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  • 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...
  • Put focus on driving and other drivers

    by - Aug 6, 2016
    I grew up here in Darke County.  My family is from Darke County.  My four brothers and one sister all graduated from GHS.  I returned home after living in 13 different states and working for newspapers...
  • Ohio’s thriving business climate

    by - Aug 5, 2016
    It is no secret that small businesses are the backbone of our economy, especially right here in western Ohio. Our community is comprised of thousands of hardworking men and women who are focused on providing the...
  • Addressing the threat from superbugs

    by - Aug 4, 2016
    Antibiotic-resistant, so-called “superbugs” are an increasingly dangerous threat to Ohioans. In 2013, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report estimated that more than two million Americans suffer from antibiotic-resistant infections each year — and...
  • Ohio’s Sales Tax Holiday begins Aug. 5

    by - Aug 2, 2016
    The back-to-school shopping season is a busy and often costly time of year for many Ohio families. I’m pleased to announce that the state of Ohio has once again designated the first weekend in August as...
  • Commissioners’ Corner

    by - Aug 2, 2016
    Can anyone believe that in a few short weeks the Great Darke County Fair will be starting? July, like the rest of the year, has flown by quickly. It seems that just a few weeks ago...
  • No sense arguing with Drill Instructor Berry

    by - Jul 30, 2016
    As of July 19, spring cleaning is finally done. I know it’s summer, but I think it would be insensitive of me to stereotype a particular season as a time to do the burdensome task of...
  • Big Brother and Sister – Different ages, same goal

    by - Jul 25, 2016
    Did you know the average age of a Big Brother or Big Sister in the local area is 39? Think you are too old, or too young to get involved with the program? Think again. Big...
  • Whiskey, Wine & Ale Trail – Boon for county?

    by - Jul 21, 2016
    This past year, the Darke County Visitors Bureau put together a brand new feature highlighting our wineries, craft breweries, and distilleries in the area into a new trail for visitors and locals, the “Darke County Whiskey,...
  • Unemployment compensation debt

    by - Jul 19, 2016
    Some bills we pass in the Ohio Senate generate front-page headlines and constituent emails by the hundreds, while others travel through the legislative process with little fanfare. Sometimes it’s legislation that flies under the radar that...
  • I don’t want to brag, but I’m on Level 2

    by - Jul 16, 2016
    Have you caught your first Pidgey or Metapod? If you have no idea what those are then you probably aren’t as cool as me. When I say cool what I really mean is nerdy. The only...
  • Let children reach their full potential

    by - Jul 12, 2016
    Two years ago, President Obama launched the My Brother’s Keeper challenge, with the goal of expanding opportunities for a group that is far too often left behind in this country — boys and young men of...
  • Enjoying the summer in District 84

    by - Jul 7, 2016
    I have always been proud to call the 84th House District my home, especially this time of year when the weather is heating up and our local fairs and festivals get underway. There is nowhere else...
  • Growing our Shrinking Middle Class

    by - Jul 5, 2016
    Today, Americans are working longer hours for less pay. Protections and benefits that were once guaranteed by the government or bargained for by unions have eroded. Workers are holding up their end of the bargain, but...

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