Archive for April, 2009

>19th Annual Youth for Christ Golf Classic scheduled for June 17

> For more information, call 937-548-2477 – or email:

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>Advocate names new editor

>The new editor of the Daily Advocate is Christina Chalmers, as can be verified on the Advocate’s website. The Thursday print edition also lists another lady as the new managing editor. Check out page 3 for yourselves!

Best wishes ladies.

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>Ohio House Democrats pass $54 billion budget

>State Sen. Keith Faber and State Rep. Jim Zehringer commented this evening on the budget bill passed today by Ohio House Democrats.

The House voted strictly along party lines (with one Republican representative being absent for the vote). The bill and amendments were provided to Republicans just yesterday, who then had about a day to review the details before voting.

The bill represents a 9.6% increase over the previous year’s spending. The spending proposals are reportedly even more aggressive than the outline previously set forth by Governor Strickland.

While House Democrats are touting their education reforms, budget expenditures for education were actually reduced by $1.4 billion. The specific education reforms were said to be detrimental to charter schools and rural districts while benefiting the districts in Cleveland, Columbus, and other metropolitan areas.

The chief criticism of this budget bill is that it relies heavily on one-time (federal) money – and the state budget will become a “train wreck” in two years when the money is no longer avaialble.

The budget also relies on significant increases of “fees,” such as a per-bed charge on hospitals. Republicans argue that the “fees” are really just taxes with a different name.

Zehringer said that all Republican amendments, but one, were tabled before today’s vote. Zehringer’s own amendment was the one that passed. That amendment allows the Greenville School District to be on two funding lists simultaneously … an exceptional needs list (the need being the crumbling roof at the junior high) and the new school facility list. Being on both lists is normally prohibited. Zehringer’s amendment had strong support from the Ohio School Facilities Commission. Zehringer still voted against the bill, notwithstanding the amendment.

The budget will now go to the Republican-controlled Senate, where Faber was already relishing the opportunity to eat into the Democrats’ spending proposals.

Ohio’s Constitution requires the budget to be completed by July 1. Stay tuned.

Links: Dayton Daily News; Columbus Dispatch.

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>Darke County Home Hog Roast – June 13th


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>Flashback: reported the Robinson run weeks ago

>The local newspaper is reporting tonight that its former editor Bob Robinson is mulling a run for commissioner in 2010. Robinson took the first formal step yesterday by designating a treasurer for his campaign. Here is part of the article that first appeared on this site on April 3rd:

This website had a story a few weeks ago that Daily Advocate “editor emeritus” Bob Robinson was thinking about running for commissioner. The basis of that story was information received from multiple credible sources. And now today there is even more independent information on this topic.

[The earlier story was posted March 14th but subsequently deleted.]

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>Historic Preservation Month Activities (Main Street Greenville)

>Educate yourself and enjoy a self-guided hunt for downtown architectural details. Do you recognize these downtown Greenville features?

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>Tommy Renfro to perform at First Presbyterian Church in Bradford


You are invited – Please join us for Friendship Sunday on May 17, 2009.

A special program of music – Tommy Renfro’s Rockin Pew Tour Live – will begin after services at 9:40 a.m. There will be social time, light lunch, and beverages after the event. The First Presbyterian Church is located at 127 School Street in Bradford.

Information about Tommy Renfro: It must have been strange for Ann Renfro as she heard her three year-old son,Tommy, express to her that she was off pitch. Much to her and her husband Matt’s surprise, Tommy grew into music. Tommy wasn’t in trouble much inschool but there was the occasional time when teachers would call Matt and Ann and beg them to get Tommy to stop singing in class. This love for music was only magnified when Tommy gave his heart to Christ at age 13. Shortly thereafter, at 14 years of age, Tommy began singing with a Christian rock group called Tidal-Wave. All through high school Tommy was the front man for Tidal Wave.The group grew from a praise and worship band to an evangelistic ministry that swept through the Midwest.

In 2004 Tommy’s stint with Tidal Wave reached its pinnacle when they sang at the E.J. Nutter Center in Dayton, Ohio for Dale Earnhart Jr. Night. “It was a new experience,” said Tommy. “There were 11,000 people screaming and going nuts”. However, it wasn’t the people, but the yearning for lost souls that hit Tommy in the face that night. “They put us right by the beer garden. I was singing a Newsboys song and a girl lost it right by the stage. It was then that I realized the massive size of the mission field in the world. I also discovered that music is God’s easiest vehicle to reach the lost,” stated Tommy.

It was shortly after that night that the Lord opened new doors for the group and Tommy. Members of the group moved away and left Tommy on his own. Well of course he wasn’t on his own, because God paved the way. In the Spring of 2004 Tommy jumped into a solo career. He left his Rockin’ experience and went back to his roots in Southern Gospel Music. Since 2004 Tommy has recorded four albums including a full-length production with Gospel Music legend, Dr. Charles Novell. “Tommy’s abilities are of the highest caliber and his spirit is extremely humble,” expressed Dr. Novell.

There is no real way to describe the gift that the Lord has blessed Tommy with. However there is a food word ANOINTED. “There are thousands of great singers,” Tommy explained, but there are only a handful in the world who obey the Lord and follow His Spirit. If I couldn’t sing at all, I could still obey the Lord”.

That is what Tommy does, he obeys the Lord and the blessings continue to flow. Whether it’s a huge arena or a church with 50 people, it’s always the same. Because as Tommy often states, “It’s not about me, it’s about His Glory.”


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