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Doings at the Gathering
The Gathering at Garst is underway this weekend with outstanding exhibitors. Wonderful skilled historical craftspeople are demonstrating and selling their products for the unique enjoyment of visitors to the Gathering. Hank Steinmetz is a blacksmith who forms iron into beautiful objects using a mobile forge. Visitors can see how a traveling craftsman would live as he and his family moved about the frontier… read more
Husted welcomes student secretaries of state
COLUMBUS –Secretary of State Jon Husted welcomed Octavious Singleton of Streetsboro, Ohio and Wei Sun of Mason, Ohio to his office today. They were both elected Secretary of State at Buckeye Boys and Girls State held earlier this summer. “Both of these programs give young people practical experiences that will stick with them as they become active participants in our… read more
Annie Oakley Weekend Bigger & Better than Ever, By Bob Robinson
“This is a Christmas Fern from the Colony of Maryland,” said John Burkett, showing a framed display he created. Burkett and his wife, Karen, are historical re-enactors who portray figures and events from America’s history. The Christmas Fern dealt with the 18th Century “New Country,” something visitors from the “Old Country” had never seen. He talked about the people who visited between… read more
Laura Francis 2011 Miss Annie Oakley, By Naiesha Thobe, Teen Scribe
Laura Francis, a junior at Ball State University, took the 100-ft round to become Miss Annie Oakley 2011. First runner-up was Marie Blakely; second runner-up was Majennica Nealeigh. The winning costume went to Kari Kramer (right, shown with Miss Annie Oakley 2010 Ruby Jo Walls) on Wednesday evening. Thursday night people gathered at the Darke County Fairgrounds to watch the finalists shoot it… read more
Boehner staffer talks to local Republicans
Ryan Day, House Representative John Boehner’s District Chief of Staff, talked to the Darke County Republican Men’s Club recently. He shared some of the challenges in Washington, most of which you have read about in regular news and blog items on County News Online. A full house of club members and guests heard about the events, noted the challenges and asked multiple questions… read more
Eagles Donates to Darke County Cancer Association
Greenville Eagles 2177 recently presented a donation check to the Darke County Cancer Association. In addition to providing the Annual Independence Day Celebration at Shade Road and numerous events for members, the Eagles donates to a variety of organizations throughout the year… read more
County News Online exclusive… GHS IMTV to go Online, By Bob Robinson
County News Online has offered Interactive Media (IMTV) students their own website, available from a tab on CNO’s Home Page. Lori Hoover, instructor for Greenville High School’s IMTV program, has accepted. The site will temporarily be known as Digital Waves and will be launched sometime after the beginning of the fall semester. “This is a great opportunity for these kids,” Hoover said. “Students… read more
Honoring a new ‘famous daughter’
“Thank you, Elizabeth, for your work with Darke County’s young people, from the House of Representatives of the State of Ohio. You are truly one of our strongest assets for the future.” State Rep. Jim Buchy (Dist. 77) read a House Letter of Commendation to the young lady, Elizabeth Horner, who has been actively promoting literacy to her peers, at a recent Darke County Republican… read more
GHS Key Club meets with Kasich’s Regional Liaison, By Bob Robinson
“What would it take to keep you in Ohio?” Sandra Brasington, Gov. Kasich’s Western Ohio Regional Liaison, told a half dozen Greenville High School Key Club officers that this is what the governor would ask if he had the chance… The responses boiled down to one word… jobs. One student talked about engineering. Brasington said Danon Yogurt needs engineers. The students didn’t… read more
‘Fascinating’ Time an uplifting event
“We have to take our country back!” OFRW President Jean Turner. Southwest District Republican Women’s Club members and guests filled the banquet room of Greenville Golf Club Saturday to hear Turner, president of the Ohio Federation of Republican Women, tell them that she is making herself “perfectly clear.” The event was hosted by the Darke County Republican Women’s Club (DCRWC)… read more
The Darke County Animal Shelter... Pets of the week
Millie is a 5-year-old Husky mix. She is black and white with medium length hair. She is a big girl and has been fed well. She was found west of Greenville and would love to go home. If not, she would welcome a new place to call home. Alf is a 2-year-old Coonhound. She is brown and white with short hair. She is a friendly girl and loves people. She will make a great companion. She is… read more
CAP offers HPRP services
Community Action Partnership (CAP) will be offering assistance to eligible citizens of Darke County to find or maintain housing through the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP). The mission of HPRP is to work with individuals and families at risk for eviction and homelessness by helping them to maintain housing and stabilize their situation. Additionally, HPRP serves individuals who are actually homeless by helping them to locate safe and appropriate… read more
CHIP assistance offered at CAP
Community Action Partnership (CAP) has received funding from the Darke County Commissioners Community Housing Improvement Program (CHIP) for rental and utility assistance in Darke County for those that are in threat of eviction. A three-day eviction notice with complete wording of why the person is being evicted, copy of your lease, 13 weeks of income, and Social Security cards is necessary to complete an application. Income level must be at or below… read more
Edison Community College... Six Lady Chargers Named Academic All-Americans
Edison Community College had six student-athletes named to the NJCAA Academic All-American Team this year and the women’s volleyball team was nominated as the Academic Team of the Year, receiving the third highest GPA in the country. Jessica Shimp, who plays for the Lady Chargers volleyball team, became the first athlete in Edison history to win the award while earning a 4.0. She… read more
Greenville Toastmasters celebrate 40th Anniversary
Active and inactive Toastmaster members and guests met Saturday, July 9 in the Brick Room of the Brethren Retirement Community to celebrate the fortieth anniversary of the Greenville Toastmasters Club #1238. Following hor d’oeuvres prepared by club president Elaine Bailey, Bob Farmer, Toastmaster for the event, welcomed a group of thirty-one.  Dignitaries attending the celebration… read more
Handson West Central Ohio… Volunteers sought for Bridges to College
Have you ever wondered what impact you have made on one person’s life?  Now you have an opportunity to directly impact the path a local student embarks upon following his or her high school graduation. Bridges to College invites volunteers to work one-on-one with local high school juniors and seniors, as well as their parents, to help them shape their futures.  Volunteers will assist students as they select a career, research colleges, apply for college admission and secure… read more
Farm Power a good time… watch for it next year, By Jessica Transue, Teen Scribe
Teen Scribe Jessica Transue, who is also in Greenville High School’s Interactive Media Television (IMTV) program, went on assignment to Farm Power of the Past, held over the weekend at the Darke County Fairgrounds. Here is her report… I went to the tractor pull on Saturday, with most tractors pulling over 200 ft. Around 70 people showed up for that. Other activities included a horse… read more
Elected officials respond to T.E.A. Patriot questions, By Al Bliss
The six officials responded to questions for an hour and forty five minutes. The questions were sometimes aggressive but the manner of the official responses consistently kept the discussion on a very civil basis and stressed the information presented without an emotional ingredient. Judge Jason Aslinger was present at the beginning of the Meeting but declined… read more
Aces Program Graduates 20 Students
Click below for photo of graduating class - GREENVILLE   –   Council on Rural Services is proud to congratulate the twenty students that graduated from the Achievement Center for Educational Success (ACES) program and received diplomas from their local school districts. The program believes in the approach of different choices for students that seek a different educational option by… read more
New Madison Independence Day Parade 2011... An American Tradition, By Bob Robinson
Click below for links to 100 photos of the New Madison Independence Day parade and celebration. Despite 66-year-old exhaustion from the two-day Eagles Celebration Saturday and Sunday, I wasn’t about to miss what I’ve always thought of as an American Fourth of July tradition… the Parade. I had two choices… New Madison’s annual parade or Ansonia’s. Both exemplify Rural America and… read more
VFW Arbor Ceremony, By Al Bliss
The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Arbor Ceremony was conducted by Doug Black at 10:00 AM July 9, 2011 at the top of the bank overlooking the pond behind the VFW facilities at 219 North Ohio Street. The reason for this Arbor designed and installed under the direction of Connie Brinley is to establish a memorial to TERESA CARTEE, lifetime VFW AUXILIARY member loved by all. Chuck Cartee… read more
A Cause for Remembrance, Story & Photos by Naiesha Thobe, Teen Scribe
"It's a patriotic day to celebrate with family and friends," said Eagles Worthy President Steffanie Baker. "It's a day to ‘respect those who died’,” said Ron Kreitzer, Eagles Trustee. “It's a time to look back on the past, but also look forward for the future.” Both Eagles 2177 officers took time from their multiple activities during the recent weekend Independence Day celebration to talk about the Eagles… read more
BBB announces newest volunteers
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County is pleased to announce the newest volunteers in the core mentoring program. Ashley Wilt, of Minster, is eager to do something for the community and chose to volunteer as a mentor Big Brother because of the need for positive role models.  Ashley admires the curiosity and creativity in children, and says, “I like it that they are open to be taught.”  He wants his new Little Brother to feel he has a friend and to maintain positive memories… read more
Farming Issues… Wheat Harvests to Insects, Justin Petrosino, OSU Extension, Darke County
What is going on in Darke County’s fields this week? There are quite a few different issues that are important to our farmers. Topics range from wheat harvest to insects so let’s dive in! Many farmers started wheat harvest in the middle of last week. For some harvest will continue through the end of this week. Reports are coming in on yields and vomitoxin levels. Yields are highly variable this year with a range reported from 55 to 95 bu/a. Average yield may fall between 65 and 75 bu/a… read more
Lyn Bliss Honored for Tribute to Women, By Kay Seiler
Recently, Lyn Bliss, Greenville, was an honoree for the Tribute to Women which was held at the Worthington Country Club in Columbus.  This was the Ohio Federation of Republican Women’s biennial celebration of the leadership capabilities, community contributions, and personal values of women who belong to Republican Women’s Clubs in Ohio.  The first tribute was held in… read more
The thundering of feet… nope, not Rudolph, Story & photos By Naiesha Thobe, Teen Scribe
No, it wasn't that popular reindeer galloping down the road early Monday morning, but there was a loud thundering of feet and it did signal the beginning of the 4th of July activities in Ansonia. The 5K run had begun. Voices were awake and cheerful, despite the fact that it was only 9:00 a.m. The 5K run drew in many participants, but only two hours later attracted many more. The annual… read more
Letter: It takes an entire village... New Madison Parade and Independence Celebration
Great write-up on the New Madison Independence Day celebration!  My husband Tom is the president of the 4th of July Committee and I will tell you, it truly takes an entire village to put this celebration together! We have volunteers from the community, our local civic organization, our fire department, Kiwanis, Masonic Lodge, local churches, etc., all focused on making this event successful!… read more
DCCA Receives Distribution from Harry Stephens Memorial Fund
Darke County Center for the Arts is grateful to have been included among the recipients of the Harry D. and Esther Stephens Memorial June, 2011 distribution.  According to DCCA Executive Director Julie Strait, “The Stephens Memorial Fund has consistently been Darke County’s single largest financial supporter of DCCA for many years.    DCCA is proudly embarking on its 33rd season thanks in large part to the support the Stephens Memorial Fund has… read more
Area volunteers needed for Stuff A Bus
Get a tan while you lend a hand!  Volunteers are invited to join Darke County United Way as the organization provides a bus full of school supplies to children throughout Darke County this August. Darke County United Way invites area residents to participate in the organization’s annual Stuff A Bus Day of Caring on Friday, August 6.  Volunteers are needed to assist individuals who donate school supplies at two collection sites, one in Greenville and one in Versailles… read more
Eagles Independence Day Celebration... Snap, Crackle, Pop, By Naiesha Thobe
And this isn’t an advertisement for Kellog’s Rice Krispies. Those noises were very audible to the many people who gathered to “ooh” and “ahh” at the bright lights that lit up the Sunday night sky. The Eagle’s 6th annual 4th of July celebration brought thousands of civilians together for one reason: Independence Day. But, rewind, to earlier that day... The Eagle’s Shade Road Park opened its gates to the… read more
Darke County Parks... Extreme Camp Held
During the week of June 20-24, campers at Darke County Parks got extreme!  Campers began the week getting to know each other quickly by having to work together at a challenge course at Camp Yale.  After the challenge course they encouraged each other as each camper climbed to the top of a fifty foot tower and then hopped on a zip-line and sailed to the bottom.  The second day, they were broken into teams… read more
The Independence Day Parade… an American passion, By Bob Robinson
One of the standards of the American passion for celebration is the parade… in this case the annual New Madison Independence Day Parade. All parades come fully equipped with high school marching bands, local youth crowned prince or princess for the day, veterans, politicians, fire trucks, emergency vehicles, youth organizations such as boy scouts and church groups, even local… read more
Summer Camps Begin at Darke County Parks!
During the week of June 13-17, the Darke County Parks hosted their first of many summer camps, “Paddling, Hiking & Camping”. The young campers had a blast learning the ins and outs of their canoes and kayaks on a local pond, taking advantage of the gorgeous summer weather by splashing around during game time. The enthusiastic campers then put their skills to the… read more
Council on Rural Services... Volunteers needed to help local pre-schoolers learn dental hygiene
A beautiful smile not only enables a person to eat and speak properly, but it also builds stronger self-confidence.  Too often, however, we don’t realize the devastating effects of not caring for our teeth before it is too late. “Preventing dental disease before it occurs is our focus.  Left untreated, cavities can cause infection which can impact a child’s health and future,” said Linda Primrose-Barker, Health and Disabilities Manager.  “We need to make a difference in children’s… read more
Winning Website Announced
Recently the National Federation of Republican Women (NFRW) announced their winning website for the week of June 26th.    Lyn Bliss of Greenville was awarded this accolade for constructing and maintaining the Ohio Federation of Republican Women’s (OFRW) website (   The article will be featured on the NFRW “Capitol Connection” this week. Ohio Federation… read more
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