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Another Way to Say Thank You; American Red Cross Veteran Volunteers
Darke County, OH October 29, 2013 From the days of the Civil War, the American Red Cross has supported the men, women and families of the military, from their first day of service until the Red Crosses services are no longer needed.  This close relationship with the military began with American Red Cross founder, Clara Barton and continues today in Darke County, with Executive Director, Lynne Gump and a band of volunteers that visit Darke... read more 
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A Holiday of Hope
The Cancer Association of Darke County will be taking orders for poinsettias for the upcoming holiday season.  The poinsettias are from Star Greenhouses, Inc. and are always beautiful and very healthy plants.  The proceeds will be used to help cancer patients living in Darke County.  Don’t miss this opportunity to have beautiful Christmas flowers in your home, church or business and also help the community to battle cancer. There are... read more 
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Ohio Federation of Republican Women Hosts Fall Conference in Columbus
Local Republican Leader Attends Event to Prepare for 2014 - COLUMBUS, OHIO – Lyn Bliss a local resident joined other Republican women leaders from across the state recently at the Ohio Federation of Republican Women’s (OFRW) Annual Fall Conference, which focused on judicial concerns and leadership training. Bliss is secretary of the Darke County Republican Women’s Club, First Vice-president of the Ohio Federation of Republican... read more 
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Court News Ohio… Haunted Ohio Courthouses, By Stephanie Beougher
October 28, 2013 - Unexplained sights and sounds chill the bones for those who believe that spirits roam the halls of some of Ohio’s old county courthouses. Preble County’s courthouse has stood proudly in the county seat of Eaton in western Ohio since 1918. Voices from a large group of excited people heard in the hallways may not seem all that unusual for a busy courthouse – unless it’s when there’s no one around, as at least one employee... read more 
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Family Fire Drill Celebrates Inaugural Challenge
Darke County, OH October 29, 2013 You wake up to the sound of your smoke detector blaring, the air is heavy with smoke, you realize in a split second that your house is on fire and you must escape.  The harsh reality is the risk of home fire is one of the greatest risks your family faces.  Will your children know what to do, how to escape, where to go? To help Darke County families answer the question, the American Red Cross issued a challenge to... read more 
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Greenville Federal Kicks-Off Softball Classic
Greenville Federal is a long-time supporter of the Darke County United Way, and they suited up for the United Way Softball Classic.  To kick-off the event in October, Greenville Federal held a casual day/jeans day fundraiser for the United Way the Fridays before the tournament.  Greenville Federal presented a check to United Way to help local residents in need, strengthening 28 local non-profit programs with initiatives of education, health and... read more 
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Finnarn retires from Boys & Girls Club Board
GREENVILLE - Ted Finnarn, a local Darke County Attorney, recently retired from the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Club of Greenville, Inc. effective October 25, 2013. Finnarn had recently departed as Secretary-Treasurer and Assistant Director having served the Club for over 35 years. Finnarn noted that the “Boys Club” was very important in his life when he was growing up and helped him to make it through some difficult times... read more 
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Clark makes milestone 600th blood donation
DAYTON, Ohio – Wendell Clark seemed bewildered when he emerged from screening prior to his milestone 600th lifetime blood donation and was greeted by cheering donors and Community Blood Center (CBC) staff members Thursday, Oct. 24. He walked past them into the Donor Room, where he found the wall above his donor bed plastered with 600 paper dolls with blood drop heads. “It’s just another donation!” he said... read more 
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Historic Preservation Office recognizes local resident, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – Larry Addis of Greenville was presented the Award of Merit from the Ohio Historic Preservation Office of the Ohio Historical Society on Oct. 22 for his “outstanding contribution to historic preservation in Ohio.” The award acknowledged his dedication in the preservation of Zion Wakefield Lutheran Chapel at 7757 Greenville-Celina Road in Greenville. This is the first time the state office has given this award to a Darke County... read more 
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MVCTC receives “Auditor of State Award with Distinction”
Clayton, Ohio – The Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) Business Office was recently award the “Auditor of State Award with Distinction”.  The MVCTC Business Office also received this award in Fiscal Year 2011. This award is given to those entities that file an annual comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR) and timely financial reports in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), as well as... read more 
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Keep your child’s Trick or Treat activities safe, By Bob Robinson
“Don’t let your child go unsupervised!” While this could be said about parental responsibility for their children outside the home year around, it is especially important in October and during the holiday season. Official Trick or Treating is over in Darke County but will still be coming up in surrounding areas. The holiday season with heavier than usual shopping requires additional vigilance for young kids when out and about... read more 
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Mercer County Sheriff’s Dept. awarded traffic grant
Celina, OH – Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey announced today that his office was awarded a High Visibility Enforcement Traffic Overtime Grant by the Ohio Department of Public Safety.  The grant will be used to target problem traffic areas throughout Mercer County. The grant award was over $22,700.  The grant will be used for specific events that have higher opportunity for traffic crashes.  Additional deputies will be assigned... read more 
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GHS Students of the Month
GREENVILLE - The Kiwanis of Greenville Students of the Month for September were Cole Ward and Nicole Mangas.  They were honored at the October 16 meeting.  Cole is Student Body and Class President, plays Varsity Baseball, was on the Homecoming Court, and belongs to NHS and SADD.  He plans to attend a 4-year Christian college and major in mathematics and actuarial science.  Cole's parents Stacie & Christopher Ward were present... read more 
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Great Ohio Shake Out!
GREENVILLE – At 10:17 a.m. Oct. 17 millions of people “Dropped, Covered and Held On” in the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut, the region’s largest earthquake drill ever. Lynne Gump, director of the American Red Cross, Darke County Chapter, told members and guests at the Kiwanis of Greenville meeting Oct. 16 about the drill and the possible danger of an earthquake in Southwest Ohio. Kiwanian Dave Keiser was kind enough to demonstrate... read more 
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Transportation available to Seniors 60 & older
Community Action Partnership of the Greater Dayton Area – Darke Co., would like to inform area seniors, 60 and older, that Medical Transportation Service is available within a 100-mile radius of Greenville Monday through Friday. General transportation is also available to cover trips to grocery stores, banks, restaurants and other locations with two or more riders. Suggested donation for both transportation services is $3.00. Call Denise... read more 
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Pets of the week
We have Taz at the Darke County Animal Shelter. He is a 7-year-old Chihuahua mix. He is white with long hair. He is a little guy and only weighs around 10 pounds. He is housebroken, is current on his shots and has been altered. He is a friendly little guy and full of energy. He will make a great companion and friend. He is ready for a new home. We have Roncie at the Darke County Animal Shelter. She is a 2-year-old Collie mix. She is black and brown and... read more 
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OSU Agronomists Offer Updated Fertility Recommendation Calculator
Agronomists from Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences have updated a fertility recommendation calculator designed to provide major field crop growers with guidance on fertilizer application rates and costs. The updated tool offers users calculations based on tri-state fertilizer recommendations for corn, soybeans, wheat only, wheat for grain and straw, corn silage, and alfalfa, said Greg LaBarge, an Ohio... read more 
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Career Tech September Students of the Month
Greenville Career Tech Center, in order to honor outstanding accomplishments and leadership in Career Tech Education, is proud to announce the recognition of the September 2013 students of the month. Dylan Blinn, senior member of Supply Chain Management, and Jake Snyder, senior member of IMTV, received a plaque to honor their selection, a gift certificate from Maid-Rite Sandwich Shoppe, and a preferred parking... read more 
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March of Dimes 2014 goal is $110,000, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – The goal for the March of Dimes’ 75th anniversary is $110,000 in Darke County. Greenville Federal’s Shawn Daugherty, 2014 Darke County Chair, said Darke County raised $100,000 last year; he planned to exceed it this year. The 2014 campaign kickoff took place Oct. 17 at St. Clair Manor, with March of Dimes Division Director Jackie Allen and Community Director Angele Price providing background about the organization, the... read more 
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Darke County Parks—Through the Years
Turkeyfoot Preserve is located southwest of Greenville with convenient access and parking off Bishop Road.  Named for the prairie grass, Big Bluestem which displays a flower head that resembles a “turkey’s foot,” this preserve includes 60 acres of re-established prairie and managed wetlands.  Turkeyfoot provides a showplace for soil and water conservation practices while establishing vital habitat for native and migrant wildlife.  The... read more 
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Get the right tools in your ‘tool box’, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – “Okay. Put it in your tool box.” Allen Keaser made a motion putting the lesson into his tool box (head). The kids did the same. Keaser and his wife, Nancy, plus Rage and Rocco, were in ‘Module 5’ with second graders at Woodland Heights Elementary School Oct. 14. They showed a video of what kids need to learn about common kitchen items that represent a potential danger. “You are popping popcorn in the microwave... read more 
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V for Vibrant is only the beginning; Darke County Parks thanks its volunteers
V-Vibrant, O- Outgoing, L-Loyal, U- Unstoppable, N- Nutty, T- Terrific, E- Energetic, E- Enthusiastic, R- Reliable, S- Service, this is what the Darke County Parks experienced the last weekend in September during our Prairie Days Festival from our VOLUNTEERS!  With nearly 300 volunteers assisting with various tasks all of the stations/activities were able to run smoothly which allowed  the public to enjoy numerous pioneer... read more 
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Riffle reaches milestone sales goal
Local resident Tammie Riffle has achieved a milestone as a consultant with Pampered Chef… ‘Million Dollar Seller.” “I began selling Pampered Chef just to get a few free products,” Riffle said. Nineteen years later she has visited Hawaii, Alaska, Germany, New Orleans, Atlantis, Disney World, Austria – taken four cruises – and more courtesy of Pampered Chef. “I enjoy doing parties and they just kept coming,” she added. She’s done 1,900... read more 
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Themes such as Columbus Day used as part of learning process, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – “So could he take pictures with a camera?” asked Kim Ruhenkamp. “No.” There were no cameras in 1492 when Columbus ‘sailed the ocean blue.’ “Does that sound familiar to you?” The students agreed as they waited to see what their teacher would say next. Oct. 14 was Columbus Day and while most government agencies took the day off, Ruhenkamp was teaching her first grade students at Woodland Heights Elementary ... read more 
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BBBS receives Vectren Foundation grant
Sidney, Ohio – To fulfill the increasing need for intervention and prevention services for high-risk youth, Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Shelby and Darke County received a grant for the Big Buddies After-School Mentoring Program. Thanks to community partners such as Vectren, BBBS of Shelby and Darke County is moving forward matching high school students with at-risk youth in grades kindergarten through fourth. “The Big... read more 
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Another Successful Prairie Days
The Darke County Park District would like to thank all of those that came out to Shawnee Prairie Preserve for the 2013 Prairie Days Festival.  The weather for Saturday was all sunshine and guests came out in the thousands to see just what Prairie Days had to offer.  The morning began with an Opening Ceremony followed by the Blacksmith Shop Grand Opening.  Thank you to the Greenville Veterans Honor Guard and the Greenville High School... read more 
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Bridges to College… Ansonia students get more information about college
(ANSONIA) – Ansonia Elementary School students received information about college when 10 Ohio State University college students visited the school last month. “The early college awareness program was designed to encourage students to think about college and to encourage them to do well in school,” said Beth Sears, executive director of Bridges to College, a local organization that helps students and their parents go to college. Bridges to... read more 
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Greenville PD Earns Recognition for Mental Health Training
PIQUA -- The Greenville Police Department earned recognition for its commitment to mental health and recovery services training at the Tri-County Board of Recovery and Mental Health Service’s Annual Meeting and Art of Recovery Showcase October 16 at Edison Community College. Each year since 2000, the Tri-County Board has recognized groups and individuals with the Geraldine B. Nelson Award for supportive measures on... read more 
Darke County Parks Parking… Thank you!
Darke County Parks is pleased to announce the most recent partnerships that were created during our Prairie Days Festival.  All of these partnerships are very rewarding and appreciated by the Park District in so many ways. With the public parking across 502 and being shuttled to Shawnee Prairie Preserve for the Prairie Days Festival, we were in need of a couple more enthusiastic volunteers to help make this possible.  Parks Volunteer Coordinator, Laura Schwieterman contacted several non-profit... read more 
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Friends of Bear’s Mill acquires scenic historic property
Bear's Mill has been purchased by The Friends of Bear's Mill, Inc. a non-profit organization that has operated the historic site since 1999. The purchase of the Mill and surrounding property was made possible through funding from a Clean Ohio Fund grant administered by the Ohio Public Works Commission. According to Friends of Bear's Mill Board member Tom Menke, this highly competitive grant requires well-documented environmental... read more 
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Snyder attends District Three Administration Council
Members of the Ladies Auxiliary to Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7262 (LAVFW 7262)  recently attended the Council of Administration for District Three, Department of Ohio. President of  LAVFW 7262 Gail Snyder spent time with District Three President Jessica Gardener discussing LAVFW programs... read more 
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GHS College Club visits University of Cincinnati
(GREENVILLE) Greenville High School seniors took their final College Club visit earlier this month when they toured the University of Cincinnati. “This was our first class to participate in the College Club, and it’s been a great success,” said Becky Curtis, GHS counselor. The Greenville High School College Club, a joint effort between the GHS Guidance Office and Bridges to College, started in 2012 as a way to educate high school... read more 
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MVCTC Early Childhood Program Raise Money for FCCLA Project
Clayton, Ohio – Students in the Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) Early Childhood Education junior program completed a FCCLA Chapter Community Service Project at the very beginning of the school year.  The project was to work together to raise money for their Literacy Project for FCCLA. FCCLA Chapter Service Project and Community Service, is a team event, which recognizes chapters that develop and implement an... read more 
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Darke County Parks coloring contest winners
Held on the October First Friday event for Downtown Greenville, the Citizens for Darke County Parks concluded a coloring contest, a “drawing for a  drawing.”  All Darke County school-aged children were invited to send in a drawing of a tree, home to various woodland animals. All drawings were entered into a drawing, held at  A & B Coffee and Cake Co. at the conclusion of First Friday.  Holding the FOR Darke County Parks sign is Betsy Ward... read more 
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VFW Ladies Auxiliary march in Veteran’s Parade

Members of the Ladies Auxiliary to the VFW Post 7262 marched recently in the Veteran’s Parade at the Darke County Fair. Left to right: President Gail Snyder, Peggy Black and Mary Jane Dietrich... read more 
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Marshall named Grand Marshal of Holiday Horse Parade  
Main Street Greenville & The Hometown Holiday Horse Parade Committee met a few weeks ago to discuss this year's Grand Marshall. It was a unanimous decision to choose Dave Marshall as the Grand Marshall of the 10th Annual Hometown Holiday Horse Parade. Dave owns and operates one of the longest standing businesses in downtown Greenville, The Bootery. Dave has also volunteered to help with the Horse Parade since the beginning... read more 
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MVCTC Diesel and Power Technologies Program
Clayton, Ohio – The Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) Diesel and Power Technologies program provides solid fundamentals of industry knowledge, teaching students’ engines, fuel systems, fabrication, electronics, air conditioning, hydraulics, and power trains. This program also has a partnership with Miami Industrial Trucks to use their on-line training program and a lift truck for instruction.  Students can earn certifications in A/C... read more 
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Preliminary 2014 Ohio Field Crop Enterprise Budgets
Barry Ward, OSU Extension, Leader, Production Business Management, Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics makes available 2014 Budgets. Budgeting helps guide you through your decision making process as you attempt to commit resources to the most profitable enterprises on the farm. Crops or Livestock? Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Hay? We can begin to answer these questions with well thought out budgets that... read more 
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GHS BPA members attend Regional Fall Conference
Recently 88 Greenville High School Business Professionals of America members traveled to Wright State Nutter Center to attend the Regional Fall Leadership Conference. Students along with advisors, Dara Buchy, Margie Heitkamp, Lori Hoover, Nate Sharp and Bob Warner heard from Dr. Joanne Li, Dean of the Raj Soin College of Business. Then the region officers were announced and inducted. During the torch award... read more 
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www.darkecountyseniors.us…Identity of South School Students Sought, By Lyn Bliss, Senior Scribe
Greenville—The Genealogy Library of Garst Museum recently obtained a picture from Georgeanna Bailey. Bailey said the picture was taken at South School when her mother was a student there. Bailey’s mother was Vergie Hanson (nee Overholser) who was married in 1931 and had her 100th birthday in 2008. The identity of none of the students is known. It is also unknown which student is Vergie Overholser. The picture is thought to be.. read more 
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Lego clubs can help kids develop STEM interest, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – Last month it was machines, this month it’s monsters. Some kids just do their own thing. Others get “into it” and build their own version of the theme. Reuben Kennett and Julie Frona conduct the 6-8 year-old Lego Club for Greenville City Library the first Thursday of each month. Sometimes Kennett builds an example to show the kids. His example in September was a “People-put-together” machine… “If they are broken,” Kennett said... read more 
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First Friday “Artisan Stroll” packs the streets, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – “The street is packed,” said Main Street Greenville’s Executive Director Amber Garrett a little after 7 p.m. Oct. 4. It was the First Friday October event, Artisan Stroll. Visitors were “strolling” up and down South Broadway, West Third Street and West Main Street checking out artists’ and local merchants’ offerings, plus enjoying a chainsaw sculpting demonstration by Dayle Lewis, performances by the Wavaires and... read more 
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Young Forest Martial Arts Opens Downtown Greenville
Main Street Greenville is thrilled to welcome Young Forest Martial Arts to the downtown community! Young Forest Martial Arts held its Grand Opening on August 31st, 2013. The new business is owned by Sifu Jesse Berry and his wife, Kim. Young Forest Martial Arts specializes in Chinese Kung Fu and Tai Chi/Chi Gung. Their mission is to help children and adults develop strong moral character and life skills while building strong relationships and ... read more 
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Eagles, Greenville Twp Fire introduce students to fire awareness week, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – “Okay! Everybody! Put on your best smiles! I’m going to count to three… One! Two! Three…” “Four! Five!” Assistant Principal Lisa Maher, Woodland Elementary School, cracked up. “Well… you can see we’ve been working on our numbers,” she said. Let’s try this again… “We’re only counting to three,” she said. “Best smiles! One! Two! Three…” “Four! Five!” came the chant. With a grin, Maher decided they’d go with what they had... read more 
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Darke County Parks—Through the Years
This is the eighth installment of a series featuring Darke County Park District’s twelve park areas. Located just outside of Ansonia on State Route 47, Winterrowd Wetlands is a diverse, 60-acre preserve and a model of wetland conservation.  A maintained foot trail will lead visitors through the managed prairie to a wildlife observation blind overlooking the wetland. Preservation of wetlands is critical due to the diverse wildlife habitat they... read more 
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Prairie Days kicks off to a full day of activities, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – Darke County Parks’ annual Prairie Days kicked off Sept. 28 to sunshine, a slight breeze and the promise of warm weather for the Saturday portion of the weekend event. Promptly at 10 a.m. the 15-star flag was raised, GHS Wavaires Casey Mortensen and Brooke Netzley sang the National Anthem and four pioneers from the 1800’s fired rounds into the blue sky. Fifteen minutes later, visitors were treated to an old-fashioned... read more 
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MVCTC SkillsUSA Section IV Holds First Meeting
Clayton, Ohio – The Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) SkillsUSA Section IV held their first meeting of the school year on Monday, September 30.  During the meeting local officers and Romello Oliver, State SkillsUSA Vice-President, introduced the Emblem, Colors, and Creed to the new juniors. Mr. Kramer, local chapter advisor, spoke on the value of career technical education, using “Profoundly Disconnect” a website from the... read more 
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American Red Cross Instructors Teaching Others to Save Lives…Volunteer Instructors Ready to Change the World
Darke County, October 7, 2013 Imagine performing CPR (cardio pulmonary resuscitation) on your neighbor, friend or family member, how it would make you feel, knowing you have made such a life-saving impression on their life. Helping a new mother save the life of her choking infant? Now imagine, if you were trained by one of... read more 
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Access88 ‘opens’ college awareness for Ansonia students, By Bob Robinson
ANSONIA – “O-H…” “I-O” That was the signal for Ansonia fourth graders to get up and move to the next college discussion group, as ten Ohio State University students talked about college to their young charges. According to Beth Sears, executive director of Bridges to College, the OSU group – Access88 – offer... read more 
Home Gardeners: Take Cover this Winter!
Fall is here and winter is soon approaching.  Have you prepared and protected your garden for next spring?  If not, the Darke Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) can help. The Darke SWCD has a variety of informational materials on gardening and cover crops.  This year the Darke SWCD has introduced two cover crop mixes, Fall Mix and Winter Mix, for use in your garden.  Our Fall Mix is a blend of oats and radishes.  The advantage of this mix is that it is low maintenance and will frost kill in... read more 
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WIA Summer Youth Recognized
Achieving decent work is essential not only for young people, but for a community’s stability and growth.  This summer in Darke County the WIA Youth Program facilitated a work experience for two youth in a summer training program that helped to break down some of the barriers and create positives for their future.  The host work/mentoring sites of Community Action Partnership, Darke County YMCA and Council on Rural Services proved... read more 
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MVCTC Students Attend Construction Career Day
Hamilton, Ohio – Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) building trades students attended the Construction Career Day on September 18, 2013, at Butler County Fairgrounds. According to their website, “The purpose of the event is to introduce high school students to the numerous and diverse career opportunities with unlimited potential for advancement offered by the construction industry.” MVCTC instructors Greg... read more 
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Leis Realty Company… Fair Give-a-Way Winner Brian Stickel
GREENVILLE - Leis Realty would like to congratulate Brian Stickel of Greenville, for being the winner of one of the fair give-a-ways this year at the Great Darke County Fair. Brian received 4 tickets, plus VIP parking pass for the Dayton Dragons. Leis Realty and Associates would like to thank everyone that stopped by the fair tent this year and look forward to serving your Real Estate Needs... read more 
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Amazing Asters
Asteracea. With over 23,000 species, this family of plants is the second largest in the world! As the autumn winds blow the colors of summer away, the asters are some of the remaining blooms.  Join a Darke County Parks Naturalist to discover many of the species of asters in Ohio.  On Thursday, October 10th at 6:30pm we’ll learn about some of the more common species and then take a hike to see them in action!  Meet at the Nature... read more 
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Citizens Academy graduates
Celina, OH -- Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey announced today that eleven students graduated from the Sheriff’s Office’s first Citizen’s Academy on October 2, 2013.  Each of the students was provided with a certificate of completion.  The 2013 Citizen’s Academy consisted of students from different backgrounds, age groups, and areas of Mercer County. The students completed 18 hours of training that included classroom time, hands... read more 
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Keller GHS Homecoming Queen, Marker Chief Green Wave, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – Homecoming was a huge event at Greenville High School with festivities beginning Sept. 24 (Class Color Day) and wrapping up with the Homecoming Dance Sept. 28. Heath Marker was crowned Chief Green Wave following the Homecoming Parade Thursday while Paige Keller was crowned Homecoming Queen before the game Friday night. Hundreds of supporters followed the parade from Martin Street to Greenville City Park... read more 
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Eagles 2177 awards five scholarships through SSSF, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – Greenville Eagles 2177 congratulated five freshman college students for their efforts and awarded a scholarship to each through the Senior Scribes Scholarship Fund Sept. 28. The presentation took place at the Eagles Lodge on Third Street. The recipients were: Micaela Adkins graduated from Greenville High School and is going into early childhood education at Sinclair Community College. She is the... read more 
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Greenville BPW Kicks off 2013-2014 Business Year
October 4, 2013 - Greenville, OH.  The Greenville Business & Professional Women’s (BPW) Club kicked off the new 2013-2014 business year by holding their first meeting on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at Brethren Retirement Center. The Legislation Committee consisting of Chair Tasha Anderson and members Opal Lease, Deb Smith, and Miriam Knick hosted the meeting.  The club invited Mike Stegall to be the guest speaker.  Mike spoke... read more 
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MVCTC Criminal Justice Program
Clayton, Ohio – The Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) Criminal Justice program teaches report writing, patrol techniques, Ohio Revised Code, evidence collection, traffic stops, building searches, private security, and forensic science. This program also allows students to earn several certifications as a high school student, including Dispatch, Armament Systems and Procedures (ASP); Oleoresin Capsicum Spray (OC); and... read more 
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5th Annual Runway & Rhythm event raises $3,363
Darke County United Way with Youniques, Montage Cafe, CenturyLink, Farmers State Bank, Littman Thomas, The Bootery, and Second National Bank celebrated the 5th annual Runway & Rhythm event on Friday, September 20th.  The event raised $3,363 for the Bridge the Gap fund through United Way to help residents with mortgage, rent and utility assistance at or below 225% of the poverty level to help keep families safe in their homes, and... read more 
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MVCTC SkillsUSA Sections II and III Hold First Meeting
Clayton, Ohio – The Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) SkillsUSA Sections II and III held their first meeting of the school year on Wednesday, September 25, 2013. During the meeting, section II president, Sydney Vanhorn, spoke to the students about what SkillsUSA is, how it affects the students in all of the programs, and how students have a great time competing in different contests. During the meeting, several students... read more 
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Apple Butter for Sale!
The Friends of the Darke County Parks Gift Shop now has Apple Butter for sale! Over Prairie Days weekend, volunteers spent hours prepping apples from Downing Fruit Farm and cooking them over the fire to create delicious apple butter!  A pint of apple butter is only $5.  Also available for sale in the Nature Center Gift Shop is pure Darke County Maple Syrup and local Honey.  So come out to the Nature Center gift shop to buy some sweet... read more 
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Leis Realty… Mangen wins Fair give-a-way
GREENVILLE - Leis Realty would like to congratulate Clete Mangen of Versailles, for being the winner of one of the fair give-a-ways this year at the Great Darke County Fair. Clete won a $50. gift certificate to Outback Steak House   Leis Realty would like to thank everyone that stopped by the fair tent this year, and look forward to seeing everyone again at the fair next year... read more 
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8th Annual Tractor Cruise Raises $5,043 for United Way
The United Way was honored to have 29 tractors in the Lead the Way Tractor Cruise this fall. It was a festive day throughout the county to celebrate Darke County’s Heritage. Along with the Tractor Cruise, there were Days of Harvest, the Gourd Show and Prairie Days to enjoy throughout the weekend. The board of directors and staff at the United Way appreciated the crowd that came out to watch the tractors. The crowd enjoyed... read more 
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Pet of the week
We have Josh at the Darke County Animal Shelter. He is a 3-year-old Spaniel. He is black and white with long hair. He is a friendly guy and loves people. He will make a great friend and companion. He is ready for adoption. We also have a Husky mix, a black Lab adult and a puppy, a Basset Hound and numerous other dogs. We also have cats and kittens for adoption. The Shelter hours are 8am till 4:30pm Monday-Friday and 9:00 till noon ... read more 
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Darke County Red Cross Chapter Issues Family Fire Drill Challenge
Help Prevent the Biggest Disaster Threat Affecting Families across the Nation
Darke County, OH October 1, 2013 The biggest disaster threat to families across our nation every day isn’t a flood or hurricane; it’s fire. Last year, the Darke County Chapter responded to numerous fires, caused by a variety of reasons. All across the country, local Red Cross volunteers respond to family fires in their communities... read more 
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Ohio State University to Offer Year-end Tax Tips for Farmers at Nov. 4 Workshop
By Sam Custer, OSU Extension - Farmers and producers looking to plan ahead for tax filing this year can learn about federal tax law changes and updates, as well as potential money-saving tips they can use when filing 2013 tax returns, from tax experts at Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. A Nov. 4 workshop offered by Larry Gearhardt, director of the Ohio State University Income Tax School Program... read more 
BBBS announces new board members
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County is pleased to announce the newest members on our Board of Trustees. They are: Velina Bogart of Sidney. Velina works at Edison Community College as the Coordinator of Early College Programs. Tyler Hamby of Sidney. Tyler works as a Loan Officer for Fifth Third Bank, Tom Martin of Sidney. Tom is President of Sidney Body Carstar. Dana Rex of Greenville. Dana works for Greenville Federal as a Loan Originator. Larry Schultz of Piqua. Larry is Vice... read more 
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Farmer explains aspects of Obamacare to DCRW
“The Affordable Care Act (ACA) actually wanted to expand Medicaid to individuals making less than 138% of the federal poverty level, so that would bring in even more people to the Medicaid Program,” Farmer explained, “The Supreme Court said that states actually have to have the right to chose whether or not they expand their Medicaid program. So, at this point in time, 22 states have declined the expansion of Medicaid, 24 have accepted... read more 
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Kroger celebrates Grand Re-opening, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – “I’m feeling a little square today,” said the Kroger “box of food” guy as he greeted customers coming into the store. There was nothing to feel square about as the Kroger-Greenville Grand Re-opening kicked into full swing Sept. 19. The mood was festive. Following a $4 million six month renovation, dignitaries from the Kroger district office in Cincinnati, local employees and local dignitaries were all smiles as they celebrated its... read more 
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MVCTC SkillsUSA Section 1 Holds First Meeting
Clayton, Ohio – The Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) SkillsUSA Section 1 Chapter held their first meeting of the school year on Monday, September 23, 2013. The meeting included introduction of the SkillsUSA Section 1 officers, learning more about all of the opportunities available to find success as a member of SkillsUSA, and two local guest speakers. The guest speakers for the meeting were Laura Seger and David Rhoade... read more 
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