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Darke County Park District Board of Commissioners Pass Resolution
By Park District Director Roger M. Van Frank - On March 13, 2013 the Darke County Park District Board of Commissioners passed a resolution stating the necessity to request  a  1⁄2 mill replacement levy be placed on the November 5, 2013 general election ballot for the purposes of (a) maintaining, upgrading, improving, and/or expanding the Darke County Park District’s parks for conserving their natural resources and to benefit the general public… read more.
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Commissioners Corner… Parade and festival season begins
May has been a very interesting month.  It started out a lot like April, wet and cool, and now it is warm and humid, and setting up for bad weather.  The good news is the farmers have had a chance to get the planting done, and it is finally feeling like summer.  Summer always makes people feel better, and with the sunshine and warmth, it is a good time to complete those projects we thought about last winter. Here in… read more.
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Broke Wife, Big City… The Credit Card Twilight Zone, By Aprill Brandon
By reading this, you’re traveling through another dimension. A dimension, not only of sight and sound, but of the contents of your wallet. A journey into a heinous land whose boundaries are only those of your credit limit. Next stop-the Credit Card Zone. The place is here. The time? Now. Street scene: Summer. A woman is on the sidewalk, pacing back and forth as she talks on her cell phone. Age: 31. Occupation: Hack writer who steals… read more.
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Life with Levi… My first favorite baby, By Amanda Olson, Editor
If I said Levi wasn’t my favorite baby in the whole world, I’d be a bad mom. But there was a time, long before Levi, that I had a different favorite baby. And that’s my baby sister, Brittany Jo Ulman. You’ve heard about Brittany before but probably know her as Levi’s Aunt Beej or Aunt Beejy. And from the things I’ve written, you can also probably tell that she’s no longer a baby. Far from it, actually. This past weekend I had the immense pleasure of… read more.
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Strong Schools, Strong Community… Survey Results for the Upcoming Bond Issue
By Doug Fries, Superintendent - Recently the Greenville School District conducted a survey about the upcoming August 6th bond issue to construct a new K-8 school building facility and renovating the high school.  The survey was communicated through various news media outlets and school district evening events. Here are the results of the community members who participated in the survey.  761people took the survey in which 91.8% were… read more.
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From the Other Side of the Edge…It’s Time…..Flat Tax, Term Limits, Amnesty, End Welfare…. By Joe Facinoli
Times have changed, so it’s about time that we dealt with it. The time for making everything just oh so perfect, for every, single, body,…..has passed. We need to go back to the start, before we can go on to the future. Re-set, rewind, re-boot, do over, do not pass “Go” this time. Do it again, similarly, but different. Change it, by restoring it. Return… read more.
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U.S. Representative John Boehner… Americans Deserve Answers & Accountability
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) released the following column: “Americans need common-sense solutions to help create jobs, and they need accountability from their government.  In the House of Representatives, we’re working to deliver both. “With millions of Americans still struggling to find work, our top priority is jobs, and putting in place policies that create sustained economic growth and job creation.  We cannot… read more.
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Grumpy Side of 60… Back in the saddle again, By Bob Robinson
(Note: The Grumpy Side of 60 is a bi-weekly column for The Early Bird. It is reprinted here by permission and will contain occasional comments published in previous CNO columns. The author can assure you, however, that he offers something new for those interested in spending a couple minutes on it). “I love working with old people,” a young lady told me recently. “That’s my career goal, to take care of old people.” “You mean like me?”… read more.
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Broke Wife, Big City… When Nature Attacks, Part 2, By Aprill Brandon
Being a newspaper columnist is a huge privilege. Not only that, it's a huge privilege that comes with a whole lot of responsibility. Like Spiderman-level of responsibility. And those of us lucky enough to get this public mouthpiece gig have to use it wisely to shed light on important issues. Which is why I'd like to take this opportunity to continue my saga of the bumblebee and the wasp who won't let me hang out on my back porch… read more.
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Life with Levi… Levi’s big day, By Amanda Olson, Editor
It’s official… My baby is a two-year-old. And Mom-Mom and Daddy made sure that his birthday was special. Before Levi was born, Aaron and I made the decision that no matter what, we would always spend Levi’s birthday together and do things as a family. Last year, we took Levi to the park. This year we decided to take him to the Newport Aquarium since he loves our aquarium and he gets a kick out of looking at the fish at Wal-Mart… read more.
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From the Other Side of the Edge…Is Anyone Wearing Big Boy Pants? By Joe Facinoli
“….a government OF the Grownups,….BY the Grownups,….and FOR the Grownups…..” I’m pretty sure that’s what Mr. Lincoln actually meant, at Gettysburg, in 1863. But how long has it been since we’ve had that, going on? Ever?? Maybe Abe was the last one. Or Truman. Maybe Reagan. Responsibility, accountability, mature decision making, understanding the rubrics and mechanics of the process, providing clear direction, knowing the consequences of and… read more.
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State Representative Jim Buchy… A School Funding Plan that is Fair to Rural Schools
The Ohio House of Representatives made some significant changes to the governor’s original school funding plan, which in many ways will benefit the schools in the 84th House District. While I commend the governor for his ideas and leadership, the original version was not as friendly as it could have been—or should have been—to area schools. But that is why the legislative procedure is so important. Discussion with… read more.
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OSU Extension, Darke County … Tips to get the most out of pesticides, By Sam Custer
This is the time of the year you will get busy with spraying. Just take a moment to review some common sense ideas to get the most out of those expensive pesticides you will be spraying. Achieving satisfactory results from pesticides depends on five major factors: a) positive identification of the pest, b) choosing the least persistent and lowest toxicity pesticide that will work, c) selecting the right equipment, particularly… read more.
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Impeach Obama? By Bob Robinson
Well, the media’s at it again. Just when I thought they were finally beginning to take Obama to task, they are lauding him for firing IRS Acting Commissioner Steven Miller when he would have been out of the office in two weeks anyway. Under the law as I understand it, Miller had to be appointed Commissioner, or removed by June 1 and a new acting commissioner appointed. It was all over CBS News Thursday… read more.
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Broke Wife, Big City… When nature attacks, By Aprill Brandon
I've lived in a variety of places. The mid-West, South Texas, Boston. And each place has its own unique set of pros and cons. For example, the Ohio countryside where I grew up has some of the most spectacular sunsets on the the planet. On the downside, every single road in that state is currently under construction and will continue to be under construction until the end of the world (and even then the roaches that survive will still have to deal… read more.
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Life with Levi… My second Mom-Mom’s Day, By Amanda Rodeheffer-Olson, Editor
For me, Mother’s Day has always taken a long time to get here. Literally. My first Mother’s Day came after waiting what seemed like forever. Since Levi was born at 11:09 a.m. the day AFTER Mother’s Day in 2011, I literally had to wait a full year to get my first Mother’s Day. And since I went into labor at 12:03 a.m., I couldn’t even claim that he was my Mother’s Day gift, just a little late. No, leave it to my son to be stubborn… read more.
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U.S. Representative John Boehner… Building a Stronger Economy for New Graduates
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) released the following column: “Earlier this month President Obama delivered the commencement address at Ohio State University. It was a fine speech, and I join the president in congratulating the Class of 2013. “But while the president used his address to highlight the noble aspects of service and citizenship, he missed a chance to focus on the opportunities our government… read more.
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U.S. Representative John Boehner…Carney Claims on Changing Benghazi Talking Points at Odds With the Facts
May 8, 2013–It’s well documented that in the days and weeks following the attack on the American consulate in Benghazi on September 11, 2012, the Obama administration conveyed to the American people a wholly inaccurate account of the events. The talking points used by senior administration officials, including U.N… read more.
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From the Other Side of the Edge….The “Fog of War”….? By Joe Facinol
How stupid do they think we are??? On how many levels? Truth,…..or Spin?? Do the “Right Thing”,…..or get re-elected? And why do those two have to be mutually exclusive?? Defend the Country, its honor, and the people who were willing to give their lives for it,…..or, go for a bump in the polls, with misdirection and falsehoods, made of whole cloth? A “Faustian” deal, with Satan his ownself, to secure a bogus legacy and their jobs, on our dole for another four year… read more.
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Vote YES for Strong Schools Strong Community… You Become Your Choices - Make Good Ones!
By Doug Fries, Superintendent - As a young man growing up I recall my parents instilling in me a phrase I have never forgotten. That phrase was "You become your choices so make good ones." This is a phrase I have used to guide my own personal life and career as an educator. Of course, making the best choices often involves taking the hand you were dealt, identifying the alternatives, evaluating the options and doing what makes the most sense… read more.
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The Greenville Levy… It’s really about the kids, By Bob Robinson
“Why won’t Greenville support us?” Two sharp, talented Greenville High School students asked that question a few years back… it was after voters had defeated an earlier attempt to approve a new school facility. I didn’t have an answer for them. I’d heard “reasons.” They’ve been discussed ad-nauseam. The question these two seniors asked has haunted me over the years. Not one of the “reasons” was about the kids, but how to make them… read more.
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Broke Wife, Big City… 10 Reasons Why Whatever You Got Your Mom For Mother's Day Isn't Good Enough, By Aprill Brandon
1. You puked on her as a baby. Repeatedly. And I guarantee that at least once, she managed to catch your vomit in her bare hands when you got sick in public. 2. That gerbil/bunny/kitty/puppy/fish/hamster/bird/ferret you just couldn't LIVE without? She's the reason it didn't die within three days. 3. No matter how hard Dad or anybody… read more.
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Broke Wife, Big City… Diary of a Wimpy Adult, By Aprill Brandon
Pssst...kids...hey...PSSST...kiiiiiiids... Wanna know a secret? About being a grown-up? You do! Well... us adults? We're really just big kids with bank accounts. (Some with...ahem...smaller bank accounts than others). I know! I was as shocked as you are to learn this. As I got older, I kept waiting to finally, officially feel like an adult. But lo and behold, the years kept passing by... 18... 22... 26... 29... 29 again... the second anniversary of turning… read more.
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State Representative Richard Adams… Performance Audit Bill Identifies State Spending Reductions
A bill passed during the previous General Assembly is responsible for revealing huge savings for Ohio this year. The legislation was a joint effort between the House and Senate, and ultimately, Senate Bill 4 became law.  It requires performance audits of most state agencies, and was passed in April 2011.  The goal of this legislation was to make spending by the state more resourceful and accountable by conducting performance audits.  This year… read more.
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Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted… Graduating Seniors Equal First Time Voters
One of the most rewarding aspects of being Secretary of State is traveling around Ohio to meet with high school students as part of my Grads Vote program. Through Grads Vote, we provide high school seniors with information about registering to vote for the first time and work to instill in them the importance of being active participants in our democracy. This year, the Grads Vote program holds special meaning for me as my son Alex, is turning… read more.
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State Representative Jim Buchy…Expanding Budget Options for Local Governments
In an effort to assist local governments and school districts, the state legislature last year passed a bill that established an innovative program called STAR Plus. The program gave Ohio’s local governments and school districts the ability to deposit funds into FDIC-approved banks in Ohio, which, after earning interest, would generate more money in the future. The money that would be deposited into banks comes from reserve funds as a way to provide public… read more.
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From the Other Side of the Edge….Who Do You Trust? By Joe Facinoli
Who would you trust with your Rights? Who would you trust with your individual liberties, and your Rights?? Who would you trust with your Rights, your individual liberties, and with approval over all the personal choices you make in your everyday life??? If you were given such a option, just who would you allow to hold power over your daily actions, movements, and decisions? And would it be anyone ?? Would you choose a group of men who had just… read more
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U.S. Representative John Boehner....Leading by Example, Creating a Better Environment for Jobs
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) released the following column: “Three years ago I and my fellow House Republicans made a pledge to rein in government spending, starting with Congress’ own budget. “From the very first vote of our new majority in the House, we’ve worked to keep that promise. Currently we’re on track to save taxpayers more than $400 million by the end of the fiscal year. “At a time when… read more.
CO2 sequestration group reorganizes... Western Ohio Fracking Awareness Coalition, By Anne Vehre
In 2009, the Citizens Against CO2 Sequestration organized to stop a carbon dioxide sequestration project proposed for Greenville’s Industrial Park. Soon that group grew to encompass thousands of citizens throughout the county who were willing to stand up and speak out for their rights. It was because of their numbers that the project was stopped - - a project which not only threatened the lives and livelihoods of many Darke County residents but also the area’s soil and sole-source aquifer in one of … read more.
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To enroll or not to enroll: that is the question, By Donna Kemp, Premier Senior Insurance
Enrolling in Medicare Part B if you are age 65 or older, still working (or spouse is still working) and have insurance coverage from that job. First things first, you should know that your Initial Enrollment Period begins three months before your 65th birthday and ends three months after your 65th birthday. Then you need to consider if you or your spouse will continue to keep working after this time and if either will be receiving health insurance from that current… read more.
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Broke Wife, Big City... All I want to do is sit down, By Aprill Brandon
I remember once hearing a teacher say something along the lines of "an object in motion tends to stay in motion and an object at rest tends to stay at rest, especially if that object is a person sitting in a coffeeshop and you want their seat." Or something like that. I don't know. I was too busy sending professional-grade orgami-esque folded notes to my best friend about very important topics, such as what fast food restaurant parking lot we were… read more.
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State Representative Jim Buchy… Voting for a Balanced Budget
The U.S. National Debt is now over $16.8 trillion, and our children and grandchildren are each in debt over $53,000.  We owe China too much money, and that is something I think could be agreed upon by both sides.  In the Ohio House of Representatives, we passed a balanced budget with bi-partisan support.  It seems that Uncle Sam is always looking for ways to influence state government and all too often his preferred method is by way of cash with strings… read more.
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Connecting Ohio Consumers with Ohio Producers
Buy local, eat local? - Despite the fact that agriculture and food is Ohio’s largest industry, too many Ohio consumers struggle to access fresh, affordable food and too many Ohio farmers need help selling their products locally. Time and time again, I’ve heard the same message from farmers across the state: connecting Ohio farmers with Ohio consumers just makes sense. Yet, during my most recent “Grown-in-Ohio” tour, I heard from many people about… read more.
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