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....

BBBS continues to rely on donors and sponsors

At Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County, we recently wrapped up our second largest fundraiser of the year.  The initial date...

Missing our hero, best friend

Dad has been gone two years now, yet I know he is with us in spirit. Yes, the patriarch of our immediate family – Lee...

Saving the pensions Ohioans earned

Last week, thousands of workers and retirees came to Columbus to demand Congress solve the crisis threatening the secure retirement these Americans earned. I...

Riffell get-together a fun time

Despite the humid temperatures, the Riffell family get-together was fairly well attended this past Sunday. Thirty-one people were in attendance. As always, we miss those...

A better Farm Bill for all Ohioans

The best ideas don’t come out of Washington – they come out of conversations with Ohioans. That was on display last week as Republicans and...

Facts about the Dust Bowl revealed

Every once in a while in my 50-plus years of journalism, Caroline Singer, a 99-year-old rural Greenville woman, has contacted me about things going...

Palindromes and semordnilaps

A phenomenon in our family is over and if all goes well it should happen again, but it doesn't bring me much excitement. My...

Commissioner’s Corner

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

10 Reasons Why 4-H Camp Matters

Imagine this, laughter, stories, crafts, swimming, games, snorkeling, exploring, rope climbing, sleeping under the stairs, dancing, fishing, friendships, campfires, silly songs, and a really...

Kudos to Riffle, McCabe on top awards

I think the Darke County Chamber of Commerce and Darke County Visitors Bureau did a great job in selecting Marty McCabe and Andrew Riffle,...

Grant programs drive broadband expansion

As part of a largely rural community, I understand the challenges that still exist regarding dependable internet access, even in the 21st century. Technology...

I’m done with being a shade tree mechanic

I'm putting out a help wanted notice for Dodge. I have nothing to do with hiring, but I can tell they are in desperate...

Summer can be a problem for some students

Now that school is out, graduates have received their diplomas, and summer break is underway; many people are looking forward to vacations, family gatherings,...

Take time to hug those close to you

This week, which in the past has always been special as my wife Peggy and I normally celebrate our wedding anniversary, took on a...