Archive for March, 2011

>How Healthy is Darke County?

> has posted some very interesting statistics regarding general health in Ohio counties and comparing those numbers to the rest of the state, as well as the rest of the country. Of Ohio’s 88 counties, they have ranked Darke at 27.

Check out the site and feel free to comment below. Do the statistics match your perceptions of Darke countians’ general health?

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>New Mercer Savings Bank Beginning to Look Like a Bank


A very camera savvy reader submitted this photo of the (nearly completed looking) Mercer Savings Bank on Main Street. Exciting times we live in!

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>Annie’s back!


Annie Oakley has a new straw summer hat and is surveying Broadway of yester year in Garst Museum’s Greenville Room. Watch for her adventures leading up to this year’s Gala.

Garst Museum will host their annual fund-raiser, “Annie’s Wild West Gala” on Saturday, June 11, 2011 at the museum. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. There will be food, a silent auction, a live auction, raffles , door prizes, and lots of fun !

Featured this year will be “Annie’s Wild Raffle”. Museum board members will have $5.00 raffle tickets available, as will staff at the museum. Prizes for this raffle will be: a fantastic handmade contemporary quilt, an Apple iPad2; and a 32” flat screen TV. Winning tickets will be drawn at the event for this raffle; however winners need not be present to win.

Tickets for the special raffle and tickets for the event ($10.00) are available at the museum. Information : or call 937-548-5250.

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>NASCAR Night Raises $4,081 For State of the Heart Hospice


A fundraiser that benefited State of the Heart Hospice is one of the most generous on going fundraisers for the local hospice program. At the Celina Mercer County Chamber of Commerce annual NASCAR night that was held this winter, a check for $4,081 was given to the non-profit agency which cares for families and patients in eastern Indiana and western Ohio who are confronting a life limiting illness. Over the years, the Chamber’s NASCAR night has resulted in nearly $60,000 in support for State of the Heart Hospice. State of the Heart has offices in Coldwater, Greenville and Portland.

Pictured at the event are left to right, Pam Buschur, Director of Celina Mercer County Chamber of Commerce, Ken Kurz, Director of Development and Public Relations for State of the Heart, Steve Schmidt of Peoples Bank Co. and Chamber Trustee and Chairman of the Race Committee, and Jared Ebbing, Mercer County Community Development Director and Race Committee member.

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Darke County Center for the Arts thanks the Coppock-Hole Trust for donating funds to sponsor Riders In The Sky, performing in Greenville on Saturday, April 9. DCCA Executive Director Julie Strait stated, “The Coppock-Hole family foundation has been one of DCCA’s most generous and long-standing supporters of the Arts in Darke County; we are grateful for their continued commitment to helping provide opportunities for cultural enrichment in our community.”

For over thirty years, Riders In The Sky has been the keeper of the flame passed on by the Sons of the Pioneers, Gene Autry and Roy Rogers. Exceptional showmen Ranger Doug, Joey the Cow-Polka King, Woody Paul, and Too Slim are known for their legendary wacky humor and way-out Western wit, delighting cowboys and cowgirls of all ages.

The 8:00 pm show will take place in the beautiful and acoustically excellent St. Clair Memorial Hall, 215 W. Fourth Street, Greenville. Tickets are $20; a few seats are still available. Contact DCCA at 937-547-0908 or email

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>Happy Opening Day!


Today is a day that may as well be a regional holiday! Even though it feels like January, the calendar says Spring, and that, Darke Journalians, means baseball!

Anyone want to be brave enough to leave any bold predictions in the comments below?

How many will the Reds win?
How many saves will Cordero compile before he blows one and fandom demands he be replaced?
Can Jay Bruce have a full season like he ended in 2010?
Can Jonny Gomes have a full season like the way he started 2010?
Will I run out of questions to ask?


>No April Fool’s Joke; Local Golfers have the Opportunity to Play NCR South Course

>American Red Cross presents, “A Round for Relief”

The American Red Cross is offering six lucky foursomes the chance to play the world-renowned South Course of the NCR Country Club. This new regional fundraiser, “A Round for Relief”, offers golfers the opportunity to experience the beautiful greens, tread the same course and putt the same holes where the 51st PGA Championship was hosted. The event will benefit local American Red Cross chapters including Clark, Darke, Dayton, Mad River, Northern Miami Valley and Wayne/Union. Each $20 ticket enters you in a drawing to play where the professionals have made their careers while supporting disaster relief and preparedness in your own community.

Just as good golfers practice and prepare for their next shot off the tee, the American Red Cross is constantly working to prepare families and businesses for their next local disaster. Whether it is a flood, tornado or ice storm, preparedness and immediate response saves lives. “A Round for Relief” is a unique opportunity to support area Red Cross Chapters as they continue this life-saving work.

One winning foursome will be chosen from each Chapter location, six foursomes in all, to play in “A Round for Relief” on May 25th. The winning foursomes will enjoy a catered lunch, an incredible golfing experience, a delicious dinner, catered by NCR’s culinary expert Chef Mary King and opportunities to win skill prizes.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online at or by calling 937.548.1002. The drawing for the winning foursome will be held on May 12th and winners will be notified by phone on May 15th.

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