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,...

Lunch Buddies throughout the year

Phyllis and Devon originally met during our Lunch Buddies program during the 2016-2017 school year.  Lunch Buddies is a program where adult mentors have lunch...

Enjoy time at the county fair

The Great Darke County Fair is here already. As I write this before deadline time, it has yet to start, but, by the time...

Commissioners’ Corner

July has certainly been an interesting month in the Commissioner’s office. It seemed like every day there was a new challenge to deal with....

My wife’s glance is my kryptonite

I'd like to think of myself as having above average in intelligence, but I'm sure I have co-workers that disagree. I'd like to think...

4-Hers can’t wait to see ‘Ewe’ at the fair!

There is something that feels so all-American about a county fair, and the countdown to the 2018 Great Darke County Fair has begun! Fair...

Mong enjoying life at Heartland

For those of you who do not know, Phyllis Mong is residing at Heartland of Greenville, and is very happy to be there. She welcomes...

Military and civilian jobs fuel economies

The final National Defense Authorization Act is expected to be signed into law soon. As a member of the bipartisan House and Senate Committee...

We don’t see them when they are home

I often share with my kids how I am looking forward to the day they finally move out and no longer need my support....