Life’s Reflections: Darke County Now a Blessing

by | Sep 27, 2021 | Columns, Darke County News, Features

Life's Reflections

I am so grateful to have been asked and able to write again, with the added bonus of being able to tell others about the place where I love and live….Darke County in Ohio.

I came out of semi-retirement again to contribute to DarkeCountyNow.com. There are so many stories to tell about my forever home and the people living in it. I’ve always lived here and intend to stay here until The Man Upstairs has other plans.

With my 53-plus years in journalism, I have covered a vast number of events with as many articles on them, not to mention that I attended lots of meetings and got acquainted with residents of those respective communities.

There are a lot of great people who have lived and are still living here.

The more famous ones are the famous sharpshooter Annie Oakley; newscaster Lowell Thomas; and Zachary Lansdowne, a Naval commander who was aboard the airship, a zeppelin, which crashed in 1925.

And, more locally, there is an area inside the museum dedicated to Douglas Dickey, who saved the lives of his unit in Vietnam by throwing himself on a grenade. Douglas, too, went to Ansonia High School, from where I graduated and was a year ahead of me.

Cities, towns, villages, hamlets, burgs or whatever you want to call them in Darke County, include or have included:

  • Abbottsville
  • Ansonia
  • Aranum
  • Beamsville
  • Bradford
  • Brock
  • Burkettsville
  • Castine
  • Coletown
  • Dawn
  • Gettysburg
  • Glen Karn
  • Gordon
  • Fort Jefferson
  • Greenville
  • Hollansburg
  • Horatio
  • Jaysville
  • Lightsville
  • Nashville
  • New Harrison
  • Longtown
  • New Madison
  • New Paris
  • New Weston
  • North Star
  • Ogood
  • Painter Creek
  • Palestine
  • Pikeville
  • Pitsurg
  • Poplar Ridge
  • Rose Hill
  • Rossburg
  • Savona
  • Sharpeye
  • Webster
  • Woodington
  • Union City
  • Versailles
  • Wayne Lakes
  • Willowdell
  • Versailles
  • Yorkshire

Others are:

  • Baker
  • Cosmos
  • Delisle
  • Hunchberger Corner
  • North Dayton
  • Tampico
  • Weavers
  • Yankeetown.

Townships in the county are: Adams, Allen, Brown, Butler, Franklin, Greenville, Harrison, Jackson, Liberty, Mississinawa, Monroe, Neave, Patterson, Richland, Twin, Van Buren, Wabash, Washington, Wayne and York.

There is something for everyone here in this county. We are the home of the Great Darke County Fair and lots of other festivals that the communities put on each year. We have a museum, lots of churches, restaurants, veterans organizations, medical facilities and service clubs.

Maybe our parents, the late Lee J. and Beatrice Riffell Moody, and their predecessors are responsible for that. Dad was born in Celina but I’m thinking his family lived in Darke County most of their lives and I know my mother was a Darke countian. They taught us how to love and respect people and gave us good work ethics.

I’d say we were raised well; that doesn’t mean we were always well-behaved or acted responsibly with some of our decisions.

But, that’s life.

I’m proud to be connected with Darke County in every way. I very seldom get out of the area but I still get around to see what I need and want to see and go where I want to go.

It is my hope that this website with whom I am now associated reaches farther than just Darke County. People here need to be focused on by others. Some are humble and don’t want recognition, and I understand but it’s great to get the word out about them.

Darke County may not be for everyone but it is for me and I’m thinking it is for my family or they really wouldn’t have remained here.

I do travel to various functions and places a lot in my daily life, but I’m content with coming home, especially here in Ansonia, which is not too big nor too small.

I know I sound boring, because I don’t seem adventuresome. I’ve only been out of the state for various reasons especially
to very neighboring Indiana and I’ve even been to areas close to Ohio in northern Kentucky and southern Michigan. But, that’s okay, I’m happy and my son Jamie is happy and that’s all right with us.

For those who want to get in contact with me, do so at lmoody@darkecountynow.com or by getting in touch with me on Facebook. I will be glad to hear from you.

Jamie and I extend our condolences to the families of: , Doris Schlechty, Christine Delaney and Karla Moore.

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Please pray for these people: Matt Hiestand, Doug Leeper, Gloria Hodge, D’Arleen Waymire, June and Don Moody, Albert Duncan, Cathy Melling, Scott Clark, and all of those who are suffering from other life-altering illness, including Covid and other variants associated with the Pandemic.
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Happy birthday:

Sept. 27 to Julie Bragg-Lecklider, Alan Booker, Linda DeMange, Sean Brookbank, Tyler Luce, John Hannan and Ruth Waymire Foreman.

Sept. 28 to David Gilpin, Stephanie Mestemaker, Rebeecca Baker, Rachelle Hiestand, Teresa Hileman-Miller, Jeff Stewart, Ryan Anthony and Cody Brown.

Sept. 29 to Carol O’Connor, Mike Waymire, Nathan Riffell, LuAnn Dickey Baker, Patty Christian Bunger, Hannah Dynes, Shirley McEldowney Billenstein, JW Hartzell, Danny Beam, Ivan Christian and Jerry Loyd.

Sept. 30 to Bill Thomas, Mary Ann Gump, Lila Pinney, Jason Young, Betty Teegarden and Tammy Curtis.

Oct. 1 to Dolores Bowman, Jason Dirksen, Casey Marker, John Clack, Katie Baker-Cothran, Jackie Howell, Georgianne Crawford, Bob Robinson, Gloria Saintignon, Carlton Conner, Tom Hollinger and Selena Burke.

Oct. 2 to Dani Gibbs, Jene Riffell, Jerry Batten Jr., Dennis Butts, Dixie Ray, Elizabeth Heitkamp, Sam Androne and Ronnie Richards.

Oct. 3 to Rileigh Norton, Shirley Riffell Morrow, Kim Cromwell, Ron Turner, Linda Cobb Rosengarten, Cheryl Hammontree Keaser, Joan Mangen, Derek Ketring and Karen Duncan.

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Happy anniversary to: Darick and Ashley (Fisher) Rose, Lance and Kari Bartrum and Scott and Stephanie Helmke, all on Oct. 1.

Think about it: “Nostalgia is a device that removes the ruts and potholes from memory lane.” – Author Unknown

I am a Darke County native living in the Ansonia area with my son. I have been in journalism 50+ years and enjoy what I do.

Contact Darke County Now Media Correspondent Linda Moody @ lmoody@darkecountynow.com or 937-337-1955.

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