Jul 31, 2013

First Fridays Returns with Downtown Live Music on August 2nd

Dankworth & Hobbs performs during
June’s First Friday: Live Music event.
GREENVILLE - First Friday Live Music (sponsored by Bach to Rock Music) will return Friday, August 2 in downtown Greenville and will feature 13 local musicians. First Fridays aims to bring people downtown during evening hours to enjoy activities, demonstrations, food and music in a beautiful historic setting with businesses open until 9 p.m. They encourage those attending the event to shop and dine downtown from 6-7 p.m. and the live music will be from 7-9 p.m.

Those strolling through downtown can expect to see the following musicians at these locations:

Bill Light at Bach to Rock

Cinder Home at The A & B Coffee & Cake Co.

Frohna & Warner at Sweet Annie’s Cabin

DayTrip at KitchenAid Experience

Mike Howard at Merle Norman

Tish at Boutique on Broadway

Hailey & Heather at Bread of Life

Chronicle (7 p.m.) & Thunder (7:45 p.m.) at D.A. Music Studios

Rise Above at The Ivy League

Russell James at Readmore’s Hallmark

John Kogge at Montage

The Dick Helman Trio at The Coffee Pot

Joseph Helfrich at Brenda’s Beanery

In addition to live music, some businesses will be offering special First Friday activities. The Greenville Public Library will be hosting Lunch on the Lawn from 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. where box lunches from Montage can be purchased for $7 and live music will be provided by Singing for Sanity. Greenville National Bank will be grilling hamburgers and hotdogs for all to enjoy from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. First Congregational Christian Church will be offering games and ice cream for donations on Fifth Street from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

For further information about First Fridays or our non-profit organization, please visit www.downtowngreenville.org, like Main Street Greenville on Facebook or call Main Street Greenville Executive Director, Amber Garrett at 937-548-4998.

Customers can get free CFLs in Versailles

VERSAILLES – The Village of Versailles and Efficiency Smart have a partnership to save money and reduce power usage for Village of Versailles Utilities electric customers through several energy efficiency initiatives. Efficiency Smart and the Village of Versailles will host customer appreciation days on Aug. 8 and 9, 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m., at the village offices, 177 N Center St. During the event, Efficiency Smart staff will distribute five free compact florescent light bulbs (CFLs) while supplies last, as well as kits with rebate forms, program information and energy efficiency tips.

Replacing incandescent light bulbs with CFL equivalents is a simple way to save money on utility bills. CFLs use 75 percent less energy and last up to ten times longer than incandescent bulbs. There are many energy-efficient products that can help consumers save money on their electric bills. Efficiency Smart offers several incentives to Village of Versailles Utilities’ residential electric customers promoting these savings.

Many local business and residents have already taken advantage of the program since it started in Versailles in January 2011, receiving more than $40,000 in rebates for energy-efficient products through the end of May of 2013. This is expected to translate to savings of more than $1,218,000 over the lifetime of the installed products.

For information about the services and incentives, visit www.efficiencysmart.org or call 877-889-3777.

Deadline is Aug. 7 to file for school board seat

COLUMBUS — Are you "retiring" from board service? Do you otherwise anticipate an opening on your board of education? If so, OSBA encourages you and others on your board to consider community members who have the potential to be great board members. Please invite and encourage them – and any others you might already know of who hope to win election – to attend one of five Board Candidate Workshops to be held in August and September.

These five sessions, conducted by professional staff from OSBA, will lead candidates through a concise and valuable program to help them better understand the everyday roles and responsibilities of school board members and the legal aspects of being a board member. The cost to attend is $90.

The five workshops will be held at the following times and locations:

* Aug. 20 — OU Inn, Athens, 5:30-9 p.m.

*Aug. 22 — Hilton Garden Inn, Perrysburg, 5:30-9 p.m.

*Aug. 27 — Dayton Marriott, Dayton, 5:30-9 p.m.

*Sept. 5 — Northeast Ohio Medical University (NOMU), Rootstown, 5:30-9 p.m.

*Sept. 7 — OSBA Offices, Columbus, 9 a.m.-noon

To register, SBA senior events manager, at (614) 540-4000, (800) 589-OSBA or Lmiller@ohioschoolboards.org.

Ohio citizens wishing to run for a board of education must file a nominating petition with their county Board of Elections by 4 p.m., Aug. 7 (90 days prior to the date of the general election — Ohio Revised Code sections (RC) 3513.254 and 3513.255).

This year’s general election day is Nov. 5. The legal qualifications for both school board members and qualified electors are that the person is a United States citizen, at least 18 years old, a resident of the school district, county and precinct, and a registered voter for at least 30 days preceding the election (RC 3503.01).

Jul 30, 2013

Harris pleads guilty to attempted illegal drug manufacture in vicinity of juvenile


GREENVILLE – Robert Harris, 26, pleaded guilty to attempted illegal manufacture of drugs (methamphetamine) in the vicinity of a juvenile, a second degree felony, in Darke County Court July 30. A jury trial had been scheduled to start that day.

The conviction carries a maximum prison term of eight years and a maximum fine of $15,000. While a prison term is not mandatory it is presumed necessary.

Harris and another defendant, Jennifer Murphy, 39, both of Greenville, were arrested for illegal possession of chemicals for the manufacturing of methamphetamine in a residence located at 110 W. Main St., Yorkshire, on May 29.

Murphy pleaded to attempted illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs (methamphetamine), a third degree felony, on July 26. As part of her plea agreement she would have cooperated with the state in the prosecution of Harris, including testifying against him should his case go to trial.

Murphy’s possible sentence could be up to 36 months in prison with a maximum fine of $10,000. Prison time is neither mandatory nor deemed necessary, and will not be recommended by the state.

The state will be recommending community control sanctions, supervised probation, the successful completion of a drug program, a $5,000 fine, community service hours and court costs.

Darke County Prosecutor R. Kelly Ormsby told Judge Jonathan Hein the state recommends four years in prison for Harris. His defense attorney Paul Wagner asked Hein to consider two years in prison. Both would allow for judicial release. The state will oppose judicial release until two years have been served. Release could occur as early as six months.

Harris will also have mandatory post release control for three years. Violation of terms of supervision would mean additional prison time.

Hein explained to Harris he had given up his trial rights and can only appeal on the sentence received, not the guilty verdict.

“You understand the nature of the charges and the consequences? You are not being forced, but are knowingly and voluntarily waiving your trial rights?”

Harris indicated he did. Hein then accepted the plea.

The original charges against Harris were illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, a second degree felony, and endangering children, a third degree felony.

Ormsby said he believes one of the primary reasons for the guilty plea, as opposed to going to jury trial, was Murphy’s agreement to testify against him.

Harris will be sentenced on Aug. 19. Murphy will be sentenced in September.

Power to Protect

GREENVILLE – Are you heading to college this fall? Are your immunizations up to date? Protect yourself, your family and friends, and the community where you live by being immunized against various diseases. The Meningococcal vaccine is especially important for those living in college dormitories or off-campus housing. Check your records, call the Darke County Health Department at 548-4196 with any questions.

Make sure you do not become the link in the chain of disease.

Darke County Health Department’s Immunization Clinic, 300 Garst Ave., Greenville, is open Tuesday, 8-10:30 a.m. and 2-5 p.m.

Beach party held at VHCC

VERSAILLES - Have you ever been at work and dreamed of taking a break by sitting on the beach enjoying a cool drink with no worries in the world? Recently, the staff of Versailles Health Care Center did exactly that! During their break, VHCC staff members were invited to the Transitional Care Unit lounge and courtyard to listen to festive island music and enjoy tropical drinks and lots of snacks. Door prizes were awarded to staff members for recognition for the many things they do to make the lives of VHCC residents better. Chris Huber, Transitional Care Unit Nurse Manager, said “Our business motto is ‘We are Family Serving Families’ and we live by that at Versailles Health Care Center. This is a fun way to show our appreciation to our staff for all they do each and every day.”


ANSONIA – Joyce and Don Walter would like to thank the Ansonia Class of 1952 for planting a tree at Ansonia School in memory of their sons, Brian 1962-1971 and Michael 1958-2013. The dedication took place July 3. Pictured above are the many friend and schools buddies of the Walters Families. Pastor Lowell Miller presided over the ceremony.

Jul 29, 2013

Arcanum resident sentenced for unlawful sexual conduct with minor

GREENVILLE – On July 29, Zachary Hunley of Arcanum was sentenced to 30 days in jail, five years of community control and registration as a Tier 2 sex offender following a guilty plea on two counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, which are Felony 4 offenses.

In passing sentence Common Pleas Judge Jonathan Hein noted Hunley was 20, almost 21. Hein asked him if it had ever occurred to him that the ages of the girls might be a problem.

“You don’t go messing with girls that are too young!” he said. You may know the boundaries now of your past acts, but how will you know about them in the future?

He added he wasn’t always going to be around. “What’s going to keep you from acting out? It’s pretty obvious you don’t think right.”

There was no disagreement about conduct, no prior criminal history. Hein noted Hunley was on his own, has a job. “This is good,” he said. Recidivism was not deemed likely.

“Just because it isn’t likely doesn’t mean it won’t happen,” Hein added. “You are going to have to learn to respect all people at all times.”

In addition to community control, Hein ordered 40 hours of community service.

“You broke the law, now you have to pay society back.” In addition, he ordered a $250 fine, paid out on a monthly basis.

Hunley’s jail sentence allowed for work release. Tier 2 registration is for 25 years and does not require community notification. The community control was standard supervision, not intensive, and could be shortened.

Hein told Hunley he could get 14 months for each offense. If he breaks the conditions of his control he could go to prison for 28 months, plus time for any new offense.

Hundley, among other things, is not allowed to be around anyone under 18 without adult supervision, no alcohol or drugs and no sexually explicit materials regardless of method of delivery.

Felony 4 Unlawful Sexual Conduct with a minor is defined as being 18 or older and knowingly engaging in sexual conduct with someone 13 or older but under 16. The original indictment included a charge of rape, a Felony 1 crime involving a person under 13, regardless of whether the offender knows the person’s age.

“That was dropped in the plea negotiation,” Darke County Assistant Prosecutor Deborah Quigley said. “It was in the interest of the child, so she wouldn’t have to testify.”

King's Men group at Red’s Stadium

GREENVILLE - The King's Men group from Chestnut Village, located on the campus of Brethren Retirement Community, traveled to Cincinnati on July 18, for a "behind the scenes tour" of the Red's Stadium. The tour included the Diamond Club, Press Box, Dugout, and locker rooms as well as a lots of Red's trivia.

After the tour, the group enjoyed a hearty lunch at CRAVE restaurant across the street then returned to the Red's complex for a guided tour of the Red's Hall of Fame.


GREENVILLE – The Gettysburg and Greenville Lions held a joint meeting to install the officers for both clubs. Pictured above is the installation of Shellie Brinley as the new president of the Greenville Lions by Past District Governor Nancy McClurg. The Lions are an organization dedicated to help the community with sight problems. You may contact a Lions member to donate your old eye glasses or drop them off at Rich’s Barber Shop across from the YMCA.

Swingin’ Red Hat Society visits VHCC

VERSAILLES - The ladies of the Swingin' Red Hat Society recently visited Versailles Health Care Center to learn about the therapy services offered at The Rehab Clinic at VHCC. The Swingin' Red Hat Society is a group of 19 ladies from Auglaize, Logan, Mercer and Shelby Counties who meet regularly to line dance at the Auglaize County Senior Citizen Center in St. Marys. The group is led by Ann Monnin of McCartyville, and her fellow Swingin' Red Hats refer to her as the group’s “Queen Bee”. After lunching at Michael Anthony’s at the Inn in Versailles, the group crossed town to VHCC for coffee and dessert. Shannon Condon, Facility Rehab Director, spoke about the inpatient and outpatient therapy services offered at The Rehab Clinic to people of all ages, including Balance Rehab, Sports Medicine, Cardiac Recovery, Pulmonary Rehab, Stroke Recovery, Continence Improvement, Wound Care, and Joint Replacement.

Condon also shared information about the award winning Parkinson’s treatment program offered at VHCC. The ladies watched a riveting video of the Versailles Health Care Center’s 2012 “BIG” Parkinson’s Therapy Successes. The Parkinson’s treatment program includes LSVT BIG and LOUD programs. Both programs revolve around a simple but important concept: that attitude and exercise are essential to keep your body, mind and spirit up and moving. The BIG and LOUD treatments are one-on-one with a certified therapist, who creates an individualized plan to address each participant’s specific deficits. Upon completion of the programs, each participant is given a success DVD that features their before and after performance. VHCC also offers a free monthly Power Over Parkinson’s Class, open to people with Parkinson’s Disease and their families. The class meets at 4 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month to exercise, socialize and learn. The sessions are led by Shannon Condon, Speech Therapist, and Gina Boerger, Physical Therapist. Each POP class features an educational presentation, often by a guest speaker, as well as vocal and physical exercise. Since implementing the Parkinson’s treatment in 2011 at VHCC, over 125 patients have successfully completed the program.

Congratulations to Bonnie Elsass of Anna! She was the winner of the door prize giveaway, good for a free entrĂ©e, compliments of Michael Anthony’s at the Inn.

If you are interested in learning more about the therapy services offered at The Rehab Clinic at VHCC, call 526-0130 or visit www.versailleshealthcare.com.

Randolph Eastern Schools info given

UNION CITY, IN – Randolph Eastern Schools will open for all students in grades K-12 on Aug. 14. Grade K-6 will attend North Side Elementary and 7-12 will attend Union City Junior/Senior High School.

All students, kindergarten through grade six, should report to the North Side Elementary School for registration and grades 7-12 will report to Union City Junior/Senior High School for registration on the following dates: Aug. 5 and 6, 1-7 p.m., and Aug. 7, 9 a.m. to noon and 1-4 p.m. Parents should come prepared to pick up student schedules, pay book rental fees and complete needed paperwork. Stations will be set up to pay book fees (if paying by check, a separate check for each building will be necessary), and to apply for free and reduced lunches (one form per family). Freshman orientation is scheduled for Aug. 5, 5-7 p.m.

Book rental fees are: Kindergarten - $74.50; Grade One - $113.50; Grade Two - $90.75; Grade Three - $115.94; Grade Four - $108.65; Grade Five - $139; Grade Six - $96.67; Grade Seven - $126.88; and Grade 8 - $132.79 (Algebra) or $131 (Math). High school book fees will be on a per student basis according to individual classes. Book fees are due at time of registration.

Lunch costs are $1.65 for K-5, $1.80 for 6-12 and $2 for adults. Breakfast is 80-cents for Grades 1-12 and $1 for adults.

For more information, call North Side Elementary, (765) 964-6430, Union City Jr./Sr. High School, (765) 964-4840, and Superintendent of Schools, (765) 964-4994.

Randolph Co. Tea Party scheduled to meet Aug. 1

WINCHESTER, IN – The Randolph County Tea Party will meet on Aug. 1, 6:30 p.m., at the Moose Lodge, 181 North Middle School Road, Winchester, IN. This special meeting will be a discussion of the current issues and kick off for letter writing and email campaign to elected officials. Bring your laptop.

The Randolph County Tea Party held its regular meeting on July 18 at the Moose Lodge in Winchester. The program for the evening was limited government from the Constitution Party perspective. The speaker was Don Shrader, Midwest Regional Chairman and Ohio Chairman of the Constitution Party.

What eventually became the Constitution Party started in 1992 as a coalition of independent state parties under the name U.S. Taxpayers Party. In 1995 the party became the fifth political party to be recognized by the Federal Election Commission as a national party. In 1999 the name changed to the Constitution Party. Since conception the Constitution Party has run presidential candidates in each election with the most recent being Virgil Goode in 2012.

The mission of the Constitution Party is to secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity through the election of candidates who will uphold the principles of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the Unites States, and the Bill of Rights and thereby limit the federal government to its delegated, enumerated, Constitutional functions.

The 7 core principles of the Constitution Party are:

* Life - For all human beings, from conception to natural death

* Liberty - Freedom of conscience for the self-governed individual

* Family - One husband and one wife with their children as divinely instituted

* Property - Each individual’s right to own and steward personal property without government burden

* Constitution and Bill of Rights - Interpreted according to the actual intent of the founding fathers

* State’s Rights - Everything not specifically delegated by the Constitution to the federal government, nor prohibited by the Constitution to the states, is reserved to the states or the people

* American Sovereignty - American government committed to the protection of the borders, trade, and common defense of Americans, and not entangled in untoward foreign alliances

The Constitution Party Platform is:

PRO -- Constitutional, limited government

PRO -- Strong National Defense

PRO -- American Sovereignty

PRO -- Family and 100% pro life

Protection of the individual right to keep and bear arms

Against illegal immigration and open borders

Stopping unconstitutional spending

Against -- Judicial activism

Dependence upon God/Creator

Why is it a struggle for all so called “third party” candidates? The founding fathers did NOT set up a two party system. The political system we have today is the result of the Republicans and Democrats fight for power and control. To get access on the Presidential ballot in some states is 5,000 or fewer signatures required for the two major parties while it is as high as 45,000 signatures for a third party. Good news for Ohio, a federal judge ruled ballot access instituted formerly by both Republicans and Democrats is unconstitutional.

Another important point is the Constitution was NEVER intended to be “a living document”. It is a legal document and not to be changed to match changes in society. Watch out for anyone that says the Constitution has to change with society. They know this is the document that stands in the way of their agenda.

The philosophy of the Constitution Party is to return to core values upon which this country was founded, limit an overbearing federal government and return power back to the states. The party has guidelines in place for their campaign funding to stop the influence of big money. To run as a candidate for the party, the candidate must run on the party platform. Any disagreement with the party platform is vetted before the candidate can represent the party.

Pressing issues from the Constitution Party perspective are securing the borders and defeating the Dream Act and amnesty, reigning in the IRS by repealing the 16th amendment, destruction of states’ rights by repealing the 17th amendment, and destruction of our free enterprise system by repealing NAFTA and the shutdown of unconstitutional agencies. Examples of major non-constitutional threats to our freedoms and liberties are the creation of the Federal Reserve System, going off the gold standard, NAFTA, Obamacare, The Patriot Act, Agenda 21, Common Core Curriculum, and creation of unconstitutional agencies.

To learn more about the Constitution Party go to www.constitutionparty.com or call 800 VETO IRS (800-838-6477). You are also invited to visit the Ohio Constitution Party website at www.cpofohio.org where there are many constitutional education papers and videos including links to the Constitution, Declaration of Independence, the Federalist Papers, the Anti-Federalist Papers, and the like. To our surprise and maybe yours, you may be more in line with the Constitution Party than you think. To get a different perspective on the issues, check them out.

Remember you can help by contacting your elected officials often on all the issues. This is your check and balance in the voting process to keep your elected official on their toes and working for us.

Visit www.randolphcountyinteaparty.org and see their new web site.

For more information, contact Ron Preston, 765-277-6701 or Todd Longfellow 765-969-4922.

Jul 28, 2013

Courtney Osborne earns title of Miss Annie Oakley 2013

Courtney Osborne, right, earns the title of
Miss Annie Oakley 2013. Her longtime friend,
Elisabeth Harless, Miss Annie Oakley 2012,
awarded Courtney the trophy and sash.
GREENVILLE – Courtney Osborne, a junior from Tri-Village High School, earned the title of Miss Annie Oakley 2013 at the final shoot-out July 25 at the Darke County fairgrounds. She will be the 47th Miss Annie Oakley in the 50-year history of the Annie Oakley Festival.

Elisabeth Harless, Miss Annie Oakley 2012, awarded the sash, pin and trophy.

Courtney, 16, lives in Hollansburg and is the daughter of Katie and Jerry Osborne. Her sponsor is the New Madison Mini Mart.

“Awesome!” was all she could say at first. Later, she said it feels pretty good. Her friend since the second grade, Miss Annie Oakley 2012, added she needs to be ready for “a lot of parades in hot weather.”

“It’s going to be a lot of work,” Courtney said, “but it’s going to be fun.”

Courtney’s mom, Katie, was excited for her daughter. Driving her to all the parades and other events didn’t bother her.

“We have to take her around anyway,” she said.

Courtney said her activities included cheerleading and shooting. She’d only been hunting one time, but didn’t “get” anything.

“I was the ‘dog’,” she said, grinning. “I was the one who had to walk around barking to scare out the game.”

Allison Moore, 15, was
awarded “Best Costume.”
She attends Arcanum
High School.

Allison Moore, 15, was awarded “Best Costume” the night before during the preliminary round. She goes to Arcanum High School and is interested in a variety of activities, from hunting to video gaming. She is an accomplished musician, able to play several instruments. Allison’s costume was made by Karen Blocker.

Cash prizes were awarded to Miss Annie Oakley and her two runners-up. Courtney received $100.

First Runner-up is Allysa Baumgardner, 16. She lives in Greenville and goes to Greenville High School. Her parents are John and Jodie Baumgardner. Sponsor is Greenville Car Wash. Her hobbies are softball, volleyball, horseback riding and cheerleading. She is on the football and competition cheer squads. Allysa was awarded $75.

Second Runner-up is Allison Osborne, 19. She lives in Greenville and is a Tri-Village High School graduate. Her parents are Robert and April Osborne. Her sponsor is Hurds Towing Service and she enjoys swimming, scrapbooking and hanging with friends. Allison was awarded $50.

Six finalists took the competition 14 rounds to the 90-foot mark before Miss Annie Oakley 2013 could be named. The other three finalists are Kayla Knapke, Mariana Ramos and Hannah Gulley.

Twelve young women participated in the annual shooting contest to determine who will represent Annie Oakley. The six not competing the second night were Allison Moore, Makennah Hutchinson, Majenica Nealeigh, Victoria Nader, Cailin Litten and Taylor Staton.

Ninth annual Relay for Life brings laughter and tears

VERSAILLES – Relay for Life of Darke County held its ninth annual event on July 19 and 20 with more teams and possibly more money raised than last year for cancer research and programs.

Money raised from the event is used for cancer research, education and programs like Look Good Feel Better, Road to Recovery and Man to Man Prostate Support Group. Some funds are geared to Hope Lodge in Cincinnati and Cleveland. Hope Lodge gives families of cancer patients a place to stay at no cost while their loved one is receiving treatment.

Lois Lyons is in her third year as chairman of the event and was pleased with the turnout. “We have a good variety of teams from around the county,” she said. Lyons noted Relay for Life teams are also ahead monetarily in their fundraising from last year and they have until the end of August to continue to raise funds.

Lyons joined the Relay for Life committee six years ago in honor of her niece. Her niece was 11-years old when they found out she had bone cancer. She eventually passed away and Lyons wanted to do something to honor her. “I wanted to do it to help raise money so no other person would have to go through it,” she said.

During the introduction to the evening, Lyons pointed out the 18-hour event not only encourages participants to raise money to find a cure, but also celebrates survivors and remembers those who have lost their battle with cancer.

Approximately 100 cancer survivors and their caregiver participated in the Survivors Dinner. The dinner has been part of the event since it began.

Also a regular feature for Relay for Life of Darke County is a featured speaker. Cathy Eckstein shared her story of surviving cancer. Those listening howled with laughter as she demonstrated that even with cancer “we can still laugh and smile.” She also brought tears to their eyes when she recalled the tough road she and her family have taken because of cancer.

Two weeks before Christmas in 2009 Eckstein was diagnosed with Stage 3C Ovarian Cancer. After a complete hysterectomy, six months of chemotherapy and six weeks of radiation she was in remission for nine months. She shared the important lesson she learned after she lost all of her hair, nose hair and eye lashes, “Fake eye lashes don’t stay on when you cry.”

For the past two years Eckstein has continued her battle with cancer. The cancer has moved into her lung and uptake valve in her heart, but radiation has caused it start shrinking. Unfortunately, last week she learned the cancer has spread to her brain. “I’m going to start shooting it with radiation and hope it will shrink it,” added Eckstein.

Although she began her speech wearing a hat, she shared she is going to wear her hair loss as her medal of courage. She took off her hat and said, “The only thing I worry about is scaring small dogs and children.”

Eckstein saw her name on a luminary honoring cancer victims at the event and was overcome with emotion. She said, “Someone cared about me and my cancer to make a donation. I’m alive because of your donation.”

Her caregiver and “love of her life” is Dennis. She pointed out he works two jobs to take of her medical expenses. Her daughter has also been very important to her during her battle. She shared that her daughter found her passed out and had to pick her up and take care of her. “They get to put up with my constant memory loss and the cats and monkeys I see,” she said.

Eckstein finds hope in Relay for Life because of the people who participate and help. Because of this event, a cancer patient doesn’t have to run this race by themselves.

Cathy Eckstein’s speech brought tears and laughter as she shared the journey she and her family have taken since her cancer diagnosis. (Ryan Berry photo)

Survivors of cancer were given the honor of walking the first lap around at the track for Relay for Life. They were joined by their caregivers on the second lap. Throughout the rest of the evening, 22 teams kept a person walking on the track for the 18-hour event symbolizing that cancer never takes a break. (Ryan Berry photo)

Overflow crowd shows up for Neighborhood Watch meeting

GREENVILLE – Wayman’s Corner Bed and Breakfast on Central Avenue was “overflowing” with area citizens concerned about crime in their neighborhoods. More than 30 people crowded into two small sitting areas on July 22, with the latecomers standing in the hallway.

They were there with one idea in mind: form a Neighborhood Watch group.

Many citizens had their own stories to tell… garages broken into, drug deals, crack houses. All were mentioned as being a source of concern in the neighborhood.

“I love to walk,” said one. “I don’t feel comfortable going for a walk now. I don’t like feeling that way.” There was general agreement.

Greenville Police Lt. Steve Strick made the presentation for the city, while Safety Service Director Curt Garrison, Mayor Mike Bowers and Greenville Councilman Roy Harrison offered comments and backup.

Lisa Overbay, the resident who organized the introductory meeting, was surprised at the turnout. She had figured on about 20 people.

“You probably have two or three Neighborhood Watch groups here,” Strick said. Ideally, a Neighborhood Watch is going to be eight to ten households – four or five on each side of the street.

Donna Gasper, founder of the first (and currently only) Neighborhood Watch in Greenville, listed off the basics of a Neighborhood Watch. Set up a CAD (Computer Aided Dispatch) list. If you see something or someone suspicious, call the police first. Identify to the dispatcher this is a CAD or Neighborhood Watch call, providing address, house number, phone number and cell number. Then call the next person on your list. That person will then call the next one, and on down. If someone sees the suspicious person or activity they are to call the police before calling the next person.

“Signage is Number 1,” Gasper said. “The signs are going to cost money. $25 each. Get them as soon as possible.”

Strick talked about type of neighborhood, noting that nice neighborhoods have less crime. He told the group about a test that was conducted in Kansas City.

“They left a car in a nice neighborhood for a couple of weeks. No problems. Then they broke a window. Within days the car was trashed and stripped.”

Strick told the group the best way to fight this is to keep good lighting, properties in good shape, lawns mowed and so on.

“You can see it,” he said. “Take care of your yards, crime will be low. You can actually drive around and see where crime is going to be more evident.”

Strick emphasized that a suspicious person is not necessarily going to be stopped or arrested. If they’ve done nothing wrong, there is nothing that can be done.

“I can say, ‘Good evening, sir. Can I talk to you for a few minutes?’ He can say ‘nope!’ I’ll then say, ‘Sir, have a nice night’ and leave.”

Many of the complaints had to do with zoning, which fell under the purview of Garrison.

“There’s a process we have to follow. It takes time,” Garrison said.

“We can drive an area,” Strick noted, adding that he and Garrison had driven through neighborhoods together watching for things. “This could be a fire hazard, that grass needs to be mowed… we can ‘pick’ them to death.”

Strick passed out a breakout of the 2012 crimes that had been committed in the three “grids” represented in the meeting. There were 16 burglaries, 43 thefts, 12 instances of vandalism, one sex offense and three stolen vehicles.

Bowers told the group the important piece is folks stepping forward to keep a watch over their own neighborhoods.

“You are an integral part of how we protect the community, the eyes and ears on the street for our police officers.”

Strick said there is currently only one Neighborhood Watch. It has been in effect for five or six years. Others have started but ended up dissolving. Trying again is so much harder, he added.

“Are you interested?” The answer was yes.

This was a kick-off meeting. Bowers said another meeting should be set up large enough to hold everyone. He offered various meeting areas in City Hall. There would be a general discussion then small groups based upon location would move to different areas for more specifics.

Garrison requested anyone interested in forming a Neighborhood Watch in their community to contact him at 548-1819.

Greenville Police Lt. Steve Strick talks to an overflow crowd of community residents wanting to start a Neighborhood Watch group. Bob Robinson photo.

“Phantom Ship” a Native American history thriller

WASHINGTON TWP – “A profoundly powerful work,” wrote Disawin Ballard, East of the River Shawnee, Greenville.

Ballard’s comments were used to promote “Phantom Ship,” a novel by Michael Vickers. Vickers, a historian and poet, has written several pieces of work, including “Phantom Trail,” “Odes of Forest and Town,” and recently, “A Nation Betrayed.” This is his first novel.

The Canadian-born author lives and works in England, but recently visited the home of Susan Gray, a local historian, to announce the publication of his novel.

“The idea started in 1997… about the culture of a people and a nation,” said Vickers, but he acknowledged he didn’t know how he was going to write it. “I didn’t want to write a history book. Those end up sitting on a shelf.”

So he developed a character. He created Renee Lorimer, a Seneca (Iroquois) woman who became involved in a Native American movement to demand the return of sacred land throughout North America. The pursuit is lengthy and increasingly dangerous.

“There is a price to be paid,” according to the synopsis on the book.

“I wrote this for the American young people,” Vickers said, “but the only people who wanted to touch it were in Nigeria and Europe.” He added that even the University of Oklahoma, which is usually responsive, turned it down.

“Phantom Ship” is published by the Africa World Press. Damola Ifaturoti, editorial coordinator for the company, joined Vickers at the Gray home for the unveiling of the novel.

“Everything I learned about political manipulation I learned from Nigerians,” Vickers added. “I translated that into the American version… dirty tricks used to shut down the efforts of this movement.”

Vickers hopes the novel will achieve its intention. “It is a contemporary look at today’s issues.” He talked of the heroine… Native American, female… “She has two strikes against her but she pushes on.”

Vickers then changed direction with an observation and a question.

“Americans have done some amazing things.” His example was flight. “The Wright Brothers were powering the first plane with pedals. Now we have jets flying at 38,000 feet in the air.

“All of this in less than a century!”

He said that uniquely American is the idea that if someone concentrates and works hard… “It happens!”

“If I have the capacity to do that, I lose the capacity to understand and be aware of the spirit inside of me.”

He noted that much of our concept of law and justice comes from the Native American; adding the same could be said of chocolate, pineapple and many of the other everyday things Americans take for granted.

“What happens when something goes up rapidly?” he asked. “It has to come back down. Things that go up fast are things that come down fast.”

Does this necessarily mean that Western culture is collapsing? He thought not, but noted the Native American approach is fundamentally different from the approach of those coming to the New World.

“They saw we were starving. They said they would help us, and they did. Then we had the audacity to take away what was theirs.”

Vickers said the state needs to look carefully at these issues. “Adjustments need to be made,” he said. “We live in an age of instant communication, and the state is not in a good position to deal with that.”

There are 247 sites; small but sacred. “Phantom Ship” tells the story, the effort to return them to the Native Americans.

“It has a sad ending,” Vickers added, noting “nothing that is helpful and useful is achieved without cost.”

Gray said the book is available now by calling her at (937) 548-1074.

Gray, half Shawnee, is a member of East of the River Shawnee, an incorporated entity in the state of Ohio. Vickers’ visit coincided with the annual Shawnee Green Corn ceremony.

“It’s like going to church,” Gray said. “We praise the creator, thanking Him for all good things. And we don’t have sacrifices!”

Michael Vickers, left, shows off his new book, “Phantom Ship,” with Damola Ifaturoti, editorial coordinator for Africa World Press, the book’s publisher. Bob Robinson Photo.

Neighborhood Watch areas coming to Greenville

GREENVILLE – “Our citizens make up our city,” Safety Service Director Curt Garrison said. He added there was a group that had formed a “Neighborhood Watch.”

“I was really excited about that,” adding that citizens were deciding to do something about crime in their area.

“Then last week I talked to a lady who was interested in getting her neighbors together to form another Neighborhood Watch.”

Garrison, Greenville Police Lt. Steve Strick and Mayor Mike Bowers will go into homes and explain how Neighborhood Watch works.

“They have to purchase the signs. The city can’t do that, but we can tell them how.”

This is going to fall back on the citizens, he said. Garrison wanted to publicize this, noting people are more likely to read about it in a newspaper than go to a council meeting.

On the other side, Garrison’s office faces challenges with the citizenry, especially in the area of zoning violations.

“Folks don’t tend to be as responsible as we would like,” he said. The city often has to mow lawns when people don’t do it. The homeowner gets billed, but that isn’t the city’s job.

“Abandoned and vacant homes are also a problem.” The legal process isn’t as fast as he would like, especially when the property isn’t being maintained.

“It takes away from the look of the neighborhood. We would like folks to be responsible. We’re adults. We should be responsible. It’s something we shouldn’t have to deal with, but we do.”

Garrison was the mayor’s choice for Safety Service Director from the start.

The former Arcanum Village Administrator said he was approached by the mayor as soon as Safety Service Director Rodd Hale announced he was going to move to Versailles as its administrator.

“It was probably my experience at Arcanum that prompted the call,” Garrison said. He was Arcanum’s village administrator from September 2008 to October 2012. He added he had also been elected to the Arcanum Village Council earlier in 2008. “I’m a hometown boy, born and raised in Arcanum.” Prior to his public service Garrison spent 10 years in residential remodeling.

While the mayor is the one most involved in economic development, he has asked Garrison to hold the city’s seat in P4P (Partnering For Progress).

Garrison added he thought his relationship with local businesses is a good one.

“If it was not good in the past, it’s better now. At the same time we all have to follow the rules. Doing business in the city does not lend itself to entitlements.”

A lot of it is just getting out and meeting business owners. Walking down Broadway; going into a store. “You get the eye contact and the person knows who you are… that can only be a positive.”

Garrison said his biggest challenge in assuming the position was the city’s financial situation.

“It wasn’t bad but I had to understand where the city was and look to the future. My assignment was to develop a five year plan. Over time, it included a 10 year infrastructure plan.”

Garrison put together a team that included Mote & Associates as an engineering consultant, noting it isn’t feasible for a city the size of Greenville to have an engineering department. There is now a Planning & Zoning Department under Chad Henry.

“Things have really fallen into place,” he said.

According to Garrison, Fire Chief Mark Wolf had been advising Council for five years or more that a 30-year-old aerial fire truck is going to fail at some point. The result? On June 18 the city bought a million dollar aerial platform fire truck with basket.

“We took that 100 foot truck, plus our 75 foot truck, to Brethren Retirement Community, also to some homes. We took pictures of the difference it made and showed them to Council.”

The point was made. The truck will be delivered in August, but the first payment won’t be due until August 2014. Garrison added even with an interest rate of 2.94 percent, it made more sense financially to pay it off in 10 years as opposed to 20.

Gettysburg school gets new life

GETTYSBURG – Retired from service as a building to educate children, the 92-year-old Gettysburg Elementary School has been given a new name and a new mission. The Cardinal Community Center will be available for events, meetings and activities in another couple of weeks, according to Gettysburg Village Councilman Brett Clark. The community wing is phase one of the project.

“We just passed health inspection last night,” Clark said. “Only a few more things left and we’ll be ready.”

On July 20, Oakland Church of the Brethren and Flora Excavating partnered to remove several huge tires from the playground, along with repairing a few other areas.

“The insurance company felt the tires were a liability, so we volunteered to remove them,” said Frank Marchal, church member. “The Cardinal committee asked for our help. We didn’t really have the money, but we had some manpower we could offer…

“Just a bunch of us Mutt and Jeff’s here getting stuff out,” he added.

Ed Flora’s dad, Hollis, graduated from Gettysburg, Marchal said. Flora provided the equipment and the manpower to run it.

“The goal is to make the school viable as a community center.”

Tim Apple, another Oakland Church volunteer, said, grinning, “It’ll be here another 200 years.”

Gettysburg Elementary became part of the Greenville School District in 1972. The school was closed in 2007. According to Clark, it was sold by auction in 2009. The buyers decided later the property didn’t fit their needs, so they sold it by way of land contract to another individual who eventually defaulted.

“Throughout this period, the property wasn’t well maintained,” Clark said. “In early 2012, when the property was likely to go up for Sheriff’s auction, the village was approached by an individual in Greenville with a non-profit organization who had a strong interest in the building, but the auction would take place before his funding came through.”

The Village Council liked the idea better than risk another pattern of neglect. The purchase price was $39,000. A down payment of $15,000 was made. After two years of monthly payments, a final payment of $20,000 will be due in June 2014.

“Unfortunately, the individual we were going to sell the property to was unable or unwilling to meet some of the council’s conditions and the deal fell through,” Clark said.

The name, The Cardinal Center, came from the cardinal being the mascot of the Gettysburg School District.

Phase two is the business/commercial wing, which is the three-floor section of the building containing the bulk of the classrooms.

“A realty company came in wanting to manage the property, but we decided to wait until the community wing was finished.” Clark added there are plenty of opportunities.

“We have a nice little town,” he said. “It’s just a matter of finding the right match.”

The community wing contains the gymnasium and several rooms which will be available for rental and community activities. One room may be reserved as a “heritage area.” The playground and ball field with a terraced seating area will be available for use.

“The Greenville High School Marching Band is scheduled to use the ball field for this year’s band camp,” Clark said.

Clark noted he’d heard mostly positive comments about the concept, although some have wondered if they’ve bitten off more than they can chew.

There seems to be no shortage of volunteer help.

“We have quite a few members from Gettysburg,” Marchal said as they were removing tires and other materials from the playground. “It’s kind of an outreach for us.”

“We’ve never done this sort of thing before, so it’s been a learning experience,” Clark said. “We are extremely grateful to all the volunteers who have donated their time and energy thus far.”

Oakland Church of the Brethren and Flora Excavating volunteers remove tires from the playground of Gettysburg Elementary School. The school will be getting new life as the Cardinal Community Center. Photo by Bob Robinson. 

Walk the Line in Union City will challenge runners

UNION CITY – Runners and walkers will have the opportunity to run in two states at the same time when they sign up for the Walk the Line 10k run/walk on Aug. 10. This is the only 10k race scheduled in the Wayne HealthCare Challenge series of races promoting health and fitness.

With record participants at each of the races in the series, organizers are hoping this inaugural race will continue the trend of large numbers of runners and walkers.

When asked how well the Wayne HealthCare Challenge was received, Roger Bowersock, of Rocketship Sports, said, “Shockingly success.” He noted some of the races in the Challenge have seen as much as a 300 percent increase in participation. Most races have at least doubled their previous totals. One of the more recent races, The Angel Run, had approximately 600 participants this year. In previous years they were having 300-400 runners/walkers.

The time frame for the Walk the Line 10k race is not by accident. Bowersock pointed out it was strategically placed as a warm up for persons wanting to run half or full marathons this fall. This race will help those runners gauge where they are in their training after having run mostly 5k for the better part of the spring and summer.

For persons competing in the Wayne HealthCare Challenge, Bowersock is pleased to announce there will be double points given for this race. Since the race is double in length he felt it was necessary to give participants extra incentive to take part in the race.

The race will begin at the Post Office in Union City, IN and will be 6.2 miles along State Line Road. The course is paved and flat. Mile markers and clocks will be available with at least two water stops on the course. They are working to gain USATF certification and hope to have it before the event date.

According to Bowersock, both sides of the state line have been very supportive of this race. Both mayors welcome the opportunity and have offered to close roads that are part of the race while the event takes place.

Custom awards will be given to the top three finishers in each age group, 10 and under, 11-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-59, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79 and 80+.

Good Times event services will be timing the race with a disposable chip (no stopping at the finish line). Live scrolling results and live web finish line video will be available at www.gtraces.com.

There is a $35 registration fee until Aug. 9. Participants must be registered by Aug. 1 to guarantee and an event tech-t. Registration the night before and the day of the event is $40 and custom event tech-t’s are not guaranteed.

For more information or to register for the Walk the Line 10K race, visit www.waynehealthcarechallenge.com, www.gtraces.com or email info@rocketshipsports.com.

Darke County transfers grant funds to Greene County

GREENVILLE – Darke County Commissioners showed their frustration as they approved an agreement for a Transfer of Entitlements for $23,787 in FAA grant monies to Greene County.

“They changed a rule on us in middle stream,” Darke County Commissioner Mike Rhoades said. “We have to use it or lose it,” Commissioner Mike Stegall noted. It is 2010 grant money that has to be spent by September or it goes back to the FAA for distribution elsewhere. It was tapped for a project that was originally approved but now is no longer approved.

According to Community Service/Grants Coordinator Jeff Marshall the FAA was advised of the county’s plan. It was approved. Six months into it, the FAA changed the rules and said the project no longer qualifies.

“They had a ‘change in philosophy’,” Marshall said.

There was $127,559 in 2010 carryover. They were able to use about $90,000 in approved projects (with a 90/10 split, FAA and county money).

“There was no time to fight this thing,” so Marshall worked out the agreement with Greene County. In the meantime, the commissioners got Speaker of the House John Boehner involved.

“We’re not losing this money,” Community Service/Grants Coordinator Jeff Marshall said. “Let me reiterate that. We aren’t losing the money. We will be getting it back as we need it for future grant proposals that we may have.”

Greene County has an approved FAA project in the works for Lewis A. Jackson Regional Airport. Darke County is loaning them the money rather than lose it. It has to be spent on an approved project.

“Their project is approved. We’re ‘spending’ the money,” Rhoades said. “And we’ll get it back.”

He added that Boehner is still working on it, so it isn’t over yet.

The commissioners thanked Marshall for his hard work.

“He did everything right,” Stegall said. Rhoades noted Marshall’s solution is the safest legal way to do this.

Jul 27, 2013

Union City celebrates both sides of the State Line

UNION CITY – The Villages of Union City, IN and Ohio are preparing for the annual State Line Heritage Days. The event will begin July 31 and continue through Aug. 3. Highlights of the festival include the Grand Parade on Aug. 3 at 1 p.m. This family-friendly parade begins north of Carter Street in Union City, IN, and travels south on Columbia Street to Oak Street where it will travel east across the State Line into Ohio and turn south on Walnut and then east on Elm Street.

Entertainment is also a huge part of the event. Visitors will enjoy everything from gospel to rock n’ roll. Some of the groups scheduled to appear include Debbie Bryson, Ambush Band, Majestic Sounds Quartet, Grovehill Band, Green River Boys Blue Grass Band, Savannah Jack, Singing for Sanity, Kettering Banjo Society and Spike & the Bulldogs. The Randy Players will also be presenting the ever-popular five times throughout the weekend. The show will be held at 8 p.m. in the Big Tent on Wednesday and Thursday, and 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday with a special performance at 5 p.m. on Saturday.

For the thrill seekers, State Line Heritage Days will have rides from Circus City beginning at 5 p.m. on Wednesday through Friday and 11 a.m. on Saturday.

Schedule of Events

State Line Heritage Days (SLHD) – “You Can STILL Bank On Us” 50/50 Raffle All Week. Tickets on sale all week at Big Tent, Main Stage and Jo’s Corner Florist.

July 31 

9 am to 4:30 pm- Voting Most Photogenic Baby and Pampered Pets Contest, Jo’s Corner Florist, 302 N. Columbia St.

11:30 am-SLHD Kick-off Luncheon, Eagles Lodge, Chestnut St.

4-7 p.m. - EUM Church Ice Cream Social, Franklin St., Union City, OH. Hand Dipped Only.

5-11 p.m. - Midway Opens, provided by Circus City.

5 p.m. - Flea Market and Antique Tractor Display at Railroad Park.

5:30-7:30 p.m. - Debbie Bryson, Christian Music, Big Tent on Broadway.

6:30 p.m. - Karaoke, Main Stage on Columbia Street. Sponsored by Century Link.

7-9 p.m. - Ambush Band, Wide Array of Classics, Big Tent at Railroad Park.

7-8 p.m. 10th Annual “Summertime” Photography Show Opening and Awards, Historic Arts Depot. Sponsored by A.A.R.C.

8 p.m. - Melodrama, Big Tent on Broadway. Sponsored by The Randy Players.

Aug. 1

8 a.m. to Dusk - Flea Market & Antique Tractor Display, Railroad Park.

9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. - Voting Most Photogenic Baby and Pampered Pets Contest, Jo’s Corner Florist, 302 N. Columbia St.

10 a.m.-7 p.m. - 10th Annual “Summertime” Photography Show, Historic Arts Depot. Sponsored by A.A.R.C.

5-11 p.m. - Midway Opens, provided by Circus City.

6 p.m. - Root Beer Guzzling Contest, located at and sponsored by A&W Root Beer.

6-7 p.m. - Hymn Sing with Jerri Libert at Big Tent at Railroad Park.

6-7:45 p.m. - Old Time Revival, The Majestic Sounds Quartet, The Big Tent on Broadway. Sponsored by South Salem Church of Christ.

7 p.m. - Square Dancing on the streets at Railroad Park.

7:30-10 p.m. - Grovehill Band, Main Stage, Columbia St.

8 p.m. - Reenactment of David Conner-First Trading Post of Randolph County-Railroad Park-Look for the Smoke!

8 p.m. - Melodrama, Big Tent on Broadway. Sponsored by The Randy Players.

Aug. 2

8 am to Dusk - Flea Market and Antique Tractor Display, Railroad Park.

10 a.m.-7 p.m. - 10th Annual “Summertime” Photography Show, Historic Arts Depot. Sponsored by A.A.R.C.

9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. - Voting Most Photogenic Baby and Pampered Pets Contest, Jo’s Corner Florist, 302 N. Columbia St.

4 p.m. until Sold Out - Fish & Chicken Fry, Elks Club, 318 N. Columbia St.

5-11 p.m. – Midway Opens, provided by Circus City.

5-5:45 p.m. - New Hope Puppet Show, The Big Tent on Broadway. Sponsored by the New Hope Church.

5-9 p.m. – third annual Truck & Tractor Show. East Elm St. Sponsored by the UCO Fire & Rescue Association. Proceeds benefit the construction of a training facility.

5 p.m. - Sign Up for Kiddie Tractor Pull, located in front of Union City, OH fire dept.

6 p.m. - Kiddie Tractor Pull, located in front of Union City, OH fire dept. Sponsored by Hemmelgarn & Sons, Inc.

Following Kiddie Tractor Pull, Kiddie Tractor Balance Beam. Sponsored by UCO Fire & Rescue Assoc.

6-7 p.m. - Union City Has Talent, listen to Union City’s Most Talented, The Big Tent on Broadway.

6-6:30 p.m. - UCCHS Dance Team, Main Stage, Columbia St.

6:30 p.m. - Green River Boys Blue Grass Band, Big Tent at Railroad Park.

6:30-6:45 p.m. - MVHS and MS Dance Teams, Main Stage, Columbia St.

6:45-7:45 p.m. - Jan & Becky and the Dance Connection, Main Stage, Columbia St.

7 p.m. - Melodrama, Big Tent on Broadway. Sponsored by The Randy Players.

8-10:30 p.m. - Savannah Jack, Country Classic Rock, Main Stage.

Aug. 3

8 a.m. - Democrat Breakfast, 318 W. Pearl St., American Legion Community Room. Sponsored by RCDCC.

8 am to Dusk - Flea Market and Antique Tractor Display, Railroad Park.

8-11 a.m. - Farmer’s Market, Historic Arts Depot.

8 a.m. - Registration for Hub City Heritage 5K Walk/Run. Walk at 9 a.m. Sponsored by UC Athletic Boosters.

8-11 a.m. - 10th Annual “Summertime” Photography Show, Historic Arts Depot. Sponsored by A.A.R.C.

9 a.m.-Noon - Library Book Sale, Library Basement.

9-11:30 a.m. – Voting Most Photogenic Baby and Pampered Pets Contest, Jo’s Corner Florist, 302 N. Columbia St.

10:30 a.m. - Parade Registration & Line-Up. Lincolndale Plaza, US Hwy 28.

11 a.m.-11 p.m. - Midway Opens, provided by Circus City.

12 pm - Antique Tractor Pull, Railroad Park. Sponsored by SLHD Committee.

1 p.m. - Grand Parade. Columbia to Oak across State Line to Walnut to E. Elm ends at Main Street Market.

After Parade-9 p.m. – Eighth Annual Cruise-IN, E. Elm St. Sponsored by UCO Fire & Rescue Assoc. Proceeds benefit the construction of a training facility.

3 p.m.-til Sold Out - Pork Chop Dinner, Pre-sale tickets only. Union City Elks Lodge. Columbia St.

4 p.m. - Mimetime, The Big Tent on Broadway.

4-7 p.m.-10th Annual “Summertime” Photography Show, Historic Arts Depot. Sponsored by A.A.R.C.

5 p.m. - Melodrama, Big Tent on Broadway. Sponsored by The Randy Players.

5 p.m. - Modified Truck & Tractor Pull, Railroad Park. Sponsored by the SLHD Committee.

5-6 p.m. - Singing for Sanity, Main Stage on Columbia.

6 p.m. - Sandy School of Dance, in front of Main Stage on Columbia.

6-7 p.m. - Kettering Banjo Society, Big Tent on Broadway.

6:30-9 p.m. - Mix Factory, E. Elm St. in front of the Union City, OH Fire Department. Sponsored by the SLHD Committee.

7 p.m. - Melodrama, Big Tent on Broadway. Sponsored by the Randy Players.

8-9 and 9:30-10:30 p.m. - Spike & the Bulldogs, Main Stage, Columbia St. Sponsored by Frank Miller Lumber.

After Spike & the Bulldogs, winner announced for “You Can STILL Bank on US” Raffle.

Main Stage Events rain location is at UCCHS Gym, Walnut St.

Republican women to hold garage sale

GREENVILLE - “This will be the first year the Darke County Republican Women’s Club (DCRW) has participated in the Longest Yard Sale.” said Club President Sally Zeiter.

DCRW will be setting up the items they have for sale in the Activities Building of the Congregational Christian Church. The church is located at 115 West Fifth Street in Greenville and the Activities Building is directly behind (south) of the church.

The sale will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Friday, August 2; and 8:30 a.m. until sold out on Saturday, August 3.

“We are looking forward to having a lot of items for sale – at very good prices.” said Garage Sale Committee Chair Pat Faulkner. “Anyone wishing to donate a pre-priced item is welcomed. But, please know that items not sold will be donated to either Goodwill or Grace Resurrection Community Center - depending upon what the item is.”

For further information regarding the garage sale, please contact Faulkner at (937) 548-1710.

The DCRW club is a group of Republican Women who meet monthly and work at the grass-roots level to elect Republican candidates, provide political and legislative knowledge and provide community service. For further information, contact President Sally Zeiter at (937) 423-2391 or email her at: DCRWPresident@darkegop.org

The Ways and Means Committee of the Darke County Republican Women’s Club is planning a garage sale as part of “America’s Longest Garage Sale”. Committee members (L to R) are Pepper Wright, Betty Hill, Dorothy Oda and Committee Chair Pat Faulkner.

MVCTC schedule pick-up nights scheduled

CLAYTON - MVCTC junior and senior students enrolled for classes during the 2013-2014 school year may pick up their school schedules on:

Aug. 5, 5-8 p.m. Students enrolled in Agricultural Services, Ag Resources Management, Animal Science Management, Environmental Engineering, Power Technologies, and Veterinary Science may pick up their schedules.

Aug. 6, 5:30-8 p.m. Students enrolled in Air Force ROTC, Architectural Design, Auto Collision, Auto Services, Automotive Technology, Aviation Maintenance Technician, Brick Masonry and Concrete Finishing, Construction Carpentry, Criminal Justice, Electrical Trades, HVAC, Heavy Equipment, Precision Machining, Robotics and Automation, and Welding may pick up their school schedules.

Aug. 7, 5:30-8 p.m. Students enrolled in Business Academy, Business Ownership, Clerical Services, Computer Network Engineering, Computer Technology Academy, Digital Design, Graphic Commercial Art, Graphic Commercial Photography, Media and Video Production, Medical Office Management, or Sports Marketing may pick up their school schedules.

Aug. 8, 5:30-8 p.m. for students enrolled in Allied Health Technologies, Biotechnology, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts, Dental Assistant, Early Childhood Education, Health Careers Academy, Hospitality Services, Sports Medicine, and Teacher Academy may pick up their school schedules.

Junior students and their parents are also invited to a brief orientation about MVCTC and are able to pick up their school issued laptop computers in the Student Activity Center located in the West Building.

Schedules for all students, both juniors and seniors will be available in the Student Activity Center. Students may also pay school fees and visit their career technical labs on these evenings.

For more information about MVCTC or the Schedule Pick-up Night, please visit, www.mvctc.com or call 837-7781.

Jazz Band concert Sunday

GREENVILLE - The Greenville Municipal Band’s Jazz Band will continue the 2013 summer concert series July 28 at the Marlin Band Shell located in the Greenville City Park. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. and will be under the direction of guest conductor and band member Brian McKibben. All Municipal Band concerts are free and open to the public.

The concert will last approximately one hour and bench seating will be available but feel free to bring lawn chairs and blankets. In addition to swing, Latin, and rock selections, the band’s program will include classics such as “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore,” “Tenderly,” “Sentimental Journey” and “In the Mood.” The band will also present two crowd favorites “St. Louis Blues” and “Blues in the Night.” Band members hope you will be “In the Mood” to attend our concert this week!

The Greenville Municipal Band has been an important part of Greenville’s musical history dating back to 1883. The Greenville Municipal Band is brought to you throughout the summer thanks to generous support from the City of Greenville’s Parks and Recreation Department, The Ketrow Foundation, The Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust Fund, The Harry D. Stephens Memorial, Darke County Endowment for the Arts, Second National Bank, and individual donors. The band’s principal conductor is JR Price.

Intern helps with tree troubles

GREENVILLE – Having Tree Troubles? Join Darke County Park’s summer intern, Lucas McCabe, to learn about the common insects and diseases that might be invading the woods or trees in your backyard.

Lucas, a forestry student at Hocking College, hopes to educate you on the possible ailments you may encounter on your next journey into the woodlot.

Have a trouble spot on a tree that doesn’t look quite right? Then take some photos or bring in some samples and Lucas or one of the Naturalists can help you after the program.

Please place specimens in a plastic bag or trash bag to prevent the spread to Shawnee Prairie! This program will occur on Aug. 5, 7 p.m., at Shawnee Prairie Preserve Nature Center, 4267 State Route 502 West, Greenville. For more information, call the Nature Center or visit www.darkecountyparks.org.

A Stroll on the Prairie

GREENVILLE – Join a Darke County Parks’ Naturalist on Aug. 12, 7 p.m., for a hike through the “back 40” prairie. These grassland ecosystems don’t stretch for miles as they once did so don’t miss this opportunity to “wander” through and see what flowers are in bloom, what birds are active and what butterflies are feeding. Bring your camera and/or binoculars. Meet at the front of the Nature Center. For more information, call the Nature Center, 548-0165 or visit www.darkecountyparks.org.

Hummingbird Banding at Shawnee Prairie

GREENVILLE – Fifty-three times a second... that’s how many wing beats a Ruby-throated Hummingbird averages. Join the Darke County Parks on Aug. 3, 9 a.m., as they welcome Alan Chartier. Alan will once again attempt to band the “hummers” of Shawnee Prairie Preserve. After an introductory presentation explaining his on-going research on hummingbirds, Alan will check his specially designed hummingbird traps. This program offers a unique up-close look at their fascinating hummingbirds and a lucky individual may even get to help release a bird after banding.

Due to the stress placed on the birds and bander, they regret that they must limit ages to eight years old and up.

Call the Nature Center at 548-0165 to reserve your spot as space is limited in this extremely popular program. The fee is $2 per person. For more information on this and other programs offered by the Darke County Park District, call the Nature Center or visit www.darkecountyparks.org.
Join Alan Chartier as he gives information on hummingbirds and bands them at Shawnee Prairie.

Jul 26, 2013

Greenville Police Beat

Union City woman arrested for menacing after threatening police

GREENVILLE - On July 22 police responded to Darke County Juvenile Court to arrest Gina R. Dean, 504-1/2 Plum St., Union City, on an outstanding bench warrant. She was aggravated at the arrival of police. She used foul language and verbally abused the officers. As she was arrested and taken outside she threatened to kill one officer if she took her kids; then said “You are all dirty ----- cops, you aren’t gonna take away my ----- kids and I should never have showed up for court today.” The juvenile court had already called Children Services prior to the arrival of the police. Dean was transported to the Darke County Jail. The bench warrant was for failure to appear for a probation revocation hearing, original charges of Criminal Mischief and Disorderly Conduct. She was also cited and held for Menacing.

On July 23 police arrested Derek S. Howard on an active warrant for failure to appear for a probation compliance hearing. He was transported to Darke County Jail.

On July 21 police were dispatched to the Darke County/Shelby County line on St. Rt. 47 to pick up Matthew D. Griffis on a failure to appear warrant regarding charges of driving without a license, domestic violence and underage consumption. He was transported to Darke County Jail.

On July 12 police were dispatched to Cashland at 624 Wagner Ave. regarding a false alarm. While there Kyle Cross was observed sitting in the passenger seat of a vehicle in the parking lot. He had an active warrant and was placed under arrest. Police then observed Cross pull a hypodermic needle out of his pocket and toss it in the back seat of the vehicle. Two other needles were found; Cross admitted all were his. In addition to the warrant, Cross was cited for drug instruments and taken to Darke County Jail.


On July 12, upon responding to a two vehicle accident which disabled both vehicles, the driver of one, Andrew W. Dues, approached police with his hands held out together and said “Take me to jail, you got me.” In response to the question “why?” he said “Because I have been drinking too much and should not have been driving.” Dues did “poorly” on the field sobriety tests. He was placed under arrest and transported to the Darke County Jail. He took a breath test. When asked to take a second one he refused. At that time he was transported to the Greenville Police Department where he was placed under an ALS suspension and issued a traffic citation for Failing to Yield, along with the OVI.


On July 15 police responded to a vandalism call at 312 N. Gray Ave. where a flood light had been damaged. The lamp housing had a BB size hole through it and the bulb had its edge shattered. The hole looked consistent with that created by a BB or pellet gun.

On July 15 police responded to a vandalism call at 607 S. Broadway where red paint was used to spray initials on the exterior of the tan stucco building. No suspects at this time.

On July 14 police responded to a call that a business, Anne’s Gifts, had its window broken. A witness said Shawn Bowles was one of four individuals at that location. Witnesses said right after they heard the glass breakage they saw him holding his hand like he had just injured it. When Bowles was located with a friend, Richard Griffis, he had a fresh cut on his hand that was still bleeding. Bowles denied breaking the window; was issued a citation for criminal mischief. Griffis was arrested and transported to Darke County Jail on an outstanding warrant.


On July 22 police responded to a call from owner Danyal Kniesly regarding a broken passenger window of her vehicle. It was parked at 923 Central Ave. across from Wayne Hospital. A large rock had been used to break the window and her purse stolen from between the driver and passenger seats.

On July 22 police responded to a call regarding a theft of drugs at Brethren Retirement Community. Liquid morphine for a patient was reported missing. The incident is under investigation.

On July 15 police responded to a call from Amy Clark, 920 Gray Ave., that a DVD player had been stolen from her vehicle. It was unlocked at the time. No suspects.


On July 13 police responded to a call from Dan Massie, owner of Greenville Glass, 705 Front St., that one of his trucks was missing. On July 15 it was found behind a garage at 436 E. 4th St. Employees had seen the truck over the weekend around the Greenville area. A witness indicated he saw two white males sitting in it. Different witnesses observed it in different locations. There was a Speedway receipt dated July 13 with a debit card used for the purchase. It was determined this was during the time the truck was missing. Investigation continues. Massie was advised he could retrieve his vehicle after it had been processed for evidence.


On July 16 police responded to a complaint at 7Go-block of Central Avenue regarding a suspicious male sitting in a vehicle. He appeared intoxicated. Justin Thomas was located in the vehicle holding a marijuana pipe. He did appear intoxicated. When asked to hand over the pipe, Thomas instead brought it closer to his chest. The officer then opened the door and removed it from his hand. There was also a baggy of green leafy vegetation that had the consistency of marijuana. Thomas acknowledged that it was. He was cited for drug paraphernalia and drug abuse.


A bad check complaint was filed against Michael Harris for a check in the amount of $362.48 issued to Schmidt’s Refrigeration that had been returned by the bank. A misdemeanor citation will be served to Harris when he is located.


The Greenville Police Beat is prepared from public records available at the Greenville Police Department. Every effort is made to balance the public’s right to know with the rights of the individuals involved. Readers are encouraged to contact Greenville Police if they have information or concerns regarding these or any other incidents they see. The Early Bird notes all suspects are innocent until proven guilty and welcomes comments and concerns regarding this community service.

Community Unity struggling to help persons in need

GREENVILLE – Community Unity would like to express appreciation to its many financial supporters. They are presently struggling with funds being low and are in need of donations in order to help the needy in Darke County. Community Unity is a benevolent organization run by volunteers with office space in the Grace Resurrection Community Center at 433 East Water Street in Greenville. They set appointments with clients in order to help them financially with utilities, rent, emergency transportation and medical needs.

In February, Community Unity had a special “Have A Heart… Do Your Part” fundraising campaign that received a good response. They have received several donations from both new supporters and their regular, faithful partners in this ministry since the beginning of the year.

Those individuals who have made donations include Tamara Olwine, Robert and Deborah Kuhnle, Charles and Nancy Raffel, Cinda Rismiller, David and Joy Fidler, Steve and Marie Short, Don and Nina Miller and Jim Sauer. Supporting businesses and churches include First Church of the Nazarene, First Assembly of God, Second National Bank, Jafe Decorating, Mercer Savings Bank, Members Choice Credit Union, Oakland Church of the Brethren, Cedar Grove Church of the Brethren, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Evangelical United Methodist Church, First Congregational Christian Church, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Bread of Life Christian Bookstore, First United Methodist Church and the East Main Church of Christ. They are also grateful for the generous contributions that have come from the Darke County United Way, the Greenville Rotary, the Ketrow Foundation, the Schauer Foundation, the Darke County Community Christmas Drive and the Darke County Elks. Community Unity apologizes for any supporters that may have been inadvertently omitted.

Despite the help of all of Community Unity’s supporters, needs remain great and funds are down. The organization is able to meet with ten clients weekly with each one potentially receiving $75 in assistance for a total of $750 in help going out in a given week. With a balance presently around $1000, it will be necessary to cut back to meeting with six clients each week. Community Unity is hopeful that finances will turn around quickly allowing volunteers the chance to get back to meeting with a full schedule of those with needs.

For anyone wanting to make a donation, checks written to Community Unity may be sent to P.O. Box 1064, Greenville, Ohio 45331. Any help would be gratefully accepted. Any questions about the work of Community Unity may be directed to Jim Morehouse at 547-1557.

Help available for summer heat

GREENVILLE – July and August can be two of the hottest months of the year in Ohio, especially for those without air conditioning or a fan. Starting July 1 until Aug. 31, the Community Action Partnership of the Greater Dayton Area and Ohio Development Services Agency will help income-eligible Ohioans purchase an air conditioner or fan, and/or assist in the payment of an electric bill, helping them keep cool during the hot summer days.

“For older Ohioans and those with breathing conditions, the heat can take its toll. Together with Community Action Partnership, we are reducing the risk of heat related illnesses in our communities,” said David Goodman, director of the Ohio Development Services Agency.

“We are pleased to again offer this important assistance to eligible families in our community,” said Janey Christman, Community Action Partnership Darke County Director.

In 2012, more than 300 families in Darke County were assisted through the Home Energy Assistance Program, Summer Crisis Program.

The Summer Crisis Program provides assistance to low-income households with an elderly member (60 years or older), or households that can provide physician documentation that cooling assistance is needed for a household member's health. This can include lung disease; Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease; or asthma, which affects more than 850,000 Ohioans, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Eligible households can receive up to $175 to purchase an air conditioner or fan, and/or to assist in the payment of an electric bill. The gross income of eligible households must be at or below 175 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. For a family of four the annual income must be at or below $41,212.50.

Residents also are encouraged to work with their local job and family services agency and faith-based organizations for additional assistance.

Visit http://www.cap-dayton.org/contentmgr/documents/DocumentationRequired2013.pdf to view the documentation needed to process an application.

For more information about the Summer Crisis Program, contact Community Action Partnership at (937) 548-8143. Additional information can also be found at www.energyhelp.ohio.gov or by calling toll-free at (800) 282-0880.

Annual ‘Back the Wave’ set for Aug. 7

GREENVILLE – Greenville City Schools student athletes, in conjunction with the Greenville Athletic Boosters, will be holding their annual fundraising event, traditionally known as “Back the Wave,” on Aug. 7.

This door-to-door fundraiser is sponsored by the Greenville Athletic Boosters, an organization vitally interested in promoting and encouraging the activities and athletic programs of Greenville City Schools. The Boosters organization feels the ideals of sportsmanship and competition instilled in these young athletes carry into their adult lives, helping them to establish and accomplish personal, college, and professional goals.

For your donation, you will receive a Greenville Athletic Booster window cling and a Greenville High School and Junior High School sports schedule.

Student athletes should report to the school by 4:30 p.m. to be included in the 2013 Back the Wave group photo and pick up their designated area map and packet. The scheduled time to leave with the group is 5 p.m. from Greenville High School.

Greenville residents that are not home during this event but would still like to contribute can mail donations to Greenville Athletic Boosters c/o "Back the Wave" 100 Green Wave Way Greenville, Ohio 45331; a receipt, sports schedule and window cling will be mailed to the address you provide. Any questions concerning this event may be directed to Greenville's Athletic Office between the hours 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at 548-4416.

Phelan Insurance redesigns website; gives away iPad

VERSAILLES – Phelan Insurance Agency, Inc. announced the winner of their iPad Giveaway. The winner, Carmen Snyder of Versailles, received her iPad from Personal Insurance Customer Care Agents Cindy Langston and Marge Harman. Snyder was eager to start working on her new iPad!

The iPad Giveaway was held in conjunction with the launch of the agency’s recently redesigned website: www.phelanins.com. Thank you to the hundreds of people who entered the contest!

Phelan Insurance Agency serves clients throughout Ohio and surrounding states with a variety of personal, life, health, employee benefits, business insurance and risk management products. The agency has served the area for over 60 years.

Pictured are Cindy Langston, Carmen Snyder and Marge Harman.

Changes coming for sewage rules

Aeration system with required upflow filter.
DARKE COUNTY – On Jan. 1, 2014, new septic regulations may go into effect in the State of Ohio. Within the proposed rule package, the way the Health Department may allow the alteration of septic systems will change. Existing homes with aeration systems that lack the required upflow filter that go through a Health Department inspection will no longer be able to add the upflow filter. This is significant for homeowners considering room additions, remodels, land splits or home sales involving Health Department approval of the septic system.

If there is adequate space and soils are approved, the entire septic system will be converted to an on-lot system (i.e. leachfield or mound). If the lot is too small for an on-lot system, or if the soils are not adequate, the system will have to be replaced with a system that meets National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) requirements and must be permitted through the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).The NPDES system requires a service contract with a registered service provider, annual sampling, and possible upgrades every five years to meet current Ohio EPA NPDES regulations.

The Health Department recommends homeowners with aeration systems that do not have the required upflow filter consider adding it to their system now. If a homeowner is approved to add the upflow filter by Dec. 31, 2013, they have until Dec. 31, 2014 to purchase their septic alteration permit. Once the permit is purchased, the homeowner has one year to install the upflow filter.

Any questions regarding the changes in the sewage regulations or about septic systems can be directed to Liz Farver, RS at the Health Department, 548-4196 ext. 233.

Jul 25, 2013


GREENVILLE – Ted and Holly Finnarn, Ohio Farmers Union members from Darke County, who recently attended the OFU State Board meeting and annual picnic at the Ohio Caverns in West Liberty. Also accompanying them were two of their grandchildren Lil David “Bubba” Wilson and Zoe Wilson. The grandkids described the caverns as “awesome” and Bubba admitted to “touching” one of the stalagmites. A great time was had by all and many thanks to the Ohio Farmers Union.

Music provided for Lunch on the Lawn

Singing for Sanity
GREENVILLE – This summer’s third and final “Lunch on the Lawn” at the Greenville Public Library will be held Aug. 2, 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Again this is a great chance to enjoy the shade under the trees and hear great music on your lunch break. Lunch will be available for purchase from Montage at the white tent - or bring your own!

The menus is: Sandwich (choice of chicken salad croissant, turkey wrap, or ham wrap); Salad (choice of bacon tomato ranch, garlic fettuccine, or fruit salad); Choice of Cookie; Drink (lemonade, water, or iced tea). Cost is $7 with $1 going to Main Street Greenville.

The Library partners with Main Street Greenville by providing an event every “First Friday.” Many thanks to the Friends of the Library for sponsoring all the excellent entertainment!

Another cool band will play on the 2nd made up of Larry Riley, Jason Page, and Alex Shimp - known as “Singing for Sanity.“ Larry and Alex have been playing together 7-8 years since middle school and Jason joined in high school.

At first they were known as “Division Three” then recently changed their name. Larry plays percussion - drums and the cajon - and sings backup; Jason plays bass; and Alex is guitar and lead singer. They’re recent graduates of Union City.

They’ve released a CD You Hold the Strings which will be available. It can be described as alternative, acoustic rock, with a few original songs. They’ve also signed a record contract with the label Butta Love Music in LA and plan to move there in August.

Larry said they want to pursue a career in music and eventually study music in college. They’ve already played at The Coffee Pot, Hallmark’s, and many Greenville parties.

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