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 MHS honors veterans during pregame Kirker Covered Bridge gets a ‘Brown Goose’ facelift Adams County Heritage Days are Sept. 30-Oct. 1 Lady Devils prevail 1-0 over Peebles on Kickin’ Cancer Night Senior Profile: Patrick Baldwin Michael W Milby James R Grooms Sr. Fall Festival crowns Little Miss and Mister UPDATE: Pike County multiple murder Investigation; redacted autopsy reports released West Union Elementary names August Students of the Month SHAC streak continues for North Adams volleyball West Union volleyball picks up a pair of W’s Animal Shelter booth sees record crowds at Old Timer’s Day Festival Dragons top Manchester in Defender Bowl battle, 28-22 Senior Profile: Kendall Gallowitz Lady Dragons grab early lead in SHAC Tourney, final round is coming Friday Another Old Timer’s Days in the books and successful Run Gio Foundation to hold Oct. 1 benefit in Adams County Betty L Kelley Tom Cross, ACTVB Director, to receive ODNR Cardinal Award Seaman Fall Festival begins Wednesday, runs through Saturday Dragons still lead after two rounds of SHAC Golf, McCarty tops individual leader board Lady Dragons get SHAC win, downing Fayetteville 3-1 Overcoming obstacles, Pennywitt etches his name in MHS record books Dragons take first day lead in SHAC Golf Tourney New drug treatment offers more hope for recovering addicts Ronnie G Nace Lucille Wright Lois M Bixler Time to change those soccer rules Senior Profile: Hannah Grimes ‘Cruising up and down the main drag all night long’ Community effort erects town clock S Bridge to be replaced on Graces Run Road Senior Profile: Brittany Caldwell Lady Dragons break ACCC course record Dragons roll in county gridiron battle Down to last play, Hounds fall in heartbreaker I never won, but those lawn games were special times Donnie Austin Shari R Hiltibran Bentonville hosts 40th Annual Harvest Festival West Union soccer teams sweep Williamsburg, St. Patrick “Rockin” the mats again Senior Profile: Brittany Caldwell Sylvester Mefford Local teens selected to State 4-H Teen Leadership Council Connect with Serpent Mound over Old Timer’s Days Guthrie to speak about pests and diseases in beekeeping Old Timers Days Festival Cornhole Tournament is this week Defender Bowl coming Thursday Bentonville Harvest Festival holds Toddler Pageants 40th Anniversary Bentonville Harvest Festival hosts Baby Show 9/11 Reminds Us That We Are All Americans Lady Dragons are 2016 County Cup winners Bob Birchfield Senior Profile: Ryan Henderson Dragons take JV golf match Another rough night for Greyhounds, Notre Dame rolls to big win Remembering 9/11-15 years later Hughes honored at GABP Concussions and Youth Sports Roberta Newman to retire after more than 46 years at First State Bank Reaching out to the Baton Rouge flood victims Bentonville Harvest Festival celebrates its 40th anniversary Fire it up! Annual Jr. Fair BBQ cooks up another savory fare Lady Indians take down Whiteoak in four sets Senior Profile: Zack Best Greyhounds produce three winners at the 2016 Dragon Run Lady Hounds win in five sets at West Union Teresa Houdeshell Rosa Grooms Roy C Shiveley Mathew R Potts Staggs and Louiso to visit nation’s capital MLSD board members disagree on the merits of drug-testing students Law enforcement will target impaired drivers Labor Day weekend Figgins goal gives Devils a 1-0 win over West Union Lady Devils soccer rolls past West Union 9-1 Senior Profile: Madison Jenkins Boys golf season in full swing in county Winchester Homecoming Festival beats the heat and the storm I learned a lot from Rusty Verona McRoberts Lester Boldman Elsworth Cook Jr Harold L Applegate 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

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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