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

NAHS takes Barnyard Olympics

For the fourth consecutive year, the final night of the Adams County Fair was highlighted in the center ring by the Barnyard Olympics, a friendly and fun competition between the county high schools, with a $1,000 prize on the line. This year, just three county schools fielded teams and the fourth spot in the competition was filled by a team of 4-H alumni from the area.

Prompted by emcee Don Bowles from C-103 Radio and organized by the fair’s Darlene Anderson, the teams competed in six different events, a wheelbarrow/watermelon/tire relay race, the feed scoop toss, a toilet lid toss, the milk chug, the hay bale toss, and the final event, letters in the mud, where teams dug through a muddy pit to find the letters to spell out their school’s mascot.

Each event was worth a fixed number of points according to finish and in the end, it was the squad from North Adams taking the $1,000 first prize for the third time in four years. The North Adams team included Taylor Hesler, Caitlin Young, Lexie Bunn, Maddie Toole, Lee Hesler, Justin Knechtly, Ben Figgins, Cole Roades, Tray Brand, and Madee Shipley. North Adams was coached by Tony Williams.

Finishing in second place was the team from West Union High School, coached by Tess Holloway. The squad of Dragons consisted of J.J. Kramer, Kelsey Young, Alex Clark, Kristen Grooms, Jaycee Baldwin, Ethan Thompson, Mac Wilson, Eli Fuller, Jacob Miley, and Andrew Weeks.

Third place went to the Alumni team while last year’s champions, Manchester, coached by Shawn Palmer and Chris Young, slipped to a fourth place finish. The Greyhound team was made up of Summer Wilbur, Morgan Johnson, Darrington White, Katie Fetters, Kayla Wagoner, Rickey DeAtley, Chase Darnell, Nick Woolard, Jordan Freeman, and Jared Stricklett.

The team from North Adams High School took home first place in the Barnyard Olympics held on July 18 at the Adams County Fair.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_NAHSfirst.jpgThe team from North Adams High School took home first place in the Barnyard Olympics held on July 18 at the Adams County Fair. Mark Carpenter | People’s Defender

West Union High School took home second place in the 2015 Barnyard Olympics.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_WUHSsecond.jpgWest Union High School took home second place in the 2015 Barnyard Olympics. Mark Carpenter | People’s Defender

Defending champion Manchester High School dropped to fourth place in this year’s Barnyard Olympics.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_MHSfourth.jpgDefending champion Manchester High School dropped to fourth place in this year’s Barnyard Olympics. Mark Carpenter | People’s Defender
Kids play in the mud, take home prizes

By Mark Carpenter

mcarpenter@civitasmedia.com

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