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

Animal Shelter holds grand opening

Staff and Board Members of the Adams County Humane Society gather on June 20 for the ribbon cutting of the newly opened Animal shelter. Pictured, from left, Jessica Huxmann (current Board President), Nick Mason (Shelter Manager), Amanda Cantrell (Kennel Manager), Anita Harover (Board Member), Karen Franklin (Board Vice President), Brian Mason (Treasurer), Teresa Grooms (Board Member), Phil Miskell (Board Member), Vonda Jones (Board Member), Sally White (former Board Member), Bob Smith (former Board President), and Richard Potter (former Board Member).

Former Board President Bob Smith capably handles the honors of cutting the ribbon at last weekend’s grand opening ofthe new Animal Shelter.

“Molly” the Pomeranian dog, a former Humane Society of Adams County dog that was rescued from an abandoned house in West Union in 2013 was adopted by a couple in Daytonwho drove to West Union to attend the Grand Opening on June 20.

In 2005, a local group of caring individuals got together and decided that the homeless companion animals of Adams County, Ohio, deserved more attention. Shortly thereafter, the Humane Society of Adams County was formed. This non-profit 501c3 organization is dedicated to providing humane care and treatment to all animals brought into the shelter. HSAC is also committed to providing educational and volunteer programs to the citizens of Adams County, concerning the humane treatment of animals, prevention of cruelty, abuse, neglect, and exploitation of animals. The goal of HSAC is further to reduce the pet over population in the county by offering low-cost spay/neuter clinics.

For years, the Board of Directors for the Humane Society met in a room of the National Bank of Adams County in West Union. The group’s main focus was acquiring enough money to build a brand new animal shelter. In 2012, that dream became a reality when ground was broken for the new facility in West Union. Construction of the shelter was completed in the spring of 2013. It took another two years of dedicated fundraising to finally have the capital to hire a staff.

All of the phone calls, letter-writing, organizing, dreaming, planning, and hard work have finally paid off as the new Humane Society Animal Shelter held its official Grand Opening on Saturday, June 20. The ceremony was attended by past and former members of the Humane Society’s Board of Directors, volunteers, staff, and many supporters. Girl Scout Troop 2973 helped set up and serve hot dogs, chips, and soda, which were generously donated by the Cantrell and Franklin families. Boy Scout Troop 60 presented the flag that will grace the front of the new Shelter building. Reverend Ronnie Baker gave a moving invocation which focused on Genesis 1:26 which calls on man to be good stewards over God’s creatures.

Jessica Huxmann, current President of the Board of Directors, gave a speech that emphasized the generosity of everyone who has helped to make the Humane Society a success. Many individuals contributed to the Humane Society through annual dinner auctions, ice cream socials, open house events, memorial brick sales, membership sales, t-shirt sales, calendar sales, pet food drives, spaghetti dinners, and other fundraising activities.

Huxmann went on to highlight one individual in particular who gave the majority of the funds needed to build the new shelter, Mr. Robert Smith of West Union. Mr. Smith’s vision of a safe, healthy shelter for dogs and cats is what inspired the original members of the Board of Directors to form the Humane Society ten years ago. The Smith family donated generously year after year to build the Shelter, and Mr. Smith personally oversaw the design and construction of the Animal Shelter building. The new shelter has 20 kennels for dogs and 26 enclosures for cats, as well as a meeting room, laundry room, office space, two-vehicle garage, and acreage for exercising the animals.

Over 70 visitors attended the Grand Opening of the Animal Shelter, about $450 was raised, and two dogs, one cat, and one kitten were adopted into to their new forever homes before the event was over. The new Animal Shelter will now be open Tuesday through Saturday (closed Sunday and Monday). To learn more about the Humane Society and the new Animal Shelter, please call (937) 544-8585 or visit www.adamscountyanimals.org.

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