Junior Fair BBQ again a big success Beulah B James Senior Profile: Josie Myers Lady Indians place second at Ohio Classic in Hillsboro MVCA dominates Greyhounds in 45-0 triumph For Lady Devils, SHAC streak goes to 55 matches 9/11: Sixteen years later Gertrude Gibson Defender Bowl coming Sept. 16 Joyce A Walker Virginia R Young Senior Profile: Abby Campton West Union hosts 2017 Dragon Run New gridiron history begins for Peebles Trout, fire, and blueberry fields forever Senior Profile: Baylee Justice Lady Devils win SHAC thriller at Eastern Brown From Blue Creek to the Beaneaters Tough loss for Greyhounds in season opener Turning tragedy into hope What we learn from failure Absolutely had to get the wrinkles out Frances S Kidder Leo Trotter 41st Bentonville Festival set to begin Sept. 8 Winchester celebrates its history during three-day street fair Cruisefest returning to streets of Peebles Blue Creek- a community in transition honors its history and heritage Cuteness Galore – Winchester Homecoming Festival Baby Show Ronnie L Day Cast your vote for the Adams County Fairgrounds Nelson E Atkinson Ryan L Colvin Richard Tackett William L Tadlock Penny Pollard Wendell Beasley West Union soccer drops pair at Mason County Lady Indians go down in straight sets Senior Profile: Michael Gill Senior Profile: Katie Sandlin Royals dominate in big win over North Adams Dragons continue County Cup domination Archaeology Day returns to Serpent Mound Hourglass Quilt Square is back up again Manchester family hosts International Guests History, farming, and family- the bedrock of Cherry Fork’s community Bus drivers, emergency responders prepare for coming school year Working up a real good sweat What’s behind the motive? Rondal R Bailey Jr Thelma J Yates She’s all grown up now Scott A Yeager Soccer talent on display at 2017 SHAC preview Baseball community mourns the loss of Gene Bennett Winchester Homecoming Festival is Aug 25-27 Eleanor P Tumbleson Felicity man killed in Ohio River boating accident WUHS golfers take Portsmouth Invitational It was pretty cold that day Volleyball kicks off with SHAC Preview Night Young awarded Women’s Western Golf Foundation Scholarship One Mistake Senator Portman visits GE Test Facility in Peebles Adams County school districts facing some major challenges for the coming year Family, friends, and roots: the ties that bind residents of one Adams County village What is your strength? Just the chance to take a look back Ronnie L Wolford Dale J Marshall Herbert Purvis Great American Solar Eclipse coming Aug. 21 BREAKING NEWS: West Union wins fifth consecutive County Cup Wallace B Boden John L Fletcher Lady Indians golfers learning the links North Adams, West Union golfers open 2017 seasons This Labor Day, ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ Blanton announces candicacy for Court of Appeals Local student attends Congress of Future Medical Leaders MHS welcomes new principal Made in America When it feels like you’re spinning plates Bonfires and “building” a farm Lady Devils looking to take that next step 50 years of Bengal memories Ag Society delivers donation to Dragonfly Foundation Young Memorial Scholarship awarded to a pair of local seniors ‘Musical passion is in his blood’ Naylor named NAHS Principal Boldman retiring after 17 years as Homeless Shelter director Manchester concludes another River Days celebration Drug Treatment vs. Prison James R Brown Bobby Lawler Jr Adams County man charged with killing estranged girlfriend Lexie N Hopkins Volleyball, soccer previews coming this weekend Michael A Cheek

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, cgrove@civitasmedia.com or @WUDefender on Twitter.

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