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  • Has Ohio conquered the Third Frontier?

    by - Oct 21, 2016
    Initially authorized by Ohio voters in 2002 with a $1.6 billion state investment and reauthorized in 2010 with an additional $700 million, the Ohio Third Frontier continues to foster an “innovation ecosystem” that allows companies to...
  • Former Little makes impact as Big Sister

    by - Oct 20, 2016
    Though it seems like not long ago Amanda was involved as a Little in the Big Brother Big Sisters program, she has now transitioned into a Big in the same program. Amanda has a love for...
  • Predictable scandal & schizophrenic box of chocolates

    by - Oct 19, 2016
    As this election season goes on, it seems to me that this is getting more and more clear that our nation is so torn between the two major candidates that it is actually tearing at the...
  • Deer season is now underway in Ohio

    by - Oct 19, 2016
    For motorists, a deer hunter is the best defense between you and an auto insurance claim. In Ohio, hunters are a critical part of managing the deer population and this deer season will be no exception....
  • The Whiny Baby, Thumb Sucker

    by - Oct 8, 2016
    This week would have been a good week for my daughter to volunteer to write this column. It’s not been a horrible week, but it’s been a busy week; although it hasn’t been overly busy. I...
  • Commissioners’ Corner

    by - Oct 4, 2016
    Sept. 22 was the official first day of autumn. Autumn means cooler weather, high school football is going strong, and it won’t be long until leaves are falling, crops are coming off, bonfires, and preparation for...
  • Increasing the limit for Small Claims Courts

    by - Sep 29, 2016
    Small businesses make up a large pillar of our western Ohio economy. For that reason, I am always supportive of all proposed measures that will help our local small businesses to grow and prosper far into...
  • My kids wonder why I’m grumpy

    by - Sep 24, 2016
    I don’t know if it’s age or if it’s because I’m grossly out of shape. Maybe it’s because it seems like I jump from one thing to the next for the kids and work. I think...
  • Volunteer mentor inspired by TV show

    by - Sep 23, 2016
    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County can thank talk show host, Kelly Ripa for their new Big Sister, Mindy.  Mindy was inspired to become a volunteer Big Sister mentor after a Live with...
  • Looking at the future of Ohio Agriculture

    by - Sep 22, 2016
    Last month, thousands of Ohioans from across the state flocked to their annual county fairs and the Ohio State Fair to showcase the best in agriculture. These events provide a wonderful opportunity for our youth to...
  • Senior Year and the Dog Made It

    by - Sep 3, 2016
    This year is going to be one like my wife and I have never experienced. We have a senior in high school and in approximately 33 more educational weeks (seniors get out a couple weeks early)...
  • Commissioners’ Corner

    by - Aug 31, 2016
    August has come and gone. Hot, humid weather, followed by flash rain storms and in some places flooding, the start of high school football, schools going back in session, and of course, the nine-day run of...
  • Ruminations at one year

    by - Aug 30, 2016
    I’ve had a lot of fun with the “Tourism Talks” column since its inception several months ago. My editorials thus far have focused on key aspects of tourism here in Darke County. This editorial, however, will...
  • Greenville welcomes students to the new school year

    by - Aug 29, 2016
    Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year. Our administration and staff are eager to begin another year with the students, parents, grandparents, and community members throughout our district. We hope to have everyone work together to make...
  • Rolling out online voter registration

    by - Aug 27, 2016
    This past spring the General Assembly was hard at work writing a bill to create an online voter registration system.  This legislation was extremely important for our state and ultimately Senate Bill 63, was passed by...
  • If Surber says we need – we need it

    by - Aug 26, 2016
    In my 20-plus years of working at The Early Bird I’ve had my share of ups-and-downs with the county’s elected officials and when I felt it was necessary, I’ve called them out. Suffice it to say,...
  • September is a safe driving reminder

    by - Aug 25, 2016
    Life is full of distractions. Driving can offer a rare moment of escape from the buzzing of our smart phones and the demands of the day. By making the inside of our vehicles a refuge instead...
  • Little Sister finds inspiration from Big Sister

    by - Aug 24, 2016
    Birthdays are supposed to be filled with celebration, cake, and candles.  It’s a day to reflect on the past year, and imagine the possibilities for the year ahead.  Last March, Big Sister Lisa celebrated her birthday...
  • I’m a pretty good dad

    by - Aug 20, 2016
    “You are a great dad!” If I had a nickel for every time I’ve heard that I could… Maybe I could… Never mind, I’ll just save those nickels until I can afford a cup of coffee...
  • Congress should work to combat Zika

    by - Aug 11, 2016
    It has been more than 165 days since President Obama requested emergency funding to fight Zika. Yet unlike during previous public health crises, Congress has failed to rise to the occasion. As experts warned of more...

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