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  • 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...
  • 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...

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