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Midmark Corporation Makes Donation to OSU College of Medicine
DAYTON, Ohio, November 18, 2013 - Midmark Corporation, a leading medical solutions provider and trusted leader in digital diagnostic devices for ambulatory care, recently announced a donation to The Ohio State University's College of Medicine - Wexner Medical Center. Midmark equipment was installed in two training centers - the Clinical Skills Education and Assessment Center - in the College of Medicine at the Wexner Medical Center. The donation of Midmark equipment, including Ritter 223... read more
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Pets of the week
We have BooBoo at the Darke County Animal Shelter. He is a 3-year-old English Setter. He is black and white with long hair. He is a sweet guy and loves people. He is a little thin and would love to have someone take care of him. He will make a wonderful friend and companion. He is waiting to be adopted. We have Chilli at the Darke County Animal Shelter. He is a 6-year-old Dachshund mix. He is brown with short hair but long hair on his... read more 
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Youthful ‘Super Heroes’ save the Greenville Library, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – “Attention Super Heroes… a villain has been spotted moving around in the library. He’s trying to take over the movie room and has a bomb. Please apprehend him, disarm the bomb and take him to jail.” Twenty “Super Hero” youngsters, ranging in age from about five to nine, ran out of the kids’ activity area to search for the villain upstairs. In less than a minute, one “Hero” was walking with a “bomb” in his hands, while ... read more 
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MVCTC Student Receives Jonathan Fultz Scholarship
Clayton, Ohio - Electrical Trades senior student, Jared Heitkamp (Versailles), was awarded the fifth annual Jonathan Fultz Memorial Scholarship. Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) Jared is the son of Gary and Denise Heitkamp of Versailles. This award honors the memory of Jonathan Fultz, a 1987 graduate from Preble Shawnee High School and Montgomery County Joint Vocational School (presently MVCTC) Electrical... read more 
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“Where Kids Matter and Success Happens”
Greenville Career Tech Center, in order to honor outstanding accomplishments and leadership in Career Tech Education, is proud to announce the recognition of the October 2013 students of the month.  Thomas Shaw, senior member of Agricultural Business, Ryan Simons, senior member of Engineering Tech Prep, and Keisha Wert, senior member of Medical Tech Prep, received a plaque to honor their selection, a gift certificate from... read more 
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Corynna, Your Courage Inspires Us

GNB employees supporting Corynna Strawser and Mitochondrial Disease Awareness Day on Monday, November 25. Corynna, Your Courage Inspires Us… Your Friends at Greenville National Bank... click here for photo 
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National Geographic… Thanksgiving 2013: What to Know About Turkey Day
Get the lowdown on holiday history, travel, football, feasting, and more, By Brian Handwerk
Thanksgiving is almost upon us—but how much do you know about America's favorite day to eat turkey? Here's the lowdown on Thanksgiving history, holiday travel, football, feasting, and more. Thanksgiving Dinner: Recipe for Food Coma? Key to any Thanksgiving Day menu are a fat turkey and cranberry sauce. An estimated 254... read more 
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American Bittern Release
On October 16th, the Nature Center at Shawnee Prairie received a call from a concerned Greenville citizen about a large bird that was injured in a flower bed.  Naturalist staff members were able to capture the bird and were very surprised to find that it was an American Bittern.  It was immediately evident that this bird was in the wrong habitat and that it was injured. The bird was transported to Brukner Nature Center’s Wildlife Rehabilitation... read more 
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October Students of Month
The Kiwanis Club of Greenville presented plaques to the October Students of the Month on November 20th. They were Kiara Davidson and Marc Cain. Kiara belongs to FFA, the Philharmonic Orchestra, Bowling, the National Technical Honor Society, and 4-H. She plans to attend one of three universities and earn a PhD in veterinary medicine. Marc belongs to NJROTC: Marksmanship, Color Guard, Armed and Unarmed IDR and Exhibition... read more 
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High School Big Buddy Mentors Make Big Impact in the Lives of Local Children
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County is excited to announce that another great year of the Big Buddies program is up and running. This is the Fourtenth year the program has been in place. The Buddies program is an eight-month commitment where high school sophomores, juniors and seniors agree to work with and mentor elementary aged children two times per month. During these meetings, the high school... read more 
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American Red Cross Providing Urgent Relief after Midwest Tornadoes
Darke County chapter to deploy local volunteers
DARKE COUNTY, OH November 19, 2013 — The American Red Cross is responding across five states to help people affected by Sunday’s devastating tornado outbreak and severe weather in the Midwest, providing food, shelter and comfort to families and individuals in need. Twelve Red Cross shelters were open ... read more 
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MedTech students support one of their own, From Shawna Wise
Teacher Emily Powers at Greenville High School Career Tech Building planned and pulled off the most supportive and heartfelt support for one of her students! Aaron's classmates really surprised him! Wear Blue, Think Blue Fridays (for the month of November) was held for Diabetes Awareness month. Thirty students participated in making this a special project. According to teacher Emily Powers, Aaron is considered a... read more 
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Corynna gets proclamation designating awareness day, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – Her room had an Indian pattern theme. Behind her was a pink dress on a manikin. Next to it was a Christmas tree. Corynna’s mom, Kristy Strawser said they were moving Christmas up this year… two days after Thanksgiving. “I always wanted to go to India,” said Corynna, acknowledging the Indian theme in her room. “I really wanted to incorporate those patterns.” The pink dress? “I’m a make-up artist,” she said. “We were... read more 
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Financial Trends and Issues in Agriculture, By Sam Custer, OSU Extension, Darke County
Agriculture industry leaders have expressed their concern for the financial health of farmers over the next few years. Are we looking at another period similar to the early 1980’s? Most everyone agrees farmers are in better financial health and have better debt to assets ratios than in the eighties.  However, that does not mean there won’t be financial stress and some farms will not survive the financial tightening that appears to be coming quickly... read more 
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VFW donates flags for new Woodland classrooms
The Greenville VFW Post 7262 has donated four flags to Woodland Elementary School for the classrooms that were added this year to help ease overcrowding. Woodland, which has grades Kindergarten through second, has 26 homerooms. Students say the Pledge of Allegiance during morning announcements to start each school day. Many of the flags in the rooms have been donated by the VFW in the past. Assistant Principal... read more 
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Oakley House honors residents who served, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – The Oakley House held its annual Veteran’s Day observance on Nov. 8. Six residents were honored for their service. Paul Krager, Marion Whittaker, Robert Bennett, Paul Kaufman, Carl Fischer and Richard Deloye were awarded Certificates of Thanks and given a pin thanking them for their service to their country. The recognition was given by Heartland Hospice employees Kitty Wilson and Gabrielle Douglas. Eric Wagner, a... read more 
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GHS National Honor Society Tap Assembly Program
GREENVILLE – Greenville High School National Honor Society Tap Assembly program was held Oct. 17. There were 36 new members installed, including four seniors and 32 juniors. On hand for the honor were Principal Ken Neff and NHS Advisor Amber Warner. Front row NHS Officers are: Heath Marker (12) NHS Vice President, Seth Bryson (12) NHS President, Taylor Amburgey (12) NHS Secretary and Kristen Karns (12) NHS... read more 
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State of the Heart Hospice helps hospice patient with life review video
GREENVILLE - There are many words to describe State of the Heart Hospice patient 16-year-old Corynna Strawser: insightful, courageous, creative, witty, gifted, inspirational, wise beyond her years. Perhaps the word to best describe her though is “determined.” Facing a life-limiting illness, she was determined this fall to complete a life review video with the help of State of the Heart. “I wanted to create the video for my parents and friends to... read more 
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Fort GreeneVille DAR donates to Dayton VA

Fort GreeneVille Chapter DAR donated $300 worth of items including 10 lap robes, art supplies, word puzzle books, and men's/women's clothing to the Dayton VA... read more 
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ACES program off to a great start this year
GREENVILLE – The ACES Program (Achievement Center for Educational Success) finished up the first nine weeks of class on October 25.  There have been 35 students enrolled from five Darke County school districts; Ansonia, Arcanum-Butler, Mississinawa Valley, Tri-Village and Versailles since the beginning of the school year. Jeff Vaughn the program director said, “We are also proud to announce the following students on the ACES Honor... read more 
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MVCTC Biotechnology Program
Clayton, Ohio – The Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) Biotechnology program students will build upon their knowledge to explore uses for science. Biotechnology does not just cover one area. Students will perform experiments in agriculture, medicine, forensics, genetics, and many other areas. Students in Biotechnology leave high school CPR/First Aid certified and with skills to pursue additional education and careers in laboratory... read more 
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Property hazards don’t disqualify immunity under Ohio’s Recreational User Statute
From Sam Custer, OSU Extension, Darke County - We often explain the Ohio Recreational User’s Statute to farmland owners because the law provides liability protection when someone asks to hunt, fish, snowmobile or conduct other recreational activities on the farm.  Peggy Hall, Asst. Professor, OSU Extension Agricultural & Resource Law Program reports that ss long as the landowner grants permission for the use and does not receive a fee from... read more 
MVCTC HOSA Chapter Off to a Great Start
Clayton, Ohio – The Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) chapter held their first meeting of the school year on Tuesday, October 1, 2013.  The junior HOSA classes held their meeting in the morning and the senior classes in the afternoon. The meetings included the induction of the 2013-14 HOSA officers. The 2013-14 Junior HOSA Officers are:  •    President – McKenze Moss (Biotechnology from Trotwood );  •    Vice-President – Danasha... read more 
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Watch DOGS invade Woodland Primary, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – Woodland Heights has a new look… dads, uncles, grandpas helping out in the classroom, lunchroom, reading with kids, on the playground at recess, helping with bus duty and more. They are part of a new group started by the Woodland Heights PTA: Watch DOGS (Dads of Great Students). “We are getting male role models into the school,” said Assistant Principal Lisa Maher. “Unfortunately we have to address the fact there is a... read more 
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CBC recognizes blood donors
DARKE COUNTY, OH — Community Blood Center congratulates all of the following donors for reaching their milestones.  Thanks to the generosity of all donors many lives have been saved. Donors are recognized for their Life Time Donations (LTD) Milestones.  Every time a donor donates any blood product it is a donation.  Life Time Donations are a total of all your blood product donations. 5 LTD - Nick Allread, Kimberly Baker, Julie... read more 
Donors can win computers in Darke Co. Days Blood DrivesSpecial thanks to donors during season of giving
DARKE COUNTY, Ohio - Santa will hitch his reindeer to the Community Blood Center (CBC) Bloodmobile this holiday season to deliver the two grand prizes in the Darke County Days Blood Drives. Everyone who registers to donate blood at any Darke County blood drive from Nov. 1 through Dec. 31 will have a chance to win one of two HP Laptop Computer Bundles. CBC Darke County Account Representative Dana Puterbaugh says the grand prize computer bundles are an extra encouragement for... read more 
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“A Sincere Thank You from Dave Ernst”
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the voters that have elected me to Greenville Board of Education. This is a great honor and responsibility for me to except. I would like to especially thank my contributors, supporters, friends and family. Without them, this would have not been possible. I will take my “Commitment to Excellence” to the Board of Education and hold the entire Greenville School District to it, including myself. I have ... read more 
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American Enterprise Day
GREENVILLE – On Nov. 6 The Darke County Commissioners proclaimed Nov. 15, 2013 as American Enterprise Day on behalf of the Arcanum Future Business Leaders of America. The organization has more than 250,000 members and advertisers nationwide and is dedicated to bringing business and education together in a positive working relationship. Members also perform community service and strive to build an understanding... read more 
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Veterans Day ceremony in Versailles Area Museum
On Sunday November 10, the Versailles Area Museum held a program honoring all the local Veterans in the newly opened Military Room. President Deb Pohl welcomed everyone to the program. Speaker Mike McClurg, a veteran himself, told the audience “Why we should celebrate Veterans Day” and what three Veterans he looked up to. A very moving lighting ceremony was then preformed. Thirteen candles set on a table surrounded ... read more 
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Fort GreeneVille DAR donates to vets

Fort GreeneVille Chapter DAR recently donated $200 worth of items to the Darke County Veterans Services. The items will be distributed to local veterans in need of assistance... read more 
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24th Annual UW Golf Outing raises $14,400
The Darke County United Way welcomed 28 teams to Turtle Creek Golf Course for a nice afternoon of golf for the 27 local non-profit programs of the United Way.  The tournament was sponsored by Whirlpool Corporation and KitchenAid ExperienceTM as well as our co-sponsors including BASF, Brethren Retirement Community, Dave Knapp Ford Lincoln Mercury, Edward Jones, Family Health, Fry & Co., CPA’s, Greenville Federal, Greenville... read more 
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Red Cross Sends Support to Typhoon Struck Philippines; Local Volunteer on the Way
Darke County, November 11, 2013 — Typhoon Haiyan swept across the central Philippines on Friday leaving a trail of massive destruction in its wake. With sustained winds reported at over 145 miles per hour, and significantly stronger gusts, Haiyan was the second category 5 typhoon to strike the Philippines this year.    The typhoon affected 4.3 million people across 36 provinces. Philippine Red Cross volunteers throughout the region are reporting... read more 
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MVCTC SkillsUSA Section 1 Chapter Collecting Donations for Deployed Military
Clayton, Ohio – The Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) SkillsUSA Section 1 Chapter held their second quarter meeting on Monday, November 4, 2013. The meeting included guest speakers from The Blue Star Mothers of America – Miami Valley Chapter #3.  The guests shared the mission of Blue Star Mothers of America and honored MVCTC staff members that are military veterans.  The MVCTC staff members honored... read more 
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MVCTC Adult Education Holds Professional Development Day for Nursing Students
Clayton, Ohio – The Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) Adult Education nursing program held a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Professional Development Day on October 17, 2013, for all of the current nursing students.  The day was an opportunity for students to hear from professionals in the healthcare field as well as speak to potential employers, colleges, and network with other healthcare professionals. The morning started... read more 

Edward Jones Financial Advisor Host…Preparing Your Estate Plan Seminar
Many people tend to put off or ignore developing a sound estate plan, but it's one of the most important things an investor can create. During the seminar, participants will learn more about: What to consider when creating a will Benefits of trusts in estate planning How to help reduce taxes on one's estate How insurance can help protect one's family Edward Jones provides financial services for individual investors in the United States and, through its affiliate, in Canada. Every aspect of the firm's business, from... read more 

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Local Company Partners with MVCTC Precision Machining Program
Clayton, Ohio – Reynolds Machinery, Inc., a local machining company located in West Carrollton, is partnering with the Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) Precision Machining program to help develop a highly skilled workforce in the Miami Valley Region. Reynolds Machinery, Inc. recently leased a CNC Lathe to MVCTC for a dollar a year. MVCTC has several Precision Machining graduates working for Reynolds, the hope is... read more 
Ag Safety S.T.A.T. – Safe Tactics for Ag Today
Thoughts from the Editor – National Rural Health Day and Assessing the Quality of Life for Ohio Farmers - Dee Jepsen - State Agricultural Safety and Health Leader - Each November, on the third Thursday, is a time to reflect on rural health issues. It is a time for many communities to highlight the rural area as a wonderful place to live and work. Rural areas are unique and vary between the geographic regions where they are found. Rural doesn’t just mean ‘farming,’ although agriculture is an important... read more 
MVCTC Education Foundation 5K continues helping students
Clayton, Ohio – The Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) Education Foundation held the 6th Annual “Pi Miler” 5K run/walk on Saturday, September 28, 2013.  It was a beautiful fall day and over 120 walkers/runners participated in the 3.14 mile course on the MVCTC campus.  Thanks to the participants and many sponsors of the event, over $6,000 was raised for the Education Foundation. The MVCTC Education Foundation was formed in 1991 by the MVCTC staff and... read more 
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The French Legion of Honor for an American flyer, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – Was our plane ever hit? Oh, yes. Many times… “Three days before my 19th birthday, Aug. 9, 1944 – it was only my fourth mission – our plane was hit over Brest, France,” said Robert Schlotterbeck. The pilot was Bob Beeson from Richmond, Ind. Schlotterbeck added the Germans had the city surrounded and control was shifting all the time. “Some controls had been shot away. We started a rollover spin and two of the crew bailed... read more 
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No veteran left behind, By Bob Robinson
WINCHESTER, IND – “Only two forces have ever given their lives for us… Jesus Christ for our salvation, and the American Veteran for our freedom.” This quote is on a brochure The Journey Home is using for fundraising to provide transitional housing to alcohol and chemically addicted veterans, 18 years or older. It is the brain child of Mike Kennedy, Veterans Services Officer for Randolph County. Kennedy often got emotional as he talked... read more 
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Kids brave elements for Kroger’s ‘Kids Night Out’, Photos & article by Jaime Wombolt
As the rain fell and winds howled on October 31, parents and children rushed for the Greenville Kroger. Kroger celebrated its second year in participation of “Kids Night Out”. The night began when the children entered the store and were able to decorate their very own pumpkin. Although only mini pumpkins were promised in the flyer, store manager Steve Weyrich offered the left over regular sized pumpkins, free of charge. “It’s a way to... read more 
Darke County United Way Taking Applications for 2014 Funding
The Darke County United Way would like to announce that applications for 2014 funding are currently available. There are two types of funding applications, Partner Program and the Community Fund. Applicants for both funds are reviewed by the local, volunteer Board of Directors and a team of community volunteers through a process meeting professional standards for nonprofit management practices, financial management and service provision. To apply your organization must be a 501c3 health and human... read more 
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Hordes of zombies, ghosts and more roam Greenville streets, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – They came out in droves. South Greenville had hundreds of zombies, ghosts, princesses, Monster High dolls, Teletubbies, skeletons and more wandering its streets and sidewalks. It was slightly after 2 p.m. Oct. 27 and the hordes had just been released for a two-hour run from 2 to 4 p.m. In less than an hour one resident ran out of candy and had to go inside. “I think it’s the really nice weather,” she said. “I’ve never seen this many... read more 
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Pets of the week
We have Angie at the Darke County Animal Shelter. She is a 6-year-old Boxer mix. She is brown and white with short hair. She is a sweet girl who loves to play. She weighs around 50 pounds and will make a great walking friend. She is ready for adoption. We have Dupont at the Darke County Animal Shelter. She is a 6-month old Black Lab puppy. She is all black and with short hair. She is a typical lab puppy, full of energy, loves to play with a ball, and... read more 
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Local Educator receives K-12 Promotion of Education Award
BALTIMORE, MD–Kimberly Puckett, Mathematics Instructor, Tri-Village Local School District received Women of Color Magazine’s K-12 Promotion of Education award at the 18th Annual Women of Color Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Conference in Dallas, Texas. Puckett has dedicated her entire life in developing innovative ways to teach students through effective Modeling and Simulation (M&S). A dedicated... read more 
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Kids of all ages brave cold for parade, goodies, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – Kids and parents were shivering Oct. 24 as they lined up for the annual Beggars Night Parade, sponsored by the Greenville Lions Club. The temperature on South Broadway’s Second National Bank read 39 degrees. It felt like 20. Some kids were dressed for the weather; most were not. They were in their Halloween costumes shivering and waiting for the parade to begin. It was 6:30. The Greenville High School Band... read more 
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Locals Partner for the Arts Sponsoring DCCA Coffee House Series
Thomas H. and Julie Graber, Steve and Eileen Litchfield, and Rodney Oda have once again contributed funds as co-sponsors of Darke County Center for the Arts’ Coffee House Series.   According to DCCA Executive Director Andrea Jordan, “DCCA is grateful for their sponsorship of this series as well as their commitment to presenting the performing arts in Darke County." The Coffee House Series consists of five performances... read more 
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GHS students Trick or Treat for FISH, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – Volunteer Mom Briana Makombe had to fold up the back seats of her SUV to hold the “loot” Greenville High School students gathered during Greenville’s Trick or Treat Oct. 27. Now an annual event, 14 GHS students – mostly Key Club, Exchange students and Student Council members – walked the streets for two hours asking for handouts… not candy, but non-perishable foods for FISH. “We do it every year,” said ... read more 
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Local Toastmasters hold District speaking contests
The Greenville Toastmasters, (TM), #1238 “The Can Do Club” held their local and Area 4 & 5 District Speaking Contest at their Greenville location. The local contestants for the Humorous Speech contest were Tony Baltes and Christy Riley. Tony and Christy both presented an excellent fun and entertaining speech in front of many of the Greenville Toastmasters at the Brethren Retirement Community Chestnut Village Center. Tony placed first to... read more 
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