Monday, March 23, 2020

Winners Meats Locations Remain Open, Will Bring Orders to Your Car

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Winners Meats at all locations in Osgood and Greenville would like to inform customers of a temporary new process to obtain orders or shopping at our facilities.  All locations are open but in an attempt to protect our customers as well as our employees, we are refraining from customers entering our facilities.  Please see our Winners Meats social media sites for more information.  We thank you for your patience and cooperation during these trying times.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2020


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March 18, 2020 – For Immediate Release

While all Darke County government offices remain in full operation, cautionary actions are being taken because of the COVID-19 pandemic will result in some restrictions in public access. If you answer YES to any of the following questions, we highly suggest that you do not enter any county buildings for the safety and health of yourself and our employees.

  1. Do you have a fever and/or Symptoms of acute lower respiratory illness (e.g. cough, difficulty breathing)?
  2. Have you had close contact with individuals who have had the above-mentioned symptoms within the past 14 days?
  3. Do you have a fever above 100° F temperature?

Beginning 12noon Wednesday, March 18th, we are limiting the access to only necessary business that is determined by each office whether or not it needs done in person or can be handled electronically. To determine this, please reach out to each individual office at the numbers listed below to see if you need to come to the county office to conduct business or if it can be done remotely.

  • Adult Probation: 937-547-7330
  • County Engineer: 937-547-7375
  • Auditor: 937-547-7310 
  • Municipal Court: 937-547-7340
  • Clerk of Courts: 937-547-7335 
  • Prosecuting Attorney: 937-547-7380
  • Juvenile/Probate Court: 937-547-7350 or 937-547-7345
  • Recorder’s Office: 937-547-7390
  • Job & Family Services: 937-548-4132
  • Board of Elections: 937-548-1835
  • Treasurer’s Office: 937-547-7365
  • Court of Common Pleas: 937-547-7325
  • Commissioner’s Office: 937-547-7370
  • Or go to: and click on county offices for complete contact information.

Your access to the county building will not be denied at this point, but you may be denied access at any particular office if there is an exposure concern.

Under these unprecedented times, we understand some inconveniences need to be endured, but for the health of each other and our community, we thank you for your patience as we work through this issue.

Darke County Board of County Commissioners

Reid Health offers free virtual COVID-19 screenings

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Reid Health has made a free virtual COVID-19 screening available through its Reid HealthNOW urgent care app so people with concerns about the virus can make contact with health professionals from home.

"This is an ideal tool for people who suspect exposure and-or have mild symptoms as a way to get medical attention without risking travel to a healthcare facility," said Craig Kinyon, Reid Health President/CEO.

The app makes it possible to have a screening through a smart phone or computer with a nurse. Reid Health established the virtual urgent care several years ago and worked recently with the company behind the technology to provide a safe way for people to connect with healthcare professionals without leaving their home.

"This potentially eliminates the need for people to go to their doctor, an urgent care or an emergency room, or possibly get help determining if they need to seek care," Kinyon said, "thus also helping reduce spread of infection."

Because of demand, the wait time may be longer than normal.

To access and create an account:

  • Download the free Reid HealthNOW app (Google Play or Apple App store) or enroll on your computer.
  • Enroll by creating a free login and completing your personal profile.
  • Connect with the virtual hub, select "Coronavirus Screen" and find the appropriate pathway for care.
  • Be sure to allow access to your camera and microphone if you are using the app. If you are connecting via desktop, be sure to test your computer settings.
  • If the screening determines you have symptoms consistent with COVID-19, you will be instructed what to do next.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Greenville Public Library Closed Until Further Notice

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In response to the growing COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, Greenville Public Library will close all facilities to the public beginning at 8 p.m. on Monday, March 16, 2020.

Library leadership will reassess the closure on a weekly basis and use current information from health officials to determine the best date to reopen.

  • All events and programs are canceled until further notice.
  • All meeting rooms are now closed until further notice.
  • Patrons are required to hold on to their checked out physical materials instead of returning them. All book drops are closed.
  • Checked out items will have their due dates extended.
  • Book donations are not being accepted at this time.
  • Wifi will be available from the parking lot.

Have additional questions about the library's response? Please contact us on social media or our website.


    Your holds will stay on our shelves until we open again.

    You will keep your spot in line for any holds you made before the temporary closing.

    Don’t worry. Return your materials after we open - you do not need to renew online. We don't have fines, so don't worry!

    Yes! Our entire online collection including eBooks, audiobooks and streaming movies, music and television shows will still be available for use through the Ohio Digital Library and Freegal. We also have numerous research tools available on our website.

    At this point we are unsure, but our Leadership Team will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates here and on social media as they become available.

    The Library is currently reviewing potential measures. According to the CDC, it may be possible that a person can get coronavirus by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads. We will take every precaution to keep all materials and surfaces safe when the library opens again.

Garst Museum Statement on the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Situation

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As a public venue, the Garst Museum is closely following the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) recommendations from the Ohio Department of Health and local health officials. The safety and health of our patrons, staff, and volunteers are forefront in our COVID-19 policies.

Currently, the Garst Museum is closed from Tuesday, March 17, 2020, through Sunday, April 5, 2020. Decisions regarding reopening on Tuesday, April 7, 2020, will be made with the best information available and in the interest of the safety and health of our community and staff.

For the most current information, please check our website at

Garst Museum Scheduling Changes:

  • March 22, 2020, Speaker Series event has been rescheduled to October 18, 2020, at 2:00 pm.
  • April 4, 2020, Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day has been canceled nationwide
  • April 5, 2020, Darke County Genealogical Society speaker is postponed to a later date
  • The Darke County Historical Society Annual Membership Meeting has been postponed. A new invitation will be mailed out to DCHS members in the upcoming weeks.

Annie’s Star-Spangled Gala on June 13, 2020, and the Gathering at Garst on July 25-26, 2020, are moving forward as planned.

Shannon Clark & the Sugar Raises money for Cancer Association of Darke County.

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Insert picture left to right:  Christine Lynn, Executive Director of Cancer Association of Darke County, Shannon Clark’s daughter, Navie, and Shannon.
Local music group Shannon Clark & the Sugar Hosted a benefit concert for The Cancer Association of Darke County on March 7th at The Coffee Pot. They were joined by other local musicians, Cody Johnson, Amanda Livingston & Josh Bledsoe for a night of music and storytelling. “We love giving back when we can to the community and The Cancer Association does some really wonderful work for our town,” says Clark, Lead singer of the group also the owner of The Local Nacho Pig food truck. The event was a success and sold out the week before the concert. Clark added- “I want to thank everyone involved, The Coffee Pot, the volunteers, and the musicians for making this event successful, also those in attendance who supported us by purchasing a ticket, I really hope we can make this an annual thing and grow it to an even larger event that raises money for local charities, we have a lot of talent in Darke County and we should all take an active role in our arts and local charities.


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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 2019-2020 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 48 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 3, 2020. For more information, contact our office at 937-548-7511 or by e-mail at


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DAYTON, Ohio - Community Blood Center is launching a “Donor Strong” blood drive campaign, calling on donors and blood drive sponsors to help avert a regional blood shortage as the community acts to halt the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19.

The closing of all Ohio and all Wayne County, Indiana schools has also cancelled all scheduled high school blood drives and triggered cancellations by several corporate and business blood drive sponsors.

The total number of blood drive cancellations is more than 50 with a projected loss of more than 2,000 units of blood, and those numbers are expected to rise. CBC needs 300 donors per day to maintain the blood supply but now faces multiple days with no blood drive activities due to cancellations.

CBC is making an urgent plea to the community to continue to donate blood and is urging blood drive sponsors to keep the blood drives they have scheduled. Make an appointment to donate at or call (937) 461-3220.

CBC is taking sweeping measures to increase donations and maintain the blood supply. CBC will hold the Donor Strong blood drive at the CBC Dayton Donor Center, 349 South Main St. Monday, March 16 through Sunday, March 22 with the choice of a free Kings Island ticket or Cinemark movie ticket for everyone who registers to donate.

CBC will be open on Sundays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. beginning Sunday, March 22.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said in announcing measures to contain the virus, “We have a responsibility to save lives, and this is the time to do it.” “We remind the public that we also have the responsibility to save lives in hospitals across our region by maintaining a safe and strong blood supply,” said CBC Chief Operating Officer Jodi Minneman.

Do not be afraid to donate!

The blood supply is safe, and it is safe to donate.

  • Donors must be in good health. People with any cough or cold symptoms should not come to a blood drive.
  • There are no reported cases of coronavirus transmission through blood transfusion.
  • CBC is increasing hygienic and sanitary procedures.
  • Blood drives are not mass gatherings. They are controlled events with infection safeguards to protect donors, staff, and blood products.
  • Make an appointment online at or call (937) 461-3220.

Bowl For Kids’ Sake raises $43,777

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SIDNEY — Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County’s Bowl For Kids’ Sake, March 6 and 7, at Bel-Mar Lanes in Sidney and McBos Lanes in Versailles was supported by 142 businesses who sponsored, made general donations, or donated prizes for the event, and brought together 352 bowlers to make up the 71 participating teams.

Executive Director Jennifer Bruns said, “The support we receive from our two county service area continues to amaze me year after year. From individual bowlers to company sponsors everyone is always so giving. The support will go a long way in all of our mentoring programs. It is such a BIG help in allowing us to serve the youth in our counties. Thanks to everyone who took part in our biggest fundraiser of the year.”

This year’s event has raised $43,777 so far, which is just shy of the $48,000 goal. Donations are still being accepted.

The money raised will go towards the school-based Buddies program and the community-based program that establishes one-to-one mentoring relationships between caring adults and children. Last year the local agency served over 300 children in Shelby and Darke counties.

Prize levels were determined by the amount each individual raised. Participants who raised at least $50 ($25 for those under 18) were awarded event T-shirts. Those who fundraised up to $75 were entered into a drawing for a $50 Amazon gift card, and this year’s winner was Roz Sever who bowled with the Zechar Bailey Funeral Home team. Those who raised up to $150 qualified for three entries into the Amazon gift card drawing along with one entry in a $500 cash grand prize drawing. This year’s grand prize winner was Nolan Shardo, who bowled with the MJS Plastics team. The “Individual Most Money Raised” award went to Jason Viapiano, who raised $900. He bowled on the city of Sidney Police Department’s team. Jason was awarded a Cleveland Overnight gift basket including a Visa gift card for overnight stay costs, two tickets to Cleveland Monsters, Cleveland Browns signed picture, and $25 Darden Restaurant Gift Card. Jason Viapiano and Joe Rizzo both received $50 Kroger Gift cards for raising $600 or more. Thanks to this year’s Big Bowl sponsors, Cargill, J& J Enterprises, Fraternal Order of Eagles #1403 in Sidney, Koenig Equipment, Midwest Ohio Dental Care, Mantor Auto & Truck Repair, Sidney Body CARSTAR, Wilson Health, Troy CARSTAR, & Tam 105.5, along with all of our other company sponsors.

Photos and a list of our sponsors from the event can be found on the agency’s website at

Big Brothers Big Sisters is a United Way partner agency.

Friday, March 13, 2020

Citizens for Darke County Parks Encourages you to Vote FOR the Darke County Park District Levy

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Bear's Mill Soup N' Bowl Event Postponed

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Updates on Upcoming DCCA Events

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DCCA’s Irish Wave Fundraising Event is under the 100 person threshold for public events.

We leave it up to the ticket holder to make the personal decision on attending.

Governor DeWine has issued an executive order to cancel gatherings of 100 or more people throughout the state of Ohio. We are following this order immediately. We will provide more details as soon as possible.

DCCA has a NO TICKET REFUND Policy and at this time we do not have any information on rescheduling of our events.

Please check your email and follow us on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter, as we will work to get information out to the public as soon as possible.

Please be patient and kind- we will update you as quickly as we can.

Take care of each other, DCCA Directors & Staff


Sunday, March 22nd - St. Clair Memorial Hall

Llama Llama Live! - CANCELLED


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In order to meet school immunization requirements, the Darke County Health Department will be hosting a vaccine clinic from 8am to 1pm on Saturday, March 14th at Spirit Medical Transport, located at 5484 State Route 49 South, Greenville. This clinic will run while supplies last.

Students currently in 6th and 11th grade who attend Darke County Schools should have received a letter sent to their home 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. The requirements include two vaccines for incoming 7th graders – a Tdap (Tetanus, Diptheria, and Pertussis) in addition to a meningococcal vaccine. The requirement for incoming 12th graders is that they receive the meningococcal vaccine.

The vaccine clinic is completely free for families.

Those who have medical coverage should bring a copy of their insurance card. Copies of the card will be made onsite and the health department will bill the insurance company. Any reimbursement rate the health department receives from the insurance company to cover the vaccine cost will be accepted. This means the families will never receive a bill from this special clinic.

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

Lunch & Learn at Library

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This program has been cancelled.

The Greenville Public Library’s March 18th Lunch & Learn welcomes back Olive Wagar, The Compassionate Organizer, for the engaging presentation “Organizing by the Book” as she shares organizing wisdom from many different books. The fun part is that you get to choose what works for you! Let Olive guide you with compassion to the less cluttered side of life in 2020.

Overwhelmed by all the organizing books and latest trends?? Tired of never making any real progress toward your organizing goals? The good news is that there is no one perfect way to get organized.

Olive explains "Clutter impacts your life every day. In fact, it not only takes your money, space, and energy, it steals your peace of mind. It reminds you of unfinished projects and unwise decisions. In short, clutter is not your friend. The good news is that you can confidently say goodbye to clutter and hello to happiness!"

Olive, owner of Organized by Olive LLC, is a member of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals and President of the NAPO-Ohio. She has earned the Residential Organizing, Life Transitions, Household Management, and Workplace Productivity Specialist Certificates from NAPO. Read her encouraging weekly blog at

Lunch is at noon the third Wednesday of the month. You may buy the Coffee Pot lunch for $5 or bring your own or just come for the program! We usually have a wrap with soup or salad and fruit and drinks. Please register and let us know about lunch at 548-3915.

MVCTC FFA Students Attend Young Leaders Conference

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Lily Preston, Tri-Village, receives scholarship

The MVCTC Veterinary Science Seniors recently went to the Young Leaders Conference sponsored by The Ohio State University and Alpha Gamma Rho and Sigma Alpha.Back row left to right – Gabriel Benton (Northmont) and Travis Coleman (Northmont). Middle row left to right – Allie Douglas (Tri-County North), Raegan Walker (Northridge), Autumn Arthur (Miamisburg), Alyssa Conley (Vandalia-Butler), Bridget O’Brien (Vandalia-Butler), Kayla Stockman (Huber Heights), Alexa Garnett (Preble-Shawnee), Victoria Hinkle (Miamisburg), Lily Preston (Tri-Village), Jaden Haywood (Vandalia-Butler), Kristin Denlinger (Brookville), D’Asia Jones (Trotwood-Madison), Brittany Ployer-Heindl (Preble Shawnee). Front row left to right – Alex Hayes (Miami East), Hayley Moore (Tri-County North), Keara Knepshield (Franklin Monroe), Chloee Thomas (Miami East), Katelyn Redick (Miamisburg), Amanda Olson (Vandalia-Butler), Peyton Ryan (Brookville), Faith Hammon (Miami East).
 Englewood, Ohio – Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) FFA Chapter has a primary goal to follow the National FFA Mission, which is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for career success through agricultural education and Career Development Events.

The Veterinary Science Seniors recently went to the Young Leaders Conference sponsored by The Ohio State University and Alpha Gamma Rho and Sigma Alpha. The purpose of the 2020 Young Leaders Conference is to provide a unique opportunity for students to improve their leadership skills, experience professional development, and advance communication abilities. These are just a few of the fundamental qualities that the conference works on developing to help the students succeed in their future endeavors. A variety of Ohio State University faculty and industry professionals came in to present to the students. The students gained a better sense of how to become a leader in the agricultural world.

All Senior Veterinary Science MVCTC FFA members attended three sessions with experts and then listened to the keynote speaker: Mr. Micah Mensing. Before attending the conference, all students wrote a scholarship essay to be considered for one of two scholarships presented. Lily Preston, from partner school Tri-Village, was the deserving recipient of this year’s scholarship presented by Sigma Alpha. The $500.00 was presented for her response to an essay questions about the Future of Agriculture.

The National FFA Organization (formerly known as Future Farmers of America) provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education. Today, there are over 579,678 FFA members in grade seven through twelve who belong to one of over 7,570 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

For more information about MVCTC, please visit

Mammograms are coming to a location near you!

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Getting your mammogram just got easier. The MOBILE MAMMOGRAPHY COACH from Premier Health and Atrium Medical Center is coming to a location near you. The Coach is scheduled to provide local mammogram screenings on Saturday, March 28, at 9 am - 12 pm, at the Eagles Hall at 715 E. Broadway St.(U.S. Rt. 36), in Covington, during the 2020 GIVE Health Fair.

An appointment to schedule a mammogram is recommended by calling 855.887.7364, but “walk-ins” will be gladly accepted that morning. Cost of the mammogram can be covered by your insurance or direct payment, with financial assistance available.

If you haven’t had your mammogram in the last 12 months, here’s your chance. You’ll experience the same quality, technology, and comfort that’s available at the Premier breast center. Images will be reviewed by board certified radiologists from Atrium Medical Center. No doctor’s order is needed for a screening mammogram for women 40 and over.

Free Health Fair by GIVE Medical Ministry - Saturday, March 28

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A FREE health fair for all members of the family is being offered by GIVE Medical Ministry at 9am-12pm on Saturday, March 28, at the Covington Eagles Hall, 715 E. Broadway St. (U.S. Rt. 36), in Covington.

Along with valuable health screenings and information, there will be an “Ask the Pharmacist” feature, a drug disposal opportunity, a special “fair” for children, a FREE healthy breakfast, and door prizes offered to those attending. This seventh annual event is an outstanding opportunity for residents of Miami, Darke and Shelby Counties to improve their health and to learn about services provided by local health care organizations.

All members of the family are welcome to participate in the following FREE health screenings: blood cholesterol and blood glucose, hearing, vision, skin cancer, blood pressure, germ care, body mass index, mental health, lung capacity, muscle strength, balance/posture, blood oxygen, BikeFit, and more. Dr. Jim McNerney will, again, be offering a basic STROKE SCREENING. More than 30 local healthcare organizations plan to participate.

New this year, Premier Health will be offering mammograms in their Mobile Mammography Coach parked at the fair. Cost of the mammogram can be covered by your insurance or direct payment. Financial assistance will be available to cover that cost. An appointment is recommended by calling (855)887-7364, but “walk-ins” will be gladly accepted on the morning of the fair.

Literature and consultations will be available on topics such as cancer, heart, sleep disorders, nutrition, senior/home/Hospice care, dental/periodontal care, ob/gyn care, addictions/abuse, exercise, health insurance, equine therapy, and access to free-clinic care.

The “Ask the Pharmacist” feature offers a free review of medications with a pharmacist from Cedarville University, as well as; discussion of proper administration, potential drug interactions and proper disposal of old medications.

Unwanted or outdated medications (pills only) can be dropped off during this event for proper disposal by the Miami County Sheriff’s Office.

The special “fair” for children will include health screenings, giveaways, exciting games, crafts, fun food, and door prizes. All school-age children are invited!

Contact GIVE Medical Ministry, at, 937.473.5195, or 1000 Mote Drive, Covington, with questions concerning the fair. GIVE serves as the compassion medical ministry of New Path, a non-profit 501(c)3 outreach of Ginghamsburg Church.

One Book, Many Communities at Libraries

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Libraries across the area are presenting programs based on the novel The Widows by Jess Montgomery. The Widows was chosen by One Book, Many Communities to be read and shared by library patrons throughout the region.

Programs include the history of brewing in southwest Ohio, panel discussions with female first-responders, and book discussions and demonstrations of 1920s crafts and cooking. Each program highlights a different aspect touched upon in The Widows.

The Friends of the St. Paris Public Library invite you to go on an adventure called The Widows Library Trail. To participate just pick up a One Book, Many Communities program booklet at the Greenville Public Library or any participating library and bring it with you to any of the programs.

You need to attend at least five programs and ask a library employee to sign and date your booklet at the end of each. Once your booklet is complete, turn it in at the St. Paris Public Library for a free gift. More information on all the programs can be found in the OBMC booklet or on their website.


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The Darke County General Health District in partnership with Wayne Hospital is currently conducting a comprehensive community health assessment or CHA. The process consists of meetings held with key stakeholders who discuss health issues within our community. The key stakeholders represent a wide range of residents, from young to old, sick or healthy, rich or poor. The stakeholders come from a variety of sectors that have an impact on community health. A few examples are education professionals, social workers, medical professionals and even law enforcement.

We are looking for a few great people who reside in Darke County and who can help us better understand the reality of things like access to health care, mental health and substance abuse and issues of care for our aging population. You, our residents, and your first hand experiences, are what we need to know how to work on the problems and make things better.

Our next meeting is Tuesday, March 17th at 2:00 pm at Wayne Hospital in the conference room on the 3rd floor. We encourage and welcome you to attend to tell us about how your health is affected by the issues in our community. Also, if you would like to participate in a professional capacity because your daily work impacts the health of the community, we will be glad to see you there as well. If you are unable to attend but would like to share some ideas, feel free to call us.

Local Maple Syrup available at Shawnee Prairie Preserve

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This has been an outstanding season for maple syrup production at the Darke County Parks! Volunteers and staff began boiling sap in early February and have bottled over 200 pints of delicious maple syrup. The maple syrup produced is 100% natural, free from artificial coloring, and is derived solely from trees in Darke County. Not only does natural maple syrup taste much better, but it also contains many vitamins and minerals including zinc, potassium, manganese, thiamine, calcium, iron, magnesium, and riboflavin. Pint jars and decorative maple leaf jars of syrup are now available in the gift shop at the Shawnee Prairie Preserve Nature Center and the Bish Discovery Center. Swing in and grab a jar of tasty local maple syrup today! Cash and check accepted.

For more details, visit or call 937-548-0165.

Thursday, March 5, 2020

A Letter of Support for the Darke County Park District Levy

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Dear Darke County Residents:

Please join me in supporting Darke County Parks’ 1 mill levy that will appear as Issue 1 on the ballot March 17, 2020. With the passage of the 1 mill levy, the .5 mill, currently in place, would be immediately eliminated.

The Darke County Park District is a vital part of Darke County. It provides our residents and visitors with a variety of places to enjoy, explore, and experience. Darke County is truly fortunate to have such a hardworking, forward thinking park district.

As a life-long resident of Darke County, I appreciate the history of our area and feel strongly in the preservation of our historical sites. I also appreciate the preservation and naturalization of the areas of donated land that is part of Darke County Parks. I know for a fact that friends and family that have moved away from Darke County are only too proud to talk about all the wonderful bike trails, park trails, Shawnee Prairie, Bish Discovery Center, and all the recreational opportunities that fall under the care and protection of the Darke County Park District.

Did you know that the Darke County Park District also reaches out to help with any of our local villages and City of Greenville requests for funding their own park projects?

In voting for the 1 mill levy for Darke County Parks, you are ensuring the past of Darke County will be preserved and the future of Darke County will be maintained.

Please be a PROUD “Yes” vote for the Darke County Park District Levy!

Kimberly Rudnick


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Did you miss seeing the candidates at the recent League of Women Voters’ Candidates Night? You can watch the candidates on YouTube or Channel 5 WAVE /Greenville Public Access TV.

Please be sure to see the program if you missed it. For YouTube, at your convenience, go to the Channel 5 WAVE site. For Channel 5 WAVE or at the many convenient times on TV. It lasts 1 hour and will be broadcast without any editing. On-going broadcast times are starting SUNDAYS, at 6 AM, 4 PM and 10 PM as well as: MONDAYS & TUESDAYS, 6 AM WEDNESDAY, 6 PM; THURSDAY, 6 AM & 6 PM; FRIDAY, 6 PM; SATURDAY, 4, 6 and 10 PM.

The main portion of the event focused on the two contested contested races for Darke County Commisioner, for the seat vacated by present Commissioner Mike Rhoades. The two Republican Primary Candidates, Matt Harrison and Larry Holmes introduced themselves and answered questions submitted by the audience. Candidates finished with a one minute closing statement.

The event began with a brief introduction by a contested Democratic Primary Election candidate for U.S. House and also Republican non-contested candidates for County offices. Following the portion featuring the County Commissioner Candidates, Alex Warner, chairman of the Friends of the Darke County Parks levy committee spoke about the Parks levy.

The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan political organization with the major purpose being to inform voters about the candidates and issues. Special thanks Greenville High School Channel 5 WAVE Michael Bryant for videotaping the evening and instructor Lori Hoover for help with the broadcast times and upload to YouTube; Todd Kaiser from Bach to Rock for the sound system and for setting up the equipment and to the American Legion for use of their facility

Early voting in advance of Election Day, Tuesday, March 17, is also on-going at the Darke County Board of Elections. The continuing schedule is as follows: Saturdays, 3/7 and 3/14 from 8 – 4; Monday – Friday, March 9 – 13 from 8 – 7; Sunday, March 15 from 1 – 5 and Monday, March 16, from 8 - 2. Polls open March 17, Election Day from 6:30 AM – 7:30 PM.

GOP Women to host primary election candidates

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GREENVILLE, OHIO – The Darke County Republican Women’s Club (DCRWC) will be hosting the countywide Republican candidates appearing on the March 17 primary election ballot in Darke County. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. on March 9 at the Chestnut Village Center of the Brethren Home Retirement Community, 750 Chestnut Street, Greenville.

The following candidates running for these public offices have been invited: Judith French and Sharon Kennedy for the Ohio Supreme Court, Chris Epley and Jeff Rezabek for one seat on the Second District Court of Appeals, Matt Huffman for State Senator (12th District), Susan Manchester for State Representative (84th District), Jena Powell for State Representative (80th District), Jason Aslinger for Judge of the Court of Common Pleas (Juvenile/Probate Division), Matthew Aultman for County Commissioner, Larry Holmes and Matt Harrison for one County Commission Seat, R. Kelly Ormsby III for Prosecuting Attorney, Cindy Pike for Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas, Toby L. Spencer for Sheriff, Linda Stachler for County Recorder and Timothy Kathman for Coroner.

“The Club is so pleased to invite Darke County voters to this meeting. We are glad to provide this opportunity for the community to hear from the Republican candidates.” said Betty Hill, DCRWC President.

The program is free and does not require reservations. The Club does offer an optional dinner prior to the speaker’s program at a cost per person of $10 for those who would like to attend and have made reservations for the meal. Dinner reservations must be made prior to noon, March 5 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:

Greenville BPW Club to Choose Scholarship Finalists at March Meeting

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2019 Greenville BPW Scholarship winners: Nicole Brocious, Kirsten Zink, Rachel Unger, Julia Mellott, Caitlyn Luthman and BPW Member Scholarship Chairperson Kristy Strawser.
Greenville, OH. The Greenville Business & Professional Women’s Club (BPW) Scholarship Committee will host their monthly dinner meeting on Thursday, March 12th... The committee consists of Chair Kristi Strawser and members Vicki Cost, Shelby Dowler, Sue Huston and Jenny Bruns. The meeting will be held in the Brick Room at the Brethren Retirement Community at 6:30 PM.

Committee chair Kristi Strawser will introduce Darke County high school students vying for the scholarships that are available from the local BPW Club this year. The students have met certain criteria to qualify for the scholarships and will give a short presentation on their accomplishments and goals. The Club will be awarding seven (7) $750 scholarships this year. Several fundraisers are held throughout the year to obtain money to grant the scholarships.

The Greenville BPW Club’s mission is to achieve equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education, and information. The cost of dinner is $12.00. For reservations please contact Vicki Cost by noon on Monday, March 9th at

Darke County Republican Women’s Club donates

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$1,000 given to Darke County Veteran’s Washington DC trip

(L to R) DCRWC President Betty Hill, DCRWC Treasurer Cindy Pike and DCRWC Ways and Means Chairman Delores Ely present a check for $1,000 to Darke County Veterans’ Services Director Tom Pitman to be used to help fund the 2020 Darke County Veterans Washington, DC Trip.
GREENVILLE, OHIO – The Darke County Republican Women’s Club (DCRWC) recently held a Quarter Auction to raise funds to benefit the Darke County Veteran’s Services (DCVS) 2020 Washington DC Trip.

DCVS Director Tom Pitman was the featured speaker at the Club’s February meeting. After his speech, the club presented him with a check for $1,000 which represented the funds raised by the Quarter Auction and other donations.

“The club members chose the Washington, DC trip to be the recipient of its fund raising for 2019. We felt this was a wonderful way to give back to the veterans of our community,” said Betty Hill, DCRWC President.

Pitman told about the history of the Veterans’ Washington, D.C. trip. The first trip was in 2006 in conjunction with another county. Since then trips have been sponsored for only Darke County Veterans in 2013, 2017, 2018 and 2019. There is only one other county in Ohio that provides similar trips for its veterans. The 2019 trip was three days and two nights with additional stops in Gettysburg and the 911 Flight 93 memorial in Pennsylvania.

The DCVS provides training to connect veterans to available services and benefits. It is not connected to the Veteran’s Administration. The Ohio Revised Code sets up a County Commission in each county to oversee that county’s Veteran’s Services.

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:

Another Successful DCCA Taste of Wine & Jazz

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Wine & Jazz sponsors Geoff & Jessie Surber, and James Ward, Teresa Kagey & Becky Luce of  Fry & Company,  Aaron & Michelle Cox of the Montage CafĂ©; Ryan Cox, DCCA President, David Warner, DCCA Artistic Director and Andrea Jordan, DCCA Executive Director with Deron Bell and the Jazz for You Band at the recent sold out DCCA fundraising event. 
Darke County Center for the Arts (DCCA) recognizes Geoff & Jessie Surber and Fry & Company for their sponsorship of the recent A Taste Of Wine & Jazz, held January 17, at Montage Cafe. According to DCCA Executive Director Andrea Jordan, “DCCA thanks Geoff & Jessie Surber and Fry & Company for their support of the arts in Darke County, their commitment ensures continuing the party that has become DCCA’s most anticipated fundraising event.” “The monies generated will help enable our organization to bring high quality performing artists to our community,” concluded Jordan.

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

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

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

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