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BBBS Recruitment Challenge
Big Brothers Big Sisters gears up for a volunteer recruitment challenge to help match more than 22 children!!!
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County Board of Trustees and staff recently kicked off Volunteer Recruitment Challenge 2014 on Tuesday, January 21st at the monthly board meeting.  During the next seven weeks, teams consisting of local board members and agency staff will be competing against each other to earn points by reaching out to the community... read more 
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Warner: “A truly humbling experience” By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – One student dropped her popcorn bag then retrieved it, leaving several kernels lying on the floor. Another student dropped a kernel… without a second thought she picked it up and popped it into her mouth. “Hey guys, sit down over here. At this end… keep the mess in one place.” Tom Warner, Chief Watch DOG and popcorn maker at Woodland Heights Elementary School issued the directive. The kids quickly complied... read more 
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Court News Ohio… H.S. Students Showcase Constitutional Knowledge in State Competition
By Stephanie Beougher - January 28, 2014 - Nearly 150 students from six high schools tackled questions based on constitutional issues in simulated congressional hearings at the Ohio Statehouse on January 24 as part of the “We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution” state competition, sponsored by the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education. Months of research and preparation led to the moment when the students went before the... read more 
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Rough Winter - Rough Week - To be a Firefighter
But Huber Heights FD's Andy Rammel makes 130th blood donation - DAYTON, OH - Ask any firefighter what they think about the Miami Valley’s relentlessly frigid winter of 2014 and they’ll probably answer with the same weariness as Huber Heights Firefighter and Arcanum resident Andy Rammel.  “It has not been a fun week,” he said.  “We’ve had a lot of furnace and CO (carbon monoxide) calls; Furnaces malfunctioning, not working correctly and... read more 
Rumpke Employees Achieve Safety Milestone
GREENVILLE, Ohio—Jan. 29, 2014—Rumpke employees in Greenville worked safely through 2013 without a single OSHA recordable injury. “Safety is a top priority at Rumpke, so we are very proud of this accomplishment,” said Operations Manager Noel Moomey. Rumpke has operated a transfer station and truck depot in Greenville since 1989 and employs drivers, mechanics, equipment operators and office personnel. Current job postings are available at www.rumpkejobs.com, where... read more 
Tiger Bowlers Breakfast a Success, despite the weather
On behalf of the entire Versailles Bowling Program, I would like to thank the Versailles Eagles Ladies Auxiliary #2347 for hosting the Breakfast at the Eagles on Sunday, January 27th. We appreciate the support from our community and the surrounding areas to help support our self-funded Bowling Program. The weather, once again, was beyond ideal. “We were definitely concerned this would really damper the turnout. The Versailles Community and surrounding area once again showed their incredible... read more 
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Visitors Bureau supports three events in 2014
GREENVILLE – The Darke County Visitors Bureau released the names of the recipients of the 2014 Darke County Tourism Grant. This year, three recipients were chosen. They are: Illumination Festival, Tour de Donut and a new festival entitled YOLO: Festival of Races. The Illumination Festival started with a handful of people with a common goal in mind – to bring the top artists in contemporary... read more 
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Post secondary has advantages, and challenges, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – Post secondary education through Edison Community College has many benefits. It also has  challenges. Velina Bogart, PSEOP coordinator (Post Secondary Enrollment Options Program), spoke to 30 students and parents about the program on the Edison Darke County campus Jan. 22. It was an informational meeting designed to explain the program to students in grades nine... read more 
Sidney-Shelby Chamber awards funding to BBBS
The Sidney-Shelby County Chamber Foundation recently awarded $500.00 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County.    Big Brothers Big Sisters was chosen to receive funding because of its continued efforts to make a positive impact in “at risk” children.   The funding will be used for the school mentoring program that pairs high school sophomores, juniors and seniors with elementary aged students twice a month. The High School Mentoring program known as “Big... read more 
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Cooped up inside at recess? No problem! By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – So how are first graders handling being cooped up in the classroom during recess? According to their teacher at Greenville’s Woodland Heights, Mrs. Arnett, they’re handling it fine. “They don’t seem to mind,” she said. “Actually they prefer being inside when all they can do is play on the blacktop.” The playground is gravel; when there’s snow on the ground the kids aren’t... read more 
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Snow covered ground tells of wildlife activity, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – “See the crows?” On the other side of the trail above the trees, about 20 or 30 crows were circling. “They found an owl nesting area. I don’t know why they do it but crows are smart… they could be just teasing the owls.” Rob Clifford, Senior Naturalist and Educator for Darke County Parks, pointed out the types of wildlife teeming throughout Shawnee Prairie, noting the snow covered ground is a good way to see the... read more 
Ohio Muzzleloader Hunters Bag more than 16,000 Deer  
COLUMBUS, OH - Ohio hunters braved record-setting cold temperatures and howling winds to harvest 16,464 white-tailed deer during the state’s four-day muzzleloader season, Jan. 4-7, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). The extreme cold that moved across the state during the final two days of the season did not deter some hunters as more than 3,800 deer were checked on Monday and Tuesday. Counties reporting the highest number of deer checked during... read more 
Darke SWCD Seeking Nutrient Management Specialist/Ag Technician
The Darke Soil and Water Conservation District is accepting applications for a Nutrient Management Specialist/Agriculture Technician until January 31, 2014.  This is a full-time, permanent position with the District.  Workload activities will focus on the coordination of specific conservation projects and services as assigned, installation and maintenance of best management practices, advising landowners, engineers, etc. on natural resource issues... read more 
Monarch Legacy Fund awards funding to BBBS
The Monarch Legacy Fund of the Community Foundation of Shelby County recently awarded $3,000.00 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County.    Big Brothers Big Sisters was chosen to receive funding because of its continued efforts to make a positive impact in “at risk” children.   The funding will be used for the school mentoring program that pairs high school sophomores, juniors and seniors with elementary aged students twice a month and for the Mentoring Children of Prisoners... read more 
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CBC recognizes November & December 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... read more 
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Community Supports Gateway Youth
Gateway Youth Programs would like to thank many organizations and the community participating in the Adopt-a-Child program and helping families during the past holiday season.  Community support made a difference in the lives of so many of our community youth in need. Every year organizations participate by adopting a child or children for Christmas, supplying them with gifts.  This year the... read more 
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Unique historical asset in one special place, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – Among many of Darke County’s “bragging rights,” such as Darke County Parks, Darke County Center for the Arts, Garst Museum and more, is a “biological gem” just a few miles east of Greenville on U.S. 36. The crossroad is Arcanum-Bears Mill Road. Just south of the intersection is Bear’s Mill. It sits on 37 acres of land. Greenville Creek runs through the land, not only powering the Mill, but offering a resting place and... read more 
St. Mary’s School, January 2014
After the holidays, we finally resumed classes on January 9.  I don’t believe I have ever returned from a Christmas break more rested or to a group of students more ready to get back to work.  Counting weekends, (and, yes, I was counting) we had a generous 16-day break.  In addition to those days, we had an unexpected three extra days due to the extreme cold and snowy conditions present during the opening days of 2014.  It is funny how things happen. Many of the area schools were... read more 
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Creating an Enforceable Farm Lease, By Sam Custer, OSU Extension, Darke County
A farm lease is a valuable transaction for landowners and farm operators alike, so it is important to ensure that the lease conforms to Ohio’s legal requirements. Peggy Hall, Assistant Professor, Agricultural and Resource Law, The Ohio State University has identified what Ohio law requires for creating a legally enforceable lease: The lease must be in writing. Enforcing a verbal farm lease is very difficult in Ohio... read more 
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Still Plenty to Do at Ohio State Parks This Winter  
Explore nature's beauty with winter hikes at Ohio State Parks - COLUMBUS, OH – Don’t miss the beautiful scenery on display at all of Ohio’s 74 state parks throughout the winter. This year, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) provides a number of opportunities for scenic hikes and exciting excursions at many parks across Ohio. “I want to encourage Ohioans to visit state parks and witness... read more 
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Almanac… 2014 Long-Range Weather Forecast for Ohio Valley
As the polar vortex (or whatever that thing was) starts to become a distant memory… photos shown here as a gentle reminder… you might be interested in what the Almanac has to say about the next month and a half. Here’s a summary: Long-Range Weather (Nov. 2013 - Oct. 2014) available for purchase. Complete 2014 Long-Range Weather Forecast for the Ohio Valley Region, November 2013 to October 2014 includes week-by-week details... read more 
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Hoke named VACC Citizen of the Year
The Versailles Area Chamber of Commerce (VACC) is proud to announce Ms. Adela Hoke as their newest recipient of the Citizen of the Year Award.    On Monday, January 27th the VACC will ceremoniously award the Citizen of the Year obelisk to Ms. Adela Hoke. The board received multiple nomination letters for Ms. Hoke.  The letters had a reoccurring theme emphasizing Adela's stewardship to church and community, as well as her care for the elderly and... read more 
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MVCTC Students Organized a Community Book Drive
Clayton, Ohio – The Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) Early Childhood Juniors collected over 600 books to be delivered to area shelters in the community. This was in conjunction with their FCCLA project Leadership Service in Action. The FCCLA Leadership Service in Action program guides students to develop, plan, carry out, and evaluate projects that improve the quality of life in their communities. Leadership... read more 
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Did that Cold Spell Cause Significant Mortality to Field Crop Insect Pests?
OSU Extension, Darke County, Ohio - On January 6 and 7 Darke County experienced extreme cold and many of us began to discuss if this was going to help in the control of the insect issues facing our crops.  Ron Hammond and Andy Michel, OSU Entomologists share the following to answer our questions. Normally we have always said that Ohio seldom gets cold enough to... read more 
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Greenville Career Tech Center… “Where Kids Matter and Success Happens”
Greenville Career Tech Center, in order to honor outstanding accomplishments and leadership in Career Tech Education, is proud to announce the latest honorees for Career Tech Student of the Month.  Sophia Navas Davis, senior member of Financial Specialist, Paige Tester, senior member of Engineering Tech Prep, and Kelsi Sleppy, senior member of Computer Information Systems, received... read more 
Cargill Cares Awards Funding to BBBS
Cargill has recently made a generous monetary donation to Big Brothers Bigs Sisters of Shelby and Darke County. This funding will help fund the after-school mentoring program that pairs high school sophomore, juniors, and seniors with elementary students twice a month. The High School Mentoring program, known as “Big Buddies”, is a nine month commitment where volunteer high school sophomores, juniors and seniors mentor elementary students two times a month at a local school.  This year the... read more 
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Jean Louise Thieme Fund supports DCCA Family Theatre Series
The Jean Louise Thieme Children’s Theatre Fund provided its annual HOPE Foundation grant to Darke County Center for the Arts to support the Family Theatre Series. Darke County Center for the Arts recognizes the HOPE Foundation and The Jean Louise Thieme Children’s Theatre Fund for their support of DCCA’s Family Theatre Series.  “DCCA is pleased to receive continual generous support from community organizations... read more 
Time is ticking away… Give Volunteering a TRY!
Do you need a new idea for something to do this year for a New Year’s Resolution? If so, have you considered volunteering? The Park District has several volunteer opportunities available for all ages.  Opportunities vary from being indoors to exploring the outdoors all while enjoying all the different seasons. Join us on Saturday, January 18th at 10AM to see what volunteering with the Park District is all about.  A few opportunities include helping at the reception desk, maintaining trails... read more 
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Reading Buddies Make a Difference for You and a Child
Need a New Year’s Resolution – resolve to read with kids and help them move towards a better future.  Reading Buddies”: is a volunteer program used by Kids Learning Place Education and Child Care Centers that places community volunteers that commit to read with children in the local Head Start and preschool rooms.  By reading regularly with children in the “Reading Buddies” program you will be... read more 
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Edward Jones, Fry & Co. sponsor DCCA’s ‘A Taste of Wine & Jazz’
Darke County Center for the Arts recognizes sponsors Edward Jones Investment Representatives Dave Connelly, Andria Haworth, Todd Subler and Bill Wolke along with  Fry & Company Partners Jim Ward, Beverly Delk, and Rodney Oda for their support of  A Taste of Wine & Jazz and the arts in Darke County.  According to DCCA Artistic Director Keith Rawlins, “This is a great time to get out... read more 
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Darke County Parks and Wal-Mart “Re-Cycle” this Holiday Season
Recently, Darke County Park District and Greenville Wal-Mart manager, Josh Wagner, partnered up to help make holiday wishes come true for local children.  Wal-Mart donated gently used bicycles to the Friends of the Darke County Parks Phoenix Committee and they eagerly went to work repairing the... read more 
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Greenville BPW Club Celebrates Christmas!
Greenville, OH.  January 7, 2014  The Christmas Committee of the Greenville Business & Professional Women’s (BPW) Club hosted the December 12th meeting at St. Clair Place on Third Street in downtown Greenville. Deb Smith, Shirley Morrow, and Dara Buchy from the Christmas Committee planned the evening complete with an... read more 
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Dayton Power & Light Donates to BBBS
Dayton Power & Light Foundation has recently made a generous donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County.  The donation was awarded as a grant to help fund the after-school Buddies program. The funding comes at an opportune time for the agency, which now has nearly 80 matches in its High... read more 
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Kiwanis Students of the Month, From Susi Halley
The November Kiwanis Students of the Month were Paige Tester and Ryan Simons.  Their families were present to see them presented with plaques by Principle Ken Neff at the December 18 meeting. Paige is class Vice President, Science Club President, Engineering Technology Treasurer, and is involved in varsity volleyball, basketball, and calculus, NHS, Band of Pride, Varsity G, Student Council, Spanish Club, SADD Club, and the... read more 
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GHS students visit Darke County Home, Resthaven
Recently Greenville High School (GHS) Financial Specialist students visited with residents at The Darke County Home and Resthaven. Throughout the visit students asked the residents about special Christmas memories then shared a small gift with them.  One resident, Shirley, surprised one of the students when she presented her with a top that she had hand-stitched. Students in the two-year Financial Specialist program learn about business... read more 
Mitten Tree thanks community
Thanks to the generous spirit of the people of our community, the Fish Mitten Tree has once again provided mittens and gloves to warm the hands and hearts of children enrolled in Darke County Head Start programs. This hearty demonstration of the true spirit of Christmas which lingers long beyond December 25th is very much appreciated. Special gratitude goes to Aaron and Michele Cox and their staff at Montage in Greenville and Judy Fourman and her crew at Arcanum’s Ben Franklin... read more 
Local Early Childhood Advisory Council needs community reps
GREENVILLE – If you interested in early childhood education issues we ask that you consider becoming a community representative and share your voice to help shape an innovative and positive future of our young children. The Council on Rural Services programs for innovative learning is a local early childhood education provider and interested community people are needed to join the early childhood advisory council. This group has the task of reviewing program design for... read more 
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Food for Friends Drive
ANSONIA - Ansonia Elementary wanted to give back to the community so they held a "Food For Friends" food drive for two weeks in December. Mrs. Fourman's first grade class (pictured) won first place by collecting the most items and will be treated to an ice cream party. The Ansonia FFA contributed some boxes of fresh fruit and helped deliver 1,196 items to the Ansonia United Methodist Church for their food pantry... read more 
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Darke County 2014 Official Visitors Guide now available
GREENVILLE – Hot off the presses, the Darke County Visitors Bureau announced the release and distribution of the 2014/2015 Official Visitors Guide for Darke County, Ohio. “The Official Visitors Guide is designed to resemble the look and feel of a lifestyle magazine. From cover to cover, the warm hospitality found in our community is portrayed through the images of smiling faces, family-friendly events and our urban-country spirit,” stated Deanna... read more 
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Woodland students collect food for FISH
GREENVILLE - The students at Woodland Primary collected over 1200 pounds of canned food and $100 in cash donations.  The donations and food were given to FISH Choice Pantry this year.  The Village Green is matching our donations and providing a pizza party for the homeroom from each grade level that brought in the most food.  The Greenville High School Wrestling Team came to load and deliver the food.  "We are very proud of the... read more 
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