500 cases! However, due to an outbreak, in 2018 nearly 1,500 cases were reported in Ohio alone! We have also had four deaths during this outbreak. Darke County had seventeen cases of Hepatitis A in 2018. To put that into perspective, Darke County had zero cases in 2015, one case in 2016 and one case in 2017.

It is recommended all children get the first dose of vaccine between 12 and 23 months. The second dose is needed 6 months later. However, it is never too late to get vaccinated! Children under 6 years old with Hepatitis A usually don’t have symptoms. Therefore, they pass the disease to others without knowing they were infected. Vaccination, along with proper and frequent handwashing, are critical to prevent Hepatitis A.

Symptoms of Hepatitis A include fatigue, decreased appetite, stomach pain, nausea, light-colored stools and yellowing of the skin and eyes. Most people who get Hepatitis A feel sick a couple of months, but they typically recover with no lasting liver damage. However, Hepatitis A can cause liver failure and death. This is rare and occurs more commonly in people over 50 years old and people with underlying liver diseases.

Appointments are encouraged for the Hepatitis A vaccine clinic. For an appointment call 937-548-4196 x224. Walk ins are also welcome!


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Winter has settled in and the Arcanum Public Library is a great place to be when it is cold outside. Besides finding a great book or movie, there are plenty of other things to do while at the library. There are board games patrons can use, Legos to create with, puzzles, activity sheets, and more. Patrons can utilize the computers for research or homework, or head upstairs to browse through the genealogy collection. The building the library is housed in has plenty of history with it, and packets of information are available at the front desk.

The library’s website,, has a full list of activities and programs.

Greenville City Schools Update - January 2019

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Submitted by Superintendent Doug Fries

Greenville City Schools has had a great first semester of the 2018-19 school year, both academically and with extracurricular activities. Thanks to the hard work of our students and staff and the support of our parents and community, the first semester is nearing the end and has been very educational and productive.

Students returned from Winter Break this year on Thursday, January 3, 2019. There will be no school on Martin Luther King Day, January 21, 2019 and the first semester ends on Friday, January 18, 2019. There will also be a staff workday on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 with no school for students.

The K-8 complex continues to function with all bus drop off and pickups from the rear of the building and all parent drop off and pick ups from the front of the building. We continue to appreciate everyone slowing down on Ohio Street and Main Street in the school zone to allow for a safe traffic flow. Thank you to the City of Greenville for adding some pedestrian crossing lights on our two Ohio Street crossings which does assist our crossing guards.

We have been fortunate, thus far this school year, to have used few calamity days. We are again operating on days, not hours, for our school year requirements. Thus, we have four calamity days available to use before implementing any make-up days. The established make up days for this school year, if needed, are February 18th, May 28th, 29th, 30th, and 31st.

February 18th would only be used if six days were missed before that day. As we enter the coldest of the Winter season, I encourage everyone to dress for the weather, particularly at bus stops, with heavy coats, hats, scarves and gloves. We try hard to arrive on scheduled times at bus stops, but weather conditions sometimes dictate being a little behind to maintain safety. I encourage all student drivers to take their time driving to and from school and in and around parking lots of the school throughout the Winter season.

We will try to communicate school delays and cancellations by One call, Channel 5, on our Facebook page, Dayton television stations, the local Tiger radio station, as well as, putting on our website.

For the fourth straight year, our district has successfully implemented the College Credit Plus Program at the High School. This program continues to benefit our students by allowing them to receive college credit while in high school. We have more than one hundred students taking advantage of this program. Also at the High School, we have implemented for the third year MAP testing in grades nine and ten. This is testing done three times during the year to measure student progress and help assist us in where students will perform on their end of course assessments. The High School is working hard to meet required curriculum standards to prepare students for these end of course exams. Graduation alternative pathways for the Class of 2019 have again been granted by the state legislation. They remain the same as 2018.

At the elementary and middle school level, we have advanced our one to one iPad technology program through the eighth grade. All students K-8 are working with one to one technology initiative, as well as, the ESpark curriculum K-6. The district continues to use the Measurement of Academic Progress (MAP) testing in the K-8. Again, the MAP test is a close measure on our student performance for end of year required state assessments.

The School’s report card for the 2017-2018 school year showed a three-year trend of upward performance in all 3-8 reading tests. Our graduation rate was 90.8 for the four year rate and 91.2 for the five year rate.

Edison State DCC students take anti-bullying message to schools, community

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Edison State students and members of the audience raise their hands to indicate they had been victims of bullying during their lives. Edison State team at the Greenville Public Library, left to right: Christopher Bucklew, Baylee Petry, Renee Netzley, Hope Byrum and Dawn Cleere.
GREENVILLE - “Bullying is about power,” said students from Edison State Community College, Darke County Campus. The bully uses superior strength or other forms of power to intimidate or threaten someone who is, or appears to be, weaker. “Take the power away,” they said. “Don’t participate. Walk away. Tell an adult.”

Thirty-six Edison State Fundamentals of Communication students from the Darke County Campus – composing eight teams - went off campus with their final speech presentation in December. They talked to Greenville Middle School students, Ansonia Elementary students, and adults, many with children, at Greenville Public Library. Their message went to nearly 400 students, while the library presentation was open to the public. It is on the library’s Facebook page, having received nearly 350 views.

The primary message to students was do not participate. If someone tries to bully you, walk away and tell an adult. The same message applies to “bystanders,” students who may see someone being bullied. Get involved, but don’t participate; tell an adult.

“Adults can be bullied, too,” said the Edison State students at the library. “Walk away. Don’t participate.” If it keeps up, they added, talk to a trusted friend or get the authorities involved.

The students talked about the four different types of bullying – physical, verbal, cyber and exclusion – and the impact it can have on the victims. It can result in depression, withdrawal, skipping school, or in some cases, even thoughts of suicide. While research indicated one in three students acknowledged being bullied, a show of hands during presentations indicated as many as four out of five had been victims of bullying. According to many sources, the problem reaches epidemic proportions.

“The students did the presentations for a grade,” said instructor Bob Robinson. “Teachers had the option of giving a low rating of one, to a high rating of five. All noted areas where student presentations could have been improved, while giving ratings of 4.5 and 5.”

Edison State communications students have a required off-campus team presentation using the skills they have been learning each semester. In the fall the topic is bullying. In the spring it is drug abuse, and in the summer it is literacy.

Italian Night Coming to the Shrine

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MARIA STEIN, Ohio (January 14, 2019) – Have you always wanted to travel to Rome? Now is your chance to experience it close to home! On Sunday February 10th at 5:30pm, Matt Hess, Director of Hospitality & Ministry, will share highlights from his “Roman Holiday” last September, which will include the holy sites, special saints, attractions pertaining to our Precious Blood heritage and witty anecdotes from his Roman adventures.

“I really enjoyed my time in the Eternal City and look forward to sharing that with people” stated Hess, “We will tour the major basilicas, some of the side churches, as well the Ancient Roman sites and touristy spots. If you have ever been interested in seeing Rome and wish to hear firsthand experiences from the perspective of our local heritage, this is the event you won’t want to miss.”

The event is $25 per person and includes a catered meal from Bella's Italian Grill in Celina, wine and other beverages. RSVP online at under "Tours & Events" or email

The Maria Stein Shrine of the Holy Relics provides faith nourishment and spiritual renewal through opportunities for prayer and pilgrimage and inspiration from the lives of the saints. People from around the world visit the shrine to explore and enjoy this environment rich in holiness and history. The Shrine is located at 2291 St. John’s Rd. in Maria Stein. To learn more about the Maria Stein Shrine of the Holy Relics, visit

Edison State Presents Author Discussions

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Larry Hamilton, Christina DeLaet Burns, and Linda Hamilton.
Four area authors who explore diverse subjects and employ a variety of approaches, will be featured at the Creative Writing Club/Coalition at Edison State Community College during the spring semester. The public is invited to join college students and faculty during these monthly sessions.

All programs will be from 6-7 p.m. in Room 331 and are scheduled for the fourth Wednesday of the months of January, February, March, and April. Following the presentations by the authors, attendees will be invited to present their writing for group critiquing.

The selection of authors is designed to expose the audience to possibilities, strategies and diverse viewpoints with opportunities for dialogue with authors following their thirty-minute presentations.

The January 23 program will feature a Piqua trio: a historian, a writer, and an artist. Larry Hamilton, Christina DeLaet Burns, and Linda Hamilton will discuss their collaboration in producing accounts of the African American experience with a focus on Hamilton’s great, great grandmother Lucy Sams Ross., one of a group of fugitive slaves at Camp Nelson, Kentucky. Hamilton became interested in genealogy in 1975 after hearing Alex Haley discuss Roots at Wright State University. With degrees from Central State University and Wright State University, Hamilton served as genealogy researcher for “Slave Banjo” on the PBS series “The History Detectives” and has been recognized in a host of areas based on his work in African American history.

Tipp City resident Steve Marlowe, attorney, professor, and author, will be featured on February 27. With undergraduate degrees from Miami University, a law degree from the University of Toledo, and an M.F.A. from the prestigious creative writing program at the University of Iowa, Marlowe has written 20 plus columns and literary analyses. He will share the ways in which he uses his Appalachian heritage in his novel “Digging up the Bones” to earn a host of positive reviews: “Marlowe adeptly weaves a complex tale of the ways in which the often horrific behavior we heap upon each other reverberates across generations. His prose is harshly lyrical, demanding and dynamic, and evokes with exquisite accuracy this Kentucky holler from which no one emerges unscathed.” – Colette Sartor

Terry Pellman of Sidney spent his first work life as a social services administrator before beginning a second career as a prolific author who self publishes his work. On March 27, Pellman will discuss the self-publishing process as well as the marketing strategies he uses for his novels. A Republican who is politically active in the party, Pellman endorses a philosophy that maintains there are dangers in the political and cultural divide in the U.S. which could result in a breaking away of states to form a nation based on strict adherence to the original Constitution.

A native of Alabama, a retired college professor with dozens of publications in scholarly journals, and a frequent presenter on NPR, Piqua poet Jane Kretschman is scheduled for April 24 and will discuss her latest project, a study of lynchings in Alabama. She will elucidate the ways in which historical data can serve as a springboard for the production of poetry in which the poet delves deeply into the historic circumstances, the biographical information, and her creative powers to give voice to this horrific part of American history.

For more information on these programs, contact Dr. Vivian Blevins: (937) 778-3815.

Cancer Association of Darke County holds their annual Gourmet Dinner Raffle

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You could be the winner of this raffle!

A Gourmet Dinner for 8 will be prepared by a gourmet cooking team.

Tickets are currently available now through February 08 for $5 each or 6 for $25. The drawing will be held on February 11.

The date of the dinner is decided by the winner.

The winner gets to choose the location. (Local)

Cancer patients in Darke County are battling a difficult disease. Proceeds of this fundraiser will go to Cancer Association of Darke County to help local cancer patients.

To get your tickets, call Christine at 548-9960, or email

Thank you in advance for your support!

Lucky Chops Engage Young Musicians at Edison State Music Education Clinics

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Lucky Chops saxophonist Daro Behroozi gives pointers to local students during a music education clinic held at Edison State Community College.
Following their performance at the 21st annual Holiday Evening at Edison State Community College, the high-energy brass funk band Lucky Chops put on two Music Education Clinics for over 370 area junior high and high school jazz students.

Lucky Chops set the stage for the second-day music education clinics by performing several top songs, including their original composition, “Without You,” a cover of The Jackson Five’s “I Want You Back,” and a mashup of several genres of music.

The band then took students through the process of composing music using improvisation techniques. Over fifty students had the chance to interact one-on-one with band members, performing improvised solos to The White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army.”

One student commented, “I went to the performance during the school day with my band and I got to go up and play with [Lucky Chops] and honestly, it was such a huge confidence boost. I learned a lot just from the short time I was up there and plan to use the information that I learned in band and during camps.”

Junior and senior high schools represented included Ansonia, Arcanum, Benjamin Logan, Hardin-Houston, Lincoln View, Miami East, Miamisburg, Mississinawa Valley, Piqua, Sidney, Tipp City, and Troy.

The Edison State Music Education Clinics were made possible by the Miami County Foundation, The Piqua Community Foundation, and The Edison Foundation.

Photographs, as well as a video, from the day can be viewed online at

Monday, January 14, 2019

Parks Winter Day Camp at Shawnee Prairie Preserve

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No school on January 21 for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day?

Register your child for Darke County Parks Winter Day Camp at Shawnee Prairie Preserve. “Forts, Fire and Food” will begin at 10am and end at 2pm. Children from kindergarten through 6th. grade are invited to spend the day exploring the park, building forts, tracking, hiking, fire-starting and cooking over a roaring campfire. Park naturalists will lead your children through the activities, crafts and more while enjoying the day off school. The fee for the day is only $15 and can be made by cash or check upon registration. Please make sure your child dresses for the weather, as the majority of this camp will be spent outdoors. Please register by calling Darke County Parks at 937-548-0165 or

Wager on the Arts Celebration Gala

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The Tipp City Area Arts Council will host its annual Wager on the Arts Celebration Gala on Saturday, January 26th at the Tipp City Eagles (2nd floor) located at 202 E. Main St, Tipp City. TCAAC members and guests will enjoy several stations of heavy hors d’oeuvres and desserts along with an evening filled with casino-style games. Game winnings can be used to bid on items donated by local artists, community members and businesses. Auction and raffle items will include original pieces of art, as well as, themed gift baskets, tickets and gift certificates to local events and businesses. Cost is $20 for members; $25 for non-members. Cocktail hour will commence at 6:00 PM; a cash bar will be available. Games will begin at 7:00 PM with raffles and an art auction following. Seating is limited so be sure to RSVP by January 24th. You may purchase your ticket online at or mail your check to Tipp City Area Arts Council, Box 74, Tipp City, OH 45371. Make checks payable to Tipp City Area Arts Council. You may also pay at the door. Casual or dressy casual attire is acceptable! All monies made at this event go to support our scholarship and children’s awards funds. You can help TCAAC celebrate their 10th year and their endeavors to support the arts in our community while enjoying a night out on the town at Wager on the Arts! We hope that you will join us!

EMT scholarship opportunities available to area locals

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Spirit Medical Transport, LLC, has announced another round of scholarship opportunities to those interested in becoming an emergency medical technician. However, this time the classes will be offered at either Celina or Van Wert instead of Greenville.

Starting today through January 28, 2019, at 6 p.m., Spirit will again accept scholarship applications from individuals who have an interest in becoming an EMT and working full-time for Spirit once they’ve successfully completed their class, passed their national EMT test, and completed field training. The “full-ride” scholarship involves a two-year full-time employment commitment to Spirit. Application requests can be made by going online to the Spirit webpage at and clicking on the graduation cap or by emailing Spirit’s Human Resource Assistant Andrea Cahill at

After submitting the application, candidates will be interviewed on a first-come, first-serve basis by a member of the Spirit Human Resources department. Panel interviews of scholarship finalists will take place the week of January 28th at Spirit’s Celina office located at 316 Portland Street, Celina. Orientation night for successful applicants will be 6 p.m. February 1, 2019. Successful candidates are paid while attending the classes.

The classes are a partnership between Spirit Medical Transport, LLC, and Four County Career Center based in Archbold, Ohio. Depending on the location of where most successful applicants live, will determine if the classes will be held at the Celina or Van Wert office of Spirit Medical Transport, LLC. Classes will be held five days a week starting February 25th through April 19tht. Scott Kaminski of Four County Career Center will serve as lead instructor for the class, while Mike Woodford and Scott Wolf of Spirit Medical Transport, LLC, will serve as secondary instructors.

Company officials say the program offered by Spirit is unique, while mutually beneficial.

Since the program first began in August 2017, over 50 EMTs have graduated from their scholarship program. Last August, the company expanded its scholarship program to its working EMT’s, offering them a paramedic scholarship program. There are currently ten Spirit EMT’s in a 14-month paramedic program that will end in October. That class is being held at Spirit’s Greenville office, also in partnership with Four County Career Center.

“We are focused on making Spirit Medical Transport a place where people come to work, learn, and grow in their EMS career,” said Spirit President/CEO Brian K. Hathaway. “Many of the people who have gone through our EMT program have come to love working in this career field. Many of the recipients of the program have shared that becoming an EMT is a dream come true for them that wouldn’t have otherwise been possible.”

Hathaway said this scholarship opportunity is slightly different from ones that have been offered in the past.

“For the first time since the scholarship program started, we have looked to change the location of where this class will be held,” Hathaway explained. “There has been an increased calling for our services in the northern Ohio region combined with an increased interest of individuals in this area. Based upon this, we have chosen to change the location of the classes this time around to better accommodate the needs and interests of our new applicants.”

With offices in Greenville, Celina, Sidney, and Van Wert, Ohio, along with Liberty, Indiana, Hathaway said the scholarship is open to people who live near their respective service areas. Company officials also provide transportation assistance to successful applicants who may not live near the class location, but still have an interest in taking advantage of the scholarship opportunity.

2019-2020 Small Game and Migratory Bird Hunting Seasons Proposed to Ohio Wildlife Council

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COLUMBUS, OH – The 2019-2020 small game and migratory bird hunting seasons and trapping seasons were proposed to the Ohio Wildlife Council on Wednesday, Jan. 9, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

The hunting season date proposals prepared by the ODNR Division of Wildlife maintain many traditional opening dates. Proposals concerning Ohio's white-tailed deer hunting seasons will be presented at the next Ohio Wildlife Council meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 13.

Notable changes among the proposals include providing an opportunity to increase the daily bag limit of walleye, sauger or saugeye, in Lake Erie when Ohio’s total allowable catch exceeds 3 million fish. Each year, a total allowable catch is determined for walleye by the Lake Erie Committee of the Great Lakes Fishery Commission. The proposed bag limit increase would be from four fish to six fish daily from March 1 to April 30 in Lake Erie, excluding the Sandusky River. (The four fish daily bag limit would remain in place in this river.) This proposed change would become effective in 2020.

Other notable proposals included modifying waterfowl bag limits by decreasing the brant and pintail daily bag limit from three to one and two to one, respectively; modifying annual shooting range permit fees to provide a savings to shooters when purchased at the same time as annual resident hunting licenses; and modifying the age requirements for youth hunting seasons so they are open to hunters age 17 or younger. This will provide for more uniform and consistent regulations for all youth hunting seasons.

Additional proposed rule changes included exempting nonresident anglers under the age of 16 from being required to obtain a nonresident Lake Erie fishing permit; allowing hunters to carry a printed or electronic version of their spring turkey, fall turkey, or deer permit(s); and removing Mosquito Reservoir from the list of ODNR Division of Wildlife properties where permits are issued for the construction of waterfowl hunting blinds, providing more access to hunters. For a complete list of all proposed changes, please visit the Winter 2019 Proposed Rule Summary at

The Ohio Wildlife Council is an eight-member board that approves all of the ODNR Division of Wildlife proposed rules and regulations. The council will vote on the proposed rules and season dates after considering public input.

Council meetings are open to the public. Individuals who want to provide comments on a topic that is currently being considered by council are asked to register at least two days before the meeting by calling 614-265-6304. All comments are required to be three minutes or less.

Open houses to receive public comments about hunting, trapping and fishing regulations and other wildlife issues will be held on Saturday, March 2. Open houses will be held at the ODNR Division of Wildlife District One, District Two, District Three and District Four offices, as well as the Greene County Fish and Game Association clubhouse in Xenia.

Open houses give the public an opportunity to view and discuss proposed fishing, hunting and trapping regulations with ODNR Division of Wildlife officials. For Ohioans who are unable to attend an open house, comments will be accepted online at beginning on Thursday, Feb. 14. Directions to the open houses can be found at or by calling 800-WILDLIFE (945-3543).

A statewide hearing on all of the proposed rules will be held at the ODNR Division of Wildlife’s District One office on Thursday, March 21, at 9 a.m. The office is located at 1500 Dublin Road, Columbus 43215.

ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at

Edison State and Hobart Institute Partner to Offer Welding Technology Degree

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Charlie Carpenter (L), Director of Skill Education at Hobart Institute
of Welding Technology, and Dr. Tony Human (R), Dean of Professional and
Technical Programs at Edison State meet on behalf of the two
institutions entering a consortium agreement
Edison State Community College and Hobart Institute of Welding Technology (Hobart Institute) have entered a consortium agreement, making it easier than ever before for students enrolled in Hobart Institute Accredited Welding Programs to continue on the path to an associate degree at Edison State.

Building upon a twenty-year partnership, the institutions’ latest agreement facilitates the transfer of credit from the Hobart Institute to Edison State for students who wish to pursue an Associate of Technical Studies (A.T.S.) in Welding Technology.

“We are pleased to bolster our partnership with Hobart Institute in which we provide educational opportunities to students from both institutions and strengthen their future work-based learning and employment opportunities,” said Dr. Tony Human, Dean of Professional and Technical Programs at Edison State.

Dependent upon the students’ career goals, the institutions support three pathways of completion. Students have the option to work toward an A.T.S. in Welding Technology, with a focus on Management, Manufacturing, or Quality.

Students enrolled in the program may apply up to 30 credit hours from Hobart Institute toward one of the ATS degrees now offered at Edison State. The remaining balance of coursework required at Edison State may be completed online or in person in as little as one year.

“We feel it is important to provide our students with a multitude of opportunities once they graduate,” said Charlie Carpenter, Director of Skill Education at the Hobart Institute. “Our team does a great job with career assistance, and we believe partnering with Edison State can help expand the opportunities for our graduates interested in further education. We are excited about the partnership and believe Edison State is a great option for our graduates seeking further education.”

According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics, employment of professionals in the welding career field is projected to experience a 6-percent growth from 2016 to 2026. Welders will be sought to aid in the nation’s aging infrastructure which will require the expertise of welders to help rebuild bridges, highways, and buildings. In 2017, professionals in this career field earned an average of $19.35 per hour or $40,240 per year.

The Associate of Technical Studies in Welding Technology degrees is approved by the Higher Learning Commission and the Ohio Department of Higher Education.

Edison State Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is recognized with the highest order attainable by the Ohio Board of Regents.

The Hobart Institute of Welding Technology is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges and is approved by The Ohio State Board of Career Colleges.

For more information about the degree pathways offered, call 937.778.8600 and ask to speak with a resource specialist.

2018 eFields Research Report Released January 9th

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High quality, relevant information is key to making the right management decisions for your farm. The eFields program at The Ohio State University was created to provide local information about critical issues for Ohio agriculture. The 2018 eFields Research Report highlighting 95 on-farm, field scale trials conducted in 25 Ohio counties will be released on January 9th. Research topics include nutrient management, precision seeding, crop management, soil compaction management, remote sensing, and data analysis and management. To help identify trial locations that are similar to your operation, each study includes information about weather, soil types, and management practices. Additionally, economic analysis was added to select trials this year. QR codes that link to videos featuring the researchers and partner farmers are available in the report.

The 2018 report is now available in both a print and e-version. To receive a printed copy, contact your local OSU Extension office or email The e-version can be viewed and downloaded at

The eFields team has planned four regional results meetings to discuss local results and gather information about research interests for 2019. There is no cost to attend; for more information or to register for a meeting, visit Please plan to join us for the meeting nearest you:

  • Southwest Region: February 13th, 9AM-12PM, Wilmington
  • Northwest Region: February 20th, 9AM-12PM, Wauseon
  • East Region: February 27th, 5-8:30PM, Massillon
  • West Central Region: February 28th, 9AM-12PM, Piqua

We would like to sincerely thank all of our 2018 collaborating farms and industry partners. The eFields team enjoys working with each of you and we are looking forward to continuing to learn together in 2019.

Follow our social media @OhioStatePA on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram or subscribe to our quarterly newsletter, Digital Ag Download (, to keep up with the eFields program throughout the year. For more information on how to get involved in eFields in 2019, contact Elizabeth Hawkins at

For more information about OSU Extension, Darke County, visit the Darke County OSU Extension web site at, the OSU Extension Darke County Facebook page or contact Sam Custer, at 937.548.5215.

Friday, January 11, 2019

January at the Arcanum Public Library

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It’s a brand new year, and the Arcanum Public Library can help you get off on the right foot. Come in to find a book to help you get organized, start an exercise routine, plan healthy meals, learn a new hobby, and lots more. Patrons can utilize the computers to start genealogical research or work on homework. Need a great story to read or movie to watch during a cold spell? The library is the place to go.

The library has several programs planned for January. StoryTime for preschoolers is held on Tuesdays at 10:00. Children listen to stories, sing songs, make a craft, and more. Kids in grade school can come to SPARK after school on Tuesdays from 3:45 – 4:45 to play games, meet with friends, and learn something new.

On Thursday, January 24, the Winery at Versailles will be giving an informative presentation about wine at 6:30. Registration is required for this educational event and patrons are asked to call or come in to the library to sign up.

The adult winter reading challenge has begun and will and run through March 31st. Each title a patron reads will be an entry to monthly drawings and a grand prize. Come in to the library for details and to get an entry log sheet.

Patrons can call the library for more information at 937-692-8484, or check out the website at The library can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.

Ohio Hunters Harvest more than 14,000 Deer during Ohio's Muzzleloader Season

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COLUMBUS, OH – Hunters checked 14,182 white-tailed deer during Ohio’s muzzleloader season, Jan. 5-8, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). During last year’s muzzleloader season, 13,268 white-tailed deer were checked.

Hunters still have opportunities to pursue deer this winter, as archery season remains open through Sunday, Feb. 3.

The ODNR Division of Wildlife remains committed to properly managing Ohio’s deer populations. The goal of Ohio’s Deer Management Program is to provide a deer population that maximizes recreational opportunities, while minimizing conflicts with landowners and motorists.

Hunting Popularity

Ohio ranks fifth nationally in resident hunters and 11th in the number of jobs associated with hunting-related industries. Hunting has a more than $853 million economic impact in Ohio through the sale of equipment, fuel, food, lodging and more, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s Hunting in America: An Economic Force for Conservation publication.

Find more information about deer hunting in the Ohio 2018-2019 Hunting and Trapping Regulations or at

An updated deer harvest report is posted online each Wednesday at

Editor’s Note: A list of all white-tailed deer checked by hunters using muzzleloaders during the four-day deer-muzzleloader season is shown below. The first number following the county’s name shows the harvest numbers for this year’s season, and last year’s numbers are in parentheses. Harvest numbers below are raw data and subject to change.

Adams: 284 (208); Allen: 56 (57); Ashland: 278 (204); Ashtabula: 310 (316); Athens: 359 (351); Auglaize: 61 (57); Belmont: 254 (306); Brown: 235 (159); Butler: 97 (93); Carroll: 363 (348); Champaign: 92 (60); Clark: 60 (47); Clermont: 178 (109); Clinton: 67 (63); Columbiana: 240 (292); Coshocton: 485 (487); Crawford: 93 (51); Cuyahoga: 1 (2); Darke: 54 (28); Defiance: 147 (91); Delaware: 79 (62); Erie: 43 (42); Fairfield: 144 (156); Fayette: 34 (29); Franklin: 37 (34); Fulton: 43 (40); Gallia: 203 (176); Geauga: 71 (102); Greene: 57 (51); Guernsey: 434 (463); Hamilton: 41 (34); Hancock: 70 (59); Hardin: 115 (101); Harrison: 326 (346); Henry: 48 (25); Highland: 219 (203); Hocking: 264 (358); Holmes: 330 (278); Huron: 175 (121); Jackson: 236 (218); Jefferson: 164 (182); Knox: 397 (328); Lake: 23 (31); Lawrence: 127 (83); Licking: 416 (363); Logan: 140 (127); Lorain: 138 (136); Lucas: 27 (28); Madison: 37 (21); Mahoning: 127 (138); Marion: 61 (49); Medina: 154 (104); Meigs: 338 (310); Mercer: 45 (28); Miami: 38 (45); Monroe: 214 (255); Montgomery: 31 (29); Morgan: 297 (366); Morrow: 133 (93); Muskingum: 455 (481); Noble: 263 (265); Ottawa: 35 (27); Paulding: 89 (69); Perry: 229 (240); Pickaway: 74 (55); Pike: 169 (168); Portage: 119 (112); Preble: 77 (69); Putnam: 27 (21); Richland: 269 (247); Ross: 257 (237); Sandusky: 63 (56); Scioto: 174 (168); Seneca: 117 (98); Shelby: 70 (60); Stark: 209 (166); Summit: 32 (38); Trumbull: 190 (216); Tuscarawas: 467 (396); Union: 79 (52); Van Wert: 32 (20); Vinton: 210 (255); Warren: 71 (82); Washington: 337 (344); Wayne: 194 (157); Williams: 111 (89); Wood: 51 (53); Wyandot: 108 (84).

Total: 14,168 (13,268).

ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at

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