Flora Hilderbran Commissioners to meet with DP&L officials New state graduation requirements called a ‘train wreck’ Catching up with Keller Senior Profile: Justin Knechtly Piketon size is too much for Lady Indians, Peebles falls in sectional finals Greyhounds grab Senior Night win Indians finish regular season riding six-game winning streak Harper, Hupp, Defense lead Lady Devils to fourth consecutive sectional championship West Union Elementary recognizes Students of the Month for January Second Healthy Hero awarded by Adams County Health and Wellness Coalition Coal company files to intervene in power plant closings Senior Profile: Jessica Sowards Senior Profile: Dennis Welch Dorothy E Walls Mabel Chamblin Michael R Jones Marie I Simmons Ray Johnson One thing to remember this President’s Day Adams County Deer Harvest down over 21% MLSD amends five-year budget, prepares for future with power plant closings Lady Dragons triumph in sectional opener Lady Hounds eighth graders capture SHAC Tournament title Gary L Fetters Sr Boys Sectional brackets released ‘We’re only as good as the way we treat others’ Another round of smiles Adams County Board of DD members recognized Terry L Unger 8th Grade Lady Devils ousted in tourney semis WU’s McCarty signs with Ohio Christian Joyce A Huddleson Carolyn Spires BREAKING NEWS: Peebles police search for man accused of selling marijuana-laced sweets Decision Time BBN Senior Profile: Summer Grundy Lady Devils fall to Southeastern, 56-48 Devils outlast Manchester 47-44 in double overtime Peebles holds second Hall of Fame Ceremony Senior Profile: Patrick England Sowards hits 1,000, ties PHS three-point mark County agencies prepare for sweeping budget cuts Manchester Council votes to cut police chief’s hours Wrestling debuts in Adams County Peebles Library hosts book signing As plants power down, community must step up Raymond P Dryden Alva Palmer Billie L Shoemaker Judith Long Brent A Arn Girls basketball sectional pairings announced WU’s Weeks will continue gridiron career at next level West Union JH Boys drop pair at Ripley Eighth Grade Lady Hounds roll into SHAC semi-finals Janet A Kennedy DP&L moving ahead with plans to close power plants Outreach Center in Peebles is a hub of giving River Sweep contest winners announced Gordley hits 1,000 mark, but Indians drop crucial SHAC contest to Lynchburg Manchester lifters compete at Piketon Senior Profile: Madelyn Sanders Charles L Hurd Randy Casto Bobby Strunk Dorothy J Scott Chester A Lanter Coach David Smalley picks up 500th career win at Rio Grande Dustin Holbrook Senior Profile: Camron Gordley As usual, optimism abounds on 2017 Reds Caravan Breeze, Beasley newest members of NAHS Athletic HOF Two humble men Adams County Manor Home Health Care makes road to recovery easier Don and Venita Bowles named as Outstanding Fair Supporters ‘Tip off For Tammy’ is a huge success, joint effort by two schools Husted campaign makes stop in Peebles Benefit held for double-lung transplant recipient I loved that muddy water, building in the creek Margaret E Broughton Larry A Hanson DP&L press release confirms closing of power plants Eighth grade girls showdown lives up to hype, North Adams wins in overtime, 45-43 Senior Profile: Raeanna Stamm North Adams Football sign-ups coming soon North Adams JV girls go 11-4 with win over Peebles Harper wins MaxPreps/JJHuddle Athlete of the Week West Union duo headed to the college gridiron Lady Devils make it 11 straight with win at Peebles Adams County residents attend Trump Inauguration A Look back at our Archives Peebles native comes home to film documentary Ohio Valley Wrestling Cub hosting home match on Jan. 31 Ruth A Branscome Velma Hughes Carol L Lewis Betty L Greiner Devils top New Boston 63-53 in finale of Coach Young Classic Lady Devils rout Eastern Pike in Young Classic

Just look to the calendar

For those who live in Adams County one has only but to look at their calendar and see it is turning to July. In Adams County, July means that the annual County Fair will be in full operation in just a couple weeks and to those who grew up attending the Adams County Fair, expectation and excitement is building. For the past 123 years and only for one week the citizens of the county have an event that can include and in one way or another involve each and every citizen.

When parents take young children to the fair for their first times, look into the faces of those children as they hear the hurdy gurdy music from the midway and around the rides with all their colorful lights and the carnies calling out whatever they are trying to sell. I’m certain the world looks huge, bright and wondrous. To the parents the midway can bring concern as they have been there before and know how much the kids hate the word no. But they all go anyway.

To the youth, the fair brings competition in many ways. From livestock projects to cheerleading contests, each are there to prove what they are entered in they are the best or are going to give it the hardest try. As the youth move into the young adult age and middle aged the competition is not only still there but has grown stronger even though most will deny just how bad they want that blue ribbon or trophy. The fair brings out the challenge and in some ways folks take their prize back to their communities for bragging privileges for another year.

The fair has always been a place for showing things and seeing things and most of all visiting. I have been told by friends that this will be the only time they meet and get to catch up on the year past and the plans for the year ahead. Stop and take a look at the fairgrounds and one will notice how the terrain raises in the center some and rolls up and down in much the same way as Adams County itself. It seems like the county has been scaled down so there is an immediate feel of familiarity. Why not? This is Adams County’s fair isn’t it? It is there and in July of the year it is open to all to attend and enjoy. With so much to see and do a person should find something, if not just visiting, to do.

Last but not least of all are the seniors of the area. They have attended for many years and now look back and reflect on when they first saw the midway and smelled funnel cakes, pork tender loins and cotton candy and maybe a serving of the greasiest best tasting French fries only the fair can deliver. They probably think of when they were younger and entered different events and competitions trying to show they were the best. Now they walk, look and listen to the fair, and think back and also wish they had done more at the fair and just done more so their memory is a little fuller.

So when the gates open, pencil in a time on the calendar to go the fair and enjoy the 125th year that Adams County felt it important enough to hold for its’ citizens. A person never knows who they might see. Who knows, you might see me!

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