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Fifth Annual Illumination Festival…
The Celebrants & Performers: A Day of Devotion
CNO Photos by George Starks, Dylan Knoop, Tori Knoop and Malachi Hammaker

There were long lines, smiles, hands raised and tears at the Fifth Annual Illumination Festival at the Darke County Fairgrounds Sunday. Photos of the event have been posted in County News Online Photos…
See photos of Celebrants… Set 1. Click Here.
See photos of Entertainers… Set 2. Click Here.
To read the story of the Illumination 2011, Click Here.


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The 2011 Great Darke County Fair
CNO Coverage... 800 images and stories

County News Online would like to thank the eight volunteers who made coverage of the 2011 Great Darke County Fair a complete success. Among them, they produced over 750 images and 42 stories documenting the people and events that make Darke County’s Fair the best county fair in the country. CNO thanks goes to Senior Scribes Lyn Bliss, Elaine Bailey, Bob Robinson and Al Bliss; CNO Sports Editor George Starks; and Teen Scribes Naisha Thobe, Jessica Transue and Dylan Hoover. Read the rest of the story and find links to all 42 fair coverage stories and photos… click here

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Covering Annie Oakley Days like a Blanket
By Bob Robinson

A special County News Online thanks to those who have contributed to more than 700 percent growth in the past six months

County News Online is proud to offer the most complete coverage of Annie Oakley Days available in Darke County, with more than 300 photos, stories and commentaries on the nearly week-long event. Many stories were published throughout the week and the week following. Hundreds of additional photos are now available through our CNO Photography tab. Photos and articles include different perspectives of the Miss Annie Oakley Shootout; The Annie Oakley Festival at the Darke County Fairgrounds; The 5K Run/Walk on Saturday morning, followed by the Walk in Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness and the Annie Oakley Parade.
... Read the story here

Annie Oakley Days Weekend Celebration Previously Unpublished Photos

Miss Annie Oakley Preliminaries
By Dylan Hoover
Wednesday, July 27, 2011... click here

Miss Annie Oakley Finals
By Dylan Hoover, Thursday, July 28, 2011... click here
By Jessica Transue, Thursday, July 28, 2011... click here

The 5K Run/Walk prior to the Annie Oakley Parade
Photos by Dylan Hoover and Bob Robinson
Saturday, July 30, 2011... click here

Walking in Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness
Photos by Dylan Hoover and Jessica Transue, Greenville High School IMTV students
Saturday, July 30, 2011... click here

The Annie Oakley Parade... a Look from a Participant
Photos by Bob Robinson, Key Club Advisor
Saturday, July 30, 2011, Set 1... click here
Saturday, July 30, 2011, Set 2... click here
Saturday, July 30, 2011, Set 3... click here

The Annie Oakley Parade...
Photos by Dylan Hoover, Saturday, July 30, 2011... click here
Photos by Jessica Transue, Saturday, July 30, 2011, Set 1... click here
Photos by Jessica Transue, Saturday, July 30, 2011, Set 2... click here

The Gathering at Garst... a Showcase of the Performing Arts
Photos of Performers by Elaine Bailey
Saturday, July 30, 2011... click here

The Gathering at Garst... a Showcase of Products and Other Offerings
Photos by Christy Riley, Teen Scribe
Saturday, July 30, 2011, additional Set 1... click here
Saturday, July 30, 2011, additional Set 2... click here

Additional Photos from the Annie Oakley Weekend Story
By Bob Robinson
Friday, July 29, 2011... click here

Annie Oakley Days General News Coverage

Laura Francis 2011 Miss Annie Oakley
By Naiesha Thobe; Photos by Jessica Transue and Dylan Hoover
Friday, July 29, 2011... click here

Annie Oakley Weekend Bigger & Better than Ever
By Bob Robinson
Friday, July 29, 2011... click here

The Gathering: The “New Kid on the Block” a Hit
By Bob Robinson; Photos by Bob Robinson and Elaine Bailey
Monday, August 2, 2011... click here

The Legacy of Annie Oakley Lives
By Naiesha Thobe; Photos by Jessica Transue and Bob Robinson
Tuesday, August 3, 2011... click here

Citizens gather for ‘Gathering at Garst’
By Naiesha Thobe; Photos by Jessica Transue
Wednesday, August 4, 2011... click here

The Annie Oakley Parade… an Annual Tradition
Photos by Jessica Transue and Dylan Hoover, Greenville High School IMTV students
Thursday, August 5, 2011... click here

The Gathering at Garst... an unexpected pleasure
Story and Photos by Christy Riley, Teen Scribe
Friday, August 6, 2011... click here

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Farm Power a good time… watch for it next year
By Jessica Transue
Teen Scribe

People and kids have a good time, plus Jessica's report… click here

Some of the tractors and other vendors… click here




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New Madison Independence Day Celebration
The Independence Day Parade in New Madison Darke County Ohio. An American Pastime. I hope you enjoyed yours as much as I did mine.

Photos & Stories Posted…

New Madison Celebration Set 1 – Parade Lineup
New Madison Celebration Set 2 – Parade
New Madison Celebration Set 3 – Parade
New Madison Celebration Set 4 – Parade
New Madison Celebration Set 5 – Vendors and Games
New Madison Independence Day Parade 2011… An American Tradition
The Independence Day Parade… an American passion
Letter: It takes an entire village

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Greenville Eagles 2177...
Independence Day Celebration 2011
Photo credits: Bob Robinson and Naiesha Thobe

County News Online took more than 300 photos of the Eagles Independence Day Celebration. Approximately 200 of them are now on CNO. Links include previously published photos with six stories about the event and preparations for it; plus seven sets of previously unpublished photos highlighting the staff, Sunday bands, people and kids enjoying the day, plus more fireworks. If you were there, there’s a good possibility you’ll see your picture somewhere in one of these sets. Enjoy.

Previously unpublished photos of Eagles staff and officers, plus bands, Set 1... Click Here for Photos
Previously unpublished photos of kids enjoying the day, Set 2... Click Here for Photos
Previously unpublished photos of kids enjoying the day, Set 3... Click Here for Photos
Previously unpublished photos of kids enjoying the day, Set 4... Click Here for Photos
Previously unpublished photos of adults enjoying the day, Set 5... Click Here for Photos
Previously unpublished photos of adults enjoying the day, Set 6... Click Here for Photos
Previously unpublished photos of fireworks, Set 7... Click Here for Photos
Eagles prepares for Independence Day Blowout, Friday, July 1... Click Here for Story and Photos
Eagles readies for two-day event, Saturday, July 2... Click Here for Story and Photos
Saint Right Highlights Eagles Independence Day One, Saturday, July 2... Click Here for Story and Photos
It really was ‘bigger and badder’, Sunday, July 3... Click Here for Story and Photos
Eagles Independence Day Celebration... Snap, Crackle, Pop, Sunday, July 3... Click Here for Story and Photos
A Cause for Remembrance, Sunday, July 3... Click Here for Story and Photos
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Darke County Photography Club

Do you enjoy taking pictures and making new friends?  If so, plan on joining the Darke County Photography Club for its monthly meetings at the Shawnee Prairie Nature Center, 4267 State Route 502, Greenville, Ohio.

See photos here
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Spring is here... from Lyn Bliss

It’s been a long winter but spring finally seems to have arrived… at least Nature’s gardens seem to think so. Enjoy these offerings by Lyn Bliss, and send County News Online any of your own photos that you’d like to share.

See photos here
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More Photos from Kiwanis Pancake Day
It was a time to renew old acquaintances and meet new ones. Keith “Fuzzy” Fausnaught; Scott & Cindy Riffle; Rob & Tina Chalmers and family; Dave Niley; Mayor Mike Bowers and family, Don & Lori Denniston… and more. Read story with photos here. See more photos here
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February’s Ice & Snow Challenges
The recent ice and snow Darke Countians and Southwest Ohio residents have been facing offer opportunities for beauty, and for challenges. The unbroken stretch for the past several weeks has also led many to “cabin fever.” Some have chosen to depict the weather from their perspective. Angela Chavez, Dayton, and Senior Scribe Lyn Bliss, Greenville, have sent pictures of the beauty, and the danger, presented by Mother Nature. Senior Scribe Bev Hughes chose to sit down at her computer keyboard and express her wishes for an early spring. Even the most challenging circumstances provide opportunities for creativity… enjoy!  See photos and poem here
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Punxsutawney Phil - A little nonsense and a 4-Day forecast

So what can you say about the last couple of weeks, other than it’s been cold and we’ve had everything from fog patches and drizzle at 32 degrees, to ice and snow that generally made life miserable?

We’ve had some great photos sent to us… check them out. Does that help?

See photos here
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The Bliss Family Alaskan Huskies...

They're like children, especially when they're acting up, but they add pleasure to the lives of the Bliss Family. And it seems they are right at home in this "Alaska" winter. Three and Cherokee enjoy the outside more than they do the inside... except of course in the summer - By Lyn Bliss
See photos here
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Winter in Darke County...

The elegance and beauty of a Darke County Winter - By Lyn Bliss
See photos here
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Winter in Darke County...

A Week of Snow, Ice, Hazardous Roads and No School, Elegance and Beauty Part II - By Bob Robinson
See photos here


 
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