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VHCC celebrates national healthcare volunteer week
In celebration of National Healthcare Volunteer Week held April 6-13, 2014, Versailles Health Care Center recognized and thanked volunteers for their hard work and dedication at a recent luncheon of pizza and salad at McBo’s Bowling Lanes in Versailles.  Tokens of appreciation were given in the form of garden shovels filled with candy with attached note saying “We Dig You”.  Special recognition of volunteer service years was
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Brothers Publishing announces new website live starting Sunday, 4-27-14
The Early Bird has been going into Darke County's homes every week for over 45 years and continues to be the community’s source for local news and information. In addition to readers finding what they need, advertisers have also found they get results with The Early Bird. The second annual audit from the Certified Verification Council (CVC) shows over 83% of readers use the Early Bird for their purchasing decisions. With the addition
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Buchy long time supporter of Special Olympics
For well over 15 years, Jim Buchy, has supported the Darke Co. Special Olympics program.  Mr. Buchy is shown here with Morgan Shepard (left), Greenville High School sophomore representing the Darke County Special Olympics school-aged programs.  Morgan participates in their basketball team and the track and field event.  Toby Winner (right), is with the adult program, involved with the
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Annie visits Edgetown Veterinary… Silver Star Gala Sponsor
Annie took Dave, her best pet, to Dr.Gibney at the Edgetown Veterinary Clinic in Greenville for his yearly checkup. While she was there, she delivered a Star Spangled Gala Flag in recognition of their generous Silver Star sponsorship of Annie’s Star Spangled Gala fundraiser for the Garst Museum and The National Annie Oakley Center. In addition to a raffle, Annie’s Star Spangled Gala will feature live
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St. Marys School April Newsletter
I hope that you are enjoying the blessed season of Easter. The Alleluia banners that we buried back in March on Mardi Gras are now hanging over the classroom doors. Before we left for Easter break, my class made “Resurrection Crosses” which are now hanging in our classroom. The crosses are decorated with brightly colored tissue paper and have a picture of the Risen Jesus on them. On Monday, April 28, the Spring Spectacular will be held beginning at 6:30. It will be an evening of art, music and science
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Blue Bag Media… Darke County roads get a spring cleaning, By Bob Robinson
DARKE COUNTY – “One thing I always hear is the kids say ‘we will NEVER throw trash out the window.’ This is a good learning experience for them,” said Krista Fourman, director of the Darke County Solid Waste Management District. Kids of all ages were among the 1,224 volunteers who worked the weekend of April 12 and 13 in the district’s annual Trash Bash. According to Fourman they covered 635 miles and retrieved 7.07 tons of trash
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BBBS Match of the Month
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County announce Big Sister, Betty Miars, and Little Sister, Sarah Beck, have been selected as April Match of the Month.  Betty & Sarah have been matched in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program since May, 2009, therefore will be celebrating their 5 year match anniversary together next month, along with Sarah’s graduation from Sidney High School. Betty appreciates having
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VFW 7262 donates POW flag to Greenville
VFW Post 7262 Members, Ladies Auxiliary, Men’s Auxiliary and Boosters all cooperate to donate flags and Bibles. The four groups supply in excess of $12,000 per year to provide the items in honor of veterans. The groups recently presented a new Prisoner of War flag to the City of Greenville. The flag was presented by Post Commander Jack Harless (R) and Post Quartermaster Tom Mowery (L). Mayor Mike Bowers (C) accepted the flag on
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Blue Bag Media… Hi-T.E.C. celebrates 20 years, enters world of racing, By Bob Robinson
ARCANUM – Hi-T.E.C. Automotive celebrated its 20th year of service to Darke County with a unique announcement… entry into the world of racing. The April 12 announcement included becoming a NAPA AutoCare Center. According to owner Tom Besecker, the relationship with NAPA doesn’t change anything… “We still do a little bit of everything,” he said. Most of his products and services
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Blue Bag Media… Fries outlines construction schedule, renewal levy, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – “I want to emphasize… no new taxes.” Greenville City Schools Superintendent Doug Fries explained the district’s May 6 renewal levy, plus gave an update on construction work, to Kiwanis of Greenville members and guests April 9. “This levy was first supported by district voters in 1989 and has continued success every five years since then,” he said. He repeated ‘no new taxes.’ He told the group the levy will generate about
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Greenville Career Tech Center… Greenville Auto Tech hits Gold again
The Greenville Career Tech Center Automotive Technology Presenting Team consisting of Rachael Mann, Joey Wapplehorst, and Kelsey McClure won the Gold Medal in Transportation Pathway at the State Skills USA competition in Columbus, Ohio on April 16, 2014.  The team will advance to the National Competition to be held in Kansas City, Missouri on June 23.  This marks the 11th time the Greenville Automotive Program has won the state
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Fort GreeneVille Chapter DAR awards top St. Marys essays
Fort GreeneVille Chapter DAR awarded students at St. Marys School for their participation in the American History Essays Contest. Twelve students in 7th and 8th grade wrote essays titled "The Lives of Children During the American Revolution". The winners were Athan Whitney and Hayley Maher, 7th and 8th grade respectively, were presented their awards by DAR members Susie Brewer and Helen
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Blue Bag Media… Box City event provides fun, sobering moments, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – “Activate Rim 2” then “Engage sunjib” then “All right… shake cell phones and start over.” Science project? No. Preparation for the night’s activity? Nope. A cell phone game as four GHS Key Club members relax for a few minutes before beginning their annual overnight Box City event. Fifteen students, including three from Piqua High School, formed two tribes (one each, boys and girls), built
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MVCTC Education Foundation and Mathile Foundation; Honor Society Students awarded scholarships - Clayton, Ohio – Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) inducted 61 students into National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) on Sunday, March 16, 2014. The NTHS students as well as their honored educators from MVCTC and their partner school district, were recognized in a ceremony at MVCTC in front of family and friends. Students are selected for NTHS based on the following requirements: a 3.75 grade point average or... read more 
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Pets of the week
We have Slinky at the Darke County Animal Shelter. He is a 3 year old Greyhound mix.  He is white and tan with short hair. He is a friendly guy and loves to run around. He is current on his shots and is a happy dog. He will make a great walking or running companion and friend. He is ready for adoption. We have Tilly at the Darke County Animal Shelter. She is a 3-year-old Mastiff. She is tan with black ears and nose. She is a friendly girl and
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SB 150 Commercial Fertilizer Update, From Sam Custer, OSU Extension, Darke County
Please see below the latest update on SB 150 as shared by Peggy Hall, OSU Extension Law Asst Professor. "Agricultural Law & Taxation Blog "Ohio House Passes Bill to Create Fertilizer Applicator Certification Program "The Ohio Legislature is one step closer to creating a unique fertilizer applicator certification program for Ohio agriculture.  The Ohio House of Representatives recently approved the measure in S.B. 150, which had already passed the Senate in January (see our related post
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Historical Society awards medical scholarship
The Darke County Historical Society is pleased to announce that the Harry G. Thomas Medical Scholarship award for the 2013-2014 academic year has been presented to Melanie Stall. A graduate of Greenville High School, Melanie is currently attending the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine. The H.G. Thomas Medical Scholarship program, administered by the Darke County Historical
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Annie Thanks Her Gold Star Sponsors
Annie has delivered a Star Spangled Gala Flag to the Early Bird Paper in recognition of their Gold Star sponsorship of Annie’s Star Spangled Gala fundraiser for the Garst Museum and the National Annie Oakley Center. Annie’s Star Spangled Gala will be held on Saturday, June 14, 2014. This is a fundraiser for The Garst Museum and The National Annie Oakley Center. All funds raised at this event... read more 
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Local DAR participates in Trash Bash
Fort GreeneVille Chapter participated in the Darke County Solid Waste District's sixth annual “Trash Bash” Community Clean-up Day on April 20. This is the third year we have participated in the fundraiser. The chapter promotes conservation in our local community. Group Picture: Taylor Nehring, Chris Nehring, Debbie Nisonger, Shirley Hughes, Paul Nehring, Helen Wright... read more 
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2014 Garst Gathering ties in with second ‘Treaty of Greenville’ bi-centennial, By Bob Robinson
4/13/2014 - GREENVILLE – “We try to offer something for everyone,” said Jenny Clark, chairperson for the Garst Museum’s 4th offering of The Gathering at Garst. “History, art, food, entertainment… for two days.” Clark spoke to Kiwanis of Greenville members and guests April 2. “The Gathering” is scheduled for July 26 and 27. The Theme for 2014 is “Native American Peace and Friendship Gathering.” It will feature the Living History... read more 
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High School Volunteer Mentors make a Big Impact on area youth
The picture shows High School volunteer Big Buddy, Holli Hammaker, from Ansonia, helping her little Buddy Alyssa York, daughter of Sarah Fitzgerald from Greenville, work on her homework at an after school session at Woodland Heights. This sessions topic was about the positive characteristic of being thankful. During each session the children are taught a word that promotes character building; Such as thankfulness, respect, responsibility... read more 
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Boehner Welcomes Dayton-Springfield Community Leaders
Dayton Development Coalition Celebrating its 30th Annual Washington Fly-In - WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) yesterday welcomed more than 100 corporate executives, local government officials, educators, and economic development professionals from the Dayton-Springfield area to Capitol Hill.  Local community leaders traveled to the nation's capital for the Dayton Development Coalition's 30th Annual... read more 
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Blue Bag Media… Friends of the Shelter Inaugural 5K has strong showing… from humans and dogs, By Bob Robinson - 4/13/2014 - GREENVILLE – The Darke County Friends of the Shelter kicked off their inaugural 5K race as part of the Wayne Healthcare Challenge April 5. The weather was chilly; breezes had participants, workers and well-wishers shivering despite heavy coats and gloves. This didn’t keep 253 runners/walkers from registering. “We’ve been planning this since September,” said... read more 
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Support for Red Cross is a laughing matter, By Ryan Berry
4/06/2014 - GREENVILLE – While the University of Dayton Flyers were appearing in the Elite 8 NCAA Basketball Tournament for the first time in 30 years the Darke County Chapter of the American Red Cross was hosting one of the largest crowds ever for its 14th annual Comedy and Caring fundraising event. Hundreds of visitors enjoyed good food from Romer’s Catering, raffle and silent auction prizes from local businesses and individuals and... read more 
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Annie’s Star Spangled Raffle Tickets Available
Annie wants her friends to know what great raffle prizes are going to be in her Star Spangled Raffle. Tickets are now being sold. Annie’s Star Spangled Gala will be held on Saturday, June 14, 2014. This is a fundraiser for The Garst Museum and The National Annie Oakley Center. All funds raised at this event will benefit the Garst Museum in Greenville, Ohio. Part of Annie’s Star Spangled Gala is Annie’s Star Spangled Raffle. Prizes for the... read more 
Scholarship for Greenville grads
05 Apr 2014 - GREENVILLE – A scholarship is available to Greenville High School graduates currently in college who have had an UNPAID INTERNSHIP within the last year or will have an unpaid internship this summer. The scholarship is made possible through the Nils and Collette Eikenberry Memorial Scholarship Fund, administered by the Darke County Foundation (formerly named the HOPE Foundation). Applicants must be GHS grads who have worked/will work at an internship related to... read more 
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Chamber recognized by Ohio Chamber Action Alliance; Chamber partnered with community groups to combat drugs in the workplace - Columbus, OH – The Ohio Chamber’s Chamber Action Alliance (CAA) awarded the Darke County Chamber of Commerce the 2014 Best Advocacy Campaign Award for its extraordinary efforts and commitment to an advocacy campaign centered around a single issue, drugs in the workplace. The CAA is the state-wide grassroots advocacy coalition of Ohio chambers of commerce coordinated by the Ohio... read more 
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Local Rumpke Driver Wins National Safety Award
GREENVILLE, Ohio—April 7, 2014—When it comes to safety, the Rumpke guys top the heap. For the second consecutive year, a driver from Rumpke’s Greenville location will receive a prestigious national safety award. Jim Hawes, who has worked at Rumpke nearly 14 years, is the National Waste and Recycling Association Driver of the Year. Hawes achieved 12 years without a single accident and was recommended by local businesses... read more 
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Boehner congratulates 8th District Art Competition winners
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) today congratulated the 8th District’s 2014 Congressional Art Competition winners.  A full list of this year’s winners is included below. “The Congressional Art Competition gives high school students from our local area an opportunity to share their work with the whole country,” Boehner said.  “I’m always impressed to see so many... read more 
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Celebrating our volunteers, By Lynne Gump
The American Red Cross Darke County Chapter is celebrating its volunteers and the work they do in the community during National Volunteer Week, April 6 - 12. Each year, our volunteers provided food, shelter, comfort and hope to local families who faced home fires and other disaster situations, in fact with this year’s winter weather, they are likely to respond to twice as many fires as last... read more 
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Blue Bag Media… Waves of Pride showcases student talent, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – Approximately 2,000 students, family members and community supporters attended Greenville City Schools’ annual Waves of Pride and Art Expo March 27. They were entertained throughout the evening by student music groups as they viewed displays of art, completed projects by students at all grade levels and discussed the different programs with Greenville teachers. “This is a huge event,” said Greenville Supt. Doug Fries... read more 
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Job Shadowing in Medical Tech Prep
President Dani Marker expresses “opportunities are endless in Medical Tech Prep!” Four weeks out of our senior year, every student has the chance to job shadow in almost every desired career. Our instructor, Emily Powers, has done her absolute best to have us experience four different areas whether they are in the medical field or not. One could find us exploring any career from the hospital setting, to the police station, to a... read more 
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Swine Virus Will Impact Production, Prices in 2014; Strict Bio-security Essential
By Sam Custer, OSU Extension, Darke County - Even though it was found for the first time in the U.S. just a year ago in April, porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) has caused important losses in swineherds across the country and is expected to impact the availability of pork products and prices in 2014, according to swine experts with Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES). Despite efforts to... read more 
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Blue Bag Media…Child abuse and neglect awareness gets proclamation, pinwheels, By Bob Robinson - GREENVILLE – Fifteen community and elected leaders gathered around the Darke County Commissioners to proclaim April as Child Abuse and Neglect Awareness Month. Five hours later four members of the Banner Bound 4H Club, along with a few helpers, placed 462 pinwheels on the lawn between the Darke County Courthouse and the Commissioners Building. The... read more 
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Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month Campaign Asks Ohioans to Pause for a Child
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. It also urges all Ohioans to wear blue on Wednesday, April 9, to show their support for child abuse and neglect prevention... read more 
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Kiwanis donates to Special Olympics
Kiwanis of Greenville has again donated to support the 37th year of Darke County Special Olympics.  This organization provides athletic opportunities for students and adults with varying types of disabilities from Darke County.   Kiwanis has supported the program since its inception.  The 2013 program served 310 athletes from Greenville City Schools, Darke County Schools and Wayne Industries competing at the local, area... read more 
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Blue Bag Media… Twisters All Stars earn first national championship, By Ryan Berry
ARCANUM – Since taking the floor as a competitive cheer squad in 2004, the Arcanum based Twisters All Stars have had a lot of success, but none as great as this year. On March 29, the squad traveled to Indianapolis, IN to compete in the US Finals. The result was a national championship in Prep Senior Level 2. Coached by Tonya Mikesell, of Tip Tap Toe School of Dance, the Twisters have earned bids nearly every year to... read more 
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Blue Bag Media… C-Tec graduates its 3rd STNA class, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – “It’s not a tough job at all; you just have to make sure you remember everything you have to do,” said Jesyca Neff. She was one of 15 graduates of C-Tec’s (Darke County Workforce Development at Greenville Technology Center) third STNA (State Tested Nursing Assistant) class at the Greenville Career Technology Center March 20. Neff was excited about her prospects for the future. She attended the “recruitment fair” for the graduates the... read more 
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Dave Knapp Ford donates to Darke County Special Olympics
Cindy Rose, director of Darke Co. Special Olympics is shown receiving a check from Dave Knapp of Dave Knapp Ford.  All yearly programming is funded totally by donations from our community for athletes from Darke County. Darke County Special Olympics receives no funding from the national or state level Special Olympics to operate. Funding pays for uniforms, state entry fees, travel costs, meals... read more 
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Pets of the week
We have Jess at the Darke County Animal Shelter. He is a 3 year-old Sheltie mix. He is brown and white with long hair. He is a friendly little guy and only weighs around 20 pounds. He will make a great friend and companion. He loves people and is looking for a good home. We have Sammy at the Darke County Animal Shelter. She is a 2 year-old Shepherd/Boxer mix. She is brown and white with short hair. She loves to play and have fun... read more 
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Darke County donor reaches milestone
DAYTON, Ohio – There’s a certain sense of pride and commitment you find in Darke County blood donors.  The county ranks fourth in Community Blood Center’s (CBC) 15-county service area in the number of registered blood donors, and when you look at the population eligible by age to donate, nearly one out of four people you meet is a donor.  That’s the kind of dedication Michelle Sander from Greenville demonstrated when she made... read more 
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Boehner Interns Kick Off 8th District #Selfie Guided Tour
WASHINGTON, DC – With the spring tour season fast approaching in the nation’s capital, Congressman John Boehner (R – West Chester) today invited constituents planning to visit Washington, DC, to take part in Boehner’s “8th District Selfie-Guided Tour.” “I remember when Debbie and I first visited DC with our two daughters - it was the experience of a lifetime,” Boehner said.  “With Ohio-specific... read more 
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Career Tech Center… Greenville SCM Student's Job Shadow at WPAFB
On Friday, March 28th, 2014 nine students from Greenville Career Tech Center's Supply Chain Management were selected to participate in  Wright Patterson Airforce Base's Annual Job Shadowing day.  The students were nominated by their instructor, Dara Buchy to participate in nine different career areas at WPAFB. The experience allowed students to work side by side with enlisted military... read more 
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