Their ladder privileges are revoked

"You have to promise you will not write a story about us," were the first words out of my mom's mouth when I stopped...

Elizabeth will be missed by many

Rick and Kathy Brewer have been dealt a huge blow this week, when daughter Elizabeth "EB" passed away. The many people who knew Elizabeth are...

Commissioner’s Corner

November is the unofficial start of winter, and the official month of Thanksgiving. It seems the weather has brought winter in early on some...

I’m scared to take any more time off

I have a few more vacation days I need to take before the end of the year to get some so-called "time off." The...

So much for which to be grateful

I know Thanksgiving is over, but some "down time" for me this week had me reflecting on my life once again. Because my vehicle...

I don’t want to relive Chapter 1 everyday

I don't think I've ever written one of those heartwarming thankful stories – and it's probably not going to happen this week. With that said,...

Veterans deserve day to themselves

Happy Veterans Day to all of you who served this great country of ours over the years, and kudos to those who are no...

National 4-H Hall of Fame induction

“The 4-H Center is like ‘home’. Its influence is infinite in scope. It lives within the hearts and minds of all who come...

Welcome to fall…not really

I want to thank those who helped me when I fell for some unknown reason in a public place a week ago. Jamie and I...

STEM Lights the Spark for 4-Hers

What do you mean 4-H isn’t all about cows and cooking? Yes! It's true the 4-H program has evolved since its humble beginnings and...

Best friends are truly forever

I have been blessed with lots of friends in my lifetime and feel honored that I can say that. Some I met in childhood, numerous...

We’re parents – that’s our job

After my last column, I have had several people stop and ask about the visit from "the boy." Let's just say I did not...

Commissioner’s Corner

August was certainly an interesting month weather wise here in Darke County. It seemed like every day there was either a monsoon, or scorching...

JC’s Coffee House is the place to go 

Jamie (my son) and I have found a new place to hang out...at JC's Coffee House in the Lighthouse Christian Center's complex. Jamie saw a...

Downtown investment pays dividends

Rural communities and counties are feeling the pinch. Demographically, America continues to change, and after decades of suburban sprawl, cities and urban centers are...

Making a bad impression is better for them

My wife is freaking out! I'm not sure if my oldest daughter is freaking out, but she is making demands, some of which are...

It sure was an exciting fair

Never in my 50-plus years of going to work at the Great Darke County Fair have I embarrassed myself as I did this year. Starting...

School Time, 4-H Time

As September rolls around so does the start of school, and the start of opportunities for 4-H youth to get involved, build their resumes,...

Cracking down on overdraft fees

Bank executives shouldn’t be allowed to scam hardworking families to pay for a CEO’s yacht. But that’s what’s happening as expensive, unexpected overdraft fees...

Youngest is coming out of the shadows

For the last 24 years I have developed a deep loathing for a very specific nine-day period in August. I won't say which nine-days,...