BWC rebates position Ohio for bright future

Ohio’s workers are essential to the growth of our economy. Since its inception, the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) has been helping private...

Fair week was enjoyable

I haven't had a chance yet to say how I did at the Great Darke County Fair. It was sensational; not as busy as before,...

Constitution Day — A Reminder

Two hundred and thirty years ago, the founding fathers of this country took the steps to form a more perfect union. On Sept. 17,...

Being the voice of reason is tiring

I've got to be really careful with this week's column. Believe it or not, my wife has a line and if I cross it...

Langenkamp retires from OSU Extension

Jo Langenkamp has retired from the Ohio State University (OSU) Extension Office, with her last official day having been on Thursday. "I worked there for...

Prioritizing education for the new school year

It’s hard to believe, but another school term has begun. With summer winding down and more school buses on the streets, students all across...

GCS superintendent gives welcome

GREENVILLE – Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year. Our administration and staff are eager to begin another year with the students, parents, grandparents, and...

Opioid emergency declaration overdue

Ohioans don’t need a declaration to tell them the opioid crisis is a national emergency. Many of them are living this nightmare every day. This...

BBBS continues to change lives

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County Executive Director, Jennifer Bruns recently attended the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America National Conference...

Fair coverage awaits us 

Mmmmm. What can I possibly write about this week? It can't be Darke County Fair time already. Where did the past year go? Nonetheless, it's here...

My wife sees it as her leaving us

A couple weeks ago we got our first taste of being empty nesters. Of course it was only for a week. Both daughters were...

Commissioners’ Corner

July has been a very busy month in the Commissioner’s office. We have had parades, and festivals to attend, along with the regular business...

New chapter in retiree’s life

I know. I know. I was retiring, but that complete scenario was not for me. I was feeling unproductive and got myself into a funk...

Successful Big Sister-Little Sister Match

Shelly and Linda, represent a successful Big Sister/Little Sister match within the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County agency.  Their relationship...

Protecting Ohioans from Wall Street scams

Always read the fine print. Almost a year after millions of fake bank accounts were uncovered, Wells Fargo is still using fine print “forced arbitration”...

Families save on back-to-school shopping

Back-to-school shopping can be tough on families. It all really starts to add up as you stretch every dollar for clothing, books, pens, and...

Unleashed without parental supervision

Summer is about half over, but it seems like it has gone on forever this year. Maybe it's just the excitement of finally getting...

Celebrating Celina and the lake this summer

Summertime is in full swing, and that means one thing in Ohio, it is fair season! One of my favorite local festivals to attend...

The Early Bird will continue to evolve

Next year, we will be celebrating our 50th anniversary as being locally owned and operated.  We haven’t gone through countless ownership changes and CEO’s...

Commissioners’ Corner

The year is officially half over already. This first half of 2017 has been a mix of either too wet, or too dry, and...