Friday, June 28, 2019

Race to Remember

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State of the Heart to Host Senior Scam Presentation

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Main Street Greenville’s July First Friday is set to be one of the largest of the year with a wide range of activities including live music, a water balloon toss, limbo, lawn games, and a free outdoor movie!
Main Street Greenville will be introducing a new theme for July’s First Friday event, Heat Wave! The lazy, hazy days of summer are finally here, so head on over to downtown Greenville to make your memories of winter fade away.

For some good old fashioned summer fun, stroll on downtown Friday, July 5th from 6 to 9 pm.

The festivities will include music by Shannon Clark and the Sugar, a water balloon toss, oversized lawn games, an outdoor movie, and fun family activities.

Shannon Clark and the Sugar will perform from 7 to 9 pm on 5th Street between the Coffee Pot and Michael’s Fine Clocks and Jewelry. They are a local band whose sweet vibes will make for one sun-sational evening. Shannon and the Sugar specialize in a multitude of genres from soul, pop, rock, to alt-country, so there is a special song for everyone who comes out to listen.

BMF Fitness, a new downtown business, will be hosting limbo on W. Third St. throughout the evening, so be sure to breeze through, enjoy the beach party vibes, and see how low you can go! Right across Broadway on E. Third St., Main Street Greenville will be offering a “pocket park” made possible thanks to a partnership with Rotary Club of Greenville and Hupmans Lawn Care. This temporary park will be open to the public to enjoy a place to sit down, relax, socialize, and enjoy some oversized yard game fun!

Main Street Greenville will also be offering a water balloon toss contest on the courthouse lawn starting at 7:00 pm! Grab a friend and see if you can go the distance without letting your balloon pop. The winners of the toss will receive a $10 gift card to Chillz Frozen Yogurt!

Once the sun sets bring out your lawn chairs, blankets, family, and friends for an outdoor movie showing at the “Theater on Third” sponsored by Greenville National Bank! The event will feature a family friendly movie (to be announced) starting at dusk (approx 9:15 pm). Theater on Third is an outdoor movie experience and will be located in the city parking lot behind Bach to Rock. This outside event is free and concessions for purchase will be provided for a perfect ending to another dreamy summer night.

In addition to all the activities listed above, many downtown businesses will be open late for all to enjoy, so make reservations for dinner and explore the shopping experiences offered.

First Friday: Heat Wave is sponsored by Second National Bank. Headquartered in Greenville, Second National Bank is part of the Park National Corporation, a group of strong community banks based in Ohio. Second National was originally chartered in July 1883 and has 8 offices in Greenville, Arcanum, Versailles, Fort Recovery and Celina.

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 (

Greenville’s Jennifer Overholser to be Featured in Solo Art Exhibition

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“Transitions” will Showcase Over 25 Original Oil Paintings at the Conneaut Arts Center with a Reception on July 13th

GREENVILLE – The Conneaut Arts Center is excited to host an exhibition of paintings from Jennifer Overholser for its July show. Titled Transitions, the show will feature over 25 original oil paintings from the Greenville based artist.

“Life is full of transitions,” Overholser said. “For me, the last few years saw transitions from college to the working world, single life to married life, and from growing up in northeast Ohio to now living here in Greenville. You’ll see some of these transitions in my work as my landscapes represent various parts of the state from Ashtabula County where I grew up to local scenes right here in Darke County.”

In addition to life’s transitions, Overholser said another reason for the title is that she is currently transitioning her method for painting. “Most of my earlier works were all oil paintings created using brushes, and you’ll see some of these in the show. In the last year, though, I’ve begun working with palette knives. It really allows you to be more expressive and creative with the piece and helps to add texture.”

While the show will feature both paintings completed with brush and palette knife, Overholser said one common theme in the show is the overall style. “While the landscapes all represent different parts of the state, everything I do is inspired by the Impressionists. I’ve always loved the result of the bold strokes and markings in Impressionist styled works as it truly helps give each painting its own unique personality.”

The public is invited to an artist’s reception at the Conneaut Arts Center located at 1025 Buffalo Street in Conneaut, Ohio on Saturday, July 13th from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Light refreshments will be served, and Overholser will be on hand to talk about her works and answer any questions visitors may have. The show will remain on display at the center through the end of July. A portion of the proceeds from paintings sold at the show will go to benefit future programs offered by the Conneaut Arts Center.

To learn more about Overholser and her paintings, you can visit her website at You can also find her on Facebook at Paintings by Jennifer Overholser and on Instagram @jennifer_overholser.

Kristi Strawser Appointed to Ohio’s first Palliative Care and Quality of Life Interdisciplinary Council

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State of the Heart Care is proud to announce that Executive Director Kristi Strawser, MSN, MBA, RN, CHPN, NE-BC has been selected to serve on Ohio’s first Palliative Care and Quality of Life Interdisciplinary Council.

The Ohio Department of Health selected 20 members from all aspects of the healthcare community to make up the council, including individuals who have worked with various age groups and have experience in various palliative care delivery models such as acute care, long-term care, hospice care, home health agency services, home-based care, and spiritual care. The Ohio Department of Health states the council will be working towards the goal of integrating palliative care into Ohio’s health care systems and enhancing the use and development of palliative care throughout Ohio. According to AARP, palliative care is a team-based specialty focused on providing relief to patients from the symptoms and stress of a serious illness. Palliative care can offer relief from many symptoms such as fatigue, shortness of breath, and depression, with research also showing that it may even help prolong patients’ lives.

Kristi had an interest in applying for both personal and professional reasons. She has been passionate about palliative care on a personal level after witnessing the benefits it can provide firsthand through the care her daughter, Corynna Strawser, received. From a professional level, she stated, “It is also a fantastic opportunity to have a voice on the council as a rural hospice provider.” Kristi was officially appointed by Amy Acton, MD, MPH, and Director of Health for the Ohio Department of Health on May 20, 2019. The first council meeting will occur in July.

When asked what she hopes to provide by being on the council, Kristi shared, “My goal is to help give both professional and personal feedback and guidance to help move palliative care forward to provide this valuable service with high-quality outcomes for patients.”

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Concerts in the Park to Begin June 30

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The Greenville Municipal Concert Band will kick off the 2019 season this Sunday, June 30th at the Marling Band Shell in the beautiful Greenville City Park. The concert will begin at 7pm. The concerts in the park are free and open to the public.

This week, the GMCB will present music from the Greatest Showman. The concert will feature vocalists John and Chelsea Whirledge. One of the hottest musicals to come out in sometime, The Greatest Showman portrays the life of PT Barnum and the rise of his fame and fortune. The band will also perform a medley of hits by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons with the music from Jersey Boys. Featured also will be marches by John Philip Sousa and other park band favorites.

We hope you will come out to the Greenville City Park on Sunday, June 30 at 7pm to hear the first show of the season. Plenty of bench seating is available or you are invited to bring your own lawn blankets or chairs.

The Greenville Municipal Concert Band 2019 Season. All concerts will begin at 7pm.

  • July 7 A Celebration of Independence
  • July 14 Concert Band
  • July 21 Greenville Municipal Jazz Band
  • July 28 No concert
  • August 4 Concert Band
  • August 11 Concert Band
  • August 18 no concert
  • August 25 Jazz Band
  • September 1 Concert Band

Board of Elections Seeks Poll Workers

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Are you interested in serving your community while earning some extra cash? Are you a high school student looking to add to their job resume or college application? If you answered yes, then we would like to talk to you.

Each election, we employ 172 people to work at the polls. Any active voter is eligible to work. We are always looking for new, enthusiastic workers. We are having a shortage of Democrat affiliated workers. You may also be non partisan. If you are interested, please stop by our office at 300 Garst Ave. just behind Garst Museum, message us on Facebook, or call 548-1835. We would love to hear from you.

FEMA to visit Darke County

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Residents of Darke County who experienced property damage from the Memorial Day tornadoes have the availability to apply for assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). FEMA has a number of assistance programs that individuals and businesses could be eligible for. To assist those impacted, FEMA will be at the New Madison Public Library, 142 S Main St New Madison, Ohio 45346 on Monday July 1, 2019 from 3:00 PM – 7: 00 PM.

Disaster assistance registration is also available by the following: Phone: 800-621-3362 TTY: 800-462-7585. Please have the following information when you apply: Social Security Number (one per household), Address of damaged home or apartment, Description of damage, Information about insurance coverage, Telephone number, Mailing address, Bank account & routing numbers for direct deposit of funds.

Questions may be directed to the Darke County Emergency Management Agency at 937-548-1444.


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Versailles Towne and Country Players’ annual Summer Entertainment Series includes many opportunities to enjoy good music, but when Cincinnati-based band Boo Radley takes the stage for their performances on Versailles’ inviting Main Street Fountain Square on Saturday, July 6, they will also challenge their audience the help raise funds to find a cure for pancreatic cancer. Boo Radley, consisting of lead vocalists Mark Hamilton and Stacy Jordan, plus Chris Mulvaney and Mark Roden on guitar, drummer Jerry Cline, and John Kellington playing bass, has been on the scene for over ten years, playing at high-profile venues in the Cincinnati area and beyond. Now, lead guitarist Chris Mulvaney, a 1981 Versailles High School graduate, has established a partnership with the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network to host a fund raising campaign combatting the disease which took the lives of both his father and mother, longtime Versailles residents Jerry and Jane Mulvaney.

Chris and his sisters Erin Marshall, Elizabeth Alexander, Teri Shuler, and Deb Gallagher are hoping to involve the greater community in this drive, and have enlisted the support of other families who have been impacted by pancreatic cancer, including Chris’s classmates Brenda Bohman Rice who lost her father Fred to the feared disease, and Mike Prakel, who in honor of another victim, his father Stewart has issued a special challenge to the VHS Class of 1981, to make contributions which anonymous donors will match up to $500, achieving a significant first step in reaching the campaign’s goal of $2500. Also the families of Scott Shappie, VHS Class of 1978, and Vaughn Wakefield are participating in this effort to fight the scourge which has disastrously affected so many community members.

“We are banding together to raise money for a great cause, and hope to see you on the square in Versailles on July 6; you will be supporting efforts to double survival for this deadly disease by 2020,” explained Mr. Mulvaney. Currently, only 8% of pancreatic cancer patients survive their battle with the dread disease. Donations to this campaign against pancreatic cancer can be made by visiting the Boo Radley for Pancreatic Cancer Research page on the Website: Contributions can also be made at the concert.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County Secures Local Funding to Assist with Mentoring Programs

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The Harry D. Stephens Memorial fund recently awarded a grant to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County. The grant is designated for their after-school Big Buddies youth mentoring programs during the 2019-2020 school year. 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 students, under the supervision of Big Brothers Big Sisters staff, work with one or two children on different educational and recreational activities. The upcoming school year’s curriculum is entitled “Peace Works” and will focus on conflict resolution, learning through literature, and having a win-win attitude.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County’s 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. Their vision is for all children to achieve success in life. One-to-one mentoring programs provide support, activities, education, and most importantly, a mentor for children who may need a positive role model. Children involved in this program have the opportunity to engage in fun, social, and academic enrichment activities with their mentor. Thanks to generous donations like that from the Harry D. Stephens Memorial fund, mentor and mentee matches in the Darke County area continue to grow and help children in a positive way.

Big Brothers Big Sisters is a non-profit United Way member 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.

Annie Oakley Golf Committee and Cancer Association of Darke County plan Annie Oakley Golf Tournament for July 22, 2019

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2019 Annie Oakley Golf Committee members (left to right:) Front row:  Christine Lynn, Kay Curry, Lynn James, Larry Ullery and Angie Arnold. Back row:  Scott Frens, Lisa Frens ,Jack Sloat and Ed Curry.  Not pictured Kent James, Matt Arnold, Kay Sloat, Todd Durham and Beth Durham.
Preparations for the 38th Annual Annie Oakley Golf Tournament are underway! Last year 94 golfers signed up for the 18-hole event, which benefited the Cancer Association of Darke County. Committee members for the tournament are Matt & Angie Arnold, Scott and Lisa Frens, Kent & Lynn James, Todd and Beth Durham, Jack & Kay Sloat, Ed & Kay Curry, Larry Ullery and Christine Lynn.

Last year’s tournament was very successful and the event raised $15,000.00 for the Cancer Association of Darke County. This fundraiser helped the association to provide benefits to over 250 Darke County residents battling cancer. These benefits were provided in the form of reimbursement for medications, transportation, medical supplies and nutritional supplements such as Ensure.

This year’s tournament is scheduled for July 22nd at the Turtle Creek Golf Course and will feature a shotgun start with scramble format, chances to win great prizes and dinner for the golfer and their guest. Most importantly, the proceeds from this fun and exciting event will once again benefit the local and independent Cancer Association of Darke County.

Lunch will be served at 11:15 a.m. with tee off time scheduled for 12:15 p.m. Each golfer has the opportunity to win a new car for a hole-in-one on the sixth and seventeenth hole. Any golfer getting a hole-in-one in the eighth hole will win their choice of premium golf equipment. The golfer getting a hole-in-one on the eleventh hole will win a Yamaha Golf Cart.

Additional information and entry forms for the 38th annual tournament are available at the Cancer Association of Darke County (PH: 937-548-9960, or EMAIL: ) or from any tournament committee member.

Thank you in advance for your support of this worthy community cause.

4th of July Breakfast

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The New Madison United Methodist Church will be sponsoring the New Madison 4th of July pancake breakfast on Thurs. July 4th from 7:00-10:00 am. Breakfast includes all you can eat pancakes and sausage. The church is located at 149 N Main St. New Madison OH.

Handicap accessible and parking available.


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2019 – 2020 BPW Officers (left to right) Vicki Cost, Deb Smith, Karen Sink, and Kasey Christian
Greenville, OH - The Greenville Business & Professional Women’s Club (BPW) June 13th meeting was hosted at the Brethren Retirement Community by the newly elected officers President Deb Smith, Vice President Kasey Christian, Secretary Karen Sink, Treasurer Vicki Cost and Assistant Treasurer Leigh Fletcher.

President, Deb Smith asked each attendee to write down two or three items they are passionate about on a note card. Each person was told to keep these items posted in front of them and to take steps to help them achieve their passions throughout the coming year.

A focus on health and wellness will be one of the themes for the upcoming meeting year. In accordance with this theme, members voted to change their normal 2nd Thursday of the month meeting date from September 12th to September 19th so members would be able to attend the Wayne Health Care Women’s Health event which is scheduled on September 12th. The Greenville BPW Club will host a booth at this event and encourages all members to attend.

The BPW Club will also be working throughout the summer on their Annual Guest Night “What a Girl Wants” fundraiser scheduled for October 10th. Proceeds from this event are used for scholarships for Darke County Young Women. This year they were able to award five scholarships. More information about these events will be posted on the Greenville BPW Club Facebook page later this summer.

The Greenville BPW Club’s mission is to achieve equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education, and information. Those interested in learning more about the Club can contact Membership Chair Sonya Crist at 937-423-3657 or email at or visit our Facebook page at Greenville BPW Club.

13th Annual Duck Derby & Duck-N-Run 5K Winners Announced

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Rain didn't scare these 5K participants away from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County's 13th Annual Duck Derby & Duck-N-Run 5K.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County held their 13th Annual Duck Derby and Duck-N-Run 5K at Tawawa Park in Sidney on Thursday, June 20.

The Duck Derby had 2,571 ducks “adopted” by community members and local corporate sponsors. Due to recent rainfall and increased water levels at Tawawa Park’s Mosquito Creek, this year’s Duck Derby winners were chosen randomly and announced via Facebook Live. Thirteen fabulous prizes were awarded for the Duck Derby. The $1,000 Grand Prize winner was Edwin F. Nickol, Inc. in Versailles, and they have generously donated their winnings back to Big Brothers Big Sisters. Other prize package winners included Birdie Gambrel; Ken & Lynne Timmerman; Dianne Wooddell; Rick Eilerman; John Ahrens; Matt Stager; Kenjoh Outdoor Advertising; Kim Rehmert; Edwin F. Nickol, Inc.; Mantor Auto & Truck Repair; McCrate, Delaet & Co.; and Becky Puthoff. All winners will be contacted to arrange delivery of their prizes.

New to the event this year, was the addition of a Defender of Potential Duck drawing. Only 250 of the Defender Ducks were offered for sale, which increased the odds of winning a $500 cash jackpot. The Defender of Potential Duck winner was Kent Craver of Sidney.

Prizes were donated by Meyer’s Garage & Drive Thru, African Safari Wildlife Park, Newport Aquarium, Cincinnati Zoo, Cedar Point, Kings Island, Snow Trails Ski Resort, Cleveland Monsters, Mad River Mountain/Avalanche Snow Tubing Park, Cincinnati Reds, University of Cincinnati, Akron Rubber Ducks, Lake County Captains, Dollywood, Alcatraz East Crime Museum, Cassano’s Pizza, Rapid Fired Pizza, Hot Head Burritos, JT’s Brew & Grill, Fort Loramie Dairy King, Morrie’s Ice Cream, Buffalo Wild Wings, Casey’s General Store, Culver’s Ice Cream, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Holden Forests & Gardens, Great Lakes Science Center, Mitchell’s Homemade Ice Cream, Cleveland Browns, Gillespie Construction, Carty’s Bike Shop, National Museum of the Great Lakes, Garst Museum, Beach Waterpark, Brethren Retirement Community, Carillon Historical Park, and Scene 75. The Dannon Company, Freshway Foods, and Sidney Foodtown contributed yogurt and fresh fruit for the event.

The Duck-N-Run 5K had 202 registered participants. Actual results can be found at Plaques were awarded to the top three male and top three female runners overall. Plaque recipients included first place Grant Flora and Kayla Kohler; second place Jordan Henman and Crystal Barton; third place Hunter Mowery and Lois Spitzer. Male and female age division winners included: Tony Spitzer and Palin Homan (ages 10 and under); Hayden Mowery and Jana Wagner (ages 11-14); Ethan Shepard and Olivia Kentner (ages 15-19); Eli Kentner and Erika Homan (ages 20-24); Ethan Hoening and Michelle Muhlenkamp (ages 25-29); Craig Muhlenkamp and Lindsay Headings (ages 30-34); Dallas Graham and Bridget Davis (ages 35-39); Greg Homan and Kelli McEldowney (ages 40-44); Michael Shepard and Diana Shepard (ages 45-49); Allan Egbert and Cheryl Jennings (ages 50-54); Len Hubbard and Chris Boerger (ages 55-59); Dale Borchers and Sandy Hoening (ages 60-64); Richard Barton and Annette Schulze (ages 65-69); Paul Albers (ages 70-74); and Birdie Gambrel (ages 75-79). Congratulations to all of the winners!
This year’s major sponsors included 105.5 TAM FM, Edison State Community College, Ferguson Construction Company, J & J Enterprises, Kenjoh Outdoor Advertising, Kiwanis Club of Sidney, Sidney Body Carstar, Temperance Lodge No. 73 F & A M, The Early Bird & Blue Bag Media, Troy Carstar. For a complete listing of sponsors, please go to

Proceeds from the event will benefit the local Big Brothers Big Sisters agency. 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. Their vision is for all children to achieve success in life. The agency offers five separate programs including Community-Based Mentoring, Couples Mentoring, Big Buddies, Lunch Buddies, and Career Quest. All of the programs match a child with a volunteer mentor. All volunteers are screened thoroughly and meet with children at least two times per month to offer guidance, support, and positive role-modeling. Studies prove that children who spend time with a positive role model are more likely to become healthy, productive adults. It does not take a great deal of time, money, or talent; the volunteers just need to care about children.

Community members who feel they don’t want to make a commitment of volunteering can help the agency in other ways. The agency is always looking for cost-saving ideas for activities that volunteers can do with their matched Littles. In the past, companies and individuals have donated tickets to local events, sporting events, or hosted a special outing for the Big Brothers Big Sisters group.

Big Brothers Big Sisters is a non-profit United Way member agency. If you would like to become a volunteer and help ignite, empower, and defend the potential of a young child, contact the local agency at 937-492-7611, 937-547-9622, or go to for more information.

The Annie Oakley Committee is looking for the next Miss Annie Oakley!!

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The Annie Oakley Festival Committee is preparing for the 2019 Annie Oakley Festival, and our new 2019 Miss Annie Oakley!!

We are looking for Darke County Women, ages 12-19, who would like to become the 2019 Miss Annie Oakley. For more information, please go to our website: There will be a Shooting Contest and a Costume Contest for all who sign up. Cash prizes will be awarded in the Shooting Contest, to the 2019 Miss Annie Oakley, and the first and second runner up. First place $150, 2nd $100, and 3rd $75. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Annie Oakley Festival President at 937-548-1018 or by email at:

1st Annual Darke County Conservation Day Camp

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150 campers attend the First Annual Conservation Day Camp at Chenoweth Trails on June 12 & 13. 
On June 12th and 13th, 150 Darke County students attended the 1st Annual Darke County Conservation Day Camp at Chenoweth Trails hosted by the Darke Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD). The camp was designed to get kids outdoors and provide a hands-on approach to learning about their environment.

“Our goal was to get kids to unplug for a couple days and experience the environment we live in,” said Jared Coppess, District Administrator for Darke SWCD. “And try to sneak in a couple lessons while they are having fun.” Thanks to generous donations from the Darke County Foundation, Light Foundation and the Darke County Chapter of Pheasants Forever, each camper received a nature journal with reference material to take what they learned at camp and apply it at home.

Camp attendees experienced archery, fishing, crafts, bird feeder building, watersheds, pollinators, soils, trees and survival skills. The kids left camp with a greater respect for the outdoors and a new perspective about how their actions affect the world around them. A grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), ODNR-Division of Wildlife and the Sport Fish and Wildlife Restoration Fund provided each camper with a brand new fishing rod and reel to take home.

“Watching these kids fish and shoot a bow and arrow for the first time was worth all the time spent organizing this event,” said Elizabeth Farver, Nutrient Management Technician at Darke SWCD. “Once you see them smiling and excitedly moving from station to station, you realize it was worth all the effort,” Farver added.

Darke SWCD would like to thank the following sponsors for making this event possible: The Darke County Foundation, Light Foundation, Greenville Ace Hardware, Ansonia Lumber Company, Greenville Lowe’s, Darke County Chapter of Pheasants Forever, Aultman Farm and Livestock, Farm Credit-Mid America, Darke County Solid Waste District, Dollar General, Greenville National Bank, Harrod and Harrod Farms LLC, Helen’s Flowers and Gifts, Kevin Jones, Kuntz Ag Products and Services LLC, Leis Realty Company, Nationwide Insurance-Jordan Agency, Ohio Soybean Farmers, Greenville Rural King, Second National Bank, Suncrest Ag LLC and Greenville Walmart.

“We want to thank the 40 instructors and counselors who volunteered at camp, as well as Franklin Monroe FFA for their time and labor in precutting the lumber for our bird feeders. Without our sponsors and volunteers, this event wouldn’t have been possible,” said Coppess.

“We are fortunate to have the support from our community and a facility like Chenoweth Trails available to us here in Darke County,” added Farver. “This has been a great two day event, we are excited for what next year will bring.”

To view pictures of the event, please visit

Bike Parade

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In conjunction with the Annie Oakley Parade, Darke County Parks is inviting families to join them for a bike parade.

The parade line-up starts at 9am on Saturday July 27 at the Darke County fairgrounds. The parade starts at 10am and the route travels from the fairgrounds to the Greenville traffic circle! With your registration fee of $6, a t-shirt is included. Cavalier Clothing has designed a wonderful shirt that celebrates the multi-use paved Tecumseh Bike Trail!

Everyone is encouraged to decorate their bike if they would like or just ride along for the fun of it. The parade pace is not strenuous and is relatively slow and enjoyable.

For more information please contact Darke County Parks at 937-548-0165. Registration must be completed by July 12 at the following link:

Friday, June 21, 2019

A Statement in Support of Greenville's Proposed Sidewalk Replacement Program

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by John Liette

The City of Greenville recently announced plans for a proposed project to target the city's neighborhoods, one section at a time, to enforce an 18 year old ordinance requiring property owners to replace broken or otherwise damaged sidewalks at the owner's expense. Under the proposed plan, property owners would be given a time frame to complete the work. If the property owner would fail to complete the replacement within that time frame, the city would bid the work out and have it completed for them, assessing the resulting bill onto their property taxes over a given number of years (the exact timeline and number of years, as well as other variables in this program, remain to be firmly decided).

This has, understandably, caught traction as a hot topic among property owners as estimates for specific areas needing addressed have already gone out to home owners. The city sent out letters that highlight the areas of the properties that need addressed as well as any large, obstruction causing trees that will need to be removed. The city contracted with a third party company to evaluate this first section, which encompasses the areas east of Broadway, west of Tecumseh Street, south of E Water St and north of East 5th Street, and delivered estimates for each lot. If seen through, the plan would see the entirety of the city's sidewalks addressed over a 10 year period.

I attended this week's city council meeting and spoke in support of the program, as I believe the sidewalks as a whole have been neglected for far too long. I live in the area deemed 'phase 1' and received an estimate that was a little over $6,000 to replace 604 square feet of sidewalk. I would imagine that many property owners, like me, desire new sidewalks but they have simply been a low priority on the list of big ticket things that need addressed with our family's budget. I believe that this program, if implemented with care and consideration, can significantly raise the standard of living in our neighborhood while creating access via walkable pathways that have been the victim of deterioration for far too long, while taking steps to lighten the financial blow this would land.

You can read my full remarks to city council below:

Library's “Family Fun Day”

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The Greenville Public Library's next “Family Fun Day” is Wednesday June 19 at 11:00 a.m. on the Library lawn. We will feature Madcap Puppets, a puppet theater was founded in Cincinnati in 1981 by the late Jerry Handorf and Beth Kattelman. Since the beginning they have been firmly rooted in the art of professional puppet theater, children’s literature and world cultures.

Madcap quickly built a repertoire of comic-absurd and original fairytale performances, touring up to six ensembles concurrently to schools, community centers, art museums and libraries. Classic stories such as The Three Little Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood and others were adapted for Madcap’s giant puppets and expressive hand-in-mouth characters.

In case of rain we'll meet at the First Congregational Christian Church Activity Building on Fifth Street. Many thanks to the Friends of the Library and Greyson James Steyer Memorial Fund of the Darke County Foundation for their generous sponsorship of “Family Fun Days.”

Arcanum Public Library Events

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The Summer Reading Program is in full swing at the Arcanum Public Library, and there are plenty of activities planned for the rest of June and July. Patrons of all ages are able to sign up for the reading program at the front desk.

There will be StoryTime sessions for preschoolers at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesdays; June 25, July 9, July 16, and July 23. Bring the youngsters in for stories, songs, games and crafts. No registration is needed.

Space Camp sessions for kids in grade school will from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. on Mondays; June 24, July 8, July 15, and July 22. No registration is needed for this program that includes hanging out with friends while creating, playing games and more.

On Thursday, June 27 at 6:00 p.m., the library will be hosting a family evening filled with trivia about space movies and TV shows. There is no registration needed for this event- just drop in for the fun.

There will be a painting program for ages 16 and up on Thursday, July 11 at 6:00 p.m. Patrons will be painting their very own rendition of van Gogh’s “Starry Night”. There is limited space for this event, and there will be a fee of $10. Patrons are asked to sign up early to be sure to be able to attend.

On Monday, June 24 at 6:30, representatives from Miller Flowers will be at the library for a program on succulents and air plants. They always give a fabulous presentation and will be bringing plants in that patrons can purchase. Registration is needed for this free event, and patrons can drop in or call to get signed up.

The library has recently purchased several WiFi hotspot devices for adult patrons to check out. These are great for travel, projects that require internet service and more. Check with the library for more information.

The library would like to remind patrons it will be closed for the holiday on Thursday, July 4.

If there are any questions, feel free to call the library at 937-692-8484, or check out the website at The library is also on Facebook and Twitter.


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Versailles Towne and Country Players’ annual Summer Entertainment Series includes many opportunities to enjoy good music, but when Cincinnati-based band Boo Radley takes the stage for their performances on Versailles’ inviting Main Street Fountain Square on Saturday, July 6, they will also challenge their audience the help raise funds to find a cure for pancreatic cancer. Boo Radley, consisting of lead vocalists Mark Hamilton and Stacy Jordan, plus Chris Mulvaney and Mark Roden on guitar, drummer Jerry Cline, and John Kellington playing bass, has been on the scene for over ten years, playing at high-profile venues in the Cincinnati area and beyond. Now, lead guitarist Chris Mulvaney, a 1981 Versailles High School graduate, has established a partnership with the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network to host a fund raising campaign combatting the disease which took the lives of both his father and mother, longtime Versailles residents Jerry and Jane Mulvaney.

Chris and his sisters Erin Marshall, Elizabeth Alexander, Teri Shuler, and Deb Gallagher are hoping to involve the greater community in this drive, and have enlisted the support of other families who have been impacted by pancreatic cancer, including Chris’s classmates Brenda Bohman Rice who lost her father Fred to the feared disease, and Mike Prakel, who in honor of another victim, his father Stewart has issued a special challenge to the VHS Class of 1981, to make contributions which anonymous donors will match up to $500, achieving a significant first step in reaching the campaign’s goal of $2500. Also the families of Scott Shappie, VHS Class of 1978, and Vaughn Wakefield are participating in this effort to fight the scourge which has disastrously affected so many community members.

“We are banding together to raise money for a great cause, and hope to see you on the square in Versailles on July 6; you will be supporting efforts to double survival for this deadly disease by 2020,” explained Mr. Mulvaney. Currently, only 8% of pancreatic cancer patients survive their battle with the dread disease. Donations to this campaign against pancreatic cancer can be made by visiting the Boo Radley for Pancreatic Cancer Research page on the Website: Contributions can also be made at the concert.

STAR 88.3 Gives Love to Tyler Schlarman

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Tyler and Lindsey Schlarman love their growing family. They’re a hardworking family from Versaillles who know what it means to pick up the pieces and find a way to adjust to a new normal. Two years ago, they brought home baby Joshua with serious health complications. Through everything the family has been through, Tyler has been a rock-solid, wonderful father. This Father’s Day, he got a surprise!

STAR 88.3, our area’s local Christian radio station, heard locally on 88.9 in Union City, is all about finding ways to serve the community. That’s why they Give Love several times a year. They accept nominations for someone to surprise, and then they pick a few recipients and surprise them. For Father’s Day, they again accepted nominations from the community for someone they’d like to surprise. Usually, it’s someone who is going through a hard time or is an inspiration in some way. Tyler’s wife, Lindsey, nominated him.

“Two years ago, our third child was born with many problems, like seizures, inability to swallow, and extremely weak muscles,” Lindsey told STAR 88.3. “It has made the last two years extremely hard for us with many lows. I would love to brighten Tyler’s day in any way possible.”

STAR 88.3 community representative Naomi Cantrell reached out to Pastor Quentin Elsea at Christ Chapel, where the Schlarman family go to church. The pastor had many good things to say about Tyler, even saying that baby Joshua’s nurses have been impressed with how good Tyler is with him.

“It is an absolute honor to surprise someone like Tyler,” said Cantrell. “Tyler has been an amazing husband and father to all his kids through the last two years. He inspires so many people! This is the kind of thing we love to do – to surprise a person who continues to give selflessly of himself day in and day out and let him know he is seen and appreciated.”

Local businesses contributed to Tyler’s surprise. Special thanks go to Greenville National Bank and The House That Lulu Built for their financial support. Tyler and his family got a gift card to Olive Garden, passes to the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, concert tickets to the Mercer County Fair’s Christian concert this summer, and more. Cantrell surprised Tyler at his church on Father’s Day.

STAR 88.3 will be accepting nominations again, and they find many other ways to Give Love all year. Listen to STAR 88.3 at 88.9 in this area and let them know of someone you would like to nominate at


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MARIA STEIN, Ohio (June 17, 2019) – God has a special way of bringing people together. Thus was the case when Matt Hess, Ministry & Hospitality Director of the Maria Stein Shrine, reached out to Matt Elsass, Agricultural Education Advisor at Marion Local Schools about his idea for a community service project.

“I had been playing with the idea of a community garden on the Shrine grounds” stated Hess, “Sisters had gardens on this land from the very beginning and I felt a calling to reinstate them as a service project, but I wasn’t sure where to start.”

It wasn’t until Shrine staff member Susie Bergman, who has a child involved in the Versailles FFA program, suggested contacting the school, that it became clear just how significant God’s timing was. Turns out the Marion Local FFA students, who had always maintained a garden on school grounds, had just recently found themselves in need of a new location.

According to Elsass, “When I was contacted by Matt Hess last spring to gauge our interest in a community garden, we knew we wanted to be a part of this project. We are always looking for service learning opportunities so of course we were hooked!”

The biggest concern for both parties initially was maintaining the garden with volunteers throughout the growing season, but with the FFA and the Shrine both involved, they are confident many hands will make light work.

“Steadfast volunteerism at the Shrine is a primary reason it still thrives today as a place of peace, prayer and hospitality in our community” added Hess.

The garden is currently planted with onions, potatoes and peppers, with hopes to expand in the coming years. If you would like to volunteer your time to assist the Shrine and students with the garden, contact Matt Hess for more information at 419-925-4532.

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. For more event information, visit

Aquatic Adventures Camp

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As part of their summer schedule, Darke County Parks is hosting an Aquatic Adventures camp July 8-12 for 8-9 year olds.

The camp is 10am-12:30pm each day. The cost for the week is $90. Each day, campers will be investigating the life of riparian corridors throughout the county. While wading in the water, the kids will be excited to find crayfish, insect larvae, fish and other macroinvertebrates. In addition to identifying the creatures they find, the kids will be learning about stream quality monitoring and how to determine the health of our creeks and rivers based on the life within. At the end of the five day camp, the participants will be comparing their findings from each location and submitting their discoveries to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources! If your child loves getting into the creek and turning over rocks, then this is the camp for them. For more information, please contact Darke County Parks at 937-548-0165.

Registration must be completed by June 28 and can be done at

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Single Vehicle Accident Injures One at 49 and Pitsburg Laura Road

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On June 20, 2019 at approximately 2:57 a.m. Darke County Deputies along with Arcanum Fire Department and Arcanum Rescue were dispatched to the area of State Route 49 and Pitsburg Laura Road in reference to an accident with injury.

Preliminary investigation revealed a White 2002 Ford F-250 driven by Landon Garber ,20, of West Alexandria was traveling Southeast on State Route 49 near Pitsburg Laura Road. Mr Garber failed to maintain control of his vehicle traveling off the left side of the roadway and coming to rest after striking a utility pole. Mr Garber was transported to Wayne ER by Arcanum Rescue with minor injuries.

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


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On June 18, 2019 at 9:06 a.m. Darke County Sheriff Deputies along with Ansonia Fire Department and Ansonia Rescue Squad responded to State Route 49 north of State Route 47 on a single vehicle accident.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2008 Tan Honda driven by Cody Kemmerling (29), of Portland Indiana, was southbound State Route 49 and failed to maintain reasonable control of his motor vehicle. Mr. Kemmerling’s vehicle left the roadway and struck a utility pole. Mr. Kemmerling was treated and at the scene by Ansonia Rescue.

Mr. Kemmerling was cited for failure to maintain reasonable control of his motor vehicle.


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DCCA is once again bringing it’s annual fun-filled fundraiser “Barbecue and Blues” to downtown Greenville; the event will be held Friday, July 12 on the spacious lawn at the Greenville Public Library, Music which starts at 5:30 p.m. will be provided by master bluesman Eric Jerardi and his band as well as by special guest Austin “Walkin’ Cane.”

Darke County Center for the Arts is once again bringing it’s annual fun-filled fundraiser “Barbecue and Blues” to downtown Greenville; the event will be held Friday, July 12 on the spacious lawn at the Greenville Public Library, 520 Sycamore Street; the fun begins at 5 p.m. Music which starts at 5:30 p.m. and will continue until 10:30 p.m. will be provided by master bluesman Eric Jerardi and his band as well as by special guest Austin “Walkin’ Cane.”

“’Barbecue and Blues’ has always been a fantastic summer party, and the move downtown has made it even more exciting; grab your blanket or lawn chairs and come out to celebrate summer with us,” said DCCA Executive Director Andrea Jordan. “Food vendors include local food truck favorite Nacho Pig and Main Street Greenville businesses Merchant House and Romer’s who will be bringing their BBQ chicken dinners, plus newly-opened Beanz bakery which will be serving their luscious cupcakes,” Ms. Jordan stated. In addition to soft drinks, wine will be available as well as micro brews from Moeller Brew Barn.

According to retiring DCCA Artistic Director Keith Rawlins, Eric Jerardi has gained renown as a masterful soul blues singer/songwriter. “Simply put, Eric has mastered the blues,” Mr. Rawlins said. “His just-right notes and his moving vocals enhance his honest and real lyrics, expressing the emotions of his songs and moving his audience to feel the spirit of the blues,” he said. Mr. Rawlins also stated that special guest Austin “Walkin’ Cane” has won quite a local following due to several previous performances for DCCA. “This Clevelander sounds like an early blues singer from the Delta; his story-telling abilities pull audiences in and his smooth baritone keeps them listening and leaves them begging for more,” Rawlins explained.

Sponsorship for the musical performances is provided by Merry Lee Cross and Shaun Hayes of BHHS Professional Realty, Matt and Angie Arnold, and George and Becky Luce. The event venue is provided by Greenville Public Library; other sponsors are Erwin Brothers, Rumpke, and the John R. and Miriam H. Knick Fund. Proceeds from “Barbecue and Blues” support DCCA programming, helping make possible DCCA's Arts In Education program as well as the Family Theatre Series and a summer theatre residency by Missoula Children's Theatre.

Tickets for the event are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under; food and drink are not included in the ticket price. A limited number of tables for six are available for purchase and can be reserved for a donation of $100. Although tickets will be available at the gate, DCCA strongly recommends purchasing them in advance. Tickets can be reserved by contacting DCCA at 937-547-0908 or, and are also on sale at Greenville Public Library, Readmore's Hallmark, and Darke County Welcome Center.


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MARIA STEIN, Ohio – Mark your calendars for the 9th Annual Shrine Art Show & Sale, June 22-28! This event, held in conjunction with Maria Stein CountryFest, is free and open to the public.

The display will be located on the 2nd floor of the Shrine, in the Gast Gallery. See thought-provoking works of art from artists all over the US, including some available for purchase. Cast your vote for your favorite piece for the People's Choice Award.

Additionally, a beautiful abstract piece, donated by James F. Dicke II will be available for purchase. Dicke was born in 1945 in San Angelo, Texas. Raised in Ohio and Indiana, he returned to Texas for college at Trinity University and has built a thriving career as a businessman in Ohio. Dicke is also an artist. A photographer from the age of five, he started painting at Culver Military Academy in 1963 under the tutelage of the late Warner Williams, a bas-relief, realist artist. Later, he studied with Nelson Shanks of Pennsylvania. Dicke’s work has been influenced by his extensive collection of 19th century, 2Oth century and contemporary art.

Show hours are Monday – Saturday 9:30am-6:00pm and 11:00am-5:00pm on Sunday. For more information regarding the art, awards, show judge or sponsors, visit or call Diana Russell at 419-925-4532.

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. For more event information, visit

Bradford Public Library Bluegrass Festival

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Mark your calendars for June 28th for Bradford Public Library’s 20th Annual Bluegrass Festival. This FREE event is our way of saying “Thanks” to our great patrons and community for their support of our events and services!

This year’s festival will be held in the auditeria of Bradford Schools. Music will start at 5:30 and will end by 10:00 pm. Four great bands are scheduled to entertain including : 5:30-Rum River Blend; 6:30- Showtime Grass with a special Salute to veterans; 7:30- Laurel Mountain ;8:30- Berachah Valley. These generous musicians donate their time and talents for the community to enjoy. Bands will have CDs available to purchase. Emcees for the evening will be Caleb and Morgan Ingram who will share some of their talents as well.

A raffle will be held during the event of unique items donated by local businesses and individuals to help cover festival expenses. Tickets are $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00. Tickets will be available to purchase at the Library on Monday, June 17 as well as the night of the festival. Drawings will take place throughout the evening between the band’s performances. You do not need to be present to win.

Food and drinks will be available to purchase provided by the Bradford Historical Society.

Plan to attend this free family event and bring along a friend or two! For more information please call the library at 937-448-2612 or stop by to see us!


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On Saturday, June 22, 2019, Commissioner Stegall will have his “Coffee with the Commissioner” at A&B Coffee located at the corner of 4th and Broadway in Greenville. This will be the 6th one of the year for 2019. The Commissioner will be at A&B from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. to hear questions and concerns of the Darke County citizens. Stop at the A&B Coffee company, pick up a cup of coffee, and come over and chat with the Commissioner. Once again, Saturday, June 22nd, 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. at A&B Coffee, 4th and Broadway for Commissioner Stegall’s “Coffee with the Commissioner”!

Craft Beer on German Lagers

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Germany is the land of lagers. The country's brewers demonstrate precision and refinement in brewing clean, crisp beers of profound quality within narrow stylistic guidelines and traditional techniques. In this first part of a two part series (part two will be held in August and September), join us as Certified Cicerone David Nilsen talks about the variety of German lager styles and walks attendees through a tasting of 5 traditional examples.

These Craft Beer Education Series classes will be held on Thursday June 27th and July 11th (identical classes). These classes are free, but seats are limited and registration is required. Please call the Greenville Public Library at 937-548-3915 to reserve your seat. We hope to see you there!

EAGLE Program Takes Flight at Edison State, Homan Pilots Program

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Dalton Wolf works on a 3-dimmensional perspective drawing during art class at Edison State.
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With a $50,000 grant from The Ohio State University, Edison State Community College has been afforded the opportunity to provide postsecondary education options to individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities through the EAGLE Program.

Students of the EAGLE Program are supported through interactive career assessments, academically inclusive courses with Edison State students, supplemental and life skills courses, peer tutors and mentors, internships, and financial assistance to those who qualify.

With the goals of the EAGLE Program in mind, Edison State Community College has hired Ashley Homan, of Houston, as Director.

“This is a great program because it allows students with disabilities the opportunity to attend college. They take general education classes, as well as a few classes based on their interests, to complete a certificate. Once they complete the program, they will have the opportunity to walk at graduation just like every other Edison State student,” said Homan.

Homan, who holds a bachelor’s degree from Wright State University, brings more than a decade of experience to the table, most recently working as a Service and Support Administrator at the Shelby County Board of Developmental Disabilities. In that role, Homan was charged with coordinating services for adults with disabilities.

“I am still working with individuals with disabilities, which is what I love. It is nice to be able to place more focus on one area of the person’s life, which is taking college courses and pursuing their dreams. Becoming a college student is something they are excited to do,” added Homan.

Homan’s hopes for the future of the program not only include helping students achieve success in the workforce but also sustaining program growth.

“We are piloting this semester with two students. One student is interested in biology and the other is showing interest in animation and has been taking art courses.”

“I am hoping to potentially get Edison State students involved in the future to become social coaches for the EAGLE program participants. It would be nice to have students who were willing to step in and attend campus functions with the participants.”

The grant is supplemented by funds from the Miami, Darke, and Shelby County Boards of Developmental Disabilities and Edison State Community College.

“I have done a lot of outreach with the County Boards. They are familiar with the program and can help us make the connections needed for this program to succeed.”

Edison State Community College serves as one of only eight postsecondary program hosts in the State of Ohio to have such a program. Other program hosts include, The Ohio State University, the University of Toledo, and the University of Cincinnati to name a few.

For more information about the EAGLE Program at Edison State, contact Ashley Homan by emailing or calling 937.778.7995.

Monday, June 17, 2019

We've Gotten a Lot of Rain

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Photo Credit: Rose Liette

Last night, my family and I went for a walk in Greenville, thinking we would take the path that connects the little park on 4th Street to the main park. This path runs under the bridge on Main Street right along the creek.

We hadn't anticipated needing a boat on the journey, so we turned around and went back the other way.

Ohio Supreme Court Justices French and Kennedy to be featured speakers at public event

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Darke County Republican Women’s Club to host public program

GREENVILLE, OHIO – The Darke County Republican Women’s Club (DCRWC) is inviting the public to a special program featuring two justices of the Ohio Supreme Court. Speaking will be Justice Judith French and Justice Sharon Kennedy.

The program will be held at 6:30 p.m. on July 8 in the Brick Room of the Brethren Home Retirement Community, 750 Chestnut Street, Greenville. An optional dinner is available at 6 p.m., with prior reservations. Details appear below.

The Justices will speak about challenges faced by members of the Ohio Supreme Court, structure of the Ohio Judicial system and what is involved in becoming a member of the Ohio Supreme Court.

“Having two members of the Supreme Court of Ohio is a great honor. Justices French and Kennedy will be in Darke County to provide insight into the personal side of the Court. We are so pleased to provide this opportunity for the residents of Darke County to meet with two of the Justices and have a chance to speak with them personally,” said Betty Hill, DCRWC President.

Justice French was seated on the Supreme Court of Ohio in 2013. With a history of public service and wide-ranging legal experience, a passion for equal justice and a special interest in civic education, she is committed to serving as a resource for the people of Ohio.

Justice Kennedy was seated on the Supreme Court of Ohio in 2012. With her, she brought a history of work within the justice field ranging from serving as a police officer, through running her own legal practice, to sitting on the Domestic Relations branch of the Butler County Court of Common Pleas.

The program is free and does not require reservations. However, the Club does require reservations for the optional dinner offered prior to the speaker’s program. The cost for the dinner is $10 per person for those who would like to attend and have made reservations for the meal. Dinner reservations may be made any time prior to noon, July 4, by calling Wavelene Denniston at (937) 547-6477 or emailing 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:


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Greenville, OHIO – While the fitness industry can promise improved physical health, it can’t always assure fun. That’s about to change when Fit by Loy, a boutique fitness studio, opens in downtown Greenville. With classes such as cardio drumming, REFIT, jump rope, yoga, and Throwback – a workout that brings back the nostalgia of recess – the studio places a large emphasis on fun for the individual, family, and community.

“Exercise is hard work, but it doesn’t have to feel that way,” said Nicole Clementz, owner of Fit by Loy. “Our classes incorporate cardio and strength, but our most important component is play. We want people of all ages and physical fitness abilities to feel welcome, comfortable, and engaged in everything we do.”

Several of the classes offered at Fit by Loy are unique to the area, including Throwback, which features adult workouts based on classic playground games. Fit by Loy has the only certified Throwback class in the state of Ohio, an achievement Greenville can be proud of.

In addition to fitness classes, Fit by Loy plans to offer wellness workshops, adventure speaker series, and special events. “We are in the process of securing workshops for this fall that focus on healthy eating on a hectic schedule, fun and healthy foods for kids, and the use of essential oils,” said Loy. “Our special events will include bike and brews, candlelight yoga, and more.” Fitness apparel will also be sold at the studio.

The studio’s opening week will provide participants with the opportunity to win free fitness classes for a year. Each class participant will be able to sign up for the chance to win. The more classes a person attends, the higher the chances of winning.

Fit by Loy will open July 8 at 120 W. Third Street in downtown Greenville. Class and workshop schedules can be found at or on the Fit by Loy Facebook page.

GHS Class of '94 to Celebrate 25th Class Reunion on Saturday, August 3

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Greenville, OH (June 6, 2019) – The Greenville High School Class of ’94 Reunion Planning Committee is excited to announce its 25th Class Reunion for Saturday, August 3rd.

Gather at the Thirsty Turtle at the Turtle Creek Golf Course to visit and reconnect with friends. Heavy appetizers and desserts will be served.

“It’s hard to believe that it’s been 25 years,” said Jason Anderson, Class of ’94 President. “We hope to see as many graduates as possible this year! Please help spread the word.”

The reunion will be held on Saturday, August 3rd, from 7-10pm. The Thirsty Turtle is located at the Turtle Creek Golf Course, 6545 U.S. Route 36 East, Greenville.

Reservations are $20 per person and may be made by sending a check to the attention of Susan (Allread) Barker at Greenville Federal, 690 Wagner Avenue, Greenville, OH 45331. Checks should be made payable to the GHS Class of ‘94. Please include attendee names in check memo line. Reservations are requested by Monday, July 15th.

Follow all of the reunion details on the Greenville High School Class of '94 Facebook page.

Questions may be directed to Rachael (Wagner) Stebbins at

Butterflies Civic Planting

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The Butterflies Junior Garden Club have planted their annual civic planting at the Greenville Girls Softball Association, Stebbins field. The club planted Taishan, Janie and Durango Bee marigolds. Added was the galvanized letters GGSA to the stock tank. They planted 2-36” fire rings with the same varieties of marigolds and two galvanized trash cans with cannas, million bells and sun coleus. Members keeping the flower beds watered for the summer are l-r, Maleah Hines, Brianna Fellers, Hannah Smith, Saige Fellers, Audrey Allread, Callee Moore and Ellie Grosch.

GGSA New Landsape Plantings

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The Butterflies Junior Garden Club has added two 36” fire rings to the landscape of the flower plantings at the Greenville Girls Softball Association at Stebbins Field on State Route 49 North. Support for the project came from the Ladybug Garden Club from the Michael Beard Fund Support presented to the club from the Beard family. Shown are Butterflies members Ellie Grosch, Callee Moore, Maleah Hines, Audrey Allread, Brianna Fellers, Saige Fellers and Hannah Smith.

Ladybug and Butterflies Arbor Day donation

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The Ladybug Garden Club and the Butterflies Junior Garden Club presented a monetary donation to the Greenville Girls Softball Association for shrubbery to be planted near the flag poles at Stebbins Field. Shown is Kim Cromwell of Ladybug Garden Club and Arbor Day chairperson, Eric Fellers, President of GGSA, Butterflies members Hannah Smith and Audrey Allread of the Arbor Day committee.

Your Pet can be a star

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Greenville - The Darke County Friends of the Shelter will be making 2020 calendars. Enter your Pet's picture for a chance to become a Star in the group's 2020 calendar. The monthly pictures will be made up of local pets. Bring a photo or digital picture to the Darke County Animal Shelter, located just beyond the Sheriff's Department. All pictures must be submitted by July 5, 2019.

You can also submit the form online. Go to fill out the form and send the digital photo of your pet via e-mail to

For more information you can contact the Animal Shelter at 937-547-1645.

Greenville Eagles continues support of Empowering Programs

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Left to right: Shane Reed, Eagles Trustee, Richard Robinson, Eagles President, Bob Robinson (no relation), Executive Director Empowering Darke County Youth, and Steve Fowble, Eagles Trustee.
GREENVILLE – Greenville Eagles 2177 continues its strong support of Empowering Darke County Youth as part of its mission to enhance the lives of local children, their parents and the residents of the Greenville community.

The local non-profit organization, in addition to a wide variety of community support programs, has provided college scholarships for years, and has since supported Empowering programs with major donations for the past two years. Recent Eagles donations, in addition to Empowering, have included Main Street Greenville, Bear’s Mill, Greenville Boys and Girls Club, Annie Oakley Festival and more.

According to Eagles Secretary JoEllen Melling, the Greenville Fraternal Order of Eagles is a fraternal organization that focuses on helping people in the local community through donations and activities. With charitable bingo funds, the Eagles can give back through donations that directly impact the local community.

“We welcome the public to join our organization, located at 113 East Third St., Greenville, Ohio, where you can be a part of our mission that focuses on people helping people.”

“The Eagles has been a strong supporter of programs supporting our kids,” said Bob Robinson, Executive Director of Empowering Darke County Youth. “We can’t thank the organization enough for what they do.”

Empowering Darke County Youth recently completed its third year of After School Tutoring Programs, working over 5,000 hours with 151 students. Since 2016, Empowering tutors and volunteers have worked 15,013 hours with 572 students from six Darke County school districts.

Empowering services are free to the student and his or her family. They are paid for with donations, grants and fundraisers such as a Day for Empowering at JT’s Brew & Grill on June 26. Anyone who would like to help, volunteer or donate, can contact Empowering Darke County Youth at PO Box 1113 Greenville, or on Facebook.

The Empowering Mission: Empowering Darke County Youth is a United Way Partner Agency providing After School and Summer Tutoring programs to assist students in the areas of language arts and math with the goal of Strong Students for a Strong Community.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Commissioner's Corner - May 2019

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May was acting like April more than April did. April showers became May showers and floods for most of the month. This has been one of the wettest months I can remember and I bet almost every farmer in Darke County will tell you the same.

May is the month where we do a lot of preparation for the second half of the year. We have had proclamations declared, had meetings for CDBG (Community Development Block Grant), and CHIP (Community Housing Improvement Program) to apply for grants that will help surrounding communities infrastructure. We have had meetings with our Insurance programs, CORSA our liability coverage (yes that includes the fairgrounds) and CEBCO which covers our health Insurance coverage, and we are gearing up for budgeting in June. The budgeting process this early helps give us an indication of what we can expect for next year. Many counties do not do mid-year budget review, but we feel it is an important tool to help us prepare.

Despite the bad weather, Darke County seems to continue to show growth from our companies. Midmark seems to be creeping along because of weather, but they are still moving forward on their R&D facility in Versailles. Versailles also has a couple of housing developments proceeding as well. Wayne Lakes is working on their sewer system planning, Arcanum with their administration building, and New Madison with their water tower all continue to move these projects forward.

Ansonia also is looking at a few housing projects and so is Greenville. Congratulations to JAFE GLASS and their new expansion project. It is amazing how this little company has grown the last several years and we Commissioners are glad we can help with funds through the Revolving loan Fund. Greenville’s North Broadway reconstruction is coming along nicely as is the YOLO Park uptown. The Sweitzer Street/ 4th street construction turned out very well for the city too. These improvement projects have enhanced the city. The Darke County Animal Shelter has been very successful in redeeming and adopting dogs out. It averages out to about 1 a day. Scentral Park, the adjacent dog park is getting its yearly spruce up from the Friends of the Shelter. This dedicated group of people have been invaluable in helping make the Animal Shelter one of the best around.

Thanks to all of them!

May and its wet weather is now over. Now our farmers can get in the fields, hopefully and get crops planted. But, if you are not a farmer, why don’t you come up to a Commissioner’s meeting? We meet every Monday and Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. in the Commissioner’s Office south of the
Courthouse in Greenville. Hope to see you there!

The Darke County Commissioners

In the Garden: DIY Terrariums

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On June 27th the Darke County Parks will host a DIY “Build your own terrarium” workshop. With the help of a naturalist, you can build your very own miniature ecosystem. Bring a sealable glass (or plastic) container (approximately 1-1.5 gallon) *. Containers like the one pictured can be purchased at Rural King. This class is for beginners. The program begins at 6pm at the Bish Discovery Center. Fee $10.

For more information, please contact the parks at or 937-548-0165.

Registration is required and can be done by visiting


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Mote & Associates, Inc., Engineers and Land Surveyors of Greenville, is pleased to announce their 2018-2019 scholarship award winners. The firm 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. Commendable students seeking a post high school education in the field of engineering, surveying, architecture, or a closely related field of study are eligible to apply for the scholarship. College students currently pursuing a degree in the aforementioned fields are eligible to apply along with high school seniors.

Two $1,000 scholarships were awarded this year. Receiving the Mote & Associates’ Scholarships for the 2018-2019 academic year at the office of Mote & Associates, Inc., 214 West Fourth Street, Greenville, Ohio were Payton Setser, a 2019 graduate of Ansonia High School, who is heading off
for his first year of college to study architecture at Ball State University, and Clayton Pearson, a 2019 graduate of Fort Recovery High School, who will be pursuing a civil engineering degree at the University of Cincinnati.

We would like to thank all of the applicants for taking the time to complete an application and we wish them all the best of luck! For more information regarding the Mote & Associates Scholarship, please contact the firm at 937-548-7511 or through our website at

Furniture Guild of Indiana Artisan Exhibition

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Library's Summer for Young Adults

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Teens and young adults have an awesome summer in store at the Greenville Public Library! On Mondays see a movie in the upstairs meeting room; Tuesdays enjoy Games & Crafts in the YA area or outside; Wednesdays participate in Writing which includes journaling, poetry, fiction and nonfiction; Thursdays join Adulting 101 in the upstairs meeting room; and Fridays do Photography which includes Nature/Landscapes, Portraits, Animals, and Action Shots.

A new class “Adulting 101” will cover the how-to‘s and helpful hints on one of life‘s biggest challenges: being an adult. Organizers Amanda Olson and Warren Richard agree “We know you don’t wanna but you gotta!“

Topics for June: Food Shopping, Safety and Yada, Yada; Self-Care: Treatin’ Yo‘self Right; Relationships: Getting It To-gether So You Can Get Together; and Tech: You Don‘t Know Jack.

These classes promise to be a lot of fun with food and prizes. All activities start at 2:00 except the movies at 1:00. Pick up a schedule and chill out at the Library!

June’s Lunch & Learn

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The Greenville Public Library’s June Lunch & Learn will feature one of our favorite presenters Jordan Francis from Wayne Healthcare. His title is “Self Care isn't Selfish.”

Jordan says “Sometimes, in the pursuit of wellbeing, we step over 100 bills to pick up nickels. This presentation will outline ways to enhance mental wellbeing, while working on holistic wellness, without sacrificing self care along the way.”

Lunch starts at noon on Wednesday June 19th. Space is limited to 24 participants so please register at 548-3915!

Monday, June 10, 2019


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The Fort Greeneville Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution is inviting the public to attend a celebration which will include a rally dedication followed by an old-fashioned women’s suffrage march. Jim Buchy, former State Representative of Ohio House Dist. 84 will be on hand as Master of Ceremony and Jen Miller, Executive Director of the League of Women Voters of Ohio, will be the guest speaker.

Raised in small town Ohio, Jen Miller came to the League from the Sierra Club, where she has served in various capacities since 2008, most recently as Executive Director. For nearly twenty years, Miller has worked with diverse communities to promote social and environmental justice through positions with Columbus Rec and Parks, the King Arts Complex, Global Gallery, and OSU. Miller earned her Master's in Arts Policy, Education and Administration, a program of the John Glenn School of Public Affairs at Ohio State. She holds Bachelor's degrees in Vocal Music and History and Ethnic Studies from Capital University. Miller is a graduate of the US Department of Energy NREL Leadership Academy. She has, most recently, spent many hours lobbying for congressional district reform in Ohio. Inspiring others to participate in civic engagement is her deepest passion. She is a jazz singer and proud mother of one daughter.

Come join the rally and march on Saturday, June 15, 2019, 11:00 a.m., at the south lawn of the Court House and in front of the Commissioner’s offices in downtown Greenville. Refreshments will be served by the DAR at the St. Clair Manor following the march. A Commemorative Tea will be held at the Manor at noon. The Tea will be a ticketed event due to limited seating; please call 937-417-4483 for tickets.

New Madison Public Library Is Now FINE FREE

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After much research and discussion the New Madison Public Library Board of Trustees voted to remove overdue fines on June 1, 2019. This will allow patrons to return long overdue materials without fear of the $2 fine. The trustees, director, and staff are excited to remove this barrier for library patrons and community members. If you have questions, call the Library at 937-996-1741 and ask for Brenda or email her at

And Poultry Every Day!

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Poultry Days will be celebrated June 14th-16th in Versailles with a theme of “Rock -n- Roll All Night & Poultry Every Day!” Think early 1970’s hair bands, rock and roll with a poultry twist! Last year 28,420 dinners were sold pushing the total sold over one million. 30,000 dinners have been ordered and the dinner price will remain $8.00. Dinners include half of a slow barbecue chicken with a secret recipe, Mikesell’s chips, applesauce, roll and the traditional orange drink. Sales begin at 3:30 Friday, 11:30 Saturday and 11:00 Sunday. Plan to come early because we can sell out early.

The festival will open on June 14th and include Congressman Warren Davidson joining us for the Flag Raising Ceremony. Jim and Julie Poeppelman have been selected as Honorary Grand Parade Marshals which will held at 11:00am on June 15th. The Antique Car parade will be held at 2:30 on June 16th, with an antique car display beginning at 10:00am with registration the day of the event.

The festival offers FREE Kiddie Tractor Pulls, FREE Bucket Brigade, FREE KIDS Art Show Entry, FREE Kids Fun Run, TWO FREE Petting Zoos, FREE Talent Show, FREE Confident Chicks, FREE Adult Face Painting, TWO PARADES, Entertainment All Weekend and don’t forget Miss Chick, and Little Miss Poultry Days. We expect over 80 vendors at the festival along with displays contests and a Cornhole Tournament, the largest 5K in the county, carnivals rides, game, bingo and much more. NEW, The Midwestern Ohio Brewing Society is hosting a craft beer brewing competition with judging to be held Sunday.

Social Tent entertainment includes Saw Creek, Tricky Dick & The Cover Ups and new to the festival Brother Believe Me and Kaitlyn Schmit & The Move. New this year the festival will offer craft beers from Moeller Brew Barn, Lake Rat Brewing, Tailspin Brewing Co. and Endless Pint Brewing in addition to beverages from The Winery at Versailles, MillerCoors and Anheuser-Busch

The granddaddy of Ultimate Frisbee tournaments returns, increasing teams to a record 72 teams from throughout the United States with matches occurring on the Festival Grounds. The Premier Ultimate Frisbee League will conduct a match between the Columbus Pride and Indianapolis Red on Friday inside the track at the festival. The league is a new women's professional ultimate league featuring teams throughout the USA. Tickets for this match can be purchased at the gate or online at:

Poultry Days welcome visitors to our festival and our community June 14-16 like it has for the last 68 years. The full festival schedule and event registration can be located at or follow us on Facebook for updates.

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