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FM loses 3-2 to state’s 3rd ranked team

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MONROE — Franklin Monroe gave Seven Hills all it could handle in Thursday’s district championship boys soccer game, but in the end the Jets came up just short, losing 3-2 to the Stingers.Playing in the Ohio High School Athletic Association district finals for the fourth consecutive season, Franklin Monroe faced a tough test in Seven Hills, which is ranked third in the state by the Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association. The underdog Jets led for most of the game but couldn’t hang on as their season ended with the tournament loss.

 

Partnering for Progress celebrates 5 years

DARKE COUNTY - October gives cause for celebration of economic growth in the community as Darke County Economic Development’s Partnering for Progress (P4P) initiative hits the five-year mark.A collaborative economic development effort providing comprehensive support to the Darke County business community, P4P consists of a diverse group of public and private entities and individuals from across the county.“I don’t think I’ve ever been part of some...

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Commissioners fail to pay court’s rent citing ethical reasons

DARKE COUNTY - On Wednesday the Darke County Commissioners appeared before Judge Jonathan P. Hein in the Court of Common Pleas for essentially failing to pay rent for a property used by the Adult Probation Department.The basis for the court hearing was that the commissioners failed to implement a court order filed Aug. 12 which amended the court’s appropriations for 2014 and to find out the commissioner’s intentions to settle the debt owed to the building owner.

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No assessments for Gardenwood project

GREENVILLE -The Gardenwood/Rhoades Reconstruction Project continues to be a hot topic among community members opposed to the scope of the plan and the potential of assessments as a way to fund the venture.“I’m here to let council know I’m still not in favor of what you’re trying to do out on Gardenwood. We do not need sidewalks, and we do not need assessments,” stated Phillip Lecklider.Council member Tracy Tryon reminded council that he brou...

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Health center coming to Greenville

GREENVILLE — Construction of the Good Samaritan Health Center - Greenville is expected to be completed by summer 2015, and will be located across from Wayne HealthCare.To commemorate the start of the project, the Darke County Chamber of Commerce hosted a groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday at the site of the center.

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Solving our spending problem is the key to saving Medicare

This time of year, many seniors in our area have questions about Medicare, as Medicare Open Enrollment is from now until December 7. That’s why my office stands ready to assist any constituents who may have questions about the Medicare Open Enrollment period or are experiencing issues with receiving benefits. For more information about services available to seniors in Ohio’s Eighth Congressional District, please call 937-339-1524 or visit our “Services for Seniors” web...

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County loan helps spur Jafe Decorating expansion

GREENVILLE - For the second time since JAFE Decorating came under new ownership in 2010, the specialty glass painting and coating company will be expanding and adding jobs. With the help of a $180,000 loan from Darke County’s low-interest revolving loan fund, the company plans to create at least 20 new full-time positions and add 14,000 square feet to their Greenville production facility.

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Review of the Law Enforcement Study Committee

As I travel west central Ohio, I continue to hear concerns about the growing drug problem in our region—and how it is affecting the entire state. I have always been in favor of fighting drugs because they tear our families apart and cripple the workforce. That is why I traveled the state this summer to learn more about this problem and the obstacles that slow law enforcement’s ability to respond to this epidemic.The study committee was formed by a group of bipartisan le...

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Bowling and silent auction night scheduled

GREENVILLE — The Greenville Athletic Boosters will hold a bowling and silent auction fundraiser night from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Nov. 8 at Treaty Lanes in Greenville.The event will include bowling and bowling shoes, pizza and a silent auction bid number. There also will be door prizes, bowling prizes and a 50/50 drawing throughout the evening.Tickets are on sale for $20 a person and can be purchased from the Greenville High School athletics office at 548-4416 or from Comm...

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Sidney shuts out Wave 8th graders in season finale

GREENVILLE – The Greenville eighth grade football team fell to a twice-beaten Sidney Yellow Jackets team 34-0 on Wednesday, bringing the 2014 junior high football season to a close.Greenville had no answer for the Jackets’ speedy and talented quarterback as the eighth grader showcased his skill for the Wave faithful.“Their quarterback … wow … that kid is unbelievable,” Greenville eighth grade coach Dave Swisshelm said. “He’...

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Fun, fun, fun

One of my favorite childhood memories is of the safe, spooky fun I enjoyed while listening to ghostly tales spun at Halloween parties. They gave me chills, filled me with wonder, and often left me seeking answers to the unexplained mysteries presented—although I don’t think I really wanted to discover answers, but simply relished exploring endless possibilities. And I never grew out of finding delight in a well-told ghost story.

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Limitations of socializing

A couple of weeks ago I was floating down the Mississippi on a riverboat with my in-laws. I wanted to visit with everyone on the boat. The place I found that I could see nearly everyone, sooner or later, was in the bar area. Which got me thinking of how bars have always been a very social place but they have received a negative connotation over the years.Years ago I was allowed to go out with my friends at age 15 and we always went to bars. Our parents took turns dropping us off at...

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Wayne HealthCare prepares for Ebola

Like many other hospitals across the United States, Wayne HealthCare is planning and preparing for Ebola. The hospital administration and medical staff have made contact with the appropriate medical facilities and organizations in the region. We know firsthand that developing a collaborative plan is essential to ensure all frontline healthcare providers have the proper training, equipment and protocols to care for Ebola patients.

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Hospital nurses reject second contract offer

GREENVILLE - The Wayne Professional Nurses Association (WPNA) members again rejected a contract offer from Wayne HealthCare in a ratification vote held Wednesday.The primary issues remain wages, health insurance costs and overtime. The WPNA has asked the hospital to return to the bargaining table to avoid the possibility of a strike.The hospital yesterday issued a statement to the press and to all employees in which it stated that it values and respects the nurses, but t...

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Versailles FFA and alumni host safety event

VERSAILLES — The Versailles FFA and FFA Alumni hosted its first Grain Bin and Hearing Safety Awareness Program on Tuesday night, and included a CART demonstration and presentation by Versailles FFA members.“We had done a very similar program with grain rescue with the firefighters,” Dena Wuebker, agriculture education instructor and FFA advisor at Versailles High School said. “So this time, we decided to focus it more on farm families.”

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Obama expresses optimism about Ebola in US

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Wednesday expressed optimism about the Ebola situation in the U.S. as he met with his Ebola response team, including his first meeting with his new point man on the deadly disease.Obama noted that numerous relatives of the only person to die of Ebola in the U.S. have been released from quarantine, and two nurses from a Dallas hospital who were infected with the virus as a result of treating that individual “seem to be doing better....

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Adding Marshall multiplies OSU’s options

COLUMBUS – Jalin Marshall was a quarterback at Middletown High School, but he did the math and decided his future in college football was as a receiver.First of all, he was 5-feet, 11-inches tall. And that doesn’t fit the profile big-time college football programs look for in quarterbacks.Secondly, he rushed for more than twice as many yards (4,759) as he passed for (2,239) at Middletown and was a career 43-percent passer. He completed fewer than 50 percent o...

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County volleyball players earn all-conference honors

DARKE COUNTY — Four Darke County volleyball players were named first team all-Cross County Conference by the league.Arcanum’s Alexis Abner, Franklin Monroe’s Morgan Booher, Mississinawa Valley’s Paige Neargarder and Tri-Village’s Raya Mikesell all earned first team all-CCC honors.Ansonia’s Lydia Sink, Arcanum’s Becca Deao, Bradford’s Mindy Brewer, Mississinawa Valley’s Madison Livingston and Tri-Village’s Brooke...

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