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Bowl for Kids Sake
Benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County, Friday, March 7th 5:00 - 6:00pm, Saturday, March 8th 12:00 - 4:00pm, Treaty Lanes in Greenville &, Bel-Mar Lanes in Sidney *Bowl a 1-hour shift. Open to the public.* BOWL FOR KIDS’ SAKE is a bowl-a-thon in which participants PRE-COLLECT donations and bowl a game to benefit children who may be in need of a positive role model. The annual BOWL FOR KIDS’ SAKE will be held on Friday, MARCH 7 AND Saturday
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Veterans of Foreign Wars… Voice of Democracy Public Speaking Contest
YOU CAN WIN $30,000! WHO CAN ENTER: The Voice of Democracy Program is open to students in grades 9-12 (on the Nov. 1 deadline), who are enrolled in a public, private or parochial high school or home study program in the United States and its territories. HOW TO ENTER: The deadline for submissions for the 2014-2015 program is November 1, 2014. The 2014-15 entry form will be available around
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Ag. Breakfast Meeting
Ag Breakfast Meeting, Thursday, February 6, 2014, 7:30 am, Brethren Retirement Center's Cafeteria, Greenville (Enter through the Brethren Retirement Center's main doors, under the awning, and follow the signs to the cafeteria.) For your calendar: the following month’s meeting will be March 6, 2014. Sam Custer, Extension Educator, Agriculture & Natural Resources
Cancer Support group meets Feb. 6
The next meeting of the “Living with Cancer” Support Group will be held on Thursday, February 6 from 7:00 to 8:15 pm. The meeting will take place in the first floor administrative board room at Wayne Health Care. (From the main entrance, turn right and go down the hallway past the lab and turn left at the end of the hall.  You will see the board room on the left.) February’s meeting will hold an open forum and those planning to attend are being asked to bring one thing to share with the rest of the group.  (Either
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GOP Women to Meet
The Darke County Republican Women's Club (DCRWC) will be holding its regularly scheduled monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. on February 10. Program for the evening will feature information regarding Women’s Health Issues. Dinner is available by reservation, at a cost of $7.50. To place a reservation, please email Wavelene Denniston at, or call her at (937) 547-6477. Reservations must be made before noon on February 6 and reservations placed must be paid. Dinner is
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5K Run/walk for the Dog Park
The Darke County Friends of the Shelter is having a 5K race to benefit the new dog park.  Entrants may run or walk the event.  As an added bonus this race will be part of the Wayne Healthcare Challenge. The 5K will be held at the Darke County Fairgrounds on April 5th  and 100% of the money will go to the dog park. You can participate with or without your dog. If you have a dog, you're encouraged to run/walk with your dog. Special awards will
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Backyard Sugaring
Back by popular demand and just in time for the upcoming maple sugaring season, join the Darke County Park District on Saturday, February 15th at 1:00pm to learn this new skill!  At the program, you will learn how to tap your own maples, how and when to collect the sap and how to go about turning that sap into maple goodness! Demonstrations and hands-on experience will ensure that by the end of the program, you’ll have the skills needed to
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Chinese Tea Ceremony at Library
Jesse Berry from Blue Lantern Tea will demonstrate a traditional Chinese Tea Ceremony at the Greenville Public Library on Thursday February 6th at 6:30 p.m.  He will talk about the history and culture of tea as well as the many health benefits.  The ceremony consists of the preparation and serving of tea - everyone will taste a sample! Jesse first discovered artisan quality tea through his Kung Fu practice.  About 15 years ago he was looking
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Darke County Parks Winter Speaker
Darke County Parks is hosting a Winter Speaker Series!  These programs will occur indoors.  During the second program of the series, Birds (& Tigers) of India,  you will travel to India to see a variety of birds, marvel at the Taj Mahal and maybe even have a close encounter with a Bengal Tiger, all from the comforts of the Nature Center! Join Parks’ Volunteer, Dr. Margaret Hensel on Monday, February 3rd at 6:30pm as she recounts her 2013 travels. This PowerPoint presentation will
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Super Bowl kicks off “flu season” for problem gambling
“Let’s make it interesting.” How often does that simple statement set in motion a series of choices that, for some, lead to disastrous outcomes by quite literally raising the stakes of an otherwise harmless activity? Problem gambling is defined as a compulsion to gamble beyond one’s means to lose, to divert money or other resources away from necessities into gambling, and being deceptive
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‘Every drop counts’ mug helps handle heart of winter
Snow & cold can be a challenge to maintaining blood supply - DAYTON & DARKE COUNTY, Ohio – Community Blood Center (CBC) is reminding donors about the importance of donating during the heart of winter with the “Blood Donor - Every Drop Counts” speckled campfire mug.  It’s free to anyone who registers to donate now through February 22.  Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment at The stout
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Fair Board Public Forum scheduled for Jan. 30
The purpose is to determine Present and Future Fair and Non Fair Beef & Dairy Cattle Exhibition Building Needs. It will be for Moderated, Time Limited Public Comment. Forum Guidelines: The Forum will be recorded by the Fairboard for future reference/review. No questions will be permitted. The Fairboard is seeking public comment only. There will be an individual moderating the Public Comment
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VACC Banquet rescheduled... Due to extreme weather conditions, VACC Banquet has been rescheduled for Feb. 3.
Child nurturing discussions at 2014 Parish Café
VERSAILLES - The 2014 Parish Café series, the free community education presentations sponsored by St. Denis, Holy Family and Immaculate Conception Catholic Churches, will begin this year with discussions on the importance of protecting children and positive ways to build “kind confidence” in childhood. Feb. 12, Steve White,  a Catholic Social Services counselor who has worked with families and children for over 25 years will present: “Recognizing the Signs of Bullying and Abuse.” White
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DCCA presents "The Un-Valentines Show"
Darke County Center for the Arts Coffeehouse Series will feature award-winning musicians John Latini and Jamie-Sue Seal performing “The Un-Valentine's Show” on Feb. 13. It will feature songs and tales of “unforgiveness, heartbreak, dysfunction, and revenge” at The Bistro Off Broadway in Greenville. The show begins at 7 p.m. “Latini and Seal are not only exceptionally talented musicians, but
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Spring select tryouts, Darke County Soccer Association
Darke County Soccer Association will be holding spring tryouts Feb. 1, 10 a.m. to noon, at the Academy Indoor facility, 615 Riffle Ave., Greenville. Tryouts will be for Girls U10 and U12, and Boys U9, U11, U13 and U15. Questions: email
Library Winter Reading
The Greenville Public Library kicks off the “Hot Reads for Cold Nights” Winter Reading Program for adults on January 27.  Anyone 18 years and older is invited to participate and win prizes.  Just pick up entry forms at either the Circulation or Reference Desks.  Fill out a form for each book read and turn them in for weekly drawings. Weekly prizes consist of a 2014 book-lovers calendar, movie passes, and $10 gift cards to one of the... read more
T-V BackPack Program to hold fundraiser
The Feed the Hungry Children Backpack Program will be holding a fundraiser Sat. Feb. 8 from 3 to 5:45 p.m. between the Tri-Village High School girls and boys basketball games. The girls play Ft. Recovery at 1 p.m. The boys play New Bremen at 6 p.m. The volunteers will be offering a Chili Supper for $5. Available are chili with crackers or loaded chili, shredded chicken sandwich or hot dog sandwich, cookies/brownies and coffee/lemonade... read more
Versailles Area COC presents People-Pride-Progress Award to Versailles PTO
Versailles Area Chamber of Commerce is honored to present the Versailles Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) its 2013 People-Pride-Progress Award.  Versailles Exempted Village Schools is proud to be a partner with the parents/guardians of our community, who have come together to form this group to create a great learning environment for our students. The Versailles PTO has contributed to the educational success for our students.  For the last three years, the PTO has... read more
Fairboard to hold public meeting on fire event Jan. 30
The Board of Directors for The Great Darke County Fair is issuing this press release to update the public regarding the fire that took place on the evening of Friday, December 27, 2013. The State Fire Marshall’s Office and Insurance Company investigations are ongoing and incomplete regarding the fire at the Darke County Fairgrounds that affected the 60' by 240' Beef Palace; the 60' by 240... read more
The Benefit Bank in Greenville Free Tax Filing
Greenville, Ohio, 1/13/14----NextStep Ministries of EUM Church, Greenville, in partnership with the Ohio Benefit Bank, is pleased to announce a series of free tax clinics and weekday and evening appointments available to the public.  The clinics will be held on Saturdays with appointments from 9AM until 2:30PM at NextStep Ministries located at 400 Markwith Ave, Greenville.  Clients will be served by appointment only.  Call 937-547-9730 to schedule an appointment. Please note, income eligibility limits have... read more
Cancer Association Gourmet Dinner Raffle
Cancer Association of Darke County is holding its annual Gourmet Dinner Raffle with proceeds to help cancer patients living in Darke County. Your support is greatly needed! This dinner is a wonderful gift for your friends or family and at the same time greatly supports our Darke County cancer patients who are battling the devastating disease.  Please help us to make this our most successful year! Tickets are $5.00 or 6 for $25.  The deadline to buy tickets is February 5, 2014.  The... read more
January is National Volunteer Blood Donor Month
January is National Volunteer Blood Donor Month and Community Blood Center (CBC) is recognizing all donors who support CBC Donor Centers and mobile blood drives. Since 1970 January has been designated as a special month to encourage donors to give blood or make a pledge to donate. Maintaining the community blood supply is traditionally a challenge during the winter months.  But CBC begins the New Year with an ample reserve and is well positioned to reliably provide our partner hospitals with... read more
Ohio Farmers Encouraged to Apply for Treasurer's 2014 Ag-LINK Program
COLUMBUS - Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel announced today that the application period for Ohio farmers to participate in the Ohio Treasury's 2014 Agricultural Linked Deposit Program (Ag-LINK) has opened.  Farmers may submit online applications for interest rate reductions on agricultural start-up loans through Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 5:00 PM. "Agriculture is one of Ohio's most important industries," said Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel. "Ohio's farmers... read more
VACC 2013 People-Pride-Progress Award
Versailles Area Chamber of Commerce is honored to present the Versailles Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) its 2013 People-Pride-Progress Award.  Versailles Exempted Village Schools is proud to be a partner with the parents/guardians of our community, who have come together to form this group to create a great learning environment for our students. The Versailles PTO has contributed to the educational success for our students.  For the last three years, the PTO has... read more
Darke County Parks 2014 Photo Contest
Calling all amateur photographers! 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 and will be sold in the Nature Center’s Gift Shop!  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... read more
2014 Tree Sale Underway
The Darke Soil & Water Conservation District is conducting its annual tree seedling sale until March 21. The 2-3 year seedlings are bare root stock and each tree is dipped into a preservative gel to keep roots moist inside a plastic bag and should be planted as soon as they are received. Our seedlings are packaged in groups of five. An assortment of tree packets are for sale to urban and rural landowners. The plant varieties are selected for their popularity and hardiness in the Darke County area. This is... read more
Coffee with the Commissioner
Commissioner Mike Stegall will be resuming his “Coffee with the Commissioner” meetings on Saturday, January 25th at E&R’s Pub located at 100 E. Main Street in Yorkshire.  The meeting will be from 8:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m., or always longer if needed.   Commissioner Stegall has not had a meeting at E&R’s before, so this is a chance for the people in the northern part of the County to express their views and opinions on County matters.  These meetings are always informal, and Mike wants as many... read more
Martin Luther King Day closing
Community Action Partnership of Greater Dayton Area – Darke County - will be closed Jan. 20, 2014, in honor of Martin Luther King Day. This includes Metropolitan Housing Authority. Community Transportation Services, offered through Community Action Partnership of Greater Dayton Area – Darke County, will be in operation for those who need service on Martin Luther King Day, Mon., Jan. 20, 2014. Reservations should be made by Fri., Jan. 17, for transportation by calling 547-9129.
Greenville Transit, County Offices
Greenville Transit System and all county offices will be closed January 20 in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
Swingin’ with the Saints Feb. 9
Swingin’ with the Saints Again!  Great music, instrumental, vocal and keyboard will provide music that is light, up beat, up tempo at the First Presbyterian Church, 114 E. 4th Street in Greenville.  This free musical afternoon is Sunday, February 9, at 3 p.m. Providing this afternoon of musical pleasure are artists Darrel Fryman on keyboard, Terri Fryman on piano, Don lockhart as vocalist, Ron Smith on the euphonium, Melinda Wissel on flute with a special “6 hands on one piano” version... read more
Darke County Cancer Association… Looking for a perfect Valentine gift?
Try a Gourmet Dinner for 8! Your choice of time and place. Cancer Association of Darke County is holding its annual Gourmet Dinner Raffle with proceeds to help cancer patients living in Darke County. Your support is greatly needed! Eikenberry’s are donating the food again this year which will be prepared by the Gourmet Dinner Club. Minuteman Press is donating the tickets. Members of the “Gourmet Dinner Club” will be volunteering their time to prepare a multi-course meal. Tickets... read more
DCCA presents Seussical
Darke County Center for the Arts will open their 2013-14 Family Theatre Series at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville on January 26 with Theatreworks USA's production of Seussical, a musical based on the beloved works of Dr. Seuss. “This delightful musical will thrill youngsters and charm adults,” said DCCA Executive Director Andrea Jordan. “The production is Theatreworks' biggest... read more
Dining with Diabetes
If you have diabetes, if you have a family member with diabetes or if you support and care for someone with diabetes, you will want to enroll in Dining with Diabetes, an educational class designed to help you learn to reduce sugar, salt and fat in food and better control blood sugar. Dining with Diabetes will be offered on three Wednesdays.  The three week session will be March 12, 19 and 26, 2014, from 5:30pm to 7:30pm, at the OSU Extension Learning Center, 603 Wagner Avenue, Greenville, Ohio.  The... read more
VACC Banquet
Monday, January 27, the Versailles Area Chamber of Commerce is holding its annual dinner meeting at the Riviera Banquet Room, Stillwater Valley Golf Course.  A cash bar will be open at 5:30 pm with dinner served at 6:15 p.m. The highlight of the evening will be the presentation of the “Citizen of the Year” award.  This award was originally established in 1970 under the name of the Community Service Award and has been award annual since its inception. Membership renewals and tickets for the... read more
Coyote Howl
Coyotes are highly adaptive canines and are found throughout Ohio, even in the largest of cities! Join the Darke County Parks to learn about coyotes via lecture and presentation inside the Nature Center on Thursday, January 16th at 7:00 pm and then we’ll head outside for a short hike and see if we can “talk” with the local coyotes! Will they answer us... only time will tell!  This program is FREE.  For more information on programs offered by the Darke County Parks, visit our website at
A night of romance and laughter
Darke County Civic Theater and Darke County Humane Society will be pairing together for a night of romance and laughter. If you're looking for something unique to do this Valentine's Day, then you should attend this first time collaboration between these two groups. The Civic Theater will be presenting two one act plays. The first is entitled “WANTED: One Groom” by Claudene Rease. The story follows young but hopeful Kayla, who's... read more
Break the Blahs of Winter!  Save a Life! 
Are you ready to break the blahs of winter with a life saving party?  It is a party that may actually benefit you, your family and the community.  Learn CitizensCPR, the hands-on only CPR, in just 30 minutes and then kick off the party. 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... read more
Lucet Weaving
Join the Darke County Parks on Wednesday, January 15th at 7:00 pm if you are interested in learning the basic technique of cord making. Braided cord is accomplished by using a small handheld tool, a lucet, and pearl cotton thread. With the lucet you can create a square braid similar to spool knitting. Your end product can be used for multiple projects such as a drawstring bag, decorative cording on a jacket, button loops, lacing on clothing, etc. Space is limited so sign up today by calling the Nature Center at 937.548.0165.  The fee for the program is $8.  For more information on all programs offered by the Darke County Parks, please visit our website at
Recovery and Mental Health board to meet
The Tri-County Board of Recovery and Mental Health Services will meet Wednesday, January 15 at 6:45PM in the Marianne Helmlinger Board Room and Training Center at the Board’s offices, 1100 Wayne Street, Suite 4000, Troy. The Board meets regularly the third Wednesday of each month except August and December. The Tri-County Board is dedicated to planning, funding, monitoring and evaluating substance abuse and mental health services for Darke, Miami and Shelby Counties.
Christmas Tree Recycling
Not sure what to do with your dried-out, cut Christmas tree? Why not bring it to Shawnee Prairie Preserve (4267 State Route 502 West) to recycle it back to nature! This FREE event is hosted by Darke County Solid Waste District and all shredded trees will be used on the trails. Please remove all ornaments, lights, wire, tinsel, and nails prior to arrival. We regret we cannot accept trees with fake snow. Drop-off is only accepted during office hours, Monday-Saturday from 9:00am-5:00pm. Trees will be accepted December 26th through January 17th.   Please contact Solid Waste for more information at 937.547.0827
Darke County Soccer Association
The Darke County Soccer Association will hold their next Board Meeting on Monday January 13th @ 6PM at the Academy Indoor Training Facility.  Everyone is invited to attend.  IF you have any questions please feel free to contact Dave Ernst @ 548-3815.
Darke County Solid Waste Meeting Notice
The Darke County Solid Waste Management District Policy Committee will meet Wednesday, January 22, 2014, at 3:00 p.m. in the Ohio State University Extension Office Assembly Room located at 603 Wagner Ave. in Greenville, OH.
David Fair on the Square ∙ Marla Fair
Local Troy author, Marla Fair, will appear this Friday January 10th, 2014, at Montage Café in Greenville, OH, at the Greenville Public Library’s Friends of the Library Author’s Night to promote her newest novel, Morning through the Shadows.  The novel, set in 1848 Troy, takes a page from the town’s rich history.  It tells the tale of her immigrant McCurdy ancestors who left famine-wasted Ireland behind for the hopes and dreams of a better life in... read more
"Building Blocks II" parenting class planned
OSU Extension, Darke County, has scheduled a “Building Blocks II” parenting series.  The classes will be held February 19 and 26, 2014, at the OSU Extension Learning Center, 603 Wagner Avenue, Greenville.  The class times are from 6:00-8:00pm.  There is no fee for this class.  This is an adult only series. The “Building Blocks II” parenting classes are for parents who wish to develop better parenting skill or parenting techniques for children ages 7-13 years.  This will be 2 classes focusing on parent... read more
Photo Club To Host Workshop on January 25
Do you need help taking better photographs with your own camera?  We have listened to your feedback.  This year the Darke County Photography Club is pleased to announce a new workshop taught by club members on Saturday, January 25, 2014, from 9:00am to 12:00pm at the Shawnee Prairie Nature Center.  Just bring your camera, owner’s manual, and some photographs that you have taken, and our club members will help you learn more... read more
Agranomic Crops Network Newsletter, from Sam Custer
Ohio State University Extension is offering three educational webinars called Corn, Soybean and Wheat Connection for Ohio crop farmers and industry during January and February, 2014. The sessions will focus on corn production, soybean production and weed control. There are three options to for individuals to participate in these sessions. The three program dates and topics are: January 14th Corn Production from 7:00-8:30 pm... read more
Darke County Republican Men’s Club
The Darke County Republican Men’s Club will meet Jan. 18 at 8 a.m. in the Chestnut Café at Brethren Retirement Community. A small group of Men’s CLUB MEMBERS asked me to contact the members of the Republican Central Committee and all elected officials to encourage them to attend the Monthly Republican Men’s Meeting on January 18, 2014 at 8:00 a.m. at the BRC “Chestnut Café” for BREAKFAST – eggs, bacon, toast, sweet roll... read more
Greenville Area Dog Club offers dog training classes
GREENVILLE – The Greenville Area Dog Club winter session of obedience, agility, and conformation classes begins the week of January 12, 2014. Through the years more classes have been added to meet the growing interest in dog training.  Many people like the variety of classes available. The Greenville Area Dog Club will be offering classes at the former U.S. Chemical building, located in the... read more
GHS Wavaires present 2014 Cantata schedule
GREENVILLE - The Greenville High School Wavaires are pleased to announce the 2014 schedule for their annual cantata performances. This year's presentation is "United in Worship" and will be held in local churches. The cantata will feature modern worship songs from the well-known Worship Bands "Hillsong" and "Hillsong United."  There are no admission fees for these performances and... read more
DCCA presents “A Taste of Wine & Jazz XXVI”
Darke County Center for the Arts will present “A Taste of Wine and Jazz XXVI” on Friday, January 17 at Montage Cafe in downtown Greenville. The wine tasting party, a fundraiser for the local arts organization, will feature food and music in addition to a selection of fine wines. “This is a sensationally popular party which has taken on a life of its own since the first “Taste” several years ago,” said DCCA Executive Director Andrea Jordan. “Tickets... read more
First Author’s Night This Friday
The first Friends of the Library’s Author’s Night on January 10th will feature author, artist, and historic interpreter Marla Fair.  Marla writes in two different genres, historic fiction and fantasy - AND works at the Johnston Farm & Indian Agency in Piqua, has painted three series of original art, and even restores antique dolls!  Her presentation could be about many things. Marla attended the University of Cincinnati and... read more
Financial aid night planned for high school seniors and parents
GREENVILLE – The FAFSA deadline is approaching for all college bound students. To help parents and students understand this important step in the financial aid process, Bridges to College and Edison Community College are offering a College Financial Aid Night at 7 p.m. on Jan. 9, at the Edison Campus in Greenville. The information presented will be for any student who plans to attend a... read more
  Darke County Relay For Life Hosts Kick Off
(DARKE COUNTY, OHIO) – The 2014 Relay For Life Kick off will be held Monday, January 13th from 6:30 - 7:30 pm at Shawnee Prairie Preserve.  The Preserve is located at 4267 State Route 502, approximately one half-mile west of Greenville. The Kick Off sets the stage for the summer-time event. Anyone considering leading their own team or just wanting to get more involved with the Relay is encouraged to attend. This year’s Relay For Life theme is "Life's a Beach without Cancer... read more
  January is National Volunteer Blood Donor Month
DAYTON, Ohio – Darke County Blood groups will help support the area blood supply early in the New Year by hosting community blood drives. Community Blood Center (CBC) is adding warmth to January National Volunteer Blood Donor Month with the gift of a cozy fleece travel blanket to everyone who registers to donate.  Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment at The fleece blanket is charcoal grey, about 4 feet wide and 4 1⁄2 feet long, and rolls... read more
  Farmland Leasing Workshop
As we look towards lower commodity prices for 2014, land costs appear to be the largest variable in determining the opportunity for profit.  We are hosting a meeting on January 15 that should help you in making informed decisions, whether you are a land owner or a farmer renting the land.   I would encourage you to share the attached flyer with farmers and farm owners so that all can be informed and make informed decisions. Registration deadline is January 8. Download flyer here
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