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Versailles volleyball team remains atop state rankings

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COLUMBUS — Despite suffering its first loss of the season last week, the Versailles volleyball team remained at No. 1 in the latest Ohio High School Volleyball Coaches Association state rankings.Versailles remained at No. 1 in the Division III poll, but Gilmour Academy moved closer in the rankings. Both Versailles and Gilmour Academy received 29 votes in the latest poll, but the Lady Tigers received 16 first-place votes compared to five for the Lancers to remain atop the rankings.Versailles is the lone Darke County team to have been ranked in the OHSVCA state rankings this season.


Kicking game: It is called football, after all

In the biggest game of the NFL season so far, the winning coach said the game wasn’t decided by superstars Peyton Manning, Marshawn Lynch or Richard Sherman. The MVP, Seattle coach Pete Carroll said, was punter Jon Ryan.The unsung heroes of special teams took center stage around the NFL Sunday, with crucial field goals, punts that flipped field position and electrifying returns.In the Super Bowl rematch between the Broncos and Seahawks, Ryan averaged 50.2 yards per...

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Expert: Western Lake Erie algae winding down

TOLEDO, Ohio - The likelihood of another algae outbreak this year on Lake Erie with the potential to contaminate drinking water is winding down.Algae on the lake will stick around into October, but the threat of a large harmful algae bloom developing again this year appears to be over, said Jeff Reutter, director of the Ohio Sea Grant Program, which studies water quality issues.“I don’t think we’re going to see anything significant,” he said Monda...

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Airstrikes in Syria and Iraq are just the start

WASHINGTON - The one-two-three punch of American and Arab airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq was just the beginning, President Barack Obama and other leaders declared Tuesday. They promised a sustained campaign showcasing a rare U.S.-Arab partnership aimed at Muslim extremists.At the same time, in fresh evidence of how the terrorist threat continues to expand and mutate, the U.S. on its own struck a new al-Qaida cell that the Pentagon said was “neari...

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National Manufacturing Day set for Oct. 3

DARKE COUNTY - During a Board of Directors meeting last Wednesday, the Darke County Community Improvement Corporation (CIC) announced their participation in the upcoming National Manufacturing Day slated for Oct. 3.“This is something we are participating in and it’s national,” stated Economic Development Director Marc Saluk. “Not every community does much with it, but we have really taken advantage of the day and we go all out.”

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Arcanum volleyball beats Mississinawa in 5 sets

ARCANUM — The Arcanum volleyball team beat Mississinawa Valley in five sets on Monday, 20-25, 25-11, 25-8, 24-26, 15-9.Michaela McGaffic led Arcanum with 11 kills in the match. Also for the Lady Trojans, Emily Miller had 17 digs, and Brittany Kinney had 13 assists.

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Bradford volleyball team loses to Troy Christian

BRADFORD — The Bradford volleyball team won the first set but couldn’t keep the momentum going in a 16-25, 25-23, 25-18, 25-20 loss to Troy Christian on Monday.Mindy Brewer led Bradford with nine kills in the match. Mandi Bates had 16 assists while Brooke Brower, Kyle Miller and Loren Sharp each had 12 digs.

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Greenville boys golf beats Piqua by 1 stroke

GREENVILLE — The Greenville boys golf team beat Greater Western Ohio Conference rival Piqua by one stroke Monday, winning 182-183 at Turtle Creek Golf Course.Greenville’s Jason Shields was the match medalist as he shot a nine-hole round of 42. Also for the Green Wave, Andrew Harshman shot a 43, Parker Allison shot a 47, Logan Gonzalez shot a 50, Drew New shot a 52, and Connor Null shot a 55.Kenton Kiser led Piqua with a 43 while Cole Graeser shot a 44, Derek ...

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Lady Wave golf beats Wayne, falls to Northmont

DAYTON — The Greenville girls golf team finished second in a three-team match with Northmont and Wayne on Monday at Kittyhawk Golf Course.Northmont won the match by shooting a 197, Greenville was second with a 250, and Wayne was third with a 288.Casey Mortensen led Greenville with a nine-hole round of 54. Also for the Lady Wave, Emily Fulton shot a 63, Kourtney Kretschmar shot a 66, Kayli Duncan shot a 67, and Brianna Fourman shot a 72.Northmont’s ...

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Versailles girls golf team finishes season undefeated

VERSAILLES — The Versailles girls golf team finished the regular season undefeated as the Lady Tigers beat Russia 187-194 in their final match of the regular season on Monday at Stillwater Valley Golf Club.Versailles’ Maddie Covault was the match medalist as she shot a nine-hole round of 42. Also for the Lady Tigers, Hannah Niekamp shot a 46, Lauren Heitkamp shot a 47, Kaitlyn Middendorf shot a 52, Lauren Durham shot a 61, and Morgan Middendorf shot a 64.Lizz...

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Happy anniversary

Krista and I ran into a friend a few days ago as she was taking a walk. She had a look on her face that looked vaguely familiar to me, though I couldn’t quite put my finger on the emotion it conveyed. “It’s been two years to the day,” she said, and it hit me: her adult daughter had passed away precisely two years prior after a long, arduous and phenomenally courageous battle with cancer.

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Adjusting to kindergarten

Finally it seemed that everybody from our house was settled in school. They weren’t all just exactly happy about it, but they were all going without any prolonged protest.Even Joe’s little friend from kindergarten, Lisa, was attending regularly without tears. Mrs. Lisa, Joe’s name for Lisa’s mother, took the children to school each noon and brought them home at 3.Joe proudly showed us each of his papers and talked about what they had done and what...

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Welcome Stadium hosts Regional Marching Band Competition on Saturday

DAYTON– Outstanding high school marching bands from throughout Ohio, Missouri, West Virginia, Kentucky, Indiana, New York, and Illinois will compete in one of the nation’s most prominent championships, Music for All’s Bands of America Regional Championship at Dayton, presented by Yamaha, at Welcome Stadium (1601 S Edwin C Moses Blvd) in Dayton on Saturday.The championship event, hosted by the Pride of Dayton, will feature more than 28 high school marching bands in...

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Peace Pipe on display through weekend

DARKE COUNTY - The Darke County Parks has been fortunate to have an 1814 Peace Pipe on display for the past several months.It will only be on display through Prairie Days this weekend. Time is limited to see the pipe before it must return to the Kansas City Museum! This is one of three silver peace pipes gifted to the Native American Indian Tribes at the signing of the second Treaty of Greenville in 1814.The Grand Opening of the Tecumseh Room in the Nature Center was hel...

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Diversity, beauty appreciated

Vacations are a wonderful way to appreciate the diversity and beauty of our nation. We just experienced the state of Utah and dipped into the state of Arizona to discover the wonders of the Grand Canyon, Zane and Bryce Parks and time with the Navajo past and present. We started and ended in Salt Lake City and enjoyed learning more about this western city.However. you are never far from home and we met Steve and Linda Nixon of Greenville on the same tour! They also like traveling an...

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Festival continues to grow

GREENVILLE - This past weekend marked the eighth year of bringing Illumination 2014 to Darke County. A two-day christian music festival that has grown in size and participation each year, it once again hosted a great line-up of artists that appealed to all ages.This year’s featured artists included Tenth Avenue North, Britt Nicole, Plumb and Rhett Walker Band. Also touring with Plumb and Rhett Walker Band was singer/songwriter, David Dunn. Marc Eckel of Splat Experience also ...

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PETA offers Ohio school can safety posters

OXFORD, Ohio — Smelling an opportunity to educate students about animal safety, an animal rights group has offered to send posters to an Ohio college where a skunk recently got its head stuck in a beer can.People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals says it wrote Monday to Miami University president David Hodge offering posters showing a raccoon with its head stuck in a can to post around campus recycling bins. They urge people to crush cans for animal safety.A Mia...

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Pass defense not only OSU question against UC

COLUMBUS — When the first question about how Ohio State’s often-maligned pass defense will hold up against Cincinnati quarterback Gunner Kiel and his receivers on Saturday was asked a few minutes into Urban Meyer’s press conference on Monday, he said, “Here we go.”The Ohio State football coach might have been thinking, “What took you so long?”Cincinnati quarterback Gunner Kiel threw for six touchdowns in a 58-34 UC win over Toled...

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