Junior Fair BBQ again a big success Beulah B James Senior Profile: Josie Myers Lady Indians place second at Ohio Classic in Hillsboro MVCA dominates Greyhounds in 45-0 triumph For Lady Devils, SHAC streak goes to 55 matches 9/11: Sixteen years later Gertrude Gibson Defender Bowl coming Sept. 16 Joyce A Walker Virginia R Young Senior Profile: Abby Campton West Union hosts 2017 Dragon Run New gridiron history begins for Peebles Trout, fire, and blueberry fields forever Senior Profile: Baylee Justice Lady Devils win SHAC thriller at Eastern Brown From Blue Creek to the Beaneaters Tough loss for Greyhounds in season opener Turning tragedy into hope What we learn from failure Absolutely had to get the wrinkles out Frances S Kidder Leo Trotter 41st Bentonville Festival set to begin Sept. 8 Winchester celebrates its history during three-day street fair Cruisefest returning to streets of Peebles Blue Creek- a community in transition honors its history and heritage Cuteness Galore – Winchester Homecoming Festival Baby Show Ronnie L Day Cast your vote for the Adams County Fairgrounds Nelson E Atkinson Ryan L Colvin Richard Tackett William L Tadlock Penny Pollard Wendell Beasley West Union soccer drops pair at Mason County Lady Indians go down in straight sets Senior Profile: Michael Gill Senior Profile: Katie Sandlin Royals dominate in big win over North Adams Dragons continue County Cup domination Archaeology Day returns to Serpent Mound Hourglass Quilt Square is back up again Manchester family hosts International Guests History, farming, and family- the bedrock of Cherry Fork’s community Bus drivers, emergency responders prepare for coming school year Working up a real good sweat What’s behind the motive? Rondal R Bailey Jr Thelma J Yates She’s all grown up now Scott A Yeager Soccer talent on display at 2017 SHAC preview Baseball community mourns the loss of Gene Bennett Winchester Homecoming Festival is Aug 25-27 Eleanor P Tumbleson Felicity man killed in Ohio River boating accident WUHS golfers take Portsmouth Invitational It was pretty cold that day Volleyball kicks off with SHAC Preview Night Young awarded Women’s Western Golf Foundation Scholarship One Mistake Senator Portman visits GE Test Facility in Peebles Adams County school districts facing some major challenges for the coming year Family, friends, and roots: the ties that bind residents of one Adams County village What is your strength? Just the chance to take a look back Ronnie L Wolford Dale J Marshall Herbert Purvis Great American Solar Eclipse coming Aug. 21 BREAKING NEWS: West Union wins fifth consecutive County Cup Wallace B Boden John L Fletcher Lady Indians golfers learning the links North Adams, West Union golfers open 2017 seasons This Labor Day, ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ Blanton announces candicacy for Court of Appeals Local student attends Congress of Future Medical Leaders MHS welcomes new principal Made in America When it feels like you’re spinning plates Bonfires and “building” a farm Lady Devils looking to take that next step 50 years of Bengal memories Ag Society delivers donation to Dragonfly Foundation Young Memorial Scholarship awarded to a pair of local seniors ‘Musical passion is in his blood’ Naylor named NAHS Principal Boldman retiring after 17 years as Homeless Shelter director Manchester concludes another River Days celebration Drug Treatment vs. Prison James R Brown Bobby Lawler Jr Adams County man charged with killing estranged girlfriend Lexie N Hopkins Volleyball, soccer previews coming this weekend Michael A Cheek

I watched it, the winner was a man

I am not a writer for the New York Times or The Washington Post so I don’t feel the need to stir up much controversy in these weekly columns. I usually just try to write from the heart and maybe stir up a few chuckles from my loyal readers. Now this week I need to apologize in advance if I offend any of the transgender population of Adams County, of which I have yet to meet a one, at least not that I am aware of.

Summer of 1976. This 15-year old boy watched nearly all of the Summer Olympics from Montreal, remember there was not much else on but at that time watching the Olympics and cheering for the Americans was cool. How many of you recall the gold medal exploits of Sugar Ray Leonard in the boxing ring, Edwin Moses on the track, or the magical Nadia Comaneci in the gymnastics competition? And how many of you remember some “guy” named Jenner winning the Olympic Decathlon?

OK, you know where I am going with this now and let me state up front, please make it stop. I can’t see any more photos or stories of Bruce Jenner dressed up like a woman. (Insert one of those chuckles). I watched the 1976 Decathlon and I saw the winner and it was a “guy” named Bruce. Bruce, a perfectly fine male name, and an exceptional effort needed to win a grueling Olympic event.

Now I read today that the United States Olympic Committee is willing to revise the records to show someone named “Caitlyn” Jenner as the winner of the 1976 Olympic Decathlon. What? What” What? I watched that event, it was not this Caitlyn who won. I swear that javelin was thrown by someone named Bruce, but maybe my young eyes deceived me. I’m very Olympic confused right now. I know that was a man flying through the air on the pole vault, or clearing the bar on that high jump, and crossing the finish line after that 1500 meter run.

“We admire Caitlyn Jenner’s courage and wish her all the best,” USOC spokesperson Patrick Sandusky said in a statement recently, referring to Jenner’s decision to come out as transgender. “We would happily consider any athlete’s request to have his or her personal information updated in our records.”

Courage, really? I guess everyone has their opinion but my definition of courage wouldn’t include getting a sex change in order to get a reality show in order to selfishly make millions of dollars. My definition of courage wore a #22 Mount St. Joseph basketball jersey and whose legacy will change the lives of millions. My definition of courage would include a 25-year old double lung transplant recipient who sat in this office last week. My definition of courage is a baby boy named Trevor who fought so long and hard for his young life, only to lose that battle. My definition of courage is the many people in this county who are battling the deadly disease of cancer every day of their lives. My definition of courage is the men who stormed the beach at Normandy 71 years ago to preserve the freedoms of the world. Courage to me is not getting all prettied up and being on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine. I guess the good folks at ESPN don’t feel that way and I always used to enjoy the ESPYs.

Yes, I know that there are actually people who might be offended by that last paragraph, but so be it. Maybe I am just jealous that I don’t have a reality show and an unlimited budget at my disposal, courtesy of the Kardashian family. I don’t have that money at my disposal, not as a small town sports reporter. But don’t expect to see me doing the sex change thing anytime soon. One, I don’t have the legs to pull off the dress look and two, I don’t like shaving that much.

Perhaps we could boost sales if I tried the female look and posed for one of our publications. Somehow I have the feeling that scary photo would end up thrown in the bottom of a box along with the one of Terry Rigdon in a cheerleader’s outfit. For now, Bruce can just go on and be Caitlyn but I believe I will remain who I am, whether that be for better or worse.

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