Aug 21, 2012

Watercolors, pottery to be featured

GREENVILLE--During September, the gallery at historic Bear’s Mill will feature watercolors by Muncie, IN, resident Brian Gordy and Ben Deeter's creative but functional pottery; the exhibit opens Aug. 31 with a reception offering light appetizers and wine from 6 - 9 p.m.

“Art At the Mill” presents outstanding local and regional artists in a simple rustic atmosphere which enhances but does not distract from the works on display. “The Mill's pleasing gallery space attracts visitors from a wide area, many who come just to view the art but stay to experience the heritage and beauty to be found here,” said Julie Clark, retail manager and gallery coordinator for Bear's Mill.

 Clark says that Gordy’s work capturing the sculptural beauty and charm of turtles and other wildlife fits perfectly in the Mill’s natural setting. Gordy, a naturalist as well as a watercolorist, has long been intrigued, appropriately enough, by water creatures; his work clearly demonstrates that fascination. The award-winning painter, who has taught art in public schools, at the university level, and privately for over 25 years and owns and operates a framing studio and art gallery in downtown Muncie, says that one never knows where the muse might be hiding. “For the past eight years, it has turned up on the logs and rocks of Indiana rivers or the moist floors of our woodlands; I find the antics of turtles to be totally alluring,” he stated.

 Potter Ben Deeter says that when he first touched clay while in high school, he came obsessed with the endless possibilities provided. The Bowling Green University graduate uses color rather than texture to bring interest to his work, and is incorporating patterns from nature into the pieces. “I want the pieces in this show to have an impactful presence, so I'm creating some large-scale work which reflects the world around us that we see daily,” Deeter explained. The Pleasant Hill resident says that he integrates historical as well as contemporary concepts into his work to produce functional pieces that he intends to be as pleasing to look at as they are to use.

 The exhibit will continue through Sept. 23. Diverse work by Bear’s Mill potters Julie Clark, Dionne Fleming, Rita Wiley and Loretta Wray is currently on view at the Mill, along with striking portraits created by Botkins, OH, artist Lindsay Cooper. “Art At the Mill” receives support from Darke County Endowment for the Arts; the exhibits are on view during regular Mill store hours, 11 a.m. till 5 p.m. daily. Historic Bear's Mill is operated by Friends of Bear's Mill, a non-profit organization, and is located at 6450 Arcanum-Bear's Mill Road about 5 miles east of Greenville. For more information, contact Bear's Mill, 548-5112, or visit 
The charm of turtles as captured by artist Brian Gordy. 

DCNEC program will address sleep deprivation

GREENVILLE--Darke County Nurses Education Council upcoming program “The Impact and Consequences of Sleep Deprivation” will be presented at Wayne Hospital third floor conference room Sept. 13.  Sign in/meal/registration starts at 4:30 p.m. with the program starting at 5 p.m.  Two contact hours will be awarded.  This program will explore the impact of sleep deprivation on society and potential ways to minimize the damage it can incur.  The program will be presented by Cynthia Liette, MS, APRN, ACNS-BC, CCRN.  Ms. Liette has been a practicing nurse and educator for more than 30 years and is Board Certified as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult Health.  She practices as a CNS at Mercer Health and has studied sleep deprivation extensively.  She is also a consultant and presents seminars for various levels of health care professionals.   The cost is $20 for all participants.  Light meal provided.  Make checks payable to the DCNEC.  Register by calling Diane Crawford, 937-423-5033; Kelley Hall, 548-2999; or Kathy O’Dell, 548-0013 by Sept. 7.

AWTHS to be open for Tour De Donut

ARCANUM--The Arcanum Wayne Trail Historical Society will have visiting hours Sept. 8, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., on West George Street in Arcanum.  This day will feature the Tour De Donut in Arcanum.
Tours of the house are available along with viewing exhibits and displays. Currently displayed are exhibits on The War of 1812 and WWII featuring uniforms and pictures from Germany of Herb Anthony.  A new display is Sandy Brehm’s baby bottle collection. 

 The research library will also be available along with over 25 binders of photos, newspaper clippings, and information on various themes and subjects from the Pitsburg and Arcanum area.

The Society has a photo of the Arcanum High School from 1927 and 1928 and is seeking information regarding classmates or a year book to put names with faces. Historian Bill Gunder also needs names of the graduating class from those years. 

Farmers Union calls for drought legislation

GREENVILLE – Darke County Farmers Union has launched a petition drive that calls on Congress to immediately enact drought and disaster relief legislation to benefit farmers especially livestock farmers who will be suffering losses from this year’s extreme drought.  According to Ted Finnarn, Attorney who also serves as Secretary-Treasurer of the Darke County Farmers Union, “Many people including farmers do not realize that the present farm bill which is soon to expire has no disaster or drought relief provisions.  It had some in the past but for the year 2012 there is absolutely no drought or disaster assistance and this is especially devastating to livestock farmers”. 

Farmers may cover some of their losses if they have crop insurance, depending on the type of coverage they may have arranged.  However, crop insurance in and of itself is normally not enough to cover all of the crop failure that a farmer may have. 

The new farm bill moving through Congress which has been passed by the U.S. Senate, but is bottled up in the House of Representatives, does have some disaster relief assistance but it has not yet been enacted into law. 

It is also noted that some farmland owners, especially farm landlords subject to cash rent leases wherein the cash rent is not paid until the fall, may also suffer losses if their tenant farmer did not have crop insurance.  It was noted that there should be some provision for farmers who do not have crop insurance to retroactively buy back into the program (perhaps with some type of penalty) so that they could be covered and have funds to pay their expenses including their cash rent farm leases.

Therefore, the Darke County Farmers Union along with other farm organizations and many farmers, are calling on Congress to take action immediately.

Farmers and other members of the public may sign the petition at the local Farmers Union office, 421 Public Square, Greenville. The petition can also be signed at the Farmers Union booth at the Darke County Fair.

Aug 19, 2012

Layoffs may be necessary to eliminate budget deficit

GREENVILLE – The city of Greenville has completed its budget for 2013 and the outlook is not very good. With the projections in place for estimated expenditures and revenue, the city could be facing a deficit of as much as $700,000 and as little as $100,000. The figure varies greatly because of many unknown factors.
According to Rodd Hale, safety service director, Tax Administrator Steve Cross recently recalculated estimated revenues for the city and believes the city will see an additional $400,000 over his previous estimate. Even if his projections materialize, the city would still have a $300,000 deficit. Another figure that will come into play for the city is the local government funds. The state has dramatically cut these funds to municipalities over the past couple of years. The county is currently estimating that Greenville will receive $200,000. Add these dollars to the additional estimated revenue projections and the city still faces a $100,000 deficit.

The city would like to balance its budget solely on the estimated revenues for the current year, but hasn’t been able to achieve that goal for several years. City Council and the administration have found it necessary to balance the budget using carryover (or rainy day) funds. Even with $600,000 in cuts last year, the city has been forced to continue this practice. Since 2000, the city has spent $1.8 million of these funds, which means the city is able to find fewer funds to balance its budget.
According to Mayor Michael Bowers and Hale, the city is trying to get to where revenue outpaces expenses. In order to do this the administration is suggesting another round of layoffs with the fire department taking the biggest hit. Bowers assures residents his administration researched the issue diligently and put together a special committee to research how other fire departments of a similar size operate. The administration began discussing cuts in January and the committee was formed in April.

The results showed other municipalities were paying far less for fire protection. For example, the fire department in Eaton, whose population is slightly less but because they cover two additional townships have a great coverage area and more people, cost the city $461,800 in salary and benefits. Greenville’s Fire Department budget for salaries and benefits is $1.6 million. Eaton is able to accomplish their savings by running its fire department on a full-time, part-time and volunteer basis.

Tipp City is able to run its fire department on a completely volunteer basis for a budget of $80,000.
The administration’s proposal for reducing the size of the fire department is similar to plans submitted by Greenville Firefighters Local 1101 and Chief Mark Wolf. In a letter to the committee from the union, Russ Thompson, president, states, “First, the model we have set forth to use is a 16 man department. This would consist of three five man shifts and a Fire Chief.” Chief Wolf recommends three shifts of five (one captain and four fighters) and one administrative 40 hour person. Chief Wolf, in his letter to Rodd Hale, states, “Five man minimum staffing could be maintained due to lower cost of part-time personnel.” Wolf also states in his letter that he does have concerns that part-time staff can meet the current expectations of performance.
Both of the proposals line up with the city’s proposal of reducing the fire department by four persons. 

According to Bowers and Hale, reducing the staffing to this level would put it back to the levels under former Fire Chief Steve Birt when the city was also covering the township. The biggest difference is how they get to that point. The union would prefer to see the levels reached through attrition. Hale pointed out the city would rather cut the jobs through attrition, but because of not knowing when certain persons are going to retire they may have to make cuts through layoffs. Chief Wolf, in a letter to Hale, pointed out four firefighters are eligible for retirement in the next two years. Three are eligible in 2013, including Wolf. However, none of those eligible have stated their plans to retire. Hale said, “We don’t have the luxury of time.”

 In addition to cutting the firefighters through attrition, the union has also suggested eliminating the assistant fire chief and fire secretary position. Thompson stated, “At this juncture we must meet the goal of adequate fire protection for the citizens. Staff positions that do not make the day in and day out fire calls do not help achieve this. Also, personnel on the floor doing the maintenance and up keep of equipment help insure the readiness of the apparatus fleet to make the response.” This suggestions falls in line with the city’s proposal to eliminate the fire department secretary and assistant fire chief position and move the assistant fire chief to a captain.

Additional proposals from the union, but not covered under the city’s proposal is to eliminate wellness physicals, which would save the city $12,586. Thompson stated, “It can also be discussed that annual wellness physicals will be the responsibility of the individual employee to provide at their own expense through health insurance.” The union also suggests selling Ladder 1. Thompson stated, “Simply put, we never had two ladders before: why do we need two now?

The union’s proposals for savings for the city would amount to $461,615.62. The administration is only suggesting $384,465 in cuts.

In addition to the fire department, the administration is also seeking cuts in the Street Department through attrition. One person is retiring this month and will not be replaced. Plans are also to abolish the police department secretary’s position and city building custodian.

The administration believes the proposed cuts will save the city $510,991.

According to Mayor Bowers, even if the deficit is only $100,000 the cuts are necessary to allow the city to complete several capital improvement projects that have been put on hold.

The administration’s plan will go before the Finance Committee of Greenville City Council and could eventually be placed before Council as a Whole.

Three run for Fair Board

GREENVILLE – The Darke County Agricultural Society will be holding elections for three board of director positions. The election will be held on Aug. 23, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., at the Darke County Fairgrounds. Voters must have a voting membership ticket in order to vote.
Candidates for this year’s election are James Zumbrink, Kevin Flory, Brian Rismiller and Matt Aultman.

Garst Museum receives donation of Annie Oakley items

GREENVILLE – In honor of Annie Oakley’s birthday week, The Annie Oakley Center Foundation, Greenville, presented three Annie Oakley related documents to The Annie Oakley Center at Garst Museum.
Eileen Litchfield, president of The Annie Oakley Center Foundation said, “These new artifacts complement the existing exhibit at The National Annie Oakley Center at the Garst Museum.”  Included in the presentation are a handwritten letter from Annie Oakley’s husband Frank Butler, to his brother, Will, about Annie’s final illness, a letter, a postcard and two envelopes from Frank Butler to his brother in which Frank contradicts a false newspaper story that Annie had died and a poem about hunting in Florida, with a postscript in Frank Butler’s hand.

The Annie Oakley Center Foundation is an independent non-profit organization that supports The National Annie Oakley Center at the Garst Museum in Greenville.

The Garst Museum and The National Annie Oakley Center are located at 205 N. Broadway, Greenville. For more information about Garst Museum, visit or email For more information about Annie Oakley and the Foundation, visit

Kathleen Kilgallon (left) and Bonnie Hunt Perry (a great-grandniece of Annie Oakley) inspect the hand written letter from Annie Oakley’s husband to his brother, Will, discussing Annie’s final illness.

Franz and Broughman awarded 2012 Matt Light Scholarship

GREENVILLE—Nicole Frantz and Chelsey Broughman have been awarded the Matt Light Scholarship. The two were recently presented the award by former New England Patriot and Greenville native Matt Light.

Nicole, a Versailles High School graduate, will attend the Illinois Institute of Technology to major in Bio Medical Engineering. She said “this is a great opportunity and greatly appreciated.”

“Words can’t describe how happy I am to receive this scholarship,” said Chelsey, a Bradford High School graduate. She will major in Interior Design at Bowling Green. 

Both of the girls commented on how hard the application process was for this particular scholarship. Said Light, “We don’t just hand things out. We make it hard for them and we’re appreciative that students are taking advantage of this. Their hard work in completing the application already gives them a good jump start on life.”

This is the sixth year the scholarship has been presented to area high school graduates. More than 50 applied.
Nicole Frantz, Matt Light, Chelsey Broughman

Aug 18, 2012

Seussical the Musical tickets now on sale

GREENVILLE--Tickets for The Children’s Theatre Club’s production of “Seussical the Musical” are now on sale.  Based on the works of Dr. Seuss, Seussical follows Horton the Elephant as he tries to save the people of Who, all the while sitting on Mayzie la Bird’s egg.  Packed with some of Dr. Seuss’ most favorite characters along with energetic and touching tunes, Seussical offers enjoyment for people of all ages.  Performance will take place Sept. 7, 8, and 9, at the Downtown Campus of EUM Church.  Tickets prices are $5 each and can be purchased by calling 547-3360 or by emailing
Children’s Theatre Club is a new local organization that offers area youth the opportunity to perform and produce theatre productions.  Membership is open to local students in kindergarten thru 12th  grade.  For more information about the organization and to find out about up upcoming productions, interested parties are welcome to contact us.

Seussical the Musical is being produced with the support of Greenville National Bank, Dave Knapp, Countryside Bike Shop, EUM Church, and Shawnee Prairie. To become a supporter of this children’s organization or to purchase a program ad, please contact us at 937-547-3360.  
“The Cat in the Hat (Tacy Miller) gives Horton the Elephant (Tristan Delk) some much needed advice.” 

Weight loss support group meets monthly

GREENVILLE--“Little by Little,” a Bariatrics weight loss support group, meets the first Tuesday of each month at the East Main Church of Christ on East Main Street in Greenville. Meetings are held in the basement, with a lift chair available if needed. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the meeting 6 p.m.

It is not necessary to have had weight loss surgery in order to attend. Programs and discussions include healthy recipes, exercise tips, shopping hints, weekly menus, journaling, as well as giving moral support.
The September and November meetings will feature new and healthy recipes members can fix at home. Dr. Stephanie House from Family Health will be speaking at the Oct. 2 meeting.

This is a non-profit group with no membership fees. For more  information, call Tammy Hoff, 937-621-5129 or message at:, or Marlene Troutwine, 937-459-6964 or  

Plans in motion for annual New Madison Tri Village Fair

NEW MADISON--The Annual New Madison Community and Tri-Village School Fair will be held Oct. 5 and 6. Crowning of the King and Queen, the Cutest Patriot Contest, the school dance, and Little Mr. & Miss Patriot Contest will be a part of the festivities. Craft booths, lawn games, the parade, and the produce contests are other activities always eagerly anticipated by fair goers. The mini tractor pull, pinewood derby race, and a performance by the high school band and drill team will provide entertainment on Saturday. 

Newer activities including the Treasure Hunt and an expanded Bake Contest will be on the agenda also.
In keeping with this year’s theme “Supporting Our Community Through the Generations” some ‘yesteryear’ events such as a greased pig contest have been added. Bunco and bingo appear on the schedule as well as the Annual School Fair Auction that has become one of the many highlights of the weekend. Delicious food available from Cedar Grove church and the Saturday “Minute To Win It” Program finish a packed full of fun weekend.

The School Fair Committee is always interested in new members -  enthusiastic members of the community or alumni who are willing to assist in current events or possibly bringing a new event to the weekend. If interested, please feel free to attend the next meeting on  Aug. 27, 6 p.m., in the School’s Conference Room or contact Lauren Armstrong, 937-459-0563, or

VAHS seeking local textiles for display

VERSAILLES—The Versailles Area Historical Society is in the process of gathering items for  “The Stitch that Binds - Quilting and Textiles in Our Community,” a new display for autumn at the museum. Antique quilts, coverlets and textiles produced in area homes as well as the tools used to create them are to be featured. The display will run from September until early November.

If you are willing to place your quilt, afghan, cross stitch, or other textile prize on display, please contact Alice at 526-3953, Deb at 423-1106, or Jim at 526-4271. We are also looking for a loom, spinning wheel, and historic sewing machines.

Aug 17, 2012

156th annual Darke Co. Fair is underway

The ribbon was cut to signify the start of the Great Darke County Fair

GREENVILLE – The 156th running of the Great Darke County Fair is now underway. The annual ribbon cutting ceremony, held on Aug. 17, signified the opening of the event.

The fair expects to host between 180,000 and 190,000 visitors during the nine days and nine nights of pure fun. Last year’s fair was the most attended in the last four years with over 206,000 attendees.

From the annual concert, featuring Foreigner, set for tonight at 8 p.m., to the Jr. Fair livestock shows, there is something for everyone.

For persons who don’t want to spend a lot of money at the fair, the board has put together a great line-up of free entertainment. If music is what you are seeking, the Gazebo is a great place to find talented local artists. Also, there is now free admission to all horse races. Perhaps you want entertainment for your kids. If this is the case, then you won’t want to miss the KidsBucks Game Show that will certainly be fun and entertaining. Don’t forget about the Kiddie Tractor Pull, which is always a lot of fun. The Kiddie Tractor Pull has a new time this year, 6 p.m., in the Swine Barn on Aug. 24. Registration begins at 5 p.m.

You can also support the youth by attending the Band Spectacular in front of the Grandstand on Monday evening. The Band Spectacular gives high school music lovers their first look at the bands for this school year.

As they have for over 30 years, Kissel Bros. rides will have people screaming and laughing with delight.
From the Grandstand to Implement Row and from the South Show Arena to the Cow Palaces, there is always something new to see and do. A single admission to the fair is $5 and children under 12 are free with an adult admission. Membership tickets are still available and are $15.

Additional pictures from the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Post #245 gearing up for fall events

NEW MADISON—Under the leadership of Commander Jim Cassity, Post #245 American Legion, New Madison, is kicking off a full roster of fall events starting Sept. 1 with the monthly “All You Can Eat Chicken Supper.” Co-chairmen Barry Tinkle and Harold Hoover are offering broasted chicken and potato wedges, baked beans, apple sauce, salad bar, bread and butter, plus coffee for $7. The dinner begins at 5 p.m. and will be served until the chicken is gone. Carry out is available by calling 996-0095.

A weekly Friday Nite Euchre Party (7 p.m.), hosted by Harry Hubler, is open to the public with all money pay out. Sandwiches and dessert are available.

Karaoke with Kris is scheduled every Saturday with a wide variety of music for a fun filled evening of entertainment.

Plans are in the works for the Oct. 13 Annual Fall Fish Fry, with Ralph Ruse, Gene Shively and Harold Hoover manning the kitchen detail. It’s a ‘whale of a deal’ for seafood lovers. Featured on the all-you-can-eat menu are Pollack, green beans, apple sauce, coffee, bread and butter for $7.

Unit #245 Amerian Legion Auxiliary is offering the opportunity to the general public for disposal of soiled, tattered and faded American flags by having a box outside the entrance door at 242 Fayette St., New Madison. The flags will be ceremonially burned with respect in the proper manner.
Harold Hoover and Gene Shively will put their culinary skills to work frying chicken for the Sept. 1 “All You Can Eat Chicken Supper.”

Open House set for Arcanum Field House

ARCANUM—The Arcanum-Butler Local School Board and Administration invites students, parents and district residents to an open house on Aug. 26, 2-4 p.m., to tour the Arcanum Field House, Arcanum Early Learning Center and Arcanum Virtual Academy.

Renovations began following the completion of Arcanam-Butler’s state-of-the-art K-12 facility in 2011. Located at the site of the old school, the project included remodeling the music and band rooms to provide a state-of-the-art preschool classroom and to provide a home base for the on-line academy.

The Field House will be the home site for the high school/middle school wrestling program, middle school volleyball and basketball as well as indoor practice facility for the baseball and softball teams. During the school day, the Arcanum Early Learning Center will utilize the gymnasium space for kinesthetic learning activities. Preschool and Arcanum Virtual Academy staff members and Arcanum-Butler administrators will be available to greet students and parents.

Preschool parents can drop off school supplies and completed paperwork for the 2012-2013 school year.
The Board of Education and Administration would like to thank the Arcanum-Butler School community for their support of the project through the passage of the bond issue in November of 2007. This was the final step in completing the building projects associated with the levy in partnership with the help of Fanning & Howey Architects as well as prime contractors Brumbaugh Construction, Inc., Cincinnati & Dayton Fire Protection , Inc., Bolyards Heating and Air, Inc. and Ohio Valley Integration Services, Inc.

Dick Helman Trio to perform at Runway & Rhythm

GREENVILLE--Darke County United Way is proud to announce that The Bootery is sponsoring the Dick Helman Trio as the live entertainment for the 4th Annual Runway & Rhythm to be held  Sept.  14, 7-10 p.m., at Montage Café. In addition to the Dick Helman Trio, attendees will enjoy a fashion show by Youniques and drinks and hors d’oeurves from Montage Café as well as a silent auction.  This event will benefit the Darke County United Way’s utility and mortgage/rent assistance programs for Darke County residents in need.  Purchase your tickets for $25 at United Way or Youniques now as they are limited.  

Attendees are asked to donate non-perishable items as well for area food banks.  Darke County United Way would like to thank The Bootery for their support.  United Way would also like to thank co-sponsors: Montage Café, Youniques, CenturyLink, Second National Bank, The Farmers State Bank, and Littman-Thomas Insurance Agency.   Call United Way at 547-1272 for more information.

2012 League Tour homes announced

DARKE COUNTY--The League of Women Voters of Darke County will host the 29th Annual Tour of Homes for 2012 on Sept. 23, 1 to 5 p.m.  Area residents look forward to this annual tour for new innovative ways to refresh the appearance of their own homes.

Three area homes within a 10 mile radius north and east of Greenville are planned for this year’s tour.  The homes vary from modern to country in atmosphere and style.  The homeowners who will graciously open their homes to the public for this event are Travis and Kelly Fliehman on St. Rt. 121 (N), Richard and Fran Nord on US 36 (E), and Anne Willis on Routzong Road.  Each home has distinctive space planning, furnishings and décor to provide endless ideas for visitors.

Tickets will be available at local merchants for $10 beginning the first of September.  Tickets are also available at the door of each house for $12 the day of the house tour.  One ticket allows you to tour all three homes.  For more information call Diane Johnson, 547-3339.

Aug 15, 2012

Tommy Emmanuel opens DCCA season

GREENVILLE – Guitarist Tommy Emmanuel opens Darke County Center for the Arts 2012-2013 Artists Series season on Sept. 8, Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall, Greenville; the concert begins at 8 p.m. An artist whose legendary guitar skills have filled big city venues many times the capacity of 632-seat Memorial Hall, Emmanuel counts among his many fans elite guitar players from all over the world, including guitar god Eric Clapton. However, according to DCCA Artistic Director Keith Rawlins, Emmanuel's appeal extends far beyond his fellow musicians. “Tommy's live shows, known for their humor, passion, and infectious joy as well as awesome playing, leave audiences energized and wanting more,” Mr. Rawlins stated.

A native of Australia where he ranks as one of the continent's most revered musicians, Emmanuel is known for the inventiveness and speed of his playing, as well as for his astounding showmanship. According to Mr. Rawlins, Emmanuel's technical precision and masterful virtuosic improvisations enhance an unusually broad repertoire. “Tommy plays all styles of music – pop, blues, jazz, country, bluegrass, gospel, flamenco, classical, and even Australian aboriginal tunes – with incredible skill and flair, astounding audiences from Sydney to Nashville to Carnegie Hall and many spots in-between,” said Rawlins.

Tommy Emmanuel, who has been a working professional musician since the age of six, has earned multiple awards in the U.S., including Guitar Player magazine's Guitar Legend award as well as two Grammy nominations. Throughout his career, he has played with many notable artists including Chet Atkins, Les Paul, Doc Watson, and Clapton, and counts the legendary Atkins as a beloved mentor.

Second National Bank is sponsoring the performance by Tommy Emmanuel. Darke County Center for the Arts also receives financial support from Harry D. and Esther Stephens Memorial, Ketrow Foundation, and the Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust Fund. Additionally, the Ohio Arts Council helps fund this program with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. This program is sponsored in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Tickets for the Tommy Emmanuel concert are $25, and may be purchased online at or by contacting DCCA at 547-0908 or visiting the DCCA office on the third floor of Greenville Public Library.

Volunteer orientation at State of the Heart

GREENVILLE – Would you like to give back in honor of someone you loved who was cared for by State of the Heart Hospice? Do you want to help local families in their greatest time of need? Are you recently retired and looking for new ways to make a difference in your community?  If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, consider attending an orientation for new volunteers scheduled by State of the Heart Hospice in September.

The local nonprofit agency has scheduled volunteer orientation on two days – Sept. 8, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sept. 11, 6-8:30 p.m. The orientation will be held at the agency’s Greenville office, 1350 N. Broadway. Those attending will learn more about the hospice philosophy and the services offered. A social worker, chaplain, music therapist and bereavement specialist will be in attendance, each describing their role in the delivery of hospice care.

“We want all of our volunteers to feel they are prepared before taking on any projects for State of the Heart,” explained Volunteer Coordinator Pauline Faller.  “Orientation gives them the information they need about hospice and medical privacy guidelines.  We are protecting our patients while also seeing to the best interests of our volunteers.  Training is a time investment that helps everyone involved.”

Prospective volunteers must schedule a short interview with Faller prior to orientation.  “This interview does not commit you to doing anything,” Faller said.  “The interview gives us the chance to talk about your interests and the opportunities for you with State of the Heart.  You can decide in this initial meeting if volunteering for hospice is the right choice for you.”

After completing the orientation, volunteers can choose how they want to help, whether it is sitting and visiting with a patient giving family members a break, helping with office tasks and fundraisers, or bringing some other talent or skill to the table.  “Once we determine what your skills, interests and experience are, we can find a good fit with you and the agency,” Faller explained.

Volunteers can also choose how many hours they volunteer.  It can be as little as one or two hours a week and can be flexible, Faller said.  “We appreciate the time given to help and have no requirements on the number of hours volunteered,” she said.  And, for those who travel from time to time, there is no problem leaving your volunteer tasks and assuming them once you return.

State of the Heart cares for patients and families in eastern Indiana and western Ohio who are confronting a life limiting illness. The agency has cared for patients for more than 30 years.

To get more information about volunteering and to set up a brief meeting with Pauline Faller before orientation begins Sept. 8, call 548-2999 or e-mail

Building Blocks Parenting Class

GREENVILLE – OSU Extension, Darke County, has scheduled a “Building Blocks I” parenting series.  The classes will be held September 10, 17 and 24, 2012, at the OSU Extension Learning Center, 603 Wagner Ave., Greenville.  The class times are from 6-8 p.m.  There is no fee for this class.  This is an adult only series.

The “Building Blocks I” parenting classes are for parents who wish to develop better parenting skills or parenting techniques for children ages 0-6 years.  There will be 3 classes focusing on parent education, parent and child interaction and age appropriate activities.
To register or for further information, please call OSU Extension, 548-5215 or email Diane Barga at  Registration needs to be completed by Sept. 5.

Aug 14, 2012

Health Dept. offering special immunization clinic

GREENVILLE--August is National Immunization Awareness Month, a time to remember immunizations (or vaccinations) aren’t just for babies and young kids. Everyone needs shots for protection from serious diseases and illness.

To help keep the local community safe, The Darke County Health Department is proudly participating in National Immunization Awareness Month by offering a special clinic on Aug. 28, 8-10:30 a.m., and 2-5 p.m. The clinic will include a door prize drawing, refreshments, and free adult doses of Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, whooping cough) to be given to those who qualify, (Parents, Grandparents, and caregivers of infants under 12 months),  while supplies last.

Shots can prevent infectious diseases like measles, diphtheria, and rubella. But people in the U.S. still die from these and other vaccine-preventable diseases. It’s important to know which shots you need and when to get them.

Everyone age 6 months and older needs a seasonal flu shot every year. Here are some other shots people need at different ages:

Young children: Children under age 6 get a series of shots to protect against measles, polio, chicken pox, and hepatitis.

Pre-teens and teens: Pre-teens need shots at age 11 or 12 to help protect them from tetanus, diphtheria, whooping cough, meningitis, and HPV (human papillomavirus), and Hepatitis A, and sometimes a Varicella booster.

Teens need a booster shot at age 16 to help protect them from meningitis.
Adults: All adults need a booster shot every 10 years to protect against tetanus and diphtheria.

    People age 65 or older need a one-time pneumonia shot.

    Talk to your doctor or nurse about which shots you and your family need.

For more information on the clinic and/or immunizations, call The Darke County Health Department, 548-4196 x 224.

Doolittles holding CADC fundraiser during the fair

GREENVILLE--  Doolittles Auto and Towing will have a booth at the Darke County Fair at Gate 6 and will be selling raffle tickets for various prizes which have been donated by several local businesses.  The cost of each ticket is $1 or 6 for $5.  The public is encouraged to stop by the booth and buy chances to win them.  There will be several drawings. Proceeds of the raffle will benefit the Cancer Association of Darke County.
Travis Pearson, owner and Carson McKee, general manager, will be available to sell the tickets and answer questions, etc. 

Travis states they have given to different causes and want to support the Cancer Association this year.
Doolittles Auto is located at 3643 St. Rt. 571 W, Greenville, OH.

The Cancer Association is most grateful for any and all donations given.  The association is local and independent and not affiliated with American Cancer Society.  The benefits are disbursed to only Darke County residents battling cancer. 

For more information, call Christine Yount, executive director, 548-9960.

ABLE classes to begin this fall

GREENVILLE--Greenville City Schools Adult Basic & Literacy Education (ABLE) Program offers classes to job seekers and employees who need to improve their academic skills for college, job training, or passing the GED Test and work-related tests.

Anyone, even those with high school diplomas, may enroll if he/she needs help to improve basic skills for job interview tests or college entrance tests.  Classes are free.

ABLE’s orientation for day classes at Edison Community College, Darke County Branch, 601 Wagner Ave., Greenville, is Aug. 28, 9 a.m. in Room 127. 

Orientation for evening classes will be Greenville High School Career Technical Center, 100 Green Wave Way, Sept. 4, 5:30 p.m.

Individuals whose first language is not English may enroll in classes for English for Speakers of Other Languages.  These classes start  Sept. 8, 9 a.m., at the Council on Rural Service Programs, 116 E. Third St., Greenville.

Since 1995, 614  adults have received their GEDs after attending Greenville City Schools Adult Basic & Literacy Education Program, which is a member of the University System of Ohio.
For more information, call 548-4188, ext. 853, or visit

Officials will monitor swine throughout fair

GREENVILLE – The Ohio Departments of Agriculture (ODA), the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) officials and representatives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continue to monitor influenza-like illness in animals and humans throughout the remainder of the county fair season in Ohio.  They remind Ohioans to exercise common sense health practices while around animals.

Dr. Terry Holman, fair veterinarian, fair board members and fair staff will be monitoring hogs at weigh-in for exhibition at the fair and taking the temperatures of any that look ill.  Swine and all livestock on exhibit will be monitored daily.  Any animals exhibiting influenza like symptoms and a temperature or signs of contagious disease will be isolated or sent home.

ODH continues to partner with local health departments and health care providers across the state on any reports of human illness.  Individuals who have reported close contact with swine and are exhibiting flu-like symptoms will undergo testing.  Samples will be sent to the ODH laboratory for preliminary testing and then to CDC for confirmation.  ODH will provide notice of any additional H3N2v human case confirmations.

With the Darke County Fair running through Aug. 25, ODA, ODH, Darke County Health Department, and the Darke County Fair Board remind residents and visitors that fair attendance is safe.  Those attending the fair should remember these simple precautions:

* Wash your hands frequently with soap and running water before and after exposure to animals.
* Never eat, drink or put things in your mouth in animal areas, and do not take food or drink into animal areas.
* Young children, pregnant women, people 65 and older and people with weakened immune systems should be extra careful around animals.
* If you have animals-including swine-watch them for signs of illness and call a veterinarian if you suspect they might be sick.
* Avoid close contact with animals that look or act ill, when possible.

Avoid contact with swine if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms.

Aug 13, 2012

Bald Eagle no longer threatened in Ohio; New animals named to Endangered List

COLUMBUS – Every five years a status assessment of Ohio’s fish and wildlife species is conducted. Several species have been taken off Ohio’s Endangered Species List while others have been added, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.

Five species were downlisted from endangered to threatened and include the bobcat, Lake Erie watersnake, trumpeter swan, blue sucker and the mountain madtom. The yellow-bellied sapsucker was downlisted from endangered to species of concern.

Those species going from threatened to special interest were dark-eyed junco, yellow-crowned night-heron, hermit thrush and least flycatcher.

Osprey, bald eagle, bluebreast darter and rosyside dace were taken off the threatened list and will no longer receive a designation. All of these species have experienced tremendous range expansion due to improved habitat or water quality.

Other species that will no longer receive a designation are the blue grosbeak, little blue heron, American widgeon, rock pocketbook, flat floater and fat pocketbook.

Those species added to Ohio’s endangered species list were upland sandpiper, Iowa darter and gilt darter. The Eastern harvest mouse was added to the threatened list.

Species going from no designation to species of concern include smoky shrew, deer mouse, prairie vole, woodland vole, southern bog lemming, silver-haired bat, red bat and hoary bat. The evening bat, American black duck and variegated orange moth will now be listed as a species of special interest.

Listed as extinct are Kramer’s cave beetle and the tubercled blossom mussel, which have not been found globally in more than 100 years. Extirpated from Ohio are the spoonhead sculpin, blackchin shiner, blacknose shiner and Mississippi silvery minnow, which have not been found in the state for 25 years. One mammal, the Southern red-backed vole, has been listed as extirpated.

The Division of Wildlife has legal authority over Ohio's fish and wildlife, which includes about 56 species of mammals, 200 species of breeding birds, 84 species and subspecies of amphibians and reptiles, 170 species of fish, 100 species of mollusks and 20 species of crustaceans. In addition, there are thousands of species of insects and other invertebrates which fall under the Division of Wildlife's jurisdiction.

The first list of Ohio’s endangered wildlife was adopted in 1974 and included 71 species. An extensive examination of the list is conducted every five years. Input is sought from professional Division of Wildlife staff and other wildlife experts across Ohio.

No state tax dollars are used to support this program. Monitoring and recovery efforts are supported by the Wildlife Diversity and Endangered Species Fund, which receives donations from Ohioans through the state income tax check-off program and by the purchase of cardinal license plates. Individuals wanting to donate to the fund can also donate online at

The new Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp provides an additional funding opportunity to support conservation, especially among wildlife watchers, photographers, campers, hikers and others who support wildlife causes. The $15 collectible Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp is available annually and highlights a different wildlife species each year chosen through a photo competition.

Federal funds for endangered species and wildlife diversity efforts are also provided through the State Wildlife Grant Program, which targets species with greatest conservation need. The Lake Erie watersnake recovery efforts are an excellent example of federal, state and local partnership resulting in species resurgence.

ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at

One Vehicle Accident Leaves One Person in Critical Condition

On Aug. 12, at approximately 1:12 p.m., Darke County Deputies along with Rossburg Fire, Ansonia Rescue and CareFlight were dispatched to the 12,300 block of State Route 118 in reference to a one vehicle injury accident.

Preliminary investigation revealed a red 2003 Chevy Impala, driven by James R. Rinderle, 50, Rossburg was northbound on State Route 118 just south of the village of Rossburg.  Rinderle's vehicle traveled across the centerline and off the left side of the roadway.  Rinderle's vehicle struck a utility pole, continued northbound and struck a second utility pole.  Rinderle's vehicle came to rest in the side ditch.

Rinderle was transported to Miami Valley Hospital by CareFlight, where he is listed in critical condition.  Rinderle was the only occupant in the vehicle.

The villages of Ansonia and Rossburg sustained temporary power outages due to the accident.  

This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office.

Knights of Columbus donates to Wayne Inds.

GREENVILLE--The Knights of Columbus Council 1796 of Greenville recently made a donation of $1830.40 from their Annual “Measure Up” campaign to Wayne Industries, the Adult Services Program of the Darke County Board of Developmental Disabilities. The  donation will be used to purchase durable items that will provide an array of activities to the over 170 Adults receiving services in this Adult Program. The Knights of Columbus and Wayne Industries/Darke County Board of Developmental Disabilities would like to say “Thank you” to all of Darke County for the continued support for this Annual Measure Up Campaign as well as the long term support from tax payers for all of the programs available through the DCBDD. For information for available services or a tour of the facility  please contact Wayne Industries at 548-6025.
Randy Ayette is shown presenting the donation to Director Jeff Miller. Also pictured are Sam Ploch, Vice President of Wayne Industries Employee Council and Chastiti Floyd, Council Representative.

Sheriff Believes Alcohol May Have Been Involved in Roll-Over Accident

On August 12, 2012 at approximately 6:04 AM Darke County Deputies along with Gettysburg Fire, Gettysburg Rescue and CareFlight were dispatched to the 6700 block of Horatio-Harris Creek Road in reference to a one vehicle rollover accident.

Preliminary investigation revealed a black 1999 Mitsubishi Montero Sport, driven by Charles J. Sampsel, 20, Bradford, was eastbound on Horatio-Harris Creek Road west of Arcanum-Bears Mill Road.  Sampsel's vehicle drifted off the right side of the roadway striking a mailbox and traveling into a utility pole.  Sampsel's vehicle continued eastbound traveling across the roadway and into the ditch, Sampsel's vehicle came to rest on it's side.  

Sampsel was transported to Miami Valley Hospital by CareFlight, where he is listed in stable condition.  Sampsel was the only occupant in the vehicle, alcohol is believed to be a factor in the accident.

This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office.

Aug 12, 2012

Challenging Councilman's View

Managing Editor Ryan Berry challenges statements from Greenville Councilman Tracy Tryon regarding the zoning issue facing Greenville City Council. Click on the following link to see what he has to say. You Have to Look at Projected Numbers to Decide Zoning Issue

Director of Women’s Caucus speaks at Democratic Picnic

GREENVILLE--The recent Darke County Democratic Picnic featured remarks by Lauren Harmon, Director of the Women’s Caucus of the Ohio Democratic Party. Ms. Harmon addressed the issues of equal pay for equal work, noting that women still earn only 77 cents for every dollar earned by a man doing the same job. She also spoke about the benefits to women and families provided by the Affordable Care Act.

In front are Lauren Harmon, Carley Ingram, Court of Appeals candidate, and Enid Goubeaux, DNC Ohio. Back left to right: Sue Hans, President Darke County Democratic Women; Judge Julie Monnin, Jim Surber, County Engineer ; Dave Fisher, candidate for Ohio House District 80; and Scott Zumbrink, Darke County Treasurer.

Artwork dedicated to the spirit of Jean Louise Thieme

GREENVILLE—Friends and  family gathered at Family Health on Aug. 8 to remember Jean Louise Thieme and dedicate art pieces  especially commissioned in her spirit.

“What I know about Jean Louise is,” said Family Health Director Jean Young, “she loved her family, she loved to garden, fish, read and travel. She was a leader, a visionary, a teacher – she welcomed your ideas and suggestions – and she loved life. If you look upon the different aspects of this art piece, you can see some of the many things she loved. The kites and sun represent her love of the great outdoors which she enjoyed through so many of her travels with her family. The flowers and fish remind us of her love for gardening and fishing. So please take a moment to reflect on the full and generous life of Jean Louise by enjoying these art pieces.”

The artwork hangs in the main lobby; in addition to the ceiling sculpture are two pieces and a bronze plaque which hang on the walls. All pieces were created by Mike Major.

“Because of Jean Louise Thieme,” added Young, “Family Health is a thriving medical practice.”

In 1973, Jean Louise was volunteering with the Darke County Migrant Ministry when she was approached by the board to administer a health services program for migrant farm workers. She accepted and applied for government funding to provide health care to farm workers living in migrant camps. That same year, Darke Mercer Shelby Regional Health Services, Inc. was established and received a federal migrant health services grant.

She also realized many Darke County residents needed assistance with health care; along with friends Dr. Delbert Blickenstaff and the late Janet Johns, P-NP, began Family Health Services. In 1976 Family Health began receiving a federal Rural Health Initiative grant to provide services to all area residents. Family Health continues to receive federal grant support from DHHS.

During her eight years as the first Executive Director, Family Health grew from three employees to nearly 30 employees, which included three full time physicians and supporting personnel. The services provided were maternity and child health, the WIC program, psychological services, a small lab and a pharmacy that provided prenatal vitamins, contraceptives and free sample medications.

“We now have 17 physicians, seven licensed clinicians, three dentists, five licensed clinical counselors, three pharmacists and 136 support staff. We continue to offer medical and maternity care, behavioral health, the WIC Program, and laboratory services,” said Young. We will provide care to over 25,000 patients this year and this has been made possible because of Jean Louise Thieme.

Jean Louise passed away on Sept. 7, 2009, at the age of 83, in Jackson Hole, WY. She is survived by her husband, Mike, and three children.

“Darke County is a better place because of Jean Louise Thieme.”
Jean Young, Family Health Director

“She was a real leader.”
Dr. Delbert Blickenstaff

“Of all her projects, she was most proud of Family Health.”
Becky Hartnagle, daughter

“I always admired her causes. I think that’s why I’m a social worker now.”
Meredith Carpe, granddaughter

“She was part of a strong family with vision, a work ethic, integrity and a willingness to share. I’ll always look up, not just at the sculpture, but at Jean Louise.”
Rep. Jim Buchy
“Officially” cutting the ribbon to the Jean Louise Thieme Memorial were Family Health Director Jean Young, Jean’s daughter Becky Hartnagle, Dr. Delbert Blickenstaff, and Jean’s granddaughter Meredith Carpe.(Roseberry photo)

New salon offering free make-over to celebrate Aug. 18 Grand Opening

GREENVILLE—Cassie Bunger and Jessica Miller will be celebrating the Grand Opening of their new business, Roots Hair Salon (315 S. Broadway in Greenville) on Aug. 18. To commemorate the opening, the two have teamed up with Pam Sharp at Merle Norman to offer a complete makeover for one lucky person.
Folks in the community are asked to nominate someone in need of a ‘pick me up.’ With these tough economic times, if could be someone who needs help in looking for a job or maybe someone who has had a really rough year. Visit or!/RootsHairSalon45331 to tell a little bit about your nominee and why you feel she should receive a makeover. The winner will be chosen Aug. 15.

Cassie and Jessica met at TJ’s School of Cosmetology in Richmond, and opened Roots on June 25. Cassie worked at JC Penney’s Salon for eight years and Jessica has seven years combined experience from Mae’s Beauty Salon, Smart Style and JC Penney’s Salon.

Roots is a salon for the entire family, all ages, offering perms, color, hi-lights, sets, cuts, styles, waxing and more. Discounts are given to active military, fire and police personnel and Golden Buckeye card holders.
Now until Aug. 18, ‘Back to School’ specials include haircuts ($6 for grades K-6) and $8 (grades 7-12). Teachers get a free cut with any chemical treatment.

Appointments are appreciated (459-5041) and walk-ins are welcome. Hours are Monday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

BBB tips on renting a car

Last year, more than $22 billion dollars was spent on rental cars. If renting a car is in your future, take your time when looking for a car rental company.  In 2011, more than 3,700 complaints were made nationwide to your Better Business Bureau about this industry. A great way to find a trustworthy company is by word of mouth or ask your friends or family who they’ve used and would recommend.  Your BBB has a few tips to make your car-rental experience an enjoyable one.

* Shop around.  Plus, shopping online can sometimes save you a few dollars. But, look for hidden charges.
* Inquire about a smaller car. If you’re traveling by yourself, opting for a smaller vehicle can save money.
* Renting on the weekend.  If you have flexibility, renting on the weekend is typically cheaper. Sometimes, renting on a weekly rate can be cheaper than day-to-day.
* Consider avoiding rental car insurance if your auto insurance covers it.
* Book your rental car early. Try to make your reservation at least one week in advance.
* Avoid getting a rental at an airport. You typically pay more in taxes and fees at an airport location.
* Bring your own car seats or GPS to avoid additional fees.
* Never return the car late or without the designated amount of gas. The car rental company typically charges more for gas than you would pay yourself.
* Get everything in writing and don’t sign anything until you understand it and make sure all the blanks are completed.
* Remember, always look over the car before you drive it off the lot. Inspect the car for scratches, dents or other damage. Report these items to the company before leaving.  Make sure you keep all paper work and receipts in case a dispute arises later.

Contact your BBB by visiting or calling (937) 222-5825 or (800) 776-5301. It can provide you with a list of BBB Accredited Businesses and business reviews on companies you’re considering.

Aug 11, 2012

Don’t let election scammers count on your support this election season

DAYTON--Scammers are already gearing up for this year’s Presidential election, from robocalls offering a “free cruise” for taking a political survey to promises President Obama will pay your utility bill. Your Better Business Bureau is advising voters to be on the lookout for the growing number of scams that are likely to continue leading up to the Presidential election.

“Scammers use incentives based on what they think voters want to hear,” noted John North, BBB president and CEO. “Hot topics like health care, economic recovery and unemployment are sure to be the alluring topics this election season, but it can be anything in the news that makes the pitch sound more realistic.”

 Here are just a few of the election-related scams your BBB is hearing about. Don’t fall for them!

 There will not be a “free cruise” at the end of the voting survey. This public opinion poll scam typically involves a recorded announcement offering a “free cruise” in exchange for participating in a telephone survey. At the end of the call consumers are asked for a debit or credit card number to cover “port fees” and taxes. Consumers who hesitate or ask if they can call back to verify the caller’s identity are subject to high-pressure tactics, such as being told the offer “is only good right now,” and if they hang up they will be disqualified.

 President Obama is not going to pay your utility bill. As nice as that would be, it’s not going to happen. Consumers have been contacted through fliers, social media, text messages and even door-to-door with claims President Obama is providing credits or applying payments to utility bills. Scammers claim they need the consumers’ Social Security and bank routing numbers to arrange the payments. In return, customers are given a phony bank routing number that will supposedly pay their utility bills. In reality, there’s no money, and customers believe they have paid their bills when in fact they have not. Worse, they’ve just given away everything needed for identity fraud.

 Fundraising calls for political donations may not be real. Consumers have reported calls from organizations that sound legitimate, but may not really be related to either the Obama or Romney campaigns. If you aren’t sure, don’t donate over the phone. If you’d like to contribute to a political campaign or party, locate contact information yourself rather than giving out financial information to a caller. Requesting a callback number is no guarantee you’ll be connected with a legitimate campaign fundraising committee. Call or visit candidates’ Web sites to obtain contact information to make donations.

 No one will check your eligibility to vote. Your voter registration record is with your state and no one is going to call or e-mail you to verify your eligibility. What do these callers claim they need to check? Just your credit card or Social Security number. No way!

 Don’t fall for these scams. Legitimate polling companies will never offer prizes for participating in a telephone survey nor ask for a credit card number. Never provide your Social Security number, credit card number or banking information to anyone requesting it over the phone or at your home unless you initiated the contact and feel confident with whom you’re speaking. Don’t give in to high-pressure tactics, whether over the phone or in person.

 For more tips you can trust, visit or call (937) 222-5825 or (800) 776-5301. 

Municipal Jazz Band performing

GREENVILLE--Greenville Municipal Jazz Band will perform Aug. 12, 7:30 p.m., in the Greenville City Park’s historic Marling Band Shell.  The concert is free and open to the public.

 Directed by JR Price, the band will perform a big band show,  themed in music of Michael Buble and Jazz and Pop standards.   

 David McKibben is the featured performer.  David studied voice at WSU and at BGSU and is currently singing with the vocal chamber ensemble Musica! in Dayton. A past member of the Bach Society of Dayton, he just finished a tour of Ohio as vocal soloist with the Wright Patterson Air Force Band of Flight and he has been invited to perform in a joint concert with the Air Force Band of Flight and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra on Sept.11.  He will sing Everything, Sway and Save the Last Dance for Me. 

The Greenville Municipal Jazz Band will also perform Smoke Gets in Your Eyes featuring John Slonaker and Zoot Suit Riot featuring Drummer David Warner.  The trombone section will be featured on the great jazz standard Here’s That Rainy Day. 

This show will be the last jazz show of the concert season. There will be no concert on Aug. 19, but will return on Aug. 26.

Genealogical Society hosting Fall Workshop

GREENVILLE—Peggy Clemens Laurizen, AG, is will be the guest speaker at the Darke County Genealogical Society’s Fall Genealogy Workshop on Oct. 27.

Lauritzen is a nationally known speaker and has made presentations at the 2008 and 2011 BYU Conference on Family History and Genealogy, the 2007 ICAPGen Conference at BYU, OGS Annual Conference (1998-2009 and 2012), and the OGS Summer Workshop in Mansfield, OH (1999-2011).

Sessions for the local workshop include America’s Forgotten War – The War of 1812; Following the Money Using Tax Records; Migration into the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia; German Migration into Ohio.
The workshop will be held in the Lowell Thomas meeting room at Garst Museum. Doors will open at 8:30 a.m. Cost is $15 for pre-registration before Oct. 17, and $20 at the door. Pack a lunch, drinks and dessert will be furnished.

Make check payable to the Darke County Genealogy Society and mail to Brenda Arnett, 6745 Dull Rd., Arcanum OH 45304. For more information, call 692-6511, or email

Aug 10, 2012

The Fair is Only a Week Away

Be watching for The Early Bird's special Fair Section this weekend. Find out where and when all the excitement will take place. The section is packed full of events and schedules.

Grand Jury Activity

R. Kelly Ormsby, III, Prosecuting Attorney for Darke County released the following report on Grand Jury activity conducted by the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

Cynthia L. Coffey, Greenville – Indicted on a charge of Felonious Assault based on an investigation by the Greenville Police Department.

Allyson N. Setser, Union City – Indicted on a charge of Illegal manufacture of Drugs; Illegal Assembly or Possession of Chemicals for the Manufacture of Drugs; and Possession of Criminal Tools based on an investigation by the Union City Police Department.

Jeremy A. Cheyne, Union City – Indicted on a charge of Illegal manufacture of Drugs; Illegal Assembly or Possession of Chemicals for the Manufacture of Drugs; Possession of Criminal Tools and Endangering Children based on an investigation by the Union City Police Department.

Chad D. Brumbaugh, Union City – Indicted on a charge of Illegal manufacture of Drugs; Illegal Assembly or Possession of Chemicals for the Manufacture of Drugs; Possession of Criminal Tools and Endangering Children based on an investigation by the Union City Police Department.

Lesli H. Croucher, Union City - Indicted on a charge of Illegal manufacture of Drugs; Illegal Assembly or Possession of Chemicals for the Manufacture of Drugs; Possession of Criminal Tools and Endangering Children based on an investigation by the Union City Police Department.

Jareth J. Johnson, Versailles – Indicted on a charge of Possession of Drugs based on an investigation by the Versailles Police Department

Craig R. Brown, Versailles – Indicted on a charge of Possession of Drugs based on an investigation by the Versailles Police Department.

Michael L. Williams, Greenville – Indicted on a charge of Abusing Harmful Intoxicants based on an investigation by the Greenville Police Department

Dion J. Small, Dayton – Indicted on a charge of Aggravated Possession of Drugs (Morphine), Possession of Cocaine and Possession of Drugs (Hydrocodone) based on an investigation by the Greenville Police Department

Nicholas K. Deaton, Greenville – Indicted on a charge of Possession of Heroin based on an investigation by the Greenville Police Department

Scott A. Williams, Greenville – Indicted on a charge of Theft (blank checks) and Forgery based on an investigation by the Greenville Police Department

Kirsten Jo Bowling, Palestine – Indicted on a charge of Trafficking in Marijuana and Possession of Marijuana based on an investigation by the Greenville Police Department

Dale Bowling Sr., Palestine – Indicted on a charge of Trafficking in Marijuana and Possession of Marijuana based on an investigation by the Greenville Police Department.

Jennifer R. Rammel, Ansonia – Indicted on two counts of Trafficking in Marijuana based on an investigation by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office

Michael R. Parks, Greenville – Indicted on a charge of nine counts of Gross Sexual Imposition based on an investigation by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office

Kyle P. Mote, Union City – Indicted on a charge of Endangering Children and Felonious Assault based on an investigation by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office

Brandon T. Curtner, Palestine – Indicted on a charge of Possession of Heroin based on an investigation by the Union City, Ohio Police Department

Trevyn D. French, Greenville – Indicted on a charge of Felonious Assault based on an investigation by the Greenville Police Department

Brian K. Klosterman, Greenville – Indicted on a charge of Possession of Drugs based on an investigation by the Greenville Police Department

Kim S. Frazier, Greenville – Indicted on a charge of five counts of Forgery based on an investigation by the Darke County Sheriff’s Department.

Jeremy A. Cheyne, Union City – Indicted on a charge of Burglary based on an investigation by the Union City, Ohio Police Department

Kassam Obed, Eaton – Indicted on a charge of Aggravated Trafficking in Drugs based on an investigation by the Greenville Police Department

Terry E. Harris, Greenville – Indicted on a charge of Illegal Processing of Drug Documents based on an investigation by the Greenville Police Department

Tiara C. Tedore, Greenville – Indicted on a charge of Theft (blank checks), Forgery and Receiving Stolen Property based on an investigation by the Greenville Police Department

Stacey M. Best, Greenville – Indicted on a charge of Theft (blank checks) and Receiving Stolen Property based on an investigation by the Greenville Police Department

James E. Riggs, Greenville – Indicted on a charge of Domestic Violence based on an investigation by the Greenville Police Department

Ronnie E. Beisner, Arcanum – Indicted on a charge of Possession of Drugs based on an investigation by the Greenville Police Department

Nicholas K. Deaton, Greenville – Indicted on a charge of Theft (blank checks), Forgery and Receiving Stolen Property based on an investigation by the Greenville Police Department

Lacie D. Copeland, Greenville – Indicted on a charge of Theft (blank checks), Forgery and Receiving Stolen Property based on an investigation by the Greenville Police Department

Santos A. Martinez, Union City, IN – Indicted on a charge of Aggravated Possession of Drugs based on an investigation by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office

Derick E. Selhorst, Celina – Indicted on a charge of Passing Bad Checks based on an investigation by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office

Robert S. Kindred, Versailles – Indicted on a charge of Receiving Stolen Property and Failure to Comply with an Order or Signal of a Police Officer based on an investigation by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office

Johnnie Bozarth, III, Union City – Indicted on a charge of Felonious Assault, Domestic Violence, Obstructing Official Business and six counts of Offense Involving Underage Persons based on an investigation by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office

Zachery A. Barger, Greenville – Indicted on a charge of Felonious Assault based on an investigation by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office

Melody R. Fisher, Coldwater – Indicted on a charge of Endangering Children and Involuntary Manslaughter based on an investigation by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office.

Michael L. Fisher, Ft. Recovery – Indicted on a charge of Endangering Children and Involuntary Manslaughter based on an investigation by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office

Aaron S. McMillan, Haviland – Indicted on a charge of Assault and Vandalism based on an investigation by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office

CAP office closed for maintenance

GREENVILLE--Community Action Partnership of the Greater Dayton Area – Darke County will be closed Monday, Aug. 20 and Tuesday, Aug. 21, for building maintenance. This includes the Senior Meals Program and Darke Co. Metropolitan Housing Authority. The offices will re-open Wednesday, Aug. 22.
Community Transportation Services, operated by CAP, will have their normal business hours during this time for those who need transportation services. Reservations should be made by calling 547-9129.

CAP offering Housing Program

GREENVILLE--Community Action Partnership of the Greater Dayton Area – Darke County will be offering assistance to eligible citizens of Darke County to find or maintain housing through the Housing Stability Program.

The mission of the Housing Stability Program is to work with individuals and families at risk for eviction and homelessness by helping them to maintain housing and stabilize their situation.

All assistance will be offered with the intent to provide the minimum amount of intervention necessary in order to insure stability. Individuals must be screened to determine eligibility base on income and applicable risk factors. Applicants must fall below the 30% Area Median Income guidelines. For a household size of one person, the amount is $12,250; two persons, $14,000; three persons, $15,750; four persons, $17,500; five persons, $18,900; six persons, $20,300; seven persons, $21,700; and eight persons, $23,100.
Interested persons should contact Rhianon Harris, 548-8143.

Art Guild hosting color workshop in September

GREENVILLE—The Greenville Art Guild will host a Color Workshop by Chuck Marshall on Sept. 27, 12:30-4:30 p.m., at the Spring Hill Learning Center, 633 Spring St., Greenville.

Back by popular demand, this is Marshall’s second workshop for the Guild. In the first workshop, he concentrated on plein air painting and this time will be instructing on color. Marshall will include an oil painting demonstration as part of his instruction.

This workshop is appropriate for all mediums and skill levels. Cost is $25 for Guild members and $35 for non-members. Participants will need to supply their own art supplies. This is a great opportunity to learn more about art or just to see if you want to learn to paint.

For more information and/or to register, contact Isabel Culbertson, 548-7174.
Greenville Art Guild members Carol Peden and Marcia Weidner observe a painting demonstration by Chuck Marshall.

Aug 9, 2012

McKenney signs latest book at Bread of Life

GREENVILLE – Lt. Col. Tom C. McKenney, former teacher at Greenville, will be available to sign and discuss his latest book at Bread of Life Bookstore, 107 W. Main Street, Greenville, Aug. 18, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  McKenney contributes a story to The Sniper Anthology: Snipers of the Second World War, a collection of biographies that explores the careers of the top snipers of World War II.

These remarkable stories of ten combat snipers of the Second World War are told by military men aptly skilled to do so. Drawing on firsthand accounts that have never been published, the authors supply details of their subjects to give graphic insight into each sniper’s skill. As well as providing incisive technical information, authors offer a glimpse of the character and personality of their chosen snipers, giving them a human face.

Lt. Col. Tom C. McKenney, evangelist, Bible teacher, author, and advocate for veterans’ issues was an infantry officer and paratrooper in the United States Marine Corps, serving in Korea and Vietnam.  A student of military history, McKenney has contributed articles to such magazines as Guideposts, American Legion, Military, and Leatherneck.   Another of his of the best-selling books is Jack Hinson’s One-Man War, the story of a Civil War sniper.  

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