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The White House… An adorable "focus group"
Let's Move! -- First Lady Michelle Obama's initiative to end childhood obesity within a generation -- just turned 4. We're celebrating all week, and we want you to join us. The First Lady wants you to share how you're moving by using the hashtag #LetsMove on social media to share a photo of your favorite activity or healthy snack. If enough people get involved, President Obama and Vice President Biden will share how they get moving, too... read more 
CBC recognizes February donor milestones
DARKE COUNTY, OH — Community Blood Center congratulates all of the following donors for reaching their milestones.  Thanks to the generosity of all donors many lives have been saved. Donors are recognized for their Life Time Donations (LTD) Milestones.  Every time a donor donates any blood product it is a donation.  Life Time Donations are a total of all your... read more 
Awareness Helps Prevent Grain Bin Engulfments, Increase Grain Bin Safety, By Sam Custer
OSU Extension, Darke County - With many grain bins statewide full of stored grain this time of year,  safety experts with Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences are reminding farmers to be aware of safety precautions to prevent grain engulfments and to have an overall awareness and understanding of grain bin safety. The issue is significant considering... read more 
GHS Auto Tech shoots for Gold again, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – Most people know what 4-wheel drive means, but do they know what all-wheel drive means? They aren’t the same. While 4-wheel drive is manually locked in and released, “all-wheel drive does the thinking for you.” It will lock and release tire traction automatically as conditions require it. Using the complex system that is a vehicle’s power train, Greenville’s award-winning Auto Tech... read more 
‘Mind over matter’ gets top nod at science event, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – The inaugural Darke County Science Day at Greenville High School attracted 31 students from six local school districts Feb. 19. Two Tri-Village 10th graders, Gage Berghoff and Casey Puckett, took top honors with their Behavioral/Social Science project, Mind Games, in the inaugural Darke County Science Day at Greenville High School. Greenville senior Sarah Herzog took 2nd place with her... read more 
Summer youth employers needed
Darke County as well as many other Ohio counties are faced with the challenge of how do we help today’s youth face the obstacle of obtaining work in our community.  One way is to become a partner with the WIA Youth Program in Darke County.  Your business can make a difference by serving as a host site for the summer work program. The Council on Rural Services (CORS) and Workforce Invest Act (WIA) Darke County is looking for profit or non-profit employers that would like to... read more 
Ball State announces Graduates and Dean’s List
Below is a list of students who graduated from Ball State University in the fall of 2013. All degrees are listed, including master's and doctoral. The current dean's list for Ball State University, including out-of-state and international listings, recognizes undergraduates who earn at least a 3.5 grade-point average for 12 or more credits of graded course work during a semester or for 6 or more credits of graded course work during a summer term. Darke County is listed first, however due to the reach of County News... read more 
VFW Voice of Democracy Competition
A teen from your state is in the running to win a $30,000 scholarship from the VFW! High school students from across the country recorded audio-essays to share "Why I'm Optimistic About Our Nation's Future." It’s all part of the VFW's Voice of Democracy competition, in which high school students compete for more than $2.2 million in scholarships and incentives. One lucky winner from each state will qualify... read more 
DeColores, Versailles take honors at 2014 POP
Fort Loramie JHS top 7th, Tippecanoe Middle School top 8th grade teams - DARKE COUNTY – DeColores Montessori of Greenville and Versailles Middle School took multiple honors Feb. 15 at the 2014 District Power of the Pen Competition in Botkins. Among the top award winners were Hunter Cuyler at DeColores, Lauren Durham, Versailles and the Eighth Grade Team of Versailles. Cuyler won Best... read more 
Local Senior Community Raises Money for Cancer Association
GREENVILLE, Ohio, February 4, 2014– On Wednesday December 4th, 2013 Sterling House Greenville, a Brookdale Senior Living assisted living community, and Clare Bridge Greenville, a Brookdale Senior Living Alzheimer’s and dementia care community, held their annual Festival of Trees. Local business, volunteers and families donated a decorated tree or wreath.  Trees and wreaths were bid on in a silent auction.  Over 20 businesses participated this year.  A total of $1100.00 was raised for the... read more 
Greenville PD awarded Hope Foundation grant
The Greenville Police Department has been awarded the HOPE Foundation grant    Funds for this grant come from the Jan Johns Community Fund of the HOPE Foundation of Darke County, Ohio. The grant money was used to purchase an automatic external defibrillator (AED) which will be carried in one of our patrol division cruisers.  This is another way in which our department can provide for a safer public and be prepared to give potential life-saving assistance when called upon. Our appreciation  is  extended  to the  HOPE  Foundation  of  Darke  County  for  selecting  the Greenville Police Department for this important grant. 
Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial contributes to DCCA
The Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust Fund has recently awarded funds to Darke County Center for the Arts to support the Family Theater Series and Arts in Education programs.  “DCCA would like to recognize the Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust for their contributions to the Arts in Darke County and helping us to fulfill our mission of encouraging cultural enrichment in the community,” shared DCCA Executive Director, Andrea Jordan.  DCCA is also committed to the preservation of Henry St. Clair... read more 
Sequestration Cuts Restored
PIQUA – In the wake of last summer’s sweeping sequestration and federal funding cuts, Council on Rural Services was forced to realign their nine county Head Start program in order to make the mandatory 5.27% cuts to the program budgets. Difficult changes forced strategic decisions to close 6 classrooms, accept 97 fewer children, and reduce the workforce by 37 employees when the program opened last fall. This mandated budget reduction of $646,744 affected many of our families and communities... read more 
DP&L sponsors DCCA offerings
The Dayton Power and Light Company Foundation has once again given a very generous donation to Darke County Center for the Arts in support of Family Theatre Series and Arts In Education programs.  Family Theater Series programs are presented at St. Clair Memorial Hall and are open to the public.  Programs are generally based on children’s literature; ticket prices are just $5.  Through Arts In Education, and in conjunction with local schools, performing artists are annually taken to... read more 
St. Marys School; February Newsletter
The weather certainly has been the center of attention lately. I believe I opened last month’s column with a comment on the weather. So far all of January and the beginning of February are just as noteworthy. My lesson plans are a tangle of notes and arrows. We have had so many two-hour delays lately that when we do start on schedule, we all feel as if we are up and about extra early. The final week of January was Catholic Schools Week. We were supposed to open the week with
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Understanding “Small Farms Rider” and OSHA Inspection Authority on Farms, By Sam Custer
The federal Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) generated controversy recently when several of its enforcement actions against farms with grain bin storage hit the news headlines.   The enforcement actions are contrary to a general understanding in the agricultural community that OSHA does not have authority to enforce its regulations against farms with ten or fewer employees, referred to as the “small farms rider.”  While claiming that it... read more 
Ohio Wildlife Council to Consider Proposed Deer Hunting Dates, Bag Limits
COLUMBUS, OH – Last night, the Ohio Wildlife Council received the 2014-2015 hunting proposals for deer season dates, changes to deer bag limits and the possibility of allowing some straight-walled rifle cartridges for deer hunting, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). Ohio deer hunters and other interested parties are invited to share their comments regarding the proposed 2014-2015 deer hunting seasons and regulations at open houses on... read more 
MVCTC offers jump start to college business major
Clayton, Ohio – Students in the Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) Business Academy program have the unique opportunity to start on a college business major while still in high school.  Students in the program can earn 23 college credits from Sinclair Community College with 12 of these credits transferring to any Ohio public 4-year institution.  During the senior year of... read more 
ACES program helps teens be successful
GREENVILLE   –   The Achievement Center for Educational Success (ACES) may be a small program, but it is a mighty program when it comes to helping students earn their diploma.  ACES is an alternative education program that was created as an off-site learning setting that enables youth to thrive and succeed in high school.   The ACES program gives a different choice to many students that... read more 
Display Case at Library
The Display Case in the Reference Room at the Greenville Public Library has held some very interesting collections over the years.  Each month a new one is arranged by a connoisseur who wishes nothing more than to share his/her passion with the public.  It's always worth a few minutes to browse the case's delightful contents when you're in the Library.  Here is the schedule for 2014... read more 
Old Farmers Almanac… Free 2-Month Weather Forecast
FEBRUARY 2014: temperature 32° (2° below avg.); precipitation 1" (2" below avg.); Feb 1-9: Rain, then snow showers, cold; Feb 10-15: Sunny, mild; Feb 16-23: Snow showers, cold; Feb 24-28: Sunny, cold. MARCH 2014: temperature 42° (3° below avg.); precipitation 2.5" (1.5" below avg.); Mar 1-9: Rain to snow, then sunny, cold; Mar 10-12: Sunny, warm; Mar 13-15: Showers, then sunny, cool; Mar 16-21: T-storms, then sunny, cool... read more 
CBC recognizes January Blood Donor Milestones
DARKE COUNTY, OH — Community Blood Center congratulates all of the following donors for reaching their milestones.  Thanks to the generosity of all donors many lives have been saved. Donors are recognized for their Life Time Donations (LTD) Milestones.  Every time a donor donates any blood product it is a donation.  Life Time Donations are a total of all your blood product donations. 5 LTD - David Abney, Lance Anthony, Brice... read more 
2014 March for Babies Ambassadors part of Early Bird family, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – The Official Ambassadors for the local 2014 March for Babies campaign are two precocious 9-year-olds from Union City, Ind. Sylaris and Kalam are the daughters of Shannie Denney, production manager at The Early Bird. Angelé Price, March of Dimes community director, made the announcement at the campaign Kick Off luncheon Feb. 6 at Wayne Hospital... read more 
Woodland students, Village Green donate to FISH, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – “Thank you guys for bringing in all those canned goods to help people out. That was awesome!” Tina McClanahan, Village Green Healthcare Center, told Woodland Heights kindergartners, first graders and second graders she appreciated their efforts, resulting in over 1,200 pounds of food and $100 in cash. Village Green matched them, bringing the total cash to $1,000. Donations this year went to FISH. The pizza party was given to... read more 
Harry Stephens Memorial supports BBBS
The Harry Stephens Memorial recently made a donation of $1,000 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 at-risk..  The children involved in this program have the... read more 
Career Tech to expand program throughout county, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – “We want to bring the county schools here where it’s more geographically accessible,” said David Peltz, director of the Greenville Career Technology Center. When they come out, they’ll be trained and college- or career-ready, he added. The Career Tech Center and Darke County Workforce Center hosted a Career Fair Jan. 31 where sophomores from area schools could visit and learn... read more 
Ohio Deer Season Closes with more than 191,000 Deer Harvested
COLUMBUS, OH – Deer-archery season ended Sunday, Feb. 2, bringing all deer hunting seasons to a close. Ohio hunters checked 191,459 white-tailed deer during the 2013-2014 hunting season for all implements. Hunters checked 218,910 deer during the 2012-2103 hunting season. This expected decline in the deer hunter harvest comes following several years of liberal bag limits and deer regulations, which helped bring Ohio’s white-tailed deer... read more 
Brown takes first at Greenville District Spelling Bee, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – Fourth time is a charm. After three postponements due to inclement weather, the 2014 Greenville District Spelling Bee finally happened Jan. 30. The winners were Landon Brown, Greenville Junior High School, first; Natalie Milligan, Montesori School, second; and Caleb Coppess, South School, third. Schools participating were Greenville Junior High, South and East schools, Montesori School and Greenville St. Mary’s School... read more 
Vectren marks 10 years of support to area students
DAYTON, OH - Vectren will continue to support area students who creatively challenge their peers to be blood donors.  The Community Blood Center (CBC)/Vectren Lead the Way Creative Scholarship for High School Seniors will be funded by the Vectren for the 10th year. The CBC/Vectren scholarship motivates the region’s young adults to become blood resource leaders of tomorrow by annually... read more 
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