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Watch dog or prospective buyer? From a Reader
How would you like to come home to find this on your front porch?? I was driving down Broadway this morning and happened to see this. Made a u turn, came back and got several pix while headed north. Then did another u-turn and pulled to the curb right in front of the house to shoot these. Didn’t seem to disturb him at all, he seemed right at home! There was a for sale sign in the yard, maybe he was just... read more 
How Are Farm Commodity Prices Set, By Sam Custer
OSU Extension, Darke County - The price of agricultural commodities, such as corn and soybeans, are set in open market trading, where buyers and sellers come together at exchanges such as the Chicago Board of Trade. This firm brokers large quantities of certain products through futures contracts. Corn, for example, is sold through 5,000 bushel contracts. The contract stipulates that the corn will be delivered to the... read more 
Scheduled Improvements to Darke County Roads & Bridges for 2013, By James P. Surber, P.E.,P.S.
In addition to normal required maintenance, an estimated $2,608,456 worth of improvements to County roads and bridges is scheduled for 2013 that will be 93 percent locally funded. Local funds are gas tax and license fees returned monthly to the County by the State of Ohio for County Highway operations. No real estate or sales taxes fund Darke County roads and bridges. The County Engineer and Highway Department are responsible for 519 miles of County road and 530 bridges on County and... read more 
Big Brothers Big Sisters... BBBS Versailles Big Buddy program partners with Worch Library
The High School mentoring program, which is in its eighth year, would like to take this opportunity to recognize and thank the High school mentors that give so willingly of their time as well as Betty Byrd at Worch Memorial Library for allowing us to come to the library and partake in your lego activity. The Big Brothers Big Sisters Buddies program, which began back in September of 2000 started with a total of nine high school volunteers and ... read more 
A Centennial Mangas Reunion… 1,100 descendents and counting, By Elaine Bailey
A Centennial Mangas Reunion will be held on Saturday, July 6 at the Lisbon Church located north of Union City, Indiana. The reunion will honor shared heritage and celebrate families and children…  the twenty-first century descendants of Jacob and Elizabeth (Hoke) Mangas. In 1831, Jacob Mangas and his wife, Elizabeth Hoke Mangas, Pennsylvania Germans, emigrated from York County, Pennsylvania, to Richland County, Ohio and then... read more 
Kiwanis honors Greenville Students, By Susi Halley
On Feb. 20, GHS Students of the Month were honored.  They are left to right Lucas Keller, Caitlynn Jones, Nicholas Venenga, and Elizabeth Hart.  Lucas plans to attend either The Ohio State U or the U of Toledo and his Mom was in attendance. Caitlynn will major in education at Xavier U and her Mom was present. Nicholas has been accepted to Miami U to study computers and his father was present.  Elizabeth plans... read more 
OSU Extension Darke County… Controlling Pests on the Farm, By Sam Custer
Modern seed genetics help stave off insect problems in crops. Farmers also use Integrated Pest Management techniques which involve inspecting crops and monitoring crops for damage, and using mechanical trapping devices, natural predators (e.g., insects that eat other insects), insect growth regulators, mating disruption substances (pheromones), and if necessary, chemical pesticides. The use of biological pesticides is an important... read more 
Tri-Village Blended Learning Academy Provides Customized Learning
Students have been taking advantage of a unique learning opportunity and customizing their own learning at Tri-Village this school year by enrolling in courses through their Blended Learning Academy. The flexibility this program affords allows students to best meet their educational needs, while providing them all the opportunities available at TV including access to the STEM Lab, athletics, and extra curricular activities. Tri-Village Blended Learning Academy (BLA) allows students to approach... read more 
Montgomery County Commissioners Witness Value of Career Tech Education
Clayton, Ohio – Montgomery County Commissioners Debbie Lieberman and Judy Dodge, visited the Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) campus on Monday, January 28, 2013, to tour the campus and meet with students and staff. Commissioners Lieberman and Dodge toured MVCTC high school programs and spoke with many students and staff about their classes and experiences at MVCTC.  This included visiting the MVCTC Computer Technology... read more 
2013 Auto Tech project presented to Kiwanis, By Susi Halley
February 13 - Program Chair Jim Ward introduced members of the Greenville High School Auto Tech Program, instructors Travis Nicholas and Jim Anderson and students Rachael Mann, Alison Richardson, and Joey Wappelhorst.  The program is project-based learning which integrates automotive science with English and math. There is a big demand in the industry for electrical skills due to there being 20-30... read more 
MV Preschoolers learn the letter P, By Elaine Bailey
Mississinawa Valley preschoolers pretend to be pageant participants during "P" week as the preschool paparazzi catch priceless pictures of their playful peers using their Fisher-Price camera. One student, Jake, was caught doing a pretty good imitation of a rock star. All he needed was a mike and the backup band. Other students, maybe with culinary aspirations, were caught working on the... read more 
Darke County Parks… Building Materials Needed at Park District
The Darke County Park District is taking on a new endeavor in creating an 18th Century Blacksmith Shop and we need your help in making our newest pioneer project come to life!  Several local blacksmith professionals have expressed interest in volunteering their time and skill to create a working blacksmith shop of yesteryear.  Your support is needed to complete the shop!  The Park District is requesting logs, rough-sawn lumber, brick for hearth and chimney, and once plans are approved, volunteer labor... read more 
Farmers May Want to Avoid Applying Nitrogen to Wheat in February, By Sam Custer
0SU Extension, Darke County - Producers are tempted to apply nitrogen (N) in February because it is easy to drive across the field and there is no competition with other farm activities. However, research has shown that this may be a costly operation in lost nutrients and a potential environmental concern (nutrients may leave the field and move into streams and other waterways). Ed Lentz and Laura Lindsey, OSU Extension, report a three year OSU... read more 
Garst Museum… TV Show Highlights The National Annie Oakley Center
WBGU-TV Scenic Stops PBS show that aired on February 14, 2013, featured Garst Museum and The National Annie Oakley Center as part of a tour of museums in northwest Ohio. This particular show highlighted four museums. The segment on Garst Museum is in the last part of the video. Museum docents Eileen Litchfield and Marilyn Robbins were interviewed along with Bonnie Perry (Annie Oakley’s great niece) and museum director, Clay Johnson Ph.D... read more 
Fighting Human Trafficking… Caitlin Miller wins 2013 Ohio Liberator Award, By Kathy Magoto
Last month Caitlin Michele Miller was recognized at the first ever Ohio Liberator Awards held in Dublin, Ohio.  The Ohio Liberator Awards were created by Doma International and S.O.A.P. to highlight the efforts of Ohioians in the fight against Human Trafficking.   Caitlin received her award as a radical abolitionist in the category of volunteer for all her efforts to raise public awareness of the slavery problem... read more 
Darke County Animal Shelter… Pets of the week
We have King at the Darke County Animal Shelter. He is a 5-year-old Husky. He is tan and white with thick medium length hair. He is friendly guy and weighs around 80 pounds. He loves to be outside but might need a fenced back yard. He loves to check out his surroundings and will be a great friend. He is ready for adoption. We have Sydney at the Darke County Animal Shelter. She is a 2-year-old Beagle. She is tri color, black, white and brown... read more 
St. Marys School… February a busy month
For such a short month, February certainly is a busy month, especially this week.  On three consecutive days we celebrated Mardi Gras and buried the Alleluia, began Lent on Ash Wednesday and celebrated Valentine’s Day on Thursday. Good thing Presidents’ Day is Monday and we have a three day weekend! As is our tradition, on Tuesday, which was Mardi Gras, the staff and students wore gold, green, and purple beads. Each class enjoyed King Cake. As near as I can figure the basic recipe for the... read more 
Garst Museum… Dr. Harry Thomas Scholarship is Awarded
The Garst Museum and the Darke County Historical Society is pleased to announce that Katie Raffel received the H. G. Thomas Medical Scholarship for the 2012-13 academic year. The H. G. Thomas Medical Scholarship program, administered by the Darke County Historical Society, was established and funded in 1971 by Lowell Thomas and his sister Pherbia Thomas Thornburg, in memory of their father Dr. Harry G. Thomas. The scholarship... read more 
Letter of Appreciation
TO:  Duane Shields, WHEREAS, the Darke County Community has been very fortunate to have had such a dedicated and loyal citizen as Duane Shields; and WHEREAS, he has served on many boards, committees, etc. through the years; and WHEREAS, some of those include: The Darke, Miami, Preble, Shelby Counties Workforce Policy Board for 8 years; And has represented the Darke County Farmers Union as... read more 
Greenville Career Technology… Career Tech Students Advance to State Competition
Greenville Career Tech Center Students recently competed in the Regional BPA Competition. Students from Computer Information Systems, Financial Specialists, Interactive Media, and Supply Chain Management Tech Prep Programs worked hard to prepare for and present at the Regional competition. We are very proud of our students and staff for their success! Students advancing to the state competition will compete... read more 
Annie Oakley Committee… New contest announced for the Annie Oakley Festival
Deadline April 1 - A new t-shirt design contest will be held for the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Annie Oakley Festival this coming July. Entries are now being accepted until April 1. Anyone can enter a design around the theme of the 50th anniversary of the Annie Oakley Festival, 1963 to 2013. The design will be judged on: 1) Originality of Design 2) Appropriate to Annie Oakley Theme 3) Layout appropriate for all sizes of T-shirts.  Your design may be both front and back (just be sure to... read more 
Darke County Cancer Association… Tractor Pullers donate to Cancer Association
The Darke County Tractor Pullers Association recently held their 2012 Season Appreciation Banquet.  As part of their community services, they gave out over $1500 in checks back to the communities where they have had pulls. They state that they know that cancer touches a great number of people in Darke County and also quite a few members of their pulling family.  They state that the Cancer Association does... read more 
Sen. Beagle sees Value of Career Tech Education at MVCTC
Clayton, Ohio – Senator Bill Beagle (R-Tipp City), visited the Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) campus on Friday, January 25, 2013, to tour the campus and meet with students and staff.  Senator Beagle is the Chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Workforce & Economic Development, the work being done at MVCTC to prepare students for the workforce of tomorrow, is right in-line... read more 
BBBS... Having a Big Sister has inspired this Little to become be a mentor herself!
February 8, 2013 - Sarah Beck may be only 17 years old but she has a pretty strong vision for her future.  Sarah, the daughter of Clarissa Beck is currently enrolled in the after school mentoring program, “Big Buddies” sponsored by Brothers Big Sisters.  She volunteers two hours of her time, two times per month to mentor her little at Northwood.  Sarah is currently matched with nine year old Sue... read more 
Bradford Ohio Railroad Museum needs you
The Bradford Ohio Railroad Museum needs your help. The museum’s outside sign was damaged and will need to be replaced. The sign was located at the front of the museum parking lot between the museum and Oakwood facing Miami Avenue. The sign directed visitors to the museum’s exhibit hall at 200 N. Miami Avenue and to the BF Tower at 501 East Main. The sign was placed in 2007 to direct patrons to the museum and advertise the museum’s presence in Bradford. The sign cost the museum ... read more 
Big Brothers Big Sisters… Valentine’s Day… some Littles recognize their mentors
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County recently held the After School Mentoring session at Longfellow School.  This site is part of the agencies program that encompasses three elementary schools in Shelby County and two Elementary Schools in Darke County during the academic year.  During these sessions, area high school volunteers, sophomores through seniors, volunteer their time... read more 
Darke County Animal Shelter… Pets of the week
We have Shella at the Darke County Animal Shelter. She is a 2-year-old Lab/Border collie mix. She is black and white with short hair. She is a friendly girl and loves attention. She will make a wonderful companion and lifelong friend. She is looking for a new home and is ready for adoption. We have Midnight at the Darke County Animal Shelter. He is an 8-month-old black Lab mix puppy. He is all black with short hair. He is a little sweet... read more 
District POP Tournament… Competition tough in 2013 Power of the Pen, By Bob Robinson
Two Darke County Students take home honors: Jacob Troutwine, DeColores Montessori and Emily Hammer, Mississinawa Valley. A young man wakes up in a hospital bed and discovers bandages on his leg and arm. The news on the television talks about a massacre at a local school… It isn’t surprising that an eighth grade student would choose that topic for a writing scenario in this year’s District Power of the Pen. It’s still on... read more 
Kids Learning Place… Enrolling now for fall preschool in the Head Start Program
Do you know your child only has 1,892 days from birth to be ready for kindergarten?  They might be little; but what your child learns during this early time is crucial to giving them opportunities in the future. Valuable lessons begin at birth and continue through preschool; they do not wait for kindergarten or primary school.  This early period is one of the most important learning times in your child’s life. Enrollment... read more 
Ohio Farmers Encouraged to Apply for Treasurer's 2013 Ag-LINK Program
Ohio Treasury Continues to Leverage Technology and Streamline Operations - COLUMBUS - Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel announced today that Ohio farmers can submit online applications for the Ohio Treasury's 28th year of the Agricultural Linked Deposit Program (Ag-LINK). Farmers must submit their application by Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 5:00 PM. "Ag-LINK is an important program and I encourage Ohio farmers to participate," said Treasurer Mandel. "Agriculture is a vital... read more 
MV Staff Spotlight… MVHS teacher enjoying his “second” career, By Kara Jessup
“I love it here,” says Dean Waggenspack, teacher at Mississinawa Valley. Dean has been a teacher for three years, one year at MVCTC where he taught personal finance and how to use Microsoft Applications. He is now going on his second year teaching at MV high school. Mississinawa Valley offers a wide variety of classes taught by Waggenspack, from personal finance, to college readiness. Personal finance teaches kids to manage... read more 
Greenville National Bank… Two GNB employees recently promoted
Rob K. Loesch, Credit Analyst was recently promoted.  He began his career with the bank in June of 2012. Mr. Loesch has an Associate’s degree from Vincennes University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Indiana State University with extensive experience in finance, commercial and ag-related lending.   He has also attended Midwest Agricultural Banking School at Purdue University and... read more 
Darke County Parks… Star Lab A Success
Darke County Park District would like to thank the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery for bringing their Star Lab to the Nature Center.  Everyone that attended the program had a great time and learned a lot about the night sky, including common constellations and how they got their name.  If you missed out on this program, be sure to check out our Nature Notes or visit our website at for upcoming programs that you or your family may be interested in attending! 
Kiwanis Notes… Stegall gives overview “State of the County”, By Susi Halley
Program Chair Christina Chalmers recently hosted Darke County Commissioner Mike Stegall who spoke on the “State of the County.”  Darke County is ranked 5th in the country and 1st in the Midwest in jobs. In the last two years the county has gotten a lot done and saved money: roof repair on the Courthouse; a new boiler at the Garst Building; work on the Sheriff's building and three new cars; work on the Commissioners Building on the roof and... read more 
Transporting Farm Commodities, By Sam Custer
Farmers please be aware that we are now in the month of February and we remind you that the Frost Law applies during the months of February and March. Frost laws are seasonal restrictions on traffic weight limits and speeds on roadways subject to thaw weakening. In Ohio, a farm truck or farm machinery transporting farm commodities, from the place of production to the first point of delivery where the commodities are weighed and title to the commodities is transferred may exceed by no more than... read more 
Darke County United Way… Have a Heart  - Save a Heart!
As this month turns to hearts with Valentine’s Day, learn how to save a heart! Learn CitizensCPR, the hands-on only CPR, in just 30 minutes. What a great way to beat the blahs of winter for 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 were helped by a bystander.  That could be you! There is no written testing for... read more 
Darke County Economic Development… On the Job Training Reimbursement Program Well Funded in 2013
You Hire, You Train, We PAY - The On-the-Job Training Program (OJT) is a federally funded program that helps employers hire and train laid-off workers for full-time, long term employment.This funding compensates you for training workers in skills they need to help your business thrive. * Wage reimbursement from 50 to 90% (depending on size of company) of total training expenditures *Maximum reimbursement is $8,000 per hire *Length of training period cannot exceed 6 months... read more 
Super Bowl Commercial… Thank you God! Thank you Farmers!!
Super Bowl ad recognizes the strength of Darke County.  Paul Harvey's speech from the 1978 National FFA Convention titled "So God Made A Farmer" highlights what our neighbors, parents and grandparents do and did because it was the right thing to do. --- And on the eighth day, God looked down on his planned paradise and said, “I need a caretaker.” So God made a farmer. God said, “I need somebody willing to get up before... read more 
First United Methodist Church… Good named First UMC’s Director of Contemporary Worship 
New Contemporary Service to Begin Easter Sunday, March 31 - Nick Good, former lead singer of the popular local group “Gone Tomorrow,” has been named Greenville First United Methodist’s new Contemporary Worship Director.  As Worship Director, Nick’s responsibilities will include recruiting and leading the worship band, running practices, determining music choices for Sunday worship and other special services, and leading the Contemporary... read more 
Benefitting Versailles area citizens… Three local organizations receive grants for service
 The Ruth and Emerson Booher Committee Advised Fund for Versailles, Ohio of The Dayton Foundation recently granted funds to three local organizations: The Towne and Country Players, Inc, the Versailles Heritage Park and the Versailles Area Historical Society, Inc. Applications were presented to a committee and these groups were chosen to be recipients.  Please watch for a new round of applications to be available in the Spring... read more 
Free tax preparation at CAP
Community Action Partnership, in partnership with The Ohio Benefit Bank, is pleased to announce free tax preparation service to the public. Through the program, employees at the CAP office in Darke County are now ready to assist seniors 60+ and low- and moderate-income individuals and families file for tax credits and benefits for which they are eligible at no cost. Households with Adjusted Gross incomes (AGIs) less than $60,000 may file their 2012 taxes for free with The Ohio Benefit Bank at... read more 
Do you have scrap fabric?
Do you have scrap, COTTON fabric that is taking up space in your sewing room, closet or basement?  Would you like to get rid of it but don’t want to throw it away?  The Darke County Parks is accepting scrap cotton fabric donations for an upcoming craft.  We need A LOT of scrap fabric.  Any size of cotton material will do.  We will be cutting the fabric into 1”x18” and 1”x 8” strips.  We are also accepting donations of yarn.  Please drop donations of scrap material off at the Nature Center (4267 State Route 502 West) anytime Monday-Saturday, 9:00am to 5:00pm.  If you have any questions, please call the Nature Center at 937.548.0165.  Thank you!
EUM Church of Greenville Receives Grant Supporting Free Tax Services
Greenville – Free tax filing assistance through The Ohio Benefit Bank™ will once again be available at NextStep Ministries, an Outreach of EUM Church. Thanks to a grant from the Ohio Association of Foodbanks, home of The Ohio Benefit Bank, NextStep Ministries, will be able to expand tax filing services for the 2012-2013 tax season. “The 2013 Ohio Benefit Bank Tax Capacity Building Grant will truly benefit our organization by helping to provide additional computer equipment, office supplies... read more 
Darke County Parks… New Animal Ambassadors begin educating at Park District
Darke County Park District has recently acquired two new Animal Ambassadors; a Red-tailed Hawk and Great Horned Owl.  The Great Horned Owl, Greta, recently made her first appearance to the public.  This special introduction program began by educating the audience about the owls found in Ohio and the adaptations that owls have that make them so special!  After the presentation, Naturalist Robb Clifford, brought Greta out to show the group... read more 
Darke County Republican Women… Zeiter re-elected president of Republican Women’s club
GREENVILLE – “I am very honored to be able to serve the Women’s Club for another term.” said newly re-elected President Sally Zeiter. The Darke County Republican Women’s Club recently held the installation ceremony for its 2013 and 2014 term. Beverly Marker, a member of the Darke County Board of Elections, performed the installations. Zeiter will be joined by incoming officers: First Vice-president JoEllen Melling, Second Vice-president Kay... read more 
Tenant Based Rental Subsidy
Community Action Partnership (CAP) has received funding from the Community Housing Improvement Program (CHIP) in partnership with Darke County Commissioners for tenant based rental subsidy in Darke County. Housing located within the city of Greenville is not eligible for this funding. Preference will be given to those who are homeless, veterans, elderly, disabled, and whose income is at or below 30% area median income. Applications will be screened for preference and the... read more 
Versailles Eagles Auxiliary hosts bowling program fundraiser
On behalf of the entire Versailles Bowling Program, I would like to thank the Versailles Eagles Ladies Auxiliary #2347 for hosting the Breakfast at the Eagles on Sunday, January 27th. We appreciate the support from our community and the surrounding areas to help support our self funded Bowling Program. For those of you that came out Sunday morning to make this a huge success, THANK YOU! Due to last year’s long lines, the Ladies Auxiliary revised the food and drink lines. There was rarely a wait and... read more 
Greenville VFW… VFW Post 7262 donates POW flags
GREENVILLE - VFW Post 7262 recently donated two POW flags to the City of Greenville.  One will be flown on the flagpole in the middle of city circle. The other will be flown on the pole located in the North Park. “All the groups at our Post are pleased to be able to provide this service to the City of Greenville.” said Scott Reed, Commander of Greenville’s VFW Post 7262. The flags are donated by Post 7262, Post 7262... read more 
Midmark Receives C-TPAT Certification
VERSAILLES, Ohio – (January 29, 2013) – Midmark Corporation, a leading provider of medical, dental and veterinary healthcare equipment solutions, recently announced it received its Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) certification, a voluntary government initiative to build cooperative relationships that strengthen the internal supply chain and the U.S. border security. The C-TPAT offers businesses an opportunity to play an active role in the war against terrorism. With... read more 
Council on Rural Services… Sharing with Others
Greg Morrow, RSVP Director, delivered more than 50 lap robes and afghans to the VA Hospital. In addition RSVP volunteers Betty Small and Marilyn Robbins delivered many more to Gracie Ratliff, the Darke County Home Administrator for residents there. These wonderful afghans and lap robes were made by our tireless RSVP volunteers in Darke County. Thank you volunteers for your time, talent and love that you put in. ... read more 
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