Dec 31, 2012

Auditions for High School Musical set

GREENVILLE - Children’s Theatre Club is preparing for its second season! This year the club will produce four productions including High School Musical, Annie Get Your Gun, You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown, and Narnia.

Children's Theatre Club is a non-profit organization that offers Theatre opportunities to area youth and is open to students in kindergarten thru the 12th grade. The club is program for children by children. Every member who auditions will be included on stage, and every effort will be made to highlight and give a part to anyone who wants one. Members sign up for the shows they are interested in and can choose to perform in however many shows they like. Opportunities are also available to participate in other areas of theatre including directing, design, and script writing.

Auditions for their first production High School Musical will be held on Jan. 19 (this is earlier than previously announced). Auditions will be held at their building at 638 Wagner Ave., Greenville (between Goodwill and Big Lots). Members will need to be present for the whole audition time. Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m., and at 10 a.m. there will be a short meeting for members and parents. Auditions will begin after the meeting (just a note auditions are closed to parents and non-members).

A lunch break will be taken from 12:30 to 1 p.m.; parents are permitted to bring food for their children, but the members are not permitted to leave. After lunch, the cast will be announced and rehearsal will begin. Rehearsal will end at 2:30 p.m.

During auditions, they will be teaching a dance and musical number from the show. Anyone interested in not being in the cast, but would like to work in one of the other production areas, need to be present for the auditions. The $40 dollar fee must be paid on the day of auditions unless prior arrangements are made. It is the organization’s policy to not turn away anyone who wants to participate; anyone having difficulty with the fee should contact the organizers to make special arrangements.

For more information about the organization or questions about the auditions, call 547-3360 or

Make controlling diabetes a New Year’s resolution

GREENVILLE – New Year’s is a time to come up with resolutions to better your life for the future. Why not use your resolution this year to set goals to better your diabetes management and overall health?

Resolutions should be something you want to do, not something you think you “should” do, or that your spouse or doctor wants you to do. If you don’t want to start walking for exercise, don’t make walking a resolution.

Resolutions should be something you reasonably CAN do. Don’t resolve to run five miles a day if you rarely even walk to the corner. Start slowly and build up. Pick a resolution you are very confident that you can do.

On a scale of 1–10, how confident are you that you can make this change? Your confidence level should be at least 7. If it’s lower, you should make the goal easier or make plans to overcome barriers that might get in your way.

Resolutions should be specific and measurable. For example, I will walk 20 minutes three times a week for the next month. In a month determine if you were able to achieve your goal. If so, what kind of goal would you like to set for the next month? If you were not able to achieve your goal, determine why? Goal was set to high, busy- need to add exercise to your calendar, bored of walking – find other exercises to do or find a buddy.

A study at the University of Hertfordshire showed the people most successful at keeping their New Year’s Resolutions did at least three of the following things:

* broke their goal into smaller steps

* rewarded themselves when they achieved one of these

* told their friends about their goals

* focused on the benefits of success

* kept a diary of their progress.

What is your New Year’s Resolution to improve your diabetes management?

If you are interested in learning additional ways to help improve/maintain your blood glucose levels consider attending Group Diabetes Classes at Wayne HealthCare. This program will provide you with the knowledge to help make healthy lifestyle decisions regarding your management of diabetes. The classes are for individuals who are newly diagnosed and individuals who have had diabetes for years.

Group classes meet once a week for four weeks. During the classes you will learn the following: 1) facts associated with diabetes, 2) the relationship between diabetes and healthy eating, 3) the value of monitoring and using the blood glucose results, 4) the importance of exercise, 5) how diabetic medications work, and 6) ways to reduce risk of complications.

The cost of each class is $10 or $40 for the series of four classes. The first class of the New Year will be held Jan. 7, 14, 22, and 28, 2013, 1-3 p.m. Pre-registration for the classes is required.

Alternate class schedules are available throughout the year. Morning classes will be held from 9-11 a.m. in March, June, October and December. Afternoon classes will be held from 1-3 p.m. in January, April, July, August, and November. Evening classes will be held from 6-8 p.m. in February, May, and September.

If you prefer to meet individually with the Certified Diabetes Educator, you can receive education regarding Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME) and Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT).

During DSME, you can learn more about the following: 1) using a meter and how to interpret blood glucose results, 2) how diabetic medications work on the body to improve blood glucose, 3) overview of diabetes, 4) the progression of diabetes, 5) ways to incorporate physical activity into your lifestyle to help manage diabetes, 6) reducing complications, and 7) controlling blood glucose.

During MNT education, you will learn that by planning and moderation an individualized meal plan can fit into your lifestyle. We will discuss the different nutrients your body needs to stay healthy. The educator will incorporate the diabetic diet into others diets you may be following (low cholesterol, low sodium).

For more information regarding the programs offered by Wayne HealthCare Diabetes Self Management Program, call 547-5750.

Library offers free computer classes

GREENVILLE – The Greenville Public Library is again offering free computer classes for beginners. There are three different classes: Basic Computer Skills, Internet, and Email. The classes will be offered two times – Mondays, 10 a.m. to noon, January 7, 14, and 28 and on Thursdays, 4-6 p.m., January 10, 17, and 24.

Librarian Stephanie St. Myers is the instructor. She is very experienced with computers and is very patient and easy-to-understand teacher. Sign up at the Circulation or Reference Desks or call the Library, 548-3915, to reserve a place in class.

Stephanie St. Myers will be teaching free computer classes at the Greenville Public Library.

Cancer Support Group holds Christmas Carry-In

GREENVILLE – The Cancer Association Support Group was cancelled in December due to an emergency. The group will meet for the annual Christmas carry-in on Jan. 3, at Wayne Health Care, third floor Conference Room. Chicken will be provided by Judy Eikenberry (board member.) Table service and drinks also provided.

If possible, please bring a dish to share with the group. If you aren’t able to bring a dish, please come and join in the fun anyway. There will be Christmas music and some Christmas games and a time of food and fellowship.

The Cancer Association is a non-profit organization that provides benefits to cancer patients living in Darke County. The association partners with United Way and is not associated with the American Cancer Society.

If you know of anyone living in Darke County that is battling cancer, have them call the office and discuss the benefits that might be available, 548-9960


VERSAILLES – Family, staff and friends of Versailles Health Care Center donated non-perishable foods from November through December. The food will be donated to the Council of Churches in Versailles for community distribution. Versailles Health Care Center would like to thank everyone who contributed to the collection! Shown are (back row) Therese Pohlman (Office Manager), Bill Harman, Lisa Chalk (Executive Director), Clara Paulus, (front row) Great-grandsons of Clara Paulus: Lane Bergman (7), Kyle Gigandet (12) and Ayden Bergman (9).

Dec 30, 2012

Community Grants Benefit Local Parks

GREENVILLE--Darke County Parks is thrilled to announce another cycle of Community Grants have been awarded for the 2012 grant cycle. The Community Parks Improvement Program began as one of the promises to the residents of Darke County upon successfully passing a levy in 1994 and the renewal of that Levy in 2003, to allow for expansion of services and facilities. Over the past 17 years, the Park District has returned $625,181.60 to 21 different villages and cities in Darke County.

Each year a board of six members, including the Darke County Park District Board of Commissioners, meet to determine what grants will be awarded. Applications focus on addressing health and safety factors in each community and applicants are awarded based on need. The Community Grants program is a reimbursement grant program and the villages are notified in June if they have received the requested grant. The reimbursement takes place in December of each year after the project has been completed. A variety of projects have been funded, from bleachers, playground equipment, shelter houses to restroom facilities, picnic tables, slides, repairs of electrical service, and much more have all been funded through this program.

Director of Parks, Roger Van Frank stated, “The Darke County Park District is dedicated to improving active recreational services and facilities in your local community. These partnerships formed between Darke County communities and the Park District have been successful in creating safe and healthy environments for children and families to utilize all over the County.” For more information contact the local Park Council or call the Nature Center, 548-0165, and ask for the Director or email

2012 Community Grant Recipients (l-r) : Steve Shaltry, Darke County Park District Commissioner; Tom Welbaum, Ansonia; Larry Green, Gettysburg; Joe Wagner, North Star; Dan Howe, Rossburg; Marcia Kiser and Barb Long, Union City; Rodd Hale, Versailles; Gary Young, Wayne Lakes; Roger Van Frank, Director of Darke County Park District; Dan Schipfer, Darke County Park District Commissioner. 

Accreditation Assessment Team invites public comment

GREENVILLE – Chief Dennis L. Butts, of the Greenville Police Department, recently announced that a team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) will arrive on Jan. 13, 2013 to examine all aspects of the Greenville Police Department’s policy and procedures, management, operations and support services.

Verification by the team that Greenville Police Department meets the Commission’s state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to gain accreditation – a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence.

As part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session on Jan. 14, 7 p.m. The session will be conducted in the City Council Chambers, 100 Public Square, Greenville.

Persons that cannot speak at the public information session, but would still like to provide comments to the assessment team, he/she may do so by telephone. The public may call the assessment team at 316-1056 on Jan. 14, 1-3 p.m.

Telephone comments as well as appearances at the public information session are limited to 10 minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with CALEA’s standards. A copy of the standards is available at the Greenville Police Department. The local contact is Chief Butts, 548-4175.

Persons wishing to offer written comments about the Greenville Police Department’s ability to meet standards for accreditation are requested to write: Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville, VA 20155.

The Greenville Police Department is required to comply with 188 standards in order to gain accredited status.

The assessment team is composed of law enforcement practitioners from similar but out-of-state agencies. The assessors will review written materials, interview individuals and visit offices and other places where compliance can be witnessed. The On-Site Assessment Team consists of the following assessors: Team Leader – Randy Nichols and Thomas Wilkes. Once the commission’s assessors complete their review of the agency, they report back to the full commission, which will decide if the agency is to be granted re-accreditation.

Accreditation is for three years, during which the agency must submit annual reports attesting continued compliance with those standards for which it was initially accredited.

For more information regarding the CALEA, write to the above address or call 800-368-3757 or (703) 352-4225.

Give blood in January and have a chance to win prizes

DARKE COUNTY – Darke County and Community Blood Center (CBC) are ringing in the New Year with a “Winter Extravaganza” of prizes for blood donors! Register to donate during “Darke County Donor Days,” through Jan. 31, at any Darke County Blood Drive, and win some special gifts that Santa may have forgotten to leave under the tree.

Everyone who registers to donate during “Darke County Donor Days” at any Darke County Blood Drive is automatically entered into a drawing for four special prizes: A Kindle Fire, an iPod Touch, a Vizio 32-inch TV, or a Nikon Cool Pix camera. Four winners will be drawn at the end of December and another four at the end of January. (Donors can enter the drawing only once during the campaign).

Jan. 3 – Spirit Medical Transport, 5484 St. Rt. 49, Greenville, 4–7 p.m., open to the community, appointments encouraged

Jan. 4 – Midmark Corporation, 7–11 a.m., employees only

Jan. 8 – Greenville Church of the Brethren, 421 Central Ave., Greenville, 12:30– 6:30 p.m., sponsored by Greater Greenville Ministerial Association, open to the community, appointments encouraged

Jan. 9 – Family Health, Inc., 8 a.m. – noon, employees only

Jan. 11 – BASF Corporation, 7:30–11 a.m., employees only

Jan. 14 – Faith United Methodist Church, 101 East South St., Arcanum, 2:30–6:30 p.m., open to the community, appointments encouraged

Jan. 14 – Union City City Building Community Room, 105 N. Columbia St., Union City, 2:30– 6:30 p.m., open to the community, appointments encouraged

Jan. 18 – Franklin Monroe High School, 8691 Oakes Road, Pitsburg, 8:30 a.m.–noon, sponsored by Franklin Monroe High School National Honor Society, open to the community, appointments encouraged

Jan. 21 – Versailles K of C Hall, 8440 St. Rt. 47, Versailles, 12:30– 7 p.m., sponsored by Versailles Knights of Columbus, open to the community, appointments encouraged

Jan. 22 – Wayne HealthCare, 8–11 a.m., employees only

Visit the all new A new world of communications and service is waiting at the completely redesigned website. Get fast and complete answers on how to make your first donation, organize a blood drive, or bring our education program to your school. Get all the updates in the CBC/CTS newsroom, find quick links to our social media pages, or schedule your next appointment to donate by connecting to

Rage and Rocko give Wire WARNING...

DARKE COUNTY – With winter here, there is always a threat of heavy snow, ice, or wind. This could bring down trees and power lines. If you see any kind of wire hanging low or wires on the ground…STAY AWAY. Treat them as a dangerous power line. Getting too close or touching these lines could cause serious injury or death.

“Call 911” Let them call the right people.

Be Alert and Be Safe 24hrs/365days

Dec 29, 2012

January events at M-U Library

WEST MILTON – The following is a list of events at Milton-Union Public Library in January.

Jan. 1 - Closed for the New Year holiday.

Jan. 3 – New Friends of the Milton-Union Public Library meeting at 6:30 p.m. Elections to be held for nominated officers. All Friends members are invited. Not a member? Join at the meeting.

Jan. 7, 14 & 28 – The Crafty Listeners is a group of women who get together on Mondays from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Milton-Union Public Library. They listen to an audio book and work on projects. It may be needlework, making greeting cards or whatever strikes their fancy. These talented women are always willing to welcome a new member and share their expertise.

Jan. 7, & 29 – Milton-Union Public Library book discussion group, 7 p.m. Before I go to Sleep, by S.J. Watson (Jan. 7); and A Secret Kept, by Tatiana de Rosnay (Jan. 29). For information about joining a group, call 698-5515.

Jan. 9, 16, 23 & 30 – Milton-Union Public Library story hours at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Story hour is open to children ages three to five and their caregiver. Programs include puppet shows, stories and crafts. Theme: “Thank You” and Braille (Jan. 9); Pooh Day (Jan. 16); National Pie Day and the Gold Rush (Jan. 23); and Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day and Circles (Jan. 30)

Jan. 15 – Tiny Tots program from 1-1:30 p.m., at the Milton-Union Public Library. This interactive program is for children birth to three and their parents or caregivers.

Jan. 15 – Milton-Union Public Library Board of Trustees meeting, 7 p.m. The public is invited.

Jan. 21 – Milton-Union Public Library closed for Martin Luther King Day.

Jan. 22 – Children’s program with a Gingerbread theme at 6:30 p.m. Open to children up to 12 years of age. Come to the Milton-Union Public Library and listen to stories and build a gingerbread house to take

Towns is Ambassador of the Month at Reid

RICHMOND, IN – Reid Hospital has named its Ambassador of the Month for December. The December Ambassador is described as always helpful, full of energy and as having a terrific sense of humor— attributes that are not always easy to project when one is a LEAN facilitator such as Craig Towns.

Craig came to Reid three years ago from Belden where he was also involved in LEAN initiatives. The Centerville High School graduate attended IU East where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and management.

“Craig is always helpful, full of energy and his sense of humor is like no other,” said a unit director. A LEAN participant said, “In situations that are high stress, Craig’s personality is the perfect balance to bring everyone back down to a normal keel. He is always quick with a smile and funny word regardless of the situation.”

Craig, his wife Heather, daughter Ravyn (age three) and son Case (age two), now call Richmond home. Heather is from Hagerstown and is a sonography supervisor in Reid’s radiology department. The Towns are an active family playing in their pool and exploring Heather’s mom’s farm. They are members of the Cincinnati Zoo where the children like to watch the monkeys, elephants and giraffes and ride the train. Craig is an Indianapolis Colt’s fan, but did not renew his season tickets when a certain quarterback moved to Denver.

Surprised at being named ambassador, Craig said, “I enjoy working at Reid because of the healthy work environment and the family atmosphere.”

Leith is December’s Volunteer of the Month

RICHMOND, IN – Reid’s December Volunteer of Month, Becky Leith, has been helping with special assignments for over three years. She often assists with various projects and events, most recently prostate screening registration, Chamber Career Day and sewing Christmas stockings for Reid’s December newborns. She also helps with preparing mailings, cutting fabric for baby blankets, organizing donated magazines and other assorted tasks. Becky frequently works with two other volunteers, Emily Wise and Evelene Lantz, and they have been dubbed “the three musketeers.” 

Nominators cite her ability to quickly complete assignments and her pleasant demeanor. “I look forward to seeing Becky, not only because she completes whatever project is given to her effortlessly, but because she and her two friends have a way of sharing their enjoyment of life.” A Reid staff member said, “She is always pleasant and ready to take on any task that is asked of her. Becky always likes to laugh and enjoy whatever she is doing.”

Becky formerly worked at The Box Station for her friend Evelene Lantz. She currently works for Richmond Community School’s athletic department assisting with events and is active with Area 9. Becky has two children, Amy and John and seven grandchildren. Her hobbies include sewing, knitting, crafts, traveling and spending time at her sister’s lake house with family and friends.

“I am very surprised and honored to be recognized as Volunteer of the Month,” said Becky. “I enjoy spending time at Reid with my close friends, Evelene Lantz and Emily Wise.”

Dec 28, 2012

AWTHS open January 5

ARCANUM—The Arcanum Wayne Trail Historical Society will have visiting hours Jan. 5, 2013, 9 a.m. to noon., as part of the First Saturdays Open House through the early spring months. Of interest may be the Arcanum yearbooks and class pictures for those working on school alumni or class reunion get togethers. There are also Franklin-Monroe class pictures on CD which includes some Franklin School pictures. Please save the date for Feb. 2, 2013, for the Scrapbook and Photo and Paper Preservation Workshop scheduled at the AWTHS house. More details later but RSVP’s are required to Annette Stewart, Reference Library Coordinator, by Jan. 28.

ABLE schedules winter classes

GREENVILLE--Without a high school education, it is difficult to find and keep a good job. Additionally, many of the better paying jobs require training beyond high school.

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, GED Test, work-related tests, and the U.S. Citizenship Test.

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.

Individuals whose first language is not English may enroll in classes for English for Speakers of Other Languages. These classes resume Jan. 5, 2013, 9 a.m., at the Greenville High School Career Technical Center, 100 Green Wave Way, Greenville.

Orientation for evening classes will be Greenville High School Career Technical Center, 100 Green Wave Way in Greenville on Jan. 8, 2013, 5:30 p.m.

ABLE’s orientation for day classes at Edison Community College, Darke County Branch at 601 Wagner Ave. in Greenville is Jan. 15, 2013, 9 a.m. in Room 127.

The last time to register for the 2002 Series GED test is August 2013, so the upcoming winter session for ABLE classes will be the last time to prepare for the current version of the GED test, which will expire at the end of 2013. The current version, known as the 2002 Series GED test, will be replaced with the new 2014 GED test on Jan. 2, 2014.

Those who have taken the 2002 Series GED test, but not passed all five parts, have until the end of 2013 to pass, or they will need to start over in 2014 with the new GED test in order to receive their high school credential.

Potential test takers should know a few important tips before the end of 2013:

Registration deadline for repeat GED® test-takers and for new GED® test-takers is Aug. 9, 2013.

Last day to take the current version of the GED® test is Dec. 21, 2013.

The total cost of the current GED Test is $40.

Re-testers will be charged $10 per subject test being retaken, up to a maximum of $40.

In January 2014, the new GED Test will cost $120.

Since 1995, 620 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 .

Dec 27, 2012


Sheriff Toby L. Spencer announced that as of 1:45 PM today, December 27, 2012 all snow advisories and emergencies have been cancelled. Some secondary roadways remain snow and ice covered; extra caution should be exercised while driving.

Authority Darke County Sheriff Toby L. Spencer

Remove snow from hydrants

GREENVILLE – Due to the recent heavy snowfall, some fire hydrants in the City of Greenville may be covered. Please check the fire hydrant nearest to your home to see if it is covered and inaccessible. The fire department is asking residents to remove the snow from any hydrant affected. Fire department personnel are checking and removing snow from fire hydrants near properties such as schools, hospital, healthcare facilities and other high risk areas of the city.

Resume and Job Interview Workshop

GREENVILLE – Are you having trouble compiling your resumé? Are you nervous about your upcoming interview? Join EUM Church for a Resumé and Interview Prep Workshop on Jan. 12, 9–11 a.m., at the Downtown Campus, 111 Devor St., Greenville. Registration is limited so sign up early!

Did you know there can be as many as 200 resumés submitted for a single job opening? Over 90% of those resumés are rejected without the applicant ever getting an interview. The question then becomes, "How do I make my resumé one that ends up on the desk instead of in the trash can?"

Trainer Mike Woods will offer an informative two hour workshop that will give the basics of preparing a good resumé and tips on what hiring managers are looking for when they receive resumés. We will also spend some time learning how to prepare for a job interview. The cost is free and one-on-one assistance is available as well. For more information, contact Susan O’Dell at 937-548-3211 ext 208.

For more information, visit or call 548-3211.

Darke County Now on Level I Snow Advisory

Sheriff Toby L. Spencer announced that as of 10:45 AM today December 27, 2012 Darke County will be at a Level 1 snow advisory. Level 1 is when all roadways are hazardous. Extreme caution should be used if travel is necessary.

Travel is not being limited at this time; however, blowing and drifting snow is causing some roadways to become slick and hazardous.

Thank you for your patience during these severe weather conditions.

Authority Darke County Sheriff Toby L. Spencer

VAHS Museum will be open Dec. 30

VERSAILLES – The Versailles Area Historical Society will have the Museum at Versailles open Dec. 30 (and every Sunday through Jan. 13), from 1-4 p.m. to show off the current displays for the season.

The current display is “Rock-in Around the Christmas Tree... a Tribute to the Christmas in the 50’s”. This wonderful display features flash back memories to the home of Beaver Cleaver, or Ricky Nelson, or perhaps Dezi and Lucy. Yes we’re talking the fabulous 50’s; Eisenhower was in the White House, cars were all made in Detroit, martini’s were the cocktail of choice and “Happy Days” was more than just a TV show. Come see what’s under our aluminum tree or perhaps you would rather visit Martin’s Toy Land and memories about John Heiby who wore a special suit for many local youth. Maybe you remember special decorations from your youth? Thanks to Norma & Tom Parin there is a Santa collection that will bring back a flood of memories. Do you remember the lifelike Santa that spent Christmas in numerous downtown windows? That Santa most notably was at Reed Brothers Men’s Clothing (later Garrison’s) and The Fashion Shop, owned by the late Leona Weaver.

If Christmas in the 50’s (that’s 1850’s) is more your style, the Christmas tree decorations from the St. Peter’s country church are adorning the tree in our “Church Room” and beautiful Victorian tree ornaments are in a new display, called “Sit-a-spell” remembering the “Parlor”.

Plus, cases of wonderful toys through the years are featured.

Also holiday touches throughout are sure to delight guests.

There will be tours available and there is no charge, but donations are always welcome.

The museum is at the corner of State Route 121 and West Streets in Versailles. For more information, call 526-4222.


Sheriff Toby L. Spencer announced that as of 8:00 AM today, December 27, 2012 Darke County will be at a Level 2 snow advisory. This includes all roadways in the county. Level 2 snow advisory means that roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Roads can be very icy. Only those who feel it is necessary to drive should be out on the roadways. People should contact their employer to see if they should report to work. If you are driving, use extreme caution.

All road crews have been working diligently through the morning. It is imperative that owners of stranded vehicles in or near the roadways get their vehicles moved so road crews can continue to effectively clear the roads. Any abandoned vehicles in the roadway will be towed at owner’s expense.


Sheriff Toby L. Spencer announced that as of 6 a.m. today, Dec. 27, 2012 Darke County will be at a MODIFIED Level 3 Snow Emergency. A Modified Level 3 Snow Emergency means that all COUNTY and TOWNSHIP roadways are CLOSED to non-emergency personnel.

Incorporated City Streets and State Highways are exempt from this Level 3 Snow Emergency.

No one should be driving on COUNTY and TOWNSHIP roadways during this condition unless it is absolutely necessary or a personal emergency exists. All personnel that travel on COUNTY and TOWNSHIP roadways should contact their employer to see if they should report to work. Anyone traveling in the designated areas may subject themselves to arrest.

State Highways and Incorporated City Streets are still snow and ice covered making these roadways hazardous, therefore a Level 2 Snow Advisory exists in these locations. If you are driving on State Highways and Incorporated City Streets, use extreme caution.

Road crews are currently working hard to clear all roads and streets in the county. A Countywide Level 2 Snow Advisory is anticipated to be issued at 8:00 AM today’s date. This will be announced in another release if conditions warrant.

Thank you for your patience during these severe weather conditions.

Authority Darke County Sheriff Toby L. Spencer

Dec 26, 2012

Multiple Departments Called to House Fire in Pitsburg

PITSBURG - Pitsburg Fire Department, along with departments from Arcanum, Laura, Gettysburg, Greenville Township, New Madison, Arcanum Rescue and Tri-Village Rescue, are on the scene of a house fire on Merrie Lane in Pitsburg. It appears there is heavy damage to the garage area where a wall collapsed. There also appears to be an injury, but it is unclear if it was a resident or firemen. Keep watching Blue Bag Media for more information as it becomes available.

Level 3 will be Issued

Sheriff Toby L. Spencer announced that at 3:00 PM today, December 26, 2012, Darke County will be on a Level 3 Snow Emergency. This includes the entire county. A Level 3 Snow Emergency means that ALL roadways are CLOSED to non-emergency personnel. No one should be driving during this condition unless it is absolutely necessary or a personal emergency exists. All employees should contact their employer to see if they should report to work. Anyone traveling on the roads may subject themselves to arrest.

This release is being issued in advance of the Snow Emergency so that the public will be provided early warning and be prepared to be off the roadways after 3:00 PM today.

Blowing and drifting snow along with near zero visibility has made it difficult for road and street crews to keep roadways clear. The Sheriff’s Office has already received reports of stranded motorists in the rural areas of Darke County.

Thank you for your patience during these severe weather conditions.

Authority Darke County Sheriff Toby L. Spencer


Sheriff Toby L. Spencer announced that as of 12:00 PM on 12/26/ 2012, Darke County will be at a Level 2 snow advisory. Level 2 snow advisory means that roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Roads can be very icy. Only those who feel it is necessary to drive should be out on the roadways. People should contact their employer to see if they should report to work. If you are driving, use extreme caution.

Thank you for your patience during these severe weather conditions.

Authority Darke County Sheriff Toby L. Spencer

Senior Cafes closed today; no meal delivery, and vans operating on limited basis

LifeStream Services has made the following service delivery changes for today due to blizzard-like conditions in East Central Indiana:

· Senior Cafes will be closed in all seven counties served by LifeStream (Delaware, Madison, Grant, Blackford, Jay, Randolph and Henry counties).

· There will be no home delivery of meals today.

· Vans in The New InterUrban system will be operating on a limited basis. Please call (888) 589-1121 to confirm service availability.

LifeStream is the Aging and Disability Resource Center for East Central Indiana. The agency’s headquarters are in Yorktown, and the nonprofit helps people in Delaware, Madison, Grant, Blackford, Jay, Randolph and Henry counties.

“We regret the cancellation of services and we should be able to be back on schedule tomorrow,” said Jim Allbaugh, vice president of operations.

All of the agency’s offices are open today and other programs are continuing as scheduled.

LifeStream is an award-winning, accredited agency whose services and programs include caregiver support, information and referral, in-home care, homemaker help, transportation, guardianships, nutrition programs and more. LifeStream touched the lives of more than 30,000 people last year in East Central Indiana.

For more information about LifeStream, call (800) 589-1121. More information about LifeStream is also available on its web site at or look for the agency on Facebook.

Darke Co. on Level I Snow Advisory

Sheriff Toby L. Spencer announced that as of 8:15 AM on 12/26/ 2012, Darke County will be at a Level 1 snow advisory. Level 1 is when all roadways are hazardous. Extreme caution should be used if travel is necessary.

Travel is not being limited at this time; however, blowing and drifting snow is causing some roadways to become slick and hazardous.

Thank you for your patience during these severe weather conditions.

Authority Darke County Sheriff Toby L. Spencer

Free Joint Replacement Class offered

VERSAILLES – Versailles Health Care Center invites anyone considering joint replacement surgery to a FREE Total Joint Replacement Class. This class is offered the fourth Monday of each month, 6 p.m., in the Rehab Clinic at Versailles Health Care Center. Dr. Chad Weber, Orthopedic Surgeon, along with Versailles Health Care Center Therapists, will provide information about the joint replacement journey. Information about preparation, hospital procedures, risks, and rehab will be discussed. This class will be beneficial for anyone, whether you are in the beginning stages of contemplating joint replacement surgery or have your surgery scheduled. The class will include handouts and a question/answer session.

Light refreshments will be provided. There will also be a door prize to all participants, featuring a gift card, compliments of Michael Anthony’s at the Inn.

Call Shannon Condon, 526-0130 for more information or to RSVP for this exciting event.

Dec 25, 2012

Merry Christmas

The staff of The Early Bird and Blue Bag Media wishes your family a very Merry Christmas.

Greenville Rotary sends aid to Newtown

GREENVILLE – The Greenville Rotary Club is sending funds to the Newton, Conn. Rotary Chapter in response to the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The members of the Newton Rotary Club established a fund dedicated to the victims of the Sandy Hook School tragedy and their families in the community. With the help of local and national supporters, the club hopes to assist in the town's short term and long term needs.

West Milton Rotary Club President Larry Dehus reached out to the Newton Rotary President and agreed to send a $1,000 donation to help in the town's time of need. He invited other district Rotary Clubs to match his offer, and the Greenville chapter jumped on the chance to lend a hand.

“What the people of Newtown need right now is peace,” said Greenville Rotary President Diane Shuff. “What an incredible opportunity we have been given as a club.”

Rotary International President Sakuji Tanaka declared the year's theme as “Peace Through Service,” which encourages its members to seek personal and community harmony through dedicated service. "Peace is something that we can find and that we can achieve, every day and in many simple ways,” Tanaka said at the 2012 International Rotary Assembly.

The Rotary Foundation funds international humanitarian programs throughout the world, the most famous project being PolioPlus, which has contributed to the global eradication of polio.

For more information about the Newton Rotary Club, please visit


DARKE COUNTY – The following Darke County Firefighters graduated from the Level I Firefighter Class at Gettysburg Fire/Rescue from Clark State Community College Safety Services. The graduating class includes (front row) Robb Hutt, Gettysburg Fire/Rescue; Michael Fenstermaker, Gettysburg Fire/Rescue; Brad Demange, Osgood Fire; Josh Murphy, Bradford Fire; Carrie Miller, Greenville Twp. Fire; Michael Werling, Osgood Fire; Mark Klewer, Montezuma Fire; Dalton Albaugh, West Milton Fire; (back row) Leroy Murphy, Instructor; Jeffery Combs, Lead Instructor; and Troy Weber, Greenville Twp. Fire

Dec 24, 2012

State of the Heart benefits from Bob Evans Fundraiser, Dec. 28-30

GREENVILLE – State of the Heart Hospice will benefit from a special fundraiser that will be held by Bob Evans Restaurant, 1366 Wagner Ave., Greenville, Dec. 28-30. The restaurant, will donate 15 percent of the sales on food items to State of the Heart. The fundraiser starts at 6 a.m. on Friday, and concludes at 10 p.m. on Sunday.

“We research to find the most worthwhile charities for our fundraisers,” explained Bob Evans General Manager Stacy Foster. “We felt State of the Heart was a worthy charity for us to be involved with. The more sales we have during those three days, the better for our business and the more money for State of the Heart.” A flyer “coupon” is needed for the purchase and can be downloaded on the State of the Heart website or use the one on this page – visit

With offices in Greenville, Coldwater and Portland, the local non-profit agency provides care to families and patients in eastern Indiana and western Ohio who are confronting a life-limiting illness. “State of the Heart Hospice is proud and pleased to be involved in this fundraiser,” stated Ryan Gathard, Fund Development Director for State of the Heart. “We encourage as many people as possible to support this effort.” Funds will go to patient support. This is the second time that Bob Evans Restaurant has conducted the fund raiser for State of the Heart.

Flyers are being distributed to various businesses and locations in Greenville. It is necessary to present the flyer when you take your bill to the cashier. Each bill will have 15 percent directed to State of the Heart. “This includes food served in the restaurant as well as carry-out orders,” Foster explained. Flyers are also at the reception desk at the agency office, 1350 N. Broadway in Greenville. For more information about the fundraiser, call Bob Evans Restaurant, 547-9193, or State of the Heart Hospice, 548-2999.

Christmas Tree Recycling

DARKE COUNTY--Not sure what to do with your dried-out, cut Christmas tree? Why not bring it to Shawnee Prairie Preserve (4267 State Route 502 West) to recycle it back to nature! This FREE event is hosted by Darke County Solid Waste District and all shredded trees will be used on the trails. Please remove all ornaments, lights, wire, tinsel, and nails prior to arrival. Trees with fake snow cannot be accepted. Drop-off is only accepted during office hours, Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Dec. 26, 2012, through Jan. 18, 2013. For more information, contact Solid Waste, 547-0827.

Park District hosting Volunteer Workshop

GREENVILLE--The Darke County Park District will hold a Volunteer Workshop on Jan. 19, 2013, 10 a.m., at the Shawnee Prairie Preserve Nature Center.

Those who wish to learn more about volunteering for the district will learn what the Darke County Park District is, how it all began and where the Park District is today. Discussion will follow as to how, when, and where you can assist the Park District with their endless volunteer opportunities! Rewarding volunteer positions include working as a front desk receptionist, assisting with school groups, adopting a park, assisting in general upkeep and maintenance of park grounds, or helping with our special events such as the Maple Syrup Festival, Prairie Days Festival, Nature Day, or Walking in a Winter Wonderland. There is something for everyone!

Darke County Park volunteers can assist with as many programs and special events as they can work into their busy schedules. Join us and bring a friend or two, and see how you can make a difference by assisting the Park District. Please call and RSVP to Volunteer Coordinator Laura Schwieterman, 548-0165 or via email:

Greenville BPW Club celebrates Christmas

GREENVILLE--The Christmas Committee of the Greenville Business & Professional Women’s (BPW) Club hosted the December 13th meeting which was held at the Brethren Retirement Center.

Dara Buchy, Shirley Morrow and Tasha Anderson from the Christmas Committee planned a festive evening. The club was entertained with beautiful Christmas carols sung by Samantha Buchy, Michelle Fannin and Hannah Gulley from the Greenville Junior High School.

This year the local BPW group collected sweat suits for the Domestic Violence Center. The huge stack of clothing was presented to Annie Sonner from the center.

The Club ended the meeting preparing for the Breakfast with Santa that was scheduled for Dec. 15. Everyone enjoyed wrapping presents that were chosen for all the children listed to attend the breakfast. The gifts were generously donated by the students from the Business Professional Association from Greenville Senior High School. The group’s instructor/advisor is BPW member Dara Buchy.

The Greenville BPW Club’s mission is to achieve equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education, and information. The Club holds fund raisers throughout the year to raise money to grant scholarships to the young women of Darke County. The Club meets the second Thursday of every month for a dinner meeting. Those interested in learning more about the club can contact Membership Chair Gail Snyder, 423-4854 or

Left to right: Greenville Junior High student Hannah Gulley, BPW member Dara Buchy, student Samantha Buchy, BPW member Shirley Morrow, student Michelle Fannin and BPW member Tasha Anderson. 

Dec 23, 2012

Coloring Contest Winners Announced

The Early Bird wants to thank everyone that participated in the coloring contest. There were nearly 350 entries, which made judging very difficult. First place winners will receive $50 in Santa Bucks, second place receives $25 in Santa Bucks and third place receives $15 in Santa Bucks. The Santa Bucks are redeemable at Marco’s Pizza, Ben Franklin, The YMCA and Greenville Ace Hardware.

Winners in the 2-5 age category are First Place - Adison Tucker (5), of Arcanum; Second Place – Katie Delzeith (5), of Versailles; and Third Place – Maddalyn Walters (5), of Greenville. Honorable Mentions are Clark Lemons (5), of Arcanum; Evan Addis (3), of Greenville; Alivia Addis (5), of Greenville; Danika Neargarder (4), of Ft. Recovery and Kiera Lecklider (4), of Greenville.

Winners in the 6-8 age category are First Place – Lilly (8) and Madie (6) Hobbs, of Greenville; Second Place – Kaleb Martin (6), of Greenville; and Third Place - Isaac Mills (7), of Arcanum. Honorable Mentions are Elizabeth Nelson (6), of Versailles; Elizabeth Moss (8), of Greenville; Patricia Sanchez (8), of Union City; Lydia Hecht (7), of Yorkshire; Madelyn Holzapfel (8), of Versailles; and Blake Addis (7), of Greenville.

Winners in the 9-12 age category are First Place – Nicole Ann Graham (10), of Arcanum; Second Place – Jamison Purpus (9), of Versailles; and Third Place – Renae Diehl (9), of Bradford. Honorable Mentions are Eliza Wysong (10), of Greenville; Levi Walker (10), of Arcanum; Rochele Besecker (9), of Covington; Hala Faulkner (9), of New Madison; and Reece Flora (10), of Bradford

Winners in the Senior category are First Place – Bonnie Whipp, of Greenville; Second Place – Ramona Wise, of Palestine; and Third Place – Donald Avore, of Greenville. Honorable Mentions are Pauline Arnold, of Greenville; and Lynn Brumbaugh, of Pitsburg.

Adison Tucker

Lilly and Madie Hobbs

Nicole Ann Graham

Bonnie Whipp

From the Publisher…

As publisher, I feel compelled to respond to an article The Daily Advocate published in both the Dec. 16 free Sunday edition as well as the Dec. 17 edition concerning The Early Bird.

I would like to clarify a few facts the regional publisher, who resides and has offices in another county, and his out-of- state owners had to say about our locally owned and operated newspaper.

The article referred to our newspaper as a “weekly shopper news-type publication.” We are a real, bonafide weekly newspaper. On Dec. 3, Judge Jonathan P. Hein, Darke County Court of Common Pleas wrote, “The Court declares that the weekly newspaper known as The Early Bird….qualifies as a newspaper of general circulation within Darke County, Ohio.”

I’m not sure why the article was placed in both editions, unless the publisher was not confident the free edition would be fully distributed.

Maybe he just wanted to make sure that almost 4,000 homes in Darke County received it the next day.

You see, no one really knows the distribution numbers for their weekend shopper-like edition because it is neither audited nor accounted for in their statement of ownership.

Since their membership in the Audit Bureau of Circulation was suspended in 2003, the local daily, which has changed ownership many times over the years and has had a myriad of publishers, has relied on a “Publisher’s Sworn Statement” to inform advertisers and readers of their distribution figures.

The Early Bird’s distribution figures have been audited for years by a nationally known audit firm, CAC (Certified Audit of Circulations). However, due to a change in ownership and CAC’s recent merger with ABC we have been audited by CVC (Circulation Verification Council).

As a result our advertisers will see our actual audited distribution figures. These figures will show a distribution of about six times that of the local daily.

Of most concern, not only to the local daily, but newspapers throughout the state, the Dec. 3 decision will allow The Early Bird to accept legal advertising, as described in criteria set forth in the Ohio Revised Code 7.12.

The article says the Ohio Second District Court will soon hear testimony presented on behalf of The Daly Advocate regarding this decision. The publisher, his editor and his Philadelphia owners were apparently not aware that appellate courts do not hear testimony. They may review arguments that have already been presented and review Judge Hein’s ruling, but will not actually hear testimony.

The Daily Advocate article quotes David Dix, President of the Ohio Newspaper Association: “We believe the publication of public notices are important and deserve wide circulation.” I couldn’t agree more.

The publisher and his Philadelphia owners also state the legislation intended that publications carrying legal advertising be “invited” into the homes (subscriptions) but since 2003, the last audit they conducted showed 38% fewer people have “invited” them in.

This number is reached by comparing their last audit from ABC, showing a circulation of 6,468, to their “Statement of Ownership” published October 1, 2012, showing a circulation of 3,991.

Most daily papers, respected ones anyway, who are required by the Post Office to file and publish their Statement of Ownership are upfront with advertisers and publish it prominently within the first five pages, not bury it in fine print in their classified section.

The publisher also stated, “There are no taxpayer dollars associated with real estate public notices.” While this is true, he failed to mention all the legal notices from the Darke County Treasurer’s office are paid for with taxpayer dollars.

Since the 1800s, Ohio law has required that public subdivisions advertise and pay for public Legal Notices in a local paper of “General Circulation.” That definition now is amended to include Community Newspapers and electronic Internet advertising.

Prior to the law being changed, Public authorities had no choice but to advertise in the paid newspaper, with no circulation verification or price competition. The Legislative Service Commission estimated that political subdivisions throughout Ohio paid $4.1 million in public notice advertising costs in fiscal year 2010.

With enactment of Substitute Amended House Bill 153, Ohio’s Biennial Budget Bill, public authorities now enjoy advertising choices and price competition when providing legal notices to Ohio citizens.

As The Early Bird continues to become bigger, better and brighter we intend to compete for readers and advertisers and succeed in becoming Darke County’s newspaper of choice.

Woodland Heights teams up with businesses to help others

GREENVILLE – Woodland Heights Elementary students and PTA, The Village Green Nursing Facility and Grace Resurrection Center (GRC) teamed up to help a lot of people this Christmas season. The students and The Village Green collected over 2,000 non-perishable food items (nearly 1,500 pounds). The food was turned over to Grace Resurrection Community Center’s food pantry.

The second grade brought in the most cans (500) and raised almost $80 to win a pizza party from The Village Green. In addition to the food donation, the school donated $366, which will be matched by The Village Green.

The GRCC, 433 E. Water St., Greenville, has been a supporter of Greenville’s students this year with the Backpack Program. Students, whose families are income eligible, are given a pack of food on Friday that typically includes two breakfast and two lunch items. Between 70-80 students participate in the program each week. The food is available through the Second Harvest Program. Prior to the winter break, students also received a toy. The toys were donated by Second National Bank.

Sharon Fellers, of GRCC, thanked the school and The Village Greenville for their support and the donation of food. She also thanked the PTA for their support of the Backpack Program.

GRC provides a Soup Kitchen, Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to noon; Food Bank, Mondays and Thursdays, 6-8 p.m.; Clothing Bank, Thursdays, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and referrals for medical and dental care. The organization’s food pantry helps an average of 391 households and 1,265 individuals each month.

These students were part of a first grade class that brought in 111 non-perishable food items and nearly $30 for the Grace Resurrection Community Center’s Food Pantry. (Ryan Berry photo)  

Accepting the donation of puzzles for the Backpack Program are Lori Hunt, PTA, Mary Lee Moore, PTA, Sharon Fellers, Grace Resurrection Community Center, and Kim Baker and Connie Stachler, of Second National Bank.

Record number of toys entered in Ansonia Lumber’s annual contest

ANSONIA – Scott Phillips, of the PBS television program American Woodshop, had difficulty picking the winner of the 19th annual Ansonia Lumber Toy Contest. The year’s contest set new records with 20 exhibitors and 43 projects to choose from. Harry Niswonger, who recently celebrated his 88th birthday, was chosen as the winner.

Niswonger created a beautiful working crane. The intricate detail was evident throughout the toy including each piece of the wheel track made by hand.

Some of the other toys created for the contest included doll houses, puzzles, sled, tractor, art easel, spinning tops, whistles and a combination ball bearing cannon/basketball trebuchet/toy box. All of the toys were handcrafted out of wood by local artisans. Mitch McCabe, coordinator for Ansonia Lumber, said, “The quality keeps getting better and the hours that go into these toys is unbelievable.”

Phillips pointed out this is the only contest he judges. He noted his criteria for judging is simple, “What present would a boy run to and a girl turn to?” He told the contestants, “You’ve created memories that are life changers.”

In addition to Niswonger, this year’s winners were Neil Pleiman, second place, doll house; John Burnett, third place, combination ball bearing cannon/basketball trebuchet/toy box; Neal Burns, fourth place, collection of work including tops, whistles and tractors; and Harold Alley, fifth place, sled. In addition to the prizes given by Ansonia Lumber, Phillips brought a box of chocolates from his wife, Susie, to give as an honorable mention prize. The winner was Carl Robison for his combine tractor.

All of the toys were given to Darke County Toys for Tots and will be placed in homes of local children.
Scott Phillips discusses one of the toys during the judging. (Ryan Berry photo) 
The winners of the 19th annual Ansonia Lumber Company’s Wooden Toys Contest are shown with Scott Phillips - (front row) Harry Niswonger, Harold Alley, John Burnett, (back row) Neil Pleiman, Phillips, Carl Robison and Neal Burns. (Ryan Berry photo) 

Greenville Council should have five-year plan in first quarter

GREENVILLE – Greenville City Council held its final regular meeting of the year on Dec. 18. Mayor Michael Bowers informed council the administration is currently working on a five year plan that should be finished in the first quarter of the year.

Safety/Service Director Curt Garrison pointed out the five year capital plan will require the city to grade each of the streets in Greenville according to Ohio Department of Transportation standards. A certain value will be added to streets that have more traffic. Garrison noted one street that is in poor condition may fall back in preference to a street that may not be in as poor of a condition, but has more traffic. The plan will also examine the city’s equipment, its usefulness and replacement value. Enterprise Funds for infrastructure (i.e. sewer and water lines) will also be part of the plan. Garrison expects to have a rough draft by the end of March. “My guess is there will be more items than what we can fund,” he said.

Garrison also addressed the possibility of city offering a group plan for electric rates. He explained residents could opt out of the program. According to Garrison, the administration wouldn’t move forward with the plan without council’s approval and suggested he would give more information in the first quarter.

In other business, council:

* Learned Mayor Bowers has appointed Camille Baker, law director, to the Greenville Park Commission to replace Dale Musser;

* Heard Councilman Tracy Tryon question whether or not there was an ordinance pertaining to food vendors in parking lots and if the city taxes the vendors. The vendors are required to get a permit and file with the tax office.

* Approved a resolution authorizing the sale of municipally-owned property that is not needed for public use, is obsolete or unfit for the use it was acquired.

* Approved an ordinance to amend the minimum billing requirements and provide two 2” water meters for the Greenville Township Safety Building. This will help the township trustees with a safety issue and protect the city drinking water.

* Approved a resolution authorizing the Safety Service Director to enter into contract with Hometown Cable, LLC to provide a dedicated wireless circuit between the Darke County Sheriff’s Office and the City of Greenville Police Department.

The next regular meeting of Greenville City Council will be Jan. 8, 7:30 p.m., Council Chamber, Municipal Building.

Dec 22, 2012

Parents of Abused Child Face Felony Charges

On Friday, December 21, 2012 at 10:35 pm, Cody Cantrell, age 21, was arrested at his residence, 740 Greenville Nashville Rd., Greenville, OH by Darke County Sheriffs Office on a warrant for felonious assault and child abuse, both felonies of the second degree. A summons has been issued to Chelsea Hartman, age 20, of Greenville, for child abuse, felony of the third degree.

The case was initiated on November 28, 2012 when a two week old baby came to Dayton Children’s Medical Center with broken legs, a broken arm, swelling and bleeding on the brain, bleeding on the spine, and facial bruising. Greenville Police Investigations Section investigated the case and it was presented to a Darke County Grand Jury resulting in charges.

Cantrell and Hartman are the parents of the baby. The baby has been placed into the custody of the Darke County Children Services and has since been released from Dayton Children’s Medical Center.


GREENVILLE – The Wildflower Garden Club donated gloves and hats for the Mitten Tree at Montage. Pictured are (standing) Chris Lemon, Peggy Overholser, Chris Stamcoff, Nancy Baker, Shirley Delaplane, Barb Rhoades, Martha Singleman, (kneeling) Judy Burns with her great, great nephew Reese Niswonger. Also helping, but not pictured was Brenda Grant. The Wildflower Garden Club also decorated the Christmas Trees at the Brethren Home and the Garst Museum and did two wreaths for the auction at Garst Museum.

Traveling merchant to visit DC Parks

GREENVILLE--Running a trading post on the Mississineway in the spring of 1812 was hard work! Keeping the stock up and keeping the customers happy kept one busy. Step back in time 200 years and join Darke County Parks on Jan. 5, 2013, 1 p.m., and welcome a traveling merchant to the Log House (or Nature Center if weather doesn’t permit) as he tells everyone tales of his trading post. Please be sure to pre-register by calling the Nature Center, 548-0165.

David Conner-1812 Trader 

Hospice schedules Grief Support Group

GREENVILLE--Many people struggle with the long gray days of winter, but for those dealing with grief, those days can seem even darker. State of the Heart Hospice has scheduled adult grief support group sessions in January and February for anyone in the community who needs help dealing with grief and loss.

The meetings will be held each Wednesday, 5:30 to 7:30 pm., at the Greenville office, 1350 N. Broadway, The sessions, which are free, begin Jan. 9 and continue through Feb. 13.

“The adult grief support groups offer those experiencing grief to be with other people who feel as they do,” stated Marlene Black, bereavement specialist for State of the Heart and group leader. “People have the opportunity to talk about their grief and feelings of loss. They realize they are not the only ones feeling as they do.”

Bereavement support is an important service provided by State of the Heart Hospice. The non-profit agency offers grief support to adults and children.

State of the Heart also offers a camp for children who are grieving called Camp BEARable.

“Each person handles grief in their own way,” Black explained. “Those who have attended grief support groups in the past say they have found the sessions to be helpful and valuable to them. Many of those who have attended have formed friendships and now have someone they can call who understands their feelings of grief and loss.”

State of the Heart has offices in Greenville, Coldwater and Portland. The agency cares for families and patients in eastern Indiana and western Ohio who are confronting a life limiting illness. It is necessary to register for the grief support groups. Call Marlene Black at 1-800-417-7535 to register. For more information about the services offered by State of the Heart, visit the web site at

Holiday closings

GREENVILLE--Community Action Partnership will be closed Dec. 25, 2012 and Jan. 1, 2013, in honor of the holiday season. This includes the Senior Meals Program, Metropolitan Housing Authority, and Community Transportation.

Dec 21, 2012

Deputies Respond to Burglary in Progress and Arrest Two Local Men

Terry Goodpaster                       Douglas Bidwell
DARKE COUNTY – On Dec. 20, 2012 at approximately 2:35 p.m., Darke County Sheriffs Deputies responded to 165 South Main Street in Palestine, on a report of a burglary in progress. Witnesses to the crime informed authorities that the door to the residence had been kicked in and Christmas presents were being taken. The witnesses took photographs of the suspects and provided descriptions of them as they fled the scene. The photographs aided deputies in identifying the thieves. The scene of the burglary was secured by deputies as other deputies patrolled the area searching for the suspects on foot. Deputies recovered most of the stolen property near the scene of the crime. 

At approximately 4:08 p.m., one of the adult males was located several miles north of Palestine on foot and taken into custody. At approximately 4:16 p.m., the other adult male was located in Palestine several blocks away from the scene of the burglary and was taken into custody. The men have been identified as 27 year old Terry Wayne Goodpaster of Wayne Lakes, and 35 year old Douglas Allen Bidwell of Ansonia. Both men were arrested and transported to the Darke County Jail where they await arraignment in the Darke County Common Pleas Court on charges of Burglary, a felony of the 2nd degree, and Felony Theft, a felony of the 5th degree, sometime later today.

Most all of the property and presents that were taken have been returned to the family.

Sheriff Toby L. Spencer commends the alert citizens of Darke County in aiding deputies apprehend these men, due to their quick actions, accurate observations and timely reporting of the incident. This is yet another example of how crime can quickly and effectively be resolved which benefits Darke County communities in many ways.

This case remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office.

Rep. Buchy Attends Signing of Legislation Honoring Local Military Hero

Rep. Jim Buchy and Governor John Kasich are shown with the Dickey Family.

COLUMBUS—State Representative Jim Buchy (R-Greenville) yesterday attended Governor Kasich’s signing of Substitute House Bill 325, legislation that designates 38 memorial highways and authorizes the director of the Department of Transportation to erect markers along each highway to indicate its name.

According to the bill, a portion of State Route 47 near Ansonia in Darke County will be known as the “Pfc. Douglas E. Dickey Memorial Highway.” Private First Class Douglas Eugene Dickey was a U.S. Marine who served in Vietnam in 1966 and 1967. He posthumously received the Medal of Honor for heroism during Operation Beacon Hill 1 while serving with Company C, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 9th Marine Amphibious Brigade, 3rd Marine Division.

Born in Greenville in 1946, Pfc. Dickey was mortally wounded in March 1967 while in combat in Beacon Hill 1. He has received the Medal of Honor, the Purple Heart with two Gold Stars, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal with one Bronze Star, and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.

“It has been an honor to work with local veterans and the Dickey family while navigating the legislative process to have this memorial highway named for Darke County’s only Medal of Honor recipient since the Civil War,” Buchy said. “Douglas Dickey’s sacrifice and bravery in service to protect freedom has been justly commemorated today.”

Members of the Douglas E. Dickey family joined Representative Buchy at the bill signing. Sub. House Bill 325 received unanimous support in both the House and Senate.

DC Parks to host Boonshoft’s StarLab

GREENVILLE—Darke County Parks will welcome the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery’s StarLab to the Nature Center on Jan. 19, 2013, 1 p.m.! This portable planetarium will be set up indoors to help us understand the night sky. As you enter the darkened dome, you will learn how to identify many of the famous winter constellations such as Orion the Hunter as well as favorites such as the Big Dipper. This program is truly unique and a great opportunity for the whole family to learn and have fun together. The fee for the program is $4 per person. Please pre-register EARLY as space is limited inside the planetarium. For questions or to register, call the Nature Center, 548-0165. Don’t miss out on the chance to have this experience with your family right in your own backyard!

BBB offers Newtown Tragedy donation advice

DAYTON--After the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut last week, your Better Business Bureau encourages people to lend their support to victims. But, it advises people to do so wisely. Your BBB says look out for potential red flags in fund raising to help Newtown and be aware of the different circumstances that often emerge in tragedy-related philanthropy.

John North, BBB president and CEO, says, “The nation is grieving the loss of life we witnessed last week in Newton. And, many of us want to reach out and lend our support to the victims. But, as with every crisis, scammers pop up to take advantage of our generosity, making it important for donors to do their homework before they give.”

Your BBB offers ten tips to help you give with confidence:

Check out the charity to avoid wasting your generosity by donating to a questionable or poorly managed effort. The first request for a donation may not be the best choice. Find trusted charities that are providing assistance. One way to check them out is to contact your BBB for a report on the organization. Visit or call (937) 222-5825 or (800) 776-5301.

Determine if the charity is registered with the state. About 40 of the 50 states require charities to register with a state government agency (usually a division of the State Attorney General’s office) before they solicit.

Be sure the organization is being respectful of the victims and their families. Organizations raising funds should get permission from the families to use either the names of the victims and/or any photographs of them. Some charities raising funds for the Colorado movie theater victims didn’t do this and were the subject of criticism from victims’ families.

Ask how your donation will be used. Watch out for vague appeals that don’t identify the intended use of funds. For example, how will the donations help victims’ families? Also, unless told otherwise, donors will assume that funds collected quickly in the wake of a tragedy will be spent just as quickly. See if the appeal identifies when the collected funds will be used.

Be mindful that such funds set up by the families for assistance may not be set up as charities. Also, make sure collected monies are received and administered by a third party such as a bank, CPA or lawyer. This will help provide oversight and ensure the collected funds are used appropriately (e.g., paying for funeral costs, counseling, and other tragedy-related needs.)

Keep in mind tragedies involving firearms can also generate requests from a variety of advocacy organizations addressing gun use. Donors can support these efforts as well, but note some of these advocacy groups aren’t tax exempt as charities. Also, watch out for newly created advocacy groups that will be difficult to check out.

Never click on links to charities on unfamiliar Web sites or in texts or e-mails. These may take you to a lookalike Web site where you’ll be asked to provide personal financial information or to click on something that downloads harmful malware into your computer. Don’t assume charity recommendations on Facebook, blogs or other social media have been vetted.

Make sure the organization’s use of funds is transparent. Transparent organizations will post an accounting of how funds were spent on their Web sites so anyone can find out and not have to wait until the audited financial statements are available in the future.

Make a personal giving choice regarding whether to support newly created or established organizations. An established charity will more likely have the experience to quickly address the circumstances and have a track record that can be evaluated. A newly formed organization may be well-meaning, but will be difficult to check out and may not be well managed.

Remember not all organizations collecting funds to assist this tragedy are tax exempt as charities under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donors can support these other entities, but keep this in mind if they want to take a deduction for federal income tax purposes. In addition, contributions that are donor-restricted to help a specific individual/family aren’t deductible as charitable donations, even if the recipient organization is a charity.

Neave Twp. plans year-end meeting

GREENVILLE – Neave Township Trustees will the year-end meeting on Dec. 31, 10 a.m., at the Neave Township Building, 3880 State Route 121, Greenville. Trustees request any bills or other year-end concerns be addressed at or before this meeting.

Neave Township Trustees will meet on Monday, Jan. 14, 2013, 7:30 p.m., for its reorganizational meeting. This meeting will also be held at the Neave Township Building. The public is invited to attend any of the Neave Township meetings. The regular Neave Township meetings will be the second and last Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m., unless otherwise published.

Neave Township Trustees are Keith Godown, Bryan Clymer and Walter Wiant. Diane Delaplane serves as the township’s fiscal officer and Curtis Yount is the zoning inspector. For zoning matters, contact Yount, 547-7381. For Oakgrove Cemetery information or needs, contact Sexton James Penny, 996-8240.

Dec 20, 2012

Twin Twp. meetings

ARCANUM – The Twin Township Trustees will hold its 2013 regular scheduled meeting on the second and last Monday nights of the month, 7:30 p.m. Meetings are open to the public and held in the Trustee’s Room in the Arcanum City Building.

Darke Elks Benevolence Group Gives to Local Groups


GREENVILLE – The Darke Elks Benevolence Group recently donated $500 to the Community Unity Food Bank. Pictured are Steve Maitlen, Bob Grim, Jim Morehouse (Community Unity Food Bank) and Corky Sharp.


GREENVILLE – The Darke Elks Benevolence Group recently donated $500 to the Main Street Greenville program. Pictured are Bob Grim, Steve Maitlen, Betty Birt (Main Street Greenville) and Corky Sharp.


GREENVILLE – The Darke Elks Benevolence Group recently donated $1500 to the Darke County Warm Winter Wear program. Pictured are Steve Maitlen, Bob Grim, Chris Lennon & Kim Knick (Warm Winter Wear) and Corky Sharp.

Judge Aslinger will serve on committees

GREENVILLE – The Ohio Judicial Conference has named Probate/Juvenile Judge Jason Aslinger to two of its standing committees.

Aslinger will serve on the Judicial Ethics & Professionalism Committee. This committee reviews the ethical guidelines that govern judges, advocates for improvements in those guidelines, and serves as a resource to help judges resolve problems that concern those guidelines and judicial ethics more broadly.

Aslinger will also serve on the Public Confidence and Community Outreach Committee. This committee promotes activities that instill public confidence in the Ohio judiciary by helping judges educate the general public about the function and operation of the state's judicial system.

The Ohio Judicial Conference was formed in 1963, and its purpose is: to study the co-ordination of the work of the several courts of Ohio; to encourage uniformity in the application of the law, rules, and practice throughout the state and within each division of the courts as an integral part of the judicial system of the state; to promote an exchange of experience and suggestions respecting the operation of the judicial system; and to consider the business and problems pertaining to the administration of justice and to make recommendations for its improvement.

Jason Aslinger has served as Darke County Probate/Juvenile Judge since April 2011.


GREENVILLE – Sean Hayes of the Darke County Board of Realtors presents clothing to the Wayne HealthCare’s Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program. Pictured are Terri Hoover, RN of Wayne HealthCare and Sean Hayes of Darke County Realtors

Dec 19, 2012

Commissioners Corner

As this is written, it is in the middle of the Holiday season. Thanksgiving is over, Christmas is just a week away, and soon the New Year will be upon us. The year has gone by more quickly than any of us would like, but time marches on and we must march with it. This past weekend the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut reminded all of us all that life is precious, fleeting, and to be enjoyed to its fullest every day. We never know what tomorrow brings.

With that in mind, this column will be a little different. These columns are written for two major purposes: (1) is to inform Darke County as to what is happening around Darke County, and (2) is to try and highlight all the good that is happening in the County. Every newspaper in the country makes its living by reporting the bad news. Bad news sells. I for one am sick of all the negativity that goes on in our lives. As a matter of choice, I try to accentuate the positive believing that being positive is contagious, and bears better fruit in the long run. Let the papers and T.V do doom and gloom, I want this column to be a breath of fresh air, untainted by negativity. Darke County has many things to be thankful for this past year. The State of Ohio has gone from 48th in job creation to 4th in the nation, and we are the ONLY Midwestern State on the list. Our Representatives and Senators are in powerful positions in the State House, and communicate with us routinely, not only as public officials but as friends also. Darke County has been recognized in National publications as one of the best at creating jobs. The Dayton Development coalition recognizes that Darke County has led the region in job production. Our unemployment rate is one of the lowest in the State. Greenville was recognized as one of the best small towns in the State to live in. Greenville was also recognized by Site Selectors Magazine as one of the best Micropolitans (towns under 25,000 people) in the COUNTRY! The Daily Advocate has won a National Award, (a photo showing the Great Darke County Fair, one of the best in the country), competing against the leading newspapers in the country. Our schools continue to improve educationally, and the economy in Darke County, led by agriculture again, is one of the best in the State. Housing continues to improve, foreclosures are slowing, and our County Sales tax is up slightly lending to the notion that we continue on the rise. After the Commissioners Winter Meeting in Columbus, it was evident to all of the Commissioners that we are in a very good position compared to other Counties. Our Elected Officials and Staffs do more with less than most all the others, and do their jobs, always, to the best of their ability. That doesn’t happen everywhere. During this Holiday shopping season, it seemed that more people were smiling and shopping with a new enthusiasm. People seem happier. Even the chat boxes in the County are toning it down some, as only a small few continue to complain. With all the good around us, we surely should give thanks to God for all of our blessings. I have been a Darke County resident my whole life. I don’t want to live anywhere else. This is home to me, and it is a great place to grow up, and to live in. Sometimes when we are bombarded daily with negative news pieces, it is easy to forget how lucky we are. It has been a great year in Darke County. My fellow Commissioners are a real joy to work with and their dedication to their jobs is exemplary. I have learned a lot from them. Thanks to both of you. I, along with my fellow Commissioners Mike Rhoades and Diane Delaplane, look forward to serving all of you again. We will continue down the path we have chosen for the County. We will spend your money wisely, take care of your buildings, promote the general welfare and safety of our people, and represent you in a positive light, always. We do this knowing that everyone will not be happy with us. That’s okay, it comes with the territory, and we accept it.

We want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New year, and look forward to seeing you at our meetings next year. We meet at 1:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesdays in the Commissioner’s office located at 520 South Broadway in Greenville, just south of the Courthouse. Have a great year everyone!!

Mike Stegall- Darke County Commissioner

Two Arrested in Greenville Burglaries

GREENVILLE – On Dec. 17, the Greenville Police Department responded to reports of three home invasions that occurred between 8 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Following the last home invasion, a witness observed a male suspect running through her yard carrying her TV. The suspect threw the TV down and entered a vehicle and fled the area.

Officers located the vehicle in the 4000 block of Arcanum-Bear’s Mill Road. Following a short investigation, 21-year old Leroy Brock Crawford and 27 year old Michael D. Brown were arrested for Burglary. Brown also had an outstanding arrest warrant. Officers recovered property that was stolen from one of the home invasions in the vehicle. Crawford and Brown were taken to the Darke County Jail.

On Dec. 18, both suspects were arraigned in Darke County Common Pleas Court and their bond was set at $30,000 each.

Anyone having information regarding the other burglaries are asked to contact the Greenville Police Department, 548-1103.

MVCTC nursing grads ready for workforce

CLAYTON – Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) Adult Education celebrated the graduation of 34 Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) students on Dec. 12. Family and friends attended the graduation ceremony, held in the Student Activity Center on the MVCTC campus.

The program included a welcome and congratulations by MVCTC Superintendent Dr. Nick Weldy, and a speech by Jane Combs, BSN, RN, and Instructor at the MVCT Adult Practical Nursing program. The evening also included speeches by LPN Class of 2012 graduates Adam Kistler (MVCTC Main Campus) and Cynthony Prager (Greenville Campus). Each graduate’s name was called as they walked across the stage and received their MVCTC Career Passport and Nursing Pin. MVCTC staff participating in the ceremony included Kelly Peiffer, Pam Snowden, Stephanie Benson, Lynn Beaver, Bev Dutro, Martha Brown, and several part-time clinical instructors.

The graduates of the Hoke Road Campus included Shelia Alexander, Marie Bateman, Tina Boggs, Samantha Brewer, Emily Burns, Marissa Carpenter, Alex Elliott, April Fancher, Erinn Glaser-Koscik, Alicia Gruber, Michele Heisle, Amanda Hostetter, Mallory Johnson, Adam Kistler, Christopher Krueger, Rochelle Miller, Melissa Patton, Kristy Pflug, Charity Phoenix, Samuel Prather, Jr., Ryanne Weaver, John Wilson, and Sarah Wright.

Graduates from the MVCTC Licensed Practical Nursing program offered at the Brethren Retirement Community in Greenville, include The graduates of the Greenville Program included – Emily Daniel, Brittany Edwards, Rachel Fields, Debbi Greene, Jeanette Heilbrunn, Amy Keller, Ryan Mullins, Ashley Powell, Cynthony Prager, Tara Webb, and Christina Weber.

The Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) program at MVCTC is approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing and is either completed as full-time classes, 41-weeks over 11-months, or taken an extended program taken over 18-months. This program prepares students for professional licensure and employment as a Licensed Practical Nurse. Following successful completion of the MVCTC LPN courses, students are eligible to sit for the National Certification and Licensing Exam (NCLEX-PN).

MVCTC is committed to helping citizens of the Miami Valley find success in the job market. Adult Education classes for Spring Quarter start in April, visit to view the Class Catalog.

The December 2012 MVCTC Adult Education Licensed Practical Nursing Graduation and Pinning Ceremony in the MVCTC Student Activity Center. 

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