Archive for June, 2009

>"Art at the Mill" Series

>Historic Bear’s Mill presents the paintings of Karen Benedetti – and the clay of George Armstrong. The exhibition continues through July 26. For more info, call 548-5112 – or visit: http://www.bearsmill.com.

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>1000+ attend co2 protest at Lighthouse Christian Center

>Whoa! If anybody was wondering if Darke County had the will to oppose co2 sequestration, that question was answered tonight. At 7pm this evening, when the co2 protest was to begin, there was literally a traffic jam on 127 & Sebring-Warner Road. Late arrivers (including our photographer) had to walk a quarter mile just to get to the meeting. Once inside, the meeting room (capacity 800) was filled to the rear doors with extra spectators in the hall outside.

The program began with co-chair Ann Vehre giving introductory remarks. Vehre noted that she had been called just today by a representative of Andersen’s stressing that there had been no final decision on sequestration – and that Andersen’s was concerned in its own right about liability.

Vehre recognized the elected officials and “traditional” media in attendance before turning the program over to Judge Julie Monnin. Monnin gave a passionate speech in opposition to co2 sequestration pointing out that she lived just a mile from the test site.

Other speakers included: Jim Surber, county engineer; Susan North, the Power of One; Jan Teaford, co-chair, State Representative Jim Zehringer, and many others. Zehringer commented afterward on the huge crowd saying “it shows how passionate Darke County is about this issue.” Zehringer said the co2 sequestration was “not a political or partisan issue,” and “there were still a lot of questions to be answered.” Yes there are!

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>Progress on EUM Church construction

>If you weren’t aware, Greenville’s EUM Church has a new construction project at the bend in the road on Sebring-Warner (at the edge of town close to the Sater ball diamonds). Here are a few pictures form the project.

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>Dire financial situation in Darke County government

>A drop in sales tax revenues – and reduction in state funds – has caused an emergency financial situation in the local county government. Multiple sources are indicating that county offices are being asked to reduce hours.

But the cuts so far have not been enough. On the table are all of the following: reduced hours for county employees, a 4-day work week, and employee terminations. The situation is especially intense in the courthouse where employees are waiting to see what happens next. Some action is expected this week.

Stay tuned.

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>Bowers to speak at Womens Club – July 13th

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The Darke County Republican Women’s Club will meet Monday, July 13 at the Chestnut Village Community Center for a regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. The speaker will be Greenville Mayor Mike Bowers. This is a dinner meeting so reservations are required, please call Wavelene Denniston at 547-6477 or e-mail at wdenniston@woh.rr.com by July 9. Those who do not wish to have dinner could come at 7:00 p.m. New members are always welcome, please call President Margaret Muhlenkamp at 548-7172.

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>Bernard Madoff Sentenced …

>… to 150 years in prison. He will be 221 years old when released.

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>Who else can say they lettered 16 sports in high school?

>I had a conversation with long-time Greenville residents Bill and Gloria Hole this evening. Gloria proudly noted that Bill had lettered in four different sports for four years at Greenville High School. Bill played football, basketball, baseball, and tennis before graduating from Greenville in 1945.

Gloria was disappointed that Bill never gets recognized for his accomplishment. Well, it’s only the Darke Journal … but way to go Bill Hole. That’s an incredible accomplishment.

Does anybody else out there have a similar story?

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