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Edison Announces Spring 2014 Dean’s List
Edison Community College recognizes 518 students for excellence in academics on the 2014 Spring Semester Dean’s List. To be eligible for the Dean’s List, a student must have at least a 3.5 grade point average and carry a minimum of 12 hours for the semester. Listed in Alphabetical Order by City and Last Name - Anna: Corey Abbott, Krista Blankenship, Cynthia Ellenwood, Allison Harris, Shannon Howell, Craig Hoying, James Liess, Alexander Mikhalkevich, Mandy Ricks... read more 
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It's all Ansonia at 'Grudge Match' blood drive
ANSONIA, Ohio - The first official week of summer kicked off Monday, June 23 with 90-degree heat baking the river of fresh blacktop flowing down Canal Street, passed Ansonia High School.  Not a day to even think about being back in school, unless you had a score to settle with your rival in the annual Community Blood Center (CBC) “Blood & Guts Grudge Match Blood Drive.” FFA teams from... read more 
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American Pickers Looking for Interesting Characters, Unique Collections
The hosts of American Pickers, Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, are longtime "pickers" or as they call themselves "modern archaeologists". They drive the back roads of America knocking on doors, digging through barns and basements, and sifting through junkyards and warehouses. The dirty, rusty treasures and antiques they pull out of these places are not just given a new life... read more 
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Pets of the week
We have Lady at the Darke County Animal Shelter. She is a 3 year old Black Lab. She is black with short hair. She is a nice dog who loves to be around people. She weighs around 60 pounds. She will make a nice companion and walking buddy. She is ready for adoption. We have Buddy at the Darke County Animal Shelter. He is a 3 year old Jack Russell Terrier. He is white and brown with short hair. He is a friendly little guy and loves people. He is... read more 
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Blue Bag Media… Family Fun Series entertaining and educational
GREENVILLE – “This is scientifically called The Cascade!” Tom Sparough was juggling a series of balls. He changed his position. “This is scientifically called… The Cascade!” He changed positions several more times… same answer. He dropped to the floor without missing a beat… “And this is scientifically called?” Two hundred kids (including a few parents) yelled out... read more 
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Second National Bank a Mainstay of County Development
Bank continues as one of P4P’s largest contributors for 6th straight year - DARKE COUNTY- The Partnering for Progress (P4P) Initiative has once again been able to count on one of its top supporters in 2014 as Second National Bank has contributed again to Darke County’s public-private economic development effort.  The collaborative and county-wide initiative... read more 
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Blue Bag Media… Parade and chicken were top Poultry Days attractions
VERSAILLES – “I came here for the candy,” said the young man. His little sister echoed him. For Annabelle Menke, it was her third trip to the annual Versailles Poultry Days Parade, while brother Michael boasted eight visits. They consented to a picture behind the painted chickens near them on the parade route. “We’ll scare the chickens from laying eggs,” Michael said. They had arrived early for the June 14 event. While thousands of people... read more 
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Darke County Historical Society… Dr. Harry G. Thomas Medical Scholarship Program for 2014
The Darke County Historical Society is pleased to announce that funds will be available from the Harry G. Thomas Medical Scholarship Program for the 2014-2015 academic year. The H.G. Thomas Medical Scholarship program, administered by the Darke County Historical Society, was established and funded in 1971 by Lowell Thomas and his sister Pherbia Thomas Thornburg, in memory of their father Dr Harry G. Thomas. The program was... read more 
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Blue Bag Media… Elizabeth White crowned Miss Chick 2014
VERSAILLES – “I went into this hoping to at least get onto the court… I can’t believe this! The community has given me so much. I want to give back!” An excited Elizabeth White couldn’t stop smiling as she acknowledged she’ll be super busy… “But so excited, so much fun; I can’t wait to meet new people.” Keith Rawlins, Master of Ceremonies of the 2014 Poultry Days Miss Chick... read more 
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What kind of man cares for feral cats? By Kim Brady
I've come to look forward to certain stops as I travel between Georgia, North Carolina and Florida. One is a rest area in Cook County, GA, about 47 miles north of the Florida state line on I-75. A family of feral cats, popular with travelers like myself, live in the storm drains, occasionally coming out to visit with the local maintenance crew and to accept pieces of leftover chicken or hamburger... read more 
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Blue Bag Media… Ridenour chosen Little Miss Poultry Days 2014
VERSAILLES – Ken DeMange warned a packed house they never know what’s going to happen or sometimes even what they’ll say as he prepared to introduce the 28 candidates for the 2014 Little Miss Poultry Days competition June 13. Ninety minutes later three judges had trimmed the field to 10, then to the Little Miss and her Court. Star Ridenour, 6, daughter of Tena Black, Versailles was crowned Little Miss Poultry Days 2014. The two... read more 
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Ohio Indiana Certification now open
Opened for business in April 2014, Ohio Indiana Certification, LLC (OIC), is located at 409 Walker Street Greenville.  OIC strives to serve Darke, Preble, Miami and Shelby counties in training students to become State Certified Nursing Assistants (STNA).  Business owners are LaDeana Diver, Registered Nurse (RN), earning her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from Wright State University, Dayton, and Charlotte Sherman, Registered... read more 
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Blue Bag Media… UC Wall of History a reality
UNION CITY, OH – “We want the citizens’ participation… we want to preserve our history for present and future generations.” Betty Grimes showed some of the memorabilia in a display case at the Union City Administration Building. She also showed off two leather bound books. One contained newspaper articles, old letters and more… “I only wanted a few of those things because making copies is expensive,” she said. “Minuteman Press... read more 
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Ohio Noxious Weed Law… Canada Thistle: one of 21 Ohio Noxious Weeds, Mark Loux
The potential for Ohio to become infested with Palmer amaranth has led to some interesting discussions about our noxious weed law in recent meetings where I have been a presenter.  With regard to new weed problems such as Palmer amaranth, the gist of the discussion has been how the law can be used to stop the spread of new infestations.  This includes how to force landowners... read more 
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UVCC Staff Completes Crisis Intervention Team Companion Course
Understanding the teenage mind and recognizing the signs of mental health crisis was the focus of a three-day Crisis Intervention Team workshop for teachers, administrators and staff of Upper Valley Career Center. The training was presented by the Tri-County Board of Recovery and Mental Health Services at the Career Center in Piqua June 10-12. CIT is a nationally recognized program... read more 
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Blue Bag Media… June First Friday draws about 1,500 visitors
GREENVILLE – A young girl in front of the courthouse was enjoying the attentions of five grandparents and great grandparents while across the street visitors were attracted to a steady ‘putt putt putt.’ “That’s my son-in-law over there,” said one gentleman. The putt putt machine was making ice cream. Are you the genius behind that thing? Jim Boyer looked up. Paused, grinned… Then… “yep.” That ‘thing’ was an ice cream machine in front of... read more 
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Blue Bag Media… Versailles rodeo teaches bicycle safety
VERSAILLES – Most kids did the bike safety course once then headed into the firehouse to check out the bicycles to be given away and grab a hot dog (or three or four). Not Isabella Kilburn. According to one volunteer she must have done the course at least a half dozen times. The most recent time, she did it backwards. “They told her she couldn’t do it backwards,” mom JoAnne Kilburn said. “So she did just to prove she could.” Following another trip... read more 
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Cancer Assn holds annual survivor’s day walk
The Cancer Association of Darke County enjoyed a beautiful Sunday afternoon on June 8 at Chenoweth Trails, Greenville, Ohio.  The lovely area is located on Greenville Nashville Road nestled in the trees.  Those attending enjoyed live music, sandwiches, drinks and ice cream and those wanting to walk could take advantage of the well maintained trails. Many did walk in honor or memory of those who have battled cancer. The... read more 
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Recruiting Volunteers to help our Community!
There are SO many volunteer opportunities available in Darke County for those who are age 55 and over through the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP).  Here are just a few examples of organizations and volunteer openings that will get you out of the house and benefit your community.  Remember volunteering is good for your physical and mental health and a great way to make new friends. Here in Darke County we have... read more 
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Blue Bag Media… Graduation options added for high school students
GREENVILLE – “If this allows other doors to open for more people to advance in their training, I’m all for it,” said Greenville City Schools Superintendent Doug Fries. An added bonus from his perspective is the state will help pay for some of the costs. Fries was referring to new graduation requirements approved by the Ohio House and Senate. The bill, HB 487, awaits Gov. John Kasich... read more 
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ACES program graduates 20 students
GREENVILLE   –   Council on Rural Services is honored to congratulate the twenty students that graduated from the Achievement Center for Educational Success (ACES) program and their local school districts this year.  An ACES graduation event was held at the end of May with all the student’s family and friends in attendance, they were also involved in graduation ceremonies and received their actual diplomas from their home school. ACES... read more 
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Keller-Brinley named Tourism 2014 Citizen of the Year
GREENVILLE, OH – Mrs. Gloria Keller-Brinley was honored today as the 2014 Tourism Citizen of the Year by the Darke County Visitors Bureau at the Chamber’s annual meeting at Romer's Catering in Greenville. Aaron Moran, Vice President of the Visitors Bureau’s Board of Trustees along with Scott Hartings, Treasurer of the Board and Senior Finance Manager at Whirlpool presented this award which exemplifies the best of tourism in our... read more 
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Pets of the week
We have Calypso at the Darke County Animal Shelter. She is a 5 year old Rottweiler Shepherd mix. She is black and brown with short hair. She is a little timid when you first meet her. As she meets you she becomes friendly. She will make a nice companion and walking buddy. She is current on her shots, has been altered and is ready for adoption. We have Robin at the Darke County Animal Shelter. She is a 6 year old Border Collie mix. She is black... read more 
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Grudge match blood drive… Kings Island tickets up for grabs
DARKE COUNTY, Ohio - Darke County’s “Blood & Guts Grudge Match Blood Drive” has been a fun way to gather high school donors during summer break, and this time around they’ll be vacationing in “Donoritaville.”  Ansonia High School will host Mississinawa Valley high School in the fifth annual Grudge Match challenge Monday, June 23 with a pair of Kings Island tickets up for grabs and a free “Donoritaville – Relax, lei back, donate… Givin’ is... read more 
Midmark Receives Premier, Inc. Award for Operational Excellence
DAYTON, Ohio, June 12, 2014 — Midmark, a leading healthcare solutions provider and trusted leader in digital diagnostic devices for non-acute care, today announced that it is a winner of Premier, Inc.’s first Supplier Horizon Award. Winners are recognized for their support of Premier’s members through exceptional local customer service and engagement, value creation through clinical excellence and commitment to lower costs. Midmark is one of eight suppliers to receive the... read more 
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Wear Purple Day Raises Awareness of Elder Abuse
Using World Elder Abuse Awareness Day to learn the warning signs and know how to report abuse - COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) and the Ohio Department of Aging (ODA) join Governor John R. Kasich in observing June 15 as Elder Abuse Awareness Day in Ohio. To help show support for vulnerable adults, both agencies encouraged... read more 
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CBC donors get chance to cruze at Eldora Blood Drive
DARKE CO., Ohio - Donors can help boost the summer blood supply, win tickets to some of the hottest dirt track races of the season, and possibly jump behind the wheel of a new Chevy Cruze – all at the annual Community Blood Center (CBC) Eldora Speedway Blood Drive, Thursday, June 19 from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Eldora Speedway Ballroom, 13929 State Route 118... read more 
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Local Students and Teachers Attend MVCTC Career Camp
Clayton, Ohio – The Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) recently held their annual Career Camp for students in grades 8th through 10th.  This year over 90 students from MVCTC’s 27 partner schools attended Career Camp at the school’s Hoke Road campus in Clayton. For over 20 years, the career exploration camp has been held for junior high students, offering them hands-on... read more 
2014 Greenville Athletic Boosters Board Elected
Monday evening’s Greenville Athletic Boosters meeting included the election of new board members for the upcoming year.  This volunteer board focuses on Greenville’s Athletic Programs by promoting parent/coach involvement and fundraising to provide supplementary financial support for costs related to Greenville’s sports programs and student athletic scholarships
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Blue Bag Media… Ansonia schools proclaimed “Wild School” site
ANSONIA – The Ohio Division of Wildlife has proclaimed Ansonia schools as a “Wild School” site – the first in Darke County, according to Darke County Game Warden Jeff Wenning. The Ansonia School District officially opened its outdoor classroom on May 30. It was sponsored through a 2012, $5,000 grant from Darke County Pheasants Forever. Jason Wright, science teacher at Ansonia, thanked all who were involved... read more 
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Blue Bag Media… Play area promotes ‘No Kids Left Inside’
GREENVILLE – “What I like about this is it gets kids off their computers… no carpal tunnel with thumbs,” said Darke County Parks Director Roger VanFrank. “It’s a text-free zone.” The Natural Play Area at Shawnee Prairie was Parks Naturalist Rob Clifford’s idea. He was happy to demonstrate a part of it… jumping the tree stumps. Clifford said nearly 1,000 kids of all ages had visited the... read more 
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Blue Bag Media… OFRW directors enjoy KitchenAid Experience
GREENVILLE – “Don’t eat too much at Montage – I know that’s going to be hard… the food is delicious – but you will be eating your apple dumpling with ice cream for dessert afterwards.” The ladies were warned… then as the apple dumpling-making lesson kicked in and they poured different kinds of sugar and spices on the apple and its wrapping, they began to
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Athletic Boosters Scholarships Awarded!
Greenville Athletic Boosters would like to congratulate the following Greenville High School Seniors that have been awarded a $500 scholarship for their combined athletic and academic accomplishments! - Calen Bruner, Ryan Eldridge, Kristin Karns, Karlee Lennen, Haleigh Luce. The recipients met the following guidelines to be eligible for this
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Darke County Farm Bureau donates to PACE
Greenville, OH- The Darke County Farm Bureau at their June board meeting voted to make a $1,000 contribution to the Progressive Agriculture Convention and Education Center, also known as the PACE Center. The PACE Center is an exhibition and training center serving the community and agricultural students throughout western Ohio.  The PACE Center will include
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