Thursday, March 28, 2019

Suspect in Central Avenue Shooting Arrested

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Mariah Green, David Green, and Stephanie Green
On March 27th, 2019, officers from the Greenville Police Department received information that David Green, 50, was inside the residence of 410 Central Avenue.

Officers had been searching for David Green in connection to a shooting that occurred at that same residence on March 21st, 2019. A search warrant was obtained for the residence.

With the assistance of deputies from the Darke County Sheriff's Office and Special Response Teams from Darke and Miami Counties, entry was made into the residence. David Green was located and arrested for Felonious Assault in connection to the previous shooting.

Mariah Green, 22, of Greenville was also arrested at the scene and charged with Obstructing Official Business and Resisting Arrest, both misdemeanors of the First Degree. Stephanie Green, 48, of Greenville, was also arrested at the scene and charged with Obstructing Justice, a felony of the Third Degree.

Additional charges are pending review by the Darke County Prosecutor's Office.

Winner of 2019 Gourmet Dinner

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Left to right:       Gretchen and Mark Davis of Eikenberry’s and , Diane and Don Delaplane, winners.
Diane and Don Delaplane enjoy a Gourmet Dinner prepared by the local dinner club.

Each year, the Cancer Association of Darke County holds a Gourmet Dinner Raffle. The winner of that raffle and 7 guests are treated to a gourmet meal prepared by the local dinner club. The food for the meal is donated by Eikenberry’s each year and Minuteman donates the tickets. Kay Curry, President of the Board of Directors, oversees the event each year. The event this year was held at the home of Nancy Cooper. Nancy is a member of the dinner club along with Amy Breaden, Suzie Brown, Frank Curcio, Julie and Tom Graber and Eileen Litchfield.

The association appreciates the community involvement in this fun event and thanks all those who participate to make it a yearly success.

The proceeds are used to help local cancer patients.

Made in Dagenham at Library Film Series

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The Greenville Public Library's Third Floor Film Series will screen the 2010 film Made in Dagenham in April. Directed by Nigel Cole, Made in Dagenham is an inspiring and often humorous look at the fight for women's equality in the workplace.

Set in the working class London suburb of Dagenham in 1968, Made in Dagenham follows the efforts of a plucky group of women working as sewing machinists for the Ford Dagenham plant to receive pay equal to that of their male counterparts.

The inimitable Sally Hawkins plays fictional character Rita O'Grady, a young wife and mother who leads the strike and becomes the group's spokesperson. Excellent performances by Hawkins, Bob Hoskins, and Miranda Richardson make the film as entertaining as it is heartwarming.

Join us on Tuesday, April 2, at 6:30 p.m., as we screen Made in Dagenham. 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!


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Bish Discovery Extends Hours

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Spring is here and Darke County Parks’ Bish Discovery Center is preparing for local gardeners, cyclists and paddlers with extended hours. Starting April 2nd, the center will be open Tuesday and Wednesday 9:00am-3:00pm, Thursday and Friday 12:00pm-7:00pm and Saturday 9:00am-5:00pm. Stop at the center to rent a bike and spend the day exploring the Tecumseh trail. Rentals will be available starting April 13th. Take a stroll through the community garden to see what’s growing; see the aquaponics systems in action and learn about upcoming programs.

Bike the Tecumseh Trail for National Trail Opening Day April 13, @ 10am: Bish Discovery Center-Registration Required. Join us for a bike ride! Rentals available.

Natural Egg Dyeing April 13, 1pm: Bish Discovery Center-Registration Required $2.

On The Trail: Camping with Kids April 20, 1pm: Bish Discovery Center-Registration Required FREE. Get kids camping early for a lifelong love!

In the Garden: Seed Bombs! April 27, 1pm: Bish Discovery Center-Registration Required $5. Help renew pollinator habitats by making seed “bombs”!

For more information about upcoming programs and to register you and your family visit In addition, you can call the Nature Center at 937-548-0165 or the Bish Discovery Center at 937-808-4120.

Foundation Awards Grants to Greenville Educators

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The Greenville Schools Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of grants for the 2018-2019 school year. Awards totaling over $8,600.00 were made to assist educators by providing funds to implement or continue programs that help make Greenville the leader in educational offerings, student performance and community involvement; and to maximize the potential of each and every student.

Recipients are: Jennifer Yohey, Stephen Eldred, Scott Eberwine, Danesa Borgerding, Julie Brewer, Laura Bemus, Heather Crews, Amy Shilt, Wendi Gibson, Kristy Godown, Tammie Riffle, Ken Neff, Heather Heiser, Janelle Rinderle, Bart Schmitz, Holly Gann, Chad Lemons, Jerrod Newland, Lee Gehret, David Smith, and Susan Ahrens. They are pictured with members of the foundation board of directors.

Garst Remembers the Tragedy of the USS Shenandoah

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The Wreck of the Naval Airship USS Shenandoah
by Jerry Copas – Book cover
On Sunday, March 31, 2019, at 2 p.m., Garst Museum welcomes Mr. Jerry Copas, author of The Wreck of the Naval Airship USS Shenandoah (2017). Copas became interested in the USS Shenandoah many years ago in elementary school after seeing a photo in a book of the ship’s wreckage sprawled out on an Ohio farm in Noble County. Many years later as he was driving through southern Ohio, he decided to see if there was any evidence remaining of the tragedy. After locating the farm and the crash site, visiting the monuments and memorials in the area, and interviewing local historians, he envisioned the idea for the book.

It is no surprise that Copas would have an interest in airships filled with helium. He himself is co-owner of Images Aloft Balloning, Inc. He has been a balloon pilot for over 35 years and has piloted balloons in 30 states and 7 countries. He is a member of the Balloon Federation of America, the Balloon Society of Kentucky, the Akron Lighter-Than-Air Society, the Naval Airship Association, and the Navy Lakehurst Historical Society. He is a prolific author of magazine and newsletter articles on ballooning and aviation history and is awaiting release of his upcoming book, French Lick and West Baden Springs, which is due out in 2019.

Copas will speak about the USS Shenandoah and Lt. Cmdr. Zachary Lansdowne, who was piloting the Shenandoah on the day that it crashed in 1925. Based on the engineering of the famous German Zeppelins, the airship was a marvel of its day. When launched from the U.S. Naval Air Station in Lakehurst, New Jersey, the USS Shenandoah became the nation’s first rigid airship and the first to use helium gas. Unfortunately, rigid airships were especially vulnerable to bad weather, and the Shenandoah was no exception. On September 3, 1925, while starting off on a 3,000-mile publicity trip to the Midwest, the airship was ripped into several pieces by a storm over Noble County in southeastern Ohio. Fourteen men died, but 29 miraculously survived. On that fateful day, Lt. Cmdr. Zachary Lansdowne, a Greenville native, went down with his ship. The Garst Museum has an exhibit about Lt. Cmdr. Lansdowne, who had been deemed a national hero by the time he appeared on the cover of Time magazine on September 14, 1925. The wreck of the USS Shenandoah was front-page news nationwide, and Lansdowne was hailed as a hero who remained at his post until the end.

All Garst lectures are free and open to the public. However, regular admission will apply to tour the museum, which includes the outstanding National Annie Oakley Center, Crossroads of Destiny, Lowell Thomas exhibit, and Longtown display. Funding for this program was made possible, in part, by the Harry D. Stephens Memorial Foundation.

"Family Involvement" by Laura Bemus, Asst. Superintendent of Greenville City Schools

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According to research, a family’s involvement in their child’s education is the single most important factor in school success and achievement. Kindergarten enrollment is April 2, 3, and 4. As we prepare for the beginning of another year of school, here are some ways for families to be involved:

  • Visit the School
  • Attend Open House and Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • Read at home and review homework every day and continue reading during the summer
  • Support good attendance
  • Talk about school
  • Visit the school website to stay informed
  • Chaperone field trips or help in the classroom
  • Attend Waves of Pride, Tuesday, March 19 from 6:30 – 8:00 at Greenville High School
  • Attend Family Reading Night, May 7 from 5:30 – 7:00 at Greenville Elementary School

The school and home partnership are important. For a great beginning and success in school, we encourage parents and families to introduce yourself and get involved. This will make a positive and lifelong impact for our students.


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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County has been awarded grant funding from the Darke Rural Electric Trust to assist with costs associated with their Community-Based Matching Program. This program matches adult volunteers with children in need of a mentor to provide guidance, friendship, and a positive role model.

Big Brothers Big Sisters’ mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally-supported, one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. By partnering with parents/guardians, volunteers, and others in the community they are accountable for each child in their programs achieving higher aspirations, greater confidence, better relationships, avoidance of risky behaviors, and educational success. Studies prove that Big Brothers Big Sisters’ programs work and have proven youth outcomes. After just one year of enrollment, children are: 46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs, 27% less likely to begin using alcohol, 52% less likely to skip school, 37% less likely to skip a class, and 33% less likely to hit someone.

When children and teens have the influence of a caring adult, they are more likely to avoid unwanted behaviors and to focus on academics. Today’s youth face a variety of challenges, and being matched with a Big Brother or Big Sister can help them navigate these challenges and reach their potential. If you would like to become an event sponsor, donor, volunteer, or learn more about how you can make a difference in a child’s life, contact our local agency at 937-492-7611, 937-547-9622, or go to for more information.

Big Brothers Big Sisters is a non-profit United Way partner agency. In addition to United Way funding, they rely on grants, fundraisers, sponsors, and generous donors. To help support this beneficial agency, plan to attend their 13th Annual Duck Derby & Duck-N-Run 5K on June 20th at Tawawa Park in Sidney. Details can be found on the agency’s website.


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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County is excited to announce that they recently received grant funding from the Ketrow Foundation. The Ketrow Foundation offers funding for organizations in need who serve the Darke County community. The funding will be utilized for Big Brothers Big Sisters after-school Big Buddies mentoring programs located at Ansonia, Greenville, and Versailles Schools.

Big Buddies is a nine-month commitment where high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors volunteer two times per month to mentor elementary students. During these meetings, high school students, under the supervision of Big Brothers Big Sisters staff, work with one or two children on different educational and recreational activities. This year’s curriculum is entitled “Mindfulness: Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies” and focuses on brain development, social & emotional growth, nutrition, and exercise.

High school mentoring programs have become a widespread component of many nationally affiliated Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies. Studies prove that children who spend time with a positive role model are more likely to become healthy, productive adults. Big Brothers Big Sisters has a vision for all children to achieve success in life. Their mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally-supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. By partnering with parents, guardians, volunteers, and others in the community; BBBS is held accountable for each child in their program achieving higher aspirations, greater confidence, better relationships, avoidance of risky behaviors, and educational success. The Big Buddies program has proven beneficial not only for the “Littles”, but for high school volunteers as well.

Big Brothers Big Sisters is a non-profit United Way partner agency. Help support our local Big Brothers Big Sisters by participating in their 13th Annual Duck Derby & Duck-N-Run 5K on June 20th. If you would like to become an event sponsor, donor, volunteer, or learn more about how you can make a difference in a child’s life, contact our local agency at 937-492-7611, 937-547-9622, or go to for more information. Duck Derby adoptions, 5K registration, prize information, and more information regarding the upcoming event can be found on the agency’s website.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

State of the Heart Social Worker Reflects on Her Career During National Social Workers Month

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In honor of National Social Workers Month, State of the Heart Hospice Social Worker Ashlee Rogers shares what being a social worker in a hospice setting means to her.
I graduated from Ashland University with my bachelor degree. I have been a SW for 19 years. I have worked in Hospice care for 13 of those years.

I was so excited to return to Hospice care when I moved back to Darke County, where I was raised. When people ask me what type of work I do, I sometimes find myself pausing for a moment before I answer as I know the reaction that I am going to get, “Wow, how do you do that, really, isn’t that hard?” My answer is always a confident and proud “Yes, I am blessed to work in Hospice care; this is what I have been called to do.”

I am honored to be able to walk with patients and families through their end of life journey; to provide comfort, reassurance and stability, and support. It is a privilege to do this type of social work. Through the years and many learning experiences while working in Hospice care, I now have a deep reverence for life. Hospice work is not just about helping someone die with dignity, peace, and comfort, but it is about affirming one’s life. I feel so blessed every day to be a part of a team that is dedicated, compassionate, and gives all of themselves to honor the lives of our patients. I often feel that I have received far more than what I have given during my Hospice career.

I will always be thankful for the life lessons and many blessings I have received from my patients and families about living life and having faith.

This is why I am honored and proud to be a Hospice Social Worker.

State of the Heart Care is excited to introduce three of its newest Board of Director members: Lauren Henry, Twyla Hayes, and Jordan Francis!

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Lauren Henry is the Executive Director for the Wayne HealthCare Foundation in Greenville, Ohio. She has been working in this role since April of 2015, and prior to that was the Executive Director for the Darke County United Way from 2007-2015. Lauren graduated from Miami University with her BS in Business Administration in 2001 and in 2004 obtained her MBA from the University of Findlay. She is involved with many organizations including the Society for Human Resource Management, Ohio Association of Healthcare Philanthropy, National/International Association of Healthcare Philanthropy, Greenville Rotary Club, and the Area Agency on Aging. Lauren also holds the following certifications: Professional in Human Resources (PHR), Society of Human Resource Management – Certified Professional (SHRM-CP), and Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE).
Lauren shared that she wanted to join State of the Heart Care’s Board of Directors because “It is an honor to represent this board for our community. I have had family members and friends utilize hospice services first-hand and the kind care and dignity during disease and at end-of-life is treated with the utmost compassion and importance for loved ones. I enjoy being part of a team that gives their heart and love to others in their difficult times.” Lauren is a life-long resident of Darke County and currently resides in Greenville, OH with her husband Chad and their three boys: Carson, Ethan, and Garrison.

Twyla Hayes is the co-owner and creative director at Brand It Marketing Communications in Rockford, Ohio, which opened in 2004. Prior to that, she spent 13 years instructing at Wright State University’s Lake Campus. Twyla received her Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design and Marketing as well as Specialized Associate Degree in Visual Communication from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. She stays active serving on numerous other boards including the Celina-Mercer County Chamber of Commerce as Past President, the Leota Braun Charitable Foundation as Vice-President, and she has previously served on the board for WTLW-TV 44. Twyla is also a member of the Rockford Area Development Corporation and is the Children’s Church Leader for Mt. Tabor Church of God.
When asked why she joined the Board, Twyla stated, “I consider it an honor to be involved with a caring worthwhile organization.” Twyla resides in Rockford, OH with her husband Pete and together they have three grown sons, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren.

Jordan Francis is the Director of Wellness Services for Wayne HealthCare in Greenville, Ohio, working in this role since June of 2015. Jordan holds a Master of Public Health and Bachelor of Arts in Community Health Education and Sports Management. He has also pursued education in kinesiology and exercise science. Jordan’s role as Director of Wellness Services includes implementing employee wellness initiatives, providing support to community public health efforts, coordinating community health education and preventive screening activities, and initiating implementation of corporate wellness services. In addition to his duties at Wayne HealthCare, Jordan is President of the Darke County Wellness Challenge, a member of the Healthy Ohio Business Council and the Ohio Public Health Association, and volunteers as a youth strength and conditioning coach.
When asked what brought him to State of the Heart Care as a board member Jordan stated, “I wanted to serve an organization that represents a field that is both a personal and professional interest.” Jordan resides in Englewood, OH.

YMCA Youth Soccer League Signups Deadline is Friday!

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DARKE COUNTY, OHIO- Get ready for spring soccer at the YMCA of Darke County starting in March! This year, the league will take place at both our Greenville and Versailles locations. Practices and games will be on Saturday mornings.

YMCA Youth Sports teach kids to play by the rules, respect the game, and maintain an attitude of good sportsmanship. Y youth sports coaches teach your child the fundamentals of the sport, and just as important, focus on the YMCA’s character development traits of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility.

YMCA Youth Sport offerings are available to both members and non-members. Kids who are included on family memberships can participate in soccer league at no charge, other than a $6 t-shirt fee! The fee for youth members is $30 and $55 for non members.

This year the league has expanded to include 3 age groups, ages 4-5, 6-8 and 9-11. Registration is open now! Please register in person at either the Greenville or Versailles branch. A printable registration form/waiver is available on our website.

Key Dates:

  • Registration deadline- Friday, March 29
  • Pre-season assessments for ages 6-8 and 9-11- Saturday, March 30
  • Practice begins for all age groups- Saturday, March 6
  • Last game: Saturday, May 25

Our leagues would not be possible without the support of volunteers! If you would like to volunteer to coach or assist, please contact Jessie Langenkamp at 548-3777 or Cole DeNise at 526-4488.

Bistro Off Broadway continues major Empowering support

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Bob Robinson, Executive Director of Empowering Darke County Youth, left, accepts a donation from Ted Abney, owner of Bistro Off Broadway.
GREENVILLE - Ted and Diana Abney, owners of Bistro Off Broadway, have continued their support of Darke County young people with another major donation to Empowering Darke County Youth for its After School and Summer Tutoring programs.

The Abneys have been strong long-time supporters of the Darke County Community, not only by providing a quality dining menu but also for their support of various community organizations and the education of Darke County’s young people. Their support of local youth has included college scholarships, local 4H programs and, for the past two years, Empowering Darke County Youth programs.

“We can’t thank Ted and Diana enough for their long time support of our kids, and especially helping us work with kids who need extra help reaching their educational goals,” said Bob Robinson, Executive Director of Empowering Darke County Youth. “They are great examples of the people we need to help to make a strong community.”

The Empowering After School Program recently passed the halfway mark in its work with Greenville students, grades kindergarten through eight, for the 2018-19 school year. Since its inception in 2016, Empowering has worked over 13,000 hours in its After School and Summer Tutoring programs with nearly 500 students from four school districts. The organization hopes to expand both its After School and Summer Tutoring programs to at least one additional district later this year.

In order to expand its reach to more students in Darke County, Empowering needs continued support from the community. It can be in the form of volunteering, provision of snacks and supplies, or donations and grants. To find out more how you can help, go to the Empowering Darke County Youth Facebook page or email:

Easter/Spring Bazaar

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Diane Delaplane is announced the winner of the Annual Gourmet Dinner Raffle held by Cancer Association of Darke County

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Left to right: Gretchen and Mark Davis, Diane and Don Delaplane
The event was held at the home of Nancy Cooper. Diane and her seven guests were treated to a wonderful five course meal prepared by the local dinner club consisting of the following: Nancy Cooper, Amy Breaden, Suzie Brown, Frank Curcio, Julie and Tom Graber and Eileen Litchfield. The meal was prepared, served and cleaned up by the dinner club.

This group provides this wonderful service each year for the raffle held by Cancer Association of Darke County. The proceeds from the raffle are used to help local cancer patients in their difficult battle.

Congratulations to Diane and her guests and a BIG thank you to all those who worked hard to prepare the wonderful meal.


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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County is pleased to accept a grant from the Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust to assist with funding for their after-school Big Buddies programs at Ansonia, Greenville, and Versailles Schools. The Big Buddies mentoring program allows high school volunteers to meet two times per month with elementary students to offer activities which are planned and supervised by agency staff. Each high school student is assigned to work with one or two children throughout the nine-month program. This year’s curriculum is entitled “Mindfulness: Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies” and focuses on brain development, social & emotional growth, nutrition, and exercise.

Children enrolled in the program are provided with positive role models who offer guidance, support, and life-enhancing activities. Big Brothers Big Sisters vision is for all children to achieve success in life. Their mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported, one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better forever. By partnering with parent/guardians, volunteers, and others in the community they are accountable for each child in their program achieving higher aspirations, greater confidence, better relationships, avoidance of risky behaviors, and educational success.

Big Brothers Big Sisters is a non-profit, United Way partner agency, and is supported through financial contributions and annual fundraisers. Their 13th Annual Duck Derby & Duck-N-Run 5K is coming up on June 20th at Tawawa Park in Sidney. If you would like to make a big difference in the life of a child, either through volunteering, financial contribution, or event sponsorship; please contact the agency at 937-492-7611, 937-547-9622, or go to for more information. Duck Derby adoptions, 5K registration, prize, and sponsorship information can be found at the agency’s website.


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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County received a grant from the DP&L Foundation to address the mentoring needs of at-risk youth through their after-school Big Buddies program. “Big Brothers Big Sisters is truly grateful for the support we receive from the DP&L Foundation. Last year we served over 600 youth through our programs, and this is all thanks to the support of companies like DP&L. This grant award will go a long way in our non-profit organization in matching high school Big Buddy mentors with K-4th grade children in our seven after-school Big Buddies sites,” said Executive Director, Jennifer Bruns.

Big Buddies is a nine-month commitment where high school students volunteer two times per month to mentor elementary students. During these meetings, high school volunteers, under the supervision of Big Brothers Big Sisters staff, work with one or two children on different educational and recreational activities. This year’s curriculum is entitled “Mindfulness: Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies” and focuses on brain development, social & emotional growth, nutrition, and exercise.

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. Their next major fundraiser, 13th Annual Duck Derby & Duck-N-Run 5K, will be held on June 20th at Tawawa Park in Sidney. Big Brothers Big Sisters is a non-profit, United Way partner agency. If you would like to make a big difference in the life of a child, either through volunteering, financial contribution, event sponsorship, or event participation; please contact the agency at 937-492-7611, 937-547-9622, or go to for more information.

Fireside Reading at Oakley Place

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The Greenville Public Library has recently partnered with Oakley Place Assisted Living to provide programming to their residents. Reference Librarian Caitlyn Clark will be sharing her love of reading with the residents twice a month as a Fireside Reader. Based on the interests of the residents, she will be reading excerpts from several Chicken Soup compilations and will be taking future reading requests from those who attend. Caitlyn is currently scheduled to read on 29th at 11:00 a.m.

Warren Richards, also a Reference Librarian, will be coordinating games at Oakley House. He will be introducing various games to the residents that concern memory building and cooperation. Visits from Warren will occur once a month beginning in April. The Library is very excited about this newest outreach opportunity and we look forward sharing our resources with the community there.

Country Heirloom Gardens

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Do you remember Grandma's garden? Would you love to recreate that bounty of abundantly fragrant and colorful heirloom flowers? Kim Cromwell, member of the Ladybug Garden Club, will be at the Greenville Public Library to help you do just that! She will discuss how to design a country garden using heirloom plants and which plants compliment each other.

Join us Thursday. March 28th, at the library at 6 p.m. The Ladybug Garden Club will also be donating the book Heirloom Country Gardens by Sarah Wolfgang Heffner. This is a free event. Registration is not required.

Monday, March 25, 2019

Greenville Police Identify Suspect in Central Avenue Shooting

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David A. Green
On March 21, 2019, at around 7:05 p.m., Greenville Police Officers and rescue personnel were dispatched to the 400 block of Central Avenue in reference to a male with a gunshot wound. Upon arrival, the victim, a twinty-five year old male from Richmond, Indiana, was located and subsequently flown to Miami Valley Hospital by CareFlight for his injuries.

Through investigation, it was discovered that David A. Green, 50, of Greenville, Ohio fired one round from a shotgun inside a residence in the 400 block of Central Avenue which struck the victim. Green then fled the scene. A warrant to arrest David A. Green has been obtained through the Darke Count Common Pleas court for felonious assault.

Anyone with information regarding David Green's location is asked to contact law enforcement immediately. Green is considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information regarding any crime is asked to contact the Greenville Police Department at 937-547-1103, or the Darke County Crime Stoppers tip line at 937-547-1661. All callers may remain anonymous.

Friday, March 22, 2019

GPD Release: Thursday Evening Shooting

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On March 21, 2019 at approximately 7:05 pm, Greenville Police Officers responded to a shots fired call at the location of 410 1/2 Central Ave. A male subject was found bleeding. Subject was taken to Wayne Hospital and subsequently transported to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton.

Greenville Police Officers and Detectives collected evidence and statements. This is a continuing investigation.

Monday, March 18, 2019

Downtown Greenville Farmers’ Market Vendor Open House

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GREENVILLE, Ohio- Calling all crafters, artisans, gardeners, farmers and bakers! Have you considered selling your items at the Downtown Greenville Farmers’ Market? The market is presented by Main Street Greenville and they are looking for vendors! The Downtown Greenville Farmers’ Market will be open every Saturday morning, June 1st through October 12th, from 9 am - 1 pm in front of the Courthouse.

Those interested in selling their items at the Farmers’ Market are invited to join Main Street Greenville for their Vendor Open House. This will take place at KitchenAid Experience (423 S. Broadway) on Thursday, March 28th from 6 pm - 7 pm. Main Street Greenville will be answering questions, greeting returning vendors and helping new vendors sign-up for the 2019 season.

The market offers a variety of selling options, ranging from one Saturday to every Saturday of the season.

“The Downtown Greenville Farmers’ Market provides a friendly and fun location for local individuals to sell their goods. If you’re looking for local produce in the summer months the Farmers’ Market is a great way to get the freshest goods and support local farmers”, said Crysta Hutchinson Bloomingdale, Executive Director of Main Street Greenville.

If you are interested in selling goods at the Farmers’ Market, but are unable to attend the open house, contact Main Street Greenville for an application form at 937-548-4998 or

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


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Historic Bear’s Mill is announcing a new season of “Art at the Mill” opening in the Clark Gallery on March 29; featured artists at this first exhibit are Greenville-area painter Michael Glass and sculptor Bill Feinberg, who maintains a studio in Cincinnati’s Pendleton Arts Center. As in the past, the exhibit will open with an artists’ reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the final Friday of the month where finger food and drinks will be offered; the artists will briefly share information about their work, methods and inspiration at 7 p.m. “Art at the Mill,” curated by Jan Roestamadji and Julie Clark, is free and open to the public.

According to Jan Roestamadji, “Art at the Mill” for 2019 will include unique pieces from a broad range of media. “Viewers will see lots of color, as well as work that is simply fun to look at,” Ms. Roestamadji stated. Julie Clark reported that the depth of regional talent available provides an exciting pool of work that will appeal to art lovers and the general public alike. “Art at the Mill” provides a perfect venue for a wide array of artists whose art is enhanced by our warm, inviting gallery space,” Ms. Clark said. “We are looking forward to sharing our space with outstanding artists who deserve recognition,” she concluded

Bill Feinberg creates sculptures in a variety of media including wood, stone, and sometimes plaster bronze and steel. While nearing retirement from his 35-year career as a Professor of Sociology at the University of Cincinnati, Bill was urged by his wife to take a class in stone carving at Cincinnati’s Art Academy; he did. “And I was totally hooked after just two hours,” he confessed. Feinberg’s work is representational while at the same time somewhat abstract, with influence from Inuit sculptors as well as recent masters. When asked what pieces he will bring to the Mill, he replied that some of the pieces to be displayed were inspired by birds.

Birds will also show up in Michael Glass’s paintings, as will butterflies and other subjects inspired by the environment surrounding us. The constantly evolving artist says that he seeks to create realistic images enhanced by abstract expressionistic energy. “Life is in constant motion, never static; if I paint an image that looks like a photograph, I am failing to demonstrate the many dimensions of the subject’s past, present, and future,” he said. A graduate of Columbus College of Art and Design, Michael says that the driving force behind his art is exploration. “The search for and discovery of narratives or stories defines my perspective on life,” he explained.

Historic Bear's Mill, owned and operated by Friends of Bear’s Mill, is located at 6450 Arcanum-Bear's Mill Road about 5 miles east of Greenville. “Art At the Mill” is funded in part by a grant from Darke County Endowment for the Arts, and can be viewed during regular Mill store hours. Current hours of operation are Sundays 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays; these hours will expand in April. For more information, contact Bear's Mill at 937-548-5112 or

“One Book, Many Communities” and more at the Arcanum Public Library

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The APL is participating with other local libraries in a reading initiative for northern Miami Valley residents. Patrons are invited to read the book “The One” by John Marrs and to participate in the many programs planned around the book. This thriller has readers wondering how far they might go to find their perfect match. All one needs to do is send in a DNA sample and wait for the name of your true love. As the story reveals, even soul mates can have secrets. The APL is hosting a book discussion on Thursday, March 28 at 6:30 for anyone interested. On Thursday, April 4, Amie Tennant will be presenting DNA Testing Ethics: Things to Consider at 6:00. In this lecture, Amie will discuss what is considered sound ethical practices for genetic genealogy and will presents case studies to help patrons consider their own opinions on utilizing DNA for research. No registration is needed for either of these events. There will be an interview with John Marrs via Skype at the Piqua campus of Edison State Community College. Join patrons from the area on Wednesday, April 10 at 1:30 as the author shares his thoughts on his book. Feel free to call the library for more details concerning this fantastic event.

David Nilsen, a beer writer and educator, will be presenting his third “Brew Review” with a focus on porters and stouts on Thursday, March 28 at 6:30. Patrons are asked to call the library to register in advance for this event.

The adult winter reading challenge is wrapping up with the last day to turn in entries March 31. Each title a patron reads will be an entry for a prize. Come in to the library for details.

Did you know the library has an App? You can search for items, check your account, place holds, and have a digital copy of your card. It is available in the Apple App Store and Google Play. Search for “COOL Libraries”.

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.

Brethren Retirement Community to Host Seminar – Getting Your Affairs in Order

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At 6:30 PM on Thursday, March 28, 2019, Brethren Retirement Community will host a seminar on getting your affairs in order, presented by local attorney, Ted Finnarn, in the Brick Room.

Regardless of age, you never know when an accident or illness may occur. If someone had to make sense out of your financial and legal matters without your help, would they know what you own and owe, where your legal documents are kept or even who you wanted to make decisions regarding your care? Please join us for an informative seminar to help you get organized and learn what information and legal documents you may need in place before you need them, when you can make decisions for yourself.

This is a free event. Reservations are required and seating is limited. To reserve your seat, please call 547-7628.

Darke County Republicans to host Candidate Forum

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May 7 primary election candidates to answer questions

GREENVILLE, OHIO – The Darke County Republican Women’s Club (DCRWC), with the support of the Darke County Republican Men’s Club (DCRMC) and the Darke County Republican Party (DCRP), is hosting a Candidate Forum at 10 a.m. on March 23 at the Chestnut Village Center of the Brethren Retirement Community, 750 Chestnut Street, Greenville.

Republican candidates appearing on the May 7 primary election ballot will be featured. Greenville Law Director, City Council Ward 1 and City Council Ward 4 are contested races. The races for Greenville Mayor, Auditor and Council Ward 2 are uncontested.

All candidates for the contested races have been invited to appear. Jesse J. Green and Michael A. Rieman will be on the ballot for City Law Director. Tracy T. Tryon and Clarence Godwin are both running for Greenville City Council Ward One. John Hensley and Matthew Staughler are vying for Greenville City Council Ward Four.

The following uncontested race candidates have been invited to appear: Greenville Mayor Stephen M. Willman, Greenville Auditor Roxanne Willman, and Greenville City Ward Two Councilwoman Doris Howdieshell.

Each candidate will have an opportunity to introduce themselves and those facing contested races will be given the additional opportunity to answer questions submitted by the audience.

“The members of the DCRWC, DCRMC and DCRP are all happy to be able to provide this service to help the voters of Greenville become acquainted with the Republican candidates,” explained DCRP Central Committee Chairman Cindy Pike, who will also serve as moderator.

The program is free as a public service to the Greenville voting community. If there are questions, please contact DCRWC Program Chairman Lyn Bliss at (937) 548-5687 or email her at:

DCRWC is a political group founded to provide political education and legislative information; provide a wider knowledge of the principles of the Republican Party; increase the number of registered Republicans; recruit, promote, and support qualified Republican women for political office; give exposure to and work actively for all Republican candidates; and lend support to the activities of other Republican organizations. The DCRWC is a multi-generational, multi-cultural organization providing the structure and support for political activists to learn, engage, and flourish. The Club is chartered by the National Federation of Republican Women and is a member of the Ohio Federation of Republican Women. For more information, visit: or email President Betty Hill at:

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County Scholarship Offered.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County will be offering four $500 scholarships for students attending college in the 2019/2020 academic year. Two scholarships will go to Darke County graduates, and two will go to Shelby County graduates.

Those who wish to be considered for the scholarship should be students who have maintained at least a 2.5 GPA throughout high school and enrolled in a school within Shelby or Darke County. They also must have been a volunteer for the Big Brothers Big Sisters Buddies program for two full academic years and have attended at least 75% of the sessions of which they were involved. Applicants must also plan to pursue an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in any field of study at an accredited two- or four-year college or university or technical school.

Students interested in applying can get the application from their guidance office, their Big Brothers Big Sisters Community Service Coordinator, or online at on the “Scholarships” page.

The scholarship deadline is April 4, 2019, and recipients will be announced on May 1, 2019.


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GREENVILLE - The 6th annual Scentral Park 5K for the Dog Park will be held Saturday, April 20, 2019, at the Darke County Fairgrounds beginning at 9 a.m. This race is part of the Darke County Wellness Challenge and encourages participants to run or walk with their dogs. The dogs must be on a leash, in a stroller/wagon or be carried. The entire event will be within the fairgrounds. Prior to the 5K there will be a free Kid’s Fun Run at 8:30.

Although many seasoned runners compete in this event the Scentral Park 5K is a great time for families, families with pets, or anyone who just wants to have fun and support Scentral Park. The entry fee for kids 14 and under is only $5 without a shirt. We also offer this price to seniors who are 65 and older. The complete course is stroller friendly.

All regular age group awards will be given with special awards being given to the Top 3 dogs that finish with a Male and Top 3 dogs that finish with a Female.

The Friends of the Shelter opened Scentral Park, Darke County’s only dog park, in March of 2013 having raised the necessary funds from donations, grants and fundraisers. No taxpayer money was used. Scentral Park is maintained and improved through the monies raised by this 5K race.

Marco’s Pizza will again be providing free pizza and bread sticks at the finish line. Boston Stoker will have free coffee and hot chocolate before and after the 5K. Special treats will be available for the dogs.

The Friends of the Shelter want to thank their Presenting Sponsor Tribute Pet Memorial Services as well as all the other sponsors and donors who have already committed their support to this 5K (in alphabetical order): Barry Family Dentistry, Gordon & DeSantis Orthodontics, Keven Flory Landscaping, Kline Timber, Max Hole, Sadie Grace Boutique, Schultz Motors, Turbo Dean, Wayne Healthcare, Western Ohio Podiatric Medical Center and Zechar Bailey Funeral Home

For more information please contact . Free online registration can be done at People wanting shirts must register by April 7. Race information is also available inside the Darke County Animal Shelter and at

Hearts and Hugs for Hospice

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Faith United Methodist Church recently completed their February Valentine Mission project. This year, warm fuzzy lap blankets were made to comfort Hospice State of the Heart patients. The blankets were delivered to Hospice after being blessed by Dr. Rev. Greg Herndon. Faith UM Church is a mission-minded church located at 101 E. South St. in Arcanum. All are welcome to attend the 10:00 a.m. Sunday Service.


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Student Council volunteer Calli Hess displays the Lead The Way
Scholarship poster at the Beavercreek High School blood drive.
DAYTON, Ohio – Community Blood Center and Vectren are celebrating 15 years of co-sponsoring the Lead The Way Creative Scholarship competition. Five area high school seniors can win $1,000 for college tuition. The deadline to enter is April 20.

For the 15th anniversary of the Lead The Way competition CBC is introducing a new on-line application form available at the CBC website, Students can now easily submit information, upload their high school transcript, and upload images or video of their work.

Scholarship applicants are challenged to design a winning marketing campaign for a high school blood drive. They must craft an original theme or slogan; explain briefly why it would encourage students to donate; and creatively express the theme using traditional marketing techniques, digital or social media campaigns, or through innovative, artistic methods.

To be eligible for the scholarship students must be graduating, college-bound seniors whose high school hosts a blood drive in CBC’s 15 county service area of western Ohio and eastern Indiana. A minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average is required.

All applicants must submit online entries by April 20. They have the option to mail or deliver full-scale samples of their design work to: Community Blood Center/Attn: CBC Educator, 349 S. Main St., Dayton, OH 45402. Work samples must be postmarked or delivered by April 20. The online application form and examples of winning campaigns are available at For more information contact Cristina Pickle at

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Upcoming Events at Bradford Public Library

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Staff at Bradford Public Library are busy planning new events to keep you entertained while you wait for spring to finally arrive!

Kathy Weigandt will return April 4 at 6:30 with an Easter Wreath Class. This easy to assemble wreath will look beautiful anywhere in your home as you prepare for the Easter season. Class fee of $20 is due at time of sign up. Checks payable to Kathy Weigandt. Registration cut off is March 25. No class size limit means you can grab several friends and join us! Please stop in or visit our Facebook page to see the wreath!

The One Book, Many Communities events have begun! Nine local libraries including Arcanum, Piqua, Tipp City, Milton Union, J.R. Clarke, New Madison, Troy, Edison State Community College and Bradford are taking part in this promotion. Participants will read “The One” by John Marrs and can take part in various activities based on the book offered at the libraries. Bradford Public Library will have a book discussion on April 4 at 6:30. Copies of “The One” are available at Bradford Public Library. Stop by to get one today!

Looking for a new way to work off those winter pounds? Cardio Drumming continues on Monday nights from 7-8 and Wednesday mornings from 9-10. You can adapt the workout to fit your fitness needs! Free classes….you provide your equipment. Call the library to register or find out what you need to join us!

Rush’s Rowdy Readers meet every Thursday from 5-6:00 pm. This enthusiastic group of young adults with learning challenges welcomes all who wish to improve their reading skills in a relaxed environment. Snacks, laughs and lots of smiles are guaranteed! Registration not required.

As always, if you have questions about any of our upcoming events please call us at 937-448-2612 or visit our Facebook page. We hope to see you soon!

Greenville Senior High School Orchestra in Concert: Tonight!

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A concert will be given the Greenville Senior High School Orchestra on Thursday, March 14. The concert will begin at 7pm in the beautiful Memorial Hall. The performance by the orchestra is free and open to the public. The orchestra will perform various selections for the evening including music both classical and pop and show. Please plan to join us for a wonderful evening of orchestra music with the Greenville High School Orchestra.

2019 Poultry Days Headliners

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A festival theme of Rock -N- Roll All Night & Poultry Every Day requires great music and large quantities of poultry. This year offers a new mix of musical styles with new bands, festival favorites and local talent. While the full lineup will be announced soon, the Poultry Days Board is proud to announce the headliners for June 14, 15 and 16th.

Northwest, Ohio party rock veterans Brother Believe Me make their Poultry Days debut on Friday, June 14th! Featuring a high energy and crowd-interactive stage show, this is one band you don’t miss! Billing themselves as playing “everything but country”, their song selections run the gamut from Bruno Mars to Tom Petty to Metallica to Imagine Dragons – and everything in between! Whether you’re into the 70’s, 80’s, 2000’s, dance, pop, or rock – there’s something for everyone at a BBM show! They have been playing the Northwest and Central Ohio festival circuit for over eleven years, and have collectively opened for such national artists as Velvet Revolver, Sevendust, Staind, and Three Days Grace.

Popular Saw Creek will be back for Saturday night. Led by experienced musician Steve Rosenbeck, along with his son Zach and two nephews Jared and Jesse Ranly. This country music band specializes in Classic and Top 40 Country music by the likes of Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Kenney Chesney and many more. They have played in Nashville, Toby Keith's bar and grill, and have opened for artists Dylan Scott and Clark Manson.

Back to Chicken City for the second year, Tricky Dick & The Cover-Ups are a top-tier cover band that will bring Sunday night under the Social Tent to another level. Based in Cleveland, they have performed for thousands of audiences over 10 years. This band has one mission: to make sure everyone has as much fun as possible. An ever-growing song list that is updated weekly ensures that fans never see the same show twice. Members of the band rotate instruments and lead vocals, allowing for a fresh and exciting mix every single time they play. Tricky Dick performs a huge variety of songs back-to-back for a non-stop, high energy party!

Versailles Poultry Days and the Village of Versailles would like to invite you to the 68th annual Poultry Days Festival June 14, 15, and 16th, 2019. We will close the highway again just like we have since 1972 for a weekend of chicken, friends and fun. Please visit the website for event details and schedules or follow us on Facebook.


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Big Brother, Jaysen Rump, teaches his Little Brother, Blake,
how to bowl at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County's
annual Bowl for Kids' Sake.
This year’s Bowl for Kids’ Sake was held on Friday, March 1, and Saturday, March 2, at Bel-Mar Lanes in Sidney and Treaty Lanes in Greenville. The event was supported by 129 local businesses and individuals who sponsored, made general donations, and/or donated prizes for the event. The two-day event brought together 330 bowlers to make up 66 participating teams. Preliminary figures show that Bowl for Kids’ Sake has raised $44,009.46 for the Shelby and Darke County agency, which is $8,990.54 shy of their $53,000 goal. Donations are still be accepted to help catapult Big Brothers Big Sisters past this ambitious goal.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County would like to thank the surrounding communities, businesses, and individuals who supported their biggest fundraiser of the year. Executive Director, Jennifer Bruns, recently shared, “the support Big Brothers Big Sisters receives from the community, businesses, and people year after year through our Bowl for Kids’ Sake event blows me away. We are very fortunate to be a part of such great communities. The event was a complete success regardless of if we reached our overall goal. The kids we serve are the ones that will benefit from the proceeds, and that is all that counts." The money raised will go toward their after-school “Buddies” program and their community-based program. Both programs establish one-to-one mentoring relationships between caring adults and children. Last year, the local agency served over 600 children throughout Shelby and Darke County.

Prize levels were determined by the amount each individual fundraised. Participants who raised at least $50 ($25 for those under 18) were awarded with an event t-shirt. Those who fundraised up to $75 were entered into a drawing for a $50 Amazon Gift Card, and this year’s winner was Jeff Weaver who bowled with the Littman-Thomas Insurance team. Those who fundraised up to $150 qualified for three entries into the Amazon Gift Card drawing along with one entry for a $500 Cash Grand Prize drawing. This year’s Grand Prize winner was Dave Keiser, who also bowled with the Littman-Thomas Insurance team. The “Individual Most Money Raised” award went to Joe Rizzo, who raised $450 in addition to his company-sponsored entry from Cargill. Joe was awarded a Columbus Overnight Gift Basket including overnight accommodations, four admission tickets to COSI, and a $25 Darden Restaurant Gift Card. Participants also had the opportunity to participate in scavenger hunt-style games to win door prizes during the fundraiser. Photos from the event can be found on the agency’s website.

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

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County’s 13th Annual Duck Derby & Duck N Run 5K will be held on Thursday, June 20, at Tawawa Park in Sidney. The Duck Derby is a fun and exciting way to continue supporting one-to-one mentoring programs in our community. By “adopting” rubber ducks, you are given the chance to win fabulous prizes, all while making a difference in the life of a child. Duck adoptions, sponsorship opportunities, and 5K registrations are available on the agency’s website.

Big Brothers Big Sisters is a non-profit United Way partner agency. If you would like to become an event sponsor, donor, volunteer, or learn more about how you can make a difference in a child’s life, contact our local agency at 937-492-7611, 937-547-9622, or go to for more information.

Beginner Beekeeping

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Come see what all the buzz about beekeeping is all about!
With the increased awareness of the importance of pollinators, Darke County Parks invites those interested in beekeeping to a free class on March 16 at 10am. The program will be held at Shawnee Prairie Preserve Nature Center. Get acquainted with the basics of beekeeping including equipment, natural history and maintenance. Join an experienced beekeeper and naturalist for an introductory look at getting you started on your beekeeping journey. This program is free but registration is required.

Visit to create an account and register today! Alternatively, you can register via phone (937-548-0165) or in person at the Nature Center.


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Darke County Center for the Arts will present “Piano Men: A Tribute to Elton John and Billy Joel” at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall on Saturday March 30. 
Darke County Center for the Arts will present “Piano Men: A Tribute to Elton John and Billy Joel” at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall on Saturday March 30; the show, the third of DCCA’s Artists Series 2018-2019 Ruby Anniversary season, starts at 8 p.m. “This timeless music reaches across generations to appeal to an audience from many demographics and almost all ages,” said DCCA Artistic Director Keith Rawlins. “Broadway veterans Craig A. Myer and Donnie Kehr bring the iconic piano men Elton John and Billy Joel to life in an unbelievable concert featuring legendary songs that everyone knows and loves,” he stated.

Craig A. Meyer has appeared on film and television, toured throughout the United States as Skimbleshanks in the Broadway musical Cats and internationally with music legends Barry Manilow and Frankie Valli. Donnie Kehr has originated roles in award winning musicals such as Jersey Boys, The Who’s Tommy, and Billy Elliot, and appeared in films including Clint Eastwood’s film version of Jersey Boys, as well as on stage with musical icons Pete Townshend and Frankie Valli.

According to Mr. Rawlins, Meyer and Kehr will face off with two pianos occupying center stage, accompanied by the all-star musicians and backup singers of “The Rocket Band” to present a dynamic interactive concert celebrating two pop music giants. “In addition to “Piano Man,” you’ll hear “Crocodile Rock,” “Just the Way You Are,” “Rocket Man” and on and on through a familiar and beloved list of hits,” Rawlins explained.

“Piano Men” is sponsored by Coppock-Hole Trust, Greenville National Bank, and The Advocate & The Early Bird Newspaper . 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 show.

Tickets for “Piano Men” are $25, and can be purchased 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. Patrons are reminded that parking is now available at the new parking lot at the site of the now-demolished junior high building, including four handicap-accessible spaces just outside the now readily accessible entrance on the west side of St. Clair Memorial Hall; the lot can be entered from Armstrong Street and Central Avenue.

57th Annual Darke County Sheriff’s Patrol Home & Sports Expo: April 5,6, and 7

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Come one come all to the 57th Annual Darke County Sheriff’s Patrol Home & Sports Expo beginning Friday, April 5, 2019 at 4:00pm.

There will be an opening ceremony at 6:00pm followed by a Fish and Game presentation by Jeff Wenning of the Ohio Dept. of Natural Resources. The show will continue on Saturday the 6th from 9:00am to 9:00pm and on Sunday, April 7th, 10:00am-4:00pm. This is a FREE public event with donations accepted. Come experience this Great Expo in the Dairy & Beef Pavilion on the north side of the Darke County Fairground entering at the east entrance.

Over 110 vendors will be located inside and outside the pavilion. There will be recreational vehicles, camping, fishing and outdoor displays along with landscaping, home improvements and demonstrations. Experience the flavors from the Sheriff’s Patrol Kitchen and other exhibitor’s. Enjoy fishing in a Kids live fishing pond, participate or cheer on the youth who compete in the Ohio State Championship Kiddie Tractor Pulls on Saturday and the National Kiddie Tractor Pulls on Sunday. The Sheriff’s Dept. will have their K-9 unit presentation on Saturday at 10:00am and 4:00pm The Greenville High School Wavaires will perform Saturday at 7:00pm.

 For further details about the Expo, please visit our Facebook page, DarkeCountySheriffsHomeShow or contact one of the committee members: Joe Wintrow, Jerry Bunch, Aaron Kruckeberg, Dick Rhoades, or Don and Diane Delaplane, 937 548 8799. This is a great event for all ages. Raffle tickets will be sold for fabulous Door prizes for which you do not need to be present to win. Come and support the Sheriff’s Patrol which is mainly funded by two fund raiser events a year, not taxes. Be sure to visit our businesses and great organizations. Hope to see you at the Home & Sports Expo, April 5, 6 and 7th, 2019

You may also consider placing on your Calendar of Events by just using the following: Darke County Sheriff's Patrol Expo will be Friday, April 5 - Sunday April 7 at the Darke County Fairgrounds Beef & Dairy Pavilion. This is a FREE event for all ages.

Visit our Facebook page for further details: DarkeCountySheriffsHomeShow or call Aaron Kruckeberg at 937 417 4929

Poultry Days Vendor Space

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Reservations are now being accepted for space in the Vendor Tent during the Poultry Days Festival, June 14-16th. Options include 10 x 10 ft. spaces in the Vendor Tent or space for your own tent. All Vendor Tent spaces are on asphalt, while 15 x 15 ft. spaces for your own tent or display are available on either asphalt or grass. Booths inside the tent start at $100 with discounts on additional space and discounts if you register before March 15th.

If you are interested in being a part of this celebration, please download Vendor information at and return the signed application and your payment. Registration will remain open until noon on Friday, June 14, 2019 or until all spaces are full. The vendor area is managed by the Zac Richard Memorial Scholarship Fund which can be contacted at

Friday, March 8, 2019

Free Immunization Clinic

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In order to meet school immunization requirements, the Darke county health department will be hosting a vaccine clinic from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 16th at SPIRIT Medical Transport, located at 5484 State Route 49 South, Greenville.

Student currently in 6th and 11th grade who attend Darke County schools should have received a letter sent to their home through their school during the past couple weeks. The letter invites students to receive the needed vaccines during the upcoming health department clinic and also outlines the requirements, which now includes two vaccines for incoming seventh-graders – a Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis) in addition to a meningococcal vaccine. The second requirement is that now all incoming seniors also are to receive the meningococcal vaccine.

The vaccine clinic is totally free for families.

Those who have medical coverage should bring a copy of their insurance card. Copies of the card will be made on-site and the health department will bill the insurance company. Whatever reimbursement the health department receives from an insurance company to cover the vaccine costs, will be accepted.

For additional information concerning the state vaccine requirements or the upcoming health department clinic, contact the health department at 937-548-4196 x224.


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February has certainly been a mixed bag, hasn’t it? This winter, and particularly February, has been schizophrenic; it could not decide if it wanted to be a full continuance of winter, or an early start to spring. A few times it was both in the same day! I don’t know about you, but I am thankful it is over, and I am totally ready for Spring!

February seemed to be the month in the office where we prepared for all upcoming events, and it looks like March will be busy. We know that in March we will be doing the county schools FFA Banquets and other meetings. These are all set up in February for us. We know they are coming, just waiting on the dates.

We have been working on several projects, some for quite a while, and they seem to be getting closer to becoming reality. Hopefully, we can make some good announcements in March. Our County Financial Audit was completed and once again we had a strong report from the State Auditor. Due to the performance of Carol Ginn and her department, the State Auditor has confirmed that Darke County continues to operate in a very sound financial manner. Thanks to the Auditor’s Department for a job well done…..again! The CHIP (Community Housing Development Program) had its first hearing in February, and the second hearing is set for March 25th at 10:00 a.m. in our office. If anyone is interested, please call our office.

Two new employees were added in February, Scott Naas as the Airport Manager, and Carl McCullough, who is the new Facility and Maintenance Manager. Scott has been on board now for about a month, and has shown to be a good hire and asset for the Airport Manager Position. His previous experience with other airports and aircraft related businesses will be invaluable as he takes over the airport operations. Carl has an extensive background in the military, and has many practical, mechanical and leadership skills that will assist him in the performance of his job. We welcome Carl on board as a county employee. The man he replaced, Rodney O’Connor has left to go back to his old job, and we wish him well as he did a great job for the county while he was here.

In other news, Whirlpool was in an article in the Wall Street Journal the last week of February. The article is titled “KitchenAid’s Key Ingredient: Investing in Workers. ‘It’s not just a dead-end job anymore’”. The article focused on plant manager Jenni Hanna and the entire Whirlpool team in Greenville. This makes the third or fourth time that Whirlpool or Darke County has been featured in the premier business newspaper for our accomplishments in the economic development arena. Congratulations to Whirlpool and all of our great employers who have made Darke County a continuing manufacturing bright spot! Midmark is moving along with their expansion, and BASF recently just completed an update on their facility. Darke County sees this growth continuing into the near future.

Our office is gearing up for another good year for Darke County. Why don’t you become a part of it by coming to a meeting? The meeting times have stayed the same, 1:30 on Mondays and Wednesdays in the Commissioner’s office at 520 South Broadway in Greenville. Hope to see you here!

The Darke County Commissioners

New Madison Kiwanis Helps Local Family Attend Medical Conference

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The New Madison Kiwanis Club hosted the Miller Family at their Jan. 17 meeting. The Miller’s youngest child, Chris, has CardioFacioCutaneous (CFC). About 500 individuals worldwide are diagnosed with CFC, but scientists estimate that it occurs in 1 in 1,000,000 births. Individuals with CFC have heart defects, distinctive facial characteristics, and various skin conditions. Most also have feeding and digestive issues, short stature, vision problems, and seizures. Overall, children with this condition fail to thrive.

While Chris battles nearly all of these issues, he is thriving in his large, lively family that includes his parents Melanie and Ted and his three siblings – Haley, Teddy, & Caleb. The family attended the Kiwanis meeting to share some exciting news. The entire family will be attending an International Conference in Florida this July because for the first time, the conference is close enough for the family to drive. Both his parents and siblings will have opportunities to attend panel discussions and seminars designed for family members of children with CFC. In addition, because of his work with Chris, his neurologist will be attending to consult with other CFC patients from around the world. Because the Kiwanis group strives to support families and children in our community and throughout the world, the members agreed unanimously to give support to the family, but there is much more that can be done to help them on their journey. Please help us to help them with housing, travel, and food costs.

For more information on CFC, visit If you or your organization would be interested in supporting the Miller Family in this endeavor, contact Brenda Miller at 937-996-1741 or Gwen Tinkle at New Madison United Methodist Church , 937-996-5341.


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Sunday, March 31 the Greenville Church of the Brethren, located at 421 Central Avenue, will be joined by the Greenville High School Wavaires. The Wavaires will perform their 2019 Cantata, “Old Church Choir” during the regular worship service. Some songs to be featured are Old Church Choir, Holy Spirit, Reckless Love, Living Hope and Glorious Day.

There is no admission fee for the church performances, and the public is cordially invited to attend and support this group of young, talented performers. Service begins at 10:30 AM.

Be sure to invite your family friends for this special event.

Fun Bunch 4-H Club Installs Officers, Graduates Clover Buds

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Front row: Madi Nelson, Ali Nelson, Katie Plessinger & Bella Gulley. Back row: Zach Burton, Christina Crawford, Hannah Plessinger, Chasity Johnson & Isaac Gulley
Katie Plessinger & Madi Nelson
The Fun Bunch 4-H Club is busy with lots of great activities coming up! The most recent Fun Bunch meeting was held on February 10, 2019 at the American Legion Hall in Greenville.

At this meeting, two Clover buds, Katie Plessinger and Madi Nelson, graduated to become regular 4H Club members.

They also held the installation of new officers, including President Isaac Gulley, Vice President Chasity Johnson, Secretary Bella Gulley, Treasurer Zach Burton Health and Safety Officers Hannah and Katie Plessinger and Madi Nelson, Historian Ali Nelson, and Reporter Christina Crawford.

Fun Bunch is going to be involved in the trash bash on April 13th and 14th. There will be a safety meeting at each assigned road, after which each team will gather and bag trash to be picked up and removed. Fun Bunch wants to help make sure our community is kept clean and beautiful!

They are also participating in a candy fundraiser. The candy bars are $1.00 each. If you want one, you better get one soon from any Fun Bunch member! The sale ends soon and supplies are limited. Choices are caramel, almond, milk chocolate, and dark chocolate bars.

The next meeting will be on March 10th @ 2 pm, at the American Legion. If you would like more information on the Fun Bunch 4-H Club, please feel free to join us!

Quilt Club at Library

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The Greenville Public Library welcomes back the Towne Squares Quilt Club on Saturday March 16th from 9:00 to 4:00. Once again they will be set up at the Library to display their beautiful quilts and the craft behind creating them. If you’ve ever wondered what goes into making a quilt or simply love the splendor and design of quilts, then stop in. The quilters will be happy to answer any question that you might have about quilting.

This year the quilters are working on pillowcases for servicemen overseas in association with the Blue Star Mothers of America who support military personnel and their families. “The military represents all aspects of America as does our organization. We have over 6,000 members from over 200 Chapters throughout the nation.” For more info visit

The Club holds a monthly business meeting the third Tuesday of the month in the BRC Brick Room at 7:00 p.m. They love new members so anyone interested in quilting is welcome. They span all levels of skills and experience. Being a part of a club provides additional benefits such as friendship, mentorship, and camaraderie. The Club auctions quilts each year for charity and donates quilts to Hospice. See for more info.

Performance Mortgage Announces Campaign to Support Homeless Veterans

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Greenville, OH: Performance Mortgage has announced a 2019 charitable campaign supporting The Journey Home, a transitional Veterans’ shelter. Located in Winchester, IN, The Journey Home works with Veterans from across the country. They aim to assist homeless Veterans in getting off the street while providing stability, support, and interventions so that those Veterans can attain housing and independence.

“One of our initiatives for 2019 is an increased focus on helping Veterans and Active Service Members take advantage of the benefits of the VA home loan program,” said John Heath, Co-Owner of Performance Mortgage. “As part of that initiative, our ownership team met with Eldon Solomon, Executive Director of The Journey Home in early 2019. We learned about the staggering number of Veterans whose immediate concern is finding a safe place to sleep every night. After this meeting, we felt moved to make a financial commitment to The Journey Home. We are honored to work with this wonderful organization and help them work towards their goals of ending Veteran homelessness.”

Performance Mortgage is pledging a $25 donation to The Journey Home for every VA loan closed in 2019. These funds will be used to help The Journey Home in their efforts to find and get Veterans off the streets, transition them to permanent housing, develop or improve their employment opportunities, and engage the Veteran into resources and benefits that are available to them.

For more information about The Journey Home, visit:

March Lunch & Learn at Library

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The Greenville Public Library’s Lunch & Learn for March will feature Jesse Berry from Blue Lantern Tea. Jesse will speak on the exceptional health benefits tea has to offer and demonstrate the beauty, rich philosophy, history and overall culture of tea.

Jesse was scheduled for February but due to winter weather we had to postpone his talk until this month. Lunch starts at noon on Wednesday March 20th at the Library. Please register at 548-3915.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Darke County Board of Developmental Disabilities Announcement

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The Darke County Board of Developmental Disabilities intends to contract for engineering services in connection with the following project:

Training Center Renovations: This project includes renovations to improve an approximately 7,270 square foot facility currently operated as an assembly workshop into a training center. The project will entail shell, floor and ceiling renovations, new windows and doors, interior finishes, plumbing, HVAC, lighting and sprinkler upgrades, audio/visual installations, kitchenette area, and related items to make the training center complete. Services will include design, permitting, bidding, and construction administration services. Anticipated engineering design timeframe is March 2019 through May 2019 for design and permitting; May 2019 through June 2019 for procurement; and June 2019 through December 2019 for construction completion. All work must be completed no later than December 31, 2019.

Professional engineering services will be required for design, the bidding process, grant administration, and construction engineering services. The engineering firm shall demonstrate experience with similarly type projects as well as working with the Ohio Development Services Agency and the Miami County Building Department.

Statements of Qualifications should include information regarding the firm’s history, education and experience of owners and key technical personnel, the technical expertise of the firm’s current staff, the firm’s experience in designing similar projects, availability of staff, the firm’s equipment and facilities, professional references, and any other work performed for the Darke County Board of Developmental Disabilities or Darke County.

Firms interested in being considered for a contract to provide the required services described above should send or deliver three (3) sets of Statements of Qualifications to the Darke County Board of Developmental Disabilities, 5844 Jaysville-St. Johns Road, Greenville, Ohio 45331 no later than March 8, 2019. Questions regarding this request should be directed to Mr. Michael Beasecker at 937-548-9057. Statements received after this deadline shall not be considered.


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Mote & Associates, Inc., Engineers and Land Surveyors, located in Greenville, Ohio established a scholarship in October of 2002 at a celebration to honor the founder of the firm, Richard Mote, for his 30 years of dedicated leadership and his passion for engineering and surveying. The scholarship is for a commendable student seeking a post high school education or enrolled in an accredited college program in the field of engineering, surveying, architecture, or a closely related field of study.

High School and College Undergraduate Scholarship applications for the 2018-2019 academic year can be accessed and completed on-line at; or may be requested by contacting the company office listed below.

Mote & Associates, Inc., in business for over 47 years, encourages all qualifying students to apply. Applications must be returned to the office of Mote & Associates, Inc., 214 West Fourth Street, Greenville, Ohio by Friday, April 5, 2019. For more information, contact our office at 937-548-7511 or by e-mail at

Fort GreeneVille DAR Honors Vietnam War Veterans Day at Greenville Public Library

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Prospective DAR member Caitlyn Clark, DAR members Sandra King and Helen Wright. (Not pictured: Kathleen Gade)
Fort GreeneVIlle Chapter DAR, a 50th Anniversary Vietnam War Commemoration Commemorative Partner, would like to invite everyone to visit the National Vietnam War Veterans Day display at the Greenville Public Library during the month of March. On the second floor, the display will feature Vietnam era military items on loan from the Darke County Fairgrounds Veterans Building. The display is in honor of our local Vietnam Veterans.

National Vietnam War Veterans Day is observed on March 29th. It recognizes Veterans who served in the US military during the Vietnam War. In March 2017, President Trump signed the Vietnam War Veterans Proclamation Act of 2017. The Act officially recognizes March 29th as Vietnam War Veterans Day annually. Welcome Home!!

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