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Dave Knapp adds Empowering to his community support
GREENVILLE - Dave Knapp, Dave Knapp Ford Lincoln, has been active and supportive of community programs and services for the 23 years he has been in business. His support ranges from providing vehicles for parades to donations to organizations such as Gathering at Garst, Cancer Association of Darke County and more. He has... read more
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BBQ and Blues another DCCA hit, By Paige Burns
Turtle Creek Golf Course recently hosted a public event for lovers of barbecue and blues music. With good quality food and some music, the atmosphere of the night was alive with fun and entertainment. The crowd began showing up around 6 p.m. while Cincinnati Blues artist, Jay Jesse Johnson, and local favorites Higgins-Madewell began to... read more
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Midmark Fundraising Event Lands Major Sponsor
Premier Health sponsors 4 Miles for Heart and Health Run in Versailles - DAYTON, Ohio, July 25, 2017 — Midmark announces its newest and largest sponsor, Premier Health, for its 4 Miles for Heart and Health fundraising event. The second annual event is taking place at 10 a.m. on October 21, 2017, starting at Midmark’s Versailles campus located... read more
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Empowering student builds robot at the library
Walk into the Young Adult section of the Greenville Public Library on a recent Wednesday afternoon and be prepared to be tracked by a robot. Initially the robot was programmed to go up and down the book aisles… maybe looking for a book on robotic sportsmanship. During its final exploration, the robot could be found leaving the Young Adult section and... read more
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Aktion Club’s FUNday Monday a FUN Monday!
About 200 people bounced from game to game, gathering tickets earned from “winning” at some of the games scattered around Shelter House 4 at Greenville City Park recently. One young lady sported a fistful of tickets and a huge grin, the tickets to be turned in later for a variety of prizes. Others were more interested in kickball, cornhole... read more
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Edison State… James and Ginny Thompson Named Holiday Evening Co-Chairs
John Tesh to Headline Event - The Edison Foundation at Edison State Community College has named James and Ginny Thompson the Co-Chairs of the 20th annual Holiday Evening event. This year’s event will feature four-time Emmy Award winner and two-time Grammy nominee John Tesh on Wednesday, November 29 at the Piqua Campus. The Holiday Evening... read more
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Minor ‘Love; Major Expression, By Paige Burns
“It’s the high of making art and the transcendental feeling of playing shows,” said Joey Koller of local band, Minor ‘Love. Koller refers to the band’s live shows as interactive art showcases because of the energies and performances given separately by each member of the band. To each of the members, Minor ‘Love is more than just a band. The band was first put together in January of 2015... read more
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DCCA Recognizes Sponsors of Barbecue and Blues
Darke County Center for the Arts recognizes sponsors of the upcoming Barbecue and Blues fundraiser.  The music for this year’s event is sponsored by Matt and Angie Arnold, George and Becky Luce, and the Jordan Insurance Agency. DCCA will host the fun-filled fundraiser at Turtle Creek Golf Course on Friday, July 14. “DCCA is fortunate to be part of a... read more
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DAR honors Darke County Revolutionary War soldiers
On June 20 at Black Swamp / Greenlawn Cemetery, Versailles OH: In honor of Richard Brandon, an American Revolutionary War Patriot, Fort GreeneVille DAR and VFW Post 7262 dedicated a new marker at Brandon's gravesite located at Black Swamp / Greenlawn Cemetery, Versailles OH.  Brandon was a Patriot in the American Revolutionary War... read more
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DC Endowment for the Arts announces grant awards
Darke County Endowment for the Arts recently granted funds to seven applicants who submitted requests for financial assistance for their arts-related projects. According to DCEA Chair Marilyn Delk, one of DCEA's major purposes is to assist organizations and individuals in achieving artistic goals that benefit the citizens of Darke County. The grants... read more
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Second National Bank supports Empowering youth programs
Second National Bank joins community organizations, businesses and individuals in supporting Empowering Darke County Youth’s goal to provide needed educational support to the county’s young people. SNB actively supports the community it serves through financial support for local non-profit organizations. Serving Darke County for more... read more
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Cancer Association receives donation from Versailles Eagles
Versailles Eagles recently presented $3,000 to the Cancer Association of Darke County. The Eagles donate to many other community causes as well including Versailles Area Charity Foundation, school functions, Children's Shrine Hospital, Versailles Area Historical Society, Center for Neurology Development and Versailles Community Fund. The... read more
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SNB supports Main Street Greenville’s Mission
GREENVILLE, Ohio - Giving back to the community, Second National Bank continues their financial support of Main Street Greenville, a non-profit organization focusing on historic preservation and downtown revitalization. “Second National Bank has been a loyal supporter of Main Street Greenville for many years,” said Crysta Hutchinson, Executive Director... read more
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Fort GreeneVille DAR honors Scholarship Recipients
Fort GreeneVille Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution recently honored the 2016 and 2017 Darke County Foundation recipients of the annual Fort GreeneVille DAR Scholarship. Megan VanSkyock, the 2016 scholarship recipient, is a Versailles High School graduate and valedictorian. Megan is currently attending Ball State University. This year’s scholarship recipient is Kari Kueterman... read more
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VHCC garden club
Versailles Health Care Center, a skilled nursing and rehabilitation center, is always busy creating new and exciting opportunities for residents and family members to come together. Everyone enjoys having a fun time working together within the local community on enriching projects.  Recently, VHCC has begun planting flowers and garden vegetables in their flower beds. VHCC residents... read more
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Brethren Retirement Community donates to Empowering programs
Brethren Retirement Community has been serving senior citizens in Darke County and surrounding areas for over a century. Through a recent donation to Empowering Darke County Youth, BRC also continues to serve community young people. Brethren Retirement Community has been a strong force in the community since its founding 115 years ago. Today... read more
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VHCC honors facility royalty
The staff of Versailles Health Care Center, a skilled nursing and rehabilitation center, recently selected the facility’s 2017 King, Arthur Curtis, and Queen, Evelyn Curtis.  The reigning royalty proudly represented Versailles Health Care Center in the 2017 Poultry Days parade on June 10, 2017. Versailles Health Care Center sent home 197 patients who... read more
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Zechar Bailey donates to Empowering programs
Zechar Bailey Funeral Home joins a growing community of individuals, organizations and businesses in supporting Empowering Darke County Youth Programs. Phillip Pierri, Location Manager, said they appreciated the support they receive from the community and wanted to give back. “The Empowering programs are a good way to do this,” he said. The Empowering Board, tutors and students... read more
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Versailles Health Care Center hosts Bingo Night
Versailles Health Care Center, a skilled nursing and rehabilitation center, hosted a FREE Bingo Night open to the public in May!  Bingo winners received nonperishable food items and small household items for their prizes! Attendees enjoyed popcorn and drinks during the fun night of bingo.  Congratulations to Dixie Myers from Versailles, who was the winner... read more
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BBBS “X-Force Think Big” Program ends with Success!
The Big Brothers Big Sisters 2016/17 X-Force Think BIG program concluded its’ very first year of programming. During the last session they celebrated with pizza, learning soft skills, and certificates of completion. The program paired adult mentors with Sidney Middle School students. The “matches” met twice a month throughout the school year. Once a month they learned what skills are needed... read more
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DCCA Thanks Darke County for Successful Season!
Connections enrich lives, expanding our reach, inspiring our aspirations, grounding our dreams while extending our possibilities. For Darke County Center for the Arts to succeed in its mission to present and promote performing and fine arts, connections with the community it serves are essential. As a non-profit arts presenter, DCCA’s very existence is dependent upon support from its home community... read more
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Ketrow Foundation Sponsors Toledo Symphony Orchestra & More
Darke County Center for the Arts recognizes the Ketrow foundation for their support of the arts in Darke County.  DCCA thanks the Ketrow foundation for their contribution to the 2016-2017 season and forwarding DCCA’s mission to encourage cultural enrichment in the community. “I've Got Rhythm” recently performed by Toledo Symphony Orchestra, at... read more
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Pets of the week
GREENVILLE - The Darke County Animal Shelter has many pets available for adoption, including several breeds of dogs, as well as cats and kittens. The Shelter chooses pets to feature each week, this week they've selected: Ernie is a 4 year old Springer Spaniel mix. He is black and white with a little brown. He has long hair. He is a friendly guy who... read more
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Big Brothers Big Sisters awards scholarships
Kasey Copeland, daughter of Kelly and Cindy Copeland, of Jackson Center, received a $500 scholarship which was awarded by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County. Copeland a 2017 Jackson Center High School Graduate, plans to use the funds to pursue a degree at Bowling Green State University, majoring in Early Childhood Education to... read more
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The Bistro Off Broadway Sponsors Sold Out DCCA Shows
Darke County Center for the Arts recognizes Ted and Diana Abney, owners of The Bistro Off Broadway, for their sponsorship of DCCA's 2016-2017 Connections Season and for their continued support of the arts in Darke County. The Abney’s recently hosted and sponsored the sold out Coffee House Series performance of "Blues from the Heart of the Rock... read more
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Chalmers family takes Empowering seriously
Kendra Chalmers, vice president of Empowering Darke County Youth, said a year and a half ago, “I want other children to have the same opportunity my children had.” She recalled her oldest, Kayden, had received tutoring over the summer in 2015, and it had helped him considerably as he was entering third grade. Her daughter, Nevaeh, who was... read more
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Schaurer Memorial Trust sponsors Toledo Symphony Orchestra & More
Darke County Center for the Arts recognizes the Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust for their support of the arts in Darke County.  DCCA thanks the Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust for their contribution to the 2016-2017 season and forwarding DCCA’s mission to encourage cultural enrichment in the community, by supporting the recent “I've Got Rhythmn... read more
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Friends of the Darke County Parks Field Trip Grant Received
Megan Delk, Greenville Kindergarten teacher, is the lucky recipient of the first-ever grant awarded from the Friends of Darke County Parks for field trip transportation costs.  Through the efforts of Mrs. Delk and generosity of the Friends of Darke County Parks, all Greenville Kindergarteners explored animal adaptations at Shawnee Prairie Preserve at... read more
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Friends of DCP Receive American Red Cross Certifications
The Darke County Park District is an authorized Red Cross training provider for the county, and on the evenings of April 18th and 20th the Friends of Darke County Parks received their American Red Cross certifications in cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR), first aid, and using an automated external defibrillator. After the park staff received their... read more
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Shelby Community Foundation Awards Funding to BBBS
The Community Impact Fund of the Community Foundation of Shelby County recently awarded a grant 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 continuation of the... read more
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MJS Plastics supports community with Empowering donation
MJS Plastics supports the environment through its plastics recycling business, and its community with a recent donation to Empowering Darke County Youth. MJS Plastics, Inc. is a full service post-industrial plastic recycling company. It serves a wide range of industries throughout the Midwest and Southeast. MJS helps to manage plastic waste... read more
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New Agronomy Guide is Available
The newly revised Ohio Agronomy Guide 15th Edition is now available for $15.75 +tax in the OSU Extension Office at 603 Wagner Avenue, Greenville, Ohio 45331. Chapters include: Ohio’s Climate and Soil, Soil and Water Management, Soil Fertility, Corn Production, Soybean Production, Small Grain Production, Forage Production, Multiple... read more
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Red Cross Volunteers honored at Annual Meeting
GREENVILLE (May 15, 2017) — This year’s American Red Cross Northern Miami Valley Ohio Chapter annual meeting had a twist – it was outside.  That’s correct, an annual meeting complete with hotdogs, pulled pork and fierce corn hole completion.  On May 20, the chapter blended its annual meeting with a volunteer recognition celebration. The... read more
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A Teacher Making A Difference, By Paige Burns, IMTV Reporter
GREENVILLE - “IMTV has been involved in many community service projects, building communication and bonding young people with their home community,” said Lori Hoover, Greenville High School Interactive Media Instructor. She added, grinning, she looks forward to each day in class as “(an) opportunity to grow and a chance to make an impact.” As... read more
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DCP Receives “Best in Ohio — Connect to Nature Site” Award
On Monday April 10th Darke County Parks received an award as a “Best in Ohio—Connect to Nature Site” for their Shawnee Prairie Preserve from Leave no Child Inside: Miami Valley Collaborative (MVLNCI) and Dayton Regional Green (DRG). To receive this designation, they had to meet a set of criteria from the MVLNCI and DRG which... read more
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Calm Supply donates needed supplies to Empowering Program
GREENVILLE – “Do you have a place you can store a 1,000ct case of 8-oz cups?” asked Carrie Swiger, a parent whose child attends the Empowering Darke County Youth After School Program. The answer was yes, and a couple days later, her husband, Mike Swiger, delivered the cups, plus drinks and snacks. “Our daughter really likes this program,” Swiger said... read more
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St. Mary’s May Newsletter, By Kathy Ayette
Usually when I write a column, I like to begin with a funny little anecdote. Today it is quite impossible for me to do so. Our hearts are very heavy at St. Mary’s due to the unexpected and untimely passing of one of our own, Steve Blocher. Budgets at Catholic Schools tend to be rather tight, and often it is only through the kindness and dedication of volunteers that our... read more
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Ramco Electric Motors donates to Empowering Programs
GREENVILLE – Ramco Electric Motors gives back to the community with a check to Empowering Darke County Youth for its After School and Summer Tutoring programs. Dave Dunaway, owner and president of Ramco, said he was grateful to the community that has supported his company’s growth over the years. “We want to give back,” he... read more
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History of Woodland Primary, By Caleb Maloon, GHS IMTV Reporter/Photographer
Woodland Heights (Woodland Primary) was built and first opened in 1956, and the building had an addition built on sometime around 1970. While it is seemingly somewhat difficult to find information on the history of the building, I attended the school for grades Kindergarten through 2nd grade. The building was just recently closed in spite of the new K-8 building... read more
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Pets of the week
GREENVILLE - The Darke County Animal Shelter has many pets available for adoption, including several breeds of dogs, as well as cats and kittens. The Shelter chooses pets to feature each week, this week they've selected: The Darke County Animal Shelter has Chihuahuas available for adoption. Their names are Puma, Stella, Boo, and Toby... read more
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MVCTC Students Attend FFA State Convention
Englewood, Ohio – Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) Agriculture programs more than doubled the number of FFA State Degree winners from recent years in having 17 students work hard in earning their State Degree.  The following students received their State Degree at the FFA State Convention on May 4-5 at the Ohio... read more
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Greenville Federal Sponsors DCCA programs
Darke County Center for the Arts recognizes Greenville Federal as an Impresario sponsor of the recent “I've Got Rhythm” performance by Toledo Symphony Orchestra, at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall, Saturday, April 29 as the final show in DCCA’s 2016-2017 Artists Series.  Greenville Federal also supports DCCA’s Family Theatre Series... read more
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Schmidt’s Refrigeration Donates to Darke County Parks
Schmidt’s Refrigeration has supported Darke County Parks for over twenty years. When the park district built the Nature Center facility at Shawnee Prairie Preserve in 1997, Schmidt’s handled installing the HVAC system, and they have worked with the park board to maintain and upgrade the system throughout the years. At the April 13th Darke County... read more
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Special donation to Animal Shelter
GREENVILLE - Ashton Turpin and her Mom, Sarah Rose, made a surprise stop at the Darke County Animal Shelter. Ashton turned 8 years old and decided, instead of birthday presents for herself; why not help the dogs and cats at the Shelter. She told her family and friends she didn’t want anything for herself but wanted to help the dogs and... read more
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Ashley Schutz at DCP
The Darke County Park District honored recently, a former Versailles area Boy Scout, Mr. Ashley Schutz who cleared some of the original trails at Shawnee Prairie Preserve back in 1997 when the District was beginning to develop this property.  A plaque was placed at the trailhead to honor over 305 hours that Ashley and some of his friends put in over a ten week period... read more
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VHCC holds employee awards banquet
Versailles Health Care Center, a skilled nursing and rehabilitation center, recently held an employee banquet for 2016 awards.  Kristy Earick, CEO/Executive Director, and Dana Weatherspoon, Director of Nursing, recognized and presented individual employees with various awards.   Earick acknowledged the award winners, “It is an honor to present these awards to our valued employees... read more
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May 8 begins National PTA Teacher Appreciation Week!
5/1/2017 - May 8 begins National PTA Teacher Appreciation Week, with May 9 being National Teacher Appreciation Day. There are more than 190,000 licensed teachers in Ohio. Many are at work this very day teaching Ohio’s 1.6 million students the knowledge and skills they’ll need to succeed in higher education, jobs and life. The Ohio Department.. read more
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Book club to be launched for adults with developmental disabilities
Darke County Board of Developmental Disabilities recently joined the Next Chapter Book Club Affiliate Network and has recently launched a local club.  Founded by Dr. Thomas Fish, a professor at The Ohio State University in 2002, Next Chapter Book Club is a community-based book club program for individuals with Down Syndrome, autism, cerebral... read more
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Giant Geranium
54. 58. 55. 47.  Not new math but these numbers represent the dimensions of one giant geranium.  The plant boasts 54 salmon blossoms, stands 58” tall, 55” wide, and 47” deep.  It thrives in the sunroom of Pat McLear and was purchased as a start fifteen years ago by her mother, Ruth McLear. At first, the geranium lived in Ruth’s garden on Dogwood Drive... read more
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New Lunch Buddies program Launched at Jackson Center School
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County is excited to announce the startup of the new lunch buddies program at Jackson Center Elementary.  The Lunch Buddies program is a weekly commitment where adults work with and mentor 2nd and 3rd graders. Mentors will have lunch with them, assist them with school work, and even have... read more
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Edison State… Little Black Dress Event Raises over $8,000 for Scholarships
The Edison Foundation at Edison State Community College held a successful inaugural Girls’ Night Out Little Black Dress Celebration of Women’s Education, raising over $8,000 to support women’s scholarships. Over 125 women were in attendance to support the event on April 19 at Edison State’s Piqua Campus. “This was the first year for this event... read more
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Pets of the week
GREENVILLE - The Darke County Animal Shelter has many pets available for adoption, including several breeds of dogs, as well as cats and kittens. The Shelter chooses pets to feature each week, this week they've selected: Lucky is a 2 year old Lab mix. He is black with a little white and has short hair. He is a friendly guy who is loves to play ball. He... read more
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March of Dimes Ambassador Family Shares Their Story
GREENVILLE, OHIO — A seven-year-old Darke County girl who was born six weeks premature has been selected as the 2017 March of Dimes Darke County Ambassador. Join our ambassador family, hundreds of other families and businesses at the Darke County Fairgrounds for the annual March for Babies walk. Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. In 2009, Mindy and Jason were excited... read more
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Edison State Students Inducted to Honor Society
Sixteen new members were inducted to the Edison State Community College Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) during a ceremony on Wednesday, April 12 at the Piqua Campus. Each semester, students are invited to join the honor society based upon academic criteria.  The Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society was established in 1918 to recognize and encourage the academic achievement... read more
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Greenville Middle School… Students get a look at career opportunities in art
Greenville Middle School students got a unique opportunity on April 18. Medical Illustrator Mandy Root Thompson talked to Julie Brewer’s art students about one of the career opportunities available to them. “It fit in perfectly with our science-art-science unit we’ve been studying,” Brewer said. “Students were pin-drop silent! It was great to see... read more
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2017 Honorary Parade Marshals Larry and Joan Roll
Larry and Joan (Bulcher) Roll consider it an honor to be selected as Parade Marshals for the 2017 Poultry Days Parade.  Versailles Poultry Days has always been a part of their lives.  Both were born and raised in the Versailles area and are graduates of Versailles High School. Larry grew up on the turkey farm started by his parents, Wayne and Lois Roll, in... read more
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DP&L Foundation Sponsors DCCA programs
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.  According to DCCA Executive Director Andrea Jordan,  “DP&L Company Foundation’s support of children’s programming makes it possible for us to present wonderful, creativity enhancing... read more
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Poultry Days Announces Donations
Versailles Poultry Days is a volunteer based organization dedicated to serving the Versailles community by supporting community projects and activities that improve quality of life and create an inviting environment for people of all ages.  Since 1952 Poultry Days has donated festival proceeds back into the community.  Over the last ten years Poultry Days... read more
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Kiwanis holds annual pancake breakfast
There was no excuse to miss breakfast last month as Kiwanis of Greenville held its annual Pancake Breakfast fundraiser. Hundreds of hungry customers were treated to sausage, apple sauce, their choice of drink and unlimited pancakes… eating until they could eat no more. Serving them were Kiwanians, as well as volunteers from the... read more
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A Blessed Easter
Easter is celebrated in many different ways. One of them is through our children. The Easter Bunny was very busy, both last weekend and this weekend. He planted eggs in many community areas on April 8. More to the point, however, he surprised boys and girls on Easter Sunday by hiding eggs all over the child’s home or yard. You could hear the... read more
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Pets of the week
GREENVILLE - The Darke County Animal Shelter has many pets available for adoption, including several breeds of dogs, as well as cats and kittens. The Shelter chooses pets to feature each week, this week they've selected: Willie is a 1 year old Coon dog mix. He is tri-color with short hair. He is a friendly guy who weighs around 40 pounds. He is a love bug... read more
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Happy Easter from St. Marys School, By Kathy Ayette
As I write today, I am in the company of four slowly drying papier mache fish. I too am sporting spots of papier mache paste. I have a bucket of that same paste sitting on the bookshelf, along with extra flour and Elmer’s glue. Yes, it is about time for our annual art and music fair, the Spring Spectacular, or as I like to call it Papier Mache Palooza. Each year the highlight... read more
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Empowering Darke County Youth holds fundraiser bake sale
GETTYSBURG – Kendra Chalmers, Empowering Darke County Youth board member and vice president, holds her first bake sale fundraiser for 2017. Two fundraisers in 2016 had a significant impact on funding available for the Summer Tutoring and After School Programs. The recent fundraiser was held courtesy of Lavy’s Corner Mart in Gettysburg... read more
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Lydia Schauer Foundation donates to the Animal Shelter
GREENVILLE - The Darke County Friends of the Shelter would like to thank the Lydia Schauer Foundation for its wonderful donation. Most of the walls inside the Darke County Animal Shelter are cinder block and needed to be painted, so the Director of the Shelter has asked the organization to brighten up the inside of the Shelter with a special paint scheme to create a nice and friendly atmosphere... read more
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Garst Museum’s Heritage Award Goes to Richard T. “Dick” Brown
Established in 2004, the Darke County Historical Society’s Heritage Award was created to recognize outstanding citizens or organizations for their distinguished contributions or actions of unusual excellence that help connect people to Darke County’s past. Clay Johnson, Ph.D., CEO of the Garst Museum, notes that “For those familiar with the county’s history, the area is rich in its history and traditions and its significance... read more
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DP&L Foundation Sponsors DCCA Programs
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 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
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DCCA Recognizes Maid-Rite Sandwich Shoppe for its support
Darke County Center for the Arts recognizes Maid-Rite Sandwich Shoppe for contributing funds in support of its Arts In Education (AIE) programs. DCCA, in conjunction with school administrative staff, annually takes performing artists to every grade of all Greenville City and Darke County public schools. "DCCA thanks the Maid Rite Sandwich... read more
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Darke County Visitors Bureau awards four grants in 2017
GREENVILLE, OH – The Darke County Visitors Bureau released the names of the recipients of the 2017 Darke County Tourism Grants. This year, four recipients were chosen – The Gathering at Garst, Versailles Poultry Days, Main Street Greenville’s Hometown Holiday Horse Parade, and the Bradford Ohio Railroad Museum’s Run for the Rails 5K. “The... read more
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MVCTC Students Qualify for National BPA Contest
Englewood, Ohio -- Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) Business Professionals of America (BPA) students competed at the recent Ohio BPA Contests with students from all over the state. The following students qualified for the National BPA Leadership Conference in Orlando, Florida, May 10-14, 2017: Julianne Cramer, Computer... read more
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Scott Zumbrink donates to Empowering Programs
GREENVILLE – Darke County Treasurer Scott Zumbrink shows his strong support for the community with a personal check to Empowering Darke County Youth for its After School and Summer Tutoring programs. Zumbrink, a member of Kiwanis of Greenville, has served the Darke County community as its treasurer for nearly 25 years. A farm family native, Zumbrink... read more
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Zechar Bailey Funeral Home Sponsors DCCA Irish Wave 2017
Darke County Center for the Arts (DCCA) recognizes Zechar Bailey Funeral Home for their sponsorship of the recent St. Patrick’s Day fundraising event Irish Wave 2017. DCCA’s Executive Director Andrea Jordan stated, “Darke County Center for the Arts is grateful for the generosity of sponsors, like Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, who value and are... read more
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Oliver Floyd, Braund Pope Funeral Homes donate to Empowering Programs
GREENVILLE – Eric Fee, owner of Oliver Floyd and Braund Pope Funeral Homes, continues his support of Empowering Darke County Youth programs, presenting his first of two checks for 2017 to Krista Stump, Empowering treasurer. Shortly after purchasing Oliver Floyd Funeral Home in January 2016, Fee added Empowering Programs to his... read more
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St. Mary’s School… March Notes: Test-induced stupor and more, By Kathy Ayette
I am one happy woman. As of today all my students have completed their IOWA and CogAt tests. Most of the schoolwide testing was during the second week of March. However during any scheduled testing it’s a sure bet that sickness will spread throughout the school. There will always be a few students who need to make up tests before the turn-in deadline. I have... read more
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Brinkman Selected for the Prestigious Kabis Internship
COLUMBUS, OH. - The Ohio Federation of Republican Women (OFRW) is pleased to announce that its nominee, Abby Brinkman (Troy, Ohio), was selected by the National Federation of Republican Women (NFRW) as their choice to receive the prestigious and highly competitive Dorothy Andrew's Kabis Memorial Internship.     Brinkman's exceptional leadership skills... read more
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VHCC celebrates Social Work Month
The month of March is Social Work Month!  Since its inception, the social work profession has worked to improve life for millions every day. Social workers operate from values that recognize each person as relevant to society and believe that, when needed, society should help each person achieve his or her fullest potential. People choose careers... read more
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Greenville Federal donates to Empowering’s After School Program
GREENVILLE – Nick Good, Greenville Federal Bank, made a trip recently to the Empowering Darke County Youth After School Program. It was a Friday afternoon; students had wrapped up their weekend homework, and all were ready for a photograph. Greenville Federal made a donation to Empowering’s After School Program. It was accepted... read more
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Bowl for Kids Sake generates $36,000 for BBBS
This year’s Bowl For Kids’ Sake event was held on Friday, March 3rd, and Saturday, March 4th at Bel-Mar Lanes in Sidney and Treaty Lanes in Greenville. The event was supported by 146 businesses who sponsored, made general donations, or donate prizes for the event, and brought together 314 bowlers to make up the 64 participating teams... read more
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Edison State Employees Recognized at Banquet
Seventeen employees were recognized for a combined total of 185 years of service in their careers at Edison State Community College’s 38th annual employee recognition banquet on Friday, March 3. Enrollment Managers, Stacey Bean and Christina Raterman emceed the event and presented the honorees with awards to highlight each... read more
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Darke DD: Always There for Paula
At the age of 43, Paula set out on a new adventure in her life when she moved from her family’s home into her own home in the community. Paula is learning to be more independent each day with assistance from her family and providers. Darke DD made arrangements to have a handicap accessible ramp built on the front of her home and Paula also... read more
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Second National Bank Sponsors DCCA Connections Season
Darke County Center for the Arts recognizes Second National Bank as an Impresario sponsor of the 2016-2017 "Connections" Season, including the upcoming Irish Wave FUNdraiser celebrating the rich traditions of the Emerald Isle, featuring music by returning favorite Lone Raven at the Montage, Friday, March 17th, tickets are $35 and can be purchased at the Montage. Second National Bank... read more
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Pets of the week
GREENVILLE - The Darke County Animal Shelter has many pets available for adoption, including several breeds of dogs, as well as cats and kittens. The Shelter chooses pets to feature each week, this week they've selected: Cinnamon is white and tan with short hair. She is a little girl who came with her nephew Cooper. She is a little sweetheart and... read more
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Darke County Birders Donate Second Breeding Bird Atlas
The Darke County Birders Club recently donated a copy of the newly published book The Second Atlas of Breeding Birds in Ohio to the Darke County Park District. The book documents the distribution and changes in status for over two hundred bird species in Ohio. It is based upon surveys from across the state from 2006 through 2011... read more
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Betty Hunt named Red Cross “March Volunteer of the Month”
(February 22, 2017) — The Central Ohio Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross named Betty Hunt “March 2017 Volunteer of the Month.” Hunt, a resident of Bellefontaine, received the distinguished departmental award for her outstanding and longtime service as a biomedical volunteer with the Northern Miami Valley Ohio Chapter of the American Red Cross. Hunt serves... read more
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MVCTC Diesel and Power Tech Students Compete in District FFA Contest
Englewood, Ohio – Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) Diesel and Power Technology students competed in the FFA District Ag Power Diagnostics Career Development Event (CDE) at the Upper Valley Career Center in Piqua, Ohio, on February 18, 2017. The team of Trey Rush (Miami East) and Zane Brehm (Arcanum) placed... read more
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Darke County Parks’ Nature Notes
Nineteen years ago the very first Nature Notes, Darke County Parks’ quarterly newsletter, went to print. It not only promoted the parks’ upcoming programs, it provided yet another creative outlet for the staff. One naturalist described the spring warbler migration, one explained spring medicinal plants, and another drew the beautiful trillium gracing the front cover... read more
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AED Donated to Darke County Parks Log Cabin
Wayne HealthCare Foundation in partnership with Midmark Corporation and Spirit Medical Transport is honored to partner with the Friends of the Darke County Parks to provide an Automated External Defibrillator for use at the Log Cabin and Shawnee Prairie Preserve’s facility. An AED is a vital machine in helping save lives in a cardiac... read more
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Jerome Bey, Jr, named Versailles Citizen of the Year
Jerome Bey, Jr. was recently awarded the 2017 Citizen of the Year.  Presenting the award on behalf of the Chamber was the recipient’s son, Jerry Bey III. “Thank you for teaching us the importance of having God in our life.  Thank you for teaching us the value of family.  There is no better example than your 46 years of marriage to Mom, who just happens... read more
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Greenville National Bank supports Empowering programs
Lisa Martin, Marketing & Development Officer for Greenville National Bank, recently presented a check to Empowering Darke County Youth for its After School and Summer Tutoring programs. She got to meet some of the kids the local bank was supporting. “This is a good program,” she noted, “one that is definitely needed in the county.” Greenville... read more
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Another Successful A Taste of Wine & Jazz
Darke County Center for the Arts (DCCA) recognizes Kent & Melinda Myers and Geoff & Jessie Surber for their sponsorship of the recent A Taste Of Wine & Jazz, held January 20, at Montage Cafe.  According to DCCA Executive Director Andrea Jordan, “DCCA thanks Kent & Melinda Myers and Geoff & Jessie Surber for their support of the arts in... read more
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St. Mary’s School February Newsletter, By Kathy Ayette
I would like to begin by issuing a formal apology to computers everywhere. It seems that after I vented my frustration last month, I had stepped on some cyber-toes. Since then my colleagues and I have suffered the weirdest assortment of computer glitches. My principal cautioned me to watch what I write about computers. I have learned my lesson...no more... read more
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Kiwanis supports Empowering programs
Kiwanis of Greenville, plus long-time Kiwanian and board member Al Greiner, recently made donations supporting the Empowering Darke County Youth programs. The funds will be used for the After School Program at Edison State Community College and, once school is out, the Summer Tutoring Program at the Greenville Public Library. Kiwanis... read more
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Pets of the week
GREENVILLE - The Darke County Animal Shelter has many pets available for adoption, including several breeds of dogs, as well as cats and kittens. The Shelter chooses pets to feature each week, this week they've selected: Rusty is a 1 year old Lab/Great Dane mix. He is brown with short hair. He is a great big baby. Loves to be with you and... read more
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Annie Oakley Committee prepares for 2017 festival
The Annie Oakley Festival Committee is very proud and excited with the success of the 2016 Annie Oakley Festival and we are busy making preparations for this years festival. We are working to bring in more vendors and concessionaires, as well as more entertainment for everyone to enjoy, while keeping this festival a free event with free parking. The 2016... read more
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DCCA receives funding from Arts Midwest Touring Fund
Feb 2, 2017 – Darke County Center for the Arts (DCCA) has been selected to receive funding from Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest, generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts with additional contributions from the Ohio Arts Council and the Crane Group. Arts Midwest Touring Fund engages people in meaningful... read more
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Main Street Greenville contest helps generate over $630,000
GREENVILLE, Ohio- Over 126,000 tickets were collected during Main Street Greenville’s third annual Win The Window Contest, generating over $630,000 for local businesses. With over 50 contributing businesses, the contest was able to accumulate over $3,500 worth of prizes awarded to one lucky participant. The Win The Window Contest was held during... read more
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BBBS gets funding from Versailles Foundation, Booher Awards
The Versailles Foundation along with the Ruth & Emerson Booher advised Fund for Versailles has recently donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County.   This funding will be used by Big Brothers Big Sisters to aid in the after school “Big Buddies” program that is offered at Versailles Schools.  Currently, there are over 500... read more
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DCP Receives Grant from Enterprise Holdings Foundation
On December 6, 2016, the Friends of the Parks of the Darke Park District gratefully accepted a grant from the Enterprise Holdings Foundation. Nicole Scott, a Remarketing Logistics Supervisor for Enterprise, is a member of the Darke County Civic Theater which performs annually at Darke County Parks’ annual Prairie Days festival and uses the Nature... read more
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Fry & Company Sponsors DCCA’s “A Taste of Wine and Jazz”
Darke County Center for the Arts (DCCA) recognizes Fry & Company for their sponsorship of the recent sold out fundraising event A Taste Of Wine & Jazz XXX at the Montage Cafe.  According to DCCA Executive Director Andrea Jordan, DCCA thanks Fry & Company for their continued support of the arts in Darke County, as one of the first sponsors for this event they truly started the party that has become DCCA’s most anticipated fundraising event.” “The monie... read more
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Darke County Parks Receives Schaurer Grant
The Darke County Park District would like to extend a huge thank you to the Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust Fund for their recent grant contribution. The funding from this grant was used to make the Nature Center’s new fish tank fully functional. Recently local park supporters donated a beautiful 170 gallon aquarium to the park district. The... read more
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VHCC helps 197 patients return to the homes in 2016
Versailles Health Care Center, a skilled nursing and rehabilitation center that offers short-term rehab services, outpatient therapy, and long-term care, is proud to have helped 197 patients return to their homes or lower level of care in 2016 through its Homeward Bound Rehabilitation Programs. Kristy Earick, Administrator at Versailles Health... read more
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Council on Rural Services… Mentor a Child
January is National Mentoring Month and our community has programs that need adult mentors to help with positive impact on our youth.  As we celebrate this month, our focus on the local mentoring needs for our youth. Gateway Youth and Community Connectors program partners with local volunteers, schools and organizations to build relationships... read more
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Darke County Parks Receives Ketrow Grant
The Darke County Park District would like to extend a huge thank you to the Ketrow Foundation for their recent grant contribution. The funding from this grant will be used to overhaul the Nature Center’s outdated “Kids’ Corner”. Currently it has a child sized table and chairs with crayons, books, puzzles, blocks, and stuffed wild animal toys. While this... read more
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Thanks goes out to the Community
Gateway Youth Programs would like to thank the following area businesses, organizations, and families for participating in their Adopt-A-Child Program this year.  The Darke County Beef 4-H Club, Dues Family, Greenville Technology Inc., Mercer Savings Bank, and Pitsburg Trinity Lutheran Church.  In addition the Second National Bank, Village... read more
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