Peebles Elementary hosts PBIS showcase NAES student starting Christmas Card project Try and tell them that nobody cares Senior Profile: Ethan Thompson 15-point lead vanishes, Hounds fall in season opener Deer Gun Season results down all across Ohio Hometown Christmas in Peebles rings in the holiday season Manchester Elementary receives 2016 Momentum Award Drug bust in West Union Stephen C Foster Donna Rivers WUES students perform as part of Honor Choir Ohio Brush Creek Canoe/Kayak access completed Hall of Fame Christmas in Portsmouth Thyme to trim the Christmas Tree Junior High Lady Hounds get season-opening sweep Lady Devils roll past Paint Valley in season opener Senior Profile: Jessica Johnson Michael E Roberts Sr Evelyn L Jones Thomas M Calvert Ryan, Sowards lead Lady Indians to easy win in season opener, 57-36 over Felicity Senior Profile: Wes Hayslip Justice off to hot start at VSU County boys’ squads on display in annual SHAC Preview Night ‘Operation Christmas Child’ collects 1,707 shoe boxes for needy children Two animal cruelty cases investigated in Adams County DP&L considers closing power-generating plants in county Holiday spirit makes an early appearance in Adams County Chester A Mann Jeffrey A Daley Sr Michael G Tincher DAR sponsors Good Citizen Award Ohio’s young hunters harvest nearly 6,000 deer during Youth Gun Season Senior Profile: Kayle Thomas Helen N Hiestand Rev Walter R Egnor Sr Betty Beam Jamie L Corrill Jeffrey L Heppard Edsel L Massey Jr It is time to stop and take time to give thanks on a special day Another year to be very thankful for Senior Profile: Savannah McCoy McCoy signs to continue golf career at SSU North Adams hosts SHAC Girls Preview DAR commemorates 50th anniversary of Vietnam War Historical Society honors veterans Star Wars routine leads Fancy Free Cloggers to ‘America’s Got Talent’ A Day at the Opera Eagle Creek draws community to Thanksgiving celebration Ward ekes out victory over Worley in county commissioner race Mary A Garman Ronald L Palmer Joseph S McClanahan II Emma O Hayslip Devils slip by Georgetown in Foundation Game Hupp, Hunter, Wolke named OSSCA Second Team All-State Senior Profile: Kain Turner Lady Devils romp in Foundation Game Oh, those aromas coming from Mom’s kitchen What Became My Biggest Project Deer gun season set to begin ‘Trees to Textbooks’ shares revenues with local schools and communities BREAKING NEWS Winchester’s Baxter wins Miss Ohio USA 2017 pageant Genny Elkins Pauline S Stevenson Donald E Lewis Sr Charlotte R Seaman Ruth Prater Bennie Skaggs Gertrude Swayne West Union High School hosts impressive Veterans Day ceremonies Peebles Elementary hosts ceremony to honor local veterans Duke Energy exits Killen and Stuart Plants GE Aviation hosts annual Veterans Day celebration Senior Profile: Logan Gordley Jeffrey A Brown Sr Peebles Library welcomes local author and survivor on Nov. 19 Homer C Eldridge Robert W Schomberg One Commissioner race too close to call in unofficial count Voters approve majority of county levies on Tuesday’s election ballot NAES Sixth Graders practice the democratic process Honoring one who gave the ‘last full measure of devotion’ Overcoming adversity, veteran of Iraq War opens local business Senior Profile: Ben Figgins Senior Profile: Macy Mullenix SHAC Basketball Previews are set for Nov. 18 and 25 Trio of local golfers finish careers with trip to the highest level of high school competition Peebles sophomore Jenny Seas finishes sixth in OHSAA state cross-country meet Upset win sends Trump to the White House ACRMC awarded plaque for 50 years of service Peebles Elementary releases Honor Roll for First Nine Week Grading Period BREAKING ELECTION NEWS! Senior Profile: Jordyn Kell Orlie H Kirker Military homecoming at NAES

WINCHESTER HAPPENINGS

The Winchester Bicentennial (200 years) will be Aug. 28, 29 and 30. There have been remarkable changes during this time which will be documented and reflected in the Bicentennial Book. We want to invite local businesses, churches and homeowners to participate in our celebration by decorating your facility or home as well as consider being part of the Sunday afternoon parade.

We have a Bicentennial Committee meeting 7 p.m. Thursday, June 18, in the Town Hall.

Our local police department will again be participating in the National Night Out this year and we will be providing more information. (I saw the backpacks and they are really cute). David and Rich will be posting information on their Facebook Page (Winchester Police Department).

The United Methodist Women held their June meeting on Monday June 8 in the church annex. Twenty-two members and one guest enjoyed the meal and the program presented by the committee of Carol Foster, Linda Downs, Liz Doss and Lynda Williams. The business meeting was conducted by the President Kathy Willman. Reports were given and pens and pencils were collected to give to the North Adams Library. Two proposals were made to help an organization in Africa and to help any of the youth who wish to go to camp this summer. It was approved to do this. Next month members are to prepare shoe boxes filled with items for the Homeless Shelter.

The excitement this weekend was the opening of the Family Dollar Store. We hope you are able to show your appreciation by supporting local business.

We need healing prayers this week for Rita Harper who is a patient in Mercy Clermont. Also keep Linda Barnes and Billie Burton in your prayers.

We now have more Bicentennial T-shirts and if you would like to purchase one let us know. They are $15 each.

Winchester’s Past (Florence): One of the most highly respected and prominent people who lived in Winchester in the 1850s was Hyman Israel DeBruin. He was born in Holland of Jewish parents in 1796. In 1820 he set sail for America after borrowing money for his fare. He and a friend walked and took an emigrant wagon to Pittsburgh where they got a flat boat to Maysville. He got a job as a bookkeeper and in 1822 he married Rebecca Easton. A terrible epidemic of cholera hit Maysville in 1833 and Hyman moved the family to Winchester and opened a mercantile business. He and Rebecca had 12 children, four of whom died as infants. The oldest son, Israel Hyman worked for his father and when his father retired in 1854 he took over the store. Hyman Israel had gathered quite a sum of money, $60,000 or $70,000 from his years in the store. He became a Christian and joined the Methodist Church in 1844. On his tombstone in the Winchester cemetery it says, “Born a Jew, lived a life of faith, died a Christian.”

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