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Darke County Fair… Director of Agriculture Daniels tours fair  By Bob Robinson
Amid the sour news on the economy around the country, there are a few states that have managed to shine, or at least begin to show recovery. One of them is Ohio. Despite the successes, there are still challenges. Ohio has suffered considerable agricultural damage due to the summer drought. Darke County is among others that has qualified for federal disaster relief due to the damage on its crops by lack of rain. In his first visit... read more 
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Big Brothers Big Sisters… BBBS pays tribute to life of Don Meyer
A group of Big Brothers Big Sisters volunteers and Littles recently enjoyed a beautiful day at the Sidney Municipal Pool, where they attended a swim party/pizza party hosted by Big Brothers Big Sisters. Nearly 60 people were in attendance for this August 16th event. The swimming party was actually made possible through memorial gifts on behalf of Don Meyer made to the organization by the staff and Board of Trustees for .. read more 
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Annie Oakley Golf Tournament… Nick Cox Family inducted into the Tournament Hall Of Fame
The Annie Oakley Golf Tournament Committee established a Hall of Fame in 2006, the year of the tournament’s 25th anniversary.  Criteria for this honor was decided by the committee and consists of long term participation, enthusiasm, and financial support of the committee’s goals in helping Darke County cancer patients. The Nick Cox Family, which includes Ryan and Chrissy Cox... read more 
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Darke County Fair… Kaptain Kosmo treats Wulber family to a win, By Elaine Bailey
Standing at turn four at the 2012 Darke County Fair racetrack, Aubrey Wulber and her family cheer for Kaptain Kosmo.  Although Kaptain Kosmo is owned by her grandfather Ronald Wulber, Aubrey considers the four-year-old standard-bred trotter hers, as they are both the same age and have grown up together. This race finished with a first place win for “her” horse.  Following pictures in the winner’s circle... read more 
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Darke County Fair… Goats… Beautiful Creatures, By Lyn Bliss
Goats. GOATS! GOATS!!! Goats in every size, shape and color. Some with ears, some without ears. Some with neck wattles, some without. While taking pictures of some of the inhabitants of the goat barn, I made the mistake of also having a plastic shopping bag of fair purchases hanging on my arm.  Felt a tug, then a bigger tug… looked down to see a goat happily munching... read more 
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“Back the Wave” A Success Thanks to the Community
 Greenville City Schools student athletes in conjunction with the Greenville Athletic Boosters, held their annual fundraising event, traditionally known as “Back the Wave” on August 15th. Student Athletes went door to door collecting community donations and provided a Green Wave decal and a sports schedule. According to Stephanie Baumgardner, Athletic Boosters... read more 
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Darke County Fair… Photography Show Winners
Attached are the photos from the fair of the Photography winners.  There were 481 photos shown at the fair this year. Best of Show:  Sue Ann Hartzell. Professional Winner (left to right):  Jeannie Grosch, Leigha Brown, Sue Ann Hartzell, Tiffanie Mora & Ciara Lantz. Amateur Winners (left to right):  Kim Miller, Hallie Foureman, Jane Ann May & Brittasha Oswalt... read more 
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Darke County Center for the Arts… Second National Banks supports Tommy Emmanuel event
Darke County Center for the Arts (DCCA) is pleased to announce Second National Bank as an Impressario sponsor of the Tommy Emmanuel concert on September 8.  “Second National Bank generously shows their support for the community by making it possible for DCCA to bring outstanding programs to Darke County that folks would otherwise have to travel to larger metropolitan... read more 
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Darke County Cancer Association… Ring Toss for Patty & Mark Cotter, By Al Bliss
The annual Ring Toss for the Darke County Cancer Association dedicated to Patty and Mark Cotter, cancer survivors, took place at the Dearwester ring toss oval at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday. The ring toss oval is essentially the same configuration as the original game started one hundred four (104) years ago. The first two contestants were Patty and Mark Cotter. The competition was accompanied... read more 
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Darke County Fair… Veterans Day at the Fair, Photos by Al Bliss & Dick Coffield
Each year the Darke County Fair sets aside one day to honor all veterans. This year Veterans Day was Wednesday, August 22. Veterans and immediate family members living in the same household were admitted free. There were many uniforms in evidence that day. Veterans were honored in the Grandstand at 5:30 p.m. with a Parade and a Memorial Service.... read more 
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Greenville Fraternal Order of Eagles 2177… Eagles 2177 awards fourth scholarship to local student
Stephanie Mayo receives CNO Business Scholarship from Greenville Eagles - The fourth 2012 Business Scholarship recipient from the Greenville Eagles through County News Online and the Senior Scribes Scholarship Fund was awarded recently to Stephanie Mayo, a senior from Ansonia High School. She will be attending Ball State University in its Exercise Science and Applied Science Track... read more 
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Darke County Fair… State Senator Keith Faber visits the fair
Representative Keith Faber, along with his wife Andrea visited the Great Darke County Fair. During the visit, they stopped by the Republican tent and talked with other Republicans there. L to R: Greenville City Treasurer Barb Fee, Rep. Faber, Pastor Hershel Fee... read more 
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Darke County Fair… 4H-Results, By Lyn Bliss
Senior Scribe Lyn Bliss has already spent well over 30 hours compiling the judging results from hundreds of 4H members in more than 100 categories. The list isn’t yet complete but will be as soon as time permits. Updates will be posted as they become available. The list is also available by clicking on the link on the photo to the right... read more 
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Darke County Fair… Sport Tae Kwon Do a family activity, By Elaine Bailey
This pint-sized youngster was clearly not a novice as he awed the audience with his spunk and marital arts skills. He along with members of Wittler’s Black Belt Academy demonstrated punches, blocks, rolls, and self-defense techniques before an attentive audience at the great 2012 Darke County Fair. Senei Daniel Wittler explained the intent behind the instruction of Sport Tae Kwon Do. “The... read more 
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Fort GreeneVille DAR… Local chapter sponsors Harness Racing blanket
The Fort GreeneVille Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution sponsored a harness racing win blanket at the Great Darke County Fair. Among the win picture crowd are DAR members Debbie Nisonger, Shirley Hughes, Taylor Nehring, Linda Riley, and Cindy Austen. Driving the winning horse, Blueridge Casino, is Jeff Nisonger, son of DAR member Debbie Nisonger... read more 
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Fort GreeneVille DAR... Local chapter attends OSDAR Fall Fun Fair Conference
Fort GreeneVille Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution members recently attended the OSDAR Fall Fun Fair Conference in Columbus, OH. The DAR, founded in 1890, is a volunteer women's service organization dedicated to keeping America strong by promoting patriotism, preserving history and supporting education programs. Pictured above are Joanne Fisher... read more 
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Darke County Fair... Little Mister & Miss… King Miller and Queen Addis, By Elaine Bailey
Fifty-six contestants met in the Great Darke County Fair Youth Building to compete in the 2012 Little Miss & Mister Darke County Fair King and Queen Contest sponsored by The Flower Patch. The theme for this year’s event was Rock at the Hop!  Alex Mikos, WTGR radio personality and host of Market Time and Community Ties, emceed the event.   Kim Bowers, Eric Fee, and Stacie Ward judged the... read more 
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Edison Community College… Edison Career Services Offers Support to Campus, Community
Trying to find a job or select a career path that’s a good fit with room for advancement can be a daunting task, and Edison Community College has developed a valuable resource to help meet this growing need in the region. Edison’s Career and Job Services Center is a free advisory program located at the Piqua Campus that provides a wide variety of resources for job seekers and employers... read more 
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Darke County Fair... Decorating a Freak Vegetable, By Lyn Bliss
Booker takes first with “Egg Plant Farmer” - Glancing through the fair schedule does not make for terribly exciting reading – it is the events themselves that are exciting. However, when an event called “Decorating a Freak Vegetable” caught my eye on the Saturday schedule; it did seem a bit out of the ordinary. According to Judge Nola Coning, this event has been going on for about ten years. An assortment... read more 
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Darke County Animal Shelter… Pets of the week
We have Ace at the Darke County Animal Shelter. He is a 1- year old Boxer/Shepherd mix. He is mostly brown with a black face and has short hair. He is a friendly guy and loves to play ball. He will make a great companion and is looking for a good home. We have Daytona at the Darke County Animal Shelter. He is a 1-year-old Shepherd mix. He is mostly black with a brown chest and has short hair... read more 
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Darke County Fair… Cheerleading event was four hours of pure energy, By Bob Robinson
Such energy. These kids were allowed four minutes for their performance and they used just about every second of it. It was constant movement, augmented often by gymnastics… somersaults, slides, jumps… you name it. Such energy. The morning was spent getting ready, practicing, prepping themselves and each other for the performance ahead. Shelby Schipps, Tri-Village Senior, said... read more 
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Extended Drought Affects our Corn and Soybean Insect Expectations, By Sam Custer
Aspergillus Ear Rot and Aflatoxins - Most of our corn this year has experienced extremely hot, dry conditions and as a result grain development has been severely hampered. In addition, such drought-like conditions have had several producers concerned about Aspergillus ear rot and aflatoxin contamination of grain. Although we have not yet received reports of Aspergillus ear rot and aflatoxin in Ohio, these... read more 
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Darke County Fair… Ribbon Cutting Ceremony: The 2012 Fair is Officially Open
By Bob Robinson - As it has for so many years in the past, the Official Opening of the Great Darke County Fair was replete with public servants, fair officials, media and a host of visitors and family members. I saw old friends and made new acquaintances and had some interesting discussions with many of them. I got to dig Darke County Commissioner Mike Stegall a little when I discovered he... read more 
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“156 Years of Greatness”... The Great Darke County Fair Opens Today, By Bob Robinson
Opening ceremonies will be held at 8 a.m. today for the 2012 Great Darke County Fair. Touted as being one of the largest and most diverse county fairs in the state, the Darke County Fair is celebrating “156 Years of Greatness.” On Monday, many vendors were already set up. Others were working on theirs, while some hadn’t yet started. Fitzwater was in the process of putting its space... read more 
Garst Museum ... Museum Receives Donation of Annie Oakley Items
In honor of Annie Oakley’s birthday week, The Annie Oakley Center Foundation, in Greenville, Ohio presented three Annie Oakley related documents to The Annie Oakley Center at Garst Museum. Eileen Litchfield, president of The Annie Oakley Center Foundation said, “These new artifacts complement the existing exhibit at The National Annie Oakley Center at the Garst Museum.”  Included in the presentation are a handwritten letter from Annie Oakley’s husband Frank Butler... read more 
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Greenville Eagles 2177 awards scholarships to three local students
CNO Business Sponsor funds four scholarships plus additional SSSF scholarships - Three Darke County students were awarded Eagles 2177 scholarships for academic excellence recently through the Senior Scribes Scholarship Fund. Additional requirements for the scholarship are that the student must be a child or grandchild of a Greenville Eagles member and write an essay on what he or she intends... read more 
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State Line Heritage Days… Grand Parade entertains hundreds of enthusiastic spectators
By Elaine Bailey - Hometown spirit was near 100 percent on Saturday as little trucks, big trucks, young queens and mature queens, villains and heroes, new tractors and antique tractors, Democrats and Republicans wove their way through the streets of Union City during the 2012 State Line Heritage Days Grand Parade. Chris and Sandy Hernandez, owners of Sound Sensations, emceed the “Union City Has... read more 
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Big Brothers Big Sisters… BBBS Launches a Summer Buddies Program
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County launched a Summer Mentoring Program for summer 2012 to serve some of the children currently waiting for a volunteer mentor.  Funding for this program was secured through the Community Foundation of Shelby County on behalf of the Roscoe Beanblossom Fund and the Founders Fund. Executive Director stated, “We were so pleased to have this... read more 
Versailles COC... Community Gift Certificate Program
The Versailles Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors wants to remind everyone of the Community Gift Certificate Program. This program was established as an easy and convenient program to keep shopping dollars in the Versailles area, as well as to create a unique gift giving idea. Certificates may be purchased at the following local banks; Second National Bank, Versailles Savings & Loan, and US Bank. The certificates are available in $5, $10, and $20 denominations. The certificates can... read more 
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2012 Republican Convention Sometimes dreams do come true..., By Lyn Bliss
“It was one of those ‘pick yourself up off the floor’ moments!” Those of you who know me know that I tend to be adamant about my choice in politics. Well, could we say that is a bit of an understatement and go on with the story?? Every four years the campaign for the Republican Party’s candidate for President heats-up and tends to consume the better part of a year. Beginning with the First Bush’s run for his second term; I have had a heightened interest in... read more 
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State Line Heritage Days... Spike & the Bulldogs performance cut short due to weather
By Elaine Bailey - A disappointed audience of Spike & the Bulldogs 50’s and 60’s group saw the performance cut short after only 30 minutes because of inclement weather. Despite earlier warnings of high winds and hail, not a person left until Spike and soundman Phil reluctantly announced the show would have to come to a close. The popular group wrapped up the 2012 Union City State Line Heritage Days with devoted fans dancing to music from.... read more 
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WHIO-TV Video... FISH pantry moving new Greenville location, By Steve Baker
GREENVILLE, Ohio — The FISH Food Pantry serving Greenville and Darke County is in the process of moving to a new location. That location is 13th Street and Markwith in Greenville. The pantry was closed Monday and Tuesday July 30 and 31, and reopened on August 1 at its new... read more 
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2012 State Line Heritage Days: Wedded to a Villain or… Locked in a Living Tomb
By Elaine Bailey - Under the Big Tent Melodrama - Oh, what a dilemma!  To be married off to a villain!  That’s what the not-so-nice ole stepmother does with sweet Bonnie Hartwell.  Although Bonnie adamantly refused to marry anyone other than her sweetheart, her stepmother plies her with guilt, forcing Bonnie to succumb to marrying the dastardly villain Murgatroyd Flashington.  (Of course, only the audience can... read more 
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First Fridays at Greenville Library... Lunch on the Lawn a great time, By Elaine Bailey
A joint effort by the library, Main Street Greenville and the Coffee Pot - JR Price, director for the Greenville High School Orchestra, was delighted to see a large number of alumni in the audience at the Lunch on the Lawn. “I can’t remember the last time we did this,” he said. “In fact, I don’t think we have ever performed an outdoor summer concert.  This is a tremendous turnout.” As the young musicians... read more 
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Local family walks in Relay for Life, By George Starks
SIDNEY- Ray Hammaker, Ron Thompson, Ruth Maloney and Barbra Sutherland. Names that many of us don’t know but all four had two things in common. They were all related in one form or another and they all lost their individual battles with cancer. In 2003, Ray “The Can Man” Hammaker lost his battle with cancer while Thompson succumbed in 2007. Four years ago, Hammaker’s son, Roger, who works... read more 
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State Line Heritage Days… Redd takes first place in Chalk Art, By Elaine Bailey
Indiana Wesleyan University student Danielle Redd took first place in the second annual 2012 Union City Psi Chapter Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest during the city’s State Line Heritage Days on Saturday.  Danielle has participated in other sidewalk chalk events and ‘had a great time’ sharing her original composition for Sweet-Tooth Fairy, one of many depictions she has created of Sweet-Tooth Fairy... read more 
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Darke County Friends of the Shelter… Tri-Village Key Club Donates to Shelter
The Tri-Village Key Club class of 2011-2012 has donated funds to assist the Friend of the Shelter for the building of the dog park in Darke County. On Sunday, May 20, 2012 a car wash was held at K-mart in Greenville with the proceeds designated for the dog park. The Tri-Village Key Club is a chapter of Key Club International. It is the oldest and largest service program for high school students... read more 
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Garst Gathering 2012… It takes a community to support its “mint” By Elaine Bailey
It was a fairly quiet year in 1852.  The first public baths opened in New York City, the first edition of Roget’s Thesaurus was published, and Congress authorized the building of the second US mint in San Francisco.  However, unbeknownst to the community, Darke County’s own mint was being constructed a few blocks north of the county seat’s court house, which at that time rested on the circle where the... read more 
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2012 Annie Oakely Parade, Greenville, Ohio, by Bev Hughes
Parades are for children... and the child in each of us. Editor: And so begins the narrative from Bev Hughes, a Senior Scribe who joined the Scribes early in its formation because of a love for writing. She has steadfastly supported all of the Senior Scribes endeavors, including our latest fundraising project: County News Online. Bev was one of the volunteers who answered the call for photos of the Annie Oakley Parade. She... read more 
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Annie Oakley Festival… It was a Happy Day, By Dylan Hoover
Seeing everyone so happy that day was great... Editor: Dylan covered many summer events for County News Online last year and was one of the students who contributed to Greenville High School’s Digital Waves web site that CNO posted. Once again, he has stepped up to help out. I asked for his thoughts after shooting the photos, and he agreed. Here are his thoughts on a full day... The 5K Run and the Annie Oakley Parade: “Just watching all... read more 
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Fort GreeneVille DAR… DAR holds storytime at Garst Gathering
Fort GreeneVille Chapter recently held a storytime at the Gathering at the Garst encampment tent of DAR member Karen Burkett and husband John. The storytime was based on “The Lewis and Clark for Kids” book written by Janice Herbert. The Burketts were in period dress in order to give a visual of the Lewis and Clark time period. Also included in the storytime was a craft time, making of an Indian buffalo mask. Afterwards there was a drawing for... read more 
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Darke County Animal Shelter... Pets of the week
We have Bob and Kurt at the Darke County Animal Shelter. They are 3-month-old Australian Cattle dog mixes. They are both mostly white with a little brown and have short hair. They are sweet little guys and very playful. We also have their sisters Jenny and Tammy. One is gray and black and the other is red and white. They both have short hair. They are happy little girls and very playful. They are all current on their shots and would love to have a... read more 
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