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Versailles Memorial Day Observance
A parade was part of the Versailles veteran's memorial service this past Monday, May 26.  Members of the American Legion Post #435 and VFW Post #3849, along with the Legion Auxiliary, Versailles High School marching band, Busy Beaver's 4-H club, boy and girl scouts marched from the Vet's Club to Greenlawn Cemetery. Fr. James Simons gave the invocation and Jerome Bey was
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Ohio State Senate… Faber, Beagle Seek to Raise Awareness for Mitochondrial Disease, Honor Life of Corynna Strawser - COLUMBUS– The Ohio Senate today approved Senate Bill 300, sponsored by Senator Bill Beagle (R-Tipp City) and Senate President Keith Faber (R-Celina), which seeks to designate the month of September as “Mitochondrial Disease Awareness Month” in Ohio. This legislation will commemorate the life and work of 16-year-old Corynna Strawser, as well as carry on her goal to raise public awareness for mitochondrial... read more 
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Blue Bag Media… Kies named AAA School Safety Patrol Advisor of the Year
ANSONIA – Rick Kies asked the American Legion if they would put up a flag pole on the west side of the Ansonia school building. They did. Since then he’s gone out with his kids every day to raise and lower the flag. This is just one of a long list of the accolades retiring Ansonia PE teacher Rick Kies has received over the years. The latest was being named the AAA School Safety
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Pets of the week
We have CoCo at the Darke County Animal Shelter. He is a 1 year old Lab mix. He is brown with a white chest and short hair. He is a friendly little guy and only weighs around 45 pounds. He loves to play and have fun. He is current on his shots and will make a great companion and friend. He is looking family to live with and have fun. We have Tex at the Darke County Animal Shelter. He is a 2
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Historic Preservation Award presented to St. Clair owners
On May 17th Fort GreeneVille Chapter and Ohio Regent Sandy McCann presented the National Historic Preservation Recognition Award to St Clair Manor owners Mike and Sherri Jones. Sherri accepted the award during the 100th Anniversary Mother's Day Tea Party hosted by the Fort GreeneVille DAR Chapter at the St. Clair Manor. The Historic Preservation Recognition Award recognizes and
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President Lincoln Revisits the Tecumseh Trail
The Darke County Parks and the Phoenix Committee of the Friends of the Darke County Parks recently installed signage at the Tecumseh Trailhead in Gettysburg as a reminder of the Darke County connection to the Abraham Lincoln Funeral Train Route. This portion of the Tecumseh Trail was once an active railway and was utilized during this funeral train procession. On Sunday
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MVCTC Class of 2014 Scholarship Winners Announced
Dayton, Ohio – Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) Class of 2014 scholarship winners were announced on Friday, May 16, during the Senior Recognition Ceremony at the Wright State Nutter Center. 607 students received their Career Passport during the ceremony.  The Career Passport is awarded to students that successfully complete their MVCTC career program with good grades
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Mother’s Day Tea Party hosted
On May 17th Fort GreeneVille Chapter hosted a 100th Anniversary Mother's Day Tea Party. It was held at the historical St. Clair Manor with Ohio Regent Sandy McCann in attendance as the special guest. Also in attendance were Commodore Preble Chapter members, family members and friends. Fort GreeneVille Chapter Chaplain Karen Burkett gave a 100th Mother's Day Anniversary program while Commodore Preble Regent Linda
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Kristina Parke wins Lead the Way scholarship
DAYTON, Ohio – Community Blood Center (CBC) and Vectren have awarded a $1,000 Lead The Way Creative Scholarship to Bradford High School senior Kristina “Kristy” Parke for the skillful blend of style, symbolism and ingenuity in her winning blood drive recruitment campaign. Kristy lives in Covington and is one of five scholarship winners representing schools in Montgomery, Clarke
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My Favorite Photos, Bob Robinson
I started on this project in late February. It took me a couple of weeks to weed through the hundreds of photos I took in late 2012 and throughout 2013. Got them down to about 300. So I started deleting… finally got them down to 160. That was it. I couldn’t go any further. Every photo was a favorite. They brought back memories of the Miss Annie Oakley shooting contest, Memorial Day 2013, Fourth of July
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NAACLS Grants Edison’s Medical Laboratory Technician Program Accreditation
Edison Community College’s Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) program has once again received the highest level of accreditation from the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). The NAACLS Board of Directors granted seven-year accreditation to the program on April 10, 2014, based upon the continuing accreditation review process that included a site visit. As a career field with excellent job prospects, Edison’s in-demand MLT program is available to
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Blue Bag Media… Edison students educate sixth graders on drugs and bullying
GREENVILLE – Sixteen Edison Community College students headed to Greenville South Middle School two separate mornings, April 30 and May 7, to talk to sixth graders about two major problems adolescents face at that age: bullying (including cyber bullying and social media safety) and drug awareness. South teachers were asked to critique the college students; suggestions were made which helped the presenters, but all were pleased, especially
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St. Mary’s School May Newsletter
May tends to be a rather bittersweet month. It’s a month full of “lasts”. On one hand, you have the last math test, the last history assignment, or if you’re a teacher, there’s the last week of cafeteria duty or last writing assignment to grade. But then there’s the last time that a particular group of children who have become so dear to you will be “your kids”. The eighth graders leave the school one last time as the eighth grade. We have finally arrived at the end of this school year, which may
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Edison hosts Upper Valley Career Center Students
Edison Community College hosted 19 Upper Valley Career Center (Upper Valley CC) Medical Information Management students on May 2, 2014 at the Piqua campus. During the visit, students learned about Edison’s Medical Assisting program. While on campus, Upper Valley CC students toured classrooms and labs, participated in hands-on demonstrations given by Edison students
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Local Human Service Agency Recruiting for Board of Trustees
PIQUA – Are you looking for a way to be involved in your community, along with sharing your knowledge and skills?  Apply to become a board member for an organization that demonstrates their commitment to build educational and supportive partnerships, with people of all ages.  We work to expand opportunities for individuals and families that increase their potential for change and growth in their lives.   Join our organization! The Council on Rural Service Programs a non-profit human service
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MVCTC Teachers Receive Ohio Master Teacher Recognition
Clayton, Ohio – The Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) is proud to announce that over the last five years, 33 instructors have been recognized as State of Ohio Master Teachers. The three teachers to receive this distinction for 2014 are: Mrs. Gwen Bergman, Math Instructor; Mrs. Debbie Carter, Social Studies Instructor at Youth Connections; Mr. Todd Engel, Science Instructor at Youth Connections. The following five instructors
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Volunteer Site Makes a Difference in Versailles
The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) has a new volunteer site that can help you make a difference in the lives of people.  The Trinity Lutheran Church in Versailles has a need for volunteers in their mat program that helps create sleeping mats for the homeless, the community meal program that helps to feed 200 to 300 hungry individuals each week and the backpack food program that furnishes food for kids to keep them healthy.Volunteering helps our communities because
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DCCA proclaims "Everybody Wins" a success
Darke County Center for the Arts' initial participation in online cultural marketplace Power2Give's fundraising site has accomplished a successful result. DCCA's “Everybody Wins” project seeking funding for a summer theater residency by Missoula Children's Theatre has reached its goal of $2,500, making up the shortfall usually experienced between the program's costs and income. “We are so excited to be fully funded for this meaningful program
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MVCTC Veterinary Science Team Places 1st in State FFA Contest
Columbus, Ohio – Students from the Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) Veterinary Science program competed in the State Animal Behavior, Welfare, and Husbandry FFA contest on April 15, in Columbus and won first place. Students on the team included: Talon Bray-Harris (Miamisburg); Alexiana Bursey (Northmont); Courtney Clippinger (Eaton); Elizabeth Fetters (Milton-Union); Danyelle Frost (Trotwood); Hannah Hall (Mississinawa Valley); Chloe Hofstetter (Vandalia-Butler)
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BBBS “Big Buddies” After School Program ends with Smiles!
The Big Brothers Big Sisters High School mentoring program concluded 2013/14 “Big Buddies” after-school program.  Each site celebrated with ice cream/cookie parties, games and crafts. The program pairs high school sophomores, juniors and seniors with local youth and the “matches” meet twice a month throughout the school year.  The High School “Buddies” work together with their “Littles” on activities that focus on educational and social
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Ohio Job & Family Services… May Is Foster Care and Adoption Recognition and Recruitment Month - COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) is joining Governor Kasich in recognizing May as Foster Care and Adoption Recognition and Recruitment Month, and urging all Ohioans to do something positive to make a difference for children and youth in foster care. “On any given day in Ohio, approximately 13,000 children are in foster care, and more than 3,200 are waiting for adoptive families... read more 
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Major Gift Launches the Green the Garst Tree Donation Program
The Darke County Historical Society is pleased to announce that a donation made in the memory of Sherlie Steffens Baker has created a wonderful start to the museum’s new “Green the Garst Tree Donation Program.” Sherlie Baker is the late mother of Garst Museum’s Executive Director, Dr. Clay Johnson. Dr. Johnson, his brother Dr. Christopher R. Johnson and sister-in-law
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Congratulations to Edison Community College's Class of 2014!
Last Friday, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown joined students, parents, and faculty at Edison Community College’s 39th spring commencement ceremony, where he served as keynote speaker. “Use your Edison education, your determination and grit, and make it your responsibility to ensure that Ohioans, no matter their zip code, can succeed,” said Sen. Brown. “As Edison graduates, you are capable of many great things, and I know you will continue to
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Versailles Health Care Center honors nurses
Nurses at Versailles Health Care Center were honored during National Nurses Week with special thank you notes and gift certificates.  Annually, National Nurses Week begins on May 6, marked as RN Recognition Day, and ends on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, founder of nursing as a modern profession.  Pictured in the photo Left to Right:  Jarica DeLoye
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MVCTC Power Technology Students Finish 6th in State FFA Contest
Clayton, Ohio – Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) Power Technology students competed in the FFA State Outdoor Power and Equipment Career Development Event (CDE) at The Ohio State University ATI campus in Wooster, Ohio on April 22, 2014. The team of Dustin Berger (Ansonia), Dakota Hines (Mississinawa Valley), and Isaac Stockslager (Arcanum) placed 6th
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100th Anniversary of Extension
Ohio State University Extension, Darke County is pleased to announce that May 8, 2014 is the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Smith-Lever Act, which established the Cooperative Extension Service. The Smith-Lever Act requires cooperation between county, state and federal governments and encourages priorities to be established locally to meet the needs of each county
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Maid-Rite an Annie Gala Gold Sponsor
Even Annie Oakley can't visit Greenville, without stopping for a Maid-Rite. While she was waiting for her order, she said thank you for their gold sponsorship of Annie's Star Spangled Gala to be held at the Garst Museum, Greenville, on Saturday, June 14. She also sold a few raffle tickets. Winners could win weekend accommodations in a luxury log cabin close to Gatlinburg, a 16 GB iPad Air, or a Bose, SoundLInk Mini Bluetooth Speaker
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Blue Bag Media… Local history was unveiled during First Friday tour, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – Margaret Howard was the only female to serve as Sheriff in Darke County history. She lived above the former jail, now the Darke County Commissioners Building. She became the Jail Matron when her husband, Bob, was elected Sheriff in 1964. He served as Sheriff from 1965 until his unexpected death in March 1966. Margaret was sworn in as Sheriff in April and served until
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SSSF awards $7,000 in scholarships, By Jaime Wombolt
On April 24, the Senior Scribes Scholarship Fund came together to celebrate its annual Awards Banquet Dinner. This dinner was to recognize and award yet another seven local Darke County students with a $1,000 college scholarship. The event, held at the Bistro off Broadway courtesy of Ted Abney, offered a delicious meal followed by the welcome and introduction from Senior Scribes President Elaine Bailey. Although not each of the
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Greenville Athletic Boosters fundraising continues
Greenville Athletic Boosters would like to thank Greenville Federal for their recent donation toward the Cannon Project Funding! A team of local businessmen have joined forces to replace the recently decommissioned cannon with a new custom designed cannon that will be manufactured locally. We are inviting interested Businesses, Groups and Individuals to learn more about this exciting project!  There have already been numerous
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Tom Scott Seed a Silver Sponsor
Annie Oakley delivers her star spangled Gala banner to Tom Scott Seed Service in honor of their Silver sponsorship of her Star Spangled Gala, a major fundraiser for The National Annie Oakley Center and the Garst Museum. The raffle includes a two night stay at a 3 bedroom, luxury log cabin close to Gatlinburg, donated by Tom and Cindy Scott/Tom Scott Seed Service. The Gala will be held at the Garst Museum, Greenville, on Saturday
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May Is Public Assistance Fraud Awareness Month
COLUMBUS, OHIO – May is Public Assistance Fraud Awareness Month in Ohio, and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) has unveiled a new website that makes it easier than ever to report suspected fraud: www.jfs.ohio.gov/fraud. “This is an excellent new tool that allows anyone anywhere to report fraud online instantly and anonymously,” said ODJFS Director Cynthia C. Dungey. “We have no tolerance for fraud. It wastes
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Dickman Industrial and Electrical Supplies a Gold sponsor of Annie’s Star Spangled Gala
Dickman Industrial and Electrical Supplies has turned on the lights for Annie's Star Spangled Gala with their Gold Sponsorship. Annie's Gala will be held at the Garst Museum
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Farmer honored at Toastmasters International
Bob Farmer member of the Greenville Toastmasters Club was awarded at the Toastmasters International Conference in Willington Ohio on May 5th the Triple Crown Award.  This award is given to members who achieve three education awards in a single program year. Greenville Toastmasters Club is very proud of many of their members for their dedication and achievements.   Greenville
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Pets of the week
We have Scooby at the Darke County Animal Shelter. He is a one and one half year old Shepherd mix. He is brown and white with short hair. He is a current on his shots, house broken and good with kids. He is very sweet and playful. He will make a wonderful companion and friend. He is looking for a good home. We have Oscar at the Darke County Animal Shelter. He is a 10 year old Pug mix. He is mostly black and brown with a white chest. He has
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Miami Valley artist chosen for Prestigious Artist in Residency in Vallauris, France
Mayumi Makino Kiefer, of Troy, has been chosen to participate in a residency in Vallauris, France.  She was selected from among hundreds of artists from around the world.  The group will collaborate to produce works of ceramic arts, and individual exhibits as well.  She will attend the residency from May 19th  through June 27th.  The A.I.R. Vallauris accommodates several artists at a given time for a period of one to two months in its residence and
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Senate President Honors State Champion Gymnast
COLUMBUS– Senate President Keith Faber (R–Celina) today presented a resolution to Paige Keller, the 2014 Ohio High School Athletic Association vault gymnast state champion. Paige, a senior at Greenville High School, tied for first place in the vault competition with a score of 9.750. She and one of her teammates were the first two high school gymnasts in Darke County when they began competing
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ACES students work to beautify downtown Greenville
The ACES (Achievement Center for Educational Success) students celebrated Earth Day by volunteering to make our community look better.  Seven students worked two different days cleaning flower beds and getting our downtown ready for spring planting time.  An additional student worked at the Shawnee Nature Center painting picnic tables during the week also. Great job – thanks for all your volunteer support! For more information about the
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MVCTC… SkillsUSA Members Shine at Ohio Championships in Columbus
Columbus, Ohio -- The 2014 SkillsUSA Ohio State Conference gathered nearly 3,000 members and advisors from career technical programs throughout Ohio, including members of the Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) SkillsUSA chapter. This annual event of Ohio SkillsUSA was held in Columbus, April 15-16, 2014. The SKillsUSA Ohio championship consists of 81 Technical and
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Occupational Therapy helps individuals live life to its fullest
Versailles Health Care Center is celebrating April as Occupational Therapy Month.  Occupational therapy enables people of all ages live life to its fullest by helping them promote health, prevent—or live better with—injury, illness, or disability. It is a practice deeply rooted in science and is evidence-based, meaning that the plan designed for each individual is supported by data, experience
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Darke County Seniors Excel at MVCTC
Clayton, Ohio – The Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) senior SkillsUSA TeamWorks Team has taken full advantage of what MVCTC has to offer.  Micah Bowman (Franklin Monroe), Mason Garber (Arcanum), Jared Heitkamp (Versailles), and Corbin Wray (Franklin Monroe) recently competed in the Ohio SkillsUSA TeamWorks competition and came home with the Gold Medal, being rated the top team in the state
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Pets of the week
We have Spastic at the Darke County Animal Shelter. She is a 1 year old Terrier/Beagle mix. She is tan and white with short hair. She is a friendly girl and very playful. She is a medium size girl and weighs around 50 pounds. She will make a wonderful new family member and best friend. She is looking for a special home to grow up at. She is ready for adoption. We have Piper at the Darke County Animal Shelter. She is a 3 year old Shepherd
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Help Stop Littering
Over 1,100 volunteers spent a weekend in April cleaning Darke County roadways.  In this clean-up, 17,100 lbs. of debris and recyclables were collected by the volunteers and processed by Rumpke.   In addition to being unsightly, litter can pose health and safety hazards to both people and wildlife.  Studies have found that 1/2 of all litter is intentional and the other half is “accidental”.  Accidental means that debris blows out of a car window, from the bed of a truck or your trash can
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