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The Darke County Animal Shelter Pets of the Week
We have Sparkle at the Darke County Animal Shelter. She is a 1-year-old Lab mix. She is black with a little white on her chest. She is a friendly girl and loves to play. She was found South of Greenville on 127. She is ready for adoption and looking for a new home. We have Toby at the Darke County Animal Shelter. He is a 9 month old Shepherd mix. He is mostly brown with a little black and… read more
Troop 31293 Keeps Girl Scout Promise
GREENVILLE – The Girl Scout Promise states, “On my honor, I will try: to serve God and my country, to help people at all times, and to live by the Girl Scout Law.” Girl Scout Troop #31293 recites this promise at their meeting twice a month, as well as the Pledge of Allegiance and the Girl Scout Law. “Our troop has been together for three years,” shared troop leader, Deanna York. “The girls… read more
Bunny winners awarded prizes for best drawings
Easy or hard? Answers varied… but all said they had fun drawing their bunnies. The six were winners of Gade Health Care’s annual Bunny Drawing contest. First Grade winner Hunter Class (Woodland Heights) said it was hard, but she kept drawing until she got it right. “The nose was too big, and the teeth too big,” she said. She added she had to make sure she had room for whiskers and big ears… read more
Darke County Parks... Mother’s Day Gift Shop
Looking for that special gift for mom on Mother's Day?  Take a trip out to the Nature Center gift shop at Shawnee Prairie Preserve. The shop, run by the Friends of the Darke County Parks, is fully stocked with all sorts of great gifts for mom!  From premium garden flags to local honey, you are sure to find that perfect present. We just got in a new shipment of Atlas garden gloves, they are considered the best fitting, most comfortable gloves on the market.  How about picking up a… read more
ABCDs of Medicare, By Amy Farmer, Admission Director Heartland of Greenville
For those who are navigating the Medicare system for the first time or trying to better understand their options, below you will find a brief overview of the ABCDs of Medicare. You have two options for coverage through Medicare. Individuals eligible for Medicare must choose, on a yearly basis during the Annual Enrollment Period, to be covered by (Option 1) Medicare Parts A, B and D OR (Option 2)… read more
Darke County Parks... Eidson Woods Preserve officially opened
Darke County Park District opened its newest park, Eidson Woods Preserve, on Saturday, April 16th.  Despite the cold, windy and rainy day there was a great turnout for the ribbon cutting ceremony. The day began at 8am with a bird hike sponsored by the Darke County Birders Club.  At 10am, the Darke County Parks’ Junior Naturalists worked to remove invasive plant species, pick up… read more
Edison Seeks Community Input For Travel Abroad Program
Edison Community College’s Travel Abroad program, which recently returned from an extensive, week-long trip through China, is seeking input from the community for its next tour, tentatively scheduled for March 2013. The potential destinations for the next trip will be Costa Rica, England/Scotland and Greece. Many adults from the Edison three-county service area have traveled with the program since the first tour in 2004, and tour leader Eileen Thompson and tour marketing… read more
Garst Museum’s Visitor Comments Are Positive
Beginning in late July of 2010, the Garst Museum’s Visitor’s had the opportunity to leave a comment concerning their visit to the museum complex. A sampling of the 119 comments from July 27-December 30, 2010 reflect a positive experience... This is an excellent museum!  I am currently reading a book on the life of Annie Oakley and being here, everything comes to life.  The museum is very clean and… read more
Love euchre, bingo and other games? Oakley House needs you!
Put your euchre, bingo and bridge skills to the test by matching up with older adults with a lifetime of experience mastering these and other games. Oakley House needs activity assistants to play bingo and games with the residents of its facility.  Volunteers will also help residents make crafts and participate in special events.  This position is available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and a flexible schedule is available.  Volunteers should be… read more
Boehner Congratulates 2011 8th District Art Competition Winners
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) today announced Rachel Leathers, a senior at Miami Valley Career Technology Center, as the grand prize winner of the 2011 8th District art competition. “Our judges had a very difficult decision to make with the number of gifted high school artists participating in this year’s competition,” said Boehner.  “Congratulations to… read more
Greenville Schools... School Facilities Commission discuss facility options, By Bob Rhoades
After the Greenville City School Board Meeting this past week, the School Facilities Committee met in the Anna Bier Room of Memorial Hall. As always it is good to see the excellent turnout of citizens representing the whole district. Members of the committee were invited from every precinct in the district and it is well represented. As always the Architectural –Engineer Firm of Garmann and Miller of Minster gave this month’s… read more
Introducing photographer Shelley Miller
Shelley Miller is a member of the Darke County Photo Club and a professional photographer. She has submitted several photos that we think you will enjoy. Miller is a Greenville native who spent 10 years in Australia, then returned to Greenville in 2005. She officially started her photography business last year, but has been “taking pix” since high school. She runs her family business, Ohio Soft Water Co., Inc… read more
Darke County Senior Scribes Scholarship Fund & County News Online
After CNO’s first three months of providing news, opinion and information to Darke County readers, the Senior Scribes Scholarship Fund committee has much to be thankful for… the support of County News Online’s sponsors and readers. They have helped us generate funds to support five scholarships to deserving teens this year. In the short time the Scholarship Fund has been… read more
Senior Scribes awards scholarships to five Darke County Students
The Darke County Senior Scribes Scholarship Fund made presentations to four graduating seniors and a current college student Saturday night at a dinner held in their honor at The Bistro Off Broadway. Jessica Barga, Simon Hoying, Kent Holmes, Kayla LeMar and Margaret Prakel. One of the five scholarships was the Ralph “Fred” Wright Memorial Scholarship, established by… read more
Ham: An Easter (And Everyday) Family Favorite
(NAPSM)-When you sit down to Easter dinner, hopefully you haven’t forgotten the essential dish-ham! Ham is a classic (and lean!) Easter dish as well as the perfect year-round dinnertime meal choice. That’s because ham is so simple to prepare that it practically prepares itself; and it’s so versatile that it pairs well with nearly any side dish. This year, honor the Easter tradition with an easy meal for your whole family to enjoy. The National Pork Board is pleased to share a delicious… read more
Sponsors Donate To DCCA’s A Taste Of Wine & Jazz
Darke County Center for the Arts (DCCA) is pleased to have received sponsorship donations for the upcoming A Taste of Wine & Jazz XXI from Kent and Melinda Myers, Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, and Cox Insurance.  The talented Eddie Brookshire Quintet will provide refreshingly original jazz entertainment for this sold-out event; sponsorships help cover the… read more
Darke County Photography Club hosts John Beals at April Meeting
On April 19, 2011, the Darke County Photography Club held their April meeting at Shawnee Prairie Nature Center.  We would like to thank John Beals of Ridgeville, Indiana, for judging and critiquing our photographs during our quarterly feedback session.  The theme for our April feedback session was Windows and Glass.  Mr. Beals gave many helpful comments on the many great photographs that were… read more
Top “Bunny” awards go to Woodland, Ansonia students
“There were so many of them… it was a hard decision to make.” But make it they did. Out of more than 50 drawings, five Gade Health Care Center residents picked their top six Easter Bunny drawings, three each for first and second grade students. First place, first grade, went to Hunter Class of Greenville, Woodland Primary. First place, second grade, went to Hannah Hartzell… read more
“90 Years of Service” A History of the Greenville Kiwanis Club, 1921 through 2010
The Kiwanis Club of Greenville owes a debt of gratitude to Kiwanian William T. Maxwell for the following history of the Club. Bill served the Club as President, Secretary, Distinguished Lt. Governor and unofficial Club Historian. The passing of Bill on September 10, 2000 was a great loss to the Club and the community. The Club history from the 1920’s through the 1970’s, as compiled by Bill, appeared… read more
HandsOn West Central Ohio
Do you love to help others find exactly what they are looking for? The Darke County Courthouse needs volunteers to help customers and guests locate offices within the building.  A smiling face and willingness to help are all that is needed.  This position is available to adults ages 18 and over, and training will be provided.  A manual detailing information about each of the offices in the courthouse will also be made available.  Multiple shifts are available weekdays… read more
Virology: Does my Wheat have a Cold? by Justin Petrosino, OSU Extension, Darke County
Virology is the term used to describe the study of viruses. In Latin virus refers to a slime or poison. Modern science has given us a better look at this microscopic organism responsible for many sniffles, coughs, and on occasion lost yield. Viruses are nothing more than a protein case that houses genetic material, either in the form of DNA or RNA. The virus latches onto a cell, inserts DNA or RNA, and thereby hijacks the cells production machinery. Organelles inside the cell that used… read more
2011 Trash Bash A Huge Success!!
Just a week ago, Darke County Roadways were littered with all sorts of trash and recyclables.  On April 9 & 10, 2011, our county roads became less littered thanks to the help of over 900 volunteers.  The volunteers removed 3.17 tons of recyclables and 4.83 tons of trash from area roadways in just a couple of days.  That’s 8 tons of debris that has now been properly disposed of or recycled… read more
Local soccer player hopes to represent U.S. in Germany
“I just hope we can sell enough chicken dinners to send my great-granddaughter to Germany to represent the United States on the Adidas team.” said Marlene McGlinch. As well as being McGlinch’s great-granddaughter, she is also the granddaughter of VFW Booster member Fred Foutz. The Greenville V.F.W. Post 7262 is sponsoring a barbecued chicken dinner to raise funds to help pay the… read more
“Ask Amy” Leads to Real World Class Project, By Bob Robinson
“It’s time for ‘Ask Amy!’ Hi. (Giggle) I’m Amy! I’ve been gettin’ a lot of emails lately so I thought I’d answer a few here. This one’s from John in Cleveland. He wants to know what it’s like working at EMB Designs. Well, it’s only the BEST JOB EVER! The gals here are fantastic…” This is an example of a pre-recorded message at EMB Designs.  The company, located in Coldwater, assists clients with their… read more
New York Magazine... What It’s Like to Be a War Horse
4/13/11 - It takes a lot of work to be one of the war horses in the hit play War Horse, now on at Lincoln Center. The play, about a boy whose beloved horse is sent off to battle in World War I, features large, life-sized horse puppets, which require three men each to operate. Each horse was made by Basil Jones and Adrian Kohler, of Handspring Puppet Company in Cape Town, South Africa, and fashioned… read more
Original Memorial Hall Program Donated to DCCA
Fort GreeneVille Chapter DAR joins Celebration Planning - An original Dedication Program for Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall, dated Friday, May 3, 1912, has been donated to Darke County Center for the Arts for its two-day Centennial Celebration planned for May 4-5 next year. It was donated by Todd Blocher of Xenia, and will be donated to Garst Museum following the Celebration… read more
Darke County Parks… Wayne Industries adopts Alice Bish Park
Giving back to the community is exactly what several of the employees of Wayne Industries are currently doing throughout Darke County Parks. Over the past month, 14 individuals from Wayne Industries dedicated several hours towards the Adopt-A-Park Program at one of the in-town Darke County Parks. Alice Bish is located off of Ohio Street in Greenville and is… read more
Class of 1950 makes donation to BHRC
Members of the Class of 1950 meet monthly in the Brethren Home Retirement Community’s private dining room. As a token of their appreciation and a gesture of community support, they presented a check for $300 to the Resident’s Aid Fund. Mike Randolph accepted the donation on behalf of the fund. Left to right are Martha Singleman, Jane Karr, Mareen McCabe… read more
Greenville’s Jazz Scene entertains Kiwanians
Greenville High School’s “The Jazz Scene,” under the direction of J.R. Price, provided the weekly program for Greenville Kiwanis in the Brick Room of Brethren Retirement Community recently. In addition to a number of jazz selections, Kiwanians were entertained by a variety of 60s and 70s Rock & Roll hits, including Chicago’s “25 or 6 to 4,” Motown’s… read more
Darke County Parks hosts Basket Weaving 101!
This past weekend a full workshop joined Beverly Wiwi as she led first-time weavers through the basket making process.  Beverly has been weaving baskets for 20 plus years and loves each and every basket that she completes. She has made a variety of basket sizes anywhere from tiny baskets for wall decorations to large baskets with/without handles… read more
Eagles Members & Guests enjoy evening of Chance
There were no losers at the Greenville Eagles Monte Carlo Night, sponsored by Eagles 2177 Auxiliary. Some players walked out with a little more money than they entered with… while others may have walked out with a little less money, their “donations” will go to a worthy local Auxiliary charity. It was an evening of fun with Blackjack, Roulette, the “Wheel” and “Hi Low.” Two Blackjack… read more
Kiwanis delivers books to school libraries
Greenville Kiwanians Joe Payne, President, and Bob Robinson, Board Member, delivered 400 books to Head Start, Woodland Heights, East and South Schools recently. Gail Myers, librarian for South Middle School is shown here taking delivery from Payne. “This is a fantastic program,” she said, thanking Kiwanis for the school and the students. The books were collected… read more
Spring Pasture Management, By Justin Petrosino, OSU Extension, Darke County
After a beautiful day like Sunday spring is definitely in the air. The grass is green, but are our pastures ready for the cows to be turned out? Well, that can depend on the condition of our fences, soil fertility, and how the grass was managed last fall. One of the most important things to check before bringing in a load of feeder calves or turning cows out is the condition of fences. I always enjoyed walking fence on a nice day to look for breaks, down wires, and to scout for weeds… read more
Mausoleum Window Project Completed, By Delbert Blickenstaff
The weather had to improve enough to allow the bricked up windows at the west end of the Mausoleum to be knocked out so that the new windows could be installed. This took place on April 7, 2011, and the feat was accomplished by Steve Barhorst (of Iddings Glass), and Paul Siefring and Dennis Tipple of the Cemetery staff. When I was first asked to work on this project by two members… read more
Darke County Parks Begins Spring School Visits
Spring is here and the school students have not forgotten where Shawnee Prairie Preserve is located.  They are arriving eagerly to learn something new each and every day.   Versailles Exempted and Mississinawa Valley 2nd grade students kicked off the beginning of the busy spring school trips this year. The second graders from Versailles attended our Positively Plants program… read more
Ag Extension group gets county update, By Bob Robinson, Editor
Darke County Treasurer Scott Zumbrink reported that to date the county has collected $19,825,000 in property taxes, with a delinquency rate of 4 percent. Darke County Municipal Court Judge, Julie Monnin, told the group that third, fourth and fifth graders from Montessori recently visited her courtroom… and got quite a surprise. “Their eyeballs were huge,” she said. “These were real… read more
HandsOn West Central Ohio... A Note on Volunteerism… Judy Francis
Name: Judy Francis - From: Greenville - Volunteers for: HandsOn West Central through RSVP, Darke County Humane Society - Why Judy volunteers and would encourage others to volunteer: “The animals will not get a fair shake if we don't make it happen. Most of my time is spent fundraising for the animals to give them a better life. I have always been a volunteer type person and I can't imagine… read more
Five Darke County students get nod for scholarships, By Lyn Bliss, Senior Scribe
GREENVILLE─The Senior Scribes’ Scholarship Fund recently announced the recipients of its 2011 Scholarship awards. After evaluation by a committee, the following Darke County students were each chosen as recipients of a $1,000 scholarship. Margaret Prakel, a student at Versailles High School, will receive the Biddlestone “In Memoriam Fred Wright Scholarship… read more
400 Books Collected for Kiwanis One Day
Greenville Kiwanis chose a week-long book drive for the Kiwanis International One Day Event. The community service organization collected about 400 books for distribution to schools and local agencies. Kiwanians Holly Hill and Lynne Gump, organizers of the event, said they set up a drive to have students from Woodland Heights, East and South Elementary Schools bring in “gently used” books that… read more
Students get reality check on plight of homeless, By Bob Robinson, Greenville Kiwanis Advisor
GREENVILLE – Key Club Hobos got a few lessons on what it’s like to be homeless Saturday night… one of them unanticipated. Just like those they were holding their “awareness” event for - the homeless of our society - Division 3 Key Club Hobos got shoved around a few times before they finally found a place to “camp” for the night. They were going to set up camp in front of Greenville… read more
Darke County Parks... Hike to Health
Despite the chill in the air, howling winds and pop-up showers, twelve adventurous hikers showed up for Darke County Parks’ very first Hike to Health at Turkeyfoot Preserve.  The hike started with a brief intro to the trail and the group was set loose to hike at their own pace.  Turkeyfoot Preserve’s main trail provides 1.5 miles of hiking trails, several people hiked the trail twice!  “It was a nice way to get in a 3 mile walk on a Saturday afternoon, and encouraging to see others… read more
Visitors Bureau Supports Local Events through Tourism Grants
GREENVILLE – The Darke County Visitors Bureau released the names of the recipients of the 2011 Darke County Tourism Grant, today. This year, five recipients were chosen. They are: Darke County Historical Society for A Gathering at The Museum; Versailles High School Alumni Association for FareFest 2011; Ohio Gourd Society for The Ohio Gourd… read more
Kiwanis Students of the Month
Greenville Kiwanis Students of the Month were recognized at the March 30 meeting of Greenville Kiwanis. Pictured (l to r) are Greenville High School Principal Chris Mortensen and seniors Rachel Kindley, Benjamin Thompson and Kristen Fullroth. Kindley is the daughter of Dawn and Zane Kindley. Thompson is the son of Joy and Terry Thompson and Fullroth… read more
Coppock-Hole Trust sponsors Riders in the Sky
Darke County Center for the Arts thanks the Coppock-Hole Trust for donating funds to sponsor Riders In The Sky, performing in Greenville on Saturday, April 9.  DCCA Executive Director Julie Strait stated, “The Coppock-Hole family foundation has been one of DCCA’s most generous and long-standing supporters of the Arts in Darke County; we are grateful for their continued commitment… read more
Why Music? Why not? By Sharon Hopper, Senior Scribe
I have been watching the Andre Rieu concert on public Television, and I have been wondering why we don’t participate in music like the Europeans?    Maybe it is because we are afraid to try something that is new to us. Well I want to let you know that today is the perfect time to start the hobby of playing music.   One of the excuses I hear most is “ I am on a fixed income or I am too old… read more
Grace Carmen Donates to Animal Shelter
The Members of "The Darke County Friends of the Shelter" accepted a donation from 10 year old Grace Carmen and her brother Jake. Because of her love for animals, Grace took it upon herself to raise money for the animals at the Darke County Animal Shelter. To raise money, Grace set up a lemonade stand this summer. She also contacted family, friends and neighbors and they… read more
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