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Senior Scribes Scholarship Fund… SSSF Celebrates its Fifth Anniversary
Directors of the Senior Scribes Scholarship Fund recently celebrated the organization’s fifth anniversary and the contributions of its founding directors. The Article of Association for the not-for-profit group was adopted and approved on February 26, 2008.  The mission of the Senior Scribes Scholarship Fund is to provide scholarships to college students. With the diligent efforts of its five directors who have held positions since more
Pancake Day feeds hundreds; Kiwanis Pancake Day enjoyed by young and old
An annual Greenville of Kiwanis tradition is the Pancake Day breakfast held each March. This year the breakfast location was the First United Methodist Church in Greenville. Hungry residents found the new location and enjoyed sausage, a drink and unlimited pancakes for a nominal fee of $5. The money generated by Pancake Day is used by Kiwanis for community services such as car seats for newborns, reading materials for more
OSU Extension, Darke County...OSU Extension's Farm "Outlook" for 2013, By Sam Custer
Listen to the "live" Outlook presentations by OSU Extension economists. Farmers and agribusiness need to keep tuned into markets, production economics and farm policy. Trends can change due to measurable factors or seemingly unpredictable forces. Farmers, agribusinesses and others in the agricultural industry had the opportunity to learn more about the current farm outlook at an Ohio State University Extension 2013 Farm Outlook Program more
Big Brothers Big Sisters...Big Buddies Is A BIG Success in Area Schools
Picture features volunteer mentor HS student, Maria Pannapara, age 15, a Lehman High School student, daughter of John and Tery Pannapara.  Next to her looking at camera is Ashlyn Moton, 6 daugher of Ashely Clegg of Sidney, Elena Mendoza, 6 daughter of Katherine Mendoza and Arturo Mendoza of Sidney and High School Mentor Jessica Hilyard 17, daughter of Bob Hilyard and Dottie Allen.  Jessica is a high school student at more
Cancer Association of Darke County
If anyone with cancer is a resident of Darke County, they can sign up at our office for benefits if they haven't already. Every little bit helps. We help with some reimbursement for transportation, meds, and Ensure when ordered by the doctor, etc. Will you occasionally remind the cancer patients in Darke County to come in and sign up for benefits. The monies are there to help and we want to serve as many as there is money for. We are located across from Firestone on Fourth Street. We share .. read more  
Darke County Animal ShelterPets of the week
We have Rio at the Darke County Animal Shelter. He is a 1 1/2-year-old Lab mix. He is mostly white with brown ears. He has short hair. He is housebroken, is current on his shots and has been neutered. He is good with kids and very friendly. He weighs around 70 pounds and will make a wonderful companion. He loves to play and is looking for a good home. We have Shrek at the Darke County Animal Shelter. He is a 10-month-old lab mix. He is ... read more  
Ohio Children’s Trust Fund...Ohioans asked to Pause for a Child in April
COLUMBUS, OHIO – April is Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month in Ohio, and the Ohio Children’s Trust Fund is encouraging all individuals and organizations to “Pause for a Child” and take an active role in making their communities a better place for families and children. “April is a time to celebrate the important role that communities play in protecting children,” said Kristen Rost, executive director of the Ohio ... read more  
Ohio Dept. of Natural Resoures… Officials Discover Hemlock Pest in the Hocking Hills Region
COLUMBUS, OH – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) and the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) today announced the discovery of a hemlock-killing pest in the Hocking Hills region. Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (HWA) is a small, aphid-like insect native to Asia that threatens the health and sustainability of eastern hemlock and Carolina hemlock in the eastern United States. A relatively small infestation was recently discovered at Cantwell Cliffs in Hocking Hills State Park as part... read more  
Where are the kids? ‘Punxsutawney Phil’ to be pardoned, By Bob Robinson
Two houses up the street six kids were having a snowball fight… they had built snow forts and by some unwritten rule, they didn’t “charge” the forts… they simply bounced up and down behind them and threw snowballs at each other. Three houses further up, some younger kids were building a snowman. Mommy was helping… after a few minutes she went inside and began fixing some hot chocolate for three cold, wet youngsters... read more  
Ohio State University Extension Releases New Publications, By Sam Custer
Ohio State University Extension has released four new publications that producers and consumers may find helpful. The publications – on commercial vegetable production, Midwest tree fruit spraying, commercial small fruit and grape spraying, and controlling weeds in Ohio and Indiana – offer insight into issues as spring approaches and growers are getting ready for the planting season. OSU Extension and Ohio Agricultural Research and Development... read more  
Funeral Home Continues Commitment with Name Change
Braund Funeral Home, located in New Madison, Ohio, is pleased to announce a recent name change to Braund Pope Funeral Home.  The name change is due to Carie Pope recently becoming the managing Funeral Director of the organization. Funeral Director Carie Pope shared, “I am pleased to be a part of a funeral home that has such a positive impact and reputation within the community.  Our purpose is to personalize every family’s experience and truly celebrate each life.”  Pope has 13 years of experience as... read more  
Darke County Mayors’ Assn elects officers
The Darke County Mayors’ Association elected its 2013 officers at its March 21 meeting. Re-elected president was Gary Lee Young, Mayor of Wayne Lakes. Also elected: Vice president - Tony Spires - Mayor of Pitsburg and Sec/Treas. - Dana Heck - Mayor of Hollansburg. The Mayors’ Association was founded to give Mayors a chance to discuss problem areas, hoping to get possible solutions from fellow mayors. Meetings are held in the Darke County EMA offices, giving the EMA director... read more  
Bridges to College… Greenville, Ansonia sixth graders visit Edison Community College
Greenville and Ansonia sixth-graders learned about college recently when they visited Edison Community College in Piqua. The trip was coordinated by Bridges to College, a non-profit organization that helps students go to college by offering college awareness programming, one-on-one mentoring and need-based scholarships. “We take the sixth-graders on a college trip because we want them to begin thinking about careers and the education... read more  
Kiwanis of Greenville… GHS Students of the Month honored
Kiwanians were also treated to a visit from Mark Twain - GHS Students of the Month for February – Janelle Davidson and Scott Wirrig – were honored recently at Kiwanis.  Janelle lives in Greenville. She is the daughter of Christine Davidson. She is active in the Theatre Club and plans to go to Sinclair College to study Programming. Scott, also a Greenville resident, is the son of Irene and Tony Wirrig. He is active in Key Club, SADD... read more  
St. Marys School March Newsletter
I am sure that you are all aware that we have a new pope, Pope Francis I. Perhaps you saw the live broadcast as the people in St. Peter’s Square were awaiting the appearance of the new pope. You could see the intense excitement. Well, I wasn’t in St. Peter’s Square, but the excitement and energy in my classroom was right up there with that of the folks in Rome. We had gotten the news around 2:10 that a new pope had been chosen, so I immediately turned on the television. The children were so excited... read more  
Annie Oakley Festival Committee...Attention all past Miss Annie Oakleys!
The Annie Oakley Committee would like to invite you to this year’s 50th anniversary of the Annie Oakley Festival as our guest. We would like to have a group photo taken on Saturday, July 27, 2013 at 3:15 at the Gazebo. We need your mailing address! Please send us an email with your mailing address to: or use regular mail to: Annie Oakley Committee, PO Box 129, Greenville, OH 45331. Bill Gunckle President Annie.. read more  
Darke County Parks is looking for a Summer Intern!
The Darke County Park District is preparing for summer and we are looking for our 2013 intern! The Park District needs someone who has a passion for nature, likes working with people and being outdoors.  This opportunity is geared towards that college student who is working towards their degree in a natural resource field.  The internship is a 10-week position, beginning in June 2013.  If you or someone you know is interested in this position, please visit our website at for a more... read more  
“Versailles Day” at Statehouse… Versailles High School Students Honored at Ohio Statehouse
COLUMBUS— State Representative Jim Buchy (R-Greenville) Wednesday, honored students from Versailles High School on the floor of the Ohio House Chamber at the Statehouse. They were also honored by Senators Keith Faber (R-Celina) and Bill Beagle (R-Tipp City) in the Senate Chamber. “It is ‘Versailles Day’ at the Statehouse,” Rep. Buchy said. “Students from Versailles continue to have outstanding accomplishments—whether in sports... read more  
Garst Museum… New “Museum in a Suitcase for Children” Program available
The Garst Museum is excited to announce an additional traveling Museum in a Suitcase program. The new program is specifically created for groups of children ranging from the second to sixth grades. Garst Museum docents will bring a suitcase of museum artifacts to your local group or classroom and present a unique program highlighting the Garst Museum. The forty-five to sixty minute programs are free and are available for schools and... read more  
Ketrow Foundation contributes to DCCA
Ketrow Foundation has recently awarded funds to Darke County Center for the Arts to support the 2012/2013 Family Theater Series and Arts In Education programs. DCCA presents and promotes performing and fine arts, encouraging cultural enrichment in the community, according to a DCCA representative.  DCCA is also committed to the preservation of Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall as an important cultural center. DCCA presents three shows annually in the Family Theater Series. These ... read more  
Kids Learning Place…Enrolling for Head Start Preschool
If you want to make sure your child has a spot in local the Head Start part day preschool program this fall – now is the time to call and complete an application. Kids Learning Place has a long tradition of delivering high quality education services for children birth through 5 year old and our centers in Darke County are a place where all children can begin their early childhood learning.  The part day program is centered around a place to improve the
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Main Street Greenville gets new director
The following was received by County News Online March 15, 2013… Dear Downtown Business: On behalf of the Main Street Greenville Board, I am delighted to announce the new Executive Director of Main Street Greenville is Amber Garrett. Ms. Garrett is currently the Human Resources Coordinator with Brethren Retirement Community and Owner of LookHere Photography and The Coffee Pot.  In addition, Ms. Garrett has volunteered with several local organizations and community events of her... read more 
Main Street Greenville… Downtown Farmers’ Market holds Open House
Do you raise vegetables?  Make crafts? Maybe you grow fresh flowers or prefer to bake?  The Downtown Greenville Farmers’ Market may be a great fit for you to vend your offerings.  Find out more about the market at our annual Downtown Greenville Farmers’ Market Open House held on Thursday, March 21 from 6:00- 7:00 pm at KitchenAid Experience, 423 S. Broadway. The Open House provides the chance for potential vendors to mingle... read more  
WIA Youth Program Newsletter… In the Spotlight! with Katie Riley
My name is Katie Riley, and I’ve been involved in WIA for a number of years now. This past year I graduated from the program. I have also graduated from Edison Community College with my Associate’s Degree in Nursing. I was not always sure what my goals were, but after going on a short term mission’s trip to Guatemala, I knew that I wanted to do something big with my life. I wanted to help people in ways they could not help... read more  
Greenville Career Technology Center… FCCLA Regional Results
Careers with Children students competed at the Family, Career and Community Leaders Of America (FCCLA) Regionals on Saturday, March 2nd at Upper Valley JVS. The girls competed against schools from around our region. They all did a fantastic job!!! Nine students qualified to compete at the State Convention in April. The Careers with Children program is one of many offered at the Greenville Career Technology Center, Greenville High... read more  
Miami Valley Career Technology… Buchy Observes Value of Career Technical Education
Clayton, Ohio – Representative Jim Buchy, visited the Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) campus on Monday, March 8, 2013, to tour the campus and meet with students and staff. Representative Buchy had the opportunity to visit programs including, the MVCTC Computer Technology Academy – GIS and Technical Intelligence Program, Cosmetology, Business Ownership, Biotechnology, Computer Network Engineering, Precision Machining, Robotics, and Aviation Maintenance... read more 
Darke County Friends of the Shelter… Pets of the week
We have Cain at the Darke County Animal Shelter. He is an 8-month-old lab mix. He is black with short hair. He is current on his shots and is a little sweetheart. He should grow to around 70 pounds. He will make a wonderful friend and companion. He is ready for adoption and is looking for a good home. We have Loyd at the Darke County Animal Shelter. He is a 2-year-old lab. He is blond with short hair. He is a nice guy and weighs around 60... read more 
Darke County Fair… Online Ticket Purchasing
In an effort to shorten the online ticket purchase process, effective March 12, 2013 you can create an account in the Great Darke County Fair Box Office software without having to purchase a ticket by following this link. If an account already exists for the e-mail address you are attempting to use or create, you will receive a message stating an account already exists for the e-mail address you are attempting to use or create and you will need to call the Fair Box Office at 937-548-5044 during normal office hours... read more 
Senior Scribes Scholarship Fund… Biddlestones donate first scholarship check of 2013
Darrell and Debbie Biddlestone recently donated the first SSSF full scholarship check of 2013 with Shawnee Prairie as the background drop. This is the third year the Biddlestones have provided a full scholarship donation to a deserving Darke County teen going into a communications-related field. The Shawnee Prairie tradition began in 2011 when the Biddlestones decided to make the annual donation in honor of Ralph “Fred” Wright... read more 
Miami Valley Career Technology… Darke County Students do well in BPA competition
MVCTC students from Darke County find success at BPA contests - Clayton, Ohio -- Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) Business Professionals of America (BPA) students performed well at the recent BPA Regional Contests with 93 students winning or placing in the top six for their contest. Of the regional winners, 24 qualified to compete at the State BPA Contest in Columbus March 14-15, 2013... read more 
Darke County Red Cross… Chapter seeks volunteers for easy-to-use online Volunteer Connection system
Darke County, March 11, 2013 – With March designated as Red Cross Month, the Darke County Chapter is recognizing and honoring Red Cross supporters and volunteers as the everyday heroes vital to the organization. The Red Cross also is encouraging people across the area to join the Red Cross by volunteering, making a financial contribution or becoming a digital advocate. “Volunteers are essential to the Red Cross and to our ability to be there in times of disaster and help in other ways in our community... read more 
Big Brothers Big Sisters… Bowl for Kids Sake 2013 generates $28,000 for local program
The bowling event was held this past weekend on Friday and Sunday, March 1 and 3, at Bel-Mar Lanes in Sidney Treaty Lanes in Greenville with nearly 400 participants in attendance. The agency would like to thank all the businesses and individuals who supported their biggest fundraiser of the year.  The money raised goes directly towards establishing one-to-one mentoring relationships between caring adults and vulnerable children... read more 
Darke County Solid Waste District… Trash Bash 2013 T-Shirt Contest Winners Announced
The Darke County Solid Waste District and 1 Shot Services recently sponsored a t-shirt design contest for Trash Bash 2013.  Students in grades K-12 were eligible to enter the contest.  The Darke County Solid Waste Policy Committee selected Chad Harter’s, of Greenville, entry as the winner. Chad’s design will be put onto t-shirts that will be distributed to all participants of Trash Bash 2013. Chad also received a $75 Chamber Gift Certificate donated by... read more 
Council on Rural Services… ACES Program in Darke County Helps Students Succeed
GREENVILLE – The Achievement Center for Educational Success (ACES) began as a small program in Darke County to help at-risk students that need an alternative educational setting other than their traditional high school.  The concept has evolved over the years to a program that has created a learning setting for youth to thrive and succeed.   The ACES program gives a different choice to many students that need a different... read more 
New Ohio Bass Fishing Regulations Now in Effect  
COLUMBUS, OH – New statewide and specific site bass fishing regulations are now in effect for the 2013-2014 license year, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). Statewide, a new 12-inch minimum length limit has been implemented by the ODNR Division of Wildlife on all public waters for largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass where there are no other special regulations. The daily limit of five fish per day remains in effect for black bass, singly or in combination... read more 
Darke County Parks… Syrup for Sale
After countless hours of collecting sap and boiling it down in our Sugar Shack this weekend, the Friends of Darke County Parks’ gift shop has pure Maple Syrup ready for you to take home.  Believe it or not, maple syrup is a very healthy food.  Maple sugar is 3 times as sweet as cane sugar and it has fewer calories and a lower glycemic index.  A tablespoon of Maple syrup has around 40 calories where a tablespoon of cane sugar has around 55... read more 
ODNR… Maysville High School Takes Top Honors at State Archery Tournament  
National Archery in the Schools Program continues to grow - COLUMBUS, OH – Maysville High School (Zanesville) won the 2013 Ohio National Archery in the Schools (NASP) State Tournament on Friday, March 1, with a score of 3,397 points, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). The 2013 NASP tournament was held at Franklin County Veterans Memorial in conjunction with the Arnold Sports Festival, the annual... read more 
Versailles Area COC… VACC Board Elected in January
In late January the new board of directors for the Versailles Area Chamber of Commerce (VACC) was elected.  This year’s board consists of (as pictured) Jerry Bey, Scott Langston (vice-president), Aaron Moran, Kathy Magoto (secretary), Brian Wagner (president), Dan Watren,  Mitch Eiting (past president), Eric Paulus, Fred Poeppelman (treasurer), Dave Miller,  Ron Mescher, Dave Miller and Rodd Hale. The VACC is governed by a... read more 
Greenville Career Technology Ctr... CT Marketing 11 and 12
Marketing 11 and 12 have been very busy this school year. All of our students are taking academic/business classes in the Greenville Career Technology Center, while some also play high school sports and hold down a marketing internship averaging 12-15 hours a week. Currently, 93% of our Marketing students are employed by local businesses through out the Greenville community, and in several... read more 
2013 Tree Sale Underway
The Darke Soil & Water Conservation District is conducting its annual tree seedling sale until March 15. The 2-3 year seedlings are bare root stock and each tree is dipped into a preservative gel to keep roots moist inside a plastic bag and should be planted as soon as they are received. Our seedlings are packaged in groups of five. An assortment of tree packets are for sale to urban and rural landowners. The plant varieties are selected for their popularity and hardiness in the
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Greenville FFA Places in County Competition
The Greenville FFA Agricultural and Industrial Diagnostics judging teamof Brady Garber and Patrick Schmitmeyer placed 5th at Darke County contest.  The contest was held at Koenig Equipment and employees of Koenig’s ran the contest for teams from Darke County FFA Chapters. The Tractor Troubleshooting contest involves a team of two members.  The team had 4 tractors that were bugged with problems... read more 
HEAP for Seniors
Community Action Partnership of the Greater Dayton- Darke County has received funding from the Area Agency on Aging to provide Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) Outreach to seniors age 60 plus effective October 1, 2012 through March 31, 2013. The focus is on increasing outreach to the homebound. CAP will provide outreach, information and assistance completing HEAP applications to individuals in Darke County who are 60 years of age or older and/or have disabilities and need that... read more 
Darke County Friends of the Shelter… Pets of the week
Feb. 28, 2013 - We have Spencer at the Darke County Animal Shelter. He is a 6-month-old Lab mix. He is black with a little white on his feet. He has short hair. He is a sweet little guy but will probably grow to around 80 pounds. He loves people and loves to play. He will make a wonderful companion and is ready for adoption. We have Butch at the Darke County Animal Shelter. He is a 2-year-old Jack Russell/Beagle mix. He is white and brown with short... read more 
CAP still accepting Winter Crisis applications
Community Action Partnership Darke County is still accepting applications for the Emergency Heap Program until March 31, 2013, or until funds are depleted. Under the Winter Crisis Program, eligible households may receive a one-time payment of up to $175 for a utility emergency and $750 for bulk fuel. The Winter Crisis funds can pay a customer’s initial payment for the Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP Plus), a PIPP Plus default, a reconnection fee or a deposit. Users of bulk fuel, propane or bottled... read more 
Greenville Public Library… Free Computer Classes at Library
The Greenville Public Library is now offering free beginner computer classes on an on-going basis.  Each month there will be three different classes: Basic Computer Skills, Internet, and Email.  Each month these three will be offered two times – Mondays from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon and on Thursdays from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. For the month of March the Monday classes are March 11th, 18th, and 25th.  The Thursday ones are March 14th... read more 
Darke County Center for the Arts… Local couple, business sponsor Irish Wave
Darke County Center for the Arts announces Dr. Tom and Suzie Brown, Second National Bank, Zechar-Bailey Funeral Home and Edward Jones Investment representatives Dave Connelly, Steve Litchfield, Todd Subler, Bill Wolke, and Andria Haworth as sponsors for their upcoming fundraiser Irish Wave.  DCCA Executive Director Andrea Jordan commented, “We are extremely grateful for the generosity of our sponsors and the wave of... read more 
NC Mountains Ice Storm, By Kim Brady
February 26, 2013 - The North Carolina Appalachians are quite capable of dispensing extreme weather. Last Tuesday morning, a cold air system dumped a half-inch of ice on the mountains, creating a frozen terrain that was thrilling to an Atlanta-based photographer. Driving north on Hwy 25 into Henderson County, I passed from heavy fog at the base of the Cherokee Foothills to an eerie landscape of ice... read more 
Ohio Department of Natural Resources… Statewide Rainbow Trout Releases to Begin  
COLUMBUS, OH – More than 98,000 rainbow trout will be released this spring at 63 Ohio public lakes and ponds. The first release will be on Friday, March 1, at Adams Lake in Adams County, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). Rainbow trout releases will take place between March 1 and May 3, and the stocking of these public lakes and ponds are excellent opportunities for families to fish together. Fishing for catchable-sized trout is a great way to introduce young... read more 
Darke County Parks… Kestrel Boxes Built
The Darke County Park District recently hosted a program on the American Kestrel.  Participants spent a portion of the program learning about North America’s smallest falcon, the American Kestrel.  The group discussed habitat, diet, behavior and nesting habits of the kestrel.  Each participant successfully built a Kestrel nesting box that they then took home in an effort to attract a nesting pair... read more 
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 
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