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Big Buddy Mentors Make Big Impact in the Lives of Local Children
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County is excited to announce that another great year of the Big Buddies program is up and running.  This is the eighteenth year the program has been in place.  The Buddies program is an eight-month commitment where high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors agree to work with and... read more
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A Different Christmas Poem
Internet-circulated copies of “A Different Christmas Poem” are often attributed to a Lt. Commander Jeff Giles SC, USN, but the International War Veterans’ Poetry Archive (IWVPA) lists this poem as a December 2000 effort authored by Michael Marks and includes the following note from him about its origins (Snopes.com): A Soldier’s Christmas was... read more
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FRAM donates $1,000 to Cancer Association of Darke County
FRAM employees recently held a fundraiser by raffling parking spots and selling Fram Filter Out cancer shirts. The proceeds of the fundraiser were donated to the Cancer Association to help local cancer patients who are fighting a very difficult battle. The organization is a 501c3 established in 1995.  It is located inside the Wayne Cancer Center at 1111 Sweitzer... read more
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Kids give Santa lists at BPW Breakfast
Greenville, OH.  December 5, 2017 – Children were on their “best behavior” at the Greenville Business and Professional Women’s Club (BPW) annual Breakfast with Santa on December 2nd at the Greenville VFW.  This year, Mrs. Claus joined him at the breakfast as well.  Scrambled eggs, sausage, donut holes, orange juice and milk were prepared and served... read more
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Moran concludes DCVB presidency
GREENVILLE, OH – Current Darke County Visitors Bureau board president Aaron Moran, superintendent of Versailles Exempted Village Schools, was recognized by the board of trustees for his service at the organization’s regular November meeting. Moran was presented with a plaque commemorating his two-year tenure leading the board. Moran’s time as president began January 1st, 2016... read more
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Versailles Foundation, Booher award funding to BBBS
The Versailles Foundation along with the Ruth & Emerson Booher advised Fund for Versailles has recently donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County.   This funding will be used by Big Brothers Big Sisters to aid in the after school “Big Buddies” program that is offered at Versailles Schools.  Currently, there are over 400 children served... read more
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State of the Heart Care honored veterans at VHCC
State of the Heart Care recently held a special ceremony honoring veterans at Versailles Health Care Center.  Versailles Health Care Center short-term rehab patients and long-term care residents who served our great country were recognized and received medals of honor for their sacrifice and valor.  Cookies and punch were served for patients, residents, guests, family, and friends... read more
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Fort GreeneVille DAR dedicates 13th marker in Darke County
On Oct 30, the Fort GreeneVille DAR dedicated a grave marker for American Revolutionary War Soldier Samuel McClure buried at  Old Friendship Cemetery in Harrison Township (4 1/2 miles west New Madison). McClure was in the Virginia Militia as a Captain. He enlisted in 1777. McClure served under Colonel William Flemings and Captain Thomas Rowland... read more
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MVCTC Staff Honored for Work with Special Needs Students
Columbus, Ohio - The Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) Special Education staff was recently honored at the Annual Association for Career Technical Education (ACTE) Special Needs Division meeting.  Tiffany Stebbins (Franklin-Monroe) was honored as the Para-Professional of the Year and Angela Freeze (MVCTC) was recognized with the... read more
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Edison State Students Inducted to PTK Honor Society
Fourteen new members were inducted to the Edison State Community College Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) during a ceremony on Wednesday, November 8 at the Piqua campus. Each semester, students are invited to join the honor society based upon academic criteria.  The Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society was established in 1918 to recognize and... read more
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St. Mary’s School… Mix the gooey stuff… with your hands! By Kathy Ayette
I am not sure to which authorities I report this, but someone has made off with the majority of November. I am positive I was making jack-o-lanterns with my class just last week. According to my calendar, next week is Thanksgiving! However looking over the calendar I see that November has just been a very eventful month. Catholics celebrate the Feast of... read more
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Edison State Donation to benefit Dayton Children’s
The Information Technology department at Edison State Community College has partnered with the Springfield–based non-profit organization Charitable Recycling to benefit Dayton Children’s Hospital. Through a recent charitable contribution of used computer equipment, Edison State was able to provide $1,000 to Dayton Children’s... read more
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MVCTC Diesel Power Technology Senior Learning on the Job
Englewood, Ohio -   Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) senior Diesel Power Technology student, Zane, is employed with Balsbaugh Excavating in Englewood as an Apprenticeship Student. Brehm explained his job as, “I am a mechanic at Balsbaugh Excavating in Englewood.  I will do anything from repairing, fixing, and taking care of... read more
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IDP Committee hosts meeting
Greenville, OH.  – Greenville BPW Members and guests enjoyed an evening of learning how to express themselves through journaling at their November 9th meeting held at the Brethren Retirement Community Brick Room.  The program was hosted by IDP committee members Jane Carroll, Chair with Brenda Miller, CoChair, and committee members... read more
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The Edison Foundation Joins the Global Giving Tuesday Movement
Pledges to support student scholarship opportunities - The Edison Foundation at Edison State Community College has joined Giving Tuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities, and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. Donations made to the Edison Foundation on Giving Tuesday will directly benefit... read more
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VHCC hosts Bingo Night
Versailles Health Care Center, a skilled nursing and rehabilitation center, hosted a FREE Bingo Night open to the public in October!  Bingo winners received nonperishable food items and small household items for their prizes! Once again, attendees enjoyed popcorn and drinks during the fun night of bingo.  Players who dressed up were entered to win a ‘spooktacular’ prize. VHCC will hold the next bingo... read more
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MVCTC Electives Students of the Month
Englewood, Ohio -- The Electives, Business, Information Technology, and Agriculture Department at Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC), in order to honor outstanding accomplishments and leadership in Career Tech Education, is proud to announce the October honorees for the Department’s Career Tech Students of the Month. Charisse... read more
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Wayne HealthCare Sponsors Hometown Holiday Horse Parade
GREENVILLE, Ohio- As part of its commitment to the local community, Wayne HealthCare is proud to be a Platinum Sponsor of the 14th Annual Hometown Holiday Horse Parade on Saturday, November 18th in downtown Greenville. The 2017 Hometown Holiday Horse Parade, hosted by Main Street Greenville, will feature entertainment leading up to the... read more
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MVCTC Graphic Art Students Get Real
Seniors visited local employers to learn about careers in Graphic Arts - Dayton, Ohio - Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) senior Graphic Commercial Art classes visited area businesses on October 26. K12 Gallery & TEJAS is a regional visual arts center offering innovative visual arts programs for all ages in Dayton, Ohio. These... read more
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Maid-Rite Sandwich Shoppe supports DCCA’s Arts In Education
Darke County Center for the Arts recognizes Maid-Rite Sandwich Shoppe for contributing funds in support of its Arts In Education (AIE) programs. DCCA, in conjunction with school administrative staff, annually takes performing artists to every grade of all Greenville City and Darke County public schools. "DCCA thanks the Maid Rite Sandwich Shoppe... read more
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Tri-Village MVCTC FFA Competitive
Raleigh, North Carolina – The Tri-Village MVCTC FFA chapter earned the chance to compete in the Southeastern Regional Livestock Judging Contest, after placing sixth in the state of Ohio in April 2017.  On October 28, the team of Brittany Brewer, Brenden Durst, Jared Godown and Jonathon Crawford were named the 11th High Points Team... read more
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Greenville Federal Supports Hometown Holiday Horse Parade
GREENVILLE, Ohio- Main Street Greenville recognizes Greenville Federal as one of the Platinum Sponsors for the upcoming 14th Annual Hometown Holiday Horse Parade on Saturday, November 18th. “Greenville Federal has been a platinum sponsor of the Hometown Holiday Horse Parade for many years,” said Crysta Hutchinson, Executive Director of Main... read more
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Edison State Supports Hometown Holiday Horse Parade
GREENVILLE, Ohio- Main Street Greenville recognizes Edison State Community College as one of the Platinum Sponsors for the upcoming 14th Annual Hometown Holiday Horse Parade on Saturday, November 18th. “This is Edison State Community College’s second year of sponsoring the parade and we are proud to partner with them,” said Crysta Hutchinson... read more
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Pets of the week
GREENVILLE - The Darke County Animal Shelter has many pets available for adoption, including several breeds of dogs, as well as cats and kittens. The Shelter chooses pets to feature each week, this week they've selected: Coco is a 7 year old female Lab Mix. She is super friendly, and is looking for a new home to retire to. George is a 4 year old male... read more
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Jean Louise Thieme Fund supports DCCA Family Theatre Series
Darke County Center for the Arts recognizes The Jean Louise Thieme Children’s Theatre Fund of the Darke County Foundation and for their support of DCCA’s Family Theatre Series. “DCCA is pleased to receive continual generous support from community organizations such as The Jean Louise Thieme Children’s Theatre Fund of the Darke County Foundation... read more
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Gordon Orthodontics Sponsors DCCA Season
Darke County Center for the Arts recognizes Gordon Orthodontics for their support of the 2017-2018 ARTS COUNT Season and thanks Dr. Doug Gordon for being an outstanding voice for the arts in our community.  “We are touched by Gordon Orthodontic's commitment to enhancing the quality of life for children in our community both in the orthodontics... read more
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MVCTC Students Share Experiences with Darke County Sophomores
Englewood, Ohio – The Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) Student Ambassadors visited Darke County sophomores over the past month. Ambassadors visited Tri-Village to talk with sophomores on Monday, September 18, 2017. They were Chantel Banks – Firefighter/EMS (Carlisle), Brianna Fourman – Criminal Justice (Vandalia-Butler), Isabelle... read more
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Dental Assistant Alumnus says MVCTC “Best Decision I Ever Made”
Englewood, Ohio -- Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) 2016 Dental Assistant completer, Taylor Tucker, is attending Sinclair and working with MAK Dental Group.  She thanks MVCTC for allowing her to find this much success by the age of 20. Tucker, who plans to be a licensed dental hygienist, shared, “Deciding to attend MVCTC has... read more
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Pets of the week
GREENVILLE - The Darke County Animal Shelter has many pets available for adoption, including several breeds of dogs, as well as cats and kittens. The Shelter chooses pets to feature each week, this week they've selected: Sammie is a 2 year old Terrier/Lab Mix. He is a sweet boy that loves attention. He does have some nerve damage in his one... read more
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DCCA Thanks Rodney Oda for Sponsorship of Sold Out Show
Darke County Center for the Arts recognizes Rodney Oda for his contributions to the DCCA 2017-2018 ARTS COUNT season.  Oda is an Angel member of DCCA, and sponsors DCCA’s Coffee House Series as well as the recent sold out Special Event of One Night In Memphis, at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville on Saturday, October 9th. “On... read more
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Early Bird, Bluebag Media recognized for Arts Count support
Darke County Center for the Arts recognizes The Early Bird & Bluebag Media for their  Impresario Sponsorship contribution to the DCCA 2017-2018 ARTS COUNT season.  The local news publications are the spotlight sponsor for DCCA's November 4th Artists Series presentation of award winning vocal ensemble Six Appeal at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall. According to DCCA Executive Director... read more
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BBBS enjoy fishing with Shelby County Bassmasters
Volunteers from Big Brothers Big Sisters and their “Littles” recently enjoyed a Youth Day Fishing Derby at the home of Mike Meyer in Fort Loramie.  The Fishing Derby was co-sponsored by the Shelby County BassMasters and Sidney Kiwanis.  Over 30 volunteers and Littles attended the annual event, which was held on Saturday, September 16. The outing included a cookout for all BassMaster members... read more
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MVCTC Students of the Month
Englewood, Ohio - The Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) Electives, Business, Information Technology, and Agriculture (EBITA) Department under the leadership of Supervisor, David Peltz, recognizes a Student of the Month each month during the school year.  The award honors outstanding accomplishments and leadership in Career Tech Education. The September... read more
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Darke County JFS donates to Cancer Association of Darke County
“On behalf of the Darke County Job and Family Services staff, we would like to offer this donation in memory of our colleague and dear friend, Linda Malott.  She blessed each of our lives and we are amazed at the support and assistance she received through the Cancer Association of Darke County.  Our hope is that her memory lives on in the help... read more
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MVCTC Students Share Experiences with Versailles Sophomores
Englewood, Ohio – The Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) Students Ambassadors traveled to Versailles on Friday, September 8. They were: Kyle Fourman-Heavy Equipment (Franklin Monroe), SaraRae Hallstein-Allied Health Technology (Brookville), Ivan Pohlman-Diesel Power Technology (Versailles), and Christine Smith... read more
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St. Marys School… A month of field trips and Halloween infestations, By Kathy Ayette
My classroom has spiders crawling along the top of the lockers and bats flying around the ceiling.  Most people in that situation would call an exterminator.  However at this time of the year, it is par for the course in my room.  I must add I have an infestation of jack-o-lanterns and ghosts, too. For my students, October is a month of field trips.  On October 5, the first graders and I went to the fairgrounds... read more
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Cancer Association Thanks Rolling 50’s Classics Inc.
The Rolling 50’s Classics group faithfully donates again to the Cancer Association.  Each year the group donates money to help local cancer patients.  The Rolling 50’s group is able to donate to the organization because of their Rolling 50’s Annual Cruise In that is held in September each year. The Association sincerely appreciates the donations that they receive from groups like the Rolling 50’s... read more
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MVCTC Makes Record Donation to Driven Foundation, James Bucio, BPA
Englewood, Ohio - The Miami Valley Career Technology Center held its second Business Professionals of America (BPA) chapter meeting on September 26, 2017. The meeting included the appearance of former Ohio State Wide Receiver, and founder of the Driven Foundation Roy Hall. During the meeting, Mr. Hall was presented with over 7000 boxes of,... read more
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DCCA to Receive Funding from Arts Midwest Touring Fund
Darke County Center for the Arts (DCCA) has been selected to receive funding from Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest, generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts with additional contributions from the Ohio Arts Council and the Crane Group. Arts Midwest Touring Fund engages people in meaningful experiences with the fine arts of dance,... read more
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Wayne HealthCare promotes healthy snacks for Empowering youth
The Empowering Darke County Youth After School Program kicked off Oct. 2 with a huge increase over the previous year in the number of students needing help. Major changes in the operation of the program were required; one of them is in providing snacks. Wayne HealthCare Foundation came to the rescue with a significant donation to assure that... read more
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Fort GreeneVille DAR Dedicates Four American Revolutionary War Graves
Fort GreeneVille Chapter DAR dedicated four American Revolutionary War graves on Sept 16. Three grave markers were dedicated in the New Madison, Ohio area and one in Versailles, Ohio. William Brodrick in Old Friendship Cemetery was in the New Jersey Milita with ranks of Sergeant and Private. He was at Valley Forge and marched across the... read more
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Classic car show helps Empowering youth
Dave Niley, Kenny Erwin and the Rolling 50s Classic Car Club wrapped up their 35th Annual Fall Cruise-In Car Show with donations to three deserving entities: The Shriners Hospitals, Cancer Association of Darke County and Empowering Darke County Youth. Coming off a successful event Sept. 9, the Club was able to improve on its donations the previous... read more
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Photos are timeless
Just posted Monday were the first set of nearly 400 photos taken by Sports Editor George Starks at the Great Darke County Fair Cheerleading Competition. They are the Tri-Village teams: Pee Wee, Junior High, Varsity Cheer and Varsity Dance. Still to come are Ansonia, Greenville, Franklin Monroe, Arcanum, Versailles, Individual and more. Also... read more
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Big Brothers Big Sisters receives two grants
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County Receive Grants from Greater Versailles Area Foundation Fund and Ruth & Emerson Booher Committee Advised Fund. The Greater Versailles Area Foundation Fund along with The Ruth & Emerson Booher Committee Advised Fund for Versailles both recently donated to Big Brothers Big... read more
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BBBS receives grant from Rotary Club of Greenville
The Rotary Club of Greenville recently donated $1,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County.  The grant will be for used for the Big Buddies after-school mentorship program.  Big Buddies is a nine-month commitment where high school students volunteer two times per month to mentor elementary students.  During these meetings, high... read more
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DCP Receives Rotary Club Grant
The Darke County Parks District would like to thank the Rotary Club of Greenville for generously awarding them a grant to update their donor board located within the Nature Center at Shawnee Prairie Preserve. The grant funds will support the installation of a new display to honor donors that will be styled to look like a tree with many leaves with the donor’s name... read more
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DC Endowment for the Arts Sponsors Local Theater Residency
DCCA recognizes the Darke County Endowment for the Arts for their support of the recent Missoula Children’s Theatre Residency and production of Aladdin.  “Thanks to the Darke County Endowment for the Arts students in Darke County are able to experience every aspect of a musical theater production in one week, at no cost to the participants,” shared DCCA Executive Director Andrea Jordan... read more
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An Opportunity to Help the Monarch Butterfly
Most of you may have seen or read that pollinator populations across the country are in decline, including the Monarch Butterfly. A reduction in the number of milkweed plants in Ohio and surrounding states and a loss of wintering habitat due to logging, weather and human encroachment have contributed to the population decline of the Monarch Butterfly... read more
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Veteran’s building donations will help renovation plans
Darke County American Legion and Fort GreeneVille Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution recently received donations for the Darke County Fair Veterans building interior renovations project. The project will provide enclosed display cases for military uniforms. Donations have been received by the following: 196th Light Infantry Brigade... read more
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Fort GreeneVille DAR honors Revolutionary War Soldier
On July 28th, Fort GreeneVille Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution dedicated a memorial stone for American Revolutionary War Soldier William Walker. Walker was a soldier in the American Revolutionary War. He volunteered in September 1778 and served as a Private in the Virginia Militia with Captain John Shannon's Virginia Company... read more
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Greenville’s 2017 Annie Oakley Parade Bigger & Better, By Paige Burns
The last weekend in July, a celebration of Darke County’s most famous daughter, Annie Oakley, took place in downtown Greenville. The morning started with two events supporting the fight against breast cancer: a 5K run and an entertaining Pink Mile Walk. Then the main event… a parade marched down Broadway where crowds of people... read more
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Dave Knapp adds Empowering to his community support
GREENVILLE - Dave Knapp, Dave Knapp Ford Lincoln, has been active and supportive of community programs and services for the 23 years he has been in business. His support ranges from providing vehicles for parades to donations to organizations such as Gathering at Garst, Cancer Association of Darke County and more. He has... read more
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BBQ and Blues another DCCA hit, By Paige Burns
Turtle Creek Golf Course recently hosted a public event for lovers of barbecue and blues music. With good quality food and some music, the atmosphere of the night was alive with fun and entertainment. The crowd began showing up around 6 p.m. while Cincinnati Blues artist, Jay Jesse Johnson, and local favorites Higgins-Madewell began to... read more
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Midmark Fundraising Event Lands Major Sponsor
Premier Health sponsors 4 Miles for Heart and Health Run in Versailles - DAYTON, Ohio, July 25, 2017 — Midmark announces its newest and largest sponsor, Premier Health, for its 4 Miles for Heart and Health fundraising event. The second annual event is taking place at 10 a.m. on October 21, 2017, starting at Midmark’s Versailles campus located... read more
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Empowering student builds robot at the library
Walk into the Young Adult section of the Greenville Public Library on a recent Wednesday afternoon and be prepared to be tracked by a robot. Initially the robot was programmed to go up and down the book aisles… maybe looking for a book on robotic sportsmanship. During its final exploration, the robot could be found leaving the Young Adult section and... read more
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Aktion Club’s FUNday Monday a FUN Monday!
About 200 people bounced from game to game, gathering tickets earned from “winning” at some of the games scattered around Shelter House 4 at Greenville City Park recently. One young lady sported a fistful of tickets and a huge grin, the tickets to be turned in later for a variety of prizes. Others were more interested in kickball, cornhole... read more
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Edison State… James and Ginny Thompson Named Holiday Evening Co-Chairs
John Tesh to Headline Event - The Edison Foundation at Edison State Community College has named James and Ginny Thompson the Co-Chairs of the 20th annual Holiday Evening event. This year’s event will feature four-time Emmy Award winner and two-time Grammy nominee John Tesh on Wednesday, November 29 at the Piqua Campus. The Holiday Evening... read more
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Minor ‘Love; Major Expression, By Paige Burns
“It’s the high of making art and the transcendental feeling of playing shows,” said Joey Koller of local band, Minor ‘Love. Koller refers to the band’s live shows as interactive art showcases because of the energies and performances given separately by each member of the band. To each of the members, Minor ‘Love is more than just a band. The band was first put together in January of 2015... read more
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DCCA Recognizes Sponsors of Barbecue and Blues
Darke County Center for the Arts recognizes sponsors of the upcoming Barbecue and Blues fundraiser.  The music for this year’s event is sponsored by Matt and Angie Arnold, George and Becky Luce, and the Jordan Insurance Agency. DCCA will host the fun-filled fundraiser at Turtle Creek Golf Course on Friday, July 14. “DCCA is fortunate to be part of a... read more
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DAR honors Darke County Revolutionary War soldiers
On June 20 at Black Swamp / Greenlawn Cemetery, Versailles OH: In honor of Richard Brandon, an American Revolutionary War Patriot, Fort GreeneVille DAR and VFW Post 7262 dedicated a new marker at Brandon's gravesite located at Black Swamp / Greenlawn Cemetery, Versailles OH.  Brandon was a Patriot in the American Revolutionary War... read more
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DC Endowment for the Arts announces grant awards
Darke County Endowment for the Arts recently granted funds to seven applicants who submitted requests for financial assistance for their arts-related projects. According to DCEA Chair Marilyn Delk, one of DCEA's major purposes is to assist organizations and individuals in achieving artistic goals that benefit the citizens of Darke County. The grants... read more
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Second National Bank supports Empowering youth programs
Second National Bank joins community organizations, businesses and individuals in supporting Empowering Darke County Youth’s goal to provide needed educational support to the county’s young people. SNB actively supports the community it serves through financial support for local non-profit organizations. Serving Darke County for more... read more
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Cancer Association receives donation from Versailles Eagles
Versailles Eagles recently presented $3,000 to the Cancer Association of Darke County. The Eagles donate to many other community causes as well including Versailles Area Charity Foundation, school functions, Children's Shrine Hospital, Versailles Area Historical Society, Center for Neurology Development and Versailles Community Fund. The... read more
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SNB supports Main Street Greenville’s Mission
GREENVILLE, Ohio - Giving back to the community, Second National Bank continues their financial support of Main Street Greenville, a non-profit organization focusing on historic preservation and downtown revitalization. “Second National Bank has been a loyal supporter of Main Street Greenville for many years,” said Crysta Hutchinson, Executive Director... read more
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Fort GreeneVille DAR honors Scholarship Recipients
Fort GreeneVille Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution recently honored the 2016 and 2017 Darke County Foundation recipients of the annual Fort GreeneVille DAR Scholarship. Megan VanSkyock, the 2016 scholarship recipient, is a Versailles High School graduate and valedictorian. Megan is currently attending Ball State University. This year’s scholarship recipient is Kari Kueterman... read more
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VHCC garden club
Versailles Health Care Center, a skilled nursing and rehabilitation center, is always busy creating new and exciting opportunities for residents and family members to come together. Everyone enjoys having a fun time working together within the local community on enriching projects.  Recently, VHCC has begun planting flowers and garden vegetables in their flower beds. VHCC residents... read more
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Brethren Retirement Community donates to Empowering programs
Brethren Retirement Community has been serving senior citizens in Darke County and surrounding areas for over a century. Through a recent donation to Empowering Darke County Youth, BRC also continues to serve community young people. Brethren Retirement Community has been a strong force in the community since its founding 115 years ago. Today... read more
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VHCC honors facility royalty
The staff of Versailles Health Care Center, a skilled nursing and rehabilitation center, recently selected the facility’s 2017 King, Arthur Curtis, and Queen, Evelyn Curtis.  The reigning royalty proudly represented Versailles Health Care Center in the 2017 Poultry Days parade on June 10, 2017. Versailles Health Care Center sent home 197 patients who... read more
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Zechar Bailey donates to Empowering programs
Zechar Bailey Funeral Home joins a growing community of individuals, organizations and businesses in supporting Empowering Darke County Youth Programs. Phillip Pierri, Location Manager, said they appreciated the support they receive from the community and wanted to give back. “The Empowering programs are a good way to do this,” he said. The Empowering Board, tutors and students... read more
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Versailles Health Care Center hosts Bingo Night
Versailles Health Care Center, a skilled nursing and rehabilitation center, hosted a FREE Bingo Night open to the public in May!  Bingo winners received nonperishable food items and small household items for their prizes! Attendees enjoyed popcorn and drinks during the fun night of bingo.  Congratulations to Dixie Myers from Versailles, who was the winner... read more
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BBBS “X-Force Think Big” Program ends with Success!
The Big Brothers Big Sisters 2016/17 X-Force Think BIG program concluded its’ very first year of programming. During the last session they celebrated with pizza, learning soft skills, and certificates of completion. The program paired adult mentors with Sidney Middle School students. The “matches” met twice a month throughout the school year. Once a month they learned what skills are needed... read more
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DCCA Thanks Darke County for Successful Season!
Connections enrich lives, expanding our reach, inspiring our aspirations, grounding our dreams while extending our possibilities. For Darke County Center for the Arts to succeed in its mission to present and promote performing and fine arts, connections with the community it serves are essential. As a non-profit arts presenter, DCCA’s very existence is dependent upon support from its home community... read more
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Ketrow Foundation Sponsors Toledo Symphony Orchestra & More
Darke County Center for the Arts recognizes the Ketrow foundation for their support of the arts in Darke County.  DCCA thanks the Ketrow foundation for their contribution to the 2016-2017 season and forwarding DCCA’s mission to encourage cultural enrichment in the community. “I've Got Rhythm” recently performed by Toledo Symphony Orchestra, at... read more
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Pets of the week
GREENVILLE - The Darke County Animal Shelter has many pets available for adoption, including several breeds of dogs, as well as cats and kittens. The Shelter chooses pets to feature each week, this week they've selected: Ernie is a 4 year old Springer Spaniel mix. He is black and white with a little brown. He has long hair. He is a friendly guy who... read more
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Big Brothers Big Sisters awards scholarships
Kasey Copeland, daughter of Kelly and Cindy Copeland, of Jackson Center, received a $500 scholarship which was awarded by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County. Copeland a 2017 Jackson Center High School Graduate, plans to use the funds to pursue a degree at Bowling Green State University, majoring in Early Childhood Education to... read more
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The Bistro Off Broadway Sponsors Sold Out DCCA Shows
Darke County Center for the Arts recognizes Ted and Diana Abney, owners of The Bistro Off Broadway, for their sponsorship of DCCA's 2016-2017 Connections Season and for their continued support of the arts in Darke County. The Abney’s recently hosted and sponsored the sold out Coffee House Series performance of "Blues from the Heart of the Rock... read more
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Chalmers family takes Empowering seriously
Kendra Chalmers, vice president of Empowering Darke County Youth, said a year and a half ago, “I want other children to have the same opportunity my children had.” She recalled her oldest, Kayden, had received tutoring over the summer in 2015, and it had helped him considerably as he was entering third grade. Her daughter, Nevaeh, who was... read more
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Schaurer Memorial Trust sponsors Toledo Symphony Orchestra & More
Darke County Center for the Arts recognizes the Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust for their support of the arts in Darke County.  DCCA thanks the Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust for their contribution to the 2016-2017 season and forwarding DCCA’s mission to encourage cultural enrichment in the community, by supporting the recent “I've Got Rhythmn... read more
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Friends of the Darke County Parks Field Trip Grant Received
Megan Delk, Greenville Kindergarten teacher, is the lucky recipient of the first-ever grant awarded from the Friends of Darke County Parks for field trip transportation costs.  Through the efforts of Mrs. Delk and generosity of the Friends of Darke County Parks, all Greenville Kindergarteners explored animal adaptations at Shawnee Prairie Preserve at... read more
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Friends of DCP Receive American Red Cross Certifications
The Darke County Park District is an authorized Red Cross training provider for the county, and on the evenings of April 18th and 20th the Friends of Darke County Parks received their American Red Cross certifications in cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR), first aid, and using an automated external defibrillator. After the park staff received their... read more
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Shelby Community Foundation Awards Funding to BBBS
The Community Impact Fund of the Community Foundation of Shelby County recently awarded a grant to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County.    Big Brothers Big Sisters was chosen to receive funding because of its continued efforts to make a positive impact in “at risk” children.   The funding will be used for continuation of the... read more
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MJS Plastics supports community with Empowering donation
MJS Plastics supports the environment through its plastics recycling business, and its community with a recent donation to Empowering Darke County Youth. MJS Plastics, Inc. is a full service post-industrial plastic recycling company. It serves a wide range of industries throughout the Midwest and Southeast. MJS helps to manage plastic waste... read more
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New Agronomy Guide is Available
The newly revised Ohio Agronomy Guide 15th Edition is now available for $15.75 +tax in the OSU Extension Office at 603 Wagner Avenue, Greenville, Ohio 45331. Chapters include: Ohio’s Climate and Soil, Soil and Water Management, Soil Fertility, Corn Production, Soybean Production, Small Grain Production, Forage Production, Multiple... read more
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Red Cross Volunteers honored at Annual Meeting
GREENVILLE (May 15, 2017) — This year’s American Red Cross Northern Miami Valley Ohio Chapter annual meeting had a twist – it was outside.  That’s correct, an annual meeting complete with hotdogs, pulled pork and fierce corn hole completion.  On May 20, the chapter blended its annual meeting with a volunteer recognition celebration. The... read more
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A Teacher Making A Difference, By Paige Burns, IMTV Reporter
GREENVILLE - “IMTV has been involved in many community service projects, building communication and bonding young people with their home community,” said Lori Hoover, Greenville High School Interactive Media Instructor. She added, grinning, she looks forward to each day in class as “(an) opportunity to grow and a chance to make an impact.” As... read more
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DCP Receives “Best in Ohio — Connect to Nature Site” Award
On Monday April 10th Darke County Parks received an award as a “Best in Ohio—Connect to Nature Site” for their Shawnee Prairie Preserve from Leave no Child Inside: Miami Valley Collaborative (MVLNCI) and Dayton Regional Green (DRG). To receive this designation, they had to meet a set of criteria from the MVLNCI and DRG which... read more
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Calm Supply donates needed supplies to Empowering Program
GREENVILLE – “Do you have a place you can store a 1,000ct case of 8-oz cups?” asked Carrie Swiger, a parent whose child attends the Empowering Darke County Youth After School Program. The answer was yes, and a couple days later, her husband, Mike Swiger, delivered the cups, plus drinks and snacks. “Our daughter really likes this program,” Swiger said... read more
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St. Mary’s May Newsletter, By Kathy Ayette
Usually when I write a column, I like to begin with a funny little anecdote. Today it is quite impossible for me to do so. Our hearts are very heavy at St. Mary’s due to the unexpected and untimely passing of one of our own, Steve Blocher. Budgets at Catholic Schools tend to be rather tight, and often it is only through the kindness and dedication of volunteers that our... read more
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Ramco Electric Motors donates to Empowering Programs
GREENVILLE – Ramco Electric Motors gives back to the community with a check to Empowering Darke County Youth for its After School and Summer Tutoring programs. Dave Dunaway, owner and president of Ramco, said he was grateful to the community that has supported his company’s growth over the years. “We want to give back,” he... read more
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History of Woodland Primary, By Caleb Maloon, GHS IMTV Reporter/Photographer
Woodland Heights (Woodland Primary) was built and first opened in 1956, and the building had an addition built on sometime around 1970. While it is seemingly somewhat difficult to find information on the history of the building, I attended the school for grades Kindergarten through 2nd grade. The building was just recently closed in spite of the new K-8 building... read more
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Pets of the week
GREENVILLE - The Darke County Animal Shelter has many pets available for adoption, including several breeds of dogs, as well as cats and kittens. The Shelter chooses pets to feature each week, this week they've selected: The Darke County Animal Shelter has Chihuahuas available for adoption. Their names are Puma, Stella, Boo, and Toby... read more
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MVCTC Students Attend FFA State Convention
Englewood, Ohio – Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) Agriculture programs more than doubled the number of FFA State Degree winners from recent years in having 17 students work hard in earning their State Degree.  The following students received their State Degree at the FFA State Convention on May 4-5 at the Ohio... read more
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Greenville Federal Sponsors DCCA programs
Darke County Center for the Arts recognizes Greenville Federal as an Impresario sponsor of the recent “I've Got Rhythm” performance by Toledo Symphony Orchestra, at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall, Saturday, April 29 as the final show in DCCA’s 2016-2017 Artists Series.  Greenville Federal also supports DCCA’s Family Theatre Series... read more
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Schmidt’s Refrigeration Donates to Darke County Parks
Schmidt’s Refrigeration has supported Darke County Parks for over twenty years. When the park district built the Nature Center facility at Shawnee Prairie Preserve in 1997, Schmidt’s handled installing the HVAC system, and they have worked with the park board to maintain and upgrade the system throughout the years. At the April 13th Darke County... read more
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Special donation to Animal Shelter
GREENVILLE - Ashton Turpin and her Mom, Sarah Rose, made a surprise stop at the Darke County Animal Shelter. Ashton turned 8 years old and decided, instead of birthday presents for herself; why not help the dogs and cats at the Shelter. She told her family and friends she didn’t want anything for herself but wanted to help the dogs and... read more
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Ashley Schutz at DCP
The Darke County Park District honored recently, a former Versailles area Boy Scout, Mr. Ashley Schutz who cleared some of the original trails at Shawnee Prairie Preserve back in 1997 when the District was beginning to develop this property.  A plaque was placed at the trailhead to honor over 305 hours that Ashley and some of his friends put in over a ten week period... read more
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VHCC holds employee awards banquet
Versailles Health Care Center, a skilled nursing and rehabilitation center, recently held an employee banquet for 2016 awards.  Kristy Earick, CEO/Executive Director, and Dana Weatherspoon, Director of Nursing, recognized and presented individual employees with various awards.   Earick acknowledged the award winners, “It is an honor to present these awards to our valued employees... read more
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May 8 begins National PTA Teacher Appreciation Week!
5/1/2017 - May 8 begins National PTA Teacher Appreciation Week, with May 9 being National Teacher Appreciation Day. There are more than 190,000 licensed teachers in Ohio. Many are at work this very day teaching Ohio’s 1.6 million students the knowledge and skills they’ll need to succeed in higher education, jobs and life. The Ohio Department.. read more
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Book club to be launched for adults with developmental disabilities
Darke County Board of Developmental Disabilities recently joined the Next Chapter Book Club Affiliate Network and has recently launched a local club.  Founded by Dr. Thomas Fish, a professor at The Ohio State University in 2002, Next Chapter Book Club is a community-based book club program for individuals with Down Syndrome, autism, cerebral... read more
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Giant Geranium
54. 58. 55. 47.  Not new math but these numbers represent the dimensions of one giant geranium.  The plant boasts 54 salmon blossoms, stands 58” tall, 55” wide, and 47” deep.  It thrives in the sunroom of Pat McLear and was purchased as a start fifteen years ago by her mother, Ruth McLear. At first, the geranium lived in Ruth’s garden on Dogwood Drive... read more
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