Future looking grim for county’s coal-fired power plants Lady Hounds grab win number two, downing Augusta 51-35 Greyhounds down North Adams in SHAC action, 61-50 PHS inducts pair of girls’ squads into Athletic Hall of Fame Michael G Rogers Local business donates shotguns to WUPD Senior Profile: Shannon Runyan Reds employees recognize Dr. King’s ‘Spirit of Service’ Saving Adams County’s power plants North Adams High School announces annual Science Fair Winners Board of Developmentally Disabled holds Jan. 11 swearing-in ceremony Peebles Elementary honors December Students of the Month Adams County villages receive Bike Racks and Fix-it Stations College Credit Plus Program available to high school students Wenstrup selected as Chairman of Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Health 2017 Manchester Homecoming is ‘Super’ Lions put damper on Manchester Homecoming West Union athletes honored by OSSCA Senior Profile: Story Kremin Bickett, Runyan lead Lady Dragons to victory in Manchester Indians improve to 8-3 with Saturday night rout of Portsmouth West Farm Bureau scholarships available to HS seniors Wilbur named to the Wilmington College Dean’s List Opal Van Hoose Ruby Yazell Chris Volk North Adams High School holds annual Homecoming ceremonies Six workers injured in power plant explosion Commissioners hold proclamation ceremony for 4-H Week Senior Profile: Shyanne Tucker Coach Young Classic is Saturday at NAHS Helen Kerr Anna L DeMint The garden that got us through the winter months Virginia L Fricker JV Devils top Northwest 51-34 Senior Profile: Caitlin Young North Adams moves to 7-5 with 16-point Homecoming win over Northwest Held to a higher standard Claudia J Purtee Shaylee E Prewitt Questions still linger in Stuart explosion Richard Holsinger J Ruth Madden Frank E Swayne Robert Bechdolt Sara D Hatfield Barbara Goodwin Jeffrey Frederick Grace E Myers Johnny A Sullender Sr. Senator Joe Uecker sworn-in for second term Wenstrup sworn in for third term in House Ronald L Chochard Patrick P Clift Samuel W Freeland Senior Profile: Casey Mullenix Lady Dragons win ugly, taking Classic consolation game over Manchester, 48-45 Greyhounds roll by West Union to take Classic consolation game, 82-58 History made as Ward takes oath of office Peter A Bennington Tangela R King McDonald’s Classic crowns 2016 champions MVP Arey leads Peebles to McDonald’s Classic title, Indians outlast North Adams 82-76 in double overtime thriller Lady Devils get Classic three-peat, make it 10 of 11, 14 titles for Coach Davis Senior Profile: Raegan Dick Teaching students the power of giving Kids at Children’s Home gifted with shopping spree Marion Liming Dorothy Huff John R Murphy Michael L McAninch Rita Rogers Edward L Combs Ronald W Staggs Mary H Grooms Gladys Wilson Donald Barnhill Monda Van Vorren Deborah Spires Senior Profile: Andre Wolke Indians pull away in second half, get past Manchester 71-58 in Classic semis On home floor, Lady Indians move to Classic title game North Adams handles West Union, Devils move to Classic finals with 68-53 victory Lady Devils roll into Classic championship Beth E Rowley Leatrice Lewis Senior Profile: Justin Aldridge Mary Helterbridle Wanda Huffman PES Performing Arts entertains at Hometown Christmas Adams County Manor sends holiday wishes Peebles Lions Club hosts Christmas breakfast Elusive Elf on a Shelf makes a return visit to PES Santas in blue spread Christmas cheer in a very special way Senior Profile: Aubrey McFarland WUHS holds Hall of Fame induction ceremonies WUHS Academic Team has undefeated season Serving those who served their country From Pearl Harbor to ‘America’s Got Talent’, 93-year-old WWII vet is still going strong

Carpenter named editor at Georgetown, Ripley, West Union

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Mark Carpenter has been named editor of The (West Union) People’s Defender, The (Georgetown) News Democrat and The Ripley Bee.

The appointment was made by Bud Hunt, regional director for Civitas Media, the newspaper’s parent company.

Carpenter will handle editorial oversight for all three papers.

“I’m excited for this new opportunity and am looking forward to getting started,” said Carpenter. “All three of these publications are historic and an integral part of the fabric of their communities.”

Carpenter has been the sports editor at the Defender for more than five years, building that paper’s sports coverage to one of the finest in southern Ohio. He has also written numerous news stories. Even before joining the staff he had written sports stories for both The News Democrat and The Ripley Bee, and has special memories covering the 1996 Ripley Blue Jays boys basketball team.

Carpenter is a lifelong native of Ripley, with the exception of two years when he lived in Georgetown. He has a bachelor’s degree in business from Wittenberg University. He taught history at Ripley-Union-Lewis Huntington (RULH) Middle School for 27 years prior to joining the Defender.

He and his wife, Aimee, a first-grade teacher in the RULH school district, have been married for 24 years. They have two children, Kelsey, who graduated in May from Mt. St. Joseph University, and Jordan, a recent graduate of RULH who will be entering Mt. St. Joseph University in the fall.

“Growing up in southern Ohio, I hope my knowledge of the area will play out as a big advantage as we strive to produce a product that all three communities can be proud of,” said Carpenter. “I am excited to work with our dedicated staff of journalists. The print industry is continually evolving and we plan to keep our coverage growing in the two counties through print, the web, and social media.”

“Mark’s dedication to his community and his excellent work both in sports and in news over the last five years have set the stage for him to excel in his new role,” said Hunt. “I am excited that Mark will lead our editorial efforts across all platforms, including print, digital and social media.”

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