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Early Bird presents auction check to SSSF
GREENVILLE – Early Bird Publisher Keith Foutz presented a check from the Joining Together for Darke County Youth fundraiser to Senior Scribes Scholarship Fund President Elaine Bailey Dec. 20. On hand for the presentation were Bistro Off Broadway owner Ted Abney, local cartoonist Paul Ackley and SSSF board member and County News Online Executive Editor Bob Robinson. The... read more 
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Gracie spreads Christmas cheer at Oakley House, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – Gracie travels five counties spreading cheer to hospice patients and residents of nursing and continuing care homes. She’s two years old and loves to go “bye-bye.” Gracie is a TDI: Therapy Dog International. Her most recent visit to Darke County was at the Oakley House in Greenville on Dec. 19. Gracie wandered around the room visiting over 20 residents while her owner, Candy Null... read more 
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Greenville FFA Chapter Members Receive Chapter FFA Degree
Twenty-two members of the Greenville FFA Chapter received the Chapter FFA Degree; the second high school degree awarded by the National FFA Organization. This honor recognizes demonstrated knowledge and achievements in agricultural awareness, leadership, career development and community service programs. The Chapter FFA Degree is given to an FFA chapter’s top members... read more 
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Local DAR donates mittens and gloves to FISH
Fort GreeneVille Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution donated mittens and gloves to the FISH mitten tree at the Brethrens Home. Pictured are members... read more 
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Garst interns help preserve history for new generations, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – How do you preserve the future of a museum by making it relevant to today’s generation? Especially when you have a limited budget and ongoing projects… One possible solution is interns. Universities provide classroom and, where appropriate, laboratory instruction. In order to provide hands-on experience they typically go outside the educational environment. Garst Museum... read more 
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College students give sixth graders lessons in social media safety, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – “Cyber bullies tend to be into alcohol or drugs or they’ve experienced physical bullying… and they typically have low self-esteem.” That was one of the messages six Edison Community College post-secondary students delivered to sixth graders at Greenville South School Dec. 13 about bullying, cyber-bullying and how to use social media safely. The students were... read more 
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Cancer Association giving back to Darke County
“Where There is Help There is Hope” This is not only the motto of the Cancer Association of Darke County but also their pledge to residents of Darke County.   The Cancer Association of Darke County has helped cancer patients in many ways. At their year-end board meeting Christine Lynn, Director of CADC reported that $901,557.97 has been provided in patient services over the past 14 years. Services... read more 
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Greenville Federal Bank Supports Leadership in Darke County
Greenville Federal recently made a monetary donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Darke & Shelby County in efforts for Bruns and Rex to attend the Edison Academy for Community Leadership. The Edison Academy of Community Leadership strengthens not-for-profit organizations by providing quality educational and training opportunities. Greenville Federal, the oldest bank headquartered in Darke County continues to ... read more 
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Big Brothers Big Sisters hosts annual Christmas party
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County held its annual Christmas Party on Sunday, December 8th at The New Treaty Lanes bowling alley in Greenville.  Approximately 35 people, comprised of community volunteer mentors, Littles, BBBS board members and staff, were in attendance this year.  After the excitement of bowling, a pizza party was held.  Treaty Lanes owner, Bob Brandon donated his facility for this event. Children also enjoyed... read more 
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Lions Gather Teddy Bears to keep spirits bright
GREENVILLE, Ohio - Freezing winds whipped streams of snow across all roads leading into Greenville Tuesday, Dec. 10 for the annual Darke County Lions Club Blood Drive.  But the wintry blast was not enough to stop these four Lions Clubs from coming together at holiday time for the benefit of two great causes. For 18 years Arcanum, Gettysburg, Greenville and Pitsburg Lions have raised money to buy a cuddly collection of Teddy Bears to donate... read more 
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Area Non-Profit Executive Director Retires
PIQUA – After over 36 years of service, Shirley Hathaway, Executive Director of Council on Rural Service Programs has announced her retirement effective December 31, 2013.  As Executive Director for most of her 36 years, Shirley’s vision led the organization through expanding service areas to nine counties, creating new programs for children, youth and adults, establishing collaborative partnerships in the communities, and purchasing/building local... read more 
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Pets of the week
We have Ellie at the Darke County Animal Shelter. She is a 3-year-old Labrador Retriever. She is brownish gray almost the color of a Weimaraner. She has short hair. She is a sweet dog and loves to be around people. She follows you around everywhere. She loves to have her belly rubbed. She will make a perfect friend and companion. She is waiting to be adopted. We have Bailey at the Darke County Animal Shelter. She is a 3-year-old Terrier mix. She... read more 
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Greenville BPW Club’s Program on ‘Brain Fitness Can Be Fun!”
Greenville, OH. December 12, 2013 The Individual Development Program (IDP) Committee of the Greenville Business & Professional Women’s (BPW) Club hosted the November 14th meeting which was held at the Brethren Retirement Center. IDP Chair Jane Carroll and committee members Leigh Fletcher and Marilyn Emmons planned the meeting. Carmen Milano was the speaker for the evening. Milano is a registered Yoga teacher... read more 
St. Marys School December Newsletter
Mark Twain is quoted as saying, “Everyone talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.” I certainly wished that someone would have done something about our weather this month. So far we have had two calamity days and three two-hour delays. Given we had only fifteen scheduled school days, that was quite a chunk of time to lose. And while I have to admit a few extra hours of sleep were welcomed, I was a little daunted by the nearness of our Christmas program. I kept thinking... read more 
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“Pathway to the Present” focuses on Darke County growth, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – “I think it’s a very remarkable job,” said John Marchal, president of the Darke County Historical Society. “It opens up the county for us.” Marchal was referring to the Garst Museum’s latest exhibit, “Pathway to the Present: The Towns and Villages of Darke County.” It was the Master’s Degree project of Wright State University’s Jason Swiatkowski under the direction of museum Executive Director Clay Johnson, Ph.D... read more 
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Safety during the Holidays
December is a month for many holiday traditions. It is a time to give thanks and gather with friends, family, and community members. However this month is also a time to be mindful of safety. Safety topics can range from food safety, fire safety, road safety and personal safety (for home and shopping). Safety items can also make great gifts for people of all ages. If bicycles, scooters, dirt bikes, ATV’s, or ponies are on the wish list – then please... read more 
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Bang for Your Educational Buck
With a growing number of students unable to afford college tuition, many of these students are turning to a two-year degree in order to accomplish their educational goals. http://www.degreequery.com has created an infographic entitled “Bang for Your Educational Buck” detailing which associates degrees are proving to be worthwhile-even earning more than others with bachelor’s degrees. Earnings favor professional... read more 
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A message from CNO
Each year the Senior Scribes Scholarship Fund hands out as many as eight or more scholarships to deserving college-bound teens, depending on funds available. Since County News Online was established as a fundraising arm of the 501c3 organization, more than half of these funds have come from CNO sponsors and donors. Publishing a daily news, opinion and information site takes on average 35 to 40 hours a week. Some of it is... read more 
Shriners say thank you!
Thank You Darke County and Surrounding Communities!   A few weeks ago several members of the Darke County Shrine Club and their Ladies, totaling 18 in all, traveled to Antioch Shrine Center in Dayton to present the Officers of Antioch with a check for $47000.00 during their Annual Hospital Fund Drive Appreciation Banquet. This donation would not have been possible without the generosity of the good people of Darke County. I would like to take a moment to personally thank some of the... read more 
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Jordan goal to provide an “amazing arts experience” By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – Andrea Jordan, Executive Director of the Darke County Center for the Arts, assumed her duties on Jan. 1. On Jan. 2 Keith Rawlins, Artistic Director, said… “Andrea, everything will be okay, but Memorial Hall has been closed.” At the age of 101, with its Centennial Celebration only six months earlier, St. Clair Memorial Hall had been closed for repairs. It remained closed until mid-May. “We were in emergency mode,” Jordan said... read more 
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Families Gather to Save a Life! 
What a great time of year for families to gather.  Consider having a party that may actually benefit you, your family and the community.  Learn CitizensCPR, the hands-on only CPR, in just 30 minutes and then kick off the festivities. What a great way to get together a regular group of friends, your organization, your staff, a Sunday school class, a family reunion or your clients. Most people who survive a cardiac emergency... read more 
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Farmland Value, Cash Rent and Crop Input Outlook 2014; From Sam Custer, OSU Extension
Cropland values in Ohio have increased again in 2013. Data from the Oho Ag Statistics Service shows an increase of 12% for bare cropland in Ohio for 2013. The Ohio Cropland Values and Cash Rents Survey (AEDE) conducted in January 2013 shows that the increase in value of Western Ohio cropland in 2013 would be 6.8 to 15.4% depending on region and land class. The Chicago Federal Reserve Bank and Purdue University both conducted land value surveys... read more 
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Ohio Senate Honors U.S. Professor of the Year
COLUMBUS–Senators Peggy Lehner (R–Kettering), Shannon Jones (R-Springboro) and Bill Beagle (R-Tipp City) today honored Sinclair Community College Professor Bob Chaney, who was awarded in Washington the title of 2013 U.S. Professor of the Year. Chaney was honored largely for his work and collaboration with the Carnegie Foundation and Gates Foundation in reforming math education as it has been an ongoing issue, creating obstacles... read more 
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DAR sponsors Christmas trees
Fort GreeneVille Chapter DAR sponsored two Christmas trees. Pictured at the Garst Museum's military room are Cindy Austen, Brenda Arnett, Linda Riley, and Helen Wright. Pictured at the Darke County Park Nature Center are Karen Burkett, Regent Chris Nehring, Taylor Nehring, and prospective member Sue Beasecker... read more 
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Faber, Buchy Honor Versailles High School Athletics on Championship Titles
COLUMBUS– Senate President Keith Faber (R–Celina) and Representative Jim Buchy (R-Greenville) today honored Versailles High School for its three state championship titles this year, including the Versailles High School Girls Track and Field Division III State Champions, the Versailles High School Girls Volleyball Division III State Champions, and Michael Davidson, the 2013 Boys Bowling State Champion... read more 
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Woodland first graders learn about matter, create slime, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – First graders at Woodland learned about solids, liquids and gases on Nov. 21 and 22. Then they learned, as in many areas of science, there will always be an exception or two… in this case the exception was something called a polymer. Ellen Swaney, an employee of the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, Dayton Society of Natural History, explained ‘matters of state’ to about 20 students in Mrs. Knapke’s first... read more 
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OSU Extension, Darke County…Increased Global Grain Production Means Lower Grain Prices for U.S. Growers, From Sam Custer
Thanks to increased global grain production and lower domestic demand for grain for ethanol, crop producers will find 2014 to be tougher than the past few years and should prepare now for lower prices, an expert from Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences said. “Prices reflect that we have ... read more 
Tri-County Board Secures Grant for School Staff Suicide Awareness Training
Teachers and school employees in Darke, Miami and Shelby counties will have the opportunity to win money for their schools while learning how to spot the warning signs of suicide in young people, thanks to a $1,000 grant secured by the Tri-County Board of Recovery and Mental Health Services. The Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation awarded the grant as part of Ohio’s Campaign for Hope – Youth Suicide Prevention Initiative. These funds are made available through a grant from the federal... read more 
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Fort GreeneVille DAR visits Versailles Historical Museum
Fort GreeneVille Chapter DAR recently visited the Versailles Area Historical Museum. Jim Kelch, Museum Publicist and Alice Huffman, DAR member and Versailles Museum Historian gave the members a tour of the museum. The chapter presented the museum with a donation. Pictured: Alice Huffman, Jim Kelch, and DAR Regent Chris Nehring... read more 
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Ackley auction successful; students grateful
GREENVILLE – A steady stream of supporters to the Paul Ackley Cartoon Auction Nov. 21 generated sales and commitments to help provide scholarship money to the Senior Scribes Scholarship Fund. According to Early Bird Publisher Keith Foutz sales were excellent and the event generated new support from at least one other source. A check will be presented to SSSF in the near future. “I’m really impressed with the kids who showed up... read more 
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All About You gives donation to Cancer Association
All About You Therapeutic Massage presents $2,000 donation to Cancer Association of Darke County from its Ladies Night Out event on November 2 at Romer’s.    The fun filled evening served a catered meal, over 25 local vendors were present, door prizes were given and Leslie Norris Townsend, comedienne, entertained the group with standup comedy and involved the ladies from the audience singing 12 Days of Menopause... read more 
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Letters to Santa
DARKE COUNTY – The Early Bird is asking for Letters to Santa for publication on its website, www.bluebagmedia.com. Letters can be sent by email to editor@earlybirdpaper.com or mailed to The Early Bird, 5312 Sebring Warner Road, Greenville, Ohio 45331. Early Bird Associate Editor Bob Robinson said he has Santa’s address at the North Pole and will make sure the letters get to him in time for Christmas. Deadline for receipt is... read more 
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Lights, Film and Action
The junior and senior Interactive Media (IMTV) students in the Career Tech Center at Greenville Senior High School have been applying their skills to real projects through partnerships with local community clients. One of IMTV’s highlight projects is the production of a promotional show for the Light Foundation’s Darke County Annual Turkey Hunt. IMTV senior, Jake Synder and junior, Isaak Clevenger teamed up with GHS IMTV alumni... read more 
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HER Realtors holds open house, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – HER Realtors held an Open House Nov. 23 at its new office location in the Palace Building, 537 S. Broadway, Suite 202. “We’re excited to be in the Greenville market,” said Robin Banas, District Sales Manager for the Darke, Shelby and Miami County areas. She added they’d been in the new office since late spring. “HER is huge on technology and marketing,” she said, noting research has shown that 90 percent of. ... read more 
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GHS Engineering Program Presents Skills for the Future, By Ethan Clark, Senior Class Reporter
GREENVILLE, OH – The Engineering program at Greenville Senior High School already has presented interesting learning experiences this year and has much more in store for its members. The class of 2014 just finished up metrology with their final exam recently. Students acquired skills in methods of measurement, using tools such a micrometer, vernier caliper, depth mic, and many more. The class received college credit through labs... read more 
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SNB Sponsors DCCA Special Event: RIDERS IN THE SKY “Christmas The Cowboy Way”
DCCA Family Theatre Series and the Irish Wave - Second National Bank (SNB) has donated funds to Darke County Center for the Arts (DCCA) as an Impresario sponsor of the upcoming holiday special event Riders In The Sky "Christmas the Cowboy Way," Saturday, December 7, at St. Clair Memorial Hall, featuring Riders' unique "brand" of cowboy humor sprinkled with a dash of holiday spice.    “Second National Bank’s sponsorship... read more 
AmazonSmile for BBBS
Today is Cyber Monday :) While you are doing your holiday shopping please think of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke Couny. Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby And Darke County whenever you shop on AmazonSmile. Any support is greatly appreciated!!! Click the link here http://cts.vresp.com/c/?BigBrothersBigSister/811cd2b895/8205666566/97f40605fd
St. Mary’s School November 2013
Last month I wrote that I was surrounded by all kinds of scary things. This month the bats, spiders and jack-o-lanterns have been replaced by pilgrims, Native Americans, and turkeys. Hmm, could it be another holiday approaches? The sixth grade class attended the outdoor learning adventure at Glen Helen. Glen Helen is both a nature preserve and an outdoor learning facility. The sixth graders left on November 5 and returned on November 8. The Glen Helen field trip is a much anticipated... read more
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South staff pucker up for pug kisses, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – “I had a secret weapon, but it didn’t work,” said Roberta Ditty, custodian at South School. “I smeared a piece of ham on my lips.” Harley the Pug didn’t get the taste right away, but when she did… “Lisa Byram got the licks. Harley was all tongue! “Actually, it worked better than I planned,” she said. “It just didn’t work for me.” Harley is the pug that got kissed by seven South School staff members when students and staff met... read more 

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