Lady Indians go down in straight sets to Valley in sectional play Manchester hosts the inaugural Southern Ohio Cheer Challenge NAHS girls claim soccer sectional title Seas siblings are SHAC Cross-Country champions Lady Devils will collect fourth consecutive SHAC gold ball trophy Lady Hounds ousted in sectional tourney opener Peebles Lions Club holding Thanksgiving fund raiser FFA Fruit sales have begun, run until Nov. 18 Historical marker is repaired PES will present ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Eagle Creek Health and Rehabilitation Center Open House showcases new unit PES teacher honored by ACOVSD Board Friends of North Adams Library dedicate new brick Veterans Memorial 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

MLSD to begin “master plan” on facilities

The Manchester Local School District School Board met with three architectural companies in a public meeting July 29 as one of the first steps in re-configuring the school’s athletic facilities.

The board ranked the three companies and unanimously voted McCarty Associates out of Hillsboro as the top company and will bring them back for their next board meeting.

McCarty Associates has designed and completed projects in a number of school districts, specifically with athletic facilities for the school districts of Goshen, Fairfield, Washington Court House, Sycamore, Union Scioto, the Ross County YMCA, and more.

“I like the availability and the local, small town experience that they brought to the table,” MLSD School Board Member Rick Foster said. “They’ve done a lot of exactly what we’re looking for and they have in-house surveying and engineers.”

The board said at the moment all they’re looking for is a master plan to best utilize the area the district has and that everything aside from the football field could be moved.

“We want to develop a master plan for the optimum efficient use of the athletic fields,” MLSD Board President Terry Himes said. “Basically except moving the football field and track, everything else is in play.”

While the board said there have been rumors that the football field is going to get artifical turf, part of this master plan the board plans to create with McCarty Associates will include whether or not that’s a smart move financially for the district.

The board also discussed limiting the number of entrances fans will be able to enter for football games so as to maximize the revenue from football gate entry fees as the current number of entrances have allowed some fans to get into games without paying.

The master plan would not only potentially move around MLSD’s athletic facilities, more parking could be in the works around the facilities themselves.

“[Parking has] been one of our issues that we’ve now realized didn’t fit into the gameplan when we were originally talking about the MEAC,” MLSD Board Member Dave McFarland said. “We’re woefully underparked, especially if you have two softball games going on, a baseball game and then you’ve got people at the MEAC. You’ve got no parking.”

The next regularly scheduled MLSD school board meeting is on Aug. 12.

Reach Charles Grove at 937-544-2391, or @WUDefender on Twitter.

By Charles Grove

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