Jan 31, 2014

Greenville Police Beat - GPD investigates rape, robbery and arrest warrants

On Jan. 25 police were dispatched regarding an unresponsive female with a syringe lying at her side. The complainant advised she was in the bedroom. Police found her on her back unclothed and partially covered with a small blanket. To her right was a syringe and a nearly full open can of beer. She was breathing lightly, had a steady pulse but was unresponsive. Following police efforts she eventually became coherent and was able to talk. She admitted to taking “a lot” of heroin. The victim was also discovered to have a Failure to Comply warrant for a charge of theft. The ambulance disposed of the syringe and transported the female to Wayne Hospital where she told personnel she had been raped. She advised police she was at a party drinking when the complainant invited her to his place. She said she was fully dressed when she injected the heroin. She lit a cigarette and doesn’t remember anything else until she woke up naked and the paramedics were standing over her. A sexual assault evidence collection kit was completed after which the female was released from the hospital and arrested on the warrant. She was transported to Darke County Jail. Police have been unable to contact the complainant.


On Jan. 23 police responded to the Circle Mart, 100 E. Main St., regarding a robbery. The suspect was a white male in his early 20’s and was wearing blue/green pajamas or sweat pants and a green/brown fatigue coat. As he was getting ready to leave a suspect entered the store with a curved sabre sword about three feet long, went to the counter and demanded the money in the cash register plus cigarettes. He was wearing a black jacket, dark pants, black ski mask and white gloves and white shoes. The attendant believed he was disguising his voice. When the second suspect demanded the items, the first suspect “nonchalantly” left the store. The investigation is continuing. An earlier release identified one arrested suspect as Trey Morton.


On Jan. 27 police were dispatched to 112 Front St. regarding a domestic dispute. One of the parties involved, Thomas Boner, was found to have a warrant for Failure to Appear on criminal charges of drug abuse and drug paraphernalia. He was arrested and transported to Darke County Jail.

On Jan. 27 police were dispatched to 111 Windermere Dr. regarding a warrant for Failure to Appear for a Pre-Trial on OVI, drug abuse and open container. Robert Gray was arrested and transported to the Darke County Jail.

On Jan. 9 police were informed of a Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) warrant for Derek Burton. DCSO advised it had been issued but not yet entered into the system. Burton was observed in a vehicle with Shannon Forsythe. Police followed the vehicle to Family Dollar where Burton was requested to exit the vehicle. When asked, he advised he had a syringe in his upper right coat pocket. The syringe was taken as property; Burton will be charged with possession of drug abuse instruments.


On Jan. 24 police were dispatched to Hot Rods & Harleys, 1240 Russ Road, regarding a customer who was being disorderly and refusing to leave. She was verbally abusive to the owner. Police identified Sarah Fleming and asked her to step outside. She refused and asked the officer if he had a backup. Fleming was advised again to leave or she would be arrested for trespass. She refused. When Fleming was advised she was under arrest she asked again if the officer had a backup. Fleming then began resisting attempts to handcuff her. A second officer arrived; she was cuffed and taken to the Darke County Jail and charged with criminal trespass.

On Jan. 21 police responded to a residence regarding a trespass complaint. Police found the suspect, Todd Vaughn, at 113 Chestnut St. He denied being at the residence at first, then admitted to going there to retrieve personal belongings. Since Vaughn had already been warned once about trespassing at that location, he was issued a citation for trespass.


On Jan. 24 police were dispatched to Trent Auto Parts, 201 S. Ohio St. regarding catalytic converters stolen from multiple junk vehicles. The vehicles are surrounded by a privacy fence and there doesn’t appear to be forced entry. No suspects at this time.

On Jan. 21 police responded to a theft call at 503 E. Third St. A mattress and box springs had been leaning against a wall in a common hallway. The mattress had been stolen but the box springs left behind. No suspects.

On Jan. 14 police responded to a call from Ace Hardware, 1241 Russ Road. The owner said he had received information a DeWalt drill had been stolen from his store and pawned at a pawn shop in Dayton. A criminal investigation has been initiated.

On Jan. 13 police responded to a theft complaint at Warren Electric Service LLC, 1315 Kitchenaid Way. The owner, Stephen Warren, said his company is the electrical contractor at the Village Green construction site. On Dec. 9 he had 12,000 ft. of fire alarm cable and several power tools at the site. On Jan. 13 he discovered the cable and several of the power tools were gone. Two witnesses said they saw a vehicle Warren believed belonged to a former employee. No more at this time.


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.

DeMange Family Bands Exhibit premieres at museum

VERSAILLES - The DeMange Family Bands Exhibit will be open to the public on February 2 at the Versailles Area Museum, 552 S. West St., Versailles, 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. This display will take viewers through the life of the Paul and Helen DeMange Family, which consists of 211 people, beginning with their marriage in 1941 to present day.

The story of this Versailles-based family focuses on their musical talents and the history of their two family bands: The Imperials (performed for 11 years), and The DeMange Orchestra (later renamed The DeMange Band), which entertained for 52 years! Both bands provided music for countless dances, weddings, and anniversaries. Throughout their lives, each of the 14 children of Paul and Helen (7 boys and 7 girls) played in one or both of the family bands. The journey through time features stories, photos, instruments, clothing, and other memorabilia.

Please visit the museum, which is open every Sunday beginning February 2, from 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Also spend time in the many other fascinating displays featuring the history of the Versailles area. Discover details along with other interesting facts at the museum. Admission is free; however, a donation would be appreciated for this non-profit, volunteer-managed facility.

A section featuring a few of the musical instruments from the DeMange Family Bands

Keaser Benefit Planned

Applications taken for Bruns Scholarship

GREENVILLE – The Darke County Education Council (DCNEC) and Tony Bruns are pleased to announce the availability of a nursing scholarship(s) in memory of Joyce Bruns, RN, BSN. The scholarship is administered through Helping Other People Excel (HOPE) Foundation.

Qualifications for the scholarship application are: Registered Nurse, employed in health care in Darke County for the last five years, provide a listing of community activities, provide a listing of professional and work-related activities, write a summary of what the educational pursuit will provide for the community.

Applications may be made for completion of BSN, MSN, PNP, PhD or a related nursing degree; certification preparation and exam; national or state nursing convention; or continuing education.

Applications will be screened by DCNEC with the HOPE Foundation awarding the final scholarship(s). Final date for submitting applications is April 1, 2014. Completed applications can be mailed to Theresa Hall, RN, BSN, COWN, CFCN, c/o Wayne HealthCare, 835 Sweitzer St., Greenville, Ohio 45331.

For more information, contact Theresa Hall, 548-1141, ext. 5025 or Theresa.hall@waynehealthcare.org; Kathy O’Dell, 548-0013 or godell2@woh.rr.com; or Kelley Hall, 548-2999 or khall@stateoftheheartcare.org.

DCNEC is honored and privileged to facilitate the only nursing scholarship in Darke County for the established Registered Nurse. If anyone is interested in donating to this scholarship, please send donations to the HOPE Scholarship, c/o Joyce Bruns, RN, BSN, Memorial Scholarship, 201 W. Mail St., Greenville, Ohio 45331 or call 548-4673 (548-HOPE).

Edison to host financial aid event

PIQUA - Edison Community College will host the free college financial aid event, “College Goal Sunday” (CGS) on Feb. 9, 2014 at 2 p.m. in room 313 at the Piqua Campus.

The statewide initiative is presented by the Ohio Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (OASFAA) and endorsed by the Ohio Board of Regents. CGS assists students and parents with completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

FAFSA is a federal application students are required to submit to receive federal financial aid. FAFSA plays a vital role in funding a college education and helping families overcome financial barriers that may otherwise prevent students from attending their institution of choice. Financial aid includes but is not limited to the Federal Pell Grant, student loans, and need-based state grants.

OASFAA is a non-profit, professional organization for individuals actively engaged in the administration of financial aid within the State of Ohio for higher education. As an educational organization, OASFAA strives to offer resources to students, families and high school advisors to promote higher education and increase awareness of financial aid opportunities.

Due to the high demand for assistance in completing FASFA, walk-ins are welcome, however, registration is encouraged. Families can register for College Goal Sunday online at www.ohiocollegegoalsunday.org or by calling (800) 233-6734. For further questions regarding this event, contact Stacy Schloss at sschloss@edisonohio.edu.

GOP Women meet Feb. 10

GREENVILLE – The Darke County Republican Women's Club (DCRWC) will be holding its regularly scheduled monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 10. Program for the evening will feature information regarding Women’s Health Issues.

Dinner is available by reservation, at a cost of $7.50. To place a reservation, please email Wavelene Denniston at DCRWReservations@darkegop.org, or call 547-6477. Reservations must be made before noon on Feb. 6 and reservations placed must be paid.

Dinner is served at 6:30 p.m. in the Chestnut Village Center of the Brethren Home Retirement Community in Greenville. Those who wish to only attend the meeting may do so by arriving at 7 p.m.

The Darke County Republican Women’s Club meets on the second Monday of every month, except January and August. For more information, please contact President Sally Zeiter at DCRWPresident@darkegop.org. The public is invited, and encouraged, to attend.

Jan 30, 2014

Cantrell to serve 18 months for child endangering


GREENVILLE – Darke County Common Pleas Judge Jonathan Hein sentenced Cody R. Cantrell, 21, Greenville, to 18 months in prison for each of two Endangering Children charges, both Felony 3 offenses. The sentences are to be served concurrently. He pleaded guilty to the lesser charges after having been indicted by the Grand Jury for felonious assault and child abuse, both Felony 2 offenses.

Cantrell was arrested on Dec. 21 after his two-week old baby went to Dayton Children’s Medical Center allegedly with broken legs, a broken arm, swelling and bleeding on the brain, bleeding on the spine and facial bruising.

While the F3 charges did not presume prison was necessary, Hein said the sentencing factors were “more serious;” a result of reckless conduct. Cantrell was ordered to pay $46,800 in medical expenses and will be subject to 36 months of post release control after completing his prison time. He noted Cantrell had no prior record, there was no permanent damage to the baby, and because the parents had agreed to give the child up for adoption, there was no future risk to the child.

Hein said society has been split in how it values life: those who didn’t put a value on it and those who did. “Either way I go with this I’m going to be wrong” from the perspective of one of these groups. “My purpose here is to punish the crime and deter others.”

Darke County Prosecuting Attorney R. Kelly Ormsby called the case “troubling” as the baby was only two weeks old when it was brought to the hospital. He noted Cantrell’s versions of what happened changed from acknowledging he treated the baby roughly to it was some kind of fall.

“What is chilling is he let the child suffer for three days” before getting treatment for it. “He clearly treated the child roughly,” Ormsby continued, adding he failed to provide reasonable protection. “This is so serious it has to result in a prison sentence; the court has to send a message this cannot be tolerated.”

Defense attorney Randall E. Breaden said his client was at low risk for re-offending, no drug problems, no history. He added medical testimony was not conclusive; it was conflicting. He allowed there were fractures and bruising.

“Cody is guilty of failure to immediately report the injury, but the injuries were not immediately apparent.” He and Chelsea had never been around an infant child before. Breaden added. They were struggling with that. They had voluntarily agreed to give the child up for adoption. “He never pleaded to intentionally hurting the child… I do not believe this requires prison.”

Cantrell said it was a very stressful time and admitted he panicked. “I only wish I’d said something sooner.”

The mother, Chelsea Hartman, also arrested on Dec. 21, was charged with one count of Felony 3 Child Endangering. Her case is scheduled for trial in February.

Rape and Possession of Drugs among the list of indictments

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

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

Rocky J. Halter, Massillon – Indicted on a charge of Aggravated Possession of Drugs based on an investigation by the Union City, Ohio Police Department.

Audrey R. Archey, Ansonia – Indicted on a charge of Possession of Cocaine, six counts of Aggravated Possession of Drugs and Theft from an Elderly Person based on an investigation by the Ansonia Police Department.

Curtis E. Elson, Ansonia – Indicted on a charge of Theft based on an investigation by the Ansonia Police Department.

Chester L. Black, Bradford – Indicted on a charge of 12 counts of Sexual Battery and two counts of Rape based on an investigation by the Miami County Sheriff’s Office.

Paul J. Harlow, Ansonia – Indicted on a charge of Corrupting Another with Drugs based on an investigation by the Ansonia Police Department.

Stacey M. Best, Greenville – Indicted on a charge of Burglary based on an investigation by the Greenville Police Department.

Katrina M. Cheadle, Greenville – Indicted on a charge of Complicity to Burglary based on an investigation by the Greenville Police Department.

Noah L. Smith, Greenville – Indicted on a charge of Complicity to Burglary based on an investigation by the Greenville Police Department.

Shawna M. Howard, Greenville - Indicted on a charge of Receiving Stolen Property based on an investigation by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office.

Nicholas R. Howard, Greenville – Indicted on a charge of Breaking & Entering and Theft based on an investigation by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office.

Ryan D. Cooley, Versailles – Indicted on a charge of two counts of Gross Sexual Imposition based on an investigation by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office.

Kyle S. Hartman, Union City, IN – Indicted on a charge of Burglary based on an investigation by the Union City, Ohio Police Department.

Timothy W. Woodbury, Saratoga, IN – Indicted on a charge of Aggravated Burglary, Domestic Violence and Assault based on an investigation by the Union City, Ohio Police Department.

Ramond R. Benavidez, Union City – Indicted on a charge of DUI based on an investigation by the Union City, Ohio Police Department.

Matthew A. Napier, Arcanum – Indicted on a charge of Failure to Notify Sheriff of Address Change based on an investigation by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office.

Elizabeth M. Whitley, Greenville – Indicted on a charge of Breaking & Entering and Petty Theft based on an investigation by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office.

Terrance Bolton, Greenville – Indicted on a charge of three counts of Trafficking in Heroin, two counts of Trafficking in Cocaine and Aggravated Possession of Drugs based on an investigation by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office.

Bobby R. House, Dayton – Indicted on a charge of three counts of Trafficking in Heroin and two counts of Trafficking in Cocaine based on an investigation by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office.

Ronnie E. Beisner, Arcanum – Indicted on a charge of Possession of Heroin based on an investigation by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office.

Tina M. Barlow, Greenville – Indicted on a charge of Theft based on an investigation by the Miami County Sheriff’s Office.

Christopher T. Levering, Greenville – Indicted on a charge of Notice of Change of Address; Registration of New Address (Megan’s Law), based on an investigation by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office.

Daniel S. Hardy, New Madison – Indicted on a charge of Burglary based on an investigation by the Arcanum Police Department.

Zachary W. Burger, Union City – Indicted on a charge of Grand Theft based on an investigation by the Union City, Ohio Police Department.

Daniel W. McCarty, Greenville – Indicted on a charge of DUI and Driving with Prohibited Concentration of Alcohol based on an investigation by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office.

Tracey D. McCarty, Ansonia – Indicted on a charge of Illegal Manufacturing of Drugs and Illegal Assembly or Possession of Chemicals for the Manufacture of Drugs and possession of Criminal Tools based on an investigation by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office.

Nicholas Swindler, address unknown – Indicted on a charge of Theft and two counts of Breaking & Entering based on an investigation by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office.

Dustin L. Taylor, Greenville – Indicted on a charge of Aggravated Vehicular Assault, DUI and Driving Under Suspension based on an investigation by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office.

Elizabeth M. Whitley, Greenville – Indicted on a charge of Theft based on an investigation by the Greenville Police Department.

Author Julia Bowlin to address BPW

GREENVILLE - The Greenville Business & Professional Women’s (BPW) Club’s February meeting will be hosted by the Public Relations Committee consisting of Susan Fowble, Rebecca Zeedyk, Norma Fae Knick and Mary Catherine Wilson.

Julia Bowlin, M.D., owner and medical director of Versailles Medical Center, has been invited to be the featured speaker for the Feb. 13 meeting. Dr. Bowlin is a newly published author with her book entitled ‘To Me I Thee Wed.’ On the cover she states, ‘Be your own better half. Discover how to love, honor, and cherish yourself forever after.’ Because of her past emotional struggles, her BA degree in Socio-Anthropology, and her Doctorate of Medicine degree, she has an intimate as well as a professional understanding of how personal, social, and cultural influences can impact one's inner self. She has a fresh perspective and approach to guiding you towards excavating your best inner self, using common sense ideas, traditional values, and modern understanding. Bowlin’s undergraduate degree in Socio-Anthropology was received at Earlham College in Indiana in 1988. She attended Wright State University School of Medicine in Dayton and received her M.D. in June, 1993. Dr. Bowlin did her family medicine residency at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Dayton.

The Club will meet in the Private Dining Room at the Brethren Retirement Community located at 750 Chestnut, Greenville. The dinner meeting begins at 6:30 p.m.

The Greenville BPW Club would like to invite women interested in learning more about the club to the meeting. Call Marilyn Emmons at 548-5824 by noon on Feb. 10 to make a reservation to attend. The cost is $10 per person.

Park National Corp. continues $0.94 quarterly dividend

NEWARK − Park National Corporation (Park) (NYSE MKT: PRK) board of directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.94 per common share, payable on March 10 to common shareholders of record as of Feb. 21. Park’s quarterly and annual earnings per common share rose compared to 2012, and loan growth continued in both the retail and commercial categories.

Net income for the fourth quarter of 2013 was $17.5 million, compared to $16.3 million for the same period in 2012. Net income for the year 2013 was $77.2 million, an increase of $13.0 million, or 20.3 percent, above the 2012 results excluding the gain related to the sale of the Vision Bank business (on Feb. 16, 2012).

Net income for the 2012 year was $78.6 million, which included a gain of $22.2 million ($14.4 million after-tax) from the sale of substantially all of the performing loans, operating assets and the liabilities of Vision Bank. Excluding the gain from the sale of the Vision Bank business in 2012, net income for the year 2012 would have been $64.2 million.

Net income per diluted common share for the fourth quarter of 2013 was $1.13, compared to $1.06 in the same period of 2012. Net income per diluted common share for the year 2013 was $5.01, an increase from 2012’s net income per diluted common share of $4.88. Excluding the gain on sale of the Vision Bank business, net income per diluted common share would have been $3.95 for the 2012 year.

“Loan growth and new customer relationships in 2013 exceeded our expectations,” said Park Chairman Dan DeLawder. “Individuals and businesses rely on our local lenders’ experience and dedication to service. That caused our loan balances to increase more than market conditions suggest might be possible. The new relationships established during the year will continue to distinguish Park and our affiliates in the communities we serve.”

Park's community-banking subsidiary in Ohio, The Park National Bank, reported net income of $75.6 million for the 2013 year, compared to net income of $87.1 million in 2012. The Park National Bank had total assets of $6.5 billion at both Dec. 31, 2013 and 2012. This performance generated a return on average assets of 1.15 percent and 1.33 percent for the bank for the years 2013 and 2012, respectively.

The Park National Bank loan portfolio growth continued in the fourth quarter. At Dec. 31, 2013 the bank reported $4.56 billion in loans outstanding, which is a $51 million increase over the $4.51 billion outstanding at Sept. 30, 2013. It also represents a 12-month increase of $190 million, compared to the loans outstanding of $4.37 billion at Dec. 31, 2012.

Super Bowl kicks off “flu season” for problem gambling

GREENVILLE - “Let’s make it interesting.” How often does that simple statement set in motion a series of choices that, for some, lead to disastrous outcomes by quite literally raising the stakes of an otherwise harmless activity?

Problem gambling is defined as a compulsion to gamble beyond one’s means to lose, to divert money or other resources away from necessities into gambling, and being deceptive about frequency and amounts gambled. Problem gambling is increasingly recognized as a behavioral health issue, and as such, it can be diagnosed, treated and recovered from.

The Tri-County Board of Recovery and Mental Health Services is making information and services available for the prevention, identification and treatment of problem gambling. A billboard campaign in Darke, Miami and Shelby counties began in November and will run through March. The signature catchphrase of the campaign is “When gambling becomes more than a game, no one wins.” The billboards refer to a local website, www.health-and-help-center.org, for information and referral. The boards also show the Ohio Problem Gambling Helpline, 800-522-4700.

Also this week, the Tri-County Board began shipping information packets to primary care physicians in the three-county area. The packets contain posters, rack cards and referral cards to help educate and connect physicians and staff to problem gambling resources locally. “Physicians may see patients presenting with anxiety or sleep disorders or other stress-related conditions, and these may be tied to problem gambling,” said Jodi Long, Tri-County Board Director of Clinical Services and Evaluation. “Our hope is that by making these materials available to our primary care physicians, they may be better-attuned to spotting the warning signs of problem gambling in their patients, and may be able to start the process of referral and recovery sooner rather than later.”

Billionaire investor Warren Buffet made headlines last week when he announced that he would guarantee Quicken Loans’ “billion dollar bracket challenge,” offering $1 billion for a “perfect bracket” – correct picks in every game in every round of the upcoming NCAA men’s basketball tournament. The odds against winning are astronomical, far worse than a multi-state lottery, but the high profile, high payout contest raises the stakes on what has become a socially-accepted betting opportunity, with only a wink and a nod to the illegality of sports wagering in every state except Nevada.

On Sunday, The Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks face off in Super Bowl XLVIII. Before that game is decided, legal sports bookmakers in Las Vegas will cover upwards of $100 million in wagers on every aspect of the game, from the winner to the point spread to the “over-under” on how many times Peyton Manning says “Omaha.” And Vegas is just the tip of the iceberg.

“The period between the Super Bowl and March Madness can be thought of as gambling’s flu season,” said Brad Reed, Tri-County Board Director of Community Resource Development. “While sports wagering is around all year long, these two events really raise the profile, getting people involved in betting who are not otherwise prone to it, and in some cases with severe consequences.”

Sports wagering among family, friends and co-workers can be all in fun, until someone is drawn into a gambling compulsion. A sense of needing to gamble to win back lost money, or a sense of being on the verge of a big win, starts the cycle. Gamblers tend to remember the few wins and forget the many losses. Some researchers have found that the brain responds to a close loss the same as to a win, and the reward centers are activated even when the gambler loses.

For many reasons, problem gambling is harder to identify (or admit to) than drug or alcohol abuse, because in those cases harmful changes to the body can be measured. Family, friends and co-workers can still spot signs of problem gambling if they know what to look for:

* Preoccupation with gambling and unable to stop

* Exaggerating wins, minimizing losses

* Restlessness or irritability when not gambling

* Gambling to win back losses

* Borrowing money for gambling

* Lying to hide gambling or debts

* Frequent unexplained absences, lost time at work

* Jeopardizing relationships or jobs for gambling

If friends, family or co-workers suspect someone has a gambling problem and want to reach out, the Tri-County Board has identified some tips for facilitating a successful conversation:

* Talk in a comfortable, private place where you won’t be disturbed or distracted

* Keep it simple and straightforward, focusing on your concern for the person and behavior

* Be specific about how the behavior is affecting others

* Be clear about expectations

* Allow the person to respond, and listen non-judgmentally

* Encourage the person to seek professional help. Offer the Ohio Problem Gambling Helpline, 800-522-4700; or the Tri-County 24-Hour Crisis Hotline, 800-351-7347. Darke County Recovery Services, Miami County Recovery Counsel and Shelby County Counseling Center offer certified gambling recovery counselors locally.

Getting help early can prevent a gambling problem from spiraling out of control, destroying relationships, financial resources and credit ratings. When gambling becomes more than a game, no one wins. For more information, view the website at www.health-and-help-center.org or contact the Tri-County Board at its offices in Troy.

Jan 29, 2014

Sheriff’s Deputy to be on hand for Solid Waste events

GREENVILLE - In the Jan. 22 meeting of the Darke County Commissioners a Memorandum of Understanding between the Sheriff of Darke County and the Darke County Solid Waste District was approved to assign a sheriff’s employee to District sponsored events.

The Memorandum states it is beneficial to both parties to have a uniformed Sheriff’s Deputy at the following events: Appliance Day on March 22, Trash Bash 2014 on April 12, Electronics Recycling Day on May 22, Document Shred Day on June 7, Tire Recycling Day on Sept. 25 and Household Hazardous Waste Day on Oct. 25.

A written understanding is necessary to document the expenditure for this service. Also noted, the Solid Waste District has the right to request assistance of the Sheriff’s Office at additional recycling events. The Sheriff’s Office will work with the Solid Waste Management District on the additional events based on cost and expenses at the time of the request.

Winter Crisis Program continues until March 31

GREENVILLE – Community Action Partnership is still accepting appointments for the Winter Crisis Program. The Winter Crisis Program, will continue through March 31 or until funds are depleted.

Under the Winter Crisis Program, eligible households may receive a one-time payment of up to $175 for a utility emergency and $750 for bulk fuel. The Winter Crisis funds can pay a customer’s initial payment for the Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP Plus), a PIPP Plus default, a reconnection fee or a deposit. Users of bulk fuel, propane or bottled gas or solid fuels may also be eligible for assistance. A customer may receive a delivery of fuel if their tank contains 25 percent or less of its capacity.

Income eligibility for the Winter Crisis Program is 175 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. For a family of four, household income cannot exceed $41,212.50 a year. They must be on PIPP Plus or sign up for PIPP Plus or another payment plan.

Darke County customers may call 548-8143 to make an appointment. Customers may be seen at 1469 Sweitzer St., Greenville. Customers must bring all of the following items to their appointment:

* Social Security cards for all household members;

* Picture ID for the person whose name the account is in;

* Current utility bill/disconnect notice/account number;

* Proof of income received by all household members age 18 or older for the last 13 weeks, including child support, weekly or bi-weekly pay stubs; Social Security, pension, Workers’ Compensation or unemployment benefits.

* Tenant eligibility and rent procedures for those living in HUD housing;

* Financial aid break down and tuition and fee bills for students;

* Landlord’s name and telephone number for renters.

* Any income from odd jobs. If laid off, documentation from the previous employer is required.

If a household is claiming no income for the past three months, then documentation must be provided to show how the household has been supported for the last three months. Anyone providing support for a household must provide a notarized statement of support that specifies the type of support provided, dollar amounts, and the time period of support.

Customers who falsify their account status will not be seen.

Detling and Knick earn Red Gold® awards

DARKE COUNTY – Red Gold, Inc., of Elwood, Indiana presented Dick and Rex Detling, of Union City, a plaque, naming them the winner of the E.A. Reichart Quality Achievement Award. This award commemorates the Tomato Grower of the Year. Detling Farms was chosen from a select group of nine master growers, picked from 52 growers for Red Gold, Inc. Dick and Rex also received their ninth Red Gold Master Grower award. Winners received specially designed sweaters, watches, attaches, jackets, and yearly award insignias in recognition of their achievement in growing high quality tomatoes, exhibiting industry leadership, and professionalism. As tomato growers for Red Gold, the Detlings have excelled in stewardship and sustainable practices on their farm and participate in the Red Gold IPM (Integrated Pest Management) program. This year’s production from Detling Farms accounted for nearly 20 million cans of whole, diced, stewed, and specialty tomato products.

Knick Farms, of Ansonia, was honored as a Red Gold Master Grower. Greg and George received their ninth Master Grower Award and were presented with a yearly award insignia. The Master Grower Award is given away each year to recipients who have distinguished themselves by delivering quality production, and exhibiting professionalism and industry leadership. This year’s production from Knick Farms accounted for over 25 million cans of whole, diced, stewed, and specialty tomato products.

The awards were presented during Red Gold’s 23rd annual Growers Banquet in Indianapolis, IN, which included growers, their families and Red Gold employees.

Shown are Colt Reichart, A.J. Anderson, Beau Reichart, Dick Detling, Rex Detling, Selita Reichart, and Brian Reichart

Pictured are Steve Smith, Director of Agriculture, Greg Knick, Jennifer Knick, George Knick, and Curt Utterback, Agriculture Coordinator

CBC schedules blood drives

DARKE COUNTY – Community Blood Center (CBC) is reminding donors about the importance of donating during the heart of winter with the “Blood Donor - Every Drop Counts” speckled campfire mug. It’s free to anyone who registers to donate now through Feb. 22. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment at www.DonorTime.com.

The stout, ceramic mug is crème-colored with black speckles and molded in a campfire design. It features the slogan “Blood Donor – Every Drop Counts” in bold red letters and includes the CBC blood drop logo. The mug is a gift to everyone who registers to donate through Feb. 22 at any CBC Donor Center or most CBC mobile blood drives.

“Every drop counts” when maintaining the community blood supply, especially during the challenging winter months. CBC asks donors to keep appointments to donate if possible, but please do not put yourself at risk if you feel uncomfortable about driving on snowy roads or going outdoors in extreme cold. The demand for blood donations never takes a snow day, so CBC reminds donors that if you miss a chance to donate, please reschedule when the weather improves.

Feb. 3 – Mississinawa Valley High School, 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., sponsored by Mississinawa Valley High School FCCLA, students and faculty only

Feb. 4 – Greenville Technology, Inc., 12:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. employees only

Feb. 5 – Greenville Technology, Inc., 7:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m., employees only

Feb. 6 – Midmark Corporation, 7–11 a.m., employees only

Feb. 8 – Tri-Village High School, Community Blood Drive, Auditorium, 315 S. Main St., New Madison, 8 a.m.–noon, open to the community, appointments encouraged

Feb. 10 – Arcanum High School, 8–11 a.m., students and faculty only, sponsored by Arcanum High School FCCLA

Feb. 11 – Happy Valentine’s Day from The Flower Patch! Free carnation to everyone who registers to donate - Greenville Church of the Brethren, 421 Central Ave., Greenville, 12:30–6:30 p.m., sponsored by Darke County Farm Bureau, open to the community, appointments encouraged

Feb. 12 – Midmark Corporation, 7:30–11 p.m., employees only

Feb. 14 – Darke County Courthouse, 7:30–11:30 a.m., employees only, community by appointment only

Feb. 19 – Ansonia High School, 8 a.m.–noon, sponsored by Ansonia High School FFA, students and faculty, community by appointment

Feb. 20 – Greenville High School, 8 a.m.–noon, sponsored by Greenville High School FFA, students and faculty only

Feb. 20 – Bradford High School, 750 Railroad Ave, Bradford, 2:30–6:30 p.m., sponsored by Bradford High School Cross Country, open to the community, appointments encouraged

Feb. 22 – St. Louis Catholic Church, Community Blood Drive, blood drive will be held at North Star Community Center, 8 a.m.–noon, open to the community, appointments encouraged

Visit the all new www.GivingBlood.org.


GREENVILLE – It has been a rough winter, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a burger or hot dog off the grill. Bob Wagner, maintenance man for Oakley House, 1275 Northview Drive, Greenville, recently braved the cold to heat up the grill to serve the residents a taste of summer.

Free Cooking Demonstration

GREENVILLE – Wayne HealthCare will be providing a healthy cooking demonstration at the KitchenAid® Experience Retail Center. Today, more and more individuals want to eat healthy to improve or maintain their health. However, it can be a challenge to know how to prepare healthy dishes. Karen Droesch, the dietitian and diabetes educator, at Wayne HealthCare will provide a healthy cooking demonstration and will be available to answer some nutrition questions after the presentation. This free program will be offered on Feb. 1, 10:30 a.m. at the KitchenAid® Experience Retail Center.

Jan 28, 2014

Cold weather can have an effect on diabetes

GREENVILLE – Over the winter months individuals with diabetes tend to have higher HbA1c levels than during the warmer months. With snow and ice threatening, sugar levels can creep up as the temperature drops.

Here are some tips to help keep your blood glucose levels under control during a cold snap.

Keep your activity levels up

Sure it is cold outside but that doesn’t mean you can’t exercise. Even just a little physical activity can help the body to better regulate blood sugar levels. When you don’t want to walk outside in the weather and if going to the gym give you chills, work out in your own home.

What to do?

* Take the stairs- Walking up and down the stairs in your home is a great form of exercise.

* Go to video- A lot of us have old exercise videos hiding in our house.

* Play – with your kids or with their toys. Even games on consoles like Wii can help you get active in the comfort of your living room.

* Housework- Laundry, cleaning the bathroom, mopping all require stretching, bending and lifting weights. So clean your house from top to bottom.

Dry Skin

The harshness of winter weather can be a factor in dry skin. However, high blood sugar can contribute as well. Dry skin can lead to cracked skin, especially on your feet which can lead to wounds and infections.

Don’t forget to use lotions and creams on your skin and feet to add moisture. Remember to leave the lotion on the surface of your feet since moisture between your toes can cause fungus. Inspect your feet often for any sign of potential problems.

Keep an eye on your diet

Colder weather can affect your diet in a number of ways. People tend to eat more during the winter, are more likely to eat 'comfort foods' and cold trips to the shops may give way to ordering takeaways.
Your body may ask for more calories to fuel itself against the cold, this is a natural response from the body, just make sure you don't over eat. You do not need to deprive yourself of your favorite food items, however, remember to watch your portion sizes.

When it is cold outside, we tend to snuggle up in a blanket and sit down on the couch. Unfortunately, we also tend to have a bag of something (cookies, chips) with us while watching a movie. We are distracted by the show and before we know it half of the bag is gone. Portion sizes can really add up with our snacks. So place your snack in a bowl or on a plate to avoid overeating.

While daydreaming of spring and hoping the groundhog does not see his shadow, why not check out February’s diabetes programs at Wayne HealthCare? Diabetic Group Classes will be offered on Feb. 3, 10, 17, and 24, 6-8 p.m. The cost of each class is $40 for the series of four classes. Pre-registration for the classes is required. The next Free Monthly Diabetes Program will be held on Feb. 11, 6 p.m. They will be discussing “Diabetes Medications.” If you have questions about any of the upcoming programs or would like to register for class, call 547-5750.

SNB gives to United Way

GREENVILLE - The Darke County United Way thanks Second National Bank and its staff for their support of Darke County. SNB and its associates raised $9,148 to better the condition of many neighbors in need in Darke County, achieving 100% associate participation in their fundraising activities this past fall. SNB ran various fundraisers including jeans days, a silent auction, and other fun events. SNB provides volunteer leadership for many United Way committees including the annual golf outing and softball classic, as well as with allocation decisions. The bank also supports many community programs and fundraisers with their corporate sponsorship. This is a great commitment from SNB and the United Way is appreciative of this generous dedication to the county. Their commitment to this county helps United Way and its programs serve over 24,000 residents annually. To learn more about United Way visit www.darkecountyunitedway.org.

Left to right: Debby Folkerth, SNB and Lauren Henry, DCUW

Cancer Support Group will meet February 6

GREENVILLE – The next meeting of the “Living with Cancer” Support Group will be Feb. 6, 7-8:15 p.m., in the first floor administrative board room at Wayne HealthCare. (From the main entrance, turn right and go down the hallway past the lab and turn left at the end of the hall. You will find the board room on the left.)

February’s meeting will hold an open forum and those planning to attend are asked to bring one thing to share with the rest of the group. Either copies for the group, or an idea that you want to share. Perhaps there is information you have found to be helpful, or a concern you want to ask the group about, or something you experienced and how you dealt with it, etc.

Also, be thinking about what particular cancer you might want to learn more about for future meetings.

The local Cancer Association of Darke County sponsors the Living with Cancer group in cooperation with Wayne Hospital. The Support Group is open to anyone with a cancer diagnosis, also family and friends of an individual with cancer are encouraged to attend. Facilitating the support group meeting will be Christine Lynn from the Cancer Association and Jill Brown from Wayne HealthCare.

For more information, contact the Cancer Association of Darke County (partnering with United Way) office, 1111 Sweitzer St., Greenville, 548-9960. Office hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Cancer Association is local and not affiliated with American Cancer Society.

If you would like to donate to help Darke County cancer patients, write checks to Cancer Association of Darke County and mail to: CADC PO Box 781, Greenville, Ohio 45331. The organization is always looking for volunteer drivers to drive patients to their treatments. If you would like more information on how to become a driver, just call the office and leave a message if necessary. Someone will return your call.

VHS bowlers offer thank you for support

VERSAILLES – The Versailles Bowling program thanks the Versailles Eagles Ladies Auxiliary #2347 for hosting the Breakfast at the Eagles on Jan. 27. They appreciate the support from the community and the surrounding areas to help support the self-funded bowling program. The weather, once again, was beyond ideal. “We were definitely concerned this would really damper the turnout. The Versailles Community and surrounding area once again showed their incredible support for our program by braving what Mother Nature gave us Sunday morning,” said Head Coach Doug Davidson.

The winner of the 42 inch LG LED Flat Screen TV or Apple iPad was Rachel Strawser and the winner of the 50/50 Raffle was Deb Bruns.

A special thank you to the Tuesday Night Bowling team, Ladies Eagles Auxiliary #2347 and the parents of the bowlers for preparing and cooking the delicious food.

The Ladies Auxiliary prepares breakfast the last Sunday of every month from September through April and is open to the public.

Jan 27, 2014

Wind damage at high school not major

GREENVILLE – Only the top layer of several was damaged by the wind during the night of Jan. 26, according to Greenville Supt. Doug Fries. The entrance area leading from the main building of Greenville High School to the Career Technology Center had been cordoned off on Jan. 27. Pieces of the material could be seen on the ground and hanging over the edge of the roof.

“There were only portions of the roof – the top layer, or membrane – that were damaged,” he said. “I want to emphasize there are several layers.”

The damaged area was over the second floor above the science wing of high school.

“We’re working with the roof people to get it secured and insurance adjusters are working on it now,” he added. “We should be okay to go for classes.” Fries didn’t consider it to be major damage, noting it was similar to having shingles blowing off a roof.

Pieces of the top layer of the roof at Greenville High School could be seen on the ground and
hanging over the edge of the building. (Bob Robinson photo)

Kasich calls for extra school snow days

COLUMBUS – Gov. John R. Kasich urged the Ohio General Assembly and Ohio Department of Education to work together on legislation providing a one-time increase in the number of days that schools can take off because of snow or bad weather. Kasich said a one-time increase of just a few days is needed since so many Ohio schools have used—or are close to using—their five allowable “calamity” days due to the unusually severe winter weather this year.

“School closures can, of course, be an inconvenience but student safety always comes first. Many schools have already hit the maximum number of snow days, or will soon, and if they exceed it and have to extend the school year it can wreak havoc with schools budgets and schedules. Giving schools a few extra snow days this year will be helpful and let everyone stay focused on the top priority when weather hits, keeping kids safe,” said Kasich.

Ohio law allows schools five “calamity” days a year before they must start adding days to the school year. Kasich enacted legislation in 2011 increasing the number of calamity days from three to five. This proposed increase would be for the current school year only.

Last Monday of the Month Program Cancelled

VERSAILLES - The Versailles Area Historical Society announces the CANCELLATION of its Last Monday of the Month" program for today, Jan. 27, 1 p.m., due to the weather.

VACC Banquet scheduled for Jan. 27 rescheduled

VERSAILLES - Extreme winter weather conditions has forced the Versailles Area Chamber of Commerce (VACC) to reschedule their annual dinner banquet until Monday, Feb. 3.

The banquet serves as a networking forum for it's membership, as well as any concerned person interested in a better understanding of the economic development, growth and activities in and surrounding the community of Versailles. A significant portion of the program is dedicated to the presentation of two awards; "Citizen of the Year” and "People-Pride-Progress".

Lifelong resident, Adele Hoke, along with the support of her friends and family will accept the "Citizen of the Year" Award for all the selfless service she has and continues to perform.

Also on hand will be members from the Versailles Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) to receive the "People-Pride-Progress" Award. The Versailles PTO is being recognized for their many contributions to the educational success of the Versailles School students.

For the last three years, the PTO has spearheaded fundraising of $63,000 which directly benefited the students, families, and teachers of the Versailles Exempted Village School District. Items such as new swings and fencing for the playground, SMART board technology for interactive classroom learning, and field trips for each elementary grade levels were underwritten by the Versailles PTO. In addition, the PTO supported motivational speakers that have been brought to the school to provide guidance and inspiration on topics pertinent to our young students. The Father/Daughter’s Dance and the Mother/Son Bowling events in the 4th grade provide wholesome events for families. The fourth grade graduation and grade level picnics celebrating a successful school year are also organized by the PTO.

On the education side, the Versailles PTO has partnered with Versailles Elementary School to provide fun learning activity events. The Art Show, Math Night, Science Night, Literacy Night, Kindergarten Meet and Greet are all wonderful activities implemented in the last three years, where students can work with and show their parents/guardians the countless things being learned in their classrooms. These activities would not occur without the energy and thoughtful dedication of all parents who have been involved with the Versailles PTO.

The banquet has been rescheduled for Feb. 3, at the Riviera Banquet Room, Stillwater Valley Golf Course. Meet and greet begins at 5:30 pm and dinner is served promptly at 6:15 p.m. The event is not limited to VACC members only. It is possible to purchase tickets by calling Fred Poeppelman at 526-9869 no later than Jan. 29.

Bicentennial commission meets Feb. 8

GREENVILLE – The 2014 Treaty of GreeneVille Bicentennial Commission will meet at the Darke County Park office, State Route 502, Greenville, on Feb. 8, 1 p.m., in the library. This will be for election of officers and year end reports, including War of 1812 Greenville Treaty event.

The public is invited. Anyone interested in Greenville history and wants to know about the second treaty in Greenville, signed July 22, 1814 is invited to join them in planning this Bicentennial event for July 24-26. For more information, call Susan Grey, chairman, 548-1074.


GREENVILLE – “A Toast” for a Darke County Christmas was the theme the Ladybug Garden Club chose for decorating the Christmas tree in the Pioneer Wing at Garst Museum for the holidays. They selected red and green miniature grape clusters, wine glasses, decorated wine bottle corks, red and green glass balls, burlap ribbon, grape vine roping and topped the tree with a cluster of wine glasses, ribbon and decorative red and green trigs. Shown are Shirley Linder, Barb Lennen, and Sherry Ward. Not pictured are Kelly Erisman and Amy Addis.

Costs continue to rise; revenue stays the same for county engineer

GREENVILLE – Darke County Engineer James P. Surber has released his report for 2013. He stated, “The purpose of this report has always been to show the tax money received, exactly how it was spent and what was accomplished. Our challenge to maintain the large road mileage and large number of bridges in Darke County was further magnified this year as we were forced to assume an additional 2.15 miles of road and another bridge on the former State Route 242.” Surber added, “This became a county obligation by action of the Darke County Commissioners, who provided no revenue for the additional maintenance and upkeep.”

Surber’s department is continually seeing increasing costs while the revenues remain static. The annual fuel tax and license receipts received from the state in 2013 were virtually equal to the amount received in 2006; while the costs of road paving and bridge materials have increased 30-55 percent over the same period. The county received $5,208,024.50 from motor license fees, gas tax, recycling and sales, reimbursements and interest. Although this year’s revenue was slightly higher than 2012 (approximately $45,000) the county is still more than a 1/4 million behind what it received in 2007.

Even though the revenues are stagnant or declining, the engineer continues to spend as much as possible on renewing and preserving pavement surfaces, replacing culverts, building and rehabilitating bridges and making sign and safety improvements along with normal maintenance. Spending in 2013 was reduced to 3.3 percent below total receipts. Surber said, “We spend 40 cents of each dollar for road and bridge improvements, nine cents for maintenance materials, 10 cents for overhead, four cents for equipment purchase and 37 cents for wage and fringe benefits.”

Highlights of this year’s improvements include 27.76 miles of road resurfaced, 2.66 miles microsurfaced and 33.26 miles crack-sealed. The department also built one bridge, replaced a large culvert and rehabilitated six bridges. Safety improvements include 752 new stop signs installed, 203 road name signs installed, 305 c/l miles of centerline striping, 353 lane-miles of edge line striping, 2,175 feet of new guardrail installed and two hills lowered.

Equipment purchases this year included a 2013 IH 7300 Dump Truck ($95,092), 2004 XL 4100 Gradall ($112,500), used trailer ($6,835), Eaton compressor ($5,049) and miscellaneous small equipment ($5,095.95)

The department is responsible for 520.997 miles of county roads, 531 county and township bridges, 1,565 roadway culverts, 365 large culverts, 3324 acres of right of way, 2,332 warning signs, 802 stop signs and 1,921 road name signs. Maintenance included replacing 44 road culverts, and installing 21 subsurface crossings, and six catch basins/inlets. County employees also repaired signs at 281 locations and mowed 15,309 miles. They also replaced 19 township road culverts. Over $130,000 worth of salt and ice grits were purchased in 2013.

Surber noted the figures show the amount spent for road paving ($1,722,075.46) was nearly 11 times greater than the amount spent for bridge work ($158,653.01). He said, “In past years our ratio has been about 3:1, but the most disturbing part is that we are still not paving enough roads. Our current paving cycle is 17 years which is totally inadequate.”

The engineer reminded residents his funds are mainly derived from the motor license fee and gas tax. “There has never been a local tax for the benefit of county roads and bridges in the history of Darke County,” Surber said. “The department receives no money from real estate taxes, local sales taxes or the county general fund for roads or bridges.” The Darke County Engineer has no debt and owns 100 percent of all vehicles and equipment.

Jan 26, 2014

Eric Brand brings 34 years of municipal law experience to city

GREENVILLE – For nearly 100 years only a handful of persons have held the title of Greenville City Law Director with Paul Younker and Jeff Amick each holding the position for over 30 years. In between the two were Jerome Goubeaux, Lee Bixler and Gary Brown. Following Amick’s decision to leave the post the city welcomed Camille Baker. Late in 2013 Baker submitted her resignation to the Greenville City Council opening the door for the city’s newest law director, Eric Brand.

For Brand, this position has been something he has wanted to do for almost as long as he has been an attorney. He was born and raised in Greenville and graduated from Greenville Senior High School in 1971. He went on to earn his undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University and his law degree from the University of Cincinnati. By the fall of 1978 he had passed the bar and was practicing law locally. Two years later he began practicing municipal law.

Municipal law is an area that Brand has been steadily increasing in his practice. Over the past 34 years he has served as solicitor for numerous villages and organizations in the county. Villages that have relied on his services include New Weston, Rossburg, Hollansburg, Palestine, Ithaca, Castine, Pitsburg and Arcanum. He has also assisted the Arcanum Rescue Board, Greenville Township Rescue and the Darke County Agricultural Society.

Brand doesn’t see a big difference in the services he has offered the villages to what he will bring to the city. All of them run under a statutory government. With a larger population and a larger government, he believes the major difference from the villages to the city will be an increase in the amount of work he will be handling.

To help handle the additional work load, Brand will be bringing help in the form of his partner, Mark Heggie, and associate, Nicole Pohlman. He has discussed it with both and plans to divide the labor, which could ultimately save the city money. In the past, the city has outsourced some of its need for legal services. He also believes this partnership will mean the city gets more immediate service.

Baker had an office in the city building, but Brand intends to follow the example of Amick and practice from his current office on South Broadway.

Eric Brand receives the oath of office from Judge Jonathan Hein.

City Council approves over $20 million in appropriations


GREENVILLE – With a unanimous vote Greenville City Council approved over $20 million in appropriations for 2014. The appropriations include all general and enterprise fund (primarily capital improvement projects) accounts. The city will consider appropriations for the park, pool and special park funds at a later date. Total appropriations approved on Jan. 21 were $20,052,293.58

While there were a few funds that weren’t included in the appropriations, the administration and council did include a two percent wage increase for non-union employees in the 2014 ordinance. Council also unanimously approved an ordinance authorizing the increase.

In a report to council from the finance committee, Tracy Tryon, committee chairman, said, “The first line of this report says what this body is here for to ‘demonstrate the sound fiscal responsibility and prudence of management of the city’s financial resources.’” The administration and department heads were commended for bringing a balanced budget to council.

According to Mayor Michael Bowers, with the street department taking over many of the duties this past year work continues on determining how much money will be needed to fund those account lines. Tryon added, “We pulled the park, special park and pool out because that area we need to reign in and get under control so we can give the citizens of this community the bang for their buck in that area.” He continued, “The parks are a showcase for our city and we want to keep them that way, but we also want to keep them fiscally responsible for all of the activities that go on there.”

With the appropriations approved, the mayor asked for a meeting with the Capital Improvement Allocation Committee to begin discussion on the use of capital improvement funds.

Mayor Bowers will also soon be introducing a new way to open a line of community between residents and the city. Beginning on Feb. 25, the city will hold its first quarterly ward meeting. The time and place is yet to be determined, but plans are to meet with residents of the first ward on that date. Bowers pointed out the council member representing each ward will be involved with their respective ward meetings. At large council members will be invited to all ward meetings.

Council also expressed its support for a project to control the feral and stray cat problem introduced by the Darke County Humane Society. Safety/Service Director Curt Garrison explained the program and touted the benefits, including controlling the populations, cutting down on the number of calls his office will handle and zero cost to the city for its implementation. The Humane Society will seek grants, donations and reduced fees for service. They believe it will cost approximately $5,000 to begin the program.

In other business, council:

* learned the police department is getting closer to hiring a new police officer and dispatcher;

* learned residents are responding to the safety/service director’s plea to schedule appointments for water meter installation;

* learned 28 resumes of been received for the Clerk of Council position; and

* heard a report from Susan Spires, of DP&L, that Watt Hour Meters to determine how much your appliances are costing you are available for check out at the Greenville, New Madison and Arcanum Public Libraries.

The next regular meeting of Greenville City Council will be Feb. 4, 7:30 p.m., Council Chambers.

Funds down, but a lot of people will be helped

GREENVILLE – The 2013 Darke county Community Christmas Drive’s totals were down from past years, but organizers are still calling the drive a success. Over $23,745 was collect to help the need in the community. People responded well on the last weekend of the drive with bell ringers collecting over $6,000. The donations were less than the $29,691.09 contributed in 2011 and $27,637.34 in 2012, but the funds collected will make an impact for those assisting the less fortunate. The organization thanks everyone who gave at the 11 different bell ringing locations. They also thanked the businesses that allowed collecting to take place. These locations included both entrances at Wal-Mart Supercenter, Kroger, JC Penney, K-Mart, Eikenberry’s IGA, Big Lots, KitchenAid Experience, Sutton’s Super Valu in Arcanum, Greenville National Bank in Ansonia and Farmer’s State Bank in New Madison.

The contributions have been distributed to help support the good work of FISH, Grace Resurrection Community Center and Community Unity in addition to the ministries of Faith United Methodist Food Bank in Arcanum, Ansonia United Methodist Food Bank and Castine Area Food Bank.

Many volunteers gave hours of their time, oftentimes in very cold and nasty weather, to be at the different locations. A special thank you is extended to St. Mary’s Catholic Church, St. John Lutheran Church, Oakland Church of the Brethren and the Kiwanis Club for manning their locations for all 10 days of the drive. The Greenville Rotary Club served several days at a location.

Co-chairmen Reverend Joseph Soley, Pastor John Person and Jim Morehouse expressed their deep gratitude to all those involved in helping, including Christmas Drive Treasurer Mike Boyer and the staff at the Greenville National Bank main branch.

Churches or organizations wanting to be involved in the 2014 drive may call Reverend Soley at 547-0533. It is hoped the funds collected through this past year’s Christmas Drive will help a lot of families in the area.

On-hand for the check presentation for the Community Christmas Fund Drive were (from left) Sharon Fellers, Grace Resurrection Community Center and Castine Area Food Bank; Judy Collins, Ansonia United Methodist Food Pantry; Mike Boyer, treasurer; Margaret Craig, Arcanum Faith United Methodist Food Bank; Jim Morehouse, co-chair; Mike Snyder, Kiwanis; and Rev. Joseph Soley, co-chair. (Ryan Berry photo)

Post secondary has advantages, and challenges


GREENVILLE – Post secondary education through Edison Community College has many benefits. It also has challenges.

Velina Bogart, PSEOP coordinator (Post Secondary Enrollment Options Program), spoke to 30 students and parents about the program on the Edison Darke County campus Jan. 22. It was an informational meeting designed to explain the program to students in grades nine through 12 and their families.

The advantages Bogart listed revolved mostly about the different experience college coursework will bring. There will be courses that may not be offered in high school, students will experience college-level work, courses will be academically challenging and, by requirement, a student’s high school counselor will be involved in the student’s career planning.

Additional advantages came up during the question and answer period. It is possible for a student to get a 2-year college degree at the same time he or she graduates from high school; and it can be done at no cost to the student.

The challenges? Foremost, the student has increased responsibility for learning.

“In high school teachers may remind you of tests coming up, or assigned materials to read or to get your work turned in on time. In college the instructors tell you what needs to be done, then expect it to be done at the required time,” Bogart said.

Other challenges include decreased time for part-time employment and extra-curricular activities, and possible negative impact on high school GPA and class standing. The latter depends on the school district’s approach to the program. It can also impact scholarships.

PSEOP allows you to earn many of your freshman and sophomore credits while in high school; consequently you may enter college at a second semester freshman or sophomore level, she added. Since many scholarship programs are designed for those years they could be impacted.

Some post-secondary students get basic credits out of the way at Edison to decrease the total cost of their 4-year college experience.

Bogart said post-secondary students are subject to the same rules as all other students, adding classes are designed for adults. A higher level of maturity is required due to some of the topics presented in some classes.

“It also requires a lot of self-discipline – especially for an online course – students are not monitored as closely as they would be in high school.”

Edison enrolls approximately 600 post-secondary students a year. Five hundred to 520 typically go to the Piqua campus. That will include Darke County students if the courses they want are only offered in Piqua.

Bogart said about 15 to 18 students a year earn a college certificate the same time they graduate from high school. Last year it was 18.

Students in grades 9-12 can participate if they meet eligibility requirements.

Freshmen and sophomores must have a high school GPA of 2.5 or higher and are required to take the ACT. Their ACT English score must be 18 to take any non-math related course; their math must be 22 to take a college-level math course. Juniors and seniors must qualify in the same manner, or they may qualify by taking the COMPASS Assessment at Edison.

A student must notify his or her high school by March 30 if considering participation in the program. Additional information can be obtained through the student’s high school counselor or by calling Janice Michael at the Edison Darke County campus, 548-5546.

Thirty local students and their parents attended a recent Edison Community College PSEOP informational program. The program allows students to obtain college credits at no cost while still in high school.

A parent and student sign up for additional information while Velina Bogart, PSEOP coordinator, talks with them about the program.

Cooped up inside at recess? No problem!


GREENVILLE – So how are first graders handling being cooped up in the classroom during recess? According to their teacher at Greenville’s Woodland Heights, Mrs. Arnett, they’re handling it fine.

“They don’t seem to mind,” she said. “Actually they prefer being inside when all they can do is play on the blacktop.” The playground is gravel; when there’s snow on the ground the kids aren’t allowed out there for safety reasons.

“Now, the teachers? That’s another story,” said another teacher, grinning. Sometimes students need the release playground activity can give them to use up energy. If they don’t get it outside they try to get it in the classroom. The teacher has to divert them to more appropriate activities like games and art. When they come in from the playground, they’ve used up the excess energy and are ready to get back to work.

According to Lisa Maher, assistant principal, indoor recess has been a common occurrence since students returned to school in January.

“We have the 25 degree rule,” she said. “Temperature or wind chill under 25 means indoor recess.” They will also be inside if it’s raining or icy. She noted it can be an issue with the kids; more so than the teachers.

“They got to go outside once last week. The kids were cheering!”

Jan. 22 was another ‘inside recess’ day. Mrs. Arnett’s students seemed to have no problem with being cooped up inside once again. They played games, worked with interlocking blocks to make things or spent time on the few computers and a notepad in the room.

Leah was making a hotel. She had the base completed and was beginning to build the rooms.

“How many visitors will it hold?” “Tons,” she said.

Rebecca was making a snowflake, as was another student. Students know snowflakes come in all shapes and sizes… the two being worked on were in the shape of a hand and a diamond.

One young man was sitting quietly at his desk watching his classmates play. “I was thinking about drawing something,” he said. He was still thinking about it when recess was over.

“I’d rather be inside,” said another teacher when she dropped into the room to check on one of the students. “It’s cold out there!”

It seems the students agreed.

Woodland first graders don’t seem to mind recess indoors during cold weather. They have plenty to keep them busy, including games, art and just talking among friends. (Bob Robinson photo)
This birthday girl was hard at work creating a unique snowflake. They’ve been taught no two snowflakes are exactly alike, which allows for creativity with a pair of child-proof scissors. (Bob Robinson photos)

Snow covered ground tells of wildlife activity



GREENVILLE – “See the crows?” On the other side of the trail above the trees, about 20 or 30 crows were circling. “They found an owl nesting area. I don’t know why they do it but crows are smart… they could be just teasing the owls.”

Rob Clifford, Senior Naturalist and Educator for Darke County Parks, pointed out the types of wildlife teeming throughout Shawnee Prairie, noting the snow covered ground is a good way to see the activity without actually seeing the animals.

“They don’t want to be seen,” he said. He mentioned a group of youngsters had complained on a tour they didn’t see any animals. “That’s because they heard you coming. They’re avoiding us.”

A snowfall, however, offers opportunities to see their activity. On a recent walk around the back of the Nature Center, past the Prairie House and the Blacksmith Shop, animal tracks and other signs of prairie life could be seen on a regular basis.

“That’s a mouse tunnel,” Clifford said, pointing at a small hole. It was the entrance to a tunnel creating a shadow as it moved horizontally under the snow’s surface. “If they stayed on the surface, they could be caught (for dinner), so they tunnel under the snow.”

Clifford pointed out different types of tracks ranging from small, slight indentations to larger, deeper ones. One set of tracks looked like an animal running or jumping. He told about a set of tracks where the snow also showed indentations from flapping wings.

“This is a good time of year to get a feel for how busy the parks really are,” he said. “The snow really helps with that. You see the trails.”

Wildlife at the parks is varied, from dozens of species of small birds and coyotes, to rodents and the great horned owl.

“We found a pair of great horned owls nesting about five years ago. It was by accident, so who knows how long they’d been there.” They will be on their nests in the next couple of weeks and have their babies (owlets) by March. “They typically have two or three.”

They only use the nest from early February until sometime in April. Then they spread out through the year. They mate for life and will use the same nest every year as long as it has been successful and nothing has happened to it.

Another critter is the coyote. They are in the park year round; they breed late January and have their pups in April.

Clifford added they have a bird watch window where visitors could see the different varieties of birds feeding. It’s scheduled from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. but anyone can come pretty much any time during the day. “It’s a fun time. We have from two to 10 people nearly every day.”

Birds and other animals also forecast the weather. If there are a lot of birds at the feeders, it’s a sign bad weather could be coming. “When they come out in the rain to eat – they’re soaking wet – it’s because the rain is likely to hang around awhile. Otherwise they’d wait it out.”

Darke County Parks Director Roger Van Frank recalled when Hurricane Ike’s winds were coming there were literally thousands of birds feeding, then heading north.

“Why? They shouldn’t be doing that this time of year,” he said. “Thirty minutes later the winds hit.”

The prairie supports a wide variety of animal life, including mice, voles (short-tail mice), rabbit, squirrel, opossum, fox, skunk, mink, beaver and muskrat. Many are part of the food chain for coyotes and great horned owls. Both feed on rabbits and mice. The owl also feeds on skunks.

“Great horned owls are opportunistic. They’ll feed on anything, and clearly aren’t impacted by the scent.”

A quick glance at the serenity of winter in Shawnee Prairie is misleading; wildlife is actually teeming for those willing to look a little more carefully. (Bob Robinson photo)
Rob Clifford, Darke County Parks naturalist, points out a snow tunnel created by a mouse attempting to keep a low profile from the many predators in the park. (Bob Robinson photo)
Clifford points out tracks of one of the animals out looking for food since the last snowfall.

Clifford loads the feeders for the visitors to the Bird Watch Window inside.

The feeding habits of birds can often predict weather.

Drug overdose calls dangerous for paramedics


DARKE COUNTY – “They get mean. They get violent,” said Eric Burns, director of Tri-Village Rescue. “We bring them out of it (a drug overdose), we’re taking away the buzz they paid good money for.”

Burns and Steve Wenning, chief of Greenville Township Rescue… both said one of the most dangerous calls a paramedic can make is on a drug overdose. Darke County Chief Deputy Mark Whittaker agreed; saying there is an element of danger, especially if the person calling doesn’t advise the dispatcher that drugs are involved.

“Our dispatchers are trained to ask,” he said, “but if the caller isn’t saying, we have no way of knowing.” He added now that it’s more common, even if the call is remotely suspicious and an officer is available, one is dispatched along with EMS. “It’s better to be safe than sorry.”

“If we’re aware, or we find, drugs are involved, EMS will be staged so when they do arrive on the scene they will be safe.”

Wenning said over the years some Greenville Township personnel have been assaulted, adding he was once as well. Education Training Coordinator Lt. Bryan Phillips said there has been a definite increase in drug-related calls, especially in heroin. “Our biggest concern,” he added, “is the safety of these crews. They (drug users) are unpredictable and can be dangerous.” It’s the drug talking, he noted.

Phillips noted violence is only one of the safety concerns for paramedics. Another is “needle sticks.” “We have to watch out for the needle they used to inject the drug,” he said. All this while performing necessary life-saving measures. Heroin can close down the airway. The body needs air, the drug won’t let it happen.

Burns said paramedics give them a drug to counteract the heroin. “It takes away the effects of the narcotic instantly; we never know how they’re going to react.”

Drug calls are not the only ones dangerous to paramedics. Assault calls are as well. Burns noted assaults include domestic violence situations, adding when they make the call they never know what led up to the violence.

Phillips said they change the educational needs in the department to keep up with the different types of things paramedics will have to deal with. “A new drug is introduced into the community? We make sure our paramedics are educated.”

Wenning said the people in Darke County need to understand there is a drug problem in their community.

“It isn’t just a city problem. It’s an everywhere problem.” He noted Greenville City Police and Darke County Sheriff’s Department are doing everything they can to combat it; but first residents need to understand it exists.

“You have to acknowledge a problem before you can begin to work on it.”

Greenville Township Rescue made 3,001 emergency calls in 2013. The official number of calls categorized as poisoning/drug ingestion was 13. Tri-Village Rescue made 450 calls in 2013; the official number of “drug” calls reported was 33. According to Jean Buxton of the Versailles Volunteer Life Rescue Squad, their service made 303 calls in 2013, with only two or three being drug related.

Jan 25, 2014

DCCA to present “The Un-Valentine’s Show”

GREENVILLE - Darke County Center for the Arts Coffeehouse Series will feature award-winning musicians John Latini and Jamie-Sue Seal performing “The Un-Valentine's Show” featuring songs and tales of “unforgiveness, heartbreak, dysfunction, and revenge” on Feb. 13 at The Bistro Off Broadway in Greenville. The show begins at 7 p.m.

“Latini and Seal are not only exceptionally talented musicians, but are also incredibly witty entertainers who instantly engage with audiences,” Rawlins stated. “John and Jamie-Sue have been performing this “Un-Valentine's Show” to rave reviews in their home base in Michigan for the past couple of years; we thought it would be fun to present for our audience as an antidote to all the super-sweetness surrounding Valentine's Day,” said DCCA Artistic Director Keith Rawlins.

According to Rawlins, audience response to the duo's performance in Greenville last season was so enthusiastic the upcoming show was booked immediately thereafter. John Latini has earned several awards as a bluesman as well as for his songwriting, while Jamie-Sue Seal is known for her vintage cabaret-style material. The Un-Valentine Show will provide a diverse blend of ballads, folk songs, and blues numbers revealing real feelings and real people.

DCCA's Coffeehouse Series offers high quality artists in casual social settings where food and drink are available for purchase. Coffeehouse concerts are sponsored by Julie and Tom Graber, Eileen and Steve Litchfield, and Rodney Oda. Additionally, the Ohio Arts Council helped fund this program with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. DCCA also receives operating support from the Harry D. and Esther Stephens Memorial as well as funding from the Ketrow Foundation, Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust Fund.

Tickets for John Latini and Jamie-Sue Seals's “Un-Valentine's Show” at The Bistro Off Broadway are $10, and may be reserved by contacting DCCA online at www.CenterForArts.net or by calling 547-0908. If any remain by showtime, tickets will also be sold at the door. Those wishing to make reservations for dinner at The Bistro Off Broadway prior to the show should call the restaurant at 316-5000.

Jamie-Sue Seal & John Latini return to Greenville to perform "The Un-Valentine's Show" at the Bistro Off Broadway, Thursday February 14 at 7 pm as part of DCCA's Coffee House Series.

Library Winter Reading

GREENVILLE - The Greenville Public Library kicks off the “Hot Reads for Cold Nights” Winter Reading Program for adults on Jan. 27. Anyone 18 years and older is invited to participate and win prizes. Pick up entry forms at either the Circulation or Reference Desks. Fill out a form for each book read and turn them in for weekly drawings.

Weekly prizes consist of a 2014 book-lovers calendar, movie passes, and $10 gift cards to one of the downtown coffee shops: Coffee Pot, A&B Coffee, and Brenda's Beanery. The program ends on Feb. 28 with a grand prize drawing; two winners will receive $40 Bob Evans gift cards. Enjoy a winter of reading and prizes!

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