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Bluebag Media… Children hear about Santa; get last minute wishes
GREENVILLE – How does Santa get up and down chimneys? “He uses compression dust. It makes him small enough to get down the chimney, then big again. That’s how he gets all the toys in the sleigh for his trip Christmas Eve.” How does he fly? “Aviation dust! It only lasts 24 hours but that’s all the time Santa needs to get around the world and back to the North Pole.” Christmas... read more 
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Lawmakers Visit Children and Families in Hospital on Christmas Eve
Beagle among four visiting hospital - COLUMBUS—State senators from the Miami Valley region will spend a portion of their Christmas Eve visiting and delivering presents for patients, families and staff at Dayton Children’s Hospital. Doctors at Dayton Children’s Hospital do their best to shorten the length of stays for patients any time of the year, especially during the holidays. Healthcare... read more 
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Lower Crop Prices Make Grain Marketing More Important, Sam Custer, OSU Extension
Growers wanting to brush up on their grain marketing skills or those who want to learn how to improve their farm operation’s profitability can participate in a series of online grain marketing courses taught by experts from Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. Grain Marketing in Challenging Times, to be offered Feb. 3, Feb. 10, Feb. 17... read more 
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Bluebag Media… Edison students celebrate conquering their fears
GREENVILLE – On Dec. 8 sixteen Edison Community College public speaking students met for the final group phase of their 16-week course. The meeting was referred to as “adjourning.” It is a group process defined as wrapping up the term, celebrating their accomplishments and moving on to the next stage of their lives, in this case their educational and career pursuits... read more 
St. Marys School December 2014 Newsletter
Judging from the amount of glitter I have not only found in my room, but on my person, it must be December and it must be getting close to Christmas. In fact, when I was leaving my room to go home one day this week, I noticed that there was a distinct trail of glitter from my room to the front stairs, and I am sure that if I looked... read more 
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Bluebag Media… Kiwanis celebrates Christmas with the Wavaires
GREENVILLE – “Joyful all ye nations rise… Join the triumph of the skies…” This Christmas favorite was one of a variety of Christmas selections – some lesser known, some traditional – the Greenville High School Wavaires offered to members and guests of Kiwanis of Greenville Dec. 17. The annual Christmas event also included a unique and moving... read more 
Greenville Career Tech Students Visit Sinclair Community College
Recently junior business students from Greenville High Schools Financial Specialist, Marketing and Supply Chain Management programs visited Sinclair Community College.  Students were given a tour and an opportunity to learn about Tech Prep advantages.  They were also given an opportunity to visit two classroom sessions. Financial Specialist Junior, Sierra Dearing, commented, ”I enjoyed feeling a part of the school since we are enrolled... read more 
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Bluebag Media… ‘Investment of the heart’ provides joy a hundred-fold
ANSONIA – “It doesn’t have to be big to win,” said Scott Phillips, host of Public Television’s American Woodshop. “It’s the idea behind it…” His point was made as the top award in Ansonia Lumber Company’s annual Toy Contest Dec. 13 went to Harry Niswonger for his intricately carved scale tractor (“it even has GPS coordinates”). ‘Large’ took second place with Harold Alley’s kitchen set. The next... read more 
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Bluebag Media… Teen helps children have presents Christmas morning
ANSONIA – She’s 15 years old and she hasn’t had the time to do her own Christmas shopping… she’s been too busy helping about 5,000 kids she doesn’t know have a present under their tree on Christmas morning. “I don’t want to be the one at fault,” Clarissa Scofield said soberly, “if a child wakes up Christmas morning and has no toys because mom can’t afford it… it’s not the child’s fault... read more 
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Volunteers Work Hard to Keep Kids Warm
Every child was thrilled at the prospect of choosing a gift from the multicolored pile of handmade caps and scarves that was on the table in the Head Start classrooms at Kids Learning Place.  Each child picked their favorite, sometimes by color or maybe just the one they liked the best; but everyone tried them on for size and to see just how warm they were. All of these hats... read more 
Stay Up to Date with the Darke County Parks!
With the New Year quickly approaching, we don’t want you to miss out on any of the many upcoming opportunities offered by YOUR Darke County Parks!  There are many ways to keep in touch, here are a few: Sign-Up to receive our Nature Notes and emails.  The Nature Notes is a quarterly publication with information on upcoming programs.  When you receive your Nature Notes, you will be the first to view all of the new events and you can be sure... read more 
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Greenville Career Tech MedTech Gives Back to Local Family

The Greenville Career Tech Med Tech class adopted a family of 6 for the Christmas Holiday. Students gathered gifts and food for the entire family... read more 
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Bluebag Media… Little ones spread the Christmas spirit by caroling
GREENVILLE – “Okay… get your loud voices out… really loud now!” The music started and a dozen little voices began belting out “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” with the emphasis (and a downward swing of their arms) on “wish!” Their efforts on Dec. 15 were greeted with smiles and applause when they finished. At the Coffee Pot customers stopped what they were doing... read more 
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ACES program helps teens be successful
GREENVILLE – The Achievement Center for Educational Success (ACES) has a special focus – to help at-risk students that are credit deficient.  So what is at-risk?  There is no simple definition, but ACES finds each of the students in their program is unique and has his/her own set of strengths and problems.  At ACES, an alternative education program, students are given... read more 
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GHS Key Club members take part in Christmas Bell Ringing
Alex Davis, Erika Jeffers, Andres Kocher, Jacob Subler and six other Key Club members braved the weather ringing the Christmas bell for part of their community service responsibilities. No student complained but the shivering didn’t go unnoticed… “It’s cold!!!” Ten Greenville High School Key Club members participated in the Greenville of Kiwanis annual bell ringing... read more 
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Still Unsure About Your Farm Bill Decisions, By Sam Custer, OSU Extension, Darke County
Top New Year’s resolutions typically include pledges to lose weight, exercise more, get organized or quit smoking. But one New Year’s resolution farmers and farm land owners may want to include on their list is to make sure they understand all of the factors they should consider before making decisions about crop programs offered as part of the 2014 farm bill, according to a farm policy... read more 
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Darke County Parks Wins 2014 Award of Excellence
Ohio Parks and Recreation Association (OPRA) has announced its 2014 Annual Awards of Excellence winners and a local agency has been recognized.  The Darke County Park District won a 2nd place award in the Historical and Cultural Arts Programming category for the Blacksmith Shop Historical Education Center project.  The Darke County project competed... read more 
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SpareFoot… Storing Santa's Gifts (before his midnight run)?
"Working in the self-storage industry, SpareFoot is always thinking of things in terms of storage-- the size, the price, the arrangement. This year we got to thinking, what if Santa needed to store all the toys he delivers for the entire year? How much space would he need? Where would it be? How much would that cost? After some internal debating we did... read more 
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Tall Maintenance Volunteers Needed
Want to get some exercise or relieve some stress? The Darke County Parks is looking for several volunteers to help with pruning back trails along with removing trees from wetlands and levy areas. The Park District plans to start these maintenance projects in January of 2015. Whether you can join us once or on a monthly basis you can help make a difference in Darke County Park... read more 
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VHCC welcomes Stacy Brandewie to team
Kristy Earick, CEO and Administrator at Versailles Health Care Center, is excited to announce Stacy Brandewie as the new Resident Assessment Instrument (RAI) Director at Versailles Health Care Center.  Stacy has been a registered nurse for 17 years and has worked in long-term care for 12 years. She has spent the past nine years as a Minimum Data Set (MDS) Coordinator... read more 
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Bluebag Media… Annual DCTA Christmas Banquet touts success of local townships
GREENVILLE – More than 200 Darke County township trustees and their families, guests, and local and state officials celebrated the season Dec. 9 at the Darke County Township Association (DCTA) Annual Christmas Banquet at Romers Catering. DCTA President Ed Huff, Jr., conducted the meeting, recognizing public officials and representatives from townships... read more 
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Community Park Improvement Grant Awards Distributed
The Darke County Park District awarded over $21,000 in Community Park Improvement Grants in 2014.  Projects ranged from restroom renovations to playground equipment to security lighting and pool slides in 14 county park areas. Due to budget constraints, many of these local projects come about only with the aid of the Park District’s small grants and the work of many... read more 
Harry Stephens Memorial supports BBBS
The Harry Stephens Memorial recently made a donation of $2,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County.   This donation is specific to the Darke County program and will assist the agency in continuing to serve “at risk” children through the Big Buddies after school program in Darke County. Mentoring programs provide support, activities, education, and most importantly, a mentor for children who may be considered... read more 
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Bluebag Media… The library a safe place with lots of action
GREENVILLE – “The library is no longer just a quiet place to read,” said Greenville Friends of the Library President Jan Boyer. “It’s a safe place to be in the community. We serve people from all walks of life here… it’s just a good place to be.” It’s also an active place to be with events taking place within its walls on a regular basis, the most recent being the... read more 
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Edison Students Join National Society of Leadership and Success
The National Society of Leadership and Success (the Society) welcomed twelve inductees from Edison Community College on Monday, December 8. Edison Chapter Advisors and faculty members Sarah Hein and Kim Wall led the induction ceremony with greetings delivered by Dr. Karen Rafinski, Interim President, and a keynote address from Scott Burnam, Vice... read more 
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Olde Thyme Gardeners December News
The Olde Thyme Gardeners of Darke County Parks decorated a large, fresh cut, evergreen Christmas tree in the Nature Center at Shawnee Prairie Preserve. Since the tree is designated "for the birds" and will be put into the landscape for wildlife cover, many of the decorations are made of natural materials. Lowe's Home Improvement donated the tree. There are Christmas cookie cutter shapes of dried bread coated with a mixture of corn meal, peanut butter, and shortening then rolled in a pot luck of bird... read more 
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Bluebag Media… Garst Open House provided education and memories
GREENVILLE – “There’s something here you might be interested in,” said Mick Maher, docent for Garst Museum. He was one of several scattered throughout Garst Museum during its Christmas open house. His assignment was the Military Room. He pointed out a WWII display. It was the story of the bombing of Pearl Harbor… and the Darke County native who was the first person... read more 
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Bluebag Media… First Friday turnout high despite weather
GREENVILLE – It was cold. It was drizzly. A slight breeze would pop up making it feel even colder. However, that didn’t stop visitors from turning out for Main Street Greenville’s December First Friday. Vendors were doing a brisk Christmas business at St. Clair Manor. Parents and grandparents were treating their charges to rides on two different horse drawn carriages; and one of Santa’s... read more 
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Edison nursing students honored with pinning ceremony
Edison Community College honored its most recent nursing graduates on Tuesday, December 9, with a pinning ceremony held before a gymnasium filled with family and friends at the Piqua campus. The pinning ceremony is a time-honored tradition in which the graduate nurse is presented to family and friends as a professional who is about to practice nursing... read more 
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CTC November Students of the Month
The Greenville Career Tech Center is proud to announce the November Career Tech Students of the Month Kelsey McClure and James Hardy. Kelsey is a member of the Auto Technology Program and James Hardy is member of the Computer Information Program. These students represent Greenville CTC at the highest level. The standards to be selected as the student of the month include... read more 
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Going 'all out' for others comes easy at GTI; Greenville Tech blood drives part of season of giving -- GREENVILLE, Ohio - Robotic arms whirl and rotate with dizzying determination at the Greenville Technology Incorporated plant, seizing plastic auto parts, punching in clips, scanning for imperfections with gleaming red laser eyes. It may seem more “Transformers” than Santa’s toy shop.  But it’s the white-clad workers at the heart of the heart of the company who are making... read more 
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Bluebag Media… T-V senior chooses Marines, learns about Dickey
GREENVILLE – Do you know who PFC Douglas Dickey is? Ecko Brown, an Edison Communications student and Tri-Village senior in the PSEOP program, shook her head. Want to find out? “Sure.” She went to Garst Museum. It was a sobering experience. “Scary, but so honorable,” she said, noting Dickey’s actions. PFC Dickey was an Ansonia native and U.S. Marine posthumously awarded the... read more 
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Ohio Beef Cattle letter , From Sam Custer, OSU Extension Darke County
The December 3, issue # 913, of the Ohio BEEF Cattle letter is now posted to the web. This year’s OCA Replacement Female Sale saw average prices that were nearly $800 per sale lot higher than last year. Is there a message? Articles this week include: 2nd OCA Replacement Female Sale a Success; Grazing Bites, December 2014; Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling Update... read more 
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Big Buddy Mentors Make Big Impact in the Lives of 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 Fifteenth 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... read more 
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Emrick elected BPA secretary
Logan Emrick, a junior Supply Chain Management student at Greenville Career Technical Center High School, was elected Secretary for Business Professionals of America, Ohio Association at its annual Fall Leadership Conference on Wednesday, November 19, at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. As a member of the 2014-2015 Ohio Association State... read more 
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Burns Retiring as President & CEO of Greenville National Bank
In November 1974, The Citizen’s Bank of Ansonia hired a young man to work for their bank.  In April 1976, Greenville National Bank purchased the Citizen’s Bank of Ansonia and acquired with it a future president and CEO of Greenville National Bank.  This young man was Steve A. Burns.  Steve was elected as President and CEO of GNB in March, 1992. Under... read more 
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Bluebag Media… Edison DC campus dean to retire in December
GREENVILLE – “I’m going to miss the students,” said Darke County Campus Dean Janice Michael. “And the faculty… the people here are really good.” Michael, who has been a fixture at the Edison Community College local campus – in all of its locations – for 30 years, will be retiring at the end of the year. With accumulated vacation time, her last day... read more 
Greenville Transit System (GTS) expands service
Greenville Transit will be conducting a demo service expansion beginning January 2, 2015.  We will be offering limited county-wide service Monday thru Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm at the following zone rates for outside city limits: Zone 1: 1.1 to 3 miles outside city limits at the rate of $5.00 total; Zone 2: 3.1 to 5 miles outside city limits at the rate of $8.00 total; Zone 3: 5.1 to 7 miles outside city limits at the rate of $12.00 total; Zone 4: 7.1 and over... read more 
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Bluebag Media… Business owners delighted over Small Business Saturday
GREENVILLE – “Amazing!” Readmore’s Hallmark Manager Kirsten Berghoff’s response to the success of Small Business Saturday was immediate and enthusiastic. “We’ve easily had a couple hundred people in here so far… it’s been non-stop all morning.” The day was only half over; she anticipated similar traffic for the afternoon. The story was the same next door at Sadie Grace... read more 
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GHS Supply Chain Management helps Santa
On Saturday, December 6th the Supply Chain Management Team from Greenville High School Career Technical School were excited to once again assist at Breakfast with Santa held at the VFW in Greenville, Ohio. Terin Ellis, Junior SCM President said, "It was an amazing experience to get to do something for our community and put smiles on all the little ones faces... read more 
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Darke County Parks Photo Calendar for Sale
After a year-long contest and many photo submissions, the 2014 Darke County Parks photo contest has come to fruition.  The finalists have been selected and a 2015 calendar is complete.  Talented photographers set out to the 12 Darke County Park areas and snapped photos during various seasons and all weather conditions.  Judging was extremely difficult as there is great talent in... read more 
Greenville FFA Student Wins District…On to State
Dalton Walls, a sophomore at Greenville High School, recently competed in the FFA Job Interview Contest at the District level. Prior to attending the contest he had to compose and send a resume and cover letter concerning his interest in the job of Farm Worker. At the contest, the student will fill in an application by hand and turn it in for grading purposes and then go into a room with either one or two judges and have a job interview to convince the judge that... read more 
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Candlelight Dinners a huge success
The Darke County Parks would like to thank everyone who participated in this fall’s Candlelight Dinners. The Park District successfully hosted two more Candlelight Dinners in the Shawnee Prairie Log House.  Twenty guests at each dinner enjoyed pioneer demonstrations, entertainment, and a hearth-cooked meal. The meal was prepared and cooked by park volunteers... read more 
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Operation Christmas Cheer - Darke County
Operation Christmas Cheer -Darke County is a local project that was started in 2010. We are headed into our 4th Christmas season and looking to help over 175 Darke County children have presents under their trees this Christmas. "Elves" from all over the country with ties to Darke County donate items off of a list that appears on the Facebook group "Operation Christmas Cheer - Darke County... read more 
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New services on CNO
County News Online is pleased to offer a list of new information services for CNO readers. CNO has readers around Ohio, the United States… even in some foreign countries. They may not know what Darke County has to offer. It’s fair to be said even some of the county’s natives don’t really know. Consequently, CNO has added several new links under its Community menu. They include... read more 
EUM Church of Greenville Receives Grant Supporting Free Tax Services
Greenville – Free tax filing assistance through The Ohio Benefit Bank™ will once again be available at NextStep Ministries, an Outreach of EUM Church. Thanks to a grant from the Ohio Association of Foodbanks, home of The Ohio Benefit Bank, NextStep Ministries, will be able to expand tax filing services for the 2014-2015 tax season. “The 2015 Ohio Benefit Bank Tax Capacity Building Grant will truly benefit our organization by... read more 
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October CT Students of the Month
The Greenville CTC has announced their students of the month for October: Paige Lavy and Macayla Mendoza. Paige is a member of the Engineering Program. Paige has represented the Career Tech programs at various schools in Darke County along with presenting at the OSBA Capital Conference. Her positive attitude and pride is a great example for her peers. Her instructor... read more 
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Beagle Honors Tippecanoe High School on State Championship
COLUMBUS– State Senator Bill Beagle (R–Tipp City) today awarded a Senate resolution to the Tippecanoe High School Boys Cross Country Team, commending them on their Division II State Championship. “Coach Byron Kimmel and this team have proven their remarkable abilities and determination through this monumental win for Tipp City,” said Beagle.  “It is an honor to... read more 
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Bluebag Media… “Majority” kids teach Life Skills to younger students
GREENVILLE – “We are the majority of kids who are not using drugs,” said Masen, one of the Majority peer leaders. “A lot of times people think about the things kids do that go wrong… we want people to know kids make positive choices.” Majority Advisor, Kelly Harrison, said every year kids rally in Columbus to make a statement… “Not all kids make poor choices.” This... read more 
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Great Darke County Fair… Favorite Fair Photos, Bob Robinson
The 2014 Great Darke County Fair has come and gone… going into the fourth month of come and gone. As seems to be the case these days, the timing for me to get my favorite photos posted is about right. The majority of these photos were taken while on assignment for the Early Bird (www.bluebagmedia.com), while many others were taken during fair wanderings... read more 
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Bluebag Media… Edison students descend on Greenville South and JHS
GREENVILLE – “So how does the dead lady feel?” The ‘dead lady,’ Ann Bradfield, said “I feel rejuvenated.” As part of their drug presentation to South School, this team of Edison Community College communications/public speaking students presented a skit depicting what can happen when a student, behind in her homework, takes too much of a drug (to help her study) and dies. The skit included... read more 
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Anderson Elected as Vice Chairman of NATEF
Jim Anderson was elected to the position of Vice Chairman at NATEF (National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation) board of trustees at the fall board meeting. The board meeting was held in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on November 17th through the 20th.  Anderson has been a trustee for the past six years. NATEF develops training standards and accredits automotive programs... read more 
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CIS Seniors Compete in Virtual Team Challenge
Three teams from the Greenville Computer Information Systems program recently competed in a virtual team challenge sponsored by Deloitte.  The challenge is a real-time, multi-user business simulation that is played over the course of several weeks by high school students throughout North America.  The students face business tasks and challenges that simulate the real-world experiences... read more 
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Bluebag Media… Student thanks range from family to football
GREENVILLE – When Edison Darke County Campus Dean Janice Michael was on a mission trip to South Africa, the parents of some of her Bible Study students asked her to dinner. “I knew this would be a hardship on them,” she said, “but I couldn’t decline their invitation.” She described their home as a cardboard box with a packed dirt floor… “Their wallpaper was newspaper... read more 
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Bank Donates $25,000 to Greenville Athletic Department
GREENVILLE (Ohio) – Second National Bank recently announced a large donation to the Greenville Athletic Department to support student athletes in the Greenville City School District. The bank’s logo is on the basketball court and the school plans to refer to it as SNB Court at the Greenville High School. “There is nothing more important and meaningful than... read more 
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Make a Commitment to Quit Smoking
GREENVILLE (Ohio) - Wayne HealthCare Pulmonary Rehabilitation Specialist Linda Fridley poses with free turkey winner Lisa Jeffers of Winchester, IN. The Wayne HealthCare 2014 Great American Smokeout event on November 20th gave local smokers the chance to join other across the U.S. in taking steps to start living a tobacco free life. Whether you stopped by the awareness table... read more 
Darke County Parks Job Posting   
Darke County Parks is seeking a full time Naturalist / Outdoor Educator. Goals of the Park District are centered on the conservation and preservation of natural and cultural areas in Darke County to be used for educational programs for a wide variety of audiences including schools, youth groups and the general public.  Duties include participation in the full range of tasks associated with natural-history programming and interpretation, maintenance... read more 
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Bluebag Media… The greatest tragedy is life without purpose
GREENVILLE – The stage had been set. Theo Makombe said the Hutus were planning genocide even during peace talks in 1990. “The U.N. (United Nations) began to notice this… or something, but they couldn’t get other (member) nations to respond.” Makombe, a member of the Rwanda Tutsi tribe, said the Hutus used the radio for a campaign of hate propaganda... read more 
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Bluebag Media… Untold hours spent on Dickey exhibit
GREENVILLE – “This will be a powerful, emotional event,” said Garst Museum Director Clay Johnson. He noted there was considerable interest from the community; also regionally… even from out of state. He added this was a project David Mangas, Garst Military Collection Consultant, was passionate about. “He put in a lot of time preparing for this event. Mangas said Dustin Nealeigh... read more 
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Bluebag Media… Dickey’s story will continue to be told
GREENVILLE – The ceremony unveiling Pfc. Douglas Dickey’s Medal of Honor on Nov. 21 was more than an opportunity for visitors to get up close and see the prestigious medal in person. It was a small glimpse into what it takes to earn this medal. It was a chance to learn what is meant by “going above and beyond the call of duty.” It was an opportunity to discover the true meaning of love... read more 
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Bluebag Media… Edison students talk to junior high students about bullying
GREENVILLE – “Words hurt,” said Edison Community College student Brant Shiverdecker. “Physical wounds heal… emotional scars never go away.” Brant and four other Edison communications students spoke to Mrs. Schaaf’s Greenville Junior High 7th and 8th graders Nov. 18 about what constitutes bullying and the harm it does to the victims. Stephen Hayes noted 21 percent... read more 
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Library ‘Friends’ looking for good books
As the Marines are looking for a few good men, The Friends of the Greenville Public Library are looking for a few (or many) good books. The FOL on-going book sale, on the second floor of the Greenville Public Library, just in back of the computer area, holds dozens of books, CD’s and DVD’s that can be had for a voluntary donation.  The variety of topics is wide enough to meet most interests... read more 
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Darke County Parks Photo Calendar for Sale
After a year-long contest and many photo submissions, the 2014 Darke County Parks photo contest has come to fruition.  The finalists have been selected and a 2015 calendar is complete.  Talented photographers set out to the 12 Darke County Park areas and snapped photos during various seasons and all weather conditions.  Judging was extremely difficult... read more 
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Young Women Explore STEM Careers at Edison’s We Are IT! Event
More than 200 students ranging from sixth to eleventh grade engaged in a day of learning and fun at Edison Community College on Friday, November 14, for the ninth annual “We Are IT!” event. The daylong program is designed to help boost interest of young women in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. “This year was the best year yet and... read more 
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Bluebag Media… EUM students in demand; prepared for kindergarten
GREENVILLE – “How are we the same?” We all have hair, lips, skin… “How are we different?” Our hair is curly, straight, long, short, brown, black, blonde… We all have feelings! Surprise, worry, lonely, scared, excited… “We’re all the same,” said Greenville Public Library children’s specialist Julie Frona. “We’re all different. That’s what makes the world exciting.” She... read more 
Museum is looking for memories
The Bradford Ohio Railroad Museum is looking for local Bradford and surrounding area residents with memories of the railway YMCA. The museum is in the planning phase of an oral history project. The YMCA served the railroaders in a time before hotels and restaurants were widely available. Railroads partnered with the YMCA to provide a safe clean and home like atmosphere for the railroaders working away from their home... read more 
St. Marys School November Newsletter
I have come across quite a mystery. Perhaps you can help. Does anyone know what happened to the first half of November? I am sure it was just yesterday my students were painting spiders and jack-o’lanterns to decorate our room. This week, I sent home notes asking for various ingredients for the school’s Thanksgiving luncheon and practiced Christmas carols with my class. There definitely seems to be something amiss with the space/time continuum... read more 
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Bluebag Media… GJHS assembly… to honor all veterans
GREENVILLE – “As a grateful nation, we show our respect by honoring our veterans…” The Greenville Junior High School student body stood as the Colors were presented, signifying the beginning of the school’s Veterans Day ceremony Nov. 11. The event was held at Memorial Hall. “Today we are reminded of our solemn obligation to recognize our veterans.” And they did. They spoke... read more 
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Bluebag Media… Students show respect for those who served
GREENVILLE – “It would make me feel guilty,” she said, “but you have to do what you have to do.” Her classmates agreed. “It isn’t something you’d want to do, but if you don’t more could die.” Could these students send men and women off to war if they had to? They were remembering Sept. 11 when they answered. They had set up the flags for the 9-11 ceremony at Greenville Junior High School this fall... read more 
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MVCTC Observes Veterans Day
Clayton, Ohio – The Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) held its annual observance of Veterans Day starting on Friday, November 11, 2014. Staff and students across the school contributed to a meaningful and moving day. Among the activities were: A reveille performed by the Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps; Posters honoring veterans on the MVCTC staff; Messages... read more 
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Bluebag Media… Caring for their country above themselves
ARCANUM – When you see a veteran stop and thank them, said two Arcanum High School freshmen, Wills Troutwine and Elle Siculan. “You have no idea what they sacrificed,” Elle added; “What they’ve gone through.” Wills said “you hear everywhere about thanking a veteran… do it! They appreciate that a lot more than you think.” The students had just experienced Arcanum-Butler’s... read more 
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MV Parents Committed to Kindergarten Readiness
Parents committed to readying their children for next fall’s Mississinawa Valley kindergarten met with SPARK parent partner Marla Threewits in a Feast for 10. Children and parents engaged in activities selected to highlight the skills recommended for transitioning into kindergarten. After two months of in-home sessions, the families came together for the first of two group-based lessons... read more 
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Cancer Association receives $1,000 donation from Versailles Eagles
Versailles Eagles recently presented the Cancer Association of Darke County with a donation of $1,000.     Earlier this year, they donated $3,000 to the organization, as well.  The Eagles donate to many other community causes as well including Versailles Community Scholarship Fund, Center for Neurology Development, Versailles Area Historical Society, Children’s Shrine Hospital, Versailles... read more 
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VHCC welcomes children for Halloween fun
The residents and staff of Versailles Health Care Center welcomed over 200 children to the health care center for a fun-filled afternoon of trick-or-treating.  The children included neighborhood kids, grandchildren of residents, and employees’ kids.  The kids dressed up as princesses, witches, cowboys and cowgirls, pirates, and much more!  Candy Stump, Activities Director, said “The residents love seeing... read more 
VHCC honors veterans
On Veteran’s Day, the residents and staff of Versailles Health Care Center held a special celebration to honor their veterans.  The celebration started with all in attendance listening to a Veteran’s Day poem read by Activities Assistant, Susan Browder, followed by a round of applause to recognize the sacrifice and valor of all veterans.  The residents then enjoyed a celebratory dinner compliments of V.F.W. of Versailles.  Tim Wagner, Commander... read more 
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Ohio Turnpike prepares its Snow & Ice Fleet for Winter
The Ohio Turnpike recently made its final preparations for the upcoming winter season, with comprehensive winter equipment inspections at its eight Maintenance Garages along the 241-mile mainline. The Turnpike-wide, 136-point inspection of all snowplows and equipment takes place annually, just before the first signs of winter weather... read more 
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Therese Pohlman celebrates 30 years at VHCC
On October 22, 2014, Therese Pohlman celebrated 30 years of employment at Versailles Health Care Center.  She joined Versailles Health Care Center in 1984 as the Business Office Manager and has seen her department grow from one to four staff members.  She commented that there have been a lot of changes over the last 30 years.  “We were... read more 
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GHS Wavaires Partner with Jazz Scene to Perform at Disney World
GREENVILLE - The Greenville High School Wavaires are proud to announce their partnership with The Greenville High School Jazz Scene to perform at Disney World in Orlando, Florida, December 3 through 8, 2014. The multi-day trip will include a combined performance with the Jazz Scene and The Wavaires at Hard Rock Cafe at Universal Studios... read more 
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Edison Faculty Honored with Excellence in Teaching Awards
Edison Community College faculty members Rachel Detraz and Sarah Hein recently received the 2014 Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award from the Southwestern Ohio Council for High Education (SOCHE). Detraz and Hein were honored at Faculty Excellence banquet on Friday, November 14, 2014 at Wright State University. Each year SOCHE hosts... read more 
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Bluebag Media… Speaker faced depression during his service
ARCANUM – “I’m not retired,” said Army PFC Harvey Hinshaw, guest speaker at the Arcanum-Butler Schools Veterans Day assembly Nov. 11. “While I was in South Korea I received an early discharge,” he went on. “It was after an attempted suicide.” He added he has recovered, thanks to support and counseling. It was following a particular incident... read more 
Donations sought for GHS Vocal Music Department equipment trailer
GREENVILLE, OH - The Greenville High School Vocal Music Boosters would like to purchase a new equipment trailer for the Vocal Music Department. The current trailer is twenty years old, and is in very poor condition. The Booster organization has budgeted part of the funding for the trailer out of their general funds, and is asking for community and business support to provide the rest. The total cost for the trailer is $5,000. For a minimum donation of $75... read more 
VHCC holds food drive
What does Thanksgiving mean to you?  Turkey and dressing, spending time with family and friends, holiday shopping?  The list could be endless…but there’s one meaning that many people have in common…something to be thankful for.  During this season of giving thanks, Versailles Health Care Center residents and staff extend their gratitude to their community, and wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. During this season, Versailles... read more 
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Upper Valley CC students Experience Edison
Over 280 Upper Valley Career Center students were on Edison Community College’s Piqua Campus on Friday, October 24 for the inaugural Experience Edison event. The junior and senior classes of Upper Valley CC toured the campus, participated in information sessions, and engaged in breakout sessions, which highlighted the College’s various fields of study. “This Experience Edison event was... read more 
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BBBS Receives Grant from Vectren for After-School Mentoring
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... read more 
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MVCTC FFA Chapter November Meeting Kicks-off 34th Annual Charity Auction
Englewood, Ohio - The Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) FFA Chapter November meeting was on Wednesday, November 5, 2014.  The meeting included recognizing students that received their National FFA Greenhand Degree, updates from the National FFA Convention, and a presentation by guest speaker, Ms. Emily Luddington from the Dayton Area Ronald McDonald House... read more 
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Buckeye fans can brag about big win at Blood Drive
GREENVILLE, Ohio - The chocolate Buckeyes are so much sweeter, Tot’s famous cheeseball is even cheesier, and every scarlet-and-grey smile beams brighter when the Darke County Ohio State University Alumni Club Blood Drive comes right after a Buckeye football triumph like Saturday night’s upset of Michigan State. Ohio State’s thrashing of the Spartans in East Lansing on national TV... read more 
CAP offers HEAP & HPRP services
Community Action Partnership (CAP) will be offering assistance to eligible citizens of Darke County to find or maintain housing through the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP). The mission of HPRP is to work with individuals and families at risk for eviction and homelessness by helping them to maintain housing and stabilize their situation. Additionally, HPRP serves individuals who are actually homeless by helping them to locate safe... read more 
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Bluebag Media… Gateway Fright Night a delicate balance of eerie and scary
GREENVILLE – It was a perfect night for the mad scientist to perform his scandalous experiments, zombies to leave the comfort of their hiding places, assorted goblins and creatures of other worlds to witness – with delight – the electrocution of a less fortunate soul… the night had turned cold and windy… followed by freezing rain. The only things missing were thunder and lightning. Inside... read more 
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Genealogical Society holds annual induction
Greenville, OH-During the November 2014 meeting of the Darke County Genealogical Society the annual induction of the descendants into the Lineage Families of Darke County, Ohio was held. Inducted this year were Nancy L. Hesson Donley, Athena Donley Moberg, H. Paulette Hesson Ford, Larry Hess, Connor Keiser, and Brenda D. Arnett. Nancy & Athena were inducted into Pioneer Families... read more 
South School holds Veterans Day program Nov. 10
Mr. Keith Denham and his students graciously came to South School to discuss the significance of Veterans Day.  5th and 6th grade student volunteers learned how to fold the flag properly.  Mr. Denham also explained how people in the military pledge to uphold and defend the Constitution.  A question and answer session followed.  South students and staff appreciated learning about Veterans Day.
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Bluebag Media… GHS grad first woman to fly the Apache
SAN DIEGO, CA – Retired U.S. Army CW2 Pamela Carpenter Summers, GHS Class of 73, made history when she became the first woman to fly Boeing’s AH-64 Apache Attack Helicopter. But she wasn’t in the army when she did it. “I want to correct that,” she said from her home in Southern California. “Everyone thinks I was in the army at the time. I wasn’t. I was a civilian commercial helicopter pilot working... read more 
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Bluebag Media… Dickey display to include 1967 ceremony, interviews
GREENVILLE – On Easter Sunday, a teacher told his students there is no greater love than to lay down your life for another… One of his students said, “I believe I could do that.” And he did. On March 26, 1967, during Operation Beacon Hill 1, Vietnam, Pfc Douglas E. Dickey “valiantly gave his life in service of his country.” He was awarded the Medal... read more 
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All About You celebrates Corynna’s legacy, By Jaime Wombolt
On October 25, All About You Therapeutic Massage hosted its third annual Ladies Night Out event. This year the event was held in honor of Corynna Strawser. In December of 2013 Corynna lost her courageous battle with Mitochondrial Disease, but her legacy would not stop there. As her parents, Sean and Kristi, carried out her wishes to create awareness, and with the help of those that attended... read more 
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Bluebag Media… Spooks and Goblins of all ages invade South Broadway
GREENVILLE – Three-year-old Kohen Sharp said even though he was a skeleton he wasn’t really a skeleton. “Under my costume is my skin,” he said. Five-year-old Autumn Best agreed. “We aren’t real,” she said. When they were questioned about it, they insisted. Kohen said he wasn’t real, either… well… he was but his costume wasn’t. Autumn pointed out it was just costumes they were wearing. They... read more 
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Bluebag Media… Arcanum ‘Tribute’ a moving service honoring veterans
ARCANUM – After placing the wreath at Veteran Memorial Park in Arcanum, 95-year-old retired Master Sgt. Lloyd Hunt stopped and, with the aid of his daughter Sue and son Rick, saluted the wreath, the marker and what it stood for. Later he talked briefly about why. “I was thinking of all the buddies I lost in the war… I went into the army before the war broke out. In three weeks my time would have been up... read more 
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Cancer Association receives donation from Mercer Savings Bank
Mercer Savings Bank employees donated money to wear their jeans to work for a day.  The Bank decided to keep the donation local and chose to donate the funds to the Cancer Association of Darke County. For over 125 years Mercer Savings Bank has been helping local residents achieve financial success. All of their Board of Directors and Executive Officers are local individuals, who live... read more 
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CBC recognizes October Blood Donor Milestones
DARKE COUNTY, OH — Community Blood Center congratulates all of the following donors for reaching their Blood Donation 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... read more 
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Big Brothers Big Sisters… Road Hoggs launch annual Toys for Tikes
November 7, 2014 -- The local Road Hogg Motorcycle Club will launch its’ annual Toys for Tikes Campaign in an effort to brighten the holidays for families less fortunate this holiday season in the Darke County area.  The campaign will be held on Sunday, November 30 from 9:00 – 5:00 pm in downtown Greenville on the Circle.  Club members will be available during this time to accept new... read more 
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Celebrate Buckeyes at Darke OSU Alumni Blood Drive
DARKE COUNTY, Ohio – Blood donors can help save lives and celebrate everything it means to be a Buckeye at the annual Community Blood Center (CBC) The Ohio State University Alumni Club of Darke County Blood Drive Tuesday, Nov. 11 from 12:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Greenville Church of the Brethren.  Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment... read more 
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MVCTC Business Ownership Program prepares students to be entrepreneurs
Englewood, Ohio - The Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) Business Ownership program teaches students many aspects of owning and managing a business. One of the many projects they complete during their two years at MVCTC is selling MVCTC shirts to students and staff.  Shirts were sold in the Business Ownership classes and in the Student Activity Center during lunches. Prior to the sale... read more 
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Greenville National Bank Sponsors DCCA Special Event; The McCartney Years at St. Clair Memorial Hall -- Darke County Center for the Arts recognizes Greenville National Bank as a sponsor of the upcoming special event The McCartney Years, Saturday, November 8th at St. Clair Memorial Hall.  “Greenville National Bank’s sponsorship donation helps make it possible to present high quality performing artists in our hometown,” said Andrea Jordan, Executive Director of DCCA... read more 
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Should I Give my Tenant Power of Attorney for 2014 Farm Bill Decisions? By Sam Custer, OSU Extension, Darke County -- There are three decisions that need to be made in regards to the 2014 Farm Bill. Some of the decisions have been designated as the landowner’s responsibility and others have been designated the farmer’s/tenant’s responsibility. This division of decision responsibilities adds another level of confusion and leads to the question on the validity of previously signed power of attorney documents on file with FSA... read more 
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Pets of the week
We have Payton at the Darke County Animal Shelter. She is a 3 year old Boxer. She is tan and white with short hair. She is a sweet girl who loves to be around people. She knows some commands and is housebroken. She will make a wonderful companion and friend. She is current on her shots and is looking for a good home. We have Mack at the Darke County Animal Shelter. He is a 2 year old Walker Coon Dog... read more 
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Order a Poinsettia and Help a cancer patient
Cancer Association of Darke County is currently taking orders for Poinsettias.  Proceeds will go to help local cancer patients battling cancer.  Orders are being taken through November 17 for 6 inch poinsettias for $11, 7 inch for $18 and 8 inch for $25.  Available in Pink, Red, White, Marble and Glitter. Pick up will be Saturday, Dec. 6 from 11 am to 2 pm at VFW on Ohio St. in Greenville.  Please call 548-9960 with questions... read more 
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United Healthcare… Loving discipline: It's a learning experience
Don't think of discipline as punishment. Rather, it's how you teach and encourage your child to learn good behavior. Plus, giving little ones structure and guidance helps them feel secure. 3 words to parent by - To help young children learn how to behave, keep these key words in mind: Caring - Children want your love and attention. But sometimes they learn that misbehaving will get them what they crave... read more 
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VHCC welcomes Martin Grilliot to team
Kristy Earick, CEO and Administrator at Versailles Health Care Center, is excited to announce Martin Grilliot as the new Director of Dietary Services at Versailles Health Care Center.  Grilliot has worked in dietary services for almost 25 years.  He is a certified Dietary Manager.  “We are happy to welcome Martin.  He brings passion for great food and our seniors... read more 
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Bluebag Media… Districts enjoy weather, stick with Calamity Days
DARKE COUNTY – “Only one two-hour delay due to fog this year,” said Greenville Superintendent Doug Fries. “A lot better than last year.” The district lost two full days, plus some two-hour delays by this time the previous year, primarily due to fog. Fries said he was optimistic this time with the board-approved calendar of five allotted calamity days and five make-up... read more 
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Bluebag Media… Zydeco Experience has kids clapping & singing
GREENVILLE – “No fighting for the beads,” Terrance Simien told several hundred Greenville South School students Oct. 29… “If you already have your beads, let the person next to you catch theirs!” Throughout his performance he tossed out beads, noting they were the types of beads used during Mardi Gras. “This is not a ‘shush’ performance,” Simien told the students, loud enough for the teachers to hear... read more 
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VHCC takes part in Monster Dash for Young Life
The Rehab Clinic at Versailles Health Care Center staff recently participated in Monster Dash for Young Life 5K held in Versailles, Ohio.  Versailles Health Care Center’s team consisted of Facility Rehab Director, Shannon Condon, Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant Renae Borchers, Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant Tammy Moyer, and Rehab Technician Laura Gower.  With over 125 participants... read more 
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Bluebag Media… Construction going well; staff delighted with changes
GREENVILLE – Greenville High School’s getting a new look almost daily… somewhat noticeable on the outside; obvious in certain inside locations. The business office has a bright, cheery look thanks to installation of new windows. Greenville Schools Superintendent Doug Fries was pleased they were finished, noting the staff was also happy about it. Assistant Principal Dave Torrence was delighted with his office... read more 
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Bradford High School awarded $1,000 CBC grant
BRADFORD, Ohio – Community Blood Center (CBC) has recognized Bradford High School for blood drive excellence with a $1,000 High School Leadership Grant.  Bradford was honored for “Highest Percentage of Enrollment” of eligible students participating in school blood drives during the 2013-14 academic year. The Railroaders hosted four blood drives with participation by 144%... read more 
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Beagle honored for support of school choice; Public eSchool Families Present “Golden Apple Award” -- TIPP CITY, OHIO 10/30/14 – The Ohio eSchool Families & Friends Coalition, a non-profit school choice advocacy organization, awarded their annual Golden Apple Award to Senator Bill Beagle today.  In a small ceremony held in Tipp City, a grateful public eSchool family presented Sen. Beagle with his award. “Senator Beagle has done a lot to protect my ability to choose this type... read more 
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EUM Christian Preschool visits firehouse
During Fire Safety week, October 6 through 10, EUM Christian Preschool 3-day students visited the Greenville Fire Department to learn about Fire Safety. While at the fire house, students learned about stop, drop and roll, saw a firefighter in his uniform, toured the fire house, and sat in a fire truck. Our 2-day students were able to see the fire... read more 
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Two GHS clubs collect for FISH
GREENVILLE - Greenville High School Student Council and Key Club were among hundreds of youngsters Trick-or-Treating Oct. 26, but their goal wasn’t candy. It was food for those in need. They collected 230.5 lbs. of canned goods and non-perishables. This was the sixth year the two clubs had worked together; approximately 15 students hit... read more 
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Bluebag Media… Cox wins talent show for 2nd year
GREENVILLE – St. Mary’s School eighth grader Chloe Cox took top honors at Greenville’s Got Talent Oct. 18 for the second year in a row. She was excited. “I really didn’t think I’d win this year,” she said. “I heard Taylor (Bowers) belt out those high notes and thought, wow!” Chloe’s concern was legitimate as Taylor took second place in the contest. Chloe won with her rendition of “Last Love Song” by ZZ Ward. Taylor’s... read more 
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Women’s retreat was a success
Saturday, a women's retreat day was held in the Fr. Jaekle Room of the Versailles Knights of Columbus Hall.  The retreat was presented by Jill Swallow, a former graduate and resident of Versailles, who is now a consecrated woman of Regnum Christi and resides in Clarkston, Michigan. The program entitled "Do Whatever He Tells You", explored methods of prayer, meditation, interpretation, and contemplation... read more 
Museum looks for Christmas items
VERSAILLES – The Versailles Area Museum is looking for Victorian era decorations for its tree and display as well as any items that show home life before 1910. Also fresh pine, holly and other fresh seasonal greenery are needed on or before Nov. 10 to help prepare for the holidays. They also are looking for toys from the 40’s and 50’s to put in their mercantile story. If you remember Toy Land at Martin’s, you have an idea of what they are looking for... read more 
Reduce, reuse, reeducate: Contamination hurts recycling
Consider this: a contractor finishes a job cleaning up a rental property for a client. It’s time to dispose of the items the previous renter left behind. He’s cleaned up items such as clothes, shoes, broken toys and electronics, and just plain dirt.  He could throw it in the trash can, but he opts for the district’s free recycling bin. He’s just contaminated the whole recycling bin, and now it’s destined for the garbage. In Darke County, the solid waste district... read more 
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Bluebag Media… Democrats host state candidates
GREENVILLE – The Darke County Democrats welcomed several hopeful candidates on the ballot in November to their annual dinner, including the candidate running for the second highest position in the state, lieutenant governor. Sharen Neuhardt is the running mate of gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald. Neuhardt addressed the group and her topic... read more 
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Bluebag Media… Haworth is Darke County Republican of the Year
GREENVILLE – He’s a member of Kiwanis, worked the Pig Roast for years, the fair tent, helps out with Downtown Greenville, the Office of Economic Development, Central Committee Chair… and served as Darke County Commissioner for five consecutive terms. The list of accomplishments was long; many of those attending had already figured out the 10th... read more 
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Bluebag Media… Commissioner gives Edison students a lesson in government
GREENVILLE – Nobody cares for you as much as you do, said Darke County Commissioner Mike Stegall… No such thing as luck. It’s called ‘preparation meets with opportunity.’ Every decision you make is your own. If you make a bad decision… own it and learn from it! Make the same bad decision again? “That’s just plain stupid!” Stegall spent two days at the Edison Community College Darke County... read more 
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CBC Grant Award will 'seed' Ansonia FFA Greenhouse
Ansonia wins grant for supporting FFA sponsored blood drives -- ANSONIA, OHIO - Money doesn’t grow on trees, but Future Farmers of America (FFA) students at Ansonia High School know how to turn it into “seed” for a blossoming business project.  Community Blood Center (CBC) awarded Ansonia a $1,000 High School Leadership Grant for its FFA-sponsored blood drives and that money is already... read more 
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Bluebag Media… East student caught being good
GREENVILLE – Most school districts have Students of the Month – often at various grade levels, depending on the district. Requirements? Pretty much similar, with good grades as the starting point. At East School, Trevor Mardin not only has good grades, but he got caught ‘being good.’ “I didn’t think I’d get Student of the Month just because I helped someone,” the third grader said. “I did it because it was the right... read more 
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Oakley Place is deficiency free
Oakley Place is proud to inform Darke County residents that for the last two years, they received special recognition from the Ohio Center of Assisted Living and Ohio Department of Health for being deficiency free. This is an honor they are also accustomed to as Oakley Place has been deficiency free prior to this achievement also. Debbie Baker, executive director, Sandy Baker, community relations manager, and... read more 
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Covington donor wins the Chevy Cruze
DAYTON, Ohio - Covington donor Gary Lavey has a drawer full of blood drive t-shirts, but when it came to picking which one to wear on the night that he might win a new Chevy Cruze he said, “It was a no brainer.” He picked the Community Blood Center (CBC) “50 Years of Saving Lives” anniversary t-shirt he received when he made the donation that entered him into the “Summer Cruze-In Blood Drive” drawing... read more 
Darke County Parks 2014 Photo Contest
Calling all amateur photographers! This is your last chance to submit photos!  Get outside and capture the beauty of YOUR Darke County Parks! Winning photos submitted to the Park District Photo Contest will be used to create a 2015 calendar!  Basic Rules include: Photo must be taken within one of the Park District’s 12 areas, Photo must be from 2010-2014, Digital Entries Only, 3 entries per month, per photographer.  Photos will be accepted December 1, 2013 through... read more 
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Bluebag Media… The best year of my life... yet!
GREENVILLE – “My admiration for the fair queens started when I was nine,” said Jenna King, 2013 Junior Fair Queen. “The fair queen gave me a ribbon… I was in shock that the queen would give me a ribbon.” Jenna, an Edison Community College Communications 121 Public Speaking student, was giving a “speech” presentation to Kiwanis of Greenville. She told them involvement in fair Royalty was a family thing... read more 
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Pets of the week
We have Bonnie at the Darke County Animal Shelter. She is a 2 year old Pyrenees/St.Bernard mix. She is tan and white with medium length hair. She is just a sweetheart. She loves to play and is a people dog. She will make a wonderful companion and best friend. She weighs around 70 pounds. She is waiting for a special family to become part of. We have Haley at the Darke County Animal Shelter. She is a 4 month... read more 
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Bluebag Media… BSU students offer a nontraditional look at art
UNION CITY, IND – “I enjoy talking to kids,” Kelsie Selch said. “I told them there was a dragon back there,” she added, grinning. “Really had them going there for a while.” Kelsie was one of several Ball State University students who spent the weekend at the Union City Arts Festival. She and three fellow students set up shop to demonstrate and discuss their art with festival visitors. They were using a property... read more 
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Bluebag Media… UC ‘Arts Destination’ kicks of with successful festival
UNION CITY, IN – His message to kids… “You can truly make a difference in your lives if you believe you can make a difference.” That thought, tied to the goal of revitalizing Union City, led UC Indiana Mayor Bryan Conklin to begin a five-year journey that culminated in the Union City Arts Festival Oct. 10-12. “When I was a kid,” Conklin said, “Union City had an employment base for 25,000 workers. They came... read more 
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Kroger Employees Donate to Big Brothers Big Sisters
Kroger store in Sidney employees recently donated over 200 snack bags to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County to be used in their after school “Buddies” programs. The funding comes at an opportune time for the agency which is kicking off its 15th year of the after school “Buddies” program in six elementary schools in Shelby & Darke County. Big... read more 
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State Tourism recognizes Darke County efforts
SPRINGFIELD, OH (October 2014) – The Darke County Visitors Bureau was presented with two RUBY (Recognizing Uncommon Brilliance) Citations of Excellence Awards during the Ohio Travel Association’s annual Conference on Tourism in Springfield, Ohio on October 16, 2014. The first award presented to the bureau was in the Visitor Guide Category, with a budget of less than $300,000. “It is an honor to receive this... read more 
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MVCTC Offers New Business Software Elective Class
Englewood, Ohio – “Business Software" is a new elective course being offered this school year at the Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC).  The students are using Lynda.com, which is a leading online learning company that helps anyone learn business, software, technology and creative skills.  The students learn software which will help them in their career technical labs and in their careers... read more 
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Top 10 finalists named in Summer ‘Cruze-in’ blood drive
DAYTON, Ohio – Ten blood donors will gather at the downtown Dayton Community Blood Center (CBC) Thursday, Oct. 23 to find out who will be cruising in a brand new car.  All are computer-selected finalists in the “Summer Cruze-In Blood Drive” drawing to win the grand prize 2014 Chevrolet Cruze. CBC partnered with REACH Magazine on the “Summer Cruze-In” campaign to encourage blood... read more 
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St. Marys October Newsletter
The leaves are changing color, the temperatures are falling, and once again my room has been invaded by leering jack-o’lanterns, creepy spiders and bats. It must be October. October seems to be the month of field trips for the younger students. On October 9, the first graders attended the annual FFA Safety Awareness Days. Each year, the Greenville High School FFA sponsors Safety Awareness Days. The high school... read more 
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Edison holds Guidance Counselor Conference
Edison Community College recently hosted 28 area high school guidance counselors on Thursday, October 9 in the Robinson Theater. Previously held as a luncheon, this year’s event marked the first half-day Counselor Conference, which allowed for more in depth presentations on important topics and networking opportunities. “It’s really important connecting with high school counselors since they are who students go to right... read more 
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2001 MVCTC Graphic Commercial Arts Alumni Publishes Book
Englewood, Ohio - Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) 2001 Graphic Commercial Arts graduate, Leslie Klenke, is a published author with her first book “Paleo Girl”.  Leslie, originally from Vandalia-Butler High School, turned her passion for a healthy lifestyle into a career and authored her book with the goal of helping teen girls have a... read more 
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Bluebag Media… Manufacturing not what it used to be
GREENVILLE – “This was very educational… it totally changed my perspective on what factories are like.” Kassidy York and Layne Washington, 10th grade students at Greenville High School, had almost identical reactions to their tour at Ramco Electric Motors Oct. 3. Kassidy said upon graduation from college she’d like to consider Ramco an option on the accounting side. She was impressed by the company... read more 
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Hands that serve and hearts that care
Versailles Health Care Center, a skilled nursing and rehabilitation center, celebrated National Healthcare Food Service Week, October 6th through the 12th.   Healthcare facilities all over the country honored some of their most valuable team players, the behind the scenes food service employees that keep residents, patients, and staff satisfied and fit.    During the week, Versailles Health Care Center gave special... read more 
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Bluebag Media… Students told “people make people successful”
GREENVILLE – “Look at your neighbor… how many do you think will be president of the United States?” Three students raised their hands. “How many will be on the 10 Most Wanted list?” Students laughed as 25 or 30 raised their hands… Motivational speaker Chad Foster, during the first of two sessions at Memorial Hall, part of Manufacturing Day Oct. 3, gave several hundred Greenville and Versailles... read more 
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Bluebag Media… Bears Mill Fall Open House a packed event
GREENVILLE – She was singing quietly to the tune, Red River Valley. With tears in her eyes, she said it was the song she used to sing with her brother… before he headed off to World War II. “Oh, he came back,” Mary Lou Hoening said, “but he was never the same. He was a broken man.” Hoening, a former resident of Darke County, currently lives in Miami County. She recalled her time as a local, admitting... read more 
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Hulsmeyer receives Outstanding Achievement Award
DAYTON, Ohio, October 13, 2014 — Sue Hulsmeyer, director of organizational development and learning for Midmark Corporation, recently received the Outstanding Achievement Award from Professional Women in Healthcare (PWH) for her contributions over the past year. The award was presented in Chicago at the PWH 10th Annual Meeting and during the Health Industry Distributor Association... read more 
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CNO’s Darke County scrapbook… Watch DOGS at Woodland, Bob Robinson
October 4, 2014 - Recently Watch DOGS (Dads of Great Students) held their kickoff event at Woodland Elementary. The story has been posted in CNO and Bluebag Media. These photos and those of other community events were put into our Community Events Photo Gallery. The gallery has a new sponsor… Leis Realty. Check it out and, when you get a chance, please... read more 
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Bluebag Media… Friday event a success despite the weather
GREENVILLE – While a few hardy souls braved the brisk weather to set up displays or do facing painting on the South Broadway sidewalks Oct. 3, Executive Director Amber Garrett made the decision to move the October First Friday indoors to the Elks Lodge on West Third Street. “It was a tough decision,” she said. Garrett added she was really excited at the... read more 
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Visitors Bureau offers ‘Taste of Darke County’ boxes for the holidays
GREENVILLE, OH (October 9, 2104) – In an effort to promote the tourism industry of Darke County and the idea of shopping local, the Darke County Visitors Bureau will again offer “Taste of Darke County” Boxes for sale. “We are proud to again offer locally grown and produced products from our community,” shared Deanna York, Executive Director of the Darke County Visitors Bureau and Welcome Center. “The boxes... read more 
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Bluebag Media… Welcome Center a ‘labor of love’
GREENVILLE – “This was a labor of love for a lot of people,” said Deanna York, executive director of the Darke County Visitors Bureau. She and Amber Garrett, executive director of Main Street Greenville, admired the sign and frontage of their new Welcome Center. It had just officially opened at 421 So. Broadway Oct. 3. It was next door to the KitchenAid Experience, a popular draw for visitors outside of Darke County... read more 
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MVCTC Receives Outstanding Program Recognition
Englewood, Ohio -- The Southwest Region Ohio School Board Association (OSBA) recognized two Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) programs at the Southwest Region Fall Conference on Thursday, October 9, 2014, at the Warren County Career Center. These annual awards recognize outstanding programs that promote student achievement.  The MVCTC Hospitality Services Program was recognized... read more 
Common Trees of Darke County
Trees are all around us, and yet many do not know a Maple from an Oak. Add the fact that many trees lose their leaves in the winter months and this only adds to the confusion. Join the Darke County Parks on Thursday, October 23rd at 6:00pm for an informative program both in and outdoors as we learn how to ID a tree. We will then use some of the trees around the Nature Center to practice our newly learned identification skills.  This program is FREE and will take place at the Nature Center... read more 
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Thank You Darke County Foundation
The Darke County Park District would like to extend a HUGE thank you to the Ami McClurkin Community Fund, administered by the Darke County Foundation.  Through the generosity of this foundation, The Darke County Park District was able to offer several musical performances and the ever-popular horse and wagon ride at the annual Prairie Days Festival.  Almost five thousand visitors attended the Prairie Days event this year... read more 
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Enginetics Aerospace President Honored as Friend of MVCTC
Englewood, Ohio – The Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) named Enginetics Aerospace President, Mr. Wim Huijs, as the recipient of the 2014 Friend of MVCTC Award. Mr. Huijs received the award at the 24th annual All Advisory Dinner held on Thursday, October 2, in the MVCTC Student Activity Center. MVCTC Superintendent, Dr. Nick Weldy, says, “This award is given each year to someone who is always... read more 
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Jacob Hoelscher Joins Phelan Insurance
Versailles, OH – Phelan Insurance Agency is pleased to welcome Jacob Hoelscher as a Commercial Account Executive. Hoelscher is responsible for developing new business with a focus on agricultural and business accounts. A licensed property and casualty agent, he ensures his clients receive the necessary coverage and exceptional professional service they deserve. Hoelscher believes the Agency provides unparalleled support for... read more 
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Goubeaux Sponsor Joshua Carswell and Toledo Symphony Orchestra
Darke County Center for the Arts recognizes Jim & Enid Goubeaux for their contributions to the DCCA 2014-2015 season.  The Goubeaux’s are Angel members of DCCA, and are sponsors of two Artists Series performances including winner of the prestigious American Traditions Competion, Joshua Carswell, performing October 11th and The... read more 
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CNO’s Darke County Scrapbook… Watch DOGS at Woodland, by Bob Robinson
October 4, 2014 - Recently Watch DOGS (Dads of Great Students) held their kickoff event at Woodland Elementary. The story has been posted in CNO and Bluebag Media. These photos and those of other community events were put into our Community Events Photo Gallery. The gallery has a new sponsor… Leis Realty. Check it out and, when you get a chance, please take a moment to thank Leis for their support of CNO and the... read more 
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Wellness Walks Kick Off at Shawnee Prairie Preserve
A small but hardy band braved the elements for the first Wellness Walk at Shawnee Prairie Preserve just outside Greenville October 4. The walks, a joint effort of the Miami County Parks District, Darke County Parks, Recovery and Wellness Centers of Midwest Ohio, and the Tri-County Board of Recovery and Mental Health Services, are designed to promote the physical and mental wellness properties found in natural spaces... read more 
MVCTC Adult Education Receives Accreditation
Englewood, Ohio -- On July 25, 2014, the Adult Education Division of the Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) received notice of accreditation from Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) for three years.  The ACCSC accreditation applies to MVCTC as an institution and all programs offered by the school must also meet approval by ACCSC. MVCTC was required to meet ACCSC’s Standards of Accreditation. According to the ACCSC... read more 
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Bluebag Media… Farmer’s Market vendors offer variety of goods
GREENVILLE – Flowers, produce, Humane Society, “Dough 2 Nuts,” Chocolates by Malissa, Janet’s Broadway Bakery, The Bottle Lady… and Phyllis Mong. She loves dressing up; this time she was a pumpkin. And she loves Broadway! “You know that,” she said. During the Sept. 27 Farmer’s Market Phyllis was offering a free pumpkin on behalf of Main Street Greenville to anyone purchasing $25 or more in merchandise... read more 
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Community Connections Help Individuals with Disabilities Live a Good Life
(Greenville, Ohio) – October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). This is a national campaign that raises awareness about disability employment issues and celebrates the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities. The theme for 2014 is "Expect. Employ. Empower."  The Darke County Board of Developmental Disabilities operates under two philosophies... read more 
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Mildred Dill takes first selfie at 101
On September 10, 2014, Mrs. Mildred Dill celebrated her 101st birthday and then made history with taking her first ever selfie!  When Kristy Earick, Administrator at Versailles Health Care Center, asked Dill if she wanted to take a “selfie” with her, Dill agreed but then wanted to know more.  Earick explained a selfie is a self-photograph taken with a hand-held digital camera or camera phone held at arm’s length and often shared on... read more 
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MVCTC FFA Chapter Holds First Meeting
Clayton, Ohio – The Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) FFA Chapter held their first monthly meeting of the school year on Wednesday, September 24, 2014. The 2014-2015 MVCTC FFA Chapter Officers are: President: Brittany Taylor (Miami East); Vice President: Alyssa McQuiston (Preble Shawnee); Secretary: Marilyn Thompson (West Carrollton); Student Advisor: Kelly Kline (National Trail); Reporter... read more 
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Bluebag Media… Library ‘Walking Dead’ event expands reach
GREENVILLE – “Walking Dead” aficionados got a treat at the Greenville Library Sept. 27. They got to see a recap of the Season 4 Walking Dead television series just prior to the start of Season 5 this fall. Understanding all movie goers get hungry, especially during intermission, library employee and instigator of the event Kaley Breaden offered a tantalizing variety of finger... read more 
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VHCC celebrates National Rehabilitation Awareness Week
The Rehab Clinic at Versailles Health Care Center celebrated National Rehabilitation Awareness Week September 22nd through the 26th.  The therapists at VHCC devote themselves to improving patients’ quality of life, health and mobility. The week-long celebration featured a complimentary cookout on Wednesday, September 24, in the courtyard. During that time... read more 
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Bluebag Media… Prairie Days entertains, educates over 5,000
GREENVILLE – “Elizabeth Borden took an ax…” Lizzie Gilbert, 10, offered a sour grin as she acknowledged her familiarity by adding… “and killed her mother with 40 wacks… Yeah,” she said, “I know all about Lizzie Borden.” She clicked her clicker. Lizzie is from Van Wert and volunteered as the official counter… click. Click. As of about 11 a.m. she had tallied 401 visitors. She stopped mid-sentence as another Greenville... read more 
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VFW Bingo donates $1,000 to Darke County Crime Stoppers
GREENVILLE – The Greenville VFW Post No. 7262 Bingo Fund recently donated $1,000 to the Darke County Crime Stoppers (DCCS). Donations to the non-profit organization go to help fund cash rewards for tips leading to captures of wanted fugitives and solving of unsolved crimes in Darke County.  Tips and information made through DCCS has led to the capture of over 100 fugitives and helps investigators with drug abuse... read more 
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Bluebag Media… Stern schoolmarm ‘teaches’ at Prairie Days
GREENVILLE – Slapping her hand slightly – yet repeatedly – with a flat stick, schoolmarm Miss Townsend looked at her students. “Yes, you are sitting on benches,” she said. “No, they aren’t comfortable. They aren’t supposed to be… you’re in school!” After getting their attention, Miss Townsend began her introduction to what it was like to be a student in the early 19th century. She held “class” every half hour during the... read more 
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Bluebag Media… Duck Blind the reward for summer reading success
ANSONIA – On Sept. 26 Ansonia students climbed off their buses getting ready for a new school day. They were greeted by their elementary principal, Krista Stump, except that morning she wasn’t Mrs. Stump. She was Uncle Sy Robertson, leader of the Duck Dynasty. He (she) was sitting in his (her) Duck Blind, greeting students as they came in for the day. Many of them were wearing their own versions of Duck Dynasty clothing... read more 
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Beagle Dedicates Robert J. Shook Bikeway Bridge
COLUMBUS—State Senator Bill Beagle (R-Tipp City) took part today in the dedication of the Robert J. Shook Bikeway Bridge, in honor of Bob Shook, a Troy area resident and former Concord Township trustee. “Bob Shook shaped the future of the Miami County Trails Task Force with his commitment and dedication to public service,” said Beagle. “It is an honor to dedicate this bridge to such a hardworking advocate for Miami County, our beautiful... read more 
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MVCTC 5K finds success continuing to help students
Englewood, Ohio – The Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) Education Foundation held the 7th Annual “Pi Miler” 5K run/walk on Saturday, September 27, 2014.  Thanks to the participants and many sponsors of the event, all proceeds will benefit MVCTC students. The MVCTC Education Foundation was formed in 1991 by the MVCTC staff and various community leaders who wanted to provide targeted... read more 
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Harvest Life Saving Knowledge! 
Gathering a group this harvest season? Start your get together with something that may actually  benefit you, your family and the community.  Learn CitizensCPR, the hands-on only CPR, in just 30 minutes first. What a great way to get together a regular group of friends, your organization, your staff, a Sunday school class, a family reunion or your clients.    Most people who survive a cardiac emergency were helped by... read more 
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DCMHA accepting applications
The Darke County Metropolitan Housing Authority is currently accepting applications for housing assistance and has announced the waiting list is less than a year. Preference points will be given for individuals and families who are Veterans, widowed spouses and families of Veterans and preference points will also be given to individuals/families meeting HUD... read more 
Midmark announces PQMD Membership
Midmark announces membership to aid in World Health Policies helping to sustain a variety of global health programs… DAYTON, Ohio, October 1, 2014 — Midmark recently announced its membership in the Partnership for Quality Medical Donations (PQMD) and appointment to the Board of Directors. By becoming a member, Midmark has the opportunity to further strengthen its product donations program with funding, volunteers, schooling and other services to sustain a variety... read more 
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Bluebag Media… DCCA’s Berky inspires; is truly a gem
GREENVILLE – “I’m trying to learn something new,” said Doug Berky to several hundred Woodland Heights students Sept. 25. “But I get sad when I make mistakes. Do you make mistakes?” Yes!! “Does it make you sad?” Yes!! “Do you like to make mistakes?” No!!… And he continues asking questions as he prepares to demonstrate the new juggling skill he’s trying to learn. Every time he’s about to start, he stops... read more 
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Bluebag Media… Watch DOGS kick-off brings in new dads
GREENVILLE – “There are two kinds of fatherlessness,” said Chief Watch DOG Tom Warner to a room full of dads Sept. 23 at Woodland Heights. “There’s the physical… he’s not there in the child’s life. Then there’s the emotional; he may be there but he’s not involved… “According to studies emotional fatherlessness may actually be more damaging to a child than the physical.” Warner was speaking to potential new recruits for... read more 
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BBBS has 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: Cathy Bevan of Troy. Cathy works at Emerson Climate as the Vice President of Human Resources.  Terri Flood of Greenville. Terri works as the Director of Marketing and Communications for Wayne Healthcare, and Margo O’Leary of Troy. Margo is Director of... read more 
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Edison’s annual College Fair a success
With over 700 area high school students in attendance, Edison Community College’s recent College Fair proved to be a success. Students from Botkins, Bradford, Christian Academy, Fairlawn, Milton-Union, Piqua, Sidney, and Russia were on campus to learn more about the various educational opportunities available to them. “The College Fair was a success and I’m already excited for next year!” said Christina Raterman... read more 
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