Senior Profile: Landon Wright Geneva E Vogler Susan L Kremin Local golf teams complete play at state tournament Lady Dragons make school history with tournament win Browning gets hands-on look at NASA’s latest robotics Local beautician celebrates 80th birthday Health Department appeals to November voters Betty R Toller Senior Profile: Craig Horton Helen F Hoffer Super Saturday at Freedom Field Lady Dragons hang on for five-set victory over Manchester Seventh Grade Lady Hounds are SHAC Tournament champions Peebles Elementary announces September Students of the Month Rideout’s Muffler celebrating 40th anniversary this month Senior Citizens levy will appear on November ballot Bonnie J Orr Dorothy M Edenfield Senior Profile: Grace Barge Jerry Paquette Dragons get big 38-20 win at Green Manchester takes varsity team titles at West Union Invitational Lady Devils knock off Peebles on Volley For the Cure Night Manhunt ends with arrest of alleged bank robber Senior Profile: Kelsey Friend Lady Dragons finish as District Runners-Up Sectional pairings announced for volleyball and soccer 2 and 3 and worried is me Patricia Clift Adams County Humane Agent saves abandoned dogs and puppies Tourism had major economic impact on Adams County in 2015 Senator Portman brings his campaign to Adams County Betty E Lawson Sanborn NAHS holds National Honor Society induction ceremonies Harlan W Benjamin Joyce A Lafferty Senior Profile: Lee Hesler Dragons get SHAC win, 2-1 over Fairfield North Adams tops Peebles in ‘Kickin Cancer’ battles Double duty coming at Boys’ State Golf Tournament as West Union and North Adams both qualify Humane Society providing ‘Straws For Paws’ North Adams Elementary honors students and staff Russell Rockwell Julie L Wagner Hobert C Robinson Samuel D McClellan Brenda S Bare Clarencce Walker Jr Dolly M Hilterbrandt Jack Roush Day returns to Manchester West Union FFA has busy opening to school year ODOT opens new full-service Maintenance Facility Peebles Elementary introduces Peer Mentoring program Frost is recipient of Morgan Memorial Scholarship Peebles Fire Department has a new addition Heritage Days return to Tranquility Wheat Ridge Olde Thyme Herb Fair and Harvest Festival begins Friday Caraway Farm hosts annual Pumpkin Festival ‘Run Gio’ makes a visit to Adams County Senior Profile: Mackenzie Smith West Union, North Adams grab top two spots in Division III golf sectional tournament This memory will live with me forever Will M Stern West Union and North Adams-State Bound! Lillian N Smith Betty R Shelton Barbara ER Bohl Brenda Farley Senior Profile: Caitlyn Bradford Dragons roar to 40-0 Homecoming victory Greyhounds take three of four races at annual Adams County Meet Monarch Meadows holds grand opening Discovering a touch of glass on Erie’s Shores Junior L Conaway William B Brumley Sr Fred G Davis Ohio Valley FFA Officers for 2016-17 named ACRMC Emergency Care Center renamed after Dr. Bruce Ashley West Union holds football Homecoming festivities First graders pick the Sheriff Cross honored by ODNR with the prestigious Cardinal Award Renowned Ohio artist visits WUHS Don and Venita Bowles named 2016 Outstanding Fair Supporters PES students part of new Lego League Ferno donates $2,500 to OVCTC From the cistern to the city water Basketball officiating class being offered in October Peebles rolls by West Union in straight sets Par for the course, Dragons sweep SHAC Golf titles Greyhounds hang on late for first win of 2016 season You have to understand the process to understand the job Alex K Miller Ann E Campbell Scott N Atkinson Senior Profile: Tyler Fowler Martin named to All-Tourney Team in North/South Battlefield Classic 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

Projecting American strength through diplomacy

After serving two tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan as an U.S. Army Infantry Captain, I know that we need both a strong military and tough diplomatic solutions to confront Twenty-first Century adversaries like Iran.

This week, we joined with the United Kingdom, France, China, Russia and Germany, to sign an historic agreement that will close off Iran’s paths to a nuclear weapon and impose the most rigorous inspection and verification requirements in the history of arms control. After more than a decade of war in the Middle East it is refreshing and uplifting to see that hard-nosed American diplomacy can be effective.

Strong, pragmatic American leadership, the finest military force in the world, and – most importantly – tough diplomacy have led us to this position, and now it is up to our elected leaders in Washington to approve it.

The agreement focuses on increasing the amount of time it would take Iran to acquire enough material and build a nuclear weapon from 2-3 months to at least one year. Having this longer “breakout” period would provide the international community more time to deal with an Iranian threat and avoid a nuclear arms race in the Middle East.

This agreement does not mean that America can or should trust the regime in Tehran. International inspectors will have access to every aspect of the Iranian nuclear program—we will know what they are doing and when they are doing it.

If Iran violates any of the provisions in the agreement the strict economic sanctions, which were extremely effective will go back into place. Iran will not be rewarded for bad behavior.

Nothing would be more destabilizing and threatening to the Middle East than a nuclear-armed Iran, which is why an agreement that keeps Iran from building a weapon is so critical to America and our allies in the region.

The task of approving this agreement now falls to our elected leaders in Washington. Our own Ohio legislators, Senators Portman and Brown, now have the duty to ask the tough questions and ensure that this agreement gets approved. President Eisenhower once remarked, “I have only one yardstick by which I test every major problem: Is it good for America?” I hope that Senators Portman and Brown concur with me that the answer to that question is a resounding “yes.”

Once again America is at the center of the world stage. Ohio’s elected officials must display decisive leadership and put aside partisan politics for the sake of national unity. Now is the time for America, the indispensable nation, to show the world that we can achieve great things through diplomacy rather than war.

From Paul Worley

Adams County Commissioner

Paul Worley is a former Army Infantry Captain and served three tours of duty in support of the Global War on Terrorism. Paul is an Adams County Commissioner.

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