What’s your next chapter?


By Vickie Rhodehamel

Arcanum News

If one of your resolutions is to start exercising, remember that Arcanum-Butler Local Schools is open to the public for adult walking Monday-Thursday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m., through March 21, 2024. Walking is restricted to the first-floor tiled hallways.

Looking for an opportunity to volunteer? The Arcanum Preservation Society is looking for new members. They will have their organizational new year meeting on January 10th at 7 p.m. at the Old Opera House located at 104 West South Street, Arcanum. They are thrilled to announce that they were selected for a Darke Rural Electric Cooperative, Inc. Grant. Thank you, Darke Rural Electric, for your support!

It’s time for Homecoming at Franklin-Monroe High School in Pitsburg! The homecoming game will be January 12th and the dance is on January 13th. The 2023-2024 Court was announced right before Christmas break as follows: Freshmen: Faith Wintrow and Blake Riffle, Sophomores: Lexie Shoop and Victor Garber, Juniors: Ashley Saylor and Parker Patrick, and Seniors: Hallie Aslinger and Ethan Warner, Savannah Crist and Dalton Winterrowd, Keihl Johnson and Quinter Garber, Natalie Suter and Mason Lair, and Jozlynn Wintrow and Gage Wackler.

Thank you Troutwine Auto Sales Inc for always allowing the town Christmas tree to be displayed on your lot along with the Santa House. It is always a delight to see the tree all lit up there on the corner.

Chick-Fil-A sandwiches will be available at the boys’ JV/Varsity basketball contest on Friday, January 5th at the concession stand. The Arcanum Alumni Association and the Arcanum Athletic Booster Club have partnered to bring you a healthier option this year at the concession stand. All proceeds benefit our athletes and students in many different areas. Both organizations thank you for your support!

Congratulations to AHS band director Bryce Hopwood on being named one of the Cincinnati Tradition Drum and Bugle Corps drum majors this coming summer. Hopwood is an alumnus of Wright State University, he is going to have a really busy summer!

Have you heard? The drama Frozen, Jr. is coming to Arcanum-Butler Middle School March 15th and 16th! Because of the large production and increasing financial overheard, the Drama Department is seeking to partner with the community to help offset costs for costumes, the set, props and licensing. If you would like to support and encourage forty amazing junior high students in this venture, contact Arcanum-Butler Middle School Drama Department through the main office at 937-692-5174. Director for this production is Mrs. Rachel Knight and Assistant Director is Mrs. Cassie Bixler.

Here we go, your next chapter has already started and I hope you are diving headfirst into the New Year. Are you ready to tackle 2024? It’s time to start new beginnings—whether you are hoping to shake up the way you eat or break out of a bad habit or start a new one I hope you find the motivation to make your goals and succeed. The New Year serves as a reset button, offering all of us a fresh start to rekindle hopes and dreams. What does the New Year mean to you? Have you made any goals or plans that you hope to obtain in 2024? Alex Morritt is quoted with the recognizable “New Year – a new chapter, new verse or just the same old story?” Ultimately, we write it. The choice is ours. This quote is a reminder that we have the power to shape our own lives and that the choices we make determine the course of our journey. It’s a great quote to keep in mind as we approach the end of the year and look forward to the new one.

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