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Teegarden Cemetery Clean Up

ANSONIA – Spring clean-up is in progress for the Teegarden Cemetery, located on State Route 47, near Ansonia. The Cemetery Trustees are asking for families and loved ones to remove all decorations they wish to save by April 15. The Cemetery Trustees will begin removing old arrangements that are not in vases attached to the markers or monuments. Also to be removed will be all hanging materials from shepherd hooks, floral arrangements, etc. This removal date is required in order to maintain a good mowing program. When placing arrangement on gravesites, all arrangements need to be in the vase attached to the marker or monument saddle arrangements. Shepherd hooks and all solar lights need to be in line with the stone. Further cemetery rules are posted at the cemetery.

Human Service Agency Recruiting for Board

PIQUA – Are you interested in sharing your knowledge and skills to help your community? You can do this by becoming a board member for an organization that embodies a commitment to build educational and supportive partnerships, with people of all ages. They expand opportunities for individuals and families to increase their potential for change and growth in their lives. The Council on Rural Service Programs, a non-profit human service organization, is looking for community-minded professionals as candidates to join their Board of Trustees. The candidates should have a complex scope and understanding of operational systems for a large company. Skills in finance, program or business development, and community or public relations would also be a great benefit. Monthly meetings are held in Piqua. The agency administers grants and programs in a nine county area of west central Ohio that include Head Start, Early Head Start, Kids Learning Place, Help Me Grow, Gateway Youth Programs, and Achievement Center for Educational Success. Also there are volunteer programs; HandsOn West Central Ohio, Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, and AmeriCorps for Entrepreneurial Success. If you live or work in any of the following counties (Auglaize, Champaign, Darke, Greene, Logan, Miami, Preble, Shelby, and Van Wert) which are served by the Council on Rural Services and have an interest in being considered as a candidate, please call today. They are looking for leaders that want to help us achieve our vision of opening possibilities for people to live an enriched life of purpose. We continue to create and promote positive changes for people throughout the area; when people advance so do their families and communities. Please contact Shirley Hathaway, Executive Director, at (937) 778-5220 or by email, For more information about the programs of Council on Rural Services … programs for innovative learning, check the Web site at

Journey of a Fiber

Join Darke County Parks Volunteer, John Heater, on April 12, 6 p.m., as he explains the endless possibilities that an animal fiber takes throughout its life. From carding to spinning to the limitless options that can be completed with yarn! The program will be full of step-by-step information to see just how much work was required to make simple clothing of the 18th Century.  This FREE program will take place at the Log House at Shawnee Prairie Preserve, 4267 St. Rt. 502 West.  Pre-Registration is required.  To Register or for any questions about this program call the Nature Center at 937.548.0165.  Visit our website at

Mar 28, 2012

Fatality on St. Rt. 49

On March 28, 2012 at approximately 1030 AM Darke County Deputies, along with New Madison Fire, Greenville Township Fire, Arcanum Rescue, Greenville Township Rescue, and CareFlight were dispatched to the 4900 block of State Route 49 south in reference to a two vehicle serious injury accident. Preliminary investigation revealed a white 2007 Freightliner straight truck, driven by Joshua M. Leybourne, 23, Huber Heights, Ohio was northbound on State Route 49 south of Folkerth Road. Leybourne’s vehicle traveled across the centerline and struck a southbound 2006 Silver Honda driven by Jeanne G. Morris, 76, Greenville, Ohio. Leybourne’s vehicle traveled off the left side of the roadway coming to rest in the side ditch. Morris’s vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway, coming to a rest in the side ditch. The Darke County Coroner’s Office and the Darke County Sheriff’s Office Accident Reconstruction team also responded to the scene for further investigation. Morris was pronounced dead at the scene. Leybourne refused treatment at the scene. CareFlight’s response to the accident scene was canceled. Also responding to the accident scene was Darke County EMA, ODOT and Allied Environmental Services clean up crew out of Lima, Ohio. The hazardous material spill consisted of oil and diesel fuel. State Route 49 from US RT 127 to Jaysville-St. Johns Road was completely closed for approximately 4-1/2 hours. This accident marks Darke Counties second fatal accident on Darke County roadways in 2012. This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office.

Hydrant Flushing

NEW MADISON – New Madison Water Dept. will be flushing fire hydrants on April 2-4. Some water discoloration may be present during flushing hours. They suggest you wait for water to clear up before doing laundry.

Commissioners Corner

Last month this column was started with the words that as the column was written, it was a balmy 45 degrees for February.  This month, as this is written, we are looking at three days in the 80’s in March!  This has been our kind of weather!  We in the Commissioner’s Office are hoping we do not pay for this in April!  We are fortunate to have had a mild winter, as that helps everybody feel better, and helps with the high energy bills also.
As is known by now, this has been a tough month in the Commissioner’s Office.  On the bright side of things, we have finally reached an agreement on an issue with an employee that occurred in 2009.  Although I am sure that both sides of this are not totally happy with the outcome, both sides agreed to settle this for the good of all.   We are now moving on and look forward to a brighter future.  The Commissioners have been really busy with all the local FFA Chapters having their banquets, and other events where we are invited to attend.  Most of these events happen on the same night, so in order to make as many as possible, we have devised a “divide and conquer” strategy.  We are splitting up as a group so we can be present at as many events as possible.  One thing we all enjoy is the FFA banquets.  We are lucky to have so many outstanding young people in Darke County who are willing to work so hard to make their Chapters successful.  Congratulations to all of our County’s FFA members.  It is nice to know that Darke County’s future will be in such capable hands.
In other happenings, on March 23, Commissioner Stegall and County Business Administrator John Cook attended a CORSA (County Risk Sharing Authority) renewal meeting.  CORSA is our property and liability insurer, and because of the low amount of claims we have had, our insurance has seen some slight decreases.  John Cook, the Business Administrator, has done an excellent job of staying on top of this situation, and is to be commended for always looking for other ways to cut our costs, and to protect our workers and citizens.  Thanks, John, for a job well done.  On one other front, John and the Commissioners are in the process of hiring a replacement maintenance individual.  Good Luck to Kenny Martin in his new endeavor.  Kenny will be sorely missed, as he was a great worker, and a good friend.  Hopefully, we will have the position filled very quickly.   On the same employment front, Rick Lee, our EMA Director has left his position to take another job offer.  We wish Rick all the best in his new endeavor.  As of now, the Interim Director of the EMA Office is Mindy Saylor.  Mindy is going to have her hands full as she is alone in the office, but we know she can handle the job capably.  Good luck to all of you in your new positions.
On the “Economic Front”, Darke County continues to receive all kinds of recognition, both locally and nationally.  Site Selection, a national magazine for site selectors, has named Ohio the #1 State in the Country for economic development, and Greenville, has been named 21st out of 576 in the Nation in economic development for micropolitans by county (places where there is no city above 50,000 population).  This is a tremendous honor! Congratulations to all of our companies, the C.I.C., Partnering for Progress, and to the various C.I.C’s in the County for making this possible!  Darke County is truly unique in the fact that we have so many communities working together to make this possible. The Dayton Business Journal also just ran an article on the accomplishments of Darke County and our influence in the Dayton Development Region.  We are getting noticed!  Of course, we are not stopping here and resting on our laurels.  The E.D. Office has many more projects in the works, and it looks like Darke County will continue to be a bright spot in the State.  Speaking of the State, a study called “Location Matters-A Comparative Analysis of State Tax Costs on Business”, conducted by the Tax Foundation in Washington, D. C., found that Ohio now has the 3rd lowest tax burden in the country for newly established businesses, and the 5th lowest taxes on mature businesses.  This is great news, and should help in our local economic development efforts.   You can find out more information on the DevelopOhio Blog. 
As we go on through the year, we certainly hope that all of you can at one time or another join us for one of our public sessions.  We meet every Monday and Wednesday, at 1:30 p.m., in the Commissioner’s Office located next to the Courthouse at 520 South Broadway in Greenville.  Hope to see you there!
(The Darke County Commissioners)

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Chapter’s Greenhouse will open in April

Versailles FFA members Justin Feltz and Logan Brookhart are shown in front of some of the many plants that will be on sale as part of the upcoming spring plant sale.

VERSAILLES – Once again the Versailles Agricultural Education  Department and FFA Chapter  will be having its second annual Greenhouse Sale. The greenhouse has allowed the agricultural education students to apply knowledge learned in the classroom and hands on experience.  Some of the plants, students have started by cuttings, other started as seeds and transplanted, and some were purchased as small plugs.
If you have been past the greenhouse you can tell it is full of many plants. The Greenhouse will open April 20 and 23 for Versailles School staff, parents of FFA members, FFA members, and Versailles FFA Alumni. The greenhouse will be open Monday through Friday from 3:30-5:30 p.m, Saturdays 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and closed on Sundays.
The Greenhouse will be open to the public starting April 24-May 31 while supplies last. Flowers that will be available include Annuals: calibrachoa, Impatiens: lipstick mix, red Xp, white Xp, Supertunia: Rasberry Blast, Picasso, red, white, and purple, Petunia: Pink, purple, and red, Salvia, Dusty Miller, Euphorbia graminea “Diamond frost”, Verbena; pink, red, white, purple, Vinca Vine, wondering Jew, Spike, Cyperus Coleus: “solar” and “Peters Wonder”, Juncus “twister”, Angelonia, Lobelia, Sweet Potato Vine, Geranium: Pink, red, coral.  For the first time, we will also be offering Perennials, which includes: Stella de oro “ Day Lilly”, Prairie Blue Grass,  Rubeckid Goldstrum “ Black eyed Susan”, Hosta, Dianthus, and Heuchera “Coral Bells”. Vegetables Available: Tomatoes, Cabbage, Peppers, Melon, Cucumbers, Broccoli, Egg Plant, Zucchini, Watermelon, and a variety of Herbs. Also, there will be hanging baskets 10 and 12 inch pots with a variety of planted pots, along with wrought Iron pots.
If you have any questions please email  Versailles FFA Advisor Dena Wuebker at  We look forward to seeing you at the greenhouse.

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