Governor Kasich honors Defender’s 150th anniversary ACRMC offers Language Interpretation Greyhounds stumble in opener, Green rushing attack leads to big win Notre Dame drops North Adams in straight sets SENIOR PROFILE: Gavin Baldwin Lady Dragons win Friday match at ACCC Juanita Lee Annual Junior Fair Beef BBQ is Thursday night Earl Jackson It was really worth the wait Barnes retires from Water District Board of Trustees Blanton rape, kidnapping trial continues at courthouse Serpent Mound hosts Archaeology Day Local woman receives Red Cross Hero award Republican committee appoints new Commissioner Officer Hayes reinstated in Manchester The Edge: Previewing the 2016 Ohio State Buckeyes West Union golfers have the experience of a lifetime Meade twins awarded OHSBCA Scholarships Lady Indians fall to Valley Devils roll in SHAC opener, topping Eastern 7-1 Senior Profile: Nathan Buck Lady Dragons drop volleyball opener Boerger back for second year with North Adams XC PHS Soccer starts with season sweep Toole gets 1,000th dig, Lady Devils get thrilling win in season opener Young Lady Indians looking for successful 2016 Devils open with big 7-2 victory Senior Profile: Cassie Campbell Wrong kind of thunder for Lady Devils Lady Dragons take first in county golf tri-match Marine Corps holds annual 5K Run at Wheat Ridge ‘Friday Night Lights’ shine bright on the Dragons 2016 Prep Football Preview Michael L Morgan John E Thomas Junior Fair Beef BBQ is Sept. 1 Adams County teachers attend SSCC Chemistry Workshop Adams County Safe Community Coalition’s goal is to end drunk driving Fultons celebrate 50 years of marriage Winchester Homecoming launches county festival season Young Lady Indians looking for successful 2016 Lady Dragons take first in county golf tri-match Marine Corps holds annual 5K Run at Wheat Ridge SHAC holds 2016 Soccer Preview Kaiden Spratt Steve Gibson Margaret J Lute Joshua D Grooms Priscilla Nixon Lady Devils on hunt for another gold ball Donald E Shiveley Mary S McDaniel Wayne Austin Roy L Grooms SENIOR PROFILE: Maddie Toole County Cup again belongs to West Union, four Dragons are All-County golfers North Adams plays host to annual SHAC Volleyball Preview Night Lady Dragons top Eastern, two others in quad match Is there cause for concern? We peeked at a solar eclipse Defender celebrates 150th year of publication Junior Deputy Boot Camp promotes drug prevention Caraway colleagues say farewell Jayce CJ Bradford Jimmy L Miller Derek Blevins Mildred Hanson Patty Boldman Statement from Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Pike County Sheriff Charles S. Reader Charles E Hayslip OVCTC Yearbook Class makes history, and it took a village Geneva Boone Archaeology Day coming to Serpent Mound Local firefighter laid to rest Wayne Township and Manchester join OhioCheckbook.com River Days hosts Baby Show ROCK hosts Spelling Bee as part of Manchester River Days Local business sells big lottery winner The first brick grill…almost Another one bites the dust West Union, North Adams golfers open 2016 season With lots of numbers, Peebles boys soccer looks to pick up the tempo Benintendi settles in with the Red Sox An Umpire’s Perspective on Coach Behavior Thanks to NFL, Freedom Field will be a lot brighter for fans Manchester ‘C’ girls finish season undefeated Under new head coach, Lady Hounds looking to compete in SHAC race Dragons blank Indians in pre-season soccer scrimmage River Days celebration include Saturday morning 5K race Lady Indians part of three-day pre-season volleyball camp ACCC hosts Junior League Club Championship on Aug. 4 Martha L Marsden John H. Brodt Timothy E. Mahon Tanya Richendollar Herman notches hole-in-one at Kenton Station course Despite low numbers, Lady Dragons optimistic about 2016 volleyball season Manchester celebrates 225 years with River Days fun in the village

WINCHESTER HAPPENINGS

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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