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DARKE COUNTY -The Darke County Board of Commissioners proclaimed a celebration Monday during its regular board meeting for the 100th Anniversary of the Smith-Lever Act that started 1914 federal legislation to create the Cooperative Extension System.


“We would like to thank the Commission for their support of OSU (Ohio State University) throughout the years,” said Rhonda Williams, 4-H Educator and County Extension Director.


The act established the Cooperative Extension System nationwide on May 8, 1914, for education through a land-grant university partnership with federal, state and local governments.


It officially started in Darke County four years later with its first extension educator for Darke County hired in March 1918, who was an Agricultural Agent, W. S. Hendrix.


The first Home Economic Agent, Emma A. Sparks, was hired in June 1925, and the first 4-H Agent was John E. Craine, hired in July 1956, according to Williams.


Darke County activities will include a display and activities during the Darke County Fair August 15 through August 23.


The commissioners also re-appointed five board members for the Darke County Revolving (DCR) Loan Fund Review Board:

  • Ted Abney will represent the Real Estate Project Development. He is Owner of The Bistro Off Broadway. His term is through December 31, 2015.
  • Matt Kolb, Banking Loan Officer and with the Greenville National Bank, has a term through Dec. 31, 2016.
  • Diane Delaplane, will represent the Dark County Commissioners, as she is a member of the Commission. Her term is until Dec. 31, 2016.
  • Gracie Ratliff is replacing Sherry Mueller, and represents the Low-Moderate Income Community. She is Director of Darke County Job and Family Services and her term lasts until Dec. 31 2015.
  • Dan Esarey will represent Accounting for the RLF Review Board. He is owner of Esarey Kirsch & Esarey LLC and his term will last until Dec. 31, 2016.


The Commission approved three appropriation transfers.


The first transfer covers repayment of revenue funding from the Ohio Department of Education.


Tonya Clark, Business Manager with the Darke County Board of Disabilities, explained that the transfer of funds refunded to the Ohio Board of Education deals with a change in who is handling the funds, which will now be processed through the school districts where each child lives and who is in the program.


“We’re a county agency,” she added. The Darke County Board of Developmental Disabilities manages programs in Darke County for citizens with developmental disabilities, such as programs for early childhood intervention, adult services and Bridges to Transition for employment, according to its website.


Clark said that the state sent them the funds because it couldn’t process the changes in educational funding last year when the state changed the process.


County Board of Developmental Disabilities and the Darke County Educational Service Center is a partnership and the Darke County Educational Service Center provides ancillary services to the schools and residents for kids with disabilities.


The second transfer was $25 for the Osgood Sewer Maintenance, and the third is $1,000 for contract services and $5,000 for equipment for Darke County Juvenile Probate.


And lastly the Commission approved training requests for the municipal court and sheriff’s office for behavioral Interventions totaling $214; Field training Officer School for $415; SWAT/SRT Defensive Tactics training for $100; and Advanced Drug Investigations training for $690.

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