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  • 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...
  • I have to live in Ryan’s World

    by - Jul 1, 2016
    Hello ladies and gentlemen! This week is gonna be a little different, I know you are use to the regular “Ryan’s World”, where Ryan Berry makes witty and sarcastic remarks about his hilarious and amazing kids...
  • Celebrating our Independence

    by - Jul 1, 2016
    Much has changed for our nation since gaining our independence in 1776; however one thing that hasn’t changed is the pride and patriotism that Americans have for living in the greatest country on Earth. Not only...
  • Commissioners’ Corner

    by - Jul 1, 2016
    June marks the halfway point of the year. 2016 has been pretty good to Darke County so far and we hope to continue the fortune into the second half of the year. We have had some...
  • Nothing new under the sun

    by - Jun 30, 2016
    I write this piece in response to a recent request from a reader. She asked that I write about a figure that has certainly received the lion’s share of national attention this year. It is impossible...
  • Summer shouldn’t mean going hungry

    by - Jun 25, 2016
    For children across Ohio, summer break is beginning, and for many families that means vacations and summer camps and barbeques. But for too many, it also means stress over how to care for children while parents...
  • Events important to healthy tourism economy

    by - Jun 24, 2016
    We’re blessed in Darke County with terrific attractions that bring in thousands of visitors a year from outside our county borders, as well as provide a rich quality of life for those of us who are...
  • Protecting pastors and public officials

    by - Jun 23, 2016
    The United States Supreme Court made a landmark decision this past year to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide. This ruling has led some leaders to introduce reactionary legislation that will either open Ohio’s doors to gay marriage...

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