Geneva E Vogler Susan L Kremin Local golf teams complete play at state tournament Lady Dragons make school history with tournament win Browning gets hands-on look at NASA’s latest robotics Local beautician celebrates 80th birthday Health Department appeals to November voters Betty R Toller Senior Profile: Craig Horton Helen F Hoffer Super Saturday at Freedom Field Lady Dragons hang on for five-set victory over Manchester Seventh Grade Lady Hounds are SHAC Tournament champions Peebles Elementary announces September Students of the Month Rideout’s Muffler celebrating 40th anniversary this month Senior Citizens levy will appear on November ballot Bonnie J Orr Dorothy M Edenfield Senior Profile: Grace Barge Jerry Paquette Dragons get big 38-20 win at Green Manchester takes varsity team titles at West Union Invitational Lady Devils knock off Peebles on Volley For the Cure Night Manhunt ends with arrest of alleged bank robber Senior Profile: Kelsey Friend Lady Dragons finish as District Runners-Up Sectional pairings announced for volleyball and soccer 2 and 3 and worried is me Patricia Clift Adams County Humane Agent saves abandoned dogs and puppies Tourism had major economic impact on Adams County in 2015 Senator Portman brings his campaign to Adams County Betty E Lawson Sanborn NAHS holds National Honor Society induction ceremonies Harlan W Benjamin Joyce A Lafferty Senior Profile: Lee Hesler Dragons get SHAC win, 2-1 over Fairfield North Adams tops Peebles in ‘Kickin Cancer’ battles Double duty coming at Boys’ State Golf Tournament as West Union and North Adams both qualify Humane Society providing ‘Straws For Paws’ North Adams Elementary honors students and staff Russell Rockwell Julie L Wagner Hobert C Robinson Samuel D McClellan Brenda S Bare Clarencce Walker Jr Dolly M Hilterbrandt Jack Roush Day returns to Manchester West Union FFA has busy opening to school year ODOT opens new full-service Maintenance Facility Peebles Elementary introduces Peer Mentoring program Frost is recipient of Morgan Memorial Scholarship Peebles Fire Department has a new addition Heritage Days return to Tranquility Wheat Ridge Olde Thyme Herb Fair and Harvest Festival begins Friday Caraway Farm hosts annual Pumpkin Festival ‘Run Gio’ makes a visit to Adams County Senior Profile: Mackenzie Smith West Union, North Adams grab top two spots in Division III golf sectional tournament This memory will live with me forever Will M Stern West Union and North Adams-State Bound! Lillian N Smith Betty R Shelton Barbara ER Bohl Brenda Farley Senior Profile: Caitlyn Bradford Dragons roar to 40-0 Homecoming victory Greyhounds take three of four races at annual Adams County Meet Monarch Meadows holds grand opening Discovering a touch of glass on Erie’s Shores Junior L Conaway William B Brumley Sr Fred G Davis Ohio Valley FFA Officers for 2016-17 named ACRMC Emergency Care Center renamed after Dr. Bruce Ashley West Union holds football Homecoming festivities First graders pick the Sheriff Cross honored by ODNR with the prestigious Cardinal Award Renowned Ohio artist visits WUHS Don and Venita Bowles named 2016 Outstanding Fair Supporters PES students part of new Lego League Ferno donates $2,500 to OVCTC From the cistern to the city water Basketball officiating class being offered in October Peebles rolls by West Union in straight sets Par for the course, Dragons sweep SHAC Golf titles Greyhounds hang on late for first win of 2016 season You have to understand the process to understand the job Alex K Miller Ann E Campbell Scott N Atkinson Senior Profile: Tyler Fowler Martin named to All-Tourney Team in North/South Battlefield Classic 200 years on the banks of the Ohio, in a little town called Moscow Edwin P Prince ACRMC Emergency Care Center renamed after Dr. Bruce Ashley Volleyball teams honor young cancer patient


The Winchester Bi-Centennial (200 years) will be Aug. 28, 29 and 30, 2015. The Committee has been planning several events including the opening ceremonies at 6 p.m. with local and state political representatives. In addition to the community yard sale, 5-K Run, Caramel Queen Contest, inflatables and pedal tractor pull and lots of other activities, we have scheduled a special presentation of past queens, re-enactments from Winchester’s past, Morgan’s Raiders, historical home and cemetery tours. We will have the car show and new this year will be the antique tractor show and corn shucker presentation. We will begin a weekly profile of different activities. If you are interested in helping with any of the events, please let me know.

We have a few more bi-centennial T-shirts and if you would like to order one let us know. They are $15 each.

Prayers and sympathy are extended to the family of Charles “Bill” Miller, 86, who passed away Friday at the Hospice of Hope Inpatient Center at Adams County Regional Medical Center. He is survived by his wife Geneva, son Mickey and Debbie and daughter Kim and Jerome Miller-Wenning.

We need healing prayers this week for Betty Crank, Diane Call, Dorothy Walls and Sheila Burgess.

The Family Dollar Store opened on Thursday, June 4. The Grand Opening will be on Saturday, June 13, but you can begin shopping anytime. On Saturday there will be refreshments and gift cards awarded to the first 50 customers. Also, check out the Bargain Barn. He opens at noon and has all new merchandise. Karin’s Korner Kraft Shop is next door to the Bargain Barn and if you like wood crafts check out her shop also. It’s great to have new businesses in town where we can shop.

Happy belated birthday to Gordon Rider whose family had a surprise birthday dinner for him and all the congregation of the Methodist Church last Sunday after morning services. His daughters were here from out of town and and they brought all the food and had decorated cup cakes with candles. What a great way to celebrate a birthday!

Winchester’s Past (Florence): By 1840 the census showed 201 people living in Winchester and there were 65 buildings. The streets were all unpaved and poorly drained. They were dirt roads and during the summer and dry weather there were clouds of dust. In the winter or during wet weather they were a sea of mud. Traffic from wagons and carriages made deep ruts and they often became mired in the mud and had to be pulled out. Some roads had logs laid crosswise to the road and then covered with dirt. They were called corduroy roads. Water was gotten from the many springs in the area but there were no provisions for sanitation. The period between 1840 and 1850 saw the biggest growth in population. It more than doubled from 201 to 458 in 1850.

There were only 14 new buildings but many of the log buildings were replaced with frame and brick ones. There were five merchants and one drugstore listed in the census. There were three doctors, one dentist, one lawyer, one inn keeper, two teachers and three ministers in addition to all of the carpenters, tailors, blacksmiths and other craftsmen needed to provide for the citizens.

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