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Darke County Cancer Association... Seventh Annual Gospel Sing Concert
Mark your Calendar... September 11, 2011 - Your local and independent Cancer Association of Darke County is putting on their seventh annual Gospel Sing concert. The Gospel Sing is a free, nondenominational concert on September 11th, at Saint Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville opening at 6:00 PM and concluding at 8:00 PM. The next two weeks, we will be highlighting some of this year’s performers. The first... read more.
“Like” Us and Win a Sweetheart of a Deal
Contest Deadline Extended - GREENVILLE – The Darke County Visitors Bureau announced today that the “Sweetheart of a Deal” contest is being extended until September 15. “The contest highlights our new website,, where visitors can view and discover a wealth of information on Darke County,” stated director Deanna York. To enter the contest, just visit and browse the site... read more.
Darke County Center for the Arts... Annual Meeting to be held Sept. 8
Darke County Center for the Arts will hold its annual meeting on Thursday, September 8, 2011, at 7:00 p.m. in the public meeting room located on the third floor of the Greenville Public Library.  All DCCA members are invited to attend.  The agenda includes election of officers and trustees and reports from the last fiscal year.  Immediately following the annual meeting, the board of trustees will convene for their regular monthly meeting... read more.
Darke County Republican Women... Kennedy to speak to GOP Women
Register by Sept. 8 - By Lyn Bliss, Senior Scribe - GREENVILLE - Judge Sharon Kennedy, of the Butler County Domestic Relations Court,  will be the speaker at the September 12 meeting of the Darke County Republican Women’s Club. Kennedy, a native of Hamilton County, was previously a police and crime prevention officer for the City of Hamilton, and Director of the Victim/Witness Division of the Common Pleas Court. Kennedy earned her law degree from the University... read more.
Living with Cancer Support group... BJ Paulus of SNAP Fitness featured speaker for September meeting - The next meeting of the “Living with Cancer” Support Group will be held on Thursday, September 1st from 7:00 to 8:30 pm.  The meeting will feature Mr. BJ Paulus speaking on the benefits of exercise for cancer patients. The September support group will be held on the 3rd floor conference room at Wayne HealthCare. BJ Paulus, has a B.S. in Kinesiology & Exercise Science from... read more.
Darke County Parks... Free Crafts at Prairie Days!
Hey Kids! Would you like to try to live as a pioneer child?  It may not be as easy as you think!  Join us at Shawnee Prairie Preserve for Prairie Days under the Craft Tent to try it out.  Prairie Days is a FREE Family Event and will be held Saturday, September 24th, 10am-4pm and Sunday, September 25th, 12pm-4pm. During this weekend event, there will be candles to dip and... read more.
Darke County Agricultural Society & OSU Extension, Darke County… FAIR FRIDAY SAMPLER
Friday, August 26, 2011 - Youth Building, Darke County Fairgrounds - 9:00am  “Something ‘Gourd’geous” - Ohio Gourd Society. 10:00am  Cooking for One or Two? Let’s Eat! - Eileen Litchfield - 12:30pm... read more.
Free Smoke Detector Batteries
The Darke County Solid Waste Management District along with Darke County Homeland Security and EMA will team up with our local Fire Departments to get the word out on a simple life-saving tip, “Change Your Clock, Change Your Batteries.” Replacing home smoke detector batteries is a small and easy step that can mean the difference between life and death. In preparation for daylight-saving time on Sunday, November 6, the district and your local fire departments want you to... read more.
Darke County Parks... Early Morning Discovery Hikes Continue!
If you haven’t attended one of the Early Morning Discovery Hikes this summer with Darke County Parks, you’re missing out! Lately, we have been travelling to many different parks, searching for as many species of birds, wildflowers, dragonflies and more that we can discover.  Last week took us to the “walk-in entrance” of Shawnee Prairie Preserve, just off of Chestnut Street.  We visited the... read more.
Eldora Speedway... 3-Wide start designed for Baltes Promotional Flair
ROSSBURG, OH (August 17) – When two-time NASCAR Cup Champion Tony Stewart purchased Eldora Speedway from the legendary Earl Baltes in the Fall of 2004, he confessed that he had big shoes to fill. He admitted that no one could completely duplicate the Baltes style, but Stewart set out on a mission to preserve the famed Eldora Experience as much as he could, with... read more.
Darke County Parks... Volunteers needed for Prairie Days Festival
Darke County Parks is hunting for volunteers to help celebrate prairies and the pioneer way of life! Do you enjoy helping children or working with the public? If so, this is where you should be! We need YOU to help with our Prairie Days Festival on Saturday, September 24th and Sunday, September 25th at Shawnee Prairie Preserve.  During these two days, the Friends of the Darke County... read more.
Darke County Visitors Bureau... “Like” Us and Win a Sweetheart of a Deal
GREENVILLE – As you and your loved ones enjoy the 155th annual GREAT! Darke County Fair, stop by the Visitors Bureau booth in the Coliseum for information and a chance to win a “Sweetheart Package” to The Inn at Versailles. The Darke County Visitors Bureau will host a special contest in honor of their new website launch,, where visitors can view and discover a wealth of... read more.
SNB Freedom Years... Local Farm Tour Offered
On September 14, 201, a tour of Darke County farms is being offered by Second National Bank’s Freedom Years program. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about three local farming operations. Tour guides are Dennis Baker of SNB and Justin Petrosino, Darke County Extension Agriculture Educator. A picnic lunch provided at the Ansonia First Church of God shelter house park. The cost of the tour is $20.00 per person and you may reserve your spot with Dennis Baker... read more.
Great Darke County Fair… Schedule of Events; and Memories
Photos by Bob Robinson - The Darke County Fair is a mixture of the new and memories. While my memories don’t go as far back as those of many fairgoers, they are special. From my archives I found some memories. Check out the photos from a previous fair. Can you remember which fair they were taken at? The kids will be a little older now than they were then… as will all of us... read more.
Darke County TEA Patriots Townhall Meeting
Thursday, Aug. 18, 2011 – 6 p.m. – Lighthouse Christian Center – Open Agenda – Debt Ceiling Solution… Good or Bad? What are the important issues… in our Nation? In Darke County? In Greenville... read more.
Tour of Homes in September, By Jan Boyer, Senior Scribe
Once again Darke County League of Women Voters (LWV) is preparing for exciting tours of three Darke County homes on Sunday, September 25. The homeowners in each of the three homes have used unique styles and treatments that will provide limitless ideas and inspiration to visitors taking the 2011 LWV Tour of Homes. Opening their homes for this years’ Tour are Angela and Mike... read more.
Darke County Parks… Save the Date for Prairie Days!
You are invited to Prairie Days!  Don’t miss out on this awesome historical event!  This year’s Prairie Days will be held Saturday, September 24, from 10am-4pm and Sunday, September 25, from 12pm-4pm. Come enjoy a weekend celebrating prairies and the pioneer way of life!  See apple butter being made over the fire, play children’s pioneer games, compete in foot races and seed-spitting contests... read more.
Coffee with the Commissioner
Commissioner Mike Stegall will be having a “Coffee with the Commissioner” on Saturday, August 13th  at Brown’s Sweet Shop in Versailles.  The event will take place from 8 a.m. until 10 a.m.  Everyone is invited to attend and discuss any situation involving Darke County.  Commissioner Stegall has had several of these events in an attempt to keep the citizens connected to their government.  This is an opportunity for all people to keep informed of happenings in the county and to ask questions about what the Commissioners are doing.  Please try to attend and get involved in local government.  Hope to see you there!
Brethren Retirement Community... Lunch to Go
Back By Popular Demand---Brethren Retirement Community’s Lunch To Go!! Please See the flyer with details of the event.  A confirmation will be made via phone or email once we receive your order.  If you do not receive a confirmation, please call Holly at 547-7655. Click here to read the flyer.
Tire Recycling Day Near
Tired of looking at those old tires lying around?  Not only are they an eye sore, they can be dangerous.  The Darke County Solid Waste District and the Darke County Environmental Council want to help you with your tire problem.  The district and council will be sponsoring a used tire collection on Thursday, September 22, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. In addition to tires to being an eyesore, they are a nuisance to rural citizens who find them in their ditches, out in the fields and... read more.
GTS offers Park & Ride to the Fair for 75 cents
Donate a non-perishable food item and ride for 50 cents - GTS (Greenville Transit System) will be offering a fair shuttle service weekdays 5:00pm to 11:00 pm and the first Weekend 11:00am to 11pm.  The shuttle will run from the Martz Street gate (gate 3) to two locations on a continuous basis.  The locations offer free parking.  Drop off and pick up points... read more.
The Cast for DCCA’s MCT Pinocchio included 60 locals
The cast chosen for Darke County Center for the Arts presentation of Missoula Children Theatre’s Pinocchio presented two performances Saturday. The performances featured 60 local youngsters who had to compete for the roles they played. Abigail Wright played the role of Pinocchio, the puppet who hopes to become real; Pinocchio’s nemesis Stromboli was played by Cody Reynolds. Lyssa Middlestetter... read more.
Darke County Parks… Weave Rag Rugs!
Woof, Beater, Warp, Shuttle… Join Darke County Parks’ Volunteers, Edward and Joan Leighner, as they host an educational lesson on weaving rag rugs.  The program will be held at Shawnee Prairie Preserve Nature Center, 4267 St. Rt. 502 West, on Saturday, August 13th at 10am.  During this program you will learn the basics on how to operate a loom, what to use and what not to... read more.
Darke County Parks… A Stroll on the Prairie
When settlers first came to Darke County, prairie stretched southwest of Greenville for over 15 miles!  Join a Naturalist at Shawnee Prairie Preserve, 4267 St. Rt. 502 West, on Thursday, August 11th for a leisurely walk through our “back 40” prairie.  The hike will begin at 7pm where we will see what flowers are in bloom, what birds are active and what butterflies are feeding.  Don’t forget to bring... read more.
Darke County Visitor’s Bureau... What’s Happening in Darke County - August 2011                        
Things are heating up in August... and we don’t mean the weather! Check out the unique events taking place in and around Darke County, Ohio listed below. For more details, visit our website at To receive daily information, ‘Like’ us on Facebook at Darke County Visitors Bureau. August 1 - 21. Artists’ Series at The Mill. Visit Bear’s Mill for history, nature and art. This month’s artists’ series including paintings by Selena Burk and new pottery by Julie Clark... read more.
Darke County Center for the Arts… A DCCAdent Evening Featuring Banfi Wines
Would you enjoy a decadent evening of great food, wines, music and a chance to bid on OSU tickets? A Darke County Center for the Arts fundraiser, the DCCAdent Evening, is planned for Friday, October 7th at 6:30 p.m. at the Greenville Golf Course.  The evening will include a multi-course Italian dinner paired with wines from Banfi winery, of Montalcino, Italy ( Bill Whiting, Banfi’s director of wine education, will be presenting his wines at the event... read more.
Michael Anthony’s at the Inn of Versailles... Wood Fired Pizza & Beer Dinner
Friday, August 5 - 7:30pm - 10:30pm - 21 W. Maine St., Versailles, OH - Created By Michael Anthony’s at the Inn of Versailles - To celebrate the remodel of the bar and the new wood-fired pizza oven, we are hosting a “pizza and beer” dinner. We will be presenting six unique and hand-crafted pizzas, and we will pair each of them with one of our new craft tap beers! Please call (937) 526-3020 to make reservations! Wood-Fired Pizza and Beer Dinner Menu... read more.
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