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Darke County Commissioner Mike Stegall… Is Now the Time?
Several months ago at my “Coffee with the Commissioner” gathering at New Madison, I mentioned that someday I thought Darke County would have to take a look at going to a joint Fire district, and then maybe a joint EMS district, or both. This was me just thinking out loud in light of the current and future economic conditions. Believe it or not, we elected officials do think once in a while! I indicated that I would like to put a committee together to... read more
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Commissioner’s Corner… Record crowds at the fair; great weather
The Great Darke County Fair is underway and with the cooler temperatures and perfect weather, it seems as if the Fair could be in for record crowds.  Everyone seems to be enjoying themselves, and as of this writing, there have been very few incidents to report, and so far, nothing major.  It seems as though we have a lot more visitors from in state and out of state this year... read more
Drought Continues to Affect Agriculture in Western Ohio, By Sam Custer
OSU Extension, Darke County - While visiting with area farmers and agriculture businesspersons at the great Darke County Fair this week it is clear that we are looking at many surprises this fall.  Reported silage yields ranged from 7 to 19 tons per acre ranging from 35% to 90% of normal yields.  These variations in yields can be found within a couple of miles of each other. For those of you who are trying to determine your possible soybean yield this fall I share with you this piece of information... read more
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How would the City pay for Medics? By Bob Rhoades
Comparing Apples to Apples, Part 2 - In the August 23 edition of the County News Online I wrote an article concerning Rod Hale’s suggestion that city council visit other cities with comparable fire departments citing Sidney and Celina. I actually found out since then that although it was attributed to him, it wasn’t his idea. I related that was an excellent idea as we finally would be able to compare Apples... read more
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown... Ensuring Ohio Workers Can Compete
More than 200 days ago, the Senate passed a bipartisan jobs bill that could create or save two million jobs at no cost to taxpayers. Yet, the House of Representatives has refused to consider this common-sense legislation. Now is the time for the House of Representatives to act. The bill addresses one of the biggest challenges facing Ohio manufacturers – unfair competition from Chinese products that are flooding our... read more
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Representative Richard Adams… State’s Job-Search Website is a Valuable Resource
If you have been actively looking for a job recently, you may have heard of the website OhioMeansJobs.com. If not, then I encourage you to check it out. The site is a great resource for employers and jobseekers alike to find what they are looking for in the jobs market. This service has been introduced in other states as well, the Ohio version has existed for a couple years. It is becoming especially relevant now that the... read more
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Republican National Convention… Living my Dream, Part 2, By Lyn Bliss
Email. What did we ever do without it??  Wish I would have started keeping track of all the emails I have received and sent regarding the Republican National Convention. Well, maybe I don’t want to know… Things are progressing. No, let me make that ‘they are flying’! The date of departure seems to be coming toward me like a speeding bullet. The list of things to do seems to grow and apprehension has set in... read more
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 Apples to Apples: A firmly entrenched EMS system, By Bob Rhoades
Rod Hale’s admonishment to compare Greenville to Sidney and Celina in the recent Daily Advocate article is a welcome thought. Finally we’re comparing apples to apples, well almost! Like always if we hang around long enough, a good idea pops up. If and when the committee goes to Sidney, the first thing they’ll see is one of the firefighters that Greenville hired first. He left and went to Sidney because he said
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 Volunteer Fire Departments…corrections and verifications By Bob Robinson
Last week I posted an opinion from a reader on the City of Greenville / Greenville Fire Department issue. Due to the individual’s name recognition in the community, he requested I not use it. I checked a couple of the items he sent; was satisfied; and published. Big mistake. It seems there were errors. They were quickly pointed out to me. I made the decision to publish the opinion… my responsibility. I accept it. Since then, the individual has.
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 Volunteer Fire Departments… really? By Bob Rhoades
A faithful CNO Reader’s article on Volunteer Fire Departments was very good, not real accurate, but good. I actually sat down and researched the departments he listed. Here is what I found and the citation for each. 1. Pasadena, TX - It is the largest Volunteer Dept. 2. Alexandria, VA - Key sentence on the first page of their webpage: Today, the department employs more than 250 professional personnel
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 A Second look at the Vicious Cycle, By Bob Rhoades 
Vicious Cycle Part 2
The possible Greenville City layoffs
The announcement last week of possible layoffs in the city employee ranks has stirred the ire of a few people. Others who can remember back longer than six months have pushed a couple of questions
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 And the Vicious Cycle begins, By Bob Rhoades 
The city of Greenville’s ill-advised decision to lay off fire department personnel and cripple the ability of the Fire Department to defend the city from fire is just the beginning of a vicious cycle that, once started, will be hard to stop.  Total proposed reductions in the fire department budget are $382,896.  This includes the elimination of the Asst. Chief Position, 4 firefighters and the Secretary... read more
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 The other side of the story... A different perspective on the Greenville Fire Department issue 
Editing and Comments by Bob Robinson - One of the things I love about an online news and information service is it is not limited to a regimented format. I received a letter from a reader regarding the City of Greenville Fire Department issue. After reading it I felt it deserved more prominence than that of a letter to the editor. It was sent prior to Bob Rhoades’ column being posted, so it was not in response to his... read more
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 U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Connecting Veterans with New Employment Opportunities 
Ohio is home to more than 890,000 veterans, making our state the nation’s sixth-largest population of veterans. Despite their service, an unacceptably high number of veterans struggle to find work. Just as we invest in our servicemembers while they’re on the battlefield, we should do the same when they return home. That’s why it’s imperative that we do a better job of connecting veterans with the support... read more
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Obama's great quest, By Bob Robinson
Well, it was bound to happen. It took nearly 19 months of online publication seven days a week, but my poor old computer finally rebelled. She will be getting an internal face lift today. It will take a couple days to get back to normal, but we'll be back on track shortly. That, however, is not the reason for this opinion piece. Romney's pick of Paul Ryan as his V.P. running mate is. Talk about an energized base
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown... Fighting for Ohio’s Farms
There’s a lot that farmers can plan for: the type of crops to grow, how much acreage those crops will cover, and when to pick those crops. But this year, a widespread drought has left many Ohio farmers with an unplanned disaster: fields dry as a bone and minimal yields. According to the United States Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service, Ohio and most of the U.S. are in the midst of the most... read more
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Mitt Romney Press... Memorandum: Obama For America Ohio Lawsuit
August 5, 2012 - On July 17, 2012, Obama for America and the Democratic National Committee filed suit against the Attorney General and Secretary of State of Ohio.  In their lawsuit, the Obama campaign and the DNC argue it is “arbitrary” and unconstitutional to provide three extra days of early, in-person voting to military voters and their families.  At least 20 times in their legal papers, they argue that there is no good... read more
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New GTI facility in Winchester… Exploring outside the fort… am I missing something?
By Bob Rhoades - Bill LaFramboise, the executive vice president of GTI in Greenville, in a recent press release by Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels said “This new plant is needed (in Anderson, Ind.) due to capacity limitations and a tight labor market in Greenville, Ohio,”  If you look on CityData.com, it says Greenville has an unemployment rate of around 10%.  The loss of 325 jobs to Anderson... read more
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Congressman John Boehner… On July Unemployment: “Private Sector still isn’t ‘doing fine’”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) released the following statement regarding the Department of Labor’s unemployment report for July 2012: “Two years after the Obama administration declared, ‘welcome to the recovery,’ this much is clear: with 42 consecutive months of unemployment above eight percent, the private sector still isn’t ‘doing fine’ and President Obama’s economic plan... read more
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What’s Not to Like? That’s My Opinion, By Bob Robinson
As the final comments, commentary and opinion filter in from Annie Oakley Days and the community begins to prep for The Great Darke County Fair, I thought about the trials, tribulations and successes of past Annie Oakley celebrations and how they relate to seemingly similar concerns today. I find it fascinating that people are still talking about the demise of the Annie Oakley Days Festival... read more
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown... Addressing Wrongful Foreclosures
If you’re one of the thousands of Ohio families who has experienced the pain of losing your home to a wrongful foreclosure, help could finally be on the way. But you must act quickly. Before the reports of widespread foreclosure fraud two years ago, Ohio had 14 consecutive years of increased foreclosures. Then, we discovered that many of the biggest banks in the country simply didn’t follow the law and give people... read more
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Senator Bill Beagle... Online Employment Tool a Winner for Job Seekers and Employers
With unemployment at a four-year low and the addition of 111,300 new jobs since January of last year, Ohio’s economic outlook is much brighter now than in recent years.  A cornerstone to this progress has been the attraction of outside businesses to our state and the new opportunities that they bring.  However, even with numerous new avenues for employment, searching for a job can prove to be a daunting... read more
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Commissioners Corner… County to get $46K, first check from casinos
It is hard to believe that as this is written, Annie Oakley Days, The Gathering at Garst, and the Great Darke County Fair are just around the corner.  On Sunday, July 22nd, the Elected Officials attended the North Star parade, and then later, competed in a “Family Feud” contest.  The “Politicians,” (as we were called) consisted of Scott Zumbrink, Jim Surber... read more
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